Jan 6, 2014 Inauguration Ceremony: Kshama Sawant

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Dear Supporters, Friends, and Allies,

Together we made history in 2013. And the word is spreading. Just this past Saturday the New York Times covered our victory on the front page of their website.

This victory is not just mine, it is all of ours. It was the result of countless hours of work by hundreds of volunteers, thousands who donated, and 95,000 who voted. So please join me in celebrating at my inauguration ceremony on Monday January 6.

I need you – and your friends, family, co-workers – there to show your support for a new type of politics, one that represents the interests of working people rather than corporate greed. Make your presence known by wearing your Vote Sawant $15/hr t-shirts (or the t-shirt of your union or progressive organization) and bringing signs for $15/hr, taxing the rich or rent control.

Please forward this email and invite your friends, family, and coworkers to this momentous occasion.

What: 2014 Inauguration Ceremony for officials elected in the City of Seattle, including Socialist Alternative Councilmember Kshama Sawant Like us on Facebook
When: Monday, January 6, 3:30pm
Where: Seattle City Hall – 600 4th Ave – 1st Floor Lobby

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Kwanzaa Daily Candle Lighting Ceremonies

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The DuSable Museum
740 East 56th Place
Chicago, Illinois

Kwanzaa Daily Candle Lighting Ceremonies, All Candle Lighting’s begin at Noon – Program Admission: FREE

Thursday, December 26th – UMOJA – Unity
Friday, December 27th – KUJCHAGULIA – Self Determination
Saturday, December 28th – UJIMA – Collective Work and Responsibility (PBS-Craft in America will be filming)
Sunday, December 29th – UJAMAA – Cooperative Economics
Monday, December 30th – NIA – Purpose
Tuesday, December 31st – KUUMBA – Creativity; & IMANI – Faith

As part of our annual 6 day Kwanzaa celebration, DuSable Museum will be collaborating with acclaimed visual artist, Candace Hunter to film the PBS documentary, Craft in America. We invite your family to participate in this coveted workshop and ceremony.

To RSVP, click here or call Nevada Montgomery at 773.420.2754.

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The DuSable Museum
740 East 56th Place
Chicago, Illinois

Kwanzaa Daily Candle Lighting Ceremonies, All Candle Lighting’s begin at Noon – Program Admission: FREE

Thursday, December 26th – UMOJA – Unity
Friday, December 27th – KUJCHAGULIA – Self Determination
Saturday, December 28th – UJIMA – Collective Work and Responsibility (PBS-Craft in America will be filming)
Sunday, December 29th – UJAMAA – Cooperative Economics
Monday, December 30th – NIA – Purpose
Tuesday, December 31st – KUUMBA – Creativity; & IMANI – Faith

As part of our annual 6 day Kwanzaa celebration, DuSable Museum will be collaborating with acclaimed visual artist, Candace Hunter to film the PBS documentary, Craft in America. We invite your family to participate in this coveted workshop and ceremony.

To RSVP, click here or call Nevada Montgomery at 773.420.2754.

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Slavery in America: Historical Overview

Slavery in America: Historical Overview
By: Ronald L. F. Davis

On the eve of the American Civil War approximately 4 million enslaved African Americans lived in the southern region. of the United States of America.

The vast majority worked as plantation slaves in the production of cotton, sugar, tobacco, and rice.

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Very few of these enslaved people were African born principally because the importation of enslaved Africans to the United States officially ended in 1808, although thousands were smuggled into the nation illegally in the 50 years following the ban on the international trade?

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SPS´s More 4 Mann Exclusion hearing

Good people!,

Here are the links (4) to the now uploaded videos of SPS´s More 4 Mann Exclusion hearing as captured by Peoples Camera O.

Although Peoples Camera O did capture MOST of the hearing, it unfortunately did not capture the very last few minutes of the proceeding. Also, there are seven minutes near the beginning which are audio only, as Peoples Camera O´s lens was covered by cloth.

Any other peoples cameras or mics that might have captured the missing bit(s) are encouraged to upload them, as the appellants decided on Thursday night to make the record of this hearing as publicly available as possible. Therefore also feel free to post, link to, forward, share, or otherwise use for the advancement of the world.

Mandela’s sharp statements rarely cited in mainstream media

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As the world remembers Nelson Mandela’s legacy as South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon, he was also deeply skeptical of American power, the Iraq invasion, and was a key supporter of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.

Here are seven quotes from the leader that are less likely to be published as his life is honored and his death commemorated in the mainstream media.

Prior to the US invasion of Iraq, Mandela slammed the actions of the US at a speech made at the International Women’s Forum in Johannesburg, declaring that former President George W. Bush’s primary motive was ‘oil’, while adding that Bush was undermining the UN.

“If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings,” Mandela said.

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Mandela did not hold back from making hard-hitting statements against the US, and repeatedly spoke out against the prospect of the country invading Iraq. As the US prepared its mass-action in 2002, Mandela told Newsweek:

“If you look at those matters, you will come to the conclusion that the attitude of the United States of America is a threat to world peace.”

