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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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The Coalition, Inc.

Friday 30 May 2008

Volume 2, Number 39

Coalition Board of Directors

Gary R. Adams, President

John E. Churchville, Treasurer

Yvonne Haughton, Secretary


Stanley Daniels

Tom Henry

Calvin Johnson

Patricia Coyne

Abdul Malik Raheem

Angela Mohammed


Table of content

For Our Children … 02

This Week … 08

Employment and Training Opportunities … 15

Health Matters … 19

Green Piece … 21

Grants and Scholarships … 22

SpotLight … 24

Arts for Awareness … 26

Coming Up …28

Computers and Technology … 31

A Hand Up … 32

On The Airways … 34


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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.

Send your information to:










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 

“Newsletter” from the menu.













If this publication is being forwarded to you, and you wish to be placed on our mailing list, send an email to

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Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
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KNITTING CIRCLE Grab your knitting needles and your girlfriends for this night of crafting, sipping and shopping. Every Wed, 6-8pm, FREE ,

Vagabond, 37 N. 3rd St.       267-671-0737

























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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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My mother and I were going out to dinner, I asked my teenage daughter, Alicia to join us. "No way," she answered grumpily. "I'm going to stay home and study."

That evening my mother asked if Alicia was feeling well. "She's okay," I said, "just a little cranky"

"Intelligent children can be very temperamental," my mother sighed. "I certainly didn't have that problem with you."




























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I was working at a computer in the public library computer lab on a quiet afternoon.
I noticed an attractive young woman sitting in front of one of the computer
workstations with her arms crossed across her chest and staring at
the screen. After about 15 minutes I noticed that she was still in
the same position only now she was impatiently tapping her foot. Always the gentleman/opportunist, I approached her and asked if she needed help and she replied briskly, "It's about time! I pushed the F1 button over twenty minutes ago!"


























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He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.
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Word of The Week: tarradiddle \tair-uh-DID-uhl\, A petty falsehood; a fib. Pretentious nonsense.
















































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"He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever."
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A missionary in the bush was receiving Do’ and Don’ts from his aide, and asked if it were true that wild animals will not attack if you are carrying a torch. “Well,” the aide responded thoughtfully, “it will depend on how fast one can carry the torch.”































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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, Inc. 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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Volunteers are still needed to help organize the first INTER-FAITH COMMUNITY
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Greetings Coalition Family!


Our friends at ICON wish to inform the communities that there are efforts underway to aid those in China affected by the terrible earthquake and cyclone. Following is information on how you may help.


In the aftermath of the China earthquake and the Myanmar cyclone, sympathy and aid has poured in from all corners of the world. We are also very conscious that these tragedies may have affected some of you personally. As a network, ICON wants to provide support and encouragement for the people whose family and friends may have been impacted.


As the millions of survivors are piecing their life back together, they turn to the world for help to get food, water, and shelter. If you are interested in contributing to the victims, here is a list of organizations with relief efforts in the affected areas:


Thank you ICON


Our family is growing! If your neighborhood or community organization has not yet joined The Coalition, Inc., please take a copy of the information packet to your next meeting. A copy can be downloaded from the ‘Files’ section of our Google group. Join The Coalition, Inc.!


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


Gary R. Adams,

Co-Founder, The Coalition, Inc.


Join our Google group





Stan Daniels to Editor




We recently received this helpful information:


For young men entering 10th and 11th grades.


Pass it on to those that may be interested, post at your church & etc.


Click on the link below, it will take you to the Morehouse website.


Morehouse Summer Program

Morehouse College will be offering a Summer Institute (Project Identity) for African-American males entering the 10th and 11th grades.

1310                  Three weeks (June 7 – 28)

1310                  Creative Writing

1310                  SAT Prep

1310                  Debate

1310                  Pre-Calculus

1310                  Leadership development

1310                  Enrichment activities

1310                  $400 fee (includes meals, housing and activities)




and there is more information on our own Web site.




Stan Daniels


Urban Cartographer Online



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


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.


