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Editor’s Message: Were you aware that a child is abducted every 40 seconds in this country? Moreover, did you know that over 40% of these children are African American? If not, you are not alone because few people are aware of this epidemic. The truth is that African American children receive limited media coverage when they go missing. Sadly, without this exposure it is less likely that they will be safely found. The staff at Peas In Their Pods works diligently to spread awareness about this issue by alerting media outlets as needed when African American children are missing or abducted. Our mission is to bring awareness to our communities the plight of these children, and to make them a national priority. Peas In Their Pods are concerned about all our children, the organization strives to bring awareness to any child missing, no matter, race color. The commitment is to keep the public on alert and aware. There are many organizations across this country whose missions are to provide resources to families in helping to build stronger and healthier communities. Community based organizations are key factors in developing opportunities that will help our children advance to higher levels of achievement, without these additional support systems our children and families would lack the most. It still takes a village‌!!! Denise Bethune Editor-In-Chief Whitesboro, New Jersey http://www.peasintheirpods.com hfmbc@hotmai.com 2


Peas In Their Pods Staff

In This Edition * All individuals, organizations featured in this edition are at the approval of its authorized agent.

Healthier Shore Kids RJ Jackson ~ The Courage Giver My Daddy The Devil and Me Voices For Our Children

Janice Lowery Chief Executive Officer Gaetane Borders President Training Specialist Mildred Nixon Vice President Linda Glover Treasurer

The Poverty Mindset Young Men Enlightening Younger Men Through Future Eyes Parenting Corner

Denise Bethune Editor in Chief P.E.A.S. Magazine Grant Procurement Pattie Fitzgerald Safety and Prevention Advisor

The K.I.S. Foundation, Inc. Utilizing Feminist Perspectives in Discussing Laws and Policies Worldwide Central to Female Circumcision and Female Genital Mutilation

Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation Southern Hospitality

Paula Whitebear Administrative Assistant Delilah Jones Publicity Manager Nancy Fairbanks Webmaster Annette Chesson Researcher

Safely Ever After, Inc. Dream Girls Mentoring Program Monthly Tasty Treat

Amy Matthews Researcher

Christ Gospel Church Drama Ministry

Pamela Hester-Jones Researcher

Sisters4Sisters, Inc.

Teri Kendle Researcher

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DOB: Missing: Oct 2, 2002 Hair: Sandy Eyes: Weight: 35 lbs (16 kg) Missing From: C

Destanie's photo is shown age-progressed to 8 years. She may be i They ma

Destanie is Bi Destanie has pierced ears and her nickname is Desi. ANYO SHOULD CONTACT: Colorado Springs PoliceDepartme

Latoya Fleming

DOB: May 17, 2002 Missing: Aug 2, 2008 Heigh Age Now: 8 Sex: Female Hair: Black Missing Fr

Latoya was last seen on August 2, 2008. She may b and Tobago. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION 1-212- 694-7781

Case Type: Endangered Missing DOB: Aug 29, 1993 Sex: Female White Age Now: 17 Hair Color: Lt. Brown Eye Color: Brown Height: 5 kg) Missing City: COVINGTON Missing State : KY Missing Coun NCMC1157010 Circumstances: Both photos shown are of Paige. Her ea a ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT National Cen dren 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST) Covington Police Departm 4


Destanie Trevillion

: Nov 5, 1997 Age Now: 12 2 Sex: Female Race: Biracial : Blue Height: 3'2" (97 cm) COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

in the company of her mother. ay have traveled to California.

iracial. She is Black and White. ONE HAVING INFORMATION ent (Colorado) 1-719-444-7000

ht: 4'0" (122 cm) Weight: 40 lbs (18 kg) Eyes: Brown Race: Black rom: BROOKLYN, NY

be in the company of her mother. They may have traveled to Trinidad N SHOULD CONTACT: New York City Police Department (New York)

Paige Valisa Johnson

Missing Date: Sep 23, 2010 Race: 5'1" (155 cm) Weight: 110 lbs (50 ntry: United States Case Number: ars, tongue, and navel are pierced and she has highlights in her hair. nter for Missing & Exploited Chilment (Kentucky) 1-859-292-2222 5


Healthier Shore Kids (HSK), Incorporation is a wellness and fitness nonprofit organization located in Long Branch, New Jersey. Our mission is to create healthy, active, and innovative wellness programs that will have a positive affect on a child’s mind, body, and spirit. Healthier Shore Kids (HSK) was founded by Rita Mensah and Ayasha Roberson in December 2009. The program provides wellness services to students’ ages 6 thru 14 who are diagnosed as obese, overweight, and eating disorders. Racial makeup of Healthier Shore Kids program 40% white, 30% black, 20% Hispanic, 5% Asians, and 5% other. 50% of our students come from single parent house hold, 20% two parent household, 10% grandparents or other relatives, 5% DYFS/foster care, and 15% other. HSK students live in the city of Long Branch or the nearby town of Long Branch; 90% of our residents reside in Long Branch, 5% resides in West Long Branch, and 5% resides in Monmouth Beach. The services we provide are nutrition, healthy and organic cooking, gardening, psycho education groups, psycho therapy, dance and exercising classes, weight management, sports such as volleyball, soccer, football, basketball, baseball to just name a few, holistic health, sport nutrition, and additional fun and exciting activities kids can do to loss weight. According to Alliance for a Healthier Generation while childhood obesity rates increase, opportunities for students to be active have decreased. Kids are less active than ever. This does not only affect their health, but their performance in class. Physical activity programs are linked to stronger academic achievement, increased concentration, 6

and improved math, reading, and writing test scores.In spring of 2010, Healthier Shore Kids participated Founder Ayasha Roberson in Dinwith Dr. Cornel West ning to Donate Fundraiser at Applebees Restaurants Tinton Falls and Manalapan locations in Monmouth County. In addition, during the summer of 2010 Healthier Shore Kids participated in Car Wash fundraiser at Tinton Falls Applebees and received donations from Napa Auto Parts and NY Giants. Healthier Shore Kids is looking forward to sponsor the 1st annual Childhood Obesity Walk/Fair on Saturday, May 21st, 2011 in Long Branch, NJ. We are looking forward to collectively have the support of the city of Long Branch and Long Branch Public School system actively participate in next spring’s wellness walk/fair. Finally, HSK is also looking forward to continue to consistently run our summer and fall wellness programs at Asbury United Methodist Church. Rita Mensah, Monique Mabry, Dorsa Seimma, Kimberly Brown, and Ayasha Roberson serve as the core leadership team of Healthier Shore Kids Broad of Directors.Rita Mensah specializes in psychotherapy/psycho edu-


college of Saint Elizabeth in 2006. She currently works as the Senior Adjunct Therapist at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ.

Dorsa Seimma works full time for Carrier Clinic Hospital, which is located in Belle Meade, NJ. She is a Psychiatric Nurse who works with adolescence diagnosed with eating and mental health disorders. Additionally, as a board member of Healthier Shore Kids as our Wellness Nurse, teaching students about healthy and nutritional foods to introduce and manage into their active lifestyles. Ms. Seimma has earned a Bachelor Degree in Nursing from The College of NJ in 2008 and currently enrolled into the Master of Community Health program at Rutgers University.

Also, Ms. Mensah has experience working with children who are overweight and diagnosed with mental health disorders. Children that follow into this category, Ms. Mensah provide psycho therapy groups to children and families who need additional services with understanding and applying these two components together. Monique Mabry is a full-time college student at Jersey City University majoring English/ Journalism. She works as the Director of Media and SocialEvents for Urban Socialites and serves as the Public Relations Coordinator on Board of Directors for Healthier Shore Kids. In addition, Ms. Mabry has worked for the Boys and Girls in Jersey providing recreational wellness and fitness to at risk youth. Furthermore, she participates on the Aids Awareness Club at Jersey City University which promotes safe sex education targeting college students and adolescence in Jersey City.

Kimberly Brown works full time for Monmouth Medical Center as a License Practical Nurse. She provides care to patient such as records and takes patient vitals, prepares injections, dress wounds, etc. In addition, Ms. Brown has served in many community programs for at risk youth in Monmouth County. Ms. Brown has worked teen girls between the ages of 11 thru 17 teaching different techniques of Double Dutch. She helped local teams to participated and performed in local and state championships.

