Op-Ed: We Must Make the Justice System Impervious to Bias

After King County announced phase one of its plan to reduce racial disproportionally within its juvenile justice system last week, King County Executive Dow Constantine wrote a letter to the Emerald’s editorial board outlining the County’s intentions for doing so.

by Dow Constantine, King County Executive

Making the justice system impervious to the (mostly unacknowledged but nevertheless real) biases of, well, everyone in society, is a tall order. But we have to approach it as achievable. That’s what King County presented last week in our announcement. Continue reading Op-Ed: We Must Make the Justice System Impervious to Bias

A Tale of Three Budgets

by John Stafford

The three Washington State budget proposals for the 2015-2017 biennium have now been released: Governor Inslee’s in December, and the Senate’s (Republican-controlled) and the House’s (Democrat-controlled) last week.  During April, negotiations will take place to determine which elements of each budget will prevail.  The stakes are high – the budgets provide strikingly different visions for the future of Washington State. Continue reading A Tale of Three Budgets

Sunday Stew: The Language of Love

by Marcus Harrison Green (Painting: The Long Goodbye by Don Perino)

There are days so unbelievably perfect that if life just relented a little in hoarding them there would never exist a reason to do drugs. From sunrise to the yellow orb’s setting, what usually exist as fantasy or chemically enhanced delusion is somehow suffused into your life. For one day all your desires are accommodated. Your heart brims. Your belly burst. And laughter is played on a loop. Those days are ones you wish you could bottle portions of to spray as needed when the fetid aroma from the vast majority of 24 hour increments we experience surfaces to life. Continue reading Sunday Stew: The Language of Love

Plate of Nations: South Seattle’s Global Buffet

by Staff Writer

A breakfast of fit fit  from Ethiopia, a lunch of Nem Cuon from Vietnam, topped of with an evening  dinner of scrumptious carnitas from Mexico leaving your belly on the brink of bursting. Normally such a reality would require either a king’s ransom worth of frequent flyer miles or a vomit inducing fortune which allowed such cavalier continent hopping. Fortunately South End residents haven’t found it necessary to step foot outside of their domain over the past week in order to be treated to a global buffet as Plate of Nations kicked off last week. Continue reading Plate of Nations: South Seattle’s Global Buffet

Yesler Terrace Demolition a Sad End To City’s Legacy of Public Housing

by John V Fox and Carolee Colter (Reprinted with permission from March Edition of Pacific Publishing Newspapers)

If you haven’t driven by Yesler Terrace lately, you should. Nearly $300 million of your tax dollars are being invested in a complete makeover of this 28-acre, 560-unit public housing project owned by Seattle Housing Authority (SHA). Continue reading Yesler Terrace Demolition a Sad End To City’s Legacy of Public Housing

This Weekend In South Seattle: Backstreet Bazaars, Easter Egg Hunts and The Youth Speak

Events this weekend in the South Seattle area

Friday, April 3rd

Movies: Opening of Furious 7Details: Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Furious 7. James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey, Nathalie Emmanuel and Kurt Russell. Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan – Showings: 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm, 10:00pm –Where: 4816 Rainier Avenue Suth, Seattle, WA 98118 – More Info: http://www.arklodgecinemas.com Continue reading This Weekend In South Seattle: Backstreet Bazaars, Easter Egg Hunts and The Youth Speak

The Luminous Photography of Shawnee Tucker

by Catherine Petru

I was listening to an interview with the luminous Mary Oliver yesterday in which she recommends all writers write without a computer. I was inspired to compose this piece by hand , but was then told my writing was in fact tough to decipher. So I have typed up my handwritten interview of the simply lovely Shawnee Tucker for your convenience. You’re welcome!

Photograph by Shawnee Tucker.
Photograph by Shawnee Tucker.

Shawnee’s (shaw-KNEE) show on April 5th at the Collaboratory’s Backstreet Bazaar is called “After the Storm.” In our hour at Miro Tea way up in Ballard, I became a diehard advocate of Ms. Tucker’s. Girlfriend weathered a storm.

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