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News From
The Coalition, Inc.


News  From

The  Coalition, Inc.

Friday 03 July 2009

Volume  3, Number 41

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 … 06

Employment and Training  Opportunities … 07

Health Matters …08

Green Piece … 10

Grants, Scholarships  & Instruction… 12

SpotLight … 14

Arts for Awareness … 15

Coming Up …16

Computers and Technology … 18

A Hand Up … 18

On The Airways … 20





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May those who love us, love us. And those who hate us, may God turn  their hearts. And if he doesn't turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles  so we'll know them by their limping. (Celtic saying)



















































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"Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human  spirit is to grow strong by conflict." William Ellery Channing










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The Sunday  School teacher was describing how Lot's wife looked back and turned into a  pillar of salt, when little Jason interrupted, 'My Mommy looked back once  while she was driving,' he announced triumphantly, 'and she turned into a  telephone pole!  

 (Thanks to Vernon Brown  for this  submission)

















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There go the people.
 I must follow them for I am their leader.
 Alexandre Ledru-Rollin


















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The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe  place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
Maya Angelou







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If  You want to succeed, you should strike out on new paths rather than travel  the worn paths of accepted success… John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

















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The Raw Family Newsletter















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"Worry is a misuse of imagination."
     --Dan Zadra






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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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I have changed my system for labeling homemade freezer meals. I used  to carefully note in large clear letters, "Meatloaf" or "Pot  Roast" or "Steak and Vegetables or "Chicken and  Dumplings" or "Beef Pot Pie."


However, I used to get very frustrated when I asked my husband what  he wanted for dinner because he never asked for any of those things. So, I  decided to stock the freezer with what he really likes.


If you look in my freezer now you'll see a whole new set of labels.  You'll find dinners with neat, legible tags that say: "Whatever,"

"Anything," "I Don't Know," "I Don't  Care," "Something Good," or

"Food." My frustration is reduced because no matter what my  husband replies when I ask him what he wants for dinner, I know that it will  be there waiting.







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Hereeeeeeeeeeeeees...  Kathy!

There were these three guys. They had been walking for 3  days and were very tired. They found a hotel, rented a room and went to  sleep. Then, this old guy comes in out of nowhere, and says there is a magic  pool just outside their hotel room. He tells them "Ok, you must jump off  the diving board, and yell out what you wanna land in."

So the three guys go over to the pool. The first guy, a  vegetarian, yells out "Bananas!" and lands in a pool of bananas.  The second guy was money hungry and yelled out "Money!" and lands  in a pile of money. The third guy jumps and realizing he was jumping into an  empty pool without planning what to say, yells "Oh Crap!"

(Special  thanks  to Kathy Parsons for this  submission.)


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

(Family appropriate)






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“When I hear somebody sigh,  "Life is hard," I am always tempted to ask, "Compared to  what?"” …Sydney J. Harris














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Word Of The Week

fatuous\FACH-oo-uhs\  Inanely foolish and unintelligent; stupid.












Greetings  Coalition Family!


Superintendent Dr. Arlene Ackerman formally withdrew the  School District’s proposal to close William Penn High School*. This means  that the School District will not move forward with plans to permanently  close William Penn High School!! Instead,

Dr. Ackerman recommended that the District focus on two  options for William Penn High School:

1)    renovating the Broad Street building which is currently in  use and the gymnasium; or

2)    demolishing all structures and building a new school at the  current location.

*The District and the SRC noted  yesterday that the school may have to close for a year or two to address  renovation and/or construction issues before a renovated or new facility is  operational.


 Here’s hoping that we  are all imbued with the spirits of cooperation and collaboration, multiplying  our effectiveness.


Help us save a tree, print only the information from this  publication you need in hard copy.


"In all the universe, in all time, you are the  only you. Never have molecules come together exactly like you, never again  will your footsteps be repeated upon this earth. Your strength is the  strength someone can count on, your life is the life that can make a  difference."









ACCEL Community  Cyber Program

A PA Cyber Learning  Community


Enrolling Now!

K thru 12

Register by  calling: 610.352.9925

 Accel Community Cyber Program

A PA Cyber Learning  Community is now enrolling for the 2009/2010 school year.

If you are looking  for a safe, fun and interactive environment where your child can learn and  socialize with their cyber peers? Are looking for training learning coaches  to help with your child's cyber course work, homework and test?


Well look no  further. Accel provides a daily structure, homework assistance, and tutoring  to cyber families. The program operates Monday through Friday from 8:00 to  3:00 pm with an afterschool program that runs until 6:00 pm. Accel serves  families with youth in grades K-12.


For enrollment  information, please call 610-352-9925 or visit us on the web at

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Nutritional  Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is sponsoring its  annual

Summer Food Service  Program

from now through  September 4, 2009. 

