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Coalition Against Youth Gang Violence

ABBA Leadership Center, in association with Bethlehem of Judea Church, is proud to partner with the Coalition Against Youth Gang Violence to host the Week of Peace “Fathers and Sons for Peace” gathering. The Fathers and Sons gathering will be held on Monday, August 6, 2017 (from 6:30pm to 8:30pm). Food and refreshments will be served. In addition, the first 50 Fathers and Sons will receive free special gifts in honor of the occasion.

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    Absentee fathers have reached historical proportions in African-Americans households
    across the United States. “More than 19 million children – about one in four –
    were living in households where no father, biological or other, was present, according
    to a Census Bureau report in 2005.”
    “The statistics also show that this burden falls more heavily on black children. Some
    56 percent of black children lived in single-parent families in 2004, with most of those
    families headed by mothers. That figure compared with 22 percent of white children
    and 31 percent of Hispanic children.”
    “Father Absence in the African American communities across America, has hit those
    communities with the force of 100 hurricane Katrinas,” said Phillip Jackson, executive
    director of the Chicago-based Black Star Project, which helps children in mainly
    minority schools.
    “It is literally decimating our communities and we have no adequate response to it.”
    According to recent statistics, 72 percent of Black children are raised in a single parent
    household.
    Clearly there is a chasm of cataclysmic proportions between absentee Fathers and their Sons. Reconciliation and healing of open wounds is critical to the restoration of fatherhood to the family structure. There can be no Peace if their is no Fathers/Sons relationships in the process. The Week of Peace “Fathers and Sons for peace” forum in a part of that process.
    According to Getting Men Involved: The Newsletter of the Bay Area Male Involvement
    Network, Spring 1997
    Begin quote:
    • 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (Source: U.S. D.H.H.S., Bureau
    of the Census
    • 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes
    • 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes
    (Source: Center for Disease Control)
    • 80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes
    (Source: Criminal Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26, 1978.)
    • 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes (Source: National
    Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools.)
    • 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless
    homes (Source: Rainbows for all Gods Children.)
    • 70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes
    (Source: U.S. Dept. of Justice, Special Report, Sept 1988)
    • 85% of all youths sitting in prisons grew up in a fatherless home
    (Source: Fulton Co. Georgia jail populations, Texas Dept. of Corrections 1992)
    PEACE WEEK INITIATIVE: COTA partnered with the Coalition against Youth Gang
    Violence in an effort to bring sons and fathers together from all different backgrounds.
    “There was a great turn out as fathers and sons sat side by side expressing intimate
    stories and hard times that they’ve shared with one another. Lives were touched and
    bonds were created.”
    On the seventh and final day of the week of Peace (Monday, August 7th, 2017) ABBA Leadership and Bethlehem of Judea Church will be hosting the Fathers and Sons for Peace Forum.


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