Thursday, October 14, 2010

CTDN: Turner Trial Begins on Monday morning, Urgent Petition to the Gov. for a DOC Oversight Committee, Cancer Cells in everyone, + more...

Welcome To The Chuck Turner Daylight Network: 
The Antidote For The Apathetic
TONIGHTS Grove Hall Safe Neighborhood Initiative Mtg @ the Grove Hall Community Center on Geneva Ave.
1.   Message from Chuck: Trial Update                                                                                                  (10/18--9am)
2.   PLEASE SIGN Urgent Petition to Gov. Patrick for an Oversight Commission for the Mass. Dept of Corrections
3.   ATTN PARENTS:  Last Chance to Register for FREE TUTORING                               (DEADLINE Friday, 10/15/10)

4.   BOOK SALE:  Jamaicaway Books & Gifts is Closing                                                                     (10/16--all day)


5.   EGLESTON SQUARE MAIN STREETS: UPCOMING EVENTS                                            (10/17, 10/20 + 10/29)
6.   Johns Hopkins Hospital Update on CANCER CELLS IN EVERYONE
1.   Message from Chuck: Trial Update  (10/18--9am)
Jury selection has begun.  As of 2pm today only 11 individuals of the 36-50 jury panel had been chosen. In that light, the trials opening remarks will begin on Monday morning Oct18th.
2.  PLEASE SIGN Urgent Petition to Gov. Patrick for an Oversight Commission for the Mass. Dept of Corrections
To:  Governor Deval Patrick

To: Deval Patrick

We the Undersigned with grave concern and sense of urgency request Governor Deval Patrick to sign an Executive Order creating a permanent independent Oversight Commission for the Department of Corrections as proposed by House Bill 2240.

We believe that an Oversight Commission which would oversee the operations and activities of the Department of Corrections such as finances, public works, health, education, etc. This commission would perform an important role in gathering information on the functioning of the Department and ensuring, through their oversight of management officials, that corrupt practices do not take place. Furthermore, this commission can be an excellent starting point for the simplification of administrative procedures and would support your commitment to public transparency and governmental accountability. The Department of Corrections is housed under the Executive Office of Public Safety, with a budget of $549 million and responsible for the wellbeing of thousands of inmates including women and their families and directly linked to the safety of our communities.

We affirm that the Department of Corrections is too critical to operate without any independent oversight. As outlined by the 2004 Governor's Commission on Corrections Reform, chaired by Mr. Harshbarger detailing the need for corrections reform, we urgently need a body that can independently evaluate the Department of Corrections.

Most recently the following events are making our demand dire: 

*   October 9th, Department of Corrections Commissioner Clarke abruptly resigns; 

*   October 8th incident at MCI Norfolk where Brent Stevenson was assaulted, and subsequently hospitalizes, by a Corrections Officer; 

*   October 8, 2010 Attorney General Eric Holder announces $110 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 funding for the Second Chance Act reentry grants and the Justice Reinvestment Initiatives. MA is not one of the recipients; 

  September 13th - The Boston Phoenix article Trouble Over Bridgewater describes one of MA Correctional Facilities as the Prison from Hell outlining documented abuses at Old Colony Correctional Center; 

 July 16, 2010 national statistics show that MA suicides are occurring at a rate more than four times higher than the national average; 

 The need for secure data management in order to prevent CORI leaks and to protect personal inmate and visitor information to ensure the safety of all; and 

 In Massachusetts state prisons, recidivism statistics show a slight reduction in rates over the past few years. At the same time, though, admissions, custody levels, and overcrowding rates are on the rise. From 2004 to 2007, the criminally sentenced custody population at the Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC) increased 10 percent, by 897 inmates.

It is our responsibility as a community to ensure the safety of our people both behind bars and on our streets. We request an emergency action meeting to discuss this request of you signing an Executive Order creating an independent Oversight Commission as proposed by House Bill 2240.


The Undersigned

House Bill 2240: See Attachment.

