Hello everyone, and welcome to our 2011 Breaking the Silence (BTS) conference website presentation. As you know or will learn this year we uses our website as a way to keep everyone updated about our conference planning and development. So when you view our various pages, keep in mind we are a work in progress, and be sure to return often to keep up with our developments.
It looks like this year’s conference will be the best yet. We started 4 years ago with a concern for the lack of people of color’s involvement in the environmental movement. After 2 years of addressing that concern, last year we introduced our first people of color breakout group on the subject of the lack of stimulus jobs in our low-income communities. A move that has made it possible for us to partner with a new co-producer this year, the Kansas Black Chamber of Commerce, who will not only become our official co-producer of our conference, but also take a lead role in one of our symposium this year on Jobs, Jobs, and Jobs, and how small businesses can become the key, for developing solutions.
We are honored to have them as our co-producer, along with our other co-producer the Kansas City, Kansas Community College, who I see as being the other key element, through education & job training, for any job development effort.
So when I am asked if we are making progress in my city, my answer is a resounding YES! I am very optimistic about where we are going from here. So come on out if you can and see what we have in mind, and where possible, jump on in and join us.
Our goal is to build a multicultural sustainable community or city, for that we need your help too.