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Sheriff Steve Tompkins tackles recidivism with intensive work program Martin Desmarais

said Tompkins. “When you teach a guy how to lay a floor or hang a Suffolk County Sheriff Steven wall, they now have a marketable W. Tompkins is taking a proactive skill. … With that kind of skill you approach to reducing recidivism can probably make a good wage and he is asking employers in the for yourself.” community to help. The CGI program has two John B. Cruz, the owner of parts. During the first cycle of John B. Cruz Construction com- the program, CGI students spend pany, recently answered the call. their afternoons in a classroom In early July, Cruz visited the where they are taught carpentry, Suffolk County House of Cor- custodial maintenance, paintrection to speak to inmates taking ing and landscaping. Additionpart in the The Common Ground ally, class participants gain certiInstitute (CGI) program. fication from the Occupational Cruz said he wanted to let Safety and Health Administrathem know about the opportunity tion (OSHA) by completing a 10that there is at hour course for a company like general indushis and in the “When you teach a trial safety and c o n s t r u c t i o n guy how to lay a floor health stanindustry. dards. OSHA “You don’t or hang a wall, they is the federal need a higher now have a marketable agency in the education to skill. … With that Department make it in conof Labor that s t r u c t i o n , ” kind of skill you can publishes and Cruz said. “We probably make a good enforces safety have people and health regwage for yourself.” working for ulations. us that didn’t At the com— Sheriff Steven pletion of the graduate from high school W. Tompkins first five weeks and don’t have of classes, para GED, but ticipants utithey have a work ethic. And you lize their classroom instruction need a work ethic. As long as you by working through the departare willing to bust your hump ment’s Community Works Prothere are some opportunities in gram (CWP) for the final five construction and real estate man- weeks of the cycle. During this agement.” time, the students apply their CGI is a 10-week instructional knowledge in carpentry, custodial program that is divided into two maintenance, painting and landfive-week sections, with each sec- scaping as a means of community tion designed to enhance employ- restitution. ment skills that will aid inmates The Sheriff’s Department has in making a successful transition partnered with the cities of Boston back into society after serving and Revere and the state in order their sentences. to complete this final phase of “We have placed a strong in- CGI. CWP crews work in conterest on vocational education,” junction with the Inspectional CGI, continued to page 8

Crowds gathered in Dudley Square on Sunday night to protest the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (John Brewer photo)

Trayvon Martin: Florida jury’s not guilty verdict ‘failed us’ Lawrence D. Bobo America is racist at its core. I used to doubt this simplistic claim. Today I cannot. The murder of Trayvon Martin demands total, simple, honesty. A jury in Florida failed us. We have not seen a moral

COM M ENTARY failure this grave since a similarly all-white jury in Simi Valley, Calif., in 1992 acquitted the four LAPD officers who beat Rodney King. Writing in the same year as that ill-fated verdict, the distinguished civil rights lawyer Derrick

Bell declared that “racism is an integral, permanent and indestructible component of this society.” In most circumstances, I treat this declaration as a foil: a claim to be slowly picked apart as, at best, too easy and, at worst, deeply unfair and wrong. Not today. The most elemental facts of this case will never change. A teenager went out to buy Skittles and iced tea. At some point, he was confronted by a man with a gun who killed him. There is no universe I understand where this can be declared a noncriminal act. Not in a sane, just and racism-free universe. There is only one universe in which such a judgment can happen. It is the same universe in

which jurors can watch slow-motion video of four armed police officers beating a man and conclude that the man being beaten dictated everything that happened. Two features of this universe loom large. First, it requires immersion in a culture of contempt, derision and at bottom, profound dehumanization of African Americans, particularly black men. You have to be well-prepared to believe the very worst about black people in order to reach such a conclusion. In particular, you have to proceed as if that person constituted a different, lesser form of humanity. Without that deep-rooted bias in the American cultural fabric, we would find that people would readily bring Trayvon, continued to page 6

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to college-level material, as well as field trips to places such as the Museum of Science. STEM Summer Institute, which started on July 8 and runs through August 9, is taught by college undergraduates, many of whom attend MIT. The student participants range from those entering sixth grade this fall to eighth grade graduates entering high school. Topics covered include algebra, biology, physics, chemistry, engiSTEM, continued to page 16

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Boston to celebrate legacy, life of Mandela on July 18

Former South African President Nelson Mandela will be celebrated with an event on July 18 at the Old South Church in Boston. The event is being held in conjunction with Nelson Mandela Day. (AP photo/Simon Dawson) Martin Desmarais Boston will gather to celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela on his birthday, July 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Old South Church in Boston. The event will feature guest speakers Gov. Deval Patrick, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and a

representative from the South African Embassy, as well as a video tribute to Mandela, reading of his inspirational words by local youth and several musical tributes. Organizers of the event, which is free and open to the public, expect as many as 500 people to turn out. In conjunction with the celebra-

tion, which falls on the United Nations’ designated Nelson Mandela Day, volunteers are encouraged to join others around the world in donating 67 minutes to a favorite charity or local community organization. According to Mary Tiseo, executive director of South Africa Partners, which is one of the main organizers of

the event, the 67 minutes is representative of one minute for each year of Mandela’s activism: from his start as a political leader and human rights attorney, then a prisoner of conscience, and later an international peacemaker and the first democratically-elected president of a free South Africa. While Nelson Mandela Day has been celebrated around the world since 2009, Tiseo said this is the first time Boston has had a large celebration in conjunction with Mandela’s birthday. “We are all conscious of Mr. Mandela’s health and his age and this is a very big birthday,” said Tiseo. “It is his 95th and the South African embassy in Washington D.C. was encouraging people to celebrate.” Additional highlights of the celebration will include songs and music from South African native and Berklee School of Music student Byron Noemdoe, the St. Stephen’s Youth Program, Old South Church Minister of Music Harry Lyn Huff and The Willie Sordillo Trio; a candle ceremony led by state Rep. Byron Rushing; presentations by Temba Maqubela, headmaster of the Groton School and board member of South Africa Partners, as well as Marti Wilson-Taylor, co-chair of the South Africa Partners board. “I think it is going to be a really uplifting event, with the themes of social justice and equality and partnership and international cooperation,” Tiseo said. “This will be a real celebration of Mr. Mandela’s life and legacy.” Tiseo’s hope is that the celebration this year will be the start of an annual event in Boston. “He is an example that we can all learn from and we can all be inspired by,” she said. “He is a unifying force. We hope people will want to gather every year on his birthday.”

Massachusetts has historically been a strong supporter of democracy in South Africa. The July 18 event in Boston draws upon a rich history of local support for a free South Africa dating back to the 1960s, she added. Mandela visited Boston in June 1990 on his eight-city tour of the United States, just four months after his release from prison. While in Boston, Mandela attended a rally at Madison Park High School, a lun-

“I think it is going to be a really uplifting event, with the themes of social justice and equality and partnership and international cooperation” — Mary Tiseo cheon at the JFK Library hosted by the Kennedy family, a rally and concert on the Esplanade — which drew more than 300,000 people — and a fund-raising dinner at the Fairmont Copley Hotel. Mandela praised Massachusetts for being the first state to pass legislation that instituted sanctions against companies doing business in South Africa. He went as far as to say, “When one day our history is rewritten, the pioneering role of Massachusetts will stand out like a shining diamond.” For more information, contact South Africa Partners at (617) 443-1072 or visit www.sapartners.org.


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Community leaders react to Zimmerman acquittal

While we believe in the rule of law and the jury has spoken, the implications of the acquittal are profound. It is very disappointing that a racially profiled, unarmed African-American young man wearing a hoodie can be shot dead and there be no consequences for the perpetrator. This case reminds us that the path to racial justice is still a long one, and that our legal and moral systems do not always mesh. The disposition of this case is the antithesis of what we teach our children in school — that the law protects innocent victims and that no one has the right to take the law into his or her own hands. Everyone’s child matters.

Marian Wright Edelman Children’s Defense Fund President

A large crowd gathered to protest in Dudley Square on Sunday in reaction to the acquital of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (John Brewer photo) Editor’s note: The acquittal of George Zimmerman by a Florida jury in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin unleashed a torrent of opinions. Here is a sampling of those reactions.

Sherrilyn Ifill NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s President and Director-Counsel

Trayvon Martin’s unnecessary death exposes the entrenched nature of racial prejudice in our

country and reflects the unfinished struggle to fulfill this country’s promise of racial equality and justice for all. All Americans must peacefully mobilize and demand protection for our children. We must remember that it was the collective action of individuals and communities nationwide that spurred the arrest of George Zimmerman.  Without the vigilance and vocal demands of people throughout this country, Zimmerman would never have been arrested or prosecuted. Now we must use that same power to continue our fight against racial

profiling, and to demand that the lives of our children are honored and valued in society and our criminal justice system. By continuing to commit ourselves to this work, regardless of the outcome of any single criminal trial, we pay tribute to Trayvon’s life and guarantee that he — and the countless others like him — have not died in vain.

Randi Weingarten American Federation of Teachers President

The outrage over the killing of an unarmed black teenager who was doing nothing wrong must continue until some semblance of justice is achieved. People who want to keep faith in American justice feel uncomfortable, upset and disheartened. Where is the justice if walking while black is enough to get you “stopped and frisked” in New York City and fatally shot in Florida with its senseless violent “stand your ground” law that allows people to defend themselves with deadly force anytime and anywhere they imagine they are or say they feel threatened — even if they are the stalker? Black children and teens were 17 times more likely to die from a gun homicide than white children and teens in 2010. Since 1963, 59,265 black children and

teens have been killed by guns — more than 17 times the recorded lynchings of black people of all ages in America between 1882 and 1968. Let us refuse to be silent until the killing of black mothers’ sons is as important as the killing of white mothers’ sons. Only then will we have a post-racial America.

Rashad Robinson Executive Director of ColorOfChange.

This is another tragedy for black families everywhere, and another instance of how law enforcement and our criminal justice system routinely fail black people and communities. As Zimmerman walks away without penalty, the verdict sends a clear message about the minimal value placed on the lives of young black men and boys everywhere. And it is also a clear lesson about the power of culture and media to shape negative perceptions and attitudes, with grave consequences. We already know that inaccurate media portrayals lead to warped biases against black people, which lead to negative attitudes and aggressive, harmful treatment by judges, juries, police and others vigilantes wielding dangerous preconceptions like George Zimmerman. In a media environment that continues to cast black men and boys as thugs, it’s not surprising that the tragic death of an innocent young man has become a character trial for black people everywhere. We must change news media practices and the media landscape to present evenhanded, accurate and multi-dimensional portrayals of black people, and all people.


