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The "Offering Reconciliation" Project
The "Offering Reconciliation" Project, initiated by the Israeli Friends of the Family Forum
presents to the public at large, the idea of reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians through Art.
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Become a Peacemaker!

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with a sustaining presence.

 10,000 Men - A Call to Action

10,000 Men - A Call to Action

For more information
call 215-731-0541.
Kenny Gamble & Bill Cosby

Over 10,000 Black Men Answer Call

Black Men Answer Call







New York City rapper releases video that brings the truth about Hip-Hop into schools
and, talks to 6th and 7th graders about the lies of popular rappers, their lyrics,
and the negative influence of the music they listen to.

Read More Here




Current Coalition Newsletter

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The Coalition

Friday 21 March 2008

Volume 2, Number 29

Coalition Board of Directors

Gary R. Adams, President

John E. Churchville, Treasurer

Yvonn M. Haughton, Secretary


Stanley Daniels

Tom Henry

Abdul Malik Raheem

Angela Mohammed



Table of content


For Our Children … 01

This Week … 09

Employment and Training Opportunities … 09

Health Matters … 12

Grants and Scholarships … 14

SpotLight … 18

Arts for Awareness … 19

Coming Up …22

Computers and Technology … 26

A Hand Up … 26

On The Airways … 26



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If you would like to report on a recent community event, feel free to send us a brief account of what happened, we will share it with our readers.

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We are proud to announce that News From The Coalition is featured on the internationally acclaimed site Eight Cities Map

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“Newsletter" from the menu.













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“Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences” … Susan B. Anthony




























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Volunteers needed to help organize the first INTER-FAITH COMMUNITY
SURVIVAL SUMMIT to be held in the city of Philadelphia. For information or to volunteer or register as a representative for your place of worship, call 215.387.2734 or email:





























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“Mary,” asked Dawn thoughtfully one day, “what would you do if you caught your husband with another woman?” “Another woman with MY husband?” Mary thought it over.
”Let's see. I'd break her cane, shoot her guide dog, and call a cab to take her back to the institution she escaped from.”































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Joe heard a rumor that his father, grandfather and great-grandfather
had all walked across the lake on their 21st birthdays.
So, on his 21st birthday, Joe and his good friend Brian headed out to
the lake. "If they did it, I can too!" he insisted. When Joe and
Brian arrived at the lake, they rented a boat and began paddling.
When the got to the middle of the lake, Joe stepped off of the side
of the boat ... and almost drowned.
Furious and somewhat ashamed, he and Brian headed for home. When Joe
arrived back at the family farm, he asked his grandmother for an
explanation. "Grandma, why can I not walk on water like my father,
and his father, and his father before him?"
The feeble old grandmother took Joe by the hands, looked into his
eyes, and explained, "That's because your father, grandfather, and
great-grandfather were born in January ... you were born in July, dear."






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Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral… Paulo Freire

















































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Word of The Week: cajole \kuh-JOHL\, To persuade with flattery, repeated appeals, or soothing words; to coax.











































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We will be spotlighting members and organizations weekly, if you wish to have your organization spotlighted, forward to us information on your primary mission, your current projects and/or how you would want other members of The Coalition to be involved. Many of us are already being a support to one another, but there is plenty of room for improvement.







Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy…
Lao Tzu





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A member of the Cherokee Nation was a special guest at an elementary school. He talked to the children about his tribe and its traditions, then shared with them this fun fact: "There are no swear words in the Cherokee language."
One boy raised his hand, "But what if you're hammering a nail and accidentally smash your thumb?"
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Greetings Coalition Family!


Join A HAND UP! To make donations or donation requests.


Gary R. Adams,

Chairman for The Coalition


Join our Google group






Zeta Iota Iota Chapter presents




SATURDAY, APRIL 26th, 2008

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Harambee Charter School

66th & Media Streets

Philadelphia, Pa

For Appointments Click Below:


Be an African American Hero to a Child with Sickle Cell Disease!

Through a one-of-a-kind program, the American Red Cross and local childrens hospitals are improving care for children with sickle cell disease -- and we need your help! Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease that affects more than 90,000 people in the United States, ninety percent of whom are of African descent.

There is no cure for sickle cell disease, but good medical care, including blood transfusions, can help manage and prevent the pain and

serious complications of the disease.

What You Can Do To Help

Blood donors are the real heroes in this story because some patients with sickle cell disease need many units of blood every month! But if the blood is not a very close match, the patient may reject the blood and a source of help and hope will be gone. This condition, called alloimmunization, can be fatal.


The best matches for these patients will come from African American donors.

