State Senate Candidate Would Be First Person of Color Representing 34th District

Some know Joe Nguyen as a familiar face because he’s operated in the background of Seattle’s community and politics for so long. Now, he’s deciding to emerge out front, running for a seat in the state Senate representing Washington’s 34th District. “It’s never really been about me,” Nguyen said of his decision to run. “There’sContinue reading “State Senate Candidate Would Be First Person of Color Representing 34th District”

After Tommy Le shooting, King County sheriff introduces new, less lethal weapons and policies

It’s been almost a year since Tommy Le was fatally shot by two members of the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), and the KCSO falsely told the media and Le’s family that he held a knife during the confrontation. It’s been not much more than 100 days since the KCSO had a change in staff.Continue reading “After Tommy Le shooting, King County sheriff introduces new, less lethal weapons and policies”

Local Muslim advocacy organization offers bystander intervention training

Approximately 40 people came to learn bystander training from the Washington Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) on Jan. 13. Bystander training is a nonviolent mechanism for community members to go out into the real world and prevent confrontations from escalating, prevent harassment or hate crimes, and act as better allies. The training event includedContinue reading “Local Muslim advocacy organization offers bystander intervention training”

Memorial honors Seattle-raised Ed Lee, first Asian mayor of San Francisco

The streets by Franklin High School (FHS) were full of parked cars as many showed up to pay their respects Saturday for the recently deceased San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee. Edwin Mah Lee was born and raised in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. Growing up, his siblings saw the traits of a leader. Lee often heldContinue reading “Memorial honors Seattle-raised Ed Lee, first Asian mayor of San Francisco”

Racial disparities, poverty the focus of state budget and policy summit

At a $70-per-ticket summit on December 7, attendees discussed Washington state’s budget and how to change it to benefit marginalized people and close wealth gaps. “When progressives get together we usually agree with one another and vent about Trump and whatever,” said Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, a featured speaker at the Washington State Budget &Continue reading “Racial disparities, poverty the focus of state budget and policy summit”

Community feels left in the dark about Donnie Chin murder investigation

      Donnie Chin was perhaps one of the International District’s most beloved community members. He was a watchdog, a friend, and a family man. Since his death on July 23, 2015, when 59-year-old Chin was caught in the crossfire of what police say was gang violence, the Chinatown International District community and many othersContinue reading “Community feels left in the dark about Donnie Chin murder investigation”

Jayapal leads Seattle town hall rally against Trumpcare

Town Hall Seattle filled with mostly seniors July 6, gathered together for Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D–Wash) as she talked about politicians’ strategies and proposals for America’s new healthcare. The Republican base vowed to rail against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before its implementation, quickly renaming it Obamacare in 2010. After that negative political nickname trickled down throughoutContinue reading “Jayapal leads Seattle town hall rally against Trumpcare”

Justice4TommyLe hears answers, commitments from officials at community-led forum

Tommy Le was a 20-year-old high schooler shot and killed by King County deputies on June 13 after responding to a disturbance call in Burien. Le was to graduate the next day. Le recently bought a tuxedo for his brother’s wedding, but it had to instead be used for his funeral. The family, due to legalContinue reading “Justice4TommyLe hears answers, commitments from officials at community-led forum”

The ACA: Where it stands and how it affects the API community

As the GOP continues to adjust its own plan, healthcare professionals and advocates are doing some serious groundwork around the ACA, which has had a tremendous impact on the Asian Pacific Islander community. One of these advocates is Stephanie Liou, a medical student at the UW. She advocated for the ACA in its inception, andContinue reading “The ACA: Where it stands and how it affects the API community”

Post election: API millennials find silver lining in a Trump presidency

By Kelsey Hamlin It’s been two months since the polls flew in for our president-elect. Monday, the electoral college gathered to cast votes for their state, which finalizes the presidency. For many Asian Pacific Islander millennials who, like most of the world, did not foresee a Trump victory, the weeks following the election have beenContinue reading “Post election: API millennials find silver lining in a Trump presidency”