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Seattle police not marching in Pride parade; Ste. Michelle considering selling; Tacoma encampment sweeps; Pike Place night market; Lunch lady becomes principal.

Seattle police will not be marching in Seattle Pride Parade

Seattle’s Pride Parade, the fourth largest in the nation, will return in-person Sunday for the first time in two years.

But one group that has been present for the last 30 years will not be participating this year.

Earlier this month, Seattle Pride organizers said Seattle police officers could participate in the parade. However, they could not be in uniform or wear anything with law enforcement insignias or logos. Now the Seattle Police Department is saying it will work the parade, but its officers will not march. Read more

Ste. Michelle to consolidate operations, possibly sell Woodinville winery

Chateau Ste. Michelle said Wednesday it will consolidate its winemaking operations to eastern Washington, possibly selling its location in the city it was founded.

The company said the consolidation will begin with the 2022 harvest, citing the impact of shipping wine across the state.

Ste. Michelle's vineyards are located in eastern Washington's Columbia Valley, but its white wine production facility is located at its Woodinville Chateau. Read more

Residents criticize Tacoma’s repeated encampment removals

Tacoma has seen a significant increase of encampment removals since 2021, but some say the approach may be counterproductive to dealing with homelessness.

Theresa Power-Drutis has been living in her Tacoma neighborhood on South G Street for over 40 years. But while she’s seen the city change, one thing has remained constant: everyone has been welcomed, including campers and people who were unhoused.

But now, she says it’s been hard to maintain that balance in recent months, and the city’s recent round of encampment sweeps aren’t helping. Read more

Summer Night Market in Seattle is June 23

Seattle’s Pike Place Market is hosting a Summer Night Market on June 23, and organizers just can’t hide their pride.

The evening is 21 and over, with two bars featuring farm-sourced cocktails. Live music and performances will surround the more than 25 local art and craft vendors with drag queens Aunt Flo and Versace Doll kicking off the evening. Aunt Flo is also the owner of Bonnie B’s Peppers.

The market represents a sample of the small businesses that will be championed by the Greater Seattle Business Association. The Association was established in 1981 and is Washington state’s LGBTQ+ and allied chamber of commerce. It’s the largest in the country and represents more than 1,300 small business, corporate, and nonprofit members who promote equality and diversity in the workplace. Read more

From lunch lady to assistant principal: Foundation helps people of color succeed in education

Justine Locke started her career in education in a school cafeteria as a lunch lady. She worked in that position for four years, using the opportunity to get a foot in the door at the school district, and she relished the chance to be with the students.

From those modest beginnings, Justine, a single mom of two, not only became a teacher, but earlier this month, she earned a master's degree in education from the University of Washington.

Justine owes much of her success to the Teachers of Color Foundation in the Edmonds School District. It gives scholarships and support to people of color who want to become teachers. Read more

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