ARTivism: Confronting Mass Incarceration Through Art [Video]

Tony Lewis, Jr. is a dedicated community leader, philanthropist, mentor and avid advocate for the under served citizens of Washington, DC.  For several years he has been organizing community initiatives dedicated to supporting those in need. He has used  his and resources to be the voice of the people by creating organizations like Sons of Life that uplift, build and advocate for young black males. He has tirelessly working in the streets using his platform and network (DC or Nothing) to propel the concerns of DC constituent to the forefront.

He is dedicated to sharing his struggles and acting as a conduit for success for so many people living in the District of Columbia, especially young black males and ex-convicts. We shine a light on him because as a true Street Intellectual he is dedicated to uplifting his community through action and empowerment. Along with Mark Thomas, Mr. Lewis has created a new campaign using the visual medium of photography to help share the stories of individuals connected to loved ones that have been affected by mass incarceration.

Check the videos out, leave a comment and as always share the Street Intell.





4 ways to stay involved after the 2014 National Day of Service

mlkjJanuary 20, 2014 is the US federal holiday dedicated to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy of service. The day provides a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s dream of civic engagement by getting out into their communities and making a difference. MLK Day doesn’t stop on January 20th it is a philosophy of service that should be carried on throughout the year. Here are a few simple ways to put action into play on Dr. Kings’ dream:



Support your community by volunteering  at a local soup kitchen; food bank, public library, nursing home, homeless or animal shelter.


Let your voice be a tool used for change. You can join several organizations that specialize in advocacy, sign a petition for change via or hand out flyers with useful information. You can even sit on your community or town hall as a volunteer board member.


Become a leader in your neighborhood and gather support for community forums, town hall meetings, community clean up, feed the homeless initiatives.


Apart from money; the most valuable thing you can donate is your time. With so many underserved youth out there you can make an impact by signing up to mentor at a boys and girls club or other mentorship programs.

Donating clothing , furniture or your car to goodwill and/or charity orgs.

Sharing your knowledge  through tutoring a child or teaching a class at a local learning center.

Make an impact by sharing resources with women’s shelters and non-profit groups that support the disabled or visually impaired (Columbia lighthouse for the blind). Donating computers and practical items such as desks, chairs and toiletries can always help further initiatives.

Visit  or the to find more opportunities in your area.

These are just a few ideas but if you know of any other ways to stay involved and would like to share; comment below.


A few facts about MLK National Day of Service:

After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort.  Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative.  It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.  The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”

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Pay it Forward: @NewYorkCares partners with @BeforetheLabel to host a VIRTUAL coat drive! #crowdfunding #fashion


New York Cares has  partnered with fashion tech startup, Before the Label to gather more coat donations via the web. 46 more coats are needed for the campaign to be successful. Donors do not have to find a drop-off location or schedule any pick ups; they can donate from the comfort of their own homes. Contributions can be made with any internet-connected device and once the campaign goal is reached, only then will you get charged. After the goal is reached, Before the Label will personally ship all the coats directly to New York Cares. Act fast! Only 10 days left to support. This campaign ends January 30, 2014. Let’s help keep the community warm. Join in and be sure to share the Street Intell!

ny cares coat drive fashion crowdfunding



Before the Label is an New York based technology start up committed to breathing new life into fashion by hosting crowd funded campaigns. Before the Label allows designers to put their designs up on their platform to assess consumer demand.

The @NewYorkCares coat drive is still going on until Feburary 7th, Donate today!

Have an extra coat or a few that can’t fit you anymore? Donate them to individuals in need.


The warehouse is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dropping off donations call 646.801.4022 upon arrival and a New York Cares staff member will be there to greet you.

New York Cares Coat Drive Warehouse
157 West 31st Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues
New York, NY 10001

There are countless ways that you can help keep the community warm this winter find out below:


  • You can set up a collection site in your apartment building, workplace, or church. New York Cares will provide you with all the promotional materials you need to run your own drive. All you have to do is provide boxes to collect the coats and deliver them to the New York Cares Coat Drive Warehouse as soon as and as often as possible.


  • You can donate a coat at one of more than 300 public collections sites. Organizations interested in hosting a public collection site for the New York Cares Coat Drive should call 212-228-5000.


  • Buy a coat and ship it straight to the  New York Cares Coat Drive. Check out the Amazon and Target wish lists, where you can purchase coats and have them shipped directly to the warehouse.


  • Make a financial contribution

Visit for more ways to get involved.

Tis’ the season of thanks and giving. Find out how you can get involved by volunteering (or donating) at these local events.


With temperatures dropping and the holidays approaching there is no better reason to donate your time, effort and money to those in need. No matter how small, there is no amount of giving that won’t be beneficial. Although servicing your community should be a yearly endeavor; time and attention to our neighbors is needed even more during these harsh fall/winter months.

Several individuals, organizations and groups have set out to support their community. Join in by sharing the Street Intell, donating items and/or monetary contributions.

Jaden’s Closet Inc.

Through Nov. 22, Jaden’s Closet Inc. will collect gently used winter wear for the “Warm it up” initiative. To donate, contact Chevonne Thomas at or 571-991-9015.

The Sanaa Project will be collecting winter items during their weekend long events. All events are free but welcome donations.

Friday, 11/22-Query and worship at the Median 5614 8 st NW at 7pm ft performance by Gully Waters.
Sanaa House Party 10 kicks off at 11pm at an undisclosed location. Hit up for further info.

Saturday, 11/23- Mousai Open House Jam Session 1pm-early in the morn!

Sunday, 11/24- The Black Market 12pm-6pm 411 New York Ave NE

Tony Lewis Jr. , Sons of Life, Kitchen Cray, and many more are hosting the DC or Nothing Turkey Drive on Saturday November 23rd collecting non-perishable items that will be delivered to families in need around DC. Join in by just showing up to Bar 7 with your canned goods or volunteer to help deliver items. There will also be breakfast being provided by our favorite Culinary crew, Kitchen Cray.
Project giveback is hosting their 19th annual thanksgiving food distribution.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

7:30AM-9:30AM – volunteers needed to assemble food baskets (300 volunteers)

10:00AM-2:00PM – volunteers needed to deliver food baskets – maps will be provided (300 volunteers)

12:00PM-2:00PM – volunteers needed to distribute food boxes at Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity House 6343 S. Kings Highway, Alexandria, VA 22306 (25 volunteers) registration for this should be coordinated through Charles Parker, Jr.

IRSP and the Bruhs are hosting a holiday blood drive to help support the Red Cross and save lives.


If you know of any other initiatives in your area, let us know and let’s share the Street Intell.