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We Must Do
a Better Job
S. Stays Healthy
Volume 20 No. 14 Jacksonville, Florida May 11 17, 2006
New Wave of HIV May Lurk Around the Corner
by Lisa Soderlindh
A quarter-century into the
HIV/AIDS pandemic, researchers
fear that a lack of preparedness for
large-scale social changes, driven
by factors like armed conflict and
climate change, could lead to explo-
sive new outbreaks affecting mil-
lions of people.
Since cases of a severe pneumonia
affecting gay men were described
for the first time in a U.S. public
health report in June 1981, more
than 65 million people have
become infected with HIV and 25
million have died, according to the
Joint United Nations Program on
HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), which esti-
mates the current number of people
living with HIV at 37 million to 45
"We should not accept living with
this epidemic at the level it has
reached," Paul DeLay, director of
monitoring and evaluation at
UNAIDS, said. "Today, we have a
much clearer understanding of the
epidemic and what we need to do."
Pointing to the most important
advances of the last 25 years, he
said the real breakthrough from the
standpoint of science has been
cheaper, simpler treatment and
diagnosis, and drugs that prevent
Continued from page 3
Rower Had Best of Intentions
US rower African-American Victor Nloone\ left the island of Goree
this week attempting to ro,% across the Atlantic from Senegal to New
York. Moone. was aiming aiming to become the first African-American
to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean in memory of. victimss of the slave
trade and to raise money to fight AIDS. Liiforninatel\. rt\o day s later he
%watched his boat sinkr and had to be rescued after it sprang a leak. He
said his ill fated %oyage was about ad\enrure and faith.
Black Teen Unemployment More
Than Six Times the National Rate
While 138.000 new jobs were created in April and overall unemploy-
ment remains steadN at 4.7%. the unemployment rate among African
American teens remains shockingly high at 29.5o. according to the
Labor Department's April jobs report.
While overall teenage unemployment continues to hover around 12-0o.
African American teen unemployment remains more than six times the
national rate. This translates into approximately 262.000 African
American teenagers actively seeking employment who are finding it dif-
ficult to secure a job.
Though the overall economy shows signs of improving, this bleak
employment outlook for young African Americans threatens to become
much worse as states across the nation consider mandated miniunum
Decades of economic research conclude that mandated %\age hikes
eliminate entry-level jobs. putting particular pressure on minorities and
the lo\- skilled. A Cornell University study found that black young
adults typically bear almost four times the employment loss of their non-
black counterparts after a minimum wage increase. Specifically, they
found that a 10u increase in the minimum wage will result in an 8.5%b
decrease in employment for black young adults and teenagers.
Red Cross Partners With Faith Based
Community for Disaster Training
The American Red Cross and several African-American ci% ic and reli-
gious groups have launched a successful partnership that has trained hun-
dreds of community leaders across the country to become Red Cross vol-
Since January, the Red Cross has sent trainers to African Methodist
Episcopal Church meetings around the country to train pre-selected par-
ticipants on the skills needed to operate Red Cross shelters or support dis-
aster relief operations. Similar programs have also been held at
Progressive National Baptist Contention and National Association for
the Adv ancement of Colored People INAACP) regional conferences. To
date nearly 500 people have been trained and certified as Red Cross vol-
unteers or received information on working with the Red Cross during
times of disaster.
"The NAACP looked at this opportunity as a way to close a gap for the
Red Cross. and for us." said Rev. Nelson B. Rivers Ill. NAACP Chief
Operating Officer. "Because of our common interest in doing good and
making a difference. it's important that we work together, and this is way
for us to assist and to make sure w\e are prepared for the next wave of
storms, particularly hurricanes."
New Orleanians Have Until Aug. 29
to Clean and Repair or Risk Seizure
Ne\w Orleans residents with flood-damaged homes -- many of whom are
black -- have been given until August 29 to clean their houses, begin
repairs or board up their properties.
The new. ordinance., which coincides with the first anniversary of
Hurricane Katrina. \\as approved unanimously by the New Orleans City
Council last month and sa.s that home owners who do not meet the dead-
line risk ha- ing the city seize and demolish their homes.
Aides to the City Council said the controversial ordinance %.ill likely
be re' iewed by the Council and may be modified in the days ahead.
There are a number of concerns for many black residents in the Lower
Ninth Ward -- a black community that was decimated by the Hurricane
Community activists say many black residents -- who are scattered
across 44 states and living in temporary housing -- may not have access
to the ordinance, may not have transportation back to New Orleans and
may not have a place to live if they return to rebuild their homes.
Nearly 200.000 residents are now living in New Orleans. Before
Karrina, there were 462.000 residents, and seven in 10 of them black.
Autopsy Proves Teen Boot Camp
Death a Result of Guard Beating
boy kicked and
guards at a
Martin cials suffocated
him, a medical examiner confirmed
last week contradicting a colleague
who blamed the death on his Sickle
"Martin Anderson's deith was
caused- by suffocation due to-
actions of the guards at the boot
camp," said Dr. Vetnard Adams,
who conducted the second autopsy.
Adams said the suffocation was
caused by hands blocking the boy's
mouth, as well as the "forced
inhalation of ammonia fumes" that
caused his vocal cords to spasm,
blocking his upper airway. The
guards had said in an incident
report that they used ammonia cap-
sules to keep Anderson conscious.
Anderson had been sent to the
boot camp for violating probation
by trespassing at a school after he
and his cousins were charged with
stealing their grandmother's car
from a.church parking lot.
Martin Lee Anderson's body was
exhumed after a camp surveillance
videotapee surfaced showing the
guards roughing him up Jan. 5, a
day before he died.
Metro Park Exposes Teen to Cultural Event
15 year old Michael Brown experienced a variety of cultures on his annu-
al trip to the World of Nations, but none more fascinating than those sam-
pled in the Nubian Village. The Forrest High School Student is shown
above at the entrance to the "Village" inside Metropolitan Park Brown,
who attends annually with his grandmother had his entire "passport"
stamped at the multi-cultural event. R. Silver Photo
Mayor Peyton is shown abo\e answering questions on his plan with
SHADCO Zone 6 Representative Sallye Alexander.
Mayor Unveils Plan for New
Look in Old Neighborhoods
Mayor John Peyton revealed
"Growing Great Neighborhoods:
Seeds of Change" this week. The
slogan is synonymous with an ini-
tiative calling for city and commu-
nity collaboration in addressing
challenges facing neighborhoods
across Jacksonville though beautifi-
cation and infrastructure enhance-
ments, public safety and housing.
"Litter, overgrown brush and
abandoned buildings can create the
illusion that a neighborhood is not
cared about, giving way to criminal
activity," said Mayor Peyton. "By
planting trees, reducing blight,
working with law enforcement and
getting working professionals into
homes in specific neighborhoods,
we are helping citizens to take pride
in their communities and eliminat-
ing the environments that harbor
Family and Friends Festively Send Off NFL Draft Pick
On Saturday, May 6th a send off Bar-B-Que was held in honor of former Andrew Jackson High School and FSU
star football player Leon Washington (shown kneeling with green shirt on). Washington joins a host of
Jacksonville athletes who have entered the NFL as he was drafted in the fourth round by the New York Jets. The
affair was held at the location Leon has frequented throughout the years at Master Bo's Unisex Barber Shop and
was sponsored by members and friends of the Ribault community. Sam Williams Photo
crime and lead to deterioration."
The initiative puts an emphasis on
working with neighborhoods to
remove litter, improve infrastruc-
ture, enhance code enforcement and
step up property management. It
also entails increasing the public's
awareness of existing city services,
and developing partnerships with
community groups to keep commu-
nities clean and safe.
The initiative also works closely
with the Jacksonville Sheriff's
Office (JSO) to identify new ways
to reduce overall crime such as
Crime Prevention Through
Environmental Design (CPTED).
CPTED identifies natural elements
such as tall grass, dark streets, land-
scaping, etc. that could possibly
encourage criminal activity.
Continued on page 3
Across the Nation
The average retail price of a gal-
lon of gas rose nearly four cents
across the nation during the past
two weeks, according to a survey
released last weekend.
Self-serve regular averaged about
$2.94 a gallon, up from $2.91 two
weeks ago, said Trilby Lundberg,
who publishes the nationwide
Lundberg Survey of roughly 7,000
The average price of mid-grade
was $3.04 a gallon, up from $3.
Premium hit $3.14 a gallon, com-
pared with $3.10 two weeks ago.
The survey covered the period
from April 21 through May 5.
Of the stations surveyed, the
highest average price in the nation
for regular unleaded was found in
San Diego at $3.41 a gallon. The
lowest was in Cheyenne, Wyo.,
where drivers paid an average of
$2.61 a gallon.
Among the California cities sur-
veyed, Stockton had the lowest
average price for regular unleaded
j' qville, FL
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Shown above is Rev. Rudolph McKissick who introduced the guest
speaker, Rev. Randolph Bracy, Jr. who gave the keynote address, Ms.
Beverly Neal and NAACP Chapter President Isaiah Rumlin.
(L-R) Mary Ann Pearson, wife of the late Rutledge Pearson, Juanita
Powell, Esquire, who presided over the dinner and Dr. C.B. McIntosh,
longtime NAACP activist who made an appeal for Life Memberships.
NAACP Commemorates 40th Pearson Honor Guard Affair
By Rhonda Silver
The Jacksonville Branch NAACP
held its 40th Annual Rutledge H.
