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News From
The Coalition, Inc.


News  From

The  Coalition, Inc.

Friday 31 July 2009

Volume  4, Number 2

The Coalition, Inc. Board of  Directors

Gary R. Adams (President),  John E. Churchville (Treasurer), Yvonne Haughton (Exec. 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 … 04

Employment and Training  Opportunities … 08

Health Matters …08

Green Piece … 11

Grants, Scholarships  & Instruction… 11

SpotLight … 12

Arts for Awareness … 13

Coming Up …15

Computers and Technology … 23

A Hand Up … 23

On The Airways … 26





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Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them  surprise you with their results.  -  George S. Patton






















































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Respect is mutual, if you don't respect others viewpoints, chances  are they won't acknowledge yours...  Unknown.












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Nonviolence is about speaking  the whole complicated truth, the truth of our rage, the truth of our longing,  the truth of our tears and our laughter, the truth of our smallest fears and  our grandest dreams.
-- Pam McAllister.










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A Sunday  School teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most  quoted passages in the Bible - Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to  learn the chapter. Little Rick was excited about the task - but he just  couldn't remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get past the  first line. On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in  front of the congregation, Ricky was so nervous. When it was his turn, he  stepped up to the microphone and said proudly, 'The Lord is my Shepherd, and  that's all I need to know.'

 (Thanks to Vernon Brown  for this  submission)













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For the Lexophiliacs

A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.



































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The opposite of love is not  hate, but apathy. You cannot hate someone you don't care about.
-- Unknown.


















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There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic  because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
Maya Angelou







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There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but  there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
-- Elie Wiesel.










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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The Raw Family Newsletter















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Blowing out another's candle will not make yours shine brighter.
-- Unknown.






If you have a  favorite relevant quote, why not share it with our readers. send to

We will credit you  with the submission.








































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The rich aunt was disappointed and said to her nephew, "I'm  sorry you

don't like your gift. I asked you if you preferred a large check or a  

small check."


"I know, Auntie," the nephew said contritely, "but I  didn't know you

were talking about neckties."







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Hereeeeeeeeeeeeees...  Kathy’s Korner!


Man: Doctor, my leg keeps talking to me.

 Doc: Don't be ridiculous!

 Leg: You got a buck?

 Man: Told you!

 Leg: Can you spare five?

 Doc: My Goodness!

 Leg: Would it be too much to ask for twenty?

 Doc: I know your problem. Your leg's broke!

(Special  thanks  to Kathy Parsons for this  submission.)


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

(Family appropriate)













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The  way my luck is running, if I was a politician I would be honest... Rodney  Dangerfield



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I tried sniffing Coke once,  but the ice cubes got stuck in my nose.















































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What we have once enjoyed we  can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
-- Helen Keller.






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I know not with what weapons  World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and  stones.
-- Albert Einstein.


































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Word Of The Week

impervious \im-PUR-vee-uhs\:Not  admitting of entrance or passage through; impenetrable; Not capable of being  harmed or damaged; Not capable of being affected.

Greetings  Coalition Family!




We are  smack-dab-in-the-middle of the Weekend of Peace activities. We invite  everyone to come out to a location in your community and support the efforts  of sincere community activists who give unselfishly year-round to bring  information and services to our communities. If there are no activities in  your area, contact us and we will help you plan for participation in Weekend  of Peace 2010. Also, if you wish to volunteer to work on WoP 2010 projects,  call us or see site managers in your area.



Question of the  week: Do you think you will re-elect public officials who are accepting  paychecks while so many government employees are going without theirs?















“When I fed the poor, they  called me a saint, when I asked why they were poor, they called me a  communist.” Oscar Romero




Protect Your  Loved Ones


Summer fun. Long  summer days. Lots of injuries.

Unintentional  injuries to our children are the number one cause of death and disability.  From fires to motor vehicle accidents to ingestions, these preventable  tragedies are a reminder that we have a long way to go to help our families  in need.

On the Cap4Kids  website, under the Safety Handout,,  there are several resources to help families protect their loved ones from  tragedy. Please become familiar with these services and link families in need  with the social service agencies that serve then by using  

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Business Boot Camp 2009

The Enterprise  Center

4548 Market Street

August 3 - August  7, 2009


Business  Boot Camp engages 100 youth in five days of rigorous training in business,  entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Activities include motivational  speakers, workshops, and group simulations. Attendees will leave with a  wealth of contacts, new friendships, and inspiration to achieve great things  in their schools and communities.

