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Time: 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Location: Tajzes - 139 State Street, 14614 Please bring new/gently used books and school supplies for 3rd graders. Items collected will support our upcoming project Reading is Fun at school no. 19 10-18 Palmer Park Time: 8:00 p.m Location: 1199 East Main Street A hit of the 2008 Stratford Festival, Palmer Park is a docu-drama of sorts that tells the story of the rise and fall of a 1960s Detroit neighborhood that managed to remain for many years a bastion of racial integration and harmony in the face of white flight and urban decay. This is a powerful piece that speaks to what continue to be many of the central issues of our time. Proceeds from the production will benefit Dr. Freddie Thomas High School and its program for transitioning 8th graders. Tickets are $15. Tickets can be ordered by calling 585-269-4673 or can be purchased at the door 11 Move with the Deltas! Location: The PAC Center at MCC Bldg. 10 Parking available in Lot G Come out for one or challenge yourself to all four workout sessions! Conditioning 101 9a.m.| Music & Movement 10a.m.| Line Dancing 11 a.m.| Zumba 12 p.m. 11 Creative Workshop Spring Childrens Show May 11June 8 in the Lucy Burne Gallery (Creative Workshop) This exhibition of works by children studying at the Gallerys Creative Workshop is offered in conjunction with the MAG Centennial. Admission is free during Workshop hours. Call 585-2768959 for more information. 12,19,24,27 Flower City Days at the Public Market Join us for Flower City Days at the Rochester Public Markets. Also 6/2 and 6/9 25 PlayDate Rochester Time: 9:00pm2:00am Location: Diplomat Party - House located at 1956 Lyell Ave PlayDate Rochester offers an environment where people whether single or married, in their 20s or in their 50s, can get a genuine interaction that breaks down the barriers typically found at a bar or nightclub. It offers nostalgic games at an affordable price. The cost to attend PlayDate Rochester is $10 before May 1st, $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at www.playdaterochester.com.

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Mayor Richards Presents 2013 State of the City Address
Rochester Mayor Thomas S. Richards declared Monday during his second State of the City address that the politics of governing must change if citizens are going to maintain control of the citys future. I have sought to lead our citys transformation so that all of our residents can participate fully in our future, Richards said at School of the Arts High School. We need to do this together - citizens, unions, city employees, city council, the school district, neighborhood and business groups, investors, educators, all of us. I seek to get out in front and steer that transformation so that all of us can remain and prosper in the city we love. Richards then laid out sweeping proposals and goals he thinks will continue to transform the city. He stressed that public safety involves much more than the Rochester police and fire departments. He said that affordable housing, recreation centers and libraries are just a few pieces of the puzzle in keeping citizens safe. Richards then said the Rochester Police Department needs public help to reduce crime and violence, and is seeking to engage neighborhoods, engage youth and target gangs. Chief Sheppard and I know firsthand that fighting crime is not just for the police, Richards said. During the upcoming budget process the competitive neighborhood grants will give citizens an opportunity to develop their own ideas to fight crime and violence near their homes. Richards called this approach citizen budgeting. The mayor said the city will continue funding to provide summer jobs and career exploration for young people; the city will continue towards the goal of eliminating gang activity and the use of illegal guns; and he will include money in the budget to explore the possibility of creating more patrol sections. As for education Richards indicated the need for stability over fingerpointing and building on the existing relationship with the Rochester City

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Mayor Richards School District. A campaign may be won by a strategy of divide and conquer but a city cannot be governed that way. Again, that is the old politics and a certain path to failure, Richards said. Noting the need to improve the quality of life in city neighborhoods, Richards said public and private investments in housing, infrastructure and business development has topped $1.7 billion over the last four years, and is occurring in all four of the citys quadrants. Major plans in the works include Eastman Business Park, which the RCSDs Facilities Modernization Program and the new transit center on Mortimer Street. Project Labor Agreements included in these projects guarantees that city residents and minorities are among those hired and trained for the project, Richard said. As for other race-related issues Richards said, in August, the City will partner with the University of Rochester to hold a two-day careertraining seminar and career fair to help increase the numbers of women and minority employees in the police and fire departments. Between our PLA arrangements, our minority training programs, and a breakthrough in our public safety recruit classes, we are writing a new chapter in addressing racial disparities in our city, Richards said. We are committed to this.

