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News  From

The  Coalition, Inc.

Friday 24 October 2008

Volume  3, Number 8

The  Coalition, Inc. Board of Directors

Gary  R. Adams, President

John  E. Churchville, Treasurer

Yvonne  Haughton, Secretary


Josephine  Blow, Patricia Coyne, Stanley Daniels, Tom Henry, Calvin Johnson, Angela  Mohammed, Abdul Malik Raheem

Table  of content

For  Our Children … 02

This  Week … 04

Employment  and Training Opportunities … 08

Health  Matters … 09

Green  Piece … 11

Grants  and Scholarships … 12

SpotLight  … 15

Arts  for Awareness … 16

Coming  Up …19

Computers  and Technology … 21

A  Hand Up … 21

On  The Airways … 23



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Failure  to prepare is preparing to fail… Mike Murdock










































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Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don't  mind, it don't matter.
Satchel Paige





















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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
























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At the  end of the college year, a star football player celebrated the
 relaxation of team curfew by attending a late night campus party.
 Soon after arriving, he became captivated by a beautiful young thing
 and eased into a conversation with her by asking if she met many dates at  parties.

 "Oh, I have a 3.9, so I'm much more attracted to the strong academic  types than to dumb party animals," she said. "What's your  G.P.A.?"

 Grinning from ear to ear, the jock boasted, "I get about 27 in the
 city and 38 on the highway."































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No  great idea in its beginning can ever be within the law. How can it be within  the law? The law is stationary. The law is fixed. The law is a chariot wheel,  which binds us all regardless of conditions or place or time.
Emma Goldman


























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"If criticism is  mistaken or mean-spirited, rise above it. Maintain the high ground when  you're under fire. No victory is worth winning at the expense of picking up  the mud that has been slung at you and throwing it back." -- Rubel  Shelly













































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What is it  about the job of the vice-president that seems to dissolve all common sense?  Most of us remember the Dan Quayle experience, but the self-proclaimed  creator of the Internet has  enough of  his own to take us through to the end of the year…


"People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions  and have tremendous impact on history."
 -- Former Vice President Al Gore














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If  you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your  attitude. Don't complain.
Maya  Angelou






















































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The Raw Family Newsletter


















































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People  usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their  learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom.
Francis  Bacon












































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I stayed at a really nice,  really fancy hotel this weekend. The towels were so thick I could hardly get  my suitcase shut.

















































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We will be SpotLighting  members and organizations. 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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When I was a kid, my dad and I had a  running joke. If anyone asked what he did for a living, I was to reply,  "He's a sports mechanic. He fixes boxing matches and horse races."  Once, I answered a teacher this way. She flipped out and summoned my parents.  Dad calmed her down by explaining it was a joke.

 "So what do you do?" she asked.

 Dad, a sales rep for a pharmaceutical company, said, "I sell  drugs."





















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Being in power is like being a lady. If you have to tell  people you are, you aren’t… Margaret Thatcher



































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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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A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his  own.
 Latin Proverb



































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I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I  lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there  picking the locks, they are always locking three.
 Elayne Boosler






























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Word Of The Week

factotum\fak-TOH-tuhm\,: A person employed  to do all kinds of work or business.











Greetings  Coalition Family!



The Coalition,  Inc. website is open! Please take a moment to visit. We are building and we  want your input. This is our website, let us build it together! 


National Peace Conference


Finally,  beginning now and leading up to a National Peace Conference here in Philadelphia,  January 13-17, a series of local study groups (composed of three adults and  three young people from congregations that wish to participate) is being  organized, with at least one here at the Advocate, to look at the tradition  of non violent action as exemplified in the ministry and movement associated  with Martin Luther King. The tradition of non violent action will be looked  at in these local groups against the background of the epidemic of gun  violence that last year took 400 plus lives in Philadelphia alone. On the  17th of January there will be a public action at Colissimo's Gun Shop,  according to folk who know one of the most notorious in the state, with a  gathering before at various local churches, the Advocate included, before  hand. Though civil disobedience is anticipated in relation to Colissimo's,  none is planned for the action on the 17th. I cannot think of a better way to  remember Martin and all who were part of the movement to which he lent his  God given gifts. For more information on this please get back to me or,  better, Therese Miller at,  or Harvey Zendt at,  both good people organizing both the conference as a whole and the study  group/January 17 action.





