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individual needs. “We’ll help those kids that aren’t graduating right now, and going down the wrong path,” said an enthused member of Team Ashleigh Bess Billy Ray. This community center will cater to teens and young adults, providing a plethora of programs that will promote the importance of “I’m trying to change the world…Erasing all the pain and all the hurt.” Billy academics, occupation & career services, and positive choice making. Ray Shirley III Seattle born and Tacoma raised Billy Ray Shirley is most remembered for his charitable and selfless efforts to improve his community. Billy Ray’s lifelong dream was to develop a state of the art community center that would accommodate teens on the east side. On August, 27, 2011 a confrontation became violent and ultimately resulted in the ill-timed death of 17-year old Billy Ray. Billy Ray was picking up a friend’s mother from a party when an altercation transpired; as him and friends were leaving, he was shot in the back.

In addition to raising funds this determined group of young people continues to keep Bill Ray’s legacy alive and true, by continuing to serve their community regularly organizing events such as local food drives and park cleaning. Team Billy Ray believes that there is power in cohesive community; and that there is strength in community that takes care of one another, they find that serving others is a rewarding opportunity to better themselves, be an example to their peers and younger kids who are looking up to them.

Billy Ray may be gone although his story remains incomplete. Become a In September of 2011, the Billy Ray Shirley III Foundation was formed part of Team Billy Ray and make his dream come true. in homage of the late teen. The Billy Ray Shirley III Foundation protects the vision of the young humanitarian and looks to build an effective and For more information on the Billy Ray Shirley III Foundation or to make resourceful community center on the East side of Tacoma. a donation, please visit. Leading the mission is a group of avid and devoted young people who call themselves Team Bill Ray. The focus of Team Billy Ray is to on day soon afford and maintain a community center of the east side of Tacoma through donations and a series of fundraisers. The east side of Tacoma doesn’t currently offer a facility available to young people and their

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How Women Contribute in Unique and Meaningful Ways

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All the traditional research shows that women still fall well behind men in the area of leadership. We only hold around a quarter of elected positions, and a mere 14% of Fortune 500 companies are led by women. In terms of income, women still earn less than their male counterparts. Seems like an open and closed case, right?

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In the US, women comprise the majority of the population. We attend college and graduate more frequently than men do. We volunteer more in the community and vote at a higher rate than men. We control 60% of the personal wealth and start businesses at twice the rate of men. In a nutshell, women are more positioned than ever before to lead.

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My answer is NO. I think that we ask the right questions but make the mistake of measuring leadership in terms of formal positions of power and control alone. The CEO of a company. An elected official. A church leader. These are the traditional leadership roles that many of us think of when we hear the word leader. But what if women lead in different ways? I have studied politics, women studies, and leadership my entire academic career, and my

Women are builders of people, places, and things. We nurture ideas and promote growth in others. We share our talents to cultivate new ways of thinking, being, and doing. We change the world as parents, teachers, and community activists. So, the next time you think of a great leader, challenge yourself to name a woman who is helping one person realize a dream. I promise that you already know at least one, but may have never recognized her unique and meaningful contribution.



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It doesn’t matter if you’re launching your venture or have been in business for a decade, every entrepreneur knows that there is always more to learn if you want be successful. Tacoma’s Small Business Team is here to help you navigate the steps to starting - or growing - your business. When starting a new business, the amount of information you need, from business licensing requirements to zoning maps and allowable usages to tax information can be overwhelming. Wondering how to write a business plan? Where to get financing? Where to research your target market? Looking for new customers? Considering an expansion? No matter where you are in the evolution of your business, we’re here to help you access the information you need to stay successful. Recently, Tacoma’s Small Business Team launched a new website – to try and answer all of these questions in one location. The goal of this website is to make it easier for our local business community to simply access information without going from website to website. In recent years, many local businesses have expressed frustration that there is no centralized location for information about business requirements, regulations and business assistance services that are available.

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observation when I bring those three areas together is that women lead in unique and meaningful ways. These ways often fall outside of the traditional model of power and control but are none the less important to the fabric of our society.


The look and feel of is streamlined with simple, intuitive navigation, checklists and printable pages. It is divided into four sections – Why Tacoma?, Start Your Business, Grow Your Business, and Business Assistance. Each section has all the information you need to achieve your goals. In the Why Tacoma? section, you will find information on Tacoma’s neighborhoods, universities, arts scene, and upcoming projects. In the Start Your Business section, you will find: Start Your Business Checklist, Financing Your Business, Green Your Business, and Frequently Asked Questions. The content for the site was chosen with feedback from the local business community - and we welcome more feedback. Tacoma’s Small Business Team is also here to help you in person. Our job is to help you get the information you need to start and grow your business. Through Tacoma’s Economic Gardening program, the City provides free business workshops on a variety of business topics, such as cash flow planning, building a website, and marketing on a shoestring budget. Our customized business services include research, reports and services to help your business get to the next level. We offer website optimization, customized mailing lists and much more. Give us a call at 253-591-5012 or email us at We’d love to hear from you!

