Monday, October 16, 2017

The Week of Nonviolence 2017

Dr, Stephanie Myers
Listen below to find out: 

What is the background to the Week of Nonviolence?  How did it first come about?  

What are the goals of the Week of Nonviolence?  

What events are being planned for the Week of Nonviolence?  How to get involved?  

How does violence affect Black communities and other communities all over the world?  And what can we do to transform the culture of violence?  

I was joined by Dr. Stephanie Myers, Co-Chair of Black Women for Positive Change. 

The Week of Nonviolence was founded by Black Women for Positive Change in 2014 and is in its fourth year. 

Go here for more about the Week of Nonviolence 2017

Listen below for more.   Please share this with your networks, and please leave your comments below.  Thanks. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Rashan Charles's Death

Another Black man, Rashan Charles, has died in suspicious circumstances involving the police  I wish I could say I am even a little surprised.  I really do.  

There was a mostly peaceful protest in Hackney, East London, last night, near where Rashan's death occurred.  But the local community are understandably angry. 

We MUST change this narrative.  And we can.  

What will you share with the Blogging Carnival for Nonviolence 2017

See also:  How Violence Affects the Black Community.  

See also:  590 Deaths in Police Custody.  

Friday, May 12, 2017

Children and Knife Crime

Knives Taken from Schoolchildren
Let's talk about solutions.  

In the news today, we learn about the increase in children bringing weapons into school, particularly knives.  

This is in the news now, but it is something I have been very concerned about for some time.  I am particularly concerned about violence within Black communities, but this is something that affects ALL communities.  Listen below for more.  

Click here for my interview with Ike Lasater.  

Click here for more blogs from the Blogging Carnival for Nonviolence.  

Click here for blogs about how violence affects Black communities

Click here for Success Strategies for Black People.  

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Black People Have Higher Student Debt

As Dr. Boyce Watkins has explained, Black people are likely to have morestudent debt than their white counterparts. Students from our communities are more likely to take out student loans, and their student loans tend to be higher.

As I said in my recent blog post, Millennials Will Die in Debt, my ebook Shaking the Money Tree contains proven, effective methods for raising funding for your education. The experts I interviewed in Shaking the Money Tree explain step-by-step how to raise the money you need. One of my interviewees, Derek Hayes, had raised $500,000 for his fellow students at the time I interviewed him – I am sure he has raised much more than that by now.

See also: Say "No" to Student Debt, where you can download my free report. 

Download Shaking the Money Tree today – it can save you thousands.

Here's to your success!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Dr. Boyce Watkins: Millennials Will Die in Debt

Dr. Boyce Watkins
If you are a millennial, or the parent of a millennial, and you want to avoid building up a mountain of student debt, you need to read my ebook Shaking the Money Tree.

According to Dr. Boyce Watkins, millennials will be the first generation of people to die in debt.

There have always been people who have died in debt.  People used to die in debtors' prisons.  Sharecroppers routinely died in debt to their landlords.

What he is really focusing on is student debt.  I think what he means is that there is a whole generation of people who will die still trying to pay off their student debts, and bequeathing those debts to those who inherit their estates.

This is a terrible shame.  However, there are lots of ways to avoid this fate.

Shaking the Money Tree shows  you proven, effective methods for raising funding for your education.  It takes you through the process step by step.

See also:  Say "No" to Student Debt, where you can download my free report. 

Like Dr. Watkins, I am committed to empowering the Black community.  I do agree with Dr. Watkins when he says that Black people simply do not have the same opportunities white people do.  Even if we have a quality education, we cannot count on having the same earning power. 

But I think EVERYONE has the right to an education.  If you choose to attend university and get a degree, you should be able to do so without building up a mountain of debt.

Here's to your success!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

50th Anniversary of Kwanzaa

As you may know, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Kwanzaa.  And once again, I am listing Kwanzaa events on my website.  

Click here for my Kwanzaa event listings.  I am listing Kwanzaa celebrations being held in Johannesburg, South Africa; Canada, Britain and all over the U.S.A.  Enjoy!  

