The author and his sister in the 90's. (Courtesy photo)

Donald Trump was already my president

As a black Bronx, New York native, a disabled veteran, and the son of an immigrant, someone like Donald Trump has always been my president.
Dec 7, 2016
People celebrate in Oceti Sakowin camp as "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. December 4, 2016. Photo by Stephanie Keith for Reuters.)

Army denies Dakota pipeline permit, in victory for Native tribes

Native Americans and climate activists have protested against the oil pipeline project, saying it endangers tribal water sources and sacred sites.
Dec 4, 2016
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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
Donald Trump at a rally in Aston, Pennsylvania in late September (Photo from Reuters / Jonathan Ernst)

Bannon role in Trump administration sets off critical firestorm

White supremacists and neo-Nazis have rarely been so enthusiastic about a presidential appointment.
Nov 16, 2016
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South Asia reacts to Trump’s victory

We twitter chatted with journalists from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to get a feel for how the world is reacting to Trump's victory.
Nov 9, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to supporters at the Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center on May 7, 2016 in Lynden. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo.)

Young women of color wonder what Trump presidency will bring

And what kind of country did we have?
(L-R) University of Washington students Madhavi Kuthanur, Melissa Diamond and Olivia Corti react as polling results move in the favor of Republican Presidential nominee, Donald Trump. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo.)

Election 2016 in Seattle in photos and video

The Seattle Globalist was out in Seattle election day, to capture the reactions of residents throughout the area.
Nov 8, 2016
Several Ziplock bags full of Metformin pills — a medication used to treat diabetes — were donated to Seattle's Salaam Cultural Museum from a single source in California. Recylced materials often arrive in bulk after Seattle's Salaam Cultural Museum identifies medical needs within communities of Syrian refugees in Jordan, where SCM founder Rita Zawaideh and other volunteers travel each month to disperse them. (File photo)

Where was the real talk about lowering health care costs this election?

Why do Americans pay so much more for health care? The real problem neither Trump or Hillary are talking about.
The now defunct Tully's Coffee on the Ave was one of many U District businesses not into sharing their bathroom with the homeless. (Photo from Flickr by Wonderlane)

U-District public restroom plan suffers from slim budgets for homeless services

The problems funding modest projects like a public restroom in the U District don’t bode well for big City promises to alleviate homelessness.
Nov 7, 2016
Habiba Hussein of Seattle votes at a multilingual ballot party at New Holly Gathering Hall on Friday evening. (Photo by Venice Buhain)

Immigrant communities get out the vote at ballot parties

Various organizations have held ballot parties for limited-English speakers to help translate voting materials, and to encourage communities to vote.
Nov 6, 2016
A girl goes with her mother to vote for the European Parliament elections in 2014. Most young Europeans we asked said they're watching the U.S. election closely and say it will impact their lives. (Photo from Flickr by Enrique Balenzategui Arbizu)

Young Europeans eye U.S. election as crucial test for democracy

Young Europeans we asked said American elections still matter because American values like democracy and multiculturalism still matter.
Nov 4, 2016
Odalys Lopez (Photo courtesy Odalys Lopez)

The New Voters: Immigration and environment are personal

A 19-year-old in Bellingham will cast her vote this Nov. 8 for the first time, along with a record 3.2 million U.S.-born Latino millennials.
Nov 3, 2016
Felix Ngoussou, a Seattle Central District business owner and an immigrant from Chad, supports Initiative 1433, but acknowledges the initiative puts a burden on small businesses. (Photo by Lee Nacozy.)

Business owners weigh effects of I-1433 minimum wage measure

Despite the potential burdens of raising the minimum wage, there are small business owners who are backing the statewide measure.
Nov 2, 2016
Pablo Garcia Martinez (Photo by Esmy Jimenez)

The New Voters: Frustrated by discrimination

A 27-year-old registered to vote for the first time this year to combat discrimination and this year's racially charged political rhetoric.
Nov 1, 2016
Light rail departs from Mount Baker Link station. (Photo by Min Duc Nguyen)

A skeptic’s argument against Sound Transit 3

Sound Transit asks voters for a major expansion, but columnist Goorish Wibneh wonders whether enough questions about the project have been asked.
Marco Roman (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo.)

The New Voters: Looking long-term

One new citizen — who has been in the country for 25 years — says the Hispanic community needs to be a powerful political force.
Oct 28, 2016
Haydee Lavariega, a recently naturalized U.S. citizen, says not voting is unthinkable. (Photo by Alia Marsha)

The New Voters: Not voting is “unthinkable”

A recently naturalized U.S. citizen says it is her duty to vote because many immigrants do not have that privilege.
Oct 27, 2016
Yi-Chun Lin. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo.)

The New Voters: Casting a vote for optimism

Yi-Chun Lin, who has lived in the U.S. for 20 years, pushed herself through the citizenship process so she could vote this year.
Oct 26, 2016
Most Seattleites don't have a lot of choice when it comes to internet service provider. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Is internet access a social justice issue?

Fifteen percent of Seattle households don't have internet access and many more are stuck in the slow lane. Is it time to make internet a public utility?
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton at the Democratic presidential candidates' debate in Milwaukee, in early February. (Photo from REUTERS/Jim Young)

Burning from leaked emails, these Sanders supporters won’t back Hillary

Some first-time voters in Seattle who were mobilized by the Sanders campaign are having a hard time shifting their support to Hillary.
Oct 20, 2016