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19 August, 2016

EMERGING KEEPERS OF THE PLANET

Who is this child?

He is my child. He is your child. He is everyone's child.

He is one of the 2.2 billion souls --- our children -- the "Emerging Keepers of the Planet" who emerged from the womb with an insatiable curiosity, a gentle spirit, a loving heart, and a purpose for being --- a destiny to fulfill. He sits before us now -- wounded -- physically, psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually. He is one of many of the 2.2 billion souls in our global village -- the "Emerging Keepers of the Planet" who, through no fault of their own, find themselves caught up in violent and bloody conflicts that turn their fragile world upside down and inside out.

When I look into this child's eyes, I shudder. How will he cope with the devastation and horror he has witnessed? How will he cope with the terror that he surely feels? When -- and if -- he reaches adulthood -- what kind of Man will he be? Will he be a Man who lives his life in peace? A Man who is compassionate, loving, and nurturing? A Man who lives his life on purpose . . . who works to fulfill his destiny . . . and who empowers others? Some day, this child -- when and if he reaches adulthood -- will be someone's husband . . . someone's Father . . . . someone's neighbor . . . someone's co-worker. Will this child -- this "Emerging Keeper of the Planet" -- mature into an adult who is forever haunted by the horror and terror he witnessed?

This child is just one of hundreds upon thousands of children -- "Emerging Keepers of the Planet" who are traumatized by the destruction, violence, and death that surrounds them.

Can the Adults of the World, just stop for one second and hit the "pause" button and look at and think about this child and the hundreds upon thousands of children -- "Emerging Keepers of the Planet" -- innocent souls -- who are either witness to or the victims of violence?

What kind of world are we creating for the 2.2 billion souls -- the "Emerging Keepers of the Planet"? What kind of world do we want these souls to inherit?

Are we going to continue to ignore the plaintive cries of 2.2 billion souls -- the "Emerging Keepers of the Planet" -- who are begging us -- the Adults of the World -- to find a way, with all deliberate speed, to transcend the boundaries of politics, religion, ethnicity, language, culture, economics, and class?

18 August, 2016

TEACH US PEACE



          Of the 7.4 billion souls who occupy our global village which we know as Planet Earth, 2.2 billion of these souls are children – Our Sons and Daughters – the “Next Generation of Leaders, Husbands, Fathers, Wives, and Mothers”.  Each of these  2.2. billion souls emerge from the womb emotionally, psychologically and spiritually whole.   The Millennium has produced a  group of children who are the most intellectually mature, creative, and keenly intuitive souls our global village has encountered.  Violence – physical and psychological, poverty, hunger, lack of access to adequate physical and mental health resources and support services, Fatherlessness, ethnic and religious intolerance, mass incarceration, an unlevel educational playing field, and illiteracy traumatizes these souls  as they make their journey from childhood to adulthood.   These 2.2 billion souls cry out every day to the Adults of the World as they make their journey from childhood to adulthood in a very turbulent and violent environment.   


            Stop.  Listen.  Do you hear the plaintive voices of 2.2 billion souls calling out in unison to the Adults of the World?


            The voices of 2.2 billion souls cry out in unison:  “Teach us peace!”


            Through no fault of their own, these souls find themselves caught up in bloody and deadly conflicts between nations or violent internal strife between rival political factions or tribes within their nation.  Some of these 2.2 billion souls witness domestic violence in their households or violent confrontations between gang members over imaginary territorial boundaries or mass shootings perpetrated by a lone gunman or petty arguments which escalate into a deadly stabbing or deadly shooting or unarmed or surrendering civilians shot and killed by police officers or police officers shot and killed by civilians.  The violence that Our Sons and Daughters witness  day after day is punctuated by the violent content of video games, social media, and popular music videos to which they have access and exacerbated by the fact that we live in a world in which the threat of deadly terrorism hangs over their heads  like the “Sword of Damocles”.     


