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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEN OF ALL COLORS TOGETHER (MACT) - PHILADELPHIA
RESPONDS TO RECENT GUN VIOLENCE

PHILADELPHIA, July 12, 2016 -- In response to the recent massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando; the deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota; and the deaths of five police officers in Dallas, Men of All Colors Together (MACT) - Philadelphia felt compelled to release our thoughts on these tragedies that affected all Americans -- gay or straight, black or white or latino, police or non-police.

All of these incidents, though different in detail, offer a sobering and disturbing look at life in America today. The senseless deaths of 49 people in a gay nightclub by an extremist rattled us, made us feel uneasy, tense, angry. The all-too-common deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by over zealous police officers made us feel uncertain, dubious, angry. The untimely deaths of Dallas Area Rapid Transit Officer Brent Thompson and Dallas Police Officers Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, and Lorne Ahrens made us feel unsettled, muddy, angry.

What do these events have in common? They make us ANGRY. Very angry. And we are not quite sure what to do about it.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families and loved ones involved, but we are certain that this is little comfort.

We’ve come up with three things that we feel strongly could help over time:
1. Close all national and state-wide loopholes for obtaining assualt weapons.
2. Resist homophobia, racism and sexism in every form.
3. Resist racism and sexism in every form in the gay community.

We know it’s an uphill battle, but we in the LGBT community know better, expect better, and will do better. To help, look up African-American Country Singer Coffey Anderson’s Traffic-stop Etiquette Video on Facebook for tips on what African Americans can do during a traffic stop.

Men of All Colors Together (MACT) - Philadelphia, Inc., is a gay, multiracial and multicultural orgainzation
committed to equality, diversity and justice in humankind through social, educational and other means to support the LGBTQAI communities.

Our meetings take place each month from September to June at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
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JANUARY
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!



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Monday, January 16th


Dr. Martin Luther King Day

There are many demonstrations and protests for justice
being planned by POWER and other organizations.
Stay tuned for further information.

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
2017 MLK-DARE March

Note:  This  is updated information as of 1/14/17.  The previously planned time and starting points have change.  There will be not groups marching from four different areas of the city.  Instead, everyone will assemble at 6th & Market Sts. near Independence Hall, as listed below, and proceed from there.

Join thousands from across the region for the MLK-DARE Coalition (Day of Action, Resistance, and Empowerment) on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 16th, starting at 10am.

The March for a Better America will begin at the slave quarters on Independence Mall (6th and Market St.) at 11:30 AM and conclude at Mother Bethel AME Church (6th and Lombard St) for an outdoor rally. At the rally we will unveil our 21st Century Declaration of Rights which will call on politicians, community leaders, and common citizens to support the basic human rights we cherish like affordable housing, health care, and quality public education for all.

In this critical time, we cannot just say what we are against but must articulate what we demand. The march kicks off our 100 Days of Faithful Resistance which mirrors the first hundred days of the new administration.


Historical background: 
In January of 1817, some 3,000 free African Americans gathered at Mother Bethel Church on 6th and Lombard for the largest gathering of free Blacks at the time.  The meeting was to discuss the plan of the American Colonization Society, which sought to deport all free Blacks from America while keeping enslaved Blacks in bondage. The meeting was a defining moment in preventing the plan from ever gaining significant traction in the country with free Blacks and abolitionists. 

Two hundred years later, we gather again on the same parcel of land with a larger and more diverse coalition, still concerned about the rights of those in our nation who have often been marginalized.


More details to come. Check
http://powerinterfaith.org/ for updates as plans develop in the coming weeks.


Event Location
Mother Bethel AME Church
419 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 



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‘Must Go On: A Rite of Passage’





'Must Go On: 
A Rite of Passage'


Monday, January 16th
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


William Way Community Center
1315 Spruce Street




'Must Go On: A Rite of Passage'. is a one man show presented, produced, and directed by Terrell Green. 
Co-presenters: Global Citizens 365's MLK Day of Service and William Way Community Center. 
This production uses yoga, african-dance, spoken word, video and a live DJ to explore race, gender, identity, and wellness. 
'Must Go On: A Rite of Passage' Cast/Creative Team:
  • Terrell Green, Messenger
  • Walter DeSheilds, Aesthetic Shaper
  • Christina May, Aesthetic Shaper
  • Sanchel Brown, Movement Choreographer
  • Tiff Goins, Yogapher
  • DJ Larry Lee, On Stage DJ/Sound Designer
  • Yvonne Reynolds, Production Manager

*Mr. Green is currently an Albert M. Greenfield teaching artist fellow with Philadelphia Theatre Company. He is a graduate of Central High School. He has gone on to study theatre performance at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City; Shakespeare Performance at Oxford University in England; and Marionette Puppeteering in Cork and Dublin, Ireland. 

