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News From
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News  From

The  Coalition, Inc.

Friday 06 February 2009

Volume 3, Number 20

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 … 08

Employment and  Training Opportunities … 16

Health Matters …20

Green Piece … 24

Grants,  Scholarships  & Instruction… 26

SpotLight … 29

Arts for Awareness …  29

Coming Up …33

Computers and  Technology … 40

A Hand Up … 40

On The Airways … 42






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Service is the rent you pay for room on this earth. …Shirley Chisholm
















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A stream cannot rise higher  than its source. The home is no rarer, purer and sweeter than the mothers in  those homes. A race is but a total of families. The Nation is the aggregate  of its homes. …Anna J. Cooper














































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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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From the press … we have  suffered much by being incorrectly represented … Our vices and our  degradation are ever arrayed against us, but our virtues are passed by  unnoticed. …John Russworm, Freedom’s Journal, March 16, 1827










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Submit  your own humor, and let our readers know how funny you can be. We definitely  need the help. ; )

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HOME TRAINING n. colloq.,  Africak American. 1. The education, instruction, or discipline of a person in  accepted mores or values. 2. Possessing behavior that is reflective of proper  rearing. 3. Correct breeding. Synonyms
 : good manners; proper breeding; polite behavior; Antonyms: rude; impolite;  without culture or refinement. – From Basic Black: Home Training for Modern  Times



















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Brethren, arise, arise!  Strike for your lives and liberties. Now is the day and the hour. Let every  slave throughout the land do this, and the days of slavery are numbered. You  cannot be more oppressed than you have been – you cannot suffer greater  cruelties than you have already. Rather die freeman than live to be slaves.  …Henry Highland Garnet, From: An Address to the Slaves of the United States  of America, August 21, 1843




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Courage may be the most important of all virtues, because  without it one cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. …Maya  Angelou







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Submit you own humor  pleeeeeze, and let us know how funny you can be. We definitely need the help.  ; )

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De only  way tuh keep a lie frum gittin’ foun’ out is tuh stop tellin’ it. …Bert  Williams
















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There’s a lot of talk about self-esteem  these days. It seems pretty basic to me. If you want to feel proud of  yourself, you’ve got to do things you can be proud of. …Oseola McCarty

































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Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. …Kenyan proverb








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A man is driving by an insane asylum, when his wheel falls  off his car. Upon discovering that his lug nuts have all come off, he curses  loudly and bemoans his bad fortune. An inmate peering through the gate calmly  suggests that the man remove one lug nut from each of the remaining wheels  until he can get to an auto store to purchase some new ones. The man, amazed,  blurted out “But I thought you were insane.” To which the inmate replied, “I  am crazy, but I’m not stupid.” ...Redd Foxx
























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The cost of living's going up, and the chance of livin's  going down... Flip Wilson































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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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Richard Pryor on his close  encounter with death... “Let me tell you what really  happened. Usually when I go to bed, I have milk and cookies. And One night I  had some low-fat milk and some pasteurized, And I mixed them together. And I  dipped my cookie and (it) blew up.”



































































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Jump at  the sun. You may not land on the sun, but at least you’ll be off the ground.  …unknown






























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The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles  within yourself – the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us – that’s  where it’s at. …Jesse Owens































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Definitions  belong to the definer, not the defined. …Toni Morrison





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Human  beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home.  ...  Bill Cosby

































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Word Of The Week

factotum  \fak-TOH-tuhm\,: A person employed to do all kinds of work or business.


You can  cut off the concert halls, which you have done already, and I will still  speak out… and if you silence my voice by making me a nonperson there will be  another voice and another voice… Paul Robeson

Greetings Coalition Family!


Due to the length of some of the announcements, some will  be detailed in our group The Coalition, Inc. Group  as will be noted. Thank you for your continued support.


As promised, we are beginning our Black History Month  observance with acknowledgement of local heroes and sheroes of the human  rights struggles of past decades. See page 18.


The next meeting for the annual Week of Peace will be held  February 12th at Kingsessing Recreation Center, 50th Street and  Kingsessing Avenue at 7:00 pm. Organizations who wish to participate in the  activities for that week should have a representative present.


We want to hear  from you! The Coalition, Inc. website is open! This is our website,  let us build it together! Let us know what you think.  









All life is interrelated. The agony of the  poor impoverishes the rich; the betterment of the poor enriches the rich. We  are inevitably our brother’s keeper because we are our brother’s brother.  Whatever affects one directly affects all directly. …Martin Luther King Jr.







Teen Tuesdays

Parkway Central Library


Teen Talk –  February 10

Presented by  CHOICE. Ask questions and talk about relationships and sex.


Mütter Museum Trip  – February 17

PARENTS PERMISSION  REQUIRED. Check out medical oddities, skulls, old medical tools and more…


One Film, Basquiat –  February 24

PARENTS PERMISSION  REQUIRED. 19 year old graffiti artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat took the New York  art world by storm after being discovered by Andy Warhol and becoming a star.  Basquiat struggles with friendship, love, and eventually loses his life to  drugs.


Video Game Day  -  March 3

Video Game Day  features Wii, PlayStation 2 and GameCube. TEENS you can play Super Smash  Bros. Melee, Guitar Hero, DDR and more!!!


To join the Teen  Advisory Committee or for more info about Teen Tuesdays, call or email me,  Aurora Sanchez 215.686.5415 or


Teen Tuesdays

Parkway Central Library

19th & Vine St

4th floor at 3:30



Aurora V. Sanchez

Free Library of Philadelphia

1901 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

215.686.5415 (Teen Outreach and voicemail)

215.686.5372 (Teen Author Series)

215.686.3628 (f)

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Introducing the Official  MWM "Lil Sistahs" Program

A Powerful and  Unique Sistahood for

All Girls of  African Descent Ages 7-18


Offering Sessions  to Nurture, Protect, Guide, Support, and Raise Up the Spirit, Beauty, and  Greatness of the "Mother of Civilization"

(The Original Black  Woman)

and Her/Our  Daughters


Registration and  Introduction Sessions will be taking place in Philly, New York, New Jersey,  & Delaware during the months of February and March 2009


For more  information e-mail: or tune into the "Nu Day  Resurrection and Liberation" talk radio program each Saturday evening  10:30 PM-12 midnight EST

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Sign Up for  the


Young Women’s  LeadershipAcademy


Six Saturdays  from


April 4, 2009  through May 9, 2009


9 am– 12 pm


Students will be  exposed to:


Ø       Training  on  Proper Hygiene and Etiquette


Ø       Training  on  Maintaining Good Health and  Developing a Positive  Attitude


Ø       Career  Awareness and Job Etiquette Training


Ø       Sex  Education  


Ø       Rites  of  Passage Program




Application  Deadline: February 27,  2009




For additional  information please call 215-552-8720

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City offers respite to parents of  children with MH issues

The Philadelphia  Department of Behavioral Health is offering a children’s respite program for  parents who have a child or children ages 6-16 receiving mental health  services and who need a Saturday afternoon, a full day or an overnight off.

There are two  programs to choose from.  A Saturday  afternoon respite program is offered at Boys and Girls Clubs in four  different areas of the city from noon-5pm.   All participants receive a free membership to the Boys and Girls Club.  

The Family Care  Respite Program matches children with an appropriate foster family who will  provide weekend respite services. The respite families are trained, licensed  and have all state required child serving clearances.  Children can stay a full day, overnight or  for the weekend. 

