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BBC Somali Launches TV News Programme!

BBC Somali Launches TV News Programme!

Posted on 10 April 2017 by admin

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 10 April 2017.  BBC Somali launches a new flagship TV news programme on April 24th at 1700 GMT. 
As part of its growing investment in Africa, the BBC is launching a TV news programme for its Somali speaking audience. 

The 15 minute daily (Monday to Friday) programme will cover global and regional news, business, technology sport and entertainment. It will be aired on some local free to air TV stations bringing impartial, independent and objective information and analysis to millions of Somali speakers in the region and the diaspora.

The TV programme will offer an international perspective on how global developments affect Somalia – and how events within the region are seen by the rest of the world. It will benefit from a growing network of journalists based in the region and overseas in countries such as the UK and the US. 

Broadcast from London, it will offer balanced and trusted news and the best of the BBC’s original journalism in a dynamic and engaging style.  Viewers can interact with the programme online @bbcsomali and bbcsomali.com.

 Farhan Jimale, Presenter said:

“It’s the perfect moment to launch a TV news offer for our audience because BBC Somali service is this year celebrating its 60th anniversary. Our aim is to reach young and aspirational Somalis who are increasingly consuming news via TV, digital and social media platforms. We hope this TV programme will soon become essential viewing for Somali audiences globally.”

 Solomon Mugera, Regional Editor, BBC Africa said: 

“The BBC is responding to what Somali audiences want. Over the years we have built a strong audience base particularly on Radio and we know that the way audiences consume media content is changing. This news programme will deliver journalism, based on our long-standing principles of independence, accuracy and unbiased reporting.”

 The significant investment in Africa over the next few years will see establishing co-productions and commissions with local independent producers as well as training and mentoring for the next generation of African journalists.

 Notes to Editors

  • BBC reaches 3.6 million weekly via all platforms for BBC Somali 
  • It will be broadcast on the following partners; Horn Cable TV, Kalsan TV, Somali Broadcast Corporation and Star TV Network
  • BBC World Service’s BBC Africa hub brings together the production of multilingual content about the continent on radio, on TV and online on bbcafrica.com.  As it delivers content in English, French, Hausa, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Somali and Kiswahili, BBC Africa ensures a pan-African approach to the output, offering its audiences opportunities to join the global conversation.  BBC Africa has teams based in London and across much of sub-Saharan Africa, and has well established production centres in various cities. 

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  • TheBBC World Service delivers news content around the world in English and 28 other language services, on radio, TV and digital, reaching a weekly audience of 246 million.  As part of BBC World Service, BBC Learning English teaches English to global audiences.  For more information, visit bbc.com/worldservice. The BBC attracts a weekly global news audience of 320 million people to its international news services including BBC World Service, BBC World News television channel and bbc.com/news.
  • BBC World Service received further funding of £289m until 2019/20 from the UK Government.

The BBC Trust and the Foreign Secretary have approved the new language services, in accordance with the Broadcasting Agreement.


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King County Elections and Community Partners Kick-off General Election Voter Engagement

King County Elections and Community Partners Kick-off General Election Voter Engagement

Posted on 21 September 2016 by admin

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Communications Specialist

King County Elections

King County Elections, the Seattle Foundation and 22 community partners officially kicked-off voter outreach efforts for the November General Election. Together, they plan to reach between 20,000 and 40,000 limited-English speaking voters this fall.

Earlier this year, King County Elections and the Seattle Foundation launched a pilot program to engage limited-English speaking voters. After soliciting two rounds of proposals, 22 organizations received funding for their voter outreach field plans. In total, the pilot program has awarded nearly $242,000 for community-based voter engagement.

Today, those community-based organizations officially kicked-off their work at Elections Headquarters in Renton.

“This represents a new way of doing voter outreach and community engagement in general,” said Director of Elections, Julie Wise. “Rather than assuming we know the right way to engage King County’s many diverse communities, we are partnering with and resourcing the organizations who have been doing this work for decades.”

Organizations that received funding include:

  • Asian Counseling and Referral Services
  • APACEvotes
  • Eritrean Community in Seattle and Vicinity
  • InterIm Community Development Association
  • International Community Health Services
  • Iraqi Community Center and South King County Emerging Communities for Equity partners Bhutanese Community Resource Center of WA, Nsanga Corporation and Partner in Employment
  • Korean American Coalition
  • Latino Community Fund and partners South Park
  • Information and Resource Center and Colectiva Legal del Pueblo
  • Open Doors for Multicultural Families
  • Rajana Society
  • SeaMar
  • Somali Community Services
  • Somali Family Safety Task Force
  • Somali Youth and Family Club
  • Tasveer
  • White Center Community Development Association and partner Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees and Communities of Color “Together, in this room, we will all work together to raise our voice and create change in King County,” said Farhiya Mohamed of the Somali Family Safety Task Force.

