Daily Archive: May 12, 2010


Elections are May 18…Have you seen your committee person?

For every primary election, 12th Ward Chairwoman Rev. Jacqueline Fielder holds a candidates forum for the residents in her district. At these forums, constituents receive information on what their elected officials have done and what prospective officials would do differently. Unfortunately most ward chairmen on the Allegheny County Democratic Committee are not like Fielder. Their contact with those they represent can range from occasional meetings or informational flyers to nothing at all. JACQUELINE FIELDER “Per our bylaws, our job is to get out the vote. Our people need to be engaged and educated in this electoral process. I think we should accommodate the needs of the community,” Fielder said. “I think by doing a lot of events it puts pressure on the title holders. Sometimes we go door to door. I think we go over and beyond the bylaws of what’s required of us.” In the primary election May 18, citizens will have the chance to run for committee seats on the ACDC as all members are up for re-election.


Legendary Lena Horne dead at 92

by Pharoh Martin (NNPA)—Legendary singer, actress and dancer Lena Horne died Sunday night at the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center at the age of 92. The Brooklyn-born entertainer was the first Black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio. She went on to achieve international fame as a singer. The cause of her death has not been reported. LENA HORNE Horne was the epitome of African-American beauty, and as a versatile and iconic performer made her name from a variety of entertainment platforms including the big screen, where she was the first African-American actor to sign a long-term contract to a major Hollywood studio; in music, where she won four Grammy awards, and in night clubs, where she extensively toured despite the racism that plagued her era.


Preston looks to extend rule to three decades

For the past 28 years, Rep. Joe Preston Jr. has defeated many opponents in elections for the 24th Legislative District seat. In the May primary he will take on William Anderson and Todd Elliot Koger, who also opposed him in the previous election. JOSEPH PRESTON JR. Preston represents Wil­kinsburg, East Liberty, Aspinwall, Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar, Point Breeze, Larimer, Homewood, Highland Park and East Hills. Looking back on what he’s done in recent terms, he sees the revitalization of East Liberty as a symbol of what’s to come for other areas of his district. “Seeing East Liberty, its going and we’re getting close to looking at other things. Wilkinsburg is turning around,” Preston said. “We set the tone, the turn around.”


Brentley challenges Wheatley

Pittsburgh School Board Director Mark Brentley Sr. has long said the city’s North Side residents are perennially ignored by their city council and state House representatives because both offices are located in the Hill District. So, once again, he is trying to change that by challenging incumbent state Rep. Jake Wheatley for the District 19 seat in the Democratic primary May 18. MARK BRENTLEY Brentley is also, again, running against former city councilwoman and Democrat-endorsed Tonya Payne, whom he challenged last year for the city council seat she eventually lost to Daniel Lavelle. Brentley is trying to bank on anti-insider sentiment noting both Payne and Wheatley are former aides to longtime Hill councilman Sala Udin, even though Payne ousted Udin from his council seat in 2005.


Editorial…Our primary election choices

All elections are important but the May 18 primary election is exceptionally significant because the governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. Senate races and two critical state representative seats are up for grabs. Battling for the right to represent the Democratic Party in the U.S. Senate race are Joe Sestak and Arlen Specter. Both have impressive records and would make outstanding senators but we lean toward Specter because over the years when it wasn’t popular to do so in the GOP, he has proven to be a friend to the African-American community. He has, time after time, stood up for causes and offered solutions to some of the many problems facing the Black community. Sestak will have his day, but now is the time for us to support the man who has supported us so many times when it wasn’t the popular thing to do. We endorse Sen. Arlen Specter.


Black Pittsburghers support Race for the Cure

A sea of pink covered Schenley Park on Mother’s Day for the Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure. Of more than 30,000 people who converged in Pittsburgh on Sunday, about 3,000 were breast cancer survivors. Everyone participated with a mission of eradicating breast cancer through education, screening, research and treatment. The Pittsburgh event—one of the biggest Komen races in the country—raises millions to save lives. The Mother’s Day event, a 5K (3.1 miles) run/walk and a 1-mile fast walk, has raised millions of dollars to date in the Pittsburgh market to support national breast cancer research. TEAM TRACEY—From all over the city Team “Tracey” walked for Tracey Feagins, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Tracey, in pink, is in the middle of the group.


Community Calendar

Children’s fair MAY 15—The Extra Mile Foundation of Pittsburgh will host a Children’s Health Fair from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Holy Rosary School, 7120 Kelly St., Homewood. It is open to all students in grades 5-8 and there will be face painting, soul line dancing, hip-hop aerobics, workshops for parents and more. The event is free. For more information, call Karen Hall at 412-874-5802 or e-mail hallk32@yahoo.com.


Obama signs Haiti debt relief bill

WASHINGTON (NNPA) —President Obama has signed into law a bill calling for the United States to take the lead in forgiving debt owed to international lenders by earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The bill, signed April 26, urges major multinational institutions to cancel all debt owed to them by Haiti and recommends that all aid to the country for the next five years be provided in the form of grants rather than loans.


Mexican women’s activists call for Cancun boycott

MEXICO CITY (AP)—Women’s rights activists called on tourists May 6 to boycott the Caribbean resort city of Cancun, saying authorities there failed to protect the rights of an 11-year-old rape victim who is carrying the baby to term. Activists say the case of the girl, known only as “Amalia,” illustrates the lack of protection for women’s rights in the state of Quintana Roo, which recently passed a law banning most elective abortions. PROTEST—A woman holds a banner that reads in Spanish: “Sexual Education in Order to Decide,” during a demonstration organized by women’s rights activists in Mexico City, May 6. The girl, 10 years old at the time, told authorities she was raped by her stepfather, and activists say a doctor at a government hospital failed to inform her that the new law allows for rape victims to have abortions. The child is reportedly carrying the baby to term and will give birth by cesarean section.