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Friday 07 January 2011 “Communication – Cooperation – Collaboration” Volume 5, Number 19
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 … 03
Employment and
Training Opportunities
… 04
Health Matters …05
Green Piece … 12
Personal and Home
Security …13
Grants, Scholarships &
Instruction… 14
SpotLight … 16
Arts for Awareness …
Coming Up …20
Computers and
Technology … 22
A Hand Up … 22
On The Airways … 24
Greetings Coalition Family!
"It's your ability to inspire and uplift other people that
matters, not your ability to outdo them." - Unknown
Help reduce organizational paranoia, share ideas and solutions,
“Communicate… Cooperate… Collaborate” “We each hold a piece to
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“It is easier to build children than it is to repair men.”…Frederick Douglass
Dream Big Literary Arts Festival
JANUARY 14-17, 2011
The PYPM Dream Big Literary Arts Festival is a four-day weekend of
workshops, special events and community service projects that encourage
youth to use their voices to create change in their communities. Embracing
the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dream Big seeks to promote
literacy, social change and community involvement as a means of elevating
oneself, intellectually and spiritually, as well as inspiring those around us to
do the same. PYPM is committed to helping youth discover the power of
their voices, and Dr. King is a key role model of the effectiveness behind
one’s voice and the power to create change through words. The festival is an
opportunity to help youth develop their writing and performance practice,
and build upon their leadership skills as active members of the community.
Visit for more information about the
Philly Youth Poetry Movement.
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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
Obamacare, PA Fair Care, SCHIP, Adult Basic, MAWD, Select Plan and
on. These are all various health care options available to Pennsylvanians.
These plans help uninsured individuals get care.
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Help those with pre-existing condition find health care. Helps with
family planning, dental care, prescription costs, and others.
On the website, under
Health Insurance parent handout
html you will find information on these plans under the heading “Listing
of Health Care Options for Pennsylvanians”.
Please become familiar with these options and continue to help families in
need find the resources in their communities.
The School District of Philadelphia's Parent University and Radio One
'Keeping Parents Engaged and Children Motivated' with Les Brown
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Free continental breakfast served at
Dobbins High School
2150 West Lehigh Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19132-2699
Doors open at Dobbins 8:00 a.m. Deliverance at 9:30 a.m.
Admission is FREE...You MUST confirm your attendance by calling
215 400 4180 or
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Moorish Unification Council of the World, Inc.
presents their
Annual Unity Day Celebration on
Saturday January 8th 2011,
3pm to 7pm at the
Kingsessing Recreation Center,
49th & Kingsessing Avenue.
For more information contact Wesley Wilson-Bey 215.476.0280
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Pardon Me Clinic Meeting Schedule
Assisting the formerly convicted who are no longer on probation or
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things are certain to be the
ones with much to be
thankful for. - Frank Clark
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parole and who are seeking Clemency and a
Second Chance at employment
opportunities, etc. through the Governor Pardon Process
Location: African-American United Fund
2231 N. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19132
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Meeting Dates:
Jan. 10, 2011
Feb. 14, 2011
March 14, 2011
Apr. 11, 2011
May 10, 2011
June 14, 2011
Sept. 12, 2011
Oct. 10, 2011
Nov. 8, 2011
Dec. 13, 2011
Contact Wayne Jacobs of X-offenders for Community Empowerment
215-668-8477, E-mail:
On Facebook as: xoffendersempowerment
Sponsored by Bread Roses Fund, Univ.of Penn.Law School,
Councilmam Darrell L.Clarke, State Rep.Jewell Williams
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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
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.
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In the world there is
nothing more submissive
and weak than water. Yet
for attacking that which is
hard and strong nothing
can surpass it. - Lao Tzu
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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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How many of us have lost, or are losing loved ones to the many ailments
caused by tobacco use? Having been personally affected, we at News
From The Coalition, Inc., will continue to share information on the
dangers and present paradigms in efforts to free those intentionally
ensnared in these vices.
Quitting smoking improves cholesterol
By Lynne Peeples
NEW YORK | Thu Dec 23, 2010 4:15pm EST
(Reuters Health) - Smokers who successfully quit may enjoy yet another
health benefit: improved cholesterol profiles. A boost in "good"
cholesterol comes with quitting despite weight gain after putting out the
last cigarette, hints a new study.
