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Sparking must have conversation with women in hopes of connecting women to supportive women and resources that allow us to

 live safe productive lives is the goal of "Girls Compete. Women Support Women!! Breaking stigmas with conversations that are

 often challenging to have, "Girls Compete. Women Support Women!! opens platforms to explore who we are as women and our

 actions toward women. Men also can relate to "Girls Compete. Women Support Women!!" as a look into the world of women.

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Clinton's Steal $6 Billion From Haiti

Mental Health and Police Don't Match

Appoint a Special Prosecutor to Investigate the Murder of Michael Brown

Petition by Jamilah Nasheed

To be delivered to Robert P. McCulloch, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney

The death of Michael Brown at the hands of Ferguson, MO police has stoked tensions and caused unrest across our community, state, and nation. This racially charged climate demands an independent, impartial investigation that the St. Louis County Prosecutor's office simply cannot provide

We, the American people, promise to defend and advance a simple ideal: liberty and justice. . . for all. Americans who are willing to work hard and play by the rules should be able to find a decent job, get a good home in a strong community, retire with dignity, and give their kids a better life. Every one of us – rich, poor, or in-between, regardless of skin color or birthplace, no matter their sexual orientation or gender – has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That is our covenant, our compact, our contract with one another. It is a promise we can fulfill – but only by working together.

Today, the American Dream is under threat. Our veterans are coming home to few jobs and little hope on the home front. Our young people are graduating off a cliff, burdened by heavy debt, into the worst job market in half a century. The big banks that American taxpayers bailed out won’t cut homeowners a break. Our firefighters, nurses, cops, and teachers – America’s everyday heroes – are being thrown out onto the street. From "Rebuild The Dream Innovation"

What?!? Private prisons suing states for millions if they don’t stay full

Thu., Sep. 26, 2013 8:44 AM EDT
by Terry Shropshire 

Low crime rates bad for business for white-owned private prisons; they demand states keep them full
Low crime rates bad for business for white-owned private prisons; they demand states keep them full

The prison-industrial complex is so out of control that private prisons have the sheer audacity to order states to keep beds full or face their wrath with stiff financial penalties, according to reports. Private prisons in some states have language in their contracts that state if they fall below a certain percentage of capacity that the states must pay the private prisons millions of dollars, lest they face a lawsuit for millions more.

And guess what? The private prisons, which are holding cash-starved states hostage, are getting away with it, says advocacy group, In the Public Interest.

In the Public Interest has reviewed more than 60 contracts between private prison companies and state and local governments across the country, and found language mentioning “quotas” for prisoners in nearly two-thirds of those contracts reviewed. Those quotas can range from a mandatory occupancy of, for example, 70 percent occupancy in California to up to 100 percent in some prisons in Arizona.

It is very interesting and telling that so few major national news organization are willing to report on the monstrous, ravenous and criminal system that is devouring hundreds of thousands of black and brown boys. Even those who do not subscribe to conspiracy theories have looked askance at this shocking report.

Welcome to the greatest manifestation of modern-day slavery, ladies and gentlemen.

One of those private prisons, The Corrections Corporation of America, made an offer last year to the governors of 48 states to operate their prisons on 20-year contracts, according to In the Public Interest.

What makes these deals so odious and unscrupulous? Take a look:

1) The offer included a demand that those prisons remain 90 percent full for the duration of the operating agreement. You know what that means: if there are not enough prisoners then there will be an unspoken push for police to arrest more people and to have the courts send more to prison for petty, frivolous and nonviolent crimes. There will also be a “nudge” for judges to hand down longer or maximum sentences to satisfy this “quota.”

2) Private prison companies have also backed measures such as “three-strike” laws to maintain high prison occupancy.

3) When the crime rate drops so low that the occupancy requirements can’t be met, taxpayers are left footing the bill for unused facilities.

The report found that 41 of 62 contracts reviewed contained occupancy requirements, with the highest occupancy rates found in Arizona, Oklahoma and Virginia.

In Colorado, Democratic Gov. John Hinklooper agreed to close down five state-run prisons and instead send inmates to CCA’s three corrections facilities. That cost taxpayers at least $2 million to maintain the unused facilities.

It is getting more difficult to rationalize the societal cost of keeping prisons full just to satisfy private investors who treat prisoners as commodity and cattle .


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  Educating parents and community members about  funds and programs so that we can all grow. Community responsibility is also an advocacy for us and we try to educate our folks on resources and different avenues to revenue.

   At the end of each interview each guest is asked to suggest an area of common ground in hopes that we can start dialogue on coming together in a respectful manner. 

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Stop Attacking The Most Vulnerable Members of Our Society


 If Children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.

Si los ninos viven con criticas,ellos aprenden a condenar.

 Si los ninos viven con hostilidad, ellos apprenden a pelear.

If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.

 If children live with ridicule, they learn to be shy.

Si los ninos viven con ridiculez, ellos aprenden a ser timidos.

 If Children Live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.

Si los ninos viven con verguenza, ellos aprenden a sentir culpa.

 Si los ninos viven con tolerancia, ellos aprenden a ser pacientes.

