Sophia Lewis, Sara Parolin, Amalia de la Iglesia, Shannon Long, all members of UW United Students Against Sweatshop, at a protest action pressuring the University Bookstore to more prominently display Alta Gracia apparel. (Photo by Daria Kroupoderova)

Can student demand transform an abusive apparel industry?

A factory in the Dominican Republic has found a balance between affordable clothing and happy workers — and the orders keep rolling in.

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Categories: Business, Labor, Trade

Jose Antonio Vargas attends a Mitt Romney presidential campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2012. (Photo courtesy Apo Anak Productions)

The new ‘coming out’

Our undocumented neighbors, co-workers and friends are taking a brave step out of the shadows to change the way we think about immigration.

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Categories: Columnists, Featured, Film, Immigration

Diwali oil lamps in Darjeeling, India. (Photo from Wikipedia by Benoy)

Creating a home away from home on Diwali

Recreating the festival of lights in Seattle.

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Categories: Arts & Culture, Featured

Things get a little bit weird with Swedish psychedelic band Goat, one of more than a dozen international acts currently signed to Sub Pop. (Courtesy photo)

Sub Pop’s music shop an unlikely fit at Sea-Tac

Your world tour of alternative music departs from Sea-Tac — but you won’t even have to get on a plane.

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Categories: Arts & Culture, Music, Travel

Speaking at TEDxWWU

These motivational speakers from Singapore want you to follow your dreams

Motivational speakers Tay and Val say the Mandarin character for "dream" can be broken down into the words for "forest" and "at the end of the day." So, at the end of the day, their goal with #DreamsUnlimited is to help people plant the seeds to grow their own forests to make their dreams a reality. Did you follow all of that? (Courtesy photo)

Motivational speakers Tay and Val say the Mandarin character for “dream” can be broken down into the words for “forest” and “at the end of the day.” So, at the end of the day, their goal with #DreamsUnlimited is to help people plant the seeds to grow their own forests to make their dreams a reality. Did you follow all of that? (Courtesy photo)

By the time I was in sixth grade, I had amassed binders full of drawings and dreamt of becoming an animator. My dad even designed me a business card that read “Ana S. Knauf – Artist” under a border of purple clipart flowers.

But before long, my lola (that’s grandma to you) thought it was time to break some harsh news. According to her, art was not a real career and would never put food on the table. At 13, it was time I figure out a more realistic career path. My dream had been shattered.

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Categories: Arts & Culture

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