Tim Stevens http://wesa.fm en Residents Voice Concerns About Police Misconduct, Racial Profiling http://wesa.fm/post/residents-voice-concerns-about-police-misconduct-racial-profiling <p>Pittsburgh residents brought their concerns about police misconduct to City Council Tuesday during an open forum.</p><p>Concerned citizens brought up many issues, including a lack of diversity on the police force, racial profiling and overly aggressive policing in communities with high crime rates.</p><p>Rashad Byrdsong, president and CEO of the <a href="http://www.ceapittsburgh.org/">Homewood Community Empowerment Association</a>, said law-abiding citizens of his community are stuck in a difficult situation.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 01:21:01 +0000 Liz Reid 16702 at http://wesa.fm 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 City Council Holds Public Hearing on Ideal Qualities of Next Police Chief http://wesa.fm/post/city-council-holds-public-hearing-ideal-qualities-next-police-chief <div class="field-item even"><p>Pittsburgh City Council will hold a post-agenda meeting and public hearing Wednesday, March 6 to discuss what qualities should be sought in the next Pittsburgh Chief of&nbsp;Police.</p><p>The hearing was arranged at the request of the Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP) in conjunction with several supporting organizations to address relations between the community and the police, said Tim Stevens, chairman and CEO of B-PEP.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 2153 at http://wesa.fm