Dorsa Seimma works full time for Carrier Clinic Hospital, which is located in Belle Meade, NJ. She is a Psychiatric Nurse who works with adolescence diagnosed with eating and mental health disorders. Additionally, as a board member of Healthier Shore Kids as our Wellness Nurse, teaching students about healthy and nutritional foods to introduce and manage into their active lifestyles. Ms. Seimma has earned a Bachelor Degree in Nursing from The College of NJ in 2008 and currently enrolled into the Master of Community Health program at Rutgers University. 7


Also, Ms. Brown serves as Program Director of Healthier Shore Kids Board of Directors. Ms. Brown oversees and manages all new and current programs. Additionally, she keeps track and decides what activity is age appropriate for each student to participate in. Last but not least, Ayasha Roberson is the program manager of Healthier Shore Kids. She is the also founder and CEO of Healthier Shore Kids, Urban Socialites, and the Creative Arts Organization. She has earned a Bachelor Degree in Sociology and certification in Dance from Richard Stockton College in 2002 and earned a certification in Kids and Teen Wellness Fitness in January 2010. As mentioned before, Ms. Roberson runs two other businesses called The Creative Arts Organization and Urban Socialites. The Creative Arts Organization provides visual, performing arts, and mentor services to disadvantage youth in Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia areas. Urban Socialites provides social networking opportunities to African American and other minority professionals such as job fair, college opportunities, financial workshops, just to name a few. Furthermore, Ms. Roberson is currently enrolled into the Masters of Administrative Science program at Farleigh Dickinson University and works at Monmouth Medical Center as Psychiatric Screener.

Healthier Shore Kids Office: 732-252-6372 Cell: 856-366-7018 Email: ayasha@healthiershorekids.org

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Me’Kyla Lynette Wicker Case Type: Endangered Runaway DOB: Feb 10, 1996 Sex: Female Hair Color: Black Eye Color: Brown Race: Black Age Now: 14 Missing Date: Oct 12, 2010 Height: 5'4" (163 cm) Weight: 120 lbs (54 kg) Missing City: CHICAGO Missing State : IL Missing Country: United States Case Number: NCMC1158530 Circumstances: Me'Kyla was last seen on October 12, 2010. She may still be in the local area.

Essayas Abebe Missing: Mar 26, 2010 Eyes: Brown Hair: Black Race: Black Age Now: 17 Sex: Male Weight: 160 lbs (73 kg) Height: 5'6" (168 cm) Missing From: FAIRFAX COUNTY VA United States Essayas was last seen on March 26, 2010. He was last seen wearing a black jacket with a white tee-shirt and jeans. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACTVirginia Missing Children's Clearinghouse 1-800-822-4453 Fairfax County Police

Deborah Adargas Missing: Jan 4, 2010 Age Now: 17 Sex: Female Race: Hispanic Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Height: 5'6" (168 cm) Weight: 120 lbs (54 kg) Missing From: AZUSA CA United States Both photos shown are of Deborah. She may go by the nickname Deby. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST) Azusa Police Department (California) 19 626-812-3200


RJ Jackson ~ The Courage Giver

adult who, along with parents, provides young people with support, counsel, friendship, reinforcement and constructive example. Mentors are good listeners, people who care,

I recently had an opportunity to attend a play. It was an awesome play with something for everyone. It touched the hearts and opened the minds of the youth as well as adults. It was a play about a teenage girl who was disrespectful and dishonest. As a result of her disobeying her parents, she ended up making decisions that resulted in the death of her mother. Throughout the play, I could hear people commenting on her behavior and her attitude. They mumbled, "That's terrible, that's a shame." Some even mentioned what they would do if that were their child acting in the manner in which the young girl was acting. Unfortunately, so many of today's teenagers act just like the girl in the play. They are rude, disrespectful, and unappreciative.

help young people bring out strengths that are already there. A mentor is someone that is willing to go the extra mile to make a difference in someone else's life. A mentor realizes that the future of our community lies in the success of our youth and the value that we, as adults, guarantee they will receive. It is time that someone picks up the ball that we, baby boomers have dropped, and commit to being a channel of courage, to a generation of youth that for way too long has been living to die. They are overdue in their desire to reverse the curse. It is time for them to proclaim that they are no longer living to dye but dying to live. A life full of success, hope and possibility waits patiently for you and I to take their hand and lead them into a land confidence, courage, purpose and passion.

Some have low self-esteem. Some feel hopeless and misunderstood. Never the less, they all are important to God and deserve to be nurtured and loved unconditionally. They all need to know that someone cares enough to see them not for who they are but for who they can become in Christ! After all, God does have a plan for a future and a hope for them! As men and women of courage, we can help. We can provide a teen with a better outlook on life by becoming a mentor. Every teen needs a mentor. A mentor can change some-

one’s life for the best. A mentor is an

If they are to be successful in achieving their dreams, and pressing into their purpose, as adults, we must understand that they cannot make it without us. They need us to survive. 10


I remember having many mentors as a child ~Mrs. Carbanella, Ms. Matthews, Pastor Jenkins, and several others. However, during my generation they were not called mentors they were called “Neighbors”. If I did anything that did not represent my parent's beliefs and values they correct me. Afterwards, they would tell my mom or dad what I did wrong. That always translated to double trouble. It taught me a valuable lesson, ‘Someone cares to see me success!’ We need to consider going back to basic. Let’s go back to being neighbors. Neighbors are mentors that are concerned about the safety, success, future, and the hope and possibility of our youth. Don't just talk about the youth ~ talk to them. Be an example. Become a mentor! Mentoring Makes a Difference, Be a ‘Difference Maker’ and a ‘Channel of Courage’. RJ Jackson is an Award Winning International Speaker. Whether the environment is Corporate, Community, School, Church, TV or Radio, Ms.

Jackson leaves an imprint that propels one into action!

RJ Jackson The Courage Giver Web site: www.thecouragegiver.com E. mail: thecouragegiver@thecouragegiver.com Face Book: http://www.facebook.com/pages/RJJackson-The-Courage-Giver

Twitter: http://twitter.com/thecouragegiver

You Tube:

Don't just talk about the youth ~ talk to them. Be an example. Become a mentor! Mentoring Makes a Difference, Be a ‘Difference Maker’ and a ‘Channel of Courage’. RJ Jackson is an Award Winning International Speaker. Whether the environment is Corporate, Community, School, Church, TV or Radio, Ms. Jackson leaves an imprint that propels one into action!

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http://www.youtube.com/user/ thecouragegiver

Telephone: 909.2356759

©RJ Jackson ovember 2010


Leslie Morgan

The New Orleans Police Department is request locating 27-year-old Leslie Morgan, who last sp September 26, 2010.

According to her mother, Leslie Morgan was in her present residence. Her mother further stat Her mother also stated that it is uncharacterist stated that she had checked at local hospitals a

Leslie Morgan may be driving a 2 door 1997 m described as an African- American female, app black) possible shoulder length and brown colo

Anyone with information on Leslie Morgan whereabouts should contact t Fourth District at 504-658-6040. The New Orleans Police Department is requesting the public's assistance Sunday September 26, 2010.

According to her mother, Leslie Morgan was in the process of moving from to contact her via phone, but was unsuccessful. Her mother also stated th Her mother finally stated that she had checked at local hospitals and jails

Leslie Morgan may be driving a 2 door 1997 maroon Chevy Blazer bearing American female, approximately 130 lbs, approximately 5'9", with brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Leslie Morgan whereabouts should contact t Fourth District at 504-658-6040... 12


ting the public's assistance in poke to her mother, on Sunday

n the process of moving from ted that she attempted to contact her via phone, but was unsuccessful. tic of her daughter not to be seen or heard from. Her mother finally and jails for her daughter, but did not locate her.

maroon Chevy Blazer bearing Louisiana plate RLK876. Leslie Morgan is proximately 130 lbs, approximately 5'9", with brown hair (maybe dyed ored eyes.

the New Orleans Police Department at 821-2222, 911 or Detectives in the in locating 27-year-old Leslie Morgan, who last spoke to her mother, on

m her present residence. Her mother further stated that she attempted hat it is uncharacteristic of her daughter not to be seen or heard from. s for her daughter, but did not locate her.

g Louisiana plate RLK876. Leslie Morgan is described as an Africann hair (maybe dyed black) possible shoulder length and brown colored

the New Orleans Police Department at 821-2222, 911 or Detectives in the 13


My Daddy The Devil and Me,” like so many other young people, longed to know her absentee father. Although she had everything she needed, living in Freehold, NJ with her loving mother and step father, their love was just not enough. She was spoiled and determined to have her cake and eat it too. She didn’t know her determination would open doors that were meant to stay shut. Her biological father, like a knight in shining armor, arrived at her doorstep when she was 15 years old and swooped her off her feet. At that moment she thought she won the Prize, but really she was in for a big Surprise. From that day on her life was flipped upside down. Debra was introduced to a world she never knew existed-A world of drugs, crime, deceit, incest, and imprisonment. Thankfully, Debra had a praying family, because when she hit rock bottom, Jesus was right there to pick her up. He told her He had great plans for her life--Plans to prosper her and to bring her into an exuberant destiny.

As a volunteer and motivational speaker, she often infuses homes and institutions with the message of hope and restoration. Today Debra is married to an understanding and supportive husband of 12 years. She has two children and six grandchildren. She is very ambitious, driven and caring as an Entrepreneur CEO and founder of a small business which aids seniors and those with various disabilities. She loves playing the keyboard, swimming, horseback riding, and reading. She is a devoted member of Unity Deliverance Ministries in Jackson, NJ where she continues her life’s mission to Evangelize the world with the saving, healing, redeeming gospel of Jesus Christ. My Daddy, the Devil, and Me is a harrowing true story that will turn everything you think you know about incest upside down. How can someone you trust and adore brainwash you and turn you into something you are not? Debra Davis thought she was Daddy’s little girl—but, at age 15, Daddy’s little girl became Daddy’s lover and slave. Led by her father into a violent life of crime, she became a prostitute, drug addict, victim of physical abuse, and prison inmate. She nearly murdered her father one nightH but she never stopped loving him.

Because of this mandate on Mrs. Davis’ life, she is thoroughly committed to reaching those that are trapped in the world she once knew. She is unhesitant in exposing the tactics used by the devil to entrap people into committing shameful and harmful sins. Her compassion also extends to the sick, homeless, imprisoned, and abused.

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This is anything but an ordinary autobiography. For 21 years, Debra Davis kept a dark and dirty secret—and then, at last, she broke free. You’ve never read anything like this book.

http://www.debraabrown-davis.com/


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Aleacia Di’on

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DOB: Mar 13, 1994 Missing: Dec 19, 1994 Race: Black Hair: Bl Height: 1'6" (46 cm) W Missing From: PHOEN

Circumstances: Aleaci cember 19, 1994. ANY Department (Arizona)

Jonathan Ruiz-Ramirez

DOB: Aug 28, 1998 Missing: Sep 17, 2010 Age Now: 12 Sex: Male Race: Hi Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Height: 5'2" (157 cm) Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg) Missing From: OGDEN UT United States

Nancy Ruiz-Ramirez

DOB: Mar 6, 2001 Missing: Sep 17, 2010 Age Now: 9 Sex: Female Race: Hi Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown Height: 4'1" (124 cm) Weight: 110 lbs (50 kg) Missing From: OGDEN UT United States

Guadalupe Ramirez Abductor DOB: Nov 8, 1978 Sex: Female Race: Hispanic Hair: Lt. Brown Eyes: Brown Height: 5'1" (155 cm) Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)

The children were allegedly abducted by their mother, Guadalupe Ram tober 13, 2010. They may have traveled to California or they may leave on her abdomen and noticeable dimples. Jonathan wears glasses. His n CONTACT National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-84 16 801-778-6600


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mirez. A felony warrant for Kidnapping was issued for Guadalupe on Oce the country and travel to Mexico. Nancy has three small surgical scars nickname is Jony. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD 43-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST) Weber County Sheriff's Office (Utah) 117


Voices For Our Children Founded by Debra Ann Brown Davis, My purpose is to bring awareness to our communities to allow Christ to transform abuse into ambitious, prosperous adults. To transform heartache and disappointment into courage and determination, distress into destiny, hurt into healing. I strive to intercede, standing in the gap for the fearful, wounded and broken hearted. It is our job as victims of sexual abuse to quickly create an organization that is equipped to access a child or young adult in immediate danger of rape, child molestation, or incest. It is our mission to stop the silence that grips our children with fear of their abusers. Because I was a victim, I know how important it is for survivors of sexual abuse to discover they are not alone. Through my personal vulnerability and experiential knowledge, I hope to help people gain wisdom, discernment, insight and empowerment through Voices For Our Children resources, educational, and public awareness opportunities. 95% of Sexual Abuse is Preventable through education. Voices For Our Children's Mission is to stop childhood sexual abuse through education, and to empower survivors to begin the process of healing. "A quarter of children will be sexually assaulted before 18, if we don't prevent child abuse." Voices For Our Children is a nonprofit organization that promotes the prevention of child abuse and sexual assault. Voices For Our Children 3587 Us Highway 9, Freehold, New Jersey 07728 Phone: 732-620-7446 http://www.voicesforourchildren.com/index.html 18


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The Poverty Mindset By Shyra Smith Do you know someone who is always asking for help? They’re always behind on things and just can’t seem to ever get ahead. They constantly want you to do for them but don’t want to do for themselves? When the suggestion comes up for them to do for themselves, they come up with every excuse why they can’t do it? Could this someone maybe even be you? “Many think that the cause of poverty is lack of money.” Well, think about this statement for a minute. If you really think about it, you’ll realize that the lack of money can actually be a result of an action that causes poverty. I personally feel that the real cause of one living in poverty is a person’s attitude and belief system. If an individual is brought up around poverty beliefs and poverty behavior, their mindset can become the same. This might sound harsh, but it can sometimes seem impossible for that person to try to see for themselves they are where they are because of their very own belief system. They want better, but they want it given to them. Take a look at those who are successful today. What I’m about to say may hurt some, but it’s something that I’ve found to be true. There are many successful people who have had to part ways with people close to them, sometimes even their very own family in order to obtain the success they strived for. It can be very draining and discouraging when you have a loved one who is constantly laying their problems onto you or constantly asking you if they can borrow something. 20

It can also become frustrating when you try to teach them how to get ahead, but they make up excuses on why they can’t do what you are teaching them. Some of the times, they are looking for the short cut to things or the cheap, easy way out. In a sense, they are still getting a short cut or cheap, easy way out because you are taking the time to teach them for free instead of them paying hundreds or even thousands of dollars to learn from someone else. So if you’ve renewed your mind from having that poverty mindset and are on your way to living the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed about living, congratulations on this great accomplishment! Focusing on becoming the head and not the tail creates an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and if you continue to stay focused and believe in yourself, the sky’s the limit! Visit Shyra's websites, http://www.shyrasmith.com http://www.buildmyenterprise.com


Kelly Allen DOB: Dec 4, 1986 Missing: Mar 13, 2007 Age Now: 23 Sex: Female Race: Black Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel Height: 5'4" (163 cm) Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg) Missing From: BERKLEY MO United States Both photos shown are of Kelly. She was last seen leaving a friend's home in Berkley, Missouri, on March 13, 2007, but she resides in Saint Louis, Missouri. Kelly has a tattoo of brown eyes and a flower on her left shoulder and a tattoo of a half moon behind her left ear. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 21


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The mission of YMEYM is to SAVE our YOUNG MEN by showing them that there is a bigger and brighter future ahead of them with unlimited possibilities. YMEYM is a community based organization located in Prince Georges County, Maryland which is dedicated to Enlightening Young Men through, educational and socially enriching programs, empowering initiatives, leadership development and community involvement. YMEYM is an organization much bigger than a mentoring program, a tutoring program, or a community service program. It’s a brotherhood of more than 40 young males with distinct personalities and different goals in life who comes together to be a part of something positive.

Sylvester Brown, Jr. Co-Founder Young Men Enlightening Younger Men Tel: (301) 218-3563 Sylvester.brown@ymeym.org www.ymeym.org http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=104646762917716 23


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Vision As a native of Newark, Shennell Barnes ha To empower communities to eradicate poverty. not only an advocate, but social activist for

has successfully mobilized hundreds of vol

Mission create a bridge of optimism between these To mobilize communities through initiatives that bridge the gap between the socioecominic throughout Essex County. classes.

Through this initiative Through Future Eye History its first annual homeless initiative which pr In 2006 Through Future Eyes hosted it's first need in Newark, NJ. Since then, TFE has p annual homeless initiative which provided Newark, NJ area alone. In 2010 Through F food, clothing, and toys to over 200 people in need in Newark, NJ. Since then, TFE has pro- sion to mobilize communities to eliminate ties across the country. vided collected items to over 1,000 people in the Newark, NJ area alone. The Future According the the 2009 Census, there were 43.6 million people in poverty in 2009, up from 39.8 million in 2008. In 2010 Through Future Eyes became an official non-profit with an aim to duplicate our initiatives in communities across the country. Through the initiatives members of the community will be able to: Acknowledge the existance of poverty in their community.