For  My Daughter Library is a new  after-school, Saturday and summer time community based Library and resource  center, which provides programs and services for Daughters ages 8-14,  and their families.


For My Daughter Library  wants children in the community to understand the importance of recycling and  resource conservation. In an effort to lead by example For My Daughter  Library was created with recycled furnishings, energy efficient lighting and  up to date, previously owned, gently loved books and materials. Even the  interior paint is Eco-friendly! 


For My Daughter Library  offers opportunities to learn languages, access higher education and  strengthen environmental, family, community and self-respect and more in a  safe, girl-friendly and relaxed atmosphere for Daughters. And library  membership is FREE to youth ages 8 - 14!   


For My Daughter Library  also offers physical programs such as

Skiing and  Dragon boat Racing and promote health and family activities.

For more information contact Yvonne Haughton  Or call 267-795-7811.



FOP opens Coats for Kids  drive
  Philadelphia’s Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 is sponsoring a  Coats for Kids drive, collecting new coats for needy children from  birth to 15 years of age at its headquarters at 1336 Spring Garden Street in  Philadelphia.  Coats will be collected through November 1st.
  The event was announced on October 2nd by Mayor Michael Nutter, Police  Commissioner Charles Ramsey, and FOP President John McNesby.
    For more information, call Ronnie Sypherd at 215-629-3267.   

New  coats only will be accepted.




Enter  the Voting Video Contest for Youth 
Attention young videographers: enter  the “Voting: The Power of Your Voice” video contest. Pennsylvania students in  grades 6-12 can create 30- to 60-second videos that show how voting gives  power to one’s voice. Grand prizes will include cash awards for the video’s  creators and their school, as well as an all-expense paid trip to Harrisburg  or Philadelphia and lunch with Governor Rendell and First Lady Judge Marjorie  O. Rendell. The contest is coordinated by the Department of State in  partnership with the Pennsylvania Coalition for Representative Democracy  (PennCORD).


Greetings from  the Center for Urban Youth Development (CUYD) at Eastern University and  the Greater Philadelphia Federation of Settlements!

The Youth Development  Certificate offered through CUYD<>  and the Greater Philadelphia Federation of Settlements<>  will start on September 16th. Youth workers will gain the necessary  foundation and skills to help youth transition into successful adulthood.  Don't worry, there is still time to register for the Certificate Program and  sharpen your own knowledge and skills in the field of youth work!

For more information go  to:



Parenting: a tough Task!


Confident Parents =  Confident Kids


Please join us to:

·       Learn and share, techniques for being a confident parent

·       Share your knowledge with other parents

·       Discuss your concerns

·       Listen to guest speakers on a variety of topics


Some of the subjects and  questions we will discuss and find answers to are:

   When my child does …………. What do I do?

   Boundaries: Setting Limits – Establishing  and enforcing family rules

   What is the difference between discipline  and punishment?

    Forms of effective discipline

   What is ADHD?

   How do I recognize a drug problem?

   Health care needs

   What is child abuse/neglect?

   Where do I go for help?

   How can I work effectively with my school  to get my child’s needs met?




When:  Thursday evenings 6 PM – 8 PM


Where:  Presbyterian Children’s’ Village 6517 Chester Avenue 19142


To  register, or get more information, contact:

Ms.  Lauretta Keeys 215.730.2247


A light dinner will be  served

Tokens for transportation

Child care for up to 2  children per family

Bring a friend




This Week…



On Friday, October 24 at  6:00 PM

the African American  United Fund will announce details about its new grant for emerging  organizations interested in receiving funding to assist with filing fees  associated with developing a nonprofit organization.


If you're interested in  learning more, RSVP for this information session by calling 215.236.2100.  Space is limited.


Aissia Richardson


African American United  Fund

2227 N. Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19132



Art Sanctuary sponsors  workshops for teachers
    On October 25th, the organization will offer Schooling  Ourselves: Hip Hop Curriculum Teachers' Workshop with hip-hop curator, H.  Bernard Hall.  The workshop will help teachers how to use hip-hop  effectively in their classes and how to use Art Sanctuary’s hip-hop  curriculum and activity guide, Do the Knowledge. 

