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Community Corner…#RockTheREDPump Event

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Know. Act. Rock.

Today, we are excited to kickoff Women’s History Month by launching our 9th Annual Rock the Red Pump® campaign. Since the beginning, supporters like you have tweeted, posted, and shared photos and information to help us educate the women in our lives and fight the stigma that continues to surround HIV. And, many of you have done so while rocking some fabulous red shoes.
However, #RocktheRedPump has always been more than a fashion statement. It is a call-to-action for women and girls to know the facts about HIV, take the appropriate steps (act), and own the decisions that we make regarding our bodies and our health (rock).
Know. Act. Rock.
It’s that simple. From now until National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10), we will be mobilizing our networks to stand fiercely in the face of stigma, judgement, and shame and counter those forces with facts, support and sisterhood. And, we want you to join us! After all, the more, the powerful.
Here are some things that you can do to show your support. Others are listed here.

  • If you’re a blogger, sign up for the 2017 #RocktheRedPump Campaign!
  • Register your house of worship to participate in Red Pump Sunday on March 12.
  • Post educational statistics to your networks about HIV. (Need some starters? We have you covered.)
  • Download the square button below and post on Instagram (and Facebook and Twitter), including the hashtag #RocktheRedPump.



Cupcakes, Condoms, and You?

This month, Cupcakes & Condoms® will roll into Charlotte, Fayetteville (NC), Atlanta, and Washington, DC. Women and teen girls are invited to join us for a FREE event packed with female condom demonstrations, dialogue about ways to foster healthy intimate relationships, and delicious desserts. To get additional details about each event, visit the respective pages below.

Is your city not on the list? Drop us a note to suggest where we should go next.

Rock the Red is BACK in a New Venue!

Our signature fashion show and fundraiser, Rock the RED, will is back for the 8th year in a row and will be taking place in Chicago on Saturday, March 18 at Chez (247 E. Ontario, Chicago).
Tickets are on sale now and we hope that you will join us for an evening of style and awareness.
Thank you to our sponsors: AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Chez, and Michael Stars.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Email for additional information.

Our financial support is key to ensuring that The Red Pump Project can maintain its efforts to bring important conversations about HIV to the forefront for women and girls in our communities. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today via our fundraising page.
Donate Now

Thank you!

Thanks for standing with us and other women around the world to recognize the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. ♥
P.S. If you’re on Instagram, follow us there at @redpump as we give you behind-the-scenes and other instant access of what we’re up to.


My Sista’s Business…Delores Thornton


Marguerite Press: Delores Thornton

Marguerite Press was founded in Indianapolis, IN in 1996 by Delores Thornton.

The company has published 7 books and 3 plays by Thornton and 2 books by area pastors. Also under the Marguerite Press umbrella is the Internet radio talk show, Around2It on the NuuBeat Network. This show deals with local, national and global issues.

Marguerite Press is also the creator of the Annette L. Lewis Essay Contest which awards cash and trophies to area school children.

Marguerite Press recently acquired an office suite in the beautiful A&P complex on the near Southside of Indianapolis. This will be a place where Marguerite Press will offer tutoring, and mentoring of city youth, as well as bereavement counseling for adults and teens. These services will be spearheaded by Thornton, who has a BA in Christian Education from Simmons College of Kentucky and a Masters from Christian Theological Seminary in Theological Studies.

Marguerite Press is currently promoting a Black History Month Program, “Black Voices from the Past” with a professional cast! It will be at the Jewel Event Center, 3333 N. Illinois Street on Sunday, Feb. 26th @ 3pm. Featuring the Annette L. Lewis Essay Winners! Fun, Vendors, Door Prizes, Light refreshments and so much more. Contact Thornton for more info.

Marguerite Press is also planning the Women’s Religious Conference to take place on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the A&P complex (home of Marguerite Press). This conference will feature Panelists, Break-out Sessions, Round Table Discussions, and Making Your Vision Board. The daylong conference will feature a Continental breakfast, and Lunch.

Websites: and On Facebook as Delores Lewis Thornton. On Instagram (nairobi910) and Twitter (dthorn4047).



Community Corner….Save Our Cities Campaign



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It’s that time again – start planning for the National Urban League Conference!

