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Report: Overdose death rate ‘significantly higher’ for Blacks in Allegheny County Doctors, officials say help is available by Rob Taylor Jr. Courier Staff Writer

Scott Cook, M.D., has been pretty much everywhere in town when it comes to addiction recovery centers. And as an African American, he’s seen thousands of people, helped thousands of people overcome their drug and alcohol addictions. Just one problem, he told the New Pittsburgh Courier: hardly any of the patients are Black. “I’ve been with many outpatient places, a couple inpatient places,” Dr. Cook said. “In the last 10 years, I’ve seen less than 100 Black patients, but 10,000 White patients.” For decades, the word “opioid” has been associated with “White,” as in, it’s a White person’s problem. But whether it’s heroin, fentanyl, or prescription meds like OxyContin, Vico-

din, morphine, and methadone, doctors and therapists are trying to get the word out that it’s a Black person’s problem, too. A study released Sept. 9 conducted in partnership with the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health analyzed overdose data and death certificates from four states (Kentucky, Ohio, Massachusetts, New York). It found that the rate of opioid deaths among African Americans increased by 38 percent from 20182019. Rates for other racial groups did not rise. “You would think that crack cocaine is primarily the main drug African Americans use because it’s in movies,” Dr. Cook told the Courier exclusively. “We use opioids at the same rate as our White counterparts. That’s seen by society as a White problem. We need to get more African American patients

in our doors because we have the problem, but we’re not getting the help.” The study found that African Americans’ opioid overdose death rates rose from 31.3 to 43.2 per 100,000 adults. Part of what’s fueling the rise in Black overdose deaths is the presence of fentanyl, the highly-powerful synthetic opioid that’s often laced in heroin. And it’s happening close to home. In 2020, 84 percent (584) of all overdose deaths in Allegheny County were related to fentanyl. Compare that with 2014, when fentanyl-related overdoses accounted for just 33 percent of the 424 total overdose deaths in the county. The findings prompted Mayor Bill Peduto to sign an executive order calling for the use of fentanyl test strips, which have been proven to prevent opioid overdoses and save lives as they allow users to identi-

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SCOTT COOK, M.D., is one of the leading addiction medicine doctors in the region. He urges African Americans who are suffering from drug and alcohol addiction to seek professional help. (Photo by Rob Taylor Jr.) fy the presence of fentanyl in unregulated drugs including injectable drugs, powders and pills. Mayor Peduto also ordered on Aug. 31 that the city’s Office of Community Health

and Safety work with city employees and the public to educate them on the benefits of these lifesaving tools and to reduce the stigma associated with possessing them.

The mayor’s executive order highlighted that the rate of overdose mortality for Black residents of Allegheny County is “sigSEE OVERDOSE A5

Four entities recognized for its commitment to DEI Vibrant Pittsburgh releases annual report by Rob Taylor Jr. Courier Staff Writer

PITTSBURGHERS CASSANDRA COOPER AND NIKKI THORPE were there to see the numerous musical acts at the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival, hosted by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Sept. 17-19. See more photos of the festival on Pages A6-A7. (Photo by Gail Manker)

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Vibrant Pittsburgh is watching local corporations and nonprofits like a hawk. The organization is looking for “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” to be a hallmark at local companies, as the organization recently released its 2020 “Vibrant Index” report. Four organizations were deemed “Vibrant Champions” for its commitment to DEI; however, as Vibrant’s report stated, an organizational designation of Vibrant Champion “does not convey perfection.” Those organizations are: Community College of Allegheny County; UPMC; PNC Bank; and The Pittsburgh Promise. Out of the 78 local organizations that participated in Vibrant Pittsburgh’s voluntary Index Diagnostic about issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the four aforementioned organizations scored at or above the 95th percentile. The Vibrant Index was performed in collaboration with the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

MARSHA JONES, Chief Diversity Officer, PNC Financial Services. “I can proudly acknowledge that each of this year’s Vibrant Champions are long-term Vibrant member organizations. Each Vi-

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Give the ball to Najee Harris more! Otherwise, why did you draft him in the first round? When I observed the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 26-17 home loss to the Las Vegas Raiders this past Sunday, one thing was made clear: The Steelers lack an identity on offense. For the past few years, they relied on Ben Roethlisberger throwing his way to wins and using the running game as an accessory to the pass. Chase Claypool, while talented and showed potential last season, isn’t the game-breaking difference-maker that

a 230-pound running back that can run with speed, power, and can catch the ball out of the backfield in Najee Harris. Why would you only give him only 10 carries? I know the whole town has talked about the offensive line but the Steelers’ offensive line has a better chance of success when they are doing more run-blocking for a bulldozer of a running back and imposing their will on their opponents. Ask any offensive line-

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Brandon Walker the Steelers thought they had, at least not yet, in my opinion. It is time for Steeler Nation to realize that Ben is way past his prime and although he won’t admit it, his body language on the sidelines suggests that he is a burned-out quarterback who is content with his legacy, who is going through the motions and trying to hang on for one more nice payday. However, that doesn’t mean that Ben and this offense cannot be effective this season. The Steelers drafted

man from Pop Warner to the NFL...the best thing for an offensive lineman’s confidence is to move another man from point A to point B against their will, and that helps in pass protection and helps wear down defenses throughout the game in the fourth quarter when it’s time to run the four-minute offense. That’s when the running game will be most effective. You know the state of the offense is bad when head coach Mike Tomlin doesn’t trust his offense on

ALL EYES ARE ON STEELERS ROOKIE RUNNING BACK NAJEE HARRIS... (Photo by Courier photographer Brian Cook Sr.) a 4th-and-1 in the fourth quarter down by one score, and decides to punt the ball back to Las Vegas, knowing his defense was already gassed. When Roethlisberger throws the ball 40 times behind a young offensive line that struggles in pass protection, it results in miscommunication with young receivers such as Diontae Johnson stopping on a route that resulted in an interception in the second quarter,

drops that stop drives, and a lack of balance on offense. That leaves the defense to be on the field for 34 minutes, 22 seconds and giving up five plays of over 15 yards in the second half. Jon Gruden, head coach of the Raiders, balanced his offense in this past Sunday’s game although they only mustered 39 yards on the ground. That’s because they ran the ball 25 times without having Pro Bowl running back Josh Jacobs at

their disposal. Derek Carr threw for 382 yards and got explosive plays all afternoon, but the play that got them into field goal range was a 13-yard run through the right guard by Payton Barber. In conclusion, the Steelers offense needs to be centered around Harris and his skill set if they want to get this season on track. As for the defense, they gave up a lot of chunk plays when T.J. Watt and Tyson

Alualu left the game. Joe Haden and Devin Bush were already inactive due to groin injuries. Overall, the defense will be fine throughout the season as they get healthy. The bottom line is the Steelers lost to the better team on Sept. 19 and they need to find balance on offense for them to win close games because there will be a lot of toss-up games on their schedule in regards to talent level.

Where’s this offensive renaissance the Steelers were supposed to have??? Can’t run, can’t pass much through first two games Before the 2021 season started, if you had told the Steelers faithful that the team would be 1-1 after two weeks, they would have jumped at that. Everyone, including myself, expected that. The difference? The results of the games thus far have been the opposite of how most thought. In Week 1, Pittsburgh went into Buffalo and despite a relatively poor offensive performance, they rode the backs of their defense to steal a big victory. Yet, this past Sunday in Week 2, playing a Las Vegas team who had played

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an overtime game on Monday night and had to come halfway across the country to play in Pittsburgh, the Steelers offense, and in big spots, the defense, laid an egg, dropping the team to that expected 1-1 record. It may have been done in an unorthodox manner, but the Steelers are exactly where we thought they’d be. The problem right now is the offense is no better off than they were in 2020. In fact, you could argue the running game is actually worse. Through two games in 2020, the Steelers had rushed for 250 yards. Through two games this season, they’ve rushed for 114. Where’s this renaissance that new Offensive Coordinator Matt Canada was going to bring to this team? Why did you draft Najee Harris with your first-round pick if you don’t have a line that he can run behind? While it’s still extremely early, the team must start to think about, and answer these questions. The offensive line is young and inexperienced and while I do expect them to get better as the season progresses, they aren’t going to allow Ben Roethlisberger to make it through the season if they don’t start progressing sooner than later. Harris won’t gain 1,000 yards, let alone the 1,200-1,400 many predicted, if these guys can’t create holes. The offense that couldn’t and wouldn’t go downfield in 2020 that everyone thought Canada would fix in 2021, won’t be fixed if things don’t change up front, fast. Roethlisberger catches a lot of heat for not throwing deep, but how can he? He needs to release the ball in about 2.3 seconds or else he’s

STEELERS TIGHT END ERIC EBRON. The Steelers are in for a difficult season, weathering injuries and a suspect offense. (Photo courtesy Karl Roser/Pittsburgh Steelers) going to be hit. How can the team utilize Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, JuJu Smith-Schuster or even James Washington the way they should be utilized when Big Ben is back there running for his life? Defensively, the Steelers looked as good as anyone in the league in Week 1. Then, the injury bug hit. Stephon Tuitt remains out through at least Week 3. Joe Haden and Devin Bush may or may not play this Sunday, Sept. 26, vs. Cincinnati as they are nursing groin injuries and the same is true for the team’s best player and sack-master, T.J. Watt. To add insult to injury, Pittsburgh may have lost Tyson Alualu for the season with a fractured ankle. The secondary looks weak and James Pierre is no replacement for Haden. Minkah Fitzpatrick can’t make splash plays

when his top corner is out. Pierre, Haden and Cam Sutton won’t be able to cover the deep threats of opposing teams if Watt is out of the game, as proven vs. Las Vegas. With no truly effective pass rush,

contained and hit him early and often to prevent any big plays from happening in the secondary. The question is, if these key players don’t play again this week, do they have the horses to do it?

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Mike Pelaia the Steelers defense was exposed. I will be shocked, as the team heads into Week 3 to play the Bengals on Sunday, if the Bengals don’t plan to go deep on the Steelers early and often. The Steelers are going to need to keep Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow

Based on what we saw against the Raiders, the answer is no. Offensively against Cincinnati, the Steelers must find a way to run the ball. The offensive line has to block longer, create holes and allow Harris to break free. Harris is culpable of game-changing plays,

if he’s given the opportunity to make one. If he’s not, which I don’t think he will be, the Steelers are going to have to make their run game come from the short passing game, as they did last year. Steelers fans won’t like it, but they won’t have a choice. This coming Sunday, Sept. 26, look for the Steelers to use a lot of screen and short dumpoffs to gain four and give yards at a time. I do believe they need to, and will, utilize some tight end packages and get Pat Friermuth involved more. If the Steelers can effectively rush Burrow and they can find a way to create some form of a running game, they can win this game against the Bengals while nursing their injuries. Prediction: Steelers 23, Bengals 17.


