Philanthropic Philadelphia Images and stories by the Photojournalism Seminar Spring 2010 class at Temple University Edited by Sarah Fry, Kara Mortellite, Lisa Wilk
Copyright ÂŠ 2010 by Saleem Ahmed, Katherine Albin, Sarah Barnett, Kevin Cook, Maureen Costello, Kaitlyn Dougherty, Philip Forrest, Sarah Fry, Natalie Galante, Loren Golden, Brad Larrison, Kara Mortellite, Maria Pouchnikova, Kaitlin Privitera, Janelle Richardson, Liz Roper, Rebecca Savedow, Sarah Schu, James Sindaco, Nathan Spunda, Kalima Thomas, Lisa Wilk, Kim Wood and Walter Young. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, scanned or distributed in any printed or electronic form without permission. Please do not participate in or encourage piracy or copyrighted materials in violation of the authorâ€™s rights. Purchase only authorized editions. Printed in The United States of America. 4
Table of Contents
Pennsylvania Prison Society PAWS Warrior Writers Greens Grow The Food Trust Grassroot Soccer Sunday Breakfast Association The Salvation Army Uhuru Solidarity Movement Philadelphia Free Library Thank you
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by Sarah Fry
Behind every non-profits door there is a team of dedicated people who have a passion in their hearts for something other than themselves. Each non-profit organization and non-governmental organization sees an issue in the world, a problem, and uses their own time and their own hands to do something about it. As much as the story lies within who is being helped it is also essential to take a look at some of the leaders in these battles for justice. Nonprofits are, in many times, ahead of a political curve as they are fixing the issues that our government might have not resolved. These organizations have importance in the society and economy at large, but make the biggest impact on individual lives that are transformed for the better by their work. For our final class project in the Photojournalism Seminar Spring Semester 2010 class at Temple University, we focused on the impact that non-profit and non-governmental organizations have in our own community. Philanthropy in Philadelphia deserves news coverage as their contributions are often unrecognized. Not every story by journalists are â€œbreakingâ€? or a headline. Sometimes those stories that must be uncovered, that must be sought out, and actively chased can also be just as important when trying to illuminate the world in which we live. In small groups our class broke out and actively sought to communicate about a non-profit or non-governmental organization in Philadelphia. Each non-profit in this book is different. They work on different issues and have different tactics to accomplish their goals.. What ties all of these highlighted non-profits though, is passion for an issue, a hope for a better future, and the willpower to work towards creating positive change.
Pennsylvania Prison Society By: Kaitlin Privitera, Nathan Spunda and Sarah Barnett
The Pennsylvania Prison Society was founded
in 1787. Originally called the Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons, the organization has been advocating on behalf of prisoners and formerly incarcerated for nearly 225 years now. The Society promotes humane and restorative corrections and offers several programs that serve the formerly incarcerated and their families. The programs include re-entry workshops for ex-offenders, support groups for children with incarcerated parents and video conferencing to help families stay connected during periods of incarceration. Tamara Scott, a former Temple University student, works as a development associate for the organization. “I learned about the children and their families, the conditions in prison and overcrowding,” Tamara Scott said. “It made me want to be part of the cause and
help out any way I could.” One of Pennsylvania’s Prison Society’s members is Aronde Jones, an exoffender who has been in and out of jail since 2004. Recently, he has enrolled in the re-entry program the Pennsylvania Prison Society offers. “The Pennsylvania Prison Society plays a major role in my life now,” Aronde Jones said. “They make you realize and fulfill the potential that you might not even recognize you have. They offer resources to help you get back out there.” The program, which lasts for thirteen weeks, is mostly geared towards reentering the job market “They are helping us with re-learning our interview skills,” Aronde Jones said. “The one barrier that we face as ex-offenders is the fact that we’re ex-offenders, and we bring that barrier with us when we apply for work.” “The average person who just got out of jail and is looking for a job, might
say the wrong things,” Aronde Jones continued. “Sometimes they give too much information and sometimes they are too vague about it.”
“Here, they teach you how to own up to your mistakes and how to forgive yourself,” Aronde Jones said. Despite the rough years that he had, Aronde Jones is determined to make something out of his life with the help of the Pennsylvania Prison Society. “I’m going to write books and make documentaries,” Aronde Jones said. “And whenever I accept my Pulitzer or whatever, I know that I will be thanking the Pennsylvania Prison Society for helping me along the way.”
