Journey to Freedom

Journey to Freedom

Journey to Freedom

MARCH 8, 2019 BRINGING GOOD NEWS TO THE COMMUNITY SINCE 1945 SOUTHWEST CDC JOURNEY TO FREEDOM CONTINUES ON PAGE 6 Sisters in Freedom Film at Common Place: March13 Celebrates role of women in fight for freedom & rights PAGE 9 Harriet Tubman Reenactment at Heinz Wildlife Reserve Highlights how underground railway freed slaves PAGE 5 City Moving Ahead with Municipal Identification Cards Can substitute for foreign ID’s and passports PAGE 7 12th District Police Team Wins Hoagie Eating Contest Defeats other law enforcement groups at ShopRite Deli PAGE 4 COMMUNITYCRIMEPREVENTIONMEETING-MARCH13 EVENTAT12THPOLICEDISTRICTSTATIONBEGINS6:00P.M.

Exclusive Home of Party Grits inspired by Chef Reeky The Kitchen Magician 6517 Elmwood Avenue 215-924-9915 Sun: 8 am —3:30 pm Mon: Closed Tues—Sat: 8 am — 10 pm Instagram @rhythmandbrunch By Mark Harrell B lack History Month began in Chicago during the summer of 1915 when Carter G. Woodson traveled from Washington, D.C. to participate in a national celebration of the 50th anniversary of emancipa- tion sponsored by the state of Illinois. Woodson then decided to form an organization to promote the scientific study of black life and history before leaving town. He hoped that others would popularize the findings that he and other black intellectuals would publish in The Journal of Negro His- tory, which he established in 1916.

As early as 1920, Woodson urged black Journey to Freedom OPINION 51st Ward – new leaders pledge openness PAGE 2 COMMUNITY NUAD starts new STD counselling project PAGE 11 Educational programs at Kingsessing Library PAGE 8 AFRICOM programs assist new arrivals PAGE 6 Kingsessing Library has programs for all ages PAGE 8 COMING UP & BULLETIN BOARD PAGE 13, 14

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Climate Change By Greg Benjamin C limate Change!! What is Cli- mate change? It is the rise in average surface temperatures on Earth. Well, for the 51st Ward, we are also experiencing a Climate Change, which is the rise in the surface tem- perature of our grassroots politics. The 51st Ward is experiencing a Climate for Change which is causing a rise in the expectations of the members of the 51st Ward. Yes, there is a climate change in the 51st Ward!!! The change is a challenge. The change is hard, but doable. The ingredients for the Climate Change are true leadership, sacri- fice, vision and commitment.

These ingredients are helping to establish a foundation for a new and Mighty 51st Ward. As Ward Leader I have a God- given love for my community and its people. The 51st Ward is now an Open Ward. So what does that mean? It means that as your Ward Leader I am committed to working with our ward Committee-People to practice a policy of inclusion for decision making re- garding the matters of the 51st Ward. As the Ward Leader I feel that I am competent in my vision, leadership, and skill-set to govern a Ward where my leadership will be demonstrated and received; as I openly engage the residents of our Ward.

Not to men- tion the fact that my track record of organizing in the Ward is excellent and on -record.

It is the sacrifices I have made, and my skills that have helped me to become the Ward Leader of the 51st Ward. The Climate Change is produc- ing Committee-People who want to work for Change in a Ward. The driv- ing force behind this motivation is be- cause the 51st Ward has been deprived too long of people with good inten- tions that are focused on the better- ment of the 51st Ward and for its resi- dents. The goal of the Climate Change is to grow the 51st Ward into an area where people can receive dependable services from City government. The 51st Ward will be committed to pro- viding opportunities for the residents to be educated through voter registra- tion drives, voter education initiatives and opportunities for residents to learn and know more about the candi- dates who want their vote.

We will give you more access to information about what is happening in our ward by including you in consistent commu- nity engagement meetings throughout the Ward. To the residents of the 51st Ward, you too have to be accountable. You can help in this climate change by engaging your block captains, by mak- ing sure that you are registered to vote and by voting in each election. You can make a committed effort to get in- volved in helping to clean your blocks, or contact Me, Your Ward Leader at 215 254-9972. The Climate Change in the 51st Ward is already happening and with the help of almighty God I know we will continue to elevate our Ward.

Find and join us on Facebook at Democratic 51st Ward Executive Committee.

