Amani Sawari is creating CHANGE in the form of protest poetry and socioeconomic and polit
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Above is a video I created in protest of a new youth jail being built in Seattle. I want to be able to create more media. I am an African American writer, presenter and content producer for my website sawarimi.org I created the online platform in order to connect, empower and inspire all members of and those effected by diaspora. I graduated with honors from the University of Washington with a  double Bachelor’s degree in Media Communications Studies and Law, Economics & Public Policy.

However, I want to share this with you,

The Summer after my graduation from the University of Washington is when I first launched SawariMi. During that summer, my heart shattered when the back-to-back police killings of Alton Sterling (July 5, 2016) and Philando Castle (July 6, 2016) occurred just after celebrating Independence Day. In response, I organized for students and colleagues to travel together and attend the Alton Sterling March for Justice, a Black Lives Matter march that was in downtown Seattle on July 21, 2016. That was the 1st Black Lives Matter march I'd ever attended and having the support of my friends and peers there was invaluable.

After leading in the front-lines of that march, I struggled with how I could do more. When I looked at coverage of the event from news outlets like the Seattle Times and Q13Fox I wasn't happy with the <500 word briefs and few pictures that were used to summarize the event. I wished they'd said more about the organizers, the participants, the victims and their stories. I wished they would have captured more by taking more photos and adding descriptive details. Then I realized that when a member from outside of our community 'summarizes' our stories then we are left with an unsatisfactory watered-down 2 paragraph overview paired with a few photos that barely capture the moment.

I launched SawariMi in response to the low quality coverage of Black Lives Matter events. After finishing that summer job, before the end of 2016 I attended, photographed, produced videos and high quality posts for the following events, some of which would not have received any media coverage otherwise:
  1. Seattle Black Panther Party Revolutionary Forum and Film Festival
  2. The UW Bothell #NotMyPresident Walkout
  3. Small Owned Black Business Saturday Market
  4. Seattle Women's March Against Hate
  5. B.U.I.L.D. Seattle's Public Viewing of The 13TH Documentary
  6. March for Allepo in Downtown Seattle
  7. Women.Weed.Wifi's Seattle Black Market
  8. No New Youth Jail Protest outside of Mayor Ed Murray's home
I take time out of my hair stylist work schedule and drive as far as my car will take me to do this because I stand in solidarity with all marginalized groups and people of color. As a member of the communities I write for, our passion comes through every moment I capture in writing, video and photography. I love this work and you can enhance my platform with your support, allowing me to continue to do what I love. My commitment is to the people

All Power to the People.

Thank you for visiting my Patreon page and for your consideration in becoming a patron!
Rewards
Sawari Supporters
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
As a Sawari Supporter you will get access to the patron-only community feed where I'll be posting the upcoming events I'll be attending, there I'll share videos, articles and my other media products. You'll also be sent a link to subscribe to sawari.org where you'll be notified whenever I produce new content.
Sawari Contributor
$7 or more per month 1 patron
As a faithful reader and supporter of SawariMi you share in my passion for social justice & may have suggestions on what I can write about next. As a Sawari Contributor you have a chance to voice your opinion about a topic for future articles, it could range from
Each month you'll be sent an invitation to submit suggestions. If you're chosen, you'll receive a shout out on the article's webpage.


Here are some topic suggestions you could submit:

  • the answer to a question
  • a current event
  • raising awareness about a cause
  • a response to another site's article
Sawari Lovers
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
For those who are in love with SawariMi, your name will appear in the credits of my demonstration (rallies and marches) event videos. Sawari Lovers will receive this in addition to all the previous rewards. 
Sawari Soul Sista/Brotha
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
My Sawari Soul Sistas and Brothas will each receive a personalized poem. Send me the theme/topic you would like the poem to be on. The poem will be recorded and delivered in a custom produced audio file along with a text file to print. My Soul Siblings will receive this in addition to all the previous rewards
Goals
0 of 100 patrons
Once I receive my first 100 patrons they will all receive a special gift from me! A limited edition, custom designed, signed poster with photographs I've taken from demonstrations I've attended in the Seattle area.
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Above is a video I created in protest of a new youth jail being built in Seattle. I want to be able to create more media. I am an African American writer, presenter and content producer for my website sawarimi.org I created the online platform in order to connect, empower and inspire all members of and those effected by diaspora. I graduated with honors from the University of Washington with a  double Bachelor’s degree in Media Communications Studies and Law, Economics & Public Policy.

