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.
Jul 20, 2016

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

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

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

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
Angeles Solis at a Foundation for Healthy Generations event in Rainier Beach. (Photo by Esmy Jimenez)

Seattle’s Smartest Global Women: Angeles Solis

Organizing is personal for Eastern Washington transplant Angeles Solis, who's been trailblazing her way through in Seattle’s labor rights scene.
Jun 13, 2016
(Photo by Ian Terry)

Is Tukwila really the most dangerous city in America?

Local officials are calling bull on a recent report that identified Tukwila as the most dangerous city in America.
Jun 7, 2016

SeaTac Muslims, interfaith leaders criticize idea of ‘tactical map’

Residents, interfaith leaders spoke out after an investigation uncovered an attempt at religious profiling of Muslims in the city of SeaTac.
Thanks to Bernie Sanders' economic equality platform more young people are identifying themselves as socialists. (Photo by Katie Anastas)

Thanks to Bernie, socialism is no longer a dirty word

The lasting legacy of the Sanders campaign may be a more positive perception of socialism among young American voters.
Jun 6, 2016

Free income for all? Swiss say ‘no thanks’

Swiss voters rejected by a wide margin on Sunday a proposal to introduce a guaranteed basic income for everyone.

Film “The Song Collector” shows a lost Buddhist culture’s revival in India

How does Ladakhi culture, dying Buddhist tradition in Northern India revive itself? The story lies in legendary preservation activist Morup Namgyal.
Jun 4, 2016
A rally at the Honduran Mission in New York City soon after Berta Cáceres was killed. (Photo by Natalie Jeffers / Matters of the Earth)

Environmental activist’s murder spotlights spiraling violence in Honduras

In November Berta Cáceres visited Seattle to speak out on environmental exploitation in Honduras. A few months later, she was murdered.
May 18, 2016

The most diverse race in state history is for… Lieutenant Governor?

This year’s lieutenant governor race has attracted the most demographically diverse statewide pool of candidates in Washington.
Student activists observing the first Islamophobia Awareness Day in 2015 near Victor Steinbrueck Park. (Photo by Ayan Jama)

Global Islamophobia Awareness Day centers Muslim youth experience

In its second year, Seattle-born Islamophobia Awareness Day goes global, calling for better understanding of the Muslim experience and its youth.
May 12, 2016
An American MV 22 Osprey flies over Okinawa. (Photo from Flickr by Ojo de Cineasta)

Seattle City Council should stand up to new military bases on Okinawa

Dozens of American military installments are packed onto the small Japanese island of Okinawa. Seattle should voice our opposition.

Trump’s proposed Muslim travel ban would exempt London’s new mayor

But Sadiq Khan who was sworn in as mayor of the British capital on Saturday, dismissed Trump's response, saying Trump had an "ignorant view of Islam."
May 10, 2016