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The  Coalition, Inc.

Friday 18 November 2011

  “Communication – Cooperation – Collaboration”           
Volume  6, Number 15

The Coalition, Inc. Board of Directors

Gary R. Adams (President/CEO), John E. Churchville  (Treasurer), 


Josephine Blow, Stanley Daniels, Quibila Divine, Nijah  Famous, Tom ‘Bunny’ Henry, Lansana Koroma, Abdul Malik Raheem, Lewis  Williams,

Table of content

For Our Children … 02

This Week … 02

Employment and Training Opportunities … 04

Health Matters …04

Green Piece … 05

Grants, Scholarships   & Instruction… 06

SpotLight … 07

Arts for Awareness … 09

Coming Up …09

Computers and Technology … 13

A Hand Up … 15

Word-of-the-Week … 16





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"The wise adapt  themselves to circumstances, as water moulds itself to the pitcher."
Chinese Proverbs


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"He  gave millions to charity, but when he was down and out, how come they didn't  help the Champ out? He loved this city. He was a Rocky movie. A legacy is  what you do when you don't get paid for it because you don't care about your  pocketbook. People in Philadelphia need to write a check to get a Joe Frazier  statue built, to buy [Joe Frazier's] gym back." – Michael Stallone, son of Sylvester  "Rocky Balboa" Stallone.

 "He cried. He cried." – Stallone on his father's reaction to hearing of  Frazier's death. He couldn't attend because he was in Bulgaria filming  "The Expendables 2."


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A goal is not always  meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.
Bruce Lee



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I'm not in this world  to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to  mine.
Bruce Lee



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To hell with circumstances; I create  opportunities.
Bruce Lee



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If you spend too much  time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.
Bruce Lee


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If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or  anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no  limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go  beyond them.
 Bruce Lee






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Hereeeeeeeeeeeeees...  Kathy’s Korner!


"I'd like the number for Jennifer Smith in Richmond,  Virginia," the

young man said to the 411 operator.


"There are multiple listings for Jennifer Smith in Richmond,

Virginia," the operator said. "Do you have a street  name?"


The young man hesitated a moment, "Well, uh, some people call me  Bubba."


 (Kathy  Parsons is a regular contributor.)




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I fear not the man who has  practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick  10,000 times.
 Bruce Lee






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Always  be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look  for a successful personality and duplicate it.
 Bruce Lee








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As you think, so shall you become.
Bruce Lee












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Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge  for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human  being is the sincere and honest development of one's potential.
 Bruce Lee




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To me, the extraordinary aspect of  martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and  martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial  arts, the less wastage of expression there is.
Bruce Lee







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Take things as they are. Punch when  you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick.
Bruce Lee








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supposititious  \suh-poz-uh-TISH-uhs\  Fraudulently substituted for something  else; not being what it purports to be; not genuine; spurious; counterfeit;  Hypothetical; supposed.


Greetings Coalition  Family!


In  joyful submission we said good-bye to two Heavyweights this week. Heavyweight  boxing legend Smokin’ Joe Frazier and Heavyweight Hip Hop pioneer Heavy D. We  offer our condolences to their families and loved ones, while celebrating  their new beginning. Rest in peace brothers, your legacy remains.


We  also acknowledge the birthday of another bright star, the inimitable Bruce  Lee!




All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability  or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.
 Bruce Lee













 “We  each hold a piece to the puzzle.” – Dr. John Elliott Churchville

“Communicate… Cooperate… Collaborate”


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


Cap4Kids  Hint of the Week


1st quarter report cards coming soon. Some  children are doing well in school and some may be struggling. For those that  need a little extra help or tutoring, there are several resources in Philly and  on the internet to help.

On the  website, under the Education Resource tab  (  you will find info on SES (Supplemental Education Services) for low-income  students whose school is not making adequate yearly progress to get free  tutoring. Also, you will find info on Khan Academy a free online innovative  tutoring tool as well as Parent University and Philly Counselor.

Also, if you have a Facebook page and want  a place to see updates on Cap4Kids as well as an archive of previous hint,  friend us at!/pages/Cap4Kids-Childrens-Advocacy-Project-of-Philadelphia/128539460582710

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The Philadelphia Marathon Weekend

November 18-20, 2011

The Philadelphia Marathon is a 26.2-mile race that occurs each  November and is officially recognized by USA Track & Field. In previous  years the Marathon organization has also offered a half-marathon, 8k and  children's runs on race day. The first Philadelphia Marathon took place in  1994.

