Next week, the Capitol Hill Community Council is expanding its neighborhood borders to help theIslamic Center of the Eastside in Bellevue, which is raising money to rebuild after a January arson attack.
“We wanted to really dedicate our time and basically give our space to other folks in our community that are hurting or being targeted,” said CHCC president Zachary DeWolf.
While the ICOE may not be located on Capitol Hill or in Seattle, DeWolf said a benefit hosted by CHCC on February 23 is a way to stand in solidarity with not only the ICOE but also the Muslim community in the neighborhood.
“My wish for 2017 is nation-wide legalization of marijuana for all adults and all patients, regardless of age, with doctor prescription. I would like to see affordable housing for everybody, and all our money shifted from the freeways to rail, and all the freeways to become toll roads.” — Boe Oddisey, local scarf dancer
Vermillion hosted the annual get togeher
Stars were used for voting on top issues for Capitol Hill
Vermillion’s vintage video games reflecting the holiday splendor
“I have three wishes for 2017. The first one is to have the city finally pass an ordinance to establish a renters’ commission. The second would be a safe injection site in our neighborhood. And third would just be that we could improve our membership, and bring in more folks that are often left out of these conversations around how we’re shaping neighborhood and our city.” — Zachary DeWolf, CHCC President, addressing attendees
By Lisa Hagen Glynn
We stopped through Thursday night’s Capitol Hill Community Council Winter Open House to ask the neighborhood’s most involved people about their holiday wishes. Here is what we heard. You can click to read all the wishes. Happy almost 2017.
“For this neighborhood, for this city, I would really like to see us continue to move toward more affordable housing especially. I can afford to live here because I have a good job, but just walking to work every day, you see so many people…I definitely want to support all of the avenues and options for affordable housing.” — Mark Nakagawa, Capitol Hill resident
“I would like a more organized community, a stronger voice for renters, as we are 80% of Capitol Hill. I think it’s very important that we push those initiatives, and racial and social justice are near and dear to my heart as well.” — Natalie Curtis, Vice President of CHCC
“A successful hip replacement surgery.” — Carmelita Logerwell, with companion Libby
“That intersex people have the Stonewall that we finally deserve, and that we intersex people finally be included in the LGBTQ community, which we currently are not.” —- Laura Ingalls-Wilder, local resident
“For the Capitol Hill neighborhood, for District 3, for Seattle, for our state, for our nation, for the entire world, I wish that 2017 will be a mind-blowing year of mass peaceful radical protests that put a left agenda on the political map of the world, as opposed to a right-wing and corporate agenda. I wish that we were able to take this energy in America and build towards a new progressive united independent party for the 99%, so that we can finally deliver a blow to the strangle-hold between corporate Democrats and right-wing Republicans—who, although have differences between them, serve the same corporate masters—which is why we are in this situation. So let’s fight together.” — Kshama Sawant, Seattle City Council member
The annual elections for the Capitol Hill Community Council were held last night. All positions were filled, and the council now has seven members.
Zachary Pullin, Natalie Curtis, and Mike Archambault are all returning members of the council; Lauren Berguson, Marley Blonsky, Tristan Gardner, and Katie Kurfurst were all elected to the council for the first time Thursday night in the organization’s June meeting at 12th Ave Arts. All positions ran unopposed.
And our council has approved our slate of 7 officers! Congrats to our new officers Marley Blonsky, Tristen Gardner, & Katie Kurfurst
Pullin has been on the council since 2014 and was elected as council president. He said he was excited to keep serving in whatever capacity he could, and his goal for the council was to “make sure that we are a part of,” rather than “impede,” the change happening on the Hill.
i'm starting a fan page for the senate stenographer! can u believe how long she's been carrying that thing/typing up everything? #empowered
Zachary Pullin DeWolf is the President of the Capitol Hill Community Council
There is no Capitol Hill Community Council this month but please consider attending Thursday night’s Capitol Hill Housing community forum — Gearshift Thu, May 26 at 5pm The Summit — 420 E Pike The evening will feature five projects with the potential to increase the resilience of the neighborhood. The five projects: + Building leadership and power for renters on Capitol Hill + Expansion of the Capitol Hill Business Improvement Area + Lidding of a stretch of Interstate-5 at Pike/Pine to create developable land and open space +Local sharing of meter revenue with the creation of a new Parking Benefit District (also recommended by HALA) +The creation of a new city program to incentivize developers to build or maintain work or performance space for local artists On May 26th, five professional urban planners and passionate community organizers will introduce these ambitious projects in a series of rapid-fire presentations followed by an opportunity for each guest to participate in a facilitated discussion about one of the five projects. Presenters include Sierra Hansen of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, Scott Bonjukian of the Pike Pine Urban Neighborhood Council, Alex Brennan from Capitol Hill Housing, Zachary DeWolf of the Capitol Hill Community Council and Tonya Lockyer of Velocity Dance Center. Civic leaders (City Councilmembers Kshama Sawant and Mike O’Brien are confirmed) will be there to listen and respond to your comments. Free online tickets are no longer available but you can sign up to enter at the door Thursday night.
Growing up, my family taught me that service is a first priority, and I’ve worked hard to practice that value. Before I was born, my grandfather was the chairman of the tribal council – it’s long been instilled in me that serving the community is one of the truest, most authentic ways to interact with my community. But that doesn’t make sense or work for a lot of people.
It reminds me of when I was ten years old: I coordinated a mock trial day for my class with the help of my mom. What I remember being hardest to grasp at the time was “making a case” because it’s a different way of thinking. Sadly, I believe I’ve done a poor job at making the case for our Capitol Hill Community Council and the “why” because new people are still discovering us as though we’ve been serving quietly.
So, why should you care? Why should you get involved?
First, it’s important to reflect on our history.
