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Summer Heat Wave Survival Guide -Follow These Tips to Stay Cool this Summer!

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When we are in need of plumbing, heating and air-conditioning in Delaware County, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland guess who is the most sought after provider serving these areas? Horizon Services of course; Horizon are locally owned and operated, and have been around for a while focusing on things that important to You when calling a plumbingheatingair conditioningdrain cleaning and sewer & water line replacement     Consequently, this summer make sure you follow some of these tips  to stay cool

Everybody loves the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer…until tsunami-style heat wave rolls into town. Sweltering temperatures and oppressive humidity raise a lot more serious issues than sweaty clothes and physical discomfort; high summer heat often produces life-threatening health concerns, power outages and blackouts and disruptions in community services.

Make sure your summer doesn’t turn into a bummer when the mercury tops the 100-degree mark by following these heat wave survival tips.
Keeping Your Cool:
Slow Down! Avoid strenuous activity during the sun’s peak hours of 11AM to 4PM. Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities. If you must exercise or exert yourself outside, do so during the day’s coolest hours between 4AM and 7AM.
Avoid Too Much Sunshine. Direct sunlight will produce even greater heat than the surrounding air and draw vital moisture out of your body’s cells. Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself. When you’re out in the sun, be sure to wear sunscreen of at least SPF 15 and a hat to protect your face and head.
Dress Appropriately. Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible. Lighter, looser clothing provides ideal ventilation. Darker clothing will actually absorb sunlight and heat.
Eat Small, Frequent Meals. The more calories you consume, the more heat your body will produce, so cut back. Avoid rich, fatty and high-protein foods. Focus more on fresh fruits and vegetables.
Avoid Extreme Temperature Changes. A cool shower immediately after coming in from hot temperatures can result in hypothermia, particularly for elderly and very young people.
Stay Indoors as Much as Possible. If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor, out of the sunshine.
Clean Air Conditioners Frequently. During periods of high use, air conditioner filters can become clogged or filled with dirt, making them less efficient. Keeping them clean will allow your air conditioner to provide more cool air.
Opt for A/C Over Fans. Locations with air conditioning are the safest places during extreme heat because electric fans do not cool the air. Fans do help sweat evaporate, which gives a cooling effect.
Drink Plenty of Water Regularly and Often. Your body needs water to keep cool.
Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them. They can make you feel good briefly, but in time they make the heat’s effects on your body worse.
NEVER Leave Children or Pets Alone in Closed Vehicles. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach over 140 degrees F within minutes. Exposure to such high temperatures can kill in minutes.
Go Shopping! Shopping malls and movie theaters always run air conditioning
Energy Conservation Tips
Get the most out of your air conditioner. Set your air conditioner’s thermostat to no lower than 78 degrees. Only use the air conditioner when you are home; if you want to cool your home prior to your return, set a timer to switch on no more than 30 minutes before you arrive.
Turn off non-essential appliances off. Stereos, TVs and other devices can produce a lot of unwanted heat.
Time your appliance usage. Only use appliances that require substantial electricity during off-peak hours early in the morning or very late at night.
Prepare for possible power outages and disruptions. Keep an Emergency Supply Kit in an easily accessible place. Items to include: a flashlight, battery-powered AM/FM radio, first-aid kit, bottled water and extra batteries.
To Report a Power Outage:
• Delmarva Power and Light: 1-800-898-8042 -or- 1-800-898-8045
• PECO Energy: 1-800-841-4141                           http://www.horizonservicesinc.com/

Grant Research for Beginners, The Importance of the 990Form


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To the novice grant writer or researcher, the process of finding grant prospects can be overwhelming as there are thousands of giving entities across the United States. The million dollar question here is, how do you narrow your search? Grant databases are probably the best sources for finding funders. There are a few tried and true ones I rely on when conducting research for my clients.

Foundation Search Online and Foundation Directory Online are the two I tend to use most consistently. Both are fee based but very helpful. There are free databases available for use as well. Foundation Center, a national nonprofit library of sorts, has a pretty extensive database which can be used onsite for free.

Once you choose a database tool that you’re comfortable with you’ll realize there is no science to the research process. A lot of times, after I’ve evaluated available data, I follow my instinct. Don’t misunderstand, my intuitive logic is based on real information and not just random thoughts.

