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City of Seattle Invests in the Development of the Central District’s “Africatown”


From: http://www.thestranger.com

by Ansel Herz • Jan 19, 2016 at 11:47 am

If you live in Seattle and you’re not familiar with the idea of Africatown, well, you should be. Think Chinatown, but for African-Americans and African immigrants in the historically black Central District. This new video, produced by community activist Wyking Garrett, introduces the concept in a brisk two minutes:


How school makes kids less intelligent | Eddy Zhong

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

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


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


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.


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
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
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.


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


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


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.



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


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

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.



Amid tension, more than 20,000 attend NYPD funeral

Amid tension, more than 20,000 attend NYPD funeral

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of police officers, state troopers, sheriff’s deputies and others from law enforcement agencies big and small across the country gathered at the New York City funeral of a slain officer killed with his partner in a brazen daytime ambush a week ago.


Day of anti-police protests planned with marches on Capitol Hill’s East Precinct



Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 – 10:38 am by jseattle
2010’s October 22nd events followed the killing of JT Williams by an SPD officer that summer and marked the start of a busy few years for anti-police protests around Capitol Hill

2010’s October 22nd protests followed the killing of JT Williams by an SPD officer that summer and marked the start of a busy few years for anti-police protests around Capitol Hill. After years busy with Occupy Seattle, anarchist and anti-cop rally activity around the Hill, 2014 has been a relatively quiet period for protest. (Image: CHS)

The heartiest of activist souls will take to the drenched streets of Seattle’s Central District and Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon and into the evening as part of protests against “police brutality and harassment of youth of color in Seattle.” The Garfield High School Black Student Union’s March for Ferguson begins at the 23rd Ave school at 3:30 PM. Organizers tell CHS the plan is to march to SPD’s East Precinct headquarters at 12th and Pine. Meanwhile, the annual October 22nd anti-police rally and march will again gather at Seattle Central starting at 5 PM and also is planned to include a march on the East Precinct.

In a statement sent to CHS by the group’s vice president, the Black Student Union organizers are asking participants to congregate “in front of SPD East Precinct to assert our rejection of the police force here and nationwide” —

Some are under the impression that Seattle is some sort of liberal Utopia where police brutality does not exist, despite the fact that the Seattle Police Department was under the investigation of the United States Department of Justice within the last three years for excessive force and concerns of discriminatory policing. The Department of Justice Findings Letter stated

“This perception is rooted in a number of factors, including negative street encounters, recent well-publicized videos of force being used against people of color, incidents of overt discrimination, and concerns that the pattern of excessive force disproportionately affects minorities.”

“We are using this march to call attention to the mass amounts of police brutality that happen in our country every day,” Black Student Union vice president Issa George said in a statement emailed to media.


Students at Los Angeles Thomas Jefferson High School walk out


Students at Thomas Jefferson High School walked out of classes Monday because, they say, they’re not getting the basic education they need. Hundreds of students are demanding a better education. They say in some cases they can’t even get the classes they need just to graduate.


Shooting Death of Michael Brown 23rd and Union Protest and Rally

The shooting of Michael Brown occurred on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, United States. Brown was an 18-year-old African-American man who died after being shot multiple times by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Brown was unarmed and had no history of arrests or criminal convictions. According to Ferguson police, Brown was a suspect in a robbery minutes before the shooting, although the initial contact between Wilson and Brown was unrelated to the robbery.

Wilson has served four years with the Ferguson Police Department, two years with another local police department, and had no disciplinary history with an award for “extraordinary effort in the line of duty”.

The incident sparked reactions within the St. Louis suburb and at the national level, including peaceful demonstrations and protests, acts of vandalism and other forms of social unrest,as well as national calls for an investigation. Widespread media coverage explored the question of local police departments arming themselves with “military-grade weapons” and responding in a military fashion when dealing with protesting civilians and journalists covering volatile current events.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) opened a civil rights investigation of the shooting. U.S. President Barack Obama issued a statement expressing condolences to Brown’s family and committed the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct an investigation.

On August 16, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and implemented a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew in Ferguson.

Source: wikipedia.com

The Arrested Development of SPS

The Arrested Development of SPS

Posted on November 22, 2013

From: http://freeuniverseity.wordpress.com

Tuesday, November 18, 2013 around noon police arrived at the Horace Mann School with SWAT, paddy wagons, police in SPD cars, and police on bikes to clear the Horace Mann building of its occupants. At the time, only 4 people, running a small radio station, remained in the building. The police presence to extract 4 people could be called excessive with officers knocking down doors with rams and climbing in through roof top hatches. How much money did they spend on this exercise? video of the events)

More 4 Mann raided without warrant or eviction notice!

