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15 August, 2018

NIGERIA AND UNITED STATES EMBARK ON PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING CAMPAIGN COLLABORATION UNDER THE INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY BANNER


CONTACT:

NIGERIA         

Ola Akinwe
Founder, Boys Mentoring Advocacy Network (www.bmanadvocacy.org)
Nigeria Coordinator – International Men’s Day
Nigeria Coordinator – World Day Of The Boy Child
Telephone:  +234 8023010608
E-Mail:  bmanadvocacy@gmail.com


UNITED STATES
Diane A. Sears
USA Coordinator – International Men’s Day (www.usainternationalmensday.blogspot.com)
USA Coordinator – World Day Of The Boy Child
Telephone: 267-581-3963
E-Mail:  insearchoffatherhood@gmail.com



LAGOS, NIGERIA 15 August 2018 – It is estimated that each day approximately 26 men in Nigeria succumb to prostate cancer which robs families and communities of Men who are Fathers and/or positive male role models who play a critical role in helping boys – Our Sons – successfully navigate the arduous journey from childhood to manhood.   This set of circumstances has moved Mr. Ola Akinwe, Founder of the Boys Mentoring Advocacy Network (www.bmanadvocacy.org) and Nigeria’s Coordinator for both International Men’s Day observed on November 19th of each year and World Day Of The Boy Child which is observed on May 16th of each year to launch a Prostate Cancer Screening Campaign and to work to establish Prostate Cancer Screening Centers in Lagos and the south west states of Nigeria with the anticipated support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation located in California in the United States   The United States International Men’s Day Team is collaborating with BMAN and the Nigeria International Men’s Day Team on the two-pronged Prostate Cancer Initiative planned by its Nigerian counterpart and BMAN in connection with the observance of 2018 International Men’s Day on 19 November 2018.    Acting as the American point of contact for Nigeria’s International Men’s Day Team, the United States International Men’s Day Team will assist its Nigerian counterpart with identifying partnership opportunities with key stakeholders, raising awareness for prostate cancer in Nigeria, and enhancing the visual identity of the proposed two-pronged Prostate Cancer Initiative utilizing social media.



           “The deaths of Men in our families and communities caused by prostate cancer creates Fatherlessness and a leadership vacuum in our great nation.  We decided to launch the Prostate Cancer Screening Campaign and the proposed establishment of Prostate Cancer Screening Centers in Lagos and southwest states in Nigeria observance of International Men’s Day which will be observed on 19 November 2018 in over 84 nations – including Nigeria.  The Nigerian International Men’s Day Team and the Boys Mentoring Advocacy Network will help to provide preventative health care; create adequate and equal access to critical medical resources and support; and reduce the prostate cancer mortality rate.    Our Prostate Cancer Initiative will benefit everyone.  We are looking forward to forming strategic alliances and partnerships with key stakeholders from the private and public sectors.  The two-pronged Prostate Cancer Initiative we have conceptualized will provide members of the private and public sectors with an excellent opportunity to help save the lives of Men, positively shape the minds and souls of boys – Our Sons – and empower communities and families.   Men who live healthy and long lives strengthen families. Strong families empower communities.  And empowered communities strengthen a nation,” explained Mr. Akinwe.



            To learn more about the Prostate Cancer Screening Campaign and the proposed establishment of Prostate Cancer Screening Centers in Lagos and southwest states in Nigeria and how you can support the two-pronged Prostate Cancer Initiative conceived by the Boys Mentoring Advocacy Network and Nigeria’s International Men’s Day Team, contact Mr. Ola Akinwe by sending an e-mail to: bmanadvocacy@gmail.com or by calling:  +234 802 301 0608.


