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THE MEMBERS OF THE NEW PITTSBURGH BLACK COACHES ASSOCIATION—Front row: Donta Green, Westinghouse; Cliff Simon, Imani Christian Academy; Stacy Robinson, Union High School; Lou Berry, Obama; Cedric Lloyd, Clairton; Ed Dawson, Cornell. Back row: Mike Warfield, Aliquippa; Wade Brown, Monessen; Andrew Moore, Brashear; Wayne Wade, Clairton; Jose Rejus, Serra High School; Richard Johnson, Bishop Canevin. Not pictured: Leroi Johnson, Sto-Rox; Mike Fulmore, Northgate. (Photo by Rob Taylor Jr.)
Its mission—provide support, guidance, resources to minority coaches by Rob Taylor Jr. Courier Staff Writer
Every once in a while, there’s some good news that comes out of such a devastating, tragic, oncein-a-century pandemic. Cliff Simon, the head coach and athletic director at Imani Christian Academy in East Hills, said it himself in prayer, surrounded by his fellow African American high school head football coaches that are becoming ever-present
in Western Pennsylvania. With his head bowed, Simon gave all glory to God, as he had previously asked Him “to help us (Black coaches) through games, this season of 2020 where we were traveling unchartered waters, going through things that were not normal, Heavenly Father. But you were there to guide us, to lead us to the other side. We ask that you continue to lead us.” From Westinghouse head coach Donta Green, to
Clairton head coach Wayne Wade, to newly minted Brashear head coach Andrew Moore and nearly a dozen more in between, there’s a new organization that’s been formed in the region—the Pittsburgh Black Coaches Association. With the coronavirus pandemic throwing sports off-schedule across the country, it was no different for the coveted high school football in Western Pa. Its teams had to deal with wearing masks at
BOLD DEMANDS Tim Stevens wants Pittsburgh Police to do away with certain minor infractions involving those in vehicles by Rob Taylor Jr. Courier Staff Writer
Tim Stevens, Chairman and CEO of the Black Political Empowerment Project, has seen enough. With so many police shootings and killings of African Americans the result of police pulling over a vehicle for minor violations, Stevens is calling on Pittsburgh Police and surrounding police departments to immediately suspend traffic stops for the following: Out-of-date tags/plates; Broken taillights; Partially obscured license plates; Failure to use turn signals; Failure to stop at stop signs; Going through stop lights; Failure to obey “yield” signs; Driving over
the speed limit; Failure to slow down in and around construction sites; Passing in a “no passing” zone; Failure to stop at a railroad crossing; Ignoring “No U-Turn” signs; Failure to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, and; Failure to stop for school buses with flashing red lights. “The Black Political Empowerment Project is suggesting that in lieu of traffic stops that a summons be sent to the driver to appear in traffic court to explain their actions, and for the magistrates to decide the appropriate action, be that dismissal of the case, a fine, or orders for certain time-oriented actions, such as by when a taillight would have to be repaired,”
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Stevens said at a press conference in the Hill District, April 20. “In our opinion these recommendations will significantly reduce the opportunities for negative interactions between citizens and police, and in turn, will provide much more time for police officers to investigate violent crime and other types of crime which might very negatively impact our communities,” Stevens continued. “We feel that citizens and police will benefit having many fewer opportunities for interactions which can frequently be quite threatening, dangerous, stressful and emotional for all.” Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said that he had received Stevens’ recommendations and that they are under his review. Stevens said that Blacks, and Blacks in the Pittsburgh area, have “reached SEE STEVENS A7
practice, or practices being canceled. Some players were ineligible to play due to COVID. Fans were, for
COURIER EXCLUSIVE the most part, not allowed in the stands. Regular season games were canceled sometimes just hours before kickoff. Last fall, Simon found
himself in a group text with other Black head coaches, wishing each other well prior to games and keeping each other in a positive mindset through the trying times. When the football season ended, the talks between the Black head coaches continued. Eventually, the decision was made to form an official group, a unification of Black men who oftentimes, truth be told, are coaching against each other.
“God wanted it to happen, and he started putting things into place, if you ask me,” Simon told the New Pittsburgh Courier in an exclusive interview. By February 2021, the group had elected its officers. Things were in motion. This past Saturday, April 24, the group finished its fourth in-person monthly meeting, held in HomeSEE BLACK COACHES A6
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SKY JOHNSON, 9, was an active participant in the cleanup efforts on the North Side, April 22. Other families from the North Side also participated in the effort conducted by Urban Strategies, Inc. (Photo by Rob Taylor Jr.)
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Mike Pelaia’s Steelers Draft preview Top needs: Pass Rusher, Offensive Tackle, Running Back It’s that time of year again. The time when everyone thinks their team is a Super Bowl contender. The time in April when all fans dust off their favorite jerseys and throw them on for three days to get a glimpse of football. It’s the time of year where the Pittsburgh Steelers try to reload, not rebuild, and put together a roster that will win the division and advance deep into January and hopefully February; something that hasn’t been done in over a decade in the Steel City. This year has a different feel. In all likelihood, it’s Ben Roethlisberger’s last ride. His final chance to pick up his third ring and ride off into the sunset. Pittsburgh is certainly not the favorites in the AFC where teams like Kansas City and Buffalo loom large. They really aren’t the favorites in the division with Cleveland and Baltimore looking to get better. Yet, despite all that, they believe they can not only make the playoffs, but advance in 2021 and with the right draft, I think they have a shot as well. The Steelers have had a busy offseason thus far, watching Bud Dupree depart for Tennessee, Mike Hilton to Cincinnati and releasing Steven Nelson as well. Yet they managed
and fill in any other gaps they may deem a need. Many people want the Steelers to draft a running back in Round 1. I don’t think that’s necessary and I believe the Steelers will and should draft the best available player to fill needs, since they are all-in for 2021. Based on that logic, here is my 2021 Steelers mock
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here but Ojulari provides depth behind T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith and can be used immediately. Round 2, Pick 55: Alex Leatherwood – Offensive Tackle – Alabama The Steelers fill a much-needed hole by drafting Leatherwood. He’s played both Tackle
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draft. Remember, the NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 29. The Steelers will make their first-round pick on April 29, and the other picks they have will
and Guard and is a very strong run blocker, something the Steelers desperately need. In my opinion, the team needs to fix this hole before they worry about their running back.
Round 3, Pick 82: Michael Carter – Running Back – North Carolina
Mike Pelaia to lose and then gain back Tyson Alualu, cut Vince Williams and then resign him, bring back Cam Sutton and JuJu Smith Schuster and solidify Roethlisberger as the quarterback for 2021. As they head into the draft, everyone knows they must improve the offensive line, which was very weak last season, step up the run game (James Conner recently left for Arizona), provide depth at the EDGE position on defense
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be made in the subsequent two days: Round 1, Pick 24: Azeez Ojulari – EDGE Rusher – Georgia Ojulari is athletic, quick and can get to the quarterback with ease. He’s a redshirt sophomore so he’s still a bit young into his collegiate career but certainly worthy of a firstround pick. Many will say they need an offensive lineman or running back
The Steelers finally draft their running back in Round 3. Carter provides great value here and can start immediately. He’s quick, reads his blocks well and finds the end zone regularly. Carter is also a very good receiving back and can provide a safety net for Roethlisberger. Round 4, Pick 128 – Aaron Banks – Offensive Lineman – Notre Dame The Steelers further invest in building the offensive line and add Banks who stands 6’3” and 338 pounds is a strong run blocker and provides a
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Financial consultant Orlando Houston identifies three areas in the world of personal finance that trips up some African Americans the most: How to escape a consumer-only mindset; How to make short, intermediate and long-term investments to be better prepared for every stage in life, and; How to create wealth for future generations. The 2004 Schenley High School graduate, who then graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in economics, tackles all of those topics and more in his first book, “Think Your Way to Wealth: a Guide to Financial Independence.” The book was
released in March. The book is available for purchase on Amazon and at www.thinkingyourway towealth.com. “I work with many people that either don’t know how to manage their money, financially protect their family or build wealth for themselves,” Houston, 34, a Monroeville resident, told the New Pittsburgh Courier in an exclusive interview. He’s been a financial consultant for nearly 10 years. “COVID exposed that many Americans are one paycheck away from their lives being upended. I wrote this book to serve as a financial guide that will help people think differently about their finances. In the book, I share some of my experiences of what inspired me to become a
burst of speed off the ball. He will translate to a long-term starter for Pittsburgh. Round 4, Pick 140 – Tre Brown – Cornerback – Oklahoma With their second pick in the fourth round, I see the Steelers drafting Tre Brown, a CB out of Oklahoma. With the loss of Mike Hilton and Steven Nelson, Brown fills a need for a player who can play both outside and nickel. He may be developmental at first but the Steelers can invest the time in him with a pick here. Round 6, Pick 216 – Demetric Felton – Wide Receiver – UCLA The Steelers don’t have a fifth-round pick so they will add depth at the WR position with their sixth-round pick of Demetric Felton out of UCLA. Felton is a good route runner and slot receiver. He’s a bottom-of-the-depth-chart pick but he can be used in packages and gadgetry plays and is worth bringing into camp to see if he can play special teams as well. Round 7, Pick 247 - Josh Kaindoh –
financial consultant and forced me to think differently about how to manage my finances.” Houston’s book also discusses investing, budgeting, items that are not good to purchase, and strategies for getting out of debt. “There is so much noise in our society that it can be difficult for individuals to decide what is best and what is not” when it comes to financial matters, said Houston, who also is an investment advisor representative for Equitable Advisors, LLC. He also hosts a monthly podcast on finance. “My goal is to help individuals and families focus on what is important for their financial success and how to reach a level of financial independence.”
