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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?

Q&A: Councilmember Kshama Sawant Celebrates Amazon’s Concession to a $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage while Pushing for Further Action

by Aaron Burkhalter

See below for a statement Kshama Sawant issued in response to news that many Amazon employees are losing other benefits as their wages are raised.

Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced Oct. 2 that the retail giant would pay all its workers a minimum wage of $15 an hour beginning Nov. 1. Activists working to raise the minimum wages across the United States credited the ongoing movement for forcing Amazon to up compensation to its workers.

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Beacon Arts Aims to Save Historic Garden House from an Unknown Future

by Jessie McKenna

Garden House, a beloved Beacon Hill community resource—a time capsule chock-full of neighborhood history—is slated for sale. Beacon Arts and countless others have stepped up to keep it in the community.

It was another day in “Pear-a-dise,” a Beacon Arts and Beacon Hill Garden Club co-sponsored event held on August 19, and each summer since 2014, at Garden House on north Beacon Hill. The 135-year-old Queen Anne-style house lends itself beautifully to the event. The poster for Pear-a-dise is translated into multiple Beacon Hill-area resident languages. Its purpose? To bring the community together and offer the bounty of Bartlett pears from the resident orchard.

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Protestors Unite Following City Attorney’s Threat to Aggressively Prosecute ‘Reckless’ Protesters

by DJ Martinez

In an Op-Ed for the Seattle Times August 29, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes wrote that he would no longer be “turning a blind eye” to protesters who invoke their First Amendment rights by using non-violent protest tactics that block city traffic, in reaction to recent protests earlier this year held by activists from multiple movements.

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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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Duffy Bishop Headlines The 6th Annual Columbia City Blues Festival

by Gus Marshall

A sign reading “standing room only” greeted people entering The Royal Room Aug. 11. That night, The Duffy Bishop Band, a tight-knit rhythm and blues band fronted by the vivacious vocalist, Duffy Bishop, headlined The 6th Annual Columbia City Blues Festival.

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PHOTO ESSAY: Othello Block Party Uses Arts, Music, Merchants to Build Connections in South Seattle

by Emerald Staff

The Othello Block Party celebrated arts, culture, music, entrepreneurship, and community Saturday at Othello Station. The event was sponsored by the MLK Business Association, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, South Seattle Emerald, Homesight, OnBoard Othello, UW Commons, Office of Arts & Culture, Assembly 118, and The Grocery, and was coordinated by Cafe Red and Artist Coalition for Equitable Development.

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