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News From
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News  From

The  Coalition, Inc.

Friday 13 February 2009

Volume 3, Number 21

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 … 11

Health Matters …20

Green Piece … 21

Grants,  Scholarships  & Instruction… 23

SpotLight … 30

Arts for Awareness …  31

Coming Up …32

Computers and  Technology … 35

A Hand Up … 36

On The Airways … 38






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One isn't necessarily born  with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot  practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful,  generous, or honest.
Maya Angelou
















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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about  things that matter.
-- Martin  Luther King, Jr.




































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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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Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.
-- Jesse Jackson.










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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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The axe soon forgets, but the tree always remembers.
-- Shona Saying.




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"Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is  often more important than the outcome." …Arthur Ashe






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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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"You  can't just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream;  you've got to get out there and make it happen for yourself."
     --Diana Ross
















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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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Word Of The Week

brackish\BRAK-ish\, Somewhat  salty. Distasteful; unpalatable.


Greetings Coalition Family!


Although our initial intent was to have fewer sites for  this year’s Week of Peace observation, it seems we will have more sites than  last year’s number ten. We applaud those of you who have stepped up to offer  your sites and participation in this annual event, which seems to have  impacted the community positively. According to the Philadelphia Police Department,  crime has been down during our events. All the credit goes to those local  groups who put this thing together every year.

There is still time if your group or organization wishes  to be represented at one or more of the sites (to be listed in a future  edition).


Another autobiographical piece for Black History Month on  page 13, check it out.


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.


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.  





I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you  friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom  flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work  together for unity and love.” Mohandas Ghandi







Last Call for Applications for


Deadline for 2009  Applications

February 28, 2009

Do you know a young  environmentalist aged 8-16

who deserves to be  recognized with a cash prize???

A young person you  know could be a 2009 Eco-Hero!

Guidelines and  Applications available at

or by emailing

Read about last  year's winners at


International Young  Eco-Heroes receive a cash prize of up to $500, a certificate, membership to  Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots Institute and an opportunity to attend the  annual Bioneers environmental conference near San Francisco, California, USA.

Applicants must be  at least 8 years old and no more than 16 years old as of Feb. 28, 2009.  Projects must concern environmental advocacy, environmental health, research  or protection of the natural world. Projects must be current in the last  year. Ongoing efforts that include an outreach or educational component are  more likely to be recognized. Check our website for more details!!!

Based in San  Francisco, California, USA, Action For Nature is an environmental,  educational and advocacy non-profit that encourages young people to take  personal action to nurture and protect a healthy environment on which all  life depends.

To Donate, please  visit


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Teen Tuesdays

Parkway Central Library


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


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. 

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


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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…


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



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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


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Upcoming  Committee/Workgroup Meetings


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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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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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




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.


Eugene ‘Freedom Tree’ Dawkins


At the age of 15 or 16 years old, I was exposed to things  that would change my life forever.


One day my sister’s boyfriend took me around the corner to  the wall at Girard College where I got an instant understanding about who and  what I was. I saw hundreds of policemen along the 2-½ mile wall, which  insulated Girard College from the surrounding community. The police were all  over every inch of the wall. They were nasty, rude and insulting. (The NAACP,  under the leadership of Cecil B. Moore, was attempting to break the will of  Steven Girard that stipulated only ‘poor white male orphans’ were allowed to  attend this institution.)


I had been raised by my grandmother, who always prayed and  told me stories of her hardships and mishaps where she was raised in the  South. They worked from sun up to sun down and sometimes longer. Her life was  very hard and infuriating. She wanted my brother, sister and me, to have a  better life, she really wanted us to be prepared for the tough trials of life  and its’ demands. My grandmother was completely blind in one eye and the other  eye was going bad. But, like most grandmothers, she could see things clearly,  more clearly than us kids. She was my first protection in life. Being her  eyes and ears kept me close to her on a daily basis. For hours we used to sit  in her window watching, listening and talking about things happening on the  streets and around the wall of Girard College. She told us of protection we  needed in the house.  She also told us  of her hopes and fears. She told us why we were here in America and why she  was so grateful for being here. She, her mother, father and grandparents were  bought here as slaves, something I knew nothing about. Now the do’s and  don’ts of my life, where to go or where to not go were taught to me in my  home. A demonstration around the wall would break the will. I was faced with  do or don’t. By the time I got around to Girard College, my grandmother had  passed on to glory.


