Monthly Archive: May 2012


Protesters call for education funding

Bearing signs that said “Save Our Schools” and shirts that read “Stand For Children, Stand For Public Schools,” about 200 union activists, clergy members and community activists marched from the United Steelworkers offices to deliver a symbolic yellow pencil to Gov. Tom Corbett’s Pittsburgh office and ask that he add additional funding to the budget for education. CALLING OUT CORBETT—Demanding that proposed state budget cuts to education be restored, protesters rally outside Gov. Tom Corbett’s Fifth Avenue office May 23. (Photo by J.L. Martello.) When they were denied admission, several volunteers sat down to block traffic on Fifth Avenue and demanded to be arrested. After asking multiple times if they “were sure,” Pittsburgh police escorted them to a waiting paddy wagon. Police Cmdr. George Trotsky said the protesters were civil, but when they refused to get out of the street, he had to cite them for blocking traffic.


Parents shown ‘hope’ in Pgh Promise

Parents and community leaders at the “Parents for the Promise” luncheon on May 23 were in for a treat when students from the Barack Obama Academy of International Studies opened the program with a selection from their musical “Footloose.” When the Obama High School students finished their performance, the room erupted in applause as the crowd looked into the faces of future Pittsburgh Promise scholarship recipients. CUT LOOSE—Students from Pittsburgh Obama perform a selection from the musical “Footloose.” (Photo by Rossano P. Stewart) The nationally recognized Pittsburgh Promise is a scholarship program for students attending the Pittsburgh Public Schools. The luncheon served as both an awareness event for parents and a chance to fundraise.


Family relieved after arrest in Arlington shooting

After weeks of praying for answers and an arrest in the shooting death of Kevin Buchanan Jr., his family is now finding peace since the arrest of the shooter Saturday, May 26. “We are elated and thankful to God. We can get some kind of closure and it means we can begin to heal,” said Charisse Buchanan, aunt of Kevin Buchanan. “There’s not a day that goes by that we (the family) do not think of Kevin. It is still not over, but we see the future a little bit clearer each day.” KEVIN BUCHANAN and RONALD WILLIAMS Kevin Buchanan, 19, was found April 2 in the doorway of a home in the 1500 block of Conway Street, in Arlington, with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, where he later died.


Local Col. leads troops back to Kuwait

“Sustain the victory” were the last words recited by soldiers of the 316th Sustainment Command Expeditionary last week as they prepared to travel to Kuwait. Under the supervision of Pittsburgh native, Colonel David Lee Brown Sr., 240 U.S. Army Reserve troops headed to Fort Hood, Texas for two months to prepare for their nine month journey in Kuwait. LEADER OF THE TROOPS—Garfield native Colonel David Brown, readies the troops as they prepare for Kuwait. (Photo by Diane I. Daniels) The 316th ESC will deploy to Kuwait to support redeployment, retrograde and reposturing of forces, in the Central Command area of operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Their task consists of moving soldiers and equipment.


‘Godfather of Black radio’ Hal Jackson dies in New York

by Deepti HajelaAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP)—Radio pioneer Harold “Hal” Jackson, a staple of New York radio, has died. He was in his late 90s. Jackson died May 23 in a hospital, said Deon Levingston, vice president and general manager at WBLS, a station owned by Inner City Broadcasting, which Jackson co-founded. BLACK RADIO ICON PASSES—In this Nov. 3, 2004 file photo, Harold “Hal” Jackson and wife Debi share a moment before celebrating Jackson’s 65 years of broadcasting at a benefit for the Youth Development Foundation, at the Rainbow Room in New York. (AP Photo/Gina Gayle, File)


Community Calendar

Youth Football Camp JUNE 1—Brandon Marshall and the Pittsburgh Public Schools will host a Youth Football Camp from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Pittsburgh Obama Academy, 129 Denniston St., East Liberty. This is a non-contact skills camp free to the first 500 boys and girls, ages 7-14, who sign up. Pre-registration is requested. For more information, visit


Romney faces tough ­questions from Black leaders

by Steve Peoples PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Mitt Romney struggled to find support for his education proposals while campaigning at an inner-city school May 24, one day after declaring education the “civil rights issue of our era.” The visit, the first by the likely Republican presidential nominee to such a school, came as he begins to court a broader cross-section of the electorate he needs to defeat President Barack Obama in November. PUSHING VOUCHER PLAN—Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, joined by the Universal Bluford Charter School founder Kenneth Gamble, gestures during a round table discussion at the school, May 24, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) In a speech May 23, Romney proposed expanding charter schools, which are privately run but funded by taxpayers, and creating a voucher-like system in which poor and disabled students could attend private schools, also using public money.



This Week in Black History

Week of May 30 to June 5 May 30 1822—What could have been the largest and most elaborate slave rebellion in American history is betrayed by a house slave seeking favors from his White master. The rebellion was organized by Denmark Vesey and involved thousands of Blacks in the Charleston, S.C., area. Vesey was actually a free man who had purchased his freedom. He was doing a thriving business as owner of a carpentry shop. But he had secretly vowed “not to rest until all slaves are free.” The betrayal of the Vesey plot by a house slave resulted in dozens of people, including four Whites, being arrested and many of them were eventually hanged. Vesey was put to death on June 23, 1822. COUNTEE CULLEN



Zappala’s Miles decision wrong

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala decision not to prosecute the three officers who beat Jordan Miles was no big surprise. Even though his reasoning doesn’t make any sense at all. He sounds much like Jamie Foxx did in the movie “Law Abiding Citizen.” His decision wasn’t based on right or wrong or what was just but whether he could win, when winning really shouldn’t have been his major concern. If he had brought the three officers to trial it would have sent a message loud and clear to the entire police forces throughout Allegheny County and possibly the entire country that when you abuse your power, you will be tried in a court of law. Win or lose it would have sent a message out and the few bad officers on the force would have been a lot more reluctant to abuse their power.