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Have You Heard? Buffalo SNUG is Here!

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by Karima Amin

It was December of 2009 when Senators Malcolm A. Smith and Antoine Thompson announced the advent of “Operation SNUG” (“guns” spelled backward) and we learned that several Erie County community organizations would receive $500,000 for the prevention of gun violence. At that time, Senator Smith said, “Today marks a turning point in community safety…. Gun violence affects us all- white or black, rich or poor, illegal guns terrorize neighborhoods and tear apart families. For too long, the deadly specter of illegal guns has gone unchecked. In cities across the state, our children are dying at the hands of gun violence, but through our commitment to SNUG, we can put a stop to that deadly trend now and return our streets to their rightful owners, the people of New York.”

Senator Thompson concurred, saying, “Gang violence and illegal gun use has been a problem in Buffalo and across the state for too long. Operation SNUG will hopefully cut down on excessive gang violence that many communities face.”

On February 5, 2014, Senator Tim Kennedy announced the re-launching of “Operation SNUG,” awarding $366, 400 to Back to Basics Outreach Ministries, which is implementing a targeted neighborhood violence prevention project. Believing in the promise of “Operation SNUG,” Senator Kennedy said, “This funding will target neighborhoods hardest hit by street violence and apply a tried-and-tested model of street outreach and violence intervention to cut down on gang activity and reduce violent crime from the frontlines.”

Pastor James E. Giles, President/CEO of Back to Basics Outreach Ministries said, “These state resources will allow us to implement a Cure Violence program, enhance the work of the Buffalo Peacemakers and keep violence interrupters on the streets looking out for our neighbors and preventing crime.” Back to Basics is one of seven groups across the state that have received state funding to implement a coordinated, community-based strategy that seeks to prevent violent crime and encourage high-risk youth to avoid criminal activity and instead pursue positive opportunities.

Time has passed. Has SNUG been a success? Is there more or less gun violence today than we had in 2009? What has been the community’s response to “Buffalo SNUG?”

If you want to know the answers to these questions, come to our next monthly meeting to meet Rahel Weldeysesus. She is the Program Manager for “Buffalo SNUG.” She previously served as the Program Development Director at Back to Basics. For two years, she was the Community Relations Director for New York State Assemblyman Sam Hoyt. When I first met her, she was the Development Coordinator for Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York. She is diligent and passionate about her work.

Our next meeting will be on Monday, October 27, at 7:00-9:00pm at the Pratt-Willert Community Center, 422 Pratt Street in Buffalo. For more information: 716-834-8438 or Karima@prisonersare peopletoo.org or BaBa Eng, g.babaeng@yahoo.com.

“God has not called us to see through each other, but to see each other through.” (Anonymous)

Karima Amin is a longtime Buffalo Activist, Educator, and Storyteller as well as founder and director of Prisoners Are People Too (PRP2).

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Politics: A Business or a Hobby?

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by Alton H Maddox, Jr.

(“Attorney-at-War”)

The political system emulates the legal system. Lawyers drafted both systems and they are alike in many respects. Voters are required, as groups, and not as individuals, to submit responsive pleadings. In law, it would be called an answer. In politics, it is called an agenda. A group, that fails to make a demand through an agenda, defaults. Politics, for that group, morphs into a beauty contest.

A candidate who is viewed as a beauty contestant owes zero to voters. This happened to Blacks in New York City in 2013. Even though they voted overwhelmingly for William de Blasio and their vote was critical to his election, Black voters had failed to convene a political convention and file a political agenda. For Blacks, de Blasio went from being a candidate to becoming a beauty contestant.

Among other things, Blacks were enthralled with “jungle fever.” While Blacks were still spell-bound, de Blasio refused to appoint any Black person to a key position in his mayoral administration and, instead, contrary to Black emotions, appointed William Bratton as police commissioner.

Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani first introduced Bratton to New York City to extirpate Blacks. De Blasio’s plan is to revive both former Mayors Ed Koch and Giuliani. Blacks hated both of these men and they hated Blacks. Bratton is changing his style but unjust laws are still on the books.

Before the 2013 General Election, the Freedom Party sponsored an unpublicized political seminar in October 2013. I used this occasion to do political forecast. Censorship kept Blacks from hearing it, however. Voting is like any outdoor sport. You must employ a meteorologist.

With support from “Friends of Alton Maddox,” I used an ad in the Am News to show that Bratton was a bad fit for Blacks. If Black voters had read this ad before going to the polls, Eric Garner might still be alive. No other Black person publicly sounded the alarm.

Since my arrival in New York City, I have never seen or heard of any Black person who either drafted a political agenda or sponsored a political convention. In the meantime, I have never witnessed Blacks securing anything but political crumbs from the white power structure. History will definitely repeat itself on November 4, 2014 if Blacks, in New York City, remain wedded to “plantation politics.”

The handwriting is definitely on the wall. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court gave Blacks the first clue. Afterwards, the “High Court” gutted the key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Attorney General Eric Holder is about to escape the cuckoo’s nest and the Congressional Black Caucus has no intention of drafting, for Blacks, an enforcement provision for the Fifteenth Amendment.

During slavery, the United States was known as a democracy but it was actually a timocracy. Without an enforcement provision for the Fifteenth Amendment, Blacks will suffer a gradual loss of voting rights. The Supreme Court decisions of Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC are paving the way.

In addition to a public library, the Black community needs a law library because the “High Court” renders decisions that are game changers. For example, Plessy v. Ferguson was a game changer. Dred Scott had also been a game changer. Today, Blacks are still unaware of the meaning of Harlan’s dissent in Plessy and the legal and political ramifications of Dred Scott.

The campaign financing decisions have reverted Black voting rights back to eighteen century timocracy. This amounts to slavery. Black’s Law Dictionary defines timocracy as “as aristocracy of property; government by propertied, relatively rich people.”

The “High Court” has given the signal for the aristocracy to amass a war chest against “social parasites.” The white power structure is fearful that “termites” will overrun the government while Blacks will enjoy the balance of power like in New York City.

My people must eventually recognize that nothing in life should be free. Frederick Douglass said its best: “You may not get everything you pay for but you will pay for everything you get.” He also said that “power concedes nothing without a demand. It never has and it never will.”

Douglass was referring to a political agenda. Blacks had started political conventions before the Civil War and before either the Democratic Party or the Republican Party had sponsored one. Like it or not, the rules of engagement in this country are listed in the U.S. Constitution. A constitutional scholar, and not a rhetorician, is needed to construe it.

For more than two decades, several thousand persons have received my invaluable, writings on law and military science, free of any cost, even though the fixed costs to publish them including research, writing, editing and publishing have exceeded over Twenty-five Hundred Dollars monthly. There is also now a need to upgrade equipment, legal literature and software and to resume the practice of law as the private attorney general without “judicial bullying.”

Gov. Cuomo Was Out of Bounds in Afghanistan

Somebody should throw a flag. This is political football. In order for American politics to work, some institution needs to serve as a referee. A free press is missing in the Black community. Thus, no one is present to keep white supremacists honest. This is why Black should be offended when any media outlet practices censorship.

Today, my role is that of an educator, instead of litigator, since the Black community is willing to tolerate “judicial bullying” against an attorney who was not a felon, who had never been cited for contempt of court and who had never been charged with betraying a client.

In the meantime, white felons have permeated the judicial system to the detriment of Blacks. They are routinely fleecing their clients. Blacks deserve better legal representation. For white felons, the practice of law is engendering full employment.

Reportedly Gov. Cuomo secretly embarked on a trip to Afghanistan last week. His fellow travelers are Bill Haslan, Republican of Tennessee, Brian Sandavol, Republican of Nevada and Jay Nixon, Democrat of Missouri. All of these governors are from states that are either enrolled in or is a sympathizer of the Confederate States of America.

This is a rank conspiracy against President Barack Obama. These governors have no constitutional basis for enjoying a political junket to Afghanistan. The U.S. Supreme Court certainly settled, in Curtiss-Wright Expert Corp. v. United States, that “the president of the United States had ‘plenary’ powers in the foreign affairs field not dependent upon congressional delegation.”

Gov. Cuomo had as much business going to Afghanistan as Mayor Michael Bloomberg would have had in going to Virginia and telling the National Rifle Association to stop marketing guns. States rights would have blocked Bloomberg and the U.S. Constitution is blocking Cuomo from interfering with foreign affairs.

As constitutional oathtakers, both Cuomo and Nixon have their hands full enforcing the U.S. Constitution unless Dred Scott is still the law of the land. Michael Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, MO and Eric Garner was choked to death in Staten Island, NY. Police officers were the criminal agents in both cases.

Both Cuomo and Nixon are lawyers and former state attorneys general. They are both aware that when cement hardens, arrests are ripe. No arrests have happened in either Ferguson or Staten Island. Instead, a grand jury in both states is being given the opportunity to review probable cause and not to seek indictments. This is impermissible under the law. It means that no one will have to account for two senseless deaths.

For more than two decades, several thousand persons have received my invaluable, writings on law and military science, free of any cost, even though the fixed costs to publish them including research, writing, editing and publishing have exceeded over Twenty-five Hundred Dollars monthly. There is also now a need to upgrade equipment, legal literature and software and to resume the practice of law as the private attorney general without “judicial bullying.”

Make contributions for a free and educational press only to:

Friends of Alton Maddox

P.O. Box 35

Bronx, NY 10471

Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Please support the movement to Reinstate him. Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471.

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October 18th, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Six Months in Haiti

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by Gloria Dulan-Wilson

Interesting take on the Duvaliers’ reign over Haiti –> (Afrocentricity International)  and a take with which I differ – Of course mine is not from the standpoint of being a Haitian – but from the standpoint of a militant/activist/artist/entertainer who had the privilege of touring Haiti during the time that Papa Doc Duvalier was still living and running the country.  I went to Haiti Cheri in December 1968 and stayed til June 1969 – and I had such a wonderful experience, I actually considered expatriating there.

I also took my daughter, who was 2 years old at the time.  I was touring with a African/cultural dance troupe.  We met the great Katherine Dunham, who had been living there for quite some time.  She introduced us to Papa Doc Duvalier.  He knew more about Black history than most Black historians did – and was quite versed in the international impact of the transAtlantic slave trade.

He was also very protective of Haiti’s borders – and would not allow whites to come in and set up businesses unless they could be headed up, run and staffed by Haitians – a factor that did not set well with the French or the US.  He was fiercely proud of the fact that Haiti was self liberated and, while poor in economics – as a result of French and American embargoes; they were rich in cultural heritage.

His wife was very sweet – met his daughter; also met Jean-Claude.  It was clear to see that Jean-Claude was what one in America would have considered a special needs or special ed child.  In fact, Papa Doc stated that he had been deprived of oxygen at birth.

