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.

Who is Nurhaliza Mohamath and what does she do in RB?

Nurhaliza (noor-ha-lee-zuh) or Liza is our Food Justice Coordinator at RBAC! She was born in Saigon, immigrating to Seattle when she was 2 years old, and has been South Seattle and Skyway bred ever since. She has recently received her degrees at Mills College in...

New Year, New Possibilities for the Farm Stand

Now that the 2021 farm stand season has officially dwindled down, the farm stand team has been using this newly freed-up time to reflect on previous years operations, and how we can make the next season an even better one. A large chunk of this process has consisted...

Black History is made in Rainier Beach

In Black History we’ve had great leaders who walked a path for these amazing future steppers of Rainier Beach Action Coalition. Let’s get into it!!  Jessicka Rambus, Operations Director- Authority MBA with a prime focus on Accounting and Operations, including process...

Strategy Session

RBAC held a Strategy Session in December and we asked ourselves a number of strategic questions e.g.. What assets do we need to secure, how do we handle external requests that ask for Rainier Beach representation, what does an efficient volunteer support model look...

Food Innovation Center Update – The Report is out!

  We’ve been hard at work over the past year and we have some important updates to share. We did a lot of planning, a lot of listening, and learning. We did a lot of research and benefited from additional studies and assessments about our local Food System from...

Beach Fresh by the Numbers

The Rainier Beach Action Coalition Beach Fresh program is still going strong in 2022 and activities are being planned to jump-start the new year in many ways. We have so much to reflect on as we move forward that can help us on our continued journey to healthier...

Food Justice Coordinator: Nurhaliza

As the new Food Justice Coordinator here at RBAC, it is with great honor to be given the space to share this work as we wrap up 2021! My name is Nurhaliza, South Seattle bred and Skyway raised. As an immigrant and daughter of refugees, my connection to food is a...

How to Grow Tomatoes Indoors

It is possible to grow tomatoes indoors, but you’ll need to understand what tomato plants need in order to bear fruit instead of spindly vines. Choosing the right tomato is the key to success. Micro dwarf tomatoes grow about six inches to a foot tall. You can put a...

Evolution of Nutrition at the Community Healing Space

RBAC as an organization, is committed to addressing food insecurity in Rainier Beach.  A few ways we currently do that are through our seasonal Farm Stand, weekly classes like Beach Fresh, and the development of the Food Innovation Center. We’ve been hosting Corner...

Beach Fresh Still Going Strong

Our Beach Fresh program is one in which youth, aged 14-24, come to learn useful life skills related to food, health, cooking, and setting up a home kitchen.  We look closely at budgeting, how to make foods from scratch and how to eat a balanced diet.  We’ve been going...

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.

Dynamically Learning Through Art

By Messiah Fagerholm It is no secret that most public schools don’t fund art classes and programs as much as other programs. Even Rainier Beach’s Paul Robeson theater goes mostly unused for theatrical plays. Great artists are needed and sought after more than ever!...

Why Seattle Should Invest in Community-led Crime Prevention Programs

Why Seattle Should Invest in Community-led Crime Prevention Programs By: Stew Bowerman   Trigger warning: Gun violence    Note: This article discusses the cost of gun violence from an economic perspective. That doesn’t mean we don’t recognize the traumatic...

Neighborhood Safety Assessments in Rainier Beach

“Who’s keeping an eye on us right now?” I asked the Valley Cities’ staff while standing in front of their building on the corner of Rainier Avenue and Cloverdale. The group scanned all four corners. The New Star Mini Mart was fenced off in preparation for new...

Boy Scout Troop 008 Cleans up Mini Park at Cloverdale and Lake Washington Blvd

As part of the Clean Crews’ effort to improve and beautify the community, we recently reached out to the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 008 to conduct a community service project. The project was managed and supervised by Ryan Croone and De'Shaun Valdry of the Clean...

Black History is made in Rainier Beach

In Black History we’ve had great leaders who walked a path for these amazing future steppers of Rainier Beach Action Coalition. Let’s get into it!!  Jessicka Rambus, Operations Director- Authority MBA with a prime focus on Accounting and Operations, including process...

ABSPY at Work and Rainier Beach United Luncheon Connection

Many people hear the acronym RB ABSPY and wonder, what is  RB ABSPY? Well, it stands for Rainier Beach A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth. It’s an initiative that is funded by the City of Seattle's Department of Neighborhood who contracts the work out to Seattle...

Find it, Fix It Gives Community Power to Hold Government Accountable

I want to speak to residents of the Rainier Beach Community and share with you one way to help empower you to take action to make your government accountable. The action I am referring to can be done by any community member or business owner–all you can do by...

Restorative Resolutions

RBAC as an organization has been active in the Rainier Beach neighborhood in it's present form since 2015, and the people who make up RBAC have been active in RB for many years beyond that. Needless to say, we’ve all seen and felt the changes of our neighborhood,...

Clean Crew Invites Participation in MLK Day Legacy of Service Event at Rose Street

The RBAC Clean Crew will be joining forces with The Mission Continues to do major clean up, space care and planting at the corner of Rose Street and Wabash Ave S. Everyone in the community is invited to participate in honor of Dr. King's legacy. Register using the QR...