Business Boot Camp  takes place during the first week in August at The Enterprise Center’s  Business Event Center located at 4548 Market Street. Each day, local and  national businesses of interest to our youth will provide speakers and  activities, which will focus on topics of importance to successful  entrepreneurship:

* Vision: Seeing opportunities where others do not and  capitalizing on them.

* Networking: Building strategic partnerships to ensure  greater success.

* Sales & Marketing: Effectively selling yourself,  your products, and your ideas.

* Technology: Being technologically equipped to do  business in the next millennium.

* Giving Back: Investing in the personal and commercial  well being of your community.


To tie these topics  together, youth teams will be assigned to research 3 businesses during the  week, to learn about their operations and industry, and to offer suggestions  for the company’s future plans. These findings and recommendations will be  distributed to each of the businesses.

Business Boot Camp  is open to all interested 9th, 10th, 11th, and rising 12th grade youth.

For more  information, call Nafeesha Mays at (215) 895-4051 or email at

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ACCEL Community  Cyber Program

A PA Cyber Learning  Community


Enrolling Now!

K thru 12

Register by  calling: 610.352.9925

 Accel Community Cyber Program

A PA Cyber Learning  Community is now enrolling for the 2009/2010 school year.

If you are looking  for a safe, fun and interactive environment where your child can learn and  socialize with their cyber peers? Are looking for training learning coaches  to help with your child's cyber course work, homework and test?


Well look no  further. Accel provides a daily structure, homework assistance, and tutoring  to cyber families. The program operates Monday through Friday from 8:00 to  3:00 pm with an afterschool program that runs until 6:00 pm. Accel serves families  with youth in grades K-12.


For enrollment  information, please call 610-352-9925 or visit us on the web at

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Nutritional  Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is sponsoring its  annual

Summer Food Service  Program

from now through  September 4, 2009. 

Last summer, more  than 600 sites and

25, 000 children  participated in the program.


Participating sites  can offer children lunch and a choice of breakfast or snack.  Most Philadelphia and many suburban  neighborhoods qualify. 

To sign up, contact  Nutritional Development Services at 215-895-3470. ----- Coalition members! Activate ‘Your’web link on  The Coalition, Inc. web site -----


Food And Nutrition Handout


Prior to the recession,  Food Insecurity affected almost 30% of families nationwide. Nowadays….. who  knows. Not having enough food at the end of the month. Going to sleep hungry.  Skipping meals. The health, emotional and educational consequences are  staggering.

On the Cap4Kids  website, under the Food and Nutrition handout,

you will find  several resources in the Philadelphia area to help families with this  unconscionable problem.

Please know these  resources, help bridge the gap between families and need and the social  service agencies that serve them, and let other child/family advocates know  about the Cap4Kids resource.

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Online resources for parents:,,








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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6th Annual Black  Women’s Arts Festival (BWAF)

based in  Philadelphia, PA, USA, and scheduled for July 30-August 2, 2009.

 BWAF, a Philadelphia based community event, focuses on the visibility &  viability of black women artists of all genres and media without regard for:  age, gender expression, physical ability, religion, sexual orientation or  size.

 Founded in May 2003 by self-described "renaissance negresse"  Cassendre Xavier & operating as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization  since 2007, BWAF is a multi-day, multi-venue showcase of Music/Live  Performance, Literary Arts, Visual Arts, Film, Workshops, Vendors, &  Dance/Theater. It also hosts over 60 artists from across the globe. BWAF is  committed to being a platform that values black women & their work;  emphasizing unique, under-represented art forms, showcasing new &  emerging artists while promoting the necessity of health and well-being. Led  by Creative Director Monica McIntyre (a classically trained cellist/vocalist/composer/lyricist),  BWAF is poised to become a world-renowned arts festival.


 1. To create a strong festival presence in Philadelphia & its surrounding  regions
 2. To increase awareness & visibility of the BWAF & individual black  women artists through local and regional marketing campaigns
 3. To become a self-sustaining organization which produces a large annual  festival & have the necessary resources to maintain our vision, mission,  & integrity
 4. To inspire all who attend & participate in our yearly festival as well  as educate our communities through the arts
 5. To develop venues for black women to present & participate in  performances, visual arts exhibitions, artisan marketplaces, workshops, &  health initiatives

 For more information

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The African  Cultural Alliance of North America Inc. (ACANA) is a non-profit organization  that promotes social, artistic, cultural, and economic development in  Southwest Philadelphia. ACANA’s primary programs and services are focused on  the African and Caribbean immigrant communities that make up more than  200,000 residents in the Metro Philadelphia area.