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RocOn Times Says Adults Can Still Play


Do you remember playing as a child? That time where you could relax, let loose and just had a good time with games such as Uno, Simon Says, Hula Hoops and Connect Four? Do you miss that environment? Well Orlando and Denishea Ortiz is giving Rochester adults the chance to be a kid again. PlayDate Rochester will be launched May 25th at the Diplomat Party House. It will be a night filled with music, food, dancing and games for adults looking for a fun and friendly night out. Orlando Ortiz, president of the Puerto Rican Festival said, Its my wife and I doing this. We went to one in Detroit a few years ago and we saw the excitement it brought and the level entertainment and we thought it was something that was lacking in Rochester community, especially for that demographic or that mature crowd and that professional crowd. PlayDate Rochester will provide an environment where people; single or married, in their 20s or in their 50s, can get a genuine interaction that breaks down the barriers typically found at a bar or nightclub. It offers several old fashioned games at an affordable price such as Dominoes, Spades, Scrabble, Checkers, Taboo, Twister, Jenga, Monopoly, and more. Its not like a regular club night or bar night. Its different to where people that dont typically go out on the weekends because they dont want to go to a bar or a club, would go out to a PlayDate event, Ortiz said. This is the first time that a PlayDate event will be in Rochester. Ortiz said he isnt sure how many times this even will come to Rochester but he is hoping that it will be quarterly. PlayDate was first launched in Atlanta in 2005. Since then, it has been launched in over 30 cities around the U.S. Ortiz has founded the RocON Times brand and partnered with PlayDate USA for this event. The company that my wife and I created for Rochester, PlayDate USA is going to be under that brand. Its our first major event. We hope to put more major events under the RocOn Times. For more information call (585)2046567 or visit www.playdaterochester. com. Orlando and Denishea Ortiz

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RCSD School Board Candidate Mia Hodgins Confronts the District on School Safety and Social Media
Rochester School Board Candidate Mia Hodgins is tackling violence in Rochester City Schools. Last week, Hodgins questioned the Rochester City School District (RCSD) on school safety and social media websites such as Facebook and YouTube. I want to challenge the district to better protect our children from bullying and violence, Hodgins said. Where are the safety team members when these large-scale incidents are planned, happen and filmed? We cannot allow this type of violence to continue near, on the way to and in our schools. Hodgins believes that there needs to be a clear and solid policy developed and thoroughly implemented throughout each individual school with the districts full support in order to control and stop school violence. All of the schools are not bad, Hodgins said. There have been incidents, individualized incidents here and there. A recent Facebook video shows a violent fight between two teens, Anthony Rucker and another student in the bathroom at Robert Brown High School, inside of the old Edison Tech building. Rucker was seen being pushed, punched and wrestled by the other student. One video found on YouTube from March 8th of this year shows two female students fighting on the RTS bus. The driver slows down and opens the back door; the two students fall out of the bus and continue to fight while the bus pulled away. Theyre (school fights) being planned and organized on sites like Facebook and YouTube and if we can have our safety teams within each building being able to monitor those things and prevent the fights before they even happen, thats a step in the right direction, Hodgins said. Hodgins has created a plan to combat this issue so the safety of students can be ensured. First, allow school safety teams to access social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube to track and monitor student activity so that any violence acts can be prevented before they happen or catch any such acts shortly after it happens. Second, provide school safety team members with additional training in conflict resolution through programs like those offered at the Center for Dispute Settlement in order to make sure that altercations can be solved through mediation and restorative justice. Third is to create safe zones in schools where students who are being threatened or bullied can go to when violence is brewing to help prevent them for being victimized and add another level of preventing violence. Last is cell phone use. Hodgins will support all teachers who ban the use of cell phones in the classroom. She believes that cell phones are capturing and promoting violence in schools and are not needed for learning. Cell phones arent promoting learning in our schools, Hodgins said. Theyre a distraction to students and again theyre being used to organize these violent events across our district. In April, 2012 there was a fight at the Northeast Northwest College Preparatory High School involving several students. Two weeks after the incident, a letter was sent to parents. The letter was sent out two weeks after the incident. And I think thats inappropriate and we really need to know whats happening inside our schools. And we really need to understand, well what are the steps for when an incident happens and how the district is gonna notify parents. Hodgins feels that parents need to be involved in their childrens school Mia Hodgins safety just as much as the school district does. I also want to encourage parents to become a partner in keeping our kids safe in our schools, Hodgins said. We need to talk to our children about violence and appropriate use of social media.

