Category Archives: Perspective

South Seattle Celebrates Second Official Latinx Pride Festival

by Chloe Collyer

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Crowds gather in the Plaza Roberto Maestas, during the first annual Latinx Pride event.

Under a warm summer sun, Ray Corona stood on a stage bursting with color.

“I want to talk about why we use the term ‘Latinx,’” Corona 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.”

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MC Ray Corona, right, takes a selfie with a friend.

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Independence Day History Lesson

by Bri Little

(This article originally appeared in Real Change and has been republished with permission.)

Never is America’s hypocrisy and exclusionary nature more visible than on the Fourth of July. Since its inception, this country has largely disregarded the highly aspirational human rights decree, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Are these renowned words from the Declaration of Independence truths? Are they self-evident?

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Articles of Faith: Juneteenth – A Valuable Story of Freedom

by Pastor Harvey Drake

(accompanying photos are from various Juneteenth celebrations from across Seattle taken by Susan Fried)

Freedom is an intrinsic spiritual value that is deeply rooted in the DNA of our country. It is a value we celebrate nationally. For weeks preceding Independence Day, our flag covers items in stores as families look forward to gathering for food and fireworks. Continue reading Articles of Faith: Juneteenth – A Valuable Story of Freedom

Can Seattle Really Call Itself a Sanctuary City?

by DJ Martinez (words and photos)

Just over a week ago, a large crowd of supporters turned out to “defend the defender,” immigration advocate Maru Mora-Villalpando, in front of downtown Seattle’s Immigration Court on Second Ave, the “epicenter for the deportation pipeline in Washington State” said Mora-Villalpando. Continue reading Can Seattle Really Call Itself a Sanctuary City?

No New Youth Jail Coalition Demands Moratorium on Construction During Week of Action

Recounting a week of  direct action from the heart of the No New Youth Jail Campaign

by DJ Martinez

On Monday, March 19th, the No New Youth Jail Coalition delivered a letter to King County Executive Dow Constantine’s office demanding a moratorium on construction of the $210 million youth jail, known as the Children and Family Justice Center. The People’s Moratorium asserts: Continue reading No New Youth Jail Coalition Demands Moratorium on Construction During Week of Action

The No New Youth Jail Campaign Shows No Signs of Stopping

by DJ Martinez

At 8am Friday March 2, I joined four anti-racist White collectives who were supporting the No New Youth Jail campaign as they united to take the streets of downtown Seattle, initially locking arms (literally) and posting themselves in front of King County Executive Dow Constantine’s office at the Chinook Building before continuing down 4th avenue and locking down at multiple intersections. The direct action created major delays on both I-5 and I-90, with buses needing to be re-routed. Continue reading The No New Youth Jail Campaign Shows No Signs of Stopping