Take for instance the 990. You can find a funder’s 990 in fee based and non fee based databases. I like to think of the 990 as a one stop shop for getting to know a funder. The 990 is the federal tax return for 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations. If you’re lucky, the 990 will contain critical information that can make your search 100 times easier. Some of this key information may include:

1. Name and address of person to whom applications should be submitted
2. Telephone number (in case you need to call)
3. Grants awarded or contributions made during the previous year (funded charities and award amounts)
4. Submission deadlines and/or restrictions. Sometimes the 990 will have a copy of the guidelines or grant proposal form(s). I’d estimate this information is available approximately half of the time. Even if the information is listed, try to confirm by either calling or looking on the company’s website.

If you don’t have easy access to a grants database, a company’s 990 is the best place to start the research process. I immediately look for the page(s) that details the grants and contributions that were paid out that year. This list helps me to determine early on if my organization is a match for the funder’s interests. I do this by looking at the types of organizations that were funded, the purposes of the awards, as well as the award amounts.

If there is no website that provides explicit details explaining a funder’s areas of interest, award ranges, deadlines, or application and proposal instructions, it’s imperative that you learn to efficiently gather and analyze the right information so you can decide whether or not to invest your time and resources developing a proposal.

So you might be wondering how do you find a funder’s 990? There are many paid grant databases that will give you access to this information, but there is one free source that I think is the best. The Foundation Center has a very user-friendly tool called the “990 Finder”. The “990 Finder” is usually the first place I go to access a nonprofit’s tax return.

After I’ve reviewed the 990, and I think there’s a likely fit, I will either prepare a proposal or letter of intent, or give the funder a call to confirm the information I found in my research and to gather additional details.

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Community-based Educational Courses and others


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PA Cyber School – Compare the Home School to Public School-


Compare the Home School to Public School
Parents are the first teacher to the child.They lead to teaching their kids walking, eat, talk and other basic skills or knowledge. Therefore, when it comes to deciding on a facility for their children’s education, debating homeschooling vs. public school always becomes a problem.

The controversy of home school vs. public school always includes the situation on drugs.Since public schools are known to be considered a problem among youth, many parents are afraid of exposing their children with other kids for fear that the child could possibly be introduced or attracted to harmful drugs. With home school, parents are at ease that the youngsters are less likely to make use of and grow dependent on drugs.

Another issue involved in debates with home schooling vs. public school may be the experience of violence. Statistically, violence in modern schools is getting increasingly prevalent all throughout the world. With today’s public schools, fights between students, between teachers and students as well as fights between students and police authorities remain a problem.

Parents today understand that they need to keep their kids protected from potential fights in public areas and schools.Many parents or guardians side with homeschooling vs. public school because they’re afraid that the simple fight at school could lead to a greater problem, such as a social worker that will try and take your sons or daughters away from your guidance.

A perception to mold children by utilizing militarism for obedience may seem like smart choice to keep students studying instead of becoming social problems. The police state sees the youth as a problem that may only worsen when left undisciplined. For this reason, it’s the parents’ decision to decide how they would like to encourage issues concerning on homeschooling vs. public.  For most parents that have chosen homeschooling against public schools, it cost them nothing to mold their kids intellectual, emotional and instill social growth that work effectively in the reduction of violence, drugs experience  and potential issues with legal authorities. Parents can guide children through every stage of the academics in the comfort of their own personal homes by following methods that could mold a child the proper way .

Philly Is Number One in Poverty, Which is Awful!! – Voices from those without homes..


The story below appeared in the “One Step Away” magazine, which is a greater philadelphia’s first newspaper produced by those without homes for those with homes. The story was featured April 2013 under heading “Our Voice – What we want people who have roofs over their heads to hear from us”

Philadelphia has the highest rate of deep poverty – people with incomes below half of the poverty line- of any big city in the country, according to a study by The Philadelphia Inquirer and Temple University sociologist David Elesh. Inquirer reporter Alfred Lubrano’s story was chilling; he described people going without food, living without running water or electricity, juggling a number of awful paying jobs that simply don’t make ends meet. The impact on children of families living in deep poverty is an absolute crisis in our city.

Philadelphia has the highest povery rate (28.4 percent) of America’s big cities. Almost 13 percent of Philadelphians are living in “deep poverty”. That’s more than 200,000 of our neighbors and fellow citizens who earn less tha $5,700 per year (individuals) or less than $11,700 for a family of four.