As part of PECO  Energy Multicultural Festival Series, ACANA is presenting an African cultural  festival and music concert. We are featuring renowned African musical artist,  

Gebah Swaray

along with his  Safari Jazz Band.


The theme of the  event is Bridging the Gap.

The event is  produced in partnership with the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation,  formerly Penn’s Landing Corporation.

PECO Multicultural  Series will take place on

Saturday, August 1,  2009

starting at 2:00 pm  

Great Plaza at  Penn’s Landing



We are seeking  support from you/ your organization to showcase this event. Funds raised from  this event will go towards a $50,000 expansion and maintenance of two of our  programs:

1) The after school  program to include the following:

•       Increase  the pre-teen attendance by 15% and hire a part-time instructor and driver

•       Cover cost  of transportation which entail: payments on a 16-seated van that transports  the children from school and then to their homes at the end of the day for  five days a week, its maintenances and gasoline.

2) The maintenance of our recently completed computer lab  to include the following:

•       Hire a  part-time instructor to teach Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Access and Excel to  teens and young adults. Training will be held at our computer lab that is  located in Southwest Philadelphia.


Last year’s African  Festival events attracted more than 3,000 attendees. With this year’s event  at Penn’s Landing, we anticipate attracting the attention and attendance of  Penn’s Landing’s well-established crowd as well as an anticipated 3,000 of  ACANA’s regular supporters.


The event is FREE  to the public.

As a community  partner, we will include your advertisement in our souvenir program booklet  to highlight the work of organizations in our community. As a sponsor your  organization will select from a list of the sponsorship package.

Highlights  of the package include but are not limited to: your name or your  organization's name in our press releases/media alerts, banner display, mass  emailing and marketing of the festival on our organization’s websites, radio  or TV advertising, logo on print advertising and other advertising materials.


All checks are made payable to ACANA. We are a non-profit  501(c)3 organization. Please send your sponsorship contribution to the  African Cultural Alliance of North America Inc., 5530 Chester Avenue  Philadelphia, PA 19143.

Please do not hesitate to call Voffee Jabateh at (215)  729-8225, ext. 102 or Abraham Walker at (301) 366-8307 if you have any  questions or would like to discuss sponsorship.

We sincerely appreciate your generous support in this  endeavor!


Abraham Choloply Walker

Program Director

5530 Chester Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19143


Tel: 215 729 8225 (W)

Alt: 301 366 8307 (C)

Fax: 215 729 8202

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Education Programs Manager

The Enterprise  Center CDC

Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania, United States

Salary: Mid 30's

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Infant heart defects tied to maternal smoking


NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A woman who  smokes during pregnancy increases the risk that her child will be born with a  heart defect, a new study published in Pediatrics shows.

To clarify the relationship between  prenatal smoke exposure and congenital heart defects, Dr. Sadia Malik of the  University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock and her colleagues  evaluated 3,067 infants born with heart defects, unrelated to genetic  syndromes, who were included in the National Birth Defects Prevention Study.  These infants were compared with 3,947 babies with normal hearts. The parents  of all of the infants were also evaluated.

Women who reported smoking in the month  before becoming pregnant or the first trimester were more likely to give  birth to a child with a defect in one or more of the walls separating the  chambers of the heart, known a septal defect, the researchers found.

The more a woman smoked, the greater was  the likelihood that she would have an infant with a defect. Women who smoked  25 or more cigarettes daily during pregnancy were more likely to have infants  with obstructions on the right side of the heart.

Compared with the infants of mothers who  did not smoke during pregnancy, infants whose mothers were heavy smokers were  twice as likely to have a septal defect.

Malik's group found no relationship between  second-hand smoke exposure and congenital heart defects.

The investigators also found the 19 percent  of the non-smokers reported smoking just before pregnancy or in the first  trimester, the researchers note, which is in line with data reported by other  U.S. studies.

"If even a fraction of congenital  heart defects and other birth defects could be prevented by decreasing  maternal tobacco use, it would result in improved reproductive outcomes and a  saving of millions of health care dollars," they conclude.

Congenital heart defects occur in up to 10  out of every 1,000 live births in the United States, and infants who survive  frequently need multiple surgeries to correct the problem and still may  suffer permanent disability, Malik's group points out.


