Monthly Archive: June 2012


Message from the Editor and Publisher

The New Pittsburgh Courier is pleased to recognize and introduce the 2012 50 Women of Excellence, nominated by our readership. Together, they symbolize the best of what this city has to offer. They shine a light on the values and principals held most dear to our society. Though they represent a cornucopia of professions, they share a devotion to strengthening our community. ROD DOSS On Thursday, June 28, the New Pittsburgh Courier will hold its annual luncheon to recognize this year’s list. The luncheon will be held at the Westin Convention Center from 12 to 1:30 p.m.


Community Calendar

Town Hall Meeting JUNE 28—The New Deal Coalition for Economic Party and Justice will host a Town Hall Meeting on the Addison Terrace Development from 6-8 p.m. at the Elise Hillman Auditorium, 1825 Centre Ave., Hill District. This is an opportunity for residents to come out and hear how economic and community government funds are being used for housing, employment and business opportunities in the Hill District and City of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 412-371-3689 ext. 14.


This Week In Black History

For the week of June 27-July 1 June 27 1833—Prudence Crandall, a liberal White woman, is arrested in Canterbury, Conn., for operating an academy designed to educate young Black women. The academy was permanently closed.


Andrew Young and Danny Bakewell honored for ‘Legacy of Excellence’

ATLANTA (NNPA)—Former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and Danny J. Bakewell Sr., the National Newspaper Publishers Association chairman emeritus and executive publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel and the LA Watts Times, were presented with NNPA’s Legacy of Excellence Awards last Friday night in recognition of their lifelong work, courage, commitment, sacrifice and achievements. HONOREE—Andrew Young, center, accepts Legacy Award from NNPA Chairman Cloves Campbell Jr., left, and Xernona Clayton. (NNPA Photo/Freddie Allen)



Stop student loan interest rates from doubling

One of the top issues on the American political and economic scene today is the possible doubling of student loan interest rates set for July 1 if nothing is done. Obama has rightfully made it his top priority to stop. Education is supposed to be the foundation of this country, yet it appears that the politicians, especially the GOP, could care less. As long as the rich get theirs who cares about middle America. For those of us who have paid bills, who have gotten loans, who have sent kids to college or have them there now, this is a huge deal. This is gigantic. This will prevent a lot of kids from going to college.


Pass the Voter Empowerment Act

(NNPA)—“With a pivotal presidential election just six months away, we must do all we can to ensure free and fair elections and that everyone can vote.” Voter Empowerment Act fact sheet Thanks to rising citizen outrage and efforts like the National Urban League’s “Occupy the Vote” campaign, the voter suppression movement is facing mounting resistance. As we reported several weeks ago, voter suppression laws in Florida designed to purge voter rolls and make it more difficult to register voters, have now been challenged by the Justice Department. There is also a new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that takes direct aim at some of the most egregious voter suppression tactics being employed or considered in dozens of states throughout the nation.


Taking care of those who take care of us

(NNPA)—Ai-Jen Poo, a powerful and passionate advocate for the rights of domestic workers, leads the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Who are these folks? They are the private household workers (maids) who propped up inept women in the movie, “The Help.” They are the home health aides who take care of our elders when they are ill or disabled, bringing them meals, bathing them and accompanying them to medical appointments. They are the nannies that care for children when parents are working. In some ways, they are a backbone of our economy, and yet they often have neither voice nor money.


Former Courier intern publishes novella

What would you do if you lived next door to someone featured on “America’s Most Wanted,” a burglar, or someone who committed suicide? These are questions that Paige K. Mitchell, 21 from Penn Hills, asks in her 60-page mystery novella, “Secret Shadows.” PAIGE K. MITCHELL (Photo by J.L. Martello)