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Bettie Williams-Watson Recognized for her Advocacy for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors

D2_WilliamsWatson_webBettie Williams-Watson has been a community activist for over 30 years, but for many in our community she has been a lifeline for those fleeing domestic and sexual violence. For her work as a voice for the survivors of domestic violence, as well as providing critically needed, culturally relevant services for perpetrators, I and the Council honored Ms. Williams-Watson, presenting her with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal of Distinguished Service.

Ms. Bettie Williams-Watson has raised awareness of these traumatic acts particularly within the African American community. Yet, due to her understanding of the historic trauma and fragmentation African American families have experienced throughout our 400 years, she understands the need to provide culturally effective awareness and interruption upstream, therefore providing programming for perpetrators as well. She has clearly raised consciousness in terms of sexual and domestic violence awareness.

In 1987, Williams-Watson became a Volunteer Coordinator for what was then the New Beginnings Shelter for Abused Women and Children, and eventually worked in a number of other capacities including Shelter Advocate; Community Advocate, and Community Advocacy Program Director. Williams-Watson soon helped create the first support group in the State of Washington for Older Abused Women, and developed groups at Shoreline, Central, and Greenwood Senior Centers.

Over the last three decades, Williams-Watson has become an advocate for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, focusing on survivors in the African-American community, including working with three faith communities in developing Multi-Communities, a faith-based program that aids domestic violence survivors. Williams-Watson has also worked with Solid Ground, Northwest Family Life and the Salvation Army. She has also worked with batterers, creating a Domestic Violence Treatment Prevention Program for at-risk male teens in 12 community and/or school-based settings for kids, ages 9-18 and being the co-lead of the only African American Batterers Treatment groups for men, ages 20-50+ in the Rainier Valley. Her current project is Closing the Circle: Ending Silence and Shame in Predominantly African American Faith Communities, which focuses on African American boys as allies in their own healing and well-being, a step toward reducing high levels of gender-based violence.

Ms. Williams-Watson’s work has been recognized locally and nationally. She has received the Ginny Nicarthy Award for Excellence in Advocacy by King County Coalition Ending Gender Based Violence and has been a National R.O.S.E. Award Nominee. She has been recognized by the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, as well as the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center for groundbreaking work in addressing domestic and sexual violence through the use of faith communities.

The annual presentation of the MLK Medal of Distinguished Service is the Council’s way of thanking those who have made a particularly strong impact on the county and to encourage others to renew their dedication to serve their community. This is the third year Councilmembers have recognized individuals in their districts who have answered the question asked by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “What are you doing for others?”

Congratulations Franklin High School Mock Trial Team!


Franklin High claims top honor in national mock-trial competition! For the first time in 15 years, Franklin’s varsity team took 1st place at the Washington State Mock Trial Championship, earning a spot at the National High School Mock Trial Championship. Franklin High School’s Mock Trial Team was declared the National Champion in Reno, Nevada on May 13th, the second time (2000) to win this coveted title in the 25 years of the existence of this program. The team competed against 46 teams, and after five rounds of arguing the same court case against competitors from 42 states, Guam, the Mariana Islands and South Korea, took home the win. Franklin High School is located in District Two, and the King County Council honored the team on May 7 for winning the state championship. The Council would like to congratulate the members of the team and their coach, Don Eaton, and retired King County Judge William Downing for overseeing high school mock trials in King County for many years. Congratulations Franklin High School!

Metro Routes 4 and 48 to be Re-Routed off 23rd Avenue Temporarily

23rd_avenue_s_reroutes_420x280Metro Transit routes 4 and 48 will be re-routed between S Jackson Street and Rainier Ave S starting this spring for about one year due to construction for the Seattle Department of Transportation 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvements project.

Routes 4 and 48 will be detoured off of 23rd Avenue S to Martin Luther King Jr Way S, between S Jackson St and Rainier Ave S when construction begins in May.

Route 4 is a trolley route and there is no trolley wire on Martin Luther King Jr Way S, so all service south of the stops on E Jefferson St will be provided on 40-foot long diesel bus shuttles starting March 12, 2018. On weekdays, this will require anyone traveling beyond E Jefferson St to transfer between the regular trolley bus and the diesel shuttle bus. On weekends, Route 4 will operate full-length trips with diesel buses.

Look for signs at the bus stops, electronic alerts, and street teams getting the word out to riders. For questions, contact or Kamilah Brown at

Communities of Opportunity

King County and Seattle Foundation selected 27 nonprofit organizations that will help improve health, social and economic outcomes in the region. The total of $2.5 million in competitive grants will help confront startling racial inequities in King County. The community partners will achieve multiple goals, such as empowering small family businesses facing displacement, connecting youth of color with city leaders to prevent violence, and making it possible for more people of color to participate in the green economy.

This is the latest round of investments from Communities of Opportunity – a partnership between King County and Seattle Foundation – which is governed by leaders from community organizations, local governments, and philanthropies.

“We are setting a course for positive change by tapping into community expertise and supporting community priorities,” said Tony Mestres, President and CEO of Seattle Foundation. “This latest round of community investments holds true to our shared vision with King County to further civic engagement, advance community leadership and support community priorities.”

Communities of Opportunity is funded jointly through Seattle Foundation and Best Starts for Kids, a voter-approved initiative to promote healthier, more resilient children, youth, families, and communities in King County.

