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MLK DAY 2017

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From: Capitol Hill Seattle

Official crowd estimates for events like the annual Seattle MLK Day march are hard to come by but organizers said Monday the 2017 gathering might have been the largest in the 35-year history of the event.

You could also measure the crowd by the CHS video — four and a half minutes to walk from the start of the procession to the SPD contingent bringing up the rear. The marchers passed from Garfield High School to E Union then E Madison and onto the Federal Building downtown.

You can learn more about the history of the event and the day of workshops at Garfield High School that accompany it at mlkseattle.org

Michigan Judge Pulls No Punches in 30-Minute Sentencing Tirade Against Police Officer

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In a speech that lasted almost 30 minutes, Judge Vonda Evans of Detroit laid into 47-year-old William Melendez, the former Inkster, Michigan, police officer caught on video beating an unarmed black man in January 2015.

Melendez was sentenced to 13 months to 10 years in prison Tuesday for his role in the attack on Floyd Dent, a 58-year-old black auto worker, that occurred during a late night traffic stop in the struggling Wayne County suburb last winter.

“The one image [from this trial] that stood out to the court was looking at Mr. Dent in his cell, shaking his head in disbelief of what had occurred to him,” Evans said in a courtroom video published by local television station WJBK.

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How school makes kids less intelligent | Eddy Zhong

How school makes kids less intelligent | Eddy Zhong | TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet

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(en) UPDATE ON AAHM&CC AND A RESPOSNE TO NEGRO DREAMKILLER DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN.

(en) UPDATE ON AAHM&CC AND A RESPOSNE TO NEGRO DREAMKILLER DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN.

From Greg Jackson
Date Wed, 20 May 1998 14:11:56 -0700 (PDT)

Peace all,

I. Update as of May 20th.

Last Monday (May 18), we met with King Co. Councilman Larry Gossett,
Seattle City Councilman Richard McIver, Lt. Harry Bailey (SPD-east
prct.), Capt. Diaz (SPD-east prcnt.), and reps from the Wa. Department of Transportation, and King Co. Sheriff’s Office.

Neither Bob or anyone from his camp was present at this event.

On our side were members the Youth Action Committee (myself included), founder Omari Tahir, co-founder Earl Debnam, students from Evergreen State College, a rep from the Nigerian Community Association of Washington State, and a sister from the Ethiopian community.

Also present was Tony Orange of the African-American Affairs Dept. of the State of Washington.

Each side remains steadfast in their intentions: the city and state
want us out, and the museum and grassroots (us) intend on staying and serving the people.

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AFRICATOWN ARRESTEES HEARING FRIDAY JULY 25, 2014 9AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: END THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE!

MORE 4 MANN COALITION CHALLENGES SCHOOL DISTRICT’S BAN OF AFRICATOWN ARRESTEES

Contact Leith Kahl : (206) 940-3807 http://more4mann.blogspot.com/p/the-crisis.html

Hearing:

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 (http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/City-right-to-bring-charge-in-gun-case-1091852.php ).

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 (http://seattletimes.com/html/education/2002440838_queenanne15m.html ), the illegal 2003 “transfer” of the African American Heritage Museum & Cultural Center’s Coleman School Building to the Seattle Urban League ( http://www.aahmcc.org/a-brief-history/ ), the theocratic 2010 giveaway of MLK High School to a religious institution (http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2015242396_mlk06m.html ), and the Seattle Public Schools Small Business Contracting Program Scandal of 2011 ( http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2014375410_potter03.html ). 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.

Africatown Community declares Liberty Bank a Historic Landmark

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Africatown Community declares Liberty Bank a Historic Landmark

Posted on June 27, 2013 by africatowncommunity

The Africatown Community has declared The Liberty Bank of Seattle an Historical and Cultural Preservation site. Liberty was chartered in 1968 and was the Pacific Northwest’s first and only black owned bank.

The property address is 2320 E Union WA 98122 located where the old Key Bank now stands. Liberty Bank was brought into a legal lawsuit in the early 1990′s.

The Seattle Historic Preservation Program.

In 1970, the Seattle City Council secured Pioneer Square’s survival with the City’s first historic preservation district, and voters approved an initiative for the Pike Place Market historic district two years later.

In 1973, the Seattle City Council adopted a Landmarks Preservation Ordinance to safeguard properties of historic and architectural significance around the city.

Historic Preservation Program.

Whether it’s a 19th century log house, an Art Deco school or a prehistoric shell midden, these places are silent witnesses to the history of King County and to its people’s lives and cultures.

The Africatown Community feels it is in the best interest of the community as a whole, for its only black owned bank to be designated a Historical and Preservation site.

To read more regarding the lawsuit that involved Liberty Bank, refer to the link below:

Liberty Bank – FDIC Certificate #:27268

940 F.2d 465: Federal Deposit Insurance corporation, As Receiverfor Liberty Bank of Seattle, Plaintiff, v. Sim Henderson, et al., Defendants.J.Thomas Wood; Barbara Wood, Husband and Wife, Defendants-counter-claimants-plaintiffs-appellants, v. Thomas Oldfield, Counter-defendant-appellee.
Liberty Bank Lawsuit

8 thoughts on “Africatown Community declares Liberty Bank a Historic Landmark”
Ian on June 27, 2013 at 4:44 pm said:

I am no expert on the topic, but I think Liberty Bank was not founded solely by African Americans. I believe it was a multi-cultural affair with a Jewish founder (Jack Richlen) & an American of Japanese descent – George Takuta (not sure on spelling). Let’s not re-write history!

shamwow on June 27, 2013 at 8:18 pm said:
Nowhere does it say that the bank was founded solely by African Americans. Nowhere. What an interesting accusation about re-writing history. I wonder where the motivation for your comment truly lies.

Really, it’s an interesting and ironic thing you say about re-writing history. That’s an entirely different conversation though.

Liberty bank was the only black owned bank in Seattle. That is a well documented fact. You can re-write the history however you want.

Ian on June 27, 2013 at 10:16 pm said:
Shamwow – those founders were also shareholders.

Ryan A on June 27, 2013 at 8:25 pm said:
Am I right to assume that giving the old Liberty Bank historical status would effectively kill Capitol Hill Housing’s plan to build affordable housing at this site?

banking history on June 27, 2013 at 8:57 pm said:
Liberty bank was closed in June of 1988. With backing investment from the FDIC and major local powers (Boeing, Weyerhauser…) it was folded into Emerald City Bank, and remained the only African-American owned/operated bank in WA. The Times and PI archives have many articles on the mismanagement of Emerald City that led to its closure in 1993. Key bank operated at the site for 20 years.

melissa on June 27, 2013 at 9:17 pm said:
I don’t understand. Is it still important if blacks did not own it?

Ian on June 27, 2013 at 10:15 pm said:
Ryan – historic designation would mean it would cost the developer more money if they had to maintain some aspect of the original buildings integrity or character.

csw on June 27, 2013 at 10:38 pm said:
Would a plaque and a photo be enough? With perhaps an additional display in the office of the new building?

Omari on June 27, 2013 at 11:19 pm said:
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EVERY INSTITUTION THAT AFRICATOWN PEOPLE HAVE DEVELOPED HAS BEEN TAKEN OVER / SUBVERTED / ROBBED BY DOWNTOWN EUROPEAN SETTLER COLONIAL “JUDEO-CHRISTIAN” TERRORIST AS WAS DONE TO ALL NATIVE AMERICAN “INDIANS” INSTITUTIONS. THEY ARE AIDED BY THE CLARENCE THOMAS / NORM RICE / SAM AND HERM MCKINNEY NEO-COLONIAL SELF / COMMUNITY HATERS. THESE INSTITUTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO SOIC (SEATTLE OPPORTUNITES, INDUSTRIAL CENTER), VOLUME FOODS (CO-OP GROCERY STORE) MODEL CITIES, BLACK FRONT CO-OP GROCERIES STORES, NEGRO VOTERS LEAGUE, CORE (CONGRESS OF RACIAL EQUALITY, CENTRAL AREA SCHOOL COUNCIL, CAMP (CENTRAL AREA MOTIVATION PROGRAM) ,, BLACK ACADEMY OF MUSIC, BLACK ARTS WEST, BLACK PANTHER PARTY, CAYA (CENTRAL AREA YOUTH ASSOCIATION, SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL LITTLE LEAGUE, LIBERTY BANK, CENTRAL AREA CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION, CAPDA (CENTRAL AREA PUBLIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY), SOUL ACADEMY , AFRICAN AMERICAN ACADEMY, CENTRAL AREA SCHOOLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (TT MINOR, HORACE MANN, HARRISON / M.L. KING), MEANY MIDDLE SCHOOL , GARFIELD A AND GARFIELD B , CANNON HOUSE, RANDOLPH CARTER INDUSTRIAL WORKSHOP, NEGRO VOTERS LEAGUE, AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MUSEUM AND CULTURE CENTER AT THE FORMER COLMAN SCHOOL SITE (NOW 36 CONDOS / APARTMENTS OWNED BY EUROPEAN SETTLER SEATTLE HOUSING RESOURCE GROUP WITH FAKE NAAM SCAM MUSEUM IN THE OLD GYM AREA ETC

YES THE DESTRUCTIVE EUROPEAN SETTLER ANTI- INDIAN / ANTI -BLACK INSTITUTIONS HAVE BEEN VERY ACTIVE ALONG WITH THEIR NEO-COLONIAL MESSY JESSEY JACKSON & SONS PREACHER / POLITICIAN “CIVIL RIGHTS” CAREERIST PUPPETS. YET STILL WE RISE!!!!! THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES, Omari Tahir FOUNDER / VICE-PRESIDENT AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MUSEUM AND CULTURE CENTER AT THE FORMER COLMAN SCHOOL SITE, CO-CHAIR BLAACK ALLIANCE FOR EDUCATION (1970 TO PRESENT)