Acknowledge There is an estimated 25,000 and poverty are a few factors that impact th

Mobilize Through Future Eyes has volunteers ready are opportunities to generate open dialog in visible, bring communities together and pr

Generate & Create Our goal is to generate awareness about the tion with our local communities, which in come together to help to reduce the homele

Mobilize additional members of the community Do to acknowledge the existence of poverty in Through Future Eyes, in collaboration with their communities. homelessness. Generate & Create additional initiatives to eradicate poverty in their community.

To learn more information about how you Do take action against poverty in their commu- can volunteer and or donate please e-mail Shennell Barnes at nities through the initiatives. volunteer@throughfutureeyes.org or check out our website at www.throughfutureeyes.org 26


as successfully channeled her experiences to become r the elimination poverty. Over the last five years, she lunteers, social activist groups, and local businesses to groups and thousands of homeless individuals

es was founded. In 2006, Through Future Eyes hosted rovided food, clothing, and toys to over 200 people in provided clothing and shoes to over 1,000 people in the Future Eyes became an official non-profit with a mispoverty while duplicating our initiatives in communi-

0 people in New Jersey that are homeless. Unemployment, illiteracy, domestic violence, he homeless. It is our responsibility as an organization to promote positive change.

and willing to initiate changes that will narrow the homelessness gap. These initiatives n order to address homelessness in our communities. Our goals are to make the invisible rovide informational resources to those in need.

e plight of homelessness. By partnering with your organization, we will share informaturn will bring awareness to the true facts of homelessness. In turn, communities will essness.

h local shelters and community partners, will empower one community at a time, to end

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PARENTING CORNER

A Child’s Voice From H

Hi, my name is Shaniya Davis. I am 5-years-old, and almost happened to meH so now I have wings. You probably remem stories about what happened to me. Everybody was talking a thing really horrible by giving me away to a bad man. But the that you don’t know.

For startersHdid you know that I was a girlie-girl who LOVED pizza! One of the things that I looked forward to most of all w week. I lived with my Daddy for most of my life and we were and he loved me so much! He didn’t even yell when I scratch Did you know that I loved my mommy too, and that I believe that she loved m she is a bad person. They say that she had problems with bad stuff like drugs and spending time with her. What happened to me was horrible, but I know th on purposeHDaddy tells me so every day since I got my wings. He talks to m how much he misses me.

He can’t see meH.but I can hear him! I talk to my Mommy and Daddy, too, ev help other kids like me by talking about what happened to me. I saw how peop they don’t want the same thing to happen to their children. Nobody would.

If I could talk to everyone, I would say to make sure that you understand how and are looking down trying to protect you. But we need your help! Don’t be a people who will try to do really horrible things to them. Teach them what they s

On November 13, 2010, there will be a 5k walk in Atlanta in my honor. Please of the walk represents a child like me. With public awareness and education, t can register today at ShaniyaSpeaks.org. I’ll be there, will YOU?

Gaétane F. Borders, MA., A.B.D.

President, Peas In Their Pods

Gaétane Borders is President of Peas In Their Pods, and also a certified School Psycholog dren’s rights and strives to help parent 30 achieve healthy, harmonious, and emotionally sta tured in print, radio, and television.


Heaven: Shaniya Davis Speaks

t a year ago something really bad mber reading and watching news about how my Mommy did some ere is so much more about my story

D Pizza! I mean what kid doesn’t like was singing in my church choir each really close. He called me Niya, hed his car accidentally with my bike. me also even though people say that s. All I know is that I liked seeing her hat my Mommy would never hurt me me in his mind and out loud to tell me

veryday from heaven to let them know that I am okay now. I tell them that they can ple cried when they heard about what that bad man did to me. I think it’s because

often what happened to me happens to other kids. All of us kids have our wings afraid to talk about this stuff even though it is hard to. Tell your kids that there are should try to do to help themselvesHand tell them that you love them everyday.

e join my Daddy and the many others on this day because like he says, each step together we can all stop child exploitation and sexual crimes against children. You

gist who works closely with the inner-city youth and their parents. She is an advocate of chilable environments for their children. She is a sought after media consultant, and is often fea31


The foundation was founded in 2007 at the urging of many friends and SCD advocates that Ms. Shepard has met over the past 17 years of raising awareness of Sickle Cell Disease. KiKi Shepard began working with the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) in 1993 under the leadership of then National President & CEO, Ms. Lynda Anderson, and National Vice-President & COO, Mr. Ralph Sutton. She was introduced to them at a celebrity golf tournament in 1993 to benefit SCDAA that was arranged by a local celebrity organization called “Celebrity Families and Friends for Sickle Cell Disease”. 32

At that time, KiKi Shepard was starring as the co-host on a very successful late-nite television show called “It’s Showtime at the Apollo”, and had become a “household name.” After hearing the information and statistics on Sickle Cell Disease, Ms. Shepard was approached by Ms. Anderson about using her celebrity status to help SCDAA. She graciously accepted that invitation, and for the next 10 years she traveled across the nation as one of the celebrity faces of SCDAA, hosting events – telethons, dinners, galas, etc., making appearances, and visiting families and patients of SCD, in and out of the hospital. While Ms. Shepard does not have the disease, she does carry the hereditary Sickle Cell trait and enjoys giving back to the community. In July 2003, Ms. Shepard turned her birthday bowling celebration into a SCD awareness raising party aimed at the black entertainment community, to benefit the SCDAA.


KiKi’s “Celebrity Bowling Challenge” was so successful and made so many of her peers aware of the plight of the SCD patient, that she decided to do it again the next year and had even greater results. This event with the support of the SCDAA was the beginning of Ms. Shepard’s individual awareness raising efforts, and was extremely instrumental in the creation of the K.I.S. Foundation, Inc. In late 2005, the national association left Los Angeles and reestablished its offices on the East Coast. However, new leadership’s vision and re-organization of the national association’s focus led Ms. Shepard to find another way to assist patients and families suffering with Sickle Cell Disease. At the end of 2006, after celebrating the success of our poster child, Paizley Jenkins’, being declared cured of Sickle Cell Disease from a bone-marrow

transplant surgery, Ms. Shepard’s friends and ardent supporters began the task of helping her to establish her own foundation. In 2007, final papers were filed for the status of a 501 (c)(3) non-profit foundation, a Board of Directors was established, officers were named, committees formed, and the journey of the K.I.S. Foundation, Inc. The foundation has reached greater “awareness raising” heights, and has garnered even more corporate support since obtaining its status as a nonprofit organization. In May of 2008, we received our final IRS approval, and we’ve begun to identify and establish community service programs to assist the SCD community. A unique element of the K.I.S. Foundation is that it can be described as a “ 33


a “celebrity based” foundation with four of our Board Members, Dawnn Lewis, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Obba Babatunde’, and founder, KiKi Shepard, being very prominent in the entertainment community. Our Board Members make strong use of their associations with other name celebrities, corporate, religious, medical, political, and social contacts to help mount and maintain the SCD programs created by the KISF.

Medical Hospital; and participated in seminars and conferences with other blood disease organizations. Our Founder, Ms. KiKi Shepard has even carried the mission of the KISF to Howard University, Washington, D.C., Mobile Alabama – SCDA, UTD – Dallas, Texas, and Phoenix, Arizona – The Quest to Cure Foundation, just to name a few, and conferences with other blood disease organizations. The K.I.S. Foundation, Inc., is committed to improving the health and quality of life for children, adults, and families living with Sickle Cell Disease because sickness has no boundaries and compassion has no limits.

We have hosted multiple Holiday Toy Drives and distributed toys to Childrens Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, and other local SCD care institutions, as well as, individual SCD patients and families.

