Daily Archive: February 24, 2010


Census critical to Black community

In about two weeks, the U.S. government will begin mailing out census forms and it is sparing no expense to ensure the 2010 census is the most complete ever. Part of that includes a broad outreach effort to the country’s minority communities, where past responses have been less complete. In Allegheny County, said U.S. Census Bureau Media Specialist Pamela Golden, the outreach effort includes some 450 partner organizations. Some of these include churches, community-based organizations, libraries, media companies and local government. FOLLOWING UP— In April, census takers will begin going door-to-door to follow up with households that did not return their census forms. “It is critical to achieve a complete count because not only does the information determine our number of representatives in congress, but it also helps to determine how federal resources are allocated,” said Golden. “It’s used for community planning and economic development. It’s about where roads go, where schools are built. Even the allocation of H1N1 vaccine was based on the census.”


‘World’s greatest’ is goal of new AWC head

This Spring, André Kimo Stone Guess will begin the task of setting up The August Wilson Center for African American Culture as the top African-American cultural institution in the world. As the August Wilson Center’s new president, Guess, who will start his position April 16, said this goal is well within reach. ANDRE KIMO STONE GUESS “My vision for the August Wilson Center is it can and will be the preeminent institution for African-American culture in the world,” Guess said. “I’ve been fortunate to travel all around the world and there’s really nothing like it in the world. It’s everything in one that deals with African-American culture.”


NAACP unanimously elects youngest chair

by Herb Boyd NEW YORK (NNPA)—Hours before the NAACP officially announced that Roslyn M. Brock was the new chair of the National Board of Directors, she sat down with reporter Herb Boyd in her suite at the Hilton Hotel in midtown Manhattan recently for an exclusive interview. ROSLYN BROCK Brock, 44, a vice-president at Bon Secours Health Care, has been affiliated with the NAACP for twenty-five years, beginning in youth leadership and currently the vice-chair of the organization’s board, the youngest person and the first black woman to hold the post. She is set to replace the venerable Julian Bond, who announced his retirement several months ago.


Smith-Ribner enters race for Lt. Governor

Philadelphia-Former Commonwealth Court Judge Doris Smith-Ribner announced her candidacy for Lieutenant Governor. Smith-Ribner has spent more than two decades as a statewide appeals court judge dealing with matters that touch upon every aspect of local and state government. DORIS SMITH-RIBNER She upheld campaign finance laws that limit the amount of political contributions in local elections; she ordered state agencies to disclose public records under the state’s Right to Know Law; she ordered the Philadelphia School District to provide full-day kindergarten that gave thousands of public school students a better chance to succeed in school; she upheld the right of ex-offenders to vote in Pennsylvania; she decided countless cases that dealt with the rights of the injured and unemployed workers; and she decided numerous cases under laws that cover zoning, environmental protection, labor relations, state and local elections and public officials’ conduct in office.


Miles hearing postponed

For the second time, Jordan Miles, who was allegedly beaten severely by plain-clothes police during an arrest Jan. 12, must wait to defend himself on charges of aggravated assault and resisting arrest. Miles attorney, Kerry Lewis, argued against the second delay granted by District Judge Oscar Petite Feb. 18, saying the charges should be dismissed. A Jan. 21 hearing was also postponed when officers Richard Ewing, Michael Saldutte and David Sisak did not appear. JORDAN MILES Prosecutors requested the delay due to an ongoing FBI investigation into Miles claim that the officers beat him during his arrest.


Manchester to feature new residential centerpiece

Construction will soon commence on a 31-home community in the Manchester neighborhood of the North Side. The Columbus Square development will see its first five homes completed sometime during the summer. THE MANCHESTER TEAM —Front: Betty Jane, left, and Arthur Ralph. Standing, from left: Earl Coleman, Virginia Barnes, Linda Nelson, Brenda Moye, Stanley Lowe and Jerome Jackson. “The conversion of a former Manchester industrial property to residential use is the result of a true public private partnership,” said Mark Schneider, a principal project developer for Fourth River Development. “Funding secured from the (Urban Redevelopment Authority), the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Allegheny County’s Community Infrastructure Tourism Fund and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, together with PNC Bank’s financing of a model unity, enabled Columbus Square to move to the construction stage.”


Lack of work concerns some Black carpenters

When Eric Woodard read in the New Pittsburgh Courier about apprentice carpenter Alexandra Gilmore telling the crowd at a recent union trades job summit that she went to seven job sites and couldn’t get hired at any, he wasn’t surprised. During times in his 30 years as a journeyman carpenter for Local 165, Woodard has had to leave the state to find work because for a number of reasons, Blacks are not getting enough of the available union work, he said. PASSING IT ON—Carpenters’ Union Business Agent Harold “Mac” McDonald with first-year apprentice Tyrone McCray pose after McCray and classmates built and dismantled a house inside the Union’s new training facility on Ridge Road.


Speak Out…What is your reaction to how the city has handled the snow?

The recent snowstorm has crippled the city, so we asked Pittsburghers their reactions to it and here’s what you had to say. “A lot of people bashed the administration for not handling things. Hindsight is 20/20, but the reality is the last administration that had to deal with something like this probably was Tom Murphy. The fact that you actually see bulldozers helping out should say that we’re under staffed in that arena.”Justin StrongGeneral managerEast Liberty Justin Strong, Toni Polite, Chyna Bailey


Penn State University has appointed Cynthia Baldwin as first general counsel

Baldwin, a partner in the Pittsburgh office of Philadelphia law firm Duane Morris LLP, will build a legal counsel’s office within Penn State. She is a member of Penn State’s board of trustees and previously served as its chairwoman. Baldwin joined Duane Morris in early 2008 after retiring from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, where she served from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that, Baldwin was a judge in various divisions of the Allegheny County Common Pleas Court. CYNTHIA BALDWIN


Community Calendar

Census symposium FEB. 25—The University of Pittsburgh will host a Census Symposium at the University’s University Club, 123 University Place, Oakland. There will be workshops on 2010 Census Jobs, How to Get More Involved and more. For more information, email Benita James at bmj213@gmail.com.