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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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 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.

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Friday 15 February 2008

Volume 2, Number 24

Coalition Board of Directors

Gary R. Adams, President

John E. Churchville, Treasurer

Yvonn M. Haughton, Secretary


Stanley Daniels

Tom Henry



Table of content


For Our Children … 01

This Week … 08

Employment and Training Opportunities … 10

Health Matters … 11

Grants and Scholarships … 12

SpotLight … 15

Arts for Awareness … 18

Coming Up …19

Computers and Technology … 19

A Hand Up … 20

On The Airways … 20





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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:






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








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

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The history of progress is written in the blood of men and women who have dared to espouse an unpopular cause, as, for instance, the black man's right to his body, or woman's right to her soul.
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Volunteers needed to help organize the first INTER-FAITH COMMUNITY
SURVIVAL SUMMIT to be held in the city of Philadelphia. For information or to volunteer or register as a representative for your place of worship, call 215.387.2734 or email:





























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A rabbi and a priest are driving down a street in differnt directions.
Oddly enough, they end up getting into a crash.
They both get out of their cars, infuriated that there had been a wreck.
But since both of them are men of god, they began to talk.
The priest says that it was fortunate for these two men of the cloth to have met in such a strange way.
The rabbi says that it was also lucky that his bottle of fine wine was left undamaged after such a great accident.
So, they decide to celebrate.
The priest ends up drinking almost all of the wine.
And just as there's about a drink left in the whole bottle, the priest offers the bottle.
The rabbi shrugs and says "No thanks, I'll just wait for the police to arrive."









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I was going to be in town, so naturally I wanted to see my grandchild. When I rang the doorbell my grandson greeted me with great enthusiasm. “Granddad, I’m so glad you’re here, now Daddy will do that trick he promised Mommy.” “What trick is that?” I inquired. “Daddy told Mommy that if you came, he would be climbing the walls.” Was the reply






























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




















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I claim that human mind or human society is not divided into watertight compartments called social, political and religious. All act and react upon one another… Mohandas Gandhi














































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Word of The Week: solecism \SOL-uh-siz-uhm\, A nonstandard usage or grammatical construction; also, a minor blunder in speech; a breech of good manners or etiquette.











It is better to do one's own duty, however defective it may be, than to follow the duty of another, however well one may perform it. He who does his duty as his own nature reveals it, never sins.
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Freedom Bound


Geared toward children in grades 5-9, this drama recounts one of the most important incidents in the history of the Underground Railroad.


Tuesday, February 19th, 10:15 am

Keswick Theater

Easton Rd. & Keswick Ave.

Glenside, PA

$7/per person




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

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

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

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

Entry forms and details can be found at



Student Summer Camp - Mentoring & Enrichment Seminar in Engineering

Training (MESET)


There is an opportunity for 11th grade students to attend a FREE

Engineering Camp at the University of Houston from June 3-15, 2007.

African-American student participation is very much needed. Please have

any prospective students fill out the application by downloading it

from the website listed below and mail it to the address indicated.


Students that participate in this camp have been known to gain summer

jobs for college just for being in this camp. This camp helps students

to develop good study habits and learn about engineering careers. Help

students help themselves. This is camp is coed.


Currently MESET needs at least 15 more students to apply. The deadline

is April 15, 2007. Students are encouraged to apply from anywhere in the


Transportation is not provided. However, the camp is free. As a

courtesy, staff members will pick up and return out of town students to

the bus station, train station or airport for free.


For further info, please contact John Matthews at (713) 743-4226.

Please pass this message on to any 11th grade African American student

with interest in engineering.



A Black History Month Art Contest for public school students grades 6 through 12, is being conducted by Afro Cutting Boards with a $500.00 first prize. Two winners will be chosen by our judges. The first prize in each division is a scholarship that may be used for tutoring, school supplies, academic classes and camps, or college expenses. A $500.00 scholarship will be awarded in the Grade 9 – 12 Division; $100.00 for the Grade 6 – 8 Division.

