Category Archives: News

News Gleams: Former Speed-E-Mart Gets Health Clinic Makeover and South End & Central District Youth Plan to Walkaway from Negativity

Collected by Antonio Foster

Flickers of news from the South End

Speed- E-Mart turned Health Clinic to Open tomorrow in the Rainier Valley

A group of South End midwives and community members have turned a former Speed-E Mart into an accessible, affordable health care clinic for women and children. This is a midwifery-led clinic that provides individualized perinatal care for every family that comes through the door regardless of ability to pay. Families are seen by midwives and doctors and have the option of home, birth center or hospital for their birth.  They accept Medicaid/apple health, DSHS, private insurance, and offer a sliding scale for cash pay. This is the only location that any family can walk into to purchase breastfeeding supplies and receive direct breastfeeding support in the zip code. Continue reading News Gleams: Former Speed-E-Mart Gets Health Clinic Makeover and South End & Central District Youth Plan to Walkaway from Negativity

Seattle City Council Committee Passes Radical Resolution to End Youth Detention

by Reagan Jackson

Yesterday the City Council’s Public Safety committee unanimously voted to send resolution 31614 to the full City Council for approval, a measure that will effectively end youth detention in Seattle as of January 2016. The resolution, sponsored by Councilman Mike O’Brien, was a part of a recommendation made in a report by the Office of Civil Rights that implored Seattle to envision a city without youth incarceration. “We have to center this work in the communities that are directly affected,” explained Councilman O’Brien. To that end the resolution was drafted in partnership with members of Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR) and Ending the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC).   Continue reading Seattle City Council Committee Passes Radical Resolution to End Youth Detention

Student and Parents Rally Despite Agreement for School to Resume Thursday

by Reagan Jackson

Strike 4
Seattle teachers, students and parents march in Pioneer Square at this mornings demonstration. Photo Credit: Reagan Jackson

After five missed school days Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Education Association have come to a tentative agreement that may end the teacher’s strike. Though full details haven’t been released as of yet, The Seattle Education Association’s board of directors and its representative body voted to recommend the agreement reached this morning by deal makers for the the union and district. Continue reading Student and Parents Rally Despite Agreement for School to Resume Thursday

Hookah Lounges Get Racial Equity Assessment, Now What?

by Reagan Jackson

Seattle Hookah Lounge owners met with three representatives from the Office of Civil Rights to complete a racial equity assessment Tuesday afternoon. “At the end of this toolkit process what we’re going to have some idea about is what are the racial equity impacts on a whole assortment of hookah lounge issues,” said Patricia Lally, the Director of the Office of Civil Rights. “The regulatory, how can hookah lounges be licensed, should they be licensed, if they are going to be allowed to exist who benefits and who might be harmed and if there is a harm how do we help mitigate that harm.” Continue reading Hookah Lounges Get Racial Equity Assessment, Now What?

Rainier Beach Crosswalk Painted Ethiopian Colors

(This article originally appeared on the Seattle Globalist and has been reprinted with permission)

by Goorish Wibneh

A crosswalk in Rainier Beach was repainted with the Ethiopian colors green, yellow, and red early Monday morning.

This effort seems to be a continuation of the pan-African flag-themed paint jobs that happened in the Central District a few weeks ago. Continue reading Rainier Beach Crosswalk Painted Ethiopian Colors

News Gleams: MLK Viet-Wah Moving to Renton & Parks Superintendent Visiting the South End

Flickers of news from around the South End

MLK Way Viet-Wah Closed, Moving to Renton

Regular shoppers of the Martin Luther King Jr Way Viet-Wah (located between Graham Street and 37th Avenue) were startled this weekend to discover closed signs upon their visit to the grocery store. Citing a twenty percent increase in rent, owners of the store have decided to move operations from  South Seattle to Renton. This comes as a bitter disappointment to many who frequented the Asian grocer for seafood, and other items not readily found in most other grocery stores. Continue reading News Gleams: MLK Viet-Wah Moving to Renton & Parks Superintendent Visiting the South End

Oh Hello Othello: Arts Festival Celebrates South End Diversity

by Reagan Jackson

Community members do the "wooble" during the festivities. Photo Credit: Reagan Jackson
Community members do the “wooble” during the festivities. Photo Credit: Reagan Jackson

All of the South End seemed to be in attendance for the 8th annual Othello Park International Music & Arts Festival held on Sunday, August 16. This year’s theme was fun in many languages.  To honor the rich linguistic diversity of the neighborhood there was a banner saying Hello in 40 different languages. Even Mayor Ed Murray stopped by the say “Dia Dhuit,”  (hello in Irish the language of his grandparents) and to commend the City Parks Department on their upcoming renovation which will include improvements to the park bathrooms. Continue reading Oh Hello Othello: Arts Festival Celebrates South End Diversity

Hookah Lounge Owners Flood City Hall to Voice Concerns Over Potential Closures

by Reagan Jackson

The City Council chamber was standing room only. Though there was no pending vote or corresponding agenda item, Hookah Lounge owners, along with activists from East African communities and organizations including the NAACP, EPIC, YUIR, and European Dissent joined together to publicly address Mayor Ed Murray’s recent ban on Hookah Lounges. Continue reading Hookah Lounge Owners Flood City Hall to Voice Concerns Over Potential Closures

Murray Goes to South Seattle, United States Senator Pays Visit to Local Businesses

by Marcus Harrison Green

“Do you think it’s okay to say hello to her?” enthused a member of the late lunch crowd at Columbia City’s Salted Sea. On Monday afternoon, she – along with more than a half-dozen surprised patrons – was treated to the sight of United States Senator Patty Murray feasting on shrimp toast as she spoke with locals. Continue reading Murray Goes to South Seattle, United States Senator Pays Visit to Local Businesses

Duwamish River Opportunity Fund Awards $250,000 to 13 Neighborhood Projects

SEATTLE (August 10, 2015) Today Mayor Murray announced $250,000 from the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund will be awarded to 13 community projects supporting neighborhoods along the Duwamish River. This program provides funds for new and existing small-scale programs focused on challenges faced by Duwamish River neighborhoods during the Superfund clean-up. Continue reading Duwamish River Opportunity Fund Awards $250,000 to 13 Neighborhood Projects