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CNY Day of Percussion
Time: 12:00pm–6:00pm
Locaton: Onondaga Community
College - 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike
It is a full day of clinics and concerts
featuring internatonally renowned
artsts, local artsts, OCC students, and
area high school students. Clinics and
performances this year will feature
John Riley, Andy Harnsberger, Kay
Stonefelt, Portal, Iktus, Auburn HS
Percussion Ensemble, Jamesville-
Dewit MS Percussion Ensemble,
Central New York All-Star Percussion
Ensemble (with Kay Stonefelt,
conductor), OCC Percussion Ensemble
& the OCC Afro-Cuban Ensemble. On-
site registraton starts at noon and
contnues throughout the day. There
is a $10.00 fee to pay for clinicians and
expenses. The fnal concert featuring
CNY All-Star Percussion Ensemble and
the OCC Percussion Ensemble begins
at 5:00pm. The fnal concert is free
and open to the public.
Party for the Planet
Time: 10:00am–4:30pm
Locaton: Rosamond Giford Zoo - 1
Conservaton Place
Join the zoo in celebratng Earth Day
2012! Learn about the zoo’s eforts to
protect wildlife and the environment
and see how you and your family
can make a diference, too! Enjoy
endangered animal demonstratons
and keeper talks, tours of our “green”
building and “Flora for Fauna” garden,
puppet shows and “green” booths and
Admission Info: Free with paid zoo
15th Annual YWCA Day of Commitment
Time: 11:30am
Locaton : SRC Arena at Onondaga
Community College
The luncheon will begin at noon
(registraton begins at 11:30 a.m.)
and feature keynote speaker Theresa
Mohamed, professor and former
chair of the Department of English
at Onondaga Community College.
Twenty-eight community members
will be inducted into the YWCA
Academy of Diversity Achievers for
their work to make a diference in the
community, both locally and globally.).
To purchase tckets, call the YWCA at
(315) 424-0040 or email ywcaadmin@
An Evening of Jazz and Wine Tastng
Time: 6:30pm–9:00pm
Lopcaton: Community Folk Art Center
- 805 E. Genesee Street
WAER and Community Folk Art Center
Present: An Evening of Jazz and Wine
This event will feature a performance
from Syracuse based Latn American
band Grupo Pagan, and the tastng of
local wines. Admission Info: $25
Memorial Day Beneft for LaFayete
Outreach, Inc
Time: 8:00am-12:00pm
Locaton: The Columbian Presbyterian
Church in LaFayete
The event will consist of a silent
aucton, bake sale, plant sale,”Red,
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Locaton: Park Central Presbyterian
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The equal pay legislatve package,
which democrats say is aimed at ending
unfair wage discriminaton statewide
has passed. Assembly member Sam
Roberts was a co-sponsored of the
legislaton made the announcement
“In order to bring fairness and equality
to the workplace, it is crucial that
experience and skill dictate what
an employee earns,” Roberts said.
“This legislatve package will ensure
that Central New Yorkers have equal
opportunites and a fair wage to
support their families.”
The equal pay legislatve package
would enact the New York State Fair
Pay Act to address and enforce pay
equity. It will broaden equal pay
protectons to include equivalent jobs,
making it unlawful for an employer to
discriminate between employees on
the basis of gender, race or natonal
origin and ensuring that traditonal
female and minority jobs are not
It will establish state policy that local
politcal subdivisions ensure equal
pay for work of comparable value
regardless of sex, race or natonal
origin, implement a state policy that
compensates employees in state
service equally for work of comparable
value by eliminatng wage inequality
for workers due to sex, race or
natonal origin and design and publish
a report evaluatng wage disparites of
public employees related to job ttles,
segregated by the gender, race and/or
natonal origin of employees
Women in New York make 84 cents
for every dollar men earn, creatng
a yearly pay gap of roughly $8,275
between men and women working
full tme in New York State. Further,
minority women fare even worse, with
African-American women being paid
64 cents and Latna women being paid
55 cents for every dollar paid to white,
non-Hispanic men natonally.
