Near the Columbia City light rail station, three men peer under the raised hood of a red Jeep. The Jeep is parked in a driveway in front of a house, tidy but older. At the end of the block, a building is under construction. The men gaze at the unfinished plastic-wrapped shell. The apartments to be loom over the men and the Jeep as people rush passed towards the Rainier Community Center. It’s just after seven and a meeting is about to commence.Continue reading “Road Diet” Meeting Brings Out Wide Range of Opinions on Traffic Safety→
The Rainier Valley “Roots & Music” Festival is the first fundraiser for KVRU 105.7fm aka Rainier Valley Radio. The event takes place in the Rainier Valley Cultural Theater located at 3515 South Alaska Street, Seattle, Wa 98118.
Kick it old school at the 23rd Annual Rainier Valley Heritage Parade & Festival on August 15th, an inclusive cultural extravaganza celebrating one of the most diverse communities in the country, presented by the Rainier (Valley) Chamber of Commerce. A judged parade with “Heritage” theme kicks off at noon with nearly 60 local entertainment representing over a dozen cultures that call Southeast Seattle home, recognizing that “Seattle Starts Here” as the first stop on the journey for many cultural groups that have helped to build the city.
They descended on Fifth Avenue in droves. With the swath of black and brown bodies shoulder-to-shoulder in solidarity, it was hard to imagine a time not so long ago when the wrong look from one of them, the wrong bandanna, or the wrong address was enough to incite an epidemic of violence that left south and central Seattle streets littered with bodies. Continue reading Former Gang Members Stand United in Repairing Community→