Category Archives: Activism

Seattle’s 2015 MLK Unity Day!

Here’s a half-hour video featuring the MLK Youth Contest Winners that the City of Seattle sponsored in January as part of the City’s first-ever Unity Day.

It includes additional footage/interviews with the winners!

When Global Warming Ruins Your Weekend

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This weekend I was supposed to be skiing, but instead I am at home, angrily typing into a computer. Now you may ask: why am I not skiing with my family this weekend? Answer: because there’s no snow!!! And why is there no snow? I’m thinking it might be because of our ever thinning ozone layer and the gradual warming of the globe. This weekend I was supposed to take my best friend in the world up to a ski lodge I have been going to since I was a little kid, but I can’t.

Because skiing this weekend was canceled due to the fact that there is NO SNOW.

Did you know that 9 of the 10 hottest years on record have been in the 2000’s?  I found that out recently and it’s very distressing.  Global warming is a real problem, I know that it’s something most of us try to ignore a lot of the time, but the fact of the matter is we can’t do that any more.  This is an issue that literally will not go away.  We aren’t getting any more ozone back; it isn’t something we can rebuild. The earth isn’t going to become less polluted over time. This is a kind of problem where the only thing we can do is try to slow or stop the damage before it gets any worse.

Now I’m no scientist, and I don’t think I’m the person who’s going to solve the bigger crisis, but it’s the little things you can do. Things like unplugging chargers, walking a few more places, turning off lights, consuming less, I know these don’t seem like big things, but imagine if everyone did them!  So next time you’re hoping for a snow day, maybe remember that we might not have many of those left.

P.S. Please don’t drink bottled water.  Seriously, why would you do that?  We live in the Pacific Northwest.  Bottled water wishes it tasted as good as our water. Just stop.

An Inconvenient Truth

Bag It

–Grace, 17, Greenwood

GWD

Earn $150 and service learning for telling YOUR story!

YESYOUTH

RACIAL

EQUITY

PROJECT

SEATTLE

 OPEN TO YOUTH AGES 14-19

  • learn how to talk about race & racism
  • tell YOUR story
  • build a social justice community
  • gain leadership skills & new perspectives

WHEN

  • Start : February 23, 2015
  • End : May 23, 2015
  • Mondays + Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 PM

WHERE

Application Deadline is FEB 13, 2015.

For more details, check out the linked flyer!

Count Us In – All Youth Count!

Count Us InWe want to end homelessness in King County and you can help.

This Thursday, January 22, Seattle Public Library is asking youth and young adults ages 12-25 to participate in a survey about housing.  It’s quick and easy, and your participation helps provide resources to get young people off the streets and into stable housing.

To find out more (and/or fill out a survey), visit these libraries:

  • Ballard Library, 4 – 8 pm
  • Columbia Library, 4 – 8 pm
  • Central Library (downtown Seattle), 10 am – 8 pm
  • Douglass-Truth Library, 4 – 8 pm
  • Greenwood Library, 4 – 8 pm
  • International District Chinatown
  • Lake City Library, 4 – 8 pm
  • Rainier Beach Library
  • University Branch Library, 4 – 6 pm

Last chance to apply for KUOW’s RadioActive!

radioactiveApplications are due today for RadioActive’s 2015 spring workshop in radio journalism! If you (or young people you know) would be excited about this PAID OPPORTUNITY to tell stories and learn how to make radio, please remind them to get their applications turned in!

More information about the 2015 spring workshop and the RadioActive youth media program is below. Workshop applications are due today, January 21, by 11:59 p.m.

The RadioActive 2015 Spring Workshop

In this fun, rigorous and hands-on workshop, youth ages 16-18 learn about journalism, audio recording, audio editing, interviewing, writing for broadcast, and speaking on the air. During the workshop, the six participants will work collaboratively to create feature radio stories on topics of their choice that will be published on KUOW.org and shared at a public listening party! Best of all, RadioActive participants have the chance to amplify their voices by telling true stories about their communities, and the topics that are important to them.

RadioActive’s 2015 Spring Workshop starts on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 and ends on Thursday, April 30, 2015. Workshop meetings are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00-7:00pm at KUOW’s studios at 4518 University Way NE in Seattle’s University District. We also have all-day workshops on Saturday February 14th, Tuesday February 17th, and Saturday April 18th.

For completing the program, students will receive a $375 stipend. RadioActive provides snacks for students during the workshop, and bus tickets as needed. Youth who complete the program receive a 1-year subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud software suite, and are eligible to apply for a four-year college scholarship provided by the Adobe Foundation. Graduates of this workshop have the opportunity to stay involved as a RadioActive Advanced Youth Producer. Continue reading

Tomorrow is your last chance to apply for RadioActive’s spring workshop!

radioactiveApplications are due tomorrow for RadioActive’s 2015 spring workshop in radio journalism! If you (or young people you know) would be excited about this PAID OPPORTUNITY to tell stories and learn how to make radio, please remind them to get their applications turned in!

