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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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Current Coalition Newsletter

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The Coalition, Inc.

News From

The Coalition, Inc.

Friday 25 July 2008

Volume 2, Number 47

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 … 02

This Week … 04

Employment and Training Opportunities … 04

Health Matters … 06

Green Piece … 08

Grants and Scholarships … 09

SpotLight … 10

Arts for Awareness … 10

Coming Up …14

Computers and Technology … 17

A Hand Up … 18

On The Airways … 20


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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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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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If you overesteem great men, people become powerless. If you over value possessions, people begin to steal… Lao Tzu







































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"“It seems that there is never enough time to do it right, but there is always time to fix it.”"

Author: Unknown





















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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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That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.
-- William J. H. Boetcker





























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A missionary in the bush was receiving Do’ and Don’ts from his aide, and asked if it were true that wild animals will not attack if you are carrying a torch. “Well,” the aide responded thoughtfully, “it will depend on how fast one can carry the torch.”


































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A little girl, patiently waiting for some time with her father who was a pastor, to finish writing a sermon, “How do you know what to say?” she asked.

“Why GOD tells me,” the clergyman replied.

“Oh,” said the child, “Then why do you keep crossing things out?”


































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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…


"Democrats understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child."
-- Vice President Al Gore




































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To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.
-- Confucius.



























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The Raw Family Newsletter


















































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Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, 'Press on,' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
-- Calvin Coolidge.




























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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 photographer for a national magazine was assigned to take pictures
of a great forest fire. He was advised that a small plane would be
waiting to fly him over the fire.

The photographer arrived at the airstrip just an hour before sundown.
Sure enough, a small Cessna airplane was waiting. He jumped in with
his equipment and shouted, "Let's go!" The tense man sitting in the
pilot's seat swung the plane into the wind and soon they were in the
air, though flying erratically.

"Fly over the north side of the fire," said the photographer, "and
make several low-level passes." "Why?" asked the nervous pilot.
"Because I'm going to take pictures!" yelled the photographer. "I'm a photographer, and photographers take pictures."

After a long pause, the "pilot" replied: "You mean, you're not my instructor?"

















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Word of The Week: indurate \IN-dur-it; -dyur-\, Physically or morally hardened; unfeeling; stubborn. To make hard; to harden. To harden against; to make hardy; to habituate. To make hardened; to make callous or stubborn.
































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Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it.
-- Robertson Davies.






















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There will always be death and taxes; however, death doesn't get worse every year.













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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In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.
Francis Bacon





























Greetings Coalition Family!


An information and fun-filled Weekend of Peace awareness is being hosted by Stop the Madness/Stop the Violence, Inc. and The Coalition, Inc. at various sites on the weekend of August 1st through 3rd, 2008.


Included will be a basketball tournament, food, entertainment, and a moment of silence Saturday at noon at each site to acknowledge the families affected by senseless violence, where House of Umoja’s Imani Pledge will be read. This event is Free and open to the public. 


This event places emphasis on cooperation, problem solving/prevention, family and unity, the goal is to build stronger and more peaceful communities through cooperative efforts of diverse organizations that promote community uplift, traditions, family values, and self-respect.


Each site will host its own form of outreach, which may include motorcades, vendors, information displays, musical entertainment, poetry, face painting, domestic violence panel discussion, health screenings, and so much more.   


Recreation centers included are Tustin, Eastwick, Simons, Kingsessing, Chew, and Anderson. Also, family events will take place at Hebron Tabernacle, First African Presbyterian Church, and other locations TBA. See websites for updates and more information on individual locations.


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! 


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


Gary R. Adams,

Co-Founder, The Coalition, Inc.


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Camp Helps Children Deal with Grief

The Keystone Kids Camp: Expressing Loss Through Arts & Activities will be held the weekend of August 2nd and 3rd.  The two-day summer camp allows children ages 6-13 who have experienced the loss of a loved one to explore their grief within a safe, supportive, and engaging environment. Through music, art and movement activities, discussion, and participation in creation of a memorial program, children will have opportunities to creatively address their feelings and develop coping strategies for healing and living with their loss.

