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/

Mission: One Common Unity breaks cycles of violence and builds compassionate, healthy communities through the transformative power of music, arts, and peace education.

Operating as usual

Join us for an engaging fireside chat with a fascinating group of leaders in the Community-Based Organization realm maki...
10/19/2020

Join us for an engaging fireside chat with a fascinating group of leaders in the Community-Based Organization realm making an impact in their communities, focusing on their view of the education system with The Center for Social Justice - Georgetown University!

RSVP here: https://csj.georgetown.edu/educationweek/

Join us for a panel discussion about the role and impact that DC community-based organizations have on students in publi...
10/16/2020

Join us for a panel discussion about the role and impact that DC community-based organizations have on students in public education. Participants will learn how different community-based organizations support the educational and social-emotional development of students in Washington, DC.

This dialogue will focus on the importance of community-based organization programming for students in K-12 grade especially during the time of remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

OCU operations are closed on Monday 10/12 in recognition of Indigenous Peoples' Day. As we spend time reflecting on the ...
10/12/2020
NativeLand.ca

OCU operations are closed on Monday 10/12 in recognition of Indigenous Peoples' Day. As we spend time reflecting on the meaning of the day, OCU continues to seek justice for communities impacted by violence and, as such, is taking the time to humbly love and honor Indigenous people, reflecting on their continued struggle for justice. A tool helpful in identifying the Indigenous people of an area and history can be found here: https://native-land.ca/. We also encourage learning about the important work of the NDN Collective (https://ndncollective.org/), the International Mayan League (https://www.mayanleague.org/), as well as Native Americans Lifelines in Baltimore (http://www.nativeamericanlifelines.org/), which promotes health and social resiliency within Urban American Indian communities.

Welcome to Native Land. This is a resource for North Americans (and others) to find out more about local Indigenous territories and languages.

We’re so excited for new books to share with our young people, written by local DC teen authors! Thank you Shout Mouse P...
09/30/2020

We’re so excited for new books to share with our young people, written by local DC teen authors! Thank you Shout Mouse Press!

Thanks to the generosity of our friends at Planet Word Museum, over 500 books were donated to young readers this past week! We are absolutely delighted that titles from our diverse and inclusive catalog will be added to bookshelves across the Greater Washington area. We know how important it is for youth to see themselves represented in books -- and how powerful it can be for young people to see authors just like them. A HUGE thank you to Planet Word for making this donation possible!!

Packages of books were dropped off by SMP Board Chair Suzanne at Sasha Bruce Youthwork, BEST Kids Mentoring Program, Life Pieces To Masterpieces, Inc., One Common Unity, and SchoolTalk DC. These organizations were chosen because they offer mentoring programs for local youth and share our values of investing in young people whose communities are underrepresented in literature.

Titles from the authors of Ballou Senior High School, Beacon House, Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, and Reach Incorporated were included in donations.

Happy reading!

On August 21st, OCU is hosting the world premiere screening of Fly By Light: Five Years Later. Catch up with the phenome...
08/18/2020

On August 21st, OCU is hosting the world premiere screening of Fly By Light: Five Years Later. Catch up with the phenomenal youth showcased in our original documentary. There will be a live Q&A post screening w/ special current FBL youth performances! Get free Eventbrite tix here: https://rb.gy/8fnxhx

We were founded in the year 2000 over gun violence in our home city of Washington, DC. It breaks our hearts to still hea...
08/12/2020
OFFICIAL Memorial Fund for Christopher Brown organized by Black Lives Matter DC

We were founded in the year 2000 over gun violence in our home city of Washington, DC. It breaks our hearts to still hear stories like this one.

We are here for the young people of our city, with facilitator support and mental health clinicians. Please reach out if you or a young person you know needs someone to support your processing of this devastating loss of 17 year old Christopher Brown.

