by Shelley Morrison and Karla Esquivel
We like to think Columbia City feels like a small town in the midst of a big, growing city. One of the best things about our community is that we know each other, and we don’t want to lose that as we grow. There is something special about going into a neighborhood shop or restaurant and saying “Hi” to an owner or staff person and knowing them by name, and they knowing yours. There’s a feeling of belonging. Continue reading Why Columbia City Needed “Name Tag” Days
by Marcus Harrison Green
I wish I had been this courageous when I was in high school.
Those words struck my heart, as I sat in the stands of Rainier Beach High’s gymnasium with hundreds of students last Thursday afternoon for the school’s third annual Bloc Party. Continue reading Rainier Beach “Bloc Party” Celebrates Student Resistance
by Kris Kendall
Last month I wrote this column by asking a few questions to a man that was a stranger to me. This time, I took those same questions to a woman we’ll call Auntie G.
I’ve known Auntie G as a neighbor since I moved to Rainier Beach in 2010. She and her daughter moved from Fairhope, Alabama to Seattle in 1988, and she has lived in the Central District, Beacon Hill and on MLK. For the past 21 years, she has lived in the same house in Rainier Beach. She’s the kind of neighbor I’m glad to have. Auntie G may keep a low profile, but I’m pretty sure nothing happens on this block that she isn’t aware of. Continue reading People In Your Neighborhood: Everybody Needs an Auntie G
by Felice Cat-Tuong Luu
Smiles on, nerves rattling, the Franklin High School (FHS) varsity mock trial team stood in a pre-game huddle. T-minus five minutes until show time and teammates checked each other’s uniforms, making sure they looked the part while their coach gave a few words of encouragement. The hours they poured into looking crisp, clean, and confident showed.
Last weekend, all three FHS teams advanced to semifinals and its varsity team continued to sweep the tournament, beating even national champion and cross-town rival Seattle Preparatory School. As one of the top two teams of this year’s competitors, Franklin High’s varsity team stood ready to face off against Bellevue’s International School for the district champion title. In the King County District Courthouse, the court’s doors opened Monday night, and both teams walked into their final round at the King County YMCA Mock Trial District Tournament. Continue reading Franklin High School Steals the Show at Mock Trial
by Marcus Harrison Green
Some called her mentor, to others she was a friend, Samaritan, confidante, counselor, leader, entrepreneur, queen. But no matter their preferred moniker, all came to pay tribute to the life of Vickie Williams on Saturday afternoon at Skyway’s Holy Temple Evangelistic Center. Continue reading Hundreds Pay Respect to the Life of Vickie Williams
by Katie Anastas
When LaShaun Bellamy and her husband decided to adopt a child, they knew they wanted an American child of color. She was aware that children of color were overrepresented in the foster care system, and they wanted to make a difference. Continue reading Foster Care Agency Bridging Racial Gap by Recruiting Families of Color
by Alex Garland
Dozens of Columbia City residents braved the rain on Sunday afternoon with signs of solidarity with communities suffering from a stark increase in hate crimes since the inauguration of the current president. Continue reading Photo Essay: We Stand Together