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The "Offering Reconciliation" Project, initiated by the Israeli Friends of the Family Forum
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Friday 04 July 2008

Volume 2, Number 44

Coalition Board of Directors

Gary R. Adams, President

John E. Churchville, Treasurer

Yvonne Haughton, Secretary


Patricia Coyne

Stanley Daniels

Tom Henry

Calvin Johnson

Angela Mohammed

Abdul Malik Raheem


Table of content

For Our Children … 01

This Week … 05

Employment and Training Opportunities … 09

Health Matters … 11

Green Piece … 13

Grants and Scholarships … 13

SpotLight … 14

Arts for Awareness … 14

Coming Up …17

Computers and Technology … 27

A Hand Up … 28

On The Airways … 30


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Dream what you want to dream; go where you want to go; be what you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.
-- Unknown.





































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I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty.
George Burns






















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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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Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
-- Martin Luther King, Jr. ("Letter from Birmingham Jail" in "Why We Can't Wait", 1963.)





























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One day we saw a news report on TV about the owner of a craft shop
and one of her employees who had apprehended a would-be thief and
held him captive until police arrived to arrest him.

As we listened to the story, my grandson commented dryly, "What did
they do? Hold him at needlepoint?"





























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Two priests are driving down a street in differnt directions.
Oddly enough, they end up getting into a crash.
They both get out of their cars, infuriated that there had been a wreck.
But since both of them are men of god, they began to talk.
The 1st priest says that it was fortunate for these two men of the cloth to have met in such a strange way.
The 2nd priest says that it was also lucky that his bottle of fine wine was left undamaged after such a great accident.
So, they decide to celebrate.
The 1st priest ends up drinking almost all of the wine.
And just as there's about a drink left in the whole bottle, the 1st priest offers the 2nd priest the bottle.
The 2nd priest shrugs and says "No thanks, I'll just wait for the police to arrive."


















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What is it about the job of the vice-president that seems to dissolve all common sense? Most of us remember the Dan Quayle experience, but the self-proclaimed creator of the Internet has a enough of his own to take us through to the end of the year…


"It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."
-- Former Vice President Al


































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I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
-- Thomas Alva Edison.



























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"When the axe came into the forest, the trees said, 'The handle is one of us.'"













































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We will be spotlighting members and organizations, if you wish to have your organization spotlighted, forward to us information on your primary mission, your current projects and/or how you would want other members of The Coalition, Inc. to be involved. Many of us are already being a support to one another, but there is plenty of room for improvement.




























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A 98 year old man lay on his death bed. According to all of the doctors, he would not live to see another sunrise. All of a sudden, he became aware of the ever increasing scent of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies coming from the kitchen 2 floors below. He thought, "Before I leave this world, I MUST have just ONE of my wife's wonderful chocolate chip cookies."

After all, it was such a batch of cookies made by his wife that first won his heart more than 80 years prior when they were first dating. What better way to depart this life than with the warm and loving taste of his wife's cookies still lingering on his palate?

The man bravely and arduously rolled himself in his bed until he was finally able to fall off of the bed onto the floor. He then pulled himself by his elbows, out of the room, into the hallway.

He continued to pull himself to the stairwell where he backed himself down the 2 flights of stairs, painfully sliding down one step at a time. The man then pulled himself through the parlor, living room, dining room and finally into the kitchen. (Cont.)






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Tears swelled in his eyes as he contemplated all of the love that his wife had put into that final batch of cookies. This was a most appropriate final act of love offered to him by the woman who had shared her life with him for more than 80 years.

He pulled himself to the counter top where the cooling batch of cookies lay, sending their aroma deep into his nostrils and announcing to the world that his wife's love for him was most certainly as fresh and warm today as on the day she married him.

He rested his body weight on his left elbow and with shaking determination, ever so slowly raised his right arm to a point that put his fingers so close to the cookies that he could feel the rising heat caressing his fingertips.

His wife turned her head and noticed her husband in his galant struggle to reach for the cookies. She then grabbed his hand and declared, "Oh no you don't, THOSE are for the funeral!"


Word of The Week: amicable \AM-ih-kuh-buhl\, Characterized by friendliness and good will; friendly; peaceable.


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I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing… Socrates






















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KNITTING CIRCLE Grab your knitting needles and your girlfriends for this night of crafting, sipping and shopping. Every Wed, 6-8pm, FREE,

Vagabond, 37 N. 3rd St.  Phila., PA   

















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Courage is not defined by those who fought and did not fall, but by those who fought, fell and rose again.
-- Unknown.
