RBAC Staff by the Numbers

RBAC has 40 workers. 25 of the 40 workers are between the ages of 16-24 years old. 20 of the 40 workers are African American males. Through this workforce RBAC cycles into the Rainier Beach neighborhood over $1,000,000 in wages and compensation. In the story you are...

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 Pt. 3- a communal invitation

This third installation of the Disaster Gentrification Series will be an invitation.  Check out these two photos of me taken in 2019 (by Zion Thomas) in the CD (Central District).    The familiarity of seeing cranes in the sky and “new three-story…” signs...

Hani Ahmed Credential Specialist

My name is Hani Ahmed, I am the Credential Specialist for RBAC. I do a lot of support for Corner Greeters and their events. I am a former youth engagement worker (another name for corner greeters) and spent two years as a Corner Greeter. I then transitioned to being...

Crosswalking

When I think about YATTA Rising, I think about our concept of ‘crosswalking’. Let’s explore what it means to crosswalk and why it’s important. In the early start of YATTA Rising, our beginnings were made with the intention to not build bridges, but to crosswalk...

Guaranteed Basic Income

In January 2021 RBAC was approached by Councilmember Girmay Zahilay to implement the pilot project Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI) Program.  The GBI Program is also known as a citizen's income, guaranteed minimum income, or basic income. The intention behind the payment...

Black History is made in Rainier Beach

In Black History we’ve had great leaders who walked a path for these amazing future steppers of Rainier Beach Action Coalition. Let’s get into it!!  Jessicka Rambus, Operations Director- Authority MBA with a prime focus on Accounting and Operations, including process...

RBACast

In 2021, RBAC started a podcast called RBACast,  So far there have been 10 episodes and many new ideas being planned for the new year.   In the podcasts so far we have dug deeper into some of the experiences that RBAC staff face and have had conversations about some...

Beach Fives by the Numbers

Circle keeping - planning, facilitation and training Corner Greeting - planning, event participation, community healing space planning, continuous quality improvement, data analysis, credential development/coordination and coaching FreedomNet - editorial board...

KEEP SWINGIN

As we close out another year, it is important to remember that the next day is not promised; each day we get to see, we should greet with gratitude and excitement.  That approach to organizing is what helps us sustain. I have witnessed this gratitude and excitement,...

Gunshot Wound Training

Throughout the summer of 2021, one thing has remained very important while making waves throughout the city. South Seattle’s relationship to gun violence. Since I could remember, Rainer Beach has chronically made headlines for the shootings sporadically occurring in...

What Does it Mean to be a Circle Keeper?

That’s a question I’ve been asking myself over the past 5 years of my circle-keeping experiences. To me, circle keeping is a radical empathy practice. With so much time having lead circles, I’ve been in spaces with people who have stories unlike anything else out...

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).

It Takes A Village: Tiny Homes in Rainier Beach

  By: Jeremiah Conyers & Samuel Woldemariam   Two doors down from the RBAC Growth Center you may have noticed that a small community has been in development for some time now. In response to rising costs for housing and the growing rates of houseless people...

Disaster Gentrification Pt. 3- a communal invitation

This third installation of the Disaster Gentrification Series will be an invitation.  Check out these two photos of me taken in 2019 (by Zion Thomas) in the CD (Central District).    The familiarity of seeing cranes in the sky and “new three-story…” signs...

Strengthening Community

Through the Rainier Beach Farm Stand, we work towards food justice by increasing access to local produce and uplifting BIPOC farmers. Although this work is revolutionary, it is not the end all be all. We want to achieve food sovereignty: that is complete ownership...

Closing the Digital Divide in Rainier Beach

By: Samuel Woldemariam Over the last several years, the Rainier Beach neighborhood has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The implementation of social distancing, online learning, and working from home has exemplified the lack of digital equity within our...

About Our Organization

RBAC has been about its business!  1,913, 1,054 and 614 are the number of bank transactions, bill payments, invoices, and receipts, respectively, that RBAC has operated and managed since its internal Operation takeover in 2020.  This also includes the advancement of...

Black History is made in Rainier Beach

In Black History we’ve had great leaders who walked a path for these amazing future steppers of Rainier Beach Action Coalition. Let’s get into it!!  Jessicka Rambus, Operations Director- Authority MBA with a prime focus on Accounting and Operations, including process...

Polaris At Rainier Beach

Polaris At Rainier Beach  Address: 9400 Rainier Ave S, Seattle WA, 98118   Rainier Beach, is set to have a new affordable housing apartment complex in our neighborhood, Polaris At Rainier Beach, is Mixed-use offering 5,300 square feet of ground-level commercial...

Priority Hire by the Numbers

A message from our Priority Hire Outreach Worker, Eddie Grinnell about his work in 2021: “At the beginning of the year, I made it my goal to get 85 people assessed, 50 referred, and 25 placed. I did a good job & achieved these goals before the end of the year....

Guaranteed Basic Income

In the first few months of 2021, RBAC, in partnership with Urban Fam and Councilmember Girmay Zahilay, had the opportunity to work on the Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI) research project. It started off with a bunch of researching, planning, and meetings. In this study,...

Tiny Home Development Coming to Rainier Beach

The RBAC Update is a space to share what is going on within this organization. That being said, we do want to take the time to update you on the fact that a Tiny Home development is coming to Rainier Beach, but we have to adhere to the intention of this publication....