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News From
The Coalition, Inc.


News  From

The  Coalition, Inc.

Friday 11 September 2009

Volume  4, Number 8

The Coalition, Inc. Board of  Directors

Gary R. Adams  (President/CEO), John E. Churchville (Treasurer), Yvonne Haughton (Exec.  Secretary),


Josephine Blow, Stanley  Daniels, Edwin Desamour, Nijah Famous, Kendall Hayes-Fullard, Tom ‘Bunny’  Henry, Abdul Malik Raheem

Table of content

For Our Children … 02

This Week … 05

Employment and Training  Opportunities … 09

Health Matters …11

Green Piece … 13

Grants, Scholarships  & Instruction… 16

SpotLight … 23

Arts for Awareness … 24

Coming Up …26

Computers and Technology … 38

A Hand Up … 38

On The Airways … 39





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The chief beauty about time is that you cannot  waste it in advance.
The next year,  the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you,
as perfect, as  unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied
a single moment  in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour
if you  choose." - Arnold Bennett













































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Power and responsibility are fraternal twins;

one does not fare well without the other...Madu












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"This is the beginning of a new day. You have been  given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What  you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for  it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is  something that you have left behind...let it be something good." 




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A little boy asked his grandmother how old she was.

"39 and holding," she replied.

"Well, then, how old would you be if you let go?"
































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For the Lexophiliacs

The dead batteries were given out free of charge.




































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Two guys and a union worker  were fishing on a lake one day, when Jesus walked across the water and joined  them in the boat. When the three astonished men had settled down enough to  speak, the first guy asked humbly, "Jesus, I've suffered from back pain  ever since I took shrapnel in the Vietnam war...could you help me?"

 "Of course, my son", Jesus said, and when he touched the man's  back, he felt relief for the first time in years. The second man, who wore  very thick glasses and had a hard time reading and driving, asked if Jesus  could do anything about his eyesight. Jesus smiled, removed the man's glasses  and tossed them in the lake. When they hit the water, the man's eyes cleared  and he could see everything distinctly.

 When Jesus turned to heal the union worker, the guy put his hands up and  cried defensively, "Don't touch me! I'm on long term disability."






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There's a world of difference between truth and  facts. Facts can obscure the truth.
Maya Angelou







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Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from  achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental  attitude.
 Thomas Jefferson







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There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is  the power to crack down on criminals. When there aren't enough criminals, one  makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes  impossible for men to live without breaking laws. -- Ayn Rand.






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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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Junior had just received his brand new drivers license. To celebrate,  the whole family trooped out to the driveway and climbed into the car for his  inaugural drive. Dad immediately headed to the back seat, directly behind the  newly minted driver. "I'll bet you're back there to get a change of  scenery after all those months of sitting in the front passenger seat  teaching me how to drive," said the beaming boy to his old man.  "Nope," came dad's reply, "I'm gonna sit back here and kick  the back of your seat while you drive, just like you have been doing to me  for sixteen years."


































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Hereeeeeeeeeeeeees...  Kathy’s Korner!


A woman had gained a few pounds. It was most noticeable to her when

she squeezed into a pair of her old blue jeans. Wondering if the

added weight was noticeable to everyone else, she asked her husband,

"Honey, do these jeans make me look like the side of the  house?"

"No, dear, not at all," he replied, "Our  house isn't blue."


(Special  thanks  to Kathy Parsons for this  submission.)


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Today's mighty oak is just  yesterday's nut that held its ground.














































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A wealthy man decided to go on a safari in Africa. He took his  faithful pet dachshund along for company. One day, the dachshund starts  chasing butterflies and before long the dachshund discovers that he is lost.

So, wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his  direction with the obvious intention of having him for lunch. The dachshund  thinks, "OK, I'm in deep trouble now!" Then he noticed some bones  on the ground close by, and immediately settles down to chew on the bones  with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the leopard is about to leap,  the dachshund exclaims loudly, "Boy, that was one delicious leopard. I  wonder if there are any more around here." Hearing this, the leopard  halts his attack in mid-stride, as a look of terror comes over him, and  slinks away into the trees. "Whew," says the leopard. "That  was close. That dachshund nearly had me." Meanwhile, a monkey, who had  been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this  knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard. So, off  he goes.

But the dachshund saw him heading after the leopard with great speed,  and figured that something must be up.

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The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans and  strikes a deal for himself with the leopard. The leopard is furious at being  made a fool of and says, "Here monkey, hop on my back and see what's  going to happen to that conniving canine." Now the dachshund sees the  leopard coming with the monkey on his back, and thinks, "What am I going  to do now?" But instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to  his attackers, pretending he hasn't seen them yet ... and, just when they get  close enough to hear, the dachshund says..................

"Where's that darn monkey? Sent him off half an hour ago to bring  me another leopard."







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There is always a lot to be thankful for  if you take the time to look. For example: I'm sitting here thinking how nice  it is that wrinkles don't hurt.


































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The woman was driving when she got pulled over by the  highway patrol.
 The officer said, "Ma'am did you know you were speeding?"

 The woman, hard of hearing, turns to her husband and asks, "What did he  say?"
 The old man yells, "He says you were speeding!"

 The patrolman says, "May I see your license?"
 The woman turns to her husband and asks again, "What did he say?"
 The old man yells, "He wants to see your license!"
 The woman gave the officer her license.

 The patrolman says, "I see you are from Arkansas. I spent some time  there once and went on a blind date with the ugliest woman I've ever  seen."

 The woman turned to her husband and asked, "What did he say?"

 And the old man yells, "He said he knows you!"













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didactic \dy-DAK-tik; duh-\, Fitted or intended to teach; conveying  instruction; instructive; teaching some moral lesson; Inclined to teach or  moralize excessively; moralistic.










