OPINION: Preserving Dearborn Park School’s Dual Language Program

by Lisa Gascon, Monica Martinez and Kristy Shapcott

Dearborn Park International School (DPIS) is a vibrant and welcoming place. Our school resides in one of the most diverse zip codes in the country. Our children not only belong to a close-knit circle of families and friends, they are also part of a broader community, rich in its diversity of ethnicities, backgrounds, languages and cultures. The dual language immersion program is the thread weaving together the tapestry of the DPIS community.

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Indigenous Activists Lead Environmental Protests to 44 Area Branches of Chase Bank

story and photos by Alex Garland

According to Alec Connon, an environmental activist with 350 Seattle, “JP Morgan Chase is the largest funder of fossil fuels in the world, with $196 billion invested in the fossil fuel industry” since 2015. The company’s investments contradict CEO Jamie Dimon’s statements that he disagrees with Trump’s decision to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.

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THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE—C-ID Happy Hour Food Walk, Diversity Checklist Cabaret, and more!

by Emerald Staff

Editor’s note: We’ve updated our format for THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE (TWISS) and given it a new name! Actually, it’s just the old name with three fewer letters. “THIS *WEEK* IN SOUTH SEATTLE” (still TWISS) is just like its predecessor but now includes events happening all week long in and around the South End.

Wed., April 17th:

Community Night with Sendai Era

“Sendai Era is a Seattle based music duo comprised of emcee Era and producer Sendai Mike. Every week they write a song and make a video inspired by the stories of people in our community. For their April 17th video, they would love to invite all of our amazing community members to participate in a community video shoot in collaboration with the Malaya Movement at Eastern Cafe.

“Check out one of their videos here.”

Time: 7–9 PM
Where: Eastern Cafe — 510 Maynard Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

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Q&A: Shaina Shepherd Organizes Nina Simone Tribute Show

by Jacob Uitti

Seattle’s Shaina Shepherd has a voice that shatters walls. Its power, dynamics, and fortitude put the Big Bad Wolf to shame. But in the last year or two, Shepherd has learned her skill resides in more than just her pipes.

She’s recently stepped into the role of artistic organizer and South End creative beacon. And her latest project is a tribute show at April 20 at the Royal Room dedicated to the late, great Nina Simone.

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OPINION Now is the Time to Stand in Solidarity on Affirmative Action

by Sam Cho, Board of Directors, Asian Pacific Americans for Civic Empowerment (APACE) and Commissioner with the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA)

History is repeating itself on affirmative action. Except this time it feels different. Perhaps it’s because of the national attention around the lawsuit against Harvard. Or maybe it’s because Washington State is wrestling with its own version of the debate around the repeal of Initiative 200, that ended affirmative action in Washington in 1998. But once again, the discourse around affirmative action has been hijacked to be about how race-conscious policies are hurting Asian Americans.

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That Brown Girl Cooks, Caters, and Now Owns

by Rosalind Brazel

The Liberty Bank Building is the first ever black-owned bank west of the Mississippi. It’s now the heart of South Seattle’s revitalization and a beacon for the community. It’s in this building that Kristi Brown will make her first run at owning a brick and mortar.

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OPINION: Grief and Hope at the End of the World

Extinction Rebellion Hosts Climate Change Rally April 15

by Julia Buck

When I wake up, I think about climate change. The thought crushes me; I cannot get up out of bed. I wonder whether our earth has 12 years, or only 10, or if maybe the tipping point has already passed and it’s all over but for the screaming. I might lay there 15 minutes. I might lay there two hours. But either way, I can’t get up with my alarm.

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