“The theme of the contest is Soul Food. The artwork must depict Soul Food in a positive and delectable way: food on a table, being cooked, being eaten, grace being said over the food.

Artwork may be created using any 2D medium: pen and ink, water colors, oils, charcoal, pastels, digital. Entries, accompanied by application signed by the student and a parent or legal guardian, must be received no later than 6:00 pm., February 29, 2008. Applications are available at: www.afrocuttingboards/black historyartcontest.pdf/. No artwork will be considered without a completed and signed application. Entries may be submitted electronically or by mail. The scholarship award will be announced on March 10, 2008.


For more information about the contest 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 will feature guests that introduce youth early on to business concepts and entrepreneurship.

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



RESOURCE Program (PEER) presents


Free parenting classes

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


$100.00 food gift card


Earn $100.00 towards a utility bill of your choice


Classes are held weekly at

Tustin Recreation Center

5901 Columbia Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19151

Mondays 6:00pm – 8:00pm


Other sites available

Enrollment is ongoing


A project of the Lutheran Children and Family Service


Sonya Harris-Saunders, Program Coordinator 215.339.8002 ext 19

Wendy Brown, Administrative Assistant 215.424.3741 ext 248



"STOP THE MADNESS , STOP THE VIOLENCE"  is looking for tutors for their tutoring program at East Spencer Miller Elementary School at 43rd and Westminster.  Tutoring takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 7pm, and is for students 8-12 years of age. If you or anyone you know can help during either of these two timeframes, please contact Malik (aka Norm) Johnson, at 215-410-2859.


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



"Speaking Truth to Action" Spoken Word' movement mentors at-risk males. 


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


1. You will have a nationwide connection with primarily African
American parents and other parents who have children of color.
2. You will receive EXCLUSIVE discounts and special offers with over
40 selected businesses that have created or represent companies with
items that will encourage children of color to feel proud and
positive about their heritage. Most of these companies are owned and
operated by African Americans which is something to be proud of in
3. You will receive a monthly email with not only EXCLUSIVE discounts
and offers, but the opportunity to win GREAT prizes from our Black
Parent Connect Shops. Each monthly prize will be valued at $50 or
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.” 

ACCEL is a community program that offers services that strengthen youth, families and communities.  At ACCEL we believe that children are the most important part of school. ACCEL is a place where children really matter and every individual’s ability is recognized and rewarded. ACCEL’s programs build leadership, strength, skills, honor,and creates a self-esteem environment that embraces the five

components of: Security, Identity, Belonging, Purpose and Competence. 

ACCEL is in the heart of the community and is building strong ties with local businesses and community leaders.  All children have an entitlement to an education which meets their needs and will help them go through new gateways as their future unfolds. 

ACCEL uses exceptional accredited curriculum that is Interactive, engaging and technology driven.  The curriculum includes everything a student needs to successfully complete his/her course. 

To learn more log on to


This Week…


Friday, February 15, 2008

Angela Davis will be the Keynote Address speaker for Women's Week at the University of Pennsylvania.

Time:  7:30 PM

Location:  College Hall 200, 35 and Locust Walk (in the center of the campus behind Benjamin Franklin statue)

Cost:  Free Entry


Karlene Burrell-McRae, Ed.D. candidate

Director, Makuu: Black Cultural Center

3601 Locust Walk, First Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 573-0823-phone

(215) 746-0169-fax


Black History Showcase


Pennsylvania Convention Center hosts annual celebration of African American history


The Black History Showcase, the nation’s premier showcase of African American history, will take place in Philadelphia, February 16 and 17, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

This annual Showcase was started in 2004 as a way to promote a greater awareness and appreciation of African American history.  It features a diverse mix of educational exhibits and activities that use “Real People, Real Artifacts and Real Stories” to present the extraordinary achievements and events in Black history.


