With love for the Central District, Africatown activist Tahir-Garrett plans run for City Council seat

unnamed-5Omari Tahir-Garrett doesn’t mince words when it comes to talking about gentrification in the Central District. For him, African American families priced out of the neighborhood amounts to “ethnic cleansing.”

That won’t come as a shock to those familiar with the Central District/Africatown activist and slavery reparations advocate who once assaulted former Mayor Paul Schell with a bullhorn in response to the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man.

Whatever you may think of Garrett, his love for his neighborhood is undeniable. The 69-year-old, lifelong Central District resident displays the vitality and determination of an activist a third his age. This year, he wants to take his fight to City Council.

Garrett hasn’t officially registered for the race but says he’ll be running for the at-large Council Position 9 seat. All candidates must register by May 15th to appear on the August 4th primary ballot. The top two finishers from August will advance to the November election.

One of his former players, now a grown man, pulled up next to him to say hello

Running in the Capitol Hill/Central District dominated District 3 would seem like a more natural fit for Garrett, but he said he didn’t want to detract from Socialist Alternative incumbent Kshama Sawant who performed quite well in Tuesday’s candidates forum.

A sometimes enigmatic figure, Garrett is most passionate and persuasive when talking about bolstering the Central District’s African identity into a cultural neighborhood like Chinatown/International District. For years, Garrett has been trying to establish an Africatown Seattle Cultural Center, and said it would be his first undertaking if elected to council.

“If you want to have peace in a community, you need to have a community center,” he said.

In 1985, Garrett was part of a group that occupied a Seattle school to advocate for an African-focused museum in the Central District. His efforts eventually lead to the creation of the Northwest African American Museum. It wouldn’t be the last time Garrett made headlines through occupying a school building. In 2013, Garrett was part of a group that occupied the Horace Mann building in hopes of establishing a permanent home for the Africatown Center for Education and Innovation, an organization founded by Garrett’s son Wyking Garrett. Both men also help found the Umoja P.E.A.C.E. Center at 23rd and Spring.

More recently, Garrett lead an unsuccessful fight to preserve the the Liberty Bank building at 24th and Union. He also opposed the opening of Uncle Ike’s pot shop in the neighborhood.

Garrett was born and raised in the Central District and played basketball and football while attending Garfield High School. At 19, Garrett said he bought his first house in the neighborhood. “I just wanted my little corner for art and music and to work with kids,” he said.

Like many in his generation, the international turmoil of the late 1960s was the spark that ignited Garrett’s political activism. In 1968, when he was still going by his birth name James Cordell, Garrett was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War. Military hierarchy didn’t suit him well. According to Garrett, a series of arguments over a minor infraction eventually landed him in a military prison. It was there Garrett said he got his real education in Black Power politics. The first thing he bought upon release was a copy of The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

Over the years, Garrett has spent most of his working life teaching in schools and community programs. He frequently taught African history, but said he often ended up teaching “basically how to be a human being because these kids were so twisted.”

He also spent 40 years coaching little league in Seattle. As we walked around 23rd and Union, one of his former players, now a grown man, pulled up next to him to say hello. Garrett said it happens nearly every day.

When we met outside Sam’s Moroccan Sandwich Shop, Garrett handed me a handwritten letter that outlined his qualifications to be on City Council along with a stack of articles and flyers on range of local and international topics. They cover his opposition to building a new youth detention center at 12th and Alder, his commitment to raise awareness that Seattle is native Duwamish land, and calls for slavery reparations.

Today While “capitalist” political/economic magicians and their negroe politicians (Africans trained to do trick on white command like well trained bird dogs) attempt to use the same “Now you see it; now you don’t” style of magic tricks to make Africatown communities disappear across America, through gentrification, as thy did Native American “Indian” communities in the Americas and so called “Aboriginal” (actually just ORIGIAL) communities in Australia.

Each morning, Garrett says he walks around the sprawling Midtown Center property at 23rd and Union to pick up trash and keep an eye on police activity. He’s lived within a 10-block radius of the block for most of his life. “There’s no black owned business from this area that has expanded and grown,” he said scanning the area, ticking off the names of shuttered black-owned businesses. Garrett’s now part of an effort to create a “Black Wall Street” on the property to buck the trend.