About 28 percent of U.S. women of  childbearing age smoke, the researchers add, and one in five of these women  don't quit when they become pregnant, meaning about one million babies each  year may have been exposed to cigarette smoke in the womb.

SOURCE: Pediatrics, April 2008.

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Food Focus: Fruit
A healthy lifestyle is the key to longevity, optimum weight,

abundant energy and  balance.

By using fruit to  satisfy our taste for sweetness,

we can leave behind  the use of chemical, processed and refined sweeteners. Fruits are easy to  digest, are cleansing and cooling and are great for those who are  overstressed and overheated

from excessive  mental strain or hot climates.

Fruits are filled  with fiber and liver stimulants, which act as natural, gentle laxatives.  Whenever possible, buy fresh, locally grown fruit as opposed to imported  fruits shipped from far-off places. This keeps you eating in season, and more  in harmony with your environment and climate.
  Eating raw fruit in summer months is highly cooling, while baking it in  the winter months neutralizes the cooling effect.

Fruit in the form  of juice is a great choice for cleansing the body, but be aware that juice  rapidly raises blood sugar levels,

leading to an  energy crash soon after.

Frozen, whole,  puréed or juiced fruit can make

great summertime  cool-down treats.

Try frozen grapes,

banana-coconut  smoothie popsicles

or lime juice ice-cubes in  iced tea!
 Whether you are having fresh fruit for a light early morning breakfast, a  midday snack or evening treat, enjoy nature's sweetness and whenever possible  buy organic. Here are a few summer fruits and their health benefits:
 Great for lung conditions and asthma; used to help treat anemia due to their  high copper and cobalt content.

Bananas: Help to lubricate the intestines, treat ulcers,  detoxify the body and manage sugar cravings; are rich in potassium (which  helps hypertension).

Cherries: Slightly warming in nature;  increase overall body energy, remedy arthritis and rheumatism and are rich in  iron, which improves the blood.
Grapefruits: Treat poor digestion, increase appetite during  pregnancy, alleviate intestinal gas and reduce mucus conditions of the lungs.
Papayas: Tone the stomach, act as digestive aid, moisten the  lungs and alleviate coughing; contain carpaine, an anti-tumor compound.
Raspberries: Benefit the liver and kidneys, cleanse blood of  toxins, regulate menstrual cycles, treat anemia and can promote labor at  childbirth.

Source: Newsletter  from Peacefilled Living


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Get Fresh!

Volunteer with  Philabundance Fresh for All


You recycle out the  wazoo and consider yourself consigliore of the

enviro-sack mafia.

Hence, a cause you  can believe in: Philabundance wants to fill those ubiquitous bags with  produce through its new Fresh for All program.

And you can help by  volunteering.

The nonprofit hands  out perishables at six sites in the Delaware Valley — where nutritious diet  staples are hard to come by,

especially in tough  times.

With a minimum  three-hour commitment, you’ll keep busy.

Help with admin,  approve clients, or do community outreach (posting mailings, making phone  calls).

Looking for  something physical?

Take food to sites,  divide apples, and dole out the goods.

You’ll be doing a  major part to help people get the fruits and veggies they need.

And that’s a green  movement to be proud of.


To participate in  Fresh for All, contact

Tunisia  Garnett (215-339-0900 ext. 238 or 

For more  information, go to 

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Recycling Services Inc. in Pottstown takes styrofoam on  Saturday and Tuesday mornings.

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For sustainable  enterprise go to Green Jobs Philly




NIH Summer Institute on  Community-Based Participatory Research


The National Institutes of  Health has announced the 2nd summer institute. We are thrilled to see that  the organizers have responded to Community-Campus Partnerships for Health’s (CCPH)  comments on last year's summer institute.

When the 1st NIH institute  on CBPR was announced, CCPH expressed concern about its exclusive focus on  academic researchers.

In CBPR, the community is  involved at the very start of the research,

so it was incongruent that  the institute did not include the community partners or acknowledge the  possibility of a community partner as a principal investigator or co-PI.

This summer's institute  has been designed for community-academic partner teams (see below for details).


CCPH has  successfully implemented community-academic partner team-based model of CBPR  training: 


The training  curriculum, "Developing and Sustaining CBPR Partnerships" is  available online at


If you're  interested in bringing a CBPR training workshop or institute to your  location, contact CCPH senior consultant Rachel Vaughn at  for more information.

