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China in Denial about its Race Problem By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief (Third in a series) BEIJING (NNPA) – In absolute numbers, China probably has more beautiful women than any other country in the world. But one could never tell that by looking at the display windows in upscale stores in this capital city or in Shanghai. The classic image of beauty in those stores and
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elsewhere across China is modeled after the American and European standard of beauty—White, blue-eyed and blond. “From the most ancient times, the Chinese chose to call themselves white, with a light complexion highly valued and likened to white jade,” Martin Jacques wrote in When China Rules the World. “By the beginning of the twelfth century, the elite attached a heightened
Experts say racial discrimination is a problem in China that manifests itself in strange and sometimes unique ways. Wikimedia Commons meaning to being white, with colour consciousness amongst the elite sensitized by the maritime contacts established during the Southern Song dynasty (AD 1127-1279). “During this period even the newly popular Buddha was converted from a ‘swart half-naked Indian to a more decently clad divinity with a
properly light complexion,’ rather as Jesus was whitened in the Western Christian tradition.” In both old and new China, whiteness—or proximity to it—is prized. “In the Chinas today there is a clear racial Continued on A3
Jones Falls Homeless Encampments Cleared By Krishana Davis AFRO Staff Writer
John Hamilton’s main concern March 12 was not the opportunity for a warm bed or a hot meal. The recovering heroin addict’s major concern was that if he joined the other 12 homeless people who moved into the Belvedere Homes housing facility from Camp 83, an encampment for homeless people under the Jones Falls Expressway, his friend’s belongings – which he had promised to watch – would go missing. “I’m going tonight, but I don’t want to leave my friend and he loses his belongings,” said Hamilton, 53, as he puffed cigarette smoke into the frigid early evening spring air. Continued on A6
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Boldin Traded to 49ers: Smart or Dumb? By Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley AFRO Sports Desk BALTIMORE, Md.--The Baltimore Ravens stunned its fan base March 11 by trading veteran star receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers for a mere sixthround draft pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Boldin, widely considered the best receiver on the team, was one of the heroes of the Ravens’ miraculous Super Bowl run, but the team decided to deal him after he refused to restructure the final year of his deal which would have resulted in a $2 million pay cut during the 2013 season. The 32-year-old receiver has been a fan favorite in Baltimore since being traded to the Ravens in 2010 so Baltimore fans obviously have mixed emotions about seeing him pushed out the door. AFRO sports writers Perry Green and Stephen D.
Baltimore Cop Pleads Guilty to Drug, Other Crimes By AFRO Staff Kendell Richburg, a 36-year-old Baltimore police officer pleaded guilty March 11 in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to helping a local drug dealer sell heroin and then robbing the dealer’s customers as part of a scheme that prosecutors said was a conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine and marijuana during a more than 18-month period that ended last year. Richburg, who had been assigned to the Baltimore Police’s Violent Crimes Impact Section in the Northwestern District, was indicted by a federal grand jury on drug distribution and gun charges Jan. 17 after being suspended in November 2012 amid an FBI investigation. His identity was not revealed at the time of his suspension. The department only said that a plainclothes investigator had been suspended during an FBI probe. According to federal
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Riley debate whether or not team management made the right decision in cutting loose the three-time Pro Bowler.
Riley: Wow! Talk about a lack of appreciation for the guy who won you a Super Bowl. Anquan was the most reliable offensive weapon for the Ravens throughout the playoffs and this is how they repay him? First, I blame quarterback Joe Flacco for this. The Ravens overpaid him with a ridiculous $120 million deal, then had the nerve to ask the one receiver who made his job easier to take a pay cut on the final year of his deal. If anything, they should have made Flacco take less money so they could pay Boldin what they were already committed to paying him. Now, who’s Flacco going to lob 50/50 jump-balls up to while desperately praying his man comes down with the ball? It won’t be Boldin, because they just sent him to the team that was just seconds away from beating Baltimore in the Super Bowl. Green: Only four words need to be Continued on A6
The Underground Railroad Conductor By Zenitha Prince Special to the AFRO It was fall 1849, and Araminta Harriet Tubman, a slave, was on the run. The sickly woman, prone to epileptic seizures, was all alone—her husband, a free man, didn’t want to leave the life he had established in Dorchester County, Md.; her brothers, Harry and Ben, who had initially escaped with her, had changed their minds and returned to the plantation. But even with a $300 bounty on her head, Tubman soldiered on,
“I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other.” — Harriet Tubman using the network of safe houses known as the Underground Railroad to travel 90 miles to Philadelphia. “The thirst for freedom trumped everything,” said biographer and historian Kate C. Larson of Tubman’s impetus, “and the fear of being sold was so profound that she decided she had to take the risk and leave her family and everything she knew.” When she finally set foot in the free state of Pennsylvania, Tubman experienced an overwhelming feeling of relief and wonderment. She later recalled: “When I found I had crossed that line, I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over everything; the sun came like gold through the trees, and over the fields, and I felt like I was in Heaven.” But Tubman’s happiness was limited because everybody Continued on A4
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Millions of Kenyan citizens flocked to election centers March 4 to decide the outcome of that country’s presidential election. On March 9, candidate Uhuru Kenyatta was named the winner of the election with 50.07 percent of the vote. Results were expected to be announced within several days, with Kenyan voting officials reporting that at least 70 percent of registered voters had cast their ballots by closing time at 5 p.m. on Mar. 4. Wikimedia Commons Top remaining contenders Uhuru Kenyatta for the presidency included: Kenyatta, who had a preliminary lead despite an indictment by the International Criminal Court for violence stemming from the 2007 election; the nation’s current Prime Minister Raila Odinga; and six others. Kenyatta is a direct descendent of the political legacy solidified by his father, Jomo Kenyatta, who was elected as the country’s first president in 1964.
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Jury Convicts Detroit’s Former Mayor of Corruption
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, convicted March 11 of corruption charges, is in jail awaiting a federal judge’s prison sentence as a five-month trial, in which he was painted as an unscrupulous politician who took bribes, rigged contracts and lived far beyond his means, closes. Kilpatrick wore a surprised, puzzled look at times as U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds read the jury’s verdict: guilty of 24 charges, not guilty on three and no consensus on three more. Four hours later, he was handcuffed and led to jail. The judge agreed to revoke his bond. Prosecutors said Kilpatrick, then in his early 30s and touted as a bright young star in Democratic Party, ran a “private profit machine” out of Detroit’s City Hall.
FBI Monitoring Investigation into Death of Black Miss. Mayoral Candidate
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Ben Carson: Candidate-in-Waiting? Or New GOP Toy? A major television network anoints him “The New Conservative Folk Hero.” A Wall Street Journal editorial and a T-shirt available online hail “Ben Carson for President.” Well, maybe not for president, but some in Maryland Republican circles are dreaming of a gubernatorial candidacy sport-utility vehicle sought in By Alan King connection withCarson, the murder AFRO Staff Writer for Dr. Ben the of Hudson’s mother and Hopkins brother. preeminent Johns The white, 1994 Chevrolet Jennifer Hudson and other neurosurgeon. He is, after all, Suburban with Illinois license relatives positively identified Adrienne touted among the headline Washington speakers, along with Marco AFRO Columnist Rubio and Paul Rand, at the annual Conservative Action Political Conference (CPAC) being staged this week at National Harbor in Prince George’s County. The superstar doctor has become such a sought-after political commodity since his conservative speech calling for a flat tax and private health care accounts given before President Obama during the National Prayer Breakfast last month that it takes nearly five minutes to listen to all the contact instructions given by the doctor’s office assistant on his answering machine. The message directs everyone except his patients to a half dozen numbers, websites and fax machines to leave messages and comments. Efforts to reach Dr. Carson were unsuccesful. Courtesy Photos Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Donerson who “Republicans like bright, shinyDarnell objects and he’s a bright, wasshiny killed, as for well asofher brother, Jason. object a lot conservatives,” said Michael Steele, a political commentator and former Republican National Party and Maryland lieutenant should plategovernor. X584859He was foundknow. on the Chairman body of her 7-year-old Chicago’s West Side after nephewIsMonday, just hours it any wonder when Carson’s prescriptions for what policepeppered received with a 7 a.m. call afterails hisAmerica body was foundgiving in a speeches include parables and scriptures and admonitions against “moral decay,” “fiscal irresponsibility,” “the PC police” and such? The latter he suggests do not allow free expression in public discourse. In
fact, he claims a White House aide asked him not to offend the people,” Steele said. president during the National Prayer Breakfast. He noted how outspoken celebrities in both parties are Speakers have traditionally avoided political subjects such as often pumped up and set up for a fall because they really don’t the tax code, though Carson cloaked his comments in God’s fair understand how the political game is played, or what it takes system of tithing. to run a billion-dollar enterprise, like a state government. Note Then, at the March 8 Maryland Legislative Prayer Breakfast Jesse Ventura and Ashley Judd, he said. in Annapolis, the good doctor once again reportedly raised “These people run becauseAfro-American people tell them November 1, 2008 - November 7, think 2008,they Thecan Washington eyebrows after making a questionable comment about the they can. institution of slavery. It was America’s “mistake,” but “there is But it is not something to take lightly,” he said. That road is no one alive today who is a slave and no one alive who is a slave littered with more failures than successes. owner … At some point you need to get over it and move on,” he Nonetheless, one Maryland political strategist speaking said,a according to Thea Washington Post. anonymously said Republicans are posted hopingfliers to help Carsonhisraise from neighbor about suspibearing photociousReally? vehicle.Does The man noticednot see the vestiges of slavery for graph around engagements the city. On Dr. Carson his national profile and money through speaking the vehicle walking Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked Blacks andwhile Whites today,his for example, in the income disparity such as CPAC and with his latest “America the Beautiful” book dog. According to the Chicago for the public’s help in finding of these groups alone? Indeed, we don’t want to make excuses, tour, so that he can make a run for Maryland governor. Their Tribune, the boy had been shot her nephew. In her MySpace but we can offer slavery as an explanation for the current state of hope, he said, is that Democrats will be so split with candidates multiple times in the back seat blog, she thanked fans and supBlackThe affairs. The intractable racism in this country is an seeking the top office that Carson could slipforintheir between those ofcertain the vehicle. SUV, regisporters prayers and tered to Hudson’s murdered offered a $100,000 reward to outgrowth, for example. If we deny our history, then what? I’m factions. brother, was with in thewhich Carson’s comment was given, anyone whothe returned not sure of towed the context That would be one humongous pay cut for world the boy boy’s body is suggest being that Jews forget the Holocaust. but no oneinside wouldand dare renowned “Gifted Hands” surgeon.alive. And, no doubt “it is a processed by evidence techniSince the investigation, Why should African Americans erase the Middle Passage and daunting task,” as Steele suggested,Hudson “to move from the science cians and workers. The body – who gained stardom hundreds of years of bondage from their heritage memory, asked of saving lives to the science of improving lives as on a political was later removed and taken to after appearing “American one woman, a Virginia leader.” the Cook County MedicalRepublican, upon hearing of Dr. Carson’s Idol,” and then won an Examiner’s Award forwin her role in suggestion.office. Steele cautioned that he doesn’tAcademy think Carson could Hudson other family the movie quiet, Dreamgirls – has Flavorand of the month? Carson told a Fox News interviewer statewide elective office. “He is soft-spoken, and I don’t members at thegiving Medical stayedthe outstate of the public that he isarrived sometimes four speeches a week to Democratic think his message would resonate across to get 51 eye. Examiner’s office mid-afterThe Chicago Tribune reportand to Republican audiences. said he King, greatlyJennnifer admires Carson percent of the vote to win an election,” he said. Hudson’s nephew. noon identify the body. SteeleJulian ed that a parade of cars moved and said he thinks the doctor’s statements, especially about Carson, as Steele said, should “not let of home the Given the choice between lookslowlythe pastexuberance her family’s A spokesman for the the murders buthim, is being held in himself health careatand his, not force fed office to the moment” blind or “to allow to be used.” While ing directly theeducation, body or are genuinely Monday morning, past the told the newspaper that Hudson jail parole afteraround news viewing a wall-mounted and curidoctor it byon others with ulterior political motives. theyfor may all beviolation “clamoring now,”vans, unlessreporters real money onlookers. “He’s beginning to find his political voice and it remains to and real organization is put up, Dr. Carson shouldous proceed with Neighbors stood be seen how it plays out,” Steele said. trepidation. quietly and However, he noted that Republicans have a penchant for He should “take a step back and catch his breath,” and “not reflected on the “remained strong for her famibeing convicted of attempted discovering Black conservatives, especially those willing to allow himself to be trotted out as an example of anything,” Steele video screen, the family chose violence. ly”forethought and was clearly leader. murder and vehicular hijackspeak against Obama, any as to its what it said of Carson. the latter. According to “without the In front of the Hudson’s “She hands with her famiing.Amen. Cook County records show Will Tribune, said,term. “Yes,So, think home, mentell? in heavy jackets means”Hudson for the long no held cost-benefit analysis Physician or politician. CPAC ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he pleaded guilty to both that’s him.” and hooded sweatshirts came to of their ideas. Remember Hermanwas Cain’s 9-9-9 plan. So think obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also kiss the twin white crosses bar“extraneous leaps.” Veteraninjournalist writes weekly for the moment.” convicted 1998 forAdrienne posses- Washington ing the names of Donerson and But “the party’s problems extendThe beyond” AFRO relevant in the District, boy –personalities, the son of Julia sion ofabout a stolen motorissues vehicle. Jason. Maryland and Northern Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison in because the GOP’s issues “no longer resonate with the American Virginia. Send correspondence to her at “Everybody firstname.lastname@example.org. is sick of going
Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain Nephew
ACORN Fights Back
“She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.”
Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’ skin is really dry.’ She said,
China By Alan King AFRO Staff Writer
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Presidential candidate John
social hierarchy based on – McCain’s attack on ACORN Associated Community the assumption of racial Organization for Reform Now – superiority,” wrote M. Dujon confirms the success of the Johnson, author of Race organization, the head of the & Racism group says. in the Chinas: “This Racial is testimony to the work Chinese Attitudes we’ve done and success we’ve Toward Africans and Africanhad,” Maude Hurd, president of Americans. “The comfort ACORN, said in an interview level andAFRO. the acceptance of with the “When this started, we a foreigner in attack the Chinas are had just announced thattowe had directly proportional the registered 1.3 million new votskin pigmentation of that noners,” she said. “That’s just to say Chinese.” that someone’s running scared because of ACORN’s Interestingly, thatsuccess.” hasn’t McCain, running for always beenwho the iscase, president on the Republican tickaccording to Johnson. et, lashed out at ACORN in the “In traditional final debate against Chinese Barack opera one who hadthe a group “is Obama, contending on the face vergeorofdarker maybeskin perpetratblack ing one of the greatest frauds in features indicated either voter history in this country, amaybe rough,destroying bold or noble the fabric of character and a person of democracy.” Factcheck.org, a non-partisan courage, righteousness Web site, found those to and incorruptibility, claims or be “exaggerated,” with “no evian impartial and selfless dence of any such democracypersonality,” he wrote. “In destroying fraud.” Hurd believes contrast a white the faceMcCain in charges were politically Chinese opera meant amotivatperfect ed. villain. The “Because color white She said, it’s is lowthe that highlights all andtrait moderate-income people, and people I believe that is bad of in color, human nature:the McCain campaign thinks those cunning, craftiness, deceit and voters are going to vote treachery.” Democratic, which is not necesNow, that’s been flipped. sarily true.” ACORN no stranger to “At someispoint in modern controversy. Chinese history the view For 38 years, the non-partisan of blackness,has Africans andsocial organization fought for other dark skinned and economic justicepeople for lowand moderate-income changed from a positive or Americans. view With 400,000 memindifferent to a negative ber families organized into more and one,” Johnson thanvociferous 1,200 neighborhood chapwrote. ters in 110 cities nationwide, ACORN the where years seen Unlikehas theover U.S., its share of criticism while racial views are openly advocating for affordable housing, discussed, there is littlefor the living wages, healthcare discussion of race in China. underserved— and while organizing voter registration drives. Zhao Ziyang, then-general But none has beenCommunist as withering secretary of the and baseless as this one. Party, provided a possible With the presidential election rationale in 1988 less than two weekswhen away,he said ACORN’s detractors the at a national meetingallege on unity organization has engaged in was masthat racial discrimination sive voter registration fraud after common “everywhere the the reported discovery ofin bogus names, such as Mickey Mouse
and Dallas Cowboys players Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, among the names submitted to election officials. world except China.” Hurd said those workers, who were doing those things without Acknowledged or not, ACORN’s knowledge or racial discrimination is permisindeed sion, were fired. a problem in China that “The evidence that has surmanifests strange faced so faritself showsinthey fakedand forms to get unique paid forways. work they sometimes didn’t do, notwrote, to stuff“Many ballot Johnson boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the African-Americans victim of fraud, not theand perpetraAfricans tor of it. have accepted Hurd said only things teaching jobsthe (including bogus are thewhen charges themthis author) hired via selves. And factcheck. org agrees. It concluded, “Neither ACORN nor its employees have been found guilty of, or even charged with, casting fraudulent votes.” The problem came about primarily because of the way ACORN operates. Rather than rely on volunteers, it pays people, many of them poor or unemployed, to sign up new voters. The idea was to help both those being registered and those doing the registration. Maud explained, “We have a zero tolerance policy for deliberate falsification of registration.” Most news account neglect to point out that ACORN is the phone, the internet or required by law to turn in all reghaving while istrationapplied forms. And theystill also fail in theirthat native country only to note it was the organization, in many instances, to receive a phone callthat or first brought the phony registrations email, and in a few cases, to the attention of authorities. arrive the Chinas be Thein McCain camp and apparently told their in employment isn’t that interested those fine is points, preferring airChinese misleadrevoked becausetothe ing ads that seek to link employer did not knowObama that to ACORN, thereby undercutting the applicant was black or had his political support. dark skin.” I’m John McCain McCain: andAnd I approve this women message.make Chinese Announcer: Who no secret of wantingistoBarack climb Obama? A man with “a political the social ladder by marrying baptism performed at warp Mr. White. go toAfter great speed.” VastThey ambition. college, he moved Chicago. lengths to altertotheir color Became community organizer. as Julia aWilson, a chocolateThere, Obama met Madeleine colored African Talbot, part of theAmerican, Chicago discovered first-hand. branch of ACORN. He was so impressive he was asked to “I wentthat to the grocery train the ACORN staff. store to get some lotion,” What did ACORN in Chicago said Wilson, CEO of Wilson engage in? Bullying banks. Global Communications in Intimidation tactics. Disruption of business. ACORN Washington, D.C. “Iforced said to banks to issue riskythe home this girl, ‘I want bestloans. body The same types of loans that lotion you have because my caused the financial crisis we’re in today.
No wonder Obama’s campaign is ‘Fine’toand took me thethe trying distance himby from hand tosaying, the lotion section group, “Barack Obama Never Organized with go.’ ACORN.” and said, ‘Here you She But Obama’s ties to ACORN Irun handed me skin whitener. long and deep. He taught classes looked at her andeven said,endorsed ‘No, for ACORN. They no, no, Sweetie. I don’t want him for President. But now ACORN is in She trouble. to lighten my skin.’ said, Reporter: Theretoare at least ‘You don’t want lighten 11 investigations across the your skin?’ I said, ‘No, honey, country involving thousands of I love this.” potentially fraudulent ACORN forms. That was not Wilson’s Announcer: Massive voter only memorable experience fraud. And the Obama campaign involving race.$800,000 to an paid more than “When I went thethe beach ACORN front for gettoout vote efforts. Pressuring banks to issue risky loans. Nationwide voter fraud. Barack Obama. Bad judgment. Blind ambition. Too risky for America.
“With the media spotlighting people such as our current president, entertainers and sports Since McCain’s comments, ACORN’s 87 offices have been bombarded with threats figures, we are looked upon inanda racist mail. The day afterof the presidential very positive light debate, outside the vandals broke into the Boston and Seattle United States.” organization’s offices and stole computers.
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been missing since Friday, when a relative found Julian’s grandmother, Darnell discussion about race. Donerson, 57, and his uncle, “Racism is … an issue Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death that is not addressed among in his grandmother’s home in the 7000 because block of most South Yale Chinese Avenue. Chinese see themselves as An Amber Alert – a desigsuperior to darker-skinned nation for high-risk missing people,” said. “Therefore, children –he was issued Friday within the Chinese mindset after Julian was discovered missing murders. it wouldafter be athe waste of time Police arrested Williamfact to address an obvious Balfour, the missing boy’s stepof dark-skinned people’s father and estranged husband inferiority.” of Julia, at his girlfriend’s Southside apartment several But China does need to hours afteritsthe murders. examine racism as well as Balfour’s mother, Michele, has whyreporters it places that a premium told her son on had White skin atwith the expense of nothing to do the slayings. its Balfour own richremains culture.a suspect in
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March 16, 2013 - March 16, 2013, The Afro-American
Harriet Tubman Continued from A1
she loved was back in Maryland. civil rights history. “It was a slavery state yet had a strong antiBorn Araminta Ross in either February or March 1822, slavery influence and therefore created more than its fair share Tubman was the fifth of nine children of Harriet “Rit” Green of freedom fighters.” and Ben Ross. Tubman became one of those when she returned to Ross was “owned” by Anthony Thompson, on whose Maryland to rescue her family and other from bondage. plantation Tubman was born and spent a relatively stable life “By acting on her impulse to save her family, Tubman with her parents and siblings until her mother’s “owner” and waged her personal war against slavery,” Larson said. Thompson’s stepson Edward Broadus came of age. March 10 marked the 100th anniversary of Tubman’s death. Within two years, Broadus had uprooted “Rit” and her She is recognized as a towering figure in American history and children to Bucktown, where Tubman’s harrowing childhood an icon of the abolitionist movement. commenced. Broadus sold three of her sisters to distant In Maryland, the state recognized her contributions to its plantations, fracturing the close-knit family. He also regularly history on March 9, unveiling the 125-mile Harriet Tubman hired out Tubman and some of her siblings to neighboring Underground Railroad Byway, a scenic route that traverses farms, where she was beaten and starved and became a sickly important sites in the abolitionist’s life on the Eastern Shore. child who often had to be returned to her mother to be nursed Gov. Martin O’Malley, joined by Secretary of the Interior Ken back to health. Salazar and other state and local officials, also broke ground on “She had a lonely and difficult childhood,” said Larson, author of the biography Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero. “[And] she was physically abused and bore the scars for the rest of her life.” The most severe injury occurred when she was 13 or 14. As Larson describes the incident, Tubman and the plantation cook were approaching a dry goods store in Bucktown when a slave boy escaping from his work assignment in the fields ran past them into the store. An overseer in hot pursuit, commanded the bondwoman to block the door to prevent the boy’s escape. Tubman with family and other rescued slaves She refused and the overseer threw a 2-pound weight that struck her head with such force that pieces of her headscarf the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park, which became embedded in her skull. Tubman lost consciousness, was will consist of a 15,000-square foot visitor center, exhibit hall neglected and later forced to work with the untreated injury. and theater, memorial garden and trails, a picnic pavilion, For the rest of her life she suffered from epilepsy, enduring restrooms and administrative offices. The 17-acre development seizures, severe headaches, narcoleptic episodes and intense is expected be completed in 2015. dream states. But, as she often did, Tubman not only overcame “[Tubman is] embraced as one of Maryland’s daughters,” that challenge but also used it to empower herself. The dreams Larson, who’s led historical tours in Tubman’s birthplace, and voices that came with her condition became a comfort, a said. “Marylanders rejoice in her and spiritual sign of God’s presence and approval. celebrate her. And I think her legacy Similarly, Larson said, Tubman overcame the disadvantages there also provides hope and a point inherent to the African enslaved in America. of pride.” “There were many possibilities that were not available to Such is the state’s pride that in the her because of her status as a slave…. And she really had a past three Congresses, Sens. Benjamin double disadvantage by being African American and a woman, Cardin and Barbara Mikulski, (Dadded to a lack of education which limited her economic Md.), introduced legislation, the opportunities,” the Simmons College lecturer said. “[But] she Harriet Tubman National Historical was a person who came out of the most obscure circumstances Park Act, to establish national and rose above it to demand equality and justice.” monuments honoring Tubman in Tubman’s unparalleled chutzpah is attributable, in part, to Maryland and New York. The latest the ambiguity of her home state, Maryland, the most northern incarnation of the bill is pending in a of the Southern states. Given its geography—miles away from congressional committee. Companion the free Northern states and situated near the sea, which offered bill H.R. 513, sponsored by Rep. a means of escape—Maryland was a state where the line Andy Harris, (R-Md.), would preserve between freedom and slavery was often blurred. Tubman’s significant landscapes In Tubman’s own family, even as she, her mother and in Dorchester, Caroline and Talbot Harriet Tubman her siblings remained slaves, Tubman’s father was freed counties. from slavery at 45; Tubman’s husband John was born free The requests are only appropriate, and, according to Biography.com, by the time she reached Larson said. adulthood, approximately half the African-American people on “Tubman was an American patriot…. She represents to the state’s eastern shore were free. America the true embodiment of what it means to be an “Tubman, like Frederick Douglass and Thurgood Marshall, American … someone who honors the American ideals of was reflective of the quintessential border state character of freedom, equality, justice and self-determination.” Tubman became known as the “Moses” of her people, Maryland,” said Larry S. Gibson, professor at the University ferrying her parents, siblings and dozens of other slaves from of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore, and an expert in
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the American Egypt of the South to the Promised Land of the North via the Underground Railroad. “She was a genius. Even though she could not read or write, she had a brilliant mind,” said Larson of Tubman’s success despite she and her precious cargo being relentlessly hunted by authorities and slave catchers alike. “It took a tremendous amount of tenacity and courage and also a strong sense of faith in God and herself—she understood she could do it and acted on it.” It also took selfless compassion, added Gibson. “There are not many examples of that—slaves who were safely away [from bondage] and returned to a slave state to bring other people out while the authorities are actively searching for them,” said the Maryland professor. “That is what distinguishes her [from other African-American heroines]—the physical danger she operated under and her repeatedly putting herself in that danger.” Other abolitionists, whom she met in Philadelphia, praised Tubman’s fearless leadership. Fellow abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor William Still reportedly wrote in his diary: “Great fears were entertained for her safety, but she was wholly devoid of personal fear. The idea of being captured by slave-hunters or slave holders, seemed never to enter her mind.” Said Larson, “They looked at this petite, 5-foot woman and she was a giant in their eyes. She was like the salt of the earth but very poignant in her demands that they act because she was ready Photos courtesy Library of Congress to act.” Abolitionist John Brown, to whom Tubman was introduced in April 1858, was of a similar mind. For him, breaking down the walls of slavery demanded violent action. Admiring of Tubman’s tactical skill, Brown turned to “General Tubman” for help when he began recruiting supporters for an attack on slaveholders at Harper’s Ferry, Va. And after his capture and execution, Tubman not only called him a martyr, but also seemed inspired by his sacrifice. According to M.W. Taylor’s essay “General Tubman Goes to War” found in Harriet Tubman, Black Americans of Achievement, in April 1860 Tubman led a raid in Troy, N.Y., where she overwhelmed dozens of lawmen to rescue fugitive slave Charles Nalle. “‘Harriet Tubman’s victory was a high point of the fugitive slave history that racked the nation’s breast for 10 years. If Brown’s Virginia raid was a dress rehearsal for the Civil War, Harriet’s action was a bugle call for the war to begin,’” Taylor said. With the dawning of the Civil War, Tubman’s personal war against slavery became a national one. “Her ability to move behind enemy lines in hostile territory was used for the benefit of the Union army,” Gibson said. Tubman served as an armed scout and spy—in addition to getting paid as a cook and nurse. In 1863, on commission from the Union army, Tubman organized a sophisticated network of scouts – and spies – among Blacks in the South. In July 1863, Tubman headed the Combahee River Expedition, becoming the first woman to lead an armed mission in the war. Under her leadership, Union troops destroyed bridges and railroads, thus disrupting Southern supply lines. They also freed more than 750 slaves. Gen. Rufus Saxton, who reported the raid to Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, said, “This is the only military command in American history wherein a woman, black or white, led the raid and under whose inspiration it was originated and conducted,” according to About.com. Despite her singular contributions to the war—and the resulting abolition of slavery—Tubman never received an army pension for her work. After the war, Tubman settled on a small piece of property on the outskirts of Auburn, N.Y., with her family and other freed Blacks. In 1869, she married a Civil War veteran named Nelson Davis, and five years later they adopted a baby girl named Gertie. Despite her widespread fame she was never financially secure, historians wrote, but she gave freely. She was active in the women’s suffrage movement and was concerned about the welfare of elderly African Americans. In 1903, she donated a parcel of land to the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Auburn. The site was used to build The Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged, which opened in 1908. As Tubman advanced in age, the symptoms of her head injury became progressively worse. She underwent brain surgery at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital to alleviate the pains and other symptoms of her epilepsy. She was eventually moved to the rest home named in her honor. There, surrounded by loved ones, Tubman died from pneumonia in 1913. For more information on events celebrating the centennial of Harriet Tubman’s death, go to afro.com.