EDGE Rusher – Florida State The Steelers add a second EDGE rusher in the seventh round to again provide more depth at a position of need. Pittsburgh believes you can never have too many EDGE guys and I buy into that belief as well. Kaindoh won’t see much action in year one but he will be developed and play some special teams until he’s ready for a bigger role in 2022. Round 7, pick 254 – Shaun Beyer – Tight End – Iowa The Steelers can really use depth at Tight End and Beyer can provide that. He’s athletic and finds the ball well and a guy who I think could be a second tight end option behind Eric Ebron. I think the Steelers will be delighted if they can grab Beyer with their final pick on Day 3. All in all, the Steelers will look a lot better heading into their 2021 season if the draft falls this way. They will add depth at the EDGE Rusher position, improve the offensive line, get their starting running back and add depth at other positions that need it.
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Attention nonprofits—what’s your best ‘ideas’ to promote ‘places of opportunity’ for young people?
SAM REIMAN, director of the Richard King Mellon Foundation.
The New Pittsburgh Courier has learned exclusively that the Richard King Mellon Foundation is looking for some pretty amazing “ideas” that ensure community assets are available to help youth withstand adversity and joyfully thrive in the Pittsburgh region. It’s all part of the foundation’s strategic plan that focuses on “Economic Mobility,” increasing opportunities for children and youth from families with lower incomes in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties today, so they can prosper as adults tomorrow. The “Request for Ideas” calls on nonprofit groups and public agencies
working in the aforementioned counties to submit their best ideas that can spur growth for the youth. Priority will be given to what’s called the “Places of Opportunity” ideas that achieve one or more of four primary outcomes: Community Engagement & Capacity—Initiatives that increase civic engagement, participation in social associations, volunteering and community connectedness. Cross-Community Collaboration—Initiatives that facilitate collaboration between communities, including shared missions and goals, co-creating and sharing programs and services, and partnering to make
systems better. Community Spaces—Initiatives that increase access to positive physical and virtual community spaces for children and youth, such as libraries, parks, community gardens and recreation centers. Resilient Places—Initiatives that that prevent or reduce youth involvement in the justice system. The RK Mellon Foundation’s “Place of Opportunity” initiative is rooted in research that shows a clear connection between a young person’s community environment and their prospects for prosperity. One helpful resource in understanding this correlation is powerful research from Opportunity Insights. This research was one of several resources that informed the foundation’s strategy. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to review this resource to inform the ideas they submit. In addition to “Places of Opportunity,” the other three pillars of the foundation’s “Economic Mobility” program area are: “Educational Attainment;” “Future of Work;”
and “Supportive Living Environments.” The Courier has learned that at least $1 million in grants for the best “Places of Opportunity” ideas will be awarded by the RK Mellon Foundation. Submissions are due on July 16, 2021. Groups with the most promising ideas will be asked in August to submit full proposals. Grants will be awarded in December, with the work to begin in 2022. Details on how to submit ideas are on the foundation’s website, www.rkmf.org. “This initiative is about building on the underappreciated strengths in every community in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties where families with lower incomes live,” said Sam Reiman, director of the Richard King Mellon Foundation, in a statement provided to the Courier. “We know from research that if we focus positively on building and connecting those community strengths, we can give our young people a measurably better chance to live the lives they want as adults.”
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1967—The World Boxing Association and the New York State Athletic Commission withdraw recognition of Muhammad Ali as world heavyweight boxing champion because of his opposition to the war in Vietnam and his resulting refusal to serve in the U.S. military. One of his famous phrases during the controversial period was, “I ain’t got no quarrel with those Vietcong.” In addition to being stripped of his title and license to box, Ali was sentenced to five years in prison for refusing to be inducted into the military. However, four years later the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction and Ali was allowed to box again.
1992—This was the first day of the Los Angeles riots which were sparked when a nearly all White jury acquitted four White cops in the brutal beating of Black motorist Rodney King even though the beating had been caught on tape. Two of the cops were later convicted on federal civil rights charges. The riots left at least 50 people dead, nearly 1,000 injuries and an estimated $1 billion in property damage.
711 AD—Tarik the Moor invades Spain with force of 7,000 troops, routs the Visigoths and establishes Moor domination of Spain. While there remains some dispute over Tarik’s race, the weight of the evidence is strong that he was a Black man. He was described in accounts of the time as having “brown skin and wooly hair.” His full
name was Tarik al Gibral. The famed Rock of Gibraltar is named in his honor. 1828—Shaka, the great Zulu king and military leader, is killed. His innovative military strategies kept European imperialism at bay for years as he established Zulu dominance in large parts of Southern Africa. The Zulu nation grew to at least 250,000 with an army of more than 40,000. But Shaka became increasingly dictatorial. Opposition to his dictatorship combined with jealousy led his two half-brothers to assassinate him on this day in 1828.
1866—The two-day Memphis, Tenn., race riots, one of the most savage events immediately following the civil war, begins. When it was over, former Confederate soldiers, angered by the loss of the Civil War and the new status for Blacks, had killed 46 Blacks and two of their White supporters, as well as raped five Black women and torched more than 90 homes, schools and churches. In support of the rebel soldiers, local police arrested hundreds of Blacks and not the Whites who were rioting. However, the savage nature of the rioting in Memphis (and a similar disturbance in New Orleans) prompted Congress to pass radical Reconstruction to aid Blacks, a Civil Rights bill, and the 14th Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing citizenship and equal protection to former slaves. 1950—Brilliant poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for her second collection, “Annie Allen,” is born on this day in Topeka, Kan. At 17, she
started submitting her work to “Lights and Shadows,” the poetry column of the Chicago Defender, an African American newspaper. Brooks published her first book of poetry, “A Street in Bronzeville” (1945) with Harper and Row, after strong show of support to the publisher from author Richard Wright. Brooks died on Dec. 3, 2000 in Chicago, Ill. 1967—The “Long Hot Summer” begins. The period between May 1 and Oct. 1, 1967 witnessed the most dramatic and destructive series of Black urban disturbances in American history. Major riots took place in 40 American cities. There were also lesser disturbances in 100 smaller towns and cities. Many felt the riots were sparked by a collective sense of frustrated hopes and a new urban generation less willing to adopt peaceful means for change.
1844—Master inventor Elijah McCoy is born in Colchester, Ontario, Canada. He would become the holder of more than 50 patents—most were mechanical devices, which greatly improved engines, locomotives and steamships. The superiority of his inventions led to the phrase “the real McCoy” coming to mean the mark of excellent and authenticity. McCoy was born to slaves who escaped America for a free life in Canada. His parents became successful and sent him to study engineering in Scotland when he was only 16. After the end of U.S. slavery, he settled in Ypsilanti, Mich., and began his remarkable career. 1870—One of the most unsung religious leaders in American history, William
Seymour, was born on this day in Centerville, La. Seymour became pastor of the Azusa Street Mission in Los Angeles and the catalyst for the worldwide Pentecostal movement. He not only rejected racial barriers in the church in favor of “Unity in Christ,” but he is also credited with eliminating many of the restrictions placed on women in the church. He died of a heart attack in 1922.
1845—Macon B. Allen passes the Massachusetts bar thus becoming the first African American lawyer to pass a state bar and the first Black person permitted to practice law in the United States. Allen was born in Indiana but after the Civil War he moved to South Carolina where he was elected a judge in 1873. 1933—Singer James Brown, known as “The Godfather of Soul” for his game-changing style in funk, soul and R&B throughout his career, was born on May 3, 1933, in Barnwell, S.C. Brown charted on the Billboard Pop Charts close to 100 times and on the R&B charts at least 110 times. In a career that spanned six decades, Brown influenced the development of several music genres. Brown died on Dec. 25, 2006. 1949—The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of J.D. Shelley on Shelley v. Kraemer, a landmark housing and civil rights case. After years of living with relatives or in rental properties, Shelley, who’d migrated from the South to St. Louis, Mo., with his family to escape racial oppression, decided to buy a house. He learned, however that many owners had agreed
to a real estate contract clause that banned them from selling their homes to people of “Negro or Mongolian” descent. After Shelley finally bought a house, White homeowner Louis Kraemer hired an attorney to invalidate the contract and took the case to court. After Kraemer successfully appealed, which reversed the first court’s decision, the Shelley family took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court and won.
1891—Dr. Daniel Hale Williams founds the Provident Hospital and Training Center in Chicago, Ill. It becomes a major training center for Black doctors and nurses. Williams is best known, however, for performing the nation’s first open heart surgery on July 9, 1893. He operated on a man injured in a knife fight. The man would live for another 20 years after the surgery. 1961—Thirteen Freedom Riders began bus trips through the South to test Southern compliance with a 1960 U.S. Supreme Court ruling outlawing segregation in interstate transportation facilities. They were soon joined by hundreds of other “Freedom Riders” of all ages and races. Despite the Court decision, dozens of Freedom Riders were arrested as the South attempted to hang onto its segregationist ways.
