WHO WE ARE
The IN-CROWD is an ad-hoc volunteer social action collaboration. Our Founding Partners are Steve West, Angela Williams MAMA, Bishop Dr. Phillip Dukes Operation Restore, and Professor Dr. Robert Watson Lynn University. (See who’s Who)
IMAGINE underserved Palm Beach neighborhoods gaining an equal seat at the table. IMAGINE using the power of the vote to gain meaningful political power. IMAGINE true educational and economic opportunities, social justice, and equality. IMAGINE overcoming gun violence in troubled neighborhoods. You don’t have to IMAGINE that anymore – we will make it happen together, NOW.
A solid core of qualified community leaders already exists. New leaders are ready to emerge to join them. We will help empower them to bind together in common cause.
STRENGTH IN UNITY
“My common sense and my long time experience in community development informs me that a committed and united positive movement can transform a community. By raising standards and expectations; by acting rather than talking; by acting together – literal miracles will occur” – Steve West, Founder, Friends of MAMA.
To provide volunteer support to help develop and assist community leaders to unite to foster sustainable development to fulfill needs and expectations of each community. We will work with the communities to provide antidotes to attitudes and structures that inhibit opportunity.
Purity in service Diligence and caring Transparency and honesty Passionate commitment
As we address the varied and challenging situations that lie ahead, we take pride in the underlying significance of our work in insuring that all segments of society, especially those who may be marginalized or overlooked, are empowered to create every opportunity to grow. These values are a cornerstone in all we do as we build extensive and intricate connections with the grassroots, moving ever upward in encompassing a diverse range of partners while extending our sincere efforts and empathy to all. Helping to achieve community transformation begins with unity and a passion for achieving shared goals. All sincere partners of goodwill are welcome to take this journey together.
Our core activity is to assist in the creation, and effectiveness of the IN-CROWD. (See right below)
Not just for the election but a long term activity to assist the community to first elect more cooperative leadership and then to openly communicate with them to see that promises are quickly kept.
Friends of MAMA, is an ad hoc volunteer support group
IMAGINE THE UNDER SERVED PALM BEACH COUNTY COMMUNITIES WITH TANGIBLE POWER. You don’t have to imagine that anymore – we can make it happen – TOGETHER- NOW.
The good news is that there exists a solid core of community leaders bound together in common cause. The bad news is that there is not much of a common platform for joint action.
My experience in community development informs me that a legitimate united positive movement can transform a community. By raising standards and expectations, by acting rather than talking, and acting together, miracles will occur.
What are these actions? Each must meet 3 basic criteria
- They must be achievable.
- They must lead to beneficial results for most members of the community.
- They must catch the imagination of many of the residents so they will take action
Practically speaking, the near term activity that every adult resident can take is to vote. Although many actions are needed, voting leads folks to engagement of the individual as well as the empowerment of the community. The job goes past registration. Our job is only completed when the voter has voted (voted by mail if possible) and influenced others to vote. Therefore, our campaign includes information, inspiration, and involvement to bring out the vote.
The IN-CROWD is partnering with all who are calling citizens to exercise their right and privilege to vote. Angela Williams has delegated The IN-CROWD (an ad hoc group of non-partisan volunteers) to work with all others to help create platforms for the frontline activists to arouse the underserved residents of PBC. Those working to register unregistered voters including Second Chance Citizens are heeding the call to action.
At the same time, we are not merely interested in registering potential voters. Other steps are at least equally as important. Ultimately the voter needs to cast their vote. Therefore we strongly encourage mail-in voting. Ultimately the engaged voter is our ideal. He or she is informed and inspired to talk to others and even help others get to the polls. These citizens become spokespeople. To do this they need to be informed and inspired. Our campaign aims to take citizens through all three steps.
We believe that there is nothing like action to get things done. We plan to have continuous events right up to election day. These events are geared to reach the people and get them excited about the power they hold if they stand up and use it.
Our mission is:
To work with all willing partners to generate an IN-CROWD within the populace. This group will be IN-formed, IN-spired, and IN-volved in the voting process. The result will lead to the best form of communication – word of mouth.
The coalition is growing fast.
MAMA and Lynn University asked us to take this on November 1st, giving us less than 3 weeks to create the event your churches agreed to partner with us. We already have committed working partners such as area churches, League of Women Voters, Legal Aid Society, Moms Demand Action, Operation Restore, and many others.
I have submitted a request for Mayor Gillum to attend our planned large community event and his staff is working on finding possible dates for the request. Should this fall into place we will be revising our plans upward in line with the Mayor’s ability to draw the public and the media and produce even greater results.
We invite the sage advice and the partnership of all interested parties. Your participation is important to help guide the direction of this campaign. Those who know Angela and Watson, and I, know that we are like gravity. We make things happen. So climb aboard for a satisfying ride. Your efforts will be rewarded by being part of a team that will make a difference in something you believe in.
You can be part of making the dream come true!