Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Out Post

SBGA Summit Takes Flight in ATL

The 6th Annual SBGA ( State of Black Gay America) Summit will take place during Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride Weekend, August 29 - September 1, 2012. This years theme is "Embracing our Collective Power to Influence Change." Author and CNBC commentator Keith Boykin and NBJC Senior Fellow, Ms. J.C. Wholley are scheduled to appear. The event is designed to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of the African-American Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community, while also addressing issues and challenges facing the African-American Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. The African-American LGBT Community faces many challenges in the plight to gain equal rights and freedom. As we continue the fight against racism, bigotry, prejudice and discrimination, we must unite as one community in order to begin the much needed dialogue between our community and our allies. More importantly we must be proactive in securing our community’s future. Established in September 2007 with a mission to educate, empower, and encourage members of the African-American LGBT Community on issues and challenges  impacting our political, spiritual, social and economic quality of life.
The SBGA Summit provides an opportunity for local and national leaders to meet with members of the LGBT community in an effort to engage in an information sharing session designed to stimulate discussion on issues specific to the LGBT Community.
The SBGA Summit consists of dialogue and presentations from a distinguished panel of subject matter experts who engage the audience on a number of key agenda items and issues specific to this demographic along with appropriate strategies and solutions to address such issues.
At the end of the SBGA Summit, there is a call to action for members of the LGBT community.  The Call To Action (CTA) is intended to empower individuals to take appropriate action with respect to issues facing the LGBT community.  The CTA is also intended to establish a formal caucus of Black Gay Leaders that will speak for and about issues affecting the LGBT community. For more info on this important round table action click it to:

Latino AIDS Commission Collaborates in Arkansas

The Latino AIDS Commission of New York City and local community based organization, The Living Affected Corporation ( will be collaborating on additional capacity building utilizing focus groups surveying the use of social media among Black MSM statewide. Slated for September 25-26, the focus groups will be used as a further community discovery process as a conduit to disseminating future HIV/ AIDS risk reduction messages and themes. "I found this to be a unique opportunity to have access to these experts for this project with hopes of expanding our scope and extending our services to the latino community," said CEO Diedra Levi. Continuing, "collaborating from different cultural visions and approaches is vital to making connections throughout the state. Unfortunately we've not made as many inroads within the latino community as should be done. Yet work such as this could be the beginning of creating a frame to engage other people of color communities."  The group will also work in concert with Willie Rhodes, ADH LGBTQ Outreach Coordinator whom has acted as the local point person for the project and been instrumental in securing logistics and details.

Since its inception, the Commission has been directed by Dennis de Leon, a tireless advocate and national leader of the Latino community struggle to address the epidemic until his passing in December 2009. Guillermo Chacón, former Vice-President of the Latino Commission on AIDS and a national leader on Latinos and HIV/AIDS issues was named President by the Board of Directors in November 2009.

The Commission is dedicated to resolving the HIV crisis in the Latino community, where social stigma, poverty, language barriers, immigration status fears, and access to care, deter testing and increase the infection rate. Over 200,000 Latinos in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are living with HIV/AIDS. The fastest growing ethnic group in the U.S., Latinos constitute 14% of the U.S. population but account for over 19% of the AIDS cases.

According to organizers incentives will be offered to a limited number of participants based on a first come first serve basis. Applications can be obtained from the The Living Affected offices at 401 North Maple Suite A or contact the organization at 501.379.8203.

September Speakers at the Clinton School
"Arkansas Voices for Service," hosted by the Arkansas Department of Human Service's Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support

Tuesday, September 4 at 5:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- The Arkansas Service Commission is hosting a multi-city listening tour to hear Arkansans' voices about service and volunteerism. The commission will compile information from the tour and data from other sources to draft a service plan for submission to Governor Beebe and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

"The Letter: My Journey Through Love, Loss and Life," author Marie Tillman
Wednesday, September 5 at 5:15 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing before
- Tillman is the co-founder and president of the Pat Tillman Foundation, a national leader in providing resources and educational scholarship support to veterans, active service members and their spouses. She will discuss her book "The Letter: My Journey Through Love, Loss and Life."

"Henry V," a panel discussion with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Thursday, September 6 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with Arkansas Repertory Theatre
- Join us for a panel discussion with cast members of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s production of "Henry V," one of William Shakespeare’s most famous history plays. In a panel moderated by The Rep’s producing artistic director Bob Hupp, members of the cast of “Henry V” will discuss the process of bringing Shakespeare’s characters to life for a modern audience.

"The Last Great Senate," author Ira Shapiro
Monday, September 10 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
- The former general counsel and ambassador in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative during the Clinton administration, Shapiro will discuss his book, "The Last Great Senate," which argues that the U.S. Senate of the late 1970s rose to meet domestic and foreign policy challenges during a tumultuous time in American history.

"The Non Nonprofit: For Profit Thinking for Nonprofit Success," author Steve Rothschild
Tuesday, September 11 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
-A former executive at General Mills, Rothschild founded Twin Cities RISE!, an anti-poverty organization that provides long-term job training in Minneapolis St. Paul. In "The Non Nonprofit," Rothschild provides a road map to maximize the impact of any social venture through his seven for-profit principles to build nonprofit success.

"Cancer Schmancer," actress Fran Drescher
Friday, September 14 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- A uterine cancer survivor, Drescher is the president and founder of the Cancer Schmancer Movement and Foundation, which she started to transform women from patients into medical consumers and to shift the priority from finding a cancer cure towards prevention and early detection of the disease.

"The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program," founder and director Lori Pompa
Monday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- Pompa is the founder and executive director of the Inside-Out Center, which brings college students and incarcerated men and women together to study inside prison creating avenues for social change through education and civic engagement.

Aneesh Chopra, former Federal Chief Technology Officer of the United States
Tuesday, September 18 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- As the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Chopra worked to advance President Obama’s technology agenda by encouraging government-wide coordination. Chopra left the White House in early 2012 to rejoin the Advisory Board Company. He announced his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in July.

"A Good Man: Rediscovering my Father, Sargent Shriver," author Mark Shriver
Thursday, September 20 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
- Shriver will discuss his book, "A Good Man," a memoir about his father who founded the Peace Corps and designed President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Mark Shriver is the senior vice president of U.S. programs at Save the Children, a leading independent organization that promotes programs for children n the United States and around the world.

Arkansas Times Festival of Ideas
Saturday, September 22 at 2:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- The September 5 issue of the Arkansas Times will celebrate 50 of the most influential people in Arkansas in a wide variety of fields, ranging from furniture makers and gardeners to retailers and philanthropists. At the Clinton School and other venues, a number of the honorees will conduct classes and demonstrations of their expertise.

"The U.S. Foreign Service: Behind the Scenes of American Diplomacy," author Nicholas Kralev
Tuesday, September 25 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
- Kralev will discuss his new book, "America's Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and the Humanizing of Diplomacy," which is based on visits to more than 50 U.S. embassies and interviews with 600 career diplomats, including Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright.

Okello Sam, founder of Hope North
Wednesday, September 26 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- Sam, a former child solider in Uganda, purchased land in1998 in a safe area beyond the war zone protected by the Nile River and started Hope North, a large rural campus for refugees, orphans and former soldiers. Almost 15 years later, Hope North has evolved into an accredited secondary school with an international arts center, vocational training and a working farm.


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