May is the month to give praise and accolades to some of KC’s strong, smart women and hear a man exonerated in one of Americas most famous cases tell you why you should help get the wrongly convicted out of prison.
Mothers of Incarcerated Sons and Daughters presents Women Of Courage 2013 Saturday, May 18, 5pm, St. Monica Catholic Church-Fellowship Hall, 1616 Paseo Blvd-KCMO.
Please join MISD in saluting women on trailblazing missions, The 2013 Honorees include Alisha Franklin, Ardith “Sunshine” Smith, Audra Deja-McLeod, Dr Kathryn Ridley, Dr. Sarita Graham, Fantashia Freeman-Syananzu, Harriet Clark, Janay Reliford-Davis, Shawna Coffman and Vera Thomas. Bev Livingston, founder and chief advocate says, “These women while on trailblazing missions nurtures the will within us. They are regarded and respected by peers and the community. Their work is inspiration for change.” For more information go to http://www.charityhappenings.org/women_of_courage_a_misd_event.html or call 888-812-0594.
GYRL, SHERO Awards, Saturday, May 18, 2pm, Bruce Watkins Cultural Heritage Center 3700 Blue Parkway, KCMO.
Give Yourself Real Love has been hosting the “Hands Off” forums on Domestic Violence. Miss E is in to talk about the next Forum and their SHERO Awards fundraiser honoring outstanding women that make a difference in the lives of others. For information call 816-651-0044 or email G.Y.R.L.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Midwest Innocence Project presents Faces of Innocence Wednesday May 8, 2013, Muehlebach Towers, 200 W 12th St, KCMO.
The Midwest Innocence Project brings to KC Raymond Santana, one of five teenagers convicted of raping the “Central Park Jogger” in 1989. He served more than 6 years in prison before he was exonerated. Raymond is joined by Sarah Burns author of the highly acclaimed book “The Central Park Five”. Add presentation of the Sean O’Brien Freedom Award to the family of former Jackson County Legislator and Prosecutor and you have one heck of a fundraiser. Find out more and buy tickets at www.themip.org/Events or call (816) 221-2166.
Some extra Calendar items-
The next program sponsored by the KC Chapter of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty will be Tuesday May 7th, 6:30pm at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Warwick Blvd, KCMO. The featured speaker will be The Rev’d R. Stan Runnels. He is an ordained priest of the Episcopal Church and early in his ministry he served about four years as a volunteer chaplain at Parchman Penitentiary in Mississippi serving the inmates and staff of the prison’s “Death Row.”
Local Author Christine McDonald will have a meet and greet for those interested in her book “Cry Purple”. This is the story of the author’s long journey prostitution, crack addiction and homelessness in Kansas City to her present life of blindness, motherhood and happiness. The book also details some of the work she does on behalf of the blind, drug addicts, ex-cons, prostitutes and others.
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2013 Time: 2:00-4:30 p.m. Location: Norton Heights Community of Christ Church 436 S. Norton Ave. Kansas City, MO 64124
The monthly meeting of the Criminal Justice Task Force will be Monday, May 6th from 6:45 to 8:45PM at the Church of the Good Shepard, 4947 Chouteau Drive, KCMO. They are asking that you bring non perishable food items or canned goods for the Good Shepard Back Pack Program that provides food for needy children to take home with them from school. For more info call Robin at 816-468-7894.
Kansas City VA Medical Center’s 2K “walk and roll” event kicks off, Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 12 pm on the medical center campus 4801 Linwood Blvd,KCMO. The event will run through 2:30 pm and is filled with music, food, and games. This year our theme will be “Home Run for Homeless Vets”, Individual participants and teams are asked to dress in keeping with the theme. Team members are also asked but not required to consider a $3.00 donation that will allow homeless veterans who have been placed in permanent housing to purchase necessary household items.
Pre-registration is not required. Plan to arrive at the north parking lot no later than 30 minutes prior to the event. There is a required waiver and release of liability/publicity for each person when you check in. For additional information and more event details, please contact the local VA2K coordinator, Sharon Shade at 816-861-4700 extension 52321.