March 16, 2013 - March 22, 2013, The Afro-American
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The Afro-American, March 16, 2013 - March 22, 16, 2013
Jones Falls Continued from A1
Earlier in the day, Hamilton, who had been living under the freeway for six months, and other homeless people showed panic, confusion and more than a little rage when workers from Baltimore’s Department of Public Works went to The Fallsway and Hillen Street and began tossing unattended bags of personal effects into a green dump truck for disposal. One worker from the Department of Public Works said his directions were clear: “I got a call from my boss and he said ‘If they aren’t on it, take it.’” But the city trash collectors and street sweepers were confronted by a phalanx of homeless people and advocates of the disenfranchised, including workers from the non-profit group Health Care for the Homeless, who challenged the mid-afternoon eviction. The scene is becoming common on the urban landscape: homeless men and women are displaced to make way for a project where organizers would rather not have old bedding and boxes lying about--in this case, Baltimore Farmers’ Market. A public works staffer said that afternoon, the trash generated by the homeless is becoming an eye sore. The action came less than a week after residents from Camp 83, another open-air cluster of about 15 homeless people, were evicted from their encampment of tents and makeshift shelters just three blocks away. City workers, some manning Bobcats and other small scale earth-moving machines scoured the minicity, destroying what was left of the resident’s clothes, suitcases and tents that weren’t removed during the eviction. Residents of the encampment, whose ages ranged from 30 to their late 60s, had been living there as long as four years in some cases. Hamilton, along with two other people, is the last of the residents from Camp 83 who were still without shelter. The three were not present when Belvedere Homes, an independently funded non-profit housing facility, collected the other 12 residents March 6 and 7. Christina Flowers, president of Belvedere
Homes, has been running the facility since 2005 and has been actively involved with Baltimore’s efforts to end homelessness with a 10-yearplan, the Journey Home. The plan, which is currently being revised, has four goals to end homelessness: affordable housing, comprehensive healthcare, sufficient incomes and comprehensive preventive and emergency services. More than 3,200 residents sleep on the street each night in Baltimore, 80 percent of them African American, according to the Journey Home, the city’s plan for handling homeless people. Rachel Kutler, 24, an advocate with Housing our Neighbors, which formed in November 2012, said she is skeptical about the latest round of revisions to the plan which relieves the city from a measurable time line to implement each phase of the project. “The downtown Hilton was just funded with $1 million from the city,” Kutler said of city’s efforts to financially aid the failing downtown Hilton. “We’ve got the resources and the vacant houses. Maryland is supposed to be the richest state in the country.” Flowers said she agrees that the city is not properly handling its local homeless population. “[City councilwoman] Mary Pat Clarke said put [the homeless people] in a hotel and the mayor shut them down and said it was a waste of money,” said Flowers. “But we have casinos and race cars. Someone should have asked if we rather get funding for the homeless rather than the Grand Prix.” At a recent meeting for Baltimore Housing for All, a grassroots campaign of people who have experienced homelessness, there was a discussion of the next steps for the former residents of Camp 83. “The media has been painting [the removal] as a success, but people are going to be out on the street again,” said one man. The meeting was held inside of the Health Care for the Homeless building. Flowers said she is spending her own money to house the residents of Camp 83. She said there is no
Photo by J.D. Howard
John Hamilton (left) and others pack up.
Photo by J.D. Howard
Sign posted at the encampment. deadline for their stay. She is actively trying to get them settled. “The shelter ain’t no place to call home... If I have to set
the example for everything that is going on around Baltimore City, I will. We have limited resources, but we’re trying,” she said.
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Homeless advocate Christina Flowers.
Boldin Traded to 49ers
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said - IN OZZIE WE TRUST! No disrespect to you or any disgruntled Ravens fan upset that Boldin is gone, but let’s make this very clear: none of you is smarter than Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome when it comes to managing a football team. If Ozzie made the move, you’d better believe it was for damn good reason. His record speaks for its self; two Super Bowl rings, four AFC Championship appearances, and nine playoff appearances in the past 12 seasons. Trust me when I say, he knows what he’s doing. Boldin was a great contributor to the Ravens, but business is business. The final year of his deal was going to cost too much against the cap so he had to either take the pay cut or be traded. He forced Ozzie’s hand so it is what it is. Riley: Sure, Ozzie is the man. One of the most respected GMs in the league. But that doesn’t explain who’s going to bail Flacco out next season when he needs a big catch. Outside of Boldin, there weren’t any other Pro Bowl-caliber receivers on the roster. Third-year receiver Torrey Smith is an explosive speedster but Boldin was the go-to guy when they needed a possession catch to move the chains. They’re going to need him in 2013 and it wont be easy filling the void he leaves. Plus, Flacco just started to get really comfortable with Boldin after taking two seasons to gain chemistry with him in 2010 and 2011. Even if they sign another premier receiver, it could set Flacco back while he learns to play with the potential new weapon. They should have just paid Boldin and secured their chances of making a repeat run at the Super Bowl title. This only hurt their chances while strengthening the chances of the 49ers.
Green: I didn’t want to have to go here but let’s be honest about everything - Boldin actually lied to Ravens fans. He told reporters fresh after winning the Super Bowl that if he couldn’t play in Baltimore next year, he would retire because, in his own words, “once you’re a Raven, you’re always a Raven.” He stood in front of reporters and told us how at this point in his career it’s not about the money or the individual statistical accomplishments. All he said he wanted to do was win as a Raven. But the moment Ozzie Newsome comes to him about taking a pay cut to help the team clear more money against the salary cap, he switches up and said he’s preparing for free agency. Well, he made his bed now he’ll lie in it. Instead of allowing him to be released to free agency for nothing, Ozzie was savvy enough to get an extra draft pick out the situation. And for everyone who thinks Flacco’s contract was responsible, they’re just mistaken. Flacco’s deal was structured so that it will only cost the Ravens $6.8 million against the 2013 salary cap, while Boldin’s final year on his deal reportedly would have cost a $7.5 million against the cap. The salary of a 32-year-old receiver past his prime shouldn’t claim more money against the cap than that of a 28-year-old Super Bowl MVP quarterback in his prime. Besides, restructuring final years of deals is common in the NFL. New England Patriots star Tom Brady just restructured his deal during the final year of his contract to help his team. Flacco will more than likely be asked to restructure his backloaded deal in the future, too. Either get with the program or watch genius-minded GMs like Ozzie Newsome find a way to move on without you.
Baltimore Cop Pleads Guilty Continued from A1
prosecutors, Richburg, who lives in Baltimore, was involved in a conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana between January 2011 and October 2012. Prosecutors also alleged that Richburg was in illegal possession of two semi-automatic hand guns while engaged in drug trafficking. The charges grew out of an investigation by Baltimore Police internal affairs investigators and the FBI. The grand jury’s findings were characterized as “deeply disturbing and represent an egregious violation of the sacred trust citizens place in police officers,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said. According to his plea agreement, Richburg sometimes returned to his
co-conspirator some of the drugs seized from the drug purchasers so that the co-conspirator could re-sell the drugs. Prosecutors also said that Richburg falsified the arrest documents to eliminate the co-conspirator’s involvement, often falsely stating that Richburg had witnessed a drug transaction. Richburg and the co-conspirator were also overheard discussing, in an FBI wiretap, the “planting” of evidence, and arranging an armed robbery. The electronic surveillance grew out of an FBI investigation of the sale of stolen iPads and iPhones. Through the monitoring, investigators detailed that on Oct. 9, 2012, Richburg, armed with his service weapon, searched
a person, without probable cause, and located a large amount of cash. The victim told Richburg that he had just received his paycheck. Richburg contacted his co-conspirator and arranged for the co-conspirator, whom Richburg knew was armed, to rob the victim, identifying where the victim was located. Richburg faces a minimum mandatory sentence of five years in prison and a maximum of 40 years in prison for the drug conspiracy, and a minimum mandatory sentence of five years in prison, consecutive to any other sentence, and a maximum of life in prison for use of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime. Sentencing is scheduled for June 11.
March 16, 2013 - March 22, 2013, The Afro-American
Women Making History As a father, husband and son, Women’s History Month has special meaning to me. March is an especially appropriate time, as President Obama declared, “. . . to remember those who fought to make our freedom [to succeed] as real for our daughters as for our sons.” In my “Bread and Roses” column during March of last year, I recalled for you the Lawrence Textile Strike, the historic and successful protest movement for fair Rep. Elijah wages led by working women Cummings during January to March 1912. Yet, history informs us that, by March of the following year, the wider struggle for gender equality had shifted to the legal and political realm. This year, as House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has reminded us, “We celebrate a turning point in our history: the moment, 100 years ago, when women marched down Pennsylvania Avenue to demand the vote.” Historians, of course, would also point to the earlier 1848 Seneca Falls Convention – as well as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and their 1878 proposal for a Women’s Suffrage Amendment to our federal Constitution. Yet, during the 35 years that followed, the movement to acknowledge every woman’s equal right to vote gained traction only in a few of our newly formed western states – and, in response, American suffragists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns began advocating a national strategy to achieve universal women’s suffrage. Conceived to coincide with newly elected Woodrow Wilson’s upcoming Washington inauguration in March of 1913, the small group that they formed organized a March 3 “Women’s Suffrage Parade to march in a spirit of protest against the present political organization of society, from which women are excluded.” On that historic day, the gathered marchers numbered 8,000-10,000, an extraordinary number for that era. Capturing the nation’s attention, the marchers were supported by ten bands, five mounted female brigades and 26 floats. Sadly, according to newspaper accounts of the time, the suffragists encountered an angry, jeering response by mostlymale opponents – and more than 200 of the women marchers were hospitalized. The March 3, 1913 attack upon the women marchers
evoked national outrage, becoming an eerie precursor to that later, better known clash for civil rights in March 1965—“Bloody Sunday” on Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge. Yet, like their future brothers and sisters in the struggle for equality, the 1913 suffragists persevered. The Suffragist Movement continued unbowed and unbroken - and on August 18, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution became the law of our land. Upon reflection, all Americans should find these events from America’s historical journey compelling – truly American stories that are filled with inspiration, drama, conflict, courage and, ultimately, success. We could undervalue their lessons for our own time, however, if we failed to perceive the striking connections that link our lives today with those of these brave Americans from a century ago. The struggles of Lawrence textile workers reach across the decades to inform us in our own fight to secure better jobs, living wages and expanded economic opportunity. The Suffragists of 1913 created a more inclusive and promising political dynamic for our era – a new “Bread and Roses” coalition of conscience that is challenging the reactionary status quo of today. On Nov. 7, 2012, CNN’s exit polls revealed that women made up 54 percent of our voting electorate. President Obama’s 12-point 2008 gender advantage among this nation’s women had grown to an 18-point advantage last year. In Ohio, for example, the president won by 12 points among women, while losing among men. Pennsylvania revealed a 16-point gender gap for our president – support for his vision of progressive change that tipped the electoral scales and re-elected Barack Obama. America’s women voters, who marched to protest the inaction of President Wilson in 1913, had become a major force in supporting President Barack Obama’s mandate for constructive action in our own time.
For them, and for us all, however, the struggle for security and opportunity continues. Economic data from the National Women’s Law Center confirms that our national economic recovery is reaching America’s women, but only slowly. Job losses among women serving in government have significantly offset - by 25 percent - the jobs that women have regained in the private sector. These are harsh realities that the additional budget cuts contemplated by my Republican colleagues will aggravate – just as cuts in critically important women’s health, domestic violence, and food stamp programs will hit poor women the hardest. Today, as it was a century in our past, American women continue to make progressive history for us all, even as they struggle toward greater opportunity for themselves and their families. Their struggle for Bread and Roses continues. Yet, the lessons of our past give all of us reason for hope. Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) represents Maryland’s Seventh Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.
