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Friday 10 December 2010 “Communication – Cooperation – Collaboration” Volume 5, Number 17
The Coalition, Inc.
Board of Directors
Gary R. Adams
(President/CEO), John
E. Churchville
Josephine Blow, Stanley
Daniels, Edwin
Desamour, Nijah
Famous, Tom ‘Bunny’
Henry, Abdul Malik
Table of content
For Our Children … 02
This Week … 08
Employment and
Training Opportunities
… 09
Health Matters …10
Green Piece … 21
Personal and Home
Security …25
Grants, Scholarships &
Instruction… 27
SpotLight … 31
Arts for Awareness …
Coming Up …33
Computers and
Technology … 34
A Hand Up … 35
On The Airways … 38
Greetings Coalition Family!
"We are all inventors, each sailing out
on a voyage of discovery, guided each by
a private chart, of which there is no
duplicate. The world is all gates, all
opportunities.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Help reduce organizational paranoia, share ideas and solutions,
“Communicate… Cooperate… Collaborate” “We each hold a piece to
the puzzle.”
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“It is easier to build children than it is to repair men.”…Frederick Douglass
ASAP seeks after school volunteers
After School Activities Partnership is a nonprofit that works to keep
children safe by facilitating after school programming.
The group needs volunteers to work with the students and help lead
various classes and activities (including chess, yoga, drama, dance, etc.).
Volunteers are needed for approximately one semester (or 12 weeks) to
help out between the hours of 3 to 6pm, Monday through Friday.
Background checks are required.
For more information, call Alyson Honsa at 215.545.2727 ext. 12
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750 new scholarships available to Philadelphia elementary schools
Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia has announced that recent
contributions from Wawa, Comcast, URBN, Verizon Wireless, PNC,
CIGNA, ACE INA, Aramark, Airgas, Mellon, The Phillies and PECO,
totaling more than $1,000,000, will make it possible for the organization
to 750 new, four-year scholarships for the 2011-2012 school year for
Philadelphia K-8th grade students from low-income families.
CSFP currently has 3,000 children in kindergarten through eighth grade
who are receiving an average of $1,390 per child, per year.
Scholarships are need-based and awarded by random lottery.
Applications are available online as well as at all branches of The Free
Library of Philadelphia, YMCA’s, Police Athletic League and
Philadelphia Park and Recreation Centers.
Completed applications must be received by CSFP
no later than March 1, 2011.
Only the first 7,000 applications received will be processed and entered
into the lottery. Scholarship award selections (by lottery)
will be made in mid-March.
For more details, visit here. (
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$100 Stipend for participating families
CHOPs LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and
Related Disabilities) is looking for families to participate in a valuable
part of their training program. Families will be asked to invite students to
visit them to observe their regular daily routines and learn about how
autism affects family life. There is a $100.00 stipend for the participating
family. Fellows will make 2 visits between now and May 2010. Contacts
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and visits will be scheduled at mutually convenient days and times. Of
course, confidentiality will be completely respected.
Amy Kratchman is the family Collaboration Director. She has also
participated in the program for the past 2 years and she will be happy to
answer any questions you may have. You can reach her at:
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Education/Civil Rights/Bullying Letter
In a 10-page letter to schools, colleges and universities, Russlynn Ali,
Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Education (ED),
advised that bullying may violate students' civil rights. The letter outlined
the legal obligations that school staff has to protect students from peer
harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex or disability.
Secretary Ali reminded schools that Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
of 1973, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act, prohibit
discrimination based on disability status. In August of this year, the
Obama Administration hosted the first ever National Bullying Summit
and launched the Stop Bulling Now campaign, a national database of
effective anti-bullying programs (see: To read a
copy of the letter, go to:
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Cap4Kids Hint of the Week
Did you know that over 93 million adults have basic or below basic literacy
skills? In the most impoverished large American city (Philadelphia) this has
devastating effects on the health of our children and on the success as a city
as a whole.
On the website, under the Literacy
Resources tab, you
will find several resources to help adult and teen learners emerge from the
shame and anger of low literacy and pave the way for their families to
improve their health and open the door for opportunities for success.
Did you know that the Phila. School District provides FREE classes to
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"There is nothing
impossible to him who will
try." - Alexander the Great
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parents on many issues that affect families and can help improve parental
skills in many areas. On the website,
under the Education as well as the Parenting Resources handouts, you will
find info on Parent University as well as a course directory
The Parent University of Philadelphia provides:
Classes and workshops for parents
Family Literacy, Financial Literacy, Health/ Wellness & Cultural
Information on the SDP and community resources
that is available to parents and their children
Multi-lingual programs
Certificates, Professional Certification and College Degree attainment
Classes and workshops will be conducted at the Education Center located
at 440 N. Broad Street
and other sites across the city. Parents can attend classes and workshops
that best meet their needs and that are accessible to their homes and places
of employment. This new and exciting educational opportunity is free to
parents who have students in the Philadelphia School District.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistant Program (LIHEAP) is now
open for families in need of utility relief.
Did you know that over 50,000 homes that are eligible for this program
and don't know this?
On the Cap4Kids website, under Housing, you will find information about
this and other programs as well as the most current application.
Please see announcement from the Phila Dept of Public Health below.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) grants
help pay winter heating bills and can help restore service if service is off.
The LIHEAP Program opens Monday, November 1, 2010.
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare has begun
mailing pre-printed applications to last year's LIHEAP recipients.
If you receive a pre-printed application, review the Eligibility for
and How to Apply for LIHEAP pages
What is LIHEAP?
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He who knows others is
wise. He who knows
himself is enlightened. -
Lao Tzu
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The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps low-income
families pay their heating bills. LIHEAP is a grant. You do not have to
repay it. The grant amount is determined by household size and income;
the minimum grant is $300.00, the maximum grant is $1,000.00.
To receive help:
You don't have to be on public assistance
You don't need to have an unpaid heating bill
You can either rent or own your home
Important Information for CRP Customers Who Are Applying for
PGW will apply the LIHEAP grant directly to the "Please Pay" amount
for CRP customers. This means that a LIHEAP grant will lower your bill
because it will reduce the amount you are asked to pay.
More Information
To hear additional, pre-recorded information and updates to the LIHEAP
program, please call the PGW LIHEAP Hotline at (215) 684-6100.
Crisis Grant
Crisis is a federal grant designed to help pay for heating costs in a heating
emergency, when service is shut off or threatened to be shut off.
The UESF program is now open.
Utility Emergency Services Fund
UESF grants are available to income-eligible customers whose service has
been terminated and to those who have received a shut off notice, to help
them pay off the balance of their bill.
