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12 September, 2019

2019 PHILADELPHIA LEGACIES WEEK LAUNCHES WITH PRESS CONFERENCE ON MONDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER 2019—10:00 A.M. AT THE CHARLES L. BLOCKSON AFRO-AMERICAN COLLECTION AT TEMPLE UNIVERSITY



CONTACT:

Mr. Stephen C. Satell
Founder and Executive Director
Philadelphia Legacies
(215) 432-2898


          PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA)12  September 2019  Philadelphia is heralded as the “Next Great American City.”  The nation’s fifth largest metropolitan area is home to world class academic institutions;  history and science museums;  and a vibrant creative arts community.  It is  where you will find a plethora of  gifted and talented individuals  -- “legacy makers” – whose stellar accomplishments in business, the creative arts, education, law, medicine, philanthropy, politics, science, social entrepreneurship, and technology expands the trajectory of Philadelphia’s legacy. It is an expansive legacy that is chronicled through Philadelphia Legacies Week which will be observed from 16 September 2019 through 21 September 2019.  Philadelphia Legacies Week was spawned by Philadelphia’s successful hosting of the National Democratic Presidential Convention in August 2016. 


            “Philadelphia’s hosting of the 2016 National Democratic Presidential brought together people from around the nation and the world – many of whom were introduced  for the first time to the great things this city has to offer.  This moved me to create a larger and more inclusive view of Philadelphia – a view that includes its neighborhoods.  Philadelphia Legacies Week is the vehicle through which culture can be effected in positive ways in Philadelphia and bring diverse people together to raise money for organizations that help reduce poverty and solve Philadelphia’s problems,” explained Mr. Stephen C. Satell, the Founder and Executive Director of Philadelphia Legacies (https://philadelphialegacy.org). 


            The observance of 2019 Philadelphia Legacies Week will be launched with a press conference scheduled for Monday, 16 September 2019 commencing at 10:00 A.M. (E.D.T.) at the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection in Temple University’s Sullivan Hall  (first floor) at 1330 Pollet Walk in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Former Philadelphia Mayor, The Honorable Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr. headlines the illustrious group of speakers who will explore the influence of Philadelphia’s trailblazers and history makers at the press conference scheduled for Monday, 16 September 2019 at 10:00 A.M.   Portrait unveilings of prominent Philadelphia legacy makers; Philadelphia Legacies Signatures Tours; and a banquet dinner scheduled for Saturday, 21 September 2019 at the world renowned Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College at 4207 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will punctuate the observance of 2019 Philadelphia Legacies Week. 


             School groups and community members will attend the unveiling of the portraits of two 2018 Philadelphia Legacy Award Portrait  winners  --Mr. Acel Moore and Ms. Trudy Haynes – following the press conference at the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection.  A Pulitzer Prize Winner and Harvard University Neuman Fellowship recipient, Mr. Moore transformed the way newspapers presented stories about the African American community as he rose from the ranks of reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer to its Associate Editor and  Editorial Board member.  Ms. Haynes became the first African American weather reporter for Detroit, Michigan’s WXYX-TV in 1963 and, in 1965, the first African American news reporter for Philadelphia’s KYW-TV.  She currently hosts an Emmy award-winning television program – the “Trudy Haynes Show” – which airs on Bounce TV (www.bouncetv.com). 


       The Philadelphia Legacies Signature Tour is also scheduled to follow the press conference.  At the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University, the Philadelphia Legacy Award Portrait of  the late Mr. Wilton “Wilt” Norton Chamberlain whose basketball career began at Philadelphia’s Overbrook High School will be unveiled.   Mr. Chamberlain was one of the first African American basketball players in the National Basketball Ball Association.  During his stellar career, Mr. Chamberlain set historic records – many of which remain unbroken – while playing the position of center as a member of the Philadelphia Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers.

