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China in driving seat as Ethiopian capital gets new tramway


Addis Ababa (AFP) – Sub-Saharan Africa’s first modern tramway opened in the Ethiopian capital on Sunday, marking the completion of a massive Chinese-funded infrastructure project hailed as a major step in the country’s economic development.

Even before the ribbon was cut, several hundred residents were queueing for a ride on the Chinese-driven trams, which have the capacity to carry 60,000 passengers a day across the capital of Africa’s second most populous nation.
The two line, 34-kilometre (21 mile) system was built by the China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC) . The project cost $475 million, 85 percent of which has been covered by China’s Exim bank.


March 14, 2015 Black Seattle 2035 & MARCH 19-22 Black/African History Scholars


Black History Month is over but our future is still ahead of us.
The popular book “The Secret” tells us to focus on what we want to attract not what we don’t. A lot of times we talk about what our community was before and what isn’t today so let’s time to talk about what we want!

Come and share what your BEST vision for the future of Black/African Diaspora community.

What would you see walking through a neighborhood of Black/African Descent people who are present as their BEST selves? If folks can envision a colony on Mars surely we can surely imagine a healthy community here on earth.

Join us for critical discussion, good food, collective visioning, planning and networking about the future of the Black/African diaspora community in Seattle’s Central District and beyond.

Please Register here so that we have the proper information for catering.

Facebook Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/1580678532169986/

Twitter: Join me at #BlackSeattle2035: Visions for our Future Sat. 3/14 http://blackseattle2035.bpt.me #BlackInSeattle #Africatown #BlackFuture

WHAT: Black Seattle 2035: Visions For Our Future

WHEN: Saturday, March 14th, 11-2 PM

WHERE: Monica’s Village Community Room

140 23rd Avenue S.

Seattle, WA 98144

WHY: To consider and share visions for a healthy vibrant Black/African Diaspora community in Seattle.

Confirmed Speakers & Panelists
Confirmed Speakers & Panelists:

Evelyn Allen, Black Community Impact Alliance
Felix Ngoussou, Lake Chad Care
Solomon Dubie, Ethiopian Cafe
Ethiopia Alemneh, Ethiopian Community Center
Demba Hydara, West African Community
Royal Alley Barnes, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
David Harris, Hack The CD
Gabrielle “Gab Gifted” , Recording Artist
Omari Salisbury, Clouds Media International

10:45 – Doors
11:30 – Panel Discussion
12:15 – Break/Intermission/food
12:30 – Interactive Discussion/Breakout Groups

black history scholars

Black History STILL Matters!

The 32nd National Conference of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilization will bring Black/African History Scholars from all over the nation to Seattle.

Conference Highlight include:

Presentations & Panels
Interactive Workshops
Community Reception
Cultural Night
Tour of Black Seattle
Institute for Youth
Community Conversations and Caucuses
A Call to Action
Spiritual Empowerment and Praise Service
African Market Place
Dinner Theater Performance of Dark Divas


Our mailing address is:
Africatown Center for Education & Innovation
3100 S Alaska St, Seattle, WA, United States
Seattle, WA 98108

Download the App: Mobile Justice – Missouri

Download the App: Mobile Justice – Missouri





Police street stops and searches of Missourians have increased exponentially – especially in the context of rallies, peaceful protests, and marches against excessive force and racial profiling.

Thousands of innocent people are routinely stopped, searched, harassed, bullied into compliance, and humiliated every year in Missouri. It’s not a crime to walk down the street, to peacefully protest, to march, to rally, or to simply gather with a group of peers on a sidewalk, yet every day innocent black and brown Missourians are turned into suspects for doing just that.

ACLU of Missouri Mobile Justice, modeled after the NYCLU “Stop and Frisk” app and developed by Quadrant 2, is one way to hold Missouri Law Enforcement Agencies accountable for their actions.

If you see something, say something by using ACLU of Missouri Mobile Justice to document the police interactions you see. For more information visit http://www.aclu-mo.org/mobile-justice.


