Daily Archive: November 14, 2012

Metro

Hill District grocery…finally

There have been some changes in Jeff Ross’ life since he first agreed to operate the planned Hill District SHOP ‘n SAVE three years ago—he’s remarried, one of his daughters married and he has a new grandchild—but still no store, until now. SAVING A LOT—Announcing that all the funding is in place for the Hill District SHOP ‘n SAVE, Hill House Association President & CEO Cheryl Hall-Russell thanks the community for its patience. (Photo by Gail Manker) “To a degree you become frustrated. It took a while to get everyone on the same page to get the project completed,” he said. “I am sure the money is there this time and I anticipate starting construction the Monday after Thanksgiving and opening in July. We’re excited to get this finished and I want to thank everyone for their tireless efforts, especially the people of the Hill District. I’ll see you at the opening.”

Metro

UL works to improve ‘State of Black Pgh’

On Nov. 10, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh presented their annual State of Black Pittsburgh report at Carnegie Mellon University as part of a daylong event. While previous reports focused on devastating statistics showing dire conditions for African-Americans, this year’s report focused on their positive efforts to address issues in the Black community. RAISING CHAMPIONS—Standing, from left: Esther Bush, Ryan Mundy, Nancy Mundy, Annie Hanna-Cestra, Gregory Mundy and Andrew Stockey. Sitting, from left: Jerome Bettis, Gladys Bettis, Charlie Batch and Lynne Settles. (Photo by J.L. Martello) “We continue to see our region’s need for basic support services grow. Last year, we worked with ever increasing numbers of men, women and children whose needs are more urgent and more complex than ever before. They face deep and troubling circumstances in life that are not going away soon,” said Urban League President and CEO Esther Bush. “To deal with these issues, our four departments are working harder than ever to provide support, resources and hope.”

Metro

Save Race Street group celebrates 4th year

A group of Homewood residents who came together in November 2008 to combat blight and crime on their street celebrated four years of working together this month. Minister Terry D. Fluker took the lead in organizing his neighbors after a double homicide occurred near his Race Street home in July 2008. REV. TERRY FLUKER, founder

Metro

Community Calendar

Racial Justice Awards NOV. 14—The YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh will host the 21st Annual Racial Justice Awards Dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Westin Hotel, 1000 Penn Ave., Downtown. This ceremony honors women, men and organizations that have made lasting contributions to the region by helping to eliminate racial inequity in everyday life. This year’s honorees are Tim Stevens, Chauncy Smith, Epryl King, Rev. Dr. Moni McIntyre, Paula Davis, David Harris, Alexi Werner and Michael Sutton. There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 412-255-1261 or visit http://www.ywcapgh.org.

National

Obama to visit Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand

by Jim Kuhnhenn WASHINGTON (AP)—Fresh from his re-election, President Barack Obama will embark on a trip to Southeast Asia and become the first U.S. president to visit Cambodia as well as the once pariah nation of Myanmar where he will hail the country’s shift to democracy after five decades of ruinous military rule. ASIA TRIP—This Dec., 2011 photo shows Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meeting with Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win, File) The White House says Obama will also visit Thailand and attend the East Asia summit and meet leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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National

This Week In Black History

Week of Nov. 14-20 November 14 1915—Booker T. Washington dies in Tuskegee, Ala. Washington was easily one of the top five most influential Black leaders in African-American history. Some considered him too accommodating to Whites but his influence was still significant. Among the educator’s lasting accomplishments was the founding of Tuskegee Institute. He was only 59 when he died. BOOKER T. WASHINGTON

National

Face of U.S. changing; elections to look different

by Connie Cass WASHINGTON (AP)—It’s not just the economy, stupid. It’s the demographics—the changing face of America. The 2012 elections drove home trends that have been embedded in the fine print of birth and death rates, immigration statistics and census charts for years. DIVERSE ELECTORATE—This Nov. 6 photo shows voters in the Weston Ranch area of Stockton, Calif. It’s not just the economy. It’s the demographics—the changing face of America. The 2012 elections drove home trends that have been embedded in the fine print of birth and death rates, immigration statistics and census charts for years. America is rapidly getting more diverse. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File). America is rapidly getting more diverse, and, more gradually, so is its electorate.

Opinion

Republican self-hate

(NNPA)—Leading up to Nov. 6, I found myself focused on the matter of voter suppression and electoral shenanigans committed by the Republicans. This concern was not for nothing. Prior to and on Election Day, there were myriad of attempts to subvert the vote, particularly the vote of people of color. On Election Day in Pennsylvania, for instance, there was a voting machine that would convert an Obama vote into a Romney vote (and this was captured on film). Frivolous voter challenges started well before Election Day itself, again targeting African-American and Latino voters.

Opinion

A post-election mobilization agenda

(NNPA)—After we savor the feeling of sweet success that comes from President Barack Obama’s election, there is work to do. Most of us got the outcome that we both worked and hoped for, but we have to resist the temptation to exhale and get on with our work. Before the president takes the oath of office for a second time, African-Americans should mobilize around these issues: