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Bill Clinton campaigns in NY congressional races
By Carolyn Thompson ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) _ Former President Bill Clinton talked health care and taxes at two upstate New York rallies Friday, helping out fellow Democrats in close congressional races. Taking the stage in cities that were frequent stops of his wife while she was a New York senator, Clinton said Hillary Rodham Clinton has been staying out of campaigns. But he said she called him early Friday before his trip, where he endorsed congresswoman Louise Slaughter and Kathy Hochul. ``She said, `Bill, tell them I love them up there,’’’ he said to kick off a rally with about 3,000 people at the Rochester Main Street Armory. Flanked by the two western New York congresswomen as he took the podium, Clinton grabbed a hand of each and raised them overhead to enthusiastic applause. He said the real opponent of each woman was Republican strategist Karl Rove, whose American Crossroads super PAC last week announced a three-week, $8.1 million broadcast campaign in 11 House districts, including in New York. He praised Slaughter for ``bringing job-specific projects’’ to her district. Hochul, he said, has proven her willingness to work across party lines. Hochul, elected in a special election a year ago in a Republican-leaning district, has campaigned as an independent voice in Washington who has often voted against President Barack Obama’s administration. She’s being challenged by former Erie County Executive Chris Collins in the 27th District. ``If you want someone who can get something done, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, you’ve got to elect Kathy Hochul to Congress,’’ Clinton said. Slaughter is being challenged by Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks in the neighboring 25th District. In Rochester, Clinton took aim at critics who’ve remarked about Slaughter’s age, 83, and a fall in April in which she broke her leg. ``You don’t vote with your leg. You vote with your brain and your heart,’’ Clinton said. ``There’s never a day where there’s anything wrong with her
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced he plans to hold a rally in support of Hickey Freeman workers in Rochester concerned about losing their jobs.
Hickey Freeman, a company owned by HMX Acquisition Corp, filed for bankruptcy protection Friday. Sources say the company also filed papers notifying the U.S. Department of Labor of potentially closing their Rochester plant in December and laying off 431 people. Senator Schumer says he wants to ensure that if there is a new owner of Hickey Freeman, they will commit to maintaining the Rochester plant and securing the jobs.
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Mayor Richards Lauds Community’s Homelessness and Affordable Housing Efforts
(Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012) – Helping the homeless and keeping housing available for all requires a team effort. The region excels in these areas and as winter approaches, Mayor Thomas S. Richards invited leaders of Rochester’s human service agencies to City Hall last week to thank them and acknowledge the work they do for the area’s homeless. “Because of the outstanding cooperation among local governments and various human service agencies, the Rochester region does not have the scope of foreclosures and homelessness that other regions suffer,” said Mayor Richards. “We have seen demonstrative improvements over the years in both homelessness prevention and stemming foreclosures. As winter approaches, this community should feel confident that the City, County and more than 50 community agencies are working together to provide a safety net for those that need shelter and programs to keep people from losing their homes as well as provide affordable housing for our citizens.” According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, Rochester is the 51st largest Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in the country, but our rate of homelessness is the 89th lowest among the among the top 100 largest MSAs. We have a lower rate of homelessness than Albany, Buffalo and Syracuse. The number of foreclosures in the city of Rochester is substantially lower than in the late 1990s and early 2000s when it experienced a foreclosure crisis. Rochester has not experienced the increases in foreclosures that the other areas have. “The Rochester community has been working to help ensure that local people are able to overcome foreclosure, eviction and homelessness and become independent,” said Peter Carpino, President of United Way of Greater Rochester. “One of the key elements of foreclosure and homelessness prevention programs supported by United Way’s Community Fund is to provide educational support to homeowners to help them maintain home ownership.” The City’s utilizes a two-pronged approach to its funding priorities: direct services for the homeless and successful programs that keep people from losing their homes; and resources that provide for affordable housing and rapid re-housing. Highlights of direct initiatives to help the homeless include: * A collaborative fund to provide services to the homeless. * The area’s agencies are wellorganized through the Continuum of Care and the Homeless Services Network, which consists of more than 50 community agencies. * The City and County together allocated $4.7 million in HUD funding from the stimulus legislation to support homelessness prevention; rapid re-housing and support services. * The Community Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness is a collaborative document that provides recommendations to help eliminate homelessness in the Rochester/ Monroe County area. * The Homeless Resolution Strategy is a City initiative that complements the Ten Year Plan is helping to identify unmet needs for emergency placements, safe havens and permanent housing for the homeless. * $2.8 million in HUD funding over the past six years has provided to assist providers of emergency services and shelter to the homeless. According to Mayor Richards, over the past six years, the city has taken significant steps to prevent homelessness including: * Created 649 new affordable rental housing units and has hundreds in the pipeline-a substantial number specifically created to provide permanent housing options and many provide special needs housing. 2,230 affordable housing units were also improved and preserved with hundreds more planned. * More than 1,200 permanent housing units in Rochester and Monroe County that are specifically dedicated to help meet the needs of people who become homeless. * The Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program assisted more than 3,000 households and provided more than $2.5 million for emergency rentals and security deposits. * Established one of the most effective and long-standing foreclosure prevention programs in the country through The Housing Council and Empire Justice Center, providing $2.2 million for these programs, benefitting 2,282 households. This program was central in reversing the trend of foreclosure Rochester experienced a decade ago. “In total, the City has enabled more than $400 million in investment in affordable rental housing in the last 6 years,” the Mayor said.
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Twenty Community Members to be awarded at Minority Reporter Media Group’s five-year Anniversary Celebration
Rochester, NY (October 21, 2012) - Twenty Rochester community members will receive awards and recognition at a luncheon to commemorate the 5th anniversary of Minority Reporter Media Group from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Rochester Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, 70 State Street, in Rochester. “Five years is a significant milestone, and we felt that there was no better way to celebrate than to recognize some of Rochester’s most outstanding citizens,” said McCleary. “The twenty individuals we have chosen to honor is a small representation of a large and growing group of community members who work tirelessly to make a difference in our community.” Awardees were chosen for their personal achievement and community involvement in various categories including volunteerism, entrepreneurship, Advocacy, health, education, music and arts, etc. The following people will receive an award at the event:
Community Spirit Awardees:
Community Advocacy Awardees:
Ryan Acuff, Alina Diaz
Jimmie Highsmith, Jr. (Jazz Recording Artist), Darren Price (Owner - Rhythm Society) The Minority Reporter Media Group, a publishing company headquartered in downtown Rochester, publishes two local newspapers, the Minority Reporter and LaVoz, which cater to the African- American and Hispanic community respectively. The Minority Reporter Media Group also produces a weekly television program, Perspectives and publishes a newspaper in Syracuse, CNY Vision. The Minority Reporter newspaper was founded in 2007 in McCleary’s living room. The organization has have since grown to include three newspapers with offices in Rochester and Syracuse. The organization’s mission is to be a voice for people of color and to provide opportunities for communitybuilding and dialogue.