To Record:

Simply hold down the camera button on the outside of your phone, or open the app and hit the record button at the top of the screen and the application will use your phone’s camera to record both audio and video. To stop recording, simply shake the phone or manually press the ‘click to stop’ button. This video is automatically sent to the ACLU of Missouri as soon as you stop recording.

After each recording you will be prompted to fill out a short incident report. You can bypass the incident report by simply pressing cancel; however, we encourage you to fill it out so we can learn more about what you saw. Required fields in the incident report are marked ‘required.’ If you are unsure of the information asked in the incident report, simply mark ‘unsure’. Finally, press the ‘submit the incident report button’ to send your incident report to the ACLU of Missouri.

To Witness:

This feature allows you to know if people around you are getting stopped by the police. When others in your area use Mobile Justice, you will get a message reporting where the police stop is happening. If the dot is green, it means the ‘witness’ feature is activated. If the dot is red it means the ‘witness’ feature is not activated and you will not receive reports on where police activity is happening. This feature is especially useful for community groups who monitor police activity. Be sure to go to “my settings” to turn on “broadcast my location” in order for the ‘witness’ function to operate.

To Report:
This function allows you to access the incident report. You can use this function to report a police interaction you saw or experienced, even if you didn’t film it. Be sure to hit the ‘submit’ incident report button so that your responses are sent to the ACLU of Missouri.


2014 End of Summer Events Calendar by blackseattle

2014 End of Summer Events Calendar
by blackseattle

Aug 23 – Black & Brown Girls Summit

Aug 23 – Ethiopian Summer Fest @ Garfield Community Center (11am-10pm)

Aug 23 – Uovement Backpack Give-Away @ Garfield Community Center (2pm)

Aug 23 – Beach Bums Summer BBQ @ Alki (1-10)

Aug 24 – Greater Seattle Youth Football League Jamboree (9-6)

Aug 25-29 – Hack The CD Youth Coding Camp

Aug 30 – Bumbershoot

Aug 30 – UNCF Walk & Cook Off for Ed

Aug 30 – Brandon Roy & Will Conroy Backpack Giveaway @ Promenade 23 (10-3)

Aug 30 – CD-Southend Unity BBQ @ Seward Park (3-8)

Aug 30 – CD Reunion BBQ @ Barnett Park (11-7)

Aug 31 – Jamal Crawford Back To School Backpack Giveaway & BBQ @ Rainier CC

Aug 31 – Solo Doe Day @ Garfield (12-6)

Aug 31 – Family Reunion @ Othello Park (10-8)

Aug 31 – Gumbo Pot Day Party (3pm – Until)

Sep 1 – Bumbershoot

Sept 12-13 – Memorial Football Classic

Sept 26-28 – Hack The CD

Sept 27 – 23rd ACT CD Street Fair










blackseattle | August 19, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Obama’s Oath of Office is Meaningless: He’s Violated the Constitution Numerous Times


SOURCE: Dan Johnson in Politics

The president of the United States was inaugurated for a second term. The inauguration, costing taxpayers a cool $170 million, was mostly pomp and circumstance until President Obama took the Oath of Office.

Then, it once again turned into a liar’s den.

The Oath of the President of the United States reads as follows:

“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Obama, much like Clinton, Bush Sr., and G.W. Bush, has treated the Constitution as if it were a list of suggestions, rather than concrete rules for holding the office of president. Between countless drone attacks, eviscerating the Bill of Rights, and signing a law turning America into a battlefield, this President has acted as if the Constitution were only to be followed at his convenience.

Here are just a few of the ways Barack Obama has trampled the Constitution, destroyed our inalienable rights, and violated his Oath of Office:

1. Signing the annual National Defense Authorization Act…twice

Obama signs NDAA

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a law passed every year by Congress, and it typically just authorizes funding for the the Armed Forces. However, the 2012 NDAA radically changed that. It authorized, at the request of the president, the indefinite military detention, without charge or trial, of any person on U.S. soil…including American citizens. President Obama signed it into law on New Year’s Eve, 2011, with a signing statement claiming he would never use that power. Then on January 4,2013, leaving the indefinite detention sections of the 2012 NDAA intact, he signed the NDAA again. This time, with no such disclaimer.

