Hundreds of new citizens sworn in on July Fourth

Over 500 candidates from 80 countries were sworn in as new U.S. citizens at the 28th Annual Naturalization Ceremony at the Seattle Center.  The annual event marks the end of a multi-year process of naturalization that includes a civics and history exam, residency requirements, filing fees and background checks. The Philippines, India, Mexico, and Somalia […]
Jul 4, 2012

Seattle Globalist launches with a crowd and a bang

The Seattle Globalist launch party drew over 300 people to celebrate our new hyperglobal blog last night at Washington Hall. Performances by Seattle Fandango Project and music by Last Night’s Mix Tape kept party goers dancing well into the night, as our hashtag, #ImAGlobalist, trended on Twitter. It was an amazing kickoff and show of […]
Apr 29, 2012
Free Launch Party April 28th

It’s official: Seattle Globalist Launch Party tonight!

Today we’re thrilled to announce the official launch of the Seattle Globalist! Okay, we cheated a little – we’ve actually been posting since back in December. But today is the day that really counts because we’re throwing a gigantic (free) party! And we’ve got a lot to celebrate: We’re kicking off a new partnership with […]
Apr 28, 2012

Five global hipster meccas even cooler than Seattle

Last week hipster Seattleites shrugged indifferently at the news that our city had been named by Travel and Leisure as America’s best city for hipsters. Seattle took the prized vegan cupcake for first place, and was lauded by the site for our brains, Mac products, coffee snobbery and unique “buttoned-down” brand of hipster. We even […]
Apr 13, 2012

Who is an immigrant?

I am an immigrant. I landed in Florida with my mother on August 11, 1996 at age 18. For six years I had to carry a laminated card that read Resident Alien on me at all times. In November 2002, at age 24, I was granted US citizenship and a passport. On the day of […]
Jan 27, 2012

Seattle Egyptians celebrate revolution, but keep up fight for freedom back home

In the Egyptian capital of Cairo, thousands have flooded into Tahir Square to mark the one-year anniversary of the revolution which overthrew dictator Hosni Mubarak. This photo of the packed square is getting heavy play on  Facebook profiles worldwide. Despite the celebration, it’s been a long year for Egypt. When Mubarak left, the military took […]
Jan 25, 2012

ICE exaggerating number of people deported, says transparency group

A Syracuse University-based transparency group released the results today of a two year long Freedom of Information struggle with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The startling data, based on case-by-case numbers of immigrants apprehended, detained and deported by ICE in 2005 appears to show that agency vastly over-reported these numbers in official statements. The new records show […]
Jan 4, 2012

Measuring gross happiness: Should Seattle be more like Bhutan?

As the recession dragged on in 2011, America’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew only a few percent. Economists say GDP is an important indicator of the health of an economy. But is GDP the best way to measure how the country is faring? Sustainable Seattle, a local nonprofit, says GDP fails to to account for […]
Dec 28, 2011