Announcements & Events

curated by Emerald Staff

Here, you’ll find community announcements, events, and other stuff we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle!

Have an event or announcement you want to share? Hit us up!

Announcement — 9/18/20: New Round of Grants for King Co. Small Businesses Says Seattle Metro Chamber

Seattle Metro Chamber has launched a new round of grant funding for King County businesses with 20 or fewer full-time employees and 501 (c)(6) organizations. The funds are available as part of the CARES Act; Seattle Metro is in a distributing role as King County’s Associate Development Organization. Find more info and apply at Application deadline: Mon., Sept. 28, at p.m.

Rein in Police Brutality — Fight for Community Control!

Sun., Sept. 20 — 3–6 p.m. 

Venue: Virtual, Zoom

“Online community discussion: It has been 10 years since the cop murder of John T. Williams, an unarmed, Native woodcarver, and police reforms have failed to hold any cop accountable. Nor has any police officer been deemed responsible for the many cop murders that have happened since Williams’ death. This dialogue will take a look at Seattle’s current oversight options and contrast to an elected civilian review board which would put power over the police into the community’s hands.Comrades of color caucus members and labor activists Annaliza Torres and Gil Veyna will lead the conversation.Click the zoom link above to register. Suggested donation of $5 to $10.See Facebook event for more info.

One-Stop Flu Shot — Saturday Events

Get your one-stop flu shot at upcoming Saturday events at one of four ICHS clinics. More information available at

“These are by-appointment only, with no cost for children and with most insurance. ICHS welcomes patients of all backgrounds regardless of income or insurance status. We have two Saturday Event Flu Shot locations — one in Holly Park and the other in the Chinatown-International District.”

Announcement — 9/16/20: Internet for All Report and Action Plan Released by the City of Seattle

Remember the Internet for All Initiative announced earlier this summer? Well Mayor Jenny Durkan and City Councilmembers Lorena Gonzalez, Alex Pedersen, and Debora Juarez today announced the release of the initial Internet for All Report and Action Plan. The City gathered information during a 2018 Technology Access and Adoption study, and the initial Internet for All Report includes a gap analysis of internet, technology, and device needs as well as an Action Plan with strategies to close the gaps. The initiative “elevates citywide digital equity strategies to increase access to key services and opportunities such as education, job training, unemployment assistance, and resources for those seeking relief during times of crisis.”

The initiative was launched to address internet and technology needs and disparities that have exacerbated by the pandemic. The report includes eight strategies to address gaps in internet skills and access, with “recommendations to strategically deploy more public Wi-Fi in digital equity areas by 2021, and foster up to 20,000 internet connections and devices for underserved individuals by 2023.” The City says it will “continue to pursue private sector and philanthropic partnerships to expand access to reliable internet and partnering with organizations to deliver culturally relevant digital inclusion programs.” 

The City’s 2018 study identified that while 95% of Seattle households are connected to the internet, 45% of lower-income households said their access to the internet “was not adequate or only sometimes adequate for their needs.” Additionally, the Internet for All Report found that internet disparities are “concentrated geographically in certain areas of the City.” The areas representing the highest need for better access are Pioneer Square, Yesler Terrace, the International District, New Holly, the Rainier Valley, Beacon Hill, High Point, South Park, parts of downtown, and Lake City.

See the full report.

Announcement — 9/14/2020: Emergency Smoke Shelter Open Until Tuesday Morning; Beaches, Boat Ramps, Parks, and Playfields Closed Through Monday

City of Seattle will keep the emergency smoke shelter at 1045 6th Ave. S. open through Tues. morning at 10 a.m. Seattle Parks and Recreation extended the closure of all beaches boat ramps, parks, specialty gardens, golf courses, and playfields through Monday, September 14. “Restrooms in parks will remain open. The City is not issuing citations, but all residents are strongly encouraged to avoid outdoor recreation and remain inside if they are able for the duration of the unhealthy air quality.”