If children live with tolerance, they learn to be  patient.

 If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.

Si los ninos viven con armonia, ellos aprenden a tener confianza.

 Si los ninos viven entre elogios, ellos aprenden a apreciar.

If children live with praise, they learn to appreciate.

 If children live with fairness, they learn justice.

Si los ninos viven con justicia, ellos aprenden a ser justos.

 Si los ninos viven con seguridad, ellos aprenden a tener Fe.

If children live with security, they learn to have faith.

 Si los ninos viven con aprobacion, ellos aprenden a querese a si mismos.

If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.

 If children live with acceptance and friendship, they learn to find love in the world.

Si los ninos viven con aceptacion y amistad, ellos aprenden a encontrar amor en el mundo.

 "Los Ninos Aprenden de lo que Viven"

"Children Learn What They Live"

   Dorothy Law Nolte

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By Catherine Newhouse, The Chicago Reporter, September/October 2010 

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Beltway beginnings

D.C. shifts from juvenile corrections model toward rehabilitation

Pili Robinson, of the Missouri Youth Services Institute, was brought in to transform a troubled juvenile detention center in Washington, D.C. It 

now focuses on rehabilitation instead of punishment. Photo by Mark Abramson.

Pili Robinson was surprised by what young people told him in April 2005 when he went door to door in the disciplinary unit of the Oak Hill Youth 

Center in Laurel, Md. All were sent there for medical reasons, gender identification issues or aggressive behavior. Some said they had been 

locked in their dimly lit cells for 24 hours a day, seven days a week for up to 60 days.

When they were eventually let out of their cells, they fought over basic needs such as toothpaste, deodorant, food and clothing.

Scarce supplies and a deteriorating environment triggered bitter feelings, which exploded into fistfights. By November 2005, 18-year-old Karl 

Grimes was dead from head injuries he sustained during a fight with two other youth.

"It was a really inhumane, bad place," said Robinson, of the Missouri Youth Services Institute. The consulting agency partnered that year with 

the District of Columbia's Youth Rehabilitation Services Department, which operates Oak Hill, to try and remedy the center's supervisory 

problems and subpar living conditions and ultimately create a juvenile justice system based on rehabilitation instead of punishment.

The trouble at the facility dated back to as early as 1985. That's when the Public Defender Services and American Civil Liberties Union sued 

Oak Hill for its poor services to youth in a case known as Jerry M. v. District of Columbia. Leading up to the lawsuit, Oak Hill was plagued by 

frequent violence, inadequately trained staff, and a deficiency of job training and educational opportunities to help young people succeed in life 

after imprisonment.

Meanwhile, out west, Missouri had designed a sustainable model centered on youth rehabilitation. The Missouri model, which started 40 years 

ago, rehabilitates young people through group therapy in a humane environment.

"Most juvenile systems are based on the correctional policy, which has not worked," said Mark Steward, director of the Missouri Youth Services

 Institute. "It's almost a revolving door. They go out and come back in. The juvenile system has become like the minor leagues for the adult 

prison system."

Missouri has proven the effectiveness of its model with the lowest-known juvenile recidivism rate in the country, Steward said. Only 8.4 percent 

of youth released in 2006 were recommitted to juvenile facilities by 2009. Compare that with Illinois, where half the juvenile offenders ended up 

back in the juvenile system over the same period.

Youth in punitive systems are more likely to reoffend because they adapt to their aggressive environment, taking up the violent behaviors of 

fellow inmates and regressing academically, said Marc Schindler, who was the head of the Washington, D.C., juvenile justice system until he 

was replaced in July after a middle- school principal was allegedly killed by several youth under the system's supervision. "That's not only 

wasting an opportunity, but we have damaged that young person," Schindler said.

Other states have taken notice of Missouri's success. Representatives from half of the states in the nation have visited Missouri's facilities over 

the past decade, Steward said. Missouri has seen at least 50 visitors from Illinois. But despite the interest, Illinois hasn't pulled together the 

resources necessary to pursue a transformation, Steward said. "It's a hell of a lot of work, and it takes commitment," Steward said. "You have to 

change the culture from punitive and correctional to therapeutic."

States facing pressure from the U.S. Justice Department or possible lawsuits have taken swifter action to make a quality juvenile justice system 

a reality. To help interested states model their system after Missouri's, Steward retired after 17 years as the juvenile justice director in Missouri 

and then founded the Missouri Youth Services Institute in 2005. Since then, Louisiana, New Mexico, New York, two counties in California and 

Washington have hired the institute to assess their juvenile systems, recommend policies, train staff and lead reform at their facilities.

The quality of the Washington juvenile justice system continued to decline even after the lawsuit was filed in 1985. Fed up with the lack of 

progress, the plaintiffs in December 2003 requested that the court take charge of the agency and remedy the complaints. In lieu of that, then-

Mayor Anthony Williams appointed a new director, Vincent Schiraldi, to oversee the juvenile justice system.

Back to Detention

Missouri has gained a reputation of creating a 

model to rehabiltate troubled youth in a way 

that reduces the chances that they'll return to 

juvenile detention.

