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Seattle City Council Considers Cutting SPD by $5.4M in Response to 2020 Overspending

by Paul Kiefer

(This article originally appeared on PubliCola and has been reprinted under an agreement.)


The Seattle City Council’s Public Safety Committee is considering a $5.4 million cut to the Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) 2021 budget to account for an equivalent amount of overspending by the department last year. During the committee’s regular meeting on Tuesday morning, councilmembers received a briefing from the council’s central staff on the potential impacts of those cuts on a department still reeling from a spike in attrition in 2020.

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Artist Roger Shimomura’s 100 ‘Little White Lies’

by Susan Kunimatsu

(This article previously appeared on the International Examiner and has been reprinted under an agreement.)


Like most of us, Roger Shimomura has spent the last 10 months in isolation; in his case, his home and studio in Lawrence, Kansas. For Shimomura, the pandemic has been an intellectually fertile, artistically prolific period. The result, 100 ”Little White Lies” is now on view at Greg Kucera Gallery. The 100 untitled paintings, each a 12 by 12-inch square, are numbered in the order in which they were created starting in late 2019. Hung in a single row that wraps around two galleries, they do not form a narrative. They are a stream of consciousness, a visual record of the ideas that occupied the artist during this strange year.

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The Morning Update Show — 2/24/21

The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — is the only weekday news and information livestream that delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyze the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community. Watch live every weekday at 11 a.m. on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge Media: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and whereweconverge.com.

We also post the Morning Update Show here on the Emerald each day after it airs, so you can catch up any time of day while you peruse our latest posts.

Morning Update Show — Wednesday, Feb. 24

LIVE — Besa Gordon | Man shoots and kills himself in Central District | Profile: Jim Chase — Spokane’s Frist Black Mayor | Kimisha Turner and Vermillion Art | Tacoma’s Rosa Franklin gets park named after her | 200 People used emergency shelters during winter snowstorm | Converge Media Internship Program

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Environmental Justice Activists Push Back on Inslee Cap-and-Trade Proposal

by Elizabeth Turnbull


Front and Centered, a coalition focused on racial equity and environmental justice, held a media briefing on Thursday, Feb. 18, featuring members of its Community Council to address pollution and its effects on communities of color across the nation. At the briefing, panelists specifically pushed against cap-and-trade policy proposals, including one in Washington State.

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Black History Today: Girmay Zahilay, a Dream Manifested

by Marcus Harden

(Black History Today is published in collaboration with Rise up for Students.)


“One voice can change a room, and if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city, and if it can change a city, it can change a state, and if it change a state, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation, it can change the world. Your voice can change the world.”

—Barack Obama 

As I’ve grown older, I’ve become more and more fascinated by the African Diaspora and the connection to the African American experience. I’ve especially been fascinated with learning more about the countries in Africa such as Ethiopia, as it stands as one of the only countries to not be colonized by European “settlers.” It’s begged the question: What lay in the culture of those people? What portions of that culture permeate from generation to generation and how do they show up today?

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Academy for Creating Excellence Supports Young Black Men and Black Teachers

by Chamidae Ford


On Wednesday evening, Feb. 17, the Academy for Creating Excellence (ACE) hosted their second installment of the Black Educators Cafe, a series dedicated to helping Black people in the education field find community and support.

In August of 2020, ACE received a grant from the City of Seattle as part of an initiative to invest in youth mentorship and diversity programs. By partnering with the City’s Department of Education and Early Learning, ACE has been able to expand its reach beyond students and has begun working with Black educators as well. 

These events were created to provide a safe space for Black educators, providing a virtual place where they can discuss issues that their Black students face and also their experiences working in a predominantly white field. 

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The Morning Update Show — 2/23/21

The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — is the only weekday news and information livestream that delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyze the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community. Watch live every weekday at 11 a.m. on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge Media: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and whereweconverge.com.

We also post the Morning Update Show here on the Emerald each day after it airs, so you can catch up any time of day while you peruse our latest posts.

Morning Update Show — Tuesday, Feb. 23

LIVE — Tina Hendrix | Nation Observes 500,000 COVID Deaths | Kevin Mather Resigns from M’s | Hamdi Mohamed Running for Port Commissioner | Museum for Black Girls | Struggle Meals Without the Struggle

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NEWS GLEAMS: RES Seeks Native Playwrights, Vaccines at ICHS, and Othello Talks

curated by Emerald Staff

A round-up of news and announcements we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle! 


UPDATE: 2/24/21, 4:45 p.m. — ICHS Has COVID-19 Vaccines

Editor’s Note: We have updated this section twice since the original publication of this post as new information about vaccine supply and appointment availability has been provided to us from ICHS.

Recent storms delayed shipments of vaccines across the country, but International Community Health Services (ICHS) has received a supply of vaccines they are eager to get into the hands of community members. ICHS was recently named by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration as one of the first community health centers to receive COVID-19 vaccines from the federal government.

Current ICHS patients who are eligible through the Department of Health Phase Finder can call ICHS’s call center at 206-788-3700 to make an immediate vaccine appointment.  Eligible community members who are not ICHS patients can make appointments on ICHS’s appointment webpage. NOTE: A limited number of appointments are made available based on current vaccine supplies as assessments are made. ICHS advises community members to check the appointment scheduler often to see if new appointments have opened up, as they will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

ICHS’s South Seattle vaccination clinic location is the New Holly Gathering Hall at 7054 32nd Avenue South. 

A note from ICHS: “This will continue to change and ICHS is dedicated to helping distribute the vaccine as quickly and equitably to our communities as possible.”

Those eligible to receive the vaccine at this time can use the Washington Department of Health’s Vaccine Locator tool to assist them in finding a location outside of ICHS to make an appointment to get the vaccine. To find out if you currently qualify for a vaccine, visit the Department of Health Phase Finder. (We are currently in Phase 1 and vaccinating folx in Phase 1A, Tier 1 and 2, and Phase 1B, Tier 1. See the visual vaccine roll-out timeline, available in Spanish.)

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Black History Today: Kisa Hendrickson, a Voice for Those Who Would Be Kept Voiceless

by Marcus Harden

(Black History Today is published in collaboration with Rise up for Students.)


“Listen, if you choose to believe nothing else that transpires here, believe this: your body does not have a soul; your soul has a body, and souls never, ever die.”

—Bernice L. McFadden

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State Detects First Case of New Coronavirus Variant With Higher Vaccine Resistance

by Carolyn Bick


The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) today announced that it, along with Public Health – Seattle & King County and the UW Medicine Virology Lab — have detected yet another novel coronavirus (also known as SARS-CoV-2) variant in the state, in addition to the already-present B.1.1.7 variant. The new variant was detected in King County, the DOH said in a press release. At the same time, the DOH also announced on Tuesday that it has confirmed an additional 19 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant in the state.

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