Now as to the reign of terror – alleged reign of terror – I was there for 6 months – not an entire life time, but enough to observe whether that was actually happening during his administration.  I went to the Mahogany Mart; I watched the drummer Ti RoRo in the park.  I participated with the RaRa band; I walked through fire during the Dumbalawado initiation.  I rode side saddle on a donkey from Kentscoff to the mart.  I rode up to the Citadel in a rickety Peugeot.  And the only time I encountered the TonTon Macoute was when they shut down the borders because of a threatened invasion ; and when a white woman tried to sneak Haitian treasures out of the country without paying the appropriate duty.

I stayed in Petionville – in a small house we rented while we were there – the electricity would go on and off depending on what was happening with the generator.  We cooked over coals in the kitchen; bought food in the market – and ate everything natural, the way it grew from the ground or the trees.  I even tried my hand at washing clothes on the rocks, the way the Haitian ladies did.  They got a big kick out of me trying this – I was the community  joke!  But it was all in fun. I spoke just enough French to learn and understand Creole.  And was able to carry on a pretty decent conversation.

While that does not equate to an entire lifetime, it does equate to a great experience in Haiti.  In fact, it was not until Papa Doc died, and Baby Doc was allowed to take over that you really saw any problems.  His dad never intended for him to run the country.  But the daughter had married someone the father did not approve of, so without a real succession plan in place; and following an antiquated right of succession protocol, Haiti ended up with a President who was mentally retarded. The wedding that took place was more a matter of manipulation to get their hands on the country’s money than any thing else. Also note, it was the first time you ever heard of Haitians leaving Haiti en masse – after Baby Doc and the light bright wife he married so her family can rob the country blind.  His “escape” to france and living in luxury belies the fact that there were photos of him doing work as a gardener.

The country has tried to make a scape goat out of a diminished capacity person who was not fit to serve as a leader.

As far as Martelly is concerned – Haiti had the opportunity to elect Wyclef Jean – they blew it because of some bogus rule – He would have done far better for the country.

Haiti has always had the capacity to reinvent herself – I just hope that she has not forgotten how to do so.  I also hope that this kind of mis information does not continue to be passed on.  There is a decided difference between the two Duvaliers.  And only someone who was in support of Haiti being overrun by white missionaries would see Papa Doc as being a terrorist against his own people.  I saw too many times when he and the people mixed in a positive manner to allow this kind of irresponsible reportage to go unchallenged –

Again, I’m saying this is from the period of time I spent there.  But 6 months is a pretty good window for observation.  I have the utmost respect for the fact that Papa Doc was more than aware of what whites could do to ruin his country – he had already seen it in the Virgin Islands and other surrounding countries. He was also well aware that the US and France hated Haiti because they had liberated themselves.  There were quizzlings among his people who would have sold him out for a nickel in order to get their hands on the money those governments were offering for his assassination – which is why his own police/army TonTon were so hated among the whites – they were as precise and accurate as Desselines and L’Overture!    Make no mistake about it.

As a result of my experiences in Haiti, several of my friends decided to go vacation there as opposed to the usual Caribbean spots, and were pleasantly surprised.  In fact, until Papa Doc’s death, several of us went back and forth.  It was after Baby Doc really lost it that they had to forcibly remove Katherine Dunham from Haiti – she did not want to leave.  But by that time things had gotten out of control.

In fact, I had the privilege of interviewing Ms. Dunham after she returned to the US.  She was saddened by the fact that they were not able to rise above tradition and elect a president who would have either followed in Papa Doc’s footsteps, or taken the country in another direction.  We both knew that the country under Baby Doc was doomed.  She never returned, but she always loved Haiti.

Stay Blessed &
ECLECTICALLY BLACK

bullet Columnist Gloria Dulan-Wilson Is a veteran New York City Journalist. Her experiences, perspective & sense of history are an invaluable combination. “check out my blog:” www.gloria-dulan-wilson.blogspot.com

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October 15th, 2014 at 11:55 pm

Get Your Money Right

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by Ann Brown

Never see to save any money? Maybe you’re sabotaging yourself with terrible financial decisions. Here are five bad money habits to break:

1. • Always Overspending: Can’t stop impluse shopping? Before you hit the store have a plan. “Make a shopping list before buying. Think about want versus need,” says Jon Lal, smart shopping expert and founder of coupons and cash back website BeFrugal.com.

2. • Living Without a Budget: “How can you possibly save money if you don’t know where it’s going?” asks Kristl Story of TheBudgetDiet.com. “Establish a written budget and track expenses. This can be done the old-fashioned way with pen and paper or try free services like Mint.com.”

3. Keeping Up with the Jones: Do you worry about what your friends have and you don’t? Just because your neighbor or your friends own the latest products, doesn’t mean you need them as well. “This is one of the reasons that so many people are in financial trouble right now. We try to emulate others that we think have it all and buy things we cannot afford to look good on the outside,” says Danny Kofke, author of How To Survive (and perhaps thrive) On A Teacher’s Salary and A Simple Book of Financial Wisdom: Teach Yourself (and Your Kids) How to Live Wealthy with Little Money. “Establish priorities. Doing what is right for you (and not someone else) is a value many “wealthy” people possess. Having this value will lead to setting priorities for you and your family.”

4. • Having a Fear of Money: Fear of losing money, fear of not making money, fear of not enough money…all these fears can be counterproductive. “A bad habit is looking at money in terms of fear and scarcity,” notes Steve Siebold, author of How Rich People Think. “The better approach is to see money from the point of view of freedom, opportunity, abundance and possibility.”

5. • Thinking About Money Emotionally: Take your feelings out of your financial situation. “A bad habit is to look at money from an emotional standpoint,” notes Siebold. “The better approach is to use logic when it comes to your finances. In other words, don’t get caught up in the moment about a great deal you think you are getting on something you really don’t need.”

