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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 13 June 2008

Volume 2, Number 41

Coalition Board of Directors

Gary R. Adams, President

John E. Churchville, Treasurer

Yvonne Haughton, Secretary


Patricia Coyne

Stanley Daniels

Tom Henry

Calvin Johnson

Angela Mohammed

Abdul Malik Raheem


Table of content

For Our Children … 02

This Week … 06

Employment and Training Opportunities … 10

Health Matters … 12

Green Piece … 13

Grants and Scholarships … 14

SpotLight … 15

Arts for Awareness … 17

Coming Up …19

Computers and Technology … 24

A Hand Up … 25

On The Airways … 27


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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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Giving birth and nourishing, having without possessing, acting with no expectations, leading and not trying to control: this is the supreme virtue… Lao Tzu





































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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.  Phila., PA   
























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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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"Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry."
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At my granddaughter's wedding, the DJ polled the guests to see who had been married the longest. Since it turned out to be my husband and me, the DJ asked us, "What advice would you give to the newly married couple?"

I said, "The three most important words in a marriage are, 'You're probably right.'" Everyone then looked expectantly at my husband.

"She's probably right," he said.




























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"How do you get your son up so early on school mornings?" asks the first woman.

"Oh, that's easy," replies the second. "I just throw the cat on his bed."

"Why does that wake him up?"

"He sleeps with the dog!"





































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If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?



























































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By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning.
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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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What happens if you get scared half to death twice?




























Word of The Week: Paraskevidekatriaphobia is a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th.










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Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for power equal to your tasks. ...Phillips Brooks






























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My friend, a trucker, is often caught in commuter rush-hour traffic.
One morning when everything came to a standstill, he sat high up in
his 18-wheeler singing and whistling.

A passenger in a nearby car, frustrated by the delay, yelled up at my
brother, "What are you so happy about?"

"I'm already at work!" he cheerfully replied.





















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Who is General Failure and why is he reading my hard drive?
























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Greetings Coalition Family!


Tuesday morning our own award winning tech guru, JC Lamkin, President of Gypsy Lane Technologies, will be a Spotlight Speaker at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs Business Exchange Breakfast. See more in the SPOTLIGHT section on page 15.


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







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:



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


Dear Coalition members and friends,

The disturbing pattern of violence, particularly violent acts by and against youth continues at a horrific pace in Philadelphia.  News reports of youth violence have become commonplace in Philadelphia and the country.

This summer Stop The Madness-Stop The Violence Inc., a non profit organization which strives to teach alternatives to negative behavior and violence will sponsor a “Youth Summer Basketball League” this league will have two age divisions (11-12-13) and (14-15-16) league play will begin on June 24, 2008. An afternoon community event will take place at the Tustin Recreation Center located at 5901 Columbia Ave. (60th & Lancaster) on June 21, 2008 between 4:00-8:30 pm in celebration of the league and community involvement. We are asking for community and grass-root organizations to celebrate with us on June 21, 2008 e in a variety of activities which included (2) exhibition basketball games, community information tables, poetry, spoken word, and live entertainment. 

          The goal of Stop The Madness-Stop The Violence Inc. is to provide wholesome, Positive activities for youth which provide an environment to encourage a sense of ethical, social and neighborhood responsibility through community service and involvement.  This is guided by three basics beliefs:  that violence is preventable, peace is possible and both are best achieved through community-driven strategies that demonstrate the power of collective action. Your support is critical to our success in realizing our organization goal of motivating community residents to partner with us to reverse this deadly trend. We look forward to your partnership in this effort.  Please do not hesitate to contact me by telephone at (267) 262-1615 if you have any questions or need additional information. 


Sincerely, Abdul Al-Maliki (President)

Stop The Madness-Stop The Violence Inc.