The camp will be held from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at Carson Valley Children's Aid Campus, 1419 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown. Any child who has experienced the loss of a loved one is invited to participate. The $30 activity fee ($5 for each additional child), includes registration for both days as well as lunch, snacks, and beverages. Scholarships are available and no one will be turned away because of inability to pay. Transportation to and from Keystone House in Wyndmoor will be available.

For more information or to register a child for the camp, email Alix Amar or call her or Esther Schultz at 215-836-2440. For additional information about bereavement programs and resources go to




SEEKING TUTORS & MENTORS Just 1 hour a week can change a young persons life! STARS, a new initiative at the Philadelphia Job Corps Center, is seeking dynamic mentors and tutors to join our volunteer team and work with our students. Be a part of the solution! Contact Darvin Martin at  today!



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…


Bible Way Baptist Church

1323 No. 52nd Street

Philadelphia, PA 19131


Saturday July 26th, 2008

10am – 4pm


Pony Rides, Face Painting, Waterslide, Moon Bounce, Mural Arts Children’s Play Area, Healthy Start Mom Mobile, Free Give-a-ways


Come out and enjoy a day filled with fun, lots of food, plenty of fellowship and best of all Free Give-A-ways… and lots more


The Bible Way Baptist Church Family will minister through song, praise, dance, pantomime, poems, etc.

Join Bible Way and the surrounding community for our

Church/Community LOVEFEST


House of Umoja Inc. presents the Collard Greens Cultural Festival

July 25th – July 27th.

The festival will be held in the 1400 block of North Frasier Street on Saturday and at Carroll Park on 59th St. & Girard Avenue on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information call (215) 473-5893.






Announcing a Job Skills Training and Job Development Workshop

and Support Group

Tuesday and Thursday Evenings 7:00-8:30 PM for ages 16-22.

The group sessions are at:

The Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center
2646 Kenningston Ave. Philadelphia 19133

If you are unemployed or underemployed or are seeking to be on your own please hit the email reply to make sure to get to us to register or to get additional information. You can call the Center 215-426-9422 but the e-mail reply would work best for now.

Classes will be on-going through the end of the year each Tuesday and Thursday and you can start in at anytime.

There is no charge for these sessions just bring your enthusiasm and your ideas. Join us as we take a project from "thought to finish" and learn the skills necessary to create, build, sell and sustain a product development process.

The Learn-To-Shelter Program is a pilot job training and economic development program that is part of the services offered at the center in an affiliation with Catholic Social Services of Philadelphia.



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.




Healthy Lifestyle Tip--Dictionary of Wholesome Foods
Here is another in a series of occasional healthy lifestyle tips. "The
Dictionary of Wholesome Foods" is a healthy-eating guide that's
not too overwhelming to digest. It provides complete explanations
for all the healthy ingredients out there with accompanying recipes.
The guide can serve as a great shopping aide, quick kitchen reference
or inspiration for a health conscious meal.
"The Dictionary of Wholesome Foods" is a timely addition to the food
reference shelf, one that's desperately needed as mass-marketing of
health food continues to grow. It provides practical guidance on how
to make sense of the burgeoning selection of healthful foods, herbs
and supplements, and provides a concise understanding of the sources,
characteristics, benefits, and uses of health foods. It is also a pure joy
to read and peruse, with its lovely line drawings and quirky, often
playful, descriptions and turns of phrase. The Dictionary of Wholesome
Foods is a personable, compulsively readable guide that includes
historical information and fascinating anecdotes about the many foods
it describes, plus an array of delicious recipes that feature them, such
as Adzuki Rice, Almond Crescents, Pumpernickel Bread, Spinach
with Pignoli and Raisins, and Homemade Yogurt. This is the perfect
shopping companion or armchair read; sure to delight information
seekers and food writing enthusiasts alike.
BTW, you can still pick up your copy of the book "Real Men Cook:
Rites, Rituals & Recipes for Living" by Real Men Cook co-founder K.
Kofi Moyo at a bookstore near you. My recipe, "Big Daddy's Fruit
Salad," is one of the many health conscious dishes featured in the book.
It's on page 8.
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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.


