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“Meeting Rochester’s Around Town Unknown Ones” On October 23, 2010 AKWAABA: The Heritage Associates (www.akwaabatours.org) will present “Meeting Rochester’s Unknown Ones,” on October 23 at 10 a.m. at the Rochester Museum and Science Center Auditorium, 657 East Avenue. Admission is $10 for nonmemers. “Meeting Rochester’s Unknown Ones” brings to life some of Rochester’s African American “freedom seekers” who helped build the city but are little known. This “living history” presentation of the life of the African Americans who lived in Rochesterville will take place at the Rochester Museum and Science Center building upon the museum’s previous research. There will be a question and answer session after the presentation. Then the archivist will guide the audience through the museum’s “Flight to Freedom Exhibit.” For further information about this event, please contact Ruth Anderson at 585-482-5192 info@ akwaabatours.org

*Baber’s A.M.E. Church Annual Women’s Day, October 15-17 Title: Sisters Embraced In Love; Col;3:13 - 16 All activities are held at Baber Church, 550 Meigs Street or call (585) 461-1395 for information.

*Graduate Information Night at St. John Fisher on October 19 .An information night for prospective students for the Ed.D. Program in Executive Leadership will be held Tuesday, October 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Wilson Formal Lounge at St. John Fisher College. If you know someone who may be interested in the program, please direct them to the following web site to register for the event:http:// www3.sjfc.edu/admissions/graduate/ visit/infosession.dot. Information about the Ed.D. program is available at:http:// soe.sjfc.edu/EdD.

*Friday, October 15, at 7 p.m. “Women In White” Worship Service, Saturday, October 16, at 9 am Breakfast/Workshops. Cost is adult $20/ children $5. Sunday Morning, October 17: 10 a.m. Morning Worship Service concluding the Women’s Conference..

*OCTOBER 22, 23, 29,30, 7:30 PM RAPA PRESENTS AUGUST WILSON’S “ JITNEY”EAST END THEATER,727 E. MAIN ST, TICKETS: $15 Students and Seniors $12 CALL: 325-3366 OR AT WEGMANS WWW.rapaonline.us

Awards Dinner Dance, Wishing Well Party House, 1140 Chill Ave., Sat Oct. 16, 6-11 p.m.; tickets $35; for more info: Tracy Jordan for more info: 585-3898.

* ROC City’s Line Dance Express, 2nd Soul Line Dance Extravaganza, Sat. Oct. 21, workshops 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; dinner/dance 7 p.m. – midnight; tickets $35.

*Teaching in Ethiopia discussion, Oct. 21, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Baobab Cultural Center.

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Are a B r i e f s

Columnist To Speak in NYC Columnist Eva M. Doyle will be one of the speakers in Queens. The program will be held from 3:00 - 6: p.m. at the African Poetry Theater located at 176-03 Jamaica Avenue in Queens. Mrs. Doyle will be part of a community forum with gubernatorial canidate Charles Barron from the Freedom Party and Brother Jitu Weusi, co-chair of the Freedom Party. This program is being presented by the New York Chapter of the National Association of Kawaida Organizations (NAKO). NAKOis a chapter of Dr. Maulana Karenga’s national organization. Dr. Karenga is the creator of Kwanzaa. Dr. Segun Shabaka is the chair of NAKO. Mrs. Doyle is the Lt. governor candidate on the Freedom Party line.

Omega Mentoring Program Dinner Fundraiser The Omega Mentoring program will be hosting its 1st Annual “Chiavettas for College” chicken dinner fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 1-5 p.m. at the Johnnie B. Wiley Stadium. Dinners are $10 and proceeds will go to assist the Omega Mentoring Program by paying for the cost of tuxedos and ball gowns for their upcoming scholarship ball and defray the cost of their college application costs. The program is a not-for-profit organization comprised of dedicated volunteers who mentor at-risk high school students. Our goal is to provide them with the tools necessary to become productive and responsible citizens that actively participate in community service, have high self-esteem, and are performing above average academically.

Links Scholarship “Disco Explosion” Set The Erie County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated will hold its annual scholarship Dinner-Dance on Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. in Samuel’s Grande Manor, 8750 Main Street , Williamsville , New York . The theme is “Disco Explosion” and an explosion it will be! The evening promises to be a Discotheque sensation with scintillating mirror balls and strobe lights, fiber optic illuminations, DJ McAdory manipulating the sounds from stars of the disco world to the sounds of today and chapter members dressed in 70’s fashion styles ranging from the authentic to the high intensity and outrageous. All proceeds benefit The Links Scholarship Fund and Community Service Projects. Barbara D. Glover, Chairperson and Eunice D. Jackson, Chapter President. For tickets call (716) 310-7297.

Merriweather Library Sometimes humorous, somewhat spooky, always unique . . . join us at the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue on Saturday, October 16 at 1:00 pm to hear stories by dynamic storyteller Karima Amin. Also on Thursday, October 28 at 6:00pm Njozi Poets will have a family-friendly concert performing some of their award winning spoken word pieces. Children’s programs include the Buffalo Museum of Science series Young Scientists program for ages 6-10 is held on Thursdays at 6:00pm and the Young Explorers program is for ages 3-5 on Fridays at 4:00pm. On October 29 at 10:30am there will be a special storytime for children ages 3-5 featuring the book, “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.” Saturday morning computer classes are held from 10:00am to noon for adults and teens. The October 16 session is “Google It” and the October 26 session is “Intro to the Web”. As always, library programs are free and open to the public. Call 883-4418 for further information.

Eye On Hisory Essay Countest Eva Doyle announces the 3rd adult essay contest in the Eye On History series. The topic of the contest is “ Fannie Lou Hamer, Freedom Fighter.” Flyers will be available at the Merriweather library with further details. The deadline for entering the contest is October 25, 2010. The question that must be answered in the essay is How does the Freedom Party of 2010 relate to the civil rights struggle of Fannie Lou Hamer during the 1960’s? There will be a $100 prize for the best essay. The winner will be announced on November 2, 2010 on the Eye On History radio program. For further information you can call (716) 847-6010.

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Enough is Enough! “We know we have a problem,” declared the Rev. Darius Pridgen from the pulpit of True Bethel Baptist Church on Sunday. “No other race of people who have been through the hell that we have been through, shoot each other, kill each other…like we do. It is sick when a 15-year-old girl can’t do her homework without a clown with an AK47 shooting up neighborhood.” And it was during the funeral for young Dominique Maye , where pastor Pastor Pridgen was preaching, that word spread of yet another killing, resulting in some who had come to bury Doninique to leave the service. Last Friday local pastors, anti-violence groups, elected officials and victimized families met for a news conference to unveil plans for five days of community prayer, information and transformation. The news conference was held outside

337 Hewitt Avenue where Dominique was fatally in the house at her computer. Although Pastor Pridgen, has issued the call for the five day event, he points out t hat the effort to stem violence is a collective one. The “Enough is Enough” five day campaign began on Monday, October 11 and will continue through Friday, October 15 from 6 to 7 p.m. at True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 East Ferry St. when services will be held to pray and campaign for peace in the city. Among his remarks in addressing the ever increasing incidents of violence and homicides, Pastor Pridgen spoke of “…Another senseless shooting in broad daylight;” saying “…Clean up your neighborhood, know where your children are; ask them about their homework and if you know something, say something.”

