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27 October, 2014

"BRONX FATHERS TAKING ACTION" LAUNCHES INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY OBSERVANCE WITH 1 NOVEMBER 2014 PARENT SUMMIT


P R E S S     R E L E A S E
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


CONTACT:

Mrs. Marie Roker-Jones
New York (USA) Regional Coordinator - International Men's Day



BRONX, NEW YORK (USA) -- 27 October 2014 -- In honor of International Men's Day, Bronx Fathers Taking Action is leading an interactive session for the BRONX UFT BOROUGHWIDE  PARENT SUMMIT  on Saturday, November 1, 2014  8 a.m.–3 p.m at Bronx UFT Office, 2500 Halsey Street, Bronx, NY 10461.

The workshop will focus on the role of mentoring within the Bronx community. Participants will explore the power of accountability and active participation by fathers and other paternal figures.


To register for this FREE event, please register at www.uft.org/Bronx-parent-summit.


Founded March 29th, 2012. In keeping with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr's vision of uplifting the Institution of Fatherhood, this Committee of Bronx fathers will focus pro-actively on engaging, empowering, educating and encouraging fathers.


Our objective is to enlighten and advocate for fathers in our borough and facilitate a path towards productive parenthood. Our goal is to provide resources and new relationships to reinforce fathers as positive role models. The Bronx Borough President has charged this Committee to restore the image of Fatherhood, while responsibly respecting the privilege of being a Dad!


A Message from Ruben Diaz, Bronx - “As the Bronx Borough President and a young father myself, I am concerned with the well-being of the children in our community and the involvement of our Bronx fathers. This is a crucial time for our borough, and we are moving forward to come up with a way to address and keep fathers involved in their communities. Our goal is to empower the fathers in our community and connect them with the proper resources that can help them take this important step.


BxFTA Committee Members

  • Ronald Hartridge, Co-chair
  • Felix Leo Campos, Co-chair
  • Vincent Adams
  • Kenneth Alexander
  • John Fielder
  • Rafael Fornes III
  • Jose Gonzalez
  • Theodore James
  • Andre Peterson
  • Jose Pichardo
  • Robert Powell
  • Rev Dr. Robert A. Smith Jr.

25 October, 2014

THE HONORABLE JAMES M. DeLEON TO UNVEIL "OPERATION FRESH START" INITIATIVE AT FIRST ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR MEN AND BOYS


          PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA) – 25 October 2014 – Sunday, 16 November 2014 will be a historic day for several reasons. The First Annual International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys which will bring together individuals of all faiths and denominations for the purpose of embarking on a collaborative journey to effectively address the key challenges of violence, crime, poverty, hunger, Fatherlessness, the “school-to-prison” pipeline, and intolerance will be observed on Sunday, 16 November 2014. On Sunday, 16 November 2014, The Honorable James M. DeLeon will unveil a dynamic solutions-oriented multi-tiered initiative – “Operation Fresh Start” at the City of Philadelphia’s observance of the International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys which will occur at the First Unitarian Church at 2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103 from 3:00 P.M. through 7:00 P.M. The observance is being hosted by Dr. Samuel Bernard Lackey, Jr. in conjunction with the “Sunday With Sam” program at the First Unitarian Church.


         
          Judge DeLeon will provide a brief overview of the multi-faceted components of “Operation Fresh Start” which is being heralded as a national model for resolving recidivism, stabilizing communities, and helping incarcerated individuals successfully navigate the arduous journey to healing, redemption, and reintegration. During his tenure as a jurist in the Criminal Division of Philadelphia’s Municipal Court, Judge DeLeon has presided over thousands of court cases. He has served as Supervising Judge of the Criminal Division of the Philadelphia Municipal Court and is a past Chairman of the Security Committee for the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Judge DeLeon has practiced before the United States Court of International Trade, the United States Court of Military Appeals, and the United States Army Court of Review.

10 October, 2014

"CALL TO MOTHERS OF OUR SONS' INITIATIVE LAUNCHED BY USA INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY REGIONAL COORDINATORS


CONTACT:

Ms. Aleasa M. Word
Georgia (USA) Regional Coordinator – 2014 International Men’s Day

Mrs. Marie Roker-Jones
New York (USA) Regional Coordinator – 2014 International Men’s Day

  

           ATLANTA, GA (USA)10 October 2014 – When a Mother peers into the eyes of her newborn son as she holds him for the very first time, what does she feel?  Is her heart overtaken with joy?  What are her dreams for her son?  Does she find the responsibility of nurturing, protecting, guiding, and loving him as he makes his journey from childhood to manhood overwhelming?   And does she wonder how she will help her son mature into a purpose-driven and spiritually grounded Man?    Helping to raise a manchild in the Millennium is a daunting task.  While we know the important role that Fathers play in the lives of Our Sons, Mothers, too, play an important role.  Mothers are Our Sons first female role models.  Their interactions and relationships with their Mothers – be they positive or negative – will be a subliminally overriding factor in their decision making when it comes to choosing a wife, the manner in which they parent their children, and the career path they will embark upon. 

