Project Say Something

$2,755 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 49 people in 42 months
Camille Goldston Bennett  FLORENCE, AL
Or Mission: Say Something's mission is to unify, heal, educate and empower our community to realize social justice through non-violent comminication about racism.

Say Something is the result of community compassion. In the wake of the Ferguson riots and social unrest surrounding very public incidents involving police use of deadly force- the question was asked, “What can we do?” We gathered the community of varying races and faiths to discuss the issues. We came away with an understanding that to make a change, we must empower and educate individuals to lovingly address  uncomfortable acts of intolerance as they occur.  This movement encourages each one of us to start within our own circles of influence with our family, friends, and co-workers.  Say Something is about compassionate correction. 

We decided to create a Public Service Announcement that directly addressed and spoke to the heart of racism.  Everyone involved in the project donated their time, expertise, and deeply personal experiences of dealing with intolerance.  The message resonated to the point that individuals in the neighboring city of Huntsville, AL reached out and said they want to “Say Something” too!   Say Something Huntsville one month later.  Racial tension is not the only negative social condition  Our goal is to address racism head on without injecting chastisement and public or private shaming.

 
We promote and inclusion and tolerance in the following ways:
 

1. Awareness – We  hire  talented videographers to create a 1-2 minute videos on issues that are difficult to address and therefore often avoided.  We will also use funding to support our publication, Garden Spices magazine, which embraces diversity, directly and provides broad cultural perspective.

 2. Education – Say Something educates communities by hosting public forums and panel discussions, workshops and public speaking engagements.  "Compass"...our after school and summer program provides a diverse, safe and holistic environment for young minds to soar!  

 3. Empowerment – The ultimate goal is to heal. Many programs increase awareness,  yet fail to offer additional support to those affected by the issue.  Statistics prove minorities are 50% more likely to suffer from mental illness.  Yet, mental  We  offer counseling services hosted by volunteer licensed mental health professionals in an effort to support those affected by the conditions of racism.  We will also offer African American residents a stronger voice in the Shoals community by cultivating their professional passions through entrepreneurship workshops and grassroots leadership development. 

Visit our website:

www.projectsaysomething.org


See our pilot video Say Something Shoals:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbXXaS9oy3E&feature=youtu.be

See our most recent vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yha_gSZ-_jI

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Update 3
Posted by Camille Bennett
33 months ago
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We are excited to launch our NEWEST crowdfunding campaign 20/20/200. Our mission: $20 dollars from 200 donors in 20 DAYS! That's $4000! Every penny of this money will be used to provide at risk children scholarships to our Compass summer program!!! Our program includes diversity and cultural education, yoga, art classes hosted by local artists, drumming and holistic play. Our campaign begins NOW and ends Tuesday 5/24 at 2:30 pm. Please donate and SHARE this worthy cause.
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Posted by Camille Bennett
33 months ago
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This summer we would like to raise $13,000 for the following:

1. Scholarships for our After School Program “Compass” our goal is to provide a full school year of free services to 10 children in need of excellent care.

2. WC Handy Event Hosted by Project Say Something…this is our first BLOCK PARTY and it will be FABULOUS! A perfect blend of music, African dance, poetry and education.
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Update 1
Posted by Camille Bennett
37 months ago
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We are humbly asking for your support this holiday season. Our November panel discussion on racism was a success! Our panelist are highly qualified, passionate and provide a wide range of perspective on racism. We would like to increase our marketing efforts and reach our community on a larger scale for our next panel discussion on January 12th 2016 at The End...your donations will help us get there.

November Panel Discussion
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Raised by 49 people in 42 months
Created July 22, 2015
Camille Goldston Bennett
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You are a blessing. Keep up the good work.

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