To download a free copy of  the curriculum guide, go  or call 215-232-4485 to purchase a hard copy for $10 plus shipping. 
    The workshop will be held 9:30am-noon at the National Liberty  Museum, 321 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. 

To reserve a space,

email  Emily

or call  215-925-2800 x140.




October Educational  Conference - African American Male Academic Success, Part 2
October 25, 2008
Time:8:30  a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: The  Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue Hotel
4200 City Ave.
 Phila., PA 19131

Come  join the dialogue started at last October’s conference and sustained in the  four follow-up sessions to commit to continuous informed action! Attend  workshops, an awards luncheon, and view the award winning documentary, “First  Person.”

Visit this link:,  for more information and to register on-line, or call 215-877-4950 to request  a conference packet.




Join The  Celebration !


of the largest  gathering in the world of women anywhere, and the building of the First  Global Movement for ALL Women and Girls of African Descent Worldwide

The "A  Thousand Women In White"Procession and Movement Initiation is a  spiritual, cultural, progressive socio-political, arts and community event  for all to support and enjoy


Calling Philly

and Tri-State Area and any other interested extended family 

Drill Teams, Pep Squads, Marching Bands,  Drummers and Performing Artists needed for the Celebratory  Festivities for the historic Million Woman March 11th year anniversary  commemoration gathering and Movement international program launching  taking place on October 25th, 2008 Philly, PA


Also Sistah  Reps to carry your banner, sign, flag for The
Sistah Rep Delegation of

Organizations/Groups  Units 

(local,  national, community, church, sororities, unions, etc.)


Also: Sistah  Reps, please sign up for the

United Nations of The African Diaspora

Flag Brigade


and vehicles  needed for the

“Queens &  Elders Motorcade”


For more information call 267-299-6424

or email:



The  Original/Authentic and Official

Million Woman  March (TM)

P.O. Box  53668   Philadelphia, PA  19105

Sis. Empress  Phile' Chionesu 

Founder,  Architect, & President General



Bail Out the People - Not  the Bankers!


Rally/Speak Out in  Philadelphia –


Monday   Oct. 27th from 3-6pm at 15th & Market


Come and speak your  mind!   Wachovia Bank has a major  branch across the street from the rally.   Wells Fargo is getting a $25 billion tax cut for taking over Wachovia  Bank, which has ties to the slave trade and a history of redlining Philadelphia  neighborhoods.


Everyone needs to get  involved.   For information on the  next actions and meetings or to endorse this rally:   Call 215-724-1618  or  email:

This rally is part of  Nationally Coordinated Local Actions called for Oct. 24-27.  For information or to post an event in  your area visit

Sponsors:  Fight Imperialism – Stand Together (FIST);  Justice For Families; Neighbors Against McPenntrification;

Philadelphia International  Action Center; Philadelphia Socialist Action; Womens' Fightback Network;  Suburban Philly Greens; Code Pink, Delaware River Area;  Brandywine Peace Community


The U.S. government is  giving over $700 billion to "bail out" banks that bought and sold  sub-prime loans.  This money will line  the pockets of super-rich bankers who already rake in millions of dollars in  "salaries" and golden parachutes.


Meanwhile the people  targeted by their sub-prime loan scams – mainly women, single heads of  households, people of color, elderly and working poor -- are losing their  homes in record numbers.  Because of  discrimination many of these people had been denied regular loans even when  they were eligible.  Today over 4  million households in the U.S. face the threat of foreclosure and evictions  and the number is growing by the hour.    But the government isn't offering to help them out – the bailout will  only go to the bankers who caused the crisis.


Across the country people  just like you are coming together and organizing to fight for the things we  really need.  With all the greed on  Wall Street and the corruption in Washington it won't be easy, but we have to  try.   We can't afford not to!




The  following are some of the growing list of emergency measures that people  across the country will be raising at protests during the Days of Action:



--Emergency  moratorium on home foreclosures and evictions

--No  budget cuts in education, healthcare and all social services

--No  layoffs, extend unemployment benefits

--No  utility shut-offs

--Debt  relief for students, poor and working people

--Protect  public and private pensions

--Jobs  at a living wage


We are asking for  grassroots, community and youth organizations, trade unionists, anti-racist  forces, the anti-war movement and everyone who's just mad as hell about the  "bailout" to both endorse this call, and take ownership of it. Plan  actions during this period of time in your cities across the country.





