The Black Dollar Task Force is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in Seattle, Washington in November of 1988 with the intent of promoting the principles of self-help and self-determination through economic justice. The members and supporters of the Task Force are confident in our movement to decrease social service dependency through the revitalization of our community.
We firmly believe that national and local policy regarding America’s inner-cities will be forced to change as people refuse to continue to accept handouts and displacements as an acceptable way of conducting business in the inner-city. To this end all Task Force programs are designed with community empowerment and dignity in mind.
All approaches to development are rooted in the organized community and safeguards are put in place to prohibit developers from using community-based development organizations to achieve their own self-interests.
Understanding the critical need for cooperative efforts, the Task Force brings together low-income African Americans who suffer from societal neglect; members of the Jewish faith who suffer from hate crimes and desire to bridge the gap between our races; those of European and Asian decent who have recently moved into the geographical boundaries of the inner city; and all those who have long proclaimed that as long as one societal group remains disproportionately locked out of this country’s opportunities, we are all locked out.
The Task Force brings the community together and asks each participant what they can contribute to their own empowerment. We know that African Americans have extraordinary gifts, resources and intelligence, and that African Americans must be at the front of combating their community problems.
In designing the Black Dollar Days Task Force as an organization that embodies both traditional community organizing and development, our founders courageously set forth on the road to redefining legitimate community-based development. We have been successful in our community.
As community developers we establish people-based institutions that house development professionals who achieve the goals set forth. As community organizers we mobilize structures that protect the people from the institutions we create. Restated: Most often, qualified developers generally do not have the capacity to create grassroots institutions from which to operate.
The sins of the past have shown us that a large percentage of community development efforts have been created in a manner which feathers the nest of the developer and outside speculators, as opposed to providing wholistic economic development to serve the needs of the people.
Thus, authentic, people-based institutions are born with people-based coalitions in place to safeguard the interests of the community.
Time: February 24, 2012 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: New Hope B. C. Reception Hall
Organized By: Lottie Cross
Celebrating Black History Month with the Release of the 21st Edition of the African American Business Directory networking Reception.
Hosted at the New Hope B. C. Reception Hall 124—21st Ave. Seattle, WA 98122
Price is $12.00 each and vendors are $20.00.
To reserve your space call Lottie Cross 206-324-3114 or mail your check to P. O. Box 18376, Seattle, WA 98118
“Plenty of good food”
This year we will be showcasing all small business’s products and services and giving each participate a 2-minute blurb about their business. Instead of having a guest speaker, our focus is to learn about the different products and services of small businesses we can support. Each vendor will get a 5% discount advertisement in the 22nd edition of the directory.
Get ready for the 2012 edition of the African American Business Directory.
Black Dollar Days Task Force has recently partnered with Seattle Publishing Inc., our long time publisher, to handle the advertising sale for the directory. They will be contacting businesses on our behalf to make the 21st edition a success.
Support this great community resource — sign up today for your listing and ad. We offer ads to fit all budgets.
For ad, sponsorship opportunities, and listing information - contact Lottie Cross - 206-324-3114.