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, something to be proud of in itself.
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…



Amnesty International's Guantanamo Cell Tour is Coming to

Philadelphia, May 30 - June 1


Dilworth Plaza (adjacent to Philadelphia City Hall),

1400 JFK Blvd,

Philadelphia, PA


Friday, May 30th from 1pm – 7pm

Saturday, May 31st from 9am – 7pm,

with a Special Event from Noon – 2pm

Sunday, June 1st from 10am – 4pm


About the Cell Tour...


Amnesty International is touring the country with a

replica of a Guantánamo Bay prison cell. The cell tour is a way to

bring the harsh realities of illegal detention to concerned citizens

and call attention to the injustice and human rights abuses that

Guantánamo symbolizes.  In Guantánamo's maximum security facilities,

detainees are kept for up to 23 hours per day in complete isolation.


You'll be able to enter the cell, go through the conditions of isolation

and record a video message to President Bush, letting him know

where you stand on Guantánamo and torture, and before leaving,

you can tear down a pixel of Guantánamo and join our call for

detainees to be charged and given fair trials or released.


Together we can take action to end the human rights violations

Guantánamo stands for: illegal detention, torture, denial of fair trials

and habeas corpus, extraordinary rendition and cruel,

inhuman and degrading treatment. Together we can close Guantánamo.


For More Information, email





SATURDAY MAY 31, 2008.




Saturday May 31, 2008






For information call 267-254-9972





Saturday, May 31 • 1:00 PM


The Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue @ 104th Street


East Harlem’s lively art scene, which began after World War II, has fostered emerging and mid-career artists of many ethnicities.


Join art historian and El Barrio resident Mario Cesar Romero for a walking tour of galleries, museums, artists’ studios, and public murals

in the vicinity of East 106th Street, El Barrio’s cultural corridor.

Presented in celebration of the fifth annual El Barrio Week.


Reservations and pre-payment required;

$9 General admission; $5 Museum members, seniors, and students.

For more information please call 212.534.1672, ext. 3395.



CLOTHING SWAP Fashionistas of all shapes, sizes and ages are invited to clean out their closets and take home some new threads. Proceeds benefit Project Home. Sun, June 1, 4-7pm, $10, Signature Hair, 116 S. 19th St., 610-955-4610.



The Nation’s First African-American-Owned Private Swim Club

Opens for the 2008 Season

 The Nile Swim Club, the nation’s first African-American-owned private swim club opened its doors for the 2008 season on May 26, Memorial Day. The club, based in the Philadelphia suburban borough of Yeadon, Pennsylvania, got its start in 1958 and this year celebrates its 50th year of successful operation.

The club received national attention when it announced an ambitious $5 million expansion program, which is scheduled for groundbreaking in September. The expansion will include, among other amenities, the construction of three heated pools, an 18-hole miniature golf course, a 150-seat banquet facility, a fitness center and basketball and tennis courts.

In making the announcement, Thomas M. Gary, president, said, “We decided to open the club for the summer season on Memorial Day, as we have traditionally done. Our expansion plans notwithstanding, we wanted to avoid the need to have the pool closed during this all-important period. We believe our members will appreciate this last opportunity to enjoy the old facilities prior to the official start of the renovations.”

Today, the club owns a 4.5 acre parcel of land and claims a membership of 210 families.



First Annual Holistic Community Fair




Join us on Saturday May 31, 2008 for a holistic community fair.

This fair deals with the WHOLE individual.

Representatives from the following organizations will be there:


University of Pennsylvania,

Mercy Health,

Bravo Health,

Jefferson Hospital and more.


Topics will cover: Living wills, insurance, Chip and other public health access, prescription safety, and various health screenings as well as

counseling by The Benefit Bank Representatives regarding tax rebates

and the economic stimulus package.


Location: Greater Enon Baptist Church

4633 Cedar Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19143


Reverend Kristopher S Reese (Pastor)

Time: 10 am to 3pm


This fair is sponsored by: ROTO, Inc Reaching Out To Others and

Bravo Health.



The Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia


Mayor Michael Nutter and the Mayor’s Office of Faith Based Initiatives

Invite you to an

Interfaith Service for Peace and Healing in our Community

To conclude the period of mourning for Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski

And remember all the victims of violence


11: a.m.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


We gather together to pray for peace in our city and region.






Please pass this invitation along to anyone who may be interested in attending.


The Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia was formed in 2006 to unite religious leaders, to build relationships of mutual support, to offer a moral and spiritual voice, and to take action on issues of critical concern in our region.


The Religious Leaders Council is coordinated by the

Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia

3723 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19104, 215.222.1012


The Mayor’s Office of Faith Based Initiatives was established in 2001 to liaison with Faith Inspired leaders and their organizations on behalf of the Mayor and City Council of Philadelphia government.


The Mayor’s Office of Faith Based Initiatives Suite 400 MSB, 1401 JFK Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19102, 215.686.3905


Technologies to Support the Virtual Office

Brown Bag Lunch Series


Greetings, After a long hiatus, NPower's brown bag lunch series is returning on Monday, June 2, 2008 from 12:00pm-1:00pm.  We invite you to bring your lunch and learn about technologies that support the virtual/remote office at this free event.

Does your organization move often or perhaps have many locations?  How do you get access to your files while on the go?

This hour long free workshop will provide an overview of the technologies available to enable you to get remote access to your "stuff".

Click here to review the PDF flyer for the event.

Please RSVP to me as space is limited.



Jeremy Caleb Heffner

Client Development Coordinator

NPower PA

p 215.557.1559x203

f 215.689.4949




Meet, Greet and Eat...

At the Urban Education Center

7571 Haverford Avenue

In the Haverford Avenue Shops Mall behind McDonalds

Philadelphia, PA 19151

R.S.V.P. 215-877-5390

June 5th, 2008

6:00 - 8:30 PM

Refreshments, Dancing, Off-Street Parking

Bring plenty of Business cards

Sponsored by:

L. W. Farmbry & Associates

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service

Bring this flyer for admission (flyer in ‘Discussion’ section of our Google Group:
















·     SEPTA (Rebuilding Relationships in the Community)








DATE: JUNE 5, 2008 @ 6:00PM SHARP!



Together, Lets Stop Our Kids From Fighting Each Other!


For More Info Contact:

Paythia of Project Build Up (Host) @ 215-685-2698

Vincent Ngadi of AFRICOM @ 215-939-0748

Liberian Association of Pennsylvania (LAP) @ 610-416-7540

Or see ‘NSF PROJECT BUILD-UP’ in the “Discussion” section of our Google group:





I want to share with you management opportunities for Census 2010 – Early Local Census Office (ELCO). Please feel free to share this information.    Each office will hire six (6) management positions.  Within the Philadelphia Region twelve (12) ELCOs will open.  Early Local Census Offices will open throughout the Commonwealth of PA in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Erie, Harrisburg, Scranton as well as Camden and Trenton, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

The positions are full time, temporary employment (2 year appointment – position ends when office closes after Census 2010).  I want to share with you management opportunities for Census 2010 – Early Local Census Office (ELCO).


For more information: See “Early Local Census Office Opportunities” in the ‘Discussions’ section of our Google group



The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit in West Philadelphia, is looking for a Street Team Manager.

Please send resumes and cover letters to Peggy Shane, HR Manager, at, and please direct any questions to Imanni Wilkes, Associate Director, at 


Thank you!


The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation (TEC-CDC)


4548 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139


Job Title: Street Team Manager


Type of position: Full-time, including some evening and weekend hours


Salary: Based on qualifications and experience, $30,000--$40,000 annually

plus benefits


General Description: The mission of TEC-CDC is to build neighborhoods where people are willing, able, and organized to achieve their common goals. TEC-CDC works in the Walnut Hill neighborhood, which is located between 45th and 52nd Streets from Market to Spruce Streets in West Philadelphia, to implement resident-led projects.




- Managing a staff of 15-20 Street Team organizers


- Training the Street Team in communication and relationship-building



- Coordinating canvassing operations throughout Walnut Hill


- Coaching each Street Team member to meet personal and professional



- Managing relationships with the Street Team's partner organizations


- Maintaining timesheets, budgets, and hiring for the Street Team


Qualifications and Experience:


- Candidate must be energetic, creative, personable, self-motivated,

and committed to community empowerment


- Excellent verbal and written communicator


- Community organizing and/or management experience


- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite


- Familiarity with Philadelphia's nonprofit sector education


- High school diploma required; bachelor's degree or master's degree





Peggy Shane, HR Manager: (215) 895-4004,


For more information, please see The Enterprise Center CDC's website at


Imanni Wilkes


Associate Director, Community Empowerment


The Enterprise Center CDC


4548 Market Street


Philadelphia, PA 19139


Phone: 215/895-4095


Fax: 215/895-4001






Part-Time Research Interviewers Positions Available!!
Women’s Health Research The University Of Pennsylvania


Contribute to a well-known and exciting in-community research study
in its 13th year.


· Longitudinal study of Reproductive Hormones in the late reproductive years.
· Focus on hormonal fluctuation and correlations with psychological and physical symptoms of the menopausal transition.
· 300 female subjects, aged 45-60, living throughout the Philadelphia region

· Visit homes of female subjects throughout Philadelphia region
· Conduct in depth research interviews and draw blood samples


· BA, BS, or RN preferred, will consider LPN or MA.
· Excellent communication skills
· Serious attention to detail required
· Interview or research experience helpful
· Interest in women’s health important
· Car and valid driver’s license and insurance required
· Weekday/evening and weekend hours available
· Phlebotomy required; will train, but preference given to those all ready certified.

Ø Position available immediately
Ø PAY: $15.00/hour

Email Best! Can also fax or send resume to:

The RHORS Study 3701 Market Street Suite # 820 Philadelphia, PA 19104-
Phone: (215) 614-0226
Fax: (215) 349-5521

Location: UPENN
Compensation: $15 per hour + mileage reimbursement
This is a part-time job.




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.





National Day of Protest Against Health Insurance Corporations:

Thursday, June 19th!

12 Noon at Cigna, 5 Penn Center (15th and Market)



Join nurses, doctors, patients and Americans of every

stripe protesting in memory of the countless victims of

the insurance industry.  Protests are being held around

the country on the day when health insurance lobbyists are

having their annual convention.  Cigna is being protested

because they are one of the merciless health insurance

giants that deny care every day, responsible for the death

of 17-year-old Natalie Sarkisyan when that corporation

denied her a liver transplant.


More info on the June 19 protest: call 610-567-2907 x113





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.



Another Event brought to you by

The KB Experience


Enjoy Live Music, Network & Learn How to go Green


Presented by: CORT



Smokin Mirrors- Music from the 60’s &70’s

Dani Mari- Singer, Song Writer

Simple – A Phish Tribute Band



DATE: Friday, June 13th

TIME: 4PM to 8PM

LOCATION: Wholefoods Roof Top- 10th and SOUTH ST.

RSVP: By June 6th to or call 215-787-0471






ETA Grants Announced: Demonstration Projects Targeting Dislocated Workers


The recently announced grants from the Employment and Training Administration are intended for organizations who offer retraining and job placement services to dislocated workers. The grants are intended for State Workforce Agencies, including those in the territories of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa.


State Workforce Agencies (SWAs), including those from the territories listed above, are eligible to apply. Each SWA needs to identify the One-Stop Career Center and local workforce investment board and that would be participating in the proposed project. To see a full copy of this communication go to


Deadline: June 13, 2008;



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:



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.

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:



The 2008 Philadelphia Fatherhood Festival

     Fathers from all backgrounds, from over seven states will converge on the Pennsylvania Convention center for the third year in a row for the 2008 Philadelphia Fatherhood Festival. The mission is to become better parents.

     This year, more than over 400 men will gather on June 7th for a one of a kind event at the PA Convention Center. This FREE event aims to bring together all kind of fathers and father figures- those of in intact or blended families, married fathers, single fathers, stepfathers, fathers-to-be, new fathers, grandfathers, adoptive fathers, and, older brothers. Fathers of all races, cultures, backgrounds, religions, creeds, and color will attend.

     It is being organized by Daddy UniverseCity and sponsored by The United Way of SouthEastern Pennslyvania, Prudential Ins, Clear Channel Radio/ Power99 & WDAS, The Parent Leadership Academy, Department of Human Services (DHS)/Division of Community Based Prevention Services (DCBPS), Office of Truancy and Delinquency Prevention, EPIC Stakeholder Project, Real Men Cook of Phila, Proud Poppa, and other organizations.