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Even if you do not  have a college-aged child at home, please share this with someone who does,  pass this scholarship information on to anyone and everyone that comes to  mind. Though there are a number of companies and organizations that have  donated moneys for scholarship use to African Americans, a great deal of the  money is being returned because of a lack of interest.


No one is going to  knock on our doors and ask if we can use a scholarship.


Take the initiative  to get your children involved. There is no need for money to be returned to  donating companies because we fail to apply for it.


Please pass this  information on to family members, nieces, nephews, and friends with children  etc. We must get the word out that money is available. If you are a college  student or getting ready to become one, you probably already know how useful  additional money can be.

Our youth really could use these scholarships. Thanks!!


For a list of  scholarships please visit our group ‘The Coalition, Inc.’

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"Stop the Madness- Stop the  Violence"


The Philadelphia  WEEKEND of PEACE 2009- now in its 6th year - has evolved from a single  basketball tournament hosted at Martin Luther King Recreation Center in 2003,  to a weekend and more of special events, concerts, sports tournaments, youth  panels, entertainment, music, spoken word, and other featured activities  undertaken by an expanding number of community and organizational partners  for all ages.


The goal of the  WEEKEND of PEACE is to highlight collaboration and provide access to the  positive, productive activities available throughout the city, throughout the  year, for our city's young people and their families.  This is rapidly expanding into a SUMMER of  PEACE, as more communities and organizations sign on each year.


The 2009 WEEKEND of  PEACE was launched with a Music and Spoken Word Benefit Concert at the Church  of the Advocate on Saturday (July 18).   On Thursday (July 23) there was a police/youth basketball tournament  at the Eastwick Recreational Center.   On July 29 (Wednesday), an "Oldies for Peace" was to be held  at Malcolm X Park but was cancelled due to inhospitable weather.  On Thursday (July 30), at Kingsessing Rec  Center, a youth empowerment discussion on violence was conducted.         


Plenty of free,  community-based youth-oriented activities for entire family - and we’re just  getting to the weekend!

For the actual  WEEKEND of PEACE - we will have a "Concert on the Green" on Friday  (July 31), 7pm, at the Kingsessing Rec Center, featuring Stickman Tony, the  Spoken Word, and other entertainers. 

Tomorrow (Saturday,  August 1) at Kingsessing, there will be a Health Fair (10am - 1pm) followed  by a five-game AAU tournament in honor of former St Joe's basketball player  Ivan Brown at 12 noon. The weekend will wrap up at Kingsessing on Sunday  (August 2nd) with a Gospel Festival featuring local Gospel groups, starting  at 5pm.


You can be part of  a growing movement of people who believe in our City and believe in our youth  - and are willing to "Stop the  Madness- Stop the Violence," and make this a Nation of Peace for us  all.   





Back By Popular  Demand...

Kulu Mele African Dance and Drum Ensemble



Mali Sadjo

The Legend of the  Hippopotamus


Friday, August 14th  at 8pm

Abington Art Center

515 Meetinghouse  Road

Jenkintown, PA  19046


The Legend of the  hippopotamus, "Mali Sadjo" originates from the Mande ethnic group  of West Africa. The piece was created through an extensive apprenticeship in  Guinea, West Africa in December 2008. The ballet through a dance drama  communicates how relationships between human beings are often reflected in  nature and how they cultivate the environment to fulfill their needs.


Vendors are needed.  Please contact us for vendor application

Price: $40.00 must  bring space and tables


For tickets: $25.00  per person

Bring a lawn chair  and blanket to enjoy Kulu Mele under the stars


Kùlú Mèlé African  American Dance Ensemble is the longest-lived African dance company in  Philadelphia and is dedicated to serving the community by presenting and  preserving culture, dance and music of the African Diaspora.


For more  information please contact:

Raveena Media Group

E:  Ph: 267-386-8204 ext.2

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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

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AFRICOM, the Coalition of African Communities

partnering with the

Mayor’s Commission on  African & Caribbean Immigrant Affairs and the City of Philadelphia  Department of Public Health along with other community organizations to  organize a community health fair.

Sunday, August 9,  2009 

12 noon to 8 PM

Kingsessing  Recreation Center

 4901 Kingsessing Ave.

Philadelphia, PA  19143


Health professionals  and other service providers will provide general information about health  services that are available

at no cost to  Philadelphia residents. 

Community members  will be able to discuss their concerns with staff and volunteers in English,  French and Creole. 

