I was born into a family of fighters. Papi and his family were raised fighting injustice during the Salvadoran civil war. My brother learned to confront adversity with rage both in the street and at home. My sister used her voice and fists to protect herself. I actively threw left hooks of silence and Mami fought on her knees. Continue reading I Was Born Into a Family of Fighters→
Movies:Opening of Ex Machina– Details: Caleb Smith, a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman. Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test-charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava, a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated–and more deceptive–than the two men could have imagined.- Showings: 2:10pm, 4:40pm, 7:20pm, 8:00pm, 9:45pm –Where: 4816 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118 – MoreInfo: http://www.arklodgecinemas.comContinue reading This Weekend In South Seattle: Crafts for Mom, Yoga for Nepal and a Dance Party for All→
One would hope that during the 3½ month Regular Session of the Washington State Legislature (January 12 to April 24), most major issues would be addressed, leaving either no remaining work (i.e., adjournment), or a few items to be addressed during the one month Special Session (April 29 to May 28). This year, that pattern has been inverted. Continue reading Washington Legislature: The Special Session Is Where the Action Is→
Working out with friends sounds ideal, doesn’t it? You’re much less likely to flake out; the companionship is both encouraging and distracting, making the time fly by. I tested this hypothesis by trying out the 7:30 a.m. session of the Southside Booty Camp in Seward Park. By the time we were ready to begin about 20 women (it’s a women only congregation) had gathered in the misty morning, greeting each other, asking about recent travel and each other’s health. Continue reading Booty Camp: Worth the Soreness→
Local politics are our greatest hope for change. They are our last stand to create a sustainable society. They will enable us to create livable wages for all and affordable housing for everyone in our local communities. City leaders have the power to create to a society that provides equal education, addresses the injustice in our judicial system and ends the control of police. Continue reading Why I Support Kshama Sawant for Re-Election for Seattle City Council→
In March, the Metropolitan King County Council unanimously passed a new ordinance directed towards one specific person. And, it largely went unnoticed by almost everyone.
The ordinance is alters the conduct rules for people wishing to testify during public committee hearings which is an issue because before a new ordinance can be adopted in King County, the council is required by law to hold a public hearing on the issue where citizens can testify.