American community – Conservative Petitions http://conservativepetitions.com/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 12:20:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://conservativepetitions.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/profile.png American community – Conservative Petitions http://conservativepetitions.com/ 32 32 Ongoing in the Greek-American community https://conservativepetitions.com/ongoing-in-the-greek-american-community-6/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 03:11:15 +0000 https://conservativepetitions.com/ongoing-in-the-greek-american-community-6/ JANUARY 8 APTOS, CA – The Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Santa Cruz, Calif., Hosts the seventh annual blessing of the waters on Saturday, January 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Rio Del Mar State Beach in Aptos, California, with His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco presiding. All parishes in the […]]]>

JANUARY 8

APTOS, CA – The Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Santa Cruz, Calif., Hosts the seventh annual blessing of the waters on Saturday, January 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Rio Del Mar State Beach in Aptos, California, with His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco presiding. All parishes in the Bay Area and the Central Coast are invited and encouraged to attend. Those interested in diving or swimming for the cross, please contact the church office by email: info@propheteliassc.org or by phone: 831-429-6500.

JANUARY 9

PATERSON, NJ – The Girls of Penelope (DOP) Chryssida Chapter 438 of Union County and Greek Girls Kitchen present an in-person and virtual Vasilopita event on Sunday January 9 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Kontos Foods, 100 6th Avenue in Paterson, New Jersey. Join celebrity chefs (and DOP sisters) Sophia Manatakis and Melina Milionis back in their favorite kitchen at Kontos Foods. Seating is limited to 60 for the in-person event. Price: $ 60 in person at Kontos Foods, $ 30 virtual. The event includes baskets and door prizes. For those who cannot make it to the event, please consider trying your luck for the grand prizes. New prices added daily. Link provided by email one day and one hour before the event. Registration required for both options. More information is available by email: dopenelope438@gmail.com. Partial proceeds from fundraisers benefit Penelope’s Daughter National Projects, Penelope Chryssida Daughters Chapter 438 of the Union County Scholarship Fund and other causes.

ONLINE – EMBCA presents the 100th anniversary of the Godfather of Rhythm and Blues: Johnny Otis / Ioannis A. Veliotes Roundtable on Sunday, January 9, 2 p.m. EST / 9 p.m. in Athens EEST. The commemoration of the anniversary will celebrate the life, times and works of an iconic and astonishing figure of the musical world, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, the Renaissance man of rhythm and blues – Johnny Otis on the 100th anniversary of his birth on December 28, 1921 and the 10th anniversary of his death on January 17, 2012. The panel will be moderated by Lou Katsos, President of EMBCA and President of the Hellenic National Cultural Commission of AHEPA . The distinguished panel – in training – will include author, historian and activist Herb Boyd, professor in the Black Studies Program at the City College of New York (CUNY); author / poet Nicholas Alexiou, professor of sociology and director of the Hellenic American Project at Queens College; and filmmaker Tassos Rigopoulos, Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Arts and Technologies at Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY). More information is available online: https://embca.com.

JANUARY 12

ONLINE – The Hellenic American Women’s Council (HAWC) presents an online interview via Zoom on Wednesday, January 12, 7:00 p.m. Central, with Her Voice author Varvara Athanasiou-Ioannou and Professor Mary Kalantzis, one of the participants to the book, which introduces immigrant women and their stories in Greek. Register online: https://bit.ly/3sF2AAi.

JANUARY 14-17

GLENBROOK, NV – The 2022 Greek Orthodox Metropolis San Francisco Young Adult Winter Retreat “Desert Citizens: Embracing Our Role as Christian Witnesses to Our World” takes place January 14-17, weekend from Martin Luther King, Lake Tahoe, Galilee Camp and Conference Center, 1776 US Highway 50 to Glenbrook. This retreat is open to all Orthodox students and young professionals between the ages of 18 and 30. More information and online registration: https://gosfyouth.org/young-adult-winter-retreat.

JANUARY 15

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY – Greece’s most popular carnival event arrives in New York City with the 4th Annual Patras Carnival Party (Patrino Karnavali) on Saturday January 15 at 10 p.m. at the Melrose Penthouse, 3608 33rd Street in Long Island City. During the carnival period, there are events such as carnival balls, masked balls and parties at home, neighborhoods, clubs, cafes and restaurants. One of the most popular events is the ’80s Back to Carnival’ night, attracting over 1,000 attendees. Three of its DJs, Stelios Apostolopoulos, Panagiotis Kolliopoulos and George Kouverianos, come to New York and invite you to dance until the next morning. Official Sponsor: LOUX – www.loux.gr. Tickets available on Eventbrite, search: 4th Annual Patras Carnival Party.

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Manos presents Greek night ‘Laiki Vradia’, music by the Athenian Entertainment Orchestra with Georgios Karatzas, Aggeliki Psoni, Mike Stoupakis and Stamatis Galanos on Saturday, January 15, 9:30 p.m., at the Greek American Political Club, 288 St green in Cambridge. Mezedakia offered for purchase. Nearby public parking available. A special raffle will be organized for 10 tickets for the Christos Dantis concert on February 6. Reservations and more information available by phone, Maria: 617-407-8664 or Marina: 857-261-1426.


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Census Bureau: American Community Survey letter is real https://conservativepetitions.com/census-bureau-american-community-survey-letter-is-real-2/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 23:35:14 +0000 https://conservativepetitions.com/census-bureau-american-community-survey-letter-is-real-2/ The American Community Survey is the largest household survey in the country. Each year, the US Census Bureau contacts more than 3.5 million households to participate. Every 10 years, the US Census Bureau is required to conduct a census to determine the number of people living in the country. The 2020 census results were released […]]]>

The American Community Survey is the largest household survey in the country. Each year, the US Census Bureau contacts more than 3.5 million households to participate.

