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Challenger Community News • t hec hallengernews.com •Januar y 7, 2021 2 INSIDE ROCHESTER Midnight Prayer Mayor Warren Announces City Asymptomatic COVID19 The Eastern Region & Southeastern Region Appointment of Assistant Testing Sites Extended YACM Steering CommitAdministrator Kelvin Knight as Through January tees will host Midnight Prayer Call featuring 30 New SE NSC Administrator days of connectional interPre-registration for next week’s testing dates opened Janu-

Mayor Lovely A. Warren has announced that Nancy Johns-Price, the City’s administrator of the Southeast Quadrant Neighborhood Service Center (NSC), is retiring Jan. 29 after a more than 36-year career with the City of Rochester and County of Monroe. The Mayor has appointed Kelvin Knight, who has been the Southeast NSC’s assistant to the administrator since 2010, as the new administrator.

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“Kelvin Knight is truly committed to helping the people of Rochester live their best lives and achieve their full potential,” said Mayor Warren. “His appointment creates a nearly seamless transition that will keep our Neighborhood Service Centers on their trajectory of continuous improvement. I have no doubt he will put his own unique stamp on this important function and I look forward to working with him.”

City Launches Second Phase of Senior Meal Restaurant Grant Program The City of Rochester is launching the second phase of its popular Senior Meal Delivery Restaurant Grant Program by collaborating with 25 restaurants to deliver meals to area seniors. The restaurants will deliver meals to area seniors, age 60 and above, who are unable to travel or frequent restaurants due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Administered by the City's Department of Neighborhood and Business Development, the grant will reimburse participating restaurants up to $24,900 to prepare and deliver free meals to area seniors, 60 and above, who have limited mobility during the pandemic. Funding for the program is provided through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Restaurants were selected through a competitive proposal process. Seniors can call 211 to place an order, with deliveries beginning Friday, Jan. 8. The program will run through April 30.

FaceBook Live Event to Focus on Police Accountability ROCHESTER-- Police accountability in Rochester will be the topic of a FaceBook live broadcast from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., January 14. Sponsored by the Rochester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., this program is part of the chapter's continuing series of candid conversations on important community issues entitled, " Delta Talks." Goals of the Rochester Police Accountability Board (PAB) and lawsuits that have sprung up relating to the board's establishment will be among the topics addressed during the program. Members of the discussion panel will be: Shani Wilson of PAB; Anthony Cowart of the Police Accountability Board Alliance (PABA);Frank Liberti of the Citizens Review Board, predecessor organization to PAB; A. J. Durwin, an attorney for PABA.; Charmaine Cohen, Ed.D., co-chair of the Rochester Alumnae Chapter's Social Action Committee, will be the panel moderator. This event is free to the public. No registration is required. Just log-on to Facebook Live: Facebook.com/RACDST1913.

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Appointments will open weekly, at noon on Fridays, for the following week. (ie., Residents may register for testing on Jan. 4, 5, 6 and 9 starting today at noon; Residents may register for testing in Jan. 11, 12, 13 and 16 starting Friday, Jan. 8 at noon, etc.) Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Walk-ins will be accepted as capacity allows. Those arriving without an appointment cannot be guaranteed a test. To register, visit: www.monroecounty.gov/healthcalls/register or call 311. All sites will be walk-in, and mask wearing and social distancing will be strictly enforced. Residents must have ID and a Monroe County address to get tested. Those testing positive will receive a call within one hour of getting tested. Those testing negative will get an email within three days. Tests are free and open to any member of the public not experiencing symptoms. Those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should contact their health care provider. Times, dates and locations of COVID-19 testing: • Benjamin Franklin High School, 950 Norton St., 3 to 6 p.m., Mondays Jan. 4, 11 and 25. There will be no testing on Monday, Jan. 18, due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. • Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School, 501 Genesee St., 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26. *Please note time change from previous testing dates • Jefferson High School, 1 Edgerton Park, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27. • East High School, 1801 E. Main St., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays, Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

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Miquel Powell Announces Campaign for Rochester City Council at-Large Former Police Accountability Board Member Miquel Powell has announced his campaign for Rochester City Council atLarge. Powell is a well-known social worker and community activist in the City of Rochester. Aside from being a substance abuse therapist, Mr. Powell founded the Reentry & Community Development Center (RCDC-17) in 2017. He is a certified NYS CASAC (Credentialed Alcohol Substance Abuse Counselor). Miquel Powell served on the first ever Police Accountability Board in Rochester, NY.

Memorial AME Zion Women’s Ministry’s Community Outreach is conducting an Adopt A School Winter Clothing Drive for Nathaniel Rochester Community School #3. Items needed include socks, hats, gloves and scarves for ages 10-15. Drop off dates: Wed Jan.13 noon to 5:30 p.m. and Wed Jan.20th Noon to 5:30 p.m. Drop off Site: Memorial AME Zion, 549 Clarissa St. For more information contact Gail Livingston @gdlivingston39@yahoo.com

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Drivers! Watch for School Zone Speed Cameras at These Locations They're back! Buffalo’s School Zone Speed Cameras are once again in effect at schools that have returned to inperson learning. Flashing beacons on the streets around the schools will alert motorists that school is in session and that the 15 mph speed limit is in effect for the hours listed on signs below the zone’s posted speed limit. Although the beacons flash during the entire school day, the speed cameras will be activated only at arrival and dismissal times, which vary by school. Vehicles captured on camera traveling at least 26 mph when the cameras are activated receive a $50 citation mailed to the registered owner. The Speed Zone cameras are now in effect at: • Canisius High School • Nichols School • Notre Dame Academy • St. Joseph University School • Buffalo Promise Neighborhood Children’s Academy.

Dr. Yohuru Williams, Keynote Speaker

Dr. Williams to Keynote Afro Historical Association’s Annual King Program The Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier's 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Program will be held on Sunday, January 17 at 3 P.M. virtually via Webex. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Yohuru Williams, Founding Director of the New Racial Justice Initiative at St. Thomas University, St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Williams is the author, editor or co-editor of numerous books. The titles include, Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights, Black Power and Black Panthers in New Haven. Meeting Number: 126 949 9258 Password: m6PnMaSPH33 To join by Video System: Dial 173 243 2.68 and enter your meeting number: 126 949 9258 To join by Phone: +1-415-655-0001 US Toll

Rene Petties-Jones Named President of National Conference for Just Communities WNY President After a nationwide search, The National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York, Inc. (NFJCWNY) one of the region’s oldest human rights organizations announced the appointment of Rene Petties-Jones as President. The appointment, which was made in late October, followed the retirement of longtime President Lana Benatovich, who had served as President of the organization for 29-years. Petties-Jones has been with the NFJCWNY for 14-years serving in roles as the Director of Community Engagement and Special Events/Fund Development Coordinator. “Rene is the right leader at the right time for the NFJCWNY as our community focuses on social justice issues” said Bernie Tolbert NFJC WNY Board Chair. “We are confident with her depth of Rene Petties-Jones knowledge of Western New York, community connections, compassion for others, and commitment to justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion, Rene will be the perfect person to lead us as we face the range of equity issues that confront our region and nation in these difficult times.” Petties-Jones received her dual B.A. in Psychology and Human Services from the University at Buffalo and is a graduate of Buffalo City Honors School. She has received numerous recognitions and awards including the Business First Women of Influence award and serves on several local and regional boards of directors. “I’m honored to be given the awesome responsibility of leading this important organization.” said Rene Petties-Jones. “Assuming the mantle from Lana is an honor that I take very seriously. I plan to build upon the foundation she’s built and continue to make the NFJC the go-to organization who’s at the forefront of building bridges, closing divides, and facilitating difficult, but respectful conversations. We want our region to be a more just community for all.”

