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March 8, 2019 Edition of The Nubian News

Miss Nedy Turns 105

Mrs. Nedy Mae Settles-Woodland turned 105 years old on Saturday.. She was born on February 23, 1914 in Bennettsville, North Carolina to the Rev. Charles Settles and his wife Carrie Mae Settles. The family relocated to Claysburg when Nedy was an infant. She is the only survivor of nine children.
Miss Nedy was raised a Christian as a child and through adulthood, attending Mount Moriah Church of God in Christ, founded by father. As the years passed the family relocated to Trenton where she currently resides.

Sit Down with Mayor Gusciora

After I said my usual “good morning” to Mayor Gusciora, I opened up about recent activity between the state and the city.
TNN – On Wednesday (February 20) Gov. Murphy signed an executive order to form a collaboration with the city of Trenton.
Mayor – Gov. Murphy wants to coordinate all the bureaucracies of the city to work together to form a committee so that when we have a project that will touch upon state government we will just go to the committee rather than going to each department to get approval.

Leave Venezuela Alone

The Trump administration has ordered Venezuelan military leaders to drop their support of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Those military leaders must be rocking in laughter at an American president they do not respect nor has control over them. What is the problem? Did Maduro and his predecessor Hugo Chavez refuse to allow the Trump organization to build hotels and golf courses in Venezuela then stiff contractors and workers like he did in Atlantic City and other places?
Another US president, on the wrong side of history, is using US resources to undermine, destabilize and overthrow a duly elected government in a country where half the population considers themselves to be “morena” Spanish for black, brown or dark

Youth Perform Music of Soul

On September 17, 2019, the Music of Soul production was given by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. & Trenton Fortitude Corporation. The program was held in celebration of Black History month. The event raised funds which will be used for scholarships in Mercer County.
The 135 youth who participated displayed various musical, theatrical, and vocal appreciation for musical icons such as Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack, Whitney Houston, TLC, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass and Aaliyah. The youth not only discussed what these individuals were most famous for, but also their educational background.

“America, We Served!”
Four Centuries of African American Soldiers

On February 23rd and 24th the annual event of Four Centuries of African American Soldiers sparked off at the Old Barracks of Trenton Museum. This was much more than Black history but a flash back into the past of what Black people were doing and enduring during this time period that we don’t hear much about.
The four centuries that were covered were the 18th, 19th, 20th and
21st.

PARENT LEADERSHIP RECOGNITION 2019

EAST WINDSOR- El viernes 22 de febrero del presente año, se realizó a nivel de todo el estado de Nueva Jersey el evento denominado “Parents Leadership Recognition” reconocimiento a padres y madres de familia, que asisten a los programas como Mercer County Council for Young Children y otros que se preocupan de buscar óptima calidad de educación y salud para los niños pequeños que tengan éxito en la parte académica y en el bienestar en general.

¿Por qué latinoamérica está de fiesta?

Uno de los legados más significativos que aún prevalecen en América Latina desde la colonización, es el catolicismo como religión mayoritaria en casi toda la región. Esto lo demuestran las cifras, ya que según el Annuarium Statisticum Ecclesiae 2016 América es el continente con mayor número de fieles, albergando al 48,6% de católicos del mundo. (infobae, 2016)
Sin embargo, los latinoamericanos supieron adaptarse a las costumbres

Book Review
“Brown White Black: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion”

Information and Update from The Trenton Water Works

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Trenton Historian Dr. Jack Washington

By Al Alatunji
The Nubian News pays a Black History Month tribute to Trentonian and Trenton historian the late Dr. Jack Washington. Dr. Washington was a veteran and a highly respected Trenton Central High School history teacher. He was the author of over a half dozen published books on the history of the Black community of Trenton as well as urban education policy and philosophy.
Books written by Dr. Washington include “In Search of a Community’s Past: The Story of the Black Community of Trenton, New Jersey,

Sit down with Senator Shirley Turner

By Bernard Shabazz
Senator Shirley Turner asserted her commitment to serve her constituents and help direct them to sources that can assist with education, grants, financial aid,
2 year no-cost college, after school mentoring programs, state training and employment opportunities.
She went on to reaffirm her dedication to make sure released felons have access to employment, rationalizing that they have to eat and live too. Currently, NJ Department of Transportation has a program that hires released felons, to give them the opportunity to become productive, tax paying citizens.

