Nov 13

Humanitea Time Combines Art and Activism

(PRWEB) November 07, 2014

Humanitea Time, an event that blends socially-conscious performances inspired by Islam with a marketplace of community organizations where attendees can get involved, returns on November 9, 2014, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Featured Guests: Imam Suhaib Webb, Dawud Wharnsby Ali, Chicago Dramatists, Mustafa the Poet, slam poet Amal Kassir, Abdi Phenomenal, and Kuumba Lynx Performance Ensemble.

Humanitea Time 2013 filled to capacity early and similar turnout is expected for Sunday.

Humanitea Time is a dynamic platform for inspiring action around social causes inspired by Islamic tradition. In an informal ambiance, through riveting performances and narratives that illuminate an array of causes, Humanitea Time moves its audience to discover their change-making potential around issues of violence and social justice.

Humanitea Time is sponsored by Zakat Foundation of America (ZF), a Bridgeview-based 501(c)3 international charity that helps generous and caring people reach out to those in need. The goal of ZF is to address immediate needs and ensure the self-reliance of the poorest people around the world using the charitable dollars of privileged Muslims and the support of kind-hearted donors of many faiths.


AMAL KASSIR is one of the strongest, and perhaps youngest, voices speaking about the Syrian crisis. Described by fans as a “force of nature”, her rhymes and delivery are so powerful they often have her audience in a breathless silence. She led her Denver slam team to win 1st place championship in the 2012 Annual Brave New Voices Grand Slam Final against 500 poets from around the Unites States. Amal’s rising fame and her flair for freedom has gained international distinction. She has been featured on PBS, the Denver Post, Oakland North,, Westword, 303 Magazine, and others news outlets. She describes her poetry as a prayer of justice. Whether for the Syrian, the south side Chicagoan, or the Ugandan, it is oppression that fuels her pen. Of her purpose, Amal says “people think the worlds problems are not their responsibility. I want people to know that activism is the price you pay for living on this planet.”

DAWUD WHARNSBY ALI is a Canadian-born poet and songwriter. His career as a troubadour has yielded fifteen solo albums, five poetry anthologies, numerous sound-track credits, performances in some of the worlds most prestigious theatres and collaborations with several of the worlds most celebrated artists (including Irshad Khan, Danny Thompson, Stephen Fearing, Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens, Hadiqa Kiani and Zain Bhikha). In true folk-music tradition, Dawuds songs have spread around the world – ringing out in primary schools, universities, places of worship, rallies and conventions – with words that have found their way into listeners hearts, regardless of age. His work and reputation as one of the most prominent spiritually and socially conscious writers of our time have been referenced in publications affiliated with both Harvard University in the USA and Cambridge University Press in the United Kingdom. The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (Jordan) has included Dawud on their list of the 500 Most Influential Muslims each year since 2009 for his international artistic efforts.

ABDI PHENOMENAL hails from the land of poets, reviving the great poetic tradition of his Somali forefathers. He is a spoken word artist, teaching artist, actor and community activist. At the age of three, Abdi fled Somalia to the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya – currently the largest refugee camp in the world, home to over 450,000 Somali refugees. Abdi Produced the Voices of Dadaab Documentary, in which gives a voice to refugees’ by sharing their stories with the world. The documentary features vulnerable, yet happy, people who have lost all they have loved on the road to survival. As an activist, he builds youth leadership and literacy through the art of spoken word. He has been featured in AL-Jazeera English and the Star Tribune, New York Times and has led art workshops for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. Abdis performances have reached multiple leaders across the globe including President Obama and Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

KUUMBA LYNX (KL) is an arts education and youth development organization founded in 1996 by three women who were frustrated with the cuts to public schools arts funding and the increased implementation of a harsher criminal justice system. KL utilizes urban arts pedagogy with a social justice framework. They engage youth in a variety of art making and art learning experiences, while working to nurture their literacy, social consciousness, and emotional development. KL uses Hip Hop in its historically original form – as a vehicle for expressing identity, culture and community experiences as well as a resistant force against all forms of injustice. The Kuumba Lynx Performance Ensemble will be performing at Humanitea Time to spotlight issues around police aggression and school push-out rates impacting people of color in the U.S.

MUSTAFA THE POET (Mustafa Ahmed) is a 17-year-old spoken word artist, actor and emcee based in the city of Toronto whose art touches hearts, minds and inspires younger generations to be more active in the world. Writing from the young age of 10, Mustafa uses the tool of words to express challenges, changes and the gentrification that he witnesses in his Regent Park neighborhood – North America’s first and largest existing housing project. It was after a feature in 2009 in the Toronto Star that he exploded onto the arts scene. Mustafa has opened up for artists such as Jhene Aiko and Pharaohe Monch and has performed alongside Margaret Atwood and Samantha Nuitt. He has also worked with Nelly Furtado, Broken Social Scene, and poet George Elliot-Clarke. Mustafa has been featured in CBCs Metro Morning, JAZZ FM live, Globals 16×9, Globals Walk the Walk, Childrens’ Aid Society, Stand Up Young Mens Conference, Stem Cell Foundation, CAMHs Cafe Scientifique, People for Education Official Gala, Salon Camdens Why Am I So Poor, Pathways to Education Gala, Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture, the Mayors Art Ball, Metro Hall for the Forgiveness Project, Aveda, Martin Luther King Memorial day at the Roy Thompson Hall, NYCs Nuyorican caf

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Nov 06

A Cause that Deserves a Celebration: The Leo Goodwin Foundation Makes a Generous Donation to Help Women In Distress Complete Capital Campaign

Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) November 05, 2014

The Leo Goodwin Foundation announced a $ 250,000 gift to Women In Distress that now completes a $ 5 million capital campaign that was launched in 2009 to expand domestic violence services and double the number of the emergency shelter beds. The Jim & Jan Moran Family Center campus of Women In Distress opened in 2011.

