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The  Coalition, Inc.

Friday 04 November 2011

  “Communication – Cooperation – Collaboration”            Volume  6, Number 14

The Coalition, Inc. Board of Directors

Gary R. Adams (President/CEO), John E. Churchville  (Treasurer), 


Josephine Blow, Stanley Daniels, Quibila Divine, Nijah  Famous, Tom ‘Bunny’ Henry, Lansana Koroma, Abdul Malik Raheem, Lewis  Williams,

Table of content

For Our Children … 02

This Week … 02

Employment and Training Opportunities … 06

Health Matters …07

Green Piece … 08

Grants, Scholarships   & Instruction… 09

SpotLight … 10

Arts for Awareness … 11

Coming Up …12

Computers and Technology … 16

A Hand Up … 18

Word-of-the-Week … 19





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"He who asks a  question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a  fool forever." - Chinese Proverbs



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Your  vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who  looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens. - Carl Jung




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Instead of thinking  about where you are, think about where you want to be. It takes twenty years  of hard work to become an overnight success. - Diana Rankin



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Success is a state of  mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success. - Dr.  Joyce Brothers




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One may not  reach the dawn save by the path of the night. - Kahlil Gibran




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You don't  pay the price for success. You enjoy the price for success. - Zig Ziglar



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Everyone faces challenges and problems. Success lies in  dealing with them promptly and thoroughly. - Unknown







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Hereeeeeeeeeeeeees...  Kathy’s Korner!


The Pastor of a small church exhorted his flock to give generously  when the collection plate was passed. “Give,” he pleaded, “as though it were  going right back into your own pocket.”

After the service, the pastor chided one of the members. “George, I  noticed that you let the collection plate go right by you in spite of my  appeal.”

“Well, Reverend,” the man replied, “I figured as long as the money  was going back into my pocket anyway, “it didn’t need no round trip.”


 (Kathy  Parsons is a regular contributor.)




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There is a time for departure  even when there's no certain place to go.  ~Tennessee Williams (Thomas  Lanier)







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One  learns people through the heart, not the eyes or the intellect. – Mark Twain








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You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you  don't do too many things wrong. - Warren Buffett












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"Real difficulties  can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable."  - Theodore N. Vail


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On the way to lunch, a teacher spotted two boys playfully  fighting at the front of the line. She asked one of the boys to go to the back  of the line and he came back right after.” Why aren't you at the end of the  line?" asked the teacher. The boy replied," I couldn't, someone was  already there."  (Thx Eric)








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adumbrate  \AD-uhm-brayt; uh-DUHM-\ To give a  sketchy or slight representation of; to outline; To foreshadow in a vague  way; To suggest, indicate, or disclose partially; To cast a shadow over; to  shade; to obscure.

Greetings Coalition  Family!


This  Veteran’s Day we might take a moment or two to ask the question “Why”? Why  armies are typically made up of the economically disadvantaged? Why is it  that ALL wars can be traced to some sort of financial gain or relief? Why the  1% rarely find themselves in ‘the line of fire’? Why the 99% don’t benefit  from the spoils of the wars they jeopardize their life and well-being for?  Why do we keep putting up with it?




God grant me the serenity to accept the people I  cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know  it's me.  ~Author unknown, variation of an excerpt from "The Serenity  Prayer" by Reinhold Neibuhr













 “We  each hold a piece to the puzzle.” – Dr. John Elliott Churchville

“Communicate… Cooperate… Collaborate”


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


Cap4Kids  Hint of the Week


Ever wish you had a way to look back at  previous Cap4Kids Hints of the Week? Important community updates? Connect  with other child advocates?

Well now you can. Like many advocacy  organizations around the country, we have opened a Cap4Kids of Philadelphia  Facebook account to archive old messages and to establish a social media site  to better disseminate important information on child and family advocacy  issues that affect our community. If you have a FB account, friend us, like  us and get the word out.

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Philadanco at the Perelman Theater

Renowned contemporary dance company  Philadanco presents an evening of works, entitled For Your Pleasure, including the Philadelphia premiere of Watching  Go By, the day, a new work  by acclaimed choreographer and former Philadanco member Hope Boykin at the  Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater. The program also includes some of  Philadanco’s signature performance pieces that highlight their bold, precise  dance style including George Faison’s Suite Otis, Gene Hill Sagan’s  La Valse, and Christopher  L. Huggins’ Blue.

