Archive for July, 2012

Why MAS is federally protected – Post-Unitary and deseg history from Abie Morales on Vimeo.


On this episode we return to our discussion of the Mexican American Studies struggle in Tucson, Arizona and the Freedom Summer project underway throughout July. Joining us is Dr. Nat Turner, professor of Education at UMass, Amherst. We also speak with Meshaun Lebrone’s actor and playwright of Right to Remain…the Life and Mind of Tupac Shakur. In part two of the show we speak with Sean Arce, former director of the Mexican American Studies program at Tucson High School. For more on the MAS struggle go to THREE SONORANS. Especially check out and support the Raza Defense Fund.

Part 1: Nat Turner and Meshaun Lebrone

Part 2: Sean Arce

Sneakers for Success have come along way since their start back in September 2011. It began with Trggr dream team member and 2012 UMass Engineering Graduate Sam Del Pilar’s vision of combining his love of sneakers with his passion to improve our education system, and uplift our inner city communities of color.  After establishing his power team including fellow dream team members Jose Cotto, Josh Hernandez, Chris Wise, Abi Richardson, Daniela Sanchez, and Harmonie Jean-Charland the S4S movement took off.

The organization had their first opportunity to test their theory of using sneaker culture and its sub-cultures as an educational medium during The Renaissance School in Springfield, Mass Intensives Week. The organization’s pilot program with The Renaissance School was an instant success and helped create and maintain a steady buzz about the program throughout the Pioneer Valley. On June 28, 2012 Sneakers for Success launched their first annual fundraising event Sole Connections in New York City.  The night showcased amazing performing and visual artists and served as a meeting ground for sneaker culture, hip-hop, and the arts.

Bobbito Garcia was one of many iconic guests in attendance that evening showcasing the highly anticipated documentary Doin it in The Park:Pick UP Basketball, NYC, which which explores the history of NYC pick-up basketball . It was truly amazing to witness the number of individuals who came out to support S4S and the organizations initiative to improve the current state of our educational system.  S4S was able to raise over $4,000 and are one step closer to becoming a 501c3 organization. The funds raised will also aid in the development of S4S unique curriculum which is scheduled to be introduced to The High School of Sports Management in Brooklyn, NY and The Holyoke Boy’s and Girl’s club in Holyoke, Mass this coming fall.If you were unable to make it out to Sole Connections  please check out the links below to get exclusive behind the scenes interviews, photos, and so much more!

Go to The S4S Facebook page to check out Sole Connections Photos

The Coach Sessions Interviews with:
Nitty Scott, Mc
Bobbito Garcia
Dillon Cooper
Artsy Magazine Sole Connections Recap Video
Artsy Magazine Interviews Female Visual Artist Jenny Rose

Sneakers for Success was founded in September 2011 by University of Massachusetts Amherst engineering graduate and Queens, NY native Samuel del Pilar. The non-profit organization uses sneaker culture, urban lifestyle, and design to empower, inspire, and motivate underrepresented youth toward academic success. The organization’s services include workshops and curriculum development that focus on critical thinking and problem solving skills. The use of sneakers as an educational medium keeps the students engaged and connected to the standard classroom material as well as exposing them to ways they can transform their passion into anything. For more information, please visit our website: sneakers4success.org

 


photo credit: http://bmawufbp.blogspot.com

Although since 2000 some national indicators are pointing in the right direction, statistics for black males throughout the country are far from positive. For example, the Children’s Defense Fund and the Educational Testing Service’s report released last summer, entitled: A Strong Start: Positioning Young Black Boys for Educational Success” contains some alarming numbers. For example, the poverty rate for Black children is 36 percent, compared to 12 percent for White children. In February 2011, the unemployment rate for Black males age 20 and over was nearly twice that of White males (17.5 percent versus 9.1 percent). And the homicide victimization rate for Blacks (20. 6 per 100,000) is more than six times higher than the rate for Whites (3.3). They also cite Disadvantaged Neighborhoods, high rates of foster care, school achievement, parent employment, parent education, poverty, and school segregation as critical areas painting a bleak outlook for males. Joining us to talk about this crisis is James Arana, Associate Director of Men’s Resource International, prevention specialist, and community organizer. James is a native of Belize and former resident of the Bronx. He has been a Social Worker and Community Organizer for over 25 years, working primarily with young adults and at-risk children. We speak with him about the health crisis facing Black boys and young men.

Darlene Elias joined us in the second half of the show to update us on Holyoke’s Lyman Terrace struggle to prevent the displacement of 400 residents from one of America’s oldest housing projects. Check us out and let us know what you think! Email: trggrfreedom@gmail.com or leave us a comment on this page.

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On this episode we speak with Jamilah Ali, a medical care provider for HIV/AIDS patients about the HIV/AIDS crisis and African Americans.  Jamilah is a case worker at the Baystate-Mason Square Neighborhood Health Center for HIV/AIDS Care based in Springfield, Massachusetts.  According to a recent study, “HIV prevalence among African Americans exceeds that of whites, typically substantially, even in comparisons stratified by education, poverty index, marital status, age at first sexual intercourse, lifetime number of sex partners, history of male homosexual activity, illicit drug use, [and] injection drug use…” (Source: Adimora, Schoenbach, and Floris-Moore, “Ending the Epidemic of Heterosexual HIV Transmission Among African Americans,” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2009).  This interview is part of a series of conversations about health care that we’ll have throughout the year.  Join us!

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