Trained health  workers and volunteers will offer blood pressure screenings, diabetes  evaluations, HIV/AIDS and

provide information  on prenatal care, oral health, nutrition,

sexually  transmitted diseases, Sickle Cell disease and cancer. 

There will also be  information on vector control and lead toxicity.  In addition to health services, the fair will include a soccer  tournament, children’s activities and African and Caribbean music.


The Greater  Philadelphia area is home to approximately 100,000 residents from Africa and  the Caribbean.  Many of these diverse  communities have established non-profit organizations to maintain social and  cultural ties

and to assist  newcomers. 

In May 2001,  fifteen organizations founded the Coalition of African Organizations –  Philadelphia, with a mission to empower the African and Caribbean refugee and  immigrant communities by: (1) Facilitating family access to health and social  services with special focus on women, children and youth, (2) Promoting  economic development, (3) Facilitating resolutions of inter-and intra-group  conflicts, (4) Advocating on issues of concern to African communities, and  (5) Educating the media and broader public on African cultures and  experiences.  The coalition  proactively seeks and develops partnerships with non-profit, private,  educational and African American institutions in the Greater Philadelphia  area to achieve its mission.

Several officials  from the city government are expected to attend the event.

AFRICOM is a member  of The Coalition, Inc.

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The Marcus Garvey Community Parade Committee

Invites The African  Community

To Come Join Us as  We Celebrate the

7th Annual

Marcus Garvey Birthday Celebration & Community Parade

In Strawberry Mansion

3200 Berks Street

Philadelphia, PA


Sunday • 09 August  2009

12pm – 8pm

(Line-Up 11am at 33rd and

Cecil B. Moore Avenue)


Birthday  Celebration Cultural Affair

Opening With...

Philadelphia’s Finest

African Dancers & Drummers Celebrating The Collective Work

It Began On Our  Backs ...and Will End With Our Hands!) Speakers


* Belly Dancers *

* Drummers *

* Music *

and-Coming Nu Artists

* Drill Teams *

* Poetry *

* Educational Workshops *

* Health Workshops *

* Basketball Games *

* Fashion Show *

* Children’s Corner *

* Vendors *


Rain Date – 16 August 2009



of the


Health & Economic




For More

Information,  Volunteering,

Performing, or to  Make A Donation


Basiymah Mu’ Bey – 267.231.9269


Samia Akoma – 267.496.2900

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"Street Smarts"

Town Watch  Meeting


Are you tired of  the crime in your area and want to do something

about it?


Have you been  thinking of starting your own Town Watch

group or getting  involved with an existing Town Watch group?


If so, you will  want to attend...


"Street  Smarts"

Town Watch Meeting


Sponsored by

Mini Town Watch,  Mel-Lo Town Watch,

West Philadelphia  Partnership Town Watch Network,

The Partnership  CDC, SCI-West


Councilwoman Jannie  L. Blackwell


August 11, 2009

6:00 - 8:00 pm

University of the  Sciences

Rosenberg Hall,  Room 101

600 S. 43rd Street


To register and  find out more information, please contact

Alfonso  215-307-4917 x 222 or

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Mayor's Task Force  on Tax Policy &

Economic  Competitiveness Public Hearing

The Mayor’s Task  Force on Tax Policy & Economic Competitiveness is developing  recommendations to improve Philadelphia’s future and welcomes public input  into its work. The Task Force will hold a public meeting to solicit feedback  on its preliminary proposals about Philadelphia’s tax structure and real  estate development environment.

Date:                 Thursday, August 13, 2009

                        Time:                4-6:30 pm

                         Location:         City Hall  Room 400


Please remember to  bring photo ID for building access


Those wishing to  testify should email CompetitivePhilly@Phila.Gov  or call (215) 686-6569 to be placed on the  speakers list. Please bring copies of your testimony or email them in  advance.


About the Task  Force

In February 2009,  Mayor Michael A. Nutter created the Mayor’s Task Force on Tax Policy and  Economic Competitiveness.  The Task  Force is charged with evaluating Philadelphia’s real estate development  environment and its tax policy and structure; and how they compare to  competitor cities and neighboring jurisdictions.  The group is charged with providing recommendations and  accompanying legislation by September 2009.


