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Updated Edition Coming Soon Friday 01 July 2011 News From The Coalition, Inc. Greetings Friends and Members of The Coalition, Inc., Happy Independence Day! Be safe! Our free Community Improvement Workshops are back with a bang! Last evening Early Jackson presented Brand University to a roomful of enrapt attendees. Mr. Jackson’s insight, analysis and solutions were both eye-opening and empowering. Those in attendance learned to employ new strategies toward self-improvement and self-image. He has promised to return at a future with more techniques to help us to another level. We try not to turn anyone away, but space is limited, RSVP for the next workshop now! Call Michael Rice at 215.683.4027, 267.303.0653 or Gary R. Adams at 215.387.2734 to register or email The.PA.Coalition@gmail.com. NEW! The next scheduled workshops are: ‘Building Your Inner Game – Urban Networking 102’ which will take place on Tuesday, July 12th 6 – 8:30 pm and ‘Leading From The Margin – Changing My Behavior’ Thursday July 14th 6 – 8:30 pm. All workshops take place at the Philadelphia School District Bldg 440 N. Broad St., unless otherwise noted. RSVP now to ensure your spot. We look forward to seeing you there. Ever hear of geophagy? Well, it’s the eating of dirt, and it can be beneficial! Who’d-a-thunk-it? Check out the article in ‘Health Matters’. Education cuts and prison profits are two sides of the same coin see : Private Prison Companies: Astronomical Profits in our Google group. Stop the business of youth trafficking. Five years ago we convened an organizational summit to gather input from local groups with the intention of creating an entity that could serve to promote “Communication, Cooperation and Collaboration” among those striving tirelessly to create a better environment and greater opportunities to the disadvantaged, particularly our youth. The result was the forming of The Coalition, Inc. network. Now we are taking the next logical step in announcing the First National Organizational Policy Summit We are inviting Coalition members and organizational representatives from all over the country to participate in the setting of policies that will enable us to bring the combined force of our network to bear on those problems and individuals who are purposely or unwittingly inhibiting the progress of our efforts. As you know by now, the general population of the United states of America is in crisis. We are at a point comparable to the conditions leading up to the Boston Tea Party. And to those already suffering from the effects of chronic cuts to the education budget, that was the incident that began the American Revolution. The government is tightening its belt, and WE are the first 4 notches! Both political parties are bailing out and protecting the rich from increased taxes and financial reciprocation. Be keenly aware that the economically malnourished are again being called upon to bear the disproportionate bulk of the load—i.e., cutting social services that more and more of us are going to need in order to span this crisis; increasing real estate taxes while we are fending off foreclosures; threatening social security. Isn’t that our money? And the aforementioned education cuts that all levels of government seem to be so fond of. Let’s have a show of hands… How many of you agreed to this? Since I don’t see any hands, I can assume that there are no rich people or regressive politicians on this list. Many of us have launched protests against these—and I’m putting it mildly—unfair measures to right an economy we are not responsible for screwing up in the first place. Thus far, the powers-that-be have been able to largely ignore our complaints. Why? Because our demonstrations have not been big enough, loud enough or strong enough! It’s time we realized that we all want the same thing, a decent quality of life for ourselves and our families. We want to be able to earn a dollar and have that dollar buy a dollar’s worth of goods. We want quality education for our children so that they can compete in the now global job market. We want representation that realizes that not all jobs come with comprehensive health care, liberal retirement benefits and all the perks of political office. We want the planet to last at least another hundred years. We want decent food that won’t make us glow in the dark. We want politicians who are incapable of running their own homes to stay out of ours! How do we obtain these things? We must put our voices together. We must set limits of tolerance that determine that we will rise up as one. We must understand and agree! We must come together and set policy that will allow us to be united against common threats. We must be represented at the First National Organizational Policy Summit Saturday September 10th 2011 10am to 1pm The School District Bldg. Main Auditorium 440 No. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA Your voice must be heard, and the time is now! Come prepared with your knowledge and experience to make this the most intense brainstorm possible. If you are like-minded, see you in September. Call or write to register your organization by July 31st. John Elliott Churchville, Ph.D., J.D. Project Director Tel: 215.848.8511 firstname.lastname@example.org or Gary R. Adams, President Tel: 215.387.2734 The.PaCoalition@gmail.com The Eighth Annual Weekend Of Peace will be held on July 29th through 31st 2011 at Eastwick, Kingsessing, Simons, 12th & Cambria, Connestoga, Cobbs Creek, McVeigh and Christy Recreation Ctrs. Lancaster, 60th Street and Chester Avenue Business Associations, Althea Gibson Tennis and Education Center and the Episcopal Church of the Advocate. Additional locations (TBA). This is an invitation for your organization/institution/business to participate in this ambitious project. We invite you to contribute in whatever way you can, we also invite you to take advantage of our broad platform and set up an exhibit outlining your services to the community at one of our many event locations. Contributors and Coalition members: free; Non-contributing businesses: (fee to be determined). We reserve the right to determine which services are healthy to the community. This year we are asking that on Saturday, July 30th 12 noon, every organization, block and concerned business participate by releasing symbolic Balloons of Peace and offering prayer in memory of those lost to the epidemic of violence in our communities. Coalition members are particularly urged to be involved as The Coalition, Inc. came into being as a direct result of community leaders “Communicating, Cooperating and Collaborating” to provide safe activities and a sense of purpose to our youth. This is not a one weekend a year event. Programs are launched in recognition of community needs, and existing programs are brought to the attention of those people whom they are designed to serve. For more information on the Weekend Of Peace and how your organization/location can participate, contact Abdul Malik Raheem 215.410.2859 email: email@example.com; or Calvin Johnson 215.738.5181 To join The Coalition, obtain a Pledge of Commitment by sending request via email The.Pa.Coalition@gmail.com or calling 215.387.2734 to request one via traditional mail. The economy will get worse before it gets better, so The Coalition is looking to collaborate with all local food banks, organizations and volunteers to ensure we have the means to identify and distribute necessities to needy families as the numbers increase. Please contact us The.Pa.Coalition@gmail.com or 215.387.2734 FEMA positions up to six figures available in our online Coalition Group ongoing updates will be posted as they become available. "Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence extended to us? And I, therefore called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar, and to confess the benefits and express devout gratitude for the blessings resulting from your independence to us? … "What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim… Frederick Douglass July 4th 1852 Full text available at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4h2927t.html Look for our new website opening soon! www.TheCoalitionInc.org Coalition members are invited to send us a brief description of your services for our Community Resources page along with your web link if applicable. You may be receiving this E-newsletter because you were referred to us by a friend. Please confirm your continued interest in receiving this email from us, or if this E-news is being forwarded to you, and you wish to be placed on our mailing list please contact us at: TheCoalitionNews@gmail.com -- Staff News From The Coalition, Inc. "Communication, Cooperation and Collaboration" *Please share electronically. Help sustain our environment - only print this if truly necessary.* Updated Edition Coming Soon
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