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News From
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News  From

The  Coalition, Inc.

Friday 24 July 2009

Volume  4, Number 1

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 … 05

Employment and Training  Opportunities … 07

Health Matters …07

Green Piece … 09

Grants, Scholarships  & Instruction… 10

SpotLight … 12

Arts for Awareness … 13

Coming Up …15

Computers and Technology … 19

A Hand Up … 19

On The Airways … 21





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Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right  things.  - Peter F. Drucker























































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Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right  person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose and in  the right way... that is not easy.
-- Aristotle.












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Rudeness is the weak man's  imitation of strength.
-- Eric Hoffer










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Nine-year-old Joey was asked by his mother what he had learned in  Sunday School.

'Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines  on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt . When he got to the  Red Sea , he had his army build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked  across safely. Then he radioed headquarters for reinforcements. They sent  bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved.'

'Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you?' his mother  asked.

'Well, no,  Mom. But, if I told it the way the teacher did, you'd never believe it!'

 (Thanks to Vernon Brown  for this  submission)













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For the Lexophiliacs

When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate.



































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The best revenge is a vow to  never be like the one who hurt you.
-- Unknown.


















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Children's talent to endure stems from their  ignorance of alternatives.
Maya Angelou







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The thought manifests as the word. The word manifests as the deed.  The deed develops into habit. And the habit hardens into character. So watch  the thought and its ways with care. And let it spring from love, born out of  concern for all beings.
-- Buddha.










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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The Raw Family Newsletter















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Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small  people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too, can  become great.
-- Mark Twain.






If you have a  favorite relevant quote, why not share it with our readers. send to

We will credit you  with the submission.



































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A man and his wife were making their first doctor visit, the wife  being pregnant with their first child.


After everything checked out, the doctor took a small stamp and  stamped the wife's stomach with indelible ink.


The couple was curious about what the stamp was for, so when they got  home, the husband got out his magnifying glass to try to see what it was.

In very tiny letters, the stamp said, "When you can read this,  come back and see me."







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Hereeeeeeeeeeeeees...  Kathy!


A man comes home from an exhausting day at work, plops down  on the couch in front of the television, and tells his wife, "Get me a  beer before it starts." The wife sighs and gets him a beer. Fifteen  minutes later, he says, "Get me another beer before it starts." She  looks cross, but fetches another beer and slams it down next to him. He  finishes that beer and a few minutes later says, "Quick, get me another  beer, it's going to start any minute." The wife is furious. She yells at  him "Is that all you're going to do tonight? Drink beer and sit in front  of that TV? You're nothing but a lazy, drunken, fat slob, and furthermore  ..." The man sighs and says, "Too late, it's started ..."

(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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Word Of The Week

nuptial\NUHP-shuhl; -chuhl\: Of or  pertaining to marriage; done or used at a wedding; as, "nuptial rites  and ceremonies."; Of, pertaining to, or occurring in the mating season..

Greetings  Coalition Family!


Below  is the schedule of events for our 6th Annual Weekend of Peace.  Come out! Have fun! Be Uplifted! Be Informed!


6th Annual



Promoting collaboration and providing  access to the positive, productive activities

available throughout the city,  throughout the year, for young people and their families.


PRE-WEEKEND ACTIVITIES (partial listing)


Wednesday, July 29                            "Oldies  for Peace" Music Night                                                                       6  PM

                                                                Malcolm  X Park (52nd/Pine)


Thursday, July 30                                Youth  Empowerment Panel Discussion on Violence                                                   6  PM

                                                                Kingsessing  Recreation Center (49th/Kingsessing)    



Friday, July 31                                     United  Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania Caravan                                                           6 PM

                                                                LOVE  Park (JFK to 32nd/Market/44th/Springfield/49th) to Kingsessing Rec Cntr               


Friday, July 31                                     "Concert  on the Green" (Stickman Tony; Spoken Word;  etc)                     7 PM

                                                                Kingsessing Recreation Center - Stickman Tony, the Spoken Word,  and others.


