Essay: The Girl Who Wouldn’t Go Away

by Carolyn McConnell

In the summer of 1971, my mother, age 24 and many months pregnant, came to Seattle. I don’t know how she got there, but she had little money, so she must have copped a ride or taken Greyhound. She didn’t have a place to stay, so she went to Seward Park in southeast Seattle, where there were other young people camping out, to sleep under a weeping willow along the shore of Lake Washington. Sometime that night, the police swept through, booting people out of the park. But they let my mother be. Continue reading Essay: The Girl Who Wouldn’t Go Away

With Reparations, Playwright Darren Canady Wants America to “Piece Together Its Ghosts”

by Marcus Harrison Green

The chronic riddle of how modern American society can make restitution for the roaring legacy of chattel slavery is the crux of decorated playwright Darren Canady’s latest work, Reparations, presented by the Sound Theatre Company and opening January 10 at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Continue reading With Reparations, Playwright Darren Canady Wants America to “Piece Together Its Ghosts”

Opinion: Durkan’s Executive Order Is A Step Toward Climate Justice, But More Needed

by Nancy Huizar 

On January 8th Mayor Jenny Durkan signed an Executive Order to advance the City of Seattle’s work to combat climate change and commit Seattle as a national climate leader. While there are significant portions of the Executive Order that Got Green and other community partners  have fought for and have supported, we at Got Green are critical of the lack of meaningful engagement of frontline communities and workers in the drafting of the Executive Order.   Continue reading Opinion: Durkan’s Executive Order Is A Step Toward Climate Justice, But More Needed

Swatting: A Deadly Twenty-First Century Prank

by George Collins

It was another ordinary visit to the Madrona-Sally Goldmark branch of the Seattle Public Library for Reymon Leavell. The 25-year-old man visits the library every day to kill time.

But things took a turn for the worse on that August day in 2018 when police entered the library with weapons drawn in response to a 911 call from someone claiming to be at the library. The caller told dispatch his girlfriend had killed herself the day before, he had a gun in his pocket, and he was going to pull the trigger. Officers handcuffed the bewildered Leavell and searched him for weapons. Continue reading Swatting: A Deadly Twenty-First Century Prank

News Gleams: Dialysis Clinic Opens in Rainier Beach, Durkan’s Green New Deal Executive Order, and Snow Preparation

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Northwest Kidney Centers opens new Rainier Beach Dialysis Clinic

Northwest Kidney Centers, a provider of life-sustaining kidney dialysis,will open a clinic in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood Jan. 13, 2020. The newly constructed one-story building is at 4401 S. Trenton St. It’s the 19th clinic owned and operated by the Seattle-based nonprofit. Continue reading News Gleams: Dialysis Clinic Opens in Rainier Beach, Durkan’s Green New Deal Executive Order, and Snow Preparation

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