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*The art of Jim Pappas, Jack White, and Eddie Davis. We are excited to show the works of these veteran artists whose last major exhibition in Rochester was in 1975. These contemporary two- and threedimensional works are a must-see for art enthusiasts. Exhibit runs July 1- August 27. The Baobab Cultural Center, 728 University Ave.
“More African American men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began,” Michelle Alexander told a standing room only house at the Pasadena Main Library this recently, the first of many jarring points she made in a riveting presentation. Alexander, currently a law professor at Ohio State, had been brought in to discuss her year-old bestseller, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Alexander and her topic had struck a nerve. Growing crime rates over the past 30 years don’t explain the skyrocketing numbers of Black — and increasingly brown — men caught in America’s prison system, according to Alexander, who clerked for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun after attending Stanford Law. “In fact, crime rates have fluctuated over the years and are now at historical lows.” “Most of that increase is due to the War on Drugs, a war waged almost exclusively in poor communities of color,” she said, even though studies have shown that whites use and sell illegal drugs at rates equal to or above Blacks. In some Black inner-city communities, four of five Black youth can expect to be caught up in the criminal justice system during their lifetimes. As a consequence, a great many Black men are disenfranchised, said Alexander — prevented because of their felony convictions from voting and from living in public housing, discriminated in hiring, excluded from juries, and denied educational opportunities. “What do we expect them to do?” she asked, who researched her groundbreaking book while serving as Director of the Racial Justice Project at the ACLU of Northern California. “Well, seventy percent return to prison within two years, that’s what they do.” Organized by the Pasadena Public Library and the Flintridge Center, with a dozen or more cosponsors, including the ACLU Pasadena/Foothills Chapter and Neighborhood Church, and the LA Progressive as the sole media sponsor, the event drew a crowd of the converted, frankly — more than two-thirds Continued Page 4
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A rea Bri efs Merriweather Library Temporarily Closed The Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library Branch at 1324 Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo will be closed for repairs until further notice. Earlier this morning an automobile hit the building and disabled ventilation and air conditioning systems. Patrons are encouraged to visit neighboring libraries, including the downtown, Central Library at 1 Lafayette Square or the Crane Branch at 633 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo. For a complete listing of libraries and library services in the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System, visit www.buffalolib.org.
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Niagara Falls Housing Authority Summer Enrichment Program The Niagara Falls Housing Authority’s Summer Enrichment Program provides breakfast, lunch, field trips, workshops and more now thru August 5 at the Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building (youth 4-14), 3001 Ninth Street Niagara Falls or at the Packard Court Community Center (youth 3-14), 4200 Pine Avenue in the Falls from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. the rate is $70 per week per person. Call 285-5374( Jones Bldg) or 278-0228 (Packard Court).
“Enough is Enough” Takes City-Wide Prayer to the Streets! “Enough is Enough Citywide Prayer” is literally taking its crusade to the streets starting Wednesday, July 13 at 6 p.m. when they will gather at the corner of Bailey and Kensington Avenue. “We are calling for all organizations and peacemakers to come out and join us,” said George Johnson of the United Front. The Prayer meetings will continue July 18-22 on the corner of Jefferson and Woodlawn under the St. John Revival Tent; and July 25-29 on the corner of Rodney and Holden from 6-7 p.m.
“Chilly Waters” Grand Opening on Jefferson Avenue Chilly Waters, a new upscale barber `shop located at 1308 Jefferson Ave. near Utica is having a grand opening celebration on Saturday, July 1 from 10am to 5pm with free food, t-shirts, and bounce houses for the children. A benefit concert will be held from 7pm - 10pm featuring Russeau Taylor and Friends. The donation is $20. For more information please call (716) 578-2115 or visit our shop.
Captain Dennis Muhammad’s Visit Rescheduled Muhammad Mosque #23 has rescheduled the visit by Captain Dennis Muhammad formerly of Buffalo, and currently founder of “The Peace Keepers” program. Watch The Challenger for more information.
SAINT PHILIP’S TAKES IT TO THE PARK!
In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the founding of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, the congregation invites the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York to join us on Sunday, July 24. The day begins with an Outdoor Worship Service at 11 AM. in Martin Luther King Park. Fellowship lunch “on-the grill” will be provided immediately following the service plus lots of fun, games, dancing in the park and just time to be together. For the dinner hour at 3PM, we ask that you Bring Your Own food basket. The celebration will conclude at 5 PM. Please RSVP your attendance by calling the Church Office – 716-833- 0442 no later than Monday July 18, 2011. The Very Rev. Gloria E.E. Payne -Carter, Rector and Celebrant;Mrs. Lois Johnson, Annual Outing Sub-Committee, Chairperson; Mrs. Wygenia Miles, 150th Anniversary Chairperson
JULY 13, 2011
Never Too Late to Learn: Edward Williams Completes Education at 82
dward “Ed” Williams always regretted that he had not been able to graduate from High School. He started going to night school at Bennett High when he was 50 years old because he wanted to learn more. He did that for many years. When he retired he started attending school in the daytime and was not at all uncomfortable sitting in class with the children to learn. A teacher suggested that he check out the Adult Learning Center on Virginia St. He followed her suggestion and enrolled in classes there. In June he received his Adult Basic Education , General Educational Development (GED) certificate at the age of 82. Ed continues to take classes because he wants to increase his knowledge of math and computers. He does not own a computer but is hoping to get one soon. He says that he stopped dreaming of going to California years ago because the people of Buffalo are so friendly and have always treated him well and that is why he decided to stay here. Mr. Williams will be recognized next Tuesday (July 19) in the Common Council chambers by Masten District Council Member Demone Smith. -The JourneyEdward Williams was born on November 10 1928 in Monticello, Florida. He lived there during his early years. The family was short of money so he left school when he was in 9th grade in order to get a job. A couple of years later he and a friend decided to travel to California. The friend had a car and they travelled to Newark, New Jersey. They ran out of money and got a job making chairs. They decided to stay there for a while and later they travelled on to New York City, Connecticut and Boston. They would work long enough to make money to move to the next town and then move along again. They were travelling on route 20 with the idea of going all the way across the country because they still dreamed of going to California. In West Winfield, New York his friend was stopped by the police and had no driver’s license so they were delayed for a week. They got back on Rt 20 and arrived in Buffalo NY on May 8, 1958. They had run out of gas and money and they didn’t know anyone in Buffalo so they
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PROUD! Mr. Williams (right) poses with Mayor brown after receiving his certificate.
