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Give A Shit About Nature
14 days ago
ABC News The cannon was lodged in a side window at the front of the bus, which went through a low fence around the memorial, struck the cannon, went over another fence and came to rest against a wall and part of a railing in front of a dance studio.
14 days ago
Always has to do with guns...
Deadspin Lester had already given up five runs in the first inning before his day really went south.
Jon Lester Got Absolutely Shelled By The Pirates This Afternoon
It was a rough first inning for the Cubs’ Jon Lester today. He took the mound at 1:10 p.m. and promptly gave up a leadoff single to Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison. A groundout and a walk put runners on first and second with one out and David Freese a Read more ... t the plate. This is precisely when it all went to shi...
15 days ago
Years ago, when I lacked self-esteem and played fantasy baseball, Lester would routinely lose games for which I had selected him. He will always be known as "Loser Jon Lester" to me.
he has an existing bone chip in his elbow let's all remember. He's been pitching hurt for the last 3+ years
He got booed off the field, and deserved every second of it
You think Lester and his 3 World Series rings gives a flying fuck what a bunch of retards on the internet thinks? No.
Amanda I've been waiting for this article.
Oh dear god
Jeremy Cowan the hits keep coming & coming..
He got shelled again...
Business Insider Do you think nature has rights?
15 days ago
AP Images Young visitors view the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's 4-week-old baby elephant as it meets the public for the first time at the elephant family room, July 7, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (Andrew Rush/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
15 days ago
Rhiannon Duncan Brown you need to go here
Kade “is still fighting” and "has a long road to recovery."
24564 months ago
"I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris."
24564 months ago
Hello my name is jeff anderson..pizza and gyro express in McKeesport Pennsylvania would like to offer a challenge to mr.casey webb we have just recently had a pizza eating challenge with a few gentleman from a radio station hear in Pittsburgh to see Read more ... what team of 2 could finish our biggest pizza our Goliath Pizza which is 24 slices 2 men finished it in 8 min and 24 seconds...we do have a bigger pizza that is 30 inches round 32 slices that not on our menu yet but would like to challenge adam to try and finish this pizza and have the pizza named after him to be put on out menu it would be a 30 min challenge to see if he could do it..if you guys are interested in completing this challenge please have a producer contact me by fb or by pbone at 724 506 3292 looking foward to hearing from you july 16 2017
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An open letter to the residents of California, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding communities.
Please share if you feel inclined to do so.
I hope this letter finds you well.
It is my intention for this message to come across as kind and tolerant Read more ... for all of my friends and family within the borough and also, as accepting and welcoming to those not ('originally') from California, PA, whom have either immigrated here recently or have moved to the area at any point in their lives.
To all of the folks recently joining us: Welcome, all. I hope you find this town as warm and welcoming and peaceful as those of us whom have lived here our entire lives.
For all of the locals and life-long residents, it is my hope that you will read this with an open heart and know that I stand with you. You are my people - my friends, my family, those whom I love and care about and want the best for.
Recently, as most of us are aware, a change has occurred in our small town. Whether we have experienced this change first hand or are reading about it on social media, in the newspapers, seeing it on the news, or have 'heard about it' in some way - we are aware of the change.
The change is that there are now many immigrant families living in California, PA. According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, these families are seeking asylum from political persecution in Bucharest. Bucharest is the capital city of Romania, a country located in southeastern Europe. And, although the families are from the country of Romania, they are not Romanian. They are Roma or Romani - which is traditionally a nomadic ethnic group. They are sometimes referred to, by English speaking people, as 'Gypsies', although, according to some quick online research I've done, it is a derogatory term.
Also, according to the Post Gazette, the families came to the United States through Mexico and are documented by ICE ( U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and are participating in the ADT (Alternative to Detention Program), while waiting for political asylum. Political asylum can be defined as: protection granted by a nation to someone who has left their native country as a political refugee. There are approximately 40 Roma families living within the borough currently. It is reported that approximately 100 more families could be joining them. I don't know how much truth is in that number, I am just quoting the landlord who is renting properties to the families.
So, here we are - a small town with a lot going on now.
And, we (local families and Roma families) couldn't be any more culturally different if we tried. Here, on one hand, we have a group of people (our local families) who have been born, raised, lived, attended school, stayed throughout their entire adult lives, and are now raising their children, and their grandchildren, all within the same small town (like me). On the other hand, we have a nomadic group of political refugees from a European nation who have, literally, no idea of our culture, ways, or social norms.
So, we're different. Very different. And, they're here... and we're here... and fast forward from May through July... we all know the stories such as...
Us viewing them (actively participating in their norms):
...seeing the Roma families in Walmart. (The kids are running around wildly, they're taking bites of out food/produce and then throwing it to the ground, and they're loud and not adhering to any social norms, basically.)
...defecating in public. (Adults and children are using public places as toilets.)
...chickens. (Do I really need to give details?)
...taking things that don't belong to them out of yards, off of porches, etc.
...unattended children, fast/abnormal/unusual driving, gathering in large groups, consuming alcohol.
Ok, yes, all of this has happened. But, there are significant cultural differences that we need to address, first, to understand why these things are occurring.