Additionally, Public Health – Seattle & King County advises all those who are able to stay inside for the duration of the unhealthy air quality. If you have asthma or other respiratory conditions, you should take extra precautions. They also advise that “It’s important to note that cloth face coverings – while critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 – generally do not provide much protection from unhealthy air quality. N95 and N100 masks offer slightly better protection against unhealthy air quality, however, those should continue to be reserved for health care workers and first responders addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Resources: Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (updates on air quality) and for information about the current conditions and smoke in relation to your health, go to (available in multiple languages.

Seattle Fire Department also urges the public to take steps to prevent additional fires from starting, including “properly discarding of smoking materials” and “ensuring vehicles don’t create sparks.” Learn more on the Fireline Blog.

Announcement — 9/14/2020: City Allocates $19 Million-Plus in COVID-Related Funding to Rental Assistance, Homeowner Support 

Investments include launch of new effort to provide homeowner counseling and stabilization funds. Thousands of families are expected to receive direct financial support. 

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced the allocation of more than $19 million in funding to provide housing assistance for low-income households economically impacted by COVID-19. The City continues to distribute rental assistance but will launch a new effort to provide mortgage counseling and direct assistance to homeowners at risk of foreclosure. The investments are an addition to established community-based programs aimed at keeping Seattle’s most racially diverse residents in their homes.  

Durkan’s eviction moratorium currently lasts through the end of 2020 and renters can also look to the King County Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program for assistance, but now the City is preparing to provide  $12 million in rental assistance through United Way of King County’s Home Base Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Program ($4 million in 2020 and $8 million in 2021). The City is expected to distribute another $4 million through affordable housing providers — funded by the Seattle Office of Housing — and an additional $3 million through the Human Service Department’s Homelessness Prevention programs.  

“With an ongoing pandemic requiring us all to stay home to stay healthy, a deep economic recession disproportionately impacting BIPOC communities and low-wage workers and their families, and now-yearly episodes of toxic air pollution caused by climate wildfires making it unsafe to go outdoors in Seattle—it is more important than ever to help people stay in their homes,” said Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide). This infusion of funding for rent and mortgage assistance, made available through COVID relief legislation, is intended to help thousands of households stave off eviction and foreclosure.

As of the end of July, United Way’s Home Base Rental Assistance Program — in partnership with the City of Seattle, King County, and the Seattle Foundation — had served over 2,800 households across King County, including 1,180 households in Seattle. Over 75% of the households served were headed by a person of color. To ensure equitable access to these funds, United Way partners with the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, Wellspring Family Services, Neighborhood House, and Solid Ground. The City is expanding its investment in the program to continue equitably supporting low-income renters in Seattle.

Announcement — 9/12/2020: City of Seattle Offering Child Care for 550 Children at 19 Sites Throughout Seattle

City of Seattle is providing child care for 550 children at 19 sites, providing full-day care to elementary-age kids and supporting virtual learning. In addition, Seattle Parks and Recreation is launching Teen Resource Hubs across the city, providing virtual learning support, internet access, and resource referrals, including basic needs and mental health resources.

More information here.

Onyx Fine Arts Collective 15th Annual Fine Arts Exhibit

The current exhibit will continue through October 3, 2020
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays — 12–6 p.m.

Pacific Place Mall
600 Pine Street (3rd floor)
Seattle, WA 98101

Announcement — 9/2/20:
Rental Assistance Available to King County Tenants

From the office of King Co. Councilmember Girmay Zahilay:

“Facing a looming eviction crisis in the face of COVID-19, King County recently allocated over $41 million specifically for rental assistance. Funds are available for tenants, small landlords, large property landlords and managers, manufactured home park owners and managers, and local nonprofits in an effort to take a broad approach to the scale of the need. You can find full details, including information in over a dozen languages, by clicking here. If you are in need, apply as soon as possible as funds will be distributed quickly.”

Announcement — 8/29/20:
Go Fund Me Campaign In Loving Memory of Rahwa Ogbe Keshi Habte.

