News Gleams: Columbia City Butcher Reopening, Metro Route Changes, and a South Seattlite in Paris

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Bob’s Quality Meats to Reopen Wednesday

Meat lovers across the South End can soon rejoice as Bob’s Quality Meats will be reopening on Wednesday, December 9th, according to an email sent out to the community by owners James and Tien Ackley.

The beloved Columbia City deli was forced to close down for several months after being severely damaged when a fire broke out on July 2nd. Continue reading News Gleams: Columbia City Butcher Reopening, Metro Route Changes, and a South Seattlite in Paris

This Weekend in South Seattle: Light Up The Beach, Winter Wellness, and Craft Bazaar

Friday, December 4th

Movies: Opening of SpotlightDetails: This film tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. This tense investigative dramatic-thriller traces the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times.– Showings: 4:15pm, 7:15pm –Where: 4816 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118 – More Info: http://www.arklodgecinemas.com Continue reading This Weekend in South Seattle: Light Up The Beach, Winter Wellness, and Craft Bazaar

More Than Undocumented: “Modern Day Freedom Fighter” Maru Mora Villalpando

by Joseph C. Denton

Maru Mora Villalpando, 45, is a modern day freedom fighter.

Fearing the violence associated with the insecure political climate in Mexico City, Mexico, Villalpando fled to the U.S. in 1992. Today, the Washington-based leader is a single mother, community organizer, published journalist, and social activist. But there is more to her than meets the eye  – her immigration status. Continue reading More Than Undocumented: “Modern Day Freedom Fighter” Maru Mora Villalpando

Transit Fare Victory Highlights Power of Student Led Organizing

by James Akbar Williams

Power of Organizing

On Monday, November 23rd Seattle City Council approved a budget that included one million dollars to pay for free ORCA passes to students at Seattle Public Schools. The struggle for those cards was led by a dedicated group of teenagers who are also students at Rainier Beach High School. On Wed, November 25th there was a celebration to honor those young leaders. Continue reading Transit Fare Victory Highlights Power of Student Led Organizing

Preserve What’s Been Observed: Seattle’s First Youth Poet Laureate Guides Change in the South End and Beyond

by Brie Ripley (featured photo by Libby Lewis)

Seattle Youth Poet Laureate, Leija Farr, has the whole world in her hands. (Photo by Brie Ripley)
Seattle Youth Poet Laureate, Leija Farr, has the whole world in her hands. (Photo by Brie Ripley)

In this audio story of South Seattle’s Leija Farr, the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate talks to South Seattle Emerald reporter Brie Ripley about writing, life, and growing through heartache.  Continue reading Preserve What’s Been Observed: Seattle’s First Youth Poet Laureate Guides Change in the South End and Beyond

Op-Ed: Tenants Must Know Their Rights, Then Fight For Them

by José Camacho and Hana Alicic

There are well over 300,000 renters in the City of Seattle, but there are very few citizens who fully understand tenants’ rights. This is not for lack of trying. The Tenants Union of Washington provides empowerment-based tenant education services, and so far this year we have spoken with roughly 1,800 renters on our hotline and have worked with over 1,000 in our workshops. Unfortunately, we’re only able to speak with 1/3 of the people who attempt to reach out to us for help, and there are countless others who are unaware of the services that we provide. Because of the need, we were heartened by Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s 2016 budget amendment to increase funding for tenant education and organizing. This amendment was accepted as part of the budget in a vote earlier this week. This decision was inline with the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda, which suggested that $750,000 be budgeted for landlord-tenant education and outreach as well as legal aid for low-income residents. Continue reading Op-Ed: Tenants Must Know Their Rights, Then Fight For Them

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