Uprising: When Black America Launched a Violent Rebellion Against One of the Most Oppressive Societies on Earth

Uprising: When Black America Launched a Violent Rebellion Against One of the Most Oppressive Societies on Earth

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Last Friday marked the 46th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination. He was killed on April 4, 1968. Events honoring Dr. King were held in Memphis and other cities around the country, media outlets ran many stories about the days leading up to King’s assassination, his work in Memphis supporting the striking sanitation workers and its relevance to the contemporary debate over a living wage. Notably missing from these recollections of that period in American history are the momentous events that occurred in the days after King’s assassination and the legacy of the national response.

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How the USA PATRIOT Act redefines “Domestic Terrorism”

Section 802 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Pub. L. No. 107-52) expanded the definition of terrorism to cover “”domestic,”” as opposed to international, terrorism. A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act “”dangerous to human life”” that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States, if the act appears to be intended to: (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping. Additionally, the acts have to occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States and if they do not, may be regarded as international terrorism.

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OMARI TAHIR GARRETT CAMPAIGN KICK OFF ANNOUNCEMENT FOR CITY WIDE SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL POSITION

OMARI TAHIR GARRETT CAMPAIGN KICK OFF ANNOUNCEMENT FOR CITY WIDE SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL POSITION

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OMARI TAHIR GARRETT CAMPAIGN KICK OFF ANNOUNCEMENT FOR CITY WIDE SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL POSITION

I AM BACK AGAIN TO INFORM YOU THAT I AM THE TOP FIGHTER IN THIS YEARS SEATTLE CITY WIDE POSITION COUNCIL RACE

MY PLATFORM’S MAIN ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS ARE:

1) RAISE THE AWARENESS THAT SEATTLE IS ON DUWAMISH NATIVE AMERICAN LAND AND COLONIALISM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE.

2) $210 MILLION ($210,000,000) FOR CHILDREN’S JAIL / PRISON IS NOT ACCEPTABLE AND MUST BE STOPPED “BY ANY AND ALL MEANS NECESSARY!!!!

3) REPAIRATIONS (REPARATIONS) MUST BE PAID TO “AFRICATOWN” TO REPAIR / CORRECT THE CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC DAMAGE DONE TO THE “AFRICAN REFUGEES” FROM EUROPEAN COLONIAL SETTLER “JUDEO-CHRISTIAN” TERRORISM / SLAVE TRADE (FROM AFRICANS TO BLACKS TO COONS TO NIG…. TO COLOREDS, TO NEGROES, TO AFRO-AMERICANS TO AFRICAN AMERICANS BACK TO AFRICANS BORN IN AMERICA.

4) END ETHNIC CLEANSING / “GENTRIFICATION” OF BLACKS OUT OF SEATTLE’S HISTORIC “CENTRAL AREA” TO THE “SUBURBS”.

5) REMOVE PICTURE OF THE “NORTH AMERICAN HITLER” GEORGE WASHINGTON, THE GENOCIDAL MASS MURDERER OF NATIVE AMERICAN “INDIANS” (NOT BORN IN INDIA) AND “OWNER” OF 319 NON-MUSLIM BLACK AFRICAN CHRISTIAN “SLAVES”.

6) STOP THE SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS FROM TEACHING BLACK CHILDREN AND ALL CHILDREN THAT GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THOMAS JEFFERSON WERE CHAMPIONS OF “FREEDOM, JUSTICE, EQUALITY AND DEMOCRACY” WHEN THEY WERE IN FACT BRUTAL “TERRORIST” THAT ENSLAVED UNFORTUNATE KIDNAPPED / TERRORIZED “CHRISTIANIZED” AFRICAN MEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN. RESTRUCTURE SEATTLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM AROUND ENTRY LEVEL CAREER / PERFORMANCE BASED EDUCATION.

7) END HOMELESSNESS BY CITY PROVIDING LAND MATERIALS AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE / COUNSELING FOR HOMELESS TO BUILD THEIR OWN MORTGAGE FREE HOUSING.

