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December 2010 Issue 20








Turn In Your Gun Campaign: COALITION MEMBER S Paul Bailey Tyrone Benson Alexzina Bryant Hanna Bryant

Bruce Durham




Rodney Buckson Carl Burman



Audrey Allen

Spencer Canty Andre Crews Agnes Currie Melvin Davis Clayton Dendy Stephanie Dixon Chad Enos Gregory Garrison Donna Gass Ron George Ida Glenn Cassandra Graves Constance Harris Crews Mark Harrison Lillian Hood Joanne Jones

Over 90 guns were turned in on Saturday, November 13, 2010 during the most recent Turn In Your Gun Campaign. Major partners this year included Senator Anthony Williams and the University of Pennsylvania Hospital (Penn Medicine), who provided financial and in-kind services. Many hand guns were turned in, including 45 calibers, 9 mm., 357, and several sawed-off shot guns. From left: Senator Anthony Williams’s staff, Donald Cave & The SWCAG, 12th Police District, son and Ali Robinson (back); SWCAG’s President Marsha YOACAP, and Power 99 FM continue to Wall and Vice President, Dr. Cassandra Graves; and longstanding SWCAG members Hanna Bryant, Andre Crews, work together to reduce violence in our and Woody Beale pose after the November 13th event at neighborhoods. Councilwoman Jannie Kingsessing Recreation Center. The SWCAG presented Blackwell, State Representative Kenyatta Woody with an appreciation award and watch. Others not in this picture, but present at the event were Officer Joe Young, Johnson, and staff from Senator Williams’s Constance Crews, Miracle Moore (Marsha Moore’s office came past. Among the latter were daughter), Clayton Dendy, Roger Wilkerson, Carl Burman, Rasheen Crews, and Nathaniel Lee. A special thanks to all Donald Cave and Ali Robinson, who SWCAG members for their hard work and dedication. remained throughout the entire event to show support and lend a helpful hand. The next Turn In Your Gun Campaign is scheduled for Saturday, December 4, 2010 at Chew Playground (1800 Ellsworth Street) in South Philadelphia. Major partners for this event are State Representative Kenyatta Johnson (Peace Not Guns), the University of Pennsylvania (Penn Medicine), and the Laborers’ District Council – Local 332.

Vernon Keith Montague Marsha J. Moore Daryl Nelson Carol Payne Joe Purnell Christine Riddick Joanne Robinson Myra Robinson Michael Ross Eric Sabin Sims A’za Sims ChrisAnne Smith Yvette S. Smith Tara E. Smith Robert Stone



Marsha W. Wall Cassandra Whiters Roger Wilkerson Officer Joe Young



As many residents may know, our beloved Marsha Moore was attacked in her home a few weeks ago. For many years, Mrs. Moore has sacrificed her life to help others. Why someone would intentionally hurt her is hard to understand. We are asking everyone to pray for Mrs. Moore and her family. She needs our support as she recovers. Cards or support for the Moore Family should be mailed to the 12th Police District, attention to Officer Joseph Young.

Free Computer Training To RSVP and give your input, call 215.851.1968 Senator Anthony Williams’s Employment Seminar: December 8th, 2010 Kingsessing Recreation Center — 6:00 PM Call Donald Cave at 215.492.2980 Donate a new or gently worn coat with love for children, youth and adults for the holidays: Drop offs are the 12th Police District (64th & Woodland Ave.) and YOACAP (1207 Chestnut Street, 3rd Floor) Non Profit Seminar: December 15, 2010 Univ. of the Sciences (42nd & Woodland Ave.) Call Jonathan Williams at 215.492.2980

Hanna Bryant: A TRUE HUMAN SERVICES’ PROFESSIONAL Born in Germany to a German mother and an African American father who was in the military, Hannelore Bryant –or Hanna, as we call her- came to the United States when she was 9 years old. She has traveled extensively at a young age before settling in Southwest Philadelphia for the past 30 years. Ms. Hanna is widowed and has a daughter, Anna, who she raised in Southwest Philadelphia. Ms. Hanna has been educated in the Human Services field, and she worked with a number of community organizations before joining Neighborhoods United Against Drugs (NUAD), where she has been working for the past five years. She continues to work for NUAD as a HIV/AIDS Counselor & Tester. As a member of the SWCAG and part of the NUAD team, Ms. Hanna serves her community using her extensive training and education in Human Services, and is dedicated to helping improve the quality of life and HIV health awareness in Southwest Philadelphia.



