26 July, 2016


Queen Mother Falaka Fattah
House of Umoja, Inc.
(215) 473-5893

            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. ( 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 ( 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:

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

25 July, 2016



D.A. Sears USA Coordinator – International Men’s Day
Chair, USA 2012-2022 International Men’s Day Ten Year Plan Committee

         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

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: or call 267-581-3963.

To learn more about International Men’s Day, visit its website at

15 July, 2016



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
Uganda Coordinator – International Men’s Day

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:

13 June, 2016


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Queen Mother Falaka Fattah
House of Umoja, Inc.
(215) 473-5893





            PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA) – 13 June 2016  -- History, when left unheeded, repeats itself.  Forty eight years ago, in 1968, the streets and school yards of the City of Philadelphia were awash in bloody and deadly violence precipitated by gang “turf wars”.  The out of control gang violence became the catalyst for the founding of the House of Umoja, Inc. ( which took on the mission of bringing peace to the city – a mission that culminated with an overwhelming majority of gangs permanently laying down their weapons and signing the Imani Peace Pact, crafted by Mr. David Fattah.   In 2016, forty eight years later, a rising homicide rate together with violent clashes playing out in the streets of the City of Philadelphia – the nation’s fifth largest metropolitan area – has become the catalyst for the House of Umoja, Inc.’s launch of a city-wide public safety initiative – the “Imani Peace Campaign” which will be unveiled at a press conference scheduled for Friday, 17 June 2016 beginning at 9:00 A.M. (E.D.T.) and concluding at 11:00 A.M. (E.D.T.) in Room 400, the City Council Caucus Room, in City Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 



               “It is not by accident that the launch of the House of Umoja, Inc.’s city-wide Public Safety Initiative is occurring at the beginning of Father’s Day weekend.  There are far too many Fathers in our city who have buried their children – the “heart and soul” of the village -- due to senseless violence.  And there are far too many children who are growing up Fatherless because their Father’s life was cut short by a hail of bullets.  Thus far, in 2016, there have been at least 111 homicides.  Forty-two years ago, a generation of young men chose peace over violence, signed the Imani Peace Pact, promised not to engage in any acts of violence, and demonstrated to the City of Philadelphia and the world that their word is their bond.  These same generation of young men are now Fathers, Grandfathers and even Great Grandfathers  who have not engaged in violence for forty-two years.  We are asking a new generation of young men and young women to honor their Fathers, Grandfathers and Great Grandfathers by signing the Imani Pledge and abstaining from violence.   Transforming the current violent and psychologically traumatizing environment of our great city is a shared responsibility.  We are asking concerned citizens, clergy of all faiths and denominations, legislators, educators, school administrators, community activists, Fatherhood advocates and practitioners, Restorative Justice and Reintegration Thought Leaders, health care professionals and providers, and social services professionals and providers to join us on Friday, 17 June 2016 at the press conference.  We all have ‘pieces of the puzzle’ to moving our children – the village’s ‘heart and soul’, and its ‘Next Generation of Leaders, Husbands, Fathers, Wives, and Mothers’ -- to commit to nonviolence,” remarked Queen Mother Falaka Fattah, the Co-Coordinator for the Imani Peace Campaign and Founder of the House of Umoja, Inc.


            For further information regarding the press conference scheduled for Friday, 17 June 2016 at 9:00 A.M. (E.D.T.) and the House of Umoja, Inc.’s Public Safety Initiative – the “Imani Peace Campaign”, contact the House of Umoja, Inc. by calling (215) 473-5893 or send an e-mail to:


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



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09 June, 2016


Men’s Issues Thought Leader, Publisher of a widely read and highly acclaimed men’s journal – – and the New York (USA) Regional Coordinator for International Men’s Day SCOTT LUXOR will serve as moderator of a national teleconference on Sunday, 12 June 2016 commencing at 4:00 P.M. (E.D.T. – New York Time) and concluding at 5:00 P.M. (E.D.T.). The national teleconference which is the brainchild of the USA International Men’s Day Team will launch the United States’ observance of 2016 International Men’s Health Week.

To participate in the national teleconference call, dial 712-775-7031 and use the following access code: 803 828. The national teleconference call will engage key stakeholders in a solutions-based dialogue on Men’s Health which will include STEPHEN M. DOWNS, M.D., M.S., Jean and Jerry Bepko Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Children’s Health Services Research, and Vice Chair for General Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana and RANDY HUTCHINS, Ph.D., P.A., one of the co-architects of the Male Care Services Program at the Spectrum Community Health Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Members of the United States International Men’s Day Team -- GREGORY JOHNSON, Ohio (USA) Regional Coordinator – International Men’s Day, DARLENE MONSOUR, Texas (USA) Regional Coordinator – International Men’s Day and DIANE A. SEARS, USA Coordinator – International Men’s Day ( Fatherhood and Men’s Issues Advocates, military veterans, educators , school administrators, legislators, legal professionals, social services professionals and providers, and the general public are encouraged to participate in the national teleconference.

In 2016, the focus for International Men’s Health Week is on mental health issues for Men and Boys. The link between physical issues and mental health issues, the alarmingly rising rates of suicide among Men and Boys, holistic therapies to resolve mental health issues in addition to traditional psychiatry, and the need to provide “safe spaces” or “safe havens” for Men and Boys which they can utilize to discuss their feelings ---particularly depression, loneliness, and alienation – without having their masculinity called into question are a sample of the issues which will be explored during the national teleconference scheduled for Sunday, 12 June 2016 beginning at 4:00 P.M. (E.D.T. – New York Time).

“Relationships Education should be a Number One priority for young men as well as adult men. The lack of relationship understanding is a key reason that mental health issues develop later on with men. We need to look at holistic therapies as a means of resolving mental health issues for Men and Boys – therapies that address nutrition and include meditation, group dialogue and hypnosis. There is a lack of support among Men, and society as a whole, in engaging guys in dialogues about isolation. We need to make it ‘cool’ for Men to share feelings as well as hopes and dreams. And this dialogue must be one of inclusiveness . . . diversity. We need to address issues that include racism, poverty, and unequal educational resources for urban Men and Boys,” remarked Scott Luxor when reached for comment about the national teleconference which will launch the USA’s observance of International Men’s Health Week.

For further information about International Men’s Health Week, visit its website at

  For further information about International Men’s Day, visit its website at

02 June, 2016


          The fact that the 600,000 souls – Men and Women, some of whom are parents -- released annually from correctional facilities throughout the United States return to our families and our communities without being equipped with at least some of the minimal psychological and emotional tools they will need as they struggle to transition from years and decades of institutionalization is not lost on Tracey L. Fisher.   Heralded as the “Face of Re-Entry”, Mr. Fisher is the founder of “June Is Re-Entry Awareness Month” which is being observed by individuals and organizations in cities across the United States; the Chief Executive Officer of Gateway To Re-Entry; and the architect of a results-oriented initiative that serves as a deterrent to recidivism -- “Ten Steps To Re-Entry”.  Numerous accolades have been bestowed upon Fisher in recognition of his groundbreaking work on Re-Entry and Restorative Justice issues – the Lucien Blackwell Award; Authentic Servant Leadership Award; Black Male Engagement Award in 2015; and in 2016, CBS Philly/KYW News Game Changer Award.  Mr. Fisher,  an author, lecturer, community activist, and Restorative Justice Thought Leader who hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – the fifth largest metropolitan area in the United States -- is changing the national narrative on re-entry with meteoric speed.


          So, how is it that Mr. Fisher has such an accurately keen insight into what the 600,000 souls who are released annually from American prisons need to successfully navigate the arduous journey to reintegration, redemption, and healing?   Fisher’s accurately keen insight into the needs of incarcerated souls who will pour into our communities once they are released from prison and his development of solutions-based tools to assist them in their transition stems from his own experience with incarceration.  A number of the effective solutions-based tools Fisher offers formerly incarcerated souls through Gateway To Re-Entry were developed by him during his 22 years of incarceration in the Federal Prison system.   He began making an impact within the Social Justice forum long before his release from America’s prison system which occurred on 22 May 2012.  Fisher became the only inmate ever to facilitate orientation sessions for all incoming inmates.  His “standing-room-only” workshops provided incarcerated souls with, for example, decision making tools.  Upon his release, Fisher “hit the ground running” and has never looked back.  He has conducted an aggregate of approximately 50 seminars and workshops which include Crime Summits, Seminars for Men (Transformation to Manhood) and Women (Let Go So You Can Hold On), Emergency Preparedness, Civic Engagement (Voter Education), Annual Day of Respect, Family Talk, Feeding the Community, Community Treasures (Senior Citizens Health Fair), and Save Our Schools.  Gateway To Re-Entry’s annual d Black Tie Gala which Fisher hosts brings together key stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and introduces the organization’s solutions-based work on Restorative Justice to an expanded audi ence.  Fisher has also specifically crafted the “Dream Your Dream” Tour for school-age children which inspires them to dream and plan for their future and Mentoring Workshops for both youths and adults.


            “Re-entry is in everything we do.   Nothing happens in isolation,” remarked Fisher who immerses himself in community outreach work. 


           The communities that Mr. Fisher serves are the communities that formerly incarcerated souls pour into.  On Saturdays, you will find him conducting re-entry workshops where he speaks to youths, Returning Citizens, and family members.  His workshops are insightful and get right to the heart of the challenges and issues experienced by individuals and groups who attend his solutions-based and inspiring presentations.  On the second Friday of each month, TIIAI/Gateway To Re-Entry (TIIAI is The International Institute for Advanced Instruction and the non-profit arm of Gateway To Re-Entry), serves a brunch and conducts a free “Produce Give Away” for Senior Citizens who receive fruit and produce.  In December, he organizes the Shoebox Giveaway.  What is the Shoebox Giveaway?  It is an event that provides shoeboxes filled with educational items and toys for children – an event that was inspired by a speech Mr. Fisher delivered at a Pennsylvania Youth Center.  The youths who listened to Fisher were so moved that they felt compelled to do something for others.  In 2014, the youths decided to make 75 shoe boxes.  The following year, in 2015, the youths created 200 shoeboxes and in 2016 they have set a goal of creating 500 shoe boxes. 


          The author of “Mental Mentoring”, Fisher through Gateway To Re-Entry, facilitates Re-Entry workshops for Returning Citizens which incorporate, among other things, job readiness skills, self-employment/entrepreneurship, anger management, and parenting skills.  Fisher is on a mission to reduce the rate of recidivism.  His approach to getting the job done is based on an understanding that personal growth happens when an individual changes his or her thinking.


            “Our program’s focus is on purposeful mentoring which in addition to helping Returning Citizens develop a positive and long term vision, also identifies their specific goals while simultaneously underscoring how they can personally demonstrate accountability,” Mr. Fisher explained. 


            A highly sought after speaker, Fisher speaks at prisons throughout Pennsylvania and at schools, churches, and community centers.  He serves on numerous Mass Incarceration and Re-Entry panels, yet finds time to communicate with a host of inmates and lend support to their initiatives.


            Mr. Fisher is moving us to understand that the successful reintegration of the 600,000 souls who pour into our communities after years and decades of institutionalization is a critical path item.  Helping these 600,000 souls transition from years and decades of institutionalization to a new life in which they are encouraged to and succeed in reaching their full potential and become productive citizens is a wise investment.