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The building that is higher than the sun on the day its crane comes down

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Capitol Hill Community Post | #ExposeRape, a Public Art Campaign Against Rape

Round3_Don't Rape by PUSPUS at Crybaby Studios 12781990_10154038229744668_502545347_nFrom the Expose Rape Coalition

Anti-Rape PSA campaign aimed at driving local awareness on national issue

Seattle, Wash., April 28, 2016 – #ExposeRape is a community coalition of anti-rape organizers and artists dedicated to dismantling rape culture in Seattle. #ExposeRape was formed out of necessity in response to the media attention given to a series of international high profile rape proponents and the lack of institutional action and accountability.

First, before we dive into our mission, just what is “rape culture?” According to the organization Women against violence against women, “rape culture” is a term that was coined by feminists in the United States in the 1970’s. It was designed to show the ways in which society blamed victims of sexual assault and normalized sexual violence.”

Our mission is to expose and broaden the way that rape is viewed and defined, bust rape myths and create consent culture through public art. We are not compromising in our message and we don’t have to divide rape by the communities it affects. By highlighting a diverse group of artists in this project we aim to represent a wide range of experiences, all with powerful messages in combating rape culture.

The first project is a poster series plastered across the city of Seattle under the tag #ExposeRape. We have received submissions from 12 artists with anti-rape messaging. This project serves as a public service announcement in combating rape culture by calling into question rape myths and harmful norms around drinking, consent and sexual space.

While rape culture has sprung up in national public dialogue in reference to University campuses, a local effort to combat rape culture in more spaces than elite universities has been largely lacking.

#ExposeRape seeks to fill this gap in Seattle by sparking a dialogue in the streets.

Join the conversation during a forum on Thursday June 2nd at the old Value Village Warehouse on 11th Ave to exhibit the art and create a space for public dialogue and solution seeking on this issue.

Artists Featured


Eric Jolson Rhea Vega

Kaya Axelsson

Shogo Ota

Alex Garland

Oscar Arreguin Mendez

Ken McCarty

Crybaby Studios

CamCreature & Ms. 3

Amy Huber

Jazz Brown

Yoona Lee

I Want You Studio (Christian Petersen)

About #ExposeRape
As Seattle changes rapidly and density increases, many culture shocks are deeply felt, sexual violence and street harassment among them. Too often, this experience is suffered in silence. With the #ExposeRape project we are seeking to call out rape culture and create consent culture through public art.

Capitol Hill Community Post | High School Students Stage Real Stories of WWII Pilots

From The Northwest School
ww2heroOriginal play returns from 10-day tour in England; local WWII veterans expected to be in audience

Seattle, WA – Crates of Thunder, an original play written by professional director and playwright Laura Ferri and performed by a cast of Northwest School high school students, will be performed this Friday, April 29th, at 7 p.m. in The Northwest School’s 401 Pike Theatre. Several of the veterans and others whose life experiences are woven into the play are expected to be in the audience. A Q&A will follow the performance.

The play, fresh from a successful ten-day tour in England where it was featured in the re-opening ceremony of the American Air Museum (AAM) in Cambridge, looks at WWII through the lens of the war plane. It tells the story of the American Eighth Army Air Force in England, who flew the Boeing-built B-17, and their interactions with the British people and the Royal Air Force during WWII, as well as workers on the American home-front who built and ferried the planes across the country.

More a form of living documentary theater than a play with an A to Z plot arc, the play contains many scenes derived from the real life experiences of local WWII veterans and others who lived through the war. The play features stories drawn from oral histories conducted by NWS students, as well as other research, material drawn from historical visits in England, and transcripts and artifacts housed at the AAM and other museums.

Of special note is a scene written by cast member and Northwest School student Frank Garland, award-winning young playwright, who created it with the support of Hollywood screenwriter and Battle of the Bulge veteran Stewart Stern. The scene, one of the most moving of the play, features a poem written by Stern during his service, entitled “We Were Three.” Stern was in the audience at a Raisbeck Aviation High School performance last year and stood afterward to express his deep appreciation for all the play addressed. Said Stern: “This should be performed forever.”