The Freedom and Curse to Bear Arms With just 27 words in 1791, America’s Second Amendment paved a blooddrenched trail for legal access to modern-day weapons used in videogame-like fashion to gun-down fellow citizens, military-style. Now, after all the mass carnage of 222 years of the freedom to bear arms --there’s a sudden political epiphany for urgent “gun control” to ostensibly curb the curse of innocent slayings. Given, however, an estimated 300 million legal guns the notion of gun control equates somewhat with closing the barn door after the horse is gone. All of the adverse consequences and uncivilized behavior associated with this so-called freedom, raises the question of what was the original function and intent of arming citizens that made the constitutional framers appear so wise in the first place? Conventional logic suggests that early-Americans obviously needed guns to hunt and protect themselves in the wilds. Although such reasoning seems practical and plausible, there is an unpopular but overriding truth about “bearing arms” that’s deeply affixed to defending another of America’s preciousness – institutionalized slavery. Bluntly put, the Second Amendment traces to a historical period when bullets and Bibles were necessary to forcibly control and psychologically manipulate an enslaved population that eventually exceeded 4 million. Contrary to “defending
freedom,” the looming threats of uprisings due to “denying freedom” to Africans and Native Americans, posed America’s greatest domestic security concern at that time. Simply put, without guns and a well-armed White society, the scale of chattel slavery would have been plainly improbable. And given the magnitude and duration of slavery’s unchecked brutality, the government’s accompanying decision to “bear arms,” could itself be easily characterized as more of an “act of tyranny” than an “act of freedom.” Guns were integral products of the slave-based Triangular Trade between Africa, Europe, and the Americas, which morphed into the most violent yet lucrative and sophisticated system of commerce theretofore. By design, this system involved a contrived process whereby Africans would kill Africans with guns, while world audiences of apathetic Europeans watched as their nations simultaneously benefited economically as a natural by-product. Understanding the racial dichotomies of this long and hostile history, it is not by happenstance that slavery ended in 1865 and the NRA was founded six years later in 1871. Certainly however the NRA and the vast majority of gun owners do not shoot-up moviegoers, or kill schoolchildren, nor stockpile ammunition to fend-off Blacks in a future race war. Yet, it is not inaccurate to conclude that the curse and apathy and elongated shadow from centuries of gun violence against and among Black people, exists unbroken today. With or without a Black president, African Americans
should have consequently self-declared our expendability as an urgent and distinct national crisis long-ago, and then uncompromisingly demanded that this purported “government of the people” provide and apply distinct resources of remedy. In other words, President Obama’s gun control measures (background checks, mental healthcare, assault weapons ban, reduced magazines, etc.) prompted by the Newtown tragedy are great general steps. However, they fail dismally to recognize and fail substantively to redress the longstanding circumstances that cause gun violence to be the “leading cause of death among black teens.” To think otherwise is delusional. Despite all the prestigious educational and political institutions that are now integrated, America’s curse of racial gun violence continues unabated. Decades ago however, Dr. Carter G. Woodson cautioned us of contributing to our own undoing and worthlessness through Western institutions. In this case, African Americans are apparently being institutionally fashioned to be unfit to undo this curse that is paradoxically being camouflaged as freedom. Ezrah Aharone, teaches at Delaware State University and has written Sovereign Evolution: Manifest Destiny from Civil Rights to Sovereign Rights and Pawned Sovereignty: Sharpened Black Perspectives on Americanization, Africa, War and Reparations. He can be reached at www.EzrahSpeaks. com.
Better Ways to Handle Youths Charged as Adults In January 2013, Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration announced that it will not build a 180-bed new jail for youths who are prosecuted as adults in Baltimore. Instead, it will spend up to $30 million to renovate an existing adult facility that would hold 60 youths, which is more than enough space to house the declining number of youths who are charged as adults in the city. The decision to not build a new jail is a good one, but it is not the end-goal of youth advocates. With a growing body of research showing that the prosecution of youths as adults does more harm than good, advocates and concerned Baltimore residents will continue to promote policy reforms that will end or limit the practice of prosecuting youths as adults; create a juvenile justice system that relies more on proven communitybased treatment and services and less on incarceration; and reinvest public funding that the state saves by incarcerating fewer into proven programs and services for Maryland’s youth. Maryland’s practice of prosecuting youths as adults falls heaviest on African-Americans, particularly black males. In Baltimore, youths charged as adults and held at the city’s adult jail are 99 percent African-American even though they comprise only 61% of the city’s youth population. This is true even though there is no credible evidence that African-
American youths commit more crimes than their white peers. Sadly, the vestiges of racially segregated youth prisons that existed in Maryland in the 1800s continue to this day. Maryland can end or limit the practice of prosecuting youths as adults without compromising public safety by: • Repealing or limiting the practice of prosecuting youths as adults. Instead, all young people who are accused of a crime would have their cases heard in the more appropriate juvenile justice system. A juvenile court judge would then have the discretion to send a case to the adult criminal court after considering the arguments of both the prosecuting and defense attorneys - an option that is currently available in Maryland; • Removing all youth from adult jails and instead housing young people who require detention prior to their trials in youth detention centers. This is the practice in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Maryland should follow the lead of its neighboring states; • Limiting youth detention to only those young people who are charged with serious offenses and pose a clear public safety risk; youth charged with non-violent, minor offenses should remain in the community as they await their trial dates. According to the Data Resource Guide Fiscal Year 2012 by the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, statewide almost 50% of youths who were held in youth detention facilities prior to trial had been accused of non-violent misdemeanor
offenses; • Reducing the number of youths who are held in youth detention facilities as they await placement in a residential facility (a youth prison) by utilizing more community-based programs for young people who committed misdemeanor offenses and are not public safety risks. The Maryland Department of Juvenile Services found that in fiscal year 2012, 57% of youths who were held in its detention centers waiting to be placed in a residential facility were found guilty of committing misdemeanor offenses and, finally • Reinvesting the money saved as a result of incarcerating fewer youth in community-based programs and services for youth, such as alternatives to youth detention and commitment, vocational and recreational programs, and therapeutic programs. Carrying out all of these reforms will offer Maryland’s youth more opportunities to succeed and undoubtedly reduce the disproportionate confinement of African-American youth in Maryland’s adult jails and youth facilities. The reforms are doable, but will require political will and support from all agencies and communities that touch the lives of youth. The vision is clear. Now, all Marylanders must get to work. Monique Dixon is director of criminal and juvenile justice at the Open Society Institute-Baltimore.
The Afro-American, March 16, 2013 - March 22, 2013
COMMUNITY CONNECTION March 15-17 5th Annual Heart-2Heart Mother/Daughter Retreat Sheraton Annapolis Hotel, 173 Jennifer Road, Annapolis, Md. Various times. The Elite Female Mentoring Organization will host a mother/daughter retreat. For more information: elitefemalementoring.com.
March 15 An Evening with Marvin Sapp & Friends Mount Pleasant Church, 6000 Radecke Ave., Baltimore. 7 p.m. Gospel great Marvin Sapp will be in concert along with Doc Pearson, Kenny Davis and the Melodyaires. $35. For more information: 410547-SEAT.
March 22-23 Child Sexual Abuse & Trauma Hilton Baltimore Hotel, 401 W. Pratt St., Various times. This conference will feature an awards dinner, fundraiser and short films that address child abuse. For more information: 410752-2943.
March 23 Iron Sharpen New Antioch Baptist Church, 5609 Old Court Road, Randallstown, Md. 8:30 a.m. Enjoy 18 different seminars, exhibits and more. $19. For more information: 240-447-1363.
March 23-24 Baltimore Natural Hair Care Expo 2013 Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore. Various times. Baltimoreâ€™s only conference on natural hair care, holistic beauty and wearable art will convene at the Convention Center. For more information: Bmorenaturalclinic.com.
March 16, 2013 - March 22, 2013, The Afro-American
Sen. Catherine Pugh and Afra Vance Mr. and Mrs. Dwight A. Pettit
Marcus Towns and Joan All
The Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation of Metropolitan Baltimore (KAPFMB) recently hosted the 42nd annual Night in Kappa Vegas. The event, held at Martins West, drew more than 1,500 partying guests, to gaming tables and a silent auction.
Ethan Powell and Kyle Anderson
James and Carolyn Vaughn
Fenton Bugh, left, Herb Brown, M. Evans, Wil Giles, Dr. Walter Brown
Seated, Stanley Mitchell, Lexia Boone, Freddie Vaughn, Deborah Fergerson. Standing, Micha Alexander, Pam Beckham, Loretta Mitchell
Kevin and Julie Fitzpatrick Herman and Helen Smith Joshua and Silvia Matthews
Cheryl Frazier and John Dameron
Charles and Darlene Stewart
Dianna Gibson, Larry Gibson, Cicily Gibson, Steven Gibson
Carl Foreman Sr., Marie Foreman, Donna Price Floyd Taliaferro III and Theodore Garrett Jr.
The men of The Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation of Metropolitan Baltimore
Grand Polemarchs: Ulysses McBride, 26th, Randy Bates, 32nd and Howard Tutman Jr., 29th Geofrey Rogers, Dedric Rogers, Polemarch, Baltimore Alumni, Jennifer Rogers, Leland Rogers
Kary Horne and Lisa Locks
J. Laws Nickens Jr., Sen. Nathaniel McFadden, Milton Mayo Anthony Williams, Charlotte Williams, James Massey, Jacqueline Massey, Jeri Pope, Alice Cole, Walter Cole
Carolyn Cole and Sara Bragg Gray
Herb Brown, Yvonne Wynn, Vernard Wynn
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake and Erica Scott
William Glen, Barbara Glen, Roland Merritt, Janet Merritt Wanda Jackson, Gary Palmer, Kellye Palmer
Photos by A. Lois De Laine and J.D. Howard
Robert Johns, Dr. Hazel-Harper Johns, Alison Riddle-Fletcher, Nathan Fletcher
William Gibson, Eva Watts, Michael May, Tameka Robinson, Kyle Robinson, Doris Watts, Stewart Watts, Charles Thomas, Steven Gibson, Grace Gibson, Myrle Watts, Angela Gibson
The Afro-American, March 16, 2013 - March 22, 2013
Meet the Pastor Pastor Antoine O. McClurkin, age 35 Chief Steward of Divine Cathedral Church 1014 N. Carrollton Ave., Baltimore Years served: 6 Hometown: Baltimore Education: Edmondson Westside High School, Baltimore International College, Wesley Theological Seminary 2014
How did you hear your calling? I heard the call while sitting in the basement of my childhood home at the age of 12. I answered the call after two years of speaking at various youth functions. Many who heard began to confirm that the call was certain. What was the biggest surprise when you started ministry?
The biggest surprise was that the people who were most verbal with the promise of support, were the least likely to support. It was also surprising to see where real support actually came from. What aspect are you most proud of? I am most proud to watch those who started with the ministry, humbly and truly grow in faith. What’s the most exciting thing about your ministry? The most exciting aspect of our ministry is that we are continually cultivating standards as we grow. How does social media enhance your ministry, or not? Social media gives us another arm of outreach and evangelism, especially Facebook. Who in your community most inspires you? My uncles who have been pastors for more than 20 years inspire me as well as the young people of the church who always seem to know how to ask the best questions. What’s your favorite form of recreation and self care? I enjoy swimming, bowling, reading and quiet meditation in my spare time.