Rev. Dr. James Lewis to Keynote Faith Community Discussion on Domestic Violence The Interfaith Partnership Against Winfrey show. Family Violence is holding a dinner Domestic viomeeting entitled “Nurturing Peaceful lence knows no and Compassionate Families.” boundaries and The program is in observance of effects people of October as Domestic Violence Awareall cultures, genness Month and will be held Saturday, ders, races, socioOctober 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Islamic economic classes Society of the Niagara Frontier, 745 Heim and religions. Rd., Getzville, NY. Interfaith PartThe keynote speaker Dr. James A. nership Against Lewis, III, ECMC Director of PastoFamily Violence Rev. Lewis ral Care will speak about the impact of is bringing people domestic violence and spirituality. The together from difdinner will also host Susan Still, a survivor ferent religions to discuss this very serious of domestic violence featured on the Oprah topic. There will be an awards ceremony recognizing the Most Reverend Bishop Edward Kmiec and the Right Reverend J. Michael Garrison for their leadership in the area of domestic violence. An interfaith domestic violence panel Join us for “Prayer on Our Streets” every Sunday from 5:30 to 6 p.m. with the discussion will be preceded by a dinner Berkshire Block Club at Parkridge. For provided by Kebab and Curry. Among more information contact Sis. Wanda L. the panelists are Vijay Chakravarthy and Strong Thompson Howard, Prayer in Imam Dawoud Adeyola. The event is sponsored by the Interthe Park, 715-1969 or email: wstronghoward@lycos.com or Bro. Rudolphus faith partnership Against Family Violence an affiliate of the Family Justice Boans at (716) 605-9100. Center of Erie County. Tickets are $25. For more information call 830-6599 or 833-0442.

Prayer on Our Streets

Kwanzaa Committee Meetings Begin

Peaceful World Movement to Host Buffalo Music and Performance Showcase The Peaceful World Movement will feature a FREE Peaceful Buffalo Music and Performance Showcase on Friday, October 15 at the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway. Hosted by WBLK’s own Cold Spring Cousiz, “DT” of Late Nite Noise, the performers include Neal Mack, Drea, H20, Raycel, Taj the Great, L. Biz, ,The Band Caucasian Express, Billy Dreese, Karima Amin, Antex, Silva, Music by Ave. P and other surprise artists. The Showcase will also feature special presenter Dr. Peter K.B. St. Jean of Quality of Life Solutions; The Peaceful World Movement; and the Paternal Involvement Center in Chicago. Also on hand will be Peaceful World Products such as T-shirts incense and more. The event is being presented by the Peaceful World Movement, DT, Quality of Life Solutions, No_Wryderz_Block Publishing and it is FREE !

2010 Kwanzaa committee will start weekly meetings on Saturday, October 16, 2010 from Noon-1:30 pm at the Frank Merriweather Library 1324 Jefferson Ave. We will meet every Saturday until

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NEWS ROUND-UP

Man Arrested for Shooting Teen Wearing Saggy Pants Most adults hate the sight of dudes walking around in saggy pants, but most wouldn’t pull out a gun and shoot somebody for wearing them.

Well, apparently Kenneth Bonds isn’t like most people ’cause that’s just what he did. Now Bonds, 45, from Memphis, Tennessee is being charged with 2 counts of aggravated assault. Police say he admitted shooting a teenager after an argument over saggy pants.

After asking the teens to pull up their pants and they refused, Bonds started firing on them. One of the teens, a 17 year old, was hit once in the rear end. He was treated and released from the hospital the same day.

According to the police report, the shooting happened on September 25th. The teens told police they were on their way to a woman’s house to buy candy when Bonds yelled at them to pull up their pants.

They didn’t, an argument began, and that’s when Bonds is accused of first firing a shot and missing, then firing more shots and hitting the 17-year old.

Bonds was arrested a week later after he was identified in a line up and he admitted to shooting the teen. He is currently out on $25,000 bond.

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Pan African Global Trade Conference Set Carson, California — For decades Africa has been viewed as a continent embroiled in conflict, hunger, and staggering healthcare problems. But a look behind this problematic veil will also reveal a continent filled with economic opportunities for small businesses in the U.S. and new avenues to stimulate job growth here and abroad. 

On Thursday and Friday, October 21-22 from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, the Africa-USA Chamber of Commerce and the African Marketplace will hold a Pan African Global Trade Conference at California State University Dominguez Hills located at 1000 E. Victoria Street in Carson. This landmark event in California will cover topics that will help existing and new small businesses get started in international

trade and commerce with Africa. 

The conference will also offer a wealth of networking with private and public sector leaders from the U.S., Africa and the African Diaspora. The keynote speaker will be Amina Salum Ali, the African Union Ambassador to the U.S.
 
“Africa has been described as the “New Frontier” and “The Last Big Emerging Market” with great opportunity and potential for small business owners,” said Al Washington executive director of Africa-USA Chamber of Commerce. 
“Small businesses in general, especially Black businesses, have traditionally not engaged in international trade.” added Washington. “They must seek international trade opportunities if they hope to compete and stay in business in the new global marketplace. Africa offers favorable opportunities for men and women entrepreneurs to expand their businesses into African markets. African nations like Ghana, Liberia, Namibia, Uganda and South Africa have stable emerging economies with open doors to U.S. small businesses.” Washington added that an increasing number of African Americans are also relocating to Africa to operate their businesses in the African market. 

 

Admission to the two day conference is $50 per day for adults and $25 per day for students. For more information, visit http://www. csudh.edu/csl/panafricanglobal/default. asp or call, (626) 321-7041. 



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Black Community and Black Ministers Defining Issues in Chicago’s Crowded Field for Mayor

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has joined a potentially crowded field seeking the Chicago mayoral seat after incumbent Richard Daley announced he would not seek re-election.

Meanwhile the city’s Black ministers in an effort to zero-in on issues important to the African-American community recently gathered to decide whether they could throw their collective weight behind a single candidate.

According to the Associated Press, state Sen. James Meeks was last month listed among top possible vote getters in a straw poll of 100 ministers from Chicago’s South and West sides. 

“I met with business leaders, I met with labor leaders, religious leaders, an individual who is a representative of the gay community,” said Meeks, one of Chicago’s prominent Black ministers, who was listed as a possible candidate on 70 percent of the ballots.

“The time and the era where candidates can come to the Black community and promise us the world and deliver nothing – those days are long gone,” Johnson told the AP “. ...They’re going to have to answer legitimate questions and they’re going to have to show what they’ve done in the past –and [Emanuel] hasn’t done anything for us in the past.”

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HEALTH MATTERS

Stay Fit This Fall at the Ellicott-Masten Family Y With the Ellicott-Masten Family YMCA right in your backyard there is no time like the present to start your journey to a healthier more active lifestyle! Join us for our Group Cycling, Amazing Abs, and Dance Aerobic programs! There is no charge for YMCA members and only a $5 for non-members.