3-year juvenile recommitment rate

Illinois Missouri
1996-1999 33% 9%
2006-2009 50% 8%
Sources: Missouri Division of Youth Services
Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice

Schiraldi outlined a plan to close Oak Hill and open a new facility based on the Missouri 

model, with guidance from the Missouri Youth Services Institute. In the meantime, Oak Hill 

implemented a portion of the Missouri model, experimenting with group therapy, increasing 

the staff-to-youth ratio and improving conditions. By December 2007, plaintiffs were 

satisfied enough with the system's progress to withdraw their motion for the court to take 

over the agency.

In May 2009, Oak Hill was replaced with the state-of-the-art New Beginnings facility, where 

the rooms were created like comfortable college dorms instead of prison cells. The rooms 

were private, carpeted and had natural light. There were night lights for reading, and youth 

had chalkboards to express themselves.

By providing a safe, clean environment where youth can let their guard down, New Beginnings helped the young people work through the 

problems that led them to criminal activity. "The whole point was to create this humane environment where kids are comfortable enough to 


what's going on in their world," Robinson said.

The rehabilitation program on average lasts nine to 10 months. For two hours every night, students gather in their group of 10 to talk about their 

lives in an exercise designed to help them get to the root of their problems. Their daily schedules also include class, gym and journaling.

Washington applied Missouri's group therapy process, also hiring a mental health worker and a caseworker to provide extra rehabilitative 

services for each therapy group. So far, the reforms have motivated youth to find alternatives to reoffending, Schindler said. Oak Hill has cut its 

recidivism rate in half, from 30 percent of juveniles reconvicted within a year in 2004 to 16 percent in 2007, according to a 2008 report about 

public safety in the Washington juvenile justice system.

The biggest challenge has been getting the old Oak Hill staff onboard with rehabilitation. Over the past five years, Robinson said some staff tried 

to sabotage the reform efforts, turning their backs on fighting or escaping youth. A couple of weeks after New Beginnings opened, some staff 

members abandoned six youth for five hours, giving them the opportunity to escape, Robinson said. They were later recovered outside the 


Although some staff have grown fond of the new model, the majority still believe that the youth are criminals who need to "feel the wrath of the criminal 

justice system so they won't get in trouble again," Robinson said.

Robinson said changing the staff culture is one of two major obstacles to long-term success. The second is finding another way to accommodate youth with 

shorter sentences.

But whether Washington's success will continue after losing its two key reformers is debatable. Schiraldi left Washington to move to New York City's

 probation department in January, and his interim replacement, Schindler, was removed after the middle-school principal was killed. But Steward said such 

incidences will happen in any state, and the change in the district's leadership might disrupt reform.

The key to continuing reform is earning young people's trust in order to help them turn their lives around, Schindler said. When youth first came to New 

Beginnings, they were shocked and felt like they didn't deserve such a nice place to live, Robinson said. But then they regained their sense of dignity and 

returned the respect, taking pride in the quality of their new home and the cutting-edge educational technology it offered.

"We have to treat them with dignity and respect, and earn their trust and not assume it," Schindler said. If "I put you in a prison cell that stinks from the smell 

of urine and feces with the toilet next to your head, probably the message you're going to take away from that is that you don't really care about me. If you 

really cared about me, why would you stick me in this rat hole at the end of the day?"


Great Conversation With Dr. Naploean Vaughn on erasing the shame associated with Mental ILLNESS!!

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This sun-day, The Children's Defense Fund will take to the streets and silently protest the illegal stop and frisk law that big city mayors including our own Honorable Mayor Micheal Nutter have imposed. Another camouflaged racial discrimination tactic of this great country, against folks of color, which I recently learned includes the Latino community being considered black, I always thought of that culture as being Latino. Truthfully I thought black meant of African decent, much like Asian means from the Asian hemisphere. The Children's Defense Fund has really been the best advocate for African American and Latino Youth and charter schools(which I am totally against because they are not worth the closing of neighborhood schools and increase the number of our youth entering the prison system). Money is the root of this divide and conquer and the church with it's selfish judgmental ways. The church which created this justice system based on their bible, the church that preaches forgiveness only if you convert to their limited way of thinking and deny yourself. Amazing the different paths that lead us to fight the unfair treatment of African American and Latino populations. The path that the religious made and continue to stumble on. The silent march was posted in an article of the Huffington Post, nothing on the website besides the article from the Huffington, so I emailed them to get the location for this important stand against our civil rights. At the Black Writers Conference that I attended last week, one of the panelist stated that his mother was in the sex business and it was the church pimping her out. When do we as African and Latino Americans wake up from all the camouflaged abuse? 

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Building a Resource Network

I attended a meeting on Friday with a group of community advocates who would like to come together and start a group called information advocates. Hosted by Stanley R. Pokras, Executive Director, Nonprofit Technology Resources (NTR)
Former Regional Coord, Community Technology Centers' Network ( of and instigator for the Information Advocates Network. Nonprofit Technology Resources,1524 Brandywine Street Great coming together of like minded folks hoping to share resources with our entire city. Here is the agenda   \m
I look forward to the next meeting June 30,2011, 1pm at PhillyCam 699 Ranstead Street.