Tamara Scott started out writing articles for class at Temple University about the Prison Society and was hired after graduation as a full-time development associate. â€œI learned about the children and their families...the conditions in prisons and overcrowding... and it made me want to be part of the cause and help out any way I couldâ€?. 12
The re-entry services at the PPS holds classes for former prisoners to help prepare them for employment and better learn to successfully manage their lives. 13
Under the guidance of life skills educator Cameron Howard, a group of fathers who recently left prison, are prepared how to re-enter the job market. 16
The re-entry services at the PPS holds classes for former prisoners to help prepare them for employment and better learn to successfully manage their lives. 18
The Family Virtual Visitation Program allows people to communicate with their family members who are incarcerated via videoconferencing. 19
Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society By: Kaitlyn Dougherty and Liz Roper
In Philadelphia, thousands of They also sponsor two events a stray animals go without homes. Animals year to help raise money for their cause, are unable to fight for their own cause, one is the Mutt Strut in October and the other is the Chefs Dinner for Cause in so groups like have devel- June. Both of these are huge fundraisers oped to do this for them. PAWS is a non- for the organization. The shelter is also profit organization, which stands for the successfully maintained through their Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society. The volunteers. Hundreds of animal loving organization was created in 2005, acting people volunteer their time to help the as the life saving branch for the Philadel- organization and itâ€™s cause phia Care and Control Association. From there it further developed into a facility, PAWS has two locations within which rescues and shelters the cityâ€™s un- the city, an adoption center and a wellwanted and homeless animals. ness clinic. The clinic is where the animals are first taken and cared for and brought to good health. The clinic also The organization is funded offers low cost vaccinations and spay/ for animals. These services are by grants but also by the neuter also offered to pet owners who cannot generosity of others. afford the expensive costs of veterinary
care. Once the animals are fully vaccinated at the clinic they are then transferred to the adoption center where they are put up for adoption. Here, the animals are well cared for and are found good, loving owners. While the adoption center houses hundreds of cats and dogs, they also work to find foster homes for animals where they are taken good care of until a permanent home is found for them. PAWS is a no-kill shelter and works hard to reach its goals of finding every animal a happy home.
Baby looks on, whining for attention and to be played with. 24
Mia, gets comfortable before laying down to take a nap. 25
Allison Lamond fills out an adoption application of someone who just called. 26
Cats wait to be taken out of their cages to go into one of the rooms and relax in the sun. 27
Houston lays on the floor while looking out in the hall. 29
Behind the front desk there is a row of cages with cats and in the corner a little workspace where, Allison talks on the phone with people. 30
Kelly licks her face as she gets up from her nap. 31
Warrior Writers By: Philip Forrest, James Sindaco and Walter Young
is prescribing.” Since its inception, the Warrior Writers have published two books: Move, Shoot, and Communicate, which was released in April 2007; and Re-Making Sense, released in February of 2008, which features more than 200 pages of poetry, prose, letters, photographs, and visual art by more than 40 veterans. Both books have received positive reviews from both the military and writing communities, and proceeds from each have been used to sponsor other retreats and “It’s really about vet- workshops, where Calica hopes to foster artistic collaboration and holistic erans being able to discover further healing for the increasing number of vetthe arts as a tool for pro- erans. “Right now, we’re pretty much the cessing their experiences,” only organization that can actually give recent, current veterans a place to write toCalica said. gether,” Calica said. Most of the Warrior She said the Warrior Writers Writers’ members have served in either sponsor retreats that offer yoga, reiki, and the Iraq or Afghanistan wars. She added, other “alternative methods of healing, be- “We more often hear officials, or presisides just going to get the pills that the VA dents, or generals talking about the wars began as a small workshop of ten veterans in New York City in February of 2007. Lovella Calica, a resident of west Philadelphia, founded the organization after working with members of another group, Iraq Veterans Against the War. According to their website, the mission of Warrior Writers is to create a culture of artistic expression that articulates veterans’ experiences.
