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News From
The Coalition, Inc.


News  From

The  Coalition, Inc.

Friday 04 December 2009

Volume 4, Number 18

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 …

This Week …

Employment and Training Opportunities …

Health Matters …

Green Piece …

Grants, Scholarships   & Instruction…

SpotLight …

Arts for Awareness …

Coming Up …

Computers and Technology …

A Hand Up …

On The Airways …





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We are cups,  constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip  ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out. - Ray  Bradbury





















































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I  don't really look at myself as the kind of person who craves attention, but  I've never been to therapy so there's probably a lot of stuff about myself  that I don't know.
Al Yankovic










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"Peace comes within the 
souls of people when th
ey realize their onenes
s with the universe." -
-Black Elk (1863-195?)










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Courage and perseverance have  a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish  into air.John Quincy Adams







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A  lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but  couldn't find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, "Do  these turkeys get any bigger?" The stock boy replied, "No ma'am,  they're dead."













































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For the Lexophiliacs

Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.


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Just  before Christmas, an honest politician, a generous lawyer and Santa Claus  were riding in the elevator of a very posh hotel. Just before the doors  opened they all noticed a $20 bill lying on the floor. Which one picked it  up? Santa of course, because the other two don't exist!


 (Thanks Ron Paige for this submission)


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



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Difficulties  strengthen the mind, as well as labor does the body.- Seneca


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I  am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. - Scipio  Africanus




The Raw Family Newsletter















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No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -- Eleanor Roosevelt.



























































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John  invited his mother over for dinner. During the meal, his mother couldn't help  noticing how beautiful John's roommate was. She had long been suspicious of a  relationship between John and his roommate, and this only made her more  curious. Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she  started to wonder if there was more between John and the roommate than met  the eye. Reading his mom's thoughts, John volunteered, "I know what you  must be thinking, but I assure you, Julie and I are just roommates."  About a week later, Julie came to John and said, "Ever since your mother  came to dinner, I've been unable to find the beautiful silver gravy ladle.  You don't suppose she took it, do you?" John said, "Well, I doubt  it, but I'll write her a letter just to be sure." So he sat down and  wrote "Dear Mother, I'm not saying you did take a gravy ladle from my  house, and I'm not saying you did not take a gravy ladle. But the fact  remains that one has been missing ever since you were here for dinner."  Several days later, John received a letter from his mother which read:  "Dear Son, I'm not saying that you do sleep with Julie, and I'm not  saying that you do not sleep with Julie. But the fact remains that if she was  sleeping in her own bed, she would have found the gravy ladle by now. Love,  Mom." Lesson of the day...Don't Lie To Your Mother.

 (Thank you Grant Linkletter)


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Hereeeeeeeeeeeeees...  Kathy’s Korner!


I was sitting in the  waiting room of the hospital after my wife had gone into labour and the nurse  walked out and said to the man sitting next to me, "Congratulations sir,  you're the new father of twins!"

 The man replied, "How about that, I work for the Doublemint Chewing Gum  Company." The man then followed the nurse to his wife's room.

 About an hour later, the same nurse entered the waiting room and announced  that Mr. Smith's wife has just had triplets. Mr. Smith stood up and said,  "Well, how do ya like that, I work for the 3M Company."

 The gentleman that was sitting next to me then got up and started to leave.  When I asked him why he was leaving, he remarked, "I think I need a  breath of fresh air."
 The man continued, "I work for 7-UP."









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Do  you remember this guy?

I go from stool to stool in singles bars hoping to get  lucky, but there's never any gum under any of them.
Emo Philips





















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When you are arguing with a fool,  make sure he isn't doing the same thing. Unknown






















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Yes, being  over 50 does have its advantages...

1. Kidnappers  are not very interested in you.
 2. In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.
 3. No one expects you to run into a burning building.
 4. People call at 9 p.m. and ask, "Did I wake you?"
 5. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
 6. There's nothing left to learn the hard way.
 7. Things you buy now won't wear out.
 8. You can eat dinner at 4 p.m.
 9. You can live without sex (but not without glasses).
 10. You enjoy hearing about other people's operations.
 11. You get into a heated argument about retirement plans.
 12. You have a party and the neighbors don't even realize it.
 13. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
 14. You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the  room.
 15. You sing along with the elevator music.
 16. Your eyes won't get much worse.
 17. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.
 18. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the National Weather  Service.
 19. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them  either.
 20. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to a manageable size.
 21. You can't remember where you read this.

