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Jan 15 2016 – 3rd annual State of Africatown

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The third annual State of Africatown will be held on January 15 at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and will feature presentations on the accomplishments of the last year as well as vision, opportunities and challenges facing our community in 2016.

2015 was a productive year for Central District based Africatown Seattle initiatives ending with and Human Rights Award followed by the signing of legislation formally designating the Central Area as an Arts & Cultural District focused honoring, preserving and developing the Black and African Diaspora contributions to Seattle.

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Unity and defiance: Thousands converge on Paris in rally

The aftermath of the attacks remained raw, with video emerging of one of the gunmen killed during police raids pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group and detailing how the attacks were going to unfold. Also, a new shooting was linked to that gunman, Amedy Coulibaly, who was killed Friday along with the brothers behind a massacre at satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in nearly simultaneous raids by security forces.

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You are invited to the 2nd Annual African American and African Diaspora Gathering 2015

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“Black Lives Matter: Where Do We Go From Here?” 

Hear dynamic presentations and vision for the future; be a listener and connect with our community on the state and interests of African Americans and residents from the African Diaspora in Seattle/King County. 

This gathering will bring us together with invited local policy and decision makers for an opportunity to present 2014 wins and challenges, opportunities and recommendations including: housing, economic development, education, arts, technology and community inclusion.

Militants planning mass casualty attacks against West

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London (AFP) – The head of Britain’s domestic spy agency MI5 warned on Thursday that militant Islamists in Syria were planning “mass casualty attacks” in the West and that intelligence services may be powerless to stop them.

“We know… that a group of core al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria is planning mass casualty attacks against the West,” Andrew Parker told journalists in London a day after an Islamist attack in Paris claimed 12 lives.

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Occupy Oakland At Lakeview Elementary: Police Raid Encampment Outside School

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This article comes to us courtesy of SF Weekly’s The Snitch.

By Jeff Sandstoe

Oakland Police stormed the sit-in at Lakeview Elementary early this morning, breaking up the three-week-old encampment and arresting two people.

Authorities arrived on scene just after 4 a.m. and ordered protesters (a.k.a. teachers, parents, and probably some tutors) to disperse — now. Like obedient students, most protesters listened, however, police handcuffed two individuals who refused to leave.

The sit-in which started in mid June, was initiated by parents, teachers, and others in the community (yes, some occupiers) who are vehemently opposed to the school district’s plan to close five of its elementary schools, including Lakeview, Lazear, Marshall, Maxwell Park, and Santa Fe.

The school district tolerated the group, which modeled itself after Occupy Oakland, sans the police scuffles, for long enough. But when it became really clear these parents planned to spend the whole summer vacation occupying the site, district officials called in the big troops.
“We allowed the protesters to stay for 17 days even though they were trespassing,” said Troy Flint, spokesman for the school district. “But we finally moved in because we had to start preparing for the new school year.”

The shuttered school buildings will be used as family services buildings, which includes student services, enrollment, translation, and mental health facilities. “People think that we’re moving the superintendent into these buildings, but that’s not the case … they’ll be used for basically everything that supports the social and emotional side of what goes in school,” said Flint.

On a positive note, Flint was happy that the squatters did not cause any damage to the property — in fact they took pretty good care of it. Still, that wasn’t good enough reason to let them stay.

“We are taking some defensive measures to safeguard the site and prevent a recurrence,” said Flint.The district has installed a temporary fence with personnel on the lookout and has also begun changing the locks around the property.

“We don’t want anyone to interpret this as provocative, or a challenge, but we will be monitoring the site,” Flint said.
Source: FULL STORY

Africatown members arrested at Horace Mann released

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http://www.kirotv.com/videos/news/video-behind-the-barricades-of-a-school-taken-over/vCH4Fk/
KIRO 7 cameras take you behind the barricades and inside a Seattle School

http://www.kirotv.com/videos/news/raw-video-arrest-made-at-vacant-school/vCJgM3/
Police arrest a man on trespassing charges for being inside the vacant Horace Mann school in Seattle’s Central District.

SEATTLE —
Four men arrested for squatting in the Horace Mann School were released hours later, vowing their battle is not over.
The men are part of a group called Africatown that occupied the Horace Mann School since the beginning of summer.

Seattle Public Schools plans to remodel it and turn it into an alternative high school. The folks from Africatown wanted it devoted to a school with a culturally-based curriculum for African-American students.

