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NEWS GLEAMS: The Great Debate, SAAF-T Free Workshop, NewHolly Branch Reopens, & More!

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


The Great Debate 2021

On the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 23, attend The Great Debate at the Rainier Arts Center, 3515 S. Alaska St., to hear from candidates for Seattle Mayor, City Council Position 9, City Attorney, and King County Executive.

Moderated by Marcus Green, Mike Davis, and Lance Randall, the schedule is as follows:

  • King County Executive — 12–1 p.m., Dow Constantine • Joe Nguyen 
  • Seattle City Attorney — 1:15–2:15 p.m., Ann Davison • Nicole Thomas-Kennedy
  • Seattle Council Position 9 — 2:30–3:30 p.m., Sara Nelson • Nikkita Oliver
  • Seattle Mayor — 3:45–4:45 p.m., Bruce Harrell • Lorena Gonzalez

If you’re interested in attending The Great Debate in person, go to Rainier Arts Center’s Eventbrite page to register. 

COVID-19 protocols for masks and temperature checks will be followed. Attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR COVID-19 test in the last 48 hours before entering the Rainier Arts Center.

The South Seattle Emerald is an event partner for The Great Debate .

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NEWS GLEAMS: Virtual Voter Registration, Mock Election, Grants for BIPOC, & More!

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


Photo depicting a bandage has been placed on the injection site of a patient, who just received an influenza vaccine.
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SouthEast Seattle Senior Center to Host Vaccination Clinic This Saturday

The SouthEast Seattle Senior Center, at 4655 S. Holly St., Seattle, WA 98118, is holding a COVID-19 vaccination event this Saturday, Oct. 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The event  is not limited to seniors and includes a BBQ lunch for those who get vaccinated (whether an initial dose or a booster). No appointment necessary.

For more information call 206-722-0317.

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NEWS GLEAMS: Help Out at T’Challaween 2021, Child Care Financial Assistance, & More

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


T’Challaween 2020 volunteers throw candy to costumed paraders. (Photo: Susan Fried)

T’Challaween 2021 Seeks Volunteers, Sponsorships, & Candy!

This year’s “T’Challaween: A Tribute to Our Heroes & Role Models” will take place on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 1–4 p.m. and will feature a one-mile, socially distant, COVID-safe costume parade along the Beacon Hill Greenway from South College Street to the South Spokane Street entrance to Jefferson Park on Beacon Hill. Candy tossers will be stationed along the way to load up paraders with sweetness! (Masks will be required again this year.)

Last year, the community turned out to make our inaugural event possible and we need your help to make it happen again! We have multiple volunteer opportunities, including volunteer coordination, candy tossers, event ambassadors, floaters, set-up/tear-down crew, and there’s even still room on the planning committee and plenty to do! Shoot us an email to come on board. 

We also have sponsorship opportunities for small and large businesses and organizations. Get your name/logo on T’Challaween promotional materials — physical and digital — mentions in articles from the South Seattle Emerald and tags on our social media channels where we’ll also link to your website. We’ll do everything we can to make sure the whole world knows that we couldn’t have done this without your support! Email us today to inquire about sponsoring T’Challaween 2021!  Last year’s partners and sponsors included Rainier Avenue Radio, The Station, Bar del Corso, Converge Media, Beacon Business Alliance, Beacon Hill Council, Urban Feed & Garden, Jump Start (organizational development services), Beacon Arts, Practically Apparent, Feed the People Plaza, Hello Bicycle, and the ACLU of Washington.  

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NEWS GLEAMS: Youth Opportunities in Blogging & Maritime, Zoning Survey for RBHS

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Flyer advertising the Youth Inspired Blogger Bootcamp for Latinos in Tech.

Latinos in Tech Seeking Youth Bloggers!

Latinos in Tech, an initiative by the Latino Community Fund that provides networking opportunities for Latino professionals and students in the technology industry, is seeking high schoolers interested in learning how to blog for their Youth Inspired Blogger Bootcamp!

From Latinos in Tech: “This project aims to share the stories of Latinx & BIPOC folks in STEM in order to make these fields more accessible to our community. This will be an opportunity for youth to network with professionals and gain experience writing for publication.”

The deadline to apply is Oct. 6 at 11:59 p.m. This is a paid position.

To apply for the Youth Inspired Blogger Bootcamp, complete the online form. For more information about the program, contact jlira@latinocommunityfund.org.

