Category Archives: Voices

OPINION | For Black Business Month, Let’s Highlight Black Women in Entrepreneurship

by Olayinka Ola


As we celebrate Black Business Month, it’s important to acknowledge that Black women are achieving more and doing more today than ever, especially in growing their small businesses. One reason for that is the increased use of technology in most businesses and workplaces. From being business owners, and mothers, while also working full-time, technology and the Internet age we live in are providing women with tools to succeed.

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OPINION | Black Infant Mortality in King County Is Already Over Triple the White Rate

So why doesn’t this safety-net hospital catch any babies?

by Bruce L. Davidson, M.D., M.P.H.


King County has more than triple infant mortality in Black babies compared to white babies. In my opinion, it’s because UW restricts our public-owned hospitals for high-paid surgery — a cash cow for top UW surgeons and administrators — limiting maternity. 

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OPINION | South King County Mayors Believe Increased Incarceration Is the Path to Public Safety — They’re Wrong.

by Gennette Cordova


Earlier this month, eight mayors in South King County issued an open letter to their King County and Washington State criminal justice partners expressing frustration with crime in their cities. Rather than emphasizing the importance of nurturing and stabilizing their communities through non-carceral alternatives, they leaned into the same punitive solutions that have proven to be ineffective in increasing public safety.

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OPINION | The Future of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in the Central District

by Shaquita Bell, M.D.


The Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic opened more than 50 years ago in its original home in the Central District. That first location on East Spruce Street was the fruit of Ms. Odessa Brown’s vision that no child should be denied health care because of their race. 

That clinic was the home to OBCC for about a decade. In 1980, we moved into the location on Yesler Way that is now a fixture of the Central District — a place where patients and families get needed care regardless of anyone’s ability to pay and no matter anyone’s background. 

I made the difficult decision recently with the support of fellow leaders at Seattle Children’s to temporarily close the Central District location after the discovery that the building needed major repairs that would be too disruptive for our patients and families. This decision was ultimately mine, and I wanted to share my thinking about this temporary closure. 

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OPINION | Yes, Mercy Can Coexist With Accountability in Our Justice System

by Marcus Harrison Green

(This article is copublished with The Seattle Times.)


I still recall the humanity in William Tolliver even as he’ll soon stand trial accused of the inhumane.

Tolliver, along with Marquise Tolbert, is charged with first-degree murder in a January 2020 downtown Seattle shooting that left Tanya Jackson dead and six others wounded. Some are still healing from the gunshot wounds suffered that day. 

Tolbert’s trial is underway. Tolliver’s will follow shortly after. 

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OPINION | How Youth Mentorship Nurtures Academic, Professional, and Emotional Success

by Raul Melgarejo


Mentorship can uplift confidence and open limitless opportunities for success. As a teenager, I attended St. Andrew Nativity School in Portland where their Graduate Support Program matched me with a mentor to help me navigate the ins and outs of my higher education journey. 

Being part of the first generation in my family to benefit from higher education in the United States, I needed a mentor to provide support in areas that the adults in my life weren’t able to provide, which is why I’m so passionate about advocating for youth mentorship, hence my role as the director of Graduate Support at Seattle Nativity School. The following are three examples of how youth mentorship has impacted the lives of local youth and Seattle Nativity School students.

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