slept in their car for a week. There was a washhouse on William Street where they were able to take a shower everyday. Ed went to a local bar near Crosby’s factory where he met a man who invited him into his home. He had filed for unemployment from N.J. and his check finally came through and he was able to repay the family that had been helping him. Edward said that people in Buffalo were so nice that decided to stay. His first job was with Fred Lewis at Severson Real Estate office where he did maintenance and he lived over the Mayflower Restaurant for a while. He later got employment through MANPOWER and did day jobs working on farms. He picked potatoes, corn, grapes and apples for $1.25 hour for six months. Later he was offered a job for $5 an hour working at the Foam Rubber Company on Vulcan Street. He started in 1963 and retired in 1988. He remembers that during the Blizzard of ’77 the foreman told them to go home early and it took him six hours by car to travel the four miles home. Ed has always been a hardworking, loyal and dedicated employee. He stopped drinking and smoking at a young age and as an adult he was baptized in New Zion Baptist Curch where he sang in the choir for several years. He later joined True Bethel Baptist Church and is a member of the Elders Mothers and Fathers Group. Ed has always worked to keep young people out of trouble. When asked
what he is most proud of in his life he answered “I am proud that I have never been in trouble for even one day in my entire life, but there is no praise needed for that.” Ed’s mother died in New Jersey on Mother’s day in 1980. He currently has no living relatives, but when he first came to town in 1958 he met his good friend Edward Wiley and they are like brothers today. Mr. Wiley said that Ed has been fighting crime since he arrived here in 1958. He was a member of the original Stop The Violence Coalition group. They are both members of the 100 Mighty Men Ministry and as a team they go into the neighborhoods and talk with the young men encouraging them to make some positive changes in their lives. Ed has total respect from the youth because they know he is helping them. Mr. Wiley also said “You could not find a better friend anywhere, Ed has a good relationship with everybody.” Ed is also a faithful member of the Youth Planning Council. He attends weekly meetings and although he doesn’t have a lot to say, his actions speak volumes and he can be seen at many rallies and standouts with the youth of the City always giving support. Edward loves listening to jazz and gospel. He is a great singer and when he was younger people called him a young Nat King Cole. He said that his heroes in life are John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela. Edward Williams is truly ‘his own man’ – his story is one of dedication, and good moral principles. Today we honor him on his achievements and we salute him for his steadfastness in achieving his goal of completing the educational equivalency of a high school graduate. Congratulations Mr. Williams. (Lesley Haynes is the Secretary for the Youth Planning Council )
South Sudan: Birth of a New Nation
WORLD’S LARGEST MARCH: 1.7 million people, or around 95% of the population of Tripoli, one third of the entire population of Libya, have turned out in perhaps the largest demonstration ever in world history last Friday, July 8 to demand an end to the NATO bombings of Libya. Photo: Mohanned Magam
Ghana's Nana Rawlings fails in NDC bid for presidency The wife of Ghana's ex-leader Jerry Rawlings has failed in her bid to be the ruling party's presidential candidate in next year's election. Nana Konadu Rawlings won only 3.1% of the vote, at a convention of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) party in the capital, Accra. The party reconfirmed President John Atta Mills as its flagbearer. Analysts say Mrs Rawlings' candidature showed a desire by her husband to wield greater influence in the party. The BBC's David Amanor in Accra says Mrs Rawlings made a swift exit from the conference hall after her defeat. Her supporters blamed a narrow electoral college and few women delegates for her defeat, our reporter says. During campaigning, she said she was challenging Mr Atta Mills to "save and salvage" the NDC.
Tens of thousands watched an inde pendence and flag-raising ceremony in Juba Leaders across the globe have been sending their congratulations to South Sudan on the day it became the world's newest nation. Statements recognising South Sudan's `nationhood flowed from the US, UK, Russia and others as tens of thousands watched an independence and flag-raising ceremony in the capital, Juba. Salva Kiir took the oath as president. Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir attended and called on the US to end sanctions against his country. US President Barack Obama said in a statement he was "proud to declare that the United States formally recognises the Republic of South Sudan as a sovereign and independent state upon this day, July 9 2011". He said: "A proud flag flies over Juba and the map of the world has been redrawn. These symbols speak to the blood that has been spilled, the tears that have been shed, the ballots that have been cast, and the hopes that have been realised by so many millions of people." But he did not mention the longstanding sanctions against Khartoum.
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Washington still lists Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism. In his speech to the independence ceremony, Mr Bashir said: "We congratulate our brothers in the south for the establishment of their new state. We share their joy and celebration. The will of the people of the south has to be respected." He added: "We call on US President Barack Obama to deliver on his commitment he announced to lift the unilateral sanctions on Sudan to open to way to normalise his country's relations with Sudan." Mr Obama indicated more work needed to be done, particularly in the
disputed border regions of Abyei and Southern Kordofan. UK Prime Minister David Cameron issued a statement recognising South Sudan, saying: "This is an historic day, for South Sudan and the whole of Africa." Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sent a telegram of congratulation and China's special envoy sent President Hu Jintao's "warmest congratulations". South African President Jacob Zuma said: "We have always aspired to witness the dawn of peace, security and stability prevailing in the whole of the Sudan. That dream is coming to fruition."
BLACK MEN IN PRISON continued from Pasadena’s well-established Black community and others drawn from activists circles. Married to a federal prosecutor, Alexander briefly touched on the differing opinion in the Alexander household. “You can imagine the arguments we have,” Alexander said in relating discussions she has with her husband. “He thinks there are changes we can make within the system,” she said, agreeing that there are good people working on the issues and that improvements can be made. “But I think there has to be a revolution of some kind.” However change is to come, a big impediment will be the massive prisonindustrial system. “If we were to return prison populations to 1970 levels, before the War on Drugs began,” she said. “More than a million people working in the system would see their jobs disappear.” Of all African-American men that were born in 1965 or later with less than a high school diploma, 60 percent have a prison record (28 months median time served). So it’s like America’s current war addiction. We have built a massive war machine — one bigger than all the other countries in the world combined — with millions of well-paid defense industry jobs and billions of dollars at stake. With a hammer that big, every foreign policy issue looks like a nail — another bomb to drop, another country to invade, another massive weapons development project to build. Similarly, with such a well-entrenched prison-industrial complex in place — also with a million jobs and billions of dollars at stake — every criminal justice issue also looks like a nail — another prison sentence to pass down, another third strike to enforce, another prison to build in some job-starved small town, another chance at a better life to deny. Alexander, who drew her early inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., devotes the last part of “The New Jim Crow” to steps people can take to combat this gross injustice. In particular, she recommended supporting the Drug Policy Alliance.