With its location in the heart of the Central District, today’s Midtown Center serves as a public gathering place, including at night. Some neighbors have complained the property draws illegal activities including drug dealing and gambling in the parking lot. For Garrett, the solution is clear: Build African American institutions.

“If they don’t have a place to stand, they’ll make a place to stand,” he said.

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55 thoughts on “With love for the Central District, Africatown activist Tahir-Garrett plans run for City Council seat

  1. Can someone explain the “rules” of gentrification, especially as they relate to the CD? Is the concern over long-time residents being priced out of the neighborhood strictly limited to renters? If not just that, then is the concern for long time home owners mostly because of higher property taxes due to increasing property values? If not just that, then what?

    Also, is there some generally agreed upon time frame where someone is considered a long time resident of the CD, regardless of skin color? I’m a single white male who has owned a house near MLK and E. Union for over 15 years. Does that make me a gentrifier? A gentrifiee? Does the answer depend on the color of the people who owned my house before me?

    The word “gentrification” gets thrown around so freely these days that it’s hard to know what exactly it means.

    • Check out the article below, it’s not unique to Seattle or the US:

      http://thisbigcity.net/berlin-barcelona-and-the-struggle-against-gentrification/

      Gentrification is basically about long-term inhabitants being priced out…according to the technical definition from Mirriam-Webster: “the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents.”

      I wouldn’t define long-term as poorer…because they could be middle-class and still be driven out by increased rents.

      What’s happening is that due to the big tech firms that we have and since it’s been inexpensive to live in Seattle compared to San Fran and Sillicon Valley…then we’ve got a bunch of higher-income people coming to live here and with it investors coming in to build higher end places, which then raises rents and taxes of long-term residents- to sort of really drive them away since they eventually cannot afford it…Then the landowners can sell to the investors…It’s really hurting the communities of people who have made the place it is and have lived there for years. It sucks.

      That’s my definition I suppose. And it makes me sad to see it happening here and feeling like our state and city government isn’t doing anything to protect people who have lived here for years that are getting kicked out. I mean more money is coming in, but what will be the future cost be of running the city like a business instead of for the people?

    • I think that the whole “priced-out” phenomenon mainly applies to renters. Many homeowners in the CD (as well as other neighborhoods) bought their place decades ago, and their property values have increased significantly….so in most cases they choose to move to cash-in on that increase, not because they have to. If they have increased expenses, such as rising property taxes, they can get a reverse mortgage to be able to stay in their current home.

    • Here’s the deal on gentrification: Long time homeowners who paid 17k for a house are now cashing it in for 600K and moving to a place they prefer to live. If they are on fixed incomes and want to stay, they may be eligible for the property tax discount for seniors, reverse mortgages, and city programs (utility discount, minor home repair, etc) but if not, at least they have the cash in their home so they’re not ending up on the streets.

      Renters are the one getting squeezed out – especially those renters who don’t qualify for a section eight voucher or other subsidy.

      What we have is a situation where Seattle ends up a city that is only affordable for the upper middle class and very poor, with the working poor and lower middle class relegated to places like Auburn and Sea-Tac. And that affects people of all colors and communities.

    • Many of the black residents of the CD have had their houses STOLEN in the last housing collapse. The black and Hispanic communities were “reverse red-lined” by criminal corps like Wells Fargo to take out HELOCs that would eventually blow up to where the homeowners couldn’t afford the payments. READ NEWS ARTICLES SURROUNDING WELLS FARGO AND REDLINING!

      So, it has been the whole foreclosure crisis and the unlawful taking of these homes that have been in black families possession for generations. Under Barack Obama, the first “black” President (Obama is one of the Uncle Tom’s Omari refers to above) his own people have lost more wealth than at any other point in history. I think it’s appalling that more black activists aren’t calling out Obama for allowing Wall Street to steal black wealth. Incidentally, no one has been prosecuted for these crimes against the black community.

      We should all be ashamed for our lack of knowledge relating to black displacement!!! As we watch families being unlawfully kicked from their homes, we watch as developers come in and build those horrible square boxes they call homes these days, and then we watch as a white Amazon-hired single person buy these homes where formerly a generation of black families have resided. Shame on all of us.

    • The “selling out” is gentrification too. To say simply “they choose to move to cash-in on that increase, not because they have to” – is incorrect.