The first available  weekend is February 7th.

Pre-registration is  required for both programs. 

To request  additional information and a registration form call 215-685-4734 or  215-685-4746 or 215-685-5502.

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In Philadelphia there are many latchkey children,  children without role models, sedentary children, and Generation I (internet)  children spending hours in front of a screen (TV and/or computer). ALL of  these children have hidden or untapped talents and potential.


The After School Program handout  on Cap4Kids  lists hundreds of activities to help children and teens realize their potentials  and at the same time decrease their risk taking behaviors. From Squash to  Tennis, Horse Back Riding to Training for Marathons, Mural Art making to  Music recording.


The programs are many and the need is many.  PLEASE help families in need find specific activities that interest our  children and use the Cap4Kids After School handout to help bridge the gap  between families in need and the social service agencies that serve them.




Daniel R. Taylor,  D.O., FAAP

Assistant  Professor Drexel University College of Medicine

Director Community  Pediatrics and Child Advocacy

City Administrator  Cap4Kids 

St. Christopher's  Hospital for Children

Front and Erie

Philadelphia, PA 19134




To Save At-Risk  Youth



My name is Wayne A.  Gibbs. I am the Chaplain and Reintegration/Aftercare Supervisor at The Glen  Mills Schools, in Glen Mills, PA. Glen Mills is a residential placement for  court adjudicated young men. As Chaplain, I provide an avenue through which,  young men may worship.

As  Reintegration/Aftercare Supervisor I serve over 400 young men and women in  Philadelphia County after they have been released from various placements.  Some have simply proven to have difficulty attending school regularly or  encountered behavioral problems. I am sure that most of you know the  challenges and perilous conditions that our young men and women face in the  community.

I have a diligent  staff of “Reintegration” and “Community Management” Workers in the community  everyday, making sure that the youth are attending school and seeking jobs  and receiving the social services that Philadelphia has to offer. We also  assist youth and families with referrals to drug and alcohol treatment,  Family Therapy, Parenting Classes and job readiness through “E3” centers  located in the West, Southwest, North, Girard, and Logan sections of the  city.

Now as I venture to  develop more programs such as Grief, Loss and Recovery and Anger Management  Approaches, I am challenged with the task of locating like minded community  servants that would provide sites, command centers, church rooms, or any  faith based habitat, and would be willing to host my workers as they try to make  changes for good in the Philadelphia Community.

Finally, the ideal  space that would offer us the most aftercare potential would be one with  computers, fax capability, and rooms with desks and or tables and chairs. We  truly desire to meet with the youth and their families in every section of  the city. If you feel that you may be able to help in any way please contact  me at. Based on the responses I receive via email I look forward to having a  meeting for better understanding to be announced.

Fax: 610-459-2880

Telephone:  215-255-5577

Thank you very much  for your time,

Chaplain Wayne A.  Gibbs

The Glen Mills  Schools

Glen Mills Road

Glen Mills, PA  19331


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On January 13, the  U.S. House of Representatives stood up for America's children and adolescents  by reauthorizing the

Children's Health  Insurance Program (CHIP).


The Children's  Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009:

Fulfills the pledge  of more than $30 billion in federal funding to provide health care for those  currently enrolled in the program, and to enroll millions more children and  adolescents, the vast majority of who are currently eligible for CHIP or  Medicaid but unenrolled; and

Strengthens and  improves health care coverage for children and adolescents in a variety of  other areas, including passage of the Immigrant Children's Health Improvement  Act (ICHIA), which will lift a five year ban on public health coverage for  legally residing children and pregnant women.

The  vote in the House was strongly bipartisan-289 - 139 - with forty Republicans  voting in favor of the bill. Now this legislation goes to the Senate for a  vote and although that vote could be much closer, we are hopeful that the same  spirit of bipartisanship will continue and Democrats and Republicans will  come together and pass CHIP including coverage for legal immigrant children.

Calls and letters  from you and thousands of pediatricians and child and adolescent health  professionals across the country have and will continue to make a difference.  Please take a few minutes and call your Senators and ask them to vote  "yes" in support of CHIP reauthorization and ICHIA. Every call  matters.


TAKE ACTION: Call  your Senators and tell them to vote "Yes" in favor of CHIP and  ICHIA!

Contact the US  Capitol switchboard at

(202) 224-3121

and request to  speak to your Senators.

Tell Your Senators:  Please support CHIP with the ICHIA amendment. It is the right thing to do at  the right time.

The Senate could  have the bill on the floor in the next two - three weeks if not sooner!

Daniel R. Taylor,  D.O., FAAP

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Carver Science Fair seeks judges


The  Carver Science Fair encourages urban youth to pursue academic achievement,  careers in science, civic involvement, and character development.

Jointly sponsored  by The School District and The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Temple  University, and the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Fair is open to all  Philadelphia public, charter, parochial, and private school students in  grades four through twelve.

Since its inception  in 1979, over 18,000 students have participated in the Carver Science Fair  and have, in many cases, moved on to compete in the Delaware Valley Science  Fair.

As in previous  years, the judging day includes a continental breakfast, a brief introduction  to the fair, project evaluations through the morning, a buffet lunch, the  opportunity to network with colleagues, and individual student interviews.  Judges also receive free parking.

Judges are needed  on Tuesday, February 24th from 8:30am to 4:30pm at the Academy of Natural  Sciences, 19th St. and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, to judge the grades 4  through 6 competition, and on Tuesday, March 10th, 8:30am to 4:30pm at Temple  University, Broad Street and Montgomery Avenue, for grades 7 through 12.

If you can serve as  a Carver Science Fair judge on either or both of the Fair dates,    You will receive an electronic  confirmation and further details as the Carver Science Fair approaches.

For additional  details or information, please contact Dr. Kathy Fadigan

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You Have Something On Your Mind?

Being a teen isn’t  easy these days. If you need someone to talk to about issues that are  important to you...

Visit a Youth of Promise Drop-In Counseling  Center

You can get  on-the-spot advice from trained professionals who care and understand OR get  information about other local counseling services.


Also: Check out our  

After School Enrichment Program

Enrolling  Now!

Youth 10 – 16!

·       Get help with your homework

·       Learn conflict resolution skills

·       Receive adolescent healthy decision-making

·       Get counseling around issues important to you

·       Learn new computer skills

·       Have a nutritious dinner

·       Play games and have fun



Turning the Tide

Taylor  Tabernacle Church

425 So. 61st  Street, 2nd Fl.

Philadellphia, PA  19143




Myers  Recreational Center

5800 Kingsessing  Avenue

Philadelphia, PA  19143





This program  provides parents with access to Familet, a computer service that allows  parents to track their children’s grades and test scores and to access  educational resources.

The program offers  parents training on how to access and use these services.

The School District  of Philadelphia has arrangements with several computer dealers to offer  parents who need a computer or internet access hardware and software at a  discounted price.

For  more information call: 215.701.6507


Parenting: a tough Task!


Confident Parents =  Confident Kids


Please join us to:

·       Learn and share, techniques for being a confident  parent

·       Share your knowledge with other parents

·       Discuss your concerns

·       Listen to guest speakers on a variety of topics


Some subjects and  questions we will discuss and find answers to are:


   When my child  does …………. What do I do?

   Boundaries:  Setting Limits – Establishing and enforcing family rules

   What is the  difference between discipline and punishment?

   Forms of effective discipline

   What is ADHD?

