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IT’S BEEN 58 YEARS! REVEREND WILLIAM CALLAWAY, pictured at right with his wife, First Lady Melva Leona Callaway, celebrated 58 years as pastor of Mt. Olive First Baptist Church of Clairton. The celebration was held, Nov. 7. See more photos on Page A6. (Photo by J.L. Martello)
Artists to receive $500 if artwork Becomes evening anchor in Scranton selected for Pitt’s BLM exhibit by Rob Taylor Jr.
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The New Pittsburgh Courier has learned exclusively that the University of Pittsburgh will showcase the artwork of local artists which best describes what “Black Lives Matter” means to them. The exhibition will be titled, “Don’t Look Away: Because Mattering is the Minimum.” Approximate-
COURIER EXCLUSIVE ly 30 pieces of art will be selected for display onto mesh canvas panels, which will be seen outdoors on Pitt’s main campus and other campuses. The artists whose artwork is selected for the exhibition will receive $500. “‘Black Lives Matter’ as a slogan is the culmination
of hundreds of years of effort, fighting, resilience, and sacrifice on the part of Black leaders, activists, trailblazers, and visionaries,” read an overview of the initiative on the Pitt website. “Following the tradition of the United States’ Civil Rights Movement, it is the call demanding that everyone, from our government to our neighbors, recognize the patterns of structural harms and inequity that target Black people on a social, economic, and political level.” Pitt said the exhibition “will recognize the work done and the work still left to do to achieve true equity: to not only honor the lives we have lost and affirm that Black lives do indeed matter, but also to celebrate and spotlight the Black experience as essential to our community’s future. Works might retrieve the lessons learned from past generations about love, family, and support-
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ing one another; reflect on breaking cycles of generational trauma and how to create new and just futures; respond to the contemporary movement and how it has changed the public consciousness; and remind the world that outside of death, there is
DR. KATHY HUMPHREY is Pitt’s Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement. She is leading the charge on this initiative.
Black life. Because mattering is the minimum.” The criteria for submission includes: open to artists of Western Pa. and to Pitt students, faculty, staff and alumni; no more
than three submissions per artist or artist group; artwork must be able to be reproduced at a high resolution in photo or video form; artwork must be submitted online by Dec. 1, 2020, at midnight eastern. The selection committee will be comprised of Pitt representatives and community members from local Black arts organizations, the Courier has learned. Pitt also wants artists who submit works to respect the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, specifically: embracing the concept of a civil community, which abhors violence, theft and exploitation of others; supporting a culture of diversity by respecting the rights of those who differ from themselves; contributing to the development of a caring community where compassion for others and freedom of thought and expression are valued; and honoring, challenging and contributing to the scholarly heritage left by those who preceded them, while working to make the world a better place for SEE BLM EXHIBIT A2
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Oftentimes, what you experience early in life sticks with you for a lifetime. As a fifth-grader at Bennettsville Elementary School in Bennettsville, South Carolina, Lisa Washington was enamored with a local television news anchor who visited her school. The way that news anchor spoke, the way that news anchor related to the students, the way that news anchor carried themselves…it had the young Lisa Washington hooked. On Friday, Nov. 13, Washington, now married with two children, anchored the noon newscast on KDKA-TV (2) in Pittsburgh, her professional home for
will begin anchoring the 6, 7, 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts later this month. Becoming a weekday evening anchor in local TV news is considered prime real estate. While there are some reporters who love being in the field and don’t want to sit at the anchor desk, many reporters, like Washington, love the anchor desk. It takes continuous effort and talent to get promoted from reporting to anchoring on a regular basis. “You bring reporting skills to the anchor desk,” Washington told the New Pittsburgh Courier in an exclusive interview, Nov. 12, “but I also feel that at the anchor desk, you have that commanding presence to connect with the viewer
Washington anchored her final newscast on KDKA at noon, Friday, Nov. 13. She will anchor evening newscasts at WNEPTV in Scranton later this month. the past five and a half years. It was her last day at KDKA. She accepted an offer to become a main anchor at WNEP-TV (16) in Scranton, Pa. Washington
and to share their stories. I was interested in anchoring because it allows me to show more of my personalSEE WASHINGTON A3
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Artists to receive $500 if artwork selected for Pitt’s BLM exhibit
DR. KATHY HUMPHREY, center, is Pitt’s Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement. She is leading the charge on this initiative. (Photo by Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh) BLM EXHIBIT FROM A1
those who follow. “Black Lives Matter” is a movement that began in July 2013 by three Black women—Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi. The organizers said it was created in response to the acquittal
of George Zimmerman, a self-described community vigilante who shot an unarmed 17-year-old Black teen, Trayvon Martin, in Florida in 2012. Black Lives Matter “is an affirmation of Black folks’ humanity, our contributions to this society, and our resilience in the
face of deadly oppression,” as said on BLM’s official website. The Black Lives Matter movement gained steady traction through the deaths of Mike Brown, a Black man shot and killed by a White Missouri police officer in 2014, Philando Castile, a Black man fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer in 2016, and Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot and killed while jogging in a Georgia neighborhood by a White father-and-son
To submit artwork... Call 412-648-7860 Email: email@example.com or visit diversity.pitt.edu duo earlier this year. But earlier this year on May 25, “Black Lives Matter” became the rallying cry across the world when a White Minneapolis police officer killed a Black man, George Floyd, by placing his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes—the encounter captured on video. In cities throughout America and the world, there were protests and marches to decry racial injustice and support the Black Lives Matter movement. Sports leagues like the NBA and Major League Baseball participated in protest by canceling games; the mostly-Black NBA players even contemplated canceling the remainder of its playoffs. Statues of men and women who had pushed a racist agenda or participated in racist actions were torn down, such as Christopher Columbus, in Columbus, Ohio. Christopher Columbus’ name had “become increasingly linked not to a legacy of exploration and discovery, but to the violent colonization that followed his arrival in the Americas and the catastrophic effect it has had on existing civilizations,” read a note in a story on
National Public Radio’s website from July. “Black Lives Matter” was plastered across NBA basketball courts, NFL stadiums, and on streets of cities like Washington, D.C., Atlanta, New York, and Portland. Black Lives Matter murals were painted pretty much everywhere you could imagine in various cities. In Pittsburgh, the words “Black Lives Matter” were painted along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail along the Allegheny River, Downtown. A “Black Lives Matter” Pittsburgh contingent was founded online by Tanisha Long. Pittsburgh saw its share of protests related to the Black Lives Matter movement, the vast majority of them peaceful.
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Lisa Washington leaves KDKA, moving to Scranton WASHINGTON FROM A1
ity. I think I connect well with people.” Washington had anchoring experience prior to coming to Pittsburgh. She was an anchor and reporter in both Huntsville, Ala., and Memphis, Tenn., before heading to major-market San Francisco to be a reporter on KPIX-TV (5), a CBS affiliate. Washington became a reporter for KDKA in 2015 and, almost instantly, commanded an on-air presence that was palpable. With African American heavyweights like Lynne Hayes-Freeland, Bob Allen and Harold Hayes also reporting at KDKA at the time, Pittsburgh’s African American community openly welcomed Washington into their homes.
In addition to reporting, Washington added weekend morning anchor duties, and, in the past year or so, has been seen anchoring weekday morning and noon newscasts. Washington has hosted numerous events in Pittsburgh over the years, but she told the Courier she was proud of the volunteer work she was able to do in the city, through organizations such as the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Links, Inc. “I am certainly going to miss the people, seeing them everyday, but the friendships will last a lifetime for sure,” Washington said. Before Washington became familiar with the people of Pittsburgh, she had to become familiar with her new surroundLISA WASHINGTON, often seen around town at different functions, said goodbye to her Pittsburgh viewers at the conclusion of KDKA’s noon newscast, Nov. 13.
