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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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Friday 2 May 2008

Volume 2, Number 35

Coalition Board of Directors

Gary R. Adams, President

John E. Churchville, Treasurer

Yvonne Haughton, Secretary


Stanley Daniels

Tom Henry

Abdul Malik Raheem

Angela Mohammed


Table of content


For Our Children … 01

This Week … 10

Employment and Training Opportunities … 15

Health Matters … 17

Green Piece … 19

Grants and Scholarships … 19

SpotLight … 23

Arts for Awareness … 23

Coming Up …27

Computers and Technology … 31

A Hand Up … 31

On The Airways … 32



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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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Tuskeegee Anyone?


Government sponsored experiments with poor Baltimore, Maryland families!
















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

Click here: EightCitiesMAP Choose "Philadelphia's Online Community 

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At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want… Lao Tzu







































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Volunteers are still 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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As I quizzed my grandson on the names of the states, he was only able to identify about 40 of them. In an effort to inspire him, I said, “In my day we could name all of them AND their capitals.” To which he responded, “Yes, but in those days there were only thirteen.”

































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Johnny was on his way home one Sunday evening with a full string of catfish when he saw the town’s preacher approaching him. Since there was no escape, Johnny walked up to the minister and said, “Reverend, see what these catfish got for biting worms on Sunday?”


































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We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses… Abraham Lincoln










































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Word of The Week: amicable \AM-ih-kuh-buhl\, Characterized by friendliness and good will; friendly; peaceable.










































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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.















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Every morning during our coffee break, my co-workers and I listened
to the culinary disasters of a newlywed colleague. We then tried to
share some helpful hints and recipes.

One day she asked us for step-by-step instructions on cooking sweet
potatoes - one of her husband's favorites. "I've finally been able to
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Volunteers are still needed to help organize the first INTER-FAITH COMMUNITY
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Greetings Coalition Family!


We’ve added a new feature to the newsletter “GREEN PIECE”. Please feel free to submit information and event notices relative to environmental health, safety. Thank you.


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


Gary R. Adams,

Chairman for The Coalition


Join our Google group





Speak Your Mind.

Demand high quality education for Southwest Philly.


There are many important issues facing schools in West & Southwest

Philly including:


• School closings and relocations

• Schools that could be privatized or turned into charter schools

• A new building for West Philly High


Invited Guests: Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Rep. James Roebuck,

New School District CEO Arlene Ackerman, SRC Chair Sandra

Dungee Glenn, Mayor’s Chief Education Officer Lori Shorr


For more information contact the Philadelphia Student Union:

215-471-5970 or

Educational Justice for Southwest Philly Public Hearing:


Presented by the Philadelphia Student Union

Co-Sponsored by: SWAC, Kingsessing 5th Division Community of Neighbors, Ivan “Pick” Brown Memorial Foundation Inc., & Kingsessing Recreation Center Advisory Council


Thursday, May 15 at


Kingsessing Recreation Center, 50th St & Kingsessing Ave




This summer the Organization of Black Airline Pilots (OBAP) will hold 2

Aviation Career Education Camps sponsored by Delta Air Lines. The

purpose of each one-week program is to introduce interested youth to the

world of aviation by exposing them to the many challenging careers and

opportunities which the aviation industry has to offer. This is a

program has been around for several years and is an outstanding

opportunity for all of our children.


Please take the time to read the brochure/application in the ‘FILES’ section of our Google group:

and pass it along to anyone that you know who may be interested.

The age range is for boys and girls between 14-18 years old.

The best part of the camp other than the exposure is that it is FREE!!!! Delta Air Lines pays the entire cost.


Application deadline is June 2, 2008. Please visit or for additional details.








JUNE 22-28; and JULY 6-12

If your ideal school is one where the classrooms include over 7,000 acres of forest, fields, wetlands, and streams, and where learning about our environment goes hand-in-hand with having fun and meeting new friends, then the Penn State Conservation Leadership School (CLS) is for you. It’s not a recreational summer camp, although lots of fun is definitely on the agenda. It’s a RE-Creation experience, leading you to learn, to live, and to think critically about sustaining our environment.

In the unique setting at The Pennsylvania State University's Stone Valley Recreation Area near State College, Pa., students between the ages of 15 and 18 learn about the environment and conservation during a one-week program that emphasizes field-based, hands-on learning, group problem solving, and leadership.