If confirmed in future research, the finding could shed light on the strong,
yet somewhat mysterious relationship between smoking and heart health.
Up to 20 percent of heart disease deaths are currently blamed on smoking,
but researchers haven't yet had a clear understanding of what lies behind
the effect. Smoking likely affects the cardiovascular system in a variety of
ways, including lowered oxygen levels and wear and tear on the heart
Some small studies have also shown that smoking lowers good
cholesterol (HDL) and raises bad cholesterol (LDL), lead researcher Dr.
Adam Gepner of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and
Public Health, in Madison, told Reuters Health in an e-mail.
To test the impact of smoking on cholesterol levels more rigorously, and
in a realistic setting, Gepner and his colleagues recruited more than 1,500
smokers representative of the current U.S. population, including its high
proportion of overweight and obese individuals.
The average participant smoked about 21 cigarettes per day prior to the
start of the study. After a year on one of five smoking cessation programs,
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334 (36 percent) had succeeded in quitting.
The researchers found that those who stopped smoking experienced an
average rise of about 5 percent, or 2.4 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), in
HDL cholesterol.
Abstainers also experienced an increase in large HDL particles, which are
important for lowering heart disease risk as well, report the researchers in
the American Heart Journal.
The effects were somewhat stronger in women. However, it did not
appear to matter how many cigarettes were smoked at the start of the
study: heavy smokers enjoyed the same HDL benefit as lighter smokers
after they quit.
One downside of kicking the habit can be weight gain. Sure enough, the
group that quit gained an average of about 10 pounds compared to one or
two pounds in the group that relapsed to smoking. Many participants were
already overweight at the start of the study, with an average body mass
index (BMI) of 29.6. (A BMI between 20 and 25 is generally considered
Adding pounds is known to hurt cholesterol levels, both raising the bad
kind and lowering the good kind. As a result, the researchers think the
weight gain might have offset some of the beneficial effects seen in the
"Further benefits on cholesterol levels may have been actually masked by
the weight gain seen after quitting," explained Gepner.
"It is important to counsel quitters about weight gain and the need for a
healthy diet and regular exercise during the quitting period," he added.
The researchers caution that their results don't prove that smoking
cessation causes improvements in cholesterol. Further research is needed
to rule out other possible explanations, including the role of changes in
alcohol consumption, which is known to affect HDL.
Gepner also noted that it remains unclear exactly how smoking cessation
might affect cholesterol levels, although it could have to do with changes
in the proteins that control the breakdown of cholesterol. Smoking can
damage these proteins.
Regardless, benefits were seen that might translate into better heart health.
Previous studies have shown, for example, that for every 1 mg/dL
increase in HDL cholesterol, the risk of a cardiovascular event drops by
up to three percent over 10 years.
Therefore, if the link holds, the improvements in blood lipids alone would
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decrease the average former smoker's risk of a heart attack or stroke by up
to 6 percent over the 10 years after they quit, said Gepner.
SOURCE: American Heart Journal, January
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10 Strategies for Successful Weight Loss
By: David Schipper
The great ones have great strategies for success—Odysseus hiding in the
Trojan horse, Ali using the rope-a-dope, Bugs Bunny dressing in drag.
Your weight-loss strategy should be similarly inspired. Willpower alone
won't shrink your waist—you need facts and wisdom on your side if
you're going to maintain the resolve you showed in January.
There are scientists who study weight loss so the rest of us can keep track
of the important stuff, like spring training and Rotisserie drafts. These
researchers regularly come up with good advice, the latest and greatest of
which we've gathered for you. Pick a few tips, put them in your lineup,
and get back in the weight-loss game.
Weight-Loss Success Strategy #1
Weigh Yourself Often
Time was, experts said to stay off the scale—it can be discouraging. But
after studying 3,500 individuals from the National Weight Control
Registry (NWCR) who've maintained 60 or more pounds of weight loss
for at least a year, researchers found that 44 percent weighed themselves
Unhealthy obsession? No, says James Hill, Ph.D., NWCR cofounder and
director of the center for human nutrition at the University of Colorado.
"They use it as an early warning system for preventing weight regain," he
explains. "If your goal is to keep your weight at a certain level, you have
to have feedback to see whether you're successful."
