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END OF AN ERA Lynne Hayes-Freeland’s final weekday show on KDKA Radio filled with praise for media icon by Rob Taylor Jr. Courier Staff Writer


This Thanksgiving, don’t expect to see or hear Lynne Hayes-Freeland anywhere near a microphone. She’ll be in Atlanta, spending precious time with her grandchildren, no longer wanting to miss any more time with them or her son, Michael, and daughter, Kristen. Friday, Nov. 12, was Hayes-Freeland’s final weekday show on KDKA Radio (100.1 FM, 1020 AM), bringing to a close a 45-

year career of the iconic broadcaster’s daily work in television and radio in Pittsburgh. She announced in September that she would be heading into semi-retirement after her Nov. 12 radio show, and now that we’re nearly two weeks past that date, the semi-retirement has begun. “We wanted to call and say congratulations and happy retirement,” voiced Hayes-Freeland’s daughter, Kristen, during the Nov. 12 radio show, with Kristen’s husband also on the line. “We know it’s the

end of an era, but selfishly we are so excited and ready for you to get to Atlanta.” Hayes-Freeland’s son, Michael, called into the show, saying that his son “can’t wait to see you for Thanksgiving,” and that Michael is excited to see what his mother looks like “as a full-time grandma.” Hayes-Freeland said on the show that she would also be taking her father on the trip to Atlanta, joking that there’s no rush for them to return to Pittsburgh. After so many years SEE HAYES-FREELAND B8


Rev. Glenn Grayson Sr. announces run for 19th District seat by Rob Taylor Jr. Courier Staff Writer

People see the Rev. Glenn Grayson Sr. around so much, you’d think he already was a state representative. Actually, he said, he’s a person who believes that “the world is my parish; my work isn’t just within my four walls.” Throughout his life, Rev. Grayson has worked as a champion of his community, especially for young

people. He came to Pittsburgh in 1995 as the new pastor of Wesley Center AME Zion Church, in the Hill District, and is now

COURIER EXCLUSIVE the longest-serving pastor of the church. He’s created The Center that CARES, which runs the Jeron X. Grayson Center, a safe

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place that positively aids hundreds of middle and high school students each year. He’s opened CARES CommuniTEA Cafe in the Hill District’s Centre-Heldman Plaza, which employs youngsters as they learn valuable work skills. But Rev. Grayson told the Courier his work never ends. He told the Courier exclusively that the time feels right; he’s announcing his run for state representative of the 19th House District, which is expected to become open with Jake Wheatley’s confirmed move to Pittsburgh deputy mayor in January. “I feel that I have handson experience as a community leader over the last

REV. GLENN GRAYSON SR., pastor of Wesley Center AME Zion Church in the Hill District. 25-plus years, and I feel that I could be an asset to the 19th District in a larger level,” Rev. Grayson told the Courier, Nov. 22. He wanted to make it

clear that even though he knows the Hill District the best, he’s ready to represent the entire 19th District, which also includes parts of Downtown, Oak-

land, the North Side, the South Side Hilltop, and Hazelwood. “As a state rep, I will SEE GRAYSON B8

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‘A society of opportunity’

MEETING OF THE MINDS—Janis Burley Wilson, President, August Wilson African American Cultural Center; Bruce Van Saun, Chairman and CEO, Citizens Financial Group; Esther L. Bush, former President and CEO, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh; Esther Mellinger Stief, Executive Director, Crossroads Foundation; and Robert Cherry, CEO of Partner4Work.

Companies investing in Black employees through workforce development programs by Rob Taylor Jr. Courier Staff Writer

Corporations such as Citizens Financial Group are, in effect, saying now or never when it comes to properly preparing people with the skills needed to excel in today’s workforce. Citizens’ CEO, Bruce Van Saun, sat on a panel with former Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh President/CEO Esther Bush, Partner4Work CEO Robert L. Cherry, Crossroads Foundation Executive Director Esther Mellinger Stief and August Wilson African American Cultural Center President/ CEO Janis Burley Wilson to discuss its importance, and how corporations, the non-profit sector and educational institutions can unify for this common goal. “We’re definitely seeing that as the labor market tightens, companies are reassessing the real skills that it actually takes to do the job as opposed to these thresholds they’ve had,” voiced Cherry, during the Oct. 25 session at the Benedum Center. Cherry’s organization, Partner4Work, a workforce development stronghold in the Pittsburgh region, received a $45,000 grant from Citizens for its Bank-


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works program. It’s an eight-week training program that helps provide a gateway for people to obtain entry-level employment opportunities in the banking arena. Some Citizens employees provide instruction and help trainees with their job-interview skills, and Citizens said it’s hired several people who have completed the Bankworks program. “We’re at a unique moment in time,” Van Saun said. “...The need for more opportunities, the need for more social justice and equality of opportunity across all races...there’s a need for companies to move this up on their agendas. I’m excited that the CEOs I associate with all get it. I don’t see this slipping back down the list of priorities.” In the past, Cherry said, corporations would have a rosy list of credentials that a person must carry to attain certain positions— maybe a four-year college degree, or a two-year associate’s with additional certifications. But as more and more people across the country are leaving jobs, it’s left many companies having to look internally and wonder, “What are we doing wrong?” Some people claim a hatred of their jobs; others claim the jobs don’t pay enough and aren’t worth the trouble. Whatever the reasons, there is an overall sense nationwide that companies must collaborate with nonprofits and educational institutions—many of whom are in touch with low-to-moderate income individuals looking for their next opportunities—and properly train them in certain fields so that the employee and employer can ultimately thrive. “Hourly workers were hit the hardest in the pandemic,” Van Saun said. “There’s opportunities to work with companies, nonprofits, education, to find new paths to upskill those people for sustainable incomes in the future.” Van Saun said that when Citizens speaks with its partners in the banking arena, “we can see pretty clearly what skills need to be imparted on people.” Van Saun said it’s imperative that Citizens and other financial institutions take charge and get the ball rolling on creating that internal job pipeline. “I don’t care if you’re a corporation, nonprofit, education, not working...if SEE OPPORTUNITY A4


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you’re is all of our responsibility to reach out and help our community,” Bush said at the panel discussion. “This is where you live, to help our community to make sure that our children are getting everything they need. To make sure their parents are better equipped for the opportunities (ahead). It’s about access, development, promotion, believing in, crossing doesn’t matter to me what your credentials are, as long as you can do it (the job).” Citizens also announced a $25,000 grant to Community College of Allegheny County for its workforce development programs. Overall, Citizens has pledged more than $100,000 to workforce development programs across the region in recent weeks. To the betterment of all employees, this “corporations investing in workforce development programs” has caught on nationally. From Amazon to Facebook, Home Depot to

Chevron, major companies are throwing tons of dollars into these programs, partnering with higher-learning institutions, nonprofits and other public-private partnerships. “What we’re all learning is that we can’t say the roof is leaking anymore and then invest in buckets,” Cherry said. “We have to look at problems for what they are and engage them in this type of conversation.” Bush, the longtime advocate for African Americans’ upward trajectory, said she’s excited when African Americans are trained to do, say, a banking job, and then are hired by Citizens or another institution. But she’d be doubly excited to see African Americans on a larger scale get trained and hired. Instead of, say, 4 or 5 people getting banking jobs or tech jobs, she wants to see training programs that involve hundreds of African Americans getting the skills needed, then getting the jobs. She pointed out that while African Americans comprise 7 percent of all tech jobs


nationwide, they comprise just 1 percent of the tech jobs in the Pittsburgh area. That must be changed, she said. Stief, the Crossroads Foundation executive director, agreed: “Young people can’t become what they can’t see. A lot of what we do is to find that 1 percent who are in tech, so that young people can see this concrete pathway in front of them. They can see that it’s possible.” Stief added: “We need to put out the welcome sign in more than just words.” Van Saun said he envisions these partnerships as “a society of opportunity where people always have opportunities to keep reaching their potential.” Bush, not one to mince words, challenged company leaders in the entire region—the vast majority of which are White—to invest in workforce development programs, which ultimately, diversifies the company’s workforce while keeping the company sustainable. “We have enough intellect, wealth, opportunity right here in the City of Pittsburgh and its surrounding communities,” Bush said. “If we were just bold enough to say, ‘We’re going to use all of the talent of our citizenry to make Pittsburgh one of the best places for every citizen here to live.’ What that’s going to take is intentionality, bolder steps from the (company) leadership, not with a statement of, ‘I did that because,’ but with, ‘This is what’s appropriate for my community, for our community.’”




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Joi Harris named president of DTE Gas The New Pittsburgh Courier has learned that DTE Energy announced the appointment of Joi Harris as president of DTE Gas, the company’s natural gas utility serving 1.3 million residential and business customers

net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, Joi’s deep understanding of our gas business and her strategic mindset will be invaluable.” Harris replaces Matt Paul, who has been named executive vice

Black and Latino consumers dispute credit reports double that of Whites by Charlene Crowell For New Pittsburgh Courier


across its service territory. Harris, a 30-year veteran of DTE, has a long history with DTE Gas. She started shadowing engineers at the age of 15, before becoming a company co-op at 18. She climbed the ladder, serving in a number of leadership positions within the organization, rising to the rank of vice president, and most recently as senior vice president of the Major Enterprise Projects division. In that role, she led the project management, planning, and execution of the largest projects in DTE’s $3 billion annual capital investment portfolio. “Joi brings an exceptional level of expertise in both operations and leadership to this role,” said Jerry Norcia, DTE president and chief executive officer. “As DTE Gas continues to upgrade more than 3,000 miles of infrastructure while remaining focused on the company’s journey to

president of DTE’s distribution operations group in DTE Electric. “Returning to DTE Gas is like coming home,” said Harris. “I’m honored to lead the 1,800 team members who are improving lives with their energy by keeping natural gas safe, reliable and affordable for our customers.” Harris serves as vice president of the board of directors for the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP). She is a member of the Wayne State University’s College of Engineering Board of Visitors and Industrial Engineering Advisory Board and has participated in the Cornerstone Partnership Program. Harris was chosen by the Michigan Chronicle as one of the “Women of Excellence,” recognized by “Who’s Who in Black Detroit,” and honored at the 2016 Women of Color STEM Conference for her career achievements.