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CCAC, Pittsburgh Promise, UPMC, PNC recognized for its commitment to DEI Vibrant Pittsburgh releases annual report DEI FROM A1

ty and Inclusion journey but making strides to commit to the promising practices that we know really work,” said Vibrant Pittsburgh President and CEO Sabrina Saunders Mosby, in an interview with the New Pittsburgh Courier, Sept. 21. “I commend them for their efforts and commitment to this work and the greater Pittsburgh region.” Vibrant Pittsburgh said participation in the report increased by 56 percent, though the organization wants to see many more companies take part in the annual report. The 2020 report’s 78 factions represented 118,098 employees,

“Vibrant Pittsburgh is considered an inclusion partner in the region,” Mosby said. “We know that our region’s future hinges on our ability to attract and retain a diversity of talent. So, Vibrant works with organizations to cement Pittsburgh as a career destination of choice for people of all backgrounds, including people of color.” The Vibrant Index Report did note that just 35 percent of the responding organizations’ leaders had signed a public pledge to support Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Mosby, with that stat in hand, responded: “Each organization that chose to participate in the

JAMES E. TAYLOR, PH.D., Chief Diversity Officer, UPMC. or about 11 percent of the Vibrant Index intentionalregion’s total working pop- ly took a step towards imulation. proving the practices and The participating organi- policies that we know can zations were asked ques- build more inclusive worktions in 10 impact areas: place cultures. Because orWritten Commitment and ganizations are looking at Transparency; Benefits this data, (it) means they and Policies; Employee can shape and shift their Networks; Leadership; investments for the better. Training and Education; Accountability Metrics; Talent Engagement and Recruitment; Supplier Diversity; Community Engagement; and 2020—Organizational Response to the Pandemic, Protests, and Sociopolitical Unrest. The report found that: 94 percent of respondents reported that developing an inclusive culture was a top priority for their DEI initiatives; 85 SALEEM GHUBRIL, executive director, percent of respon- Pittsburgh Promise. dents offered Employee Assistance Programs; 78 percent of We recommend that comrespondents state explicit- panies sign a public pledge, ly that they do not discrim- and the benefit of signing inate on the basis of sexual establishes a shared urorientation; and 76 per- gency and creates positive cent of respondents have peer pressure around Dian internal advising body versity, Equity, and Includedicated to diversity and sion. My hope is that each inclusion. organization in our region

SABRINA SAUNDERS MOSBY, president and CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh.

takes action that outlives the sentiments in statements and/or pledges.” Mosby also told the Courier exclusively she wants to see more organizations participate in the Vibrant Index Report. “All dedicated organizations must participate fully in the Vibrant Index initiative, utilizing the Diagnostic annually and committing to tackle this work to improve our region.” “Recognition as a Vibrant Champion is significant and meaningful for CCAC,” said Kimberly Manigault, vice president of the school’s Human Re-

sources, in a statement to the Courier. “This distinction reflects the story we tell through our mission: to provide access to high quality education in a diverse, caring and innovative learning environment, upholding our core values of diversity, community, integrity and learning. Diversity standards are integrated into our hiring process, and diversity is a designated competency on our performance appraisals. The Vibrant Champion award affirms these actions.” QUINTIN BULLOCK, D.D.S., president of Community College of Allegheny County.


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Netflix’s ‘Dear White People’ returns for its final season, adds a twist The Black students at Winchester University are back for their senior year in the final season of “Dear White People.” Starring Logan Browning and DeRon Horton, the Netflix series brings the tumultuous life of undergraduate studies at an Ivy League school to an end for Sam White and her friends. The highlight of Sam White’s studies is her controversial student radio show, “Dear White People,” and her hopes to one day become a film director. Logan Browning, who plays Sam White, has consistently portrayed a beautifully flawed college student. Her character’s wisdom and wit strokes even the nerdiest egos, while her sass and spunk create the Black Girl Magic we all fell in love with freshman year. Sam White, who’s typically a pitbull in a skirt, is soft and vulnerable in this season as she meets her match with new student, Iesha Vital (Joi Liaye). The unlikely pair builds friction causing the gang to resolve some unspoken issues and fight to produce an all-Black variety show on a predominantly White campus. The topics tackled in this season were on point, per usual. The most relevant one is the continuous division amongst Black people. The public divide amongst Black people, especially in an academic or profession-

al setting, is devastating. As my mom would say, “What happens in this house, stays in this house.” So, when Black folks have a public disagreement, it almost lets White people pick out the weaknesses to capitalize on our dispute. These types of conflicts also take attention away from the true matter, delaying the work in progress. The claim that some Black people are not Black enough or do not do enough for “the cause” is also a nasty setback to moving

the needle forward. The Black student caucus at Winchester University faces all those things as Sam White and Iesha Vital rise

as leaders of two different packs. “Dear White People” comes with a twist. This last season is a mu-

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sical. Yes, one big Broadway show. But, before you rip off your headphones, please give it a chance. “Dear White People” plays a sweet homage to ‘90s music with renditions of songs such as “Round and Round” by Tevin Campbell, “This Is How We Do it” by Montell Jordan, “She’s a B****” by Missy Elliot, and “What About Your Friends” by TLC. The series also uses different genres of music to intertwine strong messages about racism, tolerance,

acceptance, gun violence, and advocacy. “Dear White People” is “Higher Learning” (1995) mixed with a little bit “Carmen: A Hip Hopera” (2001). There are serious pro-Black themes, and then every few minutes the cast breaks out into song and dance. The music is necessary though. Sometimes corny, but what musical isn’t. The fourth and final season will premiere on Wednesday, September 22, on Netflix.


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Report: Overdose death rate ‘significantly higher’ for Blacks in Allegheny County OVERDOSE FROM A1

nificantly higher” than White residents, “thereby deepening racial inequity,” and that Black men experienced a “200 percent increase” in overdose deaths from the third quarter of 2019 to the second quarter of 2020, compared to Q3 of 2018 to Q2 of 2019. Across Pennsylvania, officials were alarmed to the fact that Black overdose deaths jumped 63 percent from 2018 to 2020; for Whites, it increased just five percent. “Limited access to medical resources to treat opioid use disorder, combined with inadequate community infrastructure—including unreliable transportation, food and housing insecurity, and insufficient insurance coverage—have all contributed to the disproportionate rise in opioid overdose

deaths among Black people in the U.S.,” said, William Soares, M.D., the director of harm reduction services and an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Baystate in Springfield, in an article published in the online publication Everyday Health. “If you are a Black American and you have an opioid use disorder, you are much less likely to be prescribed medications for opioid use disorder,” added Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in a National Public Radio report. Dr. Edwin Chapman has been a specialist in drug addiction in Washington, D.C., for decades. As an African American, he has been on the forefront of alerting the public that what once was

a White, suburban problem that has the attention of Congress has become a Black, inner-city problem that no one wants to discuss. “Sometimes we’ll have a cluster of folks outside selling drugs,” Dr. Chapman said in a WAMU (Washington, D.C.) radio report in 2018, referring to the Medical Home Development Group building he leads in D.C. “We’ve had overdoses right outside, right under the building, right next door to the building.” “People who’ve even been lifelong heroin users are dying because they don’t understand how to titrate those doses,” added Dr. Melissa Clarke in the WAMU report. “That’s a huge part of the challenge. It’s always been impossible for addicts to know the potency of street drugs, but with

fentanyl in the mix, they’re even more dangerous now. “We feel like we have a fire underneath us—people are dying every day.” And in St. Louis, Mo., the Courier has learned that Black men are now four times more likely than White men to die of an overdose, after Black overdose deaths increased by 33 percent in 2020. Dr. Cook, a 1984 Allderdice High School graduate who earned his M.D. from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 1998, is one of the leading African American doctors in the region specializing in addiction medicine and recovery. He’s now the medical director at Recovery Centers of America—Monroeville, which has 138 beds available for inpatient services and also offers outpatient services. He and the center’s CEO,

Michael Ogden, told the Courier they are adamant about getting more African Americans into treatment. Ogden said African Americans “deserve the same level of care of anybody else in America.” Ogden also said that oftentimes, regular private insurance covers the cost of regular treatment at Recovery Centers of America and elsewhere, debunking the myth that professional addiction treatment is too costly. For those without insurance, some outpatient services are covered by Medicaid, and there are community health centers across the region that offer low-cost addiction treatment. Dr. Cook said that when it comes to addiction, there is a perception that Black people just have to “deal with it,” rather than getting

professional help that their White counterparts are often afforded. “We believe we should pray about everything, go to the pastor, which is wonderful because that is a component of recovery,” Dr. Cook, himself a minister before becoming a physician, told the Courier exclusively. “But we have to do more than that. We also sweep things under the rug. When I was a kid, instead of saying, Uncle Bob’s in jail, they’ll say he went down south. Well, Uncle Bob was down south for like five years. He wasn’t down south, he was in jail. We need to start talking about problems, not sweeping it under the rug. Certainly leaning on spirituality, but not making it the only thing.”

Honor a person lost to gun violence with ‘Remembrance Object,’ Sept. 24-26 by Rob Taylor Jr. Courier Staff Writer

Reverend Glenn Grayson Sr., pastor of Wesley Center AME Zion in the Hill District, is leading efforts to remember those lost to gun violence in the Pittsburgh area on a national level. From Friday, Sept. 24 through Sunday Sept. 26, from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Center That C.A.R.E.S., 2701 Centre Ave. (same location as the church), anyone who has lost a family member to gun violence can contribute a “remembrance object” in their memory, which will be placed inside a small box and sent to the growing National Gun Violence Memorial in Washington,

D.C. Reverend Grayson’s son, Jeron, 18, was killed by gun violence while at a party near California University of Pennsylvania in 2010. He was a former star athlete at Schenley High School and a student at Hampton University at the time of the shooting. Goldette Shields, a member of Wesley Center AME Zion church who is also assisting with the promotion of the event, lost a nephew, Frederick Shields, to gun violence three years ago. “Guns are supposed to be for self-defense, and now people are just trigger-happy and they’re destroying our communities,” Shields told the New

Pittsburgh Courier. “There’s nobody playing in the playground anymore because they’re scared they’re going to be shot by a drive-by, or because ‘we won a game,’ or ‘you stepped on my foot.’ The violence is killing our youth. Our youth really think it’s cool to go around and shoot somebody because they’re angry at them or they’re mad, or they had a bad day.” Whether it’s the pandemic or otherwise, Pittsburgh is dealing with an increase in homicides in 2021, along with many parts of the country. Shields said that it’s important for people to remember their loved ones by bringing an object that will be permanently REV. GLENN GRAYSON SR., pastor of Wesley Center AME Zion in placed at the new memorial in D.C. the Hill District.


