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NEWS RELEASE: "Voice of the People" to fill Capitol Rotunda February 14

Like a convivial Jack Lemmon / Walter Mattheu juxtaposition of temperaments, loyalties and agendas, the Valentine's Day "Voice of the People" meet & greet takes center stage in the Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda, Thursday, February 14, 10am to 2pm.

Offered to the public free of charge is an exhibitor roster that reads like a mini-whos-who of Arkansas service providers, each independently representing their own unique points of view on issues diverse as health care, marriage rights, prison reform, excellence in governance, rehabilitation of the formerly incarcerated, regulation of cannabis, serving people with disabilities and supporting Arkansas Veterans.

With the promise of an open door to public participation in the due process of democratic self-governance, over 30 independent organizations are exhibiting under the "Voice of the People" banner, ready and eager to share information about the legislative issues they endorse and, in some instances, the tax dollars they seek to get critical work done.

The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, for example, will host an info-booth in the Rotunda as part of its National Salute to Veteran Patients Week, which features two additional events, one each at the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital and at the Eugene J. Towbin Healthcare Center.

During these events, Valentine’s Day cards and letters written and signed by those in attendance at one of the events, are delivered to patients throughout the medical center. "We want people of all ages to bring Valentine’s Day cheer to our patients," said VA Medical Center Director Michael Winn.

Which would seem to be the single common thread connecting all those exhibiting at the Rotunda: to bring 'good cheer' to the Capitol on Valentine's Day with a spirit to participate in a 'voice of the people' exchange of ideas and information on significant social issues.

Another example: the Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice, a non-profit association of individual volunteers and independent organizations with a highly active 15-member board of directors and an outgrowth of the Arkansas Peace Center established in Little Rock in the mid-1980’s, forwards a vision of harmony with the earth and all people through education, dialogue and action by advancing nonviolent reconciliation conflict resolution in social justice and ecology.

And then there's The Arc of Arkansas, a statewide membership organization of people with developmental disabilities and their families, with an agenda to educate legislators and visitors to the Capitol about the pressing issues facing people with developmental disabilities, such as securing sufficient Medicaid funding "to provide a smooth transition to the Community First Choice Options program."

Legislators have been invited and encouraged to set aside time to visit with constituents that day and, if possible, make their way to the venue podium for introduction beginning at 1pm, however the official welcome and exhibitor introductions will take place during the news conference, set for 11am.

The exhibitor roster goes on to headline:

<> The UALR Institute of Government, Arkansas Public Administration Consortium, which exists to serve the people of Arkansas by advancing excellence in governance and public service across the state;

<> The Center for Women in Transition which helps incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women successfully transition back into society by offering programs and services that assist women in leading lives of self-worth, self-reliance and self-discipline;

<> ARVets, a one-stop-shop supporting Arkansas Veterans and their families;

<> The Arkansans Health Care Access Foundation, a statewide volunteer health care program to help low-income, medically uninsured Arkansans gain access to non-emergency medical care;

<> Compassion Works for All, which offers healing and hope by living and teaching compassion, especially to the disenfranchised and those in prison;

<> Goodwill Industries of Arkansas, working with individuals with disabilities and past incarcerations to overcome barriers to employment and create great success stories.

<> Arkansas Time After Time, which advocates for the reform of sexual offense laws to truly make communities safer and do a better job of protecting children;

<> Lewis-Burnett Employment Finders which helps those on parole or probation and others who encounter systemic barriers find gainful local employment within their community;

<> Catholic Charities of Little Rock, which among many various social justice issues, has taken a forthright stand to end human trafficking;

<> The Arkansas Governor's Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, which supports individuals with developmental disabilities in the achievement of independence, productivity, integration and
inclusion in the community;

<> The Arkansas Waiver Association brings together advocates, persons with developmental disabilities, their families and the professionals who serve them in a united effort to "Promote Quality, Integrated Community Supports";

<> Arkansans for Medical Cannabis, which advocates for the regulated use of cannabis as an herbal medicinal;

<> New Hearts Ministries of Arkansas, which coordinates the Christian Women's Job Corp, providing job skills, life skills, mentoring and reentry programs designed specifically for women;

<> Independent Case Management, with a mission to help people with developmental disabilities, and their families, by providing a lifetime of high-quality services, family support, and advocacy;