2. Assassinating American citizens

Anway Al-Awlaki

Anwar Al-Awlaki was an American citizen living in Yemen, who the president decided was aiding Al-Qaeda and should be eliminated. On September 30, 2011, a drone strike killed Al-Awlaki, and two weeks later, another drone strike killed his 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki. The president of the United States acted as judge, jury, and executioner of American citizens to whom the U.S. government denied their Constitutional right to a trial, a lawyer, or a day in court.

3. Authorizing Drone use on U.S. soil

Drone use on domestic soil

Barack Obama signed the 2012 Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act (FAARA), which authorized 30,000 drones to begin flying over U.S. soil by 2020. These drones can “accidentally” spy on American citizens, thus violating the Fourth amendment right to be free from “unreasonable searches and seizures.”

4. Extending the Patriot Act


President Obama swore he would repeal the dangerously named USA PATRIOT Act before his election, which allowed for the limitless, and warrantless, wiretapping of anyone considered a suspected terrorist. The wiretapping provisions of this act, which were used in 1,618 drug cases and only 15 terrorism cases, and violated the Fourth amendment entirely, were due to expire on May 27, 2011. President Obama signed an extension just in time…the American people almost got some rights back. Whew, that was close.

5. Keeping Guantanamo Bay open

Guantanamo Bay

One of the key tenets of President Obama’s first election campaign was closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Once he got into office, he claimed closing the facility was “more difficult than I think a lot of people realize.” More difficult, indeed. It is now January 22, 2013, and the president has officially made it impossible for Guantanamo Bay to close under current law.

Under President Obama’s watchful eye, America was turned into a battlefield. We still have the warrantless wiretapping authorized under President Bush, along with the same Guantanamo Bay, and we will soon see surveillance drones operating in the skies above, just like Iraq and Afghanistan. How long before those surveillance drones become Predator drones. These changes violate over 14 provisions of our U.S. Constitution.

In order to faithfully execute his office, our President must preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. So far, the only thing this President has been able to faithfully execute is our inalienable rights…one by one.

SOURCE: Dan Johnson in Politics

Christmas Trees for P.E.A.C.E Available now!…Umoja PEACE Center Report to Community 2012

Dear friends and family,

As you finish off the leftovers and reflect on the increasingly precious moments spent with family and friends, we want to share with you the accomplishments of the Umoja PEACE Center family over the past year and invite you to let your Christmas tree purchase make a difference by supporting our Annual Holiday Trees for P.E.A.C.E. Fundraiser.

If you or someone you know plans to purchase a Christmas tree this year, you can support the work of the Umoja PEACE Center.

Trees are priced to fit YOUR budget so place your order today!

Even better, tell all your family, friends, church and other groups about this opportunity to continue being part of the change and let us know HOW MANY TREES should be set aside.

Trees are available for pick up at the center daily from 9am-9pm. The UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center is located at 1107 24th Avenue (@ Spring St.) in central Seattle. One block south of Union st behind the Post Office.

To place your order today, please call 206.329.1591 or 206.941.2527.

If you do not want a tree but would like to support by making a contribution please click here or mail your contribution to:

Umoja P.E.A.C.E. Center c/o Shunpike
PO Box 22328
Seattle, WA 98122

Please reference tax ID# 91-2138554 for your tax deductible contribution.

Thank you for your consideration and we hope that you can help us make the promise of change a reality.


UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center

2012 in review…

PEACE Week Seattle
Umoja PEACE Center started the year by launching the First Annual Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. County PEACEWeek in Seattle to counter the violence in our neighborhoods by encouraging youth and community members to take action to increase the peace instead.

