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2019 will mark four hundred years since the first black Africans were brought to Jamestown, Virginia as indentured servants. Shortly after, abject slavery was introduced to America based upon skin color.
Circles of Voices will focus on the loss of humanity for those who have been enslaved, and for those who have been enslavers. We will examine the long-term impact of this uniquely American system of bondage that continues to drive us today.
By the time we gather, I would have had a second visit of the Sotterly Plantation in Southern Maryland. I will come with images and stories to tell.
Join us. Share this with your colleagues, family and friends. Remember that it is a potluck. Bring a drink and/or a bite to eat.
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Circles of Voices - An End to Ignorance
316 South Caroline Street, Baltimore, MD 21231
December 22, 2017
Community, business, civic groups come together for pre-holiday food giveaway for East Baltimore’s Perkins Homes
CONTACT: J.C. Faulk
A broad coalition of community, business, and civic organizations, listed below, have come together to sponsor a food giveaway event at Perkins Homes on December 23 from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
Baltimore City is in the process of demolishing the site and rebuilding over the next few years. An End to Ignorance (AETI), a community-based group that aims to increase understanding among Baltimore residents through professionally facilitated group experiences, spearheads this effort to take the load off of Perkins Homes residents during the holiday season.
The organizations will be giving away turkeys, hundreds of pounds of fruit and vegetables, bread, canned goods and other items.
J.C. Faulk, an OSI-Baltimore Fellow and the founder of Circles of Voices, LLC and An End to Ignorance, Inc. brought this group together to show that we could stand for Perkins Homes and our city during the holiday season and beyond. It demonstrates that empthy can lead to direct action related to filling the gaps between what city residents need and what they have.
Circles of Voices will focus on homelessness in Baltimore on Dec 2nd (Impact Hub 6-9pm). Thousands of vacant properties in our city, yet our people are living on the streets. Let's talk about it, and then do something about it.
Baltimore has thousands of vacant/abandoned properties, yet we have human beings sleeping on the streets. It does not make sense. The December Circles of Voices will engage this human catastrophe.
We will start with a panel discussion. Peggy Webster - Baltimore Housing, Anthony Williams - "The King of Howard Street", Jim French - French Development, Wayno AmonRa - Community Activist, Beth Banner - Women's Housing Coalition and J.C. Faulk - Circles of Voices.
Join us. Use the attached link to reserve your seat. As always, it is a potluck. Bring a bite and/or a drink to share.
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For the second year in a row Circles of Voices (CoV) is collaborating with Outward Bound to host sixty 8th graders from the Trinity Episcopal School in Charlotte, NC. They come to Baltimore to participate in 5-days of service-learning. Their trip starts with a CoV focused on identity, privilege and the ethics of service.
Bring a drink and/or a snack. We will have food Brown Rice.
Follow this link for a video related to last year. https://youtu.be/rwAfef8VOw8
Circles of Voices on October 7th will focus on the healing quality of music. Bring a musical instrument, and a story about what music means in your life.
Submit a link to a video to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will play some of them at CoV.
Reminder: The doors will open at 5:45pm. We gather for food and drink from 6:00pm to 6:30pm. The doors will close at 6:30pm. It makes the space safer. It is now a requirement to have a ticket to enter.
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Looking forward to gathering around the concept of diverse styles of music. Bring a bite and/or a drink to share.
Circles of Voices
At 6 years old, I was indoctrinated into American racism, and the world shifted from a play field to that of looking over my shoulder, afraid, wondering, confused. I was a boy, and nothing has been the same since that moment. In this regard, not much has change for little black, brown and non-white girls and boys all over America. The time is long overdue for shifting a uniquely American racial dynamic that continues to yield a murderous toll.
An End to Ignorance invites you to come, black, brown, white and others to share a space where we continue the conversation that moves Baltimore forward. We will not change until we talk about the things that we ignore.
Join us. Bring a bite to eat and/or a drink to share.
Founder - An End to Ignorance/Circles of Voices
Our February Circles of Voices (CoV) will host Tawanda Jones and Aunt Diane, founders of the West Coalition. We will celebrate their family, and hear about the realities of countless people who experience police brutality in Baltimore. We are very excited about this session, as the West family is deeply loved by our Circles of Voices community.
The West Coalition was founded in July 2013 in response to their brother and son, Tyrone West, being brutally murdered by Baltimore police during a traffic stop. Through the West Coalition, Tyrone’s family began weekly protests, the profoundly impactful activist movement called West Wednesday. For an unbroken 181 weeks, rain or shine, Tawanda Jones and Aunt Diane have shared their stories and have led persistent demonstrations that seek justice for Tyrone West and for all victims of police brutality throughout the United States.
J.C. Faulk and Verna Myers will facilitate a discussion intended to bring us together, in order to better understand the dynamic of families that have been deeply affected by police brutality. Join us for this important conversation.
We will see you Saturday, February 11th at the Impact Hub [10 E North Ave] from 6-9pm. Be sure to come early as we will begin our conversation by 6:15. Bring food and/or drink to share and feel free to invite friends, family, and colleagues. Due to increased participation at COV sessions, it is crucial to reserve a seat using our Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/circles-of-voices-the-west-coalition-tickets-30963184719
-The Circles of Voices Team
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Our January Circles of Voices will host Major Neill Franklin, a thirty-four year law enforcement veteran of the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Department. He is the current Executive Director for a prominent criminal justice reform organization, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), and his work focuses on drug policy reform.
