In Seattle, grandmothers raising kids have to rely on each other

(This article originally appeared on Crosscut and has been reprinted with permission.)

For kinship caregivers raising another family member’s children, state support lags behind assistance for foster parents.

by Dorothy Edwards


At ages 69 and 71, Sadie Pimpleton and Gloria Johnson are both well into retirement. But instead of relaxing, the sisters are raising their grandchildren as their own.

Johnson is caring for two grandchildren, while Pimpleton is providing a home to three, including a 6-month-old. It is challenging, they say, but Pimpleton and Johnson have always counted on each other for support.

“I guess we are like each others right hand,” Pimpleton said.

The challenges grew in 2014 after Pimpleton’s husband of 43 years passed away, leaving her in a state of depression.

“Even though I had the grandkids, I would stay in and not go anywhere,” Pimpleton said.

It was during this low point that the family met Alesia Cannady and learned about her support group for grandparents raising their grandkids. Soon the sisters were attending a regular meetup called Pepper Pot, which was run by Cannady’s nonprofit Women United Seattle, mostly out of her Skyway home.

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THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Laugh Rehab, Lunar New Year at Wing Luke, CD Community Conversation, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Wed., Jan. 22:

Indigenous Reparation and Recognition in Seattle

“Seattle is one of the wealthiest and fastest-growing cities in the nation, but that growth has come often at the expense of the Indigenous people who first lived here. In a forthcoming piece in Bitterroot and the South Seattle Emerald, writer Marcus Harrison Green examines how Native citizens in Seattle are pushing for greater representation, and how non-Native Seattle residents and officials can improve the relationship with Indigenous residents of this traditional Coast Salish territory.

“Green joins us along with Fern Renville and Russell Brooks for a panel discussion moderated by Bitterroot editor Maggie Mertens, exploring ways the city can best recognize its Indigenous roots and residents, and whether reparations should be a component of that process.

“Russell Brooks (Southern Cheyenne) is the executive director of Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre in Seattle. Marcus Harrison Green is the publisher of the South Seattle Emerald [this publication]. Rachel Heaton (Muckleshoot) is the co-founder of Mazaska Talks, a tool that supports community divestment from banks that finance fossil fuel development. Maggie Mertens is the managing editor of Bitterroot magazine. Fern Renville (Dakota) is the CEO of SNAG Productions. Robin Little Wing Sigo is the director of the Suquamish Research & Strategic Development Department and a member of the Suquamish Tribal Council.

The piece our own Marcus Harrison Green wrote, From Si’ahl to Seattle: Does a Wealthy City Owe Its First Residents Reparations?, is live on our website now. Go read it! (Then go to this talk.)

Also consider attending another upcoming event, Calling All Allies to Stand with the Duwamish Tribe! Hosted by Real Rent Duwamish, this event is an opportunity to demonstrate that “ally” is a verb.

Time: 7:30 p.m. (doors at 6:30)
Where: Town Hall Seattle — 1119 8th Ave
Cost: $5 (FREE for Youth, 22 & under)

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Image by Morgan Krieg (this image has been cropped to fit this space).

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Opinion: Celebrating the National Day of Racial Healing

by Melia LaCour 

Days of observance can be instrumental to our healing. They are sacred hallmarks in our lifetime. They call our attention away from the sedation of the daily grind to stop and reflect in community. During this life pause, we can truly remember, honor, mourn, celebrate, love or be in silent reflection. For just one day, we can stand together in the paradox of remembering by being present to our past. We can call forward our pain, our losses, our triumphs, our revolutionaries, our beloveds, our lessons and honor their impact on our lives for they are all fundamental to our healing evolution. Continue reading Opinion: Celebrating the National Day of Racial Healing

Seattle’s New Campaign Finance Legislation, Explained

by Erica C Barnett


Seattle’s city council recently passed two significant new pieces of campaign finance legislation aimed at reducing the influence of big corporations like Amazon in local elections, with a third bill still ongoing revisions. The first bill bans contributions from “foreign-influenced” corporations; the second creates new disclosure requirements for political ads, and the third—which sponsor Lorena Gonzalez has said she will bring back once she returns from maternity leave this spring—would limit contributions to political groups to $5,000. Continue reading Seattle’s New Campaign Finance Legislation, Explained

Perspective: Dreamers Must Not Sleep

by Marcus Harrison Green

(This article is adapted from a talk given at Westside Unitarian Church on 1/19/20)

We’re less than a month into the new year and I’ve struggled not to wish it was already over.

Nearly every day hatches a fresh absurdity from our national leadership, new drum-beats for war, and routine attacks against the idea of multicultural democracy. (The fact that neo-Nazis, hoping to ignite a race war, planned for mass violence in Virginia on the same day that honors Martin Luther King Jr speaks distressing volumes of where we are, and are not, as a country in the 51 years after his death.) Continue reading Perspective: Dreamers Must Not Sleep

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