           And that is why Ms. Aleasa M. Word, Georgia (USA) Regional Coordinator – 2014 International Men’s Day and Mrs. Marie Roker-Jones, New York (USA) Regional Coordinator – 2014 International Men’s Day – both of whom are Mothers of Sons – have launched a “Call To The Mothers Of Our Sons” Initiative as a component of 2014 International Men’s Day which will be observed in 80 nations on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 under the theme,
Working Together For Men and Boys.  The Initiative will take the form of an Interactive Forum for Mothers of Sons throughout our global village to share their dreams and fears for their sons and to work collectively to effectively address some of the key challenges that their sons face.
    
               “Mothers in the United States, Canada, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, Australia, and Asia all dream the same dreams for their sons.  They want their sons to be healthy, happy, and successful.  They their sons to have a better life and live in a world that is emotionally and spiritually vibrant and safe.    Mothers throughout our global village all have the same questions.  ‘How do we protect our sons?  How do we keep them safe?  What kind of Man will my son be?’  The ‘Mothers Of Our Sons’ Initiative is about helping Mothers of Our Sons – throughout our global village – find answers to these questions.  Mrs. Roker-Jones and I are mothers of sons.   Not a day goes by when we are not asking ourselves these same questions,” remarked Ms. Word.

           
             Founded in 1999 by Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D., a faculty member in the History Department in the University of West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, Thought Leader on Gender Issues, and author, International Men’s Day celebrates the contributions and selfless sacrifices that Men make to our families, our communities, and our world.  International Men’s Day shares a 48-hour partnership with Universal Children’s Day which is observed worldwide on 20th November of each year.  For information about International Men’s Day, visit its official website at www.imd-global.org.

              For further information about the “Mothers Of Our Sons” Initiative, contact Ms. Aleasa M. Word at: allergywords@gmail.com or Mrs. Marie Roker-Jones at: mroker@raisinggreatmen.com

05 October, 2014

BARE HLLL CORRECTIONAL FACILITY TO OBSERVE FIRST ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR MEN AND BOYS ON SUNDAY, 16 NOVEMBER 2014


MALONE, NEW YORK (USA) -- 5 October 2014 -- The historic and First Annual International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys will be observed in a correctional facility. Observance of the First Annual International Day of Prayer on Sunday, 16 November 2014 will be observed at Bare Hill Correctional Facility located in Malone, New York under the leadership of the International Men's Day Empowerment Coordinator Mr. Carry Greaves. Mr. Greaves is also orchestrating an observance of 2014 International Men's Day on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 at Bare Correctional Facility. Bare Correctional Facility will join institutions, organizations, and individuals in 80 nations in observing 2014 International Men's Day on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 under the theme "Working Together for Men and Boys". 

 Calendar Year 2014 marks the correctional institution's second observance of International Men's Day as part of the International Men's Day "Healing and Repatriation" Initiative launched in 2012. Bare Hill Correctional Facility's observance of 2014 International Men's Day is being coordinated by an Incarcerated Father who has served since 2012 as the Empowerment Coordinator for International Men's Day at the invitation of the Founder of International Men's Day, Jerome Teeluckingsingh, Ph.D. The International Men's Day "Healing and Repatriation" Initiative was inaugurated in 2012 by the United States Coordinator for International Men's Day and Chair of the 2012-2022 International Men's Day Ten Year Plan Committee, Diane A. Sears. In 2012, for the first time, International Men’s Day was observed in a correctional facility – the Clinton Correctional Facility located in Dannemora, New York. On Monday, 19 November 2012, an American correctional facility joined individuals, institutions, and organizations around the world in observing 2012 International Men’s Day under the theme, “Helping Men and Boys Live Longer, Happier, Healthier Lives”. 

The success of the inaugural observance of 2012 International Men’s Day at the Clinton Correctional Facility spawned the creation of the International Men’s Day “Healing and Repatriation Initiative” in January 2013. The International Men’s DaY “Healing and Repatriation Initiative” promotes the observance of International Men’s Day in all correctional facilities throughout the United States. A number of International Men’s Day Coordinators in other nations are considering implementing thIs initiative in their respective countries. Observance of International Men’s Day at correctional facilities can take the form of workshops and discussion groups about issues that are in alignment with the theme of International Men’s Day. So what is the International Men’s Day “Healing and Repatriation” Initiative all about? It is about providing approximately 2,500,000 souls in the United States who are incarcerated in the United States with an opportunity to participate in a worldwide event which encourages them to engage in critical thinking about issues that affect them, their families and loved ones, and the communities in which they have lived and will one day return to. It is about helping them to see themselves as ‘part of a whole’. It is one of the many ‘first steps’ that must be taken to heal and “reconnect” spiritually, psychologically, and emotionally approximately 700,000 souls who are released from American prisons every year and place them on the path to successful reintegration into society. 

