The South Seattle sanctuary is a testament to the power of public space and the promise of racial integration.
(This article was originally published in Crosscut and has been reprinted with permission)
by Alex Gallo-Brown
On the kind of dismal morning in late November that encourages lying around in one’s sweatpants with a mug of green tea or the grudging completion of basic tasks, I zipped my hooded jacket to my chin and made the short drive from south Beacon Hill, where I live, to Rainier Beach, the southeasternmost neighborhood of Seattle, where Kubota Garden, the once private and now public testimonial to the life and work of master gardener Fujitarō Kubota, has stood for more than 90 years. I arrived to an uncharacteristically empty garden — no cars thronging the parking lot, no people hiking the forested paths. Drawing my hood over my head, I sidestepped the fast-collecting pools of rainwater, admiring constructed ponds and waterfalls as I reflected on moments of private pain and memories of personal joy. Continue reading Can Rainier Beach’s Kubota Garden Remain a Refuge for All?
by Alex Gallo-Brown
When I was young,
I would fly over whole states
to stay up late with you watching
old films while your neighbors
slept only a few feet away.
We had to be so quiet
we wore headphones
and chewed our chocolates
carefully. Continue reading Sunday Stew: One Last Poem For Cath
by Susan Fried (words and photos)
It’s been twenty years since I photographed some of the events surrounding the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Seattle in November 1999. Lots of people who remember it at all, think of it as the “Battle in Seattle,” or the WTO riots,but my memories are of a mostly-peaceful protest attended by over 40 thousand people that thought like me; that believed in livable wages, safe working conditions, and protecting the environment. It was one of the most empowering events of my life. There were people representing labor, the environment, farmers, NGO’s, student and religious groups–all there to speak out against an organization that they believed had too much control over everyday people’s lives. They believed that–as one of the chants the protestors used–said, “Another World is Possible.” Continue reading OPINION: Remembering the Battle in Seattle 20 Years Later
by Alex Garland
Shouts of, “Nobody pays!” and “Black Friday deal, 100 percent off Light Rail fare!” could be heard as the doors opened at light rail stops from Mt. Baker to the University of Washington, when between 30 and 40 activists took their fight against what they considered to be class warfare on Nov. 29. Continue reading Black Friday Fare Strikers Protest Against Enforcement Policies
by Gus Marshall
The True Loves are a high-octane, horn-heavy, syncopated soul outfit based out of Seattle, Washington. Founded 7 years ago by drummer David McGraw and bassist Bryant Moore as a means to get together and jam, the True Loves have blossomed, seemingly overnight, into a world-traveled, in-demand, headlining attraction. Continue reading Seattle Soul-Sensation ‘True Loves’ To Perform Two Nights At Beacon Hill’s Clock-Out Lounge
by Emerald Staff
Wed., Nov. 27:
“Wolf Shop Wednesday! The high school screen printing class at Interagency Southeast invites you to come support youth entrepreneurs selling their own t-shirt designs. Pop up and in on Nov 27th from 5-8 and meet the young designers!”
Time: 5–8 p.m.
Where: Ola Wyola — 4427 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend
Continue reading THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Fifth-Annual Turkey Bowl, Shop Small in the C-ID, a Mary J. Blige Tribute, and More!
by Marcus Harrison Green
With four children, two jobs, oversight of three teen late night programs at just as many community centers, and a desire to be on his loving wife’s good side with perfect “date night” attendance, Cortez Charles knows it would’ve been impossible to pull off Rainier Beach’s fifth annual Turkey Bowl Week alone. Continue reading City Unity, Community Reliance at Heart of Turkey Bowl Week