November 4-November 6, 2011

Friday @ 7:30 pm
 Saturday @ 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm
 Sunday @ 2:30 pm

                   Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts - Perelman  Theater

                           300 S. Broad  Street
                        Philadelphia, PA 19102

For more information call: 215.893.1999

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Empowerment  Group


Women  Entrepreneurs' Circle: Business Owners as Community Leaders

When:  Saturday November 5th 4:00-6:00pm

Where:  Semilla Arts Initiative at Norris Square (124 W. Diamond St.)

EG  is proud to be hosting a workshop and presentation by artist, entrepreneur  and educator Betsy Casanas. Betsy is the cofounder of the Semilla Arts  Initiative, an organization that seeks to use art as a tool for strengthening  communities and creating social change. She will be discussing the importance  of business owners as community leaders and how to connect your business  mission to something that extends beyond profit margins and business sense.  We hope to see you there!

Being  a small business owner means so much more than doing business. Entrepreneurs  are leaders invested in making their neighborhoods better places to live.  Betsy Casanas, artist, teacher, and founder of the Semilla Arts Initiative,  will lead a workshop and discussion on how to effectively engage community  through business.

About  the Initiative:

'“Semilla  (seed) Arts Initiative” is a grassroots initiative that uses art as a  catalyst for social change and artistic collaborations as a means of  empowering individuals and communities in underserved areas. Collaboration  within a community setting inevitably acts as a “Semilla” for changing social  circumstances. It creates a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates  self-esteem, creativity, dignity and respect for community members. It  empowers the community with a voice, preserves culture, establishes strong  communities that reflect positive attitudes, builds skills and awakens talent  found in its members. Semilla’s goal is unite the community by actively  involving them in the process of physically transforming their own  neighborhood, exposing them to solutions and possibilities. The vitality of  any community can be found in the strengths and stability of its members and  their ability to overcome the complexity of today.'


See  this video the Inquirer produced about their work!

This  event is FREE and open to the public. Light food and beverages will be  provided. To register for this event visit

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encourages  collaboration between researchers, community-based organizations (CBOs), and  community groups who have questions that they are interested in answering  about Stress and Wellness, this year's event theme. Stress has  been linked to health disparities by the World Health Organization (WHO) and  others. We invite research questions focused on a variety of public health  issues linked to stress, such as food insecurity, violence, poverty, and  homophobia.

Through  an interactive poster session, CBOs and community groups will highlight their  questions to program participants who will include area non profits,  community groups, public sector partners, and researchers from The Children's  Hospital of Philadelphia, The University of Pennsylvania, Temple University,  Drexel University, and other local academic institutions. CBOs, community  groups, academic researchers, and students will be able to meet and discuss  potential, mutually-beneficial collaborations.

Register  to Present at CDRD
 CBOs and community groups interested in developing partnerships to conduct  research are urged to participate in an interactive poster presentation that  will highlight the organization/group's mission, goals, and major  accomplishments, as well as display questions that they are interested in  answering about community stress and wellness.


Friday  November 11th 2011

9am  to 1pm

Temple  University – Main Campus

Mitten  Hall

1913  No. Broad St.

Philadelphia,  Pa 19122

Submission  forms are due by October 31, 2011 at 12pm EST. To register online to be a  community presenter at CDRD, please click here.

Register  to Attend CDRD
 All individuals interested in attending Community Driven Research Day should  register in advance. Click here  to register online. You can also fax your registration form to the attention  of Ayana Bradshaw at 215-590-5425.

 Please email Ayana Bradshaw at  with any questions or concerns.

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New  Philadelphia Non-Profit Hosts 1st Annual Gala Day of Peace

The Women's Solo Project Inc.,

a  newly formed 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, will host their

1st  annual fundraiser to benefit domestic violence prevention.


The  Day of Peace Gala

November  11, 2011

Hilton  Hotel,

4200  City Avenue,

Philadelphia,  Pa 1913


This  major fundraising effort will benefit domestic violence prevention and

self-sufficiency  workshops that focus on education, employment, and

parenting.  The Women's Solo Project has already assisted over 50

women  by inspiring the confidence necessary to recognize their

capacity  for self-reliance while helping them gain the independence

needed  to get out of an abusive relationship

"Domestic  violence has a strong presence and is alive in our communities. We must come  together as unified people to help stop and control it. By creating The  Women's Solo Project, I wanted to bring this issue to the forefront and get  people talking about it. If we continue to let this issue be taboo, then  nothing will get done." says Tyra Wright-Johnson, President and  survivor. The organization's mission and vision stems from Mrs.  Wright-Johnson's personal experience

with  domestic violence.

