Category Archives: Community

South End Organizations Step up to Feed Students in Need During COVID-19 Closures

by Carolyn Bick


In a normal week, kids who rely on schools for their meals know they’ll  receive breakfast and lunch on any given school day. On the weekends, those who need to may take home backpacks of food or ingredients for themselves and their families. Continue reading South End Organizations Step up to Feed Students in Need During COVID-19 Closures

THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Share Your Story: A Social for Filipinx Professionals, The Golden Age Hip Hop Art Expo, SLOW Ride, & More!

by Emerald Staff

SUPER-IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:

TWISS as we know it is going away. “Noooooo!” You say. And to that we say, “Fear not!” The Emerald is getting a new website and with it a calendar that will make submitting events to us super convenient for you and very easy for us to publish. That means we can feature more of your events! Thanks to our Rainmakers, we’re beyond excited to be able to offer this valuable resource to the community.



(Note: As of March 11, Public Health – Seattle & King County now prohibits large gatherings of more than 250 people. In addition, public events with fewer than 250 attendees are prohibited, unless event organizers can take steps to minimize risk. )

Wed., March 11:

Community Development Update

“Come learn about the development happening in the Central District. Hear from the project teams of Midtown Plaza, Yakima Ave, Bryant Manor, Community House, and Promenade 23!

Time: 6–8 p.m.
Where: Black Dot Underground — 1437 S. Jackson St
Cost: FREE (register here)

Continue reading THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Share Your Story: A Social for Filipinx Professionals, The Golden Age Hip Hop Art Expo, SLOW Ride, & More!

Community Comes Together to Question White Center Quarantine Site

words by Ari McKenna

photography by Jovelle Tomayo

Typically, democracy suffers when a state of emergency is declared, but White Center’s response to a quarantine site being prepared on an especially populous street has led to a mobilization uniting community members amidst a pandemic.

Early last week, King County declared a state of emergency as confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus began to accelerate, with six people dying from the disease north of Seattle and in Kirkland. While there had been an initial, temporary quarantine site for people traveling from China in Shoreline near the Public Health Laboratory (it has since closed), the county began announcing new sites where people could be isolated: Continue reading Community Comes Together to Question White Center Quarantine Site

How Southeast Seattle Small Businesses Are Coping With COVID-19

by Jessie McKenna


In recent months the now-infamous novel, or “new,” coronavirus—dubbed COVID-19 by the World Health Organization—has been wreaking havoc across the globe. The virus reached Washington state in January and has so far totaled 11 deaths in King County since Feb 24. 

Along with the rest of the city, South Seattle now finds itself near the core of the crisis in the west. People are naturally concerned and many are closely monitoring the spread of the virus, but how are South End businesses faring in these strange and uncertain times? Are people still going out to eat? Attending shows?   Continue reading How Southeast Seattle Small Businesses Are Coping With COVID-19

THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Hear Us Rise: APA Voices in Feminism, NAAM Turns 12, ORCA for All Town Hall, & More!

by Emerald Staff

(Note: Due to public health concerns some events may be postponed. It is advised that you check an event listings webpage to make sure it’s still happening)

Thurs., March 5:

Hear Us Rise: APA Voices in Feminism

“You’re invited to our latest exhibit reception, Hear Us Rise, which highlights Asian Pacific American women and other marginalized genders that have challenged society’s expectations, defied its restrictions, and fought for equality and opportunity since their arrival in the United States. Continue reading THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Hear Us Rise: APA Voices in Feminism, NAAM Turns 12, ORCA for All Town Hall, & More!

Sound Transit’s Fare Enforcement Proposal Greeted With Skepticism at Public Meeting

by Goorish Wibneh


During a public meeting at El Centro De La Raza  on Wed, Feb 19, Sound Transit presented  a variety of fare enforcement proposals under consideration and sought community feedback. Several community members thanked Sound Transit for the opportunity to give input, but others remained unsatisfied with the proposals, since doing away with fare enforcement isn’t on the table. Continue reading Sound Transit’s Fare Enforcement Proposal Greeted With Skepticism at Public Meeting

Skyway Park Set for $370,000 Revitalization Effort

by Vivian Cheung

(This article was produced as part of the University of Washington’s Newslab that gives student journalists an opportunity to have their work appear in local publications )


Skyway Park will soon be getting a $370,000 facelift.

The King County Parks Division received a grant in that amount to revitalize and better activate the park for the local community. This grant is funded by the King County Parks’ Youth and Amateur Sports Grants program and through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Continue reading Skyway Park Set for $370,000 Revitalization Effort

Doing It for the Health of It: Cierra Sisters, Inc. Health Fair Tackles Inequity in Breast Cancer Research

by Thea White


From high-energy African drum performances, to the beautiful array of gift bags displayed on every table in the dining hall, it was clear that Cierra Sisters Inc., didn’t plan your average health fair. Continue reading Doing It for the Health of It: Cierra Sisters, Inc. Health Fair Tackles Inequity in Breast Cancer Research

Optimism, Opportunity On Display at Seventh Annual State of Africatown

by Georgia McDade


Though the sky was cloudy and gray Saturday morning, the inside of Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute at 104 17th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144 was sunny and bright. Well over 100 people celebrated the Seventh Annual State of Africatown, a collective of African and African-American-owned businesses dedicated to making life better for African and African-Americans. Continue reading Optimism, Opportunity On Display at Seventh Annual State of Africatown