                What is equally frightening is the fact that our children – the world’s  2.2. billion souls -- model behavior.   They pay more attention to what the Adults of the World do and less attention to what the Adults of the world say to them.  When you think these souls are asleep, inattentive, or preoccupied, they are watching every move that the Adults of the World make.    The Adults of the World say that we want our children – these 2.2 billion souls --  to grow up in a world that is far better than the world we knew as we made our journey from childhood to adulthood.   But what are we doing to make that happen?  If acts of violence – physical or psychological – play out in the lives of these 2.2 billion souls, what are the chances – without positive intervention – that these souls will not come to believe and think that violence – physical or psychological is normal and acceptable form of behavior.
       

           Our children – our global village’s 2.2 billion souls – emerge from the womb as “whole souls” – souls endowed with a gentle spirit, high intellect, unbridled curiosity and enthusiasm, and unconditional love.  Exposing these 2.2 billion souls to a steady diet of violence – be it physical or psychological – causes them to become psychologically, spiritually, and emotionally unbalanced.   The psychological, spiritual, and emotional imbalance of 2.2 billion souls plays itself out every day.  And we are all witnesses to the manner in which this imbalance plays itself out.  It is creating havoc in our neighborhoods, our cities, and in nations throughout our global village.  Is that we want?   Do we really want psychologically, spiritually, and emotionally unbalanced 2.2 souls in our midst who will likely mature into spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically unbalanced adults who will become the global village’s “Next Generation of Leaders, Husbands, Fathers, Wives, and Mothers”?


            Our Sons and Daughters  have a message for us:  “Teach us peace!  Help us rise above the chaos and violence that we see day after day.”


            How do the Adults of the World move 2.2. billion souls to rise above the chaos and violence that they are confronted with every day whether it be through social media, video games, popular music videos, in their homes, or on the streets of  our neighborhoods?   How do we teach peace to these beautiful 2.2 billion souls who are our future – our bridge to the future?


            The International Men’s Day “Teach Peace” Children’s Literacy Initiative was recently launched to help 2.2 billion beautiful souls rise above chaos and violence.  This initiative is a cathartic forum for these beautiful souls.   It gives them a voice through the written word – essays and poems which they create – to express to the Adults of the World how the turbulent and violent world they live impacts them --- spiritually, psychologically, and emotionally.  The Initiative also gives voice to their vision of how we can all live peacefully on this space and place we know as Planet Earth.  And the International Men’s Day Team will ensure that the Adults of the World see and hear the plaintive voices of 2.2 billion souls crying out:  “Teach us peace!”  Each essay and poem we receive will be published in IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD®’s  Children’s Corner and on the Children’s Corner blog at http://buildingabridgetothefuture.blogspot.com.    Essays can be sent via e-mail to:  insearchoffatherhood@gmail.com or by mail to:  Children's Corner, c/o IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R), Post Office Box 3885, Philadelphia PA  19146-0185. 


            Let’s teach our children peace!

27 July, 2016

UGANDA JUMP STARTS INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY OBSERVANCE WITH SOLUTIONS-ORIENTED GENDER EQUALITY AND YOUTH SUSTAINABILITY AND EMPOWERMENT AGENDA



CONTACT:

Dr. Lubega Patrick
Uganda Coordinator – International Men’s Day
E-Mail: lubegapatrickm@gmail.com
Telephone: +256703273016/+256-751774492


           KAMAPLA, UGANDA – 27 July 2016 -- The East African nation of Uganda has joined the Global Dialogue on Fatherhood and jump started the world’s observance of International Men’s Day (www.imd-global.org) which was inaugurated in Trinidad and Tobago on 19 November 1999 by Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D., a Gender Issues Thought Leader, humanitarian, prolific author, faculty member in the History Department of the University of West Indies, and Chair of the International Men’s Day Coordination Committee. Dr. Lubega Patrick, Uganda’s Coordinator for International Men’s Day and Managing Director of Hands Across and Ms. Rashim Salim, Coordinator of Hand Across in Wakiso, Uganda, East Africa have developed and recently unveiled two powerful models for “Male Recognition For Gender Equality” and ‘Youth Sustainable Skills And Empowerment” which they have moved into Uganda’s agenda for International Men’s Day.

          Through Hands Across and its “Male Recognition For Gender Equality” model, Dr. Patrick and Ms. Salim will work to change societal views on male-related issues by involving families and the community of Wakiso to promote gender equality. The model developed by Dr. Patrick and Ms. Salim is in direct alignment with the mission of international Men’s Day which is working to change the manner in which the world addresses and views the unique issues that confront Men and Boys throughout our global village.

