Press & Resources | ARCHIVE: January 2015


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FPWA Honored at BAE MLK Luncheon

As seen in The New York Amsterdam News The Black Agency Executives organization recently held its 38th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon. Aptly hosted by NBC4’s Pat Battle, the event at the Hilton New York in Midtown was well attended. The Honorable David Dinkins, New York’s first and so far only Black mayor, was the keynote speaker.

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Gordon Raymond is not proud when he talks about his past, and the various crimes he once carried out without a second thought. Today, at 53, Mr. Raymond is trying to atone; he wants to make a difference in the lives of others.

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With its sloped lawns and dense shrubbery, its stately Colonials and svelte Corvettes, Watchung Road in Bound Brook, N.J., was a world apart from the cluttered street where Lora Pitoscia grew up nearby. When she felt down, she went to Watchung Road, imagining that she came from “a different sort of family” with more stable parents, Ms. Pitoscia said. Her mother had bipolar disorder and abused prescription drugs, she said, and often lashed out at her.

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From the time she was 3 years old until she turned 21, Krystle Jackson lived in 13 different foster homes. So she was distraught when her own young children, Kayla and Isaiah, landed in foster care in 2012 when her daughter was seriously hurt while Ms. Jackson was at a job-training class. She fought hard to get her children back, working with New Alternatives for Children’s foster care program to meet the necessary requirements.

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As seen on Aljazeera America When Henry Lezama joined Roca Mia Construction, his new colleagues were still in the process of deciding what kind of business, exactly, it would be. On New York’s Rockaway peninsula after Hurricane Sandy washed through, there was plenty of work to do. Entire homes had been destroyed; basements and ground floors needed to be gutted and rebuilt. Would the workers do demolition, landscaping or cleanup? The one thing they were sure of was that Roca Mia would be a cooperative: The employees, as a group, would own the business.

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