JAMYE WOOTEN TO KEYNOTE “TECH TO TELL YOUR STORY” CONFERENCE

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September 8, 2015  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
University of Baltimore
William H. Thumel Business Center,
12 Mt. Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD. 21201

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Keynote Speaker:
Jamye Wooten

Join Jamye Wooten, a faith-rooted organizer, digital strategist, and 2015 Social Justice Institute Fellow at Boston University School of Theology, keynote speaker at our Tech To Tell Your Story conference. Jamye is the founder of KineticsCom and publishing editor of KineticsLive, an information ministry that integrates theological reflection and practice, and uses dialogue as a catalyst for social change.

Jamye has organized and documented social movements from across the United States, United Kingdom and Africa. He is the former program director of the Collective Banking Group, Inc. (CBG), a Christian ministry that draws together leaders from the faith, business, and public service sectors to develop and enhance economic empowerment strategies for the African American community.

Jamye will share with us how he used social media and other online organizing tools to respond with positive action in April 2015 when Baltimore was being portrayed in the news media as violent and unsafe. Jamye will provide the inspiration and show us just how much can be accomplished, and our breakout sessions will provide the step by step how-to you need to mobilize your audience to engage with your cause in a meaningful way. #FreddieGray #BaltimoreUprising #BmoreUnited

All Roads Lead to Ferguson Tour – Baltimore


‘All Roads Lead to Ferguson’ Tour and Justice Gathering in Baltimore

Contact: Nicolas Nagle, mobile: (650) 793-5825

Musicians, poets, and artists from Baltimore and around the country will gather to support the Black Lives Matter movement in the historical tradition of troubadours and social change. Works of art and music will be offered on the eight-city tour to inspire folks to transform the legacy of police brutality and white supremacy into healing and hope. Artist-activists including Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul, and Mary), Kristen Graves, Té V. Smith, The Peace Poets, and Bishop John Selders will rally and inspire Black Lives Matter supporters in these Justice Gatherings.

Date: August 1st, 2015
Time: Performance at 7:30 PM; Media availability at 5 and 9 PM
Host: Rev. Heber Brown, III, Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church
Location: Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, 430 E. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore, MD 21212
Bishop Selders along with other artists on the tour will be available for interview at 5 PM and 9 PM

Selders is spearheading the “All Roads Lead to Ferguson” Black Lives Matter Tour through eight cities from Hartford, CT to Ferguson, MO, culminating in a national gathering in Ferguson, one year after the killing of Michael Brown (August 9th, 2014).

Selders’ group, Moral Monday CT, has rallied to support the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality, excessive force, mass incarceration, the school to prison pipeline, and for racial justice. Moral Monday CT has roots in the current social justice and civil rights movement started by the Reverend Doctor William Barber of North Carolina NAACP in response to recent restrictions on voting rights.

Partner organizations include: Fellowship of Reconciliation, Faith in Ferguson,
Cleveland Action, Ferguson Action, Black Lives Matter, Deep Abiding Love, and others

 

BUC Actions for Saturday, May 30, 2015

The only action that Baltimore United for Change is supporting on Saturday, May 30, 2015 is a “Poetic Justice” parade and protest by community activists in Park Heights in response to the closing of a local elementary school.  We will be there to support and help organize this action.  We encourage all of our supporters to join us.

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Thank You,

Baltimore United for Change

Jamye Wooten to Reflect on #BaltimoreUprising at the 2015 Duke Summer Institute for Reconciliation

Jamye Wooten has been invited by Rev. Dr. Curtiss DeYoung, executive director of the Community Renewal Society and Duke Professor, Edgardo Colon-Emeric to reflect on the current outcry in Baltimore for racial and economic justice, and the ongoing #blacklivesmatter movements.

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The Summer Institute for Reconciliation is fostered by a particular methodology that brings together learning and formation at the institute in a way that is at once theological, contextual, and practical. The curriculum revolves around four critical questions. These questions open us up to each other and to new possibilities as we respond in hopes of hearing the Holy Spirit’s words for the movement. In these four questions, we hope to turn toward life in the midst of death, toward the new ordering of the things in the Kingdom of God in the midst of the old order that is dying away in Christ.