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Always do whatever's next.
George Carlin
































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A man was in bad shape. He constantly gasped for breath and his eyes bulged. The doctors didn't give him long to live. He decided to live it up. Withdrawing all of his money from the bank, he went on a shopping spree. His last stop was at the most expensive haberdashery in the city. He pointed out a dozen silk shirts. He wore a size fourteen.

The clerk said, "Your neck looks bigger than fourteen. You need a sixteen."

The man said, "I know my size. I want them in a fourteen."

The clerk said, "I'll get them for you, but I want to warn you.. .if you wear a fourteen you'll gasp all day and your eyes will bulge."
















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God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right, even though I think it is hopeless.
-- Chester W. Nimitz.























































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A good piece of chocolate has about 200 calories. As I enjoy 2 servings per night, and a few more on weekends. I consume 3,500 calories of chocolate in a week, which equals one pound of weight per week.


In the last 3 1/2 years, I have had chocolate caloric intake of about 180 pounds, and I only weigh 105 pounds, so without chocolate, I would have wasted away to nothing about 3 months ago!

I owe my life to chocolate.





















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Greetings Coalition Family!


Our new website is open! Please take a moment to visit. We are building and we want your input. Please contact us with your suggestions and comments. This is our website, let’s build it together! 


Our family is growing! If your neighborhood or community organization has not yet joined The Coalition, Inc., please take a copy of the information packet to your next meeting. A copy can be downloaded from the ‘Files’ section of our Google group. Join The Coalition, Inc.!


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


Gary R. Adams,

Co-Founder, The Coalition, Inc.


Join our Google group







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 July 6-12.  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


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:



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



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, something to be proud of in itself.
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…


Stand up for the life of Mumia Abu-Jamal


Friday - July 4th  at 12 pm Market Street between 5th &

6th (in Philadelphia)


Bring noisemakers - pots, pans, whistles!


On July 1st, 1982, the “hanging judge,” Albert Sabo, encouraged jurors in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal to return a verdict quickly, in time to enjoy their 4th of July holiday. On July 2nd, a guilty verdict came. On July 3rd, Mumia was sentenced to death.

By July 4th, they were home to celebrate with their families.


While evidence of Mumia’s innocence exists, jurors were never shown it, and no court of law has agreed to hear it to this day.

It’s 26 years later – and we, the people, are still demanding justice.


Join with us, as we vow that until justice is served, there will never be another 4th of July without protest.

Come prepared, not only to march, but to share your ideas of what must be done to continue this fight.


International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia






As part of our summer "Cine-Forum" - Free Film &
Discussions - On Tuesday JULY 8
the Philly International Action Center will show the film
"LUMUMBA" at 8PM (or dusk) in
West Philly's Clark Park near 45th & Regent Street.

On June 30, 1960 Patrice Lumumba became the first Prime
Minister of the Congo, which had just been granted
independence after 75 years of horrific Belgian

But far from ushering in a new era of political and
economic justice, the event triggered a wave of violence
and chaos.  This factual drama portrays Lumumba and the
other power brokers around him in all their moral and
historical complexity.  Lumumba emerges in the film, and
from history, as uncompromising and steadfast in his
vision of justice for Africans.   His administration
lasted a mere 2 months and at its end his idealism and
courage cost him the ultimate price.  (2000, 113 minutes;
in French with English subtitles).

Bring your own chair or blanket.

For more information call 215-724-1618.



Welcome America events


12:00 noon
Happy Birthday America!
Around here, it isn’t a party until someone breaks out the Tastykakes. Visitors can feast on a cake made of 10,000 Tastykakes while they enjoy live entertainment, face-painting and other activities at the Independence Visitor Center. 6th & Market Streets, (215) 925-6101

12:00 noon-6:00 p.m.
Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival
Ice cream lovers can feast on as much of their favorite cold, creamy treat as they’d like at Penn’s Landing. All it takes is a $5 donation to the Joshua Kahan Fund to indulge in ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s, Häagen-Dazs, Edy’s, Breyers/Good Humor, Bassett’s, Turkey Hill, Jack & Jill, Philadelphia Water Ice and others. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street, (215) 629-3200

2:00 p.m.
Let Freedom Ring
At the Liberty Bell Center, descendents of those who signed the Declaration of Independence ceremonially tap the Liberty Bell, signaling the start of a nationwide bell-ringing. Between 5th & 6th Streets and between Market & Chestnut Streets

2:00-7:00 p.m.
Party on the Parkway
The action moves to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for an afternoon of music, entertainment and food. Kids can play free computer games or pop a few quarters into the arcade games. Radio stations will provide a soundtrack, and celebrants should arrive early to claim their spots for the Southwest Airlines July 4th Parade and Sunoco Sweet Sounds of Liberty Concert & Fireworks.

