Gov. Wolf Helps Dedicate Monument to Old 8th Ward on Capitol Grounds, Highlights Fight Against Systemic Racism

first_img August 26, 2020 Equality,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf joined legislators and Harrisburg area elected and community leaders for the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the state Capital Complex of a monument honoring the city’s Old 8th Ward. The diverse and densely populated neighborhood was razed to make way for an expansion of the Capitol property starting in the early 1900s.The event also celebrated Women’s Equality Day, marking the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, and the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment.“The activists of the 8th Ward cared about equality, and they were educated about it and fought for it,” said Gov. Wolf. “The destruction of the 8th Ward disrupted this activism but did not end it. The seeds of change had been sown, and over the decades since, more wrongs were righted, and more people were enlightened.“Each passing generation recognized with increasing acuity the injustices present in the very foundation of this country.”Following his remarks, the governor participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new monument on the lawn of the K. Leroy Irvis Building near the intersection of 4th and Walnut streets in Harrisburg. A coalition of citizens, civic organizations and educational institutions created the monument. It features four statues of influential Harrisburg residents from the 1800s: William Howard Day, civil rights pioneer; Frances Harper, abolitionist and suffragette; Jacob T. Compton, sergeant in the U.S. Colored Infantry; and T. Morris Chester, Civil War correspondent.The governor also acknowledged that discrimination and racism still exist in Pennsylvania. During his remarks, the governor described efforts of his administration to create a more just Pennsylvania and dismantle systemic racism.Each year the governor has been in office he has proposed a minimum wage increase to address poverty wages and help more hardworking people enter the middle class. The governor believes too many people are struggling to get by because Pennsylvania has not raised the wage in more than a decade. The majority of states, including all of our neighbors, have a higher minimum wage.The governor also has made criminal justice reform a priority. In 2018, the governor signed the landmark Clean Slate Law that is helping thousands who committed low-level offenses and have paid their penalty to get back on the path to a blemish-free record, removing potential roadblocks to jobs, housing, health care and education. The governor has also signed laws extending the time a convicted individual has to file a post-conviction relief action to one year, from what was 60 days under current law, as well as a law to eliminate driver’s license suspensions for non-driving infractions.Last month, the governor signed two laws in his comprehensive police reform plan created in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody. The laws improve mental health and background checks of law enforcement officers. The reform plan also creates a deputy inspector general within the Pennsylvania Office of State Inspector General to detect and end any misconduct among law enforcement agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction. A new advisory commission that the deputy inspector general will oversee will review any allegations of misconduct.To expand opportunities to grow minority businesses and expand opportunities for employment, the Wolf Administration has implemented several reforms to state government. In 2017, the governor launched the Fair-Chance hiring policy for state agencies that removes the criminal conviction question, otherwise known as “banning the box,” from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction. The administration also no longer asks job candidates their salary history, so people are evaluated on their skills and experience, rather than a past paycheck.Continuing the governor’s commitment to level the playing field for small businesses and small diverse businesses to compete for state contracts, the Wolf Administration is using new procurement policies to improve opportunities for minority-, women-, LGBT-, veteran- and people with disabilities-owned businesses. The changes are the results of an executive order the governor signed in 2015 to create the Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities (BDISBO) within the Department of General Services. The bureau conducted a statewide disparity study, which found disparities in the state’s contracting system which resulted in new policies.To examine issues around how the pandemic is affecting the state’s minority and marginalized populations, the governor and Lt. Governor John Fetterman created a COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity, which released a report earlier this month. The report includes six recommendations focused on these policy topics related to health disparity, ranked in order of urgency: housing, criminal justice, food insecurity, health disparity, education and economic opportunities. The task force report builds on the work of the Department of Health’s Health Equity Response Team, which is battling the pandemic and health inequities that exist beyond COVID.“There’s still more to be done, but I can’t do this alone and I need the help of everyone,” said Gov. Wolf. “I need activists to continue to call on leaders to fight for equality and reform. I need educators to teach community members about injustice, so the next generations continue to be increasingly aware of systemic racism and equality.” Gov. 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Big East : South Florida win highlights undefeated start for Big East