Mayor, Lights Up City Hall, Orders Flags Flown at Half Staff in Honor of George K. Arthur On Tuesday evening (January 5) Mayor Byron W. Brown paid special tribute to honor the late George K. Arthur, one of Buffalo's most prominent leaders and a major figure in the City's African American community. Brown directed the dome atop Buffalo City Hall to be lit white overnight in Arthur's honor and called on the Buffalo Landmark Illumination Team (LIT) to also light their structures in the local icon’s memory. Additionally, for the first time in City of Buffalo history, Mayor Brown directed every light to be illuminated in each window of Buffalo City Hall, in honor of Mr. Arthur's lasting, positive impact on our community. The date was selected to honor the former Common Council President because Tuesday January 5, marked the first Common Council meeting of 2021. Brown stated, "George K. Arthur was a beacon of hope to the City of Buffalo, which is why this first- of-its-kind tribute is a fitting memorial. He fought for equity, opportunity and fairness every day of his life, and the City of Buffalo is a better place because of his efforts. We must ensure that future generations never forget George K. Arthur's legacy. He is yet another example of how the actions of one person can be a spark to ignite positive change in our community." The mayor also ordered City of Buffalo flags lowered to half staff December 31, 2020 Through January 4, to Mr. Arthur, one of Buffalo's most prominent government, political and civic leaders, and a major figure in the African American community. "The City of Buffalo has lost a distinguished leader and tireless advocate for positive change in our community and pioneer for equity, who successfully pushed to desegregate the Buffalo Public Schools with the passing of George K. Arthur. In honor of his incredible and Continued Page 13

Black History In Buffalo: The Niagara Movement In early 1900s, the charge to change the culture surrounding the acceptance and treatment of Black people in this country took on a new face under “The Niagara Movement.” Initiated by W.E.B. Du Bois, it began as a group of leading African-American activists, publishers, intellectuals, writers and others—known as Niagarites—who met in both Buffalo and across the border in Erie Beach, Ontario, in Canada to adopt a constitution and by-laws that ultimately became a cornerstone of an early civil rights era. The movement is credited with providing a framework for many of the Black entities that formed in Buffalo and the surrounding region, and within five or so years became the basis of the newly formed NAACP. Integral locations and organizations associated with the Niagara Movement include the Michigan Avenue Baptist Church. Built in 1845, it was an important place for abolitionists, enslaved Africans escaping to freedom, anti-lynching activists and dignitaries of the day, such as Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglass and Du Bois, and still stands today as one of the oldest properties in Buffalo continuously operated by African-Americans. Continued Page 8


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Important Virus Protection Advice, Immune System Building From the Medical Medium for 2021 and Beyond

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s we approach the almost one -year mark since the COVID pandemic began let us stay focused on how we can collectively be well with stronger immune systems and protect ourselves in this high virus season upon us. While we move forward in wellness we’d like to introduce you to some Virus Protection advice provided by Medical Medium ® Anthony William that can help strengthen your immune system and help fight off viruses either in the body or attempting to enter the body. One of the first things Medical Medium® Anthony William suggests to do on the road to better health and healing as well as noted in his Virus Protection (that you can find on medicalmedium.com) is to look at your own diet and begin eliminating certain foods that could very well be harming you, especially with the presence of a virus in the body and or just having come in contact with a virus. He points out that dairy should be eliminated because it feeds viruses. “The number one food viruses like to feed on is eggs. Other foods viruses love to eat include dairy products such as milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, kefir and other forms of dairy, gluten and corn. If you don’t want to remove all these foods at once you can still start protecting yourself more by removing one or two at a time and continuing to remove the rest as you are able or if you become sick.”

nature. This does not mean you have to eliminate all fats from your diet, but it is best to minimize them if possible.” *You can read in-depth explanations on eliminating dairy and minimizing fats from your diet in his book that we highly suggest called Medical Medium® Cleanse to Heal that can be found on medicalmedium.com There are several Supplements/ Herbs and Foods suggested in the Anti-Virus Protection plan that can help protect and strengthen your immune system include: Liquid Zinc Sulfate B12 (with Adenosylcobalamin and Methylcobalamin( Lemon Balm Cats’s Claw L-Lysine Spirulina Mullein Leaf Vitamin C Goldenseal Elderberry Syrup Powerful Foods and Beverages that can be consumed daily: -Fresh Celery Juice: kills off viral overgrowth

He also suggests lowering fat from the diet especially harmful fat consumption like dairy eggs and pork : “When your blood is constantly filling up with fat from the foods you eat, it lowers oxygen levels in your blood stream. Oxygen is needed in the blood to help reduce viral proliferation. Oxygen is antiviral in

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Ngozi Malachi D’Janite made his earthly debut October 21, 2020 at 12:29 p.m. He is the son of Harry D’Janite and Rabiyyah Khan. In addition to his proud and loving parents, he is adored by his grandmothers Mama Bilala Ka Ra and Jeanne St.Bazile; grandad Baba Amon-Ra; great grandad Arvester Hughes, a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and an entire village! Welcome to the World Ngozi!

NEW TIME! Tuesdays 4-6 PM & Saturdays From 10 A.M. To 12 NOON Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church, 641 Masten @ Northland No Forms To Fill Out, No Proof Of Income Or Residency Etc. Just The Blessing Of Good Food! While You’re There Check Out The Lincoln Memorial. Clothes Closet! “Fighting Food Insecurity & Meeting the Needs of The People.” Rev. George Nicholas, Pastor, Lincoln Memorial UMC Rita Hubbard Robinson, Coordinator, First Fruits Food Pantry

The Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc, is offering FREE Virtual Mental Health First Aid Training!

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January 13th and 27th – From 9:00am to 3:00pm Mental Health First Aid Mental Health First Aid is a program that teaches individuals how to identify the signs and symptoms of mental illness, raises awareness about mental health and reduces stigma. Participation requires online access with a computer or tablet. Spots for this training are limited. For more information contact Sunday at slamwaka@chcb.net Be sure to follow us on Facebook or visit our website at: www.chcb.net

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BUILDING COMMUNITY AMID Positive Examples of Working Together Within Our Communities To Support Ourselves And Our Neighbors During The Covid-19 Crisis

Deadly December The Buffalo News has reported that Covid 19 officially claimed the lives of more Western New Yorkers in December than in any other month of the pandemic. Almost 1,400 people had died of the disease as of December 28, 385 of those or more than a quarter in the past month alone. WNY remains on “Orange Zone” because of a 13% increase in Covid-19 cases over the holidays.

Virtual Workshops, Bible Study Stay Fit Dining & First Friday Frys From the Collier Center To sign up or for more information about any of the following activities call the Dorothy J. Collier Community Center at 716-882-0602. Virtual Choose Healthy WNY Program Six Choose Healthy Workshop sessions held every Wednesday January 20 thru February 24, 11a..m.-1:30 p.m. You will receive a tech support call prior to the first session. There is cost to participate! Requirements: You must have a computer or tablet with internet access and an email address to attend and you must plan to attend all six sessions. Feel Great Again Workshops! Attend one of these six-week evidence based workshops and discover how to cope with pain, fatigue & stress; eat well and manage weight; set goals for improving health; explore new treatment options; effectively communicate with your doctor and FEEL GREAT AGAIN! Workshop includes a free Resource Book and Relaxation CD

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Niagara Falls (NY) Chapters of The Links, Incorporated – Health and Human Services Facets presented a check to FeedMore WNY and Urban Fruits & Veggies’ last month as part of their COVID-19 community efforts. The donation was the culmination of 6 weeks of fundraising activities and a virtual “Healthy Living Walkathon” that took place on September 26, 2020.The presentation took place at FeedMore WNY, 100 James E. Casey Drive, Buffalo. Evelyn L. Kerney PhD.is president of the Buffalo Chapter of The Links Inc.; Andrea Mays is president of the Erie County Chapter and W. Lee Whitaker, is president of the Niagara Falls Chapter of The Links, Inc. The Links, Incorporated is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and persons of African ancestry. Members contribute more than 1 million documented hours of community service annually. In the program years 2018-2020 contributions have exceeded 5 million dollars in charitable donations and scholarships.

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Erie County Stay Fit Meals for Seniors The Dorothy J. Collier Community Center is offering Erie County Stay Fit Meals for Seniors ages 60 & Up. Take-out only. $3 suggested donation per meal, however we won’t turn anyone away that’s in need. For more information call (716) 882-0602. EBT Cards accepted. Erie County Stay Fit Dining Program Frozen Meal Menu The Stay Fit Dining Frozen Meal Menu for the week of January 11 is now available. For more information or questions or to place an order call on Wednesdays at 882-0602 by 11 a.m. Virtual Bible Study The Dorothy J. Collier Community Center is offering Virtual Bible Study every Thursday from 12 noon to 1 p.m. live on Zoom. If you have questions or need help getting on Zoom email FRIENDSINCDCC@GMAIL.COM OR CALL 882-0602. DON’T FORGET FISH FRYSFIRST FRIDAYS!! Fish Fry First Fridays is held every First Friday of the month from 11 am - 6 p.m. and continues Friday, February 5. Dinners are $12 and includes two sides, a roll and cake Curbside-Takeout only. Free Delivery on 5 or more dinners. Call 882-0602

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The community is asked to call D.A. John Flynn (716) 858-2424 Extension 1, and ask him to NOT oppose the Motion To Vacate Indictment 41-413.

