Contextualizing the death of Charleena Lyles

National and local patterns where people of color die disproportionately at the hands of police
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Seattle’s jagged mountains were shaded blue the morning Charleena Lyles was fatally shot by Steven McNew and Jason Anderson of the Seattle Police Department (SPD), matching that of the community’s reaction to such police violence: tragic and somewhat jaded, topped with anger as sharp as the rocky skyline.

Lyles’ death tacks on yet another name to the list of people killed by police since 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot in 2014, when the nation decided it had enough and finally started taking note. Lyles was a mother of four, and was reportedly pregnant.

Paying Tribute to Charleena Lyles, No Justice No Pride Action Disrupts Pride Parade

The planning was set over the course of a week, organized by three core members. This year’s Pride Parade would feature a surprise altar for Charleena Lyles, a 30-year-old pregnant mother of four killed by Seattle Police Department officers Steven McNew and Jason Anderson on June 18.

via Paying Tribute to Charleena Lyles, No Justice No Pride Action Disrupts Pride Parade — South Seattle Emerald

Five Months Later, Amazon subcontractor SIS Takes Small Steps to Remedy Worker Mistreatment

Photo courtesy of Erin Sroka

When workers allied with SEIU in February, it came to light that, for the second time, Amazon contractor Security Industry Specialists (SIS) was allegedly discriminating against its own workers. After months of continued action, Muslim employees were finally given a list of accessible prayer rooms, but some still face repercussions for taking a stand.

via Five Months Later, Amazon subcontractor SIS Takes Small Steps to Remedy Worker Mistreatment — South Seattle Emerald

Anti-Racist and LGBTQIA Speaker Cancels Town Hall Appearance Due to Death Threats

Citing safety concerns, author and professor Keeanga-Yahmatta Taylor cancelled her event at Town Hall last Wednesday, due to death threats aimed at her and her family. Taylor, who was touring in support of her book From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, also cancelled an appearance at UC Berkeley that was to take place […] This came after Fox News posted her Hampshire College commencement speech, identifying it as an “Anti-POTUS tirade.”

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Students’ Year-long Social Justice Projects Combat Islamophobia And Racial, Gender Stereotypes

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A group of hodge podge high schoolers at The Center School spent their entire senior year preparing for last Friday’s presentations focused on social justice. The rooms were speckled with vibrant hair colors, fabulous femmes, amazingly creative clothing and immaculate make-up.

Teacher Jon Greenberg spearheaded the presentations, which first began in 2009.

“I felt confident enough about widespread quality to invite the press,” he said of the student projects, expressing pride in the young presenters. “They’re picking topics that are so close to them. They’re trying to act on it, to make this a better place for other people.”

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Every journalist should read this

We hosted an immigration panel on last week featuring professionals working to protect the rights of (un)documented immigrants. Together, we broke down what journalists can improve on when it comes to marginalized voices.

[The Northwest Immigrants Rights Project has a hotline specifically for potential sightings of ICE. This group then sends people to check it out, and has a team dedicated to this task; relieving other organizations from the stress of doing more than they were intended to do. Call 844-RAID-REP if you think you’re seeing ICE do something.]

via Recap: Immigration Panel — SPJ UW

Seattle’s Unlikeliest City Council Candidate

His wardrobe is humdrum, his speech informal, and reason for running ad hoc. His name is Eric Smiley. You may have met him at a bus stop or in the tunnel stations, because that’s how he’s trying to compete with the large sums of campaign money backing other councilmember candidates.

But he also just wants to hear what Seattleites are concerned about. There’s one thing distinctly unique about Smiley, however. He is homeless, and has been for three years.

via Seattle’s Unlikeliest City Council Candidate — South Seattle Emerald