Umoja Fest 2014 Full Schedule



Umoja Fest 2014 Full Schedule

Umoja Fest 2014 features Skai Jackson from Disney Channel, three stages of music fun activities for the family!

Seattle, WA – Umoja Fest 2014
August 1-3
Judkins Park – Seattle, WA

A Seafair sanctioned event, the annual festival and parade has been in the community over six decades, Umoja Fest African Heritage Festival & Parade brings the Soul to Seafair! “Umoja” is a Swahili word which means “unity”, is the main theme of the festival. Event highlights include the Africatown Heritage Parade, Children’s Day, Radio Disney Stage & Family Fun Zone, three stages of live music including Soul, Jazz, African Drum & Dance, Fashion, Hip-Hop and Spoken Word, Basketball Tournament, Voter Registration, Vendor Marketplace & Community Resource Fair. The event is produced with support from Starbucks, Ezells Radio Disney and a host of community organizations and businesses..
Daily Events Schedule:

Children’s Day
Music In The Park

Parade 1pm (23rd & Union to Judkins Park) featuring Celebrity Grand Marshal Skai Jackson from Disney Channel
Soul In The City Stage -1pm

DJ Music
Kaffiene Jazz
Jus Us
Third Level Presents Soul N The Park Showcase – 3:30-7:30pm

Tiffany Wilson

Darrius Wilrich

Zach Bruce

Darrius Willrich

Carl Ratcliffe

April Mason

Mr Dwayne D’Arby

Black Stax


Radio Disney Stage & Family Fun!
Heal The Hood Outdoor Basketball Tournament
Rebels On Decks Skateboard
Hip Hop Stage

11am, All Power to the Positive
11:30am, Freddie Fingerz
12pm, Darius Alexander (15 mins); $krilla (15 mins)
12:30pm, Influential Minds (15 mins); Thunderchief (15 mins)
1pm, A.R. Mastermind (15 mins); DJ Memphis (15 mins)
1:30, Q-Dot
2pm, AwallAKA2Piece (15 mins); The Sav (15 mins)
2:30pm, Silvershadow D
3pm, Yirim Seck
3:30pm, Si Young
4pm, LaRue
4:30pm, Scribe Thee Verbalist
5:30pm, XP
6pm, AKA and The Heart Hurts Good

Soul In The City Stage – 12pm

Jordan Guitarist
Cassidy Summers
James Shearers
Children on God and Devine Deliverance
Monday After

Gospel & Jazz In The Park
Roots Stage

1- U.N.I.T.Y. choreography
1:30 Dilla poetry
1:40 Black History Trivia
1:50 Nigerian Chichi poetry
2:00 Robin Hip Hop Dance
2:10 Fat Liz Performance
2:40 African History Trivia
2:45 Fashion Show
3:00 Jacqueline Poetry
3:15 Jamaican Dance Hansel
3:30 Palestinian Speaker
3:45 Hip Hop Dance by Jonathon
4:00 Zumba
4:30 Dance Contest
4:45 Black History Trivia
4:50 Afrok and the Movement
6:00 Live Band

Heal The Hood Outdoor Basketball Tournament
Rebels On Decks Skateboard
Hip Hop Stage

4pm, Larry Hawkins
4:30pm, Whikid (15 mins); Reign DeeJay (15 mins)
5pm, Afrok and The Movement
6pm, Wojack
6:30pm, GHETTO (15 mins); Richie Acevedo (15 mins)

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Is friction driving out Seattle school superintendents?


Just days before Seattle school Superintendent José Banda interviewed with the Sacramento School Board for its top job, he sent a blistering email to his own board members about their treatment of his staff over the selection of new elementary-school math textbooks.

Banda and his staff wanted the same textbook that a review committee had recommended. But four of the seven board members had pushed for — and ultimately got — a different math book, and it was their exchanges with Banda’s staff leading up to that choice that prompted his email, which was sent on the eve of the board’s vote.



