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Renowned Aeolian Choir Performs as Part of Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations RIT, George Eastman House, Mt. Olivet Baptist Church host performances

As part of the community celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the internationally renowned Aeolian Choir of Oakwood University will perform a concert at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 in Ingle Auditorium at Rochester Institu cert is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5 p.m. The Aeolians of Huntsville, Ala., conducted by Jason Max Ferdinand, will present a repertoire of choral music and classic spirituals. First organized in 1946, the choir has traveled extensively around the world and has won numerous awards for its performances and recorded music. Additionally, the choir will perform at several area churches and local organizations: MARSHA Saturday, Jan. 22 (Short programs) 10:30 a.m. at the Jefferson Seventh Day Adventist Church, 309 Jefferson Ave.; 11:30 a.m. at Breath of Life Church, 1410 Clifford Ave. Sunday, Jan. 23 (Full concerts) Noon at the George Eastman House, 900 East Ave.; 4 p.m. at the Mount Olivet Baptist Church, 141 Adams St. Monday, Jan. 24 Noon–1 p.m. in Ingle Auditorium at Rochester Institute of Technology as part of the campus’ annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, “The 7;s Legacy.”

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luminary Events

On Monday, January 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, from sunset to 9 p.m., residents of southwest Rochester‟s 19th Ward will again line the sidewalks in front of their homes with luminary candles. This year, we are using the event to connect all segments of the SouthWest Quadrant. Residents of the neighborhood and visitors from all around Rochester are invited to stroll the streets, enjoy the warm glow, and meet neighbors. There will be a number of locations throughout the neighborhood that will be setting up stands providing free Hot Chocolate, treats, and fire pits. A map to these “hot‟ spots is available on the luminaryevening.com website. Proud sponsors of this year‟s events include the University of Rochester Residential Life Department. Luminary distribution locations include: Menezes Pizza - 445 Chili Ave.; Hunt’s Hardware- 390 Thurston Rd.; Boulder Café - 955 Genesee St. Kits are $4.00 which includes 10 luminaries. A portion of the proceeds will support the 19th Ward Association. Details on MLK Luminary Events canbe found at www.luminaryevening.com

First Community Interfaith Honors Dr. King

True peace is not merely the absence of tensions, it is the presence of justice.” -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Saturday, January 15, at 7:30 pm, the National Minister of First Community InterfaithInstitute Inc.,Minister Lawrence Lee Evans will give a lecture entitled “Doology Asks forthe Real King to Stand Out!” Rev. Dr. King would have been 82 years old this year if he was not assassinated when he was 39 years old. The lecture will be held at 219 Hamilton Street. We invite the public to hear Minister Lawrence Lee Evans as he addresses many of the misconceptions about King and the movement. Minister Lawrence Lee Evans, the developer of Doology, founder of First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. and financial supporter of the Charles Riley Tutorial Program, will explain how Dr. King’s brief life enabled him to be a “drum major for justice. For more information call (585) 461-0379. Page 2

Nikki Giovanni Returns to RITto Keynote Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

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ikki Giovanni Returns to RIT to Keynote Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Event also features Oakwood University Aeolian Choir and David Anthony Johnson Nikki Giovanni, one of America’s best known and widely-read poets, will give the keynote address at the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. ressions of King’s Legacy,” on Jan. 24 at Rochester Institute of Technology. The program is being held at noon in Ingle Auditorium in the Student Alumni Union on campus. Giovanni will be joined by the Oakwood University Aeolian Choir and David Anthony Johnson, a motivational speaker who will re-enact excerpts of Dr. King’s speeches, as part of the annual campus celebration. The event is free and open to the public. “We are thrilled to have Nikki Giovanni here for this annual event,” says Kevin McDonald, RIT’s chief diversity officer, of the poet, activist and the Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. McDonald shares a history with Giovanni as both were members of the Virginia Tech community when the campus experienced a tragic shooting in 2007. After a distraught student opened fire on classmates, killing 32 and then himself,Giovanni was eloquent in her address to the campus community calling f e says. “Her address helped a suffering community realize that it would prevail, and as a cultural icon she will bring the same passion and insightful words

regarding community, social justice, activism and diversity to our campus,” McDonald adds. The Aeolians are a nationally renownechoir gospel ensemble. They will perform selections of choral music and classic spirituals. Johnson is an orator of Martin Luther King Jr. speeches, a musical artist, youth advocate and founder of the nonprofit

organization 5 Talents More. The organization focuses on helping young people persevere in the face of personal challenges, an outgrowth of his experiences as a probation/corrections officer in California. After the formal presentation, Giovanni will be available for a book signing 1:30-3 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge in the RIT Student Alumni Union.

Urban League MLK Celebration The Urban League of Rochester will host a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King on Friday Jan. 14 at the Stardust Ballroom, Edgerton Community Center, 41 Backus Street.

1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers to Host MLK Event 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and Strong Memorial Hospital Administration presents its 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday, January 17, at 1:30 am in the Whipple Auditorium University of Rochester Medical Center, 601 Elmwood Avenue FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC One of Rochester's oldest continuous recognitions of Dr. King's birthday. Guest speaker will be Yvonne Armstrong, Executive Vice-president for 1199 SEIU Hudson Valley and Capital Region. For further information: Zola Brown (585) 244-0830 x318.

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MLK Park to Host Randy Smith Mayor Fires Thomas Former human resources commisBasketball Classic 2011 sioner Karla L. Thomas fought the The Randy Smith League is still here, still “free” and going strong in 2011. Registration is now underway and will fill up fast. The Coaches will be in charge this year and meetings will begin the first week of February. If you want to make a positive impact on Your Community, contact Joyce Wilson Nixon at joycenixon@ aol.com or call 716-912-4166 You can also contact Rev. Kenneth Simmons (Youth Pastor, Second Chance Ministries) at 716-883-1481 to register your teams. Registration is free and MLK Park is your park, for your Children in the heart of your community, so it’s time to step up to the plate and help put this League back on the map! The first 15 Coaches registered will be the Athletic Commission in charge of making the rules and selecting the teams. All of the Randy Smith Basketball Alumni coaches, players, Officials and parents are urged to come back and help make it a safe summer at MLK Park. Featured this year will be: *Health and Fitness testing, skills and training.*Academic, Arts,Community Support and Development *Peace and Non-violent Solutions Workshops *Music and Entertainment in our Outdoor Amphitheater. To Register contact: Joyce Nixon @ 716-9124166 or joycenixon@aol.com; Jeff Nixon @ 716-912-0019 or jeffnixon@ aol.com ; Kenneth Simmons @ 716883-1481

Thompson Continues Community Activism

You can take the politician out of office, but you can’t take the love of a community out of the politician… at least not Antoine Thompson. This weekend the former State Senator will take part in two Martin Luther King observances. On Saturday, January 15, he will participate in a Day of Service Blood Drive at the American Red Cross, 786 Delaware from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 10 p.m. he will be the guest speaker at the D.G.M. Management Group’s Martin Luther King celebration at the Holiday Inn, 620 Delaware Avenue.

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good fight, but in the end lost in her bid to keep her job despite a lengthy “kangaroo court” public hearing. At press time we learned that based on former U.S. Attorney Michael Battle’s 23-page report, Brown concluded that he was justified in firing his onetime political ally from her $91,374-a-year job. We are sure we have not heard the last from Ms. Thomas who did an impressive job of making her case throughout the hearings.

Unlimited Possibilities Seeking Nominees for Annual Women’s Awards Program Unlimited Possibilities Overcoming Poverty Ministry Inc. is seeking nominations to celebrate Women “Together We Are Strong” throughout Western New York from all walks of life. Fifty women will receive this honor at our 4th awards dinner on March 18 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center at 7 p.m. This Dinner will provide scholarships and mentoring for high school girls graduating in June 2011 and are enrolled in a college or trade school by September 2011. Please write one paragraph about your nominee and return to: UPOP MINISTRY, INC. 1479 Kensington Avenue, Box 164, Buffalo, New York 14215. DEADLINE is January 25, 2011 For more information call 716-8359549, Nellie B. King, President

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HISTORIC: (L-R) Rev. Bernard Lee (who traveled with Dr. King), Supervisor George K. Arthur, Policewoman Marian Bass, Dr. King, Assistant Chief of Detectives Floyd Edwards a nd Assemblyman Arthur O. Eve as they appeared on the front page of the November 16, 1967 Challenger.

1967: The Year Martin Luther King Visited Buffalo The year was 1967. Stokley Carmichael, who later became known as Kwame Ture, a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) coined the phrase “Black power” in a speech in Seattle. The Supreme Court ruled that prohibiting interracial marriage was unconstitutional. And major Black uprisings took place in Newark and Detroit, leaving death and destruction in its wake. It was the year that civil/human rights and passionate anti-war champion Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his anti-war speech to a meeting of clergy at Riverside Church in New York City on April 4 titled, “Beyond Vietnam: Time to Break the Silence.” And although rarely mentioned in local history, It was also the year that Dr. King visited Buffalo. Brought here by the University of Buffalo, he spoke to a near capacity crowd at Kleinhans Music Hall on the topic: “The Future of Integration.” Yet his loudest applause of the evening came when Dr. King said that America is more concerned with winning “an ill considered and unjust war in Vietnam than in winning the war against poverty at home.” On his unpopular stand he stated: “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, political nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” He met with only a handfull of local African American leaders – among them: Supervisor George K. Arthur, Garfield Hinton, Assemblyman Arthur O. Eve, Policewoman Marian Bass, Chief of Detectives Floyd Edwards and Supervisor Horace Billy Johnson. “He was regular, friendly and easy to talk to,” recalled Arthur upon meeting

On Wednesday, January 19, 2011, Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant will host a Town Hall meeting at the Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. to give the elected officials who represent the City of Buffalo an opportunity to appear before the voters who elected them. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. and the community will be given opportunities to ask questions or put forth suggestions on how the city can be turned around in a positive way. The focus of the meeting will be to allow the residents to hear how the politicians are working collectively on an agenda that will advance economic development and a better quality of life in Buffalo. This meeting is open to all elected officials in all levels of government and they will be given a personal invitation to attend. Buffalo’s two newly- elected New York State Senators as well as newly elected Councilmember Darius Pridgen and Mayor Byron W. Brown are expected to be in attendance with the other elected officials. Some topics that will be covered include: UB 20/20, Michigan Street Heritage Corridor, Buffalo’s waterfront, fair distribution of Buffalo’s CDBG monies, inner city economic redevelopment and viable construction training and internship programs on the Eastside. For more information on this crucial Town Hall meeting, please contact Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant @ 894-0914 04 7 or 536-7323.

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Community Action Stops Relocation of Popular Head Librarian When it was learned that Sandra Bush, the head librarian of the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, would be transferred out of the community, Legislator Betty Jean Grant sprang into action. A meeting between the director of the Buffalo & Erie County Library and the community was quickly arranged . Last week approximately 80 members of the community met at the Jefferson Street Library where they spoke out passionately, often eloquently, against the move. One by one, they stepped to the mike to make their case against the relocation; from the branch’s security guard who said that he was “not afraid to speak” and declared “Do not take Miss Bush…!” to former Councilmember and civic leader Clifford Bell who told the officials that Ms. Bush was more than just a librarian…she’s a member of this community and warned that to relocate her would be a “seriously bad mistake.” Their pleas did not go unheard, and on Tuesday it was announced that the Central branch had decided to allow Ms. Bush to remain at the Merriweather Library…at least for now. “I would like to thank this community because they seriously made a difference,” said Legislator Grant.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Nearing Completion on National Mall

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fter 20 years of planning, a memorial honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is nearing completion in Washington. The memorial will feature a large statue of King, a wall of quotations from his writings and speeches and a bookstore. The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial is a program of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. The monument will be located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Current plans are for

the memorial to have three underlying themes: justice, democracy and hope — highlighted by the use of water, stone and trees respectively throughout the memorial. King will be the first Black man honored with a memorial in the National Mall area and the third non-president to be commemorated in such a way. The King Memorial will be administered by the National Park Service. Dr. King was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, having been initi-

News Update ated into the organization in the 1950s, while he was attending Boston University. In 1968, after King’s assassination, Alpha Phi Alpha proposed erecting a permanent memorial to King in Washington, D.C. The fraternity’s efforts gained momentum in 1986, after King’s birthday was designated a national holiday.

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American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. helped to change the course of U.S. history. The memorial on the National Mall in Washington will honor him for his contributions to his country. Its dedication – August 28, 2011, is the same day in 1963 when he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. 

 Martin Luther King was in the forefront of the American civil rights movement in the 1960s. He led marches and protests throughout the segregated south, preached non-violence in the face of violence and went to jail several times for his actions. 
 
King’s efforts helped to lead to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law forbids discrimination based on sex, race, religion or national origin. 

An assassin shot and killed King in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. 

 The memorial will occupy a one-and-ahalf-hectare site not far from the Washington Monument and memorials to Jefferson and Lincoln. 

The focal point of the memorial is a 1,600-metric-ton granite structure called the mountains of despair, a theme from Reverend King’s

Carol Moseley-Braun Last Major Black Candidate Standing in Chicago

The former U.S. Senator finally emerged as the Black “consensus” candidate in the city’s mayoral race. But labor activist James Thindwa says Moseley-Braun brings lots of baggage, having “managed to alienate major Democratic progressive constituencies" during her 1993-99 term. “Some energy is firming up around her now,” says Thindwa, “but that’s because there is no alternative.” -blackamericaweb. com

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Attacks against inmates by prison guards “were carried out in retaliation for the statewide prison work stoppage, and were not isolated,” said Georgia State NAACP President Edward O. Dubose, speaking for the Concerned Coalition to Respect Prisoners Rights. Some assaults on inmates occurred after visits to prison facilities by the Coalition delegations. -blackamericaweb. com

200th Anniversary of Largest U.S. Slave Rebellion

The January 1811 slave revolt near New Orleans was the biggest and most organized slave uprising in U.S. history, but “because of the power of slaveowners in Louisiana, information about the rebellion was largely suppressed,” said community historian Malcolm Suber. Over 100 slaves were killed in battle and more than 60 others were executed, their heads “placed on pikes that lined River Road between St. John’s Parish and New Orleans.” .-blackamericaweb.com

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famous “I Have a Dream” speech. A 10-meter high sculpture of King is carved from the center piece. 

The granite sculpture is the work of Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin. Memorial Foundation and Museum President Harry Johnson explains why a Chinese sculptor was picked to create the statue. 

“We chose him because we really believe that Dr. King’s message is true that you should not judge a person by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character,” said Johnson. “In these terms, we are thinking artistic character.” 

 Johnson says the King memorial will be a powerful statement about diversity in the United States -- a tribute to how far this country has progressed in the area of civil rights since its founding. Johnson says plans for the memorial’s dedication call for Barack Obama, the first African American elected president, to deliver the dedication speech.

Ivory Coast's Gbagbo rejects rival's unity offer ABIDJAN (AFP) – The party of Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday rejected an offer from the man deemed to have beaten him to the presidency to form a unity cabinet in order to end a political crisis. Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) head Pascal Affi N'Guessan told AFP the victory over Alassane Ouattara was "non-negotiable" after a Ouattara envoy said the rival camps could work together, provided Gbagbo stand down as president. As the stand-off intensifed, the African Union mediator seeking an end to the crisis said he would return to Abidjan within days for another effort to bridge the yawning gap between the two leaders. Both men have been sworn in as president, after the Independent Electoral Commission, the UN and most of the world said Ouattara won, while the Constitutional Council alleged vote irregularities and declared Gbagbo victor.

Cuba Haiti’s Biggest Medical Helper Cuba has been biggest medical helper to Haiti both before and after last January’s massive earthquake, says journalist and community activist Ray LeForest.-blackamericaweb.com

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HEALTH MATTERS

Get Happy to Live Longer!

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By Dr. Maoshing Ni The Science of Happiness It has long been observed that happy people are less prone to heart disease; and science agrees. One study demonstrated that one in five patients with coronary heart disease comes from the population of the severely depressed. Cancer researchers have found that laughter and joy increase levels of natural killer immune cells. Laughter also increases the release of endorphins -- compounds in your brain that give you a warm and fuzzy sense of well-being. Joyful people truly do live longer and healthier lives. 1. Self-Awareness Leads to Happiness “Thoughts become words, words become acts, acts become habits, habits express your character and your character becomes your destiny.” Imagine if your thoughts were positive: you would feel happy most of the time! On the reverse side, negative thoughts release enzymes that attack your immune system, which can lead to disease. 2. Foods that Promote Happiness Every day, eat lots of green leafy vegetables, such as kale and spinach, to get happy. These foods are high in folate, a natural B-vitamin that helps the brain make serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is associated with happiness. Many studies have linked low levels of folate and serotonin to depression. Beet greens, chard, and other green vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, asparagus, and broccoli are other good sources of folate. Also, omega-3’s play a critical role in brain function and can help elevate your moods. Get a brain and mood boost from omega-3 rich flaxseed oils and oily fish, including mackerel, salmon, trout, and tuna. Just be sure you are getting fish that is free from mercury and other dangerous substances. 3. Wake Up with a Smile Every morning, wake up and hold a big smile on your face, even if you aren’t feeling particularly cheerful. Believe it or not, just moving your muscles into a smile will increase endorphins and decrease the stress hormone cortisol that the adrenal gland releases in times of stress. Repeat a positive affirmation to yourself in the mirror to heighten the happiness. S 4. Get on the Bright Side Try to get outside for 20 minutes of sunshine every day. Studies show that sunlight exposure helps stimulate your pineal gland, a small gland located behind your forehead that produces a hormone called melatonin. Melatonin plays a role in keeping our body clock on time, and helps regulate our inner rhythmic cycles -- the circadian rhythm that controls your appetite, sleep and sex hormones. Your pineal gland also affects the production of other brain chemicals, including serotonin. By getting the right amount of sunlight throughout the seasons, you can improve your mood and prevent SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, a depression that is associated with too little sunlight in the winter months. Is there just not enough sun? My recommendation is that you use full-spectrum sun lamps, which have been found to correct the effects of SAD and give your mood a lift. Even in the winter, the sun’s rays can be stronger than you think; try to get your 20 minutes in before 10am or after 2pm.

Sheehan Welcomes New Outreach Coordinator Leavy Sheehan Health Network is serious about their new marketing message – “It’s All About You.” To help expand the new Family Care Clinic’s outreach campaign, Sheehan has hired Angela Leavy as the new Outreach Coordinator that will lead the community health awareness projects. “I look forward to working with the Buffalo community to bridge the health care informational gap. Sheehan has much to offer; men, women, children, and seniors will benefit from relevant health education,” states Angela. “Medical screenings and prevention education are vital to having a healthy life.” Patients are able to be examined by a primary care physician and also complete test in the same facility. Services include: primary medical care, OB/GYN, Women’s Health Services, Diagnostic Services, Full service laboratory, Alcohol and Substance Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation services Angela Leavy (inpatient and outpatient) and a Family Dental Clinic. Angela looks forward to meeting and working with the community. Please call the outreach department at (716) 848-2124 to learn more about Sheehan’s community workshops and how they can help your organization with health and wellness education. January 12, 2011

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Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Planned At the Merrriweather Library

Columnist Eva M. Doyle will host a Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. featuring our youth on Saturday, January 15 at the Merriweather library from 3 - 5 p.m. The theme of the program will be “Highlighting Our Youth Through Poetry, Song, and Dance.” There will be a performance by the Praise Dance Team Ministry In Motion directed by Denise Chapman Acosta. Area youth will also present poetry and readings on the life of Dr. King. Mrs. Doyle plans to do a choral reading led by the youth. The choral reading will be an excerpt of one of Dr. King’s sermons. There is still time for young people to sign up and participate in the program. You can call (716) 847-6010 for more information. Admission to the program is free. The library is located at 1324 Jefferson Avenue.

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PROJECT: BUFFALO PUBLIC SCHOOLS: BPS #18 Dr. Antonia Pantoja Community School of Excellence

Bids: Sealed bids will be received at the office of LPCiminelli, Inc., 2421 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214 at 2:00 PM, on February 8, 2011 for the contracts listed below. Pre-Bid Meeting: A pre-bid meeting will be held at BPS #18, Dr. Antonia Pantoja Community School of Excellence on January 25, 2011 at 3:30 PM, located at 118 Hampshire Street, Buffalo, NY 14213. All bidders are urged to attend. Site Tours & Information Sessions: Site Tours of BPS #18 will be available immediately following the Pre Bid Meeting. Contracts: The Project will be constructed using a multiple subcontract format. The following subcontracts will be bid at this time:

NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS (NOIRROF)

January 12, 2011 New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC) 38-40 State Street Albany, New York 12207 (518) 402-3392 On or about January 20, 2011, the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC) will submit a request to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of HOME funds under Title II of the Cranston- Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act (NAHA) of 1990, in accordance with section 288 (42 U.S.C. 12838), to undertake a project known as HOME Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Program, for purposes of rehabilitating 20 single-family owner-occupied homes on scattered sites in Census Tracts 12, 13.02, 16, 17, 18, 20, 27.01, 27.02, and 28, located on the East side of the City of Buffalo. The activities proposed are Categorically Excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act requirements. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at: Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY 1081 Broadway Buffalo, NY 14212 and may be examined or copied weekdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm PUBLIC COMMENTS Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to Barbara H. Wigzell, RA, Director, Environmental Analysis Unit, NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation, 38-40 State Street, Albany, New York, 12207. All comments received by January 19, 2011 will be considered by HTFC prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. RELEASE OF FUNDS HTFC certifies to HUD that Ms. Barbara H. Wigzell, RA in her capacity as Certifying Officer consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUD's approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows HTFC to use Program funds. OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS HUD will consider objections to its release of funds and HTFC’s certification received by February 4, 2011 or for a period of fifteen days following its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of HTFC; (b) HTFC has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the project have committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to Director of Community Planning and Development U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 26 Federal Plaza New York, New York 10278-0068 Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period. Ms. Barbara H. Wigzell, RA Certifying Officer January 12, 2011 Page 6

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** “Bidders on Contract 101 General Construction, Contract 105 Drywall/Acoustical, Contract 106 Painting and Contract 109 Electrical MUST BE a Certified Woman Owned Business Enterprise or a Certified Minority Owned Business Enterprise as defined in Specification Section 00900 Development and Diversification Plan for Workforce and Business, Section II Business Development and Diversification Rules”. The following Contracts will be bid at a later date: Contract 901 – Building Systems Contract 906 – Flooring Contract 920 – Security (DWT) Coordination between Contracts 100, 101, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, and 109 and Contracts 901, 906 and 920 will be required. Workforce and Business Diversification: It is the policy of the Program Provider to provide equal opportunity for all qualified individuals and businesses, to prohibit discrimination, and to promote full realization of equal opportunity through positive continuing programs. Refer to Section 00900 of the Project Manual, “Development and Diversification Plan for Workforce and Business”. Definitions: The Owner shall be defined as the City of Buffalo City School Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA), Buffalo N.Y. and the Joint School retained the services of LPCiminelli, Inc. as Program Packaging and Developreferred to as the Program Provider. The Architect for BPS #18 shall be defined

District as Agent for the Erie County Construction Board. The Owner has ment Services Provider herein after as Zaxis Architectural, P.C.

Opening of Bids: The proposals will be privately opened. Bid Bond: Bidders must include a Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the base bid. Consideration of Bids: The Program Provider reserves the right to waive any informality in the bid proposals, to reject any or all bids, or to issue any contract which it deems to be in the best interest of the Project. Bidding Documents: The Bidding Documents may be obtained starting on January 14, 2011, through Reprocraft located at 282 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202, upon the deposit of $100 per set, by check made payable to LPCiminelli, Inc. Bid deposit will be refunded to bidders returning the Bidding Documents in good condition within 30 days of the Bid Date. To obtain Bidding Documents, contact Reprocraft at (716) 847-6262. Bidding Documents may be examined at the following locations: LPCiminelli, Inc. – 2421 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214 Buffalo Board of Education Plant Services Department – Room 406 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202 Construction Exchange of Buffalo & WNY, 2660 William Street, Cheektowaga, NY 14227 Reed Construction Data, On-Line Viewing Site Only: www.reedconstructiondata.com Builders Exchange, Inc., 180 Linden Oaks, Suite 100, Rochester, NY 14625-2837 Southern Tier Builders Association, 65 East Main St, Falconer, NY 14733 The Outsource Center, 1649 Fillmore Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14211 McGraw Hill Construction: www.network.construction.com Other locations where contractors and subcontractors normally view plans. Plan Holders List: An updated Plan Holders List may be obtained by accessing LPCiminelli’s website at www.lpciminelli. com. The list is updated on a daily basis and can be found under “Bidding” and the school name. Requests for Information: Requests for Information regarding BPS #18 Bid Documents shall be submitted in writing to the attention of Wallace H. Wright at LPCiminelli, Inc., fax: (716) 854-6655 or email: wwright@lpciminelli.com . END OF SECTION 00100

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“Enough is Enought City-Wide Prayer” moves to the West Side this week. Let’s remove the denominational barriers! Assembly of Christian Church, 168 Forest Avenue, Pastor Samuel A. Rivera, Monday Jan. 10 - Friday Jan. 14 beginning 6pm to 7pm nightly.

New Year’s Revival with Prophetess Anita Williams A NEW YEARS REVIVAL with "The Prophetess" Anita Williams will be held Jan. 19, 20, & 21 at The True Praise and Worship Church, 578 Walden Ave. at 7p.m. nightly. THERE IS A WORD THAT HAS KEPT YOU AND THERE IS A WORD THAT WILL KEEP YOU! Don't miss this special anointed time. Host Pastor C. Jones, and First Lady K. Jones

Chicago Minister to Speak at Annual African Methodist Ministers Alliance King Service The Rev Dr. Eric Leake of Martin Temple AME Zion Church in Chicago, will be the guest preacher at the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service hosted by the African Methodist Ministers Alliance. The event will be held at St. Luke AME Zion at 1 p.m. Rev. Dr. Robert L. Graham is Presiding Elder and Host Pastor. Rev. A. Iona Smith Nze, M.Div., is AMMA President. For more information call (716) 835-1714.

Still Praising! First Holy Temple FGBC is having a 40 Day “Still Praising” Revival which started December 1, 2010 and will conclude on Friday, January 14, 2011. The Theme is 1 Peter 2:9-but ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkens into his marvelous light.” The service is nightly Monday thru Saturday with prayer at 6:30 p.m. and worship service starting at 7 p.m.: Sunday Service is at 11:00 a.m. The services will include a host of various guest speakers, apostles and pastors both local and those from Atlanta, Florida and California will be in attendance.

Daughters Of Creative Sound & Women Of The Well To Participate In Wny Biblical Storytellers Event The Western New York Guild of the Network of Biblical Storytellers will present “An Explosion of the Word of God through Story, Drama and Music,” a two-day celebration of the word of God on January 21 and 22 at Church of the Nativity UCC, 1530 Colvin Ave. The event is free and open to anyone who is interested in understanding the word of God, and wants to hear and experience it in new and exciting ways. Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday. Opening worship will be provided by the Buffalo-based “Daughters of Creative Sound,” nine women of African descent who express themselves through vocal, visual, and percussive avenues. The event reconvenes at 9 a.m. Saturday. Worship will be provided by the Rochester-based “Women of the Well,” under the direction of Gloria Ulterino. The event will conclude at 1p.m. with a closing worship service by “Women of the Well.”Afree will donation will be requested. Attendees are asked to register and select a workshop preference by calling 716-626-5254 or emailing to caroldickwolf@cs.com. Page 8

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Free City-Wide Celebration Pays Tribute To Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Sunday, January 16th at Kleinhans Music Hall T h e C o n cerned Citizens Following The Dream Committee will present its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Sunday, January 16 at Kleinhans Music Hall. The free community event is scheduled to begin promptly at 5:45 p.m. The theme is Where Do We Go From Here? with a keynote address delivered by Rev. Darius G. Pridgen, Pastor of True Bethel Baptist Church. This year’s celebration will commemorate the life and mission of the slain civil rights leader through a showcase of Western New York ’s diverse arts community. Performances include the African Cultural Center Dancers, Full Gospel Tabernacle Choir of Orchard Park, NY, Performing Arts Choir, the Philharmonic Gospel Chorus, Jennifer Suarez, Devoted to Dance Ministry, and national recording artists, the M.D.A. Fellowship Choir

of Detroit, Michigan along with many others. Additionally, this year’s Honorees include Community Activist, Florence Baugh (Legacy Award), Rev. and Mrs. Michael Chapman of St. John’s Baptist Church (Community Builders Award), Robert Baxter of Westminster Community Charter School (Education

Award), Michael Rivera (Community Service Leadership Award), and D. Bruce & Gail Johnstone (Humanitarian Award). Various students from the Buffalo Public School District who exemplify the life and teachings of Dr. King will also be recognized with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Awards.

This year’s celebration is sponsored in part by M&T Bank, Wegmans, 1199 SEIU Healthcare Education Project, Westside Community Services, Erie County Medical Center , Brian K. Lewis Funeral Home, Upstate New York Transplant Services, National Federation for Just Communities of WNY, The Belle Center, Hispanics United of Buffalo , Buffalo Teachers Federation and the Community Action Organization of Erie County, Inc. For more information on the event, contact Bessie Patterson at 8551569.

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Family, Friends Say Goodbye to Teena Marie ”She was not a spiritual human being, but a spirit having a human experience.” Dressed in white, hundreds of close friends and family gathered at Forest Lawn recently to say goodbye to R&B superstar, Teena Marie, at an afternoon memorial service. The singer, producer, died December 26, in her Pasadena home, but no signs of trauma were found according to investigators. She was 54. In attendance were music legends, Stevie Wonder, Smokie Robinson, Berry Gordy, and R&B greats Johnny Gill, George Duke, Deniece Williams, Shanice Wilson, and Norwood Young. Near the start of the service, an emotional Wilson shared a special moment when Marie became her unofficial “auntie”. After the story she delivered a beautiful performance of “Ave Maria.” Later, a medley of Marie’s hits were performed by a group, as baby pictures and photos with friends and family, including Rick James, were displayed on a large screen. The performance was a musical reminder to celebrate Teena Marie’s life and talents, not just mourn the loss of it. When songs “Square Biz” and “I Need Your Lovin” were sung many attendees bobbed their heads to the beat, while soulful ballads “Dear Lover” and “Portuguese Love” moved some to sway to the music.

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*Snoop Dogg With Special Guests, Jan. 27, 1011, The Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls; 716.205.8925, Tickets Ticketmaster 1-800-8953000. *Buffalo East, 1412 Main St., 5:30 p.m. Sundays, “Take Flight Open Mic,” hosted by Verneice Turner w/music by Take Flight. 713-9340.

*Live Piano Jazz: Free every Friday from 6-9 p.m. Diana M. Reeves on vocals Mr. Larry Henderson on drums. Hot Stuff Southern Cafe’, 829 Main St., NF,282.7883. *Feb. 5, 2011, Salt N Pepa, Shea’s Performig Ar Ts Center, 7 P.M., Tickets $39.50 & 49.50, At Shea’s Box Office, Doris Records, Ticketmaster.Com Or Charge By Phone 800-745-3000. On Stage Listings are Free. Write: The Challenger, On Stage, PO Box 474,, Bflo., NY 14208; or email:

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P A P P Y M A RT I N L O V E SUPREME JAZZ BLUES: Wegman’s, 601 Amherst St, Feb. 25, 6-8 p.m., “Jazz, soul & Food”; 3269613 *AT THE TRALF: Blues legend Buffalo’s own Lucky Peterson, Feb. 12; Avery Sunshine, Feb. 26; Shemekia Copeland, March 3. *Kholes Entertainment Ultimate Ladies Night Out All Male Revue Friday February 11th 8pm at The Tralf; LIVE Performance by R&B Sensation “JOHNAL”, The World Famous “International Hot Boyz” male revue and more ; tickets at all Ticketmaster outlets, Doris Records, New Style Records, The Tralf Box Office.

*Winter Wonderland” presented by Brandbuilderz, Mr. D. Wilson, Charles Costner & Jayson Mohr, Fri, Jan. 21 @ 8 p.m., 550 Banquet Hall, 550 Genesee St. featuring vocalist Audrey Davis, saxophonist Kevin Hall, vocalist Joey Diggs & special guest Savvi from Miami; hosted by Will Holton; tickets $25 advance $30 door includes food and drinks. *Anchor Bar, each Friday night @ 9 p.m. The Jazz Example featuring Larry Owenson drums; Greg Piontek on bass; Doug (Trigger) Gaston on Piano, Band Leader Bilal Abdullah on Tenor Sax; and vocalist Lady Lita, performing on stage.

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*Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 11:45-1 p.m., keynote speaker Arlee Daniels, chair, Stop the Violence Coalition. Hon. Clifford Bell MC; Central Library downtown; free.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration & Awards Ceremony
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Address: 65 Niagara Square. *Buffalo Americorps MLK Day of Service swearing in, noon, City Hall .

FRIDAY JANUARY 14 *The African American Roswell Employee Network celebration of the life and times of Dr. King, 4-6:30 p.m., Holm Auditorium, Roswell Park Cancer Institute Elm & Carlton; 8454557 or 845-1394. Free. *Western New York Coalition of Blacks in the Courts, Annual MLK Program “What Would Martin Say?” County Hall, 92 Franklin St.; guest speaker Rev. Timothy Brown, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church NF. *VA of Western New York MLK Celebration, 11:30 a.m. Freedom Hall Room 301, 3495 Bailey Ave.; open to the public.

SATURDAY JANUARY 15 *American Red Cross Day of Service Blood Drive , 786 Delaware Ave., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; supported by former State Senator Antoine Thompson who will also be on hand; 1-800-733-2737. (see pg. 3) *Eva Doyle’s annual Tribute to Dr. King for Youth, Merriweather Library 3-5 p.m. Still time to join program;

SATURDAY JANUARY 15 (716)847-6010; 847-6010.(see pg. 6) *The African Methodist Ministers Alliance annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service, 1 p.m., St. Luke AME Zion Church, 314 E. Ferry, Rev. Dr. Eric Leake guest preacher; 835-1714. (see page 8) *Former State Senator Antoine Thompson will be the keynote speaker at *DGM Management Group’s celebration of Dr. King from 5 to 10 p.m. Holiday Inn, 620 Delaware.$25 per person; 602-6418 or 715-8860.(Pg, 3) SUNDAY JANUARY 16 *City-Wide Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Kleinhans Music Hall, 5:44 p.m., theme “Where do we go From Here?” Choirs, dancers, Rev. Darius Pridgen, True Bethel Baptist Church, keynote speaker; free ; Bessie Patterson chair.(see pg. 9) *Afro American Historical Assn. MLK Program, 3 p.m. Buffalo & Erie County Historical Association ; speaker Harry Badshaw Matthews; reception to follow.(see pg.12) MONDAY JANUARY 17 *New Hope Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast: Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road 8:30 a.m. Guest speaker will be Rev. Jacquelyn Ross Brown, Associate Pastor of New Covenant United church of Christ. Tickets ($25 per person) Call 883-0821.(see pg. 8) *Museum of Science celebrates Dr. King Day with free admission, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 896-5200. THURSDAY JANUARY 27 *Acclaimed Black popular culture expert Mark Anthony Neal, Ph.D. to keynote Hilbert College’s MLK eventJan. 27. 926-8835.(see pg.13)

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KING VISITS BUFFALO continued ing Dr. King. “He had a somewhat dry sense of humor, but despite (his greatness) he felt like one of the boys.” Unfortunately, continued Arthur, local leading Black Baptist ministers at the time were all of a sudden too “busy” and did not meet Dr. King and only a couple he said, actually came to Kleinhans.

“There were those who stayed away from him because of his stand against the War in Vietnam,” Arthur continued. “But he was right in every situation despite his unpopular position.” The Challenger covered Dr. King’s historic visit with a front page story by then senior editor Garfield Hinton. The

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headline of the Thursday, November 16, 1967 edition of the paper read: “The Ballot – A Key to The Door of Freedom.” Wrote the late, great Hinton: “In a special press conference Thursday evening at Kleinhans Music Hall, following his major address, Dr. Martin Luther King called the ballot one of the keys to the door of freedom. A voteless people is a powerless people,” he added. “That was 43 years ago and it still is true today,” reflected Arthur. “He was essentially saying that we were not utilizing the ballot the way w should. Today there are more Blacks in key political positions across the country because of the ballot and Dr. King’s teachings.” Dr. King also spoke in defense of non-violence, wrote Hinton, and although he condemned the riots, he condemned as vigorously the conditions that bring riots into being. “Violent revolts grow out of revolting conditions, “ the Southern Christian Leadership Conference leader noted, adding that “Violence is the language of the unheard.” Summer riots he said, are caused by “winters of delay.” “Negroes” he said, did not create slavery, slums or unemployment. “If the inexpressible cruelties of slavery couldn’t stop us, the opposition we now face including the so-called White backlash will surely fail. We are going to win our freedom because both the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of the Almighty God are embodied in our echoing demands and so I can still say ‘We shall overcome.’” Six months later, on April 4, 1968, Dr. King was struck down by an assassin’s bullet. The King was dead. “If he were alive today,” said Arthur, “he would be saying let’s get the hell out of Afghanistan…and he would be supportive of and helping President Obama get out of Bush’s war…” -a.b.

“Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values
and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false
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Afro American Historical Assn. Annual MLK Program Set The Fifth Annual Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier, Martin Luther King, Jr. Program will be held Sunday, January 16 at 3 p.m. at the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, 25 Nottingham Court. The Speaker will be Harry Bradshaw Matthews, Associate Dean and Director of the U.S. Pluralism Center located at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. Matthews is founder of the United States Colored Troops Institute for Local History and Family Research, an educational institute to promote and encourage original historical and genealogical research about the 200,000 colored men and their 7,000 White officers who comprised the U.S. Colored Troops during the American Civil War. Matthews, a recipient of numerous awards is the author of “African American Genealogical Research: How to Trace Your Family History.” He is also the author of “African American Freedom Journey in New York and Related Sites 1823-1870,” “Freedom Knows No Color,” as well as “The Family Legacy of Anthony Johnson: From Jamestown, Va. To Somerset, Md. 1619-1995.” The Association will also have on display photos from its Third Annual “House of Worship” Photography contest. The exhibit will feature photographs of African American churches, mosques and temples from the WNY area. A Reception will immediately follow the program. This event is free and open to the public. Dr. Barbara Nevergold is the President of AAHANF and Dr. Felix Armfield is the MLK Program Chair. Co-Sponsors: The Monroe Fordham Regional History Center; Buffalo Branch NAACP; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Rho Lambda Chapter of Buffalo; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Phi Omega Chapter; 1199 Service Employees International Union United Health Care Workers East January 12, 2011


Noted Black Culture Expert To Be Featured Speaker Acclaimed Black popular culture expert Mark Anthony Neal, Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker at an address commemorating the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. that will be held at 4 p.m. Jan. 27 in Hilbert College’s Palisano Lecture Room (101 Bogel Hall). Neal’s discussion will bridge the gap of knowledge between the civil rights movement and the hip-hop generation, and also address King’s historical significance with current events. Neal is professor of black popular culture in Duke University’s Department of African and African-American Studies from where he received the 2010 Robert B. Cox Award for Teaching. A regular commentator on National Public Radio, he writes about popular culture and parenting in his column for theLoop21.com, hosts the weekly Webcast “Left of Black” and contributes to several online media outlets, including New Black Magazine. Neal has authored five books, including the New Black Man and the forthcoming Looking for Leroy: (Il)Legible Black Masculinities. He’s also coeditor of That’s the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader, 2nd Edition. A book signing will follow Neal’s address, which is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. RSVPs by Jan. 21 are requested by e-mailing Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah, director of multicultural affairs, at tjabbaar-gyambrah@hilbert.edu or call 926-8835. The event is being co-sponsored by the Hilbert Offices of Multicultural Affairs, Admissions and Residence Life.

HOME to Conduct Free Training for Landlords

On Thursday, January 20 at 2 p.m. Housing Opportunities Made Equal will conduct a free Landlord Training Course at the HOME offices, 700 Main Street, third floor. The course will highlight the tenant screening process, fair housing laws, the landlord/tenant relationship and what to do when the landlord/tenant relationship doesn’t work. All participants will be given a copy of the book “Guide to Landlords’ Rights as well as other informational materials and resources. Although the course is free, you must pre-register and space is limited. To pre-register contact Grace McKenzie at 854-1400 ext 22 or gmckenzie@ homeny.org. January 12, 2011

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Has Miller-Williams Sold Out BlackAgendaReport White Supremacy in 2011 the Black Community? ‘King’ Chris Collins is still ‘holding court’ in the Erie County Legislature thanks to three renegade Democrats have who have sold their souls to the devil – among them Barbara Miller-Williams.

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he person who coined the phrase, “The more things change, the more they remain the same,” must have had the dysfunctional Erie County Legislature in mind. Here, for two years straight, we have had a controlling majority of Democrats in the legislature and for two years straight, three renegade Democrats have (paraphrasing News Columnist Rod Watson), sold their souls to the Devil. What else could or should one call it when nine out of fifteen legislators are Democrats but County Executive Chris Collins and his Republicans give marching orders to DINOS (Democrat In Name Only) Legislators Barbara Miller-Williams, Christine Bove and Tim Whalen? To be truthful, I have very little problem with this on a personal level because one chooses, good or bad, the company he or she wishes to keep. If Mrs. Miller-Williams wishes to play ‘footsies’ ( according to an article by News Columnist Donn Esmonde) with the Republican county executive then, more power to her. However I will speak up when these backdoor or gutter types deals threaten or harm the community she and I are elected to represent. When Mrs. Miller-Williams stated that a coalition of Democrats and Republicans legislators, pulled together by Steve Casey, Mayor Brown, Steve Pigeon, Maurice Garner and Chris Collin would help bring resources to our community by electing her chair of the legislature, I was skeptical but I was willing to see what she could deliver to our community by her aligning herself with Chris Collins. Here is a true list of what has resulted from that alliance: 1. The two Eastside community health clinics, Jesse Nash BETTY JEAN and Dr. Matt Gaweski, that have operated for years, are all GRANT but closed even though the Democrats fully funded them in the 2010 County Budget. 2. The Day care Subsidy program for working families was fatally compromised when working moms had to quit their jobs and either apply for or get back on welfare. 3. The fully reimbursed, federally-funded WIC program was moved from Erie County to Onondaga County because the county executive refused to renew the contract with the federal government. As a result, approximately 45 low-income county employees ( many of them minority females) lost their jobs. 4. The Erie County and Buffalo Libraries are 1 million dollars short of county funding from last year’s allocation. 5. For the first time in decades, all thirteen African American Cultural Organizations who had received county funding, have been eliminated from the county budget. 6. The opportunity to place the first African American commissioner on the Erie County Water Authority was waylaid when Legislative Chairwoman Barbara Miller-Williams chose Steve Pigeon’s friend and Maurice Garner’s business partner, Jack O’Donnell, instead of esteemed and fully qualified lawyer, John Elmore. 7. The opportunity for the chair of the Erie County Legislature to name a Person of Color to the New York State Off Track Betting Commission was lost when Chairwoman Miller-Williams appointed Conservative Party’s member and West Seneca native, Barbara Mazur. 8. The firing of the Democratic majority legal expert, Jennifer Persico by Legislative Chief of Staff, John Davis, upon the instruction of Chairwoman Miller-Williams. One might recall that Ms. Persico was instrumental in the Democratic majority successfully suing the county executive for the $208,000.00 that was owed to Erie Community College. She also worked on the case to sue the county executive for declaring the legislature budget Null and Void. She won that case for the six Democrats who are still loyal to the Democratic Caucus. Jennifer Persico was removed and replaced by Shawn Martin, the town lawyer and a resident of West Seneca.( I guess Mrs. Miller-Williams did not know or could not find any lawyer in our community who could have used $40,000.00 for a 20 hour work week or less, part time job). 9. Awarding jobs previously filled by the Democratic majority to Chris Collins’ Republican patronage pool. 10. Relegating this writer to the “Siberia’ of committees, the Energy and Environment Committee. Why stick an urban and City of Buffalo Legislator to a committees that mainly deals with roads and bridges in the suburban and rural areas? How can I help the joblessness and lack of opportunities in Buffalo, and the prisoners rights movement when she is locked out of committees such as Economic Development and Public Safety? I hope the readers get an idea of what the Democratic Legislators face Page 14

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new year has just begun, but there is nothing new about White supremacy and the ways in which it does terrible damage to the lives of Black Americans. White “journalists” on national television advocate executing Black people who have committed a crime, any crime at all. Women unjustly imprisoned for 16 years are freed on the condition that one give up a kidney, an obvious violation of the law. Black farmers caught in a cycle of discriminatory practices never attain true justice, no matter how often the courts or Congress say they have. Time after time we see that even when Black people appear to be victorious, they usually are not. National football league quarterback Michael Vick lost his job, his assets and his freedom after a felony conviction for animal cruelty, but he has still not suffered enough for the likes of many White Americans. His success in bringing the Philadelphia Eagles to the NFL playoffs has only engendered more hatred from the racists among us. That hatred went into overdrive when it was reported that President Obama expressed support for the Eagles organization in giving Vick an opportunity to return to his chosen career. The overlay of an Obama opinion supportive of Vick only inflamed already irate racists, who were indig-

each day in a Democrat-majority but a Chris Collins- controlled Legislature. I am almost sure that those Democrats who elected Barbara Miller-Williams, Christine Bove of West Seneca and Tim Whalen of South Buffalo, did not elect them to defect from the Democrats and align themselves with an anti community and anti cultural Republican dictatorship. It may even be true that Miller Williams was ordered to reward Legislators Bove and Whalen for sticking with her for the chairmanship, however, lawyers and unemployed individuals in our community need jobs, too (especially those who live in the district she represents. This is truly the state of the Erie County Legislature right now. It is not really a productive place to be if one truly cares about their community. A few months ago I gave an update a regarding the legislature’s state of affairs. At that time, Miller-Williams’ score was 0 and 2 for our community. I promised to do another update when or if the score changed. Today, I am sad to report that the Erie County Chairwomanship’s score is 0 and 10 for the Eastside of Buffalo. Stay tuned.

nant that a Black man should have a successful life after being convicted of a crime. Some opined that Vick should be able to work, but not in such a lucrative and prominent position. The absurdity and gall that such foolishness should be openly expressed is the result of racism and nothing more. Not content to choose a job for Vick, right wing pundit Tucker Carlson spoke for many when he said that Vick should have been executed for his crime. The sight of a Black person who refuses to be punished forever is still enough to make the Carlsons of the world idiotic and insane with rage. Racists have more than a Black sports hero to seethe about. While Michael Vick was being killed in effigy, seemingly good news in the quest for justice was not so good after all. Black farmers have been struggling to receive just compensation for years of discriminatory practices carried out by the Department of Agriculture. Their court victory in the 1999 Pigford v. Glickman case was only partial. Many plaintiffs were left without compensation in the complicated settlement process. After an additional eleven years of struggle, President Obama signed a bill in December 2010 which settled the amount of damages at $1.2 billion. Yet none of the farmers will automatically receive the awards expected to range from $50,000 to $250,000. They will first have to go before a mediator and prove that they have been injured, before courts and auditors approve the awards. The earliest date that any of the surviving farmers will collect is expected to take place sometime in 2012. The Scott sisters, Gladys and Jamie, have been imprisoned in Mississippi for 16 years after being convicted of committing an $11 robbery and then

being sentenced to life terms. They steadfastly maintained their innocence and the only witnesses for the prosecution have recanted their testimony, citing physical and other threats from local police. After months of protests brought their case to national attention, Mississippi governor Haley Barbour suspended their sentences on the condition that Gladys donate her kidney to her sister Jamie, who is undergoing dialysis treatments. The governor’s condition for suspending the sentence is not only unethical, but also illegal. No one can be compensated for or required to donate an organ. While Gladys volunteered to make the donation for her sister, that willingness should not be a condition for suspending the sentence. Haley Barbour’s decision making process isn’t at all surprising. He recently made headlines when he fondly reminisced about the old days of segregation. “I just don’t remember it as being that bad.” Those days weren’t bad for Barbour and other white Mississippians, but that state was dragged kicking and screaming away from upholding terror and legally sanctioned oppression against its Black residents. The lessons to be drawn from the predicaments of Michael Vick, the Scott sisters, and Black farmers are the same. Black people must always know that they will be in the clutches of a racist system and they must know that fighting back is the only option. The lesson for 2011 is the same as it always has been. Frederick Douglass said it best more than 100 years ago. We must “Agitate, agitate, agitate.” Agitation brought the Scotts and the farmers tiny measures of justice. There will always be discrimination, abuse of the criminal justice system and white feelings of entitlement. If we remember Douglass’ words we will neither be surprised by the travesties which are visited upon us, nor will we be confused about what we must do. Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR,he maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at http:// freedomrider.blogspot.com.

