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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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Become a Peacemaker!

You can help by standing strong
with a sustaining presence.

 10,000 Men - A Call to Action

10,000 Men - A Call to Action

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

Over 10,000 Black Men Answer Call

Black Men Answer Call







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

Read More Here




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The Coalition

Friday 07 March 2008

Volume 2, Number 27

Coalition Board of Directors

Gary R. Adams, President

John E. Churchville, Treasurer

Yvonn M. Haughton, Secretary


Stanley Daniels

Tom Henry



Table of content


For Our Children … 01

This Week … 06

Employment and Training Opportunities … 08

Health Matters … 11

Grants and Scholarships … 13

SpotLight … 16

Arts for Awareness … 18

Coming Up …21

Computers and Technology … 24

A Hand Up … 24

On The Airways … 24





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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:











The truth about cell phones and the telemarketing hoax!



















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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.













If this publication is being forwarded to you, and you wish to be placed on our mailing list, send an email to

with “subscribe” in the subject.








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No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution... revolution is but thought carried into action… Emma Goldman






































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Volunteers 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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There was a guy telling his friend that he and his wife had a serious argument the night before. "But it ended," he said, "when she came crawling to me on her hands and knees."

"What did she say?" asked the friend.

The husband replied, "She said, 'Come out from under that bed, you miserable coward!'"






























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A grandmother is giving directions to her grown grandson, who is coming to visit with his wife:

"You come to the front door of the apartment complex. I am in apartment 14T. There is a big panel at the door. With your elbow, push button 14T. I will buzz you in. Come inside, the elevator is on the right. Get in, and with your elbow hit 14. When you get out I am on the left. With your elbow, hit my doorbell."

"Grandma, that sounds easy, but why am I hitting all these buttons with my elbow?"

"You're coming empty handed?"

















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Those who try to control, who use force to protect their power, go against the direction of the Tao. They take from those who don’t have enough and give to those who have far too much… Lao Tzu













































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Word of The Week: solecism \SOL-uh-siz-uhm\, A nonstandard usage or grammatical construction; also, a minor blunder in speech; A breach of good manners or etiquette.











Men are born soft and supple; dead, they are stiff and hard. Plants are born tender and pliant; dead, they are brittle and dry.

Thus whoever is still and inflexible is a disciple of death. Whoever is soft and yielding is a disciple of life… Lao Tzu










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







To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe... Marilyn vos Savant




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At the company water cooler, I bragged about my children's world travels: one son was teaching in Bolivia, another was working in southern Italy, and my daughter was completing a yearlong research project in India.

One co-worker's quip, however, stopped me short. "What is it about you," he asked, "that makes your kids want to get so far away?"














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Greetings Coalition Family!


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


Gary R. Adams,

Chairman for The Coalition


Join our Google group





Young Adults 18-24!!

An intensive one-year training program.

Visit for info about this Paid Internship/Training
Program for Youth

Year Up is an intensive one-year training program for young adults ages 18 to 24 who provide Fortune 100 companies like Merrill Lynch, American Express, Lehman Brothers and Bank of America

with Information Technology entry level talent.

We recognize that both job skills and higher education
are necessary to provide a viable path to economic self-sufficiency.

Throughout the course of one year, our students earn up to 16 college
credits from Pace University, learn technical and professional skills,
and are placed in paid internships.


Students are paid an educational stipend of $150 per week while in training and $250 per week while working at their internship.

Year Up is currently recruiting students for our next class of young

We are looking for High School graduates or GED recipients,
ages 18 - 24, who may not know what to do next - attend college or work full-time.


For more information on Year Up, please visit our Web site, Or to speak to admissions specialist, Wil Velazquez,
please call 212-785-3340, ext. 1304 or e-mail:


Kids! Ever see those Clean Water ads with drawings by Philadelphia school students?

Now you have the chance to have your original drawing appear on billboards and buses all over the city!

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary is now accepting entries on behalf of the Philadelphia Water Department for the 2008 “Clean Water Begins and Ends With You” Drawing contest, open to Philadelphia students in grades K-12.

To enter, students must illustrate the prevention or environmental impact of storm water runoff pollution.