      Rising home prices results in higher property taxes. This is a gentrifying factor and leads to displacement – seniors and those at the lower end of the economic scale can’t afford these higher taxes. A reverse mortgage is a scam process that eats away at a home’s equity – sometimes the only retirement money a family has.

      And when neighbors leave, depopulating the church for example (weakening community ties), it further adds to the cycle of displacement and gentrification because the community is disintegrating. The loss of place – the sense that this your community any more – is another big factor in gentrification.

      Just because the base home price has just increased, doesn’t spur action. That sort of ‘home flipping’ mentality may belong to a new arrival – not a long time resident.

      As Jackie points out, gentrification is an economic up-cycling and the changing demographics results in new commercial requirements as well, and while at times some of these new stores are useful, if they are more upscale than the current base community, it only adds to the loss of the sense that this is my neighborhood because the economic barrier to participation.

    • Oh please. What a bunch of nonsense…..

      Guy Fawkes: You are partially right that there were a lot of white collar criminals in the housing bubble. But it takes two to enter into a contract, and I sure didn’t see any social service organizations – in a neighborhood that is known for them – advising the homeowners to stay away from a HELOC or refinance. In fact, a lot of churches in the “community” were pimping those scoundrels to help Pastor get another Lexus. At the end of the day, it’s all about the old phrase “Caveat Emptor”.

      Bill: We are unique in Seattle in that there are EXTREMELY generous discounts for low-income people to stay in their home. Not only property tax, but also utilities and home repair. And a reverse mortgage is a fine thing if you are on a fixed income and don’t have anyone to leave your home to – or your children are self-sufficient.

      Also, communities don’t “disintegrate” – they move. The Jews that had the opportunity to leave the CD after redlining was eased didn’t “disintegrate”. They sold their homes – usually at a loss, by the way, due to blockbusting – and moved their homes and their temples to places like Mercer Island and Seward Park. And they expanded from there to North Seattle and became part of the larger community.

      But really – all politically correct nonsense aside – if you live in a old house on a tiny lot and you’ve always wanted a yard, and all your friends are moving to Renton, and you can sell your house for 600k, why not move to Renton? Or Palm Springs? Or Costa Rica? If you were responsible with your money and didn’t let yourself get taken for a ride by some sleazy bankster, this is a great opportunity.

      Real estate is *always* about market forces. Some people score (like today’s long-time homeowners who are selling houses for huge returns) and some lose (like the white folks who were sufficiently scared and sufficiently racist to abandon their CD homes in the 60’s due to fear of “the negroes”). As I said above, it’s the renters that I feel for.

    • There is a federal law that prohibits redlining. Apparently, you are one of the only people on this planet that believe the banks did nothing wrong. I’ll bet Wells Fargo decided to settle for $175 million with the DOJ because they thought they should pay more in taxes, right?

      See article in Reuters:
      http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/12/us-wells-lending-settlement-idUSBRE86B0V220120712

      Highlights:
      “Wells Fargo & Co agreed to pay $175 million to resolve allegations it charged African-Americans and Hispanics higher rates and fees on mortgages even when they qualified for better deals during the housing boom, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.”

      Yep, you’re right that sounds like exceptional behavior.

    • Omari is the smartest most vital person I’ve ever met. I am privileged to be known as his friend.

      He is brave, courageous and I am so proud to be his friend!

    • What would you do if you watched as young person after young person in your neighborhood was gunned down by the SPD?

      Notably, there have been no witnesses that admit there was a bullhorn.

      And personally, we seriously need to think about how our government has allowed the biggest crime spree in our nation’s history to be un-punished and un-prosecuted. They deserve the death penalty for allowing the crooks and thugs to go on with their crimes unabated.

      Why is it when someone stands up and says “NO!” others are free to label them? I cannot figure this out.

      OMARI HAS MY VOTE.

    • Guy – There were witnesses. Your misinformation campaign is pointless. Anyone, black, white or whatev, that has been in the neighborhood for more than 5 minutes knows what Omari is all about.

    • Well, that makes two votes: Omari and Guy Fawkes. Somebody better reserve a space for the victory party.

    • “To me it seems vaguely threatening”

      Omari is calling out the Uncle Tom’s in his black community. Of course you would find that vaguely threatening. It is scary to those blacks who grab the money and then do the white elites’ bidding. It’s called still being shackled.