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Eating Greens Will boost Your Longevity! BY DR. MOI The color green symbolizes growth, harmony, nature, freshness, and fertility--and we can thank Mother Nature for the abundance of delicious green antioxidant-rich plants. Plus, foods that are green boast a bonanza of phytonutrients and cancer-fighting compounds. Eating greens will boost your longevity. We all know how important it is to eat our greens, and countless studies prove the power of these cancer-fighting plants. One health-giving compound found in plants is chlorophyll, which is responsible for the green pigment in plants. Chlorophyll resembles the structure of the iron-containing hemoglobin in the human body and increases blood cell production, improves oxygenation, detoxification, and circulation. Also, many green foods contain lutein, a phytochemical that helps reduce risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. The darker the food, the better the lutein content. Whether you’re a fan of kale. Collard greens or broccoli, make sure to get your daily dose of greens. Aim to get at least three cups of green vegetables and two cups of fresh fruit every day. In addition, green herbs like cilantro, rosemary, tarragon, cilantro and parsley boast their own healing properties.
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True Bethel Baptist Church to Bethel AME Set to Celebrate Ephesus Ministries Summer Host Annual Nurses Ministry 180th Church Anniversary Jam Ephesus Ministries, 341 Grider Health Event Bethel African Methodist Episco- Street, will present Summer Jam for The True Baptist Church Nurse’s Ministry will host their l1th Annual Community Health Fair on Saturday July 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 907 East Ferry Street. This year’s event will feature: Ask the Doctor with doctors from ECMC; Cooking Healthy with Chef Rhonda for Seniors; Erie County Department of Lead’s Germ City Tent and Clifford the Dog; and Free CPR Instructions by Rural Metro. Kaleida Health and various other health care agencies will be on site providing information for those in attendance. There will also be entertainment, free food and the Antique Classic Car Show! For more information contact The True Bethel Baptist Church at 895-8222
“Praising on the Rooftop” The first holy Temple FGBC, 703 Fillmore Ave., is having a “Praising on the Rooftop” that is celebrating Jesus Christ in praise and worship on the rooftop as well as the first floor and the second floor with Intercessory Prayer at 5 p.m. and song service at 6 p.m. with psalmists and choirs from various churches. All are welcome. Apostle M. Daniel, Visionary.
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Mad Dads is hosting Tuesday Night Bible Study sessions every Tuesday night from 6-7 p.m. at Miracle House, 427 Wohlers Avenue with Rev. Derren L. Young. For more information call (716) 332-9366 or (716) 563-1834. All are welcome!
August 19th Mon-Fri 8am-4pm. The camp will beheld at 161 Germain Street Bflo,NY 14207. Music, dance, drill, swimming, Bible lessons, school review andd much more will be offered for ages 5-11 are welcome. Please contact Mareshah Bowens-Camp Director at (716) 541-4689 for more information.
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El Museo Exhibit Features Two Generations of Local African American Artists
here is something spiritually seductive about visual art created by African Americans. The colors and composition seem inspired by an otherworldly energy. The subject matter reflects purposeful insight. Creative Legacies, on the gallery walls of El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera through Friday, July 22, generates this incomparable aes- Valeria Cray D.and son Hiram thetic from the perspectives of two credits his mother Valeria for influencgenerations of two families of local ing his artistic growth from his earliAfrican American artists. The eclectic est years. He also acknowledges his exhibit features the photographs Greg Montessori education for contributing Barber and oil paintings of his son to “an enriched and culturally diverse Kobie Barber; and the metal sculpture life,” which he contends helped him to of Valeria Cray-Dihaan and sculpture earn the 2000 Buffalo Sabres Alumni and multiple medium works of her son, Scholarship. An early interest in carHiram-Lee Cray. tooning and tattoo designs is evident in Greg Barber claims an early child- much of his drawings and portraits. In hood interest in photography. After the El Museo front gallery, Lee-Cray’s graduation from Bennett High School, series of self portraits – created from he did a short stint in the Army, earned 2000 through 2009 with intense applia communications cations of color and degree from the expression – is University at Bufreminiscent of his falo and is now former work as a the owner of Phofacial prosthettography by Greg ics designer for Barber. Described a New York City as a “self-cultivated hospital. talent,” his black and Two of the works white photos are at in the main gallery, once powerful and however, illustrate Greg Barber and son Kobie poignant. “Stairthe full spectrum of way to Heaven” and “Early Morning his artistic prowess. Painted in oil, Dew” demonstrate an uncanny ability “Welder” is a time capsule portrait of to transform mundane still life – a Buffalo’s historic past as steel industry cactus and staircase, respectively – pinnacle and prime point North for into soul-stirring art. In “Central City African American migration. “Suffer,” Blues”, Barber captures the forgotten one of two Lee-Cray sculptures in this glory of an aging rust belt queen. exhibit, is a clawing mass of cast iron By contrast, the oil paintings of that seems symbolic of the fundamental Kobie Barber are intricate, intro- darkness of the African in America spective portraits of African Ameri- experience. can heritage and history. He learned “I am the art and I am the work. about painting and drawing, he says, The process and the product,” Leefrom his mother Linda Barber. His Cray says in the press release issued artwork is defined as “bold, challeng- by El Museo. His work most recently ing, deeply personal with compelling exhibited at the Baobab Cultural Center themes” – has been shown at the Buf- in Rochester. “My greatest, most falo Museum of Science, Kai Damali grueling, and simple creation is me and Gallery, Avenue Art and Frame and the Langston Hughes Institute, among other venues. Of particular note in the Creative Legacies showing is Kobie Barber’s “The Woogie Woman,” laden with West African adinkra symbols (a thematic anchor for several of his paintings) and reminiscent of the black light posters popular in the 60’s and 70’s. Interestingly, two of the Barber and Barber works in the exhibit –“Strange Fruit” and “Brown Sugar” / (“Lil’ Sister”) – are father-son mirror images, photographic print and oil. Filled with passion, purpose and intent, the art of Hiram Lee-Cray leads into the Creative Legacies exhibit. An alumnus of Buffalo States College, he JULY 13, 2011
the life I live. Can’t create anything more beautiful or grotesque.” “Stress” and “Out of Darkness,” the two works mounted in Creative Legacies by Valeria Cray-Dihaan, are evidence of her pre-eminence as one of the region’s most gifted sculptors. An alumna of University at Buffalo and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where she earned her BFA and MFA respectively, she works in a variety of mediums that include copper, aluminum, ceramic, plexiglass and steel, among others. She studied and taught art with the Aztec Indians in the mountains of Tespostlan, Mexico, where she also helped with the construction and organization of area schools. She also studied Jamaican art and culture. In this exhibit, both “Stress,” made of copper and steel, and “Out of Darkness,” welded from black steel sheets, demonstrate Cray-Dihaan’s singular talent for transforming heavy metal into uplifting, inspirational pieces of art. She holds the distinction of being the only local African American female artist with a sculpture, entitled “Adam and Eve,” included in the permanent collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. She was created the exterior doors of the Frank E. Merriweather Library. Most recently, Cray-Dihaan has been named one of five artists commissioned for a public art project mounted by the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 1981. The “Spirit of Buffalo” sculptural art initiative will feature five outdoor art pieces to be placed in various locations around the city. Her son Hiram will collaborate with her as the lead welder on an eight-foot sculpture entitled “Spirit Tree of Life.” The piece, to be placed at the corner of Ellicott and High Streets across from Buffalo General Hospital, is to be constructed from a specialty metal called Corten, which strengthens with age. “This is an artist’s dream come true,”
Cray-Dihaan says. “It will make a good statement in the medical corridor. I know this is going to be a blessing; I call it my ‘healing’ piece. When people walk past it, they’ll feel good about themselves.” El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera Gallery is located at 91 Allen Street, Buffalo, NY 14202, where Craig Centrie is the curator and executive director. It is part of The Collec-
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Auditions Auditions for “Cool Blues” The Paul Robeson Theatre will hold auditions for their Curtain Up Production of Cool Blues on Fri. July 15 at 6 p.m. and Sat. July 16 at 12 noon. Cool Blues is based on the life of Charlie Parker. Seeking various ethnicities, ages range 30 -70 years old. Please call 884-2013 for more information.