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NEWS GLEAMS: Eviction Moratorium, WA Redistricting, Flu Shots, & More!

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Photo depicting Dr. Jeffrey Duchin speaking at a press conference at a podium that reads "King County."
Dr. Jeffrey Duchin speaks during a Thursday press conference, held in the Columbia City neighborhood, where city and county officials announced that proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test will be required to enter certain establishments and attend outdoor events. (Photo: Alex Garland)

ICYMI: King County’s Proof of Vaccination Requirements for Recreational Activities

Last week, Public Health Officer Dr. Jeff Durchin issued a Health Order that will require people to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to participate in recreational activities in most public spaces.

From Public Health — Seattle & King County (PHSKC): “Beginning Monday, Oct. 25, people in King County will be required to show proof of vaccination in a number of public places, such as:

  • Outdoor events with 500 or more people
  • Indoor recreational activities of any size, such as performances, movie theaters, conferences, or gyms
  • Indoors at bars and restaurants (outdoor dining, grocery stores, and take-out are exempt).”

For more reporting on PHSKC’s Health Order, check out the Emerald’s article “King County Will Require Proof of Vaccination at Outdoor Events, Indoor Restaurants.”

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NEWS GLEAMS: Local Sightings Film Festival, New Grants, Jobs at KC Elections, & More!

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


A youth volunteer helps hand out free food donated from local restaurants.
A youth volunteer helps hand out free food donated from local restaurants at a summer mutual aid pop-up led by Emerald Youth Organizing Collective (EYOC) and Youth Voices for Justice (YVJ). (Photo: Chloe Collyer)

DEEL’s New Youth-Led Social Justice Mini-Grant Applications Open!

From the Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL): “This week, DEEL opened applications for a new Youth-Led Social Justice Mini-Grant that will invest up to $100,000 toward youth-led social justice projects to address hate and bias toward Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI); Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC); and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities. Grants of $500–$8,000 per applicant will be awarded through a non-competitive process.

“The Youth-Led Social Justice Mini-Grant was first announced in March 2021 by Mayor Jenny Durkan and the Seattle City Council in response to increased hate crimes and bias that continue to harm Seattle’s AAPI community. This grant will invest in and amplify the voices of passionate youth leaders in Seattle advocating for anti-racism, anti-discrimination, and positive change.

“DEEL worked closely with the Seattle Youth Commission and other Seattle youth to advise on the application’s design and outreach strategy to ensure the grant is accessible, transparent, and inclusive.

“All Seattle youth ages 12–24 are eligible to apply. Applications are open to individuals, youth-led groups such as school clubs or community-based groups, as well as community-based organizations who can demonstrate that projects will be led by youth. Applicants can choose to submit their application in either a written or video format.”

Deadline to apply is Oct. 25 at 5 p.m.

For more information, including eligibility requirements and the application timeline, and to apply for this mini-grant, visit DEEL’s Youth-Led Social Justice Mini-Grant webpage.

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NEWS GLEAMS: Report Anti-Asian Violence Online, Rethinking Waste, & More

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AAPI Against Hate March and Rally (Photo: Maile Anderson)

NAPCA Launches Anonymous Online Reporting of Anti-Asian Violence Against AAPI Community

On Saturday, Sept. 4, the National Asian Pacific Center of Aging (NAPCA), a national nonprofit that “preserves and promotes the dignity, well-being, and quality of life of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and diverse older adults,” launched an online anonymous form to help report incidents of violence against older members of the AAPI community. Their “in-language online report form” will be available in 29 AAPI languages, and the data collected will be used, they say, to gauge incidents of anti-Asian violence nationwide to help inform policy makers and community leaders.

From NAPCA: “According to a nationwide survey of AAPI adults conducted by NAPCA and its community partners (COMPASS Study, March 2021), 3 in 5 surveyed had experienced discrimination during the height of the pandemic. Yet due to factors such as language barriers and a cultural reluctance to report crimes, data on the scope and reach of violence have been inconsistent and imprecise.

“NAPCA has independently tracked 94 reported incidents of violence against AAPI adults ages 50 and older since February 2020, with 16 deaths and three people critically injured. The number of attacks against Asians is widely believed to be underreported due to cultural reluctance with many older adults being limited English proficient and anxious about involving law enforcement.