Ann Brown is a longtime New York journalist whose columns appear in The Network Journal, New York Trend and other publications. She currently resides in Cape Verde.

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October 14th, 2014 at 9:56 pm

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by Chris Stevenson

In the era of racist, narcissistic American police, ISIS, Boko Haram, Hezbollah, al Queda, and the Taliban, we now come to the subject of the man who started it all. Christopher Columbus, mass-murderer, terrorist, religious radical, pedophile enabler and occasional world explorer.  Actually born right at the end of October, at some point official recognition of his birthday was pushed a couple weeks back so as not to clash with Halloween, a holiday that brings to mind dark spirits and monsters. I guess Columbus hates equal competition. In truth Columbus has no equal when it comes to mass-slaughter. Hitler, Stalin, and Leopold II pale by comparison.

As in the cases of most predators Columbus took the hospitality of the people he encountered as weakness and soon began enslaving or massacring them. That’s your hero there folks. Novice explorer, and would-be avid reader, he can be seen as a precursor of white American cognitive detachment in spite of the glaring truth before him. Even during his time period this didn’t go unnoticed, his study of other cultures was a lesson in truth (that which is) vs. truth-censorship  “According to historian Edmund Morgan, Columbus was not a scholarly man. Yet he studied these books, made hundreds of marginal notations in them and came out with ideas about the world that were characteristically simple and strong and sometimes wrong, the kind of ideas that the self-educated person gains from independent reading and clings to in defiance of what anyone else tries to tell him.”-Wikipedia.

Strangely enough it wasn’t Halloween where Columbus produced his darkest moments. On one occasion he waited til a month later. According to a website, the “most brutal thing Chris Columbus ever did was after the fabled ‘Thanksgiving’ After this now renowned holiday, the very next morning Columbus began enslaving the native race. They were thought of as ingenious, and savages. Not at all on the same level as the wonderful British at the time. Columbus often offered children as rape slaves to his crew members as well. Many girls around the age of 10 – 12 were often used in this practice.” Columbus saw no discrepancy with using the words “conquer” and “Christian” in the same sentence in his letters to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. In a 1495 return-visit to Hispaniola one of his “literate” crew members writes about Columbus making it clear to them they could have any female they wanted.  Miguel “Cuneo further notes that he himself took a beautiful teenage Carib girl as his personal slave, a gift from Columbus himself, but that when he attempted to have sex with her, she ‘resisted with all her strength.’ So, in his own words, he ‘thrashed her mercilessly and raped her.'” Portions of Columbus’ notes he wrote in 1500 on his log must be seen to be believed: “A hundred castellanoes are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten are now in demand.”

Much of Columbus and his crew would never allow themselves anto give credit where credit was due. This is most glaring with the Haitians. I wrote years ago after the devastating earthquake an article called “Haiti’s Invisible Embargo” “Black Haitians were not it’s first inhabitants, but their history proves they are the only ones to pull themselves up by their bootstraps considering the odds & opposition they faced. geographic.org goes into Haiti’s indigenous tribe; the Taino indians. They were initially hospitable towards Christopher Columbus and his Spaniards until Columbus’ hordes became intolerant and abusive. This seems to have been a usual story with Columbus and the crew of his ship; the Santa Maria. (1492). Columbus would take a leave of absence and by the time he returned in 1493 the Taino were slaughtered. Until Euro/Spanish oppression and diseases the Taino population-estimated as high as 3 million by the time Columbus arrived-was down to 150 by 1550 (58 years later).” Columbus slandered the Taino as cannibals (a man-eating tribe of monsters as he called them in his letters) while plotting all the while to rape their women. That they gave this guy a holiday says more about the American government than it does about Columbus, while much of his atrocities were well hidden in pre-internet days from the average Joe Blow, the American historians and writers of school and contemporary mainstream history knew his brutal past. They identify with him. Without Columbus there is virtually no colonialism or slavery.

Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for blackcommentator, and a contributor to the Hampton Institute, his own blog www.thebuffalobullet.com, and a syndicated columnist. Follow him on Twitter, and Facebook. Watch his video commentary Policy & Prejudice for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalkradio  interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him on the comment link below or email pointblankdta@yahoo.com.

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October 14th, 2014 at 2:31 am

Infrastructure and the Outer Harbor Stadium Proposal

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by Pat Freeman

The immediate need in Western New York to choose a workable stadium land site that can accommodate the new partnership and formula necessary for a small market to afford an NFL franchise narrows very quickly, and brings us to the outer harbor waterfront site which is shovel ready . The private investment stadium complex proposal has already completed preliminary studies on site construction requirements for this area.

Remediation of this area which is a listed Brownfield has already been estimated and discussed with the appropriate environmental agency.
The connecting of Louisiana, Michigan, and Chicago by the building of bridges which would connect the inner and outer harbor thus extending the downtown business district to the outer harbor land site.

Extending Main Street over to the Outer Harbor land site is something that should have been done during the 1970’s when the area should have been developed. We have to accept the challenge of getting it done now to bring about economic change to Western New York. Thus, it is necessary to create a new Boulevard to reach the Outer Harbor land site.

Extend the existing Rail Station over to the Outer harbor Land Site which would increase ridership to the struggling Rapid Transit system that has never expanded its service since it was built.

We already have begun the connecting of Ohio Street to the land site area which now would give us seven ways in, and out of the land site. This would drastically improve game day traffic conditions that we experience at the existing Orchard Park site, which was listed as the second worse in the NFL in 2009 by the Tom Tom GPS game day traffic study.

