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Archive for October 20th, 2014

“Souls To The Polls” to Hold Early Vote Rally Today

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CHICAGO, IL -  In an effort to get a goal of 20,000 people to vote early, the “Souls to the Polls” early vote program is holding a rally 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 20, 2014, at the Chicago Temple, 77 West Washington, where program director Jaquie Algee hopes to energize the voting base for the November 4th general election.

Doors will open at 10 a.m. at the Chicago Temple and the rally will kick off at 10:30 a.m. At 11 a.m., 12 busloads of  600 “Souls to the Polls” voters will march over to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners/Cook County Board of Election, at 69 West Washington, lower level conference room, to cast their early vote.

Simultaneously, the “Souls to the Polls” organizers have also reached out to voters in Matteson and South Holland, Illinois where a large number of participants will also cast their votes Monday at 10:30 a.m.

Between Matteson and South Holland more than 400 early voters will cast their votes. In Matteson, they will be at the Oakwood Recreational Center, 4450 Oakwood Lane, and in South Holland, at the Faith Family & Future Center, 16931 South Park Avenue. In all three events, more than 1,000 voters participated in the early vote program. “We are hoping to mobilize people to vote early through the “Souls to the Polls” program,” said Algee.

The “Souls to the Polls” organizers mobilized the early voters through the faith-based community, according to Algee, who said, “We are encouraging all people to vote early because this is a very important election.”

“We are voting to raise the state’s minimum wage in Illinois,” she said. “We have more than 1 million people who are working minimum wage jobs every day and not able to support their families in the right way. As a consequence, many have to work two or three jobs, which take away from their families and their own personal time. It adds to their inability to make ends meet.”

In an effort to reach the program’s goal of 20,000 early voters, Algee said the “Souls to the Polls” program would provide free transportation to the polls. In order to Early Vote, you must bring your government issued photo identification. Interested persons including organizers may call Algee at: 312.933.2351.

Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign Organizer to Testify Before UN Fact-Finding Mission in Detroit, Appeal for an International Investigation of City’s Housing Crisis

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Webcast of UN town hall (4-6pm EST): http://urbannationradio.com/live-now/


DETROIT, MI – Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign organizer Willie “J.R.” Fleming will submit formal testimony to a UN fact-finding delegation charged with investigating human rights violations in Detroit. Facilitated by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, this delegation includes UN Special Rapporteurs Leilani Farha and Catarina de Albuquerque, international experts on water, sanitation, and housing issues.

“The UN needs to know that rather than a housing recovery, we in Chicago have continued violations of the human to housing,” explained Fleming by telephone. “In the cities hardest hit neighborhoods, families are still losing their homes fraudulently, with many pushed into homelessness as our high rents become increasingly unaffordable. At the same time, tens of thousands of vacant homes blight the South and West sides, serving as havens for violent crime.”

“We are hearing a lot of promises this election year,” emphasized Fleming, “but we need real help right now.”

Two months ago, the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign joined a broad contingent of U.S. organizations in Geneva, Switzerland to present testimony before the Committee to Eliminate all forms of Racial Discrimination. This testimony focused on racial discrimination in public and private housing sectors, particularly in the wake of the mortgage foreclosure crisis and steep cuts to the provision of public housing. In response to this testimony, the UN committee found in its concluding observations that the U.S. had failed to meet its international obligations to reduce racial discrimination in housing.

In addition to his testimony on the ongoing housing crisis in the Midwest, Fleming will also make a formal appeal to the UN for an investigation the impact of the housing crisis, particularly on neighborhoods hard-hit by the mortgage foreclosure crisis, where the rate bank auctions has continued to rise.

“Since the mission and concluding observations, the housing and human rights crisis has impacted more lives and the loss of housing increased rapidly and dramatically,” stated the formal appeal letter. “We believe that the lack of housing has been the root cause, along with poverty, of the notable violence amongst African American youth in Chicago. With no home, there is no stability, no hope and like any other region in the world violence and crime become the only available opportunity for upward mobility.”

