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Mother's Day EventsMother's Day EventsNationals Park 1500 S. Capitol St. S.E. Washington, DC 20003 (202) 675-6287 www.washington.nationals.mlb.com Date: May 12, 2013 For something a little different, why not take mom out to a ball game? The Washington Nationals will play the Chicago Cubs on Mother’s Day. Come to the stadium early and participate in Signature Sundays where you may score an autograph from one of two Nationals or surprise mom with a welcome message on the Nationals Park scoreboard. Even the kids can get in on the fun and run the bases after the end of the game, weather permitting. Nationals Park offers a variety of promotions to help make catching a game easier on the wallet. Purchase the Family Fun Pack and receive a free hot dog, bag of chips and beverage. Taste of Arlington 901 N. Glebe Road Arlington, VA 22203 (703) 664-1194 www.ballstonbid.com Date: May 19, 2013 If your mom is a major foodie, then take her to the “largest food, beer, wine and arts festival showcasing the diversity of Arlington’s food scene.” Taste delicious treats from more than 40 local restaurants, like the Lebanese Taverna, Rock Bottom Brewery or the Melting Pot. The event also boasts an expanded beer and wine garden, plenty of seating, a kids play area and a dog park. Check out original artwork from local artisans or swing by the concert stage and jam to the sounds of great local bands, including the Reflex and JunkFood. A taste ticket is required for food samples. Proceeds for the event will help benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Spirit of Washington 600 Water St. S.W. Washington, DC 20024 (866) 404-8439 www.spiritofwashington.com Date: May 12, 2013 Treat your mom to a relaxing day aboard the Spirit of Washington, a luxury cruise liner that combines dining and dancing with magnificent waterfront views. The Mother’s Day Cruise package includes a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet, a DJ and plenty of space to dance plus spectacular views of many ofDC’s most well-known attractions. Moms will receive a rose plus a complimentary drink. Choose from the Mother’s Day lunch, afternoon lunch or dinner cruise. The Spirit of Washington features three levels of climate-controlled interior decks plus the largest outdoor patio deck in the city. Add an enhancement package for the ultimate Mother’s Day treat. Torpedo Factory Art Center 105 N. Union St. Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 838-4565 www.torpedofactory.org If your mom loves the fine arts, then take her out on a date to the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria. Located right on the waterfront, the Torpedo Factory features more than 80 art studios, six galleries, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, a gift shop and a cafe. The art center will host a free open house on Mother’s Day. Come see beautiful paintings, sculptures and other fine works of art plus special treats and springtime activities. The Torpedo Factory is also located within walking distance of many restaurants and shops, making it the perfect destination for a mini getaway.
Kid Friendly DCKid Friendly DCKidFriendly DC is a go-to resource for recreation with kids in the Washington, DC-Metro area. From the tried and true to the new and cool, find out where to go and what to do with the kiddos in the nation’s capital.
The National Resource Center on Children and Families of the IncarceratedThe National Resource Center on Children and Families of the IncarceratedThe National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated became a part of the Rutgers University–Camden campus in October 2013. NRCCFI began as the Family and Corrections Network (FCN), founded by Jim Mustin in 1983 as the first national organization in the United States focused on families of the incarcerated. In 2006, the Federal Resource Center on Children of Prisoners merged with FCN to create NRCCFI. For over three decades, our organization has served as a resource for those working with families impacted by incarcerated.
Angel Tree HelpAngel Tree HelpIf you need help with Christmas gifts for your family this year, then you have come to the right place! Each year, The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assists thousands of parents in Washington, DC Metro Area with providing their families a wonderful Christmas through our Angel Tree Program. In order to qualify for assistance, applicants must be in need due to an emergency, financial hardship, underemployment, or unemployment. At this time only children 12 years old and under are able to receive gifts. How to Register: AS OF NOV. 7, REGISTRATION FOR THE 2014 ANGEL TREE PROGRAM IS CLOSED. Gift Pick-Up Details: Once you have registered for Angel Tree, please check back here after December 1, 2014 to learn additional information about picking up your Angel Tree gifts in Washington, DC. If you have questions about receiving Angel Tree assistance, please call: 202-332-5000
No Kid HungryNo Kid HungryYour donation helps Share Our Strength recruit summer meals sites, start and improve school breakfast programs, and teach families how to shop for and prepare healthy meals on a budget. It also helps provide grants to the most innovative hunger-fighting organizations across the country so that they can purchase food and supplies. We're seeing incredible results from these investments - in many places, just $1 can help a child access 10 meals.
Salvation ArmySalvation ArmyFinancial assistance from Washington DC Salvation Army. Occasionally people need help to make it through a difficult period. The Salvation Army has several centers across Washington DC that focus on assisting low income families. Some emergency financial assistance may be provided for paying bills and living expenses, and other services offered include case management and social services. Find how to get help from the District of Columbia Salvation Army below. With almost all charity and financial assistance programs, funding and resources are limited. From time to time families can encounter a wide variety of challenges or short term crises', so funds need to be prioritized. Usually financial assistance and cash grants is prioritized for low income families, including single and working-poor parents who can’t make ends meet or find affordable child-care. Priority is also given to victims of domestic violence. In addition, other programs and services are offered for those in which a lack of adequate income prevents families from providing Christmas gifts and school supplies for their children. The Salvation Army in Washington DC does its best to help what they consider to be the core unit of society, which is the family unit. Therefore, every year for thousands of low income families and people living in poverty, the non-profit charity organization can provide a range of emergency financial assistance programs to help get them through a crisis situation. Therefore, throughout the Salvation Army’s National Capital Area Command, they offer help to low income families and individuals in need through its various Social Service offices. Some of the programs and services provided include, but are not limited to:
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Washington Post Article:  Dr. Frances Cress Welsing