African American donors who want to help can choose to give blood for a child with sickle cell disease by using a special blue tag available at all Red Cross blood drives and donor centers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

If you are African American, please share your good health with a child who has sickle cell disease by doing something simple, easy, and safe by giving blood.


Felicia Parker-Cox

Community Outreach Specialist

American Red Cross, Penn-Jersey Region

Cooperative Sickle Cell Donor Program

215-451-4945 (office)

215-687-8990 (mobile)




Community College of Philadelphia's Act Now/Act 101 Program

The Act Now/Act 101 Program is seeking your assistance in the development of the following new opportunities for their Leadership Learning Community students.


Mentoring Program: It is important for students to meet professionals, outside of the Act Now/Act 101 Program, who have completed college and who would be available to offer guidance and support as they pursue their academic and career goals.


Informational Interviews: While some of our students have chosen majors to pursue others are still undecided. It is helpful for them to meet professionals in the fields they are considering. The time commitment for Informational Interviews is minimal. The Act Now/Act 101 Program will keep a list of individuals representing a variety of professions. Interested students will contact the representatives to schedule an interview. Interviews may be conducted by telephone or in person and should take no longer than an hour.


For application or more information, please email Erika Hernandez


March 30th  1 PM

Morris Arboretum Philadelphia presents

Painting the Bamboo Forest for Kids

Kids ages 7 and older will learn to make Japanese ink paintings during this 90 minute workshop

$18 Pre-register: 215.247.5777 ext. 156 or 125


The Children Of C.A.P.

(Children Achieving Pride)

Presents Their Annual

“ A Night To Remember 2008 “

The 2008 Scholarship Banquet and Show



3:00p.m. –8:00 p.m.







TICKETS: $25.00/ AT THE DOOR: $30.00








Khadijah Moses: (215) 229-1338 (H) (215) 989-2372 (C) (215) 685-9750

Wesley Wilson-Bey: (MUAVN/CHAIRMAN) (215) 476-0280 (H)




The sigma Sharks Pop Warner football program is looking for coaches for the 2008 season beginning this summer. We have 4 teams covering ages 7 – 13, and practice at 19th and Washington Ave. Time commitment is 10hrs/week in August and 6hrs/week in Sept./Oct. For more information: Coach Darron at 267.972.8921 or email:


Young Adults 18-24!!

An intensive one-year training program.

Visit for info about this Paid Internship/Training
Program for Youth

Year Up is an intensive one-year training program for young adults ages 18 to 24 who provide Fortune 100 companies like Merrill Lynch, American Express, Lehman Brothers and Bank of America

with Information Technology entry level talent.

We recognize that both job skills and higher education
are necessary to provide a viable path to economic self-sufficiency.

Throughout the course of one year, our students earn up to 16 college
credits from Pace University, learn technical and professional skills,
and are placed in paid internships.


Students are paid an educational stipend of $150 per week while in training and $250 per week while working at their internship.

Year Up is currently recruiting students for our next class of young

We are looking for High School graduates or GED recipients,
ages 18 - 24, who may not know what to do next - attend college or work full-time.


For more information on Year Up, please visit our Web site, Or to speak to admissions specialist, Wil Velazquez,
please call 212-785-3340, ext. 1304 or e-mail:


Kids! Ever see those Clean Water ads with drawings by Philadelphia school students?

Now you have the chance to have your original drawing appear on billboards and buses all over the city!

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary is now accepting entries on behalf of the Philadelphia Water Department for the 2008 “Clean Water Begins and Ends With You” Drawing contest, open to Philadelphia students in grades K-12.

To enter, students must illustrate the prevention or environmental impact of storm water runoff pollution.

Entry forms and details can be found at




Resources for Children’s Health’s SAFE program has openings for new clients. In our SAFE program, we provide parents of children aged birth through 5 years with the information, resources and support they need to raise healthy and happy children. A peer and professional staff conduct services. Spanish-speaking case managers are available.

Services include:


·        In-home visits

·        Help in obtaining medical, pediatric and well-baby care;

·        Accompaniment to medical appointments and other appointments;

·        Connecting participants to supportive community resources to

     meet identified needs;

·        Health and nutrition information, resources and written handouts;

·        Incentives- baby items, parent-child activity books, home safety items, and others;

·        Assisting participants in securing health insurance or other benefits;

·        Supporting participants in engaging in healthy lifestyle practices, such as smoking cessation, exercise and good adult and child nutrition;

·        “Hands-on” support, such as grocery shopping to show participants how to purchase good quality nutritional food at reasonable prices; and

·        Positive parenting and health education workshops, which are open to everyone in the community.


For more information, to sign up, or to make a referral to the SAFE Program, please contact Brenda Rochester, SAFE Supervisor, at 215.985.6252.





Kids With a Mission!