Greetings  Coalition Family!


“There is always something to do. There are hungry people  to feed, naked people to clothe, sick people to comfort and make well. And  while I don't expect you to save the world I do think it's not asking too  much for you to love those with whom you sleep, share the happiness of those  whom you call friend, engage those among you who are visionary and remove  from your life those who offer you depression, despair and disrespect.”
-- Nikki Giovanni.


Times are  definitely tough, and they are going to get tougher, but these are the times  when the wheat is separated from the chaff, when those destined to accomplish  good things get their chance to show what they are made of. Our communities  are in need, what are you made of?   Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way.





“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.” – Mahatma Gandhi












In Philly 25% of  children have poor vision.

Almost 80% of  children in Philly are screened in school or in a doctor's office, but only  37% who failed their vision screen actually see an eye specialist.

On the  website, under the Physical Health  handout, working closely with PCCY, there are several resources to help families  find and pay for vision care.

Please become  familiar with PCCY's Vision Care Guide, The Eagle's Eye Mobile, and the New  Eyes for the Needy program. Help children lead more productive and satisfying  lives by getting them the eye care they deserve.

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Video Conference  – Making the connections to Address the Whole Student


The Pennsylvania  Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education is

pleased to announce  the following videoconference opportunity:


Secondary  Transition: Making the Connections to Address the Whole



September 18, 2009

Various Downlink  Sites across Pennsylvania

9:00 a.m. - 3:15  p.m.


A holistic approach  to transition planning promotes engagement and a seamless transition for  youth with disabilities. During this videoconference session information  regarding the rationale for a holistic approach to transition planning will  be discussed. Connections to regulatory, effective practice, and  communication strategies will be shared with participants.


Specific topics to be addressed at this session include:

- The Pennsylvania Post School Outcome Survey (PaPOS) and  the requirements for 200910 implementation. This is a required training for  LEAs in PaPOS Cohort Year # 5

- Utilization and functionality of the Summary of Academic  Achievement and Functional Performance (SAAFP)

- Implementation strategies for effective cross  stakeholder communication

including a review of the changes and updates to

- Employing standards-aligned practices for improving  transition services

for students with disabilities

- Understanding and implementation of effective assessment  strategies


Credit Offered: Act 48


Audience: Stakeholders supporting post-school outcomes for  youth/young adults with disabilities: Intermediate unit and school district  transition consultants; General, special education, and career and technical  education teachers and supervisors; Vocational Rehabilitation counselors  & supervisors; Representatives of post-secondary education and training;

Assistive technology professionals (educators, agency  staff and providers);

Guidance counselors; Families/Caregivers; Youth/young  adults involved in secondary transition planning; School psychologists;  Social workers;

MH/MR/C&Y case managers and supervisors; Regional  Department of Public Welfare staff (OMR/OMHSAS/OCYF); Community adult  service/rehabilitation providers (employment, residential, and others);  State/County Department of Health staff; School Health Nurses; Juvenile  justice direct service staff (community-based, institution-based,  residential; Others interested in secondary transition planning.


You may register directly on-line by visiting and entering the Registration On-line page.


For information on program content, contact Michael Stoehr  at or 412-826-6864


For general registration information, contact Kristen  Olszyk at

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The Food stamp program under the new stimulus package is now called  the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

Did you know?

Eligibility for  SNAP benefits changed so many more families in food insecure households are  now eligible.

On the website, under the Food and Nutrition parent  handout, you will find several organizations who can help families find out  if they are eligible. Also, on the COMPASS website they can apply for these  benefits and many others.

For more info you  can also go to

Please continue to  link families in need with the appropriate social services agencies that  serve them through Cap4Kids. Thanks.

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The Let's Love  Logan Community Association

will be having  their

9th  Annual Community Festival on

September 12, 2009  from

11:00 to 5:00 pm at

Wingohocking Park –

10th &  Wingohocking Street.

There will be drill  teams, face painting, health care vendors, chair massages, health screenings,  pony rides, talented performers and more. Come enjoy all

the fun! See you  there!

For more  information call Michael Hayward - (215) 455-3123


The Logan Olney  EPIC Stakeholder Meeting will be held on September 14,

2009 at Holy  Trinity Church located at 1100 W. Rockland Street (Marvine

Street entrance)  from 5-7pm.

Topic of  Discussion: Attendance & Truancy (How to avoid truancy court) Special  Guests; Delia Reveron & Greg Patton - School District of Philadelphia  & Jameelah Hairston of Carson Valley Children's Aid. Dinner will be  served (Zoo Tickets & Book bag Raffles)

for more  information call: Charlene Samuels (215) 456-5561

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The  Food stamp program under the new stimulus package is now called the SNAP  (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

Did you know?

Eligibility for SNAP  benefits changed so many more families in food insecure households are now  eligible.

On the website, under the Food and Nutrition parent  handout, you will find several organizations who can help families find out  if they are eligible. Also, on the COMPASS website they can apply for these  benefits and many others.

For more info you  can also go to

Please continue to  link families in need with the appropriate social services agencies that  serve them through Cap4Kids. Thanks.

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Online resources for parents:,,









The FISO Connection

An End of the  Summer Appreciation

AfterWork Affair


So come out and  join us Friday, September 11, 2009 at FISO Lounge, 15th and South Street in  Philadelphia from 5 pm to 9 pm.  Happy  Hour includes Open Bar 6-7 pm, Open Buffet 6-8 pm, Karaoke on the Roof and  three floors of social networking. Free Admission if you are on our guest  list.

(Once you are in  you can stay all night)

Go to

or call me at  267-303-0653

The guest list  closes at 4 pm, Friday.





