Daily Archive: October 20, 2010


Rev. Grayson’s son killed

When Jeron Grayson, 18, returned home from Hampton University over the weekend to visit family and friends, he told his father Rev. Glenn Grayson he wanted to take their church’s community center global. Later that weekend, on Oct. 17, he was killed at a post-homecoming party in an apartment near California University. STRONG ATHLETE—Jeron Grayson was selected to the New Pittsburgh Courier All City Football Team. (Photo by J.L. Martello.) “In many ways it’s as if God was preparing me for another level of the ministry. Now we have both sympathy and empathy,” said Rev. Grayson, pastor of Wesley Center AMEZ Church in the Hill District. “The only thing that’s holding us is our faith and even with that we go through the typical emotions of grief like questioning God. We believe and know he is with God.”


Women’s Walk for Peace sheds light on violence, accountability

Women were prompted to be accountable for their part in the violence in order to stop the violence, and all were encouraged to vote in support of President Obama at the third annual Women’s Walk for a Peaceful Community 2010 on the North Side, Oct. 16. “We joined together different neighborhoods, different cultures in one united voice for knowledge of peace. This was an opportunity to stop pointing fingers and blaming others for the realities of interpersonal, family and community violence,”said Ronell Guy, executive director of the North Side Coalition for Fair Housing. WOMEN UNITED—Women from throughout the city came together to show their support for the Women’s Walk for Peace. (Photos by J.L. Martello) “It’s time to share in the responsibility for the part we as mothers, grandmothers and girlfriends play in the perpetuation of violence. The walk begins the reality and acceptance and ends with the healing and the solutions. The walk is an opportunity to do your individual part for ‘Peace.’”


Just Harvest honors AFL-CIO’s first Black VP

With national elections just weeks away, Arlene Holt Baker is only half joking when she calls this time of year her “busy season.” But the two-term executive vice president of the AFL-CIO isn’t too busy to fly across the country and speak at the 21st annual Harvest Celebration Dinner, the major fundraising event for Just Harvest. RALLYING CALL—Keynote speaker and AFL-CIO Vice President Arlene Holt Baker urges guests at the Oct. 12 Harvest Celebration Dinner to continue the fight for economic justice. (Photo by J.L. Martello) “Just Harvest’s work is impressive, not just its direct service, but its focus on public policy and helping people get ahead,” she said. “More than just giving someone a bottle of milk, it’s about having the economic ability to get good sustainable jobs.”


Al B. Sure! live at Shadow Lounge

At the age of 14 Albert Jason Brown III aka Al B. Sure! learned that he had the Quincy Jones bug, which is a calling to all aspects of music—performing, composing and producing. “I started out doing my thing on the music side, but as a professional I also produced my music and other artists. My camp at that time consisted of K-Ci, DeVante and JoJo of Jodeci, Faith Evans, Dave Hollister, Case and others. Uptown Records was in full effect at the time and it was a rotating pool of young talented people who all ended up working together and we became family. AL B. SURE!


Onorato makes case for governor

As he has in his television ads, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato stressed his executive experience over his Republican opponent, state Attorney General Tom Corbett. Unlike his ads, he joked he would not ask the New Pittsburgh Courier editorial board to spell his name. PULLING TOGETHER—Gubernatorial candidate and Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato says Democrats are coming together and tightening the race between himself and Tom Corbett. (Photo by J.L. Martello) Onorato, who has served as county executive since 2003, is an attorney and an accountant, who served as a city councilman and county controller prior to his two terms heading the state’s second-largest government. “I think our resumes tell the tale. I’ve run the county for seven years. He’s been a prosecutor,” said Onorato. “I’ve balanced budgets, reduced spending and managed a huge government. He hasn’t done that.”


Obama urges vote

In a fourth quarter play to help Democratic candidates in the upcoming Nov. 2 election, President Barack Obama spoke with members of the Black press in hopes of sending a message to their readership. Although the message was shrouded under a call for Americans to vote, it was clear he wanted them to vote Democratic. PRESIDENT OBAMA “Many economists believed we were on the brink of a second depression and middle class families across the nation and working families and those aspiring to middle class especially African-American families were in serious jeopardy. Frankly I hoped we were going to get some Republican help; we didn’t,” Obama said. “Twenty months later we have an economy that’s growing again. The key then is for us to be able to move forward to help middle class families and the only way I can do that is with some help on Capitol Hill.”


Community Calendar

Health insurance 101 OCT. 20—The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will host Health Insurance 101 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Gilda’s Club, 2816 Smallman St., Strip District. The seminar will be presented by Beth Socoski of Gateway Health Plan. Registration and a light dinner will precede the presentation. Registration is requested and the event is free. For more information, call 412-395-2882.


British anti-Islam group seeks U.S. Tea Party ties

by Gregory Katz LONDON (AP)—Tentative links are developing between supporters of the Tea Party movement in the United States and right-wing fringe groups in Britain that are opposed to what they call the “Islamification” of Europe. CLASH WITH POLICE—A man is bitten by a police dog as police clash with EDL supporters in Leicester, central England, Oct 9. (AP Photo/Rui Vieria/PA) The movements are not formally aligned, but the relatively new English Defense League—which warns that Islamic fundamentalism will soon engulf Britain—is seeking guidance and inspiration from some U.S. figures taking a similar stance. The British activists are less drawn to the anti-tax, anti-big-government Tea Party message and more attracted to elements taking an active stance against the spread of Islam, like Rabbi Nachum Shifren, a long-shot Republican candidate for the California state legislature who plans to visit England next week. The trip was organized by Roberta Moore, an English Defense League activist who has formed a “Jewish division” of the group. She said the rabbi will speak at an Oct. 24 rally in London.


This Week In Black History

Week of Oct. 22-28 October 22 1906—Three thousand Blacks demonstrated and rioted in Philadelphia to protest a theatrical production of Thomas Dixon’s racist play “The Clansman.” The play essentially praised the Ku Klux Klan while demeaning Blacks. BOBBY SEALE 1936—Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale is born in Dallas, Texas. 1953—Clarence S. Green becomes the first African-American certified as a neurological surgeon. 2009—The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a devastating report showing the number of new HIV/AIDS infections was declining for all population groups—except homosexual males, which the CDC referred to as MSM—men who have sex with men. Among MSMs, the highest infection rate was found among young Black males 13 to 24.