Uncle Ike's in the Central District has pushed laws that limit pot stores to one 1,600-square-inch sign by putting larger neon signs on its paraphernalia shop next door, and on a mural next to the shop. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

What’s not to like about Uncle Ike’s?

Selling weed next to a teen center is just the beginning of problems black community leaders in the Central District see with the popular pot shop.
Apr 20, 2016
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State African American commission lost track of money, auditors say

The state audit found that the commission routed $258,000 to a nonprofit called the Northwest Institute for Leadership and Change from 2006 to 2012.
Apr 18, 2016
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders walked away from the microphone as activists Mara Jacqueline Willaford and Marissa Johnson disrupted a rally at Westlake Center on Saturday where he was scheduled to speak about Social Security. (Photo by Alex Garland)

Seattle Black Lives Matter activist refutes recasting of Bernie Sanders confrontation

Some Bernie Sanders supporters have said he gave Black Lives Matter activists the mic at an appearance in Seattle in August. That's not true, says one.
Apr 12, 2016
Mohan Gurung of the Washington Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (center) and other attendees listen at a recent forum on Washington state legislative bills affecting people in the Asian American community. (Photo by John Stang.)

Asian American advocates say 2016 legislature offered political mixed bag

Legislation addressing racial equity in schools, police body cameras and the Washington Voting Rights Act were among the bills the groups watched.
Apr 11, 2016
My mom and I in China before we moved to Boise, Idaho. (Courtesy photo)

Siblings I never had: The end of China’s one-child policy touches Seattle

China's "loneliest generation" reflects on the end of the one-child policy.
Apr 9, 2016
A migrant worker steps out of his home next to a coal power plant in Beijing. (Photo from REUTERS / Damir Sagolj)

China on strike: Migrant workers who make our stuff speak up

Chinese labor organizers made a rare visit to Seattle this week to build support for striking migrant workers.
Mar 30, 2016
Amarinthia Torres speaks at the Democratic caucus at Lowell Elementary School in Seattle on Saturday (Photo by Sharayah Lane.)

A first-timer reflects on Washington’s Democratic caucus

More than 230,000 participated in Washington's Democratic caucus on Saturday, which Sen. Bernie Sanders won overwhelmingly.
Mar 28, 2016
A common site in Seattle, where homelessness continues to rise, despite economic growth. (Photo from Flickr by Bari Bookout)

Op-Ed: A tale of two brothers fighting homelessness

For the director of Neighborhood House, finding solutions for the Seattle homelessness crisis is a family matter.
Mar 24, 2016
Young Bernie Sanders supporters rallied at Key Arena on Sunday. (Photo by Alex Garland)

Your Bernie / Hillary fandom makes people of color invisible

When white liberals lionize their presidential candidate of choice, there's a hidden cost for people of color.
Mar 23, 2016
Sam Assefa working with Journey School kids on planning for the Boulder Civic Area Parks Plan in Boulder, Colorado in 2012. (Photo courtesy of Sam Assefa)

New city planning chief Sam Assefa brings international insights to Seattle

Meet Sam Assefa, a native of Ethiopia and incoming director of Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development.
Mar 18, 2016
The Yakima City Council in 2016. (Photo by the city of Yakima.)

Yakima to consider dropping Voting Rights Act appeal

The Yakima City Council may drop its appeal of a $1.8 million ruling against it in the federal Voting Rights Act lawsuit that reshaped its council majority.
Mar 17, 2016
President George H. W. Bush visits American troops stationed in Saudi Arabia in 1990, in the lead up to the first Gulf War. (Photo from the Bush Library via Wikipedia)

For Iraqi Americans, the remembrance of two betrayals overlap

For many Iraqis, the American invasion that didn't actually happen is the one that really stings decades later.
People in Yakima gather to support the Washington Voting Rights act, which aims to provide an alternative to federal voting rights lawsuits. (Photo by Eric Gonzalez Alfaro for OneAmerica.)

Washington Voting Rights Act falters for fourth straight year

Last year, Yakima lost a federal court battle over whether its city council system suppressed representation of its significant Latino population.
Mar 9, 2016
Sanders supporters gather at Occidental Park before the "March for Bernie 2"on Saturday. (Photo by Sharayah Lane)

“March for Bernie” crowds shirk demographics in support of socialism

The "March for Bernie" this weekend showed the appeal of Sanders' socialist policies across age, gender and race.
Mar 1, 2016
Demonstrators marched from SPD’s downtown headquarters to the Federal District Courthouse. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo.)

Che Taylor rally calls for firing of police chief, criminal probe

About 100 people rallied for Che Taylor, who died Sunday after being shot by Seattle Police officers.
Feb 25, 2016
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton at the Democratic presidential candidates' debate in Milwaukee, in early February. (Photo from REUTERS/Jim Young)

Palestinians are feeling the Bern, but not counting on change

We asked Palestinian journalists and activists who they'd be voting for in the Democratic primaries.
Seattleites gathered on Feb 3rd to protest the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The agreement still needs to be ratified by member countries. (Photo by Rick Barry)

How will your legislators vote on the huge Trans-Pacific trade deal?

Obama's landmark free trade agreement is signed, but not yet sealed or delivered. How will Washington pols vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership?
Feb 22, 2016
Birth control pills and other forms of contraceptive are only available to Washington women with a prescription.

Could Washington follow the world in easing access to birth control pills?

Oregon and California have joined most other countries in allowing women access to birth control pills without a doctor's prescription. Is Washington next?
Feb 11, 2016
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How will the end of sanctions against Iran impact you?

UW lecturer Haideh Salehi-Esfahani reflects on how the lifting of most U.S. sanctions against Iran will impact young people in both countries.
Feb 1, 2016
Myanmar's National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives to the opening of the new parliament in Naypyitaw February 1, 2016. (Photo by Soe Zeya Tun for Reuters.)

Myanmar expectations high as Suu Kyi allies sworn in

The change comes after decades of struggle, but Aung San Suu Kyi's party still must share power with the army.