News Gleams: Columbia City Post Office Temporarily Relocating, Legacy of Slavery Conversation, and Safe Streets Survey

collected by Emerald Staff

Columbia City Post Office Temporarily Relocating

The Columbia City Post Office (3727 S Alaska Street) is temporarily relocating to a new location at 3642 33rd Ave S Suite C2 beginning Saturday, May 19. Retail and post office box services will be available at the new location, while an outgoing mail drop box will still be present at the original location, which is undergoing a remodel. The post office is expected to reopen in its original location sometime this summer.

Beacon Hill Meaningful Movies and Mount Baker Community Club Present Conversation on Legacy of Slavery

What is the full story of the northern slave trade? What responsibility does white America bear for the past wrongs and contemporary legacy of slavery?

To facilitate a conversation about these questions, Mount Baker Community Club, through its Conversations About Race and Equity project, and in partnership with Mt. Baker Meaningful Movies, will show the award-winning documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North followed by an opportunity to explore in small group discussions the continuing consequences of the slave trade and how we can move today toward truth and reconciliation.

Director Katrina Browne, (a descendant of the DeWolfs, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history) and her relatives set out to face the facts — and themselves — as they retrace the slave trade triangle from Rhode Island to Ghana, to Cuba and back. Traces of the Trade is Browne’s spellbinding account of that journey.

“What is our responsibility?” asks Browne. “I’m less concerned with understanding the extreme inhumanity of my ancestors than with understanding the mundane, ordinary complicity of the majority of New Englanders who participated in a slave-based economy. That issue had more parallels to me and my family today: well-intentioned white folks who are still part of systems that do harm. It’s important to roll up our sleeves to deal with what we all inherited from our country’s history.”

Doors open at 6 PM and the film starts at 6:30, May 31, 2018, at the Mount Baker Community Club, 2811 Mount Rainier Dr. S. Free entry; donations gladly accepted. Guest speaker will be Elly DeWolf Hale, a descendant of the DeWolf family and participant in the film.

Mt. Baker Meaningful Movies is organized by the South Seattle Climate Action Network (SSCAN). The monthly series presents free social and environmental justice documentary films to gather, educate, advocate, build meaningful and sustainable community, defend justice and work for peace. For more information about the Meaningful Movies Project and SSCAN see

Founded in 1909, Mount Baker Community Club is committed to promoting a strong sense of community among neighbors. All residents of Mt. Baker neighborhood are Club members. Find more information about the Mount Baker Community Club and its activities at


Free Summer Meals for Teens Beginning in June

This summer, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Human Services Department, and United Way of King County are partnering to host a drop-in summer program offering free meals and recreation activities. Recreation activities are open for kids and teens ages 1 to 18 and may include arts, crafts, board games, and organized recreational games. A free lunch and snacks will be offered to youth ages 1 to 18. The program will run daily from June 27 to August 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday rain or shine at 19 park sites across Seattle.

2018 Summer Meals and Recreation Field Days locations:

  • Beacon Hill Playground: 1902 13th Ave. S
  • Beer Sheva Park: 8650 55th Ave. S
  • Brighton Playground: 6000 39th Ave. S
  • EC Hughes Playground: 7907 30th Ave. SW
  • Georgetown Park: 750 S Homer St.
  • Greenwood Park: 602 N 87th St.
  • Highland Park: 1100 SW Cloverdale St.
  • Judkins Playground: 2150 S Norman St.
  • Lakewood Playground: 5013 S Angeline St.
  • Lakeridge Playground: 10145 Rainier Ave. S
  • Little Brook Park: 140th and 32nd Ave. NE
  • Madrona Playground: 3211 E Spring St.
  • Maplewood Playfield: 4801 Corson Ave. S
  • North Acres Park: 12718 1st Ave. NE
  • Othello Playground: 4351 S Othello St.
  • Peppi’s Playground: 3233 E Spruce St.
  • Powell Barnett Park: 352 MLK Jr. Way
  • Pratt Park: 1800 S Main St.
  • Roxhill Park: 2850 SW Roxbury St.


Survey Open for Safe Routes to School

(The following is a statement from the Seattle Department of Transportation)

The Seattle Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program works to make it easier and safer for students to walk and bike to school. Unfortunately, many kids encounter barriers between home and school that make walking and biking a difficult choice. Evidence shows that Black and Latino children are disproportionately affected by these barriers and suffer from higher rates of obesity.

We are performing a racial equity analysis to maximize the benefits of walking and biking to school for all students.

We know that active commuting to school is linked to lower rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and stroke later in life. Good health should be a right for all students.

Our vision is for Seattle school children to start their day experiencing the benefits of walking and biking to school, including: Having fun; feeling safe; strengthening connections to their communities; arriving to school in time for breakfast and ready to learn; and improved physical and mental health.


We want to learn about walking and biking to school in your neighborhood. The survey results will directly inform our future programming and services to ensure that Seattle’s Safe Routes to School program is serving students of color in the best ways possible.

We are committed to working alongside communities to promote more walking and biking among students because all children have the right to health, happiness, and academic success, regardless of race.

Participate in our survey and learn more at our website:


4Culture Seeking Artist with a Focus on Latino and Latinx communities for September 2018-19

4Culture has an opportunity for a Latino or Latinx identifying artist to serve as Artist in Residence (AiR) with the King County Water and Land Resources Division’s Stormwater Services Section. The artist will work as a creative strategist and collaborator with King County staff to understand the significance of stormwater and produce art experiences that reveal its connection to water quality and public health.

The deadline to apply is Friday, June 8, 2018.  Complete application information and instructions available at

The job of the AiR is to center the role of art in fostering dialogue and social change. The artist will work with King County staff to offer new ways of thinking about strategic planning, communication, and inclusive engagement. They will also work with the public, with a focus on how Latino and Latinx communities perceive and relate to stormwater and environmental issues. Their goal will be to foster a sense of personal connection and collective responsibility.

King County’s Stormwater Services Section is responsible for managing rainwater flow to prevent flooding and maintain water quality, in order to keep humans and our environment healthy. Stormwater is rainwater that collects in urban areas and carries pesticides and other toxic waste into streams, lakes, and rivers, and then into Puget Sound.  As urban residents, we contribute to stormwater pollution every day, but there are practical things we can do to reduce pollution and improve water quality for everyone.

Stormwater Services staff are interested in deeper engagement with Latino and Latinx communities, building on a national study that shows Latinos are more engaged and ready to take action on climate change. This opportunity is open to artists in Washington, Oregon and California who are fluent in English and Spanish or are Latino/Latinx identifying and have specialties in teaching, social engagement, or curatorial practice. Artists working in any creative discipline may apply.

The residency is a part-time position for 13 months, from September 2018 through September 2019. There is a $30,000 artist fee with an additional budget of $20,000 for materials and production costs, and $5,000 for travel. 

There will be a free drop-in informational workshop on May 19 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm at Studio Lazo, 1614 S. Jackson Street, Seattle WA 98144.

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