Have you been inactive for three years or more?
Do you want to get active again?
In the month of October 2010, if you have been inactive since 2007 you are eligible to become active for both 2010 and 2011 at a discounted fee. This covers both 2010 and 2011 calendar years for regional and national dues as well as the reinstatement fee.
This is a one time offer and is only good for the month of October 2010. Make sure to contact your State Director for more information about chapters in your area. Simply complete the Transfer Reinstatement Form (PBS-8) below. The monies and materials must be postmarked by October 31, 2010 and sent to our International Headquarters.
Attend the Conference Call on Monday, October 11th as well to find out more. Information on joining the call is listed below.
Now’s the time to come back to the Blue!
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. will host a private screening for the independent feature film, He Ain’t Heavy. A special film project that documents the pledging process of 5 young College Students in the Spring of 2011 who committed themselves to a process that many before them have been through. Some call it Pledging; others call it Hazing. He Ain’t Heavy will be shown during the Serious Sigma Summit.
A Graduate Film Student and Fraternity member, Thomas “Doc” Hayes, captured their journey on video as part of an academic documentary that was never meant to be shared outside of the fraternity.
Weeks into the process, an early-morning 911 call led Police to a high school football field, where they discovered the body of one of the Pledges. The Grad Student had gone off the grid with his camera and weeks of condemning footage. Months later, that footage found its way to Director Jeff Obafemi Carr, who is releasing it to the public as the movie titled He Ain’t Heavy.
Told through pro-sumer video and footage from cell phones, flipcams, and campus security footage, He Ain’t Heavy is the first film to capture--in an unscripted, no-holds-barred manner--a pledge process from all perspectives: Members and Pledges. There are no special effects in this film. All the sweat, dirt, contact, tears, and challenges you see are real.
VIEWER WARNING: This Film has not yet been rated, but is for ADULT AUDIENCES. Some Individuals who have viewed this film have experienced emotional breakdowns, physical illness, and post-traumatic stress. Please be forewarned should you have the chance to see it.
STRONG LANGUAGE, INTENSE SEQUENCES OF PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL VIOLENCE. “The industry is definitely growing in the South,” Fanning said via e-mail, “so there’s already support for making films here. What we hope to encourage, though, is the perspective that films can be more than just a product of an ‘industry’; each is a carefully constructed expression, and as such are colored by where they are made. Just as others advocate foreign films, we advocate regional films as a viable alternative to studio or large budget ‘indie’ films.”
Serious Sigma Leadership Summit
For far too long our country has been steeped in violence and lack of support and policies to help our children and families succeed. Teen dating violence is ending far too many young lives today. Violence in communities have devastated and traumatized children and families and to make matters worse, we are facing a high school student dropout rate in communities of color that affects the overall economy with a loss in hundreds of billions of dollars in productivity, decrease in property values as well as enormous social costs and disruption in social services. That’s why Men of Sigma will join together on September 18-20,2012 for Sigma Day on the Hill for three days of activities to bring national attention to the issues facing our communities and ending far too many lives before they are even started.
“A comparison of Intimate Partner Violence rates between teens and adults reveals that teens are at higher risk of intimate partner abuse” and according to the Centers for Disease Control “Violence is a serious public health problem in the U.S. In 2007, more than 18,000 people were victims of homicide and more than 34,000 took their own life.” The highest rates of homicide are in the African-American community where homicide is the leading cause of death for black boys and men between the ages of 15-24. Researchers in a 2012 report released by America’s Promise also found that graduation rates for blacks fell behind every demographic by race; 91.8 percent of Asian students, 82 percent of whites, 65.9 percent of Hispanics and 63.5 percent of blacks.
These statistics paint a pretty dismal picture for what we are facing in our country, but our lives will not improve unless we do something about it.
SIGMA MEN ANSWERS THE CALL
Sigma Day on the Hill along with its partners, allies and Sigma Beta Club will bring national attention to prevent teen dating violence; prevent or alleviate community violence with support to children adolescents, teachers, families, and community leaders on the principles and practice of nonviolence; and to help reduce the high school student dropout rate, especially in communities of color. Click here to register today!
For more information click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bro. Darryl T. Williams Bro. Jacob Gillison
International Director of Social Action Sigma Day on the Hill Committee Chairman
Cover of the Crescent Magazine from Spring 1978. Bro. James Weldon Johnson ( Author of the Black National Anthem " Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing is featured. There is also an attached quote on this cover, " I will not allow one prejudiced person or one million or 100 million to blight my life. I will not let prejudice or any of its attendant humiliations and injustices bear me down to spiritual defeat. My inner life is mine, and iI shall defend and maintain its integrity against all the powers of hell." - James Weldon Johnson