by Beverly Aarons
It’s that time again: Design in Public and AIA Seattle have announced the schedule for this year’s Seattle Design Festival (August 15 – 23, 2020). And the good news is that the pandemic hasn’t put much of a wrinkle in the festival’s style. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Seattle Design Festival is offering a full slate of free activities: over 100 program partners will host online events and workshops alongside physically-distant scavenger hunts, tours, art installations, and other physical, place-based activities across greater Seattle. This year’s theme is “About Time.” Continue reading It’s ‘About Time’ for the 2020 Seattle Design Festival
by Jack Russillo
A rally for justice against police brutality will start at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6 at the Auburn Police Precinct. Community members are invited to stand in solidarity with the family of Jesse Sarey, a 26-year-old who was killed by an Auburn police officer on May 31, 2019.
Continue reading Rally at Auburn Police Precinct Demands Justice for Jesse Sarey, Solidarity With Victims of Police Violence
by Erica C. Barnett
The city council’s budget committee approved a package of cuts Wednesday to the Seattle Police Department (SPD) budget that would reduce the department’s size by about $3 million, representing around 100 positions, this year; remove police from the Navigation Team, which removes unauthorized homeless encampments; and start the city on a path to funding new approaches to public safety that don’t involve armed officers. Most of the proposals aren’t direct budget cuts—which the mayor could simply ignore—but budget provisos, which bar the executive branch from spending money in a way other than how the council prescribes. Continue reading City Council Approves Blueprint for Defunding SPD. But Durkan Isn’t On Board
by Elizabeth Turnbull
On Wednesday afternoon, while City Council Members debated cuts to the Seattle Police Department (SPD) budget, up to a thousand protesters marched from the construction site of King County’s new youth jail in the Capitol Hill neighborhood to City Hall with the goal of reminding council members of their demand to reallocate 50 percent of SPD’s budget toward BIPOC community-driven solutions. Continue reading Hundreds Take to Streets to Reiterate Demand for a 50 Percent Tax Cut to SPD, as City Council Votes
(This article was originally published on the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog and has been reprinted with permission)
The King County Prosecutor has filed murder charges in the June 20th shooting of 19-year-old Lorenzo Anderson on the edge of CHOP as a search for the suspected killer continues. Continue reading Murder Charge Filed in Killing of 19-year-Old at CHOP as Search for Suspect Continues
In this special Emerald series supported by NW Journalists of Color and the Facebook Journalism Project, photographer and writer Sharon H. Chang introduces the womxn and nonbinary farmers of color at the heart of Washington’s agrarian revival movement who are moving the needle towards not only a future livable planet, but a socially just one.
by Sharon H. Chang
The air is comfortably warm at South Park’s Marra-Desimone Park on a late summer morning. Tall grasses line the dirt path to a little-known piece of farmland snuggled inside the park. All is quiet except for a small group working in the northeast corner. Two children run through rows of crops and nearby, their mother and four other cheerful women, known as the promotoras (community health workers), chat as they rake rows. There has been a crop failure because of rodents, but the women are undeterred. Well into their first full season, the promotoras have already transformed their land into an impressive Latinx-women-led farm called Salsa De La Vida. Continue reading Farming For Change: Meet the Latinx Women Leading South Park’s New Community Farm
by Mark Van Streefkerk
Incumbent Sharon Tomiko Santos and Kirsten Harris-Talley were the lead vote-getters in their quest to win Washington State’s 37th Legislative District Positions 1 and 2, respectively, according to early returns Tuesday night. Continue reading 2020 Primary Election Night Round Up: Santos and Harris-Talley top Vote-Getters in 37th District, Advance to November’s General Election With Stafford and Salisbury
by Paul Kiefer
(This article was originally published on the C is for Crank and has been reprinted with permission)
In a joint press conference Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Jenny Durkan responded to the City Council’s proposal to cut the Seattle Police Department’s remaining 2020 budget by about $3 million with backhanded praise, saying the council was “looking in the right places but in the wrong year.”
In her remarks, Durkan emphasized that any major reforms to SPD will take a year or more to implement because of the combined challenges of the pandemic, the West Seattle Bridge closure, and (ironically) months of protests. “2020 is not the best playing field to discuss further reductions to SPD and reinvestment in community,” Durkan said. Continue reading Durkan, Best Decry Council’s Proposed SPD Budget Cuts as Too Fast, “Wrong Year”
by Jasmine M. Pulido
I filled out a survey asking me if I’ve experienced racism firsthand.
I almost laughed. I replied into the text box, “Where do I even start?”
I wanted to reply with the shorthand, “TMTM” (“Too Many to Mention”) like you would in high school, but with an entirely different connotation. Instead, I started to list them as succinctly as possible to get a real handle of what this looked like on paper. This was only for experiences at my daughters’ predominantly white school as a parent of color. There are more outside of it (#ManyMore #TooManyToMention).
The survey brought it all up again.
Continue reading The Sleep-Walking White Ally
by Aliyah Newman
(This photo series originally appeared on the South End Stories youth blog.)
In March/April, I started a small photography project to capture some friends and mutuals during their own quarantines. I wanted to get an outside-in perspective and started out photographing by standing outside of their windows, looking in. But as you’ll notice, the perspectives change throughout different participants. Some pictures ended up being taken through FaceTime; some were taken on friends’ porches as I sat in their yard to catch up and talk; and some were strictly taken from behind the glass.
Continue reading Quarantine From the Outside: A Photo Series of Young Energy