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‘I saw it and thought, this is amazing.’



Housing Authority has vouchers for displaced residents

Few people are aware of the vouchers

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by Christian Morrow Courier Staff Writer

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In mid-October, when Todd Griffin first learned that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had revoked his landlord’s eligibility for the Section 8 subsidy program, all he was told was that he would have to move from his Homewood apartment—in 60 days. During a series of meetings that followed, residents were told they had to re-register with HUD so they could get new vouchers, but what many weren’t told until later—and what some may still not know now—was that HUD had already given the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh enough vouch-

Pa. Senator Bob Casey begins quest for re-election by Rob Taylor Jr. Courier Staff Writer

Election Day 2017 has just passed, which means for Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey, the race has just begun. The Senator recently paid the New Pittsburgh Courier editorial board a visit, speaking on everything from health care reform, to taxation—with much of his verbalizing coming at the expense of current U.S. President Donald Trump. “It’s important to talk about what’s happened over the last couple of months just in terms of the BOB CASEY culture,” Sen. Casey told the Courier exclusively, Oct. 27. “Of all the things that the president has said or done or not done, I’m not sure you get to a worse point than Charlottesville. That was a moment for the country where I think everyone kind of held their breath and thought, ‘My god, is he really trying to excuse this conduct and behavior? Excuse this hateful ideology?’ And he had several chances to get it right and never really did.” Senator Casey added, “We can’t forget about those kinds of moments, but we also have to go at the policy.”

ers for the more than 100 families in the affected Bethesda Apartments, a 140-unit scattered-site development spread through Homewood, Larimer and Garfield. “We have emergency vouchers for all of those residents,” said Authority spokesperson Michelle Sandidge, in an interview with the New Pittsburgh Courier at its Middle Hill ribbon cutting ceremony, Nov. 1. “They just need to get in touch with us because we don’t know who they are. They’ve been dealing with HUD and absentee landlords from New York—but once they’re in our system, they go straight to the top of the SEE VOUCHERS A5

LIONEL HARRIS addresses the crowd during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Teenie Harris Center, Nov. 1. Lionel is the son of the famed Pittsburgh Courier photographer. (Photo by J.L. Martello)

Middle Hill Development and ‘Teenie’ Harris Center open Call me lucky: LARRY DAVIS (Photo by J.L. Martello)

by Christian Morrow

Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, the Hill Community DevelopCourier Staff Writer ment Corporation, The Urban RedeWhen Lionel Harris drove up to the velopment Authority of Pittsburgh, the corner of Kirkpatrick Street and Bed- Allegheny County Housing Authority, ford Avenue in the Hill District for a The U.S. Department of Housing and ribbon cutting ceremony a week ago, Urban Development, the Pennsylvania he was stunned to see the new commu- Housing Finance Agency, and developer Keith B. nity cenKey. ter named “The residents came to all the meetings, The comfor his famunity ther, famed is Pittsburgh met with the architects, gave input. Ev- center of C o u r i e r eryone was committed, and that’s why it’s part the city photoghousing r a p h e r been successful.” Charles CASTER BINION a u t h o r i Middle “ Te e n i e ” Executive Director ty’s Hill develHarris. Pittsburgh Housing Authority o p m e n t , The lights and conabove the sists of 52 center’s doors are designed to look like Harris’ mixed-income rental homes, all but 15 iconic camera—with the bulbs where are reserved for low-income families. the flash would be, and the railing of There are 20 three-bedroom units, 28 the center’s porch featuring silhouettes two-bedroom units, and four one-bedrepresenting Harris with his camera in room units. Mayor Bill Peduto said he was most his trademark hat and coat. “I came up and saw it and thought, this proud of the project’s economic develis amazing,” said Lionel at the Nov. 1 cere- opment benefit. “We had 59 percent (minority, wommony. “He loved this city so much, and the Hill District, and its people were import- en, and disabled-business enterprise) ant to him. It was beautiful because the participation on this project,” he said. people were beautiful. And they still are, “That meant $7.1 million in minority and this—this is just amazing. Thank you contracts in addition to the $12 million to everyone who helped do this.” SEE TEENIE A4 Everyone who helped included the


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Pitt Dean of Social Work reflects on his career by Christian Morrow Courier Staff Writer

Larry Davis, who announced last month that he would retire as dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work at the end of the school year, tells a story about running around with his childhood friends at night back in Saginaw, Mich. when they saw a police car. Being kids, they thought it would be fun to run and have the officer chase them. He did. “So, he catches us. ‘What are you kids doing out here?’ And he puts us in the car. He drove us around for two hours, then gets on the radio and says, ‘I’m bringing some kids in to take to the juvenile detention center,’” Davis told the New Pittsburgh Courier in an exclusive interview. “Now, we hadn’t done anything. He didn’t give us a

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lecture or a warning or anything. Then the guy on the radio says, ‘You can’t bring them here—we’re full.’ So, he let us go. I often think about what would’ve happened if that had turned out differently—because for a lot of people, it did.” That point was reinforced years later when Davis, as a budding academic, got to tour a Michigan state prison, and while walking among cliques of inmates from various parts of the state out in the exercise yard, he hears, “Hey, Davis, is that you?” It was one of his old friends from Saginaw. “I was never the smartest. I didn’t work as hard as some people, but I was the first Black to get tenure at (Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.) and the first in the country with SEE DEAN A5

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Black Lives Matter founder urges Australians to fight racism by Trevor Marshallea Associated Press Writer

SYDNEY (AP)—A Black Lives Matter co-founder called on Australians to make a courageous stand and heal the nation’s racial problems and said Nov. 1 the U.S.-based movement was committed to the global struggle of the Black race and solidarity with Australia’s indigenous people. In Australia to accept the Sydney Peace Prize on behalf of her movement—the first time the 20-year-old award is being bestowed upon an organization—Patrisse Cullors said Australia’s racial problems mirrored those of the United States, where Black Lives Matter began four years ago after the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. In an address to journalists at the National Press Club in Canberra, Cullors said Black Lives Matter had grown from a hashtag in the United States to a group with more than 40 chapters worldwide. “We stand here today as a Black Lives Matter global network committing to be a part of a long legacy of a global Black struggle and solidarity with the indigenous peoples of Australia, South Sea islanders and Torres Strait Islanders,” Cullors said. She urged the Australian government to heed the demands of its indigenous communities because too often people found the government to be a silent bystander or perpetuator of the atrocities Black people faced. “We, Black people, we’ve been courageous. Our ancestors have been courageous. We need you— elected officials, appointed officials, and journalists— it’s your turn to be courageous. We need you to make a choice to heal this country, we need you to believe, to listen to the community in Australia, because silence, that’s the silence that often gives way to more murder ... more disadvantages.” Jackie Huggins, co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, said Black Lives Matter resonated with many Aborigine and Torres Strait Islander people, who comprise less than 3 percent of Australia’s population but more than 25 percent of its prison population—33 percent in the case of women. “Many people know about the mass incarceration of

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ACTIVISTS PROTEST—In this Jan. 26 file photo, Aboriginal activists carry a banner during an Australia Day protest in Adelaide, Australia. The awarding of the Sydney Peace Prize to Black Lives Matter for its work on American race issues is being hailed by local activists as a progressive step, but is also highlighting Australia’s own struggles with race relations. (Tim Dornin/AAP Image via AP) people of color in the Unit- Toronto-based Rodney Died States, but most aren’t verlus, told the gathering aware aboriginal and Tor- that Black Lives Matter was

“Many people know about the mass incarceration of people of color in the United States, but most aren’t aware aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the most incarcerated in the world.” Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors

res Strait Islander people are the most incarcerated in the world,” Huggins said. Cullors said while in Australia she had learned about its racist past and heard from indigenous people about their own experiences of violence and harassment at the hands of authorities. “For those of us who experience this type of devastation every single every day, we don’t have a choice,” Cullors said. “When everyone else fails to carry the weight with us, the complicitness, and the benefiting from anti-black racism, the refusal to name anti-black racism, the erasure of our devastation, we are expected to carry that failure, to carry their inability to recognize that freedom for us means freedom for everyone,” she said. “If you don’t see yourself as an active participant in the liberation of Black people, now is the opportunity. All our lives depend on it.” Australia remains the only former British colony to have never signed a treaty with its indigenous people, which critics say has led to a damaging history of policies being forced on them from the government rather than allowing them greater self-determination. Cullors’ fellow co-founder,

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“a political home for Black folks around the world.” “Wherever you go and see Black folks, anti-blackness exists,” Diverlus said. “The systems are failing us. Our governments are not intervening.” Diverlus related Australia’s racial picture to that of Canada, saying much of Black Lives Matter’s work in his home country was done “to dispel the myth of Canadian benevolence.” While Canada was “internationally known as the champion of human rights”, Diverlus said, Canada’s Black and indigenous people were disadvantaged across the board—“whether it’s in incarceration, racial profiling, employment, education, (or) access to services.” Still, Diverlus said now was “a particularly exciting time because Black folks across the globe are now sharing.” “We’re sharing resources, we’re sharing tools, we’re sharing organizing tactics, we’re coming together to recognize that as our governments and as our countries suppress us, we have a global obligation to support our own people,” he said. “We are building an inter-generational movement never seen that is intersectional and fights for all Black lives. “We are energetic, we are vibrant, we are militant, we are unapologetic, we are unconventional. We are online and in the physical.” Black Lives Matter is being awarded the Sydney Peace Prize “for building a powerful movement for racial equality, courageously reigniting a global conversation around state violence and racism,” the Sydney Peace Foundation—part of the University of Sydney— said in a statement.


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This Week In Black History

Week of November 8-14 November 8 1898—The Wilmington Massacre occurs. A mob of Whites launches a terror campaign against Blacks in Wilmington, N.C. They destroy a Black newspaper plant, seize control of city government and officially leave nine to 11 Blacks dead. However, the unofficial death toll was said to be closer to 100. The Black press building was burned. 1933—Actress Esther Rolle is born in Pompano Beach, Fla. She is best remembered for her role in the 1970s television series “Good Times.” 1966—Edward W. Brooke is elected the first Black U.S. senator since Reconstruction. He was a Republican from MasESTHER ROLLE sachusetts. The 90-year-old Brooke is scheduled to receive a Congressional award next month for his service. November 9 1731—Multi-talented scientist and inventor Benjamin Banneker is born in Ellicott Mills, Md. He is generally considered America’s first Black scientist. Banneker constructed the first clock made in America; completed the design and layout of Washington, D.C., after Pierre L’Enfant returned to France; published a farmer’s almanac for 10 years, while also studying astronomy; and predicted solar eclipses. 1868—The governor of Arkansas, Powell Clayton, calls out the state militia and declares martial law in 10 counties in a bid to put down a Ku Klux Klan-led insurrection. 1868—The Howard University Medical School—the first BENJAMIN BANNEKER designed to train Black medical personnel—opens in Washington, D.C. There were eight students in the first class. 1901—Fiery pioneer Black journalist William Monroe Trotter starts the Guardian newspaper in Boston, Mass. Trotter made headlines throughout the nation when in November 1914, he confronted President Woodrow Wilson in the White House for failing to do more to stop the lynching of Blacks. For daring to argue with the president, the New York Times denounced Trotter saying he had “superabundant untactful belligerency.” But W.E.B. DuBois called him “fearless.” 1922—Actress Dorothy Dandridge is born in Cleveland, Ohio. She is generally considered one of Hollywood’s first Black female sex symbols. She appeared opposite Harry Belafonte in “Carmen Jones” and was the first Black woman nominated for an Oscar. Dandridge died in 1965 at age 43. November 10 1898—George H. White introduces the first anti-lynching legislation in the U.S. Congress. The North Carolinian was one of the last Blacks in Congress before Jim Crow laws and attitudes drove most Blacks from high elected offices. After leaving Congress, he founded a Black bank and established an all Black community called Whiteville near present day Trenton, N.J. 1891—Granville T. Woods patents an improvement DOROTHY DANDRIDGE to the electric railway. Woods was one of the most prolific Black engineers and inventors in U.S. history. His motto could have been “I didn’t invent the product, but I invented something that made it better.” Born in Columbus, Ohio, he invented and patented improvements to the electric railway, air brakes, telegraphs, telephones and numerous other products. 1957—Charlie Sifford wins the Long Beach Open, becoming the first Black person to win a major professional golf tournament. 1994—Famed Jazz singer Carmen McRae dies in Beverly Hills, Calif. She was born in New York City on April 8, 1920. November 11 1831—Anti-slavery rebel Nat Turner is hanged roughly two months after his capture for leading the bloodiest slave revolt in U.S. history. The minister and mystic told reporters God had called on him to lead the revolt, which left 55 Whites dead. November 12 1775—General George Washington, first president and “father of the country” issues an order barring free Blacks from serving in the army as the U.S. struggled for independence from England. Washington was also a slave owner. The slave owning aristocracy felt if free Blacks fought for America’s liberation they would demand freedom for their enslaved brothers and sisters. Despite Washington’s order, hundreds of Blacks did fight in the Revolutionary War. 1900—Henry Ossawa Tanner becomes an internationally acclaimed artist as he takes a silver medal for his art displayed at the Paris Exposition. Nearly 7,000 artists had HENRY OSSAWA entered their works. The Pittsburgh-born Tanner had numerTANNER’S THE BANJO ous major works including his painting called “The Banjo LESSON Lesson.” 1922—Sigma Gamma Rho is founded by seven Black women in Indianapolis, Ind. The sorority grows to become one of the largest in the nation. 1977—Ernest “Dutch” Morial is elected the first Black mayor of New Orleans, La. 1994—Track and field great and Olympics star Wilma Rudolph dies in Nashville, Tenn., at the age of 54. November 13 1839—The Liberty Party—the nation’s first anti-slavery political party—is formed in Warsaw, N.Y. Among the founders were legendary abolitionists Samuel Ringgold Ward and Henry Highland Garnet. At this point in history the two major political parties—the Whigs and the Democrats—were both pro-slavery. 1913—Pioneering Black surgeon Daniel Hale Williams becomes a member of the American College of Surgeons. Williams is generally credited with being the first American doctor to perform open heart surgery. The history-making event took place in Chicago on July 9, 1893. 1922—Many Black historians have selected this as the date which marks the beginning of the Harlem Renaissance—perhaps the greatest period of artistic achievement by African-Americans in U.S. history. From poetry to plays and from paintings to sculptures, Black art reached a pinnacle. In a broader sense, the Harlem Renaissance ran from the early 1920s to the mid 1930s. 1951—Ballerina Janet Collins becomes the first Black woman to dance with the Metropolitan Opera Co. in New York City. Prior to that achievement she performed with the world-renowned Black dance troupe directed by the legendary Katherine Dunham. 1955—Whoopi Goldberg, given name Caryn Johnson, is born in New York City. She graduates from a stand-up comedy routine to become a major Hollywood actress and is currently one of the principal hosts of the JANET COLLINS television talk show “The View.” 1956—The United States Supreme Court upholds a lower court ruling which banned segregation on public buses in Montgomery, Ala. The decision was forced in major measure by a year-long Black bus boycott sparked by the refusal of Rosa Parks to give up her seat to a White man. Leadership of the boycott also launched the civil rights career of Martin Luther King Jr. and his status as the national Black leader. 1967—Carl Stokes wins the race for mayor in Cleveland, Ohio. In doing so, he becomes the first Black mayor of a major American city. 1985—New York Met Dwight Gooden becomes the youngest pitcher ever to win the Cy Young award. November 14 1915—Booker T. Washington dies in Tuskegee, Ala. Washington was easily one of the top five most influential Black leaders in African-American history. Some considered him too accommodating to Whites, but his influence was still significant. Among the educator’s lasting accomplishments was the founding of Tuskegee Institute. He was only 59 when he died. 1934—William Levi Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony (Symphony Number One) is performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra. This marked the first time a classical symphony composed by an African-American was performed by a major White orchestra. Dawson also gained renown as the choral director at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. He died in 1990 at the age of 91. 1900—James Weldon Johnson composes “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing.” The song becomes the “Black National Anthem.” In 1920, Johnson becomes the first Black head of the NAACP. 1928—Oscar DePriest (1871-1951) is elected to the 71st U.S. Congress from the first Congressional District of Illinois. He was the first Black congressman from the North and the first to take a seat in Congress since Jim Crow laws and attitudes drove the last Black from Congress in 1901. 1973—Coleman Young and Thomas Bradley are elected mayors of Detroit, Mich., and Los Angeles, Calif., respectively. They thus become the first Black mayors of cities with populations of one million or more. 1990—Sharon Pratt Dixon (later Kelly) is elected the first Black female mayor of Washington, D.C.



