CREATING EQUAL OPPORTUNITY & JUSTICE FOR ALL IS A 1000 PIECE PUZZLE.
WHEN WE OPEN THE BOX IT LOOKS CONFUSING AND PERHAPS EVEN HOPELESS.
STARTING TO CONSTRUCT THIS PUZZLE TAKES AN ACT OF WILL AND SOME HARD WORK.
BEFORE STARTING WE NEED TO COMMIT OURSELVES ENTHUSIASTICALLY TO THE TASK.
BY ENVISIONING THE FINISHED PUZZLE WE CAN SEE WHAT CAN BE, NOT WHAT IS.
We Are The Puzzle Solvers: Each of us alone is a key piece. All of us together are the solution.
Building the IN-CROWD is like building a home. It started with a plan. We’re building it step by step according to the blueprint. With hard work it will be a beautiful place to live.
1. THE BLUEPRINT: The IN-CROWD Vision. INformation + INspiration + INvolvement = Equals a home of Opportunity and Justice in PBC.
2. LAYING THE FOUNDATION: Organizing and building a unified IN-CROWD Leaders Partnership from every aspect of our community.
3. ERECTING THE WALLS AND ROOF: Reaching out to our neighbors
4. INSTALLING THE WINDOWS AND DOORS: Flooding The Hood with INformation and INspiration prepare neighbors for INvolvement by providing opportunities for involvement. (“100 things you can do”)
5. INSTALLING THE UTILITIES: Making the House come alive with action
6. COMPLETING THE INTERIOR: Finishing the House through the pledge
7. MOVING IN: The structure is done. The Movement is alive and active
8. BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN NEIGHBORS: The true spirit of community and equality reigns in Palm Beach County at every level.
9. HOUSE WARMING PARTY: The County celebrations.
10. SHARING OUR SUCCESS: We offer the PBC IN-CROWD Manual to all other communities who want it, at no charge.
THE IN-CROWD – 10 STEPS TO TRANSFORMATION
Building PBC AS A Home Of Equal Opportunity And Justice
1. THE BLUEPRINT: The IN-CROWD Vision. INformation + INspiration + INvolvement = Equals a home of Opportunity and Justice in PBC.
The IN-CROWD Blueprint is a common sense plan which many have conceived but few have acted upon. Good ideas are a dime a dozen – bringing one to fruition is priceless.
The IN-CROWD Blueprint is an Action Plan that is a practical and achievable roadmap for community transformation. It is built on three philosophical principles and three operational principles. The philosophy is simple. Put forward a goal that is Huge, Attractive, and Attainable. The working principles are Comprehensiveness, Unity, and Win/Win.
This is attained in a three step process that 1. Awakens people to the possibility of a transformed future. 2. Show them by example that past is not the future. 3. Unify them in creating the future they aspire to. IN-formation + IN-spiration = IN-volvement
Step 2 LAYING THE FOUNDATION
Obviously, any project begins with an idea or vision. In Step 1, The BLUEPRINT. we introduced the Idea, “Building a home of Equal Opportunity and Justice for ALL of the residents of PBC”. Step 2 begins with assembling the building materials. You and I are the building materials. We are leaders from every aspect of our community. and beyond. Each of us is an independent unit. We stack up as the IN-CROWD Partnership, unified and committed to build back better to meet our shared vision.
Step 2 is the transition from planning to acting. Even while still assembling the materials it is time to dig in and pour the foundation. The foundation must be strong and up to the job of holding the structure. The Partners who have come together to this point are the footings. We are strong and straight and prepared to do our part.
Yet, it takes many hands to build this home. We invite and welcome every person and group who is open to be part of the IN-CROWD Movement to join us in our weekly Zoom every Tuesday at 6:30 – 7:30 PM. If you are getting this e-mail you are also getting the invitations. Also check out www.friendsofmama.org web site.
