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South King County Food Banks Face Severe Shortages — And There’s No End in Sight

by Carolyn Bick

It’s sunny, and beginning to get warm on an afternoon in early May, when people start to line up outside the White Center Food Bank. Clad in masks, they patiently wait an adequate distance from each other to choose food the National Guard is helping food bank workers distribute.

This outdoor model is the latest iteration of food service the food bank has tried, Associate Executive Director Carmen Smith said. So far, it’s also the most successful, she said. Usually, the food bank operates in a grocery store model, which allows patrons the freedom to choose their own items, and mitigate the stigma associated with needing to use a food bank. But once the novel coronavirus pandemic hit the state, Smith and her fellow food bank employees found that the inside of the food bank was just too small to allow for safe social distancing practices. Having volunteers shop for the patrons’ food was also a no-go, because it’s just too hard to shop for someone else, Smith said.

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PHOTOS: Umoja Fest is the Soul of Seafair and a Celebration of Seattle’s Black Community

by Susan Fried

Thousands of people attended the annual Umoja Fest at Judkins Park Aug. 2–4. This year’s event was better than ever featuring the annual AfricanTown Heritage Parade, a youth football scrimmage, the Heal the Hood Basketball Tournament, more than 100 vendors, live music, delicious food, culture, and fashion.

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Cecile Hansen and the Interminable Road to Justice for the Duwamish

by Judy Furlong

Cecile Hansen’s pursuit of justice for the Duwamish people began in 1974. She was a housewife in her early 30s, living in Tukwila and raising three daughters, when her younger brother, Manny Oliver, came by, mad as all get out.

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Seattle Youth Gather at Cal Anderson To Protest Government Inaction on Climate Change

by Susan Fried

Signs reading “There is no Planet B” and “Our Future is Being Sacrificed” dotted a crowd of youth who sat on the grass at Cal Anderson Park on a beautiful Friday morning in Seattle. Hundreds of young people from dozens of Seattle schools showed up at Cal Anderson Park to show solidarity with the millions of youth walking out of their classrooms across the globe to let their governments and older people know that it’s time to take climate change seriously.

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News Gleams: Viadoom Fizzled; Minimum Wage Had Minimal Impact on Groceries

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Viadoom’s lessons for an environmentally sustainable future

Activist organization Transit Riders Union has said that the closure of the Highway 99 Viaduct has shown that Seattle commuters are prepared to embrace public transit and bicycling, shifting people to a more environmentally sustainable modes of transportation.

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Photo Essay: 55th Anniversary of March on Washington kicks off Initiative 1000

by Susan Fried

A small crowd lead by a group of religious and community leaders marched a short distance down Rev. Dr. Samuel McKinney Avenue to Mount Zion Baptist Church on Tuesday, August 18, to celebrate the 55th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Justice and to kickoff the Initiative 1000 Campaign. Initiative 1000 would repeal the effects of I-200 which was passed on 1998 and effectively ended affirmative action in Washington state.

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Seattle’s Own Housing Affordability Efforts Could Worsen Displacement

by Carolyn Bick

Conversations around what the City of Seattle is doing to combat its burgeoning affordability crisis have been dominated by discussions of Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) and Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) policies. Some neighborhood groups are concerned these projects will not create the expected amount of affordable housing, while worsening the effects of redlining –– and a report from the City of Seattle supports the notion that the effects of MHA have the risk of disproportionately impacting communities of color.

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