The 1st African American Kids Entrepreneur Radio Show on

Junior Entrepreneurs On The Move Radio show Saturdays at 6pm.

You can find JEOTM at

JEOTM  Radio is the brainchild of 2 young men Jerry who is 12 years old and his brother RJ AKA Spidey Boy who is 8 years old.

JEOTM was created to encourage and foster the entrepreneurial spirit in young people.

Each show will feature guests that introduce youth early on to business concepts and entrepreneurship.

By empowering youth JEOTM Radio seeks to instill key skills that will enable financial independence.



RESOURCE Program (PEER) presents


Free parenting classes

Attend the FREE non-judgmental ten week program and receive a


$100.00 food gift card


Earn $100.00 towards a utility bill of your choice


Classes are held weekly at

Tustin Recreation Center

5901 Columbia Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19151

Mondays 6:00pm – 8:00pm


Other sites available

Enrollment is ongoing


A project of the Lutheran Children and Family Service


Sonya Harris-Saunders, Program Coordinator 215.339.8002 ext 19

Wendy Brown, Administrative Assistant 215.424.3741 ext 248





is looking for tutors for their tutoring program at East Spencer Miller Elementary School at 43rd and Westminster.  Tutoring takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 7pm, and is for students 8-12 years of age.

If you or anyone you know can help during either of these two timeframes, please contact Malik (aka Norm) Johnson, at 215-410-2859.


Please share this information; you never know who has a couple of hours a week to help our kids. C&C Athletic Association also has a tutoring and mentoring program at Eastwick Recreation Center at 80th and Mars Sts. for students, age 10-17. This program runs from November to April. Contact Calvin Johnson (215-738-5181) if you can help or know someone who needs to be tutored.



"Speaking Truth to Action"

Spoken Word' movement mentors at-risk males.


Brother to Brother, Boys to Men Youth Mentoring Club  ...because we are our brother's keepers.

   As Philadelphia's homicide rate continues to climb, a local businessman, entrepreneur and 'spoken word' poets are coming together

to 'speak truth to action' with a mentoring program that they feel will change lives; save lives of young African American males in the city.


WHAT: a "Mentoring" Club, for males only between the ages of 13 and 18 and adult males, providing nurture, guidance and role-models for at-risk youth. The club provides awareness, self-love activities and a positive environment to build healthy relationships.
WHEN: Wednesday evenings 5:00-7:30 PM (Ongoing [since 07-25] weekly)
Where: Dowling's Palace 1310 N. Broad Street Phila.,  PA 19121 (Next to Blue Horizon) N. Broad Street at Thompson  215-236-9888

WHY: (Shyster): "Because it's long overdue!" Promoters of this mentoring club say that it is NOT a "Lecture" format, not a "scared straight" program; instead, spoken-word artists with a burden for the community are coming together to offer young African American males a positive environment to interact with each other and community role-models. This is an attempt to curb violence and a practical way to put an end to the senseless violence and bloodshed that tarnishes Philadelphia's image. "We need 'real-men' Mentors, who have big hearts and a little

time to spend with a young man who needs it--badly!" said Sam Gamon. "Because, after all 'we are our brothers' keepers".

                                "Shyster"-Ray Williams, 215-729-2025
              "Sam I Am" Gaymon 267-970-2390
                                 Stacy Dowling 267-767-6300


1. You will have a nationwide connection with primarily African
American parents and other parents who have children of color.
2. You will receive EXCLUSIVE discounts and special offers with over
40 selected businesses that have created or represent companies with
items that will encourage children of color to feel proud and
positive about their heritage. Most of these companies are owned and
operated by African Americans, which is something to be proud of in
3. You will receive a monthly email with not only EXCLUSIVE discounts and offers, but the opportunity to win GREAT prizes from our Black Parent Connect Shops. Each monthly prize will be valued at $50 or more.
4. You will also receive special tips, news and other parenting information when visiting our website.
(This is open to non-members as well)
5. FREE and Easy to join! Just simply join by clicking on our JOIN NOW page on our navigator tab at

Joan Gosier, President
HBCU kidz, Inc.
954-302-4540 x701
“An Education that is superior, exciting, challenging and custom-designed to fit each student’s needs and interests.” 


Volunteers Needed


ACCEL Community Cyber Program is looking for tutors and volunteers for our after school program 717 Long Lane, Upper Darby, PA


The program takes place Monday – Friday afternoons from 3pm to 6pm, and is for students grades K-8.

If you, or anyone you know love to work with children can help, please contact: Veronica Manley at 610.259.1305

between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm Mon. – Fri. or email:


ACCEL is also interviewing for a Director with an Associate Degree to run the after school program.

