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Retail off King
I just wanted to say a huge thanks to Th e Alexandria Times for a great and supportive article on Retail off King Street last week. I really appreciate it, as I am sure the other ROKS members do.

The way the article was written was very thorough and I loved the part where the tourists didnt even think about the side streets!

Thank you again.

Cindy McCartney
Cameron Station

The Power of One
There is something powerful occurring in the Ethiopian-American community. People who were never inspired to take part in the political process are realizing that they have a duty as citizens to partake in the political process and be a part of the change that is taking place. While they will always love the land of their birth, they realize that they are deeply ingrained in United States and are vested in the direction of this great country. Never before has a politician inspired so many people from so many backgrounds and countries to unite for one common purposes.

Senator Obama speaks about the power of onethe power that a sole individual has to change their community and eventually change the world. Throughout history, we have witnessed time and again how one person has been able to change the trajectory of a nation and of the world. What we are witnessing now is the same dynamic, and Ethiopians for Obama have taken on this mantle and decided that the way to seek change is to organize and participate in the political process.

On May 6th, Ethiopians for Obama held a victory party in Washington, DC ; over 45 people showed up to support Senator Obama on a historic night. Th e power of onethis is how change happens, one person inspires a friend, that friend inspires a sister, that sister inspires a mother, that mother inspires a husband. Before you know it, what started as one over a year ago will grow into thousands of Ethiopian-Americans who are determined to be the change we all have been waiting for.

Teddy Fikre