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Seattle’s contribution to Standing Rock: A new twist on the teepee

Seattle "tarpees" are giving Standing Rock camps hope to survive the cold Midwest winter, despite an order from the North Dakota Governor to clear the camps.
Nov 30, 2016
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My personal challenge to buy nothing for a month

We’re drowning in needless products and waste in the US, so I’m trying to buy noting for a whole month except for food and toiletries. Join my challenge.
Jul 21, 2016
Seattle celebrates Black Lives Matter Friday. (Photo by Jama Abdirahman)

Dear Mom, Dad, Uncle, Auntie: Black Lives Matter to us, too

For many Asian Americans, the strongest urge following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile has been to utter four words to their parents: “We need to talk.”
Jul 9, 2016
Cilviana Hernandez (second from left) grew up in a Skagit Valley migrant farmworker family. Now she's part of the film "Every Row a Path" that details the challenges of migrant youth trying to balance work and education. (Photo courtesy Janice Blackmore)

Farmworker filmmakers put Skagit Valley migrant life on screen

The film “Every Row a Path,” which screens in Seattle this weekend, shows the challenges of growing up in the fields as a migrant farmworker.
Jun 24, 2016
Are these white kids spoiling May Day for everyone else? (Photo from Flickr by Tiffany Von Arnim)

Is “Riot Privilege” ruining Seattle May Day marches?

Are anarchist window-smashers exploiting white privilege and endangering peaceful Seattle May Day marchers? Activists say it's more complicated than that.
Apr 28, 2016
Getting pandas to mate in capitvity, and then releasing babies that will thrive in the wild isn't easy, Vitale found out. (Courtesy photo by Ami Vitale)

What’s it really like to be a National Geographic photographer?

National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale says her job can sometimes by lonely and terrifying, but it's worth it to be a part of preserving our wonderful world.
Mar 17, 2016
Vivian Vo-Farmer is an 18-year-old Asian American YouTube star based in Seattle whose channel has over one million subscribers. (Photo courtesy of Victoria Lemos )

Asian American YouTube stars sidestep Hollywood

Young Asian American Youtube stars like Seattle's Vivian Vo-Farmer are shrinking traditional paths to fame and using their ethnicity as an asset.
Mar 8, 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
Liliana Caracoza takes the oath of citizenship at a ceremony in Tacoma in September 2014. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Apply for citizenship! America needs your vote in November

There’s still time for Legal Permanent Residents to apply for citizenship and vote to choose our next President in November.
Jan 28, 2016
The psychedelic effects of ayahuasca tea actually result from the combination of the ayahuasca vine with other plants that contain DMT. (Photo from Flickr by Jairo Galvis Henao)

Legal Ayahuasca? Pierce County church offers Peruvian psychedelic ceremony

Is it any surprise that the first church in the U.S. to publicly advertise ayahuasca ceremonies is right here in Washington state?
Jan 25, 2016
While we Americans are busy playing football against a giant turkey, tons of other countries are celebrating Thanksgiving in their own unique ways. (Photo from Flickr)

5 global Thanksgiving traditions to shake up your holiday

Want to celebrate the most American of holidays with a bit of a twist. Try these global Thanksgiving traditions.
Nov 25, 2015
A supporter of Initiative 122 celebrates in Seattle as early results come in Tuesday night Photo by Varisha Khan.

Seattle incumbents Sawant and Harrell lead in early results, Initiative 122 passing

Initiative 122, a campaign finance reform initiative that would set contribution limits in Seattle and also create a voucher system for public campaign financing, appeared to be leading easily in early returns Tuesday night. More than 100 people celebrated the early returns at an Honest Elections event at Grim’s, with Seattle Councilmember Nick Licata and State Rep. […]
Nov 3, 2015
Left to right: Archie Cantrell and Chris Duenas, who teach the Lushootseed language.
(Photo by Aisha Nazim.)

Comedy lifeline: video skits teach endangered Lushootseed language

With short funny skits posted to YouTube, language teachers with the Puyallup Tribe aim to boost the everyday usage of the endangered Lushootseed language.
Jul 23, 2015
Colors fly at a gay pride parade. (Photo by Tim Brown for the U.S. Department of State via Flickr.)

Why marriage isn’t the end of the fight for LGBTQ equality

While the national recognition of marriage equality is something to celebrate, the LGBTQ community can't forget its people of color and homeless youth.
Jul 7, 2015
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Charleston shooting horrifying backlash to #BlackLivesMatter

Writer Sonora Jha despite the stated motives in the Charleston shooting, the work of the #BlackLivesMatter movement must go on.
Jun 19, 2015
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Nominate your Seattle Globalist of the Year!

Do you know someone doing great work connecting the Seattle to the rest of the world? Someone whose tireless efforts embody the values of the Seattle Globalist: creativity, diversity, open-mindedness, social & economic justice, humanitarianism and community development? Help us choose the 2015 Globalist of the Year by nominating the change-maker in your community. It's as simple as filling out this quick nomination form: http://bit.ly/nominategoty
May 28, 2015
An Ethiopian woman at her community center holds a candle in remembrance for the Christians killed by ISIS Center. (Photo by Agazit Afeworki for the South Seattle Emerald.)

Seattle vigils honor Eritrean, Ethiopian men slain by ISIS

Seattle’s Eritrean and Ethiopian communities held separate vigils to honor the men brutally executed in a video by the terrorist organization ISIS.
May 20, 2015
Bruce Lee is buried in Lake View Cemetery next to his son Brandon, who died in 1993. (Photo by Chetanya Robinson)

Bruce Lee’s grave: Seattle landmark, global attraction

More than 40 years after the death of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, visitors from around the world pay homage at his Seattle gravesite.
Apr 10, 2015
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The cost of family separation

Three years ago, I left my life in rural Malawi — and 15 bouts of malaria — to return to the states with my son.
Jan 6, 2015
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Immigrant dancers fighting for U.S. work visas

Ballroom dancers come through customs hoping to propel their careers by training with some of the world’s top coaches. But they're often gone again within six months, unable to secure an O-1B work visa.
Dec 19, 2014