          Community members and school groups will proceed to the Church of the Advocate at 18th and Diamond Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which  will serve as the venue for the unveiling of the Philadelphia Legacy Portrait Award of Queen Mother Falaka Fattah, Co-Founder of the House of Umoja, Inc. (www.houseofumoja.net)  which has a 51- year successful track record in positively transforming the lives of  approximately 3,000 adolescent males in Philadelphia.  Established in 1968 by Queen Falaka Fattah and her late husband Mr. David Fattah, the House of Umoja, Inc. is an internationally acclaimed organization which helped to bring decades of bloody and deadly gang violence to an end in 1974 when gang leaders signed the Imani Peace Pact™ which was created by House of Umoja, Inc.’s co-founder, the late Mr. David Fattah.   Currently, the House of Umoja, Inc. serves as the City of Philadelphia’s organizer and leader for the National Million Father March (www.fathersincorporated.com)  – a position it has held since 2007 – which helps Fathers increase their level of proactivity in their child’s education and encourages children to strive for academic excellence.

           The Philadelphia Legacy Signature Tours proceeds to the Negro Leagues Memorial Statue and a Pennsylvania Historical marker entitled, “African American Baseball In Philadelphia” at Belmont and Parkside Avenues which pays tribute to the Philadelphia Stars, an African American baseball team in Philadelphia, and a member of the National Negro Leagues Baseball which flourished from 1920 through 1951. 


            This year’s Philadelphia Legacy Award winners will be celebrated at  the  Philadelphia Legacies Banquet Dinner on Saturday, 21 September 2019 beginning at 6:00 P.M.  at the Restaurant School.  Honorees include:


·         Historic record setting National Basketball Association player and trailblazer the late Wilton “Wilt” Norton Chamberlain whose basketball career began when he was student at Overbrook High School.  Mr. Chamberlain went on to play for the Harlem Globetrotters, Philadelphia Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers.

·         Francis “Fran” Joseph Dunphy, former Men’s basketball coach for Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania.  Heralded as the “winningest Coach” in Philadelphia’s “Big Five” history, Dunphy was a member of LaSalle College’s 1969 basketball time which is viewed as one of the best teams in “Big Five” history. 

·         Derrick H. Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Director at the Franklin Institute

·         Stephen Cox, founder and developer of the Greater Philadelphia Region Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation which has helped numerous minorities throughout seven universities achieve doctorate degrees in the sciences

·         Samuel R.  Delany, prolific author who has made an indelible mark in the science fiction and literary worlds and former tenured professor at the University of Massachusetts who also was a Temple University faculty member for 14 years.

Mr. Mark Jackson will serve as the host of the Philadelphia Legacies Banquet Dinner.  A dynamic commentator for the Philadelphia 76ers, Mr. Jackson played on Temple University’s basketball team under the leadership of its former coach and 2017 Philadelphia Legacy Award Winner, Mr. John Chaney.  Mr. Jackson began his professional basketball career in Europe where he played for the Tofas Bursa, a basketball team in Turkey and Lobos Caja Cantabria and Cantabria Lobos, two basketball teams located in Spain.  He returned to the United States in 2000 where he made his professional American basketball debut as a member of the Golden State Warriors.

          For further information regarding 2019 Philadelphia Legacies Week, visit its website at https://philadelphialegacy.org or by contacting its Founder and Executive Director, Mr. Stephen C. Satell by calling (215) 432-2898 or sending an e-mail to bridgingworldsprogram@yahoo.com.



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03 September, 2019

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS --- THREE APPS THAT PROMISE TO HELP IMPROVE THE SITUATION: TECHWARN

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It is a sorry society that we live in today, especially for those who have been in one abusive relationship or the other before.  We know how powerless you must have felt in that relationship, and your getting out means a lot to us too.  Now that you are on the outside, it is time to start planning your recovery and better easing into the society. Fortunately, technology is contributing to the fight against domestic violence with a handful of apps out there today.


We have carefully checked out these apps and picked the best of the bunch for you. How about we have another look?


One Love

The One Love app is the brainchild of researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, so you can be rest assured that it is no fluke created by some developer just looking to gain a name for themselves or make a quick buck. The usefulness of the app is further underlined in the fact that it was developed in collaboration with One Love Foundation.

While you are on the outside, you might not need one of the salient features of this app which helps you determine if you are in a toxic relationship in the first place. However, this feature will help save you from finding yourself in the same position ever again.

Designed in form of a quiz which grades the status and health of a relationship to know if it is currently toxic or has the tendency to become one, many women and men can be saved the hassles of dealing with the emotional trauma and fallout that happens later.

On the other hand, you will also love the extensive resources shipping with the 
application.

For one, a safety plan feature allows you create and map out your lines of action after exiting. That way, you don’t get overwhelmed in the aftermath of the escape but still have everything under control.

