K. Wyking Garrett – Interview

“Community Builders” engaged in Ancestral Healing Circle work

Produced by Reco Bembry, Sponsored by B.U.I.L.D.

Community leader K. Wyking Garrett is designing programs and initiatives that inspire, mobilize, and activate communities for sustainable social impact. Recognized in 2019 by Seattle Times as one of 13 influential people of the decade, Garrett is a third-generation community builder, social entrepreneur, and current president and CEO of Africatown Community.

It has been a progression. We are an asset-based community focused on preserving and developing the historic Black community that’s called the central district neighborhood in Seattle. For almost 140 years the central district has faced displacement and gentrification. We are focused on creating models that drive Black communities through post-gentrification and in other locations to be ahead of gentrification.

BY: ERICA C. BARNETT(Abridged)  
As president and CEO of the Africatown Community Land Trust, Garrett (who was also a founding director of Seattle’s African American Heritage Museum and Cultural Center) worked with other community groups and nonprofit developer Capitol Hill Housing on the Liberty Bank Building project, which includes affordable housing and spaces for black-owned businesses at the site of the first black-owned bank west of the Mississippi. A block away at 23rd and Union—the epicenter of Central District gentrification—Garrett’s group has partnered with Forterra, a land preservation group, and Capitol Hill Housing on the Africatown Plaza mixed-use affordable housing development, which is currently going through a community-led design process and could break ground as early as next year.
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Ishmael Geter, Liaison Black Action Coalition- Interview “Carceral State”


A committed Community Builder & Organizer  Ishmael Geter, Produced by Reco Bembry, Sponsored by B.U.I.L.D. @ http://www.BUILD206.com

“Black Action Coalition is pretty much a group of like-minded people who wanted to come together and continue to advocate for Black lives [who are] facing systemic oppression,” Ishmael Geter, a liaison for BAC, said. “This is a community-based, volunteer-led, group that’s out here advocating for police reform [and] resource allocation. Trying to put it back into communities that are being underserved, which today are Black and Brown communities and Indigenous communities. Source:  South Seattle Emarad

In America, since colonization, Black and Indigenous people have bared an affront to their lives and their cultures. We march to bring awareness to this systemic & societal oppression so that we may heal through transformation. Source – Facebook  — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/recoach/message


IACT – Certificate Celebration Interviews with Community Builders

Introduction to Healing Experience – R. Bembry, Dr. Maxine Mimms – Legend & Elder, Lakema Bell- Seattle Parks and Recreation, Manager II, Trae Holiday – Converge Media, Community Organizer, Imani – Rooted in the CD Black Owned Business. Ancestral Healing (iactnow0119.com)


Healing Circle Facilitator The AH Healing Circle Facilitator training is based on African Centered Thought. IACT  believes that Healing Circles are key in helping families and individuals cope and meet a variety of the mental and emotional challenges that impact mental wellness, especially as a key to a balanced lifestyle among Black families post-Covid-19. The purpose of the  AH Circles is to provide safe spaces for participants to vent and share internal and external experiences that impede the progression of mental wellness in their environments. There is no degree requirement for this Training. Certificate granted. Ancestral Healing (iactnow0119.com)

Ancestral Healing (iactnow0119.com)

Founder and President Orisade Awodola,  is a Root Psychologist, Author, Lecturer, Researcher.  Her former background as a journalist and Investigative News Reporter led to a career in Mental Health. She has an extensive clinical and academic background in psychology and mental health approaches as a former clinical mental health therapist and substance abuse counselor specifically trained in co-occurring disorders/dysfunction. She the founder of the Institute of African Centered Thought (IACT), where she created and teaches Root Psychology, Ancestral Healing, and African Spirituality based on the Ancestral Healing Identity Theory and African-Centered Thought.

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#How WeFight


A compelling message about the connecting of effective social change movements in community building upon the civil rights movement , protesting, souls.to the polls, however the real fight is economic strength and power. If you get disrespected, don’t patronize that business, spend mo ey in our own community networks, Empower others to power up though economic collaborative efforts. It’s about the Money.


Child Care Resources Interview


A conversation about resources available for parents struggling with childcare, housing, mental health services –  

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Sean Goode, Executive Director, Choose 180


Now, as the new executive director of the Choose 180 Program, Sean wants to pay it forward by building supportive and healthy communities around youth.

The Choose180 Program was started with initial funding from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s office in an effort to reduce the flow of youth into the juvenile justice system. When a first or second-time juvenile offender commits a low-level misdemeanor, King County prosecutors have the option to send them to a 180 workshop in lieu of filing charges against them. 