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wood. The Pittsburgh Black Coaches Association sometimes invites outside entities into its meetings to discuss possible community collaborations or summer camp opportunities. But then the meetings turn to supporting each member, making sure all student-athletes are receiving the best lessons on and off the field, and an overall message to each other that “teamwork makes the dream work.” The Courier was invited to the Pittsburgh Black Coaches Association’s meeting, held March 27. Coaches expressed that they each face “unique opportunities” because they were Black. They didn’t say definitely whether being Black was an advantage or disadvantage when applying for head football coaching positions in the overwhelmingly-White Pittsburgh region, but they agreed that if “you give us a level playing field, we feel like we can more than hold our own.” The meetings give the coaches a chance to vent, to praise, to learn about other Black up-and-comers in the football coaching profession; maybe a former player who wants to join a team as a volunteer or assistant coach. Those opportunities can lead to head coaching positions in the future, and it’s the already-established Black head coaches that can pro-
vide that pipeline. “There’s a lot that goes on in our communities and we’re in the position to really help our communities,” said Wade, who’s been head coach of the Clairton Bears since 2007. He said the collaboration gives the coaches a chance to discuss post-high school opportunities that could benefit many of their players. Those opportunities could be football-related, or maybe at a trade school, or the military. “It’s just as important to be a father figure” to many of their student-athletes, added Aliquippa High School head coach Mike Warfield. “We’re coaches, but most of us in our community and the teams that we coach, we have to be moreso coaches off the field than we do on the field.” Warfield’s assessment has been well-documented throughout the country. Black coaches are often who many well-known star athletes said they looked up to as a mentor, a person whom they could always depend on to steer them in the right direction. But across the country, one may be surprised to find so few organizations that unite African American coaches who lead high school football programs. In Houston, the African American Coaches Association was formed in 2018 by Dr. Kevin Simms. It’s largely made up of Black coaches from the Houston area (high schools), but has a few col-
legiate coaches involved. In November 2020, it was announced that the Philadelphia Black Coaches Association was being formed. It’s a collective of 13 Black coaches from the Public and Catholic leagues, which “aims to make Philadelphia a must-stop destination for college recruiters, mentor young Black coaches, and ultimately create more role models for players of every race, color, and creed,” according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report. In the Inquirer report, Black head coaches in the Philadelphia area felt there had been a longstanding “crabs-in-the-barrel” mentality, where Black coaches were being “pulled down” by other coaches or forces, not allowing some coaches to ascend to higher levels or acquire higher-caliber talent, which could ultimately result in a more prominent football program. “We have to get rid of that crab mentality that, ‘If you’re making it out, I’m going to pull you down so that I can make it out,’” said Central High football coach Rich Drayton, in the Inquirer story. That type of mentality is not in the Pittsburgh Black Coaches Association’s vocabulary, the coaches told the Courier. Wade said that once he saw more African Americans getting head coaching positions in the Pittsburgh area, it was just another reason to make
CLIFF SIMON, left, head football coach and athletic director at Imani Christian Academy, with Bishop Canevin High School head coach Richard Johnson. (Photos by Courier photographer Rob Taylor Jr.)
the organization a reality, a formality. “Sometimes, competition creates dissension,” said Warfield. “The thing that I was looking for (in joining the Pittsburgh Black Coaches Association) was being able to collaborate with guys who look like me who are dealing with the same situations and problems that I deal with.” And Wade added that by the Black coaches uniting, it hopefully will show their players that “when they go to each other’s communities outside of football, there’s still unity. We’re setting the example.” During the March meeting of the coaches, Warfield was adamant about his fellow coaches never losing focus of the student-athletes who may not have those Division 1, 2 or even Division 3 college football offers. “We have more of those kids than anyone else,” he said. As long as those students can graduate to being productive citizens in society after high school football, “I think we’re successful,” he added. At the March meeting, the group gave a collective congratulations to Moore, who was named head coach at Brashear, a City League school, on Jan. 26. He helped Brashear win a City League title as a junior in 2007, graduated the next year, then played the center position at Clarion University from 2008 to 2012. He spent four years as an assistant coach at Summit Academy, and had coaching stints at Hopewell, Carrick and Baldwin.
LAROI JOHNSON, head coach at Sto-Rox High School. “Football is a game that I love,” Moore told the Courier, “and I’ve had people give back to me and help me through tough times. So, once my playing career was done...I couldn’t get away from the game. But then
also having my creative mind, (coaching) helps me give back to the youth and create opportunities for them, to keep the cycle going of positivity.”
WAYNE WADE, left, longtime head coach of the Clairton Bears, with Cornell head coach Ed Dawson.
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their breaking point” in the ways that some officers treat African Americans. African Americans already feel a certain sense of nervousness when an officer is riding behind a car that a Black person is driving, and Stevens said that oftentimes, an officer will pull over the vehicle for something minor, which has shown to result in something major, like death to the Black person. In the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Heights, 20-year-old Daunte Wright was shot on April 11 by a White officer with 26 years of experience on the force, following Wright’s vehicle being stopped for an
expired car registration. George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, lost his life after police responded to a report of a counterfeit $20 bill Floyd used at a store. The officer involved, Derek Chauvin, was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on April 20. Little things are resulting in Blacks dying, and Stevens said his recommendations will go a long way towards stopping unfortunate outcomes in the Pittsburgh area. “With the background in our hearts and minds of the death of George Floyd which occurred on Memorial Day, May 25, 2020, the Black Political
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“Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword. As it is written, for thy (your) sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay (No) in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that LOVED US.” - Romans 8:35-37 REV. WALKER SAYS: As children beloved of God, we are more than conquerors because we are connected to Him. Nothing and I mean nothing can separate us from God. We may be the hated, but we are not the haters. (Rev. A. Marie Walker is servant pastor of St. John Baptist Church in Wilmerding.)
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The Chauvin verdict: peace, no justice? J. Pharoah Doss B4
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IF HOME VALUES INCREASED BY FIVE PERCENTAGE POINTS, the reduction would be $31 billion. Combined, alleviating these two disparities could cut the wealth gap by about 40 percent, to $1.9 trillion. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
Housing gains could grow Black wealth more than $500 billion in a decade by BlackPressUSA For New Pittsburgh Courier
SEATTLE, April 26, 2021 —Incremental increases in homeownership rates and home values among Black households would help shrink the current $3 trillion racial wealth gap by hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade, according to a new Zillow analysis. Today’s typical Black household has only about 23 percent of the wealth of a typical White household, down from 34.6 percent before the Great Recession. Housing factors—including lower home values and
rates of homeownership— directly account for nearly 40 percent of that gap, with assets like investments in stocks and bonds and retirement accounts making up the rest. “Housing will be a prominent factor determining the course of the racial wealth gap over the next decade,” says Zillow economist Treh Manhertz. “The issues caused by historic discrimination won’t be solved quickly, but addressing things like increasing access to credit, more-equitable lending standards and reducing exclusionary zoning could make buying more accessible and bring
A new Zillow analysis finds Black households saw modest progress narrowing the racial wealth gap during the pandemic, and that housing factors will largely impact whether that gap grows or shrinks throughout the next 10 years. • The typical Black household has only about 23 percent of the wealth of a typical White household • Zillow analysis finds home value and homeownership rate disparities directly account for almost 40 percent of the $3 trillion wealth gap • If the typical Black-owned home was worth the same as the typical White-owned home, Black wealth would more than double (from $931 billion to $2.1 trillion)
significant strides toward closing the wealth gap. In the most optimistic scenario, Black millennials could see housing equality in their retirement, and finally pass on some real wealth to the next generation.” About 42 percent of Black households own their home, compared to 72 percent of White households, and Black-owned homes are typically worth about 18 percent less than White-owned homes. Zillow estimates that if Black homeownership rates and home values rose to match those of their White counterparts, Black wealth would more than double
(from $931 billion to $2.1 trillion). Zillow analyzed home value growth and homeownership rate changes for Black households under five different scenarios through 2031. In the most optimistic, Black wealth would grow by more than half a trillion dollars— from $931 billion to $1.46 trillion. In the most likely, it would increase to about $1.18 trillion. In that most likely scenario—which projects Black home values growing 5 percent faster than home values generally SEE HOUSING B2
Energy Action Alliance names Dr. Benjamin Chavis Jr. as new chair by Stacy M. Brown For New Pittsburgh Courier
(NNPA)—National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., has become the new Chair of the Energy Action Alliance (EAA). EAA was created by the American Petroleum Institute (API) in 2012 to bring together diverse national non-profits to help strengthen relationships between people of color communities and the natural gas and oil industry, which provides economic opportunities and reliable and affordable energy to communities across the nation. Dr. Chavis affirmed, “I am professionally and personally com-
mitted to environmental justice and equity, and as well I am equally committed to the sustainable economic development of all the people of color communities that we serve across the United States. As the chair of the Energy Action Alliance, I hope that we can increase awareness about opportunities in the natural gas and oil industry and give back to people of color through good paying jobs, community engagement and investments.” The EAA network is comprised of 18 partners, including NNPA, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, American Association of Blacks in Energy, National Urban League, and US Black Chambers.
The mission of the EAA is to develop mutually beneficial relationships between the oil and natural gas industry and diverse communities around two priority areas: workforce and supplier diversity. Both areas focus on awareness and building diverse stakeholder alliances to meet future oil and natural gas needs. According to a recent API study, nearly 54 percent of the 1.9 million job opportunities expected to be created over the next two decades in the natural gas, oil and petrochemical industry are projected to be filled by women and people of color. “Building a diverse, inclusive and resilient workforce is a priority for API and our members to
ensure the industry is prepared to meet future challenges,” said Amanda Eversole, executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer of API. “Working with the Energy Action Alliance is critical to API’s strategy for fulfilling our industry’s commitment to increased diversity and inclusion within our workforce and creating additional opportunities for minority owned suppliers in serving our industry. I look forward to working with Dr. Chavis and welcome his leadership as we advance solutions towards achieving our common goal of providing more opportunities for communities of color around the country.” DR. BENJAMIN CHAVIS JR.