"When  performance exceeds ambition, the overlap is success."


Until that time…


Your friend and  colleague


Michael Rice

Building a network,  one relationship at a time


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10:00 A.M. -- 4:00  P.M.









FOR INFORMATION  CALL N’COBRA  (215) 604-4329  OR   (215) 747-8601

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A NU Vibration Is  In the Air …




"African World  UMOJA Day” ™

You’re Invited To  “The Kick Off”

Starting Sun.  September 13th, 2009

3 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The Songhai City  Cultural Center

3117-27 Master St.

(North Philly-  Strawberry Mansion Area)

Admission Free

(We applaud the  Songhai City Group for standing up against Gentrification and fighting for  Equal Access, Fairness, & Justice in Philly and Winning)


We Invite All Who  Are Interested in ridding

the Business as  usual and stagnant mentality



Arts, Culture, and  Talent Showcase,

African Market  Place, Panel Discussions, &

African Village  Community “Town Meeting”

Focusing on the  Obtainment and Securing of REAL UNITY/UMOJA and

Productivity in the  Black/African Community, in addition to

Saving Our History,  Heritage, Culture, Institutions, and Great Legacies…


The panel  discussions and Town Meeting will feature some of the well known activists,  community leaders, representatives from serious Black organizations, groups,  institutions, and of course YOU


To sign up for the  Talent Showcase, or for more information contact:

The O.U.R.  Collective at: 215-471-5186

or email at:


Vending Spaces are  available but Limited


The O.U.R.  Collective Presents   

"The UMOJA  Project"




Africans Of  Antiquity, Of Our Families, and of Our Communities


Bring Your White  Candles, Photos, and Names of Those To Be Remembered

Sun. September  13th, 2009

Starting at: 2:30  PM

At: The Songhai  City Cultural Center

3117-24 Master St.

Admission Free

Everyone is invited  to Bring your White Candles, names & pictures of Ancestors and Loved ones  who have Passed On




ALSO: Feel free to  bring your instruments as well as poems, songs, sonnets,

and other  celebratory and tribute gestures.


ALSO: Because It’s  About Solutions:

The UMOJA Panel  Discussions

Panel Discussion  Begins at 3:00 PM

·       Are African/Black People Really Represented Properly  in the Media?

·       Why There is a Need For Independent Black  Communications Outlets?

·       Real Black/African Community and Institution  Development ( This includes: Economic, Cultural, Political, Representation  and Actions etc.)

·       How Can We Change The Present Paradigm and Are We  Being Mis-Directed and Played (Like Pawns etc) By Others?

·       Black/African Business & Entrepreneur  Development: The Need For and How To Obtain Ample Support,  Responsibilities/Accountability, and Advancement.

·       Is Public Schools/Charter Schools The Answer For Us  in the 21st Century? Can We/Should We Begin To Educate Our Own Children?

·       Police and Governmental Terrorism, Misconduct, and  Human Rights Violations: What Should Are We/Can We Do?

Invited Panelists  include: Bro. David Barnes - Sis. Basiymah Mu-Bey - Dr. Tony Monterio - Bro.  Ngozi - Mama D  Paxton - Bro. Ahmad  Tahir - Bro Ernest Ford - Bro. Shabaka - Bro. Gary Adams - Mr. Sonny Driver -  Bro Faruqh  Maat - Mama Gail - Bro.  Saboor Muhammad - Dr. C.M. Brook - Bro Haneef Shabazz - Bro. Shangowande -  Empress Chi




after the panel  discussions

The “African  Village Community

Town Meeting”

Are  Real Black/African Events, Programs, Institutions, and PEOPLE, In Philly,  Being Slowly Phased Out?


·       Health and Health Care & The Financial/Economic  Game/Crisis: Are We Being Held Hostage?

·       Is Your Political Party Really Servicing You? : Is It  Time for Something New?

·       Black Leadership "Who, What, Why, &  How" What’s Really Goin’ On?


For vending  information, to perform, present a question at the Town Meeting, or for  general info. Call: 215-471-5186

or e-mail:



"Those who do  not remember or appreciate the Past, can never really comprehend or benefit  in the Future."


"The UMOJA  Project"

Bridging the Past  to the Present and Future for Real Unity and Freedom Today!!!

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Party like there  IS a Tomorrow!


Sunday, Sept. 13,  2009


2nd & South  Streets

Philadelphia, PA





Life Skills Trainers Certification Seminar

September 24th -  25th - Wilmington, North Carolina

October 15th and  16th -Wilmington, Delaware

Two-day  train-the-trainer certification seminar. Get certified to teach "The  Rites of Passage for Males" Life-skills for at-risk males (Thursday) and  "YES YOU CAN !" Self-esteem Training Workshops for women (Friday).  For additional information call 1-877-464-2066

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Project Assistant to the CEO


Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package

Education: Bachelor (BA, BS, etc.)

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States

Posted by: Community Education Alliance of West  Philadelphia

Job Category: Project management, Public Policy, Research

Sector: Nonprofit

Last day to apply:  October 26, 2009

Last updated:  August 27, 2009 


Type: Full time

Language(s): English

Job posted on: August 27, 2009

Area of Focus: Economic Development, Energy Conservation  and Green Living, Personal Finance



The Owner of  several established Philadelphia-based businesses and a prominent member of a  state board that generates funds for energy conservation and new business  development is seeking a energetic dynamo to join our team. This position will  work directly with the CEO/Owner to spearhead an exciting energy conservation  initiative in the Philadelphia area, while also gaining exposure in real  estate, telecommunications/broadband services, mortgage, education and social  services. This is a unique opportunity for a self-motivated individual to  implement the goals of the President through project research, management,  and liaison work between the company’s interests.


