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News  From

The  Coalition, Inc.

Friday 15 May 2009

Volume  3, Number 34

The Coalition, Inc. Board of  Directors

Gary R. Adams (President),  John E. Churchville (Treasurer), Yvonne Haughton (Exec. 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 … 07

Employment and Training  Opportunities … 10

Health Matters …10

Green Piece … 13

Grants, Scholarships  & Instruction… 15

SpotLight … 18

Arts for Awareness … 20

Coming Up …21

Computers and Technology … 22

A Hand Up … 22

On The Airways … 25







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A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and  four-year-old grandson.

The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step  faltered.

The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather’s  shaky hands and failing eyesight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his  spoon onto the floor.

When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.

The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess, “We must  do something about father,” said the son.

“I’ve had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the  floor.”

So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There,  Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner at the  dining room table.

Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a  wooden bowl.

When the family glanced in Grandfather’s direction, sometimes he had  a tear in his eye as he sat alone.

Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions  when he dropped a fork or spilled food.

One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with  wood scraps on the floor.

He asked the child sweetly, “What are you making?” Just as sweetly,  the boy responded, “Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat  your food in when I grow up.” the four-year-old smiled and went back to work.

The words so struck the parents that they were speechless.


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 Then tears started to stream down their cheeks.

That evening the husband took Grandfather’s hand and gently led him  back to the family table.

For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family, and  for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a  fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.













































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Speed bumps are of negligible  effect when the vehicle exceeds triple the desired restraining speed.
-- Murphy's Law of Disobedience.










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I have the  world's largest collection of seashells. I keep it on all the beaches of the  world... Perhaps you've seen it. Stephen Wright





















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Failure is opportunity in disguise.
-- Unknown.










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You can chain me, you can  torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my  mind.
Mohandas Gandhi


















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Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, I'm going  to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going  to snow anyway.
Maya Angelou










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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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Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not  smart enough to know they were impossible.
-- Doug Larson.






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With the help of a fertility specialist, a 65 year old  woman has a baby. All her relatives come to visit and meet the newest member  of their family.
 When they ask to see the baby, the 65 year old mother says "not  yet." A little later they ask to see the baby again. Again the mother  says "not yet."
 Finally they say, "When can we see the baby!?"
 And the mother says, "You'll have to wait until the baby cries."  And they ask, "Why do we have to wait until the baby cries?"
 The new mother says, "because I forgot where I put it!"





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Do not go where the path may  lead instead go where there is no path and leave a trail.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson.






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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Word Of The Week

monomania \mon-uh-MAY-nee-uh;  -nyuh\ Pathological obsession with a single subject or idea; Excessive  concentration of interest upon one particular subject or idea.


Greetings  Coalition Family!


Applications are being accepted for the Weekend of Peace Executive  board 2010. Those interested should submit résumé’s and references to  “Re: WoP” Board. Preference will be given  to experienced organizers.



Do  you have an event or program you want to tell folk about? Find out how to be  a guest on the “Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness” radio program,  WNWR ‘New World Radio’ 1540 AM. Please contact us for available dates and  times.


For  My Daughter Library is expanding its’ Board of directors, candidates are  encouraged to send résumé’s to Yvonne M. Haughton, Director  267-795-7811











Men's hearts ought not to be set against one another, but set with  one another, and all against evil only.  - Thomas Carlyle








Help Creative Kids Club  Get Transportation


If anyone would like to  help the youth raise funds for their summer transportation, please assist us  by ordering on-line with Avon.  They  will transfer 20% of every order received with our  code # (870014), back to us, just by you ordering on-line, and  not in line.


It is just like we are  your Avon representative and you will be giving the youth the opportunity to  travel throughout the Delaware Valley for free, Avon will be paying for our  ride.


Thanks, in advance.


Go to the website:


Then: Pick: “Register a  Fundraiser Customer”

Don't forget to write down  our code # (870014), it is the only way we will get paid, and by the way we  will know who believes in us, with our monthly report

Creative Kids Club  organization code is 870014


Yes, please pass this  information on to your friends too, we can use everyone's support.  Transportation, is no joke, it costs.


PS - Does anyone know of a  Auto Dealership that might donate a Van to the Kids Club.  Any close friends, family members who work  for dealerships, please let us know.