          “The ‘Male Recognition For Gender Equality’ model developed in conjunction with the observance of International Men’s Day has specific aims. The creation and running of a male support center is one of these specific aim which will offer rehabilitation, counseling and life skills training while simultaneously promoting community development. Plans to construct a library is also a component of the specific aims of this model and we will conduct public dialogues on gender equality, and run massive campaigns on gender equality. Our ‘Youth Sustainability and Empowerment’ model which was also developed as a component of Uganda’s agenda for International Men’s Day will comprise, among other things, vocational training, reproductive health and environment programs as well as youth gender protection and youth development programs,” explained Dr. Lubega.

          For further information about Hand Across as well as Uganda’s agenda for International Men’s Day, contact Dr. Lubega Patrick by sending an e-mail to: lubegapatrickm@gmail.com.
 
          For further information about International Men’s Day, visit its website at www.imd-global.org.

26 July, 2016

HOUSE OF UMOJA, INC. LAUNCHES "FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD" PEACE CAMPAIGN



CONTACT:
Queen Mother Falaka Fattah
House of Umoja, Inc.
(215) 473-5893
E-Mail: falakafattah@aol.com



            Out of the approximately 7.4 billion souls with whom we share our village which we know as Planet Earth, approximately 2.2 billion souls are children – Our Sons and Our Daughters -- the “heart and soul” of the village – its “Next Generation of Leaders, Husbands, Fathers, Wives and Mothers”. The violence that these 2.2 billion souls witness and are subjected to – whether it be violence between nations, violence between adults in their household, or violence in the streets of our neighborhoods which take the form of bloody turf wars between gangs, police shootings, or random “drive-by” shootings – traumatizes them, crushes their resilient spirit, and prevents them from becoming “whole souls”. How do we “teach peace” to the 2.2 billion souls – Our Sons and Our Daughters -- who see and hear violence every day of their lives?


         The House of Umoja, Inc. (www.houseofumoja.org) is “teaching peace” to these 2.2. billion souls through the launching of its multi-tiered “For The Children Of The World” Peace Campaign which is endorsed by the USA International Men’s Day Team (www.imd-global.org). One component of the “For The Children of the World” Peace Campaign consists of 2.2 billion souls signing the Imani Peace Pledge™ which is a spin-off of the “Imani Peace Pact” crafted by Mr. David Fattah of the House of Umoja, Inc. The Imani Peace Pact was an instrument utilized to bring years of bloody and deadly gang violence in the City of Philadelphia to an end in 1974. A majority of gangs throughout the City of Philadelphia signed the Imani Peace Pact and agreed to permanently lay down their weapons and commit to non-violence. It is a promise that they have kept for over 40 years. The youths who signed the Imani Peace Pact in 1974 are now Fathers, Grandfathers, and Great Grandfathers.


          “Our children do not emerge from the womb as gang members, murderers, drug dealers, drug addicts, robbers, truants, and psychologically, spiritually, and emotionally unbalanced. They emerge as 'whole souls' – souls endowed with a gentle spirit, high intellect, unbridled curiosity, and unconditional love. Exposing these 2.2 billion souls on Planet Earth to violence – be it physical or psychological, causes them to become psychologically, spiritually, and emotionally unbalanced. And are all witness to the manner in which this psychological, spiritual, and emotional unbalance plays itself out day after day. It is creating havoc in our neighborhoods, in our cities, and in nations throughout our global village. The 'For The Children Of The World' Peace Campaign is about addressing this spiritual, psychological, and emotional imbalance,” explained Queen Mother Falaka Fattah, the founder of the House of Umoja, Inc.


          “The USA International Men’s Day Team endorses the House of Umoja, Inc.’s ‘For The Children Of The World’ Peace Campaign. We will work with the House of Umoja, Inc. to promote the campaign. ‘Teaching peace’ to our children is one of the key pieces of the puzzle to creating a better and safer world for everyone,” remarked Diane A. Sears, the United States Coordinator for International Men’s Day, Chair of the USA 2012-2022 International Men’s Day Ten Year Plan Committee; and member of the International Men’s Day Coordination Committee where she represents the United States.