<> The Arkansas Naturopathic Physicians Association, addressing the “desperate need for primary care physicians” by supporting legislation to license Naturopathic Physicians in the State of Arkansas;

<> Title V Children with Special Health Care Needs / DDS Children's Services provides case management/care coordination for children birth to 21 years of age;

<> The Parent Advisory Council, which provides input and guidance on issues related to the Title V Children with Special Health Care Needs programs;

<> The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law firm, founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, with a mission to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society;

<> Open Door Outreach, a group for people interested in volunteerism, community service, and developing positive relationships with friendly, socially-oriented people;

<> Regnat Populus 2014, which is forwarding a legislative initiative to ban corporate and union contributions to political campaigns, end gifts by lobbyists to these public officials, and impose a two-year waiting period before politicians can become lobbyists after leaving office;

<> United Labor Unions Local 100, which is "helping to give a voice to public employees" and inspire policy changes to make sure that the workers of the state of Arkansas have a platform to express collective concerns;

<> The Arkansas Initiative for Marriage Equality, which is working to have marriage equality on the ballot in 2016;

<> Occupy Little Rock, the local chapter in a global network of civilian political action and advocacy groups dedicated to "attaining full accountability of and true representation by government officials";

<> The Free and Equal Elections Foundation, which is dedicated to an open and transparent election process that "gives power back to the individual voter";

<> The Arkansas Support Network, which works to ensure that those with disabilities and their families have control of service delivery and advocates for every person's right to live in a home and be an active and accepted member of the community;

<> Goddess Products, Inc., which specializes in providing innovative solutions to the office supply needs of government agencies, schools, churches and private-sector companies;

<> Arkansans Organizing for Justice, which is building a statewide network of people who care about the issue of "people serving harsh sentences with no chance for release," connecting with people who are willing to take action to get policies and practices changed so that Arkansas has a "less expensive and more effective criminal justice system which still protects public safety."

Coordinated by Community Radio KABF 88.3, which has flown with the "Voice of the People" tag line since its non-commercial broadcast debut in 1984, the overarching aim of this public service production is to make Valentine’s Day this year a special day for legislators ‘to take the pulse’ of their constituents with the simple objective ‘to serve the common good.’

There is no fee to attend. Full information including a detailed exhibitor roster with contact information is available at http://www.gozarks.com/kabf

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MEDIA ALERT: Press conference to convene at 11am, Feb 14, in the Rotunda of the Arkansas State Capitol building.

EDITORIAL NOTE: For high-resolution PDF full-color and black-and-white (contrast adjusted) scaleable images of exhibit flier, suitable for publication with the foregoing release, go to http://www.gozarks.com/kabf/news/feb14rotunda_posters.htm

This NEWS RELEASE was authored and distributed copyright-free by Christine Beems, editor/publisher gozarks.com, 223 Primrose Lane, Shirley, AR 72153, 501-420-4828, as a public service. Questions about content or distribution may be emailed to gozarks@gmail.com  -- Thanks!
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NEWS RELEASE: 30+ exhibitors signed-up for "Voice of the People" meet & greet, February 14, State Capitol Rotunda

DATELINE: January 30, 2013
DOWNLOAD PDF INFO FLIER & EXHIBITOR RESERVATION

"Our goal is to help make communities safer and to protect our kids..."

"We exist to serve the people of Arkansas by advancing excellence in governance and public service..."

"We are a one-stop shop supporting Arkansas Veterans and their families..."

"We help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women successfully transition back into society..."

"We are a statewide volunteer health care program to help low-income, medically uninsured Arkansans gain access to non-emergency medical care..."

The list goes on expressing the reasons why various organizations have independently chosen to rally together at the upcoming "Voice of the People" meet & greet being held in the Rotunda of the Arkansas State Capitol building on Valentine's Day this year.

"We provide support, housing, advocacy, education and leadership to people with disabilities and their families..."

"We offer healing and hope to the disenfranchised and tools of human transformation to people in prisons..."

"We are building a statewide network of people to take action to get policies and practices changed; to eradicate unreasonably harsh criminal sentences and reduce prison costs..."

"We serve 6500 people in a year with over 25,000 services provided. We know we are changing the lives of families and communities in Arkansas."

"We are advocates for persons with developmental disabilities, their families and the professionals who work to improve the quality of life through open communications..."