This is where government needs to do what government is supposed to do in a democracy, and that is to partner with private industry. What we have in Western New York is a situation of economic exclusion to progressive regional ideas. Here you have a private proposal which changes the economic landscape of this region forever, and government rather than work with private industry to bring these strategic job producing plans into fruition seems to partner with special interest groups who have presented alternative plans that benefit the few and not the many. The great philosopher John Stuart Mill would be rolling over in his grave with these ideas.

The Outer Harbor private stadium complex proposal is more than four years ahead of the current stadium working group, and all studies have been funded with private money. Why are we not working with the private group while the new Stadium working group continues to meet? Yes it can be done easily by granting HKS Inc. 9-12 month land option in which time frame, they will complete all their studies and present a final package that will explain how this the largest construction project in Western New York history can be achieved.

The issue of the future of professional football is answered no matter who the owner is because the NFL owners will not allow any new owner to leave a city or region that has made this type of investment in a facility that improves the brand we know as the NFL. The honest truth that if history is consistent Buffalo will be awarded a Super Bowl because of this complex in which this region will gross between 500 million to a Billion dollars in revenue. Yes we are talking proud of our region because everybody will know why we are so loyal to the city on the lake looking over to the greatest tourist attraction in the world, Niagara Falls.

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October 11th, 2014 at 9:10 pm

White Crime, White Immunity

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Discussions of the relationship between blacks and the criminal justice system in this country too often grind to a halt as people slink down into their silos and arm themselves with their best rhetorical weapons — racial bias on one side and statistics in which minorities, particularly blacks, are overrepresented as criminals on the other.

What I find too often overlooked in this war of words is the intersection between the two positions, meaning the degree to which bias informs the statistics and vice versa.

The troubling association — in fact, overassociation — of blacks with criminality directly affects the way we think about both crime and blacks as a whole.

A damning report released by the Sentencing Project last week lays bare the bias and the interconnecting systemic structures that reinforce it and disproportionately affect African-Americans.

This is the kind of report that one really wants to publish in its totality, for its conclusion is such a powerful condemnation of the perversity of racial oppression. But alas, this being a newspaper column, that’s not possible. Still, allow me to present many of their findings:

• “Whites are more punitive than blacks and Hispanics even though they experience less crime.”

• “White Americans overestimate the proportion of crime committed by people of color and associate people of color with criminality. For example, white respondents in a 2010 survey overestimated the actual share of burglaries, illegal drug sales and juvenile crime committed by African-Americans by 20 percent to 30 percent.”

• “White Americans who associate crime with blacks and Latinos are more likely to support punitive policies — including capital punishment and mandatory minimum sentencing — than whites with weaker racial associations of crime.”

This association of crime with blacks has been noted by others. Lisa Bloom, in her book “Suspicion Nation,” points out: “While whites can and do commit a great deal of minor and major crimes, the race as a whole is never tainted by those acts. But when blacks violate the law, all members of the race are considered suspect.”

She further says: “The standard assumption that criminals are black and blacks are criminals is so prevalent that in one study, 60 percent of viewers who viewed a crime story with no picture of the perpetrator falsely recalled seeing one, and of those, 70 percent believed he was African-American. When we think about crime, we ‘see black,’ even when it’s not present at all.”

As the Sentencing Project report makes clear, the entire government and media machinery is complicit in the distortion.

According to the report:

• “Whether acting on their own implicit biases or bowing to political exigency, policy makers have fused crime and race in their policy initiatives and statements. They have crafted harsh sentencing laws that impact all Americans and disproportionately incarcerate people of color.”

• “Many media outlets reinforce the public’s racial misconceptions about crime by presenting African-Americans and Latinos differently than whites — both quantitatively and qualitatively. Television news programs and newspapers overrepresent racial minorities as crime suspects and whites as crime victims.”

 
 

• “Disparities in police stops, in prosecutorial charging, and in bail and sentencing decisions reveal that implicit racial bias has penetrated all corners of the criminal justice system.”

The effects of these perceptions and policies have been absolutely devastating for society in general and black people in particular. According to the report:

• “By increasing support for punitive policies, racial perceptions of crime have made sentencing more severe for all Americans. The United States now has the world’s highest imprisonment rate, with one in nine prisoners serving life sentences. Racial perceptions of crime, combined with other factors, have led to the disparate punishment of people of color. Although blacks and Latinos together comprise just 30 percent of the general population, they account for 58 percent of the prison population.”

• “By increasing the scale of criminal sanctions and disproportionately directing penalties toward people of color, racial perceptions of crime have been counterproductive for public safety. Racial minorities’ perceptions of unfairness in the criminal justice system have dampened cooperation with police work and impeded criminal trials. In 2013, over two-thirds of African-Americans saw the criminal justice system as biased against blacks, in contrast to one-quarter of whites. Crime policies that disproportionately target people of color can increase crime rates by concentrating the effects of criminal labeling and collateral consequences on racial minorities and by fostering a sense of legal immunity among whites.”

There is no way in this country to discuss crime statistics without including in that discussion the myriad ways in which those statistics are informed and influenced by the systemic effects of racial distortion.

Individual behavior is not the only component of the numbers; bias is the other.

(This column originally appeared in the New York Times Sept. 7, 2014 under the title “Crime, Bias and Statistics“)

Charles M. Blow is a New York Times Columnist and nationally-known commentator: “I invite you to visit my blog By The Numbers, join me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter, or e-mail me at chblow@nytimes.com.”

