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Written by Ralph E.Smith- Publisher/ Reporter February 5, 2016

  Simply put," Galvanizing, and Spiritually  Refreshing  to see new African American Leaders in the Correction Department like First Deputy Commissioner Dina Simon (The First African American Woman To Be Appointed and listen to all the speakers was a collective powerful moment that as Publisher of The Guardian Chronicle, and a 25 Year Retired member of service in the New York Correction and Police Department, I hope that the Correction Guardian Association continues to grow in a direction that reunites the organization with their Purpose, Staff and Community.

Joseph Ponte, Commissioner New York City Correction Commissioner, "Thanked the Correction Guardians and Correction Staff for the great job done everyday and congratulated the New Executive Board. 

In 1972, there were riots, people died.  We are tonight to honor Retired A.D.W Roy J. Caldwood who was held hostage in 1972."

It takes years of experience in the working in the New York City Jails with staff and inmates and the Community to be a Master at "Making the Right Moves: Rikers Island & NYC Corrections.  You have to be Calm in The Storm. 

Former Assistant Deputy Warden Roy J. Caldwood put his story and road map to effective Correction Operation & Management in his book he spoke about at the Black History Celebration.  Oh My God, the  presentation was so real and solutions to problems inside the jail worked in the past and according to Letitia James -NYC Public Advocate in her event remarks "Urged any New York City Official from City Hall present to advise the Mayor to appoint Mr. Roy J. Caldwood as An Official Advisor. 

In the words of former New York City Correction Commissioner Jackie Mcmickens, "Caldwood tried to make jail "more livable" for inmates with a combination of respect and smooth institutional operations.  A.D.W Caldwood shared his methods with Correction candidates as a lecture at the Correction Officers Training Academy.

Mr. Caldwood's respectful treatment of inmates helped him safely negtiate non-violent solutions during 1972 Rikers Island Riot when he, A.D.W Caldwood was taken hostage.

Many  retired staff  in the New York City Department of Correction were at the event: Robert N. Davoren -Former Chief of the Department

Bernard B. Kerik- Former Correction & Police Commissioner

Jackie Perry, Diane Kevelier Smith , Mr. Toulon, 'Officers For Christ, Women in Correction.

Norman Seabrook- President of the Correction Officer's Benevolent Association is a man of Purpose & Passion for his members and you felt his  passion in his presentation.  There was a little problem with the microphone, but anyone who knows Norman knows he didn't need a microphone, his message is real. 

Tune into GuardianChronicle.com  broadcast to watch  NYC Correction Guardians Black History Celebration: REMEMBERING HOLLOW GROUNDS

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The Guardian Chronicle is proud to sponsor and support the production of the V.O.N.G Magazine Produced by African School Students in Ethiopia. 

One day a few Great Friends sat around a dinner table reflecting on our lives, careers, families, local and world problems.  Ed Graham- Retired Law Enforcement Executive, Ralph E. Smith- Publisher of GuardianChronicle and other Concerned people made some strategic decisions that we would provide assistance to school students in Ethiopia because they operate in Real POVERTY and Struggle every minute of each day to achieve a good education and simple things in life.  A Dictionary is like Gold in Ethiopia according to Mr. Ed Graham.  "The students must pass their English test to continue their path to College.

The Kinship Connection was formed with our African School Teachers, Students, and Community of Ethiopia.  V.O.N.G (Voices of The Next Generation) "Increasing Student and Teacher's Personal, Academic, and Professional Development Through Journalism.

Chelsey Ray- Teacher and Editor -in-Chief, " I remember my high school years like it was yesterday and now I'm here on the other side of the world helping the next generation of Leaders.

 

The English Magazine Club (EMC) decided to title the magazine V.O.N.G which stands for: (Voices of The Next Generation) in order to encapsulate the entire student body at Halik Higher Education Preparatory & Secondary School.  The entire student body, including the club members, are the next generation of leaders and change agents.  The magazine is designed to showcase the next generation's academic ability and to understand their viewpoint on various issues.

 

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Michael Feeney

A Young Great Journalist

Former Reporter for The Daily News

Former President of The New York Association of Black Journalist

Died January 31, 2016 from complications from a staph infection of the Kidneys.

NABJ President Sarah Glover stated on the NABJ Website, "He was a tenacious journalist who possessed a passion and energy for telling stories reflective of diverse communities which otherwise might not have been told."

 

 

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James Vann

 New York City Correction Officer.

1969-1989/ Retired

First Public Relations Officer

D.O.C Art Director

Started The New York Correction History Website

 with Tom McCarthy

Mr. James Vann

After Retirement from New York City Correction Department

relocated to Tampa Florida. Mr. Vann is a Art Instructor and he teaches art to At-Risk Juveniles and Senior Citizens and has received several art mural commissions from the Hillsborough County Art in Public Places.

Our Living Correction Guardian Pioneer

Blazing The Path: A Real Guardian!! 

 

Mr. James Vann was started his career in the New York City Department of Correction before I Ralph E. Smith was born and it is with Honor and Respect that the GuardianChronicle Salutes Mr. James Vann, born in Brooklyn, New York.  Graduated Art & Design in Manhattan. Fine ArtPainter/ Designer. Honorably Discharged from the USMC after 4yrs.   

1965, Mr. James Vann took the test a became New York City Department of Correction  Civilian (Motor Vehicle Operator/ Watchman), in the old Berry St. Garage (that’s where the DOC Transportation Div. was located). Mr. Vann worked there for 3 years and continued to advance his career path by taking test to join The BOLDEST: New York City Department of Correction as a  New York City Correction Officer.

Mr. James Vann Blazed a Trial during his Correction Officer Career from 1969 to 1989. Courage, Honor, Profession at All Time Commanding The ablity to inspire people with his Art and Communication Skills.  The start of a pioneering 20 year journey in the New York City Correction Department began with (1) Week of Academy Training on Rikers Island. 

In the 1960's it was one week of training, take the keys and do the job.  Mr. Vann's assignments started with the Tombs (MHD), until it closed after the riots.

Mr. James Vann's Correction Officer  career was built on Teaching, being a leader. Mr. Vann worked various Correction assignments while continuing to develop his Art and Communication Skills.   Always growing professionally, Mr. Vann's career  started at C-74 (ARDC), HDM, KCH, the Training Academy and ending up in Central Office, as the Art Director for the Department.

The career trail made many stops in the jails.  Correction Officer Vann worked the midnight shift and attended Art School, during the day under  Veterans School Benefits,  further his Art education. "According to Mr. Vann, Art kept him Sane."

Mr. Vann's caricature drawings didn’t go unnoticed. Commissioner Curios  recognized the Art talent and Professional nature of Mr. Vann & transferred Correction Officer James Vann to Central Office Public Affairs Unit. Mr. Vann served as the  Commercial Artist Photographer  in charge of the publishing the DOC Monthly Newsletter, flyers, invites, forensic sketch artist, where cameras weren’t welcome. 

Mr. Vann's Art Brush, Public Information skills were the buliding blocks that started Inmate Art Programs in 5 Borough Jails and created a community/jail connection to several galleries in SoHo.

 After retirement,  relocated Mr. James Vann to Tampa, Fl. In  Tampa, Mr. Vann is a Art Director and teaches art to At-Risk Juveniles, Senior citizen’s & has  received several art mural commissions from the Hillsborough County Art in Public Places.  Mr. Vann's  latest commission is 6 murals on the site of the new Tampa Police Station. The Mayor of Tampa did the unveiling 2010.

Mr. James Vann's Art  work can be seen aroun the World.  and has appeared on NBC. ABC, FOX NEWS, CBS & many local channels as well as media print.

Mr. James Vann is Our New York City Correction Guardian Chronicle Living Legend who also had the Vision and Communication and Art Skill to help develop the New York Correction History website with Mr. Tom McCarthy.  The cover drawings are the work of Mr. James Vann.  Thank You Mr. James Vann  Retired New York City Correction Officer for Blazing A Trail: Teaching and Reaching The World with your Art.

JAMES VANN:
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James Vann Unique Cubist Style is Amazing Just Like his Life
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Phil Andrews is the current President of the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and the Past President of the 100 Black Men of Long Island. Founded in 1974, "The 100" serves as an international coalition focused on creating educational opportunities, promoting economic empowerment, addressing health disparities and creating positive mentoring relationships. As founder of of P.A. Public Relations Company, Phil has been afforded the privilege to serve as Public Relations Director for a myriad of companies, community initiatives and professional organizations. Andrews' business acumen is often sought after by organizations that host major events, benefits and fundraisers.

He has served on the Public Relations Committee for the Harlem Book Fair on Long Island {which attracted over 2000 participants in 2003), as Public Relations Committee Member of the New York Metro Black MBA Association and the 100 Black Men of Long Island. Phil Andrews has led a successful PR Campaign for the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and help to foster growth of many small business owners PR Campaigns in the region.