The Capitol Hill Community Council – as a neighborhood group – has existed since as early as the 1940s. Back then, it was called the Capitol Hill Community Club and their main motivation for working together was to fight against integrating “their “neighborhood. In concert with redlining and housing covenants, this dedicated group of neighbors used fear, racial prejudice, and an aversion to change to keep black people out of the neighborhood.
In 1972, when queer folks had only recently began moving into the neighborhood, tension was high between long-time residents and queer people because we were seen as “faggots,” instead of as neighbors. Thankfully, a few friends established a gay community center to provide services to queer folks. Continue reading →
Capitol Hill Community Council Neighborhood Social: Happy Hour at Witness Thursday, March 17th 4:30 to 6:30 PM Witness, 410 Broadway E Every other month, the Capitol Hill Community Council has committed to hosting neighborhood social events – similar to our Meet Your Neighbor event last year – where we can create a space for neighbors to meet each other (in real life!), connect and engage with folks about topics that important to you and our neighborhood, hear from unique programs and initiatives, and spend a relaxing couple of hours just being in the community. This month, we’re inviting King County Metro to share about “In Motion,” which is an effort aimed at reducing drive-alone trips and promoting other travel options like biking, walking, or taking transit. Plus, we have a drawing for a gift certificate to another local, neighborhood restaurant! Sign in and you’re entered into the drawing.
Questioning in the pursuit of understanding and progress must be valued. Otherwise, we lose the accountability of ideas and the innovation that moves our communities forward.
I was reminded of this just recently when I met with a friend and mentor from our community. She’s a neighborhood activist who has worked on various issues that have shaped Capitol Hill for the last few decades.
There came a moment when I recognized that we both had questions of the others’ ideas and intentions. Unchecked, our conversation may have unfolded in a direction neither one of us would ever have wanted.
So, I waited for the chance to interject and suggested that, in fact, questioning the way things are, in and of itself, is not detrimental to progress. I believe, it is what actually makes our work of creating shared community, stronger. Continue reading →
The Capitol Hill Community Council continues elevating the issues most meaningful to our neighborhood. This month’s meeting, on Thursday, February 18 (6:00pm at 12th Ave Arts) focuses on empowering renters.
Advocates for tenants will provide helpful information about the rights of renters and the importance of being an informed renter. And guests from the City of Seattle will share opportunities to expand renters’ rights through HALA and the Housing Levy.
This focus speaks to a larger commitment that we’ve made to our community and ourselves: community development that affirms we are all neighbors who deserve the ability to thrive.
Lately, we’ve followed along with the discourse from nearby neighborhoods that continue to fiercely oppose change, that continue to reject the most vulnerable. We’re hoping that this new commitment and a diversity of meeting format helps us to be in community with our neighbors, more wholly. Continue reading →
Your Capitol Hill Community Council hopes to continue the exciting service we’ve provided the community throughout 2015, but we can’t do it alone. We’ll need the support of our neighbors and friends in Capitol Hill – just like you – to help us celebrate a successful year and cast a vision for 2016, which reminded me of an experience when someone’s gift inspired me.
Last July, Reiny Cohen, at-large member of our Capitol Hill Community Council, and I spent an afternoon buying supplies to create 200 care packs for people experiencing homelessness in our neighborhood. With four days left before the event, we hadn’t raised the necessary amount needed to cover the costs. But we made a commitment to each other and our community to do this project.
Over the next four days, our council needed to raise twice as much money as had already been donated. Hope and optimism empowered us that Sunday as we gathered more than two cart loads of supplies – toothpaste, socks, chapstick, sunscreen, and more – from the U-District Dollar Tree.
2nd Annual Winter Celebration
Join us to affirm those values on Thursday, December 17 at 6:30 PM at Vermillion (1508 11th Ave), along with special guests Speaker Frank Chopp, Rep. Brady Walkinshaw, Seattle City Council members Tim Burgess, Lorena Gonzalez, and Kshama Sawant for an evening of celebration over food and drinks, music, and a spirit of community. We are also featuring raffle items – a linoleum rug courtesy of local artist Christopher Stearns of Westling Design and Capitol Hill Candle Co. We are grateful to our sponsors and supporters: Prime Sponsor Nyhus Communications, along with Windermere-Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill Housing Foundation, BANG Salon, Uncle Ike’s Glass & Goods, Abracadabra Printing, Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, Guenther Creative, QFC, Hot Cakes, Cafe Solstice, and Vermillion Art Gallery & Bar, with special thanks to our media sponsors CHS Capitol Hill Seattle and Capitol Hill Times.
As our squeaky cart rolled up to the register, the man helping us grew curious about what we were doing. “Are you buying all of this to sell for a higher price somewhere else?” he asked with a half-serious grin, “Because sometimes people do that.” Continue reading →
Capitol Hill Community Council members Reiny Cohen and Zachary DeWolf working with Dylan Cate of Rep. Brady Walkinshaw’s #WorkingTogether project to collect community priorities at the Punk Rock Flea Market.
Attending events across Seattle, particularly organizational fundraisers or campaign events, I connect with a variety of interesting people. Often, local electeds and community leaders attend and I always notice one particular behavior during these interactions.
People either shake my hand with the limp enthusiasm one receives when meeting someone who would rather be elsewhere or the confident, respectful hand-embrace given when greeting someone with whom you are familiar. I describe this as the battle between the fish or the firm.
When I was a kid, my father often let me go with him when visiting his friends around the reservation. Even at six, he would pester me about shaking his friends’ hands with strength and confidence. “It must be firm to show respect, not only for the other person but for yourself, as well,” he’d say. Whereas, a dead fish handshake illustrates that one is uninterested, nervous, and lacks confidence, which often leaves the receiver feeling disrespected.