or occupations and it’s important that we have a true understanding of what the experience has been like for the average soldiers and marines.” Although Warrior Writers is based in Philadelphia, it has since expanded to include several other creative veteran communities in Denver, Chicago, Savannah, and San Francisco. The Denver community held separate workshops for writers and performing artists in April of 2010. Amanda Geraci, a Philadelphia resident and member of Warrior Writers, said the national climate can feel very tense for veterans because it supports soldiers but not necessarily their resistance to the military or their need to share some of their more negative experiences. She said that Warrior Writers has been “a really awesome space for veterans to be able to tell their stories in a safe space where they’re not going to be judged,”
Lovella Calica founder of Warrior Writers at their display in Clark Park during Earth Day festivities, between 43rd and 45th street on Baltimore Ave. in West Philadelphia. Sunday, April 18, 2010. 36
Members of Warrior Writers converse with a neighborhood resident during Clark Parkâ€™s Earth Day Festival. 37
Collection of Warrior Writers work. 38
Lovella Calica discusses Warrior Writers with a resident of West Philadelphia during Earth Day festivities at Clark Park in West Philadelphia. 39
Lovella Calica founder of Warrior Writers at her home in West Philadelphia reviewing organizational literature. 40
Artist workshop in the basement of Lovella Calicaâ€™s and Toby Hartbargerâ€™s residence in West Philadelphia. 41
Greens Grow By: Maureen Costello and Brad Larrison
Greens Grow is a
non-profit community organization run out of Kensington, Philadelphia. The group was first established in 1999 as a CSA, which normally stands for Community Supported Agriculture, but in the case of Greens Grow, they have tweaked the normal definition slightly to accommodate their surroundings. Known as City Supported Agriculture, Greens Grow works to encourage the idea of “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” in an urban area that needs a refreshing and organic change of pace. Greens Grow works with small Philadelphia based businesses and local growers to produce fresh and humane meat, dairy and produce products. Their market is located on East Cumberland Street amidst the lines of row homes and pavement that surround them. The Greens Grow market to the untrained eye may look slightly out of place. Chickens are nestled in the corner of the city block while stacks of plants and rows of greenhouses sit inward of the large outdoor
establishment. The market may not be as inexpensive as most retail marketers, however the cause is much greater. Greens Grow is not just a city supported agricultural organization, but they are also a leading advocate in community awareness and change. The non-profit group holds several projects that help enhance the surrounding communities, such as teaching people how to change oil in their cars, preserve and save food, and offer a community kitchen for those in need.
The benefits of having an organization like Greens Grow located in the heart of a struggling neighborhood is the amount of proactive elements that can lead toenormous change in the area.
The market attracts people from all different spans of Philadelphia where as if the market wasn’t located in the heart of Kensington, most of these people wouldn’t think about venturing into the North Philadelphia area. Greens Grow is unique in that it has a way of uniting people from all over the city over the commonality of buying and supporting locally grown products, even if it happens to be in the heart of a city.
A customer browses through the large bushes and flower plants for sale at Greensgrow. 46
Greensgrow Farm doesnâ€™t sell any produce to clients more than 75 miles away. 47
The farm also produces and sells various pottery. 48
The Greensgrow sign as seen though the door of one of the many greenhouses. 49
The surrounding neighborhood seen from inside the farm. 50
An employee at Greensgrow tends to the vegetables. 51
A bee rests on plants grown in a tub at Greensgrow. The farm also raises bees and harvests their honey. 52
A customer and an employee preparing to finish a transaction. 53
The Food Trust By: Loren Golden and Kalima Thomas
Founded in 1992,
The Food Trust, a
non-profit organization located in the heart of Philadelphia, continues to advocate and provide healthy nutrition for individuals of all ages. Striving to make healthy food available to all, The Food Trust works with neighborhoods, schools, politicians, and communities to create education and nutrition for available healthy food.
