by Sharon H. Chang “The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.” —Malcolm X Speakers call out and loud voices respond, rising behind a sea of black, orange, and white face coverings. “Protect … Continue reading Black Women and Girls Center Their Voices at #SayHerName March
by ChrisTiana ObeySumner I recently signed my first commercial lease and moved into my first solid office space. It is exciting to finally be able to create an environment that would mitigate barriers that made work process difficult for me in the past, (and inspired me to start consulting on intersectional disability justice).
by ChrisTiana ObeySumner Almost three years ago, I began my first business as a social equity consultant. I had been an advocate and community organizer for years before, fighting for intersectional disability issues. Recently, someone asked me what the most common question I received was. I shared that it was often a rambling thought containing … Continue reading Equity is the Engine: The “Pimp my Ride” Parable
by Emerald Staff Thurs., Oct. 10: Earshot Jazz Festival – Columbia City Performances The Earshot Jazz Festival 2019 has begun with performances in venues across town. The Royal Room and Columbia City Theater will collectively host performances beginning Thursday, October 10. Artists include, but are not limited to D’Vonne Lewis, Joe Doria, and Cole Schuster, … Continue reading THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Earshot Jazz Festival, JUST Words Spoken Vol #2, Seattle’s QTPOC Music Scene, and More!
by Emerald Staff Editor’s note: THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE (TWISS) has a new name! Read THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE to find events throughout the entire week. Wed., May 15: KNKX Presents: Piano Starts Here: McCoy Tyner/Bill Evans Featuring: Ryan Burns, Matt Williams, Tim Kennedy, Alex Guilbert The Royal Room is All Ages until … Continue reading THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Brown v. Board Turns 65, C-ID Happy Hour Food Walk, Haitian Flag Day Celebration, and more!
by ChrisTiana ObeySumner After more than a decade advocating for Intersectional Disability Justice, I received the honor of being voted the first Co-Chair of the Seattle Disabilities Commission who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color. Ever since, I have turbo-charged my advocacy and study of intersectional disability and fought for the amplification … Continue reading Black Autistics Exist: An Argument for Intersectional Disability Justice
by Aaron Burkhalter At age 9, Pamela Green waited in a grocery store parking lot, watching a house across the street. A few men carried another man — covered in blood — out of the building. A woman followed behind with a machete in her hand.
by ChrisTiana ObeySumner A seemingly consistent rite of passage across the lived experience of Black Americans is the moment where one realizes that: 1) they are Black, and; 2) being Black is a problem. My first mini-rite of passage was in kindergarten. I was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and went to a predominantly White elementary … Continue reading Epiphanies of Blackness: An Unspoken Rite of Passage
by ChrisTiana ObeySummer To White folx who deny, or are unaware of, their privilege: Considering our Euro-Centric culture, government, and education system, I empathize being faced with a lifetime of misinformation and the subsequent schema change that must come from that epiphany. It is important to be mindful and knowledgeable about what people mean when … Continue reading Addressing White Privilege: An Open Letter and Call to Action
by ChrisTiana ObeySumner On a grey and rainy Saturday, concerned citizens, high school students, and organizational representatives from organizations like CAIR and Thrive Washington huddled together at BlackZone, a community space set aside for the Central District’s historically black population along the Rainier Avenue corridor.