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News  From

The  Coalition, Inc.

Friday 25 September 2009

Volume  4, Number 10

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 … 06

Employment and Training  Opportunities … 18

Health Matters …10

Green Piece … 14

Grants, Scholarships  & Instruction… 16

SpotLight … 22

Arts for Awareness … 22

Coming Up …24

Computers and Technology … 26

A Hand Up … 26

On The Airways … 27




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"People travel  to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at  the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the  circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without  wondering." - St. Augustine, 354 430
















































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A knife wound heals; a wound caused by words does not.
-- Turkish Proverb












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Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be  seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly,  and one by one” - Charles Mackay




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Two small boys, not yet old enough to be in school, were overheard  talking at the zoo one day. "My name is Billy. What's yours?" asked  the first boy. "Tommy," replied the second. "My Daddy's an  accountant. What does your Daddy do for a living?" asked Billy. Tommy  replied, "My Daddy's a lawyer." "Honest?" asked Billy.  "No, just the regular kind", replied Tommy.




























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For the Lexophiliacs

When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, U.C.L.A.


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While waiting for my first  appointment in the reception room of a new dentist, I noticed his  certificate, which bore his full name. Suddenly, I remembered that a tall,  handsome boy with the same name had been in my high school class some 45  years ago.

 Upon seeing him, however, I quickly discarded any such thought. This balding,  gray-haired man with the deeply lined face was too old to have been my  classmate.

 After he had examined my teeth, I asked him if he had attended the local high  school.

 "Yes," he replied.

 "When did you graduate?" I asked.

 "In 1952."

 "Why, you were in my class!" I exclaimed.

 He looked at me closely, and then asked, "What did you teach?"





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Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It  takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.
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Keep steadily before you the fact that all true success depends at  last upon yourself.
 Theodore T. Hunger







The Raw Family Newsletter















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Times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of  the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and  the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
 Charles Caleb Colton






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When I went to get my driver's license renewed, our local Motor  Vehicle Bureau was packed.

 The line inched along for almost an hour until the man ahead of me finally  got his license.

 He inspected his photo for a moment and commented to the clerk, "I was  standing in line so long, I ended up looking pretty grouchy in this  picture."

 The clerk looked at his picture closely, and reassured him, "It's okay.  That's how you're going to look when the cops pull you over anyway."



























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Hereeeeeeeeeeeeees...  Kathy’s Korner!


A life long supporter of the British Labour Party was lying  on his death bed when he suddenly decided to join the Tory party.

 "But why?" asked his puzzled friend, "You're labour through  and through… Why change now?"

 The man learned forward and explained, "Well, I'd rather it was one of  them that died and not one of us."


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Freedom of speech is wonderful - right up there with the freedom not to  listen.












































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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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Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in  their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you  have their shoes.


































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Word Of The Week

stoic \STOH-ik\, (Capitalized). A member of a school of philosophy  founded by Zeno holding that one should be free from passion, unmoved by joy  or grief, and should submit without complaint to unavoidable necessity.  Unaffected by pleasure, pain, joy or grief.

Greetings  Coalition Family!


…The staffing levels of 60 percent of the not for profits  and business start ups are suffering from the activity and cash flow that  usually comes in and out as a result of the PA budget crisis.


Well here is a form of help that we can offer your company  and agency or business, large or small. Staffing, volunteers, job candidates  that are committed to working at your location for 20 hours per week for OJT  (On the Job Training).


We are finding more diamonds flowing into our community  service ranks, folks with degrees, diploma’s, prior training. This is also a  perfect way to screen the potential employees.


First come first serve, call Lakeshia Jackson at  215-430-4930 to fax you paperwork. Staff paid work experience personnel could  be knocking on your door, ready to learn as early as Monday.


The and other Phillyblocks staff members stand  ready to process your request. Call ISCV at 215-238-1434 Brenda Thomas,  Deborah Lawrence and Bob Shipman also at 215-430-4930.


"I will not die an  unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose  to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid,  more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a  promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me  as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom,  goes on as fruit." - Dawna Markova







College Prep this FALL Workshops for High School Students


Temple University's  student organization Students Striving for Success

will be kicking off  their college preparation workshop series. High

school students are  welcome to sign up!!! Please review the information

below and visit the  website for more information about this student ran

organization on  Temple University's campus and how they want to help

your high school  students succeed.




