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urban renewal, rebuilding while displacing … gentrification! are you feelin it too


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Definition of GENTRIFICATION …

Gentrification is a general term for the arrival of wealthier people in an existing urban district, a related increase in rents and property values, and changes in the district’s character and culture. The term is often used negatively, suggesting the displacement of poor communities by rich outsiders. pbs.org

Listening to the local news, reports are that the Seattle City Council is building a New police precinct to replace the old one. ok, Then we hear the cost started out being $160Mil is now around $149Mil and would be the most expensive police precinct ever …let me change that, it would be the most expensive in the nation…

yep, it is a WTF moment.

Oh, and let’s top that off with a city that seemed more on the side of troubled youth using diversion programs, has or is deciding to invest in the school to prison pipeline …

This plan seems like a betrayal to the residents of this great city.  Why can’t they rebuild on the old site least we ask why should we put up with this when there is a lack of housing, jobs and from just reading about this move … suffering from what appears to be secrets, lies and closed door meetings until that last public hearing. To say Seattleites are pissed at some of those folks we trusted and voted for is crazy … while gentrification seems to be in full effect. This news seems in conflict with what Seattle is about or used to be, not to mention the proposals for affordable housing being considered, discussed, possibly implemented. The plan was or is to have developers, who want to build here put money or a %  into a fund that will help pay for affordable housing or for that new “Police Precinct”?  What I want to know is if this is retroactive because common sense … how many new proposals could be in que …just saying

Oh and did you know if you want to live near great city transportation systems such as our light rail stations in the Greater Seattle area; you will be paying approximately 10% more? I have to admit hearing the City of Seattle is known for and admitted they actually tell property managers that IT professionals are the best tenants was very disappointing and makes you wonder…did they just admit to systematic discrimination and don’t care? The comment becomes clearer if you’re looking for what used to be affordable housing here and discussion with folks who now live an hour or two away taking a train or drive in from Olympia to work.  The colourful yet offensive yellow, orange and sometimes blue cranes stand tall, maybe 4 or more in certain parts of this beautiful city are being built to house folks of the IT variety among other big corporations that moved into downtown Seattle; spread out, took green space away … all of which ultimately raises rents all over the greater Seattle area. Then we heard our rents are not just higher than New York City, but highest in the nation and if that wasn’t mind boggling enough try driving through Seattle to get to point B, C or D it’s not only frustrating to see the lack of space between buildings … it’s a cluster f for sure.

The process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of upper-income or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents is not new. The changing faces of the Pacific North West is quite concerning … Portland,OR once 33% white in the year 2000 is now 76% white as of the year 2016. The change raises unsettling questions for a city that prides itself on tolerance, social equity and valuing diversity, which includes Seattle, WA.;Census documents reports our State was 77% white in 2014, not far behind that concern is hearing that there were are developers possibly still asking, demanding and harassing older communities of colour into selling their homes and or lands without having a place to move to in the neighborhood let alone in the city because they are priced out.  I don’t know about you but gentrification is worth fighting against, but who really knew how bad it was or is? I knew that new development companies were pushing parts of the Pacific North West but got to say; not until after watching, “United Shades of America” point the finger at Portland did it become clear that Portland was indeed systematically involved in a change in the faces of their state. The 64 million dollar question is how did this happen? As someone who used to go to Portland a lot, it makes me want to scream. The idea that gentrification continues to be skillfully ignored, kept outta the airwaves and or swept under some rug… probably dirty from developers makes most feel helpless, but then again Seattle and Portland need their Democratic Governor and Mayor to tell their constituents why they haven’t addressed or solved this issue

… and where are they?