6:00-8:30 p.m.
Southwest Airlines July 4th Parade
Marching bands, dancers, patriotic figures and floats fill the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in grand Independence Day style, culminating with Broadway-style routines at the foot of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Everyone can enjoy the show thanks to giant video screens located at various points along the Parkway. The parade is divided into five segments: We Love Philadelphia – A City of Firsts; Love Where You Live; Love Where You Work; Love Where You Play; and Love How We Celebrate. 26th Street & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

8:30-11:00 p.m.
Sunoco Sweet Sounds of Liberty Concert & Fireworks
Five-time Grammy winner John Legend returns to Philly for an evening of smooth R&B followed by a colorful fireworks display above the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philly’s own Russell Tompkins, Jr. and the New Stylistics open the show on the Gold Peak Iced Tea stage with their sleek, smooth sounds and razor-sharp harmonies that made the world fall in love with Philly soul. Brilliant pyrotechnics by internationally acclaimed Zambelli Fireworks Internationale light the sky following the concert. Set to the theme The Melting Pot, USA, the show includes music from nations around the world and reflects the colors in each country’s national flag. 26th Street & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Saturday, July 5, 2008

10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Lucky contest winners can attend a pre-release screening of this classic’s remake. On a special trip to Iceland, a scientist (Brendan Fraser) and his nephew get trapped in a cave. They soon discover that the only path to safety is through the center of Earth. Ticket contest sponsored by Metro, WMMR-FM, WBEN-FM and CBS 3. There will be two shows at The Bridge: Cinema de Lux Theatre, 230 S. 40th Street

11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Taste of Philadelphia
Hungry visitors can nosh their way through the weekend at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, sampling cuisine from some of the city’s finest restaurants. Traditional picnic foods like burgers, corn on the cob and other Independence Day favorites round out the event. Food vendors will stay open throughout the concert. Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street, (215) 629-3200,

12:00 noon-9:00 p.m.
Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival
Ice cream lovers can feast on as much of their favorite cold, creamy treat as they’d like at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. All it takes is a $5 donation to the Joshua Kahan Fund to indulge in ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s, Häagen-Dazs, Edy’s, Breyers/Good Humor, Bassett’s, Turkey Hill, Jack & Jill, Philadelphia Water Ice and others. The ice cream pavilion will remain open throughout the concert. Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street, (215) 629-3200,

6:30-9:30 p.m.
Waterfront Concert & Festival
Philly’s homegrown mega-stars Boyz II Men dazzle the crowds on the Pearle Vision stage with their slick dance moves and tight harmonies that sold more than 60 million records and made them the most successful R&B male recording group of all time. After the last notes fade at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, the skies over the Delaware River light up with a pyrotechnics display by the internationally acclaimed Zambelli Fireworks Internationale. The show’s theme, Colors of Summer, includes summer music and the colors of a rainbow. Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street, (215) 629-3200,

Sunday, July 6, 2008

11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Taste of Philadelphia
Hungry visitors can nosh their way through the weekend at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, sampling cuisine from some of the city’s finest restaurants. Traditional picnic foods like burgers, corn on the cob and other Independence Day favorites round out the event. Food vendors will stay open throughout the concert. Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Streets, (215) 629-3200,

12:00 noon-6:00 p.m.
Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival
Ice cream lovers can feast on as much of their favorite cold, creamy treat as they’d like at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. All it takes is a $5 donation to the Joshua Kahan Fund to indulge in ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s, Häagen-Dazs, Edy’s, Breyers/Good Humor, Bassett’s, Turkey Hill, Jack & Jill, Philadelphia Water Ice and others. The ice cream pavilion will remain open throughout the concert. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Streets, (215) 629-3200,





Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is hiring 160 people for their housekeeping department.

Starting salary is $33,946.00 a year.

They are opening a new Wing and need folks by July.


