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El Centro de la Raza Offers Lessons for Community Land Use

by Will Sweger

Sitting in the office of El Centro de la Raza, surrounded by colorful murals and creaking wooden floors, you would not guess you are in the epicenter of a modern apartment complex. In reality, though, it is the heart of something more—an alternative model for urban living. Continue reading El Centro de la Raza Offers Lessons for Community Land Use

Everyday Black Exhibit Asks “Do You See Me Now?”

by Lola E. Peters

The first clue was the full parking lot at Northwest African American Museum (NAAM). The opening reception for the Everyday Black exhibit was scheduled to begin at 6:00pm, and it was 5:55pm. One of the few bonuses of being physically challenged is the parking placard that usually enables me to find an open Handicap-signed spot. Otherwise, there was not an empty parking place anywhere in the close lot. By the time I reached the front door, there was a line. Once in the museum, I found at least 50 people had already entered ahead of me. The crowd was a mixture of race, gender, and age. People brought their children: babes in strollers, elementary school age, pre-teens, and teenagers. This was a family event, a community event, an all-of-us event. Continue reading Everyday Black Exhibit Asks “Do You See Me Now?”

How Can Seattle Live King’s Legacy?

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day the Emerald posed a question to community members and local officials: How can Seattle truly live Dr. King’s Legacy? Their responses follow.

Legacies are tricky. With Dr. King’s, we tend to paint with a broad brush – highlighting his charisma yet glossing over the virtue of his persistent study and growth. Dr. King was a real person – learning and evolving until the dark day he was shot. We should recognize this growth as integral to his legacy, and hold the words and actions that shortly preceded his death as the culmination of his worldview.

By 1968, after years of fighting segregation in the South, King labored over broader systemic problems like poverty and economic injustice stating, “It’s much easier to integrate a lunch counter than it is to guarantee an annual income.” Through his work, Dr. King came to recognize that black liberation would require “forcing America to face all its interrelated flaws – racism, poverty, militarism and materialism.” Continue reading How Can Seattle Live King’s Legacy?

Non-Violence in a Violent World

by Ijeoma Oluo

This is a transcript of a speech delivered Friday, Jan. 12, at the 45th Annual Community Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., sponsored by Seattle Colleges, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Seattle.

Like many black children, I was raised with tales of the great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Much of that narrative — at home, in school, in television and in film — centered around Dr. King’s commitment to nonviolence in his fight for racial equality. Continue reading Non-Violence in a Violent World

Tipping the Scales: What Will the Slim Democratic Majority Mean for These Four Bills Waiting in the Wings?

by Ashley Archibald

(This article was originally published in the Jan 10 issue of Real Change and has been reprinted with permission)

A New Year, A New Legislative Session

Lawmakers returned to Olympia to kickoff a legislative marathon with a regular session on Jan. 8 that will wrap up on March 8. That gives relatively little time for legislators to get through a raft of pre-filed bills, as well as the hundreds that have languished in the House Rules committee, waiting to see the light of day in the Senate. Continue reading Tipping the Scales: What Will the Slim Democratic Majority Mean for These Four Bills Waiting in the Wings?

Not Defeated, Here to Stay

by Carlos Nieto

In the spring of 1998, when I was three, I immigrated from Tijuana to Bellingham. My dad arrived there a year before us to find work. A few months after that we moved to the Central District in Seattle. Then we moved to Rainier Beach, where we’ve lived ever since. As long as I can remember my dad always worked in construction or as a mechanic. While my mom moved boxes for UPS, nannied and cleaned houses. Continue reading Not Defeated, Here to Stay