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

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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.

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Help Umoja Peace Center Plant Seeds and Grow Dreams!

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Help Umoja Peace Center Plant Seeds and Grow Dreams!

“Best day ever! Today we had a very interesting class session. We talked about what a perfect community would look like.”–Khabirah

“Working as a summer intern so far I have seen what it is like to work as an adult and how to pay attention to detail. Last week at the computer programming workshop I learned how to code which is a very import skill to have.”–Malcom

“Yesterday we had a community discussion about how things are and what things need to be. So we are all working together to create a better community as the short term goal and a better place to live as the long term goal.”–
-Isiah

These are words from a few of the youth interns who benefit from Umoja Peace Center’s Young Geniuses program.

From coding workshops that bridge the digital divide–to international art projects–to embracing our global citizenry, the Umoja Peace Center (UPC) Young Geniuses program is providing high quality learning opportunities to youth in our community. It takes a village to raise a child and UPC is the village we need right now.

UPC fulfills a unique niche in Seattle as an organization devoted to building job skills, confidence and cultural pride in young people of African descent. Why is building cultural pride so important? Because in the words of Marcus Garvey, “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” UPC builds strong roots by helping young people realize their full potential. Through education enhancement projects that build marketable skills, self confidence, cultural pride and identity, UPC is creating future leaders and innovators.

UPC needs funds to pay for learning materials for our Young Geniuses workshops and for expenses related to taking youth on field trips to gain knowledge and new experiences. Your support is critical to realizing the vision of a vibrant community of lifelong learners whose creativity and ingenuity have a positive impact our local and global community.

You can learn more about the ways UPC is changing lives at: http://umojapeacecenter.com.

Will you make an investment in our future by supporting the UPC Young Geniuses program? Can you help with a donation of $5, $10 or even $25 today?

A UPC supporter has helped us get the ball rolling by donating $5,000! Our goal is to match this amount and raise an additional $5,000 by December 31st, 2014.

Giving is easy. You can do so online at: DONATE TO UPC

Go to: Make a donation today! Then choose Umoja Peace Center from the “I am donating for” drop down menu. You can give with a debit or credit card. Seattle Neighborhood Group (SNG) is the fiscal sponsor for UPC and all donations are tax deductible.

You can also mail a check payable to Umoja Peace Center:

Umoja PEACE Center

c/o Seattle Neighborhood Group

1810 E. Yesler Way
Seattle WA 98122
Reference: TAX ID # 94-3098473

With your donation we can expand our reach and provide more educational programs and opportunities for young people.

Thank you so much for your support!

Yalonda Sinde
UPC Boardmember

Sundiata Acoli, Man Who Murdered State Trooper, To Be Released On Parole

Murder suspect Clark Edward Squire of the Black Panthers is

AP – Posted: 09/29/2014 12:55 pm EDT Updated: 09/29/2014 12:59 pm

A man convicted in the shooting death of a New Jersey state trooper in a crime that still provokes strong emotion among law enforcement more than 40 years later was ordered released on parole by a state appeals court Monday.

Sundiata Acoli was known as Clark Edward Squire when he was convicted of the 1973 slaying of state trooper Werner Foerster during a stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. Now in his mid-70s, he was denied parole most recently in 2011, but the appellate judges reversed that ruling Monday.

In a 28-page opinion, the panel wrote that the parole board ignored evidence favorable to Acoli and gave undue consideration to past events such as a probation violation that occurred decades earlier.
One of the three people in the car when it was stopped was Joanne Chesimard, who also was convicted of Foerster’s slaying, but eventually escaped to Cuba and is now known as Assata Shakur. Last year, state and federal authorities announced a $2 million reward for information leading to her capture, and the FBI made her the first woman on its list of most wanted terrorist.

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Omari Tahir-Garrett

Omari Tahir-Garrett
Baseball Coach

Background

African American Heritage Museum
Cultural Center

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Founder
African American Heritage Museum

Web References
RALLY 6/23/09! SEATTLE YOUTH AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO RALLY FOR RESPECTED ELDER | Hip Hop Congress

http://www.hiphopcongress.com, 23 June 2009

Members of the United For Youth Coalition, UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center, Seattle Hip Hop Youth Council, Hip Hop Congress, Poor Peoples’ Economic Human Rights Campaign, Workers Economic Recovery Campaign, will hold a rally tomorrow, June 24th, at 10 AM in front of the King County Jail (5th & James) to support a respected elder and pillar of our community Omari Tahir-Garrett (Hon. James C. Garrett) who was arrested yesterday while observing Seattle Police Department officers near 23rd and Union in the Central District.

