Diversity Forum 2021_Dismantling Oppressive Systems: Building Just Communities

Dismantling Oppressive Systems: Building Just Communities July 26-29, 2021 The aim of the 2021 Diversity Forum, “Dismantling Oppressive Systems: Building Just Communities,” is to engage and equip participants with the knowledge, skills and resources to identify sources of systemic oppression, consider strategies for dismantling that oppression, and actions critical in fostering more equitable and just communities in which we live, work and learn. Watch Here: Ariam's Segment begins at minute 20! Featured Speakers Anthony Ray Hinton, who was wrongfully convicted of…

2021 Nature of Place Symposium “Wild Childhood” 

Nature of Place Symposium  NOTE: This year's Nature of Place symposium held virtually! 2021 Nature of Place Symposium "Wild Childhood" April 5 – 7; noon – 1:30 p.m. daily The Nature of Place symposium centers on the implications of biophilia — the innate human connection to nature — which extend across a vast array of disciplines including design and engineering, nutrition, psychology, public health, education, biology and the humanities. Biophilia is expressed all over the world every day, through complex collaborations such…

FIRST PERSON: ARIAM FORD OF GROUNDED STRATEGIES FIGHTS APATHY AROUND RESTORING ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Courtesy of Ariam Ford FIRST PERSON: ARIAM FORD OF GROUNDED STRATEGIES FIGHTS APATHY AROUND RESTORING ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE KARA HOLSOPPLEAPRIL 9, 2021 ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE This is the third installment of our series, First Person, featuring Black leaders in environmental organizations and advocacy in our region.##Ariam Ford admits she’s a history nerd. It was her major as an undergrad at the University of Virginia, and its lessons give her hope that things can change. “Change is the only constant,” Ford said. And there’s…

EP. 46 – MEET ARIAM FORD-GRAVER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF GROUNDED STRATEGIES

ENVIRONMENTAL CAUSES, THE SLAW PODCAST, VOLUNTEERING EP. 46 – MEET ARIAM FORD-GRAVER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF GROUNDED STRATEGIES Learn more about the local nonprofit that works with communities to revitalize vacant or neglected land throughout Pittsburgh. Published on Tuesday, Sep 22nd, 2020 by STEPHANIE BREA iTunes | Spotify | Direct Download (right-click to download) Meet Ariam Ford-Graver, executive director of Grounded Strategies A city planner with a passion for environmental justice, Ariam Ford-Graver is the executive director of Grounded Strategies, a local nonprofit that uses land as a medium…

Celebrating Pittsburgh: Rebuilding from the ground up

PITTSBURGH — As our communities change, many urban areas in the city and county are seeing more vacant lots. But a local nonprofit is giving the neighborhood the tools to make a positive change. From areas overgrown with weeds to trash and grass-covered lots, you can find spaces like these across Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The latter has 60,000 vacant lots, with 30,000 in the city. Thousand more lots sit with rundown empty homes or condemned houses. “Just an eyesore, a…

Pittsburgh councilman proposes building urban farm on ‘perfect’ Brookline plot

Cars once again lined up for food bank distributions last week and will again Monday, as an economic and food crisis emanates from the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, Pittsburgh City Council members continued discussing visions for growing crops within every city district. One member brought forth a proposal to build an urban farm on “the perfect piece of property” with a community partner that has “passion.” “If we’re serious about growing food, this is where to do it,” said Councilman Anthony Coghill, who represents…

Pittsburgh Council aiming to turn vacant land into urban gardens

Pittsburgh City Council is considering plans to provide city residents with free fresh produce by ramping up urban farming on vacant land owned by the public. Council on Wednesday will debate three bills designed to facilitate urban agriculture. One would direct the Finance Department to identify vacant properties owned by the city that can be used for urban farming. Another would authorize the hiring of East Liberty-based Grounded Strategies for $45,000 to prepare a 1.2 acre property in Brookline and…

Walkabout: Piano magic made in Braddock

The piano that was played in the film adaptation of August Wilson’s play “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” — filmed here last year, release date pending — sits in a three-sided shed on what was, before last summer, a vacant lot in Braddock. The Pittsburgh Film Office donated the piano, an upright Shoninger painted yellow. The lot was cleared, graded and recast as a community music space by Gisele Fetterman and Kristen Michaels, founders of the nonprofit For Good Pittsburgh. It…

WPXI Holiday Parade

The 2019 WPXI Holiday Parade presented by Neighborhood Ford Store will march through downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday, November 30 starting at 9 a.m. Here are the other featured acts you'll see in this year's parade: >>RELATED: WPXI Holiday Parade Presented by Neighborhood Ford Store to be held on Saturday, Nov. 30 Other Acts 3 River Region Model A Restorers Club - Family hobby antique automobile club for Ford Model as that drives on tour every other weekend during the summer. Allegheny…

Residents Empowered to Turn Vacant Lots Into Green Spaces

Residents Empowered to Turn Vacant Lots Into Green Spaces Meet the people who are in the middle of the project, and see the cool things they've done to get rid of blight, one space at a time. DISCUSSION Posted By Kristen Burns September 19, 2019 It’s been proven that cleaning up vacant lots helps to improve the mental health of people who live in those communities. Think about it, who wouldn’t want to walk outside and see beautiful flowers and…

Turning Forgotten Places into Community Spaces

On today’s program: Grounded works with community members to breathe life into abandoned lots; get to know Shawnee chieftess Nonhelema; changes in Pennsylvania Republican party leadership could impact its approach to the 2020 elections; and a conversation with holiday performers who celebrate Christmas all year round. Turning forgotten places into community spaces (0:00 – 12:30) Vacant and abandoned lots can be an eyesore and even bring down surrounding property values, but Anna Archer, policy project manager at nonprofit Grounded Strategies Pittsburgh,…