“Inexcusable wage disparites are
making maters even more difcult for
families who are already struggling to
make ends meet,” Roberts said. “It is
tme to put an end to this inequality so
that all employees receive equal pay
for equal work.”
Wage Equality Legislation Passed
Sharon Owens Appointed New Chief Executive at Southwest Community Center
Sharon F. Owens has been appointed
as the new Director of the Southwest
Community Center (SWCC).
Owens will replace long-tme Syracuse
resident Jesse Dowdell who ran the
center for more than 25 years. Dowdell
is set to retre the end of the month.
Owens will assume her role on May
“She has all of the qualifcatons that
we were looking for. We wanted the
ultmate person and Sharon is the
ultmate person. We are delighted
that she is our new CEO,” Chair of the
Transitonal Commitee and SWCC
board member Susan Stearns said.
Owens is currently the Deputy
Commissioner of the Department
of Neighborhood and Business
Development for the City of Syracuse.
She serves as the assistant and chief
advisor to the Commissioner in
the coordinaton of all housing and
neighborhood development actvites
for the City and is responsible for
oversight and management of
initatves and programming funded
by the US Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD). Friday,
April 19th will be her last day.
Owens is no stranger to the SWCC.
Early in her career she served as Teen
Center Director, coordinatng service
provision with various agencies
operatng within the community
center and provided informaton and
referral services to teens and their
families. She has also served on the
center’s board of directors.
“She has such a wonderful grasp of
the word ‘community’ and what it
truly means,” Stearns said. “…SNMF’s
mission is to strengthen and empower
families by providing a variety of
accessible, supportve services. Miss
Owens’ thoughtul and realistc
appraisal of how to approach this task
resonated with the Board.”
Owens plans to begin in an in depth
90 day review and assessment of
the current administratve positons,
policies, procedures and programs at
SMNF, which is encompassed of the
Southwest Community Center and
three Family Planning Service clinics.
Stearns said the Board of Directors
is looking forward to working with
Owens on innovatve initatves to
provide new vitality SWCC and its
surrounding neighborhood.
Sharon Owens
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Firmly believing that diverse
backgrounds, cultures, and
beliefs adds to the richness
of the Onondaga’s campus
community, Dr. Cathleen
McColgin is committed to
creating an environment
of inclusiveness.-one that
celebrates and values
the uniqueness that each
student, faculty, and staff
member contributes to
Onondaga’s “community if
It is an honor to be selected
as a recipient of this award.
I am hopeful the efforts that
the residence hall staff and
I make in our work have
a positive impact on the
students of OCC, broaden
their perspectives and
help to develop a greater
appreciation for diversity.
I am really honored to receive
this award. I have been
volunteering for a lot of years
and never imagined that I
would be rewarded for doing
so. Volunteering is my life.
I love helping other people;
you never know when you will
need help. It is really important
for people to volunteer to
help others. It gives you the
chance to meet other people
from all walks of life, races
and genders. It helps bring
people together that maybe
otherwise would never meet
and promotes diversity. I will
always volunteer because I
know the best things in life
are free!
Diversity to me is
appreciating each
individual for who they
are and striving to always
be inclusive. It’s treating
everyone with respect
and valuing their unique
contributions. Diversity
comes from the heart.
Diversity is the ability to
appreciate differences.
I’m honored to have the
tremendous opportunity to
stand on the shoulders of
those before me and will
continue to dedicate my
life promoting the values
of all people while inspiring
them to reach their full
potential…so the exciting
journey continues!