The workshops focus on helping youth turn their lives around. In the workshops, Sean uses the analogy of streets and potholes to talk about life’s paths and asks participants to describe the ruts they are stuck in. What are some things that routinely hold them back? Can they imagine a different road that their lives could take, and, if they can, what choices do they need to make to get there?

“Young people are smart, but they lack the ability to see what they are stuck in. Most of what we do during the workshop is to create a space for them to identify and call out what the issues are and then come up with solutions for how to deal with the issues,” Sean says. 


Dominique Davis Solutions to the Carceral State


Dominique Davis is Founder and CEO of Community Passageways, where he works to improve racial parity in schools, prisons and communities.

He sits on the King County Juvenile Justice Equity Steering Committee where he works with King County Superior Court judges (to address racial inequity in the juvenile justice system), Our Best Advisory Council (to advise the Mayor and City leaders on a long-term strategy to support young black male achievement), the Immigrant Family Institute Community Advisory Committee, and the Mayor’s Youth Opportunity Initiative Justice Advisory Committee.

He has previously served as Co-Director of the 180 Program, which was named 2015 Best New Nonprofit by Seattle Foundation and Seattle Met Magazine under his leadership. Dominique received the

NW Justice Forum’s 2017 Restorative Justice Award
One of the Most Influential Seattleites of 2017 by Seattle Magazine.

Interview with local community organizer Dom Davis @ the Black Fathers March Tukwilla Wa, quick solutions and ideas stem from love, redistribution resources, and more. Community Passageways.    — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/recoach/message


Willies BBQ – Strategies and Solutions – Economics


Stopped by to get jewels from Willies Addictive BBQ, “26” circulate our dollars 26 times within our own community to re-build the economic core. We must be self-reliant, inclusive, and supportive of one another within our own community. If you see Willies Addictive BBQ food truck stop by, tell a friend it’s truly addictive.  — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/recoach/message

21 Inspiring Quotes From Black Business Leaders | Inc.com

For minorities, the numbers can be even more daunting. Eight out of 10 Black-owned businesses fail within the first 18 months.

Covid-19 has exacerbated some of the issues facing the Black community. African American entrepreneurs have had to close their doors at more than twice the rate of their White counterparts. Black-owned businesses declined by 41% between February and April 2020, compared with a 17% decline among White-owned businesses.

The killing of George Floyd by a White police officer in May 2020 renewed interest in supporting the economic advancement of African Americans. Amid online support, Black businesses saw huge spikes. Google searches for “black-owned businesses near me” reached an all-time high between May 31 and June 10. According to a survey by the Black Chamber of Commerce, around 75% of Black-owned small businesses saw upticks in customers in the two months following Floyd’s death.

But after the surge, sales at many Black-owned businesses plummeted back to their pre-Covid rates.

Source: CNBC

Louis Guiden, Jr. Good Shepard, Youth Outreach “speaks” PIC, SPP


“Greatness can be achieved when someone is given the resources & an opporunity to excel.” Listen to Louis Giden Jr, Executive Director, Good Shepard, Youth Outreach,  WWW.GSYOWA.ORG speak truth to power. After years of community work and experience in the area he provides insights into how to reallocate resources to truly make a difference in South King County to reduce and prevent the harms of the carceral state with a focus on the school to prisonpipe line. South King County has seen an explosion of Black-IPOC families moving South in the past 10-20 years and has witnessed the impacts of gentrificaton, food insecurity and in-equality in resource allocations. The increase in Black-IPOC families is significant, however the economic growth, mediant incomes and support resources neccesary for these families to survive and thrive have fallen short. In the wake of limited resources there has been a larger increase per capita of young black and brown children in the halls of criminal justice systems than in the hall of graduation and college. Listen to this compelling dialogue about the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC), School to Prison Pipeline (SPP) as a part of the harm done in the Carceral State to primarily black and brown families.  


Carceral State Interviews

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In this session, we have interviews with Law Makers, Community Advocates for Change, and BIPOC family members discussing impacts and solutions to address the harms done by the Carceral State.  Incarceration, probation,  police brutality, and inequity in the criminal justice system. The Carceral state cripples our BIPOC economy, removes the potential for great leadership, separates fathers, mothers, siblings, and erodes the traditional family structure.  The carceral harm leaves in its wake additional pressure, and oppression for those left to defend our community’s dignity, values, and integrity. Listen to the Peoples speak. 

Carceral State – Inequity

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