As part of this gift, the Outreach Services Building on the Moran Family Center Campus will be named in honor of the Leo Goodwin Foundation. The leadership gift follows many years of support for the agencys annual operations by the Foundation. The gift was announced by Alan Goldberg and Elliot Borkson, Trustees of the Leo Goodwin Foundation, at the Giving Breakfast hosted by the Board of Trustees of Women in Distress on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at Signature Grand in Davie, Florida. The generous donation will complete the Project SAFE Place Capital Campaign for Women In Distress.

We are thrilled and proud to be able to make this important contribution, said Elliot Borkson, Vice President of the Leo Goodwin Foundation. After years of the Foundation supporting Women In Distress with their operating needs, they felt that the timing was right for a capital campaign gift. The Leo Goodwin Foundation was highly motivated by the fact that this Outreach Program means that Women In Distress will now have the ability to continue to grow the number of people they touch and expand their services to those in need. The efforts that Women In Distress demonstrates every day are extremely vital to our community, Borkson said.

The Leo Goodwin Foundation is dedicated to providing funding to a variety of non-profit organizations. Over the years, they have been a major participant in several organizations capital campaign efforts. Their goal is to enrich lives, inspire hope, and educate and promote good health through financial contributions to these organizations, striving to fulfill their vision and goals.

Women In Distress focuses their efforts on ending domestic violence abuse through intervention, education and advocacy. They offer 24-hour crisis intervention through their 24-Hour Crisis Hotline and emergency shelter, as well as counseling and support for victims and their children. In addition, they provide education and professional training on domestic violence and related topics in Broward County schools and throughout the community.

To address the increased needs of our growing community, in 2008 Women in Distress embarked on the largest capital expansion program in the history of the organization. The Project SAFE Place Capital Campaigns goal was to raise $ 5 million in order to expand all services at the new Jim & Jan Moran Family Center located in Deerfield Beach, which opened in summer 2011. Prior to the expansion, Women In Distress was only able to shelter one out of every three domestic violence victims in need because shelter space was at or over capacity. As a result of the capital campaign, the emergency shelter has dramatically increased from 62 beds to 132 beds.

In addition to increased shelter space, outreach and counseling services have also expanded in order to meet the increased number of families they are now able to serve. The 6.4 acre Jim & Jan Moran Family Center also offers special enhancements such as childrens areas and playgrounds, family therapy room, Broward Sheriffs Office substation, and much more.

With this gift, Women In Distress is proud to have the Leo Goodwin Foundation Outreach Center as a permanent part of the Jim & Jan Moran Family Center campus, said Women In Distress President and CEO Mary Riedel. This gift comes during Domestic Violence Awareness Month and is a highlight as Women In Distress celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, Riedel said.


The Leo Goodwin Foundation, a charitable foundation based in Broward County, was established by Leo Goodwin Sr. and Jr. It was the Goodwin family that founded GEICO Insurance Company.

The mission of the Foundation is to improve the lives of all of those who live in the community. Their work began with the youngest and most vulnerable in the community. Their initial investments supported the efforts of Kids In Distress; the Boys and Girls Clubs; PACE Center for Girls; SOS Childrens Villages and many others whose primary focus was on the kids.

The Trustees of the Foundation quickly saw the importance of education and made a significant commitment to Nova Southeastern University. The Goodwin name prominently appears on the buildings of the Law School at Novas Davie campus. In addition, the Foundation funds and distributes scholarships each year to numerous deserving students, with needs, at the Nova Law School and Broward College.

The Leo Goodwin Foundation has also sought to tackle some of the more immediate problems facing the community, including mental health issues, with a major grant to Henderson Behavioral Health; and homeless issues, with initial capital funding and ongoing commitments to Broward Partnership for the Homeless.

The Trustees are also proud of the Foundation’s commitment to the Arts, including funding for the Broward Performing Arts Center; The Museum of Discovery and Science; and Young at Art, Children’s Museum.

It is the hope of the Foundation that its efforts will benefit the community as a whole and that their positioning line, “By Doing, Good We All Win, is fulfilled. To learn more about the Leo Goodwin Foundation, please visit or call 954.772.6863.


The mission of Women In Distress is to stop domestic violence abuse for everyone through intervention, education and advocacy. They are the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full-service domestic violence center serving Broward County. They offer 24-hour crisis intervention through their 24-Hour Crisis Hotline and emergency shelter, as well as counseling and support for victims and their children. In addition, they provide education and professional trainings on domestic violence and related topics in Broward County schools and in the community.

