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🏀 How one Seattleite helped turn GA blue

Plus: A recap of yesterday's events.

It’s Thursday.

Yesterday was big for a number of reasons.

Along with many of you, I watched our nation’s Capitol spill into chaos. But on the other end of the spectrum, we saw the state of Georgia turn blue again. Neither of these things is technically local news — but there is a local connection.

Between organizers on the ground in Georgia and people speaking out, we saw the impossible become possible. One of the best examples of this was what Seattle’s own Sue Bird and the rest of the WNBA did. The league and its players took a collective stance in support of the Black Lives Matter movement at the beginning of their season. Meanwhile, Kelly Loeffler, former Georgia Senator and co-owner of the Atlanta Dream franchise, announced her opposition to the action. 

Within days, players were seen sporting “Vote Warnock” shirts, an idea courtesy of Sue. At that time Warnock was polling at 9%; now he’ll represent Georgia as its first Black Senator. 

Keep scrolling for more news.

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What Seattle is talking about

The U.S. Capitol came under attack by a group of pro-Trump rioters as Congress voted to certify the presidential election results. Footage of the whole ordeal showed rioters scaling walls and breaking windows as they entered the building. Whether or not this incident will prove significant in the long term of American democracy remains to be seen, but what we can agree on is that what we watched happen was unprecedented. 

There’s a lot more to say on the subject, and not enough space or words to even begin to try and talk about it. Here’s a round-up of local coverage about yesterday’s events:

🔘 KUOW’s Paige Browning shared a thread of the state’s members of Congress and their status and initial reactions to events.

🔘 KNKX’s Ashley Gross spoke with Congresswoman Marilyn Stickland from her office during lockdown.

🔘 Statehouse correspondent Austin Jenkins shared WA state GOP chair Caleb Heimlich’s response and also the Governor's response.

🔘 Sara Gentzler, another state government reporter, tweeted from the ground of Trump supporters gathering at the Washington state Capitol in Olympia.

🔘 The Seattle Times reporter Hal Bernton tweeted footage of Trump supporters storming the Governor's mansion.

🔘 The Stranger maintained a live blog of yesterday’s events, updating the post throughout the day as did The Seattle Times.

In other news...

Cross this name off the list for Seattle’s next mayor. A number of names are already circulating as possible candidates for the position, including councilmember Teresa Mosqueda. But Mosqueda says she’s not interested in the executive job and instead plans to seek reelection to the council. Eyes are now on Council President Lorena González. (Crosscut)

Vietnamese coffee from one of the folks behind Pho Bac. Co-owner of Little Saigon’s Pho Bac Sup Shop Yenvy Pham plans to open Hello Em, a cafe specializing in Vietnamese roasts and snacks, in the new year. Hello Em will source its beans directly from Vietnamese farmers and offer a menu that includes a pressed banh mi and durian crepe cakes. (Eater Seattle)

CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason have officially merged. And that’s raised concerns about CHI Franciscan’s Catholic roots. A spokesperson for the newly combined Virginia Mason Franciscan Health said it will not provide direct elective abortions or physician-assisted death at the 11 hospitals and 300 sites of care that are part of the merger. (The Seattle Times)

Amazon will pitch in $2 billion for affordable housing in several regions across the country. The new Housing Equity Fund will aim to preserve and create more than 20,000 affordable housing units in Seattle, Nashville, and Arlington, Va. — three cities where the company has significantly expanded its footprint in recent years. (GeekWire)

This Pacific Northwest Ballet dancer is paving the way for gender-fluid dancers. Ashton Edwards is just 18 years old and recently moved from Flint, Mich., to Seattle to train at PNB. He’s pushing for more inclusivity in the world of dance and training as a pointe dancer, a technique that’s not usually pursued by men. The pandemic has posed a challenge for Ashton with performances being canceled; a GoFundMe has been set up to support him financially. (KING 5)

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Things to do

Submit your events to our calendar.

Today

🌲 Hear from the host of a new podcast about the Northwest’s wildest and most unique places. (Seattle)

Tomorrow

🔮 Join Seattle CityClub to learn what the state Legislature is up to in 2021 (Online)

Monday

🏔️ Meet the Mountaineers and get outside in the new year (Online)

Tuesday

💬 Explore the intersection of justice and wellness in a mutually respectful space (Online)

📚 Tune in to a virtual book event with Melinda Gates (Online)

✔️ Can the center hold? Get the latest on Congress' New Democrat Coalition from U.S. Rep Suzan DelBene (Online)

Wednesday

🗣️ Hear how purpose-driven business leaders can model MLK in their company cultures. (Online)

Thursday, January 14

🙏 Learn how to meditate, something we could all benefit from (Online)

✂️ Create a hand-crafted piece of art in this online embroidery class for beginners (Shoreline)

One more thing …

If you’re a planner — or at least trying to be this new year — then you might want to check out this curated list of local restaurants offering some excellent frozen meals for when you don’t feel like getting takeout or cooking. These meals will have you re-thinking any qualms you might have had with frozen food before. 

We’ll be back tomorrow to wrap up the week. 

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