first_img Published on September 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Skip Holtz couldn’t have written a better start to the season. Not even two weather delays could spoil the South Florida head coach’s return to his alma mater, Notre Dame.Despite his defense allowing 508 total yards to the Irish and the offense scoring just one touchdown, the Bulls came away with a win behind five forced turnovers.‘I said we couldn’t have written a better script,’ Holtz said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Monday. ‘I don’t think we played very well in a lot of respects, and there were other things I thought we did a great job of.’South Florida was far from perfect, but nonetheless impressive in its 23-20 win at Notre Dame on Saturday. The Bulls overcame two weather delays totaling two hours and 53 minutes to secure the most notable win by a Big East team to open the season. USF is now ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25.The win also caught the attention of many around the conference as the marquee victory on a weekend when Big East teams went 8-0.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHoltz is hoping the win will serve as a launching pad for this team to do something past USF teams couldn’t do. The head coach wants to see the Bulls become competitive in the Big East, as USF has finished each of the last three seasons with a losing conference record.And though many head coaches are cautious about reading too much into the first week, winning games in the Big East will be no easy task for the Bulls or any other team. The conference’s undefeated start serves as a sign of parity in the conference.‘You better be disciplined about what you’re doing because you’re playing a bunch of close football games,’ Pittsburgh head coach Todd Graham said in the teleconference. ‘And this is no doubt a competitive league.’No team made a stronger first impression than USF.The Bulls scored early on a fumble recovery for a touchdown to take a 7-0 lead. USF then tacked on three field goals, and Notre Dame missed multiple opportunities to score due to penalties and turnovers.USF’s controlled play coupled with Notre Dame’s mistakes gave the Bulls a 16-0 lead at the half.Then lightning struck, Notre Dame Stadium was evacuated and the game was delayed for two hours and 10 minutes.It was the first weather delay in Notre Dame’s 123-year history. And Holtz said it’s something a team can’t prepare for. But his team did have some practice during training camp in Vero Beach, Fla., when its first scrimmage was delayed 90 minutes by lightning.Saturday, Holtz and his players repeated exactly what they did Aug. 13 to stay loose during the delay at Vero Beach Sports Village. The players took their shoulder pads and shoes off and lay down in the locker room, staying relatively quiet and focused on the game.‘I didn’t want it to be a locker room where everybody took a naptime,’ Holtz said. ‘But at the same time I didn’t want it to be Comedy Central where everybody was just joking around. So I thought they were very mature about it.’Expecting a 10-minute warning, the team’s focus was jolted when the Bulls were suddenly told Notre Dame was out on the field ready to resume action. Five minutes of chaos ensued as the players put their pads and shoes back on and returned to the field.Holtz felt the team was affected by the abrupt return from the first delay. Notre Dame cut the lead to 16-7 with the only score in the third quarter. USF pushed the lead back to 16 early in the fourth quarter and led by 10 when the second delay was called with 4:21 to play.Holtz said he was proud of how his team handled the adversity. Throughout the day, the head coach reminded his players how long they had prepared for this game.‘We kept talking about how we train one month a year for a game,’ Holtz said. ‘And so with it being, whether this is a three-hour focus, a five-hour focus, an eight-hour focus, let’s stay focused on it because of the preparation and the work we’ve put into this game.’USF did stay focused enough and held off Notre Dame after the 43-minute delay for the three-point win.Connecticut head coach Paul Pasqualoni was impressed with the Bulls after catching a glimpse of the game Saturday night.‘They looked fast and they looked very, very well-coached and very well prepared,’ Pasqualoni said.  But after watching the film of the game on Sunday, Holtz and his players saw they have a lot to work on fundamentally. Though the script couldn’t have been written any better, USF’s execution could have been. And Holtz knows his team must improve that if it wants to compete in the Big East.‘They realized how much better that we can get as a program and how much more we need to improve as we go forward if we want to compete at that level week in and week out,’ Holtz said.West Virginia’s opener cut shortNo. 19 West Virginia defeated Marshall 34-13 on Sunday to finish the Big East’s undefeated weekend. The Mountaineers and Thundering Herd played just over three quarters before the game was called due to lightning and heavy rain with 14:36 remaining in the game. Quarterback Geno Smith played well in the win, completing 26 of 35 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns.rjgery@syr.edulast_img read more

Douvan lights up Punchestown

first_imgThe Willie Mullins-trained Douvan lived up to the pre-race hype by winning the Grade 2 sportinglife-dot-com Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle in stunning style at Punchestown today. The full results are:12.40 – won by no.6 Jarry D’honneur 2/1 jf1.15  – won by no.9 Treacy’s Star 9/21.50 – won by no.2 Portrait King 6/12.20 – won by no.5 Douvan 1/3 f2.55 – won by no.11 Mount Corkish Girl 6/13.30 – was won by Lean Araig at a price of 7/1And the last race of the day, the 4 o’clock, was won by Noble Endeavor, the 15/8F.last_img