Running the  Marathon

Registration for the race begins each April and typically sells out  before race day; if you're thinking about signing up, plan accordingly. You  do not need a qualifying time to register for the marathon.

Marathon Route

The Philadelphia Marathon starts and ends in the Art Museum area and  passes through several neighborhoods including Old City, South Street, West  Philadelphia and Manayunk. For a map of the marathon route, visit the marathon's  website.

Watching the  Marathon

The Philadelphia Marathon offers several "cheer zones"  along the marathon route, with many featuring live entertainment, food and  drink. Visit the Philadelphia Marathon's Watch  the Race page for a list of this year's cheering areas. Remember when  traveling to the race that many roads will be blocked off, and you should  plan your route accordingly.

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The Kingsessing Fifth Division Community of  Neighbors

is a community group, with a core group of  block captains, who have been actively involved in servicing the needs of the  residents in our community.  This year  our organization will be sponsoring our 2nd annual blanket drive to collect  blankets for members of our community.   The name of this project is

“Operation Blank Out the Cold.”  

The goal of this effort is to supply at  least one blanket to the more than one hundred families that will be in need  of such a resource.  The belief of  K5DCN’s is that there are people such as you, your company, churches,  agencies, and other organizations that would be interested in participating  in such a worthy project.  Last year  thanks to many such as yourselves we collected 100 blankets. We know that  because of the high cost of energy, and the financial crisis that our country  continues to experience, our neighbors need our help. Due to health reasons  we request that your donations be new blankets.  K5DCN also knows that it was supporters like you who help us in  September 2011 when we gave away 245 schoolbags full of school supplies.


The dates we will be collecting blankets  are

Saturday November 19, 2011 through  Wednesday November 30, 2011. 


The following place is a drop-off point for  your contribution.1216 South 52nd Street (11am-3pm) Monday thru Saturday.  Please call for five blankets or more, we will pick up.

To support this worthy effort contact:





Blankets will be distributed on Saturday  12/03/11 during the

Kingsessing Christmas Service at the

Kingsessing Recreation Center,

located at 49th and Chester Avenue.

Come on out and share the evening.  Festivities start at 3pm.

Thanking you in advance for your attention.  April Turner Co-Coordinator                          Gloria Turner Co-coordinator



Locations for drop-offs:1216 South 52nd  Street (11am-3pm) Monday thru FridayPlease call for five blankets or more, we  will pick up.     

Blankets will be distributed on Saturday  12/03/08 during the Kingsessing Fifth Division Community of  NeighborsChristmas Service at the Kingsessing Recreation Center, located at  49th and Chester Avenue. Come on out and share in the service.  Start time 3PM.




FEMA positions up to six  figures available in our online Coalition  Group ongoing updates will be posted as they become available.





Kingsessing Fifth Division Community of  Neighbors







P.O. Box 19974




Gregory R. Benjamin-Chairman

Gilbert Wesley Johnson-Treasure

Phil Hughes-Secretary

Ronald Currie-Sergeant At Arms

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Banana  Peels Can Purify Polluted Drinking Water, Scientists Say

by  Katie  Robbins

Did  you hear the one about the chemist and the banana peel?

 As much as it sounds like one, this isn’t the set-up for a slapstick punch  line. Scientists in Brazil have discovered that banana peels can be used to  clean polluted drinking water, NPR reports.


Gustavo  Castro, an environmental chemist at Sao Paulo State University, suspected  that we might be overlooking valuable properties in the peels. "I have  heard for a long time that we usually throw out the best part of the fruit  and that most of the nutrients and proteins are in parts not used by us, such  as the peels," he told the American Chemical Society in a podcast. "From there,  I decided to make an initial experiment to determine the chemical composition  of the peel."


Castro  found that banana peels contain nitrogen, sulfur, and

carboxylic  acids, which, he noted, bind with positively-charged

heavy  metals often leached into water from mining or industrial runoff. Since many  methods of removing metals from the water are expensive and toxic, Castro  thought he might be on to a more natural method of cleaning drinking water.


