Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Up Periscope Tuesday

As the periscope goes up for a look see, I've determined that it's going to full week for this forum. I've been in full tilt mode with a barnstorming schedule that has me literally "booked" for the week ranging from meetings, networking, and researching all while still keeping the home fire burning. It takes stamina and laser focus to keep it flowing on a daily while navigating the rest of life's course. But, some how, some way, or for some reason, COP:24/7 keeps coming out of the box directly from the Big Chair. It's always all here, locally and globally with the latest updates, links, video, breaking news and so much more. Let's see what's churning...

Community 101: Last evening the newly refocused, Brotha's & Sista's: Affected By/ Living With, organization hosted a community building workshop facilitated by former B & S founder Darlene Hudson from the ATL. The event gathered local entities with similar social justice interest such as the Center for Artistic Revolution, KABF, Black Community Developers and Little Rock Black Pride. The purpose of the event sought to analyze and deconstruct the question of "community" and best approaches to dealing with fractures within the community construct, distinct issues such as substance abuse, domestic violence and health outcomes. All in attendance agreed that Little Rock is in need of more coalition building and finding commonality in our pockets of community. Addtional meeting are being scheduled with times and places to be announced.

Health Care Reform in America
U.S. Congressman Vic Snyder (D - Ark.) will discuss his views on health care reform as Congress prepares for a critical vote on health care legislation this fall. Prior to joining Congress, Snyder worked as a family practice physician in Central Arkansas for more than 15 years. A former member of the U.S. Marine Corp., he has represented Arkansas’s 2nd Congressional district since 1997.
When: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Lunch & Lecture *Bring your own lunch. Drinks provided.
Where: Clinton School of Public Service Sturgis Hall

This forum encourages all LGBTQ individuals to get involved in this issue. It's extremely important that as citizens that our concerns, voices, stories and issues find their way to our elected officials. Don't sit this one out with the attitude that access to affordable health care is some one else's problem. It may your problem before you know it. Think about it.

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