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MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS. From bottom left: Rellik, D.j. Martinez, Amanda Richer, ayom ament, and Mark. (📸: Ana Sofia Knauf, ayom ament)
'YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOU’RE STANDING NEXT TO'
To answer Brian’s question, we got to know some incredible people who’ve been through things most of us can only imagine. D.j. Martinez crashed on friends’ couches after a break-up and losing his job. ayom ament lost their job and found themselves looking for help at the same place they worked as a crisis counselor. Mindy Woods dropped her son off at school and, without him knowing, spent the day in her car making countless calls to housing services. Confronting homelessness looks real different when you know what it’s like, and if you have a few minutes today, we’d love for you to hear more from your currently and formerly homeless neighbors at theevergrey.com. For now, here’s a short sample of what they said they’d tell …
… HOMEOWNERS AND RENTERS
We just happened to meet some of these folks; others, you introduced us to. Thanks, Peggy Holman, “Egg Lady,” and Annalee Schafranek for introducing us to some of our neighbors — and thank you for asking great questions.
You can learn more about their individual stories and listen to them speak in their own voices in a series of audiograms we posted here, and they’re seriously worth a listen.
NOW HERE’S WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR CITY
‘An undercurrent of unwelcome.’ This summer, Jasmine Iona Brown, a Tacoma art and photography teacher, posted photo decals of her son, Jaymin, reading or playing the saxophone or guitar around Seattle. But she didn’t anticipate the reaction her work, titled “Black Teen Wearing Hoodie,” might get in two predominantly white neighborhoods, Seattle Times columnist Tyrone Beason writes. Vandals ripped the head off one piece displayed outside of the Photographic Center Northwest, and other decals showed Jaymin’s arm and Afro cut off or featured graffiti making it look like he’d been eaten. Although Jaymin said the vandalism didn’t bother him, Jasmine said the reaction to her art made her worry how the world will view her son as a young black man. (The Seattle Times)
Tired of crowded hiking trails? There’s an app for that in the works. Researchers around the U.S., including some at University of Washington, have been looking at your (publicly posted) hiking pics on social media and Flickr to gather all kinds of data. Before you get creeped out, Outside Magazine reports that, researchers are interested in crowdsourcing park data to help make your hikes better — like notifying you if a popular trail is overcrowded, needs maintenance, or if wildlife around you is being impacted by climate change. ⛰ (Outside Magazine)
‘Without a people, there isn’t a river.’ James Rasmussen remembers fishing in the Duwamish River with his father when he was a kid and being told local wildlife was part of his family. But dangerous chemicals and industrial waste have been dumped there for more than a century, ruining the river ecosystem. As an adult, James has worked as a consultant for the Environmental Protection Agency and advocated for laws to fight pollution in the river, including getting the Duwamish designated as a superfund site in 2001 to get federal money to clean it up. Since then, James and other researchers say the river is beginning to recover — but that it’s critical we learn the Duwamish River’s history to make sure it stays healthy. 🐟 (KUOW)
Wand a drink? There’s a “wizard pub” — a.k.a. a cocktail bar that also sells handmade wands — slotted to open in Ballard’s flatiron building next year. The owners drew some comment section ire last week when MyNorthwest linked to a video featuring the pub owners describing themselves as European wand-makers who’ve “synthesized our magics with native North American magics.” When commenters criticized the pub for allegedly co-opting indigenous culture, Solomon Balch, whom Eater reported as being affiliated with the pub, said that “mythos, sensitively expressed, belongs to the world” and that they would “discuss plans with the First Peoples, themselves.” (Eater Seattle, MyNorthwest)
HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP
🍷 TODAY: Learn the tasty differences between wines from the Evergreen State and Mexico’s wine country at the MEXAM Northwest Festival (Capitol Hill)
📅 TOMORROW: Learn to master your calendar — and master your business — at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)
✊ Wednesday, Sept. 5: Hear some real talk about confidence building from a queer woman of color in tech at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)
🎉 Saturday, Sept. 8 – Sunday, Sept. 9: See large-scale art installations, peruse a street fair, and learn how design affects our lives at Seattle Design Fest (Pioneer Square)
🏀 Cheer on Seattle Storm at the playoffs (Queen Anne)
🎟 Be part of a “mass mind-reading” and meet a mentalist (Belltown)
🎨 Cheer on local makers at the Mayor Jenny Durkan’s arts awards (Queen Anne)
🍴 Make a picnic out of fruit harvested from all across Seattle (Othello)
🍿 Watch short films, documentaries, and audience-favored flicks — through Sept. 2 (Queen Anne)
🎈 Take the kids — big and little — to play indie games (Downtown)
Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #theevergrey on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with an Evergrey membership. Is an event sold out? Hit reply to let us know and we’ll update the listing in tomorrow’s newsletter.
A WIN FOR YOU COULD BE IN THE CARDS
The creative folks behind hilariously delightful/inappropriate/gross game, Cards Against Humanity, wants to get you involved in making their next deck.
Have some ideas to kick up the game a notch? Send them your best ideas for 15 white cards and five black cards by August 31st. They even have some handy tips for writing cards “that don’t blow.” 🙃
“If your cards are solid, you’ll join our pool of remote contributors and make $40 an hour writing poop jokes as needed — which is ‘sometimes,'” the Cards Against Humanity crew wrote on their site. Get all the details here.
Stay witty, Seattle. We’ll see ya tomorrow. — The Evergrey