The official Seattle MLK County PEACE Week Kick Off “A Vision 4 PEACE” was hosted at Seattle City Hall by the office of City Councilman Mike O’Brien featuring reception, youth panel & community speakers addressing whats needed to bring peace to our communities. See the video below


SHINE! Talent Competition seriesSHINE! Talent Competition flyer.
The SHINE Talent Competion series provides a stage for young aspiring artists to showcase their skills while promoting positive lifestyle choices to youth.

Winners from the talent competion received an artist development package. Check out song by SHINE! Talent competition winner Perilini Lomiga “Take Your Time” recorded at the UPC studio. http://soundcloud.com/antwon-vinson/take-your-time-mixed-mas.

Winners of the contest were also afforded an exclusive invite only audition with the NBC Show “The Voice” giving them an opportunity to take their talent to the world stage.

Seattle Hip Hop Leadership Conference
Produced in conjunction with the Seattle Hip Hop Summit Action Network and Seattle Central Community College Black Student Union, the 3rd Annual Hip Hop Leadership Conference was the best yet.

Over 150 people attended the event which brought out some of Seattle’s leading hip hop figures including Vitamin D, Jake One, Miss Casey Carter, Julie C, DJ Topspin, DJ Hyphen, Rawha Habte and many others to discuss the social and cultural impacts and potential of hip hop music and culture. Additionally this event inspired the development of Kenyan American Youth Association Roots Festival/Conference held in June at Highline Community College.

Umoja Fest was a success again in 2012 thanks to all of the community support.

We appreciate our community partners stepping up to make this years event a success including Starbucks, Catholic Community Services Village Spirit Center, UNCF, Powerful Schools and Ezells.Please thank these businesses and community organizations and let them know you appreciate them investing in our community.

Umoja Fest seeks to highlight and lift up all of the wonderful and beautiful things in our community so if you have something positive going on please do reach out and get connected with us.

Sunday Potluck Dinner
Every Sunday is Thanksgiving at the UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center! Join the UPC family for our weekly potluck dinner.

Find out whats happening around the UPC and community, enjoy great food, conversation and networking, be inspired by movers, shakers and changemakers.

Art In The Park
UPC partnered with Outside Thinc Agency and Seattle Parks Department to offer 8 week Art In The Park program at Othello Park in South Seattle. The program provided over 400 youth and families with summer arts education and enrichment activities in a much needed area.

Watch the video here:

UPC Studio &
Artist Development
The recording studio continues to be the main attraction at the UPC.

Aspiring young artists are assisted in developing recording and performing skills while learning about the business of music, careers in media and entrepreneurship.

Participants learn what it takes to develop their brand, use relevant technology, produce and promote eventget paid shows, network for success and more.

Click to listen to “Destined for Success” by A-Rawlo.

Summer Enrichment Academy
The UPC hosted a summer enrichment academy pilot for elementary and middle school aged youth featuring classes in math, music, entrepreneurship, language arts, astronomy, Arabic and Amaharic languages.

Sista Soul Speak
SistaSoulSpeak is a poetry and spoken word workshop focused on giving young women an opportunity to discover and share the beauty within and express themselves creatively through writing and performing poetry and spoken word.

Participants explore inspirational materials and then create their own. A great release and pick-me-up for young women who may be stressed from life issues. Participants will also have opportunities to perform and be introduced to other personal development resources.

Listen to the piece”Home” produced by Sista Soul Speak class http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKoZeq0O-Eg.

UPC GROW is a Community Youth and Family Urban Gardening Project focused on creating a learning space to share ideas on how to grow healthy and nutritious food, people and communities. The project was held for six Saturdays.

The 8 week winter cycle provided great opportunities for learning, bonding and community building. The project was led by Jamil Suleman and supported by SYVPI. Stay tunded for our winter garden potluck on coming soon.

Raise The Bar Fitness
Umoja PEACE Center continues to promote fitness and healthy lifestyles to youth and families through the Raise the Bar Fitness Initiative.

Through our partnership with the Garfield Teen Life Center, over 300 youth were engaged in fitness based personald development activities and group mentoring.

