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FDL (FOND DU LAC)
The FDL Center (FDLMCAC)
Freedom Diversity Love MultiRacial Community "Action" Resource Center
Founded by The Rt. Rev. Dr. H.D. Haywood, Sr., (Bishop Haywood) in a collaborative effort of building relationships with ethnic leaders, businesses owners, law enforcement officials,
educators, clergy and community advocates, The FDL Center was first birth out a racist attack on Bread of Life Church when the words: KKK-NIGGERS was written in the snow in
6-10 foot block styles letters in the snow in front of the Boyle Home (where the church was located at the time) the day after Christmas in 2002.
An FDL Pledge was created by the pen of Bishop Haywood to encourage community members to stand against such acts. Numerous copies of the pledge was given out, however,
little support was given to the program at the time. The FDL Center hopes to assist like organization in their formative stages with the support that it did not receive in the early years.
Freedom Diversity & Love: Unique in its structure, The FDL Center will serve as a venue and organization open to ALL people in our community throughout Fond du Lac City &
County where special attention will be given to the growing ethnic minority populations and duel understanding relationships with longtime White citizenry. The FDL Center positions
to function as the main organization within the community whose primary purpose is to assist, support and house all such groups in the area whose mission is to build bridges of
understanding, tolerance and cooperation relative to race, color, ethnicity and target areas of culture as it relates to everyday life. The mission of The FDL Center is to provide
opportunities for ALL people to learn, celebrate and share through cross-cultural experiences, direct action, and sharing of resources.
FDL Community Outreach Ministries is a creation of: BREAD OF LIFE CHURCH & MINISTRIES which has been in the community Since June 11th, 2000. Many have expressed to
us that we have made a significant change and added much needed opportunities for true Multicultural/Multiracial worship in the community. We further attempt to expand multiracial
worship by bringing others into the community for the purpose to create fellowship. This while creating a secondary forum for those who felt disenfranchised because of race, mixed
race/biracial, biracial relationships and/or lower economic status. With very little to no personal resources we have (for the most part) quietly assisted families and individuals with
personal domestic needs as well as human rights issues related to public and private social concerns.
(FDL-C-PAC) Freedom Diversity Love -Christian- Public Action Council is a non-profit nondenominational Christian-Based Citizen Action Committee; founded by Rev. Dr.
H.D.Haywood, Sr., (the Bishop). After a series of incidents of racism, and covert hindrances and intolerance were (and continue to be) committed upon the Bread Of Life Church, it's
members and others in the minority and disenfranchised community, action had to be taken. Because our Pastors: Bishop H.D. & Pastor Bev Haywood personally found themselves
often dealing with the numerous complaints, injustices and hopeless dilemmas that people throughout the community would come to them with, a Christian organization was formed.
The organization had to be Christian-Based, although members need not be Christian but not afraid to deal with hard issues head on, and in a godly way (see also our Nonsectarian
group: FDLCAC. Most of these serious perpetual life issues received little or no resolve, and unusually were not even looked into in any real-committed and non-compromising way
by any organization, church or city department in Fond du Lac city or county. Although there are and have been a few organizations in Fond du Lac city and county that have, and
are addressing issues as best as they can, and as fast as they can, we do not feel that their process or method/s is, or should be, all inclusive and/or the only course.
Because we found ourselves continually Responding to weekly and sometimes even daily incidents; we began to act as universal 24-hour activist with little or no resources.
Therefore FDL C-PAC is designed to be the social and civil ministry arm of Bread Of Life Institutional Ministries to serve the community at large partnering with any and all present
and forming organizations doing good that fit our Priority Issue Profile, so long as it does not compromise our Christian Views and Principles. We pull from other Christian and
Secular Action Councils from around the country for training and ideas that face or challenge similar situations. Therefore FDL C-PAC functions as a purely Christian based
community action advocacy council that focuses on the social, civil and civic needs of families and individuals in the city and county of Fond du Lac with non-secular interference.
Our mission is to deal with hard issue facing a glowingly diverse community of ethnic minorities and the economically and socially distressed or repressed majority; to create
answers through prayer, fellowship and action while initiating a positive grassroots solution for quick response.
Secondarily our focus is to reinforce and effectuate positive change in public and municipal policy, again --while partnering with existing or developing organizations, institutions and
private business --especially in the downtown and lower economic areas.
We Believe That Government & Community Are One --Indivisible Under GOD...
