Saturday, June 28, 2014

Funding and RFP

I need to look at these RFPs after July 1 to see if any fit our efforts.
Funds Available from The Heinz Endowments Summer Youth Philanthropy Internship Program
Learn more at upcoming information sessions July 1st and 2nd.

The Heinz Endowments’ Youth Philanthropy Summer Interns will release nine Requests for Proposals (RFPs) July 1 for grants totaling over $200,000. The RFPs will support a range of local efforts aimed at creating a more sustainable Pittsburgh. Topics addressed vary.

Interested organizations are invited to meet the Heinz Summer Interns and to discuss their funding opportunities at the following information fairs:

Tuesday, July 1st at the Children's Museum, 10 Children's Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212: 9:00AM-11:30AM Tuesday, July 1st at the Sarah Heinz House, 1 Heinz Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212: 4:00PM-6:00PM Wednesday, July 2nd at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206: 2:00PM-4:00PM

For more information about the Endowments’ Summer Youth Philanthropy Internship Program, please visit our website:

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Brazil news

From Obama Eagle newspaper.

Posted: 18 Jun 2014 07:59 AM PDT
With Futebol, Nothing Else Matters!
Around the age of three, sometimes earlier sometimes later, kids all over the world are taught the basics of playing soccer, Futebol in Portuguese. In Pittsburgh and around the US, most kids learn in youth organizations like Dynamo Soccer, and then some go on to play for their school teams, but a lot of the time it ends there. In other places around the world, it's more of a lifestyle than anything else. Pickup games can be found in streets, back alleys or preexisting fields. In Brazil, it's even more than that: it's a religion. We've had first-hand experience with this in our first few days, seeing cars covered in flags, streamers hanging above streets, and World Cup murals painted in the middle of major roadways.
Yesterday, we saw the power of Futebol on the most basic level. At a small sand field behind the home of our host, we began playing soccer with three local kids. They didn't speak a word of English, and we speak absolutely no Portuguese, but it didn't matter. It didn't matter that we didn't know their names, because whenever anyone made a great play they were called "Neymar", "Ronaldo" or "Messi", Gods of the soccer world (although we found out later the kids were Igor, Andre and Evan). It didn't matter that we were born on two separate continents, because the rules are simple and all we needed was a ball. It didn't matter that we were thousands of miles from home, because we were playing in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest, and not a lot of people get to have an experience that cool. For a few short hours, we weren't Americans, and they weren't Brazilians: we were jogadores de futebol (soccer players) and nothing else mattered. Except maybe the score.
After the game, we were invited to Andre's house through pointing, and a few simple phrases, and there we watched the United States play Ghana. When Clint Dempsey scored 30 seconds into the game, we celebrated as Americans, and they understood, because they experienced the same feeling when Neymar scored the first goal of the World Cup for Brazil.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Fwd: Join Us June 11th!

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Date: Jun 9, 2014 5:00 PM
Subject: Join Us June 11th!
To: "Mark Rauterkus" <>

Dear Mark,

This is just a friendly reminder that you are invited to our StudentsFirst Pittsburgh Chapter Meeting. We also have important updates for you regarding our work in the legislature to protect excellent teachers, and can't wait to discuss these advancements with you in person! Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn how to citizen lobby for our children and also learn how to place an effective call to your local legislators' offices.

Our chapter meeting will be held June 11th at 6:00pm at Rolands Seafood Grill, located at 1904 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh 15222. We will have light refreshments provided for you. All that we ask is that you come ready to listen, discuss, and engage!


Should you not be able to make it but are interested in being involved, email me at Please feel free to bring family and friends and pass along this invitation to others that maybe interested.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Brian Rasel
Field Coordinator


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Sunday, June 08, 2014

Fwd: A Weekend Full of Spring Championships Begins Now on the NFHS Network App!

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Friday, June 06, 2014

Fwd: [DW] Live Webcast - Personal Democracy Forum 2014 - Save the Internet, The Internet Saves

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Date: Jun 5, 2014 9:33 AM
Subject: [DW] Live Webcast - Personal Democracy Forum 2014 - Save the Internet, The Internet Saves
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One of the best net democracy related events in world is webcasting
now. An amazing collection of speakers.

They tend to webcast the plenaries. Just started.

Session are today and Friday.



Today - Save the Internet

9:00 am Eastern
The Battle for the Open Internet
One Year After Snowden
Bruce Schneier
How to Fight Mass Surveillance: Reset the Net
Holmes Wilson and Tiffiniy Cheng
Encryption is for Everyone
Jillian York
10:00 - 10:30Coffee Break
Sponsored by Microsoft
10:30 - NoonSurveillance and Its Discontents
A Conversation Across Cyberspace
Edward Snowden in conversation with John Perry Barlow
The Political Fight for the Open Internet
MEP Marietje Schaake
Fashioning a Defense Against Surveillance
Adam Harvey
Why We Need the IndieWeb
Tantek Çelik
Noon - 1:00The Internet's Double-Edged Sword
The Slow Burn of Oppression / The Slow Burn of Social Change
An Xiao Mina
Why Block It? How Authoritarian Regimes Take Advantage of Social Media
Katy Pearce
Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: How Internet Activists Overcome
Isolation, Fear and Apathy
Emily Parker
Movements in a Connected Age: Better at Changing Minds, Worse at Changing Power?
Zeynep Tufekci

4:30 pm Eastern

The Future of the Public Internet
Leapfrog Democracies: From Tunis to Tallinn, and Quito Too
David Evan Harris
The Internet's Missing Link: Tools for Turning Talk into Action
Benjamin Knight
Who's At The Table?
Andre Banks
Practices of the Minimally Viable Utopia
Adam Greenfield
The Bright Promise of Dark Fiber
Susan Crawford
Reconfiguring Democracy for the Internet Age: The Fight of a Generation
Rebecca MacKinnon
Building the Public Internet
Sue Gardner

More on Friday ...