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Teen pregnancy is a major issue that many of our communities face.
Here are the facts:
The U.S. has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized world –
twice as high as in England or Canada.
2006 saw the first rise in the U.S. teen pregnancy rate in 15 years.
An estimated 750,000 teens will become pregnant this year.
• About 1 in 3 women become pregnant at least once before they're
• A sexually active teen girl who does not use contraceptives has a
90% chance of becoming pregnant within a year.
• It affects education - only a third of teen mothers earn their high
school diploma. And only 1.5% has a college degree by age 30.
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• It also affects their kids - girls born to teen mothers are more likely
to be teen mothers themselves. Boys born to teen moms are more
likely to end up in prison.
• 75% of girls and over half of boys report that girls who have sex do
so because their boyfriends want them to.
• 8 in 10 girls and 6 in 10 boys say they wish they had waited until
they were older to have sex. Most teens (6 in 10) and adults (3 in 4)
believe that teen boys often receive the message that they are
“expected to have sex.”
Diapers are expensive, but it's nothing compared to the $9 billion that teen
pregnancy costs the United States each year. This includes increased
spending in child welfare costs and public sector health care.
To address these issues, on the
website, under Pregnancy and Infant Resources,
there is a section on Teen Pregnancy resources
including the ELECT Teen CPC centers with a newly posted referral
sheet, fact sheet (see attached), and Middle Years and MARS programs.
Please become familiar with these resources and
refer families and teens in need.
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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
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Strong lives are motivated
by dynamic purposes. -
Kenneth Hildebrand
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continue to bridge the gap between families in need and the agencies and
resources that serve them.
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Black College Tours 2010 (40+)
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With a little over 50% of our kids graduating high school on time
and only 18% graduating college, we MUST all work on this issue
together for the future of our city.
The Mayor's office recently created an office called "PhillyGoes2College"
that will start working to improve these statistics
ocus_on_increasing_college_admissions.html), and on the website, under the Education Handout,
you will find multiple sources for children, families and child advocates
to help, from an early age, on the road to educational success
Here you will find listings for various school choices, timelines, and
resources for out-of-school youth, and college prep and college admission
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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:,,
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you would be; and then do
what you have to do. -
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BTAN 2011 HIV/AIDS Training Series
BTAN Philadelphia is planning a series of ten (10) free three-hour
HIV/AIDS trainings to be held once-per-month beginning in February,
2011. Pre-registration for the series will open on December 15th.
We are accepting early registrations beginning December 15th. The
registration deadline is Friday, January 14, 2011. Since spaces are limited,
we are giving preference to people, who commit to attend the entire series
of 10 three-hour trainings, held once-per-month from February to
November, 2011. Registration can be completed online by following this
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Police Brutality from Oakland to Philadelphia
Featuring Film Showing: OPERATION SMALL AXE
& Panel Discussion with Executive Producer – JR
Plus: Pam Africa – International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia
& member of Justice for Askia Sabur
Tues. December 14 at 7pm.
Calvary Church, 48th & Baltimore
(on #34 Subway-Surface Line)
“Operation Small Axe” takes a raw and unflinching look at life under
police terrorism in Oakland, drawing parallels with the struggles against
oppression in Palestine and South Africa. Through the stories of Oscar
Grant and Lovelle Mixon, the film focuses on the occupation of
Oakland’s communities of color by militarized and racist police forces.
Oscar Grant was shot in the back and killed by Bay Area Rapid Transit
police officer Johannes Mehserle on Jan. 1 of this year. On March 21,
Lovelle Mixon was killed by Oakland police after having allegedly shot
five OPD officers, killing four. Mehserle was found guilty of involuntary
manslaughter, and on Nov. 5 sentenced to two years, minus time served.
The film, now debuting to rave reviews around the Bay Area, is directed
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"A man who has never lost
himself in a cause bigger
than himself has missed
one of life's mountaintop
experiences. Only in losing
himself does he find
himself. Only then does he
discover all the latent
strengths he never knew he
had and which otherwise
would have remained
dormant." - Richard M.
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and produced by 393 Films’ Adimu Madyun, edited by Angela N. Carroll,
with camera work by Hooker Boy, Angela N. Carroll, Siraj Fowler and
Adimu Madyun. Prisoners of Conscience Committee Minister of
Information JR is the executive producer.
The war waged daily on the streets of Black and Brown Oakland by the
police against the people is no different from the one right here in
Philadelphia. One of the latest was Askia Sabur, a 29-year-old Black man
who was savagely beaten by a mob of cops in West Philly in October.
Sponsored by: Philadelphia International Action Center; International
Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Green Job Readiness Training
Can I enroll in the program?
YES! If you are 25+ years old, male or female, and live in ZIP codes:
19102, 19103, 19106, 19107, 19112, 19123*, 19130*,19145, 19146,
19147, 19148
YES! If you can pass a drug test
There will be a short placement test (reading and math) after the
orientation. Please bring your state issued photo ID.
How long is the training?
9 weeks (5 days a week from 9am - 4:30pm)
Training at Mamie Nichols Center & Houston Center
When can I start?
Upcoming Start Dates are: 03 Jan 2011, 21 Mar 2011, 06 Jun 2011, 22
Aug 2011
Attend one info session, to be considered for the next class, at:
Mamie Nichols Center, 1529 S. 22nd St. (every other Tuesday)
Houston Center, 2029 S. 8th St. (every other Friday)
CALL NOW to register for the info session
or find out more! 215-336-1111 Ext.
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FEMA positions up to six figures available in online Coalition Group
ongoing updates will be posted as they become available.
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CCP Job Ready program offers green-collar training
Community College of Philadelphia’s
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"Courage is a special kind
of knowledge; the
knowledge of how to fear
what ought to be feared and
how not to fear what ought
not to be feared." - David
Ben Gurion
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Job Ready Training Program
is providing 12 week, career-specific training that will lead to emerging
green-collar careers and industry-recognized certificates
for program completers.
The College and its partners will provide education and training to
qualified veterans, unemployed workers, ex-offenders and other residents
who live in portions of North Philadelphia, Kensington and Port
Richmond for entry-level jobs in the green manufacturing and
weatherization industries.
For more information, call 215-496-6148 or email here.
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Shed pounds... develop a fine physique... look ten years younger.... IN
OK you're not going to fall for it. These 'get-fit-quick' health
claims are a tad outrageous. But not if we're talking IMPROVED
POSTURE. Your posture is something you can dramatically enhance
right now.