SAVE THE DATE for four power-packed days in St. Louis, MO, July 26-29, 2017.

As a past attendee, you know what to expect from the premier multicultural gathering of the summer: networking, entertainment, and career and personal advancement opportunities. This year’s Conference promises to deliver all of this and so much more.

Act now to save money! REGISTER to take advantage of early bird pricing and BOOK YOUR HOTEL at a special rate.Stay tuned for exciting announcements and updates about speakers, sessions, and events! And feel free to share your Conference-related ideas and suggestions on social media. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram and like us on Facebook.

In the meantime, reminiscence on last year’s fun and empowering Conference in Baltimore with photos below.

See you in the Gateway City!

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Community Corner….”Matters of the Heart” Campaign

“Matters of the Heart” Campaign Continuing with Your Help
DID YOU KNOW? Each year, more than 72,000 African Americans are diagnosed with a tobacco-related cancer. Tragically, more than 39,000 die from those diseases.
“Matters of the Heart” – a tobacco cessation campaign from Indiana Black Expo – shares the stories of Indiana African American families whose lives were devastated by tobacco use.
This heartfelt campaign is again being launched statewide and we invite you to share this important health message with your family, friends, co-workers and everyone in your community. 
To learn more, I invite you to visit our Facebook page to check out our latest posts and new videos. What’s more, you are welcome to share these messages and videos on your social media pages.
If you or someone you love is trying to quit using tobacco, go to Or, call the Indiana Tobacco Quitline today at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.  The Quitline is a free service for anyone in Indiana who is 18 years and older. A trained “quit coach” will work with tobacco users on a strategy to break the addiction with tobacco.
We’ll soon be visiting Anderson, Kokomo and South Bend to share the Matters of the Heart stories with the community. The purpose of these meetings is to generate awareness and recognition – at a local level within each of these communities – as part of a state-funded grant initiative for the “Matters of the Heart” campaign.
In doing so, we want to encourage everyone to understand the devastating impact caused by tobacco use.
Indiana Black Expo Inc., 3145 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

IBE Press Release


For Immediate Release                                             .
For Immediate Release
Dian Foreman
(317) 413-2819 cell
Joint Statement by Black Organizations on Recent Shootings
Indianapolis, IN (July 8, 2016) We invite the city of Indianapolis to allow their hearts to break with ours over the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and Dallas police officers murdered and injured in the line of duty at a rally. These incidents occurred as the nation reeled from the senseless murder of members of the LGBT community in Orlando. There have been over 100 police action shootings of Black men across the country this year alone prompting outrage but seemingly no justice. It is through tears and frustration, a reverence for the dead, and respect for the impact on the families of the victims and the officers involved that we seek to affirm our aspirations toward healthy and continuously improving police and community relations. We mourn for the loss of life of citizens who mattered to their communities, families and friends. Their lives mattered. Black lives matter. We recognize that the police have a difficult job to do and that the majority serve the community well. Police officers are our neighbors, customers, friends and family members. It is moments like these that it is most important to remember that the police are the community and that policing should affirm the values of the community-which must include a respect for the dignity of all citizens.  We remain mindful of the mistreatment of a youth in Indianapolis by a police officer. We also remain mindful of the need to break the code of silence when law enforcement seeks justice for victims of crime.  The work of building and maintaining healthy police and community relations continues. The dignity of all members of the community is sacred and when violated we should be able to count on a justice system that works for all. Too often, it seems that this has not been the case-which is why our struggle for justice and equity for all continues. We ask that our friends, neighbors and colleagues of all races mourn with us and engage in a dialog on the way forward. Indy is a world class city and must be proactive in ensuring that all of its citizens are not only safe but treated with the dignity they deserve.
100 Black Men of Indianapolis
Baptist Minister’s Alliance
Circle City (IN) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated
Concerned Clergy of Indianapolis
Exchange at the Indianapolis Urban League
Greater Indianapolis Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
Greater Indianapolis NAACP Branch
Indiana Black Expo
Indianapolis Urban League
Marion County Bar Association
Martin Luther King Community Center
National Coalition of 100 Black Women/Indianapolis Chapter


June Charity – Do You Volunteer?


Community Service: Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer

Thinking of becoming a volunteer? See a list of reasons that will help you make up your mind.

