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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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With love for the Central District, Africatown activist Tahir-Garrett plans run for City Council seat

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Story reposted from capitolhillseattle.com

Posted on Friday, May 15, 2015 – 7:03 am by Bryan Cohen

Omari Tahir-Garrett doesn’t mince words when it comes to talking about gentrification in the Central District. For him, African American families priced out of the neighborhood amounts to “ethnic cleansing.”

That won’t come as a shock to those familiar with the Central District/Africatown activist and slavery reparations advocate who once assaulted former Mayor Paul Schell with a bull horn in response to the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man.

Whatever you may think of Garrett, his love for his neighborhood is undeniable. The 69-year-old, lifelong Central District resident displays the vitality and determination of an activist a third his age. This year, he wants to take his fight to City Council.

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Editorial: Seattle School Board must do better for kids

The Seattle School Board is rife with infighting and mutual distrust, says an outside consultant hired by the board.

THE Seattle School Board is dysfunctional. Years of infighting and mutual distrust should not be tolerated — it comes at the expense of students.

This insight comes from an outside consultant, hired by the board for $7,500, to tell it what the public observes every other Wednesday evening.

Asked to rate themselves, board members gave the lowest marks to how well they worked together and fostered a trusting relationship with Superintendent José Banda.

The problem may be personality differences but also ineptitude. Too many members come to this board without a clear understanding of what a school board does. A school board member should make policy, advise the superintendent and not try to run the district.

The problems are too big to ignore. This is as much about the current board as it is about how to shape the next board. Board President Kay Smith-Blum and past President Michael DeBell are not seeking re-election. Member Betty Patu is running unopposed.

The Seattle Public Schools has many strong schools and involved communities. But academic quality and progress are uneven. Time wasted on board dysfunction, including time spent on personality conflicts as well as delayed policy decisions, slows momentum on important improvements.

The district has had difficulty keeping top staffers, a problem cited in state audits as an obstacle to substantive progress.

No surprise, district administrators, speaking anonymously to the consultant, complained of heavy micromanaging by board members. Some administrators said they felt their jobs were threatened.

Superintendent Banda used a recent board retreat to remind board members that he is in charge of running the district. The administrators work for him, not the board. The board has one employee: Banda. They will tell him how well his first year has gone on Wednesday when they take up his evaluation.

Research shows a correlation between effective school boards and enhanced student achievement. A study of school boards by the National School Boards Association’s Center for Public Education compared high and low-performing school districts with similar levels of poverty and disadvantaged students. The study found the differences in success could often be attributed to the school board.

For the past five years, the Alliance for Education has paid for leadership and governance training for Seattle’s school board, including quarterly retreats. But the board has had difficulty putting that training into practice.

That must change.

Central District News: New Editor

Your new CD News editor
Posted on June 17, 2013 by Megan Hill

When I noticed the post a few weeks ago announcing Tom Fucoloro’s departure, I had two thoughts: Those are some big shoes to fill. And, I think I can do that.

I’m pleased to announce I’ll have a shot at filling those shoes. I’m stepping in as your new Central District News editor, and I’m excited to be here.

I’m a Central District resident and a freelance writer. You may have seen my name in Edible Seattle or Seattle Weekly; I contribute to both regularly. Though most of my writing as a professional has been feature stories, I’m a trained journalist and I’m looking forward to getting back into hard news and reporting.

And I’m looking forward to putting my own spin on this site. To that end, I hope you’ll be patient with me as I get my sea legs. I hope in time I can create a site that you find reliable and enjoyable.

I also want to hear from you: What are you expectations? What do you like about the site, and what would you like to see change? Your ideas will be a big help moving forward.

Thanks, and let’s make this site a great one.
Share this:15 thoughts on “Your new CD News editor”

Tom Fucoloro on June 17, 2013 at 6:18 pm said:
You’re gonna be great! I look forward to following your coverage of the neighborhood.

Also, my shoes are size 10.5 if anyone wants to buy me some. They’re not too big 🙂
Reply ↓ gia on June 17, 2013 at 6:26 pm said:

congrats on your new job and welcome aboard! One of the things that i enjoy about not only our neighborhood, but this site as well, is the diversity. I hope that we can continue to be the voice of everyone in our neighborhood. Glad to meet you and looking forward to your imprint on this site 🙂
Reply ↓ JohnK on June 17, 2013 at 7:32 pm said:

Congrats to you on your new job and a big hats off to Tom for doing such a great job,,I agree with a previous poster that diversity is very important..The most important thing for me about this site happened today..I heard helicopters flying over my house, I logged on and immediately there was an update on here letting us know the news..Good Luck and we are very lucky to have a website for our neighborhood…..JFK
Reply ↓ Frank on June 17, 2013 at 8:45 pm said:

Welcome and thanks for stepping up!

Ryan A on June 17, 2013 at 10:59 pm said:

Thanks for stepping to the plate Megan. The things I rely most on CDNews for are: breaking CD news; transportation angles; development news; community info; and Grumbo. Good luck!

Eyes on June 18, 2013 at 8:07 am said:
look forward to your direction and growth of the CD news.

