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WE HAVE TO GET VACCINATED AND PROTECT OUR FUTURE! JOIN US ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2021!

 

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported the third-highest single-day total of new COVID-19 cases Friday, August 27, 2021

Friday’s report, which reflects data DHEC received on Wednesday, listed 6,697 new cases, including 4,650 cases confirmed through PCR tests and another 2,047 cases confirmed through rapid tests.

Charleston County reported the second-highest number of new cases at 581, just behind Greenville County’s 596. Elsehwere in the Tri-County area, Dorchester County reported 545 new cases while Berkeley County reported 344 new cases.

Lexington County had the third-highest number of new cases with 558.

The data also included 39 deaths, 25 confirmed and 14 probable. Of the 39 deaths, seven were reported in Lowcountry counties.

Berkeley and Georgetown Counties each reported two confirmed deaths, Dorchester County reported one confirmed death and Beaufort County reported one confirmed and one probable death.

The results came from 41,931 tests conducted with a positive rate of 14.3%.

Since the pandemic began, South Carolina reported a total of 714,265 COVID-19 cases, consisting of 579,769 cases detected using PCR tests and 134,496 detected with rapid tests.

As of Thursday, DHEC reported a total of 10,452 COVID-19 related deaths. That total includes 9,174 deaths classified as “confirmed” and an additional 1,278 classified as “probable.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a “probable” death is defined as a death that:

  • Meets clinical criteria and epidemiologic linkage with no confirmatory laboratory testing performed for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Meets presumptive laboratory evidence
  • Meets vital records criteria with no confirmatory laboratory evidence for SARS-CoV-2.

South Carolina has now performed more than 9 million tests since the pandemic began.

Are you struggling with rent and utility payments? 

South Carolina Stay Program will provide assistance to households unable to pay rent or mortgage payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SC Housing and its partners will administer up to $25 million in federal funds to eligible renters and homeowners. The application period will not open until mid-February, but South Carolinians may learn about the program and sign up to request information by visiting the SC Stay webpage.

Open Carry Forum 2021

Building Better Communities Hosts The First Gun Violence Prevention Summit

   

The Iron Man Project was created out of an understanding about the issues facing both boys and men of color and their surrounding ecosystem as it relates to Gun Violence, Building Better Communities vision is to EMPOWER our boys and young men of color by helping to eliminate gaps in their opportunities and outcomes.

Statistic shows that boys and young men of color, regardless of socio-economic background, are disproportionately at risk throughout the journey from their youngest years to college and career. For instance, large disparities remain in reading proficiency, with 86 percent of Black boys and 82 percent of Hispanic boys reading below proficiency levels by the fourth grade – compared to 58 percent of White boys reading below proficiency levels. Additionally, the disproportionate number of Black and Hispanic young men who are unemployed or involved in the criminal justice system alone is a perilous drag on state budgets, and undermines family and community stability. These young men are more than six times as likely to be victims of murder than their White peers and account for almost half of the country’s murder victims each year.

As members of various communities, we cannot ignore the ways in which youth of color, in particular Richland County, SC, are at a disadvantage because of systemic inequities and racial biases. Systemic disadvantages show up early for boys and men of color especially when there are zero tolerance policies in schools and hypervigilant and unbending policing practices that impact our youth unequally. These issues can interrupt or completely stall opportunity for our young people. It is important to note that girls and young women of color also face disadvantages that need to be addressed. For now, BBC’s Iron Man Project focuses on young men.

BBC feels that through strong relationships with mentors, the impact of the challenges our young men face can be minimalized and their strengths and the strengths of their communities, families, and cultures can be drawn on to empower their potential for success. Like schools and other youth-serving institutions, mentoring programs find success through delivering culturally relevant services, developing the strengths of those they serve, and building on the assets of the local community. Identifying, respecting, and building upon the strengths of mentees, as well as their communities and social networks, can go a long way toward supporting mentoring relationships.

Gun Violence is at an all-time high and it needs to be addressed. The idea of the Iron man Project was derived from a bible verse. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17. BBC’s approach on fighting Gun Violence in our communities is to take a strong stance against the things destroy hope and happiness in our communities. It starts with changing the mindset of the youth. Its time the strong men of color in our communities reach out and mentor these at-risk boys and young men before its too late. - Perry Bradley Jr.

GET THE VACCINE!
Black, Hispanic, and Native American people are about 4 times more likely to be hospitalized and nearly 3 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than white people.
Yet African Americans have nearly the lowest rates of vaccination among any ethnic group. In fact, white Americans are being vaccinated at a rate 3 times higher than Black Americans. New CDC figures show that of those who have received at least the first dose of a vaccine, 5.4% are Black people, compared to 60% who are white people.
The numbers don't lie. No matter what theory you have, we are dying and suffering at a much higher rate. I know first hand the effects Covid has on our body. I can't walk too long without getting winded, I can't seem to find the words Im looking for on occasion and my body still hurts. My left leg with the DVT throbs even more now and has swollen even more. Im suppose to be in recovery. Get vaccinated. Here is how the vaccine works in our body!

