Highlights

   Rainier Beach Back2School Bash – 16th year, 400/900 Youth/Attendees, 49 Organizations with resource tables
o   Town Halls –  2 held, topics: Open Space, Developmeant in the Community, 230 attendees
o   Farm Stand – 18 events held, ___ attendees
o   Corner Greeters – 24 events held, ____ attendees
o   271 people surveyed for their views on public safety and transportation issues in Rainier Beach
o   704 headlines posted to RB News Wire via Twitter  (Goal 400)

Approach

 All work efforts, programs and services listed above provides jobs, health and well-being
to the fine people of Rainier Beach.
o   RBAC is focusing on neighborhood engagement and empowerment.
o   All work efforts, programs and services serve as outreach mechanisms to the residents of RB, these outreach efforts are in turn pathways for Rainier Beach residents to contribute to the well-being of their own neighborhood.
 

Action Area: Growing Food to develop Healthy Industry

Work Area:  Food Justice, Health, Environmental Justice. Programs RBAC leads in this action area are:

Rainier Beach Food Innovation District promotes the geographic concentration of food-production businesses, services and community activities representative of the cultures present in Rainier Beach. Properties are being identified as sites for community benefit amenities on the ground floor as opposed to typical development models of retail. Currently 5 food producing locations and 4 neighborhood kitchens have been identified that can be used to cook healthy food for the Rainier Beach residents.
Rainier Beach Food Innovation Center is a catalytic venue with a vision for vocational training, food processing and community assets e.g., gathering hall, community kitchen and child-care. A Food Innovation Center Director has been hired (Amanda Lopez Castanon). RBAC property acquisition is underway.
Rainier Beach Farm Stand is an RBAC/Ethiopian Community in Seattle collaboration that brings fresh affordable culturally relevant produce to the neighborhood from nearby farmers of color in order to help support residents practice healthy eating habits. 5 young adult leaders are serving as RB Farm Stand Fellows. 18 Farm Stand event held, a record amount of produce has been sold from 10 people of color farmers.

Beach Fresh is a learning opportunity for young adults participating in RBAC program. Intending to equip young adults transitioning into adulthood with basic life skills in harvesting, preparing, eating in a health and self-sufficient way.

 

Waste Free Communities engages young adults in Rainier Beach in designing, implementing and mapping waste reduction action with a focus on Food Waste/Food Justice. Actions will result in measurably less solid waste going to the landfill.

Mama Sambusa Kitchen

A Black-owned, women-owned, women-financed, Muslim-owned, South End staple. by Fatima Kabba If you’re ever in the South End, make sure you stop by Mama Sambusa Kitchen! From delicious sambusas to creamy fettuccine, you won’t be disappointed. Mariam, also known as Mama...

Food Justice & Public Safety Virtual Town Hall

Join us for a virtual Town Hall when we connect with the community to discuss RBAC's Food Justice and Public Safety initiatives. We will recognize our local Unsung Heroes who have been in service to the community by developing programs to keep our R.B. residents with...

Food Innovation Center Survey

The Food Innovation Center (FIC) is a community project in the Rainier Beach neighborhood that will serve residents of the Rainier Valley through economic opportunities around food, health, nutrition, and education. The opportunity this project creates will lead to...

Beach Fresh Update

As a follow-up to our Beach Fresh discussion on 10-29-2020 on the topic of Alternative Sweeteners vs. Refined Sugar here is some information for all of us to have as we think about incorporating some new ideas into how we eat and take care of our health. Keep in mind,...

RAINIER BEACH FARM STAND WRAPS UP FOR THE SEASON

The Rainier Beach Farm Stand has been going strong for 16 weeks. This Saturday, October 10th, will be the last farm stand of the season. None of it would have been possible without the amazing farm stand team, farmers, and volunteers who made it happen week in and...

BEACH FRESH UPDATE

For Beach Fresh last week there was a special guest: Nichelle Alderson. Nichelle was brought in to talk to all of our Beach Freshers about their relationship with food and its impact on their body and health. You can read more about her below: “Nichelle Alderson was...

FARM STAND UPDATE

The Rainier Beach Farm Stand has been going strong throughout the summer providing free, fresh, healthy produce to the Rainier Beach community.! Even though you see the fellows every Saturday passing out produce, you probably don't know about the work they are doing...

