Marshawn Lynch's Fam 1st Family Foundation Football Camp July 9-11, 2015

Marshawn Lynch’s Fam 1st Family Foundation Football Camp July 9-11, 2015
The man, the myth, the BEAST. Fanlime spent the weekend with Superbowl Champion and Seattle Seahawk’s all star running back Marshawn Lynch (aka BEASTMODE) to talk about his Oakland roots, the Fam 1st Family Foundation he founded with cousin Josh Johnson and his exclusive BeastMode collaborations with sports street wear brand Hall of Fame, the cutting edge performance brand ICNY, and the legendary Bay Area Hip-Hop crew, Hieroglyphics.
Fam 1st Family Foundation Football Camp
Talent show
July 9 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, July 9, 2015. Talent show
Held at Oakland Tech High School Auditorium
4351 Broadway Oakland, CA
5pm-9pm Admission $5 (4 under free)
Family Bowl Night (Albany Bowl)
July 10 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, July 10, 2015
Family Bowl Night (Albany Bowl)
540 San Pablo Ave Albany, Ca
5pm -9pm
Presale Admission $20
Door Admission $30
Purchase tickets
https://event.sparxo.com/ticket/FamilyBowlNight2015
Annual Football Camp
July 11
Saturday July 11,2015
Annual Football Camp
Oakland Tech
4351 Broadway Oakland, Ca
Admission Free
Pre-Registration Online
Check in at 8am-9am (ages 6-12)
Check in at 12-1pm (ages13-18)
After Party
July 11 @ 10:00 pm – July 12 @ 2:00 am
After Party
July 11th
10pm -2pm
Location: TBA
$20 Admission
Fam 1st Family Foundation Talent Show
MARSHAWN LYNCH
Aside from his profession as a running back for the Seattle Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch is, in most ways, a typical American. Like anyone else, the lineaments of his success are consistent with the status symbols of his childhood and hometown. Like many good kids, he was a dreamer who wanted to grow up to help his family. Like many good men, his true heart is not for public view, and like many famous people, he’s wary of your motives.
A combination of these attributes earned Marshawn a $100,000 fine from the NFL last November for not interacting with the media. While not required by the Seattle Seahawks—Pete Carroll certainly doesn’t care if Marshawn talks to the press or not—the NFL, as part of its assiduous image maintenance, demands that its marquee players routinely supply the media with content. You don’t have to watch football to guess that most of this patter is the verbal equivalent of a store-bought Halloween costume, and because variations from this banal pattern often receive undeserved, rabid scrutiny, an enforced vapidity has long been the norm among athletes and their image managers. One should not critique Marshawn for wanting no part of this.
“He cares a lot more about his teammates than people think. He cares a lot more about this game than people think,” former Seahawk fullback Michael Robinson tells the Seattle Times. “He’s just not a guy that’s going to do it for the camera. That’s how he is.”
While he’s willing to perform when he calls the shots (as with his recent endorsement dealwith Skittles, his favorite candy going back to childhood) his scant press interviews usually range from curt to succinct. NFL Network reporter Deion Sanders happened into what qualifies asMarshawn Lynch (Kurt Rogers, San Francisco Chronicle)Marshawn’s mission statement when Marshawn told him, “I’m all about that action, boss … I ain’t never seen no talking that ever mean nothing. Been like that since I was little. I was raised like that.”
Marshawn’s “action” also happens to speak volumes. Nicknamed “Beast Mode” since his teenage years, Marshawn has an unusual talent for breaking tackles and finding an extra gear, perhaps best exemplified by this astonishing runagainst the New Orleans Saints a few years back. Seahawks fans love the guy; they’ve made his jersey one of the top-selling in football and caused Seattle-wide Skittles shortages in the lead-up to last year’s Super Bowl. These exploits make him worthy of the attention—if he wanted it.
Perhaps in retaliation, the media hasn’t downplayed Marshawn’s indiscretions and scrapes with the law, which mostly happened while he was a young player on his first team, the Buffalo Bills. He’s endured a hit-and-run charge he incurred while rolling through Buffalo’s bar district, a misdemeanor weapons charge, a DUI, and a citation for playing loud music—while in the Bills’ stadium parking lot.
“I would like to see them (critics) grow up in project housing authorities, being racially profiled growing up, sometimes not even having nothing to eat, sometimes having to wear the same damn clothes to school for a whole week,” Marshawn told Jeffri Chadiha, in a rare interview for ESPN E:60. “Then all of a sudden a big-ass change in their life, like their dream come true, to the point they’re starting their career, at 20 years old, when they still don’t know shit. I would like to see some of the mistakes they would make.”
Characteristically, Marshawn will not often talk about his difficult upbringing in a dangerous Oakland neighborhood. Marshawn’s mom, Delisa Lynch, a single parent working two jobs, struggled to support Marshawn and his siblings, and couldn’t often be around to keep them out of trouble or be there when someone let them down. Also, she permitted, but did not encourage, Marshawn’s relationship with his biological father, Maurice Sapp. “He chose a different lifestyle than what I wanted,” she says. “And let’s leave it at that.”
Marshawn badly wanted to spend time with his dad, however, and Maurice was around until Marshawn was eleven, doing things like taking him to church, but then got in trouble with the law and became increasingly remote.
In his E:60 interview, Marshawn told Chadiha about a time he went to his dad’s place only to have his father abandon him. “Moms would be like, I’m going to take you over here, to your dad’s house,” Marshawn says. “And when I get there, my dad’s like, OK, I’ll be right back, and then you don’t see this guy for like two days or something. And then after a while you build up numb feelings to that. You start to expect the worst from people.”
“The biggest letdown was his father,” his high school coach, Delton Edwards, told the New York Daily News. “That was the biggest letdown of all time. He wanted to build a relationship with his father, and it was there at times. But it never materialized.”
Marshawn also attributes some of his reticence to the tough neighborhood where he was raised. “Being from Oakland, you see a lot of things,” Lynch told ESPN this week. “You see friends turn on friends all the time. You see family turn on family.”
The family that was there for Marshawn—including his mom, uncles, and cousins, many of whom were talented athletes, saw a lot of potential in the shy, hurt little kid who ate Skittles before games and showed unusual endurance from a young age. “I’ll tell you why, and nobody knows this either,” Delisa tells Seahawks.com. “When I was pregnant with Marshawn, he was supposed to have a twin. When I had Marshawn, another placenta came out. That’s when the midwife said, ‘Don’t be surprised if he’s an amazingly strong child.’ So Marshawn is a twin to himself.”
Whether the cause of his football ability is talent, work ethic, or an extra placenta, Marshawn’s athleticism and academic performance got him into the University of California—Berkeley, where he was a star for the Golden Bears football team and earned a 3.2 GPA as a Social Welfare major. Before he even began his NFL career, he understood that he could leverage his status as a prominent athlete to make a difference in his community, the way people like Delton Edwards and his uncles had made a difference for him.
When Marshawn went pro and picked an agent—naturally, a local Bay Area guy named Doug Hendrickson—Doug was amazed at his new client’s focus. “In the first meeting, he wasn’t asking about his contract,” he told Peter King. “Honest to God, his dream was to build a youth center for kids in Oakland.”
