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Elizabeth McRae’s recent book introduces us to good white mothers, PTA members, and newspaper columnists who were also committed white supremacists. Read more Here

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Message from Seattle Police Chief – My letter to officers on the death of George Floyd.

Message from the Chief – My letter to officers on the death of George Floyd.

Like you, I was shocked and horrified this week by video of the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Officer. I serve with honor, in an honorable profession filled with men and women working hard every day to do the right thing. I believe in justice and standing for what is right. No one is above the law.

This week, I sent the following letter to all employees of the Seattle Police Department reminding them of their duty to our community and of how far we’ve come as a department.

To the Men and Women of the Seattle Police Department:

I wanted to take a moment to address the tragic murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department officer.

In the video, we hear Mr. Floyd’s repeated calls for help. We hear him say over and over again that he cannot breathe.

The video is upsetting, disappointing, and infuriating. It does not show the policing we know. Policing is an honorable profession filled with honorable public servants. We are committed to protecting life and serving the community.

Because of the Seattle Police Department’s high level of training, our commitment to de-escalation, and our track record of limiting the use of force, I have confidence that something like this would not occur in our city.

Especially troubling about the video, was the officers who stood by while Mr. Floyd called for help.

As a police officer, you have a sworn duty to uphold the law and do what is right. We prioritize the sanctity of life in every situation.

If you see a co-worker doing something that is unsafe, out of policy, unacceptable, or illegal, you need to act. This goes beyond reporting. If someone’s life is unnecessarily in danger, it is your responsibility to intervene.

We each have a right to go home at the end of the day, but we also have a responsibility to ensure that others enjoy that same right. We must hold ourselves accountable if we are to maintain the trust of the community who grants us the privilege to serve them.

I know it can be challenging to see these incidents, even when they do not happen here. You all should be proud of how we provide police services here in Seattle.

Thank you for all that you do, every day. Stay safe.

Carmen Best

Also from CNN: Surveillance video does not support police claims that George Floyd resisted arrest.

Lawyer for George Floyd’s survivors calls for congressional action


These 5 mistakes could worsen the coronavirus outbreak

Every person can do their part to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2. But, in times of uncertainty, it’s easy to make mistakes.

The biggest problem is if you spread the virus to other people, especially those with compromised immune systems. “If you are infected and come into contact with other people, you put those people at risk,” said Dr. Stanley Deresinski, a clinical professor of infectious diseases at Stanford Medicine. “That’s basically what it revolves around.”

Here are five blunders that could exacerbate the current outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19.


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Guidance on the Coronavirus

Guidance on the Coronavirus

Below are helpful tips, resources, and updated information from the CDC about the coronavirus.

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Please note that symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

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Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spay or wipe.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If soap is not readily available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
**The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to prevent themselves from respiratory diseases. Facemasks should be worn by people showing symptoms, health care workers, and people taking care of someone in close proximities (i.e. home care or health care facilities).

– Stay home except to get medical care.

– Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.

– Call ahead before visiting the doctor.

– Wear a facemask.

– Cover your coughs and sneezes.

– Clean your hands often.

– Avoid sharing personal items.

– Clean all “high-touch” surfaces daily.

**Monitor your symptoms and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen.

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CDC – Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

Protect yourself and your community from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like coronavirus disease 2019. Everyone has a role to play in getting ready and staying healthy.

Americans should be prepared for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community. The community can take measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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Currently a vaccine or drug is not available for COVID-19. Community-based interventions such as school dismissals, event cancellations, social distancing, and creating employee plans to work remotely can help slow the spread of COVID-19. Individuals can practice everyday prevention measures like frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes.

Decisions about the implementation of community measures will be made by local and state officials, in consultation with federal officials as appropriate, and based on the scope of the outbreak and the severity of illness. Implementation will require extensive community engagement, with ongoing and transparent public health communications.

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Fifth Annual Youth LGBTQ+ seattle parks and recreation

Fifth Annual Youth LGBTQ+ and Allies Job Fair on April 4th

Seattle Parks and Recreation will be hosting our

Fifth Annual Youth LGBTQ+ and Allies Job Fair on April 4th!!!

