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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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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Bekele Garba and Six OFC leaders released from jail

Mr. Bekele Gaba and six other leaders of the Oromo Federalist Congress have been released from prison today. Mr. Garba was thrown to jail in November 2015 right after the beginning of the second wave of Oromo protests which engulfed the whole region like wildfire. It seems the regime picked the calm and seasoned OFC leader in an attempt to make the movement leaderless. Regardless, the protests have continued to this day. It is to be remembered that Mr. Garba previously served a four year prison sentence on trumped up…

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Happy New Year!

To all Oromo in the DMV area, Happy New Year! The Oromo Community Organization of Washington DC has organized a special New Year Eve event to create an environment of coming together, celebrating the New Year, and remembering our people back home. The New Year Organizing team is working tirelessly to make the event interesting and relevant. Therefore, the OCO would like to extend its invitation to you and your family members to be part of this special event, which will be held on: Date: December 31, 2017 Time: 7:00PM –…

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Oromo Community Organization  Public Meeting

Oromo Community Organization  Public Meeting Date: December 16, 2017 Time: 2pm to 6pm New address:  Northwestern High School 7000 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, Maryland 20782 View the calendar event here The Task Force established by OCO is pleased to invite you to a public meeting of all Oromo’s in Washington DC Metropolitan area to discuss the status of the community, and chart ways of strengthening and building the community in the spirit of Oromummaa. This meeting is a follow up of our meeting of October 21, 2017 called by Oromo Community…

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More than 10 people gunned down in Ambo

Witnesses in Ethiopia say at least 10 people are dead after security forces fired on angry protesters in the restive Oromia region. One resident says the killings occurred around midday Thursday in the town of Ambo. Another resident says gunshots could be heard since morning. The residents spoke on condition of anonymity because of fear of retaliation. The town has seen multiple demonstrations since anti-government protests erupted in Ethiopia in 2015 and caused a 10 month long state of emergency that was lifted in August. Mr Gadisa Dessalegn, a spokesman…

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Six People are killed during a wave of new protests in Oromia

Addis Ababa – The vice chair of Oromo Peoples Democratic Organization (OPDO) says protests in the restive Oromia region left six people dead on Wednesday (October 11 2017) as anti-government demonstrations return to Oromia regional state. Dr Abiy Ahmed says more than 30 people were injured in clashes in Shashamane town and an area called Boke. He did not say who was responsible for the killings. Blogger and university lecturer Seyoum Teshome says more than 15,000 people rallied again on Thursday in Wolisso town against the country’s ruling elite. He…

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In Ethiopia, at the Irreecha festival, the anger of the Oromo does not disarm

The majority ethnic group of the country, which considers itself marginalized and martyred, denounces the Tigreans’ control over the affairs of the state for more than a quarter of a century. By Emeline Wuilbercq (Addis Ababa, Correspondence) Note – This article was published on lemonde?( a French language site) on the 03 October 2017. This is translated to English using Google Translate.   Chala* came to “thank God”, dressed in a traditional sweater with black, red and white bands, the young lawyer dipped yellow flowers and fresh grass in Harsade…

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