 For further information about the International Men’s Day “Healing and Repatriation Initiative”, send an e-mail to: insearchoffatherhood@gmail.com.

"19 DAYS OF HEALING FOR MEN" INITIATIVE LAUNCHED BY INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY USA REGIONAL COORDINATORS



P R E S S    R E L E A S E

for immediate release


CONTACT:

Ms. Aleasa M. Word
Georgia (USA) Regional Coordinator – 2014 International Men’s Day


Ms. Marie Roker-Jones
New York (USA) Regional Coordinator – 2014 International Men’s Day
E-mail: mroker@raisinggreatmen.org




  
           ATLANTA, GA (USA)4 October 2014 – It is about healing Men.  It is about establishing meaningful and solutions-based dialogues about issues that affect the Men in our families, our communities, and our world. The first 19 days of November 2014 have been designated as “19 Days of Healing For Men” by two USA Regional Coordinators beginning on 1 November 2014 and ending on 19 November 2014.    The “19 Days of Healing for Men” initiative is the brainchild of Ms. Aleasa. M. Word, Georgia (USA) Regional Coordinator – 2014 International Men’s Day and Mrs. Marie Roker-Jones, New York (USA) Regional Coordinator – 2014 International Men’s Day. 



            “We have selected an issue for discussion on each of the nineteen days.  The discussion can be online – on blogs, GOOGLE Hangouts, TWITTER, or  FACEBOOK.  Discussions groups can be formed to discuss a particular issue on a particular day beginning 1 November 2014 and ending on 19 November 2014.  It is our hope that Men and Women will engage in a thoughtful and solutions-based dialogue about the many issues that Men in our families, communities, and our world contemplate and struggle with day after day. We would like to see these discussions continue beyond International Men’s Day which will be celebrated in 80 nations on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 under the theme, ‘Working Together for Men and Boys’, remarked Ms. Word.






             The “19 Days of Healing for Men” Initiative will explore the following issues:




1 November 2014 - Race Relations
2 November 2014 - Gender Relations
3 November 2014 - Mental Health
4 November 2014 - Safety and Well-Being
5 November 2014 - Male on Male Violence
6 November 2014 – Gang Violence
7 November 2014 – College Education vs. Trade School
8 November 2014 - Literacy
9 November 2014 - Financial Literacy
10 November 2014 - Sexuality
11 November 2014 – Body Image Issues
12 November 2014 – Male Teachers
13 November 2014 - Mentoring
14 November 2014 - Bullying
15 November 2014 – Video Gaming
16 November 2014 – Special Education
17 November 2014 - Fatherlessness
18 November 2014 – Mother/Son relationships
19 November 2014 – Prison (“School-to-Prison Pipeline”)



         Founded in 1999 by Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D., a faculty member in the History Department in the University of West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, Thought Leader on Gender Issues, and author, International Men’s Day celebrates the contributions and selfless sacrifices that Men make to our families, our communities, and our world.  Observed in 80 nations throughout our global village on 19th November of each year, International Men’s Day shares a 48-hour partnership with Universal Children’s Day which is observed worldwide on 20th November of each year.



            For further information about the “19 Days of Healing For Men” Initiative, contact Ms. Aleasa M. Word, the Georgia (USA) Regional Coordinator – 2014 International Men’s Day at allergywords@gmail.com or Mrs. Marie Roker-Jones, the New York (USA) Regional Coordinator – 2014 International Men’s Day at mroker@raisinggreatmen.com.



         For further information about International Men’s Day, visit its website at www.imd-gobal.org or contact the USA Coordinator for International Men's Day, D.A. Sears at: insearchoffatherhood@gmail.com.


           

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22 September, 2014

KT TERRY THE POETIC QUEEN SELECTED POET LAUREATE FOR INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR MEN AND BOYS 16 NOVEMBER 2014



            PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA) – 22 SEPTEMBER 2014  -- Playwright, actress, producer, director, songstress, and Founder and Organizer of Homeless Not Hopeless Poets For Change, KT Terry The Poetic Queen has been selected as Poet Laureate for the City of Philadelphia’s observance of the International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys on Sunday, 16 November 2014 at the First Unitarian Church at 2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103.  The  International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys will launch the observance by 80 nations – including the United States – of International Men’s Day – Wednesday, 19 November 2014 – under the theme, “Working Together For Men And Boys”.  