Please share these with your networks and please leave your comments below.  Happy Kwanzaa!  


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Youth and Adults Must Work Together to Stop Violence

By Dr. Stephanie E. Myers, National Co-Chair, Black Women for Positive Change 

Click here for more blog posts from the Blogging Carnival for Nonviolence 2016.  

Last year, during the 2015 Week of Non-Violence, Black Women for Positive Change (BW4PC), asked youth what they thought were some of the causes of violence affecting their communities. We wanted to get their firsthand opinions about the pathways that lead to physical violence, domestic violence, gang violence and one-on-one confrontations. We wanted to know why they get into fights, gangs and confrontations. 
To facilitate our discussion, we convened a “Youth Speak: We Listen: Town Hall Meeting,” in Pittsburgh, PA., in collaboration with Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay; BW4PC Pittsburgh Chair Diane Powell; Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak. A diverse group of 125+, mostly African American high school and college age youth, ages 14-24, joined the discussion in the auditorium at Allegheny Community College, in Pittsburgh. Other invited participants were elected officials, faith leaders, parents, teachers and law enforcement officials. 
Our opening question was, “What do you think are the causes of violence in your school, community or family?” We expected answers of police abuse, poverty, bad housing, bad schools, etc. Instead, the youth responded, “The adults in our lives! Many of the adults in our lives are negative and their negatively leads us to create violence against our classmates, siblings and in our communities!” Some of their examples were:
  • Adults don’t like their spouses”;
  • Adults don’t like their neighbors”;
  • Adults are unemployed, or don’t like their jobs”
I was very surprised to hear the answer from the youth that the adults in their lives are the problems, that contribute to violence. I expected them to say it was their peers, or gangs or police. But, when I consider the U.S. divorce rate of 46% the youth may not be far off…I guess the statistics show that many adults don’t get along with spouses. And, when you consider the impact of gentrification in U.S. cities where whites are moving into predominately Black neighborhoods and don’t speak or interact with the residents who were there before they got there, this can create anger. Plus, the export of millions of U.S. jobs overseas has left many Black American adults unemployed and underemployed and this can lead them to express anger, depression and job dissatisfaction. 
As we listened to the youth complain, we noticed that most of them were well groomed, well dressed and articulate so, it appeared that their parents were around and caring for them.  And, while I admit some parents are negative, I must speak up for millions of hard-working parents and adults who try to give their children and youth, the best they can.  However, it cannot be denied that the students at our Town Hall meeting felt the negative attitudes of adults in their lives contributed to violence. They felt the adults put lots of pressure on them and this caused them to be short-tempered, and get into random fights. 
In order to address a perceived problem of negativity, youth and adults must take responsibility for walking down the pathways that lead to trouble. Neither group can blame the other for all of the bad decisions that are leading to violence. Consider the following:
We adults must look in the mirror and recognize the negative impacts we have on youth from divorces, lack of employment, lack of money and interpersonal conflicts. Yes, those behaviors probably do create environments that foster youth anger and violence…and the price is too high.  On the other hand, youth who bully classmates, drop out of school, get arrested for shop-lifting and burglaries and become gang bangers, can’t expect the adults in their lives to stand by and watch them self-destruct. 
If today's youth and adults want to live in neighborhoods of peace and prosperity they must work together. Adults and youth need to sit down and explain how they are feeling and the challenges they are facing.  It’s up to all of us to “Change the Culture of Violence” and it starts with each individual. If adults and youth work together in families, churches, schools, neighborhoods and with law enforcement, the violence can be stopped.

STEPHANIE E. MYERS, Founder and National Co-Chair of Black Women for Positive Change, is Vice President of the R.J. Myers Publishing and Consulting Company (RJMPUB), a minority-owned small business in the District of Columbia that provides management consulting and capacity-building services for local government agencies, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and national non-profit organizations. She is co-producer of, a website dedicated to webc,asting minority health lectures, workshops and conferences.  Dr. Myers spearheaded the Week of Nonviolence.