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Plus: Evergrey Extra members have their weekend planned by us.
By Grace Madigan
And just like that, we’re wrapping up the week already.
Before we get to the newsletter, check-in time. How is everyone doing — like mentally speaking? This has been the new norm for a while now, but it still doesn’t make it easier.
Yesterday I was listening to KEXP’s Music Heals: Mental Health day. The DJs play songs that have helped listeners through depression and anxiety. The stories they share on-air from listeners always bring me to near tears.
This year’s Spotify Wrapped came out earlier this week and thinking about how powerful music is and can help us through hard times — and 2020 I think can be considered a “hard time” for nearly everyone — I want to know what’s a song that’s helped you get through this bizarre year? Here are some of mine.
And now let’s get to the news...
— Grace at The Evergrey
Golden hour over the city. ☀️ | Tag @the_evergrey to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: dannyngan)
The ACLU is calling for Mayor Durkan to ban facial recognition software. Evidence from a blogger’s records request suggests a possible violation of SPD’s policy regarding facial recognition software. Whether or not the decision of one SPD detective opening an account with Clearview AI violated a city council ordinance from 2018 is still in the air. Interim Police Chief Adrian Diaz responded by saying SPD has no intention or interest in pursuing the use of the technology. (PubliCola)
From mansions to tiny houses. The same day Juliette Dubroca was let go from her architectural firm where she designed multimillion-dollar homes in the city, she found a new calling. Dubroca happened upon a Low Income Housing Institute project and after talking with the workers at the site, she ended up volunteering with them. Since then, she has opened Central Collective, a woman-owned architectural practice. (The Seattle Times)
Hate crimes are up in King County. One of the reasons for this may be due to the fact that those with mental health and substance abuse issues aren’t getting the assistance they need because of the pandemic. Data from past years show that in Seattle, Black people and gay men are most likely to be victims of reported hate crimes. (Capitol Hill Seattle Blog)
A European invasion ... of crabs. The Lummi Nation is working to get rid of the invasive European green crabs that have made a home in the northern part of Puget Sound. The invaders pose a threat to native Dungeness crabs and other shellfish in the region. Efforts to trap the species have been hampered by COVID-19, but volunteers managed to set more traps this year than ever before. (KUOW)
Rent is down nearly 20% across the city. Since the start of the pandemic in March, rents have consistently fallen. Only San Francisco saw its rents decrease more than Seattle in the same time frame. The study attributed the trend due to the flexible work-from-home policies many companies instituted and layoffs. (Seattle PI)
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🎄 Attend Phinney Neighborhood Association's 40th annual Winter Festival and Crafts Fair which goes through the weekend. (Online)
💪 Celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage by learning about five "woman warriors" (Online)
📖 Shop for all the bibliophiles on your list at Holiday Bookfest 2020 (Citywide)
🎨 Learn how to make holiday pop-up cards at this 50+ art class (Online)
🍽️ Learn how to cook and eat mindfully at this virtual workshop (Online)
🎊 Reflect on the year's pressing issues and major headlines with Seattle City Club (Online)
🎥 Explore the work of Black filmmakers in this free online class (Shoreline)
🔥 Join fellow women of color for a workshop on squashing imposter syndrome (Online)
🎭 Bring the theatre into your living room with Seattle Rep's "Twelfth Night" (Online)
🎄 Experience the Nutcracker in a new way with Evergreen City Ballet (Online)
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Have a good weekend, folks — watch a fun holiday movie, sing along to all your favorite Christmas songs, and drink a warm beverage — we’ll be back Tuesday. ✌️
— The Evergrey