Entry forms and details can be found at




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

Services include:


·        In-home visits

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

·        Accompaniment to medical appointments and other appointments;

·        Connecting participants to supportive community resources to

     meet identified needs;

·        Health and nutrition information, resources and written handouts;

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

·        Assisting participants in securing health insurance or other benefits;

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

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

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


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



Kids With a Mission!

The 1st African American Kids Entrepreneur Radio Show on

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

You can find JEOTM at

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

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

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

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



RESOURCE Program (PEER) presents


Free parenting classes

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


$100.00 food gift card


Earn $100.00 towards a utility bill of your choice


Classes are held weekly at

Tustin Recreation Center

5901 Columbia Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19151

Mondays 6:00pm – 8:00pm


Other sites available

Enrollment is ongoing


A project of the Lutheran Children and Family Service


Sonya Harris-Saunders, Program Coordinator 215.339.8002 ext 19

Wendy Brown, Administrative Assistant 215.424.3741 ext 248





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

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


Please share this information, you never know who has a couple of hours a week to help our kids. C&C Athletic Association also has a tutoring and mentoring program at Eastwick Recreation Center at 80th and Mars Sts. for students, age 10-17. This program runs from November to April. Contact Calvin Johnson (215-738-5181) if you can help or know someone who needs to be tutored.



"Speaking Truth to Action"

Spoken Word' movement mentors at-risk males.


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


1. You will have a nationwide connection with primarily African
American parents and other parents who have children of color.
2. You will receive EXCLUSIVE discounts and special offers with over
40 selected businesses that have created or represent companies with
items that will encourage children of color to feel proud and
positive about their heritage. Most of these companies are owned and
operated by African Americans which is something to be proud of in
3. You will receive a monthly email with not only EXCLUSIVE discounts
and offers, but the opportunity to win GREAT prizes from our Black
Parent Connect Shops. Each monthly prize will be valued at $50 or
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.” 


Volunteers Needed


ACCEL Community Cyber Program is looking for tutors and volunteers for our after school program 717 Long Lane, Upper Darby, PA


The program takes place Monday – Friday afternoons from 3pm to 6pm, and is for students grades K-8.

If you, or anyone you know love to work with children can help, please contact:

Veronica Manley at 610.259.1305 between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm Mon. – Fri. or email:


ACCEL is also interviewing for a Director with an Associate Degree to run the after school program.

More information is available at:



This Week…


The National Alliance of

Market Developers Inc.,

Come Out


Network For Success !


Be a part of our

5th Annual

Women’s History Month Celebration


Business Card


Friday, March 7, 2008,

6:00 PM,  First District Plaza,

3801 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa


Free to members — Non Members :$5 with a business card

 Small Business and Corporate

 Vending Opportunities Available

Limited Space. Reserve your table today


      Vera Primus.   215-224-1404..


      Vanessa Williams     267-235-4115…..

       Special Vending  rate for members


      Norm Bond…. ....     215-724-8099…


African American






Celebrate & Learn  from an Exciting and Empowering

 Panel Discussion with 

Prominent and Successful

Industry Experts !


Honorees/Panelists Include:


Louise Williams-Bishop  WURD 900 AM

Patty Jackson – WDAS-105.3

Annette John-Hall – Philadelphia Inquirer

                               Lori Wilson – 10 !  Show Co-Host

Fatima Ali – Freelance Journalist


Panel Discussion Starts at 7:15 PM






The Human Rights Coalition is having our GENERAL MEETING this Monday, March 10,2008 at the America Friends Service Center located 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia PA... 7:00pm.


Human Rights Coalition: 4143 Lancaster Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104:: phone 215.387.6155 :: email:



Kidney Early Evaluation Program
KEEP is a free kidney health screening program designed to raise awareness about kidney disease among high risk individuals and provide free testing and educational information, so that kidney disease and its complications can be prevented or delayed.


NKF Serving the Delaware Valley, Inc.

The kidney screening will take place on March 14, 2008, from 8:00AM-11:00AM at:

Incarnation of Our Lord Church
5105 N. 5th St. (at Lindley Ave. in Olney section)
Philadelphia, PA 19120
Remember, you do NOT need medical insurance to get the screening!
For more information, visit:




Professional Executive Diversity Career Fair

What: Job Fairs

When: Wednesday, March 19, 2008
             Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Times: 10 am - 3 pm


Hilton Philadelphia City Ave

4200 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
(215) 879-4000


How far can you push yourself?

There’s one way to find out.

JAVA / J2EE Specialists

$12,000 Sign-on Bonus


You’ve never backed away from a technical challenge. Why start now? Raytheon will immerse you in the most complex projects addressing critical global problems, and will place you alongside some of the world’s most brilliant thinkers.

You will have the opportunity to advance your career as you push yourself further than ever before, in more ways than you will find anywhere else.

Find out what it means to be part of a world-class team.

$12,000 Sign-on Bonus through March 24


Raytheon has immediate openings for JAVA / J2EE Specialists in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Now through March 24, Raytheon is offering a $12,000 sign-on bonus to those JAVA / J2EE professionals who qualify and have an active TS/SCI or TS/SCI with full-scope poly clearance.


Click here to read the full job description and requirements.


Then apply online.

Hurry- these sign-on bonuses are only authorized through March 24.


Project RISE (Reaching and Impacting Small Entrepreneurs)

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

start a business in the West Philadelphia area.

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

welfare recipients and is co-sponsored by the SBA.

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

For more information call

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









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

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

apply online,

Positions range from Banquet Server to Call Center Manager.

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


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

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




Philabundance recently launched the

"Fresh for All" program,

a quick and easy way to put quality,

produce into the hands of those who need it most.

The cost of fresh fruits and vegetables is rising,

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

Where is Fresh for All?

Fresh for All sites are currently located in Salem and Camden

Counties, NJ and Delaware County, PA.

Delaware County Housing Authority Community Center

1825 Constitution Ave., Woodlyn, PA 19094

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

St. John's Baptist Church

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


400 N. 30th Street, Camden, NJ 08105

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

St. John's Pentecostal Outreach

22 New Market Street, Salem, NJ 08079

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

Fresh for All Membership

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

individuals are asked to provide basic

household information.

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

Members are asked to bring their

own boxes or bags to distributions.


Volunteers are needed

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

member or volunteer

please contact Tunisia at 215-339-0900 x238.



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

classes under a vegetarian nutritionist and herbologist.

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


South Philadelphia Neighborhood Athletic League

Healthy Mind - Healthy Body

“Weigh To Go” Fitness Challenge

For a $10.00 registration fee participants receive

·        Exercise Workshops

·        Nutritional recipes

·        Cooking Classes

·        Access To A Local Gym

and cash incentives for “The Biggest Loser”

To register contact Kimyetta Lewis 267.250.4846



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

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





On March 29th I will be conducting an all-day workshop on how churches, ministries, and other faith-based agencies can successfully obtain and keep grants. I’ll be covering funder requirements, expectations, capturing and measuring results, writing compelling narratives, and lots more.


Here’s the link for more information:


I hope to see you!



Tara Nicole Gaudin

Trainer and consultant

Founder, Trinity Transformations

Check out my website!:



Ira Lubert Scholarship Challenge 

Participants must: 

Be residents of Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware or Chester County

Plan to attend an eligible postsecondary educational

      institution by SEPTEMBER 2008.

Have a net worth that is less than $10,000. 

      Show proof of earned income.

Meet program income limit. (Household adjusted gross income that either qualifies for the Earned Income Tax Credit or is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level—see below)

      TANF recipients automatically qualify. 

Examples of Income Limit

One person household _____________  $20,800

Two person household _____________  $28,000

Three person household ____________  $35,200

Four person household _____________  $42,400

Five person household _____________  $49,600

Six person household ______________  $56,800

For each additional member add $7,200 

Participants also receive additional

financial and educational  planning tips! 

Register for an

upcoming orientation sessions TODAY!!! 

Save $500 receive $3000!

in matching scholarship funds to pay

tuition and fees required enrollment or attendance at an accredited vocational school or institution of higher learning. Use for books, fees, supplies.  

All payments must be paid through the school. 