Ida Perez (Ibero), Diane Sheffield (ABC, Inc.)
Religious Inspiration Awardees:
Fr. Laurence Tracy, Rev. Michael Peace
Entrepreneurial Spirit Awardees:
Denise Williams (Owner - DM Williams Funeral Home), Nancy Cordero (Owner - Nancy’s Day Care)
Community Human Services Awardees:
Albert Algarin (Director - Hispanic Community Center), Velma Smith (Director - PathStone), Bill Daubney (Director - Hope Initiatives)
Community Health Advocate Awardees:
Louise Woerner (CEO - HCR Health), heresa Bowick (Director - Conkey Cruisers)
Distinguished Youth Awardees:
Renada Bertram, Leila Cassandra Bocanegra
Educational Excellence Awardees:
Josh Mack (CEO - Excel Educational Services), Karen Iglessia (CEO - Iglessia Educational Services)
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Kelly Tovar Mullaney
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Obama, Romney pumped for dash to the finish
By KEN THOMAS and NANCY BENAC BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Their debates now history, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday open a two-week sprint to Election Day powered by adrenaline, a boatload of campaign cash and a determination to reach Nov. 6 with no would-have, should-have regrets in their neck-and-neck fight to the finish. From here, the candidates will vastly accelerate their travel, ad spending and grass-roots mobilizing in a race that’s likely to cost upward of $2 billion by the time it all ends. Obama’s campaign released a 20page booklet called the “Blueprint for America’s Future” on Tuesday to promote a second term agenda, responding to Republican criticism that the president has not clearly articulated a plan for the next four years. The campaign was printing 3.5 million copies of the plan, which were being distributed at campaign events and field offices across the country, aiming to outline proposals Obama has discussed to improve education, boost manufacturing jobs, enhance U.S.-made energy, reduce the federal deficit and raise taxes on the wealthy. The plan was part of a closing argument to voters pitched in a new 60-second television advertisement released following the final debate. In the ad, Obama speaks directly to the camera about his plans for a second term and touts economic gains. “We’re not there yet,” Obama says in the ad, “but we’ve made real progress and the last thing we should do is turn back now.” The ad will air in the nine states whose electoral votes are still considered up for grabs — New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nevada and Colorado. No surprise then, that Obama campaigns Tuesday in Florida and Ohio while Romney heads West to Nevada and Colorado. Asked Tuesday whether the race comes down to Ohio, Virginia and Florida as some observers have suggested, Vice President Joe Biden described the three as “critically important.” He predicted victory in Ohio and Florida — without mentioning Virginia. “Look, this is going to be close,” Biden said in an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show. “We always knew at the end of the day this was going to be a close race, no matter who the Republicans nominated.” Neither candidate scored a knockout punch in their third and last debate Monday, as both men reined in the confrontational sniping that had marked their last testy encounter. The topic was foreign policy, and Romney went in to the debate with a key piece of advice from his aides: talk about peace in an appeal to independent voters, particularly women, who are weary of more than a decade of war. “I want to see peace,” Romney said in his closing argument. For guidance during debate preparation, aides looked to the first debate between Ronald Reagan and then-President Jimmy Carter. “Our first priority must be world peace, and that use of force is always and only a last resort, when everything else has failed,” Reagan said when asked how he differed from Carter on how America should exercise its military power. Aides also encouraged Romney to try not to take the bait they were sure Obama would offer in the form of sharp attacks or distortions of Romney’s record. They said they worried about Romney’s tendency to veer off track when attacked — and worried he would be prone to making a mistake if he did so in an area like foreign policy, where he is farther out of his comfort zone. Unlike previous debates, Romney did allow some of Obama’s criticism to go unanswered. Romney’s campaign produced a new television commercial overnight using footage from the debate of the GOP nominee lecturing Obama for going on an “apology tour” of Middle East nations while never visiting Israel as president. With 270 electoral votes needed for victory, Obama at this point appears on track to win 237 while Romney appears to have 191. The other 110 are in the hotly contested battleground states. The candidates’ strategies for getting to 270 are implicit in their itineraries for the next two weeks and in their spending on campaign ads. Obama and his Democratic allies already have placed $47 million in ad spending across battlegrounds in the campaign’s final weeks, while Romney and the independent groups supporting his candidacy have purchased $53 million, significantly upping their buys in Florida, Ohio and Virginia. And both sides are expected to pad their totals. After Obama and Biden campaign together in Ohio on Tuesday, the president splits off on what his campaign is describing as a twoday “around-the-clock” blitz to six more battleground states. He’ll be in constant motion — making voter calls and sleeping aboard Air Force One as he flies overnight Wednesday from Nevada to Tampa, Fla. The vice president is midway through a three-day tour of uber-battleground Ohio, and Obama’s team contends its best way of ensuring victory is a win there. The campaign says internal polling gives Obama a lead in the Midwestern battleground state, in large part because of the popularity of the president’s bailout of the auto industry. But even if Obama loses Ohio, his campaign sees another pathway to the presidency by nailing New Hampshire, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nevada and Colorado. Romney and running mate Paul Ryan are picking up the pace of their campaigning as well, and their schedule reflects an overarching strategy to drive up GOP vote totals in areas already friendly to the Republican nominee. The Denver suburbs. Cincinnati. Reno, Nev. They’re places that typically vote Republican, but where McCain fell short of the margins he needed to defeat Obama. To win in allimportant Ohio, the GOP nominee must outperform McCain in typically Republican areas. Romney and Ryan start their twoweek dash in Henderson, Nev., then hopscotch to the Denver area for a rally with rocker-rapper Kid Rock and country music’s Rodney Atkins at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Then Romney heads back to Nevada, on to Iowa and then east to Ohio for three overnights in a row. By week’s end, he’s likely to be back in Florida. The following week brings a significant uptick in Romney’s schedule. Aides say he’ll touch down in two or three states a day, or hold that many daily events in big states like Florida. Both sides are working furiously to lock down every possible early vote, and the results are evident in the 4.4 million people who’ve already cast ballots. Obama will detour to Chicago Thursday to make a statement about voting early by becoming the first president to cast his own early ballot. ___ Benac reported from Washington. AP writers Kasie Hunt in Boca Raton, Fla., and Nedra Pickler, Julie Pace, Jack Gillum and Beth Fouhy in Washington and contributed to this report.
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Congratulations to the recipients of the COMMUNITY SPIRIT 2012 Minority Reporter Media Group Ida Perez Community Awards! We thank you for your contribution in enriching the lives of others. These awards serve as a token of our appreciation and gratitude.