Temple University |  1755 N. 13th Street, Ste. 219M | Box# 194 |

Philadelphia, PA  19122 |


Our Mission…Our  Purpose


Students Striving  for Success is an organization of students from many

different  backgrounds who harvest one common goal: to increase the

interest and number  of high school students who attend post-secondary

education and to  develop them with proper professional etiquette. We

developed a system  that includes: series of workshops that are geared

towards college  preparation and professional development, one-on-one

mentoring from  current college students, and common-interest group

programs, to  efficiently and effectively enhance their chances in

getting into  post-secondary educational facilities and to develop them

into mature  professionals who are ready to face the world.

Our mission is to  equip the local students coming out of high school

with the basic  skills necessary to succeed in college and professional

aspirations. The  philosophy of Triple S is; "The foundation is laid, now

pave your  future." We want to inspire the high school participants with

the idea that  anything is possible through hard work, determination and

motivation. Triple  S is equipping them with the knowledge and

information they  need; now it's up to them to use it and change their

future. The high  school students of Philadelphia have lost the ambition

of exceeding past  expectations, and we want to help bring that ambition






Program Outline


Students Striving  for Success is an organization that believes through a

series of  workshops, mentoring and common-interest bonding; we can help local high  school students prepare for college and develop


The workshops will  be held on Temple University's campus for two hours at length. They will be  divided into two parts: college preparation

series during the  fall/winter months and the professional development

series during the  spring months.

The high school  students will be given contact information and allotted

time to meet and  speak with Temple University students and graduates in their particular field  of interest. The student during these times can

follow-up with any  questions they may have had about workshops and/ or receive help on other  school assignments they may have for their


Our common-interest  groups will be held on Saturdays at a future

specified time. We  are currently working on a S2S (Sister to Sister)

group; in which we  are partnering with NCNW, and a B2B (Brother to

Brother) group. If  the students feel the need for more common-interest

groups we will try  to incorporate them into our program.




If you know a high  school student who could benefit from this program

please have them  fill out our enrollment form on our website at

with the  information listed



* Student's Full  Name

* Student's Grade  Level

* Student's Mailing  Address

* Student's High  School and Counselor's Name

* Student's Email  Address

* Student's  Parent/Guardian's Full Name and best way to contact



"The  foundation is laid, now pave your future"

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Parent Resource  Room Thursday mornings from 10am – noon beginning October 1st


Alternative Choices  invites you to join us in the

Parent Resource  Room

Thursday mornings  from 10am – noon beginning on

Thursday, October  1, 2009

Join other parents  and Alternative Choices professional staff for

coffee/tea,  conversation, research, resources and referrals, etc.


The Parent Resource  Room will be in one of our offices here in

Olde City  Philadelphia at

319 Vine Street  #110

(It will be used as  a resource room for parents only on Thursday mornings)


Possible issues to  explore:

Child behavior  problems

Your child’s  diagnosis

Autism, related  conditions, and special needs of all kinds

Other parenting  concerns


Things you should  know:

1. This event is  totally cost free with no obligation to attend a

specific number of  Thursdays: come once, twice or come every week!


2. There is no need  to rsvp though it would help to let us know you

are coming. If  possible, you can respond to our event on facebook.


3. Unfortunately,  we are unable to provide childcare for this event.

We do recommend  that you do not bring children so that you can talk

with others and  interact more freely.


Cindy N. Ariel,  Ph.D. and Robert A. Naseef, Ph.D.; resource room directors

Jennifer Ross, MA,  ATR, LPC and Kate Altman, MS; clinical staff

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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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Invitation to Parent Roundtable

 Dear Parents, Community Members and Care Givers:
 Welcome back to an exciting School year!
 The District has several new programs this year with opportunities
 for parents to become involved. The Imagine
 2014: Five Year Strategic Plan has been accepted. I would like to
 thank all who participated in this process.
 During the strategic planning process you responded with insight
 of what a great School District would look like. As
 we move forward in implementing the plan, I invite you to join me
 on October 15, 2009 for the next
 Superintendent's Parent Round Table.
 University City High School
 3601 Filbert Street
 Philadelphia, PA 19104
 5:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

 We are proud to have dinner served by the

School District's
 Culinary Arts Program

between 5:00 p.m and 5:45 p.m.
 Childcare will be provided.
 Please reserve your space with Arlenthia Shrieves at
 215.400.6161 or via email at  by
 October 14, 2009.
 I look forward to welcoming you on Thursday October 15, 2009 at
 6:00 p.m. This is a wonderful School District
 and I continue to feel privileged as your Superintendent. I remain
 committed to the core belief that Parents are
 our Partners in achieving educational excellence, equity and
 Arlene C. Ackerman, Ed.D.

