Tag Archives: Community

Celebrating the Holidays in the South End

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

EatWithMuslims.org Builds Community Food and Fellowship

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

Ditch Amazon, Shop South End “Gems” This Holiday Season

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

Don’t Displace the South End

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.

Continue reading Don’t Displace the South End

For Local Merchants, Small Biz Saturday Outpaces Black Friday Rush

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

Changing Perceptions of Our Community Begins From the Inside

by Maia Segura and Daimian Lix

(The following is a transcript of a speech given at the Rainier Chamber of Commerce in recognition of excellence in business and community  practices within the Southeast Seattle area.)

Daimian and myself are truly so honored for the Rainier Chamber of Commerce, 2015 Business of the Year Award.

First I wanted to say that we get a lot of questions about our name: Penniless Projects. No, it does not mean that we work for free, as some of you may have hoped (although, truthfully we end up doing more of that than we let on). Continue reading Changing Perceptions of Our Community Begins From the Inside