Please fill out an application on line at\careers




I want to share with you management opportunities for Census 2010 – Early Local Census Office (ELCO). Please feel free to share this information.    Each office will hire six (6) management positions.  Within the Philadelphia Region twelve (12) ELCOs will open.  Early Local Census Offices will open throughout the Commonwealth of PA in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Erie, Harrisburg, Scranton as well as Camden and Trenton, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

The positions are full time, temporary employment (2 year appointment – position ends when office closes after Census 2010).  I want to share with you management opportunities for Census 2010 – Early Local Census Office (ELCO).


For more information: See “Early Local Census Office Opportunities” in the ‘Discussions’ section of our Google group





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.








Smoking Wipes Out Protective Genes


( -- A University of Rochester scientist discovered that the toxins in cigarette smoke wipe out a gene that plays a vital role in protecting the body from the effects of premature aging.

Without this gene we not only lose a bit of youthfulness - but the lungs are left open to destructive inflammation and diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer.

By identifying the Sirtuin ( SIRT1) gene's role in pulmonary disease, scientists also hope to find ways to restore it and jump-start lung healing. They've begun testing the powerful antioxidant resveratrol, which is extracted from red grape skins, to develop a treatment to target SIRT1 and reverse lung damage, or at least enhance the way standard COPD therapies work.

"This novel protein will allow us to program our body's immune-inflammatory system against lung damage and premature aging. The hallmark of this discovery is that we may be able to provide remedies to millions of smokers who would like to quit but cannot kick their addiction, and millions of former smokers who, despite quitting, remain at risk for illness as they age," said Irfan Rahman, Ph.D., associate professor of Environmental Medicine and an investigator in the University of Rochester's Lung Biology and Disease Program.

The research was published in two separate studies, in the American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine,appearing online Jan. 3, 2008, and in the American Journal of Physiology, appearing Dec. 27, 2007 .

Approximately 23 million Americans have COPD, which is induced by inflammation and results in progressive breathlessness. By the year 2020, it is expected to be the third leading cause of death worldwide; today at least 9 percent of the elderly population is estimated to suffer from debilitating lung conditions.

Rahman has spent years studying how the 4,700 toxic chemical compounds in cigarettes assault lung tissue. He also focuses on why some people seem genetically predisposed to develop lung diseases while others are more fortunate, despite being smokers.

SIRT1 plays a pivotal role in the puzzle. It belongs to a class of genes hat regulate chronic inflammation, cancer and aging. When SIRT1 is highly active, or over-expressed in mice, worms and fruit flies, their life spans are greatly increased. Recent studies also show that SIRT1 plays a positive role in stress resistance, metabolism, apoptosis and other processes involved in premature aging. However, environmental stress such as cigarette smoke or pollution can decrease production of SIRT1 in the lungs.

In collaboration with Vuokko L. Kinnula, M.D., at Helsinki University Hospital in Finland, Rahman's team studied the levels of SIRT1 in the lungs of nonsmokers and smokers with and without COPD. Thirty-seven patients from Helsinki who were undergoing either a lung resection for suspected cancer or a lung transplant, volunteered to provide tissue samples for the study. Researchers confirmed that SIRT1 was significantly lower in smokers who had COPD and in smokers who did not have disease, compared to nonsmokers.

The next step was to investigate what pathways lead to the depletion of SIRT1. Researchers found that Sirtuin also plays a role in regulating the entire chemical signaling system that protects the lungs from smoke and pollution. They investigated how SIRT1 relates to another key protective molecule, Nrf2, a transcription factor. Just as in the case of SIRT1, an airway deficient in Nrf2 is weak and inflamed and more prone to conditions such as COPD, researchers found.

Nrf2 was also important because it directly regulates several antioxidant genes such as gluthathione (GSH), the most abundant cellular antioxidant responsible for detoxifying the airways. Therefore, the pathway from SIRT1 to Nrf2 ultimately leads to the depletion of GSH, exacerbating the organ's aging process.

"You can be 45 years old and look great on the outside, but if you are a smoker or former smoker, your lungs can easily be 60 years old because of the chemical assault," Rahman said.

Other University of Rochester research teams are investigating the Nrf2 pathway and various ways to boost fundamental genetic changes in the body that would arm it with amplified natural antioxidants. The result could be the development of a target for new drugs that would protect us from age-related diseases such as cancer and emphysema.