While people who qualify as poor can and often do lift themselves out of poverty, this pernicious state of “deep poverty” is statistically inescapable. Judith Levine, a Temple sociologist, told the Inquirer: “Poverty becomes a long-term experience, and it’s very different, especially for children”. We are dooming thousands of children to a lifetime of sever poverty, with unimaginable long-term consequences.

So, Let’s talk solutions.

Government programs have been wildly successful in fighting poverty. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reported last year that pover rates without government income assistance of any sort would have been nearly twice as high as they actually were: 28.6 percent rather than 15.5 percent. That’s the impact of publich programs such as General Assistance, unemployment insurance, SNAP benefits (food stamps), Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, veteran’s benefits, public assistance (most importantly including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and housing assistance. These programs work.

You know what’s weird? These are the very programs we’ve spent the last few years cutting. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has personally been slashing this stuff as fast as he can.  And in a stunning upset, when you cut anti-poverty programs, you get more poverty.  It’s science…..

An Assessment of the Effectiveness of Anti Poverty Programs in the United States by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that the combination of the means-tested and social insurance transfers had a major impact on povery, reducing deep poverty, poverty, and near-poverty rates by about 14 percentage points. SSI, TANF, food stamps, Earned Income Tax Credit, and housing assistance programs all have significant impacts.

The rise of the EITC and decline of Aid to Families with Dependent Children/TANF and food stamps for the very poor is a regressive combination. The report found a notable shift in expenditures toward the elderly and disabled and away from people who are just plain poor. In 1984, programs reduced poverty much more among single parent families and the nonemployed than they did 20 years later, a direct result of this kind of shift in government policy

Look, cash assistance to the poor, specifically nonworkers, can feel kind of unseemly. The system has always preferred “in kind transfers”, things such as food, medical care, housing. These things help people survive, but don’t move them. They don’t lift people out of poverty.

Conservative economist Milton Friedman consistently supported a “negative income tax”, endorsing the kinds of cash transfers we’ve consistently moved away from. Bolsa Familia in Brazil and Oportunidades in Mexico, which are essentially cash grants to the poor, have been wildly successful in eliminating poverty in those countries. We just don’t have the political will for that sort of thing here.

In the end, then, America sufferes from a kind of deliberate malpractice – we know what works, we’ve seen it work, we’re just deciding not to do so much of it, anymore.

Let’s restore the safety net, invest in people, and knock Philly off the top spot of this really awful list. 

Free CASH – Want Extra Money? – Here are Five Ways


cashmoney1If you’ve ever dreamed about working from home, this could be the best time for you to take the leap and start a business that allows you to make extra money while staying at home.
With the slow economy and the tight job market, more and more Americans are turning to self-employment to keep their bills paid. Almost six million Americans primarily work from home and more than 13 million people spend at least one day a week in a home office.

Working from home provides you a number of advantages including relief from stressful commutes, a flexible schedule, and an unlimited earning potential.

Here are five home-based businesses that might help you escape from the confines of the traditional office:

1. Catering business
If you love cooking and enjoy hosting dinner parties with all of your friends, consider starting a catering business. Use your culinary talents to cater parties both large and small, or other special events that require a large amount of food preparation. Work with a variety of foods offering a large menu of specialty dishes, or choose to specialize — such as authentic Mexican food or French haute cuisine. Gina Pace of Inc.com notes that picking a specialty within the catering field can give you an edge in the market.

2. Freelancing
As a freelancer, you’ll need little more than a computer, a telephone and a set of specific skills depending on the type of service you offer. Freelancing offers a lot of flexibility and offers great potential for making money from home; sometimes, the money you earn can far exceed the salary that you could make in a 9-to-5 job.

No matter what the job market is doing, freelancing offers a consistent base of opportunities. Here are a few freelancing careers for you to consider:

Writing, editing and proofreading
Graphic design
Public relations
Translation
If you want to choose a creative profession to freelance in, be prepared to show samples of your work. Create a website that showcases your work, or put together a professional portfolio that’s easy to send to clients when the need arises.

