by Panama Jackson, The Root Blackness is complicated and always will be, Very Smart Brothas’ Panama Jackson says, so it’s no surprise that the definition of “black love” isn’t simple. If two Black people are dating or married and in love, does that, by default constitute Black love? Is seeing a woman pick up her son and give him a kiss on the cheek … is that Black love? Or two good friends doing the Black man handshake-hug combo that I’ve seen so many other ethnicities f*ck up with tremendous aplomb. Seriously, why is that sh*t so difficult. I’m not saying that we, The Blacks, are just more dexterous and athletic than everybody else, but we definitely have coordination on lock. You know what, we’re more athletic too. It takes a real athlete to do some of these handshakes we do. In high school, me and two of my best friends had a 15-step handshake. It was as ridiculous as it sounds. I promise. Is that Black love? I mean the dedication and loyalty we exacted in order to efficiently bust out that handshake? We were committed to one another because who the hell else would we be able to do that? That’s got to be it right? In truth, I think the entire concept of Black love is just that … a concept. [It’s] those horrendously cliche ass pictures that you see being sold in mall kiosks with some naked, rippled Black man holding some naked nubian black woman with their bodies intertwined. While I’d never ever put that type of picture up in my house — my tastes are a bit more discerning than that — I get why they exist. Black love is the ideal of unity and togetherness. It’s this ideal of strength shared between two people attempting to reach a common goal
Recently GE has been recognized as one of America’s most community-minded companies in The Civic 50 – a new ranking of companies that acknowledges them for dedication of time commitment, talent and resources to improve local communities.
A good deal of this recognition comes because of our local employees and the work they have done locally to overcome some of the toughest issues in health and education.
GE Healthcare has 17 volunteer councils at various GE sites in the US that, so far in 2012, have contributed about 32,000 volunteer hours on more than 3,700 projects. To date, GE Healthcare employees have contributed nearly $1.4 million to charities as part of the United Way campaign.
In Milwaukee so far this year, about 2,000 volunteers have contributed about 26,600 hours on about 2,700 projects.
Some corporate citizenship efforts GE employees in or near Milwaukee have recently been involved in include:
Community Service Day in Milwaukee: In its 18th consecutive year, Community Service Day in Milwaukee is GE’s largest single-day volunteer event globally. In 2012, more than 2,800 employees volunteered at 15 Milwaukee Public Schools and five Waukesha Public Schools preparing them for the upcoming school year by doing duties such as painting, fixing, landscaping and gardening.
Junior Achievement: GE Healthcare recently earned a Junior Achievement Leadership Award from Junior Achievement in Milwaukee because of having nearly 200 employee volunteers for the non-profit organization that works to better prepare students in grades K-12 for the “real world.”
Provided a land donation for Wisconsin’s Glacial Drumlin State Trail. The trail will stretch from Waukesha, Wis., to Madison, Wis., where two GE Healthcare sites are. The trail will now span 52 miles.
GE volunteers are also involved in year-round projects such as reading to children, teaching them STEM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), and being mentors to children in programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and FIRST Robotics.
In 2011, GE contributed more than $198 million to community and educational causes around the world, working with more than 3,500 community partners.
GE employees gave 1.3 million volunteer hours to more than 6,000 company sponsored initiatives — the equivalent of more than 600 full time employees at work for a year– the equivalent of more than 600 full time employees at work for a year.