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Victoria Horsford: Columbia University President’s Stance on Racial Profiling

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$2.00 Charge for Pedal-Assist Bike Unfair to Seniors

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pen Letter to Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez and Members: Citi Bike’s pedal-assist program has a braking issue that has come into the news and is being resolved. This is good news because I’m a big fan. What I am not a fan of is how unfair the $2.00 fee for pedal-assist bikes is for seniors. As a senior and a regular member with 691 rides and counting, I believe I have standing to object to this charge. For those with a half-price senior MTA card,

the additional fee makes the pedal-assist bike a more expensive option than public transportation, which is the antithesis of the program. Then there is the health issue, and here I speak specifically of the bridge crossings. One Sunday morning before the pedal-assist brake issue, I counted eight pedal-assist bikes coming in the opposite direction across the Williamsburg Bridge. All ridden by people who appeared to be under thirty. And if they found the bike enabling and went out of their way to

snare one, then it is fair to say it is more than helpful for the senior biker. As a senior approaches that long arc of the bridge span peaking in the distant horizon, the pedal-assist bicycle becomes a health issue, making the crossing a comfortable one, instead of a heart-pounding, stress test where hubris and an unfortunate decision to challenge age can lead to disastrous results. The additional $2 charge should at least be halved, eliminated altogether, considering the health concerns cited above.

One would hope that the NYC DOT and major sponsor Healthfirst would include fairness for seniors in their support of SNAP recipients and NYCHA residents. I believe that Citi Bike management applying the $2.00 fee to seniors is something your committee should question and find a way to resolve on behalf of the Baby Boomer generation. Thank you, David Mark Greaves, Publisher Our Time Press

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or most of his adult life, Don Rojas has been a revolutionary freedom fighter for justice and equality. That spirit remains undaunted as he wages a battle against  multiple myeloma, an aggressive form of bone cancer.  His treatment includes chemotherapy, infusions of steroids and bone marrow transplants. DBG MEDIA Publishers of Our Time Press, Inc. 358 Classon Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238 (718) 599-6828 Web site: www.ourtimepress.com e-mail: editors@ourtimepress.com Publisher DBG MEDIA Editor-in-Chief David Mark Greaves Copy Editor Maitefa Angaza Columnists Eddie Castro Victoria Horsford Michael Johnson Abigail McGrath Marlon Rice

Not only is the treatment debilitating, but the cost is also taking a financial toll on him and his family. Over the last several weeks, a tribute committee has been actively engaged in raising funds and while a substantial amount has been donated online, the committee decided to host a fundraising benefit with guest speakers and entertainment to help defray his increasingly large expenses. On May 11, 2019 at the historic House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn,  Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles, the Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies and Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission, where Don worked as his senior communications advisor and helped design and launch the UWI’s television network,  will headline a roster of prominent dignitaries. The benefit tribute will be welcomed by the Reverends Herbert and Karen Daughtry, and such notables as Dr. Ron Daniels, Charles and Inez Barron, Dr. Brenda Greene, Dr. Todd Burroughs and Viola Plummer are slated to deliver testimonials, along with a number of notable PanAfricanists and activists from the Caribbean, many of them prepared to share comments ➔➔ Continued on page 11

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Democracy Now! As Supreme Court Appears Poised to Allow Citizenship Query on Census, We All Stand to Lose

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UAN GONZÁLEZ: The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case challenging the Trump administration’s plans to include a question on citizenship to the 2020 census. Voting rights activists fear that adding the question will deter immigrants from participating in the census and lead to a vast undercount in states with large immigrant communities. Census officials have estimated 6.5 million people will not respond to the census if the citizenship question is added. This undercount could affect everything from the redrawing of congressional maps to the allocation of federal funding. The case centers on whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had the authority to add the question to the census. The American Civil Liberties Union and 17 states have sued, saying Ross’s move was aimed at deterring immigrants from participating in the census. During the oral arguments, the court’s conservative majority appeared to side with the Trump administration, while the liberal minority questioned the administration’s motives and methods. Liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor said, quote, “There’s no doubt that people will respond less. If you’re talking about prediction, this is about 100 percent that people will answer less.” AMY GOODMAN: Chief Justice John Roberts appeared to support the addition of the citizenship question, saying it was, quote, “quite common” to add a demographics questions to the census. He asked the plaintiffs in the suit, “Do you think it wouldn’t help voting rights enforcement?” Conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh said the United Nations recommends countries ask a citizenship question on the census, listing a number of countries that ask about citizenship, including Spain, Germany, Canada, Australia, Ireland and Mexico... After the Supreme Court heard oral arguments, New York state Attorney General Letitia James, who helped bring the lawsuit, spoke outside the court: AG James: Adding that particular citizenship question could lead to the undercounting in communities across America, particularly in immigrant communities and Hispanic communities. It would mean that communities entitled to resources wouldn’t get those resources. It would deny certain communities of equal representation. And so, in the interest of fairness, in the interest of upholding this quintessential American promise, we are obligated to ensure the most accurate count in the 2020 census. And as such, we must use every tool at our disposal, in our arsenal, to fight to protect its integrity. And that’s what we did today. AMY GOODMAN: [We go now] to Los Angeles, where we’re joined by Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel of MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. MALDEF is representing plaintiffs in one of the lawsuits challenging the census citizenship question. And here in New York, we’re joined by Ari Berman, senior writer at Mother Jones, reporting fellow at The Nation Institute, author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. So, Ari, you attended the Supreme Court oral arguments yesterday. Set the scene for us. And were you surprised by the tenor of the questions?

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ARI BERMAN: I did. And this really is one of the most important cases for democracy in decades, Amy, because the census determines so many things in our society: how $880 billion in federal funding is allocated, how voting districts are drawn, how many House seats, how many Electoral College votes states have. There really is nothing we do that’s more important in a democracy than the census. And this one question about U.S. citizenship has the possibility to derail the entire census. One of the most important and longest constitutional responsibilities that our government has could now be derailed and turned into a political weapon by the Trump administration to target immigrants and places where lots of immigrants live. And so, I was hoping I would hear these big-picture debates in the Supreme Court about the importance of the census and how this question threatens the census. Instead, the conservative justices on the court seemed very sympathetic to this question. They really didn’t question the motives of Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, who added this question, even though three different federal courts have struck it down. Six years ago, I was in the Supreme Court when they railed against the Voting Rights Act, called it an act of regional discrimination against the South. And then, suddenly, six years later, the same conservative justices that gutted the Voting Rights Act suddenly believe that this citizenship question is now necessary to enforce the Voting Rights Act, which every voting rights lawyer will tell you it’s not. And so, once again, we have a situation where the Supreme Court seems like they are about to side with folks that want to gut voting rights, roll back civil rights, target immigrant communities, as opposed to protecting one of the most important constitutional responsibilities that we have. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Well, I want to ask Thomas Saenz of MALDEF, Defense and Education Fund: What do you see as the—your take on how the hearing went yesterday? THOMAS SAENZ: Well, I think it’s hard to predict from an oral argument in any case what the outcome will be. And I do think we have a chief justice who appreciates institutional integrity of the court and, more broadly, of the Constitution. I think we’ve seen him make unexpected decisions in previous cases, reflecting that belief in ensuring institutional and constitutional integrity. And as Ari has stated, this is the most important issue that we’ve faced in decades. The census is a mandate that goes back to our Constitution’s very beginning, the direction to enumerate every decade all persons residing in the United States. And so much of what we do over the succeeding decade, from allocating seats in the House of Representatives among the states to drawing district lines, from local level up to federal level within the states, to how we distribute resources from the federal government, is determined by that enumeration. This is so integral to what we do as a democracy that I believe, when the justices have an opportunity to reflect further, we may well see a change in their initial reaction to this late-added and falsely added question to Census 2020.

