Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 18, 2011
Real Men Charities, Inc. the nonprofit sponsor of the Real Men Cook® Father's Day celebrations, (http://www.realmencook.com) today announced its solidarity with the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (SDPC), in its quest to upend the “New Jim Crow”—federal drug policies that have incarcerated a disproportionate number of black men, and robbed too many children of their fathers.
This year, Father’s Day falls on June 19, known as “Juneteenth,” the day in 1865 when many slaves in Texas learned that the Emancipation Proclamation had freed them nearly 30 months earlier. One hundred six years later, almost to the day, then-President Richard Nixon declared the War on Drugs. According to a new book by Attorney Michelle Alexander, Nixon’s war created the “New Jim Crow.”
“It was this War on Drugs and the ‘get tough movement’ that Alexander brilliantly documents in her book, which succeeded in turning back the clock on racial progress and creating a vast, new racial undercaste in the United States,” said SDPC General Secretary Dr. Iva Carruthers.
On Juneteenth, SDPC is launching a multi-city campaign against the New Jim Crow. The organization will have a tent at Real Men Cook’s Father’s Day events in several cities. In Chicago, Attorney Alexander’s book and study guide will be on sale in the event’s Real Men Read pavilion at Chicago State University, 9501 S. King Drive.
“The War on Drugs has almost erased black men from our society and blocked their re-entry,” said Real Men Charities Board Chairman Byron Garrett. “This is not a personal problem; it’s everyone’s problem—and together, we can be the solution.”
Tickets can be purchased—$20 for adults, $10 for children ($5 additional at the event)—online at http://www.realmencook.com, at the Southside YMCA, 6330 S. Stony Island and the Community Mental Health Council, 8704 S. Constance Avenue. To date, more than $1 million has been raised for a variety of non-profit organizations through Real Men Cook events nationwide.
About Real Men Charities, Inc.
Real Men Charities, Inc. is the national not-for-profit organization that presents the Real Men Cook® events. Funds are used to build and continue programs to honor fathers and father figures, to empower families and perpetuate the memory and spirit of Karega Kofi Moyo and Yvette Moyo Gillard, who founded the annual Father's Day event. This is done by the encouragement and promotion of education through voluntary grants, by scholarships or otherwise to individuals, institutions, and organizations.
The organization’s mission is to positively improve the way the world celebrates family and community by increasing the proportion of opportunities for committed and detached males to become involved, responsible, and committed fathers for the good of all communities, families and youth. We accomplish our mission through educating and inspiring all people, through public awareness campaigns, research, and other screening; equipping and developing leaders of national, state, and community male, youth, and family initiatives through curricula, training, and technical assistance; engaging every sector of society through strategic alliances and partnerships; promoting public health; mental, physical, emotional, and economic, by disseminating medical information to the general public without charge—including healthy cooking, fitness, and lifestyle and strengthening the universal institution of family and encourage parents to Practice Family First in their lives.