Jay Manning is a visuals fellow at PublicSource. He also works as a freelance videographer and photographer in Pittsburgh. Hailing from South Carolina, he graduated in 2015 from Winthrop University with a bachelor's degree in mass communication (concentration in broadcast journalism). After spending a few years working in sales, he’s refocused his career into a passion for media production. Jay spends much of his free time involved in the arts scene around Pittsburgh as a poet, performing artist and teaching artist.
Since January, PublicSource and WESA have been spending time with households facing eviction, as part of the Tenant Cities series. We’ve seen tenants try to tap rent relief, scrape to make payments, or take the difficult step of trying to move during a pandemic. Here are portraits of four households we’ve met.
Roughly 200 people gathered in front of Target in East Liberty Friday afternoon for a protest against police violence — the 28th day of such demonstrations in the Pittsburgh area. Organizers gathered supporters to center the focus of the protest on assuring the safety of Black women and Black trans women in interactions with police. Participants circled the intersection of Centre and Penn avenues to rally and hear speakers before beginning to march down Centre. The march crossed the Centre and Negley intersection, where the interactions between police and protesters on the evening of June 1 are being investigated to determine if police acted appropriately in using crowd deterrents. On Friday, protesters stopped at the intersection and chanted “Black lives, they matter here.”
Some of the organizers and supporters of the protest were there on June 1 when police deployed what appeared to be tear gas to disperse the crowd.
On the eve of Juneteenth and following a historic Supreme Court victory for LGBTQ rights, demonstrators gathered in the Hill District Thursday for a rally and march seeking justice for the Black transgender community.
Life during COVID-19 has changed our day-to-day far more than anyone anticipated. Amid government-mandated shutdowns of nonessential business and the evacuation of schools and college campuses, social distancing has left many at home wondering what is going on outside of their doors.