Colorado court stops religious school vouchers

Posted on: Friday August 19th, 2011

By Molly A. Hunter

 Director, Education Justice, Education Law Center

We know that vouchers fail in at least two ways. First, vouchers do not raise student achievement. They also hyper-segregate schools, typically by excluding students with disabilities, students learning English, and children from low-wealth families.

Nevertheless, a large school district in Colorado adopted a plan to use about $3 million of its public education tax revenues to start a voucher program in the 2011-12 school year. Most of the private schools where the Douglas County School District wanted to pay tuitions are religious schools that require teachers, parents, and potential students to agree to religious tenets.

Some parents of schoolchildren in the district and other district taxpayers filed a lawsuit to stop the voucher plan. In a three-day hearing, the private schools clearly stated their “missions of religious indoctrina


tion.” They said their programs include the religious teachings of their particular churches and require students to attend religious services.

The Denver District Court that heard the case issued a permanent injunction that prevents the school district's voucher program from proceeding. The court explained its order in detail and found that the voucher program violates parts of the Colorado Constitution and two Colorado statutes.

The Colorado Constitution's Article IX, Section 7, for example, prohibits any government entity, including school districts, from using public funds "to help support...any school,...controlled by any church or sectarian denomination whatsoever."

Also, Article IX, Section 8 requires that "No religious test or qualification shall ever be required of any person as a condition of admission into any public institution of the state, either as a teacher or student;" and "no teacher or student of any such institution shall ever be required to attend...any religious service whatsoever."

The school district's voucher program would violate both of these provisions.

This case is similar to earlier "Blaine Amendment" cases in Arizona and Florida, where publicly funded vouchers for religious schools violated those states' constitutions. Thirty-seven (37) state constitutions have Blaine Amendments, and they prohibit the use of public tax dollars to fund religious activities, including religious schools.

The Colorado case is Larue v. Douglas County Sch. Dist., and the court ruled on August 12, 2011.


Wow great news Arlene Ackerman was removed from the Philadelphia School District, yessssssssss!!
The PFT is sponsoring buses to Washington D.C. this weekend for the Dr. Martin Luther King unveiling you can register at
Was able to record some of our youth and their mentor from the Dollar Boyzs at a forum on community responsibility and why our youth flash mob. Also covered The Cost of War and What We Can Do About It, will post soon as we finish editing.

Did you know that our federal government sets aside billions of dollars to support small businesses? Learn about all the federal contracts that your small for profit or non-profit may qualify for. SCORE is offering workshops on Doing Business With The Federal Government

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This Sunday 1901 Vine Street, we will be discussing The Cost of War and What we can do about It from 2-4pm in the Skyline Room 4th Floor

THE COST OF WAR ON WOMEN AND CHILDREN please click on the Education Committee

As Rosita Johnson has written:


It will take place on SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2011- 2 to 4 PM at the FREE LIBRARY OF PHILADELPHIA, 1901 VINE STREET, SKYLINE ROOM, 4th FLOOR.

Speakers will address the topic. One speaker from Darfur and her daughter will share their war experiences. Natalie Cordona, Director of Programs for Women’s Global Leadership, co-sponsored by Rutgers University and the UN, will give a global view. Mary Borden will discuss nuclear issues. Barbara Senere will talk about child soldiers. Discussion will

Endorsed by Philadelphia National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981, AFL-CIO, Philadelphia AreaBlack Radical Congress, Philadelphia Regional Anti-War Network, Brandywine Peace Community,Philadelphia Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, Pittsburgh Area Black RadicalCongress, National Alliance of Women Veterans

A recent report from Brown University Cost of War Project says the total cost of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan total $3.2 to $4 trillion including care for injured veterans until 2050 and interest on loans to finance the wars.

The cost in human lives is 19,629 in Afghanistan (US and Afghanis) and 48,000 injured. Nearly 1 million Iraqi civilians have been killed, the majority women and children, and 4,414 US troops killed. More than 3 million Iraqis lost their homes and are refugees.

Do US citizen want their taxes used for war? What about the future of American children? What is the Peace Dividend? How could it be used? What can we do as US citizens? Participants will explore the answers to these questions.

Other speakers are sought as you read this announcement.

We are now in contact with the Philadelphia National Writers Union, Philadelphia Regional Anti-War Network, Brandywine Peace Community, Philadelphia Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, Pittsburgh Area Black Radical Congress, National Alliance of Women Veterans, Main Line Peace Action, Pennsylvania Progressive Democrats of America, Alliance of Women Veterans, Crossroadswomen, Philadelphia Student Union,
Youth United for Change, Teachers Action  Group, GI Rights Hotline, Eastern Service Workers, the NAACP Legal and Social Justice Center, Philadelphia Black Clergy, Education Not Incarceration, and a city workers labor union local. 

Other organizations are considering our ideas on changes needed in the Philadelphia school system around the wars and recruitment of youth into the armed services.  We are pressing for the need to change the military academies and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps programs in each high school into Peace Academies and peace training programs in the high schools.