Omari is a 63 year resident of the Central District, founder of the African American Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, Elder of the UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center, a Little League baseball coach for over 30 years, former High School educator, US Army Vietnam era disabled veteran, Garfield High School alumni and star quarterback, a grandfather, human rights advocate, and counselor to youth and fellow veterans alike. According to witness accounts, Omari was watching the police detain several young men near the bus stop when the police accused him of harassing them and placed him under arrest. He has since been charged with harassment, unlawful use of a weapon, and “obstruction”, according to the King County Jail. “I have known Omari for over nine years”, says Central District resident and waterfront stevedore Leith Kahl.”When I first came to this city, Omari welcomed me to his community…”

Members of the United For Youth …
http://www.hiphopcongress.com, 22 June 2009

Members of the United For Youth Coalition, UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center, Seattle Hip Hop Youth Council, Hip Hop Congress, Poor Peoples’ Economic Human Rights Campaign, Workers Economic Recovery Campaign, will hold a rally tomorrow, June 24th, at 10 AM in front of the King County Jail (5th & James) to support a respected elder and pillar of our community Omari Tahir-Garrett (Hon. James C. Garrett) who was arrested yesterday while observing Seattle Police Department officers near 23rd and Union in the Central District.

Colors NW Magazine
http://www.colorsnw.com, 27 April 2001
Omari Tahir-Garrett, left, and Earl Debham during their bi-weekly protest at the Colman School.

Omari Tahir-Garrett, the legal head of the African American Heritage Museum, summed up his feelings about the league’s plan more succinctly, saying, “Beware the dream killers, they are here.” What makes the reactions of Tahir-Garrett and others so ironic is that no one really knows what the plan will be, not even Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle President James Kelly.

In fact, disagreement over condos and other issues are among the primary factors that prompted the initial rift in the museum board years ago, eventually leading to the ouster of Tahir-Garrett and Debnam.

Tahir-Garrett and another activist have filed suit against the School District and the City of Seattle for breach of contract on agreements both entities originally had with their organization.
Lowell Henderson.com

http://www.graphics.lowellhenderson.com, 11 Oct 2003

Proceeds from the party will benefit the Seattle Hip-Hop Youth Council, political prisoner Omari Tahir-Garrett, the African American Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, and community and youth development programs.

Wyking Garrett is the son of Omari Tahir-Garrett, former mayoral candidate and longtime advocate of founding an African-American Heritage Museum in the old Colman School-a cause which he worked on alongside Kwame and Allah. After two trials and many months of professing his innocence, Tahir-Garrett was convicted last week of assaulting Mayor Schell last year, leaving Garrett in a position of apparent leadership regarding the cause.

Omari Tahir-Garrett

Website: http://www.prison2president.blogspot.com

Omari TAHIR-GARRET CAMPAIGN ADDRESS

Omari TAHIR-GARRET
CAMPAIGN ADDRESS
PO BOX 22328
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: 206-324-4289
Email: OmariAfrinet@yahoo.com

Greetings,

I’m Omari Tahir. Many of you have read about or seen me in the major European American settler media. I am an international socioeconomic cultural scientist specializing in the creation of non-violent just and equitable future for all children. I am a Seattle born and raised freedom fighter of Native American and African heritage.

Having lived in Asia, Africa and Europe, I have found that European settler colonialism was and is established and maintained with guns and government mob violence.
The use of terrorism and genocide to marginalize Native Americans, Africans and other people of color here in North America and South Africa must be peacefully corrected in order to create a just and equitable future. International law and the United Nations have established this violent European settler colonialism
Seattle and America needs to establish a “TRUTH COMMISSION” as was done in South Africa. This must be followed by establishing a form of governing based on ethnic “POWER SHARING” and not European settler majority rule.

As mayor I will:
1) See that New Football stadium is named the “KRISTOPHER KIME MEMORIAL STADIUM” so this young hero is never forgotten.

