The Voices of Children: A Documentary Screening and Dialogue on Children’s Rights

Children have the right to be heard. Through language, drawings, movement, and play, children strive to communicate their beliefs, understandings, and needs. But often children’s experiences are discounted, their contributions to society minimized, and their voices silenced. If we listen to children’s ideas and closely observe their actions, what can we learn of their views about […]
Nov 7, 2017

Asians see decrease in hate crimes, but discrimination hasn’t gone away

Hate crimes against Asians are at their lowest rate in five years, but that doesn't mean that racist speech and acts of discrimination have gone away.
Jun 5, 2017

Amazon prayer rooms now available to Muslim security contract employees

Muslim security workers at Amazon say they have won an important concession — but also say that a culture of retaliation over labor activities remains.
May 17, 2017

Muslim woman says Sound Credit Union discriminated against her for wearing hood

The woman says her issue was not with the rule asking customers to remove their hats and hoods, but with the unequal treatment by the credit union.
May 8, 2017

Asian Americans question if race played a role in United Airlines incident

Some have questioned whether ethnicity — and the Asian model minority myth — played a role in how United Airlines forcibly removed passenger David Dao.
Apr 14, 2017
Garfield High School students and teachers in a science class. (Photo from Flickr by NWABR)

Why are Seattle Public Schools still so segregated?

For years Seattle Public Schools have hosted magnet programs in schools with lots of students of color. But that doesn't help if those programs mostly serve white students.
Dec 12, 2016

23 Seattle landlords charged in discrimination probe

As hard as it might be to rent in Seattle, families with children, people with disabilities and people with federal housing assistance have it harder, a city probe found. A city of Seattle investigation has resulted in 23 director’s charges against landlords for violations of fair housing laws, the city announced this week. The Seattle Office […]
May 3, 2016
Media portrayals of the hood got you shook? (Still from Boyz n the Hood)

Who’s afraid of Rainier Beach?

What makes it the hood? Crime? Poverty? Or just fewer white folks?
Jul 3, 2014
Young men play soccer in Uganda, which now has one of the world's harshest anti-homosexuality laws. (Photo by Scott Macklin)

Pride and Prejudice: Life under Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ bill

It's easy to assume the world is getting progressively more tolerant toward LGBT rights. But in Uganda, things are getting worse — and fast.
Jun 27, 2014
A medical interpreter assists a patient in Tonga during an eye exam. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Valcarcel / U.S. Navy)

From hospitals to courtrooms, new tools to topple language barriers

Imagine walking into an emergency room or doctor’s office needing medical care, and every sign and piece of paper handed to you is in a different language. You struggle to talk to the front desk clerk, who only speaks a broken version of your language. You take your best guess at how to fill in […]
Apr 29, 2014
Damon Shadid, candidate for Seattle Municipal Court. (Photo by Ellen M Banner / The Seattle Times)

Shadid seeks spot for Arab Americans on court

Immigration and criminal defense lawyer Damon Shadid looks to make history by running for a seat on Seattle's Municipal Court.
Mar 7, 2014

Hijab Day celebrants invite non-Muslims to walk a mile in their headscarves

How are women who wear headscarves treated in Seattle? The best way to find out is to try it for yourself.
Feb 4, 2014
National Security Agency headquarters, in Maryland. (Photo from Wikipedia)

Arab and Muslim communities react to NSA surveillance leak

So the government’s been spying on us? Arab and Muslim activists in Seattle say they aren’t surprised.
Jun 25, 2013
TSA Body Scanner Images

The trouble with traveling while Arab

I waited too long to book a flight home to visit my family in Amman to be picky about my flights. The only option under $2000 was a four hour layover at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. The price and timing was fine. The racial profiling and accusation that I might be a terrorist was not.
Aug 9, 2012

Blaming China for economic woes is nothing new in the Northwest

The angry mobs entered Chinatown and went door-to-door, rounding up Chinese immigrants and herding hundreds of them down to the docks. But the mobs of white workers, who blamed Chinese immigrants for the poor economy, didn’t have enough money to pay the fares for all the passengers to ship them away by boat. A tense […]
Feb 15, 2012