05 August, 2018

NFL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE BRIAN DAWKINS BRINGS DEPRESSION, SUICIDE, AND MEN'S MENTAL HEALTH TO THE WORLD STAGE

In view of the tireless work the Global and Regional Coordinators for International Men's Day Team have done -- and continue to do -- to raise awareness about depression and suicide in Men and Boys and move individuals, institutions, and organizations throughout our global village to aggressively and effectively address and eradicate the rising suicides rates and causative factors of depression for Men and Boys, I thought everyone would be interested in learning that yesterday evening at the National Football League's Hall Of Fame Induction in Canton, Ohio in the United States, Brian Dawkins -- an inductee into the Hall Of Fame -- utilized the event as a platform to call attention to depression and mental illness.   His speech has been streaming on social media for the past 20-24 hours. 


The USA International Men's Day Team will continue its work to raise awareness for the mental health challenges of Men and Boys -- particularly, suicide and depression -- and support and advocate for individuals, organizations, institutions which provide solutions-based mental health resources and support services g specifically tailored for Men and Boys.  We are eternally grateful to Brian Dawkins for being courageous enough to move Men's mental health -- particularly, suicide and depression -- to the world stage.



02 August, 2018

INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY UNION EVENT PLANNING PROTOCOL




Inaugurated on 19 November 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago by Gender Issues Thought Leader, educator, and prolific author Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D., International Men’s Day celebrates and honors the contributions and selfless sacrifices that Men – “every day” Men – our fathers, grandfathers, great grandfathers, uncles, brothers, husbands, fiancĂ©es, cousins, nephews, co-workers, and neighbors – make to families, communities, and society.  Observed in over 83 nations, International Men’s Day transcends the boundaries of geography, ethnicity, religion, class, culture, economics, and language.  International Men’s Day shares a 48-hour partnership with Universal Children’s Day which is observed on 20 November of each year and is endorsed by the United Nations.  Through its Global and Regional Coordinators, International Men’s Day works to heal, empower, and foster respectful, inclusive, and solutions-based dialogues and initiatives.  Global and Regional Coordinators for International Men’s Day work to continue to bring together individuals, organizations, and institutions throughout our global village to address and help eradicate key challenges which prevent Men and Boys – and all souls connected to them – from reaching their full potential.  These key challenges, include but are not limited to, economic turpitude, violence, Fatherlessness, an unlevel academic “playing field,” lack of positive male role models, homelessness, inadequate or lack of access to mental and physical health resources, lack of access to real-life options, xenophobia, religious and ethnic intolerance, and spiritually, psychologically, and emotionally toxic communities.  International Men’s Day is a day in which we place our focus on uniting humanity and working together to achieve the six (6) objectives of International Men’s Day which are:


       ·         To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sportsmen but every day, 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.


The International Men’s Day Union serves, inter alia, as the governing body for International Men’s Day, to ensure that all events proposed, hosted, sponsored, and facilitated by institutions, organizations, and institutions are (A)  in compliance with the six (6) Objectives of International Men’s Day; and (B) fostering healing, solutions-based, inclusive and respectful dialogues and initiatives that address the unique issues and key challenges confronting Men and Boys.   All proposed events, programs, workshops and observances of any kind, proposed under the banner and/or umbrella of International Men’s Day by individuals, organizations, and institutions, must be brought to the attention of the International Men’s Day Global Planning Committee which serves as the clearinghouse arm of the International Men’s Day Union as follows:

UNITED STATES

Diane A. Sears – Coordinator                                 
Member, International Men’s Day Global Planning
Committee                                                

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D.                                           
Founder – International Men’s Day
Chair, International Men's Day Global Planning
Committee 
E-Mail:  j_teelucksingh@yahoo.com   
                                  
Nigel Phillips - Coordinator
Trinidad and Tobago
Member, International Men’s Day Global Planning
Committee
 

CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY COORDINATOR

Michael A.T. Stewart
Member, International Men’s Day Global Planning
Committee
 

UNITED KINGDOM 

Glen Poole – Coordinator                                                
Member, International Men’s Day Global Planning
Committee                                                 
E-Mail:  glen@glenpoole.com                                       
 

CANADA

David Hatfield – Coordinator                                            
Member, International Men’s Day Global Planning
Committee                                                                 
                               

