The Seattle Seahawks evened their regular season record to 1-1 by taking care of the San Francisco 49ers 12 to 9 Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field. What is becoming an apparent trend for the Seahawks is their inability to score a touchdown once inside the Red zone. The Seahawks scored their first touchdown of the season Sunday and of course they missed the extra point. Such is the woeful state of the Seahawks offense. [Read more…]
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Tuesday, October 31 – 7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
94 Pike St B, Seattle
MY CONUNDRUM WITH RECENT NFL BOYCOTTS
Photo By Julie Meier – JulieGirl Photography / NW FACTS
The popularity of sports, in particular, Football — the pure enjoyment we receive from it and the pedestal we place it on as a bastion for male masculinity, leaves the system of the NFL (which is inherently tied to white supremacy) and the problematic behavior of quite a few of its players, absolved from a majority public outcry. That absolvement, however, does not exists as many within the recent year(s) have decided to no longer support or watch any NFL games.
The apparent blackballing of Colin Kaepernick, the constant befuddlement of handling players who, more likely than not, have committed acts of Domestic Violence, to overall bad play, and the physical price to pay, particularly to the nervous system — there seems to be a plethora of reasons, all valid, as to why people are protesting against the NFL.
For me, someone who enjoys watching the NFL but is extremely aware as to why people are protesting, it’s been quite amazing seeing and listening to opposing sides go back and forth on extremes. From abolishing the NFL completely, to the “stick to sports” side of the fence, I wonder if this protest, like many others, is a hollow gesture and quick reaction due to the NFL and their transgressions (in the public’s eye, at least). Calling for the abolishment of the NFL is essentially calling for the end of Football on all levels. As mentioned earlier, the NFL is one of the many functions in society that embody and perpetuate white supremacy. However, due to the opportunities that Football can provide financially, for the socioeconomically disadvantaged who aren’t blessed with privileges of choosing what they want to do as a profession, sports, Football — the NFL, seems and is presented as a means to provide a better life for themselves and their families. It’s no secret that a majority of NFL players are Black, (nor do you have to look too far to find a sports publication running a classic “rags to riches” story on a Black player. A phrase coined “white gaze,” which can be discussed at a later time) and keeping that in mind, I’m all for Black people making money, even it’s through the unfortunate means of capitalism — shouldn’t we protest that?
The oft-used line of “stick to sports” is irrelevant and dismissive of the reality that, even before the horrific video that surfaced in 2014 of Ray Rice beating his wife, Janay Palmer, in an elevator, before Kaepernick kneeled in defense of Black lives, we’ve never been able to “escape” when these issues are placed upon our beloved athletes. It’s due to our misogyny and inability to hold men accountable for their actions, and the overall cognitive dissonance when it comes to valuing Black lives, it’d be much easier if the “stick to sports” crew would simply say that they don’t care. Their actions and words already indicate. With all this in mind, to you I may seem like a bundle of contradictions, refusing to pick a side. It’s certainly a complex issue, and anything that’s complex deserves to be analyzed in such a way.
For nearly two decades, EOI has planted seeds and tended the growth of public policies to promote educational opportunity, good jobs, healthy families and workplaces, and a dignified retirement for all.
Mark your calendars now for Seeds of Change, our 2017 Annual Dinner. We’ll celebrate shared victories, be inspired by community allies working for change, and chart our course toward future successes.
Your support will help make local communities and Washington State a more equitable and just place for everyone to live, work, play and raise a family. Reserve your spot today!
DETAILS & LOGISTICS
October 12, 2017
5:30 p.m. Social Hour; 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Dinner and Program
Seattle Design Center,
5701 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
• Keynote address:
Eric Liu, Founder and CEO of Citizen University and executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. Liu is the author of several books, including “You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen,” “A Chinaman’s Chance,” “The Gardens of Democracy,” and “The Accidental Asian.” Eric served as a White House speechwriter and policy adviser for President Bill Clinton. He is a regular columnist for CNN.com and a correspondent for TheAtlantic.com.
• Master of Ceremonies:
• Social hour starting at 5:30 with fun policy-related games and live music featuring local youth musicians!
NEW SEASONS SET TO SERVE SEATTLE’S CENTRAL DISTRICT
WITH 100 NEW NEIGHBORHOOD JOBS
The Friendliest Store in Town Ready to Welcome All Neighbors
New Seasons Market announced plans to open a nearly 18,000-square-foot store at the corner of
23rd and E. Union St. in late 2018,
bringing 100 new jobs to the neighborhood.
The Central District will be the third Seattle-area location for the community-oriented grocer known as “the friendliest store in town.” In addition to its Mercer Island store, New Seasons will also open in Ballard next year. “The Central District is such a wonderful neighborhood, rich in history and culture. We are honored to join and serve this community,” said New Seasons Market CEO Wendy Collie. “As a neighborhood grocer, we pride ourselves on creating gathering places that honor and reflect the culture of their communities, where everyone feels welcome to share delicious food, enjoy conversation and connect with one another.”
