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News  From

The  Coalition, Inc.

Friday 02 October 2009

Volume  4, Number 11

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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"A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner, so if one's  life is cold and bare he can blame none but himself." …Louis L'Amour





















































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Self-esteem  is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while  discouragement often nips it in the bud.
-- Alex F. Osborn












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"Nearly all men can  stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him  power." - Abraham Lincoln



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A doctor vacationing on the Riviera met an old lawyer friend and  asked him what he was doing there. The lawyer replied, "Remember that  lousy real estate I bought? Well, it caught fire, so here I am with the fire  insurance proceeds. What are you doing here?" The doctor replied,  "Remember that lousy real estate I had in Mississippi? Well, the river  overflowed, and here I am with the flood insurance proceeds." The lawyer  looked puzzled. "Gee," he asked, "how did you start the  flood?"


























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For the Lexophiliacs

He broke into song because he couldn't find the key.


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A  carpet installer decides to take a cigarette break after completing the  installation in the first of several rooms he has to do. Finding them missing  from his pocket he begins searching, only to notice a small lump in his  recently completed carpet-installation. Not wanting to rip up all that work  for a lousy pack of cigarettes he simply walks over and pounds the lump flat.  He decides to forgo the break continues on to the other rooms to be carpeted.

 At the end of the day he's completed his work and loading his tools into his  trucks when two events occur almost simultaneously: he spies his pack of  cigarettes on the dashboard of the truck, and the lady of the house calls out  "Have you seen my parakeet?"





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There is no greater agony  than bearing an untold story inside you.
Maya Angelou





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"We deceive ourselves  when we fancy that only weakness needs support. Strength needs it far  more."

-  Madame Swetchine, The Writings of Madame Swetchine





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To  work in the world lovingly means that we are defining what we will be for,  rather than reacting to what we are against. - Christina Baldwin




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One night,  when I was a little girl, I had a terrible nightmare that a crow came to me  and told me that my aunt was going to drop dead the next day. I ran to my parent’s room  and told my dad what happened. He calmed me down and told me it was OK. The  next day, my mother received a call that my aunt had just dropped dead. That  night, I had another dream that the crow came to me and told me that my  father was going to die!!! I sprinted down the hall to my parent’s room and  told my dad what had happened. He once again calmed me down and said it was  going to be ok. But the next morning when he left for work, he was so  distraught. The whole day, he thought that every step he took was his last.  He came home that night and sat with my mother at the dinner table and said,  "I had the most horrible day today." My mother then relied,  "You think YOU had a bad day??? I had the Milkman drop dead on the  porch!!!!!"
















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Hereeeeeeeeeeeeees...  Kathy’s Korner!


A  couple had two little boys, ages 8 and 10, who were excessively
 mischievous. They were always getting into trouble and their parents knew  that, if any mischief occurred in their town, their sons were probably  involved.

 The boys' mother heard that a clergyman in town had been successful in  disciplining children, so she asked if he would speak with her boys. The  clergyman agreed, but asked to see them individually. So the mother sent her  8-year-old first, in the morning, with the older boy to see the clergyman in  the afternoon.

 The clergyman, a huge man with a booming voice, sat the younger boy down and  asked him sternly, "Where is God?".

 They boy's mouth dropped open, but he made no response, sitting there with  his mouth hanging open, wide-eyed. So the clergyman repeated the question in  an even sterner tone, "Where is God!!?" Again the boy made no  attempt to answer. So the clergyman raised his voice even more and shook his  finger in the boy's face and bellowed, "WHERE IS GOD!?" (cont. next  page)








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Kathy’s Korner (cont.)


The boy screamed and bolted from the room,  ran directly home and dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him.  When his older brother found him in the closet, he asked, "What  happened?"

 The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied, "We are in BIG trouble  this time, dude. God is missing - and they think WE did it!"

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People are lonely because they  build walls instead of bridges.
-- J. F. Newton.


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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Gratitude unlocks the  fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns  denial into acceptance, chaos to order, and confusion to clarity. It can turn  a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude  makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for  tomorrow. (Melody Beattie)



























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Word Of The Week

quixotic  \kwik-SOT-ik\, Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of  unreachable goals; foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals.  Capricious; impulsive; unpredictable.

Greetings  Coalition Family!


There are some great cultural events this weekend, pack up  the family and maybe try something unusual, learn about other cultures.  Explore diversity!









