Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fwd: FW: Pittsburgh Steelers Coaching Boys Into Men Summit on May 20

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From: "Kristy Trautmann" <kristy@fisafoundation.org>
Date: Apr 26, 2017 1:55 PM
Subject: FW: Pittsburgh Steelers Coaching Boys Into Men Summit on May 20
To: "Kristy Trautmann" <kristy@fisafoundation.org>
Cc:

Greetings!  You attended a previous Coaching Boys Into Men training, so we are keeping you in the loop about this upcoming opportunity with the Pittsburgh Steelers on May 20.  Details below.

(Cross posting, please excuse duplicate emails.)

This session is focused on high school athletic coaches.  Please forward to anyone who might be interested!

Thank you,

Kristy

 

From: FISA Foundation [mailto:newsletter@fisafoundation.org]
Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 10:45 AM
To: Kristy Trautmann <kristy@fisafoundation.org>
Subject: Pittsburgh Steelers Coaching Boys Into Men Summit on May 20

 

 

A SPECIAL INVITATION from the PITTSBURGH STEELERS!


FISA Foundation, United Way of Southwestern PA and the Pittsburgh Steelers recognize that special role of coaches in the lives of high school athletes. Good coaches believe that building character is as important as learning plays.

 
We invite high school coaches to join us at Heinz Field on May 20 for a free Coaching Boys Into Men Training Summit. CBIM gives coaches the tools to talk to their athletes about building safe and healthy relationships and prevent dating violence.
 

Keynote speaker Don McPherson is an activist, educator and College Football Hall of Famer. A former professional football player and director of Northeastern University's Mentors in Violence Prevention Program, his talk will focus on empowering young men to prevent dating violence.


Also speaking will be Jerry Olsavsky, Steelers inside linebacker coach, Steelers representatives and CBIM advocates.

  

Bonus: Free lunch, tour and moving tackling dummy demo.

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hyundai Club at Heinz Field
100 Art Rooney Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

AGENDA:
9:00 a.m.       Registration
9:30 a.m.       Welcome
10:00 a.m.     Keynote: Don McPherson
11:00 a.m.     Overview of CBIM
11:30 a.m.     Lunch, tour & moving tackling dummy demo
1-3:00 p.m.   CBIM training

The program is free. Click here to register by May 12.

Act 48 Credits are pending.

Questions?  Contact Kiandra Foster, United Way at (412) 456-6844 or Kiandra.Foster@unitedwayswpa.org

 

 

 

Sponsored by:

FISA                 

  

 

FISA Foundation, 535 Smithfield Street, Suite 710, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

 

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fwd: PAA Disaster


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From: John H

You are receiving this e-mail because you live in the Pittsburgh region and might have some interest in what is happening relative to the scandals at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association (PAA).  You may have heard about the financial debacle of the PAA on taxes, utility bills, etc. and the terrible treatment of 24 students living on the 4th and 5th floors of the building; but you almost certainly have not heard about the plight of the PPA's employees since the newspapers have shown no interest in their situation.  Attached is an op-ed which Mike Stout and I have submitted to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for publication.  We hope that they will print it, but are not at all confident since it casts a bad light on some of Pittsburgh's elite. 

The workers at the PAA are now out of a job.  We hope the people of Pittsburgh will put as much pressure as possible on the Directors, Members and management of the PAA to help ensure that the workers finally receive a fair shake.  These folks have been stiffed and badly treated by the PAA since at least 2011.  

Tomorrow Mike and I and a couple of other will be meeting to plan a fundraiser to help the workers pay for the legal fees in the ERISA suit they are filing over their missing pension funds.  As you may imagine these workers are not floating in cash.  They have been beaten down for so long that they feel hopeless and alone.  They need all the help they can get.  So anything you can do will be gratefully appreciated.  We will keep you informed of any plans for a fundraiser as they develop.

If you are not interested and want no further information on this please let me know and I will remove you from the list.

John


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Conflict of Interest with City Employees and City Schools -- even as a coach

This is from the Pittsburgh's City Charter:



707. Multiple Employment

Prohibited
No person shall hold more than one compensated position in City government and no compensated city employee shall hold a compensated position in any other government except as follows:
a. Officer or member of the Pennsylvania National Guard or federal reserve:
b. The controller may also serve as controller for the city school district; and the deputy controller may also serve as deputy controller for the city school district.
c. A treasurer, or person serving in that capacity, may also serve as treasurer for the city school district.
d. Member or employee of any sinking fund commission or pension board.
e. Pittsburgh public school employees between the months of May and September of each year.




Problem: City workers can not be part-time coaches on athletic teams in the city.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Fwd: As the Party self-destructs


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From: John H

A pair of top Democrats are telling the 28 percent of the party that is pro-life to get in line and support abortion – or leave the party. 

