DAY OF REMEMBRANCE-COMMEMORATION OF LIVES LOST IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY TO GUN VIOLENCE Announcing a Call to Action for a DAY OF REMEMBRANCE on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at the City County Building, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 to remember those lost to gun violence in The City of Pittsburgh. Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess is sponsoring a Post Agenda, Public Hearing, Rally and Proclamation around the epidemic facing the Black Community every day, Gun Violence! We thank Councilman Burgess for collaborating with the Peace Alliance Network and taking this stand on behalf of our Community.

THIS IS A CALL TO ACTION IN PITTSBURGH & ALLEGHENY COUNTY FOR COMMUNITY RESIDENTS, YOUTH, FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS, COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS, PUBLIC OFFICIALS, COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS, MEDIA, AND ALL INVOLVED & CONCERNED PARTIES TO COME TOGETHER FOR REMEMBRANCE OF LOVED ONES LOST TO VIOLENCE AND DIALOGUE ABOUT SOLUTIONS TO ELIMINATE VIOLENCE AND BRING ABOUT PEACE!!

TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011 will be an opportunity to not only begin the dialogue between government and residents of the Black Community but also the beginning of a collective healing process that is desperately needed. The epidemic of Gun Violence compares to a Tsunami, swallowing the social fabric of the Black Community. We hope you will join us in this battle to reclaim the health and well being of our community.

JOIN US!!
  • Proclamation – 10:30 am
  • Visit Photo Display* & Information Tables – 10:30 am – 6 PM
  • Public Hearing – 1pm - 2pm
  • City Council Post Agenda – 2pm – 5pm
  • Day of Remembrance Rally – 5pm – 6pm
  • *Photo Display will run April 25th – April 29th, 2011
  • Post Agenda Topics & Invited Guests
  • Section 1: Mothers and Families: The Effects of Gun Violence on the Family 2:00pm – 2:30pm

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Hear from those most affected by this Epidemic and their recommendations for change. Peace Alliance Panelist Governmental Representative

  1. Debra Germany Members of City Council
  2. Gwen Levert Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
  3. Jay Donaldson Andrew Peitzman, Head Trauma UPMS
  4. Valerie Dixon
  5. Tracey Pollard
  6. Rev. Glen Grayson
  7. Dr. Bob Marin
  8. Funeral Director

Section 2: Youth – We need something to do!!! 2:30pm-3:00pm People who work with our Youth and Our Youth can speak for themselves . Come hear recommendations for change!

Peace Alliance Panelist Governmental Representative

  1. Lee Davis Director, Youth Policy Office
  2. Martell Covington Director, Parks and Recreation
  3. Will Thompkins Councilman Robert Lavelle
  4. Walter Shaahid Members of City Council
  5. Adrianne Young
  6. Brian Porter (Youth)
Section 3: Community and Economic Development: A Root Cause to Violence 3:00pm-3:30pm If a man cannot provide the basic needs for their family, shelter, food, clothing, etc. the Black Man becomes invisible, looses his status and respect; which begins the deterioration of the Black Family. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs = Hope and Future.

Peace Alliance Panelist Governmental Representative

  1. Carl Redwood Director URA, Rob Stephany
  2. Esther Bush Head of Public Works
  3. Celeste Taylor Director, City Planning – Noor Ismail
  4. Mark Lewis Director, Housing Authority – A. Fulton Meachem
  5. M. Gayle Moss Chief of Staff, Yarone Zober
  6. Tim Stevens Councilman Bruce Kraus, Councilman

Doug Shields Members of City Council Director, Public Safety – Michael Huss

Section 4: From School yard to the Prison Pipeline 3:30pm-4:00pm Our male children are told in kindergarten that they will not succeed – we must change the methods used to address the educational needs of our children. Prevention, Prevention, Prevention. Also what must we do for those who are re-entering our communities – all involved must break the cycle.

Peace Alliance Panelist Governmental Representative

  1. Judge Dewayne Woodruff Superintendent of Public Schools, Linda Lane
  2. Dr. Jerome Taylor District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala
  3. William T. Simmons Chief of Police Nate Harper
  4. Judge Wrenna Watson President Judge Donna Jo McDaniels
  5. Judge Kim Clark School Board Representative Mark Brentley
  6. Tony Mitchell School Board Representative Tom Sumpter
  7. Hide Yamatani Members of City Council

Section 5: The Public Health Approach to Violence and Recommendations 4:00pm-4:30-pm We must recognized the epidemic and look to recommendations for solutions.

Peace Alliance Panelist Governmental Representative

  1. T. Rashad Byrdsong Dr. Bruce Dixon
  2. Mario Browne Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
  3. Angela Ford Members of City Council

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WE SHOULD REMEMBER – THIS DAY OF REMEMBERANCE IS NOT TO ATTACK OR BASH OUR GOVERNMENT. THE CONVERSATION WILL BE AN OPPORTUNIITY FOR COMMUNITY RESIDENTS AND OFFICIALS TO DIALOGUE ABOUT STRUCTURAL SOCIAL IMPEDIMENTS IMPACTING THE COMMUNITY, AND ALSO TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS FOR EARMARKING RESOURCES TO COMMUNITIES OF CONCERN. DO NOT LET THESE DEATHS BE IN VAIN!

Our actions MUST be deliberate, swift, and based on unity among all involved! They must be well planned and executed on a CONTINUOUS basis until desired results occur: SHORT TERM—SHARP DECREASE, LONG TERM—COMPLETE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE! The changes we seek must begin with us!


Veteran community activist, T. Rashad Byrdsong founded Community Empowerment Association, Inc. (CEA) in 1994 to address the impact of violence on families and communities. CEA is located in the Homewood section of Pittsburgh. For more information please call 412-371-3689, Ext. 14 or email us at TRByrdsong@ceapittsburgh.org.

Call 412-371-3689 for details.

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Download the Day of Rememberance Flyer & Schedule! (.PDF) Get the Action Steps Plan Sheet(.doc)