We want change and have defined a plan for achieving it .
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15217
Pittsburgh, Pa 15217
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It doesn't matter who they tell us to VOTE for the reality is that we VOTE almost 100 percent for the Democratic "slate of candidates" each election and still "live in the same circumstances or worst." WE'RE NOT VOTING FOR NO ONE UNLESS WE GET A "CITY-WIDE" JOBS PROGRAM TO GUARANTEE BLACK FAMILIES A MINIMUM INCOME.
As a people we survived slavery and "Jim Crow" so why all the Black on Black homicides?
We have expended a great deal of energy thinking about, worrying about, debating gun violence. If you want to talk further about the pathology of black death vis-a-vis gun violence, then we must also talk about the pathology of "failed" black leadership.
Last year "homicides rates" jumped dramatically in more than 24 American cities. 90 percent of the zip codes with mass shootings had higher than average poverty rates. Black boys and girls are 6 to 10 times more likely to die from gun violence. The broader scope of gun violence involves the terrible toll of non-fatal shootings that leaves black youth with serious and debilitating injuries.
It's a "blood bath" in black neighborhoods daily and when suspected assailants cannot be identified and the homicide case goes unresolved it doesn't leave room for the black community to believe in the system.
Change requires real struggle and that struggle will be in the streets led by the people. We must be more than an "online forum." Our mission is to do more than just build connections, spark dialogue, and encourage engagement. Here in Pittsburgh we understand that the "#Blacklivesmatter movement" must provide more than irrational anger. Our strategy is to do more than agitate antagonistically and ineffectively. We're not going to hide cowardly without "central leadership" behind a veneer of collective action. IF WE WANT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY WE MUST LEAD WITH A NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS AND "DAY-TO-DAY" OPERATIONS.
We can't jeopardize the viability of the #Blacklivesmatter movement by allowing its identity to be hijacked. We must be suspicious of the "political black," those who are not black but have identified with our struggle for political gain and to silence actual black voices. The BLM founders recently wrote that "their focus is centered on the leadership and experiences of black, queer and transgender women and gender non-conforming people." Is their efforts really a "fight for gay and transgender rights" or a "fight for black lives?
OUR FIGHT CAN INCLUDE FEMINISM DEMANDS AND A VISION FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE QUEER AND TRANSGENDER (THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY) . . . BUT OUR MOVEMENT, THE WEBSITE, AGENDA AND LEADERSHIP MUST DESCRIBE #BLACKLIVESMATTER IN SPECIFIC TERMS: "THIS IS ABOUT BLACK LIVES" PERIOD!!!
Our black boys and girls need something/someone to believe in that is GOOD, TRUE and UNCHANGING. Too much "boutique multiculturalism" has been forced on them now that never addresses the underlying causes of exploitation, alienation, and inequality. After decades of attempting to socially engineer black neighborhoods and the black family America's policy makers apparently have learned nothing.
We must decide how to leverage our army of young black boys and girls, brigades of enthusiasts and social media prowess into systemic change. All change movements must evolve in order to remain relevant and effective. Our biggest challenge is to channel the #Blacklivesmatter organization into something tangible that can cement our legacy in America for years to come. We have the unique opportunity to impact ballot races and can be the game changer in the 2016 general election in November. WE'RE NOT VOTING FOR NO ONE IN PITTSBURGH UNLESS WE GET A "CITY-WIDE" JOBS PROGRAM TO GUARANTEE BLACK FAMILIES A MINIMUM INCOME.
Plan to end gun violence
BLM-PGH has called for a "Police killing of Bruce Kelley, Jr. protest" to be held at the corner where the gazebo is located in Wilkinsburg. Plans are being developed. 16 minutes of the 20 minute incident took place at the gazebo. We want the video from the camera at the gazebo. The gathering will be for "able-bodied" black males and females. NOT THE TIMID AND NO CHILDREN. There will be NO CANDLES. NO MARCHING. NO KUMBAYA. More details soon.
HOW WE DIFFER FROM THE OTHER BLACK LIFE MATTER GROUPS IN OTHER CITIES
The "black life matter" label is an abstract. The media reports just one aspect (the police a symptom of the problem). The movement in Pittsburgh is not just an "anti-cop movement." We vigorously and voraciously opposes anyone who legally circumscribes the FREEDOM of black boys and girls. The political establishment has deliberately misheard and misunderstood the call for JUSTICE. “Black Lives Matter” sets forth two separate but related sentiments. The first is universal and normative: "all lives matter" and our diverse democracy (indeed, any civilization worthy of the designation) accepts that as an ideal. The second is particular and descriptive: "the treatment of black people," as evidenced by individual cases and overwhelming statistics, indicates in actuality "we are treated as less than equal."
Killing of Bruce Kelley
Not one word from the Pittsburgh NAACP, Urban League, Black State Representatives, etc..
Job Training Proposals
It's time we get a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant
$5 Billion tax dollars have been spent on PA Office of the Budget’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) projects since the program began three decades ago. It is a grant program for the purchase and construction of economic, community, cultural and historical projects that preserve or increase employment and tax revenues. The Black leadership has secured $0 dollars in RACP grants