Category Archives: Editorial

Changing Perceptions of Our Community Begins From the Inside

by Maia Segura and Daimian Lix

(The following is a transcript of a speech given at the Rainier Chamber of Commerce in recognition of excellence in business and community  practices within the Southeast Seattle area.)

Daimian and myself are truly so honored for the Rainier Chamber of Commerce, 2015 Business of the Year Award.

First I wanted to say that we get a lot of questions about our name: Penniless Projects. No, it does not mean that we work for free, as some of you may have hoped (although, truthfully we end up doing more of that than we let on). Continue reading Changing Perceptions of Our Community Begins From the Inside

The South Seattle Narrative: We Are the Stories We Tell Ourselves

by Dominique Scalia

Dominique addresses the crowd at the Emerald's one-year anniversary party. Photo Credit: Celia Berk
Dominique (Madam President) addresses the crowd at the Emerald’s one-year anniversary party. Photo Credit: Celia Berk

More than a year ago, I sat looking at Marcus Green from behind a beer at Rookie’s in Columbia City, listening to a pitch for what would become the South Seattle Emerald. He had already shown me a little of what he could do when we worked together on another project. But when he asked me to help him start a non-profit publication in South Seattle, I did not understand what it could mean for Marcus Green to truly live his vision of community-based journalism. All I knew was that Marcus was a wonderful writer and a talented and diligent interviewer, and that the people in this community had a story to tell that was not being told by any other publication. That was enough to get us started. Continue reading The South Seattle Narrative: We Are the Stories We Tell Ourselves

“And the Youth Will Lead Us”: Community Transformation and Absenteeism

by Marcus Harrison Green

Usually, finding yourself in a high school classroom as someone in your thirties while “peers” half your age run mental circles around you is a glaring signifier you’ve made a succession of disastrous choices in life, but on January 22nd – as I played the part of a wilted bud planted amongst sophomores and juniors, squirming in his seat, too scared to be called on to give an answer to a barely absorbed question – there didn’t seem a better place for a South End native to be. Continue reading “And the Youth Will Lead Us”: Community Transformation and Absenteeism