Although he was not involved in the study, James D. Crapo, M.D., a leading expert in the field of lung disease and a professor of Medicine at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, said Rahman's novel finding opens new doors. "This is certainly an important breakthrough in understanding the persistent lung damage and inflammation that occur in patients with COPD, and therapies can now be directed towards this protein."

The Environmental Health Sciences Center of the University of Rochester, which is partially funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences ( NIEHS), supported the research. In addition, the University of Rochester has filed a patent to protect the identification of a novel molecular target to treat the progression of COPD and emphysema by inducing the Sirtuin1 gene.

By De'Laney Rowland, BDO Staff Writer



National Nursing Centers Consortium Stay Quit, Get Fit.

Tuesday &Thursday 12:00 to 2:00

starting July 8th Tuesday July 15th 

850 North 11th street (corner of Parrish St)

call Elizabeth to sign up. 267-7652319  


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.








Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Award


The MusicLink Foundation, working as a pipeline organization for the

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, is seeking music students in financial need who may qualify for the

Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Award.

This is a scholarship program that specifically applies to


Students do not necessarily have to be enrolled in the MusicLink program to apply.

Although musical potential is a factor in the selection process, students with a strong academic record are encouraged to apply.


Please forward this on to any students who may qualify or teachers who

may have students that qualify for the award.

We have included a link to the Jack Kent Cooke’s website which includes the application materials.

If you do know of any students who will be applying, we would appreciate it if you could include their names and email

addresses in an email to Jennifer Kitchin, Talent Coordinator,

MusicLink Foundation (

This will help them to monitor them through the application process.


Please see the ‘Young Scholars Awards’ in the ‘Discussions’ section of our Google group:


Following is information for students interested in getting support for
higher education
Go to:

More information available in our Google group:


(This feature will return July 25th)







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" - July 11th, 2008 & July 18th, 2008 – Starting @ 7:30pm

What:     "PANORAMIC POETRY" - POETS doing their thing – LYRICAL

SPIRITS getting down.









Acentos Bronx Poetry Showcase Continues…


Acentos is a program of the louderARTS Project, Inc., presented in conjunction with the Bronx Writers’ Center, a program of the Bronx Council on the Arts.

Acentos provides a renewed spotlight for Latino poetry in a venue that fosters an encouraging atmosphere for writers of diverse backgrounds and experience, in a setting that stimulates both open dialogue and an increased sense of community in the culturally resurgent South Bronx.

Acentos is presented every second and fourth Tuesday of the month by Oscar Bermeo, Jessica Torres, Fish Vargas and Rich Villar.

Acentos Bronx Poetry Showcase is now held

every 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 7:30 pm at the

Bruckner Bar & Grill, One Bruckner Boulevard (Corner of Third Ave).

IRT #6 Train to 138th Street Station.

For information, visit their website:,

send email:

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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




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
















9AM - 2PM




The Philly Mustangs is a program started by nonprofit organization

Brock's Kids, Inc to empower young men in the Philadelphia area. The

goal of the Philly Mustangs program is to provide young men with an

outlet to play football, practice a healthy lifestyle, participate in

community service, and broaden their educational and career goals.

The Mustangs program was created earlier this year by Raheem Brock, a

Philadelphia native and defensive tackle of the Super Bowl XLI

Champion Indianapolis Colts, along with four other outstanding

individuals who plan to share their knowledge and love of the game.


We are hosting a Youth Day with activities such as:









Limited Tables & Chairs available~ Register Today!!!!


Vendor Table $50.00 (Includes: 2 Tickets to Philly Mustangs Home Game)



Organizational Table $25.00 (Includes: 2 Tickets to Philly Mustangs

Home Game)


Sponsorships opportunities are still available.


Questions: Please contact Kym Oglesby, Director of Operations


Email: Ph: 267-386-8204 ext. 8



The Byron Story Foundation,

Alternative Education, Violence Prevention and

Support Services for Dropout Youth Program

has established itself by making a difference by swimming against Philadelphia's rising tide of youth violence and the dropout crisis in the North Central neighborhoods (Ridge Avenue Corridors) over the last six years.


The organization will celebrate its 6th Anniversary and Open House

on Friday July 18, 2008

at our New Building site (2-Story/over 1700 square feet),

located at 1521-25 Ridge Avenue.


The newly renovated building will continue to host the alternative education and violence/drug use/sale prevention program for troubled teenagers that aims at steering youth 16-19 years old who've dropped out of high school or have been expelled from the public schools for the General Education Development, (GED) Equivalency Diploma Pennsylvania state exam.

