Seattle activists hope the Arab Spring will blossom in Tibet

Local Tibetans and supporters marched from Ballard to downtown Seattle on Wednesday to mark Losar, the start of the Tibetan new year. But instead of celebrating, the marchers carried cardboard coffins draped in Tibetan flags, to symbolize the estimated 25 monks and nuns who have self-immolated in the past year in protest of Chinese rule […]
Feb 23, 2012

Seattle activists unite at G8 and NATO summit protests in Chicago

When the WTO protests happened in Seattle in 1999, I was a 17 year old teenager working for minimum wage at a Taco Time in West Seattle. I was about to graduate high school but I didn’t think I’d be going to college. I thought I wasn’t smart enough to get a scholarship and my […]
May 23, 2012

All quiet on UW campus as tuition rises

When students in Quebec heard earlier this summer that the government planned to raise college tuition by 75%, hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Montreal in massive protests. If the increases go through, their tuition will be almost $4,000 per year. University of Washington students, on the other hand, may soon be paying more […]
Aug 10, 2012

Global women’s rights supporters buzz off hair in Bald Solidarity

She saw it all roll down on the floor of her office building with a mere stroke of a roaring electric shaver. With her head peaking out of a draped trash bag that worked as a hair-cutting cape, Hannah Perls saw her long, brown hair all gone in less than five minutes. Perls shaved her […]
Aug 20, 2012

Anti-Putin protests unite Russian opposition

What do a communist, an ultra-nationalist and a gay rights activist have in common? In Russia, they all oppose the regime of President Vladimir Putin. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in central Moscow on Saturday in the first major protest in three months, proving that the anti-Putin movement still has the […]
Sep 16, 2012

Video: #IdleNoMore protests coal trains

In Canada, the birthplace of the “Idle No More” movement, six members of the Cree tribe are nearing the end of a 1000 mile trek to the nation’s capital to protest the enduring poverty of indigenous Canadians. For marchers closer to home, the protest route on Thursday was barely four miles long. But the cause […]
Mar 22, 2013
This photo of a Turkish woman being pepper sprayed by a police officer has become a uniting symbol for the protestors in Turkey. (Photo by REUTERS/Osman Orsal)

What the heck is happening in Turkey?

A small cadre of Turkish Seattleites are organizing support for escalating protests they say are about saving democracy in Turkey.
Jun 5, 2013
A volunteer handed out food from the patio of the Taksim Square Starbucks in Istanbul, Turkey last week. (Photo by Christan Leonard)

Starbucks lends a hand (and a toilet) to Turkish protesters

Starbucks has long been a target of anti-corporate protests. But one store on Istanbul’s Taksim Square has quietly given aid to Turkish protestors.
Jun 13, 2013
Protesters attempt to stop a police truck from passing in Istanbul's Taksim Square on Tuesday. (Photo by Christan Leonard)

The view from Gezi Park

Seattleite Christan Leonard is in Istanbul documenting a protest movement that is turning out to be about a lot more than saving a park.  
Jun 12, 2013
Protesters burn an effigy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III during a rally to coincide with his fourth State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) on Monday July 22. (Photo by Bullit Marquez / AP)

Manila newest hot spot for international wave of protests

Why I spent the last week building a giant effigy of the president of the Philippines.
Jul 25, 2013
LGBT Activists at a September 2012 anti-Putin rally in Moscow. Photo by Sarah Stuteville.

Seattle to rally in support of Russia’s LGBT Community

Tonight Seattle joins a growing group of cities hosting rallies in support of Russia’s LGBT community.
Aug 2, 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
Protestors throw Molotov cocktails at police in Kiev in January. (Photo by Mstyslave Chernov via Wikipedia)

To local Ukrainians, the true enemy is corruption

The protests in Ukraine were originally framed as a conflict over whether or not the country should join the European Union. But Ukrainian Americans here in the Pacific Northwest say the “revolution” is really a desire to end corruption.
Feb 28, 2014
A protestor’s 15 Now sign sits strapped to his bicycle as marchers cross the Madison St. Bridge, entering downtown. (Photo by Seth Halleran)

Mayor’s plan not enough for May Day marchers

Thousands of marchers wound their way through Seattle Thursday afternoon to advocate for worker and immigrant’s rights — and to protest Mayor Ed Murray’s brand new proposal for a $15/hour minimum wage phased-in over seven years. “Every year of a phase-in is yet another year a worker has to live in poverty!” Socialist City Council member Kshama […]
May 3, 2014

A dozen coups later, will Thailand ever be stable?

It might still be a nice place to vacation, but Thursday's military coup was the latest indicator of years of government disfunction in Thailand.
May 22, 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

Why block the boat? Resistance from Ferguson to Palestine to the Philippines

Northwest activists are attempting to block an Israeli shipping company from unloading at Puget Sound ports in order to put a dent in the dollars funding Israel's military actions in Gaza.
Aug 25, 2014
Umbrellas, used by student protesters in Hong Kong to shield themselves from police pepper spray, have become symbols of the nacent pro-democracy movement. (Photo by Gennie Gebhart)

Umbrellas up: UW students turn out in force behind Hong Kong protests

Seattle’s skies were clear on Wednesday night, but the University of Washington’s Red Square was a sea of umbrellas.
Oct 2, 2014