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Weekend Reads: Examining the Seattle Chamber of Commerce Poll

by Kevin Schofield


This weekend’s read is the second edition of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s twice-yearly “The Index” poll on voter sentiment in Seattle. It made headlines earlier this week, with the Chamber declaring that respondents had become more pessimistic about our city since the previous poll in August.

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Just What Is Social Housing?

by Erica C. Barnett


Later this year, Seattle voters could take a first step toward building a new kind of permanently affordable, mixed-income public housing known as “social housing.” The House Our Neighbors! Coalition — a project of the housing advocacy organization Real Change — is collecting signatures for Initiative 135 (I-135), which would create a new public development authority (PDA) to build and operate new housing; funding for the PDA would come later, through future State or local legislation.

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Beloved: Reaching for Redemption — A Lifelong Process

A Seattle father discovers self-value after being affected by both ends of the gun.

by Chardonnay Beaver

Everyone lost to gun violence is someone’s beloved.  Beloved is a multi-media campaign exploring gun violence in-depth in four phases: The Problem of gun violence as a symptom of illness (or infection) caused by systemic inequality; The History of gun violence, root causes, and local and national data trends. The Solutions to end gun violence including King County Public Health’s regional approach to gun violence prevention and treatments; and finally, the ideation of a world without gun violence, The Beloved Community. The Beloved project is brought to you in partnership with Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Hope Corps program, King County’s Public Health team, Converge Media, Black Coffee Northwest, Toybox Consulting, Creative Justice, The Facts Newspaper, Forever Safe Spaces, Northwest African American Museum, Presidential Media, and the South Seattle Emerald.


The road that leads to redemption looks different for everybody. 

For over a decade, David Marshall Sr. has embarked on a mission to make amends with the past that he, along with 35% of Black men in metropolitan areas, got caught up in. At the age of 12, Marshall entered a lifestyle where violence, anger, and self-destruction became a normality.

“For me, the life that I lived, I’ve been trying to recover from for a long time,” Marshall said.

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Weekend Reads: The Business of Baseball

by Kevin Schofield


In celebration of Opening Day for the Major League Baseball, this weekend’s read is an article in Forbes magazine looking at how much each of the 30 MLB teams is worth. Topping the list, unsurprisingly, is the New York Yankees at $6 billion; at the bottom is the Miami Marlins at $990 million. Our home team, the Seattle Mariners, is in the middle with a value of $1.7 billion.

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Weekend Reads: Discovering New Drugs With AI

by Kevin Schofield


This weekend’s read is an essay looking at an often overlooked aspect of the tools that pharmaceutical researchers use to discover potential new drugs. 

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Washington Birth Doulas Advocated for a Pathway to Certification — and Won

by Megan Burbank


With Gov. Jay Inslee’s signoff, birth doulas in Washington State have established their work as a profession based on voluntary competency-based state certification, paving the way for reimbursement under Medicaid. ESHB 1881 passed both chambers in Olympia earlier this month, where it drew broad support, passing with a wide margin of 85–8, backing from both parties in the House, and unanimous support in the Senate, according to a media release from Surge Reproductive Justice, an organization backing the legislation. It was among a docket of bills Inslee signed into law on Wednesday, March 30, in a ceremony at the State Capitol streamed live on TVW.

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Blind, BIPOC, Nonbinary Seattle Musician Brittany Davis Shares Revelatory Debut EP

by Alexa Peters


Most of us live our lives unaware of our reliance on sound. Birdsongs mark the seasons, a whistle signifies a boiling kettle, a spoken “hello” invites us to connect with one another, and we think very little of it.

But for Brittany Davis, a blind, BIPOC, and nonbinary Seattle musician, sound is life itself. Sound is freedom and self-expression in a world that often confines and silences disabled people.

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Weekend Reads: The Era of ‘Personalized Medicine’ — What Our Steps and Sleep Say About Us

by Kevin Schofield


This weekend, we have a pair of “reads” to consider, both related to activities closely associated with our health: walking and sleeping.

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Local Communities Consider History in Attempt to Understand Gun Violence

by Rosette Royale

Everyone lost to gun violence is someone’s beloved.  Beloved is a multi-media campaign exploring gun violence in-depth in four phases: The Problem of gun violence as a symptom of illness (or infection) caused by systemic inequality; The History of gun violence, root causes, and local and national data trends. The Solutions to end gun violence including King County Public Health’s regional approach to gun violence prevention and treatments; and finally, the ideation of a world without gun violence, The Beloved Community. The Beloved project is brought to you in partnership with Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Hope Corps program, King County’s Public Health team, Converge Media, Black Coffee Northwest, Toybox Consulting, Creative Justice, The Facts Newspaper, Forever Safe Spaces, Northwest African American Museum, Presidential Media, and the South Seattle Emerald.


Ask Reco Bembry about the history of gun violence and how it affects local communities, and he may tell you a story from the recent past.

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Transforming Lives: Doug Wheeler Carries On Family Legacy

by Beverly Aarons


“Doug gave me a standard as a Black man,” said Merman Sallier, a music producer and digital instructor from Seattle who grew up in the Central District and attended Zion Preparatory Academy with the class of ’91. “Just the way he carried himself and the way he communicated with people — his cars, his relationship with his wife, his relationship with his children, just everything. He was someone that me and a lot of my friends looked up to as the standard. At the time, the only other Black men to emulate in his community were drug dealers and pimps.” But even “those guys looked up to Doug,” said Sallier.

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