Applicants must have a  strong knowledge of alternative energy sources and the ability to lead  projects and educate others on the benefits of energy conservation.  Candidates must also be intelligent, organized, creative, and flexible with  the ability to thrive in a fast paced business atmosphere. Must be a  self-starter who will grow and assume responsibility. Management and  leadership skills are required and commitment, energy, and focus are crucial.  Responsibilities are variable and include implementing and managing programs,  policies, and projects as assigned by the CEO and Project Managers.

The Project  Assistant will train under the supervision of the President/CEO and a team of  Project Manages and will be expected to assume responsibility quickly.

How to Apply:

E-mail your resume  and salary requirements to

or fax to (215)  790-1520.

Please reference  'Idealist - Project Assistant' in the subject line.



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Kensington South  Neighborhood Advisory Council –

Program  Coordinator

The Kensington South Neighborhood Advisory  Council

is seeking a  Program Coordinator with an interest in

community  organizing to head its office.

The Program  Coordinator provides advocacy and community organizing functions in the  greater Kensington South service area (zip codes 19122/23) and implements  innovative initiatives, activities and events to promote citizen  participation in neighborhood and community improvement.

To  apply, email your resume and a writing sample here  and reference Program Coordinator in the subject line. Phone inquiries at  215-427-3463.

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Job Opening- Crew Leader


If you or someone  you know is looking for a job, please take a look.


Home Performance  Crew Leader:

A Home Performance  Crew follows the prescription of a green home energy auditor.  The Home Performance Crew makes fixes to a  home based on its energy use and on computer modeled and prioritized energy  savings measures as determined by a green home energy auditor.


Delaware Valley  Sustainability (


See extensive  information in our group: The Coalition, Inc. Group

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Education Programs Manager

The Enterprise  Center CDC

Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania, United States

Salary: Mid 30's

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What’s For Lunch?

What you eat  can add years to your appearance and take a toll on your youthfulness.


How about a bacon dog on a bun with French  fries prepared in golden corn oil, and a coke? Hey! Why not top it off with a  nice fresh glazed doughnut?


Here is a list of the top ten foods that  age you, followed by a list that provides quite different results.


10 Terrible Aging Foods;
 2.Hot Dogs
 3.Potato Chips
 4.White Bread
 5.White Potatoes
 6.Corn Oil
 7.Sugary processed cereals
 8.Sugary soft drinks
 9.Red meats

 10 Top Anti-Aging Foods
 3.Spinach, dark leafy greens
 4.Salmon and Sardines
 5.Whole grain cereals
 7.Nuts,notably almonds, walnuts
 8.Legumes, including peanuts
 9.Green tea
 10. Extra virgin olive oil

 List provided by: Rosie LaVertue

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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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ELP is pleased to  announce that applications for our

2010  Fellowship Classes

are now being accepted.


Over the past 10  years ELP has been helping emerging leaders from academia, business, government  and the non-profit sector to strengthen and refine their leadership capacity.  Through our residential learning program, Fellows are continually challenged  and inspired by their peers, trainers and ELP staff to move their  professional and personal goals to the next level.


"I've never  been in a room with this type of personal and professional commitment,  passion or intellectual capital"


Brian Salazar, ELP  Senior Fellow


For more  information or to apply, click here


We look forward to  receiving your application.

Errol Mazursky

Environmental  Leadership Program



World Green Energy  Symposium

September 25 - 26,  2009


Sheraton Center  City & Comcast Center

Philadelphia, PA


Register Today!





New and  "Green" Energy is the

Responsibility of  all mankind.

The World Green  Energy Symposium Hosts, Sponsors and Partners invite you to join them in what  is sure to be one of the most exciting, educational and innovative energy  events of its kind focusing on green, clean and renewable energy technology.


The Green Expo  segment of the World Green Energy Symposium will take place in the Comcast  Center; Philadelphia's newest addition to grace its skyline. And with its  ambitious incorporation of eco-friendly technologies, the Center is the  tallest LEED certified building in the United States.


More than 63  million people live within driving distance from Philadelphia. Philadelphia  is the second largest city on the East Coast, with a metropolitan population  of 5.8 million. Philadelphia is conveniently located in the middle of the  Northeast Corridor, 100 miles south of New York, 133 miles north of  Washington, D.C., and 55 miles from Atlantic City.


The 2009 World  Green Energy Symposium and Exposition will bring together government leaders,  business leaders, businesses, innovators, university and college students,  and the public in an atmosphere conducive to information exchange on new and  alternative green energy possibilities and opportunities


Because of your  commitment and involvement in New Energy, you are cordially invited to  participate in this exciting world event with a focus on green, clean and  renewable energy technology.


We look forward to  your participation.


World Green Energy  Symposium Executive Council, Hosts, Partners and Sponsors 


"Our future is  what We build it to be."

President Obama  said about renewable energy; $150-billion will be put towards energy  independence over the next 10 years. Never has this nation (United States)  seen such a move forward on this important issue.

* * *

"...2.3  million people have in recent years found new jobs in the renewable energy  sector alone, and the potential for job growth in the sector is huge.  Employment in alternative energies may rise to 2.1 million in wind and 6.3  million in solar power by 2030; " UNEP - UN Environmental Program Report


Learn about energy  alternative and new initiatives

Get updates on the  Stimulus, tax incentives and rebates

Network and hear  from government, business, and educational, environmental energy subject  matter experts.

Join others in  networking opportunities to create potential joint ventures and partnerships  and present your products and services to other businesses, venture  capitalists, government, educators, and general public in a well publicized,  media sponsored exciting world event.

