State of Seattle Africatown


Thank you for expressing interest in Africatown and building our community.

You are receiving this email because you have attended an Africatown or Black Lives Matter 206 event or expressed interest in the movements to bring justice and wellness to our community.

If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to complete our online survey to help us understand your areas of interest and capacity (time, skills ,resources, etc.) to build with us as we move forward.

We are currently in the process of building teams that will focus on specific areas of interest to complete specified objectives. We currently are shaping the following teams:

Community Economic Development
Arts, Culture & Entertainment
Technology & Innovation
Policy & Advocacy
Education & Youth
Marketing & Outreach
Event Planning
Wellness (health, family, seniors, etc.)

If you have skills and interests in any of the above areas, please express interest via our online survey or via email at

Please feel free to express other areas of interest; more teams will be developed and we are committed to using diverse strengths and talents – it truly does take a village!

Thank you again for your interest and we will be in touch with updates as well as opportunities to participate based on information you provide in our survey.


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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

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The State of Africatown

The State of Africatown

Africatown Center for Education & Innovation presents a vision for Africatown at the African American African Diaspora Gathering with Mayor Ed Murray at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute.

What Does Blowback Mean in Politics? Chalmers Johnson on the American Empire (2000)

Blowback is unintended consequences of a covert operation that are suffered by the civil population of the aggressor government. To the civilians suffering the blowback of covert operations, the effect typically manifests itself as “random” acts of political violence without a discernible, direct cause; because the public—in whose name the intelligence agency acted—are ignorant of the effected secret attacks that provoked revenge (counter-attack) against them.

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You are invited to the 2nd Annual African American and African Diaspora Gathering 2015


Black Lives Matter:
Where Do We Go From Here?
January 17th, 2015 // 10am – 12pm
Public Reception // 12pm – 1pm

Langston Hughes
Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98144


You are invited to the 2nd Annual African American and African Diaspora Gathering 2015

“Black Lives Matter: Where Do We Go From Here?”

Hear dynamic presentations and vision for the future; be a listener and connect with our community on the state and interests of African Americans and residents from the African Diaspora in Seattle/King County.

This gathering will bring us together with invited local policy and decision makers for an opportunity to present 2014 wins and challenges, opportunities and recommendations including: housing, economic development, education, arts, technology and community inclusion.


Lead Community Convener
Honorable Dawn Mason
Former WA State Representative


9:45 Doors
10:15 Welcome Royal Alley-Barnes, Executive Director, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institue
10:20 Introduction of Mayor Hon. Dawn Mason
10:25 Opening Statement Mayor Ed Murray
10:35 Bridging The Gap Building The Village Marcia Tate-Arunga, Cultural Reconnections
10:45 State of Africatown Seattle K. Wyking Garrett, Founding Director, Umoja PEACE Center/Africatown Community Development Initiative
10:55 Introducing Black Community Impact Alliance Jaebadiah Gardner – CEO, GardnerGlobal
11:05 Ethiopian Cultural Dance Africatown Artists Alliance
11:10 Elder of Distinction Award Presentation David Harmon – Principal, Olio Design
11:15 Education, Art & Culture Dr. Joye Hardiman
11:25 Children’s Presentation Africatown Center for Education & Innovation
11:30 Technology & Innovation David Harris, Technology Access Foundation/Hack The CD
11:40 Continuing The Legacy Panel
Ayanda Chisolm & Naomi Zemeadim, Garfield HS Black Student Union
Amman Girma, Black Lives Matters 206
Jazmine Cañez, Women of Color for Systemic Change
Mara Willaford, Outside Agitators 206
12:10 Recognition of Emerging Youth Leaders K. Wyking Garrett
12:20 Closing Remarks Evelyn Allen, Executive Director, Village Spirit Center for Community Change
12:30 Reception LHPAI, Grand Rehearsal Hall

Hear dynamic presentations and vision for the future; be a listener, get connected and give your input on the state and interests of African Americans and residents from the African Diaspora in Seattle/King County.

This gathering will bring us together with invited local policy and decision makers for an opportunity to present 2014 wins and challenges, opportunities and recommendations including: education, housing, economic development, arts, technology and more.

