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News From
The Coalition, Inc.


News  From

The  Coalition, Inc.

Friday 20 February 2009

Volume 3, Number 22

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 … 10

Employment and  Training Opportunities … 14

Health Matters …20

Green Piece … 26

Grants,  Scholarships  & Instruction… 29

SpotLight … 36

Arts for Awareness …  36

Coming Up …38

Computers and  Technology … 41

A Hand Up … 42

On The Airways … 44






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Fear has its use  but cowardice has none.
Mohandas  Gandhi
















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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about  things that matter.
-- Martin  Luther King, Jr.




































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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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Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.
-- Jesse Jackson.










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Submit  your own humor, and let our readers know how funny you can be. We definitely  need the help. ; )

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HOME TRAINING n. colloq.,  Africak American. 1. The education, instruction, or discipline of a person in  accepted mores or values. 2. Possessing behavior that is reflective of proper  rearing. 3. Correct breeding. Synonyms
 : good manners; proper breeding; polite behavior; Antonyms: rude; impolite;  without culture or refinement. – From Basic Black: Home Training for Modern  Times



















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No man ever listened himself out of a job… Calvin Coolidge




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No man ever listened himself out of a job… Calvin  Coolidge






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Submit you own humor  pleeeeeze, and let us know how funny you can be. We definitely need the help.  ; )

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No man ever listened himself out of a job… Calvin Coolidge




















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The question is not whether we will  be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be.
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

































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Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. …Kenyan proverb








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A man is driving by an insane asylum, when his wheel falls  off his car. Upon discovering that his lug nuts have all come off, he curses  loudly and bemoans his bad fortune. An inmate peering through the gate calmly  suggests that the man remove one lug nut from each of the remaining wheels  until he can get to an auto store to purchase some new ones. The man, amazed,  blurted out “But I thought you were insane.” To which the inmate replied, “I  am crazy, but I’m not stupid.” ...Redd Foxx
























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The cost of living's going up, and the chance of livin's  going down... Flip Wilson































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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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Richard Pryor on his close  encounter with death... “Let me tell you what really  happened. Usually when I go to bed, I have milk and cookies. And One night I  had some low-fat milk and some pasteurized, And I mixed them together. And I  dipped my cookie and (it) blew up.”







































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Jump at  the sun. You may not land on the sun, but at least you’ll be off the ground.  …unknown






























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The fact that the  adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with  amazement, distaste and even belligerence. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable  outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not  enthusiastic acceptance.
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Word Of The Week

ratiocination\rash-ee-ah-suh-NAY-shun; rash-ee-oh-\, The process of  reasoning.


Greetings Coalition Family!


Although our initial intent was to have fewer sites for  this year’s Week of Peace observation, it seems we will have more sites than  last year’s number ten. We applaud those of you who have stepped up to offer  your sites and participation in this annual event, which seems to have  impacted the community positively. According to the Philadelphia Police  Department, crime has been down during our events. All the credit goes to  those local groups who put this thing together every year.

There is still time if your group or organization wishes  to be represented at one or more of the sites (to be listed in a future  edition).


Another autobiographical piece for Black History Month on  page 16, check it out.


Due to the length of some of the announcements, some will  be detailed in our group The Coalition, Inc. Group  as will be noted. Thank you for your continued support.


We want to hear  from you! The Coalition, Inc. website is open! This is our website,  let us build it together! Let us know what you think.  





The multitude which does not reduce itself  to unity is confusion exemplified.
       - Blaise  Pascal








In Philadelphia, and listed on the  website,

there are so many  resources for families in need that it is sometimes overwhelming to cover  many of the issues that our families face as we try to link families in need  with the social service agencies that serve them.

To help, under the  Resource tab,  , we have added Cap4Kids Parent Questionnaires that you can post in your  office, exam rooms, schools, and community centers to let families know what  issues we can help them with in their community.


Daniel R. Taylor, D.O., FAAP

Assistant Professor Drexel University College of Medicine

Director Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy

City Administrator Cap4Kids

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Front and Erie

Philadelphia, PA 19134




Grades 9-12, at

1234 Market St,  Concourse Level,

February 21, 2009


Tina Coombs (215)  580-7245

Jeri L. Morton  (215) 580-3652




by American Cities  Foundation.

Sixty 11th &  12th grade students gain “job readiness” training, especially for the “Green  Job” sector.

Students will work  two hours per day, four days/week


March 09, - May 01,  2009

American Cities  Foundation also seeks businesses to host students.  Cost to businesses is only the time spent mentoring.  “This is a small investment cost for  assisting with a program that will shape and develop a significant portion of  the 21st century workforce, regardless of the industry of the business”, says  Program Director Alexander Houston.

Apply: 215-476-8091  ext. 112.






Men Discuss  Children, Education, Future


"Courageous  Conversations" talk radio is moving discussions on education like a  delivery driver behind schedule.  And,  there exists a "can't stop, won't stop" attitude, between the  show's producer/hostess, Hafeeza Majeed and co-host (Street Positive), when  it comes to addressing the "state of education" and engaging  students, parents and schools in narrowing the academic achievement gap.


On February 15, the  show aired a special segment to highlight the growing dropout rate occurring  among high school girls.  A number of  callers shared their concerns and discussed issues contributing to this  alarming trend; estimates suggest that 1 in 4 girls are not graduating high  school.


A major contributor  to the academic performance of a child directly relates to paternal  involvement. 


On February 22,

(5pm PST/8pm EST)

"Courageous  Conversations" will feature

"Fathers and  Their Children's Education: Are You In, Or Are You Out?" 


This national  broadcast will allow fathers to dialogue for answers related to helping  students achieve academic success, as well as, assist in closing the academic  achievement gap.  The show is  particularly interested in hearing from mentorship and fatherhood groups,  dads looking for answers and support, black fraternities, students with  absent fathers and mothers looking for answers to increase a father's role in  education. 


Those wanting to be  guests should contact (909) 895-3765.   To link to "Courageous Conversations" visit


"Courageous  Conversations" has also announced that after the show, it will send a  list to President Obama's administration of those groups who called in to  participate.  As, this will make the  President's office aware of those helping to make a difference at the  community level.


Additionally, a  special guest youth poet will be asked to share spoken word as part of the  show's ongoing commitment to showcase "What's Right With Our  Youth?"


Media contact:  Terry Boykins - (909) 895-3765.



Last Call for Applications for


Deadline for 2009  Applications

February 28, 2009

Do you know a young  environmentalist aged 8-16

who deserves to be  recognized with a cash prize???

A young person you  know could be a 2009 Eco-Hero!

