Michael Schutlzer of the Washington Technology Industry Association speaks at a press conference with other business leaders on immigration reform. (Photo by OneAmerica via Facebook.)

Washington business groups push pro-immigration policies

Agriculture and technology organizations say that Washington state's economy depends on immigration reform.
Aug 10, 2016
Tom Ikedas grandparents left receive a flag in honor of their son Staff Sergeant Francis “Bako” Kinoshita, killed in action in World War II, accompanied by a family friend. Photo courtesy Tom Ikeda.

Khizr Khan’s words echo for Japanese American World War II Gold Star families

The speech challenging Donald Trump's anti-Muslim prejudice has parallels with incarcerated Japanese American families whose sons died fighting for the U.S.
Aug 4, 2016
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Washington state primary results: Jayapal pulls ahead in Congressional race

There are several front-running candidates after early returns, but the general election picture will be clearer as the state continues to count ballots.
Aug 3, 2016
Photo is taken behind the King County Juvenile Detention Center on Aug. 5, 2015 during a press conference launching Got Green's campaign to increase green career pathways. (Photo by Mike Renaissance Moynihan/Renotography)

New resolution sparks jobs for young adults left out of Seattle’s Climate Action Plan

The Green Pathways Resolution provides green career alternatives for Seattle communities and young people of color most impacted by climate change.
Aug 1, 2016
“People used to try to run over me, because I was a Black woman, and small-statured," Williams recalls. "I’d fight them…I’m a good fighter.” (Photo by Chloe Collyer)

DeCharlene & Goliath: A Black business pioneer outlasts Seattle developers

Seattle's Central District is transforming before our eyes, but DeCharlene Williams sees a way for small business owners like her stand up to developers.
Democratic congressional candidate Jesse Wineberry (right) at a press conference Thursday with Republican congressional candidate Doug Basler (left) who backed up Wineberry's version of what was said in the Seattle Times editorial board interview. (Photo by John Stang.)

Congressional candidate Wineberry files police complaint after feeling threatened at traffic stop

Jesse Wineberry, who is black, also says the Seattle Times misconstrued his statements about race. The newspaper agreed, correcting the editorial this week.
Jul 29, 2016
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Shrine of Asshats: Seattle Reparations project slays the trolls

After her online Reparations project went viral, artist Natasha Marin has built a "Shrine of Asshats" where you can bear witness to the racist backlash.
Jul 28, 2016
Varisha Khan, a Washington state Democratic delegate, is one of the youngest participants at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. (Photo courtesy CAIR-WA.)

Young Washington delegate offers view at Democratic National Convention

First-time delegate Varisha Khan, 20, reflects on the Democratic National Convention, which is in its third day in Philadelphia today.
Jul 27, 2016
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Anti-blackness: a world problem we are all connected to

What do beauty products in Burma have in common with rampant police brutality in the U.S. and world history? Anti-blackness.
Jul 26, 2016
Supporters of Tukish President Tayyip Erdogan celebrate after soldiers involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey July 16, 2016. (Photo by Yagiz Karahan for Reuters)

Seattleites from Turkey reflect on attempted coup — and its aftermath

The attempted overthrow of Turkey President Erdogan was both familiar and unsettling to Seattleites who come from Turkey.
Jul 21, 2016
Sky writing over Sydney, Australia on National Sorry Day, when the country atones for historic mistreatment of its indigenous population. (Photo from Flickr by butupu)

Reparations reimagined: Can online giving counter systemic racism?

For the participants in Natasha Marin's Reparations project on Facebook, it's more about making connections than payments.
Jul 20, 2016
View of the farm rented by Monsanto to the public Land Authority in Juana Díaz. (Photo by Abimael Medina for Centro de Periodismo Investigativo.)

Mired in debt, Puerto Rico gave millions to Monsanto

Throughout the decade of fiscal crisis, the Island has been a corporate welfare paradise for companies that even get free water.
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The moral urgency of climate action: Why I’m saying #YesOn732

A UW grad student studying climate ethics and justice makes the case for Initiative 732, a carbon pricing plan that will be on the ballot in November.
Jul 12, 2016
Still from the video taken by Diamond Reynolds after police outside St. Paul Minnesota fatally shot her boyfriend Philando Castile. (via Youtube)

White bias in media is ruining your life, whether you realize it or not

What happens when white bias is the norm in media? Unsurprisingly the voices of people of color are marginalized.
Jul 11, 2016
Seattle celebrates Black Lives Matter Friday. (Photo by Jama Abdirahman)

Dear Mom, Dad, Uncle, Auntie: Black Lives Matter to us, too

For many Asian Americans, the strongest urge following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile has been to utter four words to their parents: “We need to talk.”
Jul 9, 2016
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Seattle’s Smartest Global Women: Cherry Cayabyab

What does inclusive and just public engagement look like in King County, Seattle and Washington state? Ask Cherry Cayabyab.
Jun 28, 2016
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Photos: Trans Pride shines in the rain

The brutal attack on gender activist Michael M. Volz cast a shadow on this year's Trans Pride gathering, but couldn't deter the crowds at Cal Anderson.
Jun 25, 2016
The MRC Coalition sit-in. (Photo by Alia Marsha)

How student movements for racial justice can survive summer break

What happens when students leading the charge for progress on race graduate? Groups at Seattle U, UW and SPU say they have plans.
Jun 21, 2016
Alejandra Peréz. (Courtesy photo)

Seattle’s Smartest Global Women: Alejandra Pérez

Undocumented student activist Alejandra Pérez encourages her peers to stop hiding and speak up for their rights even though they've been socialized not to.
Jun 20, 2016
Fen Fang Jiang, 72, reads to kids at Pike Market Childcare in the Pike Place Market. Jiang is part of the "Foster Grandparent" program. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Popular Foster Grandparent program in jeopardy in Washington

A special connection between kids and seniors is being severed as funding dries up for the Foster Grandparents Program that places retirees as helpers in daycares and preschools.
Jun 16, 2016