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The "Offering Reconciliation" Project
The "Offering Reconciliation" Project, initiated by the Israeli Friends of the Family Forum
presents to the public at large, the idea of reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians through Art.
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Friday 18 April 2008

Volume 2, Number 33

Coalition Board of Directors

Gary R. Adams, President

John E. Churchville, Treasurer

Yvonne Haughton, Secretary


Stanley Daniels

Tom Henry

Abdul Malik Raheem

Angela Mohammed


Table of content


For Our Children … 01

This Week … 10

Employment and Training Opportunities … 13

Health Matters … 14

Green Piece … 16

Grants and Scholarships … 19

SpotLight … 22

Arts for Awareness … 23

Coming Up …29

Computers and Technology … 32

A Hand Up … 33

On The Airways … 34



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If you would like to report on a recent community event, feel free to send us a brief account of what happened, we will share it with our readers.

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Tuskeegee Anyone?


Government sponsored experiments with poor Baltimore, Maryland families!
















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We are proud to announce that News From The Coalition is featured on the internationally acclaimed site Eight Cities Map

Click here: EightCitiesMAP Choose "Philadelphia's Online Community 

“Newsletter" from the menu.













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Stop thinking and end your problems. What difference between yes and no? What difference between success and failure? Must you value what others value, and avoid what others avoid? How ridiculous! Lao Tzu

































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Volunteers are still needed to help organize the first INTER-FAITH COMMUNITY
SURVIVAL SUMMIT to be held in the city of Philadelphia. For information or to volunteer or register as a representative for your place of worship, call 215.387.2734 or email:





























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After having dug to a depth of 10 meters last year, Scottish scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 100 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 100 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the Scots, in the weeks that followed, English
scientists dug to a depth of 20 meters, and shortly after, headlines
in the English newspapers read: "English archaeologists have found traces of 200 year old copper wire and have concluded that their
ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network a hundred years earlier than the Scots."

One week later, "The Kerryman," a southwest Irish newsletter, reported the following: "After digging as deep as 30 meters in peat
bog near Tralee, self-taught archaeologist Paddy O'Droll reported
that he found absolutely nothing. Paddy has therefore concluded that 300 years ago Ireland had already gone wireless."









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Two friends, one an Optimist and the other a Pessimist could never
quite agree on any topic of discussion. One day the Optimist decided
he had found a good way to pull his Pessimistic friend out of his
continual Pessimistic way of thinking. The Optimist owned a hunting
dog that could walk on water. His plan? Take the Pessimist and the
dog out duck hunting in a boat.

They got out into the middle of the lake, and the Optimist shot down
a duck. The dog immediately walked out across the water, retrieved
the duck, and walked back to the boat.

The Optimist looked at his Pessimistic friend and said, "What do you
think about that?"

The Pessimist replied, "That dog can't swim, can he?"

















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God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave. Francis Bacon






























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This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.
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Word of The Week: effrontery \ih-FRUN-tuh-ree\, Insulting presump-tuousness; shameless boldness; insolence.








































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Instead of bewailing the fact that we can't have all that we want, many of us should be thankful we don't get all we deserve. (Farmers Almanac)



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I met a man who had been married for 66 years.

"Amazing. 66 years!" I said. "What's the secret to such a long, happy
"Well," he replied, "It's like this. The man makes all the big decisions and the woman just makes the little decisions."
"Really?" I responded. "Does that really work?"
"Oh, yes," he said proudly. "66 years, and so far, not one big decision!"


























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We will be spotlighting members and organizations weekly, 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 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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Volunteers are still needed to help organize the first INTER-FAITH COMMUNITY
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Greetings Coalition Family!


We’ve added a new feature to the newsletter “GREEN PIECE”. Please feel free to submit information and event notices relative to environmental health, safety. Thank you.


Join A HAND UP! To make donations or donation requests.


Gary R. Adams,

Chairman for The Coalition


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Are you interested in further developing and supporting the success of

Young adults in the Overbrook and Carroll Park neighborhoods?


Then you will want to enroll them in the workshop series hosted by our colleagues Pastor Doretha Lindsay of St. Peters Church of God and

Pastor Myra Maxwell of Restoration Interdenominational Ministries.


Saturday April 19th 2008, and Saturday July 19th, 2008 10:00am – 1:00pm


See “Correction:Workshops for youth and young adults of Overbrook and Carroll Park Neighborhoods” in the message section of our Google group





Bullying/Peer Mediation Workshop


We all know someone who has or is being bullied. Learn how to manage

conflict and anger without resorting to violence.


Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Thurgood Marshall Elementary School

6th & Duncannon Street

Philadelphia, Pa. 19120


5:15 – 8:00 PM


For more information contact:

Charlene Samuels

(215) 456-5561


Who should attend?

Anyone who is interested in dealing with the problem of bullying!


All middle and high school students and their parents are strongly

encouraged to attend!


Community service hours available


Dinner will be served promptly at 5:15 pm.

Program begins at 6:00


Sponsored by Logan Olney EPIC Stakeholders and

The Department of Human Services




Zeta Iota Iota Chapter presents




SATURDAY, APRIL 26th, 2008

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Harambee Charter School

66th & Media Streets

Philadelphia, Pa

For Appointments Click Below:


Be an African American Hero to a Child with Sickle Cell Disease!

Through a one-of-a-kind program, the American Red Cross and local children’s hospitals are improving care for children with sickle cell disease -- and we need your help! Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease that affects more than 90,000 people in the United States, ninety percent of whom are of African descent.

There is no cure for sickle cell disease, but good medical care, including blood transfusions, can help manage and prevent the pain and

serious complications of the disease.

What You Can Do To Help

Blood donors are the real heroes in this story because some patients with sickle cell disease need many units of blood every month! But if the blood is not a very close match, the patient may reject the blood and source of help and hope will be gone. This condition, called alloimmunization, can be fatal.


The best matches for these patients will come from African American donors.

African American donors who want to help can choose to give blood for a child with sickle cell disease by using a special blue tag available at all Red Cross blood drives and donor centers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

If you are African American, please share your good health with a child who has sickle cell disease by doing something simple, easy, and safe by giving blood.


