Photo Friday: Labor Rights are Human Rights

photo credit, Devin Seman, YWCA Seattle I King I Snohomish Health Care Access Advocate
photo credit, Devin Seman, YWCA Seattle I King I Snohomish Health Care Access Advocate

A photo tease for you today. May 1st saw a lot of protests and rallies in Seattle. We will be highlighting the immigrant rights rally next week and through the eyes of YWCA Seattle I King I Snohomish staff who directly serve immigrants in the Seattle community. What are some of the unique housing needs and challenges for immigrants? Stay tuned.....

Photo Friday: National Volunteer Appreciation Week

We're introducing our first weekly feature! Think of it as a theme for a specific day that you can come to expect. Today we begin "Photo Friday." From people to places, we'll be sharing images that tell stories. With this week being National Volunteer Appreciation Week, how better to start it off than by highlighting a community volunteer! 

Making Change By Telling True Stories

Dan Lamont is a photojournalist. In 2010 he created multimedia stories on family homelessness as a Seattle University Journalism Fellow funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mechanisms and avenues for telling these stories have changed. The old publishing venues and supporting business structures have crumbled. What has come to take their place is exciting and rife with potential but still unformed and unpredictable. Those who want to report on important social issues must find new ways in this noisy new media environment. Here Dan shares some creative new media opportunities for supporting social change.

Social Media and Community Building: A Homelessness Advocate Perspective

Carey and her daughter Maggie, photo thanks to InvisiblePeople.tv
Carey and her daughter Maggie, photo thanks to InvisiblePeople.tv

(Photo thanks to InvisiblePeople.tv)

Carey Fuller manages multiple social media accounts with vibrant online communities. She is also experiencing homelessness. Living in Kent, WA, with her two daughters, Carey shares her perspective on online community and social media advocacy that can positively impact the homeless community.

Session Ends and Advocacy Works!

Great news this morning. After working through the night, legislators agreed upon a budget and session has come to a close! What's in the budget? $67.1 million for the Housing Trust Fund, Housing Essential Needs fully funded, no cuts to TANF and Disabililty Lifeline Medical saved! 

Advocacy works and we are so grateful for everyone who added their voice during this last session. Our two Firesteel priority bills, the Housing Trust Fund and EHB2048 document recording fees, both received the support they needed. It's time to celebrate all the hard work that was put into these passing! 

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