Cancer in the coronavirus crisis: my weekly diary (The Guardian)

Heather Chaney, 49, is a stay-at-home mom from Bellevue, Washington. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer in mid-February 2020, just weeks before the coronavirus outbreak overwhelmed the state. Follow her treatment journey in her weekly diary column.

April 27, 2020

Chemotherapy is weakening my immune system during the coronavirus pandemic

All I can do at the moment is move forward with my treatment for stage two cervical cancer and hope.

April 20, 2020

Chemotherapy during a pandemic is exhausting. And yet I can’t stay asleep

The routine for my cancer treatment was starting to feel almost relaxing. I shouldn’t have got ahead of myself.

April 13, 2020

The anxiety of physical distancing while undergoing chemotherapy

Sometimes I forget what it was like when I could just go out for a drink with my husband or go shopping with my kids.

April 6, 2020

I started chemotherapy in the middle of a pandemic

I want to keep my family safe from a deadly virus. But to survive cancer I have to go to a hospital daily.

March 30, 2020

‘What a terrible time to have cancer’: falling ill during the coronavirus crisis

In the first of her weekly columns, Heather Chaney describes preparing for a course of chemo and radiotherapy that will compromise her immune system.

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As Homelessness Rises in Seattle, So Does a Native American Housing Solution (CityLab)

The building is named ʔálʔal, which means “home” in Lushootseed, a Native American language of the Coast Salish people in the Seattle area. (It’s pronounced “all-all.”) Set to open in October 2021, the eight-story housing project will be built with the housing needs of one distinct community in mind — Native Americans, who in the Seattle area are seven times more likely than whites to be living in homelessness, according to a 2017 Seattle Human Services report.

Most of the building’s 80 studio apartments will be for the homeless, with 10 reserved for veterans and another 10 for extremely low-income households. Each of the building’s floors will be named after traditional medicines, such as Sage and Yarrow Root, and covered in Coast Salish art. The ground floor will feature a traditional Native café, resourced by a local farm. There will also be a primary care health clinic run by the Seattle Indian Health Board. Outside, a 25-foot wooden statue of a Native mother with her hands raised will welcome residents and visitors.

The figure and the building are designed to send this message: “You have been out there struggling for so long, but in this place, you are going to find welcome, you are going to find security, you are going to find people who love you and appreciate you as a native person,” says Colleen Echohawk, executive director of Chief Seattle Club. Founded in 1970, the Seattle-based nonprofit works to support the city’s American Indian and Alaska Native residents by providing everything from food and housing assistance to legal help.

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‘Our history is contained there’: loss of archive threatens Native American tribes (The Guardian)

In 1969, a clerical error resulted in the Samish Indian Nation in Washington state suddenly being dropped from the federal government’s list of recognized tribes. It took almost three decades of wading through piles of historical documents and painstaking litigation before its members were able to regain that recognition, along with the federal benefits and protections that come with it.

Their success hinged on unearthing a wealth of documents – court cases, family histories, tribal correspondence with the federal government – much of which was found at the National Archives facility in Seattle, according to Tom Wooten, the Samish Indian Nation tribal chairman.

“It was a struggle but we persevered through it,” Wooten said. “And to be honest, if that information wasn’t available at the archives, it would be really hard to bring any case like that today.”

But the archive, which sits on a 10-acre site at the edge of Lake Washington, is under threat. It is among a dozen federal properties across the US expected to be put up for sale next year after being identified as “high value assets”, a move that could deprive the Native American community in the Pacific north-west of access to critical resources.

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Outrage at video showing child who was maced by police at Seattle protest (The Guardian)

Standing among a group of peaceful anti-racism protesters in downtown Seattle on a recent Saturday afternoon, Mando Avery held his seven-year-old son’s hand as he and three generations of his African American family finished a prayer with members of their church.

Only feet away, Evan Hreha, 34, a hairstylist, arrived at the protests alone.

That was when, Avery said, out of nowhere, a police officer fired mace at the group. It hit his son square in the face.

As the young boy screamed and clutched on to his father, Hreha caught it all on camera. He confronted the officer he believed had maced the boy and told him the footage was going online. He then posted it on social media.

The footage captures the outrage of protesters after the boy is maced who demand to know why police sprayed a child with the chemical irritant, and made no attempt to help.

Since then, Hreha has been arrested and spent two days in jail for what some are calling police retribution for a video which went viral. The young boy is still traumatized, reeling from the chemical burn on his cheek and asking his parents what he did to deserve it.

“I would say that you were targeting my boy,” Avery told the Guardian, asked what he would say to police.

“I don’t know if you were trying to set an example and strike fear into him. You did a great job.”

What upsets him most, Avery said, is that officers and a group of emergency medical technicians standing about a block away did not step in to help.

“No officer, who’s paid to protect, chose to stand up, break the ranks, go help this child,” he said.

“I just don’t understand how any of them can sleep.”

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One year into the Donald Trump presidency, thousands of people took to Seattle’s streets for the Women’s March 2.0 on Jan. 20, 2018. Protestors rallied for a myriad of issues, including immigration and healthcare. Seattle was one of hundreds of other cities that held rallies on the anniversary of 2017 Women’s March.

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More than half of all U.S. states have legalized medical marijuana. But despite multiple legislative attempts and urging from a multitude of local patients, Utah has not. The decision has left some patients with no access to medicine that they say is a crucial treatment option. Ashley Rice is one of those patients. She has a genetic condition that causes frequent seizures.

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Neca Allgood is the president of Mama Dragons, a support group for mothers of LGBTQIA children, and the mother of a transgender son. But at the same time, she has also remained an active member of the Mormon Church, a faith whose doctrine or institutional policies appear to sometimes stand in opposition to her work for acceptance and support of her son and all members of the LGBTQ community.