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R&B LEGEND PATRICE RUSHEN delights the Pittsburgh crowd at Highmark Stadium during the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival, held Sept. 17-19. (Photos by Courier photographer Gail Manker)

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Bankruptcy is NOT a bad word by Ethan Dunn For New Pittsburgh Courier

(Michigan Chronicle)—The word debt is uncomfortable, and it sometimes comes with the idea that you have done something wrong (you haven’t), or that you are irresponsible (you aren’t). Some financial planners are estimating that the average 50-yearold American is well over $100,000 in debt. Debt, on its own, is not a problem. Debt becomes an issue when you are one unplanned event away from not being able to make a payment. If your livelihood is solely dependent on your paycheck and you are spending your paycheck the second it comes in, what happens if you lose your job? Let’s look at some common forms of debt to better understand when they can become unmanageable. Household debt Drive through a neighborhood, and you will see household debt. Here are some examples of household debt or consumer debt: • Mortgages (and 2nd Mortgages) • Home Equity Loans • Credit Cards • Cars • Furniture • Student Loans Credit cards are referred to as revolving debt. Why? Not only can the interest rate on credit cards fluctuate, but the amount you pay towards them every month can vary. Do you pay the minimum that is required? Do you pay off the full amount? Although it is not advisable to get into credit card debt, especially because the interest rat is so high, you will not likely default on resolving debt as fast as non-revolving debt (more on that soon). If you lose your job, have

an unexpected medical expense (more on those too), you can survive by making the minimum payments. Again, this is not ideal, but we are not talking about optimum circumstances. This is in the event of a financial emergency. Non-revolving debt This type of debt covers everything else in the above-mentioned list. Your mortgage, your second mortgage, your home equity line of credit, your car loan, and your student loan have required amounts you have to pay at designated intervals. If you are relying on your next paycheck to make a non-revolving debt payment, this this is where you re no longer insulated from the unforeseen. Medical expenses This is what causes half the bankruptcies in America. In addition to the medical bills, it can also lead to you being incapable of working. Next to this unemployment and uninsured losses stand as the other common reasons why people become bankrupt. How Bankruptcy can help if you’re in debt This is the tool that our legal system has made available to each person in the U.S. Unfortunately, the credit card companies, and credit collections industry have been very effective at telling Americans that bankruptcy is a shameful process and that you should feel badly about needing some relief. I often talk to people who believe that not being able to pay their bills is almost criminal. We remind them that it is our government hat has created this tool that allows every person a level of grace and opportunity to be free from crushing debt. The bankruptcy system is designed to balance SEE BANKRUPTCY B2

Is the 40-hour work week dead? by Sherri Kolade

(and beyond) use as standard practice.    Yet, many professionals have called Michigan Chronicle it  into question—saying that it is  antiquated, especially as the pandemic The year is 1890.    Slavery for Black Americans end- forced many white-collar workers to ed just 25 years ago in the United work from home disrupting the status States  in 1865  after the passing and quo of the  typical Monday to Friday ratification of the 13th amendment to workflow as competing personal responsibilities grew.    the Constitution.   Dr. Rita Fields, a  local  busy CEO, Just as Black people in the country were getting their footing—de- professor and executive, manages her spite harsh realities and conditions workweek on her own terms.     As the chief talent and strategy ofpost-slavery—the United States government was getting the hang of track- ficer for Lighthouse, CEO of 313 Ining workers’ hours.  For the typical dustries Inc., CEO of Copper Phoenix manufacturing employee that looks Consulting, LLC, and University of like about 100 hours of labor, according Michigan professor, there is no shortage of work and responsibilities on to https://sociable.co/.     In comparison to the current five-day Fields’ plate  on  any given day due to standard workweek, that would be an her passions.    “I have discovered that intellectual unthinkable 20 hours a day.    As time went on, measures were put diversity is something that I prize in in place to ensure that overworking my professional life. I am very deliberemployees became a thing of the past. ate about choosing roles that allow me One major step in the right direction to contribute in a meaningful way,” she was the adoption of  Ford Motor Com- said.      Fields, who began her journey as a pany’s five-day, 40-hour workweek in homeless, high school dropout she “had 1926.    The 40-hour workweek came to be af- no hope and no vision” for her future, ter deadly accidents, employee strikes according to her LinkedIn page.    “Today, I have visited six continents and White House involvement (Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd president of and explored the nuances of culture in the United States at the time) spurred the context of leadership,” she said in the movement forward, NBC reported.    her biography.    As Fields helps make connections “It’s not just one incident, but it was a culmination of many events and many with “human potential within the struggles that allowed this to become workplace and beyond,” she notes that law,” said Angelica Santomauro, exec- the idea of working has been turned on utive director of the  American Labor its head.    Museum in Haledon, N.J., in the article.    “The 40-hour workweek has changed The  workweek  that is even in place dramatically during the course of today  is one that hundreds of thou- the pandemic,” she told the Michigan sands of companies across the country Chronicle. “Many work more than 40

hours and many work less than 40 hours to accomplish their work goals. I think that the most dramatic wakeup call was the belief that people were most productive when in the office. There are many people who are not only as productive but possibly even more productive outside of the traditional office setting.”    Fields, who has worked from home for the past eight years (with her trusty desktop computer, a laptop and a dedicated office) said that even though she has several jobs, she doesn’t have to stick to a rigid schedule.     “I’ve learned how to manage my time very well; to the point that I complete my work commitments and get in daily workouts, connect with friends and serve on five boards,” she said. “Some weeks, I do this in about 40 hours. Some weeks a bit more. Many weeks, less.”    According to  https://sociable. co/,  working around three hours can result in the same achievements as an eight-hour workday.    “If you’re pushing people well beyond that time they can really concentrate maximally, you’re very likely to get them to acquire some bad habits,”  K. Anders Ericsson, an expert on the psychology of work, said in a post.     Similar to Fields, Ericsson said that the hours don’t matter—getting the work done on time is what counts.    “The ideal workweek for me is what I have right now,” Fields said. “One that is focused on outcomes as opposed to punching a clock.”   

Your parents are not your emergency fund! Your children are not your retirement fund! “I’m thinking about retiring in 11 years. I think I’ll get full Medicare and some Social Security but I don’t want to wait that long. At what age can I start receiving money from my retirement account without that penalty? I’m not banking on Social Security so I don’t pay too much attention to it. I just want to retire comfortably on my 50th birthday.” ~ Christina Damon says: 15.3 percent! That’s how much is deducted from your paycheck for Social Security and Medicare from the day you start working until the day you retire or die. Both you and employer pay 6.2 percent respectively for Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance commonly referred to as Social Security for a total of 12.4 percent. Medicare takes another 1.45 percent from you and employer for a total of 2.9 percent. That’s 15.3 percent paid into the system each pay on your behalf. That’s more than what 90 percent of people save per pay for their own retirement. I think it’s worth paying attention to—but it’s nice if you don’t have to bank on it. Just think if that same 15.3 percent went to a personal private account on our behalf instead of Social Security. We’d ALL be wealthy!! Medicare doesn’t kick in until age 65. Perhaps you’ll be covered under your husband’s health insurance until you reach age 65? You can’t liquidate retirement-specific accounts like 401(k)s IRA, etc until age 59 1/2 without an early withdrawal penalty. By drawing down retirement funds in your early 50’s you run the risk of outliving your savings. Then what? You’d probably want to avoid taping retirement funds that early. You should consider setting up what is known as a bridge account

—money invested outside of retirement funds to bridge the gap between age 50 and age 59 1/2 in your case. Lastly, the best retirement withdrawal plan is an interest-only retirement plan—meaning you live off the interest of your investments and never touch the principal. That way you don’t outlive your savings and you leave an inheritance to your loved ones. *** Chicago newlyweds post $240 bill to noshow wedding guest. Sparks online debate: Should wedding guests have to pay if they fail to show up? The answer is yes, according to one Chicago couple. ~ FB Question Damon says: Wait! What? SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! This is a joke right!? It’s not! I followed up on the story. They’re both small business owners. As a small business owner myself, some things you simply chalk up as the cost of doing business. Since they are a small business owner, one of the days they’re at their destination wedding, they should have had a meeting—discussing their business services. By doing so, they could have written off some of the expenses as business-related expenses—thus offsetting the loss from the eight no-shows! That’s how the big companies do things. I imagine some of the no-shows thought about it, then at the last minute decided it was cheaper to just give a gift as opposed to fly to Jamaica, pay for plane tickets, lodging and other expenses, plus give a gift. Fact is, the wedding guest could have saved

face and mentioned they couldn’t attend up front. But few weddings/receptions have all 100 percent of those who RSVP show up to the wedding. They probably would have given a gift upon the newlyweds’ return, but after generating an invoice, if they’ve recently showed a pattern of dodging a promise, they’re likely to dodge giving them a gift and paying the invoice. What’s the recourse for not paying ? Ding on their credit report!? Not!! Here’s an idea: Plan a wedding based on your wedding budget—not potential gifts and the need for everyone to pay X amount for their plate. Then noshows wouldn’t be on your to-invoice list. *** Your parents are not your EMERGENCY FUND! Your children are not your RETIREMENT FUND! Build your own WEALTH. ~ Facebook Post Damon says: Financially speaking, the best thing an adult child can do for their parents—and the best thing that parents can do for their adult children—is NOT be a burden on them financially! I read a report years back that revealed 96 percent of Americans age 65 and over retire or die broke. One of the main reasons for this unfortunate dilemma was parents prioritizing paying for children’s college over saving for their retirement and parents continuing to provide for adult children. I recall working with a client who was in her early 60’s. I had worked with her in the

past—set her up on a plan. Years later she ran into a dilemma. Money was tight. She was struggling to make ends meet. As I backed into her numbers, I observed she had a property in Florida. She lived in Ohio. The payment on this property was $1,700 per month. Almost one whole paycheck. I asked if there was rental income. She said no. Her two adult children have been living in the property for a couple of years with their kids and significant others. None of them had a job. She pays for the mortgage and all utilities. I looked at her as she was tearing up. I said, I think I’ve solved your problem. You cannot afford to take care of your household and theirs. You’re struggling to make ends meet while they’re living their best life in sunny Florida. I advised her to sell the house immediately! Then there’s the flip side. You have adult children who have to help provide financially for their parents because the parent prioritized providing for junior and neglecting saving for retirement creating what is called the sandwich generation. You’re taking care of your household and assisting with your parents’ household—neglecting yourself! Sounds like fun. You bust your butt to provide for everyone but you. You helping others hinders your ability to help yourself. No money saved for your future. Fast forward to years later. Now you too are in that 96 percent of Americans age 65 and older retiring or dying broke!! Your parents are not your emergency fund! Your children are not your retirement fund!