Suggestions appreciated.

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Philadelphia Youth Network  WorkReady Summer Internships with the City of Philadelphia:


Applications  and enrollment information for the Philadelphia Youth Network's WorkReady  Summer Internships with City of Philadelphia municipal government are now  available on the Experience!Philadelphia website at  


Potential applicants must  be at least 16 years of age (sophomores through seniors in high school) and  Philadelphia residents to apply to the WorkReady Summer Internships with the  City of Philadelphia.


Applications must be  received by the Philadelphia Youth Network on Friday, May 22, 2009.


Please email all inquires  to  or call The Office of Leadership Investment at 215-686-2138.

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FREE!! MIT announces its  MITES Program, (Minority Introduction to

Engineering and Science),  a challenging 6 week summer program that prepares promising rising seniors  for careers in engineering and science. If you are selected, all educational,  housing, meals and activity costs are covered. You must, however, pay for  your own transportation to and from MIT. To apply, go to


GEORGE WASHINGTON  UNIVERSITY Science & Engineering Apprenticeship program (summer) - This  program places academically talented H.S. students (at least 16 yrs old,  sophomores/ juniors) with interest in science & math in Dept. of Defense  laboratories for an 8-wk period over the summer. This is an invaluable  experience in the world of scientific research, with hands-on exposure to  scientific & engineering practices not available in the HS environment.

It is a paid  apprenticeship ($2,000) and the students are

assigned a scientist or  engineer as their mentor. To apply online or

get more information about  the program:  Students

must submit their  transcript (minimum GPA 3.0)

and teacher recommendation

to the program director  for consideration and daily transportation is the

student's responsibility.  Program runs from June 22 - August 14, 2009.


FREE!! Princeton  University announces its Summer Journalism Program for

low-income sophomores or  juniors with at least a 3.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

who have an interest in  journalism.

The cost is free including  travel

costs to and from  Princeton!

Apply now! Go to


FREE!! The National Center  for Health Marketing's Global Health Odyssey

Museum is pleased to offer  the 2009 CDC Disease Detective Camp (DDC). DDC

is an academic day camp  for students who will be high school juniors and

seniors during the  2009-2010 school year. Campers will take on the roles of

disease detectives and  learn how CDC safeguards the nation's health. The

camp will be offered twice  from June 22-26 and July 13-17. For more info

and to apply to go  .


FREE!! The American Legion  sponsors a weeklong summer leadership program

called Boys State. This  year's program will be held at McDaniel College in

Westminster, Maryland from  June 21-27. If you are a junior interested in a

leadership opportunity see  your guidance counselor right away for more



The Leadership Center at  Morehouse College presents the 2009 Coca-Cola

Pre-College Leadership  Program. There are 2 programs, one for male

students completing their  sophomore or junior year, and the other for male

students completing their  senior year. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0

GPA (on a 4.0 scale). The  curriculum focuses on personal and interpersonal

leadership skills. The program  runs from June 20 to June 26. The cost is

$400.00. To apply, go to  Application access is listed

under "Events at the  Leadership Center .."


NASA sponsors the National  Space Club Scholars Program,

a 6 week summer internship  at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.. It is open to students

who will be 16 years old  and have completed the 10th grade by June 2009,

have demonstrated high  academic success, and have an interest in space

science or engineering as  a career. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.

Applications are available  in the Career Center or online at  Apply now!


University of Maryland,  College Park: Women in Engineering, E2@UMD, July 12-18 or July 19-25; rising  juniors and seniors. Go to or  call 301-405-3283.


University of Maryland  Young Scholars Program targets rising juniors and

seniors who have a strong  academic record and a desire to excel to

experience college life  while earning three academic credits. 14 courses

are offered for three  weeks from July 12 ? 31, 2009. Visit


CITY YEAR, WASHINGTON DC  (Americorps) - Graduating seniors who are not sure what they want to do after  high school should consider applying for a paid community service position  with City Year, Washington, DC, a group of 17-24 year olds committed to  full-time service for ten months in the

Washington, DC community.  Benefits include: living stipend ($200 per week),

health care coverage, free  metro pass, and $4,725 educational scholarship.

