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IBW Intensifies Attack on “War on Drugs” Series of Town Hall Meetings to Discuss Alternatives to Racially-Biased Strategy Group Calls for Dialogue on Legalization of Drugs to Stop Violence in Black Communities
Dr. Ron Daniels, President of the New York based Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), announced today that the organization is intensifying its efforts to end what he describes as a “racially- biased” War on Drugs by holding Town Hall Meetings in Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, PA and Baltimore, MD in the next few weeks. President Richard M. Nixon launched the War on Drugs 41 years ago to halt the trafficking of illegal drugs in the U.S. But, Dr. Daniels and many drug policy reform advocates believe it has had a destructive impact on Black communities across the nation. Dr. Daniels states, “Black communities have been the primary target for selective policing practices that have resulted in the mass incarceration of millions of Black people. Families have been disrupted and communities devastated by a racist strategy. A major goal of the Town Hall Meetings is to increase public awareness of what our young brothers and sisters call a ‘War on Us’.” IBW is among a growing number of organizations demanding that drug abuse and addiction be treated as a health crisis rather than criminal justice matter. IBW has also called for a National Dialogue on whether drugs should be legalized to stop the violence and killing associated with the illicit trafficking in Black communities. The background/history and impact of the War on Drugs on Black communities will be addressed by Keynote Presenters at each of the Town Hall Meetings.
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, President/Founder, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, will serve as Keynote Presenter at the first session in Washington, D.C., Thursday, May 3, 6:00 PM at the Mount Carmel Baptist Church. George Curry, noted journalist, former Editor of Emerge Magazine and Executive Director, National Newspaper Publishers Association, will Keynote the session in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 11, 6:00 PM at the Obama School; Warren Ballentine, Esq., nationally syndicated Radio Talk Show Host, will speak at the Baltimore session, Friday, May 18, 6:00 PM at Sojourner-Douglass College. IBW has assembled a team of policy experts who will address issues related to the War on Drugs and offer safe, just and humane alternatives: Deborah Small Esq., Executive Director, Break the Chains: Communities of Color and the War on Drugs; Neill Franklin, Executive Director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition; Jasmine Tyler, Deputy Director, National Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance. Local criminal Justice/drug policy reform advocates will round out the Panels in each city. Atty. Nkechi Taifa, Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society Foundations, will moderate/facilitate the panel discussions. Dr. Daniels indicates that a major goal of the Town Hall Meeting is to encourage policy advocates and concerned citizens to work more closely together to end the War on Drugs and racially biased criminal justice policies. To that end, IBW will propose the formation of criminal justice /drug policy reform collaboratives in each locale to more effectively advance local/state agendas for positive change.
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The Institute of the Black World 21st Century
BLACK HISTORY MONTH FORUM
State of Emergency in Black America
Time to Heal Our Families & Communities
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2012
THE NATIONAL BLACK THEATER
2033 National Black Theater Way (5th Ave.@ 125th St.)· Harlem, New York
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC … but come prepared to make a tax deductible contribution to support the work of IBW & HSP
Message from the President
In December of 2001, more than 2,500 people of African descent from the U.S., Africa, the Caribbean, Canada and Great Britain gathered in Atlanta for the first State of the Black World Conference. It was in Atlanta that the idea of creating a Black institute was born. April 27, 2002, on the occasion of my 60th birthday, an enthusiastic group of participants returned to Atlanta to formally launch the Institute of the Black World 21st Century as an African-centered, progressive, action-oriented think tank. The task of building IBW has not been easy. But, with the strong support of brothers and sisters in the greater New York area and around the nation, this Initiative has gradually gained traction. IBW became renowned for convening informative and inspirational forums at the historic House of the Lord Church and other venues. In addition, the New York Ujima Support Committee h.as sponsored cultural-political events like the Freedom Ride to Atlanta, Selma and Montgomery to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act; a bus tour to the Blacks In Wax Museum in Baltimore; the play Wade In the Water, a dramatic presentation of the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans; and, major delegations to Haiti to support the world ‘s First Black Republic. IBW has also initiated the Pan African Unity Dialogue to build bonds of unity between Continental Africans, Caribbean Americans, Afro-Latinos and African Americans. With your support, the greater New York area emerged as a formidable base for IBW.
