Saving Our Sisters

Women’s History Month is here and it is not only a time to acknowledge and honor the contributions of our sisters, but also to celebrate, support and encourage them. That being said, we have partnered with three amazing organizations, Jaden’s Closet, Inc., Dark is Lovely, Inc., and the Boys & Girls Club of America, to take on a special initiative: Saving Our Sisters.

We have teamed up to support ACTS Turning Points, a Domestic Violence Intervention Program that provides housing, food, clothing, legal and counseling services to women and children affected by domestic violence.

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Sadly statistics show that:
§  Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
§  Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined
§  Up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually
§  Every day in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
§  Men, who as children witnessed their parents’ domestic violence were twice as likely to abuse their own wives, than sons of nonviolent parents.

Most women affected by domestic violence have no place to go and no one to help. If children are involved, most women will stay in an abusive relationship for fear that they have no way to provide for their children outside of the home.  Street Intell is pleased to be apart of a solution to help families in need and request your help in doing the same.

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That sounds great! But how can I help?

Join the campaign! March 10th-28th we will be collecting essential items needed to further advance the efforts of the ACTS Turning Points program.

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Week 1: March 10th -14th — “The Essentials”

Week one focuses on providing basic supplies to our sisters arriving at the safe houses.  You can purchase items to create an entire kit or purchase one item to be used in a kit. Every little bit helps.
Health/Toiletries Kits: (All items in kit must be new; all toiletry items must be full size, not travel size)

  • 1 shower caddy
  • 1 comb (large and sturdy, not pocket-sized)
  • 1 brush 1 full size bottle of shampoo & conditioner
  • 1 stick/container of deodorant
  • 1 metal nail file or fingernail clippers (no emery boards or toenail clippers)
  • 1 bath-sized bar of soap (3  oz. and up)
  • 1 tube of tooth paste
  • 1 toothbrush (single brushes only in original wrapper, no child-size brushes)
  • 6 adhesive plastic strip Band-Aids

Basic Clothing Kits: (All items in Kit must be new) Designed for adults and children, male and female, from sizes small -2XL. Sizing throughout essentials package should be consistent. Colors chosen can be gender specific but neutrals are also encouraged.

  • 3 pairs of underwear
  • 1 bra (if female – adult or teen)
  • 2 T-Shirts 1 pair of sweatpants/lounge pants
  • 1 sweatshirt
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair flip flops
  • 1 set of pajama’s – top and bottom
  • 1 backpack or reusable grocery bag/tote

Baby/Layette Kits: (All items must be new)

  • 1 package of size
  • 1 diapers
  • 1 package of size
  • 2 diapers
  • 2 shirts or 2 one-piece body suits
  • 2 baby washcloths
  • 2 gowns or sleepers
  • 2 diaper pins
  • 1 sweater opens in the front
  • 2 receiving blankets

Week 2: March 17th -21st — “Let’s Eat”

Week two focuses on providing food to our sisters and children currently living in safe houses. Think canned goods, water, cereal, juice, etc. ACTS Turning Points provides all the food for the women and children in the Domestic Violence Intervention Program. Food is a necessity and a TOP priority at the shelter.

Week 3: March 24th – 28th — “Gift Cards Galore”

Week three focuses on supporting the ACTS Turning Points mission by ensuring the program has the funds needed to help the many women and children that come through their doors for assistance. The gift cards allow the program to purchase items such as food, water, clothes, medicine, first aid supplies, supplies for babies and school age children, blankets, pillows, the list goes on. Gift cards in any amount are welcome. Please note gift cards to grocery stores, Walmart, Target, Pharmacy/Drugstores like Walgreen’s, Rite Aid or CVS  are greatly appreciated.

How do I get the items to you?

Please contact Chevonne Thomas at 571.991.9015 or thomaschevonne@gmail.com for drop off/pickup/shipping information.

What if I have additional questions?

Feel  free to reach out to info@streetintell.com or you may contact Dottie Larson, Program Director for ACTS Turning Points Domestic Violence Program.

Dottie Larson Phone: 703.221.4460 (ext.228) Email: dlarson@actspwc.org

We appreciate any assistance you can provide.  Thank you in advance and continue to share the Street Intell.