We spend hours agonizing over bulges, dimples, pounds, and
pimples - yet ignore the dramatic results for health and
appearance of an improved posture.
Think about the position you are in at the moment as you read
this note. Are you sitting hunched over the key-board with your
neck straining forward at the screen? Is your lower back curled
up like a frightened armadillo?
I bet we can fix your posture in a few seconds. Try this:
Push your behind into the back of the seat. If you have a good
seat the curve of the backrest should support your lower back.
Next unroll your shoulders and drop them into a relaxed, square
position. Lean your upper body forward so your center of gravity
is squarely above your hips. Your fingers should comfortably
touch the keyboard with elbows bent at 90 degrees.
Now tell me you haven't gained two inches in height, lost four
around the middle and relieved some of the tension in your neck
and lower back!
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Your key to freedom lies in
your power to control your
thoughts. - Unknown
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I have a friend who I have always thought of as short - well
shorter than me at any rate. One evening I betrayed this
perception in idle conversation - upon which I was challenged to
a 'back-to-back' dual. You can image my surprise when he in fact
turned out to be over an inch taller than me. This fellow had
unrolled himself from a chronic slouch. He suddenly affected an
image that was remarkably taller and slimmer. It was obvious to
everyone present: he looked great!
Your spine is comprised of three parts, corresponding to three
natural curves:
* The neck, or cervical, region curves naturally inwards to a
small degree.
* The upper back, or thoracic region, curves outwards slightly.
* The lower back, or lumbar region, curves inwards, but more
gradually than the cervical curve.
These natural curves should be maintained both in movement and
while sitting or standing still. Also, your body is not meant to
stay stationary for too long without the muscles starting to
spasm. In work or while devoting time to hobbies, or just
watching TV, stand up and move around from time to time to
relieve stiffness.
The ideal posture, as well as various poor postures are described
Poor posture can come about in a number of ways - injury is an
obvious cause; but lifestyle, mood and general disposition are
others. For instance, anxiety and stress can translate into
rounded, tense shoulders. Poor self-image can lead to a closed
and guarded bearing. Long hours in transit or sitting at your
computer can cause a bad posture to develop out of habit.
Posture is an integral part of a healthy functioning system.
Eastern meditation techniques teach that a good posture
facilitates the body's energy flows. Posture influences the
functioning of muscles, ligaments, joints, organs and
circulation, ultimately affecting the efficiency of the body's
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A couple in the middle of a
messy divorce case find
themselves in court battling
over custody of little
Johnny, their only child. In
order to make a fair
decision over the boys
future, the Judge takes
Johnny into his private
chambers so that he can
find out which of the
parents the boy would
prefer to live with.
"Well, Johnny" says the
Judge, "Would you like to
live with your Mother?"
"No" replied Johnny, "she
hits me all the time"
"Well then," the Judge
continues, "Would you like
to live your your Father?"
"No" replied Johnny
again, "He hits me all the
time too!"
The Judge looks
exasperated and says to the
boy "Well Johnny, who
would you like to live
"I'd like to live with
Philadelphia 76ers" the boy
replied quickly.
"Why on earth would you
want to live with the
76ers?" replied the now
extremely puzzled Judge.
"Well" replied Johnny,
"They never beat anyone"
Submit your own humor,
and let our readers know
how funny you can be. We
obviously need the help. ; )
(Family appropriate)
A poor posture puts strain on your muscular and skeletal systems,
leading to aches and stiffness in the short run, and possibly
contributing to Cumulative Trauma Disorder over the longer term
(see: for more on
this topic).
The respiratory and digestive systems may be similarly affected.
For instance, when you are hunched over your chest you are not
able to use your full lung capacity. This reduces the depth of
your breathing and the amount of oxygen circulating to the
muscles and organs of your body. A poor supply of oxygen will
lead to poor concentration and feelings of tiredness. Slouching
forward can put pressure on the organs inside your abdominal
cavity - particularly your intestines. This can lead to poor
digestion and even constipation.
In the short-term improved posture can lead to:
* increased energy,
* improved self-esteem,
* fewer muscular pains or skeletal injuries, and
* greater benefits from your workout.
Over the longer-term you can discipline your muscles to hold a
good posture without as much of a conscious effort.
Besides the personal health effects of a good posture - your body
language communicates your disposition to the rest of the world.
A lazy posture tells others that you are tired, bored or not up
for the challenge. A square, upright, but relaxed (not military)
bearing gives you a strong presence and builds others' confidence
in you. This can have a self-reinforcing effect.
...or your money back.
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Two new studies support recent findings
that swallowing green tea either as a beverage or an extract
is good for your health.
One study, published in the American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition, concludes green tea extract increases energy levels and fat
oxidation in humans. The extract consists of concentrated compounds
as catechin-polyphenols, an antioxidant.
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Did you hear about the 83
year old woman who talked
herself out of a speeding
ticket by telling the young
officer that she had to get
there before she forgot
where she was going?
(Thx Nana Thuy)
The second study, published in the Journal of Nutrition,
used cultures of human leukemia cells to
establish that green tea protects cells from oxidative damage. Such
injury often harms DNA, the genetic blueprints cells use to assemble
every compound that makes up the body.
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13 Ways to Never Get Cancer
Healthful lifestyle choices can dramatically lower your cancer risk.
Here's exactly what—and what not—to do.
By Richard Laliberte, Prevention
First, the good news: You probably won't get cancer. That is, if you have
a healthy lifestyle. "As many as 70 percent of known causes of cancers
are avoidable and related to lifestyle," says Thomas A. Sellers, PhD,
associate director for cancer prevention and control at Moffitt Cancer
Center in Tampa. Diet, exercise, and avoidance of tobacco products are,
of course, your first line of defense, but recent research has uncovered
many small, surprising ways you can weave even more disease prevention
into your everyday life. Try these novel strategies and your risk could
dwindle even more.
1. Filter Your Tap Water
You'll reduce your exposure to known or suspected carcinogens and
hormone-disrupting chemicals. A new report from the President's Cancer
Panel on how to reduce exposure to carcinogens suggests that homefiltered
tap water is a safer bet than bottled water, whose quality often is
not higher—and in some cases is worse—than that of municipal sources,
according to a study by the Environmental Working Group. (Consumer
Reports' top picks for faucet-mounted filters: Culligan, Pur Vertical, and
the Brita OPFF-100.) Store water in stainless steel or glass to avoid
chemical contaminants such as BPA that can leach from plastic bottles.