Although credit accounts enable widely accepted alternatives to cash transactions, the convenience of both debit and credit cards can also become costly when patterns of errors and inaccuracies emerge in credit reports. In just one year—2020—over 300,000 complaints were filed with federal financial regulators concerning credit or consumer reporting. New research from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), finds that consumers residing in majority minority neighborhoods that are either Black or Latino were more than twice as likely to have disputes appear on their credit reports compared to consumers residing in majority White areas. This finding held true in nearly every credit category reviewed—auto loans, student loans, credit cards, and retail cards between January 2012 and December 2019. Among these credit categories, auto loans were the most problematic. Consumers in majority Black areas were more than three times as likely to have disputes appear on their credit reports.

“Families living in majority Black and Hispanic neighborhoods are far more likely to have disputes of inaccurate information appear on their credit reports,” said CFPB Director Rohit Chopra. “Error-ridden credit reports are far too prevalent and may be undermining an equitable recovery.” CFPB also documented

likely to be deleted from consumers’ credit records, while auto loans are more likely to be marked closed and paid in full.” When credit reporting is rife with errors, these and other failures can restrict consumer access to fair, equitable and affordable credit products. Additionally, as a growing number of employers add credit

Credit reporting complaints jumped 129 percent since 2020. the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in credit reporting. “Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, complaints to the CFPB about credit reporting issues have spiked, with credit reporting complaints increasing year-to-year by 129 percent in 2020, and is the most common complaint topic,” states the report. “Consumers who have disputes reported were also more likely to reside in census tracts that were majority Black or majority Hispanic…We find that outcomes for accounts with reported disputes vary substantially across types of credit, with student loan accounts relatively more

report reviews to their screening of applicants, erroneous and outdated items can be an obstacle to securing a job, or a reason why access to the most affordable credit is denied. Federal agencies like CFPB, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) accept consumer complaints, and enforce protections granted through the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Enacted in 1970, FCRA requires consumer reporting companies to process and investigate the disputes in a timely manner, and correct any inaccuracies uncovered by the investigation. Documented FCRA violations can be grounds for related law-

suits that not only correct the misinformation, but also provide restitution for resulting harms. Beyond or before lawsuits, other consumer-initiated actions can lead to important financial protections. A “credit freeze” can be requested by consumers to only allow access to credit report information with an explicit consumer authorization. While it is designed to prevent credit, loans, and services from being approved in a consumer’s name without consent, the Federal Trade Commission warns that its usage can also cause delays in consumers gaining approval for new credit transactions like new accounts. Nor does a credit freeze prevent credit report information by either an existing creditor or their collection agents. Another consumer protection is known as a “fraud alert” on credit report files. Initially, this provision offers an initial one-year period in which new credit accounts at businesses are required to verify the consumer’s identity before opening new credit. Additionally, consumers who have been victims of idenSEE CREDIT REPORTS B2

Thankful, Thoughtful and Kindness! Thanksgiving is upon us. Tis the season to express gratitude and appreciation to your family and loved ones. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the bountiful blessings received and good deeds bestowed upon mankind. Life comes at you fast. We spend so much time navigating through life’s obstacles, it’s hard to take the time to appreciate the blessings. We’re too caught up in the daily grind of working, providing for our families, trying to stay healthy, and attempting to have a little fun in the middle of it all. It’s only during these holidays or when we’re met with a life-changing event that we take a deep breath and do some much-needed introspection. As we approach this Thanksgiving holiday, I’m met with both an upcoming Thanksgiving holiday feast and shortly thereafter, the burial services of my mother-in-law who recently passed away after what seemed to be a lifelong battle with Lupus. Lupus is a disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Interesting to note, when I first met the woman who later became my mother-in-law, I accompanied my then girlfriend to the hospital to visit her mom. She was fighting Lupus. Some 30 years later, married to her daughter and father to two of her grandchildren, my last time conversing with her, she was in the hospital fighting the ill effects Lupus had done to her vital organs. She was of sound mind. So our conversation was fun-loving and funny as always. When I arrived, she wanted me to know that she had listened to my advice and she is focused on her healing. She told

me she needed some 2-pound weights so that she can get stronger. She then proceeded to do what she called an exercise. She was lying flat on her back. She proceeded with raising her pelvic region, then she started thrusting up and down. I looked at her and said, you call that an exercise? It looks like you were twerking to me. She, myself, the doctors and nurses, and everyone in the room burst out laughing. She said, sonin-law, I can always count on you for a good laugh. In this article, I’m going to share some life lessons that I learned over the years observing and interacting with my mother-in-law. Lessons that all of us should heed, adapt and apply. The lessons boil down to three core characteristics that my mother-in-law embodied—Thankfulness, Thoughtfulness and Kindness! Thankful: My mother-in-law didn’t want much and she didn’t ask for anything. The thing that inspired her the most was feeling appreciated and respected by her loved ones. She simply wanted to be heard and wanted to feel needed. She was a perpetual giver. Whenever and wherever she could, she would show her generosity. For a while, I prepared her taxes. I was impressed during tax time as she neatly presented me with her documents detailing all the charitable donations she had given to various churches and non-profit organizations. I knew that as a retired wid-

ow and a limited capacity to earn extra income, her charitable contributions were huge sacrifices. This is an example of her doing without so that others who were less fortunate can have something. Seeing others benefit from her efforts was her way of feeling grateful and thankful. We call this paying forward. It’s amazing in a culture filled with a me, me, me mentality, one of her greatest characteristics is looking out for others. Thoughtful: As you get older, people tend to forget about your birthdays and you tend to fall off the Christmas list of most people. You’re replaced on both lists by your children. I have come to accept it as the norm. As a matter of fact, I teach it as a method to create wiggle room in the budget. My advice is straightforward; cross adults off of your gift-giving list. Throughout the years, I could count on one person who remembered every milestone in my life. Every birthday, every holiday, every anniversary I was greeted with a card and a monetary gift. She’d always hand-write a personal note on the card. I’ll admit, just the mere fact that she was one of few who thought of me on those special occasions made me smile. She didn’t do that for just me. She was just as thoughtful to all of her family, friends, and loved ones. She remembered everyone’s special day. She did the same thing she did for me for everyone who was special to

her. Other examples of her thoughtfulness: She had four grandchildren. She had set up college funds for all four of her grandchildren, one of which recently graduated from college. Another who is a sophomore in college. Those college gifts came in handy. I alluded to her saying she took my advice earlier regarding her focusing on herself. Here’s the rest of the story... I was talking to her on the phone in an effort to lift her spirits. She told me, I don’t think I’m going to be here much longer. I’ve been praying for you, Lashan (wife) and the kids. I’ve been praying for Bobbie (sister-in-law), Eddie (Bobbie’s husband) and the kids. I stopped her. I said that’s honorable and very selfless of you. I hate to admit this out loud but if I thought I was on my death bed, my focus and my prayers would be on me. I told her the family is good. We got us. I need you to focus on your healing and recovery. Kindness: To know her, you’d know she walked softly but she carried a big stick. Don’t cross her. You’d think I was lying about her being kind. The definition of kind is liking or wanting to do good and bring happiness. As illustrated by what made her thankful and her thoughtful, I tell no lies. She was of a kind heart! May we all adopt and apply the characteristics of Thoughtfulness, Thankfulness, and Kindness this Thanksgiving and forevermore. Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!

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Rod Doss selected as Pa. Newsmedia Association Lifetime Achievement Award recipient The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association is proud to present its 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award to New Pittsburgh Courier Editor and Publisher Rod Doss. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes exceptional service and outstanding accomplishment spanning a career in journalism. “As a longstanding member of PNA, I am humbled to be recognized as the recipient of this year’s PNA Lifetime Achievement Award,” Doss said. “Thank you for this very special recognition.” Doss began his career at the New Pittsburgh Courier in 1967 as an advertising sales representative. Three years later, he was named advertising manager and, over the years, continued his rise through

the ranks, advancing to vice president of advertising and then vice president and general manager. He has held the position of editor and publisher since 1997. In his nominating letter, Assistant to the Publisher Stephan Broadus wrote, “With a small but dedicated staff, Rod makes sure the Courier not only relays the news, but that it uplifts and enlightens by positively portraying and representing the African American community… all while keeping a watchful eye on the bottom line so the paper stays profitable.” “The name Rod Doss is synonymous with the New Pittsburgh Courier; you rarely hear one mentioned without the other,” said Ashley Johnson, New Pittsburgh


Courier sales director. “For 54 years, Mr. Doss has been an intricate part of the Courier’s operation. Over the years, he has been one of the main driving forces that keeps our operation going. He has seen the operation through some of the best and worst of times; but, through it all, his commitment and dedication to the product and, most importantly, the community, has never wavered.” Throughout his tenure, Doss has continued the success and tradition of the newspaper by remaining flexible to meet the challenges not only of the Courier, but also of the community. Doss and the Courier have received numerous professional and community awards. In 2018, Doss was awarded the Publisher Life-

time Achievement Award by the National Newspaper Publishers Association. “The compassion he has for people and making sure there is an outlet where stories of our community can be shared is like none other,” Johnson said. “He is quick to credit the success of the paper to having good people around him,” Broadus wrote in his letter. “His tireless dedication and commitment have ensured that the Courier continues to play a vital role in the success of African Americans in the region.” Doss was recognized during PNA’s annual General Membership Meeting on Nov. 16. The award will be presented to him at a later date.