The job fair is for all LGBTQ Youth (ages 13-24) and Allies who want to find a job with LGBTQ-friendly employers like Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Molly Moon’s Ice Cream, Starbucks, Seattle Humane Society, Northwest Youth Corps, and many more!

What: Fifth Annual Youth LGBTQ+ and Allies Job Fair on April 4th!!!
When: April 4th, 2020 from 1:00 – 3:00pm
Where: Miller Community Center,
Who: YOU! LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-24 and allies! Bring your family and friends, too!

Join us for…
Free ice cream from Molly Moon’s (hurry before they run out!)
Free food from a local food truck (to be announced soon!)
Performances from local drag queen, Kylie Mooncakes!
Free and confidential HIV screening from Gay City!
Free LGBTQ Worker’s Rights workshop after the job fair from 3:00 – 4:30pm from LGBTQ Allyship!

Check out the flyer attached to this email! For more information and updates, RSVP to the event on Facebook!

Thank you! Hope to see you all on April 4th!

Youth Employment and Service Learning
Seattle Parks and Recreation
100 Dexter Ave N, Box #30
Seattle, WA 98109-5102
206-684-4575 Office
206-684-9274 Fax

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King County Housing Authority Section 8 OPEN: Apply Feb 12 to Feb 25.

King County Housing Authority is accepting applications for its Section 8 waiting list in February. Applications will open at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, February 12, and will close at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25.

Applications are free and can be accessed online at

‘Winning’ applications will be randomly chosen by a computer system after the application period closes; the chances of being selected are the same, regardless of when an application is submitted within the allotted time frame. For information on eligibility and the application process, visit

KCHA provides rental housing and assistance to more than 55,000 people.
Application Information HERE

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Seattle police plans hiring campaign amid plan to beef up downtown presence

The Seattle Police Department plans to launch another recruiting campaign in the coming weeks amid a plan to ramp up their downtown presence after a shooting in downtown and several other high profile crimes.

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WINTER SHELTERS: Contact and Locations Lists


King County Emergency Family Shelter line — 206-245-1026
King County’s crisis line is: 866-427-4747.
Pierce County’s crisis line is 800-576-7764.
Snohomish County’s crisis line is 800-584-3578.

Homeless unpack to spend the night inside at the winter shelter at the armory in Sylmar. The winter shelter run by HOPE of the Valley will house 170 people at night through the winter. With cold weather hitting area early temporary shelters are already worried about running out of room. (Photo by David Crane/Los Angeles News Group)

Homeless shelters are a type of homeless service agency which provide temporary residence for homeless individuals and families. Shelters exist to provide residents with safety and protection from exposure to the weather while simultaneously reducing the environmental impact on the community. They are similar to, but distinguishable from, various types of emergency shelters, which are typically operated for specific circumstances and populations—fleeing natural disasters or abusive social circumstances. Extreme weather conditions create problems similar to disaster management scenarios, and are handled with warming centers, which typically operate for short durations during adverse weather.

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 04: Gage, who is homeless, pauses outside of a coffee shop on the streets of Boston as snow falls from a massive winter storm on January 4, 2018 in Boston, United States. Schools and businesses throughout the Boston area are closed as the city is expecting over a foot of snow and blizzard like conditions throughout the day. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A warming center is a short-term emergency shelter that operates when temperatures or a combination of precipitation, wind chill, wind and temperature become dangerously inclement. Their paramount purpose is the prevention of death and injury from exposure to the elements. This may include acute trauma from falling objects such as trees, or injury to extremities due to frostbite. A more prevalent emergency which warming centers seek to prevent is hypothermia, the risk for which is aggravated by factors such as age, alcohol consumption, and homelessness.

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De Blasio pleads to Trump for help with homeless crisis

Mayor Bill de Blasio pleaded with President Trump on Sunday for help with the burgeoning homeless situation wreaking havoc throughout the city.

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Trump slams New York City, California over ‘tremendous’ homeless crisis

“California and New York must do something about their TREMENDOUS Homeless problems,” he wrote.

“If their Governors can’t handle the situation, which they should be able to do very easily, they must call and ‘politely’ ask for help. Would be so easy with competence!”

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