Daily Archive: October 21, 2011


Moriarty takes on Brentley

In the May primary election, longtime District 8 School Board Representative Mark Brentley defeated three challengers vying for his seat on the Pittsburgh Public School District Board of Directors. Now he will take on one more opponent in the general election Nov. 8. Candidate Rosemary Moriarty, a retired school district principal, will be running on the independent ticket for the District 8 seat. For the past few months she has been making the rounds at community meetings and festivals trying to get the word out on her vision for students in the PPS. ROSEMARY MORIARTY “I felt it was necessary for someone to run against Mark. I felt I had the qualifications. I felt like District 8 wasn’t being represented because every time Mark would bring up a topic, it was always being voted against and I just felt District 8 wasn’t being represented,” Moriarty said. “So I thought why doesn’t someone run so they’d be able to bring the issues of District 8 to the table.”


Activists share affordable housing success

At “Building Change: a convergence for social justice” held at the Senator John Heinz Regional History Center Oct. 13-15, activists from across Southwestern Pennsylvania gathered to share solutions to some of the regions most pressing social issues. While some came equipped with abstract plans to reshape the region, others brought concrete models of action they had already taken to improve their neighborhoods. CHANGE AGENTS—From left: Ronell Guy, Cheryl Hurt and George Moses present affordable housing models in North Side and Clairton. (Photo by J.L. Martello) The workshop “Affordable Housing Crisis and Local Responses in SWPA” demonstrated how progress has been made to expand affordable housing opportunities in African-American communities. Among the presenters was Ronell Guy, executive director of the Northside Coalition for Fair Housing, whose organization was able to take ownership over the Northside Associates Properties, a 333-unit multi-family, scattered site HUD-Assisted rental housing development.


Young alumni take on Perry, Oliver merger

Since the Pittsburgh Public School District first announced their proposal to shut down Oliver High School, in conjunction with a larger plan to close seven school buildings, members of the North Side community have been speaking out in opposition. At one of several community meetings hosted by the district, several citizens opposed to moving Oliver students to Perry High School, advocated instead closing Perry and moving its students to Oliver. While the argument might just sound like two rival schools battling to preserve their legacy, each school has its merits. Moving forward, the district has announced they will consider community feedback to possibly revise their plan and instead close down Perry. BEARS VS COMMODORES—From left: Shannon Williams, Martyia McCray and Elliot Alexander discuss looming changes for their alma martyrs. (Photo by Ashley G. Woodson) At a meeting Oct. 14, community residents gathered to discuss the possible closing of one of their beloved schools. Unlike other meetings that bring concerned parents out to rail against the PPS, the meeting at the Crazy Mocha coffee shop on the North Side saw recent alumni of both schools discussing how to repair the city’s broken education system.


City Council supports PA Works Now

Pittsburgh City Council members have asked state Sen. Jay Costa to make a full presentation on his PA Works Now legislation, after unanimously agreeing to support it in a “will of council” resolution. “I support anything that will put our people back to work,” said Council President Darlene Harris.


From Broadhead Manor to the Georgia Dome…Former City Leaguer Harp reflects on itinerant journey

by Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier On Saturdays, one can find as many as 10,000 screaming fans at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium on the campus of North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC . Jamar Harp, a 1997 graduate of Langley High School in the West End, sends out his offensive line to do battle. The 32-year-old’s Facebook profile picture indicates that he sometimes revs them up before games. UP AND COMING COACH—Pittsburgh native and Langley grad Jamar Harp is pictured with his North Carolina Central University Eagles.


Wall Street protests reach Pittsburgh, Harrisburg

by Kevin BegosAssociated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP)—As many as 2,000 people protesting against corporate influence in politics and social inequality marched in Pittsburgh on Saturday, while smaller protests popped up in Philadelphia and at the state Capitol. The peaceful crowd, joining with the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York, stretched for two or three blocks and included union members, parents with children in strollers and even at least one doctor. PITTSBURGH PROTEST—Protester Wesley Gadsden takes part in Occupy Pittsburgh rally Saturday, Oct. 15, in Pittsburgh. The demonstration is one of many being held across the country recently in support of the ongoing Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York. (AP Photo/Don Wright)


Farrakhan: ‘We ain’t marching no more… elect leaders who will fight’

by Valencia MohammedFor New Pittsburgh Courier More than 17,000 people converged at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia Oct. 9 to celebrate the 16th anniversary of the Million Man March. The atmosphere was highly charged with security checkpoints at several stops throughout the 1 million-square-foot facility and escorts to keep order and protect Minister Louis Farrakhan. Minister Louis Farrakhan


Obama on NC, VA bus tour: ‘I’m the president’

by Julie PaceAssociated Press Writer JAMESTOWN, N.C. (AP)—President Barack Obama appealed anew Tuesday for Americans to put pressure on Republican members of Congress to support his jobs legislation, declaring that “we are in this together.” And Obama said he hit the road to take his case directly to the people for a simple reason: “I’m the president.” On the second-day of a three-day tour to continue pushing his ideas for creating jobs, Obama acknowledged he’s been asked why he is taking time to ride a bus through small-town North Carolina, a traditionally Republican state that he won in 2008 and hopes to win again.


The plot to dilute the Black vote

(NNPA)—After decades of trying to ease voting restrictions that suppress voter turnout in the U.S., already among the lowest among industrialized nations, Republican-led state legislators and GOP governors have quickly implemented or proposed a series of changes aimed at reducing Black political clout.



Collective obligation during the Great Recession

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—The Great Recession will be a time that we all look back on and define in various ways to ourselves, our children, spouses and co-workers. Some of us will relate stories to our future children about stop-gap work for years finally ending in a job that was less lucrative, but at least stable. Some will go through the great recession relatively unscathed, either through the luck of staying employed or in some cases thriving. And of course, there will in another 10 or 15 years be men and women in America who actually thrived in the great recession, or started businesses that became multi-million dollar corporations.