The marchers were told on a daily basis about the meaning  of slavery and what was going on down South and what was happening around the  wall known as Girard College. We were also told about a will left by a white  man named Steven Girard who said he wanted the college to be left for orphans  of white fatherless boys. The powers that be at the time were hell-bent on  carrying that will out at any cost.


During the march I met Cecil B. Moore, who was commanding  and personable. He became like a father figure to me. I saw him on television  before I met him. Cecil was like other people I met, but Cecil was much  smarter than any of them and he spoke his mind, he was concerned and wanted  to help people. He said he knew all about me and wanted to take some of the  anger I had and turn it into something good and that way I could stay out of  trouble. He did something that older people didn’t do. He talked to me and he  didn’t yell, just talked. He said something to me that no one else ever did.  He put his hand on my shoulder and he said, “ I need you to help us carry out  the job we have to do because if we don’t get it done it will not get done. I  know you are a hard worker and I can depend on you.” About that time, we  started marching everyday around the wall at about 8am to 10pm or until the  police harassment ended. They would come across the barricade and attack the  marchers for no reason at all. Cracking black folks heads and other mean or  spiteful things they could do to us. Sometimes they just called us names like  rapists, thieves, communists, niggers and threatened our families. They would  turn their motorcycles toward the curb and just raced the motors causing some  of us to be overcome with carbon monoxide poisoning. Sometimes the police  would follow us to our homes or to our jobs and sit in their cars for a  while. They would usually cool down around 10pm or shortly after. That was  the police.


If not for the young people of the community, the  preachers and Georgie Woods, I don’t know how we would have made it happen.  The help we got from Georgie Woods and from my very good friend Cecil B.  Moore got me out of jail many times when I was arrested. We could and did  depend on Cecil and every time Cecil came through for us. Little did we know  we were the right people for the job. As the days turned into weeks and weeks  turned into months, the crowds got smaller and smaller. Radio station, WPEN  had some people on the air called Friends of Girard College. They announced  that they had a couple thousand people and they would fight until the end.  They wanted to keep Girard College lily-white with no blacks, no niggers.  They wanted it as white as snow. No Blacks. Just when we thought that all our  marching and all our prayers were for nothing. Cecil announced we would take  it to court. We were told Martin Luther King, jr. was coming to the wall to  be with us. He came and walked the wall with us. On that Day we broke the  will. Dr. King indeed walked the wall with us. I got locked up again.

This is the story of one freedom fighter.

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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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.




Climb the Tower


Ready to be  challenged? For over 38 million Americans suffering from chronic lung  disease, just taking a single breath can be a challenge.

The American Lung  Association of Pennsylvania is hosting a one-day stair climb event.  Participants will be going vertical in the Bell Atlantic Tower building in  downtown Philadelphia. On Saturday morning, March 21st, participants will  start just twenty seconds apart and scale 1,088 steps up. Once at the top,  they will be able to enjoy a stunning view of the Philadelphia skyline and a  party filled with great food, beverages, music and an awards ceremony.


Join fellow ICON  members in this event!


Even if you are  unable to participate, you can still help us raise funds here:



Saturday, 3/21/2009

7:30am Registration

8:30am Climb Begins



Bell Atlantic Tower

1717 Arch Street

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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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Vegetarianism  (101) For  Beginners and Holistic Living


Being a Vegetarian is, for  many, an incredible life altering experience, a spiritually fulfilling  journey, and way of life.