Bing: Cancer symptoms
2. Stop Topping Your Tank
So say the EPA and the President's Cancer Panel: Pumping one last squirt
of gas into your car after the nozzle clicks off can spill fuel and foil the
pump's vapor recovery system, designed to keep toxic chemicals such as
cancer-causing benzene out of the air, where they can come in contact
with your skin or get into your lungs.
3. Marinate Meat Before Grilling
Processed, charred, and well-done meats can contain cancer-causing
heterocyclic amines, which form when meat is seared at high
temperatures, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which get into food
when it's charcoal broiled. "The recommendation to cut down on grilled
meat has really solid scientific evidence behind it," says Cheryl Lyn
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A friend of mine once sent
me a post card with a
picture of the entire planet
Earth taken from space.
On the back it said, "Wish
you were here." - Steven
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Walker, PhD, a professor of carcinogenesis at the University of Texas
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. If you do grill, add rosemary and thyme to
your favorite marinade and soak meat for at least an hour before cooking.
The antioxidant-rich spices can cut HCAs by as much as 87 percent,
according to research at Kansas State University.
30 Ways to cancer-proof your life.
4. Caffeinate Every Day
Java lovers who drank 5 or more cups of caffeinated coffee a day had a 40
percent decreased risk of brain cancer, compared with people who drank
the least in a 2010 British study. A 5-cup-a-day coffee habit reduces risks
of cancers of the pharynx and mouth almost as much. Researchers credit
the caffeine: Decaf had no comparable effect. But coffee was a more
potent protector against these cancers than tea, which the British
researchers said also offered protection against brain cancer.
5. Water Down Your Risks
Drinking plenty of water and other liquids may reduce the risk of bladder
cancer by diluting the concentration of cancer-causing agents in urine and
helping to f lush them through the bladder faster. Drink at least 8 cups of
liquid a day, suggests the American Cancer Society.
6. Load Up On Really Green Greens
Next time you're choosing salad fixings, reach for the darkest varieties.
The chlorophyll that gives them their color is loaded with magnesium,
which some large studies have found lowers the risk of colon cancer in
women. "Magnesium affects signaling in cells, and without the right
amount, cells may do things like divide and replicate when they
shouldn't," says Walker. Just ½ cup of cooked spinach provides 75 mg of
magnesium, 20 percent of the daily value.
Make it tonight: The perfect cancer-fighting salad.
7. Snack On Brazil Nuts
They're a stellar source of selenium, an antioxidant that lowers the risk of
bladder cancer in women, according to research from Dartmouth Medical
School. Other studies have found that people with high blood levels of
selenium have lower rates of dying of lung and colorectal cancers.
Researchers think selenium not only protects cells from free radical
damage but may enhance immune function and suppress formation of
blood vessels that nourish tumors.
8. Burn Off This Breast Cancer Risk Factor
Moderate exercise such as brisk walking 2 hours a week cuts risk of
breast cancer 18 percent. Regular workouts may lower your risks by
helping you burn fat, which otherwise produces its own estrogen, a known
contributor to cancer.
9. Ask Your Doc About Breast Density
Women whose mammograms have revealed breast density readings of 75
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A guy walks into a D.C.
restaurant, orders a drink,
and asks the bartender if
he'd like to hear a good
Washington Redskins joke.
"Listen buddy," he
growled. "See those 2 big
guys on your left? They’re
both linemen on the
Redskins football team.
And that huge fellow on
your right was a worldclass
wrestler at Howard
University. That guy in the
corner was the all-time
leader in sacks. And I am
the personal bodyguard to
Donovan McNabb. Now,
are you absolutely positive
you want to go ahead and
tell your joke here?"
"Nah, guess not," the man
replied. "I wouldn't want to
have to explain it 5 times."
percent or more have a cancer risk 4 to 5 times higher than that of women
with low density scores, according to recent research. One theory is that
denser breasts result from higher levels of estrogen—making exercise
particularly important (see previous item). "Shrinking your body fat also
changes growth factors, signaling proteins such as adipokines and
hormones like insulin in ways that tend to turn off cancer-promoting
processes in cells," Walker says.
12 Myths about breast cancer.
10. Skip The Dry Cleaner
A solvent known as perc (short for perchloroethylene) that's used in
traditional dry cleaning may cause liver and kidney cancers and leukemia,
according to an EPA finding backed in early 2010 by the National
Academies of Science. The main dangers are to workers who handle
chemicals or treated clothes using older machines, although experts have
not concluded that consumers are also at increased cancer risk. Less toxic
alternatives: Hand-wash clothes with mild soap and air-dry them, spot
cleaning if necessary with white vinegar.
11. Head Off Cell Phone Risks
Use your cell phone only for short calls or texts, or use a hands-free
device that keeps the phone—and the radio frequency energy it emits—
away from your head. The point is more to preempt any risk than to
protect against a proven danger: Evidence that cell phones increase brain
cancer risk is "neither consistent nor conclusive," says the President's
Cancer Panel report. But a number of review studies suggest there's a link.
The most powerful cancer fighting foods you can eat.
12. Block The Sun With Color
Choosing your outdoor outfit wisely may help protect against skin cancer,
say Spanish scientists. In their research, blue and red fabrics offered
significantly better protection against the sun's UV rays than white and
yellow ones did. Don't forget to put on a hat: Though melanoma can
appear anywhere on the body, it's more common in areas the sun hits, and
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have found that
people with melanomas on the scalp or neck die at almost twice the rate
of people with the cancer on other areas of the body.
13. Eat Clean Foods
The President's Cancer Panel recommends buying meat free of antibiotics
and added hormones, which are suspected of causing endocrine problems,
including cancer. The report also advises that you purchase produce
grown without pesticides or wash conventionally grown food thoroughly
to remove residues. (The foods with the most pesticides: celery, peaches,
strawberries, apples, and blueberries.) "At least 40 known carcinogens are
found in pesticides and we should absolutely try to reduce exposure,"
Sellers says.
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A builder and a priest are
out for a game of golf one
afternoon. Unfortunately
the builder wasn't very
good at the game and every
time he missed a shot would
shout '$#%!, missed'.
The game went on and after
several outbursts from the
builder, the priest could
hold his tongue no longer.
"Don't swear like that" he
told his friend, "or God will
punish you". The builder
apologized and the game
As soon as he missed
another shot the builder
shouted "$#%!, missed."
and continued to do this
every time he missed a shot
for the next three holes.
The priest was starting to
get really angry by now and
said "I must insist that you
stop swearing this instant,
otherwise God will hear you
and punish you!"
Once again, his pleas made
no difference as the builder
missed an easy putt on the
seventeenth green and
shouted out "$#%!,
missed". Immediately the
heavens parted and a bolt
of lightning flew from the
sky, hitting the priest and
killing him stone dead.
