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BRIEF: New Pharmacy Offers Culturally Appropriate, Accessible Health Care

by Susan Fried

Dr. Ahmed Ali and Dr. Abdirahman Tache hope to make healthcare more accessible and more culturally appropriate at their Othello Station Pharmacy, which opened in November. The doctors hope to serve the community by addressing health disparities, including substance abuse, chronic disease, and cancer.

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Local Organizations Raise Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

by Ryan Phelan

The statistics surrounding missing and murdered Indigenous women in the United States are staggering. Despite more than 5,700 cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women being reported nationally in 2016, just 116 of those cases were logged. Murder is the third leading cause of death among Indigenous and Alaskan Native women. Rates of violence are 10 times higher on reservations than the national average.

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Rainier Beach Coach Bethea Looks Toward Next Championship

With Eight State Championships To His Name, Rainier Beach Boys Basketball Coach Mike Bethea Looks To Win Another One

by Jacob Uitti

Even though he’s won eight state championships and coached some of the most talented and successful players in the world in his nearly 25-year career, Rainier Beach high school boys basketball coach Mike Bethea approaches each season like it’s his very first.

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PHOTOS: Seattle Mourns Eleven Killed in Pittsburgh Shooting at Tree of Life

Story and photos by Susan Fried

More than a thousand people crowded into Temple De Hirsch Sinai while at least as many filled the street outside the synagogue during a vigil for the 11 people killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, October 27.

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PHOTOS: Alleycat Acres Celebrates Community Farm at Fall Festival

by Carolyn Bick

Beneath a tent along the little lane at the back of South Estelle Street, children painted freshly picked pumpkins, as others eagerly fed and petted chickens in a mobile coop a few feet away. Though neither the coop nor the tent were permanent, greenery surrounding the was: the lane is the site of Wetmore Community Farm, and Saturday saw the farm’s official grand opening.

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JazzED and Capitol Hill Housing Come Together for Arts and Equity

by Gus Marshall

Non-profit music education program JazzED has partnered with Capitol Hill Housing in an effort to support low income residents, artists, and educators hoping to remain in Seattle. A soon-to-be constructed jazz education center, located in Rainier Valley (the site of the now defunct Imperial Lanes), has been purchased to develop JazzED’s new campus.

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South End Stew: Conversation with Myself

by June BlueSpruce

I am full of despair.

I am feeling wild hope.

Everything I have worked for all my life is in jeopardy.

I have worked all my life to be ready for this moment.

Our country has lost its heart and soul.

Our country, founded on genocide and slavery,
lost its heart and soul long ago.
Our national wounds are exposed for all to see.
Now we have a chance to heal them.

Authoritarianism is more powerful than our movements for change.

Nothing is more powerful than love.
Our adversaries are weak. They have no roots. They will fall.

I feel depressed.

I know how to manage depression and have resources:
loving wife, community, bountiful garden, medications,
ancestors who have my back.
I know what to do. Time to get up off the couch and do it.

I feel powerless.

Those who would destroy our democracy want me to feel powerless.
Then their work is done.
As a white middle-class US citizen, I have more power
than most people in this country and the world.
I need to use it for the good of all.
We call on deep spiritual power that is visible only in its effects.

We are at a critical moment. National leaders who should stand up are sitting on their hands, or worse.

I have no control over anyone’s actions but mine. In this emergency,
how will I stand up to those who wield power like a weapon?
How will I join with others?

Our Constitution, our democracy is at risk. This has global implications.

The founders of our country, all white men of European descent, knew
our democracy was a radical experiment that might fail.
With their strengths and flaws, they did the best they could.
We still don’t know the outcome.
We have the opportunity to determine it.

These are the questions that matter:

What are we called to do?

How will we meet this moment?