United Way of NYC’s YP Council Hosts Rooftop Rhapsody (PICS)

More than 170 people joined the United Way of NYC for its Young Leaders Council’s Rooftop Rhapsody at the Central Park South residence of James Herbert to raise money for families living in NYC’s most challenged neighborhoods.  Sponsors of the event included: UPS, Tanteo Tequila, and Moet Hennessy—Glenmorangie.
Guests at United Way of NYC's Rooftop Rhapsody

Guests at United Way of NYC’s Rooftop Rhapsody

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Haiti Cherie: Pride. Love. Commitment. 6 Years Strong

2016 – Haiti Cherie – Event: Saturday, June 4, 2016 – NYC

Haiti-Cherie-benefit2Tickets are available now for the 6th annual Haiti Cherie: Pride, Love & Commitment event set for 6-11 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Landmark On the Park in New York City. Haiti Cherie is an annual benefit founded by Fabrice J. Armand, producer, philanthropist; native son of Haiti in order to fund raise for organizations that are making a sustainable impact in Haiti. Haiti Cherie celebrates the beauty, history of the Haitian culture while honoring the resiliency of its people. The event honors professionals who have achieved significant success in their fields and serve as beacon of light through their hard work and dedication. Moet Hennessy has agreed to sponsor us for our 6th year in a row and they are planning some fun surprises. The 2016 Honorees will be announced soon. Read The Rest

Akon Helps Launch Social Media Incubator at USC to Fight Energy Poverty

In a jam-packed classroom at the University of Southern California (USC) last week, five-time Grammy Award nominee Akon and ONE’s Director of Government Relations, Jay Heimbach, kicked off the first #PowerProject Campaign Lab, a student innovation incubator aimed at producing ONE’s next social media campaign to combat energy poverty.

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“Solar Justice” Giving Good Energy in Time for Earth Day

Certified B Corp, MPOWERD Inc., announced the launch of a campaign aimed at raising awareness about energy poverty, delivering solar lights to communities living off-the-grid, and inspiring an international, grassroots Solar Justice movement as a call-to-action to provide clean energy to the 1.5 billion living without access to electricity.

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NAN Announces Major Action Plans at Largest Conference in Org History (PICS)

Thousands of people attended National Action Network’s (NAN) annual national convention April 3-6 in New York City including delegates from over sixty NAN chapters across the United States. The convention concluded with major announcement by Rev. Al Sharpton, founder and President of NAN, regarding action plans formulated during the convention.

D5A90F84-DED9-4081-BE5A-855B3CC30F05 (1)Firstly, the organization will target major private corporations about their employment, procurement, and inclusion practices at board levels. According to Rev. Sharpton: “the reason that Black unemployment has remained high is that the public sector jobs are being cut while the private sector has increased jobs but lowered its commitment to inclusion and hiring and doing business in our community. NAN intends to go at major industries that sell their goods in our community but do no good with our community.” Rev. Al Sharpton is sending letters this week seeking meetings with ten CEO’s of major corporations and will publicly release findings relating to business and hiring practices in communities of color.

Secondly, NAN started an “Alert Watch” since the Supreme Court is deciding on Affirmative Action and Section 5 of The Voting Rights Act–both of which Rev. Sharpton attended the oral arguments for at the Supreme Court—and NAN has issued an alert that will go into action in the event that the Supreme Court overturns either of the aforementioned policies. NAN will mobilize activists to urge Congressional action and to put pressure on the academic and corporate community if Affirmative Action is lost.

Lastly, he called on NAN delegates to put pressure on their Senators to vote on stronger Gun legislation that could come up for debate in the Senate this week.

Other highlights of the national convention included the Measuring the Movement forum on the final day that brought together three generations of civil rights leaders to discuss strategies on what can be done to sustain civil rights and the social justice movement regardless of what the court’s decisions may be. The forum featured civil rights leaders and a review by some of the legends of the civil rights movement regarding the progress made and mistakes made in the fifty years since the “March in Washington.” The Forum included civil rights icons Rev. Joseph Lowery, Juanita Abernathy, Otis Moss, Jr., and Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr., among others.

Several officials from the Obama Administration attended the NAN convention including

Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Regina M. Benjamin, Surgeon General of the United States, Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, as well as leading members of Congress and activists such as Martin Luther King, III, National Urban League President Marc Morial, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice President Kerry Kennedy, and many others. Both the family of Hadiyah Pendleton, the 15-year-old who was fatally shot a week after performing with her high school band at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, and the family of Trayvon Martin were in attendance.

A key highlight took place on the actual date of Dr. King’s assassination on April 4th as NAN hosted its 15th Annual Keepers of the Dream Awards. The awards, given each year in April to mark the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, honor those who have continued to advocate for the principles for which Dr. King gave his life. In 2011, President Barack Obama delivered the keynote remarks at the Keepers of the Dream Awards. Among the honorees this year were:  Laphonza Butler, President, SEIU (Service Employees International Union) & (ULTCW) United Long Term Care; Bishop T. D. Jakes, Global Humanitarian and Senior Pastor, The Potter’s House of Dallas; Spike Lee, Award-Winning Filmmaker & Director; Tanya Leah Lombard, Assistant Vice President, Public Affairs AT&T; Wynton Marsalis, Trumpeter, Composer and Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center; Dennis Mehiel, Managing Member, Four M Investments, LLC; and Rosie Perez, Award-Winning Actress & Activist. Lori Stokes, anchor of Eyewitness News This Morning and Eyewitness News at Noon on Channel 7 WABC-TV New York. The evening featured special remarks by Martin Luther King, III the eldest son of Dr. King.

 

 

 

Matt Damon and 5 Nonprofits Bringing Clean Water to the World

According to a Huffington Post article, there are 783 million people without access to clean water and 37 percent of the world’s population doesn’t have access to toilets.  3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation and hygiene-related causes. Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness and women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water.  As the need will only increase as a result of climate change and the growing world population, world leaders are calling for new solutions to this global problem.  That’s why this year’s theme for World Water Day is “cooperation”.  

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She’s In Charge: Dr. Helene D. Gayle, President and CEO of CARE USA

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Helene D. Gayle is president and CEO of CARE USA, a leading international humanitarian organization with approximately 10,000 staff whose poverty fighting programs reached 122 million people last year in 84 countries. Since joining CARE in 2006, Dr. Gayle has led efforts to reinforce CARE’s commitment to empowering girls and women to bring lasting change to poor communities. Under her leadership, CARE has strengthened its focus on long term impact, increased policy and advocacy efforts and deepened connections between poverty and the environment. Gayle has leveraged the power of CARE’s corporate and NGO partners to significantly expand CARE’s reach across the globe. An expert on health, global development and humanitarian issues, she spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working primarily on HIV/AIDS. Dr. Gayle then worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues. Read The Rest