Read more:
Weight-Loss Success Strategy #2
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What you think of yourself
is much more important
than what others think of
you. - Seneca
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Turn Off the TV
Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York recently
determined that simply seeing food can trigger a physiological "feed me"
response. In the study, visual food cues caused brain activity to jump by
24 percent—mostly in the orbitofrontal cortex, the area of the brain
related to drive and acquisition. So a constant barrage of pizza-delivery
ads on TV could test your limits. And don't get us started on the Food
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Weight-Loss Success Strategy #3
Pray the Fat Away
Christian men who report feeling greater intimacy with God through
prayer are more likely to be physically active than other men, according to
research from Cornell University. "Studies have shown that those who
have more social support move more, and being closer to God may give
men that support," says lead researcher Karen Kim.
Another possible reason: "General religion in the United States
encompasses theological teachings about the body as a temple, which may
also lead to the consumption of a healthier diet and increased physical
activity," she adds. Amen to that.
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Weight-Loss Success Strategy #4
Beware Tastebud Betrayal
"Hunger increases healthy men's taste sensitivity to sweet and salty
substances," says researcher Yuriy Zverev, of the University of Malawi.
This means vending-machine snacks (which come in two flavors: sweet
or salty—coincidence?) will taste even better when you're hungry.
You could trust that you'd savor the flavor by eating only a small amount.
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"When the conduct of men
is designed to be
influenced, persuasion,
kind unassuming
persuasion, should ever be
adopted. It is an old and
true maxim that 'a drop of
honey catches more flies
than a gallon of gall.' So
with men. If you would win
a man to your cause, first
convince him that you are
his sincere friend. Therein
is a drop of honey that
catches his heart, which,
say what he will, is the
great highroad to his
reason, and which, once
gained, you will find but
little trouble in convincing
him of the justice of your
cause, if indeed that cause
is really a good one." -
Abraham Lincoln
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(Right.) Or you could sidestep this land mine altogether. "Eat
offensively," says Katherine Tallmadge, M.A., R.D., a spokeswoman for
the American Dietetic Association. "Eat regularly during the day to stave
off cravings and the bingeing that can result."
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Weight-Loss Success Strategy #5
Snack on Almonds
Seventy per day, to be exact. That's the number that people in a City of
Hope National Medical Center experiment ate daily for 6 months, in
conjunction with a reduced-calorie diet, to drop 18 percent of their body
Study author Michelle Wien partially credits the satiety factor. "Almonds
are a nutrient-dense food that provides healthful monounsaturated fat,
protein, and fiber, which together contribute to feeling full," she says.
Go for whole almonds in their unsalted, raw, or dry-roasted state. Fifteen
to 20 will do the trick for a quick snack. Try 50 as a meal replacement.
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Weight-Loss Success Strategy #6
Grab the Day
Long summer days can help you lose weight. "The best time to start a diet
is in May, because the days are very long, which makes your energy
levels go up and your food cravings go down," says Judith Wurtman,
Ph.D., a nutrition researcher at MIT. "You'll eat less and exercise more."
So if you get home and it's still light, go for that run.
Conversely, resolution-crazed January is the worst time to diet—the short
days knock your serotonin levels out of whack, causing cravings. An
Apollo Health goLite P1 lamp can help your body adjust to the dark days
of winter.
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"Let me not pray to be
sheltered from dangers, but
to be fearless in facing
them. Let me not beg for
the stilling of my pain, but
for the heart to conquer it."
- Rabindranath Tagore
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Weight-Loss Success Strategy #7
Pour a Bowl of Cereal for Lunch
A study from Purdue University shows that eating cereal in place of meals
helps you lose weight. Participants consumed an average of 640 fewer
total daily calories and lost roughly 4 pounds during the 2-week
According to study author Richard Mattes, M.P.H., Ph.D., R.D., the
approach teaches portion control with a convenient, easy-to-use food.
Stick to filling, high-fiber cereals, like All-Bran or Fiber One, and eat
them with low-fat milk.
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Weight-Loss Success Strategy #8
Go Under the Needle
When Polish researchers examined acupuncture as a diet aid, they found
that people who got needled lost 10 more pounds and ticked 2 additional
points off their BMIs compared with those who merely cut calories.
Marie Cargill, a licensed acupuncturist in the Boston area, explains that
pressure points on the body—mostly on the ear—work as a switchboard
to the brain, triggering electrical pulses that suppress appetite. "The ear
system is very effective for addiction treatment," she says.
