Women in Southeast Seattle release survey findings and recommendations on what the green economy means to them
SEATTLE - On September 24th 2011, Got Green’s Women in the Green Economy Project will release their survey findings and recommendations to the public at a community event at South Lake High School in Rainier Valley. The new green economy should mean that all communities have access to good paying green jobs, money to buy healthy foods, healthy homes that are energy efficient and free of toxins, and affordable public transportation. Yet, the voices of low-income women of color in Southeast Seattle are not heard in the green economy. When women’s voices are not heard, families’ health suffers. 35% of the surveys were conducted in a language other than English - including Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya and Vietnamese.
“We started the Women in the Green Economy Project to create a place for women like me — low- income women, women of color, and women from immigrant backgrounds — to raise our voices, front and center, so that we could be a part of this new green economy. If we’re not on the front end of this green movement, it will be another opportunity that leaves us behind,” says Tammy Nguyen, a New Holly resident and founder of the project.
Survey findings conducted by Women in the Green Economy Project and volunteers earlier this year showed that SE Seattle low-income women of color regard good nutrition as THE number one priority for their and their family’s health in a 2:1 margin, followed by green homes. When asked “what is your main barrier to a healthy diet for you and your family?” 78% had a simple answer: COST. The University of Washington released a study in August 2011 determining that it will cost a family thousands of dollars a year to follow the federal guidelines of a healthy diet; grocery bills dropped significantly if they buy foods high in saturated fats and sugars. It is not out of lack of concern for their family’s health; the real issue is that families with a tight budget during an economic downturn simply cannot afford to buy healthy foods.
Ramata, a low-income single mom joined the Women in Green Project because, “I want to help with getting healthy food - because I know it’s a priority for me and my family - into our communities.” She feels strongly about the food issue as she’s currently breast feeding and wants to control what goes into her body.
The women’s Food Access Organizing Committee is planning their next steps to put more healthy food dollars into the pockets of families in the community. Got Green is also working on the second identified priority -green homes– to ensure that low-income families have healthy and green homes through energy building upgrades and city programs. Survey findings, community discussions, and testimonials are compiled in a report to amplify the voices of real women from the most racially diverse and lowest income neighborhood in our city, laying the groundwork for community organizing efforts to include women’s and their families’ priorities in the green economy.
WHAT: “Green Women, Healthy Voices” Community Event Women in Green Economy Report release
WHEN: Saturday, September 24, 2011 12 - 2pm
WHERE: South Lake High School, 8601 Rainier Ave S, Seattle
Child care provided and Interpretation in Spanish, Somali, and Vietnamese
Got Green is a grassroots group in the Seattle area led by young adults of color and low-income people that works to make sure the benefits of the green economy - including green jobs, access to healthy food, energy efficient homes, and good public transit - become widely available to low income and communities of color
From our friends at Cultivate:Back by popular demand! We’re doing an encore Cultivate Open Mic in White Center, right next to DubSea Cafe. It will be an outdoor event to celebrate one of the best communities in Seattle. Bring your shades, lawn chairs and blankets. Come enjoy talented local artists tommorow, Aug 26th, 7pm at the Green Bridge plaza 9910 8th Ave SW Seattle, WA.
We’re excited to have our next Membership Mixer this Saturday, this time as a fun family movie night! Our friends at the Eagles Hall in White center will help us host this family friendly Disney animated movie. Family and friends are invited, and if you’d like others to sign up for Membership, please bring them along. This is a free community event.
CDA MEMBERSSHIP MOVIE NIGHT
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 8:00PM
WHITE CENTER EAGLES HALL (10452 15th Ave SW)
MOVIE: DISNEY ANIMATED FILM
You do not have to be a CDA Member to attend, and can sign up to be on at the event!
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Join over 200 of your neighbors in this community effort to reduce car trips and celebrate White Center! Since the start of the program, about 6 weeks ago, We have switched more than 1,000 trips from driving alone to a healthier and more affordable option, saving 764 gallons of gas and nearly 15,000 pounds of carbon emissions. Amazing!