The public meeting  will be an opportunity to provide comments on the preliminary recommendations  of the Task Force. For more information about the Task Force, its work to  date, and the public meeting, please visit



Save the Date

August 16, 2009 Food Sampling


Kids In Need,  Recovered Addicts, Inc.

a 5013c will host  their first annual Women Can Cook Too event on

Sunday August 16,  2009

at the

First District  Plaza

3801 Market Street

3pm to 7pm

this is a food  sampling event for charity to help with youth programs and scholarships.


To participate or  purchase tickets call 215-681-4868


Looking for  volunteers, sponsors and vendors and wellness persons.

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* *  *  Outside PA   *  *  *


21st Annual  Birthday Celebration

For Visionary,  Pan-Africanist,

Back to Africa  Leader,


The Honorable  Marcus Mosiah Garvey

(August 17, 1887 –  June 10, 1940)

Presented by:

The Pan-African  Connection Bookstore and Resource Center


Theme: Breaking  With Old Ideas:

Freedom or  Servitude, Revolution or Reform;

Black Power or  Class Struggle;

Forward to  Repatriation; Forward to a United States of Socialist Africa Now!!!

Saturday, August  15, 2009

7 p.m, at the

Pan-African  Connection Bookstore and Resource Center

612 East Jefferson  Blvd.

Dallas, Texas 75203


More Information  call 214-942-8262


Collective  Discussion on the vision and works of Marcus Garvey

v     Guest  Speakers, Poetry, African Dancing and Drumming

v     Collective on  6 hour work day (pay for 8hr) for working families

v     Collective  Discussion on Free Universal Healthcare

v     And a report  on the Medical School Scholarship Program from a  student attending the Latin American School of Medicine in  Havana, Cuba



v      “The Black  skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national  greatness”…. Marcus Garvey

v      “Africa for  the Africans... at home and abroad!”   ….Marcus Garvey


v      “A people  without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a  tree without roots”….. Marcus Garvey


v     “If man or  woman lacks Vision they are Blind.   Why do some of us lack the Vision of a Free People?”  Bandele Tyehimba


This event is Free  and Open to the Public

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Al Fielder


14th Annual  Mississippi Jazz & Heritage Festival

Continues in  Greenville & Greenwood, Mississippi


Mississippi Jazz  & Heritage Festival

Honors Al Fielder  and Mulgrew Miller


(Greenville &  Greenwood, Mississippi) - The 14th Annual Mississippi Jazz & Heritage  Festival, celebrating Mississippi's great jazz legacy, will take place in the  Mississippi Delta on Saturday, Septemer 5, 2009, in Greenville, Mississippi,  at the Edwards Center, 749 Main Street, beginning at 6:00pm and Monday,  September, 7, 2009, in Greenwood, Mississippi, at Bo's Bar-b-Que Bar &  Grill, 507 Carrollton Avenue, begining at 6:00pm. Meridian, Mississippi  native and master jazz drummer, Al Fielder and Greenwood, Mississippi native  and master jazz pianist, Mulgrew Miller, will be honored.


"We are  returning to Greenville and bringing the festival to Greenwood for the first  time over the Labor Day weekend," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr.,  M.D., Artistic Director of the Mississippi Jazz and Heritage Festival and  accomplished Belzoni, Mississippi resident jazz pianist and trumpeter. Myers  was a featured guest jazz artist at the 2006 Miles Davis 80th Birthday  Concert in East St. Louis and performs concerts throughout the country as the  National Juneteenth Jazz Artist. "Mississippi has a rich jazz legacy  that includes Shelby, Mississippi native historic jazz composer Gerald  Wilson, Jackson, Mississippi native world reknowned jazz vocalist Cassandra  Wilson, and Vicksburg, Mississippi native master jazz pianist Hank  Jones," continues Dr. Myers.


The festival is  sponsored by the National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP)  and is a part of the "June is Black Music Month!" - CELEBRATING  JUNETEENTH JAZZ - "Preserving Our African American Jazz Legacy!"  national concert series. Dr. Myers is the founder of the (NAJJP).


"Jazz is  African American Classical Music, created from the hearts, lives and souls of  black folks in America," states Rev., Dr. Myers, also Founder and  Chairman of the NAJJP, the Fellowship of Creative Christian Jazz Musicians  (FCCJM), the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC) and the  National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign. "The preservation of our unique  African-American jazz music legacy is what Black Music Month and the  celebration of Juneteenth is all about."