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Weight-Loss Success Strategy #9
Eat a Cow's Worth
Of dairy, that is. Reports of the benefits just keep coming.
Recently, a University of Tennessee study found that people who ate a
daily 1,200 milligrams (mg) of calcium from dairy lost an average of 24
pounds, or 11 percent of their total body weight. "When you don't have
enough calcium in your diet, you're more efficient at making fat and less
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"The world hates change,
yet it is the only thing that
has brought progress." -
Charles Kettering
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efficient at breaking down fat, causing a bigger, fatter fat cell," says lead
researcher Michael Zemel, Ph.D.
Get the just-right amount by taking in two 8-ounce glasses of low-fat milk
(699 mg), a cup of low-fat yogurt (338 mg), and an ounce and a half of
cheese (287 mg).
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Weight-Loss Success Strategy #10
Gamble on Yourself
Take a cue from the poker craze and wager against a buddy to see who
can shed the most pounds. "Men do really well when they make weight
loss a competitive game," says New York City nutritionist Joy Bauer,
M.S., R.D., author of Cooking with Joy. "Have a 6-month and a 1-year
check-in—none of that 2-week garbage."
Or try it in teams, as on NBC's The Biggest Loser, and you'll double the
incentive—you'll want to win the bet and avoid letting down your team.
"Healthy competition can bring out the absolute best in people," says the
show's red-team trainer, Jillian Michaels, owner of SkySport and Spa in
Beverly Hills.
She recommends that the team take on a swimming relay or a 5-K run.
"That way, it's not a scenario like ‘Who can lift the most?'" she says.
"Losing weight is ultimately about better health. For $100, somebody
might do a pulldown that's way too heavy and end up tearing a rotator
cuff." It'd be a shame if, after you'd lost all that weight, you still couldn't
button your pants.
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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
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What’s missing from gun
control requirements?
Two hunters are out in the
woods when one of them
collapses. He doesn't seem
to be breathing and his eyes
are glazed. The other guy
takes out his phone and
calls the emergency
He gasps: "My friend is
dead! What can I do?" The
operator says: "Calm down,
I can help. First, let's make
sure he's dead." There is a
silence, then a gunshot is
heard. Back on the phone,
the guy says: "OK, now
IQ tests.
Submit your own humor,
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(Family appropriate)
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
For more information, go to
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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. or
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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Recycling Services Inc. in Pottstown takes styrofoam on Saturday and
Tuesday mornings.
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For sustainable enterprise go to Green Jobs Philly
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40 Ways to Save on Almost Anything
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Two boys are playing catch
in Central Park when one is
suddenly attacked by a
rabid Rottweiler. Thinking
quickly, the other boy takes
his stick and shoves it
under the dog’s collar,
twists it breaking the dog's
neck and saving his friend.
A reporter, who was
strolling by, sees the
incident. "Giants Fan
Saves Friend From Vicious
Animal," he starts writing
in his notebook.
"But I'm not a Giants fan,"
the little hero replied.
"Sorry, since we are in
NYC I just assumed you
were," said the reporter and
he starts writing again.
"Yankees Fan Rescues
Friend From Horrific
"I'm not a Yankees fan
either," the boy said.
"Oh, I assumed everyone in
NYC was either for the
Yankees or the Giants.
What team do you root
for?" the reporter asked.
"I'm a Eagles fan," the
child said.
The reporter starts a new
sheet in his notebook and
writes, "Michael Vick Fan
Kills Beloved Family Pet."
(thx. Ro Herrera)
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
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
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side of the ice.- Steven
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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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For a more aggressive role in your own protection:
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.
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"Remember not only to say
the right thing in the right
place, but far more difficult
still, to leave unsaid the
wrong thing at the tempting
moment." - Benjamin
200 Free Scholarships For Minorities
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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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Beaumont Foundation
The Beaumont Foundation of America (BFA), a non-profit philanthropic
organization, is dedicated to the enriching the lives of individuals by
providing technology to historically underserved schools and
communities. The foundation believes technologies are essential tools for
progress in the 21st century, and that given access to digital information,
people will have an equal opportunity to advance socially, economically
and intellectually.