Time to share the ‘truth’ about timeshares Well over 25 years ago while vacationing in Florida, I was given an offer that I could not refuse. “Come to this free two-hour seminar and you’ll get two free tickets to Disney World and two free tickets to Universal Studios.” Back then tickets to both DisneyWorld and Universal Studios were approximately $60 per ticket. I’m a sucker for free stuff. I was one of the first people in line at the seminar. It turned out that this was no seminar. It was a high-pressure sales environment for timeshares. At the time, I had no earthly idea what a timeshare was. All I knew was that the sales representative wanted me to pay $15,000 for the right to have access to a condo for one week out of the year, every year. Even back then with absolutely no knowledge of timeshares, I thought this was one of the silliest concepts ever conceived. Today, I know it is. A timeshare is the name given to a piece of real estate where a number of individuals share ownership in the subject property. A timeshare is a right to use or occupy one or more units on a periodic basis usually one or two weeks out of the year. Timeshares can often be found in destinations where people like to vacation. A timeshare is the worst real estate purchase you can ever make. They’re over-
priced. The interest rates on these deals are as high as credit cards (17 percent). Unlike most real estate purchases which go up in value, the value on timeshares decreases. There are maintenance fees, property taxes and other hidden fees associated with owning timeshares. To make matters worse, once you figure out you’ve made a bad purchase, they’re extremely difficult to get rid of. Timeshares have gotten such negative press over the years, shrewd marketers of timeshares are selling them under different names such as vacation clubs. With industry giants such as Disney, Hilton, and Marriott now in the business of selling timeshares, timeshare ownership is growing rapidly. More than four million people around the world own timeshares. Timeshares are one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry. Below is what savvy marketers pitch to unsuspecting buyers of timeshares and the truth about timeshares: The Pitch: You can vacation at your
home resort or exchange your weeks for time at another resort. The Truth: Sooner or later, you’ll get tired of going to the same destination year after year for vacation. Trading spaces can be a real headache. There are membership fees averaging about $100 per year for the privilege to swap resorts. There’s another $150 trading fee per trade. Trying to line up a free week at a resort to match your vacation schedule is often difficult because the more desirable resorts are generally booked. The Pitch: As opposed to being a hotel room renter, enjoy the status and fine treatment as a condo owner. Condos are spacious, have kitchens and private bedrooms. You can sleep up to 10 people, which provides a perfect family setting. The Truth: You don’t have to own a timeshare to have access to a condo or a well equipped hotel room while on vacation. There is an abundance of property owners seeking to rent out their properties, particularly in areas where people frequently travel. There are also several plush ho-
tels that you can reserve with space and amenities similar to condos. Expensive? Maybe, but you avoid the high purchase price, high interest rates and other fees and expenses associated with timeshares. If you’re traveling with a party of 10, the adults can split the tab. The Pitch: Owners can sell their timeshare whenever they want. Hotels obviously give none of your rent money back. The Truth: You may be able to list the timeshare for sale whenever you want but actually selling the timeshare whenever you want is a different story. Timeshares are overpriced to begin with due to the sales prices being inflated to account for marketing cost. They decrease in value similar to that of a car. Lastly, it’s difficult for prospective buyers to secure financing. It’s extremely difficult to sell timeshares. When and if you do resell a timeshare, you’ll be lucky to get 30 to 50 percent of what you paid for it. The Pitch: Deeded timeshare owners can will their timeshare to their loved ones. The Truth: Your loved ones would rather have the small fortune you paid for the timeshare.
(Damon Carr, Money Coach can be reached at 412-216-1013 or www.damonmoneycoach.com)
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Black – White Wealth Gap Housing gains could grow Black wealth more than $500 billion HOUSING FROM B1
Home values based on Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI)
and Black homeownership growing at 0.5 percentage points per year—equality in housing wealth wouldn’t come until 2183. If Black home values grow 15 percent faster than home values generally and Black homeownership grows at 1.5 percentage points per year—the most optimistic scenario explored in the analysis—the timeline for housing wealth equality is moved up to 2066. Opposite of the disproportionate hit taken during the Great Recession, Black households saw modest progress in narrowing the wealth gap during and leading up to the pandemic, a small start toward reversing trends that helped widened the gap over the past decade. This was largely due to housing gains. For example, the Black homeownership rate grew about one percentage point between early 2019 and early 2020, while the White homeownership rate stayed flat. Black-owned home values have also grown just over one percentage point faster than White-owned home values each year for the last three years. In February 2020, Black-owned home values were up 4.6 percent from a year earlier, while White home values were up 3.6 percent. In February 2021, Black home values were up 10.9 percent from the previous year, while White home values were up 9.7 percent. This faster appreciation among Blackowned homes narrowed the overall home value gap from 16.7 percent to 15.9 percent. Further, the analysis shows that Black homeownership rates and home values contribute equally to the housing portion of the overall wealth gap. If the Black homeownership rate increased by five percentage points the wealth gap would decrease by $74 billion. If home values increased by five percentage points the reduction would be $31 billion. Combined,
alleviating these two disparities could cut the wealth gap by about 40 percent, to $1.9 trillion. Lenders deny mortgages for Black applicants at a rate 80 percent higher than that of White applicants. The relationship between housing factors and the racial wealth gap underscores the urgency of efforts like expanding access to credit and other initiatives that break down color
barriers to homeownership. “It’s abundantly clear that this issue won’t solve itself naturally or quickly. The problems run deep and perpetuate inequality,” said Manhertz. “Intentional, targeted and dedicated policy is necessary to repair this broken system.”
New fact sheets added to your online statement by Josh Grant For New Pittsburgh Courier
Elimination Provision and Government Pension Offset. • Social Security basics for new workers. • How people become eligible for benefits (for people who have not earned enough work credits). • How additional work can increase your future benefits. • Medicare readiness for workers age 62 and up. The best way to get access to your Statement and the new fact sheets is by using your personal my Social Security account. If you don’t have a personal my Social Security account, be sure to create one at www.ssa. gov/myaccount. To learn more, visit our Social Security Statement webpage at www. ssa.gov/myaccount/statement.html. Please share these resources with your friends and family.
Your Social Security Statement tells you how much you or your family can expect to receive in disability, survivors, and retirement benefits. It also provides a record of your earnings history and other valuable information. And now it’s even better! We’ve added new fact sheets to accompany the online Statement. The fact sheets are designed to provide clear and useful information, based on your age group and earnings. They can help you better understand Social Security programs and benefits. The new Statement fact sheets cover the following topics: • Retirement readiness for workers in four age groups. • Workers with non-cov- (Josh Grant is Social Security ered earnings who may District Manager in Pittsburgh, be subject to the Windfall Pa.)
CORRECTIONS In the “Men of Excellence” Class of 2021 Special Section that appeared in the April 14-20 New Pittsburgh Courier edition, the listed titles were incorrect for both Robert B. Fulton and Justin Nwokeji. The correct titles are listed below. We regret the errors.
GOVERNMENT ROBERT B. FULTON
Equal Opportunity Specialist 2 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of General Services, Bureau of Diversity Equity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities
EDUCATION JUSTIN NWOKEJI
Director of Development of the Business, Math, Science and Technology Division, Office of Institutional Advancement Morehouse College
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Derek Chauvin verdict should bring relief but also resolve The conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd nearly a year ago allowed many across nation to feel a sense of relief. Chauvin was found guilty of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death last May, setting off a wave of relief across the country. The death prompted a wave of worldwide peaceful protest and civil unrest and reexamination of racism and policing in the United States. Until a jury announced Tuesday the verdict of guilty on all counts, the nation was on edge. There should not have been any suspense. The verdict should have been clear from the start. The case against Chauvin was clear and overwhelming. Yet because of the nation’s history of racism and extreme reluctance to convict police officers of crimes, there remained some uncertainty on the outcome of the case. Floyd died with Chauvin’s knee on his neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds. A man was killed with callous disregard after an encounter with police over an alleged fake $20 bill. In closing arguments, a prosecutor told jurors that Chauvin “had to know” he was squeezing the life out of George Floyd as he cried over and over that he couldn’t breathe and finally fell silent. Chauvin’s action was condemned by his fellow officer, his supervisor and the Minneapolis police chief. The medical evidence clearly showed that Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck was the cause of death, not Floyd’s heart condition or drugs as suggested by the defense. While there is a sense of relief and even jubilation there must also be a sense of renewed resolve to prevent more police killings of unarmed Black men and women over what are often misdemeanors and nonviolent disputes. People should not lose their lives after traffic stops or for selling cigarettes on the street, a fake $20 bill, and in some cases while sitting in their own home. President Joe Biden hailed the verdict, but said: “We can’t stop here.” Vice President Kamala Harris, the first Black woman to serve as vice president, said racism was keeping the country from fulfilling its founding promise of “liberty and justice for all.” “It is not just a Black America problem or a people of color problem. It is a problem for every American,” she said. “It is holding our nation back from reaching our full potential. “A measure of justice isn’t the same as equal justice,” she said. Floyd’s family said they were relieved by the verdict but resolved to continue fighting for justice. They are all right. More needs to be done to hold bad police officers accountable. Even more needs to be done to reduce the negative encounters between police and the community they vowed to protect and serve. The police and the community should be working together to reduce crime and improve public safety. Finally, the Chauvin verdict should give momentum to policing reform legislation that has been proposed in both the House and Senate. (Reprinted from the Philadelphia Tribune)
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(TriceEdneyWire.com)—Caron Nazario, Daunte Wright, Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, LaQuan McDonald, Tamir Rice, John Crawford III, Michael Brown, and Elijah McClain comprise, with the exception of Army Lt. Nazario, a list of African Americans who have become the victims of fatal encounters with police. This list is long and hasn’t come to an end. Arguably, Lt. Nazario’s active-duty status spared him from a similar fatal fate. The fact that the police used multiple lies as cause for his detainment and assault gives reason to reexamine misrepresentations that support the deaths of the others named. Daunte Wright was “accidentally” killed when a 26-year veteran in MN, police officer “mistakenly” deployed her service pistol (2 pounds loaded) instead of her Taser pistol (8 ounces). After a scuffle with police in an Atlanta Wendy’s, Rayshard Brooks was shot in the back twice, after which the shooter exclaimed, “I got him!” Breonna Taylor was fatally shot in bed by police who erroneously made a no-knock drug raid on her home. Sandra Bland “committed suicide” while in police custody in Texas after a questionable traffic stop. LaQuan McDonald was accused of threatening and charging police with a knife until video showed him moving away from police as an officer shot him 16 times. Within 3 seconds after police arrival at the park in which 13-year-old Tamir Rice was playing with a toy pistol, he was fatally shot by police. John Crawford III was fatally
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Commentary shot in a Wal-Mart in Beavercreek, Ohio, for holding a BB gun which was on open display. Few can forget Michael Brown who was fatally shot walking down the middle of the street. Some will remember Elijah McClain from a recent article. This list is unending, yet it has common threads. Among them is the reaction, regardless of gender and size, of the police to apply lethal force. Each was considered a mortal threat whose “Blackness” was their deadly weapon. Their treatment was justified by a specious explanation for use of force with little, if any, judicial review. My purpose isn’t to rehash these encounters—nothing can return the dead. My questions today are, “Where did these police go?” “What are they doing?” Some have rightfully been charged with the crimes they committed. Others have been found guilty and are in prison or await a verdict. Others simply “resign” prior to disciplinary action and seek employment with another department ‘down the road.’ They escape criminal consequence and move elsewhere to repeat their foul activities.