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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:,,








Free Film  Showing

Tuesday, September  29 at 7pm




On September 11,  1973 Augusto Pinochet and the military of Chile seized power in a violent  coup d’etat, overthrowing a functioning and peaceful democracy. This  dramatization of Chile’s political turmoil and horror is told through the  eyes of 11 year old Gonzago, a pampered upper middle class boy who attends a  progressive Catholic school and befriends poor indigenous fellow student  Pedro Machuca. When the military junta strikes, Gonzago’s hapless innocence  is forever shattered as he and his new-found friends careen toward an  electrifying and catastrophic ending.   2004; 120 minutes

Calvary Church

(48th &  Baltimore)


After the film,  hear speakers on

Chile in 1973 and  Honduras Today.


The International  Action Center -- Information, Activism, & Resistance to U.S. Militarism,  War, and Corporate Power, Linking with Struggles Against Racism and  Oppression within the United States

– meets most  Tuesdays at 7pm, at Calvary Church (48th & Baltimore)

For more  information, contact

215-724-1618 or

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Lest  We Forget Slavery Museum


“My Slave Sister Myself”


FREE film screenings of My Slave Sister  Myself:


Wednesday, September 30th

6:30 PM

Church of the Advocate

1801 Fr. Paul Washington Ave. (aka W.  Diamond St.)

(215) 236-5848


OVERVIEW: My Slave Sister Myself exposes  the effects of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade on enslaved African women and  correlates them with feelings deeply embedded in the souls of today’s African  American women. The comparisons are compelling!  The film also reveals how slavery impacted African American  manhood and shaped perceptions about the Black Man's sexual prowess.  This unique, thought-provoking documentary  film addresses a myriad of issues that were born in slavery, yet continue to  plague African Americans today. This informative 55 minute DVD sheds light on  a dark and tragic period in American history (includes 10 min. music video).  Come see this thought-provoking film and join in the stimulating discussion  that follows.


View Movie Trailer-Click on Products:



DVD COST: $25.O0 – Website: $29.00

Limited Quantity, Purchase A Copy Today!

For More Information Call: (888) 886-LEST




Institute for the Development of African-American Youth, Inc. (IDAAY)  is now hiring for the following two positions:


(1) Full-time  Program Coordinator for our Don't Fall Down In the Hood Program. Don't Fall  Down In the Hood is an intensive, multicultural community based treatment  program designed to reduce juvenile crime in the areas of possession and use  of firearms, as well as, the frequency of assault, theft, and narcotics among  Philadelphia's youth. The Coordinator is charged with the running the  day-to-day operations of the program Mondays through Fridays 4-7:30pm, some  weekends required. In addition, the Coordinator is required to maintain  frequent contact with Philadelphia Family Court, Juvenile Probation,  Department of Human Services, and the School District of Philadelphia.


(2) Part-time  Computer Instructor for our JobSTART Program. Job START (Sustainability  Through Apprenticeship & Readiness Training) is an occupational skills  training program for out-of-school youth, ages 17-21. Program activities are  designed to lead toward youth earning their high school diploma or GED,  matriculation into post-secondary education and employment, and ICDL computer  certification in a high growth industry. The computer training workshop is  scheduled on Mondays through Wednesdays from 1-3pm (2 one-hour sessions),  with the goal of ensuring program youth obtain the International Computer  Drivers License (ICDL).


If you are  interested and available to fill either of these two positions, please send  me your resume as soon as possible so I can schedule you for an interview.


I can be reached  via email  or fax 215-235-9128




Sandi Ramos

Director of  Administration

Institute for the  Development

of African-American  Youth, Inc. (IDAAY)

Ph: 215-235-9111

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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


Type: Full time

Language(s): English

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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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 (


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Education Programs Manager

The Enterprise  Center CDC

Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania, United States

Salary: Mid 30's

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WHO (World Health Organization) Admits to Releasing  Pandemic Virus into Population via 'Mock-Up' Vaccines

04/09/2009 00:08:00admin

Posted  by: Dr.  Mercola 
 September 03 2009 6,125


The document on the WHO  website linked below states that it is common procedure to release pandemic  viruses into the population in order to get a jump ahead of the real  pandemic, so as to fast track the vaccine for when it is needed.