The goals of the pilot project include registering more voters in these communities and helping voters who are already registered receive their ballot in their preferred language. As a result of legislation approved by the King County Council last year, King County voters can now receive their ballot in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish or Korean. They can even change their language preference online.

“This kind of work – to engage my Samoan community – I’ve been doing it for years,” said Violet Lavatai, a community ambassador. “A lot of people tell me they don’t vote because they don’t know where to start – and that’s where we come in.”

The 22 community-based organizations will provide voter education through a variety of mechanisms, including educational workshops, candidate and ballot forums, voter registration drives and other community events. Collectively, they expect to reach between 20,000 and 40,000 limited-English speaking voters this fall.


Mehret Tekle and Micheal Neguse of the Eritrean Community in Seattle with Farhiya Mohamed

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Voting Rights for Washington Citizens with Felony Convictions

Voting Rights for Washington Citizens with Felony Convictions

Posted on 16 June 2016 by admin


All eligible voters should be able to have their voices heard.  The ACLU of Washington is providing resources to help ensure that citizens with felony convictions understand their right to vote. Some people are unaware that under Washington law, a citizen’s right to vote is restored automatically when they are released from the criminal justice system. This means:

 Individuals with felony convictions may register to vote as soon as they have been released from jail or prison and have completed any required Department of Corrections community custody.

 Individuals with felony convictions may register to vote regardless of existing court-ordered legal financial obligations (known as LFOs), such as fees, fines, and restitution. Individuals no longer need a Certificate of Discharge to register to vote.

The ACLU of Washington offers these resources on voting rights:

 Printable Voting Rights Restoration Guide: Provides basic information on how individuals with felony convictions regain their right to vote. Available online at www.aclu-wa.org/voting.

 Online tool: “Criminal Conviction: Can I Vote?” takes individuals through the restoration process step by step, and points them to the relevant resources needed to register to vote.

 In addition, the ACLU has been offering webinars on voting rights, designed for service providers and attorneys.

 People with questions about voting rights for citizens with felony convictions should contact the ACLU of Washington at 206-624-2184 or visit www.aclu-wa.org/voting.

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Investments in Agriculture can unlock untold Prosperity in Africa!

Investments in Agriculture can unlock untold Prosperity in Africa!

Posted on 11 May 2016 by admin

Rome, 9 May 2016 – While Africa is expected to experience its slowest growth rate this millennium, Kanayo Nwanze, the President of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), brings a strong message of optimism to government and business leaders gathering for the Grow Africa Investment Forum and the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF) in Kigali this week.


“Investments in agriculture can generate great riches for the continent and lift millions out of poverty and hunger,” said Nwanze en route to Rwanda. “There are high returns to those countries that take agriculture seriously.”

Since 2009 Africa has been seen as the next great investment frontier yet, according to the International Monetary Fund, economic growth on the continent is now predicted to be slower than the rest of the world for the first time in sixteen years. With many countries in southern and eastern Africa suffering from the worst drought in decades, and with fiscal deficits widening and conflicts increasing, some experts are questioning whether Africa is still on the rise.

Despite these dire predictions, Nwanze said Africa is still a continent of unprecedented opportunity, and supporting small-scale farmers and investing in rural areas are some of the best ways for countries to meet their broader development objectives, including poverty reduction. With the right investments, he said, Africa could double its agricultural productivity in the next five years.

“Half of the world’s uncultivated land which is suited for growing food crops is in Africa,” said Nwanze. “We need to work together to harness the continent’s potential and this means investing in small-scale farmers who are the backbone of African agriculture.”

Africa has 25 per cent of the world’s arable land,

yet it generates only 10 per cent of global agricultural output. With a population growth of 2.7 per cent annually, food demand on the continent is expected to double every 30 years. Investments that encourage increased agricultural production would cut Africa’s annual US$35 billion food import bill, keeping this money on the continent to be used for broader economic development.

Nwanze said that investments alone will not transform the continent. Governments need to get their own houses in order and ensure that there is a strong commitment to policies and incentives that encourage higher food production by smallholder farmers.

