Archive for ‘African American’

November 29, 2013

Seattle Police have a George Bush Moment


by Ansel Herz at The Stranger

On November 12, Seattle police had a WMD moment. According to police “intel,” four men had taken over the Horace Mann school building in the Central District, placed a sniper on the roof, and wired the building with explosives, Detective Renee Witt told reporters. Across the street, dozens of armed officers milled about. A SWAT team was on-site, and the entire block was cordoned off.

November 22, 2013

Miami Gardens Police Practice Serial Kidnapping and Assault


By Julie K. Brown of the Miami Herald:

Earl Sampson has been stopped and questioned by Miami Gardens police 258 times in four years. He’s been searched more than 100 times. And arrested and jailed 56 times. Despite his long rap sheet, Sampson, 28, has never been convicted of anything more serious than possession of marijuana. Miami Gardens police have arrested Sampson 62 times for one offense: trespassing.

November 7, 2013

Community group occupation blocking school renovation


By Gary Horcher of Kiro:

The Seattle Public School Board is trying to figure out what to do with a controversial community group occupying the historic vacated Horace Mann School in the Central District, after the school district ordered the group to leave months ago.

November 2, 2013

In Gentrified Oakland, Private Security Takes Hold


By Aura Bogado of Color Lines:

Dania Cabello was raised in Oakland, Calif.’s, Rockridge neighborhood by Chilean parents who set up small-but-thriving electronics repair and baby wares businesses on the College Avenue main drag. In the ’90s, the proximity to Silicon Valley brought in a new monied residents whom Cabello says were largely white. Rents went up, and Cabello says the resulting gentrification forced the family to shut down its two business. The electronics shop closed in 2005 because, aside from rising rents, new residents preferred to buy new goods rather than have them fixed. And as new Rockridge residents opted for Ikea furniture, the baby shop moved to nearby Temescal. But in the last few years, a new class of neighbors has been moving to Temescal, too. As a result, rents are once again going up, and longtime residents are being displaced. And now, new residents are organizing to bring in private security. Residents like Cabello are worried that that will mean increased racial profiling—and decreased community safety.

September 18, 2013

Statement by Nova Staff and Families on Horace Mann Building


From our friends at Creativity Not Control:

Over the past year, residents and neighbors in Seattle’s Central District have been organizing alongside organizations like the Umoja P.E.A.C.E Center and the Amistad School to reclaim the historic Horace Mann building for the black community.  Some background information on their struggle can has been provided here.

The following statement has been signed by the majority of staff at Nova, the highschool which previously occupied the Mann building; the signers state that they “do not support the forced relocation of the current programs in the Mann building and are working to explore other possibilities.”

August 11, 2013

Parents and Students Self-Organize At the Horace Mann School Building


From our friends at Creativity Not Control:

On Thursday Aug 8th, I attended a packed meeting at the Horace Mann school building on 24th and Cherry in the Central District of Seattle.  People gathered to discuss the fate of this building, which the African/Black community has turned into a vibrant educational facility called the Africatown Community Innovation Center.

July 16, 2013

Liberals Lend a Helping Hand to Zimmerman

February 26th, 2012 – George Zimmerman, a community watch volunteer in the wealthy Retreat at Twin Lakes gated community outside of Sanford, Florida, spots a young black man walking through his neighborhood.

Although the man was simply returning from a trip to the store to purchase some candy, Zimmerman, who believed the young man looked “suspicious,” decided to follow him in his car. He then called the police, pulled his car over, got out, and continued on foot. An altercation ensued, and 5 minutes later police arrived on the scene to find an unarmed Trayvon Martin dead on the ground, a bullet through his heart.

After 16 hours of deliberation, a white jury found Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of Martin.

July 4, 2013

What to the American slave is your Fourth of July?

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass delivered an address to the Ladies of the Rochester Anti-Slavery Society.

May 23, 2013

May I rant about how fucking racist Barack and Michelle Obama’s commencement speeches were?

Barack Obama

From A Better World Is Probable:

Over the past several days President Barack and Michelle Obama delivered commencement speeches at two historically black universities.  At both they gave the same condescending lecture to Black students about dismissing racism and embracing personal responsibility.  For instance, here’s what President Obama’s had to say to Morehouse’s class of 2013:

May 4, 2013

Why the Hunt for Assata Shakur Matters


By  of HuffPost:

The FBI’s recent announcement that it has placed former Black Panther and escaped prisoner Assata Shakur at the top of its Most Wanted list and the doubling of the reward for her capture by the State of New Jersey is a development that we should not ignore.


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