Internships Available at  WHYY


Children's Service  Internship


Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania, United States


Membership Marketing  Internship


Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania, United States


"Voices in the  Family" Internship


Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania, United States


"Flicks" and  "Quick Pics" Production Assistant


Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania, United States


Graphic Design Internship


Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania, United States


Public Information  Internship


Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania, United States


Marketing and Promotions  Internship


Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania, United States


"It's Our City"  Internship


Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania, United States


"Radio Times"  Production Internship


Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania, United States


Web News and Information  Internship


Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania, United States





Achieving Your Mission in  an Uncertain Economy:

Tips for the Health &  Human Services Sector


Friday, November 7, 2008

8:30 - 10:00am

Arden Theatre

40 North 2nd Street



The  current economic climate is already causing changes in the health and human  services sector.  What does it mean  for your agency?  Amid funding cuts,  how will you plan for an respond to an increased need for service?  Our expert panel will share observations  about the economy, potential impact on fundraising, government funding,  credit markets, and opportunities for efficiencies.  We will also provide information on technical assistance  resources.


We are proud to bring you  an outstanding panel that includes:


Catherine Gordon

Principal, Vanguard  Institutional Advisory Services


Garvester Kelley

Vice President,  Mid-Atlantic Region, Nonprofit Finance Fund


Michael Masch

Chief Business Officer,  The School District of Philadelphia

(former Budget Secretary  for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania)


Jill Michal

President & CEO

United Way of Southeastern  Pennsylvania



Nicholas Torres

President, Congreso de  Latinos Unidos


Due to limited space, we  ask that only one person per agency register.


Who should attend:


* Executive Directors

* Finance or development  staff

* Board members


Please complete the survey  questions on the registration page.   The panelists will respond to the questions submitted.


We look forward to seeing  you on November 7th!



Register here:







Wissahickon Watershed Rainbarrel Workshop


Wed. October 29, 6:00 pm -  7:30 pm

Unitarian Society of  Germantown

6511 Lincoln Dr.,  Philadelphia, PA 19119


The Green Sanctuary  Committee at Unitarian Society of Germantown

is teaming up with the

Philadelphia Water  Department to offer a free rainbarrel workshop.

This is open to those who  live in the Wissahickon watershed.

Each household who attends  will receive a FREE rainbarrel.

This is a great way to  help forestall more flooding for our beleaguered Wissahickon Creek, and lots  of free water for you to water your garden or wash your car.

You must pre-register.

Click here to find out if  you live in the Wissahickon watershed, to register, or simply to learn more:


For more information: Joy  Bergey








Marty Blum Mayor  of Santa Barbara, California and Co-Chair of the US Conference of Mayors’s  Sustainable Development Taskforce Karis  Heibert Manager, Sustainability  Group, City of Vancouver Mark Alan Hughes Director of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia Ariella Rosenberg Maron Deputy Director, Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning

& Sustainability, New York City

Moderated by J.  Blaine Bonham Jr., Executive Vice  President, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Philadelphia  leadership will talk with officials and innovators from other cities who have  successfully implemented multi-faceted, citywide sustainability programs.  Their conversation will address issues such as the importance of leadership  at the highest levels, strategies for engaging individuals and communities,  mobilizing private sector investment, and how to institutionalize change.

This  event also celebrates the launch of Penn IUR’s latest publication, Growing  Greener Cities: Urban Sustainability in the Twenty-First Century -- a  timely collection of essays that address the fundamentals of sustainable city  building.

Serving as a backdrop to the discussion is the  exhibition Re-Imaging Cities: Urban Design After the Age of Oil, which  showcases projects that rethink our lives and the cities we live in for a  world after oil. Curated by Penn IUR and PennDesign and supported by the  Rockefeller Foundation, the exhibition covers a wide range of  disciplines—architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, urban  design, physics, engineering, and economics—and encompasses projects both  current and speculative. It will be on view November 10-19, 2008.




