Melissa Hellmann

Maru Mora Villalpando stands outside of the Seattle Immigration Court after her first deportation hearing on March 15, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Anti-ICE Organizer Stands Defiant at Her Own Deportation Hearing

Hundreds gathered in support of Maru Mora-Villalpando outside of Seattle Immigration Court.

Maru Mora Villalpando stands outside of the Seattle Immigration Court after her first deportation hearing on March 15, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Garfield High School students stand in silence to protest gun violence. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Seattle Students Take Part in the National School Walkout

Garfield High School students pay tribute to the Parkland victims by rallying for gun control.

Garfield High School students stand in silence to protest gun violence. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Reproductive rights marchers during the 2017 Seattle Pride Parade. Photo by Bobby Arispe Jr./Flickr

Seattle Abortion Providers Weigh in on Reproductive Parity Act

The newly passed state legislation will cover abortion services for private insurance holders.

Reproductive rights marchers during the 2017 Seattle Pride Parade. Photo by Bobby Arispe Jr./Flickr
Namasgay participants gather at a local meetup. Photo courtesy of Frank Macri

Making a Home for Spiritually-Minded LGBTQ Folks

Namasgay hosts local events for queer people seeking greater self-actualization.

Namasgay participants gather at a local meetup. Photo courtesy of Frank Macri
Gold 6 is assisting United Way by preparing taxes for low to median income Seattleites. Photo courtesy of Kimberly Brown

Youth Help Low-Income Seattlelites File Taxes

The AmeriCorps NCCC offers free tax preparations at 30 locations throughout King County until April.

Gold 6 is assisting United Way by preparing taxes for low to median income Seattleites. Photo courtesy of Kimberly Brown
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