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Columbia City’s Polar Cleaners Laundromat Faces Closure

by Sarah Goh, photos by Jaidev Vella


In South Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood, Polar Cleaners has made its home at the southwest corner of Rainier Square Plaza for almost 50 years. As the only safe laundromat in the area, Polar Cleaners has become a community lifeline and place for neighbors to gather.

Owner Bonniejean Crone worked at the laundromat for over 30 years and took over the business in April of last year. Today, she is fighting to keep her neighborhood business after Kimco Realty, a real estate corporation headquartered in New York that recently bought the property, abruptly terminated her lease and threatened to move in new tenants. News of this sudden termination spread throughout the community, with many neighbors sending flowers, writing letters, and protesting the removal of their beloved laundromat. 

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RISE Continues to Serve Families Affected by Gun Violence

by Sarah Goh


Two years ago, Lynniah Grayson set out to help marginalized communities navigate the workforce through her new Washington organization Resilient In Sustaining Empowerment (RISE). Seven months later, Grayson experienced a tragedy that changed her life, worldview, and organization’s mission. 

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StormFest Combines Science, Environment, and Students to Combat Water Pollution

by Sarah Goh


The Puget Sound’s lakes and waters are dangerously at risk, and it all starts on our streets, rooftops, and even sports fields. In Washington alone, stormwater is the source of one-third of all of the state’s water pollution. 

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Queer Icon Poison Ivy Comes Home to Seattle With All Her Delicious Danger

by Sarah Goh


She’s green, beautiful, and deadly poisonous. Reborn into many timelines, Poison Ivy is the femme fatale villain DC fans look out for. Part human and plant, Ivy is angered by the way humanity has treated Earth and is frequently one of Batman’s nemeses and a love interest of Harley Quinn. She’s often caught wreaking havoc on polluting corporations with her notorious ability to control plants. 

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A Q&A With B.J. Stewart on Urban Impact and Working With South End Small Businesses

by Sarah Goh


B.J. Stewart has been Urban Impact’s chief operations officer for the past seven years. Founded to address the nuances of urban poverty in Seattle’s Rainier Valley, Urban Impact works to “break the cycle of social, material, and spiritual poverty.” Stewart specifically worked within economic development and had success launching a small business entrepreneur program in the South End for BIPOC businesses. 

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Southend Tiny House Village Opens to Provide Shelter for Homeless

by Sarah Goh


On Thursday, May 5, the Southend Tiny House Village welcomed community leaders, volunteers, and advocates for its long-awaited grand opening. Located in South Seattle and a one-minute walk away from the Rainier Beach light rail station, the village will provide shelter and safety to an estimated 60 people. With a $250,000 grant from Lucky Seven Foundation and an additional $500,000 from King County Regional Homelessness Authority, Southend Village will officially open next Tuesday with residents moving in. 

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Washington Leaders and Pro-Choice Advocates Protest Draft Opinion Overturning Roe v. Wade

by Elizabeth Turnbull and Sarah Goh

Content Warning: This article discusses the topic of sexual violence and assault.


Washington leaders joined a growing national protest Tuesday, May 3, after news site Politico obtained and published a Supreme Court draft opinion showing the court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark 1973 decision ensuring a woman’s right to an abortion.

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Coalition for Diverse Political Representation Cites Structural Problems and Solutions

by Sarah Goh

The Emerald blows loudly as the royal trumpet, signaling that there is indeed life abundant. It’s the sound of information, the sound of challenge, the sound of change and — maybe most importantly — the sound of hope. Join me in supporting the Emerald as a recurring donor during their 8th anniversary campaign, Ripples & Sparks at Home, April 20–28. Become a Rainmaker now by choosing the “recurring donor” option on the donation page!

—Marcus Harden, Educator, Author, & Rainmaker

The 2020 census, administered under President Trump, was plagued with concerns over suppression, exclusion, and proper representation — especially of immigrants and Black and Native communities. In response to these concerns, 92 Washington tribes and organizations came together to ensure that all communities were counted through a relational organizational campaign. 

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South Shore K-8 School First in District to Launch Kindergarten Bike Program

by Sarah Goh


On Tuesday, March 22, a class of bubbling kindergartners rushed into South Shore PK–8 School’s gym to learn how to ride a bike for the first time. They were taking part in the launch of the All Kids Bike Program, a national movement on a mission to teach every child in kindergarten how to ride a bike in physical education (P.E.) class. 

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