An immigrant “comes out” as a refugee

The recent U.S. backlash against Syrian refugees has convinced writer Irina Vodonos to talk openly about coming to United States as a refugee.
Dec 10, 2015

U.S. Marine found guilty in death of Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude

Joseph Scott Pemberton had been charged with the murder of Jennifer Laude, but was convicted of the lesser offense of homicide.
Dec 2, 2015

Nations most at risk urge warming cap stricter than COP21 goal

Middle-income and developing nations call for more ambitious goals than what's currently on the table at the Paris Climate Change Conference, also being called COP21.
Nov 30, 2015

Seattleites pray for Paris and for humanity at vigil

Some mourners thought of the victims in Paris and of the victims of an earlier devastating attack in Beirut also claimed by ISIS last week.
Nov 16, 2015

At least 60 dead in Paris shootings, hostages held

A coordinated attack at five venues in Paris left at least 60 dead.
Nov 13, 2015

Japanese artist scheduled for UW talk on art and politics denied visa

Artist Fram Kitagawa, who has curated major events in Japan, says he was denied a visa because of activism in the 1960s against a U.S. military base.
Nov 12, 2015

Man expected to get probation in firebomb attack of Oregon mosque

Cody Crawford, who police say had a history of ranting hatred against Muslims, pleaded no contest to firebombing a mosque in Oregon.
“We need to start small and think big,” organizer Michael Charles said, emphasizing get out the vote efforts for 2016. (Photo by Laura Bernstein)

10 ways to make Seattle politics more inclusive in 2016

Voter turnout was a top priority for the panel of young politicos of color who gathered for some post-election analysis of Seattle politics.
Nov 11, 2015

Supporters of Obama immigration overhaul ready for Supreme Court

Supporters of Obama's immigration overhaul said a day after a blow in appeals court that they were ready to defend it to the Supreme Court.
Nov 10, 2015
Seattleites joined Mayor Murray, Rep. Adam Smith and immigrant rights advocates at a rally outside the Federal Building Thursday, heralding Obama's executive action and demanding further steps toward immigration reform. (Photo by Alex Garland)

Court upholds block on Obama immigration plans

The Supreme Court may have to weigh in on President Barack Obama's executive action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.
Nov 9, 2015

Tammy Morales pulls close to Bruce Harrell in Seattle District 2 race

Seattle City Council District 2 challenger Tammy Morales’ vote totals have pulled close to incumbent Bruce Harrell’s, as results continue to pour in. As of Monday night, Morales has come within 401 votes of Harrell as the King County continues to count returns. Harrell has 8,520 votes to Morales’ 8,119 votes, or 51.1 percent to 48.7 percent. Morales […]
Protesters in Guerrero marched earlier this year with a cutout of Nestora Salgado. The Renton mom became leader of a community police force in her home town, and has been held in jail for two years. (Photo by Fernando Salgado)

Meeting La Comandante: a jailhouse interview with Nestora Salgado

Nestora Salgado gave up a quiet life near Seattle to lead a community police force in her hometown in Mexico. Now she continues her activism from a prison cell.
Nov 5, 2015

Yakima elects first Latina city council members after Voting Rights case

Yakima voted in districts for the first time after a federal judge ruled the previous system marginalized Latinos and violated the Voting Rights Act.
Nov 4, 2015

Seattle merchant fair tackles unique needs of East African businesses

The event connected local East African business owners with alternative funding sources, business mentoring and an opportunity to connect with peers.

Erdogan and AK Party win in Turkey election

President Tayyip Erdogan cast the return of Turkey to single-party rule as a vote for stability, but opponents fear it heralds growing authoritarianism.
Nov 2, 2015

Feds say WA drivers licenses won’t be good enough for airport security

U.S. residency or citizenship isn't required for standard Washington drivers licenses, meaning they soon won't be accepted at airports or federal buildings.
Oct 29, 2015

China eases one-child policy, will allow two children

China will ease family planning restrictions to allow all couples to have two children after decades of a strict one-child policy.

After tackling racist lake name, Crosscut takes on “Squaw”

After spearheading the charge to change a racist lake name, Crosscut writer Knute Berger takes issue with the use of the word "Squaw."

More than 200 dead in Afghanistan, Pakistan earthquake

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck northern Afghanistan and Pakistan, with reports of shock waves being felt as far as New Delhi.
Oct 26, 2015

Seattle travelers in Puerto Vallarta wait out Hurricane Patricia

Seattle travelers describe being stuck in Puerto Vallarta after the airport closed unexpectedly before noon, in anticipation of Hurricane Patricia.
Oct 23, 2015