by Emerald Staff
News about the COVID-19 (aka coronavirus) pandemic breaks at a dizzying pace. Countless updates, recommendations, and stories flood inboxes and saturate headlines and social media feeds. With myriad sources relaying the latest happenings, the pandemic is a whirlwind event for folx to keep up with — while simultaneously staying healthy.
Continue reading A COVID-19 Living Guide for South Seattle
by Chetanya Robinson
As the coronavirus pandemic threatens an economic crisis across Seattle and the nation, Councilmember Tammy Morales (District 2: South Seattle and Chinatown- International District) said her office has been flooded with emails and calls from Seattleites scrambling to afford groceries and pay their rent at the beginning of the month, seniors worried about paying for medication, and small businesses unsure of how they can make payroll. Continue reading Morales and Sawant Want Emergency Tax on Big Businesses to Help Lower-Income Seattleites During Crisis
by Sharon Maeda
At the Emerald, part of our mission is to feature the vibrancy and diversity of our residents, small businesses and nonprofits. When it comes to food, we’ve shared two different, community-driven resource lists (The Intentionalist, and CID/South End POC-owned restaurants) for reference. Since our economic realities are requiring ongoing adjustments, call to make sure the listed restaurants services are still available. Continue reading Eating Well In Crisis
by Andrew Engelson
Sheltering in place at her home during the coronavirus pandemic, Callista Chen was scanning the internet for ways to help struggling businesses in the International District.
That’s when she stumbled on the tulips.
Chen, who lives on Beacon Hill, had been regularly visiting the Facebook group Support the ID, seeking out tasty restaurants for takeout orders, and finding other ways to support the beleaguered neighborhood during the COVID-19 outbreak. Not long ago, Chen noticed a post from a flower grower named Nikki Cha, whose family-owned flower-growing business, Blong’s Garden, was in trouble. After Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order, their stand at Pike Place Market had virtually no customers, and the closure of farmers’ markets across the city had devastated their sales. Continue reading Neighbors Unite to Bring Spring Flowers Into Their Homes—and Save a Local Business
by Kamna Shastri
Matthew Lang, a parkour, acrobatics, dance, and theater artist, went from teaching 13 classes a week to just one, via streaming services, all in the blink of a week. In less than a month, Lang suddenly found himself worried about being able to afford rent, with his business failing.
Ash Leon, a rapper and hip-hop artist who recently moved to Seattle from New York, has a new single that just released, and an EP scheduled to drop in April. Leon had performances and promotional events lined up, but now — “all I can do is hope that people will stream my music enough that I will be able to receive a significant royalty check,” Leon said.
Continue reading Artists’ Coalition Creates Safety Net for Creatives Affected by COVID-19
by Carolyn Bick
Author’s Note: If you are in crisis or need help, scroll down to find a list of helplines and resources at the end of this story.
Years ago, Ariel Gliboff fled her abuser by getting on a plane, and flying far away. It was hard enough then, she said. But now, with a stay-home order in place for Washington State?
“Honestly, this situation we are currently in is worst-case,” said Gliboff, the Redmond-based host of The Domestic Violence Discussion podcast. “I hopped on a plane, and I left the state, and that was how I escaped. And if I were looking to that these days, with the restrictions on flying and even public transportation –– even on buses –– that would just limit my options on how I would leave.”
Continue reading For domestic abuse survivors, staying home has its own dangers
by Emerald Staff
At 5 pm on April 2, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced he would extend his Stay Home, Stay Healthy order another month until at least May 4.
Striking a somber tone, Inslee said, the action to extend the mandate,”is not only justified but is morally right. We shall never flag or fail in our endeavor […] to save lives of Washingtonians.”
“May 4 is the soonest that we could possibly achieve our ends to keep our loved ones safe,” he said. Continue reading News Gleams: Inslee Extends Stay-At-Home Order Until At Least May
by Emerald Staff
On Thursday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law a bill expanding access to Washington’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program by remedying cuts to services made during the Great Recession.
TANF works to alleviate some of the root causes of homelessness in Washington through resources such as cash assistance and job training for those in need. But the program suffered $286 million in cuts over the past decade, even as the housing and homelessness crisis escalated. Continue reading News Gleams: Washington Expands TANF Access
by Jordan Goldwarg
In times of crisis, communities survive through collaboration. We need to remember this as we look for solutions to educating our kids during the coronavirus crisis. During a time when Seattle Public Schools has been under fire for not acting quickly enough to find equitable solutions to begin distance learning, it is becoming clear that in order to support the intellectual and socio-emotional growth of all students, we need to develop strong partnerships between school districts, non-profits, and the private sector. Continue reading OPINION: Intentional Collaboration Ensures Education Equity In Times of Crisis
by Gavin Amos
D’vonne Pickett Jr., the owner of The Postman, is standing outside his shop on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. and Union, talking to me about his vision for his business. D’vonne co-owns the micro mail service with his wife, Keana Pickett. They have dreams of expansion, but those are being put on standby because of the COVID-19 outbreak. They’re still able to stay open now as their shop is considered an essential business. On the front lines keeping together America’s fragile economic and service system, D’vonne stands strong, amidst the danger he and his team are bearing together. He begins to talk to me about what life and business has been like since the state has shut down, and he talks with unrelenting positivity.
Continue reading Essential Business Owners Show Resilience in the Central District
by Carolyn Bick
Though he didn’t formally commit to an extension of the current emergency stay-home order or the current eviction moratorium, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee said in a televised press conference on April 1 that an extension on both remains likely. He also said the state’s manufacturers need to step up in the fight against the virus.
“We know this month could be decisive in this effort, both in terms of our nation’s response and our state’s response against COVID-19. This is, perhaps, the decisive moment that we are facing,” Inslee said.
Continue reading Inslee asks manufacturers to step up in fight against novel coronavirus, addresses possible stay-home and eviction moratorium extensions