Ida Pérez is a life-long resident of Rochester, New York. She is the mother of two young adults and grandmother of a beautiful little girl. During the past 21 years, Ida has worked in the early childhood field as a Pre-school Teacher, Literacy Specialist and currently as Director for Ibero Early Childhood Services where she serves over 100 children and families. Ida likes to spend her time with friends and family, however she also serves on several committees including the 292-Baby Leadership Council, a broadcasting program from MCC. For over 5 years Ida has been part of the Early Childhood Education Quality. She has also served on the board of directors for Jordan Health Center and was the president for her neighborhood group and Vice President for Marketview Heights. Although she serves on numerous boards and advisory committees, her involvement with the Puerto Rican Festival has been her passion. She started over 14 years ago as a volunteer for the children’s activities and in 1998 she was elected as a board member. During 20042008 she served as Board President. During her presidency, she faced many challenges; however, she was determined to bring this festival forward. Ida currently serves as the Travel and Lodge Coordinator and the Liaison for the Miss Puerto Rico of Rochester Cultural Pageant and the Parranda Sub-committee. She is proud to be Puerto Rican and she always finds opportunities to share her culture, language, food and music with others. She is also a true advocate for children and families.
Denise M. Williams
Denise M. Williams is the President and owner of D. M. Williams Funeral Home, Inc., located in Rochester, NY. She founded her business in 2004, after being Manager and Funeral Director of Metropolitan Funeral Chapels, Inc. for ten years, and Latimer and Sons Funeral Home for three years. In her business, Ms. Williams manages a five member team to serve her client base. She coordinates and responds to family requests, and works with a variety of auxiliary service providers including livery, transportation, printing, and accounting. Nancy Cordero is the Founder and Executive Director of Nancy’s Family Daycare, Inc. Her business is located in the Northeast side of the city. Ms. Williams is a member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, a board member of the Rochester Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association, and a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. – Theta Alpha Zeta Chapter. She also teaches the class “Death and Dying” as an adjunct professor at Monroe Community College.
Denise volunteers extensively in various school districts to encourage students to pursue careers in non-traditional occupations. children and families. In addition to donating time to education, Denise is a generous financial contributor to local churches and schools. She holds a yearly Memorial Service to express her appreciation to the community for their business.
Diane Sheffield has over 30 years of work experience in Human Service and Preschool Education, with 9 years of experience in the field of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. As a Disability Specialist at ABC Head Start Preschool, she is a strong advocate for
the community by caring, sharing, reaching and teaching,” she says. Her volunteer and community work includes the following: The Black Women’s Leadership Forum (BWLF), Maafa Celebration Committee, Rochester A.B.O.V.E. and the Sankofa Theater & Arts Festival. She is the Director of Community Events and News for RAALEN Television, Rochester’s first black owned Television Network. Diane is a writer, poet, stage performer, actress, artist and former DJ and model.
Diane is very active within the Rochester community. Her passion is to enrich the lives of “We must make our days productive and others. “I’ve been blessed by the Creator in so positive; knowledge is power”, she says. many ways that I must give back to others and
Josh Mack has been a resident of Monroe County for more than 30 years. His family is rooted here. Josh has been employed by the Rochester City School District for over 20 years; 17 years as a teacher of mathematics and 3 as an administrator. has continually strived to improve the quality of education in our community. The education of Rochester’s youth has always been Josh’s number one passion. He is deeply committed to improving the lives and future of all students he comes in contact with. To that end, Josh has been deeply involved, through Excel Educational Services, in developing and piloting new and innovative approaches, strategies, and programs that will provide a vast array of alternatives to achieving education and career goals for students. When he is not working to improve the quality of education in our community, Josh enjoys coaching and assisting coaches for youth football and basketball teams throughout Rochester.
Nancy graduated in 1988 from Rochester Business Institute with an Associate Degree in Business Administration. She worked in the business field for over 15 years, but was forced to switch careers in 2001. After suffering several health challenges, Nancy began her child care operation right out of her home on February 1, 2001 as an informal provider. Today, her business has expanded to four group family daycare homes and dozens of children.
Nancy always had a love for children. Growing up, her mother called her “The Neighborhood Babysitter”. Nancy always had someone’s child on her hip. There were times when she would walk miles to pick up a child and keep him for the weekend. Her husband is always telling her that she is like a sponge because any where they go children are always attracted to her.
Nancy is not only active in the community through her daycare responsibilities she is also an active member of Joy Community Church. She also directs a support group in which she is able to mentor daycare providers in her local community. In addition to being employed by the district, Josh has served as president and education chair for Nancy is happily married to her husband of 18 the Greater Rochester NAACP, education chair years, Miguel Cordero and is also a mother of for Sector 9 Neighbors Building Neighborhoods, three boys and a proud grandmother of nine City of Rochester, and President of Excel grandchildren. Miguel has been her backbone Educational Services, LLC. in her career since she began. In his capacity with these organizations, Josh
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Kelly Tovar Mullaney
Kelly Tovar Mullaney is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. She came to Rochester for the first time in 1979, as an exchange student at Churchville-Chili High School and so as it was she met who now is her husband Rick Mullaney. find her behind the camera at different events which she greatly attends with enthusiasm. Kelly is a member of the Association for Women in Computing in Upstate New York (AWCUNY), Finger Lakes Wired Initiative (Governing Board), Latinas Unidas (2005-2010) and other organizational committees.
Renada Bertram is a 20 year old native Rochesterian who enjoys storytelling, acting, dancing and helping others.In high school she joined Model United Nations. There she learned about the work being done in the organization and how many people they help. Since she loves helping others, she realized this was an avenue she could take to impact many lives positively. She went on a humanitarian trip to Peru to help at an orphanage. She studied International Business at MCC and plans to go to Brockport to continue with International Studies. Sweep, a member of Rochester’s local chapter of the NAACP, a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, a weekly volunteer at the Adams Street Recreation Center where she connects with the youth and teaches them about Gods Love She is a monthly volunteer at her church outreach to feed the homeless and prepare clothing for the needy. Her ambition is to love people enough so that she is able to help bring solutions to their immediate needs. She dreams of sharing whatever gifts she has to help better the world by making a difference in the lives of underprivileged individuals. Renada is currently on a one-year missions trip to China.