3. Virtual nursing
If you’re a registered nurse who’s tired of working hospital hours or have grown weary of the daily commute, keep in mind that specialized software and computers supplied by pharmaceutical companies, health-related organizations and insurance companies, now allow nurses to work from home. April LaJune, a writer for Yahoo Voices, explains that with the onset of new technologies, these companies are among many customers that hire nurses to answer patient questions by telephone or email explains. Virtual nursing’s flexible hours keep you connected to your profession while you work from home.

4. Virtual concierge
People are so busy these days that they need people to help them with the simplest tasks. If you have good organizational skills and are willing to take on any task, make some great money as a virtual concierge. Similar to a hotel concierge, a virtual concierge takes care of everything that busy individuals need. You’ll pick up laundry, shop for clothes, make dinner reservations; you may even be asked to track down 100 red roses for a marriage proposal! As a virtual concierge you can work for a service like VIP desk or work for yourself. Either way, it’s a great way to start building a successful business and bring in additional income.

5. Sales
One of the oldest ways to make extra money from home is by selling items through a direct marketing company like Avon, Mary Kay, or Amway. Direct selling is a $30 billion industry, and it can be a great way to earn some extra spending money. Sell a company’s items directly to your clients; this allows businesses to cut out the brick-and-mortar stores, saving them a ton on overhead costs. If you’re motivated enough, you can make a little money by simply selling these items to your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. The secret to making this type of home business a success is having an established network of potential buyers ready to make a purchase.

If you think that working from home would be a welcome place for a second or primary job, then you’re not alone. Thankfully, there are a number of unique opportunities that you can take advantage of. Working from home offers more freedom and a stronger sense of pride for the work that you’re doing. So find something that makes you happy and figure out a way to turn it into a profitable home business.

This article originally appeared at Len Penzo dot Com. “5 ways to make extra money while staying at home” – Copyright 2014. Follow Len Penzo dot Com on Twitter.

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Race, Racism and the Law – Campaign to Adopt Racial Justice Plan

Today, we delivered an open letter to the White House calling on President Obama to adopt a comprehensive plan—a National Plan of Action for Racial Justice —that outlines how the Administration intends to meet its human rights obligations to end racial inequality, inequity, and discrimination in the United States, once and for all.
We delivered the letter today, March 21st, in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. March 21st is observed annually in remembrance of the same day in 1960 when police opened fire and killed 69 people who were peacefully demonstrating against apartheid “pass laws” in Sharpeville, South Africa.
Pass laws were laws that segregated and restricted the movement of black and other non-white South Africans. They required primarily black South Africans to carry pass books with them when they were outside their homeland or designated areas or risk arrest. On that day in 1960, thousands of black South Africans gathered in peaceful protest at a police station without their passbooks offering themselves for arrest. While accounts of what happened next differ, in the end, police opened fire on the unarmed protesters without any prior warning to disperse. 69 people were killed and hundreds more were injured in the incident.
The Sharpeville incident happened over 50 years ago in South Africa, yet the story has disturbing resonance for the United States today. The impact of pass laws in South Africa is similar to the effect of current day policies that may not overtly target, but that have a negative impact on, people of color such as the New York Police Department’s Operation Clean Halls. Operation Clean Halls allows the police to come into certain buildings including public housing, to stop, search and question anyone who is deemed suspicious in the building. Police can arrest residents for entering the building through prohibited areas like the rooftop or basement, or for being unable to provide proof of residence or identification. And guests can be arrested if they drop by without an invitation or the person they are visiting is not around to confirm that they are a guest. Not surprisingly, the outcome is that hundreds of thousands of black and Latino New Yorkers are harassed, humiliated and sometimes arrested in their own homes. Racial profiling laws across the country also have a similar disproportionate negative impact on Blacks, Latinos, immigrants, indigenous peoples, and LGBT youth. Like the examples mentioned above, discriminatory laws and practices these days are often indirect and concealed with facially neutral language. They are therefore harder to prove.
Our current civil rights laws are not sufficient for dealing with these contemporary forms of discrimination that have a disproportionate negative impact on African Americans, Latinos, Indigenous Peoples, Asian Americans, and Arab Americans whether intended to or not. However, the United States government has ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) which provides guidance and remedies for addressing direct and indirect forms of discrimination from a human rights perspective. We are calling on the Obama Administration to adopt a National Plan of Action for Racial Justice laying out concrete steps it intends to take to fully comply with ICERD and address racial discrimination once and for all.
We have released an educational resource to provide more information on the National Plan of Action for Racial Justice, as well as a suggested template for the National Plan of Action for Racial Justice.
We thank the 125 groups that signed the open letter submitted to President Obama today. We will be submitting a petition to the Administration in the coming weeks as well. We urge you to join us in calling on the Administration to pursue all appropriate and available avenues to achieve racial justice in the next four years.
What You Can Do Today!
To support our call for a National Plan of Action for Racial Justice, we have launched a new campaign, Once & 4 All. Here is what you can do to support the campaign and spread the work!
• Sign and Circulate the Petition: we need everyone across the country to call for the National Plan of Action!
• Check out and “like” the Once & 4 All Facebook page. And share the post with your Facebook friends.
• Post information about Once & 4 All and the National Plan of Action on your facebook and twitter accounts.
• Upload a pic of the palm of your hand on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #ONCE4ALL to show your solidarity with victims who have suffered any form of racial discrimination.
• Send your Once & 4 All statement to the White House to let the Obama Administration know that change needs to happen now. http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=E3A%2FkZ0kOYiUJXqSF%2FF%2B%2Fz8MWT0mD31F• And check out our website http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=BJoCmR0kau20lUWyMvnRWT8MWT0mD31F
Thank you!
Ejim Dike, Executive Director
This is a joint effort by the US Human Rights Network and the Human Rights at Home Campaign