The Central District New Seasons will open in a mixed-use project developed by Seattle-based Lake Union Partners. New Seasons and Lake Union Partners are committed to serving the needs of all community members in this rapidly changing area. Lake Union Partners recently announced a historic partnership with Africatown and Forterra for redevelopment of the Midtown Center, located directly across the street from the New Seasons location.
“We’re looking forward to supporting the opening of this store in one of Seattle’s most diverse neighborhoods, which we’ve served for more than 90 years. The Urban League’s focus on education and economic opportunity align well with New Season’s values,” said Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle Vice President Michelle Merriweather. “We’re pleased to have New Seasons join the Central District, as they’ve proven themselves to be truly committed community partners.”
The world’s first Certified B Corp grocer, New Seasons is known for its long-term, inclusive relationships with staff, vendors and community partners. The company gives back 10 percent of after-tax profits to the communities they serve, supporting organizations that help feed the hungry, educate youth and protect the environment. And through its Lend-a-Hand volunteer program, it encourages staff to share their time and talent with local non-profit organizations, building a culture and commitment to community service.
“Our staff are the heart and soul of our company. We’re committed to taking care of our people so they can take care of our customers, bring their best every day, and lead happy, healthy lives,” Collie added.
“New Seasons is a grocer with heart, committed to listening and meeting the needs of this neighborhood,” said Patrick Foley of Lake Union Partners. “We share the goal of creating a neighborhood grocery that builds long-term community relationships and is welcoming to all at 23rd and E. Union St. We can’t wait for the doors to open.”
Since its inception in 1982, the Bishop A.L Hardy Academy of Theology has been a staple in Seattle and known throughout the Pacific Northwest for its emphasis of academic leadership in Religious education. Offering degrees in Theology from Associate’s to Doctoral, students with aspirations of furthering their studies into a role teaching have the opportunity to do just that. The emphasis on education however, is balanced with a spiritual component. “We want our students to achieve, in this particular course, to know your bible and bring out an interpretation where everybody can understand what you’re talking about. If you don’t know anything, read the book, chapter and verse, and this will do what we feel God would have us to do.” Explains Bishop A.L Hardy, also of the Rose Sharon Pentecostal Church.
Rather than teaching a specific denomination, the Academy’s goal is to teach educate students on other philosophies of religion, and seeing how the studies intersect. Through this, they implement their six departments of Theology: Exegetical, Historical, Dogmatic, Biblical, Systematic, and Natural. “We don’t teach denominations. If people want to know more about God and his business, that’s what we’re about,” said Glady Hardy, first lady and wife of Bishop Hardy who was flanked alongside her husband. “He [God] felt that you should be able to know a little something about whatever religious philosophies that are out there.”
As the new school year begins, they encourage those of all ilks with an interest in furthering their knowledge and relationship with God to join. Bishop Hardy stressed that the Academy is open to all — highlighting the importance of all genders, races and ages that have participated and graduated and will continue to do so.
“The reason I come to the school is to keep myself closer to the Lord,” said Saugy, one of the Academy’s newest students. “To live in his words, and follow his path.” He and his brother, Tumeneayar, who also takes the class, originate from Mongolia, and heard of the academy due to Tumeneayar studying Theology three years prior.
The stigma that surrounds religion in general stems from lack of knowledge and uncertainty of a ‘higher power.’ Mrs. Hardy, on the subject of people shying away from Theology, opined “If it’s presented to people in a way that they can understand — you know, ‘book, chapter and verse;’ we want to present it [Theology] in a way that doesn’t confuse people.”
The first week of classes have begun, and registration is still open. Classes, are held every Tuesday, 8AM-1PM and 5-10PM. More information and how to register can be found at: http://www.academyoftheology3208.com
Terae Stefon — Multimedia Journalist / Contributor — NW Facts Media Group
Sunday September 24th, Sunrise, (6 a.m.)
Madrona Park 853 Lake WA Blvd. SEATTLE WA.
Maafa is a Kiswahili term for disaster, calamity, or terrible occurance. It refers to the Black Holocaust as millions of Africans and African Americans have died during the journey of captivity from Africa to the shores of the Americas, known as the Middle Passage. The Maafa Event is created as an African Centered Commemoration in Honor of African Ancestors and loved ones who have passed away. Sankofa, is an African word from the Akan Tribe in Ghana. Translation and Symbology meaning:
“It is not Taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.”
Death: The African Concept of Death
Death does not alter or end the life-force, spirit, or soul of an individual, but only causes a change in its manefestation. It’s death of the human shell. The body “dies”, the soul is “eternal”. This is experesses in the concept of “Ancestors”, people who have died but continue to “live” in the community.
Death, although a dreaded event, is percieved as the beginning of a persons deeper relationship with all of creation.
For ceremonial purposes feel free to bring photos, and or obituaries of loved ones who have transitioned. All are encouraged to wear all white attire in observance.
Thank You For Village of Hope on behalf of Tana Yasu
Patricia Murphy -KUOW Journalist / Contributor – NW FACTS Media Group
When black youth enter the criminal justice system, most of the people in authority they come into contact with — social workers, lawyers, the jury — are white.