Mr. Green teaches theatre, playwriting and puppetry in the tri-state area with The Arden Theatre, Theatre Horizons, The Walnut St. Theatre, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, and with many other art, culture, and theatre organizations in the region.
I invite you to join me for the MLK Day performance of 'Must Go On: A Rite of Passage' by Terrell M. Green*. 

I will be part of a panel discussion immediately following the play that will explore the intersections of gender, race, class, masculinity and identity. 

This important performance moves the dialogue forward for black men around intersectionality. All are welcome to attend. 

Cordially, 

Gregory Walker

Founder/Creative Director, The Brothers' Network 



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From:  
Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks


Hi folks,

There's a big week coming up in the resistance to Donald Trump and all that he represents. Below is a list of some local events that you might find particularly compelling to attend. You can find other events listed at: Building for Change and Philly We Rise.

 
So read on and see how you can get involved. 

 
Save Health Care Rally - Sunday, Jan 15, 1 pm
Where: Temple University Front Plaza, 3401 North Broad St
What: Democratic members of Congress, trade unions, senior citizen groups, health care activists and all those who believe in economic and social justice are organizing a day of action called "Our First Stand: Save Health Care." No Vouchers for Medicare and No Cuts in Medicaid.

Philly MLK-D.A.R.E March and Rally - Monday, Jan 16, 11:30 am
Where: The March will begin at the slave quarters on Independence Mall (6th and Market St.) at 11:30 AM and conclude at Mother Bethel AME Church (6th and Lombard St) for an outdoor rally.
What: We will unveil our 21st Century Declaration of Rights which will call on politicians, community leaders, and common citizens to support the basic human rights we cherish like affordable housing, health care, and quality public education for all.

 
Where: Meet at City Hall (15th & Market) at 3:30 pm for Fund our Schools Not Wall Street; Meet at 440 N. Broad St at 4:00 pm for Education Not Deportation. Both actions will end at 440 N. Broad St
What: Trump's education policies spell disaster for our schools.  His Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos is a lobbyist for privatized education and has moved millions of dollars to right wing efforts to gut public schools, especially in urban communities of color. We will defend our public schools locally by taking back control from the SRC and promoting quality public education.

People's Inauguration - Friday, Jan 20, Friday 4-6 pm
Where: Liberty Bell, 6th & Market
What: Come together at The People's Inauguration to say we will not stay quiet when our communities are under threat. New Sanctuary Movement calls on individuals, faith congregations, schools, artists, and community organizations, to join this day of action.

Women's March on Philadelphia - Saturday, Jan 21, 10 am
Where: Logan Square to Eakins Oval
What: Philadelphia will unite with Washington, D.C. and over 150 cities around the world for the historic Women's March. We stand together in the birthplace of our nation, united with our partners, friends and children for the protection of our civil liberties, civil rights, and equality.


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Friday, January 20th
 
Steering Committee Meeting
 
6:00 to 7:30 PM


at William Way LGBT Community Center

1315 Spruce St.  


Please note that the Steering Committee meeting will precede the General meeting which begins at 7:30 PM.


The Steering Committee meeting is open to anyone who wishes to observe it. 
So come early and see how it functions. 
You might want to become part of it, or volunteer for a committee!


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Friday, January 20th
 
 
General Meeting
 

7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

at William Way LGBT Community Center
 1315 Spruce St.

Kidney Health and Kidney Transplant will be discussed by George Franklin,
the second longest living African American kidney transplant recipient. 


George Franklin shares:
"I am unbelievably grateful. I feel
great! I never expected to live to
30 let alone 61 years of age.
Today, I'm 61, but parts of me are
75 thanks to a kidney transplant
donor."
 
This promises to be a very informative meeting.

Light Refreshments Available         Everyone Welcome! 



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Pot Luck at John B's Home


Saturday, January 21st
2 PM to 7 PM

With George Franklin, our speaker from the previous night.

Please call Aaron for directions at 215-455-6038.



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February
Annual Red Party

Saturday, February 11th
7:30 to 11 PM

Save the date!
  
Get ready for the Annual Red Party at Ken's home in Newtown, Square.


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Friday, February 17th
 
Steering Committee Meeting
 
6:00 to 7:30 PM


at William Way LGBT Community Center

1315 Spruce St.  


Please note that the Steering Committee meeting will precede the General meeting which begins at 7:30 PM.


The Steering Committee meeting is open to anyone who wishes to observe it. 
So come early and see how it functions. 
You might want to become part of it, or volunteer for a committee!


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Friday, February 17th
 
General Meeting

 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
at William Way LGBT Community Center
 1315 Spruce St.

Black History Presentation
Nate O'Neal
 

Light Refreshments Available         Everyone Welcome! 

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