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Courage to Be

NABWMT 35th Annual Convention
Newark, NJ
July 13 -19, 2015



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  CONTACT:  JAMES CREDLE

January 31, 2015                                          973-919-9926 or jwcredle1@hotmail.com

 

TAKE YOUR PICK: BLACK HISTORY MONTH or VALENTINE’S DAY!

SAVE on the BUDDY SPECIAL - TWO REGISTRATIONS - $222 – FEBRUARY ONLY!

 

 REGISTRATION ONLINE NOW for “COURAGE to BE. . .” the 35TH ANNUAL CONVENTION of the National Association of Black and White Men Together, JULY 14TH to 18TH, 2015!!  (http://www.nabwmt.org/convention-2015/)   Re-affirm your commitment to NABWMT’s ANTI-RACISM WORK!

JANUARY 1 to JUNE 30, 2015 - $159 per person.  JULY 1 through CONVENTION - $199 per person.  $75 per day - $150 Weekend Rate.

 

There’s NO BETTER SPOT to meet, greet and enjoy the Best of Summer than the ROBERT TREAT HOTEL, in the Heart of Newark’s incredibly EXCITING and rapidly DEVELOPING DOWNTOWN!  If that’s not ENOUGH, you’re half an hour from NEW YORK CITY by train or bus - join us for the CIRCLE of FRIENDS SUNSET CRUISE around MANHATTAN, INCLUDED in your REGISTRATION!

 

REGISTER by MAIL:  Mail check or money order payable to NABWMT 2015 Newark to:  James Credle, 51 Clifton Avenue, Apt. C2101, Newark, NJ 07104.  Please include all registrant names, mailing address with zip code, email address, and phone.

 

HOTEL RESERVATIONS:  ROBERT TREAT HOTEL, 50 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102, 973/622-1000 - Code: 5977 – Event Name:  NABWMT 2015-Newark.  You’ll NEVER stay SO CLOSE to NYC for LESS or GET MORE:

-          $109 + taxes for a single room and $125 + taxes for a double room (15.5% tax)

-          Complimentary Continental Breakfast is available daily for each registrant.

-          One Complimentary Parking Space is available for each registered room.

-          Complimentary on site exercise room and pool are available for guests.

 

NABWMT 2015 Convention-Newark

51 Clifton Avenue Suite C-2101 Newark, New Jersey 07104

James Credle, Planning Committee-Chair

(973) 919-9926 jwcredle1@hotmail.com

www.nabwmt2015newark.com

 

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APRIL

Friday, April 10th

 
Steering Committee Meeting
 

7:30 to 9:30 PM

 
at Stevie & Art's home.


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Friday, April 17th

 
General Meeting


Jaymie Campbell from Mazzoni Center  to speak to us.


At our next General Meeting on Friday, April 17, MACT will welcome

Jaymie Campbell, M.A., as our guest speaker.  Jaymie is the Professional

Development Manager at Mazzoni Center, and is in charge of coordinating

training and workshops provided by that organization.  Many of us may

have heard of Mazzoni Center, but not know a lot about the specific types

of medical and legal services Mazzoni provides, or how to access them.

Come learn more about this vital resource within our local LGBT community!


7:30 PM to 9:45 PM
 
at William Way LGBT Community Center
 
1315 Spruce St.

 
Light Refreshments Available     Everyone Welcome!


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Saturday, April 18th


April Showers Pot Luck


at John B's home


7:30 to 11 PM



Call Aaron for information and directions at 215-455-6038

For carpooling, if you can give a ride, or need a ride, call John O at 610-207-4801




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MAY


Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 1st, 2nd, & 3rd


MACT-Philadelphia's 34th Anniversary Weekend Celebration!


Hold these dates open for a lot of fun!

More information will be available shortly.



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Friday, May 8th

 
Steering Committee Meeting
 

7:30 to 9:30 PM

 
at TBA.


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Friday, May 15th

General Meeting


 Theme - The Year in Review!

Reports from committee chairs, and discussion on how we've done, and what events, speakers, actions, etc. the membership would like us to pursue.


7:30 PM to 9:45 PM
 
at William Way LGBT Community Center
 
1315 Spruce St.

 
Light Refreshments Available     Everyone Welcome!


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Saturday, May 16th


Spring Fling Pot Luck

at Charles & Jerry's home

7:30 to 11 PM

Call Aaron for information and directions at 215-455-6038

For carpooling, if you can give a ride, or need a ride, call John O at 610-207-4801



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JUNE

Sunday, June 14th


Philly Pride Presents
Gay Pride Parade and Festival

Annual Reminder Logo 2015

Our Pride Day theme this year is the 50th Anniversary of the Annual Reminders picketing of Independence Hall, July 4 1965 through July 4, 1969.  Three weeks later the picketing will be reenacted at Independence Hall on July 4, and we will have a block party in the Gayborhood on Sunday, July 5. stonewall-innThe first gay pride parade took place in New York City, gay pride 1 June 28, 1970, to commemorate the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots (June 28, 1969), considered to be the beginning of the LGBT civil rights movement.  By 1972, many cities, including Philadelphia, were staging gay pride parades and festivals.  From 1977 to 1987, there were no parades in Philadelphia.  In 1988, there was a spontaneous  parade from the gayborhood to a rally sponsored by the Lesbian and Gay Task Force in Love Park.  This parade was so successful that community leaders got together to establish an organization that would coordinate a gay pride parade and festival in Philadelphia every June. That organization is Philly Pride Presents, and we are celebrating our 27th PrideDay.  We grow every year.