Moore-Lyons shot another teen during a fight over a misplaced hair pick. Shortly after the shooting, he called his mom.
“She was crying super hard, you know, telling me they’re (the police) gonna kill you. I didn’t want my mom feeling like that,” Moore-Lyons said. “So I had to do what I had to do.”
He turned himself in the next morning and was charged as an adult with first degree assault. He is scheduled to be incarcerated until his 21st birthday.
He wishes there were more grown-ups around who understand his background.
“I’d like to see somebody who’s been through the struggle, who’s been in the streets, who I can look up to,” Moore-Lyons said. “It feels good to see somebody like me that actually did something with their life and been successful with their life. It gives me a sense of motivation.”
Moore-Lyons said he acted on impulse when he participated in that shooting, that his reputation was on the line.
This is the kind of dynamic that mentor Dominique Davis is trying to combat.
“When you don’t have hope, all you got is the homies. Then that’s all you live for every day. You need to have a sense of success,” Davis said. “We’re trying to bring hope.”
Davis’s team at Community Passageways mentors black youth. When Davis isn’t working with young people, he’s talking to county and city leaders about the importance of community partnerships and detention alternatives. He believes the most effective voices for change are black.
“We have to take that initiative to show them that, no, there are some real powerful, positive black people out here who are willing to help and take you to another level and grab you by the hand and show you the process on how to get there,” Davis said. “It needs to be culturally relevant.”
Antoinette Kavanaugh, a forensic clinical psychologist in Chicago who specializes in juvenile justice, said staff members can send messages to the youth about their expectations of a certain race versus another race “unintentionally, but potently.”
Two-thirds of the youth at Green Hill are black. But an even higher percentage of the “direct care staff” — counselors, security staff, kitchen staff, health center staff, recreation staff and psychologists — are white.
“You never see yourself through the whole system,” Davis said. “And then where do you see yourself? At when you get locked up. That’s the only place you see yourself at. That is a subliminal message that ‘I belong in here.’”
Kavanaugh pointed to a study that shows that black youth in detention are disciplined more harshly and are less likely to get mental health care.
“What they found out in the facility was, despite the level that their mental needs were at the same level, the white kids received more services. That’s an institutionalized racism there,” Kavanaugh said.
Like many young black men, Moore-Lyons struggles with trauma. He said he has nightmares and flashbacks. Right now, he said he’s getting medication but not therapy.
Reporter: “When you work with your social workers here, what kinds of things do they help you with?”
“What kind of things do they help me with?” he responded, after a delay.
Reporter: “Yeah, do you just have a regular therapy session where you talk it out?”
“Nope,” he said.
“You don’t get any mental health care?”
“Do you need it?”
Green Hill won’t specifically discuss Moore-Lyons’ case.
When youth are sentenced to Green Hill, their mental health, education needs are evaluated. Each youth has a counselor who works with them on building social skills,
regulating emotions and managing relationships.
Kavanaugh said cultural competency trainings could help white staff.
In 2010, Washington state began work to address the racial imbalance across the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration.
Hiring staff of color is still a challenge because state detention facilities are located in rural areas. But by 2016, 98 percent of the JRA staff had completed diversity and inclusion training.
Jennifer Redman, acting superintendent at Green Hill, said they had more training this spring.
“It was a lot of self-reflection,” Redman said. “A lot of how we apply it to working with the youth and really just understanding and meeting youth where they’re at, trying to
understand their background.
“We’ve got work to do.”
That became apparent a few minutes later when Redman answered a question about how well staff work with a disproportionately black population.
“I’m working with Diontae, who is an individual who got in trouble,” Redman said. “For us it’s all about just working with youth in a way that is culturally competent and almost, is race invisible, to an extent.”
Hearing about Redmond’s response, Dominique Davis said he wasn’t surprised.
“That makes me laugh, because when people say things like that, they mean it from their heart. But that’s their brainwashing: ‘I’m not racist, I don’t see color.’ That’s just a whole other level of racism,” Davis said.
And while it may be well intentioned, Davis said that kind of thinking won’t help kids like Moore-Lyons succeed — in or out of incarceration. He said if state and local leaders are serious about addressing racial disparity and juvenile justice, they have to get serious about addressing the problems of cultural competency.
“You have people that are talking the language, because ‘restorative justice’ and ‘equity’ and ‘racial disparities’ and all those words are being thrown out all over the place,” Davis said. “We’re in a good time right now to take advantage of that.
“But it comes down to, ‘Are you going to put your money where your mouth is?’”
Meantime, Moore-Lyons is trying to get through his time at Green Hill.
Recently he found a reason for the kind of hope Davis tries to instill in the youth he works with.
Moore-Lyons was participating in a panel discussion about youth incarceration when a black youth advocate from Tacoma offered to help him find his path after release in 2020.
“I just gave my mom his phone number,” Moore-Lyons said. “Hopefully at least when I get to the group home, I can get in touch with him. Hopefully he doesn’t forget about me, though.”
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By: Tana Yasu/ Contributor – NW FACTS Media Group