In celebration of the South Seattle Emerald’s 8th Anniversary, we asked community members to share moments in our publication’s history that remain special to them.
by Andrew Johnston
Help the Emerald create more “ripples and sparks” throughout the community! I’m the publisher’s mother and an Emerald founding board member. I’ve lived in Seattle all my life. Over most of those 77 years, the brilliance, diversity, and beauty of our community lacked a constant spotlight — that was until the Emerald came along. I’ve seen my son and the Emerald team sacrifice sleep, health care, self-care, and better salaries elsewhere to keep the Emerald shining a light on our community. I’d never ask anyone to make that kind of sacrifice, but I do ask to do what you can today to support the Emerald as a Rainmaker, or sustaining donor, during their 8th anniversary campaign, Ripples & Sparks at Home, April 20–28. Become a Rainmaker today by choosing the “recurring donor” option on the donation page!
—Cynthia “Mama” Green, The Publisher’s Mama & Rainmaker
Way back in 2014, I was introduced to Marcus Harrison Green at a community event at the now-bygone Hillman City Collaboratory. At this time, the South Seattle Emerald, still in its infancy, was little more than Marcus himself. He passionately explained its impetus and where he saw it going. We immediately started vibing on community journalism and countering The Seattle Times’ editorial board and other mainstream propaganda machines that consistently tip the scales of justice in favor of the rich and powerful. I was a young architect with no tangible connection to the world of journalism, but I recognized journalism’s power and was awakening to how this power was being abused to the detriment of my city and beyond. I also recognized the importance of Marcus’ work because it represented a solution, a path forward, a way to empower a community of folks so often misrepresented and held down. I left our conversation energized and excited about this new friend I had met.
Continue reading My Emerald Story: A Community Worth Fighting For
by Beverly Aarons
I first discovered Hillman City Collaboratory in 2016 while working with housing activists to save a Central District family from displacement — the collaboratory was a space where we could strategize and discuss. The second time I engaged with the space was when I attended a clothing swap in the main mixing room. High-quality clothes were neatly folded into stacks — anyone could grab some pretty decent threads and it didn’t matter if they had money or something to trade. And then there were the films and the talks and the discussions and the various events — social, political, cultural, artistic, and business-related — that I attended at the collaboratory throughout the years.
But as I approached the Hillman City Collaboratory headquarters on April 30, I could see, even from across Rainier Avenue, that the social change incubator that once teemed with life was completely deserted. This was the final day of the community hub — they had to vacate the premises. An older man, who looked to be in his 60s, stood about 30 feet from the entrance. He smoked a cigarette and peered down the empty sidewalk. As I tugged on the collaboratory door, the man took a final draw on his cigarette and approached me. I wanted to know more about the closing of the collaboratory, I explained. He nodded in understanding as if he had been expecting me and we went inside.
Continue reading After Seven Years of Service, Hillman City Collaboratory Fights to Survive
by Jacob Uitti
Joel DeJong, founder of the South End’s Crowdsource Choir, a non-religious and non-commitment-orientated singing group, remembers a night in 2017 on the light rail train. He and his wife were on their way home around midnight after seeing the famed rock group U2 at CenturyLink Field with a crowd of many thousands. But on the train, DeJong noticed, everyone was on their phones, removed from one another. So, like one does, he started singing Bono’s lyrics.
Continue reading Crowdsourcing Voices for a New Kind of Community Choir
by Georgia McDade
Should I stay or should I go? Be there or not to be there? Speak up or be silent? The characters in Tony Kushner’s drama A Bright Room Called Day ask themselves these questions and many others, but not at the beginning of the play. The audience, by extension, may ask themselves the same questions.
Continue reading Williams Project Brings Kushner’s ‘Bright Room Called Day’ to Hillman City
by Ellis Simani
You may remember hearing of the Seattle Realist Artists in February when we reported on their first exhibition at the Hillman City Collaboratory. The inaugural exhibit featured a group of students, emerging and professional artists, all of whom showcased a range of work on sale to the public. Continue reading Art Exhibit Returns Realism to Hillman City
By Devin Chicras
Perhaps no other undertaking so far has quite as strongly exemplified the Emerald’s spirit of delivering content “by and for the community” than last month’s “31 Days of Revolutionary Women” series, which turned Women’s History Month from an obligatory rattling off of the usual subjects and a casual tip of the hat into an all-out month-long celebration of those who brought the badass-ery, blazed the heck out of the trails, put their very lives on the line or just plain weren’t afraid to be themselves – all without giving a damn about who considered their deeds worth of history books or made-for-television biopics. Continue reading Celebration of Revolutionary Women This Friday in Hillman City
Events this weekend in the South Seattle area
Collected by Michael Alexander
Saturday, Janurary 3rd
Fitness: Kettleball Fundamentals Workshop– Details: Whether you’ve been incorporating kettlebell exercise into your workouts on your own or have never picked one up, this workshop will help you fine-tune the basics of using these fun and effective tools to burn hundreds of calories an hour and gain strength and endurance for fitness or sport. We’ll cover essential kettlebell safety, technique and exercises like the kettlebell swing, clean and snatch under the tutelage of the 2014 WA USAPL Coach of the Year, Nikolai Puchlov. Maximum 6 students to ensure quality. Don’t miss out on this limited opportunity to get hands on experience and your questions answered from a pro. Cost is $80 Time: 10:30am-12:30pm Where: Seattle Kettleball Club at Ridge Fitness 1413 31st Ave S Seattle, WA 98144- More Info: email@example.com Continue reading This Weekend In South Seattle: Party with “Three Kings” and Plan for a “Bazaar” Time in Hillman City
Events this weekend in the South Seattle area
Friday, November 14th
Community: VFW Meat Raffle Details:The Skyway/Westhill VFW will be hosting their weekly meat raffle. Come for the beef and stay for the company. You may just score some savory cuts of prime dead cow. – Time: 4:00pm-7:00pm –Where: 7421 S 126th Street, Seattle, WA – More Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Continue reading This Weekend In South Seattle: “Take Yo Time” at the Collaboratory, Empower Seattle and Don’t Miss The Circus Coming to Town