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OPINION | People’s Rights Reflections on Philippine Solidarity Week

by Meesh V. and Wade J.


Feb. 4 marks the beginning of Philippine Solidarity Week, an annual week of programming to commemorate the Philippine-American War. The International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) will be holding events to raise awareness and support for the Filipino people’s persisting struggle for national liberation. These events include a People’s Rights teach-in at The Seattle Public Library’s Columbia Branch on Monday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m., and a film screening of Revolution Selfie at The Beacon Cinema on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 5 p.m.

Since colonial control was wrested from Spain in the “mock” Battle of Manila Bay on Feb. 4, 1899, U.S. military presence has continued to oppress the people of the Philippines. After the U.S. rejected Philippine independence as declared in 1898, the Spanish-American War ended with the revolutionary Filipino government barred from treaty negotiations and struggling against a new colonial adversary: the United States. The subsequent brutal Philippine-American War led to the deaths of 200,000–1,000,000 Filipino civilians over the following decade. Yet over a century after the Battle of Manila Bay and technical independence from imperialist Japan and the United States in the wake of WWII, genuine Philippine sovereignty is still undermined by the colonial influence of the United States.

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Re-Natured: February 2023

Photos by Carolyn Bick


Welcome to a monthly nature photography installment by Emerald reporter and photographer Carolyn Bick. While Seattle is a bustling metro, there are plenty of wild, natural spaces found in the area. We hope these photos will provide a gateway to the colors, textures, and vibrancy of the world all around us, from coastal or lakeside parks to that greenway in the middle of the neighborhood — and maybe encourage you to seek an outdoor adventure of your own.

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Weekend Reads | Rebuilding the CDC

by Kevin Schofield


This weekend’s read is a new report titled “Building the CDC the Country Needs.” It’s been a rough three years for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, better known as the CDC, and its reputation has suffered greatly as a result of the enormous demands and intense scrutiny it has worked under since the beginning of the pandemic. 

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Step Into the World of Fantasy at the 18th Annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle

by Victor Simoes


The Northwest Film Forum kicked off their 18th Annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle (CFFS) on Feb. 3. The weeklong festival dedicated to celebrating productions made for youth and family will include feature and short films and additional workshop activities with both in-person and online options. 

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Arts in the South End: February 2023

by Amanda Ong


February is a month filled with celebrations, from Black History Month to Mardi Gras to Valentine’s Day. And despite the (ever-) persistent cold, the South End is brimming with fantastic arts events, and you won’t want to miss out on them.

Check out our list of February arts events below. Know of something that should be on our list? Let us know at Arts@SeattleEmerald.org.

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The Colored Girls Garden Club Provides Free Food for All in Rainier Beach

by Amanda Ong


“Kindness goes a long way. Every small act of kindness has a ripple effect. Do what you can with what you have, with where you are, and feel blessed doing it,” said Yvette Dinish, founder and executive director of the Colored Girls Garden Club, in an interview with the South Seattle Emerald

Dinish, who grew up in South Seattle, didn’t realize what she was creating when she started the Colored Girls Garden Club. Before the pandemic, Dinish and a friend had been taking a class on soil and water stewardship training, in which they were encouraged to come up with a project after the course. The friend, whom Dinish had known since childhood, coined the name “Colored Girls Garden Club” at the same time Dinish began renting a storefront close to Rainier Beach’s worker-owned restaurant Jude’s. With a spirit of generosity, Dinish called her storefront the “gathering space” and began to use it as a free food pantry every Thursday and Saturday. 

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Social Housing Concert at Neumos Rallies for I-135 Support

by Ronnie Estoque


On Jan. 29, the 43rd District Democrats and Tech 4 Housing hosted a concert at Neumos that featured performances from various local artists such as Hollis, Tomo Nakayama, and Black Stax. The event was organized to galvanize support for the social housing-centered Initiative 135 (I-135), which will be decided by voters via ballot on Feb. 14 in a special election. The Yes on I-135 campaign is led by a Real Change political committee called House Our Neighbors.

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Dru Holley’s ‘Buffalo Soldiers’ Documentary Reveals Hidden Black History in the PNW

by Beverly Aarons


Long before the internet gave instant access to America’s hidden history (to anyone willing to search for it), Bob Marley’s hit single “Buffalo Soldier” raised collective awareness about the forgotten Black regiments who fought in some of America’s earliest wars. Set over a steady, smooth beat, Bob Marley’s song sums up the formerly enslaved soldiers’ predicament in these refrains:

Buffalo Soldier, dreadlock Rasta …
Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival.

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NEWS GLEAMS | ‘Seattle Gay News’ Archives Digitized; KVRU Invites the ‘Emerald’ for Educational Discussions; Free Seminars for Independent Contractors

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

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