One Common Unity

One Common Unity One Common Unity breaks cycles of violence and builds compassionate, healthy communities through the transformative power of music, arts, and peace education.
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Check out our website: http://www.OneCommonUnity.org One Common Unity is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization started in 2000 by a group of artists, educators, and community organizers intent on promoting non-violent conflict resolution in light of a rash of street killings impacting neighborhoods throughout Washington DC. Our mission is to use media & arts-based programming to educate youth, educators and communities on peaceful resolutions to conflict and violence. For almost 20 years, OCU has facilitated training programs that promote the use of the arts and social-emotional learning (SEL) based strategies when working with young people impacted by violence and other risk factors in their communities. The recent documentary "Fly By Light" highlights the work of One Common Unity with youth from all four quadrants of Washington DC. Donate today at http://www.onecommonunity.org/make-a-donation/

Check out our website: http://www.OneCommonUnity.org One Common Unity is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization started in 2000 by a group of artists, educators, and community organizers intent on promoting non-violent conflict resolution in light of a rash of street killings impacting neighborhoods throughout Washington DC. Our mission is to use media & arts-based programming to educate youth, educators and communities on peaceful resolutions to conflict and violence. For almost 20 years, OCU has facilitated training programs that promote the use of the arts and social-emotional learning (SEL) based strategies when working with young people impacted by violence and other risk factors in their communities. The recent documentary "Fly By Light" highlights the work of One Common Unity with youth from all four quadrants of Washington DC. Donate today at http://www.onecommonunity.org/make-a-donation/

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🔊 There’s big news at OCU. After 20+ years, Hawah announces he is stepping down as Executive Director (ED), paving the w...
06/03/2021

🔊 There’s big news at OCU.

After 20+ years, Hawah announces he is stepping down as Executive Director (ED), paving the way for new leadership this fall.

Hawah shares, “As I reflect on these past twenty years and look ahead to this next chapter for both the organization and for me, I also want to take a moment and thank YOU—our OCU community—for being with us every step of the way. We wouldn't be here without your support, friendship, and collaboration over the years, and I can't wait for the incredible things OCU will continue to do in partnership with you.” ❤️

Read Hawah’s complete statement, here:
https://onecommonunity.org/hawah-kasat-leadership-transition/

We'll be reflecting and honoring his visionary leadership over the next several months. Help us send Hawah off on his next adventure by sharing your fondest memories, photos, and moments here. Comment and share below. 💬

⏰ June 9th at 7 pm est we invite you to join us for the #FlyByLight virtual Summer Showcase! An uplifting night of music...
06/02/2021

⏰ June 9th at 7 pm est we invite you to join us for the #FlyByLight virtual Summer Showcase! An uplifting night of music, poetry, and dance by youth artists and special renowned guest artists—tune into this soulful and cathartic event!!✨
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🎶 Spotlight on Guest Artist: Messiah Ramkissoon

New York-based poet, Hip-Hop artist, and incarcerated youth activist, Messiah Ramkissoon, has a message: words possess power. Messiah began his career teaching poetry at Washington DC's famed Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Beginning in 2007 and continuing to the present day in New York, Messiah has served as a mentor and programming liaison for incarcerated youth in Maryland, Washington, and at Rikers Island in New York City. Messiah is also a three-time champion of the nationally-televised Apollo Theater showcase (his poem “Shareka Was A Champ” brought the Apollo crowd to their feet while illuminating the HIV crisis). Having shared platforms on many renowned stages, Messiah’s focus and passion remain centered in the purpose and devout ex*****on of his artistry and its impact on the culture.
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🎟 Tickets are available
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DCPS & DCPCS students and families are always free 🎉
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#FlyByLight #OCU #OneCommonUnity #dcmusic #dcartists #youthartists #peaceeducation #nonviolence #poetry #spokenword #hiphop #dcyouthprograms #dcps #dcpcs #dcmetro #creativedc #dc #dccreates #artistsupportartists