Please know I am not a Roma/Romani scholar by any means - but, just by doing a quick online search tells me that they are participating in their own cultural norms, which is are very, very different from ours.
Their norms/social behaviors through a different, more tolerant lens:
...running around Walmart wildly and tasting produce - the children haven't ever seen anything so great and they're excited! Riding on the automatic carts - of course children are going to do that! They haven't been taught any differently! Tasting produce and throwing it on the ground - if you don't like it, why would you buy it? And, it makes sense not to put it back with the other 'not tasted' produce. So, toss it away. Possible solution: Communication and education. Teach the new families more of our socially accepted behaviors. We can even start by even telling them not to ride the carts or taste the produce, please. Carts are reserved for those who can't walk well and you have to purchase the produce, first, before eating it (even if it's not good, sorry).
...defecating in public - yes, it's a norm for some of the older generations of Roma to do this. And, yes, to me it's gross. Really, really gross. I have seen it with my own eyes and it's not pretty. I don't think I could ever get used to this. BUT, I have also seen my fair share of outdoor bathroom use by non-Roma folk throughout my years in this town (especially when I was of college age). Circa 2003/2004 - I've "guarded" (tell me if someone is coming) for my friends having to use an 'outdoor bathroom' at local parties. Come on, you guys, you've all done it. Possible solution: Communication and education. Letting Roma families know not go to the bathroom in public would be a good start.
...taking things that don't belong to them - off of your porches, out of your yards. This is a tough one, even for me, because I don't like when someone takes something that's mine. I just don't. Like, it's mine, don't touch it. But, there are some people that subscribe to the belief that if it's outside, within a certain community, it's a shared commodity. It's for all to use. For many of us, that's not the case. But, for some people, it is. So, let's go ahead and communicate that. Whatever your preference is. For me, personally, leave my stuff alone. And, I'll communicate that to you, hopefully, in a respectful and amicable way. And, I hope you would do the same for me, whatever your preference is.
...chickens. We all eat chickens. We ALL eat chickens. If you do not eat chickens, or anything else that had parents at some point, you can be offended by this. I don't want to see my food being killed. I don't. I really don't. But, it happens. So, how do we deal? Again, say it with me, let's communicate this. If it's a law or an ordinance that's being broken, then our local police and/or our local leaders can handle this one. But, we still need to communicate it to the new members of our community.
...all of the other infractions. It's cultural. They're new. They're not trying to personally offend you, enrage you, or harm you in any way. And, if they are, I stand corrected.
I am really not making excuses or trying to defend the Roma families in any way for taking bikes off of your porches, sh*tting at the park, or killing their dinners in plain view. But, I am trying to give a different view of cultural norms, possibly provide a different perspective, and just get some peace back for all of us.
Ok, so what do we do... What. Do. We. Do?
How do we communicate?
We don't have to learn the Romani language. We can start by saying "Hello." We can defer to our local leaders. Reach out to your council members - ask what you do to help? Can council organize a "meet the new members of the community" night? Can they make fliers, or present the information in some way, that respectfully let the Roma families know more of our own cultural norms? Can any of our church leaders reach out? Can any of our community leaders go and talk to the English speaking Roma men or women?
Can we, residents of the town, speak to the families? If a bike is stolen off of your porch or out of your yard, ask for it back, explain why that's not ok. Or, if you're not comfortable with that, call the police, and they can handle the situation for you. It doesn't have to escalate - it doesn't have to be a me/us versus them. I have confidence that we can do this. I have confidence that we can positively work through this change.
Change is hard. It really is. But, the change has already happened. And, it's just not in the cards for most of us to say "I don't like this. I'm moving." So, we have to figure out a way to deal with this and move forward in a positive way.
ICE doesn't seem like they're up for helping our new families to assimilate much.
If you're reading this, and you're feeling some type of way, like "There's just no way...."
or, if you're reading this and feel some type of hope for our future...
or if you're reading this and you're on the fence and want to know more....
Then, reach out to your U.S. representatives, on any/all levels.
We have two (federal) US Senators, Robert (Bob) Casey, Jr. and Patrick Toomey. And, most likely, for the people reading this, your U.S. House representatives are Tim Murphy (for PA's 18th congressional district) and Bill Shuster (for PA's 9th congressional district).
We also have our local leaders:
Bud Cook (49th district, PA House of Representatives )
Pam Snyder (50th district, PA House of Representatives)
Camera Bartolotta (46th district, PA Senate)
Pat Stefano (32rd district, PA Senate)
As I said at the beginning of this letter, people of California, PA, I stand with you. You are my family, my friends, and the people I love. California is my home. I grew up on 5th Street. It is my hope that you are all happy, healthy, educated and productive members of our loved and shared community. Just because you don't understand what is happening with ICE and immigration and political asylum and other really confusing governmental practices does not make you racist or xenophobic. If you are questioning what is happening in your hometown - that is ok! (However, if you do not tolerate a cultural group based on their race or ethnicity then... you're a racist, and that's for a whole different open letter.)
Within this letter I have presented problems and solutions. I have presented societal norms viewed through varying lenses. And, I hope I have conveyed how much I love and care about our town, our community, and all of you.
I hope that we can all find peace in this situation.
Your friend and lifetime neighbor,
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