Speaking of control, the app also comes with a live chat feature which connects you with a member of the LoveIsRespect foundation, should you need additional help and assistance.


Sojourner Peace

Yet another app worth its salt is Sojourner Peace. Just like One Love above, this app was also developed by a reputable institution (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee), and they had help from the Sojourner Peace center.

This means they got to include not just what they felt would be great for domestic abuse survivors, but what these survivors really needs for a proper life outside of their former situation.

The best part of using the app, for us, is the collection of contact details to different law enforcement offices and services that it entails. From within the app, survivors have more than enough contact information to reach charities, emergency services, law services, financial offices, custodial cases institutions and much more. Basically, all the help that a survivor could need has been provided in the form of contact details here – and all they have to do is reach out to get the extensive support service waiting for them on the outside.


Aspire News

The name of this app makes it sound like any other news feed app out there – but that is the brilliance of it. While the other apps on this list are heal recommended for when the victim gets out of their abusive relationship, this is one app that makes things easier when they are still in the relationship and planning an escape.

Aspire News is a must have for any abuse victim who is scared their partner might have a look at their phone anytime – or that their escape plan could be found out.

Opening the app gets you face to face with a barrage of news content aggregated from different websites from all over the web. Scrolling through the app will not show anything out of the ordinary either. However, the ’Help’ section contains all you need.

From a list of resources that will aid you in an escape to those you can contact in the case of any problem, the Aspire News app has it all. We also love how they have made contacting the resources as easy as making a single click.

That said, it is advised that 911 (or any other designated local emergency service, depending on your region) be called in the extreme situations for a faster guarantee of response.


Wrap Up

While you can use the apps above to plan an escape when you are still in the abusive relationship, you should know that they are not a cure for the abuse. Never rely on them to ‘manage’ the situation when you should really be looking for ways to totally get out.

Contrary to anything you might be thinking, you shouldn’t wait for anything before you escape that abusive relationship. You owe it to yourself to get out – and fast.

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TechWarn (www.techwarn.com) is a Contributing Editor to IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® and author of the foregoing post.  The company is located at 30 North Gould Street, Suite R, Sheridan, WY 82801.

01 September, 2019

LIFERS, INC. PRESENTS A PROPOSAL FOR A SPECIAL PROJECT OF SERVICE IN SUPPORT OF EXPANDED COMMUTATION RELEASE FOR QUALIFIED LIFERS: MESSRS. JAMES MUHAMMED TAYLOR AND KEVIN S. MINES





          Lifers Inc.. has been asked to participate in a discussion with Ms. Veronica Horowitz who is generating a dissertation entitled, “Towards A Sociology Of Mercy:  A Mixed—Methods Analysis Of Commutation Release In the United States”.  Ms. Horowitz has requested feedback on her Prospectus.  In it she states:

            “Given commutation’s potential to meaningfully reduce the size of the United States’ prison population, the overarching question which motivates my dissertation is: How can the utilization of commutation be expanded?”


Premise

        There has been sustained protest in Pennsylvania calling for the release of deserving Lifers through The Board of Pardons.  This protest for mercy and justice, on behalf of deserving Lifers, comes 30 years after the questionable release, and subsequent arrest, of Reginald McFadden in 1994.


         Now mercifully, with a Governor in office who is ready and willing to sign for the release of lifers approved by The Board of Pardons, Lifers Inc. is making the case for the meritorious release of deserving lifers through The Board of Pardons, into a Project of Service, backed with their supporters, as a means of expanding commutation release in Pennsylvania.  This meritorious consideration would be based upon the demonstrated value their prison program initiatives have been to the prison population over the years of their confinement, and the potential usefulness their projects could be to the society with their release.


The Qualified Candidates

        Lifers Inc. is a unique organization here at SCI Graterford working for passage of a Parole for Lifers Bill sponsored by State Representative Jason Dawkins.  To the question of this dissertation concerning commutation expansion, Lifers Inc. believes a convincing case could be made for expanded commutation release by having Legislators and the public know of the collective body of work produced y individual lifers over the years. 

