Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The Briefing Room and More

Its back to the Big Chair and that sizzling hot keyboard as COP 24/7 keeps putting it out there for pondering and or discussion. This forum has always been about "talking out loud and calling the issues as I see them." Our take no prisoner stance is in tact and I will move on with timely topics, controversial subjects and interesting items that I hope the readership finds stimulating and engaging. As far as I'm concern this forum has been and always be about having open dialogue, frank output and the backtalk that drops every now and then. Its all here and will remain the hallmark of CorneliusOnpoint. Now lets bring it....

On the Road, Again

Yes siree, I was on the road, yeah again this last week as the Little Rock Crew of James M., Shaun D. and James P. and myself  took our southern hospitality to the heartland.  We joined our comrades of The National Association of Black and White Men Together to kick another Midland Regional weekend in Columbus, Ohio. Despite the lengthy road trip, it was worth mixing it up with our fellow brothers while meeting and greeting new folks in this healthy and hearty city. In case you haven't had a chance to check out this area, I highly suggest that you do and be prepared to see lots of attractions, plentiful people watching and a high dose of youthful exuberance. Each year the Midland group decides where they would like to hold their seasonal meetings which allows those who can't or don't desire to attend the larger NABWMT convention can meet and greet each other while enjoying both business and pleasure. Columbus provided a great back drop of a progressiveness and welcoming, as the attendees circulated throughout the city. The Short North with its "High Street" scene was the place to be seen and seeing the variety of colorful personalities and collegiate types that populated many of the eateries and clubs. As we walked along the street it we couldn't help but notice the Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival banner adorning many of the street polls. Plus at night, the Nationwide skyscraper basked in the pink illumination along with a few other buildings in the area which we assumed was also apart of the "pride notation." I'm sure that those realtionships took a "minute" to develop and cultivate. It is this type of interaction that I've been strident about if Little Rock is to do anything that will alllow them to move forward of engaging our business community beyond the bars and venues. Much of this collaboration was also found at Union Bar and Cafe which was certainly a hot spot that the Little Rock crew took a liking too. It was one of those places that never seemed to have many down moments or day parts that wasn't teeming with activity. Its a winner and so is LEVEL a swank restaurant featuring snazzy booth seating and elegant lighting complete with a "big city" feel and ambiance. Each of these sites offered expansive menus of beverages and many tasty tidbits ranging from steaks for the carnivores to healthy choices. The entire area is filled with choices that will allow you to spend your hearts desire and the city overall has something for everyone. An multi-block long convention center with a food court was hosting a tattoo conference, there was a city marathon, sporting events and at the epic center was none other than the President of the United States, Barrack Obama touching down to begin his 2012 campaign. The city was ablaze with folks coming and going especially at our Red Roof Inn which served as our ground zero. The staff was accommodating and seemed pleased to have us in town along with everyone else. The same attitude prevailed as it took the "Little Rock Crew," an extra day to revive ourselves from the weekend. Although we were their to support our NABMWT Regional Midland family, together we spent time empowering each other as we moved in tandem to embrace the spirit and energy of Columbus. If you get a chance to check it out, I highly encourage you to do so. The next Regional Midland takes off during Dallas's Gay Pride, September 14-16. If you are interested hit up mact-dallas@yahoo.com Maybe we can get another Little Rock Crew to roll into Dallas to "represent" as the team did in Columbus.  And don't forget that NABWMT will descend on Little Rock in 2013 with its 33rd national convention, July 24-27. If you would like to offer in-kind, advertisement opportunities, workshop abstracts or sponsorships your total support would be welcomed. Currently we are looking for more host committee members, if you want to help be in on the planning, contact nealix101@gmail.com in the meantime check out www.nabwmt.org. Look for our new Convention 2013 convention site soon!!!!

Rockerfeller 100: Raising the Focus on Race and Ethnicity in Arkansas

The experience of African Americans and Latina/os in Arkansas is the subject of a conference Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12, sponsored by UALR’s Department of History and its Center for Arkansas History and Culture, the Central Arkansas Library System, and the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.
The conference, “Race and Ethnicity in Arkansas: Perspectives on the African American and Latina/o Experience,” is part of the Rockefeller Centennial Celebration marking the 100th anniversary of former governor Winthrop Rockefeller’s birth.
All events are free and open to the public and will be held at the Darragh Center, Main Public Library at 100 Rock St. in Little Rock.

Keynote Speaker – 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 11
Pulitzer Prize-winner Douglas Blackmon, author of “Slavery by Another Name,” will lead a plenary talk at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
The book was recently featured as a documentary on PBS. The talk is a part of the Central Arkansas Library System J. N. Heiskell Distinguished Lecturer series.
Panel Discussions – 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, May 12
From 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 12, discussions by 14 fourteen local, state, and national experts will examine various aspects of race and ethnicity in Arkansas. This should be an interesting array of perspectives, evidence driven thoughts and certainly thought provoking perponderances of facts. If at all possible, I think that I should consider it for my weekend schedule. And perhaps many of you as well....

In Tune with the Homeless is a free day-long benefit music festival to take place at The Enjoy LifeStyle Center in North Little Rock on May 12th (11am). The format will be a battle of the bands with nine bands performing in three genres of music. Judges will be a combination of homeless persons participating within & organizers of outreach programs. The door is open for ALL progressive advocacy groups in the region to join & spread their message of a better future.

The primary beneficiary of this event is the SOAR Outreach Network (SOARNetwork.org & FamilyCalledUs.org), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides transportation for all homeless persons & advocacy groups in the Little Rock area. In an independent study by The United Church of Peace, Dee Dee Benecki (founder) interviewed Our House, Harmony Health Clinic, First United Methodist Church, Reach Out, & Feed The Hungry to find transportation was identified as a primary need in outreach efforts. In Tune with the Homeless is aimed to educate the public on issues of homelessness & address this community need.

The festival is set to run from 11a to 5p & will consist of Folk, Hip-Hop, & Rock performances. All bands are competing for individual prizes including recording time from MACH 1 RECORDING, photography by K TOOMER & radio play from KABF 88.3fm. Free medical testing will be made available onsite by the new ARcare mobile unit. Occupy Little Rock will provide free education on The Campaign Finance & Lobbying Act of 2012, a ballot initiative by local committee Regnat Populus. Food vendors involved include King Blvd., Homegrown Gourmet, & Pierre’s Pizza who are all donating a portion of their sales to the SOAR Outreach Network. Additionally, a percentage of all donations made at the festival go towards youth programs at The Enjoy LifeStyle Center like their indoor skatepark that will be open to the public during the festival. To set up an advocacy information table at the event, contact Dee Dee Boneicki at The United Church of peace (PH# 501.837.3024 or heavenlyhere@yahoo.com).

Location: 500 Karrott Street, North Little Rock, AR
Time/Date: 11a-5p, Saturday May 12th, 2012

Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

As we commemorate Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we celebrate the significant medical and scientific contributions made by this diverse community. During this month, we also recognize that many Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders still encounter barriers to accessing health care due to poverty, insurance status, and lack of culturally appropriate health services.
At the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, we are committed to ensuring that all Americans achieve health equity by eliminating disparities and doing what we can to improve the health of all communities.
Through the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, an additional 2.5 million young adults, including 97,000 Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, have gained health coverage because they can stay on their parents' insurance plans until age 26. Also, an estimated 2.7 million Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders with private insurance now have access to expanded preventive services with no cost-sharing.
In addition, the new HHS data collection standards under this law expand the “Asian” and “Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander” categories to include Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and “other Asian,” as well as Native Hawaiian, Guamanian or Chamorro, Samoan, and “other Pacific Islander,” to better help us understand the diversity of the populations we serve.
Together, these initiatives provide an opportunity to make a difference in the everyday lives of all Americans, including Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, to ensure that all have a chance to reach their full potential for health.


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