Last summer, more  than 600 sites and

25, 000 children  participated in the program.


Participating sites  can offer children lunch and a choice of breakfast or snack.  Most Philadelphia and many suburban  neighborhoods qualify. 

To sign up, contact  Nutritional Development Services at 215-895-3470. ----- Coalition members! Activate ‘Your’web link on  The Coalition, Inc. web site -----






2009 Summer Enrichment Camp

6134 Lancaster Avenue

Philadelphia PA 19151


The Overbrook Art Center's Summer  Enrichment Camp is dedicated to providing a balanced, fun and  hands-on-learning experience for the whole learner. Our camp participants  will engage in creative arts, environmental education, leadership skills, and  exploration programs.


The Overbrook Art Center’s

Summer Enrichment Camp

is dedicated to providing a balanced, fun  and

hands-on-learning experience for the whole  learner.

Camp participants will engage in creative  arts,

environmental education,

leadership skills, and exploration programs.


When: July 6 to August 28

Ages: 6 to 13 years old

Camp Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Extended Hours: 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.


Registration: Friday: June 26 – Time: 5-7  p.m.

Mondays: June 29 – Time:6-8 p.m.


For Information Call:

(215) 879-7770

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Registration Deadline  Extended for Fellowship Farm Leadership Academy!


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WHO: Ages 13  through 17


WHAT: Developing  Leadership Potential through Experiential Learning


WHERE: Fellowship  Farm in Pottstown PA, 45 minutes west of Philadelphia


WHEN: August 9  through 14, 2009


All costs are covered  through funding by the Comcast Foundation

and the Jaime  Loeper Memorial Fund


Application  deadline has been extended with a few spots still available.


Sign up for a  challenging, fun, and exciting week-long adventure.


Contact Fellowship  Farm at  or call 610/326-3008 for an application.


Bring the kids!

Bring the  neighbors!

Bring your family!


Great Food! Live  Entertainment! Games and Prizes! Activities for the Kids!

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Did You Ever Pet a  Llama? Well you can at...

Fellowship Farm

Family Fun Day

Saturday, July 11th,  12:00 to 4:00 p.m.


2488 Sanatoga Road  in

Pottstown, PA 19464



And of course,

Eleanor will be  there to meet and greet!


Free Admission ~  Free Parking


If you would like  to volunteer to help at Family Fun Day, please call the Fellowship Farm  office at 610/326-3008.


If you are  interested in bringing increased understanding, improved communication  between individuals and groups, heightened team effectiveness, and expanded  productivity and accomplishments to your organization, contact us at or call  610/326-3008.

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Summer Programs  For Kids

Summer has  officially begun.  Parents scrambling  for summer activities for their children and teen can find comprehensive  listings of program on the 

Website under the

After School  Programs/Camps parent handout

including the  recently added Complete Listing of Summer Programs under the Dept. of  Recreation's listing.

For summer jobs and  internships, one can go to the Teen Resources handout and near the bottom of  the listing find hundreds of job and volunteer opportunities including the  recently updated Volunteer Way website that makes finding volunteer  opportunities much easier.

Let's keep our kids  safe and busy this summer and let's continue to bridge the gap between  families in need and the resources in Philly that serve them by using the  Cap4Kids website.

Enjoy your summer!!


Daniel R. Taylor,  D.O., FAAP

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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 from July 13-17.

For more info and  to apply to go  .

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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 to 31, 2009.


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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 headquarters: 918 U Street, NW, 2nd floor,

Washington D.C.

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Online resources for parents:,,


This Week…


Men's Breakfast and Fellowship


Join the men of  Oxford Presbyterian Church for

Breakfast and  Fellowship


Every First  Saturday at 10:00am

Oxford Presbyterian  Church, 8501 Stenton

Avenue, (corner of  Gowen Ave) in Mt. Airy,

Philadelphia, Pa  19150

There will be time  for meditation, information and

inspirational  events.


Bring your business  cards.


All  Men are Welcomed!


(215)257-9487 Fax  (215)247-5496



Reverend Ethelyn R.  Taylor, Pastor

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Come Celebrate WPEB’s One-year Birthday


We've come a long  way as a community radio station, and though we still have more hurdles to  jump, but now's our time to celebrate!

Come out for a day  of live music, special programming,

games, fun, and fellowship.


We'll be out in

front of the studio  at

541b S. 52nd St

Saturday July 4th

12 until 8.

Hope to see you out  there!

