Melissa Hellmann

Rhino riggers protest outside of the Jay-Z and Beyonce show outside of Seattle’s CenturyLink Field on Oct. 4, 2018. Photo courtesy of IATSE

The Backstage Blues: Riggers Complain of Unfair Labor Practices

Theatrical stage employees come for the music and stay for the thrill. But at what price?

 

The Seattle City Council voted in favor of the police union’s contract. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

City Council Approves Controversial Police Contract

Despite strong opposition, the majority of councilmembers ratified the agreement.

 

Seattle police car. Photo by Dmitri Fedortchenko, Flickr Creative Commons.

Community Groups and Seattle Police Chief Weigh in On Police Contract

Seven of nine councilmembers will need to pass the agreement to ratify it. What will they decide?

 

The team that advocated for I-1631 at downtown Seattle’s Arctic Club on Nov. 6, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Washington Rejects Carbon Fee

Campaign organizers say they will continue pushing for a cleaner future.

The team that advocated for I-1631 at downtown Seattle’s Arctic Club on Nov. 6, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Tacoma’s Northwest Detention Center is run by Florida-based GEO Group. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Did ICE Retaliate Against a Detainee Over Seattle Weekly Report?

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement denies accusation

Tacoma’s Northwest Detention Center is run by Florida-based GEO Group. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
George Bakan, Seattle Gay News publisher and community activist, sits outside of his Capitol Hill office on Oct. 26. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

LGBTQ Elders Dream of Aging Among Friends

Critics say the city continues to pass over seniors’ need for services.

George Bakan, Seattle Gay News publisher and community activist, sits outside of his Capitol Hill office on Oct. 26. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Community Members Left in the Dark on Police Contract

A community input group submitted briefs to the federal court on Oct. 29, but is the public’s voice truly heard?

New Climate Action Coalition Targets Seattle’s Congestion Crisis

And they’re not happy about Mayor Jenny Durkan’s proposed 2019-2020 budget.

Seattle police car. Photo by Dmitri Fedortchenko, Flickr Creative Commons.

Oversight Group Rebukes Seattle’s Proposed Police Contract

Commissioners say the agreement rolls back reform, but labor groups and Mayor Durkan disagree. Meanwhile, a community activist might sue them.

Seattle police car. Photo by Dmitri Fedortchenko, Flickr Creative Commons.
The Seattle City Council introduced legislation to approve the Seattle Police Officer Guild’s tentative agreement with the city on Oct. 15, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Will Seattle’s Police Contract Stand the Test of Reforms?

The Seattle City Council introduced legislation to approve a long-awaited agreement, but not everyone seems satisfied.

The Seattle City Council introduced legislation to approve the Seattle Police Officer Guild’s tentative agreement with the city on Oct. 15, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Incarcerated and Infirmed: How Northwest Detention Center Is Failing Sick Inmates

Inadequate medical care plagues immigrants at the facility, but ICE claims otherwise.

Most of the tenants at show cause hearings have fallen behind on rent, said Housing Justice Project Managing Attorney Edmund Witter. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

New Report Details Seattle’s Eviction Trends

Analysis of 2017 county records and interviews show that nearly 90 percent of evicted tenants experienced homelessness

Most of the tenants at show cause hearings have fallen behind on rent, said Housing Justice Project Managing Attorney Edmund Witter. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Teen Immigrants in Washington Programs Claim Sexual Assault and Rape

Police reports from federally-funded facilities in Renton and Fife call the minors’ safety into question.

The Westin Seattle workers represented by Unite Here Local 8 gather at Gethsemane Lutheran Church after voting to strike on Sep. 14. Photo by Abby Lawlor

Hotel Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

The Westin Seattle employees will picket to demand higher wages from Marriott International.

The Westin Seattle workers represented by Unite Here Local 8 gather at Gethsemane Lutheran Church after voting to strike on Sep. 14. Photo by Abby Lawlor

Immigrant Youth Vulnerable to Abuse in Centers

Federally-funded facilities struggle to maintain health and safety of minors stuck in limbo

Angel Olsen: Always worth a closer inspection. Photo by Taylor Boylston

The Bare Bones of Angel Olsen

Seattle Weekly chats with the reflective singer-songwriter ahead of her Seattle solo show.

Angel Olsen: Always worth a closer inspection. Photo by Taylor Boylston
Seattle educators gather at a rally outside of John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence on Aug. 16, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Seattle Teachers Union Approves Contract Agreement

The new contract that offers a 10.5 percent pay increase now awaits the School Board’s vote.

Seattle educators gather at a rally outside of John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence on Aug. 16, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
At a Sept. 4 press conference, Neil Fox, secretary of the National Lawyers Guild’s Seattle chapter, opposes City Attorney Pete Holmes’ tough stance on demonstrators who block traffic. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Protesters Vow to Continue Tactics Despite the Threat of Prosecution

The Seattle City Attorney has taken a harder line on demonstrations, but activists aren’t budging.

At a Sept. 4 press conference, Neil Fox, secretary of the National Lawyers Guild’s Seattle chapter, opposes City Attorney Pete Holmes’ tough stance on demonstrators who block traffic. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Seattle School District and Teachers Union Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

The announcement comes after the union voted to authorize a strike if no deal was made by Sept. 5.

Seattle police car. Photo by Dmitri Fedortchenko/Flickr Creative Commons.

State Supreme Court Upholds Ruling on Deadly Force Initiative

The justices denied police reform advocates’ request that the high court reconsider its order to put the police reform measure alone on the ballot.

Seattle police car. Photo by Dmitri Fedortchenko/Flickr Creative Commons.