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A Call For Peace: Christians March for an End to Violence in the South End

by drea chicas

A large and moving crowd had residents in the South-end asking questions on Saturday morning. Why were folks walking, talking, and singing aloud on a rainy morning? Who were these people holding hands and linking arms along Rainier Ave. South, their children marching beside them? Continue reading A Call For Peace: Christians March for an End to Violence in the South End

Reclaiming Theater: Of the People, by the People and for the People

by Mary Hubert

Sweating, 40 year old dudes eating peanuts. College-age kids in casual attire swigging beer and laughing too loudly. Crowds of people packed into standing-room-only arenas. Sound like a concert? Maybe an outdoor movie, or a festival? Perhaps a boxing match? Oh no. This is Shakespeare. Continue reading Reclaiming Theater: Of the People, by the People and for the People

The Storied History of Rainier Valley Activism

by Virginia H Wright

Concerned residents stage a protest in the crosswalk to advocate for slowing traffic along Rainier Avenue. Photo: Rainier Valley Historical Society
Concerned residents stage a protest in the crosswalk to advocate for slowing traffic along Rainier Avenue. Photo: Rainier Valley Historical Society

This past September, after an automobile crashed through the building on the southwest corner of Ferdinand and Rainier Avenue, concerned citizens took to the streets. Continue reading The Storied History of Rainier Valley Activism

Free to Dissent: White Anti-Racist Group Upends County at Community Meeting

by Marcus Harrison Green, columnist

Their roar against racism was deafening. They railed against the condemning of black lives to draconian prison system. They denounced gentrification as infrastructural warfare waged against those of color. Their analysis of race relations in “America’s most progressive city” was as sobering as it was unsettling to their audience – They were a collection of all white people. Continue reading Free to Dissent: White Anti-Racist Group Upends County at Community Meeting

Hillman City Rhapsody: Homelessness, Hope and Gentrification

by Marilee Jolin

If you spend much time on Rainier Avenue between Brandon St and Mead, you’ve probably seen my friend Joe.  He’s out on the sidewalk, most every day, carefully sweeping up leaves and acorns dropped by the huge oaks on our stretch of Rainier Ave.  It warms my heart each time I see him out there with his busted-up old broom, keeping the sidewalks clear for all the walkers, showing such respect for this little neighborhood and its inhabitants; like he’s caring for the streets, the trees and the pedestrians all at once – in one big, plastic-bristled swoop. Continue reading Hillman City Rhapsody: Homelessness, Hope and Gentrification

Primer for the 2015 Washington State Legislative Session

by John Stafford

The 2015 Washington State Legislative Session promises to be one of the most contentious and momentous in recent state history.  The following is a brief summary of ten of the most critical issues (not ranked by importance) that will be addressed in Olympia over the next several months. Continue reading Primer for the 2015 Washington State Legislative Session