BSF will also continue to provide the sort of counseling that enables youth to avoid contributing to-or becoming part of-the casualty count.


At our 6th Anniversary/Open House celebration we will recognize our prior students and staff, honor families who have lost their children to violence, community members/agencies and political influences that have supported and promoted BSF philosophy that "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world instead of violence."


This event will also host our 4th Youth Talent/Poetry Slam contest.

BSF is looking to recognize and reward the most outstanding young performers of 2008.

The cost of entry is $25 for solos and $40 for group performances.

The grand award winner will receive $100.00, respectively.  Each of the three award winners and participates of the Talent/Poetry Slam contest will also receive a trophy in acknowledgement of their performance and hard work.


You may contact Juanita Story-Jones, Executive Director, at 215-769-8544 or for any further questions or clarifications.



Urban Farm Bike Tour On The Road Again!
  Last Summer's urban farm bike tour was a big hit. Don't miss our
  3rd Annual Ride. Join us at the Weavers Way Co-op Farm on
  Saturday, July 19, at 8:30 am. The bike tour will be
  approximately 25 miles, and will end up at Philadelphia Brewing
  Company in Kensington around 1:30 pm.

  Sign Up Now
  Email Weavers Way board member Chris Hill to sign up:

  Bring a small donation:
  This year we're asking riders to bring $10 to cover the costs of
  pizza at the Philadelphia Brewing Company, and to pool together
  some money to donate to the farms on the tour.


  At 5 pm on July 19, we'll be showing a working version of the
  film that's being produced about the Women's Garden Cycles Bike
  Tour of urban farms and gardens in the Northeast. The film will
  be screened at the Video Library, 7141 Germantown Ave. The women
  who did the tour will be at the film showing to talk about it.
  The film is about 40 minutes, and there will be discussion for
  another 45 minutes or so.

  Here's what the day will feature:

  A chance to speak with Dave Zelov, Weavers Way's farmer
  and David Siller, Weavers Way farm educator at the start of the
  tour at the Coop farm in East Mt. Airy

  A chance to chat with the DC women about their trip. You can
  also learn something right now by going to their blog.

  At Mill Creek Farm you'll get to meet farm managers Jo and
  Jade, who will talk about the many programs they're
  juggling-from green roofs to farming, to hosting tours, to
  solar, to biodiesel. Those who want to start in West
  Philadelphia should be at Mill Creek Farm (49th and Brown) no
  later than 10:30.

  There will be a stop at Spring Gardens community garden in
  Fairmount, overlooking Center City. This and many other
  community gardens have set aside plots that produce exclusively
  for community cupboards in the city.

  NEW STOP THIS YEAR: For the first time this year we'll be
  stopping at a farm at 8th & Poplar run by Teens4Good.
  Greensgrow, Philadelphia's oldest and most established
  urban farm is next. A commercial success, with CSA, farmers
  market and sales to area restaurants, Greensgrow is a
  fascinating place to visit.
  Five minutes from Greensgrow is Philadelphia Brewing Company
  (formerly Yards Brewery), where all of us will relax with some
  sample brews--and some pizza.

  For those who are interested, a showing of the film about the
  3-month bike tour of Northeast urban farms and gardens will be
  showing at the Video Library in Mt. Airy at 5 pm.
  More on the farms

  The Weavers Way Co-op Farm is 1 1/4 acre organic (not certified)
  farm that supplies the well-known food cooperative with
  vegetables and flowers throughout the growing season. The Farm
  is managed by farmer David Zelov and farm educator David Siller
  and two full season apprentices Nicole Sugarman and Nina
  Berryman. Many volunteers and visiting students make this farm
  possible. The farm includes two fields dedicated to supplying
  the coop and area markets, as well as a children's garden
  operated in conjunction with the Awbury Arboretum. The Co-op
  farm is located in East Mt. Airy's Awbury Arboretum, near Chew
  and Washington Lane. Click here for more on the farm's history.
  Click here for a map to the farm.

  The Seeds for Learning: Martin Luther King High School Farm (New
  this year!) Is a 1/3 acre organic (not certified) farm started
  this growing season outside the high school, which is 1/4 a mile
  from the Weavers Way Farm. The farm supplies local markets and
  teaches student employees the practice of sustainable farming
  and running a business. 3 students employees and the Weavers Way
  farm crew spearhead this project.