Black Lives Matter DC is currently collecting funds for his family here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/23pbxoznao?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet&fbclid=IwAR0WsrAGxmXpMyfW1RYkDtofnZ_N5MO1ydB9mU3ATziwGeHKqteXMEtwY6g

No mother plans to bury or live without her child. Tragically,… Black Lives Matter DC needs your support for OFFICIAL Memorial Fund for Christopher Brown

We're so excited to be partnering with our magic making friends Rising Appalachia Music for their first Patreon account....
08/10/2020

We're so excited to be partnering with our magic making friends Rising Appalachia Music for their first Patreon account. Will you join us there?

We made a thing. ⁣
A new little online creature to pave the way for some honest avenues of connection between our world and yours. You know it’s not an easy thing for us-self promoting. It has always felt a bit soul-sucking and exhausting to try and sell our artistry or sounds. We pour our souls into our work, and hope that it is enjoyed by whoever it touches... (and plus, so often the VERY best artists are absolute hermits, holed up in a corner somewhere making their madd creations with no idea how to market a damn thing !!) ⁣

But we try to straddle many worlds. To be in the garden and at the temple. To try and hold our own as business women while still giving ourselves time to be locked into our studios making art simply for art sake, self preservation, and service. These days much of our work has become internal for ourselves and our whole band, and we are all spending more and more time in the process of making- less time online. It has been a beloved -albeit odd-gift, this enormous and globally enforced pause.⁣
We will continue to stay mostly in our own creative processes , taking advantage of this time as a quiet time to strengthen. HOWEVER, we launched a new way that you can be involved in our work from a digital perch. It is called PATREON and it has taken us many many hours to develop, but now we have finally done it. And actually we are proud of it. This is not just some mediocre webpage to buy tee shirt, we have built a campaign that we feel is unique to our honest process of creativity and a way that you can be involved in actually supporting the arts. It includes curated reading lists, direct links to our favorite social justice organizations, live videos from corners of the world, unreleased footage, and early access to our herbal medicine lines, new art prints, and new music. Plus a lot more. We send this out with authentic hope that it provides a method to continue to see art as a primary part of our global culture, a public service, and a birthright. ⁣
You are our champions , and we Thankyou for even considering this option of stewardship.⁣
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https://www.patreon.com/RisingAppalachia

Thankyou.⁣

📸- @sydwoodward_

We feel so incredibly honored to have been selected by Rising Appalachia Music as one of their non-profit partners for t...
08/08/2020

We feel so incredibly honored to have been selected by Rising Appalachia Music as one of their non-profit partners for the new Patreon campaign!!!

In case you missed it, we have launched a Patreon!
We are excited to try this new way of sharing art, videos, unreleased music, poetics, merch discounts, and conversation with you all.

We are proud of it and we invite you to join us.

Artists are stretching in new ways, some comfortable some uncomfortable, to figure out how to share work in these new times when we are so accustomed to sharing in person. We are thankful for the inter-webs for allowing us that connectivity and the tools for crossover. One of the most exciting parts of this campaign is that we are partnering with an equality based non-profit quarterly… both donating a percentage of the funds raised as well as highlighting their specific calls to action. We are proud to announce that our dear friends over at One Common Unity are our first partner. One Common Unity breaks the cycles of violence and builds compassionate healthy communities through the transformative powers of music, arts, and peace education.

Find out more about our Patreon here: www.patreon.com/RisingAppalachia

We are so proud of our Fly By Light School Without Walls High School students, Ellie and Skyler for speaking up against ...
08/07/2020

We are so proud of our Fly By Light School Without Walls High School students, Ellie and Skyler for speaking up against a statue they'd like removed from their community in Chevy Chase, DC.

They have organized and developed a strategy to remove the statue, and are asking for your support to sign and share it with your networks. http://chng.it/GMfWm4yhqv

"There is currently a fountain in Washington D.C. dedicated to Francis G Newlands, a man who spent his life promoting white supremacist ideals and fighting against equality. With your help, we hope to encourage DC Council to rededicate this fountain to someone who better represents our community. Below you will find more information about Francis Newlands and our plan to rename the fountain."

08/06/2020
Rising Appalachia Music

Our beloved friends Rising Appalachia Music have started a Patreon account full of beautiful uplifting art, videos, unreleased music, poetics, merch discounts and conversations. We are honored to be held up by them as their first partner in this endeavor.