Felicia Parker-Cox

Community Outreach Specialist

American Red Cross, Penn-Jersey Region

Cooperative Sickle Cell Donor Program

215-451-4945 (office)

215-687-8990 (mobile)






Date:  APRIL 25-27, 2008

Friday, April 25:             4:00 pm-8:30 pm
Saturday, April 26:           9:00 am-6:30 pm
Sunday, April 27:             9:00 am-2:30 pm


2615 N. 4TH Street, Philadelphia, PA (4th at Lehigh)
The violence that besets our community and the world can be overcome.
You can develop powerful, effective ways to deal with conflict,
increase understanding, develop healthy relationships, and enhance the safety and well-being of all.

☼    Rediscover the power of respect and affirmation
☼    Practice responsible, honest and constructive communication
☼    Explore the value of building a nurturing community
☼    Delve into the challenges and rewards of cooperation
☼    Experience creative problem solving and conflict transformation


Teachers, Social Workers, Community Organizers, People of Faith,
Police, Parents, Youth, and…  Anybody seeking real alternatives to violence!

Registration:  On or before April 11.  Space is limited.
Fees:  Advance payment: $10.00.  At the door:  $15.00
The workshop fees are set to cover costs of materials and snacks.  Scholarships are available.

Note:  This is a cooperative workshop, where everybody contributes to the group’s experience.  A commitment to participate throughout the weekend is required.

Information: Jorge Aráuz
Tel: 215 421 5811; email:

The Alternative to Violence Project (AVP) is an independent, non-sectarian, world-wide community of volunteers dedicated to the search of healthy and constructive ways to address conflict.   This workshop is sponsored by the Fairhill Friends Ministry, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.



Baby Care Drive for Community Baby Shower


Germantown Settlement a multi-service organization is holding its 2nd annual Baby Care Drive for its Community Baby Shower entitled Watering the Seeds of Tomorrow. We understand that throwing a baby shower for a friend is a tradition, but throwing one for an anonymous mother in need is an act of kindness. This year, our event is expected to reach over 350 to 400 new and expected mothers.

The Drive will end May 16, 2008.

Our Community Baby shower will be held Saturday, May 31, 2008 from 10:00 to 6:00 pm.


We are asking for donations to obtain the following new or gently used baby items:

Diapers, Baby wipes, Carry All Bags, (Layettes, blankets, receiving blanket, sheet, bumpers, etc.) Infant clothing (new boys and girls clothing, sleep sets, t-shirts, bibs, hats, sweaters, etc.), Bathing items (baby soaps, shampoo, cotton, balls, towels, etc), Infant suitable toys (rattlers, pacifiers, plush toys, books), Bottles, formula, bottle cleaners, Baby monitor, breastfeeding pumps, breast pads, children books, baby food, baby and toddler toys, Eating items (sippy cups, plastic bowls cups, etc.), Baby furniture (portable and standard cribs, bassinets, high chair, baby swing, walker, strollers, bouncers, potties, baby furniture, etc. (Monetary donations for our baby item giveaways)

If you wish to provide a monetary donation, please send your check, cash or money order to Germantown Settlement, Welcome New Babies program, 5538C Wayne Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19144. Baby item drop off are at the same location, or call and we will pick it up. If you have any questions, please call Germantown Settlement at: 215-849-3104, extension 113 or 183 or email us at or

Thank you in advance for your support and commitment to the Baby Care Drive for our Community Baby Shower and remember: "Good parents give their children Roots and Wings." --Jonas Salk



Community College of Philadelphia's Act Now/Act 101 Program

The Act Now/Act 101 Program is seeking your assistance in the development of the following new opportunities for their Leadership Learning Community students.


Mentoring Program: It is important for students to meet professionals, outside of the Act Now/Act 101 Program, who have completed college and who would be available to offer guidance and support as they pursue their academic and career goals.


Informational Interviews: While some of our students have chosen majors to pursue others are still undecided. It is helpful for them to meet professionals in the fields they are considering. The time commitment for Informational Interviews is minimal. The Act Now/Act 101 Program will keep a list of individuals representing a variety of professions. Interested students will contact the representatives to schedule an interview. Interviews may be conducted by telephone or in person and should take no longer than an hour.


For application or more information, please email Erika Hernandez




The sigma Sharks Pop Warner football program is looking for coaches for the 2008 season beginning this summer. We have 4 teams covering ages 7 – 13, and practice at 19th and Washington Ave. Time commitment is 10hrs/week in August and 6hrs/week in Sept./Oct. For more information: Coach Darron at 267.972.8921 or email:



Resources for Children’s Health’s SAFE program has openings for new clients. In our SAFE program, we provide parents of children aged birth through 5 years with the information, resources and support they need to raise healthy and happy children. A peer and professional staff conduct services. Spanish-speaking case managers are available.

Services include:


·        In-home visits

·        Help in obtaining medical, pediatric and well-baby care;

·        Accompaniment to medical appointments and other appointments;

·        Connecting participants to supportive community resources to

     meet identified needs;

·        Health and nutrition information, resources and written handouts;

·        Incentives- baby items, parent-child activity books, home safety items, and others;

·        Assisting participants in securing health insurance or other benefits;

·        Supporting participants in engaging in healthy lifestyle practices, such as smoking cessation, exercise and good adult and child nutrition;

·        “Hands-on” support, such as grocery shopping to show participants how to purchase good quality nutritional food at reasonable prices; and

·        Positive parenting and health education workshops, which are open to everyone in the community.


For more information, to sign up, or to make a referral to the SAFE Program, please contact Brenda Rochester, SAFE Supervisor, at 215.985.6252.



Kids With a Mission!

The 1st African American Kids Entrepreneur Radio Show on

Junior Entrepreneurs On The Move Radio show Saturdays at 6pm.

You can find JEOTM at

JEOTM  Radio is the brainchild of 2 young men Jerry who is 12 years old and his brother RJ AKA Spidey Boy who is 8 years old.

