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Angela Rye

Thursday, April 23, 2020 on Urban Forum Northwest on 1150 AM KKNW/www.1150kknw.com 2:00-3:00 pm (PDT) Hayward Evans any scheduled guests for hour are:

*Angela Rye was recently on BET commenting on the toll that COVID-19 is taking on the Black Community, the disproportionate percentage of deaths of Blacks and Latinos, the lack of direction from the top and the financial harm caused when Black Businesses are not included in the US Government Taxpayers Relief Package.

*Ernie Dunston, President, Seattle Breakfast Group had to cancel their April 24 signature event “Tie One On” that recognizes young men who are accomplishing great things in the classroom and the community and would have received the ties, shoes and other goods needed to enter college or the workforce.

*Estela Ortega, Executive Director, El Centro de la Raza, the organization is in a fund raising mode to assist individuals and organizations assisting COVID-19 patients and individuals who are financially impacted by the lack of paychecks due to the virus.

*Reverend Zachary K. Bruce, Sr. Senior Pastor, Freedom Church of Seattle is raising questions as to why Black Businesses are not participating in the 484 Billion Dollar US Government Taxpayers Relief Package.

*Pastor Lawrence Willis of the Seattle Urban League is leading an effort to build small houses for COVID-19 patients and others in need of shelter to self quarantine.

Urban Forum Northwest streams live at www.1150kknw.com. Visit us at www.urbanforumnw.com for archived programs and relevant information. Like us on facebook. Twitter@Eddie_Rye. This program will also ir on Saturday 7:00-8:00 am (PDT)

Dr. E. Faye Williams

Thursday, April 15, 2020 on Urban Forum Northwest on 1150 AM KKNW/www.1150kknw.com 2:00-3:00 pm (PDT) Hayward Evans and my scheduled guest for the hour are:

*Dr. E. Faye Williams, President/CEO, National Congress of Black Women of Washington DC, is a syndicated columnist whose column appears regularly in the Seattle Medium Newspaper comments on the toll Coronavirus is taking on African Americans.

*Lance Lyttle, Aviation Manager, Seattle Tacoma International Airport shares his experience at Sea Tac with the Coronavirus taking a toll on air travel and what his plans are to stay afloat.

*Dr. Ben Danielson, Clinic Chief, Odessa BrownMedical Clinic; Senior Medical Director, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic and Central Clinic. He is also a Clinical Professor and will comment on the effect that the Coronavirus is having on the children and families that the clinic serves.

Urban Forum Northwest streams live at www.1150kknw.com. Visit us at www.urbanforumnw.com for archived programs and relevant information. Like us on facebook. Twitter@Eddie_Rye

Congressman Gregory Meeks

*Congressman Gregory Meeks, (D) 5th Congressional District, New York has been a leading voice for action and equality in the Coronavirus testing and treatment where New York City is the epicenter.

*Carolyn Riley Payne, President, Seattle Branch NAACP comments in what she sees an injustice in prioritizing the testing and treatment of African Americans who are registering the highest percentages of deaths.

*Clarence Gunn, President, Democrats for Diversity and Inclusion (DDI) is hosting teleconference calls with Black Community members regarding the impact of Covid-19 in Martin Luther King Jr. County and Washington State.

*Smeth Mell, Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees, and Communities of Color will join Juan Jose Bocanegra, El Committee’ (sounds like Boca has the virus right now) will comment on the impact of the Coronavirus in communities of color..

US Representative Karen Bass returns

*US Representative Karen Bass (D) represents the 37th Congressional District of California and Chair, Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) returns to Urban Forum to continue the conversation about the work of the CBC and the Coronavirus’

*Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos (D) 37th Legislative District was the sponsor of House Bill 1918 that established the Central District Community Preservation Development Authority (CD CPDA) aka the McKinney Center for Community and Economic Development will announce the members of the Selection Committee that will appoint the CD CPDA Board of directors

*Larry Gossett as a King County Council member was one of the leaders for having the county named for Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He will reflect on Saturday’s 52nd Anniversary of the murder and assassination of Dr. King in Memphis, Tennessee April 4, 1968 while Dr. King was in town supporting the Garbage Workers.

*Reverend Kenneth J. Ransfer, Sr., Senior Pastor, Greater Mount Baker Missionary Baptist Church has been appointed to the Selection Committee that will name the Board of Directors for the CD CPDA/Mckinney Center for Community and Economic Development. He will reflect on the 52nd Anniversary of the murder/assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Urban Forum Northwest streams live at www.1150kknw.com. Visit us at www.urbanforumnw.com for archived programs and up to date information.

US Representative Karen Bass

Thursday, March 26, 2020 on Urban Forum Northwest on 1150 AM KKNW/www.1150kknw.com 2:00-3:00 pm (PDT) Hayward Evans and my scheduled guest for the hour are:

*US Representative Karen Bass represents California’s 37th Congressional District and is Chair, Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) comments on the actions being taken by the US Congress to alleviate some of the financial pain caused by Coronavirus.

*Dr. Michelle Terry talks about her duties at Seattle Children’s Hospital and comment on the effect the Coroniavirus is having on the children in the Seattle area,

*Dr. Quinton Morris, Concert Violinist, a tenured Music Professor at Seattle University (the second living African American tenured violinist in the country). He also serves as Co Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission and founder of Key to Change.