“The Food Trust program has been a remarkable success: one part of it, increasing the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in elementary schools, along with nutrition education, is credited with helping reduce the incidence of overweight students by 50%.” -Time Magazine
In regional areas of low-income, families have difficulty gaining access to affordable and healthy food, which result in the risk of diet-related diseases. To solve this problem, The Food Trust works with representatives to increase the number of supermarkets in the area. Along with community awareness, The Food Trust partners with after-school programs in the Philadelphia area to speak to over 50,000 children and parents in order to educate about healthy eating habits in hopes of preventing child obesity. With their healthy eating advocacy, The Food Trust has helped to eliminate soda and junk food in school cafeterias, increased access to healthy food in local corner stores, instituted supermarkets in underserved areas, and created nutrition education programs to one of the most overweight cities. The Food Trust prides itself on community outreach, participating in events such as the Walk for Hunger and the Earth Day Festival. By
being active and advocating their views, The Food Trust helps to bring awareness towards this unhealthy lifestyle that many Americans are wrapped up in. Whether they are dressed as fruits and vegetables and dancing on stage at the Walk for Hunger, or circling around and laughing at the Earth Day Festival, The Food Trust helps combine fun and education, which is their secret to success in all aspects. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation remarked, “The Food Trust is transforming the food landscape one community at a time, by helping families make healthy choices and providing the access to the affordable and nutritious food we all deserve.”
Stephanie, a Food Trust employee, dressed as a pumpkin. 58
A Food Trust volunteer hands out food at the Walk for Hunger. 59
Providing fresh, healthy food to the public is The Food Trustâ€™s main goal. 60
A vender sells an assortment of organic goods. 61
Jon Glyn (left) speaks with a baker at The Earth Day Festival. 62
Hundreds of participants walk to raise money at the Walk for Hunger, Saturday April 10, 2010. 63
Among many products, fresh baked bread is sold at The Food Trusts weekly farmers market. 64
Children take part in activities at the Walk for Hunger. 65
Grassroot Soccer By: Kevin Cook and Rebecca Savedow
(GRS), an organization started by Tommy Clark in 2002, uses football as a tool to generate donations and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. The program got its start in Zimbabwe, a country that has over 1 million people living with HIV/ AIDS according to the nonprofit, Africa Cultural Center. Grassroot has established programs in seven of the ten countries with the highest populations of women and children with HIV/AIDS and orphaned children due to AIDS. These countries, Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, have statistically increased awareness about the disease in their communities since GRS came to them.
“49% to 71% is the percent increase of students who believed condoms were effective.” – Non-profit organization, Grassroot Soccer
Currently GRS has stations in over 18 countries. Four of them are GRS Flagship Countries, where they work integrally with the nation in developing programs in schools and through soccer. The partner countries GRS has built relationships with operate independently, but with training and technical assistance to aid them in adapting to the model. GRS has partner programs in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic as well. According to the results of an independent survey published on GRS’s web site, 33% to 72% was the percent increase of students who could name three people that they could talk about HIV with. 47% to 76% is the percent increase of students who said they knew where to go for help for HIV related problems. 52% to 73% is the percent increase of students who said they’d feel comfortable providing emotional support for an HIV positive classmate. 49% to 71% is the percent increase of students who believed condoms were effective. These statistics are vital to the organizations identity, for it focuses on debunking myths about how HIV/AIDS is contracted, what children can do if they are positive, and how it can be prevented—and it all begins with soccer.
As a cornerstone to life, African children can develop the knowledge and social skills needed to become healthy and productive adults through the sport. GRS’ approach is based on the assumption that soccer can reach a demographic of children that is usually hard to reach by educators. Furthermore, GRS recruits professional football players who have a great influencing power. to serve as role models to children. GRS perpetuates the learning process through training graduates to become peer educators, advocates, and mentors in their communities for HIV/AIDS and the program. Additional services like youth outreach and long-term partnerships with graduates strengthen the bond between soccer and knowledge to ensure that communities recycle the knowledge. The organization operates with an annual budget of $4.2 million, 61 employees and over 300 volunteers from Africa and the U.S. Lose the Shoes, a 3v3 (three on three) tournament “to kick Aids in Africa” is one of the many donation strategies that GRS offers for colleges, high schools, and community soccer clubs. Over 80 schools have participated in the United States raising over $150,000.
