THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Hustle! LGBTQ Job Fair, Abortion AF: The Tour, Freedom Blueprints, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Wed., Nov. 13:

Domestic Violence & Interventions to Harm

“Join us to learn more about domestic violence and build skills around interventions to harm. Refreshments will be provided. For questions, concerns, access needs, contact volunteer@apichaya.org.This is part of the API Chaya Community Education Series. Childcare is available upon request. 

Time: 5:30–7:45 p.m.
Where: 2100 Building — 2100 24th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

*Also at the 2100 Building this week, Accountable Communities Conference Report Back (Sat., 11/16).

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YWCA’s East Cherry Branch Restores Original Name to Celebrate 100 Years, Mark 1619 Anniversary

by Susan Fried 

As the sound the Maya Soleil Drummers beat in the background, the attendees arriving for the 100-Year celebration of the YWCA in the Central District on Tuesday afternoon milled around looking at photographs showing the history of the Y and reconnecting with old friends. They gathered to return the East Cherry Branch of the YWCA back to its initial name, the Phillis Wheatley Branch. Continue reading YWCA’s East Cherry Branch Restores Original Name to Celebrate 100 Years, Mark 1619 Anniversary

OPINION: Seattle Must Stop the Sweeps and Build Tiny House Villages

By Reverend Angela Ying

How can Seattle have gone so wrong and become a city of people “sweeps?” The word calls to mind clean cities, such as Vancouver, Canada, and Toronto, Canada –– except sweeping is what they do to garbage. 

People are not garbage.

Seattle’s sweeps cost more than $8 million per year and has no proven track record of getting people into permanent housing. Continue reading OPINION: Seattle Must Stop the Sweeps and Build Tiny House Villages

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Vietnamese veterans continue to feel war’s lasting impact

In honor of Veterans’ Day, we wanted to bring back this story from 2016. Though at least one person referenced in this piece is no longer alive (Anthony Bourdain), it nevertheless continues to be relevant for Vietnamese veterans and their descendants.

by Jeff Nguyen

Every year a huge celebration for Vietnamese veterans is held in Orange County, California. My grandfather, a veteran of the Vietnam War and proud member of the Vietnamese community, watches it religiously, staring intensely at the TV set. The pride on his face is evident as the color guard marches on stage carrying a bright yellow flag emblazoned with three red stripes.

He changes the channel to watch news about Vietnam’s state of affairs. Today it’s a mix between President Barack Obama’s recent visit to eat Pho with Anthony Bourdain and the arrests of more native journalists and bloggers, their faces forming a mosaic as the network illustrates the scale of the crackdown.

In a sense, he is still home and war hasn’t ended. Continue reading FROM THE ARCHIVES: Vietnamese veterans continue to feel war’s lasting impact

Marcus Harrison Green: “I’m Back Home”

 

by Marcus Harrison Green

“We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T.S. Eliot 

No journey is as edifying as the one returning you to where you belong.

In my absence from the Emerald, I’ve explored and uncovered much about myself, this community, our larger society, and the inexorable power of words to craft and mold the realities we embrace about ourselves and one another. Continue reading Marcus Harrison Green: “I’m Back Home”

PHOTOS: Youth football league brings community, families to the field

By Susan Fried

Stepping onto the field at a Northwest Premier Junior Football and Cheer League game, one might think the whooping, cheering crowd is watching a National Football League championship. But they’re not. They’re cheering on tiny children, bobble-headed in football helmets.

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THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Paint & Sip, The New Filipina, Stories & Love Songs from South Vietnamese Veteran Perspectives, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Wed., Nov. 6:

South Seattle Climate Action Network Meeting

“Concerned about the health of our planet? Wondering how to connect with other climate activists? Please join us at the next SSCAN Action Meeting to find out about action to take on proposed policies to pay for climate justice.

Time: 6–8 p.m.
Where: Columbia City Library — 4721 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE

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