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2 INSIDE ROCHESTER Public forums for Democratic City School 738 UNIVERSITY AVE. ROCHESTER* 585-563-2145 Weight of the Nation Board Candidates Children in Crisis In a continuing effort to move the everyday people/voters to a greater involvement in their local government. I am announcing two public forums for the un-elected Democrat candidates running this September for a seat on The Rochester City School Board. ALL city voters to attend are encouraged to attend. The first forum will be held on Thursday May 23r from 6:30pm until 8:30pm at Aenon Missionary Baptist Church 175 Genesee Street
Rochester. Please enter from the back parking lot entrance. This forum will be co-hosted with Minister Ricky Frazier.
For more information Contact: Ken Preston or 585.478.5561 The second forum will be Tues. May 28 at 7pm at First Genesis Baptist Church 292 Hudson Ave, Rochester.
Please enter from the parking lot entrance. This forum will be co-hosted with Mother Patricia Walker.
Contact: Ken Preston or 585.478.5561

Around Town *”The Effects of Bullying In the 21st Century” educational community event presented by author Karen Ward-Wilder and Diane Sheffield; Saturday May 25 and Sunday, May 26; for more information (585) 613-8167 or kwgraioushands@yahoo. com or website:

Film and Panel Discussion Weds., May 22, 6:30 pm at the Baobab Presented by the Center for Community Health’s H.E.A.R.T initiative and WXXI While Rochester is a leader in community health initiatives, it also faces some of the same challenges confronted by communities across the country, including the growing rate of childhood obesity. One in three American children are overweight or obese. To address this concern, the Center for Community Health’s Health Engagement and Action for Rochester’s Transformation - H.E.A.R.T - initiative and WXXI have partnered to host this screening of the HBO documentary, “The Weight of the Nation Children in Crisis.” A panel discussion, moderated by WXXI’s Elissa Orlando, will follow the screening.

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The panel will consist of local health and human service experts. Walk-ins welcome; reservations appreciated. RSVP online at or call the H.E.A.R.T. office at (585) 224-3501, if you have questions. Space is limited; seating is available on a “first come” basis. RSVP COMMUNITY DIALOGUE

PROFILED: RACE IN CIVIC CIRCLES Series - Race & Education - Primary & Secondary Thurs., May 23rd, 7 pm How do attitudes about race affect our relationships with educators? Guest speaker/facilitator TBA. This project was supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities and the Rochester Area Community Foundation. RSVP FILM & DIALOGUE Strange Fruit Fri., May 24, 7 pm Explores the history and legacy of a song unique in the annals of American music. Best-known from Billie Holiday’s haunting 1939 rendition, the song “Strange Fruit” is a harrowing portrayal of the lynching of a Black man in the American South. The film tells a dramatic story of America’s past by using one of the most influential protest songs ever written as its epicenter. Discussion follows film. Facilitator TBA.RSVP COMMUNITY DIALOGUE

Last Friday Heritage Jazz Series: Live Jazz with Culture Clash

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FINAL SESSION IN 20122013 SERIES Fri., May 30, 7 pm Hosted by Dr. Carl Atkins, Professor of Music at RIT, the Last Friday Jazz Heritage Series presents fine performances of Jazz and provides audiences with the opportunity to engage in a dialogue on its history, sociology and psychology in the United States and throughout the world. This final session will include a performance by Dr. Atkins’ group, Culture Clash. Audience members will be invited to ask questions and interact with the performers. Admission: $10

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WNY AREA BRIEFS BTF President Rumore Wins Re-Election

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Mark Pearce to Keynote NAACP Medgar Evers Awards Dinner Former Buffalo resident Mark Pearce, who was named Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board by President Obama in 2011, will deliver the keynote address at the 47th NAACP’s Annual Medgar Evers Awards Dinner on Sunday, June 9 at 6 p.m. at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Honorees will include the Rev. Eric Johns, who will receive the Medgar Evers Civil Rights Award; Marilyn Gibson and the Lighthouse, the Daniel Acker Community Service Award; The Rev. Mark E. Blue and Adia C. Jordan, the Rufus Frasier Human Relations Award; and Camille Green and Krysty Tyson, the Youth Award. Tickets are $50 by advance sale only. The deadline for ticket orders is June 1. For tickets or more information call Madeline O. Scott at 834-4982.

Veterans One-Stop Center Opens in Buffalo The new 10,000 square foot Veterans One-Stop Center of WNY. located at 1280 Main Street in Buffalo will serve as a one-stop center for the more than 108,000 veterans, and their families, living in Western New York. The center will offer health, employment and education services, as well as financial counseling, legal assistance, benefits counseling and housing resources. In addition, they will be offering Peer to Peer counseling through Compeer’s Vet2Vet program. The center will initially be open Monday through Friday 8:30am – 4:30 p.m. For more information visit: http://

Phil Rumore, who has served as the union president of the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) since 1981, has won a 17th consecutive two-year term as its leader . The election reportedly drew twice as many ballots as the last election. Rumore received 758 votes to his opponent Marc Bruno’s 398. Approximately 3,500 active teachers received ballots which they filled out an mailed back to a post office box.

Mayor Brown Gets Independence Endorsement New York Independence Chairman Frank S. MacKay announced last Tuesday that the party is endorsing incumbent Mayor Byron Brown in his bid for re-election, creating a ballot presence for Brown in the November general election despite the outcome of the September Primary. Brown is also expected to gain backing from the Conservative Party. Republican mayoral candidate Sergio R. Rodriguez sees the whole thing “back room” political dealing. “Over the past few months my campaign has made numerous attempts to reach out to the out-of-town Independence Party chairman to no avail,” said Rodriguez. MacKay is from Long Island and there is no local organization. “Back room political deals like this are why people have lost faith in the political system.”

Visit The Nash House Museum

36 Nash Street 856-4490 Historic home of the late Rev. J. Edward Nash and Frances Jackson Nash. Hours: Thursday and Saturday 11:30 - 4. $10.00 Group tours and additional

hours by appointment.

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ev. William Gillison, pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Buffalo and a leading clergyman in WNY, issued a rebuttal to a widely published article which listed him among a host of local ministers who are reportedly supporting Mayor Brown for re-election. The article, which appeared first on a Democratic Web-Site, was also published in ArtVoice, The Criterion and in the Challenger Community News. “I gave no such endorseREV. GILLISON ment,” declared Rev. Gillison in an email to The Challenger Community News. Following is the full text of his rebuttle: “Last week there was an article that appeared on a Democratic web-site, Art Voice and the Challenger newspapers. The article carried the names of a number of my colleagues and friends, who according to the article are supporting Mayor Byron Brown for re-election. “First let me say that when it comes to political endorsements it is your right to support whoever you wish, without the fear of retaliation. My problem with the article is one that I discussed with the Mayor before this article went to the newspapers, and that is, I gave no such endorsement, neither did I do or say anything that would have indicated that one would be forthcoming. “Before last week’s article came out I shared with the Mayor, that in respect to an endorsement, I was choosing to wait and see who all of the candidates were and what platform they were running on. This is the same advice that I have been giving others over the years when it comes to political candidates. “I am not very comfortable having to write a rebuttal to something that did not have to occur, there was time to remove my name and church, so in reference to the article stating that I am endorsing the Mayor for another term, I gave no such endorsement.”

Burchfield Penney To Participate In Blue Star Museums The Center is one of more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer The Burchfield Penney today announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013. The complete list of participating museums is available at www. “Blue Star Museums is something that service members and their families look forward to every year and we are thrilled with the continued growth of the program,” said Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Through this distinctive collaboration service members and their families can connect with our national treasures to visit some of the country’s finest museums for free.” The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five family members.