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ings at KDKA. A local juggernaut in the business stepped up. “When I was deciding where I would sit in the KDKA newsroom, I think the best decision I made was sitting across from Lynne Hayes-Freeland, and that was the best decision I made from my first day at KDKA,” Washington told the Courier. “Lynne has not only been a mentor, but she’s truly become a great friend.” Washington earned a bachelor’s degree in mass media arts/journalism from Clark Atlanta University and a master’s in business/ corporate communications from Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C. She’s traversed
the country reporting on some of the biggest stories to share. And in a few weeks, she’ll be sharing stories to her new Scranton family of viewers. Yes, that Scranton, the birthplace of President-elect Joe Biden. “This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” Washington told the Courier. “Also, my mother used to always make me watch the evening news, so I did really well on pop quizzes when I was in school. I wanted to be a journalist from a very young age.”
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My review of ‘coronavirus’—Zero Stars! Two Thumbs Down! According to the Allegheny County Health Department, there were 19,499 cases of COVID-19 in Allegheny County as of Nov. 14. Well, I guess I make case number 19,500. I will miss Thanksgiving with my family. I will miss getting dressed up to hang at my mom’s house, cracking jokes, and in the words of Uncle Phil, “Turkey with pillowy mounds of mashed potatoes, butter-drenched dressing. Tiny onions! Swimming in a sea of cream sauce.” What about my cousin’s tradition of Black Friday shopping at the North Versailles Walmart? Last
year, I almost clotheslined a woman for jipping the long line in an attempt to get a $98 flat screen TV. All of those annual family traditions go right out of the window when the world’s deadliest virus is knocking on my doorstep. Who am I kidding? Coronavirus kicked in my door without a warrant and plopped right on my couch. I don’t know where or from whom I contracted coronavirus, but I am fully aware of its path of destruction and the victims it has so carelessly left behind. Since the pandemic started, I went straight
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On Movies/TV Shows into Power Ranger mode—the pink one, to be exact. I said to myself, “I can make a difference during these difficult times.” So, to date, I rescued over 600 pounds of food and delivered 518 meals with 412 Food Rescue, distributed 500
pairs of shoes to local children, supplied more than 8,000 students with bookbags and school supplies, and turned a typically small harvest party into a Homewood giveaway. Ironically, with movie theaters closed, this pandemic has been good to your Movie Scene Queen, too. In April, we raised over $2,000 to provide immediate cash
assistance to single parents. We became a registered trademark in August. Movie Scene Queen joined the African American Film Critics Association, creating a space to interview Spike Lee, Issa Rae, Nia Long, Jamie Foxx, Denzel Washington, and others. All I want to do is help people, and now, I need to help myself. I am hoping and praying that in 14 days I am COVIDfree, and equally important, I wish upon a star that I do not spread the virus to anyone I know and love. This is not a film review. Because this ain’t a movie. Coronavirus is real. As I write this “review,” my body aches, my breathing is irregular, and my bathroom has seen better times. I
found out I had coronavirus at 10:01 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, just hours before the Steelers game. How do you balance being a servant and staying safe during these strange times? My mask was up. I socially distanced. I frequently washed my hands as I sang Sisqo’s “Thong Song.” And I still caught the ‘Rona! Coronavirus, my review is in! Do not recommend. Zero Stars. Two Thumbs Down. My only advice to you during this holiday season is listen to medical experts. Practice social distancing. Mask up. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. And most importantly, just stay home! Your life depends on it.
AFRICAN AMERICANS AND CORONAVIRUS IN ALLEGHENY COUNTY As of November 17, 2020 Blacks account for 2,626 (17 percent) of coronavirus cases of which the race is known. Blacks account for 485 (29 percent) of the total number of hospitalizations due to coronavirus. Blacks account for 69 (15 percent) of the total deaths due to coronavirus.
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McAuley Ministries awards $757,000 in latest round of grants McAuley Ministries, Pittsburgh Mercyâ€™s grant-making foundation, announced on Nov. 9 that 13 new grants totaling $757,000 were awarded to support health & wellness, community & economic development, and education initiatives in the Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland. the New Pittsburgh Courier has learned. Michele Rone Cooper, executive director of McAuley Ministries, expressed gratitude for the community-based organizations that are actively listening to residents, working together, and finding creative ways to meet basic needs, pivot to virtual platforms, and model hope. Below are the organizations that recently received grants and the amounts: Emergency Response to COVID-19 Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services: $15,000 for emergency operational support of the Low Vision and Vision Exam Program. Carlow University: $25,000 for the Student Emergency Fund during COVID-19. Community College of Allegheny County Educational Fund: $10,000 for improving student success. Ebenezer Baptist Church: $25,000 to support the Ebenezer Meals Ministry. Health & Wellness Venture Outdoors, Inc.: $25,000, to provide outdoor experiences, including outdoor ethics, leadership skills, and nature, to youth and families in the Hill District, plus further develop, share, and distribute remote learning tools, such as virtual outdoor experiences. YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh: $105,000, payable over 3 years, to extend membership subsidies to Hill District families at the Thelma Lovette YMCA and encourage healthy and active lifestyles. Community & Economic Development Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Inc.: $50,000 to support case management for residents of St. Joseph House of Hospitality. Energy Innovation Center Institute, Inc. (EICI): $150,000 to facilitate enrollment of Hill District residents in quality training programs for high demand careers offered through EICI. Grounded Strategies: $80,000, payable over 2 years, to establish a CommunityCare model in the Hill District to sustain the impact of the ReClaim Ambassador program by providing resources and incentives for long-term stewardship of green spaces. Hill District Consensus Group: $46,500, payable over three years, for initiatives to beautify Centre Avenue in the Hill District. Neighborhood Resilience Project: $150,000, payable over 2 years, to expand trauma-informed micro-community development that facilitates neighborhood interventions that connect families to each other and to resources that improve individual and community health and well-being. The Pittsburgh Foundation: $75,000, payable over 3 years, for the Allegheny County Jail Collaborative Fund which funds projects and activities that support prisoner re-entry to the community. Education A+ Schools: $500 to underwrite the 2020 Report to the Community on public school progress in Pittsburgh. Named in honor of Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, McAuley Ministries is
the grant-making foundation of Pittsburgh Mercy. McAuley Ministries awards grants to nonprofit organizations which focus on the Hill District,
Uptown, and West Oakland communities, historically served by the Sisters of Mercy, and to organizations sponsored by and/or affiliated with
the Sisters. It awards approximately $3.5 million in grants annually. MICHELE RONE COOPER, executive director, McAuley Ministries.
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REV. WILLIAM CALLAWAY AND HIS WIFE, FIRST LADY MELVA CALLAWAY, celebrating Rev. William Callwayâ€™s 58 years as pastor. The celebration was held, Nov. 7. (Photos by Courier photographer J.L. Martello)
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After her unexpected diagnosis, Danita knew her sister’s symptoms required a conversation with a doctor (BPT)—Shortness of breath. Heart palpitations. When Danita first noticed these occasional abnormalities, she didn’t give them much thought. After all, she figured, aging and menopause can bring their fair share of physical changes, and the feelings would always go away. “I’d be walking around the house cleaning or getting ready to cook, and I would get a heart palpitation. I would sit down, rest and then continue what I was doing because the symptoms would be gone,” she explained. After noticing periodic symptoms, Danita’s colleague convinced her to see a doctor. Soon after, she learned what she had been experiencing was actually something serious: a common type of arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, called atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation, known as AFib for short, causes the heart to beat much faster than normal. For those who have AFib, risk of having a stroke increases by approximately five times. Danita’s story may seem rare, but in fact, AFib is projected to affect around 8.4 million Americans in 2020. “It’s important to know about AFib and the risk of stroke. However, in my experience, many people don’t know about AFib,” explained Andrea Russo, M.D., immediate past-president of
the lower chambers of the heart, which may lead to blood pooling in the heart, potentially forming a clot. If that blood clot enters the bloodstream and gets stuck in an artery that leads to the brain, it can cause a life-threatening or debilitating stroke. For people with AFib, risk of having a stroke increases by approximately five times. Furthermore, AFib-related strokes are more severe than non-AFib related strokes. What are some symptoms of AFib? All patients may not experience AFib symptoms in the same way, so the condition may not be obvious to those living with AFib. Some have no symptoms, but those who do may experience shortness of breath or heart palpitations, like Danita, or other symptoms including irregular heartbeat, light-headedness, chest pain or fatigue, among others. What are some risk factors for AFib? For Danita, after learning more about the condition, she realized that she had AFib risk factors, like being overweight and having a history of heart disease in her family. Other AFib risk factors include but are not limited to, being 65 or older, diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, heavy alcohol use, prior heart attacks and diabetes.