Suddenly, a booming voice
was heard in the clouds,
"$#%!, missed!"
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Dental surgery may be linked to heart problems
By Zach Gottlieb
NEW YORK | Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:58am EDT
(Reuters Health) - For people who have dental surgery, the risk of heart
attack and stroke may grow during the weeks following the procedure,
British research suggests.
"This is the first sign of increased risk for heart attack or stroke after a
dental procedure," co-author Dr. Francesco D'Aiuto, a dentist and
researcher at University College London Eastman Dental Institute, told
Reuters Health. "This is not to say that this will happen with every dental
procedure, but we are saying we need to look more into it."
It's hard to know exactly what's going on, because the researchers didn't
have access to information about the drugs patients were taking around
the time of their surgery. If they cut down on certain medications, for
instance, that alone could have upped their chances of suffering a heart
attack or a stroke.
Still, because these conditions affect more than one million people in the
U.S., the increased risk could be significant.
According to the study, heart attack and stroke occurred more often in the
first four weeks after the operation than any other time during or after the
recovery period.
The researchers tapped into Medicaid data provided by GlaxoSmithKline
-- which makes drugs to treat heart disease and stroke -- on a group of
U.S. Medicaid patients receiving dental work, including simple
procedures like removing a tooth.
D'Aiuto explained that heart attack and stroke are linked to bacterial
infections and inflammation after other invasive treatments, likely
because inflammation can damage the walls of arteries and contribute to
the formation of plaques that clog arteries.
The authors, writing in the Annals of Internal Medicine, said that this led
them to wonder about the role of dental surgery as well.
They couldn't find a lot of suitable patients to test, however. The
Medicaid claims database includes information for close to 10 million
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Kathy’s Korner!
A mother was showing her
son how to zip up his coat.
"The secret," she said, "is
to get the left part of the
zipper to fit in the other side
before you try to zip it up."
The boy looked at her
quizzically... "Why does it
have to be a secret?"
(Kathy Parsons is a
regular contributor.)
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people, but there were only 1,150 people who had an invasive dental
procedure and a heart attack or stroke in the 4-year period they focused
In that population, 40 cases of heart attack or stroke occurred in the first
four weeks after dental work -- one and a half times the baseline rate.
Dr. Howard Weitz, a cardiologist at Thomas Jefferson University in
Philadelphia and co-author of an editorial about the study, told Reuters
Health that the study was not designed to determine if dental surgery
causes heart problems, only to see if they are associated with each other.
He also said previous research shows that errors in recording information
in a database like the Medicaid one are fairly common.
Even when it's correct, Medicaid information does not include the use of
aspirin and other over-the-counter medications that help to prevent heart
In some cases, doctors require patients to stop using aspirin in order to
help prevent excessive bleeding during surgery. Weitz explained that
cutting off aspirin could put some of these people at greater risk for heart
attack or stroke later on.
Right now, he said there is not enough evidence to suggest people should
start delaying dental procedures, which could potentially create other
complications. Instead, people should speak with their doctors about their
heart condition and let dentists know if they are at risk for a heart attack
or stroke.
"This study could bring a lot of attention to dental procedures," said
Weitz, "but I don't think people should look at this as a reason to be
SOURCE: Annals of Internal Medicine, October
18, 2010.
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Vitamin B12 tied to Alzheimer's
New Alzheimer's guidelines aim for early diagnosis
Mon, Oct 11 2010
By Frederik Joelving
NEW YORK | Mon Oct 18, 2010 5:17pm EDT
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One day my houseworkchallenged
decided to wash his
Sweatshirt. Seconds after
he stepped into the laundry
room, he shouted to me,
"What setting do I use on
the washing machine? "
"It depends, " I replied.
"What does it say on your
shirt? "
He yelled back, "University
of Oklahoma. "
And they say blondes are
dumb... Brett Butler
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Vitamin B12 may help protect against Alzheimer's disease.
The study suggests that seniors with more of the active part of the vitamin
in their blood have a lower risk of developing the disease, which eats
away at the minds of one in eight Americans aged 65 and older, according
to the Alzheimer's Association.
However, the findings don't necessarily mean that taking B vitamin
supplements will stave off mental decline.
Just last summer, for instance, a pair of studies deflated long-held hopes
that B vitamins -- like B12 and folic acid -- would help patients who had
suffered strokes or heart attack
(see Reuters Health stories of June 22 and August 4, 2010).
"More research is needed before we can get a conclusion on the role of
vitamin B12 supplements on neurodegenerative diseases such as
Alzheimer's disease," said Dr. Babak Hooshmand from Karolinska
Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, whose findings appear in the journal
But he added that many elderly people suffer from B12 deficiency, so the
results could turn out to be important.
"Our findings indicate that vitamin B12 and related metabolites may have
an important role in Alzheimer's disease," Hooshmand told Reuters
Health by e-mail.
The researchers took blood samples from 271 Finnish seniors without
dementia. At a second examination about seven years later, they found 17
(six percent) had developed Alzheimer's.
Those who did had higher levels of holotranscobalamin -- the active
portion of vitamin B12 -- and lower levels of homocysteine, an amino
acid tied to mental decline, stroke and heart disease. Folic acid was not
linked to Alzheimer's.
B vitamins decrease homocysteine levels, and so have attracted a lot of
attention as a potentially cheap and safe treatment. But it is unclear if they
are just a sign of disease or have a causal role.
Neurologist Dr. Sudha Seshadri, of Boston University, said he wouldn't
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advise taking extra B vitamins unless a doctor had diagnosed signs of
"Too much folate in the presence of B12 deficiency can be harmful," he
told Reuters Health by e-mail.
However, he added, "A healthy diet with adequate B12 may still be useful
in reducing risk despite the failure of initial clinical trials to show a
benefit on cognition."
Vitamin B12 is found in a variety of foods, including dairy, eggs, fish and
SOURCE: Neurology, October 19, 2010.
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Collards and carrots may ward off breast cancer
By Lynne Peeples
NEW YORK | Thu Oct 21, 2010 3:19pm EDT
(Reuters Health) - Eating lots of carrots and cruciferous vegetables --
collard greens, cabbage, broccoli -- could reduce breast cancer risk,
particularly an aggressive form common among African American
women, suggests a large new study.
The researchers looking at data from the ongoing Black Women's Health
Study did not find a similar benefit from fruit intake.
Previous studies of the relationship between fruit and vegetable
consumption and breast cancer in white women have led to conflicting
results, and no prior research has investigated this link separately among
African American women, lead researcher Dr. Deborah A. Boggs, of
Boston University, told Reuters Health in an e-mail.