Healthy Lifestyle Tip...Health Food Shopping Trends

Subject: Healthy Lifestyle Tip...Health Food Shopping Trends

The article below is one in a series of occasional healthy lifestyle tips
that our friends at The Marketing Store are passing along.
Health food shopping trends continue to change as more consumers
demand greater variety in healthy food choices. Current studies indicate
that the majority of American consumers feel that improving health is a
top lifestyle priority. In fact, a recent study gave encouraging news that
about two-thirds of consumers are actually taking steps to improve their
health. Unlike decades before, consumer desires for convenience,
personalization and diet trends are leading to changes in the variety and
types of food choices offered in supermarkets nationwide...
Supermarkets are changing as they respond to the desires of the American
consumer when shopping for food. Perhaps you have noticed some of the
emerging health food shopping trends in favor of all-natural and organic
food products. Connectivity is also an important factor driving consumers,
as there is greater interest in belonging to and shopping with companies
which demonstrate shared values and attitudes. In addition, American
consumers are also looking for health food choices on-the-go when pressed
for time. This hurried lifestyle is also increasing the desire of over half
of US consumers to seek small indulgences to escape the pressures of everyday life. Because of time constraints, time-saving food choices, appliances and prepared meal consumption are also popular. Personalization is also an important consideration when shopping for food. The future will hold promise for consumers having a greater ability to customize and/or co-
create products to suit their preferences.
For the complete article, click here:







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)








August 7th & 8th 2008

The 2008 Backspace Writers Conference brings together agents, editors, and best-selling authors in the heart of the publishing world. Come meet the people who can help your career!

Location: Radisson Martinique, NYC




Peace Ya'll


hope this reaches you in good health and spirits!! I'm working on a lot of projects as usual. Come out if you can. Mark your calendars!!!


Friday July 25, 2008 7:30 PoEms NOt PRisons!!!


4772 Baltimore Ave. donations. open mic. I'm featuring. and i have a



Monday July 28, 2008 6:30-7:30 Domestic Violence Training Workshop by Women in Transition


SANCTUARY 2737 Cambridge Street I'm hosting a training for the cast, crew and supporters of my next piece on domestice violence which will be August 15-17, 2008. I've partnered with SANCTUARY and we're about to bring it!!! space is extremely limited. If you or someone you know wants to attend, RSVP at 267.456.7432 by July 14!!! cost is $10.00 if you come, please bring an empty alcoholic beverage bottle. THANKS!


Thursday JULY 31st- August 3rd is the 5th Annual Black Women's Art

FESTIVAL!!! FYAH!!!! check out for more info and schedule.

Monica McInyre is heading this magnificent event and it promises to be

amazing!!! I'll be updating you!!


see ya round!!! be safe and productive.




Dennis Brutus is a lifelong human rights activist and poet. He is perhaps

the best-known African poet writing in English, although his books were banned for many years in his home country, South Africa. His tireless work against apartheid in South Africa got him arrested and shot in 1963. He was sentenced to an 18-month jail term of hard labor on Robben Island where he broke rocks with Nelson Mandela. He was sent into exile in 1966 and proceeded to lead the successful movement to have South Africa and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) banned from the Olympics and other international sporting events. Since then he has remained active in struggles for human and cultural rights, including co-founding the Pittsburgh Anti-Sweatshop Community Alliance in 2002, connecting international solidarity with workers to the philosophy of Black Consciousness. He is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a great poet and one of the few who successfully integrated a life in the arts with a life on the front lines of the fight for justice and integrity for everyone



Yea-Nay Endeavors

"clarity in action"



Tickets are now on sale for the

5th Annual Black Women's Arts Festival

You will not want to miss this historic event!!