Mr. Fleming’s testimony will take place during a town hall meeting hosted by the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. This organization has worked with a coalition of local groups to address the rash of water shutoffs by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department that have left thousands of the city’s residents without water  for past due bills of as little as $150. Local advocates  have repeatedly pointed out that over the past decade, Detroit residents have seen water rates increases of nearly 120 percent, as the city’s population has declined.

In June, these groups submitted a report to the UN OHCHR, which found that disconnection of water services because of failure to pay due to a lack of money constituted a violation of the human right to water and other international rights. In spite of a recent ruling by the federal judge overseeing Detroit’s bankruptcy proceedings that no such right existed in U.S. domestic law, local advocates hope that the UN visit will bolster ongoing efforts to shed light on the human consequences of the city’s policies.

In 2009, Fleming helped to coordinate a formal visit to the National Mission of UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to adequate housing Raquel Rolnik. During her visit to Chicago, Ms Rolnik visited the Cabrini Green public housing development as well as other parts of the city where the city razed its high-rise public housing. Ms Rolnik’s visit found that the U.S. Had failed to safeguard the human right to housing, promoting the Obama administration to put in propose reforms to public housing administration and mortgage modification procedures.

19th National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation

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October 22 Wednesday Protest to Stop Police Brutality, 12:00 noon Daley Plaza, (Washington & Dearborn), Rally and March

The 19th annual Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation will be erecting a giant stop sign against the whole killer program of police brutality and mass incarceration. This is a day when people from cities and towns across the country http://sites.google.com/site/stopmassincarcerationo22/ – youth from inner city high schools and those who have been pushed out of the school system are joining with college students, parents of those who have been murdered and incarcerated, as well as people of conscience in city centers and in the neighborhoods all over.

The Day of Protest 2014 is unfolding during the first October Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation, initiated by Prof. Cornel West and Carl Dix, representative of the Revolutionary Communist Party. Stop Mass Incarceration Network has been in the forefront of taking on the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson Mo., Eric Garner’s murder by police in NYC, and connecting these struggles against police terror across the country with the whole Month of Resistance movement.

“Police in Chicago are at the forefront of the nationwide attack on Black and Brown youth. Among the youth whose lives have recently been stolen by police here in Chicago are: Roshad McIntosh, 19 years old; Warren Robinson, 16 years old; and Pedro Rios, 14 years old. Glenn Evans, who received 50 complaints for police brutality over the last 13 years, was never disciplined and instead highly praised from the highest levels of the CPD and promoted repeatedly up the ranks of the CPD to commander,” said Gregory Koger, ex-prisoner activist in the Chicago chapter of Stop Mass Incarceration Network. “In the face of growing community outrage and protest, Evans was recently indicted for shoving his gun down the throat of 22-year old Rickey Williams, but still has not been fired. On October 22nd, people in Chicago will defiantly stand with others across the country. We will raise our voices and demand: No more Stolen Lives! No more murders by the police! Stop Mass Incarceration Now.!”

The Call for the Month of Resistance is endorsed by families of those killed by police, former prisoners, clergy, academics, and community organizations, and public figures such as Chuck D, who recorded the Pledge of Resistance and Alice Walker, whose poem “Gather,” is dedicated to Carl Dix and Cornel West. Signatories of Call for the Month of Resistance include Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, Nikki Giovanni, poet, Ted Jennings, Chicago Theological Seminary, Cephus “Uncle Bobby” Johnson, Uncle of Oscar Grant, killed by Bay Area Rapid Transit Police and many more.

Additional Events through the day:

9-11 a.m. Hull House: Public release of UN report on CPD Violence against Youth of Color by www.wechargegenocide.org

6:00 pm Silent Vigil at 11th Police District

3151 W. Harrison

7:00 – 10:p.m. MultiKulti, Cultural Event, Roosevelt University SMIN

1000 N Milwaukee Ave.

Stop Mass Incarceration Network – Chicago

stopmassincarcerationchicago@gmail.com • (312) 933-9586




The Stop Mass Incarceration Network is a project of the Alliance for Global Justice, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Stop Mass Incarceration Network is building a movement to stop the injustice of mass incarceration and police brutality; and the racially biased policies and practices of the police, the courts and the U.S. legal system; and to support the rights of prisoners and the formerly incarcerated. We call on all to join us.

