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14 May, 2022

AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST FOUNDER OF HOUSE OF UMOJA, INC. QUEEN MOTHER FALAKA FATTAH TO BE INDUCTED INTO SOUTH PHILADELPHIA HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI CULTURAL HALL OF FAME 2022 ON SUNDAY, 15 MAY 2022

HOUSE OF UMOJA, INC. * 5625 W. Master Street * Philadelphia, PA  19131 * (215) 473-5893 '* E-Mail:  falakafattah@aol.com  * Website:  www.houseofumoja.net


          Queen Mother Falaka Fattah, humanitarian, award-winning journalist, and Founder of the House Of Umoja, Inc. (www.houseofumoja.net),  an internationally acclaimed institution that has a fifty-four year successful track record of positively transforming the lives of at least approximately 3,000 urban young males and reducing gang violence through the 1974 No Gang War Campaign which she coordinated that saved hundreds of thousands of lives in Philadelphia,  will be inducted into the South Philadelphia High School Alumni Cultural Hall Of Fame 2022 on Sunday, 15 May 2022  at 2401 Swanson Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   Festivities which will include a banquet dinner in addition to an induction ceremony on Sunday, 15 May 2022, are scheduled to  commence at 1:00 P.M. and conclude at 5:00  P.M.  Queen Mother Falaka Fattah will be represented at the induction ceremony by her grandson, Mr. Anthony Bannister-Fattah..

                When asked to identify role models who influenced her, Queen Mother Falaka Fattah, who will the only female African American to be inducted at the South Philadelphia High School Alumni Induction Ceremony on Sunday, 15 May 2022, pointed to two women – her Mother, an educator, and Mrs. Casey, a Latin teacher at South Philadelphia High School.  

             “As I accept the honor that my alma mater, South Philadelphia High School has bestowed upon me, my thoughts are turned to two role models who influenced me – my Mother and my Latin teacher, Mrs. Casey.  My mother was a fully certified educator in an one room school in Virginia.  When she relocated to Philadelphia, the Philadelphia School District refused to accept the certification she received in Virginia. She did not abdicate from her role as an educator and supplemented the education my brother and I received in Philadelphia’s school system.  My Mother would ask us to share with her what we were learning in school.  She would take us on a field trip that corresponded with a particular subject we were learning and employ her teaching skills to explore in great depth with us the particular subject we were learning at school during the field trip she created.  The second individual who influenced me was my Latin teacher, Mrs. Casey at South Philadelphia High School.  There are two things out of the many things that I learned from her that stand out.  I learned the importance of words and words are very important.   It is probably the reason that words mean so much to me.  ‘Noblesse oblige’ one of the many Latin phrases I learned in Mrs.. Casey’s classroom, continues to resonate with me.  Translated into English, ‘noblesse oblige’ means ‘noble obligation’ and ‘noble obligation’ is the obligation of honorable, generous, and responsible behavior.  ‘Noblesse oblige’ is how I have approached everything in my life,” Queen Mother Falaka Fattah remarked.

           During her award-winning journalism career, Queen Mother Falaka Fattah was a writer and editor for The Philadelphia Tribune and a writer for The Philadelphia Bulletin, The Philadelphia Independent, and The Philadelphia Afro-American.  In 1968, she launched UMOJA Magazine..  It was during that same year, September 1968, that the House of Umoja, Inc. was founded to address rising and deadly violence driven by gangs in the fifth largest metropolitan area in the United States.  For five decades, the internationally acclaimed institution has designed and implemented timeless solutions-based Global Models for eradicating violence, fostering community development, creating economic sustainability, and addressing many of the key challenges that prevent boys and adolescent males from reaching their full potential and maturing into productive and successful adults.  In 2007, the House Of Umoja, Inc. became the City of Philadelphia’s organizer and leader for the National Million Father March an initiative created by the late  Mr. Philip Jackson and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois (www.blackstarproject.org; www.fathersincorporated.com)/ that encourages Fathers to take a proactive role in the education of their children and continues to redefine and reshape Fatherhood in the United States  Impressed with the House of Umoja, Inc.’s successful track record in reducing and eradicating gang violence and providing life lines for urban adolescent males. when  Mr. Jackson decided to expand the National Million Father March to Philadelphia, he immediately offered the leadership and organizing role to the institution.  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 Fathers  March was created in 2003.  Observed in hundreds of cities throughout the United States, the National Million Fathers March encourages Fathers to take a proactive role in the education of their child. The national leadership mantle for the National Million Fathers March has been donned by Fathers Incorporated (www.fathersincorporated.com) which is based in Atlanta, Georgia. 

