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Editor in Chief of the South Seattle Emerald

Beyond the Classroom: Homework Help Programs in South Seattle Libraries Cater to ELL Students

by Megan Saunders

On an unusually sunny early April day, the Rainier Beach branch of the Seattle Public Library is bustling with young children hauling large backpacks into a glass-paned room. There is homework to be done. Continue reading Beyond the Classroom: Homework Help Programs in South Seattle Libraries Cater to ELL Students

Mawadda Café: A Must Chai

By Rosalind Brazel

To understand what it took for Rami Al-Jebori to get his restaurant, Mawadda Café, up and running, you have to think about how many hours a week you work. Forty hours? A few more? Sixty at the very most? Imagine if you had to work fourteen-hour days for seven days a week. Here’s the math on that: 98 hours. Also, consider that this is not work for the weak-hearted. It’s not just working on your feet nearly that entire time but it’s also meeting and greeting your customers with a smile, which takes a different kind of energy. He had no staff, no cashier, no dishwasher. He had just himself to get Mawadda Cafe open and running. He worked this grueling schedule for two years. Makes you exhausted just thinking about it, right? Continue reading Mawadda Café: A Must Chai

What Seattle Can Learn about Closing Opportunity Gaps for Native American Students

by Melia LaCour

Educators committed to social justice know teaching Eurocentric curriculum is one of many practices impeding academic achievement for students of color. Such curriculum erases their identity and enforces radical assimilation. Therefore, curriculum that decenters whiteness and uplifts the richness of the many cultures students bring to the classroom is critical. Continue reading What Seattle Can Learn about Closing Opportunity Gaps for Native American Students

Navigation Team Sweeps Ravenna Woods Encampment Despite Activist Barrier

by Kelsey Hamlin

Along a muddy path next to a section of the Burke Gilman trail in Ravenna, 25 activists joined the residents of a homeless encampment Wednesday hoping to halt a sweep. When the Navigation Team’s outreach group arrived, they were surprised to see a band of activists with linked arms acting as a human barrier to vehicles. The outreach notified the rest of their not-yet-arrived team, which then called for SPD back-up. Two more police vehicles arrived, but there was no physical confrontation and no arrests. Continue reading Navigation Team Sweeps Ravenna Woods Encampment Despite Activist Barrier

Shake Well: High Pulp’s Potent Funk At The Royal Room

by Gus Marshall

This Friday night, High Pulp, a ten-piece instrumental force, will take the audience of The Royal Room on a high-octane joyride of soulful syncopation and dynamic diversity.

High Pulp is an excessively eclectic contemporary jazz orchestra, that tends to lean on the funkier side of the sonic spectrum. The versatile rhythm section takes this explorative ensemble into uncharted territories of musical abstraction, juxtaposing elements of organic and electronic production. Continue reading Shake Well: High Pulp’s Potent Funk At The Royal Room