AMY GOODMAN: I want to turn to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross speaking before the House Oversight and Reform Committee in March: Commerce Secretary Ross: No one’s individual data will be used for any other purpose other than the aggregations that we provide externally. So, this is not a tool as such for immigration. Our job is simply to count the people, whether citizen or not. AMY GOODMAN: If you can respond to the substance of this, Ari Berman, but also what has come out, the corruption around who exactly proposed this, and Wilbur Ross working with Bannon and Kobach, and who they are? ARI BERMAN: Well, Wilbur Ross is really one of the most corrupt members of the Trump administration, and his actions in the census case demonstrate this. He has lied repeatedly about why he added this question to the census in March of 2018. He said it was needed for better enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, even though the Trump administration hasn’t filed a single lawsuit to enforce the Voting Rights Act. And this question hasn’t been on the census since 1950, and the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965. So there was no pressing need to ask this question. He said that the Justice Department initiated this question, when memo after memo after memo shows that Ross was the one who told the Justice Department, “We need this question on the census.” And most importantly, he said he didn’t discuss this question with the White House, but it turns out that Steve Bannon, the chief strategist of the Trump administration and the architect of the Trump administration’s white nativist strategy, put Wilbur Ross in touch with Kris Kobach, the former secretary of state of Kansas, the leading architect of laws restricting voting and immigration in the U.S., to add this question to the census. And it was Kobach who told Wilbur Ross it was essential to add this question to the census. And this is really the smoking gun, the fact that Steve Bannon, Kris Kobach, Jeff Sessions—the most anti-immigrant, the most anti-voting rights people in the country—they were the ones who were instrumental in pushing to get this question on the census. It had nothing to do about enforcing voting rights. It was all about trying to target immigrants and preserve white political power for the next decade. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And, Thomas Saenz, your sense in terms of the impact that this could have if the question is allowed on the census, this whole issue, as Justice Sotomayor said, that it’s almost 100% guaranteed that many, many folks, especially immigrants in the country, will not—will choose not to cooperate with the census, and the impact that this could have, especially in the climate of the Trump administration constantly raising the dangers of undocumented immigration or, as they say, “illegal” immigration in the country? THOMAS SAENZ: Yeah, absolutely right. The climate that’s been created by this administration, the Census Bureau has known for a long time, is already creating challenges for getting folks to respond to the census. As long ago as November 2017, before the announcement of the citizenship question, the bureau was reporting to its National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations that it was

already seeing unprecedented levels of noncooperation, unprecedented levels of refusing to completely complete a questionnaire. It was seeing that because of the atmosphere created by this administration. You add to that a citizenship question, in that level of distrust that is very high with respect to this administration in communities across the country, and you have a recipe for a very serious, serious undercount. Now, there are folks across the country, including my own organization, MALDEF, that will work very hard to try to reassure people, to try to get as complete a count as possible. The bureau itself will invest in trying to convince people to participate. But we have created headwinds through the addition of the citizenship question, in a climate of great distrust for this administration, that make it virtually a foreseen outcome that we will have a higher undercount than we otherwise should have. And the implications of that for the next decade of policymaking in this country are monstrous. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And, Ari, I wanted to ask you. There are some—the extreme actions that some states in particular are taking, they’re not looking solely to redistrict based on an undercount, but also determine who gets the right to vote? I mean, actually count voters rather than residents? ARI BERMAN: This is a really important point, Juan. And I think this is one of the reasons they want to add this question about citizenship, which is that everyone is counted for the purpose of drawing districts in this country. It doesn’t matter if you’re a voter or a nonvoter. It doesn’t matter if you’re a citizen or noncitizen. Everyone is counted, because everyone deserves representation. What conservatives want to do now is they want to redraw districts counting only citizens, or possibly counting even only voters. What that would do is it would dramatically shift power away from areas that have a lot of immigrants, places like New York and California and Texas, and then redistribute political power to whiter, more rural and more conservative areas. AMY GOODMAN: I mean, California could lose congressional seats. ARI BERMAN: California could lose tens of billions of dollars. California could lose congressional seats. For the first time in the history of this country, California could actually lose congressional seats in the next round of redistricting. AMY GOODMAN: The number of people we’re talking about is something like, it’s estimated—I think Sonia Sotomayor brought it up—something like 6 million people undercounted? ARI BERMAN: Six million people might not respond to the form. But remember, this is going to affect a lot more than that, because it’s going to affect the places where they live. So the most populous parts of this country could lose representation. And what’s happening here is, the Trump administration wants to use the census as a weapon to preserve white political power in the face of massive demographic change, because what an accurate census is going to show is the country is more diverse than ever, more nonwhite than ever. But if you can stop that from happening, then the country is more white than it should be, more conservative than it should be and more Republican than it should be.


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THE WEEK IN REVIEW NEW YORK CITY: MEMO to Columbia University President Lee Bollinger: I was shocked when I read the stories about Columbia University Black American senior Alexander McNab, a victim of racial profiling at a Columbia campus on

Alexander McNab April 11. Media reported that he got a few “Hello Sirs” from public safety officers, which he ignored. Similar experiences were always about his campus ID, which white male students are not subject to. He continued walking and found himself roughed-up by six of your security men. I also saw a graphic video of McNab’s experience. The ordeal unfolded outdoors where passersby were able to record the student/guards encounter. The Barnard dean has been the spokesperson for McNab’s unfortunate experience and reports that most of the guards were suspended with pay pending an investigation. It is hard to believe that Black men are racially profiled in New York City’s only Ivy League university. I also read the piece written by Mr. McNab in the Columbia Spectator where he reflects on his psychic and psychological state during the encounter with the security guards. He

has no control over his genetics, admitting his gumbo background, Black mother, white dad and some Indo heritage. The guards’ behavior is unacceptable, as is Columbia’s policy, which allows them to profile and humiliate Black students. Is your Columbia the same university which got the lion’s share of goodwill and publicity from the 3/30/19 NY Times story, “50 YEARS OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, WHAT WENT RIGHT AND WHAT IT GOT WRONG”? The following is an update on 2020 presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, the South Bend, Indiana mayor. He is 37, gay, a Harvard grad, a Rhodes Scholar who has substantive things to say during his interface with media. Read last week that he fired the African-American police chief shortly after assuming office in response to white police claims about him listening to their phone conversations. South Bend is a city with about 35% Black and Latino residents who did not fare as well as their white counterparts during the Buttigieg economic recovery since he’s been mayor starting in 2012. The city’s Black and Latino poverty stats double the figures for national Black and Latino poverty stats.