There is a remedy—The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Passed by the House of Representatives, this bill addresses policing practices, and increases accountability for law enforcement misconduct, restricts the use of certain policing practices, enhances transparency and data collection, and establishes best practices and training requirements. Briefly, the bill does the following: • Lowers the criminal standard to convict an officer for misconduct •Limits “qualiﬁed immunity” as a defense to liability •Grants subpoena power to DOJ in pattern-or-practice investigations •Establishes a framework to prevent and remedy racial profiling by law enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels. •Limits unnecessary use of force and restricts no-knock warrants, and chokeholds • Creates the National Police Misconduct Registry to compile complaints and records of police misconduct •Directs DOJ to create uniform accreditation standards for law enforcement agencies; requires law enforcement officers to complete training on racial profiling, implicit bias; requires the duty to intervene when another officer uses excessive force. The Senate now controls the fate of this legislation. We must take control of our future and demand that our Senators support passage of this bill. We cannot wait for their benign consideration. (Dr. E. Faye Williams is President of the National Congress of Black Women.)
D.C. statehood is a voting rights issue… and racial justice issue (TriceEdneyWire.com)—Washington, D.C. has a higher percentage of Black residents than any state in the country, and they have no voting representation in Congress. This is systemic racism in action. It is long past time to give Washington’s 712,000 residents the representation they deserve by making D.C. our 51st state. It is shameful that people who live in the nation’s capital have no say in Congress. And it is unacceptable that local laws and budgets passed by D.C. elected officials can be overturned by members of Congress who decide to meddle in local decision-making. That explains why Washington, D.C.’s license plates include the slogan, “End taxation without representation,” a rallying cry by American colonists against the tyranny of British rule. The disenfranchisement of hundreds of thousands of D.C. residents is fundamentally un-American and there is no good reason to allow it to continue. There are bogus reasons to oppose statehood, and some Republicans in Congress have been trotting them out now that legislation to admit Washington, D.C. as a statehood bill is moving forward in Congress. Some claim that Washington, D.C. is too small to be a state. But D.C. has more residents than either Vermont or Wyoming. There are currently six states whose population is less than a million. D.C. pays more federal taxes than 21 states—and more federal taxes per person than any state. Some make the false claim that it
Commentary would require a constitutional amendment to make Washington, D.C. a state. Not true. The Constitution clearly gives Congress the authority to admit new states. That’s how every one of the 37 states that were not initially part of the U.S. have joined the country. The original District of Columbia was created out of land from Maryland and Virginia. In 1846, a good chunk of D.C. was returned to Virginia. No constitutional amendment was required then, and none is required now to admit Washington, D.C. as a new state. Some objections are so idiotic, frankly, that they must be a cover for pure partisanship or worse. In March, a Heritage Foundation legal fellow testifying before Congress said that D.C. residents shouldn’t get representation in Congress because they can already influence congressional debates by placing yard signs where members of Congress might see them on their way to work. One Republican congressman said (wrongly) that D.C. would be the only state without a car dealership. Another said that D.C. doesn’t have enough mining, agriculture, or manufacturing. Mitch McCon-
nell said the plan to make D.C. a state was evidence of “full bore socialism on the march.” At least some Republicans are honest about their real reason for opposing statehood: they just don’t want to let D.C. voters elect Democratic officials who will support progressive policies supported by the majority of the American people. But that is not a principled position. None of the objections to D.C. statehood hold water, especially when weighed against the basic injustice of disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of people. Washingtonians have fought in every U.S. war. About 30,000 D.C. residents are veterans. But D.C.’s mayor does not even have the ability that governors have to mobilize its own National Guard—a fact that proved to be deadly during the Jan. 6 Capitol Insurrection. The bottom line in this: how can we hold ourselves out as a model of democracy when we are the only democratic country in the world that denies representation and self-governance to the people who live in its capital? We can’t. As the Biden administration recognized in announcing its support for D.C. statehood, it is long past time to correct this injustice. The House of Representatives voted on April 22, to admit Washington, D.C. as a state. Senate leaders must not allow filibuster rules or Republican resistance to prevent Congress from righting this wrong. (Ben Jealous serves as president of People For the American Way and People For the American Way Foundation.)
The night I met Fred Hampton It was a typical Monday afternoon during my senior year at the University of Wisconsin when my fellow linebacker, John Borders, prompt down next to my seat. John informed me that he had made another deal with Professor Rosenstein. He said this deal was to do separate papers on the Chicago Black Panthers per interviews with Chicago Leader Fred Hampton. Our documented grade would be a “B” each. I became interested and that night we went to hear the mysterious Fred Hampton for the very first time. It was sponsored by the SDS—Students for a Democratic Society. Basically, they were a blend of radicals and communists and totally White. Fred spoke for a straight two hours and mesmerized the large crowd. I went up to him on the stage as they were breaking up and told him we would like to come and visit him at his weekend headquarters the following Saturday. He said, “Come on down to “Chi” we would love to chat with you.” So, early Saturday morning we jumped into my little red Opal Cadette (Buick) and drove to the westside of Chi Town. They were expecting us and we had no problem getting into the Saturday morning breakfast meeting. Fred told us to just raise our hand when we wanted to speak or ask any questions. We stayed a good two hours and learned a lot about the Chicago
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Beyond the Rhetoric Black Panthers which was very differed than the Los Angeles or Bay area groups. Every Saturday morning they would sponsor free breakfasts for the local community and the kids would come in masses. To listen to the mesmerizing Fred Hampton on a full stomach was quite a treat for a ghetto child. Fred had a way of listening intently to whoever was speaking to him and would put on a serious stare. It was scary but yet serious. The local kids worshipped them and the panthers were reciprocal. The White establishment hated this relationship. We would soon learn just how much they hated the notorious Fred Hampton and his Chicago Panthers. We gave our reports to Professor Rosenstein and he loved them. We got our “B”s (3 hours) which went well with our grade point average at the prestigious University of Wisconsin. I had decided to start working continuously with the Chicago Panthers. They were doing go things
for the ghetto communities and I felt we could help them get their message out. In about two weeks that ambition became short lived. On my way to school I would buy a Chicago Sun Times and a donut and then hitch-hike a ride to class. One cold morning (15 degrees) the bold print on the first page hit me like a ton of bricks. “Chicago PD Murders Fred Hampton”. My mind was messed up for months. They broke into his bedroom and shot him multiple times as his pregnant wife laid next to him. It was a blatant assassination. The guy who was becoming my hero was murdered in cold blood by the Police Establishment. Prosecutor Hanrahan and his police goons did this without any recourse from the law officials. They all walked away “clean”. A Black hero was slaughtered and nothing was done about it. It was a message to all of us. Fred Hampton is still regarded as a “Hero” and books and movies are still being made about him. It is too bad he could not have blessed us with a full life. Things would be so different now. I learned the hard way of just how crooked our society is and how difficult any positive change is going to be made. HELP US JESUS! (Harry Alford is the Co-Founder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. www.nationalbcc.org, email@example.com)
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Obama, NNPA, NAACP, Urban League applaud Chauvin verdict, call it a ‘first step’ (NNPA)—Former President Barack Obama joined the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the NAACP, the National Urban League, and others to applaud the guilty verdicts in the Derek Chauvin case. For almost a year, George Floyd’s death under the knee of a police officer has reverberated around the world—inspiring murals and marches, sparking conversations in living rooms and new legislation. Obama noted that a more basic question has always remained: would justice be done? “In this case, at least, we have our answer. But if we’re being honest with ourselves, we know that true justice is about much more than a single verdict in a single trial,” the former president stated. “True justice requires that we come to terms with the fact that Black Americans are treated differently, every day. It requires us to recognize that millions of our friends, family, and fellow citizens live in fear that their next encounter with law enforcement could be their last. And it requires us to do the sometimes thankless, often difficult, but always necessary work of making the America we know more like the America we believe in.” The 44th president continued: “While today’s verdict may have been a necessary step on the road to progress, it was far from a sufficient one. We cannot rest. We will need to follow through with the concrete reforms that will reduce and ultimately eliminate racial bias in our criminal justice system. We will need to redouble efforts to expand economic opportunity for those communities that have been too long marginalized. “And as we continue the fight, we can draw strength from the millions of people—especially young people —who have marched and protested and spoken up over the last year, shining a light on inequity and calling for change. Justice is closer today not simply because of this verdict, but because of their work.” NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., said the trade association welcomed the verdict. “The unanimous verdict is a step in the appropriate direction to dismantle American Apartheid and racism that continues to be clearly manifested by racially-motivated police brutality,” Chavis added. He continued:
Commentary “The Black Press of America has always stood for equal justice. Today, we reaffirm the importance of the Black Lives Matter Movement and the necessity for the Black Press to continue to be an advocate for freedom, justice, and equality.” Derek Johnson, the president and CEO of the NAACP, noted that “justice has landed Chauvin behind bars.” However, Johnson cautioned that “we will not rest until all in our community have the right to breathe. The chapter on Derrick Chauvin may be closed, but the fight for police accountability and respect for Black lives is far from over.” Congressional Black Caucus Chair Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) also applauded the jury for finding Chauvin guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin was immediately handcuffed and taken into custody. He faces a 40-year prison term when sentenced in two months. “Justice has prevailed, but that’s not always the case. So, while I am relieved that Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of murdering George Floyd, I will continue to say the names and fight for all those who have died or been injured senselessly by law enforcement,” Congresswoman Beatty stated. “Breonna Taylor, Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, Andre Hill, Casey Goodson, Jr., Tamir Rice, and George Floyd should be alive, and no verdict will bring them back or undo the unimaginable heartache and loss their family, friends, and our communities have had to endure,” she uttered. “However, I am hopeful that today will be the catalyst to turn agony into action because the American people are demanding transparency, accountability, and equal justice. Congress should listen too and pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.” Floyd family attorney Ben Crump called the process of getting justice for Floyd painful. “The verdict goes far beyond this city and has significant implications for the country and even the world. Justice for Black America is justice for all of America,” Crump declared. “This case is a turning point in American history for accountability of law enforcement and sends a clear message we hope is heard clearly in every city and every state. We thank Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and his team for their fierce dedication to justice for George. But it does not end here. We have not forgotten that the other three officers who played their own roles in the death of George Floyd must still be held accountable for their actions, as well.” In a statement from National Urban League President Marc Morial, the organization called the verdicts a potential turning point. “Just as the viral video of George Floyd’s brutal death marked a turning point in the nation’s tolerance for racially motivated police violence, we are hopeful that today’s verdict marks a turning point in holding police accountable,” Morial remarked. “With this verdict, the jury has made an unambiguous declaration that unwarranted use of force against Black people by police is a crime and that Black Lives Matter.” The statement continued: “Criminal prosecutions of police officers for misconduct, even fatal misconduct, are extremely rare, and convictions are rarer still. A major reason why is the so-called blue wall of silence, which suffered a major blow in this case when Chauvin’s former fellow officers took the stand against him. While truthful testimony is the very least we should expect from law-enforcement officers, we are nonetheless encouraged by the role their actions played in securing this conviction.”