The Northwest School is an independent, day and boarding college preparatory school, serving 500 students in grades 6-12. Founded in 1980, it is the only co-ed boarding school in Seattle, with fifteen percent of its students coming from countries around the world. Its interdisciplinary curriculum of humanities, arts, and sciences prepares students to think critically, act compassionately, and make a positive impact on the world. For more information, visit

Capitol Hill Community Post | Spring Restoration Day Spruces Up Volunteer Park

2016-Spring-Restoration-Day-66Over 45 exceptional volunteers braved the rain and threatening thunderstorms Sunday to help out at Volunteer Park Trust’s Spring Restoration Day. The annual event manages large landscaping projects in Volunteer Park in a single day. This year crews cleared out two major garden beds west of the lily ponds by removing selected large, overgrown rhododendrons. Also, thanks to a generous donation from Wyman Youth Trust, a bare patch of ground was also planted with beautiful, rugosa roses.

“The rhododendrons are favorites for a lot of park visitors,” says Doug Bayley, Chair of the Trust’s Landscape Committee. “But they are not original to the park and they weren’t in the Olmsted Brothers’ plan. Removing these will bring some much needed light into the gardens and allow for multi-story plantings with ground covers and medium-sized flowering shrubs.”

Many of the rhododendrons were easily 20 years old and had massive root balls that presented weighty challenges to the volunteers. By the end of the day, strength and engineering won out. For their efforts, volunteers were rewarded with free coffee donated by Tully’s on 15th, and free Top Pot doughnuts donated by QFC.

The newly revealed beds are scheduled for further planting by the Trust this fall. Volunteer Park Trust’s mission is to “restore, protect and preserve this city and national landmark for today and for generations to come.” They work closely with Seattle Parks & Recreation to create lasting change for Volunteer Park.

More pictures of the event can be seen on Flickr:

More information on Volunteer Park Trust can be found at their website:

Capitol Hill’s royal funeral for Prince: dancing, sermons, street art


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Pop music legend Prince was remembered across Capitol Hill this weekend in karaoke bars and on the streets where a dance party briefly broke out on E Pike before sending patrons back inside the taverns and restaurants for Purple One-inspired playlists.

“We have so many choices of what we do in our lives,” Witness owner Gregg Holcomb said Saturday night, as he made Prince the subject of his weekly sermon inside the Broadway bar. “Let’s try and bring a little bit of love, and a little bit of sex, and a little bit of peace. And try to honor his memory as long as we can.”

On E Pike, Neumos, the Comet Tavern, and Big Mario’s hyped the Pike/Pine crowd into a disco that briefly closed off the street for a mini Capitol Hill Block Party with Prince’s music and purple lights up and down the street. East Precinct brass, clearly wanting to keep a tight lid on things one night after a shooting incident on the backside of Pike/Pine came in a string of gun violence across Seattle, told the Neumos management they needed to bring the tribute party to a close and gave the revelers 20 more minutes to enjoy the party. By 11:15 PM, the music was moved inside out of any purple rain and the friendly crowd — which reportedly included Mayor Ed Murray — was back on the sidewalks or inside the bars.

Prince’s night of tributes is the second wave of memorial energy to sweep over the Hill in 2016 in a year that has seen what feels like a greater than usual share of notable deaths. In January, David Bowie’s passing was also marked across Capitol Hill. Be ready for more and what could be a nearly perpetual state of pop culture mourning fueled by art and creativity, social media, marketing, and good old fashioned nostalgia at the scale of an increasingly interconnected planet.

More pictures from the remembrances, below.

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Capitol Hill Community Post | 5th graders hold “camp-in” protest to teach lesson in accountabililty

UPDATE 4/22/16 10:00 AM: CHS stopped by to get some pictures of the action Friday morning. Good luck, 5th graders. And, yes, we are all 5th graders! Solidarity.