The Philadelphia Public High School directories list two military academies as Elverson and Leeds and a number of JROTC programs as: Bartrum; Germantown; Gratz; Lincoln; Swenson; West Philadelphia; Frankford; Martin Luther King; Overbrook; Roxborough; South Philadelphia; Strawberry Mansion; and Ben Franklin.
This event will be recorded for PhillyCam!!

Please view our documentary on Save Our Schools March in Washington D.C. July 30, 2011


Make It Happen!!LLC is up and running for anyone interested in Community Organizing, Event Planning, Image Consultant or Marketing please visit our site

Second Saturday of every month til October Historic Germantown is open for free tours of museums and landmarks. Please start your tour at ACES Museum 5801 Germantown Ave.

Community Night at Wendy's Restaurant 5534 Wayne Ave. Wednesday, August 24, 2011 5pm-8pm, we will also be selling raffle tickets for paintings by Vietnam Veteran and International Artist Walter Allen Rogers Jr., you do not want to miss this investment.

Free 12 Week Food Service Training Program- Applicants must be low income and reside in the 19144, 19119, 19126, 19138, 19141, and 19140 zip codes. Monday - Friday 9am-3:30pm Space is limited 215.991.4744 6631 Germantown Ave.

G'Town Restoration CDC 215.991.4744

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 Job Placement is an exciting online magazine that aims to motivate teens to be informed decision makers and leaders of tomorrow. This web site gives teens around the world an opportunity to connect and explore the many resourcess available to them through expert advice, online career panels, scholarships, and more!

Community College of Philadelphia is a great resource for building your network and net worth, enrolling now for the Fall

We are on PhillyCam now, PhillyCam will be moving to 699 Ranstead St, 7th between Market and Chestnut to our new studio, where we will offer studio production training along with video production and final cut pro, become a member today and tell your story to be aired on Comcast 66/966 and Verizon 29/30 Philadelphia Black Radical Congress presents State Senator Shirley Kitchen and State Rep. Curtis Thomas discusssing The Pennsylvania State Budget which aired on PhillyCam


We celebrated National Day of Honor yesterday in Vernon Park with Caution Community Drum line and Steppers, wonderful performance from the group who incorporates youth with special needs. Big shouts to Ms. Danita Bates and her father Dewey for the work that they put into our community by investing in our youth. We were also joined by Buffalo Solider James Pittman, World War II Veteran Commander Stephen E. Sherman, Chief Three Feathers ,NABVETS Joe Wynn and Firefighters Lieutenant Stafford E. Freeman III and his crew from Ladder 08, 300 E. Chelten Ave. In this time of recession Dr. A. Hankins demonstrates what staying focus means. Great Job!!


Will be in Washington D.C. with the CPER convening Monday, May 23 talking with Senator Casey office about education and Tuesday talking with Congressman Fattah and Platt. May have some visits with some Republican leaders also.


We are also having a fundraiser for after school programs and will start with The Educational Enhancement Program created by Dr. Hankins. We tried to partner with the Philadelphia Home and School Assoc. but haven't heard from them. We will be working the concessions stands for the AT&T National Golf Tournament hosted by Aronimink golf Club in Newton Square, Pa. from June 27, to July 3rd and could use some volunteers, please email


We will be airing on PhillyCam soon, if you have Comcast or Verizon you can see us on Comcast 66/966 and Verizon 29/30. PhillyCam is public cable access/community access media located at 232 Vine Street, Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19106, 267.639.5481, please become a member today and learn how to produce media. 


Our First Lady Michelle Obama (she is so beautiful) has implemented an healthy living campaign called "Let's Move" we are having our first meeting in Philadelphia on Tuesday May, 17 at 7pm at ACES Museum 5801-03 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia Pa. 19144 hope to see you there. You can Google Let's Move for a location near you.


Tuesday May, 17 is primary election day, so much is going on in the 8th district some of these candidates has some serious volunteer power, man that is the groups to watch, when I say the 8th district race is going to be interesting I mean the results is what I am looking forward to seeing, for they will speak volumes for that neglected district.



Our First Lady Michelle Obama (she is so beautiful) has implemented an healthy living campaign called "Let's Move" we are having our first meeting in Philadelphia on Tuesday May, 17 at 7pm at ACES Museum 5801-03 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia Pa. 19144 hope to see you there. You can Google Let's Move for a location near you.


Tuesday May, 17 is primary election day, so much is going on in the 8th district some of these candidates has some serious volunteer power, man that is the groups to watch, when I say the 8th district race is going to be interesting I mean the results is what I am looking forward to seeing, for they will speak volumes for that neglected district.


 We need to lobby our Pa. state legislators to stop Gov. Corbett from illegally using the Tobacco Settlement fund and The Accountability Grant.


