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Hands up! Don’t shoot!

By Parlee Jones

“Our Lives Begin To End The Day We Become Silent About Things That Matter” … Martin Luther King, Jr.

Peace, Worcester people!  As I sit down to write this article regarding the murder of Michael Brown and the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, my heart is heavy. It’s heavy with sorrow, anger, fear, dismay and doubt.  You see, I am a single mom. I am raising a young Black Man and young Black Woman. Right here, in America. Not in a “third world country,” right here in America – Worcester, Massachusetts. Land of the free and the home of the brave. … or is it the land of the thief and the home of the slave????

By now we all know what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, August 9.  It is easy to see that this was an UNJUST shooting.  An unarmed 18 year old is dead.  Shot 6 times in the upper body.  2 times in the head.  We can go back and forth with what he did prior to being executed, but does that really matter when Officer Darren Wilson wasn’t aware of any alleged behavior?

Bottom line: Michael is not here to defend himself or tell his side of the story.

It seems to me that many people, here in Worcester, too, are trying to make it okay that if he did take cigars, it justifies his murder.  IT DOES NOT!

It is not okay for a lot of people in this country to agree with the slaying of this young, Black man.  He should not be dead. The officer that shot him didn’t even know about the incident at the store which is still in question as to if it was Michael Brown.  One witness states that there was a verbal altercation between Michael and Officer Darren Wilson.  How did Michael end up dead?

The trouble in Ferguson, Missouri, has been brewing for many years.  Just knowing that 63% of the population there is Black and there are only three Black police officers on the town police force speaks volumes.  The fact that the U.S. Justice Department may actually investigate the whole police department because there is a pattern of abuse also speaks volumes.

Where you get your news from will also tell a lot about how you look at the world.  Needless to say, FOX News Channel will have you believing lopsided reporting.  In the words of Malcolm X, “If you’re not careful, the newspapers [news channels] will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

Reading the comments that appear at the end of articles and stories surrounding this story, you can clearly see a racist thread. The people who are dancing around the word are either blind, in denial or racist.  Unfortunately, the history of Amerikkka has shown a blatant disregard for the lives of Black men.  Many will deny this, but if you are not living the experience as a Black person, you cannot judge or even speak on it.  Your experience is not the same.  If you have never heard of White Privilege, look it up.  Or maybe that will be my next article.  I am a community builder, so, please do not try to twist my words.  I love all people!

On August 14, I had the privilege of standing with about 50 other residents in a peaceful rally on Worcester’s City Hall Plaza.  We joined Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, New York, Boston, Los Angeles and many other cities in support of the people of Ferguson.  Many people spoke of their experiences with Worcester Police.  Unfortunately, there were too many stories.  I have one of my own.

.. If you wish to discuss any of my views, please contact InCity Times! Peace!

Autumn make up – e.l.f. cosmetics cruelty-free-pretty-me!

 

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3 cheers for Wet n Wild and e.l.f. make-up!! I always have the e.l.f. blush/lip tube jammed into the pocket of my blue jean jacket!  Have their creamy eye-shadows at home … . Use their mascara in the a.m. before I head out the door to run ICT!  Wet n Wild has great thick tubes of tinted lip balm. SPF, too! Used their cherry balm all summer. Price tag? For e.l.f. products a buck at the buck store! A bit more $ at Target and Burlington Coat Factory. Wet n Wild make-up: $2, $3 and $4/$5 at Walgreens or CVS. My point is: You don’t have to spend a lot of money to buy good, on-trend make up THAT IS NOT TESTED ON RABBITS JAMMED INTO CAGES getting high “doses” of product squirted into their eyes over and over again …  Cruel, cruel, cruel. Pointless.
- R. Tirella
 From PETA.ORG:
 
When we heard that e.l.f. (eyes lips face) company was selling cool cruelty-free cosmetics for a buck each, we couldn’t believe it. But it’s not a fairy tale—e.l.f.really does exist, and you can easily find its products at your local Target and Kmart. It just doesn’t get any easier than that when shopping for cruelty-free makeup!

Operating under the belief that “[e]very woman should have the opportunity to participate in innovation, without sacrificing her budget,” e.l.f. offers a wide variety of high-quality beauty products that look and feel fantastic. But don’t just take our word for it—major magazines such as GlamourAllure, andSelf can’t stop raving about them, either!