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KUBE 93 is bringing you Summer Jam 2012 presented by McDonald’s back where it all started! This year, the hottest party of the summer will be held at the Gorge in George! In addition, Camping has returned to Summer Jam 2012! The hottest outdoor party of the year is going to be held on June 9, 2012 for the Ultimate 3-day weekend! Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations!

It’s that time again – sunglasses, frisbees and family fun at the Taste of Tacoma The Emerald Queen Hotel and Casinos is excited to sponsor another year of the finest outdoor entertainment Tacoma has to offer. The majestic Point Defiance Park will transform into a paradise filled with food, music, and amusement. Taste of Tacoma takes place June 29, 30, and July 1, 2012 at Point Defiance Park. Free admission!

Freedom Fair activities kick off with Military Appreciation Night at Cheney Stadium on Friday June 29, 2012, Wings & Wheels will be on Sunday July 1, 2012, and the Tacoma Freedom Fair & Air Show will entertain thousands again on the shores of Commencement Bay on the Ruston Way Waterfront on the Fourth of July!

Annually in July, Art on the Ave. is held along the 6th Ave. business district in Tacoma, between Trafton St. and Pine St. Each year, the 6th Avenue Merchants Association invites the populous to participate in a celebration of the arts. This highenergy neighborhood festival offers art demonstrations, art vendors, children’s activities, several music stages and much, much more.

This is the seventh year Comcast has proudly sponsored the Bite of Seattle, and this year is better than ever! Visit the Alley Restaurants hosted by Seattle’s own Tom Douglas and enjoy a delicious meal while supporting Food Lifeline. Catch talented chefs competing on stage or enjoy live music, comedy or Washington wine tasting. July 20-22, 2012 Free Admission Seattle Center!

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hould Washington State be allowed to have Charter Schools?

Charter schools, first conceived in 1988 by Albert Shanker and first established in Minnesota in 1992, are publicly funded schools that operate free of the regulations, rules, and statutes that control public school systems. In addition to public funds, charter school may also receive private donations and/or be run by corporations. These schools, being publicly funded, are not to have religious affiliation or use selective enrollment procedures, nor may they charge tuition.


Jeni Hoffert Publicly funded charter schools are like private schools in many ways, but are different in the sense that they are publicly funded and open to anyone, including communities that could not afford the choice of a “customized” education. Charter schools, like private schools, give public administration the local autonomy to make decisions that best fit the needs of a particular community, and to hire and foster a staff that is likeminded in achieving those same goals. Charter schools may be successful or unsuccessful and can be closed more swiftly than we typically see in public schools that are deemed as failing. Private schools with strong systems and communities of support are more successful than those without. The same is true for charters, as can be seen in very successful charters such as KIPP academies across the United States. Carefully written legislation, as is seen in the public schools in California, could be very instructional to our own approach in creating the necessary educational opportunities for our children in Washington that cannot currently afford those opportunities. I have seen and experienced a lot of misunderstanding around Charter schools and what one would or should “look like”. A person that has visited many charter schools might quickly discover that the “magical secrets” of a successful charter are not in fact magical secrets at all… and are all very different. Rather, the magic of a successful charter school is simply that it is able to make decisions that meet the needs of the community that it serves, and is able to very intentionally select a staff who are like-minded in effort to achieve those goals. After visiting multiple charter schools in South East LA, I found that charters can be unionized like Green Dot schools or non-union like Aspire schools, they can be regular school day like Synergy Charters or extended school day like KIPP Academies, they can be Environmentally focused, art focused, science focused... or almost anything that an expensive private school could be aside from particularly religious. If we hope to provide the same educational opportunities to all of our children, then we must be able to make these choices available to all families and children. One can see the danger to the efficiency of public schools that arises from trying to harvest this sort of local autonomy in a public system which currently does not support it. These dangers include forced hiring of people who do not necessarily buy into the goals of the school, but who are required to be offered the job first rather than relocating, as well as forced collocation which every successful charter administration that I have talked to advises against. Our government can provide similar educational opportunities to every member of our social spectrum in a way that simply cannot be done by a well intended “one-size-fits-most” administrative approach. I strongly support that we create a publicly funded charter school system in Washington State with careful legislation which emphasizes the kind of systems, structure, and networking that are seen in some of the most successful charters across the country. The difference will be life changing in our communities that need it the most.

From state to state, the procedure for obtaining a charter varies, but the basic idea is that a decision-making body reviews applications and decides whether to permit a charter school to run. The proposed school must submit a contract outlining the schools mission, students served, goals, curriculum, and assessment strategy. The length of contract ranges from 3-5 years, depending on the state. 2012 will be the 4th attept to bring charter schools to Washington State.

