Daily Archive: September 2, 2011


Addison Behavioral Care flawless in fight against drugs

Drug and alcohol is a major issue in every community, it may not be as apparent in some like it is in others, but one facility is doing their best to combat the issue within the Black community and is receiving a high stamp of approval while doing it. For the second year in a row, Addison Behavioral Care Inc. received no citations for their drug and alcohol client treatment services from the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Bureau of Drug and Alcohol during an annual state review in clinical services on July 21, said Bernadette Turner, executive director of Addison. BERNADETTE TURNER “It (the zero citations in treatment services) gives us a stamp of approval, shows we have a standard of quality and lets people know that we deliver quality,” said Turner. While the high rating does not provide tangible merit, such as additional funding or things like that, Turner said when funding conversations do come up it will help to receive increases, which in return could lead to expanding the services they offer.


Farmer’s Market brings fresh produce to Hill

When Hill District residents visit the Hill House Association, they often gaze across the street to the future destination of the new Shop ’n Save, wondering how long they still have to wait for a neighborhood grocery store. Recognizing the importance of fresh produce for their neighbors, the Hill House has been hosting a farmer’s market for local residents every summer for more than a decade. FARMER’S MARKET—Hill District residents have been visiting the Hill House’s farm stand for more than 14 years. (Photo by J.L. Martello) “We’ve been doing this for more than 14 years. What we do is just provide fresh food for the Hill. Most of the time, there’s nowhere for them to get fresh produce and the prices are good too,” said Marvin Prentice, chief operations officer. “We provide health services as well. It’s all about changing their diet. There’s all kinds of problem that come from processed food.” Although the Shop ‘n Save was slated for completion in November, little appears to be done on the sight across from the Hill House. For now, the farmer’s market, held every Thursday from June to November in partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, will have to do.


McKinney speaks against Libya bombing

by M. Abdul-Qawiyy On Aug. 21, Cynthia Mckinney, former congresswoman, gave a talk at the Pittsburgh Monumental Baptist Church regarding against the latest bombings in Tripoli, Libya. She has been traveling the country speaking out against the Libya bombings supported by the Obama administration. CYNTHIA MCKINNEY McKinney both charismatic and passionate stated, “We are here because we care about Justice.” Her nationwide speaking tour was sponsored in Pittsburgh by the ANSWER Coalition, Nation of Islam, Thomas Merton Center Anti-War Committee, and International Action Center. During her talk, she was joined by Akbar Muhammad, who is the international representative for the Nation of Islam and Brian Becker, the national coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition.


B-PEP partners with schools to stop violence

Like many urban cities, Pittsburgh’s schools tend to have a bad reputation among outside families and teachers who view them as unsafe. This perception is said to be a contributing factor in the Pittsburgh Public School district’s decline in enrollment of 4,000 students over the last six years. On Aug. 29, the Pittsburgh Public School district announced a new initiative being launched for the 2011-2012 school year to change this perception by reducing violence in schools and among students throughout the city. The district has chosen seven teachers to serve as learning environment specialists at seven “high needs” schools. TOGETHER FOR PEACE—From left: Nina Esposito-Visgitis, John Tarka, Superintendent Linda Lane, at podium, and Tim Stevens stand with supporters of the community, teachers and district’s partnership initiative. (Photo by Kenneth Miller) The seven teachers will be based at Langley High School, Oliver High School, Brashear High School, Perry High School, the Academy at Westinghouse, Faison K-8 and King K-8. They will work with schools throughout the district to address issues such as conflict resolution and bullying.


Black scientists lag Whites in government research funding

by Lauran Neergaard WASHINGTON (AP)— Black scientists are less likely than Whites to win research dollars from the National Institutes of Health, says a study released Aug. 25 that is prompting changes at the premier science agency. “This situation is not acceptable,” declared NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, who announced steps to better train young scientists in seeking the highly competitive grants and appointed a high-level task force to explore other actions. DR. RAYNARD KINGTON Increasing diversity in science, to better reflect the U.S. population and its health problems, is a big concern. While women have made gains over the past few decades, minorities, especially Blacks and Hispanics, still make up a small proportion of the nation’s doctors, medical school faculty and biomedical researchers.


Republicans contradict themselves on taxes

(NNPA)—If there was ever any lingering doubt that Republicans favor the rich over poor and middle-class Americans, it should be removed by the GOP’s opposition to President Obama’s proposal to extend the payroll tax cut for another year. Let’s face it: Republicans oppose almost everything advocated by the nation’s first Black president. And Republican leaders have made it clear that their top priority is defeating Obama in 2012, even if that means wrecking the country in the process. Whether it was coming up with a budget compromise last December or the most recent round of deficit haggling, Republicans have adamantly refused to roll back the tax rate for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans to the pre-George W. Bush level. That move alone would cut the federal deficit by half. GOP leaders also refuse to close tax loopholes that allow some U.S. companies to pay little or no federal taxes.



Jessica Marie Beers reminds us how much a baby is worth

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—The economy is pretty lousy for most Americans right now. Anything from 9.1 to a hidden 15 percent of us are out of work, or have work situations that are so tenuous that we might as well not have jobs. People all over the country are desperate for any way to get by and are selling just about anything they can get their hands on that might be of value. Five years ago it was sell your gold but that’s already exhausted (notice how few of those commercials come on now?) networking marketing programs like ANC or Pre-Paid legal are only going to take you so far, so what’s left for someone to sell when buyers are scarce? Apparently some people believe that babies are the way to go.


Young Black males—an endangered species

I recently received a phone call that a nephew of mine was shot and killed by an unidentified assailant. This was the third time one of my nephew’s or grandnephew’s lives were extinguished by gun violence. The Ku Klux Klan could not devise a more efficient “play book” for the extermination of young Black males as the self destruction taking place in the Black community resulting from Black- on-Black killings. Why is it that the current modus vivendi of young men to dress with outrageous garb: baggy clothes, pants falling down, underwear showing, and of course a cell phone coupled with a propensity for violence? What is it about young Black males who want to look like criminals and are upset when society treats them like criminals? Young Black males comprise about six-percent of the population, yet they make up almost 50 percent of the prison population. This anti-social behavior is seen not only in their appearance, but also in their attitudes towards education and respect for others, including the respect for human life.


Back to school call to action for parents

(NNPA)—As parents, families and communities are preparing for “Back to School” sales and special programs, it is critically urgent once again to raise the question about the quality of the education of Black children in America, as well as the quality of education for all children. No disrespect is intended to anyone, but the sheer reality that Black children have the highest school dropout rates and the lowest scores on various national and regional standardized academic achievement tests demands that Black parents and others speak out, mobilize and take a stronger stance concerning establishing more effective educational options that will provide the highest quality education for Black children.