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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!

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







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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Friday 04 April 2008

Volume 2, Number 31

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 … 15

Health Matters … 18

Grants and Scholarships … 20

SpotLight … 21

Arts for Awareness … 22

Coming Up …26

Computers and Technology … 28

A Hand Up … 29

On The Airways … 30



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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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“The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation because in the degradation of woman the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source. ” … Lucretia C. Mott





































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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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You've all heard of the Air Force's ultra-high-security, super-secret base in Nevada, known simply as "Area 51?"

Well, late one afternoon, the Air Force folks out at Area 51 were very surprised to see a Cessna landing at their "secret" base. They immediately impounded the aircraft and hauled the pilot into an interrogation room.

The pilot's story was that he took off from Las Vegas, got lost, and spotted the Base just as he was about to run out of fuel. The Air Force started a full FBI background check on the pilot and held him overnight during the investigation.

By the next day, they were finally convinced that the pilot really was lost and wasn't a spy. They gassed up his airplane, gave him a terrifying "you-did-not-see-a-base" briefing, complete with threats of spending the rest of his life in prison, told him Las Vegas was that-a-way on such-and-such a heading, and sent him on his way.

The next day, to the total disbelief of the Air Force, the same Cessna showed up again. Once again, the MP's surrounded the plane ... only this time there were two people in the plane.

The same pilot jumped out and said, "Do anything you want to me, but my wife is in the plane and you have to tell her where I was last night!"




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One night a teenage girl brought her new boyfriend home to meet her
parents, and they were appalled by his appearance: leather jacket,
motorcycle boots, tattoos and more piercings than they wanted to count.

Later, the parents pulled their daughter aside and confessed their
concern. "Dear," said the mother diplomatically, "he doesn't seem very nice."

"Oh please, Mom," replied the daughter, "if he wasn't nice, why would
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The rank and file are not philosophers, they are not educated to think for themselves, but simply to accept, unquestioned, whatever comes.

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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…
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A lady answers her front door to find a plumber standing there.
"I'm here to fix the leaky pipe."
"I didn't call a plumber."
"Aren't you Mrs. Snyder?"
"The Snyders moved out of this house over a year ago."
"How do you like that! They call you up and tell you it's an
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Greetings Coalition Family!



Thanks to all who believed!


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 children’s 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)





Date:  APRIL 25-27, 2008

Friday, April 25:             4:00 pm-8:30 pm
Saturday, April 26:           9:00 am-6:30 pm
Sunday, April 27:             9:00 am-2:30 pm


2615 N. 4TH Street, Philadelphia, PA (4th at Lehigh)
The violence that besets our community and the world can be overcome.
You can develop powerful, effective ways to deal with conflict,
increase understanding, develop healthy relationships, and enhance
the safety and well-being of all.

☼    Rediscover the power of respect and affirmation
☼    Practice responsible, honest and constructive communication
☼    Explore the value of building a nurturing community
☼    Delve into the challenges and rewards of cooperation
☼    Experience creative problem solving and conflict transformation


Teachers, Social Workers, Community Organizers, People of Faith,
Police, Parents, Youth, and…  Anybody seeking real alternatives to violence!

Registration:  On or before April 11.  Space is limited.
Fees:  Advance payment: $10.00.  At the door:  $15.00
The workshop fees are set to cover costs of materials and snacks.  Scholarships are available.

Note:  This is a cooperative workshop, where everybody contributes to the group’s experience.  A commitment to participate throughout the weekend is required.

Information: Jorge Aráuz
Tel: 215 421 5811; email:

The Alternative to Violence Project (AVP) is an independent, non-sectarian, world-wide community of volunteers dedicated to the search of healthy and constructive ways to address conflict.   This workshop is sponsored by the Fairhill Friends Ministry, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.




Baby Care Drive for Community Baby Shower


Germantown Settlement a multi-service organization is holding its 2nd annual Baby Care Drive for its Community Baby Shower entitled Watering the Seeds of Tomorrow. We understand that throwing a baby shower for a friend is a tradition, but throwing one for an anonymous mother in need is an act of kindness. This year, our event is expected to reach over 350 to 400 new and expected mothers.

The Drive will start March 28, 2008 and end May 16, 2008.

Our Community Baby shower will be held Saturday, May 31, 2008 from 10:00 to 6:00 pm.


