Archive for April, 2011

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In commemoration of the one year anniversary of the March 2010 South Capitol Street Tragedy, several community partners have planned a series of events that will continue to build a community-based movement against violence.  The overarching theme for these events is “From Pain to Purpose” with an emphasis on the community healing itself. The first event in the series was a solidarity walk and candle light vigil which took place on March 22, 2011.  Participants met in the parking lot of the Giant Food Store on Alabama Avenue, SE and marched to 1333 Alabama Avenue, SE, the location where Jordan Howe was murdered. 

Over 100 people came out to show their support.  In attendance were representatives from local government agencies, law enforcement, and clergy as well as a significant youth turnout.  Speakers and supporters included Norman Williams and Diane Howe; the parents of murder victim Jordan Howe, MPD Police Chief Cathy Lanier, US Attorney Ronald Machen, At-Large Councilmember Sekou Biddle, Representatives from Council Chairman Kwame Brown’s Office, a number of clergy led by Rev. Donald Isaac (ERCPCP), Pastor Bernice Parker (Faith Presbyterian Church), Pastor Tracy Blanchard (Freedom Fellowship Church), Rev. Kelly Wilkins (Covenant Baptist Church), Rev. LaVerne Harley (Abigail), Rev. Greg Anderson (ERCPCP), Min. Kevin Copeland (I Am My Brother’s Keeper), Trayon White (H.I.C.K.S.) and the East of the River Clergy, Police, Community Partnership Clergy Response Team. 

Many returned on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 for a prayer vigil where despite the rain, participants gathered at the corner of Brandywine and South Capitol Street (the site of several of the shootings) and subsequently walked over to Faith Presbyterian Church for a community dialogue with Mayor Vince Gray and Police Chief Cathy Lanier.  These events were the first of several planned to remember the slain and ban together in the fight against violence.  The final event in this series includes a Memorial Bike Ride & Rally to take place on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at the Sylvan Theater.    The bike rally will be hosted by the Organized Chaos Motorcycle Club. 

“Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.”                                           -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Girl Talk: A Conference for Young Ladies

Posted: April 5, 2011 by ERCPCP Blogger in Uncategorized

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Back by popular demand, the East of the River Clergy, Police, Community Partnership is beginning the process of establishing a volunteer committee to begin planning its signature “Girl Talk” Conference.  As such, we are issuing this call to action for women and organizations everywhere; we need your participation and support!  In the past, “Girl Talk” has proven to be a positive tool for engaging young women and addressing the growing issues that they face daily.  We hope that you are as excited as we are about the impending return of our beloved “Girl Talk” Conference where women, young and old, are given a vehicle to educate, encourage and empower one another. 

What is Girl Talk?

The “Girl Talk” Conference is a gender specific conference engaging young ladies from at-risk communities.    This daylong event features workshops on issues that are relevant to young ladies, catered meals that encourage good nutrition, opportunities to engage in positive interaction with other women of various backgrounds, a keynote speaker to share a powerful and relatable story, an exhibit hall filled with resource providers to share information specific to women’s needs, entertainment, and a town hall style meeting that will allow participants to engage in good ole fashioned “girl talk!”  In addition to these items, an attempt is made to pair each willing and desiring young lady with a mentor-for-a-day who will engage them in an exciting and worthwhile one day mentoring experience with the potential to open the door to a long-standing mentoring relationship.

The “Girl Talk” Conference is rooted in love and sisterhood.  A love for our younger sisters and a desire to share with them the legacy of sisterhood that comes from establishing and maintaining lasting relationships with women young and old.  The initial vision of “Girl Talk” derived from seeing the decline of the young ladies of our community first hand and the desire to begin an educational process that could help them positively transform their beings.  “Girl Talk” has historically been held on the third Saturday in March, in honor of Women’s History Month. 

 How Can You Get Involved?

In many ways!  To make “Girl Talk” a success the following are needed:

  • Monetary donations
  • Product donations for gift bags
  • Volunteers
  • Mentors
  • Workshop facilitators
  • Service/resource providers (to host information tables)
  • Ideas, and
  • Planners to serve on the voluntary planning committee

We are currently in the initial planning stages.  To date, a hard date or location has not been set.  As additional details become available, we will share them via Facebook, Twitter, Constant Contact and the ERCPCP website at www.ercpcp.org.  If you are not yet following us, be sure to do so now.  You don’t want to miss out on this amazing experience!

For additional questions about the conference or if you find yourself led to join our planning committee, please contact D’Sheka Perkins at dperkins@ercpcp.org.

We look forward to hearing from you!