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News  From

The  Coalition, Inc.

Friday 20 November 2009

Volume 4, Number 17

The Coalition, Inc. Board of Directors

Gary R. Adams (President/CEO), John E. Churchville  (Treasurer), Yvonne Haughton (Exec. Secretary),


Josephine Blow, Stanley Daniels, Edwin Desamour, Nijah  Famous, Kendall Hayes-Fullard, Tom ‘Bunny’ Henry, Abdul Malik Raheem

Table of content

For Our Children …

This Week …

Employment and Training Opportunities …

Health Matters …

Green Piece …

Grants, Scholarships   & Instruction…

SpotLight …

Arts for Awareness …

Coming Up …

Computers and Technology …

A Hand Up …

On The Airways …





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If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade  when we are old.
 Lord Chesterfield





















































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Watch your thoughts; th
ey become words. Watch 
your words; they become 
actions. Watch your act
ions; they become habit
s. Watch your habits; t
hey become character. W
atch your character; it 
becomes your destiny. -











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In just two days, tomorrow will be  yesterday.









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Wanting  to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.
Kurt Cobain



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The  Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), The FBI, and the CIA are all trying to  prove that they are the best at apprehending criminals. The President decides  to give them a test. He releases a rabbit into a forest and each of them has to  catch it. The CIA goes in. They place animal informants throughout the  forest. They question all plant and mineral witnesses. After three months of  extensive investigations they conclude that rabbits do not exist. The FBI  goes in. After two weeks with no leads they burn the forest, killing  everything in it, including the rabbit, and they make no apologies. The  rabbit had it coming. The LAPD goes in. They come out two hours later with a  badly beaten bear. The bear is yelling: "Okay! Okay! I'm a rabbit! I'm a  rabbit!"
























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For the Lexophiliacs

The short fortune teller who escaped from prison was a small medium  at large.


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Two  avid fishermen go on a fishing trip. They rent all the equipment: the reels,  the rods, the wading suits, the rowboat, the car, and even a cabin in the  woods. They spend a fortune. The first day they go fishing, but they don't  catch anything. The same thing happens on the second day, and on the third  day. It goes on like this until finally, on the last day of their vacation,  one of the men catches a fish. As they're driving home they're really  depressed. One guy turns to the other and says, "Do you realize that  this one lousy fish we caught cost us fifteen hundred dollars?" The  other guy says, "Wow! It's a good thing we didn't catch any more!"

(Thanks  Valerie Hendrickson for this weirdness)


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A  thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper  is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
Thomas  Paine


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"And when it rains on your parade,  look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow." Jerry  Chin


The Raw Family Newsletter















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Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first  be overcome.
 Samuel Johnson




























































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A  woman was leaving a convenience store with her morning coffee when she  noticed a most unusual funeral procession approaching the nearby cemetery. A  long black hearse was followed by a second long black hearse about 50 feet  behind the first one. Behind the second hearse was a solitary woman walking a  pit bull on a leash. Behind her, a short distance back, were about 200 women  walking single file. The woman couldn't stand her curiosity. She respectfully  approached the woman walking the dog and said, "I am so sorry for your  loss, and I know now is a bad time to disturb you, but I've never seen a  funeral like this. Whose funeral is it?" "My husband's."  "What happened to him?" The woman replied, "My dog attacked  and killed him." She inquired further, "Well, who is in the second  hearse?" The woman answered, "My mother-in-law. She was trying to  help my husband when the dog turned on her." A poignant and thoughtful  moment of silence passed between the two women. "Can I borrow the  dog?" "Get in line."

(Thank you D. J. Free)











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Hereeeeeeeeeeeeees...  Kathy’s Korner!


The  police department, famous for its superior canine (K-9) unit, was somewhat  taken back by a recent incident. Returning home from work a blonde was  shocked to find her house ransacked and burgled. She telephoned the police at  once and reported the crime. The police dispatcher broadcast the call on the  channels and a K9 unit patrolling nearby was the first on the scene. As the  K-9 officer approached the house with his dog on a leash the blonde ran out  onto the porch, clapped a hand to her head and moaned, 'I come home from work  to find all my possessions stolen, I call the police for help, and what do  they do? They send a blind policeman!'