Pastor Antoine O. McClurkin and family
March 16, 2013 - March 22, 2013, The Afro-American
ARTS & CULTURE
Oscar-Nominee Expounds on Life, Career and His Latest Offering Terrence Howard The Dead Man Down Interview By Kam Williams In 2006, Terrence Howard received an Academy Award nomination for his lead role in John Singleton’s Hustle & Flow, and the song which he performed in the film became the first rap song ever to receive an Academy Award. That same year, he was also a member of the all-star cast (along with Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Thandie Newton and Matt Dillon) of Crash, the Oscar-winning Best Picture. Maintaining a powerful presence on the small screen as well, Terrence won one of his three NAACP Image Awards in 2006 for the HBO film Lackawanna Blues, directed by George C. Wolfe, which was based on Tony Award-winning Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s autobiographical play. His love of acting came naturally through summers spent with his late grandmother, the celebrated, stage actress Minnie Gentry. Terrence began his showbiz career on “The Cosby Show” after being discovered on a New York City street by a casting director. That chance encounter helped him break into feature films, and soon he was cast in Mr. Holland’s Opus. Among Terrence’s most memorable work are scene-stealing performances as Cowboy in Dead Presidents and as Quentin in The Best Man, the latter earning him an NAACP Image Award. His other film credits include Pride, Angel Eyes, Hart’s War, Four Brothers, Idlewild, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, Fighting, Iron Man, The Brave One, The Hunting Party, August Rush, Awake and Red Tails. In 2008, he made his Broadway debut in a revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, co-starring Phylicia Rashad and James Earl Jones. A self-taught musician on both the piano and the guitar, Terrence’s musical talents were in display on the big screen opposite Jamie Foxx in Ray. Also in 2008, Howard released his debut album on Columbia Records, Shine through It, which he wrote, produced and performed on. Here, he talks about his latest film, Dead Man Down, where he plays crime boss Alphonse Hoyt opposite Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace and F. Murray Abraham. Kam Williams: Hi Terrence, thanks for the time. It’s nice to have another opportunity to speak with you. Terrence Howard: Thank you, Kam, for taking the time. KW: What interested you in “Dead Man Down”? TH: Being able to work with Niels [director Niels Arden Oplev], given the work he’s done. Some of those Swedish films [such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo] were breathtaking. And he has an interesting style that mixes traditions of old with the allure of mystery. And I’m impressed with his Shakespearean approach to storytelling. It’s always about these relationships which become unwound. I was also interested in working with Colin [Farrell] again. We made Hart’s War together back in 2002, and I’ve always appreciated his artistry. So, I jumped at the chance to continue our friendship. KW: The cast has a lot of other big names, too: F. Murray Abraham… Noomi Rapace… Isabelle Huppert… TH: And everyone in there came to play. Everyone! KW: Marianne Ilaw asks: Is a movie with an intricate plot like this one difficult to shoot? TH: To me, we’re all one, and everything is basically about trying to get back to a balanced state. We have our inharmonics, our harmonic, and our beginning. Everybody’s trying to get back to that, and with this work, even as a director or as actors, we’re all trying to get back in harmony. But to expand, you have to become in-harmonic for a moment. So, the story’s about the battle to get back there, and that’s how
Wanted by NPR My Take
By Mike Montgomery In response to “Brother Can You Spare A Dime,” (AFRO, 10/17/12) I was contacted by someone from National Public Radio (NPR) about doing an interview about panhandling and the inner conflict that takes place when I’m deciding whether I should or should not give to those that beg for money. “What conflict? There is no conflict,” I told her. “I don’t give. The story you read in the AFRO was an anomaly.” Now I’m not an ogre. I give to charities all year
long: Goodwill, Salvation Army, churches, and more. If your kid is selling magazine subscriptions, baked goods, wrapping paper, I’ll probably buy something. I also donate to the Girl Scouts of America. I hate Girl Scout cookies. I’m more of a Mrs. Fields guy. But I still make a donation. In fact, the last troop I encountered told me that my donation was equal to the sale of five boxes of cookies. But when I give to a cause, any cause, I like for it to be a worthy one. I’m a little suspect of the guy who runs to seek a donation, then sprawls out across the sidewalk claiming to have a bad leg that prevents him from working. I need to know that my money won’t later be smoked , shot through a needle or poured from a bottle. Without seeming judgmental, the NPR representative asked what experiences shaped my opinion of panhandlers. The answer was easy: 20-plus years of law enforcement experience
it works out. Alphonse [Terrence’s character] could’ve been a simple bad guy who goes around killing people. But when you add a conscious element, and an element of reciprocity, a karmic recompense that he’s aware of, that simple ideal
Terrence Howard in Dead Man Down
mushrooms to the point where it becomes palpable for everyone by association. The audience can now see his humanity because they’ve been in a compromised position. That’s the point of the film, to help someone learn. Take Colin’s character who was left for dead and whose family was murdered. Yet, here he has an opportunity for brand new love and to continue on and to just appreciate the fact that he’s still alive. But he’s willing to risk all of that to payback the debt, which nobody really knows the value of. When you take another person’s life, whether you survive or not, you only lose your own humanity in the process. That was one of the mistakes Alphonse made early on, which caused him all of these problems down the line. So, I love how Niels was able to lay out these complicated plotlines. And Noomi’s character is also on a vendetta and harbors a grudge that she won’t let go of. The film really questions the morality and ethical stances of all the characters. KW: Attorney Bernadette Beekman asks: How did you prepare to play Alphonse Hoyt? TH: I got a process, a perm in my hair. [LOL] That was my preparation. KW: Marcia Evans says: I’ve loved your work in “The Best Man,” “Pride,” “Red Tails” and “Crash,” but your performance in “Lackawanna Blues” blew me away. It’s my favorite film. Have you considered spearheading a project similar to “Lackawanna Blues”? TH: I’ve never heard that before. I’m really appreciative that Marcia said that, because I feel that the work I did in that movie was purely a product of the efforts of [director] George Wolfe. I fought him tooth-and-nail every step of the way on the set. Everything I wanted to do, he said, “No, you can’t! This is not going to be Terrence Howard Impersonation Day. You’re going to have to act today.” [Laughs] So, no I haven’t considered doing a similar project, because I prefer impersonating myself. But I would be willing to go down that path again under George Wolfe’s tutelage. He created that charter just like Niels created this one, Alphonse. You’ve got to give credit to the artist. I’m just a color in these directors’ films, and I really appreciate having had the opportunity. KW: Professor/director/author Hisani Dubose asks: What type of character do you enjoy playing the most? TH: I like the conflicted soul, the complicated human being. I’ve never been a perfect man. There’s always been a choice between right and wrong, and no one does a single thing for a single motive. There are many motives behind coupled with what I see and hear daily. I recently encountered a young woman, homeless, in her early thirties, living with four of her five children. This woman, a victim of abuse and assault, gave an empassioned speech about the career she was determined to pursue and hurdles she was determined to overcome in order to achieve her career goals. Her entire day everyday is spent looking for work, a task that has become even more daunting now that she is a convicted felon. She spoke of the importance of instilling in her children the idea of inner strength and the ability to overcome obstacles. Yet this woman… homeless, jobless, and undereducated asked for nothing except a chance to work and support her family. This was a woman I would help; and if I had a business, she would have been employed by the end of the day. Now I realize that the panhandlers I encounter regularly include the homeless and some that suffer from mental illness. But some
commute to my location daily. Imagine my surprise when I saw one of the regulars getting off the Metro bus just as my bus arrived in the same block. I love going downtown on the weekends to watch those who normally talk to themselves using incoherent sentences suddenly having conversations with passersby. I guess I look like a tourist on the weekends. As he flipped through his wad of bills in the lobby of a local bank, one of the regular panhandlers was overheard to say he never left his post until he made at least $200. You know who you are; and you’re ruining it for society’s true victims. My Take is a social commentary feature that allows AFRO readers to share their insight into a range of topics. Please submit your 250-450 word entries, with My Take typed into the subject field, to email@example.com. Include your name, age, occupation and daytime phone number. The AFRO reserves the right to edit or reject any entry.
what we do, and when you dig deeper and try to find the base tone in the harmonic and in-harmonic, you create a palpable, three-dimensional individual. I like to search for balance in an unbalanced system.
KW: Editor/Legist Patricia Turnier asks: What advice do you have for an aspiring actor or actress? What is a major pitfall you would warn a newcomer to the acting field about? TH: Stop aspiring and just do it! Stop thinking and just follow your instincts the same way a half-billion sperm leaves our father and travels down the maze of opportunity inside our mother. No one tells them how to get there. If you don’t trust your instincts, you’ll get passed by another million sperm and might lose out on the opportunity of life, which is the opportunity to dream. Follow it! You already know where to go, you just have to trust that you know, and stop asking people for advice. You didn’t ask for advice to come to life, and it’s a hell of a journey to win a half-billion sperm race. That’s an amazing accomplishment. Compared to that, working in this industry is not that difficult. KW: The Harriet Pakula-Teweles question: With so many classic films being redone, is there a remake you’d like to star in with an eye toward a particular role. TH: Carmen Jones. I would love to play Harry Belafonte’s role in that. KW: Harriet also observes that you work in film, TV and theater. She’s wondering how different is your preparation for each and which is your favorite performance medium? TH: My favorite medium is the theater, but the theater has its limitations. The stage is really for well-established actors who have their money together or who don’t have a family to support. It’s more of an artist’s retreat. But I love the control you have as an actor in the theater as compared to the screen. Once you’re on film, the director and the editor, have the final say about your character, and often at the discretion of the producer and the studio. Television is a little more improvisational, but the stage is the only place where you can tell your story without worrying about editing. KW: Film Student Jamaal Green says: I am a huge fan of your work. He asks: What is your favorite film and was there an actor you admired growing up who inspired you to pursue acting? TH: That’s a great question, Jamaal. My favorite film would probably be Cool Hand Luke. Paul Newman’s performance was a revelation. It gave me an understanding because I had seen him in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Elizabeth Taylor. His portrayal of Luke seemed like what he had intended Brick to be in Cat had finally come to fruition. So, I loved the simple majesty with which he told his story in Luke. Another performance that impressed me was the work that Val Kilmer did in Tombstone. That was one of the most brilliant, modernday performances I’ve ever seen. I am yet to see anybody trump that. I also love Sam Rockwell’s work. It’s explosive! It’s a gas! Read more on afro.com.
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The Afro-American, March 16, 2013 - March 22, 2013
SCIENCE & TECH
National Medal of Science Winner Striving for Diversity By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO
Sylvester James Gates was a mere 4 years old when he was first captivated by the wonders of science while watching a movie with his mother. The astronauts and rockets flying through the air on the big screen mesmerized the preschooler. A fascination that centers on the complex world of science and communicating it to others also was launched in that dark theater. Today, Gates, 62, is not only an established physics professor for the University of Maryland, but also a regent professor for the University System of Maryland (USM) and a recipient of the National Medal of Science from President Obama. “I finally made it,” Gates told the AFRO. “It feels good to finally get into the history books next to my friend,” he said, referring to a close graduate school classmate, the late Ronald Ervin McNair, an astronaut on the doomed 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger mission. Gates was born in Tampa, Fla. on Dec. 15, 1950 into the often-mobile military family of Charlie Engels and Sylvester James Gates, Sr. The family relocated several times because of his father’s Army career, but the importance of education was stressed. By age 8, Gates, by way of the family encyclopedia collection, already was being introduced to physics equations. He would eventually earn undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The young scientist took a strong interest in the studies of supersymmetry, a type of complex particle physics that delves into the relationship between the tiniest physical properties of matter and energy. Since no faculty member specialized in the
work, Gates self-taught and unearthed the content of the study, producing a dissertation on a subject that had never been explored before. “The way I pursued my career was very individualistic and was based on things inside of me,” he said. After earning his doctorate degree, Gates completed three years as a junior fellow with the Harvard University Society of Fellows, followed by two years at the California Institute of Technology. Gates briefly returned to his alma mater before taking a position at the University of Maryland in 1984. Gates is a strong supporter of variety among the nation’s arsenal of scientists. He said, “the reason you want diversity in science-is exactly the same reason you want diversity in music.” “The world would be a much colder place if the only music that existed was classical music. We have classical, rhythm and blues, hip-hop, jazz, and big band music and the richness of the music makes it completely obvious that we need diversity and want diversity.” Gates is also a music and history enthusiast, with a large collection of music from all genres, and books and artifacts from the Civil War one of his favorite periods to study. “He’s an amazing teacher, but more importantly he can take something like quantum mechanics, physics, or string theory, and break it down so that an average person can at least get a little understanding of what he’s talking about,” said Dianna Elizabeth Abney, Gates’ wife for 28 years. “That’s very important because science in America is often paid for by public dollars. It’s important that we explain what their tax dollars are paying for when they give their money to a research institution.” Gates demonstrated
Sylvester James Gates this uncanny ability to simplify even the most complex physics theories in a 30-second challenge sponsored by PBS’s “Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers.” In that half-minute Gates explains the basics of string theory, telling viewers to
picture a yardstick cut into ten equal pieces. He then asks the audience to throw away nine of the parts and cut the remaining piece into ten smaller, equal portions – that measures the size of his fingernail. “If you do this process ten times - you get to the size of
the atom. Suppose you did that say, 35 times what’s left of our universe,” Gates asks. With no solid way to measure what would remain, Gates explains, “people like me have been working on a piece of mathematics called string theory and superstring theory to answer that question. We think there are filaments there.” “Thanks to the sacrifices they’ve made, the chances they’ve taken, the gallons of coffee they’ve consumed - we now have batteries that power everything from cell phones to electric cars,” said Obama, in a video of the National Medal of Science event archived on the White House webpage. “We have a map of the human genome and new ways to produce renewable energy. We’re learning to grow organs in the lab and better understand what’s happening in our deepest oceans,” he said. “But what also makes these individuals unique is how they’ve gotten here-- the obstacles they’ve overcome and the commitments they’ve made to push the boundaries of our understanding.” Gates is a member of Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology
and is directly involved with creating policies related to how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education (STEM) are used to move the country forward and how these subjects are addressed in schools across the nation. “This has been an amazing challenge to operate in this new domain,” said Gates of the position he took in 2009. “We’ve got to empower our teachers - many times we find that teachers have not been properly prepared to teach math and science.” Gates said the United States must improve its STEM education – especially among minorities. He has called on the current administration, school systems, and private foundations to raise funds for the training and adequate compensation of 100,000 new STEM teachers in the coming years. “Our economy is going to sink or fall on our ability to form innovative processes and products to drive the American economy. Engineers create new net worth for our society- that comes from new things like iPhones and iPads built by engineers,” he said.
More Maryland Markets Need More Local Farmers By Angela Harvey Capital News Service
way to help the industry grow. “Farmers markets are one of the only entry points, practically speaking, for someone interested in farming that maybe wasn’t born into the occupation to get their foot in the door and actually make a living at it,” said McMillan. Jennie Dorrell owns Lavender Hills, a family-run farm in Lineboro that has produce and livestock. Dorrell agreed that land costs are an impediment to starting farms. She got a good deal on her land because she knew the seller, and since then she has been able to slowly expand her operation. “If you weren’t born with a silver spoon in your mouth, you just kind of have to do things as the money becomes available,” Dorrell said. Dorrell has been selling at farmers markets in Maryland for three years. She said her farm does not produce enough to be able to sell to grocery stores, so farmers markets are a great venue. Dorrell said the road to becoming profitable can have a steep learning curve, but she is glad the MDA offers many resources to help along the way. “One of the hardest things is learning how to grow enough to have a continuous supply of products to bring to the markets,” Dorrell said. “The Department of Agriculture has been great in providing information and classes to help farmers in this state be successful.”
BELTSVILLE- The popularity of farm-fresh produce has brought about a boom in the number of farmers markets in Maryland, but that success has brought problems of its own. “There just doesn’t seem to be enough farmers out there to satisfy the demand that consumers have for these markets,” said Pat McMillan, assistant secretary for the Maryland Department of Agriculture. About 150 farmers, vendors and market managers met Thursday at the Maryland Farmers Market Conference where the MDA and other agencies discussed food safety regulations, licensing and federal nutrition benefits programs. “One of the purposes of this conference is to bring everybody together to see what we can do collectively and individually to make these more vibrant venues for our farmers to sell and sustain this enterprise that has been growing in leaps and bounds for decades,” McMillan said. At farmers markets, consumers can buy local produce, poultry, dairy and meat directly from farmers or vendors. There are 110 farmers markets in the state, and at least one is available in every county, according to the tourism office. There were no available figures for the rate of growth of the markets in the state. The market season typically begins in May and runs through October or November, and several markets are year-round. Each market is individually managed and can determine from how far away participants may bring their wares and still be considered local, said Amy Crone, agricultural marketing specialist at the MDA. The term “local” can encompass farms in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The high cost of breaking into the farming industry was noted as one reason for the deficit of farmers able to supply the markets. McMillan said agricultural land in Maryland is routinely sold from $7,000 to $10,000 an Floridablackfarmers.org acre. He said that supporting While demand for farm-fresh produce is high in Maryland, experts say there aren’t small-scale farms is the best enough farmers in the state.