           Currently, to address Philadelphia’s gun violence emergency, the House Of Umoja. Inc. is facilitating the UMOJA Youth Peace Corps, a component of the Fattah Peace Academy and the UMOJA Intentional Community.  An after school program for youths that provides them with a well-rounded array of training ranging from conflicts resolution, communications, mental and physical wellness, Blockchain Basics, entrepreneurship, dog training, and art therapy, the UMOJA Youth Peace Corps is an influencer leadership initiative centered around peace, the family of community, culture, and healing.      The initiatives designed by the House of Umoja, Inc. to help bring peace to the City of Philadelphia is based on a collaboration in the 1970s between the House Of Umoja, Inc., community organizations, and incarcerated individuals serving life without parole sentences in Pennsylvania correctional facilities.  It was a collaborative effort that resulted in the orchestration of a peace conference attended by gang leaders throughout the City of Philadelphia on 1 January 1974 and a peace treaty negotiated by the House of Umoja, Inc.   Facilitated by Queen Mother Falaka Fattah, gang leaders attending the peace conference signed the Imani Peace Pledge™ and ended decades of bloody and deadly gang violence that played out in Philadelphia’s schoolyards and streets.   The pledge was  penned by the late Mr. David Fattah, the patriarch of House of Umoja, Inc.   In 2022, collaborative efforts among community organizations, the House Of Umoja, Inc., and members of SCI Phoenix LIFERS, Inc. (www.lifersincpa.org), a nationally recognized “inside-out” Criminal Justice Reform, Reentry, and Restorative Justice think tank  that mirrors the collaborative efforts of the 1970s are focusing on moving a new generation of youths and young adults to peace and resolve Philadelphia’s gun violence emergency. 

       Over the years, institutions that include, but are not limited to, the  Office of Juvenile Justice and Prevention and the Center for Disease Control have sought the House of Umoja, Inc.’s expertise on gang violence reduction, youth programming, and community organizing.   Former United States Presidents The Honorable James Earl Carter, Jr. and the late Honorable Ronald Wilson Reagan recognized the House of Umoja, Inc. for its pioneering work that has been documented in published articles such as “A Summons To Life,” by Robert Woodson of the American Enterprise Institute (www.aei.org)  in 1981 and “The Violent Juvenile Offender,” by Paul DeMuro and Richard Allison of the National Council On Crime and Delinquency (www.nccdglobal.org), in 1984.

         For further information about the South Philadelphia High School Alumni Cultural Hall Of Fame 2022 induction ceremony and banquet dinner scheduled for Sunday, 15 May 2022 from 1:00 P.M. through 5:00 P.M. at 2401 Swanson Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, call 267-861-0391 or visit the South Philadelphia High School Alumni’s website at www.sphsalumni.org.

          For further information about the House of Umoja, Inc., visit the organization’s website at www.houseofumoja.net or call (215) 473-5893 or send an e-mail to:  falakafattah@aol.com.

