Love Lives Here

When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.”
Chinese proverb

You Are Love —
Directed by Christopher Stoudt, starring Wayne Clark Jr., music by Chance Duran
Produced by DNO

The greatest challenge in life is discovering who you are…
the second greatest is being happy with what you find

Excerpt below is from a speech by Martin Luther King delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama, on 17 November 1957

So this morning, as I look into your eyes, and into the eyes of all of my brothers in Alabama and all over America and over the world, I say to you, “I love you. I would rather die than hate you.” And I’m foolish enough to believe that through the power of this love somewhere, men of the most recalcitrant bent will be transformed. And then we will be in God’s kingdom. We will be able to matriculate into the university of eternal life because we had the power to love our enemies, to bless those persons that cursed us, to even decide to be good to those persons who hated us, and we even prayed for those persons who spitefully used us.


“We think about our ancestors and we think about how much we love them, but this is when the whole community comes at one time to celebrate the dead and to celebrate those ancestors that came before us.”

The most important thing on the marker is not the birth and death date but the dash in between.
Each marker represents a story. The dash in between.

Full story in the link below:


Make Monday Memorable

National Service Day
with Harambee Community Gardens

You can make a difference by getting involved one community at a time.. VOLUNTEER at the Harambee-Dumaine Community Garden of New Orleans. Laini Kuumba Ngoma Troupe, Inc. is hosting a Community Clean Up Day & Harambe-Dumaine Garden Work Day at 2720 Dumaine Street in New Orleans.

Monday – January 21, 2013 | Meet Up Time – 9:30 am
Make a difference from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
at 2720 Dumaine Street in New Orleans.

To get involved call 281-806-0477 | email:
NEEDED: donations of trash bags, gloves and bottled water
Please contact – Sistah Rfuaw Diarra –> 281-806-0477

Faubourg St. John will soon have another
Community Garden at 2720 Dumaine Street.

Parkway Partners’ Urban Gardening Program includes Urban Farms, Community Gardens and Orchards, and some gardens may incorporate all of the above. The type of garden that is created is up to the community of people who are working the land.

Whether a garden is strictly a Community Garden or an Urban Farm that produces food that is sold at market, each of our gardens is positively affecting the community around it through food production, food desert eradication, community building and beautification.

Parkway Partners does emphasize “community first” in our work with urban gardens. Thus, in order to become an affiliated Parkway Partners Garden you must first demonstrate that the community wants, and will support the proposed garden. All gardens are a lot of work and we want to make sure that the land is going to be cared for.

Our Urban Gardens Program offers support for starting and maintaining a garden. This support includes: Guiding the garden founders through the process of approvals, landowner agreements, getting neighborhood support, garden design, soil assessments, etc.

The use of our greenhouse to start seeds, which includes the use of any seeds we may have on hand, trays and pots, and soil. We ask in return that you donate a percentage of your starts for us to circulate to our Schoolyard Gardens or Second Saturday programs.

Tools for borrowing: from wheel barrows to tillers and shovels, we loan our tools to affiliated Parkway Partners Urban and Schoolyard Gardens. We provide checkout guidelines.
Assistance rounding up volunteers- ranging from large groups to individuals
Connections to suppliers – we often receive calls from people with extra mulch, chicken feed, plants, etc., and we link that resource to our gardeners

Grant writing partnerships | Acting as your fiduciary agent
Promotion of any upcoming events on our website, newsletter and facebook page
We are a grant and donation funded non-profit organization. There are no fees whatsoever to become a Parkway Partners Garden. If you are an existing Parkway Partners Garden, please stay in touch and let us know how you are doing. We are better able to support you if we know your needs.

While we encourage sustainable methods of fertilization, pest control, rainwater harvesting, composting and soil building, it is up to the individual farms and gardens as to what they grow, and how they grow it.

Please let Parkway Partners know if you are interested in starting an Urban Garden. They are happy to speak with you and help you begin the process.

You can contact Susannah Burley, Program Director of Urban Gardens, Schoolyard Gardens and ReLeaf at: or 504 620 2224, ext 4.

Gardeners – Please consider sending your extra garden produce to Healthcare for the Homeless (HCH). Contact Thomas Ecker at for more information. See link below: