Citizen group looks at six-story development planned for the *other* corner of 23rd and Union


Wednesday, September 30, 2015 – 7:00 am by jseattle

Wednesday night, neighbors and community members interested in future development on they *other* corner of 23rd and Union have an opportunity to meet with the developer behind two projects at the busy Central District intersection thanks to citizen group The Central Area Land Use Review Committee:


Archives West: African American Museum Project Records, 1984-2000

African American Museum Project Records, 1984-2000

African American Museum Project
Overview of the Collection
Seattle (Wash.). Dept. of Neighborhoods
African American Museum Project Records
1984-2000 (inclusive)
1991-1998 (bulk)
1 cubic foot, (3 boxes)
Collection Number
Documents the effort to establish an African American Museum at the site of the former Colman School in Seattle.
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-233-7807
Fax: 206-386-9025
Access Restrictions
Records are open to the public.




Now hiring: A new de facto Mayor of Capitol Hill


Posted on Friday, September 25, 2015 – 1:57 pm by jseattle

Michael Wells is barely out the door but it’s time to start seeking his replacement to lead the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce — a role that basically makes you the Mayor of Capitol Hill:

The Executive Director will lead the development, management, and execution of all Chamber programs and projects including and especially the creation of a new Business Improvement Area (BIA).


U.S. Attorney General meets with Seattle Central District Reps


Attorney General Loretta Lynch addresses the media alongside Chief Kathleen O’Toole and Mayor Ed Murray (Image: CHS)

From: Bryan Cohen /

Seattle’s efforts to combat gun violence while simultaneously curbing excessive policing tactics is drawing a lot of attention — and even more cash — from the federal government.

On Thursday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited the Central Area as part of a national community policing tour where she highlighted, among other things, the progress the Seattle Police Department has made in meeting federal mandates to address excessive use of force by officers.

On the same day Lynch was in town, the Department of Justice monitor tasked with overseeing SPD’s use of force consent decree filed a report about how the department was progressing with internally tracking use of force incidents.

The monitor found that SPD was doing a good job in three out of four categories, including investigating the most severe use of force incidents. However, the monitor’s report said SPD sergeants “still had a ways to go” in adequately investigating mid-level use of force incidents by officers, like those involving tasers and pepper spray.


A Former Black FBI Agent Speaks About Martin, Malcolm, Music And More


n 1975, Darthard Perry, a former FBI agent, went on record and explained the lengths that the government goes to examine and study African American culture. The man, a self-proclaimed “infiltrator,” speaks – seemingly with pride – on how he helped tear down Black organizations and how the culture was flipped back on the people. “You can take their culture and use it against them,” he says in the video. The video is marveling to watch, albeit disgusting. The agent was interviewed by the legendary journalist Gil Nobel (RIP).




“Beyond the mountains there are mountains,” goes the Haitian saying. It refers to the country’s rugged topography, but it’s a good metaphor for much else, including stories about Haiti.
One of those concerns the Siege of Savannah in 1779, which pitted American Revolutionary forces against British imperialists in the Southern state of Georgia. More than 500 free men of color participated, recruited in colonial Saint-Domingue by a French admiral under the banner of Chasseurs Volontaires d’Amérique. It was a gross irony, of course, because the independent United States would not be a good place for black men.


China in driving seat as Ethiopian capital gets new tramway


Addis Ababa (AFP) – Sub-Saharan Africa’s first modern tramway opened in the Ethiopian capital on Sunday, marking the completion of a massive Chinese-funded infrastructure project hailed as a major step in the country’s economic development.

Even before the ribbon was cut, several hundred residents were queueing for a ride on the Chinese-driven trams, which have the capacity to carry 60,000 passengers a day across the capital of Africa’s second most populous nation.
The two line, 34-kilometre (21 mile) system was built by the China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC) . The project cost $475 million, 85 percent of which has been covered by China’s Exim bank.


Lots happening as we officially roll in to the fall season.


Lots happening as we officially roll in to the fall season.


Tomorrow (Friday) will be an interior design “Jam Session” for the new cultural innovation space opening up at 23rd & Union.

Imagine Africatown #HackingGentrification will be a featured session at the Seattle Design Festival Conference followed by the hot of the presses documentary “Conspiracy” and a session hosted by RBG The CD. Full schedule here.

Saturday is the 10th Annual Sickle Cell Walk & Ride and also the Walk A Way Day Rally & Festival.

Later that evening the legendary Frankie Beverly & Maze will be in town joined by Keke Wyatt, Kelly Price, Tiffany Wilson and Michael Wastman.

The teachers are back on the job but it is going to take a lot more of us on the job to make sure all of our children get the education they need to survive and thrive. This Sunday is the Black Education Matters Summit hosted at Africatown Center for Education & Innovation. There will be discussion groups for parents, youth and advocates, a keynote by Dr. Debra Sullivan “Cultivating Genius in Black Children” followed by a conversation with Elder and accomplished educator Dr. Maxine Mimms.