JEOTM was created to encourage and foster the entrepreneurial spirit in young people.

Each show will feature guests that introduce youth early on to business concepts and entrepreneurship.

By empowering youth JEOTM Radio seeks to instill key skills that will enable financial independence.




RESOURCE Program (PEER) presents


Free parenting classes

Attend the FREE non-judgmental ten week program and receive a


$100.00 food gift card or Earn $100.00 towards a utility bill of your choice


Classes are held weekly at

Tustin Recreation Center

5901 Columbia Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19151

Mondays 6:00pm – 8:00pm


Other sites available - Enrollment is ongoing


A project of the Lutheran Children and Family Service


Sonya Harris-Saunders, Program Coordinator 215.339.8002 ext 19

Wendy Brown, Administrative Assistant 215.424.3741 ext 248





is looking for tutors for their tutoring program at East Spencer Miller Elementary School at 43rd and Westminster.  Tutoring takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 7pm, and is for students 8-12 years of age.

If you or anyone you know can help during either of these two timeframes, please contact Malik (aka Norm) Johnson, at 215-410-2859.

Please share this information; you never know who has a couple of hours a week to help our kids. 





C&C Athletic Association also has a tutoring and mentoring program at Eastwick Recreation Center at 80th and Mars Sts. for students, age 10-17. This program runs from November to April. Contact Calvin Johnson (215-738-5181) if you can help or know someone who needs to be tutored.




Registration is ongoing for the Stop The Madness/Stop The Violence Youth Summer Basketball League at Tustin Recreational Center 5901 Columbia Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19151

Registration is held every Saturday between 9-12 until May 17, 2008

The cost is $35.oo/individual player or $125/team, ten player limit

Ages 11-13 & 14-16

All divisions are co-ed

Information: Nasir 267.262.1615


STM/STV and C&C are members of The Coalition, Inc.



"Speaking Truth to Action"

Spoken Word' movement mentors at-risk males.


Brother to Brother, Boys to Men Youth Mentoring Club  ...because we are our brother's keepers.

   As Philadelphia's homicide rate continues to climb, a local businessman, entrepreneur and 'spoken word' poets are coming together

to 'speak truth to action' with a mentoring program that they feel will change lives; save lives of young African American males in the city.


WHAT: a "Mentoring" Club, for males only between the ages of 13 and 18 and adult males, providing nurture, guidance and role-models for at-risk youth. The club provides awareness, self-love activities and a positive environment to build healthy relationships.
WHEN: Wednesday evenings 5:00-7:30 PM (Ongoing [since 07-25] weekly)
Where: Dowling's Palace 1310 N. Broad Street Phila.,  PA 19121 (Next to Blue Horizon) N. Broad Street at Thompson  215-236-9888

WHY: (Shyster): "Because it's long overdue!" Promoters of this mentoring club say that it is NOT a "Lecture" format, not a "scared straight" program; instead, spoken-word artists with a burden for the community are coming together to offer young African American males a positive environment to interact with each other and community role-models. This is an attempt to curb violence and a practical way to put an end to the senseless violence and bloodshed that tarnishes Philadelphia's image. "We need 'real-men' Mentors, who have big hearts and a little

time to spend with a young man who needs it--badly!" said Sam Gamon. "Because, after all 'we are our brothers' keepers".

                                "Shyster"-Ray Williams, 215-729-2025
              "Sam I Am" Gaymon 267-970-2390
                                 Stacy Dowling 267-767-6300


1. You will have a nationwide connection with primarily African
American parents and other parents who have children of color.
2. You will receive EXCLUSIVE discounts and special offers with over
40 selected businesses that have created or represent companies with
items that will encourage children of color to feel proud and
positive about their heritage. Most of these companies are owned and
operated by African Americans, which is something to be proud of in
3. You will receive a monthly email with not only EXCLUSIVE discounts and offers, but the opportunity to win GREAT prizes from our Black Parent Connect Shops. Each monthly prize will be valued at $50 or more.
4. You will also receive special tips, news and other parenting information when visiting our website.
(This is open to non-members as well)
5. FREE and Easy to join! Just simply join by clicking on our JOIN NOW page on our navigator tab at

Joan Gosier, President
HBCU kidz, Inc.
954-302-4540 x701
“An Education that is superior, exciting, challenging and custom-designed to fit each student’s needs and interests.” 


This Week…


April 19th 2008


Nyumburu Cultural Center-University Of Maryland, College Park


Special guest: Fertile Ground

Featuring live music, workshops on cultural edification & political education, lectures spoken word, wholistic health and lifestyle tips, an Afrikan market place, natural food and much more.


FMI: Araina Ford: (301) 314.7758 or Naima Jamaal; (301) 314.1485 or


If you are interested in supporting Deeply Rooted by being a vendor, please
contact us, at (301) 314-1485 or You can also visit to find out more about our program and the signature program, Happily Natural, which gave us our inspiration.

Every hard earned dollar counts so we are more than happy to tailor a package for your needs and want to find out how we can make you a part of this grand celebration. We look forward to your support and presence in this monumental push towards cultural edification and personal power.









9 PM   - 2 AM





Hors D’oeuvres  -  Provided          B.Y.O.B.


MUSIC   by Lady “J”


TICKETS  $20.00   -   IN ADVANCE

($25.00 AT THE DOOR)



BMIM ORG: 484-410-6294    or    CLIFF: 610-447-0246








Philadelphia Community Institute of Africana Studies


The second Forum of 2008



A Critical Analysis - April 24, 2008


How do African American Studies programs serve our communities?

How should African American Studies programs serve our communities today?


Date: Thursday April 24, 2008


Time: 6:00 PM


Place: Episcopal Church of the Advocate

1801 Fr. Paul M. Washington Avenue (w. Diamond Street)

Philadelphia, PA . 19121


Donation: One dollar


Featured Speakers:


o   Amiri Baraka: Poet, Playwright, Author, Revolutionary Activist


o   Askia Muhammad Toure: Historian, Poet, Revolutionary Activist, a founder of the Black Arts Movement.


o   Donald R Smothers: a founder of the Black Studies Movement


The presentations will be followed by a question and answer period with members of the audience. Please be on time.