For Danita, like many adults with AFib, learning that she had AFib came as a complete surprise, and she was equally unfamiliar with what the diagnosis meant. the Heart Rhythm Society and director of electrophysiology and arrhythmia services at Cooper University Hospital. According to a Harris Poll survey of 1,010 U.S. adults fielded on behalf of the Bristol Myers Squibb-Pfizer Alliance educational initiative, Matter of Moments, the majority of people over the age of 40 are unfamiliar with AFib. The Matter of Moments program encourages those at risk for AFib who are experiencing symptoms, or those who already have the condition, to take charge of their health by talking to their doctor. Although learning about the condition was scary at first, Danita now feels empowered to continue working with her doctor to help manage her AFib and to spread awareness of the condition so that others can do the same. “I keep up with my cardiologist to make sure I’m doing OK.” Luckily, she’s also been able to help others learn more about the condition, like her sister, who was experiencing symptoms similar to her own. Danita recognized those symptoms and encouraged her to go see a doctor, which led to her AFib diagnosis. While AFib cannot be self-diagnosed, awareness of AFib risk factors and symptoms may help people identify when they may need to speak to their doctor. AFib and stroke: What’s the connection? In a patient with AFib, your heart beats much faster than normal. When this happens, the blood cannot effectively move from the upper chambers of the heart to
Talk to a doctor For Danita, like many adults with AFib, learning that she had AFib came as a complete surprise, and she was equally unfamiliar with what the diagnosis meant. “I wish I had known AFib existed. I had never even heard of the condition, otherwise I would have been more proactive about speaking with my doctor,” she stated. “I was in bad shape and I didn’t know it.” If you’re experiencing symptoms or have AFib risk factors, talk to your doctor to take charge of your health. Outside of in-person appointments, telehealth may also be a possible option to get in touch with your physician, address pressing health needs and learn about AFib and the associated stroke risk. Some common questions to ask your doctor are: * What are some possible AFib symptoms? * Do I have any risk factors for AFib? * What are the complications related to AFib? * How can AFib lead to stroke? * Should I get tested for AFib? Already diagnosed with AFib? In the case that you have already been diagnosed with AFib, it’s important to work with your doctor to help manage the condition and talk about a plan that may be right for you. While an AFib diagnosis can impact people differently, collaborating with a doctor allows you to be proactively involved in the management of your health.
(About the Matter of Moments survey: This survey was conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of the Bristol Myers Squibb-Pfizer Alliance among 1,010 U.S. adults 40+ and 500 atrial fibrillation (AFib) patients ages 40+ between May 9 and May 28, 2019. Figures for age by gender, education, income, race/
ethnicity, region, size of household, marital status and employment status were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in their respective population. Learn more about the survey findings. To learn more about AFib, visit AMatterofMoments.com and talk to your doctor.)
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Women more likely to face housing insecurity in pandemic-led recession SEATTLE—The pandemic-led recession is disproportionately hurting women in the workforce and is more likely to threaten their housing security. A new Zillow analysis finds women are more likely than men to be unemployed, renters and caregivers during the coronavirus pandemic, thereby increasing their risk of becoming severely cost-burdened by housing. The pandemic has been a startling setback for women who had been narrowing the gender gap in recent years. At the beginning of the year, more women than ever before were in the workforce, incomes were rising along with the home values of women-headed households. The COVID-19 pandemic has not only interrupted this period of growth, but may
have pushed women backward in housing and employment by impacting their participation in the workforce and their potential earnings well into the future. The Female Face of Unemployment “She-cession” was a term coined1 to describe the disparate impacts this pandemic’s recession is having on women after the 2008 financial crisis was dubbed the “mancession” for the ways in which men were more severely impacted by Wall Street’s collapse. However, the similarities end with the moniker. A new Zillow analysis finds that year-over-year unemployment claims are 10 times higher for women during this pandemic than what men experienced in the Great Recession. Women are more likely to work in ser-
vice-sector industries, which are the most affected by the pandemic, and are feeling the effects of unemployment much more severely. In May, unemployment claims for women were up 1,368 percent year over year. At the peak of the Great Recession in 2009, unemployment claims for men were up 137 percent year over year. At the peak of the COVID-19-driven recession in May, unemployment claims for men were up 983 percent year over year, a record high, but still significantly less than the spike women experienced. Black and Latinx women are faring even worse, with persistent double-digit unemployment rates as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (1 “She-cession” is a term reportedly
coined by labor economist Armine Yalnizyan) Four times as many women as men left the workforce in September alone. That adds up to nearly 865,000 women or 80 percent of all workers who dropped out of the labor force last month. Unemployment and underemployment have put a strain on the ability of women-led households to afford housing. A Zillow survey from the Harris Poll2 found that women were more likely to say they would not be able to make the current month’s housing payment—rent or mortgage—if their household lost a primary source of income. SEE INSECURITY B2
Lloyd Freeman joins Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney New Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer PHILADELPHIA—The New Pittsburgh Courier has learned that Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney recently welcomed Lloyd Freeman as its new Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer (CDIO). In this role, he will continue to build on Buchanan’s existing diversity and inclusion programs and develop new initiatives that enhance and expand the firm’s commitment to build a fully supported, widely diverse workforce. He will work closely with firm management on efforts surrounding recruitment,
retention and advancement of diverse lawyers as well as diversity education and training throughout the firm’s national footprint. “Lloyd is a passionate and energetic diversity champion who has woven that passion throughout his professional successes and
active involvement in the community. Diversity and inclusion are not just part of our core values, but those of our clients as well. We are thrilled to have Lloyd’s perspective and leadership as we continue to focus and advance on the critical path towards establishing true equity in our profession,” said Joseph A. Dougherty, CEO and Managing Director, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. “As firms continue to have open conversations related to the importance of d i v e r s i t y, LLOYD FREEMAN
equity and inclusion, particularly this year, I am excited to take on this leadership role at a firm that has such a strong foundation in so many important areas related to diversity. I look forward to helping grow, retain and promote our diverse talent throughout the firm while working with our clients on mutually beneficial programs to improve diversity in the legal industry,” said Freeman. Buchanan has received multiple recognitions for its commitment to fostering a culture of inclusion, including achieving Mansfield Rule Certification Plus status and the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) Gold Standard, together with a score of 100 percent on the Human SEE FREEMAN B2