Currently, Kelly is a part of the Hispanic Business Association and the Advisory Board of United Kelly is president and Latinas and is the designer and webmaster of founder of Working Art Media, a company that websites of these well known organizations. offers consulting services in the use of social media businesses, marketed by cell phones and Friends of Kelly describe her as humble, sincere, development of web sites for small and medium giving and motivated. companies and nonprofit organizations. Kelly lives in Brighton, NY with her husband and Kelly dedicates her time as a volunteer for her cats. numerous organizations in the Rochester area. With her passion for photography it is not odd to Renada is an active member in the PLEX neighborhood organization, a volunteer for Clean
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Hilberto “Albert” Algarin
Hilberto “Albert” Algarin is Director and Founder of the Hispanic Community Center and President of the North Clinton Business Association. Seniors in the N Clinton Avenue area. In 2003 Algarin was voted President of the N. Clinton Business Association (NCBA). The goal was to draw more businesses to the N. Clinton Area. In 2007 and 2009 he was presented a City of Rochester Proclamation by Mayor Duffy. As he took on the role of President of NCBA he came to realize the impact of poverty on many people in the area but he was even more saddened by its impact on seniors. Algarin works late hours Monday thru Saturday; however, he still finds time to volunteer and give a voice to those without one.
Leila Cassandra Bocanegra
Leila Cassandra Bocanegra. Is currently a freshman at SUNY Geneseo were she is studying international relations/politics with a minor in Chinese and business.
her time regularly to help the less fortunate. She has been a spokesperson on behalf of immigrants around NYC and was invited to give testimony to the U.S Assembly.
Algarin came to Rochester, NY in 1971. His first employment was with the University of Rochester until he retired in 1995. Additionally, he was involved with Health Care Union Local 1199, a union steward representing workers as a delegate. He retired from employment and was the first Latino Vice President of Local 1199.
She is the co-creator of the Greater Rochester Coalition for Immigration Justice. She is a winner of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations, the Angelo Del Torro Scholarship, and the Oratorical Leila was born in Texas competition for the rotary district 7120 and lived in Mexico until she was five. She moved to Rochester with her “Having the family that I had around me allowed mom with hopes of getting a good education me to have confidence in what I wanted to do. I and making a difference. have a network of support that allows me to help others,” she notes. Leila is a focused young adult who volunteers
Algarin also works full-time as a Sales Manager for E-Cars. He is married and has three adult Algarin has been a tireless champion for Latino children.
Karen Hillary-Iglesia was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She immigrated to the United States and settled in Rochester, NY at the age of 10. Institute. IEC now has two freestanding buildings in Rochester, with 16 additional rented spaces located in schools and other city locations including Syracuse and North Syracuse. Iglesia has served more than 30,000 students since its inception, concentrating primarily on inner city youth. Karen is a member of the Urban League Black Scholars Committee she also developed the first RCSD Pre-Engineering Summer Academy, exposing students to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Karen is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, and served as the Rochester Area high school student advisor. She sits on the board of directors of the Mind, Body and Soul program, and in 2011, the Democrat and Chronicle selected Karen as a Woman to Watch, and she was featured in the Greece Messenger Post as one of the Greater Rochester’s 40 Under 40 African American Leaders.
Velma Smith is Senior Executive Director of New York/Vermont/ Ohio Operations for PathStone Corporation, a multi-state human service and community d e v e l o p m e n t organization, where she oversees the service delivery system for training & employment, housing services and health & safety programs. In this position, Velma has primary responsibility for administering federal, state and private grants and contracts totaling over $12 million annually for farmworkers and other disadvantage groups.
Velma Smith, a former farm worker, serves on the boards of several organizations including the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs, the Farmworker Justice Committee, the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, the New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals, the New York State Defenders Association, Rochester Foodlink and Cornell University Applied Research and Extension Program Council Velma is committed to empowering members of the community through training, job placement and empowerment. She works tirelessly to see the improvements in the lives of the people she comes in contact with.
Karen worked as a chemist at Bausch and Lomb, manipulating liquid gold and platinum, to improve the chemical process for plating Ray Ban sunglasses. In the late 90’s, having a passion for educating youth, Karen took a position as Director of Education for Baden Street Settlement.
William J. Daubney is Executive Director of Hope Initiatives Community Development Corporation. He leads this faith-based nonprofit that operates entrepreneurial ministry for a social good. Hope Initiatives provides jobs &job skill training for the chronically unemployed and ex-offender population in Monroe County.
Bill holds a B.S. Community and Human Services and Masters of Arts Social Policy Studies, Empire State College. He retired from his previous career as a Professional Project Manager at FedEx Corp. Bill is a devoted Christian who’s life vision is to improve the lives of others. He is author of the book “Open Your Hand Wide” American Poverty, Welfare and the Power of Christian Compassion.
At the age of 23, Karen began tutoring students in her basement on weekends, and in the evenings after work. She also worked as an adjunct professor for Brockport’s Educational Opportunity Center, helping to develop the first free SAT Prep classes for city youth. Over a five-year period, Karen taught SAT Prep to more than 3,000 students. In 2002, Karen decided to move her business from her home, opening up Karen is married to Gerard Iglesia. They have her first tutoring center across from the Aquinas two sons, Anthony (11) and Allen (8).
Ryan Acuff was born in New Orleans, grew up in Chicago, and has lived in Rochester since 2005. As a community organizer his work spans across areas of civil rights, economic human rights, antiwar, and environmental justice. However, Ryan’s twin focus is on the 1) right to quality affordable housing by combating homelessness and foreclosures through civil disobedience actions with Take Back the Land Rochester and on 2) police accountability by combating racial profiling and police misconduct, and implementing systems civilian oversight. Ryan served on the recent Commission to Reform the Civilian Review Board of the Police and currently serves on the board of Genesee Valley Chapter of New York Civil Liberties Union and Metro Justice of Rochester. Ryan works as an advocate and case manager at the House of Mercy, a homeless shelter on Hudson Ave.
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Alina Diaz was born in Girardot, Colombia in 1959. As a single mother, she was forced to migrate to United States in 1988 as a result of the social disparities in a society that at that time punished single mothers.
Since 2000 Alina worked with several organizations coordinating services for migrant women, running support groups and educating the public on the issues. Alina currently works with Farmworkers Legal Services, Inc in Rochester, NY. (FLSNY) as a Bilingual/Paralegal/Outreach educator and Advocate; where she organizes and facilitates for the Farmworker Women’s Institute. Alina’s passion and commitment for social justice has driven her to a collaborative partnership with several grassroots organizations as a voice for migrant farmworkers. Her activism focuses around issues of New York State farmworkers, labor laws and the working conditions and labor exploitation of this population; which she accomplishes through intense lobbying and education of NYS legislators and the general public.
She crossed the Mexican border four months pregnant. Her first daughter was born in a homeless shelter in Chicago. After seven years in an extremely abusive relationship she escaped with her three children: Veronica, Daniela and Emmanuel to a transitional longterm shelter for domestic violence victims. That was the beginning of a new life and the beginning of a long journey in social advocacy.
Alina attended St. Augustine College and Alina believes that the only way to make a completed an AA in Liberal Arts. In 1997 difference in the world is by doing something she started her first job with Lifelink (Healthy nice and being generous to others. Families Program) providing education and support to migrant pregnant teens in the west suburbs of Chicago.