And That History Must Be Heard, Seen, Exercised and Remembered!
Although there have been many positive resolves and changes fostered, and incidents looked into and addressed by a select few individuals and organization in Fond du Lac, the
following are Germane to Bread Of Life.
HERE ARE A FEW PAST INCIDENTS:
October 2000: BOLFWCC Worship Services were Clandestinely Dispossessed from meeting at the ARMADA HOTEL after the Medium Meeting Room rental went from $50-$100 to
$300+ for each use. To date; no meeting rooms except the Grand Ballroom command a $300+ usage rate for any group but ours. (UPDATE: As of October 2006, The Ramada Hotel
has welcomed The Bread Of Life Church to once again meet temporarily with a kind-reduced rate of $100 for the Large Ball Room. God is Good!)
February and March 2001: Letters circulated door to door slandering our ministry, pastors, members and visiting ministers, attempting to draw attention to past financial hardships
and urging residents to call police for just about any and every thing. (a copy of these letters will be posted)
June 2001: Our outdoor community bazaar / church function was closed down by the city police via one phone call complaint. The City Clerk's office either intentionally or
mistakenly gave bad instructions to us on permits needed. They admitted that they periodically have issued permits to similar organization for similar events (but some how we were
missed). This caused a huge loss of food, time and money for our ministry and the sponsors of the event. There was never a satisfactory resolve even after meeting with the city.
To the credit of the Reporter News Paper, a full front page and middle section was written.(UPDATE: Since 2005 Bread Of Life has experienced good relationships with the civic
authorities in Fond du Lac and have influenced numerous councils)
December 26th, 2002: The racial slurs: ("KKK - NIGGER") was written in 6-10 Foot Block Style Letters in the snow in front of our Church. The Police really did not do much about it,
and The Fond du Lac Reporter News Paper refused to print the actual language and did not bother to do any follow up story or even grant a brief interview, theirs response was that
they did not want to give any more legitimacy to the perpetrators than they had to. In response, Rev. Haywood wrote an article in the comment section of the Reporter entitled: "The
FDL Pledge", FDL meaning: Freedom Diversity and Love in Fond Du Lac.(UPDATE: Although the issue of the racial slur in the snow was never solved or even looked into, The
Reporter News Paper has featured Bread Of Life, Bishop Haywood and Pastor Bev in many positive articles.
Summer of 2002: The Fond du Lac Police Department in a Gestapo manner continually intruded upon the rights of mostly minority citizens in the Hamilton area and in front of the
Pastors home many times almost on a daily basis. Pastors Herb & Bev had strong word with he Police Department regarding this and the heavy handed tactics eased up. We would
also like to mention that Church of Peace also had a role in speaking up in matters gone bad in the Hamilton area. (UPDATE: the FdL Police Dept. Has done a community forum at
the Bread Of Life Church. Also of special note; the son of Bishop Haywood and Pastor Bev became the first Black Police Officer in Fond du Lac after advancing past many candidates
and receiving the highest scores and since has received awards of appreciation and heroism along with fellow officers)
Through Out 2003 and in 2004: A major Fox Valley Grocery Chain, a major Local Employer and a Nation Real Estate Company and a Local FdL Agency displayed, lies, biases,
discriminatory and unethical practices against Bread Of Life Church, The Pastors and others in the minority community by denying similar privileges and/or services that would be
granted to the majority community under the same set of circumstances. Actual Instances, and names have been kept in our private files.
2000 - Present: Since there are to many incidents to name in this section,ie., FdL Schools, Social Services, etc, a suitable archive/bulletin board would be developed to list in order
each occurrence, issue and their resolve. We will just say that multiple small to large incidents of outright racism and/or intrusions of freedom, covert-intolerance and hidden codes
of apathy by the Fond du Lac School System(has instituted courageous conversation on race that Bishop Haywood serves as a member), Fond du Lac Social Services Dept., Fond
du Lac Police Dept.(much better with the new chief), Land-Lords, Stores, Restaurants, Employers and Residents are all in need of continued monitoring and action.