Getting involved looks like supporting our work, and being surrounded by inspiration in a challenging time. We invite you to join us on this magic making journey: www.patreon.com/RisingAppalachia

Dear friends,

We have launched a Patreon.
Many of you suggested we do it over the years and so we finally have organized a beautiful sharing there
full of curated art,
song videos,
original poetics,
merch discounts,
unreleased music,
online conversations with the band,
and much more.
We are proud of it and we invite you to join us.

Artists are stretching in new ways, some comfortable some uncomfortable, to figure out how to share work in these new times when we are so accustomed to sharing in person. We are thankful for the inter-webs for allowing us that connectivity and the tools for crossover. One of the most exciting parts of this campaign is that we are partnering with an equality based non-profit quarterly… both donating a percentage of the funds raised as well as highlighting their specific calls to action. We are proud to announce that our dear friends over at One Common Unity are our first partner. One Common Unity breaks the cycles of violence and builds compassionate healthy communities through the transformative powers of music, arts, and peace education.

Find out more about our Patreon here : www.patreon.com/RisingAppalachia

Looking to move your body and benefit our programs? You're in luck with Sonia Azad- Health & Wellness
08/06/2020

Looking to move your body and benefit our programs? You're in luck with Sonia Azad- Health & Wellness

MENTAL HEALTH & A GUIDED MEDITATION:

Check this schedule, Mark your calendars, Look up what RecUniversal & One Common Unity do to support mental health of kids & adults — and SIGN UP for these yoga classes. I’m teaching the meditation at the end of the month. It’s all “FREE”— but please consider a donation to support the work of these organizations. My suggested amount for you is: $11.11 .... ❤️🙏🏽

MUST REGISTER. LINK:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/recover-through-yoga-a-free-yoga-meditation-series-registration-115003322032

Calling all 13-18 year olds for a social justice zine making 4 part workshop starting next week. Sessions run from 2-4pm...
08/05/2020

Calling all 13-18 year olds for a social justice zine making 4 part workshop starting next week. Sessions run from 2-4pm on dates listed!

RecUniversal
08/05/2020

RecUniversal

This relaxing style of yoga is all about practicing at a slower pace, where asanas are held for longer durations, allowing muscles to deeply relax. These are some of the #mentalhealth benefits that go along with this style.
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While in-person spots have filled up, you can still reap the benefits of this session virtually via Zoom with us at @riffsyogastudios on Saturday 8/8 at 1pm PST! Sign up at the 🔗 in our bio.
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It’s free but donations are encouraged and will help to benefit us and 501(c)(3) organization @onecommonunity.
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#yogabenefits #restorativeyoga #heretobe #zoomyoga #yogaforhealing #yogaeveryday

Today's Monday Motivation: "People don't understand that these kids are trying and wanting to do other things," Allen sa...
08/03/2020
New Orleans Musician Offers Kids Trumpets In Exchange For Their Guns

Today's Monday Motivation:

"People don't understand that these kids are trying and wanting to do other things," Allen says

Musician Shamarr Allen is offering youth trumpets and music books in exchange for guns — no questions asked. He hopes the instrument will impact kids in New Orleans today the way it did for him.

Please join our friends at Hot Yoga Capitol Hill for a powerful social justice yoga class hosted hosted by Allison Y. Ke...
07/31/2020

Please join our friends at Hot Yoga Capitol Hill for a powerful social justice yoga class hosted hosted by Allison Y. Key! Attendance is free, but registration is required.

Click link to register for the class: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/admclslist?pDate=7/31/2020&pClsID=2235

You will receive a Zoom link to join in 30 minutes before class!

Our next Social Justice class is a Yoga Body Flow this Friday at 4:15pm with Allison. This week we are donating to @onecommonunity 🙏

Join our facilitator Tyler for Wellness Wednesday Mindful Art today at noon EST! To join, comment below and we'll massag...
07/29/2020

Join our facilitator Tyler for Wellness Wednesday Mindful Art today at noon EST! To join, comment below and we'll massage you the link directly or email Tyler @onecommonunity.org

Here's some of the Mindful Art magic from last week's participants, an homage to summer vegetable gardens! Today will be an all new prompt, and all you need is a pencil and a blank sheet of paper.