He  and his colleagues chopped and dried bits of banana peel and combined them  with water from Brazil's polluted Paraná River.

The  peels stood up to other types of commonly-used filtering

products  like silica and carbon, and scientists found that the peels

could  be used up to 11 times without losing their purifying powers.

And  they were cheap.

"I  was surprised to learn that something so simple could work so well,"  said Castro. "I believe banana peels can be of great importance in

water  purification."

But  one important question remains: With banana skins going to a good cause, what  will pranksters use for a good-old fashioned peel pratfall?

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The Electronic Industries Alliance  provides a list of local electronic recycling facilities, including Philly’s  Northeast Drop-off Center at State Road & Ashburner Street and Northwest  Drop-Off Center at Domino Lane & Umbria Street.
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Recycling Services Inc. in Pottstown takes styrofoam on Saturday  and Tuesday mornings.

For sustainable enterprise go to Green Jobs Philly

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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 programs.

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 





Are you currently in shut off status with  your utility companies?

ACHIEVEability now accepting UESF utility  applications. See flyer attached. Utility Grant Program: Will assist with gas  (PGW), electric (PECO) and water (PWD) accounts in shut off status or already  terminated.  Maximum amount for gas  and electric is $1,500 and water is $500.   All grants must be applied to the utility account and reach a zero  balance.  If the bill is an excess of  the grant the applicant is responsible for the balance at time of their  application.  ELIGIBILITY· Applicant  must have notice from utility company of termination or impeding shut off.·  When LiHeap Cash and Crisis opens, applicant must have notice of award amount  or denial letter.· Applicant must be a Philadelphia resident.· Applicant must  not have received Utility Grant in past 24 months.· Applicant must have  social security cards and 30-day income information for everyone in household.·  Applicant must provide utility bill in their name.· Applicant must be within  the below income guidelines:

House-hold Size           Per  Month

1 person                $1,588

2 persons              $2,145

3 persons              $2,702

4 persons              $3,259

5 persons              $3,816

6 persons                        $4,374

Contact ACHIEVEability’s Community Office  at 215-748-8838 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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SpotLight On Our Efforts


Urban charm school head provides a  "pocketbook for success" for today's teens in new book,

The DivaGirl's Guide to Style and  Self-Respect


From coast to coast, it's no wonder why  urban girls are in a state of crisis: Teenage mothers are the latest stars of  MTV, and female flash-mob robbers are a hit on YouTube. ?


But what happens when the camera crews are  off chasing the next sensational craze? Many teen girls will be left alone,  out of the spotlight, struggling to find their way from adolescence to  adulthood. ??

High school dropout rates range from 40% to  50% for urban teen girls ?

Girl-on-girl violence is on the rise,  accounting for 1 in 4 violent episodes?

Sexually transmitted diseases have reached  epidemic levels among urban teen girls??

What happens when these girls realize that  their 15 minutes of fame and poor decision-making could lead to a lifetime of  consequences? ??

Help is on the way. We've got "your  pocketbook to success" with The DivaGirl's Guide to Style and  Self-Respect by Cheryl Ann Wadlington with Sonya Beard, coming in March 2012  from The Elevator Group.


Over many years of operating her popular  modeling seminars, self-image workshops and urban charm school, Evoluer House  in Philadelphia, Wadlington has talked to-and listened to- thousands of  girls. She knows their interests and struggles; she understands where they're  coming from and where they're going. She's that big sister who believes in  them and says, "You can make it!"


This hands-on guide advises girls on  fashion tips and beauty secrets, playing nice with friends and keeping guys  in check, and how to handle herself in cyberspace and in the real world-all  while keeping her cool points.


It also addresses more serious issues that  affect her self-esteem and her ability to succeed. This book isn't full of  random "shoulds" to memorize. It explains all the "whys,"  so today's girl can make wise decisions.


