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Editor in Chief of the South Seattle Emerald

White Center Quarantine Site: The Inefficiency of Delayed Outreach

(This is the second of a two part series. You can read part one on the White Center Quarantine Site here.)

words by Ari Robin McKenna

photography by Chloe Collyer

Last Thursday, while two large excavators dug deep trenches for lengthy sewer pipes at the White Center Quarantine Site, two County employees walked past on 112th, shades on against the midday sun and shoulder bags full of paper. David Daw and Bong StoDomingo retained the appropriate social distance from each other while Chloe Collyer snapped their picture. They’d produced public health information about the upcoming quarantine site, featuring Frequently Asked Questions–one of which has been echoing on this street for weeks: “Why were communities not consulted in advance of siting?” Continue reading White Center Quarantine Site: The Inefficiency of Delayed Outreach

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee Issues Stay-At-Home Order

by Carolyn Bick

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has issued a two-week-minimum stay-at-home order for the state. While all gatherings, regardless of size, are banned effective immediately, non-essential businesses have 48 hours to close. Banned gatherings include weddings and funerals.

Continue reading Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee Issues Stay-At-Home Order


by Neve Mazique

A Note to the Careful Reader: At least the next three articles of mine are a series engaging with magic, art, disability justice, and societal behaviors like physical distancing (or not) in the wake of a global pandemic.

For my purposes, let’s establish a few rules for this science. Magic is medicine and medicine is magic. 

Disability is the chronic unexpected behavior of literally any part of your body (mind, heart, face, soul, personality, organs, bones, muscles, joints, inside, outside, congenital, acquired, situational, traumatic, apparent, inapparent) and there is no such thing as being too disabled, or not disabled enough.

Disability justice is magic (medicine), as is the choice to identify culturally and politically as disabled and to center access and liberation for all in one’s life. Queer people are people who identify as queer or people who are a part of the LGBTQIAAX community and culture.

Witches are people who intentionally practice magic of any kind and who invest and grow in this magical practice spiritually. 

Science fiction is just science we haven’t lived yet.

I am a disabled queer witch writing to you from the end of this world.

Before COVID (the new BC), I had already been spending most weekdays at home, as the bearings inside the wheels of my power wheelchair (Gianna) finally succumbed to their ages. This meant that when I tried to drive her I would shutter around like a grandpa driving a Jalopy in a 1930s cartoon, and Gianna would emit a long groan with every inch traveled. It was both unsafe and embarrassing. Continue reading DISABLED QUEER WITCHES AT THE END OF THIS WORLD

Remembering Steve Shulman

by Sharon Maeda

It’s suddenly too close to home. Last week, Steve Shulman, a longtime neighborhood businessperson, activist and community booster, succumbed to complications from COVID-19.

Steve’s stature in the community is on full display in front of the Leschi Market which has been run by his family since the 1940’s. Fancy bouquets from florists and blooms cut out of home gardens alike are laid all along the walkway to the Market and spread over to the bench in nearby Leschi Park. Someone taped up a large poster for people to write their messages of condolence. Cyclists stopped long enough to read some. Sad-faced shoppers left with their Saturday morning purchases, some clutching their shopping bags and wiping away tears. Continue reading Remembering Steve Shulman

Selling Papers In A Ghost Town

Real Change’s newspaper vendors soldier on even as Seattle’s streets empty out 

by Erica C Barnett

It’s the middle of the morning on Friday, March 20, and First Avenue in Pioneer Square is, unsurprisingly, a ghost town. The only people out on the streets are people who have to be there, or with nowhere else to be—a few construction guys in vests, a restaurant staffer, and several people wrapped in blankets, sitting on the sidewalk in front of shuttered storefronts. Continue reading Selling Papers In A Ghost Town

With Passover around the corner, Seward Park’s Orthodox Jews feel the impacts of COVID-19

by Carolyn Bick

Every year, Karen Treiger and her husband gather together with their family from across the world to celebrate Passover. They all unite from as far away as Israel, and spend a little more than a week together, she said, eight days that begin with two huge Passover seders, the name for the holiday’s feasts. It’s usually a joyful, warm affair, filled with quality family time, and opportunities to catch up with one another in person.

But the global outbreak of COVID-19 has changed all that. This year, Passover, which begins April 8, will be a smaller, quieter affair. Familiar faces will be absent. They’ll still hide the afikomen, but it won’t be as much fun, without kids to look for it alongside adults. The couple will not get to see some of their own children and other family members. It’s just not safe. Still, Treiger counts herself lucky, because she has family in the area.

“It won’t just feel like me and my husband sitting at the tables by ourselves, which, I think, for some people, it will be. And that is going to be really hard,” she said.

Continue reading With Passover around the corner, Seward Park’s Orthodox Jews feel the impacts of COVID-19

Remembering Lottie Cross

by Sharon Maeda

March 20 would have been Lottie Cross’ 78th birthday. Just days short of that milestone, Lottie passed away. She was a fixture of Seattle’s Black community and an inspiration to all who crossed her path.

Lottie was an evangelist for healthy food. As a deacon of the New Hope Baptist Church, she responded to the call from its pastor, Rev. Dr. Robert Jeffreys, Sr. After a long illness, doctors told the reverend he had to change his diet. He immediately sought a way to improve access to healthy food for the Black community, particularly in Seattle’s Central Area where many lived. Continue reading Remembering Lottie Cross

The Outdoors as Sanctuary From Coronavirus Turmoil

by Jack Russillo

Note: This article was published prior to Gov. Jay Inslee’s shelter-in-place announcement issued 3/23/20

There is no good time for a pandemic like COVID-19 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus) to hit, but at least the onset of sunny springtime weather is helping ease the stress of social distancing.

As the virus has spread through King County and the rest of the world over the past several months, more restrictions have been enacted in communities that keep many people out of work, away from schools, and isolated at home. Continue reading The Outdoors as Sanctuary From Coronavirus Turmoil