More information about the 2015 spring workshop and the RadioActive youth media program is below. Workshop applications are due tomorrow, January 21, by 11:59 p.m.

The RadioActive 2015 Spring Workshop

In this fun, rigorous and hands-on workshop, youth ages 16-18 learn about journalism, audio recording, audio editing, interviewing, writing for broadcast, and speaking on the air. During the workshop, the six participants will work collaboratively to create feature radio stories on topics of their choice that will be published on KUOW.org and shared at a public listening party! Best of all, RadioActive participants have the chance to amplify their voices by telling true stories about their communities, and the topics that are important to them.

RadioActive’s 2015 Spring Workshop starts on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 and ends on Thursday, April 30, 2015. Workshop meetings are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00-7:00pm at KUOW’s studios at 4518 University Way NE in Seattle’s University District. We also have all-day workshops on Saturday February 14th, Tuesday February 17th, and Saturday April 18th.

For completing the program, students will receive a $375 stipend. RadioActive provides snacks for students during the workshop, and bus tickets as needed. Youth who complete the program receive a 1-year subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud software suite, and are eligible to apply for a four-year college scholarship provided by the Adobe Foundation. Graduates of this workshop have the opportunity to stay involved as a RadioActive Advanced Youth Producer. Continue reading

**All libary locations are closed today in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day**

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MLK Day of Service.  MLK Day Activities.  MLK, Jr. @ the library.

What we said about MLK, Jr. Day last year.

 

Free money: Stim Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship

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Write about civic courage.

Win a $5,000 scholarship.

Who is your local hero?

The Seattle Public Library Foundation is pleased to announce the Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship Competition. High school seniors and undergraduate students who live, work or attend school in Seattle are invited to participate.

The competition asks students to write an essay about an individual or group of individuals from Washington state who have demonstrated civic courage on an issue of importance to the community at great personal, political or professional risk.

Essays must be submitted online between January 1 – March 31, 2015. Winners will be announced in May 2015. Winning essays will be added to the collection in the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room at The Seattle Public Library and will be given directly to the participant’s school on their behalf.

1st Place: $5,000 scholarship

2nd Place: Two $2,500 scholarships

Judges
Thanks to our many leading historians and authors who have agreed to act as judges and evaluate submissions, including our blue ribbon scholarship judges:

Research Assistance
Research assistance is available from librarians at The Seattle Public Library at all 27 library locations.

Other resources:
Special Collections at The Seattle Public Library

HistoryLink.org
University of Washington Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project

The Doney Clinic – vet service and more for pets of the homeless

Walk into the Doney Clinic at 3:00 and you’ll be met with the sight of people rushing from a white van packed to the brim with veterinary supplies to the inside of a well-worn building located in downtown Seattle.  Outside, a line of the homeless with their pets: dogs, cats, ferrets, parrots, etc. stand against the side of the wall, talking cheerfully to their neighbors. “Okay,  Number One,“ a woman calls from the doorway.  The first person in line dutifully comes inside, leading their mixed breed dog by his red leash.

The Doney Clinic is a volunteer-run veterinary clinic founded by Dr. Bud Doney in 1985.  It is dedicated to delivering veterinary service to the pets of the homeless, along with food, leashes, carriers, toys, etc.  In order to be seen at the clinic, you must have proof of an income of less than $750 a month, a residency in Seattle, and must be willing to neuter or spay your pet. Neutering and spaying services provided.

The Doney Clinic is located in the Union Gospel Mission, at 318 2nd Ave Ext S, Seattle WA, 98104. It is open on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month.

Rabies, Feline Distemper, Canine Distemper and Feline Leukemia vaccines are provided, along with de-wormers, thyroid medication and other such medicines. Gauze and antiseptic are available for more pressing injuries. Vials for blood and skin tests are on the right side of the picture. Flea medicine is extremely expensive for the providers of the clinic, so it costs $5.  Many animals receive shots at the Doney Clinic.

Many qualified, dedicated veterinarians volunteer at the Doney Clinic every other Saturday. They will see the pets at three metal tables set up in front of the vaccines.  They check the basic health of the animal, as well as any injuries, and administer vaccines.  If they find anything of concern, skin and/or blood tests are taken, and results of the tests come back on a following Saturday.  All results are recorded into the notebook for all test documentation.

There are also several pets that are regulars, and come in almost every Saturday the clinic is open. All pets, old and young, are cared for, thanks to the many volunteers and veterinarians.  Their doors remain open because of donations and a volunteer crew many of whom have volunteered for over 28 years. You can look the clinic up at www.doneyclinic.org.

Thanks to Paula Shifley, Carol Dougherty, and the other wonderful volunteers.

*It should be noted that while many of these pets in the photos are kittens and puppies, the majority are much older. These are just the pictures that I took that day.

 –Emma, Northeast, Teen Adviser

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Editor’s Note:  Doney Clinic volunteers were just mentioned in Seattle Times!