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Do  you remember this guy?

I got in a fight one time with a really big guy, and he  said, "I'm going to mop the floor with your face." I said,  "You'll be sorry." He said, "Oh, yeah? Why?" I said,  "Well, you won't be able to get into the corners very well."
Emo Philips




















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As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both  instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged.  And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the  air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.
-- Justice William O.  Douglas.


















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It  was a cold winter day, when an old man walked out onto a frozen lake, cut a  hole in the ice, dropped in his fishing line and began waiting for a fish to  bite. He was there for almost an hour without even a nibble when a young boy  walked out onto the ice, cut a hole in the ice not too far from the old man  and dropped in his fishing line. It only took about a minute and WHAM! a  Largemouth Bass hit his hook and the boy pulled in the fish. The old man  couldn't believe it but figured it was just luck. But, the boy dropped in his  line and again within just a few minutes pulled in another one. This went on  and on until finally the old man couldn't take it any more since he hadn't  caught a thing all this time. He went to the boy and said, "Son, I've  been here for over an hour without even a nibble. You have been here only a few  minutes and have caught about half a dozen fish! How do you do it?" The  boy responded, "Roo raf roo reep ra rums rrarm." "What was  that?" the old man asked. Again the boy responded, "Roo raf roo  reep ra rums rarrm." "Look," said the old man, "I can't  understand a word you are saying." So, the boy spit into his hand and  said, "You have to keep the worms warm!"





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The old family  physician being away on vacation, entrusted his practice to his son - a  recent medical student. When the old man returned, the youngster told him  among other things, that he cured Miss Ferguson, an aged and wealthy  spinster, of her chronic indigestion.

 "My boy," said the old doctor, "I'm proud of you, but Miss  Ferguson's indigestion is what put you through college."















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We  have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and  technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it  for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and  power is going to blow up in our faces.
Carl Sagan

















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In the true spirit of brotherhood, if you should  ever need anything… anything at all, please feel free to ask someone else.  Unknown



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In the true spirit of brotherhood, if you should  ever need anything… anything at all, please feel free to ask someone else.  Unknown


Word Of The Week

vagary  \VAY-guh-ree; vuh-GER-ee\ An  extravagant, erratic, or unpredictable notion, action, or occurrence.



Greetings Coalition Family!


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“Resistance to  oppression is often based on a love that leads us to value ourselves, and  leads us to hope for more than the established cultural system is willing to  grant ... such love is far more energizing than guilt, duty, or  self-sacrifice. Love for others leads us to accept accountability (in  contrast to feeling guilt) and motivates our search for ways to end our  complicity with structures of oppression. Solidarity does not require  self-sacrifice, but an enlargement of the self to include community with  others”… Sharon Welch



“It is easier to build  children than it is to repair men.”…Frederick Douglass


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Help For Parents  With School-Age Children


Are you a parent, relative, or health care professional  with any of the following scenarios?

* Not too sure how to register child for Kindergarten or  Head Start.

* Trying to decide on what type of school best fits a  child's needs. Public or Charter or Magnet or Catholic?

* Want to get a child motivate and focused on college.

* Want to get child back in school after taking a leave,  but don't know what options there are for out-of-school youth.

* Child being bullied in school and don't know what to do.

* Child not doing well in school and may have a learning  difference.

On the  website, under the Education parent  handout

and the Resource  tab  there are resources in the community to  help advocates for children find help for their child's educational needs.  Please become familiar with the listed resources and continue to bridge the  gap between families in need and the agencies and resources that serve them.

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The Food stamp program  under the new stimulus package is now called the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition  Assistance Program).

Did you know?

Eligibility for  SNAP benefits changed so many more families in food insecure households are  now eligible.

On the website, under the Food and Nutrition parent  handout, you will find several organizations who can help families find out  if they are eligible. Also, on the COMPASS website they can apply for these  benefits and many others.