For more info:  or email:  or call: 202-776-7780, Amanda Seligman.

 Recruitment open houses will be held once a month at their r  headquarters:

918 U Street, NW, 2nd  floor,

Washington D.C.

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After School Programs/Camps


Many successful adults  started gaining valuable experience during the summer months through  volunteer opportunities, summer camps, mentoring programs, or obtaining their  first job.

On the  website, there are listings for most of these opportunities.

On the After School  Programs/Camps parent handout you will find dozens of listings for  activities.

On the Employment handout  you will find leads for jobs including the Work Ready Programs and the  "Summer in the City" internship Program at City Hall.

On the Teen handout, you  will also find volunteer and job opportunities for Teens.

Please help our city's  Teen s with that first step to future success by linking them up with these  opportunities.


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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Online  resources for parents:,,


This Week…


Workshop provides homebuyer information


The Urban League of Philadelphia will  present a free homebuyer education workshop on Saturday, May 16th.  The workshop will address issues such as  determining how much house you can afford; how credit affects your ability to  buy a home; and how to shop for a lender.


The workshop will take  place from 9am-1pm at Urban League, 121 S. Broad Street, 10th floor. To  register, email here or  call 215-985-3220, ext. 201.   Registrations must be made by Thursday, May 14th.

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Michael  Eric Dyson on tour for book "April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s  Death and How It Changed America"


May  20th 2009

7:30  P.M.


1901 Vine Street, 19103
 Cost: FREE
 No tickets required. For Info: 215-567-4341.

 Described as a “hip-hop intellectual,” Michael Eric Dyson is an ordained  Baptist minister, social analyst, and a Professor at Georgetown University.  His book, Is Bill Cosby Right?, was a national bestseller and winner  of a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. Dyson is the author of  numerous books, including Know What I Mean? and April 4, 1968. Can  You Hear Me Now? is a collection of spirited essays on topics as diverse  as literature, love, music, justice, politics, religion, and the new  president.

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Manga in the Market!

9th Street  Italian Market Festival (Philadelphia)

Sunday, 05/17/09 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

There’s never been a better time to stroll through 9th  Street than during the annual 9th Street Italian Market.  Thousands of people pack the city’s most flavorful open-air market for this  street fair with an unmistakable Philly flair. The festival is a family-style  feast for the senses with numerous stages of live music, hearty snacks,  socializing and retail offerings. The connoisseurs in your clan will love the  free samples of Italian favorites like fresh mozzarella and Italian meats.  Watch the Pastapalooza cook-off and the charity John Marzano Halfball  Tournament. Enjoy the lavish display of the St. Paul Parish Procession of  Saints, the largest and oldest event of its kind in the region, where  parishioners carry elaborate statuary through the Market. The Italian Market  will be open for business during the feast, so you can get your food shopping  done while you’re having fun.

Web Site:

The Italian Market – 9th Street  between Fitzwater and Federal Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Contact Information: 215.545.5347

Free; retail purchases will cost extra

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The Fishtown  Airways Poetry Series

will feature  JC Todd and Catherine Staples on

Tuesday  evening May 19

7:00 PM to  8:30 PM.

There will be  an open reading after the two featured readers.

The Fishtown  Airways Gallery is on the corner of Shackamaxon and Girard Aves. in Fishtown  2 blocks from the Girard Ave. El stop.

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4th Annual  Trenton Avenue Arts Festival

East Kensington Neighbors  Association


A free all-day sprinkle or  shine celebration of local arts

raising funds for art  projects and other programs

that stimulate  neighborhood revitalization efforts.

Saturday, May 16th

12 noon – 5 P.M.

Trenton Avenue between  Norris and Arizona Streets

Severe weather date:  Sunday May 17th

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Green  Collar Job Training Course with Energy Coordinating Agency


Thanks to the Economic Recovery Act, Philadelphia  and other

cities will be receiving a sizeable increase in  support for home

weatherization. The number of jobs needed to perform  this work

will be considerable. The Energy Coordinating

Agency--Philadelphia's leading non-profit agency  focused on

energy conservative- -will be playing a leading role  in this area.

It has just received a sizeable grant from the  Knight Foundation

to set up a training center for all aspects of this  field.


For more information, contract Karen Stabenow at  215-209-1027.


