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2022 Retrospective | Mike Davis

by Mike Davis

The Emerald will be observing a team-wide wellness pause from Dec. 15 to Jan. 2, and most publishing will be on hiatus, with the exceptions of four pieces, of which this is one, wherein editors look back at 2022 and some of the work that made the Emerald shine.


I joined the Emerald in the summer of 2020. With everything in the world falling apart as we collectively experienced the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the racial awakening in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, and having all of our lives abruptly halted as we transitioned into the work-from-home era — I wanted to use my voice to support my community. 

My first article covered a Juneteenth Black Wealth marketplace, where people could join a virtual “market” and buy products from Black businesses. From there, my coveraged evolved to articles exploring my reaction to police violence, the complexities of community healing, and local politics.
I became Voices editor at the Emerald in May 2022. In this role, I have had the opportunity to amplify the opinions of community members and invite them to speak on topics that impact our lives. With the Emerald being one of the few publications in Seattle that still has an op-ed section, this role comes with great responsibility. It has been an honor to engage with so many people who have had so much to say about our society and while I am only highlighting three pieces here today, there have been so many powerful articles in this section, and I appreciate everyone who has contributed or read articles in this section.


If you appreciate the work that the Emerald does, please become a Rainmaker — and help us hit our goal of reaching 1,100 recurring contributors who help sustain us on a regular basis throughout each year!


 

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OPINION | UW’s Investigation Into DIY Sexual Assault Kits Shows How Companies Benefit From Real Inequities

by Megan Burbank


At the end of October, Attorney General Bob Ferguson sent a cease-and-desist letter to Leda Health, a company marketing DIY test kits to survivors of sexual assault. The cease-and-desist was prompted by a complaint filed by the Associated Students of the University of Washington after the student newspaper, The Daily, found that the test kits, which Leda Health had promoted through a partnership with a UW sorority, weren’t admissible in court.

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OPINION | ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Takes On the Northwest’s Abortion Politics

by Megan Burbank


Grey’s Anatomy is one of those TV shows set in a version of Seattle that often feels like it has nothing to do with the real city. There are the obligatory aerial shots of the Sound and the Space Needle in the pilot episode, sure, but it can be hard to suspend disbelief when you know Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital — with its glass walls perpetually rain-streaked, and an endless parade of increasingly baroque tragedies unfolding within them — is really in California. Aside from the Queen Anne exterior location for Meredith Grey’s house, this is a show that mostly takes place in a hospital. It could be set anywhere.

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OPINION | WA GOP Mailers Are Spreading Misinformation About Abortion

‘Partial Birth Abortion’ Is a Right-Wing Invention

by Megan Burbank


With abortion rights top of mind for Washington voters as we count down to the Nov. 8 general election, some Republican party candidates are using campaign literature to reinforce longstanding myths about abortion. Earlier in October, the State Republican Party distributed mailers claiming Democratic candidates support “partial birth abortion,” abortion “until the due date,” and “no safeguards.”

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West Coast Advocates Strategize to Support Abortion Access as Roe Fallout Continues

by Megan Burbank


As states move to ban or limit abortion in the wake of Roe v. Wade’s reversal, western states including Washington are upholding abortion access for the rest of the country. That’s the motivation behind an ambitious package of abortion access policies California’s state legislature passed in August, including expedited licensure for abortion providers, a California Reproductive Health Service Corps aimed at nurturing a diverse pool of reproductive health care workers, and expanded privacy protections for medical records. It’s just one set of policies that represents major efforts among advocates and policymakers in western states to preserve and expand protections once guaranteed under Roe. Three months after Roe was overturned, reproductive health policy advocates from California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington gathered virtually to discuss the road ahead.

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Schrier-Murray Bill Would Set New Protections for Abortion Providers

by Megan Burbank


On Monday, Aug. 29, Dr. Kim Schrier, who represents Washington’s 8th District in the House of Representatives, announced a new bill intended to protect abortion providers amid restrictions introduced nationwide since the June 24 reversal of Roe v. Wade. She made the announcement at a roundtable discussion on abortion rights held at Tacoma’s People’s Community Center, cohosted by Schrier, U.S. Reps. Derek Kilmer and Marilyn Strickland, and Planned Parenthood.

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NEWS GLEAMS | CAIR-WA Lawsuit Against Alaska Airlines, Reproductive Rights Legislation Signed Into Law

A round-up of news and announcements we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle!

curated by Vee Hua 華婷婷


🖋️Letter From the Editor🖋️

CAIR Washington has filed a lawsuit against Alaska Airlines alleging discrimination against two Black male Muslim passengers from Sudan. Meanwhile, in ongoing attempts to pass reproductive rights legislation in the aftermath of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Mayor Bruce Harrell signed into law four bills passed by Seattle City Council; a fifth is in committee.

New Holly residents looking to spend more time in the library will be delighted to hear that its local Seattle Public Library branch will now be reopening on Sundays, plus King County Elections is hiring outreach coordinators for those who are fluent in Russian and Somali!

—Vee Hua 華婷婷, interim managing editor for the South Seattle Emerald

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NEWS GLEAMS | Participatory Budgeting Vote Up in Unincorporated King County, More Monkeypox Vaccines

A round-up of news and announcements we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle!

curated by Vee Hua 華婷婷


🖋️Letter From the Editor🖋️

Voters in unincorporated areas of King County have two more days to join the participatory budgeting process and help determine how money is invested in their neighborhoods! More monkeypox vaccines are also now available, with the Sexual Health Clinic reopening for vaccination today, with drop-in and appointment-based visits.

On a national level, Kansas voters gave an unexpected victory for abortion rights last week, which serves as evidence that perhaps U.S. voters are not as in line with the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade as anti-abortion advocates may have thought.

—Vee Hua 華婷婷, interim managing editor for the South Seattle Emerald

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OPINION | Open Letter to the Women Protesting Abortions on Renton Avenue

by Jennifer Lee

Content Warning: This op-ed discusses infant death and suicide.


I spent yesterday in the ICU room of a baby who would never go home. I took professional photos of her as the chaplain stood in the corner and the staff talked to the family about organ donation. This family, who had dreamed of having another baby, calmly stayed with her as she prepared to leave this earth. Next, doctors will talk the family through what the end will be like. I don’t need to hear it. I have been here before.

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NEWS GLEAMS | Cooling Centers Open for Heatwave, Abortion Protection Legislation, & More

curated by Vee Hua 華婷婷

A round-up of news and announcements we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle!


Beat the heat this week with some recommended places to hang out, or get dreamy by getting lost in the expansiveness of the universe thanks to new images from the James Webb telescope.

Plus, there is City Council legislation being proposed to protect reproductive rights and gender-affirming care, the Jan. 6 hearings are over until the fall but went out for the summer with some revealing testimony about former President Trump’s whereabouts during a crucial 187 minutes.

—Vee Hua 華婷婷, interim managing editor for the South Seattle Emerald

P.S. Don’t forget to vote in the Aug. 2 primary elections! We’ve broken down the candidates in the 37th Legislative District and will have a voting guide for South End readers tomorrow!

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