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The core belief of Community Empowerment Association is simple: Healthy Black Communities equals Healthy Black Families. In our not so distant past, a Healthy Black Community was comprised of strong institutions - schools, libraries, nearby hospitals, social clubs, available financial credit and resources, recreational activities, active faith based organizations, affordable housing stock, and local businesses. In these communities, children were the centerpiece of cultural, educational,...
The Community Empowerment Association, an organization working to strengthen the Homewood Brushton area through housing, education and family support programs, has experienced two serious setbacks in recent months. However, Rashad Byrdsong, the organization's founder, sees bdth obstacles as a chance to focus dialogue on issues important to the community CEA serves. CEA's trouble began when they learned the building they operate from would be sold to another organization. They received a...
The Community Empowerment Association recently released a document containing proposed solutions to violence in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. This document categorizes violence as a social disease and therefore addresses it from a public health perspective. "When we look at these violent diseases we have to look at where it's coming from," CEA President Rashad Byrdsong said. "Go back and look and see what were some of the social, political, economic indicators that led up to that young...
Joined by about 30 of his employees, Community Empowerment Association founder Rashad Byrdsong stopped cars, blocked intersections and called for more Black jobs during a vocal protest at the Target store construction site in East Liberty. "We demand Target immediately begin to invest in workforce development and training for community residents by partnering with those community-based agencies that have experience and rapport with the community that it serves," he shouted through a...
Rashad Byrdsong doesn't like to talk about how long he has been trying to combat street violence, because he's been at it for more than a decade. But following the shooting that took place outside an August 14 midget football game in Homewood, the founder of the Community Empowerment Association has redoubled his efforts and is working to create what he calls a Peace Alliance Network. "We've been at this for years, there have been vigils and marches, yet the violence is still here," he...