Troubled Over Bridgewater
Old Colony Correctional Center has been plagued by suicide, overcrowding, and brutality — and things are only getting worse
Read more:

Harold Clarke
Troubled state prison system losing chief

The reform-proof prison
Why Massachusetts' correctional system hasn't gotten any better. Read more:

Katheleen Dennehy
Prison Boss claims target of union harassment & threats

Scott Harshbarger Report

3.    ATTN PARENTS:  Last Chance to Register for FREE TUTORING    (DEADLINE Friday, 10/15/10)



Dont Miss Your Chance To Get FREE Tutoring For Your Child Through No Child Left Behind!


Dear Parents,

If your child attends the Boston Public Schools, this Friday, October 15th is the last day to register for Free Tutoring at the Boston Learning Center through No Child Left Behind.

Applications must be RECEIVED at your child's school by Friday.

There are no exceptions. If you miss the deadline, you will have to wait until next year to apply.

BPS students can receive up to $2,136 worth of tutoring in reading, writing, and math for grades K-12, at no charge to you.

Unfortunately, many parents miss this great opportunity to get extra help for their children. Please forward this email to a friend to help spread the word.

For more information, please call 617-265-7170 ext. 379.


Ayele Shakur

President and CEO
Boston Learning Center

Please view the list below to find out if your child's school is eligible. For registration details email or call 617-265-7170 ext. 379, by Friday!



Agassiz Elementary School

Beethoven Elementary School

Blackstone Elementary School

Charles Sumner Elementary School

Cheryl Watson-Harris, Principal

Curtis Guild Elementary School

David A. Ellis Elementary School

Edward Everett Elementary School

Elihu Greenwood Elementary School

Emily A. Fifield Elementary School

Farragut Elementary School

Gardner Pilot Academy

Harvard-Kent Elementary School

Henry Grew Elementary School

Jackson/Mann (K-8)

James J. Chittick Elementary School

James Condon Elementary School

James M. Curley Elementary School

James A. Garfield Elementary School

John P. Holland Elementary School

John Marshall Elementary School
John Winthrop Elementary School
Joseph Lee Elementary School

Josiah Quincy Elementary School

Maurice J. Tobin School (K-8)

Mildred Avenue (K-8)

Paul A. Dever Elementary School

Phineas Bates Elementary School

Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School

William Ellery Channing Elementary School

William H. Ohrenberger Elementary School

William Monroe Trotter Elementary School

Young Achievers School (K-8)



Dearborn Middle School

Clarence R. Edwards Middle School

George A. Lewis Middle School

Harbor Pilot Middle School

James P. Timilty Middle School

John W. McCormack Middle School

Lilla Frederick Middle School

Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School

Patrick F. Gavin Middle School

Umana Middle School Academy

Washington Irving Middle School

William B. Rogers Middle School
Woodrow Wilson Middle School




Brighton High School

Charlestown High School

East Boston High School

English High School

Jeremiah Burke High School

Madison Park Technical Vocational High School
Quincy Upper School

Snowden International High School


K-12 /School:


William McKinley School




4.  BOOK SALE:  Jamaicaway Books & Gifts is Closing  (10/16--all day)





Jamaicaway Books is Closing 


Jamaicaway Books & Cafe
676 Centre
Jamaica Plain, MA 


October 14, 2010

We are letting you know that Jamaicaway Books & Cafe is beginning the process of closing it's doors.  We opened in December, 1998 after totally renovating the store.  Many of you may know that Brian Sandiford, my partner, did all the renovations.  The high quality of the renovations spoke to our goal of creating a beautiful space in which to share our love of books, art and music to the Jamaica Plain community.  We also opened with a mission, to try to break down some of the barriers that separate us racially, socially and economically.  

We have hosted many interesting, entertaining and often provoking events during that time such as our book events with Walter Mosley and Sister Souljah, our Sunday Jazz Open Mike hosted by John Stein, the First Fridays hosted by Cornell Coley or the very popular First Thursday Open Mikes.  A cornerstone of our programming was the group of events we hosted for children, from Tony Williams directing some of his young dancers in an excerpt from the Nutcracker to Carolina Gomez with her Spanish immersion storytime for toddlers.