For  tickets and additional information, visit the website at

About  The Women's Solo Project Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, The Women's Solo  Project, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, was established in 2010 with  the mission to serve women and their children by giving them the ability to  become independent and resourceful in making healthy and positive decisions.  TWSP specializes in empowering women and children and teaching victims how to  live free of violence and poverty.

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The  National Constitution Center will honor our nation’s

servicemen  and women 


including  individuals highlighted in the Fighting for Democracy exhibition – during a  moving Veteran’s Day celebration. 

Guests will  participate in a variety of interactive programs and activities while  learning more about this important holiday.

Friday,  November 11, 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Independence Mall, 525 Arch Street
 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

·       Flag  Ceremonies

·       Wreath Laying  Ceremony

·       Soldier Talks  - Soldier talks will take place throughout the day featuring veterans from  multiple conflicts, including John Campbell, Vietnam veteran and author of  They Were Ours: Gloucester County's Loss in Vietnam.

·       Call to  Action Tables - Visitors will have the opportunity to visit information  tables from veteran’s service organizations throughout the country.

·       Dramatic  Performance - For this Veteran’s Day weekend, the Center is bringing back two  installments from its popular Gallery Theater Series.  “She Went to  War,” a piece that accompanied the Center’s 2009 exhibition, America I AM:  The African American Imprint, tells the story of an African American woman  who served in World War II.  “Through Their Eyes,” which accompanied the  2010 exhibition, Art of the American Soldier, is told from the point of view  of a combat artist from the Vietnam War. 

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FEMA positions up to six  figures available in our online Coalition  Group ongoing updates will be posted as they become available.





Kingsessing Fifth Division Community of  Neighbors







P.O. Box 19974




Gregory R. Benjamin-Chairman

Gilbert Wesley Johnson-Treasure

Phil Hughes-Secretary

Ronald Currie-Sergeant At Arms

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Banana  Peels Can Purify Polluted Drinking Water, Scientists Say

by  Katie  Robbins

Did  you hear the one about the chemist and the banana peel?

 As much as it sounds like one, this isn’t the set-up for a slapstick punch  line. Scientists in Brazil have discovered that banana peels can be used to  clean polluted drinking water, NPR reports.


Gustavo  Castro, an environmental chemist at Sao Paulo State University, suspected  that we might be overlooking valuable properties in the peels. "I have  heard for a long time that we usually throw out the best part of the fruit  and that most of the nutrients and proteins are in parts not used by us, such  as the peels," he told the American Chemical Society in a podcast. "From there,  I decided to make an initial experiment to determine the chemical composition  of the peel."


Castro  found that banana peels contain nitrogen, sulfur, and

carboxylic  acids, which, he noted, bind with positively-charged

heavy  metals often leached into water from mining or industrial runoff. Since many  methods of removing metals from the water are expensive and toxic, Castro  thought he might be on to a more natural method of cleaning drinking water.


He  and his colleagues chopped and dried bits of banana peel and combined them with  water from Brazil's polluted Paraná River.

The  peels stood up to other types of commonly-used filtering

products  like silica and carbon, and scientists found that the peels

could  be used up to 11 times without losing their purifying powers.

And  they were cheap.

"I  was surprised to learn that something so simple could work so well,"  said Castro. "I believe banana peels can be of great importance in

water  purification."

But  one important question remains: With banana skins going to a good cause, what  will pranksters use for a good-old fashioned peel pratfall?

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The Electronic Industries Alliance  provides a list of local electronic recycling facilities, including Philly’s  Northeast Drop-off Center at State Road & Ashburner Street and Northwest  Drop-Off Center at Domino Lane & Umbria Street.
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Recycling Services Inc. in Pottstown takes styrofoam on Saturday  and Tuesday mornings.

For sustainable enterprise go to Green Jobs Philly

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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 

For  more information, go to 






Are you currently in shut off status with  your utility companies?