"It’s all about “taking a step back and looking at a situation differently,” said Christa Turksma, a psychologist who he...
07/28/2020
Mindfulness for Teachers: A Program With Proof

"It’s all about “taking a step back and looking at a situation differently,” said Christa Turksma, a psychologist who helped design CARE and now oversees trainings"

A mindfulness-based intervention for teachers is one of the only such programs with a scientific foundation, showing positive effects not just on teachers’ states of mind, but on their interactions with students in the classroom.

We are less than one week away from our annual National Training!
07/15/2020

We are less than one week away from our annual National Training!

06/30/2020
Soul of a Crisis

On Tonight's "Soul of a Crisis," vigil, meditation, and dialogue we talk with Shailly Gupta Barnes who is the Policy Director at The Poor People's Campaign. We'll be discussing policies to help combat structural racism and police violence in our communities.

06/23/2020
Candlelight Vigil, Meditation and Dialogue

Tonight on the "Soul of a Crisis" Monday evening Vigil, Meditation, and Community Dialogue we envision what communities could look like without police and the power of restorative justice models for criminal justice reform. The idea of restorative justice is not new and is a way to address violence without relying upon police or prisons. This approach often works to prevent violence, to intervene when there is conflict or harm happening, to hold people accountable, and to transform individuals and culture to build healthier and safer communities.

The vigil is hosted by our co-founder and executive director Hawah Kasat. Our two special guests to lead us in this dialogue tonight are Ameen Beale (facilitator at the "Cure the Streets" program in Washington, DC) and Roman Haferd (civil rights lawyer and Restorative Justice Coordinator within DC's Attorney General office, where he serves to divert crimes from traditional prosecution to restorative processes).

Attention DC community! Tyler, one of our program facilitators with a background in organizing, is offering a FREE testi...
06/12/2020

Attention DC community! Tyler, one of our program facilitators with a background in organizing, is offering a FREE testimony skill share on Monday!

If you or a young person you know could use support on submitting video or written testimony about the upcoming police and DC budget hearings, we're holding an online workshop from 12-1pm.

Participants will leave with a completed written testimony OR be able to schedule same day technical support to create & submit 3 min video testimony. Please RSVP by 10am Monday to [email protected]!

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06/02/2020

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06/01/2020

Our Dear Community,

We are mourning. We are mourning the loss of George Floyd, Ahmad Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless other African-Americans to police brutality. Our nation was built on the backs of enslaved people as racism and genocide drove the conquest and theft of indigenous lands. In the work of healing from the tragic history of racism that gave birth to the United States, we must confront and make right these wrongs if we are ever to experience our nation’s promise of unity, freedom, justice for all, and peace.

As we all process so much grief, sadness, and pain, One Common Unity remains passionately dedicated to fighting for racial justice and equity. This is a moment for us to reaffirm our deep commitment to educate and create space for nonviolence, social justice, and healing. Part of this healing depends on dismantling the systemic racism that underlies the current social, economic, and political engines of this nation. We are here. And, we will continue to stand, with all people who face oppression.

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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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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
Would love to share this with the One Common community!! I passed out free flowers in exchange for hugs at DC Pride Parade. All Love. All Acceptance. It was a beautiful journey and experience.
I just wanted to thank you for all of your efforts. Today was a very uplifting day. Why isn't, or hasn t there been peace and why is it so hard to achieve? All I can deduct from my time on the planet, is it's money.....money supplies weapons, money bribes elected officials , money feeds corporate greed. Those of us that see peace,feel peace within us, have no understanding of this. So there is OCU, and you all spend your time and money in the inner city....that is where the conscience of our country lies. Our inner cities are over run with drugs, violence and worst of all apathy. Bankers now by land in these places for pennies on the dollar with major tax breaks , only to run out a community they helped ruin. We may not see peace in our time but it is worth our time and a worthy goal for us to work towards..we can keep "passing the baton" to the generation. Much love and respect, John Sheppard
Tonight! Come one-Come all!