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COMMUNITY HEALTH ADVOCATE
holds many awards from nursing. Ms. Woerner has spoken and written widely. She has been published in more than 50 professional and technical publications, including a text.
Jimmie Highsmith, Jr.
Jimmie Highsmith Jr. is a critically acclaimed, Grammy Nominated and award winning Saxophonist. In the last ten years he has recorded 6 top selling smooth jazz CD’s that have sold thousands worldwide. Jimmie has also been honored to record with several others musicians, singers and rappers on their projects. Jimmie Highsmith Jr’s sax work represents some of the best in the Smooth Jazz Genre. Jimmie’s music can be heard a many local events in and around Rochester.
Louise Woerner is the Founder and Executive Board Chair of HCR Home Care, which she founded in 1978 with three employees, and now employs over 800 across New York State. She also serves as a volunteer in the role of President of HCR Cares, a 501(c)3 she founded in 1979, which partners with HCR. Ms. Woerner has received many honors including Rochester Institute of Technology’s Herbert W. VandenBrul Award for Entrepreneurship and is the first living woman to be inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame. Other distinctions include the Presidential Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, presented by President Ronald Reagan A leader in health care and nursing, Ms. Woerner
Ms. Woerner served two terms on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Buffalo Branch, the Small Business Advisory Board for the New York Born right here in Federal Reserve Bank, and the Advisory Board “Flower City” Rochester, for Chase Lincoln Bank of New York (now JP Jimmie has shared the Morgan Chase). Ms. Woerner has also served stage with and opened as an advisor to the Governor of New York for multiple Grammy and the Director of the New York State Health Award winners, Department. including Najee, Alicia Keys, Chris Botti, Grover Washington Jr., and Wynton Marsalis just to Her Board work includes service on the Board of name a few. Directors for First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ FNFG), the Center for Governmental Research, and the Board of Directors for AAA of Western and Central New York. Ms. Woerner also served as a board member for the New York State Health Foundation and the Hitachi Foundation.
homes of many to offer a prayer and uplift their spirits, in the hospitals to pray for healing and peace, at community events to bless and call on God’s presence. He also assists families with counseling and support. His heart to serve and stand against unfairness is echoed in his yearly march against drugs and violence. While English is his primary language, Fr. Tracy is completely bilingual in Spanish. Impressively, most of his prayers and public speeches will reflect Spanish cultural idiomatic expressions, which are relevant and shows that he clearly understands where Hispanics are at. Fr. Tracy retired about 5 years ago but still remains active as a Senior Priest of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish. He humbly assists in all kinds of ministries like performing weddings, and celebrating Sunday masses and funeral masses in Saint Michaels, Our Lady of the Americas, and Church of The Annunciation.
Theresa Lou Bowick is a native Rochesterian. She is the mother of Jacynta Tyrese Harris, a graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a member of the East Henrietta Road Church of Christ, where she led the Weight Watchers ministry to an 84.6 pound weight loss in 14 weeks. Theresa acquired her Bachelors Science in Nursing degree from the State University of New York College at Brockport. There she earned numerous academic honors including the President’s Citation Award, the highest honor for a graduating senior, to date as archived. She was the first and only African-American female to earn this prestigious honor since the inception of the award in 1982. Theresa has been a Nurse for eighteen years. She is employed by the New York State Insurance Fund, where she provides medical support to the state’s injured workers. She serves as President of Beta Chi Chi Inc., a chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. Professional
Nursing Organization. She provides valuable health information on a popular radio show called “Health Beats” on WDKX. Her commitment to nursing was recognized as a distinguished finalist at the 2012 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Gala.
Fr. Laurence Tracy
Reverend Laurence Tracy was born in Rochester, New York. For almost 50 years, he has served in the very heart of the Latino community at Saint Michaels on North Clinton Avenue. Father Tracy, or “Padre Tracy” as he is known to many, not only delved into his spiritual role as a priest but also poured his heart into the people he served. The Latino community refers to him as an icon in their community, a person who has always said present in the many challenges that the community has faced, as well as in all the great fiestas that celebrate its culture.
Theresa is the founder of Conkey Cruisers, a free Bicycling-to-Better-Health Voyage. The Program’s vision is that Neighbors will inspire Neighbors to stay active, make healthy food choices, decrease obesity rates, and create a positive image of their neighborhood. The program taught safe cycling and healthy living to over 100 neighbors and guests ages 1-83. The neighborhood bonus was a reduction in crime. In its inaugural year, Conkey Cruisers have received numerous honors; including a feature in President Barack Obama’s Fitness is Fun Newsletter, a House of Representatives congratulation noted in the official United Fr. Tracy has baptized, married and also given States Congressional Record, a New York holy burial to a great percentage of Latinos and state Assembly Citation and City of Rochester non-Latinos in Rochester. He has been in the Proclamation. Theresa enjoys exercising, reading and writing. Her most distinguished credential is “Missionary”. Her life’s work is patterned by Gandhi “Be the change you wish to see in the world”!
Rev. Michael Peace
Michael Peace was born and raised in New York City as the second oldest of four children. At the age of 3 ½ his mother died which led to the separation of him and his siblings and them being placed in foster homes.
provocative hard hitting record. Considered the Grandfather of Christian Hip-Hop he is well respected and mentors young artists nationally.
A New York native with Caribbean roots, Darin Price has been dancing his entire life. His formative training began with hip hop, martial arts and music, which has greatly influenced his true passion: Latin dance. Darin’s distinct teaching method strongly emphasizes musicality, technique and artistic expression. By fusing Latin dance with other dance and movement mediums, Darin’s choreography has a flavor that is truly distinct and innovative.
Darin is the Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Essence of Rhythm Latin Dance Company (Founded in 2009), and also serves as Owner Darin has dedicated and Executive Director of Rhythm Society countless years of study at the national and Urban Wellness Studios (Founded in 2010) in international level with many acclaimed Latin Rochester, New York. dance professionals. Darin has performed on local, national and international stages, and has become well known throughout the dance community as a highly sought after teacher, choreographer and performer.