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Banta Company Foundation
The Banta Company Foundation provides funding for at-risk youth and
delinquency prevention initiatives. The funds can be used for equipment,
general/operating expenses, seed money, program development, as well as
other areas. For more information please contact:
Banta Company Foundation
225 Main Street
PO Box 8003
Menasha,WI 54952-8003.
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"The most important day of
my life: Today!" -
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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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
By The Newport Newservice
SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA – 179 years ago, at this time, in
this place, one of the great men in the history was safely underground. Nat
Turner was underground because the Black Liberation Army he’d led, in
a noble effort to free Black people from Chattel Slavery, Second-class
Citizenship and all other forms of oppression, had suffered defeats in the
last two, after 16 consecutive victories battles.
This is history about a revolt that Nat Turner and his closest associates,
Hawk, Henry, Nelson and Sam had planned and executed over six years,
1825 to 1831, in a place called Jerusalem, in Southampton County,
Virginia. Since retreating is as much a part of warfare as is advancing,
after the last defeat, Nat Turner sent a message to the surviving four, to
meet him at the place from where the final plans had been staged for the
revolt. This is at a place called Cabin Pond.
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Kathy’s Korner!
When I was a child, my
parents told me never to
open the cellar door.
"Never open the cellar
door," the said, and for
many years, I obeyed them,
although I always
wondered what it was that
was so dangerous behind
the cellar door. And then
one day, when there was no
one around, I finally got up
my courage... I slowly
walked over... I put out my
hand... and I opened the
cellar door. And I saw
wonderful things! Amazing
things! Trees! The sky!
Other children!
(Kathy Parsons is a
regular contributor.)
If you would like to
report on a recent
community event, feel
free to send us a brief
account of what
happened in document
format, and we will
share it with our
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.
Nat Turner got to Cabin Pond early and waited. But, reportedly in his own
words, “the only ones who came were white men on horses.” He still
didn’t give up, for he is also recorded as saying, “I knew all was lost for
the present.” This meant he had to go into a deeper retreat. He used
several ‘safe houses’ he’d established during the planning.
There is great mystery about Nat Turners’ activities while he was
underground. But because of what H. Khalif Khalifah, the Senior Tour
Guide for “The Nat Turner Trail” (Cabin Pond is a stop on the Trail) calls
one the greatest documents in human history, “The Confession of Nat
Turner,” much of the authentic history about both Nat Turner and his
estimated Army of Freed Captive Afrikan soldiers is known.
In a determined, dedicated Commitment to preserve and promote this
precious, inspiring history, several Black organizations have stepped up
their efforts in recent years. Technology, such as the internet, explains
some of this growing phenomenon – Annual Celebrations of “Nat Turner
Day” in several cities on the anniversary of the Revolt, August 21, is
others. But the event that many feel is the single most important efforts
was when H. Khalif Khalifah, purchased a 123 acre tract of land that is
part of the birth plantation of Nat Turner; reportedly, The Land where he
built a home is the Birth Place of Nat Turner.
The land was purchased in the fall of 1990: It is a long, evolving,
successful, inspiring story. But in brief, Khalifah researched, and with the
assistance of “Local Historians,” he found most of the “battle sites” at
many of the structures (still standing at the time) and mapped out a tour
route that he has used over the past 20 years have given several
individuals and groups “Living History Tours.” This is a tour and lecture
about the exploits, aims and objectives for the Nat Turner Revolt in 1831.
Since a part of every aspect about the history of Black people in America
have been “Stolen, Lost, Strayed,” of Distorted, much of the work to
preserve the history Black history is in correcting the erroneous accounts
that are still perpetrated. With the understanding that the job will not be
done properly unless the work is institutionalized, The Khalifah personal
library is the temporary home for The Nat Turner Reference Library. Nat
Turner Day is celebrated here annually. Nat Turner Day is also celebrated
in Philadelphia, Baltimore and at the “largest” city park in Newark, New
Jersey is officially named Nat Turner Park.
“Today, the history about Nat Turner is like and the history about
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Q: How do you keep your
husband from reading your
A: Rename the mail folder
"Instruction Manuals" -
Brett Butler
To join The Coalition
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Commitment and
return it to us
Reparations was in 1987,” stated Khalifah
“Then one of the great minds in history, Dr. Imari A. Obadele called a
meeting of all advocates to consolidate their efforts.” He continued, out of
several meetings N’COBRA (The National Coalition of Blacks For
Reparations in America) was formed.”