8) LIMIT SEATTLE ARMED GOVERNMENT AGENTS (“POLICE”) TO 5 YEARS IN WHICH THEY MUST COMPLETE QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHER’S CERTIFICATE AND TEACH FOR 5 YEARS BEFORE RETURNING TO SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND INSTITUTE “STING OPERATIONS” TO CATCH CRIMINALS HIDING BEHIND GOVERNMENT ISSUES BADGES AND GUNS.

9) SEATTLE SHOULD FORM ITS OWN BANK FOR FINANCING CITY PROJECTS AND FOR FINANCING HOMELESS OWNED HOUSING FOR “HOMELESS / POOR” ( HAVE YOU SEEN A HOMELESS UNEMPLOYED BIRD?)

10) SINCE RACE IS ARBITRARILY AND UNSCIENTIFICALLY BASED ON “SKIN COLOR”, REDEFINE “RACE” BASED ON HAIR COLOR WHICH IS A LOT EASIER TO CHANGE, ESPECIALLY FOR “WHITE MINDED” INTEGRATED NEGROES LIKE “WHITE SUPREMACY” COURT JUSTICE “UNCLE” CLARENCE THOMAS.

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THE PEOPLE’S CHAMPION FIGHTER, Omari Tahir-Garrett

The Black Wall Street: Visions for 23rd & Union

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Springing forward…

The Black Wall Street: Visions for 23rd & Union event was truly historic as esteemed UW architecture professor Dr. Sharon Sutton presented the work of her class. They demonstrated the ways that African American culture can be infused in to the design of a major development project. Here is Capitol Hill News article here. To get involved click here.

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Our very own David Harris has been nominated alongside the likes of billionaire Paul Allen for Geekwire Geek of the Year Award recognizing his commitment to empowering community leading the Hack The Hack The CD initiative. Vote for David here!

With everything going on in the world a Dead Prez show is right on time. Catch them IN Seattle at Nectar Lounge this Friday 4/24.

The Africatown Entrepreneurs Monthly Meetup is over 100 members already! The next meetup will be 4/25 at Taste Of The Caribbean. Register here.

In the tradition of Black Girls Rock highlighting outstanding Black women, we need your help finding our next Miss Umoja Fest Africatown Queen to represent us in Seafair. Scroll down for details.

On Tuesday 4/28 #TeamUMOJA invites you to attend an info session and networking mixer at Lake Chad Cafe, 1712 S. Jackson. #Staytuned

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VOTE DAVID HARRIS

for Geekwire Geek Of The Year!
The Africatown Entrepreneurs Meetup connects people, businesses, and organizations in order to share resources, develop new skills, and incubate ideas. Africatown cultivates self-determination and collective work through asset-based community development.

A great venture starts with a great idea. At our next meetup, we’ll explore how to rapidly produce new ideas using design thinking. RSVP here!

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Where is our 2015 Umoja Fest Seafair Queen to be?…She could be you!
The Umoja Fest Africatown Queen Scholarship Program is calling on young women to apply for a great opportunity to earn a college scholarship and represent the greater Seattle Black/African Diaspora community in Seafair. If you or someone you know would be a good candidate please fill out the attached application. The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 30th 2015.
Each contestant for the Umoja Fest Africantown Queen Scholarship Program must be:
• Between the ages of 18-24
• Be of African/African American descent
• A US citizen or permanent resident
• Currently enrolled in college/university/vocational school or a senior in high school enrolled in college for the fall of 2015.
• Must be available to represent the community for Seafair weekend and participate in Umoja Fest activities.
The winner of the Umoja Fest Pageant will be awarded a scholarship to further her education at an institution of higher learning and entered into the Seafair scholarship pageant as well.