 Phone: (215) 988-0929
 Fax: (215) 988-0919


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Philadelphia Youth Network  WorkReady Summer Internships:

Do you have a child,  family member or friend who is, or do you 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.

Best Regards,

The Office of Leadership  Investment


Stephanie Tipton                Dominique Aubry                Tara Mohr


714 Market St., Suite 304,  Philadelphia, Pa 19106

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(If you, a friend,  or loved one are trying to kick the habit of smoking, please pay attention to  this column over the next few weeks.)


Secondhand Smoke


What  is secondhand smoke?

Secondhand smoke is also  known as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) or passive smoke. It is a mixture  of 2 forms of smoke that comes from burning tobacco:

  • sidestream smoke: smoke that comes  from the end of a lighted cigarette, pipe, or cigar
  • mainstream smoke: smoke that is  exhaled by a smoker
  • When non-smokers are  exposed to secondhand smoke it is called involuntary smoking or passive  smoking. Non-smokers who breathe in secondhand smoke take in nicotine and  other toxic chemicals just like smokers do. The more secondhand smoke you are  exposed to, the higher the level of these harmful chemicals in your body.

Why  is secondhand smoke a problem?

Secondhand  smoke causes cancer

Secondhand smoke is  classified as a "known human carcinogen" (cancer-causing agent) by the  US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US National Toxicology Program,  and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the  World Health Organization.Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 chemical  compounds. More than 60 of these are known or suspected to cause cancer.

Secondhand  smoke causes other kinds of diseases and deaths

Secondhand smoke can cause  harm in many ways. In the United States alone, each year it is responsible  for:

  • an estimated 35,000  deaths from heart disease in non-smokers who live with smokers
  • about 3,000 lung  cancer deaths in non-smoking adults
  • other breathing  problems in non-smokers, including coughing, mucus, chest discomfort,  and reduced lung function
  • 150,000 to 300,000  lung infections (such as pneumonia and bronchitis) in children younger  than 18 months of age, which result in 7,500 to 15,000 hospitalizations  annually
  • increases in the  number and severity of asthma attacks in about 200,000 to 1 million  children who have asthma
  • more than 750,000  middle ear infections in children
  • Pregnant women exposed to  secondhand smoke are also at increased risk of having low birth weight  babies.

Secondhand  smoke may be linked to breast cancer

An issue that is still  being studied is whether secondhand smoke may increase the risk of breast  cancer. Both mainstream and secondhand smoke contain about 20 chemicals that,  in high concentrations, cause breast cancer in rodents. And we know that in  humans, chemicals from tobacco smoke reach breast tissue and are found in  breast milk.Any link between secondhand smoke and breast cancer risk in human  studies is still being debated. This is partly because breast cancer risk has  not been shown to be increased in active smokers. One possible explanation  for this is that tobacco smoke may have different effects on breast cancer  risk in smokers and in those who are exposed to secondhand smoke.A report from the  California Environmental Protection Agency in 2005 concluded that the  evidence regarding secondhand smoke and breast cancer is "consistent  with a causal association" in younger women. This means that the  secondhand smoke acts like it could be a cause of breast cancer in these  women. The 2006 US Surgeon General's report, The Health Consequences of  Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke, found that there is  "suggestive but not sufficient" evidence of a link at this point.  In any case, women should be told that this possible link to breast cancer is  yet another reason to avoid being around secondhand smoke.

Secondhand  smoke kills children and adults who don't smoke, and makes others sick  (Surgeon General's report) ...(Full text of this article is available at The Coalition Group  See: Second Hand Smoke)


Available  at:  Accessed October 3, 2008.

US  Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of  Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General.  Washington, DC: Department of Health and Human Services; 2006. Available at:  

Accessed  October 3, 2008.

Last Medical Review:  10/15/2008
 Last Revised: 10/15/2008

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Boot Camps With A Purpose


Sweat it out to help  others with local dude Matt Sgro’s Boot Camps with a Purpose. Starting  tomorrow (and every Saturday), meet up with a participating trainer located  everywhere from Philly to Coatsville, pay $15, and the instructor involved  donates all the money from each session to the charity of his or her choice.  If saving the whales while doing downward dog’s more your speed, go to Sgro’s  site and find a like-minded yogi.