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…





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



ICPIC 16th Annual Islamic Heritage Festival & Parade

Friday, Saturday & Sunday – June 13th, 14th, 15th, 2008

·        Friday 3pm New Africa Center/Muslim American Museum & Archive Open House

Special Exhibit: Imam W.D. Mohammed 30 years of Leadership

4243 Lancaster Ave.

Phila., PA 19104

·        Saturday 10am Unity in Diversity “Stop The Violence” Community Parade

Calling all Youth groups, Drill Teams, Schools, Community Orgs. & others.

5th & Market St. to Penn’s Landing – Kick Off 11am

·        12pm – 8pm (Rain or shine) 16th Annual Islamic Heritage Festival Penn’s Landing

Delaware Avenue & Chestnut St.

Phila., PA

Games For Children, Boat Rides, Music, Speakers, Bazaar, Fun For The Whole Family

·        Admission Free!

·        Sunday 11am – 2pm Benefit Brunch

New Africa Center/Muslim American Museum


4243 Lancaster Ave

Phila., PA 19104

For information: 215.222.0520 or 215.276.1511 or 610.352.0424


Web Blog:



The Male Exhale Father's Day Weekend

7pm, June 13th at Baltimore's Lyric Opera House

5pm, June 15th at D.C.'s Historic Lincoln Theatre


Tickets, Trailers and Audience Rules - Visit


About What Black Men Think. Do you really think that there are more Black men in jail than in college? Filmmaker Janks Morton, recently featured on C-SPAN, Michael Baisden, Russ Parr, and Tony Brown's Journal, joins us at this year's Male Exhale and takes an in-depth view of how myths, stereotypes and misrepresentations render black men non-necessities in their communities and families. Morton also examines the role that myths, misinformation, stereotypes and misperceptions have played in Black relationships and how they perpetuate and further marginalizes the role of Black men in society. Voted the Top Black Documentary of The Year by the African-American Film Critics Association and proclaimed as the most provocative Black film since "ROOTS," and featuring, Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint, Dr. Shelby Steele, Joseph C. Phillips (Cosby Show), Maryland's Michael Steele, and others.

What Black Men Think takes on all stereotypes and myths surrounding Black men. Visit for more on Morton and his work. Meet Morton and others at the Male Exhale and get your copy of this essential family piece.




"Back to Basics” Main Event"
  The event will be held the day before Father's Day, on June 14, 2008  at Fairhill Park on 4th St and Lehigh Ave

beginning at 2 pm and ending at 6 pm.  

The premise for the event is to pay homage to being an "Hombre" (means "man" in Spanish) a Padre (a father), an Abuelo (a grandfather) and a Padrino (a term in Spanish used for a godfather or a father like figure).

It is the goal of the committee to create an environment filled with Compadres (meaning my son’s godfather or protector).

Man-to-Man conversations will take place promoting the important role that Latino Men will play on changing the current status of the community.

The theme for the day will be to get back to the way it used to be,  "Back to Basics". Where people took care of people, when respect of people and property were the norm, when you truly were your brother's keeper!
An environment will be created, where organizations will set up information tables and will present on stage opportunities for Latino Men to get involved through volunteering. Volunteers will be recruited to coach a sports team, join a town watch, be a block captain, mentor a youth, become a cub scout leader and much more.

The  day will be filled with:
  Free Food
Live Salsa  bands(Jimmy george) and more
T.V,  interviews
Face painting for the  children, Games
The focus for the day will be the continuous  reading of the Pledge (Spanish and English) from the stage. Special Guests will be invited to read the pledge with the other "Compadres" who will commit to returning in one year and recruit more "Hombres".
Your Company or Organization can Join and be part of a movement for peace, unity and neighborhood.


For more information: Bill Summers, Site Coordinator
North Philadelphia Weed and Seed Project
100 E. Lehigh Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19125
Office: 215-739-7950



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.





Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is hiring 160 people for their housekeeping department.

Starting salary is $33,946.00 a year.

They are opening a new Wing and need folks by July.


