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Posted March 27, 2012 by Tom Zeller Jr. of The Huffington Post "When Rashad Byrdsong looks out at the grim tableau of multigenerational black poverty that afflicts his native Pittsburgh, he doesn't see an economic problem. Rather, Byrdsong -- the founder of Community Empowerment Association, Inc., a nonprofit community development organization serving some of the tougher neighborhoods of eastern Pittsburgh -- sees a threat to public health. From street violence, single motherhood and...
PIRC convened close to 100 African-American males to the Federal Courthouse; their next stop is the federal prison! Many of you know that the PIRC Program of Pittsburgh summoned close to 100 African American young males that are on probation or parole to the Federal Courthouse-not to offer the "carrot-and-stick" approach that was described by officials (Pittsburgh Post Gazette dated July 6, 2009). Instead, this group of individuals was extended an invitation to the Federal prison system based...
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Councilman Ricky Burgess recently announced the Pittsburgh Initiative to Reduce Crime (PIRC) to implement a crime reduction strategy aimed at reducing violence among youth. Although their well-intended commitment to crime reduction is admirable, over the long run, they are in for serious disappointments. A majority of the U.S. cities, which adopted this initiative, have focused on measuring the "success" rate based on short-term periods when many of the...
Pittsburgh, PA. March 13, 2009. State, county, and local priorities for use of the Stimulus Funds over the next two years will be examined at the Community Forum entitled "Speak Truth to Power: Does the Stimulus Plan Truly Help the Black Community?" The Forum will be held at the Pittsburgh Schenley School (formerly Reizenstein) this Saturday, March 14, 2009 from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m. Invited panelist guest include legislators and elected officials. The public is welcome. "We have been...
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