Our second episode of Emerald Uncovered takes us to the “Soufend” of Seattle, home to Emcee, Educator, and Activist Jerrell Davis, aka Rell Be Free. Recently selected as one of Seattle’s Most Influential People of 2018, Jerrell seeks to shine a light on the incredible work being done by community organizers, youth, elders, and educators in the city. Brought to you by Indie Genius Media.
by Susan Fried
Family, friends, and fans filled the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center at Rainier Beach High School on December 1 for “All That’s Jazz,” Northwest Tap Connection’s fall recital.
by Susan Fried
In a room filled with an intergenerational group of people, Willard Jimerson described how at 13 he was sentenced to 23 years in prison and how that had influenced his life.
“It’s our responsibility, for some of us who came out of the graveyard and woke up to go back to that particular cemetery with alarm clocks and throw them out there to wake people up,” he said.
by Susan Fried
The Rainier Beach High School students arriving for the first day of school Wednesday morning didn’t know what to make of the small crowd of people — with a few small children — gathered near the school entrance by the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center. But once the students passed by the group, the received high fives and a crowd of people saying, “Welcome back, and have a wonderful day.”
by Clay Weinberg
On first glance, the small group of teenagers making their way through the Capitol building might have looked like a school group on a field trip. But if you took a second look, you would notice the white paper plates they carried, emblazoned with simple sentences: “When I’m hungry, I can’t concentrate in class.” “Being hungry makes it hard to focus.” One hoisted a sign with an image of the Golden Arches and a single word: “McCancelled.” Continue reading Listen to the Youth: Rainier Beach High School Students Push for Equitable Food Policy
by Peter Johnson
Rainier Beach High School’s football team could win its first state championship in school history
Coach Corey Sampson’s office is surprisingly comfortable. Its windowed door faces the Rainier Beach High School locker room. The coach’s office is nearly as big as the team’s, and the coach’s office has its own bathroom. But, of course, it’s a football office. And in football, authority is worshiped. Continue reading “The Beachboyz” and Coach Corey Sampson are the Real Deal
by Hanna Brooks Olsen
For a district preaching equity, the division of resources is suspect
There’s an agreed-upon rule in the Seattle area, which is that when school levies come up, voters pass them without hardly a second thought. Levies aren’t a perfect way to fund critical infrastructure like schools and public safety, but it’s one of the few tools that Washington lawmakers and public servants have; without an income or capital gains tax, it’s up to the voters to continually agree to tax themselves to fund projects. Continue reading When does Rainier Beach High School Get Its Turn?