Minority representation still a challenge in hyper-diverse 9th district

When Washington’s congressional districts were redrawn last January, the State Redistricting Commission made a bold move: They split the city of Seattle between two districts in order to create the state’s first ever “majority-minority” district. The 9th Congressional District was shifted northward, leaving behind the Fort Lewis area and rural Pierce County to take in […]
Oct 28, 2012

Fond memories of Somalia manifest at South Seattle restaurant

Al Uruba restaurant on Renton Avenue serves up traditional food in the kind of peaceful setting that may finally be returning to Somalia after decades of war. 
Feb 18, 2013

Not “Just Another Towelhead”: A Globalist Q&A with slam poet Hamda Yusuf

Meet Hamda Yusuf: She’s 19, she’s a local slam poetry champion, and she wants to be the US ambassador to Somalia.
Apr 5, 2013
Abdi Mohamed Ali, left, helps Rachel Eagan pronounce Somali words in an evening class held Tuesday at Foster High School. “You need to speak to Somalis,” to learn, Ali says. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Want to learn a useful foreign language? Try Somali

An evening class at Foster High School in Tukwila is helping people learn Somali. It’s not an easy language, but in a region with a lot of Somali immigrants, a few words go a long way.
Oct 4, 2013

East African community reps respond to Capitol Hill robbery accusations

An open letter from representatives of the Somali and East African communities about crime and discrimination on Capitol Hill.
Sep 22, 2014
Chanting "hands up, don't shoot," protesters briefly blocked the entrance to the Comet Tavern on Black Friday, saying that the business owners discriminated against East African youth. (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Do #BlackLivesMatter on Capitol Hill?

What to make of accusations of racial profiling and police harassment in a neighborhood known for tolerance?
Dec 5, 2014

FBI’s Seattle Somali community outreach programs targeted for spying, reports say

A report says the Seattle FBI community outreach program received orders in 2009 to gather intelligence on Somali community.
Jan 30, 2015
Somali American protestors gathered outside the offices of the nonprofit Refugee Women's Alliance on January 30th. (Photo by Alex Garland)

Somali protestors demand teacher resign over Mohammed cartoons

Refugee Women's Alliance has come under fire after a teacher showed Charlie Hebdo cartoons to a group of Somali youth.
Feb 1, 2015
Hamza Ibrahim, 18, leaps for a rebound during a Companion Athletics basketball game. His team, representing the Ethiopian Muslim Association of Seattle (EAMS) won the championship last year — and involvement in the league encouraged Ibrahim to get his grades up. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

All East African basketball league transforms teens

A new all East African basketball league in Tukwila has given Somali, Ethiopian and Eritrean teens a chance to show off their skills, and raise their grades.
Mar 20, 2015

Changes to WIC program pose challenges for Somali grocers

At SeaTac Produce in Tukwila, Amira Abdulle cheerily greets customers along with her sons, who help to warm sambusas sold in the front case at the register. After shadowing her mother, Sahra, at the Tabarak minimart for nearly 10 years, Abdulle jumped at the opportunity to lease the space next door when a former casino became […]
Mar 27, 2015
Sahra Farah, Director of Somali Community Services of Seattle. (Photo by Jama Abdirahman)

Seattle’s Smartest Global Women: Sahra Farah

A Somali American pioneer challenges her community
Apr 16, 2015

Malitia MaliMob rapper voices Somali American struggles

Tired of living out negative Somali stereotypes, the rapper behind Seattle's Malitia MaliMob decides to confront them head-on.
May 12, 2015
Naima Abdi, 6, sits in the women's section with parents and siblings of players. The organization also has a smaller program for girls held at the SeaTac Community Center. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Closing the “opportunity gap” for South King County immigrant students

Many new immigrant and refugee families say they are being left behind — especially when it comes to education.
Jun 19, 2015

Mayors urge feds to find solution to Somali remittance crisis

Mayors sign resolution calling for feds to find a way for families to resume sending remittances to Somalia.
Jun 23, 2015

Seattle East Africans reach out to police, politicians through iftars

Crosscut posted a two-part series about efforts to build the relationship between Seattle's growing East African communities and city officials and police.
Aug 26, 2015
Cloud 9 in the Central District is one of 11 hookah lounges around the city that appear to be in violation of state laws that prohibit smoking in places of employment. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Replace hookah lounges with safe, healthy spaces for East African youth

A loud minority is demanding hookah lounges get a special exemption from anti-smoking laws. The city shouldn't cave to their pressure.
Sep 2, 2015
Safiyah Ismail, second from left, a nurse at Seattle Children's, answers questions during a gathering of members of the Somali Health Board. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Somali health fair confronts cultural barriers to care

The third annual Somali health fair will provide culturally sensitive advice and services for a community with unique needs.
Nov 13, 2015
Coach Ar Ahmed rallies East African youth players in the Companion Athletics basketball league. The not-for-profit program is one of several trying to address a perceived generation gap in the community. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Trying to make sense of shootings, East Africans see a generation gap

Is a cultural clash between generations in the East African community a root cause for the recent wave of gun violence.
Nov 30, 2015

Seattle police investigating death of Somali teen after community outcry

The family of Hamza Warsame criticized the lack of communication and sensitivity from police immediately after the 16-year-old died.
Dec 8, 2015

Worldwide attention to Somali teen’s death is justified

There are reasons that people have feared that 16-year-old Hamza Warsame's race and religion had something to do with his death.
Dec 11, 2015