Guidelines and Applications  available at

or by emailing

Read about last  year's winners at

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Teen Tuesdays

Parkway Central Library



One Film, Basquiat  – February 24

PARENTS PERMISSION  REQUIRED. 19 year old graffiti artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat took the New York  art world by storm after being discovered by Andy Warhol and becoming a star.  Basquiat struggles with friendship, love, and eventually loses his life to  drugs.


Video Game Day  -  March 3

Video Game Day  features Wii, PlayStation 2 and GameCube. TEENS you can play Super Smash Bros.  Melee, Guitar Hero, DDR and more!!!


To join the Teen  Advisory Committee or for more info about Teen Tuesdays, call or email me,  Aurora Sanchez 215.686.5415 or


Teen Tuesdays

Parkway Central Library

19th & Vine St

4th floor at 3:30



Aurora V. Sanchez

Free Library of Philadelphia

1901 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

215.686.5415 (Teen Outreach and voicemail)

215.686.5372 (Teen Author Series)

215.686.3628 (f)

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Introducing the Official  MWM "Lil Sistahs" Program

A Powerful and  Unique Sistahood for

All Girls of  African Descent Ages 7-18


Offering Sessions  to Nurture, Protect, Guide, Support, and Raise Up the Spirit, Beauty, and  Greatness of the "Mother of Civilization"

(The Original Black  Woman)

and Her/Our  Daughters


Registration and  Introduction Sessions will be taking place in Philly, New York, New Jersey,  & Delaware during the months of February and March 2009


For more  information e-mail:  or tune into the "Nu Day Resurrection  and Liberation" talk radio program each Saturday evening 10:30 PM-12  midnight EST

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Sign Up for  the


Young Women’s  LeadershipAcademy


Six Saturdays  from


April 4, 2009  through May 9, 2009


9 am– 12 pm


Students will be  exposed to:


Ø       Training  on  Proper Hygiene and Etiquette


Ø       Training  on  Maintaining Good Health and  Developing a Positive  Attitude


Ø       Career  Awareness and Job Etiquette Training


Ø       Sex  Education  


Ø       Rites  of  Passage Program




Application  Deadline: February 27,  2009




For additional  information please call 215-552-8720



City offers respite to parents of  children with MH issues

The Philadelphia  Department of Behavioral Health is offering a children’s respite program for  parents who have a child or children ages 6-16 receiving mental health  services and who need a Saturday afternoon, a full day or an overnight off.

There are two  programs to choose from.  A Saturday  afternoon respite program is offered at Boys and Girls Clubs in four  different areas of the city from noon-5pm.   All participants receive a free membership to the Boys and Girls Club.  

The Family Care  Respite Program matches children with an appropriate foster family who will  provide weekend respite services. The respite families are trained, licensed  and have all state required child serving clearances.  Children can stay a full day, overnight or  for the weekend. 

Pre-registration is  required for both programs. 

To request  additional information and a registration form call 215-685-4734 or  215-685-4746 or 215-685-5502.

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In Philadelphia there are many latchkey children,  children without role models, sedentary children, and Generation I (internet)  children spending hours in front of a screen (TV and/or computer). ALL of  these children have hidden or untapped talents and potential.


The After School Program handout  on Cap4Kids  lists hundreds of activities to help children and teens realize their  potentials and at the same time decrease their risk taking behaviors. From  Squash to Tennis, Horse Back Riding to Training for Marathons, Mural Art  making to Music recording.


The programs are many and the need is many.  PLEASE help families in need find specific activities that interest our  children and use the Cap4Kids After School handout to help bridge the gap  between families in need and the social service agencies that serve them.




Daniel R. Taylor,  D.O., FAAP

Assistant  Professor Drexel University College of Medicine

Director Community  Pediatrics and Child Advocacy

City Administrator  Cap4Kids 

St. Christopher's  Hospital for Children

Front and Erie

Philadelphia, PA  19134


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You Have Something On Your Mind?

Being a teen isn’t  easy these days. If you need someone to talk to about issues that are  important to you...

Visit a Youth of Promise Drop-In Counseling  Center

You can get  on-the-spot advice from trained professionals who care and understand OR get  information about other local counseling services.


Also: Check out our  

After School Enrichment Program

Enrolling  Now!

Youth 10 – 16!

·       Get help with your homework

·       Learn conflict resolution skills

·       Receive adolescent healthy decision-making

·       Get counseling around issues important to you

·       Learn new computer skills

·       Have a nutritious dinner

·       Play games and have fun


Turning the Tide

Taylor  Tabernacle Church

425 So. 61st  Street, 2nd Fl.

Philadellphia, PA  19143




Myers  Recreational Center

5800 Kingsessing  Avenue

Philadelphia, PA  19143





This program  provides parents with access to Familet, a computer service that allows  parents to track their children’s grades and test scores and to access  educational resources.

The program offers  parents training on how to access and use these services.

The School District  of Philadelphia has arrangements with several computer dealers to offer  parents who need a computer or internet access hardware and software at a  discounted price.

For  more information call: 215.701.6507


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 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

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Online resources  for parents:,,


This Week…


“Gospel Music Presents: Great  Performances”

City:  Philadelphia   

 Station:   WPVI-TV ABC        Date:  2/21/2009           Time: 1:00pm


Set Your VCR, DVR  to record or TIVO “Gospel Music Presents”.

Watch Us Again or  Watch US Later!!!!

Badami Productions  presents a Gospel Music tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, along with Great  Gospel Music Performances.


This show stars:  Live performances from, Rome, TaTa Vega, Youth Edition, Nia, Inger Reid, The  Tim Peterson Singers and Panther.


It also includes  footage of Dr. King and Black History Moments, which detail the contributions  of historical figures, ranging from Thurgood Marshall to Duke Ellington.


The archive History  Moments are hosted by Debbie Allen, Clarence Williams III, Gloria Foster and  Al Freeman Jr.


Please tell your  friends and family to watch the airing of this show. And If they email us we  will notify them when we are next on.

Thanks, Frank  Badami


Visit us @

Viewing and  Recording this show supports Gospel Music which is the foundation of all  contemporary music.



Tune in to this  week's powerful segment of

"Nu Day Resurrection and Liberation"

Sat. Feb. 21, 2009  10: 30PM- 12 midnight EST

Hosted by: Empress  Chi

(Originator and President  General of the original Million Woman March & Official M W Movement

Tune in on the  internet at:

or   via pod cast at: 1-646-652-2232


This week's program  includes:

Paying Tribute to

Malcolm X

( El Hajj Malik El  Shabazz)


"An Afternoon Of Empowerment"


Sunday, February  22, 2009 · 4 pm - 7 pm · Admission: $25

Café International  · 241 E. Front Street Trenton, NJ


Get ready to change  your life forever!