                                                                "Open  Mic" Youth Spoken Word & Music Performances                          7 - 9 PM

                                                                W.  Kensington Ministries at Norris Square (Hancock &Susquehanna)

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Saturday, August 1                              Health Fair                                                                                                           10  AM - 1 PM

                                                                Kingsessing  Recreation Center (49th/Kingsessing)


                                                                Five-game  AAU tournament                                                                            12  Noon

                                                                honoring  former St Joe's U basketball player Ivan Brown

                                                                Kingsessing  Recreation Center


                                                                Health  Fair, Youth Panel Discussion, Entertainment                                   9  AM - 5 PM

                                                                Tustin  Rec (60th ST. & W. Columbia Avenue off Lancaster)


                                                                Anti-Violence  Recreational Activities                                                            10  AM - 2 PM

                                                                Simons  Youth Access Center (7200 Woolston Ave (W. Oak Lane)


                                                                Drug  Resistance (PEARL); Healthy Herbs & Vitamins                               10 AM - 2 PM

                                                                Cobbs  Creek Recreation Center (700 Cobbs Creek Pkwy off 63/Spruce)


                                                                Antique  Car Show; Basketball; Dance-off; Cook-out                                  10  AM - 3 PM

                                                                Norris  Square Park, Hancock and Susquehanna


                                                                Health  Fair; Open Mic; Anti-Violence Conversation                                  10  AM - 4 PM

                                                                Lancaster  Ave Business Association; Lancaster Ave Memorial Garden (4232 Lancaster)


Sunday, August 2                                Gospel  Festival                                                                                                    5  PM

                                                                Kingsessing  Recreation Center - Featuring  local Gospel groups, including

                                                                Diane  Settles, Curtis Scott (MC's). Rev Michael Bighum, DJ Ricky Sharp, Adrianna  Benjamin,

                                                                Heaven  Bound Gospel, Light Movement, Tom Henry.   Bring your lawn chairs (267-254-9972)


MORE INFORMATION - Malik R Johnson (; 

Gary R. Adams  ( 215-387-2734);

Calvin Johnson (  215-738-5181).


Partial list of sponsors:  Members of The Coalition, Inc. (Stop the Madness-Stop the  Violence (founders), House of Umoja, Eastwick Regional Park Cntr, B  & B Jazz, Cobbs Creek Rec Cntr, SW Action Coalition, Liberation  Fellowship CDC, Tustin Rec Cntr, Phila Commission on Human Relations, C &  C Athletic Assn, Kingsessing Rec Cntr, Men United Against Violence, PA  Million Mom March [Brady Campaign], The Farmhouse, Fr Paul Washington  Community Comm, Simons Rec Cntr, Phila Black Public Issues Forum, Cross &  Crescent). Other partners (Police Advisory Comm, Church of the Advocate,  Phila Police Dept, Phila Corp for Aging, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Phila  Federal Credit Union, United Taxi Workers Alliance-PA, Arts&Spirituality  Cntr-HeartSpeak, Lancaster Ave Business Assn, Nu-Juice; W Kensington Ministry  at Norris Square).







Business Boot Camp 2009

The Enterprise  Center

4548 Market Street

August 3 - August  7, 2009


Business  Boot Camp engages 100 youth in five days of rigorous training in business,  entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Activities include motivational  speakers, workshops, and group simulations. Attendees will leave with a  wealth of contacts, new friendships, and inspiration to achieve great things  in their schools and communities.

Business Boot Camp  takes place during the first week in August at The Enterprise Center’s  Business Event Center located at 4548 Market Street. Each day, local and  national businesses of interest to our youth will provide speakers and  activities, which will focus on topics of importance to successful  entrepreneurship:

* Vision: Seeing opportunities where others do not and  capitalizing on them.

* Networking: Building strategic partnerships to ensure  greater success.

* Sales & Marketing: Effectively selling yourself,  your products, and your ideas.

* Technology: Being technologically equipped to do  business in the next millennium.

* Giving Back: Investing in the personal and commercial  well being of your community.