Raise The Bar is aligned with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.

Bridging the Gap
The UPC Partnered with One Reel, Brandon Roy and Jamal Crawford Foundation to send over 250 youth and families to Bumpershoot.

We also became a partner with Seattle Theater Group Theater Access program to increase engagement with high quality arts production in Seattle.

Local to Global
UPC partnered with University of Washington Carlson Center to host international service learning interns from China and Iran. The opportunity provided valuable cultural exchange opportunities and learning opportunities for both the UW students and our high school interns.

We also partnered with the World Affairs Council of Seattleto host a delegation of leaders from North Africa and the Near East visiting as guests of the Department of State professional exchange program entitled “Youth Development: The Power of Music.” They were able to gather valuable insights from our experience using music and performing arts as medium for youth development.

New for 2013…

Seattle Symphony Collaboration
UPC is developing a new partnership with the Seattle Symphony to bring together young music producers and spoken word artists with Seattle Symphony Orchestra musicians to jointly create and perform original community compositions.

Plans for presentation of these performances include Seattle Symphony’s [untitled] series concert scheduled for April 26 at Benaroya Hall also at Umoja Fest 2013 as part of Seattle’s annual Seafair celebration.

Youth Arts, Technology & Enterprise Incubator
The mission of YouthArts, Technology & EnterpriseIncubator project is to coordinate culturally enriching activities using technology as a bridge to future opportunities.

The project will introduce youth to opportunities in Seattle’s Content Technology industries including content creators and distributors of film, music interactive media and gaming.This growing sector contributes over $7 billion in direct revenue annually to the Washington state and supports over 45,000 high wage jobs.

The center is in need of computers and Software Design Kits (SDKs) to begin mobile app development with young people in the central district.

We are working on partnerships with Seattle Interactive Conference, Seattle Music Commission and looking to connect with creative professionals and other stakeholders in the content technology industry.

2013 Events

PEACE Week 2013
January 14 – 21

SHINE Talent Competion

PEACE Week Edition
Saturday, January 21
Vera Project

4th Annual Hip Hop Leadership Conference
Saturday, February 23rd
Seattle Central CC

SHINE Talent Competion

Women’s History Month Edition (All female talent)
Saturday, March 23rd
Vera Project

UPC Live @ Seattle Symphony [untitled]
Friday, April 23rd
Benaroya Hall

SHINE Talent Competion

Black Music Month Edition (All covers)
“Saturday, June 8th
Vera Project

Umoja Fest 2013
August 2-4, 2013
Judkins Park – Seattle, WA

UPC Wish List…

Technology upgrade
Desktop computers

6 Mac Workstations (Mac OS Leopard or above)
10 PC Stations

Multimedia Software (Video & Production)

Adobe CS
Final Cut Pro
Software Development Kits
MS Office

Audio Recording Studio Upgrade

Mixing Board
Compressor (Avalon preferable)
Set Techniques 1200 Turntables (2)
Turntable Mixer (serrato)

Video Production upgrade

SD Memory Cards
External hard drives
Video Lighting Kit
Video Cameras
Viewing screen
Professionals (Cinematographers, Sound people, Writers, Directors, etc.)


Hot water heater installation
Plumbing Repairs (kitchen & bathroom)
Roof leak repair
Hauling Truck & Dump Run
Furnace Replacement w/ Installation
Gutters Cleaned
Portable Trailer Office/Classroom


Two phones
Printers (2)
Copy Machine
Computer Printer Repair Services
Network support
projector w/ stand & Screen
Black fold up chairs (40)
paper shredder (2)
Two executive chairs
Pen holders containers
clips and fasteners
Fabric—Black, White, Silver, Gold, Burgundy, Blue
15 Passenger Van


Rice Cooker/Vegetable Steamer combo
Serving Dishes/Utensils


Plant starts
Gardening Tools


Toilet paper
Paper towels
Paper utensils
Inkjet paper
Ink and toner