Tag Archives: Social Justice

‘Black Among Other Things’ Installation Reflects on Racial Insensitivity of Local Journalist

Alexis Taylor’s multi-media installation explores personal history and her experience as a black woman and includes audio recording of Seattle Times Columnist Nicole Brodeur asking to touch her hair

by Jessie McKenna

When Alexis Taylor, a senior at Seattle University, got to work on an independent study project during her last year at Seattle University, the outcome was as much a surprise to her as it was to her teachers.

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Revolutionary Women: Emijah Smith

by Kayla Blau

Willard Jimerson described his cousin Emijah Smith as, “Selfless, caring, altruistic, a shining example of what it really means to support community…superwoman!” If you’ve been in organizing spaces in Seattle, you’ve likely witnessed Smith’s strength and wisdom in action, or at least heard her name.

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PHOTOS: Valentine’s Day Rally Loves the Youth and Hates the Jail

photos by Naomi Ishisaka, report by Emerald Staff

Standing under a banner that read “Love the youth, hate the jail,” activists called for continued resistance to King County’s existing youth criminal justice strategies, including the construction of a new youth jail at 12th Avenue and Alder Street.

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El Centro Unveils Bronze Bust of Martin Luther King Jr.

by Susan Fried

El Centro de la Raza to unveiled and dedicated a bust of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Plaza Roberto Maestas on Feb. 1, the first day of Black History Month. The bust was a gift from the sculpture Jeff Day.

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Black Lives Matter at School Grew from Local Event to National Movement

Week-long event kicks off Feb. 4 to coincide with Black History Month

by Carolyn Bick

Just a few years ago, Black Lives Matter at School was a Seattle-area-only day of action. Now, it has become a national, week-long movement, with almost 30 cities and hundreds of schools participating.

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Affirmative Action Returning to Washington Ballots

Initiative 1000 seeks to reverse the impact Initiative 200 had in the 1990s.

by Sharayah Lane

As Carl Livingston stood behind the curtain, he took deep breaths, prayed and worked (in vain) to calm his nerves. In a few moments he, a Black man, would be going out in front of hundreds to debate a white man on the merits of Affirmative Action in the state of Washington.

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