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Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland

Today, Thursday, September 15 on Urban Forum Northwest-

*Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (D) WA-10 comments on the possible impact of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the positive potential impact this legislation on her district and the country.

*Wendell Stemley, President, National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) provides an update on the status of the national organization that he leads. He will also comment on the possible impact of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on his membership.

*Bob Armstead, President, Washington State Chapter-NAMC comments on the possibilities for his membership with the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. His concern is enforcement and legitimate opportunities for his members.

*Yolanda Brooks, Community Engagement Specialist, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) 2022 Regional Contracting Forum Wednesday, September 21 8:00 am-4:00 pm (PDT) at the Muckleshoot Casino and Event Center.

*Dr. Rayburn Lewis, Board Chair, Central District Community Preservation and Development Authority (CDCPDA) comments on the organizations upcoming election.

*Reggie Johnson, Tacoma State Farm Agent comments on his community work with the Elizabeth Wesley Foundation an organization that raises private funds to assist Black Students in the Tacoma/Pierce County area.

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Congressman Adam Smith

“Urban Forum Northwest” is a weekly radio program that focuses on issues regarding social, economic and political justice locally, nationally and internationally.
This Week’s Show Details

Thursday, September 8 –

*Congressman Adam Smith (D) WA-9 Chair, House Armed Services Committee comments his legislative priorities and lend his perspective to the to the Top Secrets found at Mar-a Lago.

*Retired Attorney Lem Howell comments on the ruling made by federal judge Aileen Cannon to adhere to a request made by Donald Trump to appoint a special master to review evidence seized by the FBI at Mar a Lago.

* Dawn Bennett, Seattle King County NAACP’s Political Action Committee will be joined by Saudia Abdullah, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and Bereket Kiros, The Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees and Communities of Color (CIRCC) comment on their candidates forum for the office of King County Prosecutor.

*Jamie Elmore, Editor in Chief Bald Life Magazine will be joined by by the following Best Selling Authors:

Robert Ford, Retired Police Officer, Alopecia HIS STORY

Gabriel Carter, Brand Developer & Content Marketer, Alopecia HIS STORY

Melvin Dolberry Jr. former professional Basketball Player, Alopecia HIS STORY

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The Garfield High School Centennial

Thursday, September 1 on Urban Forum Northwest –
*Al Hariston coached basketball at Seattle’s Garfield High School 1990-2000 his teams won five State Championships. He comments on his time at the school. The Garfield High School Centennial was celebrated on Saturday.
*Ammon McWashington served as Principal of Garfield High School 1977-1988 and again 1994-96. He reflects on his history at the school that just held its Centennial Celebration Saturday.
*Jo Jo Rodriguez played basketball at Garfield High School 1972-75, they won the State Championship in 1974 (SuperDogs). He also coached Garfield’s basketball team 1985-1996. He will comment on his experience at the school as player and coach.
*Shawn McWashington played quarterback at Garfield High School (1990-93) shares his experience in the classroom and the football field during his years at Garfield.
*Tony Benton, Founder, Rainier Avenue Radio.World streamed the Garfield Centennial Celebration on Saturday and the observance of the 59th Anniversary of the August 28, 1963 March on Washington DC for Jobs and Freedom on Sunday. He will share his perspective.
*Paul Mitchell of the Northwest Black Pioneers that will host once again the annual gathering at the Jimi Hendrix and Sam Smith Parks on Sunday, September 4 10 am-6:00 pm.
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Seattle King County Martin Luther King JR. Commemoration Committee

Thursday, August 25th on Urban Forum Northwest-

Jessilyn Head pays tribute to Founder of The Sound of the Northwest, Juan Huey-Ray

Hayward Evans, Co Convener, Seattle King County Martin Luther King JR. Commemoration Committee (MLKCC) talks about the Sunday, August 28, 2022 2:30 pm observance of the 59th Anniversary of the August 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Minister Jimmy Hurd Senior Pastor, Holgate Street Church of Christ comments on the 59th Anniversary of the August 28, 1963 March on Washington DC for Jobs and Freedom and the Sunday, August 28 2:30 pm commemoration event at MLK Park

Rodney Figaro a twenty year member of The Sound of the Northwest will be joined by Jessilyn Head to pay tribute to the late Choir Founder Juan Huey-Ray

Seattle Port Commissioner Toshiko Hasegawa ( GHS ‘06) She will also receive the Aki Kurose Award for Public Service on Sunday at the 59th Anniversary of the August 28, 1963 March on Washington DC Jobs and Freedom that will be held at Seattle’s MLK Park at 2:30 pm.

Lynn Jaffe (GHS’58), Chair, Garfield High School Centennial Committee that will celebrate the Centennial on Saturday, August 27 9:30 am-5:00 pm at Garfield.

Dr. Ross Flowers graduated from Garfield High School (GHS ‘89) he served as President of the Student Association 1988-89.

March on Washington DC for Jobs and Freedom 59th Anniversary

Thursday, August 18 on Urban Forum Northwest –

The following guests will comment on the August 28, 1963 March on Washington DC for Jobs and Freedom and invite you to the 59th Anniversary Observance and Awards Ceremony on Sunday, August 28 at 2:30 pm at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Civil Rights Park, 2200 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, Seattle WA.

*Hayward Evans, Co Convener, Seattle King County Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee (MLKCC)

*Carolyn Riley-Payne, President, Seattle King County NAACP

*Reverend Dr. Carey Anderson, Pastor, Seattle’s First AME Church

*Minister Jimmy Hurd, Senior Pastor, Holgate Street Church of Christ

*Bridgette Hempstead, Founder & CEO, Cierra Sisters

The following guest will comment on the Saturday, August 27 Garfield High School Centennial Celebration that was postponed from August 2000 due to COVID.