      OMARI ISN’T SHACKLED AND THAT SCARES THE SH*T OUT OF MOST NON-BLACKS……as their attitude still is that a strong, vocal black man scares them.

  2. I wonder if he knows the Central District used to been a Jewish neighborhood before it was an African American neighborhood. Was it ethnic cleansing back then?

    • The Jewish residents voluntarily moved east, mainly to Mercer Island. The CD became home to Japanese Americans and African Americans in the 30s, 40s, 50s and part of the 60s because neighborhoods north and south of the CD had covenants prohibiting residency to many based on race or ethnicity. Many deeds had a clause stating: “No person or persons of Asiatic, African or Negro blood, lineage, or extraction shall be permitted to occupy a portion of said property.” Those who violated these covenants could have their property seized. These covenants were upheld by the Supreme Court for a time being, until the late 40s when the court reversed the decision. But discrimination really didn’t stop until the Civil Rights Act and Housing Rights Act were passed and the Feds started prosecuting violators. So, a huge reason many African Americans feel so strongly attached to the CD is it was the only place in Seattle where the residents didn’t say not welcome.

    • Thank you! My father was a Realtor when I was growing up. He had a black client who wanted to live in one of those neighborhoods that had the silent covenants. He literally took his clients to each homeowner in that neighborhood and shamed them into allowing his black client to purchase the home they wanted to buy (frankly I don’t know why anyone would want to live in those kinds of communities, but whatever.)

      People, it’s not so long ago……just sayin’.

    • The Seattle Times reported in 2005 that:
      Residents of Innis Arden, an upper middle-class neighborhood overlooking Puget Sound, have been trying to collect enough signatures to erase an embarrassing little secret from their record books. . . . Written into the neighborhood’s bylaws by Boeing
      founder Bill Boeing, the 60-year-old restrictions prohibited the sale or lease of the homes to anyone who wasn’t white. Blacks and Asians, the restrictions said, could occupy the homes only as domestic servants.

  3. Interesting that the guy standing in front of the peace center sign is the same one who clocked the mayor over the head with a bullhorn causing significant injury. Some advocate for peace he is.

  4. I have some questions for Omari at the next City Council meeting.

    Why does Omari walk through Midtown Center in the mornings?

    Why not go by in the evenings during the open-air drug sales? Why is that drug dealer camped out on the corner by Omari’s “Peace Center” every day?

    Hmmmm. Oh wait. I mean HMMMMMM.

  5. WHAT WOULD AN ELECTION BE WITHOUT A FRINGE CANDIDATE? VOTE OMAR AND END THE TYRANNY OF LOWERCASE LETTERS!!!

  6. Yeah, I think this guy would be a city council disater and be way too focused on the one issue he really cares about. It would be pretty scary to have him elected but it won’ty happen so I’m not worried.

    I will say this though. As crazy as his views are there is a genuine level of love for the neighborhood that is rare. Literally see him out a couple times a week picking up garbage in the morning. You know Sawant wouldn’t touch that detail.

  7. He comes off like such a crank it’s difficult to imagine that anyone takes him seriously. Is he actually, for real, a legitimate representative for many black people in the neighborhood, or is he just presented that way because news people are lazy and take him at his word?

    • When you’re driving on I-5 and you gape at the accident you drive by, are you doing it for altruistic reasons? Or because you can help looking?

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  10. It’s amazing how many people are still concerned about a black man who stands up for his community. It appears many of these commenters really want to say to Omari: “Would those black people just know their place in this world….which is beneath ours.”

    Instead, you attempt to paint Omari as “racist,” “crazy,” “fringe candidate.”

    Why don’t y’all just say what you really want to say which is a strong black man frightens you.

    • I’m not scared of him; I just think he’s kind of a nut. His angry shouting rants on neighborhood blogs like this one make it clear that he is has extremely strong feelings about whatever it is he is trying to accomplish, but his writing skills are not up to the task of explaining what that is, how it could be achieved, or why that would be a good thing for the neighborhood as a whole. The megaphone incident, the Colman School occupation, and the more recent silliness with the Horace Mann school building and the former Liberty Bank building all tend to support the impression that he has a surplus of enthusiasm and a deficit of judgement.