Contact:   Butch Cottman          215-438-4188    e-mail:





Project RISE (Reaching and Impacting Small Entrepreneurs)

is targeting existing business owners as well as individuals who want to

start a business in the West Philadelphia area.

The program includes an outreach to youth-at-risk, ex-offenders, and

welfare recipients and is co-sponsored by the SBA.

It is an on-going project that ends in September of 2008.

For more information call

Project RISE at 215-476-8091, ext. 113.






If you’ve ever looked at a job listing and thought, "I’d be perfect for this job, if only...," you understand the discouragement a lot of

job seekers in Philadelphia feel. Understanding these barriers, the employment volunteers at have launched a free tool that helps jobseekers look for jobs and

apply online,

Positions range from Banquet Server to Call Center Manager.

When it comes to meeting the qualifications for a job, is there any flexibility? That depends on the employer, but in most cases, the answer is yes. Certainly, it helps to understand how your own experience and needs match up to what the employer wants and is willing to offer, which isn’t always an easy task, thanks to the obscure language typical of many job listings.


Google needs business reps - nationwide
Now you can Make Money Through the Google Business Referral Program and Help Google Locate Businesses in Your Neighborhood
"As a Google Business Referral Representative, you'll visit local
businesses to collect information (such as hours of operation, types
of payment accepted, etc.) for Google Maps, and tell them about Google
Maps and Google AdWords. You'll also take a few digital photos of the
business that will appear on the Google Maps listing along with the
business information. After the visit, you submit the business' info
and photo(s) to Google through your Local Business Referrals Center,

and we'll pay you up to $10 for each listing that is approved by
Google and verified by the business," according to the Google website.
Read more about this program here:




Communities invited to apply for Community Centered Family Health History Awards - Letters of intent due April 18, proposals due May 9



The Genetic Alliance invites communities to apply for Community Centered

Family Health History (CCFHH) Program Awards to integrate use of the

customizable online "Does it Run in the Family?" toolkit into their

existing programs or initiatives.  $100,000 has been earmarked for June

2008 - May 2009 to distribute CCFHH Program Awards.


Organizations may apply for up to $10,000 as a base award. Proposal deadline: May 9, 2008.


For details, visit




Philabundance recently launched the

"Fresh for All" program,

a quick and easy way to put quality,

produce into the hands of those who need it most.

The cost of fresh fruits and vegetables is rising,

so these healthy foods are the first to get cut when money is tight.

Where is Fresh for All?

Fresh for All sites are currently located in Salem and Camden Counties, NJ and Delaware County, PA.

Delaware County Housing Authority Community Center

1825 Constitution Ave., Woodlyn, PA 19094

• Distributions held every Friday from 12:30-1:30pm.

St. John's Baptist Church

Provided in partnership with Camden Area Health Education Center, Inc.


400 N. 30th Street, Camden, NJ 08105

• Distributions held every Tuesday from 9:30-10:30am.

St. John's Pentecostal Outreach

22 New Market Street, Salem, NJ 08079

• Distributions held every Wednesday from 11:30-12:30pm.

Fresh for All Membership

Becoming a Fresh for All member is free and easy. Interested

individuals are asked to provide basic

household information.

Fresh for All is not connected with any government agency, so becoming a member will not affect any other benefits members are receiving.

Members are asked to bring their

own boxes or bags to distributions.


Volunteers are needed

For more information on Fresh for All or to become a Fresh for All

member or volunteer

please contact Tunisia at 215-339-0900 x238.



Coming Soon! Noted Herbalist Ann Pringle will be sharing natural health information in this section. Ann Pringle has been a vegetarian for more than 23 years. She initially studied nutrition and vegetarianism on her own, and later attended Temple University where she took

classes under a vegetarian nutritionist and herbologist.

Ms. Pringle also lectures on health, herbs and has operated her own herbal company for nearly ten tears.


South Philadelphia Neighborhood Athletic League

Healthy Mind - Healthy Body

“Weigh To Go” Fitness Challenge

For a $10.00 registration fee participants receive

·        Exercise Workshops

·        Nutritional recipes

·        Cooking Classes

·        Access To A Local Gym and cash incentives for “The Biggest Loser”

To register contact Kimyetta Lewis 267.250.4846



Resources for Children's Health's SAFE program has openings and is looking for referrals!  SAFE provides home visiting and case management, parenting support, and family health and wellness education for parents of young children, ages birth to five, in South Philadelphia. All services are free. Spanish-speaking staff is also available.
To make a referral or for more information, please call Brenda Rochester,
215-985-6252 or email

The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation is committed to enhancing the quality of life for children who have health care needs not covered by their commercial health insurance. The Foundation provides financial assistance toward the family's share of the cost of medical services. Learn more about us and how to apply.



Weavers Way Community Programs, a service group of the Mt.  Airy Community Services Corporation will hold its monthly recycling from

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, April 19, behind the Fire House at 6959 Germantown Avenue (enter from Carpenter Lane), in the parking lot of the Germantown Home.  All proceeds benefit beautification programs in the community.


We collect mixed paper, including cardboard boxes, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, catalogs, phone books, paper bags, cereal boxes (flattened, with liners removed) and office paper.


We also collect No. 1 (PET) and No. 2 (HDPE) plastics, rinsed and crushed, without lids. We can recycle ONLY those plastic containers (marked with a 1 or a 2) which have a narrow top and wider bottom and that contained water, milk, juice, soda, and laundry detergent or bath products.




Thank you for your support.





JUNE 22-28; and JULY 6-12

If your ideal school is one where the classrooms include over 7,000 acres of forest, fields, wetlands, and streams, and where learning about our environment goes hand-in-hand with having fun and meeting new friends, then the Penn State Conservation Leadership School (CLS) is for you. It’s not a recreational summer camp, although lots of fun is definitely on the agenda. It’s a RE-Creation experience, leading you to learn, to live, and to think critically about sustaining our environment.