Every 10 years, the US Census Bureau is required to conduct a census to determine the number of people living in the country. The 2020 census results were released last summer following a series of delays due to the coronavirus pandemic. But VERIFY viewer Brenda said she recently received a letter claiming to be from the Census Bureau for something called the “American Community Survey,” and she wanted to know if it was real.

THE QUESTION

Is the American Community Survey legitimate?

THE SOURCES

THE ANSWER

Yes, the American Community Survey is legitimate.

WHAT WE FOUND

For decades, lawmakers and the US Census Bureau have debated how to balance accurate data and timeliness.

In 1940, the census included separate questionnaires to enumerate the population and collect housing data. But the process changed in 1960 when the Bureau combined the population and housing questions into a single questionnaire that was mailed to households or completed during a visit by an enumerator.

The Census Bureau again changed the process between 1970 and 2000, this time randomly distributing a shorter survey to most households and a more in-depth survey to others, the agency said.

In 2005, the Census Bureau launched the American Community Survey (ACS). It is now considered the largest household survey in the country. Each year, the Census Bureau contacts more than 3.5 million U.S. households to participate in ACS by phone, mail, online, or in person. The survey, which collects more in-depth data than the traditional census, is sent to one in 480 households in the United States each month. It includes questions on education, employment, property and household income.

If you’ve been contacted to participate in the survey, but have concerns about the authenticity of the request, there are ways to verify its legitimacy.

On its Top Questions About the Survey web page, the Census Bureau says that if your household has been contacted to complete the ACS and you want to verify that the survey is legitimate, you can call 1-800-354-7271.

If a census field representative has visited your address and you want to verify that the visit is legitimate, you can call your regional census office. You can also confirm that the person is a Census Bureau employee by entering their name in the Census Bureau Staff Search. The Census Bureau says its field staff will always show valid Census Bureau ID and a copy of the letter it sent you.

The Census Bureau conducts more than 130 surveys and programs each year, including the Household Pulse Survey on COVID-19. You can visit the Census Bureau website to verify if a letter, text message, or link claiming to be from the Census Bureau is real.

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Census Bureau: American Community Survey letter is real https://conservativepetitions.com/census-bureau-american-community-survey-letter-is-real-3/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 23:34:03 +0000 https://conservativepetitions.com/census-bureau-american-community-survey-letter-is-real-3/ The American Community Survey is the largest household survey in the country. Each year, the US Census Bureau contacts more than 3.5 million households to participate. Every 10 years, the US Census Bureau is required to conduct a census to determine the number of people living in the country. The 2020 census results were released […]]]>

The American Community Survey is the largest household survey in the country. Each year, the US Census Bureau contacts more than 3.5 million households to participate.

Every 10 years, the US Census Bureau is required to conduct a census to determine the number of people living in the country. The 2020 census results were released last summer following a series of delays due to the coronavirus pandemic. But VERIFY viewer Brenda said she recently received a letter claiming to be from the Census Bureau for something called the “American Community Survey,” and she wanted to know if it was real.

THE QUESTION

Is the American Community Survey legitimate?

THE SOURCES

THE ANSWER

Yes, the American Community Survey is legitimate.

WHAT WE FOUND

For decades, lawmakers and the US Census Bureau have debated how to balance accurate data and timeliness.

In 1940, the census included separate questionnaires to enumerate the population and collect housing data. But the process changed in 1960 when the Bureau combined the population and housing questions into a single questionnaire that was mailed to households or completed during a visit by an enumerator.

The Census Bureau again changed the process between 1970 and 2000, this time randomly distributing a shorter survey to most households and a more in-depth survey to others, the agency said.

In 2005, the Census Bureau launched the American Community Survey (ACS). It is now considered the largest household survey in the country. Each year, the Census Bureau contacts more than 3.5 million U.S. households to participate in ACS by phone, mail, online, or in person. The survey, which collects more in-depth data than the traditional census, is sent to one in 480 households in the United States each month. It includes questions on education, employment, property and household income.

If you’ve been contacted to participate in the survey, but have concerns about the authenticity of the request, there are ways to verify its legitimacy.

On its Top Questions About the Survey web page, the Census Bureau says that if your household has been contacted to complete the ACS and you want to verify that the survey is legitimate, you can call 1-800-354-7271.

If a census field representative has visited your address and you want to verify that the visit is legitimate, you can call your regional census office. You can also confirm that the person is a Census Bureau employee by entering their name in the Census Bureau Staff Search. The Census Bureau says its field staff will always show valid Census Bureau ID and a copy of the letter it sent you.

The Census Bureau conducts more than 130 surveys and programs each year, including the Household Pulse Survey on COVID-19. You can visit the Census Bureau website to verify if a letter, text message, or link claiming to be from the Census Bureau is real.

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Census Bureau: American Community Survey letter is real https://conservativepetitions.com/census-bureau-american-community-survey-letter-is-real/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 23:32:57 +0000 https://conservativepetitions.com/census-bureau-american-community-survey-letter-is-real/ The American Community Survey is the largest household survey in the country. Each year, the US Census Bureau contacts more than 3.5 million households to participate. Every 10 years, the US Census Bureau is required to conduct a census to determine the number of people living in the country. The 2020 census results were released […]]]>

The American Community Survey is the largest household survey in the country. Each year, the US Census Bureau contacts more than 3.5 million households to participate.

Every 10 years, the US Census Bureau is required to conduct a census to determine the number of people living in the country. The 2020 census results were released last summer following a series of delays due to the coronavirus pandemic. But VERIFY viewer Brenda said she recently received a letter claiming to be from the Census Bureau for something called the “American Community Survey,” and she wanted to know if it was real.

