by Paul Nelson
For those following the story of the mysterious fern die-off in Seward Park, first reported in the South Seattle Emerald back in August 2017, there is a welcome update.
According to Paul Shannon, the amateur sleuth attempting to solve the die-off mystery, there is a lot of good news. He says: Continue reading Good News About Seward Park’s Mysterious Fern Die-Off
by Emerald Staff
Wed., Dec. 4:
“Two Indigenous women (Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and, introducing, Violet Nelson) from vastly different backgrounds find their worlds colliding as one of them, Rosie, is fleeing a violent domestic attack. What begins as an urgent and terrifying escape tentatively expands as the women weave a fragile bond in their short time together while navigating the complexities of motherhood and the ongoing legacy of colonialism. Edited by Tony Massil. With music by Fawn Wood and Jordan Wilson, Chad Neufeld.”
*Also check out Blu Meadows Holiday Jam on Sat., 12/7 and the Holiday Paint Party with Artastic Events on Sun., 12/8.
Time: 7–10 p.m.
Where: Wa Na Wari — 911 24th Ave
Continue reading THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Holiday Craft Markets Galore, Stephanie Anne Johnson, Black Santa, and More!
The South Seattle sanctuary is a testament to the power of public space and the promise of racial integration.
(This article was originally published in Crosscut and has been reprinted with permission)
by Alex Gallo-Brown
On the kind of dismal morning in late November that encourages lying around in one’s sweatpants with a mug of green tea or the grudging completion of basic tasks, I zipped my hooded jacket to my chin and made the short drive from south Beacon Hill, where I live, to Rainier Beach, the southeasternmost neighborhood of Seattle, where Kubota Garden, the once private and now public testimonial to the life and work of master gardener Fujitarō Kubota, has stood for more than 90 years. I arrived to an uncharacteristically empty garden — no cars thronging the parking lot, no people hiking the forested paths. Drawing my hood over my head, I sidestepped the fast-collecting pools of rainwater, admiring constructed ponds and waterfalls as I reflected on moments of private pain and memories of personal joy. Continue reading Can Rainier Beach’s Kubota Garden Remain a Refuge for All?
by Susan Fried (words and photos)
It’s been twenty years since I photographed some of the events surrounding the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Seattle in November 1999. Lots of people who remember it at all, think of it as the “Battle in Seattle,” or the WTO riots,but my memories are of a mostly-peaceful protest attended by over 40 thousand people that thought like me; that believed in livable wages, safe working conditions, and protecting the environment. It was one of the most empowering events of my life. There were people representing labor, the environment, farmers, NGO’s, student and religious groups–all there to speak out against an organization that they believed had too much control over everyday people’s lives. They believed that–as one of the chants the protestors used–said, “Another World is Possible.” Continue reading OPINION: Remembering the Battle in Seattle 20 Years Later
by Emerald Staff
Wed., Nov. 27:
“Wolf Shop Wednesday! The high school screen printing class at Interagency Southeast invites you to come support youth entrepreneurs selling their own t-shirt designs. Pop up and in on Nov 27th from 5-8 and meet the young designers!”
Time: 5–8 p.m.
Where: Ola Wyola — 4427 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend
Continue reading THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Fifth-Annual Turkey Bowl, Shop Small in the C-ID, a Mary J. Blige Tribute, and More!
by Marcus Harrison Green
With four children, two jobs, oversight of three teen late night programs at just as many community centers, and a desire to be on his loving wife’s good side with perfect “date night” attendance, Cortez Charles knows it would’ve been impossible to pull off Rainier Beach’s fifth annual Turkey Bowl Week alone. Continue reading City Unity, Community Reliance at Heart of Turkey Bowl Week
by Carolyn Bick
The November sun in Seattle doesn’t stretch its lazy rays above the horizon until after 7 a.m. –– and that’s only if it’s not blotted out by grey rainclouds, as is so common in the Pacific Northwest’s autumn. And it’s in that sometimes-rainy dark that students travel to school, piling onto buses and trains that, currently, are free transportation sources for them.
But that could change, if Initiative 976 takes effect. Continue reading I-976 Could Harm Free Orca Card Program Championed by South Seattle Students