3rd Annual Black Women Roc! Nomination Period Open | May 28 – June 2, 2019

We are pleased to open the nomination period for 540’s 3rd Annual Black Women Roc! Campaign About Black Women Roc!  Now in it’s 3rd year; Black Women Roc! is a digital media campaign that highlights the accomplishments of local black women who are change agents in the Rochester community.  540WMain features courses and workshops taught by women that are rootedContinue reading “3rd Annual Black Women Roc! Nomination Period Open | May 28 – June 2, 2019”

Dependence is Not Addiction

The war on opiods is real. Let me restate that” The war on opioids is real and those of us living with chronic pain conditions and invisible illness are at risk of losing essential medications that give us a quality of life. I say all this in acknowledgement of a real need to address “opioidContinue reading “Dependence is Not Addiction”

I’m White and I Screw Up a Lot | by featured blogger Erin Egloff

Recently, in a discussion on anti-racist action, I listened to a woman share her experiences and frustrations with white people “committing” to anti-racist work and then, after a certain period, abandoning the work to shift their attentions elsewhere. She reminded our group of an essential fact: people of color don’t have the option to ignoreContinue reading “I’m White and I Screw Up a Lot | by featured blogger Erin Egloff”

A Child Who Lived with Autism: Why Person First Language Matters

A local tragedy that resulted in the death of a 14 year old young man brought out the need for a complete overhaul of the local Rochester City School District. However, the case also highlighted  how we classify and talk about individuals living with disabilities and mental illness. The young man Trevyan Rowe lived withContinue reading “A Child Who Lived with Autism: Why Person First Language Matters”

28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History | Claudette Colvin (I)

We are pleased to begin our first annual 28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History   Before there was Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin. Most people think of Rosa Parks as the first person to refuse to give up their seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. There were actually severalContinue reading “28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History | Claudette Colvin (I)”