Featured Speakers:


Sa Mut A. Scott of  Magical Mother Women's Coaching & Empowerment Services is a Spiritual  Life Coach, Certified Yoga Instructor, Author & Wellness workshop  facilitator. She recently published a book series entitled "Mastering a  Joyful Life - The Power is in your hands". and is a internet radio host  of the weekly program Mastering A Joyful Life Monday

eves at 7pm on visit


Skip Bailey  "The Outstanding and Unstoppable Speaker" of GTM (Grow The Mind)  Network is a Network Marketing Specialist involved with one of the largest  home-based businesses in the world. He speaks extensively about personal,  business and interpersonal relationships. His high-energy presentation  delivers the right message. Personal coaching &

training at its  best.


Celandra Rice  Prince of Princess & Prince Events believes in bringing your vision to  life with creativity and an intense focus on listening to you to achieve the  best event ever! She has well over 10 years of experience as an entrepreneur  & Event Planner. Her specialties include networking events, business  debuts & fund raising for non-profits, such as the Underground Railroad  of Burlington County.


Tracey Syphax is  the president and CEO of Capitol City Contracting Inc. & The Phax Group,  LLC.  Known in the community as an  urban Philanthropist & with 24 years of experience in the roofing field,  Tracey has received many state & local awards including: The Trenton  Small Business of The Year, MTAACC Business of the Year & Mercer County  Business Association Entrepreneur of the Year. These awards attest to his  commitment of providing quality services, his involvement in the business  arena, and his support of the community.


Event limited to  the First 50 respondents! We are serious about helping you succeed. At this  event, you'll network with other like-minded individuals. An International  buffet & beverages are included with admission. Free parking is  available.


For tickets  contact: 609-584-0729 or 609-284-8272


Promote your event  with We Are BOOST

visit for details

Call (206) 202-2883  or email



Announcement of " CROP Neighborhood  News (CNN) Forum Web Site


Please find a link  to Our show  " CROP Neighborhood  News (CNN) Forum Web Site "where the Elders Speak""




Thanking you in  advance for your cooperation in this important matter of education,  environmental, economic and social justice news reporting!


Jasper Jones Member  Programming and Technology Committees WPEB.





Today's  demographics and economies call for development at higher densities than have  traditionally been seen in the suburbs.   Then why has it been so difficult to develop at higher densities in  this region?


Register now for  ULI Philadelphia's 7th Annual Suburban/Regional Forum, "Density - The  New 4-Letter Word?” to be held on

Wednesday, February  25 at The Union League.


This breakfast  forum will focus on the opportunities and the challenges, particularly along  transit lines and surface parking lots, which offer opportunities for  smaller-scale infill.  Keynote speaker  will be Shyam Kannan , LEED® AP, VP & Director of Research and  Development for RCLCO, Washington DC.   Panelists will include Angela Murray, Assistant Director of Building  and Planning for Lower Merion Township, who will talk about the Bryn Mawr  TRID, Ardmore transit center, a potential mixed-use project at the Haverford  train station by Arcadia, and the City Avenue Business District; Carl Dranoff,  President of Dranoff Properties, who is developing the Ardmore transit  center; and John Tschiderer, VP for Development, Federal Realty Investment  Trust, Rockville, MD.   Thank you to  our Perpetual Supporting Sponsor Republic First Bank and Supporting Event  Sponsor Feinberg & Associates.


PDFs of the flyer  and registration form are online at   We look forward to seeing you there!


Susan Baltake,  Executive Director

ULI Philadelphia -  Serving Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware

P:  856-428-ULI-7 (8547)    F: 856-354-9048





Panel discussion  & networking

February 26, 2009


PNC Center,

1600 Market,

Center Hall.


"Experienced  entrepreneurs and business owners discuss strategies and share personal  experiences on how to survive and thrive during challenging economic  times."

Cost $25, includes  light appetizers & cash bar.







Upcoming  Committee/Workgroup Meetings


PICC Licenses &  Inspections workgroup meeting

Tuesday February  24th 12 – 2 at Ceiba,

149 West  Susquehanna 19122

please RSVP to


PICC Public Safety  Committee Meeting

Wednesday February  25, 9 – 11 Am

Location TBD


Citizenship Days –  pro bono Immigration attorneys will be on hand to assist in the preparation  of naturalization applications and fee waivers


Philadelphia and  State College –

Saturday April 18th

Allentown – Sunday  April 19th


PICC's First State  Lobby Day will be May 5th, in Harrisburg.


Pennsylvania  Immigration & Citizenship Coalition

2100 Arch Street,  7th Floor

Philadelphia, PA  19103


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Philadelphia Youth Network WorkReady  Summer Internships:

Do you have a  child, family member or friend who is or know a high school student? The City  of Philadelphia will host Philadelphia high school students in part-time paid  internships for six weeks over the summer.   Please visit our website for program and application materials.


Mayor’s Internship Program:

Do you have a child,  family member or friend in college who is looking for an exciting summer  internship opportunity? The Mayor’s Internship Program with the City of  Philadelphia is currently accepting applications from college students for  our eight-week internship program.   For more information and application materials, please visit our  website.  Applications are due  February 20, 2009.


Please email  or call 215-686-2138 with any inquires.


Best Regards,

The Office of  Leadership Investment


Stephanie  Tipton                Dominique  Aubry                Tara Mohr


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Nursing  Program/free tuition

If you know of  anyone between 18-28 years old, interested

in the Nursing  field,

University of the  District of Columbia (UDC) is offering

FREE tuition, FREE  books, a $250 monthly stipend, and guaranteed

job placement as a  nurse at Providence Hospital upon graduation (it's a 3 year program) with a  starting salary of $40,000.

The program is  recruiting new students now!!

Please contact Ms.  Beshon Smith (202) 266-5481 or





Janice Curington  Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs

and Advising  E-mail:

Phone: (215)  898-6341 FAX: (215) 573-2023

College of Arts and  Sciences

University of  Pennsylvania

120 Cohen Hall

249 South 36th  Street

Philadelphia, PA  19104-6304

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Free Auto Repair Training & Job Placement Assistance


Philadelphia  Automotive Training is now offering an opportunity to train with a NAPA  CERTIFIED PROGRAM inside one of the Largest

Independent  Automobile Repair Shops in Philadelphia


FREE 10 week  Accelerated Auto Repair Training and Employment Placement to Philadelphia  residents (male and female), 18 years or older. Must have a valid PA Driver's  License.


Upon completion of  the course, Philadelphia Automotive Training will give graduates $2,500.00  worth of tools and a tool cart to get started in their new career. 

