Category Archives: Civics

People of Color, Especially Children, Most Likely to be Asked to Leave Seattle Libraries

by Erica Barnett

African Americans, especially children, are far more likely to be kicked out of Seattle libraries than patrons of other races, according to data the South Seattle Emerald obtained from the Seattle Public Library (SPL) through a public disclosure request.

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“I don’t think any child should be in a jail” — An Interview With Daron Morris

by Guy Oron

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity

Daron Morris is a 20-year public defender. He is running for King County Prosecutor to unseat Dan Satterberg, a two-and-a-half-term incumbent. I sat down with Morris in a Beacon Hill coffee shop to ask him about his background and stance on important issues affecting Seattle’s South End.

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Protestors Amass at ICE Headquarters for Deadline to Reunite Families

by Neal McNamara

(This article originally appeared on Patch.com and has been republished with permission)

On deadline day for President Donald Trump’s administration to reunite families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, a group of more than 100 protesters demonstrated outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in downtown Seattle Thursday morning.

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Don’t Displace the South End

by Irene Jagla

The time for grief is over; the time to act is now.

That was the common refrain during Got Green’s Town Hall event, “Don’t Displace the South End.” What began as a campaign to ensure community organizer Esther “Little Dove” John avoided displacement from her longtime residence by a micro-studio development has evolved into a broader effort to stop predatory developments across Seattle’s most vulnerable communities.

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Skyway Repair Café Provides Community Space, Second Chance for Broken Items

by Max Wasserman

Barb Horton started fixing things because it was considered a “boy job,” and boy jobs paid better in 1975.

Horton was then studying at the University of Washington to be a teacher. To pay for her education, she maintained postage printing machines, but her career path changed when she was hired full-time by a company that produced the devices.

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African Women Business Alliance Receives $75,000 Equitable Development Initiative Grant

by Leilani Leach

Nourah Yonous didn’t expect to get the grant, thinking the fledgling organization she founded was too new. But then she checked her voicemail.

“I screamed,” the founder and Executive Director of the African Women Business Alliance said. “I could not believe it.”

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Why Is a Statewide Anti-Union Group Suing to Stop Tiny House Villages in Seattle?

by Erica C. Barnett

When the Olympia-based Freedom Foundation—a conservative group that has spent the bulk of its energy over the past decade fighting against health care workers’ right to organize—filed a lawsuit to stop a Low Income Housing Institute-run “tiny house village” for homeless people from opening in South Lake Union, it raised some eyebrows.

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