⏰ June 9th at 7 pm est we invite you to join us for the #FlyByLight virtual Summer Showcase! An uplifting night of music, poetry, and dance by youth artists and special renowned guest artists—tune into this soulful and cathartic event!!✨
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🎶 Spotlight on Guest Artist: Messiah Ramkissoon

New York-based poet, Hip-Hop artist, and incarcerated youth activist, Messiah Ramkissoon, has a message: words possess power. Messiah began his career teaching poetry at Washington DC's famed Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Beginning in 2007 and continuing to the present day in New York, Messiah has served as a mentor and programming liaison for incarcerated youth in Maryland, Washington, and at Rikers Island in New York City. Messiah is also a three-time champion of the nationally-televised Apollo Theater showcase (his poem “Shareka Was A Champ” brought the Apollo crowd to their feet while illuminating the HIV crisis). Having shared platforms on many renowned stages, Messiah’s focus and passion remain centered in the purpose and devout ex*****on of his artistry and its impact on the culture.
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🎟 Tickets are available
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DCPS & DCPCS students and families are always free 🎉
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#FlyByLight #OCU #OneCommonUnity #dcmusic #dcartists #youthartists #peaceeducation #nonviolence #poetry #spokenword #hiphop #dcyouthprograms #dcps #dcpcs #dcmetro #creativedc #dc #dccreates #artistsupportartists

⏰ Join us June 9th at 7 pm est for the #FlyByLight virtual Summer Showcase! An uplifting night of music, poetry, and dan...
06/01/2021

⏰ Join us June 9th at 7 pm est for the #FlyByLight virtual Summer Showcase! An uplifting night of music, poetry, and dance by youth artists and special renowned guest artists—you won’t want to miss out on this eye-opening and empowering experience!!
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🗣️ Spotlight on Guest Artist: Tamika Love Jones

Tamika Love Jones is a versatile vocalist, actress, mother of two, and a sought-after Teaching Artist in her hometown of Washington, DC. To date, Tamika Love Jones has released three albums of original music incorporating Soul, Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk, Blues, and Classical influences. Tamika has also toured with international artists such as Zap Mama, Gordon Chambers, and Maimouna Youssef. Tamika’s ability to exhibit dramatic stage presence, acrobatic vocals, and fluidity of various genres has put her in a class all her own.
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DCPS & DCPCS students and families are always free 🎉
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#FlyByLight #OCU #OneCommonUnity #dcmusic #dcartists #youthartists #peaceeducation #nonviolence #poetry #spokenword #hiphop #dcyouthprograms #dcps #dcpcs #dcmetro #creativedc #dc #dccreates #artistsupportartists

⏰ Join us June 9th at 7 pm est for the #FlyByLight virtual Summer Showcase! An uplifting night of music, poetry, and dance by youth artists and special renowned guest artists—you won’t want to miss out on this eye-opening and empowering experience!!
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🗣️ Spotlight on Guest Artist: Tamika Love Jones

Tamika Love Jones is a versatile vocalist, actress, mother of two, and a sought-after Teaching Artist in her hometown of Washington, DC. To date, Tamika Love Jones has released three albums of original music incorporating Soul, Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk, Blues, and Classical influences. Tamika has also toured with international artists such as Zap Mama, Gordon Chambers, and Maimouna Youssef. Tamika’s ability to exhibit dramatic stage presence, acrobatic vocals, and fluidity of various genres has put her in a class all her own.
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DCPS & DCPCS students and families are always free 🎉
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#FlyByLight #OCU #OneCommonUnity #dcmusic #dcartists #youthartists #peaceeducation #nonviolence #poetry #spokenword #hiphop #dcyouthprograms #dcps #dcpcs #dcmetro #creativedc #dc #dccreates #artistsupportartists

05/26/2021

✨ Do you want to learn more about OCU’s Fly By Light National Training? Join our Information Session TONIGHT at 7 PM ET.

🚨Today is your last opportunity to join our info session, learn what you can, and direct all your questions to our wonderful facilitators. Pricing for National Training will go up starting June 1st so take advantage of this offer and register today!