 

 

15 April, 2022

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN SPORTS INVESTMENT CONSORTIUM POISED TO BREAK NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE’S “OWNERSHIP GLASS CEILING” WITH BID TO BUY DENVER BRONCOS

AFRICAN AMERICAN SPORTS INVESTMENT CONSORTIUM

James  M.  DeLeon

(215) 300-0585

E-Mail:  jimmyde46@aol.com 




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


          PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA)  -  The recent dissolution of the Right Of First Refusal Agreement between the late Pat Bowlen and Edgar Kaiser, Jr., former owners of the National Football League’s Denver Broncos ( see “Broncos Sales Is ‘Free And Clear’ To Go On Following Settlement Between Estates” (Sports Illustrated) at https://si.com/nfl/2022/ 04/14/broncos-sale-can-go-without-interruptions-following-settlement) pursuant to a settle- ment reached by and between their respective estates has not only cleared the way for the team’s sale, but has also provided the National Football League with an opportunity to shatter its “ownership glass ceiling”.  The African American Sports Investment Consortium (“AASIC”) has disclosed that it is bidding for ownership of the Denver Broncos with the help of a re-clusive African American billionaire.  AASIC is poised to shatter the National Football League’s “ownership glass ceiling” pending negotiations on a myriad of issues which include, but are not limited, to finder’s fees. 

            The African American Sports Investment Consortium’s disclosure comes on the heels of the settlement reached between the Denver Broncos and the estates of its former owners the late Pat Bowlen and Edgar Kaiser, Jr. and National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell’s public statement concerning diversity during his address to the media on 8 February 2022 at the National Football League Network’s Champions Field (https://www. usatoday.com/story/sports/2022/02/09/roger-goodell-nfl-diversity-coaches-hiring-rooney-rule/ 67264410001/).   During his address, Commissioner Goodell stated that the National Football League would “love to see a diverse owner of  the Denver Broncos”.

           “Financing rules in the National Football League has created an ‘ownership glass ceiling’ that makes ownership of football teams financially prohibitive for African Americans.  As an example, a prospective purchaser of a football team must own at least a thirty percent stake in the team and is limited to the amount of debt that can be incurred against the team he or she is buying.  The debt limit is one billion dollars,” remarked James M. DeLeon of AASIC, a retired  highly respected jurist whose career spanned five decades in the Municipal Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. 

          For further information concerning AASIC’s historic move to shatter the “ownership glass ceiling” in the National Football League, contact the AASIC at (215) 300-0585.

 

 

31 March, 2022

PENNSYLVANIA PRISONERS AT SCI PHOENIX FILE A LAWSUIT SEEKING PAROLE ELIGIBILITY OF LIFE SENTENCES: MR. KEVIN S. MINES




Eight (8) Pennsylvania State prisoners at SCI-Phoenix -  Kevin S. Mines, Lonnie Wright, James Brown, Charles Sheppard, Kevin Evans, Brian Thompson, Thomas Davis II, and Joel Muir,. Petitioners, filed a Petition For Review In The Nature Of A Complaint, Docket No. 102, MD 2022)  in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, seeking declaratory judgment and injunctive relief on Monday, March 14, 2022, against six (6) Pennsylvania State government officials, Respondents: Tom Wolf, Governor; Josh Shapiro, Attorney General; Theodore W. Johnson, Secretary, PA Board of Probation and Parole;  George M. Little, Secretary,  PA Department of Corrections; Jamie Sorber, Superintendent; SCI-Phoenix; and Kim Nixon, Supervisor of Inmates Records at SCI-Phoenix.  The lawsuit alleges that each Respondent played an essential role in the prohibition and outright denial of any opportunity for parole eligibility review and consideration of the Petitioners, who are convicted of first degree and second degree murder and sentenced to life.  


The Petitioners contend in the lawsuit that a judicially imposed, mandatory life sentence, without the possibility of parole (LWOP), is a de facto death sentence (DDS). It violates the Pennsylvania Constitution which prohibits cruel punishment, as well as the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution and Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Petitioners were sentenced to a term of life, which did not explicitly state "Without-the-Possibility-of-Parole." Each of the Petitioners filed an Application for Parole Eligibility Review and Consideration, and the Respondents mechanically denied each application for parole, simply stating: "Upon review of your application for parole and the Department of Corrections records of your sentencing, it appears that you are serving a life sentence and are therefore not eligible for parole consideration based upon 61 Pa.C.S. § 6137(a)."