More information is available at:



This Week…


TreeVitalize Philadelphia Fall 2008 launch


Announcing the launch of the Fall 2008 TreeVitalize Philadelphia Street Tree Planting Program! Attached are three documents:

(1)      application process,

(2)      application form, and

(3)      property owner tree  request form.

Please share this information with your contacts at organizations and groups that might be interested in organizing a neighborhood volunteer tree planting event.
Applications (with signed tree request forms) must be received at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society by May 1, 2008.

On Thursday, March 20, two pre-application workshops will be held at PHS (100 N. 20th St, 5th floor). Attendance is not mandatory, but the workshop is designed to help potential applicants understand and complete the application process successfully. (RSVP to attend either the 12:00-1:00 pm or the 6:00-7:00 pm session.)

Questions? Email
 or call 215-988-8795 or 215-988-8844.







Job opportunities for ages 16-21

     PYN has Job opportunities available through their Employer Paid
     Internship Program. Please refer any youth between the ages 16 to 21
     that you may feel would be interest in this employment opportunity
     ASAP. These individuals can contact Dameon Mack directly to get an
     application packet (contact info below). Review attachments for
     additional information.

     Dameon Mack, MSW

     Director of Youth Leadership Programs

     1914 North 63rd St.
     Philadelphia PA 19151

     office: (215) 879-7740; cell: (215) 380-9901; fax: (215) 879-7743



Professional Executive Diversity Career Fair

What: Job Fair

When: Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Times: 10 am - 3 pm


Hilton Philadelphia City Ave

4200 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
(215) 879-4000


How far can you push yourself?

There’s one way to find out.

JAVA / J2EE Specialists

$12,000 Sign-on Bonus


You’ve never backed away from a technical challenge. Why start now? Raytheon will immerse you in the most complex projects addressing critical global problems, and will place you alongside some of the world’s most brilliant thinkers.

You will have the opportunity to advance your career as you push yourself further than ever before, in more ways than you will find anywhere else.

Find out what it means to be part of a world-class team.

$12,000 Sign-on Bonus through March 24


Raytheon has immediate openings for JAVA / J2EE Specialists in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Now through March 24, Raytheon is offering a $12,000 sign-on bonus to those JAVA / J2EE professionals who qualify and have an active TS/SCI or TS/SCI with full-scope poly clearance.


Click here to read the full job description and requirements.


Then apply online.

Hurry- these sign-on bonuses are only authorized through March 24.


Project RISE (Reaching and Impacting Small Entrepreneurs)

is targeting existing business owners as well as individuals who want to

start a business in the West Philadelphia area.

The program includes an outreach to youth-at-risk, ex-offenders, and

welfare recipients and is co-sponsored by the SBA.

It is an on-going project that ends in September of 2008.

For more information call

Project RISE at 215-476-8091, ext. 113.





If you’ve ever looked at a job listing and thought, "I’d be perfect for this job, if only...," you understand the discouragement a lot of

job seekers in Philadelphia feel. Understanding these barriers, the employment volunteers at have launched a free tool that helps jobseekers look for jobs and

apply online,

Positions range from Banquet Server to Call Center Manager.

When it comes to meeting the qualifications for a job, is there any flexibility? That depends on the employer, but in most cases, the answer is yes. Certainly, it helps to understand how your own experience and needs match up to what the employer wants and is willing to offer, which isn’t always an easy task, thanks to the obscure language typical of many job listings.


Google needs business reps - nationwide
Now you can Make Money Through the Google Business Referral Program and Help Google Locate Businesses in Your Neighborhood
"As a Google Business Referral Representative, you'll visit local
businesses to collect information (such as hours of operation, types
of payment accepted, etc.) for Google Maps, and tell them about Google
Maps and Google AdWords. You'll also take a few digital photos of the
business that will appear on the Google Maps listing along with the
business information. After the visit, you submit the business' info
and photo(s) to Google through your Local Business Referrals Center,

and we'll pay you up to $10 for each listing that is approved by
Google and verified by the business," according to the Google website.
Read more about this program here:




Philabundance recently launched the

"Fresh for All" program,

a quick and easy way to put quality,

produce into the hands of those who need it most.

The cost of fresh fruits and vegetables is rising,

so these healthy foods are the first to get cut when money is tight.

Where is Fresh for All?

Fresh for All sites are currently located in Salem and Camden Counties, NJ and Delaware County, PA.

Delaware County Housing Authority Community Center

1825 Constitution Ave., Woodlyn, PA 19094

• Distributions held every Friday from 12:30-1:30pm.

St. John's Baptist Church

Provided in partnership with Camden Area Health Education Center, Inc.


400 N. 30th Street, Camden, NJ 08105

• Distributions held every Tuesday from 9:30-10:30am.