March 16, 2013 - March 22, 2013, The Afro-American
DeWayne Jackson Reaches No. 6 on Morgan State All-Time Scorers List in Regular Season-Ending Win By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor Senior forward DeWayne Jackson became Morgan State University’s sixthhighest all-time scorer with 1,537 career points and helped his team hang on to claim a 78-67 win over Florida A&M on March 7 at the Hill Field House in Baltimore, Md. Jackson, of Courtesy Photo Morgan State University senior forward DeWayne Jackson Bowie, Md., racked up 15 points and four rebounds along with two blocks on Morgan State’s regular season finale and Senior Night,
which celebrated all of the team’s graduating seniors. “It’s a great feeling [earning sixth place on the list], but it’s not about me playing for Morgan State to make individual history,” Jackson said. “It’s about our team going into this [MidEastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)] tournament and bringing home the championship.” The win over FAMU was the fifth straight MEAC win for Morgan State (14-14 overall, 10-6 MEAC) and also their eighth win in the last nine contests. Morgan State used an early 21-4 run to take control of the game. They took a 41-30 lead into halftime and held FAMU off throughout the second half to claim the victory. Morgan State junior guard Justin Black led all scorers with 20 points and eight rebounds, while junior center Ian Chiles scored a career-high 18 points. Sophomore forward Shaquille Duncan added 11 points. Junior guard Muhammad Abdul-Aleem scored 16 points to lead FAMU, while junior forward Jamari Bradshaw scored 13 points. Morgan State head coach Todd Bozeman said he was satisfied with the way his team ended the regular season, and said they looked forward to the upcoming MEAC tournament, hosted in Norfolk, Va. from March 11 to March 16. “I’m just happy for DeWayne to go out on Senior Night with a win,” Bozeman said. “And to even up our record and be .500 overall is important. It is good to have momentum going into the MEAC Tournament and the postseason.”
For Woman’s Month, we salute Shirley “Big Shirley” Belton, a “woman of substance.” In 2013.through trials and tribulations she received her masters’ degree in criminal justice, graduating magna cum laude from Capella University. Big Shirley had just graduated from Coppin State in the 1990s after raising a family and introduced herself to me as a fellow Coppinite. “Just like magic,” we became friends. Her “heart and soul” were big, so when I saw her again, I said, “Hey Big Shirley.” She said, “Nobody’s ever called me Big Shirley” and that’s how the nickname started.
profound respect for people with headaches and sinus. “In the midst of it all…” The Kappa Vegas dance is homecoming to me, seeing people once a year for a chance to reminisce and make promises. For the first time in over 35 years, I called my host Senator McFadden that evening to inform him that I would miss the dance. Happy Birthday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Myron Bundy and a belated to Judge Yvonne Holt Stone. “It’s your anniversary…” As I walked in Roots to surprise owner Veronica Ronnie Jackson on celebrating 36 years of business, John Shaft announced that a longtime friend and Roots supporter was in the house. Yes! I was there when Roots opened 36 years ago and served the best chicken wings in town. Roots’ anniversary party is March 24, stop by and congratulate Ronnie. “Give me a pigfoot and a bottle of beer…” They serve pigfeet on Mondays.
“We are each the authors of our own lives. We live in what we have created. There is no way to shift the blame and no one else to accept the accolades.” Barbara Taylor Bradford
“You can shed tears that she is gone, or you can smile because she has lived.” David Harkins
“Suddenly I’m all alone.” While pursuing her master’s degree Shirley’s husband Johnnie died in 2007 and in 2009, her daughter Jackie died from lupus. Unselfishly Shirley and her daughters Yolonda Allen and Sherry Scipio created Beautiful Sistas to raise money for the Jacquelyn Belton Legacy of Love for Lupus Foundation. “You are my friend.” Join Big Shirley, a woman who can “keep on pushing,” April 6 at Maceo’s Lounge for her birthday and graduation celebration.
I entered the beautiful sanctuary of East Baltimore’s crown jewel, St. Francis Xavier, to attend the funeral of Edith Burns who died at the age of 91. Edith’s foray into politics was through her husband, Clarence “Du” Burns. Edith was full of “wit and wisdom” enjoying the comforts of her East Baltimore community. I loved visiting Edith as we talked about life and city politics of the city, and watching her respond when people would give her well-deserved accolades. With a twinkle in her eyes, she would saym, ‘I’m Edith, Du’s the mayor.’ Friday, Gov. O’Malley, City Council President Bernard Young and the citizens of Baltimore joined her daughter Cheryl and granddaughter Lisa, to bid Edith farewell at the church she loved and thanked her for being Baltimore’s first lady. Knowing Edith the first thing she’ll say to Du “can you believe they wanted me learn to work those computers.”
“I am woman, hear me roar in numbers too big to ignore and I know too much to go back an’ pretend. ’Cause I’ve heard it all before and I’ve been down there on the floor no one’s ever gonna keep me down again.” Helen Reddy
“People who need people are the luckiest people in the world…” Barbara Streisand Little did I know when I woke up in the middle of the night with a pain across the bridge of my nose that I would be down for the count for two weeks. Since I’m rarely sick or have a headache I started self-medicating and went to work. Later that evening I stopped past the beautiful home of Sam and Lydia Redd to celebrate Lydia’s birthday “so I thought.” “Why must it be that you always creep into my dreams ...” Luther Vandross My head is throbbing so I decided to sneak quietly into their den to rest “so I thought.” Every time I closed my eyes, Sam or Lydia was checking on me to make sure I was okay “so I thought.” After about fifteen minutes I slipped out the door so they could entertain the other guests and not worry about me. “Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.” Henry David Thoreau I love my friends because of their sense of humor. The next morning Sam and Lydia called to check on me “so I thought”, with my head throbbing I tried to control the laughter within me as Sam said “you got away” with Lydia laughing in the background, then it hit me I was sick at the home of an undertaker. With my head throbbing, I said Sam I knew you and Lydia started to creep and I didn’t want to be mistaken for a corpse. After a visit to the doctors and the emergency room, I have a
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“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well-spent brings happy death.” Leonardo da Vinci Condolences to Rita Rice and family on the death of her husband Leonard Rice, to Marvin Russell on the death of his wife Roberta Russell, to Randy Abrams on the death of his wife Mary Abrams and to the family of Melvin Ellis. “I’ll be seeing you” Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch
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HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY INVITATION FOR BIDS VEHICLE MAINTENANCE SERVICES IFB NUMBER: B-1719-13
The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (“HABC”) will issue an Invitation for Bids (“IFB”) for qualified and interested vendors to submit sealed bids to provide vehicle maintenance and repair services to the HABC vehicle fleet.
The object of this suit is to officially change the name of the petitioner from Alicia Gabrielle Wallace to Leiloni Alicia Khai It is this 21 day of February, 2013 by the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, ORDERED, that publication be given one time in a newspaper of general circulation in Baltimore City on or before the 21 day of March, 2013, which shall warn all interested persons to file an affidavit in opposition to the relief requested on or before the 5 day of April, 2013. Frank M. Conaway Clerk 3/15
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A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., at the Charles L. Benton Building, 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 401, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. HABC has established a minimum threshold of twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar amount of the proposed contract for Minority Business Enterprise (“MBE”) utilization, applicable to all minority and non-minority businesses proposing to provide the requested services as the prime contractor. No threshold has been established for participation of Women-owned businesses (”WBEs”), however, HABC strongly encourages and affirmatively promotes the use of WBEs in all HABC contracts.
The IFB and all supporting documents may be obtained on or after Monday, March 25, 2013 from the following location: Housing Authority of Baltimore City Division of Fiscal Operations, Procurement Department 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 414 Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Attention: John Airey, Chief of Contracting Services Tel: (410) 396-3261 Fax: (410) 962-1586 Questions regarding the IFB should be directed in writing to the address and individual indicated above, and must include the referTYPESET: Wed 10:26:11 EDT 2013 ence: HABC BidMar No. 13 B-1719-13.
Petitions have been filed by the following applicants for licenses to sell alcoholic beverages at the premises set opposite their respective names. The real property for these applications will be posted on Monday, March 11, 2013. Written protests concerning any application will be accepted until and including the time of the conference or hearing. Conferences and public hearings will be held on or after March 28, 2013. Interested parties should contact the office of the Board, 231 E. Baltimore Street, 6th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 or by calling (410) 396-4385 to determine the exact time and date that a particular application will be considered by the Board. Written protests will be acknowledged by the Board and such protestants will be notified as to the date, time and place of the hearing and/or conference. 1.CLASS “A” BEER, WINE & LIQUOR LICENSE
The object of this suit is to LAL2, Inc. officially change the Transfer of ownership & location from name of the petitioner 1434 E. Fayette Street from Kuldeep Singh Juan Carlos 406 Park Avenue, change class D-BWL Degalvan-Flores to class A-BWL to 2. CLASS “B” BEER, WINE & LIQUOR RESTAUJuan Carlos RANT LICENSE Galvan Flores Plug Ugly´s Hospitality Group, LLC It is this 21st day of FebRequest for live entertainment ruary, 2013 by the Circuit 2908 O´Donnell Street Court for Baltimore City, Mark Bogosh, Brittany Branamen ORDERED, that publicaThomas Welsch tion be given one time in a newspaper of general cirMarket 450, LLC culation in Baltimore City Expansion-add off premises catering on or before the 21st day 1017 W. 36th Street of March, 2013, which Elan Kotz, Daniel Wylie shall warn all interested Bagel Boys of Baltimore, LLC persons to file an affidavit Transfer of ownership, request to add in opposition to the relief 900 Cathedral Street requested on or before Benjamin Schechman, Lee Cohen the 5th day of April, 2013. outdoor table service Frank M. Conaway TYPESET: Wed Mar 13 10:21:31 EDT 2013 Clerk 3. CLASS BD7 BEER, WINE & LIQUOR 3/15
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY Case No.: 24D13000431 IN THE MATTER OF ALICIA GABRIELLE WALLACE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO LEILONI ALICIA KHAI ORDER FOR NOTICE BY PUBLICATION
BIDS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, April 19, 2013.
The object of this suit is to Request for Proposal officially change the HSHC-13-01 name of the petitioner 143 N. Main St, Bel Air, MD 21014 from Building Leak Investigation Constance Elaine Proposals Due April 2, 2013 at 2 PM Watson aka The Historical Society of Harford County, Inc. Constance Elaine is soliciting proposals to conduct a Robinson to Leak Investigation at its headquarters, Constance Elaine 143 N.Main St. in Bel Air, MD. Jenkins A pre- bid meeting will be held at the It is this 7th day of March, Historical Society on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 by the Circuit Court 2013 at 2:30 PM at 143 N. Main St. for Baltimore City, Sealed bids will be received at the ORDERED, that publicaHistorical Society until 2 PM on Tuesday, tion be given one time in a April 2, 2013 followed by a public bid opening newspaper of general cirat 2:30 PM. Copies of the RFP are available culation in Baltimore City on the Society´s website, on or before the 5th day of April, 2013, which shall www.HarfordHistory.org TYPESET: Mar 13 10:27:00 EDT 2013 warn all interested perorWed bycalling 410-838-7691. sons to file an affidavit in opposition to the relief requested on or before the BOARD OF LIQUOR LICENSE 22nd day of April, 2013. COMMISSIONERS Frank M. Conaway FOR BALTIMORE CITY Clerk13 10:21:11 EDT 2013 TYPESET: Wed Mar NOTICE 3/15
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY Case No.: 24D12003202 IN THE MATTER OF JUAN CARLOS DEGALVAN-FLORES FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO JUAN CARLOS GALVAN FLORES ORDER FOR NOTICE BY PUBLICATION
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY Case No.: 24D13000479 IN THE MATTER OF CONSTANCE ELAINE WATSON AKA CONSTANCE ELAINE ROBINSON FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO CONSTANCE ELAINE JENKINS ORDER FOR NOTICE BY PUBLICATION
Mins Liquor, LLC Transfer of ownership 1201 N. Potomac Street Byung In Min, Yong Hwa Min Doyle Farnsworth
18 Cross, LLC. Transfer of ownership, expansion to 12-18 E. Cross Street Brett Austin, Joshua Foti include 16-18 E. Cross Street J.F.O., Inc. .Expansion, request to add outdoor table 531 S. Potomac Street Gary Parker service 4559 Reisterstown Road Transfer of ownership 4559 Reisterstown Road Connie Torain Dukie Ellington´s, LLC Transfer of ownership & location from 805 S. Broadway Doug Atwell 4219-21 Curtis Avenue, request for outdoor table service 4. CLASS D BEER & WINE Stay Thirsty, LLC Transfer of ownership & location from 1724 Whetstone Way Matthew Earl, Victoria Rothgeb 1476 Reynolds Street, change to a class D-Beer & Wine with live entertainment and outdoor table service 5. CLASS “D” BEER , WINE, & LIQUOR Singh & Stevens, LLC Expansion, request to add live 1236 Light Street Prabhjot Randhawa, Jason Stevens entertainment
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Project Name: MARLAY TAYLOR WATER RECLMATION FACILITY ENR UPGRADES CONTRACT NO. 8-38-S MEB General Contractors, Inc. is the apparent Low Bidder on the Marlay Taylor Water Reclamation Facility ENR Upgrade project located in Lexington Park, MD. We are currently seeking pricing from MBE/WBE Subcontractors and Suppliers. Pricing needs to be received by March 26, 2013. Project Description:The work in general is to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant to Enhanced Nutrient Removal treatment capability, and upgrade various facilities throughout the plant to improve the quality of the facilities and equipment. Scopes of Work Include: Hauling, demolition, earthwork, fencing, asphalt paving, landscaping, CIP concrete, concrete formwork, concrete reinforcement, masonry, structural steel, misc. metals, metal fabrications, rough carpentry, fiberglass products, dampproofing/waterproofing, asphalt shingles, siding, joint sealants, doors & hardware, glazing, louvers & vents, gypsum board, tiling, acoustic tile ceiling, painting, toilet & bath accessories, lab casework, conveying systems, Mechanical, HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, and instrumentation and controls. Documents are available for viewing at MEB General Contractors, Inc. FTP site: www.mebgc.com. Please contact Angie Duffer at the phone number or email listed below for details on using our FTP site. MEB General Contractors, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage all qualified MBE/WBE/DBE subcontractors/suppliers to submit pricing on this project. If needed, we will break down or combine elements of work into feasible units or smaller task/quantities and negotiate in Good Faith in order to facilitate Minority, Women´s, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation. If needed, please consider bidding as a consortium with other MBE/WBE/DBE firms. If you need assistance with a joint payment agreement, please contact us. MEB is committed to supporting, assisting, and providing equal opportunity to Minority, Disadvantaged and Women Owned Businesses. You will need to complete EPA Form 6100-3 (DBE Subcontractor Performance Form). Please complete and sign the 6100-3 Form and return it to us with your pricing so we can include this information as part of our MBE/WBE/DBE Participation Goal. Submit your proposals to Angie Duffer at MEB General Contractors, Inc., 4016 Holland Boulevard, Chesapeake, VA 23323 or by fax or email at the following: 757-487-5089 (fax), firstname.lastname@example.org (email). Please contact us 757-487-5858 should you have any questions.