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Massive waterfalls in Yosemite National Park and rivers raging in mountains throughout the western United States are thundering with greater force than they have for years — and proving deadly as warm weather melts the deepest mountain snowpack in recent memory.

Article and video by Hallie Golden and Scott Smith

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Some of the many protesters camped out in New York City for the Occupy Wall Street movement are far from new to the scene of social activism. In fact, they have been participating in rallies for over 50 years after protesting during the Vietnam War era. Now they’re back at it again.

Video by Hallie Golden

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Anayely Gomez has been living in New York since the age of three, but as one of the 3,200 undocumented college students in the U.S., she is struggling to get through college. Although she can attend college through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, affording the cost of higher education has been a struggle. Programs like the Tuition Assistance Program help students like Gomez afford a college education.

Video by Hallie Golden

Stories

 
The Beacon Food Forest grows community agriculture in Seattle- Curbed

The Beacon Food Forest in South Seattle is a 1.75-acre maze of fruit trees, herbs, and vegetables. It not only feeds the surrounding community, but also offers a brief nature-infused respite in the heart of this major metropolitan hub. Read my story here.

 

 Fremont Bridge Music- Curbed

Paurl Walsh is the Fremont Bridge’s artist-in-residence this summer. He devotes about 10 to 15 hours a week on his composition in the drawbridge’s 13-by-8 northwest tower office. Read my story here.

 

White Center Food Bank- Curbed

What happens when a food bank transforms into a grocery store? That’s exactly what happened at a major food distribution center near Seattle. Read my story here.

 

Octopus Census- CityLab

Once a year, the Seattle Aquarium enlists local divers to search for the largest octopus in the world—the giant Pacific octopus. This year, volunteers at dozens of dive sites discovered 29 of these majestic creatures. Read my story here.

 

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About

Hallie Golden is a freelance journalist in Seattle. She writes regularly for such publications as The New York Times, The Guardian, CityLab and Seattle
Magazine. Her stories address some of the region’s most important social justice issues, including the area’s high number of murdered and missing Native American women. 

She previously worked as a contract reporter and editor for The Associated Press in Salt Lake City and Philadelphia. She covered state and federal politics and crime, and has written on such topics as U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s resignation, and a Utah judge who called a convicted rapist a ‘good man.’

She also worked as an editorial fellow in Washington, D.C. for Atlantic Media’s Nextgov, where she spent a year investigating the federal government’s use and misuse of technology.

Golden graduated from Stony Brook University, with degrees in journalism and music. 

She has received awards for both her writing and photography, including a Robert and Rhoda Amon award for outstanding journalism.

Multimedia Skills

Computer: Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, WordPress Content Management System

Equipment: Nikon DSLR: D3000 and D7000, Canon video camerabasic CSS and HTML, Microsoft Excel

Now you see it, now you don’t (The Economist)

PLUTO, the ancient god of the underworld (pictured above), dealt with the dark and the dingy. Perhaps it is appropriate that a new email service allowing users to pull back murky messages from the depths of a recipient’s inbox bears his name.

Every email you send has the potential for permanence and repercussions. Whether it’s that raunchy picture you sent a partner before breaking up, or that email you mistakenly forwarded to your boss detailing what you hate about him, once an email is sent you lose all control. David Gobaud and Lindsay Lin, Harvard Law students, have spent months creating Pluto Mail—a free messaging service that aims to make such embarrassing events relics of the past.

It was released in beta on March 1st and gives users the ability not only to set self-destruct parameters for sent emails, but also edit those that have been sent already. Pluto Mail also allows authors to see when their message has been opened. Currently, the service has about 2,000 users and about as many on its wait-list. It allows just a few new recruits to join each day.

Although there have been past attempts at similar email programs, Pluto Mail has two advantages. It neither requires that users change their email service nor that email recipients have Pluto Mail accounts. This flexibility comes at a cost, however: it eliminated the possibility of Pluto Mail being able to completely delete sent emails.

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Reporting From Russia

Artistry Through Turbulence

More than 20 years after an epic struggle, he finds harmony in the same place: his paintings.

Aslangery Uyanayev was part of a group of artists who squatted at Pushkinskaya 10 in St. Petersburg, Russia, to demonstrate the power of art during a time of tyranny. Today, he lives in the same place, with scuffed floors beneath dried-out brushes, plastic dishes of muddy water and canvases covered with vivid, chaotic paint strokes.

In 1991, Uyanayev joined with other protesting painters, musicians and writers at the end of the communist era (when many artists and art forms were restricted). As the chaos of a transforming country grew around them, the group’s aim was to establish an independent cultural center. They ended up doing much more. The artists’ work, including many informal concerts and art shows, formed a type of protective buffer between them and the tumultuous times in which they lived.

“We moved into the house with the world collapsing around us,” said Uyanayev.

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Young Musician Bucks Russian Musical Culture

The 15-year-old’s frustrating memories of German class do not stem from grammar drills or vocabulary words, but from balloons.

The balloons were from all the celebrations that Olja Voronenko’s school held in lieu of class. All of the celebrations were held to kill time in a school that didn’t have enough classrooms for teaching.

These were no celebrations for Olja, an aspiring violinist. As her teachers sat up front, sipping tea, and the students around her relished the free period, she struggled silently. “I had a lot of unorganized lessons, so I always felt guilty that I couldn’t spend that time on the violin,” she said.

This shy resident of St. Petersburg, Russia, with the piercing gaze is trapped in a school system that is ill-equipped to accommodate, let alone nurture, creativity.

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