Take a spin in our Group Cycling class held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6-7p.m. Certified instructors teach group cycling through a simple set of movements and hand positions on specially designed bikes. You control the intensity by modifying the resistance and body position. Your fitness results will be unparalled and you will leave the class feeling great! This is a members only program. Want to work on toning and strengthening up your mid section? Why not try Amazing Abs from 7:00-7:30 pm on Monday and Wednesdays. 30-minute intense abdominal workouts will help you trim, firm, and shape your abdominals. Strong abdominal muscles help to support your back and prevent lower back pain. So shape up and improve your posture, too. Dance Aerobics is a fun yet challengi class that will enhance your cardiovascular endurance, muscle tone, flexibility, and coordination. Choreography is set to lively upbeat music - so why not join us on Tuesday and Thursdays from 7:00 - 7:45 pm. For more information please contact the Ellicott-Family YMCA at 845-5440 or stop in to the branch located at 585 William St., Buffalo. For more information visit us online at www.ymcabuffaloniagara.org God Heals… God says, “I am the Lord who heals you.” Exodus 15:26 “I will take away sickness from among you. . .” Exodus 23:25,26 “He forgives all my sins and heals ALL my Diseases.” Psalm 103:3

The Benefits of Healthy Snacks

Eating healthy tends to take a back seat when life is very busy--but healthy eats don’t always require lengthy preparation. Try these quick pick-me-up snacks that will give you energy without weighing you down. 1. Banana : Not only are bananas graband-go, but they boast many health benefits. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. The potassium content also makes them of particular use to athletes who eat bananas to quickly replenish their electrolytes. In addition, eating bananas, along with other fruits and vegetables, has been linked to a reduced risk of colon cancer and breast cancer. 2. Edamame - A low-fat simple snack. Ever since news came out about edamame’s low-fat, low-cholesterol, and high-protein characteristics, this tasty soybean snack is growing in popularity as a snack in the West. Edamame is high in essential fatty acids, dietary fiber, as well as numerous minerals and vitamins, especially folic acid, manganese and vitamin K. Buy fresh at the market and steam, or add frozen soybean pods to

slightly salted water and boil for 7 to 10 minutes. Of course, edamame should be avoided by anyone who is allergic to soy. 3. Garbanzo beans : Commonly called hummus, a spread of garbanzo beans on whole-grain bread is a delicious light snack that will give you energy while stabilizing your blood sugar level. Garbanzos, or chickpeas, are a good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. In addition, garbanzos’ high-fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia. 4. Hard Boiled Egg - A classic protein pick-me-up: Eggs are a good source of low-cost, high-quality protein, making them a great snack for beating the midafternoon slump. Eggs are also a source of all the B-vitamins, including B12, which is critical for blood production and only found in meat products. In addition, eggs contain choline, an important nutrient for brain development and cardiovascular health. Sprinkle with paprika and enjoy! Keep a supply of hard-boiled

eggs on hand in your refrigerator. 5. Go nuts for a brain-boosting trailmix : For a burst of youthful energy eat a daily handful of nuts and seeds. . Nuts and seeds are filled with arginine, an amino acid that helps fight heart disease, impotence, infertility, and high blood pressure. Argnine also stimulates the pituitary gland at the base of the brain to produce growth hormones, a substance that begins to decline after age 35; more growth hormones means better muscle tone, improved skin elasticity, increased cognitive function, and other anti-aging benefits. •6. Apple. Scientists have confirmed that eating apples contributes to a healthy heart. Eating two to three apples a day results in decreased cholesterol levels, thanks to the fruit’s rich pectin content. The flavonoid quercetin found in apple peel, lowers the risk of heart disease by providing antioxidant protection and preventing unwanted inflammation. Additionally, research suggests that apples may reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. —Dr. Mao

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the advantage of a jesuit education. Canisius High School is the only Jesuit college preparatory high school in Western New York. Our goal is to educate the whole person and help our students become “men for others” who are well prepared for college and for life. Our outstanding academics combined with our commitment to service, strong athletics program and tight-knit community inspire students to grow spiritually, emotionally, athletically and – of course – intellectually. And, Canisius is a gateway to the finest colleges and universities in the nation. If you are interested in becoming part of the Canisius community, don’t miss these upcoming events:

Johnson, Stokes, Young Presented With Young Leaders of Tomorrow Awards Peoples-Stokes awards 3 scholarships to student-athletes Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes recently presented $3,000 in scholarships to Darale Young, Patrick Johnson and Justin Stokes as part of the Young Leaders of Tomorrow scholarship program. Johnson, Stokes and Young are student athletes who attended Middle Early College High School and were members of the 2010 State Championship winning basketball team. These young men were awarded $1,000 each to assist them in their college expenses. Darale Young is currently in preparatory school before he applies to colleges. He is interested in applying to Florida A & M, UNC-Wilmington, Canisius College and South Carolina University to name just a few. Young is the son of Mamie Davis and Darrell Young. Patrick Johnson is attending Erie Community College as part of his last year in the 5-year program with MECHS. A versatile athlete who participates in both football and basketball, Patrick is majoring in business at ECC. He attributes his success to his aunt Junia Brooks and his family. Justin Stokes, is a Life Sciences major at Erie Community College, a dual athlete in basketball and football. He is applying to Iowa State, SUNY-Albany, and Austin Pea in Texas. Justin is the son of Rochelle Hughes and Marcel Stokes. “With the number of our young men incarcerated, not graduating from high school or worse, dead before the age of 18, I am proud to support these young men in their endeavors to attend college. Education is truly the key to success, and I am hopeful that these student will continue to excel on and off the courts. I look forward to seeing the day that they graduate from college,” stated Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes.

Open House

Sunday, October 17, 2010 Anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Entrance exam prep course

Saturday, October 30, November 6 and 13, 2010 9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Entrance and scholarship exam

Saturday, November 20, 2010 | 8:30 a.m. s h a d o w day s

Eighth grade students can get a glimpse into the life of a Canisius student, attending classes and taking in all aspects of a Jesuit education. To register for any of these events, please contact the Admissions Office at 882-0466 x204 or weislo@canisiushigh.org.

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An “Oscar of teaching” goes to Robert Baxter of Westminster Community Charter School Buffalo Teacher Receives 
$25,000 National Milken Educator Award


community as well. He is the supervisor of graduate teaching assistants at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in the summer, trains and mentors other science teachers at Westminster, and serves as president

of his church’s community development corporation. The 43-year-old married father of four is a graduate of Buffalo State College. He and his wife, owners of a salon and

barbershop on Main Street for many years, are considering using the money to start a cosmetology school in the city that caters to African Americans.

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Mr. Baxter, his wife and cxolleagues celebrate honor. A seemingly routine schoolwide assembly turned into the surprise of a lifetime when the Milken Family Foundation honored—and stunned—Robert Baxter, a seventh- and eighth-grade science and biology teacher at Westminster Community Charter School, with a Milken Educator Award last Tuesday (Oct. 5). “I have other opportunities for what I could be doing, but I make the choice to come here every day. I want to thank my students. You’re the reason why I’m here. Period,” said Baxter upon accepting the coveted award. One of education’s most prestigious recognitions, the Award comes with a no-strings-attached cash prize of $25,000. Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder Lowell Milken and New York State Education Commissioner Dr. David Steiner were among the leaders participating in the surprise celebration. 
 Dubbed “the Oscars of teaching” by Teacher Magazine, the Milken Educator Awards program was conceived by Lowell Milken to recognize the importance of outstanding educators and encourage talented young people to enter the teaching profession. Unlike most teaching awards, the Milken Educator Awards have no formal nomination or application process. Each year exceptional teachers, principals and specialists—recommended without their knowledge by a blue-ribbon panel appointed by each state’s department of education—are surprised with the news of their awards. “Our society’s most important profession is teaching as it informs all others,” said Lowell Milken, chairman and co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation. “We created the Milken Educator Awards to proclaim in a very public way that greatness in education must be recognized and rewarded. Robert Baxter embodies this message intended for entire communities, policymakers, students who may be inspired to enter the profession,