In Europe, some manufacturers  have conducted advance studies using a so-called "mock-up" vaccine.  Mock-up vaccines contain an active ingredient for an influenza virus that has  not circulated recently in human populations and thus mimics the novelty of a  pandemic virus.

According to the website,  “Such advance studies can greatly expedite regulatory approval.”

Sources: World  Health Organization



Dr.  Mercola's Comments:

On June 11 the World Health Organization (WHO) raised its  swine flu pandemic alert from a 5 to a 6. Phase 6 is the highest level alert,  and reflects the speed with which a virus is spreading -- not its severity.

This classification also  allows for a vaccine to qualify for a “fast-track” procedure for licensing  and approval, and this process is now ongoing for the swine flu vaccine.

What you may not know,  however, is that WHO, together with health officials, regulatory authorities  and vaccine manufacturers, have been working since 2007 – long before this  new “threat” of swine flu emerged – to “explore a broad range of issues  surrounding the regulatory approval of pandemic vaccines.”

According to the WHO website:

“Ways were sought to  shorten the time between the emergence of a pandemic virus and the availability  of safe and effective vaccines.”

One such method used in Europe  is to conduct advance studies using a “mock-up” vaccine  that contains an active ingredient for an influenza virus that has not  circulated recently in human populations.

When testing these mock-up  vaccines, it is very possible to release the novel influenza virus into the  population, as its purpose is to “mimic the novelty of a pandemic virus” and  “greatly expedite regulatory approval.”

Government officials have  other tricks up their sleeves to ensure these new, barely tested vaccines  easily make it to market as well, such as:

Labeling the vaccine a “strain  change” rather than an entirely “new” vaccine. This method states the new  vaccine has built on technology used to produce vaccines for seasonal  influenza, and the change for the pandemic vaccine is similar to a strain  change used to produce a new seasonal vaccine each flu season.

In the United States, vaccine  manufacturers are required to submit fewer data if they already have a licensed  flu vaccine and will use the same manufacturing process for the pandemic  vaccine.

Using a “rolling review  procedure.” This allows manufacturers to submit sets of data for regulatory  review “as they become available.” In other words, they’re free to distribute  the vaccine and then submit the safety data later on.

Would You Want a  Fast-Tracked Vaccine Injected Into Your Body?

By very definition,  fast-tracked vaccines are those that have received very little safety testing  prior to being used. So any time you agree to get one, you are essentially a  guinea pig.

Vaccine manufacturer  GlaxoSmithKline has actually stated:

"Clinical trials will be limited, due  to the need to provide the vaccine to governments as quickly as possible.  Additional studies will therefore be required and conducted after the vaccine  is made available."

And WHO likewise says:

“Time constraints mean  that clinical data at the time when pandemic vaccines are first administered  will inevitably be limited. Further testing of safety and effectiveness will  need to take place after administration of the vaccine has begun.”

Why would anyone who knows the  facts sign up for a vaccine that really needs further safety studies … but  won’t receive them until AFTER it’s already been given out? By then it will  be too late.

So please realize that if you  or your child receive a swine flu vaccine, you will be acting as a TEST  subject.

Remember this vaccine will not  be made using the methods of the past. In order to speed up the cultivation  of the virus and the manufacturing process, they’re using human liver cells  instead of chicken eggs. Whether this new procedure is better or worse than  the old method, I can’t say … but it’s never been used before and they have  not had time to conduct any human testing.

So, it’s a giant game of  Russian Roulette that you simply want to avoid.

Nearly all of the vaccines  created will also include thimerosal (mercury), and the toxic  adjuvant squalene, both of which have been clearly shown to carry  significant health risks.

You should know, too, that  vaccine makers and federal officials have been rendered immune from lawsuits.  Should anything go wrong with this current vaccine they will not  have to pay a single cent to anyone

Who Stands to Benefit From the Swine Flu Pandemic (and Future  Pandemics)?

This is the question you need  to ask yourself when you hear the media dishing out the latest statistics  about the swine flu pandemic.

