Justice for Native Americans

Today is Columbus Day. A national holiday celebrating the “discovery” of a new world in 1492. But how did Columbus and his band of murders and thieves “discover” a land that was already inhabited by millions of Native people and those of African and Polynesian decent already lived here?!
It’s this basic fact that is the main reason that many are calling for the end of a celebration of Christopher Columbus. 8 cities including Albuquerque, NM, Lawrence, KS, Portland, OR, St. Paul, MN, Bexar County, TX, Anadarko, OK, Olympia, WA and Alpena, MI, recently abolished Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous People’s Day; and rightly so!
Columbus Day
Minister Louis Farrakhan brought together thousands of people at the National Mall in Washington DC on 10.10.15 for the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March under the theme “Justice or Else”.
It was truly a beautiful sight to see black, brown and red people come together to share the stories of injustices each group face in America.
Chief Ernie Longwalker asks what happened to the partnership between the Red & The Black while other Natives call for the Pope to revoke the Papal Bull of 1493.
Watch the highlight video from the Justice or Else rally here

Written by Jazzy T

“Jobs Or Else” – SolarCity Slow To Recruit Local Black Workers


Legislator Betty Jean Grant and WNY Community Organizations gathered outside the gates of SolarCity plant in Buffalo, NY Friday October 9th 2015, highlighting the reduction of minority workforce goals from 25% to 15% which further ignore the need for employment in the Black Community.

Our own Jazzy T was at the press conference in 2014 when Governor Cuomo announced that New York was investing $750 million in SolarCity, while the company itself is investing $5 billion to create a production facility at Riverbend, a site where Republic Steel used to operate. The investment was said to create 3,000 permanent jobs in Buffalo and promised to recruit 25% of those workers from the minority community.

SolarCity at Riverbend is part of the Buffalo Billion initiative to create high-tech and advanced manufacturing companies and stir economic growth in WNY. State officials call it the crowning achievement of Governor Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, “When people think of Buffalo now, they’re not just going to think of chicken wings, the Bills and snow. They’re going to think of the largest production site for solar panels in the Western Hemisphere.” But from our perspective, this is a site of yet another injustice and reminder of racial inequality in the workforce.

We were all so excited for the arrival of SolarCity, because with it, comes the largest hiring spree Buffalo has seen in decades! Unfortunately, one year later, the SolarCity project has yet to yield any economic benefits for Buffalo’s Black & Brown community, where unemployment for men is still at 40%. LP Cimeneli & the Unions have reduced the minority workforce hiring goal from the agreed 25% to a “More realistic” goal of 15%. They say they are trying to recruit more minorities into the construction trade but with limited success so far.

But where and how are the recruitment efforts really being executed? I personally know of three black men who are underemployed in WNY who are qualified for one of more of the jobs openings posted Here

Among these open positions is a “Recruiting lead”. If SolarCity really wants to create a diverse workforce at the Buffalo site, the first thing they need to do is get with the Community Leaders and hire one of them to recruit individuals who are ready and able to do the work. I stood outside the construction site at Riverbend on a cool and cloudy Friday morning as WUFO host and community activist Jim Anderson called for LP Cimeneli, Union Leaders and the Mayor of Buffalo to come down and open up the gates to SolarCity and sign a pledge with the people, no one ever showed up.

Written by Jazzy T

Rochester Fire Department Workshops

The Rochester Fire Department is offering several workshops to help prepare those who have applied for the Firefighter Civil Service Exam that will be administered on December 19, 2015. Dates and times for each workshop are listed below:

  • 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Thursday, October 22, 2015. Public Safety Training Facility 1190 Scottsville Rd. Rochester, NY 14624
  • 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tuesday, October, 27 2015 Public Safety Training Facility 1190 Scottsville Rd. Rochester, NY 14624
  •  5:00 PM – 9:00 PM  Tuesday, November, 3 2015 Rochester Educational Opportunity Center 161 Chestnut St. Rochester, NY 14604
  • 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Saturday November, 14 2015 Public Safety Training Facility 1190 Scottsville Rd. Rochester, NY 14624
  • 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Saturday, November, 21 2015 Rochester Educational Opportunity Center 161 Chestnut St. Rochester, NY 14604

There is no registration fee and attendance is voluntary, but you must register at LINK by October, 19 2015 to attend.Due to occupancy restrictions, seating will be limited to the first 100 people for each workshop, so please register for the workshop you wish to attend as soon as possible.

You may only attend one workshop.  If you have any questions please call the Rochester Fire Department Recruitment Office at 585-428-3690.

Dej Loaf Live With Jazzy T pt. 2

In part 2 of Jazzy T’s in-studio interview with DeJ Loaf, she reveals the craziest thing that happened to her on the Pink Print Tour with Nicki Minaj…. She almost died!

Luckily she survived and got to colab with fellow Detroit native Big Sean on the instant classic “Back Up” which features a sample a club anthem by DJ Clent.

Find out how her childhood experiences in the D show up in the video!

The Walking Dead Season 6 Series Premiere

Season premier was #epic!

1)The black & white flashbacks were genius.

2) Surprised to see Dr. Dre aka Heath slaying walkers (not really but the actor Corey Hawkins who portrayed Dre in Straight Out Of Compton).

3) Morgan is a modern day samurai.

4) Rick “take no chances” Grimes is no longer the nice guy. He is also low key leading the group.  Continue reading The Walking Dead Season 6 Series Premiere

Fred Hammond Interview with the WUC

Fred Hammond is coming to Rochester for Festival of Praise, with Israel Houghton, Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, Isaac Carree, Jessica Reedy and Zacardi Cortez, Saturday November 7th at the Blue Cross Arena. This Week the WDKX Wake-Up Club caught up with Fred Hammond and talked about the Festival of Praise show, What’s going on with all this gun violence, people losing faith and what makes Fred Hammond angry.

Written by Tariq Spence

Charles Tan Murder Trial

Charles Tan Murder trial ended Thursday morning with a hung jury. The jury spent 7 days and 12 hours deliberating, before sending a note telling the judge they were exhausted and asking to be excused for the evening. Judge James Piampiano said in court Thursday that he reviewed the law and said the jury can be dismissed after so much time with no decision. One of the Jury Members called in the WDKX Wake-Up Club Friday Morning and told us was going during deliberation. Listen to the conversation below.

Written by Tariq Spence