St. John's Pentecostal Outreach

22 New Market Street, Salem, NJ 08079

• Distributions held every Wednesday from 11:30-12:30pm.

Fresh for All Membership

Becoming a Fresh for All member is free and easy. Interested

individuals are asked to provide basic

household information.

Fresh for All is not connected with any government agency, so becoming a member will not affect any other benefits members are receiving.

Members are asked to bring their

own boxes or bags to distributions.


Volunteers are needed

For more information on Fresh for All or to become a Fresh for All

member or volunteer

please contact Tunisia at 215-339-0900 x238.



Coming Soon! Noted Herbalist Ann Pringle will be sharing natural health information in this section. Ann Pringle has been a vegetarian for more than 23 years. She initially studied nutrition and vegetarianism on her own, and later attended Temple University where she took

classes under a vegetarian nutritionist and herbologist.

Ms. Pringle also lectures on health, herbs and has operated her own herbal company for nearly ten tears.


South Philadelphia Neighborhood Athletic League

Healthy Mind - Healthy Body

“Weigh To Go” Fitness Challenge

For a $10.00 registration fee participants receive

·        Exercise Workshops

·        Nutritional recipes

·        Cooking Classes

·        Access To A Local Gym

and cash incentives for “The Biggest Loser”

To register contact Kimyetta Lewis 267.250.4846



Resources for Children's Health's SAFE program has openings and is looking for referrals!  SAFE provides home visiting and case management, parenting support, and family health and wellness education for parents of young children, ages birth to five, in South Philadelphia. All services are free. Spanish-speaking staff is also available.
To make a referral or for more information, please call Brenda Rochester,
215-985-6252 or email

The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation is committed to enhancing the quality of life for children who have health care needs not covered by their commercial health insurance. The Foundation provides financial assistance toward the family's share of the cost of medical services. Learn more about us and how to apply.





On March 29th I will be conducting an all-day workshop on how churches, ministries, and other faith-based agencies can successfully obtain and keep grants. I’ll be covering funder requirements, expectations, capturing and measuring results, writing compelling narratives, and lots more.


Here’s the link for more information:


I hope to see you!


Tara Nicole Gaudin

Trainer and consultant

Founder, Trinity Transformations

Check out my website!:



Ira Lubert Scholarship Challenge 

Participants must: 

Be residents of Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware or Chester County

Plan to attend an eligible postsecondary educational

      institution by SEPTEMBER 2008.

Have a net worth that is less than $10,000. 

      Show proof of earned income.

Meet program income limit. (Household adjusted gross income that either qualifies for the Earned Income Tax Credit or is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level—see below)

      TANF recipients automatically qualify. 

Examples of Income Limit

One person household _____________  $20,800

Two person household _____________  $28,000

Three person household ____________  $35,200

Four person household _____________  $42,400

Five person household _____________  $49,600

Six person household ______________  $56,800

For each additional member add $7,200 

Participants also receive additional

financial and educational  planning tips! 

Register for an

upcoming orientation sessions TODAY!!! 

Save $500 receive $3000!

in matching scholarship funds to pay

tuition and fees required enrollment or attendance at an accredited vocational school or institution of higher learning. Use for books, fees, supplies.  

All payments must be paid through the school. 


Tuesday, March 25th       6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 

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2010 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA  




Scholarship For Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government's critical information infrastructure. This program provides scholarships that fully fund the typical costs that students pay for books, tuition, and room and board while attending an approved institution of higher learning.
Additionally, participants receive stipends of up to $8,000 for undergraduate and $12,000 for graduate students. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation NSF.

For more information, click here: https://www. default.asp

Adult Literacy Grants
The Dollar General Adult Literacy Grants award funding to non-profit
organizations that provide direct service to adults in need of
literacy assistance. Organizations must provide assistance in one of
the following instructional areas:
·    Adult basic education;
·    General education diploma preparation; or
·    English for speakers of other languages.



Family Literacy Grants
The Dollar General Family Literacy Grants will award grants to family
literacy service providers. Please note that the Dollar General
Literacy Foundation uses the federal government's definition of family
literacy when reviewing grant applications. Family literacy programs
applying for funding must have the following four components:
·       Adult education instruction;
o       Adult basic education
o       GED preparation
o       English for speakers of other languages
·       Children's education;
·       Parent and child together time (PACT); and,
Parenting classes that teach parents to be the primary teacher for their child.

Following is information for students interested in getting support for
higher education

Go to:

More information available in our Google group:





In honor of Women’s History Month, Spotlight will feature amazing women changing their circumstances.