Pearson Sr. Honor Guard Luncheon
on Saturday, May 6, 2006, at the
Continued from front
"There has been a general lack of
attention to social science and
large-scale issues of any kind in the
conversation around AIDS," he told
IPS, adding that the focus has been
on individual behavioral and med-
Mr. Friedman, director of the
Social Theory Core at the Center
for Drug Use and HIV Research at
the U.S.-based National
Development and Research
Institutes (NDRI), and researchers
from Argentina, Australia, South
Africa and the U.S., have identified
a number of larger social factors
that mn gt,the, spread of HI\
and the.fv kts~i..ability-to respond to
Wyndham Hotel. The keynote
speaker was Jacksonville native Dr.
Randolph Bracy Jr., Pastor of the
New Covenant Baptist Church,
Orlando; and Chair of the Religious
the changing global epidemic-at
the cost of derailing the progress
The emerging challenges are out-
lined in an editorial review pub-
lished in the April issue of the
International AIDS Society's offi-
cial journal, AIDS. The paper out-
lines six major themes: "big events"
like wars, political transitions, eco-
logical or economic disruption;
large-scale HIV epidemics and their
social consequences; government
policies that ignore or defy avail-
able evidence; stable societies with-
out generalized epidemics, which
face challenges; emerging biomed-
ical changes; and possible failure of
previously effective therapies due
to e% oltltion of the HIV virus.
"There is a high probabihlir of
Affairs Committee for the Florida
State Conference NAACP.
Dr. Bracy's message was insight-
ful, direct, and passionate. The truth
of his words inspired "Speaking
Truth to Power." He read form the
Book of Amos, Chapter 7:10, about
a minor Prophet with a major mes-
sage. Amos was a shepherd and a
spokesman, "God's mouthpiece,"
which influenced great leaders of
our time, like M.L. King Jr.
Rev. Bracy went on to say, "from
Kings Road & Tyler to Oxford in
England, I am a product of Duval
massive political, ecological and
social changes over the next few
years," the authors note. "These
threaten large-scale disruption of
existing social and risk networks,
sexual (and injection) mixing pat-
terns, and sexual and injection
behaviors that can impede or facili-
tate HIV transmission."
The relative lack of such large-
scale research has weakened the
response, both individual and socie-
tal, to the epidemic, states the edito-
rial. It calls for funding agencies,
individual researchers and students,
non-governmental and community
organizations and the general pub-
lic to become better informed about
the bigger picture of the pandemic.
The most important issue in many
parts of the world is "piexenting
County's segregated public schools,
and Stanton High School." On
March 12, 1982, he was ordained to
the Gospel Ministry at Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church, and
called that same day to pastor the
First Baptist Church of Paschall,
located in Philadelphia, PA. In
1991, he was called to pastor the
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church,
Orlando, where he and h is wife, Dr.
LaVon Wright Bracy, organized the
New Covenant Baptist Church,
which now has a growing member-
ship of over 2000.
epidemics rather than simply pre-
venting individuals getting infected
one by one," said Mr. Friedman.
With an estimated 860,000 people
HIV-infected in late 2004, Russia
has the largest AIDS epidemic in
Europe. The situation partly stems
from disruption of social networks
and the demoralization of youth fol-
lowing the transition period, which
led to changed sexual, drug and
injection behaviors, he added.
The authors note that such out-
breaks are not inevitable. African
wars have not increased HIV trans-
mission, and the case of the
Philippines shows that transitions
need not lead to outbreaks either,"
calling for further study of the spe-
cific social factors driving HIV
Due to the numerous requests for additional information we have received
about the free, voluntary summer pre-kindergarten program being offered
this year, this week's School Talk features comprehensive facts about the
new program. We will present this in a two part series.
Understanding the Summer Voluntary
Q: What is voluntary prekindergarten?
A: All Florida counties are required by the State of Florida to provide a
voluntary prekindergarten (VPK) program designed to improve the learn-
ing readiness of preschool-age children. The program includes high liter-
acy standards, strict accountability, appropriate curricula, substantial
instruction periods, manageable class sizes and qualified instructors. The
program is coordinated by the Early Learning Coalition of Duval, Inc.
Public, private and faith-based providers may be eligible to deliver the pro-
gram if they meet state-mandated standards.
Q: What are the dates of the summer program?
A: The summer program is an eight-week, 300-hour program offered
from June 5-July 31, 2006. This full-day program will operate at 49 loca-
tions. A complete list of locations is attached.
Q: What information must I bring to obtain an eligibility certificate
for my child?
A: Parents must bring the following documentation:
The child's birth certificate or an immunization record signed by a doc-
Proof of Florida residency. Documents that show proof of residency
include a Florida driver's license, utility bill or signed lease agreement.
Q: Will the summer program provide transportation for my child?
A: Transportation is not provided as part of the summer VPK program.
Some providers may offer transportation as an additional service; parents
should check with the specific program location.
Q: Where can I get additional information on the summer program?
A: Additional information is available from the Early Learning Coalition
of Duval County, by calling 208-2044 or online at www.elcofduval.org.
Q: How can I get a certificate of eligibility?
A: Parents will have an opportunity to obtain eligibility certificates at the
following locations and times:
Thursday, May 11, 5-7 p.m. Bradham Brooks Public Library
1755 West Edgewood Avenue
Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.-Noon Regency Square Public Library
9900 Regency Square Boulevard
Tuesday, May 16, 5-7:30 p.m. Mandarin High School
4831 Greenland Road
Certificates of eligibility also may be obtained from:
Early Learning Coalition of Duval County, 6850 Belfort Oaks Place,
Suite 102, Jacksonville, FL 32216, (904) 208-2040.
Please submit your School Talk questions by email to
email@example.com, by fax at 390-2659, or by mail to
School Talk, Duval County Public Schools. Communications
Department. 1701 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207.
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Nobody Will Save Black Boys Except the Black Community
by Rita Perry
ning rap tune
featured in the
movie "Hustle and Flow, its hard
out here for a pimp." Truth is, who
cares? The much harsher truth is
that it is becoming increasingly hard
out here for young Black males, and
if we don't take the time to care
about-and act upon-that very dis-
turbing fact, we deserve the conse-
quences that may come our way.
A group of recent studies detail-
ing just how bad things are for
young Black males in America were
presented by several high-pedigreed
universities: Harvard, Columbia
and Princeton, and were also the
focus of a much-commented-on
article in a recent edition of the New
Taken together, the overall con-
clusion of the reports seems to be
that the gap between Black males
and everyone else has now grown
so wide and is growing wider all the
time that one has to wonder what it
will take to effectively bring them
up to speed. One also, h as to won-
der how much worse this situation
is liable to get before it gets better.
It's not like none of us knew it
was this bad. Let's just be honest
about that much; otherwise it's use-
less even having this discussion.
Only those who have dedicated
themselves to ignoring the glaring
neon signs of reality could possibly
claim not to know what's going on.
Still, sometimes it helps to take a
close look at the cold, hard facts just
to wake us up, because we need to
be fully awake to deal with a crisis
like this one. And make no mistake,
if these young men are to receive
any assistance at all, the vast major-
ity of it will have to come from the
Black Community itself.
We can forget about government
programs or any abundance of well-
meaning corporate-sponsored pro-
grams, because we won't be seeing
much of that. Whatever help that
comes will be welcome, but this
problem WE will have to fix.
To quote an old saying, "If not us,
who? If not now, when?"
Rita Perry is Publisher of the
Jacksonville Free Press
LIVE FRO1IM CITY HALL
by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood
Affordable Housing Has Become an
Escalating Issue in Northeast Florida
In the past, the need for quality
affordable housing has been a prob-
lem that low-income families have
had to deal with. Today in America
and in Jacksonville in particular,
affordable housing is an issue that.is
not only delegated to poor families
and minorities, but to people with
diverse income levels.
Most of us who own homes are
excited about the ongoing rise in
property values. No matter where
you live in Jacksonville, the value
of your real estate is increasing.
Sounds great right? Yes, it is great
for some, but bad for others who are
attempting to purchase a new home
for the first time.
According to the Florida Housing
Coalition, "Since 2002, the cost of a
median-priced existing home has
increased by 80 percent in Florida,
while median income has risen by
just 1.4 percent." That simply
means that the cost of housing is
increasing drastically, while
incomes levels are basically not
This problem is one of many that
will have to be addressed as cities
and official start to unravel the
affordable housing problem that this
state is facing. So who are these
people who are trying to purchase
new homes and having such a diffi-
cult time? Well, you might be sur-
prised, because some assume that
we are just talking about the work-
ing poor, but we also talking about
young professionals as well.
We are talking about teachers, fire-
men, journalist, and a slew of other
young professionals. That's why the
terms "Workforce Housing" is
being used more often than afford-
able housing these days. As Florida
continues to grow, the need for
quality affordable housing will also
grow. According to Florida
TaxWatch, a not for profit organiza-
tion, Florida is the only state where
the rate of increase in housing has
accelerated every year since 2000.
The American Dream is to own a
nice house in a nice neighborhood,
but that dream often is not easy to
accomplish. There has even been a
move by many new home owners to
move back into core city communi-
Many city governments are now
providing the resources that devel-
opers and not-for-profits need to
provide quality infill affordable
housing. But even with this resur-
gence of infill housing and develop-
ment this city and many others still
suffer from a lack of opportunities
for families in need.
The NIMBY issue is another major
housing obstacle. NIMBY stands
for "Not In My Back Yard," and
refers to the fact that everyone
knows that there is a need for
affordable housing, but no one
wants it in their neighborhood.
NIMBYism from neighbors probt-
bly stops more affordable housing
developments than any other obsta-
Some say that there are nearly
40,000 dilapidated houses in the
city. Some say that the number
should be much higher or lower.