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Shea Eakes If you have seen “Waiting for Superman”, the idea of charter schools seems like the miracle of change our country’s education system has been hungry for. Charter schools can provide a rigorous and intentional education to many low-income and at-risk students who normally would fall through the cracks of our public education system. Students learn how to be applied citizens and are hidden from the detrimental out-of-school factors that break down their individual progress. Though this silver lining seems to be an end-all answer, there are many setbacks and problems with a system that opens up completely to these business designed and run schools. When comparing charter schools and public education, it might seem that charter schools vastly out-educate and out-perform public institutions, but through a closer lens, one can see the scale is tilted. An unfair advantage that charter schools have when compared with public schools are their small sizes and lack of federal regulation. These freedoms create an unrealistic view of how charter schools could work on a macro level. These smaller sizes also disenfranchise many families that would be in need of an alternative opportunity for their children’s education. The National Conference of State Legislatures writes, “Charter Schools, due to their small size and limited numbers, will provide only some families with public school choice options, thereby raising issues of fairness and equity.” Since the early 1900’s, the United States has our youth with a free and public education. Today we find this process is being undermined by the escalation of charter schools. One way this can be seen is when charter schools find new and successful methods of instruction and learning methodology are kept inside their own walls. The competitive nature of these schools hurts public education where the newest and best teaching methods are needed the most. Education in an ever-changing world progresses best through team work and open discourse on relevant and impactful changes. To save these secrets for an individual institution’s profits is a detriment for our youth and for the way our country approaches learning. Another shortcoming of charter schools is the lack of student accountability. Though public education is constantly shifting the way it assesses and evaluates its students, every state works hard to fulfill their duties of providing the federal government with tangible and quantitative results. The Education Commission of the States points out that, “The usual complications of accurate student measurement are compounded by the often-conflicting demands of state government’s need for accountability and the marketplace’s desire for opportunity.” A striking downfall of the charter school model is how it runs itself like a business. It follows similar consumer trends and demands which can eventually lead to the closing of that charter school. This creates an unstable academic environment for students who are already susceptible to a chaotic out-of-school life. Change needs to take place in the United States’ public education, but are charter schools the end all answer? Though they have many benefits and seem to be making a strong stand for change, there are still many reasons why they have not taken over completely. There might be more than meets the eye with the follies of charter schools and the positives have yet to surpass the negatives.

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o you know your STD status?

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REACH Center The REACH Center, located in the Goodwill Industries building at 714 S. 27th St. in Tacoma, is a one-stopshop resource center for young adults 16-24. The center features over thirty partners offering services ranging from educational support to classes on multimedia production. REACH serves participants with peer support workers who are knowledgeable in their fields of expertise and can help participants navigate systems of employment, education, and resources.

When you hear about sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, what typically comes to mind? Itching, burning, or money, perhaps? STDs are actually very expensive to treat and cost the U.S. health care system $17 billion each year, according to the CDC. In addition to expense, STDs can have immediate and long-term health consequences, which can include life-long medication usage, cancer, and even infertility. There are several kinds of STDs. Some of the most common ones are the human papilloma virus (HPV), genital herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. One can contract these diseases through vaginal and anal intercourse and oral sex. HPV is characterized by genital warts, but warts can also be found in the mouth and throat. However, most people do not develop any symptoms and are unaware that they are infected. Certain strains of HPV can even cause cervical cancer in women and penile cancers in men. Chlamydia and gonorrhea also do not cause symptoms in most people. If symptoms are present, they generally include vaginal or penile discharge and pain during

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How to Find Quality Child Care Colleen Meyer and Raymonda Wade All families want the best start in life for their children. Child Care Resource and Referral (soon to be Child Care Aware of Tacoma-Pierce County) is a good starting point when trying to find licensed child care. They have a database to use with all of the licensed, child care providers in Pierce County. The Department of Early Learning– the licensing agency for child care providers in Washington State – keeps them notified of providers’ licensing status including whether or not providers are pending an investigation and are on the do not refer status. In addition to providing referrals to licensed child care, Child Care Resource and Referral can also provide families information on what to look for when choosing quality child care. Once you have received a list of licensed child care providers that match your family’s needs, there are five things to consider when choosing a child care program called “quality indicators”: 1.

Group Size/Ratio- The group size and number of children per caregiver can affect your child’s ability to grow and learn. Often the smaller the group size, the better.


Family Involvement- Visiting and participating in your child care program sends the message that you are invested in what your child is doing and learning.


Caregiver Education and Turnover- It is very important that the adults who care for your children have the knowledge and experience necessary to meet your child’s needs. Early Childhood Education, training, experience, and low staff turnover are often related to higher quality care.


Health and Safety- Attention to health and safety is critical to high quality care. The facility should look organized, safe and clean. Teachers should be alert to cleanliness and safety at all times.


Accreditation- Being accredited is often a mark of high quality. Providers that are accredited meet higher standards for child care than licensing requirements. Some common accrediting organizations include National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC).

START EARLY- Give yourself enough time to make an informed decision.

CALL- Be sure the provider has vacancies. Set up a good time to visit.

VISIT- Go see several facilities during a time when children are present, taking your own child to meet and interact with the provider while observing.