This year’s program will include a special session on leadership developed by the PA Rural Leadership Program (RULE) and an interactive ropes course challenge that will foster cooperation and teamwork.  The 2008 curriculum will focus on important natural resource issues including:

  • Analyzing your hometown drinking water  
    Participants will bring a water sample from home and learn how to test for various pollutants that may occur in Pennsylvania water supplies.
  • Deer population management and habitat conservation 
    Representatives from the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) will discuss strategies on how to achieve biologically and socially balanced deer herds within existing environmental, social, and legal constraints.
  • Recycling: Beyond the Bin 
    Students will get a behind- the-scenes look at the recycling process and learn how and why this essential “R” (reduce, reuse, and recycle) plays a key role in our waste management practices.
  • What is wood? 
    Participants may walk away from CLS with a new appreciation for one of the earth’s most versatile and sustainable resources.
  • “Green” Buildings  
    Students will tour some of Penn State’s newest and award-winning “green” buildings, which bring together new technologies, sustainable materials, and creative designs.

Conservation Leadership School is being offered twice this summer, June 22-28 and July 6-12.  The same program is offered for each week.  During their stay at Stone Valley, the students will work in teams with the faculty and staff from the School of Forest Resources, and representatives of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Pennsylvania Rural Leadership Program, and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Scholarships are available from participating Conservation Districts in Pennsylvania and area sportsmen clubs for students representing their district at CLS.  For a listing of participating organizations and to register online, please visit: and click on Conservation Leadership School.  For more information please contact the Office of Conferences and Short Courses at (814) 865-8301 or email at to receive registration materials. Registration is limited so please apply early.

For questions regarding the content of the program, contact Mike Powell, Director of CLS, at (814) 863-1113 or email at




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 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.




Registration is ongoing for the Stop The Madness/Stop The Violence Youth Summer Basketball League at Tustin Recreational Center 5901 Columbia Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19151

Registration is held every Saturday between 9-12 until May 17, 2008

The cost is $35.oo/individual player or $125/team, ten player limit

Ages 11-13 & 14-16

All divisions are co-ed

Information: Nasir 267.262.1615


STM/STV and C&C are members of The Coalition, Inc.



"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.” 


This Week…





When the police murdered Sean Bell, pumping 50 shots into his car...

When the prosecutors forget how the hell to prosecute...

When the court says it's no crime for cops to gun down Black and Brown people...

When this happens over and over and over again…






Gather: Friday May 2, 3 pm, Club Kalua

94th Ave. & 143rd St., Jamaica

(Take "E" train to Archer/Sutphin stop in Jamaica, Queens—go south on Sutphin under LIRR to 94th Ave., turn right and go 2 blocks to 143rd St.)


Wear Black. Keep It In The Streets!


Sponsored by the Harlem Revolution Club;

Get in touch with us at 347-813-8265




Laying the Foundation

will host

Ashra and Merira Kwesi

for a compelling two-part PowerPoint lecture entitled

Ethiopia: From the Ancient Kushites to the Black Lions.

The lecture focuses on Ethiopia,
the oldest independent country in Africa, from ancient times to the
modern day. Information is based on 27 years of historical research
and travel in the African Nile Valley.

The event will be held at New Media Technology Charter High School,
7800 Ogontz Ave, Philadelphia, PA. 19150 on

Saturday, May 3, 2008
from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.


For additional information contact Mukassa Africa at (214) 520-7896
or by email: $10 donation at the door. Children under 12 are half price.

Kemet Nu Productions
214 371-0206




" National Rally To Fight Violence and Abuse of Black Females"

May 10, 2008 (Philly)     

"This Is Why"  

Just one of the many stories that need to be and will be told and dealt with.

And why YOU should get involved !!

MWM 267-299-6424


Incident At Queens School Results In Jailed Student

January 10, 2008

A Queens high school student was released from jail earlier this week, three weeks after being sent there for missing a court appointment. The whole thing stems from an incident months ago, when her teacher wanting her removed from class.

NY1 Education reporter Michael Meenan found out that was just the beginning of a hellish legal odyssey for this young woman.

Her family has kept Christmas waiting for Porsha Newman, 17, who was finally free on Monday after three weeks on Rikers Island. She was sent there by a judge, after missing court in December when she had to prove she had gotten counseling as part of her sentence for an arrest inside her school last march.

"It feels like she was snatched away," said Porsha's mom, Valerie.