Tucker, C. DeLores (1927-2005)

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 4, 1927 to Reverend Whitfield and Captilda Nottage, C. DeLores Tucker attended the highly competitive Philadelphia High School for Girls and then matriculated to Temple University where she studied finance and real estate. In 1951 she married businessman William Tucker and became an activist who at the time was counted among the 100 most influential black Americans.

A successful realtor during the 1950s, Tucker became involved in civil rights activities.  In the 1960s she served as an officer in the Philadelphia NAACP and worked closely with the local branch president and activist Cecil Moore to end racist practices in the city’s post offices and construction trades.  Tucker gained national prominence when she led a Philadelphia delegation on the celebrated Selma to Montgomery march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  By the decade’s end, Tucker’s expertise as a fund raiser for the NAACP, coupled with her Democratic Party affiliation, enabled her to be appointed chair of the Pennsylvania Black Democratic Committee.

Her selection by Mayor James H.J. Tate to serve on the Philadelphia Zoning Commission in 1968 was the first of several prestigious political appointments, including vice chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party (1970) and in the following year, Secretary of State of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  In 1976 she became vice chair of the National Association of Secretaries of State, and in 1984 chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Black Caucus.

By the 1990s Tucker became a highly vocal opponent of the salacious lyrics and sexual innuendos associated with “gangsta rap.”  She joined conservative Republican Bill Bennett and launched a national campaign against Time Warner, Inc. for supporting and sustaining artists and companies profiting from rap music.  Tucker died on October 12, 2005.






National Artists is seeking your organization as a site and venue host or sponsor of one or more events and activities which will highlight a supportive scheduling about Non-Violence and PEACE.   Schools( public, catholic, charter, boarding & Independent), Social Agencies, Community Groups, Juvenile Detention Facilities, College Campuses, Recreation Centers and Churches have all become the wealth of respondents and provided the necessary support for ensuring the succcess of these convenings as a part of the national initiative for Solving Poverty, which will be held within the week of April 11 - 18, 2008 and other tentative dates throughout the month.  See full text in our Google group’s message section) (Please Feel Free to post, distribute, duplicate this correspondence to others or forward by email or send through out through listserve)

Please check out the webpage at  To join our mailing list or to receive by mail a copy of our printed promotional packet please contact the following persons:

Maurice Henderson - (215) 301-0860 or and Cali Starks(770) 256-9993 or




African American Short Films – Syndicated Television Program –

Accepting Submissions


African American Short Films, a nationally televised showcase of

short films starring, produced, written and/or directed by African-

American filmmakers, is accepting submissions for it's 2008 /10

seasons. "African American Short Films" airs quarterly on network

affiliates in over 100 cities nationwide. This is a wonderful

opportunity to showcase one’s work on a national level.


Submissions are accepted on an on-going basis. Accepted films receive





Short films should be between 1-28 minutes in length.

Viewing copies must be submitted on VHS, Mini DV or DVD in NTSC format.


Short films may originate on any format or medium (i.e.; Mini DV,

Digibeta, Beta SP, 8mm, 16mm, 35mm, etc.,...) Please note the running

time and format shot on.


Send submissions to:


Badami Productions

419 North Larchmont Blvd., P.O. Box #322

Los Angeles, CA 90004

ATTN: "African American Short Films"


Please include your contact information and tell us where you heard

about African American Short Films.

Viewing copies will not be returned.


For questions or additional information email: or

go to


African Folktales at the

Please Touch Museum Philadelphia

Saturday March 15th

Students from the New Freedom Theater perform in this program which combines music, dance & storytelling.

11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM

Free with admission




March is "Women's History Month" and though the historic Million Woman March is a special part of Black History (Month) it also has an undeniable place in Women's History; in that it is the largest gathering in the world of any women anywhere.


Now that the original and official Million Woman March has launched its International Movement for the upliftment and empowerment of females of African descent, worldwide, February and March 2008 is a great time for the unveiling of official MWM "Five Year Action Plan + 2" Program for Power, Prosperity, and Peace.

One of the exciting upcoming events for Women's History Month is:

REEAL "Sistahs 4 Sistahs" featuring

The Black Women's Literary and Writers Symposium

Meet and greet local and internationally known authors, writers, and publishers.

Learn about self-publishing, copyrights, marketing and distribution, and more

Get inspired and also share your work with both up and coming and seasoned writers

Sessions will be held Citywide


Also: Introducing the Million Woman Movement Book Club and the MWM Suggested Book List & Readings for Every Black Woman


To be a presenter, register, schedule a book signing, volunteer, or for more information call:

267-299-6424 or e-mail



Everybody, everybody got a book of rhymes, poetry, words, sentences and thoughts. Based off the underground release of Success Story: In Search of Hip Hop, Carrying the Wait: a book of rhymes

is the written, lyrical expression of a young man bearing the weight of his people and their experience. As we all are waiting for something to come into our lives, this book tells the story of a boy becoming a man carrying the weight, but not waiting for something to come to him while learning how to live life. This is hip-hop, the story of my life.  


