Under a warm summer sun, Ray Carona stood on a stage bursting with color.
“I want to talk about why we use the term ‘Latinx,’” Carona said to the crowd. “Part of the reason why we use the term ‘Latinx’ is because it’s a non-gendered term, and it’s [used] to highlight diversity in our community and to highlight transgender individuals and non-binary individuals.”
[This story was originally the Valedictorian speech at The Center School’s 2018 graduation ceremony on June 20. It has been lightly edited for clarity.]
As the end of eighth grade grew closer, I was filled with trepidation for what the next four years might bring. I fantasized about failing all my classes on purpose so I’d have to stay at South Shore PreK-8. But that wouldn’t work because the rest of my class would be gone, and I’d have to make friends with the seventh graders.
Open Mic/Performance:Legacy Fridays Open Mic / Showcase Respect The Culture Presents Vol. 17 of Legacy Fridays (occurs second Fridays monthly), hosted by Suntonio Bandanaz w/ DJ Neebor (Robbin Neebor Clemente). Featured performers tonight are TBD. Limited sign-up performer slots available (arrive early!).ALL AGES Time: 6 PM–12 AM Where: Cypher Cafe at Washington Hall—153 14th Ave Cost: FREE
Music floated through the streets as people packed restaurants and bars, spilling out onto the sidewalks of Rainier Avenue in the warm, sunny glow of the evening to celebrate the second installment of Columbia City’s 24th-annual Beatwalk.
Live Music: Darren Loucas EPRelease “The Royal Room presents the long-awaited EP Release show from Darren Loucas. Also on the bill are Robin Holcomb and Barton Carroll, two of America’s finest songwriters. Please join us for a rare evening of darkly poetic and exhilarating music from three of Seattle’s most singularly talented musicians.” Royal Room hosts events all weekend. See website for more. ALL AGES (until 10 PM). Time: Shows start 7 PM, Fri Where:The Royal Room—5000 Rainier Ave S. Cost:Cost varies (donations appreciated)
In a show of unity and solidarity Saturday, thousands of demonstrators gathered at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center to protest current immigration policies, the mistreatment of immigrant families, and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) practice of separating children from their parents.