5 Valentino Dixon Receives Praise from Former President Barack Obama for His Artwork Buffalo-based artist Valentino Dixon was recently commissioned by former First Lady Michelle Obama for a 20″ x 30″ drawing of the 12th hole of Augusta National Golf Club as a gift to Barack Obama for Christmas after seeing his interview with Bryant Gumbel on his Real Sports HBO Special This exact drawing also happens to be the very first golf course Dixon drew when he was incarcerated at Attica and was the first of hundreds of drawings he would create before being released in September of 2018 (as featured in the cover of the challenger news) from prison after serving 27 years for a crime he didn’t commit and has been exonerated as another man confessed to the crime. Dixon’s national attention, Sports Illustrated feature meeting Tiger Woods and Real Sports HBO special and now being part of the Obamas collection is just the beginning for this 51-year-old Buffalo artist. Dixon says that the drawing would be hanging in Barak’s office. As part of the gift, he recorded a video to accompany it with a special message for Barack. Recently, in response to receiving the gift from Michelle, Barack Obama applauded Dixon in a message to his 34 million Instagram followers. Obama Wrote on his Instagram Page: “For Christmas, Michelle surprised me with this drawing of the 12th hole at Augusta National by the terrific artist @ Valentino Dixon. It’s an incredible piece, but the story behind it is even better,” Obama posted. “Valentino grew up in Buffalo, New York and developed a great skill and passion for drawing from a young age. Unfortunately, when he was 21, he was wrongfully convicted for a crime he didn’t commit and sentenced to a minimum of 38 1/2 years in prison.” Obama also wrote about Dixon’s release from prison and the work he has done as an advocate for prison reform. “Today, Valentino travels extensively to share his story and promote the need for criminal justice reform. And thankfully, for me and for so many others he continues to draw.” In a quote by Dixon found on his website the artist proclaims: “It weighs heavily on my mind that we need change in the system, so my mind is not at peace until we get something done.” Since being released from prison he has spoken about Justice reform at universities, schools, golf clubs as well as speaking engagements overseas and around the world not to mention being featured in countless national newspapers and magazines. Not long after his release, Burchfield Penney Arts was the first to sponsor a solo show of Dixon’s incredible golf course originals among other works from the artist’s archive. Dixon is expected to release his memoir’s entitled The Soul of an Unfree Man” on Amazon in March of 2021. You can learn more about his effort on valentinodixon.com Congratulations Valentino!!


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GYC Ministries Christmas Toy Giveaway A Success By Marshaun Quinniey

This year's annual GYC Ministries Christmas Toy Giveaway was another success! Despite the tremendous snowfall, the fire inside of Pastor Tim warmed the hearts of young and old in this effort to bring joy to kids in the community of Buffalo, NY. This free event was done with help from Kente Clause, Mayor Byron Brown, Otis Barker, and other volunteers from the surrounding community.

spired to organized the event after considering the need for the community to help others overcome obstacles due to the coronavirus pandemic and other life challenges. He finds the drive to conduct this event from the joy experienced by the youth, the smiles that they displayed across their faces, and the salvation from his savior, Jesus Christ!

On Christmas day the Toys were distributed to the youth from the Johnnie B Wiley Armature Athletic Sports Pavilion from approximately 10am until 3pm. Pastor Tim was in-

If an interest exists to support other such events that are organized by GYC Ministries, please contact, Tim Newkirk (https://www.facebook.com/timothy.newkirk.315)

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PRAYER VIGIL 2021 For The Buffalo Five BY SHERRY SHERRILL

On Monday, January 18 starting at 5:30 p.m. and lasting for approximately 30 minutes John H. Walker, Jr. and Darryl Boyd, collectively known as 'The Buffalo 5', will convene a PRAYER VIGIL that will be broadcast on Legendary Mix WUFO1080 AM and Power 96.5FM. Numerous local clergy will be joining them; filling the broadcast with powerful prayer that will support the men concerning their court battle to gain a thorough exoneration of their wrongful 1977 murder indictments and convictions. The five members of 'The Buffalo 5', are: John Walker, Jr., Darryl Boyd, Darryn Gibson, Floyd Martin, and Tyrone Woodruff. Both Walker, Boyd, and Darryn Gibson (prior to his death), have persistently proclaimed their innocence of the robbery and murder of William Crawford, an elderly gentleman who

The Buffalo 5 are a group of five African-American men who, as 16 year old teenagers in 1976, were falsely accused and wrongly arrested, indicted, tried (in 1977) , convicted, and imprisoned for a brutal crime that they did not commit. •What did their original 1977 trials concern? The original trials of The Buffalo 5, were for the murder of a man named William Crawford. Crawford was beaten to death and robbed in the early hours of Jan. 2, 1976. •Why are The Buffalo 5 important? One of The Buffalo 5, Tyrone Woodruf, after being mercilessly interrogated by Bufalo Police, turned State's Evidence against himself and his four friends, falsely implicating himself and the others. Another of The Bufalo 5, Floyd Martin, was exonerated at trial. However, three of The Bufalo 5, John Walker, Jr., Darryl Boyd, and Darryn Gibson were all convicted. Moreover, evidence that could have exonerated these three, was withheld from their (public defender) defense attorneys, during tme of the 1977 trials. Finally, all five of The Bufalo 5 were actually innocent! •How many years did The Buffalo 5 spend in prison?

was robbed and beaten to death after leaving The Gold Nugget Bar and Lounge, on Jan. 2, 1976. Crime scene photographic evidence supported the conclusion that there was a lone assailant, not five, but no DNA evidence was ever presented at time of the 1977 trials. Altogether, the three (convicted) members of The Buffalo 5 spent over 84 years in prison, for a crime that they did not commit. At 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 20 Walker and Boyd will return to NYS Supreme Court in downtown Buffalo, where Erie County District Attorney John Flynn is opposing their Motion to Vacate Judgment of Indictment 41-413. Judge Christopher J. Burns will be ruling whether a 1976 crime scene photograph of a lone assailant's footprint constitutes “New Evidence” in the Matter(s) of John Walker, Jr. and Darryl Boyd. If so, “The Buffalo 5” will be set upon a path that will lead to their complete exoneration.

Who are The Buffalo 5?

have become the most recognizable faces of The Buffalo 5. •Where does The Buffalo 5 matter stand, right now? A preliminary Hearing on a Motion To Vacate Indictment 41-413 was held Dec. 2, 2020. That is The Bufalo 5's indictment number. A second Hearing will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. The goal is to overturn The Bufalo 5's 1977 convictons.

URGE DA FLYNN TO REMOVE THE KNEE OF INJUSTICE FROM THE NECKS OF THESE INNOCENT BLACK MEN! After Years of Injustice and Suffering for a crime they did not commit, John Walker (center in wheelchair) and Darryl Boyd (to his immediate left) - two innocent men - will appear in NYS Supreme Court at 9:30 AM Wednesday January 20 in their decades long fight for justice. In a 2012 Challenger article their attorney, when asked what supporters of the co-defendants of 41-413 could do at the time, replied, “get down on your knees and pray to Almighty God for Justice…all too often in this society of ours, justice does not prevail, and Divine Intervention helps.” He added further, “It is very rare for injustices like this to be righted without public pressure.” The community is urged to call DA John Fynn at (716)858-2424 and ask him NOT to oppose the motion to vacate Indictment 41-413…so that the knee of injustice can finally be removed from the necks of these innocent Black men -The Challenger Collectvely, the three convicted members of The Bufalo 5 spent an aggregate total of 84 years in New York State prison. •Why are there only 2 individuals representng The

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Bufalo 5 in the news, at present? There are only three surviving members of The Bufalo 5 living at present. One of these, Tyrone Woodruf, lives out-of-state. John Walker, Jr. and Darryl Boyd, therefore,

Community Champions Honored The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative’s 2020 Pay it Forward Award recipients were honored at its annual Pay It Forward Awards held virtually in November. The 2020 Pay It Forward honorees are: Zandra Cunningham, Zandra Beauty; Tommy McClam & Daniel Robertson, Boys and Young Men of Color Initiative of the Racial Equity Roundtable; Renee Mapp, SUNY Buffalo; and Marilyn Young, Women Against Violence Everywhere.The award recognizes personal and professional accomplishments and how those actions increase philanthropy in communities of color. Emphasis is placed on service to the community and educating the next generation, with a focus on showcasing community champions that reflect the multicultural and ethnic diversity of the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative’s mission. Congratulations Awardees! You can watch the full ceremony, including performances and a panel discussion with the honorees at https://youtu.be/XhoA6xBn5tc

Roswell Park Brightens the Holidays for its Neighbors

Roswell Park is not only a world-class cancer center — it’s a family of people offering a helping hand to others in the City of Good Neighbors. The hospital and its staff promote the overall health and wellness of everyone who calls Buffalo home, providing assistance and good cheer. That’s especially true during the holiday season. Between November and December holidays, Roswell Park employees came together to help make the season brighter for our neighbors who are struggling financially. In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, Roswell Park organized a collection of turkeys and nonperishable foods that filled a total of 40 large boxes, distributed by FeedMore WNY to Buffalo families so they could enjoy a special holiday meal together. (Earlier in the year, Roswell Park employees donated $11,000 to FeedMore WNY.) In addition, and in partnership with MIX 1080 WUFO and Power 96.5, Roswell Park collected and distributed 110 turkeys to the families of students at PS #53 Community School on Roehrer Avenue. In December, a life-size sleigh appeared in the lobby of the Roswell Park hospital as the centerpiece of a toy drive for families across Western New York. Employees donated 2,500 toys, which were added to more than 200 boxes of toys from Fisher-Price and additional donations from the Buffalo Fire Department. The gifts, which filled more than 20 pallets, were distributed to area children with the help of 20 community agencies and centers all over Buffalo. Roswell Park’s mission focuses on helping people find hope at every turn, and that includes nurturing the well-being of everyone in our community. “Roswell Park fosters health and wellness beyond the cancer care we provide,” says David Scott, MS, Director of Diversity and Inclusion. “We believe in caring for the community in a holistic way. We want to be viewed as a good neighbor and partner for the entire Western New York area. “Our Corporate Social Responsibility program exemplifies the many ways we care for the community in which we live. We do not want our neighbors’ first encounter with us to follow a cancer diagnosis for themselves or a family member.” At the end of this difficult year, we extend to all our neighbors our warmest wishes for a New Year filled with joy, good cheer and good health.

