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News From
The Coalition, Inc.


News  From

The  Coalition, Inc.

Friday 11 December 2009

Volume 4, Number 19

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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Every  conquering of temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial  endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger  than it was before.
William  Butler Yeats


















































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As  the lawyer woke up after surgery, he said" "Why are all the blinds  drawn?" The doctor answered: "There's a big fire across the street,  and we didn't want you to think the operation was a failure."









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When you exercise your freedom to  express yourself at the lowest level, you ultimately condemn yourself to live  at that level. - Zig Ziglar










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A leader, once convinced that a  particular course of action is the right one, must be undaunted when the  going gets tough. - Ronald Reagan






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Most of us have a bad  habit we are constantly trying to break. For me, it's biting my fingernails.  One day I told my husband about my latest solution: press-on nails.

 "Great idea, Honey," he smiled. "You can eat them straight out  of the box."













































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For the Lexophiliacs

When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she'd dye.



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One  night, a lady stumbled into the police station with a black eye. She claimed  she heard a noise in her back yard and went to investigate. The next thing  she knew, she was hit in the eye and knocked out cold.

An officer was sent to her house to investigate, and  he returned 1-1/2 hours later with a black eye.

"Did you get hit by the same person?" his  captain asked.

"No," he replied. "I stepped on the  same rake."


 (Thanks Robert Heyward 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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The green revolution has an entirely different meaning to  most people in the affluent nations of the privileged world than to those in  the developing nations of the forgotten world. - Norman  Borlaug



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The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the  prejudices of interest; the first are all blindly adopted, the second  willfully preferred.
-- George Bancroft.





The Raw Family Newsletter















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

We will  credit you with thesubmission.
























































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"The worst thing one can do

 is not to try, to be aware of  

what one wants and not give

 in to it, to spend years in

 silent hurt wondering if

something could have

 materialized – never


Jim Rohn
























































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A customer was continually bothering  the waiter in a restaurant; first, he'd asked that the air conditioning be  turned up because he was too hot, then he asked it be turned down because he  was too cold, and so on for about half an hour.

 Surprisingly, the waiter was very patient, walking back and forth and never  once getting angry. So finally, a second customer asked why didn't they just  throw out the pest.

 "Oh I don't care." said the waiter with a smile. "We don't  even have an air conditioner."

 (Thank you Ollie Whitten)




































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Hereeeeeeeeeeeeees...  Kathy's Korner!


Shortly after the 911  emergency number became available, an elderly and quite ill lady appeared in  a hospital emergency room, having driven herself to the hospital and barely  managing to stagger in from the parking lot.

 The horrified nurse said, "Why didn't you call the 911 number and get an  ambulance?"

 The lady said, "My phone doesn't have an eleven."

(Kathy  Parsons is a Philadelphia Event Planner and is a regular contributor.)















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Do  you remember this guy?

How many people here have telekenetic powers? Raise my  hand.
Emo Philips






















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Did you ever notice when  you blow in a dog's face he gets mad at you?
 But when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window.  Steve Bluestone





















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The best  way of saving money is to forget who you borrowed it from.

























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The reality of the other person is  not in what he reveals to you, but in what he cannot reveal to you.  Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says but rather  what he does not say. - Kahlil Gibran








Word Of The Week

quietus \kwy-EE-tuhs\, Final discharge  or acquittance, as from debt or obligation; removal from activity; rest;  death; something that serves to suppress or quiet.


Greetings Coalition Family!


Here in the northern states winter is tightening its grip.  Here are a few things you should do if you haven't already. Have your heater  cleaned and serviced. Oil-fired systems should be cleaned every year for  older models; gas-fired heaters should be cleaned every 2-3 years depending  on condition. Chimneys should be visually inspected at the start of every  season. Draw a couple of gallons of water from the bottom outlet of your hot  water tank to remove collected sediment. Caution: It is not safe to use your  gas oven for temporary heat in unventilated areas. Most municipalities have  mandated CO (carbon monoxide) detectors; don't wait until it becomes law.  Install yours today! Even if your equipment is in optimum condition, if you  live in a row or semi-detached home, your neighbor's problem can become  yours!


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.









 “The  multitude which is not brought to act as a unit, is confusion. That unity  which has not its origin in the multitude is tyranny.”…Blaise Pascal






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



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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:,,








College Prep  Workshop


On Saturday  December 12th,

a college counselor  will be at the Parkway Central Library to help juniors and seniors with the  college application process. As part of the College Prep Initiative, Claudia  Gard will assist students on selecting colleges, filling out applications, as  well as provide financial aid and scholarship information.

To register for  this workshop,


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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.


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: 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: 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








The  Evolution of Graffiti

Just what do you make of  images or lettering painted in any manner on property?  That is the  official description of an age-old phenomenon now known as graffiti. 