The 2008 Black History Showcase will feature interactive and inspiring exhibits that cover a broad range of subjects.  The main attraction is the “Salute to the History of Blacks in the Military.” This includes a special area of military exhibits that pay tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, Buffalo Soldiers, WWII Black Navy Veterans, Triple Nickels (the first Black parachute unit), Red Ball Express (the courageous Black transportation unit), USS Mason DE 529 (the first all Black crew), the Montford Point Marines (the first Black Marines) and the first Black Navy diver Carl Brashear.  Surviving members of these groups will be available to provide first hand accounts of their experiences.  Living history performers from the 22nd and 37th United States Colored Troops along with the Ladies of the Civil War will present Civil War and Revolutionary War stories.  There will also be a display of military artifacts that include medals, documents, photos and gear.  The screening area will show the award winning American Legacy DVD, “Blacks In The Military,” “On Freedom’s Wings” and “Proudly We Served.”


Returning exhibits include The Lest We Forget Museum of Slavery and Jim Crow memorabilia. They will return with new artifacts and copies of their award winning DVD.  Also returning is the Not Just A Hoe exhibit featuring slave handcrafted furniture and pottery from plantations in Summerville, South Carolina.  The Quest for Freedom exhibit will highlight Philadelphia’s role in the anti-slavery and Underground Railroad movement.  The Negro Baseball League exhibit will return with its’ display of antique baseball equipment and surviving members of the Philadelphia Stars.


On Saturday at 2 p.m., America’s networking guru and best-selling author George Fraser will discuss and sign his newly released book “CLICK: Ten Truths for Building Extraordinary Relationships.”

Mr. Fraser is attempting to make history as the first African American to make the New York Best seller list as an author of a general market business book.  The Black Professionals News, National Alliance of Market Developers and the Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society are sponsoring his appearance.  Immediately following Mr. Fraser, there will be a Spoken Word and Living History Performers Showcase.   This features poets sharing their history related poems and living history performers doing monologues on famous African Americans.  On both days attendees can purchase Black memorabilia and collectibles from participating merchants.


Everett Staten, Founder of the Black History Showcase says his inspiration comes from the fact that “the history of Black people in America is one of unbelievable resilience and achievement, however, in most instances our contributions are not included in the presentation of history.  Our history remains the greatest story that’s never been told.  The Black History Showcase is committed to making OUR STORY part of HIS STORY.”  Dawn Jones, President of Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society adds, “We are proud to be a part of such a life-changing event which celebrates the accomplishments of our African American forefathers.”


The 2008 Black History Showcase is hosted once again by the Pennsylvania Convention Center located in Philadelphia at 12th and Arch Street.  Ahmeenah Young, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Convention Center Authority stated, “Philadelphia is recognized as the nation’s most historic city and we are delighted to partner with Everett in presenting such an educational and historically relevant event.  The Black History Showcase has become an integral part of the mosaic that represents Philadelphia and it is also an essential component of our February hospitality and tourism attractions.”


The Showcase hours are from 11a.m. to 7 pm. both days.  Admission is FREE and everyone is welcome.  For more information visit:


About the Black History Showcase: The Black History Showcase is an initiative of The Proud African American Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to producing community events and activities that provide positive portrayals of African American people.  It is produced by Everett & Associates, Inc. and is co-sponsored by Colgate Palmolive Company, PECO, American Legacy Magazine, WDAS FM, The Philadelphia Tribune, WURD 900AM, and The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.


About the Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society: The Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society is committed to serving as an advocate, a resource and venue for African American public relations practitioners and professional communicators throughout the Philadelphia region.

Contact:  Everett Staten (267) 243-3200               

Dawn A. Jones (215) 704-2615


Black Family Technology Week

Celebrating A Decade of Discovery

Baltimore, Md.


