24 June, 2008


5625 West Master Street
Philadelphia, PA 19131
(215) 473-5893; fax (215) 879-5340



CONTACT: Queen Mother Falaka Fattah
Telephone: (215) 473-5893

Philadelphia, PA (USA) – 24 June 2008 – The burgeoning demand for food, soaring food prices buoyed by astronomically rising energy prices, declining investment in the agricultural sector, and the imposition of export restrictions which has led to hoarding and panic buying of food and food products are just a few of the factors that have given rise to a Global Food Crisis and moved United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 28 April 2008 to establish and chair a Task Force On The Global Food Security Crisis by United States Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In the City of Philadelphia which is viewed by many as an International City and the 'Next Great American City” – social entrepreneurs Queen Mother Falaka Fattah and her husband Mr. David Fattah, the Co-Founders of the House of UMOJA, Inc. ( have initiated a 'Think Green Peace” Campaign which is transforming vacant lots into gardens that yield vegetables and flowers and creating key 'pieces of the puzzle” to the Global Food Crisis. The House of UMOJA, Inc’s 'Think Green Peace” Campaign will culminate in a three-day First Philadelphia Collard Greens and Cultural Festival which begins on Friday, 25 July 2008 and concludes on Sunday, 27 July 2008.

“The First Philadelphia Collard Greens and Cultural Festival which the ouse of Umoja, Inc. will host from Friday, July 25, 2008 through Sunday, July 27, 2008, is just one of several components of our “Think Green Peace” Campaign. The House of Umoja, Inc.’s 'Think Green Peace' Campaign is engaging our children in learning about our environment and getting them to connect the dots about the importance of the earth, how food is grown, how they can become self-sufficient and how they can beautify the neighborhoods in which they live. The current food crisis in which our global village finds itself immersed and which is grabbing headlines in newspapers and on television news programs really brings the message home to our children, our families and our communities about how important it is to learn and understand how food is grown and the importance of learning how to create options. Through our 'Think Green Peace' Campaign, a coalition has emerged consisting of our youth, business community, social entrepreneurs, religious institutions, legislators, grassroots community organizations that is working to beautify the communities in which we live and work, save our environment, and create options for 'self-sufficiency'," Queen Mother Falaka Fattah explained.

For further information about the House of Umoja, Inc’s “Think Green Peace Campaign” and the programs and services it offers, please visit the organization’s website at www.houseofumoja .org.

To find out how you can become involved in the House of Umoja, Inc’s “Think Green Peace Campaign”, contact Queen Mother Falaka Fattah by telephone at (215) 473-5893 or send an e-mail to:

1 comment:

George Waters said...

My congrats to the entire Fattah family for your tireless effort over the years to advocate for young people in Philadelphia and the rest of the country.

You have been an inspiration to me in my work with youth in entrepreneurship and small business training. Thank you for coaching me when I started over 30 years ago.

George Waters