Regardless of the exact number, the
need for quality housing particular-
ly affects the African American
community because we typically
live in older communities in inner-
Take our great city for example,
although African Americans are
more integrated than ever, over 60
percent of the blacks still live in the
core city or Northside. Again, hous-
ing becomes a major issue because
the urban core is often the oldest
part of a city, which means that the
housing stock and infrastructure is
old and needs to be updated.
When new subdivisions are built,
new infrastructure is built. And
building standards have changed so
much. For example, the state now
requires retention ponds for all new
development. So if you are build-
ing a new neighborhood, church,
convenient store, etc. you have to be
able to hold and treat your water
run-off. That was not the case when
most of the inner-city communities
One of the biggest problems with
retrofitting or doing infrastructure
projects in urban areas is that you
have to use today's standards, which
increases project cost because of the
density in core city areas.
According to the Jacksonville
Community Council, Inc., more
than 50 percent of Jacksonville's
housing stock is over 39 years old,
which says a lot about why so many
homes in the city are considered
It is interesting that property val-
ues are increasing and so are the
number of deteriorated home in the
core city and rural areas. Two paral-
lel problems that are having a detri-
mental effect on the affordable
According to the Florida
Association of Realtors, since the
inception of price indexes, there has
been no comparable five-year peri-
od when prices have increased as
rapidly as 2000 to 2005. The num-
bers are astonishing for
The median sales price of homes in
Northeast Florida jumped 15 per-
cent in that five year period from
$162,800 to $187,000.
So the pending affordable housing
crisis is very real. In fact, none of us
will be able to escape the issue
because you may be fine today, but
tomorrow it may be your child or
grandchild looking for a nice
affordable place to live. This needs
to be an issue for the entire commu-
Signing off from the Northeast
Florida Housing Partnership,
Black Males, YOU
Can Save Yourselves
WI LK By Roose\elt Wilson
The plight of our young black males in this coun-
tr- has been inspected, dissected, analyzed, scruti-
nized and criticized.
We've written papers and books, we've held con-
ferences, workshops and focus groups.
Yet in increasing numbers our 3 young black males
have little or no respect f6r themselves and even less
for others. Too many of them make bad choices and
drop out of school. Too many make even worse choic-
es and end up in jail. prison or dead.
This information is not new, but I refer to the fol-
lowing from the book "The American Directory of
Certified Uncle Torms (Chicago: Lushena, 2002) to
make a point.
"For many blacks, drug use (including alcohol)
amounts to self-medication for depression rooted in
hopelessness caused by wVhite racism.
"This medical need is exploited by a corrupt soci-
ety hell-bent on criminalizing the black race.
"Blacks. who comprise only 13 percent of the pop-
ulation and account for about 13 percent of drug users,
constitute 35 percent of all arrests for dnrug possession.
55 percent of all con ictions on those charges, and 74
percent of all those sentenced to prison for possession.
"Blacks are incarcerated at a rate that is more than
six times that of whites."
"In total, between 1980 and 1999. the incarceration
rate for blacks more than tripled from 1,156 per
100.000, to 3,620 per 100.00. 'This is more than four
times the rate of incarceration of blacks in South
Africa during the apartheid era.
"The number of college-aged black males in pris-
ons and jails in the United States, 583,000, is greater
than the number of black males enrolled in higher
. "On an\ given da)., about one in three blacks
between the ages of 20 and 29 is in prison, on proba-
tion, or on parole."
"In 1999 nearly 1.5 million children in the U.S.
had a least'one parent in state or federal (up from
fever than 1 million in 1991).
"The black male homicide rate is seven times the
white male rate."
"Blacks make up 40 percent of the death row pop-
There is more, but I'll stop there. It doesn't take a
genius to see something terribly wrong with this pic-
Couple those grim statistics with the indisputable
fact that this government and its social structure were
built to exclude blacks, and it becomes understandable
why man) blacks use those statistics as an example of
wh\ blacks. especially young black males, fare so
But while that could be a reason, it's no excuse. If
our people survived slavery, which was not our
choice. we certainly can not only survive in today's
climate in which we have to scratch and claw our way
There is an abundance of evidence that too often
we look at the odds against us as a reason to fail rather
than to find a way to beat the odds.
That's one of the most profound lessons I learned
during my junior year at Bethune-Cookman College.
It was in 1961 when we still had to abide by the
"white" and "colored" signs. I had made the mistake
of drinking from an unmarked, outdoor water fountain
that I quickly learned was for whites only.
The manager ordered me away from the fountain
and off his property in a tone and language that made
me feel almost worthless.
I was depressed and angry, of course at the man,
but also at a system that was so unfair simply because
of the color of my skin.
But that same afternoon I had a life-changing expe-
rience that taught me that I. not the system, was in
charge of my destiny.
During our weekly convocation the speaker on that
day was "Bunky" Matthews, B-CC's head football
coach, who was an outstanding motivational speaker
as was his chief rival "Jake" Gaither at Florida A&M
At one point it was as though I was in the audito-
rium alone and Bunky was talking to me. And in a
Baptist preacher like, dramatic delivery he recited a
poem I would later learn was Edgar Guest's "It
Couldn't Be Done."
It Couldn't Be Done
Somebody said that it couldn't be done, But he
with a chuckle replied that maybe it coiddn 't, but he
would be one.
Who wouldn't say so till he'd trieil So he buckled
right in with the trace of a grin on his face.
I. If he worried he hid it. He started to sing as he
tackled the thing that couldn't be done, and he.did it.
Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll never do that."
At least no one ever has done it."
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat.
And the first thing we knew he'd begun it.
f7th a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddity,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it
There are thousands that tell you
it cannot be done
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you,
one by one.
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin.
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That "cannot be done," and you'll do it.
No excuses, young black males: Stay out of
trouble, do the right thing.
You can do it.
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On hand to demonstrate the collaborative effort between the city and law enforcement for the initiative
were State Attorney Harry Shorstein, Sheriff John Rutherford and Mayor John Peyton; Thelma Jackson,
Ed Tolliver and Bro. Charlie McLendon were on hand to welcome the coming changes and; (bottom) res-
idents and citizens look on, eager for a change to the blighted community.
Mayor Plants Seeds of Change
Continued from front
Another element of the mayor's
initiative is getting working profes-
sionals to commit to targeted neigh-
borhoods to help with the revital-
ization process. The city is also
through "Project Clean Slate,"
which provides an amnesty period
for homeowners to clear their prop-
erties of existing code enforcement
fines and bring their properties into
Finally, the Growing Great
Neighborhoods initiative aims to
open the lines of communication
between the community and law
enforcement through study circles,
to provide summer jobs through the
Job Opportunities Boost Summer
(JOBS) program, and to create
additional recreational opportuni-
ties for young people.
"Our young people play an impor-
tant role in shaping the future of our
city. We all have a responsibility to
provide them with the knowledge
and skillsito help them succeed; and,
help 'YJhals'hville succeed,"' said'
The mayor will also look to the
faith community to participate in
various elements of the initiative,
fostering unity through spiritual
The city identified two neighbor-
hoods to serve as pilot sites for the
initiative: Northwest Jacksonville
and Historic Arlington. These
neighborhoods were chosen in part
because they have existing commu-
Action Plans, ongoing revitaliza-
tion efforts, and a strong presence
by community and social service
organizations. In addition, the
Northwest Jacksonville community
has a number of active Community
Development Corporations (CDCs)
working to enhance housing oppor-
tunities in the area. The neighbor-
hoods will also be linked to a com-
munity anchor that will pool its pro-
fessional resources with the city's
to better deliver services, build
community relationships and
recruit other partners. CSX will be
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Mayor Peyton also announced
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Love of Christ Community Church Ce Ce Wmans Concert set for May 28th Real Life Abundance to Celebrate
U"^1 1 U S]r j A S
to Hold "Open-Mic Poetry Night"
The Love of Christ Community Church, 1481 East 16th Street, invites
you to share the gospel of the Lord thru the artistry of poetry at 6 p.m. on
Saturday, May 27th, 2006, and the last Saturday of each month. If you
write or just enjoy the Spoken Word, this is an event that you do not want
to miss. For information, call (904) 703-6585.
Mother's Day Breakfast 2006
Planned by St. Andrew A.M.E.
Who can find a virtuous woman? St. Andrew AME Church is sponsor-
ing a Mother's Day Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 13th at The
Village Inn Restaurant, 200 Third Street. Neptune Beach. For reserva-
tions, please call Dr. Vallie M. Hollway at (904) 249-7624.
Family Conference 2006, "It Takes a
Church to Raise a Village" May 14-17
The Royal Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, 1320 West 21st
Street, Rev. Jeremiah Robinson Sr., Pastor; will present their Family
Conference 2006, with the theme: "It Takes a Church to Raise a Village"
with The Sons of Royal Tabernacle, Pastors Marvin McQueen I, Eric
Campbell, Jerome Robinson, Jeffery Robinson, Donald Carmichael, Joel
Robinson, Marvin McQueen II, and Min. James Smith III. The conference
begins nightly at 6 p.m.
Classes will address: Men The Man in the Mirror; Women Elevated
but M.I.A.; and Young People Extreme Make Over to Take Over. Music
by special Guest Groups. Free Food & Giveaways for youth. Come let us
petition God to strengthen our families.
1st Timothy Community Dev. Corp.
Sponsors New Career Job Fair
The First Timothy Community Development Corporation and its
Community Partners, invite the Jacksonville community to their "Spring
Forward to a New Career Job Fair" on Tuesday, May 23rd from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. at the Hollybrook Homes Community Center, 104 King Street. For
more information, call Gwen Osbome or Benita Paul at (904) 757-9878.
Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1118 West Beaver Street will pres-
ent the Incomparable CeCe Winans in concert, at 6 p.m., Sunday, May 28,
2006. Seating is general, one price for all. For tickets call (904) 899-1896.
St. Thomas to Host Mother's Luncheon
The St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church, 5863 Moncrief Road,
where Ernie L. Murray, Sr., is Pastor; will host a Mother's Day Luncheon
at 12 noon on Saturday, May 13th. "The True Woman" is the luncheon
theme. Sis. LaTonia Mitchell is Chairlady. The program will culminate on
Sunday, during the 8 a.m. Morning Worship.
Holy Flame of Fire Camp Meeting
Apostle Greg Wright, of Rochester, NY will be the opening speaker on
Monday and Tuesday, May 15 & 16th, at the Holy Flame of Fire Camp
Meeting at the Love Fellowship Christian Center, 918 Ionia St., where
Atlas and Trina Rankin, are the Host Pastors. Services will be held night-
ly at 7:30 p.m. The Camp Meeting continues Wed., May 17 with
Prophetess Patricia Francis, of the House of Prayer, Green Cove Springs.
Prophet Stanley Roundtree of Grace Ministries Shabach, will be the speak-
er on Thursday; Bishop Sherman Kelly Sr., of Destined To Prosper
Christian Fellowship Church, and Bishop L. M. Laney, Greater New Zion
Spiritual Church; will be the speakers, Friday, May 19th; at the
Communion Service. A Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon,
on Saturday, May 20th.. For registration and information, call 565-1453.
New Fountain Chapel AME to observe
Annual Leona Daniels Day May 21st
New Fountain Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, 737
Jessie Street, Rev. Louis Kirkland, Pastor; invites the community to their
annual observance of Leona Daniels Day on Sunday, May 21, 2006.
Leona Daniels Day will begin with Church School at 9 a.m.; Morning
Worship will begin at 10:45 a.m. Evening Worship will begin at 3:30 p.m.
Everyone is welcome. Eunice Harmon, chairperson; Helen Clemons, co-
Youth Character Awards Dinner
Character Counts! In Jacksonville and the Duval County Public Schools
will present the 6th Annual American Youth Character Awards .Dinner,at,7
p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2006, at the UNF University Center. The
Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Joseph Wise, Duval Public Schools
Superintendent. To reserve your table, call (904) 724-5566.
nChurcn & rastor's Anniversary
The Real Life Abundance International Church, 6644 Arlington Rd.,
Bishop Roderick Jones, Senior Pastor; Minister Gayle Jones, First Lady;
cordially invites the community to join them in the celebration of their
Second Annual Pastor and Church Anniversaries. Services will be held
nightly at 7 p.m. on Tuesday thru Saturday, May 16-20, 2006. You are
invited to a Holy Ghost good time. Missionary Mary Henry, and
Missionary Jacqueline Young, chairpersons.
Emanuel Missionary Baptist to cele-
brate Pastor's 6th Anniversary
The Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church, 2407 Rev. S. L. Badger Jr.
Circle East; invites you to worship with them at the 6th Anniversary
Celebration of Pastor Herb Anderson at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17th.
Special guests will include Pastor James W. Henry, and Summerville
Baptist Church; and Pastor Clifford Johnson Jr. and Hope Baptist Church.
A glorious and spirit-filled service is planned.
Believers in Christ Christian Center
to Celebrate 11th Church Anniversary
Believers in Christ Christian Center, 11565-107 North Main Street,
Bishop Don Bernard and Pastor Deborah Bernard; will celebrate the 11th
Anniversary of the Church, May 18-21, 2006. "but as it is written, Eye
hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the Heart of man,
the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him." (H
Corinthians 2:9, is the theme.
Bishop Jerome Henry, of Zoe Ministries Intemational,will be the speak-
er at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 18th. Some of our city's most anointed
groups will be on program, including: Saxophonist Chris White, New St.
James Holy Family Choir, Voices of One Accord Ministries International
Choir, New Generation Choir, Dr. McGee, One Accord Ministries Praise
Dancer, and other local artists.
Pastor Herbert Phinacee, of the Crossroads Family Worship Center,
Callahan, FL; will be the speaker at'5 p.m. on Sunday, May 21st.
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Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
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by William Reed
The Republican Party's most
aggressive strategy toward African
Americans is the "Faith-Based
Initiative". The GOP's courting is
accomplished through millions of
dollars in faith-based grants to
African American churches.
Many African American pastors
have bought into President George
W. Bush's faith-based initiatives',
values and Compassionate
Conservative concept. These black
conservatives are tapping new ways
to get bucks and promoting new
thinking about the poor. They insist
telling the poor that they are passive
victims, whether of racism or eco-
nomic, is destructive and paralyzes
them with thoughts of helplessness
The average congregation con-
tributes $184,000 annually to com-
munities. Black Enterprise maga-
zine's May issue profiles pastors
who head multimillion-dollar min-
istries. Dallas-based Bishop T.D.
Jakes says his church "refrains from
taking funds" from the faith-based
initiative. Bishop Eddie Long of
New Birth Missionary, Georgia's
largest church, is a supporter. In
his A Revolution of Compassion
book, Long says he became a con-
vert when Bush initially ran: "He
has very deep religious convictions
and knows that the church has been
more effective than government in
changing communities." Long's
faith in Bush was not misplaced,
has ministry received a $1-million
faith-based grant in 2003 from the
Dept. of Children & Families.
Though the White House denies
the faith initiative is a political tool,
the program has provoked criticism
b"%o @65w s
that the GOP is seeking to influence
African Americans with taxpayer
funds. Rev. Timothy McDonald of
Atlanta dubbed the program, "an
attempt to identify new leadership
in the black community and use the
money to prop them up.'" How the
faith initiative combines with the
Administration's support for ban-
ning gay marriage is worth noting.
Over its 5-year existence, the Faith-
Based program has allocated bil-
lions. During the period, many
black church leaders switched their
political affiliation. Empirically,
there are ties between pastoral
activism and faith-based initiative
monies. Black pastors getting faith-
based money have often held cam-
paigns on issues such as abortion,
school vouchers and gay marriage .
Bishop Long actively opposes gay
marriage and led an anti-gay march
in Atlanta. The head of one of Los
Angeles' biggest churches,
Crenshaw Christian Center televan-
gelist Frederick Price also works to
ban gay marriage.
New conservative black leader-
ship is emerging in pulpits across
America. Bishop Harry R. Jackson
Jr., senior pastor of Maryland's
Hope Christian Church has a
"Black Contract With America on
Moral Values": a call for Bible-
based action by government and
churches to promote conservative
priorities. He's for "protecting tra-
ditional marriage, prison reform
and providing healthcare for the
poor." Memphis-based Vivian
Berryhill has developed a
"Mayflower Compact for Black
America". She heads the National
Coalition of Pastors' Spouses, a
group organized to impact key
states in upcoming elections.
Milwaukee's Bishop Sedgwick
Daniels endorsed Bush as "the can-
didate who shares our views." Two
weeks before the 2004 elections,
Daniels turned his pulpit over to
Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele,
one of Bush's most prominent
African American advocates.
Daniels' church received over $2
million in federal funds. Rev. Herb
Lusk II gave the invocation at the
2000 Republican convention and
his Philadelphia church received $1
million in federal funds to help
"low-income Philadelphians". In
South Florida, an organization
headed by Bishop Harold Ray, who
gave an invocation for Vice
President Dick Cheney at a West
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chini. Eggplant and cauliflower
takes a little more you just have to
be sure the soil is well tilled and
You can grow just about anything.
We live in Southern California and
this area provides the weather and
the backdrop for growing all sorts
of vegetables and fruits it also ideal
for Floridians too.
What are the health benefits of
You know what you are getting,
fresh from the garden. By the time
you buy something from the store,
you don't know how long it's been
in transit to get from the farm to the
store. Plus you can pick and choose
the vegetables you want to eat. In
addition if you keep your soil well
tilled and you tend your garden you
don't need a whole lot of pesticides
in dealing with the bugs.
For an older person who does-
n't want to aerobic activity. Tell
us the benefits of yoga.
Yoga will stretch you out, it
increases your flexibility, it mas-
sages your internal organs, it helps
with your blood flow and more
importantly it helps get your breath-
ing under control. If you can con-
trol your breathing you can control
your emotions, you can control the
way you feel, physically and men-
Tell me a little about food
preparation. Once you have all
these wonderful fresh foods, tell
me what you need to be mindful
of when it comes to preparing
Probably the most important thing
in preparing home grown vegeta-
bles is that you don't have to cook
them too long. When you overcook,
you lose a lot of nutrients and so
forth. When you steam or boil veg-
etables it's always good to consume
the juice. The juice has a lot of
nutrients in it and people just tend
to throw it away. You can put it in a
little cup, drink it, and it'll taste
Can you change your lifestyle
and change your health?
Yes you can. Yoga is experiential.
You have to do something, and as
you do something you can feel the
changes that come over your body.
It's one thing reading about Yoga,
watching somebody else do it but
you actually have to experience it.
It increases your flexibility, your
balance, and your strength. It makes
you feel good. It also helps you
sleep better at night and helps your
digestive system to work properly.
What are your final thoughts of
trying to motivate someone to a
My final thought is you have to
have a purpose in life. You have to
know why you are doing the yoga
exercises, why are you trying to eat
healthy. Basically, you are trying to
become one with the universal spir-
it and you have to realize that you
are part of the Universal spirit right
now but you haven't realized it yet.
You have to act as though you are
"one with." Once you get a purpose
in life, you move from there.
Although the current tuberculosis
treatment strategy has helped cure
nearly 20 million patients of TB,
the incidence of the disease contin-
ues to climb, particularly among
African Americans and Africans.