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PrideDay, the LGBT Pride Parade and Festival, begins in the heart of the Gayborhood at 13th and Locust (11:30 — 1/2 hour earlier this year) proceeds through Center City and Philadelphia’s historic district.  The judging stand is at Independence Mall, 6th and Market Street.  The parade terminates at the Festival location at the Great Plaza of Penn’s Landing, the best pride festival location in the country.  Although the parade turns down Front Street and crosses I-95 via Chestnut Street, there are several ways into Penn’s Landing via the Market Street and Walnut Street overpasses.

Philly Pride Parade and Festival

Start Times

  • The parade starts at 11:30 a.m at 13th and Locust Streets. (Earlier start time)
  • The festival gates open at Noon at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
  • The Parade reaches the Festival location at approx. 1:00pmparade route 2015

View the full schedule

Admission

There is a $15 cover charge to help fund the event, pay entertainers, cover site rental, and provide seed money for Outfest in October.  Where can you get 6 hours of entertainment and 150 vendors and community groups for such a low price?

Security Information

Penn’s Landing security will once again be checking backpacks, and this caused an uncomfortable situation at the front gate in 2013.   In 2014 Penn’s Landing diverted a huge portion of the crowd to the waterfront and the North gate, which caused quite a lineup.  Keep an eye out for our volunteers selling wristbands on the street as that will cut out the crowd scene at the Festival.  We will have separate isles for those without backpacks and bags so you can enter the Festival quickly. Those with bags will be checked, and it will cause you some delay. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but it is for the safety of our community. If you enter from either the north or south parking lots, your wait wshould be less as well. Those crossing I-95 via the Market Street overpass will be urged to descent the steps into the parking lot and the north entrance.


(See Annual Reminders 50th Anniversary Celebration in July, below.)

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JULY

Please Note:  Our Monthly Meetings will resume September 18th, 7:30 - 9:45 PM,
at the William Way LGBT Community Center

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Camping at Hillside

July 2, 3, 4, & 5


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50th Anniversary Celebration of

Annual Reminders

July 2, 3, 4, & 5

From Equality Forum's website:

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement, July 2-5, 2015, in Philadelphia

On Independence Day join a who’s who of LGBT icons and allies in front of Independence Hall for a ceremony commemorating the Gay Pioneers and celebrating 50 years of LGBT civil rights achievements. Festivities include wreath laying at the Gay Pioneers historical marker, panel discussions, LGBT history exhibits, entertainment, parties, Gayborhood street festival, concerts, fireworks and more.

Don't Miss This Historic Four-Day Celebration!

Art: Paul Wilson


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From Philly Pride Presents website:



picket plaqueAnnual Reminder Logo 2015

Philly Pride, together with other groups in our community, will be remembering and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1965 LGBT picketing at Independence Hall, and will be making it the centerpiece of our 2015 PrideDay Gay Pride Parade and Festival, June 14, 2015.  Just a short three weeks later the Independence Hall picket will be reenacted on  Saturday, July 4, 2015, and we will have a special event, the Annual Reminders block party, on Sunday, July 5, 2015, in the heart of the gayborhood.

HISTORY:  On July 4, 1965, and for the next four years, gay rights activists gathered outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia carrying picket signs and demanding legislation that would secure the rights of LGBT Americans. Referencing the self-evident truth mentioned in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal,” the activists called for legislative changes that would improve the lives of American homosexuals. Activist Craig Rodwell conceived of the event following an April 17, 1965 picket at the White House led by Frank Kameny and members of the New York City and Washington, D.C. chapters of the Mattachine Society, Philadelphia’s Janus Society and the New York chapter of the Daughters of Bilitus. The groups operated under the collective name East Coast Homophile Organizations (ECHO). It was called the “Annual Reminder” to remind the American people that a substantial number of American citizens were denied the rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” picket 1964 Enthused by Rodwell’s idea, ECHO put together the first Reminder picket in just over two months. Thirty-nine people attended the first picket, including veteran activists Frank Kameny, Barbara Gittings, and Kay Tobin. As with the Washington, D.C. picket Kameny insisted on a strict dress code for participants, including jackets and ties for the men and dresses for the women. Kameny’s goal was to represent homosexuals as “presentable and employable.”

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The pictures to the left show veteran activist Barbara Gittings (wearing the required dress) at the Annual Reminder picket.  The second picture is Barbara speaking at the first Philadelphia gay pride event in 1972.  Barbara was honored when Locust Street was renamed “Barbara Gittings Way.”

As a gay pride organization, Philly Pride tracks its history to the New York Stonewall riots of June 28, 1969, and the first gay pride parade to memorialize that event one year later, June 28, 1970 (which is why gay pride events are typically held in June). The sequence of the Annual Reminders was as follows:


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July 4, 1965
July 4, 1966
July 4, 1967
July 4, 1968

The Stonewall Riots, June 28, 1969
July 4, 1969

Therefore, the last Annual Reminder took place less than a week after the June 28 Stonewall riots. Rodwell received several telephone calls threatening him and the other New York participants, but he was able to arrange for police protection for the chartered bus all the way to Philadelphia. About 45 people participated. The Annual Reminders were commemorated in 2005 by the placement of a Pennsylvania state historical marker by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission at 6th and Chestnut Streets where it is viewed by thousands of visitors daily:  “these [Annual Reminders] and the Stonewall riots of 1969 . . .  transformed a small national campaign into a civil rights movement.”




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Camping at The Woods

July 17, 18 & 19



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Courage to Be

NABWMT 35th Annual Convention
Newark, NJ
July 13 -19, 2015


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August

Camping at The Woods

August 17, 18 & 19


We need to know as soon as possible who is planning on coming; what they would like and what resources they have (car, tent, air mattress, etc.).  If you have questions or comments please contact Aaron Libson at 215-455-6038. Feel free to invite friends, but I need to submit the list of campers for our sites to the respective camps.  The Woods has been expanding its facilities.

Hillside has new management.  Both camps accept credit cards. 


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