NAACP President & CEO Builds Leadership Team with Accomplished Directors and Seasoned Staff Members

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BALTIMORE, MD – The NAACP announced the hires of Virgil E. Ecton as Executive Vice President, Development, Peter M. Williams as Executive Vice President, Programs and Claudia A. Withers as Chief Operating Officer. These veteran civil rights leaders will join the executive leadership team and continue the NAACP fight to ensure voting rights, economic equality, health equity, and a fair criminal justice system is a reality for all Americans.

Mr. Williams is a seasoned executive with 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors and academia. He most recently served as the principal for PW Consulting Group, a policy research and management consulting firm that focuses on enhancing the capacity of nonprofit organizations by providing services that include interim executive director management, policy analysis and strategic planning. He has also served as President and CEO of the Mid-Bronx Desperadoes (MBD) Community Housing Corporation (Bronx, NY);  and Vice President, School of Continuing Education and Community Programs for Medgar Evers College, City University of New York. Formerly a legislative assistant for Congressman Edolphus Towns, Mr. Williams managed a legislative portfolio covering issues such as, housing, civil rights and criminal justice. He has developed and taught courses in government and policy at Pratt Institute Graduate School of City and Regional Planning and Medgar Evers College. Mr. Williams has served as the First Vice President of the NAACP Brooklyn, NY Branch, and has been a member of a number of corporate and community boards and commissions.

Mr. Ecton is a goal driven professional who is uniquely positioned to offer comprehensive leadership within the development field. His distinguished background in working with Fortune 100 corporations, colleges, universities and major foundations such as the United Negro College Fund has enabled him to provide highly skilled strategic planning, budgeting, training, and performance development. Mr. Ecton has directed several successful capital campaigns and has provided exemplary management on all fronts. At Tuskegee University, he enlisted corporate executives to serve on the Tuskegee capital campaign National Corporate Advisory Board. At UNCF, Mr. Ecton directed the implementation of the scholarship provider’s first organizational incentive program and introduced employee performance standards with emphasis in quality, quantity, time and cost.

Claudia Withers brings a depth of insight to the NAACP through non-profit management, research, teaching and hands-on experience. Formerly, the Chief Operating Officer of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ms. Withers oversaw the day to day management of the agency as well as the development of the EEOC’s strategic plan for FY 2012-2016, and as the agency’s Performance Improvement Officer is overseeing its implementation. Prior to joining the EEOC, Claudia Withers was Director of Programs for the District of Columbia Bar Foundation, where she developed and directed grants and loan repayment programs to support civil legal services to the poor and underserved in the District of Columbia.  Ms. Withers also served in the Clinton Administration as a Deputy General Counsel in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Education.

Long time staff leaders, Shavon Arline Bradley and Kia Pearson will assume leadership roles as Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning and Partnerships and Vice President of Executive Operations, respectively. Ms. Arline-Bradley will oversee strategic partnerships and facilitate the Association’s strategic plan.  Ms. Pearson’s role as Vice President of Executive Operations will be expanded to oversee a fellowship program for the NAACP.

Autism-Friendly and Sign Language Interpreted Performances of Leo Lionni’s Frederick Demonstrate Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Commitment to Access

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Saturday, November 1, 6 p.m.
Sign language interpretation offered
for deaf or hard of hearing audiences

Saturday, November 8, 6 p.m. Entire theater reserved for families with children on the autism spectrum

CHICAGO, IL – Chicago Children’s Theatre will provide special services to families with children on the autism spectrum, and families with members who are deaf and hard of hearing, at two special performances during the run of its current world premiere family musical, Leo Lionni’s Frederick:

  • On Saturday, November 1 at 6 p.m., Leo Lionni’s Frederick will be interpreted in sign language for families with members who are deaf or hard of hearing. Tickets are $28 children/$38 adults.
  • On Saturday, November 8 at 6 p.m., all 235 seats at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts will be offered exclusively to families with children on the autism spectrum. Several days before attending, parents will receive a “Social Story” that previews Frederick and prepares their children to experience live theater. That evening’s performance is modulated down a bit, additional staff will be on hand to create a safe, welcoming space for every child, and all families can collectively relax and enjoy the show without worrying or getting upset if a child gets loud or active. Tickets are $20.