Unlimited  opportunities to receive PA State & Enhanced Emissions



Course information  and outline available in our Google group at:

The Coalition, Inc. Group


For more  information or to attend the Next Assessment Session Contact:

Philadelphia  Automotive Training

7446 Ogontz Avenue,  Philadelphia, PA 19138

215-805-1543 or  215-424-2331




As promised, we are featuring bio’s and auto bio’s of local folk who  made many sacrifices to challenge the corrupt systems they encountered.


In Memory of Ulysses C. Grant

October 24, 1947 – June 12, 2008


Ulysses C. Grant  was an avid and supportive member of the civil rights moment.  He fought for the rights and privileges of  Black folk wherever he saw injustice being perpetuated.  He started out as a young man and  continued until his health, begin to fail him.  Ulysses walked the picket line at Girard College and others  tirelessly.  He walked the line at  Girard College until it was integrated.   He started his human rights struggle at the Congress of Racial  Equality (CORE).  Ulysses was involved  with the NAACP, SNCC, and the Girard College picketers, later to become known  as The Young Militants. 

Ulysses demonstrated  at the construction of the Philadelphia State Office Building and the 30th  Street Post Office for job inclusion for Blacks.  He worked tirelessly and without thought of his personal  safety.  Though beaten and jailed by  the Philadelphia police he was undeterred and steadfast in his efforts to  gain the rights and benefits of full citizenship for all African-American  citizens and people of color.

By Deborah Mills  Batchelor



Juneteenth, or the  "19th of June", recognizes June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX, when  Union General Gordon Granger announced freedom for all slaves in the  Southwest. This was the last major vestige of slavery in the United States  following the end of the Civil War. This occurred more than two and a half  years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham  Lincoln. Upon the reading of General Order #3 by General Granger, the former  slaves celebrated jubilantly, establishing America's second Independence Day  Celebration and the oldest African-American holiday observance.


Juneteenth is now  recognized as a state holiday or state holiday observance in Texas, Oklahoma,  Florida, Delaware, Idaho, Alaska, Iowa, California, Wyoming, Missouri,  Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Colorado, Arkansas,  Oregon, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, Virginia, Washington, Tennessee,  Massachusetts, North Carolina, West Virginia, South Carolina and Vermont. In  2003, the District of Columbia passed legislation to recognize Juneteenth as  a district holiday observance. Many more states, including Utah, Alabama,  South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Montana, Wisconsin and Maryland have recognized  Juneteenth through state legislative resolutions, Gubernatorial Proclamations  and current state holiday observance legislation.


"Dr. Myers is  also the leader of the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign," states  Wilma Newton. "We wlll have petitions available at the reception for  everyone to send to President Barack Obama to make Juneteenth a National  Holiday Observance in America. The public is invited to come out and be a  part of history."


For more  information contact Wilma Newton at 918-781-9248, web site:  or e-mail:  .


For information on  the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2009 National Holiday Observance and the National  Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, call Dr. Myers at 662-247-3364, or 662-247-1471;  e-mail: web sites: , , and

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Senior Center Promotes Black History Month


Center in the Park,  a community center that promotes positive aging in Germantown, will recognize  and celebrate African American History Month with a series of special events  throughout the month.


   -- Thursday,  February 26th: Ethnic Dress Members’ Birthday Party. Wear your ethnic garb  and bring a friend to this free fun-filled event.

-- Friday February 27:  Veterans African American History Month Celebration.


All events begin at  1pm.  Seating may be limited, so  please register by calling the Program Office at 215-848-7722.  Center in the Park is located in Vernon  Park, near Germantown and Chelten Avenues with off-street parking available  on the lot at Rittenhouse & McCallum Streets.


See  BBC’s World Service Special “Story Of Africa”




The Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI),

in collaboration with the

Center for Health Equity  Research and Promotion (CHERP),

is launching our 2008/2009  speaker series -Unnatural Causes: Exploring Health Inequalities through the  PBS Series (see schedule here).  Each  event within the series will include a viewing of a segment of the PBS documentary  (read more about the series at  and a keynote speaker who will discuss the  introduced topic.


Wednesday, March  4th

Irvine Auditorium,  Amado Recital Room

3401 Spruce Street

4:00 – 5:30pm



Unnatural Causes  Part 6: “Not Just a Paycheck”




Join Dr. Ichiro  Kawachi, a noted social epidemiologist who is featured in this episode, as he  elaborates upon the public health consequences of unemployment in the United  States.


Keynote Speaker


Ichiro Kawachi, MD  Phd


Professor of Social  Epidemiology

Chair of the  Department of Society, Human Development and Health

Harvard School of  Public Health

Senior  Investigator, National Children’s Study, CHOP Study Center


The Philadelphia  School and Community Partnerships list ( is  comprised of school and community members in Philadelphia that work with  health issues (mental and physical)

as they relate to  pests and pesticides.

For more  information about the PSCIP list, contact Michelle Niedermeier

( in the Penn State Philadelphia  Outreach Center.



Climb the Tower


Ready to be  challenged? For over 38 million Americans suffering from chronic lung  disease, just taking a single breath can be a challenge.

The American Lung  Association of Pennsylvania is hosting a one-day stair climb event.  Participants will be going vertical in the Bell Atlantic Tower building in  downtown Philadelphia. On Saturday morning, March 21st, participants will  start just twenty seconds apart and scale 1,088 steps up. Once at the top,  they will be able to enjoy a stunning view of the Philadelphia skyline and a  party filled with great food, beverages, music and an awards ceremony.


Join fellow ICON  members in this event!


Even if you are  unable to participate, you can still help us raise funds here:



Saturday, 3/21/2009

7:30am Registration

8:30am Climb Begins



Bell Atlantic Tower

1717 Arch Street

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African Holistic Health and Healing  Society

presents a evening  of culture, networking, and

Black History Month  Observance


Philly's Newest  Spot for

Positive Vibes,  Natural Foods, and Creative Artistic Upliftment & Activism


Pier 1 Cafe'

4505 Baltimore Ave.


Serving a variety  of natural and raw foods, drinks, and desserts.

Prepared By:  "Mama Atiyah Ola"


Come out for an  evening of

Poetry/Spoken Word,  Storytelling,

Jam Session,

& Open MIC  Nites



Remembering  "Bro. Malcolm"

A Special Tribute  to Malcolm X

(El Hajj Malik  Shabazz)


Sun. Feb. 22, 2009

6:00 - 9:00 P.M.

Admission: $15.00*

Includes: Natural Foods  Buffet and Artist Showcase

(*dessert and  drinks not included)


To sign up to  perform or for more information call: 215-939-3298 or e-mail:


Artists who sign up  prior to Feb 14, 2009 will have the opportunity to be interviewed on NU Day  Resurrection" and Liberation radio program and have their CD's/tapes  available for sale at the event.