The K.I.S. Foundation, Inc. 13351-D Riverside Drive, Suite 178 Sherman Oaks CA 91423 Website: http://www.thekisfoundation.org/ E-mail: info@thekisfoundation.org 818 981-7819 / 818 981-7819

We have visited patients at Childrens Hospital; held birthday SCD patient parties; honored Dr. Thomas Coates, head of Hematology – Childrens Hospital and Dr. Neena Kapoor, top bone marrow transplant surgeon – Childrens Hospital; participated in Blood Drives for King/ Drew Medical Hospital; and participated in Blood Drives for King/Drew

LaTonia Robinson Director of Operations The K.I.S. Foundation, Inc. Phone/Fax: (818) 981-7819 Mobile: (813) 317-3690

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Utilizing Feminist Perspectives in Discussing Laws and Policies Worldwide Central to Female Circumcision and Female Genital Mutilation John C. Roy, II Female circumcision/female genital mutilation (FC/FGM) violates the human rights of girls and women. It has increasingly been the subject of legislative acitivity both in African countries where this practice traditionally occurs and in nations where African immigrants have settled. Female circumcision/female genital mutilation (FC/ FGM) has serious health consequences for females. This article will discuss the importance of the continuance of empowering females in ternationally through advocacy, education, and developing guidelines and policies worldwide to counter existing approaches. Several constructs of the feminist perspective will highlight the current progress established by the international community as well as future strategies for a decrease and more communicative and cogent comprehension of this cultural and spiritual phenomenon. Nahid Toubia defines Female circumcision/female genital mutilation (FC/FGM) as the collective name given to several different traditional practices that involve the cutting of the female genitals. A fundamental reason advanced for Female circumcision/female genital mutilation (FC/FGM) is the nee to control women’s sexuality. Because sexuality is socially constructed, it has different meaning based on its context. For many communities that practice FC/FGM, a family or clan’s honor depends on a girl’s virginity or sexual restraint.

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Research supports that this is the case in Egypt, Sudan and Somalia where this is perceived as a way to control premarital sex and preserve the individual’s virginity. Consequently, countries such as Kenya and Uganda perform this ritual to reduce the woman’s sexual demands on her husband, affording him to have several wives. This is accomplished in the interest of male sexuality. Toubia’s research supports that FC/FGM results in the reduction of women’s sexual fulfillment, thus aiding in the construction of parameters around women’s sexuality. Saulnier’s research from the radical perspective identifies this as man’s oppression of woman. This patriarchal concept is steeped in psychological and biological dynamic imposed by means of violence as a control mechanism against women. It is important to note that Female circumcision/ female genital mutilation (FC/FGM) is a cultural, not a religious practice. This custom predates the arrival of Christianity and Islam in Africa and is not a requisite of either religion. In fact, Jews, Christians, Muslims and indigenous religious groups in Africa, practice FC/FGM. Consequently, despite the fact that this practice is not know in many Muslim countries, it is strongly identified with Islam in several African nations, and many members of the Muslim community advocate for the continuance of this practice. The International Conference on Population and Reproductive Health in the Muslim World at Egypt’s Al Azhar University agreed that specific damaging practices, including FC/FGM, were the result of misunderstandings of Islamic provisions (Final Report International Conference on Population). Toubia’s research supports when events in different countries around the world indicate that those who oppose government actions to prevent FC/FGM may view such efforts as infringing or threatening to the right to enjoy one’s culture or religion free of government interference. However, in Toubia’s same research, she affirms that this practice is not a requirement of any major monotheistic religion, but some communities view it as a religious duty. There are historically documented attempts to bring attention to the practice of Female circumcision/ female genital mutilation (FC/FGM). However, it was not until the 1960s and 1970s did indigenous African activist modeled a feminist framework. This African activist model coincided with the birth of


American radical feminism when it borrowed ideas and thoughts from the Civil Rights, Viet Nam, and the New Left movements. In many countries, women’s groups led intermittent campaigns to educate the population about the harmful effects of the practice. The World Health Organization in 1979 sponsored the first Seminar on Harmful Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children, in Sudan. An American journalist, Fran Hosken, traveled through Africa to collect information on FC/FGM. During this Seminar, a strong presence of women from several African countries led a vote to end all forms of the practice, against a suggestion from the medical participants for a milder form of the practice performed under hygienic conditions. As these early activist groups organized, they utilized philosophical constructs from both the radical and postmodern feminist approaches to highlight their mission and presence. Because postmodern feminism involves discourse, Foucault’s research states that the voice or the speaker must be clearly identified in order to lend itself to a particular discourse. The speaker or voice effective at the first Seminar on Harmful Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children, in Sudan was clearly these early activists. Postmodernism posit the importance of “exposing a concept as ideological culturally construed rather than as natural or simple reflection of reality”. Here existing concepts that are provincial elicit questions about truth, knowledge, power, and language. African women continued to organize to address the practice. In 1980, four African women feminist’s activists attended the United Nations Mid-Decade Conference on Women and the Non-Governmental Organizations’ Forum in Copenhagen to present a panel discussion on female circumcision. Conflict between the approached of indigenous African women to stop the practice and those of outsiders was apparent. Unfortunately, Western women who spoke out against the practice were perceived by African women to be condescending and confrontational. Regrettably, that incident registered as the great schism between Western feminists and African cultural conservationists in a crude reading of the historical facts and a biased attempt to fuel the fire of cultural conflict. Clenora Hudson-Weens’ research states that it is important to develop an Afro-centric womanism perspective because it is truly grounded in African culture. It supports the unique experiences and needs of that specific population. It is my opinion if this construct

were a consideration, perhaps the schism would not have occurred. In the 1990s, strong African leadership on FC/FGM directed toward a growing international awareness that led to the recognition of this practice as a fundamental violation of women’s rights. It was at this time that the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, the committee responsible for oversight of states’ compliance under the Women’s Convention, released a general recommendation pertaining specially to FC/FGM. Moreover, the 1993 United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women explicitly included Female circumcision/female genital mutilation (FC/FGM) within its definition of the phrase “violence against women”. The Vienna and Cairo conferences marked by the presence of a powerful women’s lobby, which ensured that issues of women’s rights remained critical on the world stage. It is thus not surprising that during these meetings and the subsequent women’s conference in Beijing, the prevention of FC/FGM gave special attention and strategies for appropriate policies and actions outlined in the final documents approved by the governments. One result of the increased pressure by the women’s movement was the appointment, by the Commission on Human Rights, in 1994, of Rhadika Coomerswarmy as Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women whose reports have drawn attention on the subject of FC/FGM. Global feminism presented by Charlotte Bunch’s research supports the removal of all forms of inequity and oppression through an organized fashion on both national and international levels creates social and economic order. Both these conferences produced by women articulated the important positions and responsibilities that women accepted to ensure that the right of women to freedom of choice and the power to control their lives both within and outside the home.

Postmodernism thought as supported by Foucault’s research, posits through these organizational foci, women seized the power and employed it to benefit the whole. Therefore, positionality, or where the person is situated at any one time is key to the success of the cause. This de-construction of current thought and framing it to meet the new knowledge is based upon experiences. There is a noticeable power shift that only exists in the interplay of non-egalitarian and mobile relationships. (continue page 44) 39


Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation The mission of the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation is to foster excellence in children of all ages and ensure that the needs of the whole child are met through service and resources. Led by visionary Marjorie Harvey, an advocate for the education, health, and welfare of women and children worldwide along with her husband, comedian Steve Harvey, the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation identifies and funds worthy programs both nationally and internationally. On October 22-24, 100 teenage girls will gathered with Marjorie Harvey, The View co-host, Sherri Shepherd, and other trusted female business leaders and entertainers - including singer Keri Hilson, actress Terri Vaughn, Essence magazine’s Mikki Taylor, and CBS News Correspondent Shannon Eis - at the Omni CNN Center in Atlanta, GA for three-days of interactive seminars designed to motivate girls, and equip them with resources and education needed to be successful. The weekend experience was supported by State Farm® as part of its commitment to supporting the future of American’s youth. State Farm is thrilled to support The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation as part of its ongoing commitment to support the future of America’s youth. Creating an environment where young women can gain the extra support they need to get a good education and career is crucial to our country’s future; and it is with this paradigm that State Farm remains dedicated to being a ‘good neighbor’ to American communities. Girls Who Rule The World

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"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." -John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Do not get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, For we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time. - Galatians 6:9

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of fundamental rights. The practice is primarily aimed at controlling women’s sexuality, which carries a strong message about the subordinate role of women and girls in society. This procedure represents a societal impulse to repress the independent sexuality of women by altering their anatomy. By perpetuating the perception that woman’s roles are prescribed as mother and spouse, FC/ FGM serves to reinforce women’s subordination in political, economic, social, and cultural realms. This procedure supports Freud’s claim of anatomy is destiny within the patriarchal supremacy construct.

