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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.

Scroll down for details.

#Staytuned

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JUNETEENTH CANDIDATES FORUM

RSVP Here

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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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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You are receiving this email because you have attended or expressed interest in an Africatown event.

Our mailing address is:
Africatown Seattle
PO Box 22328
Seattle, WA 98122

Serpico Gives First Camera Interview in Years: “Maybe all these Protesters aren’t really wrong”

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New York, N.Y. – The name Frank Serpico became synonymous with one of the biggest scandals in the history of the NYPD in the late 1960’s, after he exposed widespread corruption within the department, ultimately testifying before a grand jury after being injured in the line of duty.

Serpico is a retired American New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer who is famous for blowing the whistle on police corruption in the late 1960s and early 1970s, an act that compelled Mayor John V. Lindsay to appoint the landmark Knapp Commission to investigate the NYPD.

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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