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The Outer Harbor Land Site

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The Best site for a new Downtown Stadium

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by Pat Freeman

The conclusion of the sale of the Buffalo Bills now complete to Terry and Kim Pegula has once again ignited speculation on where a new downtown stadium should be located. There are several considerations that a prospective developer must consider before deciding on a particular site. These are some of the questions that must be addressed before making such a decision.

1. Does the site fit NFL requirements?
2. Proper amount of space?
3. The least amount of legal encumbrances?
4. Number of Parcels that make up the site?
5. Ownership of the site?
6. Will choosing such a site cause residential displacement?
7. Required Demolition cost?
8. Parking and traffic studies?
9. Infrastructure improvements in order to safely move large numbers of people in and out?
10. Access to public transportation?
11. Does the foot print help to improve the economic formula required to sustain a small market franchise?
12. etc.

Let’s look at some of the proposed sites that have been mentioned and I ask you the reader to compare them to these questions.

Ralph Wilson Stadium 135 Acres- 2 Parcels- Erie County Ownership
Tied for Second worse traffic in the NFL
Does not improve economic formula to increase revenue to the new owners or the NFL. Also in the new lease included an increase in tax subsidy from 16 million to 27 million 893 thousand dollars a year that seems to get lost in the conversation of many of our elected officials.

Perry Projects- 44 Acres Multiple parcels- BMHA Ownership
This was my first site but after due diligence I found the site to have some encumbrances which usually turn off major development projects. Some of this we witnessed with the McCarley Gardens proposed sale to UB which has been canceled for now. Also 44 acres alone will not be enough to create an economic engine needed to transform the current economic formula from league bottom feeder to higher economic standard more acceptable to the new owner and the other league teams. There are many positives to this site which I believe should still be used, but as a transportation hub linking, and expanding our public transportation system. The final problem is you would have to acquire the privately owned land adjacent to the Perry project area which is mostly privately owned. This area should be the site of a major public transportation hub linking all of Western New York rail including Rochester, Niagara Falls, South towns, and Amherst.

South Park area Site- 34 Acres- 37 Parcels- 19 owners

Central Terminal- 32 Acres- 21 Parcels- 13 owners. The private development group first received a land option on this site and was found to have too many legal encumbrances

Cobblestone 23 Acres- 16 parcels- 13 owners which does include the Buffalo Sabres (Terry and Kim Pegula) The problem it would require more land acquisition dealing with multiple owners, because the area is too small.

The final site that I would like for you to look at is the long abandoned industrial site on the city of Buffalo’s waterfront the Outer Harbor. Please examine the facts in why the facts show this is the best NFL grade site which I believe best fits the expanding downtown foot print being developed by the Pegula Family.

Outer Harbor Land site- 210 acres available- 2 parcels- Public owned land.
Brownfield Redevelopment compatible requires some form of revenue generating from its remediation.

Traffic and Parking infrastructure requirements are needed but preliminary accessibility improvements are already being done. The linking of Ohio Street, Ferry running from the inner to Outer Harbors, and the Harbor bridge project which is already in the planning stages. These improvements with the building of bridges along Chicago, Louisiana, and the linking of Main Street with Route 5 give Buffalo New York world class waterfront. This also includes the Expansion of ½ mile of our rapid transit line improves accessibility to this once desolate area which now can be the new home of the Buffalo Bills in a brand new Multi- use domed facility which includes a hotel, convention center, Retail space, and a one of a kind in North America Interactive Museum of history of Sport and Culture with the ability to have room for all of our Western New York Hall of Fames. Truly there needs to be also included a documented history of the Buffalo Bills included in this vision of our beloved hometown team. This has been my passion since 1998 that has received more than 3,000 petition signatures, along with 42 letters from various churches, and organizations. We secured unanimous support from the Buffalo Common Council where this property is located.

In conclusion the private development team that I have been working with along with HKS Incorporated is the best design team in the world states “That this is the most workable site with the least amount of business encumbrances leading to construction, and would create 8-15,000 living wage jobs in this area.” My relationship with this team was brokered by the honorable Mayor Byron Brown back in 2012. Since then we have worked day, and night educating our community on this site and the private investment proposal which would save tax payer money, and help create a world class destination district close to the Harbor Center, and First Niagara Center. This site best fits, and accommodates the desires of our new owners and the other existing owners by forming a prosperous public, private partnership like what has been done in other NFL cities.

Patrick Freeman is a feature writer for the Buffalo Criterion Newspaper. If you enjoy talking about the world of sports tune into the number#1 sports show in the nation every Saturday from 4-5:00PM hosted by WUFO Sports Director Patrick Freeman on 1080AM WUFO radio or via the internet at www.wufoam.com. Or catch Sports Update for clbTV (ch.20 Buffalo) and YouTube. Also join us for the number#1 recap show every Monday at 7:25AM with Lee Pettigrew, and The Mighty O’Ba Pat Freeman.

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Failure of the Current Organization (again)

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by Pat freeman

The benching of EJ Manuel is the dominant headline for the hometown team this week. Once again it shows the futility of the NFL and how short your reign can be at every level based on past performance. Now in looking at this situation you must separate your self from the emotion of the game, and analyze this from a business decision based on two drafts. You see the last two drafts have been based on EJ Manuel being the quarterback of the future for this franchise. All first round picks in the new CBA have lower contract based salaries but all of them are just about 100% guaranteed. Meaning that if you make a mistake on a player chosen as high as EJ it can have residual economic effects on the viability of your franchise. Just take a look below at EJ Manuel’s salary which is 100% guaranteed until 2016 which included a signing bonus of close to $5 million. Organizations can’t afford to miss on players in the early rounds with the new CBA which just about all salaries count towards the cap for the duration of the contract.