✨ Share this link with any interested colleagues, fellow community members, community organizers, and others within your network!
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https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fly-by-light-national-training-2021-info-session-tickets-152120052171?aff=erelpanelorg

Community Conversations: Rebuilding Well is about to get started. Catch us on Facebook Live, or log into Zoom to join th...
05/20/2021

Community Conversations: Rebuilding Well is about to get started. Catch us on Facebook Live, or log into Zoom to join the conversation with us.

Let's raise some #mentalhealthawareness together.

Join us at 6:30 pm.

Join Zoom here: https://tinyurl.com/s43hdpa2

Community Conversations: Rebuilding Well is about to get started. Catch us on Facebook Live, or log into Zoom to join the conversation with us.

Let's raise some #mentalhealthawareness together.

Join us at 6:30 pm.

Join Zoom here: https://tinyurl.com/s43hdpa2

⏰  Save the date & commune with our youth & special guests in a virtual evening of mental health healing!On June 9th @ 7...
05/20/2021
Fly By Light Summer Showcase

⏰ Save the date & commune with our youth & special guests in a virtual evening of mental health healing!

On June 9th @ 7 PM ET #OCU will host its virtual Fly by Light Summer Showcase where Fly By Light youth, Performance Troupe artists, and alumni artists will share original music, poetry, and visual art! Special renowned guest artists include: Tamika Love Jones, Shanelle Gabriel, and Messiah Ramkissoon.

This year's virtual showcase is donation-based and open to the entire global community. We want to ensure everyone has access to this healing space that will take place over ZOOM video & Facebook Live.

🎤🎶 Register Today! 🎟️ https://bit.ly/3oD0MUK
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You are invited to join our Fly By Light Virtual Summer Showcase!

TONIGHT!! We invite #educators and #artists, #activists and #communityleaders, #dcyouth and their families to join us fo...
05/20/2021

TONIGHT!! We invite #educators and #artists, #activists and #communityleaders, #dcyouth and their families to join us for a critical conversation to raise #mentalhealthawareness
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🗓TODAY! Thursday, May 20
⏰6:30 - 7:45 pm ET
🎟Zoom tickets here: tinyurl.com/ocu-rebuildwell
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🗣Hawah Kasat is an artist, author, poet, educator, community organizer, non-profit leader, and yogi. He's has dedicated his life to teaching about solutions to violence and ways to peace, and has traveled to over 42 countries to facilitate interactive workshops, dialogues, speak, perform, and teach.
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Hawah says, “we cannot prioritize mental wellness just one month out of the year. So while Mental Health Awareness month is important, it's really just the beginning of a much-needed commitment from all of us to build something that is paramount to our ability to show up, be balanced, find joy, and engage in purposeful living. We must critically examine how we can begin to cultivate and prioritize positive mental health in our schools and communities.”
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Exploring the nexus point of systemic racism, pandemic, rising violence, how can we as a community re-imagine our schools and institutions with a wellness mindset? We can't just go back to "normal." We have to rebuild well!
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Let's talk about it. Join us tonight!
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Help spread the word. Tag your friends who need to see this.
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Register at our link in bio or go to tinyurl.com/ocu-rebuildwell
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#mentalhealth #mindfulness #trauma #depression #healing #meditation #anxiety #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #OCUCommunityConversations