In the last few days alone,  I’ve seen major news outlets warning that come flu season, the swine flu  could kill 90,000 Americans and hospitalize 2 million. This sounds a lot like  the fear-mongering that went on during the Bird  Flu pandemic (that never materialized) back in 2005

Back then scientists and  governments were congratulating themselves for averting a threat that never  was by stockpiling worthless vaccines. Now I’m having déjà vu.

In response to this newest  swine flu pandemic, what did the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  recently suggest?

Swine flu shots for all! Of  course, what else would you expect?

As the Washington  Post reported, CDC said: “As soon as a vaccine is available,  try to get it for everyone in your family.”

Well, you might be tempted to  do just that if you believe the sensational number of swine flu deaths  they’re predicting. But, really, these numbers are not based on facts.

WHO continues to define the  severity of the H1N1 virus to be moderate, generally defined as an illness  requiring neither hospitalization nor even medical care. Most cases are having  MILD symptoms that clear up on their own.

Further, no one really knows  for sure just how many cases of swine flu there are, because some countries are  no longer confirming them by lab.

In the UK, for example, they  now appear to be collecting swine flu data online and via the phone, based on  nothing but self-assessment.

So did they really contract  the swine flu?

Or did the vast majority of  them simply have a case of the sniffles or a seasonal flu bug? Without  laboratory confirmation, no one will ever know, but they sure are using those  numbers to scare you!

Going back to my original  question though, you must ask yourself who stands to benefit from all of this  paranoia and hysteria.

Of course you know the answer  to this one.

Big  Pharma … which stands to gain  up to $49 billion a year on the swine flu vaccine alone plus an  infinite amount on top of that for future pandemic vaccines.

The vaccine manufacturers  would love for every man, woman, and child to heed the CDC’s advice to get  vaccinated. But now you know better.

The swine flu is typically a  mild illness.

The swine flu vaccine has not  been tested for safety or efficacy, but we DO know it will contain harmful  additives.

The choice, to me, is obvious.  And in the future, anytime a new “pandemic” appears and officials urge you to  rush out and get a shot, please remember this article and ask yourself if  it’s really you who stands to benefit from their advice.


Interestingly the swine flu vaccines are going to be  available in the US around the time the finest vaccine conference in the  world will be held. If you want to learn the absolute latest and best  strategies for swine flu then Washington DC is the place to be October 2-4. I  will be sharing my strategies live at the event.

So join me at the National  Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) Web site, and join us in taking action  against the potential threat of mandatory swine flu vaccinations.



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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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?Weavers Way #5 plastics recycling resumes


Fellow Recyclers,


Weavers Way collection of #5 plastics,  which are not included in the City’s recycling program, will be on the 3rd  Saturday of each month: October 17, November 21, and December 19. The program  will skip January and resume in February.


The collections take place at the co-op's  garage,

at 542 Carpenter Lane,

which is across the street and a bit  further down the block from the Big Blue Marble bookstore.


Please note that we need volunteers to keep  this project going. (Weavers Way members can get work credit for helping us;  work shifts are available on co-op's the online calendar.)


The #5 category includes yogurt cups, sour  cream containers, hummus tubs, some medicine bottles, and more. Your  recyclables must be clean and dry to be accepted. Check to make sure there  are no other materials (paper, screws, other number plastics) on the items  you bring in. Impurities of any kind compromise the recycling process and  usually lead to the discarding of an entire batch. Exclude any lids unless  they are clearly marked #5. (Most lids from #5 containers are #4 plastic, but  this is not always the case.)


We ask recyclers for a small donation to  cover postage costs of mailing the recyclables to the Gimme 5 processing  facility in New York.

Before bringing your #5s to the collection,  be sure that they meet the requirements for Gimme 5:


All items must be CLEAN and DRY. If they  contained food or any oily or dirty product, make sure they have been washed,  not just rinsed. Items stacked when wet tend to stay wet, so allow washed  items to dry fully before stacking or packing.

The #5 stamp needs to be visible on each  item. Lids are separate items. Don’t assume lids are the same number plastic  as the container; sometimes they are but usually they are not. Check to make  sure there are no other materials (labels, paper, other number plastics,  metal) on the items you bring in.


Brita filters are also welcome! Let them  air dry for several days to make sure they are completely dry.


We'll see you soon!

Carolyn, Helen, Priscilla and Stevik

of the Weavers Way Environment Committee


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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




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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


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

Annie 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(c)(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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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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Old School  Corner Store


In East Oak Lane  picture an old-fashioned corner candy store, where children who are short on  cash can still get their favorite candy, where children can wait in safety if  their hard working parents have not gotten come home yet, and where the young  ones can even get a nourishing sandwich if they are hungry. The owner, ‘Mr.  Joe’, as he is known by his diminutive clientele, is not some rich  philanthropist, nor is he a modern day Santa Claus.  And his kid-friendly store is really not on the corner. What he  is, though, is a caring businessman who asks his taller clients to drop a few  dollars in a special candy jar to supplement his ‘For the Kids’ project.

Mr. Joe is the  owner of Candy For Days “Your everything store” at 712 Oak Lane in  Philadelphia. Open 7 days a week.

Stop in and maybe  enjoy a little decadent indulgence for yourself, but definitely give a love  visit to the "For the Kids Jar."

Just a little  caring, can do something good for a child and maybe for you too in your  heart.




Please join us  for the Harlem Premiere screening of the New film

'Up in the  Attica'.


When: Sunday  October 11th, 2009 (Columbus Day Weekend)


Showtime 2:00 PM


Where: The Maysles  Cinema

343 Malcolm X  Boulevard/ Lenox Avenue (between 127th and 128th Streets)

Across from the  famous Sylvias Restaurant


Suggested  Admission: $10. Box office opens 1 hour before show time.

The Director,  including some actors and staff will be available for a question and answer  session after the screening.

Refreshments will  be served


Limited Seating


Please RSVP “Mr.  Kevin Barksdale” or call

201-923-9213 and/or

Facebook (Kamal  Imani)


For more  information go to:





RevolutionaryArts  Film


Contact Mr. Kevin  Barksdale at 201-923-9213

Kamal Imani  201-256-5082


Kamal Imani, 2009,  72 Minutes

Up in the Attic is a coming of age story about a group  of popular teenagers in the New Jersey suburbs in the 1980’s hip hop era.  They were influenced by various potent societal elements which included Hip  Hop, Africentricity, The 5% Nation of Gods and Earths and the societal  elements of drugs, sex and peer pressure which is common to many American  teens.  The film is laced with comedy,  strong language and content, youthful energy and colorful characters. It will  serve as an excellent tool for inter-generational dialogue.


Purchase the DVD at  October 1st, 2009



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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·       Do you need  community service hours

or ideas for  your senior project?

·       Are you  looking for activities to strengthen

your resume or  college transcript?

·       Have you  considered an internship,

volunteer  position or a part-time job?

·       If working to  improve your community appeals

to you, come to  Philadelphia’s first community

engagement expo!


Spend your  Columbus Day

learning  about opportunities for teens at area

organizations  and businesses.

This is a  free event and refreshments

will be  provided.

Bring a  friend, a

parent, or  just yourself!



When October 12, 2009, 2-5 p.m.

Where National Constitution Center

525 Arch Street, Philadelphia

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The Healer's Sweat



Healers Need  Healing Too ~ Be Energized  Be Renewed

All Wholistic Health  Practitioners are Invited!



Every Third Friday,  8:30pm - 11:30pm


October 16th


November 12th


December 18th



Lake Claire  Community Land Trust


317 Nelms Avenue;  S.E. Atlanta,GA 30307


FACILITATED BY  Robert Pue, Sun Glazer & Reflexogist




Both men and women  practitioners are invited to attend. Please wear loose fitting clothing (men  may wear shorts and ladies may wear long sarong style dresses). Please also  bring

with you a bottle  of water and at least two towels.


To get the most out  of the sweat, it's good to eliminate or reduce your intake of the following  foods at least three days before the sweat and increase your water  consumption. This will allow you to withstand more heat and detoxify at a  higher level.



Starchy foods







$10 Love Offering


ABOUT Lake Claire  Sweat Lodge it's a green urban oasis in the heart of the city, now home to  The Healer's Sweat.




I-20 exit Moreland  Avenue North - R- Mc Clendon Avenue go thru four traffic lights - R - Nelm  Avenue, parking is available on the street.


If you are a  hands-on practitioner and would like to provide services at the Sweat, let us  know.


Reservations are  strongly suggested but not required, call 404. 890 6564 or 770.621 5056 or email  us here at,  see you there!



Candles Created  & The Black Vegetarian Society of Georgia

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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.

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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.”


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.

"NU Day" is heard in Philly and, worldwide,  through the internet at:  Or you can tune in via podcast at 646-652-2232

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

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