Here are a few examples of the partnerships funded by Communities of Opportunity grants:

  • Casa Latina will work to develop and advocate for a Bill of Rights that better protects domestic workers and removes loopholes in employment laws that often exclude domestic workers.
  • Federal Way Youth Action Team will expand its work to engage youth of color in policy making. This includes engaging city leaders to discuss vital issues with young people, including violence prevention approaches.
  • Friends of Little Saigon received a capacity-building award to engage small family businesses to mitigate changes in the neighborhood and to strengthen Little Saigon in Seattle’s International District as a cultural hub for the larger Vietnamese population.
  • Got Green will address disparities that often keep people of color from participating in the green economy internships and careers. This includes investing in fellowship programs to develop young leaders in the environmental justice movement.
  • Here is a complete list of the systems and policy change grants. The 27 nonprofits that successfully competed for the Communities of Opportunity grants will work with partners, so a total of 50 nonprofits will contribute to the work.

Council Approves a Flat Fare for Metro Riders

The King County Council unanimously approved steps simplifying Metro Transit's complex fare structure to a flat $2.75 adult fare. The new fare plan eliminates a payment system that fluctuated between time and distance and could cost an adult rider between the ages 19-64 anywhere from $2.50 to $3.25 a ride. The new fare eliminates the Peak and Zone Fares for Single Adult Rate and does not affect the roughly 1 in 3 Metro riders who pay ORCA Lift—Metro’s low income fare program— or youth, senior, and disabled fares. The new fare structure will go into effect in July of 2018.

Dreamers Legislation Passes Unanimously

This week, the King County Council passed legislation calling on Congress to swiftly and comprehensively protect the legal status of thousands of Dreamers. The motion, passed 9-0, also directs King County’s federal government relations team to prioritize efforts in Congress to continue DACA protections. It also requests this team commence efforts to build a broad coalition of county officials nationwide. This heartless action from the White House punishes people who were raised, educated and contribute everyday to the only home they know--the United States. Congress must act to protect DREAMERS! A copy of the legislation is now being shared with Washington’s congressional delegation. For more information on the termination of the Dreamers Program and various resources, visit:

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Celebrating Black History Month: King County's Logo

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What’s Happening in District 2

Fall has arrived and there are some exciting events happening! Here are a number of events happening throughout the district you may enjoy.

University District Farmers Market
Saturdays, year round
9am - 2pm
University Way NE (the "Ave"), between 50th & 52nd streets, Seattle, WA 98105

Liberty Bank Building Residential Leasing Info Session
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
1437 S Jackson St Seattle, WA 98144

This is an opportunity to come get information regarding residential leasing for the Liberty Bank Building at 24th and Union. The application process for the Liberty Apartments will start November 1st, 2018. Find out how you can apply and what you will need to present. We will have handouts explaining the process and can answer any questions you may have. Refreshments will be provided.

Mt Baker Community Club Monthly Meeting
Monday, October 1, 2018
Mt. Baker Community Club, 2811 Mount Rainier Drive South Seattle, WA 98144

Residents in the Community Meetings! Held the first Monday of the month we aim to bring speakers and topics that are of interest to the neighborhood. Snacks and refreshments will be served at 6:30pm, meeting begins at 7pm and finishes around 8pm. We often have representatives from the SPD, other non-profits, traffic and planning - as well as an open forum to discuss issues that are important to you. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Montlake Community Council Meeting
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Boyer Children’s Clinic

Come meet your neighbors and give your input on what’s happening in your neighborhood. Montlake Community Council holds its general board meetings monthly. All residents, property owners and business operators, 18 years of age or older, with street addresses in the Montlake neighborhood are members of the Montlake Community Club.

Garfield High School Jazz Band
Monday, October 22, 2018
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98144

Come enjoy a spectacular evening of music with the world famous Garfield Jazz Band. The Garfield band under the direction of Clarence Acox will perform some of the tightest, most swinging jazz in town, taking regional and often national honors. Adults $20, Earshot members & seniors $18, Students & veterans/military $10. To purchase tickets:

La Cocina School at El Centro de la Raza Latin Cooking Class: Pork & Chicken Tamale Class
Saturday, November 3, 2018
El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave S Seattle, WA 98144 (in kitchen, located on the first floor)

La Cocina School at El Centro de la Raza will be offering a Chicken and Pork Tamale Cooking Class in partnership with Sabor Delicioso! Have you always wanted to learn how to make tamales? Now is your chance to learn from a master tamalera! The class focuses on the traditional preparation of authentic chicken and pork tamales. The tamales are prepared in the handmade and traditional fashion using cultural ingredients. No substitutions can be made. We offer a vegan tamale classes if that is of interest to you. Class will begin promptly at 6:00 PM in the kitchen at El Centro de la Raza. La Cocina Tamale Classes typically take 2 hours long. All cooking supplies and ingredients will be provided, but please bring your own apron. On occasion, La Cocina classes are held in the Centilia Cultural Center's kitchen to accommodate larger groups. The Centilia Cultural Center is located within Plaza Roberto Maestas at 1660 South Roberto Maestas Festival Street, Seattle, WA 98144, next to the Light Rail station. La Cocina School does provide beer, wine for these events. Limit 2 per person. Proceeds from the La Cocina School at El Centro de la Raza Latin Cooking Classes go to fund El Centro de la Raza's Senior Wellness programs. As such, we are unable to process any refunds. In the event that you are unable to attend, we are happy to place you into a different class or you are welcome to transfer your ticket to someone else. Mil gracias for your support. Space is limited – sign up now! You can also register by emailing Questions? Please email

Café con El Centro!
Thursday, December 6, 2018
El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98144

Bring a friend and enjoy some coffee, pan dulce and a short tour of their building. Learn from El Centro staff about their programs, learn the organization history, and meet the children in the Jose Marti Child Development Center. Please RSVP, contact Thamara at 206.957.4602 or use this link

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