TONIGHT!! We invite #educators and #artists, #activists and #communityleaders, #dcyouth and their families to join us for a critical conversation to raise #mentalhealthawareness
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🗓TODAY! Thursday, May 20
⏰6:30 - 7:45 pm ET
🎟Zoom tickets here: tinyurl.com/ocu-rebuildwell
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🗣Hawah Kasat is an artist, author, poet, educator, community organizer, non-profit leader, and yogi. He's has dedicated his life to teaching about solutions to violence and ways to peace, and has traveled to over 42 countries to facilitate interactive workshops, dialogues, speak, perform, and teach.
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Hawah says, “we cannot prioritize mental wellness just one month out of the year. So while Mental Health Awareness month is important, it's really just the beginning of a much-needed commitment from all of us to build something that is paramount to our ability to show up, be balanced, find joy, and engage in purposeful living. We must critically examine how we can begin to cultivate and prioritize positive mental health in our schools and communities.”
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Exploring the nexus point of systemic racism, pandemic, rising violence, how can we as a community re-imagine our schools and institutions with a wellness mindset? We can't just go back to "normal." We have to rebuild well!
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Let's talk about it. Join us tonight!
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Help spread the word. Tag your friends who need to see this.
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Register at our link in bio or go to tinyurl.com/ocu-rebuildwell
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#mentalhealth #mindfulness #trauma #depression #healing #meditation #anxiety #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #OCUCommunityConversations

Minista Jazz is passionate about using storytelling, music, VR/AR, and live interactive experiences to teach about neuro...
05/19/2021

Minista Jazz is passionate about using storytelling, music, VR/AR, and live interactive experiences to teach about neuroplasticity and how transforming the brain can heal the effects of long-term trauma, reduce racism, mental unrest, and rebuild communities.
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🗣Join Minista, Hawah Kasat, Joy Natwick, and Tem Blessed for an important conversation to raise #mentalhealthawareness tomorrow night!
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🗓Thursday, May 20
⏰6:30 - 7:45 pm ET
🎟Zoom - get your tickets here: https://tinyurl.com/OCU-RebuildWell
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How can we begin to heal? How do we rebuild, as Minista says: "alchemize trauma into triumphs by understanding your brain and locating your energetic healing places for restoration and rejuvenation love and life!"? Let's talk about it!
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All this and more. See you tomorrow!
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#mentalhealth #mindfulness #trauma #depression #healing #meditation #anxiety #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthawarenessmonth

Minista Jazz is passionate about using storytelling, music, VR/AR, and live interactive experiences to teach about neuroplasticity and how transforming the brain can heal the effects of long-term trauma, reduce racism, mental unrest, and rebuild communities.
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🗣Join Minista, Hawah Kasat, Joy Natwick, and Tem Blessed for an important conversation to raise #mentalhealthawareness tomorrow night!
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🗓Thursday, May 20
⏰6:30 - 7:45 pm ET
🎟Zoom - get your tickets here: https://tinyurl.com/OCU-RebuildWell
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How can we begin to heal? How do we rebuild, as Minista says: "alchemize trauma into triumphs by understanding your brain and locating your energetic healing places for restoration and rejuvenation love and life!"? Let's talk about it!
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All this and more. See you tomorrow!
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#mentalhealth #mindfulness #trauma #depression #healing #meditation #anxiety #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthawarenessmonth

Thursday night is our Community Conversation on Rebuilding Well! Join us at 6:30 pm ET! HawaH will moderate a dynamic an...
05/18/2021

Thursday night is our Community Conversation on Rebuilding Well! Join us at 6:30 pm ET!

HawaH will moderate a dynamic and interactive conversation with guests Tem Blessed—a socially conscious hip-hop artist, emcee and youth educator; Minista Jazz —an arts-based trauma and grief facilitator who co-starred in the original #FlyByLight documentary film; and Joy Natwick, a mental health clinician at One Common Unity.

We'll share insights from our 20 years working to disrupt the cycles of violence and the role underlying trauma, mental illness, and toxic masculinity play in perpetuating these cycles. This will be an interactive discussion where we invite the community participants to take an active role in re-envisioning our city, schools, and communities through a wellness mindset. Working together, we can take our blueprint and begin building on it.

When we imagine together—we can build together.

Learn more about the panelists for this event, and sign up to attend here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-conversations-rebuilding-well-tickets-153832694731

At One Common Unity, we’re answering the call to expand our commitment to supporting the communities we serve. This Ment...
05/10/2021
STORY #16: Putting Mental Health First

At One Common Unity, we’re answering the call to expand our commitment to supporting the communities we serve.