 

"Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman's right to make her own choices about her body and her health," Perez said in a statement on April 21. "That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state." – Tom Perez, DNC Chairman

 

While I believe that every woman should have control over her own body and the right to choose whether to have an abortion or not, it increasingly seems as if the hierarchy of the Democratic Party is intent upon political suicide.  Establishing an absolute standard of belief to be applied to all Party adherents would seem to be akin to emulating the Nazi Party in Germany or the Communist Party in the Soviet Union – toe the line or else.  So much for belief in democracy.  Assuming the Party chooses to do this with the abortion issue, they can apply it to anything.  I'm not suggesting that there are no issues that could be absolutely banned for followers, slavery comes immediately to mind.  But, when choosing an issue about which there is a great deal of disagreement, particularly among people with strong religious convictions, it seems to be nonsensical. 

 

This is not all that much different from the Party elite's effort to dis Bernie Sanders and all of those who believe that Sanders' policy prescriptions would move the Party in the correct direction for the times.  Unfortunately, the Democratic Party bosses are so tightly tied to Wall Street, Tech and entertainment Billionaires that the prospect of even mildly progressive policies and people in the Party strikes terror in their souls and demands drastic action to ensure that no such change occur.  This is the gist of the attachment, but more forcefully made.

 

John

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D DISUNITY: Hypocritical 

Job posting for city work w nonprofit



A. PHILLIP RANDOLPH INSTITUTE JOB OPENINGS
The institute has 3 new openings, find the right one for you
Sent 04/24/2017 @ 12:03 pm

Greetings District 6;

The Pittsburgh Chapter of A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) is a non-profit organization in Pittsburgh, PA committed to the social progress of minorities, the poor, and working people. APRI is dedicated to developing and promoting programs that promise democracy, education, and economic opportunity to those who are traditionally disenfranchised or discouraged from productive citizenship, while collaboratively leveraging regional strengths through innovation, education, workforce development, and the cultivation of sustainable business opportunities.

 

Assistant Trainer 

The APRI Assistant Trainer will initially have partial responsibility for the development, implementation, and execution of a course of instruction (i.e., Breaking the Chains of Poverty (BTCP) which helps qualify students for employment in the construction and building trades, manufacturing, emerging energy, green, and hospitality industries), and may eventually be responsible for the coordination and execution of their own training cohorts. The Trainer will provide classroom/laboratory instruction. S/he will work alongside the APRI team to ensure that all aspects of the program -- recruitment, training, and placement of students into familysustaining careers -- are conducted successfully and with fidelity to the program model. The Assistant Trainer should have a passion for, and a commitment to, sustainable workforce development principles. An individual who is self-motivated and highly organized, with strong communication and interpersonal skills, will be successful in t his role.

For this position CLICK HERE

 

Case Manager

The APRI Case Manager & Community Outreach Coordinator will be primarily responsible for the case management of potential and current students of APRI's flagship curriculum Breaking the Chains of Poverty (i.e., BTCP; qualifies students for employment in the construction and building trades, manufacturing, emerging energy, green, and hospitality industries). Case management responsibilities will include assessment, intensive job readiness and job search and placement assistance, and other support. Also, the Case Manager & Community Outreach Coordinator will identify and recruit partners and stakeholders to become a part of the APRI network. Specifically, this person will be identifying community-based organization partners to become a part of the APRI Workforce Alliance, as well as recruiting prospective students and prospective employers for BTCP. This person will be expected to continually promote the mission of the Pittsburgh Chapter of APRI. S/he will work alongside the APRI team to ensure that all aspects of the program -- recruitment, training, and placement of students into familysustaining careers -- are conducted successfully and with fidelity to the program model. The Case Manager & Community Outreach Coordinator should have a passion for, and a commitment to, sustainable workforce development principles. An individual who is selfmotivated and highly organized, with strong communication and interpersonal skills, will be successful in this role.

For this position CLICK HERE

 

Communications and Development  Coordinatior

The APRI Communications and Development Coordinator position has a strong emphasis on marketing and communications to promote the APRI mission and expand APRI's network of support. This person will manage various means of internal and external communication, and will also manage assigned fundraising activities. S/he will work alongside the APRI team to ensure that all aspects of the program -- recruitment, training, and placement of students into family-sustaining careers -- are conducted successfully and with fidelity to the program model. The Communications and Development Coordinator should have a passion for, and a commitment to, sustainable workforce development principles. An individual who is selfmotivated and highly organized, with strong communication and interpersonal skills, will be successful in this role.

For this position CLICK HERE


Swimming!


Fwd: Read carefully


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From: John H


This attachment is an article which should be read carefully.  It is a relatively succinct explanation of the situation of every non-ruling class American today.  It also provides a bit of history showing that not much has really changed over the years.