THE QUESTION

Is the American Community Survey legitimate?

THE SOURCES

THE ANSWER

Yes, the American Community Survey is legitimate.

WHAT WE FOUND

For decades, lawmakers and the US Census Bureau have debated how to balance accurate data and timeliness.

In 1940, the census included separate questionnaires to enumerate the population and collect housing data. But the process changed in 1960 when the Bureau combined the population and housing questions into a single questionnaire that was mailed to households or completed during a visit by an enumerator.

The Census Bureau again changed the process between 1970 and 2000, this time randomly distributing a shorter survey to most households and a more in-depth survey to others, the agency said.

In 2005, the Census Bureau launched the American Community Survey (ACS). It is now considered the largest household survey in the country. Each year, the Census Bureau contacts more than 3.5 million U.S. households to participate in ACS by phone, mail, online, or in person. The survey, which collects more in-depth data than the traditional census, is sent to one in 480 households in the United States each month. It includes questions on education, employment, property and household income.

If you’ve been contacted to participate in the survey, but have concerns about the authenticity of the request, there are ways to verify its legitimacy.

On its Top Questions About the Survey web page, the Census Bureau says that if your household has been contacted to complete the ACS and you want to verify that the survey is legitimate, you can call 1-800-354-7271.

If a census field representative has visited your address and you want to verify that the visit is legitimate, you can call your regional census office. You can also confirm that the person is a Census Bureau employee by entering their name in the Census Bureau Staff Search. The Census Bureau says its field staff will always show valid Census Bureau ID and a copy of the letter it sent you.

The Census Bureau conducts more than 130 surveys and programs each year, including the Household Pulse Survey on COVID-19. You can visit the Census Bureau website to verify if a letter, text message, or link claiming to be from the Census Bureau is real.

More from VERIFY: Yes, the Old Navy class action settlement is real

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Census Bureau: American Community Survey letter is real https://conservativepetitions.com/census-bureau-american-community-survey-letter-is-real-4/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 23:30:00 +0000 https://conservativepetitions.com/census-bureau-american-community-survey-letter-is-real-4/ The American Community Survey is the largest household survey in the country. Each year, the US Census Bureau contacts more than 3.5 million households to participate. Every 10 years, the US Census Bureau is required to conduct a census to determine the number of people living in the country. The 2020 census results were released […]]]>

The American Community Survey is the largest household survey in the country. Each year, the US Census Bureau contacts more than 3.5 million households to participate.

Every 10 years, the US Census Bureau is required to conduct a census to determine the number of people living in the country. The 2020 census results were released last summer following a series of delays due to the coronavirus pandemic. But VERIFY viewer Brenda said she recently received a letter claiming to be from the Census Bureau for something called the “American Community Survey,” and she wanted to know if it was real.

THE QUESTION

Is the American Community Survey legitimate?

THE SOURCES

THE ANSWER

Yes, the American Community Survey is legitimate.

WHAT WE FOUND

For decades, lawmakers and the US Census Bureau have debated how to balance accurate data and timeliness.

In 1940, the census included separate questionnaires to enumerate the population and collect housing data. But the process changed in 1960 when the Bureau combined the population and housing questions into a single questionnaire that was mailed to households or completed during a visit by an enumerator.

The Census Bureau again changed the process between 1970 and 2000, this time randomly distributing a shorter survey to most households and a more in-depth survey to others, the agency said.

In 2005, the Census Bureau launched the American Community Survey (ACS). It is now considered the largest household survey in the country. Each year, the Census Bureau contacts more than 3.5 million U.S. households to participate in ACS by phone, mail, online, or in person. The survey, which collects more in-depth data than the traditional census, is sent to one in 480 households in the United States each month. It includes questions on education, employment, property and household income.

If you’ve been contacted to participate in the survey, but have concerns about the authenticity of the request, there are ways to verify its legitimacy.

On its Top Questions About the Survey web page, the Census Bureau says that if your household has been contacted to complete the ACS and you want to verify that the survey is legitimate, you can call 1-800-354-7271.

If a census field representative has visited your address and you want to verify that the visit is legitimate, you can call your regional census office. You can also confirm that the person is a Census Bureau employee by entering their name in the Census Bureau Staff Search. The Census Bureau says its field staff will always show valid Census Bureau ID and a copy of the letter it sent you.

The Census Bureau conducts more than 130 surveys and programs each year, including the Household Pulse Survey on COVID-19. You can visit the Census Bureau website to verify if a letter, text message, or link claiming to be from the Census Bureau is real.

More from VERIFY: Yes, the Old Navy class action settlement is real

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Census Bureau: American Community Survey letter is real https://conservativepetitions.com/census-bureau-american-community-survey-letter-is-real-5/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 23:30:00 +0000 https://conservativepetitions.com/census-bureau-american-community-survey-letter-is-real-5/ The American Community Survey is the largest household survey in the country. Each year, the US Census Bureau contacts more than 3.5 million households to participate. Every 10 years, the US Census Bureau is required to conduct a census to determine the number of people living in the country. The 2020 census results were released […]]]>

The American Community Survey is the largest household survey in the country. Each year, the US Census Bureau contacts more than 3.5 million households to participate.

Every 10 years, the US Census Bureau is required to conduct a census to determine the number of people living in the country. The 2020 census results were released last summer following a series of delays due to the coronavirus pandemic. But VERIFY viewer Brenda said she recently received a letter claiming to be from the Census Bureau for something called the “American Community Survey,” and she wanted to know if it was real.

THE QUESTION

Is the American Community Survey legitimate?

THE SOURCES

THE ANSWER

Yes, the American Community Survey is legitimate.

