Category Archives: Photo Essay

Celebrating the Holidays in the South End

Story and photos by Susan Fried

Nothing really beats seeing a child’s eyes light up when they see Santa Claus, or even seeing a child with the opposite reaction, bursting into to tears after being forced to sit on the lap of some chubby, bearded man in a red suit. The secular part of modern Christmas is for children and for the memories we have of our own childhoods around this time of year.

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Seattle Bike Works Gives Away 250 Bikes

by Carolyn Bick

On an overcast Saturday afternoon, kids and parents jostled together into Bike Works’ anteroom for the nonprofit’s twice-annual Kids Bike-O-Rama event. Volunteers fitted kids with shiny new helmets, still other kids lined up outside the door to a room filled with an array of free children’s bikes, designs and colors including delicate floral patterns, eye-catching jewel tones,  Star Wars decals, and sleek shades of grey and black. Outside, volunteers and parents helped children test out their new bikes, resulting in a few tumbles that were quickly overridden by a combination of excitement and stubbornness.

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PHOTOS: Hundreds Join Boo Bash for Halloween Fun

Stories and Photos by Susan Fried

Hundreds of costume-clad children and adults showed up at the fifth annual Boo Bash in Rainier Beach to celebrate Halloween at what the organizers describe as “The biggest free Halloween event in the entire region.” There was lots of activities for the families to participate in and a ton of candy to be had at the 82 different trick ot treat stations located throughout the Rainier Beach Safeway parking lot. In addition to the many opportunities for children to fill their bags with candy and treats, they could also take a brief ride on a horse provided by the 10th Cavalry Division Buffalo Soldiers, learn about birds of prey from Jon the Falconer, watch magician Ruben Barron perform tricks, sing Karaoke, listen to stories, or play on three inflatable games provided by Amusements on Demand.

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Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration Honors Womxn, Remembers Those Missing and Murdered

by Carolyn Bick

Despite its large, open space, Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center was almost overflowing Monday evening, many generations of Indigenous people packing the center for the fifth annual Indigenous People’s Day celebration.

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Protestors gather to support Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

Story and photos by Susan Fried

Sept. 28, the day that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee detailing her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, hundreds of people gathered at Westlake Park at noon to protest the nomination and show support for Dr. Ford.

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Million Worker March Event Highlights Local Efforts for Equity

by Susan Fried

“There is a difference between a moment and a movement,” said Gabriel Prawl, the President of the Seattle branch of the A. Philip Randolph Association. “The meaning of a movement is sacrifice, a moment is we are just here today, we go home and it’s over, a movement is when we leave here today we continue to do something that makes change, we continue to organize, to bring people together, we continue to face the issues and we are not afraid to speak to power.”

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Rainier Beach Students Start School with High Fives and Encouragement

by Susan Fried

The Rainier Beach High School students arriving for the first day of school Wednesday morning didn’t know what to make of the small crowd of people — with a few small children — gathered near the school entrance by the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center. But once the students passed by the group, the received high fives and a crowd of people saying, “Welcome back, and have a wonderful day.”

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