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Here’s how Seattle became so segregated

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A new look at New Deal ‘redlining’ maps offers insight into subtle racism’s not-so-subtle predecessor

The “redlining” maps minted during the New Deal were a roadmap for investment in America’s cities. Seattle was no exception in warning bankers off extending loans to home buyers in non-white neighborhoods. Here’s a look some of the more racist descriptions offered about Seattle’s neighborhoods back in 1936. They’re rated “A” to “D,” with “A” being best.

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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

Saturday Dec 5: K. Wyking Garrett and Africatown Hacking Gentrification: Creative Solutions for Affordable Space

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K. Wyking Garrett and Africatown
Invites you to join us for..

Hacking Gentrification: Creative Solutions for Affordable Space

Saturday, Dec. 5th, 12pm-4pm

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1160 23rd Avenue (Midtown Center)
This “mini-hackathon” will bring together stakeholders focused on creating affordable space for residents and businesses in the Central District. We will break into groups to look at how existing tools and resources including land trusts, non-profit developers, landowners, business owners and people interested in renting and buying can be creatively aligned to mitigate displacement.

http://www.africatownseattle.com/

K. Wyking Garrett

“MIS-EDUCATED BLACK MAN”

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SORRY, I MEANT TO SAY “MIS-EDUCATED BLACK MAN” BECAUSE I WAS “TRAINED AND INDOCTRINATED” IN EUROPEAN COLONIAL SETTLER “JUDEO-CHRISTIAN” TERRORIST INDOCTRINATION CENTERS CALLED “SCHOOLS”??? NO, NORTH AMERICAN “HITLERS” GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THOMAS JEFFERSON WERE NOT “FOUNDING FATHERS / PRESIDENTIAL HEROES” OF FREEDOM, JUSTICE AND EQUALITY??? THEY THEM SELVES CLAIMED THEY “OWNED” HUNDREDS OF “CHRISTIANIZED” BLACK AFRICAN “SLAVES” (KIDNAPPED / ENSLAVED /TERRORIZED MEN , WOMEN AND CHILDREN)???

IS ALBINO APARTHEID / NAZI / ARYAN NATION / KKK / WHITE SUPREMACY LIES AND GOBBELS PROPAGANDA EDUCATION??? PLEASE GO THE NEAREST NATIVE AMERICAN “RESERVATION” / CONCENTRATION CAMP AND ASK THE “INDIANS” (NOT BORN OR FROM INDIA), DID CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS “DISCOVER” AMERICA??? ALSO WHY DO YOU ACCUSE “AFRICAN / BLACK / NIG….. / NEGROE COLORED / BLACK / AFRO-AMERICAN / AFRICAN-AMERICAN / AFRICANS BORN IN AMERICA WHO ARE VICTIMIZED AND VICTIMS OF EUROPEAN COLONIAL SETTLER “JUDEO-CHRISTIAN” TERRORISM (MIS-NAMED “DEMOCRACY”) RACISTS ???
BLAME THE VICTIM ALBINO APARTHEID / WHITE SUPREMACY ILLOGICAL REASONING IS A FALSE FOUNDATION FOR “EDUCATION” OR EDUCATING???

HAVE YOU LOOKED IN THE MIRROR LATELY OR MENTALLY REVIEWED THE LIES AND DISTORTION OF REALITY THAT YOU WERE TAUGHT ABOUT WHY WHITE COLONIAL SETTLER AMERCAN / WHITE EUROPEAN PEOPLE ARE SUPERIOR…… (WHITE SUPREMACY / HITLER’S ARYAN SUPREMACY)??? “OH, WHAT LIES WE TELL AND WEBS (FOX NEWS / WEBSITES) WE SPIN”???
PLEASE GET BACK ON A BOAT OR AIRPLANE AND GO BACK TO YOUR EUROPEAN “HOMELAND” FOR TRUE “HOMELAND SECURITY”??? NEXT, TRAVEL TO CHINA, RUSSIA, INDIA, JAPAN, AFRICA, SOUTH AMERICA, PALESTINE….AND STUDY “THE OLD WORLD”??? YOU JUST MIGHT GET A REAL WORLD / NON-ALBINO EDUCATION???

Omari Tahir-Garrett, VIETNAM VETERAN (1967), PRISONER OF WAR (1968 AND AGAIN 2002 TO 2004), WORLD TRAVELER, HISTORY / ANTI-APARTHEID / ANTI-COLONIAL SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER, CO-CHAIR OF BLACK ALLIANCE FOR EDUCATION (1970 TO PRESENT) AND CANDIDATE FOR SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL (2015 AND AGAIN 2018)
WEBSITE: OmariForCityCouncil
WEBSITE: AFRICATOWN / CHINATOWN NEWS DIGEST
WEBSITE: prison2president

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

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

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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.

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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
Potluck
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
Potluck
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.

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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 athttp://bit.ly/1PK4Tp0.

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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

$40-adults/$20-youth

Register online at: http://www.mssctf.org/events-thewalk.html

Free limited tickets for families impacted by Sickle Cell available. Contact us at info@mssctf.org

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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.

http://www.gofundme.com/walkawayday

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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

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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

TONIGHT 7PM – 24TH AND SPRING MEMORIAL

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TONIGHT 7PM – 24TH AND SPRING MEMORIAL

We need to build up this Memorial on for Torrence. We need his name displayed, pictures, etc. Come out today at 7pm – 24th & Spring. #CentralDistrictLove #Africatown
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How the USA PATRIOT Act redefines “Domestic Terrorism”

Section 802 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Pub. L. No. 107-52) expanded the definition of terrorism to cover “”domestic,”” as opposed to international, terrorism. A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act “”dangerous to human life”” that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States, if the act appears to be intended to: (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping. Additionally, the acts have to occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States and if they do not, may be regarded as international terrorism.

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OMARI TAHIR GARRETT CAMPAIGN KICK OFF ANNOUNCEMENT FOR CITY WIDE SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL POSITION

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

Black Wall Street Seattle: Visions for 23rd & Union

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Black Wall Street Seattle: Visions for 23rd

Cost:Free
Contact:Event website
Black Wall Street Seattle: Visions for 23rd & Union @ Monica’s Village Place

Union Street Business Association & Africatown Seattle invites you to A Conversation about Culture, Community and the Future of Seattle’s 23rd and Union

This is a follow up meeting to the Feb. 14th meeting and will feature presentation of drawings and models completed by UW architecture students led by Dr. Sharon Sutton.

Come find out what’s happening at 23rd & Union and bring your ideas to the table!

Background:

For the past three years a group of dedicated community members, MidTown Center business owners and the Union Street Business Association has been involved in imagining a future for23rd and Union as:

-A vibrant neighborhood-scaled commercial district that respects this area’s history and historic character and protects small businesses

-A multicultural center that welcomes all people while serving as the heart of the African-American community

-More shops and services that serve the community with higher-paying jobs, new business opportunities and the prospect of commercial and residential property ownership

-Mixed use development that could include live-work units and business start-up opportunities.

-Affordable housing

-More gathering spaces, open space and green space –

How can we work together to make this vision a reality?

Contact Victoria Santos to RSVP at vsantos.luz@gmail.com 360-320-2557.

Africatown on the move

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Africatown on the move

The Africatown Seattle movement continues to gain momentum and many of you have asked how you can bring your gifts to make our vision of a community that represents the beauty, brilliance and best of Black/African diaspora a reality. If you haven’t already registered please complete our online survey to get involved!

The year started with Mayor reconfirming his commitment to supporting Africatown-Central District at the State of Africatown event MLK Weekend. It is up to us to see that those commitments are met.

To kick off Black History Month we held the first annual Black Music Summit bringing together music artists, entrepreneurs, educators and other stakeholders watch the video here.

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Springing into spring the Black Seattle 2035: Visions of Our Future event began development of a vision board (what we want to see) for our community. Check the notes here and add your visions.
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Many people referenced the desire for a Black/African Diaspora commercial district inspired by Black Wall Street Tulsa, OK.

In order to maintain a commercial district we must have sustainable businesses. To that end, the Africatown Entrepreneurs Monthly Meetup was launched by David Harris (Hack the CD) to bring the latest best practices in startup and business development with a focus on the intersection between creativity, culture and enterprise. Our goal is to set up systems so that we are not losing iconic businesses in our community.

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This Saturday April 4th the Union Street Business Association will host a community building about the future of 23rd & Union as a commercial district inspired by Black Wall Street featuring presentation of drawings and models completed by UW architecture students led by the esteemed Dr. Sharon Sutton.

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Union Street Business Association & Africatown Seattle invites you to A Conversation about the Culture, Community and the Future of Seattle’s 23rd and Union

This is a follow up meeting to the Feb. 14th meeting and will feature presentation of drawings and models completed by UW architecture students led by Dr. Sharon Sutton.

RSVP here and come find out what’s happening at 23rd & Union and bring your ideas to the table!

City of Music Career Day, a Seattle Music Commission initiative, taking place this year on April 22nd, is a free annual event designed to give local high school and college students the opportunity to interact with music industry professionals, gain a better understanding of possible career paths, and discover internship and volunteer opportunities.

The event is free and the only requisite needed to participate is pre-registering online at: careerday.onereel.org
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!
2015 LANGSTON HUGHES AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL SATURDAY, APRIL 11 – SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015
The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (LHAAFF) celebrates its 12th year this year, continuing the tradition of presenting positive, provocative and penetrating independent films created by emerging and established filmmakers.
Save The Date!

Umoja Fest 2015
July 31st – August 2
Judkins Park – Seattle, WA
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Our mailing address is:
Africatown Seattle
PO Box 22328
Seattle, WA 98122