Visit to State Capitol Inspires Rainier Beach Teen to Transform His Community

by Chris Huber (Originally published in World Vision magazine, reprinted with permission)

Alrick Hollingsworth quietly slipped out of a conference room and into a marble-tiled hallway in the Washington state Capitol. He wanted a jump on the crowd of more than 100 students to have a word with Gov. Jay Inslee, whom he had waited all weekend to meet.

Alrick, 16, didn’t quite know what he was going to say, and it didn’t matter so much as he was putting himself out there, making connections, and speaking up for the needs of his South Seattle community and a homeless man who changed his life.

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Rainier Beach’s “Favorite Gym” Celebrates 10 Years in the Rainier Valley

by Emily Williamson

Birthday Wishes from Rainier Health and Fitness members celebrating the gym's 10 year anniversary. Photo Credit: Emily Williamson.
Birthday Wishes from Rainier Health and Fitness members celebrating the gym being open for 10 years. Photo Credit: Emily Williamson.

“RHF! The best present to Rainier Valley!! Happy Birthday!” wrote one grateful member on the Rainier Health & Fitness’ marker board designated for birthday wishes. Continue reading Rainier Beach’s “Favorite Gym” Celebrates 10 Years in the Rainier Valley

“Letter From A Birmingham Jail” Rings True in King County Today

by European Dissent

There is a powerful movement growing in Seattle. It is a movement led by youth and communities of color that brings together neighbors, faith leaders, and communities most impacted by juvenile justice, working together against King County’s new youth jail.  The people have shown overwhelming opposition to the construction of the $210 million monument to racism at recent Seattle City and King County Council meetings. Continue reading “Letter From A Birmingham Jail” Rings True in King County Today

District 2 Candidate Tammy Morales: “We’re Quickly Becoming a City Only the Rich Can Afford”

Note: This is the first in our series of interviews with candidates running for Seattle District 2’s City Council Seat. The District encompasses the majority of South Seattle.

Seattle District 2 Candidate Tammy Morales.
Seattle District 2 Candidate Tammy Morales.

“Underdog” is a role Tammy Morales recognizes all too well. The Seattle City Council candidate has played it for much of her life whether by growing up the child of a single parent only to work her way through college and graduate school, or by choosing to spearhead the revitalization of long neglected areas most had written off for dead. The Texas native and Seward Park resident currently finds herself in familiar territory as she vies to become the first representative of Seattle’s District 2 Continue reading District 2 Candidate Tammy Morales: “We’re Quickly Becoming a City Only the Rich Can Afford”

Former Inmate Says New King County Youth Jail Is a Mistake

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

by Taylor Winkel

As a young man, Heirius Howell spent a lot of time behind bars. He was locked up so often that he can’t remember exactly how many different times he saw the inside of King County Juvenile Detention Facility, but he guesses somewhere around 14.

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