Leo Lionni’s Frederick is running now through November 16, 2014 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. For tickets and information, visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org or call (872) 222-9555.

CCT’s playful new production of Leo Lionni’s Frederick is based on the Caldecott Award-winning book about a mouse that daydreams the day away while the other mice are gathering food for the winter. But when dreary weather arrives, surprise! It was Frederick who stored up something special to help everyone through the long, cold winter.

Just like the book, CCT’s Leo Lionni’s Frederick, directed by Stuart Carden, celebrates the ability to transform ordinary objects and everyday ideas into the extraordinary, the idea that there is a place for all of us in this world, and the artist within all of us.

For more information about Chicago Children’s Theatre visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org, call CCT’s dedicated box office line, (872) 222-9555, or the administrative office, (773) 227-0180.

Why African Americans are Leaving Religion

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African-Americans are significantly more religious compared to the rest of the U.S. population, but a growing number of Afrocentrists, atheists, free thinkers and the LGBT community are steadily increasing each year.

According to the American Religious Identification Survey from 1990 to 2008 the number of blacks without any religious affiliation nearly doubled from 6 to 11 percent, and continues to riseannually. There are several reasons as to why Blacks are abandoning their religious beliefs, from historical justification of slavery and social issues such as same-sex marriage to mistrust of leadership.

As African Americans leave religion they are often confronted with the idea of how to share their newfound beliefs with family and friends.  The black community as a whole typically frowns upon its members that don’t acknowledge a religious affiliation, in particular the Black church. As many have discovered, revealing your thoughts and feelings to others can be a daunting task.  Some describe the experience as feeling ostracized as they have witnessed family members and friends who no longer speak to them.  Others experience harassment and humiliation from being shunned and told they’re “going to hell”.Nevertheless, as some turn to atheism and agnosticism others are choosing to become spiritual as an alternative.

A number of African Americans are turning to traditional African faiths such as Voodoo, Orisa Worship and the Ausarian Society, to name a few.  Ka-Maat, a new spiritual practice for African Americans created by popular hip hop historian and activist Sean XLG Mitchell is rapidly gaining popularity among many seeking religious alternatives.  Sean states “just because you walk away from religion doesn’t mean you’re walking away from God. In fact, since I left religion twenty years ago I’ve become more spiritually conscious, I’ve established a closer relationship with the Creator and I’ve been blessed ever since”.

In describing the differences between spirituality and religion, Sean states “the obvious differencesare there’s no weekly service to attend, Holy book to read, tithes to pay or leaders to follow.  We believe all people are capable of leading themselves by learning to make responsible decisions.  In short, being spiritual is all about living a positive and conscientious lifestyle in serving the Creator because we believe that action speaks louder than words”.

About The Book:

“Introduction to Ka-Maat: A Spiritual Practice for African Americans and People of African Descent” by Sean XLG Mitchell is published by ALB Management Group and is available in paperback and eBook at Amazon.com.

ISBN-10: 1502831163

ALB Management

Email: albmngt@gmail.com

Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia L. Fudge’s Statement on Time Warner Inc. Staff Reductions

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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair Marcia L. Fudge released the following statement on the impact large scale staff reductions at Time Warner Inc. will have on African American representation at CNN:

“News that Time Warner Inc. recently began large scale staff reductions is troubling.  Particularly concerning are reports that these layoffs have significantly reduced the number of African Americans in senior and executive roles in the company’s flagship news organization, CNN.