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Trayvon’s legacy: A review of self defense African Americans across the country are not surprised that George Zimmerman was acquitted. He had conveniently gunned down the only direct witness to his murderous assault, Trayvon Martin. The prosecutor was left with a totally circumstantial case. Nonetheless, blacks and civil libertarians hoped that since the circumstances of the case were so unusual, this might be the time that a white aggressor would have to pay for killing a black youth. At first blush it seemed like there was little justification for the shooting. Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was visiting his father, who lived in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. On his way home from a local store, where he bought Skittles and iced tea, Martin was spotted by Zimmerman, a wannabe police officer who volunteered on the neighborhood watch group. Believing that the hoodie-clad black youth was up to something nefarious, Zimmerman reported the incident to the local police and gave pursuit. The police advised Zimmerman not to follow Martin, but that advice was ignored. When Martin realized he was being followed he became ill-at-ease and telephoned a friend. Soon thereafter there was an encounter between Trayvon and Zimmerman that was essentially out of sight of others. Zimmerman suffered a cut nose and some contusions on the back of his head. Travyon was killed with a bullet to the heart. Zimmerman’s story is that he fired when he was in fear of losing his life. Common sense will tell you that Trayvon would have been the one in fear. He had a right to be in the housing complex, but it was not his home turf. Then an unknown white man began following him. This should have caused consid-

erable concern for a lone 17-year-old teenager. On the other hand, Zimmerman had the comfort of knowing he was armed with a pistol. In a bizarre presentation of evidence, defense lawyers carted into court a slab of the concrete sidewalk that they asserted was Trayvon’s weapon when he banged Zimmerman’s head against it. Now it seems that a black man standing on the sidewalk in Sanford is considered to be well armed. Zimmerman claimed he fired in self defense, a perennial defense in Anglo-American law. But there are two conditions that would ordinarily have impaired this defense in many states. First, the defendant must not have provoked the incident, and secondly, there must be no reasonable means of escape. In some states it is even necessary to flee your home before taking a life. In 2005, Florida became the first state to adopt the so-called “Castle Doctrine,” which provided numerous circumstances in which the defendant need not flee in order to plead self defense. Florida is a “stand your ground” state in which the circumstances are quite extensive. However, the Zimmerman prosecution was a standard self defense case. It is hard to understand how the jury did not conclude that Zimmerman had provoked the encounter. Certainly Trayvon did not think Zimmerman was from the “welcome wagon.” The law does not permit a defendant to provoke a conflict and then successfully plead self defense after he shoots his antagonist. Despite assertions of legal commentators to the contrary, the Zimmerman case is not a fine example of American jurisprudence. It is time to review the quick resort to firearms in America, and the questionable nature of self defense.

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Lettersto the Editor Educationally Liberated, Economically Shackled? Once upon a time, in this country, a college degree represented a kind of “freedom.” Even within the social confines of 1950s and 1960s America, a college degree was essentially an unfettered start to do in life things that most parents could only dream of doing. For those whose parents never finished high school (as mine), it usually moved us several rungs higher on the socioeconomic ladder. So it was and so — we thought — it would ever be. Unfortunately, something has gone terribly wrong with that ideal wherein we extolled the value to the strength and reliability of our national character inherent in college-educated citizens. If we haven’t diminished or abandoned that ideal, how do we explain sending the average college graduate out into the world today with a $27,000 student loan debt? Moreover, Congress permitted the interest rates on federally subsidized Stafford student loans to double on July 1, going from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. We might ask ourselves: What purpose have we served if millions of our “best and brightest” are educationally and socially liberated, but economically shackled during the first five to 10 years

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Reversing the Zimmerman Mindset The George Zimmerman acquittal in the murder of Trevon Martin serves as a reminder to mothers raising brown and black boys that our fear of losing our children to senseless violence because of the color of their skin or the neighborhood they live in is truly our reality. The biggest threat to our children is the mindset that creates and supports laws like “stand your ground” that give license to individuals to track and

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Opinion Attorney General Holder Has a Compelling Reason to Consider a Zimmerman Prosecution

What are your thoughts on the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The moment George Zimmerman was acquitted, the NAACP and the Reverend Al Sharpton immediately called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to bring civil rights charges against him. The Justice Department has already conducted an exhaustive investigation to determine whether Zimmerman killed Martin out of racial animus. It found no evidence of that. That’s one hard and fast requisite for a civil rights prosecution. The other is that the state so bungled the prosecution of a defendant that in effect it nullified the intent of the law, namely to insure that justice was truly served. On the surface, this doesn’t appear to be the case with Zimmerman. Still, the call for Holder to strongly consider a federal prosecution is the right call. There are several factors within federal law that federal prosecutors must look at to determine whether there is a “compelling interest” in a second prosecution of a defendant who’s been acquitted in a state court. It must involve a substantial federal interest, the state prosecution must not have vindicated that interest, the government must believe that the defendant’s conduct could constitute a federal offense, and that there is still sufficient evidence against the defendant that the government can obtain a conviction. There are clear elements of each of these hard federal prosecution requirements in the Zimmerman case. The compelling interest is probably the easiest of the requisites to satisfy. The defense and prosecution agreed that Martin did not commit a crime, was not even suspected of a crime, and was on a public thoroughfare when he was killed. The right to freedom of movement without the danger of undue harm is a fundamental right that’s enshrined in Constitutional law and public policy. It’s inviolate. The courts have repeatedly upheld a citizen’s right to freedom of access and movement in public places. Though there was no apparent racial motive in Zimmerman’s confronting Martin, his action clearly violated Martin’s right to exercise his freedom of movement. This directly impacts on an individual’s right to life and liberty. This civil right was violated the moment The defense and Zimmerman presumed that a young prosecution agreed black man walking on public sidewalk had committed a crime. The safe- that Martin did not guard of that right must be a fundacommit a crime, was mental concern of federal prosecutors. The Martin case also strongly not even suspected of pointed to systemic issues of excesa crime, and was on sive force, the excessive force being the slaying of Martin. This strikes a public thoroughfare to the heart of another basic right of when he was killed. citizens, namely the right to life and liberty, and again the freedom from undue harm. There was audio evidence that strongly hinted that it was Martin who was screaming for help and therefore was under physical assault from Zimmerman. Therefore it was his life, not Zimmerman’s, that was in mortal danger. This is sufficient cause for federal prosecutors to question whether the jury ignored the fact that Martin was likely the victim, and Zimmerman was likely the assailant. This is one of the basic ingredients in determining whether the jury nullified a compelling prosecution fact. The Martin case raised deeply troubling questions about the power of the law to protect citizens from their unimpeded right to life and safety. Federal prosecutors play a major role in ensuring that where there is the suspicion that an individual’s rights might have been violated solely because of their race and gender that the power of federal law is brought to bear to ensure that right is protected. Zimmerman was not a police office and did not abuse his power in killing Martin under the color of law. However, he was acting in a quasi-legal capacity as a one-time neighborhood watchman who had close ties and collaboration with local law enforcement. This in effect bestowed on him the presumption of authority to take action to stop and question an individual he considered a crime suspect. This was the rationale that federal prosecutors used in the Rodney King beating case to bring civil rights charge against the four LAPD officers that beat King. The linchpin was that they acted in an official capacity when they violated King’s rights. The Justice Department scrupulously tries to avoid a dual prosecution of a defendant acquitted in a state court. It goes to great lengths to shield itself from the charge that it’s bowing to media or public pressure to prosecute. This is why the percentage of civil rights prosecutions it authorizes is infinitesimally low. Yet in the Martin slaying there are crucial federal interests in ensuring the rights of individuals to be free from undue harm because of their color, age, and being in a public area merely because someone perceives they shouldn’t be in and then acts on that perception with no cause other than that belief or perception. If the Justice Department gives serious consideration to the civil rights violations in the Martin case, it will again send the strong message that civil rights violations will always be subject to full and public scrutiny by federal prosecutors. This is exactly why Attorney General Holder has a more than compelling reason to consider a Zimmerman civil rights prosecution. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. The Banner welcomes your opinion. Email Op-Ed submissions to:

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It’s another example of how society deals with black youths’ lives. Black lives can’t be devalued. We have to have a consistent response to all the killings of our youths.

Have I slipped through a wormhole into 1952? What’s going on? Since when can a man who is not a police officer have the right to detain anyone, let alone shoot and kill a child?

I don’t think it was right for Zimmerman to get away clean. If it had been a white man killed, they would have given him time.

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I was really disappointed. I was expecting that justice would be served. It wasn’t.

I think the jury had issues with race. They didn’t serve justice. [Trayvon] was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

It’s outrageous. It’s weird because the jury interpreted the law correctly. It’s unfortunate.

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Angela Johnson recently joined Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center (STEC) as the nonprofit organization’s chief development officer. Johnson previously worked with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley as associate vice president of principal gifts. Her experience in fund development also includes positions at Mount Holyoke College, Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. “Our next phase of growth requires the full time participation of a well-seasoned development professional,” said Toni Wiley, executive director of STEC. “Angela brings the expertise we are seeking, plus a heartfelt commitment to the youth and families we serve.” The mission of STEC is to build community leaders through its academic, wellness and social development

programs, which are offered alongside recreational and competitive tennis instruction for children and adults. “I am thrilled to work with an organization that I know plays such a vital role in the lives of children and families in the community,” Johnson said. Johnson is a volunteer at

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a powerful sense of basic shared human insight and empathy to the Trayvon-Zimmerman encounter. Second, it requires that the panel judging whether or not a crime has taken place include not

a single member of the victim’s racial background group. It really doesn’t work without that condition. The odds that anyone in the jury room would openly reject the arguments of “reasonable racism” — i.e., that enough of these people are criminals that it is basically OK to treat them all as suspects till they prove otherwise — went from low

to near absolute zero when a singularly non-diverse jury was empaneled, as was true in Simi Valley. As a result, there was almost certainly nobody there who would say during the deliberations: “No, it is not OK to view me, a law-abiding black person, as criminal. It is not OK to ask me, in my own neighborhood, if I ‘belong,’ ‘what I’m doing’ or ‘where am I going.’” And it certainly is not OK to do so armed with a gun and in a presumably threatening manner. This is why diverse juries are critical to achieving justice in a case like Zimmerman’s. But that is not the jury that was empaneled. In fact, the defense was wisely strategic in opting for a six-person jury; this decreased even further the odds that the panel would include someone likely to raise such concerns. I feel ineffable anguish for Trayvon’s parents. Their son has, effectively, been murdered twice. No parents should have to suffer such pain and indignity. I feel sad for black parents from one end of this country to the other, especially the parents of young black boys. What do you tell a black teen today? What should they take from this trial? That a prosecutor wasn’t as good as the defense in a particular trial? That the evidence just wasn’t strong enough? That six honest people did their duty? I don’t think so. This just isn’t good enough. The reason it isn’t good enough is that the elemental facts of this case will never change, and this jury made the wrong, morally bankrupt decision. We have public trials so that we may all observe and see a system dedicated to justice under the law striving toward that end. On too many dimensions, this trial sent the wrong message.

Truth is, however, I expected no more than what we got. As soon as the jury was empaneled, I had the terrible feeling of déjà vu and dreaded expectation that this would prove to be another Simi Valley situation. And it did. I might not feel so bitter if the U.S. Supreme Court had not just gutted the Voting Rights Act. I might not feel so bitter if the same court had not just effectively established, in my estimation, an unattainable standard for constitution-

even at this moment, I cannot embrace this level of pessimism. The path ahead is not an easy one. Trayvon’s killing demands justice. The need to bear witness here is clear. A decision that is the living embodiment of racism in our body politic happened, even if not a single member of that jury understood themselves as acting in such a way (I’m quite sure they didn’t). That is the power of cultural racism: When it is this deeply embedded in our basic cultural toolkit, it need

I feel ineffable anguish for Trayvon’s parents. Their son has, effectively, been murdered twice. No parents should have to suffer such pain and indignity. I feel sad for black parents from one end of this country to the other, especially the parents of young black boys. ally permissible consideration of race in pursuit of diversity in admission to colleges and universities. Indeed, I might not feel so bitter if stop-and-frisk was not an accepted practice in arguably the most tolerant city in America. But all of these things are true. And it sickens me. Aggravating me almost as much is the lack of any organized, focused response to all these conditions from within the African American community. To be sure, this is not the place or time for another critique of black leadership or the black middle class. Were he still with us, I think Derrick Bell would counsel realism, which to him meant giving up on the naive dream that America would ever relinquish a commitment to racism and white supremacy. I am angry, outraged and disappointed with this verdict, but

not be named or even consciously embraced to work its ill effects. Lots of us are disappointed and angry right now. Seething bitterness, however, is not a solution, nor is violence or striking out. The way forward is one of hard work on social and political organizing, as well as of forcing honest and painful discussions, and a passionate insistence on change and justice. This country still has a serious problem with racism. Let’s stop pretending this isn’t the case or that it is all somehow healing itself. The second murder of Trayvon Martin compels this conclusion. Lawrence D. Bobo is the W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences and Chair of the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. This commentary first appeared on the Root.


