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My Emerald Story: A Storytelling That Creates Ripples and Sparks

ByRandall B. Phelps

Apr 27, 2022

In celebration of the South Seattle Emerald‘s 8th Anniversary, we asked members of the community to share moments from our publication’s history that remain special to them.

by Barb Taylor

Join me in helping the Emerald create ripples and sparks everywhere! Information is Power! Imagine media for, by, and accountable to the community — thankfully, you don’t have to, because the Emerald already exists! As a founding board member living in a community so often treated as powerless, I’ve seen the Emerald grow to become a beacon of light that reminds us of our power, our wisdom, and our agency. But we can’t continue to do it without sustainable financial resources that allow us to thrive. Help us celebrate authentic community stories during the Emerald’s 8th anniversary campaign, Ripples & Sparks at Home, April 20–28, by becoming a recurring donor! 

—Bridgette Hempstead, Community Activist, Founding Board Member, & Rainmaker

Congratulations to South Seattle Emerald for eight great years! A special moment for me in the history of the publication occurred last March, when the emerald shined a light on family care in South Seattle and the politics that supports those raising loved ones’ children by posting the opinion piece “They’re Raising Grandkids with Little Help and During a Pandemic.” Can’t we give them a hand? »

When a journalist from emerald first contacted me and told me he was writing this article on kinship care last year, I was impressed with both his basic knowledge of this issue and through his understanding of the various forces that affect family care.

As a staff member of the King County Kinship Collaboration, I have spoken with others who want to tell the story of kinship care. What a relief to speak to a reporter who was already related, who already understood systemic racism, and who already knew it would be important to include legislative action in the story. He wrote an excellent article.

But that’s not the end of the story. Due to emeralda local foundation contacted us and we have worked with them over the past year to meet the ongoing needs of related families in our program. To date, the funding has supported more than 90 related families, including many from south Seattle and southern King County.

This kind of support is more needed than it seems. The majority of related families in our program are do not in the foster care system and do not have access to a monthly foster care allowance. At the same time, they are doing the important work of raising a child who is not their biological child.

They deserve the same support a foster parent would receive and we hope the extra support we are able to provide can make a difference for them. Thank you South Seattle Emerald for telling important stories and for working together to bring about real change in people’s lives! Your stories create ripples and sparks that touch the lives of so many.


Help us celebrate our 8th anniversary with our ‘Ripples & Sparks at Home virtual event on April 28 at 7 p.m. with Ijeoma Oluo, Charles Johnson, MP Pramila Jayapal, and ours Marcus Harrison Green – with music by Shaina Shepherd and Intisaar, along with Emerald Board Member Lucas Draper, will prepare a personalized cocktail/mocktail with you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. RSVP here!


Barb Taylor is a coordinator for the King County Kinship Collaboration.

📸 The featured image: Illustration by Haley Williams for the South Seattle Emerald.

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