Scroll down for event details and more upcoming events.


When I dream of this corner, I see…

Hack the CD, Umoja PEACE Center, Heart Haven Artist Cooperative, and Africatown Preservation and Development Association will be opening a pop-up space at 23rd and Union.

For the past two months, this group of community stakeholders has been collecting feedback from a black board mural at the location, which was launched during the 2015 Umoja Fest and sponsored by Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. The response has been revealing, and our community has confirmed that they’d like to see a sense of pride, empowerment, business.

We’d like to create an art gallery, retail space, and tech lounge in this pop-up space and we need your help!
Interior Design Jam Session

Friday, 9/18
6PM – 9PM

We’re calling all architects, designers, and artists to this cypher. Bring an open mind and fill up on your creative juices as we collaborate to envision what our new space will look like.

Work Party II
Thursday, 9/24
5PM – 10PM

After setting the stage with paint and ideas, this is the time to put the finishing touches on the space. Bring your hands, tools, and hearts.

Soft Launch
Friday, 9/25
$10 donation suggested
7PM – 10PM

We’ll be celebrating our hard work and sharing the space with the community. This event will also be a fundraiser to help promote the recent activities.


Imagine Africatown #HackingGentrification
Saturday, September 19th, 1:30pm

The story of Africans in America has been one of resilience, creativity, reinvention and accomplishment in the face of tremendous obstacles. This workshop will highlight some of the amazing work being done to harness and build upon this legacy in the face of rapid displacement in the Central District. We will generate ideas for survival in the midst of existing real estate market forces. #HackingGentrification will be a two-way, generative conversation and work session – so bring your notepads, tablets and thinking caps!

The day-long Seattle Design Festival Conference is an opportunity to examine in depth the theme of Design for Equity. Located at the Seattle Central Public Library, the conference includes workshops, panels, films, lectures, and installations from 20 partners. During these dynamic programs, participants can engage professional and community experts on issues such as equitable urban planning, designers’ role in youth incarceration, and gender justice in design practice. You are encouraged to explore all the offerings and scenery of the Central Library in between scheduled sessions. A full schedule is available online at

sickle cell

10th Annual Walk/Bike/Run for Sickle Cell

Early Registration: 7:30am
26mile Endurance Bike Ride: 8am

Registration Opens: 9:30am

Opening Ceremony: 10am
10mile Family Bike Ride: 11am
5mile Run: 11am
3mile Walk: 11am
BBQ: 12pm


Register online at:

Free limited tickets for families impacted by Sickle Cell available. Contact us at


The purpose of Walk Away Day is to empower, encourage and equip young people to be able to walk away from making various negative decisions. We will collaborate with city leaders, organizations, and businesses to inspire and support youth in their transition.

Together we will replace negative activities with positive alternatives that drastically change the course of young people’s lives.


1pm-2:30pm – ACE Fall Programs Open House

2:30pm Welcome

2:40 Youth Recognition
-Umoja Fest Summer Interns/Africatown Youth Ambassadors
-Youth Entrepreneur Projects

Breakout Sessions (50 min ea.)

3:10 Session #1
Early Child Development Discussion: Parent=Teacher/Home=School w/ Tehut Getahun – Director, Wedgewood Montessori

Raising/Supporting Tweens/Teens Discussion
Youth Leadership & BSU Strategy Session (Facilitated by Africatown Youth Ambassadors)

4:10 Session #2
Parent Organizing & Effective Advocacy
Black History Matters Strategy Session w/ Dr. Joye Hardiman
Professional Development Training

5:00pm – Meal Served

5:30 – Keynote Presentation – Dr. Debra Sullivan

6:30-8:00 – Conversation with the Elder Dr. Maxine Mimms


Known for their hits “Happy Feelin’s”, “Can’t Get Over You” and countless other hit singles, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly has made their stamp in R&B/Soul music for over three decades. With a BET Lifetime Achievement Award under their belt and consistent world-wide tours, the group has established themselves as a staple in Rhythm and Blues music.

Bringing it all together on one stage in Seattle Washington “THE EXPERIENCE” is something you just don’t want to miss!! A night of REAL R&B and Soul with Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. Also including the powerhouse R&B Diva KeKe Wyatt and other special guests, “THE EXPERIENCE” will be a night full of R&B jams to remember. JUST ADDED KELLY PRICE & MYCHAL WASTMAN

Mugabe: Whites Can’t Own Land in Zimbabwe


Robert Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe as a Marxist dictator since the country became independent from Britain in 1980, is telling his country’s few remaining white landowners: Your time is up.

“We say no to whites owning our land, and they should go,” Mugabe told supporters, according to The Christian Science Monitor. “They can own companies and apartments…but not the soil. It is ours and that message should ring loud and clear in Britain and the United States.”