A group called the United for Youth Coalition isn't happy that the mayor chose the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle to lead his anti-youth violence initiative in the Central District. So, on Dec. 11, 25 members of the group took their concerns, and a letter, up to Greg Nickels' office, where they spoke with a staff member.
"Our issue is why the city is backing a 'token' African-American organization that's not doing anything positive for our youth," coalition spokesperson Sara Gates says. "We hope that the city will recognize us," and fund programs the group cites such as the Rainier Beach Initiative, a list of 22 youth projects drawn up by the community.
Urban League director James Kelly was not available for comment.