Civil Rights http://kplu.org en Seattle Civil Rights Leader Honored With Street Sign http://kplu.org/post/seattle-civil-rights-leader-honored-street-sign <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A street in Seattle’s central area has been named Reverend Dr. S. McKinney Avenue, for the local civil rights leader.</span></p><p>Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed an ordinance&nbsp; Wednesday, February 12, designating 19th Avenue, from East Union to East Madison Street, Reverend Dr. S. McKinney Avenue. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 04:56:42 +0000 Paula Wissel 13593 at http://kplu.org Seattle Civil Rights Leader Honored With Street Sign Tacoma Professor Tells The Story Of The 'Sharecropper's Troubadour' http://kplu.org/post/tacoma-professor-tells-story-sharecroppers-troubadour <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The movie "12 Years A Slave" has made clear the extent of the brutality slaves had to endure before emancipation. But life in the segregationist south up until the civil rights movement was, in many ways, not much better than during slavery.</span></p><p>That’s clear in "Sharecropper's Troubadour,"&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the latest book</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;from Michael Honey, the Fred T. and Dorothy G. Haley Endowed Professor of the Humanities at the University of Washington Tacoma</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It’s an oral history of an African-American man named John </span>Handcox,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;who braved the wrath of plantation owners by using his gift for song to organize sharecroppers into a union.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 12700 at http://kplu.org Tacoma Professor Tells The Story Of The 'Sharecropper's Troubadour' While Dr. King Dreamed, Seattleites Marched for Housing http://kplu.org/post/while-dr-king-dreamed-seattleites-marched-housing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fifty years ago today, a quarter-million people gathered in Washington, D.C., to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. But the summer of 1963 marked a critical point in Seattle history as well, as young activists staged the city’s first sit-ins of the civil rights movement.</span></p><p>The issue that galvanized them was housing discrimination. And in a place that likes to think of itself as progressive, segregation was rampant.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 9779 at http://kplu.org While Dr. King Dreamed, Seattleites Marched for Housing Fifty Years after 1963 March in D.C., One Woman Remembers http://kplu.org/post/fifty-years-after-1963-march-dc-one-woman-remembers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Later this month marks the </span>50th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of a watershed in American civil rights history. That’s when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and gave his “I have a dream” speech.</span></p><p>Tomorrow, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists is organizing <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/208132129342937/" target="_blank">a march in Seattle</a> to commemorate the 1963 March on Washington. For one woman who grew up in Seattle, the memory is still fresh.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 9645 at http://kplu.org Fifty Years after 1963 March in D.C., One Woman Remembers Statewide bus tour demands immigration reform http://kplu.org/post/statewide-bus-tour-demands-immigration-reform <p>Imagine living your life in a legal limbo, with fear of deportation looming and constant uncertainty about your future.</p><p>That’s the reality for many immigrants in Washington State. Several dozen of them are boarding a bus that will criss-cross the state this week to tell their stories and demand comprehensive immigration reform.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7888 at http://kplu.org Statewide bus tour demands immigration reform Undercover sting finds illegal housing discrimination in Seattle http://kplu.org/post/undercover-sting-finds-illegal-housing-discrimination-seattle <p>A snapshot of everyday business practices displays a pattern of discrimination against black and disabled renters in Seattle. That&rsquo;s the conclusion of <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/news/detail.asp?ID=12207&amp;dept=15">an undercover investigation</a> by the city&rsquo;s Office for Civil Rights.&nbsp;</p><p>The city contracted with the non-profit Fair Housing Center of Washington to test 48 properties that were randomly selected. It found more than half of all properties tested showed evidence of illegal housing discrimination.