“At IFAD we know that small-scale farmers do not want hand-outs. They want economic opportunities,” said Nwanze. “I am looking forward to discussing how we can create those opportunities and make agriculture a profitable sector and a powerful catalyst for development.”

The Grow Africa and WEF events will bring together global and regional heads of government, business and civil society. Nwanze will participate in a high-level panel discussion at Grow Africa on “Accelerating Agricultural Transformation.” While at WEF, he will moderate “Rethinking Agriculture,” a session on innovative ways to create sustainable food systems.

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City aims to lower barriers to immigrant, refugee civic engagement

City aims to lower barriers to immigrant, refugee civic engagement

Posted on 14 April 2016 by admin

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SEATTLE (April 11, 2016) – The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) has launched the Download Most Recent Classifieds.

that will provide data for community groups, agencies, King County, and the City to better understand the civic needs of specific immigrant and refugee communities within Seattle.

“Immigrants and refugees are a vital thread in the fabric of Seattle, with one out of five residents foreign-born,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “Often these communities face significant obstacles to gaining citizenship and participating in elections. Through Seattle Votes, we will gain community-level data to help us better serve these communities, creating more opportunity for refugees and immigrants to participate in our democracy.”

Immigrant and refugee residents are a growing and increasingly influential population in Seattle, with nearly 20 percent of residents being foreign born. However, evidence shows that civic engagement rates lag behind other groups. The lack of voter data has been a challenge for City and election officials to better understand what is needed to serve communities across Seattle.

“When we first started looking through the data on immigrant and refugee voting rates, we were surprised to discover that comprehensive research at the local level simply did not exist,” says OIRA Director Cuc Vu. “That’s what makes Seattle Votes such a unique project. It will be the first time in recent years that a major U.S. city has collected data on immigrant and refugee voting and civic engagement.”

The campaign will focus on immigrants and refugees who are at least 18 years of age residing in the Seattle-King County area. OIRA has a goal of 5,000 completed surveys and will partner with more than 100 local community-based organizations to reach immigrants and refugees. These Seattle Votes partners will collect surveys in their communities.

“It’s encouraging to see the City and Mayor Murray working to increase civic participation within refugee and immigrant communities,” said Sahra Farah of Somali Community Services of Seattle. “We are enthusiastic in participating with Seattle Votes and look forward to partnering with the Office of Immigration and Refugee Affairs as we work to make voting easier for refugees and immigrants across Seattle.”

The Seattle Votes survey has been translated into ten languages: English, Spanish, Chinese (Traditional), Vietnamese, Tagalog, Korean, Somali, Amharic, Oromo, Tigrinya, and Arabic. Residents can fill out a printed version or an online version, which takes approximately seven minutes to complete and are anonymous.

The City will publish the findings in an official report in August. The disaggregated results will help inform policies to improve naturalization, voter registration, and voting rates.

Discussion of the Seattle Votes campaign began in 2014 with the Immigrant Voting Rights Task Force. This committee, comprised of immigrant and refugee civic leaders, released a report with recommendations for city and regional governments. One of the top recommendations was the need for better data about immigrant and refugee voters. The Immigrant and Voting Rights Task force report is available Download Most Recent Classifieds.


Immigrants and refugees living in Seattle-King County interested in taking the survey and members of organizations interested in becoming Seattle Votes Partners are encouraged to visit seattle.gov/seattlevotes.

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Why Warsame is Our Choice of 2015 Person of the Year?

Why Warsame is Our Choice of 2015 Person of the Year?

Posted on 30 December 2015 by admin

Abdi Warsame in ColorAfter we gave careful consideration who should be our person of the Year of 2015, we came to the conclusion that the Rising Star Abdi Warsame, an activist, leader, and politician who is now serving as Council Member in the City of Minneapolis deserves best.

Abdi Warsame was born in Somalia and grew up in the United Kingdom of Great Britain where he studied and attained a BSc in Business and a Masters Degree in International Business. He moved to Minneapolis in 2006, shortly landing a job in the financial sector.

Mr. Warsame was the founder and spokesperson for the Citizen’s Committee for Fair Redistricting, which took part in the redistricting process that aimed to create a more equitable and representative political map of Minneapolis, with the intent to create better opportunities for all residents of the City. The Citizen’s Committee lobbying was a historic success and today’s current map of the City including Wards 6 and 9 are a testament to their hard work.