WHAT WE FOUND

For decades, lawmakers and the US Census Bureau have debated how to balance accurate data and timeliness.

In 1940, the census included separate questionnaires to enumerate the population and collect housing data. But the process changed in 1960 when the Bureau combined the population and housing questions into a single questionnaire that was mailed to households or completed during a visit by an enumerator.

The Census Bureau again changed the process between 1970 and 2000, this time randomly distributing a shorter survey to most households and a more in-depth survey to others, the agency said.

In 2005, the Census Bureau launched the American Community Survey (ACS). It is now considered the largest household survey in the country. Each year, the Census Bureau contacts more than 3.5 million U.S. households to participate in ACS by phone, mail, online, or in person. The survey, which collects more in-depth data than the traditional census, is sent to one in 480 households in the United States each month. It includes questions on education, employment, property and household income.

If you’ve been contacted to participate in the survey, but have concerns about the authenticity of the request, there are ways to verify its legitimacy.

On its Top Questions About the Survey web page, the Census Bureau says that if your household has been contacted to complete the ACS and you want to verify that the survey is legitimate, you can call 1-800-354-7271.

If a census field representative has visited your address and you want to verify that the visit is legitimate, you can call your regional census office. You can also confirm that the person is a Census Bureau employee by entering their name in the Census Bureau Staff Search. The Census Bureau says its field staff will always show valid Census Bureau ID and a copy of the letter it sent you.

The Census Bureau conducts more than 130 surveys and programs each year, including the Household Pulse Survey on COVID-19. You can visit the Census Bureau website to verify if a letter, text message, or link claiming to be from the Census Bureau is real.

More from VERIFY: Yes, the Old Navy class action settlement is real

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First wishes for 2022: | Richmond Free Press https://conservativepetitions.com/first-wishes-for-2022-richmond-free-press/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 23:13:12 +0000 https://conservativepetitions.com/first-wishes-for-2022-richmond-free-press/ With the start of 2022, the Richmond Free Press invited selected officials to share their most important wishes for the New Year. Here are their responses: To be healthy, prosperous and secure Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney “In 2021, we experienced the painful reality that the COVID-19 pandemic is still with us. More than 390 […]]]>

With the start of 2022, the Richmond Free Press invited selected officials to share their most important wishes for the New Year. Here are their responses:

To be healthy, prosperous and secure

Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney

“In 2021, we experienced the painful reality that the COVID-19 pandemic is still with us. More than 390 city residents died from the virus last year, and the impact it has had on lives. – from job loss among working adults and loss of learning among our students, to a deadly outbreak of gun violence – is still disproportionately experienced in our most vulnerable communities.

But 2021 has also been a year in which we have shown resilience. We have taken steps to recover and sowing seeds in the form of significant investments that will take root and provide a better future for our communities and families. This is why I am very optimistic for 2022, when these investments start to turn into real change that will empower our residents and improve the quality of life for all who live, work and play in the city of Richmond.

We’re investing $ 78 million – more than half of the city’s US $ allocation from the American Rescue Plan Act – to rebuild and renovate community centers and expand parks. We have set aside $ 20 million to build affordable housing, and millions more to redevelop public housing, promote health equity and directly address gun violence.

We continue to seek economic opportunities for our residents – from expansions of existing businesses like that of the CoStar Group, to new developments that promise better jobs, housing, businesses and public amenities in our downtown innovation district ( downtown) and in the diamond district on the edge of Scott’s addition.

This town is my family, so my most important wish is the same one that I imagine all Richmond residents have for their families, their neighbors and those they love: to be healthy, prosperous and safe.

We are doing this by vaccinating more Richmond residents against COVID-19. Only 67% of adults have the vaccine now and we need to step up our defense to protect everyone, especially the sick and the elderly.

We do this by continuing our efforts to build trust and cooperation between law enforcement and the communities they serve and protect.

And we do it by supporting economic development that leaves no one behind – by helping families have jobs and reducing the burden on taxpayers by generating much-needed income for the city’s services and priorities.

In short, we act like a family. We come together to support, love and trust each other.

By working together, we will move forward and move closer to One Richmond, an inclusive, compassionate and equitable city for all. “


Have peace in all aspects of life

Commonwealth of Richmond lawyer Colette W. McEachin

“My wish for the city of Richmond in 2022, and every year, is peace.

Peace in the minds of each person, so that you can face the challenges and traumas that life brings to all of us and respond in a healthy and productive way.

Peace in every person’s heart — so that when you are hurt, depressed, or angry, you know there are people and resources available to help you cope with that emotional pain.

Peace in every home, so that children are brought up by people who love and protect them and who also model appropriate and positive behavior for them.

Peace in our schools – so that students, faculty and staff can recognize and respond to all the educational and development challenges that have been exacerbated by the pandemic and continue to support and educate the future workforce and Richmond leaders in a safe environment.

Peace in the workplace – so that as colleagues, clients or clients, we do our best to be patient, thoughtful and understanding of those with whom we come in contact.

Peace in every neighborhood, so that children can walk safely to school and play in their neighborhood without fear of fights or gunfire.

Peace in every gathering of young people and adults, so that the dangerous emotions of fear, jealousy, revenge, rage and retaliation can be dealt with and resolved without resorting to violence.

Finally, it is said that there can be no peace without justice. The Richmond Commonwealth Prosecutor’s Office will continue to protect victims and witnesses; recommend alternatives to sentencing or incarceration, where appropriate; and to prosecute in a fair and equitable manner at all times.

May you all have a healthy, prosperous and peaceful New Year! “


Improving Virginia for people of color

Robert N. Barnette Jr., President of the Virginia State Conference NAACP

“Injustice everywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” – Martin Luther King Jr.

My main wish is to improve the Commonwealth for black Virginians and people of color in 2022.