African Americans, Albert Einstein & Little Known History

einstein1 This Article was forwarded  to me by brother Yummy of the Frator Heru Institute, which continues to offer critical community-based educational courses and effective community outreach in North Philadelphia..get details here http://www.thefratorheruinstitute.orgI thought the article is worth sharing to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and to educate our youth and the community at large about a National Plan of action for Racial Justice that outlines how the Obama Administration intends to meet its human rights obligations to end racial inequality,and discrimination! (Following is quoted from the person who sent this article to bro Yummy “Check out the following information I sourced from Kim of “KIMISTRY 101″ on ‘BLOGGER’ and also “The Progressive Influence – A place to follow progressive issues and follow current events…” as well as the source links belowPeace & Love, Fu ” )

“Race prejudice has unfortunately become an American tradition which is uncritically handed down from one generation to the next.” Albert Einstein,
“…there is separation of colored people from white people in the United States. That separation is not a disease of colored people. It is a disease of white people. And, I do not intend to be quiet about it.” – Albert Einstein, Lincoln University, PA in 1946.

Einstein’s official 1921 portrait after receiving the Nobel Prize in Physics.
He was visiting the United States when Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, and did not go back to Germany, where he had been a professor at theBerlin Academy of Sciences. He settled in the U.S., becoming a citizen in 1940. On the eve of World War II, he helped alert President Franklin D. Roosevelt that Germany might be developing an atomic weapon, and recommended that the U.S. begin similar research; this eventually led to what would become the Manhattan Project. Einstein was in support of defending the Allied forces, but largely denounced using the new discovery of nuclear fission as a weapon. Later, with the British philosopher Bertrand Russell, Einstein signed the Russell–Einstein Manifesto, which highlighted the danger of nuclear weapons. Einstein was affiliated with the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, until his death in 1955.
Einstein interest in racism came long before he even resided in the states. Einstein left Germany in the early 30’s as his homeland was falling under the grip of the Nazis, making life unbearable for Jews.
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On the eve of Einstein’s move to America he joined the international campaign to save The Scottsboro Boys , nine African American teenagers from Alabama, falsely accused of raping two white women – eight of them sentenced to death in 1931. For Einstein, the Scottsboro Defense was the first of several protests against racial injustice in the American legal system. For J. Edgar Hoover and his FBI, it was the first “Communist Front” listed in Einstein’s file. When the Nazis came into power Einstein was fearful that a return to Germany would place him in mortal danger, he decided to stay, accepting a position at the recently founded Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.
Einstein worked at the Institute for Advanced Study, and his home adjoined the neighborhood where the African American community was centered. Einstein, felt a kinship to African-Americans subjected to racism due to Nazi-inspired threats and harassment he suffered during his tenure at the University of Berlin. “Einstein realized that African Americans in Princeton were treated like Jews in Germany,”. “The town was strictly segregated. There was no high school that blacks could go to until the 1940s.”
You may not have known it, but he was a rebel, an outspoken radical, and a social activist. His name was Albert Einstein, one of the most beloved scientists and one of the smartest men in history. He had witnessed the rise of Nazism in Germany and so he knew firsthand how hate, fear, and ignorance can destroy a country. So, when he arrived in America, he was shocked at how Black Americans were treated. “There is separation of colored people from white people in the United States,” he said. “That separation is not a disease of colored people. It is a disease of white people. And, I do not intend to be quiet about it.” And, he wasn’t.
Although he had a fear of speaking in public, he made all the effort he could to spread the word of equality, denouncing racism and segregation and becoming a huge proponent of civil rights even before the term became fashionable. Einstein was a member of several civil rights groups (including the Princeton chapter of the NAACP).
“The social outlook of Americans…their sense of equality and human dignity is limited to men of white skins. The more I feel an American, the more this situation pains me. I can escape complicity in it only by speaking out,” he said.
So, when he saw injustice, Einstein spoke out. After a bloody racial riot in 1946 in which 500 state troopers with submachine guns attacked and destroyed virtually every black-owned business in a four-square-block area in Tennessee and arrested 25 black men for attempted murder, Einstein joined Eleanor Roosevelt, Langston Hughes, and Thurgood Marshall to fight for justice for the men, acquitting 24 of the 25 defendants.
Also, from the numerous attempts to stop the execution of Willie McGee, a black Mississippi sharecropper accused of raping a white woman, and efforts to prevent New Jersey from extraditing Sam Buckhannon, a black Georgian who had escaped a chain gang after serving 18 years for stealing a pack of cigarettes, Einstein used his fame to condemn American racism.
Einstein would say, “I believe Gandhi’s views were the most enlightened of all the political men of our time. We should strive to do things in his spirit: not to use violence for fighting for our cause, but by non-participation of anything you believe is evil.”
Albert Einstein was born March 14, 1879.
