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Ethiopia declares State of Emergency for the second time (2/17/2018) - 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 Read More
Ethiopian PM resigning (2/15/2018) - 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 Read More
Bekele Garba and Six OFC leaders released from jail (2/13/2018) - 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 Read More
Lelisa Desisa and Mamitu Daska win Bronz in New York City Marathon (11/6/2017) - Ethiopian Athletes won Bronze both in the men's and women's events of New York City marathon today. Lelisa Desisa finished third in the men's race that featured plenty of drama, with Kamworor holding off countryman Wilson Kipsang by just three seconds in a mad Read More
Rally to Commemorate the Victims of the 2016 Irreechaa Massacre & Protest against Violence and Political Repression (9/20/2017) - This year, while celebrating the?Irreecha?festival, Oromo communities in the Diaspora will commemorate those who were murdered in Bishoftu on October 2, 2016 by the Ethiopian government forces and the conditions they created to victimize innocent people. Irreecha is an ancient Read More
Transfer of OCO Leadership (6/30/2017) - Through an election process that was fully transparent, democratic and peaceful, the Oromo Community Organization of the Washington DC metropolitan area carried out a peaceful transition of power on June 24, 2016. The 9-member Board of Directors convened at the Read More
OCO Requests Language Access for District?s Oromo Residents (6/30/2017) - Washington DC?The President of the Board of the Oromo Community of Washington DC, Dr. Desta Yebessa was among 75 witnesses who testified in support of At-Large DC Council Member Grosso?s Bill to expand language access to residents at a public Read More
OCO President Testified in front of the Council of the District of Columbia (6/30/2017) - Dr. Desta Yebassa, OCO Board President and Project Manager, testified in front of the Council of the District of Columbia, chaired by Ms. Anita Bonds on May 6, 2015. The Oromo Community Organization of Washington DC joined numerous community and Read More
DC Budget Cut & Financial Concerns by Community Organizations (6/30/2017) - In their testimonies, the President of OCO and leaders of many other non-profits expressed their concern that drastic budget cuts by the District of Columbia government will negatively affect their ability to provide social services to the communities they serve. Read More
Feyisa Lilesa wins New York City half marathon (3/3/2017) - Feyisa Lilesa won?the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon in New York City on Sunday March 19 2017. Lilesa?s time of 1:00:04 was the fifth fastest in event history and fastest in the last five years. The Rio 2016 Olympic silver Read More
Olympian Feyisa Lilesa is reunited with his family in the U.S. (2/15/2017) - Ethiopian marathoner and Olympic silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa was reunited with his family after months of separation following his protest of the Ethiopian government at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. In the closing meters of the Olympic marathon, Read More
Ethiopia arrested prominent opposition leader (11/30/2016) - Addis?Ababa?? Ethiopian authorities arrested Dr. Merera Gudina, a prominent scholar and chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC). Dr Merera, who is seen in the picture flanked by Dr. Berhanu Nega and Olympic Silver Medalist Athlet Feyissa Lelissa,?was arrested?upon his Read More
Oromo Leadership Convention Concluded (11/16/2016) - Atlanta, GA?- An Oromo Leadership Convention held over the weekend in Atlanta has concluded today. The convention was held at Atlanta Airport Hilton for three days beginning from Friday November 11 2016. Only invited guests were allowed to take part Read More
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Ethiopia court sentences three university students to various terms in jail (11/7/2016) - Addis?Ababa?? The Federal High court 19th criminal bench?sentenced three university students to various jail terms. These students were arrested?during the first wave of Oromo Protests,?between April and May 2014. The protests began in opposition to the now shelved Addis Ababa Read More
Press Statement on Ethiopia’s Declared State of Emergency (10/10/2016) - Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC: The United States takes note of the Government of Ethiopia?s October 8 declaration of a State of Emergency in response to recent protests and violence Read More
Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency (10/8/2016) - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia?- The TPLF led Ethiopian government?has declared a state of emergency following months of often violent anti-government protests, especially in the restive Oromia region. The puppetPrime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn?appeared on state television on Sunday and?rambled why it is Read More
DC Mayor’s Office on African Affairs approved a grant of $10,000 (11/24/2014) - 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 Read More