“PRAISE IN THE PARK Since 2004”
A 1-day downtown explosion of Gospel/Christian Music in a combined honor of Memorial Day, Independence day, Juneteenth Day and Labor Day. This will perpetually bring unity
in the community through music in the message of GOD’s Love for us all. There will be tons of gospel/Christian music and singing, Christian jazz-inspiration, Christian-country-
music, outside theater and outreach. Along with actual readings by business and community leaders of The Declaration Of Independence, Gettysburg Address, Emancipation
Proclamation and The FDL Pledge and more... This event was held in the Fond du Lac Downtown Veterans Park at Main Street and Western. Copies of The Declaration Of
Independence, Gettysburg Address, Emancipation Proclamation, The FDL Pledge and a list of the year to date of incidents, actions and milestones are given to all who attend.
(UPDATE: Juneteenth is now represented as a day of celebration by a group know as Ebony Vision, which we support and encourage)
Housing is a Big Issue; Lack of Minority and Low Income Persons having opportunity in Home Ownership is an even Bigger One. Communities that have experienced major
demographic and economic change that had no plan or desire to assist people in taking ownership of property, have been doomed to create ghettos. The conclusion of the matter is
that Home Ownership and the hope and anticipation of transitioning in to it, will preserve and develop a thriving and healthy community.
WHAT IS RAPP?
Simply put, RAPP (Rental Accountability Partnership Program)
is a Christian Based program designed to partner with Landlords to act as a buffer between the Ideal Tenant and the Nightmare Tenant, and a Second Chance Initiative for the
5-FOLD PROGRAM INITIATIVE
Landlord Support (Direct Interaction With RAPP Tenants)
The Problem We Must Address:
OUR 7-TOP CIVIL PRIORITY ISSUES:
1. FREEDOM DIVERSITY and LOVE
2. NEXT-STEP HOUSING and HOME OWNERSHIP
3. MINORITIES in and on FOND DU LAC (city/county) PUBLIC, GOVERNMENT, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PRIVATE AGENCIES
4. HANDS-ON BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND TRUE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
5. ALTERNATIVE TRANSIT and TRANSPORT SERVICES
“It’s A Wonderful Life In FDL Programs”
Since the Redevelopment Authority of Fond du Lac city has held its “needs” public hearing and have identified the most pressing community development issues, I feel that there is
little need to re-list or point out the obvious. Therefore we submitted the following Concise-Proposal based on the findings of the RDA.
A Community-Based Next Step Housing and Alternative Transportation Service;
will be a funded service provided by Bread Of Life Institutional Ministries. It will focus on providing Improved/Alternate transportation services for LMI persons particularly during
dates/times that the Fond du Lac Transit does not operate. It will also Expand/Create transitional housing for those vacating emergency shelters (Next Step Housing). It is expected
that through the providing of these services that it will be possible to have a direct and positive effect on the operational well being of businesses and the working community-at-large.
(A) Item No. 8---Improved transportation services for LMI persons particularly during dates/times that the FDL Transit does not operate. Although funding for alternative transit
programs is critical, the strategies used to address transportation challenges are equally important.
BOLTA Launched by the initial sponsored of a local foundation, (Bread Of Life Transportation Authority) The BOLTA program is a service that our ministry currently provides from
time to time with no funding at present to assist a few that are affected by the off hours of the current Bus System. Based on the number of applicants, BOLTS has and will solicit
volunteer drivers who will receive a flat monthly stipend based on the number of runs that are made to transport LMI individuals. Operating door to door utilizing a central dispatch
location, the program will provide transportation to enable riders to get to medical appointments, jobs, stores, and schools, to seek employment, and to engage in recreational
activities and other quality of life situations during the off hours and inaccessible areas of the FDLTA (B O L T A is not, has never and will not be in competitions with F D L T A or
local taxi companies. NOTE: BOLTA was voluntarily suspended after numerous complaints from a major cab company in town as we decided that we did not wish to strain our
relationships that were still developing with city/county officials. We decided not to go into the taxi business and would suspend the service until further notice.
(B) Item No. 9---Expansion of transitional housing units for those vacating emergency shelters. Although the need for transitional housing is a necessary element for those in need of
housing after emergency shelter, traditional rooming houses have been found to not be a suitable environment in many cases to help those in need to transition into stable housing
and home ownership.
NEXT STEP HOUSING The Next Step Housing Program is intended to go a STEP further than just providing a place to live for the moments after leaving emergency shelter. It is
designed to help individuals and families to put away funds to for a suitable home or apartment, receive financial counseling, family counseling and on track career and job
positioning. The Next Step Housing Program initially seeks to lease and later own 10 suitable dwellings to house multiple families and individual for up to 6-18 months at a time.