Friday, July 25, 2008

On the Road Again with COP

Yes, I survived the Amtrack shuffle and went into full tilt convention mode after arriving to the 28 th National Association of Black and White Men Together annual event here in the Big Mo also known as the STL. That's St. Louis, Missouri for those of you not in the know. Whew, jumping in after a long day at the office, overnight train excursion, getting registered, and finding out where I was suppose to be was challenging but hey folks, I did it! In the meantime, the host hotel Holiday Inn Select was in upgrade mode (they are putting in new carpets, etc.) causing me to have to switch out rooms as I dashed from the Unity dinner to get ready for the No-Talent Talent show. Let me tell you that there was no shortage of talent for the show with each performer donating their time and gratuities to the NA. But in the meantime, talk about Holy Quick Change artist! Here I go again today with another jammed packed schedule which continues with more workshops, power meetings and sightseeing. Since many of you may have never heard of this group or perhaps had a piqued interest, I felt that it was important that I offer another teachable moment that's apart of my outreach mission. This organization was organized to address diversity in the GLBTQ community especially among those individuals whom share interracial relationships and the variety of obstacles that impact such unions. The Statement of Purpose clearly spells out why there's a need for this group as well as how it plans to directly affect it's membership and beyond. I'm posting it in hopes to outreach plus educate the readership or individuals who may be in need of a supportive entity. The statement is as follows:

The National Association of black and White Men Together is a gay, multiracial, multicultural organization committed to fostering supportive environments wherein racial and cultural barriers can be overcome and the goal of human equality realized. To these ends we engage in educational, political, cultural and social activities as a means of dealing with the racism, sexism, homophobia, HIV/AIDS discrimination and other inequities in our communities and in our lives.

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