In the unique setting at The Pennsylvania State University's Stone Valley Recreation Area near State College, Pa., students between the ages of 15 and 18 learn about the environment and conservation during a one-week program that emphasizes field-based, hands-on learning, group problem solving, and leadership.

This year’s program will include a special session on leadership developed by the PA Rural Leadership Program (RULE) and an interactive ropes course challenge that will foster cooperation and teamwork.  The 2008 curriculum will focus on important natural resource issues including:

  • Analyzing your hometown drinking water  
    Participants will bring a water sample from home and learn how to test for various pollutants that may occur in Pennsylvania water supplies.
  • Deer population management and habitat conservation 
    Representatives from the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) will discuss strategies on how to achieve biologically and socially balanced deer herds within existing environmental, social, and legal constraints.
  • Recycling: Beyond the Bin 
    Students will get a behind- the-scenes look at the recycling process and learn how and why this essential “R” (reduce, reuse, and recycle) plays a key role in our waste management practices.
  • What is wood? 
    Participants may walk away from CLS with a new appreciation for one of the earth’s most versatile and sustainable resources.
  • “Green” Buildings  
    Students will tour some of Penn State’s newest and award-winning “green” buildings, which bring together new technologies, sustainable materials, and creative designs.

Conservation Leadership School is being offered twice this summer, June 22-28 and July 6-12.  The same program is offered for each week.  During their stay at Stone Valley, the students will work in teams with the faculty and staff from the School of Forest Resources, and representatives of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Pennsylvania Rural Leadership Program, and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Scholarships are available from participating Conservation Districts in Pennsylvania and area sportsmen clubs for students representing their district at CLS.  For a listing of participating organizations and to register online, please visit: and click on Conservation Leadership School.  For more information please contact the Office of Conferences and Short Courses at (814) 865-8301 or email at to receive registration materials. Registration is limited so please apply early.

For questions regarding the content of the program, contact Mike Powell, Director of CLS, at (814) 863-1113 or email at





2008 Tylenol® Scholarship

Feel better about your tuition.

We know that dedicating yourself to healthcare is no small commitment. Taking years of hard work and sacrifice. That's why the makers of TYLENOL are once again proud to offer the TYLENOL Scholarship program—now in its 16th year. This year, up to $350,000 in scholarships will be awarded to our future doctors, nurses and other health professionals. Because we think the people who help us feel better, deserve to feel better, too.

How the scholarship works.
$250,000 has already been put aside and donated to the fund. Then for every TYLENOL Scholarship coupon redeemed, an additional $0.25 will be donated to the fund—up to $100,000, for a grand total of $350,000. (Use of the coupon by residents in MA, ME, IL, WV, OK, SC, and AL will not result in a $0.25 donation to the TYLENOL Scholarship Fund.)|1522860293

How the scholarship is awarded.

·                     170 students will be granted scholarships in the amounts of $1000 and $5000

·                     Applicants will be judged on leadership qualities and academic performance

·                     Applications must be received by May 15th, 2008. Winners selected by the end of July 2008. Funds delivered by the end of August 2008.

If you're a healthcare student, take a moment to apply for the 2008 TYLENOL Scholarship. Because you deserve to feel better, too. Remember, applications are due by May 15th 2008.


Running Your Small Business with Intuit QuickBooks 2006


Intuit's QuickBooks is one of the most popular accounting software products on the market for growing businesses, and you don't need to know very much about accounting to use it. In this course, you'll learn how to set up and manage your company's books, create a budget, print and track checks and invoices, and more.


April 28, 2008 — June 13, 2008


For more information:


Want to Learn Basic Home Repair?


You may already know that JEVS’ Orleans Technical Institute offers a FREE home maintenance and repair program for Philadelphia low- to moderate-income homeowners but did you know that this wonderful program is now offered in the evenings?


This program teaches homeowners how to do their own basic repairs.  You will also learn how to negotiate intelligently if you need to hire a contractor for a repair or improvement project.  Learn basic hands-on skills including safety, tools, seasonal maintenance, toilet repair, changing faucets, fixing garbage disposals, replacing light fixtures, repairing sheet rock, painting, tiling/flooring, replacing ceiling tiles, and screen repair. Successful graduates will receive a new tool box complete with new tools and a home repair reference book.  Over the past 6 years, this program has helped hundreds of homeowners to do their own home repairs, save money and avoid unscrupulous contractors.


This 12-session program will take place two evenings a week for six weeks beginning on May 5th and 6th. Participants have a choice of the Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday three-hour sessions from 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.


To qualify, you must be 21 or older, a home owner, Philadelphia resident, and have a low- to moderate-income.  If you have specific income eligibility questions, please contact Dennis Zimmer at Orleans Tech at 215-728-4725.




Scholarship For Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government's critical information infrastructure. This program provides scholarships that fully fund the typical costs that students pay for books, tuition, and room and board while attending an approved institution of higher learning.
Additionally, participants receive stipends of up to $8,000 for undergraduate and $12,000 for graduate students. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation NSF.

For more information, click here: https://www. default.asp

Adult Literacy Grants
The Dollar General Adult Literacy Grants award funding to non-profit
organizations that provide direct service to adults in need of
literacy assistance. Organizations must provide assistance in one of
the following instructional areas:
·    Adult basic education;

·    General education diploma preparation; or
·    English for speakers of other languages.



Family Literacy Grants
The Dollar General Family Literacy Grants will award grants to family
literacy service providers. Please note that the Dollar General
Literacy Foundation uses the federal government's definition of family
literacy when reviewing grant applications. Family literacy programs
applying for funding must have the following four components:
·       Adult education instruction;
o       Adult basic education

o       GED preparation
o       English for speakers of other languages
·       Children's education;
·       Parent and child together time (PACT); and,
Parenting classes that teach parents to be the primary teacher for their child.

Following is information for students interested in getting support for
higher education

Go to:

More information available in our Google group:




Village of the Arts and Humanities


The Village of Arts and Humanities, located at 2544 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19133, seeks to build community through its innovative education, social, construction and arts programs. In all of its projects and activities, the Village seeks to do justice to the humanity of people who live in inner-city North Philadelphia and in similar urban situations.