While e.l.f. has loads of must-have mascaras, lip glosses, blushes, bronzers, brushes, and much, much more, we can’t help but be partial to its“PETA” tweezers. After all, e.l.f. has created these special tweezers just for us!

Emblazoned with the slogan “Fur Free,” these tweezers come in a case that sports PETA’s cruelty-free bunny logo and reads, “e.l.f. Professional Supports PETA in the Fur Free Campaign: www.PETA.org.” Pretty cool, huh? So now you can extend your “fur-freeness” beyond your wardrobe. What’s even cooler is the fact that 50 percent of the proceeds from sales of these tweezers go straight to PETA!

For an even more customized shopping experience, create your own online beauty profile. Just enter your stats, habits, and preferences, and the experts at e.l.f. will not only recommend the perfect products for you but also save your favorite picks in your very own personal account. You can purchase your “customized just for you” cosmetics online or cruise down to one of these convenient locations near you!

With such a huge variety of sensational cruelty-free stuff at such low prices, who wouldn’t be ecstatic about e.l.f.? PETA sure is. That’s why we’re proud to honor company CEO Joey Shamah with a Trail-Blazer Award for his compassion and commitment to never testing on animals.

To learn more about cosmetics testing on animals, go here.

This holiday season don’t jiggle all the way! Jingle all the way …

… with low-fat vegan holiday fare! Here are some yummy recipes to get you started! Leave the belly to Santa! Leave the turkey-killing behind you … – R.T.

ENTREES:

Sage- and Pumpkin Seed-Encrusted Seitan With Roasted Garlic-Pumpkin Sauce

Side Dishes

Gravies



Read more: http://www.peta.org/living/food/celebrate-vegan-holiday/#ixzz3EcYzgwZR

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus beats, punches and whips its animals! Former employee speaks out!

Archele Hundley, a former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus employee, recently teamed up with PETA to make a moving plea to potential circusgoers.

Hundley, who witnessed elephant beatings during her time with Ringling, urges people to stay away from the circus.

“I saw handlers deliver a beating … for 30 minutes. She was covered with bloody wounds. I’ll never forget her agonizing screams,” says Hundley. “Please, never take your children to a Ringling Bros. circus.”

Hundley worked on Ringling’s animal crew for two months.

During that time, she witnessed incidents of abuse, including the following:

In 2006 an elephant in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was beaten with bullhooks so severely that she bled profusely and cried out in pain. A trainer viciously whipped a camel and punched a miniature horse in the face.

Trainers jabbed horses with pitchforks and gave them extremely painful “lip twists” to force the animals to obey commands.

An elephant with painful arthritis was kept on the road.

“The abuse was not just once in a while—it occurred every day,” says Hundley.

She continues: “The elephants, horses, and camels were hit, punched, beaten, and whipped by everyone from the head of animal care down to inexperienced animal handlers hired out of homeless shelters.”

Archele says that she repeatedly complained to circus management about the abuse but to no avail, prompting her to quit in disgust.

Archele teamed up with PETA because she wanted others to learn about the cruelty involved when animals are forced to perform in circuses.

You can help spread the message by boycotting the circus and telling everyone you know about circus cruelty.

The circus comes to Worcester in October …

… We are hoping Worcester Mayor Joe Petty and City Manager Ed Augustus follow the great example set by former Worcester Mayor Joe O’Brien when Ringling circus came to Woo on his watch: his office accepted ZERO Ringling tickets, O’Brien declined to be photographed with elephants outside city hall in a cheap publicity stunt , and the wild animals were not allowed to be used as cheap publicity for the circus by being forced to march to city hall. O’Brien told me, when a few of us came to visit him at city hall to discuss the wild-animals-in-circuses issue, that he GOT IT. We thanked him!

A year or so later Worcester city councilors Sarai  Rivera, Barbara Haller and Konnie Lukes took a courageous, compassionate stand against animal cruelty by coming out against wild animals in circuses in the City of Worcester.  They joined O’Brien and the always on-board Woo city councilor Mike Germain. These city leaders acted like LEADERS! Yes!

Last fall Worcester city councilor Phil Palmieri valiantly joined their ranks and voted AGAINST shows with lions, tigers and elephants being allowed to parade their suffering animals through our city.

We needed 6 votes on the city council to end the cruelty in Worcester. After the November election newbie councilor Mike Gaffney, in a cynical move, forced a city council vote to end our campaign and stifle public discourse on the issue. We got 5. (Gaffney really is an asshole!)

All THE ABOVE WORCESTER CITY COUNCILORS – except for Tea Party nut Gaffney – ARE OUR HEROES!

We thank them them for their good, brave hearts! And … the fight continues!

- Rosalie Tirella

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Please!  Learn more! The following information comes to you from the barrier-busting, amazing folks at PETA:

Wild animals in Circuses

Wild animals don’t jump through rings of fire. They don’t perform these and other difficult tricks because they want to; they perform them because they’re afraid of what will happen if they don’t.

For animals in circuses, there is no such thing as “positive reinforcement”—only varying degrees of punishment and deprivation. To force them to perform these meaningless and physically uncomfortable tricks, trainers use whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods, bullhooks, and other painful tools of the trade.

In the Ringling Bros. circus, elephants are beaten, hit, poked, prodded, and jabbed with sharp hooks, sometimes until bloody. Ringling breaks the spirit of elephants when they’re vulnerable babies who should still be with their mothers. Unsuspecting parents planning a family trip to the circus don’t know about the violent training sessions with ropes, bullhooks, and electric shock prods that elephants endure. Heartbreaking photos reveal how Ringling Bros. circus trainers cruelly force baby elephants to learn tricks, and it’s not through a reward system, as they claim.

Cruel Training

Circuses easily get away with routine abuse because no government agency monitors training sessions. Undercover video footage of animal training sessions has shown that elephants are beaten with bullhooks and shocked with electric prods, big cats are dragged by heavy chains around their necks and hit with sticks, bears are whacked and prodded with long poles, and chimpanzees are kicked and hit with riding crops. Carson & Barnes trainers have even been documented using blowtorches on elephants.

Constant Confinement

Constant travel means that animals are confined to boxcars, trailers, or trucks for days at a time in extremely hot and cold weather, often without access to basic necessities such as food, water, and veterinary care. Elephants, big cats, bears, and primates are confined to cramped and filthy cages in which they eat, drink, sleep, defecate, and urinate—all in the same place.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus boasts that its three units travel more than 25,000 miles as the circus tours the country for 11 months each year. Ringling’s own documents reveal that on average, elephants are chained for more than 26 hours straight and are sometimes continually chained for as many as 60 to 100 hours. Tigers and lions usually live and travel in cages that provide barely enough room for the animals to turn around, often with two big cats crammed into a single cage. In July 2004, Clyde, a young lion traveling with Ringling, died in a poorly ventilated boxcar while the circus was crossing the Mojave Desert, where temperatures reached at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Clyde likely died a miserable death from heatstroke and dehydration. Previously, two tigers with Ringling injured themselves while attempting to escape from their cages in an overheated boxcar.

Public Danger

Frustrated by years of beatings, bullhooks, and shackles, some elephants snap. And when an elephant rebels against a trainer’s physical dominance, trainers cannot protect themselves—let alone the public.

In 1994, an elephant named Tyke killed her trainer and injured 12 spectators before being gunned down while running terrified through downtown Honolulu (she was shot almost 100 times). In 1992, Officer Blayne Doyle was forced to shoot and kill Janet, an elephant who charged out of the Great American Circus arena with five children on her back.

In more than 35 dangerous incidents since 2000, elephants have bolted from circuses, run amok through streets, crashed into buildings, attacked members of the public, and killed and injured handlers.

In speaking before members of Congress about the dangers of elephant rampages, Doyle lamented, “I have discovered, much to my alarm, that once an elephant goes out of control, nothing can be done. It is not a predictable or preventable accident. The only thing that can be done—and even this is a danger to the public—is to get a battery of police officers in with heavy weapons and gun the elephant down.”

Circus Bans

Because of concerns about animal mistreatment and public safety, a growing number of communities are banning or restricting the use of animals in circuses.

Animal-Free Circuses

We applaud trapeze artists, jugglers, clowns, tightrope walkers, and acrobats, but let’s leave animals in peace. The Latest Shows on Earth—Cirque du Soleil, the New Pickle Family Circus, Cirque Éloize, and others—are exciting and innovative circuses that dazzle audiences without animal acts. Click here for a list of animal-free circuses.