Toubia’s research states that in keeping with the requirements of the Children’s Rights Convention, “the best interests of the child” should be the guiding principle in formulating the law. She further reports laws that provide criminal sanctions for parents who procure FC/FGM for their daughters may create undue hardship for the girls who undergo the procedure. Long prison terms for parents of young children, involving separation of members of a family, can have severe effects on the emotional stability of the children involved. Toubia continues to discuss that this is especially relevant where such separations occur in countries in which those whose cultures embrace this practice are immigrants, with little support within the majority population. Additionally, Toubia’s research continues to states that governments should either assign criminal sanctions to only the practitioners of FC/ FCM or assign lighter penalties to parents than the practitioners.

Toubia’s research chronicled efforts to support that some NGOs designed program aimed broadly at economic and social development coupled with a specific effort to empower women and to persuade the community to abandon FC/FGM practices. The wider social development activities include income generation, the provision of health services and literacy training. Programs that build income-generation and decisionmaking skills are particularly aimed at women in social contexts where men are emigrating to earn money abroad and women are becoming the heads of households. Religious leaders participated in the project. This long-term effort concluded with the singing of a declaration by all groups in the community. This encompassed the traditional midwives and barbers who act as the circumcisers. The document declared that they would abandon FC/FGM. Although this outreach is along-term strategy, it provides uncontroversial proof of success in some settings, like the Egyptian village of Dir El Barsha and among communities and families in other parts of the country.

Even when laws do potentially subject parents to prison sentences, judges may use their discretion to elect not to impose such penalties on convicted parents in cases of FC/FGM. In France, parents prosecuted and found guilty did not receive criminal penalties. However, in another case, a practitioner of FC/FGM received an eight-year prison sentence for conducting the procedure on 48 girls. Consequently, their parents received suspended sentences from three to five years . The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women also known as the Women’s Convention ensures the right to be free from all forms of discrimination against women. Article 1of the Women’s Convention takes a broad view of “discrimination against women,” defining it as “any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex” that hinders a woman’s ability to enjoy her human rights equally with men. The prohibition of gender discrimination is supported in numerous international and regional instruments and conference documents. To consider FC/FGM as an act of discrimination against women under human rights law, the practice must comply within the terms of Article 1 of the Women’s Convention. It must meet two principal criteria: (1) it must be a distinction based on sex and (2) it must have the effect or purpose of impairing the equal enjoyment of rights by women. This practice reserved for women and girls nullifies their enjoyment

Another empowerment approach focused on participatory education, that included literacy training, analytical skills and problem solving, health information and human rights principles provided to women over a prescribed period. This approach sought to empower women and provide them with the information and self0confidence that enable them to abandon FC/FGM practices. The women then decide to make a public declaration to abandon this practice. The success of this strategy was evident in Senegal where this approach was implemented over two years in a village in which women decided to abandon FC/FGM in 1997, without direct instructions on the practice. These Senegalese women negotiated support from their husband and religious leaders and made a public declaration never to practice FC/FGM again. From this success in Senegal, the movement spread to different

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Villages and sparked a national debate that ultimately led to the 1999 enactment of national law prohibiting this practice. The emphasis on women’s empowerment and the involvement of the community culminated in a public declaration that all signed or sworn.

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The shared experiences surrounding empowerment process of these women supports Blount’s postmodern feminist approach that is crucial to create a voice or voices that typically are unheard and incorporate it into a leadership decision-making perspective. With empowerment comes change. An individual woman may employ multiple strategies in her quest for constructed knowledge of an independent voice. The experiences of nations around the world in addressing FC/FGM reveal that no single approach can eliminate this practice. Criminal laws by themselves will not change people’s behaviors. Likewise, educational efforts, while often successful, cannot eliminate adherence to the practice. Governments must be willing to devote attention and resources to multi-strategy approach to eliminating FC/FGM. They should be receptive to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and international organizations that are engaged in the struggle. All of these activities must be guided by a respect for the human rights of women and girls and an awareness of the lessons learned to date in the global effort to eliminate FC/FGM. Women’s inequality is a global phenomenon that must be combated by a host of strategies that are responsive to the specifics of any given context. It is crucial to view such efforts as part of a worldwide attempt to move into a new millennium marked by equality and justice for all. Anatomy should not rule ones destiny.

The NAACP urges the House and Senate to act during the "lame duck" session to fully fund the Pigford II settlement, which would provide as many as 70,000 African American farmers, many of whom suffered blatant racial discrimination at the hands of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for decades, with cash damage awards and debt relief, and the Cobell settlement, an agreement between the US Department of Interior and Native American Indians over centuries of land abuse and mismanagement by the US government and lost royalty funds. For more information on the settlements, as well as how you can be an effective advocate. Hilary O. Shelton Director, NAACP Washington Bureau Senior VP for Advocacy and Policy (202) 463-2940 http://www.naacp.org

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Timothy Antonio Washington Jr. Last Seen Location 1000 block of Orleans Street Baltimore Maryland United States Contact Person: Baltimore Police Department Phone: 410-396-2335 Date Missing: September 11, 1992 Date of Birth: January 22, 1985 Age:: 7 years old / Now 24 Hair:: Black Height:: 4’5 / Now Unknown Weight:: 55 pounds Eye Color:: Brown Sex:: Male Race:: African – American Complexion:: Medium Brown Police Case Number:: NCMC772638 / M-401182500 Distinguishing Characteristics: Washington has a speech impediment. His nickname is Timmy. Clothing/Jewelry Description: Light blue sweatpants or sweat shorts with yellow and white stripes, a black sweat jacket with pink and red prints, and black Nike sneakers. Details of Disappearance Washington was last seen at his aunt’s home at a housing project, Lafayette High Rise Apartment Complex, in the 1000 block of Orleans Street in Baltimore, Maryland on September 11, 1992. He was playing with friends on the third floor of the building at the time he was last seen. Washington walked downstairs for a frozen cup and never returned. Sources: The Doe Network The Charley Project

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Southern Hospitality - Sharon Fox

Greetings! We are almost at the end of yet another year that God has blessed. As we look back child abductions, spousal and/or child abuse, murder, missing children, and so much more. I p volved. I have prayed and cried out for them on a regular basis. Being a victim of molestation, I why I pray so hard for them and the other victims of these senseless crimes.

As we approach this Thanksgiving season let's not just thank God for how he has blessed US, bu endured by the hand of these attackers. We'll never be able to explain WHY people commit thes them from being commited. But as fellow citizens and caring human beings, we can bow down and restore the dignity, dreams, love, and happiness to everyone of them. I am so Thankful for worthy of a happy life!! Let's take time this holiday season to really thank God for how he has b storing so many lives on a daily basis!! We all have so much to be thankful for today. Don't take for the hand of God to cover you and protect you, your family, your friends, your neighbors, and thankful!

To help you with your Thanksgiving Dinner, I have brought out some of m PERFECT THAKSGIVIG TURKEY 1 (18 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed 2 cups kosher salt 1/2 cup butter, melted 2 large onions, peeled and chopped 4 carrots, peeled and chopped 4 stalks celery, chopped 2 sprigs fresh thyme 1 bay leaf 1 cup dry white wine (or chicken broth)

Rub the turkey inside and out with the kosher salt. Place the bird in a large stock pot, and co water mixture 12 hours, or overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Thoroughly rinse the tu breast side down on a roasting rack in a shallow roasting pan. Stuff the turkey cavity with 1 maining vegetables and thyme around the bottom of the roasting pan, and cover with the wh the internal temperature of the thigh reaches 180 degrees F. Carefully turn the turkey breas the bird to stand about 30 minutes before carving. 46


over the past 10 months, we can recall so many terrible stories of personally have carried a burden in my soul for the families inI can only imagine how so many of these children have felt. This is

ut how he has helped so many others heal from the abuse they have se crimes, and we'll never be able to completely STOP every one of and send up a prayer for each one of them. God is truly able to heal r how He has allowed me to live my life today knowing that I AM brought us out of so many situations this year AND for how he is ree it for granted that things are going good in your life right now. Pray d all the people you come in contact with each day. You never know who's praying for YOU. Be

my favorite classics! Enjoy!!

over with cold water. Place in the refrigerator, and allow the turkey to soak in the salt and urkey, and discard the brine mixture. Brush the turkey with 1/2 the melted butter. Place 1 onion, 1/2 the carrots, 1/2 the celery, 1 sprig of thyme, and the bay leaf. Scatter the rehite wine or chicken broth. Roast uncovered 3 1/2 to 4 hours in the preheated oven, until t side up about 2/3 through the roasting time, and brush with the remaining butter. Allow 47