For more info you  can also go to

Please continue to  link families in need with the appropriate social services agencies that  serve them through Cap4Kids. Thanks.

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Online resources  for parents:,,










Club Damanis – Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009


Join Philly Funnyman Malcolm Hill for

Hillarious Saturdays at Club Damani's.

This month, we got a post Turkey party with  BET Comic View legend, Dick Traycee, the crazy Dave Temple of Jamie Foxx's  laughapooza, Philly’s own Scooter and Butter So Broke and Special Guest, Will  Sylvine, Def Comendy Jam and Bad Boys of Comedy. There will music, dancing  and plenty of laughter. Advance tickets $15.00.

Contact:   Malcolm Hill at 267-271-7960


Club Damani

638 N 66th St

Philadelphia, PA 19151


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8  Things That Are Making You Fat

( -- You're  stuffed after a big restaurant dinner -- but then the dessert cart rolls  around, and you just have to order that gorgeous chocolate mousse. Or you're  munching from a big bag of chips while checking emails, and when you look up,  the bag is empty. Sound familiar?

Environmental factors -- like  package size, portion size, the variety of food you're served, and the size  of your plate -- can influence your eating more than you realize, experts  say. Indeed, if we always ate only when we were really hungry and stopped  when we were full, there would be no obesity epidemic.

The key, experts say, is to  become more aware of these overeating triggers, which can help you resist the  temptations and avoid weight gain. Once you become aware of the environmental  cues that can sabotage your diet, you can react accordingly and make smart  decisions.

Simple things such as bringing  tempting snacks into your house, moving the candy jar at work out of sight,  making fruits and vegetables more visible in your refrigerator, and eating  more deliberately and slowly, can cut down on overeating and help you lose  weight.

Here are eight factors that  can trigger overeating and weight gain:

1. Sights, Sounds, and Smells
 Overeating can be triggered by the alluring smell of bacon cooking, the sound  of popcorn popping, advertisements for junk food, and so on. You are  influenced by your surroundings and our studies show these kinds of cues  result in eating more food.

2. Distracted Eating
 "Eating amnesia" is the act of unknowingly putting hand to mouth,  usually from a big bag or bowl while sitting in front of the television,  reading a book, checking emails, or during happy hour. Multi-tasking can lead  to overeating because you're not paying attention to what you are eating.  When you eat more mindfully, you really taste the food -- and are more likely  to feel satisfied sooner.

3. Food, Food Everywhere
Everywhere  you turn; there are opportunities to eat -- at drive-through restaurants,  vending machines, even gas stations. And when food is in front of us, we tend  to eat more of it.

Curb your instinct to overeat  sweets and snacks by moving them out of sight -- and putting more healthful  foods into plain view. Resist the urge to splurge on unhealthy foods by  carrying your own healthy snacks.

4. Food that's Fast, Convenient, and Inexpensive
 Fast-food restaurants on every corner offering inexpensive food also  encourage us to eat more and more often. Combo meal deals sound like a  bargain, but they are loaded with fat, sodium, and calories.

To help yourself resist the  temptation, work on developing a taste for the subtle, natural flavors of  food.

Dietitians recommend limiting  visits to fast-food restaurants to once a week. And, they say, choose the  healthier menu options -- like salads and grilled chicken sandwiches -- even  if they cost a little more.

5. Portion Distortion
Our  idea of a normal portion has become skewed, in part because so many  restaurants serve oversized portions. Giant portions seem to have evolved  into the norm, and many people have trouble understand how much they should  eat.

To understand what a portion  should look lie, pull out the measuring cups and see how your portions stack  up against the standards from the U.S. government's web site.

Another answer to the portion  dilemma is to eat more foods that are less calorically dense. These are foods  that contain lots of water and fiber, but not many calories -- like fruits,  vegetables, and broth-based soups.

Mindful eating can help here,  too. Eat slowly, taste the food and become more in touch with what you are  eating and how it tastes so you can enjoy it more and start to appreciate  satisfaction with smaller portions.