There is always so much going on and I love being in the mix of it all!! Saturday, May 21, 2011 National Day of Honor, ACES Museum will be honoring all minority veterans in Vernon Park at

12:30pm - 7pm We are also conducting a membership drive to support the Museum and help with needed repairs please email the following information to if you would like more information on how you can help preserve minority veteran's history.   We at ACES Museum 5801 Germantown Ave. would like to honor
veterans' with Medals of Honor on May 21, 2011 at Vernon Park

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Did you know that our federal govenment sets aside billions of dollars to support small businesses? Learn about all the federal contracts that your small for profit or non-profit may qualify for. SCORE is offering workshops on Doing Business With The Federal Government

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This Wednesday April 26, 2011 The Philadelphia School District SRC meeting is the place to be, back door deals is the topic the nontransparent behavior of The School District of Philadelphia. No wonder our schools don't work, too many of the wrong hands in the pot. So greatful our Mayor finally stepped up and requested a probe, so glad the pressure of election is on, although I have seen our Mayor in action and know he does not cave in. I am  truely happy that he requested the probe hope they keep probing the entire district and get Butkozit in there to look at the books. Way to go Mayor Nutter!!
Folks are protesting all over the place about this budget, NAACP was in Harrisburg today along with Youth United for Change upset with the Zero Tolerance Policy,  This Saturday TAG's 2nd Annual Education for Liberation Summit
  1. April 30, 9:30am - 5pm 1023 Callowhill St  "What Really Happens In The Classroom"


This Sunday State Reps, and Senators will be at the Free Library on the 4th floor in the Skyline room with Philadelphia Area Black Radical Congress  talking the damaging affects on our communites with the SB1 Bill


REPORT TO THE PEOPLE- Invited Speakers- State Senator Vincent J. Hughes, Senator Shirley Kitchen, Representative W. Curtis Thomas, Representative Tony Payton Jr. and Representative Ronald Waters.

How will funding change for Education, Jobs, Health Care, Housing, Environment, Social Services, Incarceration/Recidivism?
Also this Sunday:

There is a Green Fair being held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the Germantown Friends School Sustainable Urban Science Center, West Coulter Street. The event is free. More than two dozen exhibitors plan to attend, and informational workshops will be offered every half hour. Music, entertainment and food also will be available. For more information,  contact

I missed this event last year, but I will not miss this year!!

This Sunday, March 27th we are discussing Money, our first guest will be Ms. Alleta who has a youth entrepreneurship program partnered with PNC bank, we look forward to learning about the program.


We will also discuss SB1, budget cuts and a parent’s perspective dealing with a Christian Academy under the current voucher program. I attended Senator's Williams' community budget forum Thursday and will hopefully get to discuss how State Rep. Curtis Thomas and James Roebuck are totally against SB1 along with Philadelphia Chapter of the NAACP Mr. Jerry Mondesire who expressed a need for us to come to the table and come up with real solutions, he stated that vouchers was not the way. Rep. Payton and Sen. Williams was in support of SB1, I made a comment about how Sen. Williams stated at the SB1 hearing that he attended private school and was bullied at the school so both settings can be dangerous. I also want to discuss how Sen. Williams’s involvement is illegal according to our Pennsylvania Constitution because he has personal interest with a failing charter school named after his father; so his statement about us having the money to address our educational needs is the only way to fix our schools sounds suspect and fraudulent.


We will also discuss the Earn Sick Time bill introduced by Councilman Clarke and how that campaign is going with The Campaign for Working Families.


Had a meeting with Germantown Action United and Cindy Bass candidate for 8th District Council. Great meeting on how to incorporate Army Engineers to help fix a water problem in the park located on Haines St. off of Stenton Ave. A suggestion she received after discussing the matter with Congress Fattah. Cindy Bass is the right person for the neglected 8th District Council seat and showed us her commitment by spending over two hours to hear our concerns. I believe Cindy Bass can and will serve the 8th District well.


I also volunteered to help at a Science Fair for teachers at the Farimount Water Works Interpretive Center conducted by Ecoexpress Great networking and educational experience. The Farimount Water Works Interpretive Center is located behind the Art Museum next to the restaurant. The Interpretive center is one of the best living history lessons Philadelphia has to offer. 640 Water Works Drive 19130, 215.685.0723 Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm Sunday 1-5pm Donations are Welcome (Please make a donation) The history starts from 1815 to present and for the free trip you should catch SEPTA bus 38 at Wissahickion Transfer Station, please start this free trip here and enjoy the wonderful sites of Philadelphia via Fairmount Park and parts of West Philadelphia. The route 38 has breathe taking views that will take you to the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum where the history, statues, paths and nature will invite you back again and again and all this is free except the route 38 $2 fare. This Sunday at 1:30 and 3:30pm they will show for free The 11th Hour by Leonardo DiCaprio. 


 Laurel Hill is the perfect field trip with rates of $5 - $10 per student 215.22.8200, You can explore some of THE GREATEST ART, ARCHITECTURE HISTORY AND SCIENCE. Earth Force was also there and gave great information on Community Action & Problem Solving Summary Guide 1301 N. 2nd Street 10122, 215.884.9888


The 1st Annual Cobbs Creek 5k run/walk will be April 23, 8am - 12pm 63rd & Cedar St. Khiet Luong Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Please also visit 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 1325 19107 215.564.2299

                             Pa Budget Watch Town Hall April 18, Widener University Center Bldg. 610.874.8646x100 before April 14 hosted by Live United of United Way Southeastern Delaware County

                             Philadelphia Home & School Council buses to Harrisburg to Support Public Education Tuesday April 5,  buses leaves 7am from 440 N. Broad St. contact Ms. Betty Mitchell 267.912.4056 or Judy Walston 267.970.3912



Please listen daily joining Parents United For The Advancement Of Youth BolgTalkRadio will be Action United on Mondays, Zulu Nation City Wide Youth Movement on Tuesday, Recently Released with Wayne Jacobs on Wednesday, and more to come.


