Monday, November 25, 2013

OPERATION WARM HEARTS—DO YOU HAVE A BLANKET TO SPARE? PUBLIC PLEA OF URGENCY





OPERATION WARM HEARTS: 


WARMING HOMELESS AND LOW INCOME HEARTS IN PHILADELPHIA FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON


Operation Warm Hearts is a volunteer grassroots organization seeking to collect and distribute 1701 or more blankets across the Philadelphia region. For Christmas and New Years Eve we will be doing a massive giveaway to homeless and low income families at various locations throughout the city.

PUBLIC PLEA OF URGENCY:

As you can see by the current weather conditions it will be a brutally cold winter. As housing and social service cuts increase and the economy deteriorates, it is determined across the country that there is somewhere between 200,000 and 500,000 Americans homeless.


Operation Warm Hearts
There are more than 5,000 people living on the streets, or currently in transition at any given time. Shelters and other housing facilities are at capacity. This includes only those who are in the shelters or on the streets. This does not include those who are in transitional housing, low-demand residences, or in substandard/unfit living conditions. 

Operation Warm Hearts is looking to help those who cannot help themselves. We need your help. Donations are needed ASAP! We are accepting mildly used and new blankets, toiletries and new socks.

WANNA HELP OUT? 

To make a donation, or to volunteer telephone 267-333-3185 or email operationwarmhearts@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

"So, Pennsylvania Republicans are now trying to tell women what they can do with their bodies?" A.Johnson


Its not just Republicans…men (period)?

How can any man, “really” speak to what a woman does or does not do with her reproductive system.

Just for clarity, and not to sound sexist.

I feel that we need to hear more voices of those with experience and have a uterus.

I think we should be speaking more to this point despite being Republican or Democrat.

Is this a Democratic or Republican thing…should it be a political issue up for “discussion”? Why does it even matter?

In retrospect...When it comes down to the everyday realities of many women, not just in Pennsylvania...I am speaking about across the nation, and really, world-wide...Republican or Democrat, when it comes down to the uterus, it really does not make a difference.

For example, when a woman has issues with fibroids, uterine cancer, menopause, menstruation, miscarriages, being pregnant in her tubes, or having to decide on an abortion....or some who cannot bear children...

For any woman, and speaking from experience, the reproductive system, birth control etc it is an intimate issue not a political one. I remember my mother giving birth to my little brother. The pain, the pressure, the breathing…the living, while dying, yet giving life out of love is the only way I can describe it. Can I ask, how many men know what it feels like t give birth? Or to go through the emotional and physical pangs of having an abortion?

I know when I am at the doctor, especially a OBGYN, as multitudes of women, I take that seriously. When the doctor not only touches and looks at our most intimate parts, that can be a scary experience, where most women are most vulnerable. Who dares makes decisions about and for my uterus except me.

And to those who are elected, speaking as a voter...I look to those who make decisions, to make the best ones, not just based off current laws and legislation...I want someone who understands me not just as a voter...as a human being.

Now if we are talking about jobs and social and economic justice...that is where politics come into play. When are we going to get it? People are not pawns on a chess board. People want paychecks, and opportunity...Makes me wonder, how can one consider this a democracy if all those who live here, do not experience democracy and all that it entails...?

This is why I am running. I am from the People and for the People.

In this day and time, and economic climate…I would love to hear less on what they are proposing about my reproductive system and more about how they are creating jobs, increasing funding in education, fixing our roadways, bridges and unsafe streets. That is what affects me. Do you know how many tires I have lost due to this atrocity? What has been done?

How can the education system be unstable, underfunded and all we hear about is more budget cuts? The education system is the one of the only things that is going to allow Pennsylvania to grow and compete in the high-tech global economy of tomorrow.

Our children must become strategic, smarter, faster and better to compete. We need to grow as a state. Our future and the lives of our children depend on it. Let us spend more time talking about the real issues and the issues that matter most to the people.