In 2011, Marshawn teamed up with a cousin, NFL quarterback Josh Johnson, to launch a Bay Area non-profit called the Fam 1st Family Foundation. He hosts hundreds of kids each year at a free football camp, and plans to do much more; his fully-realized youth complex will have a computer lab, a gymnasium, a music studio, and will increasingly segue from its current focus on sports. “The main component we want to teach is basic life skills I feel a lot of kids are missing,” Marshawn said to Sports Illustrated. “How to balance a checkbook, create a résumé, how to fill out a job application, how to speak with confidence one-on-one.”
“This is not a vanity project,” says supporter and current California Lieutenant GovernorGavin Newsom, who met Marshawn when Gavin was mayor of San Francisco. “I’ve been in this racket long enough to have seen a lot of athletes who are just going through the motions, just checking a box. Marshawn has a deep commitment. He genuinely cares about his community, which is inspiring to see. Not only is he going to get this place built, but I’m going to predict the doors will never close.”
In addition to the non-profit and the youth center, Marshawn also does a lot of day-to-day assistance with disadvantaged children, from turkeys on Thanksgiving and presents on Christmas to free tickets to games and tours of the locker room. Pointedly, he’s disallowed the team’s media relations staff from inviting the press to witness any of these interactions with kids and their families.
“I think he’s a great philanthropist. He does anything for kids,” says Richard Sherman, one of the handful of other Seahawks who have started a non-profit. “And I think that if more people saw that side of him, they would look at him differently.”
“I feel that’s most important,” Marshawn told 710 ESPN Seattle. “To put a different light into their lives and let them know that they actually do have a chance.”
In saying so, Marshawn seems redolent of James Baldwin, who wrote in Nothing Personal: “It is necessary, while in darkness, to know that there is a light somewhere, to know that in oneself, waiting to be found, there is a light.”
“Generations do not cease to be born,” Baldwin continues in the same essay. “And we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have.”
Marshawn says, “Most people told me growing up that I would either be dead or in jail by the age of 18. I have friends that didn’t make it to 18. I’ve got homeboys now that have been in jail since they was 16. This is something that I wanted to change in my neighborhood. I felt if I could influence one kid to try to help them through life, that’s a win for me.”
Marshawn Lynch wasn’t sure if he would attend Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day. On Tuesday, Lynch did indeed appear at the event to briefly speak with the assembled media before spending some additional time with NFL Network’s Deion Sanders.
Marshawn Lynch Scores in SUPER BOWL!!!
If Marshawn had any love for the spotlight, or even the slightest desire to soak up the fame associated with America’s most hyped sporting event, Tuesday could serve as a coming-out party for the ages.
With thousands of reporters set to descend upon the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., for Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day, Lynch has a compelling story to tell — which, in all likelihood, the Seattle Seahawks’ star running back will go to great lengths to avoid telling.
As of Monday, Lynch, the NFL’s answer to Greta Garbo, was still deciding whether to show up for the mandatory team-interview session, even at the risk of incurring fines that could exceed $100,000.
Even if he does appear at the podium, look for Lynch to give a figurative stiff-arm to reporters’ questions with the same ferocity he displays when pushing away would-be tacklers on his trademark Beast Mode rushes.
“If you’re forced to do something, it’s not as good as if you choose to do it,” Lynch told NFL Media last week during an expansive interview, making an exception to his three (words) and out approach to answering questions from reporters. “So no, I won’t have a lot of interesting things to say. When you’re forced to do something and you know it, it kind of just takes away from the whole experience of what it could be if (it were) natural. So, I’ll probably give forced answers.”
This is where I feel obligated to throw the columnist’s equivalent of a red challenge flag, if only to remind readers that Lynch’s ascent to the pinnacle of his profession has been nothing short of super. He has overcome a lot, from the rough streets of Oakland to the trouble-filled opening act of his NFL career, and the fact that he’s still standing is a testament to his resilience.
“He’s certainly authentic, and that’s so refreshing in this ‘look-at-me,’ celebrity-obsessed culture of ours,” California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said of his friend Lynch, for whom he is flying east to attend the Super Bowl. “We need a little of that, and I love his story. It’s good to see someone get better after he signs a big contract. And it’s good to see someone who, let’s be candid, has rebounded after some rough patches earlier in his career.”
As the rare media member to whom Lynch has opened up over the years, from his carefree days at Cal to his choppy stint in Buffalo to his satiating revival in Seattle, I can attest that the man known as Money is fully capable of living up to his nickname in interviews.
Last week’s was no exception: When I asked him to describe the low point of his stint with the Buffalo Bills, who took him in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft and dealt him to the Seahawks four games into his fourth season, his response was pure columnist’s gold.
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“My lowest point?” Lynch replied. “I had a bunch of them, and I overcame them. I don’t think I ever had a lowest point while on an active NFL roster. My lowest point came (growing up), when we were trying to figure out what we were gonna eat at night. My lowest point came when I’d wash my jeans at night — and hopefully they were dry by the morning, so I wouldn’t have to go to school in wet jeans. Or, if they were still damp, I’d iron ’em so at least they’d be hot for a moment.”
Lynch has never been hotter than he is at this current moment, having come up big in each of the Seahawks’ playoff victories — as he did three postseasons ago, when his iconic, 67-yard touchdown run against the New Orleans Saints caused a literal earthquake and propelled him into a new realm of recognition.
Following Lynch’s 22-carry, 109-yard performance in the Seahawks’ 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in last Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, which included a 40-yard touchdown run that woke up Seattle’s offense early in the third quarter, fullback
Michael Robinson said of his backfield mate, “He is the face of the franchise, and his running style epitomizes what our team is all about.”
Really, though, Lynch has spent the past several years remaking himself as significantly off the field as he has in a football uniform. From his dogged devotion to charitable causes close to his heart to his growing collection of incongruous celebrity friends such as Newsom, Lynch is not the Beast you probably think he is, even though he most definitely plays one on TV.
“The man’s empathetic,” said Newsom, a native San Franciscan and diehard Niners fan who plans to spend time with Lynch after arriving in New York later this week, and who will be at MetLife Stadium on Super Sunday to cheer him on against the Denver Broncos. “Not long after Sunday’s (NFC title) game, he called me from his house and said, ‘Sorry, man. I hate to do that to your team.’ I’m thinking, ‘Hey, Marshawn’s a politician!’ But really, that sums him up — even in that moment, he wasn’t celebrating or boasting or rubbing it in. He showed compassion, which is the norm for him.”