The White Center Community Development Association is leading the effort to organize the first White Center Business District Summer Shop Fresh Event in the White Center Business District on Saturday, August 20th from 5-7pm.
The purpose of this event is to raise the awareness of fresh, healthy food available in our six produce markets and three Halal stores in White Center’s business district. “White Center isn’t necessarily a “food desert”. Exploring Summer Shop Fresh and by foot in White Center’s walkable, pedestrian-friendly business district, will allow visitors to not only purchase healthy fruits and vegetables, but also learn about unique culinary traditions and meet neighbors at the same time!” said Aileen Balahadia, Executive Director of the White Center Community Development Association. The White Center CDA is a catalyst for a healthy community and new prosperity in White Center- so it’s a better place to visit, shop, and live.
When White Center shoppers enter the designated stores, they will check in at each market’s Healthy Food table where they will participate in an activity relating to healthy food and fitness. Afterward, they will be gifted a $3.00 coupon. For every $3 dollars of own money spent, White Center residents can use this coupon to buy additional food. This coupon is only valid for purchase on August 20 and at this particular store of visit. Therefore, the more stores the residents visit, the more coupons they will be gifted and use. In addition, there will be a chef demonstration of cooking healthy food at one of the markets. There are nine food stores participating in the event: Lee’s Produce, West Seattle Halal, White Center Market, White Center Halal, White Center International Deli and Halal Store, Phnom Khiev, Samway Market, Hung Long Asian Market and New Golden Village Market.
The White Center CDA thanks our co-sponsor, the Community Putting Prevention to Work’s Healthy Food Here Initiative, a national initiative to prevent chronic disease and promote health through policy, systems and environment changes, and the King County Food and Fitness Initiative, who believes that shopping, cooking and eating healthy food is easy and fun activity that the whole family can enjoy.
For additional information, please contact Nhan Nguyen, Neighborhood Revitalization Program Manager at (206) 694-1082 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On a related note, the White Center CDA also would like to promote other exciting events happening on August 20th, 2011 organized by our community partners.
Fundraising pancake breakfast at Holy Family School, 8-11am, organized by the White Center Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds will be used toward replacing the American Flag at the Memorial for Veterans of Foreign Wars in front of the Triangle Pub. Please contact the White Center Chamber of Commerce at…for additional information
Hicks Lake BBQ at Hicks Lake Park, 1-4pm, organized by Friends of Hicks Lake. A great community event to bring neighbors/friends/public officials together to work for a clean, safe and healthy Hicks Lake Park. Please contact Mr. Dick Thurnau at 206-244-4558 for additional information
2011 White Center Business District Shop Fresh, 5-7pm, organized by the White Center CDA. The purpose of this event is to raise the awareness of fresh, healthy food available in our six produce markets and three Halal stores in White Center’s business district. Please contact Nhan Nguyen at 206-694-1082 Extension 166 for additional information
White Center CDA Membership Mixer Movie Night at White Center Eagles Hall, 8:00pm. Enjoy a family friendly movie with your fellow CDA Members. You do not need to be a Member to attend, and the event is free and open to the public. You can sign up to be a Member at this event. Please contact Ian Dapiaoen at 206-694-1082 Extension175 for more information.
White Center Arts Walk, 7-11pm, organized by the White Center Arts. Come check out art work and performances by dancers, dance troupes, spoken word artists, live painters, street performers and musicians. Please contact Amanda Kay Helmick or Devrim Ozkan at 206-708-5617/206-484-0399 for additional information.
With these excellent family-friendly events happening one after another on the same day, Saturday, August 20 will be fun day for White Center residents/businesses to come out and celebrate a great neighborhood that we are building together.
Seattle-born artist Macklemore recently debuted his video for “Wings”, partially filmed in White Center (Cascade Middle School and the Log Cabin at Steve Cox Park). Filmed and Directed by Zia Mohajerjasbi.
Check out our previous blog entry about the making of this video here.