 

On June 14, 2013, Manuel signed a four year contract with the Buffalo Bills.[] The deal is worth a fully guaranteed $8,885,300.00, including a $4,852,036.00 signing bonus evenly spaced out annually ($1,210,509.00) over the next four years. His salary in 2013 will be $1,615,509, $2,019,386 in 2014, $2,423,264 in 2015, and $2,827,141 in 2016.

 

No matter how you try to make this week about who gives us the best chance to win a football game this Sunday as said by all associated with the Buffalo Bills organization. This will go down as an organizational failure on the operations level. Coach Marrone, Doug Whaley, Russ Brandon, and the scouting department must be sweating on this one. It’s totally different when you miss on a quarterback than any other position in the first round, because you hand him the football which is the key to any team’s success in the NFL. Probably more than anyone Russ Brandon should be worried the most of any of the names mentioned because during his tenure we have witnessed one of the most unsuccessful performances on the field.When you look at the unprecedented popularity of the Buffalo Bills in this region one must give credit to Russ Brandon and his marketing staff for keeping this franchise as one of the largest draws in this region.  The Franchise gross receipts increased from 240 million- 256 million dollars this year also, but why must we continue to scratch our heads in regards to this team, and its successful President & CEO who has been given full authority over this franchise. The reason is because of the team’s record on the field since his arrival.

The first eight years of his Buffalo Bills career he did not have a say in the football operation but after 2005 Mr. Brandon you must begin to be held accountable for what has happened on the football field. Since you have moved up in the ranks of the operation of the Buffalo Bills your record is a pitiful 56-92   but, Mr. Wilson continued to reward you as though your performance was part of the early 1990’s Super Bowl teams. Well what is apparent in looking at this you have to give Mr. Brandon credit for keeping the hope alive among Western New Yorkers that the fortunes of this once proud franchise are going to turn around, and with that thought you must praise his ability to market a underperforming product that has continued to grow in value despite it’s on the field futility.

 

In closing with a new owner on the horizon it is my belief that Mr. Brandon will be part of the new organization but his role will be redefined, and the failure of EJ Manuel only  lends to the long lists of bad decisions by this organization during his tenure.

If you enjoy talking about the world of sports tune into the number#1 sports show in the nation every Saturday from 4-5:00PM hosted by WUFO Sports Director Patrick Freeman on 1080AM WUFO radio or via the internet at www.wufoam.com. Or catch Sports Update for clbTV (ch.20 Buffalo) and YouTube. Also join us for the number#1 recap show every Monday at 7:25AM with Lee Pettigrew, and The Mighty O’Ba Pat Freeman.

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October 10th, 2014 at 3:33 pm

White Paternalism and Negro Politics

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by Alton H Maddox, Jr.

(“Attorney-at-War”)

Rev. James Bevel, lieutenant of Dr. Martin L. King Jr., hit the nail on the head. Black selected officials in New York are ignorant because the Black masses are ignorant. Intelligent voters would not have ignoramuses representing them except in New York . Black voters in New York believe that you only need physical strength to pull down the levers in a voting booth to get a positive result.

No need for any person who attends a court proceeding to have some knowledge of the legal process and the U.S. Constitution. Blacks retain shysters to navigate them through an indictment. These lawyers meet them in hallways of courthouses to discuss plea deals. A successful criminal defendant will retain a “silver rights” attorney and sue for false arrest.

Planning in advance of a General Election is important. You need to do more than read the endorsements in the New York Amsterdam News to be ready to do political battle in the voting booth. These voters are unable to distinguish between a tabloid and a trade journal. Blacks rely on tabloids for political information without enjoying any benefits of voter education and political education.

Voters must also distinguish between voter education and political education. An informed voter in New York must have a copy of the New York Election Law, the U.S. Constitution and Black’s Law Dictionary. This voter should also read articles in a trade journal to understand the political process.

Blacks from the South were told that if you wanted a good education, you need to pack your bags and follow the North Star. Some of my relatives also “bit the bullet.” They were intelligent but many of them fell through the cracks when they were thrown in the prison pipeline. New York is only one of two states that automatically prosecute children under eighteen years of age as adults. Black parents refuse to address this issue in a Black Agenda or at a political convention. See “Central Park 7.”

Their lives are destroyed ab initio as children. A blue ribbon commission had found that New York’s judicial system is “infested with racism.” Not a single Black, selected official has expressed any concern about “racism” in the judicial system. This means that Blacks in New York have a comfortable mindset of living on plantations. Master-slave law only requires obedience. Blacks approve of “judicial racism” and “judicial bullying.”

Black voters in New York are unaware that an agenda must precede voting. I may be the only exception. They are prepared to rush into polling booths without an agenda. These voters “favor freedom yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground …. “See Frederick Douglass ”

Under the “separation of powers” doctrine, each of the three branches of government must has an agenda. The executive branch of government drafts an agenda in January. It is called the “State of the Union” address. The legislative branch of government follows. The U.S. Supreme Court announces its agenda on the first Monday of every October.

Special interest groups also have agendas. Every special interest group bet on, at least, one of the three branches of government to deliver the goods. There may also be an executive strategy, a legislative strategy and a judicial strategy. If a special interest group engages in “petty cash,” it is one size fits all. This applies to Blacks. In any event, everyone else pays to play. Social parasites have no influence in voting booths.