Boggs noted her team's earlier work showing that a so-called "prudent
diet" high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fish led to a lower risk of
estrogen receptor-negative breast cancers among African American
The ER-negative form of breast cancer, which is insensitive to the
hormone estrogen, is more common in this population than among white
women. It is also more difficult to treat and more often fatal than
estrogen-sensitive cancers.
Overall, breast cancer is the second leading cancer-killer for both African
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American and white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention. Approximately 1 in 8 American women will develop the
disease at some point in life, although age, heredity and environmental
factors can increase an individual's risk.
Boggs and her colleagues wanted to find out whether fruits and vegetables
drove the beneficial effect they saw in women eating the prudent diet and
whether specific varieties are particularly protective.
They tracked the diets and health of more than 50,000 African American
women from across the U.S. for 12 years. About 1,300 of the women
developed new cases of breast cancer during that period, 35 percent of
them ER-negative.
The researchers found, however, that women who ate at least two servings
of vegetables a day had a 43 percent lower risk of ER-negative breast
cancer compared with women who ate fewer than four servings of
vegetables each week.
Further, they identified certain types of vegetables that appeared to reduce
the risk of all types of breast cancer, including broccoli, collard greens,
cabbage and carrots.
Women who ate three or more servings a week of carrots, for instance,
had a 17 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer than women who
ate carrots less than once a month.
The results for all vegetables held after accounting for other potential
breast cancer risk factors, such as physical activity, smoking, alcohol
consumption and education level, as well as consumption of other
components of the prudent diet, the researchers report in the American
Journal of Epidemiology.
Still, it is too early to determine if this is a true cause-and effectrelationship,
they note. High vegetable consumption could mark a
healthier lifestyle in general or some other unknown mechanism that
accounts for the apparent protection. Vegetables' cancer-staving power
needs to be confirmed in further studies, the researchers write.
"Most Americans do not meet the recommendation of five servings of
vegetables per day, based on a 2,000-calorie diet, and African Americans
in particular eat fewer vegetables on average than do whites," said Boggs.
"It is clear that, in addition to potential protective effects against breast
cancer, higher vegetable consumption can lead to many health benefits,
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limits of the possible is by
going beyond them into the
impossible. - Arthur C.
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including lower risk of cardiovascular disease," she added. "Therefore, we
recommend that African American women try to increase their daily
intake of vegetables to meet the established guidelines."
SOURCE: American Journal of Epidemiology,
online October 11, 2010.
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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 programs.
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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Website Offers Revolutionary Green Alternatives for
Greetings. I hope that you and your business/ organizations are all
doing well. As we enter into a new year, I expect that many of us
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may hereafter exult in
victory. - Frederick
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have already envisioned what we would like to accomplish in this
new year. As long as we have positive intentions for not just ourselves
but also our fellow inhabitants on this planet
as well as the mother Earth herself, may the Creator of the Universe bless
our visions and goals to become a material manifestation.
I would like to invite everyone to visit
I am one of the co-founders of this organization. While the initiative
of this organization focuses on improving the lives of the African
Diaspora and building up eco-friendly, peaceful, self sustaining and
prosperous communities in their ancestral lands, we extend a welcome
hand for all to check a part of our vision out by visiting our site.
Our site was put in video format for simplicity and visuals to keep
the interests of our visitors. When you first click on the provided
website address, you will notice that we begin with our goals on
dealing with electricity. There are actually two clips explaining the
same technology, we recommend the second clip for a more detailed
explanation on how this technology works. The following two clips
deals with how we plan on providing clean water to the citizens and then
water recycling.
The fifth video demonstrates how sewer systems are unnecessary.
There are many issues that we tackle on our site. We are currently in
talks with university and reverse engineers to have these technologies
made at a lower cost and with high quality specifications.
Any feedback or suggestions is welcome and
any donations would be highly appreciated.
There is a lot of useful information and we encourage all to take
advantage of it and to view it for themselves, we're
confident that you will be excited as we are once you see
the potential in such technology.
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Here are some interesting facts that might make your world spin!
• The garbage in a landfill stays for about 30 years.
• In 1995 over 200 of the world landfills were full.
• Each person throws away approximately four pounds of garbage
every day.
• One bus carries as many people as 40 cars!
• More than 1/3 of all energy is used by people at home
• Most families throw away about 88 pounds of plastic every year
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song in your heart. Sing
anyway. - Emory Austin
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• We each use about 12,000 gallons of water every year
• 1/3 of all water is used to flush the toilet.
• The 500 million automobiles on earth burn an average of 2 gallons
of fuel a day.
• Each gallon of fuel releases 20 pounds of carbon dioxide into the
• Approximately 5 million tons of oil produced in the world each ear
ends up in the ocean.
• The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to
light a traditional light bulb for four hours
• For every 2000 pounds of paper (1 ton) recycled, we save 7,000
gallons of water free from chemicals.
• Recycled paper requires 64% less energy than making paper from
virgin wood pulp, and can save many trees
• Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees
• The amount of wood and paper we throw away is enough to heat 50
million homes for 20 years
• Earth is 2/3 water. But all the fresh water streams only represent
one hundredth of one percent.
• 14 billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean every year
• It takes 90% less energy to recycle aluminum cans than to make
new ones
• 5 billion aluminum cans are used each year
• 84 percent of all household waste can be recycled.
• Computers pose an environmental threat because much of the
material that makes them up is hazardous. A typical monitor
contains 4-5 pounds of lead.
• Each year billions of used batteries are thrown away in the United
States. This constitutes 88% of the mercury and 54% of the
cadmium deposited into our landfills
• Approximately only 10 percent of every landfill can be cleaned up.
• Ivory comes from dead elephants, its best not to buy it.
• Fur coats often come from endangered animals,
it's best not to buy them.
• One gallon of motor oil can contaminate up to 2 million gallons of
water. So dispose of properly!
• Here is an example of the water we use everyday:
3-7 gallons for toilet,
25-30 gallons for tub,
50-70 gallons for a 10 minute shower,
1 washing machine load uses 25-40 gallons,
1 dishwasher load uses 9-12 gallons
• Here is an example of how long it takes some things take to break
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Where there are friends,
there is wealth. - Titus
Maccius Plautus
down: plastics take 500 years, aluminum cans take 500 years,
organic materials, take 6 months, cotton, rags, paper takes 6
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Don't throw your old TVs away!
All electronics can be dropped off for recycling at either
Domino Lane & Umbria St.