To date, 35 of the 40 available table-top exhibit spaces have been requested, albeit 4 of these are 'tentative.' However event organizers with KABF 88.3 Community Radio are confident that all available space will be filled for the February 14th event.

"We are working to have marriage equality on the ballot in 2016..."

"We work to support the organizing efforts of communities of color seeking to address criminal justice issues..."

"We advocate for the regulated use of cannabis as an herbal medicinal..."

"We provide individualized services that maximize choice and support people as they build quality lives within their Arkansas communities..."

"We welcome people from all walks of life..."

A complete exhibitors roster, from which above illustrative quotes were taken, is posted online at http://www.gozarks.com/kabf/news/feb14rotunda010212.htm

All Arkansans are invited and encouraged to visit the State Capitol Rotunda from 10am to 2pm on Valentine's Day, to meet the exhibitors, learn about the legislative process, chat with elected officials and take an active role in the due process of democratic self-governance.

Legislators are invited and encouraged to set aside time to visit with constituents and make their way to the Rotunda podium for public introduction during the event, subsequent to the media briefing and press conference at 11am.

KABF 88.3 is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) non-commercial radio station which strives to 'encourage, empower and enlighten the understanding and will-power' of all listeners in a symbiotic 'community-supported' relationship. The February 14 "Voice of the People" meet & greet carries forward KABF's long tradition of proactive public service and unique community-centric approach to broadcast programming.

There is no charge to exhibit or attend, however table-space is limited to 40 exhibitors. Table-space & chairs are provided. For more information visit www.gozarks.com/kabf or contact Christine Beems, KABF Associate Producer & Broadcast Underwriting Specialist, 501-420-4828, gozarks@gmail.com 

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MEDIA NOTE: Exhibitors welcome print interview and broadcast appearance regarding their participation in this event and their unique work in Arkansas. Please see online roster posted at http://www.gozarks.com/kabf/news/feb14rotunda010212.htm for contact info and connect...!!!.

This NEWS RELEASE was authored and distributed copyright-free by Christine Beems, editor/publisher gozarks.com, 223 Primrose Lane, Shirley, AR 72153, 501-420-4828, as a public service. Questions about content or distribution may be emailed to gozarks@gmail.com  -- Thanks!
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NEWS RELEASE, PSA and COMMUNITY CALENDAR REQUEST: "Voice of the People" meet & greet, February 14, State Capitol Rotunda

DATELINE: January 16, 2013 -- DOWNLOAD PDF FLIER & EXHIBITOR RESERVATION

Arkansans are invited and encouraged to visit the State Capitol Rotunda from 10am to 2pm on February 14, to learn about the legislative process, to meet with legislators and community leaders in person, and to take an active role in the due process of democratic self-governance.

The "Voice of the People" meet & greet, being coordinated on Valentine's Day -- mid-way into the 2013 session of the Arkansas General Assembly -- by Little Rock's KABF 88.3 Community Radio, is billed as a day for legislators 'to take the pulse' of their constituents with the objective 'to serve the common good'.

A variety of good works organizations and advocacy agencies -- including the UALR Institute of Government / Arkansas Public Administration Consortium, Center for Women in Transition, ARVets, Arkansans Health Care Access Foundation, Compassion Works for All, Arkansans Organizing for Justice, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas, Phoenix Integrative Healthcare, Arkansas Time After Time, The Arkansas Governor's Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, The Arc of Arkansas, Arkansas Waiver Association, New Hearts Ministries of Arkansas / Christian Women's Job Corp, Independent Case Management (ICM), Title V Children with Special Health Care Needs, and the Parent
Advisory Council -- have so far confirmed reservations to host info-exhibits in the Rotunda on February 14, and event organizers expect the number of exhibitors to grow to capacity in upcoming weeks.

Info-exhibits will be staffed by the leaders of public-sector, civic-advocacy, community-service and business organizations who will share information about the work the group does, how people may get involved and why the legislative process is important to everyone.

Legislators are invited and encouraged to set aside time to visit with constituents that day and, if possible, make their way to the venue podium for public introduction during the event.

KABF 88.3 is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) non-commercial radio station which strives to 'encourage, empower and enlighten the understanding and will-power' of all listeners in a symbiotic 'community-supported' relationship. The February 14 "Voice of the People" meet & greet carries forward KABF's long tradition of proactive public service and unique community-centric approach to broadcast programming.