        As casualties of our inner city struggles for survival through criminal means, we have studied the causes of those behaviors that were motivating us and became determined to address those problems through our various social reform initiatives, from a self-help perspective, within the prison setting for the benefit of those seeing positive change.  Lifers have labored with the development of these projects with a reasonable expectation that our contributions would be embraced by the powers-that-be, and would take steps to bring lifers out of the prison to perform this vital work.  What we need is an opportunity to demonstrate just how prepared we are to follow through with our crime and violence prevention initiatives and reentry solutions, if given an opportunity, through The Board of Pardons.

        From the inception of the newly formulated Lifers’ organization at SCI Graterford in 1980, the mission has always been in providing meaningful leadership and services to the prison population, while seeking relief for our freedom through The Board of Pardons.  Moreover, we Lifers continue to provide leadership and guidance for most, if not all, of the volunteer programs and inmate organizations within his institution such as the N.A.A.C.P., the Veterans, the Public Safety Initiative (PSI), L.A.C.E.O., Real Street Talk, U-CAN, FACT, Gray Panthers, and PAR and, including the cadre of Lifers who facilitate Temple University’s Inside-Out Criminal Justice Course here at the prison.

        The U-CAN violence prevention broadcast out of SCI Graterford was a serious public expression, showing our understanding of the problem and what would be done to address the situation with the application of our unique methods with our freedom.  A big thing was made of PSI’s violence prevention project.  And, because a politician was convinced of its doability, substantial funds were allocated in support of that idea.  Again, this project was also seen in the eyes of the public as a workable idea coming from men serving life, and why their freedom is needed to perform this work on the outside.  And, here we are again with PAR, yet another beneficial project initiated by Lifers.  This project is on the verge of a major breakthrough in the community as a solution for reentry coming out of Graterford from a self-help perspective.

       People Advancing Reintegration, Inc. (PAR) is an inmate self-help program started here at Graterford in 1989 to help fellow prisoners prepare for their freedom in a realistic and responsible manner.  As such, PAR is one of the oldest self-help prison programs in the Commonwealth.

        In 2016 PAR volunteers responded to the need of creating a business to employ PAR members upon release.  As a result, PAR Recycle Works (an electronics waste recycling operation) was established to meet that need.  More importantly, this business lays the foundation for the Business-Driven Reentry Zone envisioned for Returning Citizens.  The Business-Driven Reentry Zone is to be a place where all of our collective Lifer initiatives can converge to promote and demonstrate our social reform ideals form a self-help perspective.     __________

Mr.  James Taylor  is  a Contributing Editor to IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® and Chair of the Commutation Committee of the LONG INCARCERATED FRATERNITY ENGAGING RELEASE STUDIES – SCI GRATERFORD (“LIFERS Inc.”) (www.lifersincpa.org).  Mr. Kevin S. Mines is a Contributing Editor to IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® and President of LIFERS Inc. (www.lifersincpa.org).


"PIPELINE TO PRISON YOUTH/RECLAIMING THEIR LIVES AS MEN":: MR. JAMES TAYLOR


     The Lifers Commutation Committee is selecting 30 inmates identified as “Pipeline To Prison” Youth for participation in a project designed to vastly improve the reentry success of this group of men.  The project will be conducted with the support of outside volunteers who are committed to helping this project acquire independent housing for these men to submit their Home Plans and starting a janitorial service to employ them immediately upon release.

         Why is this project is necessary?  Think of this:  With all the millions of government and foundation dollars granted to traditional reentry service providers in support of people returning to the community from our penal institutions, there is only a staggering 71% rate of failure to show for it.  And the situation is not likely to get any better with the powers-that-be continuing to apply band aid solutions to this misdiagnosed social ill in need of major surgery.  That being the case, we see nothing even on the radar screen to address the wrongs done to “Pipeline-To-Prison” Youth who are now set up to be the next generation of recidivists in face of the current state of reentry,

         Consider this:  Most people getting out will continue to be unprepared, broke, with no support network, and in need of immediate employment to get on their feet.  These young Black men need to be made aware of how they have been targeted from a young age for collective imprisonment and then are left to make it on their own (for the most part) when they get out, only to fall victim to imprisonment once again.

          Through People Advancing Reintegration (“PAR”), the inmate self-help Day One Parole Preparation Course that I established at Graterford Prison in 1989 to help fellow prisoners prepare for their freedom in a realistic and responsible manner, I have had an opportunity to work with many men, young and old.   Of the young men involved, they have consistently shown that they want and need to belong to something disciplined and structured within the controlled environment of prison that leads to security and productivity upon release, carried forward to the community within the controlled environment of the business-driven reentry environment we are building toward as a safe haven for these “Pipeline To Prison” young men and other Returning Citizens to grow and thrive in.

