Category Archives: Economics

PHOTO ESSAY: Othello Block Party Uses Arts, Music, Merchants to Build Connections in South Seattle

by Emerald Staff

The Othello Block Party celebrated arts, culture, music, entrepreneurship, and community Saturday at Othello Station. The event was sponsored by the MLK Business Association, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, South Seattle Emerald, Homesight, OnBoard Othello, UW Commons, Office of Arts & Culture, Assembly 118, and The Grocery, and was coordinated by Cafe Red and Artist Coalition for Equitable Development.

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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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Why the Landlord Lobby Should Fear the Washington Tenant Movement

by Gina Owens

Washington tenants face skyrocketing rents, unduly harsh eviction laws, and weak enforcement of tenant protections. Several years ago, I was in a car accident that rendered me disabled and unable to work. While I was in the process of getting Social Security Disability approved, I was evicted because I could not pay my full rent. Prior to the accident, I had had two decades of good rental history, but that did not protect me.

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Sound Transit Drops Initial Card Fee for Disabled, Senior, and Low-Income Riders

by Brian Bergen-Aurand

The first one is free. After that, they’re still three dollars each. But transportation officials and advocates alike believe it’s a step in the right direction.

In a move to encourage more riders to enroll in ORCA card programs in the Puget Sound region, Sound Transit officials announced that they have made initial ORCA cards free for senior, disabled, and low-income riders when they join.

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Closing Our Stubborn Gender Wage Gap Begins and Ends With Us

by Marilyn Watkins

August 26 commemorated Women’s Equality Day, the date in 1920 when women won the Constitutional right to vote in the United States. This year the date had a little more emotional kick with a woman running for the first time as a serious contender for the Presidency. But it’s taken nearly a full century to gain this milestone, and the fact that “Women’s Equality Day” fell in the same week as Black Women’s Equal Pay Day underscores just how far we still have to go. Continue reading Closing Our Stubborn Gender Wage Gap Begins and Ends With Us