6. Giant-Size Packages
You'll  find plenty of bargains on mega-sized packages at super-discount stores like  Costco or Sam's. But unfortunately, experts say, these giant containers can  affect us on an unconscious level and cause us to eat more. Researchers have  found that when you eat from a large container, you are likely to consume 25%  to 50% more than you would from a smaller package -- especially when you're  eating snacks and sweets.

7. Not-So-Dainty Dishware
Researchers  have found that we tend to eat more when we're served from larger containers.  Wansink and colleagues found that when students were given food in larger  bowls, they served themselves 53% more and consumed 56% more than those who  used smaller bowls.

When you use smaller bowls,  plates, and cups, you won't feel deprived because the food will look  plentiful.  Daintier dishware and smaller utensils can also help slow  your eating.

8. Too Much Variety
A  buffet restaurant can be a dieter's nightmare. Too many choices encourages  having a taste (or more) of everything, and before you know it, your plate  “runneth” over. Too much variety on your plate at one meal can often mean too  much food overall.

So use variety to help meet  your nutritional needs, but concentrate on the right foods. Eating a variety  of foods is great, as long as the foods are low in calories and rich in  nutrients -- like fruits, beans, vegetables, broth soups, whole grains, and  low-fat dairy.

By De'Laney Rowland, BDO Staff  Writer

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The ARWG has proposed comprehensive recommendations on the  most effective ways to engage individual advocates in NCI activities.  The recommendations focus on:


  1. Recruitment of  individual advocates for NCI activities

  2. Assessment and  matching of individual advocates to NCI activities

  3. Training of  individual advocates and NCI staff to prepare for a

research advocacy engagement

  4. Facilitating  the engagement process

  5. Evaluating and  tracking advocacy involvement

  6. Retaining  research advocates and NCI staff and promoting advocate

involvement in NCI activities


View background information and recommendations at:


Learn more about the ARWG at


Provide comment on the recommendations by email to or by regular mail:


Shannon Bell, Director

Office of Advocacy Relations, NCI

31 Center Drive, Suite 10A28

Bethesda, MD 20892-2580


All comments must be received by Monday, November 30, 2009  in order to be considered.

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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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Tips for making  oatmeal appealing to kids

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How do we bring up ALL people through the movement to  build a more Sustainable City? There are some starter ideas FYI (For Your  Inspiration) below.


Environmental Justice Videos

1.    Van Jones at GreenFest 2007 in Chicago:

2.    Majora Carter – “Greening the Ghetto” :


Free E-Newsletters

1.    Public Education Network e-newsletter (Nice resources.): 

2.    Next Great City e-Newsletter (Lots of events):

3.    Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood  Development (PHENND) e-newsletter (Just awesome!): 


Philadelphia Initiatives

1.    City of Philadelphia Going Green: 

2.    East Coast Greenway Pennsylvania:  

3.    Greater Philadelphia Environmental Network: 

4.    Next Great City Initiative: 

5.    Urban Green Partnership: 

6.    Urban Sustainability Forum:

7.    SustainLane City Rankings: 



The National Religious

1.    Partnership for the Environment 

2.    PennFuture: 

3.    PennEnvironment:   

4.    The Pennsylvania Environmental Council

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?Weavers Way #5 plastics  recycling resumes


Fellow Recyclers,


Weavers Way collection of #5 plastics,  which are not included in the City’s recycling program, will be on the 3rd  Saturday of each month:  November 21,  and December 19. The program will skip January and resume in February.


The collections take place at the co-op's  garage,

at 542 Carpenter Lane,

which is across the street and a bit  further down the block from the Big Blue Marble bookstore.

Please note that we need volunteers to keep  this project going. (Weavers Way members can get work credit for helping us;  work shifts are available on co-op's the online calendar.)


The #5 category includes yogurt cups, sour  cream containers, hummus tubs, some medicine bottles, and more. Your  recyclables must be clean and dry to be accepted. Check to make sure there  are no other materials (paper, screws, other number plastics) on the items  you bring in. Impurities of any kind compromise the recycling process and  usually lead to the discarding of an entire batch. Exclude any lids unless  they are clearly marked #5. (Most lids from #5 containers are #4 plastic, but  this is not always the case.)


