I pledge to uphold peace in the name of non-violence and I pledge to keep my brothers and sisters safe. I promise to seek the path of peace and to treat others with fairness and respect. I pledge to do this for the sake of humanity, so we can all live together in peace and harmony.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dr. Stephanie Myers
Black Women for Positive Change (BW4PC) was organized a delegation of 21 members and guests to attend 50th Anniversary Commemorative Events in Selma, Alabama. “We were pleased to have Black Women for Positive Change represented in Selma for the historic events. We were particularly glad to have Howard University Students and several teenagers in our delegation. It was great for young people to have this first-hand experience,” said Virginia Delegate Daun S. Hester and Dr. Stephanie E. Myers, National Co-Chairs, BW4PC, in a joint statement.
On Friday, March 6, 2015, Sister Mary Antona Ebo, a St. Louis native, civil rights pioneer, and one of the “Sisters of Selma,” was inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame of the Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Alabama. Her cousins, Janell Mayo Duncan, a Maryland attorney, traveled to Selma with her daughter, Alexandra, to attend the ceremony. While in Selma, the three attended President Obama’s speech at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. “This was a once in a lifetime event and we were so proud to be there as our cousin, Sister Antona, received this honor,” said Janell Mayo Duncan. “We were also very inspired to witness President Obama’s speech at the Edmund Pettus Bridge.”
Black Women for Positive Change “Changing the Culture of Violence in America “
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Black Women for Positive Change (BW4PC), a national civic network, declares it is time to Change the Culture of Violence in America. The historic legacy of violence in America has created a national obsession with violence that impacts adults and youth. Gun violence, physical violence and abuse must stop because it is destroying the very fabric of the nation. Therefore, BW4PC calls on national, state and local leaders to create programs and partnerships to educate the nation about non-violent principles and methods that can promote non-violence in families, schools, faith-based institutions, the workplace and neighborhoods. This manifesto recognizes violence is necessary for national security and law enforcement.
However, it is the belief of BW4PC that America should incorporate nonviolence principles in daily life in order to create safe environments of peace and opportunity for children, youth, adults and elders. Therefore, BW4PC calls on parents, grandparents, youth, mentors, politicians, hip hoppers, faith-leaders, business leaders, unions, athletes, gangs, professionals, educators, entertainers, etc. to STOP THE SILENCE ABOUT VIOLENCE and work to create a cultural change in America that achieves the following goals:
Immediate passage of gun control legislation and gun registration in every State.
Creation of new industries of socially responsible, non-violent entertainment products including films, television, video games, music, hip hop, rap, and other forms of recreation and entertainment.
Creation of “Safe Spaces” in faith institutions, community centers, malls, parks, benches, homes, backyards, schools and other venues where individuals can retreat to calm down from confrontations, verbal abuse and anger, and to have the opportunity for “2nd Thoughts” before engaging in violence.
Creation of extensive state and local training opportunities in conflict resolution, mediation, parenting and reconciliation skills for children, youth and adults so, they can learn how to resolve confrontations using non-violence methods.
Respectfully submitted to the American People.
BLACK WOMEN FOR POSITIVE CHANGE
Dr. Stephanie E. Myers and Virginia Delegate Daun S. Hester, National Co-Chairs
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dr. Barbara Reynolds,
Press Contact Black Women for Positive Change (BW4PC)
Tel. 301-899-1341; <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Governor Martin O’Malley, State of Maryland; Governor Bill Haslam, State of Tennessee; and Mayor William Euille, Alexandria, Virginia, are leading elected officials in America, who support the National Week of NonViolence, August 16-23, 2014, sponsored by Black Women for Positive Change, a national, civic network. In an official state proclamation Governor Bill Haslam stated, “On behalf of the people of Tennessee, By virtue of the authority vested in me, I hereby confer upon Black Women for Positive Change A Day of Recognition Honoring August 16-23, as a National Week of Non-Violence,” signed Bill Haslam, Governor. (Proclamations attached)
An excerpt from the State of Maryland proclamation signed by Governor Martin O’Malley and Lt. Governor Anthony Brown states, “Whereas, America’s problems with violence within our society have escalated during the last decade, affecting families in every walk of life….and…Whereas, all Americans are encouraged to organize community-based events that teach non-violence, conflict resolution, parenting and promote the viewing of the youth violence prevention film produced by BW4PC called “On 2nd Thought” available on the web at http://www.blackwomenforpositivechange.org; Now, therefore, I Martin O’Malley, Governor of the State of Maryland, do hereby proclaim August 16-23, 2014 as National Week of Non-Violence in Maryland” Mayor William Euille, City of Alexandria, Virginia, issued a Proclamation stating, “….high school, college students, community-based organizations and faith institutions in Alexandria, Virginia have been challenged to plan a day or event that demonstrates what a day without violence would be like in their communities.”
Mayor Euille joined BW4PC at a June 16, 2014 press conference at a playground in Washington, D.C. to highlight the importance of safety for children. In a joint statement, BW4PC National Co-Chairs Virginia Delegate Daun S. Hester and Dr. Stephanie E. Myers said, “We appreciate the support of Governor O’Malley, Governor Haslam and Mayor Euille for the ‘National Week of Non-Violence,’ August 16-23, 2014, and invite all elected officials to recognize the importance of teaching non-violence, anger management and conflict resolution, in their jurisdictions. We hope elected officials will join with their constituents to ‘Change the Culture of Violence in America.’
We invite concerned citizens to attend a Summit on Non-Violence in the District of Columbia, on Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9 am – 5 pm, during the National Week of Non-Violence. This Summit will discuss strategies to change the way youth and violence prone adults think about committing violent acts.” BW4PC invites interested individuals to register for the August 23rd Summit on Non-Violence in DC at no cost, at ww.blackwomenforpositivechange.org. Citizens outside of DC, are asked to host non-violence or conflict resolution events in their own cities and share event details on the National Week of Non-Violence Calendar at http://www.blackwomenforpositivechange.org For more information contact Dr. Barbara Reynolds, Charter Member and Chaplain, BW4PC, at 301-899-1341.