Estanislao Mendoza Chocolate at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Seattle with a portrait of his missing son, Miguel Ángel Mendoza Zacarías. (Photo by Janelle Retka)

Parents of missing Mexican students find support in Seattle, Yakima

Parents of two of the 43 missing Mexican students shared their anguish as they made stops in Seattle and Yakima seeking support for renewed investigation.
Apr 21, 2015
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‘Desert Dancer’ film’s Western bias denies audiences a more accurate view of Iran

Do "Desert Dancer" producers equate "positive" with depicting Iranians as Westerners?
Apr 17, 2015
Juan Valadez, a young graphic designer who lives in Guadalajara, Mexico, says the idea of moving to the U.S. isn't of interest to him or most of his friends. (Photo by Alysa Hullett)

Young Mexicans finding fewer reasons to head north

For entrepreneurial young Mexicans, dreams of prosperity no longer lie across the border.
Apr 3, 2015
Somali-Americans gather to discuss the issue of Somali remittances at the New Holly gathering hall yesterday, April 31st. (Photo by Jama Abdirahman / The Seattle Globalist)

Searching for a solution to the Somali remittance crisis

Somali Americans came together with politicians to look for a way to keep remittance money flowing to Somalia in spite of banks' restrictions.
Throughout the civil war, thousands of children were forcibly separated from their families; approximately 2,354 children were adopted into the U.S., with adopted parents told that they were orphans. (Photo by Linda Hess Miller via Wikimedia Commons)

El Salvador families search for disappeared children decades after war

Decades after the end of a brutal civil war, survivors continue to demand justice and search for Salvadoran disappeared children forcibly taken by the army.
Apr 2, 2015
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Fewer immigrants filling Tacoma detention center, as doubts grow about new contract

With a big contract in the works, Tacoma detention center for immigrants sits half empty.
Mursal Ismailzada, a student at the University of Washington who immigrated to the U.S. from Afghanistan as a child, lights a candle for Farkhunda. (Photo by Atia Musazay)

Seattle Afghan community remembers Farkhunda

Seattle Afghans gather at a vigil remember the brutal March 19 murder of Farkhunda, calling for justice in a case that has gripped the nation.
Mar 30, 2015
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Detained feminist activists in China spark worldwide support, new questions

The continued detainment of five young feminist activists in China more than three weeks later, leaves more questions to be answered.
People hold up a sign protesting the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Photo courtesy the Washington Fair Trade Coalition.)

Seattle mulls stance against fast track for Trans-Pacific Partnership

A Seattle city council is set to vote Monday on taking a stance against giving Obama fast-track trade promotion authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Mar 28, 2015
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Rejecting the American Dream, Mexicans reintegrate back home

Divided from family and missing their culture, returning home is an obvious choice for many Mexican immigrants. But things aren't always so easy once they get there.
Mar 26, 2015
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El Salvador shows signs of progress in the shadow of U.S. intervention

With popular media influencing U.S. perceptions of El Salvador, it's easy to forget the progressive democratic changes that are underway.
Mar 24, 2015
Heirius Howell former King County youth jail inmate. (Photo by Alex Garland)

Former inmate says new King County youth jail is a mistake

Heirius Howell, who practically grew up in King County Juvenile Detention Facility, says getting locked up as a child only made it harder to become a productive adult.
Mar 23, 2015
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Mexican immigration slows as ‘better life’ in US proves elusive

More and more Mexican migrants are giving up lives and jobs in the Northwest to go back across the border.
Mar 19, 2015
Tsunami hazard signs line the West Coast of the US. (Photo from Flickr by Daniel Hoherd)

The disaster waiting to happen at the Northwest Detention Center

In the event of a natural disaster like a tsunami, what would happen to the hundreds of immigrants held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma?
Mar 18, 2015
Kathleen O'Toole (Photo by city of Seattle.)

New Seattle Police leadership: the international connection

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole's new appointments announced yesterday add even more connections to the British Isles.
Mar 12, 2015
Gov. Jay Inslee meets with Hindu leaders, including Nit Niranja and Mani Vadari of the  Hindu Temple and Cultural Center in Bothell. (Photo by CAIR-WA via Facebook.)

Inslee criticizes intolerance after vandalism of Hindu temples

Gov. Jay Inslee spoke out against acts of intolerance and met with Hindu leaders last week after the recent vandalism incidents at two temples.
Mar 9, 2015
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State Sen. Jim Honeyford apologizes for ‘hurtful’ words on minorities

Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, issued a statement of "regret" on Thursday for using the term "colored" during a recent Senate committee meeting.
Mar 6, 2015
A December 2013 view of the Tesoro refinery across Fidalgo Bay from March Point. (Photo by Dana via Creative Commons License)

Five years post-explosion, Tesoro strikers still push for safety measures

Justice delayed, Skagit County-based Tesoro strikers lead a push for better safety standards and management accountability.
Mar 3, 2015
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Time to shed the ‘progressive mystique’ and confront racism in Seattle

We may fancy ourselves a progressive city, but the recent history of race in Seattle suggests we've got a long ways to go.
Mar 2, 2015
Garfield BSU member Alyssa King speaks at Jan. 22 event, "From Black Power to Black Lives Matter: A forum with 1968 Olympic medalist John Carlos.

Garfield High School’s Black Student Union keeps legacy of activism strong

Garfield High School's Black Student Union strengthens the school's civil rights legacy with a new set of challenges and opportunities.
Mar 1, 2015