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Africatown Staying On The Move: Africatown gets $1M+ boost from Seattle’s first Equitable Development grants

Africatown gets $1M+ boost from Seattle’s first Equitable Development grants
Posted on Friday, July 6, 2018 – 7:00 am by CHS

Africatown has been awarded a major grant as part of more than $5 million in funding for equitable development in Seattle.

“Seattle is facing an affordability crisis, which has displaced far too many and left behind many of our neighborhoods and businesses,” Mayor Jenny Durkan said about the grants. “To tackle these challenges, our City is investing in community organizations who are leading the way in creating true economic vitality and opportunity within Seattle’s most underserved communities.”

Africatown will receive $1,075,000 for “capacity-building” and “development expenses to include affordable commercial space to the Midtown affordable housing project,” according to the City of Seattle announcement of the award.

Read more at Capitol Hill Seattle Blog


Friday Jan 15 2016 – 3rd annual State of Africatown


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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Help Umoja Peace Center Plant Seeds & Grow Dreams with a Donation Today!

Today is Giving Tuesday.

Help Umoja Peace Center Plant Seeds & Grow Dreams with a Donation Today!



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These children are learning and expanding their imaginations at an Intro to Visual Design & Storytelling class at the Young Geniuses Academy (YGA), one of the many programs for children and teens at the Umoja Peace Center (UPC). YGA provides learning and enrichment opportunities to children and youth in our communities to fill the gaps left by public schools who have limited art, technical and cultural enrichment learning opportunities due to budget cuts.

From coding workshops that bridge the digital divide–to international art projects–to embracing our global citizenry, UPC is providing high quality learning opportunities to children and teens in our community. It takes a village to raise a child and UPC is a village we need.

UPC helps children and teens overcome obstacles to success through education enhancement projects that build marketable skills, self confidence and cultural pride and identity. UPC’s after school learning programs, homework lab and Saturday workshops, provide a space for children and teens to realize their full potential in an atmosphere that celebrates, nurtures and cultivates positive self expression.

Your support is critical at this time as the program lacks funds for art supplies, instructors and the cost of a December 12th event for Young Geniuses to showcase their talents. By giving a donation today, you will help us create a vibrant community of lifelong learners whose creativity and ingenuity have a positive impact our local and global community.

It’s easy to invest in our kids. Our goal is to raise $2,500 by Tuesday December 8th. We need 50 people to give $50 today in order to cover basic expenses for the program this month.

Any amount will help us pay for educational materials and supplies for our classes and events. With your donation we can expand our reach and continue to provide educational programs and opportunities four our kids.

Thank you so much for your support!

Yalonda Sinde
Volunteer & Boardmember of the Umoja Peace Center


3100 S. Alaska St. Seattle WA 98108
Contact Us at 877.505.6306 or Email: info@umojapeacecenter.com

Africatown Winter Arts & Soul Festival Nov 25-28


Last week, Missouri students and football team showed the power of unity and strategic economic action. A month ago millions responded to the call of #JusticeOrElse in Washington DC and communities across the country are getting ready for the second year of Black Friday Boycotts to make the statement that #BlackLivesMatter.

1The Black Friday Concert feat. Owour Arunga will focus on our continued struggle for social and economic empowerment in the Black community as a highlight the first Annual Africatown Winter Arts & Soul Fest. In partnership with Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Arunga Music, Taste of Caribbean/Red Lounge, and Lake Chad Cafe the four days of festivities will highlight the neighborhood’s unique African American heritage and African diaspora flavors while promoting community businesses throughout the holiday season kicking off with Shop Small and Small Business Saturday. For vendor information click here.
Wednesday, Nov. 25th

2Mighty Crown(Japan) & Fire Links(Jamaica) Live in Seattle

Red Lounge

1212 E. Jefferson St.

Thursday Nov. 26th –

3Afropolitan presents Thanksgiving Afterparty

@ Red Lounge 1212 E. Jefferson St. Doors 9pm.

4Friday, Nov. 27th
Black Friday Concert & Marketplace featuring Owuor Arunga & Friends Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S. Market Place opens at 12 noon. Doors for concert open at 6:30pm.

Saturday, Nov. 28th

5Africatown Holiday Marketplace
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Ave. S.

64th Annual Dancehall Reunion Bash
Eritrean Hall
1954 S. Massachusetts St.

Proceeds will benefit youth leadership development and arts programming.



Vendor request for information here – http://goo.gl/forms/x4tbfvkVNj

Black Dot Cultural Innovation Space

An epicenter for cultural innovation and business development, the Black Dot is a multi-puropose space for creative entrepreneurs. Our mission is to provide Black entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need to successfully launch, sustain and grow businesses.

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U.S. Attorney General meets with Seattle Central District Reps


Attorney General Loretta Lynch addresses the media alongside Chief Kathleen O’Toole and Mayor Ed Murray (Image: CHS)

From: Bryan Cohen / http://www.capitolhillseattle.com

Seattle’s efforts to combat gun violence while simultaneously curbing excessive policing tactics is drawing a lot of attention — and even more cash — from the federal government.

On Thursday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited the Central Area as part of a national community policing tour where she highlighted, among other things, the progress the Seattle Police Department has made in meeting federal mandates to address excessive use of force by officers.

On the same day Lynch was in town, the Department of Justice monitor tasked with overseeing SPD’s use of force consent decree filed a report about how the department was progressing with internally tracking use of force incidents.

The monitor found that SPD was doing a good job in three out of four categories, including investigating the most severe use of force incidents. However, the monitor’s report said SPD sergeants “still had a ways to go” in adequately investigating mid-level use of force incidents by officers, like those involving tasers and pepper spray.


With love for the Central District, Africatown activist Tahir-Garrett plans run for City Council seat


Story reposted from capitolhillseattle.com

Posted on Friday, May 15, 2015 – 7:03 am by Bryan Cohen

Omari Tahir-Garrett doesn’t mince words when it comes to talking about gentrification in the Central District. For him, African American families priced out of the neighborhood amounts to “ethnic cleansing.”

That won’t come as a shock to those familiar with the Central District/Africatown activist and slavery reparations advocate who once assaulted former Mayor Paul Schell with a bull horn in response to the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man.

Whatever you may think of Garrett, his love for his neighborhood is undeniable. The 69-year-old, lifelong Central District resident displays the vitality and determination of an activist a third his age. This year, he wants to take his fight to City Council.


Gray’s Death Ruled a Homicide; Cops Charged With Murder, Manslaughter

freddie gray

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.