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Zimmerman verdict, voting rights setback confound, disappoint C. Shawn McGuffey This summer has been profoundly confounding for me — an emotional and psychological rollercoaster. I was honestly stunned by the “not guilty” verdict. I suspected that Zimmerman would not be convicted of second degree murder, but manslaughter? I watched the trial from start to finish and it astounds me that he was not convicted of manslaughter. I felt a pain so deep it was — and still is — impossible to articulate. After the verdict I took my dog, Simba, for a walk — something that usually calms me when I’m intensely saddened. There was an eerie sense of group malaise in the air as I walked around my primarily black and brown neighborhood. A group of men were sitting on a front porch, two

me to thinking about my life, my economic privilege and the various ways my existence has been legally and publically devalued over the last two months. On the one hand, I have been living the American Dream. I have a job that allows me to do meaningful work. I travel extensively. I have a wonderful partner and family that love me despite my flaws; and I’ve been extremely civically engaged — volunteering upwards of 20 hours a week to various social justice organizations. Yet the recent decisions this summer made by the Supreme Court of the United States and the criminal justice system remind me that I am still not welcome to exercise the full rights and benefits of citizenship. Although the Supreme Court rightfully dismantled DOMA and now federally recognizes same-sex marriage, in that same

I watched the trial from start to finish and it astounds me that he was not convicted of manslaughter. I felt a pain so deep it was — and still is — impossible to articulate. of them crying. I’ve known these men for eight years. These are not the type of men that cry, at least not publicly. We attempted to do our normal pleasantries, but the attempt was futile. “I have a son,” said one Dominican man, “How am I supposed to feel safe knowing that his life is not valued?” An African American man chimed in, “How am I supposed to teach my son to trust the criminal justice system? The criminal justice system is criminal. Let us all pray for Trayvon’s family.” And we did. And, although the prayers went out to the Martin family, we were also praying for ourselves because as men of African descent we were sent yet another message that our lives are worth less than those of others. About four doors down a South Asian woman was sitting on her front porch, holding her grandson. He was squirming to get free, and then ran up to pet my dog. While her son was smiling and petting Simba she asked, “Did you hear?” I nodded. “I worry about him,” she said pointing to her dark, curly haired grandson. “People think he’s black all the time. In 10 years he will be 17. And the George Zimmermans of the world will think of him just like they think of Trayvon. As a mother I just can’t understand how other mothers can say it is OK that an unarmed boy, who was just going to the store for candy and coming home to his own neighborhood, can be followed in the dark, approached by a stranger and then killed with no ramifications.” Needless to say, this particular walk around the neighborhood with my dog did not calm me.  The walk did, however, get

week it also dismantled key provisions of the Voting Rights Act and threatened the sovereignty of Native American communities in a suit against the Cherokee Nation that guts the Indian Child Welfare Act. And now George Zimmerman walks free for pursuing and killing an unarmed teen walking home from the convenient store with snacks. So apparently the federal government and 13 states will recognize my right to love, but the criminal justice system will not protect my right to live. I have the right to vote for a black president, but the government will not protect that right in states with a proven record of past and current voter intimidation practices directed at black and, increasingly, brown people. I have a right to native community, but that community does not have the right to protect its children. Without a doubt I have benefited from this country’s educational system and am living a comfortable life. And I really want to be proud of this country, unapologetically. But it is hard to be when the government continually reminds me that — I am not welcome. C. Shawn McGuffey, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Boston College Department of Sociology and African and African Diaspora Studies.

Delight in your actions; enjoy your world. Act with utter absorption of mind and body, and without expectation. Consider all work to be the worship of the Lord; do it for His sake alone.

— Swami Muktananda

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Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins (center) welcomed developer John B. Cruz (front row, third from left) to tour the Suffolk County Sheriff Department’s vocational education program, the Common Ground Institute. Cruz was joined by John B. Cruz Construction Co. manager Chris Sonnie (second row, behind Cruz), Sheriff’s Department members Kelly MacDonald, Dennis Guilfoyle, Superintendent of the House of Correction Yolanda Smith, John D’Amore, Alan Spencer and members of the CGI class.

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Services Department, the Department of Neighborhood Development, the Economic Development Industrial Corporation, the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Massachusetts Highway Authority. The CGI program was created by Tompkins in 2005 when he was working as chief of external affairs and communications for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department. As such, the program is very important to Tompkins and he is proud of its success so far. A total

of 825 inmates have been enrolled in the CGI program — which has completed 55 cycles — with 686 inmates receiving their OSHA certification for a graduation rate of 83 percent. Three hundred and eighty nine CGI graduates have been placed into employment following their release from the House of Correction. According to Tompkins, CGI uses the information collected during the prison classification process in order to identify inmates who are good candidates for the program. “We classify guys in CGI, guys that we think have a real possibility of being successful,” Tompkins said. “Because they have the mind-

set that they want to be successful to break the cycle of coming in and out of jail they are more diligent about being responsible. When they get to the work site they want to hold on to those jobs.” And the important part is that employers are satisfied with the employees that have come out of the program. “The feedback we have gotten is pretty positive,” said Tompkins. “For the most part the employers have been very pleased with them.” The recent visit of the Cruz Construction owner to the Suffolk County House of Correction was an opportunity to encourage the CGI students and also establish a relationship with another

employer in the community, according to Tompkins. One of the oldest and largest minority owned companies in Massachusetts, John B. Cruz Co. Inc. specializes in housing development, residential management and general construction. It offers services, such as commercial/residential construction, estimating/ administration, as well as architectural, structural and civil engineering. The company has contributed to projects including The Fortress, MBRI-Boston Biotech, Boston Police Department headquarters, Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center and Prang House and Prang Estates. Cruz toured the CGI workshop with Tompkins and watched members of one CGI class as they applied joint compound to drywall that they had previously hung to prepare it for painting. Cruz also spoke to the CGI class about embracing the opportunities that will potentially be created by the skills they have acquired through the program. “Mr. Cruz is a pretty darn good business man.… He is a stalwart in the community … having him come into the facility, he can speak to guys with authority and he can speak to them in a way that will resonate with them,” said Tompkins. “When you have someone who is a pillar of the community come in and talk to you, and talk to you about employing you, that is a very positive thing.” Cruz said that this is his first involvement with the CGI program, but that he is happy to provide opportunity through the construction industry, which he

says can hire workers coming out of prison with less hurdles than other vocations. “I am excited about the program,” Cruz said. “I am glad someone took the initiative to try this and I am going to involve myself.” Cruz points out that his company has been involved with YouthBuild for over 20 years and he sees similarities with CGI. YouthBuild is a program through which low-income youth between the ages of 16 and 24 work toward their GEDs or high school diplomas while learning job skills by building affordable housing in their communities. “We try to work with youth and we thought it would be appropriate to work with other people who have an additional hurdle,” said Cruz. “I have seen where YouthBuild graduates are able to go back and talk to other kids on the street … and convince them there is a better path [so you know these kind of programs work].” According to Tompkins, the CGI program will continue to evolve in the future. For example, his department launched a pilot farming program last year that has developed into three phases of teaching different skill sets: an urban farming program, a culinary program and a hospitality program. “We are teaching guys how to grow food, how to prepare food and how to sell food,” he said. The plan is to roll the food program into CGI next year. “We will continue to roll vocations into the program that will help guys get jobs,” Tompkins said.

Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins launched the Common Ground Institute program in 2005. (Photos courtesy of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department)

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State eliminates use of EBT cards with high balances Howard Manly As part of ongoing efforts to reform the state’s welfare system, Department of Transitional Assistance Commissioner Stacey Monahan enacted last week a new rule that eliminates use of electronic benefit (EBT) cards with high accumulated balances. In addition, Monahan said, households receiving credit to purchase food under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP) will no longer have access if they haven’t used the benefits in six months. Under the new rules, those clients will be asked to request reinstatement and will face increased case management. Monahan said the moves build on her department’s 100-day action plan, which is aimed at saving money for taxpayers and protecting benefits for those who truly need them. “I was given a mandate from the governor to do a top to bottom review of the agency and make changes to improve the way we do business,” Monahan said in a prepared statement. “The fact that some clients are accumulating high SNAP or cash balances is inconsistent with the department’s goal of helping vulnerable individuals meet their most basic and immediate needs and that’s why we are taking this action.” Cash assistance recipients with

balances above $1,500 will be notified to see if they still need assistance, and EBT cards with balances exceeding $2,500 will be closed, Monahan said. Monahan’s announcement last week comes on the heels of several reports critical of the state’s welfare system, including an audit by state Auditor Suzanne Bump in May that found millions of dollars in questionable payments to people who were dead or ineligible for benefits or illegally sold food benefits for cash. SNAP benefits are limited to food purchases only. In March 2013, the state spent $32.5 million by providing 83,009 households with cash assistance. The average monthly benefit was $450, according to state figures. The average cash balance was $25.21. Nearly 100 percent — 99.8 percent — of the households had a balance of under $1,000. Nearly 80 percent — 76.5 percent — had a balance of under $10. There were 37 households with a balance of over $1,500 and there were six households with a balance of more than $2,500. The actual numbers suggest that the overwhelming majority of households receiving cash benefits are actually using them. But several state lawmakers have been pushing for reforms, including State Rep. Shaunna O’Connell, R-Taunton. “Clearly, to me,” O’Connell told the Taunton Gazette, “people

are fraudulently getting into the system and this is part of the system and they are accumulating these balances. … They should be criminally charged for defrauding the system and stealing taxpayer dollars. … It makes you wonder what other fraud or abuse could accumulate. People out there that are working to support their families can’t even comprehend how

something like this could happen.” Though Gov. Deval Patrick has ordered his administration to take steps to end fraud and abuse, he has consistently refused to demonize welfare recipients. He also has been reluctant to support such costly measures as requiring welfare recipients to have photo identification on their EBT cards. Patrick recently vetoed the state legislature’s attempt to ban the use of EBT cards to purchase items such as tattoos, porn, jewelry, manicures, tattoos, guns, body piercings and bail by saying the move was “political grandstanding” at a time when such reforms are already on track elsewhere. “I’m not going to do anything

that makes vulnerable people beg for their benefits,” Patrick said at the time. “This notion of humiliating poor people has got to be separated from how we make a program and, frankly separated and disposed of, from how we make a program work and work well.” But the high balances did raise an eyebrow. ‘‘People who are eligible for these benefits are in many cases the poorest of the poor, so having an accumulated balance certainly raises issues,’’ Patrick told reporters last week. But Patrick also added that there could be explanations for a higher than normal balance, such as a lengthy hospital stay for a recipient.

