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Homewood 2014: A bumpy start

Posted by Elwin Green on January 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (1)

For lovers of Homewood, the year 2014 has gotten off to a dramatic, intriguing, challenging start.

On January 6, Homewood artist and poet Vanessa German thrilled attendees at Mayor Bill Peduto's inauguration with a spoken word piece that brought the audience at Heinz Hall to their feet, and that made me, watching it with my wife on TV, want and wish to be the kind of neighbor, the kind of Pittsburgher, that she ...

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1,000 Eyes - A Proposal

Posted by Elwin Green on September 10, 2013 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (1)

This post is addressed to my neighbors in Homewood...Greetings!


I want to propose a long-term, coordinated, community-wise response to the violence that resurged in Homewood last month.


I propose a campaign in which residents take a pledge to provide law enforcement with information.


We all know that there are people in Homewood, other than the actors themselves, who could provide the police with useful information. We also all u...

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New Category Needed for Stories of Police Misconduct

Posted by Abdur-Rahman Shareef on July 2, 2013 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (2)

Greetings All,

After attending another follow-up meeting regarding the Henderson and Stewart incident again at CEA (Community Empowerment Association) there were a host of people that got up and told us about their incidents regarding Police misconduct and I thought that we need to document these stories and what better place to put them but here on Homewood Nation!  Also, I think that we all need to post more on this site and that this site should be our reposi...

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Don't Let Anybody Take Away Your Rights As Citizens

Posted by Shawn Carter on July 1, 2013 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)


My previous post regarding the Supreme Court's decision of the Voting Rights Act was actually my second missive on the subject. Over at The Pittsburgh Comet, I made some other observations as ...

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Why The Supreme Court's Ruling in the Voting Rights Act Case Doesn't Matter for Homewood

Posted by Shawn Carter on June 28, 2013 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (2)

There is a very simple reason why the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 doesn’t really matter for Homewood:

We don’t vote.

No law or government action will ever be as effective at disenfranchising African-Americans from registering to vote or voting as African-Americans are at disen...

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How to get arrested? Stand there.

Posted by Elwin Green on June 27, 2013 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (14)


Journalist Rossano Stewart (striped shirt) and schoolteacher Dennis Henderson (yellow shirt) in handcuffs after a police officer arrested them, according to Mr. Stewart, for obstructing the street.

(UPDATE, 6/27/2013, 12:27 pm - Quotes from Mr. Henderson, addtional commentary at end, new link to extended video.

UPDATE, 6/28/2013, 1:54 am - Mr. Hende...

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Homewood at the Crossroads

Posted by C. Matthew Hawkins on June 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (10)

On Monday, June 24th the Black Political Empowerment Project convened a Homewood community discussion about how to deal with vacant or abandoned properties. The discussion was held at the neighborhood branch of Carnegie Library. Homewood Renaissance Association CEO Rev. Eugene Blackwell, Operation Better Block Executive Director Jerome Jackson, Rosedale Block Cluster Executive Director Diane Swann, and Community Empowerment Association CEO Rashad Byrdsong, were among the 50 community and non...

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BLOCK WATCH PLUS: June 2013 meeting

Posted by Elwin Green on June 21, 2013 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (3)

Four people attended last night's meeting of Block Watch Plus, the monthly gathering for Homewood residents to share information, strategize, and raise concerns about issues that require a response from beyond the community.


The simple agenda sparked enough discussion to fill the allotted meeting time of 6 - 7:30 pm. There were four items:


A membership campaign. I reiterated my desire to make BWP unavoidable - i.e., the resident group that p...

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A true scandal.

Posted by Elwin Green on June 17, 2013 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (14)

Today I checked the Allegheny County Elections Division's website to see if the official numbers (as opposed to unofficial ones) for the May 21st primary had been posted. They have.

I wanted to figure out one thing - how many of Homewood's registered voters actually voted. To do this, I compared a map of the City's wards and voting districts with

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Bill Peduto's New Paradigm of Power Challenges Local Neighborhoods

Posted by C. Matthew Hawkins on May 26, 2013 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Councilman Bill Peduto is the presumptive next mayor of the City of Pittsburgh after having secured the nomination of the Democratic Party for that post, in a City where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-to-1.


Now the question is how Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods, such as Homewood-Brushton, should position themselves given the way that Peduto says he intends to govern.


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