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One day a  girl brings home her boyfriend and tells her father she wants to marry him.  After talking to him for while, he tells his daughter she can't do it  because he's her half brother. The same problem happens again four more  times! The girl starts to get pissed off. She goes to her mom and says,  "Mom... What have you been doing all your life? Dad's been womanizing  all over town and now I can't marry any of the five guys I like because they  have turned out to be my half brothers!!!"

Her mom  replies, "Don't worry darling, you can marry any one of them you want,  he isn't really your dad."












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We  have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and  technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it  for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and  power is going to blow up in our faces.
Carl Sagan

















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Really Tiger, you couldn’t afford a 2nd  phone? Unknown



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In the true spirit of brotherhood, if you should  ever need anything… anything at all, please feel free to ask someone else.  Unknown


Word Of The Week

facetious \fuh-SEE-shuhs\: Given to  jesting; playfully jocular; Amusing; intended to be humorous; not serious.


Greetings Coalition Family!


Hey! We’re back! Lots of stuff going on as we close out  this decade. Keep up the great work and stick to the plan, it will work!

For those of you who are linking up with the efforts of  other groups doing the same work, congratulations! For those who have not yet  figured it out, get you head out of the sand and get with the program!

We are looking forward to meeting with more of you this  year, please email or call to have a member of The Coalition at your meeting  or event.
















 Strive that your actions day by day may be beautiful prayers.  Turn towards God, and seek always to do that which is right and noble. Enrich  the poor, raise the fallen, comfort the sorrowful, bring healing to the sick,  reassure the fearful,

rescue  the oppressed, bring hope to the hopeless, shelter the destitute!  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá




“It is easier to build  children than it is to repair men.”…Frederick Douglass






Annual Holiday Toy  Drive and Bazaar expected to collect a hundred toys and needed items for West  Philadelphia shelter in need


Philadelphia, PA-  Once again, United Methodist Women will collect toys for children for a West  Philadelphia shelter. This year's Holiday Toy Drive will take place on  Sunday, December 6th 11am to 4pm at Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church  Community Hall. This year will feature a bazaar and dinner sale to help with  the goal of collecting 100 toys and needed items for the shelter.


"Each year we  collect toys for children in our communities who are in need. This drive  generates the support of people of all ages and I am always amazed at their  generosity," said Kym. It is this enthusiasm and selfless giving that  brings supporters back each year. The toy drive energizes each and every one  seeing all the toys collected that will end up in the hands of deserving  children. The United Methodist Women are very appreciative of everyone's  generosity of time and resources to make this Toy Drive happen every holiday  season.


Everyone is encouraged  to visit Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church Community Hall and remember  to bring a new, unwrapped toy or monetary contribution. For further  information, please call Kym Oglesby, Camphor Memorial United Methodist  Church at Ph:215-747-2600 or Email:


About Camphor  Memorial United Methodist Women

The organization of  United Methodist Women seeks to know God and to make life better for women,  children, youth and marginalized neighbors in the ever-expanding global  village of today's world. This includes individual growth, spiritual  enrichment, education for mission, social issues awareness, leadership  development, schools and workshops, and financial support for mission  programs and projects throughout the U.S. and around the world.

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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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Online resources  for parents:,,









Please join us  for

the 3rd annual  benefit party for the

Mill Creek Farm


WHEN: Sunday,  December 6, 2009, 3:00-7:00 pm


WHERE: The First  Unitarian Church of Philadelphia

2125 Chestnut  Street

Philadelphia, PA  19103


Celebrate our  fourth growing season!


Enjoy light food,  drinks, live music from Three Stories Jazz Trio and Old Goats, silent auction  and raffle featuring great gifts - artwork, crafts, gift certificates for  yoga, local restaurants, bike repair, and more!


Support Mill Creek  Farm's efforts to improve local access to fresh produce, build a healthy  community and environment, and promote a just and sustainable food system.


Learn more about  our work: education programs, growing and distributing fresh produce, and  demonstrating ecological technologies.


Childcare will be  available.


Tickets ($25+) will  be available in advance on our website (Paypal) and at the door (cash/check).  Check out more details on our website:


Can't make it? You  can still contribute here: DONATE



Mill Creek Farm

visit: 49th and  Brown Streets


mail: 3451 Walnut  Street, Suite P-117A

Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania 19104-6205

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The Peoplehood  Pageant: A Proud Defiance

Is This Saturday,  December 5th!