This Mental Health Awareness Month, and throughout the summer, we’re launching a campaign to focus the lens on Rebuilding Well. Because taking care of our mental health is not something we can reserve for one month out of the year.

Story #16 from our #20Stories20Years campaign, gives voice to our mental health clinicians and the passion behind helping people find the balance in their lives through wellness and mindfulness while emphasizing the importance of integrating trained mental health professionals as part of the solution to helping those in crisis.

Learn more about how OCU distinguishes itself from other mental health service organizations by clicking the link in our bio! ☀️ 💚

#mentalhealth #important #school #training #benefits #therapy #awareness #resources #accessibility #unique #balance #mindfulness #art #music #health #wellness #diversity

https://bit.ly/3fbfbTJ

Christopher Reeves, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with One Common Unity, is passionate about helping people find balance in their lives through wellness and mindfulness. He believes musical and artistic expression can be powerful tools to navigate challenges

Alongside 70+ DC organizations, we sent a letter to Mayor Bowser about using funds from the ARP to build a more equitabl...
05/07/2021
Advocates’ Letter to Mayor Bowser: American Rescue Plan Offers DC a Down Payment on a Just Recovery and Future

Alongside 70+ DC organizations, we sent a letter to Mayor Bowser about using funds from the ARP to build a more equitable DC.

Read about the principles we’re encouraging the mayor to adopt in her decision-making process this budget season: https://bit.ly/2R4P6h5

Advocates send a letter to Mayor Bowser urging her to use funds from American Rescue Plan for a down payment on a just recovery for DC.

Today’s youth are leading the way toward progressive change and innovation one step at a time, but this process begins w...
04/27/2021
STORY #15 - Environmental Leadership Pillar

Today’s youth are leading the way toward progressive change and innovation one step at a time, but this process begins with their own understanding and awareness of leadership as well as the way in which our world works. Read what our #FBL students shared in regard to #OCU’s Environmental Leadership Pillar via Story #15 within our #20Stories20Years campaign!

“Our young people are not just the leaders of the future, they are the leaders of today. We hope that through this pillar they build personal relationships with the planet and an understanding of the interdependence between the health of the planet and the health of our communities.”
-OCU Program Associate, Madison McCoy

Our featured youth for this story, centered around Environmental Leadership are Ayotunde and Helen…. find out why & continue reading about our approach to empower the youth by working to break cycles of violence via the intersection of social justice and the protection of our planet! 🌎 ❤️

#peace #access #education #socialjustice #environmentaljustice #action #support #transformation #youth #community #activists #advocacy #restorativejustice #resources #inspirational #innovative

https://bit.ly/3dWXkRa

“Our young people are not just the leaders of the future, they are the leaders of today. We hope that through this pillar they build personal relationships with the planet and an understanding of the interdependence between the health of the planet and the health of our communities.”

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As an organization, we aim to produce a variety of positive and uplifting community projects and events that create space for dialogue and personal transformation; to develop strategic partnerships and collaborate with organizations and institutions with similar missions; and to inspire youth and adults to live nonviolently by providing quality and comprehensive SEL education programming. Donate today at http://www.onecommonunity.org/donations/