Last night on ShaCorey Lending An Ear To Parents United For The Advancement Of Youth we discussed youth developing a voice with Dr. Valerie Adams, PhD Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Dr. Adams informed us that our youth begin to develop their voice at an early age and that we as parents have to learn to listen to the tone as well as the usage in their voice. For example our youth can say no in several different tones and we should be able to recognize the tone of the no we just heard. Was the no a happy no, a mad no or a confused no. We have to pay attention to what and how our youth speak to us. I asked Dr. Adams to discuss racial socialization, for I have never heard of the term and thought that the term referenced the banner posters of sisters in silky weave promoting the you have to look like me to get a job mentality. Dr. Adams stated that racial socialization is the separation of expectations for students  according to the school they attend. Students walking out at Audenried or King high school are not expected to have a voice, these students are labeled as do as I say and not out side the box. Where students of Vanguard schools are encouraged to have social clubs and voice their opinions and looked upon as future leaders. Deep, really deep insight and another topic for another show.

Valerie N. Adams, PhD Candidate
Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development
Applied Psychology Human Development Division
Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

Mr. Jim Hardy member of Teachers Action Group, discussed with us the fine line teachers are faced with when educating our youth and helping them find their voice and identity. Students safety is the priority of teachers so they seek not to harm our youth. I added that as a parent I trust that the schooling that teachers receive gives them the ability to analyze our youths development and suggest learning methods. Teachers are often blamed for everything and not given enough support from principals or policy makers. Tag is separate from the PFT which Mr. Hardy is the PFT rep at Kensington high, Tag is separate in allowing teachers to have a voice that isn't so political, often union members can only say so much, Tag allows for teachers to come together and talk without restraints and build collaborations.  Mr. Hardy also informed of our rights as parents to have information about what is going on in our students’ school. TAG is about building partnerships with parents and community members, when will old school mentality (currently running our comprehensives school as if the school was their bootcamp) of not caring for our youth, dumbing down our community, come to work for the benefits end.

There will be several actions going on:

  1. Community budget forum March 23, 6-8pm Calvary United Methodist Church 48th & Baltimore St.  Alan Butkovitz,city controller, Representative James Roebuck, Democratic Chair of House of Education committee and David Lapp, staff attorney, Education Law Center
  2. March 30, 4pm Fund Our Schools Not Prison march from 13th &Filbert to Broad and Spring Garden
  3. April 30, 9:30am - 5pm 1023 Callowhill St 2nd Annual Education for Liberation Summit "What Really Happens In The Classroom"

Also mentioned was the land grabbing going on in West Philly is reducing the property value and morral or the community. Thurs. 3/24 6059 Haverford Ave 5:30pm-7:30pm RSVP 215-748-8838

I also spoke on an new article that mentioned that the NAACP is hosting music awards now, which I agree with the author was out of place, for the NAACP has advocated against hiphop culture in the past and just doesn't seem right that now they are the authority on the music business. What made me mad was that JayZ was mentionedand I Love JayZ so I take personal remarks about him: I am so tired of people hating on JayZ (Shawn Corey Carter) and I fight for him. When do we let go of the reputation and see him for the empire that he built and the man he has evolved into. So if you're hating on JayZ than your hating on me!! Hope to have Mr. Carter on to discuss who he is. I Love that man!!

Next Sunday we are talking money with Ms. Alletas' organization that teaches our youth to be entrepreneurs. Hopefully we will have some guest on to talk about the state budget and how we can build partnerships to raise the $250million deficit we face. I don't understand the investment in prisons over schools other than we were never suppose to be included in the education process, just molded into whatever slave they want us low income folk to be. Parents have to understand their roles and not push our babies out the door so fast.


This Sunday March 20, on ShaCorey Lending An Ear To Parents United For The Advancement Of Youth we will discuss the Regional Citizens Committee Board Meeting that I attended on Tuesday, went to a meeting today where some of thee concerns of West Philadelphians' would be better addressed by the DVRPC. Great information about land development and transportation issues is what I received with the Transportation Improvement Program aka TIP, learned that Penndot has money for road construction and that other counties want monies that Ms. Aissia wants for West Philly bus loop and Wayne Junction. When money is involved so is politics so I will post the next meeting for all to attend, one of the topics is inclusion.


Rallied with the PFT, Action United, TAG, students and other parents for better education. Crazy part we all seem to have a different perspective on how to obtain a good education. One parent from Gratz stated at the School Reform Commission of Philadelphia that no one in the community was contacted about what was going on at the school and how can the community make a decision about what they want if they do not know what all is offered and losted. 42 people spoke at this SRC hearing, I was number 30, hopefully we'll get to talk about that testimony.  