After emerging as a strong voice in the community, Warsame was urged by friends and neighbors to run for public office. With their support, Warsame was elected to the Minneapolis City Council in November 2013. In winning the seat, Warsame became the first Somali-American elected to the council and the first in the nation to win a municipal election.


Abdi Warsame in Color 2Mr. Warsame was the former Board Chair of the Cedar Riverside-Neighborhood Revitalization Program (CR-NRP) as well as the Executive Director of the Riverside Plaza Tenants Association (RPTA).

As a public servant, Warsame will focus on the city’s most pressing issues: Jobs, Housing, Safety and Community Development.

Abdi Warsame, is a Somali-American and a practicing Muslim. He lives in the Seward neighborhood of South Minneapolis.

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West Coast Mayors Pledge to Work Together for Bold Climate Action

West Coast Mayors Pledge to Work Together for Bold Climate Action

Posted on 23 December 2015 by admin

Mayors from five West Coast cities recently announced a pledge to work together to accelerate bold climate action, renewing commitments to reduce carbon emissions in each of their cities by at least 80 percent by 2050. The pledge came during the first West Coast Mayors Summit, a two-day convening of mayors from Portland, Seattle, Eugene, San Francisco and Los Angeles to discuss pressing issues affecting each of their cities: homelessness, housing, and climate action. runta Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti have committed to work together and individually to meet the challenge of climate change, and create communities that are safe, healthy and prosperous for all. “We are creating a ‘green wall’ along the West Coast. Our cities are committed to growing with sustainable values, such as Portland’s recent resolution opposing all new fossil fuel infrastructure,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. “When we act in collaboration, cities have an outsized impact. The West Coast will help move the meter on climate change.” Following discussions during the summit, mayors identified areas where they could collaborate on climate action, such as completing the West Coast Electric Vehicle highway. “Electric Vehicles are not only key to lowering fuel costs and maintenance costs in our cities, but they are critical to helping us reach the aggressive goals we’ve laid out for reducing harmful emissions in our communities,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “In Los Angeles, we have committed to adding 160 battery EV vehicles to our city fleet, and reaching our goal of 1000 publicly available EV chargers by 2017. But as a group of elected leaders committed to the climate action, we can do more. That is why as West Coast Mayors, we have agreed to launch an electric vehicle consortium that will look into leveraging our purchasing power to get vehicle manufacturers, to produce the light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles we need. This is the power of mayors working together.” The mayors also identified climate goals for their own cities, such as making their own municipal operations cleaner and more efficient by reducing water and energy use in City buildings; moving toward increased solar and renewable energy to power City operations; and converting City fleets to electric vehicles. “Cities are critical when it comes to climate action, and San Francisco has successfully reduced greenhouse gas emissions even while our economy and our population have been growing strongly. But California’s severe drought is a reminder that the effects of climate change are being felt sooner by our residents and with greater impact than expected,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. “We are showing that local action can combat climate change. San Francisco is the first large city to phase out petroleum diesel in its entire municipal fleet and replace it with renewable diesel, an estimated 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. With our aggressive climate action strategy, San Francisco will see zero waste sent to the landfills, 50 percent of all trips rely on non-auto transport and 100 percent of energy from renewables. We are committed to real solutions to climate change and pushing a climate action agenda that helps San Francisco reach our ambitious goals for a more sustainable future.” As West Coast mayors and through organizations such as Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda, Compact of Mayors, C40 Cities, and other groups of local leaders, they will support expanded federal funding for better transit, rail and low-carbon transportation systems that prioritize equitable outcomes. “Climate change is much more than an economic or environmental challenge. Fundamentally, it is an issue of social justice,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. “Around the world, populations that have contributed the least to this problem will unfairly bear the greatest burden. And in our communities, the benefits of our progressive environmental policies must be shared by all — parks and open space, clean air and water, and access to healthy foods. If we are leaving people behind, we are not succeeding.” West Coast mayors also committed to building partnerships with the private sector and community-based organization in order to accelerate the spread of low-carbon solutions across industries, and build capacity to deliver benefits on a neighborhood scale. “We’ve strengthened our commitment by taking the bold step of putting our goals directly in city code,” said Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy. “We must let our communities know where we need to go and how we can get there together. It’s going to take all of us working as partners in new and innovative ways. Expanded collaboration with other local institutions like the university, the utility and the transit agency is essential. We have made a great start engaging with the community and the private sector in creative new business models and public/private partnerships and we need to take this further. If we draw on all of our community assets and collective wisdom, can we meet this challenge.” Mayors Hales, Garcetti, Murray, Piercy and Lee detailed their action items at a press conference held Friday morning at Portland City Hall.