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The Chauvin verdict: peace, no justice? What is justice? This question dates back to ancient Athens. Socrates posed the question to his contemporaries. Each person gave an example of justice, but Socrates pointed out the flaws in their logic. The debaters in the Socratic dialogues failed to reach a consensus regarding the definition of justice. Last year, an incident was captured on video that almost every American viewed as unjust. While making an arrest, Derek Chauvin, a White Minneapolis police officer, knelt on George Floyd’s neck, a handcuffed Black man, for over nine minutes, which resulted in Floyd’s death. The police chief in Minneapolis immediately fired Chauvin and he was charged accordingly. More importantly, there was no racial or occupational double standard applied to help Chauvin escape trial. Unfortunately, none of that mattered. Riots broke out across the country and demands were made for defunding the police. Police stood down while local politicians met demands to broker the peace. Meanwhile, corporations pledged millions of dollars to social justice causes making it apparent that violence or the threat of violence produced results. But if the system successfully brought Chauvin to justice, charged him with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter and proceeded to set the trial date, why did the riots erupt?
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Check It Out Because of race. According to statistics, police kill roughly 1,000 people per year, that’s out of an annual estimate of 50 million police encounters and 10 million arrests, and the majority of the victims are not Black; they are White. Whenever a fatal police encounter occurs and the officer and the victim are White, the story remains local and it doesn’t make national headlines. The legal proceedings, if any, are between the individuals involved with little publicity. However, when a White police officer has a fatal encounter with a Black person the parties involved cease being individuals and are turned into national symbols. In this case, Chauvin symbolized the oppressor while Floyd symbolized the oppressed. Rev. Al Sharpton, the popularizer of the protest slogan, “No Justice, No Peace,” told the press, “Chauvin was in the courtroom but America was on trial.” Now, the jury was no longer expected to decide whether or not to convict an individual charged with a crime, the jury was expected to find America guilty of systemic racism and the extrajudicial killing of Black
people. And to make matters worse, official and unofficial voices openly declared if the jury didn’t deliver the verdict they demanded, rioters would burn America to the ground. Fortunately, Chauvin was convicted of all charges. The verdict was celebrated throughout the country. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi rejoiced and said, “Thank you, George Floyd, for sacrificing your life for justice. For being there to call out to your mom … Because of you, and because of thousands—millions—of people around the world who came out for justice, your name will always be synonymous with justice.” However, Keith Ellison, attorney general of Minnesota, said, “I would not call today’s verdict, justice… Because justice implies true restoration… But it’s accountability.” Ilhan Omar, Democratic congresswoman from Minnesota, called the conviction a “necessary condition” for justice, but it was not sufficient, and a CNN headline stated: Activists say Derek Chauvin’s conviction is progress but not ‘true justice’ for people of color facing police violence. Apparently, the verdict brought peace —but no justice. So, now we’re back to the original question: What is justice? Justice is the verdict—guilty or not guilty—rendered by an impartial jury after the accused had a fair trial. Socrates would have examined my definition of justice and asked: How can a coerced verdict be just and how can symbolism be sentenced?
George Floyd minus video equals Trayvon Martin (TriceEdneyWire.com)—The trial is over. Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted on all three charges in the murder of Mr. George Perry Floyd, Jr. Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, up to 25 years for third-degree murder and up to 10 years for second-degree manslaughter. Minnesota law allows these sentences to be served concurrently if the judge so allows. It is expected that Chauvin will be sentenced in approximately 10 days. This is an especially important time. A time for reflection, jubilation, and celebration. The Floyd family won the civil lawsuit, and the state won the criminal suit. Seeing former officer Chauvin led from the courtroom in handcuffs by his former colleagues was a wonderful sight. The Floyd family is now able breath. The country can now exhale. Crowds are cheering at the conviction of Chauvin not cursing the system for another anticipated failure. As we celebrate, we must ask ourselves if this was justice or accountability? Justice is a fair and moral process within a system of law in which every person receives his/ her/it’s due from the system. Accountability is the obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions. Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd. He took away the one thing most precious to Mr. Floyd and his family, his life. Chauvin took him away from his family, friends and loved ones. That can never be returned and with that, justice can never be served. The system has held Chauvin accountable and for that fact we are appreciative, and we celebrate. As we celebrate this success, we must
Dr. WIlliam Leon III
Commentary always remember that this is just one success in the struggle for social justice, equality, and fairness in police reform. The unjust system remains the same. Where would we be without the 9:29 seconds of that horrendous video of Chauvin choking the life out of Mr. Floyd? On February 26, 2012 George Zimmerman fatally shot and murdered 17-yearold Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder and found not guilty. Beyond the travesty of the murder, it was unfortunate for young Mr. Martin that there was no video of the ordeal. Justice was not served. On September 6, 2018 off duty Dallas Police officer Amber Guyger mistakenly burst into the apartment of her unarmed neighbor Mr. Botham Jean and murdered him. He was watching television and eating a bowl of vanilla ice cream in his own living room. Guyger claimed that she entered the apartment thinking it was her own and thought Mr. Jean was a burglar. She was convicted of murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison even though the prosecutor requested that she be sentenced to 28-years. Beyond the travesty of the murder, it was unfortunate for Mr. Jean that there was no video of the ordeal.
She is eligible for parole after serving 5 years of her sentence. Mr. Jean is gone forever. Justice was not served. I have heard a few commentators refer to Chauvin’s guilty verdict as a turning point, a “new day” in America. I believe that is a bit optimistic. Yes, officers from the Minneapolis Police Department broke rank and the “thin blue line” and testified against a fellow officer. This is still the exception not the rule. Yes, a jury found Chauvin guilty of murdering an African American man while performing his duties. This is still the exception not the rule. The trial is over, but our nightmare is not. One bad cop has been convicted of murder while thousands of American police officers are trained in anti-community oppression tactics by Israeli police officers. American police departments take military grade weaponry and equipment from our own government in order “to protect and serve”. From this, communities of color are supposed to receive justice? The trial is over, but our nightmare is not. Mr. George Perry Floyd, Jr. can reset in peace and in power but where would we be right now without those 9:29 seconds of video? It would have been Chauvin’s word and the communities respect for the police against a dead African American man and a crowd. Chauvin wins, and we lose; again. It is not a new day in America, but it is a good day. George Floyd minus video equals Treyvon Martin, and countless others. Say their names!
(Dr. Wilmer Leon is the Producer/ Host of the nationally broadcast call-in talk radio program “Inside the Issues with Leon,” on SiriusXM Satellite radio channel 126.)
GOP postures as party of working people (TriceEdneyWire.com)—The debate over Joe Biden’s $2 trillion American Infrastructure Plan is heating up— and getting more and more unhinged. Republicans are railing against the president for asking for too much. They promise a filibuster against the bill unless there is a bipartisan agreement —on their terms. So, what are those terms? • They want to do less. They have struggled to agree among themselves on a bill somewhere between one-fourth and one-third the size of the Biden plan. You decide a fair price for your car is $10,000. They offer $2,500, or they’ll block any sale. You’d treat that as an insult, not a good-faith offer. • They want to ignore the pressing needs of the present and the future. Dealing with the growing catastrophe of the extreme weather caused by climate change, they say, is part of a “liberal wish list.” Speed the transition to electric cars, subsidize solar panels and energy efficient housing, increase resiliency of ports, buildings, roads—all scorned as extremism. • They demand that the spending be “paid for,” even though they had no problem passing a massive tax cut for the rich and corporations without concern for the deficit. But they reject Biden’s plan to pay for the spending by raising taxes on the rich and the corporations. • They want working people to pick up the tab, not the corporations or the rich.
Jesse Jackson Sr.
Commentary Reversing even a portion of their tax boon for corporations is a “non-starter.” Instead, they want to raise the gas tax and slap “user fees”—tolls for bridges and road, higher taxes on transit fares—on working people. • They oppose the “liberal wish list” in this bill or in any other. That wish list includes not just climate, but investment in long-term care for the elderly, in childcare facilities and schools, in removing the highways designed purposefully to isolate the poor and African Americans into ghettos. They oppose any effort to help workers organize into unions that might lift their wages and protect their rights at work. Bipartisanship on Republican terms means a bill far smaller than the size of our problems, that fails to address pressing needs, and that sends the tab to those who can least afford it, as opposed to those who have been making out like bandits. Bipartisanship on these terms would leave us in a country with an outmoded and inefficient infrastructure, in denial about the cli-
mate crisis, with the worst support for children and parents of any advanced industrial country, with even more extreme inequality and racial division. Not surprisingly, Biden’s bill is popular with a vast majority of Americans. The individual items in his bill, including those that Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell scorns, are even more popular. Inside the beltway, politicians are debating the definition of infrastructure. Americans are concerned with getting the help they need. Modern roads, clean water systems, advanced broadband, affordable mass transit—all are vital sinews for a healthy economy. Affordable daycare and long-term care for the elderly are essential for families with working parents. Generating millions of jobs by kickstarting the transition to a green economy is a matter of national security—and of common sense. In the wake of Donald Trump, modern-day Republicans posture as the party of working people. They must hope that working people who vote for them don’t discover that Republicans want to tax them rather than tax the rich or corporations, oppose investing in daycare for their children or long-term care for their parents, and resolutely want to shortchange investing in the future. No wonder Republican rhetoric has grown so extreme. They can’t defend their position; they can only distract from it.