And it’s not just around  here: Trainers across the nation are signing up in support of a cause.

It’s quite the epidemic.


To find a boot camp, go to

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Get Fresh!

Volunteer with  Philabundance Fresh for All


You recycle out the wazoo  and consider yourself consigliore of the

enviro-sack mafia.

Hence, a cause you can believe  in: Philabundance wants to fill those ubiquitous bags with produce through  its new Fresh for All program. 


And you can help by  volunteering.

The nonprofit hands out  perishables at six sites in the Delaware Valley — where nutritious diet  staples are hard to come by, especially in tough times.

With a minimum three-hour  commitment, you’ll keep busy.

Help with admin, approve  clients, or do community outreach (posting mailings, making phone calls).

Looking for something  physical?

Take food to sites, divide  apples, and dole out the goods.

You’ll be doing a major  part to help people get the fruits and veggies they need.

And that’s a green  movement to be proud of.


To participate in Fresh  for All, contact

Tunisia  Garnett (215-339-0900 ext. 238 or 

For more information, go  to 

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Free trees available to Logan residents


Under the umbrella of the Northwest  Philadelphia Greening Initiative, the Logan Community Development Corporation  is offering free trees to residents in the Logan community.

The types of trees were  carefully selected and approved by the Fairmount Park Commission, and are  especially designed for inner city environments.  They do not grow very tall and their roots do not penetrate  gas, water or drain lines.  The actual  planting of these trees will be in the early to late spring.

To obtain trees, the  coverage area must be surveyed to determine what type of approved trees can  be planted and a Pennsylvania One Call Inspection must be completed to locate  utilities.  The coverage area will be  designed by a landscape architect who will plan the planting locations of the  trees.

For more information,  email here or call 215-457-3014.

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Urban Sustainability  Forum – How Can We Feed Philadelphia?

Growing The Grange

May 21, 2009 (6:00 pm-8:30 pm)

Cost: Free
Organized by Urban  Sustainability Forum

May's Urban Sustainability  Forum will take on the topic of growing urban agriculture opportunities in  Philadelphia, and exploring new ways that growers, markets, and consumers can  strengthen and improve Philadelphia's access to healthy, safe and affordable  food.  The forum will feature speakers from cities that Philadelphia can  learn from - London and Milwaukee. Ben Reynolds (Sustain London) and Marcia  Caton Campbell (Resilient Cities) will describe the growth of their  successful programs and describe policies that have supported these efforts.  As part of the program, Laurie Actman of the Mayor’s office of Sustainability  will report on Philadelphia’s current farm and policy initiative and reflect  upon these exemplary models. The event aims to provide information that will  increase access to fresh food, promote sustainable agriculture, and promote  policy-friendly initiatives for Philadelphia’s future.


  • Ben  Reynolds, Food Link Project Officer and Network Director, Sustain London
  • Marcia  Caton Campbell, Program Director, Center for Resilient Cities, Milwaukee
  • Laurie  Actman, Project Director, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Philadelphia
  • Moderated  by: Domenic Vitiello, Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning,  University of Pennsylvania

This event will be held at the Academy of Natural  Sciences and is free and open to the public.


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Doing Nothing Doesn’t Do  Anything!


Friends of the  Wissahickon Offers Lectures on Global Warming and Children’s Connection with  Nature

May 27, 2009 (7:30 pm-8:30 pm)

 At the Chestnut Hill Library (8711 Germantown Ave.) at 7:30 p.m.


Friends of the  Wissahickon (FOW) is offering free lectures on reducing global warming and  the growing disconnection between children and nature at Chestnut Hill  Library this spring. These lectures are offered through FOW’s Protect Our  Watershed program, launched in 2006 to resolve erosion problems in the  Wissahickon by identifying sources of storm water runoff, developing  educational programs for property owners, and providing conservation  easements.

 On May 27, Julie Lalo will present Doing Nothing Doesn’t Do Anything! Lalo is  Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative of the National Wildlife Federation and  works with affiliates and partners across the region to restore and protect  the diverse habitats of the Mid-Atlantic. In 2007, she was one of 1,000  volunteers trained by Al Gore to present a version of the slide show featured  in the Academy Award-winning film An Inconvenient Truth. “Scientists have  told us that we must reduce global warming pollution by 80% by 2050 to avoid  the worst impacts of global warming,” says Lalo. “They have set the goal, now  we have to set the pace. And each of us has a pace we can set for ourselves.”