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Mayor Appoints Phillip Dabney To City Court

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ayor Byron Brown appointed Phillip Dabney Jr. as a Buffalo City Court Judge on December 31. "Mr. Dabney is a knowledgeable, fair and skilled lawyer. Throughout his years of public service and experience in private practice, he has demonstrated a deep commitment to community, and a belief in justice for all. I am confident that Mr. Dabney will be a leader in our continuing pursuit of a more equitable and just City of Buffalo as a City Court Judge," said Brown.” Dabney, Jr. Begins Tenure On the first day of Judge Phillip Dabney Jr.’s tenure as Buffalo City Court Judge, he refletced on being appointed by Mayor Brown and sworn-in by Chief Judge Craig Hannah at City Hall on New Year’s Eve. Dabney took the oath of office on his late-father’s bible, held by his wife Crystal Rodriguez-Dabney. Dabney’s mother, Jessie May Dabney, and his children attended the socially distanced ceremony. Judge Dabney has more than 15 years of legal experience which includes service to the community as a litigator, criminal defense attorney, and prosecutor. Dabney was born and raised in the Trinidad neighborhood of Buffalo’s East Side. He is the oldest in a family of six siblings and a proud graduate of Bennett High School, Canisius College, and the University at Buffalo Law School. His commitment to advocacy, justice and equity began at an early age, nurtured by his father’s ministry. As a child, Phil loved engaging in philosophical and theological conversations with his father and grandfather, both beloved pastors of Church of God in Christ in local churches. Dabney also credits his high school sophomore English teacher, Paul S. Feinstein for inspiring in him the confidence to pursue a legal education. Phil had not imagined that a kid who looked like him could successfully manage academic rigors of earning a law degree. It was Mr. Feinstein who directed Phil academically, placing him in several

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advanced placement courses. Mr. Feinstein would later write Phil's letter of recommendation for law school. After graduating from Bennett High School, Phil achieved his first degree from Erie County Community College as he supported his young family while attending college and earning an Associate of Arts degree in paralegal studies, only to be followed by his undergraduate education at Canisius College, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. It was during this time that Phil and his first wife unexpectedly lost their seventeen-month-old son, Phillip Brandon Dabney, affectionately known as Philby. Phil and his first wife worked hard to care for each other and their children, Tia and Jeremy, in the wake of their heartbreaking loss. Phil entered law school in 1999, and worked at a retail store as he pursued his education at the University at Buffalo Law School in 2000, as he continued to provide for his family. He graduated in 2002 and went on to build a successful legal career which has included serving as Assistant District Attorney in Niagara County in, an administrative law judge with various New York State

Dabney being sworn in on his father’s Bible, held by his wife and best friend, Crystal Rodriguez-Dabney agencies including the State Liquor Authority and Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. Dabney also served a hearing officer in Small Claims Court in Buffalo City Court and Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority-Occupancy. However, the core of his private practice is most notable in criminal defense work which best seasons him for his recent judicial appointment from Mayor Byron Brown. Chief Judge Craig Hannah took the opportunity to thank Mayor Brown "for having the foresight to appoint such a diverse bench. Diversity and inclusion is so important in these trying Continued Page 17

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WavyKid Kev: Full Time Teen Barber is a Cut Above the Rest! By Sheldon Anderson

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igh school seniors face a wave of emotions and COVID-19 makes matters worse. But 17-year-old Kevin Northington - popularly known as ”WavyKid Kev” knows a lot about waves - as in “hair” that is! He also knows a lot about focus and determination. Currently an honor student at Burgard High School, basketball team captain, and viral well known Youtube sensation, Kevin is one of the youngest and hottest barbers in WNY. He is also a member of the Raising a Mogul Community and a brand ambassador for companies like 3 Kings Merch & Swagga Hair Care just to name a few. When former President Barack Obama was featured in a famous photo titled “Hair Like Mine,” it showed a five-year-old Black boy touching President Obamas hair, proving that hair can send a powerful message. “I am aware about the

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false perceptions people may have about waves, and I am working to change that narrative,” said Northington, a full-time barber at Al’s Unisex Hair Design at 1849 Genesse Street where he currently works under owner Al Parks. The waves hairstyle for Black men and women uses curls to highlight the spiral around the head. Waves, he explains, takes patience, planning, and persistence. Kevin has all three covered.

Black men enjoy a variety of hairstyles from short cuts to twists and dreads. Waves is one of the most popular. He shared that he was always eager to learn, from Pre-K all the way through 8th grade. He grew up in Buffalo, attended school in South Buffalo, and was well aware that he was in the minority as he struggled to connect with his fellow students. His father Anthony Collins provided him with guidance and

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love during this tough time. After frustrations with his hairstyle, Kevin wanted to make a change, “When I was 12 years old I had a Mohawk and wanted to work on getting waves so I got a short haircut,” he said. His two brothers Alex Collins and Anthony Collins Jr., encouraged him to follow his passion. With support and a family willing to allow him to train on their heads, Kevin started learning about different hairstyles and hair cutting techniques. “I got better cutting my own hair, so I started on my brother and dad, and kept focusing on my waves," he said. At 14 years old he was on track to be a self-taught barber. He researched what tools he would need and asked his mom to buy him clippers. “I got an Oster Fast Feed and a corded T Outliner,” he said. Due to good maintenance and persistence Kevin still uses the same clippers. Meanwhile he worked on his waves nonstop, brushing and wearing a do-rag, in an effort to improve the quality. After building his confidence, Kevin wanted to showcase his talent and started his own social media pages : YouTube (Wavy Kid Kev) – Instagram (WAVYKID_KEV) – Facebook (KUTSBYKEVLLC). Kevin earned a NYS barbers license within two weeks of turning seventeen. He obtained a drivers license and bought his own car in order to keep up with his steady list of clients. As a high school senior, he understands that COVID-19 has created a unique senior year experience that no one could have predicted. Kevin continues to focus on his goals. COVID-19 delayed an event he planned through his nonprofit “Waving Hope to my Community” - where barbers and youth could celebrate waves and unique hairstyles in a positive safe space. He hasn’t given up on the idea. Waving Hope also partnered with Kuts by Kev LLC for its support for their 1st annual Holiday Toy Giveaway. He founded “Waving Continued Page 12

"Coming 2 America" The trailer for “Coming 2 America,” which is due out next spring is hilarious. We love Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in this sequel. It’s been 22 years since the first film and well worth the wait. Studios will exclusively release “Coming 2 America” globally on Prime Video March 5th, 2021.Based on characters created by Eddie Murphy.Starring: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, Wesley Snipes James Earl Jones. John Amos and more.

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Unapologetically Imperfect: NaTania B. Parker Launches A Brand With Purpose

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lthough it’s never a smooth road to arrive at divine inspiration, Dancer NaTania B. Parker found hers facing an unexpected storm of challenges to start not only a fresh new brand in the face of adversity but also her legacy. Growing up with a very supportive family and active childhood, NaTania , the daughter of Desiree Parker and the late Don Allen Jr., explored interests in sports, pageantry, martial arts and dance. Dance was the one activity that stuck. She was even winner of the Young Miss Buffalo Pageant and by the time she entered college she found herself venturing into Musical Theatre, dancing acting and singing. The stage was her oasis. “My family wanted the world for me, and I took that on.” Said NaTania Coming out of college straight into challenges of knee surgery and two years recovery, she was accepted into the American Musical and Dramatic Academy that was followed by the pandemic, the loss of her father, car theft and being involved in a car accident. “All of this happening while I was enrolled full time in school with a 10-12 class course load. This is not to mention the adversity that came with COVID, live performance and Broadway being shut down, etc. I give so much credit to God, my family, friends and teachers for really helping me keep it together through it all. “she told Voyage LA magazine in 2020. “ I know that I had two options, to succumb to the depression of it all or use it as a springboard to jump into the next phase of my life.” And so she jumped, and the next phase would be the NaTania B Parker Brand that she launched starting with a line of merchandise specializing in activewear and cute comfort clothing. “You can wear them to the gym or throw some heels and nice accessories on for a night out. The best part about my company is that all the designs are created by me.” She has plans for the brand and its beyond just cute clothing. “I was inspired to brand myself, both as an artist and beginning to create my legacy. The NaTania B Parker brand right now is my merchandise line, but it will go on to be the name stamped on everything I’m involved in from performing, to teaching, to producing, and eventually to my foundation to give more artistic opportunities to underprivileged kids, mainly from my hometown.” She continued “My biggest theme is being unapologetically imperfect. It took some time, but I am so secure and confident in who I am, and I wish that kind of peace on everyone in this world. Absolutely anyone can wear my brand and know that it was created for you to be just as comfortable in your own skin as you are in my products!” We look forward to what’s next from NaTania B Parker! Find NaTania online and nataniabparker.com on Instagram @its_nbpmerch or facebook @nbpmerch