The arrestees were taken at gunpoint with more than 20 officers present. Putting up no fight, they were taken to the east precinct where they were released with threats from police of impending charges from Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecuting Attorney, and given a letter that banned them from SPS properties including public meetings.

Despite desperate media attempts to paint the occupants as violent, the More4Mann participants at Horace Mann have remained peaceful. Putting forth a message of equality and equity in Seattle Public School.

More for Mann’s main concerns being:

1) Disproportionality in discipline and racial inequity in Seattle Public Schools

2) The mismanagement of the 1.2 billion levy that is contributing little to no dollars to dealing with disproportionality and racial inequality in Seattle Public School and is allocating less than $20,000 to minority contractors for SPS capitol projects

3) Ronn English, an infamous school district attorney who continues to implement questionable practices and policies that border line corruption

While this story is traumatic and very real to black community it is not an isolated incident, but instead seems to be a part of the pedagogy and strategy of Seattle Public Schools to continue to allow black and brown students to be marginalized and disenfranchised.

After nearly 40 years of operation, the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) announced the closure of the American Indian Heritage Middle College High School, a.k.a. Indian Heritage, located at 1330 N. 90th Street, Seattle, WA.
José Banda the Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools presented a public statement last July 2012 expressing commitment to consult with the Native community on ‘next steps’ in consideration of revitalizing the Indian Heritage, the pending BEX Levy, demolition of the Indian Heritage facilities, and the preservation of the murals created by Andrew Morrison.

Instead the Indian Heritage and Native students suffered continued decline in 2012-2013 being reduced to digital learning, no Native-focused instruction, no Native-infused curriculum, and a new instructor unfamiliar to Native students, parents, and community.

The Native community proposals and concerns addressing these drastic changes have been ignored by SPS.

After the May rally to save the Indian Heritage program SPS had met with Native community members and said the Native students would be temporarily relocated to Lincoln High School during construction of the new school, that SPS would work with them in revitalizing Indian Heritage, that the murals would be preserved, and Indian Heritage would come back to the new school.

Instead SPS claims the Indian Heritage was eliminated because there were ‘not enough kids’, but SPS never contacted the students about the plan and made no effort to recruit new students, the Native students have now been forced to assimilate into an entirely different program and relocated to Northgate Mall.

It is unconscionable that resources been completely withdrawn from Native programming and services, while SPS acknowledges the statistical facts illustrating disproportionate academic performance, disciplinary action, and highest dropout rates for Native learners.

We want SPS to address why 30% of Native students are in Special Education, we want to know why SPS fails to comply with Individualized Education Program and 504 Basic Plan, and why Native students are underserved and over represented in this area of education. The trajectory for Native learners in SPS is of tremendous concern given the districts decisions to eliminate Indian Heritage and displace current programs functioning at the Indian Heritage facilities.

At this time we will again initiate and voice our opposition with Seattle Public Schools plan to eliminate Indian Heritage. We as a community will invite SPS to listen to our viable plan that includes our recommendations to revitalize the Indian Heritage program by:

• Temporarily relocate the Indian Heritage program to Lincoln High School as planned NOT to Northgate Mall until the new site has been completed in 2017.

• Revitalization of Indian Heritage program at Ingraham H.S. and West Seattle H.S. location

• As SPS is a recipient of Title VII federal funds for enrolled Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native students, we ask that they comply with regulations that include:

(1) meeting the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives;

(2) the education of Indian children and adults;

(3) the training of Indian persons as educators and counselors, and in other professions serving Indian people; and

(4) research, evaluation, data collection, and technical assistance.

Thus as Title VII Part A states, “ensuring that programs that serve Indian children are of the highest quality and provide for not only the basic elementary and secondary educational needs, but also the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of these children.” Currently there is absolutely no demonstration of this in SPS relocation program.

• We recommend that all the murals that were made by artist Andrew Morrison (Apache/Haida) be preserved and incorporated in its original form into the new school (and not be replicated as Mr. Morrison requests).

• Rename the Wilson-Pacific School ‘Robert Eaglestaff School thereby keeping a promise made to the Native community in 1996 by John Stanford and echoed by Norm Rice.

• Provide support for new a ‘Native Heritage’ AS-I school with Native focused instruction/curriculum and culturally responsive services.

• Preserve the Sacred Site of the Duwamish Licton Springs.
Further, we continue to ask Seattle Public Schools to act accountably and quickly to remedy the impact of disproportionality and educational inequality upon black children and youth in SPS.

We continue to ask that SPS partner with Africatown Innovation Center for Education to develop culturally responsive and relevant curriculum.

We continue to ask that SPS partner with AICE to provide teachers in SPS with trainings that engage them around best practices and strategies for teaching black children.

We will not rest until every black and brown child and youth in Seattle Public Schools are educated at the level that all children deserve with the same opportunities and rights that are inalienable for all people.


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