Michael Peace is the Founder and President of the Breakthrough Foundation; an urban consulting organization. His work as a consultant has allowed him to travel to 44 of the 50 states, Jamaica, Mexico, St. Croix, Europe and Serbia, and Yugoslavia. In 1994, Michael received the “African-American of Distinction” award from In 1976, Michael Peace Governor Marion Cuomo for his commitment to began his college career attending Brockport urban communities. State studying Mass Media, majoring in journalism with a minor in African and African- He has spoken to wide spectrum of audiences American Studies. Within weeks of graduation, such as jails, prisons, community centers, he was offered a job with a church as a campus mayors, city councils, churches, schools, evangelist. Instead, he began graduate studies hospitals, colleges and conferences such as in Public and Urban Administration with plans to Youth for Christ Excell and Acquire the Fire. eventually help inner-city neighborhoods like the one he grew up in. But he soon realized his call He has developed curriculum for educational at was much more personal than that. He knew he risk children and part of a team spearheading was needed on the streets. Using his favorite the establishing of abstinence education funding and most effective method to communicate, for the city of Rochester as well as an instructor in public schools Michael began telling his new story to the urban population with the street language of rap music. Michael is a great baseball enthusiast and above He has recorded four rap albums with Reunion all of what he does, Michael Peace finds his Records: RRRock it Right (1987), Rappin’ Bold greatest fulfillment being the Executive Director (1988) Vigilante of Hope (1989) , and Loud of Bethel Express of America. He is an Ordained “N” Clear (LIVE 1990) .”Threat to Society”, Minister under Christian International Apostolic was released in 1991 on the Starsong Record Network. He is married to Julia for over 25 label and was produced by De Dickerson, who years. They have one son Roberto J.D. who is also produced Vigilante of Hope and Loud “N” 22 years old, and a host of spiritual children. Clear. His 1994 release “Outta Control” contains all the sounds of the inner-city and is his most
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NY emailing notices when protection orders served
By MICHAEL VIRTANEN / Associated Press ALBANY -- New York is launching a statewide system to promptly tell domestic violence victims by email, text, fax or automated call when family court orders of protection are served so they can better prepare for what advocates and police call an often heightened threat. Safety plans can include moving to another community or even another state when expecting an abuser to lash out. Following a pilot program, authorities say their program will extend statewide to 57 counties this week and New York City early next year. Victims have notifications. to register for
A federal survey estimated 3.2 million U.S. women were assaulted by an intimate partner in 2010. New York family courts issued nearly 14,000 temporary orders of protection and state data showed 73 homicides and 29,000 partner assaults that year.
Full Body Scanners Removed From NYC’s 2 Airports
NEW YORK (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration is removing full body scanners from New York’s airports and moving them to less busy airports. LaGuardia and Kennedy airports are among a number of major airports where the backscatter technology machines are being removed. They will be replaced with millimeter wave machines that produce a more generic outline of a person’s body, compared to the more specific backscatter image. The agency says the decision was made to speed up security checkpoints. The TSA says which smaller airports will get the backscatter scanners is still to be determined.
Smaller iPad expected Tuesday, but at what price?
NEW YORK (AP) -- The price tag remains a big question mark as Apple prepares Tuesday to unveil what is expected to be a smaller iPad. Apple hasn’t said anything about the device, but the veil of secrecy that the company throws over unreleased products has been a see-through affair this year. Most of the details of the iPhone 5, for instance, were known well in advance of its launch a month ago. In the case of the “iPad Mini” (the real name is not known), tech bloggers and analysts expect a device with a screen measuring 7.85 inches on the diagonal, making it about half the size of the regular iPad. It would be slightly larger than the 7-inch tablets it’s presumably designed to compete with, including Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle Fire and Google Inc.’s Nexus 7. The Kindle Fire starts at $159, and the Nexus 7 at $199. Meanwhile, Apple sells the iPad 2 for $399 and the 4-inch iPod Touch for $199. Company watchers are pegging the price of the smaller iPad somewhere in between. Most of the guesses range from $249 to $299, but the blog 9to5Mac said Monday that the price would be $329. That would make the iPad Mini twice the price of the cheapest Kindle Fire and leave plenty of room for other manufacturers to snap up value shoppers this holiday season. The blog did not disclose its source and has had a mixed record in predicting details on unreleased Apple products. Analysts such as Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets believe that Apple will also sell a step-up version of the iPad Mini, one with the ability to access 4G cellular networks for an additional monthly fee. That’s a feature that the cheaper, 7-inch tablets don’t have. Apple is holding Tuesday’s presentation at a theater in San Jose, Calif., starting at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT). The company typically starts selling a new phone or iPad a week or two after announcing it. But it could treat the new iPad as a minor product update, in which case it could start sales right after the announcement. Apple has sold 84 million iPads since their debut in April 2010. One of the first competitors to appear was a Samsung tablet with a 7-inch screen. Apple’s late founder, Steve Jobs, made a rare appearance at an October 2010 conference call with analysts - his last to deride the concept. “The reason we wouldn’t make a 7-inch tablet isn’t because we don’t want to hit a price point. It’s because we don’t think you can make a great tablet with a 7-inch screen,” Jobs said. “The 7-inch tablets are tweeners, too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with an iPad.” He said the resolution of the display could be increased to make up for the smaller size, but that would be “meaningless, unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of the present size.”
“There are clear limits of how close you can physically place elements on a touch screen before users cannot reliably tap, flick or pinch them. This is one of the key reasons we think the 10-inch screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps,” he said. Jobs didn’t mention that Apple has had great success developing software that uses taps, flicks and pinches for the iPhone, which has a screen one quarter of the size he was attacking. Jobs, who died last October, had strong opinions, but he also changed his mind frequently. The production of a smaller iPad would not be the first time that Apple has made a product that Jobs
initially dismissed as ridiculous. In an internal email sent in January 2011, Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue said that a 7-inch tablet would work well and that Jobs was starting to come around to the idea. The email surfaced as part of Apple’s patent trial against Samsung Electronics Co. this year. Apart from the smaller iPad, Apple is also expected to refresh some other products. There’s speculation that the MacBook will come in a version with a 13-inch, high-resolution “Retina” screen. The 15-inch MacBook got an option for a Retina screen this summer.
