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September 27, 2016

To: All National Bar Association Affiliate Chapters

From: President Kevin Judd

Subject: National Week of Non-Violence

I am pleased to announce that for the second consecutive year the National Bar Association (NBA) has partnered with Black Women for Positive Change in their National Week of Non-Violence, which will take place October 15-23, 2016.

The National Week of Non-Violence is dedicated to preserving and strengthening America’s middle and working classes, in addition to changing the culture of violence that exists both domestically and globally. It is a time to educate youth and violence-prone adults about conflict resolution, anger management, non-violent concepts in behavior, music and art. It is also a time to emphasize alternatives to the causes of violence, specifically, employment, education, faith and economic development.

The NBA’s involvement in theNational Week of Non-Violence will be two-fold. First, I will proudly serve as an Honorary Co-Chair for the Week. Second, National Bar Association affiliate chapters are encouraged to participate by hosting events in their local communities.

In light of my NBA Presidential initiative to economically empower Black communities through entrepreneurship, the theme for National Week of Non-Violence events hosted by NBA affiliates is “Entrepreneurship as an Alternative to Violence.” With this theme in mind, I am asking every NBA affiliate chapter to organize and facilitate a workshop, panel discussion, or other program to educate and inform our communities about how creating one’s own business can be a viable alternative to other life paths that may lead to violence.

In the words of President Barack Obama, “Entrepreneurship offers a positive alternative to the ideologies of violence and division that can all too often fill the void when young people don’t see a future for themselves. Entrepreneurship means ownership and selfdetermination, as opposed to simply being dependent on somebody else for your livelihood and your future. Entrepreneurship brings down barriers between communities and cultures and builds bridges that help us take on common challenges together. Because one thing that entrepreneurs understand is, is that you don't have to look a certain way, or be of a certain faith, or have a certain last name in order to have a good idea.”

I hope the words of President Obama, as well as the mission of Black Women for Positive Change, will inspire all NBA affiliates nationwide to leverage their local networks and resources to commemorate the National Week of Non-Violence during the week of October 15-23, 2016. I look forward to hearing about the outstanding programs hosted by NBA affiliates in support of this critically important effort.

Please direct any questions regarding this initiative to NBA Economic Empowerment Committee Chair, Kendra Perkins Norwood (kperkinsnorwood@gmail.com) or Vice Chair, Victoria Clark (vrayelleclark@gmail.com). For additional details on Black Women for Positive Change and the National Week of Non-Violence, please visit: blackwomenforpositivechange.org.

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