Hydeen K. Beverly's release of Carrying the Wait: a book of rhymes is now available at


First Person Arts launches First Person Salons at the Gershman Y

It was standing-room-only for every single one of First Person Arts’ notorious Story Slams in 2007, and now First Person Arts is bringing that same energy and enthusiasm to a new series of memoir and documentary-arts events: First Person Salons at the Gershman Y.  On the second Wednesday of each month, First Person Arts will showcase new work and works-in-progress presented by the artists themselves to an audience eager to get an inside look at the creative process.  Writers, photographers, documentary film-makers, painters and sculptors will put both their work and their methods on display, demonstrating how they turn real-life drama into compelling works of art.  
First Person Arts is accepting applications from artists on a rolling basis at  You can find a Salon overview and application at <> .  Join us every 2nd Wednesday, 7:00 pm at the Gershman Y (Broad and Pine)  Admission: $5-10.






An Afternoon of Poetry


Every second Saturday of the month from 1 – 3 PM


Serenity Inspirational Gifts & Coffee

140 So. Easton Rd.

Glenside, PA



JUS’ WORDS at Dowling’s Palace

1310 No. Broad St. Phila

Every Thurs. 9pm to 1am

·        Poets

·        Rappers

·        Singers

·        Spoken Word Artists

$5.00 cover





"Power to the People"



March 28th -30th, 2008


American Best Inn & Suites

2015 Penrose Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19145


Dear Attendee,

Welcome! To the "City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection"

The host Committee under the leadership of Sister Colia Clark is excited in anticipation of your arrival to the big City.  Please adhere to the Reservation Instructions for your lodging, do not contact the Hotel in regards to the Conference activities as some of the gatherings are away from the Hotel.



We have reserved 10 double rooms at the America's Best Inn in South Philadelphia, these rooms will cost $60 per night and we recommend that you perhaps lodge with another person to reduce the cost.

In order to guarantee your room you must call the Hotel Inn at 215-336-4600 and identify yourself to be with the CLARK GROUP.  This must be done before Friday, March 21, 2008 in order to get the Group rate.



Please send a written update of the work you have been in organizing in your state so that we might be able to share it with all those in attendance.



The Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC) will host the

2008 Block Captain Rally on Saturday,

March 29, 2008

at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Streets Commissioner Clarena I. W. Tolson along with PMBC Administrator, Rovetta Everett will recognize the efforts of Block Captains and Junior Block Captains in Philadelphia neighborhoods.

The event will be held from10am until 2pm.

Registration begins at 9:30 am.

The dual purpose of the Rally is to thank our dedicated Block Captains, Junior Block Captains and cleaning volunteers, as well as motivate them for the upcoming cleaning season and celebrate this year’s theme

“Love Where You Live, Live Where You Love.”

A variety of city service departments and outside agencies that impact on the quality of life in the community, will have tables set up to distribute literature and answer questions. Entertainment, door prizes and refreshments will help to make the day an informative and entertaining event.

Stay tuned for more details.


American Philosophical Society of Philadelphia





Saturday March 29th

Performance artist Brett Keyser leads 14 interactive expeditions through Independence National Historic Park.

Geared toward children and adults, they examine the flora & the fauna and the layers of natural & social history.


Philabundance is currently forming teams for the annual Walk Against Hunger on April 12 beginning at the Art Museum in Philadelphia.

This is a fundraising event to help many hunger relief organizations.

Money raised through Team 2 (Philabundance) supports our network of over 600 member agencies in need of food throughout the Delaware Valley.


Please see for more details.

Also visit our website at


If you would like to form a team, large or small, family, friends, church family, co-workers, let me know so I can order your tee shirt for the walk by mid March.  Don’t hesitate to call me at the number below should you have any questions.



Jan Barnett, Volunteer Coordinator


302 W. Berks Street

Philadelphia, Pa.19122

215-339-0900 Extension 310






Since its founding in 1968 by Queen Mother Falaka Fattah and her husband Mr. David Fattah, the House Of Umoja, Inc. has positively shaped the minds and souls of approximately 3,000 young men; successfully negotiated a peace pact among leaders of gangs in Philadelphia in 1974 which brought to an end bloody and deadly gang conflicts that had plagued the nation’s fourth largest city; and rekindled community spirit and energized a public school system in its leadership and organizing role for the 2007 Million Father March in the City of Philadelphia as it moves children in the City of Philadelphia to commit to nonviolence by signing the Imani Pledge.


