Pramila Jayapal enters Congressional race for Jim McDermott’s seat

State Sen. Pramila Jayapal joins fellow Democrats Joe McDermott, a King County Councilmember, and State Rep. Brady Walkinshaw in the 7th District race.
Jan 22, 2016
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Pinkwashing accusations toward Israeli speakers shake up LGBTQ conference

A Seattle trans activist accuses Israel of "pinkwashing" abuse of Palestinians by trying to ingratiate itself to worldwide gay community.
Jan 20, 2016

Yakima council gets first Latina mayor; backs state Voting Rights Act

Avina Gutierrez, one of Yakima's first three Latina women to be elected to the city council, this week was promoted unanimously to mayor by her fellow council members.
Jan 8, 2016

I-732 group submits signatures; critics say measure fails to do enough

An alternative to I-732 that would raise carbon tax revenue to help poor communities and communities of color is being planned for the November ballot.
Dec 30, 2015

Racial equity report card gives Washington lawmakers a C+

The Washington Community Action Network followed 34 bills last legislative session in its racial equity report card.
Dec 23, 2015

Poll finds support for bombing a whole new world

30 percent of Republicans and 19 percent of Democrats were in favor of bombing Agrabah, the fictional country from the 1992 Disney movie "Aladdin."
Dec 18, 2015

Why Seattle refugees don’t trust local government

Three big challenges to our city's commendable efforts to boost civic participation by Seattle refugees.

Seattle shines at COP21 — despite mayor’s absence

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray skipped COP21, but the city still had plenty of representation and leadership at the Paris climate talks.
Dec 11, 2015
Mergitu Argo, who helped organize a march on Thursday in support of Oromo student protestors in Ethiopia. (Photo by Goorish Wibneh)

Seattle Oromos denounce “killer” Ethiopian government, demand investigation

A rally of Seattle Oromos downtown yesterday called attention to a controversial development plan in Ethiopia that has sparked fatal protests.

Seattle activists wave salmon lanterns in Paris for climate talks

Despite a ban on demonstrations in Paris, Seattle activists brought 350 salmon lanterns to the city to wave them for the COP21 climate conference.

Africatown initiative receives Seattle Human Rights Award

As black residents and businesses get priced out of the Central District, Africatown Innovation Center ensures black lives benefit from Seattle's tech boom.
Dec 9, 2015

Could Canada carbon emissions agreement have room for Washington?

Gov. Jay Inslee says he is exploring whether Washington could be part of a carbon emissions cap-and-trade plan developing among several Canadian provices.

Criticism for Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering U.S.

It was the most dramatic response by a candidate yet to the San Bernardino, CA, shooting spree last week by two Muslims who the FBI said were radicalized.
Dec 7, 2015

Trauma trickles down: Confronting the dark legacy of American Indian boarding schools

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution acknowledging the intergenerational trauma caused by American Indian boarding schools.
Nov 26, 2015

5 ways to fix public safety in the Chinatown International District

Will new city council reps like Lorena Gonzalez finally have answers for longstanding public safety issues in the International District?
Nov 24, 2015

Deepa Iyer: Multiracial work can dismantle racism, Islamophobia

Deepa Iyer tackles the U.S.'s deepest racism, Islamophobia and xenophobia with our greatest asset: a multiracial nation.
Taxi drivers Getachew Mersha (left) and Dawit Tesfaye lead a group of drivers and community members on their way to deliver a petition to Mayor Ed Murray's Office requesting rideshare drivers be allowed to unionize. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo)

Uber, Lyft and taxi drivers rally for better wages

Uber and Lyft drivers are keeping up the pressure on Seattle elected officials to allow union representation for ride-share services.
Nov 18, 2015

Tammy Morales concedes Seattle District 2 race

Tammy Morales overcame a 36 percentage point deficit in the August primary and came within 354 votes of Seattle Councilmember Bruce Harrell.
Nov 17, 2015
Supporters celebrate as they watch official results from the election in front of the National League for Democracy Party (NLD) head office in Yangon. (Photo by REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

Why Seattle refugees aren’t all thrilled about the historic election in Burma

What does Seattle’s Burmese refugee population think about dramatic election results last week?
Nov 15, 2015
“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