Monday is Muslim Day at the Capitol

For the past few years, Muslims in the state of Washington have been going to Olympia on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to celebrate the memory of one of the nation’s greatest advocates for civil rights and human dignity. The event has been a great success, drawing several hundred Muslims from all over the state […]
Jan 14, 2012

Ten countries that were ahead of Washington on same-sex marriage

After a vote in the Washington state Senate last night, we’re just a few small steps away from becoming the seventh state in America to approve same-sex marriage. As a long-time bastion of gay culture and gay rights activism, many believe it’s about time. We Seattleites pride ourselves on being on the cutting edge of […]
Feb 2, 2012
Pride Parade

The international fight for gay rights comes to Seattle

The national conversation about LGBT rights has reached a fever pitch. On Wednesday, President Obama confirmed his opinion that same-sex marriage should be legal, becoming the first sitting president to publicly support one of the most controversial civil rights issues of our time. Just the day before, North Carolinians voted to ban same-sex marriages, partnerships and civil unions, becoming the […]
May 11, 2012

Poster campaign targets human trafficking along I-5

The border with Canada, international port, and farm work make Washington State a hot spot for slavery and human trafficking. But our state is also a leader in innovative anti-trafficking action. The State Attorney General’s office website boasts that, “Washington was the first state to pass a law criminalizing human trafficking and we have the most stringent […]
May 22, 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

Northwest women hope to make an Olympic impact in London

Olympic fever begins today! Our partners at the Seattle Times have unleashed an awesome info-graphic to help you track how our local athletes are performing at the games. As you might expect, one big Northwest impact at the games will be in Soccer – with four Seattle Sounders Women, including Tri-Cities native Hope Solo, joining […]
Jul 27, 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

In honor of I-502: A Globalist marijuana travel guide

My name is Sara and I smoke pot. Ahh. I feel so much better. And if Initiative 502 passes next month, there’s going to be a lot more people coming out of their smoky closets. Our state looks to be on the verge of legalizing pot for recreational use, so it’s about time we start […]
Oct 10, 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

You might be a socialist if… An interview with Kshama Sawant

Update: Sawant lost the below-mentioned election for State Legislature, but she just won a seat on the Seattle City Council. To the best of our knowledge, everything else she said in this interview from last year is still true. Kshama Sawant is a pretty cool lady. She’s a socialist who won the opportunity to challenge […]
Oct 30, 2012

Is the Northwest a Coal Scrooge?

When you go to sleep tonight, Seattle will be visited by three ghosts: the ghost of energy’s past, the ghost of energy’s present and the ghost of energy yet to come. The question is, will we wake up and shape our own destiny? Imagine a mountain of billowing, black coal taller than the Columbia tower […]
Dec 10, 2012

Seattle NGOs asked to do something incredible: work together

I’m an amateur choir geek and a professional international development wonk. Those things might seem unrelated, but they do have one thing common: when talented and creative people come together, beautiful harmonies are made. In a choir, it’s obvious how making great music works. But in the struggle to reduce poverty around the world, it’s […]
Dec 13, 2012
A discarded can of US food aid in Ethiopia. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

WA farmers and charities fixing to fight against food aid reform

President Obama’s food-aid reform proposals sound like a common sense way to feed more of the world’s poor. But from farms, to ports, to global charities, Washington State has a lot riding on the status quo. 
May 31, 2013

Is Cascadia the new Québec?

Local activists hope their push for a strong regional identity leads to something more.
Feb 21, 2014
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
Since 1992, Satya Nadella has brought Microsoft engineering expertise, business savvy, innovation and the ability to bring colleagues together, says Microsoft founder Bill Gates. (Photo from TechAttack.my)

India-born innovator Satya Nadella takes the helm at Microsoft

Yesterday was a historic day for Microsoft with Satya Nadella’s appointment as the company's new CEO.
Feb 5, 2014

Seattle mountaineers seek adventure across the globe

Want to climb K2? Start in Seattle.
Feb 18, 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
Anacortes-based group, Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble, are a regular act at Folklife. Here, they perform at the annual Spring Festa in Skagit County, another one of their regular annual gigs. (Photo from www.goskagit.com)

Folklife Festival: A Memorial Day weekend from around the world

This weekend Seattle Center will transform into a microcosm of the Northwest’s prolific community of world music and arts. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the rich cultural diversity of the Pacific Northwest all in one place, this is where you will find it.
May 23, 2014