CHECK HISTORY- Find out if the provider you choose has a history of licensing complaints before placing your child in care and continue to check the status routinely once your child is in care: Department of Early Learning – 1-866-482-4325 or

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In order to reduce your chances of contracting an STD, practice safe sex - make sure that you or your partner wear a condom during sexual contact. According to 2010 data collected by the Washington State Department of Health, approximately 80% of Pierce County adults did not use a condom during sexual activity within the last 12 months at the time of survey. This is high risk behavior that greatly increases one’s chances of getting an STD. Young women and men, ages 13-26, can also receive the HPV vaccine in order to reduce their chance of contracting certain strains of HPV that are known to cause cancer. Of course, abstinence is the only sure way to prevent an STD. Everyone should be screened for STDs at least once a year if sexually active or more often if necessary. Untreated STDs can lead to complications and make it easier to contract the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) during sex. Planned Parenthood and your health care provider’s office are a couple places you can go to get tested. It’s important to know your status and your partner’s status at all times in order to reduce the spread of STDs in our community. Here’s to your health!



acoma’s Home Composting Program Angelique Maunakea

What is composting? Sounds boring and like too much work, right? Composting is just another way to recycle. Think of it as “necrogardening.” Basically, it is taking necrotic or “dead” organic materials (grass, fruits/vegetables), breaking them down, and ending up with a soil-like product. This natural “soil”, which is made from your recycled grass, veggies and other materials, is good for use in gardens to promote garden growth. Composting can be as simple as setting up bins outside your house. For Tacoma residents, Tacoma offers a program called the Tacoma Home Composting Program.

How does the program work? Tacoma’s Home Composting Program through the city of Tacoma Solid Waste Management, works by providing curbside yard waste collection to single family residential customers. On designated days/times, the Waste Management Team comes out with their trucks and collects your yard waste (They do both

yard and compost) bins, along with your trash and recycling bins. While garbage and recycling bins get picked up every week, the yard waste and food waste bin gets picked up every other week. To find out detailed information or about free composting workshops, please call (253) 573-2426 or visit www.

How does it benefit people and our community? By composting, you save money, water, time, and air quality. Money is saved by reducing the need to buy chemicals and fertilizer. Over time, composting will save a city money by diverting garbage from landfills, cutting the costs of waste management. The water you save composting lessens storm water runoff and keeps the rainwater for your own garden, decreasing the need to irrigate. Composting also produces chemical-free fruits and vegetables with the needed nutrients from the naturally created soil. The process itself can take up to 6 months, but after the initial work you put in, you can leave it up to mother nature to do the rest, saving you time.

Things to do this Summer Hiking

Glass Art

Museum of Glass

Experience contemporary glass art in a breathtakingly beautiful museum in the heart of the Tacoma Museum District. Feel the heat as you watch a team of artists create masterpieces from molten glass in the world’s largest Hot Shop—housed inside the iconic 90-foot stainless steel cone—and marvel at edgy and inspiring exhibitions of glass in the galleries.


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urination. Genital herpes presents with reoccurring sores. Contrary to popular belief, one can still contract genital herpes from their partner even if sores are not present. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this disease.

Wrights Park


Wright Park is ideal for a leisurely stroll or for taking your kids to the playground. This 27-acre arboretum is home to a rich collection of more than 630 trees, including 30 state champions. Metro Parks Tacoma was created in 1907 as a municipal corporation to manage park, recreation and zoological services and facilities for the citizens of Tacoma. 501 South I St. Tacoma, WA 98405


Washington Trails

Washington’s mountains and forests are big enough to provide us with a lifetime of adventure and exploration. Washington Trails Association’s (WTA) hiking guide is the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content from eight guidebooks, user submitted info, and data compiled by WTA.



Cheney Stadium

Cheney now featuring amenities that include luxury suites, a new club/restaurant, clubseats that are closer than any other seat in any other baseball park across the nation and a grass berm located along right field. The stadium boasts double the number of concession points of sale (goodbye, never-ending lines!) and more ADA seating capacity along with better ADA access. 2502 S. Tyler St. Tacoma, WA 98405



LeMay Car Museum

LeMay – America’s Car Museum spotlights America’s love affair with the automobile. Featuring a nine-acre campus – with a fourstory museum as the centerpiece – ACM, situated atop Tacoma, Wash., 30 minutes south of Seattle and in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, will be one of the world’s largest auto museums and attractions when it opens in June 2012.



Ruston Way Water front

This two-mile long scenic waterfront with panoramic views of Commencement Bay is a great place for walking, jogging, rollerblading, and fishing. While you’re there check out Old Town Dock, used by locals for fishing or as a vantage point for pedestrians to get closer to the water.


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Go Green

Now entering its second year of production, the 2012 Nissan LEAF™ is again leading the drive into the “no gas, no tailpipe” zero-emission era. Designed specifically for a lithium-ion batterypowered chassis, Nissan LEAF is a medium-size hatchback that seats five adults comfortably and has a range of 100 miles (U.S. LA4 cycle) on one full charge to satisfy real-world consumer requirements.


issan Leaf 100% electric. Zero gas. Zero tailpipe. Starting at $27,700

Nissan LEAF was named “2011 World Car of the Year,” edging out the BMW 5-Series and the Audi A8 for the top spot. The award is just one of a string of accolades for the vehicle, which was also named “2011 European Car of the Year.” Enhancements for the 2012 model year include the addition of a standard battery heater, heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, heated outside mirrors and rear HVAC duct on all models. Also, a Quick Charge Port is now standard on the LEAF SL.