2) Reduce city staff by 25 % and put savings into youth and public safety programs that work such as the Nordic Heritage Museum, El Centro, Day Break Star and African American Heritage Museum and Cultural Center. You fight crime with culture not jails and more unproductive police.
3) Fight for the doubling of teachers salaries so they are comparable to private industry and police with only high school diplomas? Teachers are responsible for educating our future. We must make “CAREER BASED EDUCATION ” the center of our education policy and stop “racially profiling Black and White students. Neighborhood schools work best.

4) Hire new police chief that will ensure safety on Seattle streets and depoliticize police department. Police are to “serve and protect” everyone not just the makers and shakers.

5) Stop the ethnic cleansing of African Americans out of the Central Area (GENTRIFICATION).

6) Develop community forums to solve community problems. Communities must not be dominated by downtown developers and speculators.

7) Build monorail and re-vote light rail.

The above statement was written by the candidate, who is solely
Omari Tahir-Garrett

Seattle mayor announces new music commission

by KING5.com
Posted on June 14, 2010 at 2:52 PM

SEATTLE – The City of Seattle wants to bring music to residents’ ears. On Monday, Mayor Mike McGinn introduced the new music commission.

The group of community and business leaders will guide efforts to support and expand the city’s culture of music.
“Music is such a part of the fabric of our city, and is one of the reasons why it’s so great to live here,” said Mayor McGinn. “I’m pleased that this group of individuals has agreed to serve together and leverage their collective efforts to continue to make sure that Seattle is the City of Music.”

Mayoral Appointments:
Jason Finn – Musician, Presidents of The United States of America
K. Wyking Garrett – Director, Seattle Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council/UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center
Kyle Hopkins – Head of Music Acquisitions, Microsoft X-Box/ On-Air DJ,
KEXP.org
Megan Jasper – Executive Vice President, Sub Pop Records
Alex Kochan – Vice President, AEG Live (Showbox Venues)
Marcus Lalario – Entrepreneur / Nightclub Owner
Tom Mara – Executive Director, KEXP 90.3 FM/KEXP.org
David Meinert – Owner, Fuzed Inc./National Trustee: The Recording Academy
Larry Mizell, Jr. – Writer, Musician, On-Air DJ at KEXP.org
Griff Morris – Principal, Content Licensing and Vendor Management, Amazon MP3
Marcus Womack – Product Management, iLike Inc./iLike.com
Council Appointments:
Kate Becker – Co-Founder, Vera Project/Director of Development, Seattle Theatre Group
Elena Dubinets – Vice President of Artistic Planning, Seattle Symphony
Holly Hinton – Content & Online Product Manager, Starbucks Entertainment
Jason Hughes – Co-owner, Sonic Boom Records/Owner, Sonic Boom Recordings
Ben London – Executive Director, The Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter
DeVon Manier – CEO, Sportn’ Life Records
Mike Meckling – President, SNMA/Co-Owner, Neumo’s and Moe Bar
Jon Stone – Executive Director of Festivals, One Reel
Annette Taborn – Executive Director, Pacific NW Blues in Schools
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A Neighbor’s Open Letter of Support for the More4Mann Coalition

A Neighbor’s Open Letter of Support for the More4Mann Coalition

Posted on August 21, 2013 by Aaron

As neighbors we’ve noticed with curiosity the increased activity at the Horace Mann School over the past year.

When we attended the August 8 public meeting at the school we were thrilled to learn that it has been transformed by community members to create a vibrant hub and resource with many types of programs for people calling it a community home. We feel deeply honored to bear witness and involve ourselves in a community connected to the powerful history of black organizing in the Central Area. We wholeheartedly back the More4Mann’s vision and actions that look forward to a future where children of African heritage are thriving and have equity in all realms. We urge you to support this too.

As white homeowners in the Central Area we know we are implicated in a racist system that devalues, dehumanizes and displaces children of African heritage and their communities. We also know that we have a responsibility to stand up against deepening of racial disparities that result in so many youth denied their enormous potential and funneled into the criminal justice system. It is the alleviation of these disparities around which the strong community space has formed at 24th and Cherry. The Seattle Public Schools have failed communities of color and specifically young people of African heritage, as the people at the community meeting at Horace Mann on August 8 so clearly and eloquently stated. We need no more proof that a different tack must be taken.