‘When she needs you’ vs. ‘When she needs you not!’ I’ve witnessed firsthand the struggle of single women being the woman and the man of the house. I’ve witnessed the stress women have endured and continue to endure multitasking, trying to be everything to everybody. It’s been my observation that women are strong and can shoulder a lot. Imagine this, it was less than 100 years ago when women were given the right to vote. It was during World War I, which took place between 1914-1918 when employers started hiring women to work. This was due to a shortage of men. Although women were always allowed to do menial jobs for low pay, it wasn’t until 1964—less than 60 years ago during the passage of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that states employers could not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin that women had legal rights to work. Title VII made it illegal for employers to exclude qualified women from any available position. Employers would often hire less-qualified men for positions to which women had applied. Let’s fast forward to modern-day times. Women have come a long way. Today’s women are highly educated, extremely talented, ambitious, in high demand, thought-leaders, high-income earners, and hold positions of power and influence. While striving for success within their career, women continue to endure a lot striving to be everything to everybody. For many women, they feel that winning within their career has created its own set of relationship challenges. I’m hearing that some men are intimidated, jealous, envious, insecure, and outright disrespect-
ful when they encounter an independent, hard-working woman. This has resulted in some women downplaying their career in an effort to make him feel like the man. Many women who are doing well in their career are struggling at maintaining relationships. I recently shared a meme on Facebook that read, “Money only impresses lazy girls. When a woman works hard, a man with money is a bonus, not a ladder to upgrade.” It generated a lot of reactions. There was one reaction that caught my attention. A male in his mid-40s chimed in and said, “I like my women dependent. At least I know her motivation.” He goes on to say, “More security with a dependent woman.” Who loves and values you more, a needy woman looking for a man to upgrade her life and her lifestyle or an independent woman who chooses you because she wants you, not because she needs you? Surely a needy woman would do any and everything within reason to maintain her standing within the relationship. If love is a fulfillment of duty and a needy woman is willing, able, and ready to fulfill his demands and needs at every beck and call —would that be sufficient to make him feel like the man? Does that provide the security he needs to know that she’ll stick around? Will her need for him cause devotion and loyalty to him? Will her need for
him make her fall in love with him? Will her need for him make her feel whole? Everyone wants to feel needed, wanted, and desired including those who are independent. No one wants to be used, misled, or feel unappreciated. When you project your own needs, insecurities, shortcomings and negative experiences on the other person, you’re doomed from the start. To seek out a person based on need overshadows the issue. Why are you needy? Is it because you’re lazy, low self-esteem, lack of self-control or you have no drive? Those issues if left unchecked will be the reason a person will use you but never respect and honor you. If a person’s love and loyalty for you is needbased, they’re more apt to move on when the need no longer exists, when the provider is no longer able to provide, or when someone comes along who can do better and provide more. If the love ends when the benefit stops, there was never any love to begin with. When she wants you but doesn’t need you, does that mean she’s really attracted to him? Is there a heightened possibility that she’ll love him for him not because of what he can do for her? Will she be harder to please and satisfy? Will she give his needs and wants proper attention? Will she be too tired and too overworked to consistently perform her womanly duties? Is she more likely to bail when things don’t go her way?
When you’re in position to provide for yourself, you give yourself options. You don’t have to settle because of need. You engage because of choice. When you’re ambitious and on your grind, and are working steadily towards your goals, you ooze with drive and confidence. There’s an external glow that follows you. There’s an aura about you. Your confidence is the real sexy! You will attract people to you. If your drive, ambition, and success scares and intimates him, he’s too insecure, he’s not ready for you. On to the next. The company you chose to keep was your choice. So, if there are issues with the company you chose, there are questions regarding your choosing. To be wanted but not needed is an honor. There’s no hidden agenda. She wants you for you. And if you’re of her choosing, there’s clearly something about you that clicks. She’s desirous of a strong, hardworking man who’s able to make good decisions and help lead her down the right path. You’ve shown signs and characteristics that you’re fit for the task. Despite her being independent, she still wants a man who will protect, provide and lead. She’ll do all that the needy women would do and more. The difference is she’s there to assist as a helpmate. Should you fall from grace and land flat on your face, she’ll be there to help you get back on your feet. Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. (Proverbs 31: 10-12) (Damon Carr, Money Coach can be reached @ 412-216-1013 or visit his website @ www.damonmoneycoach.com)
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Direct rental assistance and extending unemployment assistance could help women cover housing payment obligations and keep women afloat and in their homes for the time being,” said Zillow Senior Economist Cheryl Young. “However, these are short-term fixes. Longer term solutions like creating more affordable housing stock, economic policies that assist working parents, and increased voucher availability, are vital to ensuring that housing burdens don’t fall disproportionately on women.” Renters at Risk Previous Zillow research illustrates how renters have been hit hardest in this recession, and female householders overall are more likely to be renters; 37 percent of female householders are renters, compared to 31 percent for men. According to Zillow’s analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey data, 45 percent of female renter households are cost-burdened, spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing, compared to 36 percent of male renter households. Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of female renter households are severely cost-burdened, meaning they spend more than half their income on housing, compared to 17 percent of male renter households. Women of color are even more likely to be cost-burdened by housing. More than half (51 percent) of Latinx female renter households and 49 percent of Black female renter households are cost-burdened. More than a quarter (27 percent) of both Hispanic and Black female renter households are severely cost-burdened. Any loss of income, even temporarily, puts cost-burdened renter households at risk of housing instability. Child Care Crisis Mothers of school-age children are reportedly taking longer to regain their employment, as many child care centers remain closed and schools turn to virtual or hybrid learning models. A Zillow analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse survey3 shows working mothers were three times more likely than
working fathers to cite child care as the main reason they were out of work (22.1 percent of mothers, 7.7 percent of fathers). Beyond the social and cultural pressures on women to be the primary caretakers in their households, there are significantly more female-headed households led by single parents. Female-headed renter households are more than twice as likely as male-headed renter households to be single parents—70 percent of mothers who are household heads are single parents, compared to only 32 percent of fathers. (2 This survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Zillow from May 4-6, 2020 among 2,065 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.) (3 The U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse survey covers 12 weeks of the pandemic from April 23rd through July 21, 2020.) Reports suggest the double hit of being more likely to work in industries affected by layoffs, and being the main caretaker of children will affect women’s labor force participation and earnings trajectories for decades to come. An Uncertain Outlook Prior to the current coronavirus outbreak, women-led households were on an upward trajectory. Home values of female-headed households have been creeping closer to home values overall. The ratio of women’s home values to home values overall is 95.9 percent as of August 2020, up from 91.9 percent a decade ago, signifying there is progress being made. In labor, women were making up a larger share of the workforce and seeing incomes rise, possibly contributing to the increase in home values. This new analysis from Zillow finds that without interventions, these slow and steady improvements toward housing equality may be jeopardized by this unequal recession.
WHEN CHRIS SMALLS ORGANIZED WORKERS against Amazon’s discriminatory practices by voicing his opposition in an effort to protect the workers, he was fired.