Thursday, March 13th     6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 

Tuesday, March 25th       6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 

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2010 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA  




The Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity is once again seeking applicants for its annual Hiliary H. Holloway, Esquire Scholarship Award program. The chapter's scholarship program, named after the late Hiliary H. Holloway, Esquire, a past Grand Polemarch and Laurel Wreath recipient of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, as well as a
longtime member of the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter, is designed to aid promising minority male students in the public high schools of Philadelphia who are planning to matriculate in college following their graduation from high school.  Applications and further info can be obtained from the student's Principal or guidance counselor.

All applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2008 to be considered. The amount of the scholarship award is $2,000. A total of four $2,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2008. The fraternity uses the scholarship grants to enhance the opportunities for minority males to acquire a college education. The organization seeks to reach and assist those young men who have demonstrated academic promise, but have not necessarily accumulated the highest averages.  Additionally, the need for financial assistance is fundamental. Students who meet these criteria should contact their Principal or guidance counselor about this scholarship opportunity immediately. An application can also be downloaded from the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter's web site:






Support for Social Justice Projects in North America

Peace Development Fund: Community Organizing Grants
The Peace Development Fund provides grants to organizations working to achieve peaceful, just, and interdependent relationships among people and nations. The Fund's Community Organizing Grants support grassroots groups that are organizing community members for social justice in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and Haiti. Examples of issues that will be considered include criminal justice, environmental justice, economic justice, anti-oppression work, youth organizing, immigrant organizing, and workplace organizing. The application deadline is February 15, 2008. Visit the website for application guidelines and forms.


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

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

Adult Literacy Grants
The Dollar General Adult Literacy Grants award funding to non-profit
organizations that provide direct service to adults in need of
literacy assistance. Organizations must provide assistance in one of
the following instructional areas:
·    Adult basic education;
·    General education diploma preparation; or
·    English for speakers of other languages.
To locate a program in your area:


Family Literacy Grants
The Dollar General Family Literacy Grants will award grants to family
literacy service providers. Please note that the Dollar General
Literacy Foundation uses the federal government's definition of family
literacy when reviewing grant applications. Family literacy programs
applying for funding must have the following four components:
·       Adult education instruction;
o       Adult basic education
o       GED preparation
o       English for speakers of other languages
·       Children's education;
·       Parent and child together time (PACT); and,
Parenting classes that teach parents to be the primary teacher for their child.

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

Go to:

More information available in our Google group:




In honor of Women’s History Month, Spotlight will feature amazing women changing their circumstances.

Adolescent Intervention Network  

Adolescent Intervention Network, Inc. (AIN), is committed to reinforcing healthy behaviors, positive self-development and social values by providing services that strengthen youth, families and communities.  AIN provides services such as self-esteem workshops, tutoring skills enhancement classes and literacy through a series of enriching activities in a safe, healthy, and drug free environment

AIN reaches out to parents who are the true backbone of their community and the first teacher in a child’s life.

All of AIN’s programs promote self-esteem, spiritual growth, self-respect, and respect for adults and community.

All those interested in hosting a workshop, please contact Veronica Manley at 215-435-3194 or visit online at







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


Would you like to have more time to do your art?

Are you self-motivated?




If you are, there is a meeting at the Hilton in Philadelphia this coming March 1, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. that will introduce the business opportunity

Areas of interest: Making money, health, wellness and nutrition.


If you cannot come to Philadelphia, but you are still interested in hearing more about the opportunity, that's totally possible.


Please give me a call,


Melissa Shapiro

Artisan and Entrepreneur





March is "Women's History Month" and though the historic Million Woman March is a special part of Black History (Month) it also has an undeniable place in Women's History; in that it is the largest gathering in the world of any women anywhere.


Now that the original and official Million Woman March has launched its International Movement for the upliftment and empowerment of females of African descent, worldwide, February and March 2008 is a great time for the unveiling of official MWM "Five Year Action Plan + 2" Program for Power, Prosperity, and Peace.

One of the exciting upcoming events for Women's History Month is:

REEAL "Sistahs 4 Sistahs" featuring

The Black Women's Literary and Writers Symposium

Meet and greet local and internationally known authors, writers, and publishers.