Below is a quote from Goodread

“In the twenty-first century, the visions of J.C. Nichols and Walt Disney have come full circle and joined. “Neighborhoods” are increasingly “developments,” corporate theme parks. But corporations aren’t interested in the messy ebb and flow of humanity. They want stability and predictable rates of return. And although racial discrimination is no longer a stated policy for real estate brokers and developers, racial and social homogeneity are still firmly embedded in America’s collective idea of stability; that’s what our new landlords are thinking even if they are not saying it. (138)”

Other reads below

― Tanner Colby, Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America

 

 

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Marian Anderson Collection Donated to the
National Museum of African American
History and Culture
Collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Marian Anderson Ensemble
Gift of Ginette DePreist in memory of James DePreist. Photo by Hugh Talman, Smithsonian Institution.
Dear Charter Members and Friends,           
The orange-and-black velvet ensemble Marian Anderson (1897-1993) wore during her Easter Sunday performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939 has entered the museum’s collection of the Smithsonians’ National Museum of African American History and Culture.In honor of the 75th anniversary of that historic concert — one seen by more than 75,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial — the museum will put the classic skirt and blouse on display at the entrance to its gallery in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. It will be on view from Tuesday, April 8, until September 2014. April 9 is the 75th anniversary of the concert.

The concert attire is part of a collection donated to the museum by Ginette DePreist, the widow of the celebrated conductor James DePreist (1936-2013) who was Anderson’s nephew.

By the time Anderson gave that Lincoln Memorial performance, she had established a stellar reputation in Europe. But despite her successes abroad, racial discrimination in the United States continued to create obstacles in her career. Howard University wanted to host Anderson for a concert engagement in Washington, D.C., and approached the Daughters of the American Revolution about using Constitution Hall. DAR had a policy that barred the use of the hall by African American performers, and Howard had made similar requests in the past without success. Once again, the DAR denied the concert planners’ request. DAR’s refusal to let Anderson perform at Constitution Hall became a national story when First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt publicly resigned her membership in the organization: “You had the opportunity to lead in an enlightened way, and it seems to me that your organization has failed.” In response, Walter White, executive secretary of the NAACP, and Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes arranged for Anderson to give a public concert on the steps of the Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson

Music artist

Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939. Learn More

Sincerely,

Edison R. Wato, Jr.
Membership Program Manager

‘Racial Justice Act’ repealed in North Carolina’ ~~ Information we must ALL read& know


By Matt Smith, CNN
updated 3:48 AM EDT, Fri June 21, 2013
 http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2013/06/21/ac-lavandera-pkg-death-due-to-race.cnn.html
STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The 2009 law allowed inmates to argue that race played a role in sentences
  • Gov. Pat McCrory said it effectively halted capital punishment in the state
  • Democrats say four condemned convicts had their sentences reduced to life under the law

(CNN) — North Carolina’s governor says he agreed to repeal a law that allowed inmates to challenge their death sentences on racial grounds because it effectively banned capital punishment in the state.

North Carolina legislators barred death sentences “sought or obtained on the basis of race” in 2009, when both houses of the state General Assembly were under Democratic control.

The, legislation, known as the Racial Justice Act, allowed condemned convicts to use statistical analysis to argue that race played a role in their sentencing.

Was race a factor in death sentence?

Republicans who took control of the Legislature in 2010 weakened the law last year, overriding a veto by then-Gov. Bev Perdue, a Democrat.

Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican elected in 2012, followed legislative action and signed its complete repeal Wednesday.

“Nearly every person on death row, regardless of race, has appealed their death sentence under the Racial Justice Act,” McCrory said in a statement Wednesday. “The state’s district attorneys are nearly unanimous in their bipartisan conclusion that the Racial Justice Act created a judicial loophole to avoid the death penalty and not a path to justice.”

The state still allowed capital punishment even while the Racial Justice Act was on the books. But state Democrats said the law resulted in at least four convicts being taken off death row after judges ruled that their sentences resulted from racial bias, with their sentences commuted to life in prison instead.

About 53% of the 153 convicts awaiting execution in North Carolina are black, according to the state Department of Public Safety, while about 40% are white. African-Americans make up about 22% of the state’s population, according to Census figures.

