Brown Girls Write Prioritizes Self-Care and Safety

by Georgia S. McDade

Brown Girls Write (BGW) founder Christy Abram has a mammoth task: helping women of color heal through self-expression.

Abram places great emphasis on self-care and safety. Because the women with whom she works women have often been ignored by mainstream health professionals or do not have access to healthcare, Abram encourages and teaches them to take care of themselves. Though many of their problems began in childhood — abandonment, homelessness, illness, incarceration, and abuse — some of these women continue to suffer as adults because of the ongoing impact of the past and their present circumstances. Abram is convinced writing is a cure or, at least, a beginning to becoming well.

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Once Upon a Riot: A Christmas Tale

by Bypolar

What do we imagine when we think of Christmas? A rosy-cheeked white grandfather who promises you your wildest dreams wrapped in paper decorated with snowmen and candy canes? Waking up to the smell of baked goods, excitement bouncing in your hearts? For some, even the smell of fresh cut pine or carolers pestering you at the door, yule logs burning, stockings hanging, shadows reflecting in the flames. Many see Christmas as a celebration of the birth of Jesus or as a marketing myth to increase winter sales for corporations. Though others understand that it is inspired by old “pagan” traditions, people usually do not learn where the traditions came from originally.

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Celebrating the Holidays in the South End

Story and photos by Susan Fried

Nothing really beats seeing a child’s eyes light up when they see Santa Claus, or even seeing a child with the opposite reaction, bursting into to tears after being forced to sit on the lap of some chubby, bearded man in a red suit. The secular part of modern Christmas is for children and for the memories we have of our own childhoods around this time of year.

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Seattle Bike Works Gives Away 250 Bikes

by Carolyn Bick

On an overcast Saturday afternoon, kids and parents jostled together into Bike Works’ anteroom for the nonprofit’s twice-annual Kids Bike-O-Rama event. Volunteers fitted kids with shiny new helmets, still other kids lined up outside the door to a room filled with an array of free children’s bikes, designs and colors including delicate floral patterns, eye-catching jewel tones,  Star Wars decals, and sleek shades of grey and black. Outside, volunteers and parents helped children test out their new bikes, resulting in a few tumbles that were quickly overridden by a combination of excitement and stubbornness.

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EatWithMuslims.org Builds Community Food and Fellowship

by Irene Jagla

Peals of laughter and layers of conversation in Arabic, Somali, and English echoed up to the high ceilings of the Sullivan Community Center in Tukwila on Saturday November 17th, when 50 guests shared a meal in an event hosted by EatWithMuslims.org and Action Tukwila, a grassroots group that organizes community-building projects. During the event, Muslims and non-Muslims from South King County shared food provided by two local Somali restaurants and listened to stories in an effort to foster cross-cultural understanding.

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Losing Home Report Reveals Deeper Understanding About Seattle Area Evictions

by Kamna Shastri

Seattle continues to wrestle with a homelessness crisis that seems to grow each day. Different circumstances can lead an individual to struggling on the streets, but a report from the Seattle Women’s Commission and the Housing Justice Project is bringing attention to just how much eviction contributes to the pipeline of homelessness.

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