The Nissan LEAF is powered by a lithium-ion battery composed of 48 compact modules and a high-response 80kW AC synchronous motor that generates 107 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque, providing a highly responsive, fun-todrive experience that is in keeping with what consumers have come to expect from traditional, gasoline-powered vehicles. Unlike internalcombustion engine-equipped vehicles, LEAF’s powertrain has no tailpipe and thus no emission of CO2 or other greenhouse gases while being driven. Driving range is expected to be 100 miles between full charges. The Nissan LEAF can be charged up to 80 percent of its full capacity in 30 minutes when equipped with a quick charge port and using a DC fast charger. Charging at home through a 220V outlet is estimated to take approximately seven hours. The advanced lithium-ion battery pack carries an industrycompetitive warranty of 8 years or 100,000 miles.

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LIFE Program: Living in Free Expression

For those interested in fresh, creative, and engaging activities to do this summer, look no further than Fab-5's 2012 LIFE Program! For nine straight Saturdays this summer, join us as young people from all over the region gather to learn, share, and collaborate with one another through a variety of Urban Arts Workshops held at Fab-5's creative headquarters, Fabitat. Each LIFE session includes three hours of hands-on instructional workshops in the participant's class of choice, and group discussions around relevant issues led by a diverse group of professional teaching artists. At the end of each summer program, Fab-5 students and instructors partner together to create a live community event celebrating the culmination of the program. Past events have featured live mural painting, dance exhibitions/ battles and live music showcases. Additionally

cohorts, and students decided that they not only wanted to showcase their work at these events, but also wanted to organize the event to tangibly impact and contribute to their greater community. To do this, recent year's events have included clothing/food drives and fundraisers, as well as collaborations and performances with local community events to promote awareness around social justice and educational issues. If you or someone you know may be interested, check out the info below to get connected! The 2012 LIFE Program runs from June 30th through August 25th. Registration and workshop costs are free, though donations are always accepted. For additional info and pre-registration, check out or

YTacoma: Talent, Leadership, and Change-makers

Cecily Jenkins

Cecily has a passion for young adults and is currently working as a Director of Mentoring in connection with the with one of Washington’s first AAU leagues for youth football. She is also Co-Founder of RAW Causemetics, an all natural and organic skin care company, who aims to deliver a luxury spa experience to your home and raise awareness of different causes.....


Justin Camarata

Justin is a University of Washington graduate and currently works for He moved to Washington as a child and lived in several parts of the region before settling in Tacoma, where he came to love the “little big city” feel and the inspiring, intentional people who lived there. A passionate believer in citizen involvement in government, he...


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Coming out of his Master’s Program, Shea was hired on as a substitute teacher for both the Auburn and Highline school districts. Recently, Shea was inspired to get involved with local politics and the Pierce County Journal. Shea looks forward to adding his journalism expertise to an up and coming publication that highlights amazing people and parts of Tacoma.....

Dorian Waller

Born in Cincinnati and raised in the military, Dorian has always aspired to be a active community member and in Tacoma he has found it. He is a double graduate of the Evergreen State College with a BA in Political Science/ Urban Planning and a MA in Public Administration. A strong believer in community involvement and inclusion, Dorian’s love of com...


Maria is a proud Mexican and Native American woman who was raised on the Eastside of Tacoma. She is a twin and both are first generation college students. Maria pursued a Bachelor’s Degree from The Evergreen State College where she studied social sciences and humanities. At Evergreen is where she discovered her passion of wanting to help others who...

Ashleigh-Nicole Bess

Ashleigh graduated from KentMeridian High School, as Co-Editor & Business Manager of her high school newspaper, the Royal Herald. Ashleigh has worked for her family’s restaurant business most of her life and believes that communication is life’s most basic and vital skill. Because of this, she will pursue studies of Communications & Journalism......


Yusuf Word

Yusuf Word graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in Communication Studies and African American Studies, where he was also Student Body President 08’09’. After graduation he chose to join AmeriCorps through the Northwest Leadership Foundation, working at Trinity Presbyterian Church, where he ran a afterschool program with two oth...


Adam Ydstie

Adam is a renaissance man, an advocate for social justice and the arts, an unashamed foodie, and a passionate defender of the numerous reasons Tacoma is great. Currently, he is the Program Coordinator at Associated Ministries, Talent Buyer and part-owner of The Warehouse and CoProducer of First Night Tacoma along with the rest of The Warehouse......


Lynda Foster

Currently working for a State Representative and a state Senate campaign, Lynda Foster has experience in development, campaign, and legislative work. She started her career door-to-door fundraising, and soon realized her love of directly engaging communities and activating them to take on a larger role in democracy. Since then Lynda has fundraised ...


Amber Starr Brooks

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Amber Brooks is a Roosevelt University graduate holding degrees in Political Science and Journalism and a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Amber is also currently pursuing her MBA. In Chicago, Amber worked as a Youth Development Specialist for five years with the organization Youth Guidance. Within the or...


