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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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The Coalition, Inc.

Friday 08 August 2008

Volume 2, Number 49

The Coalition, Inc. Board of Directors

Gary R. Adams, President

John E. Churchville, Treasurer

Yvonne Haughton, Secretary


Josephine Blow

Patricia Coyne

Stanley Daniels

Tom Henry

Calvin Johnson

Angela Mohammed

Abdul Malik Raheem


Table of content

For Our Children … 02

This Week … 05

Employment and Training Opportunities … 07

Health Matters … 09

Green Piece … 10

Grants and Scholarships … 12

SpotLight … 13

Arts for Awareness … 13

Coming Up …16

Computers and Technology … 18

A Hand Up … 19

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.

Send your information to:



































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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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Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.
Maya Angelou






































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When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken. Benjamin Disraeli





















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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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He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator. Francis Bacon

































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When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat the problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion to develop a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to 300°C. …The Russians used a pencil.



























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The doctor that had been seeing an 80-year-old woman for most of her life finally retired. At her next checkup, the new doctor told her to bring a list of all the medicines that had been prescribed for her.

As the young doctor was looking through these, his eyes grew wide as he realized she had a prescription for birth control pills.

"Mrs. Smith, do you realize these are BIRTH CONTROL pills?
"Yes, they help me sleep at night."

"Mrs. Smith, I assure you there is absolutely NOTHING in these that could possibly help you sleep!"

She reached out and patted the young Doctor's knee. "Yes, dear, I know that. But every morning, I grind one up and mix it in the glass of orange juice that my 16 year old granddaughter
drinks...And believe me, it helps me sleep at night."








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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…


"I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn't study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people."
…former Vice President Al Gore
































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"When your mind goes blank, be sure to turn off the sound."

Author: Unknown



























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The Raw Family Newsletter


















































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Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.
-- Norman Vincent Peale.

































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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 turtle was walking down an alley in New York when he was mugged by a gang of snails. A police detective came to investigate and asked the turtle if he could explain what happened. 

The turtle looked at the detective with a confused look on his face and replied “I don't know, it all happened so fast.”














































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Word of The Week: tarradiddle \tair-uh-DID-uhl\, A petty falsehood; a fib. Pretentious nonsense.











































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Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.
-- Orison Swett Marden.





















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Greetings Coalition Family!


The Weekend of Peace was a huge success! With ten sites around the city, this was the most ambitious effort to date. Organizations and organizational leaders from across the city came together with elected officials and city agencies to produce educational, inspirational and entertaining programs for hundreds of young people and their families.

We look forward to Weekend of Peace 2009.


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;

Malik Johnson 215.410.2859,

Nasir Al-Maliki 267.262.1615

Deborah Toney-Moore 267.242.2624; or

The Coalition, Inc. at 215.387.2734


Vendors who wish to have a table at next years event should contact Angela Mohammed at


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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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

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.

 Individual 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.

Veronica Manley, Director

ACCEL Community Cyber Program

107 Long Lane

Upper Darby, PA 19082


610-352-9926 - Fax



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…


“Gospel Music Presents: Great Performances”

City: Philadelphia     Station: WPVI-TV  ABC        Date: August 10th    Time: 1:00 PM

Set Your VCR, DVR to record or TIVO “Gospel Music Presents”.

Watch Us Again or Watch US Later!!!!

Now, in its 11th year on the air, Badami Productions brings you “Gospel Music Presents: Great Performances” with the most current chart toping performances by the most current Gospel Music award winners. The artists in this special are all Traditional and Traditional/ Contemporary singers, whose performances were specifically selected to entertain family audiences from 8 to 80 with their great performances and variety of Gospel Music styles.

Here now are:  great performances from the Living Legends of Gospel Music: Shirley Caesar, a Vanessa Bell Armstrong “Tribute”, introduced by Nayo Wallace, Phil Tarver, Cynthia Jones, Bishop Neil Roberson, The Williams Brothers and Friends, The Bridge Project, Pastor JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise.

Please tell your friends and family to watch the airing of this show.  And If they email us we will notify them when we are next on.

Thanks, Frank Badami

Visit us @

Viewing and Recording this show supports Gospel Music which is the foundation of all contemporary music.





Become a Tree Tender!

Take part in the "growing" TreeVitalize movement, a program designed
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, and
choosing "Tree Tenders Training".


For more information contact:
Barley Van Clief, 215-988-8793 or
Mindy Maslin, 215-988-8844 or



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.



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.




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:





The University of Pennsylvania is conducting an orientation for those who are 19 and older and would like to attend college for FREE!!!!!


 That’s right FREE!!!!!!  

Please give your name and telephone number to

Mrs. Finney at 215-387-4910 and get details.


University of Pennsylvania Educational Opportunity Center

220 S. 40th Street-Suite 260

Philadelphia, PA 19104-3512



  • You're 19 years or older
  • You don’t have a high school degree
  • Or you’ve graduated from High School but never been to college
  • Or you’ve defaulted on your school loans and can’t get back into college
  • You're sick and tired of not being able to apply for better paying jobs or to get well deserved promotions…just because of your not having that sheepskin!


Contact us now for our Free Services

  • Why don't you give our 24-7 answering service a call at 215-573-8000
  • And, why don't you tell a relative or a friend about EOC and tell them that we're located at 220 S. 40th St. Suite 260, in West Philadelphia



Come on! Contact EOC and get that four-year college degree.


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

More information available in our Google group:











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!!!


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!




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"


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







“GETTING THE HOOK-UP” A Real Networking Event

Philadelphia, PA – Are you tired of going to "so called" networking events
and leaving the event without any contacts or resources?

Are you frustrated with networking events where people are more interested in profiling than in making a connection?

Are you ready to meet people with real connections, real contacts and real resources?

If so, then join Professional Networking Associates (PNA) for "Getting the Hook-up, a professional networking experience at the Reef Lounge, 3rd and South Street on August 22, 2008 from 5 to 10 pm.

This event is actually a resource exchange event where the attendees bring
resources to exchange with others. In order to participate, you bring at least
one resource or hook up that you are willing to share with others.
Everyone knows at least one "hook-up" Here’s an opportunity to go to event
where there will a room full of people ready to share enriching resources.

Prizes will be awarded for the best hookup!

Vending space is limited! If you are interested in vending opportunities or plan to attend, please contact Michael Rice at 267-303-0653 or go to

Validated parking is available.

This is a real opportunity for some business and personal networking.
Seize the Opportunity. Master your Destiny.

Call today to RSVP 267-303-0653.

Professional Networking Associates is an organization dedicated to
supporting a diversified network of working professionals in all disciplines. The organization’s purpose is to provide working professionals with a vehicle for interpersonal socialization, career advancement and creative interaction. PNA achieves this by providing personal and career development information through “The Connector”, a bimonthly internet magazine, special networking events and a Professional Networking website.
 More information is available in our Google group look for:



Wharton 1st Annual Community Event


Arts & Crafts; Caricatures; Clowns; Face Painting; D.J.; Free Food; Live Performances and so much more.


We are looking forward to your participation in our 1st Annual Community Event. This is also a great opportunity for your organization to provide information and resources to the South Philadelphia Community. Please respond as soon as possible if you are interested in volunteering, giving donations, or to be a vendor at our event.

Thank you in advance for your support.


Any further questions or to sign up please call: 267-324-5561/5563


WHEN: Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

            12 Noon – 6:00 PM

         WHERE: Wharton Square Park

            24th & Wharton Streets

       WHY: We’re Building Families For A Better Tomorrow         WHO: Hope To See You There!


  More Info And/Or Donation Drop Off Location: (267) 324-5561     



SAVE THE DATE:Friday August 29th  Earl Harvey and Friends Labor Day Old School Mt. Airy Groove Party @ Philly's Platinum Grille @ Market Square Shopping Center. 7719 Crittenden St. Chestnut Hill Phila. ,Time: 10 pm-2 am Donation $7.00 @ the door.

Dress is fashionable no sneakers or Timberlands, preferred age 35 and over old school, r&b , line dances and slow jams. Music by DJ Bruce Parsons.

$ 5.00 martini's  all night $3.00 Corona's and lite buffet till midnight.

Free admission for all Virgo's,celebrate your birthday with us, must have ID, feel free to bring a cake and your old friends and party with us!! Contact via email for more info.

visit online




South Philadelphia Neighborhood Athletic League

Hosts a

Back-To-School Jam.

The event is being held on Saturday, August 30th from 12noon - 6pm at Smith Playground, 25th & Jackson Street.

The event is free and open to the public.

During the festival we have basketball tournaments, games, entertainment, food and fun.






The Institute of the Black World 21st Century

State of the Black World Conference II


“Return to the Source”


Restoring Family – Rebuilding Community

Renewing the Struggle


New Orleans, November 19-23, 2008

Ernest Morial Convention Center


The Program

·        Damu Smith Leadership Training Institute

·        Katrina Policy Roundtables

·        National Town Hall Meeting on the Black Agenda and the Presidential Election

·        Special Session on Haiti

·        Pan African Policy Forum

·        Black Family Summit

·        Health Summit Planning Session

·        Issue Area Policy/Strategy Working Sessions

·        Intergenerational Dialogue on the Black Freedom Struggle

·        Poetry Slam and Other Cultural-Political Edu-taimment


Among the invited speakers…

Mayor Ray Nagin, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Bev. Smith, Rev. Al Sharpton, Dr. Maulana Karenga, Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, Haki Madbhubuti, Sonia Sanchez, Congressman John Conyers, Prof. Grif,

Dr. Thad Mathis, Reverend Jeremiah Wright,


Registration Information

The Headquarter Hotel: Astor Crowne Plaza, 739 Canal Street

$153 Single or Double plus tax and occupancy, $20 for additional occupants Call: 504.962.0500

For downloadable pre-registration form click here


For on-line pre registration click here








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







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.




Remember to support The Coalition, Inc.’s on-air personalities…

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

Straight Up WORD with Dr. John Elliott Churchville, Senior Pastor of The Liberation Fellowship Church of Jesus, on WNWR 1540 AM, Sundays at 7am. Dr. Churchville will explore the Holy Scriptures verse by verse for your spiritual and practical edification.


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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As we seek peace
in our homes, communities,
nations and the world,
it is time to remember
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

and embrace and practice his
keys to peace.

The madness can stop.

People do have choices!

(If you have not read it,
please do not assume
that you know
what he said.)







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!)



View the Previous Edition

Check out our Web site!

Return to Local News Updates



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"

For more activity information
Contact Local Area Organizations



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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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