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Native Americans Gather in Seattle to Protest Disenrollment of Nooksack Tribal Members

by Alex Garland

(originally published on The Dignity Virus)

As the sun warmed the streets of Seattle on a hot Monday afternoon, Indigenous people from around the Pacific Northwest gathered at Westlake Park for a rally in protest of the disenrollment of 306 members of the Nooksack tribe and other tribes across the United States who have diesenrolled tribal members. The rally included speakers from the Nooksack tribe, tribal leaders from the Snoqualmie tribe, and disenrolled members from other tribes throughout Washington. Continue reading Native Americans Gather in Seattle to Protest Disenrollment of Nooksack Tribal Members

News Gleams: SPU Testing for Lead, and Council Committee Wants $30 Million of Housing Levy Dedicated to Preservation

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Seattle Public Utilities Testing  for  Lead  in Water

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will test water from a smattering of homes this weekend to determine if the utility has a lead problem. Concern over Seattle’s water began when Tacoma water utility managers detected lead in the drinking water of four Tacoma homes earlier this week. Continue reading News Gleams: SPU Testing for Lead, and Council Committee Wants $30 Million of Housing Levy Dedicated to Preservation

News Gleams: Meeting on Gun Violence, and Snoop Dogg Comes to Skyway

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Meeting to Discuss Recent Gun Violence

The Public Safety Alliance will be hosting a citywide meeting on neighborhood public safety concerns at 7:00pm on Wednesday, April 20 at the Seattle’s Children’s Theatre, located at 201 Thomas St.

Damon Benefield, a resident of Rainier Beach, will talk about recent gun violence in South Seattle including a drive-by shooting that took place last night in the New Holly neighborhood. Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole will also be in attendance to answer citizen questions.  South Seattle community members are being strongly encouraged to attend the meeting to voice their concerns. Continue reading News Gleams: Meeting on Gun Violence, and Snoop Dogg Comes to Skyway

Council Debates Final Recommendations to Housing Levy

by Regina Friedland

The Seattle City Council Select Committee on the 2016 Seattle Affordable Housing Levy met Friday to discuss possible changes to the proposed $290 million levy, including rental opportunities for the elderly, individuals with disabilities, homeless individuals, families and low wage workers. Continue reading Council Debates Final Recommendations to Housing Levy

News Gleams: The King and Queen of Rainier Beach, Cultural Center Gets a New Name, and City Aims to Lower Barriers for Civic Engagement

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Rainier Beach’s New King and Queen

Pedestrians walking along Rainier S and 51st Avenue have been greeted by royalty the past two weeks, in the form of king and queen sculptures. The pair of oversized chess pieces are designed by South Seattle artist Peter Reiquam, who worked with community members (alongside SDOT Safe Routes to Schools, and Seattle Arts and Culture) to develop art work that reflected the unique spirit, character, and pride of the Rainier Beach area. The pieces are a tribute to the decade-old chess club ran by the beloved Det. Cookie, and represent the power of both the king and queen, patience, and strategic thinking.  An official sculpture dedication ceremony will take place on May 7th at 11am. Continue reading News Gleams: The King and Queen of Rainier Beach, Cultural Center Gets a New Name, and City Aims to Lower Barriers for Civic Engagement

News Gleams: 4000 Summer Jobs for Youth, More Changes to Route 38, and Police Continue to Investigate Shootings

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Applications Being Accepted for “4000 Jobs” Summer Employment Program

The Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is now accepting applications for the 10th annual Summer Youth Employment Program.

The Summer Youth Employment Program is a part of Mayor Ed Murray’s Youth Employment Initiative—a citywide effort to address high youth unemployment (currently 13 percent).   Continue reading News Gleams: 4000 Summer Jobs for Youth, More Changes to Route 38, and Police Continue to Investigate Shootings

Africatown Innovation Center Seeks Community Support After Burglary, Vandalism

by Venice Buhain and Christina Twu

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

The Africatown Center for Education and Innovation is seeking volunteers and donations, after computer equipment was stolen and hate graffiti was left on the walls. Continue reading Africatown Innovation Center Seeks Community Support After Burglary, Vandalism