The Department of Correction says it is looking into how Newman got bruises on her face. She says they came from an inmate assault.

"Porsha does not look the same person she did going in there," said Porsha's sister Nicole after visiting her sister at Rikers. "The question is, is this what the judge calls justice?"

The girl says she missed her December court date because she was in a hospital emergency room with a case of the hives. When she reported to court several days later, the judge sent her to Rikers.

This all stemmed from an incident last March when her English teacher at Information Technology High School called security and a dean when Newman misbehaved in class.

"The teacher asked me to put away the book, and I wouldn't put the book away," she said.

Newman has pled guilty in a prior arrest for hitting a police officer and store owner in a stolen property case. She's missing too many school credits for cutting too many classes, and that she cursed at the dean who came to her class.

"I didn't think they were going to arrest me after I left the class," she said.

The district attorney says Newman was arrested for shoving and choking the school safety agent, an NYPD employee. Newman denies this act.

On Monday, Newman pled guilty to disorderly conduct, which isn't a crime, and was ordered released.

The New York Civil Liberties Union says Porsha Newman's case is indicative of a growing trend in city schools where kids charged with educational infractions wind up in the legal system. The civil liberties group says this is blowing things out of proportion because educators, not law enforcement officials, should handle these problems.

"We have received numerous complaints that routine matters of school discipline, writing on the desk, being in the hall during class, being late to class, result in arrest, not detention," said Donna Lieberman of the NYCLU.

Neither the Department of Education nor the NYPD had statistics for student assaults on school safety agents -- NYPD employees who can make school arrests. Newman's attorney says that means students in trouble go to a precinct, not a dean's office. As a result of Newman's case, her attorney offered up some advice to other students.

"Keep your hands to yourself. Keep your mouth shut," said attorney Gary Miret. "Take the suspension and let your parents handle it."

- Michael Meenan growing trend in city schools where kids charged with educational infractions wind up in the legal system. The civil liberties group says this is blowing things out of proportion because educators, not law enforcement officials, should handle these problems.

"We have received numerous complaints that routine matters of school discipline, writing on the desk, being in the hall during class, being late to class, result in arrest, not detention," said Donna Lieberman of the NYCLU.

Neither the Department of Education nor the NYPD had statistics for student assaults on school safety agents -- NYPD employees who can make school arrests. Newman's attorney says that means students in trouble go to a precinct, not a dean's office. As a result of Newman's case, her attorney offered up some advice to other students.

"Keep your hands to yourself. Keep your mouth shut," said attorney Gary Miret. "Take the suspension and let your parents handle it."

- Michael Meenan,






Book Drive for the University of Bamako (Mali)



Nine hundred years ago, Timbuktu was celebrated as a major center of passage for all desert voyagers.  It was the center of trade where merchants from Tuareg and Fulani tribes, for example, would trade gold and other desired items from the Nile to the Niger areas. Timbuktu not only celebrated a long history of commerce, it was also the citadel for scholarship for various empires spanning from the Mali Empire (1300 b.c.) to the Songhai Empire (1400s b.c).

In honor of this great history, the African Studies Graduate Students Association (ASGSA) at Howard University in collaboration with the African New Era Organization (ANEO) is launching this project called Rebuilding the Library in Timbuktu to provide books for students at the University of Bamako in the Republic of Mali.

Throughout the month of April 2008, ASGSA will be collecting books via three methods:

1)      Online at  (search “African Studies Graduate Student Association”)


2)      At the African Studies Department on the main campus of Howard University

(2225 Georgia Ave, NW, 4th Floor)


3)      At Sankofa Bookstore (2714 Georgia Avenue, NW)


At the end of the book drive, ASGSA will host a celebratory open mic reading at Sankofa Bookstore on Friday May 2, 2008 from 7PM – 9:30PM.   This open mic event will encourage students and community members to read exerpts by African writers as well as share self-written pieces that honor Africa and/or an African writer.  There is no required cover charge but attendees are encouraged to bring at least one book from the wish list.


If you’d like more information about this project, or to find out where to drop off books, please call Chioma Oruh at 202-320-5542 or e-mail Chioma at or



Blue Cross Broad Street Run

Second largest 10-mile run in the United States. Course is directly down Broad Street, with the finish line in the Philadelphia Navy Yard.