Rahwa Ogbe Keshi Habte tragically passed away on August 28. She provided our community with so much love, laughter, and joy. Those wishing to support her family during this difficult time can donate to them via Go Fund Me.

Indigenous Online Film Festival

Aug. 31–Oct. 5

“For the first time, Vision Maker Media will be hosting an online, five-week-long celebration of American Indian, Alaska Native and worldwide Indigenous films from August 31 – October 5, 2020. Sign up for updates on films, Q&A’s, prizes and more! #OnlineVMFF.”

Announcement — 8/20/20:
King County Dedicates $41 million to COVID-19-Related Rental Assistance and Eviction Prevention

Individuals and families throughout King County economically impacted by COVID-19 due to illness, lost wages and unemployment may apply for assistance through the King County Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program announced today by King County Executive Dow Constantine. The new program dedicates $41.4 million for emergency housing aid and is expected to assist 7,700 to 10,000 households across the region. Read more on

King County Library System “Curbside to Go”

At a time when educators, parents, and students are concerned about the safety of school openings, the King County Library System (KCLS) is stepping up and making their vast collections of resources available. Here are three ways to access library materials safely:

  1. Make an appointment on the myLIBRO mobile app or call the library in advance to set the appointment for you. Learn how to schedule Curbside to GO holds pickup in the myLIBRO app. Download the app on iOS or Android devices.
  2. Call the phone number on signs outside when you arrive at the library. Each library has a different phone number. Staff will book the earliest open appointment for you.
  3. Walk up without making a phone call to receive the earliest open appointment. Wait times may vary. The first open hour is the busiest hour. The last available pickup slot is 15 minutes before closing.

Click here for a list of Curbside to Go hours and info for South End branches.

Image: Poster art for “John Lewis: Good Trouble” (all rights reserved, Magnolia Pictures, John Lewis: Good Trouble movie)

Daily Through September 30 —  John Lewis: Good Trouble

All the tributes to the late Congressman and civil rights leader, John Lewis, leave us wanting more as new nuggets about his life and film footage of his speeches inspire us over and over again. Here’s a documentary film, recommended as appropriate for middle schoolers and older, available for the family to watch it together via virtual cinema through Ark Lodge.

“John Lewis: Good Trouble” inspires us to get into trouble — good trouble. Using interviews and rare archival footage, the film “chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform, and immigration.”

Ark Lodge Cinema: screening from a computer near you!                   
Tickets available here.

South Sound Conversations

Sept. 28 – 29

TL;DR: Virtual, Free to Attend, Register Here

Join Forterra on September 28 and 29 for a series of discussions on the community and conservation needs of the South Sound. Learn about work happening now and new opportunities for the year ahead. 

Hold time on your calendar for a free virtual happy hour, coffee talk, and a panel discussion. Pick and choose, or join us for the full program!

Happy Hour: Hilltop and Forterra
Monday, Sept. 28, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

Join Forterra and our partners for an update on our joint efforts to build community-driven co-op homes and business space in the heart of Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood. BYO favorite beverage — and your questions, too. We’ll have small breakout sessions for further connection and conversation.

Coffee & Conversation: South Sound Land Conservation and Stewardship
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 8:30 – 9:15 a.m. 

How is land conservation moving forward in South Sound during these challenging times? Join Forterra’s conservation team for an update on recent successes and new projects. Bring a hot mug and engage in a conversation with others who have a shared interest in this work.

Panel Discussion: Envisioning The Future Together: Community, Land, and Salmon in South Sound
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

The future well-being of our region depends on many critical needs, including community resources and healthy ecosystems. What inspiring new work is happening now in South Sound, and how can conservation work be more centered on community needs? Join us for a dynamic panel discussion with South Sound’s emerging leaders.

Register for these sessions here.

Image sourced from King County Mobile Medical Program informational materials available at

Free Dental Services in South King County

HealthierHere, MultiCare, and Medical Teams International are partnering to offer free dental services via mobile clinic to those in need in Seattle and South King County. The services are available from July 31–November 30.

