Many are familiar with ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council). ALEC is a corporate-backed organization which produces conservative model bills that lawmakers can customize for their own communities and states. ALEC model legislation includes controversial restrictive Voter ID laws being passed by various states as well as ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws. ALEC has been around for nearly 40 years and is responsible for some 200 such model bills becoming law each year. While most of us have heard of ALEC, how many have heard of ALICE?
Pittsburgh has been rightly celebrated as America’s “Most Livable City” but, the renewal has not been citywide—there are many neighborhoods that have not shared in the growth and progress. Coro Pittsburgh is a comprehensive program whose mission is to advance ethical and effective leaders who share a commitment to civic engagement. The Coro Fellows in Public Affairs will hold a Dialogue on Urban Affairs on Friday, October 25th. The topic at hand: Is Pittsburgh Livable for Everyone? They are looking for you—the public—to give your input into the conversation. You may even find some opportunities to take action in helping achieve a more equitable city for all.
The biggest karaoke event of the year is all for a good cause. Come out on Friday, November 1st for the Second Annual Live Rock N’ Roll Karaoke Costume Party: Day of the Dead Edition! All the proceeds from this evening will directly benefit Jamie & Ali McMutrie’s Haitian Families First. HFF supports families and children in Haiti by giving them access to education, healthcare, and nutritional needs — guiding them toward self-sufficiency. The event will be hosted by Randy Baumann of the DVE Morning Show and they’ll be a celebrity karaoke competition featuring Mikey & Big Bob of the 96.1 Morning Freak Show, Sally Wiggin of WTAE, and our own Democratic Mayoral Candidate Bill Peduto!
Each October, the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh holds their annual celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s life and teachings. Gandhi was born on October 2nd and the United Nations General Assembly has established that day as the International Day of Non-Violence to honor his work. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, October 6th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM.
While President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law back on March 23, 2010, people still have questions about the statute which is aimed at insuring millions of Americans who are not now covered and reforming the insurance system for all.
Pittsburgh Westinghouse is one of 10 high schools in the Pittsburgh Public School district. Located in Homewood and established in 1917, it has an especially rich musical heritage. It’s alumni includes Billy Strayhorn (jazz composer, known for “Lush Life” and “Take the “A” Train”), Erroll Garner (jazz pianist and composer), Ahmad Jamal (jazz pianist), and Frank Cunimondo (jazz pianist). But right now, budget cuts have hit their music program hard–they have lost their instrumental program and their chorus teacher and one teacher is handling it all.
On November 13th the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh will hold its 22nd annual Racial Justice Awards. The awards honor those individuals, organizations and companies who have a shown a long-term commitment to ending racism. Those who have demonstrated their promotion of equality, diversity, and inclusion and who work to end discrimination are eligible for an award.
The Northside Old Timers is a non profit group of current and former Northsiders dedicated to improving the lives of youths by fostering peace, unity and harmony in 19 different communities in Pittsburgh’s Northside. They work primarily with children from kindergarten to the eighth grade as they have found this age-range to be the most susceptible to positive change. Their motto is “Save One, Job Done” and they work to reduce violence by creating activities which enable these youngsters to get to know their peers in other neighborhoods — “changing the way children think about one another in order to change the way they act towards one another.”
“Vamos Meninas!” means “Let’s Go Girls!” in Portuguese. It’s the working title of a one-hour documentary film by the Women and Girls Foundation (WGF) in Pittsburgh and ELAS Women’s Social Investment Fund in Rio de Janeiro that’s currently in the production stage. Written and directed by WGF’s CEO, Heather Arnet, the film is about female presidents. It will debut on Pittsburgh’s own WQED this fall, tour college campuses, and is meant to inspire girls for generations to come.
What do 100,000 water balloons have to do with global poverty? When Team Tassy was looking for a way to involve the community in raising funds to help poor families in Haiti, they went with the most joyous event they could come up with because giving should be an act of joy. This will be the second annual Great American Water Balloon Fight in Pittsburgh. Last year, 700 fighters participated–this year, they’ve set a goal of 1,500.