2014 has started out with a bang - virtually on roller blades, and this month is full of events, from the serious to the humorous and points in between. I'm only going to list the highlights - events I feel you definitely want to be a part of:
Thomas sponsors workshop on Affordable Healthcare enrollment
Thursday, January 9, 2014 at the African American United Fund Conference Center, 2231 N. Broad Street. 6:00 PM
Residents of the 181st Legislative District of Philadelphia, who need health insurance, State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas, in cooperation with the African American United Fund, is sponsoring a workshop on affordable health care Learn more about the Affordable Healthcare Program and how to enroll. Representatives from Resources for Human Development (RHD) will discuss how to choose an insurance plan and how to enroll.A representative from the PA Department of Public Welfare will also be on hand to discuss Pennsylvania’s expanded Medicaid plan and who may be eligible to participate.
|Representative W. Curtis Thomas|
“Everyone must have health insurance by March 31, 2014 or face penalties,” explained Thomas. “Many folks need health insurance but don’t know how to navigate the website or are confused when it comes to choosing a plan. That’s why we’ve arranged for onsite enrollment assistance for those who need help. Don’t miss this opportunity!”
RHD will have staff available to enroll people onsite. If you want to enroll at the workshop you must bring the following information:
- Social Security numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants)
- Employer and income information for every member of your household who needs coverage (for example, from pay stubs or W-2forms—Wage and Tax Statements)
- Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering members of your household.
Those who want to be enrolled at the workshop should contact Natalie Davis at 215/560-3261 to register for enrollment. Space is limited.
The important thing about this is that if you either don't have a computer, or don't understand the differences between market rate and the special subsidized insurance programs, this will help you make the right decision. So make sure you bring ALL YOUR DOCUMENTS, and get it done.
Friday, January 17, 2014:
"Pass The Dark Meat" Comedy Show featuring "The Legendary Godfathers Of Comedy" Paul Mooney and Dick Gregory
Now many of us have seen Dick Gregory and Paul Mooney perform, but we have never seen them perform TOGETHER. I actually don't know if we can stand both of them, at the same time, in the same place on the same stage - all that comedy, coupled with all that wisdom, compounded with all that Blackness - Philly, I said it before, and it bears repeating: You had better bring the duct tape, you're going to need it to keep your sides from splitting. According to Benita Carruth
January 11, 2014 NACA HOLDS GALA - It's time to celebrate!! NACA, which stands for the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America - was out there fighting the good fight for equitable, affordable home ownership long before the bubble burst and everybody ran for cover. I "discovered" them seven years ago when my constituents for the program I headed up in Brooklyn, were losing their homes at an alarming rate - that was 2007. They came in to Brooklyn and did what the other organizations were not able to do, save homes, and save sanity at the same time. It's no secret that they are my absolutely favorite organization of all times, because what they do is tangible and real. Those of you in the New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and DC areas - whether you've benefited from NACA in the past, or are looking to be involved with them in the future, certainly ought to be at the Gala this Saturday, January 11.
American Dream 2014 Gala
Saturday, January 11th, 2014
Cocktail Reception 6:00 p.m.
Dinner and Program 7:00 p.m.
Dance Party – into the night
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave., NW,
Washington, District of Columbia, 20001
NACA is celebrating more than two decades of making the dream of homeownership a reality and redefining the way lending is done in America. As a non-profit community advocacy and homeownership organization with the active participation of over one million members, NACA continues to set the national standard in providing affordable homeownership. We come together to commemorate the hundreds of thousands of homeowners and homebuyers who, through NACA, have been able to realize the dream of affordable homeownership; and the extraordinary 130 American Dream Events over the past five years. These accomplishments would not have been possible without the active participation of our members, partners and supporters.
During the gala we will be announcing the American Dream Events for 2014 as well as our new initiatives and campaigns for economic justice. T
This formal event (Black Tie optional) dinner and celebration with over one thousand attendees will be an evening to remember, with delectable food, and dancing into the night. We will be joined by celebrities, dignitaries, regulators, industry leaders, civil rights leaders and other special guests. It is our distinct honor to celebrate NACA’s tremendous success with you. For more information and to follow-up contact Daniel Perez Lacera at 617-250-6222 ext. 1218 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE: This gala is also the kick off of NACA's Annual Meeting week in Washington during which they will be visiting all the Members of Congress, the following Tuesday, January 14 and Wednesday, January 15. For those interested in participating in these conferences, please contact Daniel Perez Lacera at 617-250-6222 ext. 1218 or email email@example.com; or firstname.lastname@example.org. The issue of affordable housing, predatory lending, foreclosure prevention, and other viable concerns are more important than ever. It behooves all of us to be in the forefront of making sure that Congress does not take for granted the seriousness with which the American people regard these concerns.
NOTE: For those of you who are not familiar with NACA, or are trying to find out about a NACA affiliate in your area, log on to www.naca.com.
These event alert specials will pop up from time to time as I receive them. I try to circulate them to you in a timely manner. As mentioned before, I'm expanding my blog, and will be focusing on events that go on throughout the US and Caribbean Diaspora and Africa -- where ever we are, and what ever is relevant and positive. I look forward to this year being one of greater information between ECLECTICALLY BLACK NEWS, and my brothers, sisters, friends, followers, across the board.
HAPPY NEW YEAR and a Blessed, Prosperous and Loving 2014.
Stay Blessed &