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Bill Clinton To Visit Homewood.

Posted by Elwin Green on September 7, 2016 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Former President Bill Clinton will be in Homewood Friday to drum up support for his wife Hilary's presidential run.


My initial rush of excitement about this died pretty quickly, when I thought about the traffic problems likely to be created by his visit - especially to the extent that it coincides with activities celebrating the lif...

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Remembering Freedom

Posted by Elwin Green on September 7, 2016 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)


On Friday, Sept. 9, the House of Manna Faith Community will conduct the homegoing service (aka, funeral) for their founding pastor, the Rev. Eugene “Freedom” Blackwell, who passed away on Aug. 29 at the age of 43.


The 11 a.m. service will be preceded by a "Freedom Procession," starting at 9:30 at Westinghouse High School.


I visited House of Manna Sunday for thei...

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Homewood Loses A Hero

Posted by Elwin Green on August 29, 2016 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Rev. Eugene "Freedom" Blackwell, founding pastor of House of Manna and former pastor of Bethesda Presbyterian Church, passed away this morning, at the age of 43.

 

I don't know the details yet, but do know that he had endured - and until now, survived - bouts with cancer over the past few years.

 

Bethesda announced the news in a Facebook post:

 

TO: Bethesda Family & Friends
We share news of the passing of Rev. Eugene "Freedom" B...

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Zone 5 Mission Statement Short, Deep

Posted by Elwin Green on July 13, 2016 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (5)

I visited with Zone 5 police commander Jason Lando yesterday., and learned that Zone 5 has a mission statement.


I don't know how common (or not) it is for police zones, or even departments, to have mission statements. I don't think that it would have even occurred to me ask about such a thing. But there it was, firmly secured under the glass top of the conference table in Lando's office.


And here it is:

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Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights...Pittsburgh?

Posted by Elwin Green on July 13, 2016 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Alton Sterling (l) and Philando Castile (r) were killed by police officers in Baton Rouge, LA and Falcon Heights, Minn. last week.


I'm going to make a pitch here. But first, a story:


I was out late, and stopped at a 24-hour convenience store around 3 a.m. to use the restroom and possibly grab a snack.


A younger Black man — I’d say early 30s —...

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Press Conference To Protest Gun Violence.

Posted by Elwin Green on July 12, 2016 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)


From the just-passing-along-a-press-release department...this event is happening TODAY:


The Moving the Lives of Kids (MLK) Community Mural Project will host a press conference at 11 a.m. to address the rampant gun violence that has plagued the city and the nation. More than 100 students will participate.

 

On July 4, gun violence hit the MLK projec...

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CEA Hosts Day of Black Male Solidarity

Posted by Elwin Green on June 25, 2016 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Richard Garland (University of PIttsburgh Graduate School of Public Health) and Jack Jackson (Black Panther Party New Jersey chapter)  listen as T. Rashad Byrdsong,president and CEO of Community Empowerment Association, addresses the Day of Black Male Solidarity


“Our house is on fire,” Community Empowerment Association Inc. President and CEO Rashad Byrdsong told the audience at

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Homewood Farmers Market Launches

Posted by Elwin Green on June 8, 2016 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (3)


Homewood resident Celeste Taylor (r), chats with YMCA garden program director Hanna Mosca (l) and Shiloh Farm manager Nick Lubecki of Grow PIttsburgh (c).


In a January post titled, "A New Script for Homewood," I wrote, “An alternative way of developing both people and land would be thr...

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A Dinner In Homewood

Posted by Elwin Green on May 18, 2016 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Britee Clay, co-owner of Jones Printing, and Vernard Alexander, owner of The Minority Networking Exchange, welcome guests to a dinner held at Jones Printing that was part of 200 Dinners Pittsburgh.



Erica L. Upshaw-Givner was adamant.


“It is not a prevention, it is a deterrent. It is part of a solution.”


“It” referred to the ...

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The shortest survey ever.

Posted by Elwin Green on May 3, 2016 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)



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