Michael Howell, a ranked player with the United States Chess Federation, offers tips to Nathan Knitt of Roxbury at Mayor Menino’s “Knights In The Parks” program at Alvah Kittredge Park on July 8. This free summer chess program will be held again from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Alvah Kittredge Park, 10 Linwood Street, Roxbury, on July 15 and at Gertrude Howes Playground, 68 Moreland Street, Roxbury, on July 16. (Photo courtesy of the City of Boston)


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N O T BOcSenes s ParkARTS artist and teacher Jenna Quadrozzi helps participant Genesis Escobar, 8, of the Moreland Street neighborhood design a monster-shaped bookmark at the City of Boston Artists in Residence Workshop at Gertrude Howes Playground in Roxbury on July 10. The workshops are from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in parks across the city. Participation is free and all materials are provided.

Friends from Northeastern University (L-R) Sarah Xu, Tiffany Zhang, Jessie Wang and Belinda Liu relax and watch a performance by Jeremy de Jesus at the ParkARTS Tito Puente Latin Music Series on July 11 at Mozart Park in Jamaica Plain. For information on other Boston Parks events, visit www.cityofboston.gov/parks.

(L-R): Northeast Regional Administrator for the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service James Arena-DeRosa, USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon and Diane Galloway, Executive Director of the Shelburne Community Center, celebrated the Boston Public Schools Summer Food Service Program kick-off event in Roxbury on July 10.

Governor Deval Patrick meets with the Massachusetts Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs’ Youth of the Year on July 10. (Photo courtesy of the Governor’s office)

The Boys & Girls Club of Boston’s Yawkey Club of Roxbury is participating in the

Meals are provided to all children FREE of charge at 115 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA 02119 (in the Whitlock Performing Arts Center)

July 8, 2013 – August 23, 2013

Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (6-18 years old) Lunch: 12:30 p.m. -1:30 p.m. (6-18 years old) Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and meals are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

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(Left) Earlie Hudnall, Jr., Looking Out, 1991, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase. (Above) Beauford Delaney, Can Fire in the Park, 1946, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum. (Below) John Biggers, Shotgun, Third Ward #1, 1966, tempera and oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by Anacostia Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Conversation in modern art Peabody Essex Museum Features African American artists with new exhibit

Susan Saccoccia The pleasures of art and its power to bear witness animate the exhibition of African American art on display through September 2 at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. ​E ntitled “In Conversation: Modern African American Art,” this vibrant sampling of a century’s worth of art presents more than 100 paintings, photographs and sculpture by 43 African American artists who came of age between the early 1900s and the late 1990s. T ​ he artists and their works span the decades that encompass the Great Migration, in which genera-

tions of black families moved from the rural South to northern industrial cities; the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s; and the struggles for civil rights that gained momentum in the 1960s. ​A ccompanied by a lustrous catalog, “African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond,” this traveling exhibition debuted last year at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., and draws from its collection of African American art, the largest in the country. ​M any of the artists on view bear witness to their times, while some craft abstract images with

Charles Searles, Celebration, 1975, acrylic, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program.

little reference to place or race. ​But in most pieces, a visual language emerges informed by the influence of such figures as Alain Locke (1886-1954), the visionary leader of the Harlem Renaissance who exhorted black artists to rediscover their African heritage. Colors and patterns from Africa pervade many of the paintings and sculptures along with imagery of the rural South, as well as urban icons of factories and tenements and modernist trends in European and American art. ​Presenting the works as both art and testimonials of their eras, the exhibition includes recorded Art, continued to page 13


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Robert McNeill, New Car (South Richmond, Virginia), from the project The Negro in Virginia, 1938, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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interviews and wall text quotations from figures such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Muhammad Ali, Ice Cube, James Brown, Gil Scott-Heron, John Coltrane and Sidney Bechet. ​Organized into three galleries, the exhibition invites visitors to discover connections among these artists and works. Coordinated by PEM curator Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, the installation juxtaposes paintings by renowned artists such as Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence with equally captivating works by lesser-known artists. ​Setting the exploratory tone is Renee Stout’s evocative installation, “The Colonel’s Cabinet” (1991-1994), at the entrance to the first gallery. A stage set for an armchair traveler contemplating life in distant colonies, Stout’s work places a chair and carpet before a wonder cabinet, a collection of curiosities that was popular in the 17th century. On its shelves are jars of oddities from exotic lands and a lute-like African instrument. M ​ any works celebrate the resil-

ience and beauty of black women young and old. Boston-born Sargent Johnson’s elegant copper bust, “Mask” (1930-1935) is a timeless image as is “Blackberry Woman” (1932) by Richmond Barthé of Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. Barthé’s bronze is a slender, elongated form evoking the figures of Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti. Both artists were inspired by African statuary. ​Like many African Americans of his time, Benny Andrews inhabited two worlds. Raised in a family of Georgia sharecroppers, he studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on the GI Bill. His collage “Portrait of Black Madonna” (1987) employs spare geometric shapes while incorporating homespun, everyday fabrics, venerated like relics. ​Works by A-list mid-century photographers and photojournalists James VanDerZee, Gordon Parks and Roy DeCarava share gallery space with luscious gelatin silver prints by Earlie Hudnall, Jr., and photographs of church gatherings by Marilyn Nance, who at age 56 is one of the youngest artists in the show. ​Bostonian Allan Rohan Crite’s irresistible “School’s Out” (1936) shows a lively South End scene of smartly dressed mothers and their rambunctious daugh-

ters. A chronicler of daily life in the South End and Roxbury at mid-century, he regarded his renderings as antidote to clichés described in his diary as “the jazz Negro or as the typical backwoods Southerner.” ​C rite was a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as was his contemporary, Lois Mailou Jones, represented here with two strong paintings, including a self-portrait. ​Works in the second gallery shift from daily life to the realm of dreams and myths. ​Drawing on voodoo traditions, “Zombie Jamboree” (1988) by Keith Morrison shows an Eden teeming with ghoulish beasts and allegorical figures evoking good and evil. ​A surreal image of two girls at play by Hughie Lee-Smith, “Confrontation” (ca. 1970) echoes the paintings of Italian modernist Giorgio De Chirico with its dreamlike atmosphere and long shadows. P ​ ainted in gorgeous hues, “Field Workers” (ca. 1948-1951) by Ellis Wilson renders a family of six in profile with the classical dignity of figures in an Egyptian frieze. ​In the third gallery, works vary from social realism to pure abstraction. ​The great Thornton Dial, Sr., is a former migrant farmer and steelworker whose wall-mounted and freestanding sculptures are the subject of a traveling retrospective organized by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, “Hard Truths: the Art of Thornton Dial.” A poet of cast-off materials, he injects raw fire and lyricism into his sculptures, spiritual force that keeps them from going over the edge into outsider art. ​Dial’s “Top of the Line (Steel)” (1992) conjures the frenzy sparked

Sam Gilliam, The Petition, 1990, mixed media, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James F. Dicke Family.

by the beating of Rodney King, an unarmed black man, by four white policemen in Los Angeles. Anguished, ghostly faces emerge from this visual inferno, a collage of thick oil, ropes and a bent grill. ​Nearby is Frederick Brown’s painting “John Henry” (1979), a bold image of protest etched in a crude, cartoon-like style and tropical palette. Resurrecting the freed slave and steel driver who, legend has it, died outperforming a steam-powered drill, Brown scrawls on the hero’s arms and hammer the names of companies that have replaced laborers with machines. By his side, a dog bares his teeth. A steel sculpture by Melvin Edwards, “Tambo” (1993), named for South African anti-apartheid politician Oliver Tambo, combines a spear, a shovel, a wrench, and a ball and chain into a single potent image of oppression and resistance. ​Although abstract, Sam Gilliam’s thrilling sculpture “The Petition” (1990), a composition of thickly layered paint on grooved metal, bursts with energy and serenity. ​F rederick Eversley’s “Untitled” (1974), a sleek black sphere of polyester resin with a two-way lens at its center, is both a playful optical experiment and a concise metaphor that suggests no two views are the same.

​Another abstraction avowedly divorced from implied meanings is “Red Stripe with Green Background” (1986) by Felrath Hines. A vigorous activist for civil rights and the inclusion of black artists in mainstream exhibitions, Hines nevertheless believed that there is no such thing as black art. Instead, his painting is an exploration of perception.​Some paintings call to mind works in other galleries. For example, Crite’s South End street scene echoes the masterpiece by John Biggers, “Shotgun, Third Ward #1” (1966). Both paintings show ladies in fine dresses and children at play. But working 30 years after Crite, Biggers is telling a more complex story. In his image, dignified people face a church with a charred roof, the order of their neighborhood torn asunder by racial violence. In powerful paintings such as this one, Biggers explores the shotgun, a traditional West African form of shelter transported to the American South, as a unit of resilience and civility. ​Here and throughout the exhibition, even at times when society and institutions fail, artists are on the job, illuminating the past, the present and the future. ​As Thornton Dial said, “Art is like a bright star up ahead in the darkness of the world.”


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A Heart to Heart with movie star, comedian Kevin Hart Funny man talks about making it, crying on stage Kam Williams Born in Philadelphia on July 6, 1980, Kevin Hart is one of the most versatile comedic actors in both television and film. He’s recently delivered memorable performances in Think Like a Man,

which grossed over $90 million in theaters, as well as in Judd Apatow’s The Five Year Engagement. He previously appeared in Little Fockers, Death at a Funeral, Fool’s Gold, Along Came Polly and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. His additional film credits include: Soul Plane,

Not Easily Broken, Extreme Movie, Drillbit Taylor, Epic Movie, The Last Stand, Scary Movie 4, In the Mix, Meet Dave and Superhero Movie. Kevin’s stand-up DVD, Seriously Funny, went platinum four times, after the Comedy Central presentation of the same name became

Comedian Kevin Hart is known for his energetic live shows, which even include pyrotechnics. (Photo courtest of Kevin Hart) the highest-rated comedy special thing. I think that’s the secret to of 2010. Last summer, fans across comedy. You want to be universal and America were treated to Kevin’s appeal to everyone. You want to put side-splitting stand-up comedy in yourself in a position that no matter Let Me Explain, an international what you’re talking about, everyone tour to nearly 100 cities across the can relate to it and understand it, because it’s an experience that everyone United States, Europe and Africa. Here, he talks about Kevin Hart: can go through. That’s what I pattern Let Me Explain, a concert film shot my writing material and jokes after. mostly at his final stop, Madison I’m trying to maintain a level of realness that my fans can appreciate. Square Garden.

What inspired Let Me Explain?

I had a helluva year. This tour pretty much exceeded my expectations of what I was going to accomplish. It started off in 5,000-seat venues and eventually escalated to larger arenas with 15,000 seats and more, once I got to major cities and left the country and began selling out in places like Oslo, Copenhagen and Amsterdam. The support that I received from my fans was unreal.

How do fans in countries like Norway and Denmark, where they speak another language, understand you? Did you talk slower or change your delivery for them?

One of the themes of this show was convincing your fans that success hasn’t gone to your head. But isn’t life a lot different for you now than a couple of decades ago? After all, you’re from North Philly and started out as a shoe salesman.