         It is not enough to tell these men all the right things they must do as responsible men.  They know this and want to be responsible but, these young inexperienced men must be shown how to be responsible through direct action.  This project is intended to provide the experience and that sense of belonging these young men need to make consistent progress in their lives as a group.  This project would allow us to teach this group of 30 men how to independently raise money in support of this project as a legitimate hedge against crime and recidivism. 

         From that base of operations these men would be in a much better position to help free a whole class of people from the burden of returning to the community without the help they need.

        We will be promoting the sale of our Invest In Justice and America My Home t-shirt and caps designs as the principal means of funding this project.  In addition, we will be seeking the support of a marketing person to help with the promotion of these ideas.  
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Mr.  James  Muhammed Taylor  is  a Contributing Editor to IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® and Chair of the Commutation Committee of the LONG INCARCERATED FRATERNITY ENGAGING RELEASE STUDIES – SCI GRATERFORD (“LIFERS Inc.”) (www.lifersincpa.org). 

30 August, 2019

HOUSE OF UMOJA, INC. LEADING PHILADELPHIA'S 2019 NATIONAL MILLION FATHER MARCH BY EXAMPLE: WALKING WITH FATHERS AND CHILDREN TO UNIVERSAL DAROFF CHARTER SCHOOL ON TUESDAY, 3 SEPTEMBER 2019




5625 W. Master Street
Philadelphia, PA  19131
(215) 473-5893
Facsimile: (215) 879-5340
E-Mail:  falakafattah@aol.com
Website: www.houseofumoja.net 
P R E S S    R E L E A S E

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



CONTACT:

Queen Mother Falaka Fattah
House of Umoja, Inc.
Coordinator for City of Philadelphia – 2019 National Million Father March
(215) 473-5893


Mr. Bilal Qayyum, President
Fathers Day Rally Committee
(215) 696-5362



HOUSE OF UMOJA INC. LEADING PHILADELPHIA’S 2019 NATIONAL MILLION FATHER MARCH BY EXAMPLE:  WALKING WITH FATHERS AND CHILDREN TO UNIVERSAL DAROFF CHARTER SCHOOL ON TUESDAY, 3 SEPTEMBER 2019


          PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA) – 30 August 2019   On Tuesday, 3 September 2019, the first day of the academic year for children, Fathers throughout the City of Philadelphia will participate along with Fathers across the United States in the 2019 National Million Father March.  The City of Philadelphia’s Coordinator for the 2019 National Million Father March, the House of Umoja, Inc. (www.houseofumoja.net), will lead by example when it walks with Fathers and their children to the Universal Daroff Charter School at 5630 Vine Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to ring in the 2019-2010 academic year.  Fathers are being asked to assemble at the House of Umoja, Inc.’s office located at 5625 West Master Street In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at 7:00 A.M. (E.D.T.) on Wednesday, 3 September 2019.   Philadelphia’s observance of the 2019 National Million Father March will honor the legacy of the late Mr. David Fattah, Sr. who served as the City of Philadelphia’s Coordinator for the National Million Father March beginning in 2007 and passed away on 5 December 2019 and move all children in the School District of Philadelphia to commit to nonviolence by signing the Imani Peace Pledge.

        In advance of the 2019 National Million Father March’s observance, the House of Umoja, Inc. has issued a “Call To Prayer”.   On Sunday, 1 September 2019, leaders and members of Philadelphia’s Interfaith Community are being asked to engage in prayer for the city’s children.

            “We are asking the leaders and members of the Interfaith Community to devote a portion of their service on Sunday, 1 September 2019 in prayer for our children’s safety and academic success throughout the 2019-2020 academic year.  Thus far, we have reached out to two hundred religious institutions in the City of Philadelphia,” explained Queen Mother Falaka Fattah.

