Friday, June 2, 2017

June 3-4, 2017. McRae Family. Fine Art Exhibit & Art Salon. Washington, D.C.

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in Washington D.C.!
June 3rd and 4th!
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June 2, 2017. GWP Valuing Water consultations started in South Africa

Dear GWP Partner,

This week GWP facilitated a regional consultation on "Valuing Water" to support the work of the High Level Panel on Water (HLPW). The consultation, held in Boksburg, South Africa on 30 May, was the first in a series of 5 consultations to be completed by the end of July.  The purpose of the consultations is to obtain views from a wide array of regional and country level stakeholders on the proposed HLPW Valuing Water principles.

Detailed background information on the initiative can be found here:  Valuing Water – Regional Consultations

Here is a story about the first consultation:

We will share further information as the consultations are completed. Feedback is welcome!

Best regards,
GWP Global Secretariat

Global Water Partnership (GWP)
Visiting address: Linnégatan 87D, Stockholm
Post address: PO Box 24177
, 104 51 Stockholm, SWEDEN
Phone: +46 8 121 386 00
Fax: +46 8 1213 8604
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June 2, 2017. Today at 'Real Men Read Day at Discover Academy', Washington, D.C.

Thanks Mark Dozier (President, Critical Path Solutions) for volunteering and having your two K12 level son's accompany you reading to assigned kindergarten class.

Thanks to all the Other Real Men.

I had the preschool readers (Ages 3-4). Loved the experience. Thank you for being such good listeners.


  Readers Class

  Story presented to Pre-School readers.

Real Men Read - Readering Team
Mr. Raghu Rayan
Charles D. Sharp, CEO.
Black Emergency Managers Association International

Rebirth of 'Birth of a Nation'. June 2017. The first motion picture that set the tone up to the 21st Century

DJ Spooky Reimagines Infamously Racist 1915 Film


DJ Spooky
DJ Spooky (Courtesy photo)
You may not recognize the name or even the face of Paul D. Miller, an accomplished composer, multimedia artist, editor and author whose career continues to soar with meteoric proportions.
But once you’ve witnessed this D.C. native employ his provocative imagination and extensive knowledge of music, cast through the lens of his unique art of remixing, you’ll never forget the sound of his alter ego, DJ Spooky.
And as part of the Kennedy Center’s JFK Centennial Week, DJ Spooky, along with a string quartet from the District-based music ensemble Sound Impact, will present “Rebirth of a Nation,” conceived as a reimaging of director D.W. Griffith’s infamous racist silent film, “The Birth of a Nation,” first shown in 1915.
The culturally significant project, debuting on Tuesday, May 23 in the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater, will showcase the deejay as “artist” accompanied by two violins, a viola and a cello, along with three screen video projections controlled live on stage by DJ Spooky.
In describing his work and the influences that led him to consider tackling the images and ideology that serves as the basis of Griffith’s controversial film, he says he wanted to examine how “exploitation and political still haunt the world to this day.”
We asked him to tell us more about his project, a commissioned piece by the Lincoln Center Festival in 2004 and has been performed in venues around the world from the Sydney Festival to the Herod Atticus Amphitheater.
Washington Informer: Given the controversy that has long surrounded “The Birth of a Nation,” what prompted you to use this as the foundation of your project?
DJ Spooky: I’ve been a firm believer that history is increasingly important. The problem of our time is that people too easily forget how the gains we’ve made in human rights, civil rights, women’s rights — you name it, all come into being because people were unwilling to accept the world as it was and they wanted to change it. I’ve wanted to look at cinema as a reflection of the possibilities that we have at our disposal. It’s so important to remember — the past is never the past. It lingers in the present at every level.
WI: What are your goals for the audience as they experience this multi-faceted presentation?
DJ Spooky: I want people to walk out of the Kennedy Center feeling like they saw history as a cinematic remix and realize that the world is what we make it. Let’s face it — “Birth of a Nation” is a propaganda film. This is anti-propaganda propaganda.
WI: How did you first get interested in working as a DJ? What prompted you to develop your music in ways that are so different from others — so out of the box?
DJ Spooky: I’m from Washington, D.C., and grew up in a household that valued information. My father was Dean of Howard University Law School and my mother owned a store called Toast and Strawberries at DuPont Circle. I grew up listening to music that came from Washington — Donald Byrd and the Blackbyrds, Trouble Funk, Minir Threat, Bad Brains and later Thievery Corporation and beyond. I never planned on being a DJ. I was planning on being a diplomat. So, I guess this is just an extension of that process of thinking about international D.C. culture.
WI: Do you believe that entertainers have a responsibility to address societal ills, problems and challenges? problems/challenges?
DJ Spooky: Absolutely.
WI: In your recent travels abroad, what was the focus of your music and how were you received?
DJ Spooky: One of my favorite projects is where I took a studio to Antarctica and wrote a symphony about the sound of ice. To me, environmental issues are more than ever at the core of what Americans can do to help the world. We need to understand that human rights, civil rights and environmental justice are all tied together. “Rebirth of a Nation” is a kind of call to people to realize — we are all in this together.