While there is no  one way to begin or to maintain this centuries old life style and discipline,  there are of course many ways to help make the transition less difficult,  more pleasurable, and a tool for further enlightenment.


If you have thought  about becoming a Vegetarian (no meat, but dairy, and/or poultry or no meat,  dairy, or poultry),

but did not know  where to start, then we're got just the thing for you


Vegetarianism and  Holistic Living For Beginners


Classes Now  Available at:

Pier 1 Cafe'  located at 4505 Baltimore Ave. (Philly, PA)

Starting February  24, 2009     6:30 - 8:30 P.M.

Class Fee:  $12.00 per session      ($18.00 with great Vegetarian meal)


Vegetarianism  (101) For Beginners and Holistic Living  Class Includes:

How To Begin

Types of  Vegetarianism

Fundamental  Philosophies and Universal Concepts

Process of  Elimination

What To Expect

Breaking Food  Related Habits, Addictions, & Adverse Programming

Introduction into  Whole and Natural Foods

The Use of  Vegetarianism for Weight Control

Real and Generic  Foods: Know The Difference

Where and How To  Purchase Foods

Grains and Legumes

Protein and Meat  Alternatives

Disease Caused by Eating  Flesh

Food Combination

Basic Food  Preparation

Raising A  Vegetarian Child

Holistic/Healthier  More Harmonious Living


To register or for  more information call: 267-636-3802 or e-mail:


Additional classes  ( Raw Foods, Alkaline Foods, Aromatherapy, Herbalogy, Natural Foods Cooking,  and others) will be offered starting in March 2009

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Winter 2009 Classes  & Workshops

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.




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





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







On November 4,  2008, the voters of Philadelphia approved an

amendment to the  Philadelphia Home Rule Charter to create a new

unified Department  of Parks and Recreation.

On July 1, 2009,  the new Department will be established, the Fairmount Park Commission will  cease to exist, and a Commission on Parks and Recreation will be created,  with new and substantial responsibilities. Mayor Nutter will make the  appointments from a list of nominees submitted by City

Council after a  public hearing at which all applicants will have a

chance to speak.

You must submit an  Application by March 9 to be considered.  for a PDF version of the Application.  to

download a  Microsoft Word version of the Application onto your

computer. You can  then complete the Application on your computer

before submitting  it.


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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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Local Church Seeks Proposals to Fund Community Projects


Do you or your  organization have an idea how to help your neighbors in these difficult  economic times but need a small grant to get your idea moving? First United Methodist Church of  Germantown (FUMCOG) is looking to support projects that promote social  justice and peace in the local community. By setting aside our Easter  offering, we hope to award several small grants of a few hundred to a few  thousand dollars to help facilitate worthy community endeavors.


All proposals are  welcome and are reviewed by a committee of church members. Selection criteria  in awarding grants include the size of the population to be served, the  nature of the services provided, and expected benefits to the community.


Grants from  previous Easter and Christmas collections have been awarded on a  nondenominational basis to a diverse group of applicants for a wide variety  of causes. Monies from the recent Christmas Collection were used to: assist  home repairs for senior citizens, support breast health in underserved  neighborhoods, help address the racial achievement gap in the city, and to  help promote healthier eating in some of the Philadelphia schools.


Application forms  can be obtained by calling the office of First United Methodist Church of  Germantown at (215) 438-3677, or request a form online at


For consideration,  completed proposals must be returned to the church office at 6001 Germantown  Ave., no later than Friday, March 13, 2009. Organizations with non-profit  tax-exempt status should include a copy of their 501-3c certification.

Recipients will be  notified of their selection by April 3rd. Funds should be awarded by early  May.

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How to recession  proof your business with smart marketing!

Are you tired of  hearing about the recession?  Fewer  openings, more layoffs and everyone wants more for less.  This is a perfect time to get smart about  your marketing and recession proof your business.

