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We Can’t Stand Alone

October 26th is the last day of our Membership Drive. We need 391 more recurring donors to be financially sustainable. Don’t put it off any longer – support the independent, local media you trust


by Marcus Harrison Green

Back then the question used to always seem so frivolous.

“Why do we fall down?”

No, the answer didn’t lie in coordination, carelessness, or remedial physics.

It’s what my grandmother Hilliard asked me every single time life met my maximal effort with minimal success, those times it looted my all and left nothing. Continue reading We Can’t Stand Alone

An Inside Account of the UW Red Square Shooting

by Kelsey Hamlin

(Updated 4/26/2017 at 8:58 pm)

I was interviewing a young woman on the University of Washington’s Red Square when people started running. We were talking about a man who ripped through the middle of her pro-immigrant banner. Within seconds, the atmosphere turned from public forum to survival. Fear spread across the faces of the crowd. Their eyes were wide open. It was like watching fish scatter after dropping a rock into the water: fast, scared, and reactionary. I didn’t understand why people ran for ten more minutes. I never heard a shot ring out. Continue reading An Inside Account of the UW Red Square Shooting

Show the Emerald some Love this Valentine’s Day!

Dear Friend,

This Valentine’s Day, your support means more to us than any box of chocolates ever could**

Your financial support is essential to the work we do; work that seems to matter more and more with each passing day.

As you know, there’s not been much love for media lately. More and more news outlets are closing down or laying off large numbers of staff, while the threat of “fake news” and “alternative facts” loom large on the national and local scene.

At the Emerald, we are actively offering a different model; creating a bright new future for hyper-local media with our voices, our words and our stories. And we rely on your financial support to do so!

In order to cover our current monthly expenses, expand into our new website and maintain a donor database we need to raise $1500/month. Simply put – that’s just 100 people donating $15/month! Can you spare $15/month – or even just $10 – to power the independent, hyper-local media you’ve come to trust and rely on?

Please go to to set up your recurring donation today!

buttonThanks for being our Valentine!

With Love,

Marilee, Marcus & the whole Emerald Team

 **though additional gifts of chocolate are always welcome!


Diminishing Returns at Housing Focus Groups

by Erica C. Barnett

When the city’s Department of Neighborhoods (DON) first put out the call for citizens to apply as neighborhood representatives serving on one of four new community focus groups that would advise the city’s Office of Planning and Community Development on the mayor’s proposed Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA), residents of mostly white North End neighborhoods—many of them vocal opponents of the plan—applied en masse. With just two weeks before the application deadline, fully half of the applicants came from only three North Seattle neighborhoods.
Continue reading Diminishing Returns at Housing Focus Groups