   How do I  recognize a drug problem?

   Health care  needs

   What is child  abuse/neglect?

   Where do I go for  help?

   How can I work  effectively with my school to get my child’s needs       met?




When: Thursday evenings 6 PM – 8 PM


Where: Presbyterian Children’s’ Village

6517 Chester Avenue 19142


To register, or get more information, contact:

Ms. Lauretta Keeys 215.730.2247


A light dinner will  be served

Tokens for  transportation

Child care for up  to 2 children per family

Bring a friend

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Online resources  for parents:,,


This Week…


Tea Talk Sponsors Leadership Event


Tea Talk will host  a Leadership and Advanced Professional Development Training Tea on February  7th. The event is free to the first 20 people.


The Leadership and  Advanced Professional Development Training is a highly interactive training  that uses science-based proven methods, philosophy and psychology. The  training has successful outcomes with professionals on all levels. Past  attendees included attorneys, teachers, pastors, CEOs, therapists, business  consultants, entrepreneurs, public relation specialists and other  professionals.


The training will  take place from 1-3pm at the 52nd Street Business Association, 623 S. 52nd  Street. 

To register, email  your name and title, company, telephone number and email address HERE. A reply email will be  sent with your confirmation, itinerary and other information or someone will  call you.  For more information, call  267-997-2737 or 267-531-2787.


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Unnatural Causes: Exploring Health Inequalities through the PBS  Series

2008/2009 speaker series


The Center for  Public Health Initiatives (CPHI),  in collaboration with the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP), is launching our 2008/2009 speaker  series - Unnatural Causes: Exploring Health Inequalities through the PBS  Series (see  schedule here).  Each event within  the series will include a viewing of a segment of the PBS documentary (read  more about the series at  ) and a keynote speaker who will discuss the introduced topic


Monday, February  9th


Irvine Auditorium,  Amado Recital Room

3401 Spruce Street





Unnatural Causes  Part 5: “Place Matters”


Join Dr. Amy  Hillier as she explores how maps were used historically to create and  reinforce geographic disparities and, more recently, to understand how  environment impacts health and to challenge health inequities.


Keynote Speaker


Amy Hillier, MSW  PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of City  and Regional Planning


Penn School of  Design


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Men's Breakfast and Fellowship


Join the men of Oxford  Presbyterian Church for

Breakfast and  Fellowship


Every First  Saturday at 10:00am

Oxford Presbyterian  Church, 8501 Stenton

Avenue, (corner of  Gowen Ave) in Mt. Airy,

Philadelphia, Pa  19150


There will be time  for meditation, information and

inspirational  events.


Bring your business  cards.


All  Men are Welcomed!



Fax (215)247-5496



Reverend Ethelyn R.  Taylor, Pastor

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Upcoming  Committee/Workgroup Meetings


PICC Health Care  Committee Meeting is

Tuesday February 10  3-5 PM at

2100 Arch Street,  19103,

please RSVP to


PICC Licenses &  Inspections workgroup meeting

Tuesday February  24th 12 – 2 at Ceiba,

149 West  Susquehanna 19122

please RSVP to


PICC Public Safety  Committee Meeting

Wednesday February  25, 9 – 11 Am

Location TBD


Citizenship Days –  pro bono Immigration attorneys will be on hand to assist in the preparation  of naturalization applications and fee waivers


Philadelphia and  State College –

Saturday April 18th

Allentown – Sunday  April 19th


PICC's First State  Lobby Day will be May 5th, in Harrisburg.


Pennsylvania  Immigration & Citizenship Coalition

2100 Arch Street,  7th Floor

Philadelphia, PA  19103


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West Philadelphia  Weed and Seed Project's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Sites are open for  business as of Saturday January 31st.   This is our third year offering families FREE TAX RETURN PREPARATION  in West Philadelphia in an effort to discourage low to moderate income  families from using businesses that promote predatory lending practices.


Please help us  spread the word!  Thank you in  advance!!


Donna Griffin, M.S.  CED

Executive Director

Philadelphia Weed  & Seed Project

5180 Viola Street

Philadelphia, PA  19131

Tel: 215.477.7747

Fax: 215.477.7817



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Focus on Fathers

Sulaiman Wood, MSS,  MLSP, Project Manager,

Focus on Fathers,  Resources for Children's Health


Thursday, February  12th

1:00pm - 3:00pm

PHMC Training  Center


Increase your  knowledge and understanding of father involvement in parenting and its impact  on child development. Learn about the history of fatherhood law and public  policy and best practices to engage fathers.


2.0 CE Credits in  Social Work and Substance Abuse


Working with Incarcerated Clients and Their Families

Phyllis Swint,  M.F.T., Program Director, Family Therapy Treatment Program


Thursday, February  19th (RESCHEDULED FROM JANUARY 22nd)

10:00am - 12:00pm

PHMC Training Center


This workshop will  address the impact of incarceration on the family system and highlight issues  facing children of incarcerated parents with a focus on resources and  empowerment.

2.0 CE Credits in  Social Work and Substance Abuse



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Surviving the Recession

A Resource Fair for the Unemployed  presented by

The Philadelphia Unemployment Project


Friday, February 6th

10:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.

Arch Street United Methodist Church

Broad and Arch Streets

Center City Philadelphia


What programs can help your family while  you're out of work?


How can we work to enact policies to  protect the unemployed and create jobs during the recession?


What is the outlook for the economy and  workers in 2009?


This free event is designed to assist

unemployed Philadelphians during

this period of economic hardship.

Call to RSVP: 215-557-0822

Labor donated


The  Underground Railroad Society,

      in conjunction with

         Peace In The Hood


            The Task Force for Community Mobilization


     32nd Annual Flag Raising  Ceremony to Celebrate Black History

                  Saturday February 7, 2009

                  12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m.

                 Steps of Cleveland City,  City Hall,

              Program to follow in the  Rotunda of Cleveland City

             Hall, 601 Lakeside Avenue,  Cleveland, Ohio.

The public is  invited to join The Underground Railroad Society, Peace In The Hood, The Task  Force for Community Mobilization, community leaders, and community  organizations as we raise the red, black and green flag over Cleveland City  Hall for the 32nd year in celebration of Black History Month.  The raising of the flag will take place on  the steps of City Hall and a program will follow in the Rotunda.  The program will begin at 12 noon and will  conclude at 2:00 p.m.  on Saturday,  February 7, 2009.  All are encouraged  to participate in this historic event.   For more information, please call Dr. Eugene Jordan at (216) 451-8500;  Amir Khalid A. Samad at (216) 322-6059 or (216) 538-4043; Mrs. Delores Walton  at (216) 215-1861; Ms. Raj Roberson at (216) 618-8806 or the offices of Peace  In The Hood at (216) 283-4400 x 2266.
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Christopher Columbus Awards: Innovation Generation


Christopher  Columbus Awards: Innovation Generation

The Christopher  Columbus Awards Program combines science and technology with community  problem solving. Students work in teams with the help of an adult coach to  identify an issue they care about and, using science and technology, work  with experts, conduct research, and put their ideas to the test to develop an  innovative solution. Maximum award: a $25,000 Columbus Foundation Community  Grant and an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World to attend the  program’s National Championship Week, plus a $200 development grant to  further refine their idea, and a $2,000 U.S. Savings Bond for each team  member. Eligibility: middle-school-age (sixth, seventh, and eighth grade)  children; teams do not need to be affiliated with a school to enter.  Deadline: February 9, 2009.