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Women Are Poetry In Motion -- Every Day in Every Way Feb 27, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST online event Register for Women Are Poetry In Motion -- Every Day in Every Way at www.estherproductionsinc.com/events-1/women-are-poetry-in-motion-every-day-in-every-way This 60-minute writing workshop is designed for adult women to learn more about poetry writing techniques but also to become more intimate with their own personal stories and history. Led by award-winning author and performance artist Joy Jones, participants will also come to understand and appreciate the power of poetry to heal, inspire and provide an opportunity for celebration of self, family and community. “Joy Jones is a trainer, performance poet, playwright and author of several books including Private Lessons: A Book of Meditations for Teachers; Tambourine Moon, which was selected as one of the best books for children by the black caucus of the ALA and featured on the Bernie Mac Show; and Fearless Public Speaking. She has won awards for her writing from the D. C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, and the Colonial Players Promising Playwrights Competition, plus awards from both the D. C. Department of Recreation & Parks and the D. C. Commission on National & Community Service for outstanding community service. Joy Jones’ provocative op-ed on marriage trends for The Washington Post, “Marriage is for White People”, went viral. She is the director of the arts organization, The Spoken Word, and the founder of the Double Dutch team, DC Retro Jumpers, which has led exhibitions and classes throughout metropolitan Washington and abroad. Joy often leads workshops on creative writing, communications and black history.” Esther Productions, Inc. is a Washington, DC-based national nonprofit organization. Founded in 2004, it is dedicated to inspiring and empowering girls and women. It is supported through generous contributions from Kerry S. Pearson LLC, Emmanuel Bailey, Veterans Services Corp, Pepco, an Exelon Corporation, Fort Myer Construction Corporation Charitable Foundation and Esther’s Friends. Special Thanks: Afrika Abney, Arts and Marketing Consultant #targetaudience
Esther Productions, Inc. is a Washington, DC-based national nonprofit organization. Founded in 2004, it is dedicated to inspiring and empowering girls and women. It is supported through generous contributions from Kerry S. Pearson LLC, Emmanuel Bailey, Veterans Services Corp, Pepco, an Exelon Corporation, Fort Myer Construction Corporation Charitable Foundation and Esther’s Friends. Special Thanks: Afrika Abney, Arts and Marketing Consultant Esther Productions,Inc presents Understanding and Overcoming the Fatherless Woman Syndrome on December 3rd at 12noon. Online Event Register for Understanding and Overcoming the Fatherless Woman Syndrome at https://lnkd.in/e3sWyDb https://lnkd.in/e4Mpc9y #targetaudience
Esther Productions, Inc. is a Washington, DC-based national nonprofit organization. Founded in 2004, it is dedicated to inspiring and empowering girls and women. It is supported through generous contributions from Kerry S. Pearson LLC, Emmanuel Bailey, Veterans Services Corp, Pepco, an Exelon Corporation, Fort Myer Construction Corporation Charitable Foundation and Esther’s Friends. Special Thanks: Afrika Abney, Arts and Marketing Consultant Esther Productions,Inc presents DISCOVERING ME…WITHOUT YOU Second Annual Personal Essay Contest designed for teens 14 - 17. Info: https://www.estherproductionsinc.com/contest https://www.1888pressrelease.com/second-annual-discovering-me-without-you-personal-essay-cont-pr-682536.html #contest #teens #students #dmv #writers
Esther's Butterfly Summit has been cancelled. The event was planned by Esther Productions Inc and Young Parent Elevation Network. #communication #women #adults #parents #dmv #consultant #services #virtualprogram #event Esther Productions Inc. has decades of experience presenting programs designed to inspire and empower girls and women, particularly those who are growing up or have grown up without the active involvement of their fathers in their lives. Proceeds from this and all of Esther Productions Inc. events help support the organization's mission. estherproductionsinc.com Young Parents Elevation Network is a five-year-old company focused on helping teen parents, single mothers and parents in college feel more confident, capable, and elevated. Visit https://elevateyoungparents.com/