As white people and as newcomers to the Central Area, we’re aware of our role in gentrification. On top of the history of redlining, the painful last few decades of working class black families being pushed out and priced out of this neighborhood has had untold impact. Henry W. McGee, Jr., a Seattle University Professor of Law and Central District resident writes that “In 1990, there were nearly three times as many black as white residents in the area, but by 2000, the number of white residents surpassed the number of blacks for the first time in 30 years.” It is difficult to imagine what it would feel like to witness our neighborhood change in this fashion because we never have had to. We feel strongly the work being done at Horace Mann is a vital step towards a stronger, healthier and safer neighborhood for all people, including us.

We support the right of self-determination for communities, to foster healthy families and spaces that are relevant to all children of any race, culture or religion. We have seen these values born out in the afro-centric community programming in the Horace Mann building. Seattle has surplus creativity and resources to contribute to the success of all the participating students and families at Horace Mann and we expect Seattle Public Schools to join this effort and encourage our neighbors to as well.

Sincerely,
Caitlin and Aaron

5 thoughts on “A Neighbor’s Open Letter of Support for the More4Mann Coalition”

Cheeda1 on August 22, 2013 at 2:02 pm said:
Well said! I’ve seen first hand the disparity and disconnect of youth of color to both school and the community in the 23 years I’ve lived and raised my (now adult) children in the Central District. I believe there is a way for all of us to live, work, play, grow and learn together; with tolerance, empathy and loving and respecting one another. Like the couple who wrote this post, the first step is acknowledging and accepting the problem. Thank you, Caitlin and Aaron!
(Please note: I write this as an individual, not as Chair of EastPAC).

Stephanie Tschida
pinebeetle on August 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm said:
I fully support paragraphs 1 and 2. Paragraphs 3 and 4 are a devisive and racially biased bunch of unneccessary bs. Repeat. I support m4m and paragraphs 1 2.

The added garbage clouds the air with elitist white liberal nonsense. Further, the hood I grew up in turned from 88% white 10% japanese to 40% black 20% mexican 20% other asian. 19%white 1% japanese fron 1970 to 2000. So – all kinds of pwople eexperience radical cultural change. Stop playing to unfortunate disabling stereotypes and simply be supportive of people taking on challenges such as at m4m.
Let it happen without your white centric guilt blanket pacifier.

Alex on August 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm said:

I’ve never seen white middle class guilt displayed so wonderfully. Would be that your body not be counted in the census and add to those terrible statistics or that you might be considered an honorary person of color!

Please tell us your story of pushing out a black family and get it off your chest.

Lily W. on August 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm said:
Wow. Just wow. You must be navel gazing 20-somethings. I think capital hill is really more your speed.

Al Bundy on August 22, 2013 at 7:11 pm said:
“Pushed out”. “Painful”.

Have you considered that the working class folks described might have bought nice homes in the burbs and now enjoy safety and good schools away from entrenched violent communities.

Umojafest P.E.A.C.E. Center 2013!

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PEACE Week Seattle

Umoja PEACE Center started the year by launching the First Annual Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. County PEACE Week 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.

SHINE!

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.

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 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 DinnerEvery 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.

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 event get paid shows, network for success and more.

“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 .

UPC GROW! 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.5

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 PC 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 Seattle to 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 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 Youth Arts, Technology & Enterprise Incubator 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 – 21SHINE 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 upgradeDesktop computers

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

Multimedia Software (Video & Production)

Adobe CS
Final Cut Pro
Protools
Software Development Kits
MS Office

Audio Recording Studio Upgrade

Soundproofing
Mic
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
Tripods
Professionals (Cinematographers, Sound people, Writers, Directors, etc.)

Facilities

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

Office/Admin

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

Kitchen

Rice Cooker/Vegetable Steamer combo
Blender
Juicer
Serving Dishes/Utensils

Garden

Compost
Plant starts
Gardening Tools

Ongoing/Perishables

Food/Snacks
Toilet paper
Paper towels
Paper utensils
Inkjet paper
Ink and toner

BACKGROUND ON 2013 SEATTLE MAYOR CANDIDATE OMARI TAHIR-GARRETT

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Omari Tahir-Garrett

RALLY 6/23/09! SEATTLE YOUTH AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO RALLY FOR RESPECTED ELDER | Hip Hop Congress
http://www.hiphopcongress.com, 23 June 2009

Members of the United For Youth Coalition, UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center, Seattle Hip Hop Youth Council, Hip Hop Congress, Poor Peoples’ Economic Human Rights Campaign, Workers Economic Recovery Campaign, will hold a rally tomorrow, June 24th, at 10 AM in front of the King County Jail (5th & James) to support a respected elder and pillar of our community Omari Tahir-Garrett (Hon. James C. Garrett) who was arrested yesterday while observing Seattle

Police Department officers near 23rd and Union in the Central District.