See existing and  new innovative products and technology with a focus on New Energy, Wind,  Solar, BioFuels, Green and New Energy Construction, and Green Transportation

Attendees &  Exhibitors WILL  Meet Customers, VIPs,  educators, manufacturers, builders, innovators, researchers, businesses  showcasing alternative and renewable energy technology products (solar, wind,  biofuel, geothermal), lending institutions, angel investors, venture  capitalists, government bodies, and more.


To Register, click the registration invitation on the  following link to see full details on

2009 World Green  Energy Symposium 



Sponsors WILL Join  the 2009 VIP Sponsorship Circle from Global to Green Circle sponsors who have  committed to promise and demonstrate support for a clean, green, sustainable  world for future generations to enjoy.   This is the opportunity to communicate your support and to send your  message to your target audiences and open new doors of informational change.


Sponsor Contact: 


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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




City website offers emergency preparedness info for  nonprofits


September is  National Preparedness Month and a time when the Department of Homeland  Security, with the support of coalition partners, works to increase public  awareness about emergency preparedness.   

During the month of  September, consider hosting or participating in activities related to  preparedness.

This year, National  Preparedness Month focuses on encouraging individuals, families and  communities to get an Emergency  Supply Kit; make a

Family  Emergency Plan; get informed about emergencies and their appropriate  responses; and participate in emergency volunteer efforts.

In Philadelphia,  the Office of Emergency Management has established a new webpage dedicated to  information for nonprofit organizations and how they should prepare for an  emergency.  The site offers a toolkit  on Business  Continuity Planning, a Planning  Checklist, and other useful information.

The OEM is also  hosting Family Preparedness Workshops in September on the following dates and  times to help individuals and families be better prepared for any kind of  emergency:


-- Tuesday,  September 15th at 7pm at the 6th Police District, 235 N. 11th Street;

-- Thursday, September  17th at 7pm at Philadelphia Protestant Home, 6500 Tabor Road;

-- Thursday,  September 24th at 6pm at the 24th/25th Police Districts at 3901 Whitaker  Avenue.

The workshops will  feature presentations by the American Red Cross, the Office of Emergency Management,  and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. There will be door prizes,  information on Philadelphia’s neighborhood evacuation plans and signup sheets  for emergency text alerts through ReadyNotifyPA.

For more  information, click here.

Ridge speaks at  Free Library:  After September 11,  2001, former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge was appointed the first  Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. In his candid memoir, The  Test of Our Times, Ridge discusses the challenges faced by the new and highly  visible department, recounts early successes, missteps, and controversial  political maneuvering and offers a prescriptive view for the future safety of  the United States.  Ridge will be speaking  as part of the Author Series at the Free Library of Philadelphia, 19th and  Vine Streets in Philadelphia, on Thursday, September 3rd at 7:30pm.  Admission is free.

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Chronically  Low Performing Schools Research Initiative 84.305G

Purpose of Program:  The central purpose of the Institute's research grant programs is to provide  parents, educators, students, researchers, policymakers, and the general  public with reliable and valid information about education practices that  support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education  opportunities for all students. In carrying out its grant programs, the  Institute provides support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated  national need.

Funding Opportunity  Number: ED-GRANTS-032309-015

Opportunity  Category: Discretionary

Posted Date: Jul  30, 2009

Creation Date: Jul  30, 2009


Current Closing Date  for Applications: Oct 01, 2009    .

Deadline for  Transmittal of Applications: 10/01/2009.

Funding Instrument  Type: Grant

Category of Funding  Activity: Education

Category  Explanation:

Expected Number of  Awards: Unlimited

Estimated Total  Program Funding: Unlimited

Award Ceiling: Per  Requirement

Award Floor: Per  Requirement

CFDA Number(s):  84.305  --  Education Research, Development and Dissemination

Cost Sharing or  Matching Requirement: No

Eligible Applicants

State governments,  County governments, City or township governments, Special district  governments,

Independent school  districts, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education,  Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Native American  tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments),  Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of  higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the  IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of  higher education For profit organizations other than small businesses, Small  businesses

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U.S. Department  of Education

Teacher Quality  Partnership Grants Program (Modified)

Eligibility:  Eligible partnerships must include a high-need local education agency (LEA),  a high-need school or consortium of high-need schools served by the high-need  LEA, or a high-need early childhood education (ECE) program, and a partner  institution (see the RFP for details).

Amount: $143  million to be split into 25 expected grants, with required matching funds.

Purpose of Grant:  To improve the quality of new teachers by creating partnerships among  institutions of higher education, high-need school districts and high-need  schools.



Deadline: October 6,  2009.

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At-  Risk Youth

Anie E. Casey  Foundation

A private  charitable organization dedicated to helping build better futures for  disadvantaged children in the United States. The foundation offers  community-focused grants. The site also has several publications. Provides  funding to both 501©(3) and local/state government. Organizations wishing to  send a proposal to the Foundation should submit a letter of no more than  three pages explaining the organization and its project and how the money  will be used. Send the letters to: The AEC Foundation; Attn: Office of the  President; 701 Saint Paul St.; Baltimore, MD 21202.

Phone: 410-547-6600

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AOL  Time Warner Foundation

The AOL Time Warner  Foundation is dedicated to using the power of media, communications and  information technology to serve the public interest and strengthen society.  However, rather than simply providing grant monies or funding unsolicited  requests, the foundation prefers to enter into sustainable strategic  partnerships with organizations that have a demonstrated commitment to  pioneering innovative ways of meeting four priorities: Equipping kids for the  21st century; Extending Internet benefits to all; Engaging communities in the  arts; and Empowering citizens and civic participation.

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AT&T  Foundation

The AT&T  Foundation seeks to educate, enrich, engage, and empower the communities  served by AT&T. The Foundation's funding areas are education, civic and  community service, and arts and culture.

