This Monday, Jan. 18, many Americans across the nation — but not enough — will celebrate and honor the legacy of the most famous Civil Rights activist in this country. Instead of treating this federal holiday like any other day off of work, we strongly urge you to attend and participate in the 34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, a rally and march, at Garfield High School in Seattle.
Asian groups file complaint over Harvard admission
By Jesse J. Holland Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An alliance of Asian American groups on Friday filed a federal complaint against Harvard University, saying that the school and other Ivy League institutions are using racial quotas to admit students other than high-scoring Asians. More than 60 Chinese, Indian, Korean, and Pakistani groups came together […]
Gaming, gender shifts, and a Samurai among Panthers
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly In Real Life Written by Cory Doctorow, Illustrated by Jen Wang First Second, 2014 After a guest speaker visits her class at school, Anda joins the world of Coarsegold Online, a massively multiplayer role-playing game. She ends up spending most of her free time playing and for the naturally […]
Past, present Asian activists connect and share insights
By James Tabafunda Northwest Asian Weekly Speed dating brings total strangers together to meet each other and talk about themselves, all within one five-minute round after another with new partners.<!–more–> A similar kind of timed — but longer — interaction took place between Asian American student activists and their predecessors from generations past at the […]
COMMENTARY: Expand opportunities for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders
By Sefa Aina For Northwest Asian Weekly In February, President Obama launched his My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to expand opportunity for all young men and boys of color. This initiative builds upon collaboration between leading foundations and businesses to ensure that all young men and boys are able to achieve their full potential, regardless of […]
New Seattle employment law limits use of criminal history
On Nov. 1, a new employment law went into effect in the City of Seattle. The Seattle Job Assistance Ordinance (JAO) limits how employers can use criminal records for hiring and employment decisions for employees working within Seattle city limits.
Civil rights group asks feds to investigate Kentucky school district
By Staff The Associated Press RUSSELL, Ky. (AP) — A civil rights organization has asked a pair of federal agencies to investigate the Russell Independent Schools in eastern Kentucky over allegations that a 14-year-old Asian-American student has been repeatedly harassed.
City Council Confirms 13 of 15 Community Police Commissioners
The Seattle Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee, chaired by councilman Bruce Harrell, held a hearing on March 13 to review and approve nominees for the Seattle Community Police Commission. The Commission will help reform the Seattle Police Department as required by the U.S. Department of Justice Settlement Agreement.
Bruce Harrell kicks off campaign on Capitol Hill — Councilmember calls on city’s diverse communities for change
By Travis Quezon Northwest Asian Weekly Over 600 people rallied in support of Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell’s bid for mayor during his Feb. 7 campaign kick-off at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill.
COMMENTARY: Healthier days are ahead
By Janet Chung, Legal Voice; and Gabriela Quintana, Seattle Coalition for a Healthy Workforce FOR NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Seattle summers are the best. But with school, fall weather and flu season around the corner, juggling work and family responsibilities will get a little more challenging. There is a bright spot ahead, though.