(Damon Carr, Money Coach can be reached at 412216-1013 or visit his website at www.damonmoneycoach.com)


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your need to pay your creditors with your need to be free from being trapped by overwhelming debt. Bankruptcy does provide a fresh start through a process that allows you to e open and honest with your creditors and tell your story about how you ended up being unable to pay your bills without being judged. Our bankruptcy system allows your creditors to understand why your need relief from your debt and it allows

you to created a budget that will help make sure you are able to make the real changes that will help keep you from having to file bankruptcy in the future.

(Ethan D. Dunn is a member of Wolverine Bar Association and is the managing member of MAXWELL DUNN, PLLC, a boutique business and bankruptcy law firm. In his law practice he guides individuals and entrepreneurs through their toughest financial challenges using both bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy legal tools for dealing with debt.)

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for you to get an instant replacement quickly and easily. Go online and request an instant replacement form with a my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity. gov/myaccount. The online replacement form is available beginning February 1, 2017. Every working person in the U.S. should create a by Stacy M. Brown my Social Security account. NNPA Newswire Senior National The secure and personalized Correspondent features of my Social Security (NNPA)—In perhaps the are invaluable in securing a comfortable retirement—for best produced National Leadership Awards—or today and tomorrow. any virtual conference— since the pandemic forced most to move away from in-person gatherings, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) celebrated its annual soiree in style. Sen. Raphael Warnock

(D-Ga.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-Missouri), Dr. James Hildreth, Dr. Ebony Hilton, and Olympic record-setter Allyson Felix, each received recognition for their excellence and commitment to the Black community and the world at-large. “Thank you to Black Press of America and the National Newspaper Publishers Association for this gracious award and, to

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my brother Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Chair Karen Richards, National Correspondent Stacy Brown, and the countless others who do the important work to keep our communities informed, engaged, and motivated through these unprecedented times,” Sen. Warnock stated. “This award is not about me, but the millions of Black Americans in Georgia and across the country who continuously display their courage, perseverance, and fortitude as we navigate increasingly challenging times in our communities and throughout our world. Know that I will continue to do my part in the United States Senate to uplift Georgia voices in the continual march towards what Dr. King called the beloved community,” the senator concluded. Dr. Hilton, who has led the fight against misinformation about the coronavirus and who has become a leading advocate for transparency surrounding COVID-19, said there’s still much work to do. “I cannot begin to tell you how honored I am to be considered. But, I have to be honest, it’s difficult to think of my efforts as worthy when there is so much left to do,” Dr. Hilton asserted. “One thing I can promise is to continue trying my best and showing up in hopes of truly deserving this prestigious recognition.” While Felix, who won a re-

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cord-setting 11 gold medals during the Olympic Games, couldn’t attend, other awardees proudly acknowledged the well-deserved recognition. “I am humbled to receive a National Leadership Award from the NNPA/ Black Press of America. As we know, Black journalists have been denied a platform in this country for far too long,” Congresswoman Bush stated. “The excellence of Black journalism should never be taken for granted. From the incredible writers in St. Louis to the journalists pushing for equality abroad, I am deeply honored to be in the company of such dedicated individuals who lead our campaign for a better future for every human being, starting with those who have the least.” Sen. Booker remarked that he also felt humbled by the honor. “I’m humbled and honored to be honored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association. The members of the NNPA provide an invaluable service to their communities, shining a light on issues that affect Black Americans and our families,” the New Jersey senator proclaimed. “I stand with the NNPA and its membership in their efforts to inform, educate, and advance their mission of promoting a more just, equal society.” Dr. Hildreth, the president and CEO of Meharry Medical College, also expressed appreciation. “I am honored to be recognized by the National Newspaper Publishers Association and Black Press USA as one of this year’s National Leadership Award recipients,” stated Dr. Hildreth, a member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Board that approve the COVID-19 vaccines. “I am humbled to be named among such a prestigious group of honorees who have impacted so many lives through their work,” Dr. Hildreth remarked. “I am grateful to NNPA, its member newspapers, and the Black Press USA for their efforts to serve as trusted sources of information for people all across the country.” NNPA Chair Karen Carter Richards, NNPA President Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., and New Orleans Data News Publisher Terry Jones hosted the awards reception. The reception included conversations with singer Regina Belle, actress Gabrielle Union, and actor Louis Gossett, Jr. Produced by NNPA News Director Norman Rich, the program garnered praise from viewers and the NNPA’s executive board. “Amazing production,” Carter Richards wrote in a text message. “It was an awesome reception,” added NNPA National Secretary Jackie Hampton, publisher of the Mississippi Link. NNPA 2nd Vice Chair and Publisher of the County News in Charlotte, N.C., concluded, “awesome teamwork.”


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Abort an unjust law Women have been having unintended pregnancies probably since the beginning of time. They have also had to make decisions about what to do about them. In recent years, this has resulted in one of the greatest ongoing battles between two groups of people, the pro-life and pro-choice camps. Pro-life proponents are against abortions. Pro-choice people, on the other hand, advocate for a woman’s right to control her own body. This does not automatically translate into a right to have an abortion; it means that a woman should be the decision-maker in this regard. The state of Texas has decided upon a draconian approach to this issue. On September 1, 2021, legislators enacted a new abortion restriction known as Senate Bill 8 (SB 8), which limits a resident of the state’s ability to provide abortion care in Texas beyond six weeks of pregnancy, and sometimes even earlier. A key point regarding this is that most women are not aware of their pregnancy status at this stage. This ban includes women who become pregnant as a result of rape or incest! Controversial measures have been added for non-compliance, including levying fines of $10,000 against those who help women get abortions past this point. This includes someone who drives a woman to an abortion clinic! The draconian law is forcing people to flee to other states in order to have abortions performed. The abortion issue is one of the main highlights of what can be determined as women’s rights. Though women have been able to become CEOs of major corporations and have attained to the vice presidency of the United States, they still don’t have the right to control what happens to their own bodies! People who decry the notion of “women’s liberation” often overlook this fact. Women have not yet overcome. The biggest travesty connected with the abortion issue and the rights of women to have an abortion is that there is an acute imbalance: it takes two people to make a pregnancy, but men disproportionately decide what happens. Most certainly, if someone bears the burden of punishment for breaking abortion laws, it should be evenly distributed. Instead, unwanted pregnancies are treated as though they are immaculate conceptions; men are conspicuously absent. If this last point was taken seriously, any abortion legislation that is enacted should include consideration of the father’s role in the pregnancy. Women don’t get pregnant by themselves, and since it is their bodies that bear the most serious consequences of pregnancies, they definitely should have the last say-so regarding how to deal with them. Instead, women are kept from making these decisions, while men decide what happens to a woman’s body. Unfortunately, the truth is that abortion is a life-ordeath issue. It can result in the death of a fetus, and in some cases, a difficult pregnancy brought to term in the presence of adverse health indicators can result in the death of the woman. This is the main reason why people should become more conscious of the consequences of unprincipled and irresponsible sexual behavior. What really needs to happen regarding the abortion issue is that both men AND women should be held responsible for careless sexual behavior. There are reports that one or two states made great strides in an attempt to do this. When a woman became pregnant, every man who had sex with her was made financially responsible for the unborn child. Once the child was born, a DNA test was performed to determine the actual father, and that individual was made to contribute financially to the child from that point onward. It is said that the result of this strategy was the significant reduction in welfare rolls in these states because men began to act more responsibly. One more thing: it’s interesting that some of those who consider themselves pro-life tend not to be prolife once a child is born. They usually don’t care one bit about what happens to the child, as demonstrated by their tendency to block progressive legislation that would provide support for women who find themselves in the position of single-parenthood. Therefore, we can surmise that they are probably motivated by hypocrisy or by the fear of a reduction in the population of a certain gene pool. Whatever the case, laws like the one in Texas need to be aborted because they are basically attacks on women! (Reprinted from The Chicago Crusader)

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(TriceEdneyWire.com)—On behalf of the leaders and members of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc. I will be honoring Michael K. Williams on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at our 37th Annual Awards Ceremony. Our theme for this year is “Through It All, We’re Still Standing.”  This theme was chosen because like other organizations, we have had many tragedies.  The coronavirus has negatively impacted many of our families.  Several of us have lost a parent or another close relative or friend. I am proud of our members who never stopped serving others.  As we planned and prepared for our 37th Annual Awards Ceremony, we chose to honor Michael K. Williams as one of two of our Dick Gregory Good Brother awards. Our other awardee in that category is B. Michael who is an extraordinary clothing designer.  I knew him as the designer for my good friend Cicely Tyson who was among the many who left us in 2021. She was not just our friend, but a friend to many throughout the world.  Now, there is Michael K. Williams who was chosen to be one of our honorees, but he, too, was a friend to the world.  Our hearts were heavy when we received the news of his passing a few days ago.  Michael had pre-recorded his acceptance remarks and they were among his last words. His words were so touching that we’ll share them with the world at our Awards Ceremony and I pray that his words will be as touching to someone as

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Commentary they were to me. Our Awards Ceremony Chair, Dr. Theresa Buckson was one of Michael’s friends and she said,  “Michael will be honored with NCBW’s Good Brother Award for his commitment to philanthropy, community involvement and his award-winning accomplishments as an actor.” It is true that the good often die young. Michael was only 54 years old, working on so many issues to better our community. His loss is a real tragedy. His loss is a wakeup call for all of us to pay attention and lend a hand to those who are showing signs of depression. Michael was a kind person who exemplified community involvement and was an exceptional actor and activist. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and loved ones.  He will be missed for the great work he did and the work he’d planned to do.  Other honorees for the event will be Congresswomen Nikema Williams, Cori Bush and Marilyn Strickland who will receive NCBW’s Congresswoman Shirley

Chisholm Award.  Others to be honored are District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, NEA President Rebecca Pringle, Moderna Lead Researcher Dr. Kizzy Corbett, Black Voters Matter Fund and Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute Co-Founder  LaTosha  Brown, Fashion Designer Extraordinaire B. Michael and WNBA Vice-President and Co-Owner of the Atlanta Dream Renee Montgomery.    Among entertainers for the event are the Marilyn  McCoo  and Billy Davis Jr.—the only couple of Pop and Soul,  Mzuri  Moyo  Aimbaye, Dr. Sonja Fuqua and Greater Works of Suitland, Maryland’s Praise Team.     Tamika Mallory will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. The 2021 NCBW Awards Ceremony will deliver a virtual experience following the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Weekend event.    The organization was founded in 1984  by the late Dr. C. DeLores Tucker and first chaired by the late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, NCBW is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit community service organization with chapters  all across  the country.  It is the organization responsible for erecting a bust of Sojourner Truth in the United States Capitol making Sojourner the first Black woman so honored. Since that time, a memorial to Rosa Park has been added. With all the Federal holidays honoring men, it’s time for one to honor a woman!  (Dr. E. Faye Williams is President of the National Congress of Black Women.)