From Christine Stepherson — Mother of 5th Grader at Stevens Elementary


SEATTLE – Fifth grade students at Stevens Elementary are gaining valuable lessons this week about accountability, using your voice and civil disobedience. In response to cancellation of their camp-out, they will be “camping-in” – setting up tents across the school lawn and boycotting the first hour of school with picket signs to protest the principal and Seattle Public Schools unilateral decision to cancel their trip for a procedural error made by Stevens’ administration.

WHO                     5TH Grade Students of Stevens Elementary School and their parents

WHAT                   Student “camp-in” protest and boycott of first period. 30+ students of Stevens Elementary, with their parents, will set up tents across the school lawn, complete with homemade picket signs to bring attention to the lack of accountability at their school. Students and parents will be available for interviews on site.

WHERE                 Stevens Elementary

1242 18th Ave E

WHEN                  Friday, April 22, 2016

8 – 9:30 a.m. 

WHY:      In their final year of elementary school, these students have been denied the annual rite of passage that upper classmates have enjoyed for years. For many Seattle Public Elementary students, the 5th grade camp is the much awaited reward and privilege that culminates in their final year before graduation. For some students it is the first time they have been exposed to camping, nature and science in action. Instead they and their parents received abrupt notice this week from the formerly absent Principal Kelly Archer cancelling the scheduled and promised camp:unnamed (1)

“I’ve been looking forward to camp all year as the last experience with kids I’ve been in school with since kindergarten,” said Sofia Sevenko, an 11 –year old 5th grader at Stevens. “We don’t understand how this could be taken away two weeks before we’re headed to camp.”

 “I am really bummed they cancelled camp. Every 5th grade gets to go and ever since kindergarten we thought we were going too,” said Antonio Costa an 11-year-old Stevens’ student since kindergarten. “All the kids have gotten together and we’re protesting at recess every day but we still haven’t heard from the principal exactly why it was cancelled. I don’t understand why they just can’t say.”

This poor communication and lack of accountability is just one incident in a 6-year cycle of mismanagement at the school that has resulted in urgent parent communication to the district, legal recourse over special education and heightened dissatisfaction with the school by teachers and families.

“The letter said it was because of school staff missing deadlines. We have been teaching these kids about timeliness and responsibility, not to mention accountability — and they’re told their camp was cancelled for a dropped ball?” said parent of 5thgrader Traci Paniora. “I know how hard I have been trying to instill these ideals into my son’s responsibility vernacular. What kind of example is this administration setting?”

*Principal Archer was on medical leave for the last three months after several years of parents calling for her resignation and lawsuits filed over mishandling of special education dollars. The cancellation of camp is the first communication the Stevens community received that she had returned to the school on Monday, April 18.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Mayor Murray, Councilmember Sawant unveil tenant protection bill

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SEATTLE (April 20, 2016) – Mayor Ed Murray and Councilmember Kshama Sawant unveiled aproposal today strengthening protections for vulnerable renters living in unsafe or substandard housing. The measure prohibits landlords from raising rents on homes that are in violation of existing maintenance and safety codes, and allows Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections(SDCI) to take action against landlords for retaliating against tenants that report unsafe living conditions or fail to provide proper notice of rent increases.

“The practice of raising rents on substandard homes is unacceptable and we must take steps to protect vulnerable renters from displacement and unsafe living conditions,” said Mayor Murray. “This is a race and social justice issue that disproportionality impacts communities of color. We’ve seen landlords let homes fall into disrepair or raise rents to displace and redevelop the property. If Seattle is to become more equitable, we must ensure that rental housing is safe and remains affordable for residents.”

The tenant protection bill is a recommendation from the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA). Studies have shown that more than half of Seattle’s occupied housing units are rentals. After reports surfaced last fall of landlords pushing out low-income and immigrant tenants, Councilmember Sawant and then Councilmember Nick Licata called for the City to step in and ban such practices.

“Tenants at 6511 Rainier Ave. S. organized their building into the Tenant’s Union of Washington to stop the abuse of their landlord,” Councilmember Sawant said. “They called demonstrations to expose the deplorable conditions, and this legislation shows that tenants can win their rights when they organize and fight back.”