By Nathaniel Lee

By Dr. Cassandra Graves

State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams recently held his 10th Annual “Walking the Walk” Walk and Fitness Fair at Laura Sims Playground located at 63rd & Walnut Sts. in West Phila. The event began SWCAG’s Marsha Wall, Rasheen at about 8 a.m. with a brisk Crews, Dr. Cassandra Graves, and YOACAP’s Woody Beale stretching session where the Senator energized participants with jokes and accolades. The Senator’s wife and mother were also in attendance supporting the many constituents from Philadelphia and surrounding areas (Darby & Yeadon). The walk, the brainchild of the Senator who battled with his own health problems, was conceived to help others physically transform themselves and improve their general health. The Southwest Community Advisory Community Group (SWCAG) was well represented as President Marsha Wall, Vice President, Cassandra Graves, and several other members (Clayton Dendy, Rasheen Crews, Nathaniel Lee,) walked in support of the Senator’s Efforts. Duerward Beale, Executive Director of YOACAP, along with State Representatives Kenyatta Johnson and Ronald G. Waters, walked the 3.1 mile course that looped in and around Cobbs Creek Parkway into the county and back into Philadelphia. The event was not only an opportunity to learn about health and fitness, but served as an opportunity for members of the community to unite and fellowship while exercising, walking, line dancing, and mingling in vendors area.

Dr. Evelyn Graves, noted as a pioneer in the creative and performing arts, is celebrating 40 years in the community empowering generations of African American families basic necessities of life with food, housing, cultural arts, education, spirituality and hope in targeted areas of West Philadelphia and Delaware County. Dr. Graves successfully helped thousands of youth and adults dream beyond their stations in life reaching expectations that positively impacted the community and the world. She created 37 programs in West Philadelphia and Delaware County. Hundreds of artists, students, along with state and local government celebrated Dr. Graves on Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 4 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel City Line in Philadelphia, in a gala celebration banquet. The celebration theme, “Still Standing,” was filled with inspirational music, sacred dance, and the performing arts guided by Mistress of Ceremony Rev. Louise Williams Bishop.

F.Y.I. Youth Basketball (for girls & boys) Free HIV Testing (give code 99 when you call) Town Watch Integrated Services Interested in Becoming A Block Captain 18+ Interested in finding a job Abstinence Program State Representative Kenyatta Johnson State Representative Ron Waters Office 12th Police District—Community Officer Senator Anthony Williams’s Office Blueprint for a Safer Philadelphia Any problem that the City can help with: Full version of the SW Resource Guide YOACAP’s Youth Book Club (15-18 yrs. old)

Call 215.939.6283 Call 215.724.7430 Call 215.686.1422 Call 267.939.2366 Call 215.729.2389 Call 215.239.8668 Call 215.726.4613 Call 215.748.6712 Call 215.686.3122 Call 215.492.2980 Call 1.888.570.2583 Call 311 Call 215.851.1836 Call 215.851.1968

Ms. Connie Crews Ms. Hanna Bryant Ms. Tara Smith Mr. Clayton Dendy Ms. Marsha Wall Mr. Roger Wilkerson Mr. Roi Ligon Mr. Helen Walker Officer Joe Young Mr. Donald Cave Hotline City of Philadelphia Virginia Rivero-Descailleaux

Tajuana Wall

Enroll your 14-18 year-old child into YOACAP’s Youth Development Program…

PROJECT BUILD A two-year experience that builds the assets of youth and their families. For more information, please call Ebony Joyner at 215.851.1857

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