A quick history of Black Independence Day (Juneteenth) – June 19th

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Juneteenth, also know as Black Independence Day is celebrated every year on June 19th. The day is celebrated similarly to the Fourth of July, with cookouts, music, education programs and gatherings. Here is a quick guide to its history.

At it’s peek in 1840, there were approximately 59,000 slaves in the United States. In the midst of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, declaring freedom for all slaves in the Confederate states. However, it wasn’t enforced in the South. The Emancipation Proclamation was specifically difficult to enforce in Texas because of the lack of Union soldiers, in fact, after it was signed many slave owners moved to the state for this reason. By the end of the Civil War in 1865, the amount of slaves in Texas increased by tens of thousands.

On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger road into Texas with Union Troops and read the orders at the Headquarters District of Texas in Galveston. The orders read:

The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.

From that day forward, freed people took the streets in celebration in Texas with song, and rejoicing together. The holiday slowly spread throughout the United States and is still celebrated today. Find events in your city and join the celebration!

Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh is a secular community that celebrates life. Visit the events page to see what’s happening in the community: Events

An inspiring and caring group for the secular and non-believers in Pittsburgh

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Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh is described as a “secular community that celebrates life” that has community events throughout the region for families and adults. Our Facebook page has over 1,460 likes and is growing. However, we don’t see as much engagement as we would like. We want to foster community so people can have inspiring and caring interactions in person and online. Where it be a first birthday or an awesome road trip, we want our community to share it if they wish. We also want to help people connect with others who share their hobbies within the group. Our Facebook group is called ‘Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh Community Circle‘, which has only about 188 members (up from only 50 a few months ago). Since we started focusing on the group we have seen a spike in engagement.

The goal is to grow the group so people can create the Pittsburgh community they need. Together we will build something amazing. Join us!

‘Stigma and Pride in Queer Mental Health’ (June Speaker)

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June is Pride month. The month’s origins started as a commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. However, it has grown into