This is not to say that Lynch should in any way be considered normal.
“No, he’s definitely not,” Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said last Thursday. “But we love him — and he’s a lot smarter than people give him credit for.”
As Sherman spoke, Lynch was engaged in his typical mid-day behavior in the Seahawks’ locker room: strutting around in a zone of his own, blasting hip-hop on his portable sound system and intermittently injecting himself into teammates’ conversations, invariably provoking laughter. He had his sweatpants pulled down to his hamstrings, revealing gray boxer shorts, and had a ski cap yanked low over his forehead.
“You’re gonna get the same guy every day,” Tarvaris Jackson, the Seahawks’ backup quarterback, said of Lynch. “He’s not gonna be fake with you, that’s for sure.”
Clearly, Lynch is at home in Seattle. Though he has not completely avoided trouble since arriving — he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in July 2012 in Oakland and subsequently charged, and the case is still unresolved — he has found fulfillment in the Pacific Northwest.
“If you look around our locker room, you see a lot of guys that’ve been in similar situations, where it hasn’t just been all glitter and gold,” Lynch said. “A lot of us have been through a lot of struggles, or played on another team, or we didn’t get drafted where we thought we should, or had a rough childhood and troubled careers. It’s cool to look around the locker room and see guys that done have some real-life stuff, and see them come together on a daily basis.”
Life was far less idyllic for Lynch in Buffalo, where, despite posting a breakout rookie season (280 carries for 1,115 yards in 13 games) and a follow-up campaign that resulted in the first of four Pro Bowl selections, he ultimately became persona non grata, especially after the franchise selected C.J. Spiller with the ninth overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.
In fairness, Lynch brought a lot of that on himself, thanks to off-the-field drama that included a hit-and-run incident and a guilty plea to a misdemeanor gun charge. He was essentially dumped by the Bills, who sent him to Seattle in October 2010 for a fourth-round pick in 2011 and a fifth-rounder in 2012.
“I had a couple of run-ins in Buffalo, and there was probably some bad blood between me and the organization,” Lynch conceded. “So I can understand why they’d have wanted to make the move. It never was my intention to put a black eye on the organization. I’m just thankful for the opportunity that I had to get out, and I respect their decision in coming and getting me. It’s a great place to be.”
Lynch, Seahawks SUPER BOWL CHAMPS!!!
Completing the trade became a personal obsession for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who, during his time at USC, had coached against Lynch’s Cal Golden Bears — and who aggressively lobbied Seattle general manager John Schneider to swing a deal.
“Marshawn was a guy that we went after directly,” Carroll said in an interview that will air on NFL Network’s “GameDay Morning” on Sunday. “I was really excited about getting him on our football team, because I knew he was unique and he was special and he was tough and he was a fierce competitor. We spent months trying to get that trade done.
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“I wore John out on that thing, and we finally got it done, and it’s been really an extraordinary part of our program. He’s done everything we asked of him. And he’s had a great run, and he’s been compensated well, for what he stands for and for what he brings to this program.”
Lynch, who signed a four-year, $31 million deal in March 2012, mostly stands for indefatigable toughness.
“Everything about him is tough, from the way he runs to the way he is, but he’s a positive force, and he’s very team-oriented,” said Earl Thomas, the Seahawks’ All-Pro free safety. “The way he fights for extra yards inspires all of us. He’s the concrete of our offense. When I see him do those things, I think, ‘Man, turn it up.’ I like that. I like players who can really change the tenor of the game.”
Added Robinson: “Guys feed off what he does. I don’t know if there’s another back that can cut laterally with more power on one leg like he can. I mean, Adrian (Peterson) might be faster straight ahead, but off one leg … I don’t know. And nobody wants to tackle that guy in January or February.”
Lynch is proud of his physical running style, saying, “It’s something that every running back takes pride in, no matter how you do it. It just so happens I have the ability to do it more than one way, whether it’s making a guy miss, stiff-arming a guy or even running over a guy. Everybody loves ‘extras.’ I try to bring that to every game.”
Yet surround him with a group of men and women bearing cameras, microphones and notepads, and his speech is suddenly devoid of any extras. Certainly, he can walk the walk, but he has very little desire to talk the talk.
In a world in which false humility has become so pervasive that humblebrag is now part of the modern lexicon, Lynch truly wants to deflect the attention coming his way.
“He’s the complete opposite of what people think,” Seahawks outside linebacker Cliff Avril insisted. “He’s a team person. He’s not one of those guys who makes it about himself.”
To this, Lynch reluctantly pleads guilty.
“Yeah, that’s all it is,” he said. “I’ve never seen anybody win the game in the media. But at the same time, I understand what it could do for you, if you wanted to be someone who talks a lot. But that’s not me.
“And I’m not as comfortable, especially at the position I play, making it about me. As a running back, it takes five offensive linemen, a tight end, a fullback and possibly two wide receivers, in order to make my job successful. But when I do interviews, most of the time it’ll come back to me. There are only so many times I can say, ‘I owe it to my offensive linemen,’ or, ‘The credit should go to my teammates,’ before it becomes run down.
“This goes back even to Pop Warner. You’d have a good game and they’d want you to give a couple of quotes for the newspaper, and I would let my other teammates be the ones to talk. That’s how it was in high school, too. At Cal, I’d have my cousin, Robert Jordan, and Justin Forsett do it.
“Football’s just always been hella fun to me, not expressing myself in the media. I don’t do it to get attention; I just do it ’cause I love that (expletive).”
So if Media Day, to Lynch, looms as the equivalent of getting his dreadlocks pulled out of his head, one by one, know this: Super Sunday will absolutely live up to its name. For someone so attuned to his roots and cognizant of his journey, it’s an opportunity that will not be taken for granted.
Lynch in SUPER BOWL Championship Parade
“I mean, it feels good, ’cause this is something that I’ve dreamed about for a long time,” Lynch said. “Growing up in Oakland, a lot of us never knew the world was bigger than outside of the ‘580’ and the ‘880,’ the two freeways that bordered where we lived. We didn’t see anything past that.
“Coming from the ‘hood, being raised the way I was, and having the support system around me, it allowed me to be in position to expand my world. People on the streets who’d see something I was doing that was positive … my mom putting a foot in my ass consistently … family members and friends and teachers and coaches helping me make good choices … all of that.
“There were probably some situations that didn’t look promising. It didn’t look like I’d make it out. And looking back, there are some situations where I was blessed.”
For that, he’s very thankful — in his own, quiet way.

