by Marcus Harrison Green
Lefty-leaning magazines like Dissent layer table tops, while amateur surrealist paintings adorn the walls, and acid jazz hums through the air. Mix in the comfy sofa with the nostril-tickling aroma from java beans, and the site could be most any South Seattle living room.
This, however, is the Othello neighborhood’s newly opened Café Red and the deliberate domestic vibe is owners Jesiah Wurtz and Haley Williams doing. The two see their shop not as a coffee refuel station but a pedestrian community center. Continue reading Othello’s Cafe Red, Hub for Coffee and Community Interchange
by Brian Bergen-Aurand
Sundays are free admission to the Henry Art Gallery on the campus of the University of Washington, so we made it a family outing to see the new installation Fun. No Fun. by Kraft Duntz featuring Dawn Cerny. (It runs until 10 September.) I had read Travis Vogt’s interview with Cerny in City Arts, “The Comedic Architecture of Dawn Cerny,” (23 March 2017) and was intrigued by the concepts of “comedic architecture” and “the hidden corners of domestic life on a budget” as well as Cerny’s interview statements regarding houses and moms. Continue reading Fun. No Fun. Featuring Dawn Cerny: Walk. Use Your Library Voice. And Don’t Touch. But Enjoy Yourself.
By Neal McNamara
Che’Reonna L. Thomas, 20, was shot in early July a few days before her 20th birthday.
A 20-year-old woman who was shot in a drive-by in South Seattle July 1 has since died, the King County Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed. Che’Reonna L. Thomas, 20, died Aug. 7 of a gunshot wound, and her death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner. Continue reading Police Still Seeking Leads in Case of Drive-by Shooting Victim
by John Stafford
This article is the second in a two-part sequence. The first article provided an assessment of the Obama Presidency.The second addresses the rise of Trump. They are written in tandem, in an attempt to provide insight into the question of how a nation as great as the United States has produced a president as appalling as Donald Trump. This is a critical question, because in order to effectively oppose the administration, one must understand the “logic” behind it. In my view, “The Resistance” (which I fully support) is at times misguided due to an incomplete appreciation of the dynamics that have engendered Trump. Continue reading THE “LOGIC OF TRUMP”: IMPLICATIONS FOR “THE RESISTANCE” (Part Two of Two)
by Xiao Dong Liu
The first time I taught someone how to recycle, I was 10 years old. My family and I had just moved to Beacon Hill from China. The culture shock was powerful. Of all the new and different experiences, learning about sustainability and recycling was one concept that stood out the most. Continue reading How Recycling Brought Me Closer to My Community
by Megan Cornish
The Puyallup tribe and other environmental activists are waging a heroic and determined fight against a disastrous liquid natural gas (LNG) plant at the Port of Tacoma, Wash. Planned and approved virtually in secret, it would feature a 140-foot-tall, 8 million gallon tank of liquid natural gas stored at –260ºF. The facility would be located in a populated area — within the city. The site is also adjacent to tribal land, mere feet from its salmon restoration project. Close by is the NW Detention Center, a for-profit immigration prison, whose 1,500 detainees would be trapped in an emergency. Continue reading Puyallup Tribe and Friends Battle Unsafe Fracked Gas Plant
by Brett Hamil and Alex Garland
South Seattleites eager to witness Monday morning’s solar eclipse gathered at Seward Park on the banks of Lake Washington. Arrayed over the grass facing Mt. Rainier to the south with an unobstructed view of the impending astronomical event, people sat on blankets, lawn chairs, and inflatable loungers. The scene had the expectant, wholesome vibe of a family-friendly outdoor concert. Continue reading South Seattleites Flock to Seward Park to Witness Solar Eclipse