Please fill out an application on line at\careers




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





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.














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.



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:


Following is information for students interested in getting support for
higher education
Go to:

More information available in our Google group:





Philadelphia, PA, June 12, 2008--- JC Lamkin, President of Gypsy Lane Technologies, will be a Spotlight Speaker at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs Business Exchange Breakfast on June 17, 2008. The Business Exchange Breakfast is an exceptional opportunity for small businesses to meet and create connections with significant community leaders and government officials that affect the African American community.


Ms. Lamkin is the 2007 Technology Council Gala Nominee for Educator of the Yearrecipient of the Innovator in Business Award from the Philadelphia Women’s Opportunity Resource Center and voted Philadelphia's Most influential Young Socialite by readers of the Philly B-Spot,


Ms. Lamkin’s presentation will help inform minority leaders about the tech opportunities and services that are available to them.  Business owners will have an opportunity to showcase their businesses among other minority business, government and community leaders. Not only will this event be a great resource for African Americans but also an optimal networking event that will create business relationships and strengthen the community.


Event details

Date:  Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Time:  7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Location:  Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, 4200 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA  19131

Cost:  Free

For more information regarding this event and to RSVP contact the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs: e:; p: (877) 374-0222


About the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs

GACAAA is committed to assisting African Americans in gaining full access to all opportunities afforded to the citizens of the Commonwealth. The Commission members, appointed by the Governor, bring extensive talent, expertise and knowledge to the Commonwealth and are dedicated to working with the Governor, his staff and all sincere Pennsylvanians who share a belief in the concepts of equal justice, opportunity and equality for all of our citizens. The Commission is solution-oriented and committed to creating the necessary linkages, both private and public, to assure inclusion of African Americans at all levels within the Commonwealth. This holistic approach of working with all people of goodwill will insure the success of the Commission and the full citizenship rights of its African American citizens.


About Gypsy Lane Technologies

Gypsy Lane Technologies (GLT), is a professional Internet solutions company based in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. We specialize in best-in-class online marketing, Flash multimedia, corporate identity and search engine optimization. GLT features an integrated team of web consultants, creative designers, writers, programmers and marketing professionals that know how to get online results. Our business-driven approach separates us from typical web design companies. Gypsy Lane Technologies (GLT) sponsors the innovative community development radio program, Technically Speaking Radio on 1540 AM, WNWR on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.,









2008 PUP Jazz Fest


The Tony Smith Quartet

With vocalist Michelle Beckam


Friday June 13, 6pm – 10pm

1319 Locust Street

Philadelphia, PA (1199C Union Hall)

Includes all you can eat home cooked soul food buffet

Tickets $50

PUP Member tickets $25

2008 PUP Jazz Fest Honoree




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









FRIDAY, JUNE 20TH, 2008   6:00 AM TO 6:00 PM



Independence Mall - 5th & Arch Streets


All proceeds will go to LOCAL VETERANS via the

Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center (PVMSEC)


The goal of the Radiothon is to raise funds to address the multiple needs of veterans returning from Iraq & Afghanistan, as well as those from the Vietnam & Persian Gulf wars.




You can MAKE A DONATION, right NOW by making an online donation to:


Donations can be also be made on June 20th by:

- Calling toll free at 1800-678-WMGK (9645)

- Making a donation onsite at John's live broadcast outside the National Constitution Center


In addition to CASH donations, the PVMSEC desperately needs items & services donated to them. If your company / organization donates items/services, you will be recognized on air & online.


Phil Bowdren

2013 Memphis Street, Philadelphia PA 19125

(267) 254-2219


Board Member, Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center

Recording Secretary, Philadelphia County Board, Ancient Order of Hibernians

Public Relations Chairman, AOH Division 51 - Fishtown

Board Member, Lacey Gallagher Memorial Scholarship Fund




Pastors for Peace


19th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba


Camden - Friday, June 20

In just three weeks South Jersey will be hosting the Cuba Caravan as it passes through Camden on its way to challenge the illegal and immoral embargo against the people of Cuba.