“In a nation growing increasingly more diverse, it is imperative that the organizations tasked with keeping us informed reflect the same diversity.  Ethnic sensitivity both on-camera and behind it demonstrates a corporate understanding of the benefits of diversity, and a genuine respect for the audiences’ needs.

“Any staffing changes that disproportionately cut the number of African Americans at CNN – intentionally or otherwise – are an affront to the African American journalism community and to the African American community as a whole.  It is my sincere hope that these reports are not true, and that Time Warner Inc. works to ensure that the diversity of its viewers across the country, and the world, is reflected and protected in all areas of its organization.”

UPDATE: A previous version of this press release said that Time Warner Cable was responsible for the layoffs affecting CNN. This is incorrect. CNN is owned by a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., not Time Warner Cable.

Illinois College Application Month is Underway at Over 85 High Schools

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High School Events Help Students Start and Complete College Applications


DEERFIELD, IL – Completing college applications can seem pretty overwhelming, especially for those students who might be the first in their family to attend college. But there’s help available—especially in the month of October, when high schools across Illinois hold special college application workshops and events as part of their participation in College Application Month.

Supported by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), the state’s College Application Month is part of the nationwide American College Application Campaign® (ACAC) initiative, which seeks to increase the number of students who are applying to college early in their senior year, with a focus on first-generation and low-income students as well as students who may not otherwise apply to college.

“The workshops and college counseling have made a huge difference for me in completing college and scholarship applications,” said Basil McClain, a senior at Manual Academy in Peoria who will be the first in his family to attend college. McClain, who is planning to study kinesiology in college,  not only works with the school’s college counseling office regularly, but has been chosen as one of the school’s “College Ambassadors,” to spread the word about Manual’s college application week and help other seniors with their applications.

Makenzie Lucas, a senior at Pekin Community High School who is interested in pursuing an education degree, found the essay workshops at her school extremely helpful. “I’ve written essays for English classes, but the rules for college essays are really different,” said Lucas. “Getting one-on-one help from an experienced counselor is a lot better than trying to figure this out on my own or searching for help online.”

During last year’s College Application Month, 89 high schools throughout Illinois held more than 270 college application workshops attended by over 6,100 students.  Already this year, almost 89 high schools in 77 Illinois cities and towns have scheduled College Application Month activities for their students, with more schools likely to participate before the month’s end. The ISACorps provides additional support for many schools through supplemental mentoring and workshops on everything from college readiness to financial aid.

In addition to the actual application workshops, there’s no shortage of creative activities developed by high school college counselors to get students excited about college, from adorning student lockers with college pennants to student-judged contests for the best faculty-decorated door that represents their college. ISAC offers high schools a College Application Month Implementation Guide, with information and checklists to implement a successful program, as well as tips to encourage student participation.

“My mom told me that she really wished she had this kind of help when she was in high school,” said McClain, “so I tell all my friends to take advantage of all the assistance that’s available because it really can help you get to college.”

For a regularly updated list of Illinois high schools holding College Application Month activities, see the College Changes Everything website.

About the Illinois Student Assistance Commission

The mission of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is to help make college accessible and affordable for students throughout Illinois. ISAC provides comprehensive, objective, and timely information on education and financial aid for students and their families–giving them access to the tools they need to make the educational choices that are right for them. Then, through the state’s flagship Monetary Award Program and other scholarship and grant programs ISAC administers—totaling more than $380 million in academic year 2013-14—ISAC can help students make those choices a reality. www.isac.org

Former Washington, DC Resident, Author, Speaker and Support Group Facilitator Helps Women Without Hope to Find Their Way!

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Barbara Marie Barnes

Hampton, VA (BlackNews.com) — Many support groups offer just that-support, but Barbara Marie Barnes of EYES Evolution helps women to go deeper. Via her self-esteem support group, she attempts to help those who feel the need to eradicate their low self-esteem issues and have fun while doing so. She’s the first to tell you that she’s not against traditional support groups. She says: “Whatever helps one to heal, sans self-medicating is fine. Some women have to purge their emotions in that type of environment. So yes, do what works for you. “Most people would never admit to having low self-esteem. They believe that it makes them appear weak she says. Having low self-esteem is one of the major causes of depression, suicide, suicidal attempts, drug abuse and alcohol addiction. Yet people decline to admit they have it, nor do they want to talk about it.”

