DC Mayor’s Office on African Affairs approved a grant of $10,000 for the Oromo Community Organization

Dear our Community Members,

Congratulations! The DC Mayor’s Office on African Affairs has approved a grant of $10,000 for the Oromo Community Organization’s healthcare awareness training and assessment program for the second time. In a letter dated November 18, 2014 to OCO president, the DC Mayor’s office on African Affairs approved the African community grant. The Office of African Affairs (OAA) announced the awarding of $100,000 in funding to eight community-based organizations (CBOs) who provide critical services to the District’s African community. OCO is one of the eight CBOs selected for 2015 Fiscal Year.

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OMN News about the African Community Grant

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OVR Interview with Dr. Desta Yebassa, Board Chairman & Obbo Geremew Begna, Executive Director, September 24, 2014

Interview wirg OCO BoardOromo Voice Radio (OVR)- Exclusive interview with the current Board chairman and Executive director of the Oromo Community Organization of Washington DC and Metropolitan Area about the OCO activities and Heath awareness training.
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Delegates from OCO of Washington DC, Afaan Oromo Participated in DC Office of Human Rights Language Access Event on June 21, 2014

Delegets-of-Oromo-community(ayyaantuu) – On Saturday June 21, 2014 the DC Office of Human Rights (OHR) convened a multilingual community dialogue and resource fair where about 100 diverse limited and non-English proficient residents made recommendations for strengthening Language Access in the District. The recommendations were the result of two-hour simultaneous roundtable discussions that took place in 10 different languages. As the second installment in a series of events hosted by OHR to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the DC Language Access Act, this unique community dialogue supplemented report findings from an Urban Institute study released in April, with direct community feedback on Language Access implementation over the last 10 years directly from the intended users.

“It’s truly incredible to be part of a city that welcomes, nurtures and enables its immigrant communities to thrive and contribute,” said OHR Language Access Program Director Winta Teferi. “As an immigrant myself, I know that Language Access is crucial for ensuring that those who speak little or no English can participate meaningfully in their government. Because DC is home to one of the most linguistically diverse populations, it is imperative that we engage and hear from all communities to ensure we meet the unique needs of all residents who speak little or no English.”

As a result of the discussion with a participation of a 15-member delegation of Oromo Community Organization of Washington DC, Afaan Oromo was recommended to be one of the language access in the District of Columbia. The participants of the event including officials of the various DC Government agencies understood very well the importance and the rights of Oromo residents needing such services in Afaan Oromo.

Because of the rapid growth of Oromo community in the Washington, D.C., there has been an increasing demand for Afaan Oromo translation services and Oromo participation in the affairs of the District.

Once the final work is finalized, the Language Access Department of the DC Office of Human Rights will declare the Afaan Oromo as an official language access in DC. Necessary signs will be translated and written in Qubee and placed in public quarters. Interpreters and translators in each and every DC government institution, hospital, school, DC government agency, etc. will be facilitated.

The Oromo Community Organization of Washington DC requests its members and supporters to support it in this effort.

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Press release

Land Grab Disguised under “Integrated Development Master Plan”

Millions get food aid while millions of hectares of arable land rented cheap to foreign investors by Ethiopian Government. Thousands of political prisoners are being tortured in Ethiopian prisons while Ethiopian Government receives $3 billion in aid each year from the Western countries specifically from US government. Donors claim that the dictatorial regime in Ethiopia is on the road to democracy but the reality on the ground is far from the stated claim.

The Ethiopian Government’s arbitrary arrests, tortures ,and killings of innocent Oromos particularly students is simply because they have been exercising their God-given basic human rights; freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of peaceful demonstration. .The Oromo students are being killed for opposing the so called Integrated Addis Ababa Master Plan”, which systematically evicts millions of Oromo farmers from their ancestral land.

Prominent International and regional Human rights Organizations , such as ,Amnesty International ,Human Rights Watch ,and The human rights league of the Horn of Africa corroborate to the Ethiopian government’s brutal crackdown on Oromo student Protests.

We call up on the international community particularly the US Government to exert utmost pressure on the Ethiopian government to stop the so called “Integrated Addis Ababa Master plan” and the extra-judicial killings of Oromos in general and students in particular.

Oromo Community Organization of Washington D.C. Area (OCO)

Oromo Youth Self-help Association (OYSA)

International Oromo Women’s Organization (IOWO).

Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA)

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