June 2014 Newsletter

The Fruit of Labor Singing Ensemble, their songs and music was born out of the struggle of organizing African American workers in the “Black Belt” region of North Carolina and the South. More than twenty two workers, at various times, have participated in this dynamic cultural workers organization. Recruited from workplace and community struggles, they have captured in music oppressed peoples’ and the working class’ history of community and workplace struggles. Prison to Pipeline:

If you haven't heard of Aloe Blacc by now I suggest you do a quick Google search on this musical genius! You will find that this talented Black Panamanian man consistently delivers powerful reformed messages in soulful upbeat tunes. Some of his hits have been "I Need a Dollar", "The Man, "Hey Brother", and my personal favorite "You Make Me Smile". However, his latest hit "Love is the Answer" (which was produced by the creative extraordinaire Pharrell) provides the audience with a powerful and relevant to message that our modern-day youth often have to face. The school-to-prison pipeline is an epidemic in the minority community and is effecting the lives of our children. Aloe Blacc, through this visual treatment, allows us to see what is taking place in some of our homes by bringing reality to the forefront and speaking out against this pandemic. Above you will find an infographic chart displaying the true statistics the school-to-pipeline issue. If you haven’t already listened to the song, please do so! Also, if you want to find out how you can become more involved in helping to build and maintain a stronger community, where there is more of youth pursuing higher education rather than occupying jail cells please subscribe to our newsletter now so that you don’t miss out on the wonderful opportunities that The Fruit of Labor has to offer

Source: http://www.suspensionstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/STPPgraphic.jpg Written by: Tisha|Fae, BS, MIS

Wellness Corner

Delicious Veggies? Fire up the grill! The best time to try out a variety of vegetables is the summertime. Not only are there tons of vegetables to choose from but since its grilling season, you can enhance your meals with vegetables with a flavorful smoke taste. Vegetables cook quickly and for the most part you can tell if they are ready just by looking at them as opposed to meat. A lot of vegetables do well on the grill, but here are some that really stand out: Asparagus Corn Eggplant Mushrooms Bell or Hot Peppers Onions Cabbage Tomatoes Squash Zucchini Most vegetables cook better and are less likely to stick if marinated first or brushed lightly with olive oil. For added flavor, you can sprinkle vegetables with fresh herbs. So head over to your local farmers market and gather some veggies for your next cookout.

Written by: Donnae' Ward BS, AFAA, ACE-PT, WMS, YogaFit and Zumba Fitness

Voter Suppression Last year, North Carolina introduced one of the worst voter suppression laws in the country in recent years. we are excited to help this youth organization - NC Vote Defenders, which is dedicated to fight voter suppression in North Carolina. This organization has effectively defended North Carolinians and our youth's right to vote and has been featured on national media, including a recent interview on Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC (see link at the end of the email).

You can watch this video and consider whether to show it at HH4J events/discussion brunches, etc. Let's use it at our shows and also put it in the fruit of labor centers e-newsletter !!!!!

check it out,,,,,, https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/nc-vote-defenders-nonewjimcrow-electionprotection

Watch an interview of Bryan Perlmutter of NC Voter Defender on Hardball with Chris Matthews: http://www.msnbc.com/hardball/watch/the-effect-of-north-carolinas-voting-law-250638915727

Thank you for your support. Please let us know if we can help with your campaign or future projects!

Comrade Angaza Sababu Laughinghouse Moral Mondays Rally Dates

June 9th; Topic- Public Education June 16th; Topic- Labor June 23rd; Topic- Movement at Large

June 2014 Calender Events:

-5th, Thursday @6pm: Fertile Ground Food Coop; Community Meeting @ Walnut Creek Wetlands Center 950 Peterson St, Raleigh NC 27610 -8th, Sunday @5pm: Healthy Happy Hair Workshop; Live demonstration, discussions, protective styling, & nutrition. $10 per ticket online, $15 at the door, Light refreshments provided. -15th, Sunday; Annual Juneteenth Celebration & 6th Annual Spoons of Justice Cook-Off; 2:00pm – 5:00pm; Calling all “Sisters who can Stir” & “Brothers who can Burn” to see who can claim this year’s coveted Cook-Off Champion Trophy! Enter your best dish and the people will judge who wins! Chef Entrance fee: $10. If it is advisable that you not share your culinary skills with the general public; come out, taste dishes that are entered, be a judge & help pick this year’s winner! It’ll only cost you $10, 2-4-$17 or 4-4-$30. E-mail us at the address above for a registration form & more information. -21st, Saturday; Hip Hop For Justice Presents: Pillow Talk Brunch @9:45a: Lets talk about Relationships Then & Now: Dating , Marriages/ Commitments, and Single Parent Homes. $5 at the door. -22nd , Sunday; BWFJ Wake/Durham Chapter Meeting – 3:00pm -27th , Friday; 6pm FINANCIAL HEALTH WORK SHOP SERIES -27th, 7 pm Wine & Cheese Networking Social; Free but, donations are welcome. Copyright © 2014 Fruit of Labor, All rights reserved. You are receiving this email because you signed up at our website, fruitoflabor.org

Our mailing address is: Fruit of Labor 4200 Lake Ridge Dr Raleigh, NC 27604