No longer serious doubt; global warming is real—now what do we do about it? (TriceEdneyWire.com)—Record fires in Oregon and California. Floods in Houston and New York. Deadly winter storms in Texas. Droughts across much of the west. Flash floods in England and Germany. Blinding dust storms in China. One hundred year cyclones devastate Fiji and Indonesia. Deadly droughts across sub-Saharan Africa. Wildfires in Greece and Italy. The year is not over yet, but in the United States and across the world, the toll in lives and destruction is growing in storms of biblical proportion. The poorest peoples and the poorest nations are most at risk, but no one is insulated against the impact. The wealthy on Lake Tahoe are evacuated in the face of unprecedented wildfires. Texan oilmen struggle when record winter storms shut down the electric system. Wall Street bankers are hit with floods sweeping through subways and streets. As the storms increase, food supplies and prices will be hit. Millions will be displaced. There is no longer any doubt about the reality of global warming, the dangers of it, or the causes of it. Republicans who for years scorned the reality of global warming—Donald Trump dubbed it a “Chinese hoax”—now accept that it is real. Corrupted scientists paid by oil companies that argued the crisis wasn’t manmade, now quietly reverse their opinions. Now the only question is: what will we do in the face of what the United Nations warns is literally an existential threat? We can’t undo what we have done, but we can alter how bad the future becomes. We can move to sustainable and efficient energy systems, make production and housing and transport more energy efficient, replant forests, invent new ways to generate or save energy, or more. In its last authoritative report, the UN issued what it called a “code red for humanity.” The change must take place over the next decade or we will seed calamities too horrible to imagine. Already this year, the town Lytton, Brit-

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Commentary ish Columbia, in Canada was erased by a hit so extreme—temperatures reached 121 degrees—that it literally went up in smoke and was reduced to ashes. And yet, we keep putting more and more carbon in the atmosphere. Like addicts on drugs, we know we are killing ourselves but can’t resist the high. Feeding deadly drug addictions—from heroin to crack to fentanyl—are multi-trillion-dollar enterprises, some corporate, some gangs, all criminal. They have the power not only to slake the thirst of the addicted, but to corrupt the guardians— the police on the street, the politicians in the suites, the CEOs in the boardrooms. Can we summon up the awareness, the moral courage, and the popular demand to meet this clear, present and growing threat to our lives? Over the next few weeks, Congress will face yet one more skirmish in this struggle between the blind and the aware, the corrupt and the alarmed, the powers that be and the powers that must be. Democrats in the House and Senate are now working to draft and to pass the core elements of Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Plan. Central to that are the first major investments in addressing climate change —mass transit, electric cars, rebuilding housing, solar and wind energy, an end to fossil fuel subsidies, modernizing the electric grid, creating a civilian climate corps that can enlist the energy of the young to retrofit houses and plant trees and much more. Republicans no longer deny the existence of the threat and admit that it is manmade in origin. Now they argue that it is too costly to

do anything about it. They raise alarms that developing new energy and electric cars and retrofitting homes will somehow hurt jobs and the economy, when in fact, the transition to sustainable energy will be a source of new demand, new invention and new jobs and growth. Moreover, the U.S. would surely benefit if it became the leader in the new green technologies that surely will drive growth markets across the world. Plus, with their leaders convinced they will benefit politically if Biden fails, Republicans have lined up unanimously to oppose the Biden plan. So, making progress on climate demands completely on Democrats. With the Senate split 50-50 between the two parties, and Republicans unanimously opposed, Democrats must vote unanimously so Vice President Harris can break the tie to pass a budget bill that would contain the first major investments in dealing with climate change. That won’t be easy. Despite popular support for reforms, big interests are mobilized against change led by Big Oil, the coal barons, and companies hooked on fossil fuels, the deadly crack of our time. An army of lobbyists has descended on Washington. Deep-pocket donors are calling in their chips. When a politician like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) says he needs “greater clarity,” and won’t support the Biden plan, particularly its measures designed to accelerate the transition to renewable energy by utility companies, he isn’t confused; he is compromised. The legislative process—the ugly sausage-making of the Congress— is confusing, secret and arcane. It seldom generates headlines or attention. But right now—in the next few weeks— this Congress will decide if we take the first steps to address a threat already taking a rising toll in lives and destruction. The interests invested in stopping change are mobilized. The only hope is that we the people rise up to demand the change that is desperately needed.

Journalists/propagandists and the Afghanistan military evacuation by A. Peter Bailey (TriceEdneyWire.com)—While watching, listening and reading, about events surrounding the Afghanistan evacuation by correspondents, reporters, columnists, and editorial writers for MSNBC, CNN, FOX News, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Washington Street Journal, I often find myself noting that they often came off more like propagandists than journalists. For instance, many of them repeatedly stated that “thousands” of U.S. military personnel were killed in the war in Afghanistan. The actual number was slightly more than 2,400. It’s for sure that those deaths were a tragedy to the family and friends of the deceased but that number by no means should be reported as thousands. It is repeatedly reported that way to arouse the American public about what the journalists/propagandists consider President Biden’s too early evacuation of U.S. military personnel from the 20-year war in Afghanistan. If they report that thousands were killed

and wounded that would have been accurate. Obviously, they didn’t believe just noting 20,000 wounded would have sufficiently aroused the American public so they inflated the number killed. As the journalists/propagandists rant on and on about President Biden’s decision to remove U.S. military personnel from Afghanistan, I wonder how many of them had served time in military service. I seriously doubt that the number is very high. Though they speak and write reverently about U.S. military adventures to fight for “Justice and Freedom,” it is very doubtful that most of them had volunteered for that noble cause. Their position is best reflected by a statement by Senator Lindsey Graham who declared, “We will be fighting (in Afghanistan) again soon.” Graham’s “we” is very deceptive. People like him and the journalists/propagandists won’t be fighting anywhere soon; neither will their sons or daughters. The fighters will be the children of low-income and working-class families. Usually from small towns for whom the military is a way

to make a living. A recent front-page article in The Washington Post provided photos, names and ages of the 13 U.S. military personnel killed during the Afghanistan evacuation. One of them was 31 years old. The other twelve were between 20 and 25 years old with probably a short time in the military. Finally, I have thus far not seen or heard a single journalists/propagandists ask American citizens in Afghanistan why they had to be so dramatically evacuated. President Trump had set a May 1, 2021 deadline for removing the U.S. military from Afghanistan. President Biden extended the deadline to August 30th. He had long made clear his opposition to the war. So why didn’t the Americans there begin packing and leaving when he was elected. Thus far I haven’t heard or read about a single journalist asking that obviously question. Instead, they present the American evacuees as noble victims of rash decision by the President for a too early military evacuation. Thus they have earned the title of journalists/ propagandists.


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Rebuild the multi-racial, class-based coalition to offset voter suppression (TriceEdneyWire.com)—As a candidate for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders made income inequality a central theme for his two presidential campaigns and for good reason. Over the past few decades, a typical college graduate may have seen modest economic gains, but it is the wealthy individuals who consistently receive the greatest increase in income. In other words, “the 1 Percent” as Bernie Sanders likes to put it. As we view our socioeconomic hierarchy, it is true, the majority of Americans fall in either the middle or lower economic classes. It is also true that in a democracy, the majority rules. Majority rule is the principle where the greater number should exercise greater power. How can the “1 Percent” maintain their economic advantage in addition to obtaining the political advantage needed to shape government policies in their favor? If majority rules as it should, then the “99 Percent” should have the political advantage. In reality, too many Americans consistently vote against their own best interests. By succumbing to the politics of race and fear, many working class Whites without college degrees are literally handing over political power to the wealthy. Exploitation and the strategy of “Divide and Conquer” has awarded the numerical minority greater political influence which exceeds its small numbers. The “1 Percent” are not disadvantaged people. There is no need for them to spend night and day worrying about maintaining a livable wage, obtaining affordable housing, childcare, healthcare or quality education. These are the daily concerns of every-day middle and lower income families regardless of their race. This will always be the case. Past, present and future. The spring and summer of 1968 was a turbulent time in American history. With the Vietnam War, the anti-war movement, the assassination of Martin Luther King and the resulting urban riots, America was in turmoil. In the midst of all the turmoil, the nation was in the middle of a presidential election. During the Democratic primaries of 1968, Robert Kennedy made the political calculation to form a multiracial class-based coalition of voters to support his presidential bid. The idea of a multi-racial coa-

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Commentary lition based on common economic interests was not new. Franklin Roosevelt did it, but unfortunately it came at the expense of ignoring civil rights violations toward Blacks. The New Deal Coalition didn’t remain as a permanent alliance, but for more than three decades it was an effective voting bloc which joined multiple sectors of society. Groups such as Southern rural Whites, blue collar workers, unions, religious minorities and African Americans were joined together to support a progressive agenda despite some of their past differences. In this era of Trumpism, building a similar alliance may seem impossible to some due to the deep racial and political polarizations. But the coalition makes both economic and moral sense. With voters of color being disproportionately affected by voting restrictions, why not offset the restrictions by appealing to White working class voters who would also benefit from progressive economic policies. In other words, beat them at their game of “Divide and Conquer” while weakening the effects of racial politics. It is needed because our democracy has not been under this type of coordinated attack. This type of coalition will cause persuadable white working class voters to focus less on the so-called big lie and more on where it should be: policies that economically benefits their families and communities. What Robert Kennedy was able to accomplish in putting together a multi-racial class-based coalition was unique. At a time of deep racial tensions and urban violence resulting from the 1968 riots, Kennedy reasoned that class was the root of America’s problem more than race. Despite being deeply committed to fighting for civil rights, Kennedy was still accepted and able to attract many working-class White voters who previously supported the segregationist George Wallace. He was able to effectively demonstrate that he cared for the economic interests and legitimate values of both groups by promoting respect and inclusion. On one hand, he didn’t back away from his full commitment to civil rights and racial justice. On the other hand, he respected the working-class values of hard work and respect for the law. He became a law and order candidate by balancing law and order with a demand for justice. He benefited from walking a fine line both groups saw him as sincere and respectful. Kennedy was sensitive to the racial injustices fueling the anger in the Black community, but he also made clear that looting and violence would never be tolerated regardless of the underlying reasons. A rebuilt coalition today should share the same law and order balance. Rioting should never be tolerated, but justice and accountability should be maintained in regards to any form of police misconduct. There are many things in common between working class Whites and people of color in addition to having shared economic interests. Men and women of color are police officers who place their lives on the line daily just as their fellow White officers. Police service is appreciated by all communities. Men and women of color are patriotic in their military duty just as their fellow White soldiers, airmen and sailors. Military service is recognized by all communities. The economic majority should have greater power permanently. Kennedy explained it best when he stopped referring to himself as “liberal”. He deleted the term from his speeches and replaced it with “humane”. He makes a very valid point. A power coalition which levels the playing field and seeks economic equality for all races should not be driven solely by a liberal or conservative agenda, but it should include a humane agenda. Whenever the majority rules in any part of society, the majority should always be humane. (David W. Marshall is founder of the faith based organization, TRB: The Reconciled Body, and author of the book “God Bless Our Divided America”. He can be reached at www.davidwmarshallauthor.com)

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The comedy of ‘N-word head Rock’ Back in January, attorney F. Lee Francis appeared on “Roland Martin Unfiltered” to discuss allegations of racism at CBS. Francis began the segment with an observation. He said, “It seems, today, you can find racism in a stone. It just seems like racism is all over the place even when it’s not.” Martin replied, “What the hell does that mean?” Francis continued, “Standards for racism are no longer the same—” Martin stopped Francis and told him not to be a Black apologist for racism on his show. Francis said, “I’m not being an apologist—” Martin cut him off, “That’s exactly what you’re doing! Talking about we can find racism in a rock!” Francis tried to continue, but Martin shouted he didn’t want to hear that Bulls___. Well, last month the Associated Press ran a story with a sub-headline that said: The University of Wisconsin removed a large boulder from its Madison campus at the request of minority students who view the rock as a symbol of racism. The large boulder removed from the campus was Chamberlin Rock. It was a monument erected in the 1920s to honor distinguished geologist Thomas Chamberlin, who was also the president of the University of Wisconsin from 1887 to 1892. According to UW-Madison’s Department of Geoscience, the rock was scientifically important because it was a rarity from the Ice Age. Experts believe the rock was

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Check It Out over 2 billion years old. The Department of Geoscience used Chamberlin Rock for its course work. However, in 1925 Chamberlin Rock was referred to by a newspaper as “N-word head Rock.” Apparently, back then, that type of offensive terminology was commonly used to refer to any large dark rock. When members of Wisconsin’s Black Student Union discovered there was a single newspaper reference that linked Chamberlin Rock to the N-word the Black Student Union stated the monument was a symbol of the “daily injustices that students of color face on a predominately White campus” and demanded that Chamberlin Rock be removed. The University of Wisconsin removed the monument at an estimated cost of $50,000. Last week, the Office of the Chancellor explained their actions in a statement titled: What a rock has to do with racism. The Chancellor said, “Some will tell you that a rock is just a rock. To fear harm from an inanimate object is prescientific and irrational. But to be human is to imbue objects with meaning … This is a conversation about its symbolic associations, which have intense meaning to some

and no meaning to others. When we made the decision to move the rock, we listened to those who saw a legacy of racism and present-day pain where others saw a mere rock.” The president of Wisconsin’s Black Student Union was with a small group that watched a crane lift the rock out of the ground. The president said, “It was very meaningful for me to be there. I see this as offering the next generation of students something to build off of.” But there’s nothing meaningful for the next generation to continue. All this will create is a new generation of recreational activists who will demonstrate the folly of the final followers of Saint George. The parable of Saint George is simple. He saved the village by slaying the dragon and became famous. Each generation that followed had fame-seeking imitators of Saint George, but the problem was Saint George had already slain the dragon. So, the fame-seekers swung their swords at smaller beasts until there were no creatures left to be slain. Finally, a generation arrived when the imitators of Saint George fell into the folly of swinging their swords at harmless items. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs said, “It took courage and commitment for the Wisconsin Black Student Union to bring this issue forward.” I hope Roland Martin called the Vice Chancellor’s comment Bulls___. If he didn’t, then he agrees racism can be found in a stone, especially if that stone was once referred to as “N-word head Rock” 100 years ago.

Pass the Freedom to Vote Act: Time is running out to protect the right to vote (TriceEdneyWire.com)—Republican-controlled state legislatures have imposed new voting restrictions. They are getting ready to create more safe congressional seats for Republicans through abusive partisan redistricting. They are undermining faith in elections with false claims about election fraud and demands for fake “audits.” The good news is that there is new momentum in Congress  and a new bill to protect our democracy. We need to get it passed. The new Freedom to Vote Act would protect the right to vote, end unfair partisan gerrymandering, and shine a light on the flood of dark money that allows billionaires to buy our elections in secret. It includes key sections of the earlier For the People Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives but was blocked in the Senate by Republican filibusters. The Freedom to Vote act also addresses one of the worst things about  some of the new voter suppression laws: provisions that give state officials the power to override voters and overturn election results. There are other good things in the bill. It would make Election Day a federal holiday. Every state would have automatic voter registration, early voting and drop box accessibility. These would be major advances in making voting more accessible to everyone. Voting rights advocates are rallying sup-

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Commentary port for the Freedom to Vote Act. One of the sponsors, Democratic Sen. Joe Machin of West Virginia, worked hard to come up with a bill that he could support. He still hopes to get some Republican senators to join him. That is an uphill battle. Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled that no Republican senators will support this compromise. And he will use the Senate’s filibuster rules to prevent the Senate from passing election protections that are supported by huge majorities of the American people—something he has already done with the For the People Act. Ideally, voting rights should be a nonpartisan issue. Congress repeatedly passed extensions of the Voting Rights Act that were signed by Republican presidents. But right-wing politicians and judges have spent years trying to undermine the Voting Rights Act in the name of “states’ rights” or

“state sovereignty.” With help from right-wing justices on the Supreme Court, states have imposed all kinds of new voting restrictions in recent years. The number of new restrictive voting laws jumped massively after former President Donald Trump was defeated in last year’s presidential election. Grassroots organizing helped drive strong turnout among Black voters in key states, and Republicans have decided to respond by making it harder for people to register and vote. That makes it clear that the new voter suppression rules have nothing to do with “election integrity” and everything to do with maintaining power at all costs. The Constitution very clearly gives the federal government the right to step in when states undermine democracy with restrictive and discriminatory voting rules. That’s what Congress did more than 50 years ago when it passed the Voting Rights Act. President Joe Biden and Democratic leaders in the U.S. Senate must do whatever it takes to pass the Freedom to Vote Act. With democracy and voting rights at stake, we cannot let Jim Crow-era filibuster rules in the U.S. Senate have the final word.

(Ben Jealous serves as president of People For the American Way.)

Thank you, Black women (TriceEdneyWire.com)—When California governor Gavin Newsom woke up on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, I hope he fell to his knees and said, “Thank you, God, thank you, Black women.” To be sure, there are many others to thank, from the energized Chicanx/Latinx community to the Democrats who surged to the polls at the last minute.  Some of the more prominent who thronged to his side were Black women, including Vice President Kamala Harris, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, California Board of Equalization member Malia Cohen.  Others include grassroots women whose names you’ll never know but whose work was invaluable.  They had to get out the vote drives.  Street fairs.  Voter awareness events in parks and playgrounds.  They were determined that the recall effort would fail and even more determined when talk show host Larry Elder jumped into the race as the conservative favorite. Those who worked for Governor Newsom weren’t necessarily his biggest fans, but they appreciated all his work to develop a progressive agenda.  They enjoyed his appointment of Dr. Shirley Weber as Secretary of State.  They appreciated his support of Vice President Harris and President Biden.  Despite his flaws and unforced errors, they appreciated his leadership on covid matters (like the French Laundry debacle).  And they turned up and turned out, although with laggardness that put the outcome of the recall in doubt, especially in mid-August when Elder was polling very close to Newsom.   Democrats ought to be ashamed that things got that close.  In a state that has twice as many Democrats as Republicans,

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News Analysis there should never have been a question about the outcome of the vote. Frankly, there never should have been a recall election.  But if Republicans can’t get their way the old-fashioned way (by winning), they’ll try the renegade way by stealing.  So we were treated to allegation after allegation of voter fraud before a single ballot had been counted.  We heard reports that some partisan poll-watchers were aggressively challenging voter signatures in the name of preventing fraud.  Republicans have been able to gain all these advantages because Democrats, in a word, have been sleeping.   President Joe Biden would be the first to assert that Black women made a difference in the 2020 election.  Women like LaTasha Brown, Melanie Campbell, Barbara Arnwine, and so many others crisscrossed the country, urging people to get out and vote.  Sometimes it wasn’t an easy case to make.  President Biden has been in public office long enough to have a record that energizes some and causes others to cringe.  Too many Black men (around one in six) believed the hype and voted for Trump.  As hard as that is to understand, it is reasonable to note that Black people are not a monolith, and we don’t vote in lockstep.  That makes the Republican embrace of arch-conservative Larry Elder (he would

have given reparations to slave owners) all the more cynical. Some Republicans see Elder as the new face of conservatism.  Others see him as a Black man who can hoodwink Black people into voting against their interests.  One critic described him as “White supremacy in Blackface”.  She was kind.  Elder is coyly considering a gubernatorial run against Newsom in 2022.  He may have some momentum, having garnered 46 percent of the votes to replace Newsom, but given that Californians soundly rejected the recall effort, will he have the numbers?  His 46 percent of the 37 percent who voted in favor of the recall amounts to a paltry 14 percent or just one in seven votes.  The California recall process distorts both the voting outcome and Elder’s relative unimportance. Still, Elder isn’t going anywhere.  The popular talk-radio host is likely to use his electoral experience to expand his audience and ratings.  And with the help of Fox, he may multiply his base.  There is little or nothing that Democrats can do about Larry Elder, but there is plenty that we can do about pushing a Democratic agenda.  Democrats, just do your work.  Organize, strategize, keep the momentum going.  Stop thinking that you have to “play nice” with Republicans because they sure ain’t playing nice with you.  If you care about health care, education, clean air and water, economic justice, call it out.   And if you care about the political space in which we live, say thank you to the Black women who helped make it happen. (Dr. Julianne Malveaux is an economist, author, and Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at Cal State LA.  Reach her at juliannemalveaux.com)


