Harriet L. Schwartz is a professor at Carlow University and author of the forthcoming book “Connected Teaching: Relationship, Power, and Mattering in Higher Education.” (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)

When I said ‘white,’ I meant ‘white:’ Why white Pittsburghers should care about racism and what to do about it

The work of confronting racism has historically been left to people of color. As such, the very people who are oppressed hold the responsibility of transforming the power structures that subjugate them. Imagine lying on the ground with someone’s foot on your neck and you alone are left to overpower your aggressor.

Industrial buildings tell Pittsburgh’s story. Preserving them is costly and takes dedication.

In some cases, fragments of historic sites survive based on their value as industrial heritage or their adaptability into venues for culture and tourism. In a few other cases, factory sheds are reused as office or light manufacturing spaces, if they can compete in the real estate market.But most often, it seems these relics of our industrial roots are razed.

Hundreds gather in protest over the verdict in the shooting death of Antwon Rose II

Antwon Rose Sr. spoke to about 200 people gathered at Freedom Corner in the Hill District on Saturday. They had gathered for what was billed a Community Solidarity Service in response to Friday's not-guilty verdict in the fatal shooting of his son, Antwon Rose II. Rose Sr. said he was thankful for the support since his son’s death in June and through the trial this past week. “It’s very painful to see what happened, to sit there and deal with it,” Rose said. “I just don’t want it to happen to our city no more, man.”

Antwon Rose II, 17, was killed on June 19 by former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld.

PublicSource journalism recognized for its value in challenging times for media

Dear readers,

We’re thrilled to share with you some good news. So far this year, PublicSource reporters have taken home 16 awards from local, state and regional journalism contests. In addition, the national Education Writers Association recognized PublicSource reporters Mary Niederberger and Jeffrey Benzing as finalists for their stories on disproportionate treatment and challenges for black girls in the Pittsburgh region as part of our “I am a black girl and…” series. Journalism professionals selected PublicSource for the following honors:

A Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for our continuing coverage of Pittsburgh’s crisis with lead in the water. The region in which we claimed the award spans Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.