Most of the group reached an agreement with SPS to find another facility for their programs, but four men decided that wasn’t enough. They remained in the Horace Mann building.

Early Tuesday afternoon, SWAT teams from Seattle Police moved in.
The school district notified police last week that they were at an impasse with the remaining Africatown members, and they wanted them removed.
Detective Renee Witt said police chose to move in “when there would be no children and the least amount of people.”
Officers swarmed the school.  Chopper 7 even saw some officers on the roof. Police say they had “received intelligence” that the remaining squatters might have firearms or might booby trap the building with explosives.
A thorough search turned up nothing but the men themselves.
All four were arrested without incident and will face criminal trespass charges.  They were released this afternoon at the East Precinct on Capitol Hill to a small crowd of supporters.
Many in the small crowd were recognizable to those who are familiar with various protests around the city.  They immediately targeted KIRO 7’s photographer, blocking her lens and trying to force her to stop filming, even while each one of the four men arrested said they wanted to talk to KIRO 7.

The leader of the group, Omari Tahir-Garrett said he thought the occupation of Horace Mann –and the arrests — were worth it.
“Since we’ve occupied this building, now all of a sudden, this issue of the black achievement gap is back on the table,” he said.

He added that he plans to keep pressing the school district for changes, “The curriculum needs to be so everyone feels good about their culture and themselves.”

Meanwhile, Seattle Public Schools says now it can move ahead with the remodeling of Horace Mann.  The project was significantly delayed because of the squatters, but they’re unsure whether they will have to pay any fees to the contractor for the delay.

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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

OCCUPY SEATTLE URGENT ALERT!!! COURT THREATENS OMARI WITH “WESTERN STATE DETENTION”

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THESE “GEORGE WASHINGTON PLANTATION EUROPEAN SETTLE COLONIAL COURTS ARE OBSCENE!!! WHEN DID COLONIALISM / RACISM END BRITISH SELF=GOVERNING SETTLER SUPER-COLONY END. “AFRICATOWN/CD BECOMING “LITTLE AMSTERDAM “? STAY TUNED AND DON’T SAY I DIDN’T TELL YOU??? ” ETHNIC-CLEASNSING / GENTRIFICATION IN NAZI GERMANY DID’T WORK AND IT WON’T WORK HERE IN “AFRICATOWN / CD (CHINATOWN / ID)??? ” LITTLE AMSTERDAM / TWILIGHT EXIT”? THE YOUNGSTERS DON’T LIKE THIS MOVE AT ALL AND SERIOUS RACIAL CONFLICT IS BREWING? THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES….

ON JAN 31, 2013 I APPEARED IN JUDGE ROSEN COURT 902 FOR HEARING ON PUBLIC PRETENDER JESSE SALOMAN’S MOTION TO WITHDRAW AS MY PUBLIC PRETENDER.

CONTINUED OPPOSITION TO THE “EUROPEAN COLONIAL SETTLER TERRORIST GEORGE WASHINGTON’S / ADOLPH HITLER PICTURE HANGING ABOVE JUDGE ‘ROSEN’S HEAD, THE FASCIST JUDGE THREATEN ME WITH “MENTAL DETENTION AT WESTERN STATE”!!!
ROSEN’S NAZI MOVE WAS DESIGNED TO INTIMIDATE ME WHY TRYING TO FORCE ME TO TRIAL NEXT WEEK WITHOUT PROVIDING ME WITH MONIES FOR INVESTIGATION WHILE REFUSING TO FORCE PROSECUTOR TO GIVE ME FULL DISCOVERY (SURVIELANCE FILES, WITNESS LIST, ETC). PROSECUTOR EVEN ASK JUDGE ROSEN TO NOT FORCE HIM TO GIVE ME WITNESS’S NAMES AND ADDRESSES BECAUSE OF HIS CONCERN OF MY MENTAL CONDITION. THE SILLY JUDGE THEN ASK ME INAPPROPRIATE QUESTION, “HAVE YOU EVER HAD PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT”????? MY REPLY WAS” AS MANY TIMES AS I HAVE OBSERVED COURT PROCEEDINGS, I HAVE NEVER HEARD A JUDGE ASK A LAWYER IF HE HAS EVER HAD PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT? SINCE YOU THE JUDGE ARE TRYING TO UNCONSTITUTIONALLY FORCE ME TO GO TO TRIAL PRO SE AS MY OWN ATTORNEY AND WITHOUT EFFECTIVE LEGAL REPRESENTATION,WHY ARE YOU ASKING ME THIS IGNORANT DISRESPECTFULL AND INAPPRORIATE QUESTION????

