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AALU - New Jersey
African American
Lesbians United

I co-founded AALU over 4 years ago because I couldn't find an organization or outlet for womyn of color in New Jersey. I wanted to be involved in an organization that addressed my needs and concerns being a womyn of African decent who happen to be a single parent and a lesbian.

AALU has come into existence due to the need for a place where womyn of color can come together in a safe and comfortable environment. When we come together, not only to be able to express the joys and a struggle of our individual daily experiences; but also to learn from each other's experiences. We all have expertise in one area or another, but not in all areas relative to our lifestyle, needs and concerns.

AALU is that liaison that brings the topics that touch and affect us womyn, mothers, wives, daughters, professionals, students and womyn of color. Through AALU, my goal remains to address and focus on health, educational, political, economical, social, and emotional issues that effect our lives and loved ones daily. This organization was created with you in mind. We welcome your input and support.

Without you there wouldn't be an AALU. So I encourage my sisters to come out and experience first hand the events planned for 2001, and together, we can celebrate sisterhood in the spirit of unity.

Peace in the Life,

CONGRATULATIONS to AALU’s for its Fifth Annual Herstory Conference "Envision…Enrich…Empower…

Embracing the Spirit Within"

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That is what was repeated over and over again on February 23, 2002 when AALU conducted this conference. The women who attended this conference came from all over the Northeastern region including NJ, NY, CT, PA, DE, VA, and Wash. DC area. The conference included 12 workshops, guest speakers, entertainment, networking breakfast and luncheon, arts, books, and crafts.

Mvc-008f1.jpg (41755 bytes)Workshop choices included: Educational Development - Financial Planning for Women, So You Want to Get  Published, Investment Strategies, Freedom to Marry, Knowing Your Legal Rights Personal Development - Homeopathic Health Care, Racism and Homophobia, Embracing Our Spirituality, Bridging the Gap: Coming Out Experiences Relationship Development – Lesbian Parenting, What Does Love Have to Do With It?, That’s Drama: Working Through Conflict, Addressing Abuse: In or Out of a Relationship.



Mvc-007f1.jpg (47903 bytes)The pivotal experience took place during the Keynote addresses from Talethea Best and Valarie Winborne respectively. Each speaker was able to share their personal experiences on how we all can envision our goals, enrich our lives with knowledge and empower ourselves. Conference attendees walked away with a feeling of togetherness and inner peace.


Mvc-013f1.jpg (38650 bytes)Other highlights included a networking luncheon with musical entertainment provided by up and coming artist Dani. Womyn were able to relax and build a bond with each other due to comfortable and nurturing environment that GALA’s (Gay and Lesbian Association) Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey was able to provide.


  Mvc-008f1.jpg (41755 bytes)Overall, the success of the conference had a great impact on the womyn who attended; it echoed the need for such a conference to take place. AALU looks forward to next year’s conference in where it will be its 6TH and looks forward to a bigger, longer, and greater variety conference. Generally, AALU meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at the Pride Center in North Brunswick NJ. Visit our website www.celebratesisterhood.org for future listing of events. Contact us at 908 810- 8163 or tyaalu@yahoo.com


*AALU on-site meetings and events are on the 4th Thursday of every month located at the Pride Center 211 Livingston Ave. New Brunswick, NJ 08906 (732) 846-2232. AALU is a nonprofit organization; a $4 .00 donation is requested for all on - site meetings; more if you can less if you can't.

For more information call 908.810.8163

or email info@celebratesisterhood.org




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