To tie these topics  together, youth teams will be assigned to research 3 businesses during the  week, to learn about their operations and industry, and to offer suggestions  for the company’s future plans. These findings and recommendations will be  distributed to each of the businesses.

Business Boot Camp  is open to all interested 9th, 10th, 11th, and rising 12th grade youth.

For more  information, call Nafeesha Mays at (215) 895-4051 or email at

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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 -----


Food And Nutrition Handout


Prior to the  recession, Food Insecurity affected almost 30% of families nationwide.  Nowadays….. who knows. Not having enough food at the end of the month. Going  to sleep hungry. Skipping meals. The health, emotional and educational  consequences are staggering.

On the Cap4Kids  website, under the Food and Nutrition handout,

you will find  several resources in the Philadelphia area to help families with this  unconscionable problem.

Please know these  resources, help bridge the gap between families and need and the social  service agencies that serve them, and let other child/family advocates know  about the Cap4Kids resource.

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Online resources for parents:,,








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.

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Taking flight by Faith

Saturday, July 25



Chris Kelly



Education -  Workshop






Saturday, July 25,  2009



8:30am - 1:30pm



The Lighthouse  Outreach Center



710 Bellevue Avenue



Trenton, NJ









Workshops include:


? Using Social Networking to attract new customers

? Faith in Business

? The Art of Networking

? Effective Communication

? The Application of Accounting Principles

? Legacy Protecting your business

? Community Outreach

? Health and Fitness

? Executive Wardrobe

? Technology in business



$20.00 - Member

$25.00 - Non-member

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SmokeFree Philly campaign targets young women


   Many young women  want to stop smoking but don't know how and don't have the support that they  need.

   SmokeFree Philly  has partnered with MEE Productions to promote its free quit smoking services  to Philadelphia women ages 20 to 30.

   Service  providers and community leaders who work with young women will be critical  campaign partners in making young women aware of and connecting them to  SmokeFree Philly's free quit smoking services.  These services include:

   -- Quit smoking  support... one-on-one, in groups and by phone

   -- Tips on how  to quit, one step at a time

   -- Support to  help manage weight and reduce stress while quitting

   -- Free nicotine  patches, gum or lozenges (not available to pregnant women)

   -- Times and locations  that work for your clients

   Agencies that  work with young women who smoke have been invited to attend one of series of  Chat & Chew information sessions being offered by SmokeFree  Philadelphia. 

   At the sessions,  participants will learn how to become a Campaign Partner in this new campaign  promoting free quit smoking services; how to connect clients to free quit  smoking services in the agency’s program at no cost to the organization; and  how to get campaign information (poster and brochure) for distribution at the  agency.

   Sessions will be  from 12:30 to 2pm on the following dates:

   -- Monday, July  27th at Dixon House, 1920 S. 20th Street

   -- Tuesday, July  28th at Northeast Treatment Center, 4625 Frankford Avenue

   -- Wednesday,  July 29th at Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network, 2700 North 17th  Street, Lehigh Pavilion, Suite 200

   -- Friday, July  31st at Philadelphia Health Center #4, 4400 Haverford Avenue.

   Refreshments  will be served.  Please RVSP so that  there can be an accurate count on food and materials.  Email Cynthia Platts or Christina Upsher or call  215-829-4920.

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6th Annual Black  Women’s Arts Festival (BWAF)

based in  Philadelphia, PA, USA, and scheduled for July 30-August 2, 2009.

 BWAF, a Philadelphia based community event, focuses on the visibility &  viability of black women artists of all genres and media without regard for:  age, gender expression, physical ability, religion, sexual orientation or  size.

 Founded in May 2003 by self-described "renaissance negresse" Cassendre  Xavier & operating as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization since 2007,  BWAF is a multi-day, multi-venue showcase of Music/Live Performance, Literary  Arts, Visual Arts, Film, Workshops, Vendors, & Dance/Theater. It also  hosts over 60 artists from across the globe. BWAF is committed to being a  platform that values black women & their work; emphasizing unique,  under-represented art forms, showcasing new & emerging artists while  promoting the necessity of health and well-being. Led by Creative Director  Monica McIntyre (a classically trained cellist/vocalist/composer/lyricist),  BWAF is poised to become a world-renowned arts festival.


