2019 was yet another incredible year. Just when it seems that one has reached a stopping point, more is demanded.
2019 took me further into new ventures than I could’ve journeyed alone. I could never have moved in such a forward direction under my own power. God is truly great. There were more dreams fulfilled. More imaginations revealed. More possibilities and opportunities available that were realized.
The year began with growth and change to Irby’s CRP Project. Those baby trees are coming into their own. My babies are growing and looking good. For the first time since I’ve owned the area I ventured into the forest. It was time to give the woods some attention. I marked trails for foot travel. Now I will continue to develop and improve accessibility.
Irby hosted an event along with Arkansas State Senator Stephanie Flowers in observance of National Domestic Violence Month on October 25, 2014 at the senator’s office located at 217 Main Street in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Guest speakers and presenters included Dorcas VanGilst, LPC and Director of the Women’s Ministries at the Dorcus House for Women and Children, Rev. Edna Morgan of Healing Place Ministries, and Officer Robert Sturd formally of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.
Additional participants included University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) youth mentoring organizations Essence of a Woman and Black Male Achievers, Shannice Ears of Fitness Boot Camp, Angela Johnson, Vice President of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s (UALR) Ethics Bowl Team, and the Jefferson County Boys and Girls Club.
Presenters at the observance event offered substantial information and resources that are available to address domestic violence and related issues.
The panel will answer questions, give comments and opinions, and will be moderated by Kandi Hughes, UCA Legal Counsel. The forum is scheduled for October 27, 2014 in the Student Center Ballroom at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
UCA Second Annual Communication Week Panelists
Dr. Rifat Akhter – UCA Department of Sociology
Teri Edens – Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence
On October 25, 2014, Irby will host an event along with Arkansas State Senator Stephanie Flowers in observance of National Domestic Violence Month. The event will be held at the offices of Senator Flowers located at 217 Main Street in Pine Bluff, Arkansas beginning at 2:30pm.
“When he puts his mind and effort in it, he gets things done,” she said. “I admire him for that and feel fortunate to know him. He makes things happen. He has that energy. He’s going to accomplish what he sets out to do. The event will be a positive thing. We will see a difference because of it,” she said.
Irby continued his quest to bring the awareness of the need for such pressure with his second event this year. The first event took place at the William F. Laman Library in North Little Rock, Arkansas on June 14th. The event featured presentations by several community leaders, including representatives from the City of North Little Rock’s police and fire departments and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
Jason Irby, author of Love Within Life: So, You Want To Stop Violence, applauded the intent of a letter National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell sent to owners of 32 NFL teams. Irby also continues to urge sports leagues to reject rap and hip-hop songs that promote inappropriate behavior that are endorsed by the leagues as playlist, bumper and promotional music.
“The message in the letter aligns with my effort to urge the league’s associates and players to exhibit high personal conduct standards because they are very influential public figures to our youth,” Irby said.
In the letter, Commissioner Goodell apologized for not holding his response to a personal conduct policy violation (domestic violence case) to the highest standards of the NFL. Commissioner Goodell also directed actions to reinforce and enhance personal conduct policy violation penalties, discipline and recovery treatment. The personal conduct policy requires NFL associates and players to avoid conduct detrimental to the league’s integrity.