Respect the  man of noble races other than your own, who carries out, in a different  place, a combat parallel to yours -- to ours. He is your ally. He is our  ally, be he at the other end of the world.
 Love all living things whose humble task is not opposed in any way to yours,  to ours: men with simple hearts, honest, without vanity and malice, and all  the animals, because they are beautiful, without exception and without  exception indifferent to whatever "idea" there may be. Love them,  and you will see the eternal in the glance of their eyes of jet, amber, or emerald.  Love also the trees, the plants, the water that runs though the meadow and on  to the sea without knowing where it goes; love the mountain, the desert, the  forest, the immense sky, full of light or full of clouds; because all these  exceed man and reveal the eternal to you.” – Buddha






Philadelphia  Futures


College graduates  are needed to mentor high school students.

A five-year commitment  is required, as mentors stay with students from their first year in high  school to their first year in college.

Call Domenica  Vilhotti at 215-790-1666, ext. 11,

e-mail  or visit

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Help For Parents With School-Age Children


Are you a parent, relative, or health care professional  with any of the following scenarios?

* Not too sure how to register child for Kindergarten or  Head Start.

* Trying to decide on what type of school best fits a child's  needs. Public or Charter or Magnet or Catholic?

* Want to get a child motivate and focused on college.

* Want to get child back in school after taking a leave,  but don't know what options there are for out-of-school youth.

* Child being bullied in school and don't know what to do.

* Child not doing well in school and may have a learning  difference.

On the  website, under the Education parent  handout

and the Resource  tab  there are resources in the community to  help advocates for children find help for their child's educational needs.

Please become  familiar with the listed resources and continue to bridge the gap between  families in need and the agencies and resources that serve them.

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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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This green fest  aims to help North Philly residents decrease their carbon footprint as well  as the cost of their energy bills.

Lectures and  demonstration booths will focus on everything from DIY stormwater management  and container gardening.

Sat, Oct. 3


8th & Berks Sts.



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Long before Tyra  Banks promoted au natural hair, the International Locks Conference celebrated  the use of original strands.

This festival will  also feature African dance, holistic health workshops and a hair show.

Sat-Sun, Oct. 3-4


Walter D. Palmer  Leadership Learning Partners Charter School

910 N. 6th St.


Admission: $5

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Sunday October 2, 2009 Pulaski Day  Parade steps off at 12:30 P.M.


20th and the Benjamin Franklin  Parkway.

It will march down the Parkway to 16th  Street, u-turn on 16th Street and march West on the Parkway, around Logan  Circle and end at 22nd Street.

Free seating at Logan Circle in the  area of live television coverage on WPVI TV-6, from 12:30  to 2 P.M.

Set your television recorder and come  out and enjoy the parade live on the Parkway in Center City Philadelphia.

Kindly invite your family and friends  to view the parade!





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 

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Filtering The Green  Noise Workshop


Join Jeana  Wirtenberg, Anastasia Harrison,

Kyle Van Dyke, Ira  Eisenstein, Terri Petry, Matthew Wasserman,

Alvyn Haywood &  Tim Razzaq

Saturday, Oct. 17

at 9:30am - 12:30pm

for "Filtering  the Green Noise”

Suzanne Patterson  Center

Princeton NJ

Please RSVP  206-202-2883 or


Event: Filtering The  Green Noise:  A Symposium (Part 1 of  Series)

"Setting Clear  Goals & Learning Practical Tools for Creating Green, Smart, &  Sustainable... "

What: Workshop

Host: We Are BOOST

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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




HIV/AIDS Prevention Workshop


Workshop Summary

Culturally-Relevant Communication about  HIV/AIDS is an  interactive and user-friendly workshop. Ivan J. Juzang, MEE President and  Founder will examine the environmental influences, attitudes and behaviors  and unique communication style of urban, ethnic and other hard-to-reach  audiences; review theories and techniques for

developing cost-effective and  culturally-relevant communication strategies; and then show session attendees  how to apply these learnings to their own HIV/AIDS testing programs,  prevention services and outreach efforts.

Learning Objectives

 After attending the session, attendees will have the background necessary to  more effectively communicate with their target audiences about sex, sexuality  and HIV/AIDS. They will also have a clearer understanding of media  consumption patterns and other social factors that impact sexual  decision-making; and the attitudes, motivations and perceptions of minorities  on healthy sexuality and HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and treatment. Such  information will help interventionists, community-based organizations and  service

providers develop innovative and effective  messages and services targeted  to minority audiences.

Workshop Description:

 Topics explored during the session include:

The environmental context, peer group  dynamics and social interactions that influence sexual behaviors;

How service providers can be more culturally  aware, and increase the effectiveness of their outreach, media and materials;  and

Strategies for attracting the  hardest-to-reach audiences to HIV-prevention, testing and treatment programs.