EASY CORBREAD DRESSIG 1 skillet of baked cornbread (not sweet!) 1 (14 ounce) package herb-seasoned stuffing mix 1 large onion, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 4 cups cooked chicken, cut into bite-size pieces 1 (26 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup 2 (16 ounce) cartons chicken broth, or as needed 6 eggs, beaten 1 cup melted butter salt and pepper to taste dried sage to taste

2 cups cooked chicken, cut into bit 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped celery 4 cups chicken broth, or more as ne 4 hard-cooked eggs, chopped 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch, or as 2 tablespoons water

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove the cooled cornbread from stalks of celery, 4 cups of chicken m moisten the dry ingredients. Stir in mixture into the prepared pan, and

GRAVY 1 pound giblets, neck, and clipped wing tips from turkey 2 carrots, roughly chopped 1 stalk celery, roughly chopped 6 cups water 2 cups chicken stock 1 1/2 cups turkey drippings from roasted turkey 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons tomato paste 2 tablespoons red currant jelly Salt and ground black pepper to taste

BROCCOLI AD CHEESE CASSEROLE 3 cups water 1 (10 ounce) package yellow rice 1 (16 ounce) package frozen chopped broccoli 1 (16 ounce) jar process cheese sauce

In a saucepan bring water to a boil. Add rice, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes Preheat oven to 400 degrees. While the rice is cooking, place frozen broccoli in large skille processed cheese sauce to the broccoli and48let melt. When rice has completed cooking add b preheated 400 degrees oven for 10 minutes; or until heated through.


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m the pan, and crumble it into a large bowl. Mix in the bread stuffing mix, 1 large onion, 2 meat, and both cans of condensed soup. Stir in 2 cartons of chicken broth or as needed to the eggs, melted butter, and salt and pepper. Add dried sage to taste. Lightly pack the bake in the preheated oven until the top is golden brown, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

While the turkey is roasting, place the giblets, turkey neck, and clipped turkey wing tips into a large saucepan with the carrots, celery, water, and chicken stock. Bring to a boil over medium heat, skim off any foam that forms on the top, reduce heat to low, and simmer the stock for 3 hours. Strain the stock, skim off the fat, and set aside. There should be about 4 cups of stock. Skim off and discard all but 1/4 cup of the fat from the drippings in the roasting pan, and place the roasting pan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, then cook and stir the flour mixture until it becomes pale golden brown, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the stock and tomato paste; bring to a boil, simmer for 5 minutes, then whisk in the red currant jelly. Simmer for 10 more minutes. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

s. et. Heat stove to low-medium and defrost broccoli When the broccoli is 90% defrosted add broccoli-cheese mixture and rice to 9x13 baking 49 dish and mix well. Place casserole in the


BAKED MAC  CHEESE 1 1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni 1/4 cup butter 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon mustard powder 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 cups milk 8 ounces American cheese, cubed 8 ounces processed cheese food - Velveeta, cubed 1/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs SOUTHER CADIED SWEET POTATOES 6 large sweet potatoes 1/2 cup butter 2 cups white sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 tablespoon vanilla extract Salt to taste Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into slices or chunks (whatever you prefer). Melt the butter or margarine in a heavy skillet and add the sliced sweet potatoes. Mix the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Cover the sweet potatoes with sugar mixture and stir. Cover skillet, reduce heat to low and cook for about 1 hour or until potatoes are "candied". They should be tender but a little hard around the edges. Also the sauce will turn dark. You will need to stir occasionally during the cooking. Stir in the vanilla just before serving. Pour into a nice serving dish. Serve hot.

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PECA PIE

2 teaspoons butter 1 1/2 cups c cup real maple syrup 1/2 cup w extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 9 in Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a heavy skillet, melt 2 tables 5 minutes, or until nuts begin t egg, maple syrup, sugar, 1/3 cu 45 to 50 minutes, or until fillin


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni, and cook until not quite done, about 6 minutes. Drain. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Blend in the flour, mustard powder, and pepper until smooth. Slowly stir in the milk, beating out any lumps. Add the American and processed cheeses, and stir constantly until the sauce is thick and smooth. Drain noodles, and stir them into the cheese sauce. Transfer the mixture to

THAKSGIVIG PUCH 1 (46 oz.) can unsweetened pineapple juice 1 (46 oz.) can apricot nectar 3 (6 oz.) cans frozen lemonade, thawed 5 (8 oz.) cans ginger ale, chilled sparkling water or champagne orange slices and cherries to garnish Chill all ingredients before mixing in a punch bowl. Mix the fruit drinks first, then add the sparkling water or champagne to taste. Add orange slices and cherries to garnish.

chopped pecans (or pecan halves) 3 eggs, beaten 1 white sugar 1/3 cup butter, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla nch pie shell

spoons butter over low heat. Add nuts and stir for about to color. Let cool for 10 minutes. Mix together beaten up melted butter, vanilla, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir in nuts. Pour filling into crust. Bake for ng is set. Transfer pan to wire rack and cool. For more great recipes and 51 inspirations go to www.goodcookin4u2.webs.com


D’Wan Sims DOB: Oct 29, 1990 Missing: Dec 11, 1994 Age Now: 20 Sex: Male Race: Black Hair: Black Eyes: Black Height: 3'0" (91 cm) Weight: 50 lbs (23 kg) Missing From: LIVONIA MI United States Age Progressed (top photo) D'Wan's photo is shown age-progressed to 19 years. He disappeared while shopping with his mother at the Wonderland Mall. D'Wan was last seen wearing a blue winter jacket over a multi-colored windbreaker, dark blue sweat pants and low top "FILA" brand tennis shoes. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST) Livonia Police Department (Michigan) - Missing Persons Unit

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Rilya Alert Criteria •

The abduction is of a child age 17 years or younger

The parent must have contacted law enforcement to report child missing.

A RILYA Alert may also be issued if the child is classified as a runaway by the police. If the parent has reported missing child and has convincing evidence that child does not have a history of running away, an alert will be initiated within the 1st hour. We recognize that at times, not all information is readily available (ie. license plate numbers, name of abductor, or witness to abduction. In such cases, the available information will be reviewed and verified prior to RILYA Alert.

The law-enforcement agency believes the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.

All children of color meeting the criteria for the Amber Alert will also receive the RILYA Alert If these criteria are met, alert information is assembled for public distribution. This information may include descriptions and pictures of the missing child, the suspected abductor, and a suspected vehicle along with any other information available and valuable to identifying the child and suspect. *The staff at Peas In Their Pods respectfully requests that once a child is found that any organization posting information remove their pictures from their sites.

http://www.peasintheirpods.com (516) 338-6873 53 hfmbc@hotmail.com


Teach, Em

Pattie Fitzgerald, G

In the past two weeks, admitted pedophile Jack McClellan's Web site has become a h and fear which parents are feeling has taken on a life of its own with many communi of Los Angeles.

However, as a child-safety educator and a mom, I strongly suggest that before we “bu back, take a deep breath and respond in a positive way that best protects our children

I don't like having this guy around any more than the rest of the community. But rid perfect safe haven. For every McClellan, there are countless others in our midst who

What about protecting our kids from those predators? I urge parents not to be lulled care of the problem.

For starters, 90 percent of childhood molestation is done by someone the children kn how to say no to an adult who wants them to do something inappropriate, and how t

We also need to stop teaching kids the “don't talk to strangers� concept, and focus on like, but what they say or want to do that makes someone or something unsafe.

The chances of a child being snatched up at the park by a total stranger are much sm friendly adult who says something curious and enticing to that child.

Of course, we need to keep a constant, watchful eye on our kids whenever we are out because they are approached by someone who doesn't come across as a big, scary str

Safety skills and strategies can be taught to children in a completely empowering and dent child is much less vulnerable to a predator's tricks than a child who hasn't been thing.

If we are really serious about keeping our children safe from sexual predators, let's e prevention-education programs in our schools and communities, and stop relying on

Parent advocates can be a powerful force to be reckoned with when it comes to our c

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Guest Columnist, Los Angeles Daily News

hot-button issue for many families. Understandably, the anger ity members working feverishly toward driving McClellan out

urn the village down� to get rid of this guy, we all need to step n.

dding Los Angeles of one known pedophile is not going to suddenly make our town a we don't know about.

d into a false sense of security by thinking if we only get rid of this guy, we've taken

now, not a stranger. It's important to teach kids how to be the boss of their bodies, to react to an uncomfortable or unsafe advance.

n teaching them how to identify a “tricky person� - that it's not what people look

maller than the possibility of a child being lured out of that park by a nice-looking,

t in public. However, all too often children are persuaded to do something unsafe ranger.

d nonfearful way. Scare tactics don't work and aren't necessary. An informed, confin taught any preventive skills, or, worse, has been taught to fear everyone and every-

empower them with tangible skills and knowledge. Let's get involved with pro-active n the outdated, ineffective concept of stranger-danger.

children's safety. Let's take that fear and anger and put it to good use.

