Homewood15208 - dispatches from the heart of Homewood Nation.
By Jose A. Diaz
Tody is the closing day for an exhibit at the Homewood Carnegie Library that helps children to learn about opera.
A partnership between Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Opera has resulted in a unique enterprise at the Homewood library. “Opera Trunk”, on display in the branch’s children’s area, is exactly what it sounds like: trunks filled with opera paraphernalia. About three days a week in the afternoo...Read Full Post »
The 7th Annual Sembene Film and Arts Festival, which began last week, resumes this evening with a showing of "Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power" (2005).
The hour-long documentary, directed by Sandra...Read Full Post »
Demi Kolke, community development manager at Operation Better Block Inc., shows off the binder of documents produced by OBB's cluster planning process.
A community planning process that began nearly two years ago will reach a highwater mark this evening when Operation Better Block Inc. presents its comprehensive land use plan for Homewood.
The Homewood Community-Driven Cl...Read Full Post »
The Homewood-Brushton YMCA is hosting a Halloween celebration this evening, from 5 - 7 pm. Besides the fun and entertainment, it will offer other Homewood organizations the opportunity to share information about their work with visitors. I caught up with the Y's community liaison and outreach director, Jose A. Diaz, on Facebook at a ridiculous hour and asked to chat with him. (Jose and I are friends, and he sometimes writes for Homewood Nation). The following is lightly edited for clarity and...Read Full Post »
We all know that Black men are arrested, convicted and incarcerated in disproportionate numbers. What many people don't realize is how extensively that can affect one's life long after their return to society.
Most people also don't realize that there are steps people can take to reduce that impact. The system affords paths to pursue expungement and pardon, procedures that can help to clear a person's record.
Tomorrow, the Black Women's Empowerment Institut...Read Full Post »
Here's a small taste of the Alumni Festivities held at Westinghouse High School this past weekend. Go Bulldogs!
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This week has been Spirit Week at Westinghouse High School, leading up to the Bulldogs' homecoming game this evening, in progress as I type.
I visited WHS for their pep rally this afternoon, which was held in the gym. I couldn't stay for the entire thing because of another appointment.
I wish I could have; it would be good to get to know some people at Westinghouse better, or to get to know more people there, period - the school has gone through so much i...Read Full Post »
In the first post of this series, I stated some propositions that I believe based on my reading of the Bibie. In this and following posts, I'll explore implications for community and community development work that I believe flow from those propositions. As stated earlier, I share all of this less to persuade anyone else to believe them than to find out if anyon...Read Full Post »
I HATE EMERGENCY MEETINGS.
There. I said it, and I'm glad.
I hate emergency meetings for at least two reasons. The first reason is because in my experience, emergency meetings have consisted of a lot of emotional expressions that do not result in any specific action.
The second reason is because emergency meetings are a type of event, held in reaction to events. But the events that we are reacting to are the results...Read Full Post »
This event has been promoted so well on Facebook that part of me thinks everyone knows about it by now.
But maybe not, so here goes:
In response to recent gun violence in Homewood, Community Empowerment Association will host an emergency planning meeting at 5 pm today at 7120 Kelly Street. All are encouraged to attend, and to be ready to offer concrete suggestions for how to help heal our community and make it safer.
There was an em...Read Full Post »