The festival is  also dedicated to the late Woodville, Mississippi native and jazz legend  Lester "Prez" Young. "Lester Young is the father of the modern  jazz saxophone and was born August 27, 1909 and died in 1959, after a  historic career as one of the most influential jazz musicians of all  time," states Dr. Myers. "Billy Holiday gave him the title  "Prez", short for President of the tenor saxophone."


Dr. Myers will be  performing original compositions from his critically acclaimed jazz CD,  "Doctor's Orders." The CD includes popular original Mississippi  Delta jazz compositions like "Song For Tchula," "Message From  the Country" and "Blues For Tchula.."


Rachella Parks,  from Fort Worth, Texas, one of the top female jazz saxophonist in the world,  will be the featured guest artist. Jazz bassist "extraordinaire",  Dr. London Branch, retired professor of music and former Director of the  Jackson State University Orchestra, will be performing along with Cuban  percussionist Earlton Batles Manley and Jackson, Mississippi native,  percussionist Wilton Knott. Also performing will be Greenville, MS native  jazz drummer Hal Holbrook, Jackson, MS jazz drummer Noah Jelks, along with  Aye Aton, formerly with the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra, on drums and  percussion.


Admission is free  and donations are appreciated. For more information contact Dr. Myers at  662-247-3364, 662-247-1471 e-mail:;  web site:  


The Mississippi  Jazz & Heritage Festival is a cooperative effort sponsored by:

National  Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP)

The Myers  Foundation    The Black Arts Music  Society

The Smith Robertson  Museum & Cultural Center

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A Community  Event...



(The Man & the  Movement)




“It  became my dream in life to rescue my people – all people – from myths of the  African race.  This became my mission  in life, to tell the true story of the African, to recover the essence of his  early civilizations so that the tragedy of slavery, of colonization, of myths  about his fundamental inferiority may be destroyed forever.” – Ivan Van  Sertima


Saturday, September  12, 2009


5:45 – 8:00  p.m.  (free & open to the public)



2811 Adeline Street  

Oakland, CA


Dr. Ivan Van  Sertima was born in January 1935 in Guyana, South America.  In 1970, he immigrated to the United  States, and later began teaching at Rutgers University in the Dept. of Africana  Studies. In 1976, Van Sertima published his celebrated classic, *They Came  Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America*.  In 1979, he founded the *Journal of  African Civilizations,* one of the most influential publications in the last  quarter of the 20th century.  For 15  years through the Journal, Dr. Van Sertima created a community of leading  scholars and writers who collectively provided proof of African contributions  to the world and successfully changed many of the mainstream myths about  Black people.  The Journal also  influenced the development of multicultural curricula throughout the U.S.


Event Flyer





Prof. Manu Ampim



Bro. Malique  Amenhotep





Free Online Computer Instruction

See ‘Archives’ at

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Our 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.


Big Picture  Philadelphia seeks school furniture

Big Picture  Philadelphia, a nationally-recognized model school program, is opening two  new middle-high schools in Philadelphia in September.

El Centro de  Estudiantes, an alternative school serving out-of-school-youth in Kensington  and

Eastern University  Academy a Charter School serving students in Nicetown and East Falls will  both operate on the nationally recognized Big  Picture school design.

BPP has put out a  call for furniture for the new schools.   The group is looking for organizations and businesses that may be  upgrading or changing facilities and have the following available: board  tables and chairs, individual cubicles, desks for teachers, file cabinets,  copiers and computers. Big Picture Philadelphia classrooms resemble warm,  well-lit office spaces that include a central meeting and learning space as  well as quiet, individualized places to work, read and study.

If you can help, email David Bromley or call  215-837-6102.

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Neighborhood Bike Works needs space


Neighborhood Bike Works needs some space in the  Temple U area.

We need a basement, garage or warehouse type  space to teach bike repair to youth and adults.

Do you know any churches, community centers or  other agencies that might have free or really cheap space to accommodate this  kind of service to the community?

I'd like to get something going by Sept 1st if  possible. I need to get to know some North Philly people, because we want to  bring bikes and bike mechanic lessons to the youth there.

Contact Andy Dyson at 215.873.6695

Neighborhood bike  works is a proud member of The coalition, Inc.


To  join: A Hand Up!



























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

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.”


Life, Liberty and The Pursuit Of Happiness with Dr. John Elliott Churchville and Nancy Ellen,  Wednesdays at 2pm WNWR New World Radio 1540 AM.


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,

“Nu Day Resurrection and Liberation" Show LIVE  each Saturday evening 10:30 PM--12:00 midnight EST.

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