Sunday, November 2, 2008

Need Your Help - From My Dad

note from Jessica----
This is from my Dad. He asked that I help him
get this out which has got to be the sweetest thing anyone has
ever done for me. He and my Mom came across this contest and they
wanted to enter my name. What is so moving to me is that they
actually know what I do and moreover, they are really proud of me.
There isn't anything better; I feel so amazingly blessed and supported.

P.S. If you can help out, please leave a comment so that I can give you a
ton of thanks.
----- Jessica

Hello to you all,

I am requesting a small favor of you for My Daughter Jessica.
Jessica has become a bit of a local legend in community
involvement with the young emerging leaders of our community.
Because of her work, it would be a great favor to me and her family to have her win the Pine-Sol/ ABC Radio's Powerful Difference Award.

The Pine-Sol "Powerful Difference" Award honors women who are making a difference in their communities.

From your nominations, they will select one Grand Prize winner and five Regional winners of the next Powerful DifferenceSM Awards Contest. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $10,000 contribution to the not-for-profit volunteer organization of her choice. All the winners will be featured in EBONY magazine. We would like Jessica to win so that she can contribute the money to whatever cause she see as needy. (See my Submission below)

Here’s what I am requesting from each of you by December 1, 2008.

1) visit the web-site

2) write a narrative in (200) hundred words or less

You can e-mail your information from the web-site or send it hard copy via regular mail….we want to do both……the envelopes must be handwritten. Send it to:

Pine –sol
Powerful Difference SM Awards Contest
C/o ABC Radio Network
444 Madison Avenue
New York,NY 10022 (before Dec. 8 ,2008)

Visit her website: WWW.EMERGECHANGE.ORG
She has all of her contact information there as well as her BIO.

Below, you will find my submission. You can borrow bits of it or write your own based on what you know about Jessica and her work. Also, email Jessica at and let her know that you helped out, I am sure she would like to thank you.

Jesse Norwood's Submission

I am proud to place in nomination a young African American woman, who made a courageous step in our community by challenging other young people to make a difference. Jessica started a network of emerging change makers over three years ago to help our community help itself by getting young leaders to step up their awareness and involvement of issues.

Our neighborhood and others across Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana benefit from this network of assertive young people. After Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Jessica’s network went to work almost overnight to get volunteers from around the country in an effort to assist the people of New Orleans and Mobile in their recovery efforts.

Jessica’s efforts contributed to hundreds of volunteers from around the country
from colleges to faith based groups coming to work in these neighborhoods hand and hand with local agencies to speed the recovery. Jessica’s work in nearly twenty distinct communities around the region continues today in the form of environmental awareness and responsibility, local activism and policy development and analysis for those in traditionally marginalized communities. We need more Jessica’s and those of the Emerging ChangeMakers Network.

Thank you for your help and support.

Jesse, Stephani, Brandon, Justin, Grandpa, Mrs. Gayle, G-Ma, Momma and all of her friends and family.


Video the Vote and ECN Partner

Thanks to Emerging ChangeMaker Tarana in Philly, Video the Vote (, a non partisan organization that creates a nationwide network of citizen journalists that document election irregularities using video cameras contacted the Network in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana to help them reach people who are willing to film on election day.

23 ChangeMakers from the region received a free flip video camera that they can keep to use to film on election day. ChangeMakers will then upload their footage to Video the Vote who will share it with media outlets like CNN, FOX and MSNBC as well as give a direct link to YouTube.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Can We Get a Bail Out, PLEASE?

Can Karim get a bailout

At a time when the federal government is considering spending billions bailing out big business, but refuses to help struggling families, it's clear that we need to reassess our priorities as a nation. Nearly nine million children in America do not have health coverage and millions more are underinsured. The election in November provides an extraordinary opportunity to bring attention to this critical issue. We must seize this occasion to ensure that every candidate running for a seat in the U.S. Congress understands that providing coverage for all children is something the American people want, that our children and nation can't wait, and that each candidate's commitment to health coverage for all children is a condition of your vote.