Well, things changed, but only to a certain degree. Just because your environment or living space changes doesn’t mean that your attitude necessarily has to change. By “attitude,” I mean the way you interact with others. You don’t have to treat people differently. You may be living a different life-

No, I don’t have to change any-

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Community Calendar Thursday July 18

Roslindale Concert Series The Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s ParkARTS p ro g r a m i s p l e a s e d t o h o s t the Roslindale Thursday Evening Series at Adams Park. Five Thursday night concerts and a movie are scheduled, all free of charge and presented in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events and Roslindale Village Main Streets. The 6pm concert series kicks off with Boston rock veterans the Carla Ryder Band on July 18, all-female “new world soul” collective Zili Misik on J u l y 2 5 , Jack Colombo + Friends on August 1, and acoustic duo Chris Mathison and Nick Leydon on August 8. The series closes August 15 with an 8 p.m. outdoor movie featuring “Madagascar 3.” Adams Park is located at 4225 Washington St. in Roslindale. All ParkARTS neighborhood performances are free and made possible through leadership support from Bank of America. For more information or a full schedule of events, please call please call 617-635-4505 or visit the Parks Department online at www.cityofboston/parks or w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / b o s t o n parksdepartment.

Friday July 19

Love, Loss, and What I Wore Proving that great entertainment never goes out of style, Hub Theatre Company of Boston, Inc., will continue its debut season with the Boston premier production of Love, Loss and What I Wore by award-winning screenwriters and authors Nora & Delia Ephron (based on the book by Ilene Beckerman). Like a long heart-to-heart with your best friend, this intimate and engaging collection of stories meanders from musings over wedding-day attire to a rant about loathing the need to carry a purse and everything in between. With odes to first bras, cowboy boots and outfits that made our mothers cringe, Love, Loss and What I Wore evokes funny memories and poignant stories about tyrannical dressing rooms, painful heels, comfy Birkenstocks and having to choose between the two! Love, Loss and What I Wore opens Friday, July 19 and runs through Saturday, August 3 at The First Church in Boston located at 66 Marlborough St., Boston. Readily accessible by public transportation. In order to cultivate a diverse audience spanning all ages and backgrounds, all tickets are Pay-What-You-Can and may be purchased via www. hubtheatreboston.ticketleap.com.

Monday July 22

ParkARTS Citywide Neighborhood Concert Series The Boston Parks and Recreation Department is proud to

announce the ParkARTS Citywide Neighborhood Concert Series. “Boston’s party band” BearFight at Garvey Playground, 340 Neponset Ave., Dorchester; at 7pm on Monday, July 22 at Carter Playground, 709 Columbus Ave., Roxbury, featuring a multi-band lineup sponsored in part by Northeastern University; at 7pm on Tuesday, July 23, at Rogers Park, 30 Rogers Park Ave., Brighton, with Good Will & Them Apples Band sponsored in part by Brighton Main Streets; and at 5pm on Sunday August 4 at Marcella Park, 260 Highland St., Roxbury, with Jazz at the Fort featuring Diane Richardson and Friends sponsored in part by Berklee College of Music and family activities presented by Boston Children’s Museum The Big Cake Tour. All ParkARTS neighborhood performances are free of charge. For more information or a full schedule of events, please call please call 617-6354505 or visit the Parks Department online at www.cityofboston/ parks or www.facebook.com/ bostonparksdepartment.

Tuesday July 23

Franklin Park — FREE morning concerts Tuesday mornings, July 23, and 30 at 11am. Find the stage next to the Playstead ballfields between White Stadium & the back of the Zoo — look for signs directing you along Circuit Drive (the main park road). Bring your summer camp, your family, or youth program to the Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park. Hip hop and line dancing that everyone can join in. FREE. Bring a picnic lunch and stay to play all day. For schedule and directions, visit www.franklinparkcoalition.org or call 617-442-4141. Franklin Park — Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park Tuesday evenings, July 23, and 30 from 6-8:30pm. Find the stage next to the Playstead ballfields between White Stadium & the back of the Zoo — look for signs directing you along Circuit Drive (the main park road). Great old school dance music that everyone will love. Tell all your neighbors and friends. Bring a lawn chair and picnic supper and cool off in the park! FREE. For schedule and directions, visit www.franklinparkcoalition.org or call 617-442-4141.

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Mayor Menino’s Wednesday Night Concerts The series kicks off July 24 with the Stylistics featuring original members Herbert Murrell and Airrion Love performing such Philly soul classics as “You’re a Big Girl Now,” “Stop, Look, Listen to your Heart,” “Betcha By Golly Wow,” “You Make Me Feel Brand New” and “You Are Everything.” Mayor

Menino’s Wednesday Night Concerts continue with Disco Night featuring the band Stardust on July 31, Strictly Sinatra featuring Michael Dutra on August 7, Charlie Thomas and the Drifters on August 21, and the series finale featuring Roberta Flack on August 28. All shows begin at 7pm at City Hall Plaza. For more information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at 617-635-4505, visit www.facebook.com/boston parksdepartment, or go to www. cityofboston.gov/parks.

Upcoming Through Barbed Wire Presents 4th Friday Readings of Prisoners’ Writings. Friday, July 26. Monthly reading of prisoners’ poetry, essays, songs and letters. Celebrating The Power Of The Spoken Word, featured guest: Maria Lacy, dropping new and old science. Audience participation encouraged. Light refreshments offered. Created by Arnie King. Like us on Facebook, join us on Linkedin. South End Tech Center, 359 Columbus Ave., ground floor, 2 blocks from Back Bay Station. throughbarbedwire@yahoo.com, www.arnoldking.org, telephone: 857-492-4858. Cost: Donation. Jazz Fest, with a Taste of the Caribbean The Boston Foundation is partnering with the Berklee College of Music Office of Community Affairs and Campus Engagement to help revitalize arts and ethnic culture in Dorchester’s Uphams Corner. Among the activities produced by Berklee will be a concert of jazz and Caribbean music on Friday, July 26, at 7:30pm at the historic Strand Theater, 543 Columbia Rd. The concert is free. Jazz Fest, with a Taste of the Caribbean showcases three Berklee groups featuring students from all over the world, including Brazil, Korea, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United States. Ron Savage, Ensemble Department Chair, and a renowned jazz drummer, is the concert’s producer. BOOMTOWN Festival July 29 — August 1, at the Centanni Park adjacent to the center. With a focus on free activities and performances for kids and adults, the BOOMTOWN Festival features a series of interactive events structured to educate, entertain and promote creativity. Activities include outdoor music concerts, interactive dance performances, a movie screening, chalk art, re-cycle art workshops and more. Events will take place at Centanni Park (if it shines) or indoors at the Multicultural Arts Center (if it rains.) This year’s theme is “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” with visual and performing arts events to spark excitement in audiences of all ages. Centanni Park is a City of Cambridge public park, and is handicap accessible. For more information, check out www. multiculturalartscenter.org/events or call 617-577-1400.

Menino’s Movie Nights Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Movie Nights, part of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s ParkARTS program sponsored by Bank of America, will give residents and visitors plenty of chances to enjoy popular films under the night skies in city parks. All shows begin at dusk. Free popcorn will be provided by AMC Loews Theatres and Skinny Pop Popcorn. Bring your blankets and chairs and make yourself comfortable. In addition, the Boston’s Children’s Museum’s “The Big Cake Tour” will host fun family activities before each Monday night movie beginning at 7pm. Dates, locations, and films are as follows: Monday, July 29 — Hunt/Almont Park, 40 Almont St., Mattapan, “The Express”; Monday, August 5 ​— Medal of Honor Park, 775 East First St., South Boston, “Miracle”; Monday, August 12 — Blackstone Square, 1535 Washington St., South End, “ParaNorman”; Thursday, August 15 ​— Adams P a r k , 4 2 2 5 Wa s h i n g t o n S t . , Roslindale, “Madagascar 3”; Monday, August 19​— Billings Field, 369 LaGrange St., West Roxbury, “We Are Marshall”; Monday, August 26 — Iacono Park, 150 Readville St., Hyde Park, “E.T. The Extraterrestrial.” For more information please call 617-635-4505 or visit the Boston Parks and Recreation Department online on Facebook or at www.cityofboston.gov/parks. Fiesta Sinfónica: A Night In The Tropics The Boston Landmarks Orchestra will perform in partnership with IBA-Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, “Fiesta Sinfónica: A Night In The Tropics” at the DCR Hatch Shell on July 31 at 7pm. The event is part of the orchestra’s annual Summer Concert Series at the Shell , which features great free music for free. The rain location for the concert will be the Bay Back Events Center at 180 Berkeley Street in Boston. For more information, visit www. landmarksorchestra.org. LSO’s 28th Annual Free Concert Join the LSO for its 28th annual free concert at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Charles River E s p l a n a d e . O n We d n e s d a y, August 14 at 7pm, LSO Music Director Ronald Feldman will lead a program of music by Beethoven and Dvoák, including Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 featuring a young soloist from the Founda-

tion for Chinese Performing Arts Summer Music Program. This concert is presented as part of Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s Landmarks Festival at the Shell.

Ongoing Summer Scene at Roxbury’s Marcella Park Through August 30. Hawthorne Community Center invites 5-21 year olds and adults to Roxbury’s Marcella Park for free evening programs. The lineup includes: Mondays: Tennis (6-12 year olds from 5-6 pm; 13-18 year olds from 6-7pm; adults from 7-8pm). Tuesdays and Thursdays: 5:30-6:30-Jazzy Dance for 6-18 year olds; 6:30-8:00-Soccer/Rox for 5-18 year olds; Wednesdays: 5:30-6:30-Double Dutch for 5-18 year olds; 6:45-7:45-Junior Basketball Fridays: 5:30-6:30-Double Dutch; 6:45-7:45 Teen Basketball for 13-16 year olds. And Hawthorne hosts the ReadBoston Storymobile from 1:15-2pm on Wednesdays (July 10-August 14), a special activity for 3-10 year olds and their caregivers. Roxbury’s Marcella Park (corner of Highland and Marcella Street in Roxbury). Contact: Samantha: hyccroxbury@hotmail.com; 617427-0613. Tuesday Noon Hour Recital King’s Chapel announces the Tuesday Noon Hour Recital programs for July 2013. Historic King’s Chapel is located in downtown Boston at the corner of School and Tremont Streets. Hailed by residents and visitors alike as a treasure in the midst of a bustling city, this year-long series features a wide range of programming from classical to jazz and more! Admission to the Noon Hour Recitals is by suggested donation of $3 per person; the donations are given to the performing musicians. Programs begin at 12:15pm and last approximately 35 minutes; for more information, please call 617-227-2155. Concerts in the Courtyard One of Boston’s most beautiful spaces will be filled with music in a free, lunchtime concert series on Fridays in July and August. The courtyard at the Central Library in Copley Square will feature music that ranges from jazz to classical and from blues to Broadway. All concerts begin at 12:30pm. The complete schedule is available at www.bpl.org/concerts.