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A new local law encouraging homeowners and businesses to make environmentally-friendly improvements to their properties through a green property tax exemption was proposed by Monroe County Legislator Joseph D. Morelle Jr. (D-Irondequoit) Thursday. Morrelle, whos father -- the Democratic Committee Chairman -has been under fire for prematurely announcing Thomas Richards as the Democratic nominee for Mayor, says he is focusing on job creation. Home and business construction projects mean jobs for our economy, along with giving property owners a great reason to make needed improvements, and with this exemption were protecting our environment and preserving natural resources at the same time, Morelle said. Its a common sense step toward addressing these challenges, and I hope my colleagues in the Legislature will join me in taking it. Under the new law, made possible through a provision in New York State Real Property Tax Law, those who make more than $10,000 in real property improvements that meet green energy standards such as the National Green Building Standards (NGBS), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), or other nationally recognized energy- standards, will be eligible to have 100% of any increase in assessed value exempted from their taxes for up to six years. All exemptions end after 10 years. Morelle is supported in this effort by the Rochester Home Builders Association, said Chief Executive Officer Rick Herman. Legislator Morelles proposal follows a state law passed last year as a way to increase economic growth and promote energy-efficient practices across the state, Herman said. It is a benefit to all homeowners doing remodeling, home improvements and new construction that are certified by a third party as green building projects. Joe is leading the way in the effort to bring awareness about this law to all the residents of Monroe County, and the members of the Rochester Home Builders Association commend him. This matter has been submitted for consideration in the Legislatures May committee cycle. Monroe County Legislator Joseph D. Morelle Jr.

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Local Beauty Salons New Target for Robberies


Beauty salons around the city have been experiencing armed robberies. These incidents have usually occurred on Fridays and/or Saturdays in the early evening around 4pm to 5pm, which are prime times for women to be at a salon. These robberies began on the northwest quadrant of the city and has spread throughout the entire city. These businesses are a cash oriented enterprise and are considered soft targets similar to churches, schools, nursing homes, malls and sporting events according to law enforcement. The robbers enter the salon with two separate methods of operation. A two person team enters with handguns, demanding money first from the proprietors. Then open a bag and have the employees and customers deposit all of their valuables inside. These two robbers are armed with handguns. The other is a four person team that enters the shop together, with at least one and sometimes two entering the shop armed with some sort of long gun, either a rifle or a shotgun. There have been several of these robberies to date. Law enforcement officials are encouraging patrons of these facilities to be aware of your surroundings, the layout of your favorite salon and talk about these events with your family, friends and salon operators. Additionally, develop a personal plan and ask your salon operator what plan have they implemented or contemplating to address these issues.

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Gas-storage plans in NYs Finger Lakes draw outcry


By Mary Esch ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, frequented by tourists for its vistas, recreation and vineyards, is dotted with caverns left behind a century ago when the area was a major salt-producing region. Now, an energy company is eyeing those caves as ideal spaces for storing natural gas, upsetting opponents who are trying to prevent a resurgence of industry to what they call an environmental gem. The plans call for six new rail spurs to handle 24 propane tanker cars every 12 hours. A round-the-clock cycle of trains and tanker trucks seven days a week would bring propane in and out of the facility. Four 700-horsepower compressors would be built, and two open brine ponds would be placed on a hillside above Seneca Lake. Opponents say the industrial site and related heavy traffic will harm the wine and tourism industries that flourish around the Finger Lakes, a necklace of fjord-like lakes south of Rochester. An accident at the brine ponds could pollute Seneca Lake, which supplies drinking water to 100,000 people. The critics also fear accidents like the gas explosion and fire that burned for six days at a salt storage facility in Moss Bluff, Texas, in 2004, or the massive sinkhole over a collapsed saltdome gas-storage site in Louisiana in August that forced the evacuation of 350 people. Protecting our kids, making sure they have a future: It seems to be a basic part of our job description, biologist Sandra Steingraber wrote in a blog post from the jail she was sent to last month for blocking access to the salt cavern. She and two others chose to go behind bars for a week rather than pay a fine of $375. She likened civil disobedience against the fossil fuel industry to the anti-slavery and womens suffrage movements and often mentions her two children as the inspiration for her environmental activism. She implored other mothers to join her. Steingraber and a coalition of groups called Dont Frack New York have collected more than 3,000 signatures on a Pledge to Resist Fracking, which says signers will engage in non-violent acts of protest if Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifts a 5-year-old moratorium on shale gas development in the state. Companies have been solution-mining salt beside Seneca Lake for more than a century. The process involves drilling about 2,000 feet down into a salt formation left by an ancient sea. Water is injected to dissolve salt, creating brine thats evaporated to yield salt. The caverns left behind make ideal storage spaces for natural gas and propane, and previous owners have used the Seneca Lake salt caverns for gas storage for decades. The U.S. Energy Information

