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Census Citizenship Question Blocked in Federal Court

by Ryan Phelan

(This article was originally published on The Seattle Globalist and has been reprinted with permission)

A federal judge on Tuesday ruled against the Trump administration’s attempts to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census in New York.

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News Gleams: Tammy Morales Announces Bid for City Council, Uber Expands Bike-Share to South End

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Tammy Morales running for Seattle City Council, Bruce Harrell is not

Community organizer and Seattle Human Rights Commissioner Tammy Morales will run for the District 2 seat on the Seattle City Council in 2019. District 2 covers the Chinatown-International District and Southeast Seattle.

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SeaTac Hub of Community and Culture Faces Displacement

by Irene Jagla

SeaTac Center, the two-story strip mall that takes up a slanted lot between 154th St and 152nd St, is a hub of commerce and culture. The shops that now occupy the location of a former casino and warehouse offer a place for East African, Latino, and Southeast Asian immigrants to gather, shop, eat, and establish their own cultural space in South King County.

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Friends and Colleagues Remember Amina Ahmed

by Irene Jagla

The untimely and tragic death of Amina Ahmed, SeaTac City Councilmember and longtime immigrant and refugee advocate, shocked a community that had invested much hope in her tenure as a way to battle displacement and gentrification. Ahmed died in a car accident in the afternoon of December 8 at the intersection of South 188th Avenue and 16th Avenue South in SeaTac. She was only seven weeks into her council appointment.

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Rising Rents, Long Waiting Lists Displacing Seniors From the South End

by Carolyn Bick

As a senior on disability, Laura Hale lives on exactly $971 per month, not counting the $182 per month she receives in food stamps.

The 65-year-old Hale lives in the basement of her son’s house, a few blocks away from the Southeast Seattle Senior Center, where she regularly plays bingo on Wednesdays. Like many seniors who live on fixed income, such as disability payments or Social Security, Hale cannot independently afford to live in the area anymore, thanks to increasing costs of living, as developers move in. And like many seniors, Hale is on several city housing waiting lists that are literally thousands of names and several years long.

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