There is no charge to exhibit or attend, however table-space is limited to 40 exhibitors. Table-space & chairs are provided. For more information visit www.gozarks.com/kabf or contact Christine Beems, KABF Associate Producer & Broadcast Underwriting Specialist, 501-420-4828, gozarks@gmail.com

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SPECIAL  NOTE to all editors, publishers and producers of media content (aka: 'news') here in the Great State of Arkansas (and anywhere else the message fits <smile>), please feel encouraged, welcomed and invited to banner this non-political pro-public-advocacy event as if it were your own... because in so many patently true ways, it is...

Public turn-out at this event (or any) event is a direct result of foreknowledge and 'slant of perception', both of which are shape-shifted and empowered in direct proportion to the 'news worthy' energy focused on them by 'media'.

And the fact is that our elected officials will survey the public participation at the Rotunda and draw conclusions from the turn-out about how they, as legislators, will proceed. And if our fellow Arkansans do not know about the event or do not consider it worthwhile, they will not attend... And thus our legislators will (quite rightly) feel empowered to keep on making decisions in a vacuum, devoid of "The Voice of the People" who we, 'the media' -- aka: The Fourth Estate inclusive of each individual journalist -- are by integrity duty bound to serve.

The foregoing SPECIAL NOTE is a personal opinion of Christine Beems, editor/publisher gozarks.com, and must NOT be attributed as a representation of or an endorsement by any other organization of her affiliation..

This NEWS RELEASE was authored and distributed copyright-free by Christine Beems, editor/publisher gozarks.com, 223 Primrose Lane, Shirley, AR 72153, 501-420-4828, as a public service. Questions about content or distribution may be emailed to gozarks@gmail.com -- Thanks!
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NEWS RELEASE: "Voice of the People" meet & greet slated at State Capitol

DATELINE: January 2, 2013 -- DOWNLOAD PDF FLIER & EXHIBITOR RESERVATION

 

KABF 88.3 Community Radio is coordinating a Valentine's Day "Voice of the People" meet & greet at the Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda.

With the objective 'to serve the common good', the February 14, 2013 event is billed as a day for legislators 'to take the pulse' of their constituents, share ideas with community leaders and encourage all people to learn about and participate in the process of good governance.

Leaders of public-sector, civic-advocacy and community-service organizations are invited to host info-exhibits, to share info about the work the group does, how people may get involved and why the legislative process is important to everyone.

Arkansans are encouraged to visit the State Capitol Rotunda from 10am to 2pm on February 14, to learn about the legislative process and to meet with legislators and community leaders in person.

Chartered by the Arkansas Broadcasting Foundation (ABF) in 1978 to 'provide a voice to voiceless', it took 6 years of tenacious dedication to bring KABF programming to life with its 'on the air' debut August 31, 1984. Since then, programming has been grounded in the passion to preserve and perpetuate the musical heritage and hometown culture unique to the Little Rock community. In this spirit, KABF volunteers, directors and staff work to establish new venues and connect the dots between 'those things that make America what it is'.

The first Little Rock radio station to worship at the altar of Jazz and Blues, KABF's progressive soul has grown to celebrate a rainbow of Gospel, Latino, Indigenous, and Ethnic music, public affairs and cultural programs with tunes and topics typically ignored by commercial media.

Self-proclaimed as the “Voice of the People,” KABF 88.3 is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) non-commercial radio station which strives to 'encourage, empower and enlighten the understanding and will-power' of all listeners in a symbiotic 'community-supported' relationship.

The February 14 "Voice of the People" meet & greet carries forward KABF's long tradition of proactive public service and unique community-centric approach to broadcast programming.

There is no charge to exhibit or attend, however table-space is limited to 40 exhibitors. Table-space & chairs are provided. Exhibitor setup begins at 8:00am. Exhibit take-down, clean-up and exit by 4:00pm.

For more information visit www.gozarks.com/kabf or contact Christine Beems, KABF Associate Producer & Broadcast Underwriting Specialist, 501-420-4828, gozarks@gmail.com

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This NEWS RELEASE was authored and distributed copyright-free by Christine Beems, editor/publisher gozarks.com, 223 Primrose Lane, Shirley, AR 72153, 501-420-4828, as a public service. Questions about content or distribution may be emailed to gozarks@gmail.com -- Thanks!


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