I am honored and humbled
to be even considered for
this award. Margaret Mead
said it best ” “If we are to
achieve a richer culture,
rich in contrasting values,
we must recognize the
whole gamut of human
potentialities, and so weave
a less arbitrary social fabric,
one in which each diverse
human gift will fnd a ftting
Dr. Mona Ivey-Soto lives
by the ideal from Dr. Martin
Luther King, “life’s most
persistent and urgent
question is what are you
doing for others?” Through
her role as a university
professor, community
activist, mentor and
mother, she lives each day
by examining and calling
out the injustices that exist
and advocating for social
change. Her teaching,
scholarship and service is
rooted in a framework of
social justice and it is her
life’s calling to help future
teachers understand, name and challenge the current status of
inequality and inequity that exists in every facet of our society.
I am an older, African
American, woman. Each
places in a group of a
diverse Americans that
need our attention. I am
a social work educator
with particular interest in
encouraging students to
pay attention to the diversity
around them. This award
suggests to me that I may
have done something right.
As a librarian, I have
been fortunate to have
the best possible platform
to promote diversity,
the public library. I am
so proud that library
ensures equitable access
to the disenfranchised,
encourages and
enlightens every member
of our community and
provides a forum for civic
28 men and women will be inducted into the YWCA
Academy of Diversity Achievers. The honorees will
be awarded during the Day of Commitment to
Eliminate Racism and Promote Diversity Luncheon,
Thursday, at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community
The event, hosted by the YWCA of Syracuse &
Onondaga County, will celebrate individuals,
community leaders and business professionals who
make a diference.
Executve Director Fanny Villarreal said, “Individuals
are selected at the YWCA that have helped in the
YWCA’s mission of empowerment of women in
their workplace or place of worship. They support
women’s work and leadership. They also help to
eliminate racism.”
For the last 15 years, the YWCA has been on the
mission to identfy racism in the local community
and to make a promise to support initatves to
eradicate racism and encourage diversity.
“We send out leters telling everybody about the
chance to nominate someone to be inducted and
why they should be awarded,” Villarreal said. “Some
of them are from churches with women in diferent
leadership positons. They prety much follow our
mission, a spirit of peace, justce and freedom for
The YWCA works with several organizatons including
InterFaith Works’ Community Wide Dialogue to End
Racism and Onondaga County’s Diversity in the
Workplace Training programs.
Past recipients of this award have come from
business, academia, and community organizatons
such as Lockheed Martn, WSTM-TV 3, The Salvaton
Army and Upstate Medical University.
Cathleen McColgin, PhD.,
Onondaga Community College
By Delani Weaver
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Elizabeth Stewart
Lockheed Martin MST
Evelyn Weisbrod
MAMI Interpreters
farah Jadran
gina Lee-glauser
Syracuse university
Htoo Lay Paw
MAMI Interpreters
Joe Scripa
Onondaga Case Management
Jolie Moran
Vera House Inc.
LaVergne Harden
YWCA Syracuse & Onondaga
Marvin francis_
Lockheed Martin MST
Mary Meier
SuNY upstate Medical university
Nichola Arnette-Burke
CNY Society for
Human Resource Management
Rev. Dr. Yong Ju Jee
korean Church of Syracuse
Robert Daino
Tamara Panzironi
Pulse fitness & zumba Center
Tashia Thomas Esq.
I feel very humbled and
honored to have the
opportunity to work with
young women to help
inspire them to pursue
careers in science and
engineering by organizing
“Women in Engineering
Day” at Lockheed Martin
I was surprised to be
nominated and then
chosen for this award. I
am grateful to receive it.
I truly love the diversity
of cultures at MAMI, and
the friendships we have
developed. My goal is to
foster this by striving to
think of others frst and
putt them before myself
Thank You!
Farah is extremely
honored to have this
honor from the YWCA of
Syracuse & Onondaga
County. She says, “In her
mind there’s no room for
prejudice in this world. I
would rather say, ‘hello,’
to someone and get to
know him or her instead
of judging them. I have
time for open-mindedness,
nothing else.”