          Philadelphia’s observance of the 2019 National Million Father March is supported by Philadelphia City Councilman The Honorable Curtis Jones, Jr.  The Fathers  Day Rally Committee (https://fathersrally.com),  headed up by Mr. Bilal Qayyum, along with People for People, Inc., Daddy University, Inc.; The Strong Families Commission, Frontline Dads, Jarell Seay Love and Laughter Foundation, Black Male Community Council of Philadelphia, Black Men Uniting Black Men, Fathering Circle, and Different Kind of Democrat represent a sample of the organizations collaborating with the House of Umoja, Inc. in orchestrating the 2019 National Million Fathers March in the City of Philadelphia.   Fathers in Philadelphia are being asked to escort their child to school; meet their child’s teachers and the school’s principal; obtain a copy of their child’s roster and the school’s academic calendar; and encourage their child to commit to nonviolence by signing the Imani Peace Pledge ™.       

           The brainchild of the late Mr. Phillip Jackson, Founder and Executive Director of the Chicago, Illinois-based Black Star Project (www.blackstarproject.org) which offers academic and mentoring programs for children, workforce development projects, and school services, the National Million Father March was created in 2003.  Observed in over 600 cities throughout the United States, the National Million Father March encourages Fathers to take a proactive role in the education of their child. The national leadership mantle for the National Million Father March has been donned by Fathers Incorporated which is based in Atlanta, Georgia.  In its debut national leadership role for the National Million Father March, Fathers Incorporated (www.fathersincorporated.com) will honor the legacy of Mr. Phillip Jackson by orchestrating a nationwide Million Father March on Friday, 27 September 2019.      

          Established in 1968, the House of Umoja, Inc., an internationally acclaimed organization, was selected by the Black Star Project to lead and organize the National Million Father March in Philadelphia due to its successful track record of transforming the lives of and working with over 3,000 youths.   The House of Umoja, Inc’s successful track record og positively transforming the lives of at least approximately 3,000 adolescent male youths in the City of Philadephia, moved universities and institutions that include, but are not limited to, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Prevention and the Center for Disease Control, to seek the expertise of Queen Mother Falaka Fattah and her late husband Mr. David Fattah in the areas of gang reduction, youth programming, and community organizing.  Former United States Presidents The Honorable Jimmy Carter and the late Honorable Ronald Reagan have recognized the House Of Umoja, Inc. for its pioneering work which has been documented in published articles such as A Summons To Life, by Robert Woodson of the American Enterprise Institute in 1981 and The Violent Juvenile Offender by Paul DeMuro and Richard Allison of the National Council On Crime And Delinquency in 1984.   

          For further information about Philadelphia’s observance of the 2019 National Million Father March, contact the House of Umoja, Inc. at (215) 473-5893 or send an e-mail to falakafattah@aol.com, or visit the organization’s website at www.houseofumoja.net.

            For further information about the Fathers Day Rally Committee, visit its website at https://fathersrally.com.


           For further information concerning the National Million Father March and Fathers Incorporated, visit its website at www.fathersincorporated.com.




29 August, 2019

SECOND CHANCE OR CHAOS? JEROME TEELUCKSINGH, Ph.D.






In the well-known game of Monopoly there is a card known as the "Get Out Of Jail Free" card. In our world there are no such cards and very few get a second chance or more chances. For some of us, it is easy to say yes to “second chance”’ for incarcerated persons. But for others we will want to think twice before allowing them freedom to be integrated into society. And, if you, a family member or friend were victims of crime, there would be little or no sympathy for those behind bars. The imprisoned have broken the legal laws, moral and ethical codes of society.



One of the problems we face is:  Who deserves a second chance? Should a shoplifter be considered a ‘”low risk’” case and allowed a second chance while drug dealers and terrorists are denied a second chance?  More importantly, if rapists or murderers are given a second chance and they commit similar heinous crimes - who would we blame? And, the pertinent question is:  What are we doing to reduce or end recidivism? Should those prison officials and lawmakers who freed these persons be held responsible for death, destruction or damage? Should the public begin civil lawsuits against cities that have allowed repeat offenders to commit crimes?



There are other debatable issues and unanswered questions. Should we allow second chances to inmates who suffer from schizophrenia, who are bipolar, or suffer from a mental illness? If they are given a second chance -- does the society have sufficient resources to monitor them? Our governments should allocate sufficient funds to ensure there are trained personnel and facilities to treat and possibly cure these persons when they are freed. 