IT'S PERSONAL is a writing institute for teen girls ages 14 to 17 who are looking to further develop or explore their creative writing skills. The workshop is scheduled for August 1,2020, August 15, 2020, August 29, 2020, and September 5, 2020 at 11am and presented by Esther Productions, Inc. Workshop led by Ms. Jonetta Rose Barras. Participants will learn how to structure a personal essay, using a variety of styles and approaches. They will learn how to effectively use lively, descriptive language to tell a compelling narrative. Ms. Jonetta Rose Barras is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author. She has more than 20 years experience reporting and commenting on national social, political, and cultural trends, including as an opinion writer with The Washington Post, Washington Examiner and Washington City Paper. Ms. Barras hosted her own weekly radio show on the 50,000-watt WPFW-FM radio in Washington, D.C. Following that stint, she served for more than six years as the political analyst for NPR affiliate WAMU-FM radio, where 75,000 individuals listened each week to her. She also has appeared on CBS (60 Minutes), C-SPAN, CNN, PBS (This is America with Dennis Wholey) and Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor. Ms. Barras founded Esther Productions Inc. in 2004 after the publication of her Black Board bestseller Whatever Happened to Daddy's Little Girl: The Impact of Fatherlessness on Black Women (Ballantine 2000, hardcover—2001, paperback). She has spoken at more than two-dozen national and international conferences and symposia, and many consider her the foremost authority on the affects of father absence among girls and women. Understanding the need to offer solutions to Esther Productions Inc.’s target audience of fatherless girls and women, Ms. Barras wrote Bridges: Reuniting Daughters and Daddies (Bancroft Press 2005). That book is a step-by-step guide for girls and women hoping to reconcile with their fathers or simply to come to terms completely with the affects of father absence in their lives. Ms. Barras communication expertise combined with her management skills has made her a highly sought consultant. Through Esther Productions Inc. she offers her knowledge and experience to other nonprofit organizations and individual entrepreneurs. Ms. Barras has expertly used the art of personal essay to take readers inside her world, hoping to help them understand and assess important local and national issues. Her writings have appeared in the Washington Post, The Hillrag, The Washington City Paper, Essence Magazine and the New Republic. Ms. Barras has written three nonfiction books and two collections of poetry. Her fiction and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals. For more information about the workshop contact Esther Productions, Inc at 202-829-0591. #workshop #teenagers #students #parents #writers
Hey OCU! Teens and young adults following your page in the DMV would be perfect to participate in this virtual slam. The winner is awarded $200 and advances to the finals. Find more detail here. https://wblinc.org/slamseason
Powerful day at the National Rally to #EndGunViolence w Father Michael Pfleger, Common, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Peter Yarrow, Hercules E. Reid, The Faith Community of Saint Sabina, Rev. Beth Brown, & activists from across the country. Righteous. #Enough #SchoolsSayEnough
NAACP MISSOURI TRAVEL ADVISORY In September Tresor Phanzu, a married family man was falsely accused of shoplifting by employees at the Saks Off Fifth Avenue at the St. Louis Premium Outlet location. This holiday season we are alerting the public of this family's treatment by Saks Off Fifth, The St. Louis Premium Outlet and The Chesterfield Police Department as a National Travel Advisory until a measure of justice can be attained. Watch the video interview and determine for yourself what must be done. http://www.stlouisnaacp.org/Tresor-Phanzu.html #enoughisenough #itcouldbeyou #stlouispremiumoutlet #saksfifthavenue #chesterfieldpolice #shoppingwhileblack #naacp #naacpnationaltraveladvisory
Someone just shared this video with me and I was so excited to see my OCU peeps featured!! Cool!! I know it's not new to you but it's a great new find for me!
Please support the final stages of the making of THE PLAN - film telling the story of the Lucas Aerospace workers and their ingenious plan for socially useful production, replacing arms production: THE PLAN that came from the bottom up https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-plan-community/x/11054043#/ 40 years ago a group of skilled engineers, at Lucas Aerospace UK, when threatened with redundancy responded with an ambitious plan to make better use of their talents. Designing what they called socially useful and environmentally sustainable alternatives to the military products their company made - including a wind turbine, hybrid car, heat pump and energy efficient housing. THE PLAN, a feature film currently under completion, will tell their remarkable story and look at the connections - across production, consumption, technology, war and the environment - that creating their Alternative Plan led them to make. It's a story that fills the void of 40 years lost to the idea of society being subordinate to so-called free markets. "This film will capture a unique moment in our history - highly skilled workers showing how to turn swords into ploughshares. It is a vital lesson for us now, as Labour leaders ask questions about common ownership, what we produce and who benefits from the products. We can be inspired by the Lucas workers, by their foresight and imagination. Please support this film, see it, promote it and discuss it. If we want to transform society, this is a good place to start." Ken Loach