Tukwila City Council Member De'Sean Quinn talked about how his city is a "hotspot" where people of color are impacted by climate change and other factors affecting health and economic status of minorities. (Photo via Gov. Jay Inslee's Flickr)

Gov. Inslee’s ‘polluter pays’ proposal a step toward climate justice

Days after the governments of the world convened in Lima to set the stage for the next big United Nations climate change conference, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a plan that would bring our state in line with 39 other programs around the world and put a price on carbon.
Dec 23, 2014
From left to right, Dan Berger, Mark Cook, J.M. Wong, and Jaz S. at Berger's recent book launch in Hillman City Collaboratory. (Photo by Christina Twu)

Afro-Asian solidarity in Seattle and across the Pacific

Between #ICan’tBreathe, #HandsUpDontShoot and #BlackLivesMatter, Twitter muscles have been in full flex around the globe these past several weeks.
Seattle BAYAN activist Jill Mangaliman rallies with locals just as a human barricade begins to form in front of the Digos City national highway on Dec. 10. (Photo by Katrina Pestano)

3-day Philippines march unites across provinces to defend ancestral land

People’s voices carry through the streets in the Soccsksargen region of Southern Mindanao, Philippines during a three-day march Seattle activists joined earlier this month.
Dec 22, 2014

Seattle groups applaud U.S.-Cuba policy changes

Cindy Domingo's annual delegation to Cuba might start looking a little different.
The turnout at Highline College at an informational event earlier this month. (Photo courtesy of NWIRP)

Opportunities, challenges await immigrant parents eligible for Obama’s deferred action

“These work permits have an expiration date to them,” said Corona, who also heads the Washington Dream Act Coalition. “It's an obvious and clear thing for an employer who may start questioning the longevity of someone they are about to make an major investment in.”
Dec 17, 2014

U.S. and Cuba to re-establish diplomatic relations

The United States and Cuba will seek to re-establish diplomatic relations, according to a statement released by the White House Wednesday morning.
Detainees left their marks on the walls of the building’s outdoor recreation courtyard using melted roofing tar. Many left their names and from where they emigrated. (Photo by Ana Sofia Knauf)

Detainees memorialized at old INS building

Walking into the Inscape Arts and Cultural Center didn’t feel quite like I thought it would. The building looks more like a school or a train station than the former home of United States Immigrant Station and Assay Office. But that’s exactly what it is. This past Sunday, Dec. 7, Inscape opened “Voices of the […]
Dec 10, 2014
Seattle Ferguson Protest Photos

Powerful photos from Seattle Ferguson protests

Seattle Central College student Jama Abdirahman shared these photos from #BlackLivesMatter protests around city.
Dec 5, 2014
Chanting "hands up, don't shoot," protesters briefly blocked the entrance to the Comet Tavern on Black Friday, saying that the business owners discriminated against East African youth. (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Do #BlackLivesMatter on Capitol Hill?

What to make of accusations of racial profiling and police harassment in a neighborhood known for tolerance?

City of Seattle to add paid leave for new parents

Tonight at 6pm, the Seattle City Council invites the public to an informational meeting and open discussion at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute on gender pay equity.
Dec 2, 2014

Young Syrians make easy prey for militants

A volatile mix of boredom, non-existent job opportunities and desperation among young Syrians could lead them straight into the hands of extremists.
Dec 1, 2014
ISIS Insurgents

Why you should (and shouldn’t) be worried about ISIS

Back from Baghdad, veteran foreign correspondent Jonathan Landay has the real story about the Islamic State.
Nov 26, 2014
"Hamdan," a 36-year-old former FSA fighter who now lives in a Jordanian refugee camp, plans to return to Syria to rejoin rebel ranks this month. (Photo by Alisa Reznick)

Once united against Assad, Syrians now split by ISIS

As Americans obsess about ISIS gains, Syrian rebels say we’re neglecting the real threat.
Nov 25, 2014
Reham Hamoui holds up a photo of her and her siblings before the family fled Syria when she was seven. (Photo by Alisa Reznick)

Syrian American dissidents scramble to save their country

After 20 years in Seattle, civil war brings young a Syrian woman closer to home.
Nov 24, 2014
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)

Obama announces largest immigration overhaul in decades

Despite warnings from Republicans, the president took unilateral action Thursday that shields millions from deportation.
Nov 20, 2014
Ukrainian soldiers in the city of Slovyansk this summer, anticipating an attack by Russian separatists. (Photo by Sasha Maksymenko)

Local Ukrainians see an irreparable rift with Russia

As the ground war continues, so does the information war, further dividing once kindred Russians and Ukrainians.

Chinese students swoon at visa extension announcement

Longer visa validity will mean a big break for Chinese students, and more Chinese visitors to Seattle.
The boy who painted this visual story dreamed of a world where impoverished ethnic Burmese villagers were considered as worthy of human rights as wealthy city dwellers. (Image courtesy of Erika Berg)

Young refugees from Burma speak through art

By 2009, Burma became our state's largest refugee community.
Nov 19, 2014
A classroom full of students in Japan, where class sizes average around 30 students. (Photo by Shintaro Ozawa)

I-1351 tied, but global data shows one class size doesn’t fit all

What do Japan and South Korea have to say about the value of small class sizes?
Nov 7, 2014
Pramila Jayapal and supportes wave signs at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr Way and Rainier Ave on Election Day. (Photo courtesy Jayapal for State Senate)

Big win for Pramila, but diversity in WA politics at a standstill

Metro funding, Pre-K education and several candidates with international backgrounds came out ahead at the polls yesterday. But overall, immigrants and people of color are still underrepresented in state politics.
Nov 5, 2014