2018 Summer Cookout Day

To all Oromo in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area,   You are all cordially invited to Oromo cookout social day organized by the Oromo Community Organization of Washington DC.   When:   Saturday, August 18, 2018 Where:  Pilgrim Hills Local Park 1615 E. Randolph RD Coleville, MD, US 20904 Time:    11:00 AM – 6:00 PM There will be entertaining programs for Children, Youth & Adults.   We have a big cookout to serve everyone with free food and drink.     Please come and join with your Oromo brothers and sisters and make…

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Welcoming of PM Abiy & President Lemma!

To All Oromo Living in Washington DC Metropolitan Area and Beyond, We invite all Oromos in the region turn out in large number to demonstrate their identity, culture and symbols of struggle while a worldwide audience tunes in to follow the visit of PM. All Oromo are encouraged to wear Oromo cultural clothes and bring Oromo flags. Please note that t-shirts prepared by the organizers will be sold before the event. While the sacrifice of Qeerroo is responsible for bringing the reforms we see today our collective action in the Diaspora has also played…

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Mr. Bekele Gerba is coming to Washington, DC

The Oromo Community Organization of Washington DC has been informed by Members of the DMV Oromo Federalist Congress International Support Group that Mr. Bekele Gerba, the Deputy Chairman of the (OFC), is coming to Washington DC area this weekend. As known, Mr. Gerba who was languishing in a high security Ethiopian jail was released few weeks ago. Mr. Gerba will arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport, Virginia, on May 5, 2018, at 3:30 PM.   Let us welcome him as one of our heroes and champion of human rights defender.

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ከመላጣዬ ፀጉር ይነቀል

====By: Befeqadu Moroda ======== የአስቸኳይ ጊዜ ግድያ አዋጅን ‹‹ፓርላማ›› በተባለዉ የእንስሳት ዕድር ዉስጥ ያሉት ‹‹ የአማራና የደቡብ ሕዝብን እንወክላለን›› የሚሉቱ ደግፈዉታል፡፡ ወይም አልተቃወሙትም፡፡ እንዲያ ማድረጋቸዉ በአዋጁ አስፈላጊነት አምነዉ ወይም ከአዋጁ የሚያገኙት የተለየ ጥቅም አማልሏቸዉ ላይሆን ይችላል፡፡ግን በትግርኛ ተናጋሪዎቹ ‹‹እምቧ››ባዮች ለየብቻ አስቀድሞ የተነገራቸዉ ነገር መኖሩ እዉነት ነዉ፡፡በአራዳ ልጆች አባባል፣ ‹‹ተጀንጅነዋል›› ፡፡ ‹‹ ከእናንተ ጋር ሽግር የለንም፤ ሽግራችን ከኦሮሞዎቹ ጋር ነዉ፡፡ ዛሬ ይኼን እየፈላ ያለዉን አዲስ ትዉልድ ከወዲሁ ለእንትኑ ካላኮላሸነዉ ነገ ጣጣዉ ለእናንተ ይተርፋል፡፡ጎርፉ በእናንተም ላይ ይፈስሳል፡፡ ስለዚህ አዋጁን መደገፍ የእኛም የእናንተም ሕልዉና ጉዳይ ነዉ›› ተብለዋል፡፡ በማስፈራሪያና በመደለያ የታገዘ ቅስቀሳ ከአረቄ ቤት እስከ…

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Call for Protest Rally in Washington DC

Oromo Community Organization of Washington DC Subject: Invitation to a Peaceful Protest Rally in Washington DC To All Oromo Communities in North America, In order to be the voice for our people who are suffering from the tyrannical rule of the TPLF led Ethiopian government, and to reaffirm our solidarity with them, the OCO will hold a peaceful protest rally in Washington DC on March 22, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM. The peaceful protest rally begins in front of the U.S. Capitol at 9:00 AM, and then continues to U.S. Department of…

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Ethiopia declares State of Emergency for the second time

When Hailemariam Desalegn resigned as Ethiopian prime minister on Thursday following almost three years of deadly anti-government protests, he said he did it to be “part of the solution” to meet the public’s demands for “development, democracy and good governance”. The following day authoritarian regime struggling to contain the greatest threat to its authority since taking power in 1991 imposed a six-month state of emergency rather than reiterate its commitment to reform. Siraj Fegessa, the defence minister, said the goal of the SOE that would last for six months is to subdue “pockets of…

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Ethiopian PM resigning

Prime Minister Haile Mariam Dessalegn submitted his resignation letter.   The premier requested to be relieved both from the premiership of the country and the chairmanship of EPRDF, the coalition that ruled the country for the past 27 years. In an interview he gave at his office Mr. Dessalegn said that his resignation has been accepted by his party, the Southern Ethiopian Peoples Democratic Movement (SEPDM) and the EPRDF. The PM cited the current nationwide uprising that is rocking the country as the reason for his resignation. He hopes his resignation will…

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Baqqalaa Garbaa – Baga Hiikamte

This poem was posted by Leta Kenei Aga cheering the release from Prison of OFC leader Mr. Bekele Garbaa. Yaa Baqqee yaa Baqqalaa Jabaa leenca daggalaa Hidhamtee dhugaa dhabdee Balleessaa malee cabde! Kosii hin haane harki kee Maalidharee yakki kee? Dabaa tuffatte malee Sabaaf dubbatte malee.. Afuuftuutu si shakka Biyya oromummaan yakkaa! Loose translation:   Oh my dear Bekele Strong like a lion in the jungle In jail you were denied justice You suffered with no sin of yours Your hands were near no evil Then what is your crime?…

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Sad News: Mrs. Yeshi Teklu Tessema

The Oromo Community Organization of Washington DC (OCO) has learned on February 12 2018 that one of our beloved members, Mrs. Yeshi Teklu Tessema had passed away. On behalf of all Oromo in the Washington Metropolitan area, the OCO would like to express its deep condolence to the family and friends of the late Mrs Tessema. The OCO would also like to encourage everyone to attend the funeral service and console the family and friends. The funeral Service will be held on Wednesday February 14, 2018. Detailed program: Prayer Service…

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