White women have fashioned a political agenda for November 4, 2014 and Gov. Cuomo is promoting it on the political stump. Latinos have fashioned the “Dream Act” and Gov. Cuomo is promoting it also. Although Blacks have refused to fashion or endorse a Black Agenda, no other ethnic or special interest group will beat them running to the polls on November 4. We are good, financially and politically, for everybody but ourselves.

Supporters of 2014 Black Agenda are having a difficult time framing a political agenda. I have given some additional instructions. Hopefully, these attached instructions will assist this committee of the Freedom Party. A political party is a group right. The group must fashion a 2014 Black Agenda.

This is new and uncharted territory for Blacks. We are in dire need of voter and political education. Black selected officials are of no HELP. “The blind is leading the blind.” Black voters need HELP. Whites no longer need Blacks. See the New World Order. Blacks are on a path to genocide. Blacks love their enemies and hate their friends. Whites operate in reverse fashion.

With respect to Ebola, President Barack Obama talks about having a protocol and following a protocol. With respect to politics, Blacks do not have a protocol. Therefore, Blacks are unable to pursue a political agenda. The result is the same as it is in medicine: lacking a medical protocol to combat Ebola. Politics is not only hazardous but it is also deadly.

I will be at the Brooklyn Christian Center in Brooklyn on this Wednesday evening to briefly discuss: “No Black Political Convention: No Need for Blacks to Vote.” On Thursday, “Behind the Bench” has obviously, if not impliedly, canceled my scheduled lecture — “Sharpton: Victim or Target” — at the Harlem Public Library in Harlem. Deception is a tool in military science. It is being used against Al Sharpton.

For more than two decades, several thousand persons have received my invaluable, writings on law and military science, free of any cost, even though the fixed costs to publish them including research, writing, editing and publishing have exceeded over Twenty-five Hundred Dollars monthly. There is also now a need to upgrade equipment, legal literature and software and to resume the practice of law as the private attorney general without “judicial bullying.” “Freedom is not free.” No one should ride the back of another person.

Requiem for an Informed Voter

HELP (History, Ethics, Logic and Philosophy) constitutes the four cornerstones of politics. All of these cornerstones are essential to participating in politics. Militarism is essential to protecting these cornerstones. It is essential that the guardians of politics must understand military science. This is the reason for “separation of church and state.”

In order to understand politics from a constitutional perspective, it is essential to employ a constitutional scholar. The political base for politics is the First Amendment. This amendment was a critical for securing civil rights. The rights of free speech and free associations are critical elements of politics and they are critical elements of the First Amendment.

The mere fact that an illiterate voter can go into a polling booth does not mean that an uninformed voter should be permitted into a polling booth. There is a big difference between an illiterate voter and an uninformed voter. Kudos should be extended to Bruce Copney for providing free copies of the U.S. Constitution to political cadets.

Like it or not, the U.S. Constitution constitutes political rules of engagement. Militarism requires a working knowledge of the rules of engagement. No agenda can be fashioned without a working knowledge of these rules. An agenda is tantamount to an answer. A party who fails to file an answer defaults. An agenda provides the reasons for going to the polls.

No agenda can be fashioned without a political convention. Black’s Law Dictionary defines a “convention” as a “deliberative assembly” for the purpose of “framing” issues as a condition precedent to voting. An issue allows voters to decide the allocation of resources and who benefits from the allocation of resources. No voter should be picking “beauty contestants.” A chosen candidate should be able to “bring home the bacon.”

The assembly on Saturday went into a working session later to outline to Gov. Andrew Cuomo the critical issues affecting Blacks as a group. It started with “taxation without representation.” Black selected officials have failed to fashion a Black Agenda. “Plantation politics” is just fine. Blacks do all the heavy work and whites enjoy all the benefits.

Today, our plight is worse than it was in slavery. During slavery, for example, full employment and free health care were available. Lynching and chokeholds, unless a “slave” acquired jungle fever, were not used. You could “Tom” your way into the Big House. “Slaves” were not required to pay taxes of any kind. Today, “the power to tax is the power to destroy.”

The next step for the planning session is to conduct discovery. Black selected officials have no right to block access to information. This must be done, first, through interrogatories. Pre-action disclosure is permissible under the Civil Practice Law and Rules. Voting is a “class action.” Effective voting for an ethnic group is impossible without ethics. The Black community must fashion a “code of ethics.”

I introduced the need for a “code of ethics” in June 1987 at House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn when it was proposed that Rev. Al Sharpton was the problem. Sharpton was not the problem. The absence of a “code of ethics” was then and still is the problem today. For Blacks, ethics is the glue that can bind us together. The reason why Blacks do not stick together can be attributed to being glueless and clueless. To make matters worse, Black will not “listen,” according to Dr. John Henrik Clarke.

While Black voters may go to the polls on November 4, they should not go to the polls uninformed. “Political tricks” have always done us in. Our leaders are “moonlighting” as pimps for white johns many of whom are felons but are, nonetheless, allowed to practice law in New York State while the prison-industrial complex is busting at the seams. Only a Black Agenda will stop mass incarceration.

For more than two decades, several thousand persons have received my invaluable, writings on law and military science, free of any cost, even though the fixed costs to publish them including research, writing, editing and publishing have exceeded over Twenty-five Hundred Dollars monthly. There is also now a need to upgrade equipment, legal literature and software and to resume the practice of law as the private attorney general without “judicial bullying.” “Freedom is not free.” No one should ride the back of another person.

Make contributions for a free and educational press only to:

Friends of Alton Maddox

P.O. Box 35

Bronx, NY 10471

Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Please support the movement to Reinstate him. Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471.

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October 9th, 2014 at 9:35 pm