I would like to thank
Ms. Esther Gray for the
nomination and the Board
of Directors and the Racial
Justice Committee for this
Award. I am profoundly
grateful for this honor. I
am especially humbled
to be in the company of
this year’s inductees and
previous Awardees.
I want to thank the YWCA
for this award, and thanks
MAMI Interpreters for
nominating me. It has
been a joy for me to
bring together people of
country and the Syracuse
Community. Thanks to
everyone who helped me
achieve this, especially
Evelyn and Jim at MAMI.
As our society becomes
more diverse, “We should
all know that diversity
makes for a rich tapestry,
and we must understand
that all the threads of the
tapestry are equal in value
no matter what their color”.
-Maya Angelou
It’s my honor to accept this
award today on behalf of
all people everywhere.
My passion for advocacy
connects me with people
of different races, religions,
and cultures. Receiving this
award provides motivation
for me to continue the work
I do and help all people live
happy, safe, and healthy
Martin Luther King Jr.
stated that everyone may
not become famous but
everyone can become
great. Greatness is a
matter of service. Today
I humbly accept this
award…It’s a testament
of those shoulders before
me that I stand on; and all
the phenomenal people
that I’ve been privileged to
lock arms with throughout
my 20 years of dedicated
Maya Angelou said “We all
should know that diversity
makes for a rich tapestry,
and we must understand
that all the threads of the
tapestry are equal in value
no matter what their color.”
I am deeply honored to
receive this award. Thank
I feel very honored to be
receiving the Diversity
Achievers Award. The work that
I do in the Offce of Diversity
and Inclusion at Upstate
helps to identify, address and
remedy potential discrimination
in the workplace and ensure
equal opportunities. More
importantly, my supervisor,
Maxine Thompson and co-
worker, Mozart Guerrier
work as a team to foster an
environment that respects
and appreciates the diversity of our employees and people in the
community we serve. I’m grateful to work for an organization that is
committed to promoting the values that I have always believed in.
It is with much pride that
I accept this honor from
the YWCA. Throughout
my professional
endeavors, as well as
through my volunteer
work in schools and
various community-based
organizations, I have tried
to promote diversity in
our communities. These
experiences have enriched
my life and provided
me with an opportunity
to recognize the values
and the importance of
promoting diversity and
inclusion in our lives. I
would like to thank the YWCA for this honor and also CNY
SHRM for nominating me.
It is an honor to be here
today, I appreciate it.
Syracuse has many
unsettled refuges. I want
you to know this. They
fed from their homeland
due to political or religious
persecution, but they
live as social or cultural
refugees here again. We
thank god for giving all of
us the great opportunity
to introduce and think
about refugees and their
situations today. I hope
that many people can join
us to give hope and love to
these people.
I believe in consistently
modeling diversity
by treating all fairly
and respectfully while
providing opportunities
for individuals, including
women, to grow
professionally and assume
leadership positions.
Community service is
a core belief for me. At
WCNY we put community
needs frst, ensuring
that our programming is
diverse and educational
outreach services to the
underserved a top priority.
When I opened Pulse
Fitness Studio on the near
West Side in the city of
Syracuse it was my thought
to provide a location that
was convenient for people
of all walks of life to come
together. I felt as though
most ftness facilities cater
to the suburbs or the more
affuent areas. I decided
it was time for a change.
My objective was to build
a community and a bond
between people whom you
wouldn’t normally expect
to see together through music and ftness. Thank you, I am so
honored and privileged to receive this prestigious award and I
pledge to continue promoting health and ftness throughout the
community and use it as a way to build Unity and Diversity.
It is extremely important
for me to be an active
participant in the elimination
of discrimination and
oppression. I love having
the opportunity to engage
people in thoughtful
dialogue about “isms” and
encourage the appreciation
and value of diversity.
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Great Futures Start Early!
* All current Pre-K students in the SCSD will automatically
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If you enjoy working with children and
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excellent communication skills, and are
flexible & creative,
we’d love to hear from you!