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The book Einstein on Race and Racism by Fred Jerome and Rodger Taylor examines the Nobel Prize-winning physicist activism in the civil rights movement of the 1940s.
In 1937 Einstein stepped in when African-American Opera singer and civil rights supporter Marian Anderson was refused a room at Princeton’s Nassau Inn and forbidden to eat at public restaurants. He invited her to stay at his home, which she did. From then on, she stayed with him whenever she visited Princeton. Einstein was a commonly seen figure in the Witherspoon area of Princeton where he lived. Many of the residents there — almost all Black, given the segregation typical of that time — had fond remembrances of how this Caucasian man, by then an American citizen, would invite them to his home, sit on their porches to talk, or walk along in silence or conversing with adults and children in the area. His simple friendliness was unaffected and natural, the expression of his honest temperament. It is hard to say how much his experience of living in Witherspoon at the same time he worked in the all-white atmosphere of Princeton spurred his involvement in civil rights efforts; what we do know is that he quickly became acquainted with and then more seriously involved in activities spearheaded by well-known Black progressives of the time.
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Paul Robeson and Einstein in his Princeton home in 1952
Also not widely known was Einstein’s friendships with W. E. B. Dubois and Paul Robeson. “In 1931, W. E. B. Du Bois, a founder of the NAACP and editor of its magazine, The Crisis, wrote to Einstein, still living in Berlin and asked if he could write a piece about the evil of racial prejudice in the world for the newspaper. Einstein gladly wrote the piece which brought The Crisis a rare, small headline in the New York Times: EINSTEIN HAILS NEGRO RACE. Einstein and Paul Robeson first became acquainted when Robeson performed at the Princeton’s McCarter Theater in 1935. Having a mutual interest in social justice issues the two developed a friendship that would last twenty years. Einstein lent his prominence to Robeson and became the co-chair of the American Crusade to End Lynching in response to the outrage of two black men and their wives being murdered in Monroe, Georgia, and justice was not served and also at the upsurge in racial murders as black soldiers returned home in the aftermath of World War II. When Robeson was blacklisted because of his activism against racism, again it was Einstein who opened his home to his long-time friend. In 1946 Einstein wrote a letter to President Harry Truman calling for prosecution of lynchers to gain support and passage for the anti-lynching law crusade stating that “guaranteeing every citizen protection against the violence of lynching was one of the most urgent tasks for our generation”.
Einstein’s outspokenness on civil rights included a virtually unknown 1948 interview with the Cheney Record, student newspaper at a then-small Black college (Cheney State) in Pennsylvania: “Race prejudice has unfortunately become an American tradition which is uncritically handed down from one generation to the next.
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Einstein addressing black students at Lincoln University, May 1946
In 1946, he traveled to Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, the alma mater of Langston Hughes and Thurgood Marshall and the first school in America to grant college degrees to blacks. At Lincoln, Einstein gave a speech in which he told a campus-wide audience, “My trip to this institution was on behalf of a worthwhile cause. There is separation of colored people from white people in the United States. That separation is not a disease of colored people. It is a disease of white people. I do not intend to be quiet about it.” He also received an honorary degree and gave a lecture on relativity to Lincoln students. The reason Einstein’s visit to Lincoln is not better known is that it was virtually ignored by the mainstream press, which regularly covered Einstein’s speeches and activities. (Only the black press gave extensive coverage to the event.) Nor is there mention of the Lincoln visit in any of the major Einstein biographies or archives.
Perhaps Einstein’s most effective civil-rights action was testimony he didn’t actually give. At the start of 1951, the Federal Government indicted W. E. B. Du Bois, then chairman of the Peace Information Center, and four of the group’s other officers, for failing to register as “foreign agents.” The government’s principal charge was that the Peace Information Center – described by historian Robin D. G. Kelley as an “antinuclear, anti-Cold War” group – had committed the “overt act” of circulating the Stockholm Peace Petition which demanded the outlawing of atomic weapons. Because the petition was begun by the international Communist movement, it was seen by many as a Soviet ploy—even though millions of people in the states and abroad agreed with its sentiments and signed it. Du Bois had refused to go along with Washington’s anti-Soviet, anti-Communist policies, refused to cooperate with Congressional investigating committees, had his passport suspended, and had been ousted from the NAACP. Einstein quickly volunteered to testify as a defense witness in Du Bois Federal trial. Confronted with the prospect of international publicity that would have resulted from Einstein’s testimony, the judge dismissed the case for lack of evidence before the defense had a chance to present its witnesses.
Albert Einstein remains one of America’s foremost cultural icons, a Nobel Prize winner in physics, Time magazine’s “Person of 20th Century,” the scientist whose formula E=Mc2 and General Theory of Relativity led to monumental scientific advances. It’s long overdue that his views on such a vital subject matter as race were made as equally well known.
It’s been rumored that a movie is in the works about the friendship between Paul Robeson and Einstein with Danny Glover to play Robeson and Ben Kingsley as Einstein.