Why Baltimore Blew Up

Why Baltimore Blew Up

15 Most Antonin Scalia Quotes From His New Obamacare Dissent

The Top 15 Most Antonin Scalia Quotes From His New Obamacare Dissent
Never one to mince words, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissents always make for interesting reading. His dissent in the King v. Burwell decision announced today was no exception.
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Scalia was confounded by the majority’s twisted logic, writing that the court “accepts that the ‘most natural sense’ of the phrase ‘Exchange established by the State’ is an Exchange established by a State” but then “continues, with no semblance of shame, that ‘it is also possible that the phrase refers to all Exchanges—both State and Federal.’” This analysis Scalia dubbed, “Impossible possibility, thy name is an opinion on the Affordable Care Act!”
Here are the top 15 quotes we pulled from his scathing rebuke of the Roberts court’s ruling that saved Obamacare’s federal exchanges. It is Scalia at his Scaliaiest (emphasis added):
No. 1: ‘SCOTUScare’
“We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.”
No. 2: Supreme Court Plays Favorites
“But this Court’s two decisions on the Act will surely be remembered through the years. The somersaults of statutory interpretation they have performed (‘penalty’ means tax, ‘further [Medicaid] payments to the State’ means only incremental Medicaid payments to the State, ‘established by the State’ means not established by the State) will be cited by litigants endlessly, to the confusion of honest jurisprudence. And the cases will publish forever the discouraging truth that the Supreme Court of the United States favors some laws over others, and is prepared to do whatever it takes to uphold and assist its favorites.”
No. 3: Making a ‘Parody’ of The Federalist Papers
“Just ponder the significance of the Court’s decision to take matters into its own hands. The Court’s revision of the law authorizes the Internal Revenue Service to spend tens of billions of dollars every year in tax credits on federal Exchanges. It affects the price of insurance for millions of Americans. It diminishes the participation of the States in the implementation of the Act. It vastly expands the reach of the Act’s individual mandate, whose scope depends in part on the availability of credits. What a parody today’s decision makes of Hamilton’s assurances to the people of New York: ‘The legislature not only commands the purse but prescribes the rules by which the duties and rights of every citizen are to be regulated. The judiciary, on the contrary, has no influence over . . . the purse; no direction . . . of the wealth of society, and can take no active resolution whatever. It may truly be said to have neither FORCE nor WILL but merely judgment.’”
No. 4: ‘Quite Absurd’
“The Court holds that when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act says ‘Exchange established by the State’ it means ‘Exchange established by the State or the Federal Government.’ That is of course quite absurd, and the Court’s 21 pages of explanation make it no less so.”
No. 5: ‘So Obvious’
“This case requires us to decide whether someone who buys insurance on an Exchange established by the Secretary gets tax credits. You would think the answer would be obvious—so obvious there would hardly be a need for the Supreme Court to hear a case about it.”
No. 6: ‘Pure Applesauce’
“The Court claims that the Act must equate federal and state establishment of Exchanges when it defines a qualified individual as someone who (among other things) lives in the ‘State that established the Exchange.’ … Otherwise, the Court says, there would be no qualified individuals on federal Exchanges, contradicting (for example) the provision requiring every Exchange to take the ‘”interests of qualified individuals”‘ into account when selecting health plans. … Pure applesauce.”
No. 7: Court’s ‘Overriding Principle’
“Under all the usual rules of interpretation, in short, the Government should lose this case. But normal rules of interpretation seem always to yield to the overriding principle of the present Court: The Affordable Care Act must be saved.”
No. 8: ‘Not Our Place’
“This Court holds only the judicial power—the power to pronounce the law as Congress has enacted it. We lack the prerogative to repair laws that do not work out in practice, just as the people lack the ability to throw us out of office if they dislike the solutions we concoct. …
“Trying to make its judge-empowering approach seem respectful of congressional authority, the Court asserts that its decision merely ensures that the Affordable Care Act operates the way Congress ‘meant [it] to operate.’ … [T]he Court forgets that ours is a government of laws and not of men. That means we are governed by the terms of our laws, not by the unenacted will of our lawmakers. …
“Even less defensible, if possible, is the Court’s claim that its interpretive approach is justified because this Act ‘does not reflect the type of care and deliberation that one might expect of such significant legislation.’ … It is not our place to judge the quality of the care and deliberation that went into this or any other law. A law enacted by voice vote with no deliberation whatever is fully as binding upon us as one enacted after years of study, months of committee hearings, and weeks of debate. Much less is it our place to make everything come out right when Congress does not do its job properly. It is up to Congress to design its laws with care, and it is up to the people to hold them to account if they fail to carry out that responsibility.”
No. 9: ‘Interpretive Distortions’ Ignore the Constitution
“The Court’s decision reflects the philosophy that judges should endure whatever interpretive distortionsit takes in order to correct a supposed flaw in the statutory machinery. That philosophy ignores the American people’s decision to give Congress ‘[a]ll legislative Powers’ enumerated in the Constitution.”
No. 10: ‘Jiggery-pokery’
“The Court’s next bit of interpretive jiggery-pokery involves other parts of the Act that purportedly presuppose the availability of tax credits on both federal and state Exchanges.”
No. 11: Increasing SCOTUS’ Power
“The Court’s insistence on making a choice that should be made by Congress both aggrandizes judicial power and encourages congressional lassitude.”
No. 12: ‘Unheard Of’
“Ordinary connotation does not always prevail, but the more unnatural the proposed interpretation of a law, the more compelling the contextual evidence must be to show that it is correct. Today’s interpretation is not merely unnatural; it is unheard of.”
No. 13: ‘Feeble Arguments’
“Faced with overwhelming confirmation that ‘Exchange established by the State’ means what it looks like it means, the Court comes up with argument after feeble argument to support its contrary interpretation.”
No. 14: ‘Why Context Matters’
“Context always matters. Let us not forget, however, why context matters: It is a tool for understanding the terms of the law, not an excuse for rewriting them.”
No. 15: SCOTUS Cannot ‘Rescue Congress’
“Perhaps sensing the dismal failure of its efforts to show that ‘established by the State’ means “established by the State or the Federal Government,’ the Court tries to palm off the pertinent statutory phrase as ‘inartful drafting.’ … This Court, however, has no free-floating power ‘to rescue Congress from its drafting errors.’”

December 2010 Relief Mission to Haiti

December 2010 Haiti Relief Mission
Thank you in advance for your continued support and prayers and I hope this brief note finds you and yours in the best of health and spirits. The Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation with Stepping Together are planning a December Haitian Relief Mission and the dates have been finalized as November 30, 2010 to December 7, 2010! We will again be working with Arch Bishop Joel Jeune, one of the most powerful men in Haiti as head of the Catholic Church, and the people of Haiti that he serves at Grace Village, the compound of his organization Grace International, in the Carrefour district of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the epicenter of the earthquake.

As you know, the Village has become a refuge center, housing almost 30,000 quake victims and the compound is located precisely where the earthquake did the most damage. Most of the homes and neighborhoods surrounding Grace Village have been highly damaged, if not devastated, leaving hundreds of thousands of people dead and injured.