To learn more about how Women In Distress can help you or how you can help keep families safe and have a direct impact on a life affected by domestic violence, please call 954-760-9800 or visit

Oct 31

VAMBOA Joins the SBA in Saluting Veteran Owned Businesses

Simi Valley, CA (PRWEB) October 31, 2014

November 3rd kicks off Veterans Small Business Week, an initiative on the part of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to reach out to Veteran entrepreneurs and small business owners. The observance, which runs through November 7th, highlights the SBAs work to make sure our nations Veterans have the tools and capital they need to start or grow a business.

Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the brave men and women who have worn our countrys uniform, said Debbie Gregory, founder of the Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA). She continued, Nearly one in ten small businesses is Veteran-owned. Moreover, in the private sector, Veterans are 45 percent more likely than those with no active-duty military experience to be self-employed.

VAMBOA, a 501(c) 6 non-profit trade association, ensures the development, growth and prosperity of Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners of all sizes. VAMBOAs Vet Owned seal symbolizes the talent, dedication, leadership and courage of these special Americans who currently serve or have served in our nations Armed Forces.

Veterans Small Business Week brings to the forefront what makes our nation strong. Veterans are highly-skilled and highly-trained leaders, so it only makes sense that after serving their country, they would bring these skills back home and start businesses. Additionally, the 2.4 million Veteran-owned small businesses employ almost 6 million people, generating more than $ 1 trillion in receipts. Its safe to say that Veteran-owned businesses are a valuable asset to the nations economy.

VAMBOA is pleased to focus attention on Veterans Small Business Week, and salutes the SBA for promoting educational efforts, mentoring, and trainings for Veterans.

If you would like to sign up for membership, please visit

VAMBOA relies on corporate sponsorship. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please call Debbie Gregory at (877) 850-9800.


VAMBOA, a 501(c)6 non-profit organization, has been providing its members with knowledge of government provisions that help Service-disabled Veteran business owners, Veteran business owners and military business owners since 2010. VAMBOAs mission is to help drive the success of these Veteran business owners. VAMBOA also connects it members to contacts within large corporations and government agencies who can mentor members, and in some cases, can even directly provide members with government contracts and vending contracts within large corporations. Membership in VAMBOA is complimentary.

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Cherokee Nation Opens New $5M Substance Abuse Treatment Center

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (PRWEB) October 27, 2014

The Cherokee Nation celebrated the construction of its new $ 5 million Jack Brown Center at a grand opening ceremony in Tahlequah Monday.

The treatment center helps Native youth ages 13-18 overcome drug and alcohol addiction. Its one of only 10 centers of its kind in the country.

The former Jack Brown Center was located in a 1930s era facility on the Sequoyah Schools campus. The newly constructed center at 1413 Missionary Circle, is a 28,000-square-foot, five-building campus with a farmstead architectural style. The expansion serves 36 Native teens instead of the previous capacity of 20.

This is important for the Cherokee Nation because we put such a high value on physical, mental and spiritual health, said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. The new facilities at the Jack Brown Center will allow us to help even more of our Native youth. These young men and women who are going through the counseling and addiction program, will have a real opportunity to help them change their life and get it back on track. One thing that makes it easier for them is having that connection to tribal culture. Thats something that makes Jack Brown unique and one reason its been so successful and why we needed to grow its capacity.

Since 1988, the Jack Brown Center has treated more than 1,700 Native teens.

Tim Maxville, 41, spent six months at Jack Brown getting treatment for alcohol addiction when he was a senior in high school.

I dont know that my trajectory in life wouldve been the same if I had not gone to the Jack Brown Center for treatment, said Maxville, a Choctaw citizen from Sand Springs. Im so glad this new center will serve more Native teens and show them there is a bright future. What had the biggest impact on me as a resident there was being around Natives that looked like me, talked like me and had the same problems as me, which I related to.

Maxville now works in construction and is earning a degree in Native American Studies at Tulsa Community College. He has been sober for decades.

The new Jack Brown Center campus features a recreation center, male and female dorms, a cafeteria and large group therapy rooms. An iconic silo, part of the dairy farm on the original property, was kept as part of the design.

The construction was fully funded by the Cherokee Nation. The center receives Indian Health Service funds to operate.

The facility was designed by Cherokee TERO vendor Selser Schaefer Architects of Tulsa. Red Stone Construction Services, also a TERO vendor of Tulsa, was the contractor. An equine therapy program and ropes course may be added to the center in the future.

For more information about the Jack Brown Center, email or call 918-453-5500.


About Cherokee Nation

The Cherokee Nation is the federally recognized government of the Cherokee people and has inherent sovereign status recognized by treaty and law. The seat of tribal government is the W.W. Keeler Complex near Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capital of the Cherokee Nation. With more than 300,000 citizens, 9,000 employees and a variety of tribal enterprises ranging from aerospace and defense contracts to entertainment venues, Cherokee Nation is one of the largest employers in northeastern Oklahoma and the largest tribal nation in the United States.

To learn more, please visit

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