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Born Free and the Spirit of Elsa Lives ON!

Posted on 11 August 2015 by admin

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International charity supports lions globally on World Lion Day 2015

The spirit of Elsa – the legendary lioness who continues to inspire millions of animal lovers worldwide – is an iconic symbol of hope for this beleaguered species on World Lion Day (10th August).

Elsa, a little orphaned lion cub, was taken in by animal conservationists George and Joy Adamson and successfully returned to a life in the wild. Her incredible story was brought to life in the iconic and much-loved film, Born Free, starring actors Bill Travers MBE and Virginia McKenna OBE, based on Joy Adamson’s best-selling book of the same name.

Born Free inspired a generation, and changed the world’s attitude to lions forever. It also led, in 1984, to the formation of the renowned international wildlife charity, the Born Free Foundation, by Bill, Virginia and their son, Will Travers.

Reflecting on World Lion Day, Will Travers, OBE , Born Free Foundation President, observed: “Living in Kenya, as a child, while the film was being made, was an extraordinary experience. All those years ago, Africa seemed limitless and lions innumerable. Sadly, today, we know they are in grave peril.”

The recent tragic and reportedly illegal trophy hunting of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, and the continuing global outcry over his death, shows that the spirit of Elsa lives on. The plight of wild lions has been brought to the fore with concerned animal lovers, celebrities, NGOs and conservationists worldwide demanding action to save the species.

Across Africa, lion populations have reduced by more than 50% since 1980, and in many areas the rate of decline has been far higher. Lions have disappeared altogether from at least 12 African countries, and possibly as many as 16, in recent years and only inhabit a fragmented 8% of their historic range.

Adam M. Roberts, Born Free Foundation and Born Free USA Chief Executive Officer, added a call to action: “Born Free supporters the world over want action, and governments everywhere should listen. We are calling on the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to release immediately a strong final rule giving the African lion protection under  the US Endangered Species Act – something we’ve been clamouring for for more than four years now – and for the European Union  to take urgent steps to end the import of lion trophies and for an international moratorium on lion trophy hunting.”

Born Free is working on projects across the world to protect the king of beasts:

  • Last month, Born Free announced plans to rescue two former circus lions, Jora and Black, from a tiny beastwagon with no readily available water supply or shade. Born Free plans to relocate them from their current home in Bulgaria to its sanctuary in Shamwari, South Africa, which is already home to lions and leopards rescued from a dire life in captivity
  • Lions have always been associated with Ethiopia. Over the years Ensessakotteh, Born Free’s Wildlife Rescue, Conservation and Education Centre near Addis Ababa, has been able to rehome seven lions from various captive conditions and provide them with lifetime care in naturally vegetated enclosures
  • Born Free also supports Ewaso Lions which is a Kenya NGO based in the Samburu region.  The overall objective of this work is to reduce lion-human conflict and promote co-existence through a range of activities. For example, they have 15 active Samburu warriors who are actively involved in promoting conservation and reducing human-wildlife conflict within their communities. They build predator proof bomas and also monitor lions
  • Born Free also funds the building of predator proof bomas in Masai communities in southern Kenya in the greater Amboseli ecosystem.

To find out more about Born Free’s work with big cats, please visit: http://www.bornfree.org.uk/campaigns/big-cats/


Images: © BFF

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Posted on 11 May 2015 by admin



By Kellen Coleman M.A


African Americans are 12% of the US population but 40% of the prison population according to a Stanford article. The NAACP reports that out of the 2.3 million inmates one million of them are African American. In a time where Police killing young African Americans is being more documented than ever (thanks to cell phone videos) and crime in many cities continues to rise, a different approach to the problem must be considered. The Department of Justice latest research says 56% of state prisoners and 45% of federal prisoners have symptoms of serious mental illnesses.

There are several organizations that attempt to thwart these statistics by attempting to engage the youths. However these interventions still leave some room for improvement in this area. As many as 1.3 million youths were arrested in 2012 and although this number is declining, there is still a lot of progress to be made

Mark Stringfellow and Glen Pair are an unlikely pair, they are neither the PhDs nor are they a brainy lot who profess to have the solution to the problem that plagues so many of our communities. They have however taken a singular approach to finding a solution. They have created a program called “Do it 4 the hood” which is a kind of FUBUistic approach to the problem; that is a For Us By Us solution-they use workers from their target population to engage the youths in that population.

