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Editor in Chief of the South Seattle Emerald

What Do Alternatives to Youth Detention Look Like?

by Amina Ibrahim

As you pass by the intersection of 12th Avenue and Adler Street in Seattle, it is hard to miss the yellow façade of the Children and Family Justice Center.

For many people, the building stands for mass incarceration and a punitive system that fails youth, especially youth of color. It represents a mechanism that allows our educational institutions to perpetuate the school to prison pipeline, whereby black students are suspended at a higher rate than their white peers and represent 31% of school-related arrests—despite being only 16% of public school enrollment—according to the ACLU. Continue reading What Do Alternatives to Youth Detention Look Like?

Othello-Bration Provides Summer Kick-Off

by Carolyn Bick

Tony To wants to help breathe life back into the Othello neighborhood. But to do that, he said, the area needs to attract more people with money to spend.

“We are trying to help our existing businesses to be able to compete and stay in this neighborhood. There’s a lot of good, successful businesses that … went through hell to stay in this community, through the Light Rail construction, and [Great Recession], and everything else, and we want to be able to help them to really do better,” To said. Continue reading Othello-Bration Provides Summer Kick-Off

Warmth and Understanding: A Star- Studded Benefit for Puerto Rico

by Jake Uitti

On Sunday at the Columbia City Theater, a star-studded lineup will perform in an effort to raise money for the still-recovering nation of Puerto Rico. The bill, which features local legend Kimya Dawson and the Ruby Blades Latin Reggae Jazz Quintet, also features Seattle musician Guayaba, whose quick-witted and verbose rapping style engages her audience before she floors them with a beautifully sung ballad. We recently caught up with Guayaba to get a sense of how the show came together, why she wanted to participate and what she’s working on these days. Continue reading Warmth and Understanding: A Star- Studded Benefit for Puerto Rico

What Everyone Needs to Know About Paid Signature Gatherers

To qualify for the ballot in Washington State, most initiative campaigns rely on a workforce of petition circulators—who are paid by the signature and don’t always tell the truth

by Hanna Brooks Olsen

Outside of a grocery store in North Seattle, a man sits with two signs—one hand-written, one printed professionally. He has multiple copies of two petitions, neatly aligned on the folding table. Continue reading What Everyone Needs to Know About Paid Signature Gatherers

#SkywayGames: Celebrating Pride Month!

by Skyway Library and Playtest Northwest

The Skyway Library is honored that along with Playtest NorthWest we will be kicking off our region of library’s Pride celebration, with June’s Mini Game Day! We cannot wait to play games with you that are designed by members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and gaming events and conventions that celebrate the queer community! We have loved hosting gaming events that bring our community together for some unplugged face time, and are thrilled that our last Mini Game Day (until the fall) will celebrate diversity within the PNW gaming scene. Can’t wait to see you there, and play these great games! Continue reading #SkywayGames: Celebrating Pride Month!