STEP #3. ERECTING THE FRAME
It takes a village to raise an idea. It takes many hands to share the load. With the Blueprint and specs drawn up, and the foundation of Leaders committed to the plan, the carpenters will come in to erect the exterior walls and roof. This frame will hold the structure together. The IN-CROWD’s framing is My Pledge. The Pledge brings neighbors together to work in unity to level the playing field. My Pledge is a personal commitment to myself to do what I can do to work for Equal Opportunity and Justice for all.
MAKE THE PLEDGE NOW.
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STEP #4 – THE WINDOWS AND DOORS
The architect did his job. The foundation is laid and cured. The walls and roof are up. It’s time to open the windows and doors to the community. How does the IN-CROWD do that? In every way possible. Remember that the foundation and walls have been built by a growing number of Partners.
Together we already have access to reach tens of thousands of congregants and constituents from all segments of our County. This gives us the ability to broadcast INformation, INspiration, and most importantly INvolvement opportunities widely throughout PBC. We have also built relationships with traditional media and already favorable newspaper and TV stories have been published about the IN-CROWD,
We will be focusing on helping people who are sick and tired of the injustice and want to do something about it. We will ultimately have over 100 programs and projects that are alive and contributing to raising the quality of life in our county. These will cover every aspect of wellbeing from music and art to gun violence and government. These include housing, education, nutrition, mentoring, sports, at al. We recognize that there are organizations and agencies already working in the neighborhoods. They have the knowhow as well as the trust of the locals. Therefore, we don’t have to create new organizations, we just to identify, help organize, and develop support for the local workers.
If you missed it here is the link to Kelley Dunn/Michael Williams News:https://www.wptv.com/news/region-c-palm-beach-county/the-in-crowd-movement-brings-opposing-sides-together
STEP #5 INSTALLING THE UTILITIES
The Blueprints have been drawn and approved. A strong foundation has been built The Walls and roof are finished and the windows and doors have been open to the community.
The utilities are going in. The water is he life blood of our home-to-be of equality and justice. It is the flow of INformation which must always be available to nourish the community with knowledge and ideas. The electricity is the current of INspiration that sparks the desire for folks of every walk of life and of every hue to get INvolved in the transformation.
Together, The Partnership already has the power in our hands to reach tens of thousands in PBC. Many of our constituents would like to stop talking about justice and do something. The IN-CROWD Partners will provide an abundance of, and a variety of specific quality of life activities that can engage everyone who wants to act.
Our near term goal is to identify and invite 100 local community groups who are working on improving the quality of life in PBC. We will post a blurb about each group on our web site with a link directly to each group so interested people can get directly involved.
STEP #6 FINISHING THE INTERIOR
It takes many hands working together to erect the Home of Equal Opportunity and Justice for ALL in PBC. Many leaders have Made the Pledge and joined hands in The IN-CROWD Partnership. If you’re receiving these e-mails you’re one of them, or you are qualified to be one.
The Partnership is already impressive with leaders from many segments of our county and beyond. Although we will always continue to strengthen our base we are within a month or two from inviting our neighbors to come in and help paint the walls and plant the flowers. Yes, within the next few months the IN-CROWD will be calling on the congregations in our houses of worship, the constituents of our organizations, and all of the folks who want to help create a level playing field in our county. This call to action will begin with a massive campaign to roll out the Pledge to all the residents of PBC. The Home is built and sturdy. It’s time to make it pretty, contributive, and meaningful. The Pledge brings the people together in a Partnership of Purpose. It asks everyone to ask themself to act to build back better. Many will say yes. They will be the “many hands” to finish the Home of Opportunity and Justice.
STEP #7 MOVING IN
The Home for Equal Opportunity and Justice is built and finished. The communications with our neighbors has been to be established. The call to action has been issued. It’s now time to get out into the neighborhoods. Remember, everyone is welcome to be included in the IN-CROWD. We have a goal that is bigger than any on individual, organization, or neighborhood. Such a goal is binding.
