Community Organizing
Friday, 04 October 2013 20:40

Coalition of Urban Affairs

The Coalition on Urban Affairs is a collaborative effort of community residents and organizations dedicated to creating and advancing an urban agenda to re-establish our urban neighborhoods through advocacy and political action. There was a large response at our community meeting on September 18, 2013. See and hear Rashad's speech below. Visit our Facebook page to find the next Community...
A Public Health Approach to Violence Reduction 2009
Get the Flyer T. Rashad Byrdsong, CEA president and CEO Community Empowerment Association, Inc. 400 North Lexington Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15208 March 23, 2009 Youth and young adult violence is currently among the biggest threats in Pittsburgh's neighborhoods. Pittsburgh’s murder rates in 2008 have surpassed previous 3 years' statistics. Among the victims 88.3% were African Americans. The homicide victims were primarily male (85%) and over...
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Town Hall Meeting - Mental Health, Where Does the Pain Go?
Violence is a byproduct of a much more deeply seeded mental disorientation in the Black community. We have to begin to better understand our conditions and the historical trauma that continues to play itself out in our day to day personal relationships. We also need a better understanding of how day to day life occurrences impact our physical, mental, and emotional well being. It is only then, that we can begin to address and eradicate these issues. Announcing a Call to Action Town Hall...
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Rashad Byrdsong, Pittsburgh Community Leader, Urges Public Health Approach To Poverty
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...
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Public Health Approach to Violence Reduction 2011
Violence is Preventable

The Centers for Disease Control now defines violence as a public health concern. Violence is preventable, not inevitable. It is a predictable behavior in the unsafe environments where people live. Rooted in a complex set of underlying issues, violence is a learned behavior that can be unlearned or not learned in the first place. Forces of police vigilance and tougher sentencing will not control crime and sustain public safety, for brutal crime is a symptom of...
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