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Mayor, Council Celebrate Priority Hire Ordianance

SEATTLE (Jan. 29, 2015) –  In a move seen as a boon for the South End community Mayor Ed Murray, city councilmembers, construction contractors,  and workers today celebrated the signing of Seattle’s new priority hire law that will bring more jobs to disadvantaged communities through City construction projects of $5 million or more.  Continue reading Mayor, Council Celebrate Priority Hire Ordianance

Review: The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love Suicide

by Mary Hubert

The Fourth Graders Present an Unnamed Love Suicide is a title that speaks volumes, to say the least. On the surface, it depicts a play that is funny, potentially heartwarming, and a bit edgy. The play, performed by Ghost Light Theatricals, seemed like it tried to do just that. Unfortunately, despite the awesome venue, free drinks, friendly house managers, and an ensemble that was on the whole talented, the piece ultimately failed to land. Continue reading Review: The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love Suicide

Rainier Beach Hungry for Redwing Cafe

This article was originally published on Southend Seattle and is reprinted with permission.

By Kate Clark

The story behind Redwing Cafe’s name brings to mind the “Cheers” theme song, “Where everybody knows your name.” Anthony Campbell, co-owner of Rainier Beach’s new coffee spot, said the name comes from the town, Redwing, Minnesota, where his grandparents lived. “It was always a warm and welcoming place to go, where someone was always happy to see you. That is kind of the feeling I wanted for this place,” Anthony said. Continue reading Rainier Beach Hungry for Redwing Cafe

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