Committee Announces Virtual MLK Celebration The Concerned Citizens Following The Dream committee presents the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Program. There are two ways to watch it: Saturday January 15, 2021, 6pm, Streaming on Facebook at “The Concerned Citizens Following The Dream Committee’ and on Monday January 18, 2021 on WKBW Channel 7 TVat 3:30 pm. The theme is: ‘INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE.” Several local talents will be performing including DaMarka Wheeler, Kimera Latimore, Wynetta McElveen, Mitchell McCleod, Rahin Dunston, The Royalton Ringers, Miss Barbara’s School of Dance, Performing Arts School, The African Cultural Center Dancers and others. Greetings and Tributes from Senator Tim Kennedy, Mayor Byron Brown and Mr. Clifford Bell. MLK Celebration Awards went to, Elda Pichardo, the “ MLK Youth Community Service Award”, Mr. Herbert Bellamy, the “MLK Businessman Award”, Rev. Gene Coplin, the “MLK Interfaith Award”, Judge JaHarr Pridgen, the “MLK Judicial Award” Maritza Vega, the “Community Leadership Award” Constance Eve, the “Woman of Distinction Award” Florence Johnson, the “MLK Education Award” This program was sponsored in part by: M&T Bank, Wegmans Food, Senator Tim Kennedy, Councilman Ulysees Wingo, Lombardo Funeral Home, Buffalo Teacher’s Federation Inc. Community Health Center of Buffalo, ECMC, ConnectLife, Mayor Byron Brown, Councilman Darius Pridgen, and Councilman Rasheed Wyatt. We invite everyone to tune in and share on Facebook. Bessie Patterson Coordinator/producer along with HotRod Studios.

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An Essay Contest for Our Youth: Planning a Birthday Party for MLK Columnist Eva M. Doyle would like to encourage youth in grades 4 - 12 to write an essay on the topic: Planning a Birthday Party for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The following questions must be answered in the essay: Who would you invite and why? Where would you have the party? What foods would you serve? Students must also include a paragraph describing the work of Dr. King and why they think it was important.All participants must state what age Dr. King would be today if he had lived. The deadline to enter the contest is January 15th which is the actual birthday of Dr. King. The prizes are first place $75, second place $50, and third place $25. All essays must be sent by midnight of January 15th to ewriter52@aol.com. Dr. Doyle states that this is an opportunity for students to use their imagination, enhance their writing skills, and pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther king, Jr. For more information call (716) 847-6010.

THE DOCTOR'S IN THE HOUSE: Dr. Umar Johnson, center, poses wih some of the young people who attended his book release Meet & Greet Jan. 3. Photo Joshua Thermidor

Dr. Umar Returns to Buffalo

Dr. Umar Johnson, noted Pan-Afrikan lecturer, knows as the Prince of Pan Afrikanism, held a “BLACK PARENT ADVOCATE” Book Release and Meet-N-Greet last Sunday at the CAO Alphonso Rafi Greene, Jr. Masten Resource Center on Fillmore Avenue Dr. Umar is former Minister of Education for the Marcus Garvey Movement, the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League. He is a writer, political scientist, and consultant to families, educators, mental health professionals and charter schools throughout the country. Dr. Umar currently hosts a psychoDr. Umar and Patricia educational community lecture series Elliott, Assistant Direc- at the African-American Museum in tor at the CAO Masten Philadelphia. Resouce Center. Noted as Black America's #1 Most Requested Scholar & School Psychologist, he returned to Buffalo to showcase his new book “Black Parent Advocate” Dr. Johnson, a Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Certified School Psychologist, is considered an expert on the education and mental health of Afrikan and Afrikan-American children. He is an educational diagnostician who specializes in special education issues and is known most for his work in identifying mis-diagnosed learning disabled and ADHD students. He has been featured on News One Now, the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the Bev Smith Show, The Breakfast Club, and has appeared as a special guest life coach on Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA8). Dr. Umar is author of the book "Psycho-Academic Holocaust: The Special Education and ADHD Wars Against Black Boys”, the 1st book ever written by a African-American male school psychologist to Black parents with specific strategies on how to fight back against special education and ADHD misdiagnoses. Dr. Umar also holds degrees in education and political science. And as a child therapist, he works with depressed and behaviorally-challenged males. He is founder and president of the National Independent Black Parent Association (NIBPA) organized to fight against educational and academic racism. Dr. Umar is currently working on building his new school, The Frederick Douglass & Marcus Garvey RBG International Leadership Academy for Boys, America's first residential academy for Black boys founded upon the principles of PanAfrikanism and International Economics.

Erie County 4-H Program seeks Teen Ambassadors

JOY & TOYS: Spreading Holiday Joy and Toys! On December 19 the Buffalo Police Station District C held a massive drive through toy giveaway for over 3 hours to families for the Christmas holiday. The giveaway was sponsored by Ms. Esthlia Hunt and organized by the Buffalo Police Department, Commissioner Byron Lockwood and Chief Alphonso Wright. The Buffalo Public School Teachers and a host of family and friends made contributions for this largely successful giveaway to those adversely affected by the COVID 19 pandemic. Photos A. Dorcely

Erie County, NY — The 4-H Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County welcomes all young people ages 13 to 18 in Erie County to join the 4-H Teen Ambassadors. The mission of the Teen Ambassador program is to build confidence, develop life skills, teach leadership and promote teamwork. In 2021, the 4-H Teen Ambassadors are leading a project focused on our local food system that aims to bring the 4-H community together. As part of this group, teens will earn service hours by supporting Erie County 4-H events like the Erie County Fair and 4-H Public Presentation Day. They will also have fun getting to know other young people from across the county. Applications can be found at http://erie.cce.cornell.edu/4-h-youth-development. Teens not already enrolled in Erie County 4-H will need to complete a 4-H application to participate.

Council Member Nowakowski Sponsors Virtual Assemblies with Young Audiences and the Harriet Tubman School Students at the Harriet Ross Tubman School hosted three virtual performances last month with assistance from Young Audiences and Fillmore District Council Member Mitch Nowakowski. Two virtual assemblies were held, including one for PK-3rd grade and another for 4th grade-8th grade. Additionally, Young Audiences will provide residency workshops for the Music and Art Classes. Each grade level will receive a 4-5 week residency with dance and visual artists during the Music and Art Classes. “Funding arts programs for our public schools is crucial to a well rounded education,” said Fillmore District Council Member Mitch Nowakowski. “I am proud to partner with Young Audiences to make sure that, even during this global pandemic, children in Buffalo Public Schools have an opportunity to experience and participate in arts and cultural activities.”

WAVYKID KEV continued from page 10 Hope To My Community” to help kids see that they can achieve their goals no matter how old they may be. It’s also designed to help bridge the gap between youth and adults. Over the holidays “Waving Hope to My Community” conducted a toy drive and giveaway to local children. Kevin’s long-term goal is to own his own a barbershop after finishing college. Knowing this ambitious young man, it will be more like an entire chain of shops and his vey own hair care and grooming products as well! Congratulations WavyKid Kev!


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NATIONAL + WORLD Black Lives Matter in South Africa Too…

“South African police kill between two and three times as many people as US police do, per capita,” said Paul Clarke, a doctoral candidate in African and American Studies who has done extensive research on labor, policing and privatization in South Africa. However, “it’s difficult to tell” if the Black majority regime kills more of its citizens than its apartheid predecessor, “because so many killings by police were covered up” during white rule, said Clarke. South Africa is also the biggest incarcerator on the continent.-Black Agenda Report

Justice Department Won't Pursue Charges Against Officers In Tamir Rice Shooting The US Justice Department announced Tuesday it found insufficient evidence to support federal criminal charges against two officers in relation to the fatal 2014 shooting of Tamir Rice in an Ohio park. Rice, 12, was shot and killed outside of a recreation center by then-Cleveland police Officer Timothy Loehmann, who authorities said mistook a black, toy airsoft pistol for a real firearm. The death of Rice, who was Black, in November 2014 grew to exemplify the allegations of excessive use of force by police that have defined the Black Lives Matter movement.

Minnesota Residents Speak Out Against Whites-Only Church Earlier in December, The Root reported that in Murdock, Minn.—a small city of around 280 residents—white nationalist group Asatru Folk Assembly was granted permission via city council vote to turn an abandoned Lutheran church into a whites-only church for worshipers Well now, only weeks later, members of the community and others are speaking out against the church and they’re making it clear that racism is not welcome in their town. According to NBC News, people collected 50,000 signatures on an online petition to stop the group and their church from calling Murdock home. Asatru Folk Assembly has been designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. According to NBC, the SPLC said the group masks its “bigotry in baseless claims of bloodlines grounding the superiority of one’s white identity.”