However, I want to share this with you,

The Summer after my graduation from the University of Washington is when I first launched SawariMi. During that summer, my heart shattered when the back-to-back police killings of Alton Sterling (July 5, 2016) and Philando Castle (July 6, 2016) occurred just after celebrating Independence Day. In response, I organized for students and colleagues to travel together and attend the Alton Sterling March for Justice, a Black Lives Matter march that was in downtown Seattle on July 21, 2016. That was the 1st Black Lives Matter march I'd ever attended and having the support of my friends and peers there was invaluable.

After leading in the front-lines of that march, I struggled with how I could do more. When I looked at coverage of the event from news outlets like the Seattle Times and Q13Fox I wasn't happy with the <500 word briefs and few pictures that were used to summarize the event. I wished they'd said more about the organizers, the participants, the victims and their stories. I wished they would have captured more by taking more photos and adding descriptive details. Then I realized that when a member from outside of our community 'summarizes' our stories then we are left with an unsatisfactory watered-down 2 paragraph overview paired with a few photos that barely capture the moment.

I launched SawariMi in response to the low quality coverage of Black Lives Matter events. After finishing that summer job, before the end of 2016 I attended, photographed, produced videos and high quality posts for the following events, some of which would not have received any media coverage otherwise:
  1. Seattle Black Panther Party Revolutionary Forum and Film Festival
  2. The UW Bothell #NotMyPresident Walkout
  3. Small Owned Black Business Saturday Market
  4. Seattle Women's March Against Hate
  5. B.U.I.L.D. Seattle's Public Viewing of The 13TH Documentary
  6. March for Allepo in Downtown Seattle
  7. Women.Weed.Wifi's Seattle Black Market
  8. No New Youth Jail Protest outside of Mayor Ed Murray's home
I take time out of my hair stylist work schedule and drive as far as my car will take me to do this because I stand in solidarity with all marginalized groups and people of color. As a member of the communities I write for, our passion comes through every moment I capture in writing, video and photography. I love this work and you can enhance my platform with your support, allowing me to continue to do what I love. My commitment is to the people

All Power to the People.

Thank you for visiting my Patreon page and for your consideration in becoming a patron!

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Rewards
Sawari Supporters
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
As a Sawari Supporter you will get access to the patron-only community feed where I'll be posting the upcoming events I'll be attending, there I'll share videos, articles and my other media products. You'll also be sent a link to subscribe to sawari.org where you'll be notified whenever I produce new content.
Sawari Contributor
$7 or more per month 1 patron
As a faithful reader and supporter of SawariMi you share in my passion for social justice & may have suggestions on what I can write about next. As a Sawari Contributor you have a chance to voice your opinion about a topic for future articles, it could range from
Each month you'll be sent an invitation to submit suggestions. If you're chosen, you'll receive a shout out on the article's webpage.


Here are some topic suggestions you could submit:

  • the answer to a question
  • a current event
  • raising awareness about a cause
  • a response to another site's article
Sawari Lovers
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
For those who are in love with SawariMi, your name will appear in the credits of my demonstration (rallies and marches) event videos. Sawari Lovers will receive this in addition to all the previous rewards. 
Sawari Soul Sista/Brotha
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
My Sawari Soul Sistas and Brothas will each receive a personalized poem. Send me the theme/topic you would like the poem to be on. The poem will be recorded and delivered in a custom produced audio file along with a text file to print. My Soul Siblings will receive this in addition to all the previous rewards