Black Lives Not Blackface is What Really Matters

By Al Alatunji
Once again an incident has forced a significant number of Americans to examine America’s racist nature. This time courtesy of Virginia governor Ralph Northam, for whom a photo of two individuals one in blackface and the other in a KKK robe was discovered on his 1984 medical school graduation yearbook page.
The governor denied he was either of the people in the photo, even though the photo was on his yearbook page. Within minutes after the photo

Educacion Sobre La Violencia Domestica

Por Carlos Avila
LAWRENCEVILLE- Violencia Doméstica y el Respeto a las Mujeres, fue el tema que se abordó durante la reunión que organizó Mercer County Council for Young Children (MCCYC) el pasado martes 22 de enero en Lawrenceville.
Evelyn Aguilar y Reyna Carothers trabajadoras sociales de Womanspace Inc., fueron las encargadas de liderar el grupo que contó con la participación de madres y padres de familia que llegaron de distintos sectores del condado de Mercer.

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February 1, 2019 Edition of The Nubian News

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In Honor of Dr. King – Let Us Vote NJ

by Al Alatunji
In honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and so many others who fought and died for Blacks and all citizens to be able to participate in the electoral process, it is time for the New Jersey legislature to remove any and all barriers to the voting booth.
The sad truth is that, for many, voting can feel like an inconvenience. New Jerseyans are busy people. Often, New Jerseyans, like most voters, are asked to balance many obligations at once. Election day often requires voters to make themselves available on a specific day at a certain time. That could be very difficult if one works out of town, does shift work, or is commuting to New York or Philadelphia. State legislators need to get to work to make sure that the people of New Jersey who can vote have a more flexible process to exercise their right to vote.

The Black Church and Health Promotion

Black churches and health promotion could be effective in preventative health through community outreach. Black churches know the needs of the congregation and the community best and have their trust. There is a high incidence of high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and heart disease in the African American population. Several studies have found that the church can be an important conduit through which to inform racial/ethnic minorities about preventive health care. Partnership between faith and health alliances are encouraged. Collaboration with health agencies to provide culturally sensitive services for African Americans and clergy is essential.

Story of Handy Brittingham/Britman

Submitted by Ira Brittingham
Corporal Handy Brittingham/Britman, (1838-1911) Emancipated Slave, Civil War Soldier, Farmer
Handy Brittingham/Britman was born into slavery in (1838-40)Worcester County Maryland, near Berlin. His mother’s name was Liddy Brittingham according to his death certificate, and his father is listed as Edward Duncan. Handy was emancipated from slavery by his owner Ephraim W. Brittingham upon the condition that he be enlisted into the United States Colored Troops, Ninth Regiment Infantry Company G. Maryland Volunteers, on November 18th, 1863. This information is contained in his deed of manumission on file at the Worcester County Courthouse in Snow Hill, Maryland. Handy’s owner was paid $300 for his enlistment, and two other slaves he enlisted at the same time in Berlin Md.

Before Rosa, Martin, Malcolm and Barack there was Jackie

by Al Alatunji
Before Rosa Parks stood up for justice and equality by demanding that she remain seated; before Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King had his dream of the Beloved Community; before Malcolm X indicted white racist America in the harshest terms for its crimes against Blacks and humanity; and before President Barack Obama walked into his office to sit behind his desk in the Oval Office of the White House and declared “Yes we can, yes we can,” Jackie Roosevelt Robinson took his bat and with a mighty swing delivered a permanent and lethal blow to America’s apartheid system of Jim Crow. He took the field for freedom, justice and equality, and played aggressively and courageously for the advancement of Black people.
In 1947 when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier becoming the first Black ball player to play major league baseball in the modern age, Black America and White America were forced to envision not just Blacks playing next to whites on ball fields, but Blacks obtaining greater civil and human rights, more fully integrating all aspects of American society. His was an opening inning of a long tumultuous struggle which would take Blacks from being mere almost invisible spectators to active players from the bedroom to boardrooms, from living room televisions to lunch and dinner counters in public facilities.