About the Authors: Cheryl Ann Wadlington is  one of the nation's premiere fashion and beauty journalists and a leading  consultant in the field of personal growth. An accomplished writer,  television personality and sought-after motivational speaker, she has reached  millions through publications such as Self, Essence, Life & Style, and The  Philadelphia Daily News. She founded Evoluer Image Consultants, an  award-winning full-service agency in Philadelphia that provides clients with  extensive makeovers, personal shopping and wardrobe management. She also  operates the nonprofit organization, The Evoluer House, which has graduated  more than 700 socio-economically challenged girls from this highly successful  personal development program. Cheryl majored in advertising and  communications at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Fashion  Merchandising at Bauder Fashion College. She also served on the faculty of  the Temple University School of Communications and the advisory board of  Cheyney University's Fashion Merchandising program.


Sonya Beard, a nationally award-winning  journalist, spent more than five years at In Style, the international fashion  magazine at Time Inc. She served as a media consultant for Kulture2Couture, a  fashion initiative by the Mayor's Office of London. And she's been a  freelance book editor who's worked on beauty and fashion titles, including  Soul Style: Black Women Redefining the Color of Fashion and Black Hair: Art,  Style and Culture. The Temple University graduate is based in Seoul, where  she is a contributing writer for Seoul magazine and an expat correspondent  for The Korea Herald.




"I applaud this precious book. Thank  God for Cheryl Ann Wadlington!"

?-Cornel  West, Ph.D., Princeton professor and cultural critic??

"The DivaGirl's Guide is the perfect  antidote: a blueprint for girls to negotiate the difficult journey into  adulthood with a sense of dignity, grace and style." ??

-Jason King, Ph.D., Clive Davis Department  of Recorded Music, New York University


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I see little of more importance to the  future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place  of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must  set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. Pauline Kael


Cape May Jazz Fest Fundraiser

Friday and Saturday November 11th  & 12th

Friday: Geno White @ Martini Beach, 6:00pm

The Tom Larsen Blues Band @ Cabanas, 9:30pm

Saturday: Frank Bey @ Cabanas, 1:00pm

Eddie Morgan @ Martini Beach, 6:00pm

Blue Bone @ Cabanas, 9:30pm

Purchase tickets at:  for guaranteed seating.

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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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First  Friday - Throughout the city
There’s diversity both in the crowd and among the  galleries, adding flavor to the experience. The largest network of galleries  is between Front and Third, and Market and Vine Streets, but many galleries  throughout the city also participate.

It  began in 1991 by the Old City Arts Association as a  collaborative open house. First Friday is one of Philadelphia's most unique  cultural experiences.

Held  the first Friday night of each month, rain or shine, year-round.
 Hours: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
 No admission

This  art community “open house” brings together city dwellers and suburbanites,  contemporary arts and antique collectors, aficionados of classical and  contemporary design, and theater and performance buffs.

The welcoming informality of  First Friday attracts crowds of casual browsers as well as serious buyers to  each festive event, featuring dozens of Old City’s galleries and shops  hosting exhibition receptions or just open for your perusal and enjoyment.

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* *  *  Outside PA  *  *  *


Occupy The Hood Calls On Young People of  African Descent to Uplift the Community

By Phillip Jackson

November 1, 2011

(Liberia, West Africa) The Occupy Wall  Street Movement has captured the imagination of the world.  We now have Occupy Tokyo, Occupy Berlin,  Occupy Mexico, Occupy Australia, Occupy Brazil, Occupy Denmark, Occupy Asia  and even Occupy Antarctica.  But where  are the voices of young people of African descent and why are their voices  silent?

On Saturday, November 19, 2011, people of  African descent are being encouraged to join the Occupy Wall Street Movement  in their cities and in their communities.    But before occupying Wall Street or any street, we need to properly  and successfully occupy the minds and spirits of people of African descent  with thoughts of improvement, achievement, excellence, progress and  cooperative labor. We must do this every day until we have created a new  world in which people of African descent will thrive!

To look at the evening news on the  occupations, it would seem as though young White men and women suffer most  from the problems of our societies and the world in which we live.  That is absolutely not true!  In fact, the suffering from social and  economic ills of people of African descent around the world is hugely  disproportionate.  So why has the  "Occupy Movement" not inspired more young Black people across the  globe to demand change and improvement in their world?


Some say Black people have too many  "real" problems to be concerned about the volatility of the stock  markets or whether Fortune 500 companies will each capture another billion  dollars.  Some say that Black  Americans have forgotten the lessons learned from the civil rights  movement.  And others say that young  Africans and young Black Americans today have been reprogrammed with  technological toys, various forms of entertainment and other relatively  mindless distractions.  Regardless,  young Black people around the world do not understand that decisions that  govern the quality of their lives are being made without their input.