The National Black Family Technology Awareness Campaign, will celebrate the tenth annual Black Family Technology Awareness Week (BFTAW), February 10th - 16th, 2008.
BFTAW is a national public awareness campaign designed to encourage more African Americans to incorporate technology into their daily lives. Partners and corporate supporters for this year's campaign include the IBM Corporation, EMC, the US Navy, the Lockheed Martin Corporation, the National Black Data Processing Associates and NACME (National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering).

This year's Awareness Week will culminate with the Black Family Technology Empowerment Weekend, to be held at the Baltimore Convention Center as part of the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference, February 16, 2008, in Baltimore, Md.  The event will be hosted by NPR personality Mario Armstrong.

Tyrone D. Taborn, US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine publisher and CEO, says, "The Black Family Technology Awareness Campaign was never about simple Internet access and mere computer ownership but rather about African Americans becoming true beneficiaries of the many assets of technology and all it has to offer."

For more information about the 2008 Black Family Technology Awareness Campaign including information on how your community can apply for a BFTAW activity grant, log onto, or contact CCG's Director Technology Awareness Programs, Nuria Alvarez,











LARRY SMALLWOOD (Channel Six, Chair Phila. Film Festival)

JEFFREY HART (Art Sanctuary, and formerly of WURD)

DANNY MCKEOWN (R&B writer, film producer)


Invited participants…Art Sanctuary, Masterman High School and Masterman High School Gun Control Club, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Philadelphia School System, House of Umoja, Daddy University, Stop The Madness-Stop The Violence, Freedom Theater, Project Home




Church of the Advocate 18th & Father Paul Washington Avenue (AKA Diamond Street)


For more info: Michael 484-680-0099, Malik 215-410-2859, Kemah 484-432-1242






Delaware County Career Fair

What: Job Fairs

When: Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Times: 10 am - 3 pm


Harrah's Chester Casino & Racetrack

777 Harrah's Blvd.

Chester, PA 19013

(484) 490-1800


Project RISE (Reaching and Impacting Small Entrepreneurs)

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

start a business in the West Philadelphia area.

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

welfare recipients and is co-sponsored by the SBA.

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

For more information call

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




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

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

apply online, Positions range from Banquet Server to Call Center Manager.

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


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

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




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 receice

·        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.



The Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity is once again seeking applicants for its annual Hiliary H. Holloway, Esquire Scholarship Award program. The chapter's scholarship program, named after the late Hiliary H. Holloway, Esquire, a past Grand Polemarch and Laurel Wreath recipient of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, as well as a

longtime member of the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter, is designed to aid promising minority male students in the public high schools of Philadelphia who are planning to matriculate in college following their graduation from high school.  Applications and further info can be obtained from the student's Principal or guidance counselor.

All applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2008 to be considered. The amount of the scholarship award is $2,000. A total of four $2,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2008. The fraternity uses the scholarship grants to enhance the opportunities for minority males to acquire a college education. The organization seeks to reach and assist those young men who have demonstrated academic promise, but have not necessarily accumulated the highest averages.  Additionally, the need for financial assistance is fundamental. Students who meet these criteria should contact their Principal or guidance counselor about this scholarship opportunity immediately. An application can also be downloaded from the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter's web site:



Support for Social Justice Projects in North America

Peace Development Fund: Community Organizing Grants
The Peace Development Fund provides grants to organizations working to achieve peaceful, just, and interdependent relationships among people and nations. The Fund's Community Organizing Grants support grassroots groups that are organizing community members for social justice in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and Haiti. Examples of issues that will be considered include criminal justice, environmental justice, economic justice, anti-oppression work, youth organizing, immigrant organizing, and workplace organizing. The application deadline is February 15, 2008. Visit the website for application guidelines and forms.


Merchants Fund Grants for Small Businesses (Feb 15)

The Merchants Fund issued the first round grants this fall to small businesses in Philadelphia.

The next grant deadline is Friday, February 15, 2008 (postmarked). The applications have been modified since the last grant cycle and the web site has detailed information about the attributes of successful grants.