  The Mill Creek Farm is a collectively run urban education farm
  that utilizes vacant land to improve local access to nutritious
  foods and to promote sustainable resource use by growing and
  distributing produce and by demonstrating ecological methods of
  living. Run with enthusiasm and creativity by co-managers Jade
  and Johanna, the farm sells produce on location twice a week,
  sells to nearby Mariposa Co-op, and has an on-site building
  featuring a living roof, composting toilet and straw and mud
  walls. Click here for more about Mill Creek Farm.

  Mary Seton Corboy co-founded Greensgrow Farms in 1997 with the
  idea of selling right off the farm produce to Philadelphia chefs
  from an abandoned property in Kensington, within site of
  Philadelphia's downtown. Today Greensgrow is a nationally
  recognized leader in urban farming, still selling to local
  restaurants (including Django, White Dog, Fork, Standard Tap,
  Little Fish, Rose Tattoo, and Beau Monde) but also open to the
  public from early spring through Thanksgiving. A small but
  dedicated staff runs a multifaceted operation, including a
  nursery, a farm market, and a Community Supported Agriculture
  (CSA) program, proving that abandoned land is only abandoned if
  we choose to leave it that way. Click here for more on
  Greensgrow Farms.

  Spring Garden St., at 18th & Wallace Streets, is a mature, lovingly
  tended community garden between Spring Garden and Fairmount on
  18th Street.



The Back on My Feet 20in24 Relay Challenge, Ultra Marathon and Midnight Madness Run Presented by Nike

July 19-20, 2008 – Philadelphia


Back on My Feet, a nonprofit organization that uses running as a vehicle to promote the self-sufficiency within Philadelphia's homeless population, is proud to announce the inaugural 20in24 Relay Challenge, Ultra-Marathon and Midnight Madness Run


Because of the wonderful support of our sponsors and partners, 100 percent of the profits from the 20in24 go directly to support Back on My Feet. We are pleased to provide 20in24 participants the option of either paying the registration fee or fundraising the same amount.


The 20in24 Relay Challenge

This is Philadelphia’s first 24-hour relay race. The event is created for teams of five that can choose a participation category ranging from 8.4 miles to 33.4 miles per member.


The Lone Ranger - Ultra Marathon Option

For those who are a little more nuts than the rest of us, the Lone Ranger option challenges individuals to complete as many loops as possible in the 24-hour time frame. Special prizes for those who complete 50 (6 loops) and 100 (12 loops) miles.


Midnight Madness - Philly's New Glow-in-the-Dark Run

Be one of the hundreds to participate in Philadelphia’s first glow-in-the-dark 8.4-mile run around the Schuylkill River Loop starting at Midnight on Saturday, July 19th in front of Lloyd Hall. In addition to prizes for the top three finishers, awards will be given to the the most illuminated runner.


Register or volunteer online at:


Media contact: Anne Mahlum at or 267-455-6457




Moorish Unification Council of the World Inc.


Presents its Annual


Unity Day Gathering


Date: Sunday July 20,2008

Place: Lemon Hill Dr. Fairmount Park

In back of the Pavilion (Section #2)

Time: 12:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


All are Welcome !!!!!!!!




Free Will Donation- Bring a Dish to Share, Please No! Pork!


For information : Call

Wesley Wilson-Bey (215) 476-0280




We Be Bloggin’


On Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008, The Coalition, Inc. will host a class called, “Using Blogs to Promote Your Organization” to teach organizations how to use the internet as an excellent resource for hunting, gathering of resources and promoting their agendas.

This workshop is an excellent opportunity for grass roots organization to learn more about a wide range of e-topics, including some fantastic how-to content for social networks and other tools.


This class will be facilitated by JC Lamkin, CNA, PMP, President of Gypsy Lane Technologies. 


Class space is limited. Participants must RSVP before July 15, 2008 via phone: 215.387.2734 or email:


Tuesday, July 17, 2008, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Tustin Recreation Center, 5901 W. Columbia Ave., Philadelphia, PA


Free for Coalition members; $50.00 for non-members (No checks accepted after July 8th, 2008)


Note: We will repeat our Media Relations workshop ‘Getting The Word Out’, facilitated by Patricia Coyne of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, on Wednesday, August 13th at a site to be announced.