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Son of Detroit’s first Black mayor takes on popular White incumbent nances and other operations in his first year in office, as a state-appointed emergency manager pushed Detroit through the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. But he and the city council eventually regained control after Detroit exited bankruptcy in December 2014. by Corey Williams During his time in office, Associated Press Writer Duggan has attacked blight, using millions of dollars DETROIT (AP)—He has in federal grants to knock name recognition, political pedigree and the same UNDERDOG—In a June 8, 2016 file photo, Sen. Coleman Young FAVORITE—Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan addresses a ceremony down more than 10,000 varacial heritage as about II, a Detroit Democrat, speaks against legislation to bail out and re- honoring 15 Detroit entrepreneurs in Detroit. Duggan faced Cole- cant houses and teaming up 80 percent of the people structure Detroit’s school district in the Senate chamber in Lansing, man Young II in the Nov. 7 mayoral election. Results of the election with foundations and banks on programs to rehab houshe wants to represent, Mich. Young has name recognition, political pedigree and the same were not available at press deadline.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) ing. He has also tried to yet Coleman Young II is racial heritage as about 80 percent of the people he wants to reprean underdog in his bid to sent, yet Coleman Young II was an underdog in his bid to supplant Orleans and St. Louis, which elected Alder- attract shops and people to neighborhood woman Lyda Krewson to be mayor in April. commercial corridors. supplant Detroit’s popular Detroit’s popular White mayor. (AP Photo/David Eggert) Young, whose father Coleman A. Young Krewson, who is White, narrowly defeatwhite mayor. Young, a state senator and son of De“With all things equal, I think most ed Black city treasurer Tishaura Jones in ran Detroit from 1974 until 1994, pointed troit’s first Black mayor, hoped to defeat Black communities would prefer to have the Democratic primary. Blacks comprise out during a debate last month that some Mike Duggan on Tuesday, Nov. 7, but it an African American mayor,” said Marcus 49 percent of St. Louis’ 316,000 residents, of the city’s blackest and most depressed neighborhoods are still suffering. won’t be easy. Pohlmann, political science professor at while Whites make up 44 percent. “It’s the best of times for everybody’s In Memphis, which is about 63 percent The results of the election were not avail- Rhodes College in Memphis. “I don’t think able as of New Pittsburgh Courier press the intensity in doing that is the way it Black and 30 percent White, a White city who’s privileged and worst of times for evcouncilman, Jim Strickland, defeated erybody else,” Young said. deadline. (once) was.” That privilege extends to skin color, he Four years ago, Duggan won the job by If things haven’t improved under a Black Black incumbent A C Wharton in 2015 for told The Associated Press recently. defeating a popular Black sheriff, ending mayor, some Black voters won’t care if the the mayor’s job. “Race is everything,” he said. “It deterMitch Landrieu, meanwhile, is New Ornearly four decades of unbroken Black answers come from a White candidate, leans’ first White mayor since his father, mines whether or not you get a job, get a leadership that reflected Detroit’s ma- Pohlmann added. jor demographic shift following years of “There’s only so much a mayor can do Moon Landrieu, left the office in 1978. mortgage; whether or not you get arrested.” During the debate, Duggan acknowlWhite flight. Having inherited a city un- in some of these economically distressed Landrieu is term-limited, however, and edged that Detroit has “a lot of haves and der emergency state management that have-nots.” had recently filed for bankruptcy, there is “But the responsibility of leadership is a sense that Detroit is on the upswing and to make sure where you start out is not that Duggan deserves a second term. where you end up,” he said. In the nonpartisan August primary, DugMichael Wise, a Black retired veteran gan got more than 67 percent of the vote from Detroit, said the color of the person to Young’s nearly 27 percent. And Duggan leading the city shouldn’t matter. has the backing of the influential Black “Who else to identify with Black peoSlate, which helped Young’s father, Coleple than a Black mayor? But that doesn’t man A. Young, get elected in 1973. make it right,” said Wise, who declined “We love Coleman Young II—as we loved to say who he’ll back. “You need someone his father,” said Baye Landy, regional coorwho’s qualified.” dinator for the political action committee. Marc Morial, who was New Orleans’ “We supported him for state representamayor from 1994-2002 and whose father, tive and the state Senate, and we’re still Ernest Morial, became the city’s first with him and will be with him in the fuBlack mayor in 1978, said he thinks a ture. White mayor can effectively run a largely “(But) we have to go with folks who do Black city and still be responsive to the Afwhat needs to be done for our community. rican American community. It doesn’t matter the color. The Black Slate Black voters likely would prefer an Afrihas never been about race. It’s been about can American mayor, but in today’s world, what’s best for Black people,” he said. making sure city services are equitable As Black populations began to grow in and done well are just as important to COLEMAN A. YOUNG, Detroit’s first Black mayor, who served from 1974-1994. (AP Photo/File) some of the nation’s larger cities during some, said Marc Morial, who is now presthe 1960s and 1970s, Black voters turned out in large numbers to elect African cities,” he said. “After three or four terms, will be replaced by one of two Black wom- ident and CEO of the National Urban American candidates. To many of those people are going to wonder why things ha- en competing in a Nov. 18 runoff to lead League, a civil rights group. “People are beyond symbolism, I think, the city, which is about two-thirds Black. voters, though, race has become less of a ven’t radically changed.” To many in Detroit, Duggan is seen as politically,” he said. “In today’s world peofactor than solving thorny problems that Other major cities with large Black popuple are looking for effectiveness. They are have bedeviled some of their communities, lations have replaced Black mayors with a part of the city’s turnaround. Duggan had limited control over city fi- looking for leadership.” such as high unemployment and poverty. White one, including Memphis, Tenn., New

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Casey calls Charlottesville Trump’s ‘worst’ moment CASEY FROM A1

Prior to this past Nov. 7 election, Republicans held a 52-48 advantage over the Democrats in the Senate. In 2018, 33 Senate seats will be up for re-election, with 23 of the seats currently belonging to Democrats, including Sen. Casey’s seat. Two more of the seats are held by Independents who caucus with Democrats, and eight are Republican seats. In the 2018 election, 10 states which Trump won in the 2016 Presidential Election currently have a Democratic senator as incumbent—including Sen. Casey. Senator Casey called many Republicans’ efforts to decimate Medicaid “what I would call a maniacal obsession…it is obscene,” he said during the Courier editorial board meeting. “The first health care bill had cuts to Medicaid… They (Republicans) decimate Medicaid in several of their health care bills, they decimate Medicaid in their budget bill, and they need to decimate Medicaid to give this tax bill which is a giveaway to the rich,” Sen.

PA SENATOR BOB CASEY (AP PHOTO) Casey said. But some Republican governors “are among the group of Americans that helped us defeat the health care bill,” he added. Governors, in effect, said, “‘I get it that you Republicans in Washington want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but don’t gut our Medicaid program because then I’m in trouble and my people are in trouble in my particular

state.’” Senator Casey explained that Medicaid is just not for “low-income kids in cities like Pittsburgh and Philly and Scranton. Medicaid is about folks with disabilities, kids and adults, and some of them pretty welloff. It’s also about—and this is the part of the argument that was effective—nursing homes. Two-thirds of the money in Medicaid is spent on nursing homes, so even

if you’re a middle-class family,” Sen. Casey explained, Medicaid assists in paying for an elderly person’s care once assets are consolidated and other funds from family members become scarce. With Republican Senator Pat Toomey winning his bid for re-election in Nov. 2016 against Democrat Katie McGinty, it’s up to Sen. Casey to win his bid for re-election in Nov. 2018 for Pennsylvania to keep at least one Democrat in the Senate. Casey’s likely opponent will be state Rep. Lou Barletta. “What we have to worry about on our side is we’ve got (many) states where there’s a Democratic incumbent in a state where Trump won by 20 or 30 points, and that’s a tough environment,” Sen. Casey said.


New ‘Teenie’ Harris Center unveiled TEENIE FROM A1

to the minority general contractor. Keith, I thank you for hitting those numbers.” Key, who grew up in the Hill District, said he was pleased to be a part of it. “I get to bask in this. But I’m the beneficiary of all the hopes and aspirations people had for this community,” he said. “I want to thank the city for acquiring the sites to make this development contiguous, and I especially want to thank the Harris family for trust-

it. If we don’t, then these kinds of projects won’t be funded, and money won’t be spent locally.” Pittsburgh Housing Authority Executive Director Caster Binion said he was pleased to be able to help create so many affordable housing units, which technically constitute the third phase of the Addison Terrace redevelopment, but he really thanked the residents for their participation. “The residents came to all

THE NEW TEENIE HARRIS CENTER, located in the Hill District. (Photos by J.L. Martello) ing us with their name to do this center.” City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle said as much as the project and all the participants deserve praise, more needs to be done. “It’s not enough to add affordable housing here without extending it to the rest of the city,” he said. “A year ago, we established the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, but have yet to fund

the meetings, met with the architects, gave input. Everyone was committed, and that’s why it’s been successful,” he said. “If this project can change the trajectory of a young person’s life, then we’ve accomplished our goal.” Binion said he expects to announce the closing of four new housing development projects before the end of the year.




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Reflecting on a career well done Larry Davis says he’ll ‘always be rooting against racial injustice’


PhDs in Psychology and Social Work,” he said. “But I walked through a minefield. I’ve been very lucky. I’ve had a fabulous life.” And after a journey that took him from Saginaw, to being a Vista volunteer in New York City, to traveling every continent except Antarctica, he came to Pitt in 2001, which, he said, was another fabulous piece of luck. “They recruited me,” he said. “I had no administrative experience, but I had an idea—for this center (the Center for Race and Urban Problems)—and they backed it, and we built it from scratch,” said Davis. “At the time, nobody wanted ‘Race’ in the title of such a center, but the university backed it and they’ve backed it ever since. I’ve never had to ask them for money. Now the university is known for the center.” In 2010, however, Davis asked a lot of people for money, because he had another idea—a massive fourday conference called Race in America, which drew scholars students, national experts, industry leaders, and featured a keynote address by Julian Bond—to the Pitt campus to discuss ways to promote a more racially equitable society. “I raised $500,000 for that. People said I was crazy thinking I could get that kind of money,” he said. “But when I went to the Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and everyone else, I told them I wouldn’t be back. It was a one-time deal, and they said OK.”

While founding the center in 2002 and staging the 2010 conference are among his favorite accomplishments, Davis said he is proudest of the stature the School of Social Work has attained during his tenure as dean. “Publications are up, percent, grants are up, our academic rank is up from 14 to 10 in the nation—now four places may not sound like much, but when you get that high, you’re up against the big boys like (the University of) Michigan—they have 60 faculty. We have 20, and they do a hell of a job, but we’re punching way above our weight.” Davis is also proud to have been awarded the lifetime achievement award from both professional societies for academicians in social work; one two years ago, and the second this year. He is the first to ever receive both. “So, it just seemed like the right time to step down, you know, to go out on top,” he said. “The center is fine. The school is in great shape. I’ve gotten these awards, my latest book is doing well, and it’s the school’s 100th anniversary—so everything is kind of aligned. Plus, I’m 71. My one regret is not being able to hire anyone, no post docs, or staff. We’ve got plenty of money, but we’re landlocked. We have no space to put anyone else.” When he officially steps down, Davis said he has a year’s sabbatical to complete, and he’s leaning toward doing it in Cuba. “I’ve taken students down

(Photo by J.L. Martello) there for 10 days at a time for years, but I’d like to live there, speak Spanish, meet the people, eat the food,” he said. “When I come back, I want to give back—I want

to work with inmates getting out of prison, work at food banks,” and he and his wife have “talked about going around teaching financial literacy.


my voucher.” Griffin said he isn’t waiting for a listing of openings from the authority, either, but is trying to find a Section 8 landlord on his own. “I’m hoping to stay in the city, in Homewood, but we’ll see,” he said. City Councilman and Urban Redevelopment Authority board member R. Daniel Lavelle said though he and Mayor Bill Peduto have discussed the notion of buying the Bethesda properties and rehabilitating those it can—he agrees, it’s a long shot. The vouchers were pulled because

“My goal has always been to be useful,” Davis added. “And I’ll always be rooting against racial injustice. I eat it, I sleep it—I can’t go past a job site without

counting the composition. But here’s the thing—this center is a multiracial center, it has to be. Race isn’t a Black problem, it’s an American problem.”

Housing Authority has vouchers for residents

list for any of our properties. And, of course, they can take those vouchers to any landlord that can and will accept them, anywhere in the country.” Griffin said he has since applied with the housing authority, but is still waiting for a voucher. “I was a little upset about not learning about the housing authority having the vouchers right away, but what are you going to do,” he said. “They have my information, but they have to finish the background check before I get

many of the properties were in such disrepair that residents were living in squalor. “The most important thing we can do is to fund the Housing Trust Fund,” he said. “If we had done that, we’d already have money in place to assist those families.” Sandidge said the authority has scattered-site units all over the city, as well as vacancies in its housing communities like Allegheny Dwellings, Northview Heights, Bedford Dwellings, Arlington Heights, Glen Hazel and

Homewood North. It has even more options for seniors. As of Courier press deadline, authority spokesman Chuck Rohrer said just 60 of the Bethesda Apartments families have filled out applications, and all are still being processed. Though residents can contact the authority directly, as the Courier reported previously, HUD has hired a relocation contractor, the Leumas Group, specifically to act as the point of contact for the Bethesda residents. They can be reached at 1-855-811-0077.


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Chicken so tender, burgers so juicy, toppings so fresh

CHRIS EDMONDS AND JAMAL WOODSON are the co-owners of ATU, a food truck and a movement that offers free workouts in the Pittsburgh area. (Photos by Gail Manker)

ATU, a movement rolling across Pittsburgh by Briana L. White For New Pittsburgh Courier

Athletic Trauma Unit (ATU) is a movement. It incorporates healthy fare and free workouts, which is something that makes it unique. And of course, it’s a food truck as well! It began operating in April 2016, offering inexpensive, convenient options for patrons who are on the go and want a tasty, healthy alternative. “Too many times people say they want to eat healthy but don’t have the time to make anything healthy,

joy eating healthy without sacrificing the taste.” Edmonds co-owns the business with Jamal Woodson. On Wednesdays, the truck is usually parked at 100 Technology Drive on the South Side, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. That location is not too far from my job, so I decided to pay the truck a visit recently and see what all the talk was about. I ended up ordering the chicken Philly cheesesteak. This wasn’t your ordinary cheesesteak—the bun was coated with a homemade veggie spread and the


ATU’S SALMON BURGER WITH CABBAGE don’t know what to make, or that it does not taste good,” Chris Edmonds, co-owner, told the New Pittsburgh Courier in an exclusive interview. “So, we started ATU, so people can not only eat healthy, but en-

chicken was topped with loaded peppers, shredded cheese and homemade teriyaki sauce. The chicken was so tender that I barely had to chew it. The toppings were fresh, and I abso-

lutely loved the contrasting flavors of the spread and sauce. I knew I had to come back and try more items on the menu. Visit number two had me opting for a salmon burger with a side of cabbage.

JAMAL WOODSON helps a customer at the ATU Food Truck. For more information about ATU, call 412-475-1294.

Salmon is one of my favorite types of fish, so I already was expecting to enjoy it. I was right, thanks to ATU. Their burger was juicy and had the same signature toppings as my chicken cheesesteak. I usually don’t eat cabbage, unless it’s in an egg roll, but ATU’s was surprisingly good and something I would order again. On my third visit, I plan to try the turkey burger, which is one of the bestselling items, as well as the chicken tacos. Plus, ATU has vegan options and each menu item can be made into a salad. Edmonds played professional football for the Cincinnati Bengals for six years and Woodson is the Director for SLAAM, an AAU basketball program. Both gentlemen used their interest in fitness to develop ATU. The free workout program operates six days per week on the North Shore and in East Hills. The workouts are held at 5 a.m. and 8 p.m., led by Edmonds. The food truck is typically at the evening workouts, and they provide breakfast in

the morning workouts. “Our goal is to get people to work out without having to worry about the costs of gym prices. We focus on health and getting in shape,” Edmonds said. “The workouts are very intense but are made for everyone, at any level. We encourage everyone to workout with us!” ATU’s food truck operates all year long but it does

more events and catering through the winter months. If you are interested in booking, contact Woodson at 412-475-1294. Follow ATU Food Truck on Facebook to see where it will be parked next. Before I go, I had to tell you my rating for ATU’s food truck. It was very tasty, very fulfilling, and thus, I give ATU Food Truck 4 out of 5 Breelicious Bites.

Where should Bree go next? Bree White is taste-testing dishes all across Pittsburgh! What’s the next restaurant or food outlet she should review? Send her your suggestions to whitebrianal@



Grab your own nagging ‘Bad Mom’ and check out ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’

by Merecedes J. Howze For New Pittsburgh Courier

The Bad Moms are back with a special holiday edition, “A Bad Moms Christmas.” It just opened in theaters Nov. 1. Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn reunite as best friends, but this time their mothers are home for the holidays and stirring up their own trouble. Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon, and Cheryl Hines are introduced to the sequel as bad grandmothers. Ruth (Baranski) imposes on Amy’s (Kunis) house during the most wonderful time of the year with cruelty and overpriced gifts. Isis (Sarandon) and Carla (Hahn) have to make up for the lost time, while Sandy (Hines) and Kiki (Bell) are spending too much time together as mother and daughter. These grandmothers are actually a lot funnier than their fictional daughters. The laughter is endless, and “A Bad Moms Christmas” is a great adult holiday movie. Christine Baranski steals the show. The overbearing, judgmental mom really suits her well. She was “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006) and “Mommie Dearest” (1981) all rolled into one big ball of verbal abusive fun. The whole mother-grandmother interaction is brilliant. It only reminds us that being a parent with your own mother hovering over you is hard. My mother is always down my back about everything; the kids possibly being sick, my son’s hair not being cut, the kids not having on the

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Movies proper attire. The critiques are endless, but they genuinely come from experience, love, and a nurturing place. “A Bad Moms Christmas” also brings about a time of reflection. Like, “Oh no, it is

that time of the year again.” For any mom, good or bad, the break of fall means the endless season of holidays, gift giving, preparation, and the intricate finagling of time. For Halloween, all of the snotty-nosed kids want brand new costumes like my 9-year-old, Zaire. At Thanksgiving, all of the spoiled, jobless pre-teens want to shop for Black Friday like my 11-year-old, Marjani. And please don’t get me started on Christmas, where religion goes right out of the window and we are all fixated on buying every single person in our lives a raggedy gift. After all this mom talk, it’s only right to grab your own nagging bad mom to check out this film. “A Bad Moms Christmas” is frightful delight of family hilarity and amusement.

“A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS” is in theaters now.

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Pittsburgh choreographer Kyle Abraham to perform at AWC by Genea L. Webb For New Pittsburgh Courier

Lincoln-Larimer native Kyle Abraham is excited to be returning to Pittsburgh to showcase three of his most poignant works.

“This is a repertoire program and people will see some of the works that we’ve been doing over the past two years and they’ve never been shown in Pittsburgh before so that’s exciting,” said Abraham, who will be

performing at the August Wilson Center Nov. 10-11 as part of the Pittsburgh Dance Council’s season. He and his company, ABRAHAM.IN.MOTION, for which he serves as artistic director, will present a trio of work that has premiered over the past six years: The Quiet Dance (2011), The Getting  (2014) and Absent Matter (2015). The Quiet Dance—the piece that Abraham feels most connected to out of the three being performed—is a quintet set to Bill Evans’ sentimental rendition of the Bernstein classic, “Some Other Time.” “The Gettin’’ is taut with electric tension and features music by Grammy Award-winning Jazz artist Robert Glasper and his trio who reimagined Max Roach’s We Insist! Freedom Now Suite. The production will feature projections of charged images from apartheid-era South Africa to the death of Eric Garner. “The Gettin,” Abraham said, “was a show that premiered in 2014 as part of me being the artist in residence at New York Live Arts, and while I was there I premiered four works and all four of those works raise the same questions that we were asking when schools were supposed to be integrated. Are we really free? That’s something that in 1992 when Apartheid was supposedly over the question was still very true. “Are Black folks really that immersed in the culture? Maybe, maybe not. You think about this country and the opportunities and experiences Black folks are allotted, we still have so much more to be fighting for,” Abraham continued. Absent Matter, created in collaboration with Kris Bowers, Otis Brown III and filmmaker Naima Ramos Chapman, is a return to popular Hip-Hop and rap music with songs being played in

KYLE ABRAHAM (Photo by Carrie Schneider) their entirety. The work looks at the often-touchy subject of race through the lens of those who feel unacknowledged or without value. The original Jazz composition is combined with samples from rappers Common, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. “You can see one work and not feel anything but see another work and they will say, ‘oh that’s totally me.’ Audiences will find themselves in some of the work if not all of it,” said Abraham, a 2013 McArthur Fellow, 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award Recipient and 2015 City Center Choreographer in Residence. Abraham last performed “Pavement” to rave reviews in the Steel City in 2013 at the Byham Theater. He is thrilled to be returning home to perform again. “So much has changed

in this country. Even more has changed in my personal life,” said Abraham, who will perform in Colombia before coming to Pittsburgh. He and ABRAHAM. IN.MOTION will be on tour in London and France. “This program is actually the last A.I.M. program whose premiere my mother was able to attend. It’s all the more sentimental for its final tour to be in the city where I was born and where both my parents are buried.” Abraham hopes that by seeing the performances, audiences’ interest in ABRAHAM.IN.MOTION will be piqued. “I hope people walk away wanting to see more from the company. Our newest work didn’t feel right for Pittsburgh yet. It’s much more experimental,” Abra-

ham said. “I just hope their level of curiosity increases.” The mission of Kyle Abraham/ABRAHAM.IN.MOTION is to create an evocative, interdisciplinary body of work. The work entwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on sound, human behavior and all things visual in an effort to create an avenue for personal movement that is manipulated and molded into something fresh and unique. “I’m hungry for this,” Abraham said. “I want to make good work and I want the company to make good work.” (Tickets for the show start at $10 and are available online at  or by calling 412-456-6666. Both performances start at 8 p.m. at the August Wilson Center, Downtown.)



