Total loan: $7,500
New York, NY, United States / Services
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I grew up in Harlem and the Highbridge section of the Bronx in the 70s-80s. I lived in a community where gangs like the Black Spades, Savage Skulls, and Savage Nomads reign supreme. I watch the devastating effects the crack era had on African Americans, the increased number of people addicted to cocaine, deaths, and drug-related crimes. When I was old enough, I decided to make a difference. I organized family, friends, and young people, through Silent Voices United, Inc., a not-for-profit grassroots organization I founded with my son, Ronnie LaVon Green-Love (recipient of the Youth Distinguished Service Award of the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute). Our mission is to impact the quality of life, and also create opportunities to develop and empower young leaders; and encourage a generation to participate in bettering their community through collective action, creating alliances and partnership with various organizations with a similar vision, developing programs that foster social change, and increase community access to corporate and private resources in health and social services. My childhood experiences, many years as a community activist in the underserved at-risk communities of New York City and my work against domestic violence, rape, child abuse, and HIV/AIDS garnered the attention of the 27x World Series Champion, the New York Yankees; who gave me the prestigious “New York Yankees State Farm ‘Go to Bat Award’”. It also motivated me to pull out the keyboard and write. FALLEN PETALS: The Deception, The Deceit, and The Damned is the first in a three-book series and a reflection of the bitter realities I have witnessed in my work and that I have fought against during my life’s journey, and written in hopes to teach life lessons, better a community and create positive change within.