Tuberculosis remains the leading
cause of death from a curable infec-
tious disease, Dr. Christopher Dye,
from the World Health
Organization (WHO) in Geneva
notes. The incidence of the disease
remains steady in many areas of the
world, but continues to rise in
Africa, secondary to the spread of
- In response, the WHO has set new
goals to reduce deaths due to TB by
50 percent in 2015 compared with
the rates reported in 1990, and to
eliminate TB as a public health
problem by 2050, report the WHO's
Dr. Mario C. Raviglione and Dr.
Mukund W. Uplekar.
The authors outline the research
effort needed to achieve this,
including improving diagnostic
testing, developing new vaccines,
drugs and treatment regimens, con-
ducting social research and address-
ing the effects of poverty.
New diagnostic tools are needed
that are "sensitive, specific, rapid,
cheap, safe, and field-friendly," Dr.
Alimuddin Zumla and Zoe Mullan
from the Royal Free and Uni\ ersitr
College London Medical School
Another impediment to the control
ofTB has been the lack of a vaccine
that provides long-term protection.
Several vaccines are in the pipeline.
report Dr. T. Mark Doherm, from
Statens Serum Institute in
Copenhagen, and Dr. Graham
Rook, from Royal Free and
University College of Medical
School in London, but there are still
obstacles to overcome.
An additional sthunbling block to
effective treatment of TB is simul-
Virus Strongly Tied to Lupus Common in Blacks
Lupus is more common among Others aren't so lucky. The virus white patients over 50. similar links between Lupus and
le with a family history of the can cause mononucleosis and is A gene %ariation in some partic- another type of herpes virus HSV-
se, those taking certain med- rarely associated \ith some forms ipants also seemed important. It 1. which causes cold sores. That
:ns, women, blacks, Asians, of cancer, such as Burkitt's lym- strengthened the association suggests that general immune s3 s-
people aged 15-40. phoma and cancers of the mouth, between Lupus and the virus, tern problems didn't account for the
ae cause of Lupus is not known Christine Parks, PhD. and col- The researchers didn't see any Epstein-Barr pattern. the\ sa\.
there is no cure. However, leagues say genes, race, and age T for L
tomss, especially mild to mod- may have something to do with Test Yourself for Lupus
erate, can be treated through med-
ications, rest, exercise, and avoid-
ing sun exposure.
Lupus symptoms vary widely
and can come and go. They include
fatigue, arthritis, fever, and 'skin
rash (especially with sun exposure).
More severe cases can involve kid-
The Epstein-Barr virus, a form of
the herpes virus, has long been sus-
pected of having something to do
with Lupus. But although more
than 90% of adults have the virus,
not everyone develops lupus.
In fact, most people don't get
sick from the virus. It lives in
infected people's salivary glands
and can be spread through saliva
(such as by kissing or sharing
drinking glasses and cutlery).
how the virus influences lupus.
Parks' study included 230 recent-
ly diagnosed lupus patients. The
144 blacks and 86 whites all lived
in North or South Carolina; 90%
were women.They were matched
with a similar group of people with-
The researchers checked partici-
pants' levels of antibodies to the
Epstein-Barr virus, a sign the per-
son had been previously infected
with the virus. They also checked
the patients' genetic makeup.
In blacks, the antibodies were
"strongly associated" with Lupus,
says Parks, who works at the CDC's
Health Effects Laboratory division
in West Virginia.
The pattern was milder in whites,
with the strongest effects in the
OBSTEIiCAL & GYNECOLOGICAL
1. Have you ever had achy, painful and/or swollen joints for more than
2. Have you ever had an unexplained fever of over 100 degrees for more
than a few days?
3. Have you ever experienced persistent, extreme fatigue exhaustion and
weakness for days or even weeks at a time, even after 6-8 hours of restful
4. Have you ever had sensitivity to the sun where your skin "breaks out"
after being in the sun, but it's not sunburn?
5. Have you ever been told that you have a low blood count sl anemia.
low white cell count or a low platelet count?
6. Have you ever been told that you have protein in your urine'?
7. Have you ever had chest pain with deep breathing for more than a fey4
8. Have you ever had a prominent redness or color change on \ our face
in the shape of a butterfly across the bridge of your nose and cheeks'?
9. Have you ever had a seizure or convulsion?
10. Have you had any sores in your mouth that lasted for more than t\\o
If you answered "yes" to at least three of these questions, consult % ith
Reginald L. Sykes, Sr. M.D.P.A.
Tuberculosis, commonly referred to as TB, is a bacterial infection that
can spread through the lymph nodes and bloodstream to any organ in
your body but is usually found in the lungs. Most people who are
exposed to TB actually never develop symptoms. The bacteria can live
in an inactive form in the body. Medication can be given to help get rid
of the inactive bacteria. However, if the immune system weakens, such
as in people with HIV or as we age, the bacteria can activate. In their
active state, TB bacteria cause death of tissue in the infected organs,
possibly resulting in death.
taneous HIV infection, Dr. Anthony
D. Harries, of Family Health
International, Malawai Country
Office, Lilongwe and associates
note. Treating both diseases at the
same time increases the risk of
adverse drug reactions and other
For all this work, sufficient fund-
ing will be required. "Now it is up
to developing country governments
to fully commit resources to tuber-
culosis control, and for donors to
provide catalytic financial aid...to
rid the world of one of the most
lethal infectious diseases in the his-
tory of humanity," Drs. Zumla and
Mama's Baby: Happy,
Healthy and Breastfed
ntion from intecions by sharing
'the mother's immunities with the
baby, itfil the baby has a;chance
to build up his/her own irnmmune
Recent stridies also. show that
babies who aren't breasifed
exclusively for the- first. six
months are'likely to suffer more
colds. flu, ear infections, 'respira,!
*.:! tory illnesses,'make more visits to
the doctor and .develop childhood
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do. African America- wviWomn
have consistently. -lower: breast-
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arrival of your little dne, making 2003 Natipnal Immtinization
all of the -importantt new-mom Sursey (the most current.resouree
decisions, here are the good (and n. brastfeeding practices adta
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breastfeeding. eve attempt oBa
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May 11 17 2006
Free Press Files
Over the past twenty years, many people, places and events have graced the Free Press pages. Join us as we glimpse
back at some of the events that helped shape our newspaper into the publication that it is today.
Marching Viking Receive Proclamation The marching viking's band director Ernest White receives a proclamation from City
Council member Deitra Micks in the Council Chambers as he his flanked by several of his band members.
Classmates and friends honor Sutton Pictured with the
honoree are Kenneth "KC" Clair and former NFL football player
Tommy Chandler with Charles"Knots" Sutton (seated) at a 1997 event of
teammates, coaches, classmates and friends of Matthew Gilbert Alumni
and more honoring Sutton.
Rap Hits Jax At the birth of rap, Jacksonville was still at the
forefront of welcoming the genre to our city. Shown above in this
1980s circa photo is Mayor Tommy Hazouri welcoming Run DMC to
Jacksonville in a press conference in City Hall. The rap trailblazers
are credited to helping put the sound on the map of America.
As the city's first African-American Sheriff, Nat Glover made histo-
ry. He continued to be a trailblazer by consistently getting a hands on
look by walking the city's "beats". He is shown above walking in Rep.
Terry Fields (left) district with his father Paul Fields (right).
Fla Jax 75 and Counting For over 75 years, the FlaJax Club
has brought a very entertaining and much anticipated holiday dance
to Jacksonville's African-American community. The organization
composed of distinguished Black men, has consistently worked to
regenerate and reorganize it's trenches to keep it's legendary event at
the forefront of the season. Shown above are FlaJax members Robert
Porter, Henry Sellers and Edgar Mathis.
lbV I .11n .1 iA r1
Visiting ArchBishop Desmond Tutu in Africa were none other than
Jacksonville's own Derya Williams and Ella Simmons.
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Case for Redevelopment Councilman Fullwood and his rede-
velopment efforts may be making headlines for some, but who can for-
get the blighted Myrtle Avenue Corner that lay dormant for decades.
Through his efforts and in partnership with the Black Business
Investment Corporation, the neighborhood received a breath of fresh
life with a renovated business strip and demolition of this eyesore.
Before The Ritz Theater and LaVilla Museum became the beauty it
is today, it celebrated the kickoff of construction that ended years of
the former African-American landmark being an eyesore.
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The Ribault High School parking lot was filled despite torrential and
flooding rains in October 1994 the subject school desegregation.
Hosting the meeting were Board members Gwendolyn Gibson and
Gwendola Jones (seated).
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The Johnson Branch YMCA Black Achievers Program has brought enrichment activities to area youth for years. Shown above in the 90s is a Black
College tour where the students had the chance to visit New Orleans'Xavier University among other institutions.
Page 10 Ms Perry's Free Press May 11 17, 2006
at to dofrom social, volunteer, political and sports activities to seWf enrichment and the civic scene
What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Crowns the Musical
Stage Aurora will present Crowns,
a stand up and testify musical writ-
ten by Regina Taylor. The play will
be performed in FCCJ's Ezekiel
Bryant Auditorium thru May 14th
on the weekend only. Based on the
book by Michael Cunningham,
Crowns is a soul stirring tribute to
the unique cultural phenomenon
that fuses faith with fashion and cel-
ebrated African-American women
and their church hats. Showtimes
are Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at
2:00 p.m and 8 p.m. and Sundays at
3:00 p.m. For tickets, call the Stage
Aurora Box Office at 765-7373.
