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An Open Letter to Black Elected Officials,The Development Of A SOCIAL,CULTURE, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC MANDATE FOR BLACK PITTSBURGH!

I would like to congratulate you for a great job in bringing Black Pittsburgh together in these community forums. The unification of these collective formations is critical during the age of Trump. I would like to bring to your attention and I am sure that you are aware that there continues to be exclusion of Black People on major economic development projects in Pittsburgh.

Per this article it's a reminder that there are still some deep seated disparities and racial issues that still need to be addressed in the city that we live in.

We come together in celebrating the new Pittsburgh, however for many of us when it comes to equality it's the old Pittsburgh. We claim to be a city of Champions the Steelers, the Pirates the penguin and the downtown beautiful landscape. The university community brings high educational and technological advancement to our city. However, when you look beneath the surface the horrors of systemic systematic structural racism is alive and well. The call for equality and greater economic participation should prioritize our neighborhood and community agenda.

There has been several studies around the social index of black people in the areas of unemployment, housing, small business development, home ownership, education, health, and poverty. We still hover as the lowest for social and economic disparities as we are on the lower social rudder of each of these categories.

There has to be an orchestrated and intentional approach in assessing and strategizing the conversation around negotiating with the majority leadership of the city. Public enforceable policies have to be developed to ensure that there is equitable distribution of economic Investments based on our tax dollars that is being invested and earmarked for the Black community.

We have to invest in strong economic and viable institutions that can create and sustain a strong economic infrastructure in our communities and neighborhoods. We have to build black wealth sustained by credit unions, home ownership, and small businesses. We have to build partnerships with developers assisting in job and business creation with opportunities for entrepreneurship, educational and technological training and advancement for young people in our community.

I am proposing that we have a town hall meeting consisting of folks that are in your district and have supported you. I would like to be part of this organizing effort.

It is imperative that food shelter and clothing, our basic fundamental rights, are protected and addressed.

Respectfully

Rashad
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With the recent fires in the East End, the displacement of residents in the East End (due to Bethesda Homewood Properties) and the ongoing issues concerning lead in the City of Pittsburgh water and housing stock, the residents of the East End and throughout Allegheny County are experiencing lately a lot of reports involving public health issues for residents. With lead poisoning from water and paint, the lack of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in the homes , as well as the need for education forums around topics such as weatherization opportunities for senior citizens, and the low income residents - all of this and more demonstrates the need of a Community Driven Disaster Relief Distribution Center.

On January 13, 2018, from 11am- 3pm, we are having a distribution of Smoke Detectors, water pitchers with filters, Carbon monoxide detectors, and winter coats during the opening of the East End Community Driven Disaster Relief Distribution Center located at 7120 Kelly Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208. As CEA continues to provide resources to the most at risk individuals and families in times of trouble - the increase in fires in the East End and the latest loss of the life of a child, we must make sure our vulnerable population is taken care of and provided resources that can be available in a centralized location for the residents.

As we daily to do our work in the community, on January 13, 2018, the Saturday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, CEA will open The East End Community Driven Distribution Center. In the spirit of the work and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and CEA, we are asking for you to participate in the following ways:

1. A Monetary and or product Donations of Smoke and or Carbon Monoxide Detectors, or Water Pitchers with Filters.

2. Come out and help!!!

If you have any questions, or would like to assist us, please call 412-371-3689 Ext. 40.
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Collection and distribution of Smoke Detectors

January 13, 2018, 11:00am - January 13, 2018, 3:00pm

With the recent fires in the East End, the displacement of residents in the East End (due to Bethesda Homewood Properties) and the ongoing issues concerning lead in the City of Pittsburgh water and ho...

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SATURDAY JANUARY 20TH FROM 12NOON TILL 5PM 7120 KELLY ST. (412)371-3689
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