Sunday May 4th 2008


Central High School Athletic Field

Registration: $25.00

For more information: 215.683.3594


The 11th Annual Gateway to Bucks County Showcase

Trade show for qualified corporate events and meeting planners from all over the Mid-Atlantic region and further, featuring Bucks County's best and most elegant event services and hospitality facilities all in one place.


Thurs. May 8th and Friday May 9th


This event is invitation only for corporate events and meeting planners For more information or for an information please email




Our First Annual Black Tie Fundraiser Event, For 2008.

Date: May 4, 2008

Location: the Legendary Blue Horizon

Ticket Cost: $100.00 per person

$175.00 per couple

Time: 5pm

For More Information, Please Call:

New Start Foundation, Inc. (NSF) at








The Morning Call

Career Fair


Tuesday, May 6, 2008

9:30am - 4:30pm

Coca-Cola Park

American Parkway

Allentown, PA 18103


Top Companies Exhibiting: Good Shepherd Rehab, St. Luke's Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital, DHL, T-Mobile, A T & T, Wachovia Corporation, Advance Auto Parts, DeSales University






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.








Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Award


The MusicLink Foundation, working as a pipeline organization for the

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation,

is seeking music students in financial need who may qualify for the

Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Award.

This is a scholarship program that specifically applies to


Students do not necessarily have to be enrolled in the MusicLink program to apply.

Although musical potential is a factor in the selection process, students with a strong academic record are encouraged to apply.


Please forward this on to any students who may qualify or teachers who

may have students that qualify for the award.

We have included a link to the Jack Kent Cooke's website which includes the application materials.

If you do know of any students who will be applying, we would appreciate it if you could include their names and email

addresses in an email to Jennifer Kitchin, Talent Coordinator,

MusicLink Foundation (

This will help them to monitor them through the application process.


Please see the ‘Young Scholars Awards’ in the ‘Discussions’ section of our Google group:





The Ellis Trust: Grants and Scholarships for High School Girls Residing in Philadelphia

The Ellis Trust provides financial assistance for school needs, extracurricular programs, summer camps and/or high school tuition for high-achieving girls in grades 9-12 who reside in Philadelphia. Eligible girls are from single parent families who meet federal reduced lunch income eligibility guidelines. Call 215-735-4483 with questions. -


2008 Tylenol® Scholarship

Feel better about your tuition.

We know that dedicating yourself to healthcare is no small commitment. Taking years of hard work and sacrifice. That's why the makers of TYLENOL are once again proud to offer the TYLENOL Scholarship program—now in its 16th year. This year, up to $350,000 in scholarships will be awarded to our future doctors, nurses and other health professionals. Because we think the people who help us feel better, deserve to feel better, too.

How the scholarship works.
$250,000 has already been put aside and donated to the fund. Then for every TYLENOL Scholarship coupon redeemed, an additional $0.25 will be donated to the fund—up to $100,000, for a grand total of $350,000. (Use of the coupon by residents in MA, ME, IL, WV, OK, SC, and AL will not result in a $0.25 donation to the TYLENOL Scholarship Fund.)|1522860293

How the scholarship is awarded.

·                     170 students will be granted scholarships in the amounts of $1000 and $5000

·                     Applicants will be judged on leadership qualities and academic performance

·                     Applications must be received by May 15th, 2008. Winners selected by the end of July 2008. Funds delivered by the end of August 2008.
If you're a healthcare student, take a moment to apply for the 2008 TYLENOL Scholarship. Because you deserve to feel better, too. Remember, applications are due by May 15th 2008.



Running Your Small Business with Intuit QuickBooks 2006


Intuit's QuickBooks is one of the most popular accounting software products on the market for growing businesses, and you don't need to know very much about accounting to use it. In this course, you'll learn how to set up and manage your company's books, create a budget, print and track checks and invoices, and more.


April 28, 2008 — June 13, 2008


For more information:


Want to Learn Basic Home Repair?


You may already know that JEVS’ Orleans Technical Institute offers a FREE home maintenance and repair program for Philadelphia low- to moderate-income homeowners but did you know that this wonderful program is now offered in the evenings?


This program teaches homeowners how to do their own basic repairs.  You will also learn how to negotiate intelligently if you need to hire a contractor for a repair or improvement project.  Learn basic hands-on skills including safety, tools, seasonal maintenance, toilet repair, changing faucets, fixing garbage disposals, replacing light fixtures, repairing sheet rock, painting, tiling/flooring, replacing ceiling tiles, and screen repair. Successful graduates will receive a new tool box complete with new tools and a home repair reference book.  Over the past 6 years, this program has helped hundreds of homeowners to do their own home repairs, save money and avoid unscrupulous contractors.