Second chances should be compulsory for innocent persons!  For instance, in 2019, a key witness in a murder trial in 1991, admitted that due to pressure from investigators, her testimony was false. As a result, an innocent Philadelphia man was jailed and finally freed after 28 years in prison.  And few of us could forget the teenagers known as the Central Park Five who were wrongfully accused and jailed for the rape of a jogger in New York in 1989.



We need to understand that many incarcerated persons face a parole board but are denied a second chance. These persons might have become model inmates but are denied a second chance simply because of their ethnicity, socio-economic background, or nationality. On the contrary, we know very well that there is a greater likelihood that famous personalities and public figures will be given a second chance. Where is the fairness in the justice system?



It is a chance, an assumption, a belief that those freed persons have been reformed and have positively changed. Those who are given second chances need to understand that it is privilege. Those formerly incarcerated souls must not waste this golden opportunity. A second chance is not a joyride to freedom, it is a two-way street as society allowed these persons to be part of a community and in return- they must regain our trust and confidence. 

  

24 August, 2019

28 AUGUST 2019 - 10:00 AM (E.D.T.) PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCING PHILADELPHIA'S OBSERVANCE OF 2019 NATIONAL MILLION FATHER MARCH HONORING LEGACY OF LATE MR. DAVID FATTAH, SR. AND MOVING CITY'S SCHOOL CHILDREN TO COMMIT TO NONVIOLENCE



HOUSE OF UMOJA, INC.
5625 W. Master Street
Philadelphia, PA  19131
(215) 473-5893
Facsimile: (215) 879-5340



P R E S S    A D V I S O R Y

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



CONTACT:


Queen Mother Falaka Fattah
House of Umoja, Inc.
Coordinator for City of Philadelphia – 2019 National Million Father March
(215) 473-5893


Mr. Bilal Qayyum, President
Fathers Day Rally Committee
(215) 696-5362



WEDNESDAY, 28 AUGUST 2019 – 10:00 A.M. (E.D.T.) PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE PHILADELPHIA’S OBSERVANCE OF 2019 NATIONAL MILLION FATHER MARCH HONORING LEGACY OF THE LATE MR. DAVID FATTAH, SR. AND MOVING CITY’S SCHOOL CHILDREN TO COMMIT TO NONVIOLENCE


          PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA) – 24 August 2019 – The House of Umoja, Inc. (www.houseofumoja.net), the leader and organizer for the 2019 National Million Father March in Philadelphia, will hold a press conference on Wednesday, 28 August 2019 at 10:00 A.M. (E.D.T.) in its office at 5625 West Master Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Calendar Year 2019 marks the 12th year that the National Million Father March has been observed in the City of Philadelphia.   This year’s observance will usher in the 2019-2020 academic year which begins on Tuesday, 3 September 2019 by honoring the legacy of the late Mr. David Fattah, Sr.  who served as the City of Philadelphia’s Coordinator for the National Million Father March beginning in 2007 and passed away on 5 December 2018 and moving all children enrolled in schools throughout the School District of Philadelphia by signing the Imani Peace Pledge ™.  Mr. Fattah, the Co-Founder and Patriarch of the House of Umoja, Inc., was an educator who held two Master Degrees in Education, a Secondary Principal's Certificate, a Special Education Certificate, and a Teaching Certificate for Elementary Education from Temple University and a Master’s Degree in Education and Administration from Cheyney University.  He penned the Imani Peace Pact ™ which was signed onto by members of Philadelphia’s gangs in 1974 and helped to end years of bloody and deadly gang warfare that played out in the school yards and streets of the nation’s fifth largest metropolitan area.   The Imani Peace Pledge ™ is based on the Imani Peace Pact™ -- a document crafted forty-five years ago by Mr. Fattah.    


          Philadelphia’s observance of the 2019 National Million Father March is supported by Philadelphia City Councilman The Honorable Curtis Jones, Jr.  The Fathers  Day Rally Committee (https://fathersrally.com),  headed up by Mr. Bilal Qayyum, along with People for People, Inc., Daddy University, Inc.; The Strong Families Commission, Frontline Dads, Jarell Seay Love and Laughter Foundation, Black Male Community Council of Philadelphia, Black Men Uniting Black Men, Fathering Circle, Different Kind of Democrat represent a sample of the organizations collaborating with the House of Umoja, Inc. in orchestrating the 2019 National Million Fathers March in the City of Philadelphia.   Fathers in Philadelphia are being asked to escort their child to school; meet their child’s teachers and the school’s principal; obtain a copy of their child’s roster and the school’s academic calendar; and encourage their child to commit to nonviolence by signing the Imani Peace Pledge ™.  Leading by example, the House of Umoja, Inc. will help Fathers and their child ring in the first day of the 2019-2020 academic year on Tuesday, 3 September 2019.  Fathers are asked to assemble at 7:00 A.M. (E.D.T). on Tuesday, 3 September 2019 at the House of Umoja, Inc.’s office at 5625 West Master Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for a march to an area school. 