There will also be an Elder of Distinction & Emerging Leaders recognition ceremony.

Seating Capacity is 300 Maximum.
Questions? Contact africanamericangathering

Marcia Tate Arunga

Marcia Tate Arunga is an artist, writer, educator, entrepreneur, and cultural custodian. She is the principal consultant for Arunga and Associates and co-founder of Cultural Reconnection Mission. Since 2000, she has led delegations of women of African descent to Kenya, where she lived for over a decade. She is author of The Stolen Ones: And How They Were Missed is a well told, colorfully illustrated story about children for children.

Dr. Joye Hardiman

Is the reitred Executive Director of The Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus, a position she held from 1991-2007. She is an educator, scholar and life-long learner. Dr. Hardiman is a frequent keynote speaker, a sought-after institute and workshop designer/facilitator. She has over 25 years of experience as an engaged and reflective practitioner of Learning Community Excellence and Higher Education Reform.

K. Wyking Garrett

A social entrepreneur and educator, K. Wyking Garrett is the founding director of Umoja PEACE Center and part of the leadership team of the Africatown-Central District community development initiative. He is a recognized change agent and recipient of the 2014 Center for Ethical Leadership Legacy Leadership Award. He is also founder and principal of Remix Marketing & Consulting, a communications firm specializing in the areas of youth and cultural program development, marketing, and event planning.

David Harris

David is a cultural entrepreneur that works as a manager at TAF, where his focus is on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Integration and Entrepreneurial Education. He’s also a graduate student in the University of Washington’s Human Centered Design and Engineering Master’s Program. His passion is facilitating resource-constrained communities learning, creating, and sharing of knowledge, tools, and materials to create feasible, culturally relevant opportunities for upward economic mobility. In 2014, he formed Hack the CD – a collective of self determined social innovators focused on the creation of sustainable, equitable growth through entrepreneurship in the Central District of Seattle. Currently, they’re focused on answering the question, “How might we create fertile ground for the African American community in Seattle to grow with the city’s current tech boom?”

Jaebadiah Gardner

Jaebadiah is the Founder & CEO of GardnerGlobal, Inc. and is the Managing Partner for Onpoint Real Estate Services, LLC. He manages the day-to-day business at Onpoint which consists of a healthy portfolio of residential properties currently under management, leads in negotiations and drives business development. Jaebadiah earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Washington and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Grand Rapids, MI. Prior to attending law school, Jaebadiah worked as project engineer for Turner Construction building commercial high-rises in downtown Seattle. He currently sits as a Board Member of Capitol Hill Housing, in the Emerging Leader seat; is a member of the Washington State Department of Commerce Minority Business Roundtable; is an ambassador for the Friends of the Waterfront Seattle redevelopment project; member of the Mayor’s Kitchen Cabinet though the Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

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Unity and defiance: Thousands converge on Paris in rally

The aftermath of the attacks remained raw, with video emerging of one of the gunmen killed during police raids pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group and detailing how the attacks were going to unfold. Also, a new shooting was linked to that gunman, Amedy Coulibaly, who was killed Friday along with the brothers behind a massacre at satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in nearly simultaneous raids by security forces.


Blowback The Costs and Consequences of American Empire

by Chalmers Johnson
Henry Holt, 2000

The United States is a unique imperial power. In what columnist Charles Krauthammer calls the “unipolar moment,” this country stands as an international colossus. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, it dominates the world in a manner not seen for least 150 years, and perhaps much longer.

Although Great Britain once had global reach, with its dominant navy and far-flung imperial possessions, it alone could not impose its will on its most important international competitors—the United States, France, Germany, Japan, and Russia. Eventually, and predictably, it was eclipsed by several of them.


Militants planning mass casualty attacks against West


London (AFP) – The head of Britain’s domestic spy agency MI5 warned on Thursday that militant Islamists in Syria were planning “mass casualty attacks” in the West and that intelligence services may be powerless to stop them.

“We know… that a group of core al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria is planning mass casualty attacks against the West,” Andrew Parker told journalists in London a day after an Islamist attack in Paris claimed 12 lives.