Petitioners contends that although 61 Pa .C.S. §6137(a) contains a provision excepting an inmate condemned to death or serving life imprisonment from parole review, it nevertheless violates ex post facto law and is unconstitutional as it applies to each of the Petitioners, because they were never given "fair warning" that their judicially imposed life sentence meant LWOP -- i.e., DDS. Petitioners further argue that LWOP -- i.e., DDS – in addition to being cruel punishment, is inhumane. It deprives Petitioners of all hope, strips them of their rights to redemption, and essentially says that they are incorrigible or incapable of positive transformation and rehabilitation -- a judgment made without any consideration of review of the Petitioners’ individualized circumstances. Each Petitioner has empirical proof of their positive transformation and rehabilitation. Each Petitioner is thoroughly rehabilitated. The Petitioners also allege that the Respondents lack authority to detain them since Respondents do not have a legitimate court authorized DC300B Judicial Commitment Form nor Sentencing Order authorizing Petitioners legal detention in state prison. The Respondents are violating the state and federal Constitutions by keeping the Petitioners imprisoned without proper judicial authority. The Respondents did not follow proper procedures and protocol for committing Petitioners to a state prison. The DC300B form that Respondents used to commit Petitioners into their state prison, were not created by the Judicial Court System, as required by law, but rather, the DC300B form used by the Respondents were created by the Respondents, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Scribner(s), and therefore, carries no weight of authority.


The lawsuit is filed on behalf of all similarly situated prisoners in Pennsylvania state prisons serving LWOP, i.e.,  -- DDS. The Respondents actions are such that no civilized society can tolerate.

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Mr. Kevin S. Mines is the President of SCI Phoenix LIFERS, Inc., (www.lifersincpa.org), a nationally acclaimed "inside-out" Criminal Justice Reform, Reentry, and Restorative Justice Think Tank which has researched and designed solutions-based initiatives that address. among other things,  gun violence, the "school-to-prison" pipeline, and recidivism.  To reach Mr. Mines directly, correspondence can be addressed as follows:  

SMART COMMUNICATIONS/PA DOC
Mr. Kevin S. Mines #AY5941
SCI Phoenix
P.O. Box 33028
St. Petersburg, FL  33733

This groundbreaking  legal document can be viewed at 20220330074813608.pdf (lifersincpa.org) 

29 March, 2022

HOUSE OF UMOJA, INC. LAUNCHES "A VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM" FOR YOUTHS AGED 15-18 ON 5 APRIL 2022.



House Of Umoja * 5625 West Master Street * Philadelphia, PA  19131 * (215) 473-5893 *

Website:  www.houseofumoja.net * E-Mail:  falakafattah@aol.com

 

M E M O R A N D U M

 

TO:                             The Future Thought Leaders Of Philadelphia

 

FROM:                       Queen Mother Falaka Fattah

                                    Founder/CEO

                                    House of Umoja, Inc.

 

RE:                             Your Positive Development Opportunity

 

              If you are between the ages of 15 through 18 living within the geographical boundaries of the 19th Police District, you are eligible to participate in A VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM which begins on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at the House of Umoja, Inc. at 5625 West Master Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  .

             What will A VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM offer you?  What will you learn, discover and have access to?

              A VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM is a journey that will help you  learn about yourself, your community,  your valuable role as a Future Thought Leader in your community, and how and why you are part of the solution to ending the current crisis of violence in the City of Philadelphia.   As a Future Thought Leader in your community, you will learn to express yourself through advanced communications, discover your pathway to success, and have access to scholarship opportunities.   You will receive a weekly stipend of US$40.00 .