INDIA

Uma Kiranam - Coordinator
Member, International Men’s Day Global Planning
Committee
 

ARGENTINA  

Jorge Vila – Coordinator                                                  
Member, International Men’s Day Global Planning
Committee                                                           

 AFRICA  INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY  CO-COORDINATORS

Matthew Gansallo
Coordinator - Nigeria
Member, International Men’s Day Global Planning
Committee
 
Lethukuthula Nkomo
Chair, South Africa International Men’s Day “Teach
Us Peace” Children’s Literacy Initiative
Member, International Men’s Day Global Planning
Committee
E-Mail:  lethu.nkomo@gmail.com  
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BOTSWANA

Geneuvive Twala - Coordinator
Member, International Men’s Day Global Planning Committee
E-Mail:  imdbotswana@gmail.com 

Any and/or all events, programs, workshops and observances of any kind related to International Men’s Day observances which have NOT been brought to the attention of the International Men’s Day Global Planning Committee in compliance with the “INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY EVENT PLANNING PROTOCOL” will be deemed to be an event NOT sanctioned by the International Men’s Day Union, Global and Regional Coordinators for International Men’s Day, and the International Men’s Day Global Planning Committee.

21 July, 2018

DISENGAGEMENT . . . A BARRIER TO SUCCESS, HAPPINESS, AND GOOD HEALTH: GLENVILLE ASHBY, Ph.D.



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           Many of the 7.6 billion souls who occupy this space and place we know as Planet Earth begin and end each day of their lives in a state of “disengagement”.  They are emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually disengaged from their neighbors, co-workers, and even their children, spouses, and significant others. To be truly successful and live a fully empowered and happy life, one must be fully engaged – emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. One must be a “whole soul”.  When we emerged from the womb, we emerged as “whole souls” -- souls who fully embraced life – souls who were fully engaged – emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. Something happened to us during our journey from childhood to adulthood, that forced us –perhaps, for our own survival -- to became emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually disengaged. 



           We drag our “disengagement” with us everywhere.  It is literally an emotional, psychological, and spiritual “ball and chain” we are dragging around day after day. It controls our decision making that may lead us to engage in self-destructive behavior – such as self-medicating – which negatively impacts our mental and physical health. We drag our spiritual, emotional, and psychological “ball and chain”  to work, into the lives of our co-workers, into our relationships with our spouses, neighbors, significant others, and family members, and into the lives of our children.  Our lives are supposed to be magical. We are supposed to live a life that is fully empowering and purpose-driven -- a life in which we are fully engaged --- spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically. We are supposed to live our lives as “whole souls”.   It is how I live my life.   



          I believe that we have the capacity to create happy, successful, and healthy lives for ourselves. Day after day, I encounter souls who have so much potential but cannot tap into it because they are burdened by a spiritual, psychological and emotional “ball and chain” they have attached themselves to.   My belief in the human potential and my daily encounters with souls who are not being – and may not know how to be – their “best self” moved me to create blueprints for healing and empowerment and pathways to atonement, ‘connectedness’, forgiveness, rebirth, reaching our full potential, and transforming our communities and our world into an emotionally, spiritually, and psychological vibrant oasis.

17 July, 2018

USA INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY TEAM ISSUES STATEMENT ON GLOBAL OBSERVANCE OF NOBEL PEACE PRIZE LAUREATE AND SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT THE HONORABLE NELSON ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA'S 100TH BIRTHDAY ON 18 JULY 2018



         The United States International Men's Day team joins individuals, organizations, and institutions throughout our global village in celebrating the life of The Honorable Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela on his 100th birthday on 18 July 2018.  We work and will continue to work to perpetuate his legacy through our advocacy, creation, and support of initiatives that help to eradicate  injustice; recidivism; poverty; hunger; ethnic and religious intolerance; xenophobia;  and lack of access to real-life options, adequate physical and mental health resources and support services,  and education.   

08 July, 2018

PARDONING, POLITICS, AND PAROLE: JEROME TEELUCKSINGH, Ph.D.