Seven tips for selecting a remodeler (Family Features)—When planning a potential home remodeling project, the list of decisions to make may feel nearly endless. Ultimately, you may find the most important decision is choosing a trustworthy team of professionals to complete the job. For example, an organization like the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) provides homeowners with helpful ways to find qualified, professional remodelers and contractors. These seven tips can help guide you through the selection process and assist you in making an informed decision that best suits your needs. 1. Look Local Local remodelers have a vested interest to perform quality work that satisfies their customers in order for their business to survive. That’s why word-of-mouth referrals can be especially helpful in finding options near you. Ask relatives, friends, neighbors and business colleagues who live nearby about projects they’ve completed and the professionals they’ve used. Other resources may include people you know in the local home industry, such as lenders, real estate agents and material suppliers. 2. Follow Building Codes Another advantage to hiring a local professional is he or she typ-

PHOTO COURTESY OF GETTY IMAGES ically knows and understands the local building codes and permit requirements for your town or city. Building codes can vary considerably from each jurisdiction and are known to change from year to year. Most structural work or footprint expansions require permits. 3. Check for Licenses and In-

surance Many states, but not all, require contractors to be licensed, bonded and insured. Contact your state or local licensing agencies to ensure the contractor you’re considering meets all requirements. Most states require a contractor to carry worker’s compensation, property

damage and personal liability insurance. Ask for copies of their licenses and insurance to make sure it is current. 4. Check for Violations and Complaints Check with your Consumer Affairs Office and your local chapter of the Better Business Bureau to

ensure there are no complaints on record for the contractors you’re considering. You can also search for reviews online and verify they are members of reputable trade organizations that promote professional excellence, such as NARI. 5. Compare Apples with Apples If you solicit estimates from more than one contractor, be sure they are working off the same scope and quality of work. Discuss variations in prices and beware of any estimate that is substantially lower than the others. 6. Be Informed A good remodeling professional educates clients on green remodeling, universal design, lead safety, new products, building techniques and trends. Make sure you’re hiring someone who has knowledge and expertise relevant to the remodeling industry, as well as the appropriate certifications and experience to complete the job. 7. Check References Don’t rely on a contractor’s personality or demeanor. If a professional does not offer references, ask for them and follow up with a site visit or phone call. Find a qualified and reputable remodeler in your area at

Billionaire Robert F. Smith and other corporate leaders mount campaign to close the digital divide Group aims to ensure racial equity by expanding Internet access by Jose Marquez For New Pittsburgh Courier

( —With protests having erupted in cities across the country over police violence targeting Black men and women, the civil rights and social justice movements have shot to the forefront of U.S. politics in a way not seen since the 1960s. While much of the conversation rightly has centered on police brutality and the role law enforcement plays in American society, communities of color also are discriminated against in numerous other ways. Many Black Americans, Latinos and other people of color are given substandard educational opportunities, lack avenues to workforce training and advancement and, arguably most important in

ROBERT F. SMITH today’s tech-driven world, face a dearth of access to reliable, affordable broadband internet. Congress made a good first step in ameliorating this dire situation when it passed President Biden’s infrastructure bill, but the $65 billion allocation in broadband for all is hardly enough to close the digital

divide. The gap in digital access is particularly wide in communities of color, where one in three families with children lack a high-speed Internet connection at home—a rate of disconnection more than 50 percent higher than that of White families. The problem is exacerbated in areas across the South from Atlanta to Houston where 35 percent of Black adults lack any access to broadband at home. The private sector is already doing this with a little-known but ambitious effort like the Southern Communities Initiative. It is seeking to address the socio-economic challenges that African Americans face throughout the region. And among the goals of this partnership is to expand broadband access across six metro areas throughout the South:

Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Houston, Memphis, and New Orleans. The effort has the backing of some of the most powerful individuals in corporate America, including PayPal CEO Dan Schulman, Vista CEO Robert F. Smith and BCG CEO Rich Lesser. We are not too late to bridge the digital divide, and the Southern Communities Initiative will almost certainly play an important role in helping accomplish that in communities like my hometown of Atlanta. But this important work cannot be left to private individuals and organizations alone. Lawmakers must do their part to ensure that high-speed Internet is available and affordable to every American, no matter where in the country they live. While policymakers in

Washington have focused on getting broadband access to rural areas, we must also make sure that urban areas are not overlooked. Census data has shown that while there are approximately 5 million rural households without broadband access, this problem is three times as large in urban areas— with around 15 million urban or metro households without broadband. Affordable and ubiquitous access to high-speed Internet, however, is just the starting point. We also must expand access to the hardware and software people need to take full advantage of all the internet has to offer and maintain an ecosystem of digital educators, repair workers, designers and other tech specialists who can keep improvements going long into the future. Guaranteeing that all

Americans have broadband access would not only help close the digital divide but would also give the United States an edge in global competitiveness as it would bring millions of people more fully into the digital economy. One study from last year found that only about 30 percent of African Americans had access to broadband compared with about 60 percent of Whites. There is a broad consensus from civil rights leaders to corporate heads to policymakers inside the Washington Beltway that broadband access is a right of every American. Lawmakers must take note and ensure that all Americans have the ability to log on.

(Jose Marquez is the national President and CEO of TechLatino: Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA).)

Black and Latino consumers dispute credit reports double Whites CREDIT REPORTS FROM B1

tity theft are entitled to an extended seven-year fraud alert. Beyond fraud alerts and credit freezes, under FCRA consumers also have a right to: • One free disclosure every 12 months—upon request from each nationwide credit bureau and from nationwide specialty consumer reporting agencies; • Be told if information

in credit files has been used against you. Anyone who uses a credit report or another type of consumer report to deny your application for credit, insurance, or employment—or to take another adverse action against you—must tell you, and must give you the name, address, and phone number of the agency that provided the information; and • A 30-day window for consumer reporting agen-

cies to correct or delete inaccurate, incomplete, or unverifiable information. However, a consumer reporting agency may continue to report information it has verified as accurate. A full summary of these and other FCRA protections are available at: https://www.consumer.ftc. gov/articles/pdf-0096-faircredit-reporting-act.pdf States can and do offer additional consumer protections through the offices

of state attorneys general. As a rule, like CFPB, these state offices accept online complaints that can be investigated and when warranted, prosecuted. In some instances, joint and collaborative prosecutions connect federal and state offices in the pursuit of consumer enforcement actions. For example, on October 14, North Carolina’s Attorney General joined with CFPB and the FTC in filing

a friend of the court brief in support of the FCRA’s in protecting consumers from a technology company that claimed immunity from inaccurate, misleading, and false consumer reporting found on the Internet to assemble and then sell personal information for a profit. In part the brief argued, “[T]he need to ensure that such companies “exercise their grave responsibilities with fairness, impar-

tiality, and a respect for the consumer’s right to privacy”—by enforcing the procedures and limitations that Congress mandated in the FCRA—is greater than ever.” Now as the holiday season brings increased spending, consumers would be wise to remain alert to credit usage and inaccuracies. (Charlene Crowell is a senior fellow with the Center for Responsible Lending. She can be reached at Charlene.crowell@



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Navigating a culture of violence These are indeed dark days for the world in general, and the United States in particular. A lot is happening and many people are dying due to the actions of their friends, neighbors, significant others, and random strangers. These incidents appear to be rising. Years ago in the United States it was possible for children to go outside to play without parents worrying. Not anymore; with driveby shootings becoming commonplace, and with some people who have decided to practice their sharp-shooting skills by picking people off at expressways, the tide of comfort has receded. This violence is creeping into neighborhoods that previous to now had a reputation for being “safe.” What we must understand is that things don’t happen in a vacuum. The violence that we see in city neighborhoods is a microcosm of that which we see in higher halls of power. Right now, we are witnessing the shenanigans around the January 6, 2021 fiasco that was an attempted coup as opined by just about any objective observer. Insurrectionists had erected a platform to allegedly kill a former sitting vice president, and other people actually lost their lives during the incident. Steve Bannon, a Trump acolyte, has been arrested by the Feds due to crimes he has allegedly committed regarding that incident. He has, however, angrily thumbed his nose at the law, and actually sent a public message to his ‘war room’ about the insistence of “taking down the Biden regime!” In another arena, a Houston, Texas, Astroworld Festival featuring rapper Travis Scott grew so violent that, at press time, 10 people have lost their lives and scores have been injured. The cause? A crowd surge, initiated by unknown persons for unknown reasons (at press time). Rumor has it that someone was shooting people with drug-filled hypodermic needles. According to some observers, the crowd was unruly even before the escalation of that unfortunate crowd surge. Travis Scott is being sued by more than 100 people, partially because it is said that he continued performing while the chaos was evident. A lot of the inhospitality that is demonstrated today is connected with the proliferation of conspiracy theories, especially those generated by the previous presidential administration. A significant case has just concluded: Alex Jones, a well-known purveyor of conspiracy theories, has been found liable in a defamation lawsuit brought by Sandy Hook families due to extreme disinformation spread by him. He repeatedly insisted that Sandy Hook didn’t happen; that it was a hoax perpetrated by the government to confiscate guns from American citizens. Twenty-six people lost their lives in that debacle, which included 20 children and six adults. Finally, “death threats” have been liberally bandied about; members of Congress have been met with death threats because of their support for certain legislative initiatives; members of school boards have met with the same threats because of their advocacy around the wearing of masks by students in order to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. So, we can see that the behaviors exhibited by people in high places in America are also evident in the lives of everyday citizens. Too many people are gullible and think that democracy will not deliver for them. This may be behind their support for a push toward authoritarianism that seems to be fueling this negative thrust. Our citizens are becoming jaded. They are believing all kinds of ridiculous ideas that don’t make sense unless a person has given up on pursuing critical thinking strategies. Dubious political initiatives have been given free reign perpetrated by a shadowy dictatorial thrust. To combat this situation, we must eschew disinformation and begin to see our neighbors as support systems and not as adversaries. Our communities cannot survive with the level of violence that is being experienced; some businesses have vowed to close rather than subject themselves to it. Another strategy that we must embrace is that of holding each other accountable. We understand that our people have been traumatized by their American experience, BUT that is not an excuse to coddle them and excuse community predators. The disaffected individuals among us stand to cause us all to lose what we should be seeking, peace of mind in a supportive environment. It will have to start there; only then can we unite against external enemies. (Reprinted from the Chicago Crusader)

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(—Generally, there is great appreciation for someone who can control the narrative. That person who is skilled enough to master an honest and truthful round of discussion, discourse, or dialogue is often rewarded with sincere admiration. Conversely, he or she who resorts to dishonest use of facts is held in disdain by the honest dealer. Such is the case with those who hijack, distort, and reframe the meaning and significance of generally accepted “labels.” The current controversy regarding the words “Woke” or “Wokeness” exemplifies the shameful attempt of political reactionaries to apply a negative connotation to our increased awareness. I refuse to accept this hijacking. As a Black person who has experienced and continues to live through the indignities commonly suffered by Black people, I REFUSE! As a Black person who, by accident or intent, is subject to on-going disparate treatment and consideration, I REFUSE! As one who worked with and observed my friend, Dick Gregory, bludgeon “dishonest dealers” with the truth of the negative impact of their attitudes and actions, I CONTINUE TO REFUSE!! Those of us living a more progressive life know the pitfalls of allowing our wokeness to be distorted into something evil and unacceptable. We have watched the term “Liberal” stolen and reshaped into an objectionable characterization. We have allowed the term “Diversity” to become perverted into an imposition upon the emotional comfort of those

