“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.
Aug 1, 2016
Berhane Amanuel, owner of East Africa Imports (and restaurant) stands inside his Seattle restaurant. His store can be seen through the arches at top. East Africa Imports is a tiny little story and eatery in The Promenade, a shopping center in the Central District. It was opened in 2002 by Amanuel and his Central District native wife and they put 100k+ into adding a restaurant about 5/6 yrs ago. They recently found out that Vulcan plans to demolish/develop the shopping center meaning they'll have to move and may not be able to afford to open a restaurant again.

Ethiopian entrepreneur says he’ll lose big in Central District redevelopment

The owner of East African Imports and Restaurant at 23rd and Jackson says he stands to lose big when Vulcan Real Estate redevelops the property.
Mar 11, 2016
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An open letter to white-collar Seattle transplants

Hey there new Seattle transplants — here's a few tips to help you avoid screwing up your new home.
Feb 9, 2016
Nith Lewis, who came to the U.S. in 1981 as a refugee from Lao explained what a good job looks like and jobs created under EB-5 are not.(Photo by Goorish Wibneh)

Hotel workers union denounces “$500,000 Green Card”

Critics of the EB-5 immigrant investor program say the program benefits wealthy investors, without delivering on well-paying U.S. jobs with benefits.
Aug 27, 2015
Members of the Nepalese Student Association lit red and white candles on May 29, 2015 for a vigil in remembrance of those struggling and those who have already passed in Nepal. (Photo by Kelsey Hamlin.)

Nepal earthquake relief: a reality check on large donors

Want to contribute to Nepal earthquake relief? New investigations show you might be better off going grassroots and avoiding big aid organizations.
Jun 10, 2015
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Navigating America’s biracial identity crisis

We’re living in a post-racial America, right? Then why is identifying as more than one race still so hard?
Jan 9, 2015
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
Violet Lavatai protests outside of a construction site in Rainier Beach in 2012 with Got Green. (Photo courtesy Got Green)

Getting our priorities straight on local jobs

Seattle’s unprecedented construction boom isn’t actually creating many local jobs. Here's a plan to fix that.
Dec 1, 2014
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The Bristol Local Pound: Inspiration for the Sea-Town Dollar?

Other cities are experimenting with local currencies. Would it work in Seattle?
Jun 16, 2014
Daniel Winkler in the field with some prize mushrooms. (Photo courtesy Daniel Winkler)

Meet the fantastic fungus that fuels Tibet’s economy

Local mushroom hunter Daniel Winkler puts the fun in fungi.
Feb 3, 2014
A rainy day in Istanbul (Photo by Thomas Leuthard)

Stormy skies over Turkey as corruption scandal spreads

Can Turkey weather political scandal? Forecast gloomy.
Jan 30, 2014
Dilbarkon Akhmedova sings a traditional Uzbek folk song and represents her hometown of Taskent, which is shares a Sister City relationship with Seattle. (Photo by Christian Zerbel)

Sister Cities reception celebrates Seattle’s international ties

The 17th annual Seattle Sister Cities reception last week brought people from all around the globe to Seattle City Hall to celebrate diversity and cross-cultural relationships.
May 17, 2013
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Google GIFs show a rapidly changing Earth

New satellite images are a jarring reminder of the massive transformations humans have made to the planet. 
May 12, 2013
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Don’t call them victims, these youth are slum changemakers

The polio-fighting, clean water advocating, girls’ rights empowered youth of “The Revolutionary Optimists” shatters everything we thought we knew about creating change. 
Mar 29, 2013
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Slum Rising: Life in Kenya slum sheds light on growing global reality

Slum Rising is our new three-part series exploring the economically complex and culturally rich life in the world’s urban slums.
Mar 11, 2013
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Vancouver native delivers soy milk for Myanmar’s malnourished

It almost sounds too good to be true. In remote areas of Myanmar, a portable soy milk machine that runs without electricity, is cheap and delivers life-saving proteins and vitamins to malnourished orphans. One family from Vancouver has made it their life’s work to keep the milk flowing. 
Dec 3, 2012
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Karachi neighborhood shakes violent reputation to produce top Pakistani athletes

Lyari is the most notorious neighborhood in Pakistan’s largest and most chaotic city. But just like in poor urban areas in the US, young residents are looking toward sports as a way to escape from the violence and turn their neighborhood’s reputation around. Faris Kasim reports from Karachi on the real story behind Lyari’s bad […]
Oct 8, 2012
Actress Olivia Wilde hangs at the Umoja Women's Village in Kenya as part of Half the Sky. (Photo via Jessica Chermayeff/PBS)

Half the Sky: half humanitarian heroics, half celebrity ego trip

Newsflash: being a woman is surreal. Last night I was supposed to be at the gym. So I could look slimmer and prettier or something. But I had a headache. So I stayed on the couch, stumbled across human dolls on Facebook (seriously?!), and tuned in to the much-trumpeted nationwide premier of Half the Sky. […]
Oct 2, 2012
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Sustainable energy venture seeks to turn a profit in the new age of aid

When it comes to international charities, Seattle is home to some of the biggest names in aid that cater to developing countries across the world. But a new model has arrived that is not about handouts, but about making a profit. The idea behind Burro, founded in 2008 by Cranium co-founder Whit Alexander, is to […]
Aug 15, 2012
Farm laborers harvest asparagus in Eastern Washington. Many of the low-wage migrant laborers that harvest our fruits and vegetables depend on food stamp programs that are on the chopping block in the proposed version of the Farm Bill (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Why the food fight over the Farm Bill matters to you

The Farm Bill is a classic democratic-process-headache: a 1,000 page piece of legislation that takes on all things food and agriculture related. It covers everything from food stamps to farmland conservation to nutrition programs to farm subsidies. Past versions have mostly benefited big farmers of soy, corn, and other commodity crops, along with large corporations […]
Jul 18, 2012