For more  information on FOW or the Protect Our Watershed program, visit   or call 215-247-0417.

Denise Larrabee

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Recycling  Services Inc. in Pottstown takes styrofoam on Saturday and Tuesday  mornings.

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Do your part, see ‘Deforest Your  life’ in The Coalition, Inc. Group

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For sustainable  enterprise go to Green Jobs Philly





"Foundation  Fundraising:  An Introductory  Course"


This phenomenal workshop,  "Foundation Fundraising:  An  Introductory Course"  is offered  FREE OF CHARGE and presented IN SPANISH.   This is also a great opportunity to MEET:


Helen Cunningham,  Executive Director, Samuel S. Fels Fund; Chair of the Board, Delaware Valley  Grantmakers Fernando Chang-Muy, Board Administrator, Union Benevolent  Association Beatrice "Bia" Vieira, Vice President for Community  Impact, The Philadelphia Foundation


Please share this  information with your colleagues, friends and anyone who will benefit from  this phenomenal learning opportunity.   Registration is required.   Complete registration information is available at the following links:  (Spanish version)  (English version).


We hope to see you there!


Grace & Peace,



Yvette B. Davis

Collection Supervisor

Johnson-UGO Foundation  Library

3117 Longshore  Avenue|Philadelphia, PA  19149

V. 215-338-5020|F.215-338-5031|

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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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NIH Summer Institute on  Community-Based Participatory Research


The National Institutes of  Health has announced the 2nd summer institute. We are thrilled to see that  the organizers have responded to Community-Campus Partnerships for Health’s  (CCPH) comments on last year's summer institute.

When the 1st NIH institute  on CBPR was announced, CCPH expressed concern about its exclusive focus on  academic researchers.

In CBPR, the community is  involved at the very start of the research,

so it was incongruent that  the institute did not include the community partners or acknowledge the  possibility of a community partner as a principal investigator or co-PI.

This summer's institute  has been designed for community-academic partner teams (see below for  details).


CCPH has successfully  implemented community-academic partner team-based model of CBPR training: 


The training curriculum,  "Developing and Sustaining CBPR Partnerships" is available online  at


If you're interested in bringing  a CBPR training workshop or institute to your location, contact CCPH senior  consultant Rachel Vaughn at  for more information.

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Even if you do not have a  college-aged child at home, please share this with someone who does, pass  this scholarship information on to anyone and everyone that comes to mind.  Though there are a number of companies and organizations that have donated  moneys for scholarship use to African Americans, a great deal of the money is  being returned because of a lack of interest.


No one is going to knock  on our doors and ask if we can use a scholarship.


Take the initiative to get  your children involved. There is no need for money to be returned to donating  companies because we fail to apply for it.


Please pass this informa  tion on to family members, nieces, nephews, and friends with children etc. We  must get the word out that money is available. If you are a college student  or getting ready to become one, you probably already know how useful  additional money can be.

Our  youth really could use these scholarships. Thanks!!


For a list of scholarships  please visit our group ‘The Coalition, Inc.’

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The big idea: Smart cities embrace  sustainability

By Thomas J. Walsh

What it means:

The term “sustainability” boils down to the “triple bottom  line” for any company or program: Its impact on people, its impact on the  planet and its profitability.

The embrace of profits as one of the three elements of the  triple bottom line is sensible, not cynical – we can make a good living from  living well.

Besides, marrying a movement to money  does wonders for its viability, and that’s what makes the term different  from, say, ‘60s farming communes.

“To just say ‘green’ ... too often, that leaves out the  impact on people and jobs, the social-justice impact,” says Leanne  Krueger-Braneky, executive director of the Sustainable Business Network of  Greater Philadelphia (SBN)

Sustainability is more all encompassing than any single  definition or catch phrase. To City Planning Director Alan Greenberger,  sustainability ia as close as the buildings where we live and work., form  studio apartments to the Comcast Center, but also construction of new roads  and bridges that factors in storm-water management and open space. it’s about  meeting the needs of the present without messing up the future

“Sewers are probably one of the more important and least  sexy things out there,” Greenberger said. “Cities are by their very  definition pretty impervious, so water is diverted into sewers.” When a city  does that well, it sustains a big resource while sustaining health. And that  sustains energy. Which sustains financial resources. And so on and on.