The Cultural Council is offering a
lunchtime workshop for individual
artists who are interested in apply-
ing for the FDCA's Fellowship
Grant. The workshop will be on
Friday, May 12th from 11a.m. to 1
p.m. at the Balis Community Center
at the San Marco Library, 1513
LaSalle Street. The grant is avail-
able to artists working in literature,
interdisciplinary, theater, dance,
folklife and music. For more infor-
mation and eligibility requirements,
visit www.florida-arts.org. Call
358-3600 to reserve your space.
of 1953 Meeting
The Class of 1953 of Old Stanton
High School will have their regular
meeting on Saturday, May 13th at 1
p.m. at the Bradham Library on
Edgewood Avenue. All graduates
and non graduates are requested to
be present and on time.
Community Health Fair
For their on-going Adopt-A-
Block Campaign the Jacksonville
Branch National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People
Youth Council and College
Division will sponsor its First
Annual Community Health Fair and
Community Awareness Day on
Saturday, May 13, 2006, 10:00am -
2:00 pm, at the Branch Office
YCCD. For more information, see
any Branch Office or contact the
Celebration of Women
Mother's Day Retreat
With the theme, "It's a Family
Affair", Do something different
with your Mother or that special
female in your life this year for
Mother's Day. Take her to the
beach, for dinner and live entertain-
ment for a Mothers Day
Celebration. The evening will
include the C1 Jazz Band, Poet
David Girard, skits and much more.
On Sunday, May 14th, at 5 p.m. be
at The Atlantic Theatre (751
Atlantic Blvd) For more informa-
tion call: 765-8488 or 786-1504.
14th Annual Job Fair
FCCJ is presenting their 14th
Annual Job Fair at the College's
Downtown Campus on May 15
from 9 a.m. 2 p.m. There will be a
wide variety of employers attending
the fair, seeking workers looking
for full-time, part-time, permanent
or summer employment Job-seek-
ers are encouraged to dress for and
be prepared to interview with
employers. Employers will conduct
on site interviews and accept
resumes from prospective employ-
ees. For more info call 633.8268.
Seminar on How to do
Business with JTA
Is your business on the move with
the Jacksonville Transportation
Authority? First Coast Black
Business Investment Corporation
(FCBBIC) will present a workshop
entitled "Business Opportunities
with the JTA." Representatives of
the JTA will provide information
about a variety of vendor opportu-
nities and their procurement
Do you know an
Someone who is constantly doing for others and put-
ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
gift certificate from Publix Supermarkets.
CITY STATE ZIP
Why are you nominating this person
process.The workshop will be held
Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at 6:00 pm
until 7:30 pm, at the Ben Durham
Business Center, 2933 North
Myrtle Avenue. To register, or for
more information, call us at (904)
634-0543 or visit our website at
Staffers at the Duval County
Extension Service will teach a class
on the different methods of com-
posting, including worm bins. They
will teach you what makes the best
compost, it's not just leaves and
grass. Hands-on activities are
included. The class will be on
Thursday, May 18, 10am-lpm at
the Duval County Extension Office,
1010 N. McDuffAve. Call to regis-
Benefiting Martin Center
There will be a Motown Hitsville
Review benefiting the Jacksonville
Beach Elementary Preservation
Fund for the Rhoda Martin Cultural
Center at Jacksonville Beach. The
event, which will take place on
Friday, May 19th will begin with a
VIP reception at 6:30 p.m., fol-
lowed by the show at 8:30 p.m. It
will be held at the Wilson Center at
the FCCJ South Campus. For more
information, call Atty. Walter Bell
On Saturday, May 20th the
Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc., for the Millions
More Movement will host the 1st
Annual Hoodstock 2006 at 900
N.Myrtle Avenue(Between the cor-,
ners of State and Union Streets.),
from 12:00 pm til 6:00 p.m. The
event will feature live musical per-
formances, poetry by Nokturnal
Escape and vendors for a peaceful
day of free music, inspiration and
education. For more information or
to reserve vending space call 904-
Members and the general public
interested in public skills and
improving their skills are invited to
participate in the monthly
Toastmasters meeting. This month's
meeting will be held on Saturday,
May 20th at 10 a.m. at the
Mandarin South Library, 12125 San
Yusef Bilal: Guns for
The 2nd Annual Yusef Bilal: Guns
For Books Campaign, promoting
literacy in our children will be held
on Saturday May 20, 2006 at the
Gateway Shopping Center (Inside
of the Mall). Kids must have a toy
gun to participate. The campaign
will be held from 11 6 p.m.
B-CC Alumni Roundup
Family Fund Day
On Saturday May 20th, the B-CC
Alumni Association will hold their
College Alumni Round Up Family
Fun Day featuring free bowling,
networking, socializing, reconnect-
ing and big fun. Festivities will be
held at Archer Lanes, 10850 Harts
Road on the Northside from 2 4
p.m. For more information call
Peggy Turner at 254-8761.
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their monthly
meeting, May 20, 2006, at 1:30
p.m. at the Webb-Wesconnett
Library, 6887 103rd Street,
Jacksonville, Florida. We are very
pleased to have as our speaker, Ms.
Holly Beasley, who will be present-
ing a slideshow entitled "500 Years
at,the ,]eaches.",Thepr,ogram will,.
figuratively walk the listener
through history; beginning with an
overview of northeast Florida--the
Timucua, the coming colonial pow-
ers, and the fledgling state govern-
ment, to a candid look at each of the
six communities we represent
today. For additional info contact,
Mary Chauncey at (904) 781-9300.
The Annual Kumba Festival of the
Links Old School Jam
The Bold City Chapter of Links, Incorporated will present their 3rd
Annual Old School Jam on Saturday, May 20, 2006. The event will be held
at Alltell Stadium with all of your favorite jams from the 60s and 70s
including a best attire/costume contest, bid Whist Tournament, food, fun
and fellowship. The fun kicks off at 7 p.m. and sells out every year. No
tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets for the event are $50 and can be
purchased from any Bold City Link member. E-mail
BoldCityLinks@aol.com or call 634-1993 for more information.
Arts will be May 26th and 27th at
the Clanzel Brown Center from
10:00 am 7:00 pm (Saturday fol-
lowing the Kuumba Parade) and
12:00 noon 7:00 pm (Sunday)
Health Fair on Saturday, May 27,
2006, 10 am 3:00 pm. Thp
Kuumba Festival is a community
eventr-designed to bring a whole-
some and entertaining gathering for
all that will educate the community
about African/African American
culture. Visit Kuumbafestival.com
Henderson & Carne
Headline Jazz Lounge
On May 20 at 8 p.m., Ritz Theatre
& LaVilla Museum will present 'old
school' R&B recording artists
Michael Henderson and Jean Came.
The event is part of the Ritz Third
Saturday Jazz and Blues Lounge, a
caf6 style concert series featuring
local and national recording artists.
Tickets are available at Ritz
Theatre & LaVilla Museum box
office, more information, please
call 904-632-5555 or xisit -\ \\\.rit-
River City Band Free
Come out and enjoy the sunshine
and patriotic music by the Brass
Band of the River City! The free
event is fun for the whole family.
Festivities will be held on Sunday,
May 28th from 3 4:30 p.m. at
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Fantasia to Play Herself in Biopic
NEW YORK Fantasia Barrino, who won the third
season of the popular Fox talent
competition, "American Idol,"
will star as herself in a Lifetime
Principal photography was to
begin this month in New
Orleans, and will be directed by
Debbi Allen. The movie, which
.. has the working title, "Life Is
Not a Fairy Tale: the Fantasia
Barrino Story," is set to premiere in August.
Barrino, 21, published her memoir, "Life Is Not a
Fairy Tale," last year. Her debut album, "Free
Yourself," was released in 2004.
The R&B singer dropped out of high school in her
hometown of High Point, N.C., and became an unwed
mother at 17. She has a daughter, Zion.
Rodman's Fatherly Reunion Turns Ugly
Dennis Rodman, who hadn't
seen his father in over a
decade, found himself face to
face with the man recently
during an exhibition basket- ,
ball game in Manila. But
instead of kisses and hugs .
between the estranged pair,
there were only punches. ..
SAccording to Rodman's
agent Darren Prince, the ath-
lete's dad, Philander, showed up at the game "with
a camera crew and an entourage of eight people and
two bodyguards he had apparently sold the rights to
get him on camera with Dennis."
A fight broke out, and Philander allegedly tried to
punch Rodman'sbodyguard, but missed.
"Dennis felt.used and was angry as his father has
made only one attempt in 40 years to see or talk to him,
and that was in 1996 when he wanted the rights to write
a book about Dennis," Prince told the New York Post.
Undeterred, Philander later went to Rodman's hotel,
with camera crew in tow, and was promptly chased
away by armed guards. According to Prince, "hundreds
of fans" soon got a. whiff of
what was going on and began
Ella Fitzgerald Musical
to Blanket the Country
"Ella," a, new musical about
Ihe. legendary Ella Fitzgeld*
will open in nine cities across
the U.S. during the 2006-07
theater season, reports Playbill.com.
The productions will be previewed at not-for-profit
regional theatres with Tina Fabrique (of Off-
Broadway's Dessa Rose) in the title role for each
engagement. There is also interest from commercial
producers to bring the production to Broadway in 2007,
or to launch a wider commercial tour.
"Ella" is set in Nice in 1966, around the time of the
death of her half-sister, Frances. She attends the funer-
al in the States, and returns for a big concert in France.
Conflict arises between Ella and her producer,
Norman, an off-stage voice who urges her to engage in
patter, or talk to the audience about her life. What
emerges from Hatcher's conflict is an opportunity for
Ella to more naturally reflect on and catalog her past
experience, which includes a revelation about her son,
Ray. The musical will feature more than 20 of
Fitzgerald's biggest hits, and lesser-known tunes.