VOTE TEAM MABRY APRIL 2012

#my2Cents

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

VOTE
FAREEDA MABRY
Candidate for Pennsylvania
185th Legislative District
**APRIL 2012**






WHY AM I RUNNING?

If communities do not have strong representatives that listen to the voice of the people, you end up with representatives that dictate their own goals and agendas, represent special interest groups that give them money, or worse yet ineffective representatives that are controlled by stronger political wills, not the best interest of the community they serve.

Home is where my heart is! The same issues that affect everyday people are the same ones that affect me...job loss, transportation, health care, affordable housing, high utility cost, accessibility to resources, cost of food, crime, business and economic development...the list goes on!

Fareeda works to move society ideals forward while working to make her community a better place for all people to live in, no matter their pockets or political affiliation.

RESPECTING THE PAST.

WORKING FOR THE PRESENT.

AND REACHING FOR THE FUTURE...


We need Progress...

We Need Fareeda Mabry


THE PLATFORM:

Education:

Child care and early childhood education can be burdensome for many working families and a hindrance to low income and single parents from re-entering the workforce.

Investing in workers by investing in their children.

  • Increase funding, resources and support for the School Districts.
  • Increases in early childhood education subsidies.
  • Support Increased training opportunities and resources for Teachers and Administrators.
  • Increase incentives for teacher and student retention.
  • Provide additional support to students with learning, physical, mental and/or emotional disabilities.
  • Provide additional support to low income and single parented households.
  • Support programs that are focused on assisting children who have been in the foster care system, whose parents are incarcerated and also those who have lost a parent to a violent crime.
  • Support a Curriculum change to ensure our children are able to compete in the global economy.
  • Investing in community colleges, and technical schools, with focus on developing and sustaining their connections with the business community to ensure employment after training.
  • Funding needs to be restored to education programs that have been proven to be successful, give Pennsylvania students a head start.

Business & Economic Development:

Pennsylvania needs to be able to compete globally. My focus for Pennsylvania is business expansion and job creation. Focus needs to be on easing the financial burdens to PA families and businesses. Pennsylvanian workers should enter the workforce with the skills, training and resources needed by employers in this high tech world. There must be targeted and strategic development and incentives to get Pennsylvania back to work.
  • Enact incentives for entrepreneurs, small businesses and inventors to keep their products produced in Pennsylvania.
  • Tougher laws that increase protection for displaced workers from discrimination.
  • Increase sustainability efforts.
  • Market and Promote Community & Historical Value with the goal in mind to bring more homeowners and entrepreneurs to live, work and play.
  • Increase accessibility to professional licenses and permits.
  • Encourage minority and women business owners.
  • Partner with Community and Commercial Development Corporations.
  • Partner with the Small Business Development Organizations.
  • Build resources for training, employment, mentor ship, apprenticeship and entrepreneurs.
  • Develop specialized task force that provide employment information and training opportunities, also building relationships with businesses and trade organizations that can support a specialized population. The team would be focused on targeting under-trained, laid-off, unemployed, under-employed, previously incarcerated, and youth.
  • Working with established businesses, corporations and community colleges to create summer youth employment programs an initiative to combat flash mobs and recidivism in the juvenile justice system.
  • Strategies to encourage trade and focus on bringing industry back to Pennsylvania and restoring the working class.
  • Create Home ownership programs and incentives.
  • Enact laws that prohibit the use of credit scores in employment decisions.
  • Establish new Job Creation Tax Credit programs and Job Training tax Credits
    • Targeting Veterans, Displaced Workers, Men and Women who return from incarceration, Recent Graduates and Job Training Opportunities.
Community Revitalization:

Pennsylvania needs a long term and comprehensive transportation and roads plan, this would also create jobs for Pennsylvania.
  • Pennsylvania is the nation leading in bridges. We have 5200 bridges that are structurally deficient; more than 7,000 miles of state roads are in unsafe and hazardous conditions.
  • Partnering with the local streets and highway departments.
  • Build more supermarkets in the area.
  • Create Community Gardens where the community can come and grow their own food.
  • Create More Parks and Playgrounds and other recreational opportunities.
  • Increase sustainability efforts.
  • Work with developers and investors to make sure Seniors have access to supermarkets, transportation, businesses and health care professionals.