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Ministers Voice Support for School Superintendent Brown Brown highly qualified to lead Buffalo schools We, the undersigned pastors, are greatly disturbed by the comments of the representative for the Buffalo Board of Education from the Park District as reported in The News. Carl Paladino unfairly questioned the competency of Superintendent Pamela C. Brown. Brown comes to Buffalo as a highly qualified and celebrated educator and should be given an opportunity to right the many ills of the Buffalo Public School District. To suggest that her appointment was not based on merit or to question her competency is not fair, honest or just. Brown’s experience includes years spent in the classroom and in administration. She has served all over this country, in urban and non-urban settings, and she was educated at some of the world’s most highly regarded academic institutions. Her appointment was the result of a nationwide search. She is eminently qualified! Lastly, to call for her ouster while giving her only 10 months on the job is paramount to asking her to work miracles. She is an educator, not the Almighty. She deserves more time to fix the decades of problems she inherited. Solutions should not be expected overnight. What we should expect is for candidates for public office to be civil, honest and wellinformed. The comments of Paladino demonstrate that he is none of the above. Bishops Michael Badger Bishop Robert Sanders Rev. Richard Stenhouse Rev. Jonathan Staples

Have a Safe Holiday Weekend

Juneteenth Festival, Inc. is now accepting applications for the 38th Annual Juneteenth 2013 (June 15 and 16). Please note that we will not be responsible for applications mailed or left any place other than our P.O. Box: Juneteenth of Buffalo, Inc., P.O. Box 412, Ellicott Station Buffalo, NY 14205 Please do not mail applications to our headquarters. Exhibitors and information vendors are asked to meet with the Concessions Committee on Wednesday, June 12, at the Juneteenth Festival, Inc. Headquarters, located at 1517 Genesee, corner of Moselle, at 7 p.m. to verify assigned locations and review festival rules and regulations. Food vendors must provide their own canopy or tent. This is a requirement of the Health Department. Food vendors are required to meet with the County Health Department to receive information concerning the health laws on the preparation, storage and serving of food sold to the public. This meeting is mandatory and all food concessionaires must be represented. The meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 5, at 5:30 p.m. at Juneteenth Festival, Inc. Headquarters, located at 1517 Genesee corner of Moselle St. At this meeting we will verify your assigned location. Food vendors must be inspected by the Health Department at the festival. All applications are subject to approval by the Concessions Committee. We reserve the right to reject applications Continued Page 13

National/International NEWS West Calls Obama “War Criminal” France to Buy American Drones 4

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by Jacob Chamberlain In an interview with the Guardian published on Sunday, renowned professor and prolific critic of the “military-industrial-complex” and rampant “plutocracy” in the U.S. and around the world, Dr. Cornel West explained his views on the state of America today and his fall from grace, by design, with President Barack Obama: “He’s just too tied to Wall Street. And at this point he is a war criminal.” “They say I’m un-American,” West told interviewer Hugh Muir, referring to Obama’s team. But from someone who actively campaigned for the man, only to be quickly and vastly disappointed, West sees in Obama the epitome of Washington corruption: “He talked about Martin Luther King over and over again as he ran,” West said of their campaign stops together, adding later, “You can’t just invoke Martin Luther King like that and not follow through on his priorities in some way.” “King died fighting not just against poverty but against carpet-bombing in Vietnam; the war crimes under Nixon and Kissinger.” West goes on: “You can’t meet every Tuesday with a killer list and continually have drones drop bombs. You can do that once or twice and say: ‘I shouldn’t have done that, I’ve got to stop.’ But when you do it month in, month out, year in, year out – that’s a pattern of behavior.” “I think there is a chance of a snowball in hell that he will ever be tried, but I think he should be tried and I said the same about George Bush. These are war crimes. We suffer in this age from an indifference toward criminality and a callousness to catastrophe when it comes to poor and working people.” “I knew he would have rightwing opposition, but he hasn’t tried,” West said of Obama’s unwillingness to curb Wall Street’s hold on Washington. “When he came in, he brought in Wall Street-friendly people – Tim Geithner, Larry Summers – and made it clear he had no intention of bailing out homeowners, supporting trade unions.” And later: “And he hasn’t said a mumbling word about the institutions that have destroyed two generations of young black and brown youth, the new Jim

Crow, the prison industrial complex. It’s not about race. It is about commitment to justice. H e should be able to say that in the last f e w years, with the s h i f t f r o m 300,000 Dr.Cornel West inmates to 2.5 million today, there have been unjust polices and I intend to do all I can. Maybe he couldn’t do that much. But at least tell the truth. I would rather have a white president fundamentally dedicated to eradicating poverty and enhancing the plight of working people than a black president tied to Wall Street and drones.” This article previously appeared in Common Dreams.

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Few surprised that France will stay in Mali indefinitely

 Ramin Mazaheri, Press TV, Paris
Mon May 20, 2013 -- 

When France surprisingly went to war in Mali last January they repeatedly promised their offensive was only temporary. But, in a declaration that’s caused little surprise internationally, the French Defense Minister said France will keep around a thousand troops in Mali indefinitely, and that the force could “intervene in neighboring countries…to intervene in any terrorist activity. 

“For many, it seems that France is reverting to its longtime role as the self-appointed policeman of Africa, with the socalled “global war on terror” as justification. 

France is reportedly set to buy two drone aircraft from the United States for use in Mali. Critics note that drones are often used for extrajudicial assassinations outside of outside war zones. 

Many believe that France will create the same situation in Mali as they have done in Ivory Coast. For ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s close personal friend, and ultimately the last decade a UN-sponsored army, composed almost entirely of French soldiers, has protected French interests. In 2011, following a tightly-contested election, the force decisively protected Alassane Ouattara, sent incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo to the International Criminal Court. -American DronesTwo of America’s medium-altitude Reaper drones will be sold to France as backup for the country’s operations against so-called Islamist rebels in Mali. 

The news comes from the ‘Air et Cosmos’ specialist magazine, which reported online that a deal had been reached between France and the United States for the sale of two non-armed MQ-9 units.

 The French air force had already deployed a European-made Harfang drone to Mali, although any purchase of the US Reapers directly from the manufacturer (as was done with Harfang) is expected to delay delivery by seven


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In a bid to curb the spread of Al Qaeda-linked militants in the northern parts of its former colony, France started a military operation in January of this year. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius declared on January 30 that they would be out of there “quickly.” Since that time, that number has risen to 4,000, while the departure date had been moved up. Currently, the idea is that half will leave by July, when Mali holds their presidential election.

BIDS ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Sealed bids for Project No. 44425-C, for Construction Work, Replace Roof & Repoint Building 22, Buffalo Psychiatric Center, 400 Forest Avenue, Buffalo (Erie County), NY, will be received by the Office of General Services (OGS), Design & Construction Group (D&C), Contract Administration, 35th Fl., Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12242, on behalf of the Office of Mental Health, until 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, when they will be publicly opened and read. Each bid must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders and must be accompanied by a certified check, bank check, or bid bond in the amount of $29,200 for C. All successful bidders on a multiple trade project or the successful bidder with a bid over $200,000 on a single trade project, will be required to furnish a Performance Bond and a Labor and Material Bond in the statutory form of public bonds required by Sections 136 and 137 of the State Finance Law, each for 100% of the amount of the Contract estimated to be between $500,000 and $1,000,000 for C. The requirement for Labor and Material and Performance Bonds may be waived on a bid under $200,000 on a single trade project. Designated staff are Frank Peris and Carl Ruppert in the Bureau of Contract Awards, telephone (518) 474-0203, fax (518) 473-7862 and John Lewyckyj, Director of Contract Administration, telephone (518) 474-0201, fax (518) 4861650. The only time prospective bidders will be allowed to visit the job site project area will be at 9:00 a.m. on May 30, 2013 at Buffalo Psychiatric Center, Building 22, 400 Forest Avenue, Buffalo, NY. For assistance pertaining to the site visit only, please phone Kim Himes (716) 532-5151. It is the policy of the State and the Office of General Services to encourage minority business enterprise participation in this project by contractors, subcontractors and suppliers, and all bidders are expected to cooperate in implementing this policy. The Bidding and Contract Documents for this Project are available on compact disc (CD) only, and may be obtained for an $8.00 deposit per set, plus a $2.00 per set shipping and handling fee. Contractors and other interested parties can order CD’s on-line through a secure web interface available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please use the following link at the OGS website for ordering and payment instructions: acquirebid.asp. For questions about purchase of bid documents, please send an e-mail to D&, or call toll free at 1-877-647-7526. For additional information on this project, please use the link below and then click on the project number:

John D. Lewyckyj, Contracting Officer Director, Contract Administration OGS - Design & Construction Group

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African American Veterans Remembered On Memorial Day The names listed below represent men and women of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautaqua & Erie County (WNY)who are no longer alive, and who served in the Armed Forces, dating back to the Civil War. Committee Members: Fern E. Beavers, Al. Baxter, Debbera Ransom and Madeline Scott Samuel E. Abernathy Harmon Adams Angel Alanaderia Charles Aldridge Frank Aldridge Richard Aldridge Edward Allen John Allen Marquis C. Archer H.T. Armour Nathaniel Alexander Corellis Barber, Sr. General G. Bass Charles T. Barnes, Sr. Oramel O. Barnes James Bennett Oliver Besley (USCT) Anderson Butler Biddle Fred Blaksly Jimmie Billingslea George Bishop George Bliss (USCT) John R. Bliss Robert Bliss Wayne H. Bliss Erastus Blood(USCT) George Bosler (USCT) Andrew O. Boyd Arthur Brown Luke Brown Paul Brown Robert Brown Theodore Brown (USCT) William Brown William H. Brown (USCT) Frank Brunson Robert "Buck" Buchanan Joseph P. Bulah Robert A.Busby (USCT) Stephen Busby (USCT) Samuel Butler (USCT) Theopolus Caldwell Ernest J. Carlson John Champion Claude D. Clapp Alexander Chambers Clark George Clay Levi Clayton Robert Clemons Jesse Clipper Wilbert Clockly Johnetta R. Cole Robert Coleman John Collins (USCT) Tinsley Collins (USCT) David Earl Cooper Louis B. Coplin James Core John B. Crawford William Crawford William Crawford, Sr. Ansel J. Crueton, Sr. Douglas Daniels Francis Daniels Clyde Davis Collins Davis, Jr. James Davis John H. Davis Reverend Joseph E. Davis Hartley Ashton Day, Sr. Julius Day John Dean Anthony Delgado George Dillard (USCT)

Henry M. Deming George E. Denning (USCT) James Donahue George Dorsey John H. Dover (USCT) Charles J. Duffin (USCT) Samuel Dunlap John M. Easley Moses L. Easley, Jr. Henry T. Eason Henry Edwards Leonard Edwards Thomas Edwards George R. Eights (USCT) John Elias Herbert Van Elmore William Fairfax (USCT) Herman Fisher, Jr. Charles C. Flagg James Gaines Jonathan T. Gaines Leonard J. Garr Francis Gatewood Wayne Gatewood Vernon Gatewood Aaron Gayton (USCT) Gerald Gayton Herald Gayton Herbert Gayton Charles German William Buck German Edward Gilbert (USCT) Elijah Gibson Raymond Givens James Glover Walter Gourdin, Jr. George L. Grady Harry Green Steve Grissom William Hadden Thomas Hall William Hamilton (USCT) James M. Harper (USCT) Norman W. Harper Geneva Harris Marcie Dell Harris Hershel D. Hawkins Melvin Hawkins James Herald Lakin Hill George Hill (USCT) Sam Earl Hill Milton J. Holder Paul Holley Charles Holliman Frank Howell (USCT) Adam Howie Archie L. Hunter Alexander Jackson (USCT) Henry Jackson (USCT) James Chester Jackson Leroy W. Jackson , Jr. Norman Jackson Alfred Jarrett Jueroy Jenkins Nathaniel Jenkins Patrina Jenkins Roy Jenkins Paul Jeter Alphonso Johnson Bishop Johnson Dale Johnson Henry Johnson (USCT)

Horace C. “Billy” Johnson Michael H. Johnson (USCT) Robert Johnson Arthur Jones Jacob Jones (USCT) James Jones, Sr. J. C. Jones Leeland Jones, Sr. Robert Jones Reverend Young B. Jones Reverend Willis Lee Jones Reverend Joseph D. Kerr Robert Kelly Lester Lucien Kenney Oscar Ralph Kenney Herman Kent Alfred Killian, Sr. Palmer E. Kimball, Jr. Winslow Latham (USCT) Charles Lee (USCT) Robert Lee, Jr. MD Henry C. Leftridge Calvin Leigh Herbert Leper Collin Mack Tavil Mack A.Maybee(USCT) Abram Maybee (USCT) Issac Maynard (USCT) John J. McCullough Jerry McPeak Russell Means Emmitt Milhouse Bennie Mitchell Charles Mitchell Delmar L. Mitchell Jimmie Moore Adolphus “Doc” Nelson Odell Parks Irenus Palmer (USCT) Tom Palmer Willie Page Samuel Penny Robert Yancy Perry Arden Peterson Calvin Peterson (USCT) Cecil Peterson Henry Peterson (USCT) Hiram Peterson (USCT) Howard Peterson Lawrence E. Peterson John Peterson (USCT) Willie Peterson Henry Pollard Jessie Pompey Levi A. Preston James Rankin Roosevelt Rhodes Walter Rice (USCT) Clyde Richards James Robbins, Sr. Barry L. Robinson Donald Robinson Lenore Robinson Theodore Robinson Gabirel Rodriquez George Ross Jimmie Rowland Willie Rush Wesley Savage Kenneth Seals, MD Edward N. Scott, Sr. James Scott Jesse Scott

Roy Shannon William Sheffield (USCT) Jeff Shelton, Sr. Louis Shelton James Silwood (USCT) Dennis Sinacoff Eugene Sloan Rev. Bennett W. Smith, Sr. David U. Smith (USCT) George Jacob Smith Robert H. Smith (USCT) William Spencer (USCT) Oscar J. Stainbeck Richard Steverly (USCT) George Stevens Jerome Stewart (USCT) Jimmy Stewart Rev, Samuel Stover ,Sr. Henery Strothers (USCT) John Swans John Thomas (USCT) Steve Thomas Bobby Lee Thret William Twitty George Twitty Benjamin F. Townsend “Gabriel” George VanClef, Sr. Emmitt Vinson Allen Waiters Charles Walker Luther D. Walker Samuel Walker, Sr. Rev. Albert Charles Ware George W. Ware (USCT) Irene E. Warner Booker T. Washington Edward D. Watkins John Watkins Robert C. Watkins Johnson C. Wells Willie Watson Willie Earl Webster George H. Williams, Jr. Harry D. Williams Herman Williams Rev. Houston Williams Peter Williams (USCT) Thomas H. Williams (USCT) Willis B. Williams George Wilson James H. Wilson (USCT) T. Wilson (USCT) Ernest Wright George Wright (USCT) Maynard Wright Mortimer Wright William Wright (USCT) Ubneius Wright (USCT) Charles Wood Wardell K. Wood Jerry G. Wood Buddy (Bootsie) Young Craig Young Ned Young **(USCT) United States Colored Troops

Waiting For Them To Die

VA Winning Battle To Out Wait Viet Nam Vets

By Charles W. Allman III Part I of a 2-Part Series


he American people, Corporate America, and the Government of America, have hated Vietnam veterans, since the Vietnam war started, and ended, because they represent the only American Military Force that was purposely exposed to one of the deadliest poisons known to man... Dioxin - the lethal element in Agents Orange, Green , Blue, and White! How could a Government purposely plan to expose their troops to a deadly poison, while expecting them to fight proudly for the nation they loved and honored? Here’s how! With the manpower numbers dropping, and nowhere to replenish the war effort, a plan was devised by Washington. The plan was Project 1000,000!!! What is that ? In 1966, during the Johnson administration, there was a shortage of manpower to fight the Vietnam war. Many white males, who would had been eligible to be drafted and sent to the war, left the country to avoid being drafted to serve. Sylvester Stallone included. America hated its’ military so much, that we were called baby killers, and spit on when we returned home. Then to add insult to injury, the media used a guy who fled the country to avoid being drafted, as its’ Vietnam hero in the movies and called him ‘Rambo’ - a fake soldier and a fake patriot, yet more suitable to America, then the men and women who actually served, fought, and died in Vietnam! America wasn’t too kind to Black Americans either. Especially to Black soldiers. All of us crossed paths with ‘Jim Crow’ attitudes from all levels in the military during this period. Many of us were given unfair discharges, and misleading or incorrect psychological, and performance evaluations,which have effected their lives right to this present day!! In the beginning (1966), Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara realized that he had to get manpower from somewhere, so he and Congress-