WAMO 100 personalities Kiki Brown and Portia Foxx, the hosts of the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Happy Hour, held at Savoy, Oct. 27. “We want to bring more awareness to our community with free screening vouchers and on-site information about self-examination and early detection because it’s still an issue right now,” Brown said. (Photos by Tationna Smalley)

A Breast Cancer Survivor’s Happy Hour at Savoy


COURIER PHOTOGRAPHER TATIONNA SMALLEY captured Kiki Brown, Jacque Fielder and Leah Kirkland at the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Happy Hour, held Oct. 27 at Savoy in the Strip District.


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LIFESTYLES New Pittsburgh Courier


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Debbie Norrell

Lifestyles Report Nobody shakes the dice I save a lot of what I call “souvenirs of life.” Some of the things you would run across in my souvenir stash would be taped interviews with Charles Dutton, August Wilson and Dick Gregory. A handwritten note from Bill Peduto before he was the mayor of Pittsburgh. Pictures of Gordon Parks when he was in Pittsburgh, my bright orange good dental health badge from Happy, my Think and Do Book and a Souvenir Issue of the Taylor Allderdice newsletter dated November 17, 1967. The front page reads VICTORY! Underneath, a picture of the Allderdice Championship Football Team. In 1967 there was only one Black person on the team, #24 Guy Collins. The headline read, “Nobody shakes the Dice as Allderdice Rips Westinghouse for First City Title.” I have told so many people about this win and many told me I was dreaming and I did not know what I was talking about. I make it a point when I let words come out of my mouth you can take them to the bank, so maybe now that they are reading it in the paper and seeing it on television they will believe that 50 years ago “the House came tumbling down.” That was the chant as the Dragons upset Westinghouse, the perennial City League champs, 20-13, and won their first City high school football crown. It was reported that a combination of luck and persistence provided the Dragons with a 20-7 lead in the second quarter. Two interceptions by Willie Anderson on the same drive were nullified by penalties, and TA managed to keep possession of the football and move toward the goal line. At halftime the Dragons not only had outscored the Bulldogs but also led in first downs and passing. Allderdice even had outrushed Westinghouse, despite an injury to Charlie Lischner which kept him out most of the game. A key interception by Lew Krause in the third period thwarted one Westinghouse drive and a stunning goal line stand early in the fourth period, holding the Bulldogs to only four and a half yards in four plays from the fiveyard line, broke the back of the Westinghouse express. A last series of downs run by Westinghouse failed, the clock ran out and then Allderdice had its first City Title in its first try. The TA victory made it only the second time in the last 14 years that Westinghouse had failed to take home the championship. The newsletter went on to report that it would be impossible to single out individual players for contributing to this victory. Just let it be said that the 9-0 mark of the Dragons was the result of a first rate team effort. I was so proud of this moment for Taylor Allderdice. I was there from ninth grade until graduation in 1970. It was the school that I always wanted to go to but I ended up there due to bussing to desegregate the Pittsburgh Public Schools. I don’t follow high school football but any mention of TA makes me sit up and take notice. (Email Debbie Norrell at

THE SUPREME 17—Valerie McDonald Roberts, Linda Bryant, Tashenna Mollett, Peggy Harris, Margaret Pettigrew and Lula Hortman—these ladies pledged together in 2007 (Photos by Debbie Norrell)

Stacking the Deck for Education by Debbie Norrell Lifestyles Editor

With a fabulous menu of chicken and waffles, breakfast potatoes, scrambled eggs and turkey bacon, the Ivy Charitable Endowment of Pittsburgh, Incorporated, with Bridgette Cofield as president in partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Alpha Alpha Omega Chapter, held the Madelyn Hairston Giddens Annu-

al Card Party and Brunch “Stacking the Deck for Education” on Oct. 7, at the Doubletree Hotel in Monroeville. Peggy Harris and Joelynn Parham served as event co-chairs and nearly 200 ladies enjoyed a great morning. Dr. Monica Lamar, president of Alpha Alpha Omega Chapter, greeted the large crowd and thanked the group for their support allowing them to achieve their program initiatives. Sorors and sisters

WHO WON THAT MONEY TREE—Natalie Tyler and Margaret Pettigrew sell money tree tickets in love Crystal McCormick and Kelly McCormick cochaired the fundraising committee. Scholarships were awardFUNDRAISING COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS—Crystal McCormick and ed to Amari Anthony and Peggy Phillip, and both will Kelly McCormick attend Howard University. One of the many AKA initiatives is to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)

CARD PARTY CO-CHAIRS—Peggy Harris and Joelynn Parham

with their national campaign, “Think HBCU,” which highlights HBCUs and their contribution to the sorority and society. Anthony was unable to attend the brunch; her mother, Angela Reed, was delighted to accept for her. As morning blended into afternoon it was time for Bingo, card games and

prizes. Marisa and Ladora Jamison made a dynamic duo as Bingo callers. The day was a great celebration that would have made the late Madelyn Hairston Giddens proud. Giddens was an avid card player and the Alpha Kappa Alpha 17th Great Lakes Regional Director from 19741978.

98 YEARS YOUNG—AKA Soror Alma Burgess

PRESIDENT & PRESIDENT—Bridgette Cofield—Ivy Charitable Endowment and Monica Lamar—Alpha Alpha Omega Chapter

HBCU SCHOLARSHIP—Peggy Phillip, Monica Lamar and Linda Bryant —scholarship committee chair




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Beaver County students eye the prize

Second Baptist Church of Rochester to hold annual Oratorical Contest by Rob Taylor Jr. Courier Staff Writer

Come Nov. 18, an estimated 35 students in grades 4-12 will present their essays to a panel of judges, in hopes of winning more than just money. “This teaches them how to interact with other people, how to project themselves when they’re in public,” said Eugenia Priest, the founder of Second Baptist Church of Rochester’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest. It’s a contest she began in 1988 after attending a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. service, and envisioned grade school students discussing Dr. King’s legacy and contributions. “I look forward to it, and every time I say I’m going to stop, there’s always someone encouraging me, like a teacher, to continue. But sometimes you do get down because you think more people should be involved,” Priest told the New Pittsburgh Courier in an exclusive interview. Each year around September and October, Beaver County schools, libraries and churches are notified about the contest. The contest is open to all Beaver

County students, along with out-of-county students who attend a church within Beaver County. There are separate categories for Grades 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, and 12. The winner of each category is awarded from $50 to $300. The contest averages 80-100 essays, but this year the number of entries was less. “It’s not always the children,” Priest said. “If the parents think that sports is number one, like football or basketball, they cannot make a commitment for their kids to get involved in oratorical or attend the banquet until they know what their children’s (sports) schedule looks like.” No matter the number of entries, Priest said the contest must go on, and it serves a purpose. “Some of the schools in Beaver County are predominantly-Black, some are predominantly-White, but this gives all the kids throughout Beaver County to intermingle with each other, and you’ll be surprised with how they get along.” Second Baptist Church is located at 453 Irvin Ave., Rochester. It’s the location where many students will

have their first opportunity to present their essays to an audience, come Nov. 18. For Priest, it’s amazing to watch the students in action, as she’s already read all of the essays that were entered into the contest prior to Nov. 18. “If people could really read all the different thoughts of these kids that do enter, it’s amazing how these kids are thinking. We laugh, cry and we have a good time reading them all,” she said. The deadline for submitting entries has passed, but Priest told the Courier the judges—who come from a variety of backgrounds and professions throughout Beaver County—will select the first and second place winners on Nov. 18. The winners will present their essays at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. banquet, to be held Jan. 14, 2018 at the VFW on Virginia Avenue, Rochester. More than 200 people are expected to attend, including Beaver County elected officials, who usually present the student winners with certificates. “I’m determined to have young people there at the banquet,” Priest said. “I want young people to always be involved.”


Praise & Worship ST. BENEDICT THE MOOR CATHOLIC CHURCH Crawford & Centre Ave. Pgh., PA 15219 412-281-3141 Mass Sunday 9:00 A.M. & 12:00 P.M. Sunday (Gospel Choir Mass) 12:00 P.M.

METROPOLITAN BAPTIST CHURCH 22 Sampsonia Street, Northside Pittsburgh, PA 15212 412-231-2554 FAX 412-231-6395 Rev. Lacy F. Richardson, Ph.D., Pastor Church School.................................9:30 A.M. Worship Service.................8:00 & 10:45 A.M. Bible Study/ Prayer Wednesday...................6:30/7:30 P.M.

East Liberty Presbyterian Church Rev. Dr. Randy Bush, Senior Pastor 412-441-3800 116 S. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Journey Worship........8:45 a.m. Sanctuary Worship...11:00 a.m.

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NOVEMBER 9—The Larimer Green Team will host Cooking From the Garden with Chef Art Inzinga, from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. James AME Church’s Sumpter Hall, 444 Lincoln Ave. Izinga is the culinary director at CCAC and member of the American Culinary Federation. Free admission, door prizes, and food samples. To reserve a spot, call 412441-1476. Let us know about your next Church event! Send info to: religion@newpittsburgh, or send to New Pittsburgh Courier 315 E. Carson St. Pittsburgh PA 15219

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Google awards $1 million grant to expose Black boys to tech careers In efforts to diversify the STEM industry and expose African-American youth to career paths within the field, Google granted $1 million to a non-profit organization that is dedicated to creating a stronger Black male presence in tech, the Huffington Post reported. The Hidden Genius Project—an Oakland-based organization—received the grant at the “Tech Slam” event which was hosted in Silicon Valley, the news outlet said. Through mentorship and training, the organization pro-

vides Black boys with the tools they need to become successful in the tech industry. Program participants take classes that cover everything from computer programming to problem-solving and later learn how they can leverage those skills in an array of different professions. The grant, which was given through Google’s philanthropic arm Google. org, will go toward introducing the Hidden Genius Project in other underSEE GOOGLE B2


Graduates of Bonding Education Program commended

by Diane I. Daniels For New Pittsburgh Courier

Excitement, enthusiasm and a touch of uncertainty encompassed the room during this momentous graduation ceremony. “This was one of the best programs I’ve participated in,” said Donielle Owen Diggs, one of the 18 graduates. She and her husband Leverett Diggs own and operate Dream City Trucking and Flagging, LLC. It was the graduation ceremony for the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization Bonding Education Program. The ceremony was held at the Riverside Center for Innovation. “What we learned and the contacts we made during the eight weeks was invaluable,” Owen Diggs continued. “The transparency from Lane Construction showed their commitment to the program. They brought in several of their key staff, not just locally, but from other states as well and they have (been) available to us. Several of us have met with them and they have assisted some of the participants (in receiving) contracts. The sponsoring organizations have really talked the talk and walked the walk.” Dream City Trucking and Flagging operate throughout Western Pennsylvania. Their services include hauling of sand and gravel, aggregate hauling and heavy highway hauling. Their dump trucks are contracted for hauling material to and from construction sites,  moving debris from natural disaster sites and

WHAT A PROGRAM—Leverett Diggs and Donielle Owen Diggs, owners of Dream City Trucking and Flagging, two of 18 participants of the Bonding Education Program. They are surrounded by Charlea D. Washington and Kai Earie-Marion of Lane Construction, front, and Tiffany Spraggins-Payne, along with Tahir Stills of the Mid-Atlantic Regional U.S. DOT OSDBU. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels) helping during demolition. Through the flagging business they help to maintain projects by providing certified PennDOT flaggers for traffic control needs. Using the tag line, Two Companies with One Vision, Owen said both companies are city, county, state and federal Minority Disadvantaged Business Enterprise-certified, fully licensed and insured. Hosted by the Riverside Center for Innovation, the training was a project of the U.S. Department of Transportation Bonding Education Program and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Small Business Transportation Resource Center. A Partnership between The Surety and Fideli-

ty Association of America and the U.S. Department of Transportation OSDBU, the BEP is designed to help small businesses become

bond-ready. Tailored to businesses competing for transportation-related contracts, the BEP is described as a hands-on, multi-com-

ponent program intended to address what businesses need to do to become bondready, as well as one-on-one sessions with local surety bonding professionals to help in assembling the materials necessary for a complete bond application. Components of the program consist of educational workshops, one-onone interactive bond-readiness training, state/local transportation-related stakeholders meetings and participant follow-up assistance. The second time the program has been hosted in Pittsburgh through the Diversity Business Resource COMING FROM EXPERIENCE — Donald Williams of Weatherspoon Center, Tiffany Spragand Williams, LLC served as keynote speaker during the Riverside gins-Payne, Project DirecCenter for Innovation Bonding Education Program. tor, Mid-Atlantic Region

U.S. DOT OSDBU, considers the 2017 program very successful. She said 22 people started, 18 graduated and two of the graduates already have obtained bonding. “The four that did not complete the program had other opportunities,” she said. She indicated that they are one of 13 field offices in the country administering the BEP on behalf of the U.S. DOT OSDBU. The Lane Construction Corporation was another partner in the project. Lane, one of the largest producers of Hot Mix Asphalt in the United States with 125 years of experience defines itself as the premier transportation contractor. It is ranked as the number three highway contractor and is one of America’s leading heavy civil construction companies. They specialize in highways, bridges, mass transit and airport systems, as well as the power and energy sector. Based in Connecticut, Charlea D. Washington, compliance supervisor, and Kai Earie-Marion, DBE manager, represented Lane during the Pittsburgh sessions. “It was a pleasure working with Lane Construction,” said Judith Woodson McNeil, program coordinator of the DBRC. “They were so involved and hands-on and it was a good experience for the participants to work with Charlea and Kai. It was also a pleasure working with Tiffany and her staff from the MA-SBTRC. The keynote address for the graduation ceremony was provided by Donald Williams, CEO and foundSEE GRADUATES B2

President and Congress give financial fraudsters a get-out-of-jail-free card

A bill signed on Nov. 1 by President Donald Trump sealed an unfortunate fate for consumers seeking financial justice. By signing H.J. Res. 111, both the President and Congress have together knocked down consumer protections to favor financial businesses and corporations. In Washington-speak, it’s about a rule that ends mandatory or forced arbitration. CFPB’s rule was as simple as it was basic: consumers who have been similarly harmed by the same lender or creditor ought to have their own day in court -- together. Like the board game Monopoly, the President and Congress have given financial services firms a free ‘get-out-of-jail card’. But the problems consumers face in personal finance is not a game. By their actions, those entrusted with leadership in the federal government betrayed their oaths of office to serve the public.  Instead, they are serving private interests and profiteers who exploit consumers with deceptive and unfair practices.    Before the President’s signing of the ill-advised resolution, Richard Cordray, the ever-embattled director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), made a personal appeal on behalf of America’s consumers.   “This letter is not about charts or graphs or studies,” wrote Director Cordray to President Trump. “Instead it is simply a personal appeal to you, asking you to up-

why the CFPB was authorized in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act. At a time when millions of people lost their homes and family wealth to foreclosures, the CFPB was created to be the nation’s first-ever federal agency pledged to financial fairness in a range of lending and credit concerns. For Blacks and Latinos who are frequently targeted by deceptive and predatory lending, CFPB’s creation was a particularly important development: people of color bore the brunt of the foreclosure crisis’ lost wealth.     People who filed complaints with CFPB about deceptive and illegal financial practices found financial relief with their government’s support: over the last six years, more than 29 million Americans have received nearly $12 billion, thanks to efforts of Director Cordray and his staff.    These figures are not just a sign; they are proof that efforts to right the many financial wrongs suffered by everyday people have delivered real relief. Considering how complicated financial transactions can be, CFPB’s existence has reassured the nation that the pursuit of financial fairness is at work.   The story of forced arbitration highlights the importance of the CFPB and why it must remain a champion for consumers.

hold this rule…[T] In addition to the his rule is all about Charlene Crowell CFPB, the Amerprotecting people ican Legion, the who simply want Military Coalition, to be able to take AARP, civil rights action together to groups, some elected right the wrongs officials and others done to them.” stood with and for “When people are consumers.   wronged or cheatIn the aftermath ed, they deserve the of the President’s chance to pursue actions, consumer their legal rights,” added Cordray.     advocates let loose their wrath.   An arbitration study by the CFPB found “President Trump had a clear choice to that arbitrators rule in favor of the compa- make today, between Wall Street and the ny more than 9 times out of 10. For years, rest of us,’ said Amanda Werner on behalf creditors and financial institutions buried of Public Citizen and Americans for Finanforced arbitration clauses in the fine print cial Reform. “He chose Wall Street.”   of agreements. If a consumer could not re“This law lets companies force consumsolve a financial dispute directly with the ers into a secret arbitration system rigged company, the only alternative was to take against them --discouraging claims and the dispute to arbitration.   allowing companies like Wells Fargo and With forced arbitration, consumers for- Equifax to hide widespread consumer feit their right to seek legal redress. And abuse,” added Melissa Stegman, a Senior as the financial institution or creditor se- Policy Counsel with the Center for Relects and pays the arbitrator, the deck is sponsible Lending.”   stacked against consumers.    There is nothing great about shafting (Charlene Crowell is the communications deputy It is also noteworthy that every major consumers who only want to be treat- director with the Center for Responsible Lending. bank supported repealing the arbitration ed fairly in the marketplace. This latest She can be reached at Charlene.crowell@responsirule, as did the U.S. Chamber of Congress.  Washington scenario blatantly ignores 




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Grads of Bonding Education Program commended GRADUATES FROM B1

er of Weatherspoon and Williams LLC. The theme of his talk was Momentum: Building an Unstoppable Force. Pulling from years of experience providing contracting services as well as being a graduate from the first BEP class, Williams labeled building capacity, learning to conduct business as big business, utilizing resources available to you, building a network and relationships and being financially stable as a few keys to becoming successful. Graduates of the program were Donielle Owen Diggs and Leverett Diggs, Dream City Trucking and Flagging; Teneka Chavis, TDC Contracting; Melissa Dunbar, MTDJ Trucking; Lewis McCullough, GRADUATION TIME—Graduates of the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Small Disadvantaged BusiMcCullough and Sons ness Utilization Bonding Education Program are equipped to compete for upcoming transportation-related conConstruction; Stacy Av- tracts. (Photo by Diane I. Daniels)

ery, Avery Trucking; Anita Macias, Dragonfly Industries; Sareena Kennedy, Supreme Traffic Control Service; Floyd Edwards, Supreme Traffic Control Service; Katherine Cooper, Everyone Can Achieve; Carla Boyd, Be Smart Energy; Quintin Johns, Premier Choice Painting; Patrick Miller, Cam Construction; Earl Cooper, Everyone Can Achieve; Mona Minnie Branson, Low Country Building Solutions; Edwin Peoples, Jessie Mae Construction; Juan Williams, Williams Flagger Logistics.