Underground cisterns, like the system at the new Salvation  Army building in Hunting Park, collect rainwater for use in irrigating the  site.

Such effective water management is a huge help.

How does Philadelphia stack up:

Philly place sin the top 10 (of the nation’s 50 largest  cities) in four sustainability categories, according to SustainLane’s 2008 rankings:  city commuting, metro transit rider ship, locally produced food and natural  disaster risk (not including Eagles draft day). We’re in the top 20 for six  other categories, including tap-water quality, “a green economy” and housing  affordability.

Most important, in 2008, Mayor Nutter created an office of  Sustainability and made it a cabinet-level post. Penn heavyweight Mark Alan  Hughes runs it, and he tends to instill instant religion in those who hear  him speak.

And while we may not be at the level of a Portland or  Seattle, for a large East Coast town that was dominated by manufacturing not  so long ago, we are somewhat of a leader.

Wednesday,  Mayor Nutter unveils “Greenworks Philadelphia,” an comprehensive framework to  make Philadelphia the greenest city in the U.S. by 2015. It sets goals in  five areas – energy, environment, equity, economy and management.

Posted on Tue, Apr. 28, 2009





Obama  Documentary Community Arts Event and Fundraiser

Joined by local politicians and community educational  leaders, this event will discuss the true role of the community organizer and  the goals of local leaders to support youth programs in the arts, media, and  technology.


Friday May 29th

6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.


Cost: $50.00


The Painted Bride

230 Vine Street
 Philadelphia, PA 19106


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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

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The Friends of Penn Treaty Park

are hosting a


May 23, 2009

10 A.M. – 3 P. M.

Historical Penn Treaty  Park

Delaware and Columbia  Avenues

Spaces $10. Be sure to  bring your own table.


*  *  *  Outside PA  *  *   *


2009 National Black Power  Conference Update


Friday, May 22, Saturday,  May 23, and Sunday, May 24, 2009

(Malcolm X Birthday  Weekend ) in Atlanta, Georgia. Mike Roberts Crown Plaza Hotel, Marietta  Georgia.

1775 Parkway Place  Marietta Georgia

Rooms at $79.00 per night  and lower.


Conference contacts:


Phone (202) 397-4577 and  (404) 424- 3560




VENDING: Please email


Sponsor: Black Power  Movement, New Black Panther Party, Black Lawyers for Justice


If you desire to attend or  are an activist, organizational representative or leader we want to hear from  you right away!









Free Online Computer Instruction

See ‘Archives’ at

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Nation’s Largest One-Day  Food Drive Helps The

Increasing Number of  Americans Struggling with Hunger


To help Stamp Out Hunger!  this year, simply leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, like  canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal, next to your mailbox  prior to the time of regular mail delivery on May 9.  Food items should  be in non-breakable containers, such as boxes and cans.  The nation’s  230,000 letter carriers will be collecting donations from homes across the  country and delivering them to food bank members of Feeding America (formerly  America’s Second Harvest – The Nation’s Food Bank Network) and other hunger  relief organizations in more than 10,000 local communities.



Mike Gehrig



John Faulkner




For more information about  the annual Stamp Out Hunger! effort in your community, ask your letter  carrier, contact your local post office or visit




Got  Space?


Local  Non-Profit is looking for room to grow!


For  My Daughter Library is looking for about

700  square  feet of indoor space for our  exciting Youth Program.



Secure,  yet visible from the street

Room  for desks and tables (no more than 10)

Spacious  enough for computers and lots of books

Year  round, weekday and weekend access

Really,  reasonable rent!



Yvonne  267-795-7811

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Our 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: Click  Here  or Mail to: A Hand Up!


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!

















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.”


Life, Liberty and The Pursuit Of Happiness with Dr. John Elliott Churchville and Nancy Ellen,  Wednesdays at 2pm WNWR New World Radio 1540 AM.


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 

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