WOMEN IN THE NEWS Harlem Holistic Wellness Week (HHWW) 2019 runs from April 27 to May 4. Held annually on the last Saturday in April to coincide with World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, when people in more than 80 nations begin those energy exercises at 10 am across the worldwide time zone with a one-mind focus of world peace, holistic health and wellness. You are invited to attend the HHWW 4/27 exercises at 10 am at St. Nicholas Park at

135th Street. At 3 pm, the HHWW Natural Living Film Festival and Community Forum begins at the Mayles Documentary Film Center, located at 343 Malcolm X Boulevard at 127th Street, with a screening of HEAL. At 6 pm, the film, “SIMPLY RAW,” about diabetes will be screened. Live food and tastings are part of the fun. The HHWW is the brainchild of entrepreneur, author/fine artist Yvonne Stafford. For full HHWW calendar, visit: harlemholisticwellness.com. Harriet Michel departs to Sydney, Australia on May 3, where she will keynote SUPPLY N AT I O N ’ S t h 1 0 Anniversary Conference, which will celebrate Aboriginalo w n e d businesses. S U P P LY Harriet Michel NATION is one of the many National Minority Supplier Development Council’s (NMSDC) international chapters, which she founded during her tenure as the organization’s president.

ARTS/CULTURE/ HISTORY Berry Gordy’s Motown, the iconic record label, has a secure place in the 20th Century American Songbook. It is like a gift that keeps giving. On Broadway, there is the highly acclaimed musical, “AIN’T TOO PROUD TO BEG, The Temptations,” which is a natural for multiple TONY nominations. This year is the 60th Anniversary of the storied music label. Would like to see a really superb TV Motown Tribute, something akin to the “MOTOWN 25 Special” in 1985, which had Black footprints all over it, unlike the “CBS Motown at 60 Grammy Special” last Sunday. Must admit, I loved going down memory lane with so many superior vocalists. But it was gimmicky, with too many bells and whistles and J-Lo. Producer recommendations? Suzanne DePasse or team Beyonce/Jay-Z. Look for the Marvin Gaye US Post Office Stamp which was issued on April 2nd.

VOL. 23 NO. 17 “Influentials” fall into the following categories: Pioneers, Artists, Leaders, Titans and Icons. The Black pioneers include Fred Swaniker, Lynn Nottage and Marlon James. The artists include Dwayne Johnson, Regina King, Mahershala Ali, Ozuna (Dominican/ Puerto Rican rapper) and Khalid. The leaders are Cyril Ramaphosa, South African; Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia Prime Minister; and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Titans: Egyptian Mohamed Salah, Pat McGrath, Gayle King, LeBron James and Tiger Woods. Icons include Spike Lee, Desmond Meade, Caster Semenya (South African track and field athlete and Olympic gold medalist) and Michelle Obama. Wish that the issue went into more of a biography depth. It is Taurus “the Bull” season. Warm birthday wishes to the following Tauruseans: Dianne Abbott; Tracy Austin, Esquire; Chris Brown; US Senator Cory Booker, 2020 Presidential hopeful; Davies Burton; Brent DeGraff; Willie Egyir; Minister Louis Farrakhan; Toni Fay; Dr. Norma Goodwin, MD; Bernice Green, Our Time Press co-publisher/advisor; Richard Habersham; Rolando Horsford; Dwayne Johnson; actress Grace Jones; Scott MacDonough; Harritte Mandeville; writer Louise Meriweather; Roy Miller; Brenda Neal; Jeanne Parnell, WHCR Host; Roy Paul, Cents Ability; George Williams, DDS; Wanda Ballard Wingfield; and Stevie Wonder.

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HARLEM IN MAY The Harlem Business Alliance (HBA) presents #Black Ambition Awards Celebration, which puts a spotlight on “Women in Business,” and will be held at Mist Harlem, located at 46 West 116th Street on May 1 at 6 pm. The HBA 2019 honorees

NEWSMAKERS TIME magazine’s annual cover issue about “The 100 Most Influential People” is on newsstands. In addition to the usual suspects, Messrs. Donald Trump, Xi Jinping, Pope Francis, Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, quite a few AfricanAmericans and Africans made the list. I may have made an error or two, basing ethnicity with regard to phenotypes when I was uncertain. The

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Letitia James include Dionne Warwick, vocalist/entrepreneur; Audrey Smaltz, writer/fashion show manager-in-demand during NY Fashion Week; Brandice Daniels, CEO/Founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row; Sandra Bookman, WABC-TV Eyewitness News anchor and the host of “Here and Now;” Letitia James, NY State Attorney General; April Reign, attorney-turned-creator of OscarsSoWhite in 2015, a challenger to the dearth of opportunities for people of color in Hollywood and beyond; Rachel Noerdlinger, Managing Director at Mercury, a consulting firm; Dr. Chanda Macias, Chair/CEO, Women Grown and owner of the National Holistic Healing Center, a major Washington, DC-based medical marijuana dispensary.


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From MTEC’s Historical Roots, Earthy New Ones Grow Strong: David Greaves (standing, center left in light jacket), publisher of Our Time Press and President, Magnolia Tree Earth Center of Bedford-Stuyvesant, and journalist Marlon Rice (standing, center right, in sweater), executive director, MTEC welcomed guests and fielded calls from supporters at an informal salute to Earth Day 2019 and to late MTEC founder Hattie Carthan (far right, photo portrait), the evening of April 22 at the organization’s headquarters. Greaves and Rice are seen here with: from left, back row, standing: Alvin Whittaker, a friend of The Hattie Carthan Community Gardens; MYBASE intern-host Sasha Spruill, MYBase intern-hostess Aza Smith; educator Barry Cooper; Public Relations expert and college professor Keith L. Forest; Marketing Strategist/Designer/Entrepreneur Atim Oton; Seton Hall adjunct professor Sakina Williams; Aurora Robinson, professor, architectural design and counselor, Pratt HEOP; and Stefani L. Zinerman, Civic Leader and Chair, Action Committee, Brooklyn NAACP. Seated, left to right are: Oma Holloway, Director, Community Engagement, Bridge Street Development Corporation; Bernice Elizabeth Green-Greaves, co-founder, Our Time Press and Founder, Project Green; Yonnette “Farmer Yon” Fleming, president, Hattie Carthan Community Gardens; former social sciences educator Nancy A. Wolf, current and original member of MTEC’s Board of Directors; author Selma Jackson, Phyllis Wheatley Book Award winner and proprietor of the pioneer 4W Circle of Art and Enterprise of the 1990’s; and Renee V. Turner Gregory, Assistant District Attorney, Kings County D.A.’s office, President, Brownstoners of Bedford Stuyvesant and a representative of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, an MTEC service provider since the 1970’s. (To be continued next week.)