Small Business  Expert Melinda Emerson will help you learn sure-fire ways to boost your  business in a recession.  This veteran  entrepreneur knows exactly what you go through every day as the owner of a  small business.  Hundreds of small  business owners have grown their businesses based on her proven coaching  techniques.  She’ll discuss how to  build the case for why you're important to your current clients -- and to  build your bridge to the next niche opportunity.

Wednesday, March 4,  2009

5:30 p.m. to 7:30  p.m.

1441 Sansom Street,  Suite 300


Develop a MARKETING  Plan that Works

Without an  effective marketing plan, your business will fail in a struggling economy.  Learn an easy-to-implement formula to put together a plan that works so you  can reach your business goals. Fastest way to generate business now!

·       Simple formula to create a rock solid marketing plan

·       The best way to market to your favorite type of  client.


·       The 3 components of any sale.

·       The #1 most important piece of the sales process.

·       Exactly where to find people who want to do business  with you.



Business owners and  solo entrepreneurs who want to learn how to succeed in a rough economy or  want to move to the next level of success.

To register,  contact 215-790-5000 or e-mail  by Monday, March 2, 2009.





“Understanding Your  Credit Report”


Thursday, February  19, 2009

5:30 p.m. to 7:30  p.m.


Learn what a credit  report is

·       Review the Fair Credit Reporting Act

·       Learn how to order a credit report

·       Discuss credit histories

·       Examine credit worthiness and scoring

·       Develop a plan for credit maintenance  and repair

·       Review and discuss credit repair  forms

·       Discuss dealing with debt

To register,  contact 215-790-5000 or e-mail by Friday, February 13, 2009.


Facilitated By:

Consumer  Credit Counseling Service of Delaware

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Faith Institute of Entrepreneurship


Grant Alert,  February, 2009

Things are heating  up. With the expected passage of the economic stimulus plan, grant activity  and non-profit funding opportunities will fan the flame even more. Our  President has acknowledged the need for non-profit and faith based  organizations to assist the Federal Government in changing and saving lives.  This is a grant alert edition because the grants below are vital for training  youth and adults, and these grants are due this month. If you do not have a  grant writer, join us on February 28, 2009 (see information below) for grant  writing and fundraising training.


Also, please note  that our

Life-Skills  Training Certification Workshop for Youth Trainers

is scheduled for

Saturday, February  21, 2009, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM at

Sojourner-Douglas  College in Edgewater. Maryland (see info below).

Our December 6,  2008 Life Skills Certification workshop had over 50 attendees, with some from  as far away as Louisville, Kentucky. We are expecting local and regional  community organization staff and community activists, as well as youth  ministers and church pastors. This workshop is for both women and men.


If you know of  other organizations that would benefit from this newsletter, send them a  copy. For more grants and additional grant information call us at (301)  574-2226.


D. Harold Greene

Faith Institute of  Entrepreneurship, Inc.


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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.

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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: 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:

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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











An Afternoon of Poetry


Every second  Saturday of the month from 1 – 3 PM


Open Mike!

Serenity  Inspirational Gifts & Coffee


140 So. Easton Rd.

Glenside, PA



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“Panoramic Poetry” is EVERY 2nd & 3rd  Friday of the Month YOU MUST request to read, it is a Feature ONLY  List

Poetry Set


Where:   “OCTOBER GALLERY” – 701 Market Street  Bldg., on the 3rd Floor. “Ross Dept. Store” on Market St. Level. Mellon  Center Bldg. This is Cheyney University’s Center City Campus. Room # 319...  Please enter from Market Street or 8th Street Side entrance. 


When:    Every 2nd  and 3rd Friday 


What:     “PANORAMIC POETRY” -  POETS doing their thing – LYRICAL SPIRITS getting down.  {To view Previous Performances}


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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





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.




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!










Free Taxes Prepared


Masjid Muhammad


414 East Penn  St

Philadelphia,  PA 19144


Saturdays – 10  A.M – 2 P. M.

January 24 – April 18, 2009

More details: The Coalition, Inc. Group

For More  Information Call  215-350-1570










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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