              “On Tuesday, 3 September 2019 – the first day of the 2019-2020 academic year, we are asking every Father throughout the City of Philadelphia to participate in the 2019 National Million Father March by taking their child to school; meet their child’s teachers and the principal of their child’s school, obtain a copy of their child’s roster and the school’s academic calendar, and encourage their child to become an ‘Ambassador Of Peace’ by signing and honoring the Imani Peace Pledge™.  We are also asking teachers and school administrators to make copies of the Imani Peace Pledge™ available to students in their school and encourage them to sign and honor it.   Our schools must be ‘violence-free zones’ -- a place that is conducive to learning and equipping our children with skills that will help them successfully navigate an information and technology-driven global marketplace.   Philadelphia’s children and youth are our city’s ‘Next Generation Of Leaders’.  What better way to prepare them for their leadership role when they mature into adults than encouraging them to become ‘Ambassadors Of Peace’ by signing and honoring the Imani Peace Pledge™!  Our communities are our village and its leaders, among other things, work to create and maintain safety, sustainability, and peace.  As ‘Ambassadors Of Peace’, our children and youth are being groomed for leadership – leadership which rebuilds and protects the village by creating and maintaining safety, sustainability, and peace.  During his lifetime, my husband, David Fattah, worked tirelessly to educate our children – the ‘Next Generation of Leaders’ and to create an environment for them that was safe, peaceful, and conducive to learning.  Education, mentoring the ‘Next Generation of Leaders’ and creating a nurturing and safe environment for everyone in the City of Philadelphia serve as components of my husband’s expansive legacy,” remarked Queen Mother Falaka Fattah.


“Educating our citizens on the importance of having a father in the lives of our children and family and providing the best example of role models of fathers is a top priority.  The Fathers Day Railly Committee is collaborating with the House of Umoja, Inc. in its leadership and organizing role for Philadelphia’s observance of the 2019 National Million Father March  To that end, we are helping Fatherhood groups in Philadelphia reach Fathers who will benefit from being a part of their children’s education through the National Million Father March,” said Mr. Bilal Qayyum, President of the Father’s Day Rally Committee.


             The brainchild of the late Mr. Philip Jackson, Founder and Executive Director of the Chicago, Illinois-based Black Star Project (www.blackstarproject.org) which offers academic and mentoring programs for children, workforce development projects, and school services, the National Million Father March was created in 2003.   Observed in over 600 cities throughout the United States, the National Million Father March encourages Fathers to take a proactive role in the education of their child.  For further information concerning the Black Star Project and the National Million Father March, visit its website at www.blackstarproject.org.



      Established in 1968, the House of Umoja, Inc., an internationally acclaimed organization, was selected by the Black Star Project to lead and organize the National Million Father March in Philadelphia due to its successful track record of transforming the lives of and working with over 3,000 youths.   The House of Umoja, Inc’s successful track record moved universities and institutions that include, but are not limited to, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Prevention and the Center for Disease Control, to seek the expertise of Queen Mother Falaka Fattah and her late husband Mr. David Fattah in the areas of gang reduction, youth programming, and community organizing.  Former United States Presidents Jimmy Carter and the late Ronald Reagan have recognized the House Of Umoja, Inc. for its pioneering work which has been documented in published articles such as A Summons To Life, by Robert Woodson of the American Enterprise Institute in 1981 and The Violent Juvenile Offender by Paul DeMuro and Richard Allison of the National Council On Crime And Delinquency in 1984.   For further information about Philadelphia’s observance of the 2019 National Million Father March, contact the House of Umoja, Inc. at (215) 473-5893 or send an e-mail to falakafattah@aol.com, or visit the organization’s website at www.houseofumoja.net.



            For further information about the Fathers Day Rally Committee, visit its website at https://fathersrally.com.

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