by Michelle Merriweather
A tax credit proposal in the Washington State legislature would mean almost 1 million Washington households – nearly 30 percent of our state’s population – could see a cost-of-living boost. If passed, the Working Families Tax Credit would have positive ripple effects throughout our community, supporting the economic well-being of African American communities throughout the Central District, south King County, and the entire region. Continue reading Opinion: State Tax Credit Would Help Thousands in Seattle Community
by Chetanya Robinson
Attorney and activist David Hackney will announce today his run for Position 1 Representative in Washington’s 11th District, a seat held by incumbent Zack Hudgins. Both men are Democrats, as are Position 2 Representative Steve Bergquist and Senator Bob Hasegawa, the other legislators representing District 11. The District encompasses south Beacon Hill, South Park, Georgetown, Tukwila, and small parts of Kent and Renton. Continue reading Attorney and Activist David Hackney Announcing Run for District 11 Seat
by Susan Fried
Throughout her quarter century in photojournalism Susan Fried has captured stirring images of Black luminaries as they visited the Emerald City.
In honor of Black History Month, she’s selected 29 pictures from her photo collection to celebrate 29 days of Black history. Continue reading In Celebration of Black History Month: 29 Faces of Black History in Seattle
by Emerald Staff
Long lines formed early Saturday afternoon for Elizabeth Warren’s evening appearance at the Seattle Center. The ethnic and age diverse crowd filled the Center’s Armory to capacity – including a significant number of dads and young daughters.
Hundreds of additional supporters were redirected to the closed circuit screens in Fisher Pavilion; those supporters were treated to a few minutes with Warren before she hit the main stage. Warren was Introduced by Toshiko Hasegawa, executive director of the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and lifelong Beacon Hill resident. Continue reading Warren Gets Warm Welcome, Intro by South Seattleite, Ahead of Washington Primary
by Sharon H Chang
When Seattle’s new $242 million youth jail opened Tuesday, the third week of Black History Month, there were already Black and Brown children locked inside. King Country authorities had transferred incarcerated youth from the old facility next door six days earlier. And though Tuesday was a beautiful winter day, the youth could not see the clear skies or enjoy the sunshine outside. The updated jail may be new, but the children’s cells are still small and sterile, windowless and lonely–and still cages. Continue reading Protestors Won’t Stop Fighting King County’s New Multi-Million Dollar Youth Jail
by Goorish Wibneh
During a public meeting at El Centro De La Raza on Wed, Feb 19, Sound Transit presented a variety of fare enforcement proposals under consideration and sought community feedback. Several community members thanked Sound Transit for the opportunity to give input, but others remained unsatisfied with the proposals, since doing away with fare enforcement isn’t on the table. Continue reading Sound Transit’s Fare Enforcement Proposal Greeted With Skepticism at Public Meeting
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March 10 is Washington’s first presidential primary election. For the first time, our state is in play leading up to the National Democratic Convention this summer. King County Elections mailed primary ballots out this week. Voters will have nearly two weeks to cast their vote and return their stamp-free ballot to a drop box or by mail. Drop boxes will close March 10 at 8 p.m.
Today, the Emerald features essays written by South Seattle folks about why they are supporting their candidate. More essays to follow. Continue reading South Seattleites Weigh In On Their Picks for President
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Starting in late 2024, King County Metro will bring RapidRide to the Rainier Valley.
Metro says that the the new RapidRide R Line will serve the current users of Route 7 with “an improved, more reliable bus service” connecting Downtown Seattle, Chinatown-International District, Little Saigon, Mount Baker, Columbia City, Hillman City, Rainier Valley, and Rainier Beach. Continue reading News Gleam: Metro Seeking Community Input on Rainier Valley RapidRide
words by Rev. Adam Lawrence Dyer
(The following is taken from a sermon delivered February 2nd)
As a Black woman & the Chair of the abortion access task force, I invite you to come by the Hill and say this to my face.
Would welcome the opportunity to educate you.
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley
Congresswoman Pressley tweeted these words in response to Betsy Devos, Secretary of Education when the secretary compared being pro-choice to being pro-slavery. If you want to be utterly sick to your stomach, look up the tweet and read some of the replies. I pray for the congresswoman’s safety and resilience and I pray that we can find ways to support not just her efforts, but the world view that brings her light into our lives. Continue reading Perspective: Black History (Still) Matters
by Iman Mohamed
While many celebrated the beginning of Black History Month a couple of weeks ago, our president and his administration celebrated by expanding the Muslim Ban to include seven more countries — five of which are African. In total, nine of the thirteen countries listed on the Muslim Ban are now African, causing many of the continent’s diaspora to refer to it as the #AfricanBan. With this recent expansion, the ban is estimated to affect more than a quarter of Africa’s population. Continue reading Opinion: Trump’s Travel Ban Expansion is an Attack on Black Muslims — And We Demand to be Heard