The term “Graffiti” has either  a negative or positive charge depending on what side of the spray can your  finger is pointing.  Technically, it's been around since pre-historic  times as a marker of man's existence found inside cave walls, for who could  say if the property they wrote on was real estate purchased or stolen for a  moment of expression?

  Only humans  have been guilty of scribbling on the walls, and (depending on the century  and area around the world) regarded as either criminal or artist.    In the 16th century, wall art was considered a must have as  artists such as Michelangelo and daVinci were rivals in the country of Italy.  Frescos and murals were in high demand. Now, in the 21st century  it is regarded as vandalism when property is painted on without the property  owner's consent. But let's try to look beyond the criminal aspect of graffiti  to the expression as an art  form

This form of art began in the  late 1960's when youngsters used permanent markers to tag, or write their  names on subway cars.  Usually the name was followed by the street  number on which they lived.  The most popular name then came from a  young Greek American boy named Demetrius who posted “Taki 183” just about  everywhere in NY.  This form of graffiti was known as “Tagging” and the  intent was to gain fame by appearing on subways and walls throughout the  city. Many New Yorkers would claim that modern graffiti art originated in New  York City, but tagging was not originally a NY phenomenon.  It began in Philadelphia, PA.   where names such as “Monikers”, “Cornbread” and “Top Cat” gained their claim  to fame. 

Later, to be seen by a larger  audience, markers were discarded and replaced by spray paint and as a result  buildings, cars, and anything that remained stationery were targeted.   By the late 1970's subway art had moved to subway exteriors then freight  trains where the need to be recognized as king or queen of graffiti meant  creating an opportunity for an artist's name to travel...even across the  country to places they've never been.  This artistic freedom allowed a  vicarious expression that addressed the urban youth's need to move beyond the  boundaries of a financial condition, one that was so great it risked being  jailed for the offense. 

By then taggers were being  separated from a new form of artists that were now calling themselves  “graffitists”.  As a result of this art traveling across the country and  eventually the world in planes and ships, graffiti became a hit in the Eastern  hemisphere.  In addition, the hip-hop generation embraced the freedom  and artistic expression of graffiti, identifying themselves with the message  of largess and bold creativity in the face of danger. 

The spray-can became a weapon  as well as a plea to form an up and coming new culture that was enraged by  the standards and conventions of the generation that preceded it.  So it  is not surprising that this phenomenon is no longer limited to the urban  poor.  Now, half of the graffiti art comes from Caucasian middle-class  families and the European population.  The financial range now is as  varied as ultra poor to uber-rich, as is the age range.  A graffitist  can be as young as 12 and as old as 75!  In addition, both genders are  welcomed as the only thing that promotes you is your artistic ability. 

What I find fascinating about  graffiti is its ability to combine and necessitate the art of writing with  the visual art form.   Unlike traditional art, particularly  contemporary or abstract, graffiti forces you to read it.  It always has  a literal message, and carries with it a universal message as  well.  

One particular message is the  artists' deliberate resistance to become “established” and recognized by some  gallery snob or curator, though much planning and sketching is incorporated  in modern graffiti, particularly with mural sized artwork.  All  graffitists agree to the fact that though their work may be unsolicited, it  does not disqualify it as art. They also accept the risk that though their  art may take dozens of cans and hours of work, it can be gone within a matter  of minutes because of its vandalism categorization, for graffiti falls under  the unwritten law of “temporary art” even though considered by many as  modern-day masterpieces. In many ways it puts them in the same category as  sand and ice sculptors who make art for art's sake.

Government insists that  graffitists have no right to complain about their work being removed because  the work was forced upon the public. A graffitist's counter argument is that  billboards, ads and campaign signs are also forced on the public in a  similar manner, so much so that we are subliminally motivated (AKA  brain-washed) to purchase the product. What do you think!  Nancy-Ellen

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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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Group offers  low-cost web access to nonprofits

Mobile Citizen, a  provider of mobile broadband for education and nonprofits, will offer a  Technology Assistance Grant program beginning in January to provide  non-profit organizations with affordable access to the Internet.

Available only in  Portland, Oregon, Las Vegas, and Philadelphia, the grant includes  reduced-price service from Mobile Citizen, with unlimited usage for only  $10/month or $120/year per account.   It bundles Mobile Citizen's wireless broadband, powered by WiMAX, a  fourth generation (4G) technology from Clearwire Corporation with a variety  of benefits available only to grantees, including:

-- 12 months of  service from Mobile Citizen extended to 15 months at no additional  charge.  With this, nonprofits receive  three free months of service per account.

-- Dedicated Mobile  Citizen Customer Care customized for non-profit organizations.

-- A free one-year  membership to NTEN, a nonprofit technology network, ongoing information and  news as well as access to a support community.

-- A choice of  additional benefits including an educational webinar series.

For more  information, email Kecia Carroll.










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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