The well-being of black Virginians should be a concern not only of the Virginia State Conference NAACP, but of all elected officials and all Virginians.

The Virginia NAACP and our units have worked collectively to tackle a variety of issues such as the continued impact of COVID-19, the fight to remove racist statutes, empower elected officials, and mobilize voters through engagement. civic.

Our work speaks for itself. In 2021, not only did we register 2,306 new voters, but we also recruited over 16,000 very committed volunteers from across the country for our indirect voter participation program, providing them with training and lists to contact more than 300,000. infrequently registered black voters in Virginia. . Once the lists were sent, over 100 students from our NAACP Youth and College division reached out to volunteers to offer their support and encouragement.

We have also sent approximately 1 million text messages and 500,000 emails, made over 100,000 live phone calls, and broadcast radio commercials statewide. The Virginia NAACP coordinated our 110 branches, youth councils and college chapters in our largest off-year voter engagement campaign in 30 years, raising and spending over $ 2.5 million, resulting in a Historic turnout for black voters in 2021.

We have made it our mission to ensure justice and to hold account within the Commonwealth while moving the needle to raise awareness of injustices at state and local levels. It goes without saying that a multigenerational movement is vital to achieve optimal success.

While we have made progress, there is still work to be done. We encourage you to join us in taking a stand and joining the equality movement.

Join us on naacpva.org. “


Focus on solving education problems

Katina Harris, President of the Richmond Education Association

“I appreciate the opportunity to express some of our desires and intentions regarding the direction in which the Richmond Education Association, as an organization, will be headed in 2022.

Now that we have secured the opportunity to enter into collective bargaining with Richmond Public Schools, we will focus on addressing the issues that have plagued educators, education support professionals and students for years. The way we plan to resolve these issues is to secure initial contracts for RPS employees.

An additional goal of REA is to assist and collaborate with RPS in regards to employee retention and student growth – socially, emotionally, and academically. We have a strong desire for our academics to be competitive nationally and believe we can achieve this by focusing on the above areas.

Recently, the REA has drawn attention to ongoing and potential evictions of Richmond residents. These actions will have a negative impact on our students both directly and indirectly. We know we have limited capacity to prevent evictions, but we are ready to support all efforts to prevent and / or postpone evictions during the winter months and during the global pandemic.

In conclusion, the REA plans to advocate for full funding of the state’s education department’s quality standards and to hold the administration of Governor-elect Glenn A. Youngkin to some of his campaign pledges regarding the increase in teachers’ salaries. We will be attending the Virginia Education Association lobby day on January 24 to meet with elected officials.

As we move forward being the light in some very difficult spaces, we must remember a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of selfish destruction. “

Peace and progress. “


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Tower of Destiny | Richmond Free Press https://conservativepetitions.com/tower-of-destiny-richmond-free-press/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 23:03:45 +0000 https://conservativepetitions.com/tower-of-destiny-richmond-free-press/ What do you do when you don’t want to make a difficult decision? Let someone else do it. This is the view that outgoing Governor Ralph S. Northam and Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney take regarding Confederate statues – long-standing symbols of white supremacy and slavery – that were removed from the Richmond landscape in […]]]>

What do you do when you don’t want to make a difficult decision?

Let someone else do it.

This is the view that outgoing Governor Ralph S. Northam and Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney take regarding Confederate statues – long-standing symbols of white supremacy and slavery – that were removed from the Richmond landscape in the past 18 months.

Closing several months of behind-the-scenes discussions, Governor Northam and Mayor Stoney jointly announced their intention to hand over decision-making regarding the statues to two museums, the Black History Museum and Cultural Center in Virginia and its partner, The Valentine Museum in the story of Richmond.

“Now it will be up to our thoughtful museums, informed by the people of Virginia, to determine the future of these artifacts, including the base of the Lee monument which has taken on special significance as an art of protest,” said Governor Northam.

As he prepares to step down on January 15, it is an opportunity to finally eliminate all state responsibility for a statue he says was designed to celebrate “the tragic division of our country. and the side that fought to keep the institution of slavery alive by whatever means possible.

Mayor Stoney, whose administration has spent more than a year unsuccessfully figuring out what to do with at least 10 Confederate city-owned monuments that have been demolished, added that “to entrust the future of these monuments and pedestals to two of our most respected institutions is the right thing to do. “

“They will take the time necessary to properly engage audiences and ensure the thoughtful future uses of these artifacts as we reimagine Monument Avenue, focus on fully and accurately telling our history in places like Shockoe Bottom, and uplift residents throughout. the city, “he said.

Discussions of this approach began after the Lee statue was removed in September, Free Press was told.

The city had advertised and received 23 offers, with most seeking donations of its statues. But as someone involved in the recent talks put it, “There was concern that these statues would eventually become the basis of a Confederate theme park, and no one wanted them.”

The plan which is being put forward, and which has the full backing of a Richmond city council which is equally reluctant to make a decision on the statues, calls on the city and state to keep the items in stock while museums hire the public and other institutional partners to think about what to do next.

City council is now rushing to take the first step to implement it: present and approve an ordinance to accept the state-owned statue title of Lee before Republican Governor-elect Glenn A. Youngkin enters. in operation on Saturday January 15.

The city’s governing body is also preparing to pass the titles of the Lee statue and the city’s Confederate statues and bases to the Black History Museum, which is to take the lead but would not have to pay for storage or care until a decision is made.

The city has already spent nearly $ 2 million to have black-owned contracting company Team Henry Enterprises remove its Confederate statues, and just awarded the same company a $ 1.5 million contract to dismantle the pedestals. remaining. The state also paid Team Henry Enterprises to remove Lee’s statue and pedestal.