We will be working and living (in guest houses) on site, providing OBGYN care, possibly primary care (depending on staffing), health education and social support including mental health counseling. Our focus for OBGYN will be developing an ongoing clinic as there is a great need for prenatal services.

Supplies Needed for Haitian Mission

The following supplies are urgently needed for the Mission:
1) Portable Ultrasound Machine
2) Fetal Monitor
3) Laboratory Testing Equipment
a) Urinalysis kits
b) Glucometers with strips, lancets, alcohol swabs
c) Hemoglobin/hemotocrit
4) Fetoscopes (50)
5) Medicines: antibioticsanti-diabetics, antihypertensives, hormonal, prenatal vitamins, multivitamins, anesthetics, Insulin,
6) Condoms, contraceptive hormones, IUD
7) Blood pressure cuffs (100)
8) Patient gowns (1,000)
10) Gynecololgy Equipment
a) Speculums (100), assorted sizes
11) Laboratory Equipment: urinalysis, Glucometer (with strips, lancets, alcohol swabs), Hemaglobin/hematocrit, hemocult slides
12) Birth Control Supplies and Medicines: condoms, BCP, IUD, etc.
13) Biopsy equiptment: cervical biopsy, breast biopsy, etc.
14) Colposcopy, cryotherapy, LEEP machine

Also, we are looking for providers who are interested in teaching as this was an urgent request from our hosts but this is dependent on us hiring translators. As such we are looking for Kreyol-speaking nurses and providers to assist us. Currently there is an RN from New York City who is willing to attend however she is in need of financial assistance. This particular RN worked with us on previous mission and her help was invaluable. If you or anyone in your organization can fund her trip costs that would be fantastic.

Other services are dependent on getting sufficient volunteers. So spread the word, this mission is open to all volunteers but our capacity is limited and preference will be given to early responders. If they have not participated on one of our previous missions then they should send their CV and the completed Volunteer Waiver forms as soon as possible. The forms are available upon request.

I want to know if you are interested in participating with the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation and Dr. Kenya Numan with Stepping Together to aid the people of Haiti, and if so, please send me your notice asap. I have attached herein below pictures of Dr. Numan during the Mission to Haiti July 24, 2010 to service the Arch Bishop at the Village and it was a great success for all that lead to this mission!

There is much work to do and the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation with Stepping Together are committed and prepared to work with you and your organizations to raise funds and organize continued relief efforts to provide assistance to countries around the world, especially Africa, the Carribean and South/Central America.

We look forward to your response and “Thank you ALL” in advance.