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Vegetarianism  (101) For  Beginners and Holistic Living


Being a Vegetarian is, for  many, an incredible life altering experience, a spiritually fulfilling  journey, and way of life.

While there is no  one way to begin or to maintain this centuries old life style and discipline,  there are of course many ways to help make the transition less difficult,  more pleasurable, and a tool for further enlightenment.


If you have thought  about becoming a Vegetarian (no meat, but dairy, and/or poultry or no meat,  dairy, or poultry),

but did not know  where to start, then we're got just the thing for you


Vegetarianism and  Holistic Living For Beginners


Classes Now  Available at:

Pier 1 Cafe'  located at 4505 Baltimore Ave. (Philly, PA)

Starting February  24, 2009     6:30 - 8:30 P.M.

Class Fee:  $12.00 per session      ($18.00 with great Vegetarian meal)


Vegetarianism  (101) For Beginners and Holistic Living  Class Includes:

How To Begin

Types of  Vegetarianism

Fundamental Philosophies  and Universal Concepts

Process of  Elimination

What To Expect

Breaking Food  Related Habits, Addictions, & Adverse Programming

Introduction into  Whole and Natural Foods

The Use of  Vegetarianism for Weight Control

Real and Generic  Foods: Know The Difference

Where and How To  Purchase Foods

Grains and Legumes

Protein and Meat  Alternatives

Disease Caused by  Eating Flesh

Food Combination

Basic Food  Preparation

Raising A  Vegetarian Child

Holistic/Healthier  More Harmonious Living


To register or for  more information call: 267-636-3802 or e-mail:


Additional classes  ( Raw Foods, Alkaline Foods, Aromatherapy, Herbalogy, Natural Foods Cooking,  and others) will be offered starting in March 2009

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Winter 2009 Classes  & Workshops

The Ausar Auset  Society is a pan-African religious organization dedicated to the spiritual  development and physical health of people of African descent. Teachings are  based on the ancient Kamitic (Egyptian) systems of spiritual cultivation.



Meditation  Fundamentals

11am – 12pm


Learn how to master  the basic techniques of meditation to improve your health, marriage, career,  relationships, etc. This course instructs students on methods of tapping into  the Indwelling Intelligence to make improvements in one’s character, health,  wealth, social conditions, and general well being.


Qi Cultivation: The  Essence of Health & Healing 12pm – 1pm

Everything you want  to achieve in life requires energy. Goals often go unfulfilled due to lack of  vitality. This class will teach the principles and practices for improving  your physical health, which is the prerequisite for greater wealth and  prosperity. Learn holistic, common sense approaches to improving your health  and vitality including optimal diet, vitamin supplementation, and herbal  formulas.




Spiritual  Relationships

February 14th  1pm – 2pm

Learn how to  develop and maintain meaningful relationships based on fundamental spiritual  principles.

This workshop is  based on the book, "Afrocentric Guide to a Spiritual Union" by Ra  Un Nefer Amen.


The Science of  Healing

February 21st  1pm – 2pm


This workshop  focuses on the underlying principles associated with health and healing.


Classes are held  every Saturday for 4 weeks beginning January 31st:

Cost is $49.00 per  4-week session for all classes and workshops payable at the first class  session. Otherwise, the cost is $10 per class or workshop.


Members of The  Black Vegetarian Society receive $5 off the entire class series (regularly  $49).

Please show your  membership card at the door. This offer is only valid for this class series.


Ebster Recreation  Center

404 W. Trinity  Place in downtown Decatur

(two blocks from  the Decatur MARTA Station; free parking is available behind the police  station)

For registration  and more information, call 678-701-8011 or

e-mail us at





Personal Trainer Stephanie G.

Will host classes for older adults and  seniors

EVERY WEDNESDAY ~ 10am - 11am.


FREE screening and educational information


No matter how old you are, exercise can  improve your quality of life

and you don't have to spend a lot of time  doing it to see and feel

improvements. Older adults and seniors need  to engage in cardio,

strength training and flexibility exercises  to stay healthy and

maintain as much strength and functionality  as possible.


Location: Camphor Memorial United Methodist  Church

5620 Wyalusing Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19131

Time:  10am - 11am




FREE screening and educational information.


Questions please call the church at:  215-747-2600


Cost: $3.00


Contact: Raveena Media Group 267-386-8204  ext. 2 or










February 21st,  March 21st and April 18th


"Expert advice  + free energy kit (efficient light bulbs, shower heads, weather-stripping,  etc). Stay warmer this winter, help the environment, prepare for the  expiration of PECO's rate caps!

PECO Financial  Education Center,

4027 Market St.

Register: Shawn  McGeth at 215-307-4917.




"10,000 copies  of our biggest and best directory ever. They are a great resource for both  business people and consumers."   We are happy to supply you with Member Directories!


To make a request,  call Rowan Spivey, Membership Coordinator at 215-922-7400 ext. 3# or send an  e- mail to

Please tell her how  many directories you want (they come in boxes of 100) and whether you can  pick them up at the office.




“City officials  will participate in these workshops

to examine with  citizens the real budget alternatives

that will be  generated by city departments." 

Green programs are  urgent priorities. 

Registration February  23rd


Program 7-9:30pm.

Pinn Memorial  Baptist Church,

2251 N. 54th St









On November 4,  2008, the voters of Philadelphia approved an

amendment to the  Philadelphia Home Rule Charter to create a new

unified Department  of Parks and Recreation.

On July 1, 2009,  the new Department will be established, the Fairmount Park Commission will  cease to exist, and a Commission on Parks and Recreation will be created,  with new and substantial responsibilities. Mayor Nutter will make the  appointments from a list of nominees submitted by City

Council after a  public hearing at which all applicants will have a

chance to speak.

You must submit an  Application by March 9 to be considered.  for a PDF version of the Application.  to

download a  Microsoft Word version of the Application onto your

computer. You can  then complete the Application on your computer

before submitting  it.


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Green Economy

House of Umoja Green Peace Project


Program Overview:

The HOU program is designed to encourage  at-risk youths to engage in civic and entrepreneurial activities that provide  exposure to the principles of a green economy. The “Green  Peace Project” promotes an  environment that demonstrably shows the correlation between; preservation and  responsibility; and economic development and community esteem. The program  seeks as a mission to establish a multitude of gardens throughout the city of  Philadelphia, utilizing discarded or dysfunctional space. The land is  cultivated and developed to yield marketable provisions and provide  communities healthy options. The gardens include seating areas and sculptured  universal peace symbols to provide communities with peaceful eco-friendly  space. The program advances the proposition of using community-connectivity  to spur economic growth and progress.