The Nubian News Talks With
Mayor Reed Gusciora

by Bernard Shabazz
There was a big crowd at Starbucks the morning TNN met with Mayor Gusciora in January.
Mayor: The Starbucks here in downtown Trenton helps generate customers for surrounding businesses. Customers discover the other businesses and restaurants in the vicinity.
TNN followed up with the mayor about public safety in Trenton.
TNN: It’s good that 12 Trenton police have been promoted to lieutenant and sergeant. It’s not so good that Trenton is not ready to accept a woman as a chief of police. Although there are 212 female police chiefs throughout the country including Cathy Lanier, Police Chief of metropolitan Washington DC.

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Video Shows Trenton, NJ Police Assaulting Man In Mental Distress

A man in obvious mental distress instead of being assisted by police swore to protect and serve, was viciously attacked by the police and their k9 dog.

The unidentified man repeatedly saying “water, water, water” was subjected to a brutal display of force at the hands of Trenton police officers. It seems everyone else in the video realized the man was impaired in some way, everyone except the police who only seemed to see some type of dangerous animal.

What seems to be a common occurrence in police videos the officer was heard saying “stop resisting, stop resisting” as though this were his excuse to commit mayhem on this deranged man’s person.

And that’s what they did. The officer allowed his k9 dog partner to attack and bite the man even though he was  in mental distress. Even while the k9 dog is biting him the victim still only said “water, water, water”.

Who in his right mind wouldn’t recognize the man’s mental distress after all of this. Everyone did, except the police officers. They continued to operate under the assumption the man was criminal and not deranged. How pitiful.

Then to make matters worse the officer is seen abusing the k9 who clearly not under his command or control.

It will be of much interest seeing how the police director and mayor respond to this assault by what in a long distant past used to be looked on as Trenton’s finest.

 

Trenton’s first openly gay mayor an early backer of medical marijuana, marriage equality

You can pass as many bills as possible, but to get things done, you need to be in center court. … As a mayor, you can do stuff.  If someone needs a pothole filled or trash picked up … you can effectuate change,” he said.

Algernon Ward Jr., a lifelong Trentonian and city activist, is optimistic that Gusciora can bring change, but said it will be difficult.  He noted that the new mayor has already experienced a few setbacks.

Gusciora ran on a platform that he would be “able to leverage his relationship with the governor” to get more funding for Trenton, but Gov. Murphy surprised him and others when he cut promised funds from the recently approved budget, Ward said.

Source: The Inquirer-Daily News-Philly.com

August 17, 2018 Edition of The Nubian News

The Queen of Soul, Ms Aretha Franklin 1942-2018 died this week. Lady Aretha’s story can be found on page 2.

The Bosley family of Lewisville Road held their family reunion on the 10th – 13th. Their story through pictures are on pages 4-5.

‘The Battle For Trenton’ editorial is on page 9.

The August 3, 2018 Edition of The Nubian News

The Nubian News interviews mayoral candidate, Paul Perez

We sat down with Paul Perez, who is running to become the mayor Trenton, NJ. The highlight of this interview is Mr. Perez’s promise to bring a World Class city government matrix to the City. World Class means the best of the best. It means systems and education and bridging gaps wherever you find them. It means providing the best service to its customers, in this case the citizens of Trenton. Considering becoming World Class is also the goal of The Nubian News we are very pumped knowing our City may be on the same track as we are.