1 PM at Clark Park


Peoplehood Pageant  2007


Play a Role in the  Pageant!


No experience  necessary! Small groups and individuals are invited to come to Clark Park as  early as 10:00 AM but no later than 12 Noon. Groups of 15 or more should come  between 11:45 AM and 12 Noon. Please contact Ted at 215-222-6979 if you are  planning to participate in the pageant with a group.


Be in the  Peoplehood Band! Come to Clark Park at 10:00 AM and bring your horn, drum, or  any other noise maker.


As always, all are  welcome.


Watch a video from  Peoplehood 2005 here!


Join us on  Facebook!


Shop online with  Good Shop and a donation will go to Spiral Q!


Come join us in the  Clark Park "dog-bowl" at 45th & Chester to experience the magic  of giant puppets right here in Philadelphia! Bring your friends, family, and  some hot cocoa.


In case of rain,  the pageant will still happen: check  for an indoor location.


Looking for  Photographers and Videographers


Do you love  capturing magic on film?

We would love for  you to document the Peoplehood Pageant!


Please call us at  215-222-6979!



Thanks to the 200+  people who came out to the Peoplehood Parade!


Can't wait to see  you at the Peoplehood Pageant!



All the crew at  Spiral Q Puppet Theater


Spiral Q Puppet  Theatre | 3114 Spring Garden Street | Philadelphia | PA | 19104

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Green Jobs  Training Program


I am pleased to  share with you a new program at Foundations, Inc. It is

called the Green  Jobs Training Program for 17-24 year olds who have not

graduated and are  not in school. I have attached the flyer and would

ask that you please  help spread the word. Thank you!


Glenna M. Deekle,  Associate Director


Community Education  Initiatives


Foundations, Inc.


7157 Ogontz Avenue


Philadelphia, PA  19138


215-424-5810 x205  ph


215-424-4121 fax


Please consider the  environment before printing my email.


Every child  deserves a first-rate education. Give today and help Foundations strengthen  the educational opportunities for our nation's children.

For details or to  make a secure donation online, click here:




10 Good Reasons To Laugh For No  Reason

 Laughter Is FUNdamental!


1.  Laughter is a stress buster

·          It reduces the levels of stress hormones epinephrine and cortisol.

2.  Laughter strengthens the immune system

The immune system is important  in maintaining good health by keeping infections, allergies and cancers at  bay:

·          Recent research into the effects of laughter by Dr. Lee S. Berk, Professor at  Loma Linda University, California, USA, demonstrates that laughter will increase  the count of natural killer cells (NK cells - a type of white cell) and  antibody levels.

·          Laughter therapy helps to increase antibodies (Immunoglobulin A) in the  mucous of the nose and respiratory passages.

3.  Laughter is anti-ageing

·          It tones facial muscles and expressions.

·          Laughter causes an increase in blood supply to the face, which is why some  people look flushed.  This nourishes the skin and makes it glow.

·          People look younger and more fun when they laugh!

4.  Laughter is aerobic exercise

Laughter stimulates heart and  blood circulation and is equivalent to any other standard aerobic exercise.

·          Dr. William Fry, Standford University, USA claims one minute of laughter is  equal to 10 minutes on the rowing machine.

·          The singular benefit almost everybody derives is a sense of well-being  because more oxygen is taken in during laughter.

·          It is an exercise regime suitable for all, including people confined to a bed  or a wheelchair.

5.  Laughter is internal jogging

Laughter massages internal  organs by enhancing the blood supply and increasing their efficiency. This is  especially good for proper bowel movement.

·          Laughter exercises the abdominal muscles and helps to improve muscle tone.

6.  Laughter is a Natural Pain Killer

Laughter increases the levels  of endorphins – the body’s natural pain killers. Norman Cousins, an American  journalist who was suffering from an incurable disease of the spine,  benefited from laughter therapy in a situation when all painkillers were  ineffective.

·          Endorphins released as a result of laughter may help in reducing the  intensity of pain in those suffering from arthritis, spondylitis and muscular  spasms of the body.

7.  Laughter can control high blood pressure

Laughter helps to control  blood pressure by reducing the release of stress-related hormones.

·          Experiments have demonstrated that a 10-minute laughter session leads to a  reduction of 10-20 mm in blood pressure. This however does not mean that  patients taking 2-3 tablets for blood pressure every day will be completely  cured.

8.  Laughter can help dump depression and anxiety

The stress and strain of  modern life takes a heavy toll on the human mind and body.

·          Better sleep

·          Reduced depression. Some people claim they can manage without prescribed  anti-depressant pills and tranquillizers.

9.  Laughter Alleviates Bronchitis and Asthma

Laughter improves lung  capacity and oxygen levels in the blood.

·          Laughter Club members report a marked reduction in the frequency of asthma  attacks.

10. Laughter just makes you feel good

Laugh and the world laughs  with you.  How you react to life is up to you. Live life laughing!

  Source:  Melanie Galioto @ 215-570-4644



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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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Tips for making  oatmeal appealing to kids

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How do we bring up ALL people through the movement to  build a more Sustainable City? There are some starter ideas FYI (For Your  Inspiration) below.


Environmental Justice Videos

1.    Van Jones at GreenFest 2007 in Chicago:

2.    Majora Carter – “Greening the Ghetto” :


Free E-Newsletters

1.    Public Education Network e-newsletter (Nice resources.): 

2.    Next Great City e-Newsletter (Lots of events):

3.    Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood  Development (PHENND) e-newsletter (Just awesome!): 


Philadelphia Initiatives

1.    City of Philadelphia Going Green: 

2.    East Coast Greenway Pennsylvania:  

3.    Greater Philadelphia Environmental Network: 

4.    Next Great City Initiative: 

5.    Urban Green Partnership: 

6.    Urban Sustainability Forum:

7.    SustainLane City Rankings: 




The National Religious

1.    Partnership for the Environment 

2.    PennFuture: 

3.    PennEnvironment:   

4.    The Pennsylvania Environmental Council

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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:  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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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!!


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

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SpotLight On Our Efforts



Recycled  Electronics Jewelry Workshop: back by Popular Demand!

Saturday, December  5th 1:00-5:00pm

Nonprofit  Technology Resources

1524 Brandywine  Street 19130 (off 15th/Spring Garden)

Limited Free  parking



By popular demand,  The Hacktory again offers its fun and unique

Recycled  Electronics Jewelry workshop, on Saturday, December 5 from

1:00-5:00pm.  Perfect timing for making cool holiday gifts on a budget!


The Hacktory's  mission is to promote new ways of combining art and

technology and  recycling, so we created the Recycled Electronic

Jewelry Workshop.  Our summer workshop was sold out--everyone loved

making and taking  home their amazing-looking creations!


We'll be teaching  basic jewelry-making concepts to people of all skill

and age levels (10  years old and up), including design ideas, basic

soldering and  assembly skills, and how to identify materials for

creating your own  jewelry and small sculpture.


This workshop adds  beauty and interest to the world by reclaiming and

recycling things  that would typically end up in our growing landfills.

It's also great fun  and sparks creativity in all who participate.


The cost to  participate is only $20, which includes all supplies and

materials including  basic jewelry parts and a nice selection of

awesome-looking  retro electronic components for making your own

creations.  - to reserve your seat today for this exciting workshop at

The Hacktory!  (Last workshop sold out, so don't delay.)





True Freedom:  None Are Free Until All Are Free!

