A CALL TO MEN 2015 National Conference (Sept. 10 and 11)

Sponsored in part by the Carolina Panthers and the NFL, A CALL TO MEN will be holding its annual national conference in Charlotte this year.  The event, titled “Sports Culture:  Advancing its Role in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention,” will take place on Thursday, Sept. 10 and Friday, Sept. 11 at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel (3315 Scott Futrell Drive) in Charlotte.

Topics covered at the conference will include coaching healthy respectful manhood, trafficking and major sporting events, addressing violence against women in the entertainment/music industry, the role of faith communities in domestic violence prevention, and many more.  Presenters at the two-day event will include Jennifer Siebel Newsom, founder of the Representation Project; Rachel Lloyd, founder/CEO of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services; Lynn Rosenthal, former White House advisor on violence against women; and Mildred Muhammad, author and domestic abuse survivor.

To register for this event, please visit the EventBrite page at actm2015nationalconference.eventbrite.com.  For any additional questions, please contact Danielle Erwin at Danielle@acalltomen.org.

A CALL TO MEN is a leading national violence prevention organization providing training and education for men, boys and communities. The organization’s aim is to shift social norms that negatively impact our culture and promote a more healthy and respectful definition of manhood.


Engaging Artists to End Violence Against Women (September 25)

Orange Day is tomorrow, and UN Women would like you to take action!

The theme for this month is engaging artists.  All types of art–music, poetry, drama, and visual– can be utilized to challenge stereotypes and change attitudes.  Art is a powerful way to call for an end to violence against women and girls!

Here are some of the things you can do this upcoming Orange Day:


  • Host a film screening, art exhibition or musical concert to draw attention to the issue.
  • Reach out to national and local artists – painters, actors, photographers, poets, dancers, musicians, actors – and invite them to participate or speak at the event.
  • If you are an artist, speak out on the issue of violence against women and girls. Share messages and pictures of yourself wearing orange to raise awareness of the pandemic via social media.  Share your messages and creative projects at facebook.com/SayNO.UNiTE and twitter.com/SayNO_UNiTE using the hashtag #OrangeDay.
  • Share your effective initiatives which utilize art as a tool for ending violence against women and girls at https://www.facebook.com/SayNO.UNiTE.


You can find a list of sample social media messages by clicking on this PDF file supplied by UN Women.  Don’t forget to wear orange tomorrow, and say NO to violence against women and girls.

La Fiesta del Pueblo 2014 (September 21)

Sunday, September 21, is La Fiesta del Pueblo 2014!

La Fiesta del Pueblo celebrates Latino art and culture, informs participants about local services and issues, and encourages participants to take community action. The event showcases popular folk music and art, dance performances, educational booths, children’s activities, and Latin American cuisines.

The event will be on Sunday from 12 noon until 7 PM at City Plaza on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh.  For a list of confirmed participants and vendors, a general map of La Fiesta del Pueblo, and a map for free parking in the downtown area, please click on the following link at elpueblo.org/eng/la-fiesta-del-pueblo-2014.

Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives Campaign (September 16)

Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives is a social impact campaign aimed at helping to end child sex trafficking and modern slavery in the US.  This national initiative is a 24-hour-long giving day that will mobilize hundreds of organizations and thousands of people across the country.

The event will take place on Tuesday, September 16, and it is hosted by Razoo.com, the fastest growing crowdfunding site for causes in the US.  The initiative’s coalition includes partners in the technology and media fields, such as the Polaris Project, the Urban Justice Project, and Walk Free.

Commitments can be made in advance of the September 16 event, and interested individuals and groups can register by visiting the Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives website.  At the site, you can also find out about possible grants administered by Razoo and awarded to non-profits whose projects combat the issue of domestic child sex trafficking.


The Razoo Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization which permits donors to advise a regranting of their donations to qualified charitable organizations.  Razoo regrants 95.1% of its contribution to the qualifying organization as advised by the donor, retaining 4.9% for Razoo Foundation’s expenses (including credit card transaction costs). 100% of online charitable donations are receipted as a charitable contribution to Razoo Foundation, advised for regrant to your chosen charity.

Civilian First Responder training (September 14)

Come join host Southbridge Fellowship Church for a Civilian First Responder training.  This event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 9 AM to 4:30 PM at Trinity Academy (10224 Baileywick Road) in Raleigh.

The lead presenter will be Becky McDonald, president of the organization Women at Risk, International.  The Civilian First Responder training will equip attendants to identify and appropriately respond to human trafficking.  During the event, there will be general sessions covering the signs of human trafficking and various professional sessions (law enforcement, medical professionals, men, youth).

The cost is $25, and lunch and materials will be supplied at the event.  For more information and registration, please visit WAR International’s Civilian First Responder page.

La Fiesta del Pueblo 2013 (SEPT. 8)

Local advocacy group El Pueblo, Inc. is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year!  Save the date and come out for the 20th annual La Fiesta del Pueblo.  This event will occur from 12-8 PM on Sunday, Sept. 8 at Moore Square (200 S. Blount St.) in Raleigh.

La Fiesta del Pueblo celebrates Latino family, culture, and community and showcases popular and folk music, visual art exhibits, dance performances, and children’s activities.  Latino cuisines and art exhibits will also be showcased.

A large group of sponsors will be participating in the event, including ABC 11, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Duke Energy, the News & Observer, Univisión, and many more!  Many of the non-profit participants will include the Community Service Network, International Focus, Triangle Transit, and UNC-TV.  If you are part of a non-profit or government agency or an arts & crafts vendor that would like to participate in this year’s La Fiesta del Pueblo, you can find the registration form near the bottom of El Pueblo’s Fiesta page.  Food vendors can contact Monica Drasal at monica@elpueblo.org.

El Pueblo is also seeking volunteers for this event.  If anyone is interested in helping out with the general fiesta, health fair, public safety fair, or youth fair, you can fill out this form and submit it electronically.  For any further information, you can contact El Pueblo at (919) 835-1525 or via email at elpueblo@elpueblo.org.  Come out to Moore Square on September 8 and be a part of the one-day, Latin American festival that is fun for the entire family!


El Pueblo’s mission is for Latinos to achieve positive social change through building consciousness, capacity, and community action, educating in the areas of advocacy, culture, health, public safety, and youth.