</p><p> Fri, 21 Oct 2011 17:16:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2960 at http://kplu.org Undercover sting finds illegal housing discrimination in Seattle Bellingham mayor apologizes, 125 years after expulsion of Chinese http://kplu.org/post/bellingham-mayor-apologizes-125-years-after-expulsion-chinese <p>Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike has issued a formal apology to the Chinese community for the expulsion of their people,125 years ago.</p><p>Pike says the apology is meant to make it clear: authorities now see the racist actions by regional governments and their supporters more than a century ago were wrong.</p><blockquote><p>In 1885 and 1886, thousands of <a href="http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&amp;File_Id=2060">Chinese immigrants</a> were driven out of Puget Sound towns during an economic downturn. Civic leaders and town newspapers argued the new residents were taking jobs away from white people.</p></blockquote><p>The apology and related events this week in Bellingham are part of a year-long <a href="http://iexaminer.org/cerp/">Chinese Expulsion Remembrance Project</a>. Seattle, <a href="http://americollector.com/unhappy/">Tacoma,</a> Olympia and Mount Vernon are also taking part. The project also has a <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chinese-Expulsion-Remembrance-Project/169280723096193">Facebook page</a>. Fri, 27 May 2011 15:34:23 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1687 at http://kplu.org Bellingham mayor apologizes, 125 years after expulsion of Chinese Feds launch civil rights investigation of Seattle Police http://kplu.org/post/feds-launch-civil-rights-investigation-seattle-police <p><em>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-960821.mp3</em></p><p><em>Update 2:55 p.m.</em></p><p>The federal Department of Justice is launching a full-scale investigation into possible discrimination and excessive use of force in the Seattle Police Department. The probe will review the department&rsquo;s policies, practices and behavior.</p><p>The investigation will look for what&rsquo;s called a &ldquo;pattern or practice&rdquo; of civil rights violations in how the Seattle police use force, especially against minorities.</p><p> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 22:03:17 +0000 Liam Moriarty 1116 at http://kplu.org Feds launch civil rights investigation of Seattle Police Washington to recognize same-sex marriages from other states http://kplu.org/post/washington-recognize-same-sex-marriages-other-states <p>Same-sex marriages performed in other states will be recognized as domestic partnerships in Washington State under a bill now awaiting Gov. Chris Gregoire&#39;s&nbsp;signature.&nbsp;</p><p>House Bill 1649 <a href="http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1649">passed the state senate</a> Wednesday 28-19. It was already approved by the House of Representatives.</p> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 21:26:24 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1115 at http://kplu.org Washington to recognize same-sex marriages from other states Seattle expands definition of service animal http://kplu.org/post/seattle-expands-definition-service-animal <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-948090.mp3</p><p>When you think of a service animal, you probably think of a dog sitting next to someone who’s blind.&nbsp; But under <a href="http://clerk.ci.seattle.wa.us/%7Escripts/nph-brs.exe?s1=&amp;s3=117053&amp;s4=&amp;s2=&amp;s5=&amp;Sect4=AND&amp;l=20&amp;Sect2=THESON&amp;Sect3=PLURON&amp;Sect5=CBORY&amp;Sect6=HITOFF&amp;d=ORDF&amp;p=1&amp;u=%2F%7Epublic%2Fcbory.htm&amp;r=1&amp;f=G">new civil rights legislation </a>in Seattle,&nbsp; the city defines " service animal” as:</p> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 19:32:46 +0000 Paula Wissel 636 at http://kplu.org Seattle expands definition of service animal Gregoire would consolidate state agencies, commissions http://kplu.org/post/gregoire-would-consolidate-state-agencies-commissions <p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px; font-size: 12px; ">Governor Chris Gregoire is proposing to consolidate 12 state agencies and in the process eliminate 125 jobs. It’s part of her plan to reduce the size and, what she calls, “complexity” of Washington state government. The state faces&nbsp;&nbsp;a $4.6 billion gap between anticipated revenues and spending in the next two year budget.</span></p><p> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 15:04:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 369 at http://kplu.org Gregoire would consolidate state agencies, commissions Friday morning's headlines http://kplu.org/post/friday-mornings-headlines <P>A huge new hit to the state's already ugly budget, a call for federal scrutiny of Seattle Police, and Microsoft takes on Apple at Bellevue Square. Fri, 19 Nov 2010 14:20:50 +0000 Gary Davis 179 at http://kplu.org Friday morning's headlines