New Phoenix Seeks African American Actress The New Phoenix Theatre is looking for an African American actress in her 30s for the role of Elizabeth in the WNY premiere of Sarah Ruhl's IN THE NEXT ROOM OFR THE VIBRATOR PLAY (Sept 16 - Oct 8). For more details, and/or to send a headshot or resume, please email Bob Waterhouse, Artistic Director, email@example.com.
Auditions for Chorus Line Red Carpet Theater Productions is looking for EQUITY/Non-equity Actors/Dancers for A CHORUS LINE. Auditions will be held on Monday, July 18 Wednesday, July 20 and from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Lancaster Opera House Theatre 21 Central Ave .in Lancaster . Dancers, singers and actors of all ages and ethnic backgrounds needed. Bring dance shoes and prepare no more than 32 measures of music. Accompanist will be provided. For more information: visit www.AChorusLineBuffalo.com Email: redcarpetshows@ gmail.com
ON STAGE *KEM live in Buffalo, Thursday, July 14 @ 8 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall tickets at Doris Records. *Brian McKnight - "Just Me Tour"Wednesday, July 13th @ 8:00pm Riveria Theatre, 67 Webster St., Tonawanda; 692-2413.Reserved Seating Tickets: $45.00 & $55.00 *End of Summer Jam Fest featuring The O’Jays, The Whispers, Keith Sweat, Aug. 20, Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, 6:30 p.m.; tickets at all Ticketmaster Locations, 1.800.745.3000 Charge by Phone. *Fantastic Musical Voyage Q@ The Tralf, Saturday, Aug. 13, for 2 shows, 7 & 10:30 p.m., featuring Lakeside, Leon Russell, the Old School B-Boys, Dee Paris; MC David Allen; Tickets at Big 6 Musicians Club 600 E. North; Doris Records, Tralf Box Office & Ticketmaster Locations; to re serve seats call 602-8150.
UB Outdoor Summer Movie Series Date: Wednesdays through August 24 on South Campus (Main Street) Hayes Hall Lawn. Movies are also shown on Tuesday and Fridays on North Campus Special Events Field. All movies shown at dusk http://www.sa.buffalo.edu/filmseries Wednesday - South Campus (Main Street) 7/13/11: Rio 7/20/11: Limitless 7/27/11: Tron Legacy 8/3/11: Arthur 8/10/11: Bridesmaids 8/17/11: Thor 8/24/11: Pirates of the Caribbean 2
*LION KING, Shea’s Performing Arts Center, October 4-30, TICKETS ON SALE NOW at the Shea’s Box Office, ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-2000. *Live Smooth Jazz Sundays, sponsored by Pee Wee’s Variety Store is spSmooth Jazz Sundays, sponsored by Pee Wee’s Variety Store is sponsoring Live Smooth Jazz Sundays at 2335 Main St. (near Leroy) every Sunday, starting now through August 28 from 4 – 9pm featuring Oscar Alton on bass, Bilal Abdullah on saxophone, Russeau Taylor on guitar, and Ronnie Amos on vocals, plus guest artist. Admission free until 6pm and $1 after 6pm.For tickets or more information please call (716) 833-1620 or visit peeweesvarietystore.com.
A Night of Poetry and Song Some of Buffalo’s finest musicians and poets will perform at a party to benefit the Partnership for the Public Good on Thursday July 14 at Buffalo Seminary’s West-Chester Hall, 205 Bidwell Parkway. The evening begins at 7 P.M. with a social hour featuring wine, beer, and light desserts. At 8:00 pm, a striking array of local writers will read: Ansie Baird, Sally Fiedler, Ann Goldsmith, Barbara Hart, Paul Hogan, Olga Karman, Michael Kelleher, Sam Magavern, and Gary Earl Ross. At 9:00 pm, the music starts, with Buck Quigley, Rodney Appleby and Zoe Viola, Daughters of Creative Sound, and Tom Maynor and Nathan Montague. Donations start at $25.
*George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, plus Taylor Made Jazz and the Rod Nixon Project, Thursday, July 28, Erie Canal Harbor Central Whalf (adjacent to 1 Naval Park Cove, next to the Naval Museum – new Thursday @ The Square location); free and open to the public. *JAZZ JAM SUNDAY, 6:30 to 10pm, Cafe @ Masten & Eaton 230 Masten Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209, 716883-2311. Featuring the Tune Ups, T. Rob, Marlow Wright and James Davis. Open mike 9pm. Karaoke Tuesdays 8pm with Gordy.
On the scene w/Marnetta *July 14th …8pm…Kem with special guest Chrisette Michelle… Kleihans Music Hall….Tickets at Doris and Kleihans Box Office…. *July 15th 6-9pm Buffalo Funk Fest Cookout Mixer… Front Park - Porter Ave.…$10 admission….Enjoy music with DJ Papa Trini…. hamburger, hotdogs, Camellia sausages and more… this is another Marnetta Malcolm fundraiser for Buffalo Funk Fest……. we don’t have a good time we have a GREAT time…so bring your lawn chairs and your favorite beverages and remember it’s after work on a Friday…. SPREAD THE WORD and help support your Buffalo Funk Fest!! July 21st 6-9pm Third Thursday at Scarlet…Join Urban Professionals of WNY and AM1400 - Network with Buffalo’s professionals ….enjoy delicious appetizers and drink specials…
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SUMMER IN THE (INNER) CITY! A fantastic Juneteenth Festival and fun-filled MLK Park Spring Carnival kicked off what promises to be another great summer for festivals in the Buffalo-Rochester area. GOSPELFEST July 23 : MLK Park,2-9 p.m.; Featuring National Recording Artist Earnest Pugh, So Jo Ministries from Delaware; Disciples Community Choir of Rochester and over 25 local performers from Buffalo & Niagara Falls. MASTEN DISTRICT JAZZ FESTIVAL July 24 thru July 31: MLK Park near the Science Museum for two Sundays in July; 5-9 p.m., lineup not available. ROCHESTER MUSIC FEST July 23 & 24: Premier summer entertainment event, July 23 in Brown’s Square Park Rochester 2 p.m., SWV, Al B. Sure, Digital Underground, Lisa Lisa & DJ Rob Base $15; Sun. July 24 @ Rochester Convention Center, 7 p.m., Mint condition, Jagged Edge, Noel Gourdin & BUZ $35; Call 311 for more info.
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CARIBBEAN ISLAND FESTIVAL August 19, 20, 21: Aug. 19 Rid Aboard Miss Buffalo; Aug. 20 Caribbean parade 11 a.m. downtown Buffalo, festival in LaSalle Park; Aug. 21 festival in LaSalle Park; Call WUFO 834-1080 for details. QUEEN CITY JAZZ FESTIVAL (Colored Musicians Club) July 30: Downtown outside the Colored Musician’s Club; Details forthcoming TAKING IT TO THE STREETS August 20 & 21: Two exciting days in MLK Park; a free event; Details forthcoming. PINE GRILL REUNION August 7 & 14: The “Mother of All Reunions”; 4 p.m. MLK Park, First two Sundays in August; see article this page for details. BUFFALO FUNK FEST August 27: LaSalle Park Details forthcoming. ROCHESTER A.B.0.V.E. AFRICAN/ AFRICAN AMERICAN FESTIVAL August 6: Noon to 7 p.m., Highland Bowl park in Rochester; live entertainment, arts & crafts, play center and more; free admission; (585) 576-2471 or www.rochesterabove.org ROCHESTER CARIFEST August 13: Location to be announced; (585) 227-2183 CLARISSA STREET REUNION August 20: Neighborhood reunion, parade, jazz, gospel, vendors, food; (585) 234-4177 for info. SANKOFA ARTS, DANCE, MUSIC & THEATRE FESTIVAL August 26 & 27: Multi-Use Community Cultural Center, 142 Atlantic Avenue on Aug. 26; Village Gate Sat. Aug. 27 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.. Free Saturday; (585) 271-7010.
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Kimora Lee Simmons is no longer with the clothing brand Baby Phat. There is also some confusion about her and she and her two little girls do not own and design the popular Hello Kitty line of clothing for children...
Melba Joyce (above), Winard Harper (Top right) and Akiko Tsuruga.
Pine Grill Jazz Reunion – “A Tribute To Jazz Greats : Gone But Not Forgotten” The African American Cultural Center will present the 22nd Annual Pine Grill Jazz Reunion on Sunday, August 7 and Sunday, August 14 beginning at 4 p.m. in Martin Luther King Jr. Park at Fillmore Avenue and Best Streets. “Many of our great jazz legends have passed on – from Al Tinney to Etta Jones to Dodo Green to, most recently, Count Rabbit. Many of them graced our stage at the Pine Grill Jazz Reunion, so we are dedicating the 22nd year of this wonderful event to their memory and the contributions they made to the jazz genre,” the Cultural Center’s Executive Director Agnes M. Bain said. The line-up for the Sunday, August 7 features, in order of appearance: • Houston Person www.myspace.com/houstonperson • Akiko Tsuruga www.akikotsuruga.com • Melba Joyce www.melbajoyce.com • Winard Harper www.winardharper.com The line up for the Sunday, August 14 features: • Denzell Ward and Cool Company • CMB • Danny and the Blues Revue • The Kenny Woo Band • G LV T L o v e Extreme “Many thanks go to our generous sponsors. They enable our agency to continue to bring top jazz entertainment to the community each summer free of charge. We also thank the many individuals who give $25 or more to have their name included on the back of the annual Pine Grill T-shirt. Their combined donations also go a long way toward mounting this event.” Bain said. Pine Grill T-Shirt donations will be accepted through Monday, July 11. Forms are available to the front desk of the African American Cultural Center at 350 Masten Avenue, or online at www.africancultural.org The African American Cultural Center is a multipurpose cultural arts performance and education agency founded in 1958. In addition to the Pine Grill Jazz Reunion, its core components are: the AACC Dance and Drum Performance Company, Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, AACC Cultural Enrichment / Educational Directives for After School Program and the Jumpin’ Jambalaya Summer Program. The not for profit 501 (c) 3 agency is supported through public funds from the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, City of Buffalo Community Development Block Grant, the County of Erie, NYS Council on the Arts (a State Agency), NYS Office of Children and Family Services and the State of New York - and through the generosity of community, corporate and private friends and supporters. For additional information about the 2011 Pine Grill Jazz Reunion contact the African American Cultural Center at (716) 884-2013.
“Uniting Leaders to Combat Sexual Exploitation in the Mobile Age”
Selling the Community Down the River
his past spring, 2011 a major initiative took place as leaders from religious, government; law enforcement, business and community organizations, attended a summit on combating pornography/sexual trafficking in the United States. This convergence was primarily sponsored by the Religious Alliance against Pornography (RAPP) and pureHope (formerly National Coalition Against Pornography). The purpose of the summit was to bring leaders together to learn, develop strategies and take action steps to curb the onslaught of pornography/ human trafficking. Some of the organizations and representatives included; The Salvation Army, U.S. Department of State, Human Trafficking, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Churches from numerous denominations. Imam Izak-El M. Pasha, who serves on the Executive Committee of RAPP was one of the events sponsors. In addition to his executive duties, Imam Pasha was in attendance representing the Ministry of Imam W.D. Mohammed Imam Fajri and the Historic Masjid Malcolm Shabazz. Prayers and welcomes were offered by the founders and Co-Chairs of RAPP and pureHope, Most Reverend George Niederaurer, Rev. Dr. Jerry R. Kirk and Rick Schatz. The two day summit allowed for participants to be informed and updated on the growth of pornography and its negative influence on sexual and human behavior. Presenters discussed various strategies and tactics that are used to promote and to get people involved in sexual exploitation. They also explained how modern technology is being used by predators to directly target, engage and exploit people to be trapped into the world of porn. Evidence was offered to show the effect of being over exposed to pornography and how it leads to abuse. Some of the alarming data that was presented indicates that 97% of youth from the ages of 12-17 are online users of the internet. Predators have easy access to the internet and many parents are not computer savvy enough to know how to monitor or block indecent sites. Efforts to add software to protect their children are often bypassed by aggressive marketers who look to lure you into what is referred to as “mouse traps” websites. Once you enter into these sites it often entices the user and makes it very difficult to return back to original user page. Dr. William Struthers an Associate Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College described how pornography shuts down the frontal cortex of the brain with active images that actually “rapes” the mind in a trance like fashion. He pointed out that porn works on the same neurological circuits as any drug would towards addiction. The negative influence of pornography on family life was a repeated theme over the two day summit. Statistics were offered indicating that Lawyers are reporting that 56% of today’s divorces are connected to obsessive use of porn and sexual misconduct in marriage relationships. Dr. Judith Reisman from the Institute for Media Education, gave a presentation and shared a video explaining the history of pornography in the United States and how it has lead us to where we are today. She specifically cited the “Kinsey Report” out of Indiana University. She showed how the reports from this group and its connection with Hugh Heffner lead to many moral code laws being changed to desensitize the exploitation of women and sexual misconduct in general. There was great concern over the psychological impact of being overly exposed to sexual images and the particular mistreatment of women. Dr. Mary Anne Layden a Psychotherapist from the University of Pennsylvania gave a power point presentation of a study she conducted that analyzed “pornifide male thinking” and the degradation of women. Some of the conclusions from Dr. Layden study noted the behavior and attitude of participants who were exposed to pornography for a period of time compared to those who were not. The findings clearly points out that those who were significantly exposed to pornography for lengths of time were less accepting of women freedom and respect. One example was how a criminal who was found guilty of rape was recommended for less jail time by participants exposed to porn than those who were not. The attitude “she got what she deserved” was more prevalent among the same participants. The correlation to hostility, violence, sex with children “pedophiles” was also greatly connected to the thinking of the group connected with porn. The working places for prostitution is now mostly located on the internet and are referred to as “virtual brothels”. Pimps are using websites like “Craigslist” and “Face Book” to shop their stable of prostitutes to potential clients. Many prostitutes use these sites to work independently. The attraction of instant connections to fast money regardless of the dangers has these sites growing in popularity to do business. The dangers are often ignored and in some cases end in violence as recently documented in the media of the “craigslist hook-
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“Justice is Our Right”: John Walker Hosts Rally for Victims of Injustice Supporters of John Walker and his co-defendants, wrongfully convicted of murder in 1976 responded again recently to the call to overturn indictment #41413 during a press conference and rally in Niagara Square last Tursday afternoon. All five of the men accused of the murder of the elderly William Crawford, (John Walker, Darryl Boyd, Floyd Martin, Tyrone Woodruff, and Darryn Gibson), continue to suffer the aftereffects of the ordeal they have endured since they were teens. No matter that Darryn Gibson, Sabirah who served 32 years in prison Muhammad is now deceased. His family wants desperately for the name of their loved one to be cleared. Gibson was represented by his uncle, who was visibly shattered by the short 8 months his nephew lived after his release. In addition to the goal of ending his own lifetime parole status, Mr. Walker extended an invitation to others who have been similarly harmed by wrongful incarceration to be a part of the gathering in Niagara Square. Valentina Dixon was on hand to speak for her father, Valentino, for whom she is named. Dixon was convicted of the 1991 murder of Torriano Jackson, despite numerous witness testimonies that he was innocent…and despite a confession by the shooter, Lamarr Scott. “For 20 years I’ve wanted my dad to come home,” she pleaded. “But how will we ever get justice if we don’t stick together?” Dixon’s mother was present as well, alongside the mother and young daughter of Mario Jarmon.
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Dear Editor: The Re-Districting discussion that is going on at the Legislature is something else. Now we have Chairwoman Barbara Miller-Williams a Democrat who obtained the chair with Republican votes. Now this has been done before in the past with chairperson’s receiving votes from the other side. But my question is, with this so called alliance what has minorities and her voting block gotten out of this deal? Well I’m here to tell you, nothing. Chairwoman Miller-Williams has sold our community down the river with these secret back deals with the County Executive Chris Collins. Does Chairwoman Miller Williams think everyone is stupid? Here she is trying to pass a Re-Districting map where the Republicans don’t face incumbents and her fellow Democratic do. What is she thinking? Those actions can affect Democrats in this area for years to come, especially with a presidential race coming next year. Anyone can see that Chairwoman Miller-Williams map is rewarding Republicans who voted for her for chairperson and to make comments saying something otherwise is a lie. After reading the article the other day in the paper concerning Frank Messiah, President of the Buffalo Chapter of the NAACP basically what I get from it is, Chairwoman Miller-Williams lied to Frank to get him to vote for her map. Once he saw that the information given was incomplete (basically I think he meant the information was erroneous) he changed his stance. On Chairwoman Miller-Williams watch, residents have lost Health Clinic’s, Daycare services and numerous County employee layoffs that are not warranted. I have said it before; black politics in Buffalo is going down. You have people like Maurice Gardner and Chairwoman Miller-Williams who make these deals that have everyone at each other throat, especially in the African American community. My last question is? Where is the Mayor on this issue? He has been quietly in the background watching his cohorts run amok throughout the city and county. Eric Smith
Invitation to Join ASCAC The Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations and the Africana Studies Department will host the ASCAC Eastern regional conference at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, October 14-16, 2011. Our theme, The Battle for The African Mind. This title was taken from Dr. Jacob H. Carruthers book intellectual warfare. African people through out the entire world are engaged in a war in which our own mind is one of the weapons of our self annihilation. The Buffalo ASCAC study group is seeking young cultural warriors to join us in this Battle for the African Mind. We would like to take a group of young people ages 15-26 to the regional conference and give a study group presentation on Dr. Na’im Akbar’s book, the Community of Self. In order to fight the enemy we must first, know thy self...This book is a great start in the right direction. Our study group meets every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 2:00-4:00 pm at the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library. For more information contact Bro. Modell (716) 896-1430 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the conference contact Nteri Nelson (617) 2967796 or LaTrella Thornton (914) 434-5442. 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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KEEPIN’ IT REAL: Community activist Darnell Jackson (far right) with youth workers in 2009. The Eastside Redevelopment Task Force is now taking applications in anticipation of receiving enough funds to hire young people this summer.
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THE Eastside Redevelopment Task Force Inc. started accepting applications for its Summer Clean Up jobs on Saturday July 2, 2011, but please keep in mind we haven’t received any funding as of today. We are hoping that the people of Buffalo would like to see our Youths in the Streets Working and Earning Honest Money! If you are interested in getting an application, you may still pick one up at 15 Barthel St. this week from 8am-3pm. So please make sure you provide a phone# you may be reached at, so that you may be contacted once funding is Darnell JACKSON received. We would like to get started as soon as possible, once we receive funding we will start calling if we need to leave a message it will be up to you to return the call, there will not be any positions saved. Once again we have started accepting applications so when we received funding we can get Right to Work. For additional information you may call 570-9165
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Jarmon testified before a grand jury that Valentino Dixon was not the shooter, and was sentenced to jail for 7 years for perjury. The heartbreak for his family continues, after the murder of Mario Jarmon a week after his release. Neal Mack Sr. and Neal Mack Jr. were in attendance at the rally, as well as former police officer Cariol Horne, who quite possibly saved the life of the elder Mack during a brutal 2006 arrest. The younger Mack told of relentless harassment by police and the sabotage of a once promising political career in a “guilt-by-association” nightmare as his father’s namesake. A talented performer, he offered a stirring performance on the consequences of wrongful incarceration: “If it happened to John Walker, it could happen to you… ‘Cause jails is modern day slavery too… the plan is take the man, yo away from his kids, lock him in a cell, doin’ a bid… Now he stressed, man he got cancer From smokin’ the cigs… When he get out from a lifetime cell He can’t get him a gig… no resume, no job, Can’t be to work, what’s worse, can’t even vote, Now he broke…now he’s losin’ his faith, Trying to keep a tight grip before he’s driftin’ away, He ain’t do the crime, so crime didn’t pay… I guess it was justice delayed…”
John Walker summed up group sentiment in his closing comments: “Justice is our right. When it’s taken away from us, we have a right to fight for it. This is what my life consists of. I already know in my heart that the man up above already has my destiny planned out. He knows that I’m innocent of this crime, and he’s keeping me here to keep fighting, so that maybe this might not happen to one of your children somewhere down the road. Until I hear that John Walker, Darryl Boyd and Darryn Gibson have been exonerated, I’m gonna continue to fight.” For more information on how you can help, call 819-6732, or contact John Walker directly at 578-5128. JULY 13, 2011
Seventy-Seven Humanity grows more and more intelligent, yet there is clearly more trouble and less happiness daily. How can this be so? It is because intelligence is not the same thing as wisdom. When a society misuses partial intelligence and ignores holistic wisdom, its people forget the benefits of a plain and natural life. Seduced by their desires, emotions, and egos, they become slaves to bodily demands, to luxuries, to power and unbalanced religion and psychological excuses. Then the reign of calamity and confusion begins. Nonetheless, superior people can awaken during times of turmoil to lead others out of the mire. But how can the one liberate the many? By first liberating his own being. He does this nor by elevating himself, but by lowering himself. He lowers himself to that which is simple, modest, true; integrating it into himself, he becomes a master of simplicity, modesty, truth. Completely emancipated from his former false life, he discovers his original pure nature, which is the pure nature of the universe. Freely and spontaneously releasing his divine energy, he constantly transcends complicated situations and draws everything around him back into an integral oneness. Because he is a living divinity, when he acts, the universe acts.
Baba Hannibal Afrik Makes His Transition It is with sadness to report that Baba Hannibal Afrik made his transition June 27, 2011. He fought to the very end which is a reflection of his everlasting spirit. An African Memorial Service: was held in Jackson, Mississippi on Saturday, July 2. An African Memorial Service was also held on July 8 in Chicago, Illinois at Malcolm X College Auditorium. Funeral services were held on July 9 at Woodlawn AME Church in Chicago. Baba Hannibal Afrik (Harold E. Charles, M.Ed.) is a veteran retired Chicago teacher of over 30 years of teaching at Northeastern Illinois University. An award winning nationally acclaimed educator in 1968, he led the Black Teachers Association in a successful community control movement using the Farragut Black Manifesto as a model. Later in February 1972, he co-founded the Shule YA Watoto (school for children) an independent community institution on Chicago's Westside. This institution succeeded for 31 years through self-reliance. An acclaimed Biologist, Afrik moved to Mississippi in 1999 and in 2004, he organized the Community Youth Achievers, Inc., C.Y.A. in Hermanville, Mississippi. He established the Environmental Village Campus as a prototype sustainable community.
Celebration to Honor 93rd Birthday of Nelson Mandela! Ahmed Saleh and Mandella Market will celebrate the 93rd Birthday of South African Freedom Fighter Nelson Mandela on Saturday July 16 at Mandella’s Market 272 E. Ferry at the corner of Jefferson Avenue. There will be free food, drinks and live music by Larry Salter and musicians from the Colored Musicians Club in addition to a gas sale from 5 to 9 p.m.! The community is urged to stop by and celebrate! See Bro. Saleh’s message and personal invitation below!
Mandella Market Celebrating a Legacy By Ahmed Saleh It is always good to remember those who came before us, paving the way for our successes, teaching us to be strong in the face of adversity, sheltering us in our cloudy days to be fruitful in our most desperate hours. Just as God taught us to honor our mothers and fathers, we should we honor the leaders of the generation before us as they are the mothers and fathers of the current generation. This year as we at Mandella Market, celebrate the birthday of Nelson Mandela, the leader from which our business name is derived, we would also like to ask for your prayers and continued support. We also ask you to join us in fostering a greater communal spirit, continuing to inspire our young toward greatness, and espousing the entrepreneurial spirit that supports our community’s freedom. While many may wish to see the destruction of our community through plagues such as crime, drugs and violence, the demoralizing of our women and the demonizing of our men, as a community-we are still here and standing strong. This is in no small part due to those who came before us living, fighting and even dying for the highest moral principles and freedoms for our community. In Africa, many leaders have become known for corruption, greed and partisanship which have left the continent war-torn and impoverished. Nelson Mandela is a notable role model who not only fought for the freedom and equality for which he is most famous, but he is also one of the very few men who has taken power and given it up freely for the sake of his community as compared to those who would prefer to be lifelong dictators. As we admire and celebrate his spirit as a leader, we also invite the community to come celebrate the life of a man who has given so much to not only his community but has been an example to the world. We extend an invitation to the community to join us this July 16 for an outdoor celebration at our location at 272 E. Ferry Avenue, where we will be providing free food, drinks and live music by the finest Black musicians in the area. I hope to see you at this celebration where we may have the opportunity to meet and further the struggle for common good within our community. Even if you cannot attend please keep us in your prayers as we need your continued support.
Mass Black Incarceration...
For more than 40 years, the United States has waged a war against African Americans through mass Black incarceration, with the result that one out of every eight prisoners on planet Earth is a Black American. In addition, “the U.S. has well over 100 political prisoners and prisoners of war” and “close to 50 or 60 of our people who are still in exile,” says Kali Akuno, co-director of the U.S. Human Rights Network. “There is this perception of ‘We have overcome,’ which is a blatant denial of reality,” says Akuno. Blacks must come to grips with the fact that “Obama is fully a partner in this neoliberal and imperial project.”
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“Craigslist” and “Face Book” to shop their stable of prostitutes to potential clients. Many prostitutes use these sites to work independently. The attraction of instant connections to fast money regardless of the dangers has these sites growing in popularity to do business. The dangers are often ignored and in some cases end in violence as recently documented in the media of the “craigslist hookers”. Prostitutes using this site were recently found murdered in Long Island, N.Y. and other places around the United States and abroad. Detective Thomas Stack of the Montgomery County Police Department who serves on the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force. Detective Stacks gave a presentation on some of today’s challenges with prostitution and human trafficking. He pointed out that many prostitutes start as early as the ages 12-13 and are usually products of neglect and abusive home situations. Predators often look to find young girls and in some cases boy’s who are by themselves in shopping malls, bus stations, video game rooms etc., especially at times when they should be in school. They befriend them by offering the support and caring attention that has been missing in their lives. This relationship quickly turns to forceful control and dominance. What usually follow are drug addiction, physical abuse, sexual transmitted diseases and in essence modern day slavery. Sample pictures of young prostitute’s faces were shown. In less than 12 months, pictures of an 18 year old girl face looked as if she had aged 10 years. Judge David Shaheed who serves on the Marion County Superior Court in Indianapolis, Indiana was one of the presenters and stressed the importance of adult involvement with our youth. He emphasized that many youth are in serious need to have mentors to direct them. He noted that these children need help in being educated and shown how to avoid the many traps
that they face on a daily basis. The majority of these youth do not have two parents’ homes and many do not have any parent present at all. Former National Football League star and United States Congressman Steve Largent is currently the President and CEO of CITA-The Wireless Association. He spoke about the importance of having a safe global environment that’s dedicated to protecting youth and family life. His company is committed to assisting families with information to help protect their children utilizing wireless communication devices. 77% of teenagers are using cell phones and 88% communicate by texting. (Part II - Conclusion Next Week)
COUNTY OF ERIE NOTICE TO BIDDERS RECONSTRUCTION OF PENORA STREET CR23 TOWN OF LANCASTER PROJECT NO. CAP-CR23-11 BID DEPOSIT $100,000. The Department of Public Works, Division of Highways, is seeking sealed bids for Penora Street CR23 full depth road reconstruction, drainage, curb gutters, concrete gutter, and install traffic signal. Sealed proposals will be received at the Erie County DPW, 95 Franklin Street, 14th floor, Rm 1419, Buffalo, New York, at 10:00 a.m., July 21, 2011. Bid deposit of $100,000. required. Plans will be available for purchase at $100.00 each from July 7, 2011 through bid date. Pre-let meeting is July 14, 2011 beginning at 10:00 am at the Erie County DPW, 95 Franklin, 14th floor, Rm 1419, Buffalo, NY 14202. Bid submittal details are on the Erie County website at www.erie.gov
Moot Senior Center News Buffalo, NY – Seniors at the Moot Center, 92 High Street, are planning a Chiavetta’s Chicken Barbecue Saturday, August 6, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to raise money for programming. The public is welcome and tickets are $8 per person, pre-sale, and $9 per person the day of the event. Stop by the Center (open Wednesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) to pick up your pre-sale tickets, or call 882-4637 for more information. During the remainder of July the Center will hold its regular events including: Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., the popular Continental Breakfast; Tuesdays, 9:45 to 10:45, Weekend in Review, followed by Fitness with Carrie; and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Wii Bowling followed by Chorus, directed by Bessie Patterson. If you are not a member of Moot, join the fun by calling the Center for more information: 882-4637, Wednesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other special events include: • Thursday, July 15, 1:30 p.m., Erie Basin Marina Trip. • Tuesday, July 20, 2 p.m., Moot Chorus in Concert at Niagara Lutheran Rehab Center. • Thursday, July 22, 1 p.m., Buffalo Bison Baseball game. • Thursday, July 29, 1:30 p.m., Home Care Pharmacy with Heather Ackley. Join the Moot Senior Center for as little as $1 a week. Call 882-4637.
NOTICE TO BIDDERS Sealed bids are requested for the Iroquois Drive & Puritan Place Reconstruction, Concrete Gutters & Driveway Installations Orchard Park Library Sidewalk Replacement & Miscellaneous Concrete Repair Areas. Bids shall be received at the office of the Town Clerk in the Municipal Center, 4295 South Buffalo Street, Orchard Park, New York until July 26, 2011 at 2:30 P.M. (Local Time) at which time they will be opened publicly and read aloud in the Supervisors’ Conference Room. Each bid must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the Bidding and Contract Documents. Each bid must also be accompanied by a Bid Security in the form of a Certified Check, Bid Bond or Bank Check in the amount $12,000.00. Instructions for submitting bids and specifications, plans, bid documents and contract documents will be available at the office of the Town Clerk beginning on July 8, 2011 in the Municipal Center, 4295 South Buffalo Street, Orchard Park, New York, Monday through Friday during business hours from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. (Local Time), with payment of $30.00 for each set. Any non successful Bidder, upon returning such plans, specifications, and bid documents in good condition subsequent to the opening of bids will be refunded the sum of $20.00, and any non bidder upon so returning such plans, specifications and bid documents will be refunded the sum of $10.00. No refunds will be made for plans in condition not fit for further use or returned later than 10 days after the bid opening date. This contract will be funded wholly or partially with federal funds, and as such, is subject to all federal rules and regulations pertinent thereto, including, but not limited, federal policy of encouraging the participation of minority and women business enterprises as sources of suppliers, equipment, construction and services. If you have any questions, please contact the Town Engineer at (716) 6626425. Copies of the proposed contract documents, plans and specifications may be examined at the office of the Engineer, 4295 South Buffalo Street, Orchard Park, New York. Carol Hutton Town Clerk Town of Orchard Park Dated: June 22, 2011
Board of Education Buffalo, New York Advertisement for Bids `Sealed proposals for the following project will be received at the office of the Plant Services and School Planning – 403 City Hall, Buffalo, New York, 14202. On Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., proposals will be publicly opened and read aloud for: Project: 0069-014 CHIMNEY STACK RECONSTRUCTION P.S. 69 HOUGHTON ACADEMY 1075 Clinton Street, Buffalo, New York 14206 Beginning Thursday, July 14, 2011, bidding document packages may be viewed and purchased through Avalon Document Services online Planroom website at http://www.avalonbuff-planroom.com , under “Public Jobs”, or ordered by phone at 716-995-7777. The work will be subject to the equal employment opportunity requirements. Any questions regarding this project, please refer to DiDonato Associates, James Wowzynski, 716-656-1900. A mandatory pre-bid walkthrough and conference will be held at 2:00 p.m., July 21, 2011. The Architect will be present. All bidders will assemble at Room 403, City Hall, Buffalo, NY. MEL L. ALSTON, A.I.A. ASSOCIATE ARCHITECT 716-816-3748 Advertising date: Thursday, July 14, 2011
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