ACHIEVEability now accepting UESF utility  applications. See flyer attached. Utility Grant Program: Will assist with gas  (PGW), electric (PECO) and water (PWD) accounts in shut off status or already  terminated.  Maximum amount for gas  and electric is $1,500 and water is $500.   All grants must be applied to the utility account and reach a zero  balance.  If the bill is an excess of  the grant the applicant is responsible for the balance at time of their  application.  ELIGIBILITY· Applicant  must have notice from utility company of termination or impeding shut off.·  When LiHeap Cash and Crisis opens, applicant must have notice of award amount  or denial letter.· Applicant must be a Philadelphia resident.· Applicant must  not have received Utility Grant in past 24 months.· Applicant must have  social security cards and 30-day income information for everyone in  household.· Applicant must provide utility bill in their name.· Applicant  must be within the below income guidelines:

House-hold Size           Per  Month

1 person                $1,588

2 persons              $2,145

3 persons              $2,702

4 persons              $3,259

5 persons              $3,816

6 persons                        $4,374

Contact ACHIEVEability’s Community Office  at 215-748-8838 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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LIFT-Philadelphia  sponsors free workshop series for community

LIFT-Philadelphia  is sponsoring a free workshop series starting this October on topics such as  Food and Nutrition, Rock Your Resume, Dental Health and Screening,  Interviewing, Financial Recovery, and Basics of Computer Use.

For  more information:



SpotLight On Our Efforts


The Kingsessing Fifth Division Community of  Neighbors

is a community group, with a core group of  block captains, who have been actively involved in servicing the needs of the  residents in our community.  This year  our organization will be sponsoring our 2nd annual blanket drive to collect  blankets for members of our community.   The name of this project is

“Operation Blank Out the Cold.”  

The goal of this effort is to supply at least  one blanket to the more than one hundred families that will be in need of  such a resource.  The belief of  K5DCN’s is that there are people such as you, your company, churches,  agencies, and other organizations that would be interested in participating  in such a worthy project.  Last year  thanks to many such as yourselves we collected 100 blankets. We know that  because of the high cost of energy, and the financial crisis that our country  continues to experience, our neighbors need our help. Due to health reasons  we request that your donations be new blankets.  K5DCN also knows that it was supporters like you who help us in  September 2011 when we gave away 245 schoolbags full of school supplies.


The dates we will be collecting blankets  are

Saturday November 16, 2011 through Saturday  November 30, 2011. 


The following place is a drop-off point for  your contribution.1216 South 52nd Street (11am-3pm) Monday thru Saturday.  Please call for five blankets or more, we will pick up.

To support this worthy effort contact:





Blankets will be distributed on Saturday  12/03/11 during the

Kingsessing Christmas Service at the

Kingsessing Recreation Center,

located at 49th and Chester Avenue.

Come on out and share the evening.  Festivities start at 3pm.

Thanking you in advance for your attention.  April Turner Co-Coordinator                          Gloria Turner Co-coordinator



Locations for drop-offs:1216 South 52nd  Street (11am-3pm) Monday thru FridayPlease call for five blankets or more, we  will pick up.     

Blankets will be distributed on Saturday  12/03/08 during the Kingsessing Fifth Division Community of  NeighborsChristmas Service at the Kingsessing Recreation Center, located at  49th and Chester Avenue. Come on out and share in the service.  Start time 3PM.

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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


Cape May Jazz Fest Fundraiser

Friday and Saturday November 11th  & 12th

Friday: Geno White @ Martini Beach, 6:00pm

The Tom Larsen Blues Band @ Cabanas, 9:30pm

Saturday: Frank Bey @ Cabanas, 1:00pm

Eddie Morgan @ Martini Beach, 6:00pm

Blue Bone @ Cabanas, 9:30pm

Purchase tickets at:  for guaranteed seating.

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First  Friday - Throughout the city
There’s diversity both in the crowd and among the  galleries, adding flavor to the experience. The largest network of galleries  is between Front and Third, and Market and Vine Streets, but many galleries  throughout the city also participate.

It  began in 1991 by the Old City Arts Association as a  collaborative open house. First Friday is one of Philadelphia's most unique  cultural experiences.

Held  the first Friday night of each month, rain or shine, year-round.
 Hours: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
 No admission

This  art community “open house” brings together city dwellers and suburbanites,  contemporary arts and antique collectors, aficionados of classical and  contemporary design, and theater and performance buffs.

The welcoming informality of  First Friday attracts crowds of casual browsers as well as serious buyers to  each festive event, featuring dozens of Old City’s galleries and shops  hosting exhibition receptions or just open for your perusal and enjoyment.

