Board of Directors
R. Adams, President
E. Churchville, Treasurer
Our Children … 02
Week … 05
and Training Opportunities … 07
Matters … 09
Piece … 10
and Scholarships … 12
for Awareness … 13
and Technology … 18
Hand Up … 19
The Airways … 20
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Courage is the most important of all the virtues,
because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You
can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without
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you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything
Volunteers are still needed to help organize the first
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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"Worrying about something that may
never happen is like paying interest on money you may never borrow."
The man told his doctor that he wasn't able to do all the
around the house that he used to do. When the examination was
complete, he said, "Now, Doc, I can take it. Tell me in plain English
what is wrong with me."
"Well, in plain English," the doctor replied, "you're just
"Okay," said the man. "Now give me the medical term so I can
tell my wife."
As I got older, I sought to
improve my diet with healthier foods. I began to substitute skim milk for
whole milk, but my grandchildren refused to drink anything but the whole
A friend suggested that I buy
them their regular milk and then replace the empty container with skim.
This worked very well until
my granddaughter asked one morning if the milk was any good. Cautiously, I
asked why, to which she responded, “According to the container, this milk is
two years old!
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…
isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our
air and water that are doing it."
-- Vice President Al Gore
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Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they
never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it. (William Feather)
The Raw Family Newsletter
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He is a man of courage who does not run away, but
remains at his post and fights against the enemy… Socrates
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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.
One day, finding a
wasp had entered the house, a wife shouted to her
husband, "There's a wasp in here. Do we have any spray?"
He told her there was a can under the sink.
"Honey," she called. "This is ant and roach spray."
"Well," her husband replied, "don't show him the label."
of The Week: faction \FAK-shuhn\, A
usually contentious or self-seeking group within a larger group, party,
government, etc. Party strife and intrigue; internal dissension.
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No man ever listened himself out of a job… Calvin
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We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever
rest. We must learn to sail in high winds… Aristotle Onassis
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
Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous…
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Greetings Coalition Family!
Weekend of Peace is upon us, join us in remembrance, celebration and the
effort to educate, inform and promote methods of intelligent problem solving
today through Sunday we will be hosting events around the city to promote
communal well-being, join us at Tustin Recreational Center 5901 W. Columbia
Ave.; Simons Recreational Center Walnut La. & Woolston Ave.; Hebron
Tabernacle 6630 Germantown Ave.; Myers Recreational Center 58th
and Kingsessing; Eastwick Recreational Center 80th and Mars Pl.;
Kingsessing Recreational Center 50th and Kingsessing Ave.; First
African Presbyterian Church 42nd and Girard.
your organization is having an event tomorrow (Sat. 2nd Aug.)
please consider pausing at the noon hour and having a reading of the Imani
shared by the House of Umoja for the preservation of our youth.
Also, consider becoming a part of The Coalition’s 2009
Week of Peace, volunteers and organizations are welcomed.
For more information call: Calvin Johnson
215.738.5181, Gary Hines 215.264.6847 www.CandC.org;
Malik Johnson 215.410.2859, Nasir Al-Maliki 267.262.1615 www.stopthemadness-stoptheviolence.com;
Deborah Toney-Moore 267.242.2624; or The Coalition, Inc. at 215.387.2734 www.TheCoalitionInc.org.
Vendor’s welcome. 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
This is our website, let’s build it together!
Join A HAND UP! To make donations or donation requests.
Co-Founder, The Coalition, Inc.
our Google group http://groups.google.com/group/coalition-the
FOR OUR CHILDREN
A Back to School Workshop
and School Supply Giveaway
Topic: "Say No To Drugs and Violence"
Enhancing Lives Through Action is hosting a back to school workshop and
school supply giveaway.
Youths Ages 12 - 17
Saturday, August 16, 2008
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cedar Park Presbyterian Church - Social Hall
7740 Limekiln Pike
Limekiln Pike and Upsal Street
Philadelphia, PA 19150
SCHOOL SUPPLIES WILL BE GIVEN TO ALL YOUTHS IN ATTENDANCE.
Please call 215-552-8720 to RSVP the number of youths and the age range of
the youths attending.
Program Coordinator’s Position available in our
after school program.
will be required to supervise the after school program, students, and staff.
Person will be required to implement daily
projects, oversee the homework/tutoring program, supervise the after school
newsletter, and communicate with parents.
Must have at least 2 years experience working with
youth and/or operating a youth program. Interested candidates, please
call 610-352-9925 or 9900.
107 Long Lane
Upper Darby, PA
SEEKING TUTORS &
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 email@example.com today!