CNN’s Joe Sutton contributed to this report.

ClearWaterProject: Building a movement for clean water & cultural survival


“Without clean water, we cannot survive,” Emergildo Criollo told me recently. See How We Work

You may have heard of Emergildo. An indigenous leader of the Cofan Nation in Ecuador’s northern Amazon, he has been a relentless advocate for his people, speaking out about oil giant Chevron’s toxic legacy in his territory. But today, even as he continues the fight to hold Chevron accountable, Emergildo isn’t waiting for a cleanup that seems always on the horizon.

Emergildo is taking matters into his own hands, helping to bring clean water to thousands of indigenous people who have suffered without for decades. And today, I want to ask you to support Emergildo, and the other indigenous leaders who are part of an effort that Amazon Watch is deeply proud to support:

It’s called The ClearWater Project.

ClearWater

Established in late 2011 by long-time Amazon Watch campaigner Mitch Anderson, ClearWater was a response to Emergildo’s clarion call for clean water, where access to this basic necessity can be a matter of life and death.

ClearWater began with a big goal: provide safe, sustainable access to clean water for every indigenous family in the region, whose ancestral waterways have been poisoned by oil production and ensuing industrialization.

In just two years, ClearWater has installed more than 500 family-sized rainwater harvesting and filtration systems that serve thousands of people in communities who have long suffered an epidemic of cancer, birth defects, and other illnesses that numerous health studies in the region blame on a lack of access to safe sources of water for drinking, bathing, and cooking.

And our efforts have been able to make this impact because from the beginning, ClearWater has been a collaborative partnership between the five indigenous nationalities here – the Cofan, Siona, Secoya, Kichwa, and Waorani – and international supporters, such as water engineers, humanitarians, activists, philanthropists, and people like you.

ClearWater believes in collaborative, integrative, community-led solutions, where someone like Emergildo is coordinating amongst the different indigenous nationalities to install new water systems, local youth are using GPS to map their biological and cultural resources, and frontline leaders are learning new media techniques to broadcast their concerns to the world.

Clean water, health, and dignity. From this foundation, Emergildo and the indigenous people of Ecuador’s northern Amazon, are building a movement for rainforest protection and cultural survival.

I’m proud that Amazon Watch is a founding partner in this project, and I hope you’ll join us too.

In solidarity,

Han Shan
Han Shan
Amazon Watch Advisory Board Member

P.S. Explore ClearWater’s impact by navigating around this cutting-edge interactive map designed by another Amazon Watch family member, Gregor MacLennan, now Digital Democracy’s Program Director.

4 things to remeber ….rep. Paul Ryan


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Here are four things to remember about Paul Ryan

#1: Paul Ryan is the chief architect of the extreme GOP budget
— of which Mitt Romney is a huge fan. It funds tax breaks for the
wealthiest with severe cuts to investments in education, scientific
research, and clean energy. The middle class shoulders the burden.

#2: He’s the author of the original plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system
— which the Romney-Ryan ticket has absorbed, hiking out-of-pocket
costs by $6,000 per year. He also backed a proposal to privatize Social
Security, which would let the whims of the stock market take over
retirement security.

#3: Just like Mitt Romney, he’s severely conservative
and has consistently taken a stance against women. He voted against the
Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and co-sponsored a bill that could ban
all abortion, including in cases of rape and incest — and even some
common forms of birth control.

#4: Paul Ryan, like Mitt Romney, will say absolutely anything to win votes, no matter how far it is from the truth.

I know our vice president will make us proud tonight. But we’ve also
seen from Ryan’s vicious, dishonest speech at the Republican Convention
that this is a guy who embraces Mitt Romney’s “say anything, don’t worry
about fact-checkers” campaign strategy.

You can help
Barack Obama and Joe Biden win another four years in the White House
and keep Romney-Ryan, with their campaign of distortion, out of it: