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B-PEP is to be commended for their efforts to bring the many communities of faith into the battle to end  both, street and domestic violence in the Black neighborhoods throughout Pittsburgh and the country.

B-PEP, headed by Tim Stevens, Celeste Taylor and many other veteran and new activists, recently took the fight against street and domestic violence within the Black community to church.

The church use to be the central institution of the Black community because they were not controlled by others; most ministers were paid by the church and all the expenses of the church were paid by the congregation, not the government, non-profit foundations or corporations, which allowed them to be independent.

With this independence no one could control when and where they met, or what issue they deemed important.

That was during the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, and mostly in the South. For some reason, many so-called educated Blacks moved away from the church to the suburbs and the church moved away from social issues that affected its congregation, such as jobs, police brutality, supporting businesses in the community, family, violence in the streets and home, and most of all morality as a whole.

Most of what we get in the church is that Jesus Christ died for our sins, and only when we die and meet Jesus will we have true happiness.

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