Bullitt’s civic activism in the area of education is especially noteworthy.

After teaching elementary school in Massachusetts, Bullitt was the founding trustee of the Little School, an independent day school located in Bellevue, Washington. She also served on the board of trustees, chairing the board from 1959-1967. Over the next twenty-plus years, Bullitt dedicated much of her time to specific education issues such as desegregation, public school funding, and school volunteer programs.

In 1968, Bullitt first became involved in desegregation through her work in organizing a voluntary racial transfer program between the Lowell and Madrona elementary schools located in Seattle.

In the same year, the Seattle School District proposed the city’s first magnet school. Garfield High School, located in the largely African-American populated Central Area, was chosen for conversion and marked the beginning of Seattle’s desegregation work. School enrollment had dropped dramatically in the Central Area, and many of the area’s schools were racially isolated. Community meetings were called in 1968 to discuss the Central Area’s “school crisis.”

Bullitt attended the meetings as co-chair of Meany Junior High School’s Parent-Teacher Association, a role in which which she served from 1968 to 1970.

The meetings resulted in a proposal for a sub-district school board to represent the area’s interests. An ad hoc agreement was signed with the Seattle School Board in January 1969, creating the Central Area School Council (CASC). The advisory council was composed of sixteen elected representatives, with ten members serving as advocates for the area’s ten elementary schools.

By 1970, CASC had become frustrated by the Seattle School Board’s failure to include the council consistently in desegregation planning. In February 1971, CASC announced a school boycott to show the extent of local parents’ support for the council, but the action was largely unsuccessful in enhancing CASC’s influence in decision making.

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Pascal Boniface: “Criticizing the Policies of Israel Is Not Anti-Semitic”


Pascal Boniface speaking at the University of the Euro-Mediterranean. (Photo: Flickr)

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Pascal Boniface is the director of the IRIS (Institut des relations internationales et stratégiques), a left-leaning think tank in Paris, and has written many books on international relations. His most recent book is La France malade du conflit israélo-palestinien [France’s illness due to the Israel-Palestinian conflict] (Editions Salvator, 2014). This interview took place on the occasion of the prohibition by the French police of a demonstration in solidarity with the Palestinians in Paris on July 20. The demonstration took place nonetheless.


Judge finds First Amendment applies to Seattle Public Schools

Case #13-2-42159-3 SEA, King County Superior Court
Judge Kimberley Prochnau

For more information, contact Arrestee/press contact Leith Jasinowski-Kahl at (206) 940-3807.
Or contact Attorney Larry Hildes at (360) 599-4339.

Three of 4 Africatown supporters arrested at the Horace Mann School last November won today (July 25, 2014) an appeal of a banning order from the Seattle Public Schools that had barred them from all School District property and School District meetings for one year.

Judge Kimberley Prochnau ruled today that SPS needed to follow the First Amendment and restore the arrestees’ Constitutional rights.

Speaking to the SPS attorney Ronald Boy, the Judge said there is “a paucity of law supporting the School District because they know there is no law that supports their position.”

Calling the arrestees “holdover tenants,” the Judge reprimanded the school district for confusing its role as a landlord at a particular building with its overarching role as a public agency focused on education that is subject to the First Amendment and the Public Meetings Act.

Judge Prochnau also questioned te legality of the review hearing required by the school district where Safety Director Larry Dorsey presided over the initial appeal of his own decision.

Omari Tahir-Garrett said, “We have put a hole in the school-to-prison pipeline by defeating School District Attorney Ron English’s attempt to silence us.”

Larry Hildes, attorney for the arrestees, said, ” We are extremely gratified that our clients’ right to speak their conscience has been restored and the the Court reminded the School District that they are subject to public speech, assembly, petition to redress grievance and the Public Meetings Act’s Appearance of Fairness Doctrine, even if they wish they were not.”




Contact Leith Kahl : (206) 940-3807


9 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014

Judge Kimberley Prochnau

King County Superior Court, 516 3rd Ave., Seattle

Courtroom E-201 Supporters and journalists encouraged.