Youth enrichment specialists will support SCSD
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enrichment projects that will allow students to
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Soo Hyang Jee
korean Church of Syracuse
Amy Bordynski
Onondaga Case Management
I am so happy for this chance to share what
God has done through us. God makes us meet
our refugee friends and shows us how to serve
them. This is how my church as well as I can
do this work. We have become their friends
because they need a friend. We have shown
God’s love because they are eager to be
loved. This award encourages us. At the same
time, I believe that this award makes us keep
working for our refugee friends.
Jody Crawford
Lockheed Martin MST
“I am honored to be a recipient of the YWCA’s
Academy of Diversity Achievers Award.
Thank you to the YWCA for its commitment to
promote diversity.”
Michael O’Connor
Onondaga Community College
I am humbled to receive this prestigious
award. I have always felt that diversity is
America’s greatest strength. I entitled the
Diversity Council’s flm series “Strength in
Diversity” for this reason. I only hope that my
work helps encourage people to recognize that
diversity is not a problem; it is the solution.
I believe the important work in promoting
diversity involves creating safe atmospheres
for individuals to express themselves both as
a person and as a people. I am grateful for my
associates who have taught me to recognize
discrimination, and how humility will channel
my energy away from putting me before
others, and into making peace in my world.
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fBI: Early test shows ricin in Obama letter
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Leters sent
to President Barack Obama and a
Mississippi senator that tested positve
for poisonous ricin are related and
both are postmarked Memphis, Tenn.,
the FBI said Wednesday. A senator said
police have a suspect in mind. Several
other reports of suspicious mail to
government ofcials were being
In an intelligence bulletn obtained
by The Associated Press, the FBI says
that leters to Obama and Sen. Roger
Wicker, R-Miss., both say: “To see a
wrong and not expose it, is to become
a silent partner to its contnuance.”
Both leters are signed, “I am KC and I
approve this message.”
The actvity came as tensions were
high in Washington and across the
country following the deadly bombings
on Monday at the Boston Marathon
that killed three people and injured
more than 170. The FBI said there is no
indicaton of a connecton between the
leters and the bombing. The leters to
Obama and Wicker were postmarked
April 8, before the marathon.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said that
police suspect a person who “writes a
lot of leters to members.” She made
the comment Tuesday as she emerged
from a briefng by law enforcement
on the Boston bombing. Authorites
declined to comment on a suspect.
In additon to the leters, U.S. Capitol
police were investgatng the discovery
of at least three suspicious packages in
Senate ofce buildings.
Senate Sergeant at Arms Terence
Gainer said in an email that packages
were dropped of at the ofces of two
senators, and Sen. Richard Shelby,
R-Ala., said in a statement his ofce
had received one of them.
A third package was found in an atrium
on the frst foor of one of the two
buildings. A person who delivered at
least two of the packages was being
questoned, Gainer said, as Capitol
police swifly ramped up security.
Both the leters to Wicker, R-Miss., and
to Obama were intercepted at of-site
mail facilites.
Separately, Sen. Carl Levin of Mich.,
issued a statement saying an aide
in his Saginaw, Mich. Ofce had
received a suspicious-looking leter.
“The leter was not opened, and
the stafer followed the proper
protocols for the situaton, including
alertng the authorites, who are now
investgatng,” the Michigan Democrat
said in a statement.
The discoveries spread concern in
the sprawling Capitol complex, and
authorites swifly stepped up their
security presence.
In one case, police sealed of a hearing
room where Defense Secretary Chuck
Hagel and Gen. Martn Dempsey, the
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staf,
were testfying.
In another, ofcers advised Sen. Joe
Manchin and aides not to board an
elevator because suspicious packages
had been found on several foors of
the Hart Ofce Building.
“They just told me there’s something
suspicious and they’re looking into it,”
Manchin said.
The FBI said the leters to Obama
and Wicker were undergoing further
testng. Preliminary testng can be
unreliable, showing false positves for
Around the Capitol there was an
increased police presence Wednesday.
