Category Archives: People

Jacob Willard Home—A Mom and Pop Shop Serving Up Vintage Home Furnishings and Aural Nostalgia

by Jessie McKenna

This article first appeared as the first part of a series of blog posts for Rainier Ave Business Coalition (RainierABC).

Hillman City’s Karl Hackett, of Jacob Willard Home, started his mid-century collectibles business out of his home in Seward Park in 2011 after leaving the mortgage business. He caught the collecting bug early, while still a boy, but it wasn’t always vintage mid-century furniture and the like that struck his fancy. In fact, he grew up in a mid-century modern style home and was inspired by his father’s taste in home decor, but Karl says he didn’t appreciate the unique look and feel of the style at the time, it was just what home looked like. 

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Revolutionary Women: King County Prosecutor Turned Artist and Social Justice Activist

by Beverly Aarons

The world is filled with driven individuals focused on attaining what’s most rewarded by society — money, status, power, and fame. But some individuals have a quiet determination to achieve not the glitter and glamour of the American Dream but at deep satisfaction at having done their part to transform individual lives and society as a whole — Jolyn GC could easily count herself as one of those people.

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Remembering Judge Donald Dean Haley

by Georgia S. McCade

In 1951 when Donald Dean Haley graduated from Jefferson Davis Parish Training Colored School in Roanoke, Louisiana, his cousin Daniel Haley in Seattle asked him what he planned to do. Don answered, “Work in the rice field with Dad.” He was ever so wrong. 

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South Seattle Celebrates Second Official Latinx Pride Festival

by Chloe Collyer

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Crowds gather in the Plaza Roberto Maestas, during the first annual Latinx Pride event.

Under a warm summer sun, Ray Corona stood on a stage bursting with color.

“I want to talk about why we use the term ‘Latinx,’” Corona said to the crowd. “Part of the reason why we use the term ‘Latinx’ is because it’s a non-gendered term, and it’s [used] to highlight diversity in our community and to highlight transgender individuals and non-binary individuals.”

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MC Ray Corona, right, takes a selfie with a friend.

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Challenger Sarah Smith Seeks to Unseat Incumbent Adam Smith

Sarah Smith, 30, is the Democratic challenger for Washington’s 9th District, currently represented by Democrat Adam Smith, who has held the post for more than two decades. Continue reading Challenger Sarah Smith Seeks to Unseat Incumbent Adam Smith

An Uplifting Night with Mujeres in Music & Media

by Irene Jagla

The notes of a Tlingit warrior song reverberated through the Bethaday Community Learning Center. The song, explained the singer, was passed down by Native sisters in British Columbia, Canada, and was meant to affirm Native survival and honor the gathered audience’s presence on Native land. It was also meant to ensure that the evening’s three panelists—all women of color DJs—could speak from a place of power.

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31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #31: Let Us All Be Revolutionaries

In honor of Women’s History Month, we present 31 Days of Revolutionary Women; a series of daily essays by local authors documenting, honoring and celebrating powerful women who inspire us in South Seattle and beyond.

Join us on April 18th, 6:30 pm at the Hillman City Collaboratory to celebrate the culmination of our 31 Days of Revolutionary Women series. In this casual, intimate gathering we will share food, stories and inspiration. All are welcome to attend! Please bring a potluck dish to share if you are able. 

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by Melia LaCour

I bow my head in honor of these 31 feminine warriors.  Their stories, in all their full glory, naked vulnerability, and deep richness provided answers to a question I did not know I was asking when I began reading: what lessons can I learn from each of you as I move along my path to liberatory consciousness?   Continue reading 31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #31: Let Us All Be Revolutionaries

31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #30: Toshiko Grace Hasegawa

In honor of Women’s History Month, we present 31 Days of Revolutionary Women; a series of daily essays by local authors documenting, honoring and celebrating powerful women who inspire us in South Seattle and beyond.


by Cynthia Green

Mesmerizing was the word that came to mind after the first 30 minutes of hearing Toshiko Grace Hasegawa talk about the necessity of police accountability at a panel discussion last February in the Phinney neighborhood.  Continue reading 31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #30: Toshiko Grace Hasegawa

31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #29: Clara Fraser

In honor of Women’s History Month, we present 31 Days of Revolutionary Women; a series of daily essays by local authors documenting, honoring and celebrating powerful women who inspire us in South Seattle and beyond.


by Adrienne Weller

In my mind’s eye, I see Clara Fraser focused on some task: a commanding presence, yet totally at your service—if your goal is to free the wretched of the earth. Continue reading 31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #29: Clara Fraser

31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #28: Dr. Gwendolyn Jones

In honor of Women’s History Month, we present 31 Days of Revolutionary Women; a series of daily essays by local authors documenting, honoring and celebrating powerful women who inspire us in South Seattle and beyond.


by Lora-Ellen McKinney

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“It was my mother who gave me my voice. She did this, I know now, by clearing a space where my words could fall, grow, then find their way to others.” ― Paula J. Giddings

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