              The application deadline for A VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM is Thursday, 31 March 2022.   Applications are being accepted online at www.houseofumoja.net or you may  contact the House of Umoja, Inc by calling (215) 473-5893 or sending an e-mail to:  falakafattah@aol.com.

 

28 March, 2022

HOUSE OF UMOJA, INC.’S INFLUENCER LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE -- THE UMOJA YOUTH PEACE CORPS -- TO LAUNCH ON 5 APRIL 2022




CONTACT:

Queen Mother Falaka Fattah

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

House of Umoja, Inc.

(215) 473-5893

Website:  www.houseofumoja.net

E-Mail:  falakafattah@aol.com


“A child that is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth.”

-African Proverb-

          PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA)  --  The House of Umoja, Inc. (www.houseofumoja.net) will launch its Youth Peace Corps, a component of the Fattah Peace Academy and the UMOJA INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY on Tuesday, 5 April 2022.  The Umoja Youth Peace Corps is an influencer leadership initiative centered around peace, the family of community, culture, healing and an African Proverb which warns: "A child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth.”

               An after school program, the Youth Peace Corps will nurture youths, ages 15 through 18, by providing them with a well-round array of training ranging from communications, mental and physical wellness, Blockchain Basics entrepreneurship, dog training, and art therapy.  Each day begins with a meal and Adella with Queen Mother Falaka Fattah. Adella is a Swahili word that means “just” or “fair” and is formed around the value of the extended family, creating a safe space, and a tool for conflict resolution. Adella became the order within a home of fifteen (15) boys when Queen Mother in 1969 invited the gang members of her son's gang to live in her home. d Adella is a proven model that has worked in West African societies from ancient times and throughout the House of Umoja, Inc.’s existence as a residential home, safe haven, and peacemaker in the streets.

                 “We are in a season of Sankofa.  Sankofa is a principle created by the Akan Tribe of Ghana which reminds us that remembering the past is the pathway to making positive progress in the future.    This wise principle is based on an Akan proverb translated from the Akan language which states, ‘It is not taboo to fetch what you forgot’.  The current set of challenges that engulf our community reminds each of us that  if we intend to resolve the challenges besieging our community, we must first know who we truly are, our heritage, our history, and the world around us  we have collectively forgotten.  Until we do, we will not make positive progress and it will be very difficult for us to better ourselves and our community and effectively teach and support our community’s Next Generation of Leaders – our youth.  As The House of Umoja, Inc. retrieves past violence reduction strategies, we realize we have always moved in partnership with our youth and kinship community.   Our youth have an integral role in crafting, applying, and evaluating violence reduction strategies that are relevant in today’s society.  It is our responsibility to develop a generation of effective leaders.  We can begin by teaching our youth how to solve problems and the principles of effective leadership and  supporting their vision for the future,” remarked Queen Mother Falaka Fattah, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the House of Umoja, Inc. (www.houseofumoja.net).  

           Cognizant of the dire need to move a new generation of souls to commit to nonviolence, the House of Umoja partnered with the SCI Phoenix LIFERS Inc. (www.palifersinc.org), a nationally acclaimed “inside-out” Criminal Justice Reform, Reentry, and Restorative Justice Think Tank  in research driven solutions-based modeling to help bring healing and peace to the City of Philadelphia. The Umoja Intentional Community, born from this initiative, is a structured alignment and an acknowledgement of the strengths, intent, and actions of the House of Umoja's actual community.   

