Members of two gangs formed a decade apart that had recently merged to take out a third gang and expand their territory, have been rounded up by federal, county and city police following the Grand Jury release of a 91-page indictment that includes charges of murder, attempted murder, assault, drug trafficking, attempted bribery, witness intimidation, weapons charges and auto theft. The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations indictment, unsealed Feb. 24, charges that the Brighton Heights Crips and Northview Heights/Fineview Crips joined forces in 2002 and 2003 to eliminate the rival Manchester Original Gangsters.
Daily Archive: March 3, 2010
Four of the eight victims for the month of February, on the Allegheny County list of homicides are Black males under the age of 30. And to make it worse, each of their deaths was due to gun violence. All the marches and vigils won’t stop a thing, if our community can’t come together and take a stand on one accord. As part of an ongoing effort to heighten awareness about the effects of murder in Black communities, the New Pittsburgh Courier will compile a list of homicides in the County each month. It is our hope that as the list of victims grows, so will a true understanding of how these lost lives affect the mental health, economic well-being and self-images of the region’s Black neighborhoods.
by Rebecca Nuttall and Ashley Johnson North Side residents and other community stakeholders are breathing a little easier after the indictment of 26 gang members who called their neighborhood home. Although several of those brought up on charges were already serving jail time, many residents said they hope to see a reduction in crime and violence. PEACE MARCH—This march last year was one of many such efforts by the North Side communities to stop the violence. Hundred of people came out to show their support for peace in the neighborhoods. “I’m hoping with these people off the streets, we’ll finally be able to start to feel safe in our own neighborhoods,” said Tracy Walker. “And hopefully others who are out there will get the message and stop all of the killing and violence.”
Doris Carson Williams, president and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania said at least one city of Pittsburgh department is limiting access to contracts for Minority- Women- and Disabled-Business Enterprises by bundling contracts. DORIS CARSON WILLIAMS “Bundling several contracts into a package and awarding it to one large firm retards economic development, job creation and retention,” she said. “It all but eliminates small firms, not to mention MBE firms.”
Although the number of HIV infections is growing at an alarming rate throughout the Black community, African-American women are the group most disproportionately affected. While representing only 12 percent of the U.S. female population, they account for 61 percent of all new HIV infections among women. AWARENESS AND OUTREACH—Artistree performs at a National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day event at Central Outreach Center Feb. 27. “African-American women are 20 times more likely to get infected with HIV than White women,” said Dr. Debbie Hagins, clinical director of outpatient services for the Chatham County Health Department IDC Clinic. “This is in part due to the increased likelihood of being exposed to HIV through heterosexual contact because HIV is so prevalent in communities of color.”
Another Black History month came to a close last week, but Pittsburgh’s celebration ended with an unprecedented event. For the first time ever, John Marshall and Charles Hamilton Houston Jr., the sons of civil rights pioneers Thurgood Marshall and Charles Hamilton Houston, came together to talk about their fathers’ accomplishments. BLACK HISTORY MONTH —From left: John Marshall, Ken Gormley, and Charles Hamilton Houston Jr. “(My father’s) concern was eliminating second-class citizenship for anyone suffering from racial or economic discrimination,” Houston said. “He would’ve been interested in Pittsburgh I think because of its emphasis on labor organizations as well as the plight of African-American citizens.”
Golf great Tiger Woods recently apologized for his numerous sexual affairs outside his marriage. So we asked Pittsburghers what they felt about the apology and this is what you said: “I definitely think he should apologize because he has lots of kids who look up to him and want to be like him. He owes fans, kids, and especially his wife an apology. He is a public sports figure.” Steven Stallworth Wilkinsburg Unemployed
More than 30 years of a simple love to help people has earned Pittsburgh native and Westinghouse high school grad Walter Wade the honor of 2009 inductee into the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Hall of Fame. WALTER WADE “Walt has a very colorful history in the business and specifically with Hyatt, and he’s also got a fantastic memory,” said Joe Hindsley, the Hyatt Regency Atlanta’s general manager. Wade’s sense of humor, penchant for storytelling and passion for hospitality make him so memorable, the first question meeting planners who’ve worked with him before ask is whether Wade will be helping them again, Hindsley said.
General membership meeting MARCH 9—The Pittsburgh Branch of the NAACP will host a General Membership Meeting at 7 p.m. at the Hill House Association, 1835 Centre Ave., Hill District. There will be an FBI representative who will discuss civil rights issues in Pittsburgh. There will also be an Executive Committee Meeting at 6 p.m. For more information, call 412-471-1024.
Beware of scams The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is warning residents to beware of scams, especially ones targeted toward senior citizens.The bureau says that it has been receiving reports of several types of scams, such as individuals calling and pretending to be a family member incarcerated in another country and needing money for bail; individuals going door-to-door pretending to be repair persons, carpet cleaners and insurance agents and robbing homeowners while they are distracted. Also they said they have received reports of individuals tapping into emails and sending letters requesting money to individuals on the person’s contact list. The scammers tend to try to include some information to reinforce the relationship. The bureau suggests that residents be cautious when speaking to or verifying personal information, check identification and if a person calls, ask the caller to provide a call back number and tell them you will return the call. That usually deters the scammer and they hang up the phone abruptly. Residents should contact their local police bureau if they feel something is illegal.