PORTLAND SOMALIS DEMAND IMMERSION PROGRAM (PARTS 1 AND 2)

UPDATE:  Thursday Feb 5, 2015.  The man making the demands in Part 2 is from a controversial Government-funded non-for-profit which recently held a “Blacks Only” meeting.  No Asians or Latinos were allowed.  Kayse Jama, the man reading the laundry list of demands, is the Executive Director for the Center for Intercultural Organizing.  Progressives today reported back on December 23, 2014:

“The Portland, OR branch of the All African People’s Revolutionary Party held an event at Portland’s Center For Intercultural Organizing. The AAPRP puts on several events and organizes in communities, but this time, the event was specifically “blacks only”. No whites, no Asians, no latinos/latinas, no natives… Only “for all who identify as being of African descent“.”

Read more at Progressives Today here.

Portland Somali insists on dual-language immersion to include at least three full time Somali speaking positions.  Five full-time hires are just a part of the demands made by Kayse Jama, Executive Director, Center for Intercultural Organizing.

Dateline Wednesday February 4, 2015 – Portland Oregon. At a meeting held January 20, 2015 a Somali makes demands on the Portland Public School Board. Mohammed Momar, through use of a translator, advocates a program that will include:

– Dual language immersion in Somali
– Full-time TOSA who speaks Somali
– Full time HR coordinator for dual language immersion
– Full-time project manager to further the Somali Program

Further demands will be included in Part 2. Here is a part of Mohammed Momar’s Testimony:

“My name is Mohammed Momar and I’m part of the Somali Bantu Community Organization for Oregon. I’m here providing this testimony to bring your attention to the new dual-language program …
We really want to encourage the board fully help us implement the languages that *we* want to foresee that our kids live, whether it takes 10 years or 20 years …”

The translation of his testimony as extracted from the meeting (fair use) and is provided unedited in it’s entirety. It runs four minutes. Part II will detail further demands for the program and include testimony from another program advocate.

They made these through Kayse Jama, Executive Director, Center for Intercultural Organizing. It’s unclear why he is involved.

The Five all time positions are:
1. Full-Time Somali Teacher on “Special Assignment”
2. Full-Time Somali Teacher for Native Language Literacy Program
3. Full-Time HR Dual Immersion Specific Coordinator
4. Full-Time Project Manager
5. Full-Time Somali Community Outreach Specialist

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