Immigrant and POC- Centered Food Collaborative Wants South King County to “Live Well”

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”

Healthy Communities Action Plan Encourages Collaboration for a Happier, Healthier International District

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

Molly Moon’s Quest for Seattle’s Most Diverse Workforce Begins in Columbia City

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

Value vs Worth: The Economics of Human Being

by Afroliterati

Over the years, working in an operations capacity at computer, bio tech, and aerospace companies, I’ve consistently witnessed Black Americans, and people of Latin, Hispanic, and African descent in lower wage jobs – security, reception, cafeteria worker, copy and janitorial services, and I’ve felt a kinship with them. Beyond the melanin. It’s a kinship of status, of a certain class to which we’ve all been relegated, together. Continue reading Value vs Worth: The Economics of Human Being

Potential New Horizons for South King County’s Underserved Youth

By Melia LaCour

Washington residents have long maintained a state of ambivalence about Charter Schools.  While the jury may still be out for some, there is no doubt that some local leaders are taking full advantage of the Charter movement to bring innovative approaches to education with a goal to eliminate racialized opportunity gaps.  For one local educational leader, the hope of opening New Horizons Academy to meet the needs of underserved students, serves as a blazing beacon of hope for closing these gaps.  Continue reading Potential New Horizons for South King County’s Underserved Youth

Alternative BLM Protest Focuses On Halting Displacement

by Kelsey Hamlin

While hundreds turned out Saturday for a months in the making  Black Lives Matter March 2.0 , another event sprouted up nearly two weeks ago among activist’s Facebook feeds: A “We Want In” rally and block party. The latter gathered local Black organizers, local artists, and resources all in one place Saturday afternoon at 23rd and Union, a historically Black neighborhood. Continue reading Alternative BLM Protest Focuses On Halting Displacement

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