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.

Farm Stands are Back!

by David Sauvion Summer is coming and this time of year has so much to offer. Collard, mustard, kale, and lettuces are green; radishes, strawberries, raspberries, and cherries are red; and all are now available at farm stands in the neighborhood starting this week!...

Witmore Garden Video Field Trip

Video field trip for Beach Fresh program to Witmore Garden in SE Seattle. Conducted via Google Meet and edited for clarity May 28, 2020

We Need our Local Farmers and They Need You!

by David Sauvion In these challenging times more than ever, we all need access to food--and preferably, healthy, culturally relevant, and affordable food at that. The system was broken long before the pandemic started, and while it’s now really showing how badly...

Innovating BEACH FRESH During COVID 19-2020

By La Tanya V.H. DuBois BEACH FRESH is an innovative Food Justice program designed to educate and empower young people to eat fresh, healthy food and to learn how to prepare those foods for themselves and their families Innovating an In-person Food Program for Today’s...

Farmers Markets are Closed

  On March 23rd, Governor Inslee published a 14-page document listing “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers”. That list comprises a whole page of positions in the Food and Agriculture industry, including Farmers’ Markets. In Seattle, however, Farmers Markets...

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,...

New Hire: Community Activist La Tanya Dubois

We are happy to announce La Tanya Dubois as the newest member of the RBAC squad! La Tanya is our Meal Program Coordinator, which means she oversees preparing the meals for the different RBAC programs, and makes sure nutrition is always available at the office. The...

We look forward to seeing you at the next Town Hall! March 12th at South Shore from 6-8:30

The next Town Hall is on March 12th at South Shore from 6-8, and will focus on food justice, more specifically RBAC's impending Food Innovation Center. Town Halls give the community a chance to voice their thoughts around what’s happening in Rainier Beach. You can...

Come Learn about RBAC’s Food Innovation Center Project at the next Town Hall

Come learn about the RBAC's Food Innovation Center project at the next town hall, on March 12th from 6-8 at a location TBD. This will be an opportunity for you to give input which will help determine the direction of this ambitious project. The Food Innovation Center...

Beach Fresh: More Than a Program

Every Thursday from 4-7 at RBAC, Beach Fresh participants learn life and cooking skills from Amanda Lopez-Castanon and Gabbie Price. Beach Fresh is a program that is open to all RBAC youth. These young adults are learning skills like learning how to budget,  cooking...

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.

Rainier Beach United Campus

You may have seen this beautiful banner, billboard and incredible yard signs hanging around Rainier Beach Neighborhood, they were designed by Mahogany Purpose in a way to establish awareness of our Rainier Beach UNITED Campus? You probably have asked yourself, what do...

No Justice No Peace

by Fatima Kabba  NO JUSTICE NO PEACE, I’m thinking about will I be alive next? my soul crying every week like dang my people are leaving this world piece by piece,  NO JUSTICE NO PEACE What they did to George Floyd was not even peace social media said, "It’s supposed...

Clean Crew: Join the Rainier Beach Cleanup Challenge!

by Rainier Beach Clean Crew  These quiet times of social distancing have meant that our annual Bridge 2 Beach Community Clean-Up will need to look different this year.  We want to invite you to join RBAC, Rainier Beach Community Club, and Rainier Beach: A Beautiful...

YATTA Rising: Building Young Adult Resilience and Conducting Systems Change

In April, 2020, the YATTA Rising work consisted of two Wellness Core workshops and two system change circles. The Wellness Core workshops covered the domains of economic development and safety. The economic development workshop was led by local nonprofit founder...

Corner Greeters

by Gabbie Price and Rashad Barber Last week, the Corner Greeters (CGs) read an article about the man who was shot while holding his child, and how domestic violence is high right now. Jessica then led the CGs in a conversation around how we respond when upset with...

Corner Greeter Newz #todayi

#todayi Our Corner Greeter engagement workers usually are physically out in the field making a change in the neighborhood of Rainier Beach by activating spaces through providing non-arrest crime intervention work/activities such as beautifying the neighborhood,...

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,...

Join YATTA Rising!

Young Adults: Join YATTA Rising! The Rainier Beach neighborhood is looking for young adults transitioning into adulthood, typically 15-24 years old, to join RBAC and work on creating policy change strategies within the Seattle Police Department.  YATTA Rising is an...

A Blast From the Past: We Are Rainier Beach

https://vimeo.com/21904133

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

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...

How to pivot an organization to function in the COVID-19 Era in 9 Steps

Hold Meetings. RBAC held four COVID centered meetings in the first seven days of the leading up to and following the Stay Home Stay Healthy order. Communication is key and meetings are an important tool in helping communication to flow. There is no guarantee that...

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,...

Beach Fresh Diaries: Layers of Lasagna

On March 5th, 2020, the Beach Freshers learned how to make Garfield's favorite food:  lasagna. They also made salad, garlic bread with real, homemade garlic butter. This was a special week because our new meal program Coordinator La Tanya Horace took charge and taught...

Beach Fresh Diaries:What the Quiche?

On Thursday, February 19th, Beach Fresh participants learned how to make quiche, salad, and apple pie. This week Food Innovation District Strategist, David Sauvion taught the program. An immigrant from France,  David claims he can make quiche in his sleep! The Beach...

It’s a Tart Kiwi, you Know?

  On Thursday, February 6th, Beach Fresh Participants learned how to cook chicken teriyaki with dragon fruit and mango salad. RBAC youth start trickling in before the program starts at four pm. While they work on their other projects, there is often laughter,...

Less Food Waste Equals a Better Place

During the next few weeks, the Food Justice Fellow will be seeking community input on their campaign to reduce food waste in the Rainier Beach area. Food waste is a bigger problem than meets the eye. The trends are disturbing, and all of us are contributing. Here are...

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).

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...

Connecting People to Construction Opportunities

Eddie Grinnell is on a quest to find people from the South End to literally build Seattle. RBAC's Priority Hire Community Promoter, has been recruiting all over the Rainier Beach area to find people for the Pre-Apprentice Construction training program, happening every...

RBAC Welcomes NW Kidney Center

RBAC staff Amanda, David, and Mr.Davis recently attend the NW Kidney Center open house. At the open house they got to tour the center and view all of its innovative designs. At  the open house, RBAC shared with them the community resources Rainier Beach has like the...

Equitable Development Initiative Summit

RBAC recently got the chance to attend the Equitable Development Initiative Summit. The Summit was held at the Northwest African American Museum. They were multiple workshops. Here are some notes from the workshop called “The Power Of Organizing to advance policy...