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DIRECTOR – LEGAL & CONSULTING SERVICES Port Authority is seeking a Director – Legal & Consulting Services to manage the functions and day-to-day operation of the Legal and Consulting Services Department. Represent and supervise Department attorneys representing Port Authority in litigation, procurement, and real estate matters, and participate with Chief Legal Officer in supervision of Department attorneys representing Port Authority in employment/human resources, tort/ litigation, RTK and various other matters. Supervise Department attorneys and staff on completion of assignments in all areas of Authority business and governance. Oversees work product of outside counsel on assigned matters. In coordination with Chief egal Officer, set annual and long-term Department and Department personnel goals and objectives. Assist Chief egal Officer with egal epartment budgeting and financial performance matters, as needed. Essential Functions: •Supervises Port Authority’s Legal and Consulting Services Department attorneys and other staff, which includes day-to-day oversight, annual performance evaluations and ensuring attorneys and staff attend required continuing professional education and other internal and external training and professional development programs and courses. •Represent and supervise Department attorneys in representation of Port Authority in litigation matters in state and federal courts and administrative agencies and bodies. •Assigns and supervises Department attorneys and outside counsel (with input from hief ega fficer on significant outside counse assignments) to legal matters and cases, including monitoring of case or assignment through review, strategic planning and completion. •Coordinates and supervises the efforts of Port Authority in matters requiring legal expertise. ob re uirements inc ude •Degree of Juris Doctor from an accredited law school and member in good standing of the Pennsylvania Bar. •Valid license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. •Admission to the courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. •Minimum of seven ( ) years supervisory and practical experience in handling litigation and transactional matters and supervising other legal personnel in completion of same. •Ability to review and analyze outside counsel and other legal fees incurred by Port Authority. •Demonstrated knowledge of government contract and procurement law and Pennsylvania s Right-to- now aw, with at least five ( ) years of experience handling such or similar municipal legal matters. •Demonstrated knowledge of real estate law, including zoning, land use and/or negotiation of right-of-way related agreements (licenses, easements, purchase and sa e agreements, etc ), with at least five ( ) years of experience handling such or similar municipal legal matters. •General knowledge of tort and employment/Section 1983 law, with ability to supervise Department attorneys and outside counsel specialized in handling such matters. •General knowledge of insurance and re-insurance processes and procedures, including demonstrated ability to supervise internal Insurance Administrator/Risk Manager and work directly with insurance brokers and carriers. emonstrated ability in the use of Microsoft ord, indows, Office, Teams, Outlook and Westlaw/LexisNexis or similar legal research programs or applications. •Effective and professional written and oral communication skills. Preferred attributes •Experience working in an in-house legal department for a Pennsylvania government agency, public transit agency and/or private transportation company, or similar experience serving as outside legal counsel for these types of entities.
e offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package. Interested candidates should forward a cover letter (with salary requirements) and resume to: Robyn Taylor Employment Department i th A enue, rd oor Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2527 R ay or portauthority org EOE MULTI IT RELATED POSITIONS with National Placement out of Allegheny County, PA. Must be able to relo to multi unanticipated sites when req’d. All degrees and/or expee must be in either Comp’s, Info Sys’s Eng’g, Mangmnt, Business or IT related field. Any suit combo of educ training or exp acceptable. See below for required skills for each job: Junior Software Developers: Salary $80,142/yr. Req’s Bach’s & 1Yr exp only. ( A P) Must have skills in Hadoop; Hive; Spark & HDFS. Ref# JHAD– 1 ( A A A ) Must have skills in DataStage; SQL; Unix & DB2. Ref# JDAT–1020-GLX ( A A) Must have skills in Java; J2EE; Oracle; XML & PL/SQL. Ref# JJAV–1020-GLX Software Developers: Salary $110,406/yr. Req’s Bach’s & 5Yrs exp or Mast’s & 1Yr exp. ( A P) Must have skills in Hadoop; Hive; Spark & HDFS. Ref# HAD– 1020-GLX ( A A A ) May also a have Degree Business or Managmnt as well as above listed degrees. Must have skills in DataStage; SQL; ni B Ref A 1 ( A A) May also a have Degree Business or Managmnt as well as above listed degrees. Must have skills in Java; J2EE; Oracle; XML & PL/SQL. Ref# JAV–1020-GLX unior atabase Administrator Salary $66,643/yr. ( ) May also have a Degree in Business as well as above listed degrees. Must have skills in SQL Server; SSIS/SSRS; VMWare; ERWIN. Ref# JDBA–1020-GLX atabase Administrator Salary $96,741/yr. ( ) May also have a Degree in Business as well as above listed degrees. Must have skills in SQL Server; SSIS/SSRS; VMWare; ERWIN. Ref# DBA–1020-GLX All positions FT/Perm 9-5, 40 hrs/ wk. Use Ref# & send resume to HR, Galax-Esystems Corporation, One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant Street, Suite 4300, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or hr ga a esystems com Galax-Esystems Corporation is
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WOMEN’S CENTER & SHELTER OF GREATER PITTSBURGH ( ) is a comprehensive domestic violence program. WC&S is hiring a Paralegal to provide general assistance to attorneys in the Civil Law Project ( P) as they represent clients in cases involving intimate partner violence. WC&S is also hiring a hi dren s Ad ocate to provide childcare, direct service, and advocacy to children whose mothers are utilizing WC&S services. WC&S offers competitive wages and a comprehensive benefits package. Go to cscanhe p org for full job postings. Send a resume and cover letter to careers cspittsburgh org by ay , 1
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HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH A RB ( B) R VENDING SERVICES AUTHORITY WIDE RESIDENT OWNED BUSINESSES ONLY REBID IFB#250-35-20-REBID The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh ( A P) hereby requests bids from qualified Firms or Individuals capable of providing the following service(s): ending er ice Authority ide Resident ned Businesses n y Rebid IFB#250-35-20-REBID The documents will be available no later than April 26, 2021 and signed, sealed bids will be accepted until 10:00 AM on May 18, 2021. The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh will only be accepting physica bids dropped off in person from 8:00 AM until the closing time of 10:00 AM on May 18, 2021 in the lobby of 100 Ross St. Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Bids may be uploaded to the Authority’s online submission site, the link is accessible via the HACP website and within the B Sealed bids may still be mailed via USPS at which time they will be Time and Date Stamped at 100 Ross Street 2nd Floor, Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Parties or individuals interested in responding may download a copy of the Solicitation from the Business Opportunities page of A Porg Questions or inquiries should be directed to: Mr. Kim Detrick Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh Procurement Department 100 Ross Street 2nd Floor, Suite 200 Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-643-2832 A pre-submission meeting will be held via Zoom meeting; on May 1 , 1 at 1 A Please see meeting information below: Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 933 9725 4035 Passcode 1 +1 301 715 8592 US ( ashington ) The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh strongly encourages certified minority business enterprises and women business enterprises to respond to this solicitation. A P s has re ised their ebsite As part of those re isions, endors must no register and og in, in order to ie and do n oad B R Ps documentation
BRAND ENGAGEMENT MANAGER 4moms is looking to hire a Brand Engagement Manager to manage and foster our growing communities, which include our social followers, hospital partners, donation recipients, VIP members, and in uencers. We’re looking for someone who is passionate and excited for all things baby, as this important role will serve as the voice of the brand online and will be responsible for cultivating brand affinity within our communities. 4moms team members enjoy a very competitive benefits package that includes competitive medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 1( ) with company match, open paid time off, and an open & casual work environment. The complete job description, along with our online application can be found at moms com careers ACCOUNTING MANAGER The 4moms Finance Team is looking to add an Accounting Manager to our team. This newly created role will be responsible for managing the company’s accounting activities within a rapidly growing company. The best candidate for the position will be energetic, organized, a self-starter, deadline-driven, a multi-tasking expert, and have a broad understanding of accounting functions. The candidate will be well versed in various functions such as the monthly close process, accounting operations, inventory standard costs, process improvement, etc. This candidate should have the ability to work independently but also thrive in a dynamic and close-knit team environment. 4moms team members enjoy a very competitive benefits package that includes competitive medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 1( ) with company match, open paid time off, and an open & casual work environment. The complete job description, along with our online application can be found at moms com careers DIRECTOR OF FINANCE Focus on Renewal in McKees Rocks, PA is seeking a Director of Finance to oversee all financial aspects of the business and drive financial strategy and planning. This leader must have a broad knowledge of accounting and financial/business principles; be a strategic thinker and effective leader; and will be responsible for the financial viability of the organi ation. ualifications include: •Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience; CPA preferred Minimum of five years of managerial accounting and financial management experience •Knowledge of GAAP accounting Proficient in the use of uickBooks and Microsoft Excel and Word •Must possess a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation and be able to provide all necessary clearances (Act and Act ) Minimum compensation is $60,000. Forward a resume to b ud um forstoro org FINANCE DIRECTOR Strong knowledge in administrating budgets, grants, funding contracts, auditing, and financial reports. BSBA with Accounting/Finance major-MBA desirable. Mgmt exp. of 10+ years. Details at spcregion org EEO/AA/M/F/Vet/Disability Employer
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OFFICIAL ADVERTISEMENT THE BOARD OF PUBLIC EDUCATION of the SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PITTSBURGH ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Sealed proposals shall be deposited at the Administration Building, Bellefield Entrance obby, 3 1 South Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15213, on May 11, 2021, until P , local prevailing time for: Service & Maintenance Contracts at Various Schools, Facilities, Facilities & Properties: traordinary echanica aintenance and Repairs Mechanical Prime Project Manual and Drawings will be available for purchase on onday, April 19, 2021 at odern Reproductions ( 1 88 ), 127 McKean Street, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15219 between A and P The cost of the Project Manual Documents is non-refundable. Project details and dates are described in each project manual.
