Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

A vintage black and white photo of a Filipino woman and four mixed race Black-Filipino children sitting on a porch.

Seattle Histories: A Filipino Perspective of Black-Filipino Solidarity in Seattle

Filipina American writer and activist Jasmine M. Pulido discusses Seattle’s Black-Filipino heritage, a history of cross-cultural solidarity and collaboration, and the destructive power dynamics that have pitted Black and Asian communities against one another.

Read more on the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

Time to Get Rolling: May is Bike Everywhere Month!: Throughout the month, beginners and seasoned cyclists alike are encouraged to celebrate by using their bikes for transportation, leisure, exercise, and more! Learn more about biking resources and events taking place in May.

Mayor Harrell Announces $13.5 Million to Community Organizations Through Equitable Development Initiative: The City awarded funds to community organizations for site acquisition and major capital projects, as well as capacity-building support to organizations that are still developing their plans for permanent spaces in Seattle. Read more about the Equitable Development Initiative awards.

Applications Open for Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program: The 2023 Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program application period is open through May 19. Participants can get an e-Benefit card valued at $80 (one-time distribution) to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmer's markets. Apply for the Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program.

Application Open for the 2023 Hope for Youth Fund: Seattle Parks and Recreation invites youth sports organizations to apply for the funds to help increase access to athletic, recreational, and positive youth development activities. Learn more about the fund and apply by May 31.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Now Hiring for Seasonal Summer Staff: Seasonal Parks staff support a variety of recreation, aquatics, and camp programs throughout the summer that provide essential services to the community. Learn more and apply.

In The Community

Three Black women lean over a garden bed transplanting plant starts.

South Seattle Plant Program Helps Immigrants, Refugees Put Down Roots

Finding culturally relevant produce or seeds can be difficult for many refugees and immigrants. Work like the culturally relevant edible plant starts program from Tilth Alliance, our P-Patch program, and our Food Equity Fund aim to increase equitable access for residents to grow and eat affordable and culturally appropriate foods.

Read the full story in The Seattle Times.

A vintage black and white photo of Asian Americans holding signs at a protest supporting Wounded Knee.

50 Years Ago, Asian Americans Took a Stand at Wounded Knee

During the 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973, many Asian Americans traveled across the country to join Indigenous activists in solidarity. In her book, "Serve the People," historian Karen Ishizuka writes about the Asian American delegation that traveled to Wounded Knee and the connections they drew to both the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans and the hyper-militarized invasion of Vietnam by the U.S.

Read more in Densho.

Share Your Feedback

Community Input Needed 2024 Parks and Open Space Plan: Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to participate in the development of the 2024 Parks and Open Space Plan by attending the virtual open house on May 18 or one of six in-person events at community centers around the city. Learn more about how to participate.

Public Feedback Wanted on Initiative Aimed at Ending Traffic-Related Fatalities: Seattle Department of Transportation has recently published a draft review of their Vision Zero initiative to better understand a recent rise in serious injuries and deaths on Seattle streets. Take a short survey to help identify opportunities to reduce traffic-related harm.

Share Your Thoughts on Side Sewer Maintenance Incentives: Seattle Public Utilities is asking for public input about maintenance incentives for side sewers to learn what options the community is most likely to use as the program is developed. Provide feedback on maintenance incentives by taking this short survey.