For sustainable  enterprise go to Green Jobs Philly







“Call Me MISTER”


Do you know any Black  males who are seniors in high school who want to go to college out of state  for 'FREE' ? Several Black Colleges are looking for future black male  teachers and will send them to universities/colleges for

4 years FREE.



The 'Call Me MISTER'  program is an effort to address the critical shortage of African American  male teachers particularly among South Carolina 's lowest performing public  schools. Program participants are selected from among under-served,  socio-economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities.



The Call Me MISTER program  combines the special strengths and resources of Clemson University with the  individualized instructional programs offered by four historically black  colleges in South Carolina : Benedict College , Claflin University , Morris  College and South Carolina State University.

To provide even greater  opportunity and access, students have the option of first attending one of  our two-year partner colleges before transferring to one of the four-year  institutions to complete their baccalaureate degree.

In addition, the project  has limited enrollment in the middle school Master of Art in Teaching  program.

Anderson University,  Benedict College, Claflin University,

Clemson University,  College of Charleston, Morris College,

South Carolina State University,  Greenville Technical College,

Midlands Technical  College, Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College,

Tri-County Technical  College, Trident Technical College.


The project provides:

Tuition for admitted  students pursuing approved programs of study at

participating colleges.

An academic support system  to help assure their success.

A cohort system for social  and cultural support.

Visit  for more details and the online  application or call (800) 640-2657.



100 Black Men of Chicago’s  College Scholarship Fair

Saturday, November 1, 2008

9:00 am to 2:00 pm

University of Illinois  Chicago


The  Black Star Project encourages high school students from Illinois, Indiana,  Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota and other mid-western  states to attend the 100 Black Men of Chicago's College  fair.  To register online, visit



Upcoming College Fairs


1)  Date:   Friday, November 21, 2008

Historically Black  Colleges and Universities Fair

Time:  3:30 pm- 7:30 pm

Location:  440 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA  19130 (School District of Philadelphia), Education Center Atrium

Contact:  Jennifer Garrett, Phone: 215-400-4130,  Email:


Students are encouraged to  bring copies of their transcripts because of the possibility of on-site  admissions.  Financial Aid workshops  will be available and application fees will be waived. Professional dress is  requested.


2)  Date:   Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Joint Recruitment College  Fair- Hosted by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and School  District of Philadelphia

Time:  4:30 pm- 8:00 pm

Location:  440 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA  19130 (School District of Philadelphia), Education Center Atrium


Gain information on  colleges and universities who are part of the Pennsylvania State System of  Higher Education.



Quality of Life Grant


Through the Quality of  Life Grant program, families that care for children and adults with autism  and other special needs may receive funding to offset their enormous  financial burdens. These grants provide families with stipends that may be  used for a wide variety of supports related to their family member.


To apply for funds



The Ron Brown  Scholars Program

seeks  African-American high school
 seniors to receive $10,000 annually for four (4) years to attend an
 accredited four-year college or university in the US. Deadlines:
 November 1, 2008 and January 9, 2009. Mail application,
 transcripts and recommendation letters in one package.

 For information, contact Ron Brown Program, 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 206,  Charlottesville, Va. 22901; 434-964-1588;;



The University of  Pennsylvania is conducting an orientation for those who are 19 and older and  would like to attend college for FREE!!!!!





The  University of Pennsylvania IS NOT offering free college education for  disadvantaged and displaced Philadelphia residents.

We  apologize for any inconvenience this announcement may have caused.






This training is essential  to anyone who wishes to expand their area of influence, identify and utilize  new resources, seize new opportunities, help others, increase their  popularity, get a new job, hire a new employee and establish meaningful  collaborations.


We will address the following  topics:


Business Cards

Individual networking

Business networking

Resource development

Strategic networking  action plans.

How to make a positive  impression

Your Inner Game


Your guide for this  program is Michael Rice.  Mr. Rice is  the chief consultant and founder of Professional Networking Associates.  He is the Editor and Publisher of the  Connector, an internet magazine dedicated to empowering individual in  business and social networking and personal development.  He is also the creator of the networking  website:


Mr. Rice is also a  Community Development Specialist with the Department of Human Services,  Division of Community Based Prevention.   He was central in the development and implementation of a community  organizing initiative that had oversight in the augmentation of the ten EPIC  Community Stakeholder groups covering the entire city.  He also works with the Supporting Community  Outreach Program (SCOP), which includes 350 youth center organizations with a  budget of over 1.3 million annually.