The Internet Saves

Yes. Yes, We Can.
By The People: Government Service is a Civic Duty
Matthew Burton
Hidden in Plain Sight: Detroit's Invisible Information Crisis
Jerry Paffendorf
The GovStack: Delivering Government as a Platform
Mike Bracken

NoonThe Civics of Tech
The 3rd of July
Brad Smith
The Calculus of Civic Engagement
Anthea Watson Strong
Mind Mapping the Civic Tech Space
Marci Harris
Made in NYC: Civic Hacking 102
Noel Hidalgo
Stacy Donohue
Tech for Good: Tumml and Urban Impact Entrepeneurship
Julie Lein and Clara Brenner
Crowdfunding and Urban Poverty
Rose Broome
The Connected Skilled Trades Workshop
James Dunbar

Changing Culture, Changing Politics
The Bombastic Brilliance of Black Twitter
Kimberly Ellis
The Era of Big Campaigns is Over... So What Era Are We In?
Chuck DeFeo
Virtual Jiu-Jitsu: Whose Stigma Is It Now?
Ilyse Hogue

Closing Plenary
Full Stack Advocacy
Joe Green
Love Thy Neighbor...Hood
Ben Berkowitz
Sharing The Future
Brian Chesky
The Problem With Petitions: Working With Leaders, Not Just At Them
Jake Brewer
The Post-Digital Decade
Patrick Ruffini
Five Ideas For A New America
Anne-Marie Slaughter
The Changing Speed Of Change
Clay Shirky

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Cramps on a basketball court, no big deal. In a swim pool or lake or river or ocean, then death rests in the hands of your near-by and aware buddies.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Film, Black Political Empowerment Project(B-PEP) Event

The Black Political Empowerment Project(B-PEP)

The Black Political Project (B-PEP) and the Coalition Against Violence (CAV) have been working for sometime on the causes and solutions with regard to violence within the African  American community.  We encourage our community partners to attend this video presentation. "

On the behalf of the Northside Coalition for Fair Housing (NCFH) I am writing to ask if you to attend the viewing of the documentary Spit 'in Anger: Venom of Fatherless Sons,produced by Mr. Kenneth Braswell; followed by a panel discussion with Mr. Kenneth Braswell .Please see attached Press Release.


Mr. Braswell will show his film and participate in a discussion on Wednesday June 11th 2014. The event will be held at Letter Carriers' Building 841 California Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Open to the public it will start at 5 PM and there will be light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres.


Please review the following link, to view the video promo and learn more about Spit 'in Anger: Venom of Fatherless Sons. Mr. Braswell is also the Executive Director of Fatherhood Incorporated . . Brother Braswell is also a key player in the Obama Administrations' Fatherhood Initiative!


During holidays such as Father's day and Mother's day we are afforded the opportunity to celebrate those parents who are in their children's lives, but we do not stop to think about those who are being raised in single parent homes. Often times, in African American homes, fathers are not present due to a variety of reasons. Mr. Braswell's goal in producing Spit' in Anger was to initiate critical conversations about the importance of fathers and to create spaces for men and boys to talk about their anger and pain, ultimately to heal. The film addresses the underlying issue of anger that dwells in young black males as a result of not having a nurturing relationship with their fathers.


This is an issue that is not talked about within our communities but is an issue which we need to begin to address. We anticipate you joining us to initiate this discussion within the city of Pittsburgh and to embark on helping the young men we serve to heal, and understand that they are not alone.


If you are interested in joining forces do not hesitate to follow up with us, via email or telephone, and spread the word so that we ensure a successful event.


I look forward to hearing from you and working with you.


Sharnay Hearn
Director of Community Outreach
Northside Coalition for Fair Housing
1821 Brighton Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Mark Rauterkus    
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim and Water Polo Camp Head Coach
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team
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Monday, June 02, 2014

Mark Rauterkus is still waiting for you to join Twitter...

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Fwd: Victims of Coaching Sexual Abuse vs. Chuck Wielgus

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Date: Jun 2, 2014 12:18 PM
Subject: Victims of Coaching Sexual Abuse vs. Chuck Wielgus
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Victims of Coaching Sexual Abuse vs. Chuck Wielgus
The recent imminent induction of USA Swimming Executive Director, Chuck Wielgus, into the International Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2014 has been the topic of a lot controversy. When the ISHOF added Wielgus to the list as an Honor Contributor in the class of 2014, set to take place at the 50th Annual Honoree Induction Ceremony on June 14th, they were met with backlash from a group of protesters known as the "Victims of Coaching Sexual Abuse" in conjunction with the Women's Sports Foundation. 
The Victims of Coaching Sexual Abuse have submitted a formal petition and request to the ISHOF to change it's mind in regard to the Induction of Wielgus. The group and it's supporters feel that the current Executive Director doesn't deserve to be inducted due to his gross mishandling of USA Swimming's involvement in the sexual abuse scandals that have come to light in his term as Executive Director. 
This is a topic of concern in the community of USA Swimming and all evidence should be considered. Information regarding the case can be found using the links below.
To view the materials that the Women's Sports Foundation wrote on the matter, CLICK HERE
To view USA Swimming's response to the protest in defense of Wielgus, CLICK HERE
If you would like to support the Victims of Coaching Sexual Abuse in their effort to rescind Chuck Wielgus' Hall of Fame nomination, SIGN PETITION HERE
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