Learn about self-publishing, copyrights, marketing and distribution, and more

Get inspired and also share your work with both up and coming and seasoned writers

Sessions will be held Citywide


Also: Introducing the Million Woman Movement Book Club and the MWM Suggested Book List & Readings for Every Black Woman


To be a presenter, register, schedule a book signing, volunteer, or for more information call:

267-299-6424 or e-mail



Everybody, everybody got a book of rhymes, poetry, words, sentences and thoughts. Based off the underground release of Success Story: In Search of Hip Hop, Carrying the Wait: a book of rhymes

is the written, lyrical expression of a young man bearing the weight of his people and their experience. As we all are waiting for something to come into our lives, this book tells the story of a boy becoming a man carrying the weight, but not waiting for something to come to him while learning how to live life. This is hip-hop, the story of my life.  


Hydeen K. Beverly's release of Carrying the Wait: a book of rhymes is now available at


First Person Arts launches First Person Salons at the Gershman Y

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









An Afternoon of Poetry


Every second Saturday of the month from 1 – 3 PM


Serenity Inspirational Gifts & Coffee

140 So. Easton Rd.

Glenside, PA



JUS’ WORDS at Dowling’s Palace

1310 No. Broad St. Phila

Every Thurs. 9pm to 1am

·        Poets

·        Rappers

·        Singers

·        Spoken Word Artists

$5.00 cover






The Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC) will host the

2008 Block Captain Rally on Saturday,

March 29, 2008

at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Streets Commissioner Clarena I. W. Tolson along with PMBC Administrator, Rovetta Everett will recognize the efforts of Block Captains and Junior Block Captains in Philadelphia neighborhoods.

The event will be held from10am until 2pm.

Registration begins at 9:30 am.

The dual purpose of the Rally is to thank our dedicated Block Captains, Junior Block Captains and cleaning volunteers, as well as motivate them for the upcoming cleaning season and celebrate this year’s theme

“Love Where You Live, Live Where You Love.”

A variety of city service departments and outside agencies that impact on the quality of life in the community, will have tables set up to distribute literature and answer questions. Entertainment, door prizes and refreshments will help to make the day an informative and entertaining event.

Stay tuned for more details.


Philabundance is currently forming teams for the annual Walk Against Hunger on April 12 beginning at the Art Museum in Philadelphia.

This is a fundraising event to help many hunger relief organizations.

Money raised through Team 2 (Philabundance) supports our network of over 600 member agencies in need of food throughout the Delaware Valley.


Please see for more details.

Also visit our website at


If you would like to form a team, large or small, family, friends, church family, co-workers, let me know so I can order your tee shirt for the walk by mid March.  Don’t hesitate to call me at the number below should you have any questions.



Jan Barnett, Volunteer Coordinator


302 W. Berks Street

Philadelphia, Pa.19122

215-339-0900 Extension 310




For More information Contact

Arleen at 215-242-5074



MARCH 8 is International Women’s Day, an annual, worldwide celebration which commemorates the continuing movement of women for social and economic justice (formally proclaimed by the United Nations on March 8, 1977)


JOIN US for Philadelphia’s observance of International Women’s Day supporting the 2008 United Nations theme: “Financing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.”


WHEN: Saturday, March 8, 2008 from 10:00 AM- 5:30 PM




COST: Free and open to the public


WHAT: City Hall Rally (10:00 am)

Spoken Words and Cultural Performances (11-5:30)


The Point Man Soldiers Ministry of the

Triumph Baptist Church

presents a

Senior's Info Workshop


Saturday, March 15, 2008 10 AM to 12 PM

Triumph Baptist Church

Germantown & Hunting Park Ave.

(1648-52 W. Hunting Park Ave.)



Senior Partners / Bravo Health Plan

PCA (Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging)

AARP Senior Plan

Mayor's Weatherization Training

Special Guest: PGW - Customer Education & Resources


For more information call: Sis. Barbara Cooke, 215 457-7011

Dea. James Abram 610 259-4909











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:


Remember to support The Coalition on-air personalities…

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

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



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





First Anniversary Issue!

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

Gary R. Adams,

Community Liaison for The Coalition



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Join the Coalition!

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Become a Peacemaker!

You can help by standing strong
with a sustaining presence.

 10,000 Men - A Call to Action

10,000 Men - A Call to Action

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

Over 10,000 Black Men Answer Call

Black Men Answer Call







WDAS History:

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

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

WDAS History

(With Photographs!)



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

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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


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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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