Affirmative Action Returning to Washington Ballots

Initiative 1000 seeks to reverse the impact Initiative 200 had in the 1990s. by Sharayah Lane As Carl Livingston stood behind the curtain, he took deep breaths, prayed and worked (in vain) to calm his nerves. In a few moments he, a Black man, would be going out in front of hundreds to debate a … Continue reading Affirmative Action Returning to Washington Ballots

Black is Immortal: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Henrietta Lacks

by Sharayah Lane Blackness has been many things throughout our history, but as Black History Month begins, one event aims to remind us that Black is…immortal. In a joint celebration of Black History Month and World Cancer Day the Cierra Sisters are hosting “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, an event celebrating the incomparable contribution … Continue reading Black is Immortal: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Henrietta Lacks

Harris-Talley Brings Activist Heart, South End Perspective to City Hall

October 18th – 26th is the Emerald’s Rainmaker Membership Drive. We still need 400 new recurring donors to make our goal by Thursday! Will you join us?  by Sharayah Lane As the shivery, grey, and rainy days return to Seattle, most people dart from place to place, head down with that look of confusion, wondering why … Continue reading Harris-Talley Brings Activist Heart, South End Perspective to City Hall

15 Candidates Vie for Seattle City Council Position at Community Forum

by Sharayah Lane Fifteen candidates hopeful to fill the empty seat on the Seattle City Council sat in the front of the room at Tuesday’s public forum. The purpose of the event was to allow community members to hear from candidates about their plans for the council’s vacant position 8 seat if they are selected … Continue reading 15 Candidates Vie for Seattle City Council Position at Community Forum

MLK Celebration Honors Civil Rights Leaders and Elusive Dream

by Sharayah Lane Approximately one hundred people gathered on Monday at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park to celebrate the 54th anniversary of Dr. King’s infamous “I Have a Dream” speech. It was a hot afternoon and, despite the unnecessary gaggle of SPD officers lingering in the parking lot across the hillside, everyone seemed to … Continue reading MLK Celebration Honors Civil Rights Leaders and Elusive Dream

Seahawk Bennett, BLM Founder Band With Community to Celebrate Charleena Lyles, Black Empowerment

by Sharayah Lane Seattle Seahawk defensive end Michael Bennett joined several local organizers in bringing Seattle’s Black community together Saturday to showcase support for the family of Charleena Lyles, who was killed by Seattle police officers last month, and also celebrating financial empowerment at this year’s Power Summit: Building Black Wealth.

Secrest: Seattle’s Marginalized Must Have a Seat at The Decision-Making Table

by Sharayah Lane “Nothing about us, without us, is for us.” -James Charlton When Sheley Secrest was 21-years old she impatiently awaited the big decision from her first-choice school, Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. After months of waiting she finally received a no. The reason for that no: she was pregnant. She and her husband … Continue reading Secrest: Seattle’s Marginalized Must Have a Seat at The Decision-Making Table

Seattle Council Approves Bias-Free Policing Bill

by Sharayah Lane Seattle City Council continued its efforts toward police reform on Monday, unanimously passing bias-free policing legislation. The council bill comes one year after Councilmember Bruce Harrell proposed drafting legislation that would clearly lay out SPD policies on bias-free policing and develop a private right of action for victims of law enforcement discrimination.