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Science Technology and Math Program (STEM) Summer Institute offers 87 middle school students classes and activities to further their interest in math and science. The program runs from July 8 to August 9. (Photos courtesy of MIT)

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neering design, probability and statistics, robotics and precalculus. According to Derek Ham, the coordinator for STEM Summer Institute, which is part of the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs, the summer program is very hands on and should not be confused with camp or summer school. “You want to present them with a formal system of education and some of these courses are almost like college courses … but you also want to present these courses to these kids at a young age without scaring them,” he said. “We encourage the instructors to present the material to them in a way that really engages them.” Ham, who graduated from Hampton University in his home state of Virginia, as well as from

Harvard University, and is now a doctoral student in MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning, explained that one of the best ways to engage students is to break down the subjects into concepts the students understand. For example, the engineering design course starts off with students bringing objects from home to trigger a discussion of what engineering design is. STEM also includes an end-of-program collaborative project. “This is definitely not summer school — the work is exciting. The instructors, they are very excited about these subjects,” said Ham. While the STEM summer program is free of charge, the students do have to go through a pretty competitive application process. This summer 87 students are taking part in the program. Another unique aspect of MIT’s STEM Summer Institute is that, like most of the students taking part in the program, many of the instructors came from inner-city

schools and a number of them even took part in similar STEM programs, according to Ham. “A lot of them come from the environments that these kids are in,” said Ham. “There have been students that have come through these programs and have gone on to MIT. “It is good to bring it full circle,” he added. He also pointed out that because many of the instructors have had similar experiences to those of the students, they are able to relate to each other very well and may even stay in touch after the program. “[STEM Summer Institute] is a very personable program,” Ham said. “We make sure the staff have great relationships with students. The relationships they form are really strong. These kids are able to look at them as mentors and big brothers and sisters.” Gonzalo Guajardo is one of the most experienced STEM summer instructors. The Texas native has taught chemistry as part of the program for the last three summers. Guajardo, who will be a senior at MIT and is studying biological engineering, said his decision to work with STEM and return was a no-brainer. “I chose to work with STEM because personally I think it is very important to not forget

where you came from and give back to the community,” he said. “Growing up, I did not live in the best of areas and my education was very limited due to my location. Engaging with the students and just seeing their faces light up when they finally understand something makes my day and that is the sole reason why I keep on coming back.” According to Guajardo, his favorite experience teaching the students in the STEM program is doing the labs. “The STEM program really lets the instructors run the class the way they would have liked to be taught and I think this is very important,” he said. “It gives us the chance to be creative and think about different labs and demos that we can do with the kids.” Guajardo said that he knows the students really enjoy the program because at the end they are always sad for the time at MIT to be over. “STEM is only a five-week program, but I feel that during those five weeks we really bond and create a STEM family,” he said. “We spend the last day doing a field day with the kids so we can have one last blast before heading

the students was split between the big and small moments,” said Okabue. “Watching them work for over two weeks on their robots was an amazing journey. Watching their growth from when they came into our class with little to no understanding of programming and then when they finished the class, they had a robot that they had constructed and programmed on their own. That was the big moment. “The small moments were when students would approach me before or after class asking me questions about what they should do to become an engineer or get into a good school,” he added. “Those simple moments of realizing that I was a role model, as well as a teacher to my students, was something that stuck with me after the program.” According to Okabue, most of the students that take part in STEM are excited to meet friends with similar interests in math and science. He also said they are greatly challenged by the material and even frustrated at the beginning. “Gradually these students stopped getting frustrated and were able to work through many

“This is definitely not summer school — the work is exciting. The instructors, they are very excited about these subjects.” — Derek Ham our separate ways.” He also pointed out that the STEM program clearly has an influence on the students. “It has a huge impact,” he said. “Not only are they learning about different STEM fields, but we make it our goal for them to have fun while learning. We spend time developing curriculum where they can see how important these STEM fields are and how they relate to the real world while still having a good time.” Matthew Okabue, who is a MIT sophomore from Minnesota studying electrical engineering, returned for his second year to teach robotics in the STEM summer program because, he said, his first year teaching was challenging and he wanted to improve on the course he taught last year to offer the students even more. “My favorite experience with

of the problems that they faced,” he said. “I think the most significant change was that we opened up our students to asking questions. Most of them were used to not asking for help since the material came easily to them. So it was good to see them challenged and deal with this barrier earlier instead of later.” Like Guajardo, Okabue has seen the impact of the STEM program on the students. “I believe that the STEM program sets a realistic, feasible goal for the students,” he explained. “Most of them had not had contact with real scientists or engineers, so when they see the instructors they are able to see that they are real people too. That was one of the quotes that stuck with me from one of our students. He said, ‘But you guys are normal.’”

Students at MIT’s STEM Summer Institute take classes and do work in topics such as engineering design, probability and statistics, robotics and precalculus. Many of the students come from Boston City Schools.


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J.D. Nelson, 79, prominent in business and politics Brian O’Connor John D. Nelson, a successful investment adviser and Democratic Party activist, died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease on June 30

St. Joseph’s Parish at a time when the neighborhood was changing from Irish to African American. Maston Nelson, his father, was business manager for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers

Whether at the till of a sailboat, on the ski slopes of Waterville Valley where he owned a condo or in a corporate boardroom, he made friends and business associates laugh and enjoy his company. at his home in Boston. He was 79. Nelson, known as “J.D.” to friends and family, grew up in a tight-knit Roxbury family and inherited a passion for social justice from his parents, Jamaican immigrants who raised their children in

Union in Boston and his mother, Enid Sutherland Nelson, served as president of the Jamaican Associates and was active in the Boston NAACP. His brother, David S. Nelson, who died in 1998, was the first African American to serve on

the federal bench in Boston. Nelson spent three years in a seminary in New York but, abandoning plans for the priesthood, graduated from Roxbury Memorial High and served in the Navy before going to work as a bank teller in Boston. Despite not attending college, Nelson eventually rose to the position of senior vice president at State Street Bank, where he established the multibillion dollar public funds division. Striking out on his own, he founded RhumbLine Advisers, named after the nautical term for navigating directly between two points. He spent his final years living on Rowe’s Wharf in Boston, close to the harbor and the sea he loved. Nelson launched RhumbLine in 1990. At the time of Nelson’s death, the firm had over $30 billion in assets under management, according to the current CEO. In politics as in business,

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Time to March: Action needed to protect Voting Rights Act Avi Green Professor Charles J. Ogletree is absolutely right about the terrible travesty of justice inflicted on our nation by the Supreme Court in its decision two weeks ago to invalidate a critical part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. This 5-4 decision should be an affront to all of us. The steamroller that is the Re-

Act is one of the greatest laws ever passed in our nation, a crown jewel, and the single most successful law passed during the classical period of the civil rights movement. Consider the power and effectiveness of the Voting Rights Act. In a nation where there is still de facto segregation and racial inequality in terms of where children go to school, where families live and where people work, at least we can

We must call and call and call again our elected officials until they get on board, and we must replace them if they fail to help our cause. And we must march. publican voter suppression agenda — whether promoted by Republican state legislatures around the nation or through a Supreme Court controlled by hard right justices appointed by Republican presidents — simply must be stopped. Federal intervention through the Voting Rights Act has been critical to the empowerment of millions of African-American voters.  As Gary May explained in his moving new book, Bending Toward Justice, the Voting Rights

count on one thing: the reassuring fact that most African Americans can vote, and that their votes count equally with those of whites. For years now, there have been slow, morally grotesque efforts to chip away at black voting rights, notably through a combination of disproportionate enforcement of drug laws and laws that take away the right to vote from people with a rap sheet. To be clear, this has been the case mainly outside Massachusetts. Here in the Bay State, any citizen

over 18, so long as they are not actually in prison on a felony conviction, can register and vote with no penalty of any kind — the Massachusetts voting system for people who are not in prison is entirely separate from our criminal justice system. Lately, especially since 2010, the attacks on voting rights have accelerated. Many of the 26 states run by Republican-controlled legislatures and Republican governors have passed law after law to make it more difficult to vote. While Voter ID laws are some of their most common ploys, they have also shortened early voting periods, put limits on voter registration drives, and made it more difficult to get absentee ballots. They have even reduced the number of polling places, voting booths and election personnel, forcing people to wait for five hours or longer to vote. Many of these laws came into effect even before the Supreme Court’s conservative faction took a hammer to the Voting Rights Act. That is because the act only brought its strongest protections to about 10 states of the old Confederacy, states with the worst history of discriminatory actions meant to prevent African Americans from voting. If hearing about all that the anti-voter wing of the Republican Party has achieved so far makes

CommunityVoices the acid taste of bad memories rise in your throat, you are not alone. This rising tide of anti-voter action is reminiscent of the horror of the end of Reconstruction, when the Union Army pulled out its occupying forces from the South and the Ku Klux Klan and the Klan’s allies in government took away the vote from hundreds of thousands of African Americans and pushed hundreds of black elected officials out of office. They took away rights that would not be restored for nearly 100 years. We cannot wait 100 years to undo the damage this time. Every elected official, from local city councilors to the president, must be required by citizens like you and me to become an active leader for voting rights.  They must be pres-

sured until we have in place laws that guarantee that every citizen is automatically registered to vote, and that every citizen has ample opportunity to vote in an atmosphere of respect and dignity. To do that, we must make noise, we must call and call and call again our elected officials until they get on board, and we must replace them if they fail to help our cause. And we must march. The NAACP and many other organizations will be marching on Washington in the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom on August 24. Avi Green is civic outreach director for the Scholars Strategy Network, former director of MassVOTE, and a member of the NAACP.

On July 10, prominent black attorneys and citizens hosted mayoral candidate Charlotte Golar Ritchie at a home in Jamaica Plain. (Tony Irving photo)


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UMass gets $479M funding, tuition, fee freeze until 2015 Banner Staff University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret praised state government leaders last week for their decision to “stand with UMass and open an important new era in our university’s history.” The fiscal year 2014 state budget signed into law by the governor last week provides $479 million in state funding for the five-campus UMass system — a

$39 million, or 9 percent, increase over the funding UMass received in the fiscal year that ended on June 30 — and enough to trigger a tuition and mandatory fee freeze during the 2013-2014 academic year. The budget also contains language calling for a second major increase in 2014-2015 — an increase that would trigger a second tuition and fee freeze, UMass officials said. “This is about providing opportunity and building a bridge to

the future and Governor Patrick, Speaker DeLeo and Senate President Murray are to be commended for vision and their bold leadership,” UMass President Caret said. The first step that led to the funding increase was taken in January, when Gov. Patrick proposed $479 million in funding for UMass. The House approved $479 million for UMass in its version of the budget and prevailed in conference after the Senate opted for a lower figure.

Over the past year, Caret has advanced a 50-50 proposal under which the state and students would provide equal shares of the funding for the university’s educational programs. This year, students and their families are supplying 57 percent of the $1.3 billion needed to provide educational programs across the five-campus system, and the state is paying for the remaining 43 percent. Five years ago, those figures were reversed: The state paid 57 percent and students 43 percent. Under the proposal put forward by Caret, the state would provide UMass with nearly $100 million in additional funding over the next two years, thereby achieving a 50-50 balance in 2014-2015. UMass would freeze tuition and the mandatory curric-

While state funding has remained flat, enrollment throughout the five-campus system has surged — from 56,995 students in fall 1997 to 70,774 students in fall 2012. While UMass is more affordable than a private university, the state-to-student transfer of funding responsibilities that has occurred in recent years has led to higher tuition and fee levels and to increased student debt. This year, an estimated 75 percent of all UMass undergraduates are graduating with debt, and average debt is $28,462, up from $20,956 five years ago. Meanwhile, the university has initiated $68 million in expense reductions over the past five years. UMass officials said they expect to save another $123 million over the next five years by reducing energy expenditures, improving purchas-

The fiscal year 2014 state budget signed into law by the governor last week provides $479 million in state funding for the five-campus UMass system — a $39 million, or 9 percent, increase.