City of Philadelphia Business Mentoring  Youth Program:

Would you like to  be a mentor to a high school student? Help a young person learn more about  the work world and determine career pathways? We are looking for City  employees to mentor 10th grade students from Constitution High School located  on 7th street between Market and Chestnut for 4-6 hours a week. If you are  interested in becoming a mentor or would like more information, please go to  and complete an application by February  10, 2009.


Philadelphia Youth Network WorkReady Summer  Internships:

Do you have a  child, family member or friend who is or know a high school student? The City  of Philadelphia will host Philadelphia high school students in part-time paid  internships for six weeks over the summer.   Please visit our website for program and application materials.


Mayor’s Internship Program:

Do you have a  child, family member or friend in college who is looking for an exciting  summer internship opportunity? The Mayor’s Internship Program with the City  of Philadelphia is currently accepting applications from college students for  our eight-week internship program.   For more information and application materials, please visit our  website.  Applications are due  February 20, 2009.


Please email or call 215-686-2138 with any inquires.



Best Regards,

The Office of  Leadership Investment


Stephanie  Tipton                Dominique  Aubry                Tara Mohr


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Nursing  Program/free tuition

If you know of  anyone between 18-28 years old, interested

in the Nursing  field,

University of the  District of Columbia (UDC) is offering

FREE tuition, FREE  books, a $250 monthly stipend, and guaranteed

job placement as a  nurse at Providence Hospital upon graduation (it's a 3 year program) with a  starting salary of $40,000.

The program is  recruiting new students now!!

Please contact Ms.  Beshon Smith (202) 266-5481 or





Janice Curington  Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs

and Advising  E-mail:

Phone: (215)  898-6341 FAX: (215) 573-2023

College of Arts and  Sciences

University of  Pennsylvania

120 Cohen Hall

249 South 36th  Street

Philadelphia, PA  19104-6304

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Free Auto Repair Training & Job Placement Assistance


Philadelphia  Automotive Training is now offering an opportunity to train with a NAPA  CERTIFIED PROGRAM inside one of the Largest

Independent  Automobile Repair Shops in Philadelphia


FREE 10 week  Accelerated Auto Repair Training and Employment Placement to Philadelphia  residents (male and female), 18 years or older. Must have a valid PA Driver's  License.


Upon completion of  the course, Philadelphia Automotive Training will give graduates $2,500.00  worth of tools and a tool cart to get started in their new career. 

Unlimited  opportunities to receive PA State & Enhanced Emissions



Course information  and outline available in our Google group at:

The Coalition, Inc. Group


For more  information or to attend the Next Assessment Session Contact:

Philadelphia  Automotive Training

7446 Ogontz Avenue,  Philadelphia, PA 19138

215-805-1543 or  215-424-2331


Two Positions in Environmental Work


Environmental Fellowship - Philadelphia   Work for Progress    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United  States   Salary: $23,750


Green Jobs Coordinator - Sustainable Business Network of  Greater Philadelphia    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United  States   Salary: 40,000



As promised, we are featuring bio’s and auto bio’s of local folk who  made many sacrifices to challenge the corrupt systems they encountered.



by Richard J.  Watson


“  The 1960s brought about the most significant changes in my life than any other  period since. The many challenges of the times, that brought about real  growth, from teenager into manhood, will forever be cherished as my  “political birthing.” My introduction to the Civil Rights Movement via the  campaigns launched by the fierce leader of the Philadelphia NAACP, Cecil B.  Moore, connected me to a group of people who became ‘family” for all times.  The efforts for the integration of The Stephen Girard College for White Male  Orphans brought together many young people who, otherwise, may have never  crossed paths. We were known at that time (1965) as The Young Militants. We  saw ourselves as young men and women who believed in ourselves, and the  righteous causes that we supported.   We continue even today to embrace those moments, and to support each  other’s dedication to the betterment of our communities. We go into schools,  mentor young people who do not have the benefits of the facts of history that  helped to open some of the doors that they have had a chance to walk through.  

And  most of all, to pay tribute and honor our sisters and brothers in the  struggle, who are no longer with us, our fallen heroes who should not go  unrecognized for what they endured in the form of mental and physical abuse  .The names of George Brower (Freedom George), Frank Haley (Freedom Frank),  Stanley Vaughn, Barry Dawson, sister Bertha Brown, Roy Arnold,  (Short-Shorts), Brother Zeke, Bro. Ulysses C. Grant, Bro. Reverend Dwight  Eisenhower Campbell, Bro. Robert Brazzwell, Bro. Malichia Robinson, Sis.  Birdie Palmer, Ms Susie Leacock and Mrs. Maude Robinson. There were many more  upon whose shoulder we now stand. These were the die-hards, who would give it  all, stop at nothing, to see the job through. In all kinds of weather, day  and night, they were on duty! If only they could witness today, the fruits of  their labors, they would be so relieved to know that they were all on the  right path. Freedom, Justice and total equality for all people is still the  struggle! We have come a long way, but we’ve got so much further to go. I can  recall, as if it were yesterday, times spent with each and every one of the  people I just mentioned. I can feel the presence of their contributions to  the cause. We must all continue to hold fast to the goals that we focused  upon over forty years ago, and to keep on keeping on. Our young people are in  serious need of true and proper guidance. Strength lies in the family! Family  is the root of the tree that will help us, African Americans, to flourish in  a forest of undergrowth and vines and fossils of petrified residue that  continues to thwart our development. Trust me, we are still not “out of the  woods” We do not have to prove anything as a people. We have demonstrated  time and time again that we are qualified, ready and able to get the job  done. All that remains is that we “walk the walk”-and not just talk the talk!

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Senior Center Promotes Black History Month


Center in the Park,  a community center that promotes positive aging in Germantown, will recognize  and celebrate African American History Month with a series of special events  throughout the month.


     -- Friday,  February 13th: Love Poetry Reading & Guitar Class Jam Session. The event  is free. Bring your favorite poem, sing your favorite romantic song or tell  one of your own personal stories of love.

   -- Wednesday,  February 18th: The Souls of Our Ancestors, a free concert by Songsters  Unlimited and Martin Luther King High School.

   -- Thursday,  February 19th: Healthy Soul Food Cooking Workshop. Participants will also  have an opportunity to purchase a copy of CIP’s 40th anniversary cookbook,  “Delicious Gems from Germantown” and/or a 40th anniversary limited edition  apron. 

   -- Thursday,  February 26th: Ethnic Dress Members’ Birthday Party. Wear your ethnic garb  and bring a friend to this free fun-filled event.

-- Friday February 27:  Veterans African American History Month Celebration.


All  events begin at 1pm.  Seating may be  limited, so please register by calling the Program Office at  215-848-7722.  Center in the Park is  located in Vernon Park, near Germantown and Chelten Avenues with off-street  parking available on the lot at Rittenhouse & McCallum Streets.




African Holistic Health and Healing  Society

presents a evening  of culture, networking, and

Black History Month  Observance


Philly's Newest  Spot for

Positive Vibes,  Natural Foods, and Creative Artistic Upliftment & Activism


Pier 1 Cafe'

4505 Baltimore Ave.


Serving a variety  of natural and raw foods, drinks, and desserts.

Prepared By:  "Mama Atiyah Ola"


Come out for an  evening of

Poetry/Spoken Word,  Storytelling,

Jam Session,

& Open MIC  Nites



Remembering  "Bro. Malcolm"

A Special Tribute  to Malcolm X

(El Hajj Malik  Shabazz)


Sun. Feb. 22, 2009

6:00 - 9:00 P.M.