          George Stinney Jr was tried in a court of law and electrocuted in 1944 in the United States. Within 83 days, he was accused, tried for murder, convicted and executed. His name and crime remains ‘lost’ in the law books and old newspapers. Stinney was accused of murdering two white girls in South Carolina. He was innocent but forced to confess. How old was this man? He was not yet a man—he was only fourteen years old when he was wrongfully put to death. One newspaper reported on the moments before the electrocution:



“When the switch was flipped and the first 2,400 volts surged through his body, the too-large death mask slipped from his face revealing the tears falling from his scared, open eyes” (https:// www.theguardian.com/theobserver/ 2014/mar/22/ george-stinney-execution-verdict-innocent).


New evidence in the 21st century has proven that Stinney was innocent.


 
        One of the positive achievements of 2018 occurred when United States President The Honorable Donald Trump granted a full posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, a boxing legend. Who was this person who remains unknown to many of us? Johnson, born in Texas in 1878, became the first Black heavyweight boxing champion in 1908. All Americans should have been elated to know that a son of the soil had created history and made their country proud. Instead, Johnson would be convicted of transporting his white girlfriend across state lines in 1913. Who comprised the jury? Not surprisingly, it was an all-white jury. Johnson’s career and reputation was abruptly curtailed. Remember -- Johnson was neither an immigrant nor an illegal alien. He was born and bred in the United States. That was a century of tense Black-White relations, lynching, race riots, and segregation. What was Johnson’s crime? Simply being Black was an aberration in the eyes of some Americans.



         In 1996, Alice Marie Johnson, (no relations to the boxing  legend) was sentenced to life without parole in a federal prison.  She was convicted as a result of money laundering and nonviolent drug charges. However, in 2018 as a result of the intervention of Kim Kardashian, President Trump commuted Johnson’s sentence and the 63 year old grandmother once again became a free woman. Johnson’s case is not unique. The Washington Post published an article with the headline: “It’s Not Just Alice Marie Johnson: Over 2,000 Federal Prisoners Are Serving Life Sentences For Nonviolent Drug Crimes”. (https:/ /www.washingtonpost.com/news/ wonk/wp/2018/06/06/its-not-just-alice-marie-johnson-over-2000-federal-prisoners-are-serving-life-sentences-for-nonviolent-drug-crimes/?utmterm=301fd19edc 57). There are a lot more horror stories. For instance, The Guardian reported on cases at the Angola Prison in Louisiana, which included the following: “Ronald Washington, 48, is also serving life without parole in Angola, in his case for shoplifting two Michael Jordan jerseys from a Foot Action sportswear store in Shreveport, Louisiana, in  2004” (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/13/us-prisoners-sentences-life-non-violent-crimes).  The combined cost of both jerseys was approximately US$100.00.


          These incidents are not confined to the United States. Throughout the world there are innocent persons who are jailed or given lengthy sentences for petty crimes. Additionally, there is a long list of political prisoners whose only crime was speaking or writing against corrupt and undemocratic governments. Who will offer them a pardon? Who will give them a second chance? Who will give them a new lease of life? We need to ensure that innocent persons are freed. More importantly, for those who are guilty, we need a legal system that provides sentencing or jail term to fit the crime.


           Somebody or some organizations needs to go into the law books and archives to re-examine certain cases because there is a very long line of dead innocent persons who are patiently waiting for their posthumous pardons!
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Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D. is a Gender Issues Thought Leader; faculty member in the History Department of the University of West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago; founder of International Men's Day (http://www.usainternationalmensday.blogspot.com); Trinidad and Tobago's Coordinator for the inaugural observance of the "Impartial And Fair Treatment In Parole" Initiative; and prolific author.

NIGERIA AND UNITED STATES EMBARK ON PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING CAMPAIGN COLLABORATION UNDER THE INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY BANNER

CONTACT: NIGERIA           Ola Akinwe Founder, Boys Mentoring Advocacy Network ( www.bmanadvocacy.org ) Nigeria Coordinator – I...