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Commentary who would continue to oppress us or ignore the existence of institutional discrimination and oppression. Accepting the bastardization of these terms, we have also accepted that the use of these terms in the justification of positive change distorts that change into something offensive and unacceptable. By allowing the reframing of these terms we have contributed to the shameful suffering we experience. We know what “Wake Up and Stay Woke” means. Being “Woke” is indicative of accepting that time is long overdue for meaningful and constructive change in the lives of those who have long suffered the application of unjust obstacles to our full participation in the economic prosperity of this nation. Being “Woke” signifies an ability to critically analyze and actively move to restructure a criminal justice system that allows the environment in which vigilante justice flourishes, as in the cases of the murderers of Ahmaud Arbery and murderer, Kyle Rittenhouse. Being “Woke” means drawing a line in the sand past which the illegal actions

and practices of the police will not be condoned or excused. It means holding law enforcement officers to a standard of conduct that is consistent with the same laws they are directed to enforce. It means ending “qualified immunity” and establishing a national registry in which “bad cops” who have been dismissed for misconduct are listed and denied future opportunities for employment in law enforcement. Being “Woke” means refusing to be apologetic for merely existing. Unlike the admonitions of James Carville, who practically demands that we quietly hurry up and wait for the full measure of our citizenship, being “Woke” means that there is no greater imperative than complete justice. Unlike Winsome Sears, the gun-toting woman of color and current Lieutenant Governor-Elect of Virginia, being “Woke” does not mean that we have to imitate our oppressors to survive or realize the American Dream. It means that we no longer have to align ourselves with those who hold us in contempt for the remote possibility of achievement or acceptance. Being “Woke” means that we must increase our assertiveness toward the achievement of social and economic goals that will secure our, and our children’s future. As “Woke” folks, we must proudly tell our own stories. As with the African proverb, “Until the lions tell their story, tales of hunting will always glorify the hunter.” (Dr. E. Faye Williams is President of the National Congress of Black Women.)

No rights without voting rights (—Black women leaders have been working on the issue of voting rights, calling for the passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, the Freedom to Vote Act, the Build Back Better Reconciliation Act, and DC Statehood. Several leaders, including Melanie Campbell, CEO of the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation, and Janice Mathis, Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women, were arrested a couple of weeks ago. On November 16, the women took their energy to the Supreme Court, walking from the NCNW headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue to the Court building. It ought to be a no-brainer that the same country that invades other people’s countries around human rights and voting rights would provide the same rights for its own citizens. Predatory capitalism, however, makes the voting-rights blocking filibuster essential to those who would extract every penny of surplus value from other citizens. How else can we explain the resistance to managing drug prices, raising the minimum wage, or blocking the right to vote? The big-money politics game makes it easy enough for deep-pocketed corporations to purchase a senator to protect their interests. Grassroots efforts, like the NCNW/NCBPC (with many allies) efforts are less well funded than some of these senators are, and they may be less influential. Republicans with consciences surely know that voting is an essential right. However, too many of them want to win at all costs, eschewing fairness for power. It’s like a chicken and egg thing. Republicans (yes, let’s call it as it is)

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Commentary want to suppress the vote so they can keep getting elected. Once elected, they continue to manipulate the system with a gerrymandering that is designed to minimize the electoral influence of those who oppose the predatory capitalist agenda. This includes Black folks, Chicano/Latina folks, American Indians, senior citizens, and those who live in inner cities. These voters certainly aren’t a monolith, but voters of color are treated monolithically and sidelined in the same way. Voting rights legislation might pass, but for the filibuster. So why can’t we eliminate the filibuster? Some Democrats want to embrace the traditions of the past, even though those traditions allow the minority to ride rough-shod over the majority. President Biden, whose legislation has been blocked by the filibuster, only recently signaled some willingness to get rid of the filibuster in some cases. He should have spoken up sooner, and more loudly. Though more than 60 percent of Americans support the Build Back Better legislation, just two recalcitrant Senators have been able to hold up the vote. Now, as we head into the holiday season, the window to pass this legislation is closing. In my opinion, neither the House nor the Senate deserves

time off until voting rights legislation is passed. Too many of us seem to forget that we are the BOSSES, not the serfs, of these members of the House and the Senate. We can kick them to the curb as viciously as they’ve kicked us. We have powerful Black women leaders who are urging us to take our power back, rejecting incumbents who don’t have our interests at heart. Our work, our serious work, is to vet these incumbents and send them home when it is necessary. We don’t do that. We tend to reelect incumbents because we are used to them, because we feel close to them, because they’ve been to our schools, because they’ve done a town hall, because they are friendly and personable. As personable as some of them are, if they don’t support economic justice, they are just a waste of space. They are sitting in an elected seat that someone else might better use to serve people. Voting rights and economic justice are inextricably intertwined. We won’t get fair wages, good labor laws, student loan forgiveness, child care, or more progressive economic legislation until we get the right to vote, because there are those who would offer rights like goodies on a snack plate, goodies they can easily take back. It is absurd that in a nation that brags about democracy fails to provide it for too many of its citizens. Republicans are shameless in their grab for power. We have to be aggressive in our resistance. We cannot have economic justice without voting rights. Kudos to the Black women who are fighting for our rights.

Giving Thanks (—“In everything give thanks.” That Bible verse can be hard to put into practice. Just by being alive we can be sure of having moments of sadness as well as happiness. When you’re active in politics, you experience both wins and losses. Sometimes it can be hard to feel grateful. That might be true for a lot of people this year. COVID-19 has brought painful losses to thousands of families. The unfairness of our health and justice systems has been laid bare. At the start of the year, we saw shocking violence during the Capitol insurrection. And as we near the end of the year, we are still seeing our former president and many of his supporters lie about that violence—and about last year’s election. And it is deeply discouraging to see how many political leaders are willing to spread false information. It is enraging how many are willing to inflame racism and resentment to win elections. Still, even though we live with the persistent injustice, I believe the old saying “count your blessings” is good advice anytime—and especially at Thanksgiving. I am grateful for my family, friends, and co-workers. I am grateful to be in good health. I am grateful for scientists who developed COVID-19 vaccines and treatments that are protecting the people I love and making it possible for us to spend time together. I am grateful that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are our president and vice president. I am grateful to activists and voters in Georgia who barely got to take a breath after the presidential election, and who kept at it until they put Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in the

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Commentary U.S. Senate. I am grateful that President Biden has taken seriously the responsibility to nominate federal judges who believe in the “for all” part of “liberty and justice for all.” I am grateful that Democratic senators have moved quickly to confirm the most personally and professionally diverse group of judges in our history. This is an important first step in limiting the damage being done by former President Donald Trump’s right-wing judges. I am grateful that Congress passed and President Biden signed a major infrastructure bill. I am grateful that it will create good jobs, make needed repairs to roads and bridges, and help make affordable access to the Internet available to more people across the country. I am grateful to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for appointing a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on our democracy. I am grateful that the Department of Justice has supported the committee’s work by indicting former Trump aide Steve Bannon for refusing a congressional subpoena to testify. And I am truly grateful for a growing voting rights movement that is bringing people together to demand that the

White House and congressional leaders do what it takes to pass voting rights legislation this year. Over the past few months, voting rights activists have repeatedly gathered outside the White House. We have called on President Biden to make passage of federal voting rights legislation an urgent priority. Many of us have been arrested. I am grateful that I can stand with organizational and religious leaders and brothers and sisters from the labor and environmental and women’s rights and D.C. statehood movements in recognition of our common purpose—and the common threat we all face from new voter suppression laws. I am also deeply grateful for the inspiring group of young people who are rising into leadership of this generation’s civil rights and voting rights movement. Among those who were arrested in the cause of voting rights this month were Martin Luther King Jr.’s granddaughter and my own daughter. Their activism has been touching and inspiring. I could go on. One of the benefits of counting your blessings is that once you get started you keep thinking of new things. If you are feeling blessed right now, I rejoice with you. If you are feeling stressed, I feel for you. Wherever you are on your journey, I hope that Thanksgiving gives you an opportunity to take a breath, take stock, and make a new or renewed commitment to being involved in the hard but rewarding work of bending the arc of the moral universe a little bit more in the direction of justice. (Ben Jealous serves as president of People For the American Way.)


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School curriculums and the new politics of fear (—There are two undisputable facts. First, most people really have little understanding of the true meaning of critical race theory (CRT). Second, there is little evidence that critical race theory is taught in K-12 classes. The means by which students learn about the past represents the latest rallying cry among political conservatives. For that reason, we have seen attempted recalls and threats of violence against school board members. Superintendents and school teachers are less willing to address racism within their schools districts, thereby being silenced out of fear. In one state, legislators passed a law which would allow the state to withhold funding if schools failed to follow the state’s guidance on how to teach about slavery. This is not the first time we have seen political and cultural backlashes based on unsubstantiated claims. The 2008 presidential election was a turning point in illustrating the potential voting power of Black and brown people. It became evident that early voting, with its flexible hours and increased number of days, made it convenient for working class, minorities, students, and the elderly to get out and vote. As a result, high voter turnout helped propel Barack Obama in becoming the first U.S. president of color. The political and cultural reaction to this historic election came in the form of voter suppression laws and restrictions despite there being no tangible evidence of voter fraud. The goal of the laws is to increase the chances of winning elections in the future. Most of us never heard of CRT until recently. It was then-president Donald Trump who characterized any effort by schools to address systemic racism as critical race theory. The murder of George Floyd and the subsequent public demonstrations led to a higher public awareness and open discussions concerning racial injustice and White privilege. People were starting to have the type of constructive discussions which were long overdue. The type of discussions which could lead to permanent changes. The George Floyd protests served as a moral catalyst which caused the nation to take a hard look at how people of color are treated.

