The PGCSIF Clan - Building A Movement

I smoke on the mic like smoking Joe Frazier
The hell raiser, raising hell with the flavor...

- Inspectah Deck

The PGCSIF Clan - Building A Movement

Some of us here at the PGCSIF are big Wu-Tang Clan fans. Not only of their moniker pulled from our favorite martial arts films and their music, but the ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit that brought them together to create a movement. We were excited to watch the Showtime Series Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men. What we saw was the power of idealism, brotherhood, and love all focused on the collective ownership of improving one's condition. For those of you who may not be aware of the Wu-Tang Clan aka the black Beatles (we deem that impossible but just in case) they were a collection of outsiders (9 members in one group) that bent the conventional parameters of hip hop in the 1990s and tackled an unfair music industry business model in favor of the artist. More on the Wu here.
So where are we going with this? We reach the peak of visibility and excitement this time of year as we have just celebrated our eighth cohort of 40 amazing Prince Georgians under the age of 40. As we keep emphasizing Forty UNDER 40 is outstanding but our platform goes beyond recognition. We are activating talent and creating a movement to benefit Prince George's County. So imagine what will happen when we take a collection of these amazing Prince Georgians and focus them on bending the conventional parameters of how we build the future of our beloved County.

The movement is ramped up and we are raising hell (not in a anti-christian way) with the flavor...  


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Mark Lawrence
“The time is always right to do the right thing.” - Special Post By Tonia Wellons

As 45 and Members of Congress continue the high stakes banter about the border wall, our neighbors in the Greater Washington region, especially in Prince George’s County, continue to be impacted by the government shutdown. Most of you have heard the news stories; may be experiencing this first hand; or you have seen the long depression-era lines of working families in search of food and other forms of assistance.

On the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, it is only fitting that we look to his words to guide our steps. His life and his legacy represent the importance of pressing forward to change and challenge federal policies that impact the poor, working class, and especially people of color. His life and legacy is one of vision, advocacy, and action. In his honor, I invite you each to consider several ways that we can support people impacted by the federal shutdown.

Read more on the Seven Things You Can Do to Support Our Neighbors Impacted by the #Federal Shutdown

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Mark Lawrence
Forty Under 40 2019 Nominations Now Open!

Eligible nominees must live in Prince George's County and they must be under the age of 40 as of December 31, 2018. If you know of a Prince George’s County resident who is making an impact in the county, you can now nominate them for this award.

Nominations Form is located at https://40under40pgc.wufoo.com/forms/forty-under-40-2019-nomination-form/

Application Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019 at 11:59 EST

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Mark Lawrence
Forty Under 40 2018 The List!

Seven years ago, the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund (PGCSIF) launchedForty UNDER 40 Prince George’s as a pilot effort to identify the best and brightest in Prince George’s County across a range of sectors and categories. We were confident that the County was ripe with exceptional talent and we simply wanted to offer a hometown recognition of excellence, youth, and leadership. Every year since, the numbers of nominations have increased and the competition has become even more intense. This year was no different. 

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Mark Lawrence