The three-month series teaches  participants; the study of pedology; the tenets of agriculture; entrepreneurial  dexterity; and community prosperity. Participants will gain knowledge in  self-sufficiency, self-determination, ethics and business.



Urban Agriculture

50% of the world’s population lives in  cities.

800 million people are involved in urban  agriculture world-wide and contribute to feeding urban residents.

Low income urban dwellers spend between 40%  and 60% of their income on food each year.

By 2015 about 26 cities in the world are  expected to have a population of 10 million or more. To feed a city of this  size – at least 6000 tons of food must be imported each day.


Contact House Of Umoja 215.473.5892

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Win $5,000!


Sustainable  video competition  Invites Sustainable Living Ideas

Deadline: March 1,  2009 , an online community  for sustainable living, has issued a global call for personal green  solutions. The Just Do One organization invites ideas for more sustainable  living summarized in short YouTube-style videos.  The organization will share the entries online, and the best  video entry, as judged by an expert panel, will win $5,000.

Video entries may  be up to three minutes in length. Entries will be accepted from January 1 to  March 1, 2009. Winners will be announced April 1, 2009, in time for media  coverage leading up to Earth Day.

RFP Link:


For additional RFPs  in Environment, visit:



For sustainable enterprise go to Green Jobs Philly

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Local Church Seeks Proposals to Fund Community Projects


Do you or your  organization have an idea how to help your neighbors in these difficult  economic times but need a small grant to get your idea moving? First United Methodist Church of  Germantown (FUMCOG) is looking to support projects that promote social  justice and peace in the local community. By setting aside our Easter  offering, we hope to award several small grants of a few hundred to a few  thousand dollars to help facilitate worthy community endeavors.


All proposals are  welcome and are reviewed by a committee of church members. Selection criteria  in awarding grants include the size of the population to be served, the  nature of the services provided, and expected benefits to the community.


Grants from  previous Easter and Christmas collections have been awarded on a  nondenominational basis to a diverse group of applicants for a wide variety  of causes. Monies from the recent Christmas Collection were used to: assist  home repairs for senior citizens, support breast health in underserved  neighborhoods, help address the racial achievement gap in the city, and to  help promote healthier eating in some of the Philadelphia schools.


Application forms  can be obtained by calling the office of First United Methodist Church of  Germantown at (215) 438-3677, or request a form online at


For consideration,  completed proposals must be returned to the church office at 6001 Germantown  Ave., no later than Friday, March 13, 2009. Organizations with non-profit  tax-exempt status should include a copy of their 501-3c certification.

Recipients will be  notified of their selection by April 3rd. Funds should be awarded by early  May.

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How to recession  proof your business with smart marketing!

Are you tired of  hearing about the recession?  Fewer  openings, more layoffs and everyone wants more for less.  This is a perfect time to get smart about  your marketing and recession proof your business.

Small Business  Expert Melinda Emerson will help you learn sure-fire ways to boost your  business in a recession.  This veteran  entrepreneur knows exactly what you go through every day as the owner of a  small business.  Hundreds of small  business owners have grown their businesses based on her proven coaching  techniques.  She’ll discuss how to  build the case for why you're important to your current clients -- and to  build your bridge to the next niche opportunity.

Wednesday, March 4,  2009

5:30 p.m. to 7:30  p.m.

1441 Sansom Street,  Suite 300


Develop a MARKETING  Plan that Works

Without an  effective marketing plan, your business will fail in a struggling economy.  Learn an easy-to-implement formula to put together a plan that works so you  can reach your business goals. Fastest way to generate business now!

·       Simple formula to create a rock solid marketing plan

·       The best way to market to your favorite type of  client.


·       The 3 components of any sale.

·       The #1 most important piece of the sales process.

·       Exactly where to find people who want to do business  with you.



Business owners and  solo entrepreneurs who want to learn how to succeed in a rough economy or  want to move to the next level of success.

To register,  contact 215-790-5000 or e-mail  by Monday, March 2, 2009.





“Understanding Your  Credit Report”


Thursday, February  19, 2009

5:30 p.m. to 7:30  p.m.


Learn what a credit  report is

·       Review the Fair Credit Reporting Act

·       Learn how to order a credit report

·       Discuss credit histories

·       Examine credit worthiness and scoring

·       Develop a plan for credit maintenance  and repair

·       Review and discuss credit repair  forms

·       Discuss dealing with debt

To register,  contact 215-790-5000 or e-mail by Friday, February 13, 2009.


Facilitated By:

Consumer  Credit Counseling Service of Delaware

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Faith Institute of Entrepreneurship


Grant Alert,  February, 2009

Things are heating  up. With the expected passage of the economic stimulus plan, grant activity  and non-profit funding opportunities will fan the flame even more. Our  President has acknowledged the need for non-profit and faith based  organizations to assist the Federal Government in changing and saving lives.  This is a grant alert edition because the grants below are vital for training  youth and adults, and these grants are due this month. If you do not have a  grant writer, join us on February 28, 2009 (see information below) for grant  writing and fundraising training.


Also, please note  that our

Life-Skills  Training Certification Workshop for Youth Trainers

is scheduled for

Saturday, February  21, 2009, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM at

Sojourner-Douglas  College in Edgewater. Maryland (see info below).

Our December 6,  2008 Life Skills Certification workshop had over 50 attendees, with some from  as far away as Louisville, Kentucky. We are expecting local and regional  community organization staff and community activists, as well as youth ministers  and church pastors. This workshop is for both women and men.


If you know of  other organizations that would benefit from this newsletter, send them a  copy. For more grants and additional grant information call us at (301)  574-2226.


D. Harold Greene

Faith Institute of  Entrepreneurship, Inc.


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The Small  Business Energy Efficiency Grant


Pennsylvania Small  Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program


The Department of  Environmental Protection (Department) announces an upcoming grant opportunity  for small businesses undertaking energy efficiency projects. The Small  Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program provides a 25% matching grant, to a  maximum award of $25,000, to enable a small business in this Commonwealth to  purchase and install energy efficient equipment or processes that will result  in improved energy efficiency.


An eligible  applicant must be an independent for-profit small business with 100 employees  or less whose business or facility is located within this Commonwealth.  Examples of small businesses in this Commonwealth that are eligible include  manufacturers, retailers, service providers, mining businesses and  agricultural operations. The project to which the grant will apply must save  the small business at least 20% annually in energy related expenses with a  minimum dollar savings of at least $1,000 per year. Only project costs  incurred after the grant opening date of January 12, 2009, will be eligible.


For questions  regarding the eligibility of projects, visit the grant's web site at  CLICK  HERE


(DEP Keyword: Small  Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program) or contact Dave Barnes, Office of  Energy and Technology Deployment, Small Business Ombudsman's Office at (717)  783-84111 or  before submitting an application.