Attended the Asian Democratic Club at Temple our Honorable Mayor Nutter was there, and Mr. Andy Toy running for city council at large was also there, I think I'm voting for both, but my vote is my busy and I don't plan to be endorsing just to be endorsing. Met so many strong united folks this week hope we build and continue to build!!


There is a Community Budget Forum this Wed. March 23, 6-8pm Calvary United Methodist Church 48th and Baltimore Sts. Panelist Alan Butkovitz, City Controller, State Representative James Roebuck, David Lapp staff Attorney Education Law Center. This will be a interesting meet.


  Ms. Valerie Adams will be on our show to discuss What is expected youth development in voicing themselves and how do we help them have a healthy identity and voice. Ms. Adams earned her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. She successfully defended her dissertation study titled The Relationship among Black Media Images, Racial Identity, Body Image and the Racial Socialization of Black Youth in 2010.

      She has spent her career working with urban African American and Latino adolescents in Philadelphia facilitating and training adults and youth on college preparation, science, civic engagement and life skills curriculum and activities. She has served as a 21st Century Learning Center Coordinator and a Cooperative Extension Agent as well as other positions that help to promote the healthy development of youth.

      Youth, and Teachers were also invited to join us, so hopefully we will be able to have a great discussion about youth roles and development in having a voice.

        There is a community budget meeting 9am South Philly high, I’ll give details on the discussion

Information packed disscuion is what we had last night on ShaCorey Lending An Ear To Parents United for The Advancemet of Youth. We disscused the threats to our ESSENTIAL RESOURCES, AIR AND WATER, with the UNREGULATED GAS DRILLING GOING ON ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS PROVIDED BY



We discussed building a voting block and supporting Sister Anita Smith for Municipal Judge and Lewis Harris to traffic court judge. Sister Smith believes in alternative punishment, something that D.A. Seth Williams campaigned on and the reason why I support him and his justice reform.


We also mentioned supporting Sister Aissia Richardson who is being attacked for advocating for the disenfranchised communities who are car - less. She needs our support this Tuesday 12pm Commission Office ACP building 8th fl, 190 Independence Mall use 6h St entrance for more info call 267- 593- 9227 this is the Regional Citizens Committee which she does not get paid to sit on.
We also mentioned the Ban The Box campaign so that citizens released back into society will be able to get an interview when applying for a job.


Today the PFT will rally at 440 N. Broad St. to oppose intimidation of teachers, students, parents and opposing charter schools. Please join us at 4pm.


We had a great show last Sunday with Ms.Percell CEO of The Skool Boye Booking Agency Inc. a strategic media marketing firm. Ms. Percell knew at an early age that she wanted to be an entrepreneur. She was exposed to the entertainment business at age 14 with an internship at DefJam. Later opened a Beauty Salon and felt life had more to offer her. True inspirations lead her to create her own strategic media marketing firm, a business that not many women are in. Her common ground request would be the spirit of entrepreneurs.


We also had Mr. Atiba Kwesi Executive Director... And Justice For All, What and eye opening life experience Mr. Kwesi shared with us,: most revealing was the Jail makes you a man mentality. Is that real? I thought going to jail took your manhood, made you live a lifestyle that outside of those walls are a lie. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? SMELLS LIKE SOMETHING ROTTEN IN DENMARK I MEAN IN OUR COMMUNITIES. WE NEED MALE MENTORS; MALES TO STEP UP SEEK WHATEVER RESOURCES NEEDED. PLEASE WE NEED OUR MALES TO STEP UP, REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH YOU ARE STILL A MAN YOU HAVE THREE LEGS AND AN ADAMS. We will have both Ms. Percell and Brother Atiba on again soon.


This Sunday March 13, 2011 We are discussing Sexual Boundaries and the Threats to our Drinking Water


We will be discussing with Mr. Jim Black Activist Consultant about Our Essential Resources threatened with the unregulation of the Natural Gas Industry. What people should know when a company wants to lease your land, and come up with common sense solutions to this problem caused by President George Bush passing of the 2005 U.S. Energy Policy Act (which Obama has not tried to change or address the ills caused by the President of our country) and New york State's Environmental Conservation Law Article 23 which affect New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Arkansas and Tennesse to name a few states. Please check our announcements for more on this topic.

office: 302-351-2277
We will  also be discussing Sexual Boundaries and the New Megan Law, along with a rally to save public education with the PFT on Monday, March 14 in front of 440 N. Broad ST. listen for the exact time.
Please visit the announcement page often, submit information that you would like to share and call in to voice your opinion.
This Sunday March 6, 2011 Entreprenuership and Building A Voter Block
We will be talking with Ms.Tenisha Percell CEO of The Skool Boye Booking Agency Inc. to learn how she started her own business booking big name Celebrity's.
83 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Office: 973-991-2889
Cell: 718-813-7949
 Mr.Atiba Kwesi Executive Director...And Justice For All will also join us this Sunday to discuss recently released and their right to vote
P.O. Box 11848
Philadelphia PA 19128
Phone: 215-880-4117

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