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CNY Vision Week of February 21 - 27, 2013

CNY Vision Week of February 21 - 27, 2013

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Local, national news and features serving the African-American community in Syracuse, NY
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1www.cnyvision.com|
 
february 21 - 27
|
2013
 
 www.cnyvision.com Without a Vision The People Perish
 vision 
 
cny 
syracuse
ny
vol.
3
no.
49
february 21 - 27
2013
cover
P6
LOCAL
P4
Mayor announces votingbegins in bloombergchallenge
state
P7
is ny’s $7.25 per hourunlivable?civil rights leadersapplaud obama’s newinitiative
national
P8
Bill Introduced—Again—to Honor
Harriet Tubman
and Underground
Railroad
 
2www.cnyvision.com|
 
february 21 - 27 
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2013
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CNY Vision is a publication of Minor-ity Reporter, Inc. We are a family of publications and other media formatscommitted to fostering self awareness,building community and empoweringpeople of color to reach their greatestpotential. Further, CNY Vision seeksto present a balanced view of relevantissues, utilizing its resources to buildbridges among diverse populations;taking them from information to under-standing.CNY Vision reserves the right to edit or reject content submitted.The opinions expressed are not nec-essarily those of the publisher.CNY Vision does not assume respon-sibility concerning advertisers, their po-sitions, practices, services or products;nor does the publication of advertise-ments constitute or imply endorse-ment.Deadline for all copy is Tuesday atnoon. CNY Vision invites news and storysuggestions from readers.Call 315-849-2461or emailinfo@cnyvision.com
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6 - 7• Bill introduced--again--to honor HarrietTubman and Underground Railroad
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P 4• Mayor announces voting begins inBloomberg Challenge• Robinson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award in Albany
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P 5Is New York’s $7.25 per hour minimumwage unlivable?• SUNY Union, NY State reach tentativecontract deal• Thousands of New Yorkers share $1.8Bin mortgage relief 
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P 8• Civil rights leaders applaud Obama’snew initiative
{OPINIONS/EDITORIAL
P 10-11• Emmitt Till’s family is rightfully angry atLil’ Wayne’s blatant disrespect 
By Dr. Boyce Watkins
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By Danielle Frazer 
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1www.cnyvision.com|
february21-27
|
2013
 
 www.cnyvision.com Without aVisionThePeoplePerish
 
 vision 
 
cny 
syracuse
ny
vol.
3
no.
49
february21-27
2013
cover
P6
LOCAL
P4
Mayor announces votingbegins inbloombergchallenge
state
P7
is ny’s $7.25 per hourunlivable?civilrights leadersapplaudobama’s newinitiative
national
P8
Bill Introduced—Again—to Honor
Harriet Tubman
andUnderground
Railroad
 vision 
 
cny 
without a
 
visionTHE
 
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A decade beforeRosa Parks’ arrestfor refusing togive up her seaton a Montgomery,Alabama bus, policedragged BayardRusn o a bus inTennessee for thesame act of protest.When pressed aboutwhy he was resisngsegregaon, Rusngestured to a youngwhite boy seated atthe front of the bus.“If I sit in the back,Rusn said, “I amdepriving that childof the knowledgethat there is injuscehere, which I believeis his right to know.”Bayard Rusn, an oen unsung heroof the civil rights movement, spenthis enre life exposing injusce inour naon. Even before he servedas lead organizer of the 1963 Marchon Washington where Dr. MarnLuther King, Jr. declared his dream,Rusn was labeled a Communist anda radical by the government. Whenhe traveled to the segregated Southduring the rst-ever Freedom Rides,he experienced a barrage of racialslurs and violence.But in America, in the 1950s and 60s,no label stuck to Bayard Rusn quitelike “homosexual.” As an openly gayman, Rusn was aacked by everyone- Congressmen and acvists, blackand white - simply for living openly.Yet, at a me when few others would,Rusn proudly wore that label.To Bayard Rusn, ghng for hisequality as a black man, while leavinghis identy as a gay man unspoken,would have been an unthinkablebetrayal. It was his rm belief thatsilence about either identy meant heaccepted the system of discriminaonthat allowed hatred about both topersist.Long before it was easy or safe,Rusn was movated to live openly.He could have hidden the fact thathe was gay. When confronted aboutit, he could have lied - that’s whateveryone did in those days. ButBayard Rusn was exceponal. Helived openly because to do otherwisewould be a missed opportunity inexposing the injusce and intolerancethat he, along with other membersof the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual,and Transgender communiesexperienced.Despite a lifeme lived in serviceto jusce and nonviolence, Rusn’slegacy was marginalized by hissexuality. His 1987New York Timesobituary demonstrated the evasivelanguage about LGBT people thatwas all too common in the media justa few short years ago. The obituaryskirted the topic of his being gayand referred to his longme partnerby euphemism only. Even today, hisname is not nearly as well known asthe other greats of the Civil Rightsmovement.As America connues to celebrateBlack History Month and as we visitthe state of equality and juscein America during this historicanniversary year for the ght forequality,we should not forget trailblazers likeRusn. Like Rusn’s, let us upli thestories of LGBT African-Americanswho felt and sll feel the burdensof discriminaon -- those whosevery lives illustrate the insistent factthat the ght to treat all peopleequally is both this country’s greatestaccomplishment and its greatestunnished obligaon.Today, the Naonal Associaonfor the Advancement of ColoredPeople, the naon’s oldest civil rightsorganizaon, and the Human RightsCampaign, the naon’s largest LGBTcivil rights organizaon, are proud towork together toward equality. Andwe’re proud that President BarackObama used his second inauguraladdress to link the Civil Rightsmovement and the LGBT Equalitymovement just last month. But longbefore a president like Barack Obamawas even possible, Bayard Rusnwas preaching an equal future. Weshouldn’t forget his sacrice, and thegreatest tribute to his legacy would beto nish his work.
---------------------------------Benjamin Todd Jealous is president/ CEO of the NAACP and Chad Grin is president of the HumanRights Council. This arcle - theseventh of a 20-part series - iswrien in commemoraon of the50th Anniversary of the Lawyers’ Commiee for Civil Rights Under Law. The Lawyers’ Commiee is anonparsan, nonprot organizaon, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar’s leadership and resourcesin combang racial discriminaon and the resulng inequality of opportunity - work that connues to be vital today. For more informaon, pleasevisit www.lawyerscommiee.org.
The State of Equality and Justice in America:
 
“Bayard Rustin: An Unsung Hero for Equality”
BEN JEALOUSchad griffin
OPINION/EDITORIAL

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