What You Can Do

  • When the circus comes to town, organize a demonstration to inform the public that demeaning stunts performed by animals in the ring are the result of behind-the-scenes bullhook beatings and other abusive training methods. Let your local news outlet know about the suffering of animals used in circuses.
  • For detailed information about specific circuses, including U.S. Department of Agriculture citations and dangerous incidents, click here.
  • Start a campaign to amend the cruelty-to-animals ordinance in your community so that it includes language forbidding the use of bullhooks and other manual, mechanical, and chemical devices intended to cause pain and suffering.
  • Most importantly, boycott all circuses that use animals and choose animal-



Read more: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-in-entertainment/circuses/#ixzz3EQl7IoCk

The circus is coming to Worcester! Be prepared!!! 12 Things Ringling Doesn’t Want You to Know

PLEASE! Let Worcester’s city manager and city councilors know that you are AGAINST Ringling coming to Worcester! That wild animals do not belong on train box cars, are not supposed to be wearing head-dresses or saddles, should not – it’s morally reprehensible! – be forced to be anything but themselves. Wild animals!

Wild (exotic) animals, such as chimps, can NEVER be domesticated. Cute little chimps mature into adult chimpanzees  that can (and have) done real damage to the addle-brained humans who, stupidly, think they are our “pals.”  Wild animals are not domesticated dogs or cats or goats or cows or chickens! THEY have not been domesticated – genetically speaking! You can not BEAT, TRAIN a wild animal’s genetic NATURE out of it! Humans never have! We never will! For ex: Cute, captive polar bear cubs will attack and do serious damage to the very same people who have bottle nursed them and snuggled them and smooched them up when they are just a few months older! Why can’t we “get” this? Cuz the animals are so GORGEOUS and AWE-INSPIRING and we are so selfish.

PLEASE click on the CLICK HERE at bottom of this list to LEARN MUCH MORE!  OR visit the InCity Times cirucs Facebook page on this website (just click b y the elephant photo to the right on this screen)                      – Rosalie  Tirella

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12 Things Ringling Doesn’t Want You to Know

If there’s one thing Ringling Bros. circus has proved over the years, it’s that it’s the cruelest show on Earth. Here are 12 things that Ringling Bros. doesn’t want you to know:

1. The circus tears babies away from their mothers.

At around 21 months old, baby elephants are dragged away from their mothers, who have to be restrained. In the wild, males stay with their mothers until they’re teenagers and female elephants stay with their mothers their entire lives.

2. “Breaking” elephants really means “breaking their spirits.”

Baby elephants are forced to stand on a concrete floor for about 23 hours a day for up to six months, unable to lie down or even turn around.

3. Trainers use bullhooks, ropes, and electric prods.

Baby elephants learn to fear bullhooks from a very young age.

4. Training goes unmonitored by any agency of any kind.

The elephants cry out, but there is no one there to help them.

5. Elephants spend most of their lives in chains.

When they aren’t performing, elephants are confined.

6. Elephants travel in boxcars like these for up to 100 hours straight.

The doors are barely bigger than they are.

7. Elephants are beaten for the slightest disobedience.

8. The wounds on this elephant are plainly visible.

Trainers usually cover them up with “Wonder Dust” so that inspectors can’t see them.

9. Ringling paid a $270,000 fine for violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

10. Ringling’s abuse lasts a lifetime.

11. Protests are organized almost everywhere that Ringling goes.

12. Even kids know about Ringling’s abuse.

The sheen around “the cruelest show on Earth” is nearly gone, as more and more people speak out against Ringling’s barbaric practices every day!

Read more – click here!

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The always handsome Chef Joey! (and talented, too!)

Party Apps!

By Chef Joey

Well, Labor Day has come and gone. Worcester was kissed by a Tornado – and not the sports team! Now we have another “Whirlwind”:  Election Time!

Back in the day we got postcards and they always brought a smile to your face with quick quips about how the trip is going, or to remind us about an appointment. This time of year they are flying around like letters from Hogwart’s academy. They are all very impressive and full of information about the candidate’s hopes and dreams – let’s hope whoever wins is not a candiDONT! … They also invite us to political gatherings, which involve food – albeit an evening pasta party, afternoon cookout or a pot luck dinner.
Then, after all is said and done,  post election –  there is another party after the polls close, mainly snack food and appetizers.

Originating from the French word,  “Hors d’oeuvre,” literally means “After work.”  They are food,  usually served before the main course(s) of a meal, and typically smaller than main dishes, and often meant to be eaten by hand (with minimal use of silverware).

