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Lilly Ana Fowler

Social Justice Reporter

Lilly Ana Fowler reports on social justice issues for KNKX. Before joining KNKX, she worked for the online news organization Crosscut — a partner of KCTS 9, Seattle’s PBS station. She's also worked as a producer with the national PBS show "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly" and a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Her stories have appeared in The Atlantic,, Slate Magazine, Mother Jones, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. She was born in Mexico, grew up in the border town of Nogales, and is fluent in Spanish.

A group of workers are on a hunger strike, camped out in front of Casa Latina to protest the leadership there who they say hasn’t done enough for victims of both verbal and physical harassment.
Lilly Ana Fowler / KNKX


A prominent Seattle advocacy organization known for getting Latinos hired as day laborers has come under fire after allegations of sexual harassment. 

Youths protest conditions at detention centers in Seattle for unaccompanied minors on April 18, 2021.
Lilly Ana Fowler / KNKX

For months, unaccompanied children from the southern border who have made their way to the Pacific Northwest have been protesting conditions at youth detention centers scattered around the region.  

Ryan Norris, a license service representative at the Washington state Department of Licensing office in Lacey, holds a sample copy of a Washington driver's license on June 22, 2018.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press file

A judge has ordered Washington state’s Department of Licensing to stop suspending licenses due to unpaid moving violations, such as speeding tickets, starting on June 8. 


The three officers charged in Manuel Ellis' death are, from left, Matthew Collins, Timothy Rankine, Christopher Burbank.
Tony Overman / The News Tribune via AP

The three Tacoma Police officers charged in the death of Manuel Ellis pleaded not guilty Friday in Pierce County Superior Court.

Manuel Ellis, who was killed while in Tacoma police custody March 3. Ellis is remembered as a musician and father whose life was marked by  by pain, struggle, and a search for redemption.
Courtesy of Tacoma Action Collective


Three Tacoma police officers have been charged with felonies in the March 2020 killing of Manuel Ellis, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Thursday, after multiple investigations into a case that has set off protests and resulted in changes in statewide police accountability laws.


Sen. T'wina Nobles, D-Fircrest, is one of the founders of the Black Future Co-op Fund, which recently announced it will give $1 million in funding to Black-led organizations.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press (file)

Marking the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, a new effort called the Black Future Co-op Fund announced this week that 40 Black-led organizations will be splitting $1 million in funding. 

Nurse practitioner Amber Vitale gives Stanley Pena, 13, the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Friday at De La Salle School in Freeport, N.Y. Seattle schools will now have pop-up clinics to vaccinate students.
Mary Altaffer / The Associated Press

Starting this week, the Seattle Fire Department is offering vaccine clinics at schools, with the aim of protecting 17,000 students eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine from the coronavirus. 


Ryan Norris, a license service representative at the Washington state Department of Licensing office in Lacey, holds a sample copy of a Washington driver's license on June 22, 2018.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press file

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill on Monday that supporters claim stops the Washington state’s Department of Licensing from suspending driver’s licenses because of unpaid traffic tickets. 

But some say the bill doesn’t go far enough.

Staff members head past razor wire-topped fences and into a building hosting a University Behind Bars program at the Monroe Correctional Complex in Monroe in January 2016.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press file

In another sign that life is slowly inching its way back to normal, the Washington state Department of Corrections has announced the public will once again be able to visit their loved ones in prison, beginning on May 9.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Darryl Tolen writes a ticket for violating an HOV lane restriction to the driver of a single-passenger car at an Interstate 5 on-ramp near Arlington, Wash., July 31, 2008.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press file

A Thurston County Superior Court judge has ruled that Washington state’s practice of suspending licenses because of unpaid traffic fines is unconstitutional. 

Old City Hall is front and center in this aerial shot of the Tacoma city skyline.
Aaron Bender / Courtesy of Over Tacoma

This summer, money is coming to some Tacoma residents. It’s part of a new guaranteed income program launching in a number of cities across the country.

Pierce County government offices at the County City Building in Tacoma
Courtesy of Pierce County

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington is suing Pierce County over court fees. 

A woman holds up a George Floyd poster across from the Hennepin County Government Center, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Minneapolis, after jurors found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts in the death of Floyd.
Jim Mone / The Associated Press


Former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty Tuesday on three charges related to the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd – unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. That verdict in Minneapolis sent a wave of relief throughout the country, including here in Washington.

A bag of 4-fluoroisobutyrylfentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is displayed at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Testing and Research Laboratory in Sterling, Va., in 2016.
Cliff Owen / The Associated Press file

Lawmakers and attorneys are still grappling with the so-called Blake decision, a Washington state Supreme Court ruling that struck down the law criminalizing drug possession earlier this year. 

In this photo taken June 21, 2017, a razor-wire fence is shown around a recreation yard at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. The company that owns and operates the center is planning another expansion.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press file

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Wednesday banning all private, for-profit prisons. The new law means the privately run Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Tacoma will have to close after its contract expires in 2025.

A taxi driver loads luggage from a traveler into the back of his car.
Rick Bowmer / The Associated Press file



After falling behind during the pandemic, taxi drivers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport are pushing back on trip fees officials at one point promised to waive. 

Flickr photo by Manuel W.

Against the backdrop of a recent coronavirus outbreak that sickened dozens of inmates, a new report calls for King County jails to avoid holding people in two-person cells because the practice could lead to a continued decrease in violence. 

In this April 15, 2020, photo a protester holds a sign she looks out from the sunroof of a car during a protest at the Northwest Detention Center a facility privately operated on behalf of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, in Tacoma.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press file

The Washington state Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that bans private, for-profit prison companies that contract with local, state and federal agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, from operating in the state.