Why Magnolia?

I want to tell you the story of my two grandmothers

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y maternal grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Morgan. She was a barely educated woman from Portsmouth, Virginia that migrated to the North with dreams of a better life in the big city. She worked odd jobs, many times as a barmaid or waitress, doing as much as she could to be able to care for her three children. I used to call her Mum-Mum. I remember how lively Mum-Mum’s house would be on Friday nights. There would always be music playing. One song I remember specifically is “Native New Yorker” by a group called Odyssey. That song is the backdrop for every memory I have of Mum-Mum’s house on Friday nights. She’d cook this enormous pot of spaghetti and fry a bunch of fish, and people from all over would come to her house to hang out and enjoy life. My sisters, my cousins and I would be relegated to the bedroom, not yet able to fully enjoy the things that grownups find pleasure in. But I know for a fact that those adults that ate that spaghetti and drank her famous lemonade with a splash of vanilla extract would leave her house happier than the way they came. MumMum had that effect on people. She made the people around her happy, and for that, she was well-respected on Pacific Street. When I was around 5, I was holding her hand as we walked home when some guy ran passed us, snatching her purse and pulling both of us to the ground in the process. I remember looking up from the ground and watching the guys from the block chasing the purse-snatcher down to the corner. The

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thief was beaten up and Mum-Mum got her purse back. She was protected because she led with love. That was my Mum-Mum. When she died of breast cancer in 1986, the whole block mourned. Truth be told, Pacific Street wasn’t the same after she left. My paternal grandmother was Nan Artis. She was a barely educated woman from Eden, North Carolina that migrated to the North with dreams of a better life in the big city. She worked odd jobs, mostly as a cleaning lady, doing as much as she could to be able to take care of her two sons. I used to call her Nana. Nana was a very big part of my childhood. Up until I went to junior high school, Nana would walk me and my sisters to school almost daily. She was born in 1912, so by the time we were schoolage, she was already in her 70’s, and yet almost every day she’d leave her house to walk us to school. Nana used to tell the most incredible stories, I’m sure that my passion for stories comes from her. I’d lay in her bed and she’d tell these elaborate stories, most of them probably far too elicit for the child in me to be digesting, but it was her candid nature that made them so interesting. She told me once that The Honorable Elijah Muhammad hit on her while she worked at a numbers spot on 139th and 8th Avenue. She said he was a short man that spoke funny. I was maybe 10 when she told me this. Her pancakes were legendary, I’ve yet to taste better. Nana worked for almost 30 years for the Schiff family in Sheepshead Bay. The Schiff’s owned a couple of furniture stores and they had

a large Victorian-style house out near the water. Sometimes I’d go with Nana to her job. We’d take the B44 bus all the way to the last stop and then walk for what seemed like forever just to get to their house. I’d sit in the kitchen and eat pancakes while Nana cleaned their whole house. I remember her saying that they used to pay her $125 per week. When she finally retired from working for them, they gave her a card with a check in it. The check was for $500.Thirty (30) years of cleaning their home and her retirement gift was equal to one month’s pay. The first time that I ever stepped foot into Magnolia Tree Earth Center was a few years ago. I was invited to a meeting unrelated to the organization itself. I remember walking in and seeing the giant picture of an older lady smiling at me. She was beautiful. She reminded me of my grandmothers. Last year, I worked on Project Green, a community and educational outreach project implemented by MTEC and created by OTP Senior Advisor Bernice Green. Through that connection and through the work, I began to learn about the organization and its founder, Hattie Carthan, who was from Portsmouth, Virginia like Mum-Mum. She lived on the kind of block I was raised on. When that block started losing trees, Hattie decided to do something about it. First, she started replanting trees in her community. Then she created the Tree Corps to teach young people to care for the trees. Then she became the Chairman for the Bed-Stuy Beautification Committee, bringing together

100 Block Associations from all over the borough to plant 1,500 trees. She founded the Magnolia Tree Earth Center from a sense of community, wanting for the children that ran up and down her block to have a place where they could learn about trees and plants and the earth, so that after she was gone we wouldn’t have to go without knowing. Like my Nana, Hattie sacrificed so much of her time and energy to make sure that her community had what it needed. Magnolia Tree Earth Center isn’t the product of deep pockets and old money. It is the product of an old woman who recognized a need and worked to fulfill it. I recently became the Executive Director of Magnolia Tree Earth Center and my decision to take on this role and the responsibilities that come with it stems from how I feel about women like Hattie Carthan. Black women have nurtured our communities since the beginning of time, educating our children, loving and honoring our men, speaking our truth to power. Most times our women do this at the expense of their own dreams and lives. Both of my grandmothers spent their lives working to instill in me the knowledge and the passion necessary to be successful at whatever I put my mind to. Hattie was doing the same thing, pouring into the children in her community with the knowledge and the passion necessary. Those of us who were raised in this community owe it to Hattie to continue her service and to be a living reflection of her legacy. She deserves that. My grandmothers deserve that.


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Urban Ecology

THE NEW ACTIVISTS: Brooklyn’s Inspired Urban Ecology Leaders are Growing Gardens, Trees, Earth Centers and More

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attie Carthan passed April 23, 1984. This week marks the anniversary of her transitioning, and there’s the thought that because of her work, hundreds of trees grow in an area of Brooklyn where there once was blight. The caretakers of her legacy today are young people who are committed with the same fervency, keeping the light on her history and contributions to the field of urban ecology, agriculture and environmental sciences and careers. They are working on different pathways but with the same goals. That work is bringing STEM knowledge to thousands of families and children in the neighborhood and beyond. Children are planting trees, tending gardens, being introduced to urban agriculture and making earth connections.

Sawdayah Brownlee

OTP (Bernice Elizabeth Green): What were the steps you took to your rise as a BQLT Board Member? DR: Upon graduating from Howard University in 2011 with a BA in Africana Studies, I discovered a need to cultivate myself in the science and art of growing plants for self-determination. From 2015-2018, I served as the Director of Youth Programming at The Youth Farm in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and as a teaching artist for the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts. At MoCADA, I facilitated art projects in the theme of agriculture. I continue to work in my community for land & food sovereignty and community maintenance as a board member for BQLT and a Program Associate of racial justice-centered arts programming at DreamYard Project in the Bronx.  OTP: What do you see as the work that’s needed to keep our gardens alive and what are you doing to contribute to this effort? DR: Our gardens are cultural institutions and a cultural institution cannot thrive without intergenerational relationships.