We ask recyclers for a small donation to  cover postage costs of mailing the recyclables to the Gimme 5 processing  facility in New York.

Before bringing your #5s to the collection,  be sure that they meet the requirements for Gimme 5:


All items must be CLEAN and DRY. If they  contained food or any oily or dirty product, make sure they have been washed,  not just rinsed. Items stacked when wet tend to stay wet, so allow washed  items to dry fully before stacking or packing.

The #5 stamp needs to be visible on each  item. Lids are separate items. Don’t assume lids are the same number plastic  as the container; sometimes they are but usually they are not. Check to make  sure there are no other materials (labels, paper, other number plastics,  metal) on the items you bring in.


Brita filters are also welcome! Let them  air dry for several days to make sure they are completely dry.


We'll see you soon!

Carolyn, Helen, Priscilla and Stevik

of the Weavers Way Environment Committee


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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





HIV/AIDS Prevention Workshop


Workshop  Summary

Culturally-Relevant  Communication about HIV/AIDS is an interactive and user-friendly workshop. Ivan J. Juzang, MEE  President and Founder will examine the environmental influences, attitudes  and behaviors and unique communication style of urban, ethnic and other  hard-to-reach audiences; review theories and techniques for

developing cost-effective and  culturally-relevant communication strategies; and then show session attendees  how to apply these learnings to their own HIV/AIDS testing programs,  prevention services and outreach efforts.

Learning Objectives

 After attending the session, attendees will have the background necessary to  more effectively communicate with their target audiences about sex, sexuality  and HIV/AIDS. They will also have a clearer understanding of media  consumption patterns and other social factors that impact sexual  decision-making; and the attitudes, motivations and perceptions of minorities  on healthy sexuality and HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and treatment. Such  information will help interventionists, community-based organizations and  service

providers develop innovative and effective  messages and services targeted  to minority audiences.

Workshop Description:

 Topics explored during the session include:

The environmental context, peer group  dynamics and social interactions that influence sexual behaviors;

How service providers can be more culturally  aware, and increase the effectiveness of their outreach, media and materials;  and

Strategies for attracting the  hardest-to-reach audiences to HIV-prevention, testing and treatment programs.


For more information on other workshops and  schedules visit their website


To inquire about a  MEE Workshop at Your Organization call 215.829.4920 or Email here

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At- Risk Youth

Annie E. Casey  Foundation

A private  charitable organization dedicated to helping build better futures for  disadvantaged children in the United States. The foundation offers  community-focused grants. The site also has several publications. Provides  funding to both 501(c)(3) and local/state government. Organizations wishing  to send a proposal to the Foundation should submit a letter of no more than  three pages explaining the organization and its project and how the money  will be used. Send the letters to: The AEC Foundation; Attn: Office of the  President; 701 Saint Paul St.; Baltimore, MD 21202.

Phone: 410-547-6600

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AOL Time Warner Foundation

The AOL Time Warner  Foundation is dedicated to using the power of media, communications and  information technology to serve the public interest and strengthen society.  However, rather than simply providing grant monies or funding unsolicited  requests, the foundation prefers to enter into sustainable strategic  partnerships with organizations that have a demonstrated commitment to  pioneering innovative ways of meeting four priorities: Equipping kids for the  21st century; Extending Internet benefits to all; Engaging communities in the  arts; and Empowering citizens and civic participation.

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AT&T Foundation

The AT&T  Foundation seeks to educate, enrich, engage, and empower the communities  served by AT&T. The Foundation's funding areas are education, civic and  community service, and arts and culture.

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Beaumont Foundation

The Beaumont  Foundation of America (BFA), a non-profit philanthropic organization, is  dedicated to the enriching the lives of individuals by providing technology  to historically underserved schools and communities. The foundation believes  technologies are essential tools for progress in the 21st century, and that  given access to digital information, people will have an equal opportunity to  advance socially, economically and intellectually.

