Monday, June 24, 2019

Event: 6/25/2019 Wilson Center, Unpacking the Conflict in Libya: A Private Briefing with Anas El Gomati, Director of the Sadeq Institute


Unpacking the Conflict in Libya: A Private Briefing with Anas El Gomati, Director of the Sadeq Institute

The Wilson Center’s Africa Program and Middle East Program invite you to a briefing with Anas El Gomati, Director of Libya’s first think tank, the Sadeq Insitute, on Tuesday, June 25 from 10:30 am-12:00 pm in the 6th Floor Boardroom at the Wilson Center.
Mr. El Gomati will give a briefing on the current situation in Libya and address geopolitical dynamics at play as well as competing narratives around the conflict. His remarks will also highlight the most pressing challenges facing Libya and its people, including the dire situation of the internally displaced across the country.
Merissa Khurma, Project Director, Middle East Special Initiatives at the Wilson Center will moderate the meeting. Michael Morrow, Senior Diplomatic Fellow with the Africa Program will give opening remarks.
This event will be held under Chatham House non-attribuation rule.

Mr. Mike Morrow
Senior Diplomatic Fellow, Africa Program, Wilson Center

Mr. Anas El Gomati
Founder and Director General, Sadeq Institute, Libya

Ms. Merissa Khurma
Project Manager, Middle East Special Initiatives, Wilson Center

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
10:30 AM-12:00 PM
6th Floor Boardroom
Wilson Center
Ronald Reagan Building and
International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania, Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

Phone: 202.691.4000
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Now Accepting Applications for 2019-2020 Deadline: July 19, 2019

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Now Accepting Applications for 2019-2020
Deadline: July 19, 2019
The Penn Kemble Forum at the National Endowment for Democracy is an opportunity for rising foreign policy professionals to share ideas across sectors and explore the role of democracy and human rights within a broader policy and strategic context. Drawing on the expertise of foreign policy practitioners, activists, and academic experts, the Forum convenes monthly for bipartisan dinner discussions on key national security and foreign policy issues. 
Organized and sponsored by the Endowment, the Forum has provided fellows with the opportunity to:
  • Draw on the insights of prominent diplomats, like U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, as well as the experience of leading dissidents from Russia and North Korea. 
  • Engage leading intellectuals, including the Washington Post’s Anne Applebaum and Stanford University’s Francis Fukuyama, on issues ranging from disinformation to identity politics.
  • Participate in skills-based sessions (e.g., how to write/place an op-ed) and a private forum with the Holocaust Museum’s genocide prevention and anti-Semitism programs;
  • Learn about the domestic and foreign policy-making process from former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card (NED’s Board Chairman).
  • Network with other emerging foreign policy/national security professionals in Happy Hour and social events.

The Forum will run from September 2019 to June 2020. Applicants should be professionals with between 5-10 years of working experience on national security and foreign policy-related issues. The Forum encourages applications from within government, think tanks, and the non-profit community, as well as Capitol Hill staff, journalists covering international affairs, and the private sector. 

The program is unpaid and nonresidential. Successful applicants are expected to consistently attend the monthly seminars, held after working hours. Additional non-mandatory events will also be scheduled.

The program is focused on democracy and human rights aspects of foreign and national security policy and is oriented toward individuals with less specific experience in these fields. To ensure regular participation, applicants must be based in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.  

Thursday, June 20, 2019

2019 National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) training opportunities

The MRC Program is excited to announce 2019 National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) training opportunities for MRC participants!

The National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) has invited the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) to participate in Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) 101 trainings conducted at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, AL. 

Attendees will gain valuable technical knowledge and have the opportunity to increase communication and collaboration with NDMS teams from across the country.

DMAT 101 training will occur in austere conditions (strenuous, outdoors during high temperatures), and all applicants must meet medical and physical requirements as stated in application.

Trainings are open to MRC state coordinators, unit leaders, and volunteers; however, space is limited. Travel expenses (that is, travel cost to/from CDP, lodging, and meals while at CDP) and travel arrangements will be handled by NDMS for all participants.

If you are interested in attending one of the trainings listed below, please review, complete, and submit the attached application to Moji Obiako, MRC Regional Liaison, via e-mail at

The closing date for all applications is Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at 5 pm ET. We sincerely apologize for the abbreviated notice and understand some may have committed summer plans.