Florida stops include Florida Stage (June 20-Sept. 3),
and Asolo Theatre in Sarasota, FL (May 9-June 3,
Mike Wants GQ Pulled from Stands
A 'series of photos in GQ magazine featuring a
Michael Jackson impersonator has caused the real
singer to call for an apology and the issue to be
removed from circulation.
The article, titled "Where's Michael," was written by
Devin Friedman and chronicles his quest to find the
pop star in Bahrain, where the singer has been living
since his acquittal of child molestation charges last
year. Photos that accompany the article show a fake
Michael in a darkened movie theater sitting among a
row of children. Another picture shows him in the
desert wearing a black
cloak and headscarf with
his trademark glittery
"Mr. Jackson is furious
that his image has been
used in such a misleading
.. eway, and is demanding an
.e apology from the editors of
GQ, and its publisher,
Conde Nast," said a state-
ment released Friday by
Jackson's rep Raymone K.
Bain. "Mr. Jackson is also demanding that the maga-
zines be pulled from newsstands."
Jim Nelson, GQ editor-in-chief, responded with a
statement Friday. "It is very clear that the pictures in
the story ... are satirical, whether it's a picture of a
Michael Jackson imitator sitting in a Bahraini cinema
or an image of The Gloved One standing flamboyantly
'win ,the desert;?'he said. "Mr. Jackson riay feel that the
person in the photographs is an 'impostor,' but he is
merely an imitator."
Former Member of Acclaimed Boys
Choir of Harlem Speaks Out on Abuse
Japerlet 'Jackie' Wilson, left, shows actress Cicely Tyson, front right, and Deborah and Angelica Santana, back-
ground right, the FEMA trailer where she lives in New Orleans and (right) Actress Holly Robinson Peete, back-
ground right, and Malaak Compton-Rock,wife of Chris Rock, watch students of the new Children's Defense Fund
Freedom School. The celebrities were among a delegation of 40 prominent Hollywood and Washington women
to visit the area.
Celebrities Tour a Still Ravaged New Orleans
In a gutted building with no inte-
rior walls, exposed pipes and no air
conditioning to stave off the
Louisiana heat, Holly Robinson
Peete, Reese Witherspoon,
Jennifer Garner and Cicely Tyson
chatted with children who had lost
their homes, then watched as they
sang, danced and worked on art
The movie stars were among a
delegation of women touring dev-
astated parts of the city Monday to
meet with families and children
trying to adjust to life after
Let me tell you how happy I am to
be here with you today .... to see
you ... to hug you," said Tyson,
who starred in "Sounder" and "The
Autobiography of Miss Jane
The visit was part of an effort by
the fund to bring attention to the
needs of storm victims, particularly
traumatized children. The group
plans to open more than 20 such
schools in communities along the
Gulf Coast: 13 for Louisiana and
nine for Mississippi.
The New Orleans school is in part
of the city inundated with 5 feet of
water after Katrina hit Aug. 29.
Many homes sit empty and deterio-
rating, and piles of storm debris
still line sidewalks.
About 1.2 million people younger
than 18 are living in areas rendered
disaster zones and as many as 8
percent, or 100,000, are expected
to develop post-traumatic stress
disorder, according to estimates.
The delegation of more than two
dozen women from Hollywood,
Washington and New Orleans chat-
ted with students as they worked on
art projects and read books in small
groups. Listed participants includ-
ed actresses Elisabeth Shue,
Holly Robinson Peete and LaTanya
Richardson Jackson, wife of actor
Samuel L. Jackson.
The delegation also met with dis-
placed families living in a village
of government trailers and took a
bus tour of the Lower Ninth Ward,
a struggling part of the city even
before it was devastated by the
P'. .. W"
This week on BET's SEASON OF THE TIGER, off the field dramas
plague the cast -- Shunnie's dreams of becoming a recording artist might
be dashed by what the college radio station program director considers
'questionable' content. Raised in Houston, Shunnie came to GSU looking
to make Jstpory.. She was already the first Black homecoming queen at her
school, and at Grambling she continued to break down stereotypes by tak-
ing on the classically male role of Master Drill in the band. Blue has been
served an eviction notice, but between school, football, and his baby he
doesn't have time to get a job. Eva is in danger of losing her scholarship
due to poor grades. The show airs on Thursday and Saturdays.
The youngster at the center of the
Boys Choir of Harlem sexual abuse
scandal is now a 20-year-old man
and ready to speak out about the
crime in an attempt to help other
'abuse victims feel comfortable in
"I'm not afraid anymore because
I know I didn't do anything wrong,"
said David Pinks in an interview."
That embarrassment and shame that
were there that demon is not
going to hold me back. I'm able to
For years, Pinks remained silent'
*about his abuse out of shame and
:fear, but he no longer feels that the
crime will "stain" or "taint" his
manhood, and he hopes that coming
forward will help other victims -
:especially boys and men to talk
( openly about their ordeals.
"There's a lot of other people out
there going through the same situa-
tion I've been through and maybe
,even worse," he said. "They need
that voice. I'll be that voice."
Pinks, who now stands 6 foot 2,
was 15-years-old when he told
choir officials in 2002 that he had
been abused by Frank Jones Jr.,
who directed the choir's counseling
and summer camp and chaperoned
members on trips for more than 20
years. But choir leaders includ-
ing founder and chief executive
Walter Turnbull and his vice presi-
dent and brother Horace Turnbull
- ignored the claims from Pinks
and investigators. Moreover, the
investigative report said the
Tumbulls continued to allow him to
be near students.
Walter Turnbull, who remains
chief conductor, called the situation
with Pinks "very unfortunate."
"We have done over the years all
the things that we could to make
sure that we did the best thing, the
right thing," said Turnbull, who
said he has had no contact with
Jones, now 56. "The regret that I
have is that David felt he was not
Jones, along with the Turnbulls,
the city and others, now faces a
civil lawsuit filed by Pinks. The
choir, meanwhile, is millions of
dollars in debt and had to move to a
Harlem church after the city evicted
it from a public school.
Pinks, who spoke out about his
ordeal for the first time last month
on ABC's "Nightline," says he has
had counseling to help him cope
with the trauma, but still has night-
mares in which Jones kills him.
Still, he said he won't allow such
demons to hold him back.
"My main goal is to help other
children who have this similar situ-
ation," said Pinks, who wants to
someday start an organization for
abused children. "A lot of times we
don't have anybody to talk to. If I
can be the voice that they can relate
to, that they can hear, that brings me
a lot of joy."
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.. Black Parents Must Teach Their Child to Tell
only the sexual violation but by mes-
sages given, not to tell. Both perpetra-
tors and family members may instruct
the child not to tell.
In fact, the child is often trauma-
tized that if he/she tells, that his/her
family will be divided, and/or that
harm will be inflicted on self and/or
the family. Carrying the weight of the
family on his/her shoulders may result
in the child retreating to silence and
fostering internal destruction.
The child needs to be believed,
loved and assured that he/she will
never again experience sexual abuse
from the perpetrator. To do this, adults
must make a decision to save his/her
child" even if it means his/her partner
must be reported, resulting in the indi-
vidual being expelled from the home.
Children are dependent and vuil-
nerable and they need adult protection.
They need to be taught ways to pro-
tect themselves from perpetrators and
to tell immediately if anyone crosses
the line. Unfortunately, perpetrators
can be parents, siblings, peers, and
family members, as well as, strangers.
Generally, we do a good job prepar-
ing our children to avoid danger from
strangers, but do a poor job of protect-
ing them from family and friends. As
hard as it is for adults to deal with
family and or friends who sexually
abuse their children, it is a thousand
times harder for the children who have
I have heard children tell me of
their sexual abuse and their fear of
telling their parents. Their greatest
fear is that of being blamed for the
abuse and of losing the love of their
parents and significant others.
Children need to know that they are
"absolutely not to blame."
They should not have to wear
shame in their body. Children MUST
be held and embraced and assured that
steps are being taken to protect them
from further abuse. Parents MUST put
their personal needs aside (fear of lost
of com-panionships, income, status
African American families are
guilty of expecting family members
"not to air family dirty laundry." In
essence, the message is to grin and
bear it. In terms of mental health
implications, this message is deadly to
wholesome being and living.
Family members are expected to
bear secrets and to keep silent.
Children living in such an environ-
ment learn early that what they need
does not matter, and that protecting the
family is most important.
Long term implications of child-
hood sexual abuse embedded in
silence results in adults who are per-
sonally inadequate and who. may turn
to various forms of addictions for the
illusion of wholeness.
However, children, who have been
taught that it is okay to tell and that
what they say matters, will be better
able to cope with personal attacks
against them. They will know that they
have allies who believe them and who
are willing to take painful steps to
restore them to wholeness in a safe
Teaching our children to tell has
implications on adults and how they
interact with children. Thus, adults
need to work out their own issues so
that children can depend on them for
safety and security.
What Other Cities are Doing to "Guide
and Save Our Children from Themselves"
St. Petersburg, FL The organ-
ization, Everyone's Youth United,
Inc. along with Channel 44
(WTOP), St. Anthony's Bay Care,
Wild 98.7, The Weekly Challenger
Newspaper, St. Petersburg Hilton,
Wright Technology Concepts Inc.,
SuperWalmart, Power Broker
Magazine, Kyle Kwik Bail Bonds,
Tampa Bay Times, and the St.
Petersburg Times; is sponsoring
the 2006 Bay Area Youth
The Youth Conference Speakers
are: Russell Simmons, originator of
Def Jam Records, HBO's Def
Comedy Jam and Def Poetry, rush
Philanthropic Arts Foundation,
Hip-Hop Summit Action Network;
as well as, founder of Phat Farm
and Baby Phat fashion lines; and
Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President &
CEO, Hip-Hop Summit Network.