The museums, which promise strong public engagement and the inclusion of parties that have submitted bids to the city for the statues, are being given up to five years to find a solution to the thorny issue of what to do with the relics.

Although no promises have been made, the museums are considering asking the city for funding to cover the costs of public engagement.

Many noted the irony of having a black institution leading the process of determining the fate of statues erected by those who only harmed the black community.

Marland Buckner, Acting Director of the Black History Museum, is eager to take up the challenge to raise the profile of the museum, especially as a cultural institution.

“Our institution will take very seriously the responsibility of managing these objects in such a way as to ensure that their origins and purpose are never forgotten, which is the glorification of those who led the fight to enslave African Americans and destroy Africa. Union.

“But we believe that with this responsibility also comes an opportunity to deepen our understanding of an essential part of American history: the expansion of freedom,” he said in a statement.

He promised that there would be “a process of sustained, thoughtful and large-scale community engagement that will inform decisions made regarding the future of the objects in this collection.”

William J. “Bill” Martin, director of The Valentine’s, has agreed that public engagement will be an ongoing priority, including initiatives to seek public input at festivals and events.

For example, he noted that The Valentine is partnering on a project this year to create light shows in Richmond with a focus on racial justice, and he said those shows would provide an opportunity to gather information from the public.

Along with the statue of Lee, the Black History Museum is to acquire the title of Statues and Pedestals of the Confederate People. JEB Stuart, Stonewell Jackson and Williams Wickham, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Confederate Oceanographer and Navy Commander Matthew Fontaine Maury.

The Black History Museum would also obtain a copy of a Confederate canon; a monument to Confederate horseman Fitzhugh Lee; a statue of slavery and Jim Crow’s lawyer, Joseph Bryan; a statue to a Confederate unit in Richmond; and a statue to Confederate soldiers and sailors that stood on Libby Hill. For now, the list does not include Confederate General AP Hill’s engraver statue, located on Hermitage Road and Laburnum Avenue.

“These aren’t just huge objects in terms of physical presence,” said Greg Werkheiser, a Richmond-based attorney representing the Black History Museum and adviser to The Valentine. “These are huge objects for the public’s imagination.

A specialist in civic engagement and laws relating to cultural heritage, Mr Werkheiser said it was important that the transfer be made without any conditions.

“What’s really great about it is that there are no geographic or strategic limits imposed on what can happen,” he said. “I can honestly tell you that both museums are approaching this situation with a completely open mind.”


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Personality: Myra Goodman Smith | Richmond Free Press https://conservativepetitions.com/personality-myra-goodman-smith-richmond-free-press/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 23:03:29 +0000 https://conservativepetitions.com/personality-myra-goodman-smith-richmond-free-press/ With the rise of the omicron variant of COVID-19, attention is once again shifting to the systemic issues surrounding healthcare and healthcare delivery systems. These types of issues have always been at the center of Myra Goodman Smith’s preoccupations. The Richmond native is chair of the board of directors of the Annabella R. Jenkins Foundation, […]]]>

With the rise of the omicron variant of COVID-19, attention is once again shifting to the systemic issues surrounding healthcare and healthcare delivery systems. These types of issues have always been at the center of Myra Goodman Smith’s preoccupations.

The Richmond native is chair of the board of directors of the Annabella R. Jenkins Foundation, where she helps lobby for a more comprehensive response not only to COVID-19, but on ways to improve health and well- being from the Richmond area during what she calls “the most difficult health care crisis, mental and physical, of our lives.”

“In light of the convergence of the pandemic and widening health disparities, the foundation needs to ensure it is on the best course to deal with and prepare for known and unknown physical and mental impacts. of the crisis, especially in black and brown communities. “, says Mrs. Smith.

In 2021, the foundation awarded $ 2.2 million in grants to 47 organizations in the region, including Cross Over Clinic, Daily Planet Health Services, Rx Partnership, Free Clinic of Powhatan, South Richmond Adult Day Care Center, La Casa de la Salud, ChildSavers and CARITAS.

Ms. Smith cites her parents and their health issues as major influences in her life. Their struggles with kidney failure, lupus and cancer “mirror a picture of the social determinants” of health that led to their demise at age 65. These social determinants of health, which include gender, age, education, income and ethnicity, are sometimes overlooked.

The experience with her parents led Ms. Smith to volunteer with health organizations.

She has held leadership positions on the boards of directors of Leukemia Virginia and West Virginia. She joined the Jenkins Foundation in 2015 as a member of the board and was elected chair of the board in December 2020 after serving as vice chair of the board for two years.

“I joined the board because of my interest in health,” says Ms. Smith. “I’ve always been drawn to health organizations because that’s not what I work at every day. So it’s a more personal draw for me.

The foundation also targets funding for programs that connect trauma specialists with survivors of violence.

“I think all of us in the philanthropic community wish we could do more,” says Ms. Smith. “But I think, if we’ve been smart about it and had conversations about it, we’re not tripping over each other.”

“I am happy that we are able to donate substantial amounts,” she continues. “I know there are so many people in the community doing such a good job, but more needs to be done.”

Meet an advocate and funder for community health and wellness initiatives and this week’s personality Myra Goodman Smith:

1st volunteer position: Chair of the Board of Directors of the Annabella R. Jenkins Foundation.

Occupation: President and CEO, Leadership Metro Richmond.

Date and place of birth: February 16 in Richmond.

Where I live now: Amélie County.

Education: Huguenot high school in Richmond; bachelor’s degree in urban planning and master’s degree in public administration, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Family: Husband, Lawrence Smith; daughter, Lauren; and granddaughter, Skylar.

The Jenkins Foundation is: A $ 60 million health legacy foundation led by a group of dedicated women who are committed to improving the health and well-being of our region.