Omari is a 63 year resident of the Central District, founder of the African American Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, Elder of the UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center, a Little League baseball coach for over 30 years, former High School educator, US Army Vietnam era disabled veteran, Garfield High School alumni and star quarterback, a grandfather, human rights advocate, and counselor to youth and fellow veterans alike.

According to witness accounts, Omari was watching the police detain several young men near the bus stop when the police accused him of harassing them and placed him under arrest. He has since been charged with harassment, unlawful use of a weapon, and “obstruction”, according to the King County Jail.

“I have known Omari for over nine years”, says Central District resident and waterfront stevedore Leith Kahl.
When I first came to this city, Omari welcomed me to his community.

ColorsNW Magazine
http://www.colorsnw.com, 27 April 2001

Omari Tahir-Garrett, the legal head of the African American Heritage Museum, summed up his feelings about the league’s plan more succinctly, saying, “Beware the dream killers, they are here.” What makes the reactions of Tahir-Garrett and others so ironic is that no one really knows what the plan will be, not even Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle President James Kelly.

In fact, disagreement over condos and other issues are among the primary factors that prompted the initial rift in the museum board years ago, eventually leading to the ouster of Tahir-Garrett and Earl Debnam.

Tahir-Garrett and another activist have filed suit against the School District and the City of Seattle for breach of contract on agreements both entities originally had with their organization.

Lowell Henderson.com Event Detail Page
http://www.graphics.lowellhenderson.com, 11 Oct 2003

Proceeds from the party will benefit the Seattle Hip-Hop Youth Council, political prisoner Omari Tahir-Garrett, the African American Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, and community and youth development programs.

Members of the United For Youth …
http://www.hiphopcongress.com, 22 June 2009

Members of the United For Youth Coalition, UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center, Seattle Hip Hop Youth Council, Hip Hop Congress, Poor Peoples’ Economic Human Rights Campaign, Workers Economic Recovery Campaign, will hold a rally tomorrow, June 24th, at 10 AM in front of the King County Jail (5th & James) to support a respected elder and pillar of our community Omari Tahir-Garrett (Hon. James C. Garrett) who was arrested yesterday while observing Seattle Police Department officers near 23rd and Union in the Central District.

Omari is a 63 year resident of the Central District, founder of the African American Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, Elder of the UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center, a Little League baseball coach for over 30 years, former High School educator, US Army Vietnam era disabled veteran, Garfield High School alumni and star quarterback, a grandfather, human rights advocate, and counselor to youth and fellow veterans alike.

According to witness accounts, Omari was watching the police detain several young men near the bus stop when the police accused him of harassing them and placed him under arrest. He has since been charged with harassment, unlawful use of a weapon, and “obstruction”, according to the King County Jail.

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http://www.blakout.net, 18 Feb 2003

EMP. Garrett is the son of Omari Tahir-Garrett, former mayoral candidate and longtime advocate of founding anAfrican-American Heritage Museum in the old Colman School-a cause which he worked on alongside Kwame and Allah. After two trials and many months of professing his innocence, Tahir-Garrett was convicted last week of assaulting Mayor Schell last year.

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.

Sincerely,

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

http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp?ID=5011202&am

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!
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
Protools
Software Development Kits
MS Office

Audio Recording Studio Upgrade

Soundproofing
Mic
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
Tripods
Professionals (Cinematographers, Sound people, Writers, Directors, etc.)

Facilities

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

Office/Admin

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

Kitchen

Rice Cooker/Vegetable Steamer combo
Blender
Juicer
Serving Dishes/Utensils

Garden

Compost
Plant starts
Gardening Tools

Ongoing/Perishables

Food/Snacks
Toilet paper
Paper towels
Paper utensils
Inkjet paper
Ink and toner