Sebastian Garrett-Singh on June 18, 2013 at 8:44 am said: Congratulations Megan. I look forward to seeing your coverage of the CD.

liesbeth robison on June 18, 2013 at 8:51 am said:

welcome new editor. 🙂
I loved all the power outage/mudslide/big tree/roadblock/festival updates. this was always extremely helpful and much appreciated. Thank you Tom and best of luck to you!

John Sewell on June 18, 2013 at 8:55 am said:

Thanks for taking on the job and best wishes! I’m particularly fond of when there are maps and photos along with the stories to help me locate the discussed item in our neighborhood. I hope you’re able to find resources to help with that.

Allecia Vermillion on June 18, 2013 at 8:58 am said:
Congrats Megan! I’m glad my neighborhood news blog will be in such capable hands. And I know I can count on some good beer coverage, too.

FNH on June 18, 2013 at 9:05 am said:
Welcome! I follow this site to keep up with neighborhood news and developments from near and far. Splitting our time between homes in the CD and in TX, CDN keeps us connected to the neighborhood year-round. Thank you to both incoming and outgoing editors for all of your hard work!

ktkeller on June 18, 2013 at 9:37 am said:
Welcome Megan! And thank you Tom for all you have done.
What I like to see: Breaking news and followup, CD focussed, human interest, event and community activities coverage and build a network of people who will report.

My only advice? Stay true to your mission as a journalist and stay strong when there slings and arrows cast 🙂

Omari on June 18, 2013 at 10:06 am said:
Your comment is awaiting moderation.
ARE YOU AFRICAN AMERICAN??? IF NOT YOU NEED A CO-EDITOR THAT IS AFRICAN AMERICAN? HOW IS THAT AFRICATOWN / CENTRAL DISTRICT NEWS WOULD HAVE ONLY A EUROPEAN COLONIAL SETTLER REDLINED / WHITELINED “GENTRIFICATION” EDITOR??????

REALLY IT SHOULD HAVE A DUWAMISH NATIVE AMERICAN EDITOR??? TROUBLE BREWING / IN THE MAKING???? “THE MORE THINGS CHANGE THE MORE THEY REMAIN THE SAME”!!!!! THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES, Omari Tahir, FOUNDER VICE-PRESIDENT AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MUSEUM AND CULTURE CENTER AT THE “DRONED” FORMER COLMAN SCHOOL SITE AT 23RD AND MASSACHUSETTS, CO-CHAIR BLACK ALLIANCE FOR EDUCATION (1970 TO PRESENT), AFRICATOWN / CENTRAL DISTRICT RESIDENT FOR 67 YEARS (1809 26TH AVE AND 424-24TH AVE EAST.

Del on June 18, 2013 at 10:41 am said:
Welcome aboard! My request? Avoid censorship. Clearly you need to police abusive and off topic language, but if any mention whatsoever – even when all the other news sites are covering it – of certain issues means comments are deleted or stories are just plain ignored as if they don’t exist, well, that makes readers go elsewhere. Fast.

Juneteenth Mayoral Candidates Forum

YOUNG VOTERS LEAGUE

Presents: Africatown Central District

Juneteenth Mayoral Candidates Forum

Wednesday, June 19th, 6pm-9pm

Horace Mann Building
2410 East Cherry Street

VOTE

For more information contact Viche Thomas at:
youngvotersleague@gmail.com or call 206-349-4362

Co-sponsored and supported by:
Umoja P.E.A.C.E. Center,Good Hair Salon, La Amistad School,Africatown-Central District Preservation & Development Alliance,Uovement Clothing,Brothas Buildin,More 4 Mann Coalition, Mothers Outreach Movement,Ijo Arts,Seattle Hip Hop Youth Council, Outside Thinc Agency,Fresh Coast Society,Mint Factory Clothing,West Africoast Media,Al-Noor Academy of Arts and Science and more….
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Global Power Project, Part 1: Exposing the Transnational Capitalist Class

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By Andrew Gavin Marshall, Occupy.com

The Global Power Project, an investigative series produced by Occupy.com, aims to identify and connect the worldwide institutions and individuals who comprise today’s global power oligarchy.

By studying the relationships and varying levels of leadership that govern our planet’s most influential institutions — from banks, corporations and financial institutions to think tanks, foundations and universities — this project seeks to expose the complex, highly integrated network of influence wielded by relatively few individuals on a national and transnational basis.

This is not a study of wealth, but a study of power.

Source: http://truth-out.org

Mobile looking to create historic districts in two black communities

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MOBILE, Ala. — The city of Mobile wants to create two new historic districts in black communities near downtown Mobile.

A city-paid consultant will survey the Africatown and Oakdale areas.

Africatown, located near the Plateau community in north Mobile, is the neighborhood founded by many of the Africans who arrived on the last slave ship to reach America.

The Oakdale community includes about 1,300 buildings in south Mobile, south of Virginia Street and west of Interstate 10.

Mobile Mayor Sam Jones said he’s glad to see more black neighborhoods get recognition from the city. Africatown in particular, he said, could use its past to become a major tourist draw.

“There’s a lot of history in those communities,” he said.

The council voted to hire Shaun Wilson to conduct the surveys. He will walk through the neighborhoods, taking pictures and assessing the historical significance of every building in them, said Keri Coumanis, assistant director of the Mobile Historic Development Commission.

Source: read more about Africatown