         “This is what we call the UMOJA INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY. Umoja leverages its fifty-three years of experience with violence reduction, conflict resolution, peace treaties, safe corridors, non-violence advocacy, community-school programming, and Black male, youth, and family development to strategically employ a pilot model program built on the foundation of violence-free zones,  Carroll Park is the initial defined violence-free zone. Our youth, the most impacted by the violence, are directly involved in helping create the peace through the Umoja Intentional Community Youth Peace Corps and trained through the Fattah Peace Academy. Eleventh and twelfth grade students from Carroll Park high schools will make up the fifteen member cohorts. Each cohort is twelve weeks and meets weekly from three o’clock through five o’clock on Tuesday afternoons through Friday afternoons.  Programming includes anger and stress management, conflict resolution, music, art and gardening therapy, the power of thought and language, forgiveness and intention, WalkNWellness™, neighborhood history, financial literacy, how to find and apply for scholarships, career development, entrepreneurship, self-expression, and the Rap Council which will facilitate a multigenerational conversation through rap where students learn to use their lyrical talents to speak life, not death,”  explained Queen Mother Falaka Fattah.    

          Established in 1968, the House of Umoja, Inc. is an  internationally acclaimed institution that has, for five decades, designed and implemented timeless Global Models for eradicating violence, fostering community development, creating economic sustainability, and addressing many of the key challenges that prevent boys and adolescent males from reaching their full potential and maturing into productive and successful adults.  Its successful track record of positively transforming the lives of approximately 3,000 male adolescents and  reducing gang violence, moved universities and institutions to seek the House of Umoja, Inc.’s expertise.   The Office of Juvenile Justice and Prevention and the Center for Disease Control were among the institutions that sought the House of Umoja, Inc.’s expertise on gang violence reduction, youth programming, and community organizing.   Former United States Presidents The Honorable James Earl Carter, Jr. and the late Honorable Ronald Wilson Reagan recognized the House of Umoja, Inc. for its pioneering work that has been documented in published articles such as “A Summons To Life,” by Robert Woodson of the American Enterprise Institute (www.aei.org)  in 1981 and “The Violent Juvenile Offender,” by Paul DeMuro and Richard Allison of the National Council On Crime and Delinquency (www.nccdglobal.org), in 1984.

          For further information about the UMOJA Intentional Community, the UMOJA Youth Peace Corps, and the House of Umoja, Inc., visit the organization’s website at www.houseofumoja.net or call (215) 473-5893 or send an e-mail to:  falakafattah@aol.com.

14 March, 2022

HOUSE OF UMOJA, INC. USHERS IN SPRING, RECONVENES WEEKLY SOLUTIONS-BASED COMMUNITY DIALOGUES COMMENCING SATURDAY, 26 MARCH 2022 FROM 12:00 P.M. (E.S.T.) THROUGH 1:00 P.M. (E.S.T.)


Co-Founder/Executive Director


CONTACT:

 Queen Mother Falaka Fattah

House of Umoja, Inc.

(215) 473-5893

E-Mail:  falakafattah@aol.com

Website:  www.houseofumoja.net/pressroom


         PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA) – 14 March 2022  Cognizant of the fact that solutions, much like wisdom, comes from all places, the House of Umoja, Inc. (www.house ofumoja.net) is reconvening its weekly solutions-based community dialogues commencing Saturday, 26 March 2022 from 12:00 P.M. (E.S.T.) through 1:00 P.M. (E.S.T.) at 5625 West Master Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The House Of Umoja, Inc. is ushering in Spring by reconvening its weekly solutions-based community dialogues convened on Saturdays commending Saturday 26, March 2022 will serve as a pathway  for exploring, designing, and implementing antidotes for, among other things, gun violence, the school-to-prison-pipeline, structural racism, gentrification, blight, criminal justice and prison reform, and inequities in education, health, and economics.  

