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One Common Unity One Common Unity breaks cycles of violence and builds compassionate, healthy communities through the 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

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

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🌟Take a deep breath.Although its a rainy day, we can always shine a light on ourselves. Try to practicing being in the m...
02/25/2022

🌟Take a deep breath.

Although its a rainy day, we can always shine a light on ourselves. Try to practicing being in the moment.

Here at OCU, we practice mindfulness through yoga, meditation, and creative expression. Through our work in DC schools, we have seen students transform once given the tools of holistic healing!🌱

🌟In celebration of not only Black History Month, but President’s Day, we honor former president Barack Obama.On January ...
02/21/2022

🌟In celebration of not only Black History Month, but President’s Day, we honor former president Barack Obama.

On January 20th, 2009, Barack Obama made history as being the first Black president of the United States of America. He not only had an impact on a national and global level, but right here in DC. His presidency contributed to DC’s changing demographics of youthful voices eager to make a difference.

His charisma and urge to make a change inspired the nation. The Chicago Native’s legacy is being honored by the Obama Foundation is constructing the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago's South Side in Jackson Park

👀Learn more about Barack Obama’s impact and legacy by heading to our bio

❄️❄️Wintertime can be a difficult time for all of us. The cold air doesn't help when trying to stay active.🌟Here is a #t...
02/15/2022

❄️❄️Wintertime can be a difficult time for all of us. The cold air doesn't help when trying to stay active.

🌟Here is a #throwback of some of our high school students building gingerbread houses.

Since it is chilly outside, we all could use a fun activity to pick our spirits up. Building gingerbread houses is just one of the many ways you can get creative inside. Find an activity that not only keeps you warm but warms you inside☕️!

✨Today, we celebrate and honor the great Duke Ellington. As an originator of big-band jazz, Ellington composed thousands...
02/08/2022

✨Today, we celebrate and honor the great Duke Ellington. As an originator of big-band jazz, Ellington composed thousands of scores.

This DC Native is a true example of the healing powers in music and artistic expression🎨

📢 Calling all change-makers, earth-shakers, peace-keepers—this 40-hour training is for you!.🌱 Sharpen your peacebuilding...
02/04/2022

📢 Calling all change-makers, earth-shakers, peace-keepers—this 40-hour training is for you!
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🌱 Sharpen your peacebuilding toolset and bring the movement for youth-led community healing home to your school, city, and community.
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Designed for educators, youth workers, artists, healers, and activists, this is your once-a-year opportunity to participate in a profoundly transformative healing experience—both for yourself and your students.
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🌟 Get certified in the award-winning #FlyByLight program model and receive access to the full evidence-informed curriculum.
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📆 See you in Washington, DC this July 25-29!
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💡 Learn more at OneCommonUnity.org/Training and follow the link at the bottom to sign up for the first Information Session next Friday, Feb 11 at 12 pm EST.
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#socialemotionalliteracy #SEL #professionaldevelopment #teachertraining #selfcare #wellness #meditation #nonviolentcommunication #peaceeducation #training #DCevents #dcps #dcpcs #artisticexpression #artivism #socialjustice #youthempowerment #FBLNationalTraining #teachersofinstagram #teacherlife #teachermentalhealth #socialjusticeskills #resotrativejustice #selfcareforeducators #socialjusticeeducation

📢 Calling all change-makers, earth-shakers, peace-keepers—this 40-hour training is for you!.🌱 Sharpen your peacebuilding...
02/04/2022

📢 Calling all change-makers, earth-shakers, peace-keepers—this 40-hour training is for you!
.
🌱 Sharpen your peacebuilding toolset and bring the movement for youth-led community healing home to your school, city, and community.
.
Designed for educators, youth workers, artists, healers, and activists, this is your once-a-year opportunity to participate in a profoundly transformative healing experience—both for yourself and your students.
.
🌟 Get certified in the award-winning #FlyByLight program model and receive access to the full evidence-informed curriculum.
.
📆 See you in Washington, DC this July 25-29!
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💡 Learn more at OneCommonUnity.org/Training and follow the link in bio to sign up for the first Information Session next Friday, Feb 11 at 12 pm EST.
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#socialemotionalliteracy #SEL #professionaldevelopment #teachertraining #selfcare #wellness #meditation #nonviolentcommunication #peaceeducation #training #DCevents #dcps #dcpcs #artisticexpression #artivism #socialjustice #youthempowerment #FBLNationalTraining #teachersofinstagram #teacherlife #teachermentalhealth #socialjusticeskills #resotrativejustice #selfcareforeducators #socialjusticeeducation

👀👀Did you smile today?We all know how contagious smiling can be! Share a smile😊📸✨Here at One Common Unity, we are consta...
02/03/2022

👀👀Did you smile today?