John

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fwd: Yes, it has already happened . . .


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From: John H.

Many of us believe that the United States is devolving into little more than a third-world country with a small wealthy minority class and a much larger class of disadvantaged and disenfranchised who have essentially no say in the policies which impact them and little or no capacity to rise out of their present situation.  In some nations this is known as a caste system, in others quasi-serfdom; or, as it might be termed, neo-serfdom.  The attached piece explains that this is not just coming to America, it has arrived.  If this is permitted to become entrenched as the cultural norm, as is the neoliberal plan, there will be little which can be done to change matters down the road.  This is why it is urgent that we close ranks now and act as one people to rise up and return the promise of hope and freedom which we were finally able to sniff the virtues of following World War Two up until the neoliberal takeover in the late 1970s.  There is no time to lose.  We must set aside our differences now to have any hope of seeing real change in the lifetimes of our children.  There is much to gain and little to lose – do not go silent into the night.


John

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Fwd: The present danger -- neoliberalism

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From: John H.

To be sure, we live in difficult and dangerous times – times when the forces of power-mad greed seem determined to do whatever is necessary to destroy the world and those in it just for their own acquisition of more power and more stuff.  It is a time when intentional ignorance is seen as a blessing and not a curse; when 'entertainment' is the chief source of knowledge; when service of the self is the highest form of art and accomplishment; a time, in short, where despair creeps ever closer to the surface and seems to call for political action.  But what kind of action can be raised against arrayed forces of neoliberalism?

The neoliberal mantra has come to dominate not just this nation but most of the developed world.  It is a pervasive monster which seeks to dominate all thought and action by rendering the populace incapable of thinking of anything but themselves and their own entertainment or, in far too many instances, their own survival.  The commons be damned, the market is all.  It is all-knowing and all-powerful, to be worshiped as a god of old.  Government exist only to protect the markets and market players (that is the powerful market players) alone.  Those who are not themselves winners in this market-take-all economy are deemed to be surplus – to be cast aside as unnecessary, and perhaps unfortunate, losers; but losers nonetheless, whose survival is of little or no concern of the state.

This is the system under which we have all been subsumed and must now fight our way out of if we are to survive as a viable people.  Henry Giroux offers some helpful suggestions in the first attachment – suggestions we should, I believe, take very seriously.  The second article asks a simple, but important, question – Why aren't Bernie Sanders style Democrats getting more support from Party leaders?  I think most of us know the answer, but it is critical to overcome this impediment if there is any hope for the existing electoral system to work for us in the near future.

John

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Fwd: War and Debt


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From: John H


What more can we ask for beyond the prospect of nuclear war and more unforgiveable student debt – life is so good here in this land of the terrified and home of the arrogant.  Endless hubris would seem to be our fate.


John

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Fwd: Best yet on Russia

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From: John H

Attached is the best article I have yet run across concerning Russia and the U.S.  It is vital in this time of anti-Russian hysteria to understand just what is at stake in this insanity of political craziness now sweeping the nation.


John

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fwd: Our great friend and Ally


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There are some questions which never seem to be raised in this nation, but the biggest has to do with our great 'friend' and 'ally' Israel.  Perhaps the time has come to change that before it is too late – if it isn't already.


John

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Fwd: Changed my thinking


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From: John H


The attached post has caused me to rethink my position relative to what can best be termed 'Hillarycrats', not the DNC or the elitist leaders of the Democratic Party and the moneyed interests they represent, but those who supported Hillary and Obama in the past three elections.  I also was duped into voting for Obama and even voted for him a second time when I know full well that he misrepresented virtually everything he promised to do as president, but I could not do so for Hillary (I did not vote for Trump).  However, Anthony Dimaggio makes a very persuasive case that dissing Hillary supporters out of some so-called 'principle' is an almost certain route to failure in the effort to seek progressive change in this society.  It has essentially the same effect that Hillary's use of the term 'deplorables' to describe working folks who supported Trump.  If we can't find some way to unite against the power of the moneyed interests and their political lackeys, failure is almost assured. 

This means not just working with mainstream Democrats (not the political elitists), but also making alliances with rural working class folks who, after thirty years of being ignored and dissed by the Democratic Party, deserted the Party and supported Trump in this past election.  The simple fact is that no single group of us can accomplish anything acting alone or simply by focusing on 'identity politics'  where each siloed interest group acts as if their particular interest is the only one which matters.  This is just what our rulers want us to do.  Acting alone simply renders all of us politically impotent.  We must make every effort to achieve a significant level of solidarity and push from the bottom up to force the powers that be to change.  This will require that we, all of us, adopt new attitudes of the collective good, to support one another wherever we can and not fight over whose movement is more important – they all are.  It is only by acting together that we have any chance of achieving our goals.