Do It 4 The Hood is a community-centered outreach program dedicated to fostering healthy environments for underprivileged populations throughout the nation. The mission is to uplift disadvantaged youth and their families by combining mental health intervention, mentorship, and life-skill training.

This is a grass roots organization whose mission has been implemented in three states so far; Georgia, Nevada and South Carolina. The company was started in Atlanta, GA ten years ago by Glenn Pair II aka the visionary, implemented by Mark Stringfellow, the Architect and Bree’anna Harris the dedicated administrative glue that keeps them organized. The group’s mission is to uplift disadvantaged youth and their families by promoting positive changes in the homes, schools and communities they serve.

While visiting their office in Columbia, South Carolina the group has about ten core employees that work 12-18 hour day  and a rough total of 40 employees to keep an organization that serves over two hundred youth in Columbia, SC, alone and still have a commitment to youth in Las Vegas, NV and Atlanta, GA. What makes these grassroots organization unique is the core group lives together, work, and enjoy team building outings together like daily workouts with the organizations’ Coach who works with the youth as well as trains professional boxers. Do it for the hood has come into various cities and has been able to capture masses of youth especially in the African American communities that are less likely to get mental health services and provide change in their communities.

Do It 4 The Hood is also unique because many of their talented employees have been recruited from Historical Black Colleges and Universities from across the country and come together to serve with the mission of creating a better tomorrow for the next generation. The organization even provides housing for many of their paid interns, as well as food, and recreational outings. The group has various methods for reaching the children from going into the schools and community centers to having them come into their own facility. One of the goals of the organization is to have their own building that they can provide services that range from mental health counseling, youth sport activities like boxing, and even a Medical Doctor to be like a one stop shop powerhouse like Walmart where you can get various mental health services under one roof.

The organization has learned a lot from its humble beginnings ten years ago. They have traveled to three different states providing services for thousands of youth from various backgrounds. Their long term goal is to expand into more cities to serve more families. While visiting their headquarters in Columbia, SC it was great to see the camaraderie of the group. The group has also hand selected talent who come from different walks of life from Entertainment to the private sector, from cities like Buffalo, NY to Lagos, Nigeria. While visiting the organization was in pre-production filming for a future television show or documentary that was being filmed for Black Entertainment Television but hired by DO4THEHOOD so they can control their story.

The group which can be seen at 4TheHood.com. The organizatio

n goes out of their way to make sure all their team members are well taken care of and comfortable and any problems that may arise are quickly worked out in a group meeting. This is the present and future of what mental health services looks like people being served by people who can relate to their struggle and look like them.

Access to mental health services is crucial in the African American communities because only one out of three African Americans who need mental services gets them. Many African Americans don’t get mental health services for various reasons from denial, lack of money or insurance, fear, embarrassment and shame.

By Kellen Coleman M.A

Email KellenColemanPR@GMAIL.COM

PR Specialist Colemanprfirm.com



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The SPD Building Close Relationship with the East African Community!

Posted on 21 December 2014 by admin

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There has been numerous meetings between the Seattle Police and the East African community during this year. For the first time the Seattle Police took in charge the security during the Somali Summer Soccer Tournament where they provided full time officers to keep the peace. On December 1st, an Important meeting took place at Seattle the Police headquarter where members of the community have met representatives of the Department. Some of the leading members who have met with Chiefs are Hassan Diis, AbdiShukri Fayoke, and Habtamo Abdi who all are active members of the community. In those meetings, many important issues were raised one of which was the youth violent. The Police Chiefs recognized that a new commitment is needed.

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This Photo: Chief O’Toole with Mohamed Said, and Abdirahman Kalkaal during the ceremony at Mohamed became the first Somalian to become a member of the Seattle Police Officers

Among those who represented the Department were the Police Chief, Kathleen O’Toole, Assistant Chief, Nick Metz, and Deputy Chief Carman Best. The biggest achievement of this year was the graduation of the first East African Officer from the Police Academy. Mohamed Said, a Somali American was widely welcomed by a community who have suffered of exclusion. Even though the community is pleased by this progress, they are demanding more representation in the Police and the City Departments.

10801955_10152363531852750_6315594111798794380_n (1)This photo: Assistant Police Chief, Nick Metz whith Habtamu Abdi of Mayor’s Office to his right, and Hassan Diis and Abdishukri Fayoke to his left. These folks are very concerned citizens who work hard for the betterment of the community. Runta congratulates them for their relentless involvement of the community affairs.




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