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Women’s group to press on despite lawsuit

By FinalCall.com News | Last updated: May 4, 2012 - 1:53:46 PM

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(FinalCall.com) - As a highly anticipated national fundraiser for Women in Support of the Million Man March featuring Min. Louis Farrakhan approaches, the group is not letting a lawsuit dampen its spirit or stop its near 17-year history and mission to provide effective, culturally relevant educational and social programs to the Black community.

Founded in 1995 and inspired by the historic Million Man March, WISOMMM is a nonprofit community-based organization in Newark, N.J. The U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil lawsuit against WISOMMM, and its founder Fredrica Bey, a long time and well respected activist.

WISOMMM is holding a three-day event May 3-5 to raise money for the group’s legal defense fund and resolve charges the group calls “egregious.”

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Photos: Martial Arts demonstration. / Young students
Min. Farrakhan, a supporter of the group since its founding, will make two public appearances to address the allegations. All events will take place on the grounds of the WISOMMM property in the heart of Newark’s Lincoln Park District on prime real estate near downtown.

It includes a former Second Presbyterian Church, a 65,000 sq. ft. edifice that houses the group’s holistic preschool center, the African Educational and Cultural Resource Center and regulation size gymnasium. WISOMMM acquired the property in 2005. Another property previously the group owns on the same block houses the Adelaide L. Sanford Charter School, which instructs using an African-centered classical education for liberation.

In 2005 the group received a federal grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Congressional Earmark’s Program to establish the Boycott Crime Campaign and develop programs to address crime and violence in the community. In a civil suit fi led January 2012 the Justice Department is making erroneous allegations about how the grant funds were used, according to Ms. Bey.

“The Minister’s appearances are designed specifically to raise money for WISOMMM’s Legal Defense Fund, so that the organization may resolve the issues associated with the complaint, and continue to offer its outstanding educational services and life-affirming community programs to the children, families, and residents of Newark,” said the group in a press release.

The fundraising event schedule is as follows:

May 3
The Nation of Islam Historic Exhibit -WISOMMM African Cultural Center

15 James St., Newark, N.J. 07102 Open 12 noon to 8 p.m.
Free admission for children up to age 12
Senior Citizens and Students with ID $7 General Admission $10

May 4
The Nation of Islam Historic Exhibit WISOMMM African Cultural Center

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Same admission prices as May 3

Private VIP Reception Welcoming The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
For more information regarding attendance for this special event, call 973-353-9888

May 5
Public Address by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan WISOMMM Sanctuary Building

23-25 Washington St.
Newark, NJ 07102
Doors open 1 p.m.
|Public Address begins at 3p.m.
General Admission: $100

To purchase tickets for any of the events and / or to make a contribution to WISOMMM call 973- 353-9888 or visit www.wisommm. com and click on Legal Defense Fund.

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