People on Medicaid, those experiencing homelessness, and/or those who are uninsured are eligible for free dental services. No insurance, ID, or fees are required. The following COVID precautions will be in place: a screening questionnaire for patients, temperature checks, and only one patient in the van at a time to allow for social distancing (no guests or family members will be permitted in the mobile clinic).

For schedule, locations, and further details, visit

Announcement — 8/27/20:
Seattle Public Library’s Mobile Services Vehicles Are On the Move!

“The Seattle Public Library’s Mobile Services vehicles are once again navigating the streets of Seattle to deliver books, DVDs and other materials to senior housing facilities, preschools that serve low-income families, encampments for people experiencing homelessness and other patrons who have difficulty accessing Library materials.

“The Library’s Mobiles Services unit has not made deliveries since mid-March, when Library locations closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As part of its reopening plan reopening plan for phasing in services, the Library has restarted Mobile Services, along with accepting book returns and opening curbside service at seven locations.”


Public Meeting with Governor Inslee and Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal

Wed., Sept. 16 — 6–8 p.m. 

Venue: Virtual Zoom

Register here.

“Join us virtually on September 16 for a Public Meeting with Governor Inslee and Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. We will demand that they be authentic champions of issues that affect our immigrant communities.”

Unleashing Potential for All Part 3: Lifting Youth Voices

Wed., Sept. 16 — 4–6 p.m.

Online event

Eventbrite link

Save the date: South Seattle Climate Action Network Meeting

Thurs., Sept. 10 —  6 p.m

“Bring your ideas, experiences and questions as we share how to support racial justice as we work for a healthy, sustainable climate for all.  What if we defund police, invest in health, homes, urban gardens, and green jobs for people most hurt by Covid19 and climate chaos?  What progressive local and state revenue options will we support? How will we elect climate champions in Nov. 2020?  Details in the next newsletter. 

P.S. Want to take action now for clean, green buildings? Click here. Let the state know that their proposed building GHG emission reduction targets are too low.

More event info will be posted here when available.

Day of Action (Census 2020) — Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County & We Count Washington Campaign

Wed., Sept. 16

“To help with a final push to get the most complete count, on September 16, Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County and We Count Washington campaign partners are leading a Day of Action to ensure everyone who calls Washington State home is counted in the 2020 Census.”

To participate in this Day of Action, download the toolkit. For additional info, view the Black Lives Matter Seattle King County Day of Action webpage or contact BLMSKC or We Count Washington.

Challenging the Capitalist Status Quo: State and Revolution

Mon., Sept. 14 — 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Venue: Online/Zoom


Facebook event

Skanska Hosts First-Ever online “Bricks & Books,” benefitting Rainier Scholars

Skanska, a leading global construction and development firm will host their eighth-annual Bricks & Books auction benefitting Rainier Scholars online. In addition to going virtual, the fundraising campaign and event will be a full month long, Aug. 4–Sept. 4. Throughout the month, Skanska’s employees, partners, and other industry members are encouraged to donate. According to Skanska, the annual event raises funds to support Rainier Scholars’ mission to cultivate the academic potential and leadership skills of underrepresented students of color.

Make a donation now through Sept. 4, here. (Donation page operates best on Google Chrome or Safari.)

Stream Meaningful Movies — “Stories of Us: Camp Second Chance” 

Thurs., Aug. 27 — 6 p.m.

“In Stories of Us: Camp Second Chance, Director Melinda Raebyne takes a deep and personal dive into the homelessness crisis in Seattle. She interviews and follows the stories of people who are experiencing homelessness. The film shows what’s possible when society’s “forgotten population” decides to beat the odds. Instead of putting hope into a broken system, they  invest their hopes in each other to create a community that supports them to become productive people in society.”

Registration/Ticket link

Website posting 

Facebook posting

Skyway Food Distribution Every Saturday in August

Time: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Address: 12643 Renton Ave S., Seattle, WA (98178)

First come, first served basis.

Image courtesy of Seattle Public Library.

Black Joy and Mindful Movements

Aug. 18–Sept. 1

TL;DR: Virtual, Free to Attend, More Info Here

The Seattle Public Library and The Bureau of Fearless Ideas invite you join Black teen interns, Leeah, Ruth, and Asemayet, for a three part series of fun and free(!) early-learning programs.  Our teen interns will read picture books by Black authors and/or Illustrators, and guide little ones and caregivers through some mindful movements. Click the below link to join the live stream* on these date and times. Please share widely as they is no limit on viewers. Here is the program booklist of titles the interns will read and more!   

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, 7:30 – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Sep. 1, 2020, 10 – 10:30 a.m.

*Due to copyright constraints these will not be recorded. 

“Who’s Next?: We Want to Live!

Fri., Aug. 28 — 3–5:30 p.m.

Location: Intersection of Rainier Ave S. & MLK Jr. Way S.

“Who’s Next?: WeWant To Live is a public event calling for officials to elevate the epidemic of gun violence to the level of urgency being mobilized to confront the COVID-19 crisis.”

For more info, contact

Taika Waititi’s “Boy” — Virtual Watch Party

Fri., Aug. 28 — 7–9:30 p.m.

Skyway Virtual Cinema: Stream a free movie with us, get exclusive access to a free interactive movie trivia game, and share your scores, reviews, and feels. This week, we’re streaming Taika Waititi’s critically-acclaimed ‘Boy.’

‘Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.’

Learn more on the Facebook event.

In the Time of Healing

Sat., Aug. 29 — 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Jimi Hendrix Park — 2400 S. Massachusetts St

“Mark your calendars! This month Sustainable Seattle’s RiSE Cohort is putting together an in-person and socially distanced outdoor event dedicated to collective healing. RiSE is a BIPOC cohort focused on climate resilience, racial equity, collective empowerment, and emergency preparedness. The cohort: Hannah Wilson, John Wesley Sargent, Carol Rashawnna Williams, Paul Cheoketen Wagner, and Samara Almonte invite BIPOC and allies to join us for a day of storytelling, live performance, music, food, and creative expression in order to heal ourselves, heal our communities, and heal our relationships with the land and the water.”

“Plague of Healing” is a social sculpture experiment that will take place during “In the Time of Healing.”

Learn more about “Plague of Healing” and artist Carol Rashawnna Williams in our recent piece: Artist Wants to Unleash Plague of Black Healing With Social Sculpture Experiment.

Climate Justice 4 Black Lives Rally and March

Sat., Aug. 29 — 4–7 p.m.

Jefferson Park — 3801 Beacon Ave S.  

“Join us in coming together during Black August to honor the wisdom, resilience, power, and ecological knowledge of our BIPOC communities, centering Black voices.

“We need to defund the police, abolish prisons, break the school-to-prison pipeline, and fund Black and Brown communities, so we can uproot systemic oppression and feed our people and environment.”

The demands:
-Defund the Seattle police department.
-Invest in Black and Brown communities
-Release all the protestors.

–> Volunteer info <–

Arts of Resistance/Arts of Connection: Anida Yoeu Ali

Sun., Aug. 30 — 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Sign up for the talk on Zoom.

Anida Yoeu Ali (b.1974, Battambang) is an interdisciplinary artist whose works span performance, installation, new media, public encounters, and political agitation. Raised in Chicago and born in Cambodia, she is a woman of mixed heritage with Malay, Cham, Khmer and Thai ancestry. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to artmaking, her installation and performance works investigate the artistic, spiritual and political collisions of a hybrid transnational identity.”

Day of Action: Save the Postal Service Rally

Tues., Aug. 25 @ 4 p.m.

Burien Post Office — 609 SW 150th Street, Burien

The Emerald has been covering attempts to privatize, and more recently diminish the U.S. Postal Service’s ability to provide the service that is so important, especially during these COVID times. You can find articles here and here on the subject.

