Abubakar Abdi, who was shot and killed on in South Seattle on Sunday. (Photo courtesy the Abdi family)

You want to stop the gun violence killing East African youth? Start acting like it.

I went to the funeral of another East African youth killed by gun violence this week. Where were our community leaders?
Oct 16, 2015
Mourners pay their respects outside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church after the street was re-opened a day after a mass shooting left nine dead during a bible study at the church in Charleston, South Carolina June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Anger, sadness in Seattle after Charleston shooting

Seattle reacted to the news that a white man started shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, SC, killing nine.
Jun 18, 2015
Demonstrators at Westlake Park last weekend protest a rash of police killing civilians. (Photo by Sara McCaslin)

How our police became soldiers (and how we can change them back)

The standoff in Ferguson has Seattleites wondering what kind of paramilitary equipment our local police are packing.
Aug 20, 2014
An oil worker shows the scar where he says he was shot by police during protests in Zhanouzen last December (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

More blood for oil in Kazakhstan

I spent my first night in Kazakhstan at a punk show in the hills surrounding the capital, Almaty. There were 22’s of local beer, calf tattoos, bikes, a guy named “Joy” bragging about his small family farm and French Screamo music. It could have been a late summer evening in Seattle – well, minus the […]
Sep 25, 2012
Mass shootings like the one by James Holmes at a Batman movie premiere in Colorado last month have not prompted serious political dialogue about gun control, despite the ease with which mentally ill people and members of hate groups appear to obtain weapons. (Photo from REUTERS/RJ Sangosti)

Getting strapped in New Zealand, Americans learn ropes of gun control

Gun violence is an unfortunate and irrefutable part of American culture. An American my age can almost mark years of their life by instances of extreme violence committed by armed nutcases, from Waco, to Columbine High School, to the DC Sniper, to Virginia Tech, to Tucson, to last month in Aurora, Colorado, and the shootings […]
Aug 6, 2012