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.

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...

WASTE FREE COMMUNITIES CAMPAIGN PLAN

The Waste-Free Communities team has been hard at work researching and trying to achieve the goal of food waste reduction in Rainier Beach. Here is their campaign plan: Building Crisis Resilience in Rainier Beach As you know, marginalized and vulnerable communities are...

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,...

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.

LEAD TEAM MEETING UPDATES

PBIS -Community meetings start this week. If you know of organizations that might be interested in participating, connect them with Stew or Danielle. Farmstand - David shared that Saturday at the farmstand was impressive. There was a line around the fence past the bus...

RAINIER BEACH CLEAN-UP CHALLENGE WINNERS

by Tyra Griffith Have you ever walked down the street and seen litter on the ground? How about walking and some overgrown bushes are blocking your path, forcing you to walk in the street? The Clean Crew, which is a part of Rainier Beach Action Coalition (RBAC) and the...

UPDATES FROM A RECENT LEAD TEAM MEETING

Each week RBAC's supervisors, program leads and available young adults meet to check-in, to receive updates on Projects/Programs, check on the strategic planning direction of the organization and share opportunities (partnership, events, professional development,...

A RBAC Beautiful Safe Place (BSP) Update

A Beautiful Safe Place is an RBAC action area with a focus on public safety and the arts, as the header says…. Programs RBAC operates under this action area is Corner Greeters, community-wide positive behavioral intervention and supports (CW-PBIS), Clean Crew, and...

PBIS

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)Research shows that when youth know how to behave and their positive behavior is rewarded, good things happen! Youth do better in school, mental health improves, drug and alcohol abuse decreases, kids stay out of...

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...

INTRODUCING STEWART BOWERMAN, POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS & SUPPORTS (PBIS) PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Stewart Bowerman is a Seattle native and proud resident of the South End. He was recently brought onto the team at Rainier Beach Action Coalition (RBAC) to coordinate the community-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program. He is also...

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...

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

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...

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,...

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).

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...

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...