The American Postal Workers Union is calling for all supporters to join them in coordinated rallies around the country. For more information see the Facebook event hosted by Save Our Postal Service.

Alchemy Poetry Series Producers Book Release Show

Thurs., Aug. 27 — 6 p.m.

Nurturing Roots Farm — 6218 Beacon Ave S.

“Alchemy Poetry Series Producers, @askabrother Ben Yisrael and @ebobarton Ebo Barton, release their debut collections, “A Gorgeous New Language” and “Insubordinate” on August 27. Show at Nurturing Roots Farm, quick bites by Chef Tarik, cocktails by Brown Liquor Cocktail Co, hosted by Randy Ford, special guest Bobbi Kindred. If you can’t come but want to support? Buy tickets for other guests! Books both will be available for sale at the events and on artists’ respective websites.”

For more information visit Alchemy Poetry Series on Facebook.

FREE Mask Distribution in Hing Hay Park

Mon, Aug. 24 — 2–3 p.m.

Ten thousand (10,000!) FREE disposable and reusable face coverings will be distributed between 2 and 3 pm on Monday afternoon. This event is the result of Chinatown International District small businesses not being aware they could participate in an earlier county-wide distribution. Be prepared for long, socially distant lines.

King County and City of Seattle distributing free face coverings in Rainier Beach on Aug. 20

Thurs., Aug. 20 — 1–5 p.m.

Rainier Beach Community Center — 8825 Rainier Ave S.

“King County residents can obtain free face coverings to help combat the spread of COVID-19 in Rainier Beach in Seattle on Thursday at an event hosted by King County and the City of Seattle. The masks are a part of 25 million face coverings purchased by King County, and will be the fifth public distribution hosted by King County.

“The drive-through distribution event is open only to King County residents. Each resident can receive two reusable cloth masks, and each vehicle can obtain masks for up to six household members, or 12 masks per vehicle.”

SouthEast Seattle Senior Center School Supply Drive — Deadline: Aug. 21

Drop off supplies on Fridays, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary (6725 45th Ave S., 98118). You can also order supplies and have them sent directly to the school! Anything school-supply related you can think of from pencils and highlighters to glue and dry-erase markers. Help our students learn in the 2020/2021 school year by donating supplies!

Women’s Rights Day Online Celebration 

Sat., Aug. 22 — 6 p.m. 

Black women’s dynamic leadership in liberation struggles today” — Honor the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the U.S. by participating in an invigorating discussion by activists of color on the vital role of Black working women’s leadership and the need for multi-racial solidarity to achieve long-lasting change. Program will include poetry by Seattle poet and writer, Georgia McDade.

Speakers: Anna Hackman– Educator and member of American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 1789* organizing against budget cuts at Seattle Colleges; helped expel Seattle Police Officers’ Guild from the Martin Luther King County Labor Council; Cheryl Jones – 24-year veteran transit operator speaking out for safe conditions and against racism and bigotry at King County Metro; member of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 587* and Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity; Miriam Padilla – First-generation Mexican American; socialist feminist and leader in Northwest Comrades of Color Caucus; co-authored Cross-border Feminist statement opposing systemic racism.
(*for identification purposes only) 

Register in advance:
Auspices Radical Women. For more info, call 206-722-6057 or email
Everyone welcome.

Free Covid-19 Testing & Mask Giveaway

Sat., Aug. 22 — 7:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

This Saturday at the Islamic Center of Kent—The Iraqi/Arab Health Board and Afghan Health Initiative, in partnership with HealthPoint, UW Harborview, and Seattle & King County Public Health, are holding a COVID-19 testing and outreach event targeting immigrant and refugee communities.

Information also available in Arabic, Dari, and Pashto. Contact event hosts for details.

Facebook event

Image source: Habitat for Humanity website.

Habitat for Humanity South Seattle Home Preservation Day

Sat., Aug. 22

TL;DR: Qualified home owners can get free help with home repair projects. Sign up to participate (by Aug 10!) here.