Crime & Gun Violence and Recidivism:
  • Create more youth programs, focusing on stopping problems before they start.
  • Create more venues for recreation and for youth to get involved.
  • Open Licenses for low level and first time offenders- Nursing etc.
  • Focus on Pre-Release Issues.
  • Focus on cracking down on straw purchasers.
  • Provide additional resources and support for those who have been incarcerated, or those who have drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Focus on job development & specialized training

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Temple News: Warm Hearts offers help, warmth for the homeless

Warm Hearts offers help, warmth for the homeless

October 31, 2011 by Dominique Johnson
Filed under Opinion

Fareeda Mabry, founder of Operation Warm Hearts, recognizes the need to keep Philadelphia’s homeless warm this winter through organizing blanket drives.

Last year, Philadelphia native Fareeda Mabry, 33, started a grass-roots organization known as Operation Warm Hearts with a simple goal in mind: Help those who cannot help themselves. The organization is seeking to collect and distribute 1,701 blankets across the Philadelphia region for those who are unfortunate enough to find themselves trapped in the cold this coming winter.

The organization was formed by Mabry with the help of Justina Shaw from the nonprofit organization, OPPORTUNITIES, and friends Carl Daniels, Nakisha Peterson and Tarisse Iriarte.

“They helped pushed this initiative on the ground by taking donations and playing a major role in the street team,” Mabry said. “We meet people where they are. If they are living on the streets, we go to them.”

Currently Operation Warm Hearts is looking to maintain the relationship that they have with Shaw, by working with OPPORTUNITIES. They also plan to build partnerships with other organizations.

Mabry is a product of Philadelphia’s Olney High School, graduating in 1997. Attending Peirce College and the University of Pennsylvania later, Mabry considers herself a “maverick,” and a community leader who is “from the people and for the people.”

“The same people we elect, some turn to elitism and it is hard for people to relate to them,” Mabry said. “I want people to still relate to me as a sister, a cousin, a daughter, a niece and a friend.”

As housing and social service cuts decrease and the economy continues to pull itself out of a recession, it is estimated that across the country there are approximately 200,000 to 500,000 Americans who are currently homeless. It is estimated that there are approximately 4,000 homeless people in Philadelphia on any given day. This includes those who are in shelters or on the streets.

As a result of the economic downturn, Mabry and her team wanted to address this particular need. Starting out at first by accepting only blankets and comforters, Operation Warm Hearts now accepts items such as soap, toothpaste and shirts.

“We are looking to do a blanket drive every year from [Oct. 1] until March 1,” Mabry said. “As we collect, we give to folks who are in need and also receive requests from low-income families to provide support.”

Last year Operation Warm Hearts serviced more than 800 homeless families and individuals. Mabry hopes to partner with more organizations and political leaders as the organization moves forward, so that they may continue to have blanket drives.

Although its initial goal is 1,701 blankets, Mabry said that she is looking to collect double that number since Operation Warm Hearts is also supporting the Occupy Philly protestors camping outside City Hall.

“Philadelphia grew from a few hundred inhabitants in 1683 to over 2,500 in 1701,” Mabry said, on why the organization chose that number for its goal. “Before William Penn left Philadelphia for the last time on Oct. 25, 1701 he issued the Charter of 1701.”

William Penn envisioned Philadelphia as a ‘City of Brotherly Love,’” Mabry added. “He was realistic enough to know that law, not love, is the mechanism that regulates the interactions of men.”

Currently, Operation Warm Hearts is not holding any blanket drives. Mabry said that she is looking to students, volunteers and others who may be interested in doing them while also increasing Operation Warm Hearts capacity to service more individuals.

“Operation Warm Hearts knows that it is the simple things that can help keep a person going when they are losing everything,” Mabry said.