The More 4 Mann Coalition of Historic Africatown (in Central Seattle) is continuing to challenge the unconstitutional “EXCLUSION NOTICE” imposed upon three of our members by the Seattle Public School District since last November, in direct violation of the First Amendment.

The three members, Omari Tahir, Greg Lewis and Leight J-K, appealed this decision to the King County Superior Court. Judge Prochnou will hear the appeal at 9 a.m. Friday, July 25, in Courtroom E-201, at 516 3rd Ave..

The Exclusion Notice bans the three members of the More 4 Mann Coalition from any and all public meetings and community events held on any SPS property for one year.

Former Seattle Public Schools social studies teacher Omari Tahir has served as the elected co-chair of the Seattle Alliance For Black Education since 1970. Greg Lewis is a martial arts and fitness instructor. Leith Jasinowski-Kahl is a local longshoreman and community activist who has served as a member of SPS’s Horace Mann-African American Community Partnerships Task Force since August 22, 2013, at the request of outgoing Superintendent Jose Banda. In September, that task force reached overwhelming joint District-Community agreement on thirteen (13) clear recommendations (attached), which the More 4 Mann Coalition continues to support.

We believe this perverse and backward “Exclusion Notice” to have been concocted by loyalists of SPS General Council Ron English, and his old-guard faction within the School District. This is the same School District (and Ron English faction) that has always welcomed the infamous former Urban League chief James Kelly into its facilities, even after he brought a firearm onto Rainier Beach High School campus and publicly threatened people with it in May of 2002 ( ).

Last Autumn, Ron English sabotaged the Superintendent’s pragmatic efforts at multicultural dialogue, and abruptly shifted the District’s tone and policy. In early November, the District suddenly and unilaterally began addressing the More 4 Mann Coalition as “tresspassers” instead of Partners. The District also sent a letter to task force member Leith Kahl, threatening to exclude him from Board meetings if he so much as mentioned Ron English by name, title, or pronoun (also attached).

The Ron English machine is using District Exclusion Notices and Seattle Police to silence its critics because it does not want Seattle’s taxpayers to pay attention to the record of Ron English’s involvement in the 1986 through 2005 process of privatizing Queen Anne High School ( ), the illegal 2003 “transfer” of the African American Heritage Museum & Cultural Center’s Coleman School Building to the Seattle Urban League ( ), the theocratic 2010 giveaway of MLK High School to a religious institution ( ), and the Seattle Public Schools Small Business Contracting Program Scandal of 2011 ( ). A thorough review of this long related train of abuses and usurpations would lead most taxpayers to conclude that Ron English is not a good steward of public resources, and that he should, at the very least, be let go from his job at SPS.

The District still had yet to implement any of these task force recommendations by November 19th, when a Seattle Police SWAT Team raided the Mann building at Ron English’s desire, arresting Leith, Omari, Greg and one random bystander who was not a Coalition member. They were each issued the District’s one year Exclusion Notice at the time of their release the same day. Not a single task force recommendation had yet been implemented by December 12, when we appealed the Exclusion Notice within the District’s internal Kangaroo “appeal procedure”, where it was of course upheld by THE SAME PERSON WHO HAD WRITTEN IT IN THE FIRST PLACE. Not a single recommendation had been implemented by December 19th, when we appealed this matter to Superior Court.

Since then, we are happy to report that at least ONE important task force recommendation was achieved, when SPS signed an interim re-location lease agreement with one of the More 4 Mann Coalition’s affiliated organizations. However, to date, less than four out of the thirteen task force recommendations have been achieved.

The programmatic and visual presence of ALL Africatown activities have been, at least temporarily, displaced from 2401 E. Cherry Street, the historic heart of Africatown. This was the opposite of both the letter and spirit of the task force’s recommendations, and of the School District’s stated intent in convening that task force.

Our attorney will therefore ask the Superior Court to quash this unlawful exclusion notice.