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Announcement on PaHouse.net - Pennsylvania now recognizes June 7th in honor of the Community Empowerment Association as CEA Day! "The state House of Representatives today unanimously adopted my (Rep. Ed Gainey) resolution (H.R. 878) that recognizes June 7, 2014 as CEA Day in Pennsylvania. June 7 is the 20th anniversary for the Community Empowerment Association or "CEA," a vital and critical resource for the communities and neighborhoods throughout the city of Pittsburgh..." Read...
In early spring of 2013, the Leadership & Sustainability Institute for Black Male Achievement - "a national membership network that seeke to ensure the growth, sustainability, and impact of leaders and organizations across public, privates & nonprofit sectors committed to improving the life outcomes of black men & boys through systemic change" - recognizes leaders across the country who "have shown tangible results in improving the life outcomes of black men & boys and who also have the passion...
In an efforty to address a recent increase in gun violence in Pittsburgh Homewood neighborhood, Rashad Byrdsong, CEA of the Community Empowerment Association, called an emergency meeting for stakeholders, officials, residents and community leaders, and was disappointed with the response. "I equate this to a natural disaster where foundations, non-profits and agencies like FEMA come together. There have been 30 shootings and seven homicides in Homewood in just two months-not the year," he...
A City Council open forum was held on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013, at which community members "voiced their concerns about police misconduct,... lack of diversity on the police force, racial profiling and overly aggressive policing in communities with high crime rates," Liz Reid (90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh's NPR News Station. Mr. Rashad Byrdsong was in attendence at this open forum and voiced his perspective and proposed solutions on the matter: “These type of shootings, homicide, crimes,...
(15 MARCH 1965) by Garth E. Pauley, associate professor at Calvin College President Lyndon Johnson's voting rights speech of March 15, 1965, is considered a landmark of U.S. oratory. It is reprinted or excerpted in nearly every anthology that chronicles the "great moments" or "great issues" of American history. Leading scholars of American oratory have ranked Johnson's speech as one of the top ten American speeches of the twentieth century.[1] Even so, it is not unreasonable to ask,...
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