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ominique Williams Signed to Central Washington University Shea Eakes

Many young athletes aspire to have their chance at a successful basketball career through high school and on to college. They hope to secure a scholarship with all of their hard work and training to make their career goals align with their athletic dreams. Dominique Williams, a Tacoma Community College basketball player is no different. Having one of the best seasons of his career, this local rising star has been recently signed to Central Washington University with a full-ride scholarship. And with two more years of eligibility, he is ready to take his skills onto Ellensburg and beyond. Williams is a versatile guard who stands at 5 feet and 10 inches. Don’t let his height fool you, his huge point totals have won his TCC team games and a NWAACC championship.

“Since I was a little kid, it was my dream to play college ball and get a scholarship,” remarked Williams when asked about his long term goals growing up. Basketball

has always been a passion of Williams’ and now more than ever does he feel the drive to succeed and push himself to his optimal potential. “It wasn’t a shock to get the contract but it has really made me try that much harder to be great” joked Williams when asked if he was surprised at the process of his signing. And don’t think that the signing has gone to his head, “I am not feeling my head grow because of the signing but I have even more reason to push myself to those goals that I have set for myself.” Growing up in Tacoma, Williams had many influences that helped him work harder to achieve his goals. Friends and other players like Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Abdul Gaddy all helped influence him to where he is today. The city’s basketball culture is a tight knit group that is constantly challenging one another to push for greater competition. The city has seen many of its youth make it to the college level and even the National Basketball Association.

Now that Williams is heading to Central, what can he look forward to? He is going to be a starting player on the Central team and still has two years of eligibility with them. Also, Williams is going into education and wants to give back to his community. Williams proudly talked about his eventual career goals, “I want to be a model for the youth of my community and give back what I received.” The people who inspire us in our youth can help guide our aspirations and future steps forward and Williams knows how important that is to give back to a city that gave him so much. When asked, “Where do you see yourself in four years?”, Williams smiled and replied, “Getting paid to play basketball.” Williams is another hard working person out of Tacoma who is making his mark and setting a higher standard to live by.


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ligarchy and a Tax System in Crisis

John Rutherford

There is broad national consensus that our current tax system is deeply flawed. Its incentives are perverse, its revenues are inadequate, and its burden falls too heavily on those least able to bear it. Yet the root of this problem is not tax policy itself it is our nation’s oligarchic concentration of wealth and power. Over the last few decades our nation has experienced an unprecedented increase in the concentration of wealth. Department of Labor statistics show that the portion of the national income controlled by the top 1% of earners has increased sharply since the 1980s. They also show that while the US economy experienced relatively steady growth during this period, the wages for most of the working and middle class stagnated. As the wealth controlled by an elite class of bankers, investors, and corporate managers grew their political clout grew with it. They have used this clout to corrupt our democracy in innumerable ways. Their corruption of the tax system has been especially perverse. The New York Times has reported that many of the largest corporations

pay little to no tax, or even get the IRS to pay them. The nation’s wealth is increasingly concentrated in the hands of entities that can shield that wealth from tax collectors; consequently, increasing portions of the national income are grossly under taxed. This dynamic is largely responsible for the government’s inability to collect sufficient revenues to provide the services its constituents demand. To make ends meet the government has shifted the tax burden onto those without the influence to shield their wealth from taxes. This means local and small businesses and the middle and working class are seeing their tax rates increase even as their profits and wages diminish. This double burden is more than many can bear and is driving both towards extinction. Tax policy reforms that close loopholes and remove tax breaks would improve the situation, but these are unlikely to pass due to the influence of corporate lobbyists. The fundamental flaw with our tax system is not the tax policy, it is oligarchy. Failing to address this root cancer will doom any tax policy reforms over the long term.

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ublic Access MultiMedia Lab for Youth

Sara Sunshine

We live in a multimedia society. Modern information sources include not only include the written word but also music, images, and film. In today’s world, media literacy is an essential part of being educated. However, access to digital media tools can be expensive and difficult for many. Furthermore, the best way to become media literate is by creating not just consuming. Youth rarely get that opportunity.

it’s something they care about. The library provides the tools to do that.”

One StoryLab user, Tyler aka “Teeler”, has already benefited from exploring the StoryLab. He recently won the Washington State division of a teen video contest sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Library Program. His winning film features original lyrics, which he rapped, edited, and showcased in a music video available on You Libraries exist to level the information Tube under the title “2012 TVC–WA–Own playing field. Tacoma Public Library is doing the Night Teeler” so with a Media StoryLab. The StoryLab, founded September 2010 and funded by There are 100+ youth who have used the a grant from the Paul G. Allen Family StoryLab ranging from workshops to daily Foundation, provides youth ages 13-20 the drop-ins. One member, Lawrence aka “Pretty chance to explore all forms of literacy. Its Boi Flacco” says, “Before I started coming mission is to connect “teens with the critical here, I was really in trouble. Here I can get skills, tools, and resources necessary to help away from the streets and my life. I go into them create and successfully communicate a mode where my soul and mind can fully be their stories.” In addition to technology, in music. It’s funny. There’s a lot of stuff I the need for guidance is provided by Digital hear in certain songs now, and now I know Media Specialist Adam Brock, M.F.A., Teen how to do that. Since I’ve been coming to the Services Librarians Sara Holloway, M.L.I.S. StoryLab, I’m not as lost as I was before.” To and Kristy Gale M.L.I.S. learn more about the Tacoma Public Library StoryLab visit or Brock says, “Kids learn best by exploring explore student’s creations at their own interests. They work harder when

