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Spreading love and sisterhood…

LizzLoves Casa Atabex Ache May 16, 2011

Photo courtesy of Womens ENews

To women from the South Bronx and all across New York City, Casa Atabex Ache is a refuge, a lighthouse in the storm that sometimes rolls into their lives. But, now that funding is running out, many worry that their second home,  filled with caring sisters, will no longer be able to open the doors when they come knocking.

Casa Atabex Ache is named for the diverse community of women that it attracts (casa = Spanish for home, atabex = indigenous Taino word which represents goddess, ache = Nigerian word for power).  Since 1987, Casa has been providing a haven for women where they can share their voices, heal from trauma and find support and empowerment.

From holistic healing to workshops for teen mothers, Casa is a home-grown and loving source for building sisterhood and empowering youth to make wise life decisions. They work every day to enrich the physical, mental and spiritual health of women in their community.

Help Casa Atabex Ache continue to provide loving support to women in the South Bronx! Click here to donate.

 

LizzLoves Fly Girl Fest May 6, 2011

NYC ladies, oyeme…listen up! If you heart hip-hop, door-knocker earrings and pink AF1’s , and your soul thrives on social justice and artistic expression, tonight’s Fly Girl Fest 2011 is where you should be!

Brought to you by leaders, JLove Calderon and Wanda Vazquez, Fly Girl Fest will feature musical and artistic presentations from young women, students at El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice.

This is NOT your average community event or talent show. It’s much more! These ladies have been guided and mentored by professionals to not only display their talents in a polished presentation, but to rise up as up-and-coming youth leaders. As an added bonus, dope spinstress DJ Chela will be on the 1’s and 2’s between sets.

Put ya’ hands together for these chicas. Thank you for stepping up as the leadership of tomorrow, and spreading the message of girl power and sisterhood!

So head out to Brooklyn tonight (6-8 pm @ El Puente, suggested donation = $3) for this moving event!

Read more about last year’s Fly Girl Fest here.

 

LizzLoves the Power of Youth January 9, 2011

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2011 is already treating you well…or at least given you some inspiration.

I had a beautiful dose of inspiration when my friend MB (thanks, mama!) sent me an incredible New York Times article from this weekend’s “Education Life” section.

The piece, “Five Do-Gooders,” featured 5 young people (college age or younger) who have found innovative solutions to problems in their communities and beyond.

Take, for example, Elizabeth Jane Handel, a book lover from Massachusetts who realized that women in prison aren’t able to share the joy of reading with their children as her mother was able to do with her. So, Elizabeth founded an organization called A Book From Mom, where brand new donated books go to prisons for incarcerated women to share with their kids. When their children visit, moms pick out a special book to read with them, and then they can take the book home as a gift and reminder of time with their moms.

And then there’s Dallas Jessup, a spunky athlete who came to understand the power of her martial arts expertise through an epiphany about safety. While she knew she could defend herself easily, she recognized that most women don’t possess the knowledge or training to fight back against sexual assault or attacks from strangers. So, Dallas, with the help of a professor from a local community college, shot a film called “Just Yell Fire” that teaches young women how to use self-defense when they are threatened.

Imagine??? These young women launched these initiatives before even entering college! I can’t wait to see what they will do next! Changing the world, one young woman at a time.

To read more about Elizabeth and Dallas (and 3 other up-and-comers) in the complete New York Times article, “Five D-Gooders.”