by Kris Kendall
“Maybe it’s the time of day, but the old King Donuts had a larger selection,” Ira Sacharoff said between bites, “but this is really good.”
It’s late afternoon on a Monday, and customers are finishing up laundry in the compact, clean laundromat portion of King Donuts, the iconic Rainier Beach triple threat, where you can get your teriyaki fix while waiting for your clothes to dry, then take a bear claw to go. Continue reading King Donuts 2.0
by Block The Bunker
On Earth Day this year, over 20,000 people showed up to the ‘March for Science’ in Seattle. Just before Mayor Murray was to speak, community members took the mic to deliver a statement. March organizers had police physically carry a Block the Bunker activist off the stage; she and a fellow activist were arrested. Block The Bunker was far from the only group with fundamental objections to how this March was planned. Another group, Women of Color Speak Out, published their experience here. Continue reading Those the “March for Science” Ignored
by Erica C. Barnett
(This interview originally appeared on The C is for Crank and has been republished with permission)
Last week, former mayor Mike McGinn took many in the local political community by surprise when he announced he was running again for his old position. Although McGinn’s name had certainly circulated in the past as a potential challenger to Mayor Ed Murray, who defeated the then-incumbent in 2013, he always demurred when asked, calling the question of whether he planned to run “unanswerable.” It became answerable, it appears, after a man named Delvonn Heckard sued the mayor, alleging Murray had sexually abused him when Heckard was a teenager in the 1980s. McGinn announced his run with a press conference in his Greenwood backyard and the perplexing campaign slogan “Keep Seattle,” which he told me means “Keep Seattle for people.” I sat down with McGinn on Capitol Hill last week. Continue reading Interview With Mike McGinn: “We’re Not Managing the City for the People Who Are Here”
by Kayla Blau
I’m asked what I’m hopeful for
What pushes me from the womb of my bed
What keeps me warm and tethered in the storm outside
I shrug in my apathy Continue reading Sunday Stew: A Cynic’s Song
by Lornet Turnbull
Next month, a new farmers market will sprout up on Kent’s East Hill.
Featuring produce by South King County farmers, it is the product of Living Well Kent, a grassroots collaborative led almost exclusively by immigrants, refugees and people of color.
The organization got its start with a 2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant aimed at improving health and wellness across the country. Continue reading Immigrant and POC- Centered Food Collaborative Wants South King County to “Live Well”
by Kamna Shastri
Seattle’s Chinatown/International District is woven with contrasts. Treasures like the Sun May Imports store, with its antique register and buildings like the Kong Yick building on 8th and King, and the Panama Hotel (now a teahouse) on East Main Street burst with history. But alongside the rich stories are public safety concerns and a lack of green space for sore eyes. Plastered to the side of buildings are notices for development projects, like the looming shadow of a proposed 14 story Marriott hotel. The air is laced with pollution from I-5, which splits the neighborhood in two. Continue reading Healthy Communities Action Plan Encourages Collaboration for a Happier, Healthier International District
by Marcus Harrison Green
Molly Moon wants South Seattleites, and she wants them badly.
More specifically the ice cream maven is seeking to fill more than 60 seasonal and full-time positions prior to the June opening of her Columbia City ice creamery.
Moon’s insistence on hiring from within the community for what will be her 8th eponymously named gourmet ice cream establishment, and first in South Seattle, coincides with her company’s equity hiring initiative, which began after Moon commissioned an “equity audit” in 2016. Continue reading Molly Moon’s Quest for Seattle’s Most Diverse Workforce Begins in Columbia City