     Our Keynote Speaker for this event will be famed Attorney Jeffrey M.Leving, Author of Fathers Rights.

Our 2008 Fatherhood Award Recipient this year is Brian Dawkins of the Philadelphia Eagles.

This conference will bring together a panel of city council, judges, state workers; state representatives and psychologists for a premier roundtable event entitled the Fight for Equality. This roundtable will look to resolve the barriers that men face raising children. “It is time to direct the complaints to the people we voted in power to resolve them,” says Joel Austin, President/CEO of Daddy UniverseCity Inc.

     Tracks that will be discussed include: Fatherhood & Parenting, Healthy Relationships/Communications, Money Management, Life Skills, and Health & Wellness. These are the foundations of parenthood.

An estimated 33 percent of children in the United States live away from their biological fathers. When children grow up without fathers, they suffer incarceration, drugs, and crime. Women are more likely to have teenage pregnancies, be unwed mothers or face child abuse. The problems of crime and violence in our city is a direct result of the lack of positive male participation in child development, it is time to address the problem.

Exhibitors should register for a table at

Attendance is free, but we urge fathers, agencies, organizations, and companies to register fathers at   For more information visit

Contact The Planning Committee at or call 610-721-6757






The Arts Garage  - Artists @ Work - Mural Dedication and Film Screening with a special live performance by

Lady Alma and mural dedication and keynote speech by

Mayor Michael Nutter.


When:  Saturday, May 31, 2008 (rain or shine)

Where:  The Arts Garage east wing at 1500 Parrish Street (west of Broad Street), Philadelphia, PA 19130.

Time:  4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

What:  Mural Dedication and Film Screening


At Sunset:

Screening of the recently released award winning film: First Person.


For more information, visit The Arts Garage at



Father Figure enterprises and

The Underground Railroad Company



Coming This Spring!!!

A universal groundbreaking documentary that focuses on the relationship between fathers and daughters. It is an inspiration to families everywhere. The film touches on the importance of a father in our society, the role he plays in shaping his daughter’s choices in men, and in the ramifications of fatherless homes.


Father Figure is more than a film. It is a spiritual, physical and emotional experience that will challenge the audience’s perception of what a father figure is or should be. It will cause them to examine their relationships with their fathers, and for men, it will encourage them to consider what type of father they desire to be.

If you would like to align yourself with the

Father Figure Movement

or purchase a copy of the DVD, please contact us.




Acentos Bronx Poetry Showcase Continues…


Acentos is a program of the louderARTS Project, Inc., presented in conjunction with the Bronx Writers’ Center, a program of the Bronx Council on the Arts.

Acentos provides a renewed spotlight for Latino poetry in a venue that fosters an encouraging atmosphere for writers of diverse backgrounds and experience, in a setting that stimulates both open dialogue and an increased sense of community in the culturally resurgent South Bronx.

Acentos is presented every second and fourth Tuesday of the month by Oscar Bermeo, Jessica Torres, Fish Vargas and Rich Villar.

Acentos Bronx Poetry Showcase is now held

every 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 7:30 pm at the

Bruckner Bar & Grill, One Bruckner Boulevard (Corner of Third Ave).

IRT #6 Train to 138th Street Station.

For information, visit their website:,

send email:

or view newsletter:



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




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







Join Us for The 2008 Philadelphia Fatherhood Festival


June 7th, 2008 8am – 4pm


Pennsylvania Convention Center


A Change In Progress: /I am Somebody to a Child/


No Cost Event


Keynote Speakers:

Jeffrey M. Leving, Esq., Author of Father’s Rights

Fatherhood Award Recipient Brian Dawkins of the Philadelphia Eagles


/Men: Bring a Good Friend/


/Women: Contact a Loved One/


/GrandMothers: Make sure they all Attend/


Attendees and exhibitors register at:


For more information, visit:






Friday, june 13, 2008

fatherhood reception


800 North broad street


6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

tickets call: 215-236-3372

19th annual father’s day picnic

sunday, june 15, 2008

location: belmont grove belmont mansion drive &

chamounix drive

time: 12:00 noon till 6:00 pm



Honorary chair of 2008 father’s day celebration

for more information call 215-236-3372

The Fathers’ Day Rally Committee, Inc.