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Commentary Unfortunately, anything which promotes diversity and inclusion will be met with resistance from various segments of society. Critics argue that certain truthful lessons about history will cast all White people as oppressors and all people of color as victims. CRT has become the enemy which should be feared and defeated. It is a gold mine for those looking for ways to limit the effects of open dialogue and social awareness regarding systemic racism. It generates the type of anger and fear which will motivate and mobilize White parents and voters. CRT will not only become an election issue for gubernatorial and midterm races, but school board races are now getting increased attention from it. The way CRT is used by parents, educators and elected officials as a cultural and political weapon is the perfect example of systemic racism. Many people do not want an accurate depiction being taught because it will make certain people uncomfortable. We must note there’s another side to the story. There are people who are also uncomfortable due to the gross omissions and whitewashed stories throughout history books. The American story, in its entirety, will show the good in all people as well as the bad. The complexity of the truth will also produce a wide range of emotions by people of all races and from all walks of life. In Texas, even before legislation was passed to resist CRT, Hispanic students rarely saw themselves reflected in the history they were taught. While we recognize November as Native American Heritage Month, Native American students can also point to omissions and inaccuracies throughout school curriculums. During my years in school, the Native American experiences surrounding the “Trail of Tears” was never taught. Most people are still unaware of this particular Native American dispossession through the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Over 60,000 Native Americans were removed from their ancestral land and made to walk more than one thousand miles from the deep south to the area now known as Oklahoma. The brutal journey which resulted in thousands of deaths is another whitewashed untold story of history. For most native cultures, the primary means of transmitting and understanding the truth of their history has been through oral tradition. Stories are passed from one generation to the next through speech. Many Native Americans personally see their plight as being the same plight facing the Black community. Both have suffered from racial abuse and intimidation, higher rates of unemployment, higher levels of incarcerations, income inequality, inadequate housing, poorer health, incorrect and inappropriate depictions within the media and arts, and constantly being the target of voter suppression tactics. In October of this year, the U.S. Senate modified the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to include the Native American Voting Rights Act (NAVRA) as part of the bill. The experiences of oppressed people from all backgrounds will always be tied together. America has a “truth” problem. The truth is being rejected for political and cultural reasons. There is no K-12 school curriculum where CRT is taught. There is no voter fraud. There was no stolen election. And the pandemic is not a hoax. (David W. Marshall is founder of the faith based organization, TRB: The Reconciled Body, and author of the book “God Bless Our Divided America”. He can be reached at



Does ‘White denial’ disprove ‘White Privilege?’ In 1988, Peggy McIntosh, a White feminist scholar, wrote a paper called “White Privilege and Male Privilege.” Here the term “White Privilege” was coined and described as “an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions.” McIntosh listed 46 ways she had “White privilege.” Her list ranged from serious to trivial. Having little fear of the police during a traffic stop was an example of her White Privilege, but so was talking with her mouth full and not having people think it was a habit of her race. McIntosh would eventually tell her readers not to generalize her paper, it was about her experience, not the experiences of all White people. Unfortunately, McIntosh’s plea to keep her ideas in their proper autobiographical context was ignored. Today the mainstream usage of “White Privilege” implies White people have social advantages over other racial groups simply because they are White. But does the mainstream usage of the term “White Privilege” correspond with reality in the 21st century? In 2016, there was a proposal to add a new racial category for people who descend from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) on the 2020 census. The 2010 census defined White as a person having origins with any of the original people from Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa. Why are Middle Easterners and North Africans classified as White? According to Julian Do’s, article: MENA Leaders Say Without Census Data We’re Invisible and Disenfranchised, “Up until the mid-20th century, only Whites could own property, and only ‘free White immi-

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Check It Out grants’ could become American citizens. To survive and advance, Middle Eastern immigrants successfully petitioned the federal courts to be allowed to identify as White in 1920. North African immigrants, as members of the MENA population, got pulled along and found themselves legally classified as White as well. The discriminatory policy for citizenship and property ownership favoring Whites only ended with the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952.” During the 21st century, MENA leaders demanded their own race box on the census form, because the census form is used for policy purposes such as: Enforcing the voting rights act, drawing political districts, establishing federal affirmative action plans, evaluating claims of employment discrimination, monitoring discrimination in housing, enforcing school desegregation policies, and helping minority-owned small businesses get grants and federal loans. MENA leaders complained their request for a new racial category was turned down by the Census Bureau because the MENA population artificially increased the White population, which has been in decline. It’s not hard to read between these

lines. In the past, the MENA population went along with being classified as White because it was in their best interest, but, now, the privileges of the White majority are substandard compared to the benefits of being classified as a minority. What does that say about the reality of “White Privilege?” Last month, a survey by the website revealed more than a third of White students lied about their race on college applications. The number one reason why these White students faked “minority status” was to improve their chances of getting accepted. The second reason why these students denied being White was to benefit from minority-focused financial aid. Half of the respondents who faked “minority status” claimed to be Native American. 13 percent claimed to be Latino, 10 percent claimed to be Black, and 9 percent claimed to be Asian or Pacific Islander. Seventy-seven percent of students who faked “minority status” or denied being White were accepted to their desired college. explained, “While other factors may have played a role in their acceptance, the majority of applicants who lied and were accepted believed that falsifying their racial status helped them secure admission to college.” Now, White denial to benefit from minority status is a part of these students’ lived experience. What does that lived experience say about the reality of “White Privilege” in the 21st century?

Exonerations of Aziz and Islam are no surprise (—Serious Malcolmites, including myself, were neither surprised nor shocked by the exonerations of Muhammad Abdul Aziz (known in 1965 as Norman 3X Butler) and Khalil Islam (known as Thomas 15X Johnson) as assassins of Brother Malcolm X on February 21st 1965. Though both were reportedly ardent supporters of the assassination, neither had a position in the Nation Islam needed to plan and execute such a goal. Shortly after the assassinations that Sunday afternoon, I was told by Brother Earl Grant, one of Brother Malcolm’s most perceptive and trusted aides, that there was no way Aziz and Islam could have been present at the Organization of African American Unity rally without being recognized and probably asked to leave by the organization’s security team. I personally had practically no knowledge about security so I listened to Earl who was a mentor to me, second only to Brother Malcolm. He also informed me about the lies and misinformation about the assassination coming from the FBI and the New York City Police Department. What Earl told me at that time was lastingly reinforced in 1993 in a must-read book, “Conspiracys: Unraveling the Assassination of Malcolm X,” written by Baba Zak A. Kondo. His incisive introduction includes the following: “By March 3 (1965) three Black men, Talmadge Hayer, Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson,

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Reality Check were in police custody, charged with the first-degree murder of Malcom X. Hayer was seized by police at the scene of the crime. Both Johnson and Butler were arrested at their homes. A year and two months later each man was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. Since Johnson and Butler were both well-known in the Nation Islam’s Harlem Mosque, the police and prosecutors attributed Malcolm’s death to the escalating feud between Malcolm and his former mentor, Elijah Muhammad. Thus, the assassination, so far as authorities were concerned, was an open and shut case…. This author contends that Malcolm’s murder resulted from three intertwined conspiracies. The first was orchestrated by FBI agents who employed various schemes to oust Malcolm from the Nation of Islam, provoke a war between him and the NOI and set up his murder. The second conspiracy—fed by the first—was orchestrated by the NOI hierarchy which authorized New Jersey Muslims to plan and execute the murder. The third was orchestrated by

the New York Police Department which compromised Malcolm’s security, permitted all but one of the assassins to escape and framed two innocent men.” With clarity and knowledge-expanding details, Baba Zak backs up his analysis in his book. He explains and documents more conclusively than anyone else the whys and hows around the assassination of Brother Malcolm, especially the role of the FBI. It’s intense hostility and concerns about Brother Malcolm’s international agenda clearly played a role in their desire for him not being around. One example of their intense hatred of Brother Malcolm is clearly revealed in the following statements from its Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) files. One of its aims was to “Prevent the rise of a ‘messiah’ who could unify and electrify the militant Black nationalist movement. Malcolm might have been such a ‘messiah.’ He is the martyr of the movement today….” The FBI by saying Brother Malcolm “might have been such a messiah” is understating their concern. They knew very well that he could unify and electrify the militant Black nationalist movement. That’s why they wanted him eliminated. Aziz and Islam were not in a position to help carry out the plans of the FBI and its collaborators. I predict that twenty years from now their exonerations will be taught in high schools and colleges as shiny examples of the greatness of the American “justice” system.

Kamala Harris becomes first woman with presidential powers in U.S. history (NNPA)—Call her Madam President. Vice President Kamala Harris received presidential powers on Friday to occupy the commander-in-chief role while President Joe Biden underwent a colonoscopy. Because the procedure requires anesthesia, the transfer of powers was deemed necessary. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki remarked that the president underwent the procedure at Walter Reed Medical Center as part of his yearly health checkup. She said the transfer of power isn’t unusual nor unprecedented. “As was the case when President George W. Bush had the same procedure in 2002 and 2007, and following the process set out in the Constitution, President Biden will transfer power to

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Commentary the Vice President for the brief period of time when he is under anesthesia,” Psaki insisted. “The Vice President will work from her office in the West Wing during this time.” The press secretary for former President Donald Trump, Stephanie Grisham, claimed that Trump refused anesthesia before a colonoscopy in 2019

because he chaffed at turning over power to Vice President Mike Pence. The United States has never had a woman president, and Harris’ technically didn’t become president but obtained the powers of the presidency. It was only expected to last for not more than one hour. President Biden selected Harris to serve as vice president after a lifetime of public service. Harris served as San Francisco’s district attorney, California’s attorney general, and in the U.S. Senate. A graduate of Howard University and the University of California, Hastings College of Law, Harris became the first woman and first person of color to serve as vice president.

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COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT WRITER United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Office The Community Impact Grant Writer will work in strategic and creative partnership with the Community Impact team (including PA 211 Southwest) to lead grant writing and reporting for the Community Impact Department, including provide end-to-end grant management, from discovery of community need to selection of funded partners and reporting of results. The ideal candidate will demonstrate outstanding communications skills and will have grant writing and grants process experience. In addition, the Community Impact Grant Writer will also play a critical role in facilitating regular internal communication between programs, operations, and donor relations to ensure results and impact messaging is consistent and regularly shared. Bachelors degree and at least five years’ experience writing grants, proposals, applications and reports. Preferred experience working in human services or related field; track record of successful work in collaborative settings with community organizations and institutions of diverse size, scope, and range of interests. Visit our website at to view job description and apply for this position. Submissions will only be accepted electronically. The United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity, serving Allegheny, Butler, Westmoreland, Fayette, and Armstrong counties. THE PITTSBURGH ZOO & PPG AQUARIUM is seeking to fill numerous full-time positions in the areas of marketing, administration, tradesperson, and security. Seasonal holiday positions are also available. For more information or to apply, visit

YOUTH PROGRAM MANAGER Love the outdoors? Love working with kids? Join Venture Outdoors as our new Youth Program Manager! Job duties include managing youth programs, recruiting and training staff, grant writing and more. Interested individuals can submit their resume before November 29 at about/employment-opportunities/.