The four questions are:

  1. Reconciliation toward what? This is the question relating to the goal, the end toward which God’s movement leads. We invite you through your individual, collective, and ongoing reflection on this question to form a Scriptural imagination of new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)—always pointing to the life of God in Jesus Christ, the source, goal, and purpose of Creation.
  2. What is going on? This is the question of context, which seeks to get to a clearer and deeper understanding of the specific challenges facing our communities. This question, maybe most importantly, invites you to pray, “How Long, O Lord?” (Psalm 13).
  3. What does hope look like? This is the question that engages hopeful models, stories, experiments, initiatives, visions, and practical skills that shape and sustain a better future. We invite you, through this question, to be hopeful people—to form a vision, imagination, and capacity for Christian hope (Luke 24:1–12).
  4. Why me, and why bother? This is the question that explores issues of personal vocation, calling, and formation. The question highlights practices, rhythms, and life-styles, convictions that sustain leadership even in the face of challenges and obstacles and invites you to form a deep and lively practical spirituality, which can sustain one’s leadership over the long haul.

The Summer Institute for Reconciliation is intended for:

  • Christians who are committed to the ongoing training and equipping of others, calling forth the gifts of the community to inspire, form, and support people to become ambassadors of God’s movement of hope; that foster a life together that is a witness to now being “the acceptable time,” now being the “day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2)
  • Grass-roots ministers and Christians living and working among people who suffer or are marginalized
  • Pastors with a desire for their congregations to become communities that live out alternatives to the destructive conflicts and social divisions that fragment our world
  • College, university, and seminary faculty and administrators training young Christians to live in the way of the Kingdom
  • Denominational and organizational leaders seeking to guide their organizations into new practices and structures that enable the flourishing of communities living out God’s vision of peace and justice
  • Every follower of Jesus Christ seeking to become an ambassador of God’s healing and wholeness

Rev. Heber Brown among speakers on Bringing Criminal Justice Reform to Our Communities Panel

Toward a More Perfect Union: Bringing Criminal Justice Reform to Our Communities

About This Event

The United States is the world’s leader in incarceration, with 2.2 million people currently in the nation’s prisons or jails. Mass incarceration and overcriminalization have particularly affected communities of color, which make up more than 60 percent of the population behind bars. And nationally, 70 million and 100 million—or one in three Americans—now have a criminal record, which can serve as a barrier to many of the basic building blocks of economic security and mobility, such as employment and housing. These trends have become major drivers of poverty; if not for mass incarceration and the criminal records that can haunt people for decades thereafter, our nation’s poverty rate would have dropped by one-fifth between 1980 and 2004. Recent events in cities across the nation have highlighted the lack of opportunity, inequities, and challenges confronting many of our communities, raised serious questions about police practices, and helped fuel the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform.

Please join the Center for American Progress and PICO National Network for a discussion of how we can begin to reverse the trend of overcriminalization of people of color and address its lasting consequences, including reforming policing practices and removing barriers to opportunity for people with criminal records.

Welcoming remarks:
Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President for External Affairs, Center for American ProgressOpening remarks:
Pastor Michael McBride, Director of Urban Strategies and LIVE FREE Campaign, PICO National NetworkFeatured presenter:
Heather Ann Thompson, Professor of History, University of Michigan

Featured panelists:
Reverend Heber Brown III, Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, North Baltimore
Judith M. Conti, Federal Advocacy Coordinator, National Employment Law Project
Ronald L. Davis, Director, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice
Pastor Darren A. Ferguson, Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Arverne (Far Rockaway), NY
Alicia Garza, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter

Moderated by:
Todd A. Cox, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Coffee will be served at 9:00 a.m.

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Location

Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

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Nearest Metro: Blue/Orange Line to McPherson Square or Red Line to Metro Center

VIDEO: Cornel West Speaks in Baltimore #BmoreUnited

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Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual.  He is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton.  He has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris.  He has written 19 books and edited 13 books.  He is best known for his classic Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and his new memoir, Brother West:  Living and Loving Out Loud.  He appears frequently on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN and C-Span as well as on his dear Brother, Tavis Smiley’s PBS TV Show.  He can be heard weekly with Tavis Smiley on “Smiley & West”, the national public radio program distributed by Public Radio International (PRI).

#BmoreUnited: Mass Meeting Featuring Dr. Cornel West

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“You can’t lead the people, if you don’t love the people. You can’t save the people, if you don’t serve the people.” -Dr. Cornel West

Baltimore United for Change would like to invite you to an evening to reflect on our present state and how we move forward to heal and restore our city. You will have an opportunity to meet the coalition and gain further insight and hear from community on how we collectively be the very change we want to see. We will be joined by Dr. Cornel West who will reflect on ‘these times’ and our moral courage and responsibility to love and to serve.

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