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Vendor profile: Canada Jones

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:36
Canada Jones is the kind of man who keeps candy in his pockets for sharing and refers to the rain as “liquid sunshine.” His positive attitude is contagious, and he makes a point of bringing joy to those around him. “I have a way with people with just the...

Streaming to stay sane

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:33
Almost all King County events are canceled, so we’re listing streaming events for optimal physical distancing August 10 Welcome To El: An Intimate Night of Comedy with El Sanchez Online; choose your time, $6-$22 tinyurl.com/y4lhvjvl In late February, El Sanchez found themself performing an intimate comedy show in Fremont. This show was filled with new material that...

To the Seattle Police Department, every day is the 4th of July

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:31
I never go to police riots anymore. There was a time when if I heard there was a police riot goin’ on, I simply had to be there to see it with my own eyes. It was like going birding. “There’s a scarlet tanager where? I can be there in ten minutes! To the...

When you live outside, everyone is in your house

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:28
The wind tickled my cheek as I took a sip of a locally-crafted ale in a compostable cup. I was marveling at what a tiny joy it was to have a pint on a patio on a warm July evening — socially distanced, mask ready to go — when a fleet of at least a dozen...

How much have we evolved?

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:27
Pundit Christopher Ryan says we're heading in the wrong direction Most of us have heard the story of human civilization, which goes something like this: About 10,000 years ago, humans invented agriculture, which allowed us to settle and for the first time to have spare time to invent new technologies that allowed far...

The politics of legitimacy

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 09:41
How federal regulation affects the credibility of alternative medicine When doctors and health care practitioners post online about patients who’ve recovered successfully from COVID-19, their posts are consistently blocked and removed from public view. The Federal Trade Commission as well as other regulatory authorities and...

Rally demands public education changes

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 09:24
It was sunny and hot the afternoon of July 31, the kind of weather that Seattleites wait all year for but the coronavirus has largely ruined. That didn’t stop more than 100 people from gathering in the plaza of the Rainier Beach Community Center — masked...

Benefits gap

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 09:22
Congress allowed a supplemented unemployment benefit to expire at the end of July, taking $600 per week out of the pockets of jobless Americans struggling to find work in the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression. The enhanced unemployment...

Fights heat up in budget exchanges over funds for COVID and police

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 09:20
Promises to defund the Seattle Police Department (SPD) by half and provide coronavirus relief to households in need may be temporarily scuppered in a dynamic period of negotiations as the City Council was forced to contend with the limits of its own...

The homeless outreach that the Navigation Team once provided has degenerated into an empty optics of force

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 08:54
There was a time — back when the Navigation Team was focused on relationship building and run by the seasoned homeless outreach workers at REACH — when it seemed like Seattle’s approach to unsheltered encampments might be on the right track. But that time...

Homegrown Costco should cut ties with Cargill to end environmental destruction

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 08:44
Coronavirus can bring to light many of the major changes our society needs. Let’s not let it distract us from ongoing issues that demand our attention — like the destruction of planet Earth. Right now, corporations like Costco are leading the rest of...

Untold fight for Black women's voting rights

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 09:57
In anticipation of Martha Jones' book 'Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All' This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the United States constitution, granting women across the country access to vote — or so the textbooks have said. Martha S. Jones , a historian, educator and author of...

Streaming to stay sane

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 10:56
Almost all King County events are canceled, so we’re listing streaming events for optimal physical distancing August 3–7 Watercolor Techniques: Virtual Camp for Kids Crimson Canvas Art Classes: online; 2–3:30 p.m., $99, ages 7–10 tinyurl.com/y5vnhg2z Summer camps are coming straight to you this year. The Watercolor Techniques virtual camp will teach young people...

Law of Occam’s razor says Homeland Security’s Wolf is lying

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 10:54
President Trump wants to send federal officers to more cities besides Portland, now that he’s found out how much it stirs them up. He named Chicago, Kansas City and Albuquerque a couple of days ago. That got me to thinking about Seattle’s first name, New...

Oxidation story

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 10:52
Eliese Colette Goldbach’s memoir is set in the belly of a steel foundry In 2016, Eliese Goldbach, a millennial with a degree in English, is working as a house painter. She visits an old friend in Washington, D.C. They hang out with a couple of lawyers, who make fun of her being from Cleveland. “What does Cleveland produce,...

You have the right to remain silenced

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 10:47
We gathered stories of journalists working for the Emerald, The Stranger and The Independent during the pandemic summer’s antiracist protests. Joining forces Emerald and Real Change re-up working together By Marcus Harrison Green and Lee Nacozy Reporting from protests is an exciting prospect in the newsroom, but feels like a questionable choice once you’re out there. Journalists are increasingly...

In step with the Oromo of Ethiopia

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 09:57
Members of the Ethiopian Oromo community in Seattle march on Yesler Way toward downtown July 24 in support of Black Lives Matter and solidarity against human rights violations in Ethiopia. Oromo people have been oppressed in their native land for...

Weekend weary

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 09:31
Weekend protests turned violent on July 25 and 26 as demonstrators clashed with police on Seattle streets in what police would dub a riot. The Seattle Police Department (SPD) reported in the afternoon of July 26 that 57 officers had been injured and 47...

After years of pushing, County backtracks on jails

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 09:29
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced his intent to close the county’s adult and youth detention facilities, a win for community advocates who have been fighting the carceral system and pushing for alternatives to incarceration. The county reduced...

Vendor profile: Sabina Lopez

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 12:22
Sabina is beaming. It’s easy to tell that her broad, cheerful smile is hiding behind her mask. I ask her how she’s doing, and she doesn’t hesitate: “Great!” Today, Sabina’s wearing a flowing, long, floral dress and she carries her chair and papers in a...

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