GRANT AND CONTRACT ADMINISTRATOR Administer, monitor, and manage various grants and contracts in compliance with all federal, state and agency regulations, policies and procedures. Financial oversight of budget preparation, expenditure, reporting and compliance. Degree in Business, Finance or related. Minimum 3 years’ experience. Details at . EEO/AA/M/F/Vet/Disability Employer CLASSIFIEDS GET RESULTS!

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Estate of RUSSELL A. PISHKO, Deceased of Glassport, PA, Estate No. 08331 of 2021 ,Michelle Pishko , Executrix, c/o Matthew J. Beam, Esquire, Scolieri Law Group, P.C., 1207 Fifth Avenue, Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Estate of ROSE M. LOBELLO , Deceased of 811 Fifth Avenue, Coraopolis, PA 15108, Estate No.: 02-21-07889, Ms. Rosalie L. Richards, Administratrix, c/o Max C. Feldman, Esquire and the Law Office of Max C. Feldman, 1322 Fifth AVenue, Coraopolis, PA 15108 Estate of CAROL A. MARIANO A/K/A CAROL ANN TWARDY MARIANO, Deceased of Scott Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Estate No.: 02-21-08083, Daria M. Adajian, Executor, 50 Central, Unit #1207, Sarasota, FL 34236 or to Robin L. Rarie, Atty; BRENLOVE & FULLER, LLC., 401 Washington Avenue, Bridgeville, PA 15017 Estate of RYGIEL, JR. THOMAS A. , Deceased of Hampton Township, Estate No.: 06707 of 2021, Norberta A. Rygiel, Apt.A, 41 Spring Street, Keyser WV 26726, Executrix, or to MICHAEL J. SALDAMARCO, ESQ., STE. 100, 908 Perry HWY. Pittsburgh, PA 15229


In the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny, Orphans’ Court Division, Estate of CAROL A. DERR, deceased, Case No. 8022 of 2021: Notice is hereby given that on October 29, 2021, a Petition was filed by Barbara J. Derr to terminate the interests of the heirs and devisees of Carol A. Derr, deceased, in the real estate located at 1423 Chestnut Street, Turtle Creek, PA 15145 and determine that fee simple title is in Barbara J. Derr. If no exceptions to the Petition are filed within 30 days, Barbara J. Derr will seek an Order adjudging that the interest of Carol A. Derr is now vested in Barbara J. Derr

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Jay Arthur Gilmer, Esq., 7246 Campania Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Notice is hereby given that Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Department of State of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, on August 24, 2021, with respect to a nonprofit corporation, LUCIE Inc., which has been incorporated under the Nonprofit Corporation Law of 1988.


PORT OF PITTSBURGH COMMISSION REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL. The Port of Pittsburgh Commission is seeking the services of a consultant to assist in obtaining maximum funding for the Upper Ohio Navigation Project through the Infrastructure Bill. The successful candidate will possess knowledge of inland waterways infrastructure, knowledge of funding for waterways infrastructure, understanding of how the USACE operates and knowledge of the capital investment strategy (CIS). Interested parties should request the RFP by sending a message to


ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA NOVEMBER 17, 2021 The Office of the County Controller of Allegheny County, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Contract Awards Room; 7th Floor; Commonwealth Keystone Building; 400 North Street; Harrisburg, PA 17120 will receive bids through ECMS until 11:00 A.M. prevailing local time, Thursday, December 9, 2021. Bids will be opened through ECMS at approximately 11:00 A.M. and can be viewed publicly in the Contract Awards Room, for the following: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS CAMPBELLS RUN BRIDGE NO. 5 AND NO. 6 ALLEGHENY COUNTY COUNTY PROJECT NO. CM05-0614 AND CM06-0610 ECMS NO.: 27753 THIS PROJECT WILL BE BID THROUGH PENNDOT ECMS As a prospective bidder, please note the following general Project data regarding: Pre Bid Information, Bidding Requirements, and Contract Conditions. See the Project Manual and Drawings (Proposal Report) for detailed information, responsibilities and instructions. PRE-BID INFORMATION: View the project Manual and Drawings (Proposal Report) on the PennDOT ECMS website ( or in Room 504, County Office Building, 542 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. BIDDING REQUIREMENTS: THIS PROJECT REQUIRES PREQUALIFICATION OF BIDDERS, INCLUDING SUBCONTRACTORS, AS SPECIFIED IN SECTION 102.01 OF COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SPECIFICATIONS (PUBLICATION 408/2020, CURRENT EDITION) ON THIS PROJECT. ALL QUESTIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH ECMS AND IF NEEDED ADDENDA WILL BE ISSUED ELECTRONICALLY. INSTRUCTIONS TO BIDDERS WILL BE PROVIDED IN THE PROPOSAL REPORT WHICH CAN BE VIEWED THROUGH ECMS. SUBMIT YOUR BID USING ECMS. The County Manager reserves the right to reject any and all bids. The anticipated Notice-to-Proceed for this project is March 7, 2022 and the project is to be completed by November 22, 2022. CONTRACT CONDITIONS: In accordance with the provisions of the “Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage Act” of August 15, 1961, P.L. 987, as Department of Labor and Industry, the prevailing minimum wage predetermination requirements as set forth in the Attachments apply to this Project. The County of Allegheny County hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority business enterprises / women business enterprises [MBE/WBE] will be afforded the full opportunity to submit bids on the grounds of race, sex, color or national origin in consideration for an award. It is a condition of the bidding process/contract that all responsive bidders/contractors shall follow the minority business enterprises/women’s business enterprises [MBE/WBE] procedures set forth in the project manual/contract documents. Chelsa Wagner CONTROLLER COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY NOTICE TO PROPOSERS The Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County (SEA) will receive proposals for Professional Services for Sustainability Consultant to assist with LEED EBO+M v4.1 Re-certification at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center as identified below. The contracts for this work will be with the Sports & Exhibition Authority. The Request for Proposals may be obtained after the date identified below from Ryan Buries, Project Consultant, email:, Telephone: (412) 325-6151 This Advertisement applies to the following Request for Proposal: Project: RFP Available: Pre-Proposal Meeting:

Professional Services for Sustainability Consultant to assist with LEED EBO+M v4.1 Re-Certification November 19, 2021 2:30 PM November 30, 2021 (non-mandatory) Via ZOOM Meeting ID: 810 8000 4711 For call in number:

Time/Date/Location for Proposals:

3:00 PM, December 16, 2021 David Lawrence Convention Center 1000 Ft Duquesne Blvd Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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PORT AUTHORITY OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY Electronic Proposals will be received online at the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s Ebusiness website ( Proposals/bid submittals will be due 11:00 AM on December 21, 2021 and will be read at 11:15 AM., the same day, at Port Authority’s Heinz location (345 Sixth Avenue, Third Floor, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222-2527) as well as through your web browser via Microsoft Teams video conferencing, for the following: Electronic Proposal - Ebusiness website (

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Bid Number B211184A B211185 B211186A B211188A B211189 B211190A B211191A

Bid Name Diesel Engine Oil Turnout Frogs Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) Reman/Exchange Fuel Injectors – Cummins Engines LRV Brake Control Boards Pest Control Services Cummins ISB Engine Replacement Parts

To join the Bid Opening by Microsoft Teams call-in number: • 412-927-0245 United State, Pittsburgh (Toll) • Conference ID: 198 436 989# Paper Proposal – Documents are available for the following item at Port Authority s Main Offices 345 Sixth Avenue, Third Floor, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15222-2527


Bid Number B21-11-87A

Bid Name Leasing & Servicing of Coach Tires

No bidder may withdraw a submitted Proposal for a period of 75 days after the scheduled time for opening of the sealed bids. A Pre-Bid Conference will be held via tele-conference on each of the above items at 10:00 am December 1, 2021, as well as through your web browser via Microsoft Teams video conference. To join the Pre-Bid Meeting by Microsoft Team video conference: • To join the Pre-Bid Meeting by Microsoft Teams call-in number: • 412-927-0245 United State, Pittsburgh (Toll) • Conference ID: 265 197 136# Attendance at this meeting is not mandatory, but is strongly encouraged. Questions regarding any of the above bids will not be entertained by the Port Authority within five (5) business days of the scheduled bid opening. These contracts may be subject to a financial assistance contract between Port Authority of Allegheny County and the United States Department of Transportation. The Contractor will be required to comply with all applicable Equal Employment Opportunity laws and regulations. Contractor is responsible for expenses related to acquiring a performance bond and insurance where applicable. All items are to be FOB delivered unless otherwise specified. Costs for delivery, bond, and insurance shall be included in bidder’s proposal pricing. Port Authority of Allegheny County hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively insure that in regard to any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprise will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, or national origin in consideration for an award. The Board of Port Authority reserves the right to reject any or all bids. LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT PORT AUTHORITY OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL NO. 21-10 Port Authority of Allegheny County (Authority) is requesting proposals for the performance of the following service (“Contract Services”): PROFESSIONAL SERVICES TO COORDINATE PARATRANSIT SERVICE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES AND OLDER ADULTS IN ALLEGHENY COUNTY The work under the proposed Agreement consists of the coordination and administration of Authority’s existing coordinated paratransit service for persons with disabilities and older adults in Allegheny County. The Agreement will be for a 5-year period. A copy of the Request for Proposal (RFP) will be available on or after November 19, 2021 and can be obtained by registering at the Port Authority ebusiness website: and following the directions listed on the website. Please note that Proposers must register under the ebusiness category of PSPT – Pro Paratransit for this RFP. Proposers may also register in other categories for any future RFPs issued by Port Authority. If you have specific questions regarding this RFP, please contact Catherine Terrill at (412) 566-5188 or via email An Information Meeting for interested parties will be held at 9:30 a.m., prevailing time, December 2, 2021 via Microsoft Teams video conference and/or conference call to answer any questions regarding this RFP. To join by Microsoft Team video conference: • To join by Microsoft Teams call-in number: • (412) 927-0245 United State, Pittsburgh (Toll) • Conference ID: 251 722 102# Electronic proposals must be both received, and time stamped by a representative of the Purchasing and Materials Management Department through Authority’s Ebusiness website at or before 2:00 p.m., prevailing time, December 21, 2021, at Proposals received or time stamped by a Purchasing and Materials Management Department representative through Authority’s Ebusiness website after the advertised time for the submission of proposals shall be non-responsive and therefore ineligible for award. Each Proposer shall be solely responsible for assuring that its proposal is timely received and time stamped in accordance with the requirements herein. This Contract Services may be funded, in part, by, and subject to certain requirements of, the County of Allegheny and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The proposal process and the performance of the requested services will be in accordance with guidelines and regulations of the FTA “Third Party Contracting Guidelines”, FTA Circular 4220.1F, as amended, and all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Port Authority of Allegheny County, in compliance with 49 C.F.R., Part 26, as amended, implements positive affirmative action procedures to ensure that all Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (“DBEs”) have the maximum opportunity to participate in the performance of contracts and subcontracts financed, in whole or in part, with federal funds, if any, provided under or for the proposed Agreement. In this regard, all recipients or contractors shall take all necessary and reasonable steps in accordance with 49 C.F.R., Part 26, to ensure that DBEs have the maximum opportunity to compete for, and perform contracts and subcontracts for, the Contract Services. Port Authority of Allegheny County, in compliance with 74 Pa.C.S. § 303, as may be amended, also requires that certified Diverse Businesses, (“DBs”) have the maximum opportunity to compete for, and perform contracts and subcontract for, the Contract Services. In this regard, all Proposers, and the Contractor, shall make good faith efforts, in accordance with 74 Pa.C.S. § 303, to ensure that DBs have the maximum opportunity to compete for, and perform contracts and subcontracts for, the Contract Services. Further, proposers and the Contractor shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, disability, national origin, sex, sexual origin, gender identity or status as a parent in the award and performance of contracts or subcontracts for these Contract Services Port Authority of Allegheny County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals.