Minority employees versus Amazon Rev. Jackson, C.K. Hoffler announce support of class action lawsuit by Stacy M. Brown For New Pittsburgh Courier
(NNPA)—Rev. Jesse Jackson has announced his support for former Amazon employee Chris Smalls, who has spearheaded a class-action lawsuit against the company for its alleged failure to provide personal protection equipment. Smalls and his attorneys, National Bar Association President C.K. Hoffler and famed Civil Rights Lawyer Michael Sussman, detailed the lawsuit which seeks unspecified punitive damages against the tech giant, during a call with members of the press and media, including the Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos. Smalls claims that Amazon failed to comply with safety guidelines, particularly for Black and Brown employees, as the coronavirus pandemic raged in late March. After starting his employment with Amazon in New York City in 2015, Smalls earned a promotion to a supervisory position about a year later. He alleges that a co-worker with whom he had close contact tested positive for COVID on March 24, 2020. When Smalls learned of the positive test, he said Amazon failed to issue a directive to quarantine workers with whom the employee had close contact.
placed its workers at risk.” A company spokesperson declined to comment. Smalls, who said he’d not been diagnosed with COVID, added that he’d been loyal to Amazon since his arrival in 2015 and until they fired him because of his activism. “I was a loyal worker and gave my all to Amazon until I was unceremoniously terminated and tossed aside like yesterday’s trash because I insisted that Amazon protect its dedicated workers from COVID-19,” Smalls declared. “I just wanted Amazon to provide basic protective gear to the workers and sanitize the workplace.” Sussman and Hoffler both asserted that Amazon’s actions violate federal statutes and New York City Human Rights law. They said the New York Attorney General’s office currently has a whistleblower investigation into Amazon related to Smalls’ allegations. “As New York City was fast becoming the epicenter of this deadly and brutal disease, Amazon knowingly subjected its majority-minority line workers to unsafe, dangerous, and inferior work conditions as compared to its White employees working in managerial classifications,” Hoffler remarked. “When Chris Smalls organized workers against Amazon’s discriminatory practices
Former Amazon employee Chris Smalls and his attorneys, National Bar Association President C.K. Hoffler and famed Civil Rights Lawyer Michael Sussman, detailed the lawsuit which seeks unspecified punitive damages against Amazon, during a call with members of the press and media, including the Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos. One day later, Smalls said he arrived at work but wasn’t advised of any quarantine measures for himself or other workers who had close contact with the infected employee. He then spoke with higher-level managers and an individual in Amazon’s human resources department, seeking clarity and to request permission to quarantine. Smalls eventually served as a liaison between workers, who felt management was unresponsive to their concerns. He then led a demonstration with co-workers in Amazon’s parking lot. After confirming that Amazon wasn’t taking employees’ temperatures before allowing them to work and that the company did not offer protective equipment, hand sanitizer, or adequately enforce social distancing measures within the facility, Smalls further raised concerns to management. “Amazon concluded that as a Black man, he would serve as a ‘weak spokesman’ for the workers and criticized him for standing up and fighting for the workers,” Hoffler noted. “Over 240,000 people have died in the United States from COVID-19, and millions have been infected, but Amazon was cavalier with the safety of its employees amidst this pandemic,” Hoffler offered. “Amazon puts profits before people and
by voicing his opposition in an effort to protect the workers, he was fired.” Sussman noted that the case is still early but is expecting “thousands” of plaintiffs to join the class action suit. Jackson and his Rainbow Push Coalition have also backed Smalls. “I have spent my entire career fighting against the type of oppression that Chris and his fellow workers experienced at JFK8 and around the world,” Jackson offered in a statement. “It’s a shame that Amazon would not protect its workers and laborers, exposing them to one of the deadliest enemies in modern history— COVID-19. It’s not right, and I applaud Chris for his courage under fire.” Jackson continued: “We, too, stand in solidarity with him on this journey. COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted Black and Brown communities on so many levels, from warehouses to jailhouses. It’s an invisible enemy that is killing our communities. “Chris’s case is a classic example of how corporate greed and insensitivity can literally expose communities to untold and unnecessary risks. We must continue to fight for the voiceless who can’t fight for themselves because of their circumstances.”
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Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index for multiple consecutive years. Freeman holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from Howard University and a juris doctor from Rutgers Law School. He is the recipient of many awards, including the South Jerseyan of the Year Award from the Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs, Minority Business Leader Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal, and Diverse Attorney of the Year given by the New Jersey Law Journal. Additionally, he was named one of the Most Influential Black Lawyers in America by Savoy Magazine. Freeman is deeply involved in the community, most notably as past president of
the Garden State Bar Association (GSBA). Under his leadership, the organization raised nearly $100,000 and awarded scholarships to a record number of diverse law students. Freeman also worked in this role to increase diversity in the judiciary by endorsing scores of attorneys of color to be appointed to the bench. He is chairman of the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region (BBBS) and has donated hundreds of pro bono hours in legal services over the years to the agency. Additionally, he founded, and is the chair of the Burlington Camden Achievement Foundation, which runs the Beautillion program—a scholarship and mentoring program designed to prepare high school males of color for college and subsequent life.
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No more MAGA! Seventy days and counting Alas, we got what we asked for: Trump has been defeated but he remains in office, at least for 70 or so days. In effect, he’s still in place to wreak havoc, to upset the democratic process, to unnerve the electorate with his complaints and charges, and to even fire people as he did the other day with the dismissal of Mark Esper, the secretary of defense. We can expect more vindictive moves on his part as he continues to wail and boil in anger over losing the election. Like the truth, Trump cannot accept defeat, particularly when it comes with an astounding victory by his opponent. He had avoided impeachment, squelched lawsuits, and sidestepped a sundry of sexual assaults allegations, but now with a reckoning from the populace his fate is sealed, though there is no concession at the moment and probably won’t be one in the future. But that’s okay, he still has to pack his bags and skedaddle, and the new arrivals can fumigate and exorcise the demons from the White House and get on with the business of rectifying the things Trump did in eliminating the positive advances from the Obama years. Our exhalation continues, especially rejoicing with the historic ascension of Kamala Harris. Her position could prove to be even more significant if the Senate ends with a 5050 split, somewhat mirroring the nation’s ideological divide. We are still weathering four turbulent, uncomfortable years of the Trump regime, and the residue of his demoralization may take a generation of restoration. Ah, but the menace is on his way out, banished to where the tweets from a twerp will have no meaning on the body politic—we hope. Yes, the celebration is one we have been longing for since the promise presented by Mrs. Clinton and it’s good to know that the political knee is gradually being removed from our necks. Welcome aboard, Joe and Kamala, you soon will have control of the ship of state, and we believe you have the skills and decency to get us out of the current quagmire and on to that glistening port, that shining hill. (Reprinted from the NY Amsterdam News)
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(TriceEdneyWire.com)—Comments for the week must be preceded by congratulations for President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris. Compared with most elections I have experienced, the wait for confirmation of their electoral victory, their wait for victory seemed interminable. The wait was at times painful, but the outcome exquisite! As expressed during many television interviews, when the Biden/ Harris ticket was declared victorious, I felt that our long political nightmare had ended. Whether relief is realized or not, their victory portends a reawakening of a movement toward national unity. At noon on January 20, 2021, the fractious, divisiveness of the #45 administration will come to an end. I am not suggesting that one-onone hostilities will immediately end, but I know that the bully-pulpit of the Presidency will no longer promote cross-cultural animus. The never-ending expression of grievance politics will come to an end and I hope we’ll then focus on what should be our commonalities. True to promise, the first act of the Biden/Harris administration is a program to bring control to the Coronavirus Pandemic in the U.S. Nationally and for inhabitants of the rest of the world, COVID-19 has reshaped our respective cultures, methods of social interactions, and economies. Through words (encouraging COVID-19 best practices), actions (exemplary wearing of face masks), and a proposed national plan to control/end COVID-19, the Biden/Harris administration has articulated an intelligent and viable
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Commentary approach to reducing the effect of or eliminating this disease. Unfortunately, my sense of relief lasted little more than 24 hours. I guess it was foolish for me to expect expressions of familiar norms or propriety from #45’s campaign or the Republican Party. No congratulations! No concession! The presentation of contrived non-evidentiary, legal objections to election outcomes came! Firing of the Secretary of Defense came and poses an immediate and existential threat to national security! Then came a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) before the Supreme Court which could remove health insurance coverage for over 20 million citizens and for over one-million citizens with pre-existing conditions! The nightmare continues! It’s a nightmare of negativity promulgated by maniacal, ego-driven psyche of insecurity. Like a petulant child, #45 has established handicaps that retard the ability of Biden/Harris to engage in the transition process as established by law. Through an agent of discord, GSA Commissioner Murphy, the Letter of Ascertainment which provides legal authority for the Biden/ Harris Transition Team hasn’t been
issued. With the post-election behavior of #45 and his Republican supporters, there’s nothing which gives reason to believe that they have taken a more reasoned or conciliatory approach to governance. The remedy available to us requires that we reject conditioning that allows us to believe that we only have a right to challenge issues unique to our specific jurisdictions. Contemporary logic dictates that we understand our broader requirement for engagement. If we endorse the Biden/Harris agenda, we must work to eliminate impediments established by their opposition. Mitch McConnell and the Republican Senate Majority pose the greatest threat to a successful Biden/ Harris administration. Just as they frustrated the efforts of the Obama/ Biden administration and tried to make it a one-term administration, it’s likely that they’ll do the same for Biden/Harris. The most logical way for us then is to eliminate the Republican Senate Majority. We can do that by supporting Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in their Georgia Senate run-off elections. If we are not Georgia residents, we can donate to their campaigns and we can call every eligible voter we know in Georgia to encourage them to vote. Additionally, the voter registration deadline for the January run-off elections is December 7th. Once more, we must vote as though our lives depend on it—THEY DO! (Dr. E. Faye Williams is President of the National Congress of Black Women.)
