I was planning to post about an upcoming event organized by DIVAS (Digital Interactive Visual Arts Sciences) for Social Justice, a community organization that is working out of the Magnolia Tree Earth Center at 677 Lafayette Avenue. On December 1st, the organization was planning an event called, “Imagery & Its Power” and it was billed as “a presentation about the original use of the N-word in its historical context using visuals, DVDs, and a PowerPoint presentation to engage youth and adults in an open, honest, and historically revealing interactive discussion.” For more information about the event, visit the forum by clicking here.
Unfortunately I just received some bad news from DIVAS:
“On Wednesday, it was discovered that the DIVAS workspace, out of the Magnolia Tree Center on Lafayette Avenue, was broken into and robbed. All of the equipment save the TV was stolen, 5 iMacs, digital cameras, even the vacuum cleaner. So now, a mere three weeks after DIVAS received its 501c(3) status from the IRS, the group is forced to start over.”
Someone stole the vacuum cleaner? How much do you wanna bet that the guy who did it never vacuumed a day in his life?
This would be horrible at any time of year, but it seems especially heartbreaking because it has happened around the holidays. So as a result of the callous knuckle-headed grinches who roam our streets and rob our community centers, DIVAS is in dire need of donations (both monetary and equipment). Any donations you make would be tax-deductible. You can contact the co-founder, Clarisa James, at firstname.lastname@example.org and she can let you know the best way to assist them at this time. They’ve set up a PayPal account for donations as well. To learn more about this organization, visit their website at www.divasforsocialjustice.org.