News Gleams: The King and Queen of Rainier Beach, Cultural Center Gets a New Name, and City Aims to Lower Barriers for Civic Engagement

collected by Antonio Foster

 

Rainier Beach’s New King and Queen

Pedestrians walking along Rainier S and 51st Avenue have been greeted by royalty the past two weeks, in the form of king and queen sculptures. The pair of oversized chess pieces are designed by South Seattle artist Peter Reiquam, who worked with community members (alongside SDOT Safe Routes to Schools, and Seattle Arts and Culture) to develop art work that reflected the unique spirit, character, and pride of the Rainier Beach area. The pieces are a tribute to the decade-old chess club ran by the beloved Det. Cookie, and represent the power of both the king and queen, patience, and strategic thinking.  An official sculpture dedication ceremony will take place on May 7th at 11am. Continue reading News Gleams: The King and Queen of Rainier Beach, Cultural Center Gets a New Name, and City Aims to Lower Barriers for Civic Engagement

Dissecting the Washington State Caucuses

by John Stafford

(Disclosure: I am a member of the Democratic Party in South Seattle, and am a supporter of Bernie Sanders.  On March 26, 2016, I ran an area caucus (comprised of six precinct caucuses) on Beacon Hill.)

INTRODUCTION

The 2016 Democratic Caucuses, held in Washington State on Saturday, March 26, from roughly 10:00 a.m. until noon, have generated considerable debate.  The issues raised can be divided into several categories:  attendance and demographics; the merits of a caucus versus a primary election system; timing; and the ethics of superdelegates.  This article explores each of these topics. Continue reading Dissecting the Washington State Caucuses

Sound Transit 3 Must Align Transportation Goals with Equitable Development Goals

by Tammy Morales

This fall our region’s leaders will be asking us to vote on Sound Transit 3 (ST3), a transportation funding package that expands service through King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. It will cost taxpayers about $27 billion in new taxes, but if the measure passes, it will increase access to affordable housing and job centers throughout the region. More importantly, we have an opportunity to change Sound Transit policies and assure communities that future development happens in an equitable way. Continue reading Sound Transit 3 Must Align Transportation Goals with Equitable Development Goals

This Weekend in South Seattle: Celebrate 31 Days of Revolutionary Women, Meet the Poet Laureate and Tax Help Galore

Friday, April 8th

Movies: Opening of The BossDetails: A titan of industry is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget. Rated R– Showings: 4:20pm, 7:45pm –Where: 4816 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118 – More Info: http://www.arklodgecinemas.com Continue reading This Weekend in South Seattle: Celebrate 31 Days of Revolutionary Women, Meet the Poet Laureate and Tax Help Galore

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