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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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Banta Company Foundation

The Banta Company  Foundation provides funding for at-risk youth and delinquency prevention  initiatives. The funds can be used for equipment, general/operating expenses,  seed money, program development, as well as other areas. For more information  please contact: Banta Company Foundation; 225 Main Street; PO Box 8003;  Menasha,WI 54952-8003.

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Best Buy Children's Foundation

The mission of the  Best Buy Children's Foundation is to improve the lives of youth aged 5 - 18  in communities where Best Buy maintains a business presence. The Foundation  awards grants to nonprofit organizations with innovative approaches to  developing life skills in young people through education, mentoring, and  leadership development. Funds can be used for: program development; direct  project support; specific curriculum development; and scholarship aid for  participants in life skills or mentoring programs. The Foundation typically  awards grants ranging from $2000 - $10,000 to nonprofits.

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Healthy Community Outreach Program

will be granted to  nonprofit organizations to support grassroots efforts which increase  awareness on critical health initiatives through health walks, health fairs  and health education outreach.

Grants up to  $25,000 will be considered.

Please provide all  levels of event sponsorships on your application. Nonprofit organizations  with evidence of IRS 501(c)(3) designation or de facto tax-exempt status may  apply for a grant, with the following exceptions: advertising; capital  campaigns; grants or scholarships to individuals; multiyear requests;  political causes and events; or religious organizations in support of their  sacramental or theological functions.>Awards

Ongoing Deadline

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Ben and Jerry's Foundation

Ben and Jerry's  Foundation has no specific program areas. The Foundation seeks projects that  lead to societal change or address the root causes of problems. The  Foundation awards grants ranging in amount from $1,000 to $15,000. Applicants  must submit a letter of interest at any time during the year.

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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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SpotLight On Our Efforts




Chances is an intensive outpatient substance-abuse  treatment

program for women with children.

Job skills, life skills, parenting skills are taught  to encourage

independent, clean living.
 We greatly appreciate Art-Reach’s programs because they open

the world of art to people who may not have the  means to

unlock the door themselves.

All of the clients who participated in the  Remembering Me

workshop greatly enjoyed learning about the pinhole  camera

as a means of self-expression, especially since they  were able to

use the cameras to take pictures of themselves and  each other.

The photographs were later displayed in a public  exhibition at

our facility, in which our clients took great pride.


1200 Callowhill Street, Suite 102
 Philadelphia, PA 19123
 Collette Green, Program Director



True Freedom:  None Are Free Until All Are Free!

