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Reparations Activists Ready for New Phase in Long Struggle

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Rev. Jesse Jackson and Mirelle Fanon-Mendes-France, Frantz Fanon’s daughter, spoke at the National/International Reparations Conference last week in New York. Photo by Linn Washington, Jr.

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By Linn Washington Jr.

NEW YORK — Racism is a topic that usually divides black and white Americans. However, iconic civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson said there is one contentious race-mired issue where blacks and whites seemingly share a similar posture.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and Mirelle Fanon-Mendes-France, Frantz Fanon’s daughter, speak at the National/International Reparations Conference last week in New York.

Rev. Jesse Jackson and Mirelle Fanon-Mendes-France, Frantz Fanon’s daughter, spoke at the National/International Reparations Conference last week in New York. Photo by Linn Washington, Jr.

“Blacks and whites have one thing in common. They will not discuss reparations,” Jackson said, defining reparations for slavery and post-slavery institutional racism as “repair for damage done.”
This common aversion among blacks and whites to address reparations comes from “different reasons” Jackson noted.

“On the topic of reparations, whites are in denial and blacks think reparations cannot be attained.”

Rev. Jackson offered his assessment of America’s reparations-denial-dynamic during his keynote address at the opening session of the International Reparations Summit held recently in New York City. Participants for that three-day conference came from three continents. The Institute of the Black World 21st Century, a research, policy and advocacy organization based in the United States convened the Summit.

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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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Industrial Bank 80th Anniversary Gala

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(Top row from left to right): Robert R. Hagans, Jr., Chief Financial Officer, AARP; S. Kathryn Allen, Esq.,Co-President, Answer Title Company; Rev. Jonathan L. Weaver, Pastor, Greater Mt. Nebo African Methodist Episcopal Church; Patricia A. Mitchell, EVP, Strategic Programs, Industrial Bank; Alphonso Maldon, Jr., President, Partnership Strategies, LLC.; Pamela King, CPA, Consultant

(Bottom row from left to right): B. Doyle Mitchell, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, Industrial Bank; Massie S. Fleming (Retired Board Member), Director Emeritus; Clinton W. Chapman, Esq., Chairman of the Board, Senior Partner, Chapman and Chapman, Attorneys

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Industrial Bank 80th Anniversary Gala

On November 10, 2014 Industrial Bank celebrated their legacy of banking history with a Grand Gala at the Arena Stage. This event featured several performances, guest speakers as well as an announcement of our new Small Business Grant Program. Featured at the event was a short video that spoke of Industrial Bank’s history, importance of giving back to the community and the future of the Industrial Bank.

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Ferguson and Palestine: Different Issues, Same Problem

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Last week was inspiring. Since coming to New York two years ago, I have been working to build a community for myself. In many ways I have succeeded — I found people that I am honored to call friends, I have good neighbors, and I enjoy the community of my school. But last week was different. Last week, I felt part of a larger community, a community that “gets it,” a community that I share many values with, and a community that inspires me to action.

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‘The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism’

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On Sept. 4, The Economist published a book review, for which it apologized, retracted, and then posted on the web. It created no end of furor and discussion about whether the book, or the review, was racist. The anonymous reviewer accused the author of not giving slave owners any credit for their “better treatment” of the slaves which may have been the reason that cotton production increased. He also found that “Almost all the blacks in his book are victims, almost all the whites villains.” Since the book concerned slavery in America, Twitter went delightfully mad with #economistbookreviews.

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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

SEATTLE YOUTH RALLY TO PROTECT PUBLIC SCHOOL BUILDING

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FROM PRIVATIZATION AND CONDOS

by Leith Kahl

The downsizing and privatizing of education in the US is a brutally physical process. Perhaps nowhere was this more clear than in Seattle´s Central Area on Veterans Day, when a crowd of young people refused to leave a public meeting about the future of a public school building at 24th and Cherry, which has sat vacant since the end of 2008. Police were called to eject the public from the building, and one youth and one community elder were arrested and charged with “tresspassing” and “disorderly conduct”.

