Seattle Portland

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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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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AALF Seattle hosts film screening of American Promise

November 18, 2013

The African American Leadership Forum NW-Seattle (AALF), in partnership with Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute Centerstone and the Multicultural Education Rights Alliance (McERA), is hosting an educational screening of American Promise at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center located at 104 17th Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98144 in the Central District. The screening is free, accepting contributions, open to […]

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PAALF Announces Connecting Black Portland Campaign

October 8, 2013

Members of the 2013 African American Leadership Academy, a program of the Portland African American Leadership Forum, are pleased to announce the launch of a new campaign, which will strive to improve the connectivity and sense of unity among Portland’s African American community. Gentrification and other inequities have made it increasingly difficult for African Americans to connect to one another. As a result, PAALF is spearheading an initiative called Connecting Black Portland.

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