A Love Story: My parents Were the First Couple to Wed While Interned With Other Japanese Americans

by Sharon Maeda


“Cupid Behind the Barbed Wire Fence” was The Oregonian’s headline. My parents, Milton and Molly Maeda had the dubious distinction of being the first couple to wed while incarcerated with other Japanese Americans.

Just five days after Valentine’s Day 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 that tore 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry from their homes, businesses, schools and farms and sent them to American concentration camps. Continue reading A Love Story: My parents Were the First Couple to Wed While Interned With Other Japanese Americans

“Behavioral Health” Bill Set for Likely Resurrection Next Session

by Erica C Barnett


A state senate bill aimed at taking people with severe behavioral health issues off the street and putting them into involuntary treatment is off the table for this year, but its sponsor, Tacoma Republican Steve O’Ban (R-28) says he plans to resurrect it next session, because the problem of untreated mental illness and addiction isn’t going away. Continue reading “Behavioral Health” Bill Set for Likely Resurrection Next Session

Ask A Therapist: Why Is Talk of Trauma So Prevalent Nowadays?

by Liz Covey

Question: Why is everything all about “Trauma” nowadays? I know some people have genuinely had terrible experiences, but it just seems like everyone is becoming a victim now.  I mean, don’t we all have to get through some hard stuff when we are kids or at some other time? Not trying to be insensitive, just genuinely curious if this is healthy.

 

Dear Reader,

I hear you loud and clear on this one, though from a slightly different perspective. There’s a lot of talk about trauma these days, without a lot of explanation. Continue reading Ask A Therapist: Why Is Talk of Trauma So Prevalent Nowadays?

THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE —Apocalipstick, Documentary Night: Soul Train, Azure Savage – You Failed Us, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Thurs., Feb. 13:

No Small Talk: Loving Black

“In partnership with the Association of Black Social Work Students at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work, this community dialogue series invites and highlights voices and ideas from across the Black diaspora on important topics that inform the individual and collective Black experience. These moderated conversations center the voices of performing artists, mental health professionals, spiritual and body workers, writers, authors and more from across the northwest.

“February’s topic is Loving Black – Discussing the interpersonal and intimate relationships between Black people. Examining love between Black families in a historical context and how it connects to now. An open space to talk about stigmas, challenges, and the sweet parts of loving each other.” 

Time: 7–9 p.m.
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St
Cost: FREE (register via the Facebook event)

Continue reading THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE —Apocalipstick, Documentary Night: Soul Train, Azure Savage – You Failed Us, and More!

With Latest Song, Draze Challenges America to “Build Black Wealth”

by Marcus Harrison Green


With his latest single, Draze wishes to eliminate every imaginable justification for not supporting black businesses.

The Seattle-born, Zimbabwean-raised rapper repeatedly disposes with said excuses over the course of his four-minute song “Building Black Wealth,” which releases this week alongside Draze’s newest album African American.  Continue reading With Latest Song, Draze Challenges America to “Build Black Wealth”

What The State Legislature Could Have in Store for South Seattle

 by Chetanya Robinson


The 2020 legislative session in Olympia is a short 60 days, but advocates for immigrant rights and equity in South Seattle are pushing for a number of bills and budget requests to help defend immigrants in court, regulate facial recognition technology, improve redistricting and the census, address noise pollution, and build neighborhood projects. Continue reading What The State Legislature Could Have in Store for South Seattle

Amplifying the Authentic Narratives of South Seattle