Anyone interested in volunteering time or donating to Operation Warm Hearts can contact Mabry at 267-707-8979 or email fareeda@fareedamabry.org with the subject line: Operation Warm Hearts.

Dominique Johnson can be reached at dominique.johnson@temple.edu.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

OPERATION WARM HEARTS—BLANKET DRIVE WARMING HOMELESS AND LOW INCOME HEARTS IN PHILADELPHIA


OPERATION WARM HEARTS—BLANKET DRIVE

WARMING HOMELESS AND LOW INCOME HEARTS IN PHILADELPHIA

Philadelphia, PA October 18, 2011— Operation Warm Hearts is a grassroots organization seeking to collect and distribute 1701 or more blankets across the Philadelphia region. Its going to be a brutally cold winter.

As housing and social service cuts increase and the economy deteriorates, it is determined across the country that there is somewhere between 200,000 and 500,000 Americans homeless. It is estimated that there are approximately 4,000 persons who are homeless on any given day in Philadelphia. This includes only those who are in the shelters or on the streets. This does not include those who are in transitional housing, low-demand residences, or in substandard/unfit living conditions.

Operation Warm Hearts is looking to help those who cannot help themselves. This 2nd year for Operation Warm Hearts! Last year Operation Warm Hearts serviced over 800 homeless families and individuals. This initiative will be happening every year from October 1 until March 1.

Available Drop Off Locations:

(Walk In)

· Rondney Harris Splitten Wigz Barbershop—48 North 52nd Street M-Sunday 8am until 8pm

· Bluford Elementary —5801 Media Street M-F 8am until 4pm Telephone# 267-707-8979

(By Appointment)

· Kartrina Dear/Girl Scout Troupe 93414—5621 Stewart Street, Philadelphia PA Telephone# 215-906-7591

We are now accepting other items such as cases of water, soap, tooth paste, tooth brushes, clean socks, clean t-shirts, and other toiletries.

For donations, drop offs, pick-ups or partnership, sponsorship, donations and volunteer opportunities please contact Fareeda Mabry 267-707-8979

Email using the subject: OPERATION WARM HEARTS fareeda@fareedamabry.org

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Philadelphia Police…Hero or Gestapo? Please don’t taze me bro

Philadelphia Police…Hero or Gestapo?
Please don’t taze me bro

Who moved my McGruff? And who in the hell polices the police? Like many of you I grew up with the images of police as heroes. Our “boys in blue” are here to help people, protect and serve the community and educate with honesty and integrity. As a kid…who was more up standing than an officer? In movies the good guy always wins…McGruff the Crime Dog’s motto was to “take a bite out of crime”…

McGruff image indicated that the police mean a safe refuge. However as time has changed, the role, image and what it means to some to be a police officer has drastically changed from hero to Gestapo.

In recent news, we see many police officers being reprimanded on all sorts of corruption, brutal/terrorist acts, and misconduct. What creates a corrupt cop? Where is the accountability? The police it seems are the only ones who police themselves.  Well, why doesn’t the community trust them? Is there a reason for fear of the police? The many minority and ethnic communities have become a place where trust of the police is obsolete and the code of the streets is “stop snitching”. There is a disconnect between the two.

The community has been victimized by the same people who are sworn into oath under God to protect and serve. Stop snitching is a major unspoken campaign not to mention the aggression and backlash. Stop snitching is a way for the community to protect and serve itself. The people’s revolution will not be televised… For every action there is a reaction. I feel the community reacting to being victims.  No one wants to be targeted, or enslaved. Snitches are the lowest form. A rat, a snake is what they call it. 

Power and the hunger for it corrupts even the most innocent. There is no justification for crime. Crime is merely reactionary. When we look at Marlow’s Hierarchy of Needs, if any of these needs are not met, all hell breaks loose.

We're not anti-police... we're anti-police brutality. 
Al Sharpton


A recent incident that drew national attention, a young man Askia Sabur, brutalized by the Philadelphia Police Department The video link provided captures the violent arrest of Sabur outside a takeout restaurant at Lansdowne Avenue and Allison Streets. This neighborhood although has turned around in many years, is no walk in the park.