           For further information regarding the House of Umoja, Inc.’s “For The Children Of The World” Peace Campaign, contact the House of Umoja, Inc. by calling (215) 473-5893 or send an e-mail to: falakafattah@aol.com.


          For further information about the House of Umoja, Inc., visit its website at www.houseofumoja.org.

25 July, 2016

INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY "TEACH PEACE" CHILDREN'S LITERACY INITIATIVE LAUNCHED


CONTACT:


D.A. Sears USA Coordinator – International Men’s Day
Chair, USA 2012-2022 International Men’s Day Ten Year Plan Committee
Managing Editor – IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD®
267-581-3963
E-Mail: insearchoffatherhood@gmail.com


         Approximately 2.2 billion of the 7.4 billion souls who occupy our global village which we know as Planet Earth are children – Our Sons and Our Daughters. Each of these 2.2 billion souls emerge from the womb emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually whole. The Millennium has produced a group of children who are the most intellectually mature, creative, and keenly intuitive souls our global village has encountered. Violence – physical and psychological, poverty, hunger, lack of access to adequate physical and mental health resources and support services, Fatherlessness, ethnic and religious intolerance, mass incarceration, an unlevel educational playing field, and illiteracy traumatizes these souls as they make their journey from childhood to adulthood. What do these souls think about? Care about? What is their vision of the world that they want to live in when they mature into adults? What messages do they have for the adults of the world? And how we move the 2.2. billion souls who are children to commit to peace . . to engage in nonviolent conflicts resolution? How do we “teach peace’ to these 2.2. million souls who are confronted with violence in some form every day whether it be through social media, television, or on the streets of our neighborhoods?


The launch of the International Men’s Day “Teach Peace” Children’s Literacy Initiative is about providing children – Our Sons and Our Daughters with a forum to share their vision for the world through essays and poems which will be published in the CHILDREN’S CORNER segment of IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD®, a quarterly international Fatherhood and Men’s Issues Journal and on the CHILDREN’S CORNER blog at http://buildingabridgetothefuture.blogspot.com.


To learn more about the International Men’s Day “Teach Peace” Children’s Literacy Initiative and how your child can participate, send and e-mail to: insearchoffatherhood@gmail.com or call 267-581-3963.

To learn more about International Men’s Day, visit its website at www.imd-global.org.

15 July, 2016

SOLUTIONS-BASED DIALOGUE ON RACE, VIOLENCE, AND POLICE-COMMUNITY RELATIONS HOSTED BY USA INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY TEAM SUNDAY, 17 JULY 2016 - 3:00 P.M.


CONTACT:   

USA International Men’s Day Team



          PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA)   -- The deadly shootings involving police officers of two African American men -- Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minneapolis along with the  shooting of 12 individuals by a lone gunman, five of whom – police officers succumbed to their wounds in Dallas, Texas – together with massive demonstrations in major cities across the country protesting the deaths of Messrs. Sterling and Castile has rocked the nation.  Many Americans are asking themselves: “What is happening to our country? Where are we headed?”    The tragic loss of lives is moving many Americans to engage in deep soul searching about violence, race, and community-police relations.   A solutions-based dialogue on race, violence and the police in the form of a national teleconference will be hosted by the USA International Men’s Day Team on Sunday, 17 July 2016 at 3:00 P.M. (New York Time).  To participate in the national teleconference, dial 712-775-7031 and use the access code of 803 828. 



Some of the questions that the national teleconference will explore include:


Would the improvement of relations between the police and the African American community help to ensure that there are no more Alton Sterlings and Philando Castiles?


What role does race play in the decision making of police officers?


How do we build trust between the police and the African American community? 


Should “ethnic sensitivity” be a mandatory component of all training programs for police in the United States?


How do we bring healing to our communities, our nation, and our world; transcend divisive boundaries; and collaborate to create trust and understanding?


