HerStory Ensemble

Events and Activities


MLK Peace March & Community Celebration- January 21, 2019

HerStory Ensemble participated for a second year in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Peace March & Community Celebration sponsored by West Side Grows (Wilmington, DE). We joined with many other individuals, community groups and organizations in celebrating the life work of Dr. King connected to economic and social justice. Homelessness is a social justice issue, because housing is a human right. Thank you Senator Chris Coons for spending time with HerStory Ensemble members. Thank you News Journal for sharing information about the work of HerStory Ensemble in your news story.

From The News Journal
Wilmington takes to the streets to march, beautify on MLK Day
Volunteers and activists endured the sub-zero wind chill to devote their national holiday to Wilmington.


Senator Chris Coons and members of Herstory Ensemble, community activist and artist D Marque Hall, and our homelessness informational resources at MLK Day Community Celebration- West Side Grows (Wilmington, DE).

HerStory Ensemble was invited to be part of the conversation about the “No Contact Ban” in Wilmington, Delaware for people accused of panhandling, or as we would describe as “asking for help” understanding that it is not a crime to do so. Thank you Daniel Atkins, Executive Director at Delaware’s Community Legal Aid Society, Inc., ACLU Delaware Executive Director Kathleen MacRae, and Senior Attorney Eric Tars of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty for your tireless work protecting the rights of people who often do not have a voice; specifically those identified as poor, and homeless. The work continues.

HerStory Ensemble was on Capitol Hill for the Report of the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Congressional Briefing. As a member of the National Steering Committee for the Housing Not Handcuffs campaign www.housingnothandcuffs.org, we were there to support the work of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty connected to this report. The Special Rapporteur visited Skid Row to gain a deeper understanding of homelessness and its emerging issues, particularly the criminalization of homelessness in the United States. Pictured below:

1. Congresswoman Terri Sewell (AL) speaking to group.

2. Group gathered listening to panel presentation on report.

3. Panelist Robert Borrero- U.S. Human Rights Network; DeBorah Gilbert White- HerStory Ensemble; Vanessa Metzli Inaru- Bronx Progressives.

4. Panel members (left to right) Robert Borrero- U.S. Human Rights Network; Catherine Flowers- Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise; Breana Lipscomb- Maternal Health & Rights Initiative, Center for Reproductive Rights; Marcia Johnson-Blanco- Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Annette Martinez Orabona- Human Rights Clinic of the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico; Jennifer Turner- Principal Human Rights Researcher, ACLU; Eric Tars- National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.

February 24 -26, 2019 the National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference was held in Washington, D.C. The conference was co-sponsored by Feeding America and FRAC ( Food Research & Action Center). The National Coalition for the Homeless (co-sponsor of National Hunger and Homelessness Week with the Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness) provided facilitators for a workshop session titled “Beginning the Process: Reaching Out and Engaging Advocates With Lived Experiences Into Your Advocacy Workplans.” As a member of the National Coalition for the Homeless Faces of Homelessness Speaker’s Bureau, our founder and coordinator served as one of the facilitators. Delaware Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester was the lunch and welcoming plenary speaker.

Through our Community Empowerment Institute (CEI), Herstory Ensemble for the the last two years has provided community awareness and education during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in Delaware. Last November, HerStory Ensemble’s “Housing Is Healthcare” Community Forum , held at the Woodlawn Library in Wilmington, DE brought focus to homelessness and the impact on food resources,physical and mental health considerations, and remedies. The forum was presented in partnership with National Healthcare for the Homeless Council, National Coalition for the Homeless, and the Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness. Over the last few years more attention has been given to growing hunger and homelessness among students at our colleges and universities. You are welcome to join our mailing list to receive information about HerStory Ensemble’s activities for National Hunger and Homelessness Week 2019.

Pictured below: Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester and DeBorah Gilbert White (National Coalition for the Homeless Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau member, founder/coordinator HerStory Ensemble) at the 2019 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, Washington, D.C.

“Housing Is Healthcare” Community Forum panelists, Rhonda Celester (HerStory Ensemble), Iris ONeal (HerStory Ensemble), and Regina Reed (National Healthcare for the Homeless Council) speaking to homelessness, housing instability, and health considerations during Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week 2018.

Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long and DeBorah Gilbert White (HerStory Ensemble). The Lt. Governor provided opening remarks for our 2018 Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week community forum in Delaware.