Free to Dissent: White Anti-Racist Group Upends County at Community Meeting

by Marcus Harrison Green, columnist

Their roar against racism was deafening. They railed against the condemning of black lives to draconian prison system. They denounced gentrification as infrastructural warfare waged against those of color. Their analysis of race relations in “America’s most progressive city” was as sobering as it was unsettling to their audience – They were a collection of all white people. Continue reading Free to Dissent: White Anti-Racist Group Upends County at Community Meeting

“Young Families” De-gentrifying South Seattle?

This article was originally published in the Seattle Globalist and has been reprinted with permission.

by Reagan Jackson

As a neighborhood between South Seattle’s Columbia City and Rainier Beach, Hillman City has hardly garnered the reputation of being a hotbed for community in the recent past. But change is coming, and with it, new initiatives, businesses and families that are slowly changing the face of the neighborhood. Continue reading “Young Families” De-gentrifying South Seattle?

Hillman City Rhapsody: Homelessness, Hope and Gentrification

by Marilee Jolin

If you spend much time on Rainier Avenue between Brandon St and Mead, you’ve probably seen my friend Joe.  He’s out on the sidewalk, most every day, carefully sweeping up leaves and acorns dropped by the huge oaks on our stretch of Rainier Ave.  It warms my heart each time I see him out there with his busted-up old broom, keeping the sidewalks clear for all the walkers, showing such respect for this little neighborhood and its inhabitants; like he’s caring for the streets, the trees and the pedestrians all at once – in one big, plastic-bristled swoop. Continue reading Hillman City Rhapsody: Homelessness, Hope and Gentrification

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