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CERTIFICATION OF PUBLICATION CITY OF BALTIMORE OFFICE OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS PUBLIC NOTICE PROJECT NO. 1179 ON-CALL LIVABLE STREETS PLANNING AND ENGINEERING SERVICES The City of Baltimore, Office of Boards and Commissions, has been requested by the Department of Transportation, to certify the qualifications of engineering firms to provide civil engineering and planning services. The scope of services will include site inspection, analysis/ recommendation and final design for various locations across the city to improve livability measures including bicycle and pedestrian access. The subject services may also require obtaining the permits required for construction. The consultant must be familiar with the city´s design criteria and specifications, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) design standards, National Association for City Transportation Officials´ (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design Guidelines, Complete Streets policies and practices. The consultant will prepare contract plans, specifications and cost estimates for the construction. The City intends to select the services of one (1)firm not to exceed $2,000,000. for a contract duration of three (3) years. Should you have any questions regarding the scope of the project, please contact Mr. Nate Evans at (410) 396-6856 or by e-mail at nate.evans@ baltimorecity.gov. Projects must comply with the 2006 edition of “The Specifications for Materials, Highways, Bridges, Utilities and Incidental Structures”. City personnel will utilize the City of Baltimore Guidelines for the Performance Evaluation of Design Consultants and Construction Contractors for this contract/project. Firms intending to submit a proposal as a prime consultant for this project should submit a Letter of Interest to the Office of Boards and Commissions, 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 (FAX: 410-625-4667). Since these letters are utilized to assist small, minority and women business enterprises in identifying potential teaming partners, the letters should be submitted within five (5) days of the date of the project´s advertisement. The letter should contain a contact person. Failure to submit a “Letter of Interest” will not disqualify a firm submitting a proposal for the project. Each prime consultant applying for this Project will be required to complete and submit an original Federal Form 255, along with five (5) copies, to the Office of Boards and Commissions. The Federal Form 255 and the five copies must be submitted on or before 12:00 P.M. (Noon) on Monday, April 12, 2013. Submittals may not be accepted after this deadline
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certified by the Minority and Women´s Business Opportunity Office (MWBOO) prior to submitting the proposal. A directory of certified MBEs City of Baltimore and WBEs is available from MWBOO. Since changes to the directory occur of Finance daily, firmsDepartment submitting SF 255s should call MWBOO at (410)396-4355 to Bureau of Purchases verify certification, expiration dates and services that the MBE or WBE is certified to provide. Sealed proposals addressed to the Board of Estimates of Baltimore, will be received until, Non-Affiliation but notsubmitting later thana11:00 a.m.may localnot time A firm proposal useon anthe MBE or WBE to meet a contract following goal if: date(s) for the stated requirements: 1. The firm has a financial interest in the MBE or WBE MARCH 27, 2013 2. The firm has an interest in the ownership or control of the MBE or WBE C T V firm A N is D significantly V I D E O S involved U RV E I Lin L Athe N Coperation E 3.CThe of the MBE or WBE SYSTEM-REPAIRS AND (Article 5, Subtitle 28-41). INSTALLATION B50002858 VARIOUS PIPES AND A firm submitting as aFITTINGS prime consultant that fails to comply with the B50002861 requirements of Article 5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code when executing PROVIDE & DELIVER ASSORTED a contract is subject to the following penalties: suspension of a contract; TREES-TREE SPRING 2013based on material breach; withholding of BALTIMORE funds; recision of contract B50002865 disqualification as a consultant from eligibility to provide services to the City for a period not to exceed 2 years; and payment for damages incurred by the THE City. ENTIRE SOLICITATION DOCUMENT CAN BE VIEWED AND DOWN LOADED BY VISITING CITYS WEB SITE: AdditionalTHE Requirements www.baltimorecitibuy.org TYPESET: Wed Marperson 13 10:21:58 EDT A resume for each listed as key 2013 personnel and/or specialist, including those from MBE and WBE firms, must be shown on the page provided within the application. CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT TRANSPORTATION Please be advised that for the OF purpose of reviewing price proposals and NOTICE OF LETTING invoices, the City of Baltimore defines a principal of a firm as follows: Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates ofA the Mayoris any and individual City Council of Baltimore and marked for FAP No.of principal owning 5% or more of the outstanding stock STP-000A No. BC 315-109-815; TR08017 SE an entity, a (803)E; partner ofSHA a partnership, a 5% or more shareholder of a TRANSPORTATION ACTION or PLAN INTERSECTION sub-chapter ´S´ Corporation, an individual owner. IMPROVEMENTS will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204 City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M.identify APRIL 17, 2013. Positively no bidsagent will Out-of-State Corporations must their corporate resident be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly opened by the Board of within the application. Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. The Contract Documents may be examined, charge, at for theaDepartment of Public Service Firms will without not be considered specific project if they Works apply as both a Center located onand theprime first floor of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 sub-consultant consultant. N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 as of MARCH 15, 2013 and copies may be purchased for a (Form non-refundable cost $125.00. ConThe applications for this Project 255) cannot be of supplemented with ditions and requirements the Bid found in the bid package. All any additional informationofsuch as are graphs, photographs, organization contractors this Contract must be prerequalified the City chart, etc. bidding All suchon information should befirst incorporated into the by appropriate ofpages. Baltimore Contractors Committee. Interested partiesbe Applications shouldQualification not be bound. Applications should simply should call 396-6883 or contact Committee the Eastern Avenue stapled in(410) the upper left-hand corner.the Cover sheets at should not be included. Pumping 751 Eastern Avenue and President Baltimore, InclusionStation, and/or submittal of additional material may resultSt, in the applicant Maryland 21202. If a bidconsideration is submitted for by this a joint venture (“JV”), then in being disqualified from project. that event, the document that established the JV shall be submitted with thetobid fordirections verification purposes. The Prequalification Failure follow of this advertisement or the applicationCategory will cause required for bidding this project is A02602, Bituminous Concrete disqualification of theonsubmittal. Paving D02620, Curbs, Gutters, Sidewalks. Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $3,000,000.00 to $4,000,000.00 A “Pre-Bidding InformaKUMASI VINES tion” session will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. on MARCH 27, 2013 at the Executive Secretary Charles L. Benton Building, 417 E. Fayette Street, 7th Floor, Baltimore, MD 3/15 21201. Principal Items of work for this project are: Mobilization L.S.; Hot Mix Asphalt Superpave 12.5mm for Surface, PG64-22, Level 2 3,209TON The DBE goal is 26%
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Prequalification Requirement All architectural, engineering, and surveying firms listed in the specific proposal for the Project must be prequalified by the Office of Boards and Commissions for each applicable discipline at time of submittal for this Project. A copy of the prime and sub consultant´s current Prequalification Certificate should be included in the bid submittal package. Information the prequalification process can be obtained by calling the Office of Boards and APPROVED: Commissions at (410) 396-6883.. Bernice H. Taylor, Clerk TYPESET: Wed Mar 13 10:23:16 EDT 2013 Board of Estimates Insurance Requirements The consultant selected for the award of this project shall provide professional liability, auto liability, and general liability and workers ´ comCITY OF BALTIMORE pensation insurances as required by the City of Baltimore. DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION AND PARKS MBE/WBE Requirements SPECIAL NOTICE It is the policy of the City of Baltimore to promote equal business opportunity RP 12815-Skatepark of Baltimore in the City´s contracting process. Pursuant to Article 5, Subtitle 28 of TYPESET: The Prequalification Category for bidding on this project is Wed Mar 13 10:23:39required EDT 2013 Baltimore City Code (2000 Edition) - Minority and Women´s Business G90131 Skatepark Construction. We regret any inconvenience. Program, Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women´s Business Enterprise (WBE) participation goals apply to this contract CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES The MBE goal is 27% NOTICE OF LETTING The WBE goal is 10% Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for GS 13802-West Both the proposed Minority and Women´s Business Enterprise firms must Street Garage Repair will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, be named and identified as an MBE or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard Room 204, City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, Form (SF) 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key April 10, 2013. Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will consultants/associates anticipated for utilization for this project. be publicly opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon.The Contract Documents may be examined, without charge, at the Any submittals that do not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some instances Department of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration for this Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, project. Maryland 21202 as of Friday, March 8, 2013 and copies may be purchased for a non-refundable cost of $50.00. Conditions and requirements of the Verifying Certification Bid are found in the bid package. All contractors bidding on this Contract Each firm submitting a SF 255 for consideration for a project is responsible must first be prequalified by the City of Baltimore Contractors Qualification for verifying that all MBEs and WBEs to be utilized on the project are TYPESET: Wed Mar 13 parties 10:26:36should EDT 2013 Committee. Interested call 410-396-6883 or contact the certified by the Minority and Women´s Business Opportunity Office Committee at 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. If a bid is (MWBOO) prior to submitting the proposal. A directory of certified MBEs submitted by a joint venture (“JV”), then in that event, the document and WBEs is available from MWBOO. Since changes to the directory occur that establishedCERTIFICATION OF PUBLICATION the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification daily, firms submitting SF 255s should call MWBOO at (410)396-4355 to purposes. The Prequalification Category required for bidding on this verify certification, expiration dates and services that the MBE or WBE is project is E13004-Rehabilitation CITY OFofBALTIMORE Buildings Cost Qualification Range for certified to provide. OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS this work shallOFFICE be $100,000.01 to $500,000.00 A “Pre-Bidding Information” PUBLIC NOTICE session will be conducted at The Site, 40 E. West Street on Tuesday, Non-Affiliation PROJECT NO. 1187 March 19, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. Principal Items of work for this project are: A firm submitting a proposal may not use an MBE or WBE to meet a contract 1. Building Demolition goal if: PROJECT # 1187and - URGENT NEEDS WASTEWATER ENGINEERING 2. Site Clearing Earthwork 1. The firm has a financial interest in the MBE or WBE SERVICES The MBE goal is 27% The WBE goal is 7% 2. The firm has an interest in the ownership or control of the MBE or WBE CONTRACT NO. GS 13802 3. The firm is significantly involved in the operation of the MBE or WBE The City of Baltimore Office of Boards and Commissions has been requested by theDepartment of Public Works, Bureau of Water and Wastewater, to advertise for (Article 5, Subtitle 28-41). APPROVED: Civil/Environmental Engineering Firm to perform urgent need wastewater enBernice services H. Taylorfor the Bureau of Water and Wastewater. Two (2) firms will be A firm submitting as a prime consultant that fails to comply with the gineering Clerk, Board of Estimates to perform designs related to rehabilitation/replacement, repairs, mainrequirements of Article 5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code when executing selected APPROVED: tenance and new construction for sanitary sewers. a contract is subject to the following penalties: suspension of a contract; Steve Sharkey TYPESET: Wed Mar 13 10:24:04 EDT 2013 withholding of funds; recision of contract based on material breach; The Acting of General Services firmsDirector, interestedDepartment in providing these services must demonstrate and document: disqualification as a consultant from eligibility to provide services to the City for a period not to exceed 2 years; and payment for damages incurred by the 1.Experience in design of sanitary systems including hydraulic analysis and CITY OF BALTIMORE City. hydraulic modeling. DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES 2.Experience in responding to sanitary system emergencies by assessing the TYPESET: Mon Oct 29 situation 11:18:45and EDT 2012 NOTICE OF LETTING recommending corrective measures. Additional Requirements Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board sanitary A resume for each person listed as key personnel and/or specialist, includ- 3.Experience in flow monitoring and conducting field investigationsofofEstimates CCTV testing and testingfor GS 11836of the including Mayor and Cityinspection, Council smoke of Baltimore and dye marked ing those from MBE and WBE firms, must be shown on the page provided systems Superior Court of 4.Experience in review of proposed construction projects impact on the existing Baltimore City Fire Academy Structural Fire Fighting Prop & Rehab within the application. the District of utility system plans after construction. Station willand be preparing received as-built at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204, City District of Columbia 5.Experience in review and design of sanitary system using trenchless technolHall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Please be advised that for the purpose of reviewingPROBATE price proposals and ogies DIVISION including pipe busting after and some tunneling. Positively noCIPP bids lining, will be received 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly invoices, the City of Baltimore defines a principal of a firm as follows: 6.Experience in the preparation of reports, cost estimates and contract documents Washington, D.C. opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. including all permit applications, right of ways, easements, and related items 20001-2131 The Contract Documentsofmay be examined, charge, at the DepartA principal is any individual owning 5% or more of theAdministration outstanding stock for procurement construction. Also without have ability to provide project No. of necessary ment of Public Centerservices. located on the first floor of the Abel and Works contractService administration an entity, a partner of a partnership, a 5% or more 2012ADM994 shareholder of a management Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland 7.Experience in geotechnical engineering, subsurface exploration, test pit, test sub-chapter ´S´ Corporation, or an individual owner.Melvin Rudolph 21202 of Friday, March 8, investigations 2013 and copies may be purchased for a holes andas survey services for utility and designs. Johnson non-refundable cost aspects of $50.00. Conditions and requirements ofsuch the Bid in various of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as Decedent Out-of-State Corporations must identify their corporate resident agent 8.Experience reading and generating gathering, understanding, review andContract verification of are found in the bid maps; package. All contractors bidding on this must Wesley L. Clarke within the application. GIS manipulating firstdata; be and prequalified by GIS the data. City of Baltimore Contractors Qualification 1629 K Street NW 9.Experience inInterested developingparties and managing overall team with Minority/Women shouldancall 410-396-6883 or contact the Firms will not be considered for a specific project ifSuite they300 apply as both a Committee. Enterprises Utilization and demonstrate com-is Committee at 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore,manpower Marylandavailability 21202. If to a bid Washington DC 20006 Business sub-consultant and prime consultant. plete the project. Attorney submitted by a joint venture (“JV”), then in that event, the document NOTICE OF with that established the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification The applications for this Project (Form 255) cannot be supplemented Services will include review of available information, project management, contract APPOINTMENT, purposes. ALL CONTRACTORS BIDDINGservices, ON THIS PROJECTtest MUST any additional information such as graphs, photographs, organization administration, investigation, design, emergency geo-technical, pit NOTICE TO BEsurvey PREQUALIFIED WITH THE CITY OF AS GENERAL and services, preparation of reports and BALTIMORE contract documents including chart, etc. All such information should be incorporated into the appropriate CREDITORS CONTRACTORS AND HAVE PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE AS PRIME construction cost estimates, permit applications, right of ways, and post award pages. Applications should not be bound. Applications should simply AND NOTICE TO be services GENERAL CONTRACTOR ON ARFIs LIVE TRAINING STRUCTURE such as shop drawing review, andBURN consultation during construction. stapled in the upper left-hand corner. Cover sheets should not be included. UNKNOWN HEIRS PROJECT AND SUBMIT NAME AND ADDRESS OF THAT PROJECT Inclusion and/or submittal of additional material maySheriel resultL.in Sexcius, the applicant whose The services would be for a period of two years with an option to extend for an being disqualified from consideration for this project. address is 229 Quackenbos WITH THEIR BID. Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be year at atofee not to exceed $1,000,000 per firm. $1,000,000.00 $2,000,000.00 A “Pre-Bidding Information” session will Street NW, Washington DC additional 20011 was, appointed per- be conducted at the project site: 6720 Pulaski Highway, Baltimore, MD Failure to follow directions of this advertisement or the application will cause any questions regarding the scope of theA.M. Project, please Items contactof sonal representative of the Should 21237you onhave Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 10:00 Principal disqualification of the submittal. estate of Melvin Rudolph Mr. George Mwangi at (410) 396-3440 or by e-mail at george.mwangi@ work for this project are: Johnson, who died on Feb- baltimorecity.gov. ruary 23,KUMASI 2012 without a Will, 1. Partial Demolition of Existing Burn Building VINES 2. Construction ofwith 3 Level Concrete Masonry Burn Structure on andExecutive will serve without Court Projects must comply the 2006 edition and of ”The Specifications for Materials, Secretary TYPESET: Wed Mar 13 10:22:27 EDT 2013 supervision. All unknown Highways, Existing Bridges, Foundation Utilities and Incidental Structures”. City personnel will utilize 3/15 h e i r s a n d h e i r s w h o s e 3. Construction of Wood and Steel Rehab Station on Existing Conthe City of Baltimore Guidelines for the Performance Evaluation of Design whereabouts are unknown and Construction Contractors for this contract/project. crete Foundation CITY OF BALTIMORE shall enter their appearance Consultants in this proceeding. Objec- 4. Site Grading DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION intending Work to submit a proposal as a prime consultant for this project should 5. Electrical in Burn Building NOTICE OF LETTING tions to such appointment Firms a ”Letter to WBE the Office be filed with the Regis- submit Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed toshall the Board of Estimates The MBE goalofisInterest” 5% The goalofisBoards 0% and Commissions, 751 Eastern ter of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 (FAX: 410-625-4667). Since these letters are of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for BALTIMORE CONTRACT NO. GS 11836 Street, N.W., 3rd Floor CITY NO. TR12007; DEMOLITION OF PRATT STREET PEDESTRIAN Washington, D.C. 20001, on BRIDGES: CHARLES AND GAY STREETS will be received the19, Office of or before at April 2013. the Comptroller, Room 204 City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. Claims against the decedent APRIL 10, 2013. Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will shall be presented to the be publicly opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215,with Citya Hall undersigned copy at to Noon. The Contract Documents may be examined,the without at filed the Registercharge, of Wills or Register of Wills Department of Public Works Service Center locatedwith onthe the first floor of with the a copyStreet, to the undersigned, on Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Baltimore, or before April 19, 2013, or Maryland 21202 as of MARCH 15, 2013 and copies may be purchased forbea forever barred. Persons benon-refundable cost of $100.00. Conditions and requirements of the Bid lieved to be heirs or legatees are found in the bid package. All contractors bidding on this Contract must of the decedent who do not first be prerequalified by the City of Baltimore Contractors Qualification receive a copy of this notice Committee. Interested parties should call (410) 396-6883 or contact by mail within 25 days ofthe its Committee at 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. shall If a bid is first publication so insubmitted by a joint venture (“JV”), then in thatform event, document the the Register of Wills, including name, address and that established the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification relationship. purposes. The Prequalification Category required for bidding on this Date of Publication: project is: F02110 (Building and Structure Demolition), C03300 (ConOctober 19, 2012 crete Construction) or C05100 (Structural Steel Erection). Cost Name of newspaper: Qualification Range for this work shall be $1,000,000.00 to $2,000,000.00 A Afro-American “Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. on Washington MARCH 28, 2013, at 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 724, Baltimore, Law Reporter Maryland 21202. Principal Items of work for this project are: Removal of Sheriel L. Sexcius Existing Structures - Site B - LS; Removal of Existing Structures - Site APersonal Representative LS. The MBE goal is 27% and WBE 8%. APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor, Clerk Board of Estimates
utilized to assist small, minority and women business enterprises in identifying potential teaming partners, the letters should be submitted within five (5) days of APPROVED: the date of the project´s advertisement. The letter should contain a contact person. Bernice H. Taylor Failure to submit a ”Letter of Interest” will not disqualify a firm submitting a proposal Clerk, Board of Estimates for the project.
Steve Sharkey Each prime consultant applying for this Project will be required to complete and submit original Federal Formof 255, along Services with five (5) copies, to the Office of ActinganDirector, Department General Boards and Commissions. The Federal Form 255 and the five copies must be submitted on or before 12:00 P.M. (Noon) on 4/11/13. Submittals may not be accepted after this deadline.Prequalification Requirement Prequalification Requirement All architectural, engineering, and surveying firms listed in the specific proposal for the Project must be prequalified by the Office of Boards and Commissions for each applicable discipline at time of submittal for this Project. Information regarding the prequalification process can be obtained by calling the Office of Boards and Commissions on 410.396.6883. Insurance Requirements The consultant selected for the award of this project shall provide professional liability, auto liability, and general liability and workers´ compensation insurances as required by the City of Baltimore. MBE/WBE Requirements
202-257-9730 It is the policy of the City of Baltimore to promote equal business opportunity in the TRUE TEST COPY City´s contracting process. Pursuant to Article 5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code REGISTER OF WILLS (2000 Edition) - Minority and Women´s Business Program, Minority Business 10/19, 10/26, 11/2
Enterprise (MBE) and Women´s Business Enterprise (WBE) participation goals apply to this contract. The MBE goal is 27%
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CERTIFICATION OF PUBLICATION CITY OF BALTIMORE OFFICE OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS PUBLIC NOTICE PROJECT NO. 1187 PROJECT # 1187 - URGENT NEEDS WASTEWATER ENGINEERING SERVICES The City of Baltimore Office of Boards and Commissions has been requested by theDepartment of Public Works, Bureau of Water and Wastewater, to advertise for Civil/Environmental Engineering Firm to perform urgent need wastewater engineering services for the Bureau of Water and Wastewater. Two (2) firms will be selected to perform designs related to rehabilitation/replacement, repairs, maintenance and new construction for sanitary sewers. The firms interested in providing these services must demonstrate and document: 1.Experience in design of sanitary systems including hydraulic analysis and hydraulic modeling. 2.Experience in responding to sanitary system emergencies by assessing the situation and recommending corrective measures. 3.Experience in flow monitoring and conducting field investigations of sanitary systems including CCTV inspection, smoke testing and dye testing 4.Experience in review of proposed construction projects impact on the existing utility system and preparing as-built plans after construction. 5.Experience in review and design of sanitary system using trenchless technologies including CIPP lining, pipe busting and some tunneling. 6.Experience in the preparation of reports, cost estimates and contract documents including all permit applications, right of ways, easements, and related items necessary for procurement of construction. Also have ability to provide project management and contract administration services. 7.Experience in geotechnical engineering, subsurface exploration, test pit, test holes and survey services for utility investigations and designs. 8.Experience in various aspects of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) such as reading and generating maps; gathering, understanding, review and verification of GIS data; and manipulating GIS data. 9.Experience in developing and managing an overall team with Minority/Women Business Enterprises Utilization and demonstrate manpower availability to complete the project. Services will include review of available information, project management, contract administration, investigation, design, emergency services, geo-technical, test pit and survey services, preparation of reports and contract documents including construction cost estimates, permit applications, right of ways, and post award services such as shop drawing review, RFIs and consultation during construction. The services would be for a period of two years with an option to extend for an additional year at a fee not to exceed $1,000,000 per firm. Should you have any questions regarding the scope of the Project, please contact Mr. George Mwangi at (410) 396-3440 or by e-mail at george.mwangi@ baltimorecity.gov. Projects must comply with the 2006 edition of ”The Specifications for Materials, Highways, Bridges, Utilities and Incidental Structures”. City personnel will utilize the City of Baltimore Guidelines for the Performance Evaluation of Design Consultants and Construction Contractors for this contract/project. Firms intending to submit a proposal as a prime consultant for this project should submit a ”Letter of Interest” to the Office of Boards and Commissions, 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 (FAX: 410-625-4667). Since these letters are utilized to assist small, minority and women business enterprises in identifying potential teaming partners, the letters should be submitted within five (5) days of the date of the project´s advertisement. The letter should contain a contact person. Failure to submit a ”Letter of Interest” will not disqualify a firm submitting a proposal for the project. Each prime consultant applying for this Project will be required to complete and submit an original Federal Form 255, along with five (5) copies, to the Office of Boards and Commissions. The Federal Form 255 and the five copies must be submitted on or before 12:00 P.M. (Noon) on 4/11/13. Submittals may not be accepted after this deadline.Prequalification Requirement Prequalification Requirement All architectural, engineering, and surveying firms listed in the specific proposal for the Project must be prequalified by the Office of Boards and Commissions for each applicable discipline at time of submittal for this Project. Information regarding the prequalification process can be obtained by calling the Office of Boards and Commissions on 410.396.6883. Insurance Requirements The consultant selected for the award of this project shall provide professional liability, auto liability, and general liability and workers´ compensation insurances as required by the City of Baltimore. MBE/WBE Requirements It is the policy of the City of Baltimore to promote equal business opportunity in the City´s contracting process. Pursuant to Article 5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code (2000 Edition) - Minority and Women´s Business Program, Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women´s Business Enterprise (WBE) participation goals apply to this contract. The MBE goal is 27% The WBE goal is 10% Both the proposed Minority and Women´s Business Enterprise firms must be named and identified as an MBE or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard Form (SF) 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key consultants/associates anticipated for utilization for this project. Any submittals that do not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some instances DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration for this project. Verifying Certification Each firm submitting a SF 255 for consideration for a project is responsible for verifying that all MBEs and WBEs to be utilized on the project are certified by the Minority and Women´s Business Opportunity Office (MWBOO) prior to submitting the proposal. A directory of certified MBEs and WBEs is available from MWBOO. Since changes to the directory occur daily, firms submitting SF 255s should call MWBOO at (410) 396-4355 to verify certification, expiration dates and services that the MBE or WBE is certified to provide. Non-Affiliation A firm submitting a proposal may not use an MBE or WBE to meet a contract goal if: 1. The firm has a financial interest in the MBE or WBE 2. The firm has an interest in the ownership or control of the MBE or WBE 3. The firm is significantly involved in the operation of the MBE or WBE (Article 5, Subtitle 28-41). Additional Requirements A firm submitting as a prime consultant that fails to comply with the requirements of Article 5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code when executing a contract is subject to the following penalties: suspension of a contract; withholding of funds; recision of contract based on material breach; disqualification as a consultant from eligibility to provide services to the City for a period not to exceed 2 years; and payment for damages incurred by the City. A resume for each person listed as key personnel and/or specialist, including those from MBE and WBE firms, must be shown on the page provided within the application. Please be advised that for the purpose of reviewing price proposals and invoices, the City of Baltimore defines a principal of a firm as follows: A principal is any individual owning 5% or more of the outstanding stock of an entity, a partner of a partnership, a 5% or more shareholder of a sub-chapter ’S’ Corporation, or an individual owner. Out-of-State Corporations must identify their corporate resident agent within the application. Firms will not be considered for a specific project if they apply as both a subconsultant and prime consultant. The applications for this Project (Form 255) cannot be supplemented with any additional information such as graphs, photographs, organization chart, etc. All such information should be incorporated into the appropriate pages. Applications should not be bound. Applications should simply be stapled in the upper left-hand corner. Cover sheets should not be included. Inclusion and/or submittal of additional material may result in the applicant being disqualified from consideration for this project. Failure to follow directions of this advertisement or the application may cause disqualification of the submittal. Mr. Kumasi Vines Office of Boards and Commissions
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