by Kamna Shastri
Matthew Lang, a parkour, acrobatics, dance, and theater artist, went from teaching 13 classes a week to just one, via streaming services, all in the blink of a week. In less than a month, Lang suddenly found himself worried about being able to afford rent, with his business failing.
Ash Leon, a rapper and hip-hop artist who recently moved to Seattle from New York, has a new single that just released, and an EP scheduled to drop in April. Leon had performances and promotional events lined up, but now — “all I can do is hope that people will stream my music enough that I will be able to receive a significant royalty check,” Leon said.
Continue reading Artists’ Coalition Creates Safety Net for Creatives Affected by COVID-19
by Carolyn Bick
Author’s Note: If you are in crisis or need help, scroll down to find a list of helplines and resources at the end of this story.
Years ago, Ariel Gliboff fled her abuser by getting on a plane, and flying far away. It was hard enough then, she said. But now, with a stay-home order in place for Washington State?
“Honestly, this situation we are currently in is worst-case,” said Gliboff, the Redmond-based host of The Domestic Violence Discussion podcast. “I hopped on a plane, and I left the state, and that was how I escaped. And if I were looking to that these days, with the restrictions on flying and even public transportation –– even on buses –– that would just limit my options on how I would leave.”
Continue reading For domestic abuse survivors, staying home has its own dangers
by Emerald Staff
At 5 pm on April 2, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced he would extend his Stay Home, Stay Healthy order another month until at least May 4.
Striking a somber tone, Inslee said, the action to extend the mandate,”is not only justified but is morally right. We shall never flag or fail in our endeavor […] to save lives of Washingtonians.”
“May 4 is the soonest that we could possibly achieve our ends to keep our loved ones safe,” he said. Continue reading News Gleams: Inslee Extends Stay-At-Home Order Until At Least May
by Emerald Staff
On Thursday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law a bill expanding access to Washington’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program by remedying cuts to services made during the Great Recession.
TANF works to alleviate some of the root causes of homelessness in Washington through resources such as cash assistance and job training for those in need. But the program suffered $286 million in cuts over the past decade, even as the housing and homelessness crisis escalated. Continue reading News Gleams: Washington Expands TANF Access
by Jordan Goldwarg
In times of crisis, communities survive through collaboration. We need to remember this as we look for solutions to educating our kids during the coronavirus crisis. During a time when Seattle Public Schools has been under fire for not acting quickly enough to find equitable solutions to begin distance learning, it is becoming clear that in order to support the intellectual and socio-emotional growth of all students, we need to develop strong partnerships between school districts, non-profits, and the private sector. Continue reading OPINION: Intentional Collaboration Ensures Education Equity In Times of Crisis
by Gavin Amos
D’vonne Pickett Jr., the owner of The Postman, is standing outside his shop on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. and Union, talking to me about his vision for his business. D’vonne co-owns the micro mail service with his wife, Keana Pickett. They have dreams of expansion, but those are being put on standby because of the COVID-19 outbreak. They’re still able to stay open now as their shop is considered an essential business. On the front lines keeping together America’s fragile economic and service system, D’vonne stands strong, amidst the danger he and his team are bearing together. He begins to talk to me about what life and business has been like since the state has shut down, and he talks with unrelenting positivity.
Continue reading Essential Business Owners Show Resilience in the Central District
by Carolyn Bick
Though he didn’t formally commit to an extension of the current emergency stay-home order or the current eviction moratorium, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee said in a televised press conference on April 1 that an extension on both remains likely. He also said the state’s manufacturers need to step up in the fight against the virus.
“We know this month could be decisive in this effort, both in terms of our nation’s response and our state’s response against COVID-19. This is, perhaps, the decisive moment that we are facing,” Inslee said.
Continue reading Inslee asks manufacturers to step up in fight against novel coronavirus, addresses possible stay-home and eviction moratorium extensions
by Liz Covey, LMHC, Therapist & Parent Coach
No one ever promised that scrolling would bring satisfaction, much less relief, but here I am, doing more of it than ever. More than in life-before-this. I invariably come across dozens of articles with advice for treating this quarantine time like a retreat or a sabbatical, with suggestions for DIY spa days, esoteric crafts, or Kondo-ing the sock drawer while we are all shut-in. Continue reading Hell Is Other People: How to Survive Your Family in Captivity
by Mike McGinn
Here’s what an economist might say “The drive for efficiency across our economy has taken all the slack and redundancy out of the system needed to respond to a crisis. Combined with low personal savings, significant segments of the public lack the resources to respond.”
Let’s translate that. The relentless drive for profits combined with hoarding of wealth has put all of us in the crosshairs of a deadly pandemic. Continue reading OPINION: Rebounding With Justice
By Carolyn Bick
In the second week, Jane Pauw found herself wrapped in darkness, her brain empty in a way she had never before experienced. Minutes, hours –– days, even –– slipped by as afterthoughts, while her body, wracked with fever, worked to preserve her life. But, really, she wasn’t worried –– and she couldn’t have concentrated on being worried, even if she wanted to. She was just too sick with COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
The illness meant that even little movements were taxing. At one point during the worst week, the week of relentless fever, she remembers crawling to get herself water. Sometimes, she went downstairs, pausing to rest and sit down every few steps. She blacked out a few times.
Once, she had walked across England.
Continue reading Through the darkness: A Rainier Beach pastor’s experience with coronavirus infection