You are all invited to attend an information sharing session regarding one of our biggest challenges globally: shelter and housing. Even though this is a global issue, we have to start closer to home and hopefully move further outward. This implies regional focus, and although homelessness knows no ethnic or racial barriers, it has been demonstrated that this problem disproportionately affects those of us who refer to ourselves as Moors, Asiatics, Indigenous, African Americans, Blacks, etc. Because I am giving of my time and energy, it is my people with which I am most concerned. (Every Moor was born into a clan, tribe, or nation whether recognized, proclaimed or not). I have been around the block and back a few times, and therefore have no reservations at all with an initiative that gives preferential treatment to my nation/tribe. Once we uplift ourselves, we can focus on others. For so long, we’ve been “putting the cart before the horse” so to speak and saying “let’s help everybody”. Sounds good in theory, but we tend to be the people who eventually lose out when it is put into practice.
The meeting is not intended to focus on the problem. We already know the problem. The meeting is intended to give some resources, ideas, and means to funding. There are many paths and avenues to arrive at a destination. Each of us must take the road best suited for us. There will be people attending the meeting who all look similar with different shades of brown and copper; however, many of us come from different frames of references and schools of thought. Let’s not spend time debating over unimportant issues, but embracing and appreciating the differences, and hopefully finding a common ground. In other words, bring your solutions to the table and leave them there, partake of whatever items on the table you find useful, and leave the rest untouched so others can enjoy, while abstaining from negative commentary. We encourage you to utilize what you do find useful as a means of building your specific community.
Please note that we will stick to the time format. There will be 45 minutes for presentation of information followed by 45 minutes of Q&A. If you are a member of Ma’at or part of the Ma’at Network, which means you or your group/tribe have signed our MMFSIS Networking Treaty, see https://theuniversalmaat.org/ready-to-network-with-us /, you have first preference during Q&A time. So everyone come prepared with your questions. Those of you who have solutions to offer, please do the same. Remember: No one person has all of the answers.
Please send your RSVP, no later than Friday, December 11, 2020 by 5pm EST, that you are interested in attending the meeting, and the Zoom meeting info will be sent to you. If you have those you would like to attend not on this list, please send to me their names/ appellations/ identities with email addresses and I will send meeting invite to them.
Let’s put aside our petty differences and make great things happen! Looking forward to your attendance.
Peace and Love
Maylo (Dr. J)