There is a plethora of things you can make! Recently, when I was cooking at my Shelter Island location, we were having a Labor Day Party and closing the restaurant for the season and, being a Thai restaurant, I wanted to make things seem more Asian and use up all the food items we had.

So I created “Asian Hummus-like dip.”  Made from fava beans, 5 spice powder garlic, Thai basil and Oil.

It was incredible and so easy! I’ll give you the break down to make it with a few other items that are quick simple and delicious! I fried Wonton wrappers for the “Scoop” (have to avoid the silverware!), but pita crisps or even fresh pita will work, too.

Other fast, tasty items are Bruschetta – traditionally diced tomato garlic basil with dressing on a toasted baguette slice – Cold Cuts gingerly arranged with small slices of the mini pumpernickel bread – Deviled Eggs (add Dijon mustard for a zing) – Smoked salmon, with a dollop of sour cream on a cracker garnish with a sprig of dill – Pigs in a blanket are a hit with kids, tiny cocktail hotdogs rolled with a strip of puff pastry (freezer section of your market) – and my favorite Spanakopita – Spinach triangles wrapped in filo (recipe to follow).

Pita bread’s origins, by the way, are Greek. Traditionally a soft, slightly leavened flat bread made from wheat flour and baked. It is used in many Mediterranean, Balkan and Middle Eastern cuisines and resembles other slightly leavened flatbreads such as Iranian nan-e barbari, South Asian flatbreads and Central Asian naan, and the ever popular pizza crust. Over the years the making of the filo dough make for a fancier presentation versus travelling food back in the day.
Now for the recipes: Joey’s Spanakopita

You’ll need:

1 large bag baby spinach, ¼ cup Feta cheese, 3 Eggs, 2 sticks Butter 2 tbsp Oil, olive is best and one package of fresh filo for best results. I’m not going to tell you where to buy it but there are 2 places on Pleasant St in Worcester that can accommodate – Just sayin’. So In a food processor add the baby spinach leaves, feta and the 3 eggs blend – I do this for the apps because it makes them smooth and easy to eat.

Melt one stick of butter and add the oil and stir – you will need a pastry brush to spread this on the filo. Open up the filo and cover with a clean cloth take one sheet out, place it horizontally and paint it with butter. Then cut it into 6 or 7 strips (3 if you want lunch size ones).

Take a teaspoon and place 1 teaspoon (or more if making bigger slices) approximately 1 inch from the bottom. Take one corner from the bottom left and fold a triangle to the right side. Then take the right side and fold it over – like folding a flag. Place on parchment paper because it keeps your cookie sheet clean …

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 degrees F for about 10 to 15 minutes until golden and puffy and egg is cooked. It seems lengthy but it’s not and goes fast once you get the knack!
For the Lima bean Hummus spread – One large can of lima beans ¾ drained – 2 cloves garlic – 1 tsp Chinese Five Spice Powder and 1/4 cup Italian salad dressing (no Kidding!) put everything except the dressing in the blender – as it is blending add the dressing and watch out for splashes – when the consistency gets smooth enough – you are done!

A pinch of salt may be needed, depending on the dressing you used. Have fun and REMEMBER TO VOTE in November!!!

To help birds weather climate change, stop eating them

By Paula Moore

A sobering report released earlier this month by the National Audubon Society warns that half of all bird species in the U.S. and Canada could be on the brink of extinction if we don’t take steps to mitigate climate change. As warming temperatures alter birds’ habitats and migratory routes, some 300 species of birds in North America—from bald eagles to Baltimore orioles—will be forced to find new places to live, feed and breed. Those who can’t could become extinct.

Here’s one thing that everyone can do today to help our free-roaming feathered friends: stop eating their cousins—farmed chickens—and other animals. A staggering 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions is caused by animal agriculture, according to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute. The fastest, most effective way to combat climate change is with diet change—by going vegan.

We have no time to waste. In the same week that the Audubon Society released its report, the United Nations’ meteorological advisory body announced that the amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere had reached a new high in 2013—just under 400 parts per million. Continue reading

In Main South – at Clark University – VERY COOL! Be there! FREE!

Clark University – fall dialogue symposium!