            The solutions-based dialogue on race, violence, and the police will be moderated by Mr. Gregory Johnson, Chair and Founder of the Global Parenting Network and Ohio (USA) Regional Coordinator for International Men’s Day.   Featured speakers on the national teleconference call include:


            Mr. Scott Luxor, the publisher of a GUYalogue, a popular Men’s Issues journal and the New York (USA) Coordinator for International Men’s Day.


            The Honorable Minister Alif Allah, an Imam, author, humanitarian, prolific author who has penned  at least 70 books, and publisher.


            Mr. Tracey L. Fisher, a Restorative Justice Thought Leader who is the “Face Of Re-Entry” and changing the Narrative on Re-Entry.  Mr. Fisher is the Founder of “National Re-Entry Awareness Month” which is observed in June and “National Inmate Awareness Month” which will be observed in September 2016, the architect of “Ten Steps To Re-Entry ™”, and author of a powerful book, “Mental Mentoring (The Art Of Universal Mentoring):  A Journey Into The Development Of Mental Mentoring”.

11 July, 2016

DR. LUBEGA PATRICK TAPPED TO SERVE AS UGANDA'S INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY COORDINATOR


CONTACT:


Dr. Lubega Patrick
Uganda Coordinator – International Men’s Day
E-Mail: lubegapatrickm@gmail.com



KAMPALA, UGANDA – 11 July 2016 -- Humanitarian and Executive Director of Hands Across Org, Dr. Lubega Patrick, has been tapped to serve as the International Men’s Day Coordinator for the nation of Uganda. International Men’s Day is observed on 19 November of each year in 80 nations throughout our global village and celebrates and honors the contributions and sacrifices that Men – everyday Men – make to our families, our communities, and our world. Inaugurated in 1999 by Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D., a Gender Issues Thought Leader, humanitarian, faculty member in the History Department at the University of West Indies, poet and author, International Men’s Day shares a 48 hour partnership with Universal Children’s Day which is observed throughout our global village on 20 November of each year and is endorsed by the United Nations.


“Dr. Lubega will serve as the point of contact for all individuals, organizations, and institutions throughout the nation of Uganda who are interested in participating in International Men’s Day. Uganda joins 80 nations, which include the United States, Ghana, Botswana, Australia, the United Kingdom, India, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada and France, in observing International Men’s Day. International Men’s Day is a global grassroots movement which is working to make the world a better and safer place not just for Men and Boys but for everyone. Dr. Lubega’s work which is improving the lives of Men and Boys through Hands Across Org was brought to our attention by one of his colleagues, Ms. Rashim Salim. The mission of Hands Across Org is in alignment with the objectives of International Men’s Day. We welcome the nation of Uganda into the International Men’s Day family with open arms and look forward to working with Dr. Lubega and his colleagues,” stated Diane A. Sears, a member of the International Men’s Day Coordination Committee where she represents the United States, National Coordinator for International Men’s Day in the United States, and Chair of the USA 2012-2022 International Men’s Day Ten Year Plan Committee.


This year International Men’s Day, which is held on Saturday 19th November 2016, coincides with International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. To help the world mark these two observance days, we are inviting men and women all over the world to join us in adopting the official International Men’s Day Theme for 2016: “Talk About Male Suicide”. As a day of observance we place our focus on that which unites humanity- giving everyone who wants to celebrate International Men’s Day the opportunity to help work towards our shared objectives which we apply equally to men and boys irrespective of their age, ability, social background, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, religious belief and relationship status.


Those objectives are:
●To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sports men but everyday, working class men who are living decent, honest lives.

●To celebrate men’s positive contributions; to society, community, family, marriage, child care, and to the environment

●To focus on men’s health and wellbeing; social, emotional, physical and spiritual

●To highlight discrimination against males; in areas of social services, social attitudes and expectations, and law

●To improve gender relations and promote gender equality

●To create a safer, better world, where all people can grow and reach their full potential.


Finding new, innovative and effective ways to engage every individual and organisation in the world in a conversation about male suicide is just one way people can further the objectives of International Men’s Day in 2016. Individuals, organizations, and institutions in Uganda interested in learning more about and participating in 2016 International Men’s Day, should contact Dr. Lubega Patrick, he Uganda Coordinator for International Men’s Day by sending an e-mail to: lubegapatrickm@gmail.com.