      But hey, maybe I’m wrong. I cannot honestly tell whether he is a legitimate neighborhood activist who simply can’t write worth a damn, or whether he is just a local kook who gets attention because he says crazy things that are easy for news reporters to quote. You clearly take him seriously; what’s the deal? It’s not clear whether he is part of an organization or just acting on his own. Are there other people involved in this “africatown” / “umojafest” thing? Are there articles I could read that explain what they’re up to and why?

    • Do you realize what has happened to the CD? Do you realize that the African American neighborhoods across this nation have lost more wealth during the financial crisis than at any other time in our nation’s history. Think about that: under the first black President, the African American wealth has disappeared more than at any other time in our history. And you think because someone cannot write as well as others that he’s a nut? Have you ever talked with him? Because I have. He is a very courageous man. He has taken on the establishment in many ways. He calls out the people in his own race who have taken the money and done nothing to further the African American plight.

      I have fought foreclosure now for the last decade. I have walked the streets of the CD. I talked to the neighbors there that have told about the grandmother whose house was taken for less than $35,000….and subsequently sold the very next day for $125K. That buyer put $25K into the house and sold it for $250K. So, two different sellers made a mint after stealing the elderly black woman’s home. And this is what Omari calls out.

      Why aren’t others calling out these crimes? Because they are scared. I am proud to say Omari isn’t scared of the establishment, but it appears from the comments here that they are deathly afraid of him. More power to him!

    • I’ve never met him. All I have to go on are his incoherent angry blog rants, like the one later on this page, and the news articles about his various protest stunts and bizarre-seeming neighborhood proposals, which all seem kind of excessive.

      There’s no need to get on my case here; I’m asking because I’m curious. You clearly believe there is some actual substance to the man beyond the public image he presents, and I am curious what it is. Why do you believe he would be able to communicate more effectively or inspire respect for his ideas more easily than he does now, if he somehow managed to win a city council seat?

  11. Homeowners who have been there a long time may have the price of their homes go up, sometimes astronomically, but that doesn’t mean they are able to remain or that they just want to “cash out”. When the prices go up, so do the taxes. No one in this state really owns their home. They are paying rent too in the form of property taxes and property insurance. There are loads of people who are moved out by gentrification because while ‘house rich’ they are ‘cash poor’ and getting very poor in cash as they hang on.

  12. IF YOU ARE DESCENDANTS OF EUROPEAN COLONIAL SETTLER “BOAT PEOPLE” AND WANT TO KNOW WHAT “GENTRIFICATION / ETHNIC CLEANSING, PLEASE GO TO THE NEAREST “NATIVE AMERICAN RESERVATION” AND ASK??? YOU CAN ALSO ASK ANY ONE ABOUT OTHER FORMS OF “ETHNIC CLEANSING” IN NAZI GERMAN ??? FINALLY ASK THE REFUGEES FROM THE “AFRICAN SLAVE TRADE THAT WERE FIRED AND PUT OFF THEIR PLANTATIONS WITH THEIR “DEMOCRATIC “SLAVE MASTERS” NAMES (WASHINGTON. JEFFERSON ECT) IN “THE LAND OF THE FREEEEEE AND HOME OF THE BRAAAAAYVE, OR HAVE YOU INTENTIONALLY FORGOTTEN THE “WEBSTER DICTIONARY” DEFINITION OF THE COLONIAL NATURE OF THIS SELF GOVERNING BRITISH COLONY??? WHY IS “ENGLISH” THE ONLY LANGUAGE OF CONGRESS AND ALL US COLONIAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES??? WHEN I LIVED IN EUROPE FOR 5 MONTHS THERE WAS NO SUCH THING AS “WHITENESS”??? PEOPLE WERE FRENCH, GERMAN ENGLISH, ITALIAN, RUSSIAN, GERMAN ECT???
    YES THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND INSTITUTIONS FOR TRAINING AND INDOCTRINATION? YOU CAN’T EDUCATE A PERSON TO BE A RACIST, YOU CAN ONLY TRAIN AND INDOCTRINATE ONE TO BE A RACIST LIKE IN NAZI GERMAN AND APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA (BOTH COPIED THE “COLONIAL AMERICAN MODEL”) AFTER ALL HITLER’S “FINAL SOLUTION” WAS COPIED FROM THE AMERICAN FINAL SOLUTION FOR THE BUFFALO AND NATIVE AMERICANS??? PLEASE DON’T LET THE TRUTH HURT YOU AFTER ALL YOU ARE ONLY ENJOYING THE BENEFITS FROM GENOCIDE OF NATIVE AMERICANS, THEFT OF “INDIANS” (NOT BORN IN INDIA) LAND” ALONG WITH THE KIDNAPPING, TORTURE, ENSLAVEMENT AND MURDER {“TERRORISM”) AND MURDER OF MILLIONS OF AFRICANS IN THE NAME OF “DEMOCRACY” AND CAPITALISM ( COLONIAL RAPE AND GREED)??? YES SEATTLE IS ON DUWAMISH TRIBAL LAND. WHERE IS EUROPEAN COLONIAL SETTLERS “HOMELAND”??? PLEASE TELL “HOMELAND SECURITY” IT IS EUROPE NOT THE NATIVE AMERICAN “INDIANS”, FIRST AND ONLY NATIONAL HOMELAND??? DID I MAKE THIS UP OR IS THIS IS WHAT I WAS TAUGHT ABOUT ” COWBOYS KILLING “INDIANS” IN SCHOOL??? PLEASE VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE IF YOU HAVE ONE AND THEN GO TALK TO NATIVE AMERICANS ON THE NEAREST “RESERVATION’ / CONCENTRATION CAMP??? THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES, Omari Tahir-Garrett SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE, POSITION 9. (website omariforcitycouncil)