ANOTHER HEARING IS SET FOR THIS MONDAY FEB 4, 2013 AT 1:30 PM IN COURT RM 902 IN MUNICIPLE COURT AT 5TH AND JAMES. I NEED ALL OF THE COURT OBSERVERS AS POSSIBLE TO WITNESS THIS NAZI LEGAL ATTACK ON THE OCCUPPIED SEATTLE ARRESTEES INCLUDING ED MAST, PLEASE TRY TO ATTEND AND BROADCAST THIS EMAIL ALERT AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES,

Omari Tahir-Garrett
Website: http://www.prison2president.blogspot.com

Wyking: Seattle Mayor’s “Juneteenth” Town Hall

Mayor’s “Juneteenth” Town Hall
By Wyking

(re-printed from Central District News)

I was at the meeting that was held on Juneteenth. I found it ironic that the staff of a Black history institution nor the elected Mayor acknowledged the significance to US and world history.

But on to the issues. I did not notice anyone at the meeting promoting anarchism or “Black Bloc” as they’ve been called. There were a number people that were VERY vocal about issues related to police misconduct and accountability. There were also other issues raised.

The media, and Mayor’s office it appears, is not mentioning the biggest issue raised that led to the arrests were about corruption related to the ownership and occupancy of Colman school.

The meeting started with representatives of the African American Heritage Museum & Cultural Center asserting ownership and the founder presenting the Mayor with legal documents regarding ownership of the Colman school building and demanding an full scale investigation into corruption and fraud resulting in current occupancy by Urban League Village. They challenged the attempted corporate takeover involving prominent white Seattle power brokers including Bill Gates mother in law Mimi Gates. Barbara Thomas, the director of NAAM admitted that their organization did not own the building.

People also expressed:

-a need to stop the “plantation politics” and high level institutional racism and corruption that has effectively destabilized the African American community creating the conditions that foster the negative culture of crime and violence leaving everyone vulnerable as evidenced by tragic death of Tyrone Love and Justin Ferrari in the same block.

-Questioned the wasting of public resources such as the situation with Horace Mann being funded by the city yet kept empty.

– Reiterated ongoing need for a world class cultural center, an institution that effectively inspires and nurtures positive culture, pride and productivity. Too many African American youth who lack a positive cultural identity and framework adopt negative lifestyles trying to imitate European mafia gangster culture (i.e., Al Capone, John Gotti and Al Pacino Scarface). Colman school was fought for to be a center of cultural and economic revitalization for the community but was co-opted into a real estate development with a milquetoast museum-gallery that has not significantly impacted the issues of education/youth development, culture, economic development and public safety. The estimated 30 million dollars that has gone into this building could have made a serious difference if strategically invested.

-Raised questions about $200 million being spent on new juvenile jail development and ineffective incarceration model rather than invested in effective prevention and intervention.

-Raised questions about the administration’s commitment to diversity, equity and “shared prosperity” in light of people being pushed out of Seattle in general and the Central District and how the pending Yesler Terrace redevelopment in specific and mitigate or exacerbate the problem.

-Highlighted institutional inequity where white organizations use black faces on brochures to raise money in the name of “helping” the community but are really serving their own interests, perpetuating the status quo and keeping power among their own while problems in Black community have continued to get worse.

Personally, I would have preferred the meeting continued and feel that the Mayor got a pass to avoid dealing with hard issues and go beyond his talking points.

What I don’t understand is how everyone is going to live together in harmony if all lives and interests are not respected and valued. How can you expect peace without justice? There needs to be some honest dialogue if there is going to be any common ground or resolution. Other than that it will be business as usual, polarization will increase and tensions continue to rise.

Source: http://www.centraldistrictnews.com

America’s Dangerous Game: The US is creating more enemies than it can capture or kill.


Last year, the Obama administration celebrated the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a leading figure in al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), as the latest military victory in its new counter-terrorism strategy focused on covert kill/capture operations…

Source: http://www.aljazeera.com