“With this anonymous in-language form, we are urging community members to come forward and report the violence they have been either victim or witness to, detailing their accounts in order to better grasp what has been unfolding.” Joon Bang, president and CEO of NAPCA

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NEWS GLEAMS: Ezell’s Black-Owned Businesses Grants, Earthquake Prep Drills, More!

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Ezell’s Accepting Grant Applications From Black-Owned Businesses in New Initiative

Ezell’s Famous Chicken announced on Monday, Aug. 30, that, in partnership with on-demand food-delivery company DoorDash, they will be offering “no-strings-attached business grants” to 20 Black-owned businesses and organizations in the Pacific Northwest under their new Rudd’s Raising Up Black Businesses (R.U.B.B.) Initiative. The grants will help fund sustainability, operations, growth, and success for the grantees.

Ezell’s will also be offering eight additional grants (in addition to the 20 under the R.U.B.B. Initiative) under their President’s Choice Awards program.

Applications opened on Monday, Aug. 30, and can be submitted through Monday, Sept. 20. Grants will be awarded based on a combination of the application process, direct recommendations, and working with Black business-serving organizations.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, and to apply for Rudd’s R.U.B.B. Initiative grant program, visit the “Ezell’s Famous Chicken Presents: The Rudd’s R.U.B.B. Initiative — Business Grants for Raising Up Black Businesses” grant application webpage.

From Ezell’s: “‘The Rudd’s R.U.B.B. Initiative will have a very positive impact on small Black-owned businesses that will lead to positive change within the community,’ Lewis Rudd [co-founder of Ezell’s] said. ‘As co-founders, we believe that supporting and promoting entrepreneurship will help in closing the wealth gap for African Americans and lead to other benefits such as better medical and education and less violence. The initial response and support has been great and we anticipate it will continue to grow.’ 

“This initiative was created by Lewis Rudd, co-founder and CEO of Ezell’s Famous Chicken, which has been in business for 37 years and operates 17 locations throughout Washington and Oregon. Rudd approached DoorDash with his idea and forged a partnership that led to the company joining the endeavor as a Charter Partner, donating $40,000 to start the fund. The Rudd Family contributed $10,000 to the Fund.    

“In addition to DoorDash, Rudd’s R.U.B.B. is reaching out to a select group of corporate entities to join the initiative as Partners in Prosperity, which will create an opportunity to grow the fund and increase the program’s reach with a goal of doubling the number of businesses this project can help.”

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NEWS GLEAMS: Call for BIPOC Artists, Stressed Hospitals, a Filmmaking Grant, and More

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


Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (Photo: Alex Garland)

Hospital System ‘Stressed, Stretched, and Strained’ — State Health Officials Implore Residents to Mask, Socially Distance, and Get Vaccinated as Delta ‘Ravages’ State

At a Department of Health press briefing on Wednesday, Aug. 25, State health officials said Washingtonians need to support the “stressed, stretched, and strained” hospital system and pointed to the ongoing need for community members to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus to avoid serious illness related to COVID-19. 

The highly infectious delta variant of the virus is responsible for the recent rise in contracted cases, but hospitalizations related to the illness are still overwhelmingly among those who are unvaccinated — with 95% of COVID-19 cases in those hospitalized from Feb. 1 to Aug. 3, 2021, being patients who were not fully vaccinated, according to Secretary of Health Dr. Umair A. Shah.

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NEWS GLEAMS: Masks Required Again, Big Day of Play, $50K for Skyway/West Hill Youth, & More!

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


A person wears a rainbow Black Lives Matter mask.
A person wears a rainbow Black Lives Matter mask. (Photo: Chole Collyer)

Mask Mandates a Thing (Again) & Public School Employees, Others, Required to Get Vaccine

Gov. Jay Inslee announced during an in-person-only press conference held in an Olympia elementary school Wednesday, Aug. 18, that he would reinstate the statewide indoor mask mandate — for those vaccinated and unvaccinated alike. Inslee said in a tweet immediately following the press conference that COVID-19 cases are “skyrocketing” due — in large part, he said — to the delta variant and that “the best way to protect everyone is to get vaccinated and wear a mask.” He also announced that vaccinations would be required not only for those working in K–12 schools but also in “most childcare and early learning” as well as in higher education. In his tweet, Gov. Inslee listed out highlights of the new vaccine requirements for workers.

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