The Temple University girlâ€™s soccer team convened on Saturday morning to support HIV/AIDS. 70
Through the non-profit organization, Grassroot Soccer, the team was able to host a series of Lose the Shoes benefit games at Templeâ€™s Ambler campus. 72
All proceeds from the game go to the organization to provide educational support on HIV/AIDS through soccer in over 18 African countries. 77
Sunday Breakfast Association By: Katherine Albin, Maria Pouchnikova and Kim Wood
Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission
Founded in 1878, the
is the 3rd oldest Rescue Mission in the country. Providing 120 beds in a transitional dorm, it gives the homeless men a place to sleep, as well as various recovery and transitional programs to help get their lives back on track. What began as was a way for homeless men to have a meal on Sunday, it has now grown into a place for them to seek help mentally, physically and spiritually. Erica Bucey is the director of development has been at Sunday Breakfast Association since July of 2007. She has a degree in public relations, but always knew she wanted to work for a non-profit. Moved to Philadelphia from Central Illinois with her husband, who is now in seminary. “Some days I’m working on grant applications. Today I’m working on a major
donor proposal,” she says about her daily routine. “People give because they care, and the best way to see the impact of their gift is to come down and volunteer.” It’s more than just meals here. Volunteers help with individuals completing their GEDs and searching for jobs, as well as creating resumes and helping with transitioning out of the shelter. There is also a recovery program to help the men get back on track, as well as an AA chapter in the home. Lamare Lundy has been at the Sunday Breakfast for two years. He first came to Philadelphia with a high profile rap group on tour, and later on moved into West Philadelphia. It was there where he got involved with drugs and alcohol. When he was jumped one day, he lost everything and was brought to the Sunday Breakfast. It was there where he decided to change for the better.
“Broken. You see a lot of broken people.” Lundy says. Lundy added,“It’s a serious issue. The things we have going on in our society. If we don’t give to our youth now, they’re going to end up in a homeless shelter.” Both Bucey and Lundy touched on the fact that a lot of people homeless now are veterans of war. “The issue is that about 25 percent of homeless people are veterans and we’re seeing more and more people coming back.” Bucey says. “Obviously we would love not to exist anymore, in that there was no homelessness” says Bucey. “But the truth is that I think it will continue to exist because we will continue to have addictions.”
Sunday Brunch offers a sermon at 12 pm every day before lunch is served for the homeless. 82
During the sermon at Sunday Brunch people take turns praying and singing spiritual hymns. 83
Roughly 80% of men who enter Sunday Brunchâ€™s programs complete them successfully and are able to find jobs and regain their lives back. 84
Faith is very important to those who commit to Sunday Brunchâ€™s monthly or yearly programs. The programs are designed for the homeless who are addicted to drugs, abused, or have endured a different hardship, which halted their independence. 85
During the service people are given a chance to reflect on their progress at Sunday Brunchâ€™s programs, which are designed to help people quit drugs cold turkey, be abstinent for the duration of the program, and commit to their faith. 86
According to the staff at Sunday Brunch, being non-judgemental is key to helping the homeless. Since the recent recession, there are many different kinds of people in similar situation that never thought they could become homeless two years ago. 87
Once the sermon ends, who ever decides to stay will be served free lunch. Almost all of the people who remained for the lunch agreed that this is great alternative to going back on the streets right away and returning to the harsh realities of the world. 88
People who need food and shelter do not have to be a part of the programs offered at Sunday Brunch right away. However, after recieving counseling offered by staff and volunteers who are going through the programs, most decide to stay. 89
The Salvation Army By: Saleem Ahmed, Sarah Fry and Sarah Schu
Many people think of
The Salvation Army
as a place to donate old clothes, but it is much more than that. The Salvation Army is actually an evangelical denomination of the Christian church. Major Andrew Murray, an officer at the Salvation Army Citadel Corps Community Center, says the motto best, “We serve people in the name of Jesus; we don’t care who they are. We help without discrimination; we help in the name of Jesus Christ.” Each Salvation Army determines their programs on a community level. They help to better serve each region this way. Every community is different, therefore, each community has its own unique needs. The Salvation Army Citadel Corps Community Center on the 5800 block of Rising Sun Avenue is mainly concerned with children and senior citizen’s programs. Over 400 seniors benefit from the many different kinds of programs, like doing aerobics, line dancing, going on day trips or eating a congregate meal. The Salvation Army also feeds senior citizens in a variety of ways. Major Murray explained, “We find that a lot of seniors won’t come get the food bag even if they need it. So you have to be a little innovative with your service work. So one of the things we do is bingo on Monday nights. Everybody winds you cant loose and all the prizes are food.” The Citadel Corps Community Center also feeds senior citizens through food pantries and inexpensive meals. The 92
community center only charges one dollar for a hearty dinner. Major Murray explained, “We charge for a meal. There’s a lot of pride wit that, so we try to help without hurting the pride.” Along with 400 seniors, about 260 kids pass through the building each day. The Citadel Corps Community Center houses the only first grade for public school children in Lawncrest. Besides the 140 first graders, about 120 kids are enrolled in before and after school programs.