We are asking for donations to obtain the following new or gently used baby items:

Diapers, Baby wipes, Carry All Bags, (Layettes, blankets, receiving blanket, sheet, bumpers, etc.) Infant clothing (new boys and girls clothing, sleep sets, t-shirts, bibs, hats, sweaters, etc.), Bathing items (baby soaps, shampoo, cotton, balls, towels, etc), Infant suitable toys (rattlers, pacifiers, plush toys, books), Bottles, formula, bottle cleaners, Baby monitor, breastfeeding pumps, breast pads, children books, baby food, baby and toddler toys, Eating items (sippy cups, plastic bowls cups, etc.), Baby furniture (portable and standard cribs, bassinets, high chair, baby swing, walker, strollers, bouncers, potties, baby furniture, etc. (Monetary donations for our baby item giveaways)

If you wish to provide a monetary donation, please send your check, cash or money order to Germantown Settlement, Welcome New Babies program, 5538C Wayne Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19144. Baby item drop off are at the same location, or call and we will pick it up. If you have any questions, please call Germantown Settlement at: 215-849-3104, extension 113 or 183 or email us at or

Thank you in advance for your support and commitment to the Baby Care Drive for our Community Baby Shower and remember: "Good parents give their children Roots and Wings." --Jonas Salk



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




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:



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 or 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…



Dear Philadelphia Faith Leader,

Are you interested in a dialogue on Gender and Sexuality in the context of
variable faith traditions? See below

*/Interfaith series at Lutheran Seminary /*

*/will tackle ‘Gender and Sexuality,’ ‘War and Peace’/*

/Series on ‘Tough Texts’ aims to dispel distrust/

/among Christians, Jews and Muslims/

PHILADELPHIA, PA – “Tough Texts” is the title of a
spring Interfaith Dialogue Series set for three Sunday afternoons in
March and April from 2 to 5 pm at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at
Philadelphia (LTSP). The series will involve Christian, Muslim and
Jewish presenters each day, and a rich opportunity for conversation with
the presenters and in small groups. Clergy, Rabbis and Imams and
concerned lay leaders are invited.

Each day the presenters will focus on foundational scriptures that can
be “tough texts” in interfaith discussions because some see them as
controversial, ambiguous, or subject to a broad range of
interpretations. They’ll connect their “tough texts” to a subtheme for
the day: “Identity and the Other” (March 30); “Gender and Sexuality”
(April 6) and “War and Peace” (April 13). At the outset of each day,
each tradition’s presenter will speak for 20 minutes. The presenting
panel will take clarifying questions briefly. Small interfaith groups
will discuss what they have heard and frame questions for the panel,
then come back into the plenary to pose their questions. The day will
conclude with a light supper and opportunity for informal conversation.
(The “Identity and the Other” subtheme focuses in part on “to what
extent is my faith the one true faith?”)

Planning co-sponsors with the seminary are the Interfaith Center of
Greater Philadelphia, the Neighborhood Interfaith Movement (Mt. Airy),
The Institute for Interreligious, Intercultural Dialogue at Temple
University, the Philadelphia Dialog Forum, and Reconstructionist
Rabbinical College of Wyncote, PA.

For the April 6 topic on “Gender and Sexuality” the Christian presenter
will be the Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney, associate professor of Hebrew and Old
Testament at LTSP; the Jewish presenter will be Dr. Laura Levitt,
coordinator of the Greater Philadelphia Women’s Consortium and director of the Jewish Studies Program at Temple University, where she teaches in the Religion department and the Women’s Studies program; and the Muslim presenter will be Dr. Constance Carter, who has held adjunct faculty teaching posts at Temple and Villanova universities as well as at the College of New Jersey. Dr. Carter has more than 40 years of experience in social work and career development.

For the April 13 topic on “War and Peace” the Christian presenter will
be Dr. Paul Mojzes, Professor of Religious Studies at Rosemont College; the Jewish Presenter will be Rabbi Leonard Gordon, Rabbi at the Germantown Jewish Centre in Philadelphia’s Mt. Airy section, who has taught Comparative Religion and Rabbinic Literature at Columbia and Brown universities; and the Muslim presenter will be Dr. Khalil Malik, a Lansdale, PA physician involved with The Peace Center in Bucks County and a member of the National Executive Board of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, USA.