Respectfully,

Abdul-Jalil
Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim,Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation,7633 Sunkist Drive Oakland,CA,94605,Abdul-Jalil, Abdul Jalil, al Hakim, Aaron,Margaret Wallace, Foundation,Sunkist Drive,Oakland, 94605-3024,Tweet,Twitter,Wyclef Jean,launch,Black Television News Channel, the only,Afro-American,24/7,cable news network,attend the grand opening,Wyclef,ajalil,@wyclef, BTNC,http://www.btnc.tv/,Haiti earthquake,January 13, 2010,announced via Twitter, partner with Stepping Together,the Surgery Planet,to provide resources,vehicles, manpower, supplies, donations, information, education, etc.,@ajalil,AMWFTrust.org,partnering,Surgery Planet, resource,vehicle, ,via,TweetDeck,followers,donate to,Wyclef’s,Yele Haiti Fund,Help Haiti,survivors,donate @wyclef,online,http://tinyurl.com/mmpyxr,Earthquake Relief Fund,@yelehaiti http://bit.ly/7OOdBI,ONE members,around the world,took action,$1 billion,debt relief for Haiti,go more in-depth,the crisis,the rebuilding,long-term development solutions,participated,an interactive conference call,talk about Haiti,what we can do,Rep. Maxine Waters, a debt relief champion,driving force for legislative solutions,former, Senate Majority Leader, Dr. Bill Frist,trained surgeon,returned from,operating,Haitian field hospital,Dr. Joia Mukherjee, medical director,Partners in Health,in Haiti right now,David Meltzer, senior vice president,International Services,American Red Cross,back from Haiti,RSVP, phone number,ONE,members,Maxine Waters, former Senate Majority Leader,Bill Frist,President,David Lane,interactive,conference call,on Haiti Crisis,Rebuilding,Debt Cancellation,massive response,Drop Haiti’s Debt,campaign,having an impact, movement,IMF,World Bank,find ways,cancel Haiti’s debts,the House of Representatives,Senate,tackle this issue,promising,keep the pressure up,learn more,about,how we can help,the Haitian people,during this, time of crisis,and beyond,experts,observers,shared their responses,the aftermath,earthquake,took questions, discuss the latest news,Drop Haiti’s Debt campaign,talked about,the broader,development picture,what more we can do,to help the Haitian people,rebuild,advance, the long-term, In the wake of devastation,the opportunity to rebuild, develop,miss our opportunity,to learn,the facts, help plan the future,hear first-hand accounts,what’s going on in Haiti,opportunity to serve,those in need,the Honorable Johnny Ford, former Mayor,member of,the State House of Representatives,Tuskegee, Alabama, the Founder, Secretary,General,World,Conference of Mayors,The National Conference,Black Mayors,working on behalf of,to aid the people of Haiti.,The World ,Conference of Mayors,mayors abroad, establishing partnerships, mayoral associations, presidents,heads of state in Africa, Colombia, China, Haiti, Brazil, Jamaica, Martinique,the Bahamas,The National Conference,Black Mayors,assists,African American Mayors,across the United States,citizens,that they collectively represent, established the,Haitian Disaster Relief Fund,PVO status,now provide USAID assistance,their own HIV/AIDS Initiative,National Medical Association,Mars Corporation,to donate,shipment of Uncle Ben’s Rice, to Haitian member,mayors’ communities, fed over 300,000 people in Haiti,the most powerful man in Haiti,head of the Catholic Church,alleged,corrupt politicians,prayer,a miracle,to aid,the people of Haiti,that he serves,Kenya Numan,crew,on the ground,refuge,center,30,000 quake victims,located,where the earthquake did the most damage,Most of the homes,neighborhoods surrounding,highly,damaged,leaving,hundreds of thousands of people,dead,injured,letter of Thanks,the Honorable,Johnny,Ford,acknowledging,eternal debt, gratitude, Herculean, effort,rearrange,logistics,reroute,tangible,reality,SUCCESS ,ALL the members of the organizations,world-wide,rather than,idle cocktail party, rants,raves,projects that exist,without any substance,behind them,ALL the members of the World Conference of Mayors,celebrate their success, acknowledge their contribution,assessment of,the Haitian Relief Effort to Grace Village,very good meeting,Grace International Ministries , a tour of their facilities,They are doing great work for the Haitian people,we would like to support them,on an ongoing basis,We are planning to return to Haiti,specifically to provide,outpatient,OBGYN clinic,to the residents,Grace Village, Health Education,in the planning process,to make this happen successfully,I was able to assess,some of their most urgent needs,three priorities for the Village are,Tools,construction, cleaning,a sustaining effort,keep the village clean, respectable, Education, training, sustainable effort,regards to health, job,Healthcare,monthly providers,coming,on an ongoing basis,this will be quite an undertaking, my organization is committed,see this through,the next 10-20 years,whatever it takes,to get the job done,in detail,regarding this effort ,how best to strategize,for support from the USA, Congress, White house,Kenya,the Relief Mission,World Conference,of Mayors,The National,Conference of Black Mayors,membership list,updated,dispatch the letter,to use as a tool,their own marketing, promotional,fundraising efforts,moving forward in a meaningful way,to secure financial, subsistence, construction,medical aid and support,the next mission,as soon as we can,unite to raise,the necessary items,tap into the resources of,the USAIDS,the National Medical Association,make great progress in securing,bi-weekly missions,various needed areas around the World,provide support and organize continued relief efforts for financial donations, to deliver much needed medical support and supplies, to our working together on relief missions here in America and globally,exploring the possibility,of a telethon,J. C. Watts,Black Television,News Channel,is prepared to provide,full support to your and our joint efforts,to overcome the continual need for financial assistance,to achieve our goals, proposed telethon,joint and several fundraising efforts,a goal of working together,projects of mutual interest and support,South America, Central America,Abdul-Jalil,Aaron Wallace Foundation,World Conference of Mayors,WCM,The National Conference of Black Mayors,NCBM,your incredible,expedient work,arranging the,Haitian,Relief effort,Dr. Kenya,Numan,Stepping,Together,Grace,Village,humanitarian,Arch Bishop,Joel Jeune, organization,Grace International,the Carrefour district, of Port-au-Prince, Haiti,Arch Bishop Jeune,Lee,Variety ,Dr.,Numan,her crew,on the ground, in Haiti,communicating with,the Arch Bishop,at the Village,Herculean effort,rearrange, logistics,reroute,the mission,to the Village,people in such great need,All of us,the WCM,NCBM,owe,eternal debt,gratitude, you all,for your efforts,on our behalf, refuge center, housing, 30,000 quake victims,highly damaged,leaving hundreds of thousands of people dead and injured, before the earthquake, Arch Bishop Joel Jeune,living conditions in Carrefour,most precarious, economic activities, improve the living conditions,population,National Institutions of health, high risk of propagation,contamination,diseases,lack of medical attention ,malnutrition, resulting in great societal damage,Many other factors,contribute to,the lack of general health, unavailability, electricity,refrigeration,food poisoning,doctors,nurses,without any medical supplies,help,untrained,unqualified,volunteers,men, women, children, hospital,site,compound,Lamentin,Grace Tabernacle little water,The World Conference of Mayors,comprised of,mayors, former mayors, elected, appointed,local,public officials,from,the United States, Asia, Africa, Caribbean,We are committed,prepared,to work with,Aaron and Margaret Wallace Foundation,raise,funds, organize,continued,relief,efforts,to deliver,much needed,medical,support ,educational,materials,construction,support ,building,material,personal,items,legal,assistance,displaced children,orphanages, transportation,temporary,housing,United States,other families, churches, and organizations,until,homes,have been,rebuilt,house them.,most relief efforts, limited,stopped altogether,current,travel,restrictions,within Haiti, The World Conference,Mayors,political,cache, is willing,to exercise,to further achieve,our united,goals,globally,awarded,Private Volunteer Organization,PVO,status,It means,the WCM,The Carter Center,The Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, providing, USAID,assistance,to countries,around the world,Africa,conversations, love to have, your organizations,to provide,relief support,o our efforts,globally,in Africa,other countries,here in the United States,our HIV/AIDS Initiative,the WCM,throwing our full support,your, joint efforts,to overcome,the continual need,financial assistance,to achieve our goals,fundraising efforts,proposed,telethon,a measure,awareness,the causes ,joint fundraising efforts,a goal of working together, projects, mutual interest,support,in a spirit of oneness,helping us in Haiti,many more successful efforts globally,Johnny Ford,Founder, Secretary General,The World Conference of Mayors,let me thank you,the Aaron and Margaret Wallace Foundation,on behalf of,Grace International,Inc.,incredible,expedient work,arranging,Haitian relief effort,Dr. Kenya Numan,her organization, Stepping Together,Grace Village, one of the compounds,for our organization,Grace International,the Carrefour district,Port-au-Prince,Haiti,all look forward,the next mission,no later than,December 2010,Lee Variety,Dr. Numan,her relief organization,on the ground,in Haiti,communicating,at the Village,It was purely a blessing from God,arrange and complete,the mission,to the Village, on such short notice,pleading for his help,securing,much needed help