A White House that once again calls on our better angels (TriceEdneyWire.com)—“The people of this nation have spoken. They have delivered us a clear victory. ... We have won with the most votes ever cast for a presidential ticket in the history of this nation...I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide, but to unify. ... Let this grim era of demonization in America begin to end here and now.” With these words, the president-elect, Joe Biden, set a new tone and a new mood in Washington. No longer will the bully pulpit of the White House be used to spew lies and insults or to fan division and hatred. The White House will once again call on the “better angels” of Americans and not our “darkest impulses.” With the new tone, Biden offered new priorities and action. He listed the staggering challenges that face the country and its new president: the battle to control the coronavirus, to build prosperity, to secure health care, to “achieve racial justice and root out systemic racism,” to save the climate. The most urgent, of course, is the pandemic, with the virus now peaking once more in states across the country. Gone is the magical thinking that it would soon disappear. Gone is the illusion that the economy could be rebuilt while the pandemic raged. “We cannot repair the economy, restore our vitality, or relish life’s most precious moments—hugging a grandchild, birthdays, weddings, graduations, all
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Commentary the moments that matter most to us— until we get this virus under control,” said Biden. Common sense, perhaps, but something that has been missing for too long. Biden announced that he was ready to act, putting together a task force of leading scientists and experts to detail how to go forward. When he is sworn in on Jan. 20, he will hit the ground running. At the same time, he will push strongly for the passage of a rescue package in the coming lame-duck session of Congress—with aid for the millions still unemployed, action to avoid a blizzard of evictions and foreclosures, resources to get the disease back under control, aid to states and localities whose budgets have been savaged by the virus and economic recession and more. Without this, as the Trump appointed head of the Federal Reserve has been warning, the economy will be driven into a new downturn. A new mood. A new plan of action. Once more, hope is reborn. I harbor no illusions.
This country is deeply divided. Trump is howling at the moon about the election, but he will spread his poison to millions. Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has shown in the past that he is willing to obstruct everything in order to bring down a Democratic president. Biden’s faith and good will is already being tested. Biden owes his election to the growing citizen movements that demanded change—from Black Lives Matter, to #MeToo, to the growing climate movement and more. His campaign was aided by thousands of community organizers who worked tirelessly to make that change happen. He graciously acknowledged his debt to the African American voters who saved his candidacy and helped propel his victory. Those movements and organizers now must redouble their efforts. The last great reform period in America came when Dr. Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement joined with a president, Lyndon Johnson, to move this country closer to equal justice for all. That same energy and more will be needed to meet the challenges of this day. It is always darkest before the dawn. And now, with this election, the first rays of a new day begin to shine. Now is the time to come together, to build, and to keep hope alive.
Typical Trump—‘This is far from over’ (BlackPressUSA)—Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney told former president Donald Trump on Friday to put his ‘big boy pants on’ and accept election defeat. In Trump World big boy pants are hard to find. Trump won’t accept the fact that his 4-year toxic reign has come to an end, and neither will Ivanka, Donald Jr., Tiffany or Eric. All of them are still parroting the senior Trump’s claims that the election was stolen. None of them have any evidence of voter fraud. Once again the majority of Americans have rejected him (he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton even though he won the electoral college vote). This time the right combination of votes have unseated him, and he is not going to go away gracefully. First, there is the matter of his pride. His feelings have been hurt, and now like a petulant child he refuses to do what’s best for the nation and walk away. He fully understands the sway he has with his followers and he has already riled them up with the stolen election nonsense. But even further,
Commentary when a group of his followers encircled some Biden campaign buses, Trump defended them, saying, “In my opinion, these patriots did nothing wrong.” That statement was a clear message that he looked favorably on potentially violent behavior undertaken on his behalf. He continues to put his own interests above those of the nation. Second, he’s personally vulnerable without the protection of the Oval Office. A “former-president Trump” will be looking at millions of dollars in debts, lawsuits, and multiple prosecutions. More than a dozen investigations are already in the works against him, including a growing criminal inves-
tigation in New York. If only one or two of them end up in formal criminal charges, as the Intelligencer noted, “the court proceedings that follow will make the O.J. Simpson trial look like an afternoon in traffic court.” If he somehow miraculously escapes criminal charges, odds are that Trump will spend the next four years attacking Biden’s presidency. What he should do is pack up and head for Russia or Nicaragua, like he said: “Could you imagine if I lose? My whole life—what am I going to do? I’m going to say, I lost to the worst candidate in the history of politics! . . . Maybe I’ll have to leave the country, I don’t know.” It’s time to put a band-aid on the open sore that is the Red vs Blue divide. The proverbial band-aid trope is obvious, but it’s where we have to start. The lawsuits Trump has promised will drag on for months and plunge the nation deeper into tension and hostility. Six or seven months without Trump histrionics just might allow calm to overtake us and America’s healing to begin.
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state of PATRICIA A MOORE A/K/A PATRICIA A FOLEY, Deceased of Pittsburgh Estate No. 00027 Of 2014, Thomas J Moore Adm., 210 th treet, ittsburgh, A to Andrew ross, s , Gross and Patterson, LLC, 707 Grant St. Suite 2340 Bldg., Pittsburgh, PA 15219 state of MR. JOHN DiNUNNO A/K/A GIOVANNI DiNUNNO, Deceased of 1050 Wilson Place, Coraopolis, PA 15108. Estate No. 02-20-05586, Ms, Diane DiFelice, 200 Broadway Street, Level B, Coraopolis, PA , ecutri , c o a . eldman, suire and the aw ffices of a . eldman, 1322 Fifth Avenue, Coraopolis, PA 15108 state of ANNA B, WESTEHOFF Deceased of Haysville, Estate No. 05197 Of 2020, Rose Ann choedel riffin oad, andy ake, A , ec or to icheal . aldamarco, s ., Attys. Ste 100, 908 Perry Hwy, Pittsburgh, PA 15229 state of ELIZAVETA REZNIK A/K/A ELIZAVETA V. REZNIK, Deceased of Bethel Park,Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Estate No. 002-20-04138, ulya atena, ecutor, ayberry rive, Bartlett, IL 60103 or to Aubrey H. Glover, Atty. , . 401 Washington Avenue, Bridgeville, PA 15017 state of JAMES GRISE A/K/A JAMES D. GRISE, SR., Deceased of Munhall, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Estate No. 02-20-05086, James D. rise, r., ecutor, ed ak ane, unhall, A or to obin . arie, Atty , . ashington Avenue, Bridgeville, PA 15017
OFFICIAL NOTICE BOROUGH OF HOMESTEAD NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING Please take notice that the Borough Council of Homestead Borough, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, has scheduled two Special Public Meetings to take place on November 19, 2020 and November 20, 2020 at 5:00 pm in the second oor ouncil hambers of the Homestead Borough Building, 221 . th Ave., omestead, A . The purpose of these meetings will be to deliberate and possibly take official action on matters that may include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following: preparing the proposed 2021 Borough budget. This is an open public meeting.