About D. Kevin McNeir – Washington Informer Editor  147 Articles
Award-winning journalist, book editor, voice-over specialist and author with 17 years in the industry. Currently an education and religion beat reporter for The Washington Informer. But I also tackle local (D.C. and Maryland) politics, entertainment, business and health articles to maintain my edge.

Born and raised in Motown and a staunch Wolverine – that is a graduate of the University of Michigan, I left corporate America (IBM) to pursue my passion for writing, accepting a beat reporter’s gig under the tutelage of the late Sam Logan, founding publisher of the Michigan Chronicle. I continued to hone my craft at N’DIGO Magapaper, Windy City Times and The Wednesday Journal, all in Chicagoland; the Atlanta Voice and The Miami Times. I’ve been fortunate to be chosen twice as the Feature Writer of the Year by the Chicago Association of Black Journalists. Later, as the senior editor of one of the country’s oldest Black-owned newspapers, The Miami Times, I helped my staff bring home the NNPA’s highest honor – Publication of the Year, 2001. That same year I picked up first and second place awards for news and feature writing, respectively, also from the NNPA.

Today I’m based in the nation’s capital where I’m honored to serve as the editor for The Washington Informer. Recognizing the importance of education, I’ve earned two master’s degrees from Emory University, Summa Cum Laude and Princeton Theological Seminary, majoring in theology and philosophy.

If I can slow down, I may actually complete and publish a collection of essays I’ve been working on for many years, “Growing up Motown,” sharing childhood memories of experiences with musical legends like Marvin Gaye, Kim Weston, the Four Tops, the Miracles, Gladys Knight and Take Six. My favorite foods: spinach, lasagna, pancakes and Oysters Rockefeller. My mom, 86, always my “best friend” and “cheerleader,” now lives with me and she brings me great joy. I’m a fiercely protective yet encouraging father and grandfather always down for traveling, shopping or celebrating the natural beauty of God’s world. I live by the following words: “Less is more” and “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

You can reach me on Twitter (@dkevinmcneir), Facebook (Kevin McNeir) or via e-mail,

June 2017. Weekly EMI e-Forums “One Link, One Bridge, Many Voices”

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FEMA Emergency Management Institute


Weekly EMI e-Forums

“One Link, One Bridge, Many Voices”

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EMI e-Forums are 1-hour, moderated, webinar discussion forums that provide an opportunity for 
EMI and the emergency management community to discuss matters of interest on national
 preparedness training. EMI e-Forums facilitate a discussion of whole community-presented 
best practices.  The panel members are whole community, with topics relevant to whole community.  
These exchanges of ideas are free of charge and available to anyone who wishes to participate.

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To support the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s goals by improving the competencies
of the U.S. officials in Emergency Management at all levels of government to prepare for, protect
against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the potential effects of all types of disasters and 
emergencies on the American people.

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Switchboard: (301) 447-1000

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June 2, 2017. Veterans Job Fair. Washington, D.C.


