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A Communal Confession at Howard S Wright

by Marilee Jolin, Columnist (Featured Photo: Alex Garland)

An excited foreboding takes hold of me as we cross John St, the Key Arena pavilion in our sights.  The sun is busting through the clouds with gusto, I’ve got my comfy shoes on and my stomach is in knots.  It is Monday of Holy Week 2015 and I am on way to a “Table Turning” action organized by faith groups in the Seattle area.  I am excited.  I am confident in the merits of the cause.  And yet I am nervous; not fully certain I want to be a part of the protest about to occur.   Continue reading A Communal Confession at Howard S Wright

Emerald in the Rough: Why Alec Stephens Deserves The City Council Appointment

After Seattle’s City Council announced 8 finalists to fill the vacant position 9 council seat vacated by former councilmember Sally Clark earlier this week, the Emerald sent interview request to those finalists living within the South Seattle area. The City Council will be convening a special hearing at 4:00pm today to hear presentations from finalists and receive comments from the public. They will then appoint a replacement for the position at Monday’s City Council meeting, which will take place at 2:00pm.

by Cindi Laws, Columnist

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Alec Stephens

I met Alec Stephens in 1987 or 88 at one of the early meetings that led to the creation of The Rainbow Coalition. The primary leaders of that movement, affiliated with Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH organization, were Larry Gossett and Roberto Maestas (El Centro de la Raza). Alec and his wife Helena were integrally involved from the get-go. Continue reading Emerald in the Rough: Why Alec Stephens Deserves The City Council Appointment