Highlights of the bill include:

  1. Prohibit landlords from increasing the rents charged for units that do not meet basic maintenance standards. 
  1. Enhance protections for tenants who experience retaliation or other prohibited landlord-led actions.
  1. Transfer primary City responsibility for enforcing against prohibited acts by landlords and tenants from the Seattle Police Department to the SDCI.
  1. Allow SDCI to enforce a City requirement that a must provide at least 60 days’ notice before applying a rent increase of 10 percent or more.

“I’m happy to see Mayor Murray and Councilmember Sawant introducing legislation to better protect tenants,“ said Sahra Farah, Executive Director of Somali Community Services of Seattle. “Too often, members of the immigrant and refugee community are taken advantage of because they do not know their rights and are forced out of their homes. This proposal will give tenants protection from rent hikes and retaliation from their landlords when they report unsafe living conditions in their homes.”

The Council is expected to consider the proposal this spring.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattleites Invited to #ChangingLivesWA Event Promoting Living Wage Careers, Featuring UW Football Alum Mario Bailey

Tweet2Community members, business leaders and philanthropists are invited to local nonprofit Cares of Washington’s annual Opening Doors, Changing Lives reception Saturday, May 14, 2016 in support of people with disabilities and low incomes in the Puget Sound region.

Held at the Pacific Tower in Seattle from 7 to 10 p.m., the reception will raise funds for the organization’s job training and placement services. Former University of Washington football alum Mario Bailey will keynote.

“I’m thrilled to be involved with Cares of Washington,” says Bailey, who spent years playing in the NFL and now works in youth outreach for King County. “Services provided by organizations like Cares of Washington are the only way many people in our community can get the skills they need to get out of a difficult living situation.”

There are nearly 900,000 people in Washington state living below the poverty line, many who lack enough resources to withstand a personal or economic crisis.

“A minimum wage job without benefits falls far short of what is needed to break the cycle of poverty,” says Lars Nowack, CEO of Cares of Washington. “To achieve long-term self-sufficiency for themselves and their families, individuals must secure a living wage job with a career pathway.”

Over the last five years, more than 80 percent of the people who accessed coaching, placement and retention services through Cares of Washington secured a job with an average wage of $14, nearly five dollars more than the current state minimum wage.

The Opening Doors, Changing Lives reception will feature multiple speakers, including people who have benefited from Cares of Washington services, a silent auction and live music by the Paul Sawtelle Duo.

People interested in attending the event can register at Those that can’t attend can support Cares of Washington’s efforts by texting CARES to 243725, and can follow the event virtually with #ChangingLivesWA.11111209_689511397844813_8460326128469485099_nTweet3

Capitol Hill Community Post | Gypsy moth treatment tentatively planned for Thursday

From Hector Castro, Communications Director Washington State Department of Agriculture

The weather continues to prompt adjustments in our gypsy moth treatment schedule.

On Tuesday, April 19, we will conduct gypsy moth treatment in areas of Tacoma beginning at approximately 6 a.m. We will be treated the area identified in the attached map as the Upper Tacoma zone.

It is the area in yellow. This area is large and may take two days to complete.

Following treatment of this Tacoma site, we are tentatively planning to conduct the first treatment in Seattle. On Thursday, April 21, we anticipate treating a 130-acre site in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Like all of our treatments, these dates are subject to change due to the weather or other factors.

We advise the public to visit and sign up for email, text or robo-call notifications if they wish to be alerted in advance of any of these treatments.

To date, WSDA has conducted gypsy moth treatments in areas of:

  • Vancouver
  • Lacey
  • Nisqually
  • Gig Harbor
  • Lower Tacoma site
  • Kent

All sites must be treated three times for the best chances of eradicating the gypsy moth. We are treating all these sites with Btk, a non-chemical bacterial insecticide approved for organic agriculture. It targets caterpillars and is not harmful to people, pets or bees. An airplane is being used to treat most sites, but the Vancouver site is being treated by helicopter in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, which is eradicating its own detection of gypsy moth in the Portland area.


CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

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The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 31,000 photographs -— most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line –- our roster is full for general assignments but pitch us on an idea.

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