But a glimmer of hope has come to us in the  form of a spinoff from Occupy Wall Street.   It is called Occupy The Hood. While Occupy Wall Street addresses the  viciousness of capitalism, uneven distribution and control of world  resources, corrupt and ineffective governments, lack of human well-being  across the world, climate change and the environment, wars and global  violence and other dire issues, Occupy The Hood is being led by young people  of African descent and addresses issues that cause people of African descent  to suffer.  And while we must  absolutely stand in solidarity with our White, Asian, Arab and Hispanic  brothers and sisters working to change the world, we must also organize to  directly improve the conditions in our "hood".

If things are going to change for us for  the better, young people of African descent around the world must begin the  real work of nation-building.  This  work begins by getting in action in their communities, in their villages, in  their cities and in their countries-to generate and ensure safe and  prosperous places for us.  We cannot  wait for our parents, our leaders, Wall Street or those who occupy Wall  Street before we take control of our futures and our destiny.  We must organize and get into action now  doing the work to save our race!

On November 19, people of African descent  around the world will join in this work to Occupy The Hood.  This work calls us to mentor youth in  schools and in communities, assist and support senior citizens, work with men  in jail, prison and ex-offenders, clean up neighborhood paper, trash, etc.,  walk safety patrols in communities, take youth to faith-based services, read  to children at local schools, organize community health walks/runs, hold  community-wide voter registration drives, organize men to take their children  to museums, parks, sporting events and cultural events, organize volunteers  to help at local hospitals, shelters, recreational and park-district  facilities, shop at Black-owned stores, and design and develop additional  community-building direct actions.

For young people of African descent, Occupy  The Hood is this generation's civil rights movement!  Launching Occupy Wall Street took only  three days.  How long will it take us  to Occupy The Hood?

Phillip Jackson

Founder and Executive Director

The Black Star Project

3509 South King Drive

Chicago, Illinois 60653

773.285.9600 office

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Rebirth of a Nation:

Race and Gender Politics in Today's Media

Saturday, November 5, 2011

12:00-3:00 pm

Max Palevsky Theater, Ida Noyes Hall (1212  E. 59th Street)


Rosa Clemente (Community organizer, journalist &  Executive Director of the Hip-Hop Caucus)

Joan Morgan (Journalist, cultural critic and author,  When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: My Life as a Hip-Hop Feminist.)

Mark Anthony Neal (Professor, Black Popular Culture, Duke  University, and author of NewBlack Man: Rethinking Black Masculinity)

VijayPrashad (Professor & Director, International  Studies, Trinity College, and author of The Darker Nations: A People’s  History of The Third World)

Che "Rhymefest" Smith (Grammy Award-winning Raptivist)

Bakari Kitwana (Moderator-Journalist, activist, political  analyst, and author of The

Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the  Crisis in African American Culture, and the forthcoming Hip-Hop Activism in  the Obama Era)

This interactive event includes a panel of  scholars, activists and artists in discussion with the audience about the  politics of media representations of race and gender in this current period,  which has been characterized by some as post-race and post-feminist.  We will dissect contemporary moments in  popular culture and political debates where race, gender, class and identity  come center stage. Films like The Help, reality television shows like  Basketball Wives, and hot button political issues such as immigration,  Islamophobia, Slut Walk and the burgeoning Occupy Wall Street campaign lead  the list.

Possible questions to be addressed include:

-How do popular narratives of Blackness  from Birth of a Nation to Precious impact public policy around policing,  incarceration, housing and employment?

-To what extent does gender and class  continue to inform our understanding of race?

- Is there room for the full-range of race  and gender expressions in the American mainstream?

- How do the debates around immigration  challenge the black/white paradigm in our understanding of race and class?

-What can we do to move these discussions  beyond outdated racial and gender paradigms?


Co-presented by The Center for the Study of  Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago; the Black Youth  Project; the Organization of Black Students @U. Chicago; and Rap Sessions:  Community Dialogues on Hip Hop

Free & open to the public.

Persons   with  a  disability  who  believe  they   may  need  assistance  should contact Jessica Sparks at CSRPC in advance at  773.702.8063.