Photo from the book,“The State of Vietnam: Black American Soldiers in 1969 During Vietnam War” by Wallace Terry.

man Daniel Patrick Moynihan came up with the racist idea to lower the physical and mental qualifications for admission into the Military...all branches! McNamara said that this new program, Project 100,000 would uplift America’s “subterranean poor”and cure them of the“idleness, ignorance, and apathy” which marked their lives.” He was talking about poor young Black man throughout urban America! s talking about the high failure rates e Armed Forces QualificationTest, by Blacks and Hispanics! I joined the U.S. Navy, I wasn’t drafted, and four of my friends from my block also joined the military, by passing the AFQT! It was seriously believed that Black soldiers were not intelligent enough, nor motivated enough to make good soldiers. And that same theory was the universal though of most White Americans during WW 1, WWII, the Korean war. I guess the Tuskegee Airmen, and many other all Black units that fought during those wars, were also interior? POHT took in 149,000 ‘New Standards Men’ (that’s what they called these new recruits), in the first year. 9000 more then McNamara’s first projection. Most of these men were in combat, combat areas, or exposed to hostile and dangerous conditions everyday! I worked on a ‘hatch team,’ unloading the hundreds of ships that brought war supplies, that Continued Page 11



Love Alive Fellowship to Celebrate 20th Church Anniversary

Pastor Jeffery Bowens and the Love Alive Fellowship Church will be in Celebration of their 20th Church Anniversary on June 9th, 2013. There will be a “Reunion” service at Love Alive @ 10am followed by a Celebration Banquet @3pm at The Fairdale Banquet Hall. For More information please contact Sis. Fastonia Snell 831-3553, or Elder Brenda Johnson 602-6016 for more Information.

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The Western New York Youth Chapter Concert The Youth Department of the Gospel Music Workshop of America will be in concert on Saturday June 1 at 6 p.m. at St. Martin DePorres RC Church, l 555 Northampton Street. The youth department consists of youth starting at the age of five and they are from various churches throughout WNY. They will be performing new songs, and they will also be performing songs from their CD. Mrs. Ella E. Robinson is the Chapter Representative for WNY; Mrs. Martha Connor, assistant representative and Minister Malcolm Wilson, assistant representative.

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Ways To Lower Blood Pressure Naturally Part II-Conclusion 8. Switch to decaf coffee 9. Take up tea Lowering high blood pressure is as easy as one, two, tea: Study participants who sipped 3 cups of a hibiscus tea daily lowered systolic blood pressure by 7 points in 6 weeks on average, say researchers from Tufts University—results on par with many prescription medications. Those who received a placebo drink improved their reading by only 1 point. The phytochemicals in hibiscus are probably responsible for the large reduction in high blood pressure, say the study authors. Many herbal teas contain hibiscus; look for blends that list it near the top of the chart of ingredients— this often indicates a higher concentration per serving. 10. Work (a bit) less Putting in more than 41 hours per week at the office raises your risk of hypertension by 15%, according to a University of California, Irvine, study of 24,205 California residents. Overtime makes it hard to exercise and eat healthy, says Haiou Yang, PhD, the lead researcher. It may be difficult

to clock out super early in today’s tough economic times, but try to leave at a decent hour—so you can go to the gym or cook a healthy meal— as often as possible. Set an end-of-day message on your computer as a reminder to turn it off and go home. Follow these tips to make your weekends stress-free. DID NOAH FISH? A Sunday school teacher asked, “Johnny, do you think Noah did a lot of fishing when he was on the Ark ?” “No,” replied Johnny. “How could he, with just two worms.”

Eureka Grand Chapter, Prince Hall Order Eastern Star, Inc., Appreciation Luncheon The Eureka Grand Chapter, Prince Hall Order Eastern Star, Inc., State of New York is sponsoring an Appreciation Luncheon to honor twelve distinguished Past Matrons and Grand Officers in the Seventh Masonic District for their outstanding service and contributions to the Order. The Honorees are: Past Matrons Bertha Webb, Cynthia Tarver, Ruth Bumpers, Sheila Slaughter, Ozella MeTier, Cathy Lowery, Patricia Greenlea, Ann Worthy Grand Mason Lawrence, Joyce Bush-Ray, Dorothy Viola Smalls Boddie and Mildred Shephard. The Order Eastern Star is the largest Fraternal Organization in the world to which both women and men may belong. World¬wide there are over 500,000 members under the General Grand Chapter. The luncheon will be held at Creekside Banquet Facility, 2669 Union Road, Cheektowaga, New York, on Saturday, May 25 at noon. The Worthy Grand Matron Viola Smalls will be in town for this event. For tickets call: Sis Norma Tarver, 632-0727, Sis. Carol Brewer, 297-6945, Sis Ada L. Deans, 891-8286, Sis Leola Luchie, 689-6610, or Sis Edna Majors (585) 328-2751.

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Dr. Janet E. Taylor, M.D., MPH

“Hattitude” Keynote Speaker Announced Catherine Lewis-Smith, Executive Director/Founder of LEWAC Associates of Western New York, Inc. is pleased to announce that Dr. Janet E. Taylor, M.D., MPH will be the Keynote Speaker for the third annual Hattitude - It's About Women's Health & Well-Being Luncheon on Saturday, June 15 at noon at the Hyatt Regency Downtown. Dr. Taylor is a frequent contributor to CBS "This Morning," NBC "The Today Show" and ABC "Good Morning America" and is regularly featured on CNN, MSNBC and's regular webcast', "Mom's Get Real". Dr. Taylor has also been featured on three television shows, Celebrity Crime Files-TVOne, Discovery Health/Own"Facing Trauma" and a syndicated talk show, "The Jeremy Kyle Show." Her column in Family Circle Magazine is titled "Ask Dr. Janet." For vendor information and ticket reservation call (716) 881-6111 ext. 208.


The Black Chamber of Commerce of WNY (BCCWNY) is asking for your support as the organization mounts an all out effort to help one of its own, Larry Bonds. What Happened? Early in the morning on May 3, 2013, a fire destroyed the South Division Street home of Larry and Annie Bonds. According to the Buffalo News, an unknown passerby courageously entered the burning building and rescued Mrs. Bonds who suffered burns. The house and most of its contents were destroyed by the fire, but the greatest tragedy was the passing of Mrs. Bonds four days later. How You Can Help? The Chamber is asking every member of the organization to contribute a minimum

of $100 to the effort to help Larry Bonds at this most difficult time. Checks should be made out to Larry Bonds and may be dropped off at the office of the Black Chamber of Commerce of WNY located at 836 E. Delavan Avenue c/o Lumon Ross, president. For more information, please call 716-995-0622.

Annetta Williams CD Debut Release: “Work In Progress” Annetta Williams CD Debut Release event for her new cd “Work in Progress,” will be held on Saturday, May 25 at 5 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 701 E. Delavan Avenue where the Rev. William Gillison is pastor. The CD will be available for sale after the service. The special guest will be Pastor Jonathan Dunn of Fresh Anointing Impact Church, Lockland Ohio. He is a songwriter and national recodrding atist. You won’t want to miss this great event!