Source Links:
The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
www.nyu.edu/library/bobst/research/tam/
Special collections library at Princeton
www.princeton.edu/%7Eferguson/chrisxrf.htm
The Einstein File: J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret War Against the World’s Most Famous Scientist
www.theeinsteinfile.com
National Society of Black Physicists
www.nsbp.org
W. E. B. Du Bois papers
http://www.library.umass.edu
Paul Robeson Cultural Center at Rutgers University
http://prcc-web.rutgers.edu/prcc/
Robeson Family Archives, Moorland Spingarn Research Center, Howard University, Washington D.C.
http://www.africawithin.com/bios/paul_robeson.htm
[San Francisco] Bay Area Paul Robeson Centennial Committee
http://www.bayarearobeson.org/
Einstein Papers Project at Cal Tech in Pasadena, CA
http://www.einstein.caltech.edu/contact.html
Einstein Archives Online (The Einstein Papers Project)
http://www.alberteinstein.info/
Center for Einstein Studies at Boston University
http://buphy.bu.edu/
Lincoln University in Pennsylvania
http://www.lincoln.edu/

Various Options On Home Business For Mothers

With the country’s economy in a recession, households these days are looking for different options in order to save and earn money. Saving can be achieved easily; you just have to restrict your financial allowance and dispose of things your family doesn’t really need. Generating extra money, on the other hand, isn’t as simple. Fathers and husbands normally act as the family’s primary breadwinner, and their schedules are already full merely because of time spent on their jobs. Mothers, however, are limited by the tasks they must deal with at home. Between raising children, performing household tasks, and managing the household’s finances, how could busy mommies fit in an income-generating task into their jam-packed schedule?