GEORGE K continued from page 3 lasting contributions to Buffalo, City flags will be lowered to half staff," Mayor Brown said. Mr. Arthur was actively involved in public service for 55 years, serving on the Buffalo Common Council for 26 years, including a dozen as president before his retirement. He continued to work for Buffalo until his passing as a member of the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority. A student of City government and history, He was a mentor to many in government throughout his career, including Mayor Brown. Mr. Arthur passed away Christmas Day following a lengthy illness at age 87. He was buried January 2, 2021 at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

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Bills Continue to Blow out Opponents by Squishing the Fish 56 – 26 Buffalo Bills 2020 NFL season has turned out to be a record setting one offensively and now the team has emerged a serious Super Bowl contender. The Bills, playing their best football of the year, finished the season 13-3. Josh Allen became the first player in NFL History with at least 4,500 passing yards, 35 touchdown passes, and five rushing touchdowns in a single season. The Bills season scoring total of 501 points surpassed the previous mark of 458 set in 1990 – 1991. They scored 28 points off turnovers against the Dolphins which is the most by any team in the NFL 2020 season. These records tell us that the entire Bills team is hitting on all cylinders at the right time. The Bills slot receiver, Isaiah McKenzie , starting in place of injured Cole Beasley, stepped up with a 3-touchdown performance with one coming on a punt return. McKenzie said: “I’ve been watching Beasley, Brown, and Diggs on how to improve my route running each week and knowing I have the skills to do it. Once I see them do it, it gives me the confidence to do it myself. They are always encouraging me to be the best I can be and that’s what you saw on the field.” The Bills offensive lineman Dion Dawkins: “We have a mindset that we go out to win by playing a physical game and played with our foot on the gas. Our Coaches know what they are doing and put the best players out there to win. We handle business and that’s our purpose. We are going to run it and pass the ball. This is what you’re going to get when you play us.” Bills defensive linemen Quinton Jefferson, Vernon Butler, Jr., and Ed Oliver are playing at a very high level; stopping the run and forcing opposing quarterbacks to release the ball early. They are the unsung heroes on the defensive front , contributing to a winning season. T his team does not have high profile stars on it like the 90’s Bills - Bruce Smith, Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, and Andre Reed. Instead, it’s a combination of role players working together for the same goal and it has produced a 13-3 season with Super Bowl LV aspirations. This team developed during a pandemic without fans in attendance and Zoom meetings with media and very little interaction with fans. It has turned into a very special football season in Western New York. Bills Special Teams Coach Heath Farwell unit has performed very well all season long. He must be given credit for having a unit that gives good drive starts for the offense without being penalized. The Bills punt returner Andre Roberts leads the league in punt return yardage and has made the Pro Bowl two years in a row. That’s a serious testament to what a fine job Special Teams Coach Heath Farwell has been doing with this unit. Buffalo Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott, when asked about teams over all discipline said, “It’s an everyday approach and to place value on discipline the guys, coaches and position Coaches all work on it; because it’s hard to win when you beat yourself.” The Bills will play The Indianapolis Colts on Saturday at Bills Stadium. I think it’s a good matchup for The Bills and I see our defense forcing Colts QB Phillip Rivers into at least two turnovers and the offense continuing to put pressure on a good Colts defense leading to another big passing day for Josh Allen. Keep an eye on Colts running back Jonathan Taylor getting off early in the game and Bills defensive front must find a way to slow him down. The key will be putting pressure on statue QB Phillip Rivers, forcing him into those turnovers. Josh Allen must show his maturity in the win and not be reckless with the football. The Bills will go as far as Josh Allen’s arm is going to take them and this week it should take the eam to a 31 -21 win. Follow me on FACEBOOK, Twitter: georgeradney@georgeradman, RADIO: Pro Talk Plus on WLGZ – HD2, 105.5 FM The Beat of Rochester, Every Saturday morning 7 AM – 8 AM, Live call-in show 585 595 1055, What’s Going on The Experience, Every Sunday Morning 8 AM – 9 AM, on WHTK – 1280 AM, Rochester, NY

The Bills, The Butcher And The Black Sopranos Family Team Up : Adri V reports on WBLK .com that

Benny mentioned on his Instagram stories that he and the Buffalos Bills were working on a few things in collaboration. Ringing off the 2021 New Year Benny The Butcher and the Buffalo Bills dropped their official collaboration video showcasing Benny The Butcher and The Black Soprano Family.” Adri describes the video as “dope and full of energy. “ It showcases the merchandise that Benny and the Bills have collaborated on. Benny The Butcher x Buffalo BIlls exclusive collection is now on sale at www.Shoponebuffalo.com

Baseball’s Racist Legacy : Major League Baseball Finally Recognizes ‘Negro Leagues’ : Major League

Baseball first announced on Dec. 9 that it would finally incorporate all of the players, statistics and records from the “Negro Leagues” (NL) into its present-day records. Many said it was about time and that this recognition is long overdue. Both sentiments are justified. Yet the truth is that this announcement was another reminder of one of the most heinous periods in U.S. history: the segregationist Jim Crow era. The NL, with over 3,400 Black players, existed from 1920 until 1948. The legendary Jackie Robinson had broken the color barrier of the MLB in 1947 when he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Andrew “Rube” Foster was founder of the original seven teams in the NL, which grew into multiple professional and semi-professional teams in many states. Segregationist rules barred these thousands of talented players from joining the mainstream MLB, founded in 1903, which remained all-white. The Black players were forced to play in stadiums where Black and white seating was segregated and were relegated to stay in all-Black hotels and eat in all-Black restaurants while traveling in the Deep South.


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The Community Remembers George K. Arthur: Mentor, Activist, Artist, Politician, Statesman and Friend

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or former Council President James Pitts, the loss of George K. Arthur was especially painful. They had known each other for some 47 years - before Pitts was even thinking about getting into politics. “I knew him from our activism in the Fruit Belt,” he recalled. “Out of everybody, George was our favorite because he was always there.” Mr. Arthur made his transition peacefully on Christmas day at age 87. ”I’m going to miss him," said Pitts. Their professional relationship began after Jim was hired as a Community Coordinator for the city. Little did he know that would also be his personal entry into politics. When he decided to run, "the person who supported me outwardly and regardless from that point on was George,” he recalled. “When I first walked thru those doors at City Hall I had a clear understanding of what was happening in the community; but the person who know this stuff (the workings of City government) backwards and forwards was George K. Arthur. George was a master and he became my mentor.” The Hallmark of successful mentoring he reflected, is when the student reaches a point where they understand all the knowledge and insight they can get from their mentor, and that mentor then starts listening to them. As time went on, he said, they could communicate just by looking at one another. “We knew each other inside out… and that’s the thing that continued thru the course of our careers and even after we left city government.” “I don’t’ think there was anybody….who could have known as much about this city and its neighborhoods (and the workings of government) like George,” he said. He had intimate knowledge about every part of the city, Jim continued. No matter where they ventured he knew names and faces and histories. “George knew them all.” He was especially and always concerned with lifting up the community Pitts said. “He really wanted to build a foundation for recognizing the African American community…for George, the Michigan and Broadway area was Ground zero ." For example, Arthur worked hard on developing and saving the Nash House…even up to a couple of months ago and they had been in talks about its expansion. “There was nobody who knew the history of this community like George…he studied it…he lived it…” What can Black elected official today learn from his example? “It’s very important for the leadership on the local level to be completely engaged with the community,” said Jim. “George personified that. Even when he retired he stayed involved.” “George used to hold court at GG’S and Matties and he would always say, 'the community needs to see us working together…unified even if we have differences...the key is to be visible and let the community know you care. We always need to show the community that we’re working for them.” -A Life of ServiceGeorge K. Arthur was a Common Council member and its President (1984 -1996), advocate for equality in education, and leader on highlighting local African-American history. Over the course of a political career that lasted almost half a century, a Buffalo native George K. Arthur dedicated himself to ensuring equality and promoting unity in a constantly changing city. Arthur’s public service began in 1964, when he ran for and subsequently won a seat on the Erie County Board of Supervisors. He later served as the Ellicott District Common Council Member from 1970 to 1977. George K. Arthur served as Buffalo Common Council President from 1984 to 1996, and was appointed as a director of the Buffalo Fiscal

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In December Buffalo activists displayed various pieces of artwork in front of the Legislative Building at 65 Court St.in Buffalo demanding the passage of the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA) in the start of the 2021 NYS legislative session. This action is one in a series of CCIA art actions that took place December 13th to December 15th across New York State.This art action focused on making polluters pay for the harm corporations cause onto communities, people, and the planet for the sake of profit and greed. Activists also called attention to the need to protect Buffalo from further climate gentrification and degradation, and provided intersectional city, county and state solutions to address these harms.