Habitat for Humanity is holding a “Home Preservation Day” in the Rainier Valley/South Seattle area in August. In their words, Habitat for Humanity’s Home Preservation events help qualified homeowners in various neighborhoods with minor home repair projects in order to help them preserve their homes and improve the community as a whole.
Interested parties must apply by August 10 for consideration to be included in the event. The repairs will take place on August 22. Find more info and guidelines for income eligibility and apply to participate in the event here.

Best Starts for Kids Virtual Summit Broadcast #Live in the mornings this week!

Check out the Best Starts for Kids Virtual Summit Broadcast #Live in Your Community on Rainier Avenue Radio is broadcasting LIVE from the summit! Join Tony Benton and the RAR crew as they interview BSK champions, staff, community partners, session speakers and virtual gallery walk hosts, and more. Learn about the incredible work that is being done to support babies, kids, youth, and families in King County.

Mon., Aug. 17 — 10–11 a.m.
Tues., Aug. 18 — 9–9:30 a.m.
Wed., Aug. 19 — 9–9:30 a.m.
Thurs., Aug. 20 — 9–9:30 a.m.

Webinar: Solidarity from TWLF to BLM

Thurs., Aug. 13 @ 12 p.m.

TL;DR: Virtual, Free to Attend, Register Here

The Black Lives Matter movement is discussed by those who were engaged in the 1968 Black Student Union and Third World Liberation Front (TWLF) strike at San Francisco State University and related movements across the Bay Area at UC Berkeley. The panelists include Columbia City resident Juanita Tamayo Lott, Dr. LaNada War Jack and Harvey Dong. The panel is moderated by Janie Chen, a current UC Berkeley student. Tamayo Lott was part of the San Francisco State University BSU/TWLF strike, went on to help create Ethnic Studies and decades later, the Filipino American Studies program at the University of Maryland. She is a retired demographer who was instrumental in the disaggregation of ethnic identity in the U.S. Census process.

Dr. LaNada War Jack, a member of the Shoshone Bannock Tribes in Idaho, was the first Native American student enrolled at UC Berkeley and participated in the first Native American component of its Ethnic Studies program. She was part of the student activists who took over Alcatraz Island in 1969.

Harvey Dong was active in the TWLF UC Berkeley strike for Ethnic Studies and the struggle to save the International Hotel, an eight-year effort to save low income housing for elderly Pilipinx. He went on to receive a PhD and to teach Ethnic Studies back at UC Berkeley.

The webinar is sponsored by Eastwind Books of Berkeley, California and the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS). Register here.

LEM’s and Clara’s Books Sidewalk Sale

Saturday, August 15, 10:00am – 6:00pm

Neighborly sidewalk sale of books from LEM’S and Clara’s Books.

Support your local independent African American and radical bookstores!

Outside with social distances maintained.
Please wear your masks! (We have extras if you need one!)

Sponsored by Radical Women, the Freedom Socialist Party, and LEMS Books.

For more information:

Pilipinx Essential Workers: Colonization, Delano, and Beyond

Wed., Aug. 12 @ 12 p.m.

TL;DR: Virtual, Free to Attend, Register Here

A panel of prominent Pilipinx leaders and scholars, including local resident, Juanita Tamayo Lott, will present a panel discussion on the history of Pilipinx essential workers in America. Delano refers to the community where farmworkers led a national grape boycott widely credited to Cesar Chavez that actually began with Pilipinx farmworkers in Delano, California. They subsequently joined forces with Chavez forming the United Farm Workers union. 

Tamayo Lott, a trailblazer in Asian American Studies and Ethnic Studies and nationally recognized activist, retired here in the South End in 2019. 

Other panelists include: Dr. Enrique de la Cruz, Patty Enrado, and Tony Robles. The panel will be moderated by MT Vallarta. The virtual event is sponsored by Eastwind Books in Berkeley, California and the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS). Register for this free virtual event here.

