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A collection of guides for South End folks!

The Emerald Guide to Abortion Access In and Around Seattle

Updated for 2023 by Megan Burbank
Previous reporting from Jessie McKenna and Marti McKenna


Between the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health and anti-abortion restrictions that preceded it, it’s a challenging time to be a person seeking abortion care. But Washington diverged from national trends toward anti-abortion legislation before Roe was overturned, and more policies are on the table for 2023 to preserve access to reproductive health care in our state. Here, the right to an abortion is part of our state’s legal code, coverage for abortion is available whether you’re on state Medicaid or private insurance, and new policies are slated to be introduced at the state legislature this session that would prohibit copays for abortion, protect patients’ data privacy, and shield abortion providers from out-of-state lawsuits. But that doesn’t mean timely access to abortion in Washington is guaranteed. In fact, as other states move to ban and restrict abortion in the wake of Roe’s reversal, the added strain on Northwest providers means patients here may encounter delays in care.

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Give Big for the Holidays: Where to Give to Youth and Community Orgs This Winter

by Amanda Ong

Last Updated on December 14, 2022, 3:04 pm.


In the spirit of giving this holiday season, the Emerald is taking a look around the South End to spread some of the joy. While the holidays are “the most wonderful time of the year,” for many people, it can also be a season where inequities and hardships are intensified. Joy, generosity, and holiday spirit are only at their best when shared. We hope the season inspires you to contribute time or resources for a cause.

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The South End Guide to Winter Preparedness

by Victor Simoes


In 2021, Seattle saw its coldest day in 73 years, and this year, winter does not seem to be getting any easier. La Ninã, the leading global weather driver for the upcoming winter season for the third winter in a row, tends to bring cooler and wetter conditions to the season. With three of the last four years having record-breaking or record-tying snow events, this winter is set to continue the pattern, according to The Climate Prediction Center.

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A South End Holiday Entertainment Guide

by Amanda Ong


As the weather gets colder and snow falls across the South End, we all look for warmth and ways to celebrate the merriment of the holiday season. The Emerald has compiled a list of fantastic shows for you to get into the holiday spirit. With music, dancing, laughter, and more, these events are sure to bring on the holiday cheer, so grab your eggnog and get your tickets!

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A Holiday Market Guide for the South End

by Amanda Ong


Looking to shop locally and support South End and BIPOC makers this holiday season? The Emerald has you covered. You may have seen our guide to Native art markets this winter, but for even more options that support local, BIPOC, and South End small businesses, here are a handful of notable holiday markets perfect for gift shopping.

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Where to Turn for Help: The South End Guide to Crisis and Advocacy Groups

by Victor Simoes


Strong communities are a source of vital connection and a sense of belonging — a place of collaborative care where we often seek help and support​​ in times of crisis. When emergencies happen, it can be daunting to figure out where to turn, especially if calling police-involved numbers like 911 or the 988 hotline isn’t ideal. 

In this South End Guide, the Emerald has compiled a list of crisis and advocacy groups that offer immediate assistance through emergency or crisis services, legal assistance, and information and support on mental health, domestic violence, sexual assault, and substance use. 

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A Guide to Native Art Markets This Winter

by Amanda Ong


This November is Native American Heritage Month, and while the Thanksgiving holiday is rooted in colonizer narratives, Native American Heritage Day (Nov. 25) celebrates diverse Native cultures. As we turn to gift-giving season, a wonderful way to support our Indigenous communities and honor Native American heritage is by buying from Native makers and artists. Read on for a list of Native art markets, both seasonal and ongoing, throughout the Seattle area. 

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South End Guides | Nov. 8 General Election: Register and Vote!

by Phil Manzano


The Jan. 6 hearings have focused the country on the most basic foundation of American democracy: the right to vote.

Here at the South Seattle Emerald, we’re part of the Voter Education Fund, a King County nonpartisan project to encourage as many potential voters to register and vote.

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South End Guides | Beat the Heat: A Cool-Off Guide for the South End

by Patheresa Wells


Last week, Seattle temperatures reached into the 90s, a sweltering indication that the long-awaited summer had arrived. And for many, it was already too much. But, all complaints aside, the increase in temperature can turn dangerous quickly if safety is not kept in mind. Cooling centers throughout the area are designated to protect people from heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. With extreme heat continuing to become common “with more than two weeks of 90 degree (F) days likely each summer,” according to the City of Seattle’s Projected Climate Changes, the need to provide resources to beat the heat is a matter of public health. 

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South End Guides ❘ Mutual Aid Groups in South Seattle

by Amanda Ong


Need help with food, clothing, or other essentials; or want to give directly to our South End neighbors? South Seattle has a number of wonderful mutual aid groups that help sustain and support our communities. Mutual aid is a practice of direct community and resource sharing to help meet each other’s needs — typically without ties to nonprofits or other organizations. Instead of charity, mutual aid operates in solidarity, recognizing that our health and well-being are bound up in collective care. 

Sounds great, but how do you find these mutual aid groups? 

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