In 1995 and 1998, Mr. Andrews' excellence in his field garnered the Small Business Person of the Year award by two branches of the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce (Roosevelt and West Indian Chambers, respectively). He has also received a number of proclamations and citations from notable political officials including former Nassau County Executive Thomas S. Gullotta, former Town of Hempstead Supervisor Richard Guardino and Assembly-woman Earlene Hooper Hill, 18th Assembly District of Long Island NY. In 2012, Phil Andrews was honored by the Korean American Association of Greater New York with the "Good Neighbor Award. Mr. Andrews was also inducted as one of the Kings of Queens Honorees in 2014.

Phil's work has been featured in multi-platform publications including Black Star News, The New York Beacon, Amsterdam News, Minority Business Review, The Network Journal and more. He is also featured in "15 Years of Minority Business Development" a book published by Mr. Robert Adams. Mr. Andrews is listed in Who's Who in Black America and International Who's Who.

 Prior to beginning his career in Public Relations, Phil was the Vice President and Marketing Director of the Haircut Hut franchise for more than ten years.

 Phil learned early on the importance of community and education. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York's Marcy Housing Development and attended Brooklyn Technical High School (one of the country's most recognized schools for academic excellence). After serving several years in the US Navy and Army Reserves, attending York College ( Jamaica, Queens, NY) and John Jay College, (New York, NY), he graduated from paralegal school and began a nearly twenty year career in law enforcement. Community, Service and Education have been constant themes in his life.

 Andrews' drive is a profound concern for his community. This has led him to serve on several Boards of Directors including—the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce, Roosevelt Kiwanis and the West Indian Chamber of Commerce as the Public Relations Director. Mr. Andrews owns the Power Networking Business Seminar Series, a business network that builds viable connections between community and business.

 He continues to build networks in and across many an industry; but, none more important than that of the education and mentorship of young people. As a Certified Mentor, Phil Andrews' goals involve encouraging as many promising young men as possible by compelling them to serve with the very best of their minds and talents.

 

 

 

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WE ARE NOT GOING TO

OSCAR AWARDS

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By Jada Pinkett Smith

January 19, 2016 Tuesday

Time for "People of Color" to disregard the Oscar Awards". With Power and Grace,  Actress Jada Pinkett Smith and Film Director Spike Lee said " They are not attending the ceremony. 

All 20 noinations for best actor/actree and supporting actor/actress selected are white.

 

With Power and Grace, Actress Jada Pinkett Smith says, "Will Smith was not nominated for his performance in NFL movie: Concussion.

 

At the Oscars, People of Color are Always welcomed to give out Awards, even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments.

 

Should people of color refrain from participating all together?  People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. Begging for acknowledgement, or even asking diminishes dignity and diminishes power. We are a dignified people and We Are Powerful. 

 

Let's let the academy do them, with all grace and love.  And let's do Us Differently

 

 

 

 

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TONYA

TROTTER

SWORN IN AS THE

FIRST BLACK FEMALE

CONSTABLE IN

STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA

MAKING POLITICAL  HISTORY
Written by
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January 5, 2016 Tuesday

Today, my Daughter Tonya was sworn in as the First  Black Woman Constable in the State of Pennnsylvania. This Historical Ceremony can be viewed on Facebook.  A Simple Ceremonyofmajor importance. I'm very proud of my daughter. I want to thank All of you for your support;especially my New York City Correction Family. Love you All. God Bless you and your families.

 

 

 

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Don't Worry.

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 CORRECTION OFFICER CALDERON

 RIKERS ISLAND AT GMDC FACILITY

VICIOUSLY ATTACKED!!

SLASHED ACROSS FACE AND ARM BY TWO INMATES!

 NORMAN SEABROOK

COBA PRESIDENT

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September 20, 2015

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December 20, 2015

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Bedford Stuyvesant Community of Brooklyn, New York

  

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 CARL HEASTIE

Bronx Assemblyman

First Black Speaker

New York State Assembly

February 3, 2015

" We are very proud of Mr. Carl Heastie!

He is a product of Our Bronx Community and

Boy Scout Troop!"

We know we have leader in Albany that will fight for

All New Yorkers!"

Ralph E. Smith

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September 2015,  One day before Labor Day in New York City, Runners from across the United States, around the world and from various law enforcement organizations,  teachers, and city workers, gathered for a training run from Broadway in the Bronx to Battery Park. 

Runners were Inspired and motivated by the Guardian Chronicle Sound System and Ralph E. Smith- Reporter, "Dont Give up.  You are all winners." Each Day, Take Steps To Be The Best at What You Love!!  

Another Great Community Sports Progam by Mr. Curtis Dickson- Director of Finest Sports Running Organization.

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