Melissa Hellmann

Hosts Kim Sherman and Dan Tenenbaum stand in front of the pilot BLOCK home in Beacon Hill. Photo courtesy Facing Homelessness

An Old Flour Mill Finds New Life in Homeless Programs

The King County property’s nonprofit tenants include builders of backyard cottages for the homeless.

Hosts Kim Sherman and Dan Tenenbaum stand in front of the pilot BLOCK home in Beacon Hill. Photo courtesy Facing Homelessness

Northwest Detention Center Hunger Striker Released After 20 Days in Solitary

The ACLU-WA filed a lawsuit to uphold Jesus Chavez Flores’s First Amendment rights.

In this October 2017 photo, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson described how his office had sued Trump 19 times that year. Photo by Nicole Jennings

Veterans Seeking Housing Turned Away

The State Attorney General discovered ten companies that refused vets with federal housing vouchers.

In this October 2017 photo, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson described how his office had sued Trump 19 times that year. Photo by Nicole Jennings
Adi Chen will soon begin the process of changing their gender designation to ‘x’ on their Washington birth certificate. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
                                Adi Chen will soon begin the process of changing their gender designation to “x” on their Washington birth certificate. 
                                Photo by Melissa Hellmann

An Official Third Option for the Gender Nonbinary

A new Washington Department of Health rule offers a birth certificate gender beyond male or female.

Adi Chen will soon begin the process of changing their gender designation to ‘x’ on their Washington birth certificate. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
                                Adi Chen will soon begin the process of changing their gender designation to “x” on their Washington birth certificate. 
                                Photo by Melissa Hellmann
The Fair Chance Housing Law bars landlords from using criminal records to deny an applicant. Photo by Ken Ratcliff/Flickr

Fair Chance Housing Law Offers Renewed Hope to the Formerly Incarcerated

The new ordinance bars landlords from denying applicants with criminal records.

The Fair Chance Housing Law bars landlords from using criminal records to deny an applicant. Photo by Ken Ratcliff/Flickr
Lokesh Marenayakanapalya, a software engineer at F5 Networks, is one of the roughly 30,000 high-skilled Indian green-card applicants throughout Washington. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Birds in a Cage: The Indian Green Card Backlog

Over 300,000 high-skilled workers are stuck in immigration limbo across the country.

Lokesh Marenayakanapalya, a software engineer at F5 Networks, is one of the roughly 30,000 high-skilled Indian green-card applicants throughout Washington. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Photo by Jessica Spengler/Flickr

Budget Proposal Would Jeopardize Washington’s Food Assistance Program

Policy analysts say Trump’s plan to slash SNAP’s funding would push people further into poverty.

Photo by Jessica Spengler/Flickr
2017 People’s Tribunal, organized by Northwest Detention Center Resistance. Photo by Sara Bernard.

Immigrant Rights Community Responds to Allegations Against Seattle ICE Attorney

Activists say that Monday’s charges further vindicate their fight against the organization’s tactics.

2017 People’s Tribunal, organized by Northwest Detention Center Resistance. Photo by Sara Bernard.
Seattle school bus drivers ended a nine-day strike that affected more than 12,000 students. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Seattle Schools Still Seeking Future Options After Bus Drivers End Nine-Day Strike

As the yellow bus service resumes, the district continues plans to attract more contractors.

Seattle school bus drivers ended a nine-day strike that affected more than 12,000 students. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Seattle will soon vacate misdemeanor marijuana convictions. Photo courtesy of Bob Doran/Flickr

Seattle Moves to Clear Marijuana Misdemeanor Convictions

The mayor and city attorney’s policy change could impact hundreds convicted before weed legalization.

Seattle will soon vacate misdemeanor marijuana convictions. Photo courtesy of Bob Doran/Flickr
Mandy Sladky, a registered nurse, answers questions about safe consumption spaces at a public information booth outside of the Capitol Hill light rail station on February 7, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Nurses Push For Progress on Local Safe Consumption Sites

Heathcare workers believe the controversial supervised drug use facilities could save lives.

Mandy Sladky, a registered nurse, answers questions about safe consumption spaces at a public information booth outside of the Capitol Hill light rail station on February 7, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Larry Nyland speaks at a November press conference about a new agreement between the city and Seattle Public Schools. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Parents and Educators Concerned About Seattle Superintendent Search

Many say that the process has been too hasty and lacked enough input.

Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Larry Nyland speaks at a November press conference about a new agreement between the city and Seattle Public Schools. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Photo by Melissa Hellmann
                                 Ha’aheo Auwae-Dekker talks to other members at an NAACP Youth Coalition meeting on January 31.

Seattle High School Students of Color Demand Their Voices Be Heard

The NAACP Youth Coalition want the district to officially acknowledge “that black lives matter.”

Photo by Melissa Hellmann
                                 Ha’aheo Auwae-Dekker talks to other members at an NAACP Youth Coalition meeting on January 31.
Bus driver Chrystale Holiwell pickets outside of the South Park bus lot on Thursday. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Seattle School Bus Drivers Strike for Health Care

For the second time this school year, bus lots host picket lines. This time, there’s no end in sight.

Bus driver Chrystale Holiwell pickets outside of the South Park bus lot on Thursday. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Katrina Johnson, Charleena Lyles’ cousin, supports offering legal assistance to families involved in police shooting deaths. Photo by Sara Bernard

King County Offers Families of Police Shooting Victims Legal Representation

The Council unanimously voted to provide publicly-funded legal counsel during fact-finding hearings.

Katrina Johnson, Charleena Lyles’ cousin, supports offering legal assistance to families involved in police shooting deaths. Photo by Sara Bernard
Scenes from 4Culture’s Creative Justice program, an arts based alternative to incarceration for King County. (Photo courtesy of Creative Justice/Timothy Aguero Photography)

Politics and Art Clash Over 4Culture’s Future

A county ordinance would impose greater oversight on cultural funding agency. But is that necessary?

Scenes from 4Culture’s Creative Justice program, an arts based alternative to incarceration for King County. (Photo courtesy of Creative Justice/Timothy Aguero Photography)
Jagajit Singh Samra and his wife Parwinder in their West Seattle business, A Pizza Mart. Courtesy of Keep Seattle Livable for All

Small Businesses Aren’t Too Sweet on New Beverage Tax

The tax on sugary drinks rolled out on Jan. 1, but not everyone is happy.

Jagajit Singh Samra and his wife Parwinder in their West Seattle business, A Pizza Mart. Courtesy of Keep Seattle Livable for All
The front of the Children and Family Justice Center. (Image courtesy of King County website)

Future Funding Sources for Youth Detention Facility Are Uncertain

If King County loses its Supreme Court appeal, where will money to complete construction come from?

The front of the Children and Family Justice Center. (Image courtesy of King County website)
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)

The State’s Deadly Force Law for Police Could Soon Change

Initiative 940 received enough signatures to head to the state Legislature or the ballot.

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)

How a Women’s March Organizer Found Her Voice and Passed the Mic

Immigrant. Mother. Detainee. Activist. Asha Mohamed has found resolve since the first Women’s March.