Washington, DC Veterans Job Fair

Nationals Park                                                             June 22, 2017
        11:00 AM 3:00 PM
1500 South Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
June 22, 2017 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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Open May 31, 2017 - July 20, 2017

The Border 2020 Program and the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) with funding through EPA Region 6, is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking projects in the 
Texas/New Mexico/Chihuahua/Coahuila/Tamaulipas/Nuevo Leon border region. 

The projects selected under this RFP will meet the Goals and Objectives of the Border 2020 U.S. - Mexico Environmental Program, whose mission is to protect the environment and public health in the U.S. - Mexico border region defined herein as that area within the 62 miles (100 kilometers) of either side of the border.
Abierto 31 de mayo 2017 - 20 de Julio 2017

El Programa Frontera 2020 con la Comisión de Cooperación Ecológica Fronteriza (COCEF) por medio de fondos de la EPA Región 6, se complace en anunciar la próxima Convocatoria para proyectos en la región fronteriza de Nuevo México, Texas, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León y Tamaulipas.

Los proyectos seleccionados bajo esta Convocatoria cumplirán con las Metas y Objetivos del Programa Ambiental México - E.U.A. Frontera 2020, cuya misión es proteger el ambiente y la salud pública en la región de la Frontera México - E.U.A., 
define como la franja de 100 kilómetros (aproximadamente 62 millas) hacia cada lado de la línea divisoria entre la frontera.


Presidio, Texas
Thursday, June 08, 2017
1:30 pm -3:30 pm
Presidio Activities Center,
1200 O'Reilly St.
Presidio, TX, 79845 
Simultaneous Translation
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua
Monday, June 12, 2017
10:30 am-12:30 pm.
BECC Offices
Blvd. Tomas Fernández # 8069
Fracc. Los Parques
Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua
CP 32470
Spanish Only
Columbus, New Mexico  
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Village of Columbus Community Center
500 W. North Boundary Avenue
Columbus, NM, 88029 
Simultaneous Translation
Piedras Negras, Coahuila
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Pirámide del Sol, en la Gran Plaza
Blvd. de las Culturas #620, col. Gonzalez
Piedras Negras, Coahuila
Spanish Only
Del Rio, Texas
Tuesday June 20, 2017 
1:00 pm - 3pm
Del Rio Civic Center
1915 Veterans Blvd
Del Rio, TX 78840 
Simultaneous Translation
Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
Thursday, June 22, 2017 
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Estación Palabra "Gabriel Garcia Márquez"
Cesar López de Lara # 1020, Sector Centro
Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
Spanish Only
Eagle Pass, Texas
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Middle Rio Grande Workforce Center
1200 Ferry St.
Eagle Pass, TX 78852
English Only

Las Cruces, New Mexico
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 
10:30am - 12:30 pm
Doña Ana County Building, Multipurpose Room
845 North Motel Boulevard
Las Cruces, NM 88007
English Only

El Paso, Texas
Thursday, June 22, 2017 
10:00am - 12:00 pm
Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tribal Court  
119 S Old Pueblo Dr.
El paso, TX 79907
English Only

Laredo, Texas
Thursday, June 22, 2017 
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Laredo Public Works Department 
5512 Thomas Ave
Laredo, TX 78041
English Only

Weslaco, Texas
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 
10:00am - 12:00 pm
Ken Jones Executive Board Room  
2600 Cedar St.
Weslaco, TX 78044 
Simultaneous Translation

Edinburg, Texas
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 
2:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Location to be Determined
Edinburg, TX  
Simultaneous Translation

Brownsville, Texas
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location to be Determined
Brownville, TX 78044 
Simultaneous Translation

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals
SDGs - Sustainable Development Goals

Community Imperative\Civil Society Portfolio Investment.

A vital part o the BEMA International Imperative Community Imperative Step 1:  CERT awareness, education, training, and active participa...

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Drink Life Beverages ....A Woman Owned Enterprise

Drink Life Beverages ....A Woman Owned Enterprise
Drink for Life. Communities drinking and eating well.


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