We have leaders representing most every corner of the community. This is the time to roll out into all communities in the county. There is a role for everyone to play.
Our job in Step 7 is to accelerate the movement of In-formation, INspiration, and INvolvement. What allows us to do this well? It’s time for planing, talking, and praying to be transformed into action. There is something constructive for every resident of Palm Beach County to do if they are willing. We know that many will be.
Every Step to this moment has been to build our ability to pull this off effectively? The Partnership has the ability to reach tens of thousands through the communications power of the various clergies, organizations, electronic media and word of mouth. The messages all lead to INvolvement to be instigated by INformation and INspiration.
STEP #8 – BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN NEIGHBORS
This is a most critical step in the process. There are many ways that individuals and communities can support one another. Those have have tings that others are missing can fill the void. This can be with things, money, ideas, or even volunteering skills to help out.
The IN-CROWD is making all these opportunities available to the entire community no matter what their situation. I promise that we will soon have a menu of 100 programs and projects that anyone can hook up with.
These projects will be in every category of the human experience which impact the quality of life of individuals and neighborhoods. They encompass all ethnic and spiritual realms. They span all activities from the arts to gun violence. All activities are included from education to medicine to nutrition to jobs, housing to environment, and all others.
And there is something even deeper than all the things available to do. The program will be set up to open doors and build bridges between people of varies backgrounds. Gandhi said and lived it as well as anyone. “Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization – Mahatma Gandhi
It’s a nice idea, and it’s achievable. We are capable of anything we think. We just need to have the political will to achieve our dreams. Making the Pledge and acting on it is a first step on the road to a more perfect world that’s part of the American Promise. Decide to Make the Pledge and live it.
STEP #9 – HOUSE WARMING PARTY
There will be a time to celebrate. We’ll all know when the time is right. That is the moment when all participating neighborhoods in Palm Beach County will celebrate in their own way.
The Palm Beach Commissioners will declare IN-CROW Day and festivities will begin. The celebration won’t have to wait for full perfection, it will be ready to go when we see the transformation in public attitude toward the achievement of the goals. That is our first milestone.
The celebration will accomplish several things besides having fun:
1 It will acknowledge the accomplishments to date.
2. will renew energies in the participants.
It will bring positivity to the entire community.
4. It will broadcast the Movement to those who weren’t yet aware.
5. It will bring positive attention to the Movement.
6. It will be a starting point to redouble the effort in each sector.
STEP #10 SHARING OUR SUCCESS
Once we have reached a measurable level of success on Steps 1 – 9 we will issue an IN-CROWD manual to be shared, free of charge, to any others who wish to use it as a guide for their own communities.
We will also be available for follow up mentoring. Although Palm Beach County is riddled with similar problems and opportunities as many municipalities across the country, each community is different. The Manual will not be a one method apply to all because it doesn’t. Each community needs to start from where they are and tailor their own program to match their unique reality.
Palm Beach County has many advantages over many other municipalities. We have many excellent police forces working under the leadership of chiefs committed to positive community relations and to protection of the people they serve. There are also many office holders of the same mind. In fact, there isn’t any aspect of our community that doesn’t have leaders with cooperative bents. Therefore we can proceed with a positive and cooperative attitude.
This is fundamental to the IN-CROWD philosophy. We believe that, once understood, that the route of militancy is not the most effective way to create opportunities to solve our mutual problems. We believe that by following several philosophical guidelines that transformation can take place anywhere and everywhere who wishes to work for it.
“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization – Mahatma Gandhi
MY IN-CROWD PLEDGE
The wind has shifted. The streets have come alive with citizens calling to build back better. We now have a supportive President & Veep. Our time has come. I will sieze the moment to bring equal opportunity and justice for all.
I PLEDGE to ride the winds of change and work to create a new equitable American era in palm Beach County.
I PLEDGE to build bridges with my neighbors to achieve the aspirations of the Founders who set forth the yet to be fully realized promise of equal opportunity and justice for all.