The Hatfield House 3201 W. Girard Avenue Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130

Co-Sponsored by

Philadelphia Fatherhood

Practitioners Network



Los Angeles Black Book Expo to be held June 14, 2008

Fourth annual event to feature authors, exhibitors from across U.S.

Special programs for the youth, book expo after party


There is a spoken word venue, “Merilene Murphy’s Spoken Worlds” including poetry readings with featured artists and the first annual LABBX Youth Poetry Fest with participants competing for a grand prize. The Children’s Literary Zone will present children’s book authors, storytellers and the first annual LABBX Young Authors Forum.


The fourth annual Los Angeles Black Book Expo (LABBX) will be held Saturday, June 14, from 10:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M. with a two hour after party featuring networking and live entertainment on the Ahmanson Senior Center, Exposition Park.


Confirmed authors appearing at LABBX: Alretha Thomas, Dr. William D. Wright, Frederick Williams and Patryce “Choc’Let’ Banks (also performing in the after party along with singer Wendy Alane Wright), Maxine Thompson and Bruce George, Co-Founder of The Def Poetry Jam and founder of The Bandana Republic.


Featured performers for the Spoken Worlds program include: Sacramento artists Terry a O’Neal and Terry Moore, Master Griot duo members of The Coalition, Inc. Quiet Rage, Sardonyx Jade and the hosts of the venue, the Poets Jazz House.


General event information including author and exhibitor applications are available online at or by calling 323-385-7103. Detailed information on all festival activities will be posted in the LABBX blog,


The physical address for the LABBX is P.O. Box 44600, Los Angeles, CA 90044.

Volunteers are welcome to assist the LABBX committee.



Honor The Heroes Benefit


June 21, 2008....6:00pm. x 11:00pm.


Cannstatter's (Frankford & Academy)


Beer, Dunk tanks, food will be provided by

Texas Roadhouse & Carabba's Italian Restaurants.

Silent auctions, string bands, dj's, and 2 live bands.


Please come out and show your support.

We are hoping for some corporate sponsors for the large jumbo tron, which was used at the funerals. This will be a huge event, with 5,000 people expected. This Jumbo Tron will be used to do a slide show of the Officers, but is expensive to rent.

I will have tickets if anyone would like to purchase them. They are $25.00 each, the proceeds for the event will now go towards the Liczbinski family, Anne Skerski wants the money to benefit the Liczbinski family. She felt that so much was done for Gary already and we have renamed the evening to Honor the Heroes Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski, Gary Skerski, and Chuck Cassidy With all proceeds for the event to benefit the Liczbinski family.


Thanks, Mark Mroz





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



We have over 1,000 Pentium 4 desktop computers that need a home...


Teamchildren an Audubon PA based regional outreach non profit has now distributed over 7,000 low cost refurbished computers to family’s schools and organizations throughout our region.


We have put smiles on the faces of more than 30,000 children helping them complete homework assignments, doing research on the Internet, and staying in communication with family and friends in the comfort and safety of their homes.


Through our Digital Outreach we are giving these children and their families the tools and opportunities to expand their educational and economic futures and to compete effectively in the 21st century.


We also have a limited number of Laptops


$185-$275 Administrative fee



Robert Toporek








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




Thank You

Strawberry Mansion Tennis Association

1800 Callowhill Street Suite#8

Philadelphia PA 19130

215.763.0581 check out our new web site.




The Olney Recreation Center is having its

Spring Coming Out on June 28, 2008

and I would like for it to be an educational event as well as


Does anyone have any resources for organizations that

conduct basic health screenings, health education or have resources or

information regarding finances that would be willing to come out and

share this information?


Please let me know, I don't know where to start.


Ms. A. Rutherford


Ogontz District


Income Maintenance




tel # 215-560-5008


fax # 215-560-5116


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, Saturdays 11pm to 1am on Blog Talk Radio “Nu Day Resurrection and Liberation" Show 

Call in and give your thoughts, comments, opinions at 1-646-652-2232 

or send an instant message to to chat on line

Just want to listen in:

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



Click here to join the Coalition
Join the Coalition!

More Coalition Information




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!)



View the Previous Edition

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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"

For more activity information
Contact Local Area Organizations



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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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