Story and photos by Susan Fried
Nothing really beats seeing a child’s eyes light up when they see Santa Claus, or even seeing a child with the opposite reaction, bursting into to tears after being forced to sit on the lap of some chubby, bearded man in a red suit. The secular part of modern Christmas is for children and for the memories we have of our own childhoods around this time of year.
Continue reading Celebrating the Holidays in the South End
by Irene Jagla
Peals of laughter and layers of conversation in Arabic, Somali, and English echoed up to the high ceilings of the Sullivan Community Center in Tukwila on Saturday November 17th, when 50 guests shared a meal in an event hosted by EatWithMuslims.org and Action Tukwila, a grassroots group that organizes community-building projects. During the event, Muslims and non-Muslims from South King County shared food provided by two local Somali restaurants and listened to stories in an effort to foster cross-cultural understanding.
Continue reading EatWithMuslims.org Builds Community Food and Fellowship
by Jessie McKenna and Marti McKenna
This year for Shop Small Saturday, Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED) embarked on a month-long campaign to promote small business in Seattle, with a particular focus on PoC-, immigrant-, family-, LGBTQI+-, and women-owned businesses—and businesses owned by folx at various intersections therein.
Continue reading Ditch Amazon, Shop South End “Gems” This Holiday Season
by Irene Jagla
The time for grief is over; the time to act is now.
That was the common refrain during Got Green’s Town Hall event, “Don’t Displace the South End.” What began as a campaign to ensure community organizer Esther “Little Dove” John avoided displacement from her longtime residence by a micro-studio development has evolved into a broader effort to stop predatory developments across Seattle’s most vulnerable communities.
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by Marcus Harrison Green
Count Monika Matthews among the growing legion of Americans who abhor the consumerist carnage induced by Black Friday, the day when retail store aisles become indiscernible from WWE wrestling rings. Continue reading For Local Merchants, Small Biz Saturday Outpaces Black Friday Rush