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Administration says depleted gas fields account for the vast majority of the nations 410 underground storage facilities. But most new storage facilities built since 2007 have been salt caverns, which are strong and impervious to gas. Inergy Midstream, based in Kansas City, Mo., wants to build a natural gas storage and transportation hub in the Northeast with connections to the Dominion and Millennium interstate pipelines. The gas, propane and butane stored in the salt mines would likely come from conventional drilling, as well as shale gas drilling using highvolume fracking. Inergy bought the U.S. Salt plant on Seneca Lake, 2 miles north of Watkins Glen, in 2008 and announced plans to use depleted salt caverns to store liquid propane gas that is pumped into the open spaces. New Yorks Department of Environmental Conservation is expected to decide on the companys environmental impact study soon. Inergy Midstream said via email: Propane and natural gas have been stored safely in this region for decades, and we look forward to building upon the established track record of safe hydrocarbon storage in this region while creating jobs, lowering energy prices for area residents, and helping to support the local economy. Inergys subsidiary, Arlington Storage Co., is seeking permission from the department and the Federal Energy

Regulatory Commission to expand an existing natural gas storage project in the salt formation. Inergy also continues to mine high-quality salt at the site. Two residents formed Gas Free Seneca when details of the plans began to emerge. The first public forum, in April 2011, was attended by about 500 people, said Joseph Campbell, who had recently built a lakefront home. Some in the community supported the project in recent letters to the Department of Environmental Conservation. Chris Franzese, owner of the Villager Motel in Watkins Glen, said it would create jobs, generate tax revenues and strengthen the local economy. Jamie Wade, owner of a local fuel company, said it would create a reliable, affordable source of propane in Schuyler County, where more than 20 percent of residents rely on propane for heating and cooking. Michael Dineen, 64, was one of the three activists jailed. He said hes not normally one to protest but was moved to action as landowners surrounding his 63-acre organic farm signed gasdrilling leases and Inergy came in with its expansion plans. I feel strongly that somebody has to step forward, Dineen said. Going to jail shows I really mean it. I dont want this company in my community.