Outside, many public garbage cans
were empted and turned on their
side. Yet public tours of the building
contnued as usual.
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Have you a
failed a test in
school or in life?
Maybe you had
a relatonship
that went south;
maybe the loss of
that dependable
job, or the death
of a loved one
or close friend.
These are prime
examples which
can lead to one
losing their self-confdence.
Self confdence is “assurance: freedom
from doubt; belief in yourself and your
The queston is why does so many of
us lack confdence when we truly have
it? More importantly afer we lose it,
how do we get it back? Here are a few
tps to getng back on track.
Start every morning speaking
positve words to your self—words of
encouragement. You can do this in your
bed, car, elevator, etc. I normally do
this in the shower while getng ready
in the morning. I wash on positve
words and thoughts and wash of
negatvity. In the past I spent this tme
planning my day and thinking about all
the hurdles I would be jumping over.
I was sending myself out in the world
already partally defeated.
Additonally, take the tme and give
yourself a compliment. Have you ever
looked in the mirror and thought:
Damn I look good today!! I am giving
you permission to say it. Tell yourself
you look hot. But don’t stop there.
Speak to yourself this way throughout
your days whether at work, home, on
vacaton; whenever you can.
Do something spontaneous. Buy that
sexy cocktail dress; wear that hot pink
lipstck; go rock climbing. Try that new
perfume or cologne. Read that book
that you have been talking about and
putng of getng into.
No mater what your age, goal setng
must be a major priority in your life. Set
personal and spiritual goals. You are
worth it. As you start to achieve your
goals it will raise your self-confdence.
Just like everything else in this life our
self-confdence must be maintained.
Think of yourself as a gardener and
your self-confdence as a fower bud.
Similar to the fower bud in order to
grow and sustain life your confdence
must be watered (feed your mind,
body, and spirit), exposed to light
(positve energy, words both spoken
and thought) subject to pruning (clip
those negatve feelings, thoughts, and
people who hinder your growth).
Concentrate on the spiritual goals that
you have for yourself. Get connected
and stay in connecton. When you
study God’s word it does something to
you and for your spirit.
The bible says, “Cast not away your
confdence which has recompense of
great reward” (Hebrews 10:35).
Danielle Frazer is a graduate of SUNY
Albany and Lemoyne College. She
holds a BA of Arts and a Masters in
Educaton. She has been published
previously in “The Commercial Appeal”
in Memphis, TN. Danielle currently
works at Upstate Medical University.
She is a member of People AME Zion
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necessarily represent the position or viewpoint of MRMG or CNY Vision
Bufalo, New York is currently
undergoing a gentrifcaton
litmus-test that will have
pivotal ramifcatons of the
overall racial makeup of it’s
populaton if allowed to be
On the surface the Rev. Michael
Chapman of St. John the Baptst
Church has an awesome idea;
a $500 million program that
will create 15,000 jobs over the
next ten years. This is a program the public at-large
got to know about back in 2010 which promises
to move 150 residents of the Burnie C. McCarley
Gardens into new townhouses that will be built on
one of Bufalo’s oldest black communites, the Fruit
Belt – a series of streets mostly named afer a fruit.
If you are old-school like me you might be telling
yourself that it seems like yesterday when McCarley
was built in 1978, and here Chapman is selling the
property to the University of Bufalo Foundaton for
$15 million.
The truth be told the powerful white man in Bufalo
has been wantng that precious land bordering St.
John’s and the Fruit Belt for decades.
Quietly as it’s been kept, Bufalo is a longtme
Chocolate City that has survived all kinds of schemes
to decentralize blacks politcally, urban-renewal,
redistrictng, politcal legislatve reducton, and
regionalism. Did I cover everything?
One mad-scientst-scheme afer another has been
fred at blacks here, some of those kooky ideas
worked and some rightully didn’t.