For more information contact Yalonda Allen-Sinde, Coordinator at 206.830.0149or email pageant@umojafestnw.com

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Umoja Fest 2015 Info Session & Mixer

Community members, musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, promoters, and advocates! #TeamUMOJA invites you to attend an info session and networking mixer on Tuesday, April 28th 6:30pm at Lake Chad Cafe, 1712 S. Jackson. Come hear what we are working on for the future and find out how you can bring your ideas and talents to get involved! Our goal is to lift up the best and greatest of our community, especially our youth programs, music/arts community, entrepreneurs/small businesses and social justice work. The festival and parade are positive statements that BLACK LIVES MATTER in Seattle and that we are committed to making our future even greater than our past. For more information visit http://www.umojafestnw.com or call 877.505.6306.

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Presented by the Innovations College at Seattle Central College
In partnership with Onpoint Real Estate Services, LLC

REGISTER HERE!

Workshop Description:

If you “gotta grind that won’t stop” and “a hustle that won’t quit,” then you shouldn’t miss this exciting workshop which will illuminate how real estate can be an avenue to generate wealth beyond the traditional idea of acting as a listing/selling agent. Our three-hour (3) intense session is designed for those individuals currently in real estate, e.g. brokers, mortgage brokers, business owners, other real estate professionals, and ANYONE who is looking to get a broader and more fulfilling understanding of the real estate industry. Moving beyond the basics of buying/selling/listing, topics include: utilizing social media to drive revenue; branding; unlocking multiple streams of income available through real estate; understanding the differences between residential and commercial brokerage; property management secrets; and real estate development.

If you are new to the business or already an established agent, this class will offer you detailed insight into long-term and short-term strategies that will drive your income beyond the basics.

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Reparations Activists Ready for New Phase in Long Struggle

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Rev. Jesse Jackson and Mirelle Fanon-Mendes-France, Frantz Fanon’s daughter, spoke at the National/International Reparations Conference last week in New York. Photo by Linn Washington, Jr.

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By Linn Washington Jr.

NEW YORK — Racism is a topic that usually divides black and white Americans. However, iconic civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson said there is one contentious race-mired issue where blacks and whites seemingly share a similar posture.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and Mirelle Fanon-Mendes-France, Frantz Fanon’s daughter, speak at the National/International Reparations Conference last week in New York.

Rev. Jesse Jackson and Mirelle Fanon-Mendes-France, Frantz Fanon’s daughter, spoke at the National/International Reparations Conference last week in New York. Photo by Linn Washington, Jr.

“Blacks and whites have one thing in common. They will not discuss reparations,” Jackson said, defining reparations for slavery and post-slavery institutional racism as “repair for damage done.”
This common aversion among blacks and whites to address reparations comes from “different reasons” Jackson noted.

“On the topic of reparations, whites are in denial and blacks think reparations cannot be attained.”

Rev. Jackson offered his assessment of America’s reparations-denial-dynamic during his keynote address at the opening session of the International Reparations Summit held recently in New York City. Participants for that three-day conference came from three continents. The Institute of the Black World 21st Century, a research, policy and advocacy organization based in the United States convened the Summit.

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Wyking Garrett, Ms. Helen, Africatown, and Black Wall Street: Visions for the future of 23rd and Union

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Saturday April 4, Africatown representative K. Wyking Garrett began the presentation recognizing that “Seattle has the opportunity to rise to the values it aspires to […] or follow the path it’s on now, like San Francisco, where communities are being uprooted. We have to think of the ecosystem of people.”

With major elements like a Public Development Authority or a land trust still on the drawing board, community members met with Africatown Seattle and the Union Street Business Association Saturday to talk about the future of 23rd and Union and landowner Tom Bangasser’s still-for-sale Midtown Center block. There was one solid announcement about the future of the property, however.

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Bangasser introduced longtime community members Helen Coleman and her daughter, Jesdarnel “Squirt” Henton. The ladies were there to provide lunch and context for the changes at 23rd and Union and to announce that a lease for Ms. Helen’s Soul Food Bistro had been finalized with Bangasser.