  13. Omari is a silly old man living in his own little world. Sort of like Alex Tsimmerman. He can rant and rage all he wants, but the times have changed and left him behind. Even back in the day, he was a poor imitation of Roberto Maestas. Tried to do the same thing Maestas did at El Centro with the Coleman School. It took the Urban League and WAMU, of all things, to straighten up the mess he made there.

    The powers that be humor him as much as possible because they know he’s harmless and won’t be around that much longer. He’s got to be in his 70’s.

    • It appears you just admitted that the Urban League is in cahoots with the criminal entity, Washington Mutual Bank. Thank you for finally admitting that the Uncle Toms in the Urban League are not out to help their brothers and sisters.

    • Actually, that’s your own paranoia and internalized racism making connections that aren’t there. WAMU was not a “criminal organization” it was an long-standing local institution that was arguably looted by criminals. Say what you will, we now have a functioning NW African-American Museum where previously there was an abandoned building and a lot of hot air and excuses.

  14. I REALLY APPRECIATE ALL OF THE PEOPLE THAT TAKE TIME OUT FROM THEIR BUSY SCHEDULES TO MAKE COMMENTS PARTICULARLY THE ONES WITH NEGATIVE PERSONAL COMMENTS WITHOUT ADDRESSING THE ISSUES OF HISTORICAL FACTS??? AS A WORLD HISTORY TEACHER HAVING LIVED IN ASIA, EUROPE AND AFRICA, MANY AMERICANS HAVE A NAZIFIED MENTALITY WHEN IT COMES TO THE THEFT OF NATIVE AMERICAN LAND, EUROPEAN SETTLER “JUDEO-CHRISTIAN” TERRORISM (EUROPEAN “AFRICAN SLAVE TRADE” (CHATTEL SLAVERY) AND GENOCIDE OF THE BUFFALO AND NATIVE AMERICANS??? THE .AMERICAN “WHITENESS EMPIRE MENTALITY” TOGETHER WITH COWARDLY HIGH TECH “DRONE TERRORISM” IS THE BIGGEST THREAT TO WORLD PEACE??? PLEASE THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT THESE ISSURES EVERY TIME YOU TRY TO GO TO SLEEP OR WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR??? WHAT MENTALITY DO YOU SEE??? PLEASE VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE AND NOT YOUR INTELLECT BASED ON FACTS??? COLONIAL SLAVERY DIDN’T END WITH GEORGE WASHINGTON OR THOMAS JEFFERSON, IT WAS ONLY GEARING UP??? $210 MILLION ($210,000,000 FOR YOUTH JAIL / PRISON??? WHAT A GREAT INVESTMENT IN OUR YOUTHS FUTURE??? THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES, Omari Tahir-Garrett, VIETNAM VETERAN, WORLD TRAVELER, HISTORY TEACHER, PEOPLE’S CHAMPION FIGHTER AND SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE POSITION 9 (WEBSITE; omariforcitycouncil)

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