Celebrating Dr. King's Legacy 2021

    Today the world celebrates the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King. I celebrate his legacy everyday of my life. Building Better Communities is the direct result of how Dr. King influenced my life. He was a visionary, a freedom fighter, a profound orator and fearless leader. These are only a few words that describe the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. but has made me the man that I am today.  Listening to Dr Martin Luther King’s speech for first time, was my first time experiencing the feeling of inspiration and purpose! I am reminded to always dream incredible dreams and to always use my voice and influence to stand for something. Seeing one man who was determined to educate his people, save their souls and form a connection with all races and creeds…that  was inspiring to me! He was dedicated to his dream of securing equality for his people and people in general even though the price was being verbally abused, physically assaulted and eventually assassinated! His legacy of love and hope for all is embedded in my soul! Forever I will illuminate his message! He is also a reminder that as long I put the effort with integrity, passion, purpose and genuine love, I can achieve my dream. That is why the very first BBC Community Resource Center has a mural of Dr. King at the front door. Every time I step into my office, it reminds me of the work that must be done in our communities. I hope that every man, woman, child that enters our doors is inspired by his image to accomplish great things. Today I want to encourage all of you to do a day of community service. Today I would love for you to become a member of our organization. 2021 is the year BBC will become the epidemy of what a grassroots community nonprofit organization should be. Our focus for this year is “EMPOWRMENT”. We will empower our communities through our commitment to service. BBC will be hosting various online seminars on life skills training, parenthood, financial literacy, gun violence, community service projects, voting, how to hold elected officials accountable, etc. In the words of Dr. King “What are you doing for others?”  Enjoy serving others today and let us know what you are doing. Send photos or write ups to events@bbconline.org. We will choose some of the best ones and send you a BBC Community Empowerment Prize Packet. Enjoy!

 

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Lester Young Jr.

At the age of 19, Lester was sentenced to serve life in prison for murder. During his time in prison, Lester began to create outlines, programs, and classes to instruct and mentor fellow inmates. He served a total of 22 years and 5 months before being paroled in 2015 at the age of 41. Today, Lester is a Transformational Speaker, Certified Life Coach, Facilitator for Boys Circle, as well as the author of "The 5 Stages of Incarceration". He is setting a new standard for “living a life of redemption” Click his logo above to be transported into the world of an amazing young man.

Upcoming Events 2020

BBC Community Relationships

BBC Founder, Perry Bradley Jr, has been creating relations to help our communities build for the future!

WHY DONATE TO BBC!

Financial Hardship

Donations will be used directly in any neighborhood in any community to help those in need of essential financial assistance!

Essential Supplies

BBC volunteers will deliver essential supplies to communities in need. Drop off locations and times TBA.

Virtual Online Meeting

We will start hosting our monthly Roundtable disscussions online. Details will be announced soon.

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BBC Still Promotes Gun Violence Prevention

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   MICKELSEN DALTON, LLC is a relatively new law firm based out of Charleston, SC. They specialize in helping crime victims and their families. They represent clients from all over the country who have been shot and killed at bars, restaurants, motels, apartment complexes, etc. For more information, contact BBC at 803-908-7775.

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Building Better Communities Meet With National Recording Artist "Nelly"

 Our mission is to help local communities bridge the relationships with local law enforcement and to educate, energize and empower local communities to grow economic development. BBC realizes that this upcoming election is a very important one. We have traveled around the state of SC hosting numerous Voter Registration events. Getting people out to vote has truly been a challenge. Although we have a member, Major Melvin Whittenburg, our goal is to register new potential voters. We don't push any particular party.  We came up with a plan to actually go to where the people are. For the next 2 months, we are setting up inside of concerts, festivals, etc. We invite political candidates to come out and join us for several reasons. With so much at stake, we need to know our candidates and where they stand. This year BBC plans to attempt to register as many new potential voters as possible and by any means necessary. The United Music Festival was a prime example of the events we are attending. As concert goers come in, we give them education materials on any candidate that provides them with material and we ask them if they are register to vote. Last night we reached potential voters from the age 18 to 63. It was amazing to discuss politics with so many different people. There were Democrats, Republicans, Independants, etc. BBC is able to reach out to SC citizens and learn what they are concerned about in this upcoming election. Two candidates were present yesterday. They were Major Melvin Whittenburg and Diondra Love. Major Whittenburg is running for SC Secretary of State and Diondra Love is running for York County Probate Judge. BBC was able to meet up with the performing artist and introduced them to Major Whittenburg. They were proud of his accomplishments and his vision for the SC Secretary of State Office. Major Whittenburg expressed his vision that "Voting is an American Right that ALL need to exercise. Our focus is to reach the younger generation to get them voting and participating in government at ALL levels." As Major Whittenburg expressed to the concert goers, "Our goal is to get them voting and not to push any particular party affiliation." National recording artist and actor, Nelly, poses with Major Whittenburg while holding his campaign flyer. Join our movement to get South Carolinians to the polls. Visit BBC at www.bbconline.org. I have enclosed photos from the event last night.

BBC & RCSD Traffic Stop Safety Session III 2019

Building Better Communities 2018

Columbia has an organization geared towards building better communities!

Gun Violence Round   Tables

Every 3rd Thursday of the month at 6PM, we join FCGV & RCSD to host the monthly Roundtable Discussion in varies communities.

CommunityCulture     Project

BBC is open to partner with any club or organization that wants to help build better communities. Feel free to contact us anytime for assistance.

Community Leaders

BBC Building Better Communities helps empower local leaders in our communities to better serve our community!

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