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Beaumont  Foundation

The Beaumont  Foundation of America (BFA), a non-profit philanthropic organization, is  dedicated to the enriching the lives of individuals by providing technology  to historically underserved schools and communities. The foundation believes  technologies are essential tools for progress in the 21st century, and that  given access to digital information, people will have an equal opportunity to  advance socially, economically and intellectually.

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Banta  Company Foundation

The Banta Company  Foundation provides funding for at-risk youth and delinquency prevention  initiatives. The funds can be used for equipment, general/operating expenses,  seed money, program development, as well as other areas. For more information  please contact: Banta Company Foundation; 225 Main Street; PO Box 8003;  Menasha,WI 54952-8003.

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Ben  and Jerry's Foundation

Ben and Jerry's  Foundation has no specific program areas. The Foundation seeks projects that  lead to societal change or address the root causes of problems. The  Foundation awards grants ranging in amount from $1,000 to $15,000. Applicants  must submit a letter of interest at any time during the year.

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Best  Buy Children's Foundation

The mission of the  Best Buy Children's Foundation is to improve the lives of youth aged 5 - 18  in communities where Best Buy maintains a business presence. The Foundation  awards grants to nonprofit organizations with innovative approaches to  developing life skills in young people through education, mentoring, and  leadership development. Funds can be used for: program development; direct  project support; specific curriculum development; and scholarship aid for  participants in life skills or mentoring programs. The Foundation typically  awards grants ranging from $2000 - $10,000 to nonprofits.

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Healthy  Community Outreach Program

will be granted to  nonprofit organizations to support grassroots efforts which increase  awareness on critical health initiatives through health walks, health fairs  and health education outreach.

Grants up to  $25,000 will be considered.

Please provide all  levels of event sponsorships on your application. Nonprofit organizations  with evidence of IRS 501(c)(3) designation or de facto tax-exempt status may  apply for a grant, with the following exceptions: advertising; capital  campaigns; grants or scholarships to individuals; multiyear requests;  political causes and events; or religious organizations in support of their  sacramental or theological functions.>Awards

Ongoing Deadline

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Hidden  Valley Salad Dressings

Love Your Veggies  Grant Program

Eligibility:  Elementary school programs nationwide.

Amount: Ten grants  of $10,000 each.

Purpose of Grant:  To help schools develop a program to offer fresh produce.


Deadline: November  6, 2009.

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The  Louisville Institute

Pastoral Study  Project Program

Eligibility:  Pastoral leaders currently employed in ecclesiastically validated ministries  and ordained ministers not currently employed in ministry who wish to pursue  a project of relevance to the ongoing life of the church and practice of  Christian ministry in North America.

Amount: Up to  $15,000 each.

Purpose of Grant:  To offer pastoral leaders the opportunity to engage in thoughtful study and  inquiry on issues related to Christian life, religious institutions and  ministry.


Deadline: September  15, 2009.

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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:

For additional RFPs  in Education, visit:

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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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“African  American Short Films”


City:  Philadelphia    





Set Your VCR, DVR  to record or TIVO African American Short Films, Watch Us Again or Watch US  Later!!!!


Email us by  clicking  and/or select Contact Us so we can read your comments and  notify you when we are next on.

GoodThoughts, Frank  Badami


This show contains  5 short films.  Enjoy!!!!


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

Visit us @

Viewing and  Recording this show supports African Americans in the American Art of  FilmMaking !!!!

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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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“Trouble the Water”

By Kimberly Roberts

Academy Award  Nominee - Best Documentary Feature 2008



On Friday,  September 18, 2009 from

6:30PM-9:30PM, at

Calvary Episcopal  Church

814 N. 41st Street  , Philadelphia , PA , in

Thomas Logan Hall,

the documentary  “Trouble the Water” will be shown. It is absolutely free to the public, but  an R.S.V.P. is required to save your seat.


This powerful film  takes you inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen.  Aspiring rap-artist Kimberly Roberts turns a video camera on herself, her  husband Scott and their neighbors stranded in New Orleans with no mans to  evacuate.  She records the harrowing ordeal  when the nearby levee falls and deadly floodwaters rush in.


REOS is sponsored  by N’COBRA (National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America ) in  partnership with Calvary Episcopal Church.

Call 215-222-2070  today to reserve your seat for the documentary

“Trouble the  Water.”


This is an  excellent movie for students in middle school and high school. The movie is  absolutely free, but you must RSVP to get in.

This film is about  more than just a hurricane, it's about America. Trouble the Water is a  redemptive tale of self-described street hustlers who become heroes - two  unforgettable people who survive the disaster and then seize a chance for a  new beginning." The film length is 90 min.

Ample parking is  available on the Church’s parking lot at the intersection of 41st and Parrish  Streets.


The public is urged  to call 215-222-2070 or 215-850-1699 today to reserve your seat for the  documentary “Trouble the Water.”


Mzee Ari S.  Merretazon,M.S.CED

N'COBRA Board  Member

Northeast Regional  Representative

Co-Chair, Financial  Divestment Committee

Member,  Philadelphia Chapter


America, never  forget, 1) reparations is/are the cross-road solution to our human capital  infrastructure," and 2) reparations are ways and means; the really real  reality of human capital infrastructure development comes with The  Reparations Accord for Blacks in America, which will coordinate the many ways  and means of repairing the damage as a matter of public policy."  Merretazon, 2008

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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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Latino  Community in Philadelphia Celebrates

26th  Annual Neighborhood Fair

Feria del Barrio


Serving as one of  Philadelphia's largest celebrations of Latino arts

and culture, the  annual Feria del Barrio brings together thousands of

community residents  from throughout the Greater Philadelphia region for a

FREE family event  featuring some of the world's most renowned musical

artists. Dozens of  community agencies, corporate sponsors and vendor’s line

the city's  historical Centro de Oro for access to the nation's fastest

growing market  while children take advantage of crafts, games, and other



At Feria you can  find your favorite foods, artists, singers, dancers,

performers; get the  information you need from dozens of local agencies; get

your blood pressure  checked at the health area; play in the Children's Zone;

buy different  products at bargain prices from over 100 local merchants or

from your favorite  artists; and pick up freebies or sample products from our



In addition, as  part of the Feria del Barrio tradition, an individual is

recognized for  his/her commitment to the community. This year Feria del

Barrio's organizing  committee will present the award to Johnny Irizarry,

Director of La Casa  Latina at the University of Pennsylvania.