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Where is the Black Male Police Officer?

The Millions More Movement is born of the historic 1995 Million Man March, where nearly 2 million Black men vowed to take charge of the security of our communities. In recognition of the many ways in which our women have carried us, our brothers committed on that glorious day to come to the fore – to battle and overcome the forces arrayed against them to hinder their ability to provide and protect. As the Buffalo Police Department prepares to hire new recruits, we are asking our brothers to remember and renew that promise. (No slight to our sisters who desire to serve in this capacity). We have always been “over policed…” at the mercy of the deliberate scheme to create crime in our areas. But the experience has intensified in recent years. Perhaps we haven’t put it into words or identified aloud what clearly registers without words: the heavy sense of foreboding that accompanies even mundane activities like a walk down the street or a trip to the grocery store… the angst caused by the harrowing sight of our young men cornered by police cars and exposed, Sabirah Muhammad humiliated with their pants down in the public for all to see…the scores of cars and officers that descend with lights, sirens, speed, and fury, as if the entire force were needed to subdue just one of us… It is the struggle to purge the thought of the beatings that one may soon be taking…or that perhaps he will be the next to be “suicided” in the hell hole we call a holding center. It’s the affront of the arrogant, superior “I-own-you” attitude foisted upon us by those who claim “to serve and protect…” the refusal to even record a complaint against an abusive officer, the brutality that continues with impunity, the persecution and firing of officers who dare to protect us, and the subsequent promotions of our tormentors that add insult to injury. A closer look clarifies the picture. Not only are we being policed by the police…but by the Sherriff’s department, the NFTA, by State Troopers, and federal agents. Some obvious questions arise. With such a heavy, suffocating Cotinued page 17

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BLACK POLICE CONTINUED presence, why doesn’t the inner city have less crime? Why is it that one can stand in Buffalo and Amherst at the same time, yet Amherst has been deemed the third safest place in the country to live? Clearly, police departments know how to make a community safe, and they know how to make one unsafe. Here’s what we know: Buffalo, NY has the longest standing court order against a police department for discrimination in the entire country. (1977 – 2009). While other departments similarly sued made concessions, Buffalo’s department denied its crimes, and continued to find ways to lock us out. The police union has discriminated against Black applicants in recruitment, training, and hiring. Many who made it to hiring were targeted for elimination during the probationary period. When the department was specifically ordered to hire Black men, they hired White women in the category of “minority.” When ordered to hire one Black to every White, they kept expanding the boundaries of the recruitment zone to make it look as if parity had been achieved. All communities have the right and the responsibility to police themselves, yet White men have organized and planned to prevent Black men from securing our own neighborhoods. Crime does pay. In fact, it pays well. Increased funding is the reward for those who police high crime areas, and quite naturally those areas will be ours. -But only if we agree. The Millions More Movement has been networking for some time now to recruit, prepare, and steward a cadre of young men ( and women) who actually want to protect and serve. –Who will take a stand against the brutality that they witness, instead of going along to get along or valuing a pay check above our very lives. Our own Ted Kirkland and his colleagues who began the African American Police Association fought hard to multiply our numbers a hundred fold on the force, and we aim to protect that legacy. Next time, we’ll unravel the scare tactics and continued schemes to limit our numbers. But if you’re already ready to step forward, give us a call. (716) 948-5100.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Wednesday January 12

Society, 25 Nottingham Ct.; free.

Board of Education Regular Board Meeting: 5:30 p.m.; 801 City Hall Erie County Prisoners Rights Coalition Holding Center Demonstration 5-6 p.m.; Delaware at Church, Strategy Meeting, 14 Allen Street 6-7.

Exhibit Reception: 1:30 p.m., Community room, Buffalo and Eerie County Historical Society, 25 Nottingham Court, :Exhibit presented by Debra Johnson and Sharon Holley of African American Female Literary Clubs and Organizations of Buffalo.”

Sunday January 16

Wednesday January 19

Fifth Annual Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier Martin Luther King Jr. Program: 3 p.m.; Buffalo & Erie County Historical

Town Hall Meeting for Elected Officials: 6 p.m., Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave.; hosted by Leg. Betty Jean Grant; 894-0914 or 5367323. Thursday January 20 HOME Landlord Training Course: 2 p.m.; 700 Main St. 3rd Fl.; to preregister call 854-1400 x22; free. Tuesday January 25 “On That Road: Reliving the Civil rights Movement”: 7:30 p.m.; Canisius College Montante Cultural Center; free; call 888-2108.

On-Going Events WEEKLY MEETINGS

*Stop The Violence Coalition Meeting: 5:30 p.m. 742 Delaware Ave. 882-7882. Fridays. *Buffalo Local Action Committee Meeting (BLAC): 6:30 p.m. Pratt Willert Center, 422 Pratt St. Thursdays *TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly): 6 p.m.; Edward Saunders Community Center, 2777 Bailey Ave.; 834-6095. Mondays *African Consciousness Workshop: 6-8 p.m.; Frank E. Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue. Mondays *The Israel of God Bible Study Class: 6 p.m.; 372 Feugeron Ave.; 897-2270. Wednesdays *Health and Healing Circles: 3:30-5 p.m.; CAO, 70 Harvard Pl.; 903-3290, Wednesdays *Moot Senior Center “Best Breakfast in Town”: 9-10:30 a.m. 292 High St., Wednesdays *Men and Women Support Groups: 5:30-7 p.m.; 1333 Jefferson Avenue; hosted by Group Ministries, Inc. Thursdays *Alcoholics Anonymous First Step Group: 8-9 p.m.; Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, 621 10th St. Niagara Falls. Fridays *Narcotics Anonymous: 5-7 p.m.; Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, 621 10t St. Sundays *Senior Bridge Club/Poker Club: 1-4 p.m.; Delavan Grider Center, 877 E. Delavan; 896-7021.

EXHIBIT RECEPTION: A reception will be held on Sunday, January 16 at 1:30 p.m. in the community Room of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, 25 Nottingham Court for “They Kept Their Word”: An Exhibit of African American Female Literary Clubs and organizations of Buffalo, New York.” Presented by Debra Johnson and Sharon Holley, the showing will run at the Historical Society thru April 3. (Pictured: Darlene Clark Hine “A Shining Thread of Hope.”)

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