This International Women’s Day, Americans should take a look in the mirror.

I once spent a March 8th in Mexico and was surprised to find the streets filled with parades and vendors selling giant teddy bears in celebration of International Women’s Day. Random people greeted me with a cheerful “Feliz dia de la mujer.” International Women’s Day isn’t such a big deal here in the US, and […]
Mar 8, 2012

Pounding the Pavement to get out the Asian Pacific Islander vote

Despite a growing population, Washington’s Asian Pacific Islander community has a disproportionately low percentage of registered voters. This election season, community leaders are launching a big push to change that. Nancy Huang, a senior at Garfield High School, had never canvassed before. But there she was on a sunny afternoon in Beacon Hill, standing nervously on […]
Apr 20, 2012

Iranian-American candidates weigh in on foreign policy

This election season Washington has an unprecedented number of candidates who are of Iranian heritage. Sahar Fathi and Cyrus Habib for are running for State Representative (in the 36th and 48th districts respectively), and Shahram Hadian is running for Governor. Though Hadian isn’t likely to make it past the primary, Fathi and Habib both have decent chances […]
Jun 8, 2012

Mood at Seattle debate hints that Washington will deliver world’s first pro-gay marriage vote

Washington State could be one of the first places in the world to legalize gay marriage by ballot this November. Currently there are only 10 countries that have legalized or recognized gay marriages, but all have done so through parliaments and governmental bodies. Maryland, Maine and Minnesota are also voting on the issue that would move […]
Oct 3, 2012

Civility be damned! Why Americans like it when politicians fight.

The boxing metaphors are flying about the political “slugfest” at last night’s Vice Presidential debate where a “fiery” Joe Biden “bared his teeth” as he and rival Paul Ryan “fiercely quarreled” It was a stark contrast with the ninety minutes of pleasantries exchanged by President Obama and Mitt Romney last week. At the watch party […]
Oct 12, 2012

Scotland wants a breakup, misogynist schooled on sexism, cats turned copters

Scotland launches breakup campaign after 300-year relationship with England There’s nothing worse than ending a long-term relationship. You have to tell your friends and family and decide who’s going to keep that TV you went halfsies on. But that’s just what the Scottish National Party wants after successfully initiating a referendum for Scottish Independence. However, […]
Oct 18, 2012

Immigrants travel across Washington to lobby Olympia

Immigrant activists left as early as 4 am to travel to Olympia in support of education and policy reform. Our youth reporters got up pretty early as well to cover the action.
Feb 7, 2013

5 things you should know about the new immigration bill

The new immigration reform bill is finally here—so what does it actually say? See the full infographic after the jump.
Apr 17, 2013
(Photo by Cool Revolution / DC Media Group)

Well this is embarrassing: Global perspectives on the government shutdown

Here in the U.S. it may feel like the sky is falling. But many people in the rest of the world are reacting to the government shutdown with a shrug of the shoulders and a chuckle at our expense.
Oct 7, 2013

Live Twitter Chat with Egyptian Youth

A conversation with Egyptian youth in Seattle about Egypt’s politics and future. Tweets about “#sgegypt”
Nov 5, 2013
Campaign pamphlets for Indian-American Socialist candidate Kshama Sawant. (Photo by pnwbot via Flickr)

Is Seattle a white city, or do we just vote that way?

With all of the progressive steps our city has taken in the past few years, why does meaningful minority representation still elude us?
Nov 21, 2013

Nelson Mandela: A true revolutionary never dies

For an Eritrean community leader in Seattle, Nelson Mandela’s legacy lives on. (Artwork by Marc Alexander)
Dec 12, 2013
More than 500 Muslim Americans gathered in the state capitol in Monday to send a clear message to the Legislature: protect low-income housing, pass the DREAM Act and vote against invasive drone surveillance. (Photo by Atia Musazay)

Muslim Americans flex muscle in Olympia, press for minority rights

Hundreds of Muslims from around Washington gathered at the state capitol Monday with clear messages for their legislators.
Jan 21, 2014
Protestors from "Not One More" link arms to block vans from leaving the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. (Photo by Jill Mangaliman)

Showdown in Tacoma blocks deportations

50 protesters locked down in front of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma yesterday in what they promised would be the first of many direct actions to block deportations.
Feb 25, 2014
Gary Locke returns to Seattle after serving as the U.S. ambassador to China from 2011 to 2014. (Photo by Linda Cotton)

Gary Locke: Beyond yellow and white

Gary Locke's work and life have transcended the very binaries of "white" and "yellow" that trap the public into believing one cohesive, authentic identity is impossible.
Mar 17, 2014
(Photo by Deric Gruen)

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
Nearly 10,000 showed up the May Day march with signs and flags, calling for a higher minimum wage and an end to discrimination against immigrants. (Photo by Seth Halleran)

Who really wins with a $15 minimum wage?

Answer: Immigrants, women, minorities.
Jun 18, 2014
Protest against the World Cup in Copacabana on June 12, 2014. (Photo from Agência Brasil, a public Brazilian news agency)

What the World Cup loss means to Brazil

After living in Brazil for over a year, I had mixed feelings on the arrival of the World Cup.
Jul 22, 2014

Washington prepares for 600 unaccompanied minors from Central America

Preparations are underway for local organizations to provide support for the 600 minors who may arrive in Washington in coming weeks.
Jul 24, 2014
The wall of old signs inside of Thompson Signs' warehouse serves as a visual reminder of the mostly white, male political candidates in the northwest. (Photo by Lucas Anderson / UW Election Eye)

Candidates address startling dearth of diversity in State Legislature

Only 13 out of the total 147 state legislators in the state House and Senate are people of color. All 13 are democrats.
Aug 1, 2014