Sabur, outside of the restaurant he reminded officers he was “waiting for his food”….how do you go order 3 chicken wings, and some shrimp friend rice and end up your skull cracked open? Sabur was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, and resisting arrest.

The Beating of Askia Sabur

Not sure if Sabur was also charged with robbery…because police claim, Sabur reached for an officer’s gun. When has anyone in African American history seen or heard of a black man who reached or had any kind of weapon and is still alive to speak about it?  The other officers would’ve filled him full of bullet holes.


If you do not believe me, ask Amadou Diallo… There was no justification in the increased level of force and the level brutality taking Sabur into custody…

Police brutality is an international human and civil rights crises, so much bigger than Philadelphia. From Nigeria to New York, police brutality is an issue. Let’s take Oakland, CA…Oscar Grant, who was shot dead by a transit officer, doing his job a bit too much if you ask me.

The Shooting of Oscar Grant

Not sure why a person would shoot an unarmed person who was not resisting. Grant was faced down and shot in the back…execution style, by the same man who was hired to serve and protect his life. I mean…If you cannot trust the police to protect you…Who can you trust?

Danroy Miller, 20, equally as sad. Promising college student “he was killed by police in Mount Pleasant, N.Y., located about 35 miles north of New York City, according to police and university officials. Henry was behind the wheel of a parked car when police arrived at Finnegan's Grill, in a neighborhood called Thornwood, police said. He allegedly attempted to flee in the vehicle when officers breaking up a nearby brawl approached him”.


Miller’s friends where even beaten when they tried to administer CPR to save his life: http://jonathanturley.org/2010/10/21/new-york-police-accused-of-assaulting-college-students-trying-to-give-cpr-to-friend/.

The police have created an image of brutality, and domestic terrorism. Invoking resistance and fear in the community. Protect and serve or alienate and exterminate? The systematic heavy handed violence of police targeted towards poorer, under resourced and under serviced communities is out of control.

Amnesty International (AI) on American Police Brutality: On its web site, AI says "Police brutality and use of excessive force has been one of the central themes of (AI's) campaigns on human rights violations in the USA," launched in October 1998. In its "United States of America: Rights for All Index," it documented systematic patterns of abuse across America, including "police beatings, unjustified shootings and the use of dangerous restraint techniques to subdue suspects."

Little is done to monitor or constrain it the brutality that is dished out…Racial and ethnic minorities are the ones who are disproportionately harmed by the harassment, false arrest, beatings and terrorism.

For Philadelphia police excessive force seems to be the norm: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/05/07/philadelphia-police-caugh_n_100569.html.

Looking at west African immigrant, Amadou Diallo, shot at 41 times by four New York policemen, struck 19 times and killed while he stood in the vestibule of his apartment building, unarmed and nonviolent, another life snatched….a victim of police brutality. Sabur unlike Miller, Diallo and Grant, he may have gotten his skull cracked open…yet he still has his life.

The Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) is the nation's fourth largest police department, with over 6600 sworn members and 800 civilian personnel. The PPD is the primary law enforcement agency responsible for serving Philadelphia County, extending over 140 square-miles in which approximately 1.5 million reside. Geographically, the Department is divided into twenty-two police districts (each headed by a captain), which comprise six police divisions (Northwest, Northeast, East, Central, Southwest, South - each headed by a Divisional Inspector), into two major sections of the city, Regional Operations Command North (ROC North) and Regional Operations Command South (ROC South), each headed by one Deputy Commissioner under Field Operations. Personnel are assigned to work in 55 different locations throughout Philadelphia, with Police Headquarters located in the 6th Police District, in Center City, at 750 Race Street. http://www.phillypolice.com/about


Brutal men with unlimited power are the same all over the world.