5th Annual Black Women's Arts Festival, July 31st-August 3rd, 2008, Philadelphia, PA

Now in its fifth year BWAF has become a non-profit which produces a once-yearly 4-day festival showcasing: Music/Live Performance, Literary Arts, Visual Arts, Film, Workshops, Vendors, and Dance/Theater. It also hosts over 60 artists from across the globe.

BWAF is committed to being a platform that values black women and their work; emphasizing unique, under-represented art forms, showcasing new and emerging artists while promoting the necessity of health and well-being. Led by Creative Director Monica McIntyre, BWAF is poised to become a world-renowned arts festival.

For more information on artists, workshops, shows, and schedules go to


Event: 5th Annual Black Women's Arts Festival, July 31st-August 3rd, 2008, Philadelphia, PA 2shows/3wkshps
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2008 at 11:00 AM

Sunday, August 03, 2008 at 01:00 AM (ET)
Location: Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA




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:

or view newsletter:



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






Once again, the Fatherhood Institute (FHI) partners with the Chester Chapter Association of Black Social Workers and First African Presbyterian Church to present a community-based and professional development workshop. On Saturday, August 2, 2008 FHI will present Thomas W. Singleton, MSW of the University of Toledo School of Education where he is a doctoral pre-candidate. Mr. Singleton's presentation is entitled Understanding African Americans Within the Criminal Justice System: Dysfunctional Thinking, Criminal Thinking, Addict Thinking and How They Interact. Of interest, Mr. Singleton's discussion will include potential church and grassroots community interventions that address issues of relapse and recidivism.

The workshop will be held at the First African Presbyterian Church, located at 42nd and Girard Avenue in West Philadelphia. Registration begins at 8:30AM and the workshop begins at 9:00AM until 12:00 noon. The workshop is FREE to the public. CEU credits will be offered at $15 and certificates will be available upon completion of the workshop.

For information, please contact the Fatherhood Institute at

This event is part of The Coalition, Inc.’s Weekend of Peace observance. August 1st through 3rd see website for more information.



25th Annual National Night Out: Grant Cushinberry Memoriam


Tuesday August 5, 2008, Topeka, KS @ 6:00 pm,

The Stop the Violence Memorial Tree Dedication Committee/Black Star Project Program Rally will honor the memory of Grant Cushinberry with the 25th Annual National Night Out. This Special Memorial is sponsored in part by the Black Star Project under the Leadership of the Honorable Phillip Jackson.


From 7a.m to 5p.m.on this date, The Stop the Violence Memorial Tree Dedication Commitee/Blackstar Project is asking neighborhoods throughout America to join forces with thousands of other communities to Pray on their State Capitol Grounds respectively to Stop The Violence And Increase the Peace in remembrance of Grant.


In honor of the 25th Annual National Night Out and the late Grant Cushinberry,

a rally will be held in Cushinberry Park at 6:00p.m, August 5, 2008.

Pastor Juanita Jackson, of Kansas City Missouri’s New Level Full Gospel Outreach Ministry, will be the guest speaker for the event. 

Other guest speakers are Benjamin "Benny" McCellend, past President of the former Cushinberry Park Improvement Assn; Judi Kalina, Kim McMillan; Erica Brown; Javer Clara Velma; Justin Drogie and Eliza Roberts.


27 Miles for Beau

a benefit to raise funds and awareness.

Marathoner to run in memory of man he never knew

SOUTH PHILADELPHIA In 2007 there were 392 murder victims in the city of Philadelphia. That number represents not only 392 people, but 392 lost opportunities and thousands of affected family and friends. It is a city whose murder rate surpasses the number of days in a year. These statistics need to be recognized and action needs to be taken, but this can only be done through education: educating adults about safety, educating teens about violence, and educating the world about the lives these victims lead.