State Rd. & Ashburner St. in Philadelphia
at the
Streets Department Sanitation Convenience Centers,
Monday through Saturday
8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
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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: 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
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remembers what he
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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, and 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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40 Ways to Save on Almost Anything
Being safe in the big city
contributed by: Jessica B.
Let’s be honest, crime doesn’t just happen in the big city, it happens
And being a single girl living in the city without a car, sometimes walking
home after dark or bar time, you always have to be careful.
Friends and I have a strict system when we split from the group after dark.
We text one another when we get home, and make sure that if a street is
dark, we walk down the middle of it (watching for cars) so we’re always
in a well-lit area. And of course, if we feel unsafe, just get in a cab and
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Sage Advice from Children
(Thanks, Tom)
Sleep in your clothes so
you'll be dressed in the
Stephanie, Age 8
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make sure the driver waits until you walk into your building.
This isn’t a perfect system but it works for us.
In Chicago, I always thought that “incidents” were more likely to happen
after bar time, because, well my judgment has been clouded in beer
and…more beer. But while reading the RedEye last week, it turns out that
the early hours of the morning aren’t actually peak time for crime. The
time with the highest amount of incidents is 9:00 – 10:00 p.m.
I re-read the story twice and I found that shocking and almost unnerving.
The idea that I’m more vulnerable early in the evening really took me by
surprise. So why is the Top Chef time such a hotbed for crime? According
to the story, it says that people drink more in the evening and may reach
an “optimal level of intoxication” early.
Hmm, drunk by 9 p.m.? Yes, I’ve been there but I still always feel more
on guard when I’m leaving the bar, stumbling around, digging through my
purse, giggling and making one last-ditch effort to make out with a guy.
But what I got overall from this article, always be on guard because there
is no really “safe” time.
That means, being aware of your surroundings, walking in well-lit areas
and not listening to your iPod or talking on the phone. Sadly though, I am
guilty of these last two items on a regular basis. My boss even gave me
pepper spray to carry around and I thought about taking a self defense
class, but do they actually work in an emergency?
So do you have a system when you’re out with your friends? This applies
to even non-major city people. In Wisconsin I definitely wasn’t safe when
walking to my car. Fortunately (knock on wood) I’ve been lucky so far.
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This old guy was talking to
his neighbor telling him
about the new hearing aid
he just got. "It cost a
fortune, but it was worth it.
It works perfectly."
"Really," said the
neighbor. "What kind is
"Ten thirty."
USDA offers Hunger-Free Communities grants
The US Department of Agriculture is offering Hunger- Free Communities
grants to help cities and towns across the country fight hunger and food
insecurity and promote healthy eating.
The grants will help fund research, planning and hunger relief activities
such as food distribution, community outreach, development of new
resources, and strategies to reduce or prevent hunger and food insecurity.
Two models of grants are available: planning and assessment grants or
implementation grants.
For more information, go here.

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Aspen Institute offers scholarships to students of color
The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation in
Washington is offering scholarships to introduce a diverse group of
students to issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social
enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector.
The $2,000 fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need,
is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. Fellows
undertake research, writing, logistical, and administrative support for
PSI's leadership initiatives, public programs, and convenings.
Application guidelines are available here.
200 Free Scholarships For Minorities (NEW UPDATED 2010
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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
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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.
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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To join The Coalition
go to:
and download a copy
of the Pledge of
Commitment and
return it to us
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 standardsbased
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
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"If you break your neck, if
you have nothing to eat, if
your house is on fire, then
you got a problem.
Everything else is
inconvenience." - Robert
To join The Coalition
go to:
and download a copy
of the Pledge of
Commitment and
return it to us
public higher education institutions.
Visit the NEA Foundation Web site for complete grant program
RFP Link:
For additional RFPs in Education, visit:
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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.
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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Learn the richness of
solitude and quiet. That
"still small voice” is
yearning to be heard. -
Susan Jeffers
To join The Coalition
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and download a copy
of the Pledge of
Commitment and
return it to us
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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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SpotLight On Our Efforts
Please spread the word
Hosts for Hospitals is a little nonprofit that matches people with houses in
West Philly who can volunteer a room for the family of a child
hospitalized at CHOP or an adult at HUP or Presby. This way, they can
stay nearby while their person is in the hospital--and otherwise they may
not be able to afford to. This is a terrific organization, and believe me,
they have thought of absolutely everything (can only accommodate one
person? Check. Only want a visitor for two days or less? Check. Etc, etc.).
This is a great opportunity for both the host family (especially people who
know what it's like to have a family member in the hospital) and the
visitor---it often fosters lasting friendships. Some of the families are from
other countries, so it's also sort of an international exchange program.
Here's their web site:
Their office is at 4719 Pine Street.
Contact them at: 215.472.3801
or email Tammy at:
They also need volunteers in their office, and folks to ride their bikes
around the neighborhood to pin up flyers for them once a month.
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is a mentoring program that will provide guidance, support,
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"Courage is the capacity to
conduct oneself with restraint
in times of prosperity and
with courage and tenacity
when things do not go well." -
James V. Forrestal
To join The Coalition
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and download a copy
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Commitment and
return it to us
and opportunities for young girls, enabling them
to develop their creative, independent voices, and
learn how to make healthy choices in all areas of their lives.
In combination with a creative, fun and writing activities,
BLOOM will foster positive relationships and provide opportunities
for girls to build self-esteem and discuss issues that are
important to their overall development.
For more information: Ph: 267-386-8204 ext. 2 or
Just as seeds start small and flourish into beautiful flowers,
BLOOM's focus is to help transform young girls into spectacular women.
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Lest We Forget Slavery and Holocaust Museum
To all who have visited our museum and supported us in the past, to those
who have heard of us, have talked about us, and want to know about it,
and those that are asking if they can help,
the answer is yes you can!
Here’s how!
We of
are having a "Fundraiser to remember and honor those who passed thru
the ‘doors of no return’ by the building of a
"Tunnel of Remembrance"
To our ancestors and all those who fought and died for the great cause of
"freedom". This tunnel is dedicated to those devoted to the freedoms for
all people and the eradication of that awful slave trade. As we share our
memories with in this tunnel, we ask that you place a piece of your history
in it also, by the purchase of a
"Brick of Remembrance".
Bricks can be purchased on our web site,
or mail in the brochure, Be sure to print legibly, Each brick will be etched
with the names and memories of loved ones, Friendship, Sacrifice,
Courage, and those who are gone but not forgotten, those brave
abolitionists White and black, whose lives were not spared but suffered
the same fate, Let us also keep in mind those still with us on the front
lines letting us know for sure, Freedom is not free "Lest We Forget".