September 20, 2009

12-6 p.m.


El Centro de Oro

North 5th Street

(between Lehigh and  Cambria Avenues)

Philadelphia, PA  19133


This year's  headliners are ‘Zion and Lennox’, one of

Puerto Rico's  hottest reggaeton duos.


Other performers include:


- Alex, Alex-(bachata)

- Foto Rodríguez y su Orquestra La Única-(salsa)

- Tino y la Orquesta de Soneros-(salsa)

- El Danny-(bachata)

- Grandes Ligas-(meringue)

- Ilu Aye-(bomba y plena)


In addition to a  local stage featuring:


 Project Capoeira - Andrés Felipe Ortega -  Fiesta Flamenco Dancers –

Grupo Latino  Dancers - Johnny Cruz Ensemble –

Larimar / Dominican  folkloric dancers –

DJ Mojado /  "Not your regular citizen"


Feria del Barrio is  done in collaboration with Congreso del Latinos Unidos,

the Hispanic  Association of Contractors and Enterprises, and Raíces

Culturales  Latinoamericanas and Taller Puertorriqueño

and the following  sponsors

Mega Radio Station,  Univision 65, Al Dia Newspaper, Senator Tina

Tartaglione,  Nationwide Insurance, Johnson and Johnson, Health Partners,

American Diabetes  Association and the Mid Atlantic Excess Surplus.

Food for VIP area  provided by the following restaurants: Tierra Colmbiana, El Rincon, Las  Cazuelas, Las Margaritas, Los Taquitos de Puebla,

Barranco Restaurant  and El Bohio.


For a complete  listing/schedule of performers, general information and media inquiries  please visit 

or contact Yolanda  Jimenez-Colon at

or 267.255.2989.

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14th Annual  Wadsworth Day

Sponsored by State  Senator LeAnna M. Washington and Community Outreach 200 Inc.

Saturday September  12th 2009

11 a.m - 7 p.m.

free admission

1500 and 1600  Blocks of Wadsworth Ave, Mt. Airy Between Cheltenham and Michener Ave.

live entertainment,  health screenings,

food and beverage  vendors,

shopping, drill  teams,

face painting and  more.

*vendors wanted*

for information  215-242-0472


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ICON Annual Cookout Event and Volleyball Tournament


ICON would like to  invite everyone to our Annual Cookout Event and First Ever Volleyball  Tournament.

Date: September  12th, 2009

Time: 10 a.m. – 6  p.m.

Location: Picnic  Area #7 – Lemon Hill and Sedgley Drives @ Fairmount Park Philadelphia

Cost: $10/person  early registration

$15/person at the  picnic site

Click Here to  Register: Registration

Volleyball  Tournament

Gather up for your  friends and sign up for your team.

For more  information about the tournament, please contact Chi Nguyen.

“Welcome Back to  School” Happy Hour

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The O.U.R.  Collective Presents 

"The UMOJA  Project"   






Africans Of  Antiquity, Of Our Families, and of Our Communities




Bring Your White  Candles, Photos, and Names


of Those To Be  Remembered


Sun. September  13th, 2009   


Starting at: 2:30  PM


The Songhai City  Cultural Center 


3117-24 Master St.


Admission Free


Everyone is invited  to Bring your White Candles, names & pictures of Ancestors and Loved ones  who have Passed On


ALSO:  Because It’s About Solutions:


The UMOJA Panel Discussions


starting at 3:00 PM


·         Are African/Black People Really  Represented Properly in the Media?: Why There is a Need For Independent Black  Communications Outlets


·         Real Black Community and  Institutions Development (Economic,   Cultural Political Representation and Actions etc.): How to Change The  Present Paradigm and Are We Being Mis-Directed and Played (Like Pawns etc.)  By Others?


·         Black Business & Entrepreneur  Development: The Need for and How to Obtain Support, Responsibilities,  Advancement


·         Is Public School/Charter Schools  The Answer For Us in the 21st Century: Can We/Should We Begin To Educate Our  Own Children


·         Police and Governmental Terrorism,  Misconduct, and Human Rights Violations


African Village  Community Town Meeting will be held around     6:30 P.M. after the Panel Discussions


For more  information call The O.U.R. Collective at:




or e-mail:

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Tribute in Honor of

C. Vivian Stringer


John Chaney

Hall of Fame Coaches from  Cheyney University

Thursday, Sept.  17th 

6pm-9pm Donation  $75.00

First District  Plaza

3801 Market St.

West Phila. 19104

Raising Money For  Scholarship Fund and Endowment Fund

Co Chairs, Ducky  Birts and Don Hackney

Tickets and  information 215-471-3953  email

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General  Meeting of the Interracial Task Force


Monday, September  21, 2009

10:00 am

COMHAR--100 West  Lehigh Ave.

