Lornet Turnbull

Lornet Turnbull is a Seattle-based freelance writer. She most recently worked as a reporter for the Seattle Times, covering a range of social issues, including demographics, immigration, and gay rights. She can be reached at lturnbull321 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Saturday, February 08, 2020
What Happens When a Person Is Deported?
What happens to people after they are deported from the United States? And if they no longer have family in their countries of origin, how do they make their way in an unfamiliar place? In 2014, Christina Zaldivar found herself pondering these questions with some fellow activists after she had...
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Artivists STL, an artist collective that formed in the midst of the Ferguson Uprising, created this liberation alter to honor Michael Brown Jr. (Photo: Harry Wadlington) Views
Friday, August 09, 2019
Five Years After Ferguson Uprising, Still Seeking Justice and Healing
Michael Brown Sr. lies stock-still on his back on the floor of an art studio in St. Louis as an artist layers papier-mache on his arms, chest, and torso. Brown Sr. is a stand-in, the model for a life-size replica that St. Louis artist Dail Chambers is creating to represent Michael Brown Jr.—his...
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"Authors, teachers, and parents are upset about Scholastic’s President Donald Trump by Joanne Mattern, saying the biography leaves out his racism, misogyny, xenophobia to the point of inaccuracy." (Photo: YES! Magazine) Views
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Scholastic Under Fire for Children’s Book Portrayal of Trump
On November 8, 2016, Americans voted for president. The race was close, but Trump won. Many people were happy. They looked forward to a brand-new government. They hoped for a stronger country. That’s an excerpt from a 32-page book called President Donald Trump, published last year by Scholastic, a...
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Sunday, March 25, 2018
Two-Thirds of Americans Live in the 'Constitution-Free Zone'
In Hartford, Vermont, last year, U.S. Border Patrol agents boarded a Greyhound bus as it arrived from Boston, asking passengers about their citizenship and checking the IDs of people of color or those with accents. In January, they stopped a man in Indio, California, as he was boarding a Los...
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Former President Barack Obama, in a rare public statement on Trump’s actions since the election, called it “cruel and self-defeating,” pointing out that these immigrants did nothing wrong. Views
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
What Will Happen to DREAMers and the Lives They’ve Built?
Christian Moreno’s job as a residential assistant at California Lutheran University allows him to cover the $8,700 gap in expenses that his financial aid doesn’t cover. The sophomore business and Spanish major is financially independent of his parents, and also works as a private tutor and as a...
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People are turning their frustrations with the Trump administration into finding ways to make a meaningful difference in the lives of vulnerable citizens. Views
Monday, February 06, 2017
How to Help Immigrant and Muslim Neighbors
On Orcas Island in the Washington San Juans, a group of local residents is working with immigrants to create contingency plans for what will happen to children if their parents are unexpectedly picked up, detained, or deported. And in a small-town West Virginia classroom, Cynthia Evarts is using...
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Friday, September 30, 2016
How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in America
Charles Tso is an urban planner who moved to Portland, Ore., from California more than a year ago. An avid biker, the 26-year-old doesn’t own a car and seldom drives. So when he went to his local Department of Motor Vehicles office in February to obtain a non-driver ID card, Tso was stoked to...
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