For assistance in  submitting an application, persons may also contact the Small Business  Development Center's Environmental Management Assistance Program, EMAP, at www.askemap.orgCLICK  HERE or (877) 275-3627 or the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program,  PennTAP, at  or CLICK  HERE   or (814) 865-0427.


The grant  application and guideline package are available on the Department's web site  at  CLICK  HERE (DEP Keyword: Small Business Energy Efficiency). The application  package contains the materials and instructions necessary for applying for a  grant. Applications will also be available by contacting the Department of  Environmental Protection, Office of Energy and Technology Deployment, 15th  Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, P. O. Box  8772, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8772 or (717) 783-8411.


The Department will  begin accepting applications on January 12, 2009, and applications must be  postmarked or hand delivered to the Department between January 12, 2009, and  May 1, 2009. Grants will be awarded to eligible applicants on a first-come,  first-served basis. A total of $3 million is available for this grant round.

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Self-Empowering Job Readiness Workshops


You've given your  students/clients the knowledge and skills. The question now becomes-  "Can they SELL themselves?"

We're pleased to  announce that Love Movement Video has added a 5th  "Self Empowerment" workshop.

Our "Job  Readiness' workshop focuses on the following goals for the participants

A. To feel more comfortable  and confident while job hunting

B. Learning how to develop a career

C. Incorporating video technology in job searches

D. Developing Positive life Skills


The interactive  workshops consist of:



Practicing  Techniques

Video Taping Mock  Interviews


Topics covered in workshops:

-Reading the want ads

-Dressing for success

-Setting up Interviews


-Frequently asked questions

-Body Language

-Managing work expenses

-Sales and selling yourself

-Creating your own niche


For info on the other  available workshops click  the link


IF your students or  clients can benefit from any of our "Self Empowerment" workshops  give me a call or an e-mail

Bernard D. Miller


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It is with great pleasure that The  Merchants Fund announces the

availability of $500,000 for ReStore  Retail Incentive Grants. 


*       Grants must  have at least two primary partners:  a  community

not-for-profit who will act as the grant and project  manager and a

future or current retail business owner.   New ventures and existing

businesses are welcome to apply.

*       The goal is  to upgrade or establish high quality retail in the

neighborhoods of Philadelphia.  Identified businesses should fulfill

neighborhood development plans.  Businesses must be located adjacent to or on a commercial  corridor.

*       It is  anticipated that 10 grants of $50,000 each will be made.

Grants will pay for capital improvements necessary to fit  out a retail

space for the identified business. Requests for operating  or working

capital will not be considered.  Grants will be very competitive and are

last dollar funds.   Partners will have to demonstrate the ability to

fund the entire project from start to finish including the  Incentive




*       Proposals  Due On Friday, February 27th

*       Decisions  within two to three weeks based on response volume


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Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership Grants


NEA Foundation  Accepting Applications for Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership  Grants Programs

Deadline: October  15, 2009

The NEA Foundation  (  supports a variety of efforts by teachers,  education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff to  improve student learning in public schools, colleges, and universities across  the United States.

The foundation is  accepting applications for the following grant programs:

The Learning &  Leadership Grants program provides opportunities for teachers, education  support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff to engage in  high-quality professional development and lead their colleagues in  professional growth.  Grants to  individuals fund participation in professional development experiences such  as summer institutes and action research. Grants to groups fund collegial  study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, and mentoring  experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. The grant amount is  $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups.


The Student Achievement Grants program  provides grants of $5,000 each to improve the academic achievement of  students by engaging in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen  knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve  students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.  Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with  honors, advanced placement, and other challenging curricula are particularly  encouraged. Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies,  equipment, transportation, software, and scholars-in-residence.

Applicants must be  practicing U.S. public school teachers in grades K-12, public school  education support professionals, or faculty and staff at public higher  education institutions.

Visit the NEA  Foundation Web site for complete grant program information.

RFP Link:

For additional RFPs  in Education, visit:

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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




When Activist, attorney, NAACP president Cecil B. Moore  elected to launch an assault on the segregated institution of Girard College  in
 Philadelphia, he recruited a bunch of neighborhood young people to be his  foot soldiers. What he didn’t know at the time was the seeds he planted would  grow into mighty trees that would carry his message of no compromise attack  on racism all over the country. Several of these activists, led by the late  ‘Freedom’ George Brower, eventually known as the Young Militants, are now  veterans of the movement and featured in the documentary ‘At The Wall’ by  Warren and Zilan Munas aired many times on Philly channel 35 WYBE.





An Afternoon of Poetry


Every second  Saturday of the month from 1 – 3 PM


Open Mike!

Serenity  Inspirational Gifts & Coffee


140 So. Easton Rd.

Glenside, PA



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“Panoramic Poetry” is EVERY 2nd & 3rd  Friday of the Month YOU MUST request to read, it is a Feature ONLY  List

Poetry Set


Where:   “OCTOBER GALLERY” – 701 Market Street  Bldg., on the 3rd Floor. “Ross Dept. Store” on Market St. Level. Mellon  Center Bldg. This is Cheyney University’s Center City Campus. Room # 319...  Please enter from Market Street or 8th Street Side entrance. 


When:    Every 2nd  and 3rd Friday 


What:     “PANORAMIC POETRY” -  POETS doing their thing – LYRICAL SPIRITS getting down.  {To view Previous Performances}


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Community Of Compassion CDC

62nd Street and Cedar Avenue


Arts & Crafts like you’ve never seen  it!

Stampin’ up Craft Workshop

Hosted  by Monica Williams

The workshop includes:

·       Creating  Handbags, Jewelry

·       Embroidery

·       Greeting Cards  for family & friends

·       The use of  various stamping techniques that will challenge your creative side

Invite  your neighbors, family and friends

To sign up for these sessions

Contact Monica at 302.373.2813

Bro. Brahin Ahmaddiya 215.514.5535

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Jus’ Words at Dowlings Place

1310 No. Broad St.  Phila

Every Thurs. 9pm to  1am

·       Poets

·       Rappers

·       Singers

·       Spoken Word Artists

$5.00 cover





ReStore Retail  Grants


Deadline Friday,  February 27, 2009.  Application  available only from The Merchants Fund.  CLICK  HERE


The goal of this  funding is to assist with capital costs of fitting out and equipping interior  spaces for new and upgraded retail uses consistent with strategy of the  neighborhood commercial corridors.


*     Make corridors more welcoming places to  spend time and money

*     Support effective corridor management  organizations

*     Focus planning and data analysis on  strengthening the economic viability of corridors.

*     Align and leverage community economic  development resources.

*     Develop a system to attract and retain  businesses on corridors.