Our latest initiatives, the series of books beginning with African American Heritage in Massachusetts: A Coloring Book and the J'Way Cafe specializing in "a cuisine of the Southern memory" were all very well received.  The coloring book sold out 500 copies in less than nine months and many of you are waiting for the second printing.  As for the cafe, although we can only open it on the weekend, our customers can't seem to get enough.

Needless to say, keeping all this going takes an incredible amount of time and resources.  We have decided to close our doors in order to spend more time with our family.     

To help you jumpstart your holiday shopping,

we will begin this closing with a

25% off sale starting this Saturday, October 16, 2010. 

Everything must go including the fixtures. 

Please come by and do some early holiday shopping and put in your order for your holiday desserts, Savannah Sweet Potato Pie or Charleston Chocolate Pecan Pie.     

Thank you for all your support over the years!

Brian, Rosalyn and all the staff of Jamaicaway Books





  • Walk for Peace!:  THIS Sunday October 17th @ 12pm @ St. Mary of the Angels Church, 377 Walnut Ave. Join residents, merchants and community partners to walk through Egleston, Jackson and Hyde Square to demonstrate our love for our community and each other!  (I'm including fliers in English and Spanish). 
  • Community conversation to continue to promote peace:  Wednesday October 20th @6pm @ Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth Street.  Join the residents, merchants and community partners who participated in the walk (and others!) to discuss how to continue to work across neighborhoods to promote peace.  This will be an informal conversation, with a potluck!  Please bring ideas and food to SHARE! 
  • Community Howl (Halloween Celebration):  Friday October 29th 4-7pm, 826Boston, 3035 Washington Street.  Local youth will be visiting community organizations and merchants as part of a trick-or-treating walk through the neighborhood.  The walk will finish at 826Boston.  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  
  • ...and get a DELICIOUS MEAL!  Visit Millenium Restaurant, 3094 Washington Street, for great Dominican Food!  You can also get the food delivered, by calling 617-522-0505. 

Betsy Cowan

3313 Washington Street, Suite 5
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Tel. 617-522-7752
Fax 617-524-2430
6.   Johns Hopkins Hospital Update on CANCER CELLS IN EVERYONE
Johns Hopkins Update 
 This is an extremely good article. Everyone should read it.


Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins : 

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size. 

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a  person's lifetime. 

3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors. 

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, but also to environmental, food and lifestyle factors. 

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet to eat more adequately and healthy, 4-5 times/day and by including supplements will strengthen the immune system. 

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can 
cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7.. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs. 

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb
to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply. 


a. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses, but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt. 

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tact.  Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being starved. 

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little other meat, like chicken. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics,  growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer. 

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked
food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance
growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink  fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw
vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C)..

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or
filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it. 

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup. 

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the
body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy
cancer cells.. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or  programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit.  A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life. 

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells. 

1. No plastic containers in micro

2. No water bottles in freezer

3. No plastic wrap in microwave.. 

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.
Recently, Dr Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital , was on a TV program to explain thishealth hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave usingplastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body.
Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper The dioxin problem is one of the reasons. 

Please share this with your whole email list......................... 
Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead. 

This is an article that should be sent to anyone important in your life.




--  THE END --


( Stay tuned, as the struggle continues. )  


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Chuck Turner, District 7 Boston City Councillor

City Hall Office--(617) 635-3510  /  District Office--(617) 427-8100           

ROXBURY:                   WARD 8, Pcts 3-4, 7;           WARD 9, Pcts 3-5;          WARD 11, Pcts 1-3, 5;     WARD  12, Pcts 1-9

DORCHESTER:            Ward 7, Pct 10;                    Ward 8, Pcts 5-6;             Ward 13, Pcts 1-2, 4-5

SOUTH END:                Ward 4, Pct 4;                      Ward 9, Pct 2

FENWAY:                     Ward 4, Pcts 5, 8-9  


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