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Plus: Meet Alanna Francis from Three Dollar Bill Cinema.
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💸 Living 'comfortably' in Seattle requires $80K...?

Plus: Meet Alanna Francis from Three Dollar Bill Cinema.

By Grace Madigan

Hey there, it’s Thursday.

Let’s dive right into the newsletter today because we’ve got a lot for ya. Sound good? Great.

Scroll on for the headlines and an interview with one of our panelists for today’s virtual Pride event. But first, let us show off our meme-making skills...

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3 things Seattle is talking about

➡️  UW’s Black campus police officers have sued the school, citing “unbearable racism.” The NYT article detailed allegations reported by the school’s five Black officers, who have all filed multi-million-dollar damage claims. Incidents include a superior commenting that he thought “all you guys like watermelon and Popeyes Chicken.” (The New York Times)

💸  Some relatively depressing news for you. A new report found that the cost of living in Seattle is 56.8% higher than the national average. It also estimated that a person’s household income would need to be around $82,000 to comfortably afford an average one-bedroom apartment and other living expenses. Now, in our humble opinion, what they meant by "comfortably" is open to interpretation... (Seattle PI)

🤝  The Potlatch Fund aims to “decolonize philanthropy.” Earlier this week, the Seattle-based organization began accepting applications for its new Resiliency Fund. The fund will distribute $1 million across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana to tribal governments, Native artists, nonprofits, and performing groups. Taking a page out of MacKenzie Scott’s book, the grants will be given unrestricted so grantees don’t have to mold their projects around certain parameters. In this way, the Potlatch Fund hopes to carry on the Coast Salish potlatch tradition of distributing clan wealth through gifting ceremonies. (KNKX)

Meet Alanna Francis

Alanna is the Development and Community Outreach Manager for Three Dollar Bill Cinema and one of the panelists for our virtual Pride event happening TODAY at 4 p.m.! There’s still time to register right here.

What is your relationship with Capitol Hill?

Capitol Hill has been a place that I have worked for the last six or seven years. I have worked at a variety of different nonprofits that have served Capitol Hill and surrounding neighborhoods. I’m also a part of the queer community so I have really seen some of the shifts in the last maybe 10 years.

What’s your favorite business to support in the neighborhood?

Retail Therapy it's just freaking quaint. It's a little bit radical and a little bit of everything, which is kind of my vibe. Also Kaladi Brothers Coffee Co., they have housemade syrup and their oat milk is delicious. 

Favorite restaurant?

Fogon, the food is phenomenal and so are the drinks and the Happy Hour prices. And their regular prices aren't going to, you know, make you cry a little bit.

Tell us more about Three Dollar Bill Cinema.

We started our flagship program, the Seattle Queer Film Festival, about 26 years ago. It's had a lot of metamorphosis over the years. The 10-day festival is set for October 14 to 24 this year. We're already working on it now and looking for what the vibe is going to be. 

When we went virtual and found success, we really recognized the importance of accessibility. Now that we have the ability for our films to reach anyone and everyone, we're really trying to keep that virtual aspect because that is such a powerful part of our queer communities.

We have a new mission and vision this year and we’ve started to implement values as well. As an organization, we want to foster deeper community engagement by showcasing queer film programming, educational experiences, and social dialogue. And then our vision for that is elevating the spectrum of queer stories to help create a just and equitable world. 

What does Pride mean to you?

A multitude of realities that I live within — I would say that it means a lot. It’s also a time to rock the boat and an explosion of color. It's when summer hits the area, we're coming straight up in the middle of Gemini season and going into Cancer season so there is high energy and lots of emotion.

It’s also a time to celebrate and engage in the freedoms that we have as well as recognize all our privileges, and that we are here because of the people before us. There have been many people left out of our histories and our stories and our conversations, so Pride for me is an opportunity to really make sure that our Black and trans stories, our Indigenous and Two Spirit stories, are all being told in really impactful ways.

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Today

⛱️  Learn 3 steps to crush your biz goals while living the summer dream(Online)

🎤  Laugh away pandemic stress with live storytelling at PANDAMNIT! Comedic Stories from Lockdown Life.(Ballard)

Saturday

🍴  Head to the C-ID for its first food walk of the summer to grab a bite from your favorite restaurant (International District)

🎵  Hear some live music at the Wallingford Porchfest (Wallingford)

Sunday

🍺 Celebrate Pride at Hellbent Brewing with Frelard Tamales (Lake City)

🌈 Support GSBA's Scholarship Fund and celebrate Pride at Elsom Cellars' Tea Dance (SoDo)

Tuesday

☮️  Learn how Seattle Mayoral Candidates plan to tackle the gun violence epidemic at this Forum.(Online)

That’s all for today

Thanks for reading, we’ll close out the week with one more newsletter tomorrow. See ya then!

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