The need for a new urban landscape in 1986, spawned The Village Arts and Humanities (the Village) of North Philadelphia. Emerging as an outgrowth from a place Arthur Hall named Ile Ife Black Humanitarian Center—Ile Ife is drawn from Yoruba (Nigeria) cosmology and means the birthplace of humanity and also the “House of Love”--the Village was incarnated from a small neighborhood park project headed by Lily Yeh, the Village founder and two African American men in recovery from substance abuse. Since its inception, the Village has transformed a 260 square block area of North Philadelphia, one block at a time through a neighborhood revitalization program that has evolved into a major provider of arts-inspired programs including education, land transformation, construction, and economic development.

Fast forward 20 years, and you can’t miss the impact of the Village within the community, starting with the larger than life murals, and colorful tile mosaics that punctuate housing projects, parks, even sidewalks as a visual testament to the work being done to improve the lives of North Philadelphia residents.

Today, we are a multi-faceted, professionally staffed, arts organization, governed by a community-based board of directors. We have won numerous local and international awards and citations for innovation and achievement, and earned high marks within the community for serving thousands of low-income, primarily underserved African American dwellers. However, North Philadelphia could well be anywhere around the globe where people suffer due to cultural differences or economic inequities; and that is why our program resonates so strongly worldwide.

We foster a new multiculturalism that embraces the gifts and the challenges expressed by all cultures and people. Our programs seek to tap into the common threads of all communities that have been labeled at risk, underprivileged, impoverished, undereducated, and stressed to create anomalies in the same undeniable way that the blues, gospel, jazz and even hip hop have done, with cross cultural success. We know that the Arts transcend race, culture, religion, education, socioeconomic background, gender, sexual orientation, age, or ableism.

Our work is described as provocative, muscular and risky. We are not limited by convention but instead boldly redefine art to incorporate environmental justice, greening and beautification, as well as community organizing.

Solid is the foundation from which we were originated. Lily Yeh endeavored under difficult situations and limited resources to make work that has forever shifted perceptions in the lives of oppressed people living in urban settings. We value our staff, board of directors and volunteers and recognize their ability to affect change.


If you are interested in learning more about the Village’s arts and environmental programs, special events, performances, volunteer opportunities, and other ways to help, please contact our Volunteer/Outreach coordinator at 215.225.7830 or










Spoken Word & Poetry Performance

Saturday, April 19, 2008   3pm-5pm

University of Pennsylvania

W.E.B. Dubois College House

39th & Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA. 19104

(215) 898-0101




Saturday April 19th 2008 7pm to midnight


At Club LaRose Haitian Cultural Center

5531 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144


The solution to healing violence behind bars and in the streets begins with you and the Global Kindness Revolution


Featuring legendary Jazz artists…

Odean Pope and Byard Lancaster


Admission $18.00, hors d’oeuvres served

Secured free parking

For more information;




"Eyes on Education"


A Student Photo-Documentary Exhibit


Center Court, Lower Level

The Gallery at Market East

9th and Market Streets

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: (215) 625-4962


Exhibit will be on display thru April 14, 2008


"Maybe if they see that we care, they'll care."

-Nikole Browning, 10th Grade

Strawberry Mansion HS



Poetry Set


Where:  "OCTOBER GALLERY" - 701 Market Street Bldg., on the 3rd Floor.

"Ross Dept. Store" on Market St. Level. Mellon Center Bldg.

This is Cheyney University's Center City Campus. Room # 319


When:    "FRIDAY" -  April 18th, 2008 –

Starting @ 7:15pm


What:    "PANORAMIC POETRY" - POETS doing their thing - LYRICAL SPIRITS getting down.




National Artists is seeking your organization as a site and venue host or sponsor of one or more events and activities, which will highlight a supportive scheduling about Non-Violence and PEACE. Schools (public, catholic, charter, boarding & Independent), Social Agencies, Community Groups, Juvenile Detention Facilities, College Campuses, Recreation Centers and Churches have all become the wealth of respondents and provided the necessary support for ensuring the success of these convening’s as a part of the national initiative for Solving Poverty, which will be held within the week of April 11 - 18, 2008 and other tentative dates throughout the month.  See full text in our Google group’s message section) (Please Feel Free to post, distribute, duplicate this correspondence to others or forward by email or send through out through listserve)

Please check out the webpage at  To join our mailing list or to receive by mail a copy of our printed promotional packet please contact the following persons:

Maurice Henderson - (215) 301-0860 or and Cali Starks(770) 256-9993 or



April 19th 2008


Nyumburu Cultural Center-University Of Maryland, College Park


Special guest: Fertile Ground

Featuring live music, workshops on cultural edification & political education, lectures spoken word, wholistic health and lifestyle tips, an Afrikan market place, natural food and much more.


FMI: Araina Ford: (301) 314.7758 or Naima Jamaal; (301) 314.1485 or


If you are interested in supporting Deeply Rooted by being a vendor, please
contact us, at

(301) 314-1485 or You can also visit to find out more about our program and the signature program, Happily Natural, which gave us our inspiration.

Every hard earned dollar counts so we are more than happy to tailor a package for your needs and want to find out how we can make you a part of this grand celebration. We look forward to your support and presence in this monumental push towards cultural edification and personal power.


Barbara Montgomery Quartet

with Aaron Graves, Lee Smith, and Craig McIver


Saturday, 19 April 2008 8 PM


“While the industry breeds homogeneity, she remains defiantly of the most distinctive stylists in jazz, regardless of instrument…this form of virtuosity is rarely heard..."  Alexander Gelfand, Jazziz Magazine the arts scene

610 Union Street

West Chester, PA



Pre-concert dinner at  the gallery at cafe menta

seating beginning at 6:30 PM


come out and support the farmhouse a retreat for artists

with a commitment to the mentorship of youth


Special raffle this evening to help out the farmhouse project!

501c3 non-profit


limited number of tickets available for Chihuly's Blue Basket Series which will be on display at the gallery (value of $5600.00)

purchase of tickets is tax deductible!