Admission: $15.00*

Includes: Natural  Foods Buffet and Artist Showcase

(*dessert and  drinks not included)


To sign up to  perform or for more information call: 215-939-3298 or e-mail:


Artists who sign up  prior to Feb 14, 2009 will have the opportunity to be interviewed on NU Day  Resurrection" and Liberation radio program and have their CD's/tapes  available for sale at the event.


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Winter 2009 Classes  & Workshops

Began Saturday, January  31, 2009

The Ausar Auset  Society is a pan-African religious organization dedicated to the spiritual  development and physical health of people of African descent. Teachings are  based on the ancient Kamitic (Egyptian) systems of spiritual cultivation.



Meditation  Fundamentals

11am – 12pm


Learn how to master  the basic techniques of meditation to improve your health, marriage, career,  relationships, etc. This course instructs students on methods of tapping into  the Indwelling Intelligence to make improvements in one’s character, health,  wealth, social conditions, and general well being.


Qi Cultivation: The  Essence of Health & Healing 12pm – 1pm

Everything you want  to achieve in life requires energy. Goals often go unfulfilled due to lack of  vitality. This class will teach the principles and practices for improving  your physical health, which is the prerequisite for greater wealth and  prosperity. Learn holistic, common sense approaches to improving your health  and vitality including optimal diet, vitamin supplementation, and herbal  formulas.




Economic Survival  Strategies

February 7th  1pm – 2pm

The year 2009 will  be a catastrophic period financially. The US economy will continue to  collapse and African Americans are likely to suffer the most. This workshop  will teach you how to use spiritual tools to protect yourself and your money.


Spiritual  Relationships

February 14th  1pm – 2pm

Learn how to  develop and maintain meaningful relationships based on fundamental spiritual  principles.

This workshop is  based on the book, "Afrocentric Guide to a Spiritual Union" by Ra  Un Nefer Amen.


The Science of  Healing

February 21st  1pm – 2pm


This workshop  focuses on the underlying principles associated with health and healing.


Classes are held  every Saturday for 4 weeks beginning January 31st:

Cost is $49.00 per  4-week session for all classes and workshops payable at the first class  session. Otherwise, the cost is $10 per class or workshop.


Members of The  Black Vegetarian Society receive $5 off the entire class series (regularly  $49).

Please show your  membership card at the door. This offer is only valid for this class series.


Ebster Recreation  Center

404 W. Trinity  Place in downtown Decatur

(two blocks from  the Decatur MARTA Station; free parking is available behind the police  station)

For registration  and more information, call 678-701-8011 or

e-mail us at



CHPPD Looking To Fill Eight Leadership  Positions!


The Community Health  Planning and Policy Development (CHPPD) Section of the American Public Health  Association (APHA) is currently looking for nominations for 8 leadership  positions starting at the end of the November 2009 Annual Meeting in  Philadelphia. CHPPD is the third largest section of APHA, and as such is the  largest section in that organization concerned with issues of community  health.  This year is a unique  opportunity for the CHPPD section to engage new leadership, as we have 2  Section Councilor positions and 6 Governing Councilor positions to fill.  The reason there are so many Governing  Councilor positions is because we have increased our membership in the past  year, which resulted in more representation on APHA's governing body.  Section Councilors guide CHPPD activities,  and is an excellent way to become more involved in the Section.  Governing Councilors are CHPPD’s  representatives to APHA’s governing body, and vote on APHA policies and  leaders at the annual meetings.  More  information on the positions and nomination forms are available at  


If you or a  colleague are interested in running for one of these positions,

please fill out the  attached nominations form and email it to me by Monday, February 9 at  Once submitted to APHA, elections will be  held in the spring among current CHPPD members, so please be sure to include  a statement about yourself in this form that you would like to represent you  in the online election process.  We are  promoting these positions more broadly this year so we can be sure to engage  representatives of community-based organizations in our leadership, to  increase their representation in CHPPD and APHA.  However, with that said, nominees will have to be current  members of APHA and be affiliated with CHPPD by the time of the  election.  Please also distribute to  any of your community health colleagues - we want to be sure we have a great  slate of candidates for the election this spring!  And please also let me know if you have any questions regarding  the form or this process.





Personal Trainer Stephanie G.

Will host classes for older adults and  seniors

EVERY WEDNESDAY ~ 10am - 11am.


FREE screening and educational information


No matter how old you are, exercise can  improve your quality of life

and you don't have to spend a lot of time  doing it to see and feel

improvements. Older adults and seniors need  to engage in cardio,

strength training and flexibility exercises  to stay healthy and

maintain as much strength and functionality  as possible.


Location: Camphor Memorial United Methodist  Church

5620 Wyalusing Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19131

Time:  10am - 11am




FREE screening and educational information.


Questions please call the church at:  215-747-2600


Cost: $3.00


Contact: Raveena Media Group 267-386-8204  ext. 2 or




Green Economy

House of Umoja Green Peace Project


Program Overview:

The HOU program is designed to encourage  at-risk youths to engage in civic and entrepreneurial activities that provide  exposure to the principles of a green economy. The “Green  Peace Project” promotes an  environment that demonstrably shows the correlation between; preservation and  responsibility; and economic development and community esteem. The program  seeks as a mission to establish a multitude of gardens throughout the city of  Philadelphia, utilizing discarded or dysfunctional space. The land is  cultivated and developed to yield marketable provisions and provide  communities healthy options. The gardens include seating areas and sculptured  universal peace symbols to provide communities with peaceful eco-friendly  space. The program advances the proposition of using community-connectivity  to spur economic growth and progress.



The three-month series teaches  participants; the study of pedology; the tenets of agriculture;  entrepreneurial dexterity; and community prosperity. Participants will gain  knowledge in self-sufficiency, self-determination, ethics and business.



Urban Agriculture

50% of the world’s population lives in  cities.

800 million people are involved in urban  agriculture world-wide and contribute to feeding urban residents.

Low income urban dwellers spend between 40%  and 60% of their income on food each year.

By 2015 about 26 cities in the world are  expected to have a population of 10 million or more. To feed a city of this  size – at least 6000 tons of food must be imported each day.


Contact House Of Umoja 215.473.5892

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Win $5,000!


Sustainable  video competition  Invites Sustainable Living Ideas

Deadline: March 1,  2009 , an online community  for sustainable living, has issued a global call for personal green  solutions. The Just Do One organization invites ideas for more sustainable  living summarized in short YouTube-style videos.  The organization will share the entries online, and the best  video entry, as judged by an expert panel, will win $5,000.

Video entries may  be up to three minutes in length. Entries will be accepted from January 1 to  March 1, 2009. Winners will be announced April 1, 2009, in time for media  coverage leading up to Earth Day.

RFP Link:


For additional RFPs  in Environment, visit:



For sustainable enterprise go to Green Jobs Philly

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Self-Empowering Job Readiness Workshops


You've given your  students/clients the knowledge and skills. The question now becomes-  "Can they SELL themselves?"

We're pleased to  announce that Love Movement Video has added a 5th  "Self Empowerment" workshop.