 

             “Spring is synonymous with rebirth,  rejuvenation, regrowth, resurrection and renewal.  ,With that in mind, the House Of Umoja, Inc. is bringing together our community’s healers, thinkers, visionaries, griots, entrepreneurs, activists and youths to exchange and share ideas and solutions that will transform our community into an economically, spiritually, psychologically, and emotionally vibrant oasis that protects its most vulnerable members – Our Children, the Next Generation Of Leaders, Husbands, Fathers, Wives, and Mothers -- and Our Elders, the  jewels of our community.  Solutions, much like wisdom, come from all places.  Each Saturday, beginning  on Saturday, 26 March 2022, the House Of Umoja, Inc. is bringing together souls in our community who have ideas and solutions that will bring about rebirth, rejuvenation, regrowth, resurrection, renewal, and peace in our neighborhoods.  Every idea is important.  Every voice must be heard and dialogue can bring about healing and peace,” remarked Queen Mother Falaka Fattah, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the House Of Umoja, Inc.

 

             Established in 1968, the House of Umoja, Inc. is an  internationally acclaimed institution that has, for five decades, designed and implemented timeless Global Models for eradicating violence, fostering community development, creating economic sustainability, and addressing many of the key challenges that prevent boys and adolescent males from reaching their full potential and maturing into productive and successful adults.  Its successful track record of positively transforming the lives of approximately 3,000 male adolescents and  reducing gang violence, moved universities and institutions to seek the House of Umoja, Inc.’s expertise.   The Office of Juvenile Justice and Prevention and the Center for Disease Control were among the institutions that sought the House of Umoja, Inc.’s expertise on gang violence reduction, youth programming, and community organizing.   Former United States Presidents The Honorable James Earl Carter, Jr. and the late Honorable Ronald Wilson Reagan recognized the House of Umoja, Inc. for its pioneering work that has been documented in published articles such as “A Summons To Life,” by Robert Woodson of the American Enterprise Institute (www.aei.org)  in 1981 and “The Violent Juvenile Offender,” by Paul DeMuro and Richard Allison of the National Council On Crime and Delinquency (www.nccdglobal.org), in 1984.             

          To learn how you can participate in the weekly solutions-based dialogues scheduled for Saturdays and orchestrated by the House of Umoja, Inc., commencing Saturday, 26 March 2022 from 12:00 P.M. (E.S.T.) to 1:00 P.M. (E.S.T.) at  5625  West Master Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, call (215) 473-5893 or send an e-mail to:  falakafattah@aol.com

 

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







21 January, 2022

“PATH TO REDUCING GUN VIOLENCE”: THE HONORABLE JAMES M. DeLEON WEIGHS IN


PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF GIBSON HURST(TM) 


According to the City of Philadelphia’s Police Department  (https://www.phillypolice.com/crime-maps-stats)  as of 20 January 2022 at 11:59 P.M. (E.D.T.), approximately 34 homicides by gun have occurred throughout the City of Philadelphia.  It is estimated that at least 104 Philadelphians are victims of nonfatal gun shootings.     The Honorable James M. DeLeon who recently retired from the Philadelphia Municipal Court after an illustrious 34 year career as a highly acclaimed and respected jurist, points us to an all-inclusive and solutions-based ”Path To Reducing Gun Violence” which he crafted.  Judge DeLeon counsels us to view gun violence through a different frame of reference and offers a transparent, all-inclusive, “up-the-line-and-down-the line” public policy and governmental approach to eradicating and reducing gun violence in “Path To Reducing Gun Violence” which can be viewed in The Philadelphia Tribune at https://www.phillytrib.com/commentary/a-path-to-reducing-gun-violence/article_9f6c2bc0-404e-5dc1-88a7-40ad1896715e.html.     Judge DeLeon’s “Path To Reducing Gun Violence” is a powerful “all hands on deck” solutions-based and results-oriented approach to resolving and eradicating gun violence in the City of Philadelphia that will work when implemented and it needs to be implemented post haste


D.A. Sears

Managing Editor - IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R)







AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST FOUNDER OF HOUSE OF UMOJA, INC. QUEEN MOTHER FALAKA FATTAH TO BE INDUCTED INTO SOUTH PHILADELPHIA HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI CULTURAL HALL OF FAME 2022 ON SUNDAY, 15 MAY 2022

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