#10: It’s good for you.

Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. It:

  • Reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
  • Makes you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one’s fate, strengthen the immune system.

#9: It saves resources.

Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements.

  • The estimated value of a volunteer’s time is $15.39 per hour.

#8: Volunteers gain professional experience.

You can test out a career.

#7: It brings people together.

As a volunteer you assist in:

  • Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal
  • Building camaraderie and teamwork

#6: It promotes personal growth and self esteem.

Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.

#5: Volunteering strengthens your community.

As a volunteer you help:

  • Support families (daycare and eldercare)
  • Improve schools (tutoring, literacy)
  • Support youth (mentoring and after-school programs)
  • Beautify the community (beach and park cleanups)

#4: You learn a lot.

Volunteers learn things like these:

  • Self: Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self worth.
  • Government: Through working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of our government.
  • Community: Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.

#3: You get a chance to give back.

People like to support community resources that they use themselves or that benefit people they care about.

#2: Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.

Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.

#1: You make a difference.

Every person counts!

For a list of community service opportunities, click here.

Community News….#GivingTuesday

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#GivingTuesday is Today!

Did you know the average gift our United Christmas Service provides is approximately $116 per family? This voucher allows struggling families to purchase food, clothing, toys and home goods during the holiday season.

For most of us, that’s not even close to what we’ll spend this month. But for those families, it can mean the difference between Christmas dinner at home – or in a shelter.

Can you help support a family? Even small donations will help provide a brighter holiday for so many!

Help twice as many families with a dollar-for-dollar match.

Make your gift today and it will be matched dollar-for-dollar* thanks to a generous gift from Lilly Endowment Inc. Join us in giving our Central Indiana neighbors a happy holiday – and helping them meet their basic needs for the future, too!

Celebrate Giving Tuesday by Giving Back!

Have you been thinking about a fresh approach to the holiday season? One where every gift you give GIVES BACK? Consider buying holiday cards, 2016 calendars, or gifts from UHCCF for your friends, family or business. 100% of the proceeds from ALL purchases and donations go to fund UHCCF medical grants for children.

Your Holiday Shopping List Just Got Even Easier!


UHCCF products make great gifts for the holidays. Shop UHCCF’s unique games, series of Joke Books by Kids for Kids, Oliver & Hope books and plush toy series, and other unique items that inspire and truly make a difference for children and their families. Visit Amazon today! Spend $50 or more and apply coupon code UHCCFTEN at checkout to receive 10% off your purchase of UHCCF products. Offer good through 12/17.


Don’t forget that you can buy your Nutcracker Ballet and all holiday seasonal program tickets and gifts through our partner tix4cause. By purchasing your event tickets through the UHCCF Tickets for Hope program, 100% of the ticket proceeds will directly support medical grants given by UHCCF to children and their families. That means your purchase of any event ticket can help a family! offers access to millions of sports, concert and theater tickets all across the country and every ticket purchased can benefit UHCCF at no extra cost to you!


Donate a Grins to Go gift bag to one of the participating children’s hospitals across the country. Each Grins to Go™ drawstring bag is filled with an assortment of popular toys and activities designed for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 12. One child receives a dose of laughter and inspiration through the gifts they find inside the bag, and another child will be impacted through a UHCCF medical grant, made possible by the funds raised by bag purchases.


AmazonSmile is a simple, no cost and automatic way for you to support UHCCF every time you shop at Amazon. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to UHCCF when you select it as your charitable organization. All UHCCF items are also available for purchase on Amazon!



Community News….Helping Offenders Make Changes Service Forum

From: Franklin, Sherron
Subject: FW: Helping Offenders Make Changes Service Forum

Hello Everyone,

IMPD will be conducting a  session location to be determined were they will call in some offenders, mostly parolees and talk to them about making changes in their lives.  Agencies such as Job Corp, the Excel School, addiction treatment programs, mentoring, and others would be useful to these guys.  We are looking for agencies who would be interested in setting up informational table to offer services to those who are called in.  The date has been set for this is October 22nd, 2015 2pm to 4pm at Fervent Prayer Church 10512 E. 38th St.   Also any agency you believe will provide a positive direction for the offenders are welcome to participate.