As a colleague of Dr. Obadele in the forming of N’COBRA, Khalifah
often uses some of his methodology in his work. Now he is calling Nat
Turner Day coordinators, historians, journalist, and anyone else so
interested, to join him in a “Preliminary/Plenary Conference” to plan for a
Nat Turner Convention in 2011.
The meeting will be both Virtual and Physical. It will be Virtual via
Nationally Black Owned Radio Stations. And it will be physical because
it will be coordinated from The Nat Turner Library over the weekend of
October 30 and 31 (the date of Nat Turners re-capture in 1831).
Anyone wanting to participate and attend the conference should call 434-
378-2140. Go to for more information.
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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
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The Bible, Through the
Eyes of a Child
On the Subject of Angels
It's hard to become an
angel. First, you have to
die. Then you go to heaven
and go through flight
training. And then they
make you agree to wear
those angel clothes.
To join The Coalition go
and download a copy of
the Pledge of
Commitment and
return it to us
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,
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,
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Strong-minded, resolutelywilled,
you can create out
of nothing a great business,
a huge empire, a New
World! Others have - and
they have no monopoly. -
Charles Bristol
All entries for
submission should be
received by noon, the
Monday prior to
publish date and in
Press Release form.
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".
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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People's Tribunal Against Police Brutality and Misconduct
Saturday, January 15th 11am-4pm
Songhai City
3117 Master St.
Philadelphia, PA
The People’s Tribunal is the outgrowth of The Askia Coalition Against
Police Brutality (ACAPB), a collective of community members,
organization affiliates, and activists brought together in
support of assault victim Askia Sabur.
We are united in the interest of eliminating the scourge of unlawful
practices and offences committed by law enforcement officers against
citizens. As such, ACAPB developed The People’s Tribunal as a platform
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Sage Advice from Children
(Thanks, Tom)
Never tell your little brother
that you're not going to do
what your momtold you to
Hank, Age 12
To join The Coalition
go to:
and download a copy
of the Pledge of
Commitment and
return it to us
for community members and victims of police brutality to speak out and
be involved in the legal process to address these concerns.
The mission of The People’s Tribunal is to:
1) Inform and educate people on their basic, civil, and human rights.
2) Provide an outlet for victims of police brutality and misconduct to
report such offenses via testimony and the filing of
formal complaint documents;
3) Pressure city, state, federal, and international institutions and officials
to stop unlawful practices of law enforcement officers and end all
oppressive procedures such as “Stop and Frisk”, and
4) Pursue legal action against law enforcement officials and their
affiliates who engage in these unlawful practices.
The vision of the People’s Tribunal is to create an environment in which
the misuse of power and the violation of human rights by those whose
duty it is to protect the rights of all United States citizens are eradicated;
so that residents can safely commune in their neighborhoods without the
fear of being harassed and brutalized by law enforcement officials,
scrutinized by oppressive procedures, and denied the right to fair judiciary
Special Invited Guests: Progressive Lawyer's Guild Suing NYPD over
"Stop and Frisk" Tactics
Councilman Curtis Jones, Philadelphia City Council District 4
Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Philadelphia City Council District 3
Ramona Africa, Survivor of May 13, 1985 police bombing and
plaintiff in murder case vs. City of Philadelphia
Join the Askia Coalition Against Police Brutality! Attend weekly
Community Meetings on
Mondays at 6pm at
5301 Media St.
For information call 267-231-9639
visit or email:
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* * * Outside PA * * *
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Have patience with all things,
but especially with yourself. -
Send your information
to: News From The
Coalition, Inc.
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submission should be
received by noon, the
Monday prior to
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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
-- 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.
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"Courage doesn't always
roar. Sometimes courage is
the quiet voice at the end of
the day saying, I will try
again tomorrow." - Mary
Anne Radmacher Hershey
To join The Coalition
go to:
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of the Pledge of
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return it to us
For more information or to donate, go here
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The Crisis in Haiti is Not Yet Over!
Please continue to contribute whatever you can 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
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
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Don't tell me how hard you
work. Tell me how much
you get done. - Unknown
prescient \PREHshuhnt;
PREE-shuhnt; -
shee-uhnt\ Knowing
or anticipating the
outcome of events
before they happen.
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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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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