*Ted Howard Jr. Assistant Superintendent, Seattle Public Schools

*Dr. Carver Gayton, Garfield High School Centennial Executive Committee

*Chandler Williams, a 2019 Garfield High School graduate that was attracted to the school because of the music program

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Garfield High School Centennial Committee

“Urban Forum Northwest” is a weekly radio program that focuses on issues regarding social, economic and political justice locally, nationally and internationally.
Thursday, August 11 on Urban Forum Northwest –

*Lynn Jaffe, (GHS’58) Chair, Garfield High School Centennial Committee comments on the progress being made for the August 27 celebration at Seattle’s Garfield High School.

*Barney Hilliard (GHS’56) talks about the musical talent that will be on display for the Centennial Celebration.

*John Yasutake (GHS’66) comments on his memories during his time at the school with his twin brother Michael.

*Elmer Dixon (GHS’68) was a Garfield High School student when he co founded the Seattle Black Panther Party.

*Hayward Evans, Co Convener, Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee comments on the plans for the Seattle Observance of the 59th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington DC for Jobs and Freedom.

*Retired Seattle Attorney Lem Howell attended the August 28, 1963 March on Washington DC. He will share his memories of that day and he will be a speaker at the Seattle August 28 59th Anniversary event that will be held at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Civil Rights Park.

*Claude Burfect, First Vice President, Seattle King County NAACP attended the August 28,1963 March on Washington DC for Jobs and Freedom. He is known for his opposition to discrimination in the work place. He will be honored at Seattle’s August 59th Anniversary of the 1963 March where Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have A Dream” speech to 250,000 attendees.

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. Programs are available on Alexa and my podcast two hours after the live broadcast.

Tribute to Hall of Fame Player and Coach Bill Russell

Thursday, August 4 on Urban forum Northwest-

*Lenny Wilkens, National Basketball Association (NBA) Hall of Fame Player and Coach, who also coached the Seattle Super Sonics to the 1979 NBA Championship will pay tribute to Hall of Fame Player and Coach Bill Russell.

*Spencer Haywood, NBA Hall of Fame Player and an Olympic Gold Medal winner will comment on his Bill Russell experience as a role model and as his coach. Spencer was highlighted in the Monday’s Seattle Times on Mr. Russell by Matt Calkins.

*Robert (Bob) Flowers was captain of the 1961 Garfield High School Basketball team that won the state championship. He will comment on how Bill Russell influenced his play at Garfield and the University of Washington basketball teams.

*Roy Hayes was captain of the 1962 Garfield High School Basketball team that won the state championship. He comments on the influence that Bill Russell had on him as a player and as a person.

*Erinn Fleeks and Terracia Brown-Wilkinson are two of the Host for the Brown Girls Brunch that will be held Saturday, August 6 12:00-3:00 pm (PDT) at the Waterfront Market at Ruston, 5101Yacht Club Road, Ruston, WA 98407.

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. We are on Alexa and my podcast.

A tribute to Joseph Staton Jr.

Thursday, July 21 on Urban Forum Northwest –

*Grover Johnson, an organizer for the Saturday, July 30 “Love Thy Neighbor” event that will be held in Olympia. The Tacoma Ministerial Alliance (TMA) came up with idea hoping it would bring the American People together. Governor Jay Inslee has signed a Proclamation for the event.

*A tribute and memories will be shared about Joseph Staton Jr. (Joe Staton) the late Executive Director, Central Area Youth Association (CAYA). The following former teammates and classmates will comment:

*William (Bill) North

*Pastor Joe Carter

*Janet Jones-Preston

*Randy Bosley

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Congressman Hank Johnson and more

Thursday, July 14 on Urban Forum Northwest –

*Congressman Hank Johnson (D) GA-4 is a Member of the House Judiciary Committee, he will lend his perspective to current political situation in his state and comment on the rights of citizens that are being denied by the US Supreme Court.
*Carolyn Riley-Payne, President, Seattle King County NAACP comments on the organizations annual meeting from Atlantic City , NJ. She will also comment on the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) a program that she directed for almost 40 years.
*Monica T. L. Lewis, Director, Seattle King County NAACP ACT-SO comments on the progress of the organizations four competitors who are:
Nyla Butler 17 year old senior at Federal Way High School will compete in Written and Poetry Performance categories
Myahna Cash 18 year old graduate of Dimond High School will compete in the Music VocalContemporary category
Rian Morgan 18 year old graduate of Mount Rainier High School will compete in the Music Instrumental Classical category
*Efe Elaiho 14 year old sophomore at Lakeside High School will compete in the Computer Science category and he comments on his experience.
*Sharon Lane a Member of the Laborers Union comments on the shocking experience she had on her construction job at a Microsoft last year. Five nooses placed at her workstation was the reason she left the job after 14 years as a Laborers Union Member.
*Claude Burfect, First Vice President, Seattle King County NAACP comments on the upsurge of symbols of hate being found in Black Workers work stations that Includes a noose found at a Seattle Fire Station in North Seattle.
*Gabriel Prawl, President, Seattle A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) comments on the increase of hate symbols in the workplace.
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Detective Cookie Bouldin of the Seattle Police Dept, Seattle Port Commissioner Sam Cho and more

Thursday, July 7th on Urban Forum Northwest:

Detective Cookie Bouldin of the Seattle Police Dept

Irene Reyes, former Vice President and Secretary, Washington State Chapter-National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC)

Seattle Port Commissioner Sam Cho

Bob Armstead, President, Washington State Chapter-National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) comments on the organization’s virtual meeting (www.namcwa.com)