The full Paul Perez Interview

The 8th Edition of The Nubian News 02-10-2018

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NAACP Letter to Mayor Jackson – Water Crisis

Dear Honorable Mayor Jackson,

January 26, 2018

With a climate of uncertainty, fear, and mistrust, citizens are doubtful about how our city is
being governed and managed. The recent crisis at the Trenton Water Works (TWW) and
the subsequent mismanagement of them, as you no doubt know, have caused public health fears, and
mistrust among Trenton residents as to your administration’s ability to efficiently manage this,
and other pressing City issues. This letter is an attempt to bring clarity to the
public pronouncements made by you in your official press statement and the email addressed to me by
your Chief of Staff both dated January 18, 2018.

During the monthly NAACP Trenton Branch meeting members found the following to be
contradictory:

1). Paragraph 1 – “First let me be clear, TWW has operated according to state and federal
standards, supplying water to its customers that either meets or exceeds federal
standards.” There have been temporary operational issues, but the water quality and the public’s
health was never in danger, and we addressed each issue as we normally do, expeditiously,
professionally, in concert with our high-quality contract consultants, and with the engagement of
the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) every step of the way.”

2). Paragraph 2 – “For many months now, my administration has been communicating, holding meetings
and advising principals including outgoing Commissioner Bob Martin and his staff at the NJDEP
since the agency shared its concerns with us on the need to correct staffing and other issues at
the TWW.”

3). Paragraph 3 – “we are contracting with a water management company with the
expertise and know-how to run the water filtration plant. This expertise will be available to us
immediately.”

4). Paragraph 5 – “we will continue to advise and accept input from the NJDEP, a
regulatory body of Trenton Water Works, about our comprehensive effort to modernize Trenton Water
Works operations for our current base of customers and for future generations.

In regards to paragraph 1, your statement implies that the State has signed off on the quality of
water we are drinking. If that is a fact, we would like to have a copy of that letter, and also to
have it reprinted in both Trenton papers, as well as the African American and
Hispanic newspapers in Spanish and English.
In regards to paragraph 2, you indicated that the city has been working for many months with Former
Commissioner Martin, his staff, and “advising principals” on correcting staff and other issues.
Please direct your Chief of Staff to provide us with your staffing updates and changes within the
TWW to improve water quality and customer service.
Paragraph 3, implies that what was stated in paragraph 1 may be flawed. Paragraph 1 indicates that
the TWW is working with “high-quality” contract consultants to address temporary
operational issues and that NJDEP was engaged every step of the way. Paragraph 3 indicates that the
city will be contracting a water management company with expertise and the know-how to run the
filtration plant. The expertise will be available immediately. Clarity is certainly needed here:
please provide a detailed explanation of the “high-quality” contract consultants and what their
function is/was as it relates to water services for the customers of TWW. In addition, please
provide a detailed explanation as to what the expert water management company will provide that is
inclusive of or different than what the TWW employees or high-quality contract
consultants aren’t, can’t, won’t or don’t know how to do.
Paragraph 5, “the city will continue to advise and accept input from the NJDEP, a regulatory body
of TWW about our comprehensive effort to modernize TWW.” Commissioner Martin stated in a news
release, that TWW had acquired many violations over the nearly 4 years your
administration has been at the helm of the city, and if these issues are not addressed fines will
be imposed upon the city. Please provide under OPRA a chronological report of those violations and
the remedies taken to fix said violations. If violations have not been corrected,
please provide the reason why they haven’t been corrected and if the violation is pending
correction or if the correction is no longer, and remains logged as a violation why?
Also, what is your projected total cost to modernize TWW, timeline from start to finish, funding
source, and projected increase in property and other local taxes, expected source of Federal and
State funding.

 

In conclusion, please understand that most long term Trenton residents understand that
the structural, financial and political problems of the TWW, date back at least three
Administrations. And they have persisted, in PART, because of a lack of positive
communication, and Team planning between Trenton, surrounding municipalities, as well as most
State, County and local elected and appointed officials. This lack of mutually beneficial
leadership must stop, because all concerned are harmed. The NAACP Trenton Branch, as well as NJSC
NAACP stands willing to meet with you personally as soon as possible to finally address and resolve
the problems of TWW that can be traced back at least 30 years.
I thank you in advance for your quick reply to pressing issue.

Yours in Advocacy for Civil Rights,
Jonette C. Smart President