Washington Post Article: Dr. Frances Cress Welsing

The Washington Post

March 18, 2016

Memorial service to be held for celebrated, controversial Frances Cress Welsing.
Psychiatrist and author Frances Cress Welsing was known for her controversial views on race. (Elvert Barnes/elvertbarnes.com)
By Hamil R. Harris March 17 at 10:32 PM  
When family members, friends, and colleagues of Frances Cress Welsing began planning a memorial service for the psychiatrist and author who devoted her life to studying racism and its root causes, they knew they would have a tall order trying to capture her impact.

She was both celebrated and controversial, but never wavering in her belief that the persistent struggles of people of color were the results of the racism they had endured. Welsing died Jan. 2, a few hours after suffering a stroke. She was 80.
Welsing provided psychiatric services to D.C. government agencies and institutions for 27 years. She also maintained a private practice in the District beginning in 1967, counseling patients until days before her death.
Several of those she helped, such as motivational speaker and radio host Roach Brown, say they owe her their lives.
In 1965, Brown was a 21-year-old inmate at the D.C. Department of Correction’s prison in Lorton, Va. A year earlier, he and two other men had been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a “local fence in a dispute over the price of hot jewelry,” Brown said.

[The price of redemption]

No weapon was ever recovered, and Brown, now 72, has always maintained that he was not the triggerman.
Welsing testified during his trial that his actions were consistent with someone whose environment had led to mental-health problems.
“They ended up giving me life in prison because Dr. Welsing spoke up on my behalf,” said Brown, who went on to start the prison theatrical group Inner Voices. “She saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself.”
Brown, who had his sentenced commuted in 1975, will be among those in attendance at the memorial service for Welsing on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Metropolitan AME Church in the District. “Dr. Welsing turned me and other guys around,” Brown said. “She was our Harriet Tubman to get out of mental slavery.”

Welsing first gained notoriety in 1969 after she wrote an essay, “The Cress Theory of Color Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy).” In it she theorized that racism was rooted in the varying degrees of melanin and the “color inferiority” of white people. She argued that the lack of melanin led white people to develop “hostility and aggression” toward people darker than themselves.
 “She had a theory about race and why white people do what they do and I dealt with the what,” said Neely Fuller, author of “The United Independent Compensatory Code System Concept: a textbook/workbook for thought speech and/or action for victims of racism (white supremacy).”

In her 1991 book, “The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors,” Welsing again looked at the origins of white supremacy and its impact. She wrote that “black males must help one another to understand that they are being led by the dynamic of white supremacy to inflict extreme damage upon themselves and each other.”

[Welsing’s work provokes different reactions]

“Dr. Welsing’s major contribution as it relates to black mental health was that she had the capacity to challenge the dominant prevailing thought of our society and she gave it the name global white supremacy,” said Kevin Washington, president of the Association of Black Psychologists.

Ray Winbush, director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University and former director of the Race Relations Institute at Fisk University, said Welsing drew heavy criticism for her views, which she expected. She frequently engaged her detractors.

In 1974, she and Stanford University physicist William Shockley, who had argued that blacks were genetically inferior to whites, engaged in debate on the syndicated television show “Tony Brown’s Journal.”
Welsing was born in Chicago in 1935.Her father, Henry N. Cress was a physician, and her mother, Ida Mae Griffen, was a school teacher, and there were high expectations.
“We were taught that we were special,” said Welsing’s older sister, Lorne Cress-Love. “We were encouraged to read and discuss all types of issues.”

Cress-Love said their father and their grandfather, who also was a physician, were passionate about fighting for equality. “My father told us that our grandfather spent more time fighting for the race than practicing medicine.”
In 1957, Welsing earned a bachelor’s degree from Antioch College and in 1962 she earned a medical degree from the Howard University College of Medicine. After graduation, Welsing completed a residency at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington. From 1968 to 1975, she taught in the pediatric department of Howard University’s Medical School.
Roach Brown
Motivational Speaker/Criminal Justice Consultant
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