CONTACT: Queen Mother Falaka Fattah
                          Telephone: (215) 473-5893

            Philadelphia, PA (USA) – 4 July 2008 – The burgeoning demand for food, soaring food prices buoyed by astronomically rising energy prices, declining investment in the agricultural sector, and the imposition of export restrictions which has led to hoarding and panic buying of food and food products are just a few of the factors that have given rise to a Global Food Crisis and moved United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 28 April 2008 to establish and chair a Task Force On The Global Food Security Crisis. In the City of Philadelphia which is viewed by many as an International City and the 'Next Great American City” – social entrepreneurs Queen Mother Falaka Fattah and her husband Mr. David Fattah, the Co-Founders of the House of UMOJA, Inc. ( have initiated a 'Think Green Peace” Campaign which is transforming vacant lots into gardens that yield vegetables and flowers and creating key 'pieces of the puzzle” to the Global Food Crisis. The House of UMOJA, Inc’s 'Think Green Peace” Campaign will culminate in a three-day First Philadelphia Collard Greens and Cultural Festival which begins on Friday, 25 July 2008 and concludes on Sunday, 27 July 2008.

              “The First Philadelphia Collard Greens and Cultural Festival which the House of Umoja, Inc. will host from Friday, July 25, 2008 through Sunday, July 27, 2008, is just one of several components of our “Think Green Peace” Campaign. The House of Umoja, Inc.’s 'Think Green Peace' Campaign is engaging our children in learning about our environment and getting them to connect the dots about the importance of the earth, how food is grown, how they can become self-sufficient and how they can beautify the neighborhoods in which they live. The current food crisis in which our global village finds itself immersed and which is grabbing headlines in newspapers and on television news programs really brings the message home to our children, our families and our communities about how important it is to learn and understand how food is grown and the importance of learning how to create options. Through our 'Think Green Peace' Campaign, a coalition has emerged consisting of our youth, business community, social entrepreneurs, religious institutions, legislators, grassroots community organizations that is working to beautify the communities in which we live and work, save our environment, and create options for 'self-sufficiency'," Queen Mother Falaka Fattah explained.

            For further information about the House of Umoja, Inc’s “Think Green Peace Campaign” and the programs and services it offers, please visit the organization’s website at www.houseofumoja .org.

          To find out how you can become involved in the House of Umoja, Inc’s “Think Green Peace Campaign”, contact Queen Mother Falaka Fattah by telephone at (215) 473-5893 or send an e-mail to:

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Free Technology Assessment for your organization


Information in the ‘Discussion’ section of our Google group:



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



We have over 1,000 Pentium 4 desktop computers that need a home...


Teamchildren an Audubon PA based regional outreach non profit has now distributed over 7,000 low cost refurbished computers to family’s schools and organizations throughout our region.


We have put smiles on the faces of more than 30,000 children helping them complete homework assignments, doing research on the Internet, and staying in communication with family and friends in the comfort and safety of their homes.


Through our Digital Outreach we are giving these children and their families the tools and opportunities to expand their educational and economic futures and to compete effectively in the 21st century.


We also have a limited number of Laptops


$185-$275 Administrative fee


Robert Toporek








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




Thank You

Strawberry Mansion Tennis Association

1800 Callowhill Street Suite#8

Philadelphia PA 19130

215.763.0581 check out our new web site.




The Olney Recreation Center is having its

Spring Coming Out on June 28, 2008

and I would like for it to be an educational event as well as


Does anyone have any resources for organizations that

conduct basic health screenings, health education or have resources or

information regarding finances that would be willing to come out and

share this information?


Please let me know, I don't know where to start.


Ms. A. Rutherford


Ogontz District


Income Maintenance



tel # 215-560-5008


fax # 215-560-5116


Got Space?


Local Non-Profit is looking for room to develop!


For My Daughter is looking for approximately 350 - 500 square feet of indoor space for an academic Youth Program.



Separate Male & Female Restrooms

Secure, yet visible to the community

Room for desks and tables (no more than 10)

Spacious enough for computers and lots books

Year round, weekday and weekend access

Really, reasonable rent!



Yvonne Haughton 267-795-7811



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, Inc.’s 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, Saturdays 11pm to 1am on Blog Talk Radio “Nu Day Resurrection and Liberation" Show 

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

or send an instant message to to chat on line

Just want to listen in:

Look for the return of Bro. Sabir Bey and CivilAlert World, formerly of W.U.R.D. to the airways soon!



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



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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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