BEACH FRESH UPDATE

by La Tanya Dubois The waste-free prevention presentation will be recorded. The focus will be on zucchini and tomato dishes (salsa, sauces, etc). We also talked about RBAC healing space in the office garden. Here are some pictures of some of the dishes prepared from...

FARM STAND GOING STRONG!

We are two months into the summer and are grateful to say that the farmstand has had an amazing turnout. Although we expect it to run from 10am to 2pm, we run out of most of our produce by 12pm, after our initial rush from 10-10:45am This is due to the fact that we...

RBAC was recently provided $2.1 M from the City of Seattle for the purchase of property in the Rainier Beach neighborhood

  You have probably heard by now that RBAC was recently provided $2.1 M from the City of Seattle for the purchase of property in the Rainier Beach neighborhood (the old Hudson Electrical Contractor's building at 9053 MLK Jr Way).RBAC gets $2.1 for land in RB. We...

Action Area: A Beautiful Safe Place

Work areas: Public Safety through youth and neighborhood engagement and Art.  Programs RBAC leads in this action are are:

Corner Greeters activate spaces to reduce incidents that contribute to youth crime. Corner Greeters is the only autonomous neighborhood led public safety alternative to policing in the city of Seattle. Since its start in 2015 incidents have decreased 30% (no more than one incident a day among a population of 10,000 people). 40 youth/young adult workers, 18 neighborhood scouting walks, 18 neighborhood corner greeting events, 271 public safety surveys taken. Partnerships exists with DIRT (Duwamish Intervention Restorative Team), Ethiopian Community in Seattle, Seattle Department of Transportation. Seattle Public Utilities, Office of Housing and Sound Transit has had audience with Corner Greeters.
Rainier Beach Clean Crew is trying to “solve the litter problem” in Rainier Beach. A team is dispatched Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday to pick up litter in designated areas and identify “hot spots” for targeting. 5 of 8 sectors served.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support is a universal, community wide prevention program that aims to establish a social culture with the Rainier Beach neighborhood in which residents expect and support appropriate behavior from one another – and thereby create neighborhood environments that are socially predictable, consistent, safe and positive. The primary goals of “community wide positive behavioral supports” are to reduce problems behaviors within community that lead to interaction with law enforcement authorities, and to change perceptions of community safety. Rainier Beach’s neighborhood values are Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible.
Southeast Seattle FreedomNet uses social media to document and chronicle Rainier Beach activity and uses it to change the Rainier Beach narrative to one of a vibrant, connected, healthy, safe neighborhood. Quantitative Results: 704 online posts of positive activity occurring in Rainier Beach. Online assets include a youth centered web site and general public web site, Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard and Instagram.

Food Justice & Public Safety Virtual Town Hall

Join us for a virtual Town Hall when we connect with the community to discuss RBAC's Food Justice and Public Safety initiatives. We will recognize our local Unsung Heroes who have been in service to the community by developing programs to keep our R.B. residents with...

COMMUNITY HEALING SPACE

Since June 16th, 2020 the Corner Greeters joined by the Clean Crew, RBAC's Circle Keepers and RBAC’s YATTA Rising Team (20 in all) have “activated” the west end of the Rainier Beach Safeway parking lot. This activity is being conducted with the goal of making that...

CLEAN CREW UPDATE

The Clean Crew has been going strong for about a year now.  Here some recent highlights from the work they have done. They have litter pick up routes, Cut the grass in neglected areas, hosted a Clean up challenge during the summer with ASBPY, Invited 17 people to help...

COMMUNITY-WIDE PBIS

Shout out to our friends at the Rainier Beach Northwest Kidney Centers for joining the community-wide PBIS program and helping to make our neighborhood a beautiful safe place for youth! It not often one finds dialysis treatments and PBIS programming under the same...

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT:OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Job Overview   Are you capable of creating systems and processes that increase efficiency? Do you have an effective system to keep track of all kinds of tiny details? Do you want to have experience being on the cutting edge of equity and neighborhood engagement work...

DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS AT THE RBAC VIRTUAL CIVIL ENGAGEMENT TOWN HALL ENCOURAGE THE YOUTH TO VOTE

On September 30th 2020, RBAC hosted a virtual Civil Engagement Town Hall, co-hosted by Mr. Davis and Hani Ahmed. This town hall featured State Senator Rebecca Saldaña, King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay and Seattle City Councilmember Tammy Morales. Other special...