Panelists for Pilipinx Essential Workers: Colonization, Delano, and Beyond

Community and Technical Colleges: Recovery, Equity & Justice

Wed., Aug. 12 @ 1 p.m.

TL;DR: Virtual, Free to Attend, Register Here

Strong community and technical colleges are essential to Washington’s recovery and racial/economic equity. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic and new awareness of racial disparities, these colleges have wrestled with the economics of providing the education that everyone needs to pursue many essential professions and further higher education. 

This online forum features 7th District Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal — author of the College for All Act — American Federation of Teachers Washington president, Karen Strickland, and other leaders from across the state who will discuss the role Washington State’s Community and Technical Colleges (CTCs) will have during the post-COVID-19 economic recovery. The forum is sponsored by an alliance of students, faculty, alumni, and community supporters fighting to defend and improve two-year colleges during these difficult times. 

Register for this free event here.

Photo: To commemorate the anniversaries of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, From Hiroshima to Hope is posting an online commemoration this year. They’re also encouraging people to create and display peace candles in the windows of their homes. Photo courtesy of From Hiroshima to Hope.

From Hiroshima to Hope: Virtual Lantern “Floating” August 6-9

Every year since 1984, local peace, faith, and community organizations have gathered at Green Lake to remember the August 6, 1945, U.S. bombing of Hiroshima — and the destruction of Nagasaki, Japan three days later. The Hiroshima to Hope Planning Committee creates a cultural program each year and invites participants to float paper lanterns in memory of loved ones and as symbols of friendship, love, and hope for a peaceful world. 

Like many annual events and community celebrations, there will be no program or lantern floating on Green Lake this year. But the 2020 From Hiroshima to Hope program invites everyone to participate.

A film will be posted on the From Hiroshima to Hope Facebook page on August 6 this year featuring past event performances and readings by Troy Osaki, Seattle Kokon Taiko, Nikki Nojima Louis, and Carletta Carrington Wilson. The film also includes interviews with hibakusha — atomic bomb survivors — as well as traditional koto music by Marcia Takamura and shakuhachi flute by James Jennings. The online experience will also include a range of beautiful images of candle-lit lanterns floating on Green Lake. 

In addition, everyone can make a lantern from a jar or a drinking cup to place in their windows at home from August 6–9. From Hiroshima to Hope’s website has lovely examples of how to make your own lanterns, including characters in Japanese and Punjabi.

August 8: Celebrate Art & Artists from the African Diaspora

In the best and worst of times, celebrate a spirit-filled evening of arts rooted in African heritage. Actors, bands, comics, drummers, poets, musicians, storytellers and even quilters will share their cultural and artistic accomplishments from a virtual main stage. In addition, participations can interact in small groups led by artist facilitators in a Readers’ Theater or Drumming space. There are also registrations for Interactive Quilting and a Children’s Virtual Stage.

Find sliding-scale tickets here. Learn more about the event on Valley and Mountain community’s Facebook page. You can also contact Dr. Lora-Ellen McKinney for event information.

August 4 Primary and Special Election for Washington, King County

By now, voters should have received  official ballots and King County voters’ pamphlets. A primary election in the middle of summer — and during a health pandemic — may feel like a low priority to many, but this election is important and your vote matters.

Additional events info below when applicable.

KCLS Libraries Curbside below info:

Tues.–Wed., 1–7:30 p.m.
Thurs.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
(206) 243-3490

Boulevard Park
*Not available at this time. Pick up holds at the Burien Library.

Des Moines
Tues.–Wed., 1–7:30 p.m.
Thurs.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
(206) 824-6066

Federal Way
Tues.–Wed., 1–7:30 p.m.
Thurs.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
(253) 838-3668

Tues.–Wed., 1–7:30 p.m.
Thurs.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
(253) 931-3018

*Beginning August 13:
Tues.–Wed., 1–7:30 p.m.
Thurs.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
(253) 833-3554