At the national level, an extensive network of supporters has enabled IBW to emerge as a trusted ve!licle promoting projects and initiatives which exemplify the values of collaboration, cooperation, operation unity and joint work: The Black Family Summit, Shirley Chisholm Presidential Accountability Commission, Damu Smith Leadership Development and Organizer Training Institute, Research Consortium and Haiti Support Project [visit the website www.ibw21.org for a description of these Initiatives]. In June of last year, IBW also joined the movement to reform the “criminal punishment” system in the U.S. by launching a campaign to end the “War on Drugs.” Current plans are to sponsor Town Hall Meetings in Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. IBW is on the move!
Despite our progress over the past ten years, there is much work to be done to elevate IBW to the status of a more visible, viable and permanent engine for global Black Empowerment. That’s why we envision 2012, the 10th anniversary of IBW, as the year for Operation Break-Through- a concerted drive to mobilize human and material support to enhance IBW’s programmatic initiatives and solidify relationships with leaders, organizations and agencies in Black America and the Pan African World. In addition to local forums in New York, we plan to host events commemorating the 40th anniversary of the historic National Black Convention in Gary and the first African Liberation Day in Washington, D.C. All of the motion/movement in 2012 will lead into State of the Black World Conference Ill, November 16-20, in Washington, D.C. We hope to organize at least 200 people from New York to attend what we believe will be one of the most productive gatherings of people of African descent in the 21st Century. Our appeal to you is to lock arms with IBW in 2012 and help us make Operation Break-Through a total success! We look forward to seeing you February 4th at the National Black Theater.
- Dr. Ron Daniels, President, IBW
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Haiti Support Project Announces Annual Pilgrimage to Haiti
(New York, July 20. 2011) Dr. Ron Daniels, President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and Founder of the Haiti Support Project (HSP), announced today that the Haiti Support Project will lead its Fifth Annual Pilgrimage to Haiti, January 17-21, 2012, to visit the Citadel and other significant historical sites. The Delegation will also assess the progress of the recovery/reconstruction after the catastrophic earthquake. The Pilgrimage is part of HSP´s Model City Initiative which is designed to transform the lovely town of Milot, in the northern region of the country near Cap Haitien, into a Mecca for cultural-historical tourism as the foundation for people based economic development. HSP supports community-based education, health, economic development and business investment projects as part of the Model City Initiative.
Current plans are for the Delegation to also visit the Peasant Movement of Papay (the largest peasant organization in Haiti) and the Oasis Institute Camp which is the first stage of an ambitious effort to build a permanent academy to house from 700-1,000 children orphaned by the earthquake. In addition, the delegation will meet with officials of the U.S. Embassy, the Government of Haiti and leaders of civil society to assess the progress of the recovery and reconstruction since the catastrophic earthquake — with the objective of advocating for improvements upon returning to the U.S.
This year more than ever, HSP is placing a high priority on individuals who have a capacity to mobilize human and material resources to impact the recovery/reconstruction process in Haiti, including humanitarian assistance of a developmental nature and business investment. Accordingly, Dr. Daniels is inviting outstanding faith, political, labor and business leaders, agricultural specialists, policy analysts and journalists concerned about the future of Haiti to be part of the Pilgrimage. The estimated cost per participant is $1,600 – $1,800 inclusive of airfare, lodging based on single occupancy (double occupancy approximately $300 less), air and ground transport in Haiti, tour of the Citadel and facilitation fee, depending on the point of departure. A deposit will be due October 1st with final payment December 1st.
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Black Family Summit
A collaborative of national Black professional organizations dedicated to promoting holistic principles, policies and practices to strengthen Black families and communities.
Damu Smith Leadership Development and Organizer Training Institute
An Initiative devoted to providing training in the principles of community organizing and
Collaborative of progressive, African-centered scholars, think tanks and research centers dedicated to utilizing theoretical and applied research to address issues of vital concern to people of African descent and enhance the development of Black communities.
Shirley Chisolm Presidential Accountability Commission
Group of leading Black scholars and activists charged with monitoring the executive branch/presidential administrations of the U.S. government for progress on the Black Agenda/ issues of importance to people of African descent in the U.S. and globally.
Haiti Support Project
An Initiative committed to “Building a Constituency for Haiti in the United States,” focusing on mobilizing/organizing African Americans and other people of African descent to strengthen the process of democracy and development in the world’s first Black Republic.