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The Arrested Development of SPS

The Arrested Development of SPS

Posted on November 22, 2013

From: http://freeuniverseity.wordpress.com

Tuesday, November 18, 2013 around noon police arrived at the Horace Mann School with SWAT, paddy wagons, police in SPD cars, and police on bikes to clear the Horace Mann building of its occupants. At the time, only 4 people, running a small radio station, remained in the building. The police presence to extract 4 people could be called excessive with officers knocking down doors with rams and climbing in through roof top hatches. How much money did they spend on this exercise? video of the events)

More 4 Mann raided without warrant or eviction notice!

The arrestees were taken at gunpoint with more than 20 officers present. Putting up no fight, they were taken to the east precinct where they were released with threats from police of impending charges from Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecuting Attorney, and given a letter that banned them from SPS properties including public meetings.

Despite desperate media attempts to paint the occupants as violent, the More4Mann participants at Horace Mann have remained peaceful. Putting forth a message of equality and equity in Seattle Public School.

More for Mann’s main concerns being:

1) Disproportionality in discipline and racial inequity in Seattle Public Schools

2) The mismanagement of the 1.2 billion levy that is contributing little to no dollars to dealing with disproportionality and racial inequality in Seattle Public School and is allocating less than $20,000 to minority contractors for SPS capitol projects

3) Ronn English, an infamous school district attorney who continues to implement questionable practices and policies that border line corruption

While this story is traumatic and very real to black community it is not an isolated incident, but instead seems to be a part of the pedagogy and strategy of Seattle Public Schools to continue to allow black and brown students to be marginalized and disenfranchised.

After nearly 40 years of operation, the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) announced the closure of the American Indian Heritage Middle College High School, a.k.a. Indian Heritage, located at 1330 N. 90th Street, Seattle, WA.
José Banda the Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools presented a public statement last July 2012 expressing commitment to consult with the Native community on ‘next steps’ in consideration of revitalizing the Indian Heritage, the pending BEX Levy, demolition of the Indian Heritage facilities, and the preservation of the murals created by Andrew Morrison.

Instead the Indian Heritage and Native students suffered continued decline in 2012-2013 being reduced to digital learning, no Native-focused instruction, no Native-infused curriculum, and a new instructor unfamiliar to Native students, parents, and community.

The Native community proposals and concerns addressing these drastic changes have been ignored by SPS.

After the May rally to save the Indian Heritage program SPS had met with Native community members and said the Native students would be temporarily relocated to Lincoln High School during construction of the new school, that SPS would work with them in revitalizing Indian Heritage, that the murals would be preserved, and Indian Heritage would come back to the new school.

Instead SPS claims the Indian Heritage was eliminated because there were ‘not enough kids’, but SPS never contacted the students about the plan and made no effort to recruit new students, the Native students have now been forced to assimilate into an entirely different program and relocated to Northgate Mall.

It is unconscionable that resources been completely withdrawn from Native programming and services, while SPS acknowledges the statistical facts illustrating disproportionate academic performance, disciplinary action, and highest dropout rates for Native learners.

We want SPS to address why 30% of Native students are in Special Education, we want to know why SPS fails to comply with Individualized Education Program and 504 Basic Plan, and why Native students are underserved and over represented in this area of education. The trajectory for Native learners in SPS is of tremendous concern given the districts decisions to eliminate Indian Heritage and displace current programs functioning at the Indian Heritage facilities.

At this time we will again initiate and voice our opposition with Seattle Public Schools plan to eliminate Indian Heritage. We as a community will invite SPS to listen to our viable plan that includes our recommendations to revitalize the Indian Heritage program by:

• Temporarily relocate the Indian Heritage program to Lincoln High School as planned NOT to Northgate Mall until the new site has been completed in 2017.

• Revitalization of Indian Heritage program at Ingraham H.S. and West Seattle H.S. location

• As SPS is a recipient of Title VII federal funds for enrolled Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native students, we ask that they comply with regulations that include:

(1) meeting the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives;

(2) the education of Indian children and adults;

(3) the training of Indian persons as educators and counselors, and in other professions serving Indian people; and

(4) research, evaluation, data collection, and technical assistance.

Thus as Title VII Part A states, “ensuring that programs that serve Indian children are of the highest quality and provide for not only the basic elementary and secondary educational needs, but also the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of these children.” Currently there is absolutely no demonstration of this in SPS relocation program.

• We recommend that all the murals that were made by artist Andrew Morrison (Apache/Haida) be preserved and incorporated in its original form into the new school (and not be replicated as Mr. Morrison requests).

• Rename the Wilson-Pacific School ‘Robert Eaglestaff School thereby keeping a promise made to the Native community in 1996 by John Stanford and echoed by Norm Rice.

• Provide support for new a ‘Native Heritage’ AS-I school with Native focused instruction/curriculum and culturally responsive services.

• Preserve the Sacred Site of the Duwamish Licton Springs.
Further, we continue to ask Seattle Public Schools to act accountably and quickly to remedy the impact of disproportionality and educational inequality upon black children and youth in SPS.

We continue to ask that SPS partner with Africatown Innovation Center for Education to develop culturally responsive and relevant curriculum.

We continue to ask that SPS partner with AICE to provide teachers in SPS with trainings that engage them around best practices and strategies for teaching black children.

We will not rest until every black and brown child and youth in Seattle Public Schools are educated at the level that all children deserve with the same opportunities and rights that are inalienable for all people.

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