George Arthur's image on The Freedom Wall by artist Chuck Tingley. Stability Authority in 2007, where he was still serving until illness George served as the lead plaintiff in Arthur v. Nyquist, a federal suit that brought to an end segregation and unequal resources in Buffalo schools that spanned from 1981 to 1996. George has worked with many groups like the NAACP, The Colored Musicians Club, and the Michigan Street Preservation Corp, where he was instrumental in preserving the home and archives of Rev. J. Edward Nash, Sr., as the Nash House Museum. He is featured on the Freedom Wall commissioned by Albright-Knox Art Gallery. He was an active member of The American Legion No. 430 and Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons, St. John Lodge No. 16 and was Grand Inspectors General of Bison Consistory No. 29, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Mason, Prince Hall Affiliate. George was often found in the community with a camera around his neck as he was a passionate photographer. He spearheaded an annual reunion of the Pine Grill Nightclub from the 1950s and 1960s, along with the late Agnes Bain, both always enjoying the music and the crowds. He was Honorably discharged from the United States Army as a Corporal. George is survived by his wife, Frances (Bivens), three children Hugh (Linda) Arthur, Janice (William) Towns, and George Jr; Grandchildren: Stacey, Dominique, George III, Ashtyn and Jasmine. Funeral services were held privately at the convenience of the family. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. Google: Uncrowned Commuity Builders for an extensive life story on Mr. Arthur.

HALT Fights to End Torture of Solitary Confinement "We’re in a battle not just to save the lives of people in solitary confinement but to save the body politic of this country” states Jerome Wright, statewide organizer for the #HALT Solitary Campaign. “The fight to end the torture of solitary confinement is upon us and we demand the passage of the HALT Solitary Confinement Act on January 15 2021 in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (his official birthday) and in commemoration of Nelson Mandela for whom the Mandela Rules, the core of HALT, are affectionately named after.” This past October Wright praised the bi-partisan passage by the Erie County Legislatue of a resolution calling on NYS Legislature and Gov. Cuomo to enact the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Confinement Act (S1623/ A2500. “After years of advocacy by the Western New York Chapter of the #HALTsolitary Campaign, Chairwoman April Baskin and Public Safety Chairperson Howard Johnson put forth a resolution backing the HALT Solitary Confinement Act and, thanks to them and their colleagues, it has finally passed. We also appreciate the comments by Republican Legislator John Mills, who spoke out in favor of HALT. I am personally thankful, after spending more than seven years in solitary myself, that our local legislators were courageous, empathetic and progressive enough to support an end to the torture of people in Erie County jails,... and in prisons across New York State. Hopefully now we can put an end to this chamber of living death," said Wright.


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Dear Editor: I was curious as to why Lion Blyden and his UNIA Black Business App was not included in the planning process for Buffalo Black business Week. When I inquired about it the person I contacted t said she was unaware of who Mr. Blyden was and not familiar with his app. I shared with her a link to the app as well as a bit of history in reference to t he UNIA as being one of the oldest Black organizations . It was founded by Honorable. Marcus Garvey to unify the diaspora of Black people. I truly feel this organization should be involved in planning , along with the NAACP, Urban League, and local NSBE chapters, to effectively fuel advancement of the Black community and to address other systemic issues. Also, Pam James, the Business Development officer for CAO of WNY can assist with referencing Black Businesses for the grand occasion that has been organized to support Black Businesses. I think the campaign that was supplied is a great start, but more of our community needs to come together to optimize the effectiveness of the campaign to buy locally from Black Businesses . It would be greatly appreciated if there was more transparency in regards to the future of the campaign to inform others of how they can participate and influence its growth.

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, Kelvin Seay (Buffalo nNew York born and raised) have been a member of the Homeless Community of Buffalo New York since January 2020. I 'm bringing to your awareness the corrupt criminal agenda of government public officials (Federal,State and Local), property owners, businesses, the local theater and arts community,the local media,fraudulent agencies/organizations and the collective churches at large of Buffalo against The Homeless Community Of Buffalo New York.

Throughout this experience I have seen the onslaught of neglect, oppression exploitation and cruel barbaric mistreatment towards myself and many others within this community. The makeshift homeless shelters (Lincoln Field House- 10 Quincy St, Holy Cross Church- Niagara and Maryland, Harbor House-Genesee and Michigan Ave.) along with the Restoration Society Inc.(Englewood Ave.) and The Empowerment Academy (Elm And Michigan Ave.) Marshaun L. Quinniey are under the umbrella of the .Department of Housing And Homeless Services. Up to 70 homeless residents only can receive shelter on any given day. These facilities do not provide showers. Residents must go to a facility across town to take a shower and wash clothes. The homeless are dictated to regarding meal times (hours apart) and then given small rations with little if any nutritional value. The staffing of these facilities are blatantly and extremely disrespectful to residents i.e. talking loud while residents try to sleep, taking donations for themselves, watching television on residents time, talking on phones to outsiders about conversation not job related and using desktops for shopping browsing while residents are put "The other day… the 82-year-old hands that used to pick somebody else's cotton picked her on hold with specific needs. Many of these employees not only should NOT be working in youngest son to be a United States senator." - Raphael Warnock these facilities but in this field as well. They bring nothing of value- considering they came from the same walk of life. ATLANTA— Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia's two Senate runoffs Wednesday, becoming the first Black senator in his state's history and putting the Senate majority Erie County Dept. of Social Services put myself along with 20 others in a roach motel within the party's reach. on the back side of Hamburg, N.Y from late March to late April ($80 a day x's 30 days = A pastor who spent the past 15 years leading the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. $2400 -Two months plus security). And when they decide not to extend us, we're back on preached, Warnock defeated Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler. It was a stinging rebuke the streets. That is a blatant waste of County funds,taxpayers dollars--your tax dollars. The of outgoing President Donald Trump, who made one of his final trips in office to Georgia Dept. of Social Services is also responsible for The City Mission becoming a corrupt busito rally his loyal base behind Loeffler and the Republican running for the other seat, David ness (charging people monthly rent to live in a controlled environment. The Erie County Perdue. Legislature, Erie County Executive, City Of Buffalo Mayor and Buffalo Common Council "The other day, because this is America, the 82-year-old hands that used to pick somebody have created and fostered a culture of Crimes Against Humanity (the epicenter of all hate else's cotton picked her youngest son to be a United States senator," he said. "Tonight, we crimes- homelessness). County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Buffalo City Mayor Byron proved with hope, hard work and the people by our side, anything is possible." Brown allow outsiders/slumlords to come into this city, buy up rental and business properLoeffler refused to concede in a brief message to supporters shortly after midnight. ties and occupy them with outsiders not from this city. These are the major strategies of the Warnock, a 51-year-old native of Savannah, Ga., was raised in public housing as one of 11 gentrification movement in Buffalo. Thus people of color are excluded. Both Brown and siblings before earning graduate degrees. Poloncarz, with the assistance of others, have turned my hometown into a spiritual cultural At 35, Warnock became the youngest pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta - where and economic whorehouse. NFTA Metro Downtown Bus Terminal removes the homeless Martin Luther King Jr. once was pastor alongside his father from the terminal daily; people who are seeking warmth and shelter from the elements as after holding leadership positions at churches in Birmingham, Ala., Baltimore and New York. they were during the free ridership earlier this year. NFTA is also responsible for the spread of this Covid Virus throughout WNY by not shutting down its services. In October 2020 I delivered a proposal to all entities within this region and beyond - a residential,employment and arts facility(Downtown Hyatt Regency Hotel). In September 2019, I reached out to HEALTH Black prominent people in this city urging them to call this city to repentance and to submit continued to God and His word as authority over our lives and community. Both these cries fell on packages delivered out to air for a day or two before handling and showering directly after deaf ears. 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BACK HISTORY continued from page 3 is an important tourist attraction, the former home of the Rev. J. Edward Nash Sr., pastor of the Michigan Avenue Baptist Church from 1892 to 1953. Nash was also one of the early personalities involved in the Niagara Movement and founding of the NAACP, and one of the most widely known and respected African-Americans by both Blacks and the city’s white leadership back in the day. Across the street, you will find the Colored Musician’s Club of Buffalo, N.Y., which came into being because of the segregationists practices of the day. It was here that members of the all-Black musicians Buffalo Local 533, formed in 1917, established their own identity as a result of being excluded from the sole, all-white Buffalo musicians union. Despite Prohibition and the Great Depression, the club was able to serve as a transportation hub for the Black community with music, top national acts, venues and entertainers, including Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Dizzie Gillespie, Lena Horne, Duke Ellington, Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Gene and Albert Ammons and many other jazz legends, while simultaneously providing a social gathering place for this historic Black community. Today, visitors to this designated Historical Landmark can enjoy performances by local, regional and national jazz, blues, swing and other acts, open jam sessions, upstairs in the original club. The lower level has been transformed into a fabulous new museum that opened in 2013, featuring music memorabilia, historic photographs and more. EXCERPTED FROM : A Wealth of Black History in Buffalo by Lysa Allman-Badwinwhich appeared in the Amsterdam News 2014.

SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Index No. 802905/2020 STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT – COUNTY OF ERIE SUN WEST MORTGAGE COMPANY INC., Plaintiff, -vsTHE HEIRS AT LARGE OF PATRICIA M. MLODZIENSKI, deceased, and all persons who are spouses, widows, grantees, mortgagees, lienors, heirs, devisees, distributees, successors in interest of such of them as may be dead, and their husbands and wives, heirs, devisees, distributees and successors of interest of all of whom and whose names and places are unknown to Plaintiff; SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; MICHAELENE STELLA; MARION MILLARD; MARILYN AMPUDIA; ANN MARIE ASHBAUGH; EDWARD BOZENTKA; LORRAINE COOK; BARBARA MCDADE; Defendants. Mortgaged Premises: 184 Cumberland Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14220 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT(S): YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in the above entitled action and to serve a copy of your Answer on the Plaintiff’s attorney within twenty (20) days of the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service, or within thirty (30) days after service of the same is complete where service is made in any manner other than by personal delivery within the State. The United States of America, if designated as a defendant in this action, may answer or appear within sixty (60) days of service hereof. Your failure to appear or answer will result in a judgment against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. In the event that a deficiency balance remains from the sale proceeds, a judgment may be entered against you, unless the Defendant obtained a bankruptcy discharge and such other or further relief as may be just and equitable. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer to the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. These pleadings are being amended to include the following individuals as possible heirs to the Estate of Patricia M. Mlodzienski: MICHAELENE STELLA, MARION MILLARD, MARILYN AMPUDIA, ANN MARIE ASHBAUGH, EDWARD BOZENTKA; LORRAINE COOK, and BARBARA MCDADE. These pleadings are being amended to remove reference to “JOHN DOE” and “JANE DOE” as the mortgage premise located at 184 Cumberland Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14220 has been found to be vacant. ERIE County is designated as the place of trial. The basis of venue is the location of the mortgaged premises. Dated: November 19, 2020 Mark K. Broyles, Esq. FEIN SUCH & CRANE, LLP Attorneys for Plaintiff Office and P.O. Address 28 East Main Street, Suite 1800 Rochester, New York 14614 Telephone No. (585) 232-7400 Section: 123.80 Block: 6 Lot: 31 NATURE AND OBJECT OF ACTION The object of the above action is to foreclose a mortgage held by the Plaintiff recorded in the County of ERIE, State of New York as more particularly described in the Complaint herein. TO THE DEFENDANT, the Plaintiff makes no personal claim against you in this action. To the above named defendants: The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of HON. MARK J.

LEGAL NOTICE BID GRISANTI, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, dated December 3, 2020 and filed along with the supporting papers in the ERIE County Clerk’s Office. This is an action to foreclose a Mortgage. ALL that certain plot piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of ERIE, City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: ALL THAT CERTAIN LOT, PIECE, OR PARCEL OF LAND with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the City of Buffalo, County of Erie, State of New York, bounded and described as follows: Being part of Lot No. 244 1/2, Township 10, Range 7 of the Buffalo Creek Reservation and according to a map filed in the Erie County Clerk's Office under Cover No. 449 is known and distinguished as Subdivision Lot Nos. 29 and 30, in Block "A", bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point in the northeast line of Cumberland Avenue 62.33 feet northwesterly from its intersection with the northwest line of Melrose Street; Thence northwesterly along the said line of Cumberland Avenue 32.33 feet; Thence northeasterly parallel with the northwest line of Melrose Street 120 feet; Thence southeasterly parallel with the northeast line of Cumberland Avenue 32.33 feet; and Thence southwesterly parallel with the northwest line of Melrose Street 120 feet to the place of Beginning. Mortgaged Premises: 184 Cumberland Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14220 Tax Map/Parcel ID No.: Section: 123.80 Block: 6 Lot: 31 of the CITY of BUFFALO, NY 14220 69300 Jan.7,14,21,28

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR LEGAL SERVICES FOR AUTHORITY-WIDE REPOSITIONING AND REDEVELOPOMENT OF DISTRESSED PROPERTIES The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) requests responses to legal services for the statutory, regulatory, financing and real estate elements of its authority-wide asset repositioning and redevelopment of distressed properties. Proposals will be received until 3:00 PM, local time, on Thursday, January 21, 2021, at 300 Perry Street, Buffalo, NY 14204, Attn: Roslyn L. McLin, General Counsel. Proposals received after this time will not be accepted. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the RFP, please contact Roslyn L. McLin, General Counsel at rfpresponse@bmhahousing.com. The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively solicits the same conduct from all firms interested in this opportunity. Dated: December 21, 2020

NY Connects Independent Living Outreach Specialist. Batavia, NY. $18K-$20K/ yr. Connect aging or disabled individuals & their families to support programs; facilitate access to needed home and community-based supports/services. www.wnyil.org EEOC. employment@wnyil.org

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LEGAL NOTICE RFP Request for Proposals (RFP) Buffalo and Erie County Industrial Land Development Corporation Former Bethlehem Steel Public Sanitary Sewer and Water Line Extensions The Buffalo and Erie County Industrial Land Development Corporation is soliciting proposals from Engineering firms to provide Engineering Documents (Engineer’s Report, Design Plans & Specifications) along with construction administration and resident engineer during construction for sanitary sewer and water line extensions on the Bethlehem Steel Redevelopment Site in Lackawanna, New York. To receive a copy of the Request for Proposals interested firms may contact the ECIDA at (716)856-6525 or visit the ECIDA website at http:// www.ecidany.com/requests_for_proposals. Proposals are due by 4:00 pm, January 20, 2021, to the offices of the ECIDA at 95 Perry Street, Suite 403, Buffalo, NY 14203, Attention: John Cappellino.

LEGAL NOTICE RFP COUNTY OF ERIE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS & PROPOSAL ERIE COUNTY FAMILY COURT ROOF REPAIR Project No. 2021-820-01 The County of Erie Department of Public Works is seeking qualification statements and proposals from interested firms to provide A/E design and construction services for the replacement and repair of the Erie County Family Court Roof. Qualification statements and proposals for the above project will be received by the County’s Commissioner of Public Works in Suite 1400 of the Rath County Office Building, 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo, New York 14202 until 2:00 PM local time on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. RFQ/RFP submission instructions may be found at: www. erie.gov/dpw/

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PathStone Enterprise Center Launches Free Non-Profit Leader Training : Registration is Now Open PathStone Enterprise Center has officially kicked off its first business development training program for 2021: Beyond Profit: For People on a Mission. This free virtual program is designed for nonprofit founders, executives, and leaders in Buffalo and Rochester. Beyond Profit will broaden awareness across a range of management topics in a virtual online setting. The program combines lecture, peer exchange, and activities in an essential and often daunting subject. The course aims to balance academic principles, real-world experience, and a fundamental understanding of how nonprofit organizations participate in building communities. Participants will receive a host of resources and guidance in creating, structuring, and managing a successful nonprofit organization. Non-Profit leaders can apply here: https://BeyondProfit.eventbrite.com Registration is now open Classes begin Tuesday, February 2, 2021 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. and will run each Tuesday and Thursday through March 16. All classes will be held on Zoom. For more information, please contact Duncan Kirkwood (716) 308-0506.

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Honor A Veteran With A Brick At The Nation’s First African American Veterans Monument

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onor a veteran or active-duty military servicemember with a commemorative brick at the African American Veterans Monument.

To be located at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, the Monument is the first in the nation to recognize the contributions of African Americans who have served and are currently serving in all five branches of the military, during war and in peace times. “What many may not realize is that African Americans have fought in all 12 of the United States’ military conflicts since the country’s first, whether they enlisted voluntarily or were drafted,” said Warren Galloway, African American Veterans Monument Committee Chair. “We hope everyone will use this holiday season as an opportunity to recognize the men and women in their life who have fought for our freedom and ability to enjoy this time of year with loved ones.” The design of the African American Veterans Monument will boast 12 black 10-foot concrete pillars that represent each of the country’s 12 military conflicts. The ground surface will feature custom bricks, with a design that is reminiscent of the dog tags that military personnel proudly adorn on the battlefield. Bricks can be purchased for $250 at https://www.aavmwny.org/donate. If payment by check or money order, download and submit the completed engraved brick remittance form via email toinfo@aavmwny.org or via USPS to PO Box 231, Buffalo, NY 14202. Send to Attn: AAVM Committee. Each brick can be personalized with information such as the Veteran’s name, branch of service, rank and/or years of service.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF A VIRTUAL KWANZAA: The 2020 Virtual Kwanzaa Kicked off in full celebration December 26 through December 31. For the first time in the history of this annual cultural event (due to covid19) that Buffalo, Rochester, Toronto and South Carolina came together for a joint celebration to celebrate the importance of Kwanzaa and the 7 principals. The cultural holiday was presented on Public Access YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Tic-Tok. You can still view the various Kwanzaa celebrations online Search YouTube for Buffalo Kwanzaa 2020, Rochester Kwanzaa 2020, South Carolina Kwanzaa 2020 and for Toronto search African Canadian Heritage Kwanzaa (ACHA)2020 Congratulations for a Successful Collaboration to all of the Kwanzaa Committees! ( collage screen grabs by the challenger news)

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