The racist practice of mispronouncing names

cross posted from KUOW When Zuheera Ali walks into a coffee shop, she stands outside the door, opens her wallet, takes out her card, figures out exactly what she wants to order, and she reminds herself: ‘You’re Billy. You’re Billy.’ The barista doesn’t believe her, of course. But they can’t do anything about it. As…

Standing for children and families

Cross posted from the Best Starts for Kids blog. As a nation, we have confronted head-on a tragedy that transcends politics: our federal government’s decision to separate more than 2,000 children, including babies, from their parents at our southern border. Weeks after implementing this inhumane policy, the President signed an executive order today stating that…

Seattle and King County Welcome Immigrants

In the aftermath of federal decisions, Seattle and King County are stepping up and stepping out on the issue of immigrant rights. In a vote Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the Seattle School Board unanimously approved a decision to declare the District a “sanctuary district.” Seattle Public Schools staff will never ask for a student’s immigration…