Our "Job  Readiness' workshop focuses on the following goals for the participants

A. To feel more comfortable  and confident while job hunting

B. Learning how to develop a career

C. Incorporating video technology in job searches

D. Developing Positive life Skills


The interactive  workshops consist of:



Practicing  Techniques

Video Taping Mock  Interviews


Topics covered in workshops:

-Reading the want ads

-Dressing for success

-Setting up Interviews


-Frequently asked questions

-Body Language

-Managing work expenses

-Sales and selling yourself

-Creating your own niche


For info on the  other available workshops click  the  link


IF your students or  clients can benefit from any of our "Self Empowerment" workshops  give me a call or an e-mail

Bernard D. Miller


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It is with great pleasure that The  Merchants Fund announces the

availability of $500,000 for ReStore  Retail Incentive Grants. 


*       Grants must  have at least two primary partners:  a  community

not-for-profit who will act as the grant and project  manager and a

future or current retail business owner.   New ventures and existing

businesses are welcome to apply.

*       The goal is  to upgrade or establish high quality retail in the

neighborhoods of Philadelphia.  Identified businesses should fulfill

neighborhood development plans.  Businesses must be located adjacent to or on a commercial  corridor.

*       It is  anticipated that 10 grants of $50,000 each will be made.

Grants will pay for capital improvements necessary to fit  out a retail

space for the identified business. Requests for operating  or working

capital will not be considered.  Grants will be very competitive and are

last dollar funds.   Partners will have to demonstrate the ability to

fund the entire project from start to finish including the  Incentive




*       Proposals  Due On Friday, February 27th

*       Decisions  within two to three weeks based on response volume


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Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership Grants


NEA Foundation  Accepting Applications for Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership  Grants Programs

Deadline: February  1, 2009; June 1, 2009; and October 15, 2009

The NEA Foundation  (  supports a variety of efforts by teachers,  education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff to  improve student learning in public schools, colleges, and universities across  the United States.

The foundation is  accepting applications for the following grant programs:

The Learning &  Leadership Grants program provides opportunities for teachers, education  support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff to engage in  high-quality professional development and lead their colleagues in  professional growth.  Grants to  individuals fund participation in professional development experiences such  as summer institutes and action research. Grants to groups fund collegial  study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, and mentoring  experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. The grant amount is  $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups.


The Student Achievement Grants program  provides grants of $5,000 each to improve the academic achievement of  students by engaging in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen  knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve  students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.  Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with  honors, advanced placement, and other challenging curricula are particularly  encouraged. Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies,  equipment, transportation, software, and scholars-in-residence.

Applicants must be  practicing U.S. public school teachers in grades K-12, public school  education support professionals, or faculty and staff at public higher  education institutions.

Visit the NEA  Foundation Web site for complete grant program information.

RFP Link:

For additional RFPs  in Education, visit:

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Quality of Life Grant


Through the Quality  of Life Grant program, families that care for children and adults with autism  and other special needs may receive funding to offset their enormous  financial burdens. These grants provide families with stipends that may be  used for a wide variety of supports related to their family member.


To apply for funds







Impact offers free interns to nonprofits


Impact Services Corporation’s new  Social Employment Center is offering non-profit organizations interns who  will help with labor-intensive tasks such as packing, bulk mailings, sorting  and collating handouts, shredding documents, and other task-oriented  activities.

Funded through the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation  and the Pennsylvania Department of  Public Welfare, the Social Employment Center works with TANF recipients  who are temporarily unable to enter employment and provides them with job  readiness skills and paid work activities as Interns.

All labor is  provided at no cost to your organization. Tasks are usually completed at  Impact’s site and pickup and delivery of materials can be arranged as needed.

For more  information, email Joseph Lyons  or call 215-423-2944 x156.





**** “Poetry & Praise Series” ****


***Calling All  Poets, Singers, Comedians, & Musicians***




The Place to be is  WESLEY A.M.E ZION CHURCH –

1500 Lombard  Street, Phila., PA 19146

Rev. Dr. Paul S.  Hoggard, Pastor


***Live Musical  Band- “MTM” Many Thoughts of Music***


SATURDAY –  02/07/2009


FROM – 5pm to 9pm  $10.00 Donation

$5.00 Donation for  Performing Poets/Singers


HOSTED BY:  “CRUCIAL”- Also Host of Panoramic Poetry, Sponsored by October Gallery


Also Featuring:




Vocalist – Angela  Davis


Wesley A.M.E Zion  Church – “Jubilee Singers” along with Charles Newkirk


DINNERS SOLD BY:  Brenda’s Soul Food Café

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Call For Abstracts For CBPH

The Community-Based Public  Health (CBPH) Caucus invites abstracts that reflect a diversity of  community-based public health activities, including basic and applied  research projects, interventions, teaching, and service learning projects. Of  particular interest are presentations that will provide participants with  enhanced knowledge and skills to conduct community-based public health  activities, as well as those that explicitly describe the application of  community-based participatory research (CBPR) to policy change and decision-making  at the local, state, and federal level.

Community-Campus  Partnerships for Health is a founding member of the CBPH Caucus and we  encourage you to get involved!  It is  the "home" for CBPR, service-learning and community-academic  partnerships within APHA!


DEADLINE for  submitting all abstract and Full Session Proposals to the CBPH Caucus is  February 11th, 2009.






For more  information, contact

Idethia Shevon  Harvey



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Fourth Annual African-American Spoken Word Festival

Presented by  Southern Hospitality: Professional Caterers,

Co Sponsored by the  Conversations on Africa at

Third Baptist  Church

2nd Floor Social  Hall in the heart of our community!

1399 Mc Allister  Street,

San Francisco, CA  94115

Between Sreiner and  Pierce Streets!


See Jasmine the  Jazziest and Sacramento Slam King Terry Moore both poets from Sacramento at  Third Saturday

February 7, 2009  beginning at 2PM and ending at 6 PM

Please RSVP for  your dinner at the festival by calling 510-932-8337!


Post Festival Dinner and Relationships  Forum

Produced by  Conversations of Africa


Food by Southern  Hospitality—Professional Caterers



Dinner for those  who purchase their tickets in advance

(Some dinner  tickets available at the door)


1399 McAllister at  Scott Street

San Francisco, CA


Saturday February  7, 2009


Master of  Ceremonies Pat Womack-Clarke


Reverend A. Brown  or a designee will bless the dinner


A portion of the  proceeds will be donated in part to a Benin City, Nigeria Market woman trader  through the network of the Conversations on Africa

Before and after  photos will be available at the 5th Annual African-American Spoken Word  Festival

Dinner Phase begins  at 4:40PM


4:45 PM Blessing of  the Dinner by Reverend Brown or his designee!

4:45 to 5:00 PM  Dine—Quiet Time

5:00 PM  Relationship Forum Phase Begins to 5:45 PM Relationship discussion led by MC  with Pearl and Larry

5:45PM to 6:00 PM  Questions and Answers—Book and Media Sales/Autographs


6PM The event is  over


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Second Wednesdays at Beechman Cabaret


Two hours. Four  Artists. One provocative evening every month showcasing fast-paced,  interactive memoir and documentary art.

This month:  Marianne

Bernstein shows  photos from her book Tatted,


Katie Sweeney  presents her

broken-umbrella  blog Better off Soaked,


Cecelia Smith  screens A Fine Whine

about the  Philadelphia Complaint Choir and


Daravann Yi reads  from his

memoir of Cambodia,  The Salt Seeker.