 Officer Sherron Franklin

East District

Community Relations/NRU

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

Department of Public Safety

201 N. Shadeland Ave

Indianapolis, IN  46219

317-327-6229 (desk)

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Community News….”Enough Is Enough” Street Campaign



Local Pastor Lives in Tent in High Crime Area to Raise Awareness of Senseless Violence and Support for “Unite For Change” (Indianapolis, Indiana, August 31, 2015) – This past weekend the pastor of the historic Christ Missionary Baptist Church concluded funeral services for slain sixteen-year-old Jaylen Johnson with the words “…earth to earth, ashes to ashes and dust to dust, ” as Jaylen’s grandmother, sister, other family members and friends said goodbye with tears that seemed to fill the chapel.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time in the past thirty days Pastor G has stood with this community to mourn a tragic loss; and even more unfortunately so, he doesn’t believe this will be the last. To that end, Pastor G proclaims: “enough is enough!”#EnoughIsEnough… “We in the church and the community see the aftermath of gun violence.

As a community, it is beyond time to come together and respond with action against what fuels his type of brutal, domestic terrorism that has paralyzed our communities”, says Senior Pastor Reverend John Girton, a 2nd generation and life-long Indianapolis resident. “I read in a recent Indy Star article that a surge in violence over the past few weeks has our city, ‘on pace with the homicide count of 2014, which was the city’s deadliest in eight years.’ Apparently, last year our city had ‘135 criminal homicides, exceeding the previous year’s count by 10 deaths’. This is simply too much.”

#EnoughIsEnough…. Pastor G is prepared to shine a light on the increased violence in an effort to ignite conversation, understanding and most importantly unity to face the violence and its root causes head on. And there’s never been a better time to face these challenges.

#EnoughIsEnough….On Friday, September 4th, Pastor G will pitch a tent in the heart of one of Indianapolis’ most violent communities in our city. His street campaign will reside at the corner of 30th Street and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street for thirty days. The goal is three-fold:

1. To raise awareness of the senseless violence that is impacting families (generations) throughout the city of Indianapolis;

  1. To encourage unity. Pastor G invites city, faith and business leaders, along with survivors and victims of violent crimes to meet in the tent and bring ideas to unite to face the root causes of violence and to show a force of unity by saying #EnoughIsEnough and that it’s time to Unite For Change;
  2. To initiate a proposal to construct an epicenter of empowerment and education in the northwest community intended to coordinate programming throughout challenged Indianapolis communities where violence and hopelessness is common. (Goal: $500,000)

Pastor Girton is asking anyone who agrees that EnoughIsEnough will at least stop by the tent and sign banner, share your ideas and make a contribution to the  future of our city.

Along with other community leaders, Pastor G will be using social media to capture and share creative ideas, strategies, and testimonies which will become the foundation of the plan of action to reach the core of the community’s challenges.

Live interviews from the tent will be broadcast at You can follow updates from the tent at the church’s Facebook page at and follow Pastor G on Twitter at All donations are being accepted at any Indianapolis Regions Bank location starting September 4, 2015. #UniteForChange and help give #EnoughIsEnough as much visibility as possible. Pastor G is asking that you do at least one of the following:

  • Post messages, testimonies and ideas to end the violence in our community to our Facebook page:
  • Tweet about the unity campaign using #EnoughIsEnough
  • #UniteForChange
  • Advocate for media coverage and send to any bloggers in your network
  • Use your social media accounts and off-line contacts and partner coalitions to organize unifying actions/messages, etc.
  • Call/fax/send letters to: UniteForChange, 1001 Eugene St., Indianapolis, IN 46208, 866-792-8187 fax.
  • To schedule a meeting in the tent with Pastor G, you can call Ms. Tonya Wright at 317-985-2816.


Christ Missionary Baptist Church of Indianapolis

1001 Eugene Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

317.925.4132 phone • 866.792.8187 fax

Contact: Tonya Wright, 317.985.2816 or 317.735.1127



Community News….Millennial Mile March


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We are trying to get everyone out in

 solidarity, especially the youth!

Below are two ways that interested folks can find out more:

  Millennial Mile March on 4 Month

 Anniversary of Tamir Rice Shooting

 Sunday, March 22, 2015

 Indiana War Memorial