COBM Update, January 2016

Members and Prospective Members,

Barring inclement weather or competing events in which COBM is participating, COBM meetings are the 1st Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

We had a number of challenges in 2014 and 2015.    The biggest challenge facing us in 2016 is to continue growing our membership.  When you think about the issues African Americans are confronted with today; economic empowerment, unequal justice, health and wellness, preparing our youth to secure a brighter future for themselves, the Coalition of Black Men (COBM), works alongside other community based organizations to take a visible role in envisioning and promoting change.  We want our membership to include men from all facets of life and from all age groups.  In 2016 have a particular focus on guiding, supporting young people in our community on a path toward cultural conscious, personal conscientiousness, and academic success.  In 2016 COBM will also lend it’s voice to issues of improved health care and greater economic opportunities for African-Americans in the Portland metropolitan area.

I am convinced the talent and desire is in our community. We know, within the communities we serve, there are leaders, people  willing to assume roles as officers of the organization, or take on the responsibility of leading our initiatives.   We can help Portland a city that works for our community too.  Membership in the Coalition of Black Men is very affordable, with an annual dues of $120.  If you haven’t already, please let Cheryl Thompson know if you wish to start or renew your membership in the Coalition of Black Men.   (If you are not in a position to join right now, ask to be put on our mailing list and check back at this site for news of our activities.   You can make a difference.  We can make a difference.  I look forward to seeing you at future meetings.

Wishing you and yours a healthy and successful 2016 ,

Ralph Evans
Coalition of Black Men