Cost: $8


When: 2nd  Wednesdays

Time: 7:30-10:00pm,  doors open at 7:00

Where: Laurie  Beechman Cabaret at UArts,

601 S. Broad St.  (Broad & South)


Visit  for more info.



Community Of Compassion CDC

62nd Street and Cedar Avenue


Arts & Crafts like you’ve never seen  it!

Stampin’ up Craft Workshop

Hosted  by Monica Williams

The workshop includes:

·       Creating  Handbags, Jewelry

·       Embroidery

·       Greeting  Cards for family & friends

·       The use of  various stamping techniques that will challenge your creative side

Invite  your neighbors, family and friends

To sign up for these sessions

Contact Monica at 302.373.2813

Bro. Brahin Ahmaddiya 215.514.5535

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Jus’ Words at Dowlings Place

1310 No. Broad St.  Phila

Every Thurs. 9pm to  1am

·       Poets

·       Rappers

·       Singers

·       Spoken Word Artists

$5.00 cover




RRN Events and Opportunities


The  Enterprise Center's Retail Resource Network


Events &  Opportunities


Philadelphia  Development Partnership Workshop


Wharton  Entrepreneurship Conference


Small Business  Energy Efficiency Grant


ReStore Retail  Incentive Grants


Philadelphia  Development Partnership Workshop


Friday, February  13, 2009 @ 10AM.  The Marriott  Hotel.  1201 Market Street,  Philadelphia, PA 19107.


Everyone has ideas;  some are about creating a house that recognizes its owners, others are about  designs for high-end handbags that put Prada to shame, and still others are  about saving billions of energy dollars through simple innovations.  The entrepreneurs who passionately pursued  their dreams have inspired this year's Wharton Entrepreneurship Conference  theme, White Board. Blue Sky: Carrying Ideas to Boundless Success.


This year's  conference will interactively look at the stories of entrepreneurs and their  ventures, learning from their experiences in the past, understanding their  place in the present environment, and looking forward to their decisions for  the future.


Over 500  professionals, entrepreneurs, and students are invited to participate in the  conference. Speakers include Julian Brodsky, founder, director and chairman  of Comcast Corporation and Donny Deutsch, Chairman of Deutsch, Inc. and host  of The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch as keynote speakers this year. the keynote  will be complemented by words of wisdom from Farhad Mohit, founder and CEO of  Shopzilla/Bizrate and DotSpots.


The price is $85,  $45 for students and the link is



The Small Business  Energy Efficiency Grant


Pennsylvania Small  Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program


The Department of  Environmental Protection (Department) announces an upcoming grant opportunity  for small businesses undertaking energy efficiency projects. The Small  Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program provides a 25% matching grant, to a  maximum award of $25,000, to enable a small business in this Commonwealth to  purchase and install energy efficient equipment or processes that will result  in improved energy efficiency.


An eligible  applicant must be an independent for-profit small business with 100 employees  or less whose business or facility is located within this Commonwealth.  Examples of small businesses in this Commonwealth that are eligible include  manufacturers, retailers, service providers, mining businesses and  agricultural operations. The project to which the grant will apply must save  the small business at least 20% annually in energy related expenses with a  minimum dollar savings of at least $1,000 per year. Only project costs  incurred after the grant opening date of January 12, 2009, will be eligible.


For questions  regarding the eligibility of projects, visit the grant's web site at  CLICK  HERE


(DEP Keyword: Small  Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program) or contact Dave Barnes, Office of  Energy and Technology Deployment, Small Business Ombudsman's Office at (717)  783-84111 or  before submitting an application.


For assistance in  submitting an application, persons may also contact the Small Business  Development Center's Environmental Management Assistance Program, EMAP, at www.askemap.orgCLICK  HERE or (877) 275-3627 or the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program,  PennTAP, at  or CLICK  HERE   or (814) 865-0427.


The grant  application and guideline package are available on the Department's web site  at  CLICK  HERE (DEP Keyword: Small Business Energy Efficiency). The application  package contains the materials and instructions necessary for applying for a  grant. Applications will also be available by contacting the Department of  Environmental Protection, Office of Energy and Technology Deployment, 15th  Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, P. O. Box  8772, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8772 or (717) 783-8411.


The Department will  begin accepting applications on January 12, 2009, and applications must be  postmarked or hand delivered to the Department between January 12, 2009, and  May 1, 2009. Grants will be awarded to eligible applicants on a first-come,  first-served basis. A total of $3 million is available for this grant round.


ReStore Retail  Grants


Deadline Friday,  February 27, 2009.  Application  available only from The Merchants Fund.  CLICK  HERE


The goal of this  funding is to assist with capital costs of fitting out and equipping interior  spaces for new and upgraded retail uses consistent with strategy of the  neighborhood commercial corridors.


*     Make corridors more welcoming places to  spend time and money

*     Support effective corridor management  organizations

*     Focus planning and data analysis on  strengthening the economic viability of corridors.

*     Align and leverage community economic  development resources.

*     Develop a system to attract and retain  businesses on corridors.


Core Requirements:


Preference shall be  given to those projects that meet the following criteria, as determined by  TMF:


*     Desirability of type of business, as  indicated by corridor strategy or community plan (required);

*     Demonstrated financial need (required);

*     Substantial job creation or maintenance  notably for ex-offenders, welfare-to-work clients, new college graduates  looking to settle in Philadelphia;

*     Supporting start-up or expansion of  disadvantaged businesses;

*     Blight elimination;

*     Pedestrian-oriented design which  conforms to existing CDC design criteria including respect for historic  building attributes;

*     Demonstrable involvement of minority,  women and disabled business owners, suppliers and/or contractors (MWDBE);

*     The potential for the business to  succeed as demonstrated by past performance (existing business) or the  business plan (new business);

*     The potential to enhance foot traffic  and commerce for co-located businesses on the corridor-a keystone business;

*     Enhancement of a heritage business- a  family-owned and operated company which is committed to the next generation  and a renewed business paradigm for the 21st Century;

*     Demonstration of an e-commerce strategy  where applicable;

*     Sustainable, green strategies,  sensitivity and commitment: diminished waste or pollution, better use of  energy, local sourcing, recycled products, recycled building products, etc;

*     Each business model will be tested for  viability against appropriate industry standards.


The Enterprise  Center | 4548 Market Street | Philadelphia | PA | 19139

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Colleges Set Asset Development Conference


The Philadelphia  Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development, a consortium of 36  colleges and universities in the greater Philadelphia area, will hold its  2009 annual conference on

Friday, February  27th at

Chestnut Hill  College in Philadelphia.


PHENND works to  build the capacity of its member institutions to develop mutually beneficial,  sustained, and democratic community-based service-learning partnerships. The  consortium actively seeks to revitalize local communities and schools and  foster civic responsibility among the region's colleges and universities.


The theme of this  year’s conference is financial asset development.  The conference will cover topics such as Volunteer Income Tax  Assistance, public benefits campaign, financial education and much more. All  of these topics are things needed to help low-income communities become  financially self-sufficient and the conference will focus on how colleges and  universities can play a role in this process.


The keynote speaker  for the conference will be Karen Gross, President of Southern Vermont  College.  Gross has had a long and  distinguished career as an academic and community development leader. For  more than two decades, she was a Professor of Law at New York Law School  where she specialized in consumer finance and over-indebtedness.


In addition, she  was, until recently, the President and CEO of an educational non-profit  organization that designs, implements and studies programs to improve the  financial literacy skills of consumers called The Coalition for Consumer  Bankruptcy Debtor Education.


