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DON’T PANIC: NOVEL CORONAVIRUS INFECTION IS LOW RISK TO OUR COMMUNITY

by Emerald Staff

(Compiled from Seattle & King County Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control)


While nearly everyone coming down the SeaTac Airport concourse from a China flight over the weekend wore a surgical mask over their faces, with the same scene playing out at the waiting room at the ID/Chinatown International Community Health Services (ICHS), health officials assure us: don’t panic over contracting the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Continue reading DON’T PANIC: NOVEL CORONAVIRUS INFECTION IS LOW RISK TO OUR COMMUNITY

Swedish-Providence Declines Negotiations, Locks Out Workers After 72-Hour Strike

by Jack Russillo


After nine months of failed negotiations with the executives of Providence-owned Swedish medical centers, nearly 8,000 nurses from seven Seattle-area hospitals organized a massive 72-hour strike and were hopeful of returning to work to care for their patients.

When thousands of nurses returned to at their respective campuses across the city after the strike ended Friday morning, groups of “tactical” security guards, armed with body cameras and weapons, were there to stop them from returning to work. Only a few  pre-selected employees where allowed to pass through security checkpoints. Prior to the end of the strike, Swedish-Providence executives issued a statement threatening to lock out workers who participated in the strike. Continue reading Swedish-Providence Declines Negotiations, Locks Out Workers After 72-Hour Strike

Eric Pettigrew Announces Retirement from State Legislature

by Emerald Staff


Rep.Eric Pettigrew (D-37th) made a surprise statement this morning, announcing that he will not run for for reelection. Pettigrew, however, says he has work to do and will complete the current legislative session. Earlier this year, Pettigrew had announced he was working part time for the NHL and its new franchise here in Seattle. Continue reading Eric Pettigrew Announces Retirement from State Legislature

Morales, Zahilay Take Part in Community Dialogue Addressing South End Gun Violence

by Carolyn Bick (updated at 9:00pm 1/30/20)

The lone media report about the Jan. 16 shooting that broke the chill, silent night along Renton Avenue South and South Kenyon Street is brief: “Several shots were fired across a South Seattle neighborhood Thursday night and police are still searching for the gunman.”

The shooting came just six days after the Seattle Police Department released its annual gun violence report, which showed an increase in gun violence throughout Seattle, and in five neighborhoods, in particular. Three of those five neighborhoods –– New Holly, Rainier Beach, and North Beacon Hill –– are located in South Seattle. Continue reading Morales, Zahilay Take Part in Community Dialogue Addressing South End Gun Violence

Japanese-American Solidarity Group Opens Seattle Chapter, Preps for February Action

By Carolyn Bick

He wasn’t alive during World War II, but Stanley Shikuma has witnessed firsthand the lasting effects of detention camps. During the war, both sides of his family were locked away in different Japanese internment camps; and though they were eventually reunited, the silent emotional scars the experience left never fully healed.

Continue reading Japanese-American Solidarity Group Opens Seattle Chapter, Preps for February Action

News Gleams: United Way Resource Exchange, 24 Hour Hotline Supports Crime Victims, Suspect in Skyway 7-11 Robbery Arrested

by Emerald Staff


United Way of King County Hosting Family Resource Exchange in Renton On MLK Day to help families obtain critical resources

This Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, United Way of King County, in partnership with Starbucks, Mary’s Place and Wellspring Family Services, will host a Family Resource Exchange in Renton to help families who are experiencing homelessness, which disproportionally affects African Americans and other people of color because of structural and institutional discrimination. Continue reading News Gleams: United Way Resource Exchange, 24 Hour Hotline Supports Crime Victims, Suspect in Skyway 7-11 Robbery Arrested

Morales Vows to Help District 2 “Rewrite Rules Of Power” at Community Swearing-In

by Emerald Staff

Despite warnings of impending snow Monday night, nearly seventy community leaders, activists, voters attended the swearing-in of new District 2 City Council member Tammy Morales, at the Centilia Cultural Center at El Centro de la Raza.  She was sworn in by community members Farhiya Mohamed, Executive Director of the Somali Family Safety Task Force and Andrew Hong, the acting Director for March for Our Lives/Washington.  Continue reading Morales Vows to Help District 2 “Rewrite Rules Of Power” at Community Swearing-In