99+ Shelter Beds to open summer 2017

99+ Shelter Beds coming Summer 2017 to Seattle

I am so happy to pass along this wonderful news about Seattle opening up 100 new beds in Shelters. Not only are these NEW beds [aka spots] that didn’t exists prior to this coming summer 2017.

These are beds that will be open to people who need long term shelter in order to no longer be homeless. As well as providing a shelter that residents are able to bring their personal possessions, animals, and companions to. Which really will make a big difference for those who. Currently or in the past have been kept from a bed due to these type barriers. Not to mention the ability to allow long term residents who need longer amounts of time in a shelter in order to no longer be homeless.

You can read a very well summarized article here. http://wp.me/p2W5zh-1wo

Original source of detailed information can be read at Seattle’s Blog here. http://humaninterests.seattle.gov/2017/04/12/holistic-model-to-provide-a-responsive-solution-for-local-homelessness-crisis/

All this the day after receiving my award letter for a scholarship to attend 2017 Conference To End Homelessness in Washington. You can always find more information about it and the many other things this non profit does on the forefront of ending homelessness. http://wliha.org/conference


Auburn’s Clean Sweep Day

Volunteer for Clean Sweep!
Earth Day, April 22!

Help Auburn celebrate Earth Day and participate in Auburn’s largest volunteer effort! Clean Sweep is just around the corner and you’re invited to volunteer for this fun, annual event scheduled for Saturday, April 22.

This community-wide volunteer effort will focus on major clean-up, environmental restoration, and beautification efforts in different areas around the City. Volunteer groups will work on general clean-up, landscaping, planting, weeding and other projects at various parks, trails and other sites around Auburn. Volunteers can register on-line and can either choose to participate in a specific project or can ask to be assigned to the project that is in need of the most volunteer support.

Everybody is welcome to join in the fun! We invite service clubs, social service agencies, faith-based groups, scouting troops, businesses, families, and individuals to come out for the day, work together on some beautification projects, and celebrate Auburn.

Volunteers will be asked to bring tools based on their volunteer assignment (determined once registered), gardening or work gloves, and a broom for the ceremonial sweep along the Main Street sidewalks. Participants are encouraged to wear t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, or other clothing that identifies their group.

The morning agenda for Saturday, April 22 is as follows:

7:30 a.m. – Check in at City Hall & Breakfast prepared by Kiwanis Club of Auburn
8:15 a.m. – Welcome and Project Instructions
8:30 a.m. – Ceremonial Sweep along Main Street sidewalks
8:45 a.m. – Teams go to Project locations

We encourage you to register on-line via the City’s website or you may also download registration information and return the form by mail or fax.

Many thanks for any support you can provide.

For additional information about volunteer recruitment, call Julie Krueger at 253-804-5042 or email jkrueger@auburnwa.gov


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Op-Ed: Tainted Appeals Process Speeds Construction of Youth Jail — South Seattle Emerald

by Ending the Prison Industrial Complex (E.P.I.C) Seattle and King County are promoted nationally as progressive jurisdictions, and our elected officials, particularly right now, vie to distinguish themselves as aligned with racial and social justice. This week we had a special opportunity to examine the realities behind these claims. A month ago, a memo from […]

via Op-Ed: Tainted Appeals Process Speeds Construction of Youth Jail — South Seattle Emerald


Noticed differences bet

This is going to be extremely ruff….


My lil has clearly learned that it’s okay to treat me one way in public and when others are around. How ever when no one is she treats me another way.


First let me say how hard this truly is to stomach to grasp and emotionally draining it truly is. I may not be with either of my abusers yet, the damage myself and my daughter will deal for a life time.  That I absolutely love my daughter, yet truly have asked for help and don’t get it in regards to a way that won’t cause equally harming reactions from my daughter towards me or towards her own self image and esteem. IE possible to have during school time?..


Banning Classic Books From Schools

To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are arguably two of the most important books in American history. But children in some Virginia schools may never get to read them after Accomack County made the controversial decision to suspend the books from the curriculum after a parent complained about the use of racial slurs.

The two books have been temporarily suspended, pending a decision on whether to make the suspension permanent, after the mother of a biracial teenager complained about the frequent use of the N-word in both titles.

The woman told the school board that the language made it difficult for her son to read the book:
“There’s so much racial slurs and defensive wording in there that you can’t get past that. Right now, we are a nation divided as it is.”
Of course, both books are products of their time but have been hailed by academics as excellent commentaries on the country’s race relations. The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) slammed the board’s decision to suspend the books, writing:
“By avoiding discussion of controversial issues such as racism, schools do a great disservice to their students.”

“Each book enables readers to gain a historical understanding of race relations in America and invites them to examine race in the present day. Although discomforting to some, the racial slurs realistically depict American history and should be addressed under the guidance of a teacher.”
Unfortunately, this kind of attempt isn’t exactly rare. In November, a Tennessee mother attempted to get history books discussing Islam banned claiming that they were “indoctrination” and “promoted Islamic propaganda.” And in Washington, a group of parents attempted to ban Where the Wild Things Are and several other children’s classics from being read out in nurseries as it was “potentially frightening.”

What makes this case particularly frightening is the decision to suspend the book even though a final decision is yet to be made

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