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Jus’  Words at Dowlings Place

1310  No. Broad St. Phila

Every  Thurs. 9pm to 1am

·       Poets

·       Rappers

·       Singers

·       Spoken Word Artists

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The Philadelphia Marathon Weekend

November 18-20, 2011

The Philadelphia Marathon is a 26.2-mile race that occurs each  November and is officially recognized by USA Track & Field. In previous  years the Marathon organization has also offered a half-marathon, 8k and  children's runs on race day. The first Philadelphia Marathon took place in  1994.

Running the  Marathon

Registration for the race begins each April and typically sells out  before race day; if you're thinking about signing up, plan accordingly. You  do not need a qualifying time to register for the marathon.

Marathon Route

The Philadelphia Marathon starts and ends in the Art Museum area and  passes through several neighborhoods including Old City, South Street, West  Philadelphia and Manayunk. For a map of the marathon route, visit the marathon's  website.

Watching the  Marathon

The Philadelphia Marathon offers several "cheer zones"  along the marathon route, with many featuring live entertainment, food and  drink. Visit the Philadelphia Marathon's Watch  the Race page for a list of this year's cheering areas. Remember when  traveling to the race that many roads will be blocked off, and you should  plan your route accordingly.


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Occupy The Hood Calls On Young People of  African Descent to Uplift the Community

By Phillip Jackson

November 1, 2011

(Liberia, West Africa) The Occupy Wall  Street Movement has captured the imagination of the world.  We now have Occupy Tokyo, Occupy Berlin,  Occupy Mexico, Occupy Australia, Occupy Brazil, Occupy Denmark, Occupy Asia  and even Occupy Antarctica.  But where  are the voices of young people of African descent and why are their voices  silent?

On Saturday, November 19, 2011, people of  African descent are being encouraged to join the Occupy Wall Street Movement  in their cities and in their communities.    But before occupying Wall Street or any street, we need to properly  and successfully occupy the minds and spirits of people of African descent  with thoughts of improvement, achievement, excellence, progress and cooperative  labor. We must do this every day until we have created a new world in which  people of African descent will thrive!

To look at the evening news on the  occupations, it would seem as though young White men and women suffer most  from the problems of our societies and the world in which we live.  That is absolutely not true!  In fact, the suffering from social and  economic ills of people of African descent around the world is hugely  disproportionate.  So why has the  "Occupy Movement" not inspired more young Black people across the  globe to demand change and improvement in their world?


Some say Black people have too many  "real" problems to be concerned about the volatility of the stock  markets or whether Fortune 500 companies will each capture another billion  dollars.  Some say that Black  Americans have forgotten the lessons learned from the civil rights  movement.  And others say that young  Africans and young Black Americans today have been reprogrammed with  technological toys, various forms of entertainment and other relatively  mindless distractions.  Regardless,  young Black people around the world do not understand that decisions that  govern the quality of their lives are being made without their input.

But a glimmer of hope has come to us in the  form of a spinoff from Occupy Wall Street.   It is called Occupy The Hood. While Occupy Wall Street addresses the  viciousness of capitalism, uneven distribution and control of world  resources, corrupt and ineffective governments, lack of human well-being  across the world, climate change and the environment, wars and global  violence and other dire issues, Occupy The Hood is being led by young people  of African descent and addresses issues that cause people of African descent  to suffer.  And while we must  absolutely stand in solidarity with our White, Asian, Arab and Hispanic  brothers and sisters working to change the world, we must also organize to  directly improve the conditions in our "hood".

If things are going to change for us for  the better, young people of African descent around the world must begin the  real work of nation-building.  This  work begins by getting in action in their communities, in their villages, in  their cities and in their countries-to generate and ensure safe and  prosperous places for us.  We cannot  wait for our parents, our leaders, Wall Street or those who occupy Wall  Street before we take control of our futures and our destiny.  We must organize and get into action now  doing the work to save our race!

On November 19, people of African descent  around the world will join in this work to Occupy The Hood.  This work calls us to mentor youth in  schools and in communities, assist and support senior citizens, work with men  in jail, prison and ex-offenders, clean up neighborhood paper, trash, etc., walk  safety patrols in communities, take youth to faith-based services, read to  children at local schools, organize community health walks/runs, hold  community-wide voter registration drives, organize men to take their children  to museums, parks, sporting events and cultural events, organize volunteers  to help at local hospitals, shelters, recreational and park-district  facilities, shop at Black-owned stores, and design and develop additional  community-building direct actions.

For young people of African descent, Occupy  The Hood is this generation's civil rights movement!  Launching Occupy Wall Street took only  three days.  How long will it take us  to Occupy The Hood?

