Muslim martial artist teaches self-defense to women

An attack on two Muslim women in Portland struck a nerve for Fauzia Lala, a black belt in both Tae Kwon Do and Arnis, who started the classes.
Oct 5, 2017

Changing Eastside demographics — and big money — affect state senate race

The 45th District will determine which party controls the State Senate — and the candidates reflect the Eastside's shifting demographics and politics.
Jul 26, 2017

Palestinian cartoonist chronicles incarceration in “White and Black”

To cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh, being a political prisoner wasn’t heroic or glamorous. He discussed his book "White and Black" in Olympia last week.
May 15, 2017

Pacific Island nationals in Washington could get health coverage help

Decades after the U.S. conducted nuclear tests at three Pacific Island nations, citizens still report chronic health issues.
Mar 8, 2017

Martial arts studios fight sales tax after falling enrollment

Martial arts studios in the state say that a 2016 tax on fitness studios led to a drop in martial arts students. Yoga and Qigong studios were also affected.
Feb 28, 2017

Amazon security workers allege retaliation after prayer space request

Two workers say that Security Industry Specialists, the company that handles Amazon’s security, unfairly treated them after they asked for space to pray.
Feb 21, 2017

Congressional candidate Wineberry files police complaint after feeling threatened at traffic stop

Jesse Wineberry, who is black, also says the Seattle Times misconstrued his statements about race. The newspaper agreed, correcting the editorial this week.
Jul 29, 2016

Redmond mosque opens health clinic for patients in need

The new monthly health clinic providing free or subsidized care for patients in need is first of its kind in Washington state to be based in a mosque.
Jul 19, 2016

Governor greets area Muslims for Eid

Gov. Jay Inslee visited the Muslim Association of Puget Sound masjid in Redmond for Eid al-Fitr, which marks end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Jul 6, 2016

The most diverse race in state history is for… Lieutenant Governor?

This year’s lieutenant governor race has attracted the most demographically diverse statewide pool of candidates in Washington.
May 18, 2016

State African American commission lost track of money, auditors say

The state audit found that the commission routed $258,000 to a nonprofit called the Northwest Institute for Leadership and Change from 2006 to 2012.
Apr 18, 2016

Asian American advocates say 2016 legislature offered political mixed bag

Legislation addressing racial equity in schools, police body cameras and the Washington Voting Rights Act were among the bills the groups watched.
Apr 11, 2016

Washington Voting Rights Act falters for fourth straight year

Last year, Yakima lost a federal court battle over whether its city council system suppressed representation of its significant Latino population.
Mar 9, 2016

Proposed change in law could keep International District noodles fresh

The bill "concerning certain cultural foods" would allow for flexibility for local rules for fresh rice noodles and rice cakes.
Mar 1, 2016
Community members greeted Leschi Elementary students with high fives to congratulate them on completing the first week of the school year. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo)

Parents tell lawmakers how school cultural gap can hurt kids

Parents went to Olympia to back bills for cultural competency training, recruitment of teachers of color and other measures meant to close opportunity gap.
Feb 2, 2016
Gabriel Ray Pierre (left) high fives a student at Leschi Elementary School on Friday, as part of #SeattleHigh5. The event aimed to show children of color positive images of black men and women in their community. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo)

Proposed school policy overhaul meant to address opportunity gap

Among the proposed changes in the bill are cultural competence training for teachers and other staff and a change to school discipline.
Jan 18, 2016

I-732 group submits signatures; critics say measure fails to do enough

An alternative to I-732 that would raise carbon tax revenue to help poor communities and communities of color is being planned for the November ballot.
Dec 30, 2015

Racial equity report card gives Washington lawmakers a C+

The Washington Community Action Network followed 34 bills last legislative session in its racial equity report card.
Dec 23, 2015

Could Canada carbon emissions agreement have room for Washington?

Gov. Jay Inslee says he is exploring whether Washington could be part of a carbon emissions cap-and-trade plan developing among several Canadian provices.
Dec 9, 2015