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Tavish Sutton Missing since March 9, 1993 from Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia. Classification: Non Family Abduction Date Of Birth: February 10, 1993 , Age at Time of Disappearance: 3 weeks old Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 2'0 (61 cm.); 8 lbs (4 kg.) Distinguishing Characteristics: Black male. Black hair; brown eyes. Marks, Scars: A quarter-inch surgical incision in his left buttock. (at time of disappearance) Clothing: He was wearing a white flower-print T-shirt and had Grady tags on his wrist and ankle. Circumstances of Disappearance: Sutton was abducted from his hospital room at Grady's Hughes Spalding pediatric unit in Atlanta, Georgia, sometime between 06.45-07.00 on March 9, 1993. He was recovering from minor surgery at the time. He was in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services. Neither Sutton's mother, who was in a mental institution at the time, nor other family members were suspected of kidnapping him. Investigators: If you have any information concerning this case, please contact: Atlanta Police Department 404-817-6900 Missing Persons Unit 404-8534235 NCMEC #: NCMC778561 NCIC Number: M-360987889 Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case. Source Information: National Center for Missing and Exploited Chil56 dren The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution.


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Dream Girls Mentoring Program was founded on August 27, 2008 by Tamira Nicole Dunn. DREAM is an acronym that stands for Dedicated, Responsible, Educated, Aspiring, and Motivated! The girls enrolled in our program will accomplish each of those goals. Dream Girls is a non profit mentoring program that is committed to assisting teenage mothers. We accept teen moms from ages 12-20 that are either pregnant or parenting teens. We provide workshops twice a month at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore, Md., from 1:30pm-3:30pm. Our workshops consist of parenting classes, job readiness, preparation for higher education, prevention of future pregnancies and STD’s, health and hygiene, self esteem, etiquette, Tamira Dunn CEO of and more! Dream girls strive to uplift, emDream Girls Mentoring Program Inc. power, and educate teen moms. Our program will also pair a young mom up with a mentor that will be there to provide them with support and resources. We are always looking to recruit new teen moms as well as volunteers. Target Demographic: Dream Girls targets young girls in the community ages 12-20 that are pregnant or teen parents. WJZ reports that data from 2008 shows the teen birth rate was 64 births for every 1,000 females aged 15-19, with Hispanic and African-American teen girls having the highest rates of birth. It's a reality that experts say hurts teens and their children educationally and economically. Statistics show that only 40 percent of teen mothers graduate high school compared to 75 percent of their peers. Dream Girls supports Mayor Rawlings Blake’s efforts to reduce teenage pregnancy in the Baltimore Area. If you are interested in volunteering or participating in the program feel free to contact: Tamira Dunn at 443-653-0352 or tamiradunn@yahoo.com http:// www.dreamgirlsmentoring.org/ 59


Dream Girls Mentoring Program Inc.- “Building the Community One Teen Mom at a Time” General Company Description: We currently have partnerships with two Baltimore City High Schools; Benjamin Franklin High School and Northwestern High School. DG Goal: Our goal is increase our referral list by 5% and provide services into a second high school within the next 2 yrs. Objectives: To help teen moms set short term and long term goals. To provide workshops that will strengthen self-esteem, relationships, and confidence To teach teen moms effective parenting skills To teach teen moms workforce readiness skills Tamira Dunn, Director of Dream Girls Mentoring Program Inc. is an graduate of Morgan State University where she received her B.S In Psychology in May of 2008. She is currently enrolled in The Family Studies Graduate Program offered at Towson University and also employed as a Case-Worker at the Baltimore City Department of Social Services. This has been Tamira's passion since she was a sophmore in college. She has always felt there was a need to help young girls.

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“Behind every trial we go through in life, there is a reason, your test in life was indeed a mess, it wasn't given at your request but it can be the beginning to your success, allow your wounds too heal' learn how to be that light to others that are in darkness from past or recent hurts, you are a survivor because it could have been a much worse situation but your here, alive and well so live and know that you have an earthly work to do an know that all is well because God chose you.� Tiffany Taylor

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Monthly Tasty Treat - by Pat Holmes Pumpkin Cake Roll Cake: ¼ Cup powered sugar (to sprinkle on towel) ¾ Cup flour ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground cloves ¼ teaspoon salt 3 large eggs 1 cup granulate sugar 2/3 cup canned pumpkin pie filing Preheat oven 375, grease 15-by-10-inch jelly-roll pan; line with wax paper. Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle a thin cotton kitchen towel with powdered sugar. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in a small bowl. Beat eggs and sugar in large mixing bowl until thick. Beat in pumpkin; stir in flour mixture. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Bake 13-15 minutes or until the top of cake springs back when touched. Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end. Cool on wire rack.

Filling: 1 package 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted 6 tablespoons butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Beat cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth. Carefully unroll cake. Speak cream cheese mixture over cake. Re-roll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serve, if desired. 62


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Above: Gilbert,

Missing Since: December 16, 1984 Classification: En Date of Birth: November 29, 1978 Age: 6 y Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American mal teeth were missing at the time of his disappearance. C with white trim, blue jeans, and

Gilbert was last seen in Jefferson Parrish, Louisiana on the Mississippi River when he disappeared. He has ne the river, but his body was never recove

If you have any information concerning this case, pleas

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Gilbert

circa 1984 (right)

4 from Jefferson Parrish, Louisiana ndangered Missing years old Height and Weight: 4'0, 55 pounds le. Black short hair, brown eyes. Two of Gilbert's bottom Clothing/Jewelry Description: A royal blue muscle shirt blue tennis shoes with red stripes.

n December 16, 1984. He was playing with his cousin by ever been heard from again. Gilbert may have fallen into ered; it is unclear what happened to him.

se contact:Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office 504-364-5300

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The Flesh vs The Spirit "

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There are so many things that can happen from day to day, from the time y jump back into it. However, I am not speaking about things of the flesh, I a

In the flesh, we deal with the situation at hand with emotion, leaving no st from our mouths. In the flesh, we handle things in the flesh, not consulting of handling things in the flesh is that we don't receive the same outcome th the flesh, we act without thinking, we allow the world to guide us. In the sp allow Him to show us the way and be our captain, what the enemy meant f that in our storms we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against p darkness, and against spiritual wickedness in high places. Therefore, we ha Which would you prefer?

In all of this, there are so many things that I could say, however, let me say sin, cast the first stone. I am by no means perfect, there is still so much tha ing how to act in the spirit and not in the flesh. With all of the daily things about these words..."What Would Jesus Do?"...as easy as it was for Him to care nothing about their walk spiritually," He still done it. He bore the cros that we may have life beyond the grave. He set Himself apart from flesh so Are you willing to fight the battle?...The Flesh vs The Spirit. Much Love and God Bless,

Paula Whitebear-Burton Warrior's for Christ (W.F.C) Founder, Coordinator, and Organization M

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you drag yourself out of bed until the time that you am speaking on things of the spiritual nature.

tone unturned in the words that we allow to come g God before we make decisions. The consequence hat we would if we had handled it in the spirit. In pirit, when situations arise and we consult God and for our bad, God will use it for our good. Be mindful principalities, against powers, against rulers of the ave to put on the whole armor of God, so that we may be able to stand.

y this...none of us are perfect, none of us are without sin, and he without at I have to learn. In my years on this earth, I am still growing and learnthat we have to deal with it is so quick to allow the flesh to act, yet, think o say "Father I refuse to do this, I refuse to die for the sins of people who ss that He was nailed to after taking a beating, He hung there and died so o that spiritually we may live.

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Sisters4Sisters, Inc. a 501Š (3) National non-profit, community based organization dedicated to the Empowerment of Women & Girls in Mind, Body and Spirit through Enlightening Workshops on Personal and Professional development and training along with Engaging community outreach in the areas of Domestic Violence, HIV-AIDS, Homelessness, Women's Health and Mentoring Young Girls and Tweens.

http://www.sisters4sisters.com/

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