Category Archives: Community

Artisan Matchmaker Seeks to Spark South End Inspired Resurgence in Handcrafted Goods

by Marcus Harrison Green

Mary Clymer with hand crafted creation "Crystal the Octopus." Photo Credit: Mary Clymer
Mary Clymer with hand crafted creation “Crystal the Octopus.” Photo Credit: Mary Clymer

Mary Clymer isn’t your typical matchmaker. Not only is the acid callousness and abrasive personality that characterizes many with that moniker (at least if you take your cues from reality television) absent, as the congenial Clymer could carry on an enchanting discourse with a street lamp, but instead of finding “the one”, her mission is to make sure a piece of the lovelorn souls she counsels winds up in the arms (or on the  walls, desks, shelves, window sills and night stands) of as many suitors as possible. Continue reading Artisan Matchmaker Seeks to Spark South End Inspired Resurgence in Handcrafted Goods

A Call For Peace: Christians March for an End to Violence in the South End

by drea chicas

A large and moving crowd had residents in the South-end asking questions on Saturday morning. Why were folks walking, talking, and singing aloud on a rainy morning? Who were these people holding hands and linking arms along Rainier Ave. South, their children marching beside them? Continue reading A Call For Peace: Christians March for an End to Violence in the South End

“Opportunity Brokers” Look to Close Divide Between South End Youth and Success

For many South Seattle youth the chasm runs long and deep. It separates them from fully realized prospects – stranding them at the fringes of undeveloped potential and diminished lives. Its boundaries stubbornly widening ever farther, leaving a persistent divergence between the youth of the city marked for success and those marked for mediocrity. Continue reading “Opportunity Brokers” Look to Close Divide Between South End Youth and Success

Seahawk Richard Sherman Provides Skyway Youth With “Blanket Coverage”

Note: RAYS (Renton Area Youth and Family Services) serves families from across South King County including several in the South Seattle area at  their Skyway/West Hill location. Originally posted on Rays.com.

by Melissa Allen

Unless you’ve been holed up in a concrete basement awaiting the apocalypse, you’ve almost certainly heard of Richard Sherman, the star cornerback for our beloved Seattle Seahawks. So you can imagine our self-doubt when his partner Ashley asked us to keep his identity a secret from the RAYS  families he wanted to support for the holidays. Continue reading Seahawk Richard Sherman Provides Skyway Youth With “Blanket Coverage”

The Storied History of Rainier Valley Activism

by Virginia H Wright

Concerned residents stage a protest in the crosswalk to advocate for slowing traffic along Rainier Avenue. Photo: Rainier Valley Historical Society
Concerned residents stage a protest in the crosswalk to advocate for slowing traffic along Rainier Avenue. Photo: Rainier Valley Historical Society

This past September, after an automobile crashed through the building on the southwest corner of Ferdinand and Rainier Avenue, concerned citizens took to the streets. Continue reading The Storied History of Rainier Valley Activism

Memorial Walk for South Seattle Resident Leo Almanzor

This post is sponsored by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways

A community was devastated by a horrific collision around 9:30 P.M. on November 22, 2014 as South Seattle resident Leo Almanzor attempted to cross the intersection of Pike Street and 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle and was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver.  Mr. Almanzor, 68, had taken the bus from his home in Columbia City and was walking to his job at Washington Athletic Club, where he had worked as a janitor for 17 years. Continue reading Memorial Walk for South Seattle Resident Leo Almanzor

Free to Dissent: White Anti-Racist Group Upends County at Community Meeting

by Marcus Harrison Green, columnist

Their roar against racism was deafening. They railed against the condemning of black lives to draconian prison system. They denounced gentrification as infrastructural warfare waged against those of color. Their analysis of race relations in “America’s most progressive city” was as sobering as it was unsettling to their audience – They were a collection of all white people. Continue reading Free to Dissent: White Anti-Racist Group Upends County at Community Meeting

“Young Families” De-gentrifying South Seattle?

This article was originally published in the Seattle Globalist and has been reprinted with permission.

by Reagan Jackson

As a neighborhood between South Seattle’s Columbia City and Rainier Beach, Hillman City has hardly garnered the reputation of being a hotbed for community in the recent past. But change is coming, and with it, new initiatives, businesses and families that are slowly changing the face of the neighborhood. Continue reading “Young Families” De-gentrifying South Seattle?