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August 2019

This court program, born in a mortgage crisis, is still saving Allegheny County homes from foreclosure

2019-08-28T10:19:34-04:00August 28th, 2019|Making News|

Joanne Lohuis was on the verge of losing her Swissvale home. Her long-term unemployment benefits had run out two years ago and she could no longer make her $650 monthly mortgage payments. The situation became more desperate each month. After about four months, the bank served her with a foreclosure notice and moved to seize [...]

July 2019

Local leader honored as ‘woman of power’ at National Urban League conference

2019-09-06T09:33:05-04:00July 29th, 2019|Making News|

By: Andrea Klick,  Pittsburgh Post Gazette Longtime Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh leader Esther Bush was honored this week with a Women of Power award at the annual National Urban League Conference in Indianapolis. Since 1994, Ms. Bush has served as president of the local organization, which pushes for economic equality and civil rights for [...]

April 2019

Letter to the Editor

2019-04-04T14:07:30-04:00April 4th, 2019|Making News|

Originally published: New Pittsburgh Courier, 04/4/2019 Dear Editor: With the state budget looming, interest in the state investment in public education is higher than ever. While Governor Wolf and the PA legislature have increased education funding over the past several budget cycles, more continued investments —like the governor’s proposed additional $50 million for high quality [...]

Group’s second conference looks to shift from talk to action on inequities

2019-04-03T10:54:47-04:00April 3rd, 2019|Making News|

By: Lacretia Wimbley for the Post-Gazette, Published April 2, 2019 Marcus F. Walton asked a room of around 100 top African-American CEOs and community leaders to hold hands, close their eyes, and confront whatever discomfort they may feel during the second annual African American Strategic Partnership conference on Tuesday. “Allow yourself to wander, to think, to be [...]

March 2019

The best way to eliminate hate? Talk about it, experts say in wake of Tree of Life shooting

2019-03-01T09:52:56-04:00March 1st, 2019|Making News|

By: Andrew Goldstein for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Almost four months to the day after a gunman killed 11 people at Tree of Life synagogue, hundreds of people attended a forum in the Strip District that explored ways to end the kind of hate that led to that violence. At a town hall Tuesday at the [...]

February 2019

Nonprofits Want More Engagement With Pittsburgh School Board Elections

2019-02-20T11:46:20-04:00February 20th, 2019|Making News|

By Sarah Schneider for 90.5 WESA Less than 20 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the last four Pittsburgh school board elections, according to a coalition of 17 groups trying to get out the vote in the second largest school district in Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh Public School District controls a $650 million budget and the nine members enact everything from [...]

Religious leaders, government officials discuss responding to hate

2019-02-19T10:09:35-04:00February 19th, 2019|Making News|

By: Andrew Goldstein, Pittsburgh Post Gazette 02/14/2019 Leaders of three different faiths whose houses of worship were struck by violence came together Wednesday night in Pittsburgh to discuss ways to combat hate. Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, of Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill, the Rev. Eric S.C. Manning, of Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charelston, [...]

Urban League Sunday reinforces a unified Black and Jewish community

2019-02-19T08:48:56-04:00February 19th, 2019|Making News|

Originally published: New Pittsburgh Courier 02/14/2019By: Christian Morrow and J.L. Martello “Urban League Sunday” is the organization’s signature event during Black History Month, and while its message over 33 years has long been one of striving for togetherness, that message may not have been delivered as forcefully as it was this year by keynote speaker [...]

Take Charge of Your Health. Be Informed. Be Involved. … Preeclampsia and heart health

2019-02-14T08:54:47-04:00February 14th, 2019|Health, Making News|

This month, the “Take Charge of Your Health Today” page focuses on preeclampsia and heart health. Erricka Hager, health advocate, and Esther L. Bush, president and CEO, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, spoke about this topic. EH: Good afternoon, Ms. Bush. I’m excited to have this conversation with you about an issue that is negatively affecting [...]

Tree of Life Rabbi joins a united front at Urban League event

2019-02-19T08:40:31-04:00February 11th, 2019|Making News, Uncategorized|

By: Paula Reed Ward for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette For decades, centuries even, Esther Bush said, African-American and Jewish communities have been fighting the same battle together. For peace and equity. Fairness and opportunity. That’s why the president and CEO of Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh felt it only appropriate for Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of [...]

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