PARENTING EDUCATION and
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
Program Coordinator 215.339.8002 ext 19
Brown, Administrative Assistant 215.424.3741 ext 248
BLACK PARENT CONNECT BENEFITS
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.
will also receive special tips, news and other parenting information when
visiting our website.
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 www.BlackParentConnect.com
Joan Gosier, President HBCU kidz, Inc.
Education that is superior, exciting, challenging and custom-designed to fit
each student’s needs and interests.”
Camp Helps Children Deal
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
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 http://www.keystonecare.com/
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.
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.
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.
information, please contact the Fatherhood Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org
is part of The Coalition, Inc.’s Weekend of Peace observance. August 1st
through 3rd see website for more information.
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.
EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING
Become a Tree Tender!
Take part in the "growing" TreeVitalize movement, a program
by Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
(DCNR) to increase Southeast Pennsylvania's tree cover and the
benefits that trees offer us all. Join us for 9 hours of hands-on
training that covers tree biology, identification, planting, proper
care and working within your community. This training course was
developed by staff from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS)
and Penn State School of Forest Resources. It is based on PHS's Tree
Tenders project which, since 1993, has trained over 1600 community
volunteers from 100 Philadelphia neighborhoods.
Check out the weekday evenings at three different locations this fall
to see which one fits into your schedule. It is designed for lay
people and experts alike. The course is free but registration is
There are several ways to register. See below for a registration form
which could be faxed to 215-988-8810 or mailed in. You can also register
online, by going to www.pennsylvaniahorticulturalsociety.org, and
choosing "Tree Tenders Training".
For more information
Barley Van Clief, 215-988-8793 or email@example.com
Mindy Maslin, 215-988-8844 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 www.chop.edu\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
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 http://groups.google.com/group/coalition-the
FINDING A JOB IN PHILLY JUST GOT A LITTLE BIT
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
these barriers, the employment volunteers at WhatThePeopleREALLYThink.com have launched a free tool that helps
jobseekers look for jobs and apply online, http://phila.jobamatic.com.
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. http://phila.jobamatic.com
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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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. http://www.uhccf.org/
Tip...Health Food Shopping Trends
Subject: Healthy Lifestyle Tip...Health Food Shopping
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:
Kent Cooke Young Scholars Award
MusicLink Foundation, working as a pipeline organization for the
Kent Cooke Foundation, is seeking music students in financial need who may
qualify for the
Kent Cooke Young Scholars Award.
is a scholarship program that specifically applies to
SEVENTH GRADE students.
do not necessarily have to be enrolled in the MusicLink program to apply.
musical potential is a factor in the selection process, students with a
strong academic record are encouraged to apply.
forward this on to any students who may qualify or teachers who
have students that qualify for the award.
have included a link to the Jack Kent Cooke’s website which includes the
you do know of any students who will be applying, we would appreciate it if
you could include their names and email
in an email to Jennifer Kitchin, Talent Coordinator,
will help them to monitor them through the application process.
see the ‘Young Scholars Awards’ in the ‘Discussions’ section of our Google
ON OUR EFFORTS
ARTS FOR AWARENESS
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!
Radisson Martinique, NYC
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!!!
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!
Brutus is a lifelong human rights activist and poet. He is perhaps
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
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
For more information on artists, workshops, shows, and schedules go to www.bwafphilly.org.
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
For information, visit
their website: www.louderarts.com/acentos,
send email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or view newsletter: Acentosemail@example.com
African American Short Films – Syndicated Television Program –
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:
419 North Larchmont Blvd.,
P.O. Box #322
Los Angeles, CA 90004
ATTN: “African American
Please include your
contact information and tell us where you heard
about African American
Viewing copies will not be
For questions or
additional information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAYS at SERENITY
An Afternoon of Poetry
Every second Saturday of
the month from 1 – 3 PM
A FREE EVENT!
Gifts & Coffee
140 So. Easton Rd.
Words at Dowlings Place
1310 No. Broad St. Phila
Every Thurs. 9pm to 1am
Spoken Word Artists
27 Miles for Beau
a benefit to raise funds
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
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: http://www.philly.com/inquirer/opinion/20594479.html
Witness Justice website: www.witnessjustice.org
Technology Assessment for your organization
Information in the ‘Discussion’
section of our Google group:
Free Computers For Schools
Willie Cade, CEO
Computers for Schools
A HAND UP!
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Strawberry Mansion Tennis
1800 Callowhill Street
Philadelphia PA 19130
215.763.0581 check out our
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My niece, BRIDGET PARKER, a very bright and
diligent student is seeking volunteer work and/or an internship as
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.
THANKS SO MUCH!!!!!
Cassandra W. Lighty
Email Addresses: Cassandrarw@ yahoo.com or
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