 1. To create a strong festival presence in Philadelphia & its surrounding  regions
 2. To increase awareness & visibility of the BWAF & individual black  women artists through local and regional marketing campaigns
 3. To become a self-sustaining organization which produces a large annual  festival & have the necessary resources to maintain our vision, mission,  & integrity
 4. To inspire all who attend & participate in our yearly festival as well  as educate our communities through the arts
 5. To develop venues for black women to present & participate in  performances, visual arts exhibitions, artisan marketplaces, workshops, &  health initiatives

 For more information

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The African  Cultural Alliance of North America Inc. (ACANA) is a non-profit organization  that promotes social, artistic, cultural, and economic development in  Southwest Philadelphia. ACANA’s primary programs and services are focused on  the African and Caribbean immigrant communities that make up more than  200,000 residents in the Metro Philadelphia area.


As part of PECO  Energy Multicultural Festival Series, ACANA is presenting an African cultural  festival and music concert. We are featuring renowned African musical artist,  

Gebah Swaray

along with his  Safari Jazz Band.


The theme of the  event is Bridging the Gap.

The event is  produced in partnership with the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation,  formerly Penn’s Landing Corporation.

PECO Multicultural  Series will take place on

Saturday, August 1,  2009

starting at 2:00 pm  

Great Plaza at  Penn’s Landing



We are seeking  support from you/ your organization to showcase this event. Funds raised from  this event will go towards a $50,000 expansion and maintenance of two of our  programs:

1) The after school  program to include the following:

•       Increase  the pre-teen attendance by 15% and hire a part-time instructor and driver

•       Cover cost  of transportation which entail: payments on a 16-seated van that transports  the children from school and then to their homes at the end of the day for  five days a week, its maintenances and gasoline.

2) The maintenance of our recently completed computer lab  to include the following:

•       Hire a  part-time instructor to teach Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Access and Excel to  teens and young adults. Training will be held at our computer lab that is  located in Southwest Philadelphia.


Last year’s African  Festival events attracted more than 3,000 attendees. With this year’s event  at Penn’s Landing, we anticipate attracting the attention and attendance of  Penn’s Landing’s well-established crowd as well as an anticipated 3,000 of  ACANA’s regular supporters.


The event is FREE  to the public.

As a community  partner, we will include your advertisement in our souvenir program booklet  to highlight the work of organizations in our community. As a sponsor your  organization will select from a list of the sponsorship package.

Highlights  of the package include but are not limited to: your name or your  organization's name in our press releases/media alerts, banner display, mass  emailing and marketing of the festival on our organization’s websites, radio  or TV advertising, logo on print advertising and other advertising materials.


All checks are made payable to ACANA. We are a non-profit  501(c)3 organization. Please send your sponsorship contribution to the  African Cultural Alliance of North America Inc., 5530 Chester Avenue  Philadelphia, PA 19143.

Please do not hesitate to call Voffee Jabateh at (215)  729-8225, ext. 102 or Abraham Walker at (301) 366-8307 if you have any  questions or would like to discuss sponsorship.

We sincerely appreciate your generous support in this  endeavor!


Abraham Choloply Walker

Program Director

5530 Chester Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19143


Tel: 215 729 8225 (W)

Alt: 301 366 8307 (C)

Fax: 215 729 8202

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Education Programs Manager

The Enterprise  Center CDC

Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania, United States

Salary: Mid 30's

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Infant heart defects tied to maternal smoking


NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A woman who  smokes during pregnancy increases the risk that her child will be born with a  heart defect, a new study published in Pediatrics shows.

To clarify the relationship between  prenatal smoke exposure and congenital heart defects, Dr. Sadia Malik of the  University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock and her colleagues  evaluated 3,067 infants born with heart defects, unrelated to genetic  syndromes, who were included in the National Birth Defects Prevention Study.  These infants were compared with 3,947 babies with normal hearts. The parents  of all of the infants were also evaluated.