RBAC CULTURE

By Gregory Davis A circle was held at the RBAC Office as a lead-in to the youth and neighborhood engagement boot camp conducted on September 30th. At RBAC we have been challenged by our Board of Directors to establish a culture of evaluation and circles are a great...

VIRTUAL “COMMUNITY CIVIC ENGAGEMENT TOWN HALL” ON SEPTEMBER 30TH FEATURING REBECCA SALDAÑA, GIRMAY ZAHILAY & TAMMY MORALES

Hello, friend of the Rainier Beach Action Coalition, Please join us in community as we welcome State Senator Rebecca Saldaña, King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay, and Seattle City Councilmember Tammy Morales to a Virtual “Community Civic Engagement Town Hall”...

PBIS SPOTLIGHT

Community-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is improving public safety by encouraging safe, respectful, and responsible behavior in the neighborhood. PBIS does this by creating consistent expectations, promoting and recognizing positive...

 Virtual “Community Civic Engagement Town Hall”

Hello friend of the Rainier Beach Action Coalition Please join us in community as we welcome State Senator Rebecca Saldaña, King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay and Seattle City Councilmember Tammy Morales to a Virtual "Community Civic Engagement Town Hall"  ...

Action Area: Life Long Learning

Work Area: Education (Advocacy, support), Family Life via local community based organizations. Programs RBAC leads in this action area are:

 

Rainier Beach Back2School Bash is an annual education-centered event where free backpacks, resource tables and community building takes place in order to inspire our youth about education. Quantitative Results: 700 backpacks, 55 resource tables for 500 children. 400 families present
Beach 5 is a leadership development pathway for 18-24-year-old Rainier Beach neighborhood talent. Quantitative Results: 6 young adults transitioning to adulthood, over 100 youth touched by the work of the five program participants through their provision of circle keeping, FreedomNet coaching, nutrition

Disaster Gentrification Series (Part I)

By Jerrell Davis The Rainier Beach neighborhood in Seattle has been a mecca of culture, vibrance, and style for decades. Over the last 10-15 years, there has been a process in motion that has drastically affected who still lives in this neighborhood. Regardless of...

RBAC & FRIENDS ACKNOWLEDGE RAINIER BEACH UNSUNG HEROES OF 2020

Almost every year RBAC and its friends acknowledge people in the neighborhood who contribute in a mighty way but somehow are “under the radar.” Their contributions, and what they mean to us as residents of Rainier Beach, are understated. The Rainier Beach Action...

Priority Hire Course Completion

A huge congratulations to these young men for completing their first PriorIity Hire Course! This is their first step into entering the construction field. Jesiah Marks Chaun Hollins Jr. Edgerin James William Sanders Priority Hire - Just finished a priority hire...

Beach Fives

by Hani Ahmed and Makayla Miles The Beach Fives is a program currently composed of six young adults at RBAC who provide capacity building support within the RBAC organization while also developing their leadership skills.  The Beach Fives, funded by King County's Best...

PAIR OF OSPREYS BORN ABOVE RAINIER BEACH

It’s official. The osprey population of Rainier Beach has grown by at least two, so like, congratulations proud Mama Rainier and Papa Henderson, and welcome Clover and Dale! These two can be seen peeking above the south rim of the nest in the featured image, with...

IF COVID WASN’T

a poem by Amanda Lopez-Castanon Time wouldn't feel like it was standing still We would all be together, not fighting uphill Clocks would move Crowds together would be jockeying for position Heads would look up filled with decision Life would move When a child is born...

2020 Rainier Beach Back2School Bash

by Danielle Jackson Due to COVID-19, which has caused on-going social distancing restrictions, we are planning an alternate route (DRIVE THRU Back2School Bash distribution) in case of state restrictions are still in place. We also know that because of our current...

Communities of Opportunity

  By Gregory Davis RBAC sits at many tables. These tables correspond with work RBAC does in regards to public safety, food justice, economic development, education etc.  One of the tables that uniquely cuts across various issues is Communities of Opportunity....