Save the date and invite your family and friends to an evening of good food, friendship, and solidarity.

Meet caravanistas from around the US and other countries and learn why they decided to join the Caravan. Almost 50 years after the Cuban Revolution, the US government prohibits trading relations with Cuba and denies Americans their right to travel there.  The Caravan defies these prohibitions by raising humanitarian aid and transporting it to Cuba.  It has become a beacon in the affirmation of basic human rights and justice. As we make the final plans to support the Caravan's efforts, we need your help to make this event a success.

Please take a minute now to decide how you can help and send us an email to let us know! There are four ways you can help:

If you can host caravanistas at your home the night of June 20, email

If you can help out with food, email


Please spread the word. If your church or organization would like more information about participating, email


Help us on a cleanup project one week before the event. Join us on Saturday, June 14, from 9:30 to 11:30 am as we get the buildings at Newton Friends Meeting ready for the Caravan. Bring cleaning supplies if you can (optional) and email us at to let us know you will be there.

Thanks for your support, and see you on June 20! More info about the Caravan:





You are cordially invited to the annual DHS EPIC Stakeholder Summit and Recognition Event.  The one-day summit will convene key leadership and Stakeholders from, business, faith community, educators, and law enforcement, government, and community residents, throughout the city.  You will have the opportunity to learn what is happening in your community, and review the strategic plans developed by your community’s Stakeholders active in the Equal Partnership In Change process.

Please come out and join us from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 21, 2008 at

The School for the Future
4021 Parkside Avenues
Philadelphia, PA

The day will consist of presentations from local and national perspectives on trauma and its impact on an individual, support systems, and the community.  A panel of professionals will be convened to participate in a moderated question and answer session which will provide opportunities for attendees to participate and obtain additional information.  During the afternoon session you may have the opportunity to learn about and impact future programming and collaborate with the EPIC Stakeholders throughout the upcoming year.  

We look forward to joining you on this day and are eagerly anticipating your contribution to the process. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Lorraine McGirt at 215 683 4046.



Mount Tabor Church

110 W. Rittenhouse Street

Phila. Pa.19144

Vending Spaces are available for our Community Fun Day

June 21,2008 (rain date June 28,2008)       

9:00 AM -- 4:00 Pm

$25.00 Provide your own Table

No Food Vendors

Event will include; Vendors, Health screenings, Games, Food, Information hand outs to inform the community etc.

A fun day for all.

Contact: Leath McCallum 215-276-0749

Church: 215-844-2756



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


The University of Pennsylvania

African American Resource Center


Men of Color at Penn


To Father, To Build

·        Drum Call

·        Youth Presentation


·        Youth Presentation


·        Community Exchange of Ideas

& Special Keynote Address


renowned author: “I Chose To Stay” &

ex-Vaux Middle School 8x’s World Chess Champion Youth Coach

Salome Thomas-El


Friday, June 27th, 2008

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Greenfield Inter-cultural Center 3708 Chestnut St. Philly


*****Free Admission*****


Light Snack & Refreshments

Vendors of Cultural Products

Come mentors, coaches, fathers, father figures, youth and wise old heads prepared to dialogue about ways of saving and enhancing our children’s lives!


For further information contact:

Brother Robb Carter 215.898.0105 or


Saturday, June 28th the

National Council of Negro Women, Inc. Philadelphia PA Section

will host

Family and Teen Day in Malcolm X Park, 11am-5pm.

The park is located at 52nd and Pine Streets.

They will have live entertainment, food and food all day long.

All in the community are welcomed to come out and enjoy the Family and Teen Day with the National Council of Negro Women.







Free Technology Assessment for your organization


Information in the ‘Discussion’ section of our Google group:



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 and CivilAlert World, 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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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


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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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