In Philadelphia since 2009, “11 officers have been arrested on charges including murder, rape and drug dealing. They are among 51 police officers fired for misconduct since May 2010. Brutal beatings and assaults by Philadelphia police continue particularly in African-American and Latino/neighborhoods”. http://www.workers.org/2011/us/philadelphia_1027/

I thought the idea was to stop and prevent crime before it happen and not perpetuate it. There is a long legacy of brutalization in the community stemming from excessive force from the Philadelphia Police Department.

Most people are aware of the recent police beating of Thomas Jones here in Philadelphia, but fewer people remember the police beating of Delbert Africa in 1978 caught on videotape and broadcast worldwide. This incident prompted the Department of Justice to file the first ever lawsuit against a city for police brutality. In 1985, the police dropped C-4 plastique from a state helicopter on the MOVE house resulting in the death of eleven people including five children. Sixty-one homes were burned to the ground.”


To me a police officer who abuses his badge is no different than a priest who shames the church. Shame...All cops are not bad, and all people are not good. Many victims eventually become victimizers.  The psychological affects of brutality is worse than the beatings. For those who are not killed, some are paralyzed, and suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, aggression, emotional disturbances, drug abuse, suicide and paranoia. Its historical, it’s generational? Brutality, bullying and Gestapo tactics are modern day lynching.  Most importantly what are we teaching our children and our next generation of law enforcement? 



fareeda@fareedamabry.org
www.fareedamabry.org
267-243-1468


Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Our national deficit is projected to grow at an unsustainable rate over the next 10 years. Come Discuss on 6/26! Our Budget Our Economy" 18 Days Left!!!

Philadelphia Town Meeting: Our Budget, Our Economy


Our national deficit is projected to grow at an unsustainable rate over the next 10 years. This threatens our ability to fund what’s most important to us. We remain deeply divided over what our national priorities are and what we, as a people, are prepared to do to support them. Clearly we need to do something and let our leaders know what we will support. It's time to come together as a country to make the tough choices that will ensure America's future.

Sign Up Online today!

www.usabudgetdiscussion.org or call toll free at 866-755-6263

Join Americans at meeting halls across the country linked together by satellite and the Internet! This is a chance to:

-Learn About the Issues
-Find Common Ground
-Present priorities to leaders in Washington

WILL YOUR VOICE BE COUNTED!!!!

AmericaSpeaks: Our Budget, Our Economy and the National Town Meeting provide an opportunity for Americans to share their perspectives and listen to the perspectives of others to create solutions for our nation’s economy. By registering for the National Town Meeting you agree to thoughtfully share your views, respectfully listen to others, and fully engage in dialogue to find common ground and shared priorities. The recommendations that come from your participation will help the country and our leaders move forward on these difficult and critical issues.

Organized by AmericaSpeaks, the Our Budget, Our Economy meetings will take place on Saturday, June 26th in twenty cities simultaneously, including Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor
First District Plaza, 3801 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
11:30 am to 6:00 pm



The initiative will bring together demographically diverse groups in the 20 cities and invite volunteers to convene smaller conversations in communities across the nation. The forums will be held simultaneously and linked together by satellite and the Internet for a truly national discussion, which will be the largest and most comprehensive opportunity to date for Americans to deliberate on our federal budget.

Participants will weigh in on the policy options framed by a diverse, bipartisan group of experts. The resultant recommendations, reflecting priorities from a broad cross-section of the America public will be shared with policymakers as America’s solutions for a sustainable fiscal future.

To participate, you MUST register.

There is no fee to register and lunch and snacks will be provided free. Where possible, childcare, transportation assistance and translation services will be provided.

Participants in the Town Meeting will reflect the political, socio-economic, and ethnic diversity of the United States. After June 26, AmericaSpeaks will present the priorities that emerge from the National Town Meeting to Congress and President Obama, as well as the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform and the Bi-Partisan Policy Center’s Debt Reduction Task Force.

The results that emerge from the discussion will have credibility with policy makers because they will reflect the authentic views of a large, informed, and representative group of Americans. The discussion will not be manipulated by any side or point of view, and will give the American public a real chance to find common ground.

For additional information, visit our website at: http://usabudgetdiscussion.org