Local Music/Artists Bio’s

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ina Belliveau

Gina Belliveau is a singer-songwriter from Baltimore, Maryland, who has been transposed to the Pacific Northwest. Now, she continues to create simple and beautiful folk music inspired by forests & fireflies, birds & books, love & loss. She released her first album, Turning Over Stones, in summer 2011, and is already stitching together plans for a second. In the meantime, her music can be heard at www.myspace. com/abilingualeve or or or on iTunes. “I can’t recommend [her album] enough. It’s the kind of music that unfolds slowly but surely through repeat listens, revealing layers of rich nuance and secret delights. She’s got a knack for making naturalistic imagery and personal reflection merge in striking ways; it sometimes feels like the audio equivalent of early American naturalist photography and paintings...” Andrew Norsworthy -

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orey K.O. Strozier

Humble, Focused, and Goal Oriented Korey “K.O” Strozier found his love for the art of music at the young age of 12. While most of his relatives were heavily into sports, on the court or field is not where K.O saw himself. K.O. and partner Jon Cuse released a mixtape about a year ago called “Acquired Taste” with then label Synergy Entertainment. With more of a laid back humble demeanor his flow resonates in the same sense, which makes his new project “Cursive Elegance” a pleasant surprise. K.O has almost done a 360 and what was more of a street based west/south sound on the first project turns into sophisticated grown man music. The nuance from track to track is smooth as K.O. finds production that compliments his style, and his rhymes tell a better story instead of just being senseless.

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oDerrick Local Tacoma Rhayn

Most likely, you’ve heard the phrase “Go Local,” right? You’ve heard it in reference to buying local, and perhaps you’ve thought to yourself “Yeah, that sounds good,” and as a result have shopped at a local business over a franchise or chain business. But, what does going local really mean, and why is it important in the Tacoma/Pierce County area? Let’s explore this question in detail through the work of a Tacoma based nonprofit organization: Go Local Tacoma.


iving in a Shelter

Kayla Lee (11 years old)

Imagine waking up in a shelter. A woman standing over you is handing you the five items you own in a small plastic bag. She tells you that it is time to leave. You grab the bag and walk out into the harsh weather thinking to yourself that at least it wasn't a bench and head towards your local food bank. Imagine sitting on a bench as you burn a fever, infect an open wound , or get sick due to hypothermia and have nowhere to go, no doctor to see, and no pharmacy to get medicine from. These are challenges homeless people face every day. People just like you and I only less fortunate struggle every minute and have nowhere to go. Because of the need for medical insurance, finances, and transportation, this is what the homeless face. Lack of medical care can make the homeless sicker and more at risk to getting AIDS, becoming alcoholics, developing anger problems, running into the police frequently, being discriminated against, getting addicted to drugs, or developing major eating disorders. When you have no place to go home to, nothing to do all day, and no family to tend to; drugs, anger, and all of those things become more broad to you and seem to be the only thing you live for in the world. Medical care is an easy solution to these problems. It can help you be safer mentally, physically, and emotionally. Maybe at first going to a medical clinic for the homeless doesn't seem like a solution but think of the things that happen while you are there. A girl who volunteers could give you an orange while you are waiting for the registered nurse to call you in and it reminds you of when you were a child. You would see other people just like you facing the same things you do and realize you aren't alone. You would see the volunteers care and people want to make a difference in the world and you could be inspired. Medical attention is crucial when trying to address homelessness and it can prevent many things (drugs, anger, aids, disease) from happening.

Go Local Tacoma, a program component of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, is a local independent business alliance (IBA) dedicated to helping local independent businesses (LIBs) and consumers understand the benefits of spending their money locally. Started in 2008, Go Local is an independent business alliance that advocates for and supports local independent businesses that are based in the Tacoma area. The goal is much larger than simply convincing consumers that spending a few extra bucks at a local business is the right thing to do; instead, the goal is to fundamentally shift the economy to a local living economy through a dynamic process called economic localization. Local living economies stand in stark contrast to the mainstream, corporatized economies that value profits over people. Local living economies are based on values of cooperation, integration, and overall community health. The building blocks of local living economies are independent retail (or what most people think of when they hear “buy local”), sustainable agriculture, green building, community capital, renewable energy, independent media, zero-waste manufacturing, independent media, and a range of other building blocks. These building blocks are connected in ways that foster a sustainable, resilient local economy. Here’s how it works: Typically the first step that an IBA takes is that they begin connecting local independent businesses into a network structure through a membership platform. As this network grows, LIBs receive education on the benefits of local sourcing, strategies for integrating with other LIBs, and resources that helps them grow and succeed. When an IBA reaches a critical mass (say 1,000 members), the IBA implements tools and processes that intersect with the membership’s supply chain, creating sourcing synergies between members. In other words, LIBs look at all of their expense line items and begin asking the question “Can I source this service or product locally from within the IBA network?” Imagine hundreds of businesses shifting their expenses to solely LIBs within their community – from their banking relationships to their internet service providers to their office supplies to every possible item that comprises their business. As each business begins shifting their sourcing to other LIBs within the IBA, they begin to reap the benefits of being part of an interconnected network dedicated to fostering local relationships. What’s more, the IBA is able to harness helpful information on policy changes, network needs, emerging trends, and other data that spurs entrepreneurship and evolves the network into a smart network. The positive impacts ripple into the community, with increased jobs, lower carbon footprints, and a more vibrant local economy. As the independent retail building block grows stronger, other building blocks are added, creating a holistic community and economic development strategy that builds on itself as it grows. While the IBA is building a membership structure, they engage consumers in understanding the power of going local.

