Daily Archive: September 26, 2012


Obama urges UN to confront roots of Muslim rage

by Ben Feller AP White House Correspondent UNITED NATIONS (AP)—President Barack Obama told world leaders Tuesday that attacks on U.S. citizens in Libya “were attacks on America,” and he called on them to join in confronting the root causes of the rage across the Muslim world. UN ADDRESS—President Barack Obama addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters, Sept. 25. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais).



‘Ignite 2012’ stresses vote to hip-hoppers

Last week hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco was at the center of an online frenzy when he was attacked on the social media Website Twitter for his decision not to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Although Fiasco has been credited as a pioneer of the conscious hip-hop movement, which focuses on social issues, his stance on not voting in U.S. elections was criticized by national personalities D.L Hughley and Roland Martin who said his voice carries weight with young African-American men. Fiasco, who has been vocal about his disproval of President Barack Obama, defended his position on not voting, but encouraged others to make their own decision. JASIRI X


Dykes’ second shot at NAACP president

For the second time, Rev. Regina Ragin Dykes is throwing her hat in the ring for president of the NAACP. The longtime member was beaten in 2010 by current president M. Gayle Moss. “I’ve been an active participating member of the Pittsburgh Branch of the NAACP for almost 30 years,” Dykes said. “I’m a lifetime member and I’m also on the state board of the NAACP. So I work on both levels. I’m an active participant.” REV. REGINA RAGIN DYKES Dykes is the pastor at New Life AME church in Homewood and works at the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh as a workforce development specialist. She was the executive director at the Hazelwood YMCA for seven years and also served as the supervisor of Allegheny County’s residential placement program for mental health, mental retardation, drug and alcohol.


Harper named new county jail warden

In the nearly two years since Allegheny County Jail Warden Ramon Rustin left for a post in New Mexico, no less than six acting wardens have administered the Uptown facility, but no more. On Sept. 13, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced that Orlando Harper would take over as warden next month. ORLANDO HARPER “After a long search process, I am proud to announce the appointment of Orlando L. Harper as the new Warden of the Allegheny County Jail and look forward to his service to our county,” said Fitzgerald. “Orlando has strong management experience and has been proactive in identifying security risks and issues, as well as crafting solutions. He is also open to the innovative ideas aimed at reducing recidivism and providing services for which Allegheny County has been known. He is committed to working with all of our stakeholders to make changes to existing services and has indicated his intent to continue working with those parties moving forward.”


Ban the Box bill gains public support

Nearly 100 people gathered in front of council chambers in the City County Building Sept. 25 to advocate for legislation that would prohibit employers from asking questions about criminal background on initial applications. “Today we are here to advocate for much needed Ban the Box legislation,” said Dean Williams, founder of the Formerly Convicted Citizens Project who first prompted the call for Ban the Box legislation. “The bill is at the city solicitors office waiting for approval.” VOICING THEIR SUPPORT—Anna Hollis advocates for Ban the Box legislation with a crowd of supporters at city council chambers. (Photo by J.L. Martello) The legislation was originally proposed by District 9 Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess in April 2011, but was only aimed at hiring practices for city government and contractors who work with the city. The FCCP has since decided to expand the legislation to include private Pittsburgh vendors and employers.


Still seeking cure, sickle cell group celebrates 10 years

September is national Sickle Cell Awareness month, but bringing awareness to the community and providing educational, social and economical support to children with sickle cell disease and their families, has been the daily mission of the Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation Inc. Now, celebrating its 10-year anniversary, the organization continues to reach its goals and make strides to assist in a better quality of life for children dealing with this painful disease. DEDICATED—From left: Michael Matthews, Pixie Talarico, both of the Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation, Dr. Mark Gladwin, Andrea Williams, and Dr. Lakshmanan Krishnamurti, director of the Children’s Hospital Sickle Cell Clinic at the anniversary celebration. “We are meeting our mission and have a strategy for each part,” said Andrea Williams, executive director of the CSCF. “We are teaching them (children with the disease and their families) how to live, but also how to live well. We want every person with sickle cell to be able to say that they are living well with sickle cell.” Like many, Williams is also a mother of a child with sickle cell.


Community Calendar

Community Meeting SEPT. 26—The Community Empowerment Association will host the Section 3 Informational Community Meeting from 6-8 p.m. at 7120 Kelly St., Homewood. This is the first in a series of meetings on creating jobs and training economic opportunities. For more information, call 412-371-3689 ext. 33 or visit http://www.ceapittsburgh.org.


URA approves Centre Avenue developments

Three weeks ago, residents of Pittsburgh’s Hill District reviewed and approved five potential development projects for the Centre Avenue corridor. They forwarded all five to the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority for consideration and funding approval. During its Sept. 12 meeting, the board moved the first of these projects forward—a four-story, mixed-income apartment building that would also house 3,400 square feet of ground-floor retail space.



Jamaica introduces Garveyism in classrooms

by David McFadden KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP)—Struggling with a chronically stagnant economy and one of the highest crime rates in the world, Jamaica is turning for help to a Black nationalist leader who died more than 70 years ago. BLACK NATIONALIST LEADER—In this August 1922 file photo, Marcus Garvey is shown in a military uniform as the “Provisional President of Africa” during a parade in the opening day of the annual Convention of the Negro Peoples of the World at Lenox Avenue in Harlem, New York City. (AP Photo/File) Marcus Garvey, who inspired millions of followers worldwide with messages of Black pride and self-reliance, is being resurrected in a new mandatory civics program in schools across this predominantly Black country of 2.8 million people. Students from kindergarten through high school are supposed to learn values such as self-esteem, respect for others and personal responsibility by studying Garvey, whom Martin Luther King Jr. called the “first man on a mass scale and level to give Negroes a sense of dignity and destiny.”



This Week in Black History

Week of Sept. 26-Oct. 2 September 26 1867—Maggie L. Walker is born. She would become the most prominent Black businesswoman in the Richmond, Va., area and one of the wealthiest Black women in the nation. She also became the first Black woman to establish a bank in the nation. A social activist, she would help establish the Lilly Black political party in part as a slap at the “Lilly White” political parties of the day. MAGGIE L. WALKER