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Corporate & Institutional Partnerships Coordinator

YouthBuild  Philadelphia

Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania, United States

Salary: $949/month


Volunteer Coordinator

YouthBuild  Philadelphia

Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania, United States

Salary: $949/month

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Education Programs Manager

The Enterprise  Center CDC

Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania, United States

Salary: Mid 30's

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Meet Companies  Hiring In your Hometown




Monday, July 13,  2009 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM


Crowne Plaza

4100 Presidential  Blvd

Philadelphia, PA  19131

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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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Get Well 2009  and Beyond


Your health and  financial services resource directory

Join our growing  community!

Sign up for our  "Quest For Good Health" weight loss challenge, or join us for our  Get Well Chef cooking classes.


Best Regards,

Kimyetta Lewis


Get Well 2009 and  Beyond



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Food Focus: Fruit
A healthy lifestyle is the key to longevity, optimum weight,

abundant energy and  balance.

By using fruit to  satisfy our taste for sweetness,

we can leave behind  the use of chemical, processed and refined sweeteners. Fruits are easy to  digest, are cleansing and cooling and are great for those who are  overstressed and overheated

from excessive  mental strain or hot climates.

Fruits are filled  with fiber and liver stimulants, which act as natural, gentle laxatives.  Whenever possible, buy fresh, locally grown fruit as opposed to imported  fruits shipped from far-off places. This keeps you eating in season, and more  in harmony with your environment and climate.
 Eating raw fruit in summer months is highly cooling, while baking it in the  winter months neutralizes the cooling effect.

Fruit in the form  of juice is a great choice for cleansing the body, but be aware that juice  rapidly raises blood sugar levels,

leading to an  energy crash soon after.

Frozen, whole,  puréed or juiced fruit can make

great summertime  cool-down treats.

Try frozen grapes,

banana-coconut  smoothie popsicles

or lime juice ice-cubes in  iced tea!
 Whether you are having fresh fruit for a light early morning breakfast, a  midday snack or evening treat, enjoy nature's sweetness and whenever possible  buy organic. Here are a few summer fruits and their health benefits:
 Great for lung conditions and asthma; used to help treat anemia due to their  high copper and cobalt content.

Bananas: Help to lubricate the intestines, treat ulcers,  detoxify the body and manage sugar cravings; are rich in potassium (which  helps hypertension).
Cherries: Slightly warming in nature; increase overall body  energy, remedy arthritis and rheumatism and are rich in iron, which improves  the blood.
Grapefruits: Treat poor digestion, increase appetite during  pregnancy, alleviate intestinal gas and reduce mucus conditions of the lungs.
Papayas: Tone the stomach, act as digestive aid, moisten the  lungs and alleviate coughing; contain carpaine, an anti-tumor compound.
Raspberries: Benefit the liver and kidneys, cleanse blood of  toxins, regulate menstrual cycles, treat anemia and can promote labor at  childbirth.

Source: Newsletter  from Peacefilled Living


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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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Learn about four  major green initiatives in our region

Brief presentations  will be followed by an interactive discussion about how these efforts may  accelerate sustainability in the region.


Greenworks  Philadelphia – Suzanne Biemiller, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability


Green Airport  Initiative – Calvin Davenger, Philadelphia International Airport


Green Ports  Initiative – Jeff Nash, Delaware River Port Authority


Sustainable  Skylines Initiative – Bill Jones, Michael Dunn, US EPA


JUNE 29, 2009 10:00  am to Noon

DVRPC Offices,  American College of Physicians Building, 8th floor

6th and Race  Streets, Philadelphia


Please RSVP by June  26, to Sean Greene at  to be added to security desk list of attendees.


I hope all of you  are well.


Many Thanks,


Michael Dunn

Clean Energy  Initiative

Office of  Environmental Innovation

USEPA Mid-Atlantic  Region 3


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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








CORE Philly open  for scholarship applications

The CORE Philly Scholarship is an  innovative scholarship program that provides last-dollar scholarships for  graduating Philadelphia high school seniors.   Based on need, scholarship awards are up to $2,000 for a four-year  institution and up to $500 at Community College of Philadelphia. The award  amount is determined by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated  through the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid  (FAFSA).

CORE Philly  scholarships are available to all Philadelphia high school graduates for  their freshman year of college following graduation from high school.  High school graduates can come from  public, private, charter, or parochial schools.

To learn how to  apply, call 215-471-8000 or email here.

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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  information 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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Annual Church and Community Event


Bible Way Baptist  Church

and several  ministries in the 19131 area are partnering with

Carroll Park  Community Council

and the

Parkside  Association.

to launch it's  annual

Church and  Community event scheduled for

Saturday, July  25th, from

10AM til 4PM.

Many vendors and  local businesses as well as community stakeholders have been invited to  attend, participate, and support.

There will be NO  SELLING!! But there will be food, fun for the kids, and much more for  everyone! Please save the date.