This 12-session program will take place two evenings a week for six weeks beginning on May 5th and 6th. Participants have a choice of the Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday three-hour sessions from 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.


To qualify, you must be 21 or older, a home owner, Philadelphia resident, and have a low- to moderate-income.  If you have specific income eligibility questions, please contact Dennis Zimmer at Orleans Tech at 215-728-4725.




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:










Poetry Set


Where:  "OCTOBER GALLERY" - 701 Market Street Bldg., on the 3rd Floor.

"Ross Dept. Store" on Market St. Level. Mellon Center Bldg. This is

Cheyney University's Center City Campus. Room # 319


When:    "FRIDAY" - May 9th, 2008 & May 16th, 2008 - Starting @ 7:30pm


What:    "PANORAMIC POETRY" - POETS doing their thing - LYRICAL SPIRITS

getting down.







Spring Production ~ May 2-3, 2008


Join Us!

@ 10am - School Matinee ($5/student)
Teachers, should contact education coordinator, Melissa Talley Palmer at 215.232.4485 or to reserve space for your students. Space is limited!

@ 7:30pm - Champagne Reception & Performance

Saturday, May 3
@ 7:30pm Evening Performance

Church of the Advocate, 18th & Fr. Paul Washington Ave. (formerly Diamond St.)  
(Use Gratz Street Entrance)
Philadelphia, PA 19121

Join Art Sanctuary's afterschool arts students, North Stars, in Philadelphia Renaissance: From the Stoop to the Stage, a multimedia youth production incorporating music, modern dance, poetry, African dance and media arts to highlight the contributions of African American Artist born, raised or affiliated with Philadelphia.

Students will embody the personas of "Nina Simone, Pearl Bailey, John Coltrane, The Nicholas Brothers, Judith Jamison, Alaine Lock, and Jessie Fauset to help the audience experience the importance of African American arts and the overall contribution of Philadelphia born, raised or affiliated artists in our culture.

For more information: 215.232.4485 or

This event is funded by Alston Beech Foundation, Citizens Bank Foundation, Hamilton Family Foundation, Lawrence Saunders Fund, Lincoln Financial Group Foundation, PECO, An Exelon Company, The Allen Hilles Fund,The Douty Foundation, Verizon Foundation, Wachovia Foundation, Henrietta


Tower Wurts Memorial, PNC Bank Foundation, Starbucks Foundation, The Douty Foundation,The Seybert Institution, Wachovia Foundation.

Art Sanctuary
Church of the Advocate
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19121-1590








Featuring Ms Barbara Montgomery

Sunday May 11th

Church of the Advocate

18th and Fr. Paul Washington Ave. (aka Diamond St.)

Philadelphia, PA


See flyer in the ‘Discussions’ section of our Google group:


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






Black Star Enterprises, LLC

presents a Benefit for the

UNIA--ACL Legall Defense Fund

AROUND THE WORLD with Runoko Rashidi


Saturday • 17 May 2008 • 3pm – 7pm

Tree Of Life Public Charter School

2315 – 18th Place, NE • Washington, DC

$15.00 General Admission

$10.00 Elders and Students with I.D.

Tree Of Life Students – Free Admission

For Further Info or Vending Space – 202.829.7204




General Meeting of the Interracial Task Force


Join us for the Interracial Task Force: General Meeting.
We will meet on the following day and time.
Monday, May 19, 2008 At 10:00 am

ALL are Welcome! We will be discussing sever important matters Your input is valuable

The Intervention Committee meets at 9:20 on the Same day and at the same location




Harlem, NY:

El Hajj Malik El Shabazz's (Malcolm X) 78th Birthday observance, May 19 –

Rodnell Collins, nephew of Malcolm X will lead the Annual Malcolm X Day Pilgrimage as well as greet community members during open reception/book signing at Harlem's Hue-Man Bookstore. The O.A.A.U. (The Organization of Afro-American Unity) invites the community to celebrate the Annual Malcolm X Day and Pilgrimage to the resting place of Malcolm X on Monday, May 19, 2003.

This year will be El Hajj Malik El Shabazz's (Malcolm X) 78th Birthday anniversary and the 38th year of the pilgrimage since his assassination.