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Maria Lloyd recently wrote an article in which it was claimed that the rapper Jay-Z was rejected by a career counselor at Harvard University as an appropriate business role dr. bOycE model. I am not wAtkIns sure of the exact circumstances of the student’s allegation, and I am not sure if other Harvard faculty agreed. All I know is that a young woman said that she admired Jay-Z for what he’s achieved in the business world, and she was shot down faster than an unidentified single engine plane flying over the White House. When I read the article, it made me sad and a little bit disgusted. I don’t like Jay-Z very much, to be honest. Although he is nothing short of a lyrical genius, I am deeply concerned about any man who earns over $60 million dollars in a year and only gives $6,000 to charity. I had to agree with Harry Belafonte when he said that today’s black artists, namely Jay-Z and Beyonce, are ignoring their social responsibility by refusing to fight on the issues affecting black America, including violence, poverty, unemployment and mass incarceration. Also, the idea of making millions of dollars by promoting yourself as a “n***a in Paris” to white people around the world is the epitome of a modern day minstrel show. But in Jay-Z’s defense, I must say that any business school professor who doesn’t believe that students can learn from him is DEAD WRONG. I’ve taught in various business schools over the last 19 years. One of the most interesting things about teaching in a school of business is that you
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Did Harvard Really Reject Jay-Z as a Business Role Model? I Sincerely Hope Not
quickly find that most business school professors don’t know how to go out and actually make money. Sure, they’re experts at producing highlycomplicated research papers that no one is ever going to read. But when asked to go into the real world to show that they can do the things they’re teaching students to do, most of them fail the test. Read Original Article At Reason 4 Rhymes
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four years of his presidency he racked up $1.2 trillion in deficits. President Obama in his three plus years has racked up $5.1 trillion in deficits. President Obama has outpaced President Bush by 4 times! Yet, the media and even President Obama himself want to blame President Bush for this spending. So much so that even many African-Americans have taken up the call to blame a president that has not been in office for four years and did not spend as much as President Obama. Second, there is the unemployment rate among African-Americans. Looking at the labor department information the unemployment rate amongst African-Americans went from 9 percent in 2007 to 14.5 percent in August 2012. The number of African-Americans that are in the workforce has fallen from 58.6 percent in 2007 to 52.8 percent in 2012. How can African-Americans think that President Obama has been good for them? The only way to think this is to ignore the data and be fed information that is meant to deceive and keep people from knowing the truth. I am convinced that ignorance is the Democratic Party’s biggest weapon to use on their biggest voter base.
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It’s Time to Open Our Eyes
Third, is the rate of poverty in America amongst African-Americans. The number of African-American adults in poverty has risen from 19.8 percent in 2007 to 23 percent in 2012. The number of African-American children in poverty has risen from 34.5 percent in 2007 to 39.1 percent in 2012. This is data from the Census Bureau. Again, I ask the question: “How is President Obama helping the plight of African-Americans?” A quick look at the data shows a clear trend in the negative direction. He has not been the helper of AfricanAmericans that many thought he would be. Lastly, African-Americans make-up 39.4 percent of the population in U.S. jails, as opposed to just 13.6 percent making up the general population. This data is from the United State Bureau of Justice Statistics. Here you have a situation where there are three times more African-Americans incarcerated (as a percent of the population) than are free! That is a horrible statistic. Now do I blame President Obama for this data, not necessarily. However, when one does not have a job and are in poverty, committing a crime is not the first thing on their minds, it is survival. There is so much more data to share, such as why do the urban centers of America struggle so much relative to poverty, education, jobs, crimes, etc., when our suburban centers appear to be flourishing? I contend that one major reason is because so many African-Americans only listen to what they are told instead of doing a little digging themselves. There is no way that President Obama should have been able to come out and support homosexual marriage without the African-American church getting to into an uproar. However, when our eyes are closed, we follow blindly. Open your eyes so that you can see what is being done to you and demand change! --------------------------Rev. Michael Vaughan is pastor of the New Wineskin Church. Contact him at mvaughn.seniorpastor@newwineskin. org
In an article that I wrote earlier this year I mentioned about not biting the apple. The point of that article was to encourage people to do some digging on their own and find out some facts about c. MIcHAEL the people they vAugHn vote for. It has astonished me how we can, in the face of real data, overlook the flaws of our president and his party and continue to not only vote for them but also vigorously support them. Therefore, on this week I have decided to provide some data for you that you can research yourself to determine its validity and then make up your mind as to who is telling the truth on issues that we as African-Americans should be concerned about. First there is the topic of the deficit. I have heard it said that President Barack Obama inherited such a large deficit from President George W. Bush and that he has done all he could to change course. The data says otherwise. According to the website www.usgovernmentdebt.us, in the last
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On the streets, Rodriguez is known as a police officer with a very short, explosive temper. Rochester, residents Christopher Kawolsky and Anne Marie Sanders know this firsthand. Last week, a settlement was announced in yet another lawsuit against the City of Rochester, naming Officer Thomas Rodriguez. In this incident, in May of 2007, Kawolsky called 911 after a man was allowing his pit bull to run freely in the parking lot of the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, where Kawolsky and Sanders work, as the theatre was emptying. According to a lawsuit filed in federal court, the dog’s owner threatened Kawolsky, and then tied his dog to a nearby street sign. Officers Thomas Rodriguez and James C. Hall responded, but refused to arrest the dog’s owner for threatening Kowalsky. It soon became apparent that the officers had an animosity towards Christopher Kawolsky as a result of Kawolsky having previously complained to a RPD Westside
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Rochester Officer Thomas Rodriguez has a Long History of Being Named in Lawsuits
Why does the City of Rochester, NY and the Rochester Police Department continue to employ rogue, abusive officers? Throughout the years, City of Rochester dAvy vArA officials, namely former Mayors William Johnson, Robert Duffy, and current Mayor Thomas Richards, have been well aware of certain rogue, problem officers on the RPD, yet have refused to get rid of them. Take, for example, Rochester Police Officer Thomas Rodriguez. In 1997, Rodriguez attacked a man who was handcuffed to a hospital gurney. Rodriguez placed his hands around the man’s neck and was strangling him, when luckily, a nurse who was treating the man, returned to the room, and saw Rodriguez, who immediately released the man and jumped back. The man who was strangled while cuffed to a hospital gurney – is my brother. My brother later brought a civil action against the City of Rochester and Officer Thomas Rodriguez. Still, despite having been subpoenaed, the nurse refused to testify. My brother’s attorney believed Rodriguez had intimidated her in an attempt to have her not show up in court to testify. Another incident of police rage, occurred on August 31, 2002, when 30-year old Lawrence Rogers, a mentally-ill, African-American father, was running around in his briefs in the parking lot of Wegmans supermarket on Rochester’s west side. Less than 10 minutes later, Rochester Officer Thomas Rodriguez was one of the first officers to arrive on the scene. Thomas Rodriguez proceeded to beat Rogers, and then placed his knee, and all of his weight on the back of Rogers’ neck. Less than one hour after being beaten by Rodriguez, Lawrence Rogers was pronounced dead at Rochester General Hospital. Commander, regarding the officers’ lack of addressing problem issues in the downtown Rochester neighborhood. When Christopher Kowalsky insisted that something be done in regards to the dog-owner having threatened him, RPD officer James C. Hall told him: “You’re the one I should be arresting.” According to the lawsuit, Hall then aggressively grabbed Kowalsky from behind and handcuffed him. And when Anne Marie Sanders asked Hall why he was arresting Kowalsky, Hall pushed Sanders, who weighed only approx. 100 lbs., into officer Thomas Rodriguez who then grabbed Sanders and body slammed her to the ground, handcuffed her and placed her in the back of an RPD cruiser, where she was left unattended for 45 minutes. Officers Thomas Rodriguez and James C. Hall then charged Christopher Kowalsky with two misdemeanors; harassing the dog owner and failure to disperse with intent to cause a public disturbance. Both charges were later dismissed in court. Anne Marie Sanders was charged with harassing the officers and obstructing governmental administration, she was later given an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal. As I have written about countless times before, what started as a citizen calling Rochester police for assistance, quickly turned into Officers Thomas Rodriguez and James C. Hall assaulting, arresting and violating their civil rights. And so, the City of Rochester settles yet another lawsuit of misconduct and civil rights violations on behalf of its officers, and it’s back to business as usual when it comes to problem officers such as Thomas Rodriguez. Despite Rochester officials being fully aware of his history, they refuse to do anything about it. Note: Less than two years after the incident involving Kowalsky and Sanders, Officer James C. Hall was arrested and charged with several felonies in connection with his theft of more than $240,000 in state sales tax.