And this power is much more than feel good economics. It is rooted in research driven, reproducible results that show strong local economies generate more jobs, better withstand economic downturns, and are more innovative and resilient. Groups such as Civic Economics, based out of Chicago, and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, out of Portland, Maine, have performed several studies in city after city on the economic multiplier effect of spending money at LIBs as opposed to franchise businesses. Time and again, these studies show that more money stays within the local community when spent at a LIB. Generally for every dollar spent at a local independent business, upwards of $0.68 is recirculated back into the local economy. This is in contrast to the mere $0.43 that is reinvested from every dollar spent at a corporate business. The wide difference is because LIBs generally spend more of their money locally on jobs, supplies that are locally sourced, and other expenses that generate increased economic growth locally. In other words, when people spend money at franchise businesses, most of that money leaves the local economy and goes to where the ownership is based. That is why it is important to support both locally owned, and independent businesses. Go Local is in full swing of implementing this process in Pierce County, and is growing quickly, having grown from 76 members at the beginning of 2011 to now having over 300 members. The organization has actually mapped all 6,600 LIBs in Tacoma, and is targeting those and other LIBs from surrounding Pierce County cities for membership. To its members, Go Local offers a range of programs, including monthly network development meetings called Shop Talks, where LIBs connect with other LIBs, and Smart Labs to increase local business owners’ specific skill sets. Go Local is also working on a rewards program that rewards consumers with points towards their next purchase for shopping at network member LIBs. Finally, Go Local is also in partnership with six independent media outlets that are referred to as the “Media Six Pack”. The Media Six Pack features monthly editorial and focused ads about Go Local, helping to spread the word and educate consumers about the power of going local. Perhaps Go Local is best known for its annual Shift Happens event, which occurs in January. Shift Happens is a platform that features Go Local’s innovative work, while at the same time showcasing some of the Tacoma area’s unique locally owned businesses. Shift Happens is also the platform for the annual State of the City address delivered by the Mayor of Tacoma. Go Local is not alone in its endeavor to shift the economy to a local living economy. It is actually one of about 150 IBAs throughout the United States that are linked together in a largescale community that shares best practices and resources, and collaborates on projects such as the annual holiday Shift Your Shopping campaign. This movement is growing exponentially as more people begin to understand the power of investing their dollars locally, stimulating their local economy, and in the process, creating jobs. Not only does the local living economy movement offer hope in the face of economic stagnation and a seemingly endless amount of political gridlock, but it also offers a fresh, new perspective on how community and economic development is seen from the community level. This movement is demonstrating how economies should work: economies should be structured in ways that benefit the communities and people that live in them. It is this new perspective that Go Local is cultivating, and is seeking your support in creating.

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There are some small non-profits that have places for the homeless to get medical attention. But even with that, they can usually only accept the first twenty to forty people that are in line and others who may be sicker or dying need to wait for the next opening time, which could be two or three more days. There are also barriers the homeless face when seeing a non-profit medical facility. They may not trust doctors and nurses because hospitals have been noted to turn away patients because of judgmental purposes unrelated to their health. The homeless move a lot and sometimes can't find non-profits to go to. And some non-profits turn the homeless down because they don't or never had medical insurance. These are barriers homeless face. So the question remains. Where do they go? The homeless have high rates of mortality, but live in environments not condusive to terminal care. Small nonprofits provide safe, effective, medical shelter for the homeless or low-income. These non-profits, such as: Hospice Without Borders Palliative Care, the Union Gospel Mission, Health Care and Homeless, and the Neighborhood Clinic, are non-profits full of volunteers and opportunities to reach out and lend a hand to those who need it. We are looking for nothing more than change in the world, no suffering, and opportunities to show who we really are. We come from different types of homes and set good examples for the rest of the world. Our surveys show the highest medical problems many homeless face are drugs alcohol and mental illnesses. The homeless have a heavy burden of disease including physical illness, psychiatric conditions and addictions. Shelter-based palliative care can provide effective end of life care to terminally ill homeless individuals at potentially substantial cost savings. Remember, anyone can be homeless all it takes is unemployment or a tragic loss in a family. When you see a homeless person on the street, instead of adverting your eyes, stop and ask how you can help because in the snap of a finger that could be you.

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