The pilgrimage and gravesite caravan were conceived and initiated by Ella Little-Collins, Malcolm's sister, who was the first President of Malcolm's O.A.A.U.

The Pilgrimage will be led by Rodnell Collins, Ella's son and the nephew of Malcolm X and Prof. James Small now vice President and Executive Director of the O.A.A.U. The ceremony will be officiated by the Sons of Africa and co-sponsored by Malcolm X/Ella Little-Collins Family Foundation.

The O.A.A.U. initiated the pilgrimage in 1965, after the burial of Malcolm X, to honor and show respect for Malcolm, a fallen leader as well as to educate future generations about his legacy.

For the Pilgrimage, buses and cars will assemble at the Harlem State Office Building on 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd at 9:00 am and proceed to Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, NY at 10 am.

There will be the traditional, one-hour ceremony followed by a return to Harlem for people to take part in several activities sponsored by many organizations throughout the day.

Rodnell Collins is extending an invitation to all who wish to join him from 5-7 pm at the Hue-Man Bookstore in Harlem, New York (Frederick Douglass Blvd/125th St) for an informal reception and book signing, in cooperation with New York's Black Public Relations Society, African American Newswire/ Rodnell will share some new insights regarding the family memoir, "Seventh Child: A Family Memoir of Malcolm X."

The earliest attendees to the reception will receive autographed book compliments of

For further information, contact the following: the pilgrimage, (Prof. James Small at (212) 926-9062), Bus Sponsoring or directions: send email and about the reception, send email to or call 800-286-3659.




The 7th Annual Chester County Showcase for Professional Meeting & Event Planners


The 7th Annual Chester County Showcase for Professional Meeting & Event Planners is a premiere tradeshow for qualified corporate events and meeting planners from all over the Mid-Atlantic region and further, featuring Chester County’s best and most elegant event services and hospitality facilities all in one place. See exhibitors from the most elegant hotels, premier wineries, finest restaurants, state-of-the-art conference centers, and elite caterers from all over Chester County on May 21, 2008.


Weds, May 21, `08

Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348


This event is invitation only, for more information or to get an invitation please email




The National Rally To Fight

"Violence & Abuse of Black Women Girls & Elders"

Sat. May 10, 2008

(Assemble 11:00 a.m. - Walk From City Hall To Love Park - Philly, PA)


Support the first global Movement for all women and girls of African descent

The International Million Woman Movement

"The only authorized entity of The Original & Official"

Million Woman March  & Universal Movements (TM)


Founder & President General





Greetings Family,


Imara Institute and Investment Group will be hosting

"Remembering Truth - An Artistic Experience in Honor Malcolm X"

Poetry Nite and Fundraiser


Date: Saturday, May 10th, 7 pm


Location: KAOS Network - 4343 Leimert Blvd. (in Leimert Park)


Donation: $10, which includes food (all proceeds go to South LA community programs)


Dr. Earl Grant, former Comrade of Malcolm X in the OAAU, will be speaking


DJ Orator of Divine Forces (KPFK 90.7) will be spinning that night





“We must recapture our heritage and our identity if we are ever to liberate ourselves from the bonds of white supremacy. We must launch a cultural revolution to unbrainwash an entire people.” – El Hajj Malik El Shabazz (Malcolm X)




May 23-25 - 24th Annual Celebration of Black Writing Festival" // This year the celebration will honor Haki Madhubuti with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Featuring an outdoor book fair, literary workshops, children pavilion, youth/teenage open discussion, book readings, storytelling, open mic, and cultural entertainment.


For more information on Art Sanctuary, the Celebration of Black Writing, and the after-school North Stars program and other events not listed here visit our website 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:


Got Space?


Local Non-Profit is looking for room to develop!


For My Daughter is looking for approximately 350 - 500 square feet of indoor space for an academic Youth Program.



Separate Male & Female Restrooms

Secure, yet visible to the community

Room for desks and tables (no more than 10)

Spacious enough for computers and lots books

Year round, weekday and weekend access

Really, reasonable rent!



Yvonne Haughton 267-795-7811



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, Inc.’s on-air personalities…

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

Straight Up WORD with Dr. John Elliott Churchville on WNWR 1540 AM, Sundays at 7am.

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

Look for the return of Bro. Sabir Bey formerly of W.U.R.D. to the airways soon!



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







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







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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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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