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New County Ordinance a Check on Free Speech?

by Taylor Winkel, Columnist

In March, the Metropolitan King County Council unanimously passed a new ordinance directed towards one specific person. And, it largely went unnoticed by almost everyone.

The ordinance is alters the conduct rules for people wishing to testify during public committee hearings which is an issue because before a new ordinance can be adopted in King County, the council is required by law to hold a public hearing on the issue where citizens can testify.

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For South End Hit-and-Run Victims: Tragedy, Then Limbo

by Tom James

Quianna Holden is the kind of mother we all should have, if ever out of the darkness evil comes to strike us down.

A little less than two years ago, on the way home from a late-night teen basketball program, Quianna’s son Trevon was struck and gravely injured by a hit-and-run driver while in a crosswalk on Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Continue reading For South End Hit-and-Run Victims: Tragedy, Then Limbo

The Emerald Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

by Brie Ripley

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South Seattle Emerald Executive Director Marcus Green and Board Members Devin Chicras, Dominique Scalia, and Dominic Smargiassi are excited to share the South Seattle Emerald’s first birthday cake with guests. (GIF created by Brie Ripley)

Writers, reporters, non-profit workers, a city council candidate, and community members all sang together last night. “Happy birthday dear South Seattle Emerald,” they chimed, “happy birthday to you.” Continue reading The Emerald Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

“Poetry is Living”: Slamming With Nikkita Oliver

Featured image courtesy of Michael “Renaissance” Moynihan

The torrent of praise was as overwhelming as it was effusive: “brilliant,” “life-affirming,” “mesmerizing.” After the Emerald ran Nikkita Oliver’s poem in the Sunday Stew two weeks ago several readers wanted to know more about the poet who, “laid out life so raw, yet so beautifully.”

The poet, spoken word artist, organizer, pugilist, teacher, and law student was generous enough to take time from her preparation for next Sunday’s Seattle Poetry Slam: Grand Slam Continue reading “Poetry is Living”: Slamming With Nikkita Oliver

Voicing Truths Through Poetry at Youth Speaks Seattle

by Reagan Jackson (This article was originally published in the Seattle Globalist and has been reprinted with permission) 

Youth Speaks!

If you know anything about it, you’re saying it in that voice. You’re instinctively repeating it in your head as first a call, then a response. And if you attended the annual Youth Speaks Grand Slam this month you are most likely reliving the spoken fire, the rain of the snaps, the laughter, the honesty, the awesomeness that was the slam. Town Hall was truly a church last Saturday night. If you didn’t shed a tear, laugh out loud, leap to your feet or shout oh damn at least once, then you weren’t there. Continue reading Voicing Truths Through Poetry at Youth Speaks Seattle

The 15 Under 30: Jenn Hagedorn, “Nothing More Challenging or Beautiful Than Creating Change in a Community”

(Note: This is the first in our 15 under 30 series, profiling 15 unsung millennials who are catalyst for social change in the greater Seattle region)

by Curran Knox

When I dare to be powerful—

to use my strength in the service of my vision,

then it becomes less and less important

whether I am afraid.

            -Audre Lorde

Photo Credit: Alex Garland
Photo Credit: Alex Garland

A couple days after I interviewed Jenn Hagedorn, I found her sitting in a café with committee members from Plymouth Congregational church just a few moments before my eyes landed on Audre Lorde’s words above- a preface in the book I was reading. Some may call this exquisite timing, but I call this meant to be. In discovering Jenn as a person, I found someone who’s work manifests itself as a way of life—something to live by and build from, to cultivate, and not have to carry alone. Continue reading The 15 Under 30: Jenn Hagedorn, “Nothing More Challenging or Beautiful Than Creating Change in a Community”