Workshops to be  held at the conference include Volunteer Income Tax Assistance in the  Delaware Valley, Financial Education Opportunities at VITA Sites,  Philadelphia Food Stamp Enrollment Campaign, Financial Education Clubs for  College Campuses, Foreclosures in Philadelphia, The Benefit Bank &  National Student Partnerships Model, and the Workforce Development  Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania.

Registration fees  range from $25 to $50.


Click HERE  for more information and registration.



Black  History Month Juneteenth Book Dedication


Oklahoma Juneteenth  Historical Foundation Observes Black History Month


(Muskogee,  Oklahoma) - The Oklahoma Juneteenth Historical Foundation (OJHF) invites the  public to attend a Black History Month Juneteenth Book Dedication Reception,  at the Muskogee Public Library, from 6:00pm - 9:00pm, on Thursday, February  12, 2009, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. The book that will be dedicated to the  library will be "Juneteenth, A Celebration of Freedom" by Dr.  Charles Taylor.


"Our special  guest speaker will be Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman  of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National  Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)," states Wilma Newton,  President of the OJHF. "We will also be celebrating the 100th year  anniversary of the founding of the NAACP with the Muskogee NAACP Youth Council."


Juneteenth, or the  "19th of June", recognizes June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX, when  Union General Gordon Granger announced freedom for all slaves in the  Southwest. This was the last major vestige of slavery in the United States  following the end of the Civil War. This occurred more than two and a half  years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham  Lincoln. Upon the reading of General Order #3 by General Granger, the former  slaves celebrated jubilantly, establishing America's second Independence Day  Celebration and the oldest African-American holiday observance.


Juneteenth is now  recognized as a state holiday or state holiday observance in Texas, Oklahoma,  Florida, Delaware, Idaho, Alaska, Iowa, California, Wyoming, Missouri,  Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Colorado, Arkansas,  Oregon, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, Virginia, Washington, Tennessee,  Massachusetts, North Carolina, West Virginia, South Carolina and Vermont. In  2003, the District of Columbia passed legislation to recognize Juneteenth as  a district holiday observance. Many more states, including Utah, Alabama,  South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Montana, Wisconsin and Maryland have recognized  Juneteenth through state legislative resolutions, Gubernatorial Proclamations  and current state holiday observance legislation.


"Dr. Myers is  also the leader of the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign," states  Wilma Newton. "We wlll have petitions available at the reception for  everyone to send to President Barack Obama to make Juneteenth a National  Holiday Observance in America. The public is invited to come out and be a  part of history."


For more  information contact Wilma Newton at 918-781-9248, web site:  or e-mail:  .


For information on  the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2009 National Holiday Observance and the National  Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, call Dr. Myers at 662-247-3364, or 662-247-1471;  e-mail: web sites: , , and


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Sunday, February  15, 2009 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (ET)



Urban Education  Center

7567 Haverford  Avenue, In the Shops at Haverford

Behind McDonalds on  corner of City Line & Haverford

Philadelphia, PA  19151


Can you attend this  event?  Respond Here


For more  information click  here



5th Annual Leadership Success Conference and  Seminar at Sea
March 13-23, 2009
Location: Panama  Canal Cruise with stops in Haiti, Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica and the Grand  Cayman Islands. Travel aboard Royal Caribbean's "Jewel of the  Seas."

Relax and unwind while enjoying new destinations in the  company of old and new friends. Attend workshops especially designed to meet  your needs and interests.
 Call 215-877-4950 to request more information.







Free Computer Lab Workshops

In our workshops,  adults and teens will learn to use the mouse and keyboard like a pro. You can  create a free email account, practice searching the web for the information  or recreation, fill out online job applications, and receive practical advice  from a live instructor.

Lucien E. Blackwell

West Philadelphia  Regional Library

125 So. 52nd  Street

Philadelphia, PA



For more  information, visit our website at


Free Online Computer Instruction

See ‘Archives’ at


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




LIVE UNITED: Food for Thought


This Valentine's  Day share your heart in a way that helps feed our community. Join United Way  as we work to keep local food banks stocked with food for those in need  throughout the region.

Traditionally, the  cold winter months following the holidays are when donations decline and the  food supplies drop. With over 120,000 local adults and children, many of whom  never thought that they would be reaching out for assistance, being forced to  eat less or skip meals because they cannot afford enough food - now is the  time to share your heart with a Valentine that really makes a difference.

Share Your Heart -  Send a Valentine

Join United Way's

LIVE UNITED - Food  for Thought project.

A Valentine gift of  $20 will help purchase a bag of groceries -- a $100 Valentine fills a  shopping cart and $1,000 fills ten carts with much needed food supplies. Send  a Food for Thought Valentine to let your loved ones know that you shared your  heart to feed someone in need. The issue is critical -- the need is urgent --  the time is now to share your heart.

Buy a Valentine  that makes a difference, be a part of

LIVE UNITED - Food  for Thought.

Give Now

When you reach out  a hand to one you influence the condition of all. That is what it means to  LIVE UNITED


To learn more about  United Way and how you can GIVE, ADVOCATE, and VOLUNTEER for the LIVE UNITED  - Food for Thought project this Valentine's Day, please visit  



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



In response to the needs of many grassroots organizations  for the basic tools to implement and sustain their ideas and projects, The  Coalition, Inc. members have come together to establish a network to facilitate  the distribution/re-distribution of unwanted, unneeded, surplus and even  repairable items for recycling.

·       If you have office supplies, electronics, office  furniture, you are updating, or no longer use, free up that space by offering  them to someone who can get good use from it.

·       If you have office space you do not have an immediate  use for, offer it to home-based organizations for a few hours a week as a  meeting place.

·       If you have special skills such as grant/proposal  writing, website design/maintenance, or computer skills, please Contact Us share  your expertise and educate others.

·       If your organization offers aid to the less fortunate  such as meals,

clothing, resume' writing, job  search, SAT/LSAT coaching, GED classes, scholarship help etc., share it Here


To join The Coalition go to: and  download a copy of the Pledge of Commitment and return it to us


Those in need of particular equipment, furnishings or  supplies are encouraged to join to this group (A HAND UP!) to inquire if others  are able to assist.


Any group or individual may make donations, but  individuals who wish to request donations must do so through a member  organization.

Organizations are encouraged to post notices of ongoing  or special community service programs that are open to the public i.e. Food  Banks; seasonal clothing/toys; fuel programs, etc.

To post: Mail  To:


You may also offer or make requests anonymously through  the group moderators who will arrange pick up/delivery via a third party.

If you wish to assist others by making transportation  available for pickups or deliveries, please let a group moderator know.

To  join: A Hand Up!


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

NEW TIME! Straight Up WORD with Dr. John Elliott Churchville, Senior Pastor of The  Liberation Fellowship Church of Jesus, on WNWR 1540 AM, Sundays at 9:30am.  Dr. Churchville will explore the Holy Scriptures verse by verse for your  spiritual and practical edification, and “...liberation of the oppressed, and  social justice for the poor.”


WELCOME BACK! Civil Alert World with Brother Sabir Bey Saturdays 5:30pm to 6:30pm on WNJC  1360 AM. Also listen in on WKDU 91.7 AM Friday, 12am to 3am


Sister Phile  Chionesu, organizer of the Million Woman March, Saturdays 10:30pm to 12am  on Blog Talk Radio

“Nu Day  Resurrection and Liberation" Show 

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

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