ALL are  Welcome!  Your input is valuable

Please share this  information with your neighbors and invite them to come


The Intervention  Committee meets at 9:20 on the same day and at the same location. Please plan  to attend


Donna Diehl

215-707-1827  [voice]



“Bridge of Courage” Fundraising Event

hosted by

Women Organized  Against Rape (WOAR)

Proceeds from this  event enable WOAR to provide individual and group counseling, court and  medical accompaniment and advocacy to over 5,000 adults and children in the  Philadelphia area.

Parents, children,  women, men and the community as a whole have come to depend on WOAR’s  programs.

WOAR is committed  to continuing to provide all individuals consistent support free of charge.  We cannot continue to carry out our  mission without your continued generous support.  Please join us at our Benefit this year.


Thursday, September  24, 2009

5:30-7:30 pm


Park Avenue Banquet  Hall

4942 Parkside  Avenue

Philadelphia, PA  19131


This year WOAR will  be honoring:


Kathleen M. Brown PhD - University of Pennsylvania School  of Nursing


Councilman William Greenlee – 15th Ward


Ralph Riviello, MD, FACEP – Assoc. Professor of Emergency  Medicine Drexel Univ. College of Medicine


Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller, Senior Pastor Enon Tabernacle  Baptist Church


For Tickets,  Sponsorship, Advertising and general information

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September 25-27,  2009


Friday, September  25, 4:30 pm-8:30 pm

Saturday, September  26, 9:00 am-7:00 pm

Sunday, September  27, 9:00 am-2:30 pm


Note:  A commitment to participate throughout the  entire weekend is required.

This is a  cooperative workshop, where everybody contributes to the group’s experience.

Please plan to  arrive promptly on Friday.



2615 N. 4th Street,  Philadelphia, PA (4th/Lehigh)


There are,  available to all of us, powerful, effective ways to deal with conflict,  develop healthy relationships, and enhance the safety and well-being of all.


?    Rediscover the power of respect and  affirmation

?    Practice responsible, honest and  constructive communication

?    Explore the value of building a  nurturing community

?    Delve into the challenges and rewards of  cooperation

?    Experience creative problem solving and  conflict transformation




Teachers, Social  Workers, Community Organizers, People of Faith,

Police, Parents,  Youth, and…  Anybody seeking real  alternatives to violence!


Registration:  On or before September 18.  Space is limited.

Fees:  Advance payment: $5.00.  At the door:  $10.00

The workshop fees  are set to cover costs of materials and snacks.  Scholarships are available.


Information: Jorge  Aráuz.  Tel: 215 421 5811; email:


The Alternative to  Violence Project (AVP) is an independent, non-sectarian, world-wide community  of volunteers dedicated to the search of healthy and constructive ways to  address conflict.   This workshop is  sponsored by the Fairhill Friends Ministry, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of  the Religious Society of Friends.


"The shackles  of violence can be transformed into wings of peace. There is a Power in the  human spirit that strives for justice, understanding and freedom,  transforming souls and transforming the world.  It has been manifested in the actions of ordinary individuals  and in the epic struggles of peoples seeking a world of kindness, dignity and  respect.  It has been manifested in  the lives of Gautama Buddha, Jesus, Francis and Clare of Assisi, Ahmadou  Bamba, Jane Adams, Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Martin L. King, Cesar Chavez and  Arnulfo Romero.  It is waiting to be  manifested in our lives too."   Jorge Arauz

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Fathers group holds domestic violence symposium


Daddy’s Right Here  will sponsor its fourth annual symposium on the them Facing and Embracing Our  Responsibilities,” focusing on the epidemic of domestic violence in  Philadelphia.

Since May, 46  people have been murdered in incidents of domestic violence, according to the  group.  Calling this a “public  tragedy,” the group will hold its symposium from

11am to 8pm on

Saturday, September  26th at

Holy Trinity  Bethlehem Church Rectory at

11th and Rockland  Street

 in the city’s Logan neighborhoods.

The symposium will  feature guest speakers, including keynoter Sumaki Kenya Shan, resource  tables, raffles and more. 

Other speakers  include Sylvia Horst of the Kids n Kin program of Turning Points for  Children, Thomas Gregory of the Philadelphia Health Department, James  Dickerson of the Fatherhood Institute, and Norman Jones of Normans Good Food.

To register, click here



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The Medgar Evers  College Film & Culture Series

begins its ninth  year of innovative programming and artistic presentations on Wednesday,  September 16, 2009

7:00 p.m.,

with a screening of  filmmaker Michael Moore's controversial Academy Award- nominated documentary  SiCKO. The Film & Culture Series features cutting edge, thought provoking  films followed by lively community discussions that engage neighborhood  residents, experts on the topics featured, and members of the college  community.


This season will  feature the launch of the 'Harlem's Mart 125': National Gentrification  Awareness Tour. 'Harlem's Mart 125: The American Dream', to be screened on  September 30th, is a documentary by filmmaker Rachelle Gardner, which details  the challenges neighborhoods face when economics change the makeup of a  community by chronicling one of the world's most famous neighborhoods,  Harlem, NY.


The 'Film &  Culture Series', which opens each program with a live performance has  featured Hip Hop artists, dancers and poets and has featured such notables as  New York Council Members Darlene Mealy and Charles Barron, writers Paul  Robeson Jr. and Anya Kamenetz and filmmakers Stanley Nelson and Danny Schechter,  along with many others as speakers and panelists.


The event will take  place in Founders Auditorium at

Medgar Evers  College,

CUNY-1650 Bedford  Avenue, Brooklyn,

NY 11225.

Doors open at 6:15  p.m.,

'Open Mic'  performances start at 6:30 p.m., and the featured program begins at 7:00  p.m..


For more  information on the 'Film & Culture Series', the full schedule and the  feature films visit-  or call 718-804-8815.

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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,

beginning 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

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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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