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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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!*PLEASE READ AND SUPPORT! African-American Heritage Museum UPDATE #3

!*PLEASE READ AND SUPPORT! African-American Heritage Museum UPDATE #3

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POWER TO THE PEOPLE!
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)From: “Black Autonomy”
)Subject: African-American Heritage Museum and Cultural Center UPDATE #3
) (1998):
)Date: Thu, 15 Jan 1998 14:18:35 PST

Marpessa Kupendua

African-American Heritage Museum and Cultural Center UPDATE #3 (1998):
“The Youth Action Committee Takes Control Of The Last Black Institution
In Seattle!”

As predicted, last night’s meeting at SVI was indeed turbulent. The
uncle toms brought in 3 uniformed Seattle Police officers, along with
East Precinct Lt. Harry Bailey (local “Weed and Seed director and 32nd
degree freemason).

So far, all the communiques I’ve sent out have been very long (and I
apologize to those who weren’t trying to read all of that), but I felt
it was important in order for those who weren’t there, particularly
those outside of Seattle, to have a clear picture of what’s going on;
thus all the details. I’ll try to be brief with this one and anyone have
questions please feel free to email me, write, or call the museum at
206-320-9321 for more info. Again, let me also offer everyone the
opportunity to review the relevant documents for themselves, send us $2
for postage and we’ll send you copies of everything we have.

To begin with, none of the grassroots concerns were on the agenda that
Bob and Co. prepared. In addition, the committee reports were fabricated
due to the fact that the only committees for the museum that have been
meeting regularly at the museum offices are the Youth Action Committee
and African International Affairs Committee. Omari Tahir, founder of the
museum/cultural center started the meeting with the complete history up
to the illegal activities of Bob Flowers, Bob Luciano, Pat Chandler, and
Harolynn Bobis (and others). He cited the relevant Revised Codes of
Washington and told the crowd of 100 or so what else the ‘toms have been
doing.

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The *other* lawsuit at 23rd and Union: Activist sues property owners, City Hall for ‘strong racial hostility’

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Posted on Friday, April 1, 2016 – 12:04 pm by jseattle

The battle to sell off the Midtown Center property at 23rd and Union is keeping the courts busy. CHS broke the news this week on the family legal fight holding up a $23.5 million deal to sell the property to a California-based apartment developer.

Now we have learned of another legal fight stemming from the issues at Midtown that might have more immediate ramifications for the block while setting up a last stand of sorts for a long time part of the activist community around Africatown.

Omari Tahir-Garrett is suing everyone from the family partnership behind Midtown Center to Kshama Sawant and Seattle City Light in a federal civil rights lawsuit brought after utilities were cut off the property where his UMOJA P.E.A.C.E Center is located at 24th and E Spring.

In his suit, Tahir-Garrett alleges that the long list of defendants acted on “strong racial hostility” and violated his first amendment rights because of “Black community activism” —

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3rd annual State of Africatown Saturday January 16, 10am-1pm at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

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The third annual State of Africatown will be held tomorrow Saturday January 16, 10am-1pm 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.

Featured speakers and present include:

Mistress of Ceremony – Dr. Renee McCoy
Lift Every Voice and Sing – Kimberly Dunn and Audience
Former State Rep. Dawn Mason , Convener, Opening
Dr. Girma Ayele, Co-Convener, Welcome
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
Sandra Boas-DuPree, Operations & Development Manager, Host
Black Community Impact Alliance, Evelyn Allen & Jaebadiah Gardner
Central Area Senior Center – Dian Ferguson, Director
First Place Student Performance
Blackout/EPIC – Senait Brown
Seattle King County NAACP – Sheley Secrest
Cultural Innovation: Black Dot – Aramis Hamer
Historic Central Area Arts & Culture District – Steve Sneed
State of Africatown – K. Wyking Garrett
Mayor Edward B. Murray
Michael Charles representing King County Executive Dow Constantine
Seattle City Councilmember, Kshama Sawant, District 3
Seattle City Council President, Bruce Harrell, District 2
Reception to follow
Additional confirmed attendees include:

Seattle City Council Members:
Lisa Herbold, District 1
Debora Juarez, District 5
Mike O’Brien, District 6
Tim Burgess, At Large Pos. 8
Lorena Gonzales, At Large Pos. 9
Renton City Council Member Ed Prince
King County Council Members:
Jeanne Kohl-Welles
Larry Gossett
State Representatives:
Brady Walkingshaw (D 43rd)
Sharon Santos (D 37th)

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Friday 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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Assessing the state of Africatown amid rapid Central District redevelopment

Assessing the state of Africatown amid rapid Central District redevelopment

Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 – 7:34 am by Bryan Cohen

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K. Wyking Garrett speaking during the Black Wall Street event. (Image: CHS)

In the struggle to forge a neighborhood identity in the same vein as the Chinatown/International District, Africatown has come to represent a movement as much as neighborhood — a movement to create more black institutions, businesses, and influence in the the Central District.

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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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