for our people,in such great need,God answered our plea,with the mission, and we look forward to,many more successful missions,like this one,The world,owes an eternal,debt of gratitude,you all,for your efforts,on our behalf,The Village,a refuge center,housing almost 30,000,quake victims,number changes every day,This compound,is located,where the earthquake did the most damage,the homes,neighborhoods,surrounding Grace Village,severely damaged,devastated,leaving,hundreds of thousands of people dead and injured,the living conditions,in Carrefour,before the earthquake,impossible,unemployment rate was 92%,very few economic,cultural activities,in the area to improve the living conditions,The population, larger than the services,that are available,to meet the needs of the people,there is nothing for them now, Carrefour, established, National, International Institutions of health,high risk, propagation, contamination, diseases,Malaria,Tuberculosis,TB,Child Diarrhea,Sexually Transmitted Diseases,STDs,HIV/AIDS,lack of medical attention,malnutrition,resulting in great societal damage,other factors, contribute to,lack of general health,unavailability of electricity, refrigeration,food poisoning,Dr. Numan,inspection,doctors and nurses,the compound,under-staffed,over-worked,without any medical supplies,help is untrained, unqualified, volunteers,Grace Village,has over 25,000 men, women, and children,hospital site compound,Lamentin,2,000 people at Grace Tabernacle,Waney,have very little water,food,medicine,shelter,committed and prepared,work with the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation,Stepping Together,raise funds,organize continued relief efforts,to deliver,much needed,medical support, supplies, food,clothing,educational materials,construction support,building materials,personal items,legal assistance for displaced children, orphanages, given transportation,temporary housing,United States,other families, churches,organizations,until homes have been rebuilt,house them,most relief efforts are limited,stopped by current travel restrictions,in,within,out of Haiti,your organization,has been successful,overcoming these obstacles,Grace International,providing our full support,to your,our joint efforts,overcome,the continual need, financial assistance,to achieve our goals,These fundraising efforts, include,a proposed telethon,a measure to raise funds,raise awareness,for the causes as well,move forward,joint fundraising efforts,goal of working together,on projects,mutual interest,support,spirit of oneness,Thank you,for helping us,in Haiti,look forward,many more successful efforts,globally,Respectfully,Bishop Joel R Jeune,Arch Bishop Joel Jeune,President,Founder of Grace International,
GRACE INTERNATIONAL,INC.,BISHOP JOEL,PASTOR DORIS JEUNE,PO BOX 172508,HIALEAH,FL,33017,Wyclef Jean’s,Yele Haiti Relief,Haiti faced a natural disaster of unprecedented proportion, an earthquake unlike anything,the world has ever experienced,The magnitude 7.0 earthquake, several very strong aftershocks ,struck only 10 miles from Port-au-Prince,I cannot stress enough,a human disaster this is,idle hands will only make this tragedy worse,over 2 million people,in Port-au-Prince tonight,face catastrophe alone,We must act now,President Obama,said that the U.S. stands,ready to assist the Haitian people,The U.S. Military,only group trained and prepared,to offer that assistance immediately,must do so as soon as possible,The international community,must also rise to the occasion,help the Haitian people in every way possible,Many people have already,reached out to see,what they can do right now, We are asking those interested,please do one of two things,can use your cell phone to text ”Yele“ to 50150,automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund,it will be charged to your cell phone bill,Thank you Wyclef,Yéle Haiti,Yéle,Haiti,a grassroots movement,builds global awareness for Haiti,while helping to transform the country,through programs in education, sports, the arts,environment.,Yéle’s,community service programs,include food distribution,mobilizing emergency relief,Yéle Haiti foundation,started by Grammy-Award winning musician, producer ,social entrepreneur, humanitarian,Goodwill Ambassador to Haiti,Wyclef Jean,is changing lives,in this desperately poor,optimistic nation,Through Yéle Haiti, Wyclef,uses music, sports,the media,reinforce,projects that are making a difference,in education, health, environment,community development,In practical terms,this translates,new jobs,children being put in school,people receiving food,young people learning about HIV/AIDS prevention,many who have responded to Wyclef’s, invitation to help,thousands of individuals like you, celebrities,Angelina Jolie,Brad Pitt,NGOs, world leaders, corporations,Education,state support for education, Yéle Haiti,created a range of programs,to improve the quality of education, ensure children from poor,disadvantaged families,can attend school,Primary School Scholarships, sponsoring the education,children,throughout Haiti,University Scholarships, top ranking students,in Haitian universities,Boy’s Rehabilitation Center, giving imprisoned,child gang members,second chance,Yéle Cuisine, employing women,cater meals for children,six schools,without kitchens,School Feeding, dry food distribution,to families of children,targeted schools, Sports, Wyclef on the ground in Haiti,no public,school funding,organized sports,supports a soccer program,for at-risk youth,range of sports events,for youth,L’Athletique d’Haiti,supporting a soccer,tutoring program,youth from the slums,Sports Events,sponsoring tournaments, clinics,sports equipment,young players,The Arts,high levels of illiteracy, uses music,entertainment,to inform the public,about development and social issues, while at the same time,providing training to at-risk youth, Celebrities,enlisted to help,raise the country’s international profile, Music Studio,providing jobs,vocational training,a new state-of-the-art facility,Cité Soleil,National Youth Orchestra,classical,orchestral training,performance for at-risk youth,Art School,support for,art school in Jakmel, commissioning students,design work abroad,Remember Haiti, scanning, available,rare historic books,about Haiti’s founding,Spotlight Haiti, engaging celebrities,to help raise Haiti’s international profile,Yéle Cinema,free,outdoor projection,Creole-dubbed,films,slums without electricity,Environment,less than two percent tree cover, nationwide, responding,new community-based,tree planting, environmental education, social marketing initiative,ongoing support for an environmental education initiative,Yéle Vert,community-based agroforestry, environmental, education,social,marketing,in development,Gonaives,Ecole Verte, environmental education camping trips,tree planting for youth,Community Service,little support available,vulnerable families,distributes food,those in need, throughout the slums of Port-au-Prince,mobilizes emergency relief,in response to natural disasters,humanitarian crises,Food Distribution,assisting the World Food Programme,distributing rice, beans,oil,families in the slums of Port-au-Prince,Emergency Relief, mobilizing relief following natural disasters,humanitarian crises,North America,Yéle Student Outreach,college,university students,rallying in support of Haiti,Help Haiti,Canadian students,giving to sponsor scholarships for Haitian students,CNN,Haitian-born, Brooklyn, raised, musician,Wyclef Jean,created,grassroots charity organization Yéle Haiti,The former member,the Grammy-winning group,The Fugees,coined,the term Yéle,in a song,imbued it with the meaning,a cry for freedom,The purpose of the organization,from its inception, to restore pride,hope to the Haitian people,through projects,will allow citizens,ultimately help themselves, creation of scholarships,support for the arts, food distribution,emergency relief,old women,large bags of rice,on their heads,men on street corners, selling sugarcane,mangos,just trying to survive,a strong sense of pride, Jean said in a statement,the group’s Web site,a church in my village, I hear the congregation,singing an appeal to God,to hear their cries,grant deliverance to Haiti,Through experiences like this, I sense where,my mother and my father,got their strength,whole country needs to reach deep,into the spirit and strength,hat is part of our heritage,The objective of Yéle Haiti,is to restore pride,a reason to hope,for the whole country,to regain the deep spirit and force,is part of our heritage,7.0 magnitude earthquake, Jean and Yéle mobilized ,social networking sites,o raise funds for disaster relief,Jean is encouraging people to text “Yéle” to 501501,human disaster, idle hands,make this tragedy worse,face,catastrophe,alone,We must act now,in a statement, In its first year,Jean created,in collaboration,his cousin, music producer,Jerry Duplessis, provided scholarships,testified before the House of Representatives,urging the U.S. government,earmark more funds for education in Haiti,encourage the U.S. private sector,enter the Haitian market,to create jobs for the Haitian people,stressed the importance of, the arts in Haiti,used local musicians ,deliver food into slum neighborhoods,no other organizations are able to go,held annual hip-hop competitions,underprivileged youth,invited to write raps on social issues,project called Yéle Cinema,shows free Creole-dubbed films in slum neighborhoods, interspersed with short messages about social and development themes,using his celebrity status,to advance the aims of Yéle Haiti,the devastation of several consecutive tropical storms,Jean brought actor Matt Damon to the island,Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie,traveled with Jean several times, most notably when Jolie was pregnant,their first child, the musician brought,United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,President Clinton,tour the region,I was honored, show my support,they asked me to join them,this important humanitarian trip,gave them the opportunity to experience,the beauty underneath the devastation my country and its people have had to face, It’s crucial for me,do all I can to raise awareness,help Haiti get through this tough time,While in Haiti,the group visited a Yéle sponsored feeding program,met with President René Preval,senior government officials,Jean and Yéle Haiti partnered with the United Nations World Food Program,Pan American Development Foundation,Together for Haiti, program that provides resources,targeted food distribution, employment creation, micro-enterprise grants,farm training,The food crisis, develop in Haiti, more serious than any emergency,I’ve seen over my years of work with the country,Even where food is available, the citizens of Haiti do not have the resources to buy it,we must take immediate action,I’m confident,through the commitment of these three powerful organizations, Together for Haiti,will rise to meet,his urgent challenge,provide direct relief to the people,