Many of our city’s community gardens were founded by people trying to maintain their culture (their ways of knowing and being, their food ways, etc.). Gardens have done the work of conserving many different cultures, but are in need of younger membership to be in conversation about their goals, lifestyles, needs, desires and how gardens can respond to those things. OTP: Is there other work to be done? DR: Culture cannot be preserved, passed on and grown to new levels without open space, of which has not been easy to come by and hold on to. Also, I have worked with folks from ages 3 to 21 in many programs throughout the city. In these programs, gardening has always been built-in, allowing me a chance to facilitate conversation between community members that may not have met each other elsewhere. OTP: How are your messages reaching the grassroots? DR: Gardeners have a strong history of activism and self-determination. Passing on this spirit to younger generations is tantamount to our survival. BQLT continues to partner with schools and other CBOs to reactivate a love of the earth in our youth but also work together on affecting change within public policy to ensure gardens’ sustainability.

Domica Roberts

OTP: How did your interest in plant life at home lead to agriculture? Domica Roberts: A representative from a program called East New York Farms, based in Brooklyn, visited my high school and presented about the internship and the opportunities that were possible. My interest in urban farming developed. Through this program, I became fond of gardening, urban agriculture, intergenerational relations, food justice and advocacy, community involvement and eating healthier, not only for myself, but for my family as well. OTP: Did your involvement in those areas lead you to the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust?

Domica Roberts is Program Associate of the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust organization. In describing her early interest in botany, she told us, “I was always surrounded by plant life in my home growing up.” DR: I became an intern to other organizations doing similar work, I was exposed to an even larger world of urban agriculture and food justice, and developed a stronger sense of responsibility towards doing my part to advocate for and communicate the importance of green spaces, not only for food, but for general wellbeing. OTP: What happened next?

Brooklyn Queens Land Trust women, including, left to right, Sawdayah Brownlee, Dorothy Mills, Moriba Jackson and Domica Roberts, welcomed Spring early at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens' Magnolia Plaza, home to the Hattie Carthan Tree, in center. Photo: David Greaves

DR: The summer of 2017, I officially joined the BQLT team, and have since been continuing work supporting community gardens while attending CUNY City College of New York for a BA in Digital Design. OTP: What do you see as the work that’s needed to keep our gardens alive and blooming, and what have you done — are doing — to contribute to this effort? DR: There is so much to be done to protect our gardens. People must understand the value of green space, how it affects your mental health and how it is not only beneficial to a few, but to many. Shiny, new skyscrapers are not the direction we need to go in, but frankly, I’m sure no one even wants them, either. However, standing around and hoping the few protesters that do actively fight these developments and zoning changes will be enough, will never stop, nor even slow down the process. The benefits of having green spaces not only include huge parks; they are numerous, and there is a priceless value that comes with it. OTP: In what ways can residents be active in this movement? DR: This city is ours as people, and we need to take ownership of it before it is too late. I have signed petitions against zoning changes, I have shared info about green movements whenever I come across news, and I have supported community gardens however I can since I was in high school, but the job is not done, nor will it be easy to get finished. BG (Our Time Press continues The New Activists, next week, featuring BQLT’s Dorothy Mills and Moriba Jackson.)


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“This is not a spa experience. This is something of medicinal value to help you through that stress that you’re feeling from work, from your relationship, from your finances, when you feel like you’re about to explode.”

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he last decade has seen a robust period of growth and development for the Tompkins Avenue Corridor. Once an underserved strip anchored by liquor stores and abandoned storefronts, Tompkins Avenue has become a vibrant reflection of the community that the corridor serves: diverse, social, eclectic. So then, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise when you realize that one of the more popular establishments in the neighborhood isn’t some beer garden or franchise restaurant. The place with the biggest smiling faces out in front happens to be a massage clinic. I mean, an apothecary. I mean, an acupuncture clinic. Life Wellness Center is all of those things, but most importantly, it has become a haven of serenity for the neighborhood. When you approach the establishment, you’re met with the lush greenery of plants positioned in such a way that you must first enter into their space before you go into the center. Once inside, you come upon a literal catalogue of all things holistic: powders, solutions, teas, books. The greenery is the theme throughout, robust colors presenting themselves to you through the borders of lush plant life. And then, there are the smiles. Everyone is smiling. Stress and worry cannot live in this place, the environment won’t allow for it. The largest, most beautiful smile in the center belongs to co-owner Khadijah Tutor. For Khadijah, and her life partner Ade Collman, Life Wellness Center is the culmination of a lifetime of work in the field of restorative healing and therapeutic massage. “We’ve been open for 2½ years.

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Ade has been practicing for over 30 years. I’ve been practicing for about 10 years. We have worked on everybody, every walk of life, every socioeconomic background, but we wanted something where we lived. We have a very large blended family of 8 children. When we looked around in our neighborhood, we saw it shifting quick. I remember telling him that if we didn’t try to get something commercial-space-wise, we were already priced-out house-wise, and we wouldn’t be able to afford something commercial either. So, Tremaine Wright used to own the coffee shop here, one of my sons used to work here, and I used to study massage therapy in a corner right by the corner window. I wanted a space that felt like community, the way that Common Grounds felt. We were looking all over the place and nothing felt right. “One day I saw Tremaine and she said that I should come by and see the space, maybe I’d want to rent it. I came in and immediately was like, of course! This is it! It just felt right. We put our all into the business and transformed the space. The goal was that when Black and Brown folk walked in they felt respected, that they felt healed from the moment they walked in; from the scent, from how the place looked, from the music, even down to how they were greeted. We are happy that you are here. That in and of itself, that respect brings a trust. And then the kind of work that we are offering, it isn’t just massaging you. It’s about what’s happening with you. It’s very pinpoint, very technical, but very intuitive.” Placing a wellness center in the middle of a Black community is a

By Marlon Rice

Khadijah Tutor (center) and Ade Collman, (left), owners of the Life Wellness Center, with Marlon Rice at right. bold idea. The services are most certainly needed, but would the community support the business? Khadijah says the reception has been excellent. “It’s really been amazing. We already had a strong foundation because of the timeframe that Ade has been working, that I’ve been working. People have really been supportive. But it’s been amazing. We have had everyone from state senators to people on the block. Senator Kevin Parker comes here. Lisa Price from Carol’s Daughter is one of our clients. And so is Pee-wee from across the street. And everybody is treated the same way.” One of the best parts about the Life Wellness Center are the conversations. My massage therapist Alia was wonderfully intuitive. She

asked all of the right questions, she explained her work and the process, she probed to find out more about my life and my therapeutic needs. And for Khadijah, the conversations are part of the business model. “We make health and wellness a common conversation. Ade is a Black man with children and responsibilities that come with stress. I am a Black mother with a bunch of children that come with responsibilities and stress. So, I can understand when people say they don’t have time for themselves. This is not a spa experience. This is something of medicinal value to help you through that stress that you’re feeling from work, from your relationship, from your finances, when you feel like you’re about to explode. “Energy stays in your body. If

you’re having neck pain or back pain, then it is a sign that something is wrong. Touch, in itself, is healing, but we are empowering people to understand that something is happening in their body, the awareness that your body is not moving the way it’s supposed to be moving, you’re not breathing the way you’re supposed to be breathing, or you’re not eating the way that you’re supposed to be eating to really fulfill a balanced life so that you can show up in life whole.” A place of peace set in the middle of a bustling, ever-growing neighborhood. Life Wellness Center provides the serenity needed to keep you forever present in your body. And after a visit, you will understand why everyone in the place is smiling.


