Month: June 2020

  • Anti-racism steps: An update to the community

    The Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) is an organization that took root 40 years ago in a primarily white community. We understand this is our history and take it on as our challenge. Institutional and systemic racism runs deep and cuts sharp in our own communities and in our own organization. Recently, we have become even more painfully aware of this fact. We have heard the hurt, pain, and disappointment from our community and we are listening. We are committed to becoming an anti-racist organization. Right now, the PNA is looking hard to discover the systems of racism that exist in the organization and how to dismantle them and rebuild. This is hard work to do and we are looking inward and outward, discussing, and committing to making change....

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  • Summer Review Newspaper: Online edition

    Summer Review Newspaper: Online edition

    You may be used to receiving our quarterly Review newspaper in the mail if you live in Phinney Ridge or Greenwood or you’re a PNA member. For this edition, because of COVID-19 financial constraints, we had to make the difficult decision to take the issue online. We hope to be back to print soon, but in the meantime, we hope you’ll take some time to peruse the online edition....

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  • A message from Interim Executive Director, Lee Harper

    It’s been a difficult few months for the PNA and our community.  First, the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to rapidly adopt new practices to keep our friends and families safe.  Then, the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery and others ignited powerful protests in support of Black Lives Matter and brought 400 years of oppression and racial injustice into sharp focus. And the PNA experienced a leadership change with the resignation of our executive director, Dar’Nesha Weary.  That’s a lot of change....

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  • NW Fine Arts Competition is live; featuring Jurors’ Choice Winner Martha Thomas

    NW Fine Arts Competition is live; featuring Jurors’ Choice Winner Martha Thomas

    Enjoy eclectic art from 20 Pacific Northwest artists in our online "show." Check out artists' websites, meet Jurors' Choice Winner Martha Thomas, get to know the jury, and maybe even purchase your favorite piece! ...

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  • Important updates from the Board of Directors

    As our friends, family, and neighbors, we hope you are safe and well. This has been a challenging time for our community and the PNA. The board and staff are navigating unprecedented operational and financial challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic and working tirelessly to ensure the PNA’s viability. As our partners in supporting each other and our community, we want to share updates with you, including some changes, some successes, and ongoing work. In late May, Dar’Nesha Weary made the difficult decision to resign as Executive Director of the PNA. The board wishes to express our sincere appreciation to Dar’Nesha for her extraordinary work during her tenure with this organization. It has been a very difficult time for us all, and for her especially. We are grateful for all Dar’Nesha has done to keep the PNA afloat during this crisis....

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  • Solidarity, support, and commitment to act

    To our cherished PNA community... One week ago, George Floyd was murdered by police in Minneapolis, MN. The Phinney Neighborhood Association wants to acknowledge, affirm, and support members of the Black community in their anguish, anger, weariness, and trauma over such state-sanctioned violence against Mr. Floyd and countless others, like Said Joquin who was killed on May 1 in Lakewood, WA in his car–with his hands up–by police who pulled him over for running a stop sign. These are merely some of the horrifying examples of Black people being killed because they are Black; while we now have more footage, these heinous acts have been ongoing for hundreds of years. We are heartbroken, we hear and see you, and we stand with you in solidarity against anti-Black violence and all forms of racism. ...

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