When and why founded: When Retreat Hospital was sold, the Jenkins Foundation was established in 1995 from the proceeds to continue the mission of the hospital’s all-female auxiliary board.

Mission of the Jenkins Foundation: Improving the health of Greater Richmond through strategic and impactful philanthropy. The Jenkins Foundation is important in our community as a primary health care funder that provides much needed resources to improve access to primary health care, access to mental health care, and the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders.

History of the name of the foundation: Born in Richmond in 1837, Annabella Jenkins opened her home to treat enlisted soldiers wounded during the Civil War. After the war, she organized a hospital which provided medical care to the sick, regardless of class, income, race or religion. His efforts culminated in the establishment of the Retreat Hospital for the Sick in Richmond.

Once elected Chairman of the Board of Directors: December 2020 for a two-year term.

Objective or project # 1 as president: Lead the foundation in refining its strategic plans so that it is more informed, strategic and flexible in order to best support our beneficiaries and partners today and in the future. In light of the convergence of the pandemic and widening health disparities, the foundation must ensure it is on the best course to deal with and prepare for the known and unknown physical and mental impacts of the crisis, especially in black and brown communities.

Who benefits from the Jenkins Foundation: Children, families and seniors in our region.

How the foundation is helping during COVID-19: In the early days of the pandemic, the foundation quickly provided $ 100,000 to the Central Virginia COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund and established a $ 500,000 deposit account with Virginia Community Capital for the Paycheck Prevention Program. to help nonprofits fill the revenue gaps due to the pandemic.

How the foundation treats trauma: Access to mental health care is a priority for founding and sustaining the regional network that creates a resilient and trauma-informed community. In addition, targeted funding is provided to programs that connect trauma specialists with survivors of domestic violence and services that provide trauma-informed care for children.

Health disparities in our community: The Jenkins Foundation understands that health disparities are preventable circumstances that are linked to the health status of individuals based on social factors such as income, ethnicity, education, age and position. sex. We improved our understanding by examining insights into data and trends, through research and conversations with subject matter experts, our partners and beneficiaries.

The Jenkins Foundation is associated with: The Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, the Community Foundation, the Virginia Funders Network and many grantees in our area.

Racial Equity and the Jenkins Foundation: The Jenkins Foundation board and staff challenged each other to learn, expand and grow in understanding racial equity, engaging in conversations and telling stories. The diversity of the board brings rich perspectives and ideas, which helps create the racial equity lens that the foundation must use in everything we do.

Organizations that the foundation has helped: In 2021, the foundation awarded $ 2.2 million to 47 organizations, including the Cross Over Clinic, South Richmond Adult Day Care Center, La Casa de la Salud, Goochland Cares and ChildSavers.

A perfect day for me: One day I can say that I did my best!

What I am learning about myself during the pandemic: The isolation gave me a quiet time to reflect on my life, my job, my abilities and what is really important. I have ideas that I have put aside over the years and now I have the time and confidence to seize the opportunity to implement them.

Something I love to do that most people would never imagine: Play billiards.

Quote that inspires me: In 2006, I met Bishop Desmond Tutu. He took my hand and said, “Bless you my child”. I will never forget this. The following quote from him inspires me on how to approach the social determinants of health: “There comes a time when we have to stop just pulling people out of the river. We have to go back upstream and find out why they fall into it. Desmond Tutu

My friends describe me as: An empathetic advisor.

At the top of my “to-do” list: To drop off a box of glassware at Goodwill.

Best late night snack: Something sweet!

The best thing my parents ever taught me: Be kind and work to help others.

Person who influenced me the most: My parents too. Their health problems reflect a picture of the social determinants that led to their death at the age of 65. Mom’s kidney disease and dad’s 25-year battle with lupus and cancer prompted me to volunteer with health organizations. I have served on the board of directors of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and have served as chairman of the board of the National Kidney Foundation for Virginia and West Virginia.

Book that marked me the most: “The Leadership Challenge” by Barry Posner and James Kouzes.

What I’m reading now: “Design Thinking for the Greater Good: Innovation in the Social Sector” by Daisy Azer, Jeanne Liedtka and Randy Salzman.

Next goal: Continue to move forward to meet the health and wellness needs of residents and, in particular, vulnerable members of our communities.


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Ongoing in the Greek-American community https://conservativepetitions.com/ongoing-in-the-greek-american-community-5/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 10:56:44 +0000 https://conservativepetitions.com/ongoing-in-the-greek-american-community-5/ JANUARY 8 APTOS, CA – The Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Santa Cruz, Calif., Hosts the seventh annual blessing of the waters on Saturday, January 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Rio Del Mar State Beach in Aptos, California, with His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco presiding. All parishes in the […]]]>

JANUARY 8

APTOS, CA – The Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Santa Cruz, Calif., Hosts the seventh annual blessing of the waters on Saturday, January 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Rio Del Mar State Beach in Aptos, California, with His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco presiding. All parishes in the Bay Area and the Central Coast are invited and encouraged to attend. Those interested in diving or swimming for the cross, please contact the church office by email: info@propheteliassc.org or by phone: 831-429-6500.

JANUARY 9

PATERSON, NJ – The Girls of Penelope (DOP) Chryssida Chapter 438 of Union County and Greek Girls Kitchen present an in-person and virtual Vasilopita event on Sunday January 9 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Kontos Foods, 100 6th Avenue in Paterson, New Jersey. Join celebrity chefs (and DOP sisters) Sophia Manatakis and Melina Milionis back in their favorite kitchen at Kontos Foods. Seating is limited to 60 for the in-person event. Price: $ 60 in person at Kontos Foods, $ 30 virtual. The event includes baskets and door prizes. For those who cannot make it to the event, please consider trying your luck for the grand prizes. New prices added daily. Link provided by email one day and one hour before the event. Registration required for both options. More information is available by email: dopenelope438@gmail.com. Partial proceeds from fundraisers benefit Penelope’s Daughter National Projects, Penelope Chryssida Daughters Chapter 438 of the Union County Scholarship Fund and other causes.