Major Franklin has presented before an array of audiences, from local community colleges to lecture rooms at Harvard to the Senate on Capitol Hill. He has become a regular guest on Al Jazeera, CNN, and MSNBC, and his writings have been printed in the LA Times, Washington Post, and New York Times. He is one of the most sought after drug policy reform public speakers in the United States.
J.C. Faulk and Verna Myers will facilitate a conversation around the impact of race based drug policies, and work with Neill Franklin to convey possible solutions that will end the war on drugs that has devastated millions of people in the United States.
Join us on Saturday, January 7th from 6-9pm at the Impact Hub for this thought provoking conversation. Feel free to invite family, friends, and colleagues and make sure to reserve a seat using our Eventbrite link. Bring food and/or drink to share. See you there!
The December Circles of Voices will host Dr. Briana Pobiner of the Smithsonian National Museum of History. She and J.C. Faulk will speak about human evolution and the fact that all human beings are 99.9% genetically similar, yet we have created countless socially constructed ways to divide people from humanity, such as racism.
Dr. Pobiner is a prehistoric archaeologist who currently leads the Human Origins Program’s Education and outreach efforts. She also manages the Human Origins Program’s public program website content, social media, and exhibition volunteer training. Her research has taken her to places such as Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and Indonesia. Briana is also currently an Associate Research Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University.
Join us on Saturday, December 12th from 6-9pm to discuss the impact that racism is having on our society, from an evolutionary standpoint. Please reserve a seat using our EventBrite link and bring a food and/or drink to share! Feel free to invite friends and family. We hope to see you there!
Circles of Voices, LLC. (CoV) returns to Los Angeles to partner with Oneness, an organization that is dedicated to eliminating prejudice by uniting all people through music and arts. On Saturday, December 3rd, J.C. Faulk, founder of Circles of Voices, will partner with Michael A. Wood Jr., an acclaimed, former Baltimore Police Sergeant, to facilitate a session about the impact of police brutality and racism in the United States.
CoV is an international diversity and inclusion consulting firm. Our work focuses on designing human interaction processes that brings people of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds together to move through the pain and trauma of prejudice and discrimination.
J.C. and Michael have been spotlighted in two international documentaries, one produced by ABC Australia. ICU Documentaries from the Netherlands created another. Multiple news outlets have spotlighted their work, including ABC, NBC, Fusion/Univision, TYT, NPR, The Baltimore Sun, and others.
Join us at the Los Angeles Baha'i Center from 6-9pm for an engaging evening featuring special music guests as we share out thoughts about what it means to live through an era of deep societal change and activism.
$10 suggested donation.
Join us Thursday, December 1st for the viewing of ABC Australia’s documentary, #Black Lives Matter, followed by a panel discussion with J.C. Faulk and Michael Wood Jr. who were both spotlighted in the documentary.
J.C. Faulk is a community organizer and founder of Circles of Voices, LLC., a diversity and inclusion consulting firm that brings people of different ethnic and racial backgrounds together in order to move past racism, sexism, and other isms. Michael Wood Jr. is an acclaimed, former Baltimore Police Sergeant.
#Black Lives Matter is an eye-opening visual Australian documentary that takes viewers through Baltimore and Chicago to highlight the realities of being Black in America, as these cities mourn the deaths of citizens, some dying by the hands of brutal police, and others by the hands of their neighbors.
In Fall 2015, #Black Lives Matter initially aired to more than 750,000 thousand viewers and has since been nominated for multiple Walkey awards, the equivalent of an Australian Pulitzer Prize.
Join us for the screening and panel discussion of #Black Lives Matter on Thursday, December 1st at 6pm at USC’s Taper Hall of Humanities [3501 Trousdale Parkway, Room 201].
If you’re interested in further discussion about the impact that racism and police brutality has on our society, please join us on Saturday, December 3rd for a Circles of Voices workshop. J.C. and Michael will co-facilitate the discussion.
The November Circles of Voices will collaborate with the Baltimore Transgender Alliance, to speak to the realities of the transgender and gender non-conforming communities.
The Baltimore Transgender Alliance is a network of Trans-led and Trans-inclusive organizations that work together toward upward mobility and empowerment of Transgender residents through advocacy and education. Ava Pipitone and Monica Yorkman will speak to the history and realities of being transgender women in Baltimore.
Join Circles of Voices on Saturday, November 12 from 6-9pm at Open Works. Reserve a seat using the EventBrite link below & bring a bite/and or drink share. Feel free to invite friends, family and colleagues. See you there!
In our next Circles of Voices, we focus on the fragmentation of women's bodies and how that fragmentation is connected to power. The dominant power in this system is patriarchy, the promotion of the idea that masculinity is privileged over femininity. The idea is antiquated, old, dangerous and wrong.
Please join us on Saturday, October 15th at the Impact Hub to have conversations around the themes of gender inequality, patriarchal structures, and ways to create the foundation for equity to occur in our society.
Tehya Jenae, a recent graduate of UCLA, will present a provocative discussion regarding the existence of systemic structures designed to minimize the value of women. J.C. Faulk and Verna Myers will run in true CoV6 style in support of Tehya's presentation. Join us. Please, bring a potluck dish to share. Looking forward to seeing you there.