We all know how contagious smiling can be!

Share a smile😊📸

✨Here at One Common Unity, we are constantly working to help our youth find joy within themselves. We recognize that smiling is not all that is needed to change our circumstances, but it is a step.

Our #FlybyLight program💡facilitators work daily with the youth in our schools by providing them with tools and resources to uplift themselves. Through artistic expression🎨, we help students to identify and heal from the trauma they may be experiencing.

🌿There isn’t always a simple solution to the challenges we face, but having a positive mindset and outlook can make a difference. Whether you are having a bad day or a good one, sharing a smile will not only uplift you, but others.

Happy Black History Month from OCU!We work daily in our schools and through our programming to break the cycles of oppre...
02/01/2022

Happy Black History Month from OCU!

We work daily in our schools and through our programming to break the cycles of oppression that hold our youth back from being all they can be. Part of this work is knowing our history and celebrating those individuals who paved the way.

Black History IS American History and it’s critical that we celebrate and acknowledge the impact of Black historical figures such as Carter G.Woodson all year long, throughout every school, and in every city.

For this #blackhistorymonth, we will highlight past and present Black Washingtonian thought-leaders, human rights advocates, and artivists.

01/26/2022
Intention NOT Detention

That's us! Check out our short film about the Intention Room program, out now on lightbeam.tv

Shout out to Lightbeam for featuring OCU's short film about our Intention Room program on their streaming site! You can ...
01/24/2022

Shout out to Lightbeam for featuring OCU's short film about our Intention Room program on their streaming site! You can watch it starting this Wednesday, January 26th on lightbeam.tv
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As we celebrate and acknowledge Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, let us not forget what he stood for: Equality and huma...
01/17/2022

As we celebrate and acknowledge Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, let us not forget what he stood for: Equality and human rights for all victims of poverty and injustice.

Together, we can close the disparity gaps that persist in our society.

Here are some local ways you can get involved locally and nationally:

Washington D.C
Spend time distributing meals, warming kits, and groceries with Islam Relief USA

Maryland
Participate in a conversation about the Financial Lessons from Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. Must be at least 27 to participate. Learn more by visiting volunteermatch.org

Virginia
Support teacher's supplies drives and other volunteer opportunities by visiting
volunteer.leadercenter.org

Nationwide
Take action for Voting Rights. Text 'MLK' to 56005 to call your Senators and ask them to support the voting rights legislation.

❄️❄️Don't forget to bundle up and watch the ice! But also, look at this as an opportunity to relax, maybe catch up on a ...
01/07/2022

❄️❄️Don't forget to bundle up and watch the ice! But also, look at this as an opportunity to relax, maybe catch up on a show, or go out and have a snowball fight with your family and friends.

At OCU, we admire the healing powers of nature🌟! Its sometimes challenging for us to slow down and enjoy things, but when nature calls...don't be afraid to soak it all in and enjoy your snow day!

👀Take a look at how some of OCU's youth have enjoyed our snow days in the past!

Our Close The Gap campaign is still up and running!Help us reach our $21k goal by making a donation and bidding in the o...
12/27/2021

Our Close The Gap campaign is still up and running!

Help us reach our $21k goal by making a donation and bidding in the online auction!

With your giving, OCU can hire more program staff and support more youth on their healing journeys.

Visit give.classy.org/OCUCloseTheGap

Place your bids at galabid.com/OCUCloseTheGap

Reminder that the Close The Gap campaign is still up and running! Help us reach our $21k fundraising goal by making a do...
12/27/2021

Reminder that the Close The Gap campaign is still up and running! Help us reach our $21k fundraising goal by making a donation or bidding in the online auction!