“It’s a very busy building with lots of stuff going on, it never seems to end.” -Major Murray
The days are very busy indeed, starting at 6 a.m. and ending after 6 p.m with over twelve hours and more than 200 children. Besides school and snacks, these kids also get a little guidance. Major Murray recalled a story about a young girl that came to the Salvation Army for the music programs. She enrolled in individual lessons and soon she was allowed to borrow one to practice with at home. On her way home she was beaten up and the horn was taken from her, so she went home and cried not knowing what to tell the members of the Salvation Army. She stopped going to lessons so the teacher paid her a visit one afternoon. He told her that she could borrow
another horn asked her not to worry about it. The girl returned to music lessons and eventually grew up, worked at the Salvation Army, went to Temple for her undergraduate degree and Penn for her master’s and finally enrolled to become a Salvation Army officer. Major Murray recently wed her and her husband in her new home of Atlanta, Georgia. This young woman’s story could be anyone’s because there are children in need everywhere. Because of this universal need, Salvation Army employees are spread across the globe and can be moved to a new location at the drop of a hat. Major Murray and his wife have served everywhere from Africa to New York City. The Salvation Army is present in 117 countries world-wide. Officers like Major Murray are constantly being dropped in communities that desperately need help. Officers aren’t paid a ton of money for this life of service; some might even say it is too little to live on. Officers live in a house that doesn’t belong to them, sit at a dinner table they never paid for and drive a car they don’t own because the Salvation Army takes care of those amenities and gives each officer a $25,000 paycheck. Major Murray see this situation as being a great advantage because he and his wife can be moved anywhere at any time. If most officers are like Major Murray, you can see why the Salvation Army helps millions each year. With hundreds of programs in over a hundred countries, the sun truly never sets on the Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army offers programs in over 100 countries worldwide. 94
Major Andrew Murray is an officer; all Salvation Army officers are ordained. They have dedicated their lives to the betterment of society through serving all in the name of Jesus. 95
Each Salvation Army chooses their programs based on the communities needs. The Salvation Army Citadel Corps Community Center offers programs that mostly help young children and senior citizens. 96
Each day is extremely busy; it starts at 6 a.m. and ends after 6 p.m. 97
Besides afterschool programs like the one shown above, the Salvation Army also treats thousands of youth from low-income families to annual summer camp programs. 98
Children at the afterschool program look at their teacher waiting for her to yell â€œgo!â€? These kids spend over twelve hours at the Salvation Army each weekday. 99
Kids race for victory during a relay at the one of many afterschool programs that the Salvation Army Citadel Corps Community Center provides. 100
The Salvation Army Citadel Corps Community Center takes care of over 200 children daily, either through before and after school programs or as a public school classroom. 101
Uhuru Solidarity Movement By: Kara Mortellite and Lisa Wilk
On Saturday, April 17 in West Philadelphia, Earth Day Festival and Flea Market took place in Clark Park. Venders, performers, organizations, volunteers and passerby alike united for African Solidarity Movement and African led programs. The event aims to bring white people in solidarity with liberation for African people under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party.
tions and the world - not relying on charity, which leaves an “exploitative colonial relationship” in tact. The African People’s Solidarity Committee hopes to change the world. They believe that capitalism was born through the enslavement of African people, the genocide of the Indigenous people and the theft of the labor and resources of the majority of humanity. They see of African people to be a con The Uhuru Solidarit oppression tinued, and very real issue. Movement a worldwide Move- ment for African Liberation, was present Together, they stand in at the event. The movement is made up of several organizations that work on var- solidarity to overturn such ious political fronts for the liberation of an oppressive social system African people everywhere. The activist and liberate and reunite group aims to organize solidarity and raise resources for the worldwide struggle of Africa. African people for control over their land, communities, and resources. Uhuru runs a furniture store in The movement believes that lib- Center City Philadelphia at 1220 Spruce eration will come for African working that picks out furniture donations and people who are transforming their condi- sells them as a fundraiser for the African
people’s education and defense funds. The Uhuru Furniture store was one of the main co-sponsors of the Earth Day festival event. The Uhuru Flea Markets occur every so often with upcoming dates such as May 15, June 12, July 24, August 7, August 21, September 8, and October 16. New vendors are welcome to join in with current participants who gather to sell antiques, collectibles, jewelry, ethnic arts and crafts, records, bikes, clothing, books, and food. If interested in contributing or helping out, the Uhuru Movement is always looking for volunteers. Writers, photographers, and videographers, are needed for contribution to the Uhuru News. Also, translators who can translate into Spanish and French are helpful as well.