If you are a mommy, you’ve most likely asked yourself this question several times already. If you would like to start off your own business, here are few ideas from business updates which you can use to start a home business for mothers.

Before you start organizing a home business, you need to try to evaluate your own expertise and talents. These can dramatically help you determine what services you may offer to prospective shoppers. For example, do you have comprehensive webpage design skills? You could deliver web design services right at home, and the only stuff you would need are a personal computer and a working Internet connection. You can discuss your schedules with customers and tell them when you are available to handle projects so that they understand when to expect your end result.

However, if you are into crafts, you can use your abilities to create custom-made goods like totes, clothes, jewelry, and home accessories. You’ll be able to market these in online retailers like Etsy, a business website committed to handmade articles, or you may create your own site where you can show your things.

Yet another expertise which can be used to start a home business for moms is cooking. Talented bakers and home cooks can use their skills in the kitchen to earn some money for the family. With the correct recipes and a bit of time management, you can make batches of pastries which are suitable for selling or possibly cater dishes for parties and meetings. You can promote your services online, through newspapers or even through brochures given out in your town. You may also ask your friends to help distribute the news about your impending business.

In case you have a talent for writing, you can try many jobs online. You can be a copywriter, an article writer or you can even create a blog that generates revenues thru paid advertising. On top of that, you can even create your book. If it turns out to be excellent, you may get it printed and profits from your books may contribute to your family’s funds.

These are some examples of business ideas that might help start a home business for moms. Try to think of talents, skills or interests you have that others find helpful. With a bit of effort, you can generate extra cash while working in the comfort of your home.

 

Would You Happily Agree to More Wealth in Your Life?

Identify The Top 5 Ways To Get Rich And Have A Lifetime Of Financial Freedom

For the majority of us, the thought of greater wealth and riches feels like a faraway dream. Nevertheless, this doesn’t have to be the case! Regardless of our current situation in life, every single one of us has the potential within us to have a lifetime of wealth and happiness.

Few people in life are able to boast that they enjoy financial freedom. But is it still a dream of yours? Would you like to break free from the constraints of a society where time is exchanged for cash – leaving you free to walk away from the gruelling 9 to 5 of your job and instead, take your time pursuing passions that give you true happiness?

If you are looking to gain an ‘access all areas’ pass into life, free from the limitations of money, then read on to  discover our top ten ways to attract money into your life simply through the power of thought and using the law of attraction.

1) Be Thankful For What You Have Now: Possibly one of the best ways of inviting greater wealth into your life is to appreciate what you have now. And what if you don’t have any money? If you are completely broke and have nothing to be thankful for money-wise, then attempt to think of all of the things in life you are grateful for – your friends, family, home, your dog. By focusing on the positive aspects of your life you are making sure that you are emitting the absolute best frequency to the universe, that will only result in one thing – more things to stay positive about.

2) Don’t Be Needy: If you have a basic understanding of the law of attraction, then you will already be aware that our thoughts and our emotions are primarily accountable for the direction our lives take. However, if you are still wondering ‘ how to use the law of attraction ?’  then the best way to think of it is that ‘thoughts equal things’. Therefore, if you are looking to attract more money into your life then drop all of your ‘needy’ thoughts. If you wish to be wealthy you need to act wealthy – so lose all those feelings of want and begin to feel all of the wealth that’s coming your way.

3) Act ‘As If’: Feeling confident that wealth will be sure to come your way and acting as though you already enjoy great wealth, emits feelings of wealth to the universe – even when you are not actually wealthy. By going about your daily life as though you have all of the money that you could possibly want, you are sending a signal to the universe that you have lots of money, which will result in it sending more your way. After all, with the law of attraction ‘like always attracts like’.

4) Visualise, Visualise, Visualise: Visualisation tools such as blank cheques, post-it notes, inspiration boards – any visualisation tool that you can think of that can help you to imagine being wealthy, will help you to attract money to yourself. Write out a cheque to yourself for how much money you would like to see coming your way, and feel good knowing that the money will be sure to come your way. Fill your mind’s eye with images of wealth and train yourself to become more wealthy-minded and you will find yourself attracting money into your life faster than you could ever have imagined possible. This is why it is so important to find law of attraction wealth visualisation techniques that work best for you.

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