For more info or to  make a donation:

please contact  Pastor Robert Rodgers or Christine Vanish @ 215-477-0778.





Arts and Culture - When a King Dies

By Nancy-Ellen


Thursday’s news about Michael Jackson’s death caught us  all by surprise.  Somehow we expected the man, like his songs, to live  forever.  Somehow, all the judgmental thoughts of confusion,  frustration, even anger toward Michael had little to no value when the news  broke out.  Somehow a part of everyone impacted by his musical genius  died for a moment. That’s what happens when a king dies.


Michael Jackson never owned his life.  He belonged  to the world at a very early age, and held the world captive because he knew  and told us where the cutting edge was.  He set trends, broke barriers  and raised eyebrows in the process. It was the dysfunction of an aborted and  controlled childhood that finally caught up with him and set the tone for a  tumultuous adult life. It was a larger-than-life persona that kept him under  the microscopic eye of photographers and reporters that kept him from  possibly working it out. Yet despite all of that, Michael gave.  He gave  us lyrics that are attached to childhood memories, moves to be mimicked, and  an acceptance of “high-water” pants! If Bob Marley is responsible for “One Love”,  Michael Jackson is responsible for “One Glove”.


Artistically, who else but  Michael could blend the best moves of Sammy Davis Jr., Fred Astaire and James  Brown into a signature style that would become the template for all to  follow? Who else in the history of music moved with effortless ease from  child prodigy to super star, without taking a break?  Only a king can do  that.  He even dressed like royalty, donning military jackets with gold  rope epaulettes and brass buttons. No one told him to, he just seemed to feel  comfortable in it.  Creativity oozed out of his pores as he moved to the  dictates of a spirit that was one with rhythm, soul and freedom. His patented  “moon-walk” captured and somehow impersonated the life of Michael…for he appeared  to be advancing on the stage of life with ease, yet we watched as he was  being pulled backward by an equal force, and each time we watched, it was  strange, fascinating, eerie… yet remarkable.


Culturally he stands head and  shoulders in the ranks of other groundbreakers of the 20th  century. For African-Americans, he opened doors that before him were not  available to us.  Not with fist clenched and angry cries, but with a  talent that transcended and choked out the very root of racism. In his prime,  there was no one that did not like him. To this day, no one can argue that  this man was not a genius.


As we mourn the loss of a king in the music industry,  may we hold fast to the memories of the good things that the “King of Pop”  brought to us individually and collectively, and may we all pray that  Michael’s spirit finds the acceptance that only something as large and  infinite as the universe can offer.


Nancy-Ellen  studied fine arts at Penn State University and is co-producer of "Life,  Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness", a radio journal that features  the arts & culture along with sustainable economic development,  environmental justice, HIV/AIDS education Wednesday’s at 2:00pm on WNWR 1540  AM.

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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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2009 Fran Dunphy Basketball Camps


Space is still  available for both sessions of the 2009 Fran Dunphy

Basketball Camps  this summer on Temple University’s main campus in



The  camp’s second session is open to

boys and girls  entering

grades 2-7

will be held July  13-17, 2009.


The camp will teach  the fundamentals of basketball in a fun and

competitive  environment through speakers, daily skill instruction

stations, contests  and 5-on-5 games.


Please email  or

call the basketball  office at 215-204-3148 with any questions.


For more  information, please access the following link for a camp



* Discounts are  available for Temple University employees


Fran Dunphy  Basketball Camps

July 13-17, 2009

(215) 204-3148

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The 2009 African American Family Conference

The AAFC Community Pavilion provides information sessions,  resources and workshops regarding employment, media and community  relations, environmental/eco-friendly education, violence in  communities, church and community relationships, safety/law enforcement  relations, community services and more.

The conference area in this pavilion will feature an AAFC  Community Cafe consisting of collaborative dialogue and active engagement  with attendees concerning family, education, health care and other issues  within African American families and communities.  The  AAFC values the voices within communities. The information and resources  collected will be filmed to evaluate and develop cohesive aftercare  programs and assist in the initiation of legislation to improve the lives of  families and communities.

If you are an educator, speaker, workshop facilitator,  community activist or program director working with community initiatives as  defined above, the AAFC would like you to join this initiative.

The 2009 African American Family Conference

will be held on

Saturday July 18, 2009

at the

Pennsylvania Convention Center

1101 Arch Street,

Philadelphia, PA 19107.

To conduct workshops, screenings, volunteer your time or  provide resources please click on the proper link below.

AAFC Speaker/Workshop
AAFC Sponsorship
AAFC Volunteer
AAFC Vendor

If you have additional questions contact us via e-mail,


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Free Online Computer Instruction

See ‘Archives’ at

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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.

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

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


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