For more information on other workshops and  schedules visit their website


To inquire about a  MEE Workshop at Your Organization call 215.829.4920 or Email here

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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!!


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North Philadelphia Activists: Sign Up  Today for the NorthPhillyBlocks Email Network


Given the  significant participation of activists from North Philadelphia in our various  email lists, we have started a "NorthPhillyBlocks" email network  for people who want to focus on issues and problems related to North  Philadelphia. We are urging every kind of group to join--community  organizations and NACs, block captains, neighborhood safety groups, youth  programs, human service agencies, business associations--all of them.


The focal point of  the list will be improving North Philadelphia--making it clean, safe,  economically viable, and a decent place to raise our children. ISCV will be  providing data and related information on where North Philadelphia stands in  a number of these areas--and we will be encouraging people and groups in  North Philadelphia to connect with one another around them. This will not be  a 'discussion' list around public policy issues--although that might happen  from time to time when it's relevant. But our primary mission will be to help  community groups work with the city and the state (with federal support as  well) to improve North Philadelphia.


Oh--and all the  elected officials representing North Philadelphia will be involved as well.


To Join NorthPhillyBlocks  go to the following address: Join NorthPhillyBlocks


We urge people with  their own email outreach to North Philadelphia to let people know about  NorthPhillyBlocks as well.


And while you're at  it, check out the new Neighborhood Menus on   for Lower and Upper North  Philadelphia:


Lower North Philadelphia:

Upper North  Philadelphia:


Just fill out the  form and send it to us and you'll be on the list within the day.




Ed Schwartz


Ed Schwartz,  Institute for the Study of Civic Values, 1218 Chestnut St.,

Rm. 702,  Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 215-238-1434


"Citizenship  is the American ideal. There may be an army of actualities

opposed to that  ideal, but there is no ideal opposed to that ideal."

--G.K. Chesterton


Ed Schwartz,  Institute for the Study of Civic Values, 1218 Chestnut St.,

Rm. 702,  Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 215-238-1434




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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Chicago Native & National Juneteenth  Chairman

Rev. Ronald Myers, Sr., M.D., Lobbies  Congress for Holiday


(Chicago, Illinois)  - Chicago native, Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., leader of the Campaign to  Establish Juneteenth as a National Holiday Observance will return home to  host the National Juneteenth Board Meeting & Conference, October 16-18,  2009, at the "All New" Hilton Oak Lawn Hotel, October 16-18, 2009.  Dr. Myers is hopeful that congress will enact legislation to commemorate  Juneteenth National Freedom Day, officially marking the "19th of  June" on all calendars as America's 2nd Independence Day. Juneteenth  leaders are confident that Senator Roland Burris (D-IL), the only African  American member of the U.S. Senate, will lead legislative efforts to make  2010 a special year in acknowledgement of American history.


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


Juneteenth is now  recognized as a state holiday or state holiday observance in 32 states,  including Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Delaware, Idaho, Alaska, Iowa,  California, Wyoming, Missouri, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey,  New York, Colorado, Arkansas, Oregon, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico,  Virginia, Washington, Tennessee, Massachusetts, North Carolina, West  Virginia, South Carolina, Vermont, Nebraska, Kansas and Wisconsin. In 2003,  the District of Columbia passed legislation to recognize Juneteenth as a  district holiday observance. Many more states, including Utah, Alabama, South  Dakota, Pennsylvania, Montana, and Maryland have recognized Juneteenth  through state legislative resolutions and Gubernatorial Proclamations.


"We are very  much appreciative of the tremendous support Congressman Danny Davis has given  Juneteenth," states Dr. Myers, Founder and Chairman of the National  Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Christian  Leadership Council (NJCLC). "As Chairman of the National Juneteenth  Congressional Committee, Congressman Davis has been heart and soul of  Juneteenth in congress for many years."


"Juneteenth is  a freedom celebration significant for all Americans and the forerunner to the  13th Amendment, " states John Thompson, Founder & CEO of Juneteenth  America, Inc. host of the annual National Juneteenth Convention and Expo, in  Ontario, California. "Juneteenth brings all Americans together to  celebrate the end of slavery and freedom," continues Thompson.  "Juneteenth is America's 2nd Independence Day."


For more  information on the National Juneteenth Board Meeting & Conference contact  Dr. Myers at 662-247-3364, or 662-247-1471; e-mail:,  web sites:,, and, or contact  NJOF board member and Director of the Chicago Juneteenth Celebration, Lestine  Byars at 773-684-6070; e-mail:  

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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 

or send an instant message tomwmsistahood@aol.comto chat on line. 










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