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Editor in Chief of the South Seattle Emerald

THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — South-End MLK Day Events, Vanishing Seattle Film Series, Mixed N’ Misidentified, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Thurs., Jan. 16:

Vanishing Seattle Film Series Launch: Wa Na Wari

“Vanishing Seattle is excited to launch its series of short films that take a deeper dive into the stories of legacy, resistance, and resilience behind the #VanishingSeattle hashtag!

“We are premiering with a film about Wa Na Wari – a 5th-generation Black-owned home in the Central District that creates space for Black ownership, possibility, and belonging through art, historic preservation, and connection.

“Come join us at the Wa Na Wari house for the film screening (directed by devon de Leña + Chimaera Bailey) — plus art, food, & community. The event will also feature music and performances by Yirim Seck and Ebo Barton. Learn more about WNW at www.wanawari.org.

“The Vanishing Seattle film project is supported, in part, by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax and the Northwest Film Forum.All-ages

Time: 7–9 p.m.
Where: Wa Na Wari — 911 24th Ave
Cost: FREE

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After Stepping Down, Rainier Valley Corp Founding ED Vu Le Reflects on Six Years of Collaborative Leadership and Capacity Building

by Eric Card and Stacy Nguyen

It’s a transition that Vu Le has been looking forward to — though he is quick to note that his days are just as busy as ever, just in a different way. Le’s calendar used to be packed with meetings, whether they be appointments with community leaders, funders, donors, other nonprofit executive director — or whether they were ardent reminders that he needed to give himself enough time to get to the airport and through security so that he didn’t miss flights that took him all over the country and the world to speak on the importance of building up powerful voices for grassroots and community-based organizations led by POCs . Continue reading After Stepping Down, Rainier Valley Corp Founding ED Vu Le Reflects on Six Years of Collaborative Leadership and Capacity Building

Morales Vows to Help District 2 “Rewrite Rules Of Power” at Community Swearing-In

by Emerald Staff

Despite warnings of impending snow Monday night, nearly seventy community leaders, activists, voters attended the swearing-in of new District 2 City Council member Tammy Morales, at the Centilia Cultural Center at El Centro de la Raza.  She was sworn in by community members Farhiya Mohamed, Executive Director of the Somali Family Safety Task Force and Andrew Hong, the acting Director for March for Our Lives/Washington.  Continue reading Morales Vows to Help District 2 “Rewrite Rules Of Power” at Community Swearing-In

News Gleams: Winter Weather School Delays, and Shelter Openings

by Emerald Staff

(Updated: 1/15/2020, 6:42 a.m.)

South Seattle has been sprinkled by snowfall since Sunday night, as a highly anticipated bout of freezing temperatures spilled into the Puget Sound region.

On Wednesday morning, many South Enders found slick streets on their commutes (updated commuter information can be found here), with Seattle Public Schools closed for the day.
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Essay: The Girl Who Wouldn’t Go Away

by Carolyn McConnell

In the summer of 1971, my mother, age 24 and many months pregnant, came to Seattle. I don’t know how she got there, but she had little money, so she must have copped a ride or taken Greyhound. She didn’t have a place to stay, so she went to Seward Park in southeast Seattle, where there were other young people camping out, to sleep under a weeping willow along the shore of Lake Washington. Sometime that night, the police swept through, booting people out of the park. But they let my mother be. Continue reading Essay: The Girl Who Wouldn’t Go Away