SEIU 1199 held an event in honor of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to thank him for all of the support he has given to SEIU over the years. (Photo courtesy of the Mayor’s Office)

ulum fee during each of the next two academic years as long as sufficient funding was approved. Over the past 15 years, funding for UMass has been essentially flat. This year, UMass is receiving $439 million in funding from the state. Fifteen years ago, in fiscal year 1998, UMass received $405 million from the state, and when this century began in fiscal year 2000, state funding for UMass was $456 million — or $17 million higher than it is today.

ing practices and streamlining information technology operations. “On behalf of the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees, I want to thank Governor Patrick for his confidence in us and thank the Legislature for its outstanding and deeply appreciated support,” said Henry M. Thomas III, chairman of the UMass Board of Trustees. “Massachusetts is sending a national message of support for public higher education and is making an important investment in its future.”

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style, but the person living that different lifestyle still can relate to anybody and have the same amazing personality of the guy from North Philly. The people around me haven’t changed. The people who have been in my life since the beginning are still in my life now. I think that has a lot to do with my staying grounded and humble despite the success I’ve achieved.

You talk a lot about dating in the movie. Is there a Kevin Hart relationship advice book in the works?

[Chuckles] Funny you should mention that, Kam. I don’t know if I’m at the relationship advice stage yet. I do have a lot of information to share, and a book is definitely in the works, but I don’t know whether it’ll be geared toward relationships.

“Wow! I can’t believe this. That I’m actually here, and this is actually happening.” And in that moment, when I was about to thank my fans for supporting me, I noticed that they were standing up clapping. It was overwhelming, and became a very emotional moment when I tried to thank them.

I also liked how you had pyrotechnics going off onstage during the show periodically.

[Laughs] That was my way of joking around by saying, “I’m about to jump into a different level, because I have fire.” Ain’t no other comedian ever had fire.

When did you know you had made it?

The beauty of it is that I don’t think I’ve ever really relaxed. I want to do too much within the business. And there’s so much you can achieve with a launching pad like stand-up comedy. You can literally go from acting to hosting to being a personality to …

In the film, you cried at the end of the concert at Madison Square Garden. What was the To the Real Husbands of emotion that overwhelmed Hollywood? you at that moment? [Chuckles] To the Real Husbands

I never thought in a million years that I’d ever sell out back-to-back shows at The Garden. That’s not to say I never expected my career to take off. Still, it was a “Pinch me, wake me up” moment. I was like,

of Hollywood. It all depends on what you’re willing to invest time and effort in and put your mind to. That’s what separates winners from losers. Winners are the ones who want the most out of their opportunities.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Creation, getting behind a project from start to finish, and being able to see it blossom into a success.

What is your favorite dish to cook?

I can’t cook, but I can make a turkey and cheese sandwich like nobody else.

What excites you?

Seeing my kids happy.

What was the last book you read?

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.

What was the last song you listened to? Salt-N-Pepa’s Push It.

Who is your favorite clothes designer?

Right now, I’d have to go with two: Lanvin and Yves St. Laurent.

What was your best career decision?

Focusing on stand-up comedy 100 percent.

When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

I see a man with drive and determination who wants to go down in history.

If you could have one wish instantly granted, what

LEGALS MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for CONTRACT NO. W207-C2, ORH ACS/CCTV SECURITY IMPROVEMENTS, WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, will be received by the Massachusetts Port Authority at the Capital Programs Department Office, Suite 209S - Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, East Boston, Massachusetts 02128-2909, until 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2013, immediately after which, in a designated room, the proposal will be opened and read publicly. Sealed filed subbids for the same contract will be received at the same office until 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013, immediately after which, in a designated room, the filed subbids will be opened and read publicly. NOTE:PREBID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT WORCESTER REGIONAL AIRPORT, 375 AIRPORT DRIVE, WORCESTER, MA., AT 10:00 AM LOCAL TIME ON MONDAY, JULY 22, 2013 IN THE UPPER LEVEL CONFERENCE ROOM. The work includes GENERAL CONSTRUCTION AND ELECTRICAL CONDUIT AND CABLE INSTALLATIONS TO UPGRADE AND EXPAND THE EXISTING ACCESS CONTROL AND CCTV SYSTEMS IN THE TERMINAL AT WORCESTER REGIONAL AIRPORT (ORH) TO MEET THE MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY’S (MPA) SECURITY STANDARDS. THE WORK INCLUDES ALL LABORS AND MATERIALS FOR INSTALLATION OF CABLES AND CONDUITS, DOOR HARDWARE, CUTTING AND PATCHING, AND ASSOCIATED INCIDENTAL WORK. THE GENERAL AND ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS ARE TO COORDINATE WITH THE OWNERS SECURITY INTEGRATOR AND WORCESTER AIRPORT OPERATIONS IN ORDER TO SCHEDULE AND PHASE SHUT-DOWNS, CUT-OFFS AND INSTALLATIONS OF ALL ITEMS. Bid documents will be made available beginning THURSDAY, J ULY 18, 2013.

A proposal guaranty shall be submitted with each General Bid consisting of a bid deposit for five (5) percent of the value of the bid; when subbids are required, each must be accompanied by a deposit equal to five (5) percent of the subbid amount, in the form of a bid bond, or cash, or a certified check, or a treasurer’s or a cashier’s check issued by a responsible bank or trust company, payable to the Massachusetts Port Authority in the name of which the Contract for the work is to be executed. The bid deposit shall be (a) in a form satisfactory to the Authority, (b) with a surety company qualified to do business in the Commonwealth and satisfactory to the Authority, and (c) conditioned upon the faithful performance by the principal of the agreements contained in the bid. The successful Bidder will be required to furnish a performance bond and a labor and materials payment bond, each in an amount equal to 100% of the Contract price. The surety shall be a surety company or securities satisfactory to the Authority. Attention is called to the minimum rate of wages to be paid on the work as determined under the provisions of Chapter 149, Massachusetts General Laws, Section 26 to 27G, inclusive, as amended. The Contractor will be required to pay minimum wages in accordance with the schedules listed in Division II, Special Provisions of the Specifications, which wage rates have been predetermined by the U. S. Secretary of Labor and / or the Commissioner of Labor and Industries of Massachusetts, whichever is greater. The successful Bidder will be required to purchase and maintain Bodily Injury Liability Insurance and Property Damage Liability Insurance for a combined

If you only had 24 hours to live, how would you spend the time?

What key quality do you believe all successful people share?

I would spend absolutely every last minute with my kids, telling them how much I love them and how much I would do for them.

How did your first big heartbreak impact who you are as a person?

You talk about the divorce in your act. How hard is that?

Once again, that’s what separates the best from the crowd. Those who are willing to open up and show a vulnerable side are the ones who have gone on to achieve so many amazing things.

What’s the difference between who you are at home as opposed to the person you pretend to be on the red carpet? None at all. That’s who I am.

If you could have a superpower, which one would you choose?

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This contract is subject to a Minority/Women Owned Business Enterprise participation provision requiring that not less than FOUR PERCENT (4%) of the Contract be performed by minority and women owned business enterprise contractors. With respect to this provision, bidders are urged to familiarize themselves thoroughly with the Bidding Documents. Strict compliance with the pertinent procedures will be required for a bidder to be deemed responsive and eligible.

What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

Hard work and determination equals success. Nothing comes easy. Put your mind to something. The best feeling in the world is seeing the benefits and rewards of hard work.

What is your favorite charity?

I participate with so many, but my goal is to get my own off the ground once I slow down. It’ll be dedicated to my mom, who I lost to ovarian cancer.

How do you want to be remembered?

As a good father, as a great person and as a hard worker.

The General Contractor is required to submit a Certification of NonSegregated Facilities prior to award of the Contract, and to notify prospective subcontractors of the requirement for such certification where the subcontract exceeds $10,000. Complete information and authorization to view the site may be obtained from the Capital Programs Department Office at the Massachusetts Port Authority. The right is reserved to waive any informality in or reject any or all proposals. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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NOTICE TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES Hearing Date/Time: A hearing on a Petition for Appointment of Guardian of a Minor filed on 12/18/2012 by Stephanie Ruiz of Boston, MA will be held 07/31/2013 09:00 AM Guardianship of Minor Hearing Located at 24 New Chardon Street, 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02114 ~ Family Service Office. Response to Petition: You may respond by filing a written response to the Petition or by appearing in person at the hearing. If you choose to file a written response, you need to: File the original with the Court; and Mail a copy to all interested parties at least five (5) business days before the hearing.

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Counsel for the Minor: The minor (or an adult on behalf of the minor) has the right to request that counsel be appointed for the minor.

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Presence of the Minor at Hearing: A minor over age 14 has the right to be present at any hearing, unless the Court finds that it is not in the minor’s best interests.

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department Docket No. SU13P1480GD

Docket No. SU12P2430GD

NOTICE AND ORDER: Petition for Appointment of Guardian of a Minor

This Contract is also subject to Affirmative Action requirements of the Massachusetts Port Authority contained in the NonDiscrimination and Affirmative Action article of Division I, General Requirements and Covenants, and to the Secretary of Labor’s Requirement for Affirmative Action to Ensure Equal Opportunity and the Standard Federal Equal Opportunity Construction Contract Specifications (Executive Order 11246).

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If they were ever to remake Goodfellas, I’d love to play Joe Pesci’s role.

In the interests of Raquel Ruiz of Boston, MA Minor

The Authority reserves the right to reject any subbid of any subtrade where permitted by Section 44E of the abovereferenced General Laws. The right is also reserved to waive any informality in or to reject any or all proposals and General Bids.

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If you had to choose another profession, what would that be?

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Filed subbids will be required and taken on the following classes of work: ELECTRICAL

That’s a great question — drive.

Writing.

Going through my divorce has changed who I am in my understanding of what’s good and bad in relationships.

single limit of $1,000,000. Said policy shall be on an occurrence basis and the Authority shall be included as an Additional Insured. See the insurance sections of Division I, General Requirements and Division II, Special Provisions for complete details.

Bid Documents in electronic format may be obtained free of charge at the Authority’s Capital Programs Department Office, together with any addenda or amendments, which the Authority may issue and a printed copy of the Proposal form. Bidding procedures and award of the contract and subcontracts shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 44A through 44H inclusive, Chapter 149 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

To be able to read people’s thoughts.

For a better-looking pair of feet.

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Docket No. SU13P0771GD

In the interests of A’Royle Prince Douglas of Dorchester, MA Minor

In the interests of Crisamar Cortez of Roxbury, MA Minor

NOTICE AND ORDER: Petition for Appointment of Guardian of a Minor

NOTICE AND ORDER: Petition for Appointment of Guardian of a Minor

NOTICE TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES Hearing Date/Time: A hearing on a Petition for Appointment of Guardian of a Minor filed on 06/25/13 by Dolores S. Johnson of Dorchester, MA will be held 07/25/13 09:00 AM Guardianship of a Minor Hearing Located at 24 New Chardon Street, 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02114 ~ Family Service Office. Response to Petition: You may respond by filing a written response to the Petition or by appearing in person at the hearing. If you choose to file a written response, you need to:

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NOTICE TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES Hearing Date/Time: A hearing on a Petition for Appointment of Guardian of a Minor filed on 04/09/2013 by Bienvenida Benitez of Roxbury, MA will be held 08/06/2013 09:00 AM Guardianship of Minor Hearing Located at 24 New Chardon Street, 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02114 — Family Service Office. Response to Petition: You may respond by filing a written response to the Petition or by appearing in person at the hearing. If you choose to file a written response, you need to: File the original with the Court; and Mail a copy to all interested parties at least five (5) business days before the hearing.

File the original with the Court; and Mail a copy to all interested parties at least five (5) business days before the hearing. 3.

Counsel for the Minor: The minor (or an adult on behalf of the minor) has the right to request that counsel be appointed for the minor.

