2015 has been a rewarding and wonderfully incredible year. So many great events and activities took place. The year began with a “stop violence” feature of me in the January issue at SEALife Magazine. The article on pages 16 and 17 reported my efforts to address violence as well as reviewing my book Love Within Life, influences in my life while growing up, and future goals toward Awareness, Wellness and Choices forums
Author Jason Irby will observe the one year anniversary of the release of his 4th publication in the Love Within Life series.
The book, So You Want to Stop Violence? has received a variety of reviews, media coverage and presentations. Irby has asked the community, do you really want to stop the violence? His hope and intent is that the book of poems and short stories will offer readers awareness about the subject, opportunity to choose, and a prospective to choose wellness.
Over the past year, sports authorities and athletes have been suspended, convicted or fined for violence related actions.
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.
Check out the Tea and Poetry Book Club’s article on the upcoming Domestic Violence Event hosted by Jason Irby on October 25, 2014!
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.
Author Jason Irby is continuing his effort to bring attention and awareness of the contradictory stance by the sports leagues when it comes to the violent music or artists used to promote their games.
Irby’s second Awareness, Wellness and Choices Fair to stop violence took place on September 20, 2014 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The event was in support of Irby’s latest book in his Love Within Life Series: So, You Want to Stop Violence?
Arkansas Senator Stephanie Flowers, whose office was the location for the event, believes in the man behind the cause.
“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).
REJECT INAPPROPRIATE MESSAGES AND VIOLENCE IN RAP & HIP-HOP
Author Jason Irby continues his effort to bring awareness to the controversial stances taken by sports leagues regarding promoting violent and inappropriate music.
Irby’s latest event encouraging youth to make wise choices is the Awareness, Wellness and Choices Fair to Stop Violence. This event will take place on September 20, 2014, at 217 North Main Street in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
The fair is in support of Irby’s latest book in the Love Within Life Series: So You Want to Stop Violence? Arkansas Senator Stephanie Flowers, whose office is the location for the event, believes in the man behind the cause.
“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,” says Senator Flowers.
Irby’s event comes at a time when the National Football League (NFL) is in the spotlight for its handling of football players’ violent behavior off-the-field.
The indefinite suspension of Ray Rice for a violent altercation with his then fiancé underscores the violent imagery and experience of professional sports. Improper behaviors have become more prevalent today and stand in stark contrast to the family-friendly entertainment these sports organizations seek to provide as well as the league’s personal conduct policy.