World Premiere of “Two Weeks” on Stage at the Paul Robeson Theatre

“Two Weeks Until the Rest of My Life” continues on stage at the Paul Robeson Theatre at the African Ameriacan Cultural Center, 350 Masten Avenue this weekend, Friday, Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. The play received good reviews in the recent Gusto, which described the cast as one of the best assembled in some time and “a new benchmark for the company.” It’s playing now thru June 2. Tickets are $25 - $27.50. For more information call 884-2013, Pictured above, cast members (l-r) Quaneajah McPhyrce, Pete Johnson,

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Mary J. Blige’s Financial Storm... Mary J. Blige‘s financial situation continues to worsen. Specifically, it’s quadrupled! Here’s what TMZ is reporting: Mary J. Blige’s financial woes have QUADRUPLED — on top of the $900k she allegedly owes the Garden State, TMZ has learned MJB has been slapped with a $3.4 MILLION bill from Uncle Sam. The IRS filed a federal tax lien against the Grammy winner, claiming she failed to pay all her income taxes for the years 2009 ($574,907.30), 2010 ($2,203,743.53) and 2011 ($647,604.60). Tax bill grand total: $3,426,255.43. Translation: A LOT OF FREAKING MONEY. Of course, the IRS needs to get in line … the State of NJ says MJB still owes $901,769.65 in back taxes. Blige is being sued for allegedly defaulting on a $2.2 million bank loan and her charity is facing a lawsuit that claims it took out a $250k loan and never paid it back.

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Jay-Z to Hot 97 : Beyonce is Not Pregnant

First, Beyonce hit fans with an congratulatory e-mail to the Instagram message to the “low mogul over the weekend, and life people” who have specu- Jay-Z’s response to him was lated that she is pregnant with that the pregnancy rumors are her second child.Now, her indeed false. husband Jay-Z has reportedly denied that Bey is with child, Dennis Rodman Doing Way Too Much ... via an email to Hot 97’s Program Director Ebro. The New York radio vet said he sent a

This is how Dennis Rodman showed up to the recent live season finale of “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.” The former NBA player, 52, in true drag queen fashion, made sure he grabbed the attention sporting full make-up, massive eyelash extensions, a bleached blond mohawk – and a jacket covered with palm trees and half-naked Santa Clauses on water skis...

BILLBOARDS AWARDS A NIGHT TO REMEMBER...Though Nicki Minaj gave Lil Wayne a lap dance, Justin Bieber beat out Bruno Mars for the fan voted milestone award, J-Lo’s crotch got a camera close-up and Prince didn’t press his hair, the 2013 Billboards Awards will be remembered by many as the night singer Miguel took a flying leap off stage and drop-kicked two fans like it was WWE amateur night. The singer was in the middle of performing his classic hit, “Adorn,” when the jaw-dropping accident occurred.

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ON STAGE *The Play, “Two Weeks Until the Rest of My Life,” onstage Paul Robeson Theatre, at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave., 8 p.m., Fri/Sat, 4 p.m., Sun; 884-2013; Tickets $27 general admission; $25 seniors/ students with ID.IDwww.

* Alemaedae Theater Productions, “Touched By An Angel” Stage Play Fri. May 17- Mon May 27 (Fri, Sat, Mon @ 8pm; Sun 4pm) *No Shows May 20 & May 24; Buffalo East 1410 Main St. Info: 716.602.6253 Or Www. Atpgalaxy.Co. *The Larry Salter Orchestra rehersals, open to the public every Tuesday @ 7 p.m. at the historic Colored Musicians Club, 145 Broadway @ Michigan. Admission is free! *Saturday Live @ the Historic Colored Musicians Club, 8:30-10:30 p.m., “Vengence” R&B, $5; followed by open mic; host Larry Salter.

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Sun., $20 general admission; 884-2013. *The Larry Salter Orchestra rehersals, open to the public every Tuesday @ 7 p.m. at the historic Colored Musicians Club, 145 Broadway @ Michigan. Admission is free! *Njozi Buffalo Niagara International Poetry Slam, June 8 at 8 p.m., The Tralf Music Hall; tickets $20 advance, $15 students & seniors at Doris Records, Record Theatre (Main & Lafayette), the Tralf Box Office; $25 @ door; 553-9491 for ticket info or to enter the slam.

*Dru Hill, Shirley Murdock, D’Mott, Saturday, June 1, 8 pm @ the Tralf; $49 advance, $54 @ door; tickets at WallMart, The Tralf Box Office, Doris Records and online at; for more info twitter@youngBiz1

*Oscar Alston and his Orchestra presents an Evening of Elegance Musical Tribute to Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Lionel Richie, Memorial Day Weekend , Friday May 24, The Tralf; tickets $25 , $40 VIP @ Doris Records and the Tralf Box Office; 716-222-2939 for info.

*”Sex’d” a play on stage at the Paul Robeson Theatre, June 7,8,9,14,15,16, written and directed by Tanisha Fordham, 7 p.m. Fri/Sat; 4 pm

*Old School / New School Dance Monday Nite Madness fundraiser with DJ Doc, Saturday, May 25, Ss. Colum-

ba-Brigid RC Church Hall, 75 Hickory St.; Tickets $15; for info 200-9702 or 598-7532. *Ambush Pride Party, May 31, 130 South Park Ave, 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.; $10 @ door *Funk Till You Drop first ever fundraiser for the Buffalo Funk Fest, Sunday, May 26, The Tralf, 4 p.m. – midnight; tickets only Box Office and Doris Records. * Breath, Boom by Kia Corthron, directed by Lorna C. Hill, on Stage at Ujima Theatre, May 17 thru June 2; Thurs, Fri. Sat 8 p.m.; Sun. 6 p.m.; Sat. Matinees @ 2 p.m., May 25 & June ; tickets $25 general $20 seniors, $15 students www.ujimatheatre. org;883-0380.

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*BB King, Sat. June 8, Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel; tickets start @ $40; on sale now at ticketmaster; for info l-877-873-6322 or *Marcus Miller, The Renaissance tour, Friday, June 7m 8 p.m. Seneca Niagara, Tickets start @ $40 @ ticketmaster Buffalo Place Rocks Canalside: Concets 6 to 11 p.m. *June 29 KEM, $15 advance, $20 day of show; *July 26 The Wailers free, Reggae; July 27, Bel Biv Devoe, free; Tickets at the Buffalo Place box office 671 Main St., or charge by phone at (888)223-6000; for more info visit



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Girl Scout Meetings St. Martin dePorres Girl Scout Troop 30015 is holding meetings the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at 555 Northampton Street from 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For any new registrations or adult volunteers Please contact our church at (716)-882-7729 for further information


Trained Male Mentors Prepare Boys for Life and Gentlemen’s Day at Futures Academy, School #37 It’s growing! More qualified young adult and seasoned African American men are being trained to become mentors to male students in a unique school program called project S.O.W. (Schools of Wisdom). Buffalo News editor, Rod Watson said it best in his weekly commentary, “They have one thing in common: A desire to give back by preparing the next generation.” Under the direction of Rev. Gene Coplin and his 24 year old son Genetino Coplin, this award winning program brings with it quantitative data highlighting the success of the program since 2006. Public schools in Niagara Falls, Cheektowaga Central, and Sweet Home School District have lauded the program. Dr. Tonja Williams, principal of Futures Academy School #37 will get a unique spin on the program this year! All the 8th boys at Futures Academy Public School #37 want to make history at their school. Besides working to increase their academics and improve their attitudes through unique workshops taught in the project S.O.W. program, they are going to exercise their

leadership skills by doing something they hope all the 8th grade girls will remember in their “future”. IT’S CALLED…GENTLEMEN’S DAY! On May 29 all the 8th grade boys (gentlemen) will be assigned a specific 8th grade girl (queens). They will carry their books throughout the day, open doors for them, and speak “positive words of life” to them. A beautiful limousine will pick up all the girls (queens) and transport them to school on this day. As the limo arrives in front of the school, the boys (gentlemen) will escort them into the building. All of our 8th grade boys (gentlemen) have been assigned a trained adult male mentor that will not only be there to observe the event but to mentor them for the next 4 years to help get them through high school and into college (Yes Buffalo Program). Media is invited and there will be a live remote radio broadcast on hand as well. (WUFO 1080am). The limo is scheduled to arrive at school by 10 am. There will be a brief auditorium program and refreshments.

Would you like to become a volunteer? Would you like to sponsor a child in our program? Please contact Rev. Coplin at: or call us (716) 9060375.

Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) Scholarship Fund The Buffalo Urban League has announced that the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation offers scholarship opportunities to any under-served student across the United States. The 
APPLICATION DEADLINE is May 31, 2013. Qualified applicants must be a high school senior, college student, and/or between the ages of 18-25, pursuing studies at a vocational or trade school. All applicants must be a 
US Citizen and complete the on-line application no later than the published deadline date, which is May 31, 2013. 

This scholarship is open to the public. For more details and/or to apply, visit: www.scholarshipsonline. org/2013/05/shawn-carterfoundation-scholarship.html

Wisteria School Brings Waldorf Education to the City of Buffalo Wisteria, a Waldorf-initiative school, is committed to addressing the educational needs of the whole child, allowing students to realize their own unique capabilities. Now enrolling for kindergarten through grade four, it is Wisteria’s vision to make Waldorf Education financially accessible to a wide range of individuals, and preserve the spirit of urban populations. In a visit to Western New York, Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu urged educational policymakers, reformers and the like to consider AfricanCentered schools. These schools utilize hallmarks of the Diaspora such as storytelling and music, arts and illustration. He called for minimal use of textbooks, allowing for a fuller experience—a hands-on curriculum. Kunjufu noted that these strategies prevent 4th grade fatigue—an age where he contends that Black, particularly boys, lose interest in school and have difficulty regaining a true love and appreciation for learning. Therefore, if you have had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Kunjufu speak you've already heard of the benefits of a Waldorf education in our community! The time has come to examine what works from an international perspective, as our youth must be poised to make healthy contributions to a global community. To learn more about Waldorf Education visit Wisteria School’s May Faire Family Festival which is free and open to the public on Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Burke's Green Park (216 Beard Avenue at the corner of Morris and Depew). visit us @ challengercn. com

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Camp JOY Summer Day Delavan Girder Center Camp Staff at the Delavan Grider Camp Registration Center, 877 East Delevan, Camp JOY Summer Day Camp is now accepting registration for its six-week summer program for children in Kindergarten thru 6th grade. The summer camp, sponsored by The Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 26 Brunswick Blvd. , begins on July 8th and runs through August 16th Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The structured camp program includes nutritious breakfast and lunch, reading, writing and math enrichment, arts and crafts, music, movement and field trips. The camp program provides children with a fun and enriching summer experience with activities that develop and stimulate the mind in a safe, fun and friendly environment. Registration is ongoing now thru June 15 on a first come, first served basis. The cost is $125 per child for the six weeks. For more information and application call 885-1108. Barbara D. Glover, Director. Robert Spilman, Pastor.

are busy planning a variety of fun, enriching activities for children ages 4 through 12 years of age this summer. Beginning June 24th, a Summer Adventure Day Camp program will be held at the Center each weekday, from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. The 8 week program runs through August 17. Breakfast, lunch and snack will be offered as well as daily arts and crafts, sports and games, educational enrichment, weekly field trips and educational workshops. Fees are affordable but space is limited. For more information call 716 896-7021.

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Shock And Awe: The Real Mayoral Contest Set To Begin Scorched earth… It's all out war in the race for Mayor between Bernie Tolbert and Byron Brown. Casey the Destroyer! Sources tell Dr. Neal that Casey is set to throw everything they can muster at Tolbert to personally destroy him, his family and anyone who dares to support him. Translation: When facing the African American community, Brown has no record to run on. The only strategy for reelection is to double down on sleaze and dirty politics. God help you, Mr. Tolbert; there is a bullseye on your back and a torpedo aimed straight at you and the good name of your family. The Racketeering Files Speaking of sleaze and corruption, the Brown, Casey, Smith pay to play conspiracy case is still alive in federal court. The judge refuses to dismiss civil and racketeering charges. We're told that with Tim Wannamaker's case out of the way, the trio is starting to feel some relief. Translation: The constant press scrutiny from the Buffalo News is gone. The dogs have been called off for now. City Hall continues to stonewall the investigation, refusing to cooperate and respond to repeated request for information. But how much have taxpayers spent on legal fees to represent Brown, Casey and Smith? Will the city of Buffalo re-elect a Mayor who may be convicted on federal charges? The Smith Files No shame whatsoever! Brown co-conspirator, Demone Smith, was back in the spotlight last week. A scathing interview by Jim Heany of Investigative Post regarding serial election law violations and mounting civil penalties left Smith speechless suffering a sudden case of brain lock. And after the fiasco at Friends of the Elderly involving the questionable use of Smith's block grant funds, we can only wonder how much longer voters in the Masten district will tolerate his behavior. Ring. Ring. Wrong Number! In case you missed it, Mo, the Crusher, Garner - founder of Grassroots Inc, super lobbyist and Brown best buddy - made a rare media appearance last week thanks to Tom Precious of the Buffalo News. The Crusher denied any involvement in G&L Consulting (aka Garner and Lowe) and distanced himself from longtime friend Melvin Lowe who was fingered in an FBI investigation involving convicted former state senator Shirley Huntlley and five of her senate emocratic colleagues. The upshot: Garner’s lobbying and consulting clients (notably Ciminelli Construction and Oak Hill Construction) are scared to death of being linked to an FBI investigation and will shut off the spigot at the first sight of trouble. The bank shot: Casey the Destroyer will use any means necessary put a wedge between Garner and city hall. The net result will be to cut off any access to the $1.1million of campaign funds Garner was hoping to siphon off this summer. Check, please! Embattled democratic chairman, Jeremy Zellner, puzzled many insiders when he sidestepped his executive committee and city zone chairs and signaled his support for Brown’s third term before the party endorsement process even began. Translation: Zellner is inexperienced and naively believes he can usher in a peace deal among Erie County''s warring democratic factions and win favor with team Cuomo before the 2014 election. Rumor has it that he has cut a deal for himself in exchange for a Brown endorsement. As the old folks say, "Youth is wasted on the young." Continued Page 13

“We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us.” - John Russwurm, Freedom’s Journal. 1827 America’s 1st Black Newspaper


included millions of barrels of Agent Orange. And I also worked at a field hospital outside of the city of Danang, and served as a signalman for the hundreds of Medivac helicopters bringing in the wounded and dead every night. To make a long story short, America used these so-called ‘New Standards Men’ (NSM) for the duration of the war, hoping that many would not survive, either the combat that iswar, or the exposure to Dioxin, the chemical the government knew was deadly but expose us to it anyway. Agent Orange, White, Green, and Blue. NSM were promised a whole new life, after serving in Vietnam complete with benefits, school, opportunities never before realized by us poor dumb Blacks! But we got nothing upon our return to America!! And when America showed its rage toward us for fighting a socalled unjust war, we became Americas biggest problem. We were plagued by drugs, mental disorders, alcohol abuse, homelessness, unemployment, prison and the list goes on and RAMBO’S ROOTS: African- on! Medical problems are our Americans can lay claim to biggest issues right now, from being the inspiration to the being exposing all of us to Diaction film series Rambo. oxin. United States Marine Sergeant News flash!!!! The millions Rambo Ross heroically fought during the Vietnam War. As of cases that the VA has backthe stories of Rambo’s hero- logged, are the claims of Vietics spread, the fact that he was nam Veterans, not Iraq or Afan African-American was lost. ghanistan veterans! Sylvester Stallone portrayed America treats them very Rambo in the series. well. They are not homeless, many are in school, or Vocational training programs, given jobs, and they are being treated for PTSD and Brain trauma injuries immediately. Many Vietnam veterans are just now dying in their 50’s, 60’s and 70’s from the medical and mental issues they got from serving in Vietnam. Many with their claims for disabilities still not adjudicated, some for as long as have my claim before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. It took me 46 years to get to this point. In my many years of dealing with the VA, and my claim, I mastered the skill of writing claims. I have written most of my own claims, and thousands of other claims for Vietnam veterans, and most of them have been successful, in one form or another. Yet every claim of a Vietnam veteran took a lot of work and a lot of patience; the VA system fought us tooth and nail to ‘not’ payout disability compensation to any of us! Unlike todays Afghanistan and Iraq veterans who are taken care of immediately upon becoming veterans. Many Vietnam veterans are still waiting for fair adjudication to thei claims, but because they come out of the POHT era, the VA has stalled handling those so many still pending claims, to save money. So for your information, the VA backlog is mostly claims from Vietnam veterans, who the Veterans Administration is waiting for to die! These claims represent millionsdollars that the VA doesn’t have to pay, if the veterans dies. In the past year, in just the city of Buffalo, NY. alone, more then 50 Vietnam veterans have died without having their claims adjudicated. All dying from conditions caused by exposure to Agent Orange! Check the records, do your own research! Just this past September 27, 2012, Robert Lee”Buck” Buchanan, a Vietnam veterans, died from Stage 4 Liver Cancer. Prior to his death, I wrote up his claim for him and his new wife. We

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Is Democratic Party Poised to Endorse Byron Brown over Objections of Party Faithfuls?


n Saturday, May 11, Democratic committee members of the Buffalo City Zone Chairs met with Erie County Democratic Chairman, Jeremy Zellner, at their new headquarters on Seneca Street, to discuss the possibility of endorsing a candidate for the Mayor of Buffalo. According to our souces, even though a vast majority of City Zone leaders present recommended ‘No Endorsement’ in this election, Chairman Zellner stated that he will recommend an endorsement of Mayor Byron Brown. Many Zone Chairs , including Betty Jean Grant, Arthur O. Eve, Jr., Karen Ellington, Leonard Williams and Ivory Payne, expressed their personal and political disappointment in the endorsement of Brown. Yet Zellner sreadfastly insisted on bringing forth the name of Brown at the upcoming Democratic Party Executive Committee scheduled to be convened on Thursday, May 16th. There are currently two announced candidates for the Mayoral Race, Byron Brown and Former FBI agent, Bernie Tolbert. Candidate Sergio Rodriguez is a Republican and as such, will face the winner of the September Primary in the November General Election. Since the Executive consists of 45 At- Large members who can vote with the 28 City Zones Chairs, Mr. Zellner will have more than enough votes to overrule the zone chairs who represent the City of Buffalo and give the endorsement to a candidate who has not worked with the leaders and officers of the Democratic Party, including Mr. Zellner, in years. It can also be said that Mayor Brown and his minion, Steve Casey, have worked to undermine not only Len Lenihan and his Democratic chairmanship but also sought to give control of the Erie County legislature in 2010, to then County Executive Chris Collins and his Republican cohorts. The Democratic Party should not be rewarding such treason with an endorsement! Mayor Brown and his Machivellian way of dealing with his political opponents and so-called enemies, has cast a pall of fear and intimidation on all those who they think are not falling in line behind them. Mr. Zellner, by ‘giving’ the not earned endorsement to Byron Brown, once again shows the ugly side of politics aka “politricks” and what money can buy. Surely the former candidate for Erie County Chairman (and Byron Brown’s choice, last year, for this position), Frank Max, can agree with this. submitted the claim, requesting that because of his condition, his claim be treated as that of a catastrophic veteran. This did not happen! Buck died before they did anything to his claim, but just recently (these past three weeks), his wife was notified that because they were not married long enough, she could not collect his disability! So nobody got paid ! Even though this veterans was entitled to disability because he had liver cancer from exposure to agent orange, his wife got nothing. To Be Continued

Veterans activist Charles Allman of Buffalo, a Vietnam Vet, is the CEO of the Georgia Veterans Group (GVG), Inc., CoFounder of the Buffalo Veterans Group, an affiliate of the GVG, Inc., Former President of African American Veterans of Western NY, and the former Vice President of the Batavia PTSD Alumni Association, and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Veterans Braintrust.

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Legislator Grant Announces Summer 2013 Internship Program

Erie County Legislature Chairperson Betty Jean Grant (D-Buffalo) is seeking six students age 16 and older to serve as unpaid interns for the Summer 2013 semester. Interns will assist the Bellamy’s Liquor Store elected legislators and their support staff during the regular session of the Erie County Legisla405 E. Ferry * 884-4066 ture for college credit or for experience, and will be expected to commit to 15 hours of service a week. Interviews will be scheduled with prospective intern candidates to determine the selected interns; women and minority students are strongly encouraged to apply. Students meet weekly ONE STOP with legislators, department heads, and various committee members to deepen their understanding of all components of local government. Students interact with County officials as they learn Mandella Market & Citgo Gas about the function of county government, the procedures for introducing new legislation, and the roles of the various departments in each branch. Interns will be supervised by a legislative 272 E. Ferry cor. Jefferson staff person and will be assigned to either subject-oriented committees or to the offices of the 716-882-0288 Democratic staff. For more information, please contact intern program coordinator Shiana Denise Eve at 858-8853 or

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legal INDEX NO.: I2012603077. AMENDED SUMMONS AND NOTICE. MORTGAGED PREMISES: 63 SOUTH GLIDDEN, CHEEKTOWAGA, NY 14206. (SBL#: 113.7-10-4). Plaintiff designates Erie County as the place of trial; venue is based upon the county in which the mortgaged premises is situate. STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF ERIE HSBC BANK USA, N.A., Plaintiff, -againstLISA FRAYNE A/K/A LISA N. FRAYNE, RALPH FRAYNE A/K/A RALPH A. FRAYNE, if living, and if dead, the respective heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignors, lienors, creditors and successors in interest, and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendant who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise of any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and their respective husbands, wives or widows of her, if any, and each and every person not specifically named who may be entitled to or claim to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the verified complaint; all of whom and whose names and places of residence unknown, and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained by the Plaintiff, THE TOWN OF CHEEKTOWAGA, “JOHN DOE #1” through “JOHN DOE #10” inclusive, the last ten names being fictitious and unknown to Plaintiff, the persons or parties intended being the persons, tenants, occupants, or corporations, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the mortgaged premises described in the Complaint, Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the attorneys for the Plaintiff within 20 days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure $ 36,600.00 (modified to $ 41,676.59 by loan modification agreement dated July 23, 2010), and interest, recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Erie County on April 25, 2001 at Book No. 12921, Page Number 4413, covering premises known as 63 South Glidden, Cheektowaga, NY 14206 – Sec. 113.7; Block 10; Lot 4. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. The Plaintiff also seeks a deficiency judgment against the Defendant and for any debt secured by said Mortgage which is not satisfied by the proceeds of the sale of said premises. TO the Defendant RALPH FRAYNE, the foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Hon. John M. Curran, J.S.C. of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, and filed on April 23, 2013, with the Complaint in the County of Erie, State of New York. The property in question is described as follows: ALL THAT TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND, situate in the Town of Cheektowaga, County of Erie and State of New York, being part of Lot 73, Township 10, Range 7 of the Buffalo Creek Reservation and according to a map filed in the Erie County Clerk’s Office under Cover 1804, is known as Subdivision Lot 72. Dated: New Rochelle, N.Y. April 19, 2013 McCabe, Weisberg & Conway, P.C. /s/________________ By: Mark Golab, Esq. Attorneys for Plaintiff 145 Huguenot St., Ste. 210 New Rochelle, NY 10801 p. 914-636-8900 f. 914-636-8901

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Whoda thunk it! Back in 2009, the Jeremiah Partnership - the nobility of black clergy in Buffalo - were united in support of Mayor Brown. Not so in 2013. Missing from the big clergy endorsement this time around were: Stenhouse, Badger, Gillison and Brown. The upshot: Carl Paladino is in and the Jeremiah Partnership is out.

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from concessionaires who have not followed Festival Rules and Regulations in prior years. Also note that the Juneteenth Festival, Inc. retains exclusive rights to the sale of snow cones and french fries. For more information call 891-8801. Ziyadah H. Uqdah is Concessions Chairperson

Visit The Nash House Museum

36 Nash Street 856-4490 Historic home of the late Rev. J. Edward Nash and Frances Jackson Nash. Hours: Thursday and Saturday 11:30 - 4. $10.00 Group tours and additional

hours by appointment.