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By Eddie Castro

Beckham, Jr. This, of course, raised a lot of eyebrows and left many questions for Giants fans as to just what General Manager Dave Gettleman is going to do to get the Giants back to winning games once again. As the draft approaches, there are many needs “Big Blue” needs to address. The question is, just what will the team do with the No. 6 overall pick? After all, quarterback Eli Manning is approaching the end of his career so the logical pick would be to select Ohio States’ Dwayne Haskins, right? There has not been any talks from the team as far as selecting a quarterback goes, however, now is the time to start thinking about Manning’s potential successor. As far as “Gang Green,” they made sure they used their free agent money wisely by signing a few defensive players and signing the biggest fish in the free agent class when they were able to reel in former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell. Bell, 27, gives young quarterback Sam Darnold

LEGAL NOTICES ➔➔ Continued from page 8 this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the

another weapon on offense he so desperately needs. The Jets have the No. 3 overall pick and they could ultimately make the draft quite interesting should they be able to strike a deal and trade the pick for perhaps a more experienced-yet-high-profile player to add to their roster. Although the team paid big money for linebacker C.J. Moseley, this draft class is a defensive-friendly kind of class so I would say despite needing more on offense they will turn to defense if they keep the pick. The Jets need a pass rusher with Muhammad Wilkerson long gone and Leonard Williams’ future with the team up in the air, the team will hope to land Kentucky’s Josh Allen. This will, for sure, be one of the most interesting drafts in sometime. For myself and for the Our Time Press universe, we can only hope that whatever the two New York football teams do in the draft, it will finally bring some buzz to New York football as a whole.

above captioned action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure $300,000.00 and interest, recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the County of KINGS on November 14, 2006, in CRFN 2006000631210, covering premises known as 1241 East 103 Street, Brooklyn, NY 11236. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If

you do not respond to this Summons and Complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the Mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the Summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your Mortgage company will not stop

this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: Bayshore, New York April 12, 2019 By: Linda P. Manfredi, Esq. Frenkel, Lambert, Weiss, Weisman & Gordon, LLP Attorneys for Plaintiff 53 Gibson Street Bay Shore, ➔➔ Continued on page 10


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LEGAL NOTICES ➔➔ Continued from page 9 New York 11706 (631) 969-3100 Our File No.:01-088469-F00 SUPREME COURT – COUNTY OF KINGS U.S. BANK TRUST, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR LSF9 MASTER PARTICIPATION TRUST, Plaintiff against RICHARD BUCKHEIT, ESQ. AS PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR OF KINGS COUNTY ON BEHALF OF THE ESTATE OF GREGORY BISCOMBE, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on January 17, 2018. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction in Room 224 of the Kings County Courthouse, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. on the 30th day of May, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. premises described as follows: All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York. Said premises known as 40 Weirfield Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11207. (Block: 3401, Lot: 24) Approximate amount of lien $ 723,250.09 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 6482-08. Angelique Moreno, Esq., Referee. Stern & Eisenberg, PC Attorney(s) for Plaintiff Woodbridge Corporate Plaza 485 B Route 1 South – Suite 330 Iselin, NJ 08830 (732) 582-6344 *For sale information, please visit www.auction.com or call 800-280-2832* NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT KINGS COUNTY WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, D/B/A CHRISTINA TRUST, NOT INDIVIDUALLY BUT AS TRUSTEE FOR HILLDALE TRUST, Plaintiff against LIGAYA A. MUSA, et al Defendants Attorney for Plaintiff(s) Schiller, Knapp, Lefkowitz & Hertzel, LLP, 200 John James Audubon Parkway, Suite 202, Amherst, NY 14228 Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered March 26, 2019, I will sell at public auction to the highest bidder at Room 224 of Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11201 on May 30, 2019 at 2:30 PM. Premises known as 3038 Brighton 7th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11235. Block 8676 Lot 58. The land referred to herein below is situated in the County of Kings, City of Brooklyn, State of New York. Approximate Amount of Judgment is $68,452.78 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index No 513675/2016. For sale information, please visit www.Auction.com or call (800) 2802832. Leo Salzman, Esq., Referee 16-09672 NOTICE OF A LOST PASSPORT, I am Paulo Muwanga a Tanzanian National announcing the loss of my Passport with number AB344771, if found you can call me at 9292910065 or send it my mail to 1131 Hancock Street, Brooklyn NY 11221 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF KINGS SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS AND NOTICE Index No. 507548/2018 Date Filed: 4/12/2019 HSBC Bank USA, National Association, as Trustee, in trust for the registered holders of ACE Securities Corp. Home Equity Loan Trust, Series 2007-WM1, Asset Backed Pass-Through Certificates, Plaintiff, -against- Maria Miranda, if she be living or dead, her spouse, heirs, devisees, distributees and successors in interest, all of whom and whose names and places of residence are unknown to Plaintiff, Juan Rios, if he be living or dead, his spouse, heirs, devisees,