American Airlines CEO meets with NAACP by David Koenig AP Airlines Writer

DALLAS (AP)—American Airlines said its CEO had a “positive” meeting Tuesday with civil-rights leaders who accuse the airline of racial bias, but an activist who was kicked off a plane is not backing away from her criticism of the carrier. The airline said CEO Doug Parker and a senior vice president met with NAACP President Derrick Johnson, Women’s March organizer Tamika Mallory and others at the airline’s offices in Washington. “A good sign is that the CEO came to the table himself for this conversation,” Mallory told The Associated Press, “but one meeting doesn’t solve the problem. Nothing has necessarily been resolved.” Mallory said there is “a clear problem at American Airlines” judging from the number of videos and emails she has received from women of color since her removal from a flight on Oct. 15. She wants the airline to train employees to overcome “implicit bias,” a term used for subconscious bias caused by stereotyping

NEW YORK CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST Tamika Mallory says she was tossed off an American Airlines plane after complaining about a change in her seat assignment. (Bebeto Matthews/AP) people. The NAACP had demanded the meeting when it warned African-Americans last week that they could face discriminatory treatment while traveling on American. The NAACP’s travel advisory cited four incidents, including Mallory’s, in which it believed African American passengers were subject to discrimination.

Google’s $1 million grant GOOGLE FROM B1

served cities and training more staff to expose more Black youth to tech. According to the news outlet, the non-profit has served over 1,700 students in the Bay Area. “Students are five times more likely to take an interest in computer science if they often see people who look like them in that field. As we often say, “you have to see it to be it,” Justin Steele,of Google. org, said in a statement. “This work builds on over $35 million in grants focused on providing opportunities for underrepresented students to become pioneers of technology, and we’re ex-

cited to see how The Hidden Genius Project uses this new grant.” Two years ago, the foundation received $500,000 after becoming finalists in Google’s Impact Challenge. Brandon Nicholson, executive director of The Hidden Genius Project, told Black Enterprise that the grant will be an integral part of furthering their mission to show underserved youth that they have the power to be “change agents” in their community. The $1 million grant provides a sense of hope during a time when several tech giants are being called out for their stagnant diversity numbers.

“We welcomed the opportunity to meet, and had a positive and productive dialogue,” American spokeswoman Shannon Gilson said in a statement. “We look forward to continuing the conversation and working together.” She declined

moved from a plane in Miami after a dispute over her seat assignment, said American officials apologized Tuesday but did not admit bias in handling her situation. She praised Parker, saying he was “definitely sincere” during the meeting, which lasted over an hour. Last week, Parker said the airline has a diverse workforce—about 15 percent of its employees are African American—and his response to the NAACP criticism was, “How can that be true of us?” But, he added, meeting with the group was “a fantastic opportunity” to get better. Since the start of 2016, American has been the subject of 29 racial-discrimination complaints by passengers. That is a tiny fraction of the number of passengers the airline carries every day, but it is more complaints than were filed against any other U.S. carrier.

to provide further details. American has responded cautiously to the criticism, seeking to avoid a confrontation with Mallory or the NAACP. (David Koenig can be reached Mallory, who accused an American pilot of racism at he ordered her re- writer)

Despite Trump, ACA open enrollment has begun

by Cash Michaels

To qualify for federal tax subsidies to offset the rising cost of health insurance pre(NNPA)—No, President miums, those seeking to apTrump and the Republican ply should go online to www. Congress haven‘t “repealed Most of those and replaced” President who get their health insurObama’s Affordable Care Act ance coverage through the (ACA), the federal health care ACA are eligible for what law, yet. But yes, as Open En- are known as Advanced Prerollment began on Nov. 1st, mium Tax Subsidies (APT). In some states, the average there are significant changes ACA health insurance prethan in previous years. The enrollment period mium is calculated at $662 ends on Dec. 15 for cover- per month, but after the age through the 2018 Fed- APT subsidy tax credit kicks eral Health Insurance Ex- in, that comes down to just change to begin January 1, $129 per month, and in some 2018. This is the shortest cases, as low as $87 a month. In many states last year, enrollment period (45 days) in recent years, so those enrollment was down. Obwithout health care cover- servers say one of the reaage should act immediately. sons for the decrease was For New Pittsburgh Courier

uncertainty about the future of the ACA, especially after Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, vowing to mothball the federal law, which he and the Republican Congress have repeatedly tried, but failed to do. The Trump Administration has significantly cut the advertising budget to make more Americans aware of the ACA Open Enrollment period, in addition to shortening it to just 45 days, hoping to slowly phase it out in the future. It has also cut federal funding to nonprofit groups that traditionally helped low-income residents navigate the process of signing up and qualifying. The White House has also discontinued the cost sharing reimbursements to insurance companies to help offset rising premiums to consumers. As a result, premiums across the nation have gone up anywhere from 15 to 21 percent, according to published reports. Applicants are generally “…guaranteed to be insurable and are encouraged to sign up for health insurance….” through the ACA if they currently have ACA coverage, but want to change their plan for 2018; they don’t have health insurance through their employer or spouse’s employer; they don’t have government coverage (veterans, Medicaid or Medicare); or they’re older than 26 and are no longer on their parents’ policy. Failure in having health insurance in 2018 will result in a sizable tax penalty, officials warn. For the past two years, that fee has been $695.00 per uninsured adult, and $347.00 per uninsured child, or 2.5 percent of household income, whichever is higher.


NOV. 8—Join Duquesne University’s Small Business Development Center for a one-day interactive workshop, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rockwell Hall, Room 108, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15219. The seminar will help jumpstart your sales and offer n f n in n customers, capturing their attention and getting them to commit to the sale. Topics include: Cold calling, networking; getting the asking price; handling objections; post-sale and retention, and more. Cost $399. For more information call 412-396-6233.

Digital Marketing Workshop

NOV. 8—The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will host a panel discussion and workshop on the impact and importance of digital marketing, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Koppers Building, 436 Seventh Avenue, lower level, conference room 4-H. Panelists will include Soul Pitt Media CEO Donna Baxter Porcher, Savvy Group Digital Strategy Director Damien Hassan and VIS Project Media President Tah Yogo. Cost $10 for members, $20 for non-members, includes a box lunch. For more information, call 412-392-0610.

Training Event

NOV. 10—The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center presents First Step: Business Start-up Essentials, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Rockwell Hall, Room 108, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15219. Topics covered include: Business structure; Fictitious name registration; Insurance; Taxation, and more. Cost $25. For more information, call 412-396-6233.

Tech Workshop for Entrepreneurs

NOV. 14—The Chatham University Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship presents a 3D and Laser Printing Workshop for Entrepreneurs, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Entrepreneurship Hub on the Eastside campus, 6585 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, 15206. 3D printing enables produces complex (functional) shapes using less material than traditional manufacturing methods. Laser etching is the process of using a laser beam to permanently cut an image or pattern into a hard material, such as glass, wood or metal. Workshop attendees will learn how to apply these tools and processes to a product-based small business or startup idea. Cost $20. For more information, call Nazli Saka at 412-365-1384

Fiscal Reporting Workshop

NOV. 16—The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will present “How to Successfully Prepare for the Fiscal Year End,” 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Koppers Building, 436 Seventh Avenue, lower level, conference room 4-H. The presentation by John Stillwaggon CPA, president of Stillwaggon & McGill, LLC. will cover end-ofyear accounting needs including: in , in n n , n n n . Cost $10 for members, $20 for non-members, includes a box lunch. For more information, call 412-392-0610.

HR Training Seminar

NOV. 29—The Chatham Women’s Business Center, Paramount Co-op and HRT Solutions, LLC will host a free seminar on HR Basics for Small Businesses, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Co-op, 233 Merchant Street, Ambridge, PA. 15003. Learn more about the importance of hiring the right people, attracting talent when as a small business, compliance, payroll, and other HR basics that are imperative to scaling the people side of a business. For more information, call 412-3651153.

Annual Business Luncheon

DEC. 18—The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will host its Annual Business Luncheon, 12 p.m., Omni William Penn Hotel, 550 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, 15219. The keynote speak for this year’s event is PricewaterhouseCoopers U.S. President and Managing Partner Tim Ryan. Cost $75 for members, $90 for non-members. For more information, call 412-3920610.



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Teachers should not have to fear retribution from parents

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Opioids and crack, and Black and White by John N. Mitchell Undoubtedly you’ve noticed the stark contrast between the casting of today’s opioid epidemic and the crack epidemic of the 1980s and early 1990s. These days, politicians speak of humanity and compassion, as they certainly should, for the overwhelmingly white victims of an opioid epidemic that has mushroomed into a national crisis. Some are so flummoxed by the expanding problem that they have embarrassed themselves by suggesting they can legislate it away. And when addiction stories are told by powerful media outlets, whether they lean left or right is irrelevant, the narrative is almost always the same — five-minute vignettes accompanied by melancholy background music to achieve the requisite sympathy. Absent is the wailing of sirens that was omnipresent in the narration of the crack story, that monster that knew no regional borders but was falsely depicted as almost exclusively stalking the streets of cities with large Black populations. That yellow tape that marked crime scenes a few decades ago? You’ll never see it today despite the fact that it goes up in most cases when an opioid overdose is suspected. No, whether the shadow of death that is the opioid plague preys on millennials residing in Manhattan’s toney Upper East Side or the uneducated unemployed wearing Make America Great Again gear in Appalachia, never, ever is it tied to criminality. How, one wonders, does such a double standard exist? How can a singular issue—drug addiction—be narrated as if we are discussing two completely different things? It’s politically incorrect to talk about it—think of it as America’s dirty laundry—but the answer has always been there. Many would rather cling to the feel-good fable of American equality, but in all actuality a huge swath of this nation believes that the value of a white life is far more significant than that of a Black one. To wit, earlier this year, the Congressional Black Caucus called for a federal investigation in response to the alarming number of African-American and Latina girls reported missing on the Washington Metropolitan Police Department’s Twitter feed. In a March letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then-FBI Director James Comey, the caucus requested they “devote the resources necessary to determine whether these developments are an anomaly or whether they are indicative of an underlying trend that must be addressed.” To date, no action has been taken on this matter, and it is utter folly to believe for one second that anyone is hard at work trying to solve the mysterious disappearances of these nameless faces. Contrast this with the vanishing of Chandra Levy, the 24-year-old Washington intern who went missing in 2001 and was later found to have been murdered. Well before it was revealed that Levy had been involved in a tawdry affair with Democratic Congressman Gary Condit, who was not tied to her disappearance, this was the nation’s most engrossing story, not pushed from its above-the-fold status at major newspapers until the attacks of Sept. 11. More instructive, however—and a much sounder repellent of the inevitable accusations of playing the amorphous race card—is the academic work of Andrew Hacker, a college lecturer who in 1992 wrote the controversial book “Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile and Unequal.” Hacker, who is White, attempted to discern the value of whiteness by asking his White students what the compensation would have to be in order for them to live the rest of their lives in America as Black. The answer brings all of this into focus. “Most,” Hacker wrote, “seemed to feel that it would not be out of place to ask for $50 million, or $1 million for each coming Black year.” It struck Hacker that students who came from mostly working-class families and really had no reason to value their whiteness elevated its value to such levels. He concluded that “the wages of whiteness are available to all Whites, regardless of class position—even to those Whites who are without power, money or influence.” This is why African Americans are so easily cast as pathological, their plight evidence of a collective moral failure, as welfare mothers and murderous hoodlums unworthy of the millions of dollars politicians now want to target for treating opioids. Crime is now a clear sign of underlying addiction, not a scourge that must be eradicated by any means necessary. And it is really nothing new. (John N. Mitchell has worked as a journalist for more than a quarter century. He can be reached at and Tweet at @freejohn mitchel.)

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Reading the news about Pittsburgh Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. elementary school teacher Janice Watkins being allegedly attacked by the mother of a student because she took a cellphone away from that child in her class was surprising to many. But not to me. We so often talk about violence among our youth, but much of that is transferred to them by their parents. Many of us who are past age 30 have to realize that many of the youth we talk about who solve their problems through violence are now having children. We as Black people must get out of this “solving our problems with our fists” phenomenon, because in the end we actually lose. The mother, Daishonta Williams, 29, allegedly confronted Watkins at school, but not satisfied with the result, followed her and threw a rock that hit the teacher in the face as she drove near the West End Bridge, Oct. 18. Imagine, you are driving and a rock or brick flies through your open window, hitting you in the face and sending you to the hospital with you thanking God it didn’t take out an eye or cause severe damage. According to the New Pittsburgh Courier story (Nov. 1), Williams admitted to throwing the rock in a police report. This is really a great example for the child. Basically, she’s being told by her family that breaking the rules is alright. The Watkins Family Fund has been

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are full of the proof. Another mass shooting… There was another mass shooting this past weekend, this time in a small town in Texas. A lone gunman entered First Baptist Church with a congregation of about 50 and gunned down 26 men, women, and children with a semi-automatic weapon. I’m waiting to find out the reasoning for the mass killing by Deven Kelley, but reports have stated the church is where his mother-in-law sometimes attends. News commentators said that the shooter was shot by another person with a rifle, and he dropped his gun and fled by car where police found him later dead, as Kelley may have then shot himself. If the reports are true, it was good that somebody else other than the shooter had a weapon. Because if the man with the rifle had not been there, how many others would have died? I’ve always said that I believe people have the right to have a gun but not automatic or semi-automatic military weapons. Genea L. Webb… My condolence goes out to Genea L. Webb, who lost her mother two years ago and a few weeks ago, said goodbye to her father. Genea has been a freelance writer for the Courier for more than 20 years, she’s been like a daughter to me. I will always keep you in my prayers, Genea.

created to help the family with medical expenses. Hopefully the Pittsburgh Board of Education’s medical insurance will cover all her medical expenses as well as giving her paid leave during her recovery. She stated that she wasn’t sure if she was returning after recovering. The school board has done an outstanding job of placing caring teachers, many who are Black, at the school including a Black principal and vice principal to upgrade the quality of education Black children at Pittsburgh King receive. There are a lot of Blacks, especially Black women, in the education system, both public, charter and private schools, who are dedicated to educating our children and they do not deserve the kind of treatment Watkins received. Teachers shouldn’t have to live in fear after disciplining a child in high school, let alone grade school. Now teachers not only have to fear the child but now the parents. (Ulish Carter is the former managing editor One thing is for sure, society outside the school rooms isn’t, and the prisons of the New Pittsburgh Courier.)

Step-by-Step (—Anyone old enough to remember “The Three Stooges” may also remember one of their most famous skits, “Niagara Falls.” In this bit, each time Moe heard the words ‘Niagara Falls’ he approached Curly saying, “Slowly I turned, stepby-step, inch-by-inch.” He then viciously assaulted Curly. If you appreciate physical comedy, it’s a funny, dated art form and, if you like retro-humor, you’ll find it funny now.  It’s NOT funny when viewed in the context of #45’s authoritarian governance. Without amusement, our democracy has not equally fulfilled its promise to all citizens. Less funny is that #45 is slowly creeping upon the most valued principles of our flawed Democracy and step-by-step, inch-byinch he’s assaulting them with reckless abandon. Paramount among these principles is the expectation of the election of an executive whose veracity is above reproach and whose focus is to build a spirit of unity among the citizenry.  #45 entered office with the goal of dissembling the principles, institutions, traditions and expectations that have provided for our reasonably stable societal evolution. Among his most egregious transgressions is his serial-lying—an estimated daily average of five significant lies.  More disturbing is that these lies play to the fears of his supporters and detractors alike creating an adversarial WE vs. THEM dynamic—hyper-polarization. Historically, The Press has been “Freedom’s Watchdog.”  While never perfect, it has investigated and illu-

of the judiciary pre-date 2016, his recurring appeal for modification of the judicial system pierces the airwaves. Operating in the shadow of Josef Goebbels, #45 seems to believe, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” As with the Central Park Five, #45 has morphed into Judge, Jury and Executioner. Although there’s no quesminated wrongdoing that would have tion of his guilt, #45 has violated due shaken our national foundations.  process by already proclaiming SayfulWatergate and Enron pop into mind.  lo Saipov guilty and condemning him #45 criticizes any press outlet that to death.  The problem—too many of #45’s supporters—whether in office or doesn’t edify him or his agenda. Like Pravda or RT news, the Fox not—would willingly surrender this network has become the state news power to him.  I, for one, am not willing source for Trumpism.  The Sinclair to accede to this type of justice. As I’ve quoted Maya Angelou so Broadcast Group, supporters of #45’s agenda, is pursuing the monopolis- many time before, “When someone tic acquisition of television outlets shows you who they are, believe them throughout the nation.  Sinclair is the first time.” In words and deeds, #45 has clearly infamous for forcing their local stations to make nightly broadcasts of informed us that the laws, freedoms, pro-Trump, rightwing messaging.  and civil courtesies we believe in and Meanwhile, networks which critical- have come to expect are meaningless ly analyze #45’s messaging are vili- to him and those who support his authoritarian agenda.  He has fomentfied as Fake News. One year ago, the Department of ed fear and anxiety to create the cirJustice served as a beacon of fair- cumstance where his supporters will ness and guardian of integrity.  Since voluntarily relinquish their personal January, it has turned a blind eye freedoms.  Until we can demonstrate to protecting the rights of ALL citi- our opposition at the ballot box—and zens.  It reneged on promises made we must vote—it is essential that we to “Dreamers” and established draco- engage in civic action to protest the nian immigration policies.  The FBI step-by-step and inch-by-inch erosion is targeting Black Lives Matter for of our freedoms that has persisted investigation as Black Identity Ex- since January 2017. (Dr. E. Faye Williams, National President of tremists (read: Domestic Terrorists). Although #45’s complaints about the National Congress of Black Women, Inc. the inefficiency of the legislative—202/678process aren’t new and his criticism 6788)

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An ‘F’ grade for Howard University’s 150th Anniversary Homecoming Parade (—I will admit up front that I am a long time devoted fan of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) homecoming parades. From ages 6 through 14, while growing up in Tuskegee, Alabama, me and my friends would go to Tuskegee University’s homecoming parades and march alongside the band as it marched and strutted from the campus to downtown and back. We loved not only Tuskegee’s band but those from the homecoming game opponents, especially the very creative band from Florida A&M University. With that background in mind and knowing that Howard University was celebrating its 150th anniversary, I went to its 2017 homecoming parade expecting it to be a memorable, historic and spectacular event. I expected to see university fraternities and sororities, clubs and organizations, faculty and especially alumni, all marching with banners and/or signs proclaiming a historic celebration. It was not to be. What I actually saw was a parade in which very few Howard alumni and students participated; one where various kinds of fancy cars were the main attraction. And not one of these had anything proclaiming Howard’s 150th anniversary. What I also saw were students from Howard’s Residence Life Organization and others who were volunteers at the university chapel. The most disturbing thing I saw were

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Commentary the young ladies accompanying the bands from Howard, Eastern High School and Ballou High School wearing identical straight-hair wigs and enough make-up to sink a battleship, scantily dressed in tight-fitting, highly cut outfits. This, along with their booty-shaking dance routines, made them look like someone auditioning for a job in a Kit Kat Club. The administrators from Howard and Eastern and Ballou high schools should be ashamed of themselves for allowing their students to display themselves in such a demeaning way. The students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts should be thanked and saluted for their very classy performances. They looked

exactly like what they are—creative Black students celebrating homecoming. Howard has too much of an illustrious history to present this kind of negative expression of a significant part of our cultural history. I speak from experience since it was at Howard that I had the life-changing experience of studying history in a class taught by the legendary Dr. Harold Lewis. I remember him saying the first day of class, “All of your lives you have studied the history of people of European descent. In this class you will be introduced to the history of the rest of the people in the world.” That became my first delving into African American history, African history, Chinese and Japanese history and Native American history. For not providing the general public with a more mind-expanding, exciting, informative and, yes, entertaining homecoming parade, Howard University gets the grade of “F.” (A. Peter Bailey, whose latest book is Witnessing Brother Malcolm X, the Master Teacher, can be reached at apeterb@verizon. net.)

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The Township of Penn is seeking applicants for the full-time posii n f nf n f within the Penn Township Community Development Department at 2001 Municipal Court Harrison City PA 15636. Requirements: A high school diploma or GED is rei n i 5 evant experience. A complete job description may be viewed at the n i i n n . Work hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays, but individuals must be available for monthly evening meetings. The nature of this i ni n n dential. Applicants must demonstrate an attention to detail and accuracy as well as a customer service orientation. Pre-employment drug testing and extensive background investigations will be conducted. Interested individuals should email a cover letter, résumé and references to Township Secretary / Manager Alexander J. Graziani; by 12:00 p.m. Friday November 10, 2017. All questions are to be emailed to Mr. Graziani. All Township employees are public servants and must possess a good attitude, high ethics and strong integrity. Penn Township is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Alexander J. Graziani, Secretary / Manager

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REPORTS TO: Program Coordinator/Parent Engagement Coordinator FUNCTIONAL DEFINITION: This position recruits and maintains enrollment and a waiting list for all sites as well as ensures adequate parent representation on governance groups. This includes working with staff across all EHS sites as well as parents. SALARY: 27,000-30,000 DUTIES INCLUDE: •Recruiting families for all sites to ensure enrollment and waiting list •Complete family application for all sites •Collaborate with agencies in recruiting families •Support parents in activities and involvement in all aspects of entire program •Prepare for all parent meetings (call parents, send out notices, arrange catering) •Recruit parents for Governance meetings •Create and maintain team efforts •Implement family support/family strengths model •Support efforts/incentives that promote community collaboration • Other responsibilities as assigned QUALIFICATIONS OF FAMILY RECRUITER: •Must have a Associates Degree. in public relations, child developn n . A years experience working with families and communities •Must be self directed, creative, fl i , n n ini i i •Must have knowledge of child and family development •Must have ability to work collaboratively with peers, employees and community members •Must have Act 33 and 34 Clearances and 73 Criminal clearance •Must have organizational skills and experience Please contact Coni Hainsworth at 412-383-5011


University of Pittsburgh Physicians located at U. S. Steel Tower, 57th Floor, 600 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, seeks a Urologic Oncologist/General Urologist to practice at UPMC Urology-Hermitage, 2400 Highland Road, Hermitage, PA 16148, UPMC Urology, 2623 Wilmington Road, Suite B, New Castle, PA 16105, UPMC-Horizon-Shenango Valley, 2200 Memorial Drive, Farrell, PA 16121, and UPMC Jameson, 1211 Wilmington Avenue, New Castle, PA 16105 and specialize in the treatment of prostate, bladder, kidney, and testicular cancer, as well as other urologic issues, including kidney stones and complex stone disease. Requires travel between worksites within a 20 mile radius. Applicant must have a Medical degree or foreign equivalent and completed a Residency in Urology and a Fellowship in Urologic Oncology, eligible to obtain a Pennsylvania Medical License. Employer will accept Board i i ii i i n evidence of completion of the required training. Apply by following these steps; visit http://careers. and enter 170001G8 in and click Go. EOE.


UPCI Cancer Services seeks multiple Medical Physicists for its Pi , PA f n i unanticipated locations at hospitals and medical centers throughout the state of Pennsylvania to conduct and assist in all aspects of Radiation Oncology physics including commissioning of all radiotherapy equipment and providing clinical support; and responsible for performing regular quality n A in n i etry calibration of all radiation therapy equipment, implementation of 3D CT and 4D CT treatment planning and delivery, motion management, experience with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), dosimetry and clinical implementation of intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image guided radiotherapy, and various types of brachytherapy procedures. Primary Requirements: Must have a PhD degree or foreign equivalent in M i P i plus completion of a two-year residency from an accredited program in Medical Physics. Secondary Requirements: Alternatively, must M f i n equivalent in Medical Physics or , ini f years of experience as a Medical Physicist in an academic Radiation Oncology Department, and completion of a two-year residency from an accredited program in Medical Physics. Apply by following these steps; visit http://careers. and enter 170001HK in and click Go. EOE.



POISE Foundation announces the availability of applications for the 2017 Community Development Block Grant for District 9 of the City of Pittsburgh (Hope Fund Grants) beginning Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Councilman Ricky Burgess has engaged POISE Foundation to manage the assessment and selection of CDBG grant recipients for District 9. For more information about Hope Fund Grants and to access the online application, please visit www. Completed applications must be submitted using the on-line system by 5:00 p.m. Monday, December 18, 2017 to be considered for funding. RENTAL SERVICE House for Rent


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Estate of BAILA F. KAUFMAN, Deceased of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania No. 02-17-05671. Paul C. Kaufman, Executor, c/o Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, U.S. Steel Tower, 600 Grant Street, 44th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or to Nancy L. Rackoff, Esquire, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, U.S. Steel Tower, 600 Grant Street, 44th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.















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Estate of MS. ALANA D. COPE, deceased of 1324 Fifth Avenue, Coraopolis, PA 15108. Estate no. 02-17-6094. Ms. Alyssa Hart, 9219 Lakeside Drive, Perrinton, MI 48871, Administratrix, c/o Max C. Feldman, Attorney At Law, 1322 Fifth Avenue, Coraopolis, PA 15108. Estate of NORMA E. CARLETTI, Deceased of Bridgeville Borough, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania No. 02-17-05814. Linda R. Stenzel and Christine L. Collavo, Co-Executrices, 674 Orchard Avenue, Bridgeville, PA 15017 or Robin L. Rarie, Esquire, BRENLOVE & FULLER, LLC, 401 Washington Avenue, Bridgeville, PA 15017. MR. JAMES B. CLAYTOR, Deceased of 118 First Street, Neville Island, PA 15225. Estate No. 02-17-6063. Mr. Mark E. Claytor of 811 Jeanne Street, Coraopolis, PA 15108, Administrator, c/o Max C. Feldman, Attorney At Law, 1322 Fifth Avenue, Coraopolis, PA 15108. Letters Testamentary on the Estate of THOMAS S. MCQUADE, Court Term No. 021706124, late of Penn Hills, Allegheny County, deceased, having been granted to the undersigned by the director of Dept. of Court Records, Wills/Orphans Court Division of Allegheny County, notice is hereby given to all persons indebted to said estate to make immediate payment, and to those having claims against the same to present them to the undersigned, duly authenticated for settlement. Mary Susan Rapp, Executrix, 65 Brams Point Rd., Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 or to Cathy L. Brannigan, Esq., 15 Duff Rd., Suite 6C, Pittsburgh, PA 15235 Letters Testamentary on the Estate of ANN SNIZIK, Court Term No. 021705989, late of Clairton, Allegheny County, deceased, having been granted to the undersigned by the director of Dept. of Court Records, Wills/Orphans Court Division of Allegheny County, notice is hereby given to all persons indebted to said estate to make immediate payment, and to those having claims against the same to present them to the undersigned, duly authenticated for settlement. Marsha Tylak, Executrix, 1604 Green View Ct., Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or to Cathy L. Brannigan, Esq., 15 Duff Rd., Suite 6C, Pittsburgh, PA 15235 Estate of KEITH BOGART, deceased of Bethel Park No, 6022 of 2017. Dolores M. Bogart, Extr. or to c/o Matthew J. Beam, Esquire, Scolieri Law Group, 1207 Fifth Avenue, Ste. 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Estate of PETER O’BRIEN, deceased of Allegheny County, Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, No. 02-17-06158. Patty L. Cunningham, Executor, 434 Blackberry Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146 or to TODD A. FULLER, Atty; BRENLOVE & FULLER, LLC, 401 Washington Avenue, Bridgevlle, PA 15017. Estate of ALICE C. FRANKWITT, deceased of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, No. 02-17-06160. Roseann Walker, Administrator, 3886 Frederick Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15227 or to TODD A. FULLER, Atty; BRENLOVE & FULLER, LLC, 401 Washington Avenue, Bridgevlle, PA 15017.



Sealed bid proposals are hereby solicited for the Community College of Allegheny County, 800 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15233 (412.237.3020) on the following items: RFP 3099 – Truck Rental for CDL Program Proposals will be received at the Purchasing Department until 2:00 P.M. Prevailing Time on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. The CCAC Purchasing Department publishes all bids and RFPs via the CCAC website at https://www.ccac. edu/Bid-RFP_Opportunities.aspx It i n n i ii to monitor the bid activity within the given website (“Bid and RFP Opportunities”) and ensure compliance with all applicable bid documents inclusive of any issued addenda. Failure to incorporate any applican in n i may result in the rejection of your bid. The Board of Trustees reserves the right to reject any and all bids. The Community College of Aln n i n Af i Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and encourages bids from Minority/Disadvantaged owned businesses.


f f i f Department of Public works for Allegheny County in Conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, is soliciting Statements of Interest through PennDOTs ECMS system for the following: ALLEGHENY COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS Design Services For Various Allegheny County Bridge Preservation County Project No. AA00-15FB ECMS No. 27316 Local Agreement Number: L00277 This is a federal-aid project with PennDOT oversight. Statements of Interest are due no later than November 17, 2017 and are to be submitted through PennDOTs ECMS System, http://www.dot14. The advertisement can be found under agreement number L00277. A copy of the published advertisement can also be found on the County Website: http://www. Any inquiries into this Advertisement are to be directed to Mr. Michael Dillon, P.E., Deputy Director of Engineering, at 412-350-5469 or The County will use the normal selection process and preselect i f consideration for this Project assignment on the following evaluation criteria: Past Performance, Quality Control and Quality Assurance, Work Experience and Supervisory Experience on PennDOT/Allegheny County Projects, Use and Experience of Subconsultants, and Assurance of Project Milestones. The n Min i n n i advantaged goals for these Projects will be 13% of the total price for MBE participation and 2% of the total price for WBE participation. Stephen G. Shanley, PE, Director Department of Public Works of Allegheny County LEGAL ADVERTISING Bids/Proposals


The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority is soliciting Bids for CONTRACT NO. 1685A, FURNISH AND DELIVER CAUSTIC SODA (DIAPHRAGM GRADE). Bids will be received until 11:00 A.M., Prevailing Time, Thursday, November ,2 1 f f A ity, 3300 Preble Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233. The Bids will then be publicly opened and read. ALCOSAN encourages businesses owned and operated by minorities and women to submit bids on Authority Proposals or to participate as subcontractors or suppliers to the successful bidders. Successful Bidders are to use minority or womn in f n possible. The Authority reserves the right to reject any or all Bids, to waive any informality in any Bid and to accept any Bid should it be deemed in the interest of the Authority to do so. Bid Security shall be furnished by providing with the Bid a Certi e hec or i on in the amount of $5,000.00. The Successful Bidder shall be required to fumish a Performance Bond in the amount of $50,000.00 Documents pertaining to the submission of Bids are available at the n in in f f A i , 3300 Preble Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Any questions regarding this Contract Docwnent should be directed to Benjamin J. Heilman, Contract Supervisor, at (412) 734-6204 or Benjamin.Heilman@ ALLEGHENY COUNTY SANITARY AUTHORITY Benjamin J. Heilman Contract Supervisor


The Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA) is seeking competitive proposals for the Collection of Landing and Parking Fees at Allegheny County Airport for the Airport Authority. A license agreement will be issued to the selected proposing entity. Entities must demonstrate the ability to track landings at the airport, identify aircraft owners and operators, invoice and collect aircraft parking and landing fees. The proposing entity will be responsible for all costs of performing the licensed activities. Proposal documents are available upon request by calling (412) 472-5542. The deadline for submission is December 1, 2017.


Separate and sealed Proposals i i f f Procurement, Allegheny County Airport Authority, Pittsburgh International Airport, Landside Terminal, 4th Floor Mezz, P.O. Box 12370, Pittsburgh, PA 15231-0370 until 1:00 P.M. prevailing local time, DECEMBER 6, 2017, and bids will be publicly opened and read by the Airport Authority in Conference Room A, Pittsburgh International Airport, Landside Terminal, 4th Floor Mezz, P.O. Box 12370, Pittsburgh, PA 15231-0370, one half hour later, for the following: ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY PROJECT NUMBER 74G1-17 – GENERAL PROJECT NUMBER 74E1-17 ELECTRICAL PROJECT NUMBER 74M1-17 – MECHANICAL PROJECT NUMBER 74P1-17 – PLUMBING & FIRE PROTECTION BUILDING #299 CALL CENTER REHABILITATION AT PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT A pre-bid conference will be held in Building #299 located at 150 Hookstown Grade Road, Moon Township, PA 15108, at 10:00 a.m., on NOVEMBER 8, 2017. P n , i i n n i uments for the above referenced project will be available for purchase, at Pittsburgh International Airport. Attention is called to the fact that not less than the minimum salaries and wages, as determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, must be paid on these projects. Proposals must be made on the A i f n in n i P n n i i n n n i n i . The non-refundable charge for the Bid Documents and a Disk containin P n n i i n i $150.00; mailing can be arranged for an additional $75.00 charge. This project has DBE participation i i P nn ni ni ii nP PA P. i i i f contract. A searchable database of n f n n PA UCP web site: https://www.dots 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 sixty [60] days after the scheduled closing time for receipt of bids. To view a complete advertisement, which is also included in the bidding documents visit fl itts r h com under doing business with us – business opportunities or call 412472-3543 or 412-472-3779. Christina A. Cassotis hief ec ti e f cer ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY









The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) hereby requests f i i n i i f i in f in i Network Engineering and Support Services RFP #200-47-17 n i i n later than November 6, 2017 n i n , i n i 10:00 A.M., December 1, 2017 i i i i n 1 , 2n , i 2 , Pi , PA 1521 . P i in i i in in inf i nf Mr. Kim Detrick Procurement Director/ ontractin f cer Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh Procurement Department 2nd Floor, Suite 200 100 Ross Street Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-456-5116, Option 1 i i in in ni i i n f A i in i Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh Procurement Department 100 Ross Street, 2nd Floor, Conference Room Pittsburgh, PA 15219 November 17, 2017 10:00 A.M. The Housing Authority of the City of Pi n n i in i in n i n n in n i n i i i i n. HACP’s has revised their website. As part of those revisions, vendors must now register and log-in, in order to view and download IFB/RFPs documentation. Caster D. Binion, Executive Director Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh i

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Pick up your Courier at these locations… GIANT EAGLE (16 Pittsburgh Locations) 6320 Shakespeare St., East Liberty (EAST, near BUSWAY) 4004 Monroeville Blvd., Monroeville (MONROEVILLE MALL) 230 Rodi Rd., Penn Hills (EAST inside Penn Hills Shopping Center) 9001 Frankstown Road. (EAST, corner of Frankstown and Verona Rd.) 550 Centre Ave., Shadyside (EAST, Market District) 3812 O’Neill Blvd., McKeesport (SOUTHEAST) 1356 Hoffman Blvd., West Mifflin (NEAR KENNYWOOD) 1901 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill (EAST) 1005 Freeport Road, Waterworks Mall (NEAR FOX CHAPEL) 4250 Murray Ave., Greenfield (EAST) 254 Yost Blvd., Forest Hills/Braddock Hills (SOUTH EAST) 1705 S. Braddock Ave., Edgewood Towne Center (EAST) 420 East Waterfront Dr., Homestead (SOUTHEAST) 2021 Wharton Ave. (SOUTH SIDE FLATS) 318 Cedar Ave., North Side (NORTH near E. OHIO ST.) Crafton/Ingram Shopping Center, 51 Walsh Road (WEST END) NORTH SIDE LOCATIONS NORTH SIDE BEER AND BEVERAGE 1304 Federal St. 7-11 1001 Western Ave. RICHEY’S BARBER SHOP 1207 N. Franklin St. NORTH SIDE VALERO 820 Pennsylvania Ave. RITE AID 802 Pennsylvania Ave. MARSHALL SHELL 1500 Spring Garden Ave. SWINKO’S MARKET 2535 Perrysville Ave. MERCY STREET EXPRESS 6 Mercy St. HARV’S EXXON 2501 Brighton Rd. QUICK SCHWARTZ 3235 Brighton Rd. HANINI MARKET 3245 Brighton Rd. SOUTH SIDE LOCATIONS KEN’S MARKET 216 Beltzhoover Ave. Daily Mart 1125 Arlington Ave. SHOP N’ SAVE Brownsville Rd., Carrick WEST END LOCATIONS CRAFTON BEVERAGE 15 Foster Ave., Crafton/Ingram Shopping Center SHEETZ 5400 Campbells Run Rd. SHOP N SAVE 2103 Noblestown Rd. HILL DISTRICT LOCATIONS SHOP N’ SAVE 1850 Centre Ave. WONG’S MARKET 2170 Centre Ave. ANN’S MARKET 2316 Webster Ave. A-PLUS MINI MARKET 2350 Centre Ave. UJAMMA BOUTIQUE 1901 Centre Ave. K LEROY IRVIS TOWERS 715 Mercer St. ABE’S MARKET 1860 Centre Ave. WYLIE TOBACCO

2152 Wylie Ave. POPULAR EAST END LOCATIONS GETGO 4924 Baum Blvd. BP GAS STATION 11835 Frankstown Rd., Penn Hills PUFF’S DISCOUNT TOBACCO 10991 Frankstown Rd., Penn Hills SHOP N’ SAVE 3335 William Penn Hwy, near Monroeville Mall GETGO 10525 Frankstown Rd., Penn Hills CVS PHARMACY 10600 Frankstown Rd., Penn Hills SHELL GAS STATION 7619 Baum Blvd., Shadyside STANTON NEGLEY DRUG 804 N. Negley Ave., Highland Park UNIMART 5724 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside SHELL GAS STATION 6701 Frankstown Rd., East Hills SQUIRREL HILL NEWS 5804 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill MURRAY AVE. NEWS 2024 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill PUFF’S DISCOUNT TOBACCO 234 Yost Blvd., Braddock Hills DORSEY’S RECORDS 7614 Frankstown Ave., Homewood HOMEWOOD MARKET 7201 Frankstown Ave., Homewood SHEETZ 3457 William Penn Hwy., Monroeville WILLIAM PENN SMOKE SHOP 132 North Highland Ave., East Liberty DOWNTOWN LOCATIONS PENN AVENUE 7-11 (Sixth and Penn) Koppers Building (Ninth and Penn) NEWS-NUMBERS 136 Penn Avenue SMITHFIELD NEWS 115 Smithfield St. 7-11 SMITHFIELD 420 Smithfield St. FABER COE & GREGG 500 Grant St. FABER COE & GREGG 600 Grant St. NIELSEN’S STORES One Oxford Centre, Grant St. WOOD STREET 7-11 429 Wood St. NEWSTAND Sixth and Wood ONE STOP 300 Sixth & Wood OTHER DOWNTOWN LOCATIONS INCLUDE... KWIK-E-MART 212 Tenth St. 7-11 643 Liberty Ave. ESTER’S SNAX Federal Building, Second Floor FABER COE & GREGG Fifth Ave. Place, First Floor EXTRA EXTRA NEWS 413 Seventh Ave. UTSAV NEWS 400 Cherry Way C&C NEWS 2 PPG Place EDDIE’S SNACKS 262 Fifth Ave. BIG DADDY 465 Forbes Ave.


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All souls to enroll— faith in action (—For all of this Administration’s efforts to kill (as in “repeal and replace”) the Affordable Care Act, it is still the law of the land, and still available (and required). However, since 45 and his team have declared it all but dead, they have shortened the enrollment period from three months to a mere six weeks, from Nov. 1-Dec. 15, 2018. Additionally, the department of Health and Human Services has drastically cut the budget for outreach. This time last year, there were television and radio announcements, billboards on buses, and other reminders that people should enroll for health care if they don’t get health care from their job. This Administration hopes that, without outreach, people will not enroll for care, so that they can then crow that people “don’t want” health care. But some faith leaders have pledged to use their pulpits to remind their congregations to get enrolled for health care. Rev. Dr. Barbara Williams Skinner, the first Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus, an activist who melds faith with public policy, and a spiritual advisor to many Black leaders, has developed a toolkit for communities of faith to help them do the work that our government won’t in encouraging people to enroll for affordable health care. The effort has a title, #SOULSTOENROLL, or #SOULS2ENROLL, a Facebook Page,, a toolkit adopted from the government page,, a weekend campaign that will begin Nov. 12, suggestions for faith leaders, a sample bulletin announcement, PSA, and social media tips. In other words, the faith community is being

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Commentary encouraged to treat health care enrollment like any other grassroots organizing campaign and get involved in it. Back in the day, before social media, we used to talk about “the drum”, or the ways we shared information in the Black community. Lots of our radio stations, or programs, were called “the drum” because they were our ways of sharing information. Now faith leaders are taking the drum viral to ensure that people who don’t get the word because of lack of government outreach, will get it through churches and through the Internet. We will rely on these methods of communicating more and more, as this administration attempts to contract, not expand, the information people need to get essential health care (and other services). The toolkit and other resources are proof that our community has the ability to out organize the evil that is seeping out of Washington. “Woke” members of Congress are working with Rev. Skinner and others to get the word out—Congressman Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., had his PSA up BEFORE the enrollment period opened on November 1, and some members of Congress have PSAs posted on their webpages. But everyone won’t log on to a Congressional website to get access to the PSA. That’s where the churches and community organizations come in. Once upon a time we could mobilize. Without any Internet, 250,000 people managed to get to Washington, D.C. for the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963. Mimicking that effort, and using both word of mouth and the Internet, more than a million women made it to Washington, D.C. for the post-inaugural Women’s March. Now we have the opportunity to rally millions to participate in benefits of the Affordable Care Act. There are consequences to not enrolling. If you haven’t enrolled by Dec. 15, you may have to wait a whole year before getting access to affordable health care and the subsidies available under ACA, and you may have to pay a fine for not enrolling. Some states (California, Washington, Minnesota, D.C., Colorado and Massachusetts) will allow enrollment until January, but most will close enrollment on Dec. 15. Even with a longer enrollment period, the best thing to do is to ensure that those you know who need ACA benefits enroll early. Helping people enroll for ACA benefits is not only a public service, but it is also an act of resistance to 45’s pernicious attempts to undermine President Obama’s signature piece of legislation. To be sure, ACA is not perfect, but it is responsible for expanding the base of people who can get affordable health insurance. This example of Faith in Action may be a template for other ways to use the church to organize resistance. The novelist Dr. Daniel Black (author of Perfect Peace) recently gave a talk in which he described our churches as the backbone of the Black community. Disagree with your pastor, or with the sermon if you will, he said, but still get to church for the sense of community that can only be found there. While the Black church is less impactful than it was in 1963 when most of us could be reached through church announcements, it is still a place where we gather and share information. If you don’t usually go to church on Nov. 12, when the #SOULS2ENROLL weekend campaign kicks off, consider making our way there to check this campaign out (or encourage your pastor to participate). (Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist.)


On the 100th anniversary of Fannie Lou Hamer’s birth, find inspiration to fight for voting rights (— Marc H. Morial “You can pray until you faint, but unless you get up and do something, God is not going to put it in your lap.”—Fannie Lou Hamer At a time when the right to vote is being threatened, we look for inspiration in the lives of those who fought most valiantly to extend and protect that right. This fall we recognize the 100th anniversary of one of our greatest champions, Fannie Lou Hamer. Born to a family of sharecroppers in rural Mississippi, she was forced at the age of 13 from her  one-room schoolhouse into the cotton fields. She was forced off the plantation where she worked when the owner found out she had tied to register to vote. She was blocked from actually registering, however, by Mississippi’s notorious racially-discriminatory literacy test. At that time, Black voters not only had to prove they could read, but also had to compose an essay analyzing a portion of the U.S. Constitution—to the satisfaction of a white registrar. White applicants were exempt from such requirements under so-called “grandfather clauses.” Her willingness to challenge the registrar and demand she be alone to fill out an application attracted the attention of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which hired her as a field organizer. The beating she suffered in prison in 1963 as a result of her activism left her with permanent injuries to her kidneys, eyes and legs. While her work with SNCC raised her public profile, it was as a founder of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party that she gained national celebrity. The party selected 64 delegates to send to the 1964 Demo-

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cratic National Convention, and Hamer was elected vice-chair of the delegation. Hamer’s powerfully moving testimony to the credentials committee was broadcast on national television, drawing attention to the humiliations and violence visited upon Black Americans in the South who tried to vote. The work of Hamer and others led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. It placed restrictions states with a history of discrimination—Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Virginia  and Hamer’s home state of Mississippi—and certain jurisdictions in other states, requiring the approval of the federal government for any election law changes. In 2013, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, ruling that “preclearance” no longer was necessary. States wasted no time in proving the Supreme Court wrong. Within two months, North Carolina passed racially-discriminatory voting restrictions that later were struck down in federal court. Overall, 23 states have passed restrictive voting laws. Meanwhile, the White House has established a sham Commission to perpetuate the myth of widespread voter fraud. The commission is a weapon of mass deception, a Trojan horse to usher in even greater voting restrictions on people of color, the poor, senior citizens and students. Despite her worsening health, complicated by a lifetime spent in poverty and the beating she suffered in prison, she spent her life battling racism and poverty. It would be a disgrace to her memory if we did not make every effort to defeat the effort to restrict voting rights.

Mass shootings, domestic terror, and armed shoppers Is there any either.) integrity on either J. Pharoah Doss Remember, side of any issue? Clarke didn’t just In early October, label BLM a terror former Sheriff Dagroup, he said vid Clarke, famous Black Lives Matfor his cowboy hat ter would evenand infamous for tually join ISIS. labeling Black So what makes Lives Matter a Clarke’s determiterror group, faced nation of domestic a panel on NewsOne following the Las terrorism, even credible to Dr. Carr? Vegas shooting. It’s not. First, Clarke and the host debated Dr. Carr was trying to get Clarke to the particulars of gun control. place domestic terrorism on the proper Then one panelist, Dr. Greg Carr, a tier of his oppressor/oppressed hierarprofessor of Africana studies, said if chy, and if Dr. Carr got Clarke to do the Las Vegas shooter (a White man) so, then Dr. Carr would have successshouted Black Lives Matter or Allah fully defended the “oppressed” and Akbar, Clarke would have immediate- confirmed his world view. ly called the culprit a terrorist, and Now, on the flipside of the gun Dr. Carr demanded to know if Clarke control debate are gun advocates that was willing to call this “act of White claim armed citizens can prevent America” domestic terrorism. (Could mass shootings. you imagine if a White pundit said the Recently, in Colorado, a gunman 2016 Dallas police shooting, commitenters a Wal-Mart fired and fled. ted by a Black man, was an “act of Three people were killed. There Black America?”) were shoppers that grabbed their Dr. Carr’s concern about whether or own guns during the shooting, but not the incident was domestic ternone of the armed shoppers fired rorism would have been appropriate their weapons. if the shooter were in police custody A police spokesman said, once the and authorities were determining the building was safe—we started reviewcharges. But by the time of the Newing [surveillance video] as quickly as sOne broadcast the whole world knew possible to identify the suspect and the shooter killed himself, no motive determine if there was an accomplice, was established, and the investigation but the video showed several peowasn’t complete. In other words, it ple in the store with drawn guns. couldn’t have been labeled anything That forced investigators to watch except a mass shooting. Clarke atmore video footage and follow armed tempted to state these facts, but Dr. shoppers throughout the store in an Carr interrupted and repeated if the effort to distinguish “good guys” from shooter said Black Lives Matter or “bad guys.” Investigators went back to Allah Akbar, Clarke would have called the “drawing board” several times as it terrorism. they struggled to pinpoint the actual Clarke told Dr. Carr he could ask suspect. all the hypotheticals he wanted but The police concluded in this incident the reality was the shooter didn’t say well-intentioned gun carriers set the those things. stage for chaos and stalled the efforts Now, that reality wasn’t lost on Dr. to capture the suspect. Carr so why the insistence? It’s important to note that in 2014 Dr. Carr, and many other practithe FBI reported that researchers tioners of ethnic and gender studies, examined more than 100 shootings see the world through an oppressor/ between 2000 and 2012 and found oppressed hierarchy. That world view that civilians stopped about 1 in 6 obligates them to defend the “opactive shooters—by tackling them, not pressed” (racial and religious) against shooting them. charges they feel only apply to the But gun advocates insist armed citioppressor or “White America.” (Aczens will prevent mass shootings. (J. Pharoah Doss is a contributor to the New cording to this world view Blacks don’t Pittsburgh Courier. He blogs at jpharoahdoss have the power to be racist, so Blacks don’t have the power to be terrorists

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Sen. McCain is a patriot and a man of honor (—Senator John McCain is a patriot. Now, as he battles against a brutal affliction, he has earned recognition as a man of honor. He has served his country, often at great sacrifice. And even now, he is using his stature to warn this country against a wayward course. Contrary to Donald Trump, McCain is a true American hero. Shot down over North Vietnam in 1967, he was seriously injured and captured by the North Vietnamese. He was tortured after he refused an offer to be repatriated ahead of other captives who had been held longer. Instead, he stayed with his fellow prisoners for five long, painful years. After he retired from the Navy, McCain was elected first to the U.S. House of Representatives and then to the Senate in 1987. As a senator, he was a conservative who sought to get things done. He joined with Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin to sponsor campaign finance reform. He pushed for reopening diplomatic relations with Vietnam. He worked with Sen. Ted Kennedy, another Democrat, on comprehensive immigration reform. He gained a reputation as a maverick. When he won the Republican nomination for president in 2008, he ran a brass-knuckled campaign, even naming Sarah Palin as his running mate. Yet he refused to traffic in hate and lies. He famously defended Barack Obama at one of his rallies when a supporter said, “I can’t trust Obama. I have read about him and he’s not, he’s not … he’s an Arab.” “No ma’am, McCain said, “He’s a decent family man, a citizen that I just have to have disagreements with on fundamental issues.” Later, after supporters voiced their surprise, he would not pander, saying: “He is a decent person and a person you do not have to be scared [of] as president. … I want everyone to be respectful, and let’s make sure we are. Because that’s the way politics should be conducted in America.” In recent years, McCain has grown more conservative as the Republican Party has lurched to the right. Yet he has continued to show his independence. When Donald Trump scorned McCain during the presidential primaries as not being a hero because he had been shot down, McCain did not take the bait. But he also did not sign up for the choir. When Trump’s “Access Hollywood” tape came out, McCain withdrew his endorsement, even though he was in the midst of a tough race for re-election. He stated the simple truth that Trump’s “demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults” rendered it “impossible to offer even conditional support,” and vowed to write in a “good conservative Republican” when he voted. McCain was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. Since then, he has repeatedly raised his voice to warn Americans against extremism. He voted against the Republican bill to repeal health care reform. As a man of the Senate, he was particularly agitated at the irregular procedures used to try to rush through what would have been a massive change impacting millions. He called for the Senate to return to “regular order.” He voted against the attempt to transform health care with only Republican votes for a bill that most senators had no time to read, with no hearings and no time for a full Congressional Budget Office estimate. Accepting the 2017 Liberty Medal this month, McCain called for Americans to stay true to the “ideals we have advanced around the globe,” and denounced as unpatriotic “half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems.” He did not name Donald Trump and his political assassin Steve Bannon, but he did not need to. McCain is not a saint. He knows how to throw a punch. This week, commenting on the Vietnam War, he made a fundamental point while putting the shiv in Donald Trump. “One aspect of the conflict … that I will never, ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest income level of America and the highest income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur,” he said. Trump, of course, took five deferments to avoid service in the war, the last of which was for a bone spur. A staunch conservative, McCain stands against much that I believe is vital to this country. He opposed health care reform and joined in the Senate obstruction of all things Obama. He supports the endless wars without victory in the Middle East, and voted for the invasion of Iraq, surely the worst debacle since Vietnam. He supports tax cuts for the rich and cutting services for the vulnerable. He opposes Medicare for All, tuition-free college, expanding Social Security, lifting the minimum wage and more. He is a patriot, not a progressive. His stance, however wrong-headed, is held without venom. We can agree to disagree. These disagreements on policy and on principle, however, do not erase the reality that John McCain is a man of the Republic, serving it with honor in the winter of his years. He deserves our gratitude and our respect.

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ALLDERDICE CELEBRATES its 2017 City League football championship after their 35-7 victory over SEAN UPSHUR of Allderdice was a big factor in the Dragons’ championship-winning victory over Brashear, Nov. 4. Brashear, Nov. 4. (Photos by Will McBride)

50 years later, history repeats itself as Allderdice wins City League title by Smokin’ Jim Frazier For New Pittsburgh Courier

In the year 1967, Lyndon B. Johnson was President of the United States, a gallon of gas cost 33 cents, the No. 1 Motown song was the Four Tops’ “Standing in the Shadow of Love,” and Taylor Allderdice High School won the City League football title. Fast forward 50 years later, and Saturday afternoon, Nov. 4, 2017 was the day when Allderdice won its next City League Championship. Worth the wait, the Dragons defeated the Brashear Bulls, 35-7, at Cupples Stadium. Allderdice senior receiver, Raquan “RayRay” Caldwell, had a game to remember. He wears Larry Fitzgerald’s number (11) and grew up idolizing Antonio Brown. But Caldwell continues to add to his own wide receiver legacy. Caldwell had 65 yards receiving and two touchdowns, and returned a punt of 51 yards for another touchdown. “We have been playing together since middle school and hard work pays off,” said Caldwell. “This is a great feeling for our team and our coaches. It’s a brotherhood and high school goes fast. I wanted to make sure we got one before I graduated.” Azi Humber’s 14-yard touchdown run and a Brandon Mauder kick gave Allderdice (7-4) an early 7-0 lead over Brashear (5-5). Caldwell opened the scoring in the second quarter when he returned a punt 51 yards for a touchdown. Mauder kicked the PAT and the Dragons extended their lead to 14-0.

Tyrell Minnifield’s 6-yard touchdown run gave Allderdice a 20-0 halftime lead. It only took about one half for Brashear to figure out it was going to have a hard time moving the ball in a

traditional running offense against Allderdice. “I remember coming in ninth grade. I wasn’t going to play football. I played behind the Jackson twins (James and Tim),” said All-

derdice quarterback Humber. “We all learned from the Fab Five and we feel unstoppable.” Allderdice came into the Pittsburgh City League championship playing its best football and the Dragons’ Green Steel defense flexed its muscle by holding the Bulls to only one first down and 21 yards in the first half. “Allderdice ran all day versus a three-man front and Brashear never did anything to prevent them from pulling their guards on counters,” said Ronell Stackhouse, a city league stats historian. “Caldwell and Humber are big-time players.” “Ray-Ray” Caldwell caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Humber and a Mauder kick extended Allderdice’s lead to 27-0. Later down 35-0, Brashear avoided a shut-

out when Daejon Brently caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Keshawn Towsond. Anthony Molinaro kicked the PAT. The list of NFL players from Allderdice includes: James “Big Cat” Williams, Russell Freeman, Curtis Martin, Will Clarke and Tyrique Jarrett. “Tyrique Jarrett and Will Clarke just texted me on social media,” said Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett. “I’m happy for my kids. We got good kids. Good in the classroom. Good in the community.” The Haslett brothers were football royalty a few decades ago, ferociously competitive guys. Jerry Haslett is one of the most grounded members of the coaching fraternity. “My father passed away this year. He was 83 years old,” said Haslett. “I know my father is watching.”

For more than a half-century, the Allderdice players had to hear about the 1967 championship team. Ever had someone come up to you and say, “there’s good news and bad news?” “I wanted them to win, but deep down inside, it was nice being the only team to do it,” said Lew Krause, quarterback of the 1967 Allderdice championship team. “(On November 10, 1967), we beat the great Westinghouse Bulldogs. Westinghouse won 30 championships in 33 years. 1967 was Allderdice’s first championship in 40 years.” The wait is over for coaches Dennis Robinson, Jay Slosky, Brad Hoffer, Mario Matson and Jerry Haslett. In the words of Jay Z, the Allderdice Dragons got 99 problems, but winning the City League Championship ain’t one.

COURIER EXCLUSIVE—Debbie Norrell’s Allderdice Newsletter, printed November 17, 1967

ALLDERDICE CHEERLEADERS celebrate their team’s first City League title since 1967.

PPS SUPERINTENDENT ANTHONY HAMLET presents the 2017 City League trophy to Allderdice head coach Jerry Haslett.


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Parents—What do you look for in a school for your child? by Atiya Irvin-Mitchell and Rob Taylor Jr. Courier Staff Writers

One of the most important and difficult decisions people make as parents is where and how to see their children educated. For some families it’s important that their children receive spiritu-

al grounding along with academics. Others look for an environment that could support children with special needs. Some people seek out diverse schools in hopes that their children will be accepted and learn acceptance. To Baltimore native-turned-Pittsburgh resident Rick Mason, a safe environment is of the utmost importance.

THE LITTLE ONES—Johnathan, Chandler, and Faith, children of Tracy Hall. Chandler, now in daycare, will be entering Kindergarten and grade school soon, and Hall wants to make sure his school of choice promotes the proper morals and values.