This latest one is part of a larger program called UB
2020. It’s not really a new idea. It’s been in the works
since the late 1960’s.
In 1967 Bufalo General Hospital announced the UB
2020 plan involving Roswell Park Cancer Research
Center directly across the street from High Street.
To understand the tes between these three enttes
that make up what is the medical corridor, one must
understand the history of the insttutons.
Roswell was literally founded by a UB Professor of
Surgery Dr. Roswell Park in 1898.
Bufalo General Hospital was founded earlier in 1855
and is a major afliate of the UB School of Medicine.
I really can’t complain, given the dysfuncton of the
black branch of Bufalo’s interlocking directves,
blacks in Bufalo could easily be living on reservatons
next to the Indians.
Many of them are masters of talking-black while
giving us the blues.
We historically have had some of the most separate-
thinking group of black leaders in the country.
I can only credit God for any victories, perhaps all
that dancing and hollering in church has paid of
afer all in retrospect.
On the other side is a group of McCarley Garden/
Fruit Belt current residents who say Chapman’s plan
is just another in the long line of urban-renewal
lemons being pitched to blacks to the ultmate
beneft of whites.
The residents have history on their side. Veronica
Hemphill-Nichols and her neighbors are living in
deterioratng conditons.
Nichols of Grape Street is a longtme local actvist.
Since 2001 she has been a member of Restoratve
Justce, and has worked with the Community
Acton Organizaton as their coordinator/trainer in
restoratve justce philosophy.
Nichols has writen leters on behalf of her Fruit
Belt Housing Task Force Unit and McCarley Gardens
Tenant Council to Francis Letro, the chairman of UB
Foundatons Inc., regarding the appointments of a
panel, to be later called an Economic Opportunity
Panel or EOP. As it turns out, this panel only consists
of members of the UB Foundaton, St. Johns, and
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Deficit attention disorder
None of the members listed on the panel live or play
in the Fruit Belt. They requested an answer to her
frst leter by one-third and didn’t get it.
Most plans regarding Bufalo are discussed outside
of Bufalo and approved by whatever key black
leader(s) go along with it at the moment.
Whites plan way ahead of tme in their best interest,
and any black taxpayers getng hip to their agenda
can throw them of momentarily, or force a change
in plans.
While Previous Reverends Burnie McCarley and
Bennet Walker Smith Sr., helped local blacks through
civil rights, we are now subject to the gamesmanship
of what former atorney-now-columnist Alton
Maddox calls silver rights leaders.
Chapman seems to be making choices over the years
that have been only about the money. Rumors are
fying he is planning to retre and move south before
long and is just trying to cash-in.
To me the Fruit Belt/McCarley Gardens controversy is
a trial-run, that if successful, will end in the outright
ownership of inner city through the direct ouster of
most of its African-American populaton by the UB
2020 program.
My fear is also that just as in the past, only a few
McCarley residents will be able to be successfully
moved as a result of Chapman’s training program.
Claiming to train these young black kids in the feld
of constructon and the building trades to have at
least 150 new homes ready by 2017-2020 is no small
feat, a miracle to say the least.
I only see a handful getng moved and the rest of
the money claimed to be allocated for them going
into somebody’s pocket.
If you are black and live in Bufalo now, are you ready
to live in the suburbs without equal compensaton of
the home you were forced to leave?
Are you ready to be subject to more racial profling
than ever by the all-white Cheektowaga, and
Tonawanda police departments who operate out of
the same towns you stand to be kicked into?
Rev. Chapman has agreed to terms that have yet to
be federally approved. I’m really cutng a long story
short, representatves of the medical corridor are
very unwilling to speak with Nichols or her group,
issues such as imminent domain, land banking, and
of course gentrifcaton also come into play.
I don’t begrudge a good retrement. I love to see
blacks doing well, but not at the dangerous costs we
potentally face. A petton with more informaton is
being circulated.
Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for
blackcommentator, Politcal Afairs Magazine, and
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