Thursday, May 31, 2012
Teresa Lyles Holmes
UniWorld Group, Inc.
PHI BETA SIGMA, NATIONAL ACTION NETWORKFORM NATIONAL
COALITION TO STOP HAZING
National Coalition Led By National Action Network’s Rev Al Sharpton Seeks to
Eradicate Culture of Hazing and Push for Federal Anti-Hazing Legislation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: -- Phi Beta Sigma and the National Action Network
are leading an effort to form a national coalition of civic organizations, academic institutions, politicians and concerned citizens to stand together to denounce and stop the culture of hazing.
The initiative will be announced today at a press conference at the National Press Club, 529 14th St, NW, 13th Floor in Washington, DC., at 11:00 AM. Jimmy Hammock, international president, Phi Beta Sigma and Rev. Al Sharpton, a member of Phi Beta Sigma and founder and president of the National Action Network, will announce plans to eradicate the culture of hazing while preserving the legacy of Greekhood, service organizations and fraternal organizations through a combination of awareness campaigns about the dangers of hazing. The coalition will also announce its support of federal anti-hazing legislation and its efforts to work with Congresswoman Frederica Wilson to strengthen her bill and help it become federal legislation.
“Hazing is an injustice to all of us,” said Rev. Sharpton. “We want to raise awareness
within organizations who may be harvesting this culture and let them know that hazing is unacceptable. Furthermore, we want to send a message to those who think it is tolerable for them to be hazed to belong. At the end of the day, the goal is to eliminate the culture of hazing period.”
The initiative will also include introducing an Anti-Hazing Curriculum that will be taught by trained sensitivity instructors from within the organization to high school and college students all around the country, and beyond.
“Phi Beta Sigma wants to start a movement that will eliminate the culture of hazing,”
said Phi Beta Sigma international president Jimmy Hammock. “At the end of the day, Phi Beta Sigma’s main objective is to be the leader in destroying the culture of hazing, not only within the African-American community, but also within the mainstream community.”
Also, at the press conference, Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson will discuss the importance of passage of federal anti-hazing legislation that she has authored and is fighting to get approved. Other public figures, as well as academic, social and civic organizations who have joined the coalition will also be at the press conference to show support of this Coalition.
Hazing, the practice of forcing new recruits to an organization to perform strenuous, humiliating and dangerous tasks to gain entry, is an injustice that creates a culture of senseless violence. While it has been most prevalent in academic settings, it is not uncommon among other groups, such as the military.
* * *
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C.,
January 9, 1914, by three young African-American male students who wanted to organize a Greek letter fraternity that would exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service. Today, Phi Beta Sigma has blossomed into an international organization that includes the Phi Beta Sigma National Foundation, the Phi Beta Sigma Federal Credit Union and The Sigma Beta Club Foundation.
National Action Network, NAN is one of the leading Civil Rights organizations in the
nation with chapters all across the country. NAN works extensively to promote a modern Civil Rights agenda that includes a standard of decency for all people regardless of race or sex, social justice for all communities, and improvement of race relations. Through the years NAN has served as a megaphone for the voiceless and an advocate for those in need. The organization has taken on issues relating to voter registration, jobs, education, immigration, health-care, anti-violence and much more.