“As a parent I’d like my child to be in a school that has a healthy and positive learning environment. I’d also like school to be a place where my child felt safe,” he said. Mason added that schools with strong arts programs and dedicated staff would be appealing. Having invested teachers and a “fun” learning environment in his own experiences, he’d like to see that passed on. However, not all of his experiences were fun. “I did deal with a few race issues in high school and I’d hope my children wouldn’t have to deal with that,” he noted. Mason, who is African American, attended a predominantly-White school and encountered his share of microaggressions. “The issues I dealt with were as much socioeconomic as they were racial. In general, the racism I dealt with wasn’t overt,” he recalled. “It was a combination of backhanded comments that made it clear to me and the other Black students didn’t belong and inappropriate Black jokes that I believe were made because many of my classmates hadn’t

TRACY HALL, with daughter, Faith and son, Johnathan. Faith and Johnathan are both students at Praise Christian Academy, where the proper “morals and values” are stressed, according to Hall. spent much time of any around Black people.” For John Lozecki, safety was also a factor in choosing a school for his two young sons, but he also wanted a place that valued creativity as much as math and science. Pittsburgh Dilworth Traditional Academy in Highland Park fit the bill. “My sons’ school, Dil-

worth, has been a great fit. It is more than solid academically, but more than that they help students to be well-rounded young people,” Lozecki said. He would go on to add that his oldest son in third grade had taken classes ranging from animation to chess of his own volition. “My hope is that

through this kind of education he will be a well-rounded young man that is passionate about the things that he is interested in and because of these passions, loves learning and pursues it without being forced.” Then there’s Tracy Hall, a mother of three who has two children at SEE PARENTS PAGE 3

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I would like to welcome you to the New Pittsburgh Courier’s 2017 School Choice Guide. As the leading source for news and information relevant to the African American community in the Pittsburgh region, the New Pittsburgh Courier has a deep understanding of the needs of our community. It is that understanding that led to the publishing of this School Choice Guide. This special insert was created as an opportunity for local area schools to highlight the benefits

of their curriculum and reach a wide audience of potential enrollees. As you know, there are many educational options and our guide also serves as an aid for students and parents as they seek the best choices in public, charter, cyber and private schools for grades K-12. Our award-winning guide includes features and information on local schools, including a listing of more than 150 public, private, cyber and charter schools from across the region.

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Praise Christian Academy in North Versailles. “Not only are the academics important, but the morals and values that are being taught (at a school) are very important to me,” Hall told the New Pittsburgh Courier. “I believe that they need to hear that (proper morals and values) in the home as well as in school in order to survive the wilds of this world, and become productive adults someday,” Hall said. One of those traits? Honesty. “It’s very important to be honest about whatever it is that they are facing, and this is something I’m a stickler on. You’re able to handle things better if you’re honest rather than being deceitful or always telling lies. It always gets you in more trouble.” Hall told the Courier that when her daughter was in a previous school, “I felt the kids there had behaviors where moral values were just thrown


become aware of it out the window,” she when you see your said. “Every week I kids’ grades. That was getting a phone doesn’t happen at call from the printhis school. They are cipal because there on top of whatever’s was a group of girls going on,” Hall said. that started a lot of Andrea Barber trouble in the school. is a mother who is When I asked my heavily involved in daughter to seek her children’s eduhelp from the councation. She writes selor, the school told a letter introducme that my child ing herself to each was not able to see new teacher in the the counselor beschool that will be cause her behavior teaching her kids. wasn’t as bad as the “If they send a letother kids.” ter or E-mail back, She praised—no that’s a big indicapun intended— tor for me,” Barber Praise Christian said. “I know me Academy for their and that teacher ability to handle are going to have a issues quickly and good relationship. efficiently. “When This is going to be a there are any issues, good teacher that I they don’t ignore communicate with.” them. They contact Barber has three me and we discuss children—Camereither on the phone in, 11, Corey, 8, and or at the school. Cody, 4. Camerin Sometimes, you can attends a school find out later that North of Pittsburgh. something was going on in the class- ANDREA BARBER, mother of Camerin, far left, Corey, far right, and “I look at PSSA (Pennsylvania Sysroom, and you only Cody, front. Also pictured his Barber’s nephew, Landon, middle.

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tem of School Assessment) reports,” Barber said when choosing the right school. “I look at reading and math, because, Camerin is good at math but struggles at reading. Corey is good at reading but struggles at math.” Barber pays close attention to the school’s rating in those areas, and why ratings may fluctuate year-to-year. A 2003 graduate of Career Connections Charter School in Lawrenceville, Barber wants her children’s schools to prepare them for the real world, just like Career Connections did for her. “When we went every morning, we had to shake the principal’s hand, we had to say ‘yes sir’ ‘no sir’ ‘yes mam’ ‘no mam,’ we had to wear buttoned-up collar shirts. It was strict when we first started going there,” she said. “It prepared me for the real world. I didn’t realize it at the time, but now that I’m older, I really appreciate it.”



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The Big Man with a Big Message Steelers O-Lineman Chris Hubbard inspires Brashear High School students during visit by Rob Taylor Jr. and Gail Manker Courier Staff Writers

Students at Pittsburgh Brashear High School got to hear it straight from the professional football player’s mouth. Sure, Chris Hubbard is now a popular, highly-touted offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers. But he told a group of students that the road to who he is today wasn’t easy, and he had help from some positive influences along the way. “When I was a freshman in high school, I

was asking myself, ‘Do I really want to play football anymore?’” Hubbard told the students, Oct. 24. “My uncle pulled me aside and said, ‘Man you need to get out there and use your big frame,’ and that’s what I did, and that’s what made me go hard. He kept me grinding.” Hubbard, 26, was at Brashear in conjunction with 1Nation Mentoring, founded by Kevin McNair, a National Jefferson Award Winner and recipient of the Hill Community Development Corporation’s Emerging Pioneer in Education Award. After finishing Carver High School in Geor-

gia, Hubbard went to the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB). He admitted to the students in heartfelt fashion that college was tough to figure out, at the start. “My freshman year, I slacked off,” Hubbard said. “When I got to college I thought it was all about partying. I did a lot of partying…drinking…I wasn’t focused. When I did that, I got on academic probation.” His advice to the students entering college was succinct. “You can have fun but you got to know when you can do it. You gotta get your grades first before you do

PITTSBURGH STEELER CHRIS HUBBARD, with Brashear High School students during his visit to the school, Oct. 24. (Photos by Gail Manker) anything.” The Brashear students asked Hubbard a variety of questions, ranging from Hubbard’s love for Ben Roethlisberger—it’s immense—to what he wants to do after football. “I want to go back to UAB, then be a player rep, be around those guys, and motivate those

guys to do the right things as well. That’s my big thing (after football),” Hubbard said. Hubbard was asked what he does when he’s under pressure. “I always go to the big man upstairs, pray about it, that’s what comforts me,” he said. And if there were one

“When I got to college I thought it was all about partying. …You gotta get your grades first before you do anyting.” CHRIS HUBBARD Pittsburgh Steeler

thing he could change from his life before making it to the NFL? “I would change my attitude,” Hubbard told the students. “I thought I knew it all and I didn’t, and that’s when I had to get help from other people. I looked at things a lot differently than I do now.”



Reaching their fullest potential Courier Staff Writer

Shady Side Academy is no stranger to preparing students with the skills needed for success. With a long and rich history that spans back

to the late 1800s, the faculty stays committed to its mission to “challenge students to think expansively, act ethically and lead responsibly.” Bob Grandizio, Director of Admission for the Senior School, said that the curriculum is


“challenging and forward-thinking, and it encourages inquiry, self-determination, and creativity. We have four age-specific campuses with extraordinary resources, specifically designed to meet the needs of children in each life stage. Our new McIlroy Center for Science for Innovation, which will open at the Senior School next fall, will take science education to a whole new level and enhance what our students and teachers can do in the classroom, lab and beyond. Our outstanding college counseling team helps every student find his or her ‘best fit’ college, and we have 100 percent college matriculation rate.”


Shady Side Academy ‘challenges students to think expansively, act ethically and lead responsibly.’

Shady Side Academy, a rich history in Pittsburgh by Rob Taylor Jr.

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Grandizio said Shady Side Academy is always looking for new communities with which to connect. The school is a long-time partner of FAME (the Fund for Advancement of Minorities through Education), and

“we also recently added Judi Williams, Director of Equity, Inclusion and Community Relations to our staff to aid in our efforts to partner with as many communities in the region as possible.” Grandizio

also said Shady Side Academy has a schoolwide day of service on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day “where students, teachers and parents work together on various projects throughout Pittsburgh.”


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The Table of Dreams

A new interactive table at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Homewood branch will help kids ‘learn to fly’ by Rob Taylor Jr. Courier Staff Writer

Call it the table of opportunity, the table of growth, the table of dreams. The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Homewood branch is home to many African American children who are busy learning new ideas and concepts, while studying for school or browsing the Internet. Now, the kids get an interactive table dedicated to learning vocabulary and communication, spoken by Homewood residents themselves. The Take Flight Woosh! Table was enacted by visual artist Greg Garay. New York-based educator Alexis Garay and Pittsburgh native Shimira Williams also were instrumental in seeing this

interactive artwork come to fruition. The table has images of various Homewood landmarks, such as the Afro American Music Institute, and Williams told the New Pittsburgh Courier the many inspiring words on the table— dream, grow, fly, and others—do more than just remain dormant. Connected to the table are flash cards, with the corresponding words like dream, grow, and fly. When a child places a flash card with the word “Fly” on it onto the table on top of the word “Fly” that’s on the table, the card instantly begins speaking. The audio one hears is a member of the Homewood community. It could be a librarian, community activist, or more. But all the voices that were recorded for the table are local neigh-

borhood voices, not someone from another city or even country. Notables included on the recordings and in overall contributions to the project are Cynthia Battle, Robert Davis, Yolanda Ferguson, Denise Graham, Lawanda Long, Pamela Johnson, John Welch and Avanna McCord. “I grew up on Hamilton Avenue. I have gone to other countries, I’ve gone away to college. The neighborhood you grow up in doesn’t limit the possibilities of what you can achieve” was Williams’ message to the kids at the table’s unveiling, Nov. 1 at the Homewood Library. “You don’t know as a child that you live in a bad neighborhood until an adult tells you that you live in a bad SEE DREAMS PAGE 9



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KIDS will have ample opportunity to interact with the new “Whoosh!” table at the Homewood Library. (Photo by Renee Rosensteel)

THE TAKE FLIGHT TEAM—From left; Alexis Garay, visual artist Greg Garay, and Homewood native Shimira Williams. (Photo by J.E. Gamble)


week for five consecutive weeks, at locations such as the Kingsley Association, Homewood Library, and Family Support System. The exact locations can be found on their website, “Buzzword is just as much for the children as well as the families and community,” Laidlaw told the Courier. “Build-

neighborhood and that you can’t achieve something,” Williams told the Courier exclusively. “But until then you have all these possibilities and we wanted these kids to know that.” The artwork was made possible by the support of PNC Grow Up Great, and was commissioned

by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Buzzword Pittsburgh, with technical assistance by the Office of Public Art. Buzzword Pittsburgh is an initiative that helps children from birth to 5 years old learn vocabulary and introduce them to different arts and sciences. Seth Laidlaw, program manager for

the Cultural Trust who also oversees Buzzword Pittsburgh, said the organization travels to a number of community locations, offering their services free of charge to any child and/or parent who wants to put the fun in learning. Starting in January 2018, Buzzword Pittsburgh will meet each

ing vocabulary and engaging in conversations with your families. We try to provide those easy connections.” Call it the table of dreams, the table of connections, the table of achieving. Williams, a technologist and early childhood learning specialist from Homewood, wants to make sure the

next generation in her native community knows there are no limits. “We wanted kids to know that just because you were from Homewood doesn’t mean that was your position forever,” Williams said. “Just like birds take flight, you can take flight and go on to soar and do whatever you dream to do.”


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Caring and committed instruction, personalized learning, memorable experiences define Propel education For 15 years, Propel Schools has been transforming the lives of children through innovative, student-centered learning. When Propel opened its doors in the basement of the old Homestead hospital in 2003, founders had a vision of operating high-performing public schools and providing choices to families who might not otherwise have them. Now serving 4,000 students in 13 schools, Propel is the largest public charter school system in Allegheny County and one of the fastest growing in the country. Propel gives students in grades K-12 the support they need to thrive in school and beyond, including a personalized learning environment, access to cutting-edge technology and smaller class sizes. Staff are students’ biggest advocates. Every Propel family has caring and committed staff supporting the student’s educational journey. Educators’ diverse backgrounds and their passion for educa-

tion and social justice create an everlasting impact. Every Propel student is exposed to a wide range of memorable and meaningful experiences in school and the broader community. Students are inspired, find their self-identity and build stronger bonds with their peers through STEAM Integration (science, technology, engineering, art and math) and the Creative Arts program. Propel integrates STEAM learning into all classrooms. Educators across different core subjects work together to plan and teach projects. These projects build on students’ interests while encouraging them to explore new subjects. This STEAM integration is an essential part of students’ K-12 classroom experience as they learn to apply technology and partner with more than 40 local professional organizations. Propel strives to provide diverse programming to close the experience gap by

exposing students to a variety of experiences. The Creative Arts program brings professionals in the fields of musical theater, dance, martial arts, media and physical education into classrooms for 12-week trimesters. Propel has expanded its education-based athletic program to offer opportunities in interscholastic competition to all Propel students in grades 6-12 through Propel Athletics. Basketball, bowling, cheerleading, track and field and volleyball are offered at the high school level, while the Propel Middle School League includes basketball, track and field and volleyball. To learn more, visit the Propel Athletics website ( athletics/). Propel also launched the Extraordinary Opportunities program for high school students to design unique experiences based on their personal interests. These fully funded capstone experiences may range from an overseas trip to learn about

different cultures to leadership conferences at top universities, to summer-long adventure trips. Some of the best learning, Propel officials point out, can take place furthest from students’ comfort zones. In addition, Student Enterprise at Propel is an opportunity for young aspiring entrepreneurs to gain the skills and confidence to transform their ideas into real, viable businesses. Through this new program, students build on existing entrepreneurial foundations at Propel schools and begin new ventures as well. They partner with local businesses and community members to learn what it takes to organize enterprise activities, pitch business plans and become future leaders. Overcoming obstacles is the expectation at Propel, and student success stories remind staff every day why they do what they do. *Propel

students are 26 percent more likely to be at or above the grade level of their peers in district schools. Ninety percent of Propel students graduate, and the Beyond Propel program works to increase postsecondary success by connecting students to mentors, scheduling college visits and assisting with admission and financial aid application submissions. New this year: •Propel Montour Middle School and Propel Montour High School opened in McKees Rocks, providing additional learning opportunities for students. •All Propel students receive free breakfast and lunch at school, regardless of whether they are among the 80 percent of Propel students eligible for the federal free or reduced cost meal program. •Propel Partners in Wellness, which offers mental wellness programming, activities and resources for stu-

dents, families and staff, continues to grow. PPIW includes dedicated atschool mental wellness support, family engagement and staff professional development. The vibrant, supportive culture and innovative programming make Propel unique, and families are encouraged to come see for themselves. To schedule a tour of any of Propel’s 13 schools, call 412-3257305. Propel Schools is a network of public charter schools open to all families in Allegheny County at no additional cost. Previous academic achievement, demographics and income level are not considered in the lottery-based enrollment process. To apply for the 20182019 school year, go to apply. For more information, email enrollment@

*Based on 2016 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment scores



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(Photos by Gail Manker)

Welcome to the Good Games

United Way event promotes physical fitness, good health for Pittsburgh-area youth

with Highmark Stadium on the South Side all to themselves, having fun, Courier Staff Writer getting exercise, and… In a world that’s be- having more fun? The first-ever Games coming more reliant on non-physical hobbies For Good event served

LINC (Leading. Impact. Network. Change.) committee will continue to place a focus on helping local kids. “United Way’s NextGen/L.I.N.C. committee

as the kickoff to United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s annual campaign. As part of its 2017 campaign, United Way, according to a press release, will engage more young professionals to give their time and talent. Specifically, United Way’s Next Generation/

is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of local kids. That’s why 22 young professionals led the planning of Games For Good,” said Shawn Robinson, United Way’s Next Generation/L.I.N.C. cochair. “Healthier nutrition and physical activi-

by Rob Taylor Jr.

like playing on smartphones and video games, the United Way recently hosted some Games For Good. Good for promoting physical fitness, good for promoting healthy eating. How about 800 local youth, joined by 500 young professionals,

ty play a critical role in child development and can have a big impact on school success. We are so excited to see 500 young professional volunteers come out to influence our next generation of leaders—teaching them the importance of eating healthy, showing them

how fun exercise and physical activity can be, and helping them learn about how healthy bodies can lead to healthy minds.” Games For Good, held in mid-September, was presented by First National Bank. United Way announced a five-

year strategy for its United for Children initiative in 2015 and continues to make strides to help local children. United Way continuously expresses that good health positively impacts a child’s education, mental health and social skills.

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Dear Pittsburgh Public Schools parent…

Your child’s school years will be filled with ways to grow and achieve academically and socially. It’s all part of learning to become a young adult who builds upon his or her accomplishments and life experiences to achieve great things. That’s what we all want for every PPS student. But, has your child ever come home with a tale of a classmate whose misbehavior disrupted instruction and learning? Or, perhaps you’ve worked to help modify your own child’s behavior. As parents and educators, we learn quickly that children respond to validation and affirmation of what they do right. They seek our approval, and it’s our job to “accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative,” just like the old song by Harold Arlan and Johnny Mercer says. Reinforce your child’s positive deeds and qualities with enthusiasm and encouragement, and your

child will recognize the value of positive actions. The positive school culture we promote at Pittsburgh Public Schools is one more reason you can have faith in the teaching standards we uphold. With five designated Community Schools and expanded Restorative

Practices in 10 schools, we emphasize achievement for all students and proactive supports and interventions for students experiencing academic or behavioral challenges. Our Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) has key behavioral supports for teachers, includ-

ing Restorative Practices, the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Program, and the Student Assistance Program (SAP). These research-based tools—which utilize data, coaching and collaboration—take a comprehensive approach to meeting the academic, social, emotional and behavioral development needs of students. Our goal is to provide many levels of sup-

port for all learners, from advanced to struggling.   The school-wide PBIS program includes everyone,  students and staff. We emphasize teaching expectations and positive reinforcement because we know that students will succeed when offered informative corrective feedback and pro-social skills. Teachers take preventative and responsive approaches to promote good

behavior in classrooms, small groups, or with a few students who need intensified supports. This strategy helps to decrease disruptions, increase instructional time, and improve student social behavior and academic outcomes. It’s what we want for all our children, as we help them to invest in their future. Sincerely, Anthony Hamlet, Ed.D PPS Superintendent

PPS SUPERINTENDENT ANTHONY HAMLET at Pittsburgh Westwood K-5. (Photos by Jason Cohn for PPS) PPS SUPERINTENDENT ANTHONY HAMLET at Pittsburgh Manchester PreK-8.

