Our work for the next five years (2012-2017) is focused on our working with the Black community/communities of color to heal and empower from the effects of physical and mental health disparities with a major emphasis on healing from the psychological and emotional affects caused by "racism". In order to measure the sustainability of a community is based on "economics and social skills to grow and maintain a thriving community". It is important, we believe at International Wellness Network, Inc., to take bold steps to restore communities that will focus on empowering both our young men and women within the African American communities and communities of color, i.e., Latin and Native American communities who have been affected the most with being raised by single mothers, incarcerated fathers or absentee fathers in the home, communities which have abundance of social services organizations, churches or mental institutions, which are all important in themselves. However, two most important components necessary for any community to thrive and grow, i.e., quality educational institutions, thriving and growing businesses, owned and managed by the populations reflected as residents within the community.
Within these communities you will find businesses such as liquor stores, inadequate educational systems, (because when busing of children from the Urban Centers across America may have helped a few fortunate ones succeed in the world economy, however the masses suffered who have been sorely left behind. Many of us were not aware that when the student is taken out of the neighborhood in which they live, to attend a school outside of their jurisdiction, so goes the money allocated for his/her public education. Therefore the money that was removed from the community in which the child live, resulted in less money in the Urban Center's budgets for quality teachers, educational materials, upkeep on the buildings, etc.
The next American Urban Center experiment was to take the most important component of a reasonable healthy family life for our children "the mother" out of the lives of many of our children as a central figure head in the family circle with the Clinton "Welfare to Work program, which in the long range result has not been very effective in many of our Urban communities, who are now severely lagging behind with reportedly ineffective public schools, the highest crime in history in many of these areas, and the highest percentages of incarcerated men and women of color still in our American prison system. The highest number of young teen girls having babies at an early age. These areas are the target market for illegal drugs and other trafficking events, destroying the neighborhood, but making the supplier rich who are usually unseen. These people know when the community is in need of substance for themselves and their children, they will do whatever is necessary to survive, never able to really live.
The employment and business markets in many of these areas evolve around the inventions of social service agencies, liquor stores (primarily owned by a person of European descent living outside of the neighborhood), an abundance of churches which also falls in the area of "mental institutions", in many of these neighborhoods we see drugs, prostitutions and other "hustles" that provides the economy for these area residents. Death rates for these men and women within these communities are the highest in America and a vision for their future seems to be no longer there.
We believe the emotional and mental stress that has been inflicted for generations on many Blacks and people of color through the years, particularly in our uban centers of America, still contribute to a signficiant amount of health disparities, high crime rates, early deaths, and the high percentage of poverty that continues to be passed on from one generation to the next..
It states in research that it takes approximately 3-4 generations for "community consciousness" to change to a new construct of community thought. As of 2012, we continue to see the effect race and class are having within our American society, and our American society continues to be center stage as the pacesetter for nations to emulate.
As we move into the 21st Century we in America are now faced with a severe recession, which for many within the African American community/communities of color it is more a "depression" rather than a recession. Also, during this period of time, we have had a massive release of prisoners around the country, many we are sure will possibly return, be killed or will be candidates for mental institutions that are projected to be bult in the coming years.
Many of these that have been released, will probably not be able to find decent employment due to the economic crisis that has been reported in some circles, we seem to be slowly coming out of. Also, since the mid- '80s, within the African American communities, the "HOME ALONE SYNDROME" became prevalent within these communities. More and more single African American mothers/mothers of color were mandated to go to work, the majority, due to limited education, were paid minimum wages. Many women had to work two jobs just to make ends meet. Therefore, many of the children who were also being bused out of their communities to school came home to be alone. Also, during this period of time from the mid 80s, "No Fault Divorces" were instituted which also caused tne demise of the family structure which affected the African American families/families of color more critically than the European culture. At the end of 2011, approximately 66% of African American homes were led by single mothers, many only possessing a high school diploma, earning wages that require them working two jobs, barely making ends meet, this resulted from the "Welfare to Work" Bill passed under President Clinton.
Our school systems in the predominantly Black communities/communities of color in many cases are not up to standards that are able to fully equip our children to thrive, particularly in the economic climate we are in. The "busing experiment" that took place in the 60's many of us as African Americans do not really want to talk about or address, we believe is out of "fear of reproach or as being ungrateful for what little have been opened up to us. However, these issues must be addressed for all of us to begin to heal and thrive as a nation as we continue to evolve as a nation in the 21st Century. We believe when Black communities/communities of color are permitted to work in concert together in addressing "racism" from a "health perspective", progress will be made in eradicating the effects from this disease from the psyche of those of us that have been victim to racial inequities over the centuries. We believe "Racism" is a disease which create a psychological conditioning of "inferiority complex" of one racial culture over another, that is a "silent form of mental illness" that popular society does not want to address.
2. Through our "Healing Drum" Productions, this is an opportunity for us to be able to celebrate cultural differences through the spoken word, songs, cultural dances, plus so much more, allowing full participation of our global community as we all have the opportunity to unleash the "One Spirit" that brings people together.
3. We believe all history is very important, "a man or woman who do not know their history,in many instances, does not know how to succeed on their journey called life". We believe it is important for every cultural to be free to express their cultural heritage which is inclusive in art, dance, language, song, family systems, etc. Through the Boys to Men "Healing Drum" Productions, participants have the opportunity to do so. Our Healing Drum Productions is in creative partnership with the Magnum Opus Drama Consortium and with great artists such as Bruce A. Henry, Gary Hines and the Sounds of Blackness, Roceathia Williams and so many other friends and community leaders standing with us as we continue to work for transformation within our Urban Centers of America as well as in Africa and Latin America. We stand with "OCCUPY WALL STREET", as we continue to remember how our ancestors overcame their similar oppression in communities in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The "Science of Dismantling Communities Across the Nations" seem to stay the same, and it is time now for us to work to take back our communities, developing and strengthening our communities where our CHILDREN CAN THRIVE!WE NEED PARTNERS LIKE YOU TO HELP US MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE WHERE EVERY CHILD CAN THRIVE IN OUR GLOBAL WORLD! PLEASE JOIN OUR MOVEMENT IN "CREATING A POVERTY FREE WORLD WHERE ALL CHILDREN CAN THRIVE!
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