by Patheresa Wells
Last week, Seattle temperatures reached into the 90s, a sweltering indication that the long-awaited summer had arrived. And for many, it was already too much. But, all complaints aside, the increase in temperature can turn dangerous quickly if safety is not kept in mind. Cooling centers throughout the area are designated to protect people from heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. With extreme heat continuing to become common “with more than two weeks of 90 degree (F) days likely each summer,” according to the City of Seattle’s Projected Climate Changes, the need to provide resources to beat the heat is a matter of public health.
Continue reading Beat the Heat︱A Cool-Off Guide for the South End
by Amanda Ong
The fifth annual Refuge Outdoor Festival will be hosted in Tolt MacDonald Park from Friday, Aug. 12, through Sunday, Aug. 14. The festival is hosted by Golden Bricks Events, which also hosts events like Sundaes Outside. Refuge is a camping experience that centers around BIPOC but is open to anyone interested in the outdoors, whether that means people with years of experience mountain biking, or someone who simply enjoys their local park. The event still has tickets available through the Refuge Outdoor Festival website leading up to its opening on Aug. 12.
Continue reading Fifth Annual Refuge Outdoor Festival Brings Healing and Connection for BIPOC Outdoors
by Patheresa Wells
This weekend, the three-day Umoja Fest Africatown Heritage Festival & Parade will take place August 5–7 at Judkins Park. The festival has paid tribute to the rich and historic heritage of Seattle’s Black communities for over 70 years. The festival started as part of the International Festival in the 1940s and has evolved, having been called at different points the East Madison Mardi Gras and the Pacific Northwest Black Community Festival. And according to Umoja Fest’s website, it “has been credited as the inspiration behind SEAFAIR” and continues to be held during the annual Seafair events.
Continue reading Celebrate Black Heritage, Joy, and Unity at Umoja Fest 2022
by Sarah Goh
Two years ago, Lynniah Grayson set out to help marginalized communities navigate the workforce through her new Washington organization Resilient In Sustaining Empowerment (RISE). Seven months later, Grayson experienced a tragedy that changed her life, worldview, and organization’s mission.
Continue reading RISE Continues to Serve Families Affected by Gun Violence
by Amanda Ong
Need help with food, clothing, or other essentials; or want to give directly to our South End neighbors? South Seattle has a number of wonderful mutual aid groups that help sustain and support our communities. Mutual aid is a practice of direct community and resource sharing to help meet each other’s needs — typically without ties to nonprofits or other organizations. Instead of charity, mutual aid operates in solidarity, recognizing that our health and well-being are bound up in collective care.
Sounds great, but how do you find these mutual aid groups?
Continue reading South End Guides ❘ Mutual Aid Groups in South Seattle
by Ari Robin McKenna
Kaley Duong and Alexis Mburu knew there was something wrong with school, only it took them a while to find the right words, to know how to phrase them, and to channel their innate leadership ability. In middle school, both joined racial equity clubs that began to illuminate aspects of the issues they were seeing or facing. In high school, both began speaking out more frequently, organizing, and building community around taking action to address the ills of a system they were still in. During the 2021–2022 school year — when Duong was a senior and Mburu a junior — both were unstoppable, working tirelessly for racial equity in schools while organizing, participating in, and speaking at events that impacted thousands.
Continue reading How Kaley Duong and Alexis Mburu Became Award-Winning Youth Activists
by Alex Garland
Miles Stanberry grew up in the Genesee neighborhood of South Seattle, and it’s where he launched his first business, Clockwork Counter — a café and venue space that also sold baked goods to private clients — in 2016. Four years later, the COVID-19 pandemic caused the loss of all but one wholesale client, Cafe Red, and even they had to shut down for a while. With business hitting a rough patch, a landlord who wouldn’t make necessary repairs, and calls about “clock repair” or “countertop installation,” Stanberry knew he had to make a change. In late May of 2021, he and his partner, Naomi Zandt, rebranded as Moon Village Bakery, an artisan bakery in Skyway.
Continue reading Skyway’s Moon Village Bakery Offers Fresh Artisan Bread Delivery to King County
by Elizabeth Turnbull
As talk of inflation and a recession increases, families in South Seattle are continuing to navigate how to feed their families, and food banks in the area have noted an increase in need.
“We are seeing more people coming to our food bank,” Kathy Ulrich, the development director at Rainier Valley Food Bank, told the Emerald. “And you know, we’re seeing folks who have not really needed food assistance before.”
Continue reading With Increasing Inflation, Communities Are Leaning on Local Food Banks