The Arts Scene

Conveniently located at 530 E. Union Street in the Goodwill Business Park, behind the new West Chester Senior Center.


Easy walk from downtown or drive

Ample free parking on site.


From the Intersection of Routes 3 and 202:

* Take Route 202/West Chester bypass SOUTH

* Use the Westtown Rd. Exit

* Turn right onto Westtown Rd.

* Turn left onto E. Union St.

* Cross over Bolmar St.

* After S. Worthington St., turn left into the parking lot.




The Andy Kirk Research Foundation, Inc. presents, as part of the 9th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, a

three-day tribute to the late jazz icon Dr. Maxwell Lemuel Roach.

This programming is produced with the blessing of Max Roach's family.  Beginning Friday, April 25 thru and including April 27, 2008, presentations, video footage, panel discussions and jazz performances will honor the life of this great African American artist.

At Concord Baptist Church of Christ; Boys and Girls High School; Medgar Evers College, in the Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights sections of Brooklyn,

over one hundred (100) jazz musicians/artists will pay homage to Brooklyn's legendary percussionist Max Roach.

All three days of programming and concerts are free and open to the entire family.

For additional information cal l 718.756.9407.



African American Short Films – Syndicated Television Program –

Accepting Submissions


African American Short Films, a nationally televised showcase of

short films starring, produced, written and/or directed by African-

American filmmakers, is accepting submissions for it's 2008 /10

seasons. "African American Short Films" airs quarterly on network

affiliates in over 100 cities nationwide. This is a wonderful

opportunity to showcase one’s work on a national level.


Submissions are accepted on an on-going basis. Accepted films receive





Short films should be between 1-28 minutes in length.

Viewing copies must be submitted on VHS, Mini DV or DVD in NTSC format.


Short films may originate on any format or medium (i.e.; Mini DV,

Digibeta, Beta SP, 8mm, 16mm, 35mm, etc.,...) Please note the running

time and format shot on.


Send submissions to:


Badami Productions

419 North Larchmont Blvd., P.O. Box #322

Los Angeles, CA 90004

ATTN: "African American Short Films"


Please include your contact information and tell us where you heard

about African American Short Films.

Viewing copies will not be returned.


For questions or additional information email: or

go to



First Person Arts launches First Person Salons at the Gershman Y

It was standing-room-only for every single one of First Person Arts’ notorious Story Slams in 2007, and now First Person Arts is bringing that same energy and enthusiasm to a new series of memoir and documentary-arts events: First Person Salons at the Gershman Y. On the second Wednesday of each month, First Person Arts will showcase new work and works-in-progress presented by the artists themselves to an audience eager to get an inside look at the creative process.  Writers, photographers, documentary film-makers, painters and sculptors will put both their work and their methods on display, demonstrating how they turn real-life drama into compelling works of art.  
First Person Arts is accepting applications from artists on a rolling basis at  You can find a Salon overview and application at <> .  Join us every 2nd Wednesday, 7:00 pm at the Gershman Y (Broad and Pine)  Admission: $5-10.






An Afternoon of Poetry


Every second Saturday of the month from 1 – 3 PM


Serenity Inspirational Gifts & Coffee

140 So. Easton Rd.

Glenside, PA



Jus’ Words at Dowlings Place

1310 No. Broad St. Phila

Every Thurs. 9pm to 1am

·        Poets

·        Rappers

·        Singers

·        Spoken Word Artists

$5.00 cover







National Rally To Fight Violence and Abuse and

"Enough Is Enough" Conference


Because violence is rampant more than in our streets.
Because abuse comes in many forms.
Because, some have their lives taken, a little bit at a time.
And there are more than guns killing us.....

The "Enough Is Enough"
Pro-Active Anti-Violence/Anti-Abuse

Information, Training, Support,  & Solution Oriented Initiatives
for Women of Color
(and Men Who Really Care)
May 5-9, 2008
Philly. PA
To volunteer, present, contribute, co-sponsor, or for more information,
call: 267-299-6424
or e-mail: _mwmsistah...@aol.com_ (

7th Annual
National Rally To Fight
"Violence and Abuse of Black Women, Girls, and Elders”
Sat. May 10, 2008
Philly, PA

Sponsored by the Original & Official Million Woman March and The MWM
Universal Movement, and The Black Women's Defense League

Consistency, Commitment, Integrity, and Honor











TIME: 8:00A.M TO 3:00 P.M.


Please call the club if you would like to reserve a space. 215-423-6309. It is a $10.00 donation. NO FOOD VENDORS PLEASE!





Book Drive for the University of Bamako (Mali)



Nine hundred years ago, Timbuktu was celebrated as a major center of passage for all desert voyagers.  It was the center of trade where merchants from Tuareg and Fulani tribes, for example, would trade gold and other desired items from the Nile to the Niger areas. Timbuktu not only celebrated a long history of commerce, it was also the citadel for scholarship for various empires spanning from the Mali Empire (1300 b.c.) to the Songhai Empire (1400s b.c).

In honor of this great history, the African Studies Graduate Students Association (ASGSA) at Howard University in collaboration with the African New Era Organization (ANEO) is launching this project called Rebuilding the Library in Timbuktu to provide books for students at the University of Bamako in the Republic of Mali.

Throughout the month of April 2008, ASGSA will be collecting books via three methods:

1)      Online at  (search “African Studies Graduate Student Association”)


2)      At the African Studies Department on the main campus of Howard University

(2225 Georgia Ave, NW, 4th Floor)


3)      At Sankofa Bookstore (2714 Georgia Avenue, NW)


At the end of the book drive, ASGSA will host a celebratory open mic reading at Sankofa Bookstore on Friday May 2, 2008 from 7PM – 9:30PM.   This open mic event will encourage students and community members to read exerpts by African writers as well as share self-written pieces that honor Africa and/or an African writer.  There is no required cover charge but attendees are encouraged to bring at least one book from the wish list.