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LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT PORT AUTHORITY OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL NO. 21-11 Port Authority of Allegheny County (Authority) is requesting proposals for the performance of the following services (“Contract Services”): INSPECTION AND ENGINEERING SERVICES The Inspection and Engineering services (Contract Services) under the proposed Agreement(s) consists of the following categories: (A) Inspection and professional engineering services for: 1) continuing Authority’s Bridge Management System and Bridge Inspection Program, including performing initial, periodic and emphasis inspections on 79 highway and transit bridges; 2) performing inspections on eight tunnels; 3) performing inspections on eight radio towers; 4) performing inspections of the electrical and mechanical equipment on the Duquesne Incline; 5) performing inspections of the haul and safety cables and fall protection systems of the Monongahela Incline; 6) performing inspections of fixed guideways, retaining walls and other transit structures; and 7) providing other engineering support services as required by Authority for repairs to transit bridges, tunnels, towers, inclines, retaining walls and/or other transit structures. (B) Engineering support services as required by the Authority for the rehabilitation and/or replacement of transit bridges, tunnels, radio towers, inclines, retaining walls and other transit structures. The Authority intends to create a pool of up to two (2) firms for each of the above identified categories that can be called upon as needed. While it is currently the Authority’s intention to enter into agreements with a pool of two (2) firms for each category, this number may be adjusted up or down, at Authority’s sole discretion, based upon the number of proposals received and Authority’s evaluation of same in relation to its Inspection and Engineering services needs in each of the categories. Proposals may be submitted for one or both above categories. The required services will be issued on a work order basis as they are approved to proceed by Authority. The Agreements will be for a four (4) year period with the option to extend the term of the Agreement up to one (1) additional year at the sole discretion of Authority. A copy of the Request for Proposal (RFP) will be available on or after November 22, 2021 and can be obtained by registering at the Port Authority ebusiness website: and following the directions listed on the website. Please note that Proposers must register under one or more of the following ebusiness categories of for this RFP: ENGINEERING



Engineering - Inspection


Engineering – Construction Management


Engineering – Environmental


Engineering – General Architectural/Engineering


Engineering – Construction Inspection


Engineering – Project Management


Engineering – Systems/Communications

Proposers may also register in other categories for any future RFPs issued by Port Authority. If you have specific questions regarding this RFP, please contact Jeff Faddis at (412) 566-5315 or via email at An Information Meeting for interested parties will be held at 9:30 a.m. prevailing time, December 6, 2021 via Microsoft Teams video conference and/or conference call to answer any questions regarding this RFP. To join by Microsoft Team video conference: • To join by Microsoft Teams call-in number: • 412-927-0245 United State, Pittsburgh (Toll) • Conference ID: 554325184# Electronic proposals must be both received, and time stamped by a representative of the Purchasing and Materials Management Department through Authority’s Ebusiness website at or before 2:00 p.m., prevailing time, January 13, 2022, at Proposals received or time stamped by a Purchasing and Materials Management Department representative through Authority’s Ebusiness website after the advertised time for the submission of proposals shall be non-responsive and therefore ineligible for award. Each Proposer shall be solely responsible for assuring that its proposal is timely received and time stamped in accordance with the requirements herein. Please note that a sealed Summary of Costs should NOT be submitted with the Proposal, but will be submitted at a later date as requested by Port Authority. This Contract Services may be funded, in part, by, and subject to certain requirements of, the County of Allegheny and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The proposal process and the performance of the requested services will be in accordance with guidelines and regulations of the FTA “Third Party Contracting Guidelines”, FTA Circular 4220.1F, as amended, and all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Port Authority of Allegheny County, in compliance with 49 C.F.R., Part 26, as amended, implements positive affirmative action procedures to ensure that all Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (“DBEs”) have the maximum opportunity to participate in the performance of contracts and subcontracts financed, in whole or in part, with federal funds, if any, provided under or for the proposed Agreement. In this regard, all recipients or contractors shall take all necessary and reasonable steps in accordance with 49 C.F.R., Part 26, to ensure that DBEs have the maximum opportunity to compete for, and perform contracts and subcontracts for, the Contract Services. Port Authority of Allegheny County, in compliance with 74 Pa.C.S. § 303, as may be amended, also requires that certified Diverse Businesses, (“DBs”) have the maximum opportunity to compete for, and perform contracts and subcontract for, the Contract Services. In this regard, all Proposers, and the Contractor, shall make good faith efforts, in accordance with 74 Pa.C.S. § 303, to ensure that DBs have the maximum opportunity to compete for, and perform contracts and subcontracts for, the Contract Services. Further, proposers and the Contractor shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, disability, national origin, sex, sexual origin, gender identity or status as a parent in the award and performance of contracts or subcontracts for these Contract Services. Port Authority of Allegheny County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM PROVIDERS The Allegheny County Department of Human Services recently issued a Request for ualifications (RFQ) for the Student Assistance Program Providers. Due Date: 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, January 21, 2022. For more details and submission information, visit: w w w . a l l e g h e n y c o u n t y. u s / Human-Services/Resources/ Doing-Business/Solicitations-(RFP/ RFQ/RFI).aspx. Erin Dalton Director


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - PROJECT BASED VOUCHER PROGRAM (RFP) CONTRACT NO. ACHA - 1667 The Allegheny County Housing Authority is seeking proposals from responsible property owners interested in providing expanded rental housing opportunities for low income families. Properties must be existing housing in Allegheny County, excluding the City of Pittsburgh and the City of McKeesport, in a census tract area with a poverty rate of less than 10% or in a census tract area with a poverty rate between 10% and 15% per the U.S. census bureau. The minimum contract term will be 15 years with a maximum contract term of 20 years at the ACHA’s option. The ACHA will begin to accept proposals on a one-time basis beginning Monday, November 22, 2021 with a closing date of Friday, December 17, 2021. Any proposal received after the expiration of this application period will not be considered. Once received, each proposal will be rated for the program compliance with the goals of deconcentrating poverty, expanding housing and economic opportunities. Once reviewed the successful proposer will be notified in writing of award as well as required public notification. Detailed Applications and selective information will be provided by request to the: Mr. Robert Gabbianelli Associate Director, Housing Choice Voucher Program Allegheny County Housing Authority 301 Chartiers Avenue McKees Rocks, PA 15136 412-402-2546 412-355-2175 Fax

OFFICIAL ADVERTISEMENT THE BOARD OF PUBLIC EDUCATION OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PITTSBURGH Sealed proposals shall be deposited at the Administration Building, Bellefield Entrance Lobby, 341 South Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15213, on November 30, 2021, until 2:00 P.M., local prevailing time for: Pittsburgh Whittier K-5 Play Area Upgrades General Prime Pittsburgh Brashear High School Finish Floor Replacements and Miscellaneous Work General Prime Project Manual and Drawings will be available f or pur chase on November 1, 2021, at Modern Reproductions (412-488-7700), 127 McKean Street, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15219 between 9:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. The cost of the Project Manual Documents is non-refundable. Project details and dates are described in each project manual. REQUEST FOR BIDS PROFESSIONAL AUDIT SERVICES Westmoreland County Housing Authority (WCHA) is requesting bids for its annual Financial and Compliance Audit for the fiscal years ending September 30, 2021 and 2022. Sealed bids will be received by Michael L. Washowich, Executive Director, until Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at 10:00 A.M. (Eastern Standard Time) at the office of the Westmoreland County Housing Authority, 167 South Greengate Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. Interested respondents can obtain hard copy bid documents from the WCHA Administration Office at the address listed above. Electronic bid documents are available for download at Inquiries and registration can be emailed to Prospective bidders shall register with WCHA via email in accordance with the bid requirements.