Mrs. Donnie Smith

Assistant to Che "Rhymefest"  Smith

Phone: (773) 597-5646

Fax: (773) 891-1133

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Comcast  unveils new plan to combat digital divide

  Comcast has announced that it will begin offering a new  service, Internet  Essentials, in time for the 2011-12 school year.
    This initiative will directly address the major barriers that  many in our communities face for in-home broadband adoption:   affordability and lack of digital literacy.
    In today’s world, it is important for everyone to be digitally  literate.  Broadband adoption is vital for our communities because it  helps improve our children’s education, our local economy, and the ability  for members of our communities to find jobs and benefit from opportunities  available online.
    Comcast Internet Essentials will provide eligible families with:
    -- Affordable home Internet service ($9.95 per month)
    -- A low-cost computer ($149.99 plus taxes)
    -- Access to free internet training – online, in print and in  classroom (at established community training sites)
    Internet Essentials will be available everywhere that Comcast  offers its high-speed Internet service.  Students in more than 4,000  school districts in 39 states and the District of Columbia will be able to  participate.
    Comcast will accept new Internet Essentials participants for at  least three years, through the end of the 2013-14 school year.  Any  household that qualifies during this three-year period will remain eligible  for Internet Essentials, provided the household still qualifies for the  program, until that child graduates from high school.
    For more details, go here.
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Free online journal focuses on technology  for nonprofits
   Technology can help nonprofits create the change they want  to see in

the  world. But even with daily evidence of world-changing innovations

and  applications of technology, it's difficult for nonprofit leaders to

know  how to apply it to their missions.
  NTEN:Change, a free online journal from the

Nonprofit Technology Network,  

provides  the guidance and practical considerations nonprofits need to

make  the sound investments and decisions that will help them meet

their  goals.
    Free subscriptions are available here.

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Group  offers low-cost web access to nonprofits

Mobile  Citizen, a provider of mobile broadband for education and nonprofits, will  offer a Technology Assistance Grant program beginning in January to provide  non-profit organizations with affordable access to the Internet.

Available  only in Portland, Oregon, Las Vegas, and Philadelphia, the grant includes  reduced-price service from Mobile Citizen, with unlimited usage for only  $10/month or $120/year per account.   It bundles Mobile Citizen’s wireless broadband, powered by WiMAX, a  fourth generation (4G) technology from Clearwire Corporation with a variety  of benefits available only to grantees, including:

--  12 months of service from Mobile Citizen extended to 15 months at no  additional charge.  With this,  nonprofits receive three free months of service per account.

--  Dedicated Mobile Citizen Customer Care customized for non-profit  organizations.

--  A free one-year membership to NTEN, a nonprofit technology network, ongoing  information and news as well as access to a support community.

--  A choice of additional benefits including an educational webinar series.

For  more information, email Free  Trial.






"None of us has gotten where we are solely by pulling ourselves  up from our own bootstraps. We got here because somebody bent down and helped  us." - Thurgood Marshall


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As amazing as it may sound many people do not realize how easy it is

to LEGALLY stop paying for their groceries! This is how the one hour

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Q: Are these manufacturer coupons or  coupons that I print on my computer?

A:  All of our coupons are actual manufacturer coupons. Fewer and fewer retailers  accept coupons that are printed from your computer because of a huge increase  in counterfeit coupons. Actual manufacturer coupons which we issue are  accepted everywhere that coupons are accepted.

Q:  Can these coupons be doubled?
 A: Yes. These are manufacturer issued coupons and may be doubled in any store  that offers double coupons.

Q:  What are the face values and the expiration dates of these coupons?
 A: Being manufacturer coupons, the manufactuer determines the face values of  the coupons. We currently stock coupons ranging in value from 40 cents to  5.00 dollars. The coupon expiration dates are generally valid for 90 days.

Q:  How can I use $1,000.00 worth of coupons in 90 days?
 A: With our program, you get to choose the coupons you want, when you want  them. This way you never have to worry about the coupons expiring.

Q: How do I choose the coupons  I want?
 A: Each coupon book contains coupon request slips which you fill out and send  in. Those coupons are then mailed to you.                                           ----- Coalition  members! Activate ‘Your’web link on The Coalition,  Inc. web site -----












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