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Northwest Folklife reflects after its fully online festival

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 11:38
There is one beloved Pacific Northwest festival that has tried out the online streaming model already. Northwest Folklife kicks off typical Seattle summers — every summer since 1971— with three days of dance, music and vendors from communities around the...

Download the June 17-23, 2020 issue PDF

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 11:35
Dear Readers, Because a large number of Seattle offices and businesses have shut down in response to the coronavirus, vendors have seen a large drop in the number of customers and locations to sell. We are choosing to offer the PDF of this week's paper to...

Reclaiming even the name. I knew a Chaz — he was a snob.

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 11:33
I’m so old the first thing I thought when I heard about the area formerly known as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone was, Seattle finally has its own Haight-Ashbury. What a wild development. Mayor Jenny Durkan tells the police to vacate the East Precinct,...

Celebrating Pride through building connections

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 11:31
June is the month of Pride. Many people are talking about Pride starting as a riot, but it is deeper than a slogan and beyond three days of protest. It was a response to systemic and institutional discrimination. Queer bars were often the target of police...

History runs through it

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 11:23
BJ Cummings traces Seattle’s beginnings to the headwaters of the Duwamish Newcomers to Seattle might have a hard time naming the wide river that runs from the Cascades to Elliott Bay. They might not even know it’s there, even having crossed it on the First Avenue South or West Seattle Bridges — when the latter was operational...

Juneteenth locally is changing with the times

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 11:09
June 19, 1865. Union soldiers under the command of Major Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and told the last enslaved people that they were free. It was more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation...

Pride inside is on the horizon

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 10:33
It became clear in early March that celebrating Pride outdoors, with fanfare and a thrumming energy pulsing through the air as hundreds of people gathered together was not going to be an option this summer in light of public health guidelines to prevent the...

Neighborcare nonprofit health clinic enduring major cuts

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 09:42
In May, the University of Washington Medicine announced that it would furlough 4,000 more workers due to a $500 million shortfall in its budget stemming from coronavirus-related costs and reductions in revenue-generating services. Neighborcare, the...

CHOP means no cops

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 09:35
Seattle stole the national spotlight when protesters against police brutality took control of a four-block section of Capitol Hill, drawing criticism from the White House, and named it the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.” As of June 12, the area around the...

Defund the police: Ten years after John T. Williams, the limits of reform are clear

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 13:23
Real Change staff editorial On August 30, 2010, at 4:15 in the afternoon, Native American woodcarver John T. Williams was killed by police at the corner of Boren and Howell for the crime of whittling while walking. This was before videos of police killings became sickeningly familiar...

Streaming to stay sane

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 15:34
Almost all King County events are canceled, so we’re listing streaming events for optimal physical distancing June 15-21 Juneteenth Week, tinyurl.com/yd2ub2v7 Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County, FW Black Collective and Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle have put together a week-long celebration of Juneteenth. The week will feature food, music, storytelling,...

Righteous flames and wild dreams

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 15:32
Flames, vapor, dreams and visions and masses crying out in many tongues. These are the central symbols of the major holiday that churches around the world celebrated the past two weekends (the Eastern and Western churches use slightly different calendars)...

At this stage in my life, I’ll say it from here: BLACK LIVES MATTER

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 15:30
It was about this time four years ago when I told my supervisor at Real Change that Trump would likely win the 2016 election, and he was so sure that was impossible he bet me a dinner at my favorite restaurant that it wouldn’t happen. I didn’t have to put...

A manufactured crisis

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 15:24
A UC Berkeley professor dives in our ocean of plastic waste We humans use a lot of resources and, in the process, create a lot of waste — far more than you might imagine. In her book “Waste,” University of California Berkeley Environmental Science Professor Kate O’Neill provides a deep look at all the stuff that...

Students have had enough

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 14:01
Rethinking police presence in schools Rainier Beach High School student Angelina Riley walked out of virtual school at noon on Wednesday, June 3, waving a sign outside the street of her home to protest police presence in schools. At least 100 other youth did the same. Riley said that youth...

City Council answers protest calls against police violence are met with more of the same

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 12:03
The counter at the bottom of the Seattle Channel livestream began ticking upward as the clock passed 9:30 a.m. June 8, when the Seattle City Council would meet for its weekly Council Briefing. A few dozen viewers became a few hundred, eventually topping out...

Get tested

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 11:36
The city of Seattle and University of Washington (UW) teamed up to create two coronavirus testing sites in an effort to provide free testing to determine who has the virus. The facilities — former Seattle emissions testing sites at 12040 Aurora Ave. N and...

Communal yet standalone houses may unlock good health, shows Seattle mobile home park

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 11:33
Eloise Mickelsen watched with horror over Memorial Day weekend as news channels carried images of people flocking to beaches, the majority dispensing with masks or any attempt at social distancing. Fear of the coronavirus, which continued to rage in...

The case for building tiny house villages during the pandemic

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 11:29
Seattle’s adoption of tiny house villages as a crisis response to homelessness several years ago is now paying unexpected dividends as an ideal form of shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic. The mandate from public health officials is clear: Stay home, stay...

Download the June 10-16, 2020 issue PDF

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 10:34
Dear Readers, Because a large number of Seattle offices and businesses have shut down in response to the coronavirus, vendors have seen a large drop in the number of customers and locations to sell. We are choosing to offer the PDF of this week's paper to...

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