ONLINE – EMBCA presents the 100th anniversary of the Godfather of Rhythm and Blues: Johnny Otis / Ioannis A. Veliotes Roundtable on Sunday, January 9, 2 p.m. EST / 9 p.m. in Athens EEST. The commemoration of the anniversary will celebrate the life, times and works of an iconic and astonishing figure of the musical world, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, the Renaissance Man of Rhythm and Blues – Johnny Otis on the 100th anniversary of his birth on December 28, 1921 and the 10th anniversary of his death on January 17, 2012. The panel will be moderated by Lou Katsos, President of EMBCA and President of the Hellenic National Cultural Commission of AHEPA . The distinguished panel – in training – will include author, historian and activist Herb Boyd, professor in the Black Studies Program at the City College of New York (CUNY); author / poet Nicholas Alexiou, professor of sociology and director of the Hellenic American Project at Queens College; and filmmaker Tassos Rigopoulos, Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Arts and Technologies at Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY). More information is available online: https://embca.com.

JANUARY 12

ONLINE – The Hellenic American Women’s Council (HAWC) presents an online interview via Zoom on Wednesday, January 12, 7:00 p.m. Central, with Her Voice author Varvara Athanasiou-Ioannou and Professor Mary Kalantzis, one of the participants to the book, which introduces immigrant women and their stories in Greek. Register online: https://bit.ly/3sF2AAi.

JANUARY 14-17

GLENBROOK, NV – The 2022 Greek Orthodox Metropolis San Francisco Young Adult Winter Retreat “Desert Citizens: Embracing Our Role as Christian Witnesses to Our World” takes place January 14-17, weekend from Martin Luther King, Lake Tahoe, Galilee Camp and Conference Center, 1776 US Highway 50 to Glenbrook. This retreat is open to all Orthodox students and young professionals between the ages of 18 and 30. More information and online registration: https://gosfyouth.org/young-adult-winter-retreat.

JANUARY 15

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY – Greece’s most popular carnival event arrives in New York City with the 4th Annual Patras Carnival Party (Patrino Karnavali) on Saturday January 15 at 10 p.m. at the Melrose Penthouse, 3608 33rd Street in Long Island City. During the carnival period, there are events such as carnival balls, masked balls and parties at home, neighborhoods, clubs, cafes and restaurants. One of the most popular events is the ’80s Back to Carnival’ night, attracting over 1,000 attendees. Three of its DJs, Stelios Apostolopoulos, Panagiotis Kolliopoulos and George Kouverianos, head to New York and invite you to dance until the next morning. Official Sponsor: LOUX – www.loux.gr. Tickets available on Eventbrite, search: 4th Annual Patras Carnival Party.

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Manos presents Greek night ‘Laiki Vradia’, music by the Athenian Entertainment Orchestra with Georgios Karatzas, Aggeliki Psoni, Mike Stoupakis and Stamatis Galanos on Saturday, January 15, 9:30 p.m., at the Greek American Political Club, 288 St green in Cambridge. Mezedakia offered for purchase. Nearby public parking available. A special raffle will be organized for 10 tickets for the Christos Dantis concert on February 6. Reservations and more information available by phone, Maria: 617-407-8664 or Marina: 857-261-1426.

JANUARY 16

BRAINTREE, MA – Night of Greek Comedy with Angelo Tsarouchas on Sunday, January 16, 7 p.m., for all ages, at St. Catherine’s Greek Orthodox Church, 119 Common Street in Braintree, with special guests Gus Constantellis and Eleni Vidalis . Tickets $ 40. For reservations and information, contact Maria: 617-407-8664 or Vaia: 781-843-0047. For online ticket sales: www.greekconcertstatus.com.

JANUARY 21-23

SQUAW VALLEY, CA – The annual community retreat of the Presvyteres Sisters of Metropolis of San Francisco is held in person from Friday January 21 through Sunday January 23 at the Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center, 38526 Dunlap Road in Squaw Valley. The theme for this year’s retreat is: Who Has Christ Called Us to Be? Hear, live and answer the call. This stimulating presentation will be led by Presvytera Pat Tsagalakis (Holy Apostles – Shoreline, WA) and Presvytera Donna Pappas (Saint George – Fresno, CA). All Presvyteres and Diakonisses are encouraged to attend. Register online: https://bit.ly/3poQZU4. For more information, email the President of Metropolis of San Francisco Sisterhood, Presvytera Dimitra Dogias: mimidogias@gmail.com.

JANUARY 22

WASHINGTON, DC – The Hellenic American Women’s Council (HAWC) hosts afternoon tea with Greek Ambassador to the United States Alexandra Papadopoulou on Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Army & Navy Club, 901 17th Street NW in Washington DC. Information and registration available online: https://www.hawcnet.org.

JANUARY 27

ONLINE – The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative (SNFPHI) at Columbia University presents Coal Fired: The Greek Poetry of Climate Change, January 27, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Athens time . Can the humanities increase public awareness and responsiveness to climate change, extreme weather conditions and deteriorating conditions in our natural environment? Thraca, a literary magazine based in Thessaly, a region currently facing drought, unsustainable crops and record high temperatures, joins SNFPHI to present poetry from all over Greece on climate change as it manifests in the daily lives of poets and impacts their physical, social, and economic environments. The seminar will be held in Greek. Co-organized with Thraca magazine. More information is available online: https://bit.ly/31IWJPJ.


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