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NOTICE is hereby given pursuant to the provisions of the Fictitious Names Act of Pennsylvania that an application for registration of a fictitious name was/will be filed in the office of the Department of State of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, for the conduct of a business under the fictitious name of META CHICK TEES with its principal office or place of business at 7861 MARK DRIVE, VERONA PA 15147. The names and addresses, including street and number, if any, of all persons who are parties to the registration are: KARLA C PAYNE, 7861 MARK DRIVE, VERONA, PA 15147.

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NOTICE is hereby given pursuant to the provisions of the Fictitious Names Act of Pennsylvania that an application for registration of a fictitious name was filed with the Department of State of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, for the conduct of a business under the fictitious name of J.HERMAN SALON with its principal office or place of business at 5519 WALNUT ST., PITTSBUGH, PA 15232. The names and addresses, including street and number, if any, of all persons who are parties to the registration are: J. HERMAN, INC., 12 MCKELVEY AVE., PITTSBURGH, PA 15218

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RAD BOARD QUARTERLY MEETING The Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) Board will hold its third quarterly meeting September 30, 2021 at 3pm via Zoom (Webinar ID: 914 3151 3205). For public participation procedures and meeting details, visit radworkshere.org or call 412-227-1900. MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY The C om m unity C ollege of Allegheny County Board of Trustees will hold a meeting on October 7, 2021. The meeting will be held virtually beginning at 4:30 p.m. and streamed on CCAC’s YouTube page. A copy of the Board meeting agenda will be made available for review on the College’s website (www.ccac.edu) Comments regarding items scheduled for action by the Board may be submitted via email to brichardson@ccac.edu by no later than 3:00 p.m. on the date of the meeting. Comments will be read into the record, up to a maximum of three minutes each.

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NOTICE OF PRESENTATION OF PETITION IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA CIVIL DIVISION IN RE: The Condemnation by the County of Allegheny of a Certain Parcel of Land Located in North Fayette Township and South Fayette Township Owned by the Heirs of Robert Marshall Required to Replace the Existing Robinson Run Bridge No. 3 Structure – Civil Division – No. GD 21-6848 Names and Addresses of Condemnees: The Heirs of Robert Marshall, addresses unknown. Name and Address of Condemnor: Allegheny County, (“County”), 101 Courthouse, 436 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. entification of Parce of an Ta Parcel Identification No. - Not Designated - consisting of 2,226 square feet for roadway right-of-way and 2,643 square feet required for temporary construction easement, Plans-Miscellaneous Volume 186, Page 39, estimated just compensation: $500.00 IN RE: The Condemnation by the County of Allegheny of a Certain Parcel of Land Located in Plum Borough, Allegheny County and Upper Burrell Township, Westmoreland County Owned by Samuel Fancher and Georgie Lee Fancher, his Wife Required to Replace the Superstructure of Pucketa Creek Bridge No. 5 (Inter-County) at Booker Street – Civil Division – No. GD 21-6849 Names and Addresses of Condemnees: Samuel Fancher and Georgie Lee Fancher, his Wife, addresses unknown. Name and Address of Condemnor: Allegheny County, (“County”), 101 Courthouse, 436 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. entification of Parce of an Ta Parcel Identification No. – 62-07-040-001 - consisting of 2,012 square feet for roadway right-of-way and 9,276 square feet required for temporary construction easement, Plans-Miscellaneous Volume 186, Page 39, estimated just compensation: $2,200.00 IN RE: The Condemnation by the County of Allegheny of a Certain Parcel of Land Located in Plum Borough, Allegheny County and Upper Burrell Township, Westmoreland County Owned by Charles Johnson Required to Replace the Superstructure of Pucketa Creek Bridge No. 5 (Inter-County) at Booker Street – Civil Division – No. GD 21-6852 Names and Addresses of Condemnees: Charles Johnson, addresses unknown. Name and Address of Condemnor: Allegheny County, (“County”), 101 Courthouse, 436 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. entification of Parce of an Ta Parcel Identification No. – 62-07-030-009 - consisting of 1,400 square feet for roadway right-of-way and 836 square feet required for temporary construction easement, Plans-Miscellaneous Volume 186, Page 39, estimated just compensation: $500.00 TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to Sections 307 and 522 of the Pennsylvania Eminent Domain Code, 26 Pa. C.S.A §§ 307 and 522, the County of Allegheny will, on October 18, 2021 at 9:30 a.m., present to the Motions Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Civil Division, Courtroom 703, a Petition Requesting Order for Possession Upon Condemnor’s Tender of Estimated Just Compensation to the Department of Court Records. The identity of the Motions Judge then presiding can be ascertained in the City County Building located at 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 on the date of presentation either in the Department of Court Records/Civil Family Division located on the 1st oor or in the Assignment Room located on the 7th oor. At the time of presentation, the County will request the Court to authorize the payment into Court of the County’s estimate of just compensation, as identified above, and the entry of an Order granting the County possession of the subject property. The County’s Petition including a proposed schedule of distribution and proposed Court Order may be viewed in the Department of Court Records/Civil Family Division prior to the date of presentation. Any moneys which the Court may direct be paid into Court will be held by the Department of Court Records/Civil Family Division until further Order directing payment of said amounts to the Condemnees and/or persons entitled thereto pursuant to 26 Pa.C.S.A. §§ 521 and 522. n re . efi, County Solicitor HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH Public Notice of Revised 2022 Payment Standard and 2022 Utility Allowance The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP), in accordance with federal law and regulation, is proposing revisions to its Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standard Schedule. The revised 2022 Payment Standard and 2022 Utility Allowance schedule is available for review and comment from September 20, 2021 to October 20, 2021 on the HACP Web Site: www.hacp.org. Printed copies of the revised payment schedule and the utility allowance can be obtained HCV Department at 412-456-5090 Ext. 2. A Public Hearing to receive public comments on the revised 2022 HACP Payment Standard Schedule and 2022 HACP Utility Allowance will be held on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 9:30 a.m, 1:00 p.m and 5:30 p.m via Zoom. Please refer to the HACP website at www.hacp.org for the Zoom meeting links. Written comments on the proposed revisions to the HACP Payment Standard must be addressed to: “Attention: HACP Payment Standard Schedule and HACP Utility Allowance” at HACP Housing Choice Voucher Department, 200 Ross Street, 7th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219; or sent to HCV@hacp.org and must be received by October 20, 2021. Once approved, the final revised HACP Payment Standard Schedule and HACP Utility Allowance will be effective January 1, 2022. If you are a person with disability and need an alternate means of reviewing this information, please contact the Disability Compliance Office at 412-456-5282 to discuss the options available

