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Creating Africatown In Seattle’s Central District

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Bill Radke speaks with Wyking Garrett about his vision to create an Africatown — akin to a Chinatown or International District — in Seattle. Garrett sees Africatown as a way to expand and preserve the African-American identity of Seattle’s Central District.

LISTEN TO AFRICATOWN COMMUNTY LEADER WYKING GARRETT

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Write to Josh Williams!

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Write to Josh Williams!

By Anti-State STL on 2015/12/16

josh williams 2Josh was transferred today to the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri. He will be held there for an undetermined amount of time before being transferred to a more long term facility.

Josh has expressed that he would like to receive letters, so please take a moment to drop him a line to help him remember he’s not alone and to help him acclimate to his new surroundings.

If you would like to donate to Josh’s commissary, please write to him and ask him to send you a deposit slip to send checks or money orders, or make an account at Access Corrections to send money electronically.

Write to Josh:

Josh Williams #1292002
E.R.D.C.C.
2727 Highway K
Bonne Terre, MO 63628

*As always, please remember that all incoming letters are read by prison staff. Never write to anyone in prison about anything illegal or potentially incriminating.

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Black Lives Matter groups receive human rights awards at Town Hall

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Black Lives Matter groups receive human rights awards at Town Hall
Posted on Friday, December 11, 2015 – 7:00 am by Bryan Cohen

Black Lives Matter was the theme for this year’s Annual Human Rights Day Celebration in Seattle and two Central Area organizations particularly active in the movement were recognized Thursday night for their work.

Youth Undoing Institutional Racism received the Rising Human Rights Leaders award for its role in the campaign to stop the new youth jail slated to replace the aging facility at 12th and Alder. The Africatown Innovation Center also received an honorary award. The organization was founded by Central District activist Wyking Garrett, who runs the Umoja P.E.A.C.E. Center at 23rd and Spring.

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Africatown Juneteenth City Council Candidates Forum Friday June 19, 2014

Still we rise…

As we witness and mourn the continued atrocities and tragedies of this week (and those before) we can clearly see the need for us to be vigilant in our pursuit of full humanity, freedom justice and equality and let none of our losses be in vain.

We also must continue to live our lives to the fullest and come together in celebration of our beauty in it’s many facets knowing that none of our losses will .

The Africatown Juneteenth City Council Candidates Forum Friday June 19, 2014, tomorrow night will bring issues of importance to the Black community to the forefront. After tje forum we will head down to the Disguise: Masks & Global African Art Opening Night @ Seattle Art Museum.

There is also a #UnitedHood March happening tomorrow.

This weekend includes Festival Sundiata Black Arts Festival at Seattle Center. Stop by the Umoja/Africatown booth and spread some love. We’ll also be at the annual Black Love Softball Sundays Fathers Day Classic at Garfield High School.

On Tuesday, June 30th we will be honoring the outstanding women in our community at the Umoja Fundraiser & Crowning of Miss Umoja Fest Africatown Queen.

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JUNETEENTH CANDIDATES FORUM

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This forum will bring issues of importance to the African American community to the forefront of the current candidates for City Council of Seattle. This is a historic election as it is the first time City Council will be elected by District. We invite candidates from District 3 (Central District), District 2 (Southeast) and at large seats 8 & 9.

Confirmed candidates include:

Position #2 (Southeast)
Kshama Sawant
Morgan Beach
Pamela Banks

Position #3 (Central District)
Bruce Harrell
Josh Farris
Tammy Morales

Position #8 (At-Large)
Jon Grant
Tim Burgess

Position #9 (At-Large)
Alex Tsimmerman
Alon Bassok
Bill Bradburd
Omari Tahir-Garrett

Event co-sponsors and supporters include Black Dollar Days Task Force, Umoja P.E.A.C.E. Center, Hydmo Cypher, A. Phillip Randolph Institute, Africatown-Central District Preservation & Development Alliance, 206 Zulu, Brothas Buildin, African American Community Legacy Project and more.

This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

About African American Community Legacy Project:
The purpose of the African American Community Legacy Project is to engage the community in creating an action plan for improving the economic status of African Americans and preserving African Americans’ cultural identity in the Central District.

About the Young Voters League:
The Young Voters League exists to encourage political participation from younger voters (under 40), to facilitate dialogue with political candidates, and to assist young people in registering to vote and engaging in the political process.

Gray’s Death Ruled a Homicide; Cops Charged With Murder, Manslaughter

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Freddie Gray’s death has been ruled a homicide by the Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby. Six officers have been charged with a number of crimes, including second-degree murder, manslaughter, assault, misconduct, and false imprisonment. A warrant has been issued for their arrest.

Mosby said Freddie Gray’s arrest was illegal, and that he suffered a severe neck injury as a result of being shackled without a seat belt in the van.

From the Baltimore Sun:

Mosby said an investigation found officers placed Gray in wrist and ankle restraints and left him stomach-down on the floor of a police van as they drove around West Baltimore. Despite his repeated requests for medical attention, they did not provide it and continued to drive without securing him in the van, she said.

Officers on at least five occasions placed Gray in the van or checked on him and failed to secure him, she said. By the time they reached the Western District police station, he was not breathing and was in cardiac arrest, she said.

Officer Caesar R. Goodson, 45, who was driving the police van, was charged with second degree murder (maximum sentence of 30 years), three counts of manslaughter (10 years for two charges, three years for the other), second degree assault (10 years), and misconduct.

Officer William Porter, 25, was charged with involuntary manslaughter (10 years), second degree assault (10 years), and misconduct.

Lt. Brian W. Rice, 41, was charged with involuntary manslaughter (10 years), two counts of second degree assault (10 years each), two counts of misconduct, and one count of false imprisonment.

Officer Edward M. Nero, 29, was charged with two counts of second degree assault (10 years each), two counts of misconduct, and one count of false imprisonment.

Officer Garret E. Miller, 26, was charged with two counts of second degree assault (10 years each), two counts of misconduct, and one count of false imprisonment. And Sgt. Alicia D. White, 30, was charged with manslaughter (10 years), second degree assault (10 years), and misconduct.

“To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America, I heard your call for ‘no justice, no peace.’ Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man,” Mosby said near the end of the press conference.

The Baltimore police union has, of course, condemned the charges, saying “none of the officers involved are responsible for Freddie Gray’s death.”

Full video of the press conference, via Jezebel, is below.

UPDATE 1:26 pm: Five of the six officers are in police custody, according to Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

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