Gregory Benjamin is the Ward Leader for the 51st Ward Democratic City Committee SEPTA Letter To The Community Litter? Not In Southwest D ear Community Leaders and Residents of Southwest Phila- delphia: We are writing to provide you with an update on our collective efforts to improve litter con- ditions and quality of life in Southwest Philadelphia. For the past two years, the City of Philadelphia’s Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet has been working with partners across the city on a com- prehensive plan to address systemic issues and create sustained change for a litter problem that affects all of us.

As part of the initiative, the City and SEPTA have teamed up to focus intensive efforts on issues impacting the Southwest Philadelphia neighbor- hoods. Efforts include: • A neighborhood litter control plan – available at • Philly Spring Clean-up signature site at Ezekiel Baptist Church • Focus on block captain recruitment and vacant lot beautification • A SEPTA investment in 6.1 miles of Airport Line trash clean-up, vegeta- tion removal, and fencing repairs • Formation of an Environmental Crimes Unit in the Police Depart- ment to specifically investigate reports of illegal dumping.

The City and SEPTA understand that illegal dumping is a serious prob- lem in Philadelphia, and particularly in Southwest Philadelphia. The Zero Waste & Litter Cabinet was created to address this problem. Data collected by this committee suggests that neigh- bors are keeping their own blocks clean for the most part, while signifi- cant illegal dumping is occurring in vacant lots and along rail rights of way. • If you see illegal dumping in the act, please call 9-1-1 to report • If you need a clean-up, please call 3-1-1 to report • If you have evidence of illegal dump- ing, please send evidence to clean- Additionally, if you become aware of an illegal dumping and/or fencing issue specifically impacting the SEPTA rail lines, please report the issue to 215-580-7800 or via comment form at

Thank you for your continued part- nership in keeping our neighborhoods clean. The Globe Times Welcomes Information About Your Community Events & Activites! We publish every other Fridays. The Deadline For New Bulletin Board Items is the Wednesday before publication dates. GLOBE TIMES COMMUNITYBULLETIN BOARD March 8, 2019 2 Southwest Globe Times Newspaper 2 Southwest Globe Times Newspaper

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Executive Director: Donna Henry Publisher: Mark Harrell Editor: Steve Kuzmicki Design/Layout: Ronald Abella Reporters: Shaketia Sills, Cynthia Ryant, Ted Behr Sales Associates: Jackson Adams, Lucie Dyemkouma 12th Police District - 2019 Hoagie Contest Champs C ongratulations to 12th District Captain Scott Drissel, Jr., Crime Prevention Officer Moseley, P.O. Hernandez, P.O. Cartegena, Community Relations Officer Arnold Mitchell, and P.O. Loesch who are the 2019 Champions of the 4th Annual Big Game Day Hoagie Contest at the Island Avenue Shoprite. The event was spon- sored by Dietz & Watson and broad- cast live by WURD Radio 900AM on Friday, February 1.

Brown’s Shoprite’s owner, Sandy Brown, hosted the event. The fierce competition included teams from the Philadelphia International Airport, The Chosen Generation, Judah House of Prayer For All People Church, Inc., and Kids Smiles.

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COMMUNITY NEWS Live better with Mercy 1.855.LESS.YOU | Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital | Mercy Philadelphia Hospital | Nazareth Hospital Leave the old you in the dust. Call Mercy Bariatrics to help transform your physical health and your life. Free Classes for Over-Weight Residents Mercy Phila. Hospital offers monthly guidance O n March 14 and 28, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital will host two free bariatric nutri- tion classes on how to construct a healthy dietary plan and successfully keep off excess weight.

Each month, Mercy Bariatrics offers a series of comprehensive informational events to improve and maintain the overall health of weight-loss surgery patients. About four out of five African American women are overweight or obese. People who are overweight are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, high levels of blood fats, diabetes, and LDL cholesterol -- all risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Related to these data, deaths rates from heart disease and stroke are higher for African Americans as compared to whites. * These free community events help bariatric weight-loss surgery patients and candidates achieve healthy life- styles.

The classes will meet at 12:00 Noon in Mercy Philadelphia Hos- pital’s Iris Henderson Conference Room, located at 501 South 54th St. Info: 610.237.3641 or visit www.

* omh/browse.aspx?lvl=4&lvlid=25 MARCH 14, 28 Harriet Tubman Visits John Heinz Wildlife Refuge “H arriet Tubman didn’t come into this world to be no slave, and she didn’t stay one neither!” At the Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Dr. Daisy Century, historic interpreter and actress recently transported a room- ful of visitors to the visitors to the times of the Civil War. Her captivat- ing portrayal of the famous aboli- tionist recently focused on Tubman’s involvement in the “Underground Railroad” route that passed through Philadelphia (and most likely Tini- cum Marsh where the Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is located).

Using her observations of nature and knowledge of plant medicine, Tubman led hun- dreds of slaves to freedom throughout her lifetime. Heinz Refuge is located at 8601 Lindbergh Blvd. Its calendar of events and volunteer opportunities can be viewed at john_heinz/ Southwest Globe Times Newspaper 5 March 8, 2019

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COMMUNITY NEWS 68th &ElmwoodAve Nelson’s Pendot Authorized Online Service State and Service Fee Apply LOWCOST AUTOINSURANCE On The Spot Registration Cards Drivers Licenses Instant Tag & Title Insurance License Suspensions Lifted 215536554008 QUOTEHOTLINE AFRICOM Intersection A new Globe Times Column to Empower Immigrants and Refugees W elcome to AFRICOM Inter- section. Starting with this March 8, 2019 edition, The Southwest Globe Times will welcome a new column dedicated to the affairs of the African, Caribbean and other im- migrant communities.

The new column, under the above heading, expands the successful partnership between the Southwest CDC and the Coalition of African and Caribbean Communities (AFRI- COM).

Like the WURD-based “Radio Xalaat,” which airs every Saturday on 900AM at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, the new column aims to foster cultural inclusion and to empower African and Caribbean immigrants as well as other immigrants who are traditionally disfranchised from community conver- sations. Thousands of immigrants live, work, socialize, and own businesses in the Southwest. Today, it is no secret that they participate in the neighbor- hood economic and cultural vibrancy. Yet, community navigators and coor- dinators continue to wonder why they seldom attend town hall or other meet- ings that address the impact of policies and redevelopment initiatives on the immigrant community.

AFRICOM Intersection is commit- ted to filling this gap. Southwest CDC, AFRICOM, and their partners are committed to make Southwest Phila- delphia a more welcoming and inclu- sive community. Dr. Eric Edi, President and Chief Operating Officer of AFRI- COM, says the column “is the newest instrument that the Coalition will use to continue organizing and building collective power among immigrants”. He also believes that the new column “reflects the unique and successful way in which AFRICOM has leveraged local resources and bridged gaps among dif- ferent ethnic groups in Philadelphia.” AFRICOM was created in May 2001 as a Coalition of over 20 faith-based and community-based organizations, agencies, small businesses, and indi- viduals.

Its mission is to organize and advocate so that African and Caribbean immigrants and refugees feel a sense of empowerment, belonging, and self- sufficiency. AFRICOM offers a range of programs, which include assisting im- migrant communities in leveraging lo- cal resources, building internal capaci- ties, forming alliances and networks. Every year, over 900 individuals and families benefit from our immigration and legal assistance, health and social welfare, education and culture, eco- nomic development and community organizing programs.

AFRICOM’s office is located 6328 Paschall Avenue, Suite A., and is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Tel: 267 787 1302. You can also visit us online at www. civic organizations to promote the achievements that researchers were uncovering. In 1925, he decided that the Association had to shoulder the responsibility. Going forward it would both create and popularize knowledge about the Black past. He sent out a press release announcing Negro His- tory Week in February 1926. Woodson chose February for reasons of tradition and reform. It is commonly said that Woodson selected February to encompass the birthdays of two great Americans who played a prominent role in shaping Black history, namely Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, whose birthdays are the 12th and the 14th, respectively.

The 1960s had a dramatic effect on the study and celebration of Black history. Before the decade was over, Negro History Week would be well on its way to becoming Black History Month. In 1976, fifty years after the first celebra- tion, the Association used its influ- ence to institutionalize the shifts from a week to a month and from Negro History to Black History. Now it’s celebrated 365 days a year!

In 2019 Greg Thompson, a Com- munity Activist and life-long resident of Southwest Philadelphia continued this legacy by writing, producing and directing an astounding theatri- cal performance entitled, Journey to Freedom. The Play was presented on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the New Beginnings Church of Christ at 7282 Woodland Avenue. This play showed a realistic, yet painful and inspira- tional look at African-American people’s plight from Africa to America throughout history. The actors in this play were members of the community, returning citizens and community ac- tivists. After the show, the 150 people in the audience were treated to the premier showing of the film, The Color of Freedom, written by Kareem Shaw & R.A.

Verified, both of whom also acted in the play.

For more information contact Greg Thompson at 215 334-3343 ext.3 or email: JOURNEY TO FREEDOM CONTINUES FROM PAGE 1 CHECKOUTTHE“COMINGOUT” Be active in your neighborhood! An exciting list of Southwest and nearby community activities and events is contained in our “COMING UP” section on page 13 of this issue. March 8, 2019 6 Southwest Globe Times Newspaper

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