By Steve Shay
Sporting his trademark undercut hairdo and wearing a reflective wide smile, Seattle hip hop artist Ben Haggerty, 31, better known as Macklemore, appeared at the Duwamish Longhouse Museum in West Seattle Wednesday. He was there to celebrate the achievements of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition's (DRCC) "River For All" campaign, launched last June.
A spokesman for the campaign, Macklemore is helping to focus attention on the environmental and health threats of toxic pollution in Seattle's Duwamish River. The campaign represents local residents, Tribal members, fishing families, waterfront workers, and recreational users.
Also in attendance was diver, environmentalist and photographer Laura James whose dramatic self-portrait her colleagues helped choreograph won first place in the "River For All" photo contest. The DRCC believed her image best illustrated their message of a dirty river with a hopeful future. In it she is clothed in found river rubbish, holding a sunflower. River-related slogans are drawn on her body. She was awarded a kayak trip on the Duwamish River with Macklemore.More ›