African American Longshore Coalition letter to Seattle Superintendent Jose Banda

12 Aug

Here is a letter from the African American Longshore Coalition delivered to the superintendent of the Seattle Public Schools.  It was delivered at the meeting described here, and it concerns the future of the Horace Mann school building and the Africatown Community Innovation Center.
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To: Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda,

Ron English,

Lucy Morello

Pegi McEvoy,

And whomever else it may concern

Cc: Wyking Garrett

August 8, 2013

Dear Superintendent Banda,

The African American Longshore Coalition (AALC) is an organization of Black longshoremen that stands for justice and equality in every port on the West Coast, and in every metropolitan city adjacent to those ports.

Let it be hereby known that the African American Longshore Coalition hereby fully endorses the Africatown Innovation Center at Horace Mann, hereby joins the More 4 Mann Coalition as an affiliate organization, and hereby proposes to sponsor a series of labor/community education workshops in the Africatown Center at Horace Mann.

The AALC has reviewed the video of the relevant commitments you have made to the Africatown Central District Community, and applauds you for these positive, logical and constructive commitments. Let it hereby be known that we are a part of the community that fully expects and looks forward to these commitments being kept entirely.

As a part of the labor community, we also stand in solidarity with all labor and community interests that have a stake in the equity and transparency of the distribution of all renovation and addition contracts for public buildings. We notice that the only electronically available copy of the July 3, 2013 School Board Motion to award such a contract in regard to the Horace Mann building contains only blank spaces for the amount of public money to be spent, the name of the contractor, the number of contract bids received, and the name of the entity deemed to be the low bid contractor. Please furnish us with that information, or if those details have yet to be decided upon, furnish us with the dates, times and places at which those decisions will be made.


Gabriel Prawl      for the AALC

5307 4th Ave. S. PMB #126,  Seattle, WA 98108


One Response to “African American Longshore Coalition letter to Seattle Superintendent Jose Banda”


  1. Parents and Students Self-Organize At the Horace Mann School Building | Seattle Free Press - August 12, 2013

    […] worker Leith Kahl read this statement from the African American Longshore Coalition supporting the Africatown center.  He also emphasized […]

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