• Rochester Police Dept. Chief James Sheppard’s Anti-Violence Message

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  • Thank You from ROC the Peace! – Stop the Violence March & Family Fun Day 2012

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    ROC the Peace would like to say THANK YOU to those that attended our 2012 Stop the Violence/Peace March and Family Fun Day! A special thank you to all of the community organizations, guest speakers/public figures, local talent and volunteers that helped to make this event possible. Shout out to Sirena Cotton, Founder, for her vision. ROC the Peace is proud to announce that nearly $200 was donated by attendees to assist two local children in their battles with Cancer!

    If you’re interested in sponsoring or volunteering with ROC the Peace, visit the talent and volunteer application sections on our site.

    We look forward to seeing everyone next July!!

  • ROC the Peace Stop the Violence March & Family Fun Day, July 28, 2012

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    Come and support an effort to curb the violence in Greater Rochester by joining ROC the Peace for our Stop the Violence March & Family Fun Day! We will be gathering at the corner of Lexington/Pierpont  at 11:30am and walking a Peace March from there to Jones Square Park at Noon. The day will include local talent performing, special speakers such as Sen. Joe Robach (who will be marching) and Councilmember Adam McFadden, community organizations giving out information and more!!

    We will also be supporting Derekah Trim in her effort to collect and provide the students at Henry W. Longfellow – #36 school, with backpacks and supplies, so we ask for anyone coming to please consider donating a backpack and supplies!!

    Please check out our flyer below for more details!!

  • Rochester Man Spreading Message of Peace (via the Democrat and Chronicle)

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    Democrat & Chronicle
    Frank Bi
    Staff writer
    06/17/2012

     

    Darius Taylor, 22, had his life changed by the streets of Rochester.

    In 2007, Taylor’s younger brother, Christopher Jones, was gunned down in front of his home. Now he hopes he can preach the lessons of the street before it takes another life.

    Taylor hopes to unveil his organization, “Power of Words Power of Wisdom,” this fall by speaking at local schools with a team of speakers consisting of gunshot and rape victims.

    “A lot of situations have a lot of different scenarios (leading up to violence),” Taylor said. “The biggest message we have is to share how to prevent the situations we’ve been through.”

    Taylor believes most of the violence stems from protecting one’s pride and he sees that pride targeted as young as the fourth grade in the form of bullying.

    “Bullying is huge with elementary kids,” Taylor said. “When you start bullying someone, that’s the pride and they might call on an older brother or sister to defend the pride.”

    Taylor believes his brother’s murder stemmed from a fight in which pride was involved.

    “You hear a lot of people say ‘gone, but not forgotten.’ ” Taylor said. “As a family member, people do forget. They don’t start representing their person like they said they were.”

    When the names begin to fade, the victims become part of statistics, Taylor said. That is why he released a song at the beginning of June titled “Roc City Obituary.”

    The song makes mention of more than 40 victims of homicide in Rochester and has been viewed more than 1,900 times on YouTube.

    “Great job,” commented YouTube user ikeab2011. “You mentioned 2 of my cousins <3 RIP to everyone :’(.”

    Since Taylor’s song debuted, he said he has been bombarded with emails and people have openly embraced him in public, he said.

    “He has very heartfelt feelings for violence in the city,” said Victor Saunders, Taylor’s uncle. “It is rare for a young person to jump out and start a grass-roots effort and do something original.”

    It has crossed Taylor’s mind that he may be a target for standing up against street violence, but he believes his message is stronger than his words.

    “If I’m a target for something positive, I can live with that,” Taylor said.

    FBI@DemocratandChronicle.com 
    www.twitter.com/FrankieBi

     

  • The Urban League of Rochester’s 1st Annual Black Professionals Mixer!

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    The Urban League of Rochester is proud to present its 1st Annual Black Professionals Mixer!

    This event will provide information about the League and its programs along with introducing the League’s new Young Black Professionals group. Professionals of all ages and areas are encouraged to attend and you do NOT have to be a former Black Scholar. This event is business casual.

    To RSVP, please contact Taren Greenidge at  tgreenidge@wardgreenberg.com by July 5th.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Ddash Money’s Video, “Roc City Obituary”

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  • Man Shot Dead by Police Officers on Locust Street (via YNN)

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    Christina Nose/Staff
    YNN News
    Updated: 8:02 AM

     

    Rochester mayor Tom Richards and Chief James Sheppard of the Rochester Police Department provided details on the police-involved shooting that occurred Thursday morning on Locust Street.