Charleston, SC A young man,
Troy Gathers, is the founder of
B.E.Y.O.U. (Black Educated Youth
of United States), is working to help
Gathers was born to a young moth-
er, who graduated from high school
after his birth, no father. The low-
economic area he was raised in was
a mecca for drugs, alcohol and vio-
lence. He accepted it as a way of
life. But he spent weekends with
his grandparents, it was a neighbor-
hood of family and friends.
But, as he grew up the "streetlife"
was present. He had been to seven
different schools as they moved
around town. When he reached sev-
enteen he wished for stability and
prayed for strength. In high school
he joined the. FBLA (Future
Business Leaders of America), and
the newspaper staff. With his back-
ground, people found his ambitions
amazing. He talked to his cousins
about drugs and the end results to
discourage their lifestyle. But, Troy
feels like he could've been in their
shoes. He pleads to them to listen to
him, and they show respect since he
"It was not until I was enrolled in
college that I realized I had defied
the odds of youth in my family and
neighborhood. My fellow college
students weren't familiar with wel-
fare, section 8, and the ghettos,
where I grew up." Gathers said. "I
have overcome so much, that makes
me able to uncover the smoke
screen for other youth."
Gathers said that he formed
B.E.Y.O.U. to help Black youth to
not be a follower, but instead, be
you, and make a positive statement
with your purpose in life.
In Jacksonville, Mad Dads, are
working to quell the violence, and
to provide activities of substance
for you. Its an organization that the
community as a whole should sup-
The NAACP and local religious
leaders held a summit last week to
address the problems in the com-
munity. Less than a hundred per-
sons attended, however, if the con-
ference had been scheduled for a
Saturday, attendance would have
increased dramatically. This effort
should be commended and a second
summit should be encouraged.
Many interested persons were prob-
ably working on Friday.
Also, City Councilwoman Gwen
Yates, Zone 5 Commander, Officer
Tchenter Wilson, and Com-munity
Affairs Coordinator Gary R.
Dickinson, of the Jacksonville
Sheriffs Office, met with business
owners m the Northwest Quadrant
who have been burglarized or expe-
rienced attempted burglaries. It
was brought out at that meeting the
number of similar incidents in all
areas of our town.
Our youth are our future, guid-
ance begins in the home, the
schools and the churches. However,
it is the responsibility of all adults
to attempt to help guide our young
people to a healthy future. We may
not know how to reach them, but
we must find out how. We must call
on "our men" to come to the fore-
front. It will be easier for males to
We must commit to enlighten our
Our youth must realize that suc-
cess and money come in time. The
strength of either comes from the
efforts that are put forth. My father,
who was a prosecution attorney,
used to say, that "fast m
as quickly as it come
proven by the forfeiture
jewelry, property and ca
"from the streets" and
arrests occur. Not to n
Somehow, we must sa'
dren from themselves.
I became very close to
man that I met while he
lege student. He was r
housing project in. Sou
and became a football pl
lege. He told me that w
a little boy, all he \\ante
a drug dealer because th
only ones who had me
His mother worked
aid, but became addicted
His father was in prison
But, he had an uncle
him playing Pop Warn
he continued and beca
quarterback" at his pre
"white" high school. P1
ball got him a college
And, although he didi
the Pros as 'a lot of coll
do, he obtained an educa
now a teacher. Some
and somebody helped hi
Football isn't the answ
boy, but someone c
Protect Your Child from the Intern(
Establish online rules and an agreement
with your child about Internet use at home
and outside of the home (i.e.. at a friend's
house, at school, at the library etc.)
See Famil\ Internet Safert Contract.
Spend time online alongside \oar child
and establish an atmosphere of trust regard-
i ing computer usage and online acti\ cities.
Place .our computer in an area of. our
home t here 3ou can easily supervise
L your child's Internet acti\ ity.
- Regularl\ ask \oour kids about their
online friends and acti cities. Role
pla\ with \our child various danger-
ous scenarios that the\ could
Implement software tools to pro-
tect sour family from the intrusion of
inappropriate content and sexual
i See Safer\ Tools,
- Recognize that chat rooms are the
pla. ground of toda,'s sexual preda-
toi. Do not allow \our children to into
Block instant personal messages
from people ou and \our child don't
know. Regularly check your child's buddy list to ensure that it h
- Do not permit N our child to hae an online profile. With this
he or she w ill not be listed in directories and is less likely to be
in chat rooms where pedophiles often search for prey. (Sc
Sert ice Pro% iders such as America Online, offer subscribers
Check with \our child's school to see if student projects,
photos (\\ here material is identified by name) are being put on s
pages. Schools often want to post school newsletters or sports
e\er\ time a name or photo is displayed, there is vulnerabil
P WARNING SIGNS
Here are a few warnings signs that oiur child m
have a problem with pornography on the Internet
Your child is hiding.disks. '
Your child spends an inordinate amount of tnie on the Infternet'
or is online late into the night.. .
Your child uses computer files that end in .gifor ,jp; These. Rie..'":
picture files that may.contain the latest Hubble telescope piliotos& i
pornographic material. ..
You discover unusual charges on your credit card statements Be-
especially suspicious of phone charges that identify themselves as
"Web Site." Man' pornographers don't provide their names to
need to be reminded of t
encouraged to allow acceE
activities posted on the sc
site by password only.
Monitor the amount c
child spends on the Inte
what times of day. Exc
online, especially at nigh
cate a problem. Remind
that Internet use is a priv
Watch for changes in
behavior (mention of adu
know, secretiveness, in
sexual knowledge, slee
avoid raising parental concern. Report any content or
Your child quickly changes the computer screen when you enter you suspect as illegal or
the room. .. .'-. local law enforcement an
You notice changes in your child's behavior (mention oi adults lowing cybercrime
you don't know, secretiveness, inappropriate se)lial: nowleige,_ (Reporting a Cybercrime
sleeping problems, etc.). ':
ve our chil-
* one young
was a col-
raised in a
ayer in col-
hen he was
d to be was
ey were the
money in his
as a health
ad to crack.
'Youth still need our protection, even behind bars.
Black Legislators Work
to Prevent Youth Deaths
that started Senator Anthony C. "Tony"
.er football, Hill Sr. (D-Jack-sonville) and the
rne a "star members of the Florida Conference
edominately of Black State Legislators (FCBSL)
laying foot- have stated that as the death count
scholarship. continues to mount within the
n't go on to Department of Juvenile Justice, not
ege players just the most recent one in the
nation, and is news, Martin Anderson; who died
body cared, after being beaten by guards at the
im. Bay County Sheriffs Office Boot
er for every Camp in Panama City, on January
aring, and 5, 2006. The FCBSL says that
immediate action is needed by the
-Rita Perry governor and state officials to pre-
vent future deaths and other
tragedies. The FCBSL says that five
deaths have occurred in the DJJ
t system in recent years.
Sen. Hill stressed funding issues,
has not been and that the department is currently
under-funded in many areas. He
restriction, pointed out the need for increased
approached funding for Medical Care, Health
approache Onlineand Mental Health. He emphasized
ome Online that in the current budget proposals
online pro- there is $250,000 in the Senate
artwork, or Budget for Medical Care, zero dol-
oo o lars in the House Budget and $3.7
cool home million in the Governor's Budget.
scores, but Sen. Hill stated that "the FCBSL is
hat risk and requesting $5 million be appropri-
hass to student ated for Health Care at the DJJ.
hool's web- d"The FCBSL would be looking
at a partnership with Florida A&M
f time your University, and a study to be con-
tmet, and at ducted by its Criminal Justice
essive timean a majors to look at the number of
it, mayindi- youth, by race, sex and age, who
t your child appear before Juvenile-Judges and
ilege, not a the number that end up in the DJJ
system, by race, sex, age, crime,
your child's and sentence," Sen. Hill stated.
your child's Rep. Frank Peterman, (D-St.
lts you don't Petersburg), pointed out that "cur-
appropriateb- rent training requirements used by
ping prob- the DJJ are unacceptable, especial-
activity that ly in privatized facilities." He com-
activity that mented that there "should be
criminal tol- required initial and ongoing train-
d to the fol-nes ing for all employees of DJJ work-
sechotlines. ing with youth, conducted by certi-
fied trainers." He also discussed
the need for more Faith-based
Initiatives, and a review of how the
current money allocated for such is
:"The majority of youth in DJJ
facilities are African American,"
Rep. Bruce Antone (D. Orlando)
pointed out. "Hispanic; Latino, the
poor and forgotten, of all races,
especially. from rural communities,
represent a large number incarcer-
at-ed by DJJ,".
I "All parents should be assured
that their children who are required
to spend time in Florida's DJJ are
receiving needed medical and or
mental health treatment, and will
not be injured or killed while in
custody," Sen. Hill commented.
"The salaries of DJJ employees
working with youth should reflect
the professionalism required for the
quality of work needed. There
should be a Career Ladder for
employees who work with our chil-
dren, like that which exists for all
other Professional State Workers,
because our children are too impor-
tant for their lives to be put into the
hands of unqualified, non-profes-
sional personnel. Florida must
invest money now and be smart.
You get quality work from qualified
workers," he stated.
Sen. Hill further stated that I'all
state agencies and privatized com-
panies working for the State of
Florida, Juvenile Justice and all
others, must be held accountable
for the work, or lack of, of all its
employees, the services provided
and or not provided, and the subse-
quent consequences of any and all
others, must be held accountable
for the work, or lack of, of all its
employees, the services provided
and or not provided, and the subse-
quent consequences of any and all
actions taken and their results."
Senator Hill and members of the
FCBSL conclude that "the line
must be drawn in the sand now, no
more children can be allowed to die
in Florida's Juvenile Justice
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