by Lornet Turnbull
Next month, a new farmers market will sprout up on Kent’s East Hill.
Featuring produce by South King County farmers, it is the product of Living Well Kent, a grassroots collaborative led almost exclusively by immigrants, refugees and people of color.
The organization got its start with a 2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant aimed at improving health and wellness across the country. Continue reading Immigrant and POC- Centered Food Collaborative Wants South King County to “Live Well”
by Kelsey Hamlin
While hundreds turned out Saturday for a months in the making Black Lives Matter March 2.0 , another event sprouted up nearly two weeks ago among activist’s Facebook feeds: A “We Want In” rally and block party. The latter gathered local Black organizers, local artists, and resources all in one place Saturday afternoon at 23rd and Union, a historically Black neighborhood. Continue reading Alternative BLM Protest Focuses On Halting Displacement
by Sharayah Lane
Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble” vibes through the room and laughter rises in waves as everyone gets in on the after school jokes.
Walking into a room of teenagers can no doubt be intimidating but the first to come and introduce herself is Lewam Fitwi. Continue reading Shero’s Rising: Girlvolution Energizes Next Generation of Activists
by Marilee Jolin
A warm, spring sun shone down Monday morning as 70+ people gathered on the corner of 1st Ave N and Republican, across the street from the offices of Howard S. Wright Co., to oppose the King County’s plan to build a new youth jail. To commemorate the start of Passover, as well as Holy Week, anti-racist Jews and Christians came together to participate in a shared ritual and action, expressing both faith traditions’ commitment to racial and social justice. Continue reading Jews, Christians protest new youth jail in Table Turning/Passover Monday
by Kelsey Hamlin
(Updated 4/4/17 at 3:40 pm)
When it comes to America’s legal system, it has a rather interesting history: Going from grotesque but nonetheless visible executions to traumatic and invisible navigation and punishment. Nearly everything about the judicial and legal system takes place outside of the public eye: legal financial obligations, sentencing, figuring out where to go and what time and if it’s even possible to make it to court while working and with kids, attempting to get an often unaffordable or otherwise overworked lawyer, reliving traumatic events for testimony, the list goes on. Continue reading UW Shooting Victim’s Partner Wants People to Engage Reality
by Kelsey Hamlin
Not only did Amazon actively decide during a second protest to not meet with Security Industry Specialists (SIS) workers — subcontracted by Amazon — but the company also hasn’t made or asked for any changes since the first protest. Continue reading Second Subcontractor Protest Yields Silence From Amazon
by Myani Guetta-Gilbert and Diana Paredes
The outcomes of the recent presidential elections were deeply devastating and many in our communities are still reeling from its shock. Nevertheless, the collective anger we have felt has in one way or another mobilized us – some of us have taken to the streets, and others have set their gaze on city government. At Puget Sound Sage, we believe that the path forward is transformative change at the local level that must be led by people of color. With this vision in mind, we are eager to announce the launch of our 2017 Community Leadership Institute, and we are currently looking for the next round of community leaders to apply (application can be found here). Continue reading Building Capacity for Agents of Change, One Leader at a Time