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Lynne Hayes-Freeland’s final weekday show on KDKA Radio filled with praise for media icon HAYES-FREELAND FROM A1

bringing stories of others into viewers’ homes and through the radio airwaves, now’s the time for Hayes-Freeland to concentrate even more on her own family. “This is a day of tribute to you,” said local pastor, Rev. Niecy Dennis White, on the KDKA Radio show. “I speak on behalf of countless people in this region to say thank you for your pioneering leadership to the Pittsburgh media on countless platforms. You are a motivational speaker, you emcee programs for us... the list goes on and on.” Pastor White added: “You created the bar for many people, especially in the diversity community. Your voice not only mattered, you had a caring voice. You are a barrier-breaking voice. Your voice has been a voice that bridged gaps in this region. You enlightened your colleagues around you and you heightened awareness on the importance of diversity in this region. Thank you for who you are. You are a woman of destiny and purpose.” Hayes-Freeland, a Pittsburgh native, graduated from what’s now known as Oakland Catholic High School, and later graduated from Duquesne University. She began her career as a producer at KDKA Radio, then joined KDKA-TV (2) in 1976. According to a bio on KDKA’s website, Hayes-Freeland created the show “Weekend Magazine,” produced what was then known as the “Vibra-

tions” program, and produced KDKA’s annual Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund telethon. She then spent roughly 30 years as a reporter on KDKA-TV and host of “The Lynne Hayes Freeland Show.” In December 2018, she was named weekday host on KDKA Radio, becoming the first African American to host a weekday show on the station in a full-time capacity. She continued to host her weekly television program. Hayes-Freeland’s final weekday radio show couldn’t have ended without a number of former KDKA-TV colleagues checking in. Harold Hayes, now in year five of his retirement after 40 years in broadcasting, 37 of those with KDKA, reminisced on the days in the KDKA newsroom with Hayes-Freeland and others. “It was quite a time because we always said when the managers of the newsroom came down our aisle, it was like going down the aisle of Jurassic Park; you didn’t know if your head was going to get bitten off, or if we would just growl, or if we would just go do the story as assigned.” Hayes told Hayes-Freeland that as retirement goes on, “you listen less and less” to the current news happening of the day. “You realize the torch has been passed to another generation, and it’s time for them to do that stuff.” Mary Robb Jackson, a fellow KDKA-TV reporter, said on the show that Hayes-Freeland is in “for the sweetest time in your life.”

LYNNE HAYES-FREELAND, right, is celebrated for 45 years of professional service in the media and in the Pittsburgh community, during a retirement celebration presented by Onyx Woman Online Magazine, Oct. 12. (Photo by Nate Smallwood) Paul Martino, who retired earlier this year, praised Hayes-Freeland for serving on the SAG-AFTRA (workers’ union) negotiating committee and fighting for diversity. Timira Rush, a KDKA Radio longtime producer and producer of Hayes-Freeland’s radio show, said: “To work in the business who looks like you is very important for me. I was able to come out of my shell. I was able to do things I’ve never done in the 26 years I’ve been there, Lynne. You brought out a lot in me and I am going to be forever grateful.” Michael Spacciapolli, se-

nior vice president and market manager for Audacy Pittsburgh, which owns KDKA Radio, called Hayes-Freeland “an icon, and there’s not a lot of icons in this city, and you’re one of them...I want to thank you for the voice you’ve brought to this radio station, the different opinions you’ve brought to the radio station, the various guests you brought to the radio station to really balance out a conversation that we’re having every day. You’ve been a huge part of changing that dialogue as we go into the future. We’ll be forever grateful for what you’ve done here.”

Spacciapolli also told listeners that Hayes-Freeland will continue to have a voice on KDKA Radio. Beginning in January 2022, Hayes-Freeland will join midday host Marty Griffin for a weekly one-hour conversation; will continue to host the monthly program “Minority Health Matters,” and will contribute on social media. Before she signed off, Hayes-Freeland, fitting for the holiday season, “thanked” those who took “this leap with me (into radio). It was a leap of faith on my part and I’m glad that you guys went with me.”

Patrice King Brown, a noted KDKA-TV anchor who retired more than a decade ago, told Hayes-Freeland: “You and I have known each other since we were 14 years old. It’s a wonderful gift being a grandparent, and I don’t think you can appreciate it until you are one. Nobody can prepare you for the love that you feel for grandchildren.” King Brown added: “May you be proud of the work you have done, my sister, the woman you have become, because we grew there (at KDKA), and the difference you have made. I love you.”

Rev. Glenn Grayson Sr. announces run for 19th House District seat GRAYSON FROM A1

pour my heart and soul into the entire district,” he said. Reverend Grayson was born in Brooklyn, New York; one of nine children (eight boys, one girl). He attend-

ed Livingstone College, an HBCU in Salisbury, North Carolina, earning a bachelor’s in business administration and management. Reverend Grayson earned a Master of Divinity at Hood Theological Seminary, also in Salisbury. He then com-

pleted a year of clinical pastoral education at the former Charlotte Memorial Hospital. Reverend Grayson was the pastor of two churches before coming to Pittsburgh. He knew his call was to “jump in the work for justice and equali-


NOTICE OF PUBLIC NEEDS HEARING FOR THE CDBG, HOME, ESG, AND HOPWA PROGRAMS CITY OF PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA Notice is hereby given by the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA that it will hold two public needs hearings on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m, prevailing time. The public needs hearing will be held at the City-County Building, Room 646 (City Stats), at 414 Grant Street. Note that entrance to the building is on the Grant Street side of the City-County Building. This Notice and any additional updates will be posted at Please check our website at https://pittsburghpa. gov/omb/cd for more information. The purpose of the public needs hearings is to gather information for the City’s Annual Action Plan for FY 2022, which the City must submit to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the four federal grant programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA). Additionally, the hearing will be used to solicit the views and comments of individuals and organizations concerning the housing, community and economic development, and fair housing needs in the City. All interested residents are encouraged to attend this public hearing to present oral or written testimony concerning the needs of the City of Pittsburgh and the use of CDBG, HOME, ESG, and HOPWA funds to address those needs over the next fiscal year. To provide comments on public needs, please email by Friday, December 17, 2021. Anyone who requires an accommodation for effective communication or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in this program should contact the City of Pittsburgh ADA Coordinator Hillary Roman at, or by calling 412-255-2102, int. 457. Written comments may be addressed to the City of Pittsburgh’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Community Development Division, attention Whitney Finnstrom, Senior Manager, Office of Management and Budget, Community Development (OMB-CD), 414 Grant Street, Room 501, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. NOTICE OF SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT TO THE FY 2020 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN FOR THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH, PA Notice is hereby given by the City of Pittsburgh, PA, that the City will hold a public hearing to amend its FY 2020 Annual Action Plan for the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. A copy of the proposed amendment of the FY 2020 Annual Action Plan is available for review at:, and has been on display beginning on Friday, November 12, 2021 and ending on Monday, December 13, 2021. The City proposes amendments to create the following new FY 2020 CDBG activity: •Frankstown Avenue Signal Improvements, +$199,117.90 (new budget item) for the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) design services for a traffic signal improvement project along Frankstown Avenue between Murtland Street and Blackadore Avenue located within the City of Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood. • Source of funds: Unallocated 2020 CDBG funds of $739,211.00. A public hearing concerning the Substantial Amendment will be held on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 1:00 PM. The public hearing will be held at the City-County Building, Room 646 (City Stats), at 414 Grant Street. Note that entrance to the building is on the Grant Street side of the City-County Building. Anyone who requires an accommodation for effective communication or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in this program should contact the City of Pittsburgh ADA Coordinator Hillary Roman at, or by calling 412255-2102, int. 457. Written public comments may emailed to the City of Pittsburgh’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Community Development Division, attention Mr. Whitney Finnstrom, Senior Manager, at, or sent to the Office of Management and Budget, Community Development (OMB-CD), 414 Grant Street, Room 501, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, by December 13, 2021 at 4:00 PM.

ty,” similar to his predecessor, the notable Rev. Charles H. Foggie. However, in 2010, tragedy struck the Grayson family. Reverend Grayson’s son, Jeron, was fatally shot during a party held near the California University of Pennsylvania campus. He was 18. “It is not the natural order for a parent to bury a child,” Rev. Grayson told the Courier. “Jeron made an impact on life and society, and we knew that we could have just gone under or taken bad to make good. As a family we committed ourselves to the work.” Reverend Grayson said his family became committed to a mantra that

he teaches young people to this day: “Never touch a gun.” The Center That CARES has gone from a “mom-and-pop” organization to one that receives grants in the millions to help impact thousands of families in the Hill District and beyond. The Jeron X. Grayson center itself holds four to six events per week that assist in that mission. Come 2022, Rev. Grayson, also the father to Glenn Grayson Jr. and Shinora Johnson and husband to Marsha Grayson, told the Courier that he wants to be the person that represents the 19th District in Harrisburg. He vows

to help pass laws that bring more finances into the communities he represents. He vows to be transformative. He vows to be tangible. “We don’t dwell in problems; we find solutions,” Rev. Grayson said. “That’s why I think I’ll be a great candidate. I’m an out-of-the-box, futuristic thinking person, very determined, very focused. I have a history of taking a little bit, and making much.”


INVITATION FOR BIDS (IFB) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that specifications and proposal forms for furnishing all labor andmaterials and professional consulting and/ or construction services for the following project(s) entitled: • Castlegate Green - PHFA Project #TC2021-454 may be obtained from Sota Construction Services, Inc by contacting Chris Michaels at or calling 412-766-4630 x 101 beginning November 24, 2021. ALL BIDS WILL BE RECEIVED until 1:00 PM on December, 16th, 2021 at the offices of Sota Construction Services. Bids will be publicly opened at 1:00 PM on December, 16th, 2021 at the Sota Construction Services, Inc. offices at 80 Union Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15202. Bids must be on standard proposal forms in the manner therein described in the bid documents and beenclosed in a sealed envelope, bearing the name and address of the bidder on the outside, addressed to the Sota Construction Services, Inc. and marked with the project name. “Compliance is required with the Davis-Bacon Act and other Federal Labor Standard Provisions; Title VI and other applicable provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Department of Labor Equal Opportunity Clause (41 CFR 60 – 1.4); Section 109 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974; Executive Order 11625 (Utilization of Minority Business Enterprise); Executive Order 12138 (Utilization of Female Business Enterprise); in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; the Allegheny County MBE/WBE Program enacted July, 1981, which sets forth goals of 13 percent Minority and 2 percent Female Business Enterprise; and the Allegheny County Ordinance #6867-12, setting forth goals of 5 percent Veteran-Owned Small Businesses. Further, notice is hereby given that this is a Section 3 Project under the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, (as amended) and must to the greatest extent feasible, utilize lower income residents for employment and training opportunities and Section 3 Business concerns and all contracts and subcontracts for this project shall contain the “Section 3 Clause” as set forth in 24 CFR, Part 135.38. Moreover, compliance is required by the prime contractor and all subcontractors with the Federal General Conditions included in the contract documents between ACED and the operating agency. These Federal General Conditions are to be incorporated by reference into all construction contracts between operating agency and contractor, contractor and subcontractor(s), and subcontractor(s) and lower tiered subcontractor(s).” If there are additional questions, please contact Chris Michaels, Director of Preconstruction, at Sota Construction Services, Inc.