NFTA Procurement

Invitation to Bid 4305 – Lease for Energy Services 4306 – Workers’ Compensation Third Party Administrator Download Bids from www. Scrufari Construction Co. seeking M/WBE subcontractors to quote: 1) Ralph Wilson Stadium Improvements – May 28, 2013 2) Kaleida Health Core & Shell Package – May 29, 2013 EEO Employer 282-1225.



Need someone for light housekeeping. 2 hrs. two days a week. Dependable. References. Call 256-8454. Yvonne.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS for Comprehensive Audit Services

Social Worker III Responsible for providing direct assessment & treatment of assigned caseload of children with psychiatric disorders. For a full description visit our website at Refer to Job #201333 when applying to: Catholic Charities 741 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209, Attn: Human Resources. EOE/M/F

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) requests responses to a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Comprehensive Audit Services from qualified General Accounting/Auditing Firms. The project scope, content of proposal, and vendor selectiprocess are summarized in the RFP that describes the terms and conditions under which the Housing Authority will select a consultant for these services. Proposals must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. (EDT), Monday, June 10, 2013. If you are interested, please contact Cheryl MacMillan, at the BMHA Administrative Offices at at (716) 855-6711 ext. 245.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS for Employee Benefits Consulting and Brokerage Services The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) requests responses to a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Employee Benefits Consulting and Brokerage services. The project scope, content of proposal, and vendor selection process are summarized in the RFP that describes the terms and conditions under which the Housing Authority will select a consultant for these services. Proposals must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. (EDT), Monday, June 3, 2013. If you are interested, please contact Larry Sherlick, at the BMHA Administrative Offices at lsherlick@ or at (716) 855-6711 ext. 209 for a paper copy of the RFP.

Duties: The Chief of Aircraft Firefighting Rescue directs the operations of the Airport Emergency Response Department, including training of ARF officers, ensuring proper staffing levels and compliance with regulatory mandates. Qualifications: An Associate’s degree in Fire Science or relevant field; possession of New York State Firefighter II certification, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification, CPR Instructor certificate; and five (5) years experience in the management and administration of a civil or military aviation fire/rescue operation; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. NYS Fire Officer certification is preferred. Please view complete job description at

COUNTY OF ERIE ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS For RENOVATION TO BALLROOM CARPET BUFFALO NIAGARA CONVENTION CENTER Separate sealed bids for: General Construction and Electrical Construction work for the above project will be received by the County’s Commissioner of Public Works on the 14th Floor of the Rath County Office Building, 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo, New York 14202 until 2:30 PM local time on June 12, 2013 at which time they will be opened and read aloud. MBE/WBE requirements may apply to this project. Additional information must be found at: Dated: May 22, 2013

Chief, Aircraft Firefighting Rescue (Buffalo Niagara International Airport)-Job #: 055-13-N

Interested persons should visit to view complete job descriptions. To apply: Send cover letter, resume, and NFTA-Metro employment application (available at to:


*Two and Three Bedroom Apartments starting at $395 plus security. Apartments Section 8 Ready. Call 836-8686. Must See 2 Bedroom (East Side) $400 to $450 plus security. Fresh paint/new carpet/ Move-in condition/Section 8 ok. Call 574-5066

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NFTA-Metro Human Resources - Job #055-13-N 181 Ellicott Street Buffalo, NY 14203 Application Deadline: May 29, 2013 Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Instructional Designer The Instructional Resources Department at Buffalo State, State University of New York, seeks a full-time Instructional Designer. Required Qualifications: - Master's degree. - Demonstrated professional experience with instructional design in the teaching/learning process. - Demonstrated understanding of pedagogical issues related to technology enhanced teaching and learning. - Demonstrated experience in the development and delivery of presentations, workshops, and seminars in an educational setting. - Demonstrated ability to creatively conceive and manage projects dealing with online and hybrid courses and instructional technology tools. - Demonstrated excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills. - Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment balancing multiple and competing priorities. Preferred Qualifications: - Direct experience training on or teaching with additional Blackboard products or Building Blocks including but not limited to Content Collection, Collaborate, and Mobile. - Demonstrated professional experience teaching at an accredited institution. - Knowledge and experience assisting faculty with accessibility guidelines (Section 508, W3C, UDL) while developing instructional materials. - Experience with the Quality Matters review process or similar assurance process in online or hybrid learning. Qualified applicants may apply online at

Buffalo State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and committed to respect for diversity and individual differences.

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Board of Education Meeting: 5:30 p.m. Room 801 City Hall

Project S.O.W. (Schools of Wisdom) Gentlemen’s Day @ Futures School #37: All 8th grade boys will be involved; prepared by Trained Male Mentors.

Family Fun Bowling Day: Every Wednesday, Kerns Bowling Center, 163 Kerns; 5-8 p.m.; $1 bowling; hosted Buffalo United Front. by Thursday May 23 Spring Fling Fundraiser Bensee St; $20.



Tuesday May 28

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Saturday May 25 Wisteria School of Buffalo May Faire: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. free admission, family fun, @ Burke’s Green, Wisteria School of Buffalo, 216 Beard Ave.; for info visit Girl Scout Meeting for New Registrations & Adult Volunteers: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. St. Martin dePorres Girl Scout Troop 30015, located at 555 Northampton St., 882-7729 for more information. JUNETEENTH SANKOFA DAYS 4TH ANNUAL AFRICAN LIBERATION DAY JUNETEENTH FUNDRAISER: 8 p.m., Juneteenth Headquarters, 1517 Genesee St.; $10 donation; viewing of Africa Unite DVD followed by discussion & dance party featuring Ras Jomo and Ras Muata; 948-5738 for more info.

Orchestra Rehearsal Open to the Public: the Larry Salter Orchestra, every Tuesday, 7 p.m., Colored Musicians Club, 145 Broadway; free. Wednesday May 29 Family Fun Bowling Day: Every Wednesday, Kerns Bowling Center, 163 Kerns; 5-8 p.m.; $1 bowling; hosted by Buffalo United Front. Sunday June 2 PLAY STREETS COMING TO HAMLIN PARK: Noon – 4 p.m., Northland Ave. and Wohlers will be closed to traffic but open for family fun! For more info go to: w Adopt-A-Pet Open House: noon – 5 p.m., 100 Sullivan Rd., Alden NY pets for adoption; (716) 937-9292, Seneca Babcock Community Association Annual Chinese Auction & Chicken Diner: 2 p.m. doors open; $9 admission; 822-5094. Monday June 3 Tuesday June 4 Orchestra Rehearsal Open to the Public: the Larry Salter Orchestra, every Tuesday, 7 p.m., Colored Musicians Club, 145 Broadway; free.


MOCHA Center Red Tie Affair: 6-11 p.m., Shea’s Smith Theater, 658 Main St.; 8521142 ext. 25 or email aking@ for more info.

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Fun City Show carnival will be in Niagara Falls May 23-27 at 1202 Hyde Park.Thurs. 5-9 pm, Fri. 5-9 pm, Sat. 1-9 m, Sun. 1-9 pm and Mon. 1-6 pm.

Erie County Senior Services Calls For “Volunteers For Veterans” The Erie County Department of Senior Services has issued a call for volunteers to assist with the 27th National Veterans Golden Age Games, hosted by the VA Western New York Healthcare System and happening in Buffalo from May 30 – June 4, 2013. This event, the premier senior adaptive rehabilitation program in the United States, is the only national multi-event sports and recreational seniors’ competition designed to improve the quality of life for all older veterans. Organizers are seeking 2,000 volunteers throughout the 6-day event. Individuals and groups are encouraged to volunteer for any of the many types of opportunities available.To learn more about the volunteer opportunities available, and to request an application, contact Kelly Clark at the VA WNY Healthcare System at or by calling 862-8672.

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