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32 New York state level officials have been involved in corruption cases in the past seven years. The minority community has seen several minority officials on the wrong side of the court room. Monday, a federal prosecutor accused Democrat Senator John Sampson of Brooklyn of funneling funds into his failed campaign for Brooklyn district attorney. In addition, hes being charged with embezzling $440,000 between 1998 and 2008 and using some of it to pay for a bid for Brooklyn district attorney. When he feared getting caught, he told an associate he could track down informants and take them out, according to an unsealed indictment. Other charges are obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI. The fourth arrest in the past four weeks came as the Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who campaigned to clean up Albany, had repeatedly insisted that state politics has shed its dysfunctional past. They cant continue to go forward saying Albany is working great and its no longer dysfunctional, said Bill Mahoney of the New York Public Interest Research Group. This is clearly not true. The latest wave of arrests has sent fear throughout the Legislature because two lawmakers working as informants for federal prosecutors secretly recorded years of conversations in Albany and New York City. Sampson is now another name to add to the list of minority officials who have been involved in some sort of corruption. Last month, Democratic State Senator, Malcolm Smith was charged with bribing Republican officials to get on the GOP mayoral ticket. The bribe money came from a real estate developer who was undercover. Smith agreed to help the developer get funding for a project in Spring Valley, New York in exchange for the money. In August of 2012, former New York State Senator Shirley Huntley turned herself into the Nassau County District Attorneys office along with her attorney and two dozen supporters. Huntley plead guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and embezzling $87,000 from the Parent Information Network, a Queens non-profit organization in January of this year. She has not been sentenced yet. Larry B. Seabrook is a former New York City Councilman from District 12. Elected to the city council in 2001, was the first Black politician to hold office in three separate legislative branches of government, both on municipal and statewide levels. In 2010, Seabrook was indicted by a federal grand jury on 13 counts of money laundering, extortion and fraud. He plead not guilty to the charges but was convicted on nine charges in July 2012 and is serving five years in prison. Kevin Parker, member of the New York State Senate, has a record of physical violence against others. In 2009, Parker was convicted of criminal mischief for attacking and breaking the finger of a New York Post photographer and severely damaging the photographers camera and car door. After, Parker was stripped of his leadership position as majority whip and chair of the Energy Committee. He was sentenced to three years probation and a $1,000 fine in 2011. Efrain Gonzalez Jr was elected to the New York State Senate in 1989, making him one of the citys longest-serving state legislators. He was the Chair of the Minority Conference within the Senate, President of the National Hispanic Policy Institute, Chair of the New York State Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force and several other positions. In 2010, Gonzales pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and fraud. Gonzlez funded a nonprofit group called Pathways for Youth for approximately $200,000 in state grants. Pathways then provided more than $400,000 to the West Bronx Neighborhood Association, another nonprofit organization that Mr. Gonzlez founded himself and solicited money from individuals and corporate donors. Mr. Gonzlez embezzled more than $500,000 from West Bronx to pay for membership fees in a vacation club and luxury apartment in the Dominican Republic, jewelry, Yankees tickets and college tuition for his daughter. He was sentenced to seven years in prison. Former New York City Councilman Miguel Martinez resigned from his city council seat in July of 2009 and pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy two days later. Martinez confessed to stealing $106,000 from childrens art programs and lowincome housing. He was convicted on three felonies and was sentenced to five years in prison. Nelson Castro, a former New York state assemblyman was indicted for perjury in a corruption case in 2008. Castro allegedly lied under oath during a civil proceeding regarding his eligibility for placement on the ballot in a primary election for the 86th Assembly District. He resigned from his position and cooperated with federal officials in a separate bribery case. Castro was not charged criminally in that case. His next court date will be later this year for state charges. Majority Leader of the New York State Senate Democrat Pedro Espada Jr was found guilty of embezzling money from federally funded healthcare clinics in May of 2012. Espada was allegedly using his Soundview Health Clinic in the Bronx to embezzle $400,000 in taxpayer dollars to fund nonprofit luxuries like Japanese cuisine, home improvements and his political campaigns. After pleading guilty to tax evasion, his other charges were dismissed in exchange for agreeing not to appeal his theft conviction from 2012. The FBI is investigating claims that a scandal-scarred (former) Bronx assemblywoman, Naomi Rivera, hired her unqualified then-lover to run her taxpayer-funded nonprofit, and used the charity as her personal piggy bank. Agents paid a visit in late 2012 to the Rockland County home of Riveras ex-beau Vincent Pinela, the former $75,000-a-year head of her Bronx Council for Economic Development. Pinela, 40, detailed how Rivera, 49, hired him at her crony-packed BCED, and used charity funds for romantic dinners and campaign expenses. Rivera lost her seat last year to Mark Gjonaj.

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Rochester Race Relations Below 1964 Levels