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Send your information
to: News From The
Coalition, Inc.
All entries for
submission should be
received by noon, the
Monday prior to
publish date and in
Press Release form.
J. Justin Ragsdale Director/Chief Curator
LWF/Lest We Forget Museum of Slavery
Telephone: 215-397-6060
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I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the
place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow
his vision wherever it takes him. Pauline Kael
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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Umoja –Unity
One Day community event to share, learn, and celebrate family,
Unity, and heritage.
Free Admission
Featuring Kinara Lighting Ceremony ~ Storytelling ~ Essay Contest
Awards Black Market Place ~ Refreshments ~ Door Prizes and more
Sunday December 26th, 2010 2- 5 PM
Kendrick Recreation Center
5822 Ridge Ave Phila, 19128
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To join The Coalition
go to:
and download a copy
of the Pledge of
Commitment and
return it to us
Send your information
to: News From The
Coalition, Inc.
All entries for
submission should be
received by noon, the
Monday prior to
publish date and in
Press Release form.
Youth Arts and Crafts 12:30 -1:30PM
Special Guests:
Storyteller Baba Kala Jojo
Harambee World African Cultural Drum Ensemble
School of Dance Arts
N.A.A.C.P Membership Drive
for additional information please call 215-327-4976 or email at
* * * Outside PA * * *
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Executive volunteers offer IT consultation
Volunteer Executive Consultants, a program of RSVP of Montgomery
County, is offering low-cost consultation to help nonprofit reduce their
technology costs and improve their effectiveness.
VEC-TEC will perform a technology assessment with written
recommendations for $50. Additional time is billed on a sliding fee scale.
For more information, call Elaine Gershenson at 610-834-1040, ext. 11 or
email here.
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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
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The Bible, Through the
Eyes of a Child
On the Subject of Angels
Angels don't eat, but I think
they drink milk from Holy
Everyone has it all wrong.
Angels no longer wear
halos. I don't remember
why, but scientists are
working on it.
My guardian angel helps
me with science, but he's no
good for math.
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
-- 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 Free Trial.
"None of us has gotten where we are solely by pulling ourselves up from our own bootstraps. We got
here because somebody bent down and helped us." - Thurgood Marshall
Hunger Coalition starts Adopt-A-Pantry project
Food pantries and soup kitchens feed more than 316,000 people in
Philadelphia every year.
To support them, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger
Coalition has initiated an online Adopt-A-Pantry program.
Visitors to the Coalition’s site are offered an opportunity to read the
stories behind area food pantries and soup kitchens and “adopt” it by
making a recurring monthly donation to help the program buy food, paper
goods, cooking utensils, kitchen equipment and other necessities. Donors
can also make a one-time contribution. Donation is 100 percent taxdeductible.
For more information or to donate, go here
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Skip A Meal For Haiti
Most Americans eat at least three meals a day. Some eat more often.
Millions of people in Haiti have not had a meal in one week and a good
meal in recent memory. Will you skip a meal for the people of Haiti and
send the money to a relief agency?
Will you not eat one meal, on one day so that they can eat for a week?
The cost of lunch at almost any affordable restaurant in America is
between $5.00 and $14.00. Some restaurants have menus that serve four
and five course dinners that can cost as much as $100.00 per person, not
including beverages. For as little as two dollars a day, you can help
provide food, drinking water and some sanitation supplies for a Haitian
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child or adult. A $14.00 contribution can help feed and hydrate a Haitian
child for a week. We can all afford to make a difference!
The Black Star Project is asking you to miss at least one meal this week
for the people of Haiti and to send the money that you would have spent
on your breakfast, lunch or dinner to a relief fund that is on the ground
working in Haiti.
Many people say they want to go to Haiti to help those affected by the
earthquake. The cost of a round trip flight from New York City to Portau-
Prince, Haiti is more than $2,000.00. Decent hotel lodging, which is
virtually impossible to find in Haiti, might cost another $2,000.00 for one
week. And your mouth would become another mouth to feed of more
than 2 million people who need food and water day.
Instead of going to Haiti, will you miss a lunch for Haiti and send the
money you would have spent on that lunch to one of the on-the-ground
relief agencies listed below:
The Black Star Project (773.285.9600) recommends that you send your
contributions to:
Yele Haiti (Wyclef Jean's Relief Effort) at or text YELE to
501501 to donate $5.00 on your phone bill
UNICEF at or call 800.367.5437
Doctors Without Borders at or call
American Red Cross at or call 800.REDCROSS
(800.733.2767) or 800.257.7575 (Espanol)
Partners in Health at or call 617.432.5256
Charity water at
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America’s Original Savings Network
As amazing as it may sound many people do not realize how easy it is
to LEGALLY stop paying for their groceries! This is how the one hour
television show began for the company whose website is at:
Q: Are these manufacturer coupons or coupons that I print on my
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"Better to do something
imperfectly than to do
nothing flawlessly." -
Robert H. Schuller
A: All of our coupons are actual manufacturer coupons. Fewer and fewer
retailers accept coupons that are printed from your computer because of a
huge increase in counterfeit coupons. Actual manufacturer coupons which
we issue are accepted everywhere that coupons are accepted.
Q: Can these coupons be doubled?
A: Yes. These are manufacturer issued coupons and may be doubled in
any store that offers double coupons.
Q: What are the face values and the expiration dates of these coupons?
A: Being manufacturer coupons, the manufactuer determines the face
values of the coupons. We currently stock coupons ranging in value from
40 cents to 5.00 dollars. The coupon expiration dates are generally valid
for 90 days.
Q: How can I use $1,000.00 worth of coupons in 90 days?
A: With our program, you get to choose the coupons you want, when you
want them. This way you never have to worry about the coupons expiring.
Q:How do I choose the coupons I want?
A: Each coupon book contains coupon request slips which you fill out and
send in. Those coupons are then mailed to you.
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Volunteer In Africa
Explore a Continent of Contrasts while Volunteering in Africa
For over a decade, Cross-Cultural Solutions has supported thousands of
volunteers in Africa on programs in Ghana, Morocco,
South Africa and Tanzania.
CCS volunteers work side-by-side with local people in community
organizations focused on supporting social services, education,
and health initiatives.
Discover one of the world’s most diverse continents and see firsthand the
challenges it faces and how you can make a positive impact with CCS.
Go to:
Our group A HAND UP! Is now open, please go to:
improvident \im-
PROV-uh-duhnt; -
dent\ Lacking
foresight or
forethought; not
foreseeing or
providing for the
future; negligent or
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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