Barbara knows full well what it is like to feel the painful effects of low self-esteem. Of course she knows. She’s been there, done that… wrote a book on the subject. She’s the author of the book titled, Pretty Ugly – How Low Self-Esteem Almost Ruined My Life. In the book she paints the picture of a once happy little girl who morphed into an unhappy, self-loathing and suicidal child who grew into a dysfunctional suicidal adult, racked by depression, domestic abuse, low self-image, drugs, alcoholism, homelessness and more.

The good news is that she can relate how she climbed out of her dungeon of hopelessness simply by taking one step at a time. It wasn’t easy and it was done by her conscious decision to diligently go after a better life. She begs the question: “Who wants to constantly live like that – day in and day out for YEARS and YEARS? I just got so sick and tired of being sick and tired and crying all the time! I had to do something! I had to find a way to get relief, without attempting to end my life. I started reading everything I could get my hands on dealing with self-improvement. I went to seminars. I read and read some more. It was a very long process which was due to my own sporadic efforts. I work on myself to this day.”

She continues: “There are multitudes of women out there who can relate to my story and some who are still experiencing some of those same challenges. They have nowhere to turn. They pretty much internalize everything. They feel very alone in the world. This is definitely not healthy or good for your self-esteem. Not discounting what men go through, but women go through so much. It’s hard to be happy when you feel that life just keeps kicking you in the gut. I can identify with those feelings. That was Barbara’s purpose in starting her group in D.C. in 2011. She wanted to show these women that they are not alone, that their life can get better no matter what they’ve been through. She started her group in two different women’s homeless shelters. She just recently started a group in Hampton, VA. Starting a group in a women’s shelter in Virginia is one of her goals. Her group focuses mainly on self-esteem, however, you can also learn to become a better person, get rid of those old outdated superstitious beliefs that can hold you back.

If any woman 18 years of age or older decide they want to change their current unhappy circumstances and want to raise their hands to start on the road to a healthy self-esteem, then they are more than welcome to join the group. EYES Evolution is different than any other group out there in that the women don’t just sit around talking. There is interaction, meaning there is work to do. The techniques that are used are really quite simple, and could be fun. There are lesson plans, there are games and more. You’ll also get the chance to dabble into your creative side. There is introspection, accountability, and yes, you will get the chance to “talk” things out. That is so IMPORTANT in helping the healing process along. The women also learn how to be a “sisterhood” and leave the usual “cattiness” and element of negativity and aversion to other women on the other side of the door. If you are the type who don’t get along with other women, then this is not the group for you. It’s time for a change. She says: “We have to do better. I cannot control what goes on in the world, but I do have a say in what goes on in my group”.

EYES stands for Eventually You’ll Emerge Stronger. The concept of starting a group as well as the name came about right after she left a homeless shelter in 2005. Six years later, the idea to form the group came rushing back at her. She feverishly went to work to develop what she is so proud of today.

“Change is not that easy of course,” she says. “Trust me. It takes work, time, willingness to change, determination and repetition. It will absolutely be worth all the effort. That doesn’t mean that you won’t ever encounter problems, because anyone with breath in their bodies will have challenges in life, though they may be kept at a minimum. However, you can become the happy, productive, well-adjusted and amazing person that you want to be, and that you truly are. My motto is: ‘Say It. Believe It. Live It!'” Self-Esteem… “It’s about self-love and it’s about time!”
To book Barbara for speaking engagements or for one-on-one life coaching, or if you’d like Barbara to start her EYES Evolution support group at your facility in the Hampton Roads area, please contact her at 202-316-6695 or email her at: speaking2inspireu@gmail.com. Visit her website at: www.e-y-e-s-evolution.org or visit her Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/AuthorBarbaraMarieBarnes.

Photo Caption: Barbara Marie Barnes, founder of EYES Evolution, a self-esteem support group for women

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