Dear Editor: Regarding your article Is The Black Vote Being Oppresses, Again? Racism is not a card game to be played as those who do not experience often claim. Racism is alive, not a game, and a daily oppressive event for the recipients. Anyone who claims it is a game of cards is out of touch with those who are the victims of racism. Calling it a card to be played is part of the beast of oppression that says the oppressed do not have the right to speak of or against their oppression or oppressors. Having said that, I am must say that I am encouraged Ms. Lovely is a candidate. Race relations for in the City are very near July 1964 levels. The Music Fest has been sabotaged and morphed into a lost event placed in a cement jungle. As leaders of the 60s stated whatever is given will eventually be taken away and so with the Music Fest and its arena Genesee Valley Park. Everything Mr. Johnson did for the City has been destroyed to small narrow conservative thought. I have not seen any improvement under Mayor Richards. Genesee Valley Park for decades has been a place of recreation for the minority communities in 14619, 14611 and 14608 zip codes. The allowed placement of the hotel by the University of Rochester has blocked off access to making access to the park difficult. Minority children no longer have a clear direct route to walk to the parks swimming pool. It has become the park of the University of Rochester and its all White student body, their visiting families and the universitys facility. This meets with the U of R Strong Memorial Hospitals history. The City is imprisoned with traffic cameras placed heavily in minority neighborhoods. This discourages even more coming into the City. It takes money from the citizens of Rochester and feeds the profits of the producers of the cameras. It destroys a right to due process of the law in that to fight the tickets; money has to be paid for such justice to the non-governmental for profit monitors. Only government is allowed to police. They endanger the safety of drivers in that they cause sudden stops in winter weather that could cause accidents due to slides. The yellow lights flash as a shorter timing. Our government continues to attack its citizens and make our City a less desirable place to live. Although Regional Transit makes a profit, it chose to take away the transfer to the detriment of the poor and low income who ride the buses. It is discouraging to see in my six plus decades here the Citys forward movement on race regress to pre-July 1964. ~Earlyn Walker

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Orchids and Onions May 2013


Orchids: To Charles Ramsey, the Ohio man from the old school, who overcame his upbringing when it came to what can happen to a black man attempting to GLORIA WINSTON AL-SARAG assist a white woman pleading for help. His history has probably taught him that he may be jeopardizing his own safety. Thank God it all turned out well, and he managed to become the conductor of the rescue for three women who were kidnapped and held hostage for 10 years. Onions: To any and everyone in the media who felt the need to investigate and attempt to castrate the goodness of Charles Ramsey. Since he has paid his debt to society, who really gives a damn about him being a convicted felon? What crazy investigative reporter took the time to attempt to discredit this man? Onions: To any editors who saw the need to print, publish, air or share the mud being slung at Charles Ramsey after such a heroic gesture took place. Some folks like ugly and refuse to play nice. Onions: To the system that has failed to charge the kidnappers two brothers, who also lived in the house. How does that happen? Three women chained, abused and assaulted in the house you live in for 10 years and you know nothing? Onions: To every black and Hispanic legislator in New York state thinking they are above the law and who are consistently violating the public trust. Assemblyman John Sampson recently joined the ranks. I hear through the grapevine there will be others. I have previously stated the taking down of our brightest stars appears to be a nationwide agenda, almost guaranteeing the fact that those who may have once qualified for governor or Congress cant do so in disgrace or from behind bars. When are my brothers and sisters gonna get a grip and realize they cant do what they see others do, and get away with it? Orchids: To the white suburban blogger who literally took to task the Morelle decision to prematurely designate the other candidate for mayor. Folks were thrilled about his piece and by what Aaron Wickes wrote in the Smugtown Beacon. People that were neither naive enough to ignore that race factored into the decision nor that the card was being played by the Monroe County Democratic Committee (MCDC) first. My only problem was the Negroes who rallied behind the suburbanites words acted like I was not telling the truth when I said Negroes were lynched. Slaves dont know what to do with their loyalties at times. Maybe it is important that they please Massa first. Onions: To the large and in charge egoists in this community. You know the ones. They want respect but fail to give any. Onions: Speaking of slaves, what was with the Uncle Tom acts I was told occurred at the mayors State of the City event? I heard bits and pieces and almost threw up in my mouth. I would love details and facts, as opposed to innuendos. I find it impossible to believe that anyone who has earned the reputation for supporting their own community first would stoop to such brown-nosing. Because the only thing on my teeth is nicotine, I was more than shocked to hear that so-called black leadership is making excuses for not supporting one of their own. We have certainly been here before. Orchids: To all who have interest, patience and who have pursued a career that brings them face to face with children who are autistic or have special needs. It takes a special kind of person to handle those with special needs. Orchids: To R.I.T.s Tina Chapman DaCosta for the excellent documentary she completed on the Pythodd Room. The short film was shown as a part of the High Falls Film Festival in the Women at R.I.T. Series. If you love history and jazz, but missed it, she will be showing the film again. Yours truly and Diane Sheffield were featured in the film. In another life, I worked at the Pythodd for two years before it closed. That was while I was writing my weekly entertainment column for the Buffalo Challenger. Onions: To the seeminglydysfunctional S.W.A.N board and how they are apparently controlled by one individual who appears to be more corrupt than community-minded. Onions: To the RCSD superintendent, commissioners and all others responsible for the recent shameful drop of one percent in the graduation rate. Since no one appears concerned enough to dismantle that thing we call a board then at least elect some new blood, like Ernest Flagler Mitchell, to its ranks. Not only does he actually have children in the district, he cares. Orchids: To the decision made by North Koreas leadership to remove the missiles set for launching weeks ago from its East Coast. Onions: To the bicyclists who seemingly dare you to hit them with their erratic behavior on the road. Some have little or no concern for their life or yours. This is the season for the foolish ones to come out and play chicken. Onions: To those who go fishing and are totally unprepared. Not only do some of them not know how to spell tackle box, I just love the ones who never have enough bait and look for you to supplement their deficit. Not. Orchids: To all the beautiful mothers this Mothers Day. That includes single mothers, step mothers, surrogate mothers, grandmothers and other guardians caring for their children. Also included in that group are the fathers who have custody of their children, because there are more of them than most may care to know about.
---------------------------------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