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Counsel for the Minor: The minor (or an adult on behalf of the minor) has the right to request that counsel be appointed for the minor.

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Presence of the Minor at Hearing: A minor over age 14 has the right to be present at any hearing, unless the Court finds that it is not in the minor’s best interests.

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Presence of the Minor at Hearing: A minor over age 14 has the right to be present at any hearing, unless the Court finds that it is not in the minor’s best interests.

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Date: July 1, 2013

Date: July 1, 2013

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Divorce Summons by Publication and Mailing Lucien Germain

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To the Defendant: The Plaintiff has filed a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for irretrievable breakdown of the marriage pursuant to G.L. c. 208, Section 1 B. The Complaint is on file at the Court. An Automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively impact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411. You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon: Lucien Germain, 33 Wellington Hill St, Apt 2, Mattapan, MA 02126 your answer, if any, on or before 09/05/2013. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court. Witness, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: June 24, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department Docket No. SU12P1691EA

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Citation on Petition for Formal Adjudication Estate of Leon McCoy Stephens Date of Death: 02/24/2002 To all interested persons: A petition has been filed by Taneisha McAllister of Dorchester, MA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order of testacy and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. And also requesting that Taneisha McAllister of Dorchester, MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond. You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on 07/25/2013. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceeding. If you fail to file a timely written appearance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the return date, action may be taken without further notice to you. The estate is being administered under formal procedure by the Personal Representative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but recipients are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. WITNESS, HON. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: June 19, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate

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TO BID To all persons interested in aINVITATION petition described: The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority is seeking bids for the following: A petition has been presented by Cristina Marie Nieves requesting that Cristina Marie Nieves, Odyssey Paige Nieves be allowed to change their BID NO. DESCRIPTION DATE TIME name as follows: WRA-2432 Furnish Two (2) Chesterton Cristina Marie Reyes Mechanical Split Seals or Odyssey Paige Reyes Equal with Two (2) Enviro Spiral Trac Seals for North Main Pump Station, Deer Island Treatment Plant

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Sealed bids will be received at the offices of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Charlestown Navy Yard, Document Distribution Office, 100 First Avenue, First Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02129, up to the time and date listed above at which time they will be publicly opened and read.

IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT BOSTON ON OR BEFORE TEN Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service, Waste and Water O’CLOCK INLoan THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON 08/08/2013. Grants and program. Special attention should be paid with respect to

the (U.S.D.A.) requirements for Bids. WITNESS, HON. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. All bids this project are subject to applicable bidding laws of Date: Julyfor 3, 2013 Massachusetts, including General Laws Chapter 30, Section 39M amendPatricia M. as Campatelli ed. Attention of bidders is particularly called to the requirements as Probate to conRegister of ditions of employment to be observed and minimum wage rates to be paid under the contract as determined by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development under the provisions of the Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 149, Section 26-27D, inclusive, as amended.

The Owner reserves the right to waive any informality in bids or to reject any or all bids if deemed in the best interest of the Town of Blackstone.

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TOWN OF BLACKSTONE, MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Sealed Bids for the construction of the Elm Street Sewer Improvements for the Town of Blackstone, Massachusetts, will be received by the Department of Public Works at the office of the Department of Public Works, 15 St. Paul Street, Blackstone, Massachusetts until 10:30 a.m. prevailing time, on March 29, 2005 and at which time and place said bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. The scope of work includes furnishing and installing approximately 3,065 linear feet of 8-inch gravity sanitary sewer main with all appurtenances; furnishing and installing approximately 8,135 linear feet of 10-inch gravity sanitary sewer main with all appurtenances; furnishing and installing approximately 4,100 linear feet of 6-inch PVC gravity sanitary sewer service connections and all appurtenances, furnishing and installing approximately 315 linear feet of 4-inch and 3,475 linear feet of 6-inch sanitary sewer force main with all appurtenances, furnishing and installing fully functional sanitary sewer pump stations located at the Corrosion Control Facility (CCF), Quickstream crossing, Fire Station, and Mill River crossing with all appurtenances, standby generator housed within a prefabricated building at the Quickstream and Mill River pump stations; furnishing and installing bituminous concrete trench pavement (permanent); water system reconstruction (Add Alternate 1); miscellaneous drainage improvements (Add Alternate 3); furnishing and installing associated manholes, paving, project wide maintenance of traffic and other appurtenances required to complete the Work as specified in the Contract Documents. Work must be substantially complete within 1153 days of the Notice to Proceed. The estimated cost of the project is $4,500,000.00. Bid Security in the form of a BID BOND, CASHIER’S, TREASURER’S, OR CERTIFIED CHECK issued by a responsible bank or trust company is required in the amount of five percent of the bid price payable to the Town of Blackstone. Contract Documents may be examined at the following locations: BSC Group, 33 Waldo Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01608 F.W. Dodge Division, McGraw-Hill Information Services Co., Boston, Massachusetts Town of Blackstone, Department of Public Works, 15 St. Paul Street Blackstone, Massachusetts Contract Documents may be obtained at the office of the BSC Group located at 33 Waldo Street, Worcester, Massachusetts, 01608, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 4 p.m., upon payment of a deposit of $100.00 in the form of a check payable to the Town of Blackstone. Any unsuccessful bidder or nonbidder, upon returning such set within the time specified in the Instructions to Bidders and in good condition, will be refunded his payment. Contract Documents will be mailed via USPS to prospective bidders upon request and receipt of a separate non-refundable check payable to BSC Group, Inc. in the amount of $25.00 to cover handling and mailing fees. The selected contractor shall furnish a performance bond and payment bond in amount at least equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price as stipulated in Section 00700 GENERAL CONDITIONS of these specifications. Anticipated funding for this project will be from the Unite States

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BSC Group, Inc. Boston, Massachusetts BOSTON WATER AND SEWER COMMISSION INVITATION FOR BIDS The Boston Water and Sewer Commission by its Executive Director invites sealed bids for CONTRACT # 04-308-001, WATER MAIN RELAY AND SEWER/DRAIN REHABILITATION IN ALLSTON/BRIGHTON, CITY PROPER, HYDE PARK AND JAMAICA PLAIN. Bids must be accompanied by a bid deposit, certified check, treasurer’s or cashier’s check, or in the form of a bid bond in the amount of 5% OF BID payable to and to become the property of the Commission if the bid, after acceptance, is not carried out. The bid deposit is to be returned only when all stated conditions of the Contract document are carried out. In addition, a performance bond and also a labor and materials payment bond, each of a surety company qualified to do business under the laws of the Commonwealth and satisfactory to the Executive Director, and each in the sum of 100 % OF THE CONTRACT PRICE, must be submitted within the time specified in the Contract document. Bids must be submitted on the forms obtained from the Purchasing Manager, Boston Water and Sewer Commission, 980 Harrison Avenue, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02119, and must be submitted in sealed envelopes to the Purchasing Manager clearly marked BIDS FOR CONTRACT # 04-308-001, WATER MAIN RELAY AND SEWER/DRAIN REHABILITATION IN ALLSTON/BRIGHTON, CITY PROPER, HYDE PARK AND JAMAICA PLAIN. Bids will be publicly opened and read at the office of the Purchasing Manager on THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2005 AT 10:00 A.M. There will be a non-refundable charge of $25.00 for each set of contract documents taken out. If the bidder neglects to bid on each and every item, it may lead to the rejection of the bid. The rate of wages paid to mechanics, teamsters, chauffeurs, and laborers in the work to be performed under the contract shall not be less than the rate of wages in the schedule determined by the Commission of Labor and Industries of the Commonwealth, a copy of which schedule is annexed to the form of contract referred to herein. Copies of said schedule may be obtained, without cost, upon application therefore at the office of the Executive Director. Before commencing performance on this contract, the contractor shall provide by insurance for the payment of compensation and the furnishing of all other benefits under Chapter 152 of the General Laws (The Workmen’s Compensation Law, so called) to all persons to be employed under this contract and shall continue such insurance in full force and effect during the term of this contract. Attention is called to Chapter 370 of the Acts of 1963, which must be strictly complied with. No bid for the award of this project will be considered acceptable unless the Contractor agrees to comply fully with the requirement of the Minority Employee Utilization Requirement as set forth in Article VIII of the Contract and the Utilization of Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises as set forth in Article X of the Contract. Included (617) 261-4600 x 7799 with the Contract documents are copies of the Bidder’s Certification Statement and Weekly Utilization Report. Each Contractor must complete, ads@bannerpub.com sign and file with his bid the Bidder’s Certification Statement. Failure to do so will result in rejection of the bid. The Weekly Utilization Reports shall be submitted in accordance with section 8.2 (ii) and (iii) of the Contract. Failure to comply with the Minority Employee Utilization Requirement may result in www.baystatebanner.com imposition of the sanctions set forth in section 8.2 (f) and (g) of the Contract.

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Training Grants available to qualifying applicants. Contact: Mr. Royal Bolling, Computer Learning Resources Phone: 617-506-1505 Email: clr2paths@gmail.com

Licensed by the Massachusetts Division Professional Licensure Office of Private Occupational School Education

STUDENT SERVICES MANAGER for our Student Services Department

Requirements:

Preferred:

• M Ed., MA., MSW, • Supervisory experience • Valid MA driver’s license • Reliable and insured personal vehicle • Ability to work and lead in a racially diverse fast paced environment • Computer/Technology proficient • Experience in K-12 education and special education • Highly organized. Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks • High energy problem solver

• Certified teacher/administrator • Knowledge of MA public education and special education laws • Knowledge of Boston educational, social, mental health and family services • Bi-Lingual in Spanish and other languages a plus • Grant writing experience a plus • Superb oral and written communication skills • Data collection and research skills • Culturally competent

Send a Cover Letter, Resume and three current references to: John M. Shandorf, Associate Director METCO, Inc., 40 Dimock Street, MA 02119 Or email to: Jshandorf@metcoinc.org Deadline Date: August 7, 2013


One-on-One with Boston Mayoral Candidates

The Greatest MINDS Mayor’s Race Community Forums Join Boston’s young Black professionals, educators, non-profit and community leaders and veteran community activists for an intimate one-on-one discussion with the twelve mayoral candidates. Join us in a community forum as we discuss the future of the City of Boston with a special focus on the neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan.

One-on-One Boston Mayoral Candidates Dates Monday, July 22nd, 2013 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm with Felix Arroyo, Rob Consalvo & Charles Clemons Monday July 29th, 2013 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm with John Barros, David James Wyatt & Dan Conley Monday, August 5th 2013 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm with Bill Walczak, Marty Walsh & Charlotte Golar Ritchie

All of the One-on-One with Boston Mayoral Candidates will be held at:

Flames Restaurant

469 Blue Hill Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02121 Grove Hall About National Black College Alliance & Greatest MINDS: National Black College Alliance (NBCA) is an extended network of college students, alumni, and community members who are committed to mentoring the next generation of community leaders in Boston. Founded in 2000 by Boston-area Black college students and alumni, NBCA has worked in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan particularly around Grove Hall and Dudley Square, to create positive role models and support for urban Black youth, counteracting negative stereotypes as well as the realities of gangs, drugs, and violence affecting many urban communities.

Felix Arroyo

John Barros

Charles Clemons

Dan Conley

John Connolly

Rob Consalvo

Charlotte Golar Ritchie

Michael Ross

Marty Walsh

Bill Walczak

David James Wyatt

Charles Yancey

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