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HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE COUNTY OF BEAVER BEAVER, PENNSYLVANIA INVITATION TO BID The HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE COUNTY OF BEAVER will receive sealed bids, in duplicate, until 9:30 AM. (local time) on Tuesday, October , at t e office of t e ou ing ut orit of t e Count of eaver, ame . re mini tration ui ing, tate treet an ort , eaver, Penn vania at which time and place all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at 10:00 A.M for the following: CONTRACT TITLE: WASTE COMPACTION REPLACEMENT Contract Pu ic ou ing E er ite 1. Joseph Edwards Elderly, 330 Connecticut Avenue, Rochester 2. Eleanor Roosevelt Apartments, 740 Sheffield Avenue, Aliquippa 3. George Werner Apartments, 599 8th Avenue, Freedom 4. Thomas Bishop Apartments, 1023 Sixth Avenue, New Brighton 5. Gordon Camp Elderly, 225 Jefferson Street, Rochester 6. Ambridge Towers, 500 Beaver Road, Ambridge 7. Brodhead Apartments, 712 12th Street, Beaver Falls 8. Monacatootha Apartments, 105 4th Street, Monaca 9. King Beaver Apartments, 680 Canal Street, Beaver 10. Sheffield Towers, 100 Superior Avenue, Aliquippa 11. Corak Towers, 500 Beaver Avenue, Midland 12. A.C. Edgecombe Apartments Contract #2 Section 8 Multi-family Francis Farmer Apartments, 274 Friendship Circle, Beaver Contract #3 – Tax Credits Westbridge Apartments, 725 Riverside Drive, Beaver Dawes Manor Apartments, 1450 Third Avenue, New Brighton Beaver Village Apartments, 699 Fifth Street, Beaver at ranci armer artment , Communit oom, rien i Circ e, eaver, P Proposed forms of contract documents, including Plans and Specifications are being distributed, with twenty-four-hour prior notice of pick-up, by Haus Company, 921 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, by phone (412) 231-7700 or fax (412)231-7709. All prime bidders are REQUIRED to buy the full set of plans and specifications. Contact Haus Company for cost of plans and specifications. Free e amination of said documents are available at the office of Canzian/Johnston & Associates LLC and Pennsylvania Builders Exchange. DEPOSITS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE. Plans and specifications are available on ur a , e tem er , . A certified check or bank draft, payable to the HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE COUNTY OF BEAVER, U.S. Government Bonds or a satisfactory bid bond e ecuted by the bidder and acceptable securities in an amount equal to fifteen percent (15%) of the bid, shall be submitted with each bid. All required Contract Documents must be completed and submitted with the bid. The successful bidder will be required to furnish and pay for satisfactory performance, labor and material, and maintenance bonds of 100% with good and sufficient surety, and will be required to provide same within ten (10) days of contract award. Prior to award of any contract the Housing Authority will conduct a pre-contract survey of a Bidder’s past performance. Consideration will be given to such matters as bidder’s integrity, compliance with the public policy, record of past performance, and financial and technical resources. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY REQUIREMENTS: The Contractor will be required to comply with all applicable Equal Employment Opportunity requirements for Federally-assisted Construction Contracts. The Contractor must insure that employees and applicants for employment are not discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sexual preference, handicap or national origin. e ork to e erforme un er t i contract i u ect ection Com iance. A MANDATORY Pre-Bid Conference will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, e tem er , at ranci armer artment , rien i Circ e, eaver MASKS ARE REQUIRED, TEMPERATURES WILL BE TAKEN AND SOCIAL DISTRANCING IS REQUIRED. The HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE COUNTY OF BEAVER reserves the right toreject all bids or to waive any informalities in the bidding. Award of this contract is contingent on funds available. No bid shall be withdrawn for a period of ninety (90) days subsequent to opening bids without the consent of the HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE COUNTY OF BEAVER. HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE COUNTY OF BEAVER Michael D. Lacey. Chairman Brian L. Yaworsky Executive Director HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH INVITATION FOR BID (IFB) FOR ome oo ort ater nfi tration eme iation ui ing , MP HACP IFB NO. 600-28-21 THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH will receive sealed bids for the ome oo ort ater nfi tration eme iation ui ing MP The construction work is estimated to begin in ring of . Bid Documents will be available on or about Mon a , e tem er , and may be obtained from the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh’s webpage, . ac .org. Bidders may register on the website and download the bid documents free of charge. Electronic versions of the Bid Documents, including bid forms, project manual, and drawings can be picked up in person, a ointment Mon a t roug ri a from a.m. to .m. at: ou ing ut orit of t e Cit of Pitt urg Procurement De artment 100 Ross Street, Suite 200 Pitt urg , P teve ra iani, Pro ect Manager 412-320-6080 A Pre-Bid Conference and Site Visit will be held on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.: Homewood North Community Room 10 Albertice Street Pitt urg , P Bidders shall come prepared to review all aspects of the construction site necessary to prepare a bid. i i e receive at CP Procurement De artment 100 Ross Street, Suite 200 Pitt urg , P Attn: Kim Detrick, Director of Procurement until 10:00 a.m. October 28, 2021 at which time and place all bids will be received. HACP will also accept online submissions for this Invitation for Bid in addition to accepting submissions at our 100 Ross Street office. For respondents wishing to submit online, please access the instructions provided in the project manual to submit the bid digitally. In addition to the electronic submittal above, The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh will only be accepting physical bids dropped off in person from 8:00 AM until the bid opening time of 10:00 AM on October 28, 2021 in the lobby of 100 Ross St. Pittsburgh, PA 15219. 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. All bids must be received at the above address no later than October 28, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., regardless of the selected delivery mechanism. THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH reserves the right to waive any informality in, or reject any and all bids. No bid shall be withdrawn for a period of sixty (60) days subsequent to the opening of bids without the consent of the HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH. The Contractor will be required to comply with all applicable Equal Employment Opportunity requirements for Federally Assisted Construction Contracts. The Contractor must ensure that employees and applicants for employment are not discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sexual preference, handicap or national origin. HACP has revised its website. As part of those revisions, vendors must now register and log-in, in order to view and download IFB/RFP documentation. THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH STRONGLY ENCOURAGES CERTIFIED MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESS ENTERPRISES AND WOMAN-OWNED BUSINESS ENTERPRISES TO RESPOND TO THE SOLICITATION. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Kim Detrick, Director of Procurement at O t . Caster D. Binion, Executive Director HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH HACP conducts business in accordance with all federal, state, and local civil rights laws, including but not limited to Title VII, the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, The PA Human Relations Act, etc. and does not discriminate against any individuals protected by these statutes.

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DOCUMENT 00030-AA ADVERTISEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA PROJECT NUMBER 21RG01(GENERAL TRADES) ROADWAYS AND BRIDGES BID PACKAGE AT PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ELECTRONIC BIDS & BID OPENING PROCEDURE: Electronic Bids will be received by the Allegheny County Airport Authority until P.M. revai ing oca time, ovem er , . Due to COVID-19 precautions, the ACAA is modifying its typical bid opening process; the formal bid opening procedure will be conducted virtually – any/ all firms submitting a Bid to the ACAA will be given special access to view the opening event. Once bidding is closed, any/all firms submitting a bid will be issued an Invitation (via email) to access the formal bid opening event via a ive e ca t. Bidders will also be notified of the results via an email within (24) hours of the Bid Opening event. ACCESS TO BID PACAKGE DOCUMENTS: ALL BIDDERS shall be required to provide a completed formal Bid Document Request application in order to purchase bidding documents for any/all of the above listed Project Numbers. No bidding documents will be issued prior to the Authority’s Construction Manager having a copy of a fu com ete e ue t ication. Bid Document Request Applications can be obtained by sending a Request to the following email address: MP i itt urg .com On t e u ect ine, inc u e t e fo o ing i Document e ue t oa a an ri ge . t oug ocument i not e avai a e unti e tem er , , a ication ma e u mitte rior to t i ate. Once a bidder’s request has been received, provided it is complete, and provided the requesting party is not barred from bidding the work, the CM i rovi e acce for t e i er to acce an o n oa t e i ocument t roug Building Connected, a web-based bid management platform. A PREBID CONFERENCE – Wednesday, October 6, 2021 – 1:00 PM i er are trong encourage to revie t e an rior to t e meeting. e meeting i e a Micro oft eam Meeting. o oin t e meeting t e fo o ing num er can e ca e nite tate o ree Conference D . P ea e emai MP i itt urg .com to receive t e ink to oin com uter. Due to COVID-19 precautions, ACAA will not permit any Bidders to tour the site. In lieu thereof, the Con truction Management eam CM i con uct a irtua Pre i Meeting. In addition to addressing administration issues, a video tour of the work areas will be provided. Specific details on how interested Bidders can view this broadcast will be provided as part of the Bid Documents via Building Connected. Note that no questions can be asked during this Prebid Meeting. Any/all questions must be issued to the CM as an . ere i e no ite vi it otogra of t e ite i e inc u e in t e contract ocument or i ue via a en um. REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION (RFIs) Any/all questions related to this pro ect must be made in writing to the CM. RFIs are to be sent to the CM via the Building Connected website. BID SUBMISSION Proposals must be made on the Authority’s forms and in accordance with the Plans and Specifications and the n truction to i er . Due to COVID-19 precautions, ACAA will not be accepting any hard copy bids for this Project. Accordingly, Electronic Bids are the only form that t e C i acce t. While the Instructions to Bidders will provide more details, for an E ectronic i to e acce te it mu t e ent t roug Building Connected and it must be received by no later than the established Bid Date and Time deadline. OTHER ISSUES Attention is called to the fact that not less than the minimum salaries and wages as determined by the General Wage Determinations issued under the Davis-Bacon and related Acts must be paid on these projects. This project has DBE participation goals; DBE firms must be certified with the Pennsylvania nified Certification Program) (PAUCP). Firms must be certified prior to award of contract. A searchable database of DBE firms can be found on the PAUCP web site: tt // auc . e tem.com/ The Airport Authority reserves the right to reject any and all bids or waive any informalities in the bidding. No bidder may withdraw his bid for a period of one-hundred-twenty [120] days after the scheduled closing time for receipt of bids. To view a complete advertisement, which is also included in the bidding documents, visit . itt urg .com un er C Cor orate u ine O ortunitie or . ittran forme .com O ortunitie u ine O ortunitie .

HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH INVITATION FOR BIDS (IFB) FOR COMBUSTION AND HOT WATER SERVICES AUTHORITY WIDE IFB #300-26-21 e ou ing ut orit of t e Cit of Pitt urg CP hereby requests bids from qualified Firms or Individuals capable of providing the following service(s): Combustion and Hot Water ervice ut orit i e The documents will be available no later than e tem er , and signed, sealed bids will be accepted until 9:00 AM on October 12, 2021. The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh will only be accepting ica i ro e off in er on from M unti t e c o ing time of M on October 12, 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 IFB. Sealed bids may be 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 . CP.org. Questions or inquiries should be directed to: Mr. Kim Detrick ou ing ut orit of t e Cit of Pitt urg Procurement De artment 100 Ross Street 2nd Floor, Suite 200 Pitt urg , P 412-643-2832 A pre-submission meeting will be held via Zoom meeting; on e tem er , at M. Please see meeting information below: oin oom Meeting Meeting D Passcode: 262954 +1 301 715 8592 US a ington D.C The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh strongly encourages certified minority business enterprises and women business enterprises to respond to this solicitation. CP a revi e t eir e ite. art of t o e revi ion , ven or mu t no regi ter an og in, in or er to vie an o n oa / RFPs documentation. Caster D. Binion, Executive Director ou ing ut orit of t e Cit of Pitt urg HACP conducts business in accordance with all federal, state, and local civil rights laws, including but not limited to Title VII, the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, The PA Human Relations Act, etc. and does not discriminate against any individuals protected by these statutes.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY PORT AUTHORITY OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY Electronic Proposals will be received online at the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s Ebusiness website tt //e u ine . ortaut orit .org . Proposals/bid submittals will be due 11:00 a.m. on October 15, 2021 and will be read at 11:15 a.m., the same day, at Port Authority’s Heinz location P ea e contact t e re ective Contract ecia i t for e e Conference ia in information for t e i O ening , for the following: E ectronic Pro o a E u ine Bid Number B210971A B210972 B210973A B210974A B210976A B210977A

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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 a.m. on e tem er , . Please contact the respective Contract Specialist for Tele-Conference dial-in information. Attendance at this meeting is not mandatory, but is strongly encouraged. Questions regar ing an of t e a ove i i not e entertaine t e Port ut orit it in five u ine a of t e c e u e i o ening. These contracts may be sub ect to a financial assistance contract between Port Authority of Allegheny County and the United States Department of Transportation. The Contractor will be required to comply with all applicable Equal Employment Opportunity laws and regulations. Contractor i re on i e for ex en e re ate to ac uiring a erformance on an in urance ere a ica e. item are to e O e ivere un e ot er i e ecifie . Co t for e iver , on , an in urance a e inc u e in i er ro o a ricing. 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. e oar of Port ut orit re erve t e rig t to re ect an or a i .

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