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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Ellsworth boys win home meet as outdoor track season heats up

first_imgELLSWORTH — Since the day Ellsworth’s 2019 track schedule came out, Matt Shea has had one day circled. On Saturday, that day arrived.Among the Ellsworth junior’s many goals this season has been to win a home meet against some of the state’s top competition. The Eagles’ 12-team home meet over the weekend was an opportunity for Shea and his teammates to deliver.“We really wanted to win this one,” Shea said. “We had two not-so-great meets before this, and we were motivated to come out here and do better. We wanted to be extra ready.”From the first event to the last, ready the Eagles were. The result was a meet in which Ellsworth took first place on the boys’ side and second place on the girls’ side at Del Luce Stadium.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Ellsworth boys racked up points early in the meet with a first-place finish in the 4-by-800 relay, a third-place finish from Henry Scheff in the 110-meter hurdles and a second-place effort from Javon Williams in the 100-meter dash. Yet Caribou took over first place following the race walk, in which the Vikings fielded all seven runners to claim all 31 points from the event. Ellsworth freshman Paige Sawyer clears a hurdle during the girls’ 300-meter hurdles May 4 in Ellsworth. The Ellsworth girls totaled 116 points on the day to place second of 12 teams. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLMount Desert Island’s Baylor Landsman and Ellsworth’s Javon Williams sprint to the finish line during the 4-by-100 relay on May 4 in Ellsworth. The Trojans’ team of Landsman, Maddox Laurendeau, Ben Freudig and Hunter Gray placed second with a time of 48.30 seconds. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLMDI’s Zoe Olson competes in the girls’ 1,600-meter run as assistant coach Desiree Sirois cheers her on during a high school track meet May 4 in Ellsworth. Olson won the event with a time of 5 minutes, 39.06 seconds. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLMDI’s Elijah Joyce clears a hurdle during the boys’ 300-meter hurdles May 4 in Ellsworth. The MDI boys took second place Saturday in Ellsworth and won their May 6 home meet in Bar Harbor. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLEllsworth’s Colby Hamilton (left) and Nate Mason compete in the boys’ 400-meter dash May 4 in Ellsworth. Mason beat out Hamilton by 0.02 seconds to claim third place in the event. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL12345PreviousNextIn the 1,600-meter run, Ellsworth’s Matt Shea and Nick Cormier took the top-two spots with times of 4:49.09 and 4:49.91, respectively. From there, a third-place finish in the 4-by-100, top-five finishes from Nate Mason (third place), Colby Hamilton (fourth place) and Mark Berry (fifth) in the 400-meter dash and placements from Scheff (third) and Williams (fourth) in the 300-meter hurdles put the Eagles back on top.Mount Desert Island and Hermon surpassed Caribou with solid showings in the field, but the Eagles kept their hold on the top spot with second-place finishes from Nate Mason (high jump and long jump), Beck Deeney (triple jump) and Logan Grass (discus throw). Strong efforts in the 200-meter dash, 3,200-meter run and 4-by-400 saw the Eagles finish the meet with 140 1/6 points.“I thought around the 200 [that we were going to win], but you never know what can happen,” Ellsworth head coach Darren Richardson said. “MDI always has good throwers, and we were also waiting to see where Caribou ended up.”For Shea, the wait to see if his team had done enough to secure the win was a difficult one. Like his coach, though, he felt the Eagles had it in the bag following the 200-meter dash.“I’m not going to lie: It was very stressful,” Shea said. “They were posting all the scores up [by the snack shack], and it went back and forth between us having a bigger lead and the other teams closing the gap.”On the girls’ side, Autumn Paul won the discus throw for Ellsworth with a distance of 88 feet, 8 inches. The Eagles got second-place relay finishes in the 4-by-100 and 4-by-800 and individual second-place finishes from Paige Sawyer (100-meter hurdles), Addi Laslie (100-meter and 200-meter dashes), Maddie Nida (300-meter hurdles), Caitlin MacPherson (800-meter run) and Emma McKechnie (high jump) to place second with 116 points.MDI wasn’t originally scheduled to participate in the Ellsworth meet, but the Trojans’ plans changed when Friday’s meet in Bucksport was postponed to coincide with their home meet Monday in Bar Harbor. Aaron Long’s boys’ team beat out Hermon and Caribou to take second with 110 points as the girls’ team took home third with 84 points. Ellsworth’s Caitlin MacPherson and MDI’s Olivia Johnson (middle) and Olivia Watson compete in the 1,600-meter run May 4 in Ellsworth. With a time of 5:57.84, MacPherson was one of four runners to finish in less than six minutes. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY LETITIA BALDWINSumner’s Logan Carter competes in the 800-meter run May 4 in Ellsworth. Carter (eighth place) and teammate Luke Barnes (12th place) gave the Tigers two finishers in the top third of the 38-runner field. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY LETITIA BALDWINSumner’s Vea Beattie competes in the 200-meter dash May 4 in Ellsworth. Saturday’s meet drew 363 athletes from 12 schools to Del Luce Stadium. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY LETITIA BALDWINEllsworth junior Anthony Benoit competes in the shot put May 4 in Ellsworth. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY LETITIA BALDWIN1234PreviousNextThe MDI girls got relay wins in the 4-by-100 and 4-by-400 and individual wins from Marilyn Sawyer (200-meter dash) and Zoe Olson (1,600-meter run). Gilbert Isaacs won the discus throw and shot put for the MDI boys with distances of 132 feet, 5 inches and 49 feet, 3 inches, respectively.“We have young team, and that makes those improvements from meet to meet really important for us,” Long said. “We got some important practices under our belt leading up to this meet, and that helped us deliver a lot of good results.”For the Sumner girls, junior Blue Howard took sixth in the javelin throw with a distance of 78 feet, 7 inches. Logan Carter and Luke Barnes placed a respective eighth and 12th in the 800-meter run for the boys.On Monday, MDI hosted Sumner, Central, Narraguagus, Old Town and Penquis Valley in its first home meet this season. MDI scored 208 1/2 points to win the boys’ competition and fell two points short of first-place Old Town on the girls’ side. Howard recorded a throw of 85 feet, 1 inch to win girls’ javelin for Sumner, which also won the boys’ 4-by-800.Elsewhere Monday, Carter Tolmasoff (boys’ 100-meter dash), Nate Sawyer (boys’ 200-meter dash), Gavin Billings (boys’ shot put), Addie Morrison (girls’ 200- and 400-meter dash) and Angelina Cotoni (girls’ 100-meter hurdles) won individual events for Bucksport. The Golden Bucks got relay wins from their boys’ and girls’ 4-by-100 teams.Ellsworth will host Sumner, Bangor Christian, Calais, John Bapst and Narraguagus in its second home meet of the season at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9. MDI will host Bucksport, George Stevens Academy, Hermon and Washington Academy at that time Friday, May 10.After those meets, local teams will participate in the Hancock County championships at 3:30 p.m. next Friday, May 17, in Bar Harbor. MDI will be looking to defend both its boys’ and girls’ titles, though Ellsworth and GSA will be eager dethrone the Trojans.“All of the sudden, we’re thinking championships after only a few weeks of being out on the track,” Richardson said. “Every team has to get up to speed fast.” Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Latest Posts Bio MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020center_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020last_img read more