by Carolyn Bick
Ryan Quigtar grew up in the Skyway community. Even then, he said, there was a lack of educational and enrichment opportunities for school kids like him. Decades later, this lack of opportunity persists. But as the Executive Director of the Renton Innovation Zone Partnership, Quigtar is now in a place to help do something about it. Continue reading Partnership Tackles Opportunity Gaps Facing Skyway Youth
by Jessie McKenna
With nearly 2,000 followers, 146 recommendations, and 4.8 out of five stars on Facebook, Big Chickie has made quite an impression in its five years serving Southeast Seattle, with comments from fans like “We love big chickie! Yummy food and fun atmosphere” and “Mashed potatoes and gravy. The best ever.” Unfortunately for fans, restaurant owners announced on Friday, December 6 that they would close permanently in just one week, hosting their last dinner service on Friday, December 13. However, owner Matthew Stubbs says there’s been such a frenzy of patronage over the last few days that they will likely run out of food before then. He says customers should call ahead if they want to know what’s available to save themselves the trip if their favorite dishes are no more. Continue reading Big Chickie Bids Farewell to Its Hillman City Home of Five Years
by Erin Okuno
We believe children, especially children of color, have the right to be whole, well, and successful. With this belief the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition and their partners set out to construct a family engagement survey to learn how families feel about engaging with schools and the education system. Continue reading Input Sought for Southeast Seattle Education Coalition’s Family Engagement Survey
by Rabbi David Basior
Do you remember where you were when 9/11 happened? Most likely, if you were above the age of five, you have a memory of where you were that day.
I was in New York City and had just entered my midtown Manhattan office where I served as an assistant at a real estate management company –– my first job after graduating from the University of Florida. The office was situated within three city blocks from Grand Central Station, the Empire State Building, the Consul General of Israel, and the United Nations’ headquarters. I had just seen Michael Jackson perform at Madison Square Garden the night before, and I was coming in a few minutes later than my expected 9 a.m. start time. The events unfolding downtown made my slightly late arrival go unnoticed, which I had only a moment to be thankful for before learning why everyone was so soberly concerned. Continue reading Opinion: Fighting Antisemitism in the Name of Collective Liberation
by Liz Covey
Counselors Roy Fisher and Liz Covey answer readers’ questions for South Seattle Emerald’s “Ask A Therapist.” Have a question about a relationship? Wondering about the struggles of being a parent? Others likely have the same questions and Covey and Fisher bring years of professional experience to provide their insights.
If you have a question, please click here and let us know. We will select two questions each month to answer. The form requires no email address or identification and is completely anonymous. If you are in crisis or in immediate need of care, please contact Crisis Connections at 1-866-427-4747.
Question: At work I feel pretty happy, and I go about my day like things are okay. But at home I feel like I’m a different person. I am lonely a lot and have struggled with depression on and off most of my life. Sometimes I don’t go out at all on the weekend. Am I being fake at work? I wonder if something is wrong with me, and which person is the real “me”. Continue reading Ask A Therapist: How Can I Find Happiness When I’m Alone?
by Alex Gallo-Brown
When Alex Tizon’s deeply personal, staggeringly painful, and morally complex long-form essay “My Family’s Slave” appeared in The Atlantic in 2017, it became a minor cultural sensation. Readers clicked, shared, commented, and forwarded it onto their friends in droves. It became, according to Sam Howe Verhovek, a friend and former colleague of Tizon and the editor of Invisible People, a new posthumous collection of Tizon’s work, “the most read English-language article on the internet for all of 2017.” Continue reading Invisible People Showcases Full Range of Former Seattle-based Journalist Alex Tizon’s Work
by Emerald Staff
Your Southeast Seattle holiday market round-up, take two (dates vary!):
“Join us for our annual Native art market and gift fair this holiday season! Free and open to the public, this event features local vendors and Native makers and artists showcasing goods including wood carvings, bead work, drums, prints, paintings, and more. Grab some fry bread and hot coffee and escape the Seattle winter for two weekends in November and December to find the perfect gifts for family, friends, or yourself!”
Time: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (daily 12/13, 12/14, & 12/15)
Where: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center — 4705 West Marginal Way SW
“‘Tis the season to support Black businesses, small and big alike! Our holiday market provides space for business owners to directly connect with their communities and build within them. Our market will offer an array of vendors who specialize in apothecary, literature, home goods, African textiles and prints to so much more!”
Time: 12–5 p.m. (Sat., 12/14)
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St
Continue reading THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Safe Neighborhood Pathwayz, More Festive Markets, Beatwalk Winterfest, and More!