This Weekend In South Seattle: Candidates Forum and “Tricked Out” Bikes

Events this weekend in the South Seattle area

Saturday, July 11th

Community: Hydration Station and Bike Helmet GiveawayDetails: The Rainier Beach Merchants Association invites local families to a giveaway of 100 kids’ bike helmets, and to trick out their bikes and helmets with creative decorating options as well as other family and cycling activities during the event. Bike Works will also be on hand to help parents learn how to fit helmets properly, and to share some no-nonsense safety tips for the growing community of cyclists in Rainier Beach. –Time: 5:30am- 9:00am –Where:Rainier Beach High School (8815 Seward Park Ave. S) Seattle, WA 98118- More Info: Click Here

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Evaluating the 2015 Legislative Session

by John Stafford

INTRODUCTION

The State Legislature, at the beginning of its Third Special Session, finally reached agreement on the three key state budgets –operating ($38.2 billion), transportation ($16.1 billion) and capital ($3.9 billion), just in time to avert a government shutdown (and yes, there are still several unresolved sticking points, most notably the suspension of I-1351).  These budgets are being touted as a success in many quarters:  by Republicans, because they prevailed with their no-new-taxes agenda; by the Seattle Times, which states that, “By any measure, the accomplishments of the 2015 Washington State Legislature are historic” (July 5); and even by Governor Inslee, who claims that the operating budget is “…a great budget for Washington State.” Continue reading Evaluating the 2015 Legislative Session

Bike Helmet Giveaway and Hydration Station Tomorrow

Every year 10,000 cyclists race through Rainier Beach along the shores of Lake Washington for the Seattle to Portland Bike Ride. For the second year, volunteers from the Rainier Beach Merchants Association and the local community invite riders to take a pit stop, refill water bottles, and breathe in beauty and hospitality at the Rainier Beach Merchants Association Hydration Station on Seward Park Avenue S. Continue reading Bike Helmet Giveaway and Hydration Station Tomorrow

Folk Duo Brings Rainier Valley-Style Revival to The Neptune

Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons: Rainier Valley Revival at Neptune TheatreThe University District’s Neptune Theatre will be infused with the sounds of South Seattle, literally, as locally-based roots music duo Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons mount its stage tonight. The blues and folk music pair will join students from Washington Middle School in exploring the history of the Emerald City through the playing of songs written throughout its various stages. The two worked closely with the Rainier Valley Historical Society to unearth songs with direct connection to the Rainier Valley. Seamons graciously took time from preparation for tonight’s show to answer questions about their Neptune gig.  Continue reading Folk Duo Brings Rainier Valley-Style Revival to The Neptune

Javoen Byrd/Tunji Awodi: From South Seattle to Nigeria to New Orleans

By Polly Trout

Tunji Awodi. Photo Credit: Polly Trout
Tunji Awodi. Photo Credit: Polly Trout

Javoen Byrd, who performs African and Afro-Caribbean music under the stage name Tunji Awodi, will be making a brief visit to Seattle July 10-11 for two shows at the Moore Theater with Northwest Tap Connection. He will be drumming in the Congolese style for Odyssey – The Story of Three Dancers. The performance resonates with Javoen’s own odyssey and his vision for using African music, culture, and spirituality to empower black youth. Continue reading Javoen Byrd/Tunji Awodi: From South Seattle to Nigeria to New Orleans

South End Dismantling Racism Series Continues

The second installment in the “Dismantling Racism: a community forum for Southeast Seattle” series, sponsored by Rainier Valley Historical Society, SouthEast Effective Development, and South Seattle Emerald, takes place this Thursday, July 9th, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the auditorium at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center.

The event will begin with a short commemoration of the lives lost in the horrific act of terrorism at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina. This will be followed by a presentation on the history of racial demographics in Rainier Valley, followed by a community discussion on what particular issues people want to see future events focus on. Event organizers have a lot of ideas, but want to take the pulse of the community. Everyone is welcome to attend, including people from outside of Southeast Seattle. The event is free to the public.

Please register to attend online. Registration is not required, but is helpful to the organizers.

District 2 City Council Candidate Joshua Farris: “Is Money the Only Measure of a Candidate?”

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Joshua Farris. Photo courtesy of Farris for Seattle.

After years spent in anti-homeless advocacy and social justice activism, rarely does Joshua Farris allow designations branded on him by someone else to cause much consternation. The exception is the one label that has consistently been associated with his name since announcing his campaign for District 2’s city council seat: “longshot”. Continue reading District 2 City Council Candidate Joshua Farris: “Is Money the Only Measure of a Candidate?”

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