Mr. Rice has over 25 years  experience in public relations, entertainment promotions, social work and  community and personal development.


In the continuing series  of The Coalition, Inc.’s workshops for community and organizational  development, Michael Rice will be conducting a workshop on November 13th  at For My Daughter Library Café 6328 Germantown avenue, Philadelphia, PA


For  more information: Michael Rice 215-683-4027






Poetry & Speech  Contests


To all my Colleagues &  Friends:


I am personally inviting  you to become a partner in improving life in Philadelphia and increasing  universal peace.


Would you please encourage  your youth to enter the Poetry & Speech Contests and attend “Teens United  for Peace”/ Poetry for Peace Festival inside the auditorium of The  Philadelphia Art Museum 10 – 3PM on Sun., Nov. 2, 2008 Open Mic will follow.


We’ll provide buses for  groups with 30 or more people. Bring your entire youth ministry or teen  group.  Limitations. First  come-first-serve basis.


§  Poetry/Speech Competition

                                  §  Teen Film Presentation

                                  §  Open Mic

                                  §  Voting Awareness

  §  Gee’s Bend Quilting  Exhibit

                                  §  Gospel Choir:

                                  §  St. Thomas AME Church

                                  §  Teen Discussion Session

                                  §  Panel Discussion

                                  §  Questions & Answers

                                  §  Reception will follow


Volunteers needed!!!


Send: Email/Fax/Mail

Community Programs

Poetry & Speech  Contest

Esperanza Altamar

Philadelphia Museum of Art

26th St. & Ben  Franklin Pky

Phila., PA 19101


Fax: (215) 684-7395 -or-

Phone (215) 387-1696



National Artists Seeks Venues


We are seeking your  organization and/or educational institution as a site host or facility  sponsor of one or more events and activities which will highlight a  supportive scheduling about Non-Violence and PEACE.   Schools( public, catholic, charter, boarding & Independent),  Social Agencies, Community Groups, Juvenile Detention Facilities, College  Campuses, Recreation Centers and Churches have all become the foreshaddowing  benefit of our respondents  (Please  Feel Free to post, distribute, duplicate this correspondence to others or  forward by email or send through out through listserve)


(1)  "PEACE"  &   "NON-VIOLENCE".

A Spoken Word Performance  and/or Positive Hip Hop Concert

with prominent performers  seen on B.E.T., HBO, MTV, the Black Family Channel, etc.



Performances Available for  Classroom Visitations or Auditoriums


Potential Themes: Violence  & Crime Prevention

("Ain't You Bad or  Aren't You Kool", "I AM SOMEBODY", "To Be Young, Gifted  and Black with Rap" "Its All About My Ego & Trippin Me  Out", "WHY CHILDREN CRY IN THE DARK", "Oh God, Please  Send Me A Do Right Man" and "What You Don' Know Wil Hurt You",  plus other topics!!!!!!!!!

(previously performed for  St. Gabriels, Carson Valley Schools, Wordsworth, Devereaux, Diverified  Community Services, Bridging Worlds, Amonst Men, CEP Schools, AVRP programs,  Parkway, etc.)


Please check out the  webpage at   To join our mailing list or to receive by  mail a copy of our printed promotional packet please contact the following  persons:

Maurice Henderson

(856) 691-8600 ext. 814


More information also  available in our Google group  “Activities & Events for Schools, Social Agencies/Community Group”




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





College and University Fairs



Date:  Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Joint Recruitment College  Fair- Hosted by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and School  District of Philadelphia

Time:  4:30 pm- 8:00 pm

Location:  440 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA  19130 (School District of Philadelphia), Education Center Atrium


Gain information on  colleges and universities who are part of the Pennsylvania State System of  Higher Education.