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Black Wall Street Seattle: Visions for 23rd & Union

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Black Wall Street Seattle: Visions for 23rd

Cost:Free
Contact:Event website
Black Wall Street Seattle: Visions for 23rd & Union @ Monica’s Village Place

Union Street Business Association & Africatown Seattle invites you to A Conversation about Culture, Community and the Future of Seattle’s 23rd and Union

This is a follow up meeting to the Feb. 14th meeting and will feature presentation of drawings and models completed by UW architecture students led by Dr. Sharon Sutton.

Come find out what’s happening at 23rd & Union and bring your ideas to the table!

Background:

For the past three years a group of dedicated community members, MidTown Center business owners and the Union Street Business Association has been involved in imagining a future for23rd and Union as:

-A vibrant neighborhood-scaled commercial district that respects this area’s history and historic character and protects small businesses

-A multicultural center that welcomes all people while serving as the heart of the African-American community

-More shops and services that serve the community with higher-paying jobs, new business opportunities and the prospect of commercial and residential property ownership

-Mixed use development that could include live-work units and business start-up opportunities.

-Affordable housing

-More gathering spaces, open space and green space –

How can we work together to make this vision a reality?

Contact Victoria Santos to RSVP at vsantos.luz@gmail.com 360-320-2557.

Africatown on the move

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Africatown on the move

The Africatown Seattle movement continues to gain momentum and many of you have asked how you can bring your gifts to make our vision of a community that represents the beauty, brilliance and best of Black/African diaspora a reality. If you haven’t already registered please complete our online survey to get involved!

The year started with Mayor reconfirming his commitment to supporting Africatown-Central District at the State of Africatown event MLK Weekend. It is up to us to see that those commitments are met.

To kick off Black History Month we held the first annual Black Music Summit bringing together music artists, entrepreneurs, educators and other stakeholders watch the video here.

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Springing into spring the Black Seattle 2035: Visions of Our Future event began development of a vision board (what we want to see) for our community. Check the notes here and add your visions.
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Many people referenced the desire for a Black/African Diaspora commercial district inspired by Black Wall Street Tulsa, OK.

In order to maintain a commercial district we must have sustainable businesses. To that end, the Africatown Entrepreneurs Monthly Meetup was launched by David Harris (Hack the CD) to bring the latest best practices in startup and business development with a focus on the intersection between creativity, culture and enterprise. Our goal is to set up systems so that we are not losing iconic businesses in our community.

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This Saturday April 4th the Union Street Business Association will host a community building about the future of 23rd & Union as a commercial district inspired by Black Wall Street featuring presentation of drawings and models completed by UW architecture students led by the esteemed Dr. Sharon Sutton.

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Union Street Business Association & Africatown Seattle invites you to A Conversation about the Culture, Community and the Future of Seattle’s 23rd and Union

This is a follow up meeting to the Feb. 14th meeting and will feature presentation of drawings and models completed by UW architecture students led by Dr. Sharon Sutton.

RSVP here and come find out what’s happening at 23rd & Union and bring your ideas to the table!

City of Music Career Day, a Seattle Music Commission initiative, taking place this year on April 22nd, is a free annual event designed to give local high school and college students the opportunity to interact with music industry professionals, gain a better understanding of possible career paths, and discover internship and volunteer opportunities.

The event is free and the only requisite needed to participate is pre-registering online at: careerday.onereel.org
The Africatown Entrepreneurs Meetup connects people, businesses, and organizations in order to share resources, develop new skills, and incubate ideas. Africatown cultivates self-determination and collective work through asset-based community development.

A great venture starts with a great idea. At our next meetup, we’ll explore how to rapidly produce new ideas using design thinking. RSVP here!
2015 LANGSTON HUGHES AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL SATURDAY, APRIL 11 – SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015
The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (LHAAFF) celebrates its 12th year this year, continuing the tradition of presenting positive, provocative and penetrating independent films created by emerging and established filmmakers.
Save The Date!

Umoja Fest 2015
July 31st – August 2
Judkins Park – Seattle, WA
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