Melissa Hellmann

Greg DiGiacomo, Judson Kane, and Darryl James (left to right) attend a Seattle Education Association meeting at Benaroya Hall to vote for a strike authorization on Aug. 28, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Seattle Educators Vote to Authorize Strike

Teachers will picket for the second time in three years if an agreement isn’t made with the district by Sep. 5.

Greg DiGiacomo, Judson Kane, and Darryl James (left to right) attend a Seattle Education Association meeting at Benaroya Hall to vote for a strike authorization on Aug. 28, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Esther Lucero, the chief executive officer of the Seattle Indian Health Board. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Indian Health Board.

High Rates of Sexual Violence Among Seattle Native Women Shows Need for Greater Resources

Community leaders say that historical trauma has led to a culture of silencing and not holding perpetrators accountable.

Esther Lucero, the chief executive officer of the Seattle Indian Health Board. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Indian Health Board.
New citizens at a naturalization ceremony at Grand Canyon National Park on Sept. 23, 2010. Flickr/National Park Service photo by Michael Quinn

Open Letter Calls on Amazon and Microsoft to Withdraw Support for Elimination of Green Card Limit

An Iranian American advocacy group voices concern over proposed changes to the immigration system.

New citizens at a naturalization ceremony at Grand Canyon National Park on Sept. 23, 2010. Flickr/National Park Service photo by Michael Quinn
Soldiers and civilians at a naturalization ceremony during the 68th Annual Seafair Fleet Week in Seattle on Aug. 4, 2017. Flickr/U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Dickinson.

Seattle Officials Urge Trump Administration to Address the Naturalization Backlog

The Seattle City Council and Mayor Jenny Durkan have called for a reduction in citizenship application delays.

Soldiers and civilians at a naturalization ceremony during the 68th Annual Seafair Fleet Week in Seattle on Aug. 4, 2017. Flickr/U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Dickinson.
Hundreds of teachers rally outside of John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence to ask for raises in the upcoming contract with Seattle Public Schools. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Is a Strike Looming at Seattle Public Schools?

Some educators say they’re ready to stall negotiations to demand competitive wages.

Hundreds of teachers rally outside of John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence to ask for raises in the upcoming contract with Seattle Public Schools. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Carmen Best was confirmed as the Seattle Police Chief on Aug. 13. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Police Department.

There’s a New Police Chief In Town

Seattle City Council Confirms Carmen Best as the Chief of the Seattle Police Department

Carmen Best was confirmed as the Seattle Police Chief on Aug. 13. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Police Department.
Developmental Disabilities Administration employees take a break during the workday to advocate for higher pay and affordable health insurance on August 9, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

State Employees Can’t Afford Seattle

As the cost of living booms, case managers in contract negotiations cite low wages for high turnover rates.

Developmental Disabilities Administration employees take a break during the workday to advocate for higher pay and affordable health insurance on August 9, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Garfield High School. Photo by Joe Wolf/Flickr

Seattle Public Schools and Teachers’ Unions Spar Over Alleged Deficits

SPS says the McCleary Supreme Court ruling will cost them money, while teachers argue it should increase funding.

Garfield High School. Photo by Joe Wolf/Flickr
Velma Veloria, Sutapa Basu, and Emma Catague (left to right) have worked to spread labor trafficking awareness over the past two decades. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Advocates Seek to Eradicate Labor Trafficking in Washington

Meet the three local woman who are bringing the issue to the forefront.

Velma Veloria, Sutapa Basu, and Emma Catague (left to right) have worked to spread labor trafficking awareness over the past two decades. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Defense Distributed’s 3D printed gun, The Liberator. Photo by Vvzvlad/Wikimedia Commons

Washington Leads Legal Challenge Banning Access to 3D Printed Guns

The AG’s office plans to file a lawsuit blocking a website from disseminating digital firearm files.

Defense Distributed’s 3D printed gun, The Liberator. Photo by Vvzvlad/Wikimedia Commons
Protestors gather at SeaTac’s Families Belong Together rally. Photo by Alex Garland

Future Remains Uncertain for Separated Immigrant Children as the Federal Reunification Deadline Passes

There are still known five youths who remain in federally-funded Seattle-area shelters.

Protestors gather at SeaTac’s Families Belong Together rally. Photo by Alex Garland

Can the Showbox Be Saved?

Seattleites express outrage over the potential loss of the music venue and look to preserve it via historic landmark status.

Green Lake wading pool. Photo courtesy Seattle Parks/Flickr

How to Beat Seattle’s Summer Heat

With increased temperatures, the City has options to stay cool.

Green Lake wading pool. Photo courtesy Seattle Parks/Flickr
Katrina Johnson, Charleena Lyles’ cousin, speaks at a press conference for De-Escalate Washington’s I-940 on July 6, 2017. Photo by Sara Bernard

Communities of Color Respond to Police Chief Best’s Nomination

Although its a mixed bag for some, the families affected by police shootings say she’s the best one for the job.

Katrina Johnson, Charleena Lyles’ cousin, speaks at a press conference for De-Escalate Washington’s I-940 on July 6, 2017. Photo by Sara Bernard
Protestors gather at SeaTac’s Families Belong Together rally. Photo by Alex Garland

Seattle’s Separated Children

A local non-profit houses several immigrant youths who were separated from their parents at the border. But for how long?

Protestors gather at SeaTac’s Families Belong Together rally. Photo by Alex Garland
Between Seattle’s $15 minimum wage and the new no-poach cause agreement, Washington has been leading the nation in advancing fast food workers’ rights. Photo by Fibonacci Blue/Flickr

Washington AG’s Deal Grants Mobility to Fast Food Workers Nationwide

Seven fast food chains have agreed to end no-poaching policies that economists say cause wage stagnation.

Between Seattle’s $15 minimum wage and the new no-poach cause agreement, Washington has been leading the nation in advancing fast food workers’ rights. Photo by Fibonacci Blue/Flickr
Dianne Laurine (left) and Shaun Bickley (right), Commissioners for the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities, say that the city didn’t consult with the disabled community prior to passing the straw ban. [Image description: Laurine is wearing a purple turtleneck and facing Bickley, who has blue hair and is wearing a striped blue shirt. They are sitting at a table at Queen Anne’s Uptown Espresso.] Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Straw Ban Leaves Disabled Community Feeling High and Dry

Although the city says that disabled people are exempted from the ban, the impacted community says that businesses haven’t gotten the message loud and clear.

Dianne Laurine (left) and Shaun Bickley (right), Commissioners for the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities, say that the city didn’t consult with the disabled community prior to passing the straw ban. [Image description: Laurine is wearing a purple turtleneck and facing Bickley, who has blue hair and is wearing a striped blue shirt. They are sitting at a table at Queen Anne’s Uptown Espresso.] Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Washington Residents Seek Greater Governmental Transparency

Lawsuits and a national campaign show that Washingtonians are dissatisfied with the status quo.

The Deferred Dreams of Working Women on H-4 Visas

Thousands of Indian women throughout the country could once again be barred from employment.

The Supreme Court of the United States. Photo by Matt Wade/Flickr

How Will the Supreme Court’s Janus vs. AFSCME Ruling Impact Washington’s Unions?

The case decision eliminates “fair share” fees, but local unions say they’re prepared.

The Supreme Court of the United States. Photo by Matt Wade/Flickr