*Michelle Merriweather, President & CEO, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle comments on the impact of the Coronavirus on her agency and the people that they serve.

Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos

*Senator Bob Hasegawa provides an update on his legislation that would create a state owned bank.

*Mian Rice, Director, Port of Seattle’s Diversity in contracting Office comments on his role to bring about equity and inclusion in the port’s contracting opportunities.

*Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos comments on the implementation of House Bill 1918 that created the Central District Community Preservation Development Authority (CD CPDA) that will be known as the McKinney Center for Community and Economic Development located at the former SVI/SOIC property at 22nd Avenue South and Jackson Street.

*Jamie Elmore, Editor in Chief,Bald Life Magazine “When Bald is Universal” will be joined by Margo Jones as the discuss the inaugural edition of the magazine.

Dr. Michelle Terry

*Dr. Michelle Terry, is an experienced clinician, educator, advocate and former regulator. Currently Dr. Terry sees patients in the division of general pediatrics and hospital medicine at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital. She taught classes at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She has been appointed by two governors to medical Quality assurance Commission.

*Reverend Dr. Robert L. Jeffrey, Sr. Pastor, New Hope Missionary Baptist church, Founder Black Dollar Days Task Force, Clean Greens Farm and Market will pay tribute to Ms. Lottie Cross who passed away last week. Ms. Lottie was a close confidant and a leader in both organizations and a highly respected leader in the City of Seattle.

*Tamika Moseley, Herbalist, is a published author, global speaker. Her publications include Sickle Cell Natural Healing: A Mother’s Journey. She also will provide advice on how to avoid the Coronavirus.

*Clarence Gunn, President, Democrats for Diversity and Inclusion (DDI) comments on the work of the organization and Tuesday’s Presidential Primary in Washington State.

Urban Forum Northwest stream live at www.1150kknw.com. Visit us at www.urbanforumnw.com for archived programs and relevant information.

Congressman Bobby Scott

Urban Forum NW 02 – 27 – 20, with Eddie Rye and Hayward Evans:

?and guests;
*Congressman Bobby Scott represent the 3rd Congressional District, Virginia. He Chairs the House Education and Labor Committee comments on the work accomplished in his committee, and his priorities for this session.

*Bookda Gheisar, Senior Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the Port of Seattle comments on her duties and responsibilities in the port’s quest for fairness.

*Reverend Kennethe J. Ransfer Sr., Senior Pastor, Greater Mount Baker Missionary Baptist Church pays tribute to the late Nesby Glasgow who was his football teammate at Gardena High School. Nesby earned All Conference honors at the University of Washington and was a star in UW’s 1978 Rose Bowl victory over Michigan. He went on to an illustrious career in the National Football League (NFL) and played the last five years of his career with the Seattle Seahawks.

*Fred Anderson retired Seattle Seahawks player that earned two Super Bowl Rings with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the late 1970’s worked in the community with Nesby Glasgow advocating for economic justice. Nesby supported each NFL team depositing 10% of their revenue in a Black Owned Bank,(BOB) i/3 of the NFL Pension Fund be deposited in a BOB. (Congresswoman Maxine Waters can make the bank happen).

*Keith Tucker, comments on the Hip Hop Is Green Health & Wellness Expo 2020 that will be held on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion. Five Celebrity Chefs will participate and you can taste their plant based cuisine. There will also be entertainment by local artist.

*Terrell Jackson, Owner, Catfish Corner comments on his operation in Skyway and talks about his plans to expand his operation back to the Central District (CD) of Seattle

Carolyn Riley Payne, President, Seattle Branch NAACP

*Carolyn Riley Payne, President, Seattle Branch NAACP will provide an update of the work and accomplishments in her short tenure as president. She will also comment on the priorities of the organization.

* Toshiko Hasegawa, Executive Director, Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs comments on the activities in Washington State for the Day of Remembrance. This day February 19, 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 that gave the military the authority to remove all Japanese Citizens out of so called war zones in Washington, Oregon and California to internment camps.

*Michelle Merriweather, President/CEO, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle comments on the programs that agency offers such as housing, priority hire, Bridge Program, and the Young Professionals. CEO Merriweather gave testimony to a House Committee regarding a bill that would stop employment discrimination based on a woman’s hair style.

Washington State Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos

*State Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos comments on her priorities of the this short legislative session and update the progress of the Central District Community Preservation Development Authority (CD CPDA) process. The CD CPDA became a reality with Representative Santos sponsorship of House Bill 1918 in 2019 that passed the House and Senate unanimously.

*Shaude’ Moore, Chair, Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. Organizing Coalition and a member of the McKinney Coalition. She was in Olympia on Tuesday advocating for the state funds in the Governor’s supplemental budget for the Central District Community Preservation Development Authority.

*Linda Thompson Black, Pacific Northwest Area Development Director, United Negro College Fund (UNCF) comments on the success of the organization and invites you to support equality in higher education after all “a mind is a terrible thing to waste”. You are invited to attend the UNCF Gala on Saturday, February 22 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Seattle.

*Minister Jimmy Hurd, Holgate Church of Christ is hosting the reception Monday, February 17 after the Black History Celebration Program and Tree Lighting Program at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Civil Rights Park at 4:30 pm (the program will be moved to Holgate Church of Christ if there is inclement weather). Reception at 6:00 pm at the Church 2600 South Holgate & Martin Luther King Jr. Way South.