The Institute of the Black  World 21st Century

State of the Black World  Conference II


“Return to the Source”


Restoring Family –  Rebuilding Community

Renewing the Struggle


New Orleans, November  19-23, 2008

Ernest Morial Convention  Center


The  Program

·       Damu Smith Leadership Training Institute

·       Katrina Policy Roundtables

·       National Town Hall Meeting on the Black Agenda and the Presidential  Election

·       Special Session on Haiti

·       Pan African Policy Forum

·       Black Family Summit

·       Health Summit Planning Session

·       Issue Area Policy/Strategy Working Sessions

·       Intergenerational Dialogue on the Black Freedom Struggle

·       Poetry Slam and Other Cultural-Political Edu-taimment


Among  the invited speakers…

Mayor  Ray Nagin, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Bev. Smith, Rev. Al Sharpton, Dr. Maulana  Karenga, Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, Haki Madbhubuti, Sonia Sanchez,  Congressman John Conyers, Prof. Grif,

Dr.  Thad Mathis, Reverend Jeremiah Wright,


Registration  Information

The  Headquarter Hotel: Astor Crowne Plaza, 739 Canal Street

$153  Single or Double plus tax and occupancy, $20 for additional occupants Call:  504.962.0500

For  downloadable pre-registration form click here


For  on-line pre registration click here





Will You Join A  Faith-Based Effort to Fight Violence?


We invite Philadelphia  area faith communities -- city and suburb, rich and poor, young and old— to  come together on


January 17, 2009


and witness the power of  faith in action!


Our belief:  As people of faith…

We embrace Dr. Martin  Luther King's hope for

peace and safety in our  communities.

We resist apathy to this  epidemic of violence, because fear, closed doors, and separation will not end  it.

We unite to bring God's  vision of a peaceable kingdom, without the violent loss of 400 lives in  Philadelphia alone last year.


Join with other  Philadelphia area faith communities as we gather in houses of worship for  prayer, education and discussion,

raise our hearts and  voices in worship and song,

hear from inspirational  preachers and teachers and take action.


We'll walk together to a  rally in front of a local gun store notorious for selling guns used to  threaten, wound and kill.


Together we'll call for  retailers of firearms to adopt a sensible Code of Conduct to dramatically  reduce the illegal trafficking of handguns.   This is the same code that has been adopted by Wal-Mart, America's top  gun seller.


Won't you join us?


A joint effort of the Church  of the Brethren,

Mennonite Church USA,  Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends and others  who want to worship and witness


For more information or to  register email or call:







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






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


In  response to the needs of many grassroots organizations for the basic tools  needed to implement their ideas and projects, The Coalition, Inc. members  have come together to establish a network to facilitate the  distribution/re-distribution of unwanted, unneeded, surplus and even  repairable items for recycling.

·       If you have office supplies, electronics, office furniture, you are  updating, or no longer use, free up that space by offering them to someone  who can get good use from it.

·       If you have office space you do not have an immediate use for, offer  it to home-based organizations for a few hours a week as a meeting place.

·       If you have special skills such as grant/proposal writing, website  design/maintenance, or computer skills, please share and educate others.

·       If your organization offers aid to the less fortunate such as meals,

clothing, resume' writing, job search, SAT/LSAT  coaching, GED classes, scholarship help etc., share it here:



To  join The Coalition go to:  and download a copy of the Pledge of Commitment and return it to us


Those  in need of particular equipment, furnishings or supplies are encouraged to  join to this group (  to inquire if others are able to assist.


Any  group or individual may make donations, but individuals who wish to request  donations must do so through a member organization.

Organizations are encouraged to post notices of ongoing  or special community service programs that are open to the public i.e. Food  Banks; seasonal clothing/toys; fuel programs, etc.

To  post:


You  may also offer or make requests anonymously through the group moderators who  will arrange pick up/delivery via a third party.

If  you wish to assist others by making transportation available for pickups or  deliveries, please let a group moderator know.


To  join:



Remember to support  The Coalition, Inc.’s on-air personalities…

NEW TIME! Straight Up WORD with Dr. John Elliott Churchville, Senior  Pastor of The Liberation Fellowship Church of Jesus, on WNWR 1540 AM, Sundays  at 9:30am. Dr. Churchville will explore the Holy Scriptures verse by verse  for your spiritual and practical edification.

Life, Liberty and The Pursuit Of Happiness with Dr. John Churchville and Nancy Ellen, Wednesdays at  1pm.


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


Sister  Phile Chionesu, organizer of the Million Woman March, Saturdays 10:30pm to 12am 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.   






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