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and for our nation’s K-12 educators themselves.” Instead of simply bringing science into the classroom, Robert Baxter takes his seventh and eighth-grade classes out into the world of science. Baxter, a 16-year veteran science and biology teacher at Westminster Community Charter School in Buffalo, is using the real world to produce real results in his students’ academic achievement and prepare them for success in high school and beyond. Among the many outdoor adventures Baxter plans for his students are a learning laboratory in a local forest preserve, overnight camping trips, field trips to local businesses and amusement park visits to study large-scale machinery. In a school where 89 percent of the students receive free and reduced-price lunches, many students would not have these opportunities outside of Baxter’s classroom. On Friday nights and weekends, Baxter takes trips of his own to his students’ homes to fit in additional tutoring sessions to pass the New York State Regents science exam. Baxter even made weekly trips to the hospital to tutor a student who had sickle cell anemia to ensure he did not fall behind in his studies. His students have rewarded their teacher’s efforts with a 95 percent passing rate in his science course, and 88 percent receiving Regents credit in the eighth grade—an especially strong accomplishment for a school with a 98-percent-minority student body. Baxter’s generous spirit touches his

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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Elim Christian Fellowship, St. John Baptist Church and True Bethel Baptist Church last Sunday were visited by New York State Senator Antoine Thompson, Lt. Governor hopeful Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy and Eric Schneiderman, candidate for Attorney General. All three Democratic candidates were warmly welcomed and they encouraged those in attendance to come out and vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 2.

Reverend Arthur Hallett The ‘Prison Rev.’ Appearing at St. Paul’s A.M.E. Zion Church Sunday, October 17 Reverend Arthur Hallett, the “Prison Rev.,” of Explosion International Prison Ministries and Isaiah Records Recording Artist (EEPM), will preach, pray and perform on Sunday, October 17 at the 11 a.m. morning service and a special 3 p.m. service of worship, praise, & preaching at St. Paul’s A.M.E. Zion Church, 610 East Eagle Street. Arthur Hallett is an anointed, minister and contemporary Christian recording artist (singer and flutist), who has ministered with Laenelle Harris, Wintley Phipps, Smokey Robinson and others. Rev. Hallett has trained former inmates to return to prison as volunteers to minister to those still imprisoned. The event is Sponsored the Lay Council of St. Paul’s A.M.E. Zion Church, Sis. Maybelene Wright, President. Rev. Lawrence Dr. Lawrence E. Lucas II is Pastor.

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Holy Temple COGIC Family to Celebrate Pastoral Anniversary The Holy Temple Church of God In Christ Family is celebrating their Pastor, Superintendent Lee Allen Spight, Sr.’s 35th Pastoral Anniversary and his 70th birthday on Sunday October 17 at 5 p.m. at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. Many guests from across the metropolitan area of Buffalo and the Niagara Frontier will be in attendance. Also attending will be Pastor Spight’s siblings, his brother, Alvin Spight and wife, sister Carolyn Wadley and husband Fred, all of Memphis, Tennessee; brother Willie F. Spight and wife Bettye of Austin, Texas. Pastor Spight said, “Seventy years is special and is given by God the Father.” Therefore he wants God to be the honored guest and that the profit, if any, be given to the Church.

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PLENTY TO SMILE ABOUT: Photographed at the Olm-

sted Conservancy’s recent Party for the Parks fundraiser on September 24 in Delaware Park, are (l-r) State Senator Antoine Thompson, Thomas Herrera-Mishler President & Chief Executive Officer of the Conservancy, and Otis Glover Jr., the Conservancy’s Director of Strategic Initiatives. The Conservancy recently announced Olmsted’s ground breaking Healthy Communities Initiative. The Initiatives first program, in partnership with The Collective Buffalo, is “The Mind, Body and Art Stroll,” which will take place in MLK Jr. Park this weekend, Saturday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s a unique opportunity for citizens to sample artful ways to keep physically and mentally fit. Sen. Thompson secured millions of dollars to bring back the wading pool in MLK Park while he was Masten District Councilman after decades of neglect. As our State Senator, he has continued to fund Martin Luther King Jr. Park; targeting it and its surrounding neighborhood as “ground zero for the revitalization of Buffalo’s East Side. Don’t miss the historic event on Saturday, which will feature a grand fireworks display at end of the day!

JOIN US IN THE PARK SATURDAY! Members of The Collective Buffalo and the Buffalo Olmstead Parks Conservancy invite the community to join them for the Mind Body Art Stroll in MLKing Jr. Park this Saturday, October 16, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s fun for the entire family and kids of all ages! Sample artful ways to become healthy, stay healthly, and live a better life. Stroll in the park at your own pace and enjoy active fun in theater, visual, arts and dance. Learn the cultural way to prevent and manage illnesses like Diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. A spectaular fireworks display will cap off the day! And it’s all FREE!!! Members of The Collective pictured (l. to r.) Jessica Thorpe, Lavon Stephens, Daryl Rasuli, Craig Centrie, Chris Milhouse, Glendora Johnson-Cooper, and Priscilla Hill. Photo by Ron Wofford (also a member of The Collective Buffalo) (See their ad this page)

Thomas Lifted at “Shower of Love” On Friday, October 8, 2010, approximately 100 friends, family and community members gathered to support Human Resource Commissioner Karla L. Thomas in what she calls her “fight for fairness”. Mayor Byron W. Brown is currently trying to remove her as Commissioner and not pay her for the balance of her 6 year term set by New York State Civil Service Law. The event was well attended, and played host to a powerful prayer interlude when guests joined hands encircling Commissioner Thomas and the Minister in charge delivered a stirring, spirit filled prayer petition calling on all to “keep Karla lifted”. In a spirit filled message to her guests Ms. Thomas stated “I don’t deserve to be fired and I’m eternally grateful for each of you who showed up here tonight to let me know you feel the same way too!. I just want to be treated fairly.” When asked if the “Shower of Love” was what she had expected, Thomas replied, “My Grandmother, Minnie Lee Burnette, taught me that people conceal who they are by what they say and reveal who they are by what the do. Days like these show you who your real friends are. I am humbled by this shower of love and outpouring of support.” Termination hearings are tentatively scheduled to resume in City Hall, Room 209, on Tuesday, October 12th at 10 am, Wednesday, October 13th at 1:00 pm and October 18, 28 and 29. Dates are subject to change.

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By Asantewa Holley The recent album release party of “Nov the War in Music,” the debut album of Buffalo hip -hop artist Nov, proved to be an intoxicating formula. Nov set a new pace and officially represented the too commonly over-looked talent pool of Buffalo’s hip-hop music scene.

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I recently had an opportunity to sit down with Nov and discuss his album, the Buffalo music scene, and the road ahead. AH: You really raised the bar in every aspect with “Nov the War in Music.” There is an abundance of talent in Buffalo. However many artists feel they have to be in a bigger city such as New York City or Atlanta to get their music heard. What are your thoughts on that? NOV: I don’t believe in that concept. I lived in NYC. The difference I see is a standard of how the music is put out in those cities from promotion, packaging, and performances. There is a void of that standard here in Buffalo so many people don’t take artists here seriously. It’s important for me to represent Buffalo with that same high standard and quality that I had an opportunity to be exposed to. AH: How did you get involved with doing music? NOV: To some extent I have always been involved with some form of music, playing the trumpet classical/jazz in college and some piano. I really didn’t become serious about rapping until about 2006 when a good friend Rick displayed interest in a talent that he saw in me and motivated me to become serious.