The cost is $65 to attend all three sessions, or $25 per session to
attend one or two sessions in the series. Student discounts and
scholarships are available. Information on student discounts and
registration is available at
<>. Questions or requests for information
may be addressed to Staples at
<> or 215/248-7352. The program will be held in Benbow Hall of The Brossman Center each Sunday on the seminary’s campus at 7301 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia.

Publication quality photos of the presenters are available on the Web:





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.





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:







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 success of these convening’s 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


April 19th 2008


Nyumburu Cultural Center-University Of Maryland, College Park


Special guest: Fertile Ground

Featuring live music, workshops on cultural edification & political education, lectures spoken word, wholistic health and lifestyle tips, an Afrikan market place, natural food and much more.


FMI: Araina Ford: (301) 314.7758 or Naima Jamaal; (301) 314.1485 or


If you are interested in supporting Deeply Rooted by being a vendor, please
contact us, at

(301) 314-1485 or You can also visit to find out more about our program and the signature program, Happily Natural, which gave us our inspiration.

Every hard earned dollar counts so we are more than happy to tailor a package for your needs and want to find out how we can make you a part of this grand celebration. We look forward to your support and presence in this monumental push towards cultural edification and personal power.



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


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 Dowlings Place

1310 No. Broad St. Phila

Every Thurs. 9pm to 1am

·        Poets

·        Rappers

·        Singers

·        Spoken Word Artists

$5.00 cover







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



The Community Action Fair
Saturday, April 5, 2008 from 10AM – 2PM

The Community Action Fair is a direct follow-up activity to the 10,000MEN: Call to Action held on October 21, 2007 in Philadelphia. During this historic event, the men in attendance made a commitment to strengthen their visible presence in the community by becoming Peacemakers, Coaches, Mentors, Block Captains and Volunteer Staff at Recreation Centers and with Youth Organizations.

Event Description:
April is National Volunteer Month. The Community Action Fair is being organized by the 10,000 Men: Call to Action in sponsoring partnership with leading volunteer organizations. These include the following: The United Way of Southeastern PA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Concerned Black Men, Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee, The Philadelphia Recreation Department, The Philadelphia School District and Town Watch Integrated Services. Our radio Media Partners include Clear Channel, Radio One and 900AM WURD.

Clean Air Council 5K Run for Clean

Air and Earth Day Celebration

One month away Join Clean Air Council on

Saturday, April 19, 2008 for the

27th Annual 5K Run for Clean Air & Earth Day Celebration on

Martin Luther King Drive

next to the Philadelphia Art Museum.

Discounted registration is available online at .

Run day registration opens at 7:30am,

Dhyana Yoga leads a pre-Run stretch at 8:15am and the Run

starts at 9:00am.

Remember, the first 1,000 registered runners receive

a free ORGANIC cotton t-shirt and a reusable Run bag.

The Run supports clean air! Learn more at .

Pre-Run pick-up Pre-registered participants are encouraged to take

advantage of the pre-Run packet pick-up at Philadelphia Runner on the

corner of 16th & Sansom Streets in Center City Philadelphia on Friday,

April 18 from 10am to 6pm. There will also be a special team pick-up

on Thursday, April 17 from 10am to 6pm. Team leaders must pick up for

the entire team at the same time. Beat the rush on race day, pick up

your t-shirts, Run bags, chips and bibs and find some great deals at

Philadelphia Runner (



National Rally To Fight Violence and Abuse and "Enough Is Enough" Conference


Because  violence is rampant more than in our streets.
Because  abuse comes in many forms.
Because,  some have their lives taken, a little bit at a time.
And there are more than guns killing  us.....

The "Enough Is Enough"
Pro-Active Anti-Violence/Anti-Abuse

Information, Training, Support,  & Solution Oriented Initiatives
for Women of Color
(and Men Who Really  Care)
May 5-9, 2008
Philly. PA
To volunteer, present, contribute, co-sponsor,  or for more information,  
or e-mail: _mwmsistah...@aol.com_ (

7th Annual
National Rally To Fight
"Violence and Abuse of Black Women, Girls, and  Elders"  
Sat. May 10, 2008
Philly, PA

Sponsored by the Original & Official Million  Woman March and The MWM
Universal Movement, and The Black Women's Defense  League

Consistency, Commitment, Integrity, and Honor.






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



Click here to join the Coalition
Join 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"
Read More Here

More updates are coming soon.






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

you can add your support and
sign the petition


& to keep up with New Developments

Search "Google News"

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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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