I PLEDGE to be IN-formed, IN-spired, and IN-volved in this Movement.
I PLEDGE topass this Pledge on to everyone I know to help build a broad based Citizens Movement.
I PLEDGE to mount the mighty current of change, united with my brothers and sisters of goodwill. Together we will attain America’s self-pledged, promise of “EQUAL OPPORTUNITY and JUSTICE for ALL”.
You may read more details below. Join with your neighbors to make every person in our county equipped to reach her and his potential with no one left behind. With you participation it can be done.
UNPACKING THE PLEDGE
We can and we must unite in common purpose to elect a caring government and thereafter see that candidates promises are kept. We must use our 2020 eyesight to see that America has entered a new era of brotherhood during this year. It is your and my personal responsibility to meet the challenge, being written on the walls and pavements of America, to make Palm Beach County a leader in bringing “Liberty and Justice for ALL” from an aspiration to a living reality.
THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW! THIS IS THE MOMENT OF THE PERFECT STORM. A Hurricane is blowing, and has shifted its’ powerful breath to put the winds of change at our backs.
PBC LEADERSHIP AND RESIDENTS MUST ACT NOW TO SEIZE THE MOMENT. A unified partnership of individuals working together will achieve the goals of providing equal opportunity for all residents of PBC.
MY PLEDGE is your and my personal commitment to do our part to fulfill the promise of America within Pal, Beach County.
MY PLEDGE is my starting point. Its aims are simple. Everyone can participate, and it will produce a meaningful result. My efforts alongside thousands of others will make a difference.
I AM THE IN-CROWD. I will be IN-formed, IN-spired, and IN-volved in making my county a beacon of true equality, justice, and opportunity for all our residents. I will share my commitment with my friends, family, coworkers, and constituents.
UNITED IN COMMON CAUSE I will start today and continue through the November election and beyond until America’s aspirations are achieved. The pledge is the first step of an achievable comprehensive unified action plan to have equal opportunity for all Palm Beach County citizens.
I PLEDGE TO WORK FOR EQUAL OPPORTUNITY. I see that the reality for generations has been that many of us are underserved in education, work, law enforcement and other services. I am part of ending such blights on our history.
I PLEDGE TO HELP CREATE THE POLITICAL WILL FOR CHANGE IN PBC. I am part of a committed force of leadership and citizens focused on bringing equality in PBC that will produce miraculous results.
I PLEDGE TO ACT. I will begin by making the Pledge and then doing my part.
I PLEDGE TO VOTE (BY MAIL if possible). The key step now is to vote to get a user friendly government which cares about all the people. I will vote for candidates that have signed the Candidates Pledge and have convinced me that they will honor their pledge after their election. I will vote without regard to political party.
I PLEDGE TO ASSIST OTHERS TO VOTE and to help them understand which candidates are on our side.
I PLEDGE TO STAY ACTIVE before and after the elections. I will urge office holders to keep the promises they made as candidates.
I PLEDGE TO EMPOWER the local on the ground groups that are doing the front line work in underserved communities.
I PLEDGE TO BE MY OWN IN-CROWD. I do not have to join anything. I will work in my own creative way to build a better PBC. To be most effective I will:
* I PLEDGE TO IN-form myself by increasing my awareness of the candidates, and issues. I will share this information with others.
* I PLEDGE TO IN-spire myself and will seek and offer inspiration to others and receive it from others.
* I PLEDGE TO IN-volve myself by doing my own project of working with established local NGOs and empower various improvement projects.
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE IN CROWD?
Who is the IN-CROWD? Why is PBC the ideal setting for the IN-CROWD? Does the IN-CROWD cost you anything?……. CLICK IN-CROWD FAQS
Also learn what the politicians are committing to in order to make PBC an more just and equal community.
The IN-CROWD FAQs
WHO WE ARE
Friends of MAMA 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.