From the Mind of a YATTA* (*Young Adults Transitioning to Adulthood)

by Fatima Kabba   Hey,  My Name is Fatima Kabba, and I'll be telling you some facts that I learned about COVID-19.  Where did the virus come from?  The origin of the virus is an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus. The first case was in...

What Washington State is Doing to Flatten the Curve of COVID-19

The state of Washington is being looked to by many others and the Federal government for how we’ve been able to squash down on the curve of Coronavirus.  Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been referencing our...

Action Area: A Place for Everyone

Work Area: Transportation, Employment, Housing Open space/Land Use. Programs RBAC leads in this action area are:

Priority Hire is a construction industry service that specializes in outreach and assessment of African American males that creates pathway to living wage jobs and skill building.  74 Seattle residents (primarily African-American males) with aspirations for work in the construction trade are to be assessed, 54 will be referred to and 34 will be placed with pre-apprenticeship training programs.
Coalition participation (tables we are at) to address public safety, economic development, food justice issue occurring in Rainier Beach. Through leading and/or attending critical local and regional coalitions RBAC strives to move the needle on jobs, improved mobility and safe, affordable places to live.  10 tables we are at – Communities of Opportunity Steering Committee (COO SC), Communities of Opportunity Evaluation Advisory Group, South Communities Organizing for Regional and Racial Equity (South CORE), South CORE Land for Justice Subcommittee, RSET (Racial and Social Equity Taskforce), Rainier Beach Economic Development Round Table, RB A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth (RBABSPY), Graham Street Station Steering Committee, South Seattle Peace Coalition/206 Rising (Neighborhood House).

 Virtual “Community Civic Engagement Town Hall”

Hello friend of the Rainier Beach Action Coalition Please join us in community as we welcome State Senator Rebecca Saldaña, King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay and Seattle City Councilmember Tammy Morales to a Virtual "Community Civic Engagement Town Hall"  ...

Priority Hire Course Completion

A huge congratulations to these young men for completing their first PriorIity Hire Course! This is their first step into entering the construction field. Jesiah Marks Chaun Hollins Jr. Edgerin James William Sanders Priority Hire - Just finished a priority hire...

RBAC SPOTLIGHT: OUTREACH PROMOTER EDDIE GRINNELL

  You have probably heard of Eddie Grinnell from the previous article on Priority Hire. Eddie is the Outreach Promoter for Priority Hire, he started in 2015 or 2016, so he has been at it for about five years now. Eddie's favorite part of this work is the...

Rainier Beach Action Coalition statement in light of the times…

As we bear witness to events, like COVID-19, that reveal the impact of racism on our society, we then have to continuously see Black men murdered again and again at the hands of police. Mind you, in the US just this year there were 88 who have experienced this fate,...

Project Reclaim: Part 2

Chief Sealth Trail now has plants in planters! The Rainier Beach  Clean Crew organized a garden party which took place on May 22nd from 10am-12pm. The work party was attended by members of the Rainier Beach Clean Crew (Tyra Griffith, Malcolm Dunston, Ryan Croone,...

Priority Hire

by Gregory Davis, Eddie Grinnell Here are the activities that RBAC implements in regard to its Priority Hire work and getting people jobs in the construction industry, specifically in this COVID-19 era:  Assisted at least 15  Rainier Beach residents with support...

Project Reclaim

There is a thing these days called community land stewardship and reclaiming land. These concepts are being used as a way to stave off displacement. It's easy to imagine these ideas encompassing thousands of square feet or huge swaths of land, but RBAC is getting in...

Priority Hire

      We have from time to time provided information about the Priority Hire ordinance and its impact by reviewing the numbers. We have attempted to translate an industry's way of reporting so that the person on the street could understand, as the...

Resource List In Light of COVID 19

Food Rainier Valley Food Bank – open 9:30 – 2 pm, Saturday Wednesday advance call-in only for curbside pick up between 2 pm and 4 pm, working on home delivery solution – info@rvfb.org WA-BLOC – preparing meals while students  are out of school 11:30 am – 1:00 pm,...

Leading the Way: An Intergenerational Workplace

RBAC is in an interesting season of life. RBAC is essentially a start-up, having turned two years old in its current state recently. We have an intergenerational workplace where of the 38 workers, 23 are between the age of 15-24. Essentially  RBAC pays young people...