by Makeda Dread Cheatom


All my life, I was  searching for freedom. When I was young, I tossed and turned in my sleep over  freedom. I realized that as an African American, I had very little freedom in  this country. On TV, I saw a youth from Chicago, Emmett Till, being murdered  for “whistling at a white woman.” School and church bombings and the murders  of civil rights workers were also abundant at that time. Andrew Goodman,  Michael Schwerner and James Chaney, the young men who were lynched for  registering black people in the South to vote brought big media attention,  later inspiring a film called, Mississippi Burning. The fact that black people could not vote  blew me away. Then came the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Malcolm  X—how could I ever think I was free?
 Racism in my own community in San Diego was also rampant, back in the day  when the police arrested you if you were in a certain area. I questioned  freedom and always wanted to go back to Africa. I didn’t feel at home here in  the USA, let alone in my hometown where we lived in fear.
 Yet I always felt a sense of home in Indigenous communities. Mexican people  and their cultural identity were and still are a blessing to me. Learning the  ways of the Native Americans, the keepers of this land, also gave me a better  sense of home. My Choctaw blood made my entrance into the community even more  meaningful. I learned about culture from many immigrants who have given our  country her richness. I learned the ways of my ancestors here in America on  my father’s side, the Gullah People of the Georgia Sea Islands. I journeyed  to St. Helena and experienced the Gullah People struggling to preserve their  language and direct connection with their African ancestry. They had the same  old story of their land being taken away. This was the place where Mother  Harriet Tubman crossed so many slaves to freedom. In Beaufort County Georgia,  I stared at the water that she waded through. I pondered again: Where is our  freedom in America?
 Still, I longed for a home in my head, my soul and my body. Do I return to  Africa to be free? Even with all the pain and strife caused by the colonial  system that has torn her apart, there is still richness there. I realized  that after slavery, African Americans were in limbo because although we were  taken away from our original land, America was now our home too.
 We’re all standing on the shoulders of African American giants that built  this country. My mother was a maid all her life and my father was a shoeshine  boy for many years. My grandfather was born into slavery. Both of my parents  picked cotton in the fields in the South. Should I stay here where my  ancestors suffered and died for me to be free in this nation? Where blacks,  whites, Jews, and all races marched for my freedom here on Earth?
 In the search for freedom, I looked everywhere. As a little girl, I grew up  with a missionary who came to our house. The missionaries taught all the  young African American children of the wonders of Yeshua, Christianity. As a  teenager, I converted to Catholicism. Later I studied compassion and the  nature of suffering. I started reading philosophical books to understand and  find my freedom.
 One day I read Frederick Douglass’ famous speech about the Fourth of July and  freedom:
 “Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us.  The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice are not enjoyed in common. The  rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence bequeathed  by your fathers is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light  and healing to you has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July  is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.”
 With African Americans making up over half of the prison population, how  could we be free? Something is wrong. The chains might be off our bodies, but  they’re still on our minds!
 Knowing that freedom had to come from within, I started to realize that my  soul was in bondage, not my physical body. I went on to meet a great lady  named Beulah Smith, who was teaching Transcendental Meditation in Coronado,  CA. What a wonderful lady who saved my life! I made some changes and started  meditating. My militant separatist views melted into meditation and  understanding myself. Certain fears that I’d had since childhood were  transforming.
 I was just coming to understand that the Olmecs were black people, here  before Columbus or any other conquistador. The Olmecs came and they had a  Hopi connection. My ancestors were already here in the Americas; their blood  intermingled and flowed together here.
 So I am Indigenous from America. My ancestors are here and they will be  discovered. As the Dogon Tribe of Mali have spoken of the Blue Star, Sirius,  the Native American Hopi talk about the same star. The similarities among the  cultures that were here long ago are rising in this new age and in this new  time. I realize that we are a Global Family and our survival depends on our  connection. None are free until all are free.
 When Barack Obama became President of the United States, I unpacked my bags  for the first time. How could this happen—a black President? I never thought  I would unpack my bags!
 I sought truth through many disciplines. After years of searching, the door  opened. I realized that true freedom was within me and that no one could take  that away—not even the greedy, self-serving folks that have put this planet  into chaos.
 I also discovered that old beliefs, conditioning and programming are barriers  to freedom. They are the ego’s identification with the part of your  personality that feeds the separation from the whole and the fear of change  and impermanence. The Earth is going through a great purification on its way  to the year 2012. And we all can rejoice as we move into peace, compassion,  love and tolerance. Here is the thought to remember always: All are hungry  until all are fed. None are free until all are free. Harambe!

Makeda Dread Cheatom is a radio and television personality and is the  Executive Director of the WorldBeat Cultural Center, a non-profit  organization that is healing the world through music, art, dance, technology  and culture. Contact her at   or learn more at,  t, or

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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





Cocktails and  Conversations

American Pub,  Centre Square

Friday, Dec. 11,  2009


Wanted:  Mature Adults seeking to combine business  and social networking with happy hour specials, good music and delicious  food.  You must be serious about  meeting new people, exploring new venues and establishing collaborations.


·       Be able to communicate and interact with mature  adults.  

·       Display appropriate and professional appearance.  

·       Exhibit mental and emotional attitude. 

·       Open to new ideas and opportunities


You will be invited  to join the most dynamic urban networkers in the Delaware Valley at

The New American  Pub,

15th and  Market, 

Centre Square,  Behind the Clothespin, 

down the escalator  on

Friday, December  11, 2009


5:30 – 8 pm

(Happy hour drinks  specials from 5:30 – 7:30pm) 

Admission by rsvp.