If you’d like more information about this project, or to find out where to drop off books, please call Chioma Oruh at 202-320-5542 or e-mail Chioma at or



Blue Cross Broad Street Run

Second largest 10-mile run in the United States. Course is directly down Broad Street, with the finish line in the Philadelphia Navy Yard.


Sunday May 4th 2008


Central High School Athletic Field

Registration: $25.00

For more information: 215.683.3594


The 11th Annual Gateway to Bucks County Showcase

Trade show for qualified corporate events and meeting planners from all over the Mid-Atlantic region and further, featuring Bucks County's best and most elegant event services and hospitality facilities all in one place.


Thurs. May 8th and Friday May 9th


This event is invitation only for corporate events and meeting planners For more information or for an information please email




Our First Annual Black Tie Fundraiser Event, For 2008.

Date: May 4, 2008

Location: the Legendary Blue Horizon

Ticket Cost: $100.00 per person

$175.00 per couple

Time: 5pm

For More Information, Please Call:

New Start Foundation, Inc. (NSF) at




The National Rally To Fight

"Violence & Abuse of Black Women Girls & Elders"

Sat. May 10, 2008

(Assemble 11:00 a.m. - Walk From City Hall To Love Park - Philly, PA)


Support the first global Movement for all women and girls of African descent

The International Million Woman Movement

"The only authorized entity of The Original & Official"

Million Woman March  & Universal Movements (TM)


Founder & President General









Greetings Family,


Imara Institute and Investment Group will be hosting

"Remembering Truth - An Artistic Experience in Honor Malcolm X"

Poetry Nite and Fundraiser


Date: Saturday, May 10th, 7 pm


Location: KAOS Network - 4343 Leimert Blvd. (in Leimert Park)


Donation: $10, which includes food (all proceeds go to South LA community programs)


Dr. Earl Grant, former Comrade of Malcolm X in the OAAU, will be speaking


DJ Orator of Divine Forces (KPFK 90.7) will be spinning that night





“We must recapture our heritage and our identity if we are ever to liberate ourselves from the bonds of white supremacy. We must launch a cultural revolution to unbrainwash an entire people.” – El Hajj Malik El Shabazz (Malcolm X)






Free Computers For Schools
(800) 939-6000
Willie Cade, CEO
Computers for Schools
773-583-7575 Office
773-583-7585 Fax




Our new group A HAND UP! Is now open, please go to:

Community College of Philadelphia's Act Now/Act 101 Program
The Act Now/Act 101 Program is seeking your assistance in the development of the following new opportunities for their Leadership Learning Community students.

Mentoring Program: It is important for students to meet professionals, outside of the Act Now/Act 101 Program, who have completed college and who would be available to offer guidance and support as they pursue their academic and career goals. An in-person introductory meeting will be scheduled by the Act Now Program in February. Mentors would then be then expected to communicate via email, telephone or in person with their Act Now student once during the month of March and once during the month of April.

Informational Interviews: While some of our students have chosen majors to pursue others are still undecided. It is helpful for them to meet professionals in the fields they are considering. The time commitment for Informational Interviews is minimal. The Act Now/Act 101 Program will keep a list of individuals representing a variety of professions. Interested students will contact the representatives to schedule an interview. Interviews may be conducted by telephone or in person and should take no longer than an hour.

For application or more information, please email Erika Hernandez


Remember to support The Coalition on-air personalities…

Technically Speaking with the award winning JC Lamkin on WNWR 1540 AM, Saturdays at 2pm.

Straight-Up Word! With Dr. John Elliott Churchville on WNWR 1540 AM, Sundays at 7am.

Sister Phile Chionesu, organizer of the Million Woman March, Mondays 10pm to 1am on Harambee Radio Welcome to Harambee Radio Online



fr. Paul M. Washington, former rector of the Church of the Advocate at
18th and fr. Paul M. Washington Avenue in North Philadelphia.  The
Forum, like Father Washington, is a provider and legitimizer of public
space for the free expression of dissident Black voices on public
issues central to our communities.  The Forum's purpose is to provide
a public space and an opportunity to be heard to Black persons and
groups who bring non-traditional approaches to ways of thinking and
organizing focused on solving pressing community problems. Proud
member of The Coalition!
visit our website:
and join our Yahoo group:
Gary R. Adams, Chairman
John E. Churchville, PhD, Founder





First Anniversary Issue!

The Coalition was born out of the first Community Organizational Summit held at The Church of the Advocate at 18th & Father Paul M. Washington Ave. on July 26th 2006. At that time more than fifty organizations signed on. Presently, there are more than one hundred organizational members, and nearly one hundred pending. The first FYI The Coalition Weekly Digest was distributed August 25th 2006, thank you for a great year!

Gary R. Adams,

Community Liaison for The Coalition



Click here to join the Coalition
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Become a Peacemaker!

You can help by standing strong
with a sustaining presence.

 10,000 Men - A Call to Action

10,000 Men - A Call to Action

For more information
call 215-731-0541.
Kenny Gamble & Bill Cosby

Over 10,000 Black Men Answer Call

Black Men Answer Call







New York City rapper releases video that brings the truth about Hip-Hop into schools
and, talks to 6th and 7th graders about the lies of popular rappers, their lyrics,
and the negative influence of the music they listen to.

Read More Here







WDAS History:

Keep the knowledge of our history alive
and share it with our posterity!

WDAS History:
One Radio Station's Role in the History of
the Human Rights and Peace Movements.

WDAS History

(With Photographs!)



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Rev. Al Sharpton:
" 'Reach up' to stem violence"
Read More Here

More updates are coming soon.






As the
"JENA 6"
Case receives more public scrutiny,
perhaps it is time to take another look at
Some Louisiana Local Area Coverage!

Freedom fighters are outraged by Human Rights violations
As the outrage grows

you can add your support and
sign the petition


& to keep up with New Developments

Search "Google News"

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"I, for one, believe that if you give people a thorough understanding
of what confronts them
and the basic causes that produce it,
they'll create their own program,
and when the people create a program,
you get action."
-Malcolm X


"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps perpetrate it."

"We must work on . . . attacking the causes and healing the effects."
-Martin Luther King Jr.







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