Women who reported smoking in the month  before becoming pregnant or the first trimester were more likely to give  birth to a child with a defect in one or more of the walls separating the  chambers of the heart, known a septal defect, the researchers found.

The more a woman smoked, the greater was  the likelihood that she would have an infant with a defect. Women who smoked  25 or more cigarettes daily during pregnancy were more likely to have infants  with obstructions on the right side of the heart.

Compared with the infants of mothers who  did not smoke during pregnancy, infants whose mothers were heavy smokers were  twice as likely to have a septal defect.

Malik's group found no relationship between  second-hand smoke exposure and congenital heart defects.

The investigators also found the 19 percent  of the non-smokers reported smoking just before pregnancy or in the first  trimester, the researchers note, which is in line with data reported by other  U.S. studies.

"If even a fraction of congenital  heart defects and other birth defects could be prevented by decreasing  maternal tobacco use, it would result in improved reproductive outcomes and a  saving of millions of health care dollars," they conclude.

Congenital heart defects occur in up to 10  out of every 1,000 live births in the United States, and infants who survive  frequently need multiple surgeries to correct the problem and still may  suffer permanent disability, Malik's group points out.


About 28 percent of U.S. women of childbearing  age smoke, the researchers add, and one in five of these women don't quit  when they become pregnant, meaning about one million babies each year may  have been exposed to cigarette smoke in the womb.

SOURCE: Pediatrics, April 2008.

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

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For sustainable  enterprise go to Green Jobs Philly




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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Ariana Santiago  hosts this event,

which features live  painting, fashion previews and music.

Every first &  third Thu



Patterson's Palace,

1621 Cecil B. Moore  Ave.


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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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AFRICOM, the Coalition of African Communities

partnering with the

Mayor’s Commission on  African & Caribbean Immigrant Affairs and the City of Philadelphia  Department of Public Health along with other community organizations to  organize a community health fair.

Sunday, August 9,  2009 

12 noon to 8 PM

Kingsessing  Recreation Center

 4901 Kingsessing Ave.

Philadelphia, PA  19143


Health  professionals and other service providers will provide general information  about health services that are available

at no cost to  Philadelphia residents. 

Community members  will be able to discuss their concerns with staff and volunteers in English,  French and Creole. 

Trained health  workers and volunteers will offer blood pressure screenings, diabetes  evaluations, HIV/AIDS and

provide information  on prenatal care, oral health, nutrition,

sexually  transmitted diseases, Sickle Cell disease and cancer. 

There will also be  information on vector control and lead toxicity.  In addition to health services, the fair will include a soccer  tournament, children’s activities and African and Caribbean music.


The Greater  Philadelphia area is home to approximately 100,000 residents from Africa and  the Caribbean.  Many of these diverse  communities have established non-profit organizations to maintain social and  cultural ties

and to assist  newcomers. 

In May 2001,  fifteen organizations founded the Coalition of African Organizations –  Philadelphia, with a mission to empower the African and Caribbean refugee and  immigrant communities by: (1) Facilitating family access to health and social  services with special focus on women, children and youth, (2) Promoting  economic development, (3) Facilitating resolutions of inter-and intra-group  conflicts, (4) Advocating on issues of concern to African communities, and  (5) Educating the media and broader public on African cultures and  experiences.  The coalition  proactively seeks and develops partnerships with non-profit, private,  educational and African American institutions in the Greater Philadelphia  area to achieve its mission.

Several officials  from the city government are expected to attend the event.

AFRICOM is a member  of The Coalition, Inc.




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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.

To  join: A Hand Up!



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


Sister Phile Chionesu, organizer of the Million  Woman March, Saturdays 10:30pm to 12am on Blog Talk Radio

“Nu Day Resurrection and Liberation" Show 

Call in and give your thoughts, comments, opinions at  1-646-652-2232 

or send an instant message tomwmsistahood@aol.comto chat on line. 










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