distributees and successors in interest, all of whom and whose names and places of residence are unknown to Plaintiff; Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation; The Provident Bank (Of Cincinnati, Ohio); Department of Housing Preservation and Development; New York State Department of Taxation and Finance; Criminal Court of the City of New York; City of New York Environmental Control Board; City of New York Parking Violations Bureau; City of New York Transit Adjudication Bureau; State of New York and “JOHN DOE”, said name being fictitious, it being the intention of Plaintiff to designate any and all occupants of premises being foreclosed herein, and any parties, corporations or entities, if any, having or claiming an interest or lien upon the mortgaged premises, Defendants. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 97 Vermont Street, Brooklyn, NY 11207 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or a notice of appearance on the attorneys for the Plaintiff within twenty (20) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the days of service, or within thirty (30) days after service is complete if the summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York. The United States of America, if designated as a defendant in this action, may appear within sixty (60) days of service hereof. In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Hon. Noach Dear, a Justice of the Supreme Court, Kings County, entered April 9, 2019 and filed with the complaint and other papers in the Kings County Clerk’s Office. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure $496,000.00 and interest, recorded in the Kings County Office of the City Register on September 18, 2006, in CRFN 2006000523822 covering premises known as 97 Vermont Street, Brooklyn, NY 11207 a/k/a Block 3662, Lot 1. Further, to secure the cancellation and discharge of (2) mortgages recorded in the Kings County Office of the City Register on December 30, 2002 in. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. Plaintiff designates Kings County as the place of trial. Venue is based upon the County in which the mortgaged premises is situated. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE MORTGAGE COMPANY WHO FILED THIS FORECLOSURE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT, A DEFAULT JUDGMENT MAY BE ENTERED AND YOU CAN LOSE YOUR HOME. SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY OR GO TO THE COURT WHERE YOUR CASE IS PENDING FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON HOW TO ANSWER THE SUMMONS AND PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY. SENDING A PAYMENT TO YOUR MORTGAGE COMPANY WILL NOT STOP THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER w1TH THE COURT. Dated: Jan. 23, 2019 Frank M. Cassara, Esq. Senior Associate Attorney SHAPIRO, DICARO & BARAK, LLC Attorneys for Plaintiff 175 Mile

Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (585) 247-9000 Fax: (585) 247-7380 Our File No. 11-013180 #96892 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK - COUNTY OF KINGS DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE REGISTERED HOLDERS OF MORGAN STANLEY ABS CAPITAL I INC. TRUST 2007-HE6 MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-HE6, V. BRIDGETTE STEWART, ET AL. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated January 28, 2016, and entered in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Kings, wherein DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE REGISTERED HOLDERS OF MORGAN STANLEY ABS CAPITAL I INC. TRUST 2007-HE6 MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-HE6 is the Plaintiff and BRIDGETTE STEWART, ET AL. are the Defendants. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the KINGS COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 360 ADAMS STREET ROOM 224, BROOKLYN, NY 11201, on May 23, 2019 at 2:30 PM, premises known as 2276A ATLANTIC AVE, BROOKLYN, NY 11233: Block 1435, Lot 17: ALL THAT CERTAIN PLOT, PIECE OR PARCEL OF LAND WITH THE BUILDINGS AND IMPROVEMENTS THEREON ERECTED, SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN THE BOROUGH OF BROOKLYN, COUNTY OF KINGS, CITY AND STATE OF NEW YORK Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 4882/2008. ERIC ADAM GOLDBERG, Esq. - Referee. RAS Boriskin, LLC 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, New York 11590, Attorneys for Plaintiff. REFEREE’S NOTICE OF SALE IN FORECLOSURE SUPREME COURT – COUNTY OF KINGS THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF THE CWABS, INC. ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-9, Plaintiff – against – SADIQUE MALIK, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on February 27, 2019. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Room 224, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York on the 16th Day of May, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York. Premises known as 100 19th Avenue, Brooklyn, (City of New York) NY 11232. (Block: 8284, Lot: 102) Approximate amount of lien $855,815.71 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 504836/2014. Philip L. Kamaras, Esq., Referee. Davidson Fink LLP Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 28 East Main Street, Suite 1700 Rochester, NY 14614-1990 Tel. 585/760-8218 For sale information, please visit Auction.com at www.Auction. com or call (800) 280-2832 Dated: March 12, 2019 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS JPMorgan Chase Bank, N. A., Plaintiff AGAINST Alexis Camacho; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated March 18, 2019 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams

VOL. 23 NO. 17 Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on May 16, 2019 at 2:30PM, premises known as 1019 Sutter Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11208. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of NY, Block 4035 Lot 30. Approximate amount of judgment $62,922.15 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 511047/2016. Betty Lugo, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 430-4792 Dated: April 3, 2019 62490 NOTICE OF SALE Supreme Court County Of Kings US Bank National Association, as Trustee for CSMC M o r t ga g e - B a c ke d Pa s s - T h r o u g h Certificates, Series 2006-7, Plaintiff AGAINST Jack Esses, Laurie Esses, et al, Defendant Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated 1/11/19 and entered on 1/23/19, I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY on May 16, 2019 at 02:30 PM premises known as 504 Avenue N, Brooklyn, NY 11230. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the County of Kings, City and State of New York, BLOCK: 6587, LOT: 4. Approximate amount of judgment is $1,345,974.81 plus interests and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 13335/2009. Philip Kamaras, Referee FRENKEL LAMBERT WEISS WEISMAN & GORDON LLP 53 Gibson Street Bay Shore, NY 11706 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff AGAINST Anasha Howard and Samuel Howard, et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated November 30, 2017 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Room 224 of Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201, on May 16, 2019 at 2:30PM, premises known as 432 EAST 48TH STREET, BROOKLYN, NY 11203. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, BLOCK 4695, LOT 13. Approximate amount of judgment $322,559.41 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment for Index# 2600/2010. Mark A. Longo, Esq., Referee Gross Polowy, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff 1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 100 Williamsville, NY 14221 62521 SUPREME COURT – COUNTY OF KINGS WATERFALL VICTORIA MASTER FUND, LTD, Plaintiff against JOSEPH DANTICA; MENDY DANTICA, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on July 26, 2018. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction in Room 224 of the Kings County Courthouse, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. on the 16th day of May, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. premises described as follows: All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York. Said premises known as 2012 Ralph Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11234. (Block: 7807, Lot: 52). Approximate amount of lien $ 848,016.92 ➔➔ Continued on page 11


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hite House Senior Advisor (and Donald Trump son-inlaw) Jared Kushner never stopped communicating with – and has resumed spending time with – young Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman. This, in the aftermath of the horrendous murder of Jamal Khasoggi, a dissident Saudi native and a columnist for the Washington Post. What’s now been brought to light via his own statements, however, is that despite the official White House position on the killing, Kushner is going along with the U.S. Special Intelligence assessment that the murder of Khashoggi was ordered by bin Salman. “Look, I’m not going to dispute American intelligence services’ recommendations,” said Kushner at a TIME Magazine 100 event on Tuesday. “I’m also not going to talk about anything intelligence-related. Calling Khashoggi’s murder “a terrible thing” Kushner said he had advised bin Salman to be “as transparent as possible and that obviously we have to make sure there’s accountability for what happened.” Khashoggi was captured on videotape in Istanbul on October 2nd of last year entering the Saudi consulate there. He had arrived