Contact  Professional Networking Associates at   267-303-0653 or online at

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Confident Girls, Courageous Women

A conference for young women and those  who care about them


Join WOMEN’S WAY on  

Saturday, December  5, 2009

Moore College of  Art & Design

20th Street and the  Parkway

Philadelphia, PA  19103


for the

7th Annual Women  & Influence Conference, Confident Girls,

Courageous Women


There is no  admission fee, but you must

register by Friday,  November 27, 2009.




Women & Influence  2009 is a FREE half-day conference that will focus on

promoting a healthy  sense of self for young women.

Programs will be  geared toward young women and adults who care about, work with or influence  young women.


This year's event  is WOMEN'S WAY's first intergenerational conference as we reach out to high  school-aged females.

Learn from city  officials, local

agencies, and  community members about the importance of mentoring and building strong  self-confidence at a young age.

This conference  will feature the work of many WOMEN'S WAY funded agencies as well as  lunchtime presentation

on media influence  and body image.

Workshops include

discussions on  topics such as healthy relationships, sexuality, body

image, social  media, and leadership.


Complimentary  coffee and beverages will be available in the morning. Lunch will be provided  in the afternoon.





9:30 to 10:00 am:  Registration

10:00 to 10:15 am:  Introduction

10:15 to 10:45 am:  Keynote Speaker

10:45 to 11:45 am:  Morning Workshops

11:45 am to 1:00  pm: Lunch and Presentation

1:00 to 2:00 pm:  Afternoon Workshops

2:00 to 3:00 pm:  Mentoring Panel Discussion


More information  coming soon.




Founded in 1977,  WOMEN'S WAY is the country's

oldest and largest  women's funding federation.

Our mission is to  raise money and public awareness to

fight for and  achieve women's equality, safety, self-sufficiency, and

reproductive  freedom through

women-centered  funding, advocacy, and education.


WOMEN'S WAY extends  sincere thanks to Citizens Bank Foundation for its

continued support  and for generously underwriting the 2009 Women &

Influence  conference. We also are grateful to Moore College of Art &

Design for hosting  the event.

For more  information, directions, information on parking,

and public  transportation options or to register,

please contact Cate  Galbally or call



a Women's Way  event!


Carol Rogers

Philadelphia  Department of Public Health

Health  Commissioner's Office

1401 JFK Blvd,  Suite 600

Philadelphia, PA  19102


Tel: 215.686.5243

Fax: 215.686.5212


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The  Healer's Sweat



Healers  Need Healing Too ~ Be Energized  Be  Renewed

All  Wholistic Health Practitioners are Invited!



Every  Third Friday, 8:30pm - 11:30pm


November  20th


December  16th



Lake  Claire Community Land Trust


317  Nelms Avenue; S.E. Atlanta,GA 30307


Facilitated  by:  Robert Pue, Sun Glazer &  Reflexogist




Both  men and women practitioners are invited to attend. Please wear loose fitting  clothing (men may wear shorts and ladies may wear long sarong style dresses).  Please also bring

with  you a bottle of water and at least two towels.


To  get the most out of the sweat, it's good to eliminate or reduce your intake  of the following foods at least three days before the sweat and increase your  water consumption. This will allow you to withstand more heat and detoxify at  a higher level.



Starchy  foods







$10  Love Offering


ABOUT  Lake Claire Sweat Lodge it's a green urban oasis in

the  heart of the city, now home to The Healer's Sweat.




I-20  exit Moreland Avenue North - R- Mc Clendon Avenue

go  thru four traffic lights - R –

Nelm  Avenue, parking is available on the street.


If  you are a hands-on practitioner and would like to provide

services  at the Sweat, let us know.


Reservations  are strongly suggested but not required,

call  404. 890 6564 or 770.621 5056 or

email  us here at,  see you there!



Candles  Created & The Black Vegetarian Society of Georgia

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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.

To  join: A Hand Up!

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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.”


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,

“Nu Day  Resurrection and Liberation" Show LIVE each Saturday evening 10:30  PM--12:00 midnight EST.

"NU Day" is heard in Philly and, worldwide,  through the internet at:  Or you can tune in via podcast at 646-652-2232

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

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