Events free and open to the public:

Two Women Talking: RESTOR(Y)ING Culture, Gender, Sexuality and Tradition

7 pm

Thursday, October 2

Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons

In this LIVE unscripted performance, Benaifer Bhadha and Monsoon Bissell weave their life stories together — stories that take place between western and eastern worlds, touching on issues of personal identity, culture, gender, sexuality, violence, illness, and tradition.

Bhadha currently teaches with Narativ, Inc and has worked as a clinical social worker, human rights activist, and community organizer. Bissell has an active coaching practice and is the Co-Dean of Programs for the Indian Society for Applied Behavioral Sciences.

This event is co-sponsored with the Department of Political Science and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Clark University.

Narrating Race: A Community Conversation

7 pm

Tuesday, October 7

Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons

Enter into the space where words, images, and stories of race intersect to explore the role of narrative in the way we talk about race. Betsy Huang, associate professor of English and Chief Officer of Diversity and Inclusion at Clark University, will facilitate the discussion.

What Do You See? An Artist Talk and Exhibition Opening

7 pm

Wednesday, October 15

Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons

Photographer Wing Young Huie has captured images of the dizzying socioeconomic and cultural realities of American society over his 35-year career. By exploring and juxtaposing “authentic selves” and “idealized realities,” each photograph tells multiple stories about the subject, the artist, and the viewer.

Huie’s best-known projects are large-scale public installations, and his work has generated five books. In 2012, he opened The Third Place, a gallery in South Minneapolis that invites artists and thinkers to engage in salon-style discussions with the public.

The exhibition will run from October 15 through December 17.

Caregiving as Moral Experience

7 pm

Monday, October 20, 2014

Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons

Dr. Arthur Kleinman will discuss the primacy of the patient’s lived experience of illness, the relationship between narrative and caregiving, and the ways in which the humanities and interpretive social sciences matter for doctors and other caregivers.

Kleinman is professor of medical anthropology in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

This event is co-sponsored with the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment at Clark University.

Fright Night in the Higgins Lounge

7 pm

Wednesday, October 29

Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons

Clark University Professors Gino DiIorio, Jay Elliott, and Jennifer Plante will offer readings of their favorite scary stories and explore the power of narratives that play upon our most basic fears and vulnerabilities.

Worcester Sailor Helping Others Aboard USS Germantown

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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Patrick Dionne, Commander, Amphibious Squadron 11 Public Affairs

PHILIPPINE SEA – Yeoman 3rd Class Kenny Osafo, a native of Worcester, currently serves aboard the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42).

At age four, Osafo moved to the African country of Ghana, where both his parents originated. He moved there with his mother who wanted him to learn about his culture and heritage.

“Living in Ghana made me who I am today,” said Osafo. “Values such as respecting your elders, generosity and being there for others were all things I learned from growing up in Ghana. Being there with my family was one of the happiest times of my life.”
Osafo returned to the United States at age 12. He participated in the Junior Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) for four years while attending North High School in Worcester. Following graduation in 2007 and taking what he learned from JROTC, Osafo decided to enlist in the Navy.

“My Dad served as a Captain in the Army and a big part of why I enlisted was that I admired his work ethic and discipline,” said Osafo. “It was something that I wanted for my own life. I also wanted to do something that would not only benefit myself but also help others.”

Osafo began his career as an undesignated Seaman, where he experienced the many facets of Germantown’s operations.

“Being an undesignated Seaman was difficult because I was brand new to the Navy and didn’t know what I wanted to do,” said Osafo. “During that time I got to take part in many different evolutions, including the landing and launching of Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) and Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAV), directing Landing Craft Utility (LCUs) and driving the ship, something I never thought I would do in my life.”

After his time as an undesignated seaman, Osafo became a Yeoman. A Navy Yeoman is responsible for the administrative work that supports both the ship operations and the lives of the Sailors serving aboard.

“I chose to become a Yeoman because the possibilities are endless,” said Osafo. “You are trusted to handle valuable information and can potentially work as high up in the chain of the command as the White House or the office of the Secretary of the Navy.”
Osafo said that growing up in Ghana and seeing people do a lot of good things for the less fortunate had a big impact on why he finds it so rewarding to help others as a Yeoman in the Navy.

“I want to stay in and make this a career,” said Osafo. “The Navy has given my life a purpose and my ultimate goal is to achieve the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON).”
Germantown is currently underway and conducting joint forces exercises with the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of responsibility.