An advertisement in the The Facts Newspaper had clearly invited the general public to this meeting. The meeting called by the leaders of an organization called “Family Life Center”, a ministry of Peoples Institutional Baptist Church, which also sometimes does business under the name “Work It Out”.

This entity was awarded a lease on the building by the Seattle Public School District about a year and a half ago, even though their lease bid was neither the highest bid, nor was it a bid that contained any committment to the school district to use the building for any purpose relating to public education. Their were other bids which did offer such an explicit committment, including one from the nearby Umojafest Peace Center which has a track record of turning blighted buildings into vibrant centers of community programming with almost no budget at all.

The United For Youth Coalition, a coalition of which the Umojafest Peace Center is a member, called upon its members and supporters to attend this public meeting and voice their concerns, which they did. When the “Work It Out” entity reacted to the presence of these youth by first cancelling the meeting, and then asking the Seattle Police Department to eject the public from the building, the Coalition responded by staging a protest on the sidewalk immediately outside of the building. Some members of Occupy Seattle and other local groups also attended both the meeting and the protest which followed it.

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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

WELCOME TO UMOJAFEST! AUGUST 3-5 2012

The UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center is a multi-purpose youth centered cultural facility in the heart of Seattle’s historic Central District. The mission of the center is to inspire and empower youth through Positive Education, Art, Culture & Enterprise (P.E.A.C.E.) from our African-American and Central Seattle roots.

Using a continuing education model powered by strategic partnerships, the facility will feature many courses including audio production, entrepreneurship, life skills, financial literacy, creative writing, African drumming, theatre, culinary arts, new media, music business, fashion design/merchandising, art /graphic design, journalism/publishing, civics/community development and more. Classes will be taught by experienced professionals.

The memorial peace garden recognizes the toll that violence has taken on our community while promoting harmonious sustainable living and community building through maintaining a neighborhood organic garden.

UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E Center

1107 24th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
206.329.1591
info@umojafestpeacecenter.com

UMOJAFEST 2012 AUGUST 2-5, 2012

The Soul of The City Stage features two days of soulful, inspiring performances featuring artists from across the musical spectrum, including jazz, Rhythm & Blues (R&B), Blues, Neo Soul, cultural dance and…

Marketplace & Vendor Fair – Friday – Sunday Includes the Knowledge Is The Key Education Fair, Health Is Wealth Community Wellness Fair, It Takes A Village Resource Fair featuring community organizations businesses and an array of cultural and artistic…

Umoja Fest is our annual “Family Reunion”. We encourage you to join in this rich tradition by hosting a family get-together, class or other group outing at the festival and enjoy all of the great attractions. As a bonus, we have created a “friendly challenge” for groups to sign as…

The festivities kick off with Children’s Day and continues through the weekend featuring fun and educational activities including games, arts, crafts, drum, dance, storytelling, interactive exhibits and performances. Friday, 11am-3pm, Saturday & Sunday. This…

The Northwest Urban Hip-Hop Music Fest will use the influence and popularity of urban/Hip-Hop culture to promote peace, entrepreneurship, civic involvement, voter registration and community development. Highlights include the Teen Empowerment Rally (Friday, 3pm-…

Continuing the tradition that began over 60 years ago with the East Madison Mardi Gras, the parade features drill teams, African drum & dance, masquerades, floats, youth and community organizations. The parade will begin at 23rd & Union and travel south on 23rd Avenue to the…

Inspired by the legendary Rucker Tournament based in Harlem, NY, the tournament features high school age…

The goal of the Umoja Fest Community Fitness Challenge is to provide exciting and informative activities that promotes healthy lifestyles to the community. Featuring great activities such as the Austin Foundation Fitness Passport Station, Zuumba in the Park…

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WELCOME TO UMOJAFEST! AUGUST 3-5 2012


Why the Occupy Movement Frightens the Corporate Elite

“This is why the Occupy movement frightens the corporate elite. What fosters revolution is not misery, but the gap between what people expect from their lives and what is offered. This is especially acute among the educated and the talented.

Source: http://www.truth-out.org