As it approaches its 40th anniversary, the House Of Umoja, Inc. continues to create key “pieces of the puzzle” to not only positively shaping the minds and souls of the City’s youth but also beautifying and empowering the neighborhoods in which they reside by “Think Green Peace”.


The House Of Umoja, Inc.’s “Think Green Peace” Campaign -- which consists of several components that include, but are not limited to, transforming vacant lots into gardens that are abloom with vegetables and flowers; and engaging the youths, adults, and business community in the task of preparing the vacant lots for planting in the Carroll Park section of West Philadelphia -- will culminate with the First Philadelphia Collard Green Cultural Festival For 2008 which is scheduled to occur in July 2008.


“The House Of Umoja, Inc.’s ‘Think Green Peace’ Campaign is creating key ‘pieces of the puzzle’ to beautifying our community, educating our young about our environment, and moving our community to self-sufficiency,”  Queen Mother Falaka Fattah explained.


So, how can you get involved in the House Of Umoja, Inc.’s “Think Green Peace” Campaign?


Contact Queen Mother Falaka Fattah at the House Of Umoja, Inc. at (215) 473-5893 or via e-mail at:





Free Computers For Schools
(800) 939-6000
Willie Cade, CEO
Computers for Schools
773-583-7575 Office
773-583-7585 Fax






Our new group A HAND UP! Is now open, please go to:


Community College of Philadelphia's Act Now/Act 101 Program
The Act Now/Act 101 Program is seeking your assistance in the development of the following new opportunities for their Leadership Learning Community students.

Mentoring Program: It is important for students to meet professionals, outside of the Act Now/Act 101 Program, who have completed college and who would be available to offer guidance and support as they pursue their academic and career goals. An in-person introductory meeting will be scheduled by the Act Now Program in February. Mentors would then be then expected to communicate via email, telephone or in person with their Act Now student once during the month of March and once during the month of April.

Informational Interviews: While some of our students have chosen majors to pursue others are still undecided. It is helpful for them to meet professionals in the fields they are considering. The time commitment for Informational Interviews is minimal. The Act Now/Act 101 Program will keep a list of individuals representing a variety of professions. Interested students will contact the representatives to schedule an interview. Interviews may be conducted by telephone or in person and should take no longer than an hour.

For application or more information, please email Erika Hernandez



Remember to support The Coalition on-air personalities…

Technically Speaking with the award winning JC Lamkin on WNWR 1540 AM, Saturdays at 2pm.

Sister Phile Chionesu, organizer of the Million Woman March, Mondays 10pm to 1am on Harambee Radio Welcome to Harambee Radio Online



fr. Paul M. Washington, former rector of the Church of the Advocate at
18th and fr. Paul M. Washington Avenue in North Philadelphia.  The
Forum, like Father Washington, is a provider and legitimizer of public
space for the free expression of dissident Black voices on public
issues central to our communities.  The Forum's purpose is to provide
a public space and an opportunity to be heard to Black persons and
groups who bring non-traditional approaches to ways of thinking and
organizing focused on solving pressing community problems. Proud
member of The Coalition!
visit our website:
and join our Yahoo group:
Gary R. Adams, Chairman
John E. Churchville, PhD, Founder





First Anniversary Issue!

The Coalition was born out of the first Community Organizational Summit held at The Church of the Advocate at 18th & Father Paul M. Washington Ave. on July 26th 2006. At that time more than fifty organizations signed on. Presently, there are more than one hundred organizational members, and nearly one hundred pending. The first FYI The Coalition Weekly Digest was distributed August 25th 2006, thank you for a great year!

Gary R. Adams,

Community Liaison for The Coalition



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Become a Peacemaker!

You can help by standing strong
with a sustaining presence.

 10,000 Men - A Call to Action

10,000 Men - A Call to Action

For more information
call 215-731-0541.
Kenny Gamble & Bill Cosby

Over 10,000 Black Men Answer Call

Black Men Answer Call







WDAS History:

Keep the knowledge of our history alive
and share it with our posterity!

WDAS History:
One Radio Station's Role in the History of
the Human Rights and Peace Movements.

WDAS History

(With Photographs!)



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Rev. Al Sharpton:
" 'Reach up' to stem violence"
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As the
"JENA 6"
Case receives more public scrutiny,
perhaps it is time to take another look at
Some Louisiana Local Area Coverage!

Freedom fighters are outraged by Human Rights violations
As the outrage grows

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"I, for one, believe that if you give people a thorough understanding
of what confronts them
and the basic causes that produce it,
they'll create their own program,
and when the people create a program,
you get action."
-Malcolm X


"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps perpetrate it."

"We must work on . . . attacking the causes and healing the effects."
-Martin Luther King Jr.







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