Citizens gathered outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma in the dawn hours to blockade busses with deportees from leaving. (Photo by Angelica Chazaro)

Why gender and climate justice are inextricable

What does immigrant detainment have to do with gender and climate justice? More than you think.
Oct 13, 2015
Seattle BAYAN activist Jill Mangaliman rallies with locals just as a human barricade begins to form in front of the Digos City national highway on Dec. 10. (Photo by Katrina Pestano)

3-day Philippines march unites across provinces to defend ancestral land

People’s voices carry through the streets in the Soccsksargen region of Southern Mindanao, Philippines during a three-day march Seattle activists joined earlier this month.
Dec 22, 2014
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Why block the boat? Resistance from Ferguson to Palestine to the Philippines

Northwest activists are attempting to block an Israeli shipping company from unloading at Puget Sound ports in order to put a dent in the dollars funding Israel's military actions in Gaza.
Aug 25, 2014
Johh-Michael Torres and Michael Hoy complete 25 hours of training to become Natural Helpers. (Photo by Jill Mangaliman)

This V-Day don’t just be valentines, be “Natural Helpers”

Feb. 14th is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. What should men be doing?
Feb 13, 2014
Women and children receive typhoon relief aid last month. (Photo courtesy Balsa Mindanao)

Filipina women, forced migration and disaster trafficking

On International Migrants’ Day, we should be talking about the root causes of trafficking and labor exploitation: global inequality.
Dec 18, 2013
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Flooding and corruption a dual threat for Philippines’ urban poor

Filipinos who live on less than $2 a day are being hurt, not helped, by their country’s economic boom.
Sep 12, 2013
Protesters burn an effigy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III during a rally to coincide with his fourth State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) on Monday July 22. (Photo by Bullit Marquez / AP)

Manila newest hot spot for international wave of protests

Why I spent the last week building a giant effigy of the president of the Philippines.
Jul 25, 2013
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Local Asian Pacific Islander leaders reflect on year of violence against women

In the wake of a “War on Women” by American policy makers, the shooting of a Pakistani schoolgirl and the brutal gang rape and murder of a young Indian woman on a bus in Delhi, today’s International Women’s Day was a great chance to remember the survivors and victims of gender violence and discrimination.  
Mar 8, 2013
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Seattle rises up in global event to end violence against women

  (Photos by Colleen McDevitt. Click for captions/larger images) With two left feet, I joined the One Billion Rising flash mob yesterday in Westlake Center. And around the world, more than 201 countries were dancing with me, all with common purpose of ending violence against women. 
Feb 15, 2013
King County's current juvenile detention facility, on 12th Ave and Alder St, has fallen into disrepair. Prop 1 would expand property taxes to build a new facility. (Photo by Matthew Rutledge via Flickr)

Why King County doesn’t need a new juvenile hall

You might have guessed from the green King County elections envelope sitting on your table that there’s an election coming up on Tuesday. In the midst of a lot of local races that won’t really get decided until November, there’s a pressing item on the ballot. It’s King County Proposition 1, which would create a nine-year, […]
Aug 3, 2012
Filipina queen Aleksa Manila (photo by Adam Bouska).

Globalists get primed for Pride Weekend with Aleksa Manila

You can tell it’s Pride Month when all the storefronts on Capitol Hill put out their rainbow flags and your newsfeed fills up with invites to parades and dance parties. With Marriage Equality on the ballot and the first ever Pride ASIA event in the International District, it’s like everyone is feeling us queers. But […]
Jun 22, 2012
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Seattle activists unite at G8 and NATO summit protests in Chicago

When the WTO protests happened in Seattle in 1999, I was a 17 year old teenager working for minimum wage at a Taco Time in West Seattle. I was about to graduate high school but I didn’t think I’d be going to college. I thought I wasn’t smart enough to get a scholarship and my […]
May 23, 2012
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Why I Organize: Filipina migrants in Seattle fight for rights in Northwest and back home.

For decades, people have been the Philippines’ largest export. Women make up 70% of the more than 4,000 nationals who leave the country each day. Most of them come to the US, but there are Filipinas all over the world. Both in the US and abroad, they often find themselves in jobs where they’re vulnerable to violence […]
Mar 9, 2012