               In her role as Poet Laureate for the International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys, Ms. Terry will deliver an inspiring poetic narrative she has composed for the observance entitled, “The Foundation For Life Is Love” and perform a song, “You’ve Got The Power”. A passionate stage performer, Ms. Terry is presently touring with the “For Women Collective”, an ensemble of contributing writers of a book which honors the late Nina Simone, an internationally acclaimed songstress, pianist, arranger, Civil Rights activist, and songwriter.   Ms. Terry’s many credits include producing a powerful play, “Olivia”, which premiered in April 2014, penning her first poetry book, “God’s Property”, organizing the annual Homeless Not Hopeless Poets For Change Finale, as well as penning her own personal story in a book entitled, “Story Teller” which is edited and published by Esther Yarrington.  Ms. Terry is the recipient of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for Community Service Citation; 2014 The Spirit Of The Dove’s “Organization of the Year Award”; and the 2014 Authentic Servant Award.


             For further information about Homeless But Not Hopeless Poets and KT Perry The Poetic Queen’s empowering creative projects, send an e-mail to vauntee23@gmail.com or call (610) 259-3687.

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            For further information about the City of Philadelphia’s observance of the International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys on Sunday, 16 November 2014, contact Dr. Sandra Wilks, the City of Philadelphia Coordinator for the International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys at (215) 908-9640.

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21 September, 2014

TRIBUTE TO MANDOLIN SRINIVAS: UMA CHALLA (REPRINTED WITH AUTHOR'S PERMISSION)

On Friday, September 19, 2014, I logged into my Facebook account in the afternoon, to find numerous posts on the demise of Mandolin Srinivas, a child prodigy and an international musical legend. Aside from the many posts hoping that his soul rests in peace, I read several posts which expressed shock and dismay. I read a post which even said the author was unable to get out of bed after hearing the news. Most people felt that the death was premature.

 Having experienced and understood death very closely as a result of losing my father, my son and a brother all within a span of less than five years (2005-2010), death due to old age, ailments, accidents...almost all reasons of death (except murder or suicide) seem very natural to me. Premature death, to me, is if one comes with a "date of expiry" stamped on them, and they die sooner than that date. Incidentally, September 19 happened to be the fourth anniversary of my brother’s demise, who died at the age of 38. So, my perspective on the matter was very clear. Unlike most people who were mourning, what I wanted to know was how Mandolin Srinivas lived. I wanted to know if he lived well, because that’s what would have mattered to him.

 I remembered attending Mandolin Srinivas’ live concert once when he was a ten year old boy and once when he was slightly over twenty. I remember him as a very unassuming, pleasant artist on stage. Except for those two instances, I heard his music mostly through recordings. Like most people, including ardent fans, I never wondered nor bothered to find out what his personal life was like…but on September 19, I did.

 I found a couple of news items which talked about his marriage, which took place in 1994, and fell apart in 1997, following which he fought a legal battle for 15 long years to obtain a divorce. The news articles mentioned that Mandolin Srinivas was subject to “mental cruelty” in the hands of his wife, which was the foundation for the divorce litigation, which eventually concluded in the Supreme Court in 2012. There were references about Srinivas' wife threatening to use the Indian Penal Code and the Dowry Prohibition Act to ensure that he would be sent to prison for at least one day.

 I do not wish to delve into the rest of the allegations by and counter allegations against a departed soul, but what stood out was the fact that for a good 15 years of his life prior to his demise, Mandolin Srinivas was dealing with unpleasantness in marriage, inability to know and build a relationship with his son, and the resultant bitter legal battle. The world of music and Srinivas himself were blessed that he continued to charm us with his unassuming smile and enthralled us with his music even during those difficult years.

 Lakhs of men in India go through identical personal struggles and prolonged legal battles every year. Unfortunately, not all of them have the emotional and spiritual strength, financial ability nor social standing like Srinivas, to help them sail through the rough weather without losing their edge in career nor losing the smile on their face. Lakhs of men live lives of quite desperation, and lakhs of men have given up on the battles, and ended their own lives.

 When I mentioned Srinivas’ personal struggles, a friend said to me, "musicians are soft at heart, and they need to have the mental peace to be able to practice and deliver the best to their profession”. I cannot help asking, “What about the average Joe who is not such a soft heart nor an ace musician, but is still trying to pursue a profession to make ends meet, live a decent life, and take care of himself and his family? I believe that every man deserves mental peace and personal space to do well in whatever he does. I believe that every man deserves more than “shock and dismay” and condolences upon his demise. I wish that everyone would pay more attention to how men they know are living their lives - be it one's father, brother, son, husband, colleague, a favorite movie star or a musical legend - and extend care and support to them when their life gets rough.

 I understand that Srinivas endured emotional pain for several years with amazing spiritual strength. I hope that he was also blessed with enough strength to deal with his physical ailment prior to his demise. Here’s to a gifted soul who filled the world with the nectar of music, and in doing so, attained immortality!