The first grant cycle was competitive. TMF funded approximately half of the applications submitted. It is anticipated that the next cycle will be equally competitive. Most, but not all, of the grants made were the result of strong partnerships with community organizations such as community development corporations, merchant associations and other non-profit agencies. The sponsor’s act both as advocates as well as hands-on agents for helping merchants achieve their goals and oversee grant requirements. The members of the Program Committee responded to the power of enabling community development goals through individual merchants.

Thanks to everyone who worked with TMF this Fall.

For more information, contact:
Patricia Blakely
The Merchants Fund
1616 Walnut Street, Ste 802
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-399-1339 office


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.
To locate a program in your area:


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




In honor of Black History Month,  the next three editions of “Spotlight” will feature local groups that have made a significant impact on the Philadelphia community.


Revolutionary Action Movement


RAM was organized in 1962 by Muhammad Ahmad (known as Max Stanford until 1970). As a student at Central State College in Wilberforce, Ohio, Ahmad studied black nationalism and got involved in black radical politics. In the fall of 1962, after discussions with several African American radicals, including the personal encouragement of Malcolm X, Ahmad formed the first RAM cadre. RAM’s first major action came in 1963 when the RAM group in Philadelphia, along with the local NAACP branch, demonstrated against discrimination by building trades unions. Following these demonstrations, Ahmad began to organize RAM groups in urban areas and on several college campuses. By 1966 and 1967, RAM included students and intellectual activists and had developed a following among urban residents.


The Revolutionary Action Movement(RAM), an all black membership organization, is described as a highly militant secretive organization which follows the Chinese-oriented Marxist Leninist line and believes in replacing the capitalistic system with socialism. This group was organized in the winter of 1963 by a group of blacks who supported Robert F.Williams, a Negro fugitive from justice in voluntary exile in Cuba. The leaders of the RAM encouraged all black people to follow this organization, but only the members of the organization seemed to be followers. The leadership of the March of Washington refused to follow them and refused their support. In 1966, RAM formed the Jamaica Rifle and Pistol Club for the purpose of holding firearms practice.

“The events which transpired five thousand years ago; five years ago or five minutes ago, have determined what will happen five minutes from now, five years from now or five thousand years from now. All history is a current event… Dr. John Henrik Clarke







African Footprint


Philadelphia Premier!

South Africa’s longest-running stage show, which has been called

“The River dance of South Africa”

Academy of Music 8pm

Tickets $20 - $67.50


For info call 215 731.3333



Freedom Bound


Geared toward children in grades 5-9, this drama recounts one of the most important incidents in the history of the Underground Railroad.


Tuesday, February 19th, 10:15 am

Keswick Theater

Easton Rd. & Keswick Ave.

Glenside, PA

$7/per person




First Person Arts launches First Person Salons at the Gershman Y

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


Murals of African American Heroes


Philadelphia Mural Arts Program presents in honor of Black History Month,


A two-hour guided bus tour of African American heroes and murals painted by nationally renowned African American muralists.


The tour, Saturday February 23rd, will begin at 10am outside Ms. Tootsie’s Soul Food Café’ 1312 South St. in Philadelphia, and return to Ms. Tootsie’s around noontime for a “decadent soul food lunch.”

R.S.V.P. at 215.685.0754

Cost: $45.00/person




An Afternoon of Poetry


Every second Saturday of the month from 1 – 3 PM


Serenity Inspirational Gifts & Coffee

140 So. Easton Rd.

Glenside, PA



JUS’ WORDS at Dowling’s Palace

1310 No. Broad St. Phila

Every Thurs. 9pm to 1am

·        Poets

·        Rappers

·        Singers

·        Spoken Word Artists

$5.00 cover




Center for African American Research and Public Policy


First Annual Conference


February 22-23, 2008


Friday, February 22


Gittis Student Activity Center, Room 217


13th Street & Montgomery Avenue






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Willie Cade, CEO
Computers for Schools
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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!

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