Beau Zabel wanted to educate. He came to Philadelphia on May 5th, 2008 with aspirations to become a high school math teacher in the School District of Philadelphia. He moved into my South Philadelphia home and we shared optimism and hope for our soon to be lives as future teachers. Beau accepted a part time job at a Starbucks a few blocks from our home and he took pride in his work at his "dream job". Beau came to Philadelphia with a positive mindset, a comic personality and a desire to foster change and promote hope through education. Beau's life was cut tragically short when he became Philadelphia's murder victim #139 on June 15, 2008. Beau's late night walk home from Starbucks ended in a fatal robbery that cost him his ipod and his life.

Since June 15th, the citizens of our small South Philadelphia neighborhood, and others throughout the city of Philadelphia have tried to raise awareness about Beau's life and ambitions. We have united together to create a reward fund, neighborhood crime watch, a unification of community, and a nation-wide search for answers. These efforts have inspired the non-profit organization Witness Justice to become involved. Kathleen O'Hara, who works on behalf of victims, was outraged by Beau's murder and wrote an op-ed piece for the Inquirer, Friday, June 19. (You can go to the link below to read it). She is a board member of Witness Justice, a national organization committed to victims' rights. Every year, Witness Justice sends a "Team Heal Trauma" to the Marine Corps Marathon, to raise awareness of victims of crime and trauma. This team is comprised of a committed group of runners who run in honor of these victims of crime. The race is Sunday, October 26, 2008, in Washington, DC.

Kathleen's article inspired me to respond (along with a number of family and friends) to thank her for bringing awareness to such a heroic life. Kathleen informed me about her dedication to finding and sponsoring a runner for this team and for Beau. Kathleen and I joined efforts to find a sponsor to run for Team Heal Trauma in honor of Beau Zabel.


Andrew Shanks, the 24 year-old who will be moving into Beau's empty room, is that runner. Andrew will run the D.C. Marine Corp Marathon to represent a person he never got to meet but whose city streets and dreams he shared. By completing this 27-mile run, Andrew will proudly represent all victims of crime, the city of Philadelphia, and the heroic life of Beau Zabel.
We have decided to hold a benefit in honor of Beau as well as all victims of violent crime to raise money to achieve 27 miles.


Proceeds will be contributed to Witness Justices' sponsorship of Andrew and his goal to run a race of life that Beau never had the chance to. Proceeds exceeding $1,000.00 will be donated to the Scholarship Fund that Beau's Mother, Lana Zamora, is creating in his memory.

I invite you and all family and friends to attend the benefit that will take place at Beau's Starbucks (4th and South Streets) on August 3, 2008 from 4-6 pm.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions or ideas! I will be sending out a flyer with all the details. I sincerely hope that you join us and forward this invitation to all of your family and friends.
We hope to see you there

Meg Guerreiro 301-846-9110 or 800-4WJ-HELP
The op-ed piece:
Witness Justice website:








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.




My niece, BRIDGET PARKER, a very bright and diligent student is seeking volunteer work and/or an internship as follows: 

"I am currently a first semester senior at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. My course of study or major is Biology. I am interested in a part-time internship or volunteer service to prepare me for my future career while also serving the community. Through an internship or volunteer service I expect to gain valuable tools that will broaden my knowledge in a particular career interest (which is listed below) while also serving the community. After completion of Cheyney University I will attend Graduate School to earn a Master’s Degree in Recreational Therapy to later own and operate my own Recreational Therapy business. I will continue my education to earn a PhD in Health Studies or Education. Therefore, I am interested in participating in an internship or volunteer services that help me reach my goals while also giving back to the community. I am interested but not limited to the following areas to complete an internship or volunteer service: Biology, Recreational Therapy, Recreation and Leisure Management, Education and Business (operational and management aspects)."

If you can assist her in obtaining or finding an internship or volunteer service, please email Bridget at
BParker@cheyney. edu      



Cassandra W. Lighty  

Email Addresses: Cassandrarw@ or lightysgirl@



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




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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
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groups who bring non-traditional approaches to ways of thinking and
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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!

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