    “It’s not talking the truth. Everyone saw what happened in the street, and they sent seven police men to him. Why seven? You think’s that’s not abuse? You’re overpowering people,” said Joel Fuentas, Andino’s stepfather.

     Fuentas, who raised him since he was two-years-old, says Israel Andino was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He says the 20-year-old did not take his medication that morning, which wasn’t uncommon, but he says Andino has never attacked his family members before. Fuentas says Andino’s mother, Carmen Baez, told police numerous times that her son was bipolar and not fully aware of his actions. “You gave him no escape. You know you’re going to die if seven policemen shoot you in the chest,” he said.

    Around 7:15 a.m. Thursday, officers responded to 72 Locust Street after Andino called 911 saying he had stabbed his mother and planned to shoot others in the neighborhood. As officers approached the home, they found his mother bleeding from the head and she pointed out her son. Sheppard said Andino was carrying a loaded shotgun, not a BB gun, as earlier reported by witnesses. “Near 103 Locust Street, this individual fired a round at the officers and this individual returned fire,” Sheppard said.

    Witnesses tell us Andino never fired a shot. They say he only turned away and backed towards officers, which could be perceived as a threat. “He went like this, like this, and pointed it at police and that’s when they shot him, more than like fifteen shots.” Another witness said Andino told officers quote “it’s not a gun, it’s not even loaded.”

    “During the officer’s initial engagement they tried a less lethal option; a tazer. This was ineffective,” said Sheppard.

    Witnesses continue to run through the events looking for a different outcome. “I’m pretty sure if he only let me talk to the kid, he would be alive now,”

    “The relevant question that will be investigated is what was reasonable under the circumstances as they were confronted with clearly deadly force,” said Mayor Richards.

    Andino’s mother was treated at the hospital for stab wounds to the head. She has since been discharged. His stepfather says he doesn’t know what sparked the altercation between Andino and his mother that morning. While there are still unanswered questions, what police, witnesses, and Andino’s family can agree on is that this is a terrible tragedy for a 20-year-old young man to die on his birthday.

    The mayor and police chief say seven veteran police officers were confronted with a deadly situation Thursday morning, and were justified in the shooting death of a young man on Locust Street. According to Chief James Sheppard of the Rochester Police Department, officers responded to 72 Locust Street around 7:15 a.m. Thursday. Sheppard said a man called 911 and told the dispatcher he had stabbed his mother, and was going out on the street to shoot others.

    Officers found 72-year-old Carmen Baez on the porch with stab wounds to her head and neck. Police said Baez pointed out son, 20-year-old Israel Andino, as the person who stabbed her. According to police, Andino was armed with a long gun. Police said the gun was loaded with a deer slug. Sheppard said officers tried to diffuse the situation and get him to drop the weapon. Sheppard said that Andino walked down Locust Street to the corner of Emerson and Dewey, then walked back down the street. When in front of 103 Locust Street, Sheppard said Andino fired at the officers. The seven officers all returned fire.

    Rochester mayor Tom Richards said that this was a domestic situation that escalated and put officers in danger, and the incident is not indicative of any trend in violence in Rochester.

     “Even though I wasn’t there, as the mayor of the city, if officers of this police force are fired upon with deadly force, I expect them to defend themselves. It’s a tragedy for them just as it is this individual, but that is what things like this lead to,” Richards said.

    Police said that officers attempted to use a taser on Andino beforehand, but it was not effective, and the officers were correct in their actions when faced with a deadly situation. The officers; Sgt. Aaron Colletti, Sgt. Mike Nicholls, Officer Antonio Gonzalez, Officer Brian Cala, Officer Greg Karnes, Officer Onasis Socol, and Officer Eluid Rodriguez, have a combined 98-years experience on the force.

  • Ddash Money’s Video, “Letter to Laurie Butler”

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  • OnARtv © [√] – Presents Darius ‘DDash Money’ Taylor on WHEC Channel 10

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  • RTP Performer Y.S.!

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    Check out this video from RTP performer Y.S.!

    Y.S. (Young Sleep) – Can\’t Go to Sleep

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