The Fracking Job
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I applaud all young folks who are not standing at the gate throwing stones but who are genuine enough to open the gate and walk through, knowing they are standing on the shoulders of someone else. This past Sunday, my home church in Franklin County, Russellville, Alabama celebrated its 127th Anniversary. What a milestone. Someone is no doubt saying: “So what, churches celebrate anniversaries all the time.” What I want to share is why this church and the anniversary are so significant to me and the Winston side of my family. The First Colored Missionary Baptist Church was built on land my formerly enslaved great-grandfather Anthony Winston donated. He was born in 1828 on a Winston plantation and died 1914. His mother was from Africa and her name was Kithie Bullock. She was born in 1799 according to her death records. I don’t know what part of Africa she was from yet, but my DNA test will reveal whether it was Ethiopia as I suspect, or not. According to the language on the church deed the land the church was built on was given to my greatgrandfather by a white who specifically designated the land for a “colored church.” Since being established in 1885, twenty years after the Civil War, the church building has changed three times. The second change occurred in 1915 and the third occurred in 1978. The church is now called First Baptist Church (College Avenue) a.k.a. known locally as the “Church on the Hill.” Not to be confused with the other First Baptist Church on Jackson Avenue that was established before the Civil War and not long after Franklin County was formed. Its membership always has been predominately white. That particular First Baptist Church also spends time conducting missionary work in Rochester every summer. What I find interesting is that the Winston men in my family were Baptists and
If you are black in America, chances are you had slaves in your family. We do have some folks in the black community who would deny they have a gLOrIA wInstOn connection to AL-sArAg slavery or to Africa. I especially love the ones who claim they have Indian blood only.
My Enslaved Roots and Outcomes
the women were all Methodists. The tradition survived when the family found its way to Rochester, New York. The men belonged to Mt. Olivet Baptist church and the women all attended AME Zion. When my grandmother would visit she would find her way every Sunday to Bethel CME Church. She used to refer to Rev. Raymond Graves as her cousin. Those who know me also know in addition to being a political animal, armchair strategist and highly opinionated editorial writer; I am an uncertified genealogist who believes every family stems from royalty and strength. I also believe not enough time and knowledge is given to our young folks on the subject of family roots. My enslaved great-grandfather Anthony Winston was a visionary who left this dimension unable to read and write, but his legacy not only helped establish a church, it was on this land that he gave to his son, my grandfather Lindsey Winston, that the first colored school in Franklin County was built. The name of the school was St. Jane Angelo named after my great grandmother Jane, Lindsay’s mother. I am assuming the name Angelo was a play on the word angel. Lindsay was born in 1869 and died in 1952. He was the first colored school superintendent in Franklin County. His nickname was “The Professor.” Lindsay also graduated from Roger Williams University, in Nashville, Tennessee in 1903. My grandparents and greatgrandparents are buried in our family cemetery on the old farm in Franklin County. My grandmother insisted all family be buried there not only out of love but because paying county taxes were also avoided at the time. If interested, you will find a photo of my grandfather and his freshman class at Roger Williams University online. The Library of Congress website contains a collection of photographs that W.E.B. Dubois took with him to the Paris Expo of 1899. The photos he took with him were an introduction to Black Life in America circa 1899.
Granted, not all black folks were enslaved, some were actually slave owners, particularly in South Carolina and Louisiana, but the vast majority of us descend from ancestors who survived that “peculiar institution” and made a way out of no way for their descendents. One of the most significant efforts I participated in at one time was a genealogy camp developed and spearheaded by Dr. David Anderson. I have not been in touch and have no way of knowing if his valuable effort continues to exist or not. The young folks who participated in the camp not only learned how to conduct their own research into their family, but were beneficiaries to a self love that words alone can’t describe. I am of the opinion that much of the self-destruction and self-hatred we are seeing from of our young people today has to do with their lack of knowledge and disconnect to their history and the knowledge of the greatness in their own families. In lending my two cents to a poll asking for solutions oriented comments for our young folks I failed to elaborate on how the lack of “self love” appears to be a major factor in our young folks – who have set out to destroy themselves and others. I still blame much on the crack epidemic but respect the efforts of a young Dr. Leonard Brock, who along with a handful of others in his age group, are solution-oriented and less prone to rhetoric.
Anyone interested in history will find the collection more than interesting. Lindsay was the first Winston college graduate. My grandmother Maggie Butler was a teacher from Shelby County, Alabama. She came to Franklin County to teach in her future husband’s, my grandfather’s school. She was soon married to the Superintendent. They eventually had four Winston children (Anthony Edward, Harlan Butler, James Walker and Lydia Ann). James Walker Winston, Sr. was my father. He was born 1921 and died 1998. Lindsay was the first Winston college grad but the first teacher in the family was my great aunt Susie Butler who was a teacher in 1880 in Shelby County. I haven’t verified it or discovered how but my Shelby County family also allegedly has a connection to the founders of Aenon Baptist Church in Rochester. My grandmother Maggie had sisters who all moved to Rochester. Her sister Lydia Butler married Millard E. Latimer. Her sister Edna Butler married William Jackson and her sister Effie Butler married Henry Greenlea. The village and the wisdom of the elders used to be a custom that helped ground us spiritually and historically. The end results, if nothing else, are self love, pride and joy. I truly suspect any child who is introduced to the journey of their ancestors would do no less than fall in love with themselves and others as opposed to embracing self-hatred. Think about it. Now, if I share too much more of my enslaved roots and outcomes, you will never purchase and read what is on the drawing board to become my third book, “Land Rich, Cash Poor: The legacy of my Alabama Winston’s.” All families stem from greatness; help a child put a name to theirs.
---------------------------------Gloria Winston Al-Sarag is a Community Activist, Writer, Communicator, Political Activist. She is a native Rochesterian and has been involved with numerous community orgainzations in Rochester. Contact Gloria at: JazzyG4202@aol.com
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