‘What can we do to better serve our kids?’ It’s a question Environmental Charter School continuously strives to answer by Rob Taylor Jr. Courier Staff Writer

Natural is the “world around us.” Social is “our relationships with one another.” Built is “our community.” That’s the primary focus of Environmental Charter School. “ECS combines the academic rigor of the best public schools with a multi-disciplinary, ‘out-the-door’ learning approach rooted in real world problems that builds active, engaged, empathic citizens,” said Nikole Sheaffer, Director of Innovation,

Communications, and Outreach for ECS. “Since our organizing principle at ECS is that all systems are connected, the problems classes grapple with are addressed across every discipline to help students develop an integrated perspective to problem solving. A problem tackled in science class is investigated in one of our outdoor experiences and is debated in our cultural literacy classes. We encourage ‘out-the-door’ education in places like woods and streams and community centers, because working through problems in and

outside the classroom builds greater understanding of and connection to the world.” Sheaffer said families choose ECS “because of the focus on strong relationships between and among students and teachers, and the focus on development of the whole child.” She also said that teachers “loop” with students for two to three years, “allowing connections and academic progress to grow as students develop.” Jaleah Robinson, assistant principal of the Upper School at ECS, said that “one of the things I appreciate most about

our school community is that we regularly ask the question, ‘what can we do to better serve our kids?’ We don’t get it all right all the time—no one does—

but what makes ECS special is that we not only believe all students have a right to an educational experience that uplifts and prepares them to

take the next step, but we’re also actively working to respond meaningfully to the diverse needs and backgrounds of all of our students.”




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New Pittsburgh Courier list of schools DISTRICT INFORMATION Allegheny Valley School District Communities Served: Cheswick and Springdale Boroughs, Harmar and Springdale Townships Levels: K-12 Avonworth School District Communities Served: Ben Avon, Ben Avon Heights and Emsworth Boroughs, Kilbuck and Ohio Townships Levels: K-12 http://www.avonworth.k12. Baldwin-Whitehall School District Communities Served: Baldwin and Whitehall Boroughs and Baldwin Township Levels: K-12 Bethel Park School District Communities Served: Municipality of Bethel Park Levels: K-12 Brentwood Borough School District Communities Served: Brentwood Borough Levels: K-12 Carlynton School District Communities Served: Carnegie, Crafton and Rosslyn Farms Boroughs Levels: K-12 Chartiers Valley School District Communities Served: Bridgeville and Heidelberg Boroughs, Collier and Scott Townships Levels: K-12 Clairton City School District Communities Served: Clairton City Levels: K-12 Cornell School District Communities Served: Coraopolis Borough and Neville Township Levels: K-12 Deer Lakes School District Communities Served: East

Deer, Frazer and West Deer Townships Levels: K-12 Duquesne City School District Communities Served: Duquesne City Levels: K-6 East Allegheny School District Communities Served: East McKeesport, Wall and Wilmerding Boroughs; North Versailles Township Levels: K-12 Elizabeth Forward School District Communities Served: Elizabeth Borough, Elizabeth and Forward Townships Levels: K-12 Fox Chapel Area School District Communities Served: Aspinwall, Blawnox, Fox Chapel and Sharpsburg Boroughs; Indiana and O’Hara Townships Levels: K-12 Gateway School District Communities Served: Municipality of Monroeville and Pitcairn Borough Levels: K-12 Hampton Township School District Communities Served: Hampton Township Levels: K-12 Highlands School District Communities Served: Brackenridge and Tarentum Boroughs, Harrison and Fawn Townships Levels: K-12 Keystone Oaks School District Communities Served: Castle Shannon, Dormont, Green Tree Boroughs Levels: K-12 Enrollment: 1,880 McKeesport Area School District Communities Served: Dravosburg, Versailles and White

Oak Boroughs; City of McKeesport; and South Versailles Township Levels: K-12 Montour School District Communities Served: Ingram, Pennsbury and Thornburg Boroughs; Kennedy and RobinsonTownships Levels: K-12 http://www.montourschools. com Moon Area School District Communities Served: Moon and Cresent Townships Levels: K-12 Mt. Lebanon School District Communities Served: Mt. Lebanon Levels: K-12 North Allegheny School District Communities Served: Bradford Woods and Franklin Park Boroughs, Marshall Township and Town of McCandless Levels: K-12 http://www. northallegheny. org North Hills School District Communities Served: West View Borough and Ross Township Levels: K-12 http://www. Northgate School District Communities Served: Avalon and Bellevue Boroughs Levels: K-12 http://www. northgate.k12. Penn Hills School District Communities Served: Municipality of Penn Hills Levels: K-12 http://www.

Pine-Richland School District Communities Served: Pine and Richland Townships Levels: K - 12 Pittsburgh Public Schools Communities Served: City of Pittsburgh Levels: K-12 Plum Borough School District Communities Served: Plum Borough Levels: K-12 Quaker Valley School District Communities Served: Bell A , , n , Haysville, Leetsdale, Osborne, Sewickley, Sewickley Heights and Sewickley Hills Boroughs; Aleppo and Leet Townships Levels: K-12 Riverview School District

Communities Served: Oakmont and Verona Boroughs Levels: K-12 Shaler Area School District Communities Served: Etna and Millvale Boroughs, Reserve and Shaler Townships, Glenshaw Levels: K-12 South Allegheny School District Communities Served: Glassport, Liberty, Lincoln and Port Vue Boroughs Levels: K-12 South Fayette Township School District Communities Served: South Fayette Township Levels: K-12 South Park School District Communities Served: South SEE LIST PAGE 14


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Park Township Levels: K-12 Steel Valley School District Communities Served: Homestead, Munhall and West Homestead Boroughs Levels: K-12 Sto-Rox School District Communities Served: McKees Rocks Borough and Stowe Township Levels: K-12 Upper St. Clair School District Communities Served: Upper St. Clair Township Levels: K-12 West Allegheny School District Communities Served: Findlay and North Fayette Townships, Oakdale Borough Levels: K-12 West Jefferson Hills School District Communities Served: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills and West Elizabeth Boroughs Levels: K-12 West Mifflin Area School District Communities Served: West Mifflin n i Levels: K-12 Wilkinsburg School District Communities Served: Wilkinsburg Levels: Pre-K-6 http://www.wilkinsburgschools. org/ Woodland Hills School District Communities Served: Braddock, Braddock Hills, Chalfant, Churchill, East Pittsburgh, Edgewood, Forest Hills, North Braddock, Rankin, Swissvale and Turtle Creek Boroughs; and Wilkins Township Levels: K-12 NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS PROGRAM PAROCHIAL & PRIVATE SCHOOLS Private Schools—Eastern Area Beulah Christian Preschool Grades: P-K


2500 McCrady Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15235 Phone: 412-242-4424 CCAC Boyce CDC Grades: Pre K-K 595 Beatty Road, Monroeville, PA. 15146 Phone: 724-325-6677 Christ Lutheran School Grades: Pre - 3 -8 400 Barclay Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. 15221 Phone: 412-271-7173 East Catholic Grades: K-8 2001 Ardmore Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA. 15221 Phone: 412-351-5403 Faith Christian School Grades: K-12 801 Thompson Street, Turtle Creek, PA. 15145 Phone: 412-825-7455 Greater Works Academy Grades: K-12 301 College Park Drive, Monroeville, PA. 15146 Phone: 724-327-6500 Learning Tree, The V Grades: K 2566 Haymaker Road, Monroeville, PA. 15146 Phone: 412-372-2744 North American Martyrs School Grades: K-6 2526 Haymaker Road, Monroeville, PA. 15146 Phone: 412-373-0889 Pittsburgh Urban Christian Grades: K-8 809 Center Street, Pittsburgh, PA. 15221 Phone: 412-244-1779 Praise Christian Academy Grades: K-8 245 Foster Road, North Versailles, PA. 15137 Phone: 412-829-0400 Redeemer Lutheran Grades: Pre - 6 700 Idaho Ave, Verona, PA. 15147 Phone: 412-828-9323 Shady Side Academy (Junior School) Grades: PK-5 400 South Braddock Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. 152213215 Phone: 412-473-4400 St. Bartholomew School Grades: Pre -8 111 Erhardt Drive, Pittsburgh, PA. 15235 Phone: 412-242-2511 St. Bernadette School Grades: Pre- K -8

245 Azalea Drive, Monroeville, PA. 15146 Phone: 412-372-7255 St. Joseph School Grades: K-8 825 Second Avenue, Verona, PA. 15147 Phone: 412-828-7213 Sister Thea Bowman Catholic Academy Grades: K-8 721 Rebecca Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. 15221 Phone: 412-242-3515 Trinity Christian School Grades: K-12 299 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. 15221 Phone: 412-242-8886 Private Schools––Northern Area Aquinas Academy Grades: K-12 2308 West Hardies Road, Gibsonia, PA. 15044 Phone: 724-444-0722 Assumption School Grades: K- 8 35 North Jackson Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. 15202 Phone: 412-761-788 Blessed Sacrament School Grades: K-8 800 Montana Avenue, Natrona Heights, PA. 15065 Phone: 724-226-2345 CCAC North Child Development Center Grades: P-K 8701 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA. 15237 Phone: 412-369-3722 Cheswick Christian School Grades: Pre - 12 1407 Pittsburgh Street, Cheswick, PA. 15024 Phone: 724-274-4846 Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy Grades: 1-8 205 Brilliant Street, Pittsburgh, PA. 15215 Phone: 412-781-7927 Community Child Development Center Grades: P-K K 400 Center Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. 15215 Phone: 412-781-2204 Eden Christian Academy-B Grades: P-8 206 Seibert Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15237 Phone: 412-364-8055 Eden Christian Academy-W Grades: Pre-5 12121 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA. 15090


Phone: 724-935-9301 Fox Chapel Country Day Grades: PK-5 620 Squaw Run Road East, Pittsburgh, PA. 15238 Phone: 412-963-8644 Montessori Centre Academy 1014 William Flynn Highway, Glenshaw, PA. 15116 Phone: 412-486-6239 Montessori Children’s Community Grades: Pre - 6 474 Chadwick Street, Sewickley, PA. 15143 Phone: 412-741-8982 Mt. Alvernia High School Grades: 9-12 146 Hawthorne Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15209 Phone: 412-821-3858 Mt. Nazareth Center Grades: P-K 285 Bellevue Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15229 Phone: 412-931-9761 North Pittsburgh Child’s House 5031 Oakview Drive, Gibsonia, PA. 15044 Phone: 724-444-0480 Providence Heights Alpha School Grades: 1-8 9000 Babcock Boulevard, Allison Park, PA. 15101 Phone: 412-366-4455 Royal Oak Nursery 4413 Mt. Royal Boulevard, Allison Park, PA. 15101 Phone: 412-487-1668 Sewickley Academy Grades: Pre -K-12 315 Academy Avenue, Sewickley, PA. 15143 Phone: 412-741-2230 Shady Side Academy (Middle School) Grades: 6-8 500 Squaw Run Road East, Pittsburgh, PA. 15238 Phone: 412-968-3100 Shady Side Academy (Senior School) Grades: 9-12 423 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15238 Phone: 412-968-3000 St. Alexis School Grades: P-K, 1-8 10090 Old Perry Highway RD#1, Wexford, PA. 15090 Phone: 724-935-3940 St. Alphonsus School Grades: K -8 201 Church Road, Wexford, PA. 15090 Phone: 724-935-1152

St. Bonaventure School Grades: pre -K- 8 2001 Mt. Royal Boulevard, Glenshaw, PA. 15116 Phone: 412-486-2608 St. James School Grades: K-8 201 Broad Street, Sewickley, PA. 15143 Phone: 412-741-5540 St. Joseph High School Grades: 9-12 800 Montana, Natrona, PA. 15065 Phone: 724-224-5552 St. Mary School Grades: Pre -K-8 2510 Middle Road, Glenshaw, PA. 15116 Phone: 412-486-7611 St. Sebastian School Grades: K-8 307 Siebert Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15237 Phone: 412-364-7171 St. Teresa of Avila School Grades: Pre K -8 800 Avila Court, Pittsburgh, PA. 15237 Phone: 412-367-9001 St. Ursula School Grades: Pre - K- 8 3937 Kirk Avenue, Allison Park, PA. 15101 Phone: 412-486-5511 The Glen Montessori Grades: P-K 500 Huntingdon Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. 15202 Phone: 412-766-3815 TLC Child Development Center 8801 Peebles Road, Allison Park, PA. 15101 Phone: 412-635-0785 UPMC The Children’s House 9100 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA. 15237 Phone: 412-367-6879 Vincentian Academy Grades: 9-12 Peebles & McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15237 Phone: 412-364-1616 Western Pa Montessori Grades: P-K 2379 Wyland Avenue, Allison Park, PA. 15101 Phone: 412-487-2700 Winchester Thurston North Campus Grades: K-5 4225 Middle Road, Allison Park, PA. 15101 Phone: 412-486-8341 SEE LIST PAGE 15



PRIVATE SCHOOLS— SOUTH AREA ABC’s for Children 1630 Greentree Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15220 Phone: 412-344-4422 Calvary Baptist Church Grades: Pre- K 120 Anborn Drive, West Mifflin, PA. 15122 Phone: 412-461-6211 Hillcrest Christian School Grades: Pre -K- 8 2500 Bethel Church Road, Bethel Park, PA. 15102 Phone: 412-854-4040 Holy Trinity School Grades: Pre- K 1-8 5720 Steubenville Pike, McKees Rocks, PA. 15136-1311 Phone: 412-787-2656 Jubilee Christian Grades: K-6 255 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15216 Phone: 412-561-5917 Mon Yough Catholic School Grades: P-8 1640 Fawcett Avenue, McKeesport, PA. 15131 Phone: 412-672-2360 Montessori Early Childhood Grades: P-K 2400 Old Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15241 Phone: 412-881-1566 Mt. Lebanon Montessori Grades: Pre - K -6 550 Sleepy Hollow Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15228 Phone: 412-563-2858 Serra High School Grades: 9-12 200 Hershey Drive, McKeesport, PA. 15132-7400 Phone: 412-751-2020 Seton-LaSalle High School Grades: 9-12 1000 McNeilly Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15226 Phone: 412-561-3583 St. Agnes School Grades: Pre-K -8 653 St. Agnes Lane, West Mifflin, PA. 15122 Phone: 412-466-6238 St. Anne School Grades: K-8 4040 Willow Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. 15234 Phone: 412-561-7720 St. Bernard School Grades: K-8 401 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15216 Phone: 412-341-5444 St. Elizabeth School


Grades: P-8 Grove Place, Pittsburgh, PA. 15236 Phone: 412-881-2958 St. Gabriel School Grades: K-8 5200 Greenridge Drive, Pittsburgh, PA. 15236 Phone: 412-882-3353 St. John the Baptist School Grades: K-8 418 Unity-Center Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15239 Phone: 412-793-0555 St. Louise deMarillac School Grades: K - 8 310 McMurray Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15241 Phone: 412-835-0600 St. Margaret School Grades: 1-8 915 Alice Street, Pittsburgh, PA. 15220 Phone: 412-922-4765 St. Sylvester School Grades: Pre - K- 3 - 8 30 West Willock Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15227 Phone: 412-882-9900 St. Therese School Grades: Pre - K- 8 3 St. Therese Court, Munhall, PA. 15120 Phone: 412-462-8163 St. Thomas More School Grades: Pre - 8 134 Fort Couch Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15241 Phone: 412-833-1412 Three Hierarchs East Orthodox Grades: Pre-3 123 Gilkeson Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15228 Phone: 412-851-7279 Walnut Grove Christian Academy Grades: K-7 44 Adams Avenue, West Mifflin, PA. 15122 Phone: 412-469-3280 Wesley Academy Grades: 6-12 243 Johnston Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15241 Phone: 412-833-6444 Wilson Christian Academy Grades: Pre -K-12 1900 Clairton Road, West Mifflin, PA. 15122 Phone: 412-466-1919 Private Schools-West Area Carol Leone CC & Development Center 551 Thorn Run Road, Coraopolis, PA. 15108 Phone: 412-264-0633 Crafton Children’s Center

Grades: P-K 600 Hamilton Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15205 Phone: 412-561-5502 Holy Child Catholic School Grades: Pre-K-8 220 Station Street, Bridgeville, PA. 15017 Phone: 412-221-4720 Noah’s Ark Grades: K 405 Frederick Avenue, Sewickley, PA. 15143 Phone: 412-741-5231 Our Lady of Grace School Grades: P-8 1734 Bower Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15243 Phone: 412-279-6611 Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School Grades: 9-12 1504 Woodcrest Avenue, Coraopolis, PA. 15108 Phone: 412-264-5140 Pumpkin Patch Preschool Grades: Pre -K 601 Flaugherty Run Road, Coraopolis, PA. 15108 Phone: 412-269-0525 Rhema Christian School Grades: Pre- K -8 1301 Coraopolis Heights Road, Moon Township, PA. 15108 Phone: 412-269-9555 Robinson Township Christian Grades: Pre - 12 77 Phillips Lane, McKees Rocks, PA. 15136 Phone: 412-787-5919 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School Grades: K-8 316 Third Avenue, Carnegie, PA. 15106 Phone: 412-276-4366 St. Malachy School Grades: Pre -K-8 343 Forest Grove Road, Coraopolis, PA. 15108 Phone: 412-771-4545 St. Philip School Grades: Pre - K-8 50 West Crafton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. 15205 Phone: 412-928-2742 PRIVATE SCHOOLS— CITY AREA Bishop Canevin High School Grades: 9-12 2700 Morange Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15205 Phone: 412-208-3400 Central Catholic High School Grades: 9-12

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4720 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. 15213 Phone: 412-208-3400 The Ellis School Grades: Pre-K-12 6425 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. 15206 Phone:412-661-5992 Falk School Laboratory School Grades: K-8 4060 Aliquippa Street, Pittsburgh, PA. 15261 Phone: 412-624-8020 Oakland Catholic Grades: 9-12 144 North Craig Street, Pittsburgh, PA. 15213 Phone: 412-682-6633 Winchester Thurston School Grades: Pre-K-12 555 Moorewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. 15213 Phone:412-578-7500 CHARTER SCHOOLS Academy Charter School Levels: 9-12 City Charter High School Levels: 9-12 Environmental Charter School Levels: K-6 Manchester Academic Charter School Levels: K-8 Neighborhood Academy Charter School Levels: 6-12 Propel Charter School Levels: K-12 Urban Academy of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School Levels: K-5 Urban Pathways K-5 Charter School Levels: K-5 Urban Pathways 6-12 Charter School Levels: 6-12 CYBER SCHOOLS 21st Century Cyber Charter School Levels: 6-12 Achievement House Cyber Charter School


Levels: 7-12 ACT Academy Cyber Charter School Levels: 9-12 Agora Cyber Charter School Levels: K-12 Aspira Bilingual Cyber Charter School Levels: K-12 Central PA Digital Learning Foundation Charter School Levels: K-12 Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School Levels: K-12 Esperanza Cyber Charter School Levels: K-12 Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School Levels: K-12 Pennsylvania Distance Learning Charter School Levels: K-12 Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School Levels: K-12 Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School Levels: K-12 SusQ-Cyber Charter School Levels: 9-12 (This list was compiled with information from the Allegheny County Intermediate Unit, the Pennsylvania Department of Education,, noodle. com and the Popular Pittsburgh Websites. This is not a comprehensive listing.)


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