No Second Class Families


A f r i c a n Americans have spent much of our history fighting for equal treatment. Just two generations ago, our parents and our grandparents were banned from eating BENJAMIN JEALOUS at certain restaurants, attending certain schools, and working in certain professions. So it is not difficult to empathize with the struggle of immigrants in our country. Like our ancestors who migrated from the former slave states of the Deep South, millions of undocumented immigrants move to the United States each year to find work and a decent education for their children. But when they arrive, they are confronted with blatant discrimination and racial profiling - with hardly any legal recourse and little public outrage. As people of color, we have a responsibility to stand up for social justice whenever it is violated. That is why the NAACP has joined other civil rights and human rights organizations, including the Rights Working Group and the Leadership Conference of Civil and Human Rights, to support comprehensive immigration reform. Across the country, an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants live in a permanent second-class status. Many immigrants come to the U.S. to find a better life, but find themselves living in the shadows, in constant fear of arrest and deportation. This segregation has a cost. Undocumented workers are exploited on a regular basis. Many business owners pay low wages and provide dangerous working conditions for their undocumented workers, with little fear of retaliation. They know that their employees have too much at stake to risk contacting the proper authorities. Undocumented immigrants are also targeted by police. Racial profiling has been legalized in states like Alabama and Arizona under the guise of immigration enforcement. Our national immigration laws, in conjunction with these state laws, encourage local police to stop people of color, whether they are undocumented or not. Right now Congress is debating a comprehensive immigration bill that will offer a roadmap to citizenship and also deal directly with workplace discrimination and racial profiling. One proposed provision allows undocumented immigrants to have the full protection of American labor laws. Another one explicitly prohibits racial profiling by Homeland Security agents - which would make it the first federal law to do so. The bill in its draft form is not perfect. The racial profiling provision needs adjustments that are being debated at the time of this writing. The draft bill also contains provisions that would eliminate the diversity visa program - which helps many African and Caribbean immigrants come to America - and dramatically expand the guest worker program. The NAACP and our allies will continue to make our voice heard as Congress debates the bill.