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PORT AUTHORITY OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY lectronic roposals will be received online at the ort Authority of Allegheny ounty s business website (http://ebusiness.portauthority.org). Proposals/bid submittals will be due 11:00 a.m. on December 10, 2020 and will be read at 11:15 a.m., the same day, at Port Authority’s Heinz location (Please contact the respective Contract Specialist for Tele-Conference dial-in information for the Bid Opening , for the following: Electronic Proposal - Ebusiness website (http://ebusiness.portauthority.org)
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REQUEST FOR MATERIAL SAMPLES FOR EVALUATION The Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA), operator of Pittsburgh International (PIT) and Allegheny County Airports (AGC) in Pennsylvania, is hereby soliciting MATERIAL SAMPLES FOR EVALUATION. The materials are being evaluated for consideration in the final design of the Terminal Modernization Program (TMP) at PIT, a new terminal complex that will be constructed adjacent to the existing Airside Terminal. The TMP will include: •A new three-level, approximately 700,000-square foot terminal facility; A new five story garage connected to the Landside Terminal. The garage structure will house approximately 3,500 public parking spaces, rental car customer service area, ready return spaces, and a separate rental car Quick-Turn-Around (QTA) facility; •Refurbishment of the existing Airside Terminal concourses The products solicited under this re uest are identified below, and the pre final design product specifications are available on www.PITtransformed.com: -Resilient Sheet Flooring -Tile Carpeting -High Performance Coatings, related to Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel nterested suppliers will first submit a statement of product ualification, with information showing compliance with the performance criteria of the product specification. After compliance is verified by ACAA, material donations will be accepted in the uantities specified on the website. ACAA will coordinate for installation of materials in a public area of the Terminal for public use and in-place performance evaluation. For those materials that are installed, ACAA will display product and manufacturer information in a consistent format to be determined, but no other advertising will be permitted on site. articipation in this ualifications-based material evaluation is voluntary. All materials provided will be considered a donation and will become property of the ACAA. No agreement between the ACAA and the participating suppliers will be made and no costs will be paid or reimbursed. ACAA reserves the right to reject or to install any, all, or none of the material samples provided. The ACAA encourages responses from small firms, minority and women s business firms, and firms that have not previously worked for the ACAA. All submittals will be received at the TMP Program Management Office at the Allegheny ounty Airport Authority (ACAA) for the periods of time identified on the website. lease direct product ualification statements to: Allegheny County Airport Authority Pittsburgh International Airport Landside Terminal, 4th Floor Mezz. PO Box 12370 Pittsburgh, PA 15231-0370 Attn: Mr. Erik Harless, Architectural Project Manager. Inquiries: All questions should be directed to Erik Harless at (412) 472-4819 or eharless ypittsburgh.co .
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DEATH OF A NATION Poetry by Cynthia Ackron Baldwin The bullets seared into skin and bone, But those weapons did not kill people alone. They reached their target and kept exploding The person who was firing kept reloading His weapons and his hate-filled mind Fueled by angry words spewed from hell They’re not as good as you are, we must tell You have white skin; theirs is brown, yellow, black We whites have to fight to get our nation back If education was not already dead, You would know that what you said Is false, is wrong, is an outright lie, The truth rings from the trees, the rocks and the sky. This land made by God on which red men thrived Was stolen by the white man and they connived To convince us all they discovered it. But that’s not true, the land wasn’t lost White men wanted it at any cost. Although we are sisters and brothers, they do not care This land that we all boated to, they will not share. So they kill us with their tongues and guns, Believing this is their land that they had begun. But by shooting their sisters and brothers dead, It is the soul of this nation that is dying instead.
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FLM-Haiti welcomes three new board members Functional Literacy Ministry-Haiti is a Pittsburgh-based organization that raises funds to support the organization’s work in Haiti. The organization offers education, healthcare and hope to the people of Haiti. It’s been in existence for 37 years, offering reading classes, and in recent years has opened a trade school there, a missions residence and a health clinic. FLM-Haiti informed the New Pittsburgh Courier of its three new board members. Diane Neely Bates is a previous recipient of the Courier’s “Women of Excellence” award. She’ll use her decades of marketing experience to benefit FLM-Haiti. Lynn Moran has been a joint commission surveyor since 1990 and also serves as faculty for The Joint Commission in both the home care and hospital pharmacy programs. Dr. Moran received her Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from Pitt, and her PharmD degree from Ohio State University in Columbus. Suze Fanfan-DeJarnette was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, but grew up in Boston. Married with three children, she earned a master’s degree in teaching from Tufts University and another master’s in applied linguistics from UMass Boston. Fanfan-DeJarnette currently teaches in the Boston Public Schools system. For more information on FLM-Haiti, go to www.flmhaiti.org.
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Resistance to racial equity—California’s Proposition 16 (TriceEdneyWire.com)—President-elect Joe Biden has included working toward racial equity in his administration’s agenda. They outline how he will expand opportunities for Black folk and other people of color. Specifically, his Build Back Better document includes a 20-page report titled, The Biden Plan to Build Back Better by Advancing Racial Equity Across the American Economy. It is a comprehensive blueprint, highlighting several potential programs. Some of the initiatives require legislation. The Democratic Caucus has shrunk while still becoming more diverse, with a split between the progressive and moderate wings of the party. Despite differences, though, they are likely to pass any legislation Biden proposes. The problem? Currently, the composition of the Senate will be 50-48 with a Republican lean. A Georgia runoff will take place on January 5, 2021 to decide two remaining seats. If Republicans win those two races, or even just one of them, the obstructionist Mitch McConnell will remain in power and likely attempt to slow or block Biden’s proposals. Biden spent thirty-six years in the Senate and has strong relationships there. He and McConnell are reportedly friends. Those friendships didn’t help President Obama and certainly didn’t keep the Senate from stealing a Supreme Court seat.
Commentary The other main opposition to racial equity is likely to come from disaffected Whites and those from other ethnic groups. In 1996, California passed Proposition 209, which amended the state constitution to prevent affirmative action in employment, education, and contracting. Proposition 16, which appeared on this month’s ballot in the Golden State, would repeal Prop 209. But Prop 16 lost with 56 percent of voters rejecting affirmative action as a policy. Affirmative action always has been controversial, with some Whites saying it gave African Americans and Latinos an unfair advantage. But Latinos are the largest ethnic group in California. I don’t know if they supported Prop. 16 or not, but if they didn’t, it wouldn’t be the first time Blacks and Latinos held different positions. Many Whites support racial equity, but not at their expense. Too many don’t even realize there is systemic racism in our society. Nor do they believe that past discrimination should be rectified. Biden’s plan for racial equity would close the unemployment rate gap between Whites and Blacks a bit, and it might narrow the wealth gap as well. But can President-elect Biden persuade White members of the House and Senate to support racial equity? Biden can accomplish some things through executive order, just as both 45 and President Obama did. But if the initiatives need government spending, they would need to go through Congress. I think Biden understands that he owes his electoral victory to Black folks, especially Black women. He may develop programs that will advance racial equity, but there are both legislative and attitudinal obstacles. In the wake of President Obama’s tenure in the White House, our nation became extremely anti-Black. Obama’s successor did everything he could to fan the flames of anti-Blackness, and those attitudes don’t disappear quickly. Will Biden jeopardize his reelection if he pursues his agenda of racial equity? The Biden-Harris team must explain that Whites benefit from racial equity, and racial equity makes good economic sense. Lower rates of Black unemployment could be economically beneficial and can even improve our overall GDP. More support for minority businesses is also expansionary. When Black folks win, everyone wins, but 56 percent of California voters have shown they don’t think so. The tension is between two concepts: race-neutral public policy and race-conscious public policy. Biden’s plan is explicitly race-conscious. Those who opposed Prop. 16 prefer race-neutrality. Is it possible, though, to be race-neutral in the face of unconscious bias and anti-Black attitudes? So-called race-neutral policy often has a differential impact by race. As an example, when minimum wage legislation was first passed in 1938, it excluded farmworkers, many of whom were Black men, and private household workers, or domestics, who were majority Black women. Targeting those two occupations was unquestionably racist. All legislation should be accompanied by racial impact statement, indicating who wins and who loses when legislation is passed. Our government should be able to understand and explicitly legislate around the needs of different communities; there is no other way to ensure the rights and prosperity of Black folk, and indeed all Americans. If we cannot. Prop 16 shows that there is still strong resistance to this idea, just another example of racial animus in the heart of a supposedly progressive paradise.