We hope to hire more program staff in the new year, but we can't do it without your support! Help us reach more DC youth and donate today!

give.classy.org/OCUCloseTheGap

galabid.com/OCUCloseTheGap

The online auction is still up and running through December 31st! If you want to get a unique gift for your loved ones t...
12/23/2021

The online auction is still up and running through December 31st! If you want to get a unique gift for your loved ones this holiday season, check out the catalogue of items up for bidding!

You could win professional photography prints by Michael Christopher Brown, discounted yoga memberships, couples’ getaways, and more!

Place your bids here! galabid.com/OCUCloseTheGap

Every bid gets us closer to our goal of $21k by the end of the year!

THANK YOU to everyone who tuned in to our Close The Gap virtual benefit concert last night!It was a beautiful show full ...
12/22/2021

THANK YOU to everyone who tuned in to our Close The Gap virtual benefit concert last night!

It was a beautiful show full of empowering messages and amazing performers. For those who missed the premiere, you can watch it on the OCU YouTube channel!

One Common Unity’s virtual ‘Close the Gap’ Benefit Concert & Fundraiser!: https://youtu.be/bwWZfv6WnI0

Our Close The Gap campaign is still up and running! Help OCU reach our $21k goal by the end of the year! We want to expand our services to serve more youth, and we can’t do it without your support.

Visit give.classy.org/OCUCloseTheGap to make a contribution ❤

You can also help us reach our goal by bidding in the online auction, open through December 31st. You could win professional photography prints by Michael Christopher Brown, discounted yoga memberships, family vacays, couples’ getaways, and more!

Place your bids here! galabid.com/OCUCloseTheGap

Today is the day! OCU’s Close The Gap VIRTUAL Benefit Show airs tonight on YouTube at 8pm ET!Get your tickets here: give...
12/21/2021

Today is the day! OCU’s Close The Gap VIRTUAL Benefit Show airs tonight on YouTube at 8pm ET!

Get your tickets here: give.classy.org/OCUCloseTheGap

Free with suggested donation!

Catch performances by Rising Appalachia Music, Dior Ashley Brown Music, Rochelle Rice Music, AZTEC SUN, Fly Zyah, and Baba Ras D!

Bid on professional prints by world-renowned photographer Michael Christopher Brown, exclusive yoga memberships, family vacays, couples’ getaways, and more!

Visit galabid.com/OCUCloseTheGap

We are eager to announce Close The Gap featured artist… Fly Zyah!✨ fly.zyahThis 10-year-old DC native has been rapping s...
12/20/2021

We are eager to announce Close The Gap featured artist… Fly Zyah!✨ fly.zyah

This 10-year-old DC native has been rapping since she was just 2 years old! Her debut release was 2013’s “Peanut Butter Remix,” set to the beat of “Truffle Butter” by Nicki Minaj. For Zyah’s mom and dad, teaching her to be an authentic artist is crucial. While her parents help her write her songs, Zyah writes most of her lyrics on her own, which often reflect the love she has for her city.

Check out the video for “The Time is Now” by Fly Zyah and Ahmad Woodard! ✊
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5F1A3Z9qFs

Catch Fly Zyah’s performance in OCU’s Close The Gap VIRTUAL Benefit Show, airing TOMORROW, Tuesday, December 21st at 6pm ET on YouTube.

It is one you won’t want to miss! 🙌

Tickets at give.classy.org/OCUCloseTheGap

Close The Gap online auction item announcement!Join the DAYBREAKER community of 500,000+ magical humans around the world...
12/19/2021

Close The Gap online auction item announcement!

Join the DAYBREAKER community of 500,000+ magical humans around the world who break their days with dance, energy, intention, and joy. Daybreaker+ yearly membership is $299, but you can bid to get it at a discounted price in our online auction!

Place your bids here! galabid.com/OCUCloseTheGap

What you get: Full access to the entire Daybreaker+ content library, where you can stream 300+ mind/body practices. Join the multigenerational, substance-free, sunrise dance party—a 1hr wellness practice followed by a 2hr dance party to start your days off with joy.

Tickets for Close The Gap VIRTUAL Benefit Show THIS TUESDAY here: classy.org/OCUCloseTheGap

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2437 15th St NW
Washington D.C., DC
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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