by Mark Van Streefkerk
After over a year of empty stages, live music has officially returned, and Columbia City Beatwalk is one grassroots organizing team that’s making it happen. Now in it’s 27th year, Beatwalk is bringing folks together from all walks of life for free outdoor music and entertainment right in the heart of Columbia City.
Their next Block Party event on Saturday, July 31, is something you don’t want to miss. Partnering for the first time with B.U.I.L.D. 206 — an organization with the vision that Black men are empowered leaders and mentors making positive changes in the lives of Black men and youth — the Block Party will feature games, contests, prizes, and a star-studded lineup of DJs, ending with neo soul and hip hop conscious group Black Stax. The family-friendly event will also include mostly Black and POC vendors with a focus on locally-made wares like oils, jewelry, candles, clothing, and more. The party takes place at “The Patio” on Rainier Avenue South and South Ferdinand Street between Geraldine’s Counter and Lottie’s Lounge.
Continue reading The 27th Year of Beatwalk Brings Free Live Music Back to Columbia City
by Asqual Getaneh, MD
In February 2020, International Community Health Services (ICHS) was the first of the nation’s nearly 1,400 federally qualified health centers — serving 30 million people, most of them low-income immigrants and refugees — with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
Our staff have seen the tragic costs of a pandemic that has infected more than 100 million people worldwide and claimed more than 2 million deaths. So, when the first doses of the Moderna vaccine rolled through our doors on Dec. 23, we felt ready.
Continue reading OPINION: More Will Die From Covid Without Meaningful Change to Health Care
The Emerald wants to know how you’re keeping yourselves — and each other — safe these days. We hope you’ll share your stories with us! #StaySafeSouthEnd
by Emerald Staff
For some time, we at the Emerald have been discussing what staying safe during this viral pandemic looks like as we serve our community. Naturally, it looks like following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for health and safety as well as directives from Public Health — Seattle-King County. But guidelines are just that, leaving plenty of room for interpretation.
Continue reading #StaySafeSouthEnd: This Is How We Do It
Furthermore, since the outbreak hit the Seattle area, there’s been a lot of misinformation and bad advice circulating. It’s hard to keep up, and bottom line — there’s no silver bullet. It’s a daily struggle to effectively prevent the spread of invisible germs and manage ongoing shut downs and life in quarantine.
by Carolyn Bick
Linda Koerber isn’t tall. Sitting at the table in the back room of the Cynthia Green Family Center in South Seattle, Koerber can just barely comfortably rest her arms on the table, as she calmly describes her ongoing fight against cancer as a Black woman. She wears red lipstick, because “I’m not dying today. So, that’s why I wear red lipstick every day.”
Continue reading Misdiagnosis, Missed Opportunities, and Mistrust: How Race Influences Cancer Treatment in Black Women
by Aaron Burkhalter
Ready with their walking shoes, they gathered in a small meeting room at the Rainier Beach Community Center to start. After a brief chat, they were ready to enjoy a stroll in the sun.
Continue reading Weekly Rainier Beach Walking Group Blends Health, Safety, and Community
by Valentina Warner, MD
For the past 20 years, I have worked as a physician at Neighborcare’s Rainier Beach clinic. I went into community health because I wanted to use my education to provide high quality medical care to those in my community, particularly those who are often treated as second class citizens. I wanted to find a place where, when people are facing hard times and medical problems come up, there is an open door for them, regardless of their insurance, immigration status, or financial situation. I came to Neighborcare because it was committed to the same values.
Continue reading OPINION: Neighborcare Union an Inspiring, Positive Change
by Nicole Pasia
Rev. Dr. Robert Jeffery, Sr. always enjoyed his meals, but never thought much about what he was eating. That changed in the early 2000s, when he was diagnosed with diverticulitis, an intestinal disease that affects food digestion.
Continue reading Clean Greens Brings Sustainable Food Economy to Seattle
by Carolyn Bick
Though Initiative 1634 is billed as a no new groceries tax, big soda companies have provided most of the funding for the campaign supporting the initiative. The same big soda companies are the ones responsible for passing on the cost of the city’s sweetened beverage tax to consumers through retailers.
Continue reading Voters Consider Initiative to Block Local Taxes on Sweetened Beverages
by Aaron Burkhalter
At age 9, Pamela Green waited in a grocery store parking lot, watching a house across the street. A few men carried another man — covered in blood — out of the building. A woman followed behind with a machete in her hand.
Continue reading Pamela Green Wants to ‘Denormalize’ Violence; Panel Discussion Friday
by Carla Bell
Barbara Pamplin was fat, Black, and unlovable. She was also dead.
She had lived from year to year with high blood pressure and other types of inflammation, until one mid-October morning last year when something tipped the scale. Pamplin, disoriented, yet aware of a sudden physiological change, was rushed to the emergency room for open heart surgery, and at just 45 years of age, she says, “My heart stopped and I was dead.”
Continue reading Barbara Pamplin discusses her work toward health and acceptance