A woman places flowers in Canton Alley in tribute to Donnie Chin, a community leader who was fatally shot in his car early July 23. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

International District community leader shot and killed Thursday

Donnie Chin, director of the International District Emergency Center, was fatally shot early Thursday morning in the International District, reports say. Chin had patrolled and monitored the International District for decades, saying that ambulance services were slow to respond to 9-1-1 calls, according to a story in the Seattle Times. He started his patrol decades ago […]
Jul 23, 2015
Theo Polizos, on the right, prepares bougatsa at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

‘Waiting for better days’: Seattle’s Greek Americans watch homeland’s turmoil

The financial crisis in Greece has taken years to develop, and it has hit families of Greek Americans in Seattle hard.
Jul 13, 2015
A guard at the Northwest Detention Center, a private facility owned and operated by the GEO Group, on contract from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Judge OKs forced labor lawsuit against detention center contractor

The lawsuit argues that GEO violated the Trafficking Victims Protection Act by allegedly forcing detainees to work for free or be put in isolation.
Jul 9, 2015
Taxi hate crime

Six-month sentence in Seattle hate crime attack on immigrant cab driver

Jesse Fleming was sentenced to six months in jail on Thursday in connection with a Seattle hate crime against a Somali American cab driver last December.
Jul 2, 2015
Candidates for U.S. citizenship wait to be sworn in at the 28th Annual Naturalization Ceremony on July 4th at the Seattle Center.

New Americans citizenship campaign branches out to Seattle

The New Americans Campaign, which promotes naturalization, announced a Seattle partnership with One America and the Asian Counseling and Referral Service.
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal (center) has pledged $32 billion to charitable causes, including to 'empower women.' (Photo by Alwaleed Philanthropies, via Facebook.)

Saudi prince pledges $32B to charity, citing inspiration from Gates Foundation

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal announced that he will pledge $32 billion to charity, including women's causes, citing the Gates Foundation as inspiration.
Jul 1, 2015
Flag of Cuba. (Photo by Stewart Cutler via Creative Commons license.)

U.S., Cuba announce embassy plans as relations thaw

In a continuation of the thawing of relations between the U.S. and Cuba, President Barack Obama announced a U.S. Embassy will open in Havana.
Elias Godifay, an Ethiopian immigrant who teaches accounting at North Seattle College, says he hopes that Obama's upcoming visit to Ethiopia will help people see the country as a trade partner. (Photo by Goorish Wibneh.)

Obama visit to Ethiopia brings fresh eyes to the country, say Seattle Ethiopians

Seattle Ethiopians hope that the upcoming Obama visit to Ethiopia will help U.S. residents see a different side to the nation.
Jun 25, 2015
Hundreds join in a Muslim prayer at the beginning of Seattle's vigil in Westlake Park in honor of three Muslim students who were killed in a shooting in Chapel Hill in February. (Photo by Alex Garland.)

Homegrown extremists bigger threat in U.S. than jihadist attacks, says study

Homegrown extremists have killed nearly twice as many people in the United States as self-proclaimed jihadists since 9/11, according to a recent count.
Jun 24, 2015
Panel member, Abdihakim Hashi, of Itin Hawala speaks about his struggles as a owner of a remittance business in Seattle. (Photo by Jama Abdirahman / The Seattle Globalist)

Mayors urge feds to find solution to Somali remittance crisis

Mayors sign resolution calling for feds to find a way for families to resume sending remittances to Somalia.
Jun 23, 2015
Mourners pay their respects outside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church after the street was re-opened a day after a mass shooting left nine dead during a bible study at the church in Charleston, South Carolina June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Anger, sadness in Seattle after Charleston shooting

Seattle reacted to the news that a white man started shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, SC, killing nine.
Jun 18, 2015
Two children in the Minidoka concentration camp in Idaho, where most Japanese Americans from Washington were send. (Photo courtesy of the Wing Luke Asian Museum, the Hatate Collection)

Densho gets federal grant for archive of Japanese American internment

Densho received two of the 20 grants issued nationally to help preserve the history of Japanese American internment during World War II.
Jun 17, 2015
Rita Zawaideh holds a donated Epipen, that will be taken to Jordan during a humanitarian mission to aid Syrian refugee. (Photo by Alisa Reznick)

Seattle Globalist picks up regional SPJ Excellence in Journalism awards

Seattle Globalist writers took home several plaques from the Western Washington SPJ chapter's Excellence in Journalism awards, including Educator of the Year.
Jun 15, 2015
Rachel Dolezal interviewed by Al-Jazeera America on spokane police accountability. Photo by Spokane NAACP via Facebook.

Spokane NAACP president questioned on her racial identity

Rachel Dolezal, the president of the Spokane NAACP, has claimed she is part black, but her parents say she has been misleading the public about her race.
Jun 12, 2015
Juan Felipe Herrera, a visiting professor at the University of Washington in spring quarter, was named poet laureate of the United States on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy Blue Flower Arts.)

Visiting UW professor becomes nation’s first Latino poet laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera is the first Latino poet laureate of the United States.
Jun 11, 2015
Si'u Point Trail, Ta'u Island, National Park of American Samoa. (Photo by the U.S. Department of the Interior, via Flickr.)

Court rules against granting American Samoans citizenship at birth

American Samoa remains the the only place on U.S. soil where someone can be born without getting full U.S. citizenship rights.
Jun 5, 2015
Nestora with Olinalá community police. (Photo courtesy Free Nestora Salgado.)

Nestora Salgado moved to medical unit in Mexico City prison

Nestora Salgado, who had been head of a community police force, has been transferred from a maximum security prison to a medical unit in Mexico City.
Jun 2, 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
Bailey Meola and Sydney Schumacher, both 19, are believed to have been killed in the Nepal earthquake. (Photo via IndieGogo.)

Seattle backpackers believed dead after Nepal quakes

The families of Bailey Meola and Sydney Schumacher announced that they'd called off their search of earthquake-ravaged areas of Nepal.
May 15, 2015
Nestora Salgado. (Photo courtesy FreeNestora.org)

Renton woman Nestora Salgado on hunger strike in Mexican prison

Nestora Salgado Garcia, who ran a community police force in Mexico until her arrest in 2013, is protesting her conditions and her detention.