Core Requirements:


Preference shall be  given to those projects that meet the following criteria, as determined by  TMF:


*     Desirability of type of business, as  indicated by corridor strategy or community plan (required);

*     Demonstrated financial need (required);

*     Substantial job creation or maintenance  notably for ex-offenders, welfare-to-work clients, new college graduates  looking to settle in Philadelphia;

*     Supporting start-up or expansion of  disadvantaged businesses;

*     Blight elimination;

*     Pedestrian-oriented design which  conforms to existing CDC design criteria including respect for historic  building attributes;

*     Demonstrable involvement of minority,  women and disabled business owners, suppliers and/or contractors (MWDBE);

*     The potential for the business to  succeed as demonstrated by past performance (existing business) or the  business plan (new business);

*     The potential to enhance foot traffic  and commerce for co-located businesses on the corridor-a keystone business;

*     Enhancement of a heritage business- a  family-owned and operated company which is committed to the next generation  and a renewed business paradigm for the 21st Century;

*     Demonstration of an e-commerce strategy  where applicable;

*     Sustainable, green strategies,  sensitivity and commitment: diminished waste or pollution, better use of  energy, local sourcing, recycled products, recycled building products, etc;

*     Each business model will be tested for  viability against appropriate industry standards.


The Enterprise  Center | 4548 Market Street | Philadelphia | PA | 19139

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Colleges Set Asset Development Conference


The Philadelphia  Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development, a consortium of 36  colleges and universities in the greater Philadelphia area, will hold its  2009 annual conference on

Friday, February  27th at

Chestnut Hill  College in Philadelphia.


PHENND works to  build the capacity of its member institutions to develop mutually beneficial,  sustained, and democratic community-based service-learning partnerships. The  consortium actively seeks to revitalize local communities and schools and  foster civic responsibility among the region's colleges and universities.


The theme of this  year’s conference is financial asset development.  The conference will cover topics such as Volunteer Income Tax  Assistance, public benefits campaign, financial education and much more. All  of these topics are things needed to help low-income communities become  financially self-sufficient and the conference will focus on how colleges and  universities can play a role in this process.


The keynote speaker  for the conference will be Karen Gross, President of Southern Vermont  College.  Gross has had a long and  distinguished career as an academic and community development leader. For  more than two decades, she was a Professor of Law at New York Law School  where she specialized in consumer finance and over-indebtedness.


In addition, she  was, until recently, the President and CEO of an educational non-profit  organization that designs, implements and studies programs to improve the  financial literacy skills of consumers called The Coalition for Consumer  Bankruptcy Debtor Education.


Workshops to be  held at the conference include Volunteer Income Tax Assistance in the  Delaware Valley, Financial Education Opportunities at VITA Sites,  Philadelphia Food Stamp Enrollment Campaign, Financial Education Clubs for  College Campuses, Foreclosures in Philadelphia, The Benefit Bank &  National Student Partnerships Model, and the Workforce Development  Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania.

Registration fees  range from $25 to $50.


Click HERE  for more information and registration.


Performance explores teens and violence


The Village of Arts and Humanities  will present Secret History: The Philadelphia Story, a theatrical work  written and directed by internationally-acclaimed theater artist Ping Chong,  on the weekend of February 20th and 21st.


Part of Ping Chong  & Company's Undesirable Elements series, Secret History explores the  first hand experiences of urban and suburban teens and how violence has  shaped their lives. Individual stories are woven into a script performed by  the participants giving voice to stories that so often go unspoken.


The performance  will take place

Friday, February  20th at 8pm and

Saturday, February  21st at 3pm and 8pm at the

Painted Bride Art Center,

230 Vine Street,  Philadelphia.

Tickets are $15 for  adults, $10 for students with ID and $7.50 members.

For more  information, go here.



Asociacion Puertorriqueno en Marcha

holds annual  leadership luncheon

Asociacion Puertorriqueno en Marcha will  hold its 2009 Leadership Luncheon on

Monday, March 2nd.

Join leaders in the  areas of health, human services and community development as APM shares its

2008 Annual Report  and vision for the future.

The luncheon will  take place from

12 noon- 1:30pm at

Tierra Colombiana  Restaurant,

4535 N. 5th Street,


RSVP  by email or call 267-296-7370.




5th Annual Leadership Success Conference and  Seminar at Sea
March 13-23, 2009
Location: Panama  Canal Cruise with stops in Haiti, Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica and the Grand  Cayman Islands. Travel aboard Royal Caribbean's "Jewel of the  Seas."

Relax and unwind while enjoying new destinations in the  company of old and new friends. Attend workshops especially designed to meet  your needs and interests.
 Call 215-877-4950 to request more information.



Legs Against Arms III


5K race and  celebration aims to reduce violence

On April 26th,

Physicians for Social Responsibility will  host Legs Against Arms III, a

5K Run/Walk,

to strengthen legs  while opposing illegal handguns in our city.   Individuals, families and teams are encouraged to participate as  activists and advocates for a future filled with hope, not harm.

Trish McDermott was  murdered in 2005 and her family wanted to celebrate her life, rather than her  traumatic death. PSR and Team Trish invite you to get a team together to  honor and celebrate the life of a loved one lost to violence while supporting  PSR’s work to reduce violence in Philadelphia. The largest team will receive  the Team Trish Award in her honor.

Registration for  the event starts at 7am at La Salle University.

The race begins at  8:30am, followed by a celebration of youth, which is free for all.

For more details or  to register, click HERE,  or email  or call Kate at 215-765-8703.






Free Computer Lab Workshops

In our workshops,  adults and teens will learn to use the mouse and keyboard like a pro. You can  create a free email account, practice searching the web for the information  or recreation, fill out online job applications, and receive practical advice  from a live instructor.

Lucien E. Blackwell

West Philadelphia  Regional Library

125 So. 52nd  Street

Philadelphia, PA



For more  information, visit our website at


Free Online Computer Instruction

See ‘Archives’ at


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










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



In response to the needs of many grassroots organizations  for the basic tools to implement and sustain 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 Contact Us share  your expertise 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 (A HAND UP!) 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: Mail  To:


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: A Hand Up!










Free Taxes Prepared


Masjid Muhammad


414 East Penn  St

Philadelphia,  PA 19144


Saturdays – 10  A.M – 2 P. M.

January 24 – April 18, 2009

More details: The Coalition, Inc. Group

For More  Information Call  215-350-1570



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, and “...liberation of the oppressed, and  social justice for the poor.”


WELCOME BACK! Civil Alert World with Brother Sabir Bey Saturdays 5:30pm to 6:30pm on WNJC  1360 AM. Also listen in on WKDU 91.7 AM Friday, 12am to 3am


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 

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