OPINION/EDITORIAL
The Flawed Immigration Reform Bill
(TriceEdneywire.com) - The Senates Gang of Eight have put together an 844 page monstrosity known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, legislation that President Obama says he basically approves of. The crafters of this essentially unreadable bill was put julianne malveaux together by Senators Dick Durbin (Illinois), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Michael Bennett (D-CO), Marco Rubio (R-FLA), Jeff Flake (AZ), John McCain (AZ) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC). On its surface, the bill provides much-needed relief to many of the 11 million undocumented people who live in our country. The challenge is that it disadvantages some immigrants, especially African and Caribbean immigrants, while helping others. Further, the Senators crafting the bill put goodies into the bill that only serve to advantage themselves or their states. Senator Lindsay Graham wants more visas for the meat packing industry. Senator Charles Schumer provided special provisions for Irish people with a high school diploma (why?), Senator Marco Rubio, the much touted possible presidential candidate in 2016, asked for more visas for the cruise ship industry, and Senators Michael Bennett wants more visas for workers in ski resorts. Meanwhile, the legislation would eliminate the Diversity Visa Program, which allows a visa lottery for countries that have low levels (less than 50,000 people) of immigration to the United States. Many African immigrants come here through this program (Ghana and Nigeria each had six thousand immigrants through this program in 2011; African immigrants are 36 percent of those receiving diversity visas). Thus, while Sen. Schumer pushes for special provisions for Irish immigrants, there is no one on the Senate side pushing for special provisions for African and Caribbean immigrants. Instead of the Diversity Visa Program, the Senate Bill 744 creates between 120,000 and 200,000 visas on a merit based system, which gives highest

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priority to those who have future employment opportunities. Because employers do not seek out African and Caribbean immigrants for employees (as they seek out Indian and Chinese employees), the merit-based point system is likely to provide fewer opportunities for those from Africa and the Caribbean. Sen. Schumers special provision for the Irish carries no stipulation that these people be employed, essentially granting them a pass from the merit-based point system. Many hi-tech companies use the H-1B visa program on the grounds that there is a shortage of skilled workers in the United States. There is evidence that this claim is specious and that employers prefer foreign workers who they can pay less and control more. The new legislation will prevent employers from holding workers hostage because their continuing employment is necessary in order to keep their visa. The new legislation gives H-1B 60 days to find a new job. But why do we have H-1B visas at all. With unemployment over 7 percent, and black unemployment over 13 percent, surely there are unemployed people who could work effectively in technology companies. Howard University economist Bill Sprigs has written that there are proportionately more African American students majoring in computer science than white. Many of these graduates cannot find jobs. Meanwhile, African and Caribbean immigrants get just a small percentage of H-1B visas. The Immigration Modernization bill will spend $4.5 billion in an attempt to secure the southern border, which will secure our country from Mexican immigrants, but ignores the northern border, which makes our country more open to Canadian immigration. Of course, Canadian immigrants are more likely to be white, and thus less feared, than Mexican immigrants. The Congressional Black

Caucus is one of many groups that suggest that this $4.5 billion could be more effectively spent, perhaps on STEM education. The immigration bill is by no means final. The House of Representatives still has to vote on it, and many of them will add amendments and exceptions to take care of their pet causes. Meanwhile, President Obama has been urging Democrats to accept the immigration bill as it is, because too many amendments may jeopardize the bill. For example, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) would like to propose an amendment that would allow gay Americans to sponsor their partners for green cards. The Judiciary Committee is likely to pass this amendment, but the whole Senate might not pass it. President Obama has had a bad year, so far. He didnt get his way on gun control, and hes been kicked around by an obstructionist House of Representatives. He needs immigration reform to fulfill promises he made to the Latino community during his campaign. But the unwieldy 844-page piece of legislation contains lots of provisions that dont pass the smell test. It makes it more difficult for African and Caribbean immigrants to become citizens of the United States. The African-American community must take a closer look at this legislation. If Sen. Schumer can give 10,000 Irish immigrants the open door, how many Africans and Caribbeans will he make exceptions for? At the very minimum, Congress should restore the Diversity Visa program. The bill is called the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act. Exactly who will have more economic opportunity? And is immigration really being modernized when it locks foreign-born black people out of the process?

Has this ship sailed

No Second Class Families


...from previous page
In August 1963 a sea of diverse activists stormed the National Mall to demand social justice and an end to segregation. In April 2013 a similarly diverse wave of legal immigrants, undocumented immigrants, and activists of all backgrounds gathered at the United States Capitol to call an end to second-class citizenship. The March on Washington pressured Congress to pass the Civil Rights Acts. This year, we need to show Congress again that American of all stripes care about progressive reform. As Dr. King said, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. African Americans have spent much of our history fighting for fair treatment and equal opportunity. We must also offer support to our immigrant brothers and sisters. If we want to escape the sins of our past, we must ensure there are no second class families today. ----------------------Ben Jealous is president/CEO of the NAACP. Contact: Ben Wrobel 917-846-0658 bwrobel@naacpnet. org @NAACPPress

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