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Who We Are

Welcome to site of the Seattle and Portland African American Leadership Forums.

The African American Leadership Forum is a movement of African American leaders and stewards across five metropolitan areas – the Twin Cities, Portland, Seattle, Des Moines, and Tacoma – that is committed to the revitalization and sustainability of a vibrant African American community. We are united in the belief that we can do more together than separately. We recognize that in order to achieve enduring, positive, change in our communities we need a truly transformative agenda; one that is exciting and fresh; one that challenges the status quo and changes the game.

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AALF-Seattle Premiers Award-Winning Documentary

November 10, 2014

AALF premiers award-winning documentary to inspire collective action to support education equity and excellence –Kerry Cooley-Stroum   In its continuing mission to convene the community to address the most critical issues affecting the well-being of African Americans, the African American Leadership Forum (AALF-Seattle) premiered the Seattle screening of the award-winning documentary American Promise on November […]

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New Arts & Social Justice Camp for Teens

In response to several tragic shootings in Greater Seattle involving some of our young people, AALF-Seattle via our Law and Justice Initiative, sponsored a 4-day TEENERGY Social Justice Art Camp for teen girls at Africatown in Columbia City. TEENERGY are the words ”teen” and “energy” combined and is the brainchild of AALF Executive Board Member, […]

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Staff & Organizational Changes at PAALF

November 5, 2014

We bring you bitter-sweet news that Cyreena Boston Ashby is stepping down from her position as Director of PAALF. While the news of this transition is accompanied by a profound sense of loss, we are simultaneously filled with excitement and optimism for Cyreena and the future of PAALF. Her integrity, tenacity, energy and leadership have established PAALF as an influential force in policy and civic advocacy within Portland and the Region.

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We’re Hiring: Limited Duration Contract: Field Organizer

April 4, 2014

We’re Hiring: Limited Duration Contract: Field OrganizerPlease forward this position description to interested and qualified applicants! About the Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) : Founded in 2009, PAALF is a network of African American leaders committed to advancing a common policy agenda in the areas of housing, economic development, health, education and civic engagement. PAALF […]

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PAALF Launches Gentrification Campaign

January 22, 2014

For the past year, PAALF has been developing a comprehensive report that will explore gentrification and the effects that displacement policies have had on a range of areas of African American life, including economic development, housing, education, health and civic engagement/political power. The report will lead up to the development and advancement of a multi-systemic campaign to address gentrification. In October, we worked with […]

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