by Makeda Dread Cheatom


All my life, I was  searching for freedom. When I was young, I tossed and turned in my sleep over  freedom. I realized that as an African American, I had very little freedom in  this country. On TV, I saw a youth from Chicago, Emmett Till, being murdered  for “whistling at a white woman.” School and church bombings and the murders  of civil rights workers were also abundant at that time. Andrew Goodman,  Michael Schwerner and James Chaney, the young men who were lynched for  registering black people in the South to vote brought big media attention,  later inspiring a film called, Mississippi Burning. The fact that black people could not vote  blew me away. Then came the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Malcolm  X—how could I ever think I was free?
 Racism in my own community in San Diego was also rampant, back in the day  when the police arrested you if you were in a certain area. I questioned  freedom and always wanted to go back to Africa. I didn’t feel at home here in  the USA, let alone in my hometown where we lived in fear.
 Yet I always felt a sense of home in Indigenous communities. Mexican people  and their cultural identity were and still are a blessing to me. Learning the  ways of the Native Americans, the keepers of this land, also gave me a better  sense of home. My Choctaw blood made my entrance into the community even more  meaningful. I learned about culture from many immigrants who have given our  country her richness. I learned the ways of my ancestors here in America on  my father’s side, the Gullah People of the Georgia Sea Islands. I journeyed  to St. Helena and experienced the Gullah People struggling to preserve their  language and direct connection with their African ancestry. They had the same  old story of their land being taken away. This was the place where Mother  Harriet Tubman crossed so many slaves to freedom. In Beaufort County Georgia,  I stared at the water that she waded through. I pondered again: Where is our  freedom in America?
 Still, I longed for a home in my head, my soul and my body. Do I return to  Africa to be free? Even with all the pain and strife caused by the colonial  system that has torn her apart, there is still richness there. I realized  that after slavery, African Americans were in limbo because although we were  taken away from our original land, America was now our home too.
 We’re all standing on the shoulders of African American giants that built  this country. My mother was a maid all her life and my father was a shoeshine  boy for many years. My grandfather was born into slavery. Both of my parents  picked cotton in the fields in the South. Should I stay here where my  ancestors suffered and died for me to be free in this nation? Where blacks,  whites, Jews, and all races marched for my freedom here on Earth?
 In the search for freedom, I looked everywhere. As a little girl, I grew up  with a missionary who came to our house. The missionaries taught all the  young African American children of the wonders of Yeshua, Christianity. As a  teenager, I converted to Catholicism. Later I studied compassion and the  nature of suffering. I started reading philosophical books to understand and  find my freedom.
 One day I read Frederick Douglass’ famous speech about the Fourth of July and  freedom:
 “Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us.  The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice are not enjoyed in common. The  rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence bequeathed  by your fathers is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light  and healing to you has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July  is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.”
 With African Americans making up over half of the prison population, how  could we be free? Something is wrong. The chains might be off our bodies, but  they’re still on our minds!
 Knowing that freedom had to come from within, I started to realize that my  soul was in bondage, not my physical body. I went on to meet a great lady  named Beulah Smith, who was teaching Transcendental Meditation in Coronado,  CA. What a wonderful lady who saved my life! I made some changes and started  meditating. My militant separatist views melted into meditation and  understanding myself. Certain fears that I’d had since childhood were  transforming.
 I was just coming to understand that the Olmecs were black people, here  before Columbus or any other conquistador. The Olmecs came and they had a  Hopi connection. My ancestors were already here in the Americas; their blood  intermingled and flowed together here.
 So I am Indigenous from America. My ancestors are here and they will be  discovered. As the Dogon Tribe of Mali have spoken of the Blue Star, Sirius,  the Native American Hopi talk about the same star. The similarities among the  cultures that were here long ago are rising in this new age and in this new  time. I realize that we are a Global Family and our survival depends on our  connection. None are free until all are free.
 When Barack Obama became President of the United States, I unpacked my bags  for the first time. How could this happen—a black President? I never thought  I would unpack my bags!
 I sought truth through many disciplines. After years of searching, the door  opened. I realized that true freedom was within me and that no one could take  that away—not even the greedy, self-serving folks that have put this planet  into chaos.
 I also discovered that old beliefs, conditioning and programming are barriers  to freedom. They are the ego’s identification with the part of your  personality that feeds the separation from the whole and the fear of change  and impermanence. The Earth is going through a great purification on its way  to the year 2012. And we all can rejoice as we move into peace, compassion,  love and tolerance. Here is the thought to remember always: All are hungry  until all are fed. None are free until all are free. Harambe!

Makeda Dread Cheatom is a radio and television personality and is the  Executive Director of the WorldBeat Cultural Center, a non-profit  organization that is healing the world through music, art, dance, technology  and culture. Contact her at   or learn more at,  t, or

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Jus’ Words at Dowlings Place

1310 No. Broad St.  Phila

Every Thurs. 9pm to  1am

·       Poets

·       Rappers

·       Singers

·       Spoken Word Artists





Cocktails and  Conversations

American Pub,  Centre Square

Friday, Dec. 11,  2009


Wanted:  Mature Adults seeking to combine business  and social networking with happy hour specials, good music and delicious  food.  You must be serious about  meeting new people, exploring new venues and establishing collaborations.


·       Be able to communicate and interact with mature  adults.  

·       Display appropriate and professional appearance.  

·       Exhibit mental and emotional attitude. 

·       Open to new ideas and opportunities


You will be invited  to join the most dynamic urban networkers in the Delaware Valley at

The New American  Pub,

15th and  Market, 

Centre Square,  Behind the Clothespin, 

down the escalator  on

Friday, December  11, 2009


5:30 – 8 pm

(Happy hour drinks  specials from 5:30 – 7:30pm) 

Admission by rsvp.


Contact  Professional Networking Associates at   267-303-0653 or online at

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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


December  16th



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.

To  join: A Hand Up!

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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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