In light of the fact that Donald Trump is president, and that his consigliere Steve Bannon has publicly expressed a favorable view of the Italian fascist and SS enthusiast Julius Evola; considering the possibility that the neofascist Marine Le Pen’s Front National could win the 2017 elections in France; and given the explosive violence targeting Muslims, Jews and people of color in the US since Trump’s election, the time is certainly right to read and widely discuss Alexander Reid Ross’s new book, Against the Fascist Creep (AK Press, 2017).
Last week 70 year old grandfather and longtime human rights activist, Omari Tahir Garrett, while fighting against an improper eviction in court was detained indefinitely in King County Jail for several days without arraignment, bail, access to council, or access to any information about what he was accused of until days after his release.
This is a racially-motivated targeted eviction for profit that use Guantanomo style “indefinite detention” to silence Omari. If we don’t stand up, we’ll get swept out!
Many in Seattle know Omari Tahir-Garrett from his longtime activism against racism and for human rights and opposition to gentrification in Seattle’s historically Black Central District.
We have to stand up and defend Omari, THIS SATURDAY AT 9:00AM at 2314 E. Spring St. the Umoja Fest Peace Center. This is about fighting for justice for Omari’s detention and defending one of the last pillars against gentrification and for peoples’ right to housing in a Central District that is under siege by downtown developer.
Saturday, March 4 at 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PST
Umoja Peace Center. 2314 E. Spring St. Seattle, WA 98122
Official crowd estimates for events like the annual Seattle MLK Day march are hard to come by but organizers said Monday the 2017 gathering might have been the largest in the 35-year history of the event.
You could also measure the crowd by the CHS video — four and a half minutes to walk from the start of the procession to the SPD contingent bringing up the rear. The marchers passed from Garfield High School to E Union then E Madison and onto the Federal Building downtown.
You can learn more about the history of the event and the day of workshops at Garfield High School that accompany it at mlkseattle.org
A new look at New Deal ‘redlining’ maps offers insight into subtle racism’s not-so-subtle predecessor
The “redlining” maps minted during the New Deal were a roadmap for investment in America’s cities. Seattle was no exception in warning bankers off extending loans to home buyers in non-white neighborhoods. Here’s a look some of the more racist descriptions offered about Seattle’s neighborhoods back in 1936. They’re rated “A” to “D,” with “A” being best.
!*PLEASE READ AND SUPPORT! African-American Heritage Museum UPDATE #3
POWER TO THE PEOPLE!
)From: “Black Autonomy”
)Subject: African-American Heritage Museum and Cultural Center UPDATE #3
)Date: Thu, 15 Jan 1998 14:18:35 PST
African-American Heritage Museum and Cultural Center UPDATE #3 (1998):
“The Youth Action Committee Takes Control Of The Last Black Institution
As predicted, last night’s meeting at SVI was indeed turbulent. The
uncle toms brought in 3 uniformed Seattle Police officers, along with
East Precinct Lt. Harry Bailey (local “Weed and Seed director and 32nd
So far, all the communiques I’ve sent out have been very long (and I
apologize to those who weren’t trying to read all of that), but I felt
it was important in order for those who weren’t there, particularly
those outside of Seattle, to have a clear picture of what’s going on;
thus all the details. I’ll try to be brief with this one and anyone have
questions please feel free to email me, write, or call the museum at
206-320-9321 for more info. Again, let me also offer everyone the
opportunity to review the relevant documents for themselves, send us $2
for postage and we’ll send you copies of everything we have.
To begin with, none of the grassroots concerns were on the agenda that
Bob and Co. prepared. In addition, the committee reports were fabricated
due to the fact that the only committees for the museum that have been
meeting regularly at the museum offices are the Youth Action Committee
and African International Affairs Committee. Omari Tahir, founder of the
museum/cultural center started the meeting with the complete history up
to the illegal activities of Bob Flowers, Bob Luciano, Pat Chandler, and
Harolynn Bobis (and others). He cited the relevant Revised Codes of
Washington and told the crowd of 100 or so what else the ‘toms have been