The following training course and dates are being offered to MRC attendees (space is limited):

Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) 101
  • August 19 - August 24, 2019 (includes travel dates: August 19 & August 24)
  • August 25 - August 30, 2019 (includes travel dates: August 25 & August 30)

Friday, June 14, 2019

Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. June 2019

Produce for Sale
DBCFSN Harvest and Farmers 3


Its harvest time, produce is now availabile for sale at D-Town Farm.  Please stop by weekly on Saturdays and Sundays between the hours of 9am-12pm to purchase produce from our Farmers market.  You many also volunteer during that time as well.

We have the following produce available this week
June 15-16, 2019.
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Garlic Scapes
  • Swiss Chard
D-Town Farm is located at:
14027 W. Outer Drive
Detroit, MI  48239
(Between Plymouth & Chicago)

If you need additional information, please reach out to or 313.345.3663.

Thank you so much.  See you at D-Town.

Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
11000 McNichols Rd.
Suite 103
Detroit, Michigan 48221
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KWELI Live Experience. June, July, August, Sept, October 2019

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kweliLIVE Screening Tour - NYC

Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Firelight Studio, 247 Water Street, Street Level, Brooklyn, NY 11201
kweliTV presents kweliLIVE Experience, a 6-city film screening tour experience powered by AARP
Each event will feature award-winning and film festival-acclaimed short films from kweliTV's library, brunch with mimosas, post discussions with filmmakers and community.
BLACK GIRL IN PARIS — When a down on her luck aspiring writer runs out of money after moving to Paris, she meets a street-smart prostitute who takes her on a whirlwind adventure of passion, self-discovery and uninhibited sexual freedom.
NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU — Viviane is a neurotic, struggling actress given to childish flights of fancy--like moving to Los Angeles on a whim to revive her dwindling career. But can she leave New York and Kazembe, the love of her life, behind?
HAIR THAT MOVES —Upon entering a singing competition to  pay for her travels to school, a 10-year old girl tries all she can to get her short, afro to wave in the wind like her favorite popstar's hair.
CURIOSITIES OF THE QUIET BOY — A partially deaf 12-year-old undergoes a series of supernatural phenomena in the midst of mourning his mother.
12:00-1:00 pm - BRUNCH
1:00-2:15 pm   - FILM PRESENTATION
2:30-3:15 pm   - FILMMAKER Q&A
3:15-3:30 pm   - CLOSING
We’re having a lively discussion with emerging filmmaker New York-based filmmaker (tbd).
Free | kweliTV Subscribers* — (VIP Access for kweliTV monthly and annual subscribers. Brunch + bottomless mimosas included with film screening. *Must provide proof of subscription to
$15  | kweliLIVE Community — (Brunch + one mimosa drink ticket included with film screening.)
$30  | *Early Bird* kweliLIVE Community + Mimosas — (Brunch + bottomless mimosas included with film screening.)
$40  | *Beginning June 18* kweliLIVE Community + Mimosas — (Brunch + bottomless mimosas included with film screening.)
$50  | kweliLIVE Community All Access — (Brunch + bottomless mimosas included with film screening and 6-month subscription to kweliTV.)
 Note: You must be 21 years or older to attend this event.


kweliTV celebrates global black culture through curated indie films, documentaries, web series and kids shows from North America, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the Caribbean. Kweli means truth in Swahili so our mission is to curate content that is a true reflection of the global black community. 

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

DC Africa Fashion Show and Culture Expo Saturday, June 29, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Mayor Muriel Bowser's DC Africa Fashion Show and Culture Expo

The Mayor’s Office on African Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office on Women's Policy and Initiatives, Mayor’s Office on African American Affairs, and African Fashion Week DC, will host an African Fashion Show and Culture Expo showcasing and celebrating DC African fashion, creativity, and culture.
When: Saturday, June 29, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: Frank D. Reeves Center | 2000 14th Street NW | Washington, DC | 20009
RSVP here

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

LGBTQIA Personal Safety and Security. June 2019

LGBTQIA Personal Safety and Security

Safety and Security

Depending on the legal framework or cultural and social norms in a country, humanitarian staff may experience harassment or threats if they are perceived to be members or supporters of the LGBTQIA community. This short course was designed to raise personal safety and security awareness for both international travelers and national staff in countries where the risks to the LGBTQIA community are increased. After opening the course, subtitles are provided in many languages.