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On July 17, 2010 Abdul-Jalil spoke with Lee Variety and the Honorable Johnny Ford, former Mayor for 24 years and member of the State House of Representatives of Tuskegee, Alabama who is the Founder, Secretary General of the World Conference of Mayors (WCM) and The National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM) regarding our working on behalf of the WCM and NCBM to aid the people of Haiti.

The World Conference of Mayors has over 18,000 mayors abroad, establishing partnerships with mayoral associations, presidents and heads of state in Africa, Colombia, China, Haiti, Brazil, Jamaica, Martinique and the Bahamas. The National Conference of Black Mayors assists more than 650 African American Mayors across the United States and the 48 million citizens that they collectively represent. The WCM has established the Haitian Disaster Relief Fund and been awarded Private Volunteer Organization (PVO) status and can now provide USAID assistance to countries around the world, especially Africa, and here in the United States with their own HIV/AIDS Initiative. They also have an affiliation with the National Medical Association and partnered with the Mars Corporation to donate a shipment of Uncle Ben’s Rice to Haitian member mayors’ communities, which in turn fed over 300,000 people in Haiti.
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On July 21, 2010 Abdul-Jalil spoke with Lee Variety and Arch Bishop Jeune, the most powerful man in Haiti as head of the Catholic Church, not one of the many alleged corrupt politicians there, regarding his prayer for a miracle to aid the people of Haiti that he serves at Grace Village, the compound of his organization Grace International, in the Carrefour district of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the epicenter of the earthquake. Just three days later, Dr. Kenya Numan and her organization “Stepping Together” was with her crew on the ground in Haiti July 24, 2010 communicating with the Arch Bishop and at the Village by July 26, 2010!

The Village has become a refuge center, housing almost 30,000 quake victims and the compound is located precisely where the earthquake did the most damage. Most of the homes and neighborhoods surrounding Grace Village have been highly damaged, if not devastated, leaving hundreds of thousands of people dead and injured.
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On August 12, 2010 Abdul-Jalil received a letter of “Thanks” from the Honorable Johnny Ford acknowledging an eternal debt of gratitude to the Aaron and Margaret Wallace Foundation and Stepping Together for the incredible and expedient work of arranging the Haitian relief effort with Dr. Kenya Numan to Grace Village with the Herculean effort to rearrange the logistics to reroute the mission to the Village for people in such great need! This was a tangible reality of SUCCESS in Haiti for ALL the members of the organizations world-wide rather than the many idle cocktail party rants and raves of projects that exist without any substance behind them. WE DID IT! ALL the members of the World Conference of Mayors can celebrate their success and acknowledge their contribution. You can view and/or download that letter here.

Dr. Kenya Numan gave her assessment of the Haitian Relief Effort to Grace Village as follows:
I want to let you know that I have returned from Haiti. While there I had a very good meeting at Grace International Ministries with Archbishop Jeune et al; this included a tour of their facilities. They are doing great work for the Haitian people and we would like to support them in an ongoing basis.
We are planning to return to Haiti specifically to provide an outpatient OBGYN clinic to the residents of Grace Village as well as Health Education. We are now in the planning process to make this happen successfully.
However while there I was able to assess some of their most urgent needs. Currently their three priorities for the Village are:
1. Tools: construction, cleaning: a sustaining effort so they can keep the village clean and respectable
2. Education & training: a sustainable effort in regards to health, job, etc.
3. Healthcare: a sustaining effort with monthly providers coming on an ongoing basis.
As you can see this will be quite an undertaking but my organization is committed to see this through the next 10-20 years or whatever it takes to get the job done.
I look forward to speaking with you in detail regarding this effort and how best to strategize for support from the USA, Congress, White house, etc. Please let me know what is the best number to reach you.
Peace and blessings,

Kenya
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On August 25, 2010 Abdul-Jalil received the letter shown below of “Thanks” from Arch Bishop Joel Jeune of Grace Village in Haiti for the Relief Mission they received from the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation with Stepping Together on behalf of The World Conference of Mayors (WCM) and The National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM). This is a tangible reality of SUCCESS in Haiti for ALL the members of the organizations world-wide rather than the many idle cocktail party rants and raves of projects that exist without any substance behind them. WE DID IT! ALL the members of the World Conference of Mayors can celebrate their success and acknowledge their contribution. Let us get that membership list updated and dispatch the letter to them all to use as a tool for their own marketing, promotional and fundraising efforts.

We are now moving forward in a meaningful way to secure financial, subsistence, construction and medical aid and support for the next mission which will take place as soon as we can unite to raise the necessary items just mentioned. If we can tap into the resources of the USAIDS and the National Medical Association we can make great progress in securing bi-weekly missions to various needed areas around the World! Let us move forward!

We are committed and prepared to work with the WCM and NCBM organizations to raise funds, provide support and organize continued relief efforts for financial donations, to deliver much needed medical support and supplies; food; clothing; educational materials; construction support and building materials; much needed personal items; and legal assistance for displaced children from orphanages that were given transportation and temporary housing in the United States with other families, churches, and organizations until homes have been rebuilt to house them. Where most relief efforts are limited, if not stopped altogether by current travel restrictions in, within, and out of Haiti, The World Conference of Mayors has some political cache that it can exercise to further achieve our united goals globally. This could be the first step toward fulfilling several of our conversations of our organization providing relief support to your efforts globally.

Additionally, in relations to our working together on relief missions here in America and globally, Abdul-Jalil is exploring the possibility of a telethon, perhaps with J. C. Watts Black Television News Channel (BTNC). To that end the WCM is prepared to provide it’s full support to your and our joint efforts to overcome the continual need for financial assistance to achieve our goals. These fundraising efforts include the proposed telethon as a measure to not only raise funds but to raise awareness for the causes as well. Now let us move forward with these joint and several fundraising efforts with a goal of working together on projects of mutual interest and support in a spirit of oneness.

Again, there is much work to do and the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation with Stepping Together are committed and prepared to work with you and your organizations to raise funds and organize continued relief efforts to provide assistance to countries around the world, especially Africa, the Caribbean and South/Central America.