Phillip Jackson

Founder and Executive Director

The Black Star Project

3509 South King Drive

Chicago, Illinois 60653

773.285.9600 office

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Rebirth of a Nation:

Race and Gender Politics in Today's Media

Saturday, November 5, 2011

12:00-3:00 pm

Max Palevsky Theater, Ida Noyes Hall (1212  E. 59th Street)


Rosa Clemente (Community organizer, journalist &  Executive Director of the Hip-Hop Caucus)

Joan Morgan (Journalist, cultural critic and author,  When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: My Life as a Hip-Hop Feminist.)

Mark Anthony Neal (Professor, Black Popular Culture, Duke  University, and author of NewBlack Man: Rethinking Black Masculinity)

VijayPrashad (Professor & Director, International  Studies, Trinity College, and author of The Darker Nations: A People’s  History of The Third World)

Che "Rhymefest" Smith (Grammy Award-winning Raptivist)

Bakari Kitwana (Moderator-Journalist, activist, political  analyst, and author of The

Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the  Crisis in African American Culture, and the forthcoming Hip-Hop Activism in  the Obama Era)

This interactive event includes a panel of  scholars, activists and artists in discussion with the audience about the  politics of media representations of race and gender in this current period,  which has been characterized by some as post-race and post-feminist.  We will dissect contemporary moments in  popular culture and political debates where race, gender, class and identity  come center stage. Films like The Help, reality television shows like  Basketball Wives, and hot button political issues such as immigration,  Islamophobia, Slut Walk and the burgeoning Occupy Wall Street campaign lead  the list.

Possible questions to be addressed include:

-How do popular narratives of Blackness  from Birth of a Nation to Precious impact public policy around policing,  incarceration, housing and employment?

-To what extent does gender and class  continue to inform our understanding of race?

- Is there room for the full-range of race  and gender expressions in the American mainstream?

- How do the debates around immigration  challenge the black/white paradigm in our understanding of race and class?

-What can we do to move these discussions  beyond outdated racial and gender paradigms?


Co-presented by The Center for the Study of  Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago; the Black Youth  Project; the Organization of Black Students @U. Chicago; and Rap Sessions:  Community Dialogues on Hip Hop

Free & open to the public.

Persons   with  a  disability  who  believe  they   may  need  assistance  should contact Jessica Sparks at CSRPC in advance at  773.702.8063.

Mrs. Donnie Smith

Assistant to Che "Rhymefest"  Smith

Phone: (773) 597-5646

Fax: (773) 891-1133

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Comcast  unveils new plan to combat digital divide

  Comcast has announced that it will begin offering a new  service, Internet  Essentials, in time for the 2011-12 school year.
    This initiative will directly address the major barriers that  many in our communities face for in-home broadband adoption:   affordability and lack of digital literacy.
    In today’s world, it is important for everyone to be digitally  literate.  Broadband adoption is vital for our communities because it  helps improve our children’s education, our local economy, and the ability  for members of our communities to find jobs and benefit from opportunities  available online.
    Comcast Internet Essentials will provide eligible families with:
    -- Affordable home Internet service ($9.95 per month)
    -- A low-cost computer ($149.99 plus taxes)
    -- Access to free internet training – online, in print and in  classroom (at established community training sites)
    Internet Essentials will be available everywhere that Comcast  offers its high-speed Internet service.  Students in more than 4,000  school districts in 39 states and the District of Columbia will be able to  participate.
    Comcast will accept new Internet Essentials participants for at  least three years, through the end of the 2013-14 school year.  Any  household that qualifies during this three-year period will remain eligible  for Internet Essentials, provided the household still qualifies for the  program, until that child graduates from high school.
    For more details, go here.
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Free online journal focuses on technology  for nonprofits
   Technology can help nonprofits create the change they want  to see in

the  world. But even with daily evidence of world-changing innovations

and  applications of technology, it's difficult for nonprofit leaders to

know  how to apply it to their missions.
  NTEN:Change, a free online journal from the

Nonprofit Technology Network,  

provides  the guidance and practical considerations nonprofits need to

make  the sound investments and decisions that will help them meet

their  goals.
    Free subscriptions are available 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 available only to grantees, including:

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

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

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

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

For  more information, email 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


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Sister Phile Chionesu, organizer of the Million Woman March,

“Nu Day Resurrection and Liberation" Show LIVE each Saturday  evening 10:30 PM--12:00 midnight EST.

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