Ontario. Environmental Protections take a back seat.

"As part of the More Homes, More Choice Act (Bill 108), the Ontario government intends to bring back the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

Returning to the OMB takes us back to an expensive, time consuming dispute resolution process that was difficult for citizens to take part in. But this time citizens voices will be highly limited, making it even more difficult for the public to participate.

The OMB was dismantled after an extensive 2-year public review and replaced with the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPATs). Now the Ontario government is bringing it back at the request of developers with no input at all from the public."

Why is Ontario bringing back the OMB? Because developers asked them to.

          Bill 108 would also remove protections for Ontario’s
          230+ species-at-risk, allowing developers to bulldoze
          their habitat in order to allow them to turn a profit.

The Premier says wildlife protections are "red tape".

Bill 108 would make survival even harder for Ontario’s endangered species by:
  • Stripping protections for endangered species
  • Letting builders pay a fee to break the law
  • Giving the Minister veto power to ignore scientific decisions
"If enacted as proposed, the proposed legislative amendments, introduced in legislation known as Bill 108, would fundamentally alter key features of the province’s planning system, such as parkland dedication, development charges, section 37 community benefits, the role of heritage protection, and the availability of inclusionary zoning, among other things. Perhaps most importantly, a new “community benefits charge” based on a percentage of land value would replace parkland dedication requirements, soft service development charges, and section 37 contributions."

Sunday, June 2, 2019

June 1-7, 2019. Sustainability NOW Telesummit

An exceptional compendium of content from 32 visionaries and experts from around the globe who will give you practical steps to take — things you can do right now to make a difference.

Starting at 6AM (EDT) each day, you’ll have a 48-hour, ON DEMAND, ALL-ACCESS PASS to that day's presentations — so you can watch at your convenience.

7 Extraordinary Days with 32 Sustainability Icons From 9 Countries
Sharing Solutions and Hope for a Thriving Future


Alosha Lynov – Off-Grid Water Systems
Marina Qutab – Waste Not Want Not: Zero Waste Solutions for Daily Living
Ryan Eliason – How to Change the World Without Going Broke
Sean Steed – Plant-Based Epoxy: a Case Study for Circular Economy
Zach Bush – Chemical Farming, Ecology & Human Health — A Path to Regeneration

Alexander Verbeek – Climate Change and Planetary Security
Brother Phil Lane – The International Treaty to Protect & Restore Mother Earth
Heshie Segal – Clean Water on the Go: Reducing Plastics and Protecting Our Health
Mike Strizki – Hydrogen Micro-Grids: Clean Power for the Future, Now
Summer Bock – How Fermented Foods Can Repair Our Health

Hazel Henderson – How Halophyte Plants** Can Help Solve the Global Food Crisis
Jay Potter – ECOR: From Waste Stream Fiber to Circular Economy
Jorgen Hempel – Hemp and Hydrated Lime Construction
Ronit Herzfeld – Beyond Bias: Moving From “Me” to “We”
William Padilla-Brown – Cultivating Culinary and Medicinal Mushrooms 

Brian D. Ridgway – Finding Freedom 
Judy Wicks – Nurturing Local Economies
Kristen Comella – The Regenerative Power of Your Own Stem Cells
Reggie Nayar – The Dirty Truth About Waste and Recycling

Jon Ramer – Deep Social Networking as a Vehicle for Global Change
Judah Becker – Aquaponics: a Path to Self-Sufficiency
Michael Rice and Zana Zu – Holistic Design
Dr. Richard Satava – Frontiers of Medicine and the Ethics of Medical Breakthroughs

Amy Oskins & Amzi Smith – New Paradigms for Housing: Earthship 2.0
Hajjar Gibran – Earthy meets Elegant with AirCrete Construction
Larry Sterns – Composting Toilets and Waterless Waste Solutions
Paul Rodney Turner – Sharing Food, Sharing Compassion
Vinit Allen – We ARE the Planet: Redefining the Human Family

Jessica Cooper – Work Environments Designed to Help People Thrive
John Todd – Restoring Water and Land with Biologically-Based Eco-Machines
Michael Gosney – Vehicles of Social Change
Michael Pawlyn – Solving Design Challenges Through the Wisdom of Nature.

**Note: Halophytes are good for more than just food!

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