B-PEP http://wesa.fm en Comemmorating the March on Washington http://wesa.fm/post/comemmorating-march-washington <p>Nelson Harrison is a Pittsburgh musician who teaches jazz and played with numerous groups including the Count Basie Orchestra. He was at the March on Washington in 1963 and talks about how the march shaped who he is today. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:47:37 +0000 Marcus Charleston 15489 at http://wesa.fm Comemmorating the March on Washington Impact of the Supreme Court Voting Right's Act Decision http://wesa.fm/post/impact-supreme-court-voting-rights-act-decision <p>Last week's 5-4 Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act struck down a key aspect that has been used to promote and protect the political power of minority voters. This has not gone over well with many activists and civic organizations.&nbsp;</p><p>Among the concerned groups is Pittsburgh's <a href="http://www.b-pep.net/">Black Political Empowerment Project </a>(B-PEP), who held a press conference yesterday to voice their disappointment with the court's decision.</p><p>Today, B-PEP Chairman <strong>Tim Stevens</strong> discussed the far reaching implications for voting rights. Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:14:50 +0000 John Lavanga 12456 at http://wesa.fm Impact of the Supreme Court Voting Right's Act Decision Community, Corporate Leaders Pledge Commitment to Racial Equity in Business Sector http://wesa.fm/post/community-corporate-leaders-pledge-commitment-racial-equity-business-sector <p>Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald (left) and B-PEP's Tim Stevens said the corporate community needs to be more diverse, especially in management and board positions.</p><p><a href="http://wesa.fm/#edit">Edit</a> | <a href="http://wesa.fm/#remove">Remove</a></p><p>The Pittsburgh region has been doing relatively well the last few years, with the region returning to pre-recession employment levels faster than the national average.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 18:10:53 +0000 Deanna Garcia 10085 at http://wesa.fm Community, Corporate Leaders Pledge Commitment to Racial Equity in Business Sector Group Wants Moratorium on Demolitions in Black Communities http://wesa.fm/post/group-wants-moratorium-demolitions-black-communities <p>B-PEP, the Black Political Empowerment Project, held a news conference Wednesday morning in Homewood to announce that the group has asked the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County for a moratorium on the demolition of structures in black communities.&nbsp;</p><p>B-PEP member William Anderson said the rapid demolition of properties that could easily be rehabbed is the beginning of gentrification that will force Homewood residents out. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 19:57:34 +0000 Charlee Song 10014 at http://wesa.fm