47th Annual Pig Roast

On Friday, July 21st and Saturday, July 22nd, we hosted our 47th Annual Pig Roast. BIG Thank you to everyone who attended, our volunteers, sponsors, donors, gardeners, and staff for participating. It was a great event getting the community together for yummy food, games, stories, and roasting the pig all night.
Please view a short clip by Natasha Mozgovaya, thank you!


47th Annual Pig Roast Volunteer Recruitment

47th Annual Pig Roast: July 21 and 22

Summertime’s in the air – and in the CID! Which means the pig roast is coming up! Join us on July 21 and 22 for the 47th annual pig roast. Volunteer registration for the pig roast is now live; see shifts here. We roast the pig all night long Friday into Saturday morning will be in need of help all 24 hours. Contact volunteer@interimcda.org for more information. And come one come all for the Friday community gathering with food and drinks and enjoying the garden. We can’t wait to see you and catch up with you all!

Special thanks to Enterprise Community Housing for their support of the pig roast!


Connecting with Community Dinner

Join InterIm CDA for an evening to connect with our community. Please come share a delicious multi-course meal with new and old friends hearing stories of activism in the CID

Hi, friends! Well, it’s been a while (three years!), but the time has finally come for us to get together in person, share food together and be with one another. We can’t wait to see you. InterIm CDA’s annual community dinner is a chance for us to catch up, learn about Uncle Bob’s Place and other things InterIm CDA has been doing and to celebrate our strong history of activism in the community. We’ll keep the stage program short and the social time long since we know we’ve all got a lot of catching up to do with one another!

Joyale Seafood Restaurant: 900 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104
Date: Friday, November 3, 2023
Time: 5:00 PM
Tickets: $100 (check back for ticket sales link later this spring)
RSVP by October 16, 2023 to Lynette Seigafo at lseigafo@interimcda.org


WILD Spring 2023: REGISTER NOW!

WILD Spring 2023 quarter is now open for registration!

Know a teen who wants to connect with their API culture and people in the CID, build their leadership skills, learn about environmental and food justice and earn a stipend or school service hours while doing so? Contact Malika Aiyer, InterIm WILD program manager to learn about the upcoming spring quarter and how to register to participate! Contact: maiyer@interimcda.org. Learn more about WILD on our website. [https://interimcda.org/wild/]. Get more details on spring quarter activities (arts projects, environmental justice/climate change, seed-to-plate activities in the Danny Woo Garden, adulting) in the flyers below:


InterIm CDA Statement for Light Rail

InterIm CDA statement of support for North and South station locations for light rail expansion

 

Sound Transit has proposed four options for a new light rail station to serve Chinatown-International District (CID). No matter the option, there will be massive impacts on the neighborhood affecting businesses, residents and all who utilize, visit, work and live in the CID. The options include the following:

 

1. A station on 4th avenue south near Union Station

2. A station on 4th avenue near the King County administration building “North Station”

3. A station on 6th avenue south near the INS building “South Station”

4. A combination of both options #2 and #3 “North and South options”

 

InterIm CDA statement of support for North and South station locations for light rail expansion

ATTN: Julie Timm

401 S Jackson Street

Seattle, WA 98104

 

Dear CEO Timm, Board Chair Constantine, and other leaders,

Sound Transit is currently working on a proposal that will significantly impact our CID community for 100 years. We were appalled by the way in which both the original 4th and 5th avenue options did not adequately address the displacement pressures in our community that will be generated over time from the new light rail line. Significant amounts of displacement pressures are inherent to light rail expansions. These options added to the burden through significant traffic disruptions, road closures, and dust from construction impacts. In the case of 4th Ave. South, roughly 9 to 11 years of impacts will surely harm property owners, businesses, community organizations, and residents. Some people will be displaced from the community because of these construction impacts. Our values lead us to write our DEIS letter with a focus on physical, economic, and cultural displacement, along with other concerns for the health, safety, and well-being of the community members we serve. When the North and South station options were revealed, we were intrigued based on our values and the topics above.

We saw the potential for these new station locations to remove damage to the CID compared to the 4th avenue station location. The potential TOD development opportunities could also help push back against displacement pressures in the area and possibly provide affordable housing in a community where many are either living in lower quality housing or simply locked out of the opportunity to live near the CID due to cost. However, we still had questions for Sound Transit staff about various details of these options and the process overall. After our discussion with Sound Transit staff, we have come to this conclusion.

InterIm CDA supports the Sound Transit board in choosing the North and South station locations to serve our CID community. We are making this choice because, based on our values, we believe this is the best option for the community.

· This combination maintains regional connectivity to all three Sound Transit lines, allowing CID community members to utilize the 1, 2, or 3 lines.

· This combination keeps the stations accessible to and serving the CID, providing access to light rail for community members.

· This combination makes construction duration significantly shorter with significantly less potential impact due to distance. This will harm fewer residents, businesses, property owners, and community organizations and help reduce one specific avenue for displacement.

· This combination allows for a significant opportunity for equitable transit-oriented development and open space, benefits direly needed that could be utilized by the CID community.

These options have the potential to reduce significant harm to CID. In combination with the equitable transit-oriented development opportunities, these new options significantly impact addressing displacement in the CID related to this project.

This does not eliminate our overall concern about physical, economic, and cultural displacement related to any light rail project in proximity to the CID or in addressing past harms committed to the community. Many other details still need to be addressed to make these stations optimal for the community. Sound transit must act on the fact that it is working in a community at high risk for displacement and its own racial equity commitments. We still believe that even if the North and South station locations are chosen, there still needs to be a strong mitigation and community benefits discussion which, amongst other items, implements a Community Based Affordable Housing and Affordable Commercial Space Framework.

We look forward to the next phase of the West Seattle to Ballard Link Extension project and are proud of the community for making its voice heard. Sound Transit must reduce harm while still providing transit benefits. Regardless of the station location chosen, we will continue to work with the community and Sound Transit, along with other government stakeholders, to produce the best outcome for the community.

 

InterIm CDA


Enterprise Article

Building community resilience through placemaking! Enterprise recently showcased InterIm CDA’s real estate development director Leslie Morishita and a few of our buildings in the CID including Hirabayashi Place and Uncle Bob’s Place: “Housing is fundamental,” Morishita said, “but we also want to take every opportunity to serve this community. We include a focus on art to lift the history and culture of the place and engage the community that’s here.” Check our the full article! Photos by Channing Johnson Photography.


WILD Program

WILD has an after-school program focused on environmental, social justice, community, and leadership building.

 

During winter we will be offering 3 programs to youth: Climate Coding, Seed to Plate, and Culture and Climate. Youth ages 14-18 are eligible to attend and can either get a 100 stipend or twenty service hours for the ten-week program.
We will meet once a week for two hours (Climate Coding/ Seed to Plate) or once a month for 8 hours (Culture and Climate)
Please view the photos for sign-up!


Community-driven victory in the CID

On Saturday, Oct. 15 hundreds gathered in Hing Hay Park to celebrate King County’s announcement the day before that they would not be expanding services at the Salvation Army-operated shelter in SODO.

King County and Seattle opened the shelter two years ago without a word to the community or any kind of engagement or outreach. The community then recently learned the county was planning to expand it into a 5-block, low barrier 500-person ‘mega shelter’ with an RV parking lot, tiny house village, sobering center, and acute behavioral crisis center. Again, there had been no outreach the CID neighborhood about the expansion.

This became an issue of systemic racism the Chinatown-International District has faced time and time again. From I-5 splitting the neighborhood in half, to the construction of the Kingdome to neglect regarding public safety issues (why are the lights still off in the InterIm CDA parking lot under the freeway, Seattle City Light?), this was yet another example of, as InterIm’s statement to Seattle City and Council and King County Council said, “an intentional ploy to keep the poorest people of color down, to concentrate them in one small area away from whiter more affluent areas, and to pit them against each other.”

Initial community notification was started by Tanya Woo, Gary Lee, and Julie Neilson after they learned about it in a Public Safety Council meeting. Tanya then took the lead on uniting the community to push back against the expansion. Elders in the CID joined their efforts and marched in protest and testified at City of Seattle and King County Council Meetings to make their voices and concerns heard. InterIm CDA was the first of several agencies who publicly approved of the pushback and provided financial support of their efforts.

Activists planned a protest and rally to take place in Hing Hay Park on Saturday, Oct. 15. But before they could hold it, on Friday, Oct. 14, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the expansion project was canceled due to our united efforts. What started as a protest turned into a celebration of community activism, community pride, and a reflection of those past and present who have continued to advocate for and protect the CID.

Photos by Randy Wo-Eng


InterIm CDA statement to Seattle City Council and King County Council on SODO shelter location adjacent to Chinatown-ID

The King County Regional Homelessness Authority says it stands for racial equity and social justice, however, their planned homeless megaplex next to the CID looks like an intentional ploy to keep the poorest people of color down, to concentrate them in one small area away from whiter more affluent areas, and to pit them against each other.

Stand up for racial equity and social justice!  Learn more and take action:   https://www.friendsofseattlecid.com/

For InterIm CDA’s letter to the Seattle City Council: To Seattle City Council regarding the planned homeless megaplex next to the CID

For InterIm CDA’s letter to the King County Council: To King County Council regarding the planned homeless megaplex next to the CID

Photos by Eugene Tagawa.

Gathering for march to City Hall - photo by Eugene Tagawa
Marchers approaching City Hall - photo by Eugene Tagawa

Celebrating National Voter Registration Day!

Did you know that tomorrow is National Registration Day? National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday that commemorates our democracy and was first observed in 2012. Approximately 4.7 million citizens end up registering throughout our country on this specific day.For those that are registered to vote, this is the day where you can also update your information regarding to changes in your location, name, or even updating your own voter ballot signature. You can update your address online or by mail until 8 days before an election.

Many organizations and volunteers throughout the country have end up creating awareness for this day and we are in support of this day as well. To our Washingtonians who have not yet registered, feel free to register online, by mail, by print, or in person at your nearest county elections department. Registrations online, by print, or by mail can only be done until 8 days before an election. Be #VoteReady for #NationalVoterRegistrationDay!!Register to vote now:For Washingtonians: https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/register.aspxFor non-Washingtonians: https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/register-to-vote/