Black Democratic defectors: Trump or Trend? During the presyears, but the J. Pharoah Doss idential campaign state Democratseason, Democratic ic Party voted nominee Joe Biden 41-18 to take made a distinchim off the prition between the mary ballot beHispanic commucause of DeBernity and the Black ry’s support for community. Biden school vouchers stated the Hisand his opposipanic community tion to abortion. was “incredibly diverse” unlike the A representative of the TennesBlack community. see Democratic Party Executive Biden explained, there’s a range Committee stated it was 2020 of conflicting priorities among His- and DeBerry’s political positions panics from Florida to Arizona, and were from the 1990s. He also said, he had to sell his agenda to indi“This is a fundamentally different vidual Hispanics to get their vote. Democratic Party and we need to Meanwhile, polls showed President realize that.” Rep. DeBerry said, Trump had record-high Black “My district elected me 13 times. support, but Biden felt he didn’t Not because I’m John DeBerry or have to sell anything to individual I’m a Democrat. But because they Blacks. Biden was convinced the agreed with what I fought for and Black community, i.e., “the Black what I stood for,” but “The Tennesvote,” single-mindedly prioritized see Democratic Party decided that “getting the White supremist” out I was no longer a Democrat—so I’m of the oval office, and with that in not.” mind Biden told a popular Black After the presidential election radio host, “If you have a problem Democrats were alarmed when exit figuring out whether you’re for me polls revealed President Trump’s or Trump then you ain’t Black.” Black vote count actually increased Biden’s comments revealed he from 2016. As expected, these votconceptualized the Hispanic comers were vilified. Congresswoman munity as one individual, one vote, Maxine Waters didn’t accuse them and saw the Black community as of being anti-Black, but insisted one identity, one vote. she will never forgive them. One Biden was smacked on the wrist Black writer said, “Voting for Donfor his remarks and was told to ald Trump while Black is a race repeat after the pundits: The Black crime.” A writer for Vox online community is not a monolith. But magazine said Trump made inthe Democratic Party has had a roads with the Black voters due to monopoly on the “Black vote” since disinformation and empty econom1964. That’s a monolith to both ic promises. (Their polite way of political parties going into general calling these Black voters stupid.) elections. Even New York Times But the rest of the experts are still reporter Nikole Hanna-Jones trying to figure out how Trump confirmed Biden’s distinction when accomplished this feat. she said, “There is a difference beTrump can take credit for the tween being politically Black and accomplishment, but he wasn’t racially Black … We all know this the catalyst. These Black voters and should stop pretending that discovered or were forced to face we don’t.” the fact, like DeBerry, that the If Hanna-Jones is correct, then Democratic Party is fundamentally we all know “politically Black” different in 2020, and they voted in means allegiance to the Demothe opposite direction. The quescratic Party and we should stop tion for the experts is whether or pretending that defectors are not not this is a trend. penalized. (Biden was playing the Ronald Reagan was once asked, ostracism card when he suggestwhy he left the liberals? Reagan ed if you’re for Trump you ain’t replied, he didn’t leave the liberBlack.) Earlier, in the 2020 Demoals, the liberals left him, and these cratic primary the ousting of state Black voters would say they didn’t Rep. John DeBerry (Memphis) defect from the Democrats; the demonstrated this conundrum. Democrats deserted them. Rep. DeBerry was in office for 26
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NUL offers BidenHarris an agenda for racial and economic justice (TriceEdneyWire.com)—“Now is when the real work begins. The hard work. The necessary work. The good work. The essential work to save lives and beat this pandemic. To rebuild our economy so it works for working people. To root out systemic racism in our justice system and society. To combat the climate crisis. To unite our country and heal the soul of our nation. The road ahead will not be easy. But America is ready. And so are Joe and I.” – Vice President-elect Kamala Harris The 77 and a half million votes for President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris are the most ever cast for a presidential ticket, breaking the previous record set in 2008 for President Obama. In this election, as in 2008, Black voter turnout made the difference. They were not voting for a symbolic victory. The nation is in crisis. They want action. And so does the National Urban League. This week, we sent a letter to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris outlining what needs to be done. As they prepare to enter the White House, more than 10 million Americans have been infected with coronavirus. A record 65,000 are currently hospitalized, and nearly a quarter-million have died. Our fellow citizens are standing in food lines, missing mortgage and rent payments and trying to keep the lights on. This pandemic has upended their lives. For them, relief now is imperative. That’s why our first demand is an immediate stimulus response package of no less than $3 trillion. We support a stimulus that aligns with the provisions of the Heroes Act passed by the House early in the summer. Additionally, we’re calling for a $2 trillion economic recovery and infrastructure package to build an inclusive economy that eliminates structural inequality and opportunity gaps. This economic recovery plan must not only rebuild the nation’s roads, bridges, and railways, but it also must address water systems, parks, community facilities, affordable housing, and broadband. Such an initiative would create millions of jobs as well as business opportunities for all Americans. Central to this is a specific emphasis on providing job opportunities for Black and Brown workers who have been particularly left out and battered by the COVID recession. It must also include a commitment to invest in affordable housing, given the looming housing crisis that could derail a fragile economic recovery. The last four years have seen a dramatic rollback of civil rights protections, a surge in racially motivated hate crimes, a deterioration of trust between police and the communities they serve, and the stark exposure of entrenched health and economic disparities. We have offered the Biden administration a set of fundamental principles on racial justice and equity to guide the first 100 days and beyond. These are: • Fundamentally transform the criminal justice system • Protect and defend voting rights • Achieve economic parity for African Americans • Advance equity in educational opportunities • Promote a healthier nation by prioritizing testing, treatments, and cures for COVID in communities of color. The 100-day plan must include a new Voting Rights Advancement Act, comprehensive criminal justice reform, and a vaccine distribution plan that emphasizes outreach to the hardest-hit communities. The current plan for vaccine distribution relies almost entirely on chain pharmacies, a plan which failed dismally when it came to the distribution of testing supplies in the spring. A national plan to bring the virus under control must not only direct supplies to the poor and urban communities that have been hardest hit, but also address the longstanding health and economic disparities that allowed infections and death to skyrocket among Black Americans. A fair and effective vaccine plan must maximize the use of community-based sites such as schools, community centers, churches, and local Urban League affiliate headquarters. Finally, the administration will need a cabinet, senior advisors, and a federal workforce that reflects American diversity, excellence, and competence. The current cabinet is the least diverse in 50 years, and there is no doubt that limitation has contributed to its failures on many levels. Both President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris have a long history of collaboration with the National Urban League, and we stand ready to partner with the new administration in the fight for racial justice, voting rights, fair housing, health care, education, and employment which have always guided our work.