Lisa Burgess spoke on behalf of the African Peopleâ€™s Education & Defense Fund at the Second Annual Earth Day Festival and Flea Market. The event is sponsored by the Uhuru Solidarity Movement at Clark Park, located on 43rd and Baltimore in West Philadelphia. 106
There were ninety-two vendors that attendees could purchase new or used items to take home with them. 107
The Divine Lorraine performed at the Second Annual Earth Day Festival and Flea Market on April 17, 2010. 108
Omar, a musician and member of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement cotrolled the out door sound system for the live entertainment at Clark Park. 109
A young boy shops with his mother at one of the ninety-two vendors. 110
One vendor had African masks, one of many cultural symbolic crafts, for sale at the festival and flea market. 111
Dr. Bostronium, a musician and member of the West Philadelphia Community, performed a solo act of blues guitar and vocals. 112
A West Philadelphia resident dances to the harmonious beats of Coco Sol. 113
Philadelphia Free Library By: Natalie Galante and Janelle Richardson
The Free Library
Festival is a celebration of books in Philadelphia. The people who joined in on this celebration included authors, who went to read selections from their novels and to sign their books, small bookstore owners, publishing companies, musicians, television stations, food vendors and many more. It was a great time to be had by all, and a time to show children, and remind adults, that learning and reading is fun, starts everywhere and stops nowhere. On Sunday, April 18th, 2010 the weather was beautiful, despite the intermittent gusts of wind, and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. There was a main auditorium inside of the library on Vine Street where the guests spoke about the importance of education. Also inside of the library in the foyer there were many authors signing their books for their young fans, and older, fans.
A stage outside of the library was where the musicians, comedians, poets and even puppeteers performed for a happy crowd mixed with all ages, styles and ethnicities. Everyone in attendance was energetic, enthusiastic and happy to get to know more about and celebrate books. There were special tents set up for any type of book one could imagine. The tent that used beanbags for children to use as chairs while having their favorite books read to them proved to be one of the more popular tents throughout the day. The festival had many entertaining aspects. For the children, there were various life-sized characters including Elmo, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Arthur. For Adults, there were pop bands, R&B singers and book discussions. For the more mature attendees, show-tunes were played by live bands and a small section to dance was right near the stage. There was plenty of fun for all, food for all also.
There were many people involved in spearheading the festival, one of whom we were fortunate enough to speak toâ€” Sandra Horrocks, Vice President of Communications and Development.
â€œWe started this festival four years ago to bring people together, to talk about books and literacy, to start children thinking about reading at a very early age, and to get parents to remember that reading to children from the day they are born is critical. We have a big illiteracy problem in Philadelphia, so reading to children as soon and as often as possible is critical to their education,â€? Sandra told us.
Authors signed books and posed for pictures throughout the festival. 118
The Annual Free Library Festival began Friday April 16 and ended Sunday April 18, 2010. 119
Zydeco dance lessons were provided to the sound of the south. 120
Sandra Horrocks, Vice President of Communications and Development for the Free Library of Philadelphia. 123
Jugglers and other forms of talent entertained throughout the festival. 124
Merchandise was sold to benefit library funds and literacy programs. 125
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Thank You We, the editors and contributing photojournalism students at Temple University, would like to thank all of the non-profits involved in our Philanthropic Philadelphia multimedia project. We appreciate the time, cooperation, and friendliness of all involved who gave us the opportunity to produce a body of work of which we are truly proud. It was our vision to focus on the people and organizations in the City of Brotherly Love to showcase the welfare and kindness that is often overlooked in mainstream media. It is an honor to have worked with each non-profit organization. This has been an eye-opening experience for us all, and has granted us the opportunity to give back to the organizations that work so hard to help others. We hope that the stories included within this book will engage and inspire individuals who are eager to make an impact on their own community.
Published on Apr 22, 2010