The Street Intell Team

On the Scene: The t’URBAN’ed Sikh man

Jeet Virk of UrbanSardar.com

Most people are oblivious and almost uninterested in other cultures and how fashion and tradition can merge to to create great personal style. Recently, I’ve began to notice a growing trend in more culturally based street style and especially that of the turbaned Sikh man. What I love so much about the turbaned Sikh man’s style is how the traditional turban is used as a statement piece mixed in with modern elements, without letting go of its rich history. As this Street Style trend continues to spread a lot more Sikh men are donning their turbans with a bit more stylish sophistication. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Jeet Virk is one half of the popular sikh men’s fashion blog, the Urban Sardar. Along with Surjit Singh, Jeet creates a space of countless fashion inspiration for the turbaned sikh man. Whether it be casual or formal men’s wear Jeet uses his impeccable style to inspire his audience with outfit ideas blending a variety of colors and patterns.

 

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Pardeep Singh Bahra is the creator of Singh Street Style. Pardeep photographs impressive trendy urban Sikhs all across England. He has recently constructed a powerful artistic presentation, entitled Don’t Freak, I’m Sikh to further promote positive and constructive imagery of Sikhs as well as raise awareness on religious equality.

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Waris Ahluwalia, designer and actor known notably for his custom jewelry and roles in films like Inside Man. Through the controversy surrounding his 2013 gap holiday campaign with filmmaker Quentin Jones; I was made aware of the need for changing the  perception of the turbaned Sikh man. Although, I may not fully understand the culture and religion I can appreciate these Street Intellectuals for audaciously stepping forward and being who they are.

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Sikhism is a monotheistic religion that was founded in Punjab, India in the 15th century. The Sikh religion today has over 20 million people worldwide and it’s ranked the 5th largest religion in the world. Baptized Sikhs are required to cover their hair in a turban. It’s a symbol of honor and dignity.

Living HERstory: Challenging the Stigma of Mental Illness with @Regal_Fro

October is here and there are tons of causes to bring awareness to like breast cancer, domestic violence and down syndrome. We feel strongly about supporting each of those causes, however, just this year and over the past few months we have noticed a heightened string of events that have all been related to mental illness.

One example of this is shown in the recent passing of Hollywood actor Lee Thompson Young. Young’s death was an unexpected and devastating blow to Hollywood and the community of 20 something year olds; that have watched him grow from the beloved childhood secret agent, Jett Jackson. Young was only 29 when he committed suicide on August 19th, 2013. It was released yesterday via NYDailyNews that Young suffered from bi-polar disorder and depression.

With that being said it was shocking for most of the world to hear that news but it is undoubtedly not a surprise that most people neglect the fact that mental illness can attack anyone at anytime. It is almost always assumed that a person suffering from a mental illness should look a certain way or act “crazy”.

There are many other open stigmas attached to mental health and we wanted to focus on airing out those stigma’s and shedding more light on mental health. Therefore, we sat down to have an up close and honest discussion with one of our Instagram supporters Ms. Regal_Fro aka One Mental Vlogger. She shared her Street Intell and gave us a first hand look into how she is living her story.
On a brief visit to Virginia, we were fortunate to sit down for an up close and personal interview with this week’s living HER story feature, LaQwanda aka @Regal_Fro. Finding out that she has far more to share with the world than great hair tips.
LaQwanda has been one of Street Intell’s most active Instagram supporters and loyal followers. Looking from the outside in you can not tell that this beautiful, bubbly and brilliant, young woman has ever been through any struggle. She was such a pleasure to sit down and chat with.-Carleta Fearon
LaQwanda touched based on the importance of getting treated for mental health concerns and how she wants everyone to be able to conquerors of their condition.


We thank LaQwanda for choosing to share her Street Intell and we hope she informs and inspires more people to get help and learn more about the stigmatized condition of Mental Illness. If you connect with her and want to follow her journey further visit her on YouTube at One Mental Vlogger.

If you or anyone you know needs immediate attention call the suicide prevention help hotline :1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

7 Layers Captive

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Coming to the district Stacy Jewell Lewis presents a riveting play that takes you on a journey of one woman’s struggles and triumphs in the life as a sexually exploited individual. You don’t want to miss this! She will have you on the edge wanting more.

Check out the trailer and grab a ticket for this Friday or Saturday’s show at The Fridge DC.

Purchase tickets online and learn more at www.StacyJewellLewis.com