LEGAL NOTICES ➔➔ Continued from page 10 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 510397-14. Mark A. Longo, Esq., Referee. Stern & Eisenberg, PC Attorney(s) for Plaintiff Woodbridge Corporate Plaza 485 B Route 1 South – Suite 330 Iselin, NJ 08830 (732) 582-6344 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS, WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, DOING BUSINESS AS CHRISTIANA TRUST, NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, BUT SOLEY AS LEGAL TITLE TRUSTEE FOR BRONZE CREEK TITLE TRUST 2013-NPL1, Plaintiff, vs. FREDERICK H. TOWNSEND, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly filed on May 8, 2009, a Decision and Order duly filed September 17, 2018, and a Request for Judicial Determination Concerning Dismissal Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. section 521(i) duly filed March 5, 2019, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, Room 224, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY on May 16, 2019 at 2:30 p.m., premises known as 662 Georgia Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, Block 4296 and Lot 20. Approximate amount of judgment is $431,660.27 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 33873/07. Helene Blank, Esq., Referee Knuckles, Komosinski & Manfro, LLP, 565 Taxter Road, Suite 590, Elmsford, NY 10523, Attorneys for Plaintiff Cash will not be accepted. NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, as Trustee for

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to get papers needed for his wedding to his bride-to-be, Hatice Cengis, a doctoral student there. A team described as “special forces,” including one man carrying a bone saw, tortured and dismembered Khashoggi before killing him. They then had a man leave the consulate wearing his clothes to have that image on security cameras and throw local authorities off the scent. “Our love and our dreams of a new life together brought him from Washington to Istanbul, to get the required documents for our marriage,” said Cengis in a piece she wrote for the New York Times on what would have been her beloved’s birthday. “The hope of spending the rest of our lives together happily motivated Jamal to walk into the Saudi consulate building on that fateful afternoon.” In February, for the first time since Khashoggi’s murder, Kushner met with bin Salman in Riyadh in a closed-door meeting in the Saudi capital city. According to a White House statement no mention of Khashoggi was made during the meeting. Neither were the two said to have talked about the genocidal war in Yemen, led by the Saudis and backed by the United States. Instead, “increasing cooperation” between

CWABS, Inc. Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2003-5, Plaintiff AGAINST Keith Adrian; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated November 20, 2017 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on May 2, 2019 at 2:30PM, premises known as 105-23 Flatlands 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11236. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of NY, Block 8251 Lot 73. Approximate amount of judgment $487,170.91 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 511293/2015. Dana L. Jenkins, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 430-4792 Dated: March 25, 2019 62262 NOTICE OF SALE Supreme Court County Of Kings PennyMac Corp., Plaintiff AGAINST Ceaser Anthony Jr., a/k/a Caeser Anthony, Ceaser Anthony and Annia Mae Anthony as Trustees of the Living Trust of Ceaser Anthony, Jr. and Annia Anthony, et al, Defendant Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated 2/19/2019 and entered on 2/27/2019, I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY on May 02, 2019 at 02:30 PM premises known as 531 Van Siclen Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the County of Kings, City and State of New York, BLOCK: 4074, LOT: 8. Approximate amount of judgment is $533,909.72 plus interests and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 501103/2013. Vasilios Angelos, Referee FRENKEL LAMBERT WEISS WEISMAN & GORDON LLP 53 Gibson Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706.

the U.S. and Saudi Arabia was said to have been the objective of the meeting. Kushner was granted a security clearance by the Trump Administration, overriding the decision made by top-level security personnel responsible for issuing them. Reasons for the denial were Kushner’s murky business dealings and the fact that he lied in several places on the clearance application, having to repeatedly submit it. This week Congressman Elijah Cummings, chair of the House Oversight Committee, said he’ll hold a vote as to whether or not to hold Carl Kline, former White House Personnel Security Director in contempt for failing to appear after being subpoenaed to a deposition about security clearances. This, after Cummings’ request to the White House for information about how Kushner’s clearance was granted, was rebuffed. His request was met with a reply from White House counsel Pat Cipollone, stating the matter was “a discretionary function that belongs exclusively to the Executive Branch.” Having visited bin Salman previously, Kushner is said to have stayed at his home a few weeks after Khashoggi’s murder. But it appears he may now feel the need

Congressman Elijah Cummings, chair of the House Oversight Committee. to distance himself from the official White House stance, which professes skepticism over bin Salman’s involvement. After all, even staunch Republicans condemned the killing. “I think he’s [bin Salman] complicit to the highest level possible,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham last fall. “There’s not a smoking gun. There’s a smoking saw.”

Tribute to Don Rojas ➔➔ Continued from page 2 about Don’s leadership in the reparations and racial justice movements. “I will always remember his unequivocal dedication to the liberation struggle as a member of the Black United Front,” said Rev. Daughtry. “It was during this period that his communication skills were indispensable.” A ONE DAY SPECIAL!  Black Classic Press will donate to the Don Rojas Medical Fund Campaign. Proceeds from the sale of any books in its online catalogue on Friday, May 10, 2019, between the hours of 10:00 am-10:00 pm. www. BlackClassicBooks.com You must use code 51019 at checkout for sale to be credited to the Rojas campaign.  Samples include titles by Walter Mosley, John Henrik Clarke & Yosef BenJochannan as well as reissuing significant works by Amiri Baraka, Larry Neal, W.E.B. DuBois, Edward Blyden, Bobby Seale, J.A. Rogers and others. Stock up

on Black Books while helping Don Rojas in the “Fight for his Life.” The assembled speakers are reflective of Don’s long and productive journalistic  and public communications  journey, including: stints as Press Secretary to the late Prime Minister Maurice Bishop of Grenada; he served as the NAACP›s first Director of Communications, Executive Editor of the New York Amsterdam News, consultant to the National Council of Churches, Director of Communications and International Relations for the Institute of the Black World, 21st  Century,  and The Black World Today, an online publication he conceived and helmed. An ensemble led by Ahmed Abdullah and poetry/rap by Talib Kweli are additional highlights of the evening. The event is Saturday, May 11 from 4 to 7 pm and open to the public at House of the Lord Church, which is located at 415 Atlantic Avenue and Bond St. (Take the A train to Hoyt/Schermerhorn).  For additional information call 718-596-1991. 


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Correction: Roots of History The late Hattie Carthan, the great urban ecology education visionary, who passed April 23, 1984, was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, September 1901. The date of her transition in last week’s calendar was incorrect. But we republish this portrait of Carthan (far right) and the late Earth Stewardess Mama Leah (seated) as a tribute to April 26th, Arbor Day, a day America salutes trees. Ms. Carthan, a Vernon Avenue resident of Bedford Stuyvesant, was responsible for organizing 100 Brooklyn block associations to plant 1500 trees – sycamores, lindens and others – during the 1960’s. In 2010, Mama Leah taught young children how to make Spirit Sticks from twigs that had fallen from some of Hattie’s trees. The trees had been planted in and around Herbert Von King Park – located directly across the street from the Magnolia Tree Earth Center of Bedford Stuyvesant, which Mrs. Carthan founded nearly 50 years ago.

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MTEC’s Day of Stewardship & Service has been rescheduled for a day in June near the Summer Solstice when its Magnolia Grandiflora should be in full bloom. Accordingly, the opening of Griot Eye II: From These Roots, a

display of photos from recently discovered albums is postponed to that time.

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