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NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS April 25, 2021 Office of Management and Budget Community evelopment ivision City of Pittsburgh City County Building, Room 501 1 rant Street Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-255-2211 These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Pittsburgh. REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS On or about May 31, 2021 the City of Pittsburgh will authori e the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) to submit a request to the .S. epartment of ousing and rban evelopment (HUD) for the release of 2018-2022 Moving to ork emonstration Program funds under Title 1 of the United States Housing Act of 1937, as amended, to undertake the following project: 2018 – 2022 Moving to Work Demonstration Program Purpose: The 2018 - 2022 Moving to ork emonstration Program (MTW) provides funding to HACP for a variety of activities including administrative, operating, capital, and development. nder MTW single fund e ibility, some will be funded by MTW Fund, Capital Fund, Operating Fund, and some by other sources. Activities may be multi-year funded and a continuation from prior years as well as new activities. ith the use of funding from the Moving to ork emonstration Program, the HACP can continue to be a quality provider of affordable housing within the City of Pittsburgh. Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Project/Program Description: Authority- ide. Funds to be used for ha ardous materials work, moderni ation contingencies and e terior site improvements. esignated properties. Funds to be used for ualtieri Manor partial comprehensive moderni ation, amilton- arimer demolition and Murray Towers rehab. Estimated Project Cost: $9,886,982.00 FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT The City of Pittsburgh has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR). 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Bid Number B210423A B210425A B210426 B210427
Bid Name Coach Replacement Parts - Brake System Pantograph Carbon Collector Strips - LRV Uninterruptable Power Supply Enclosure Panel LRV Propulsion Inverter Module (Icon-M) Overhaul
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 a.m. on May 4, 2021. Please contact the respective Contract Specialist for Tele-Conference dial-in information. Attendance at this meeting is not mandatory, but is strongly encouraged. Questions regarding any of the abo e bids i not be entertained by the Port Authority ithin fi e (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 nited States epartment 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 un ess other ise specified osts for de i ery, 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.
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STADIUM AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH STATEMENT OF NET POSITION DECEMBER 31, 2020 Assets Cash and cash equivalents Capital assets, net of accumulated depreciation Restricted assets Other assets Total Assets
66,535 5,552, 03 9,5 0,229 10,681,6 3 65,8 0,810
Liabilities and Net Position Total Liabilities
, 58, 86
Net Position Investment in capital assets, net of related debt Restricted for capital activity and debt service nrestricted Total Net Position
31, 99,232 6, 23,95 20,111,162 18,112,02
Total Liabilities and Net Position
STADIUM AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH Statement of Revenues, Expenses and Changes in Net Position For the Year Ended December 31, 2020 Revenues est eneral Robinson old 1 arage Parking ots Interest Total Revenues
Salary reimbursement Administrative est eneral Robinson Street old 1 arage Parking lots Insurance Interest epreciation Total Expenses
2,350,036 2,10 ,192 95,521 6 , 22 5,31 , 1
,566 58, 51 1,1 ,180 966,629 0,080 1,618 8 , 50 1,521,250 , 2 ,52
Change in Net Position, December 31, 2020 Net Position Beginning of ear Net Position End of Year
589,9 1 ,522,0 18,112,02
NOTICE TO PROPOSERS The Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County (SEA) will receive proposals for the projects identified below. The agreements for this work will be with the SEA. Both RFP’s are available as of April 21, 2021. The Request for Proposals for Internet Services may be obtained from Joseph Garcia E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Telephone: 412-952-3956. The Request for Proposals for Audio Visual Services may be obtained from Jamie Huckleberry E-mail: email@example.com, Telephone: 412-325-6157 Project: Time/Date/Location Pre-Proposal Meeting:
Internet Services at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center 2:00 PM, May 3, 2021 DLCC, East Lobby 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pgh, PA 15222
Date/Location for Proposals:
2:00 PM, May 18, 2021 DLCC, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd Pgh, PA 15222
Audio/ Visual Services at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Time/Date/Location Pre-Proposal Meeting:
Date/Location for Proposals:
COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY ADVERTISEMENT Sealed bid proposals are hereby solicited for the Community College of Allegheny County, 800 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15233 on the following: REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL 3125 – SALE OF 65,534 SEQUENTIAL IPV4 ADDRESSES ue date: 2:00 P.M. Prevailing Time on Thursday, May 20, 2021 Any proposals received after this deadline will be considered as a “late bid” and will be returned unopened to the offerer. Proposals may require Bid Bonds, Performance Bonds, Payment Bonds, and Surety as dictated by the specifications. No bidder may withdraw his bid for a period of ninety (90) days after the scheduled closing time for receipt of bids. The Board of Trustees reserves the right to reject any and all bids. The Community College of A egheny ounty is an Affirmati e Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and encourages bids from Minority/ Disadvantaged owned businesses. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2:30 PM, May 3, 2021 DLCC, East Lobby 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pgh, PA 15222 2:00 PM, May 14, 2021 DLCC, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd NOTICE TO BIDDERS ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS PA-18 The Westmoreland County Housing Authority (WCHA) is requesting service bids for: 2021 PARKING LOT REHABILITATION CONTRACT RESURFACING – SEALCOAT – LINE STRIPING Located At VARIOUS RENTAL HOUSING SITES - WESTMORELAND COUNTY, PA. Sealed bids will be received by Michael . ashowich, E ecutive irector, until May 20, 2021 at 1:30 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time) at the administration office of the estmoreland County ousing Authority, 167 South Greengate Road, Greensburg PA 15601, at which time they will be collected and opened publicly at the C A - 15 South reengate Road location. Interested respondents can obtain bid documents by downloading from www.wchaonline.com. Bidders shall be registered on the C A Procurement atabase to obtain said documents. Inquiries and plan holder registration can be emailed to email@example.com. On April 30, 2021 @ 10:00 AM, a non-mandatory PRE-BID TELE CONFERENCE will occur. Join Zoom Meeting https://wchaonline.zoom. us/j/95102042812? pwd=bW5XbFEzcnloMGJVNEM0NlpSUUUrZz09&from=addon 877 853 5247 or 888 788 0099 US Toll-free Meeting ID: 951 0204 2812 Passcode: 940754 Michael L. Washowich, Executive Director Westmoreland County Housing Authority
HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) FOR GLEN HAZEL COMMUNITY PLANNING CONSULTANT RFP #800-21-21 The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) hereby request proposals from qualified Firms or Individuals capable of providing the following service(s): Glen Hazel Community Planning Consultant The documents will be available no later than April 26, 2021 and signed, sealed proposals will be accepted until 9:00 A.M. on May 18, 2021. The ousing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh will only be accepting physical proposals dropped off in person from 8:00 AM until the closing time of 9:00 AM on May 18, 2021 in the lobby of 100 Ross St. Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Proposals may be uploaded to the Authority s online submission site; the link is accessible via the HACP website and within the RFP. Sealed proposals may still be mailed via USPS at which time they will be Time and ate Stamped at 100 Ross Street 2nd Floor, Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Parties or individuals interested in responding may download a copy of the Solicitation from the oing Business section of www.hacp.org. uestions or inquiries should be directed to: Mr. im etrick ousing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh Procurement epartment 100 Ross Street 2nd Floor, Suite 200 Pittsburgh, PA 15219 12-6 3-2832 A pre-submission meeting will be held via Zoom meeting; on May 10, 2021 at 09:00 A.M. Please see meeting information below: Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 952 5984 7829 Passcode: 236804 +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C) The ousing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh strongly encourages certified minority business enterprises and women business enterprises to respond to this solicitation. HACP’s has revised their website. As part of those revisions, vendors must now register and log-in, in order to view and download IFB/ RFPs documentation. Caster D. Binion, Executive Director Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh
ACP conducts business in accordance with all federal, state, and local civil rights laws, including but not limited to Title VII, the Fair ousing Act, Section 50 of the Rehabilitation Act of 19 3, the Americans with isabilities Act, The PA uman Relations Act, etc. and does not discriminate against any individuals protected by these statutes.
ALLEGHENY COUNTY SANITARY AUTHORITY LEGAL NOTICE CONTRACT NO. 1740 The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority is soliciting Bids for CONTRACT NO. 1740 ALCOSAN Parking Shuttle, for which Proposals will be received until 11:00 A.M., Prevailing Time, Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the office of the Authority and then shall be publicly opened and read via Microsoft Teams Meeting. Contact Kathleen P. Uniatowski for Invitation to Bid Opening Teams Meeting at Kathleen.Uniatowski@ALCOSAN.org. ALCOSAN encourages businesses owned and operated by minorities and women to submit bids on Authority Proposals or to participate as subcontractors or suppliers to the successful bidder. Successful Bidders are to use minority or women s businesses to the fullest e tent possible. Bid Security is required and shall be furnished by providing with the Bid a Certified Check or Bid Bond in the amount of $2,000.00. To Obtain Contract Documents send request to Kathleen P. Uniatowski via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions regarding the Technical Aspects of the Project should be directed to Benjamin J. Heilman, Contract Supervisor at Benjamin.Heilman@Alcosan.org, 412-734-6204. The Authority reserves the right to reject any or all Proposals, to waive any informality in any Proposal and to accept any Proposal should it be deemed in the interest of the Authority to do so. ALLEGHENY COUNTY SANITARY AUTHORITY Benjamin J. Heilman Contract Supervisor