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AH: What’s next for NOV? NOV: Pushing the “Nov the War in Music” until I feel like we reached enough people and places where people can say they heard of NOV from Buffalo. I’m not looking for a deal just to be recognized for putting out good music. For more information on “Nov the War in Music” check out www.thisisnov.com HOTEP, Asantewawrites@gmail.com (Promoting a positive Buffalo talent at asantewawrites@gmail.com)

AH: “Nov the War in Music” touches on a lot of different subjects. Which track on the album most embodies who NOV is? Nov: “Just like you” fits my position in both society and as a man of color. AH: This is my favorite track on the album, touching on the importance of what artists are saying. Rap is more then just verses and nice flows: the music which is being idolized in our community needs to reflect more of the positive where being educated is not shunned.

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T.I.’s Probation Officer Recommends Prison; Lawyers Seek Lesser Sentence (AllHipHop News) Prison time for T.I. is inevitable, although prosecutors and defense lawyers representing the rap star are arguing in court over how much time he should spend in prison for violating his probation. According to reports, T.I.’s probation officer has recommended a sentence of eight to 14 months in prison, while lawyers for the rapper countered that at most, T.I. should be sent to prison for 5 to 11 months.

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At 2:00 PM on October 15th, T.I. will find out just how much time he will spend behind bars, for violating the terms of his probation on September 1st in Los Angeles. Police stopped the rapper around 10:45PM on the Sunset Strip, after he made an illegal U-turn in his Maybach. A search of the occupants revealed that T.I. and his wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle were carrying a controlled substance, later identified as ecstasy. Additionally, T.I. tested positive for drugs during a test conducted after the traffic stop. T.I. was on probation after being released from prison last March, after serving a year for attempting to purchase machine guns and silencers in October of 2007, just before the BET Awards.

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If We Don’t Vote, They Don’t Win! When State Senator Antoine Thompson toured several Black Church last Sunday, his message at each was basically the same: the community has a responsibility to history, and to their children’s future, to vote on Tuesday, November 2. Thompson, who has been the victim of negative campaigning and a biased media throughout this election, pointed to the anti-incumbency, right-wing, TeaParty mentality that prevails among many voters today; a voting population that is expected to turn out in record numbers. President Barack Obama, he pointed out, has been under intense attack, “since the day he got in office… they’ve wreaked havoc on him,” said Thompson during his brief talk at True Bethel …”But we have a responsibility on Nov 2 to stand up and be counted.” November 2, he continued, “is a referendum” on him (Obama) and our opportunity to elect those who will best represents our interests. “Two Years ago (the election of Mr. Obama) was a down payment on change,” concluded Thompson. “If we’re going to be successful we’ve got to show up and vote!” -Experience Matters and So Does Your VoteIn his kickoff remarks for his campaign to become an Erie County Judge, Judge McLeod stated, “I HAVE EXPERIENCE THAT MATTERS.” However what matters equally as important to the Judge now is a huge voter turnout in the community to guarantee that he is able to hold on to his Primary Election win, even though he is head and shoulders above his opponent. For more information on Judge McLeod go to www.judgejamesmcleod.com For more information on Senator Thompson go to www.senatorantoinethompson Both Sen. Thompson and Judge McLeod need your vote on Election Day Tuesday Nov. 2. If we don’t vote; if we fail to go to the polls in record numbers, the outcome won’t be surprising. They very possibly will not win. And that’s a chance we cannot afford to take. See you at the polls!

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Learn How to Use the New Voting Machines On Wednesday, October 20 at 6 p.m., Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant will host the Erie County Board of Elections at the Frank E. Merriweather Library in an information and education meeting. There will be at least two of the new electronic voting machines at the library so that potential voters in the November 2 General Election will have an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the new machines and the new voting ballot. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Community Action Plan Task Force. According to Legislator Grant, many individuals who voted on the new machines in the Primary in September were not too happy with the electronic machines. Legislator Betty Jean Grant stated, “Since those machine were recently bought and put in place, I don’t see the board of elections changing them in any time in the near future. It is up to the voters to practice on those machines to ease an discomfort they may have.” Legislator Grant further stated that there will be at least seven minor political parties, including the Freedom Party, on the ballot this year. She said that many voters forgot to turn their ballots over to fill in the voting places on the other side. Another problem was that many inspectors failed to inform voters about the 2 sided ballots and as a result, there were a lot of post election day anger in the community. Also the issue of downsizing the county legislature may be on the ballot in November, (pending the outcome of an appeal filed the election commissioners) so voters need to attend the meeting to hear about the negative impact a downsized Erie County Legislature will have on the city of Buffalo and the African American community.

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Open letter to the public: Do Remembering Mary J. Freedom Party: The Best Kept in the United States you really care? Rogers: the Queen of Secret By Alton Maddox BMHA

We need to restore family values within our homes. What part are you playing to make it happen? Are you one of those persons who knows the truth; knows that our community needs a healing? We need to start by putting God first like our forefathers did back from the slave ship to farms to jobs. Prayer was the only thing that worked, but faith without works means little. You can’t only pray for healing, you must also do your part to make it happen, by volunteering or giving back no matter how small or large, but you must help. Do you really care about your kids or are you going to keep allowing them to kill each other because everything has been taken out of our community - education, jobs, training, leaving nothing left but guns, drugs and broken families. Are we going to keep allowing our so called leaders to keep preaching while our kids keep dying? Why do we only see the in the hood Darnell campaigning at election time? These are the same politicians JACKSON that keep selling us out to the highest bidder. I know some people don’t like what I say, but my people come first - not some sellout. The politicians know where their votes come from, so who should they listen to for real? Our kids don’t matter to them. They don’t care about your kids only our vote! Why do we continue to vote for these some people? Look at the condition of our community and look at the condition of our youth. Look at all the construction being done around the city, but are your kids working or do you really care? Is your pastor speaking up, or do they really care? We need to have a real community forum to address the issues plaguing our families and neighborhoods. The pastors, mayor and all elected officials and civic and community leaders must be held accountable for real. I’m not playing games while our community keeps being disrespected and used to get high rating off the backs of our children’s misery, tragedy and death. We must take a stand and even if I have to stand alone I will do what I have to , to get respect for all of our people dead or alive. So stay tuned. It’s not over until we find a solution. We are going back to the 50’s & 60’s when we should be going forward. Anyone wanting to help stem this negative tide, please go to our website or call Darnell directly at 716-570-9165 Just keeping it real… (Donations from $5 a month and up will help hire a youth. Use your money wisely. Eastsideredevelopment.org is a Tax exempt organization).

Videos, Sex Population, Economics & Real Power” Dear Editor: Teenagers do not produce, direct, market music videos, we adults do, perpetuating the idea that through sexual actions comes power, where in fact through sexual actions comes heartache, debt and unwanted/loved children. In today’s economy we cannot and will not be able to provide/generate enough monthly jobs to keep up with the current population growth due to technology (I’m a mechanical designer and what at one time took 3 people to do, now takes 1 person in half the time). It is time for a re-assessment of family, population awareness, job creation & essentially personal power - the useful, productive expenditure of energy & the resources/results that energy generate. Too many believe through sexual enticement/satisfaction comes true love & power. The LIE must be annihilated if we wish to bring all our communities back from the brink of baggy pants, hot pants, tight tops, broke, busted, disgusted disaster. After viewing a youth party being held at a club I run, I was shocked to see what the current dance craze is. I realized the music videos I once defended (back in the days of Luther Vandross, Micheal Jackson, Chicago, Whitney Huston and such) have be come orgies with clothes on, just a little bit for the women at that. Don’t get me wrong what woman doesn’t take pleasure in pleasing her man, at the same time when we make the mistake of turning pleasure into power playing we are setting ourselves up for disaster, not only for the two parties involved, but for any possible children that might come out of the situation, our communities, our nation. We all must wake up and see what is taking place with our young people. We adults, produce the videos, design the clothes, promote, establish life style habits. The “Bend Ova!” parties got to be taken seriously or we will lose another generation. In closing - At the party I asked one of the young ladies “ Would you want a future boss seeing a picture of you doing what your doing? (there were phone pictures being taken)” I was lucky, we didn’t have You Tube back in the day, that is even more of a reason we got to say to our young people, Wake up! You’re too valuable, please live your life in way where you won’t have to be a shame. I have too much crap in my own closet, but now a days many you don’t even have a closet! Verneice Turner Page 14

It seems that both good things and not so good things happen on Wednesdays. One, the Challenger Community News is published on a Wednesday,which is a very good thing. The not so good things about the last couple of Wednesdays is that my friend, mentor and surrogate mom, Mary J. Rogers, died on a Wednesday and was funeralized the following Wednesday. There are only a few people who have never met Mary J. Rogers or who have not been helped by her, especially those residents of Buffalo who lived, at one time or another, in public housing. I moved to Buffalo in 1970 BETTY JEAN and met Mary a GRANT few months after that. She was living in the Ferry/Grider Housing Develpment and was a single parent raising her two kids, Darwin and Darlena ( I found out after her death that she had a daughter named Linda who was living out of town). But that is the way Ms. Rogers was. Things she wanted you to know, she told you; and things she didn't want you to know, you very seldom found out. Like her middle name. for instance. I used to ask her many times, what the J stood for. She would just smile and say, "Never mind". I found out that it stood for 'Jane' when her son, Darwin, brought me a copy of his mother's Obituary to prepare a Memorial Resolution for her funeral. In 1982, Mary ran for the position of tenant commissioner of public housing for the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority. She won the election and the tenants rewarded her by returning her to her commissioner's position for 12 consecutive two-year terms. Mary served under three of Mayor Jimmy Griffin's 4 year terms and she served under all of Mayor Anthony Masiello's three terms. It took the unfairness of a new administration's obsession with trying to find some kind of misconduct or cell phone abuse that led to her forced resignation. That almost broke Miss Mary's heart but like all things that was put in the way to stop her, she survived and thrived. The last couple of years were not too kind to my friend. She had eye surgery, heart surgery, high blood pressure and she suffered from the usual aches and pain associated with her age. But she had a good life. She had raised her kids, helped to raise her grandchildren and was, up to the day she passed, was playing a role in helping her granddaughter with her four children. She was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother andfriend that we all Continued Page 15

While the media is raving about the Tea Party, it has failed to publicize the success of the Freedom Party in New York which trumped the Tea Party in collecting signatures to get on the gubernatorial ballot for the general election on November 2 in New York. Moreover, the Tea Party has been given the boot from the ballot in New York. No Black and Latino-led political party has ever been able to get on the ballot in any state. DC is a territory. The Freedom Party was inspired by Fannie Lou Hamer and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party which was never able to secure ballot status inMississippi. Similarly, the Rainbow Coalition was never able to emerge as a political party. To achieve ballot status in New York, the Freedom Party had to gather signatures in fifteen of New York’s twenty-nine congressional districts. To gather these signatures, the Freedom Party had to connect with the most populous, congressional districts for Blacks which include upstate New York. There is the gubernatorial election in New York on November 2. The Democratic and Republican parties have fielded all-white, all-male, statewide slates. The Freedom Party is a more diverse slate since it includes a Black male from Brooklyn, a Black female from Buffalo and a Latino male from the Bronx. In 1948, the Dixiecrats opposed diversity. Without the Freedom Party, New York would be headed back to 1948. The Tea Party is the instigator. Unless Blacks, Latinos and Asians form and sustain a third party, this country is moving back to the right. We can ill-afford to be no more than spectators. A forum on the future of Black and Latino coalition politics was held October 9at Thurgood Marshall Center, in Washington, D.C. Gubernatorial candidate and current member of the New York City Council, Charles Barron, was the keynote speaker. Councilman Barron is available to discuss the significance of this historic forum. Blacks, Latinos and Asians comprise over forty percent of New York’s population. In the next decade, these groups will constitute a majority of the state’s population. They already constitute a majority of New York City’s population. Currently, New York is controlled by another coalition: The 3I’s. I am a founding member of the Freedom Party. You may contact me for any further information or to schedule Councilman Barron for an interview. My telephone number is 718-834-9034.

Citizens Alliance Says “Thanks” Dear Editor: Board members of Citizen’s Alliance, Inc. and staff extend a Thank You to sponsors and supporters of our 33rd Anniversary Celebration. On Saturday, September 25, 2010 the community came together and enjoyed a wonderful evening. This year we recognized staff members who make it possible for the organization to operate. Once again we thank you for being part of the Citizen’s Alliance’s vision to maintain our community “One home at a time”. For information about programs offered through Citizen’s Alliance, Inc, please call 716-597-0262. -Inez Hord The Meaning of The above image/logo, part of the Challenger flag, corresponds to one of the 81 chapters in Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching. This particular tetragram corresponds to number 27, defined as “The Skillful Exchange of Information.” (From R.L Wing’s book, The Tao of Power.) “The truth, always the truth--at all costs”

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by Margaret Kimberley The dictates of white supremacy have resulted in numerous examples of murder, torture and endless human rights abuses over the course of centuries. White supremacy is still with us, and so are its many manifestations. We are propagandized, induced to lose intelligence, compassion, and even the instinctive desire for self-preservation whenever white people declare their actions to be right, and the only possible way to understand the world. Even in the field of medicine, white supremacy turns people who should be healers into tormentors. These tormentors are then able to deny that people of color are in fact people, and these humans become laboratory rats, subjected to disease and pain by people who should be helping them. In 1972, the world discovered that American physicians had committed a heinous crime over a period of forty years. In Tuskegee, Alabama in 1932, black men were recruited with handbills promising free medical treatment for “bad blood” a term used to describe a variety of conditions. When patients responded to the promise of medical care, money and hot meals, 399 men were found to be infected with syphilis but they were never informed of that fact nor were they given any treatment for this disease. Instead they were studied as they suffered and died, and spread the devastating sexually transmitted disease to their partners, spouses and children. The United States Public Health Service not only operated the study, but went to great lengths to prevent the subjects from being aware of their condition or from seeking treatment. The PHS alerted health departments in northern cities not to treat anyone from Tuskegee who presented with syphilis. The victims of the Tuskegee study were also exempted from joining the armed services, where their condition would have been discovered in medical examinations. Even after penicillin became the accepted treatment for syphilis beginning in the late 1940s the men in the Tuskegee study continued to be kept in a state of ignorance about their condition and were never offered what had become a standard treatment. The Tuskegee syphilis experiment was a secret only to the American public, it was quite well known in the medical community. Officially known as “The Effects of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male,” the Tuskegee study became the longest observational study conducted in medical history. It was the subject of thirteen scientific studies over the years but was not widely exposed until whistle blower Peter Buxtun told his story to the media in 1972. He turned to the press after trying to work within the system for six years in an effort to stop the project. Nearly forty years after the Tuskegee horror was made widely known, on October 1, 2010 the Obama administration acknowledged that from 1946 to 1948, United States government scientists infected prisoners and mental patients with syphilis in the central American nation of Guatemala. The project was administered by the Public Health Service, the National Institutes of Health and the Pan American Health Organization and operated with the knowledge of the Guatemalan government. Prostitutes with syphilis were allowed to have sex with prison inmates, and mental patients were directly injected with syphilis or had the bacteria literally poured into their wounds. The story of the Guatemala syphilis experiment immediately brought to mind obvious comparisons with the well known Tuskegee study, but there was also a very direct connection between the two. The Guatemala study was discovered by Wellesley college professor Dr. Susan Reverby in the course of her research on the Tuskegee experiments. Her research on Dr. John C. Cutler who worked on the Tuskegee program in the 1960s, revealed that he operated the Guatemala infection program as well. Neither Cutler nor any of his colleagues were charged with crimes for their work at Tuskegee, nor did they suffer professionally. Cutler went on to have an illustrious career, ending with a professorship at the University of Pittsburgh, and when he died in 2003, his obituary omitted his well known involvement at Tuskegee. Until the day the White House acknowledged the Guatemala experiments, Cutler’s name was still being used by the University of Pittsburgh to attract major donors without any reference being made to his connection with the Tuskegee horror. There is a more than coincidental link of the same doctor being involved in the Tuskegee, Alabama and Guatemala experiments on human beings. The poorly educated black farmers in Alabama and the prisoners and mental patients in Guatemala had one important thing in common. They were not white. They also lived under the rules of American segregation and American imperialism. Both systems allowed diabolical behavior to be normalized and praised as long as it was committed by white people. “Prostitutes with syphilis were allowed to have sex with prison inmates, and mental patients were directly injected with syphilis or had the bacteria literally poured into their wounds.” The Tuskegee experiment resulted in laws mandating informed consent in medical experiments, but those rules did not change the propensity to silently take orders, or to accept white skin privilege as being good and beneficial to the people of the world. Crimes against humanity take place on a daily basis when decisions are made to create a for profit prison system filled with black people or to send troops to invade and occupy foreign nations. We live in a system that legitimizes the Cutlers and their ilk, whose advanced education is used to not to advance the needs of humanity, but to undermine it. President Obama personally apologized to Guatemalan president Alvaro Colom about the 1940s experiments, but presidents and cabinet secretaries are in place precisely because they are willing to act inhumanely if the right interests are served. There will always be a Tuskegee, or a Guatemala in a world where racism and hegemonic power are still the rule. Margaret Kimberley’s Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at http://freedomrider.blogspot.com. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimber is BAR editor and senior columnist.

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should be proud to have known. Mary came to my husband's store the day before she died,due to a massive heart attack. She looked no different than she did at any other time. There was nothing about her presence that gave me a reason to pause and ponder. I had no idea t h a t I would not see her again, alive. I never said goodbye. But that's life and that is the way it rolls sometimes. “Now I lay me down to sleep.” That's also a good reason why we should live each day as if we might not see tomorrow. "I pray the Lord my soul to keep.” We should not go to bed with angry words still on our tongues and malice floating around our hearts. "If I should die before I wake.” We should tell our loved ones every day how much they mean to us. " I pray the Lord my soul to take." Rest in Peace, my friend, Mary Jane Rogers.

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On Wednesday, October 6, concerned members of the community watched as a familiar scene unfolded in the chambers of Judge Michael D’Amico. 26 yearold DeMario Stevens-Quinn, whose family stewarded him into entrepreneurship as a family day care provider appeared for sentencing after being convicted of conducting the business fraudulently. From what the Millions More Movement has uncovered through our own investigation, it appears that both DeMario and 27 year old Olga Casiano have been targeted, persecuted, and prosecuted by those who deliberately sabotage Black business, and save their most vicious campaigns for our youth who have been given the idea of self sufficiency. My heart broke as I listened to admissions of wrongdoing from DeMario; absent the back room beating, but a coerced confession like any other…given in hopes of receiving mercy Sabirah from a place of obvious contempt. The superior tone, the Muhammad confident sneer, and the “I-own-you-nigga” attitude were all palpable, as the judge chided DeMario for his early refusals to admit guilt. D’Amico sentenced him to probation, with a month of weekends in jail. Later, I paused from the cause and put in a movie for distraction, Mel Gibson’s recent release: “Edge of Darkness.” In the film, Gibson plays a policeman whose daughter has been murdered by the corporation she was trying to expose for criminal activity. One particular scene summarizes what’s happened to Olga and DeMario perfectly. It’s one of those scenes that confirm something the Honorable Elijah Muhammad told us years ago: that our enemies would confess their machinations against us openly in their movies. They would do this so that in their own day of judgment, they could claim that they told us of their treachery, but we made the choice not to see. In the scene, Homicide Detective Thomas Craven (Gibson) is warned by a co-opted colleague to stop his attempts to uncover the truth of his daughter’s murder. Referring to Craven’s crusade he says: “It isn’t what it is, Tommy. It’s never what it is. It’s what it can be made to look like. There’s a DA in Hampshire County; gonna charge you with the death of your daughter’s boyfriend. He don’t got a case – that doesn’t matter. It’ll be 5 years of people thinking you did it. You’ll go broke, you’ll lose the house; then they’ll go after your pension. If you win the case, there’ll be a civil suit. At that point, you won’t be able to afford a lawyer.” That’s the script. That’s what has happened to the Quinn family, and so many others. The financial drain has left them broke, and they struggle to keep shelter and utilities. Day care parents who would have stood with them have been terrorized by so-called officials. Harassment, false reports, and outright lies have shaped “what it can be made to look like.” For example, it was a licenser who claimed that a father raised doubt about whether his child was in attendance at the family day care. She later admitted in open court that she herself had made that complaint. This woman, a liar, is the source of the oft repeated label “phantom daycare.” Over the years, the Millions More Movement has come to the defense of a woman accused of manhandling an agile, combat honed sheriff’s deputy at 7 months pregnant, five 16 year olds who allegedly murdered a man but left only 1 set of foot prints in deep snow, and a tiny police woman who became the scourge of the department after breaking the death grip of a colleague on an already subdued man, and receiving a punch to the face for her trouble. In each case, “it wasn’t what it was, but what it was made to look like.” There’s another movie worthy of mention at this time, one opening on October 15th, called Conviction. It’s the true story of a woman - a high school dropout who pursued a GED, then a Bachelor’s degree, then a Master’s degree, and then a law degree to wage an 18 year battle to free her wrongfully convicted brother. Would that we as a family would fight like this for all of our wrongfully convicted brothers (and sisters), and for justice for all. Let’s make a commitment to DeMario Quinn, and Olga Casiano, to John Walker and his co-defendants, and to ourselves to work for justice. As the 15th anniversary of the historic Million Man March approaches, the Millions More Movement will be fighting. Will you join us? (Thursdays, 7pm, 422 Pratt Street, 948-5100).

Hua Hu Ching By Lao Tzu Sixty-Four In earlier times, people lived simply and serenely. Sensitive to the fluctuations that constantly occur, they were able to adjust comfortably to the energy of the day. Today, people lead hysterical, impulsive lives. Ignoring the subtle alterations of yin and yang which influence all things, they become confused, exhausted, and frustrated. However, even today one can restore wholeness and clarity to one’s mind. The way to do this is through study of the I Ching. Like the cycle of day and night, everything is a tai chi incorporating movements between yin and yang. If you do not see the patterns in these movements, you are lost. But if you consult the I Ching with an open mind, you will begin to see the patterns underlying all things. Knowing that daybreak will come, you can rest peacefully at night. When you accurately perceive the fluidity of things, you also begin to perceive the constancy behind them: the creative, transformative, boundless, immutable Tao. To see this is the ultimate education, and the ultimate solace.

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Free Workshops For Aspiring Area Homeowners

Ask Eve Dear Eve: I have a secret that I have held for more than 30 years. I was engaged to one guy (I’ll call him George), but I had dated Bob (not his name) just about 3 months before I married George. I didn’t know at the time that I was pregnant by Bob. Bob was sent overseas, so he couldn’t know and I couldn’t reach him. Nevertheless to avoid a scandal, when my son was born, I gave him George’s last name. It was my last name too. I have not told my son yet

MILK NOT JAILS: Pictured above are scenes from the successful “Milk Not Jails” event held outside the Merriweather Library on Jefferson Avenue recently. Among picture are Prisoners are People Too founder and director Karima Amin (lower fight hand corner), Nia Hawkins and Tomescia Werssinger (upper left), cute little Jayla Keaton (eaing ice cream), and Tychist Baker (center w/ white apron and hat), a volunteer worker from out of town who was jailed later that evening on bogus charges!

George had no knowledge of this when he died in a bad car accident on my son’s 18th birthday.

Non-profit affordable housing organization Belmont Housing Resources for WNY is set to offer two informative workshops for area residents interested in homeownership. Scheduled to run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Hamburg Town Hall at S-6100 South Park Avenue, the series will begin on Wednesday, October 27th, with How to Save to Buy a House, which will cover a variety of topics including effective credit management and budgeting strategies and Belmont’s Matched Savings Individual Development Account Program. The second workshop, How to Buy Smart When You Do, will be presented the following week on Wednesday, November 3rd, and will explore such issues as shopping for a house, understanding mortgage products and securing down payment and closing cost assistance. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Belmont Housing Resources for WNY at (716) 884-2358 Ext. 131 • TDD 711.

Dear Secret so Far: Ironically, I have received a couple of other letters that believe-it-or-not - are quite similar. All of which are profound secrets. A secret is definitely - a secret. Why would you want to reveal it especially since you have held it for more than 30 years? Suppose Bob doesn’t remember! Suppose he doesn’t believe you! Suppose your son doesn’t believe you either! What then? Why not let it die within you? In the bible, there are many passages on the subject. Proverbs 11:13 reads: A talebearer revealeth secrets, but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

The Niagara Falls Housing Authority, along with Norstar Development USA, L.P., hosted the “Creation of a Beloved Community” ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. at Aaron Griffin Way at Garden Avenue. The revitalization plan, developed through a broad-based community planning process, took part in the ceremony. “With a $20 million revitalization grant funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), along with grant leverages of approximately $60 million, this project becomes a reality for residents and the City of Niagara Falls, stated Stephanie W. Cowart, Executive Director of the Niagara Falls Housing Authority. “This project, is the culmination of a commitment and promise kept to our re residents and the Niagara Falls community,” she continued.

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Not too long ago, I heard from a mutual friend that Bob lives not too far from me. I’d like to see Bob again. Should I tell him? Or should I leave it alone? I certainly hope that he will remember. It was so long ago. I can’t say it isn’t on my mind, because it definitely stays on it. When you answer this letter, please don’t mention ray name. So Far It Is Still My Secret

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Wednesday October 13

Thursday October 14

Saturday October 16

Buffalo/WNY International Action Center Demonstration: 5-7 p.m.; Ellicott Square Building

Antoine Thompson Fundraiser The New Golden Nugget, 2046 Fillmore; tickets $20; call 605-8773.

WUFO 2010 Expo& Health Fair: 12-8 p.m.; Family Life Center, 833 Michigan Avenue; free; call 834-1080.

Moot Senior Citizens “Best Breakfast in Town”: 9 a.m..; Moot Senior Center, 292 High St.

Friday October 15

Earth-Spirit Expo: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Daemen College Wick Social Room; 4380 Main St.; admission $5; call 380-4429;

Parent Network of WNY 8th Annual Harvest Honors Conference & Awards Dinner; Millennium Hotel (next to Galleria Mall); call 578-6366. Thursday October 14 3rd Annual Fork It Over Fundraiser to Benefit Gloria J. Parks Community Center: UB South Campus Harriman Hall; tickets $40; call 832-1010. Art Lab f/Chuck Tingley Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo Present a Monthly Artists Show and Tell; 7-10 p.m.; 464 Gallery, 464 Amherst St.; free; call 9832112. HOME Membership Reception: 5 p.m.; 2nd Cup Café, 36 Broadway; admission $5; call 854-1400. Notes on the Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr.: 3:30-5 p.m.; Buffalo State Campus Bishop Hall; presented by Alan Podet, professor of religious studies.

Commumity Rally and Fundraiser for Judge McLeod: 5-8 p.m., Arthur’s Pub, 596 Genesee St. @ Jefferson; $10; 5972526 Robot 1.0: 6-10 p.m.; 464 Gallery, 464 Amherst St.; art featuring various artists; free; call 983-2112.

Domestic Violence Dinner Meeting: Rev. James Lewis keynote speaker, 6-9 p.m., Islamic Society of Niaara Frontier, 745 Heim Road. Sunday October 17

Within the Moment: the Photography of Chuck Alaimo; 464 Gallery, 464 Amherst St.; free; call 983-2112.

Earth-Spirit Expo: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Daemen College Wick Social Room; 4380 Main St.; admission $5; call 380-4429.

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church “Chiavetta’s Chicken Dinner”: 3-6 p.m.; 15 Fernhill Avenue; eat in or take out; $10 ½ chicken; call 892-3267 or 833-0442.

Tuesday October 19

Peaceful Music and Performance Showcase: 6 p.m.; Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Pkwy.; call 896-5200. Saturday October 16 The Omega Mentoring Program 1st Annual “Chiavettas for College” Fundraiser: 1-5 p.m.; Johnnie B. Wiley Stadium; $10 dinner; call 308-6856.

Niagara Prison Family Support Group: 6-7 p.m. Niagara Falls Public Library 2nd Fl; 1425 Main St., N.F.; call 236-0257. Wednesday October 20 Join NYS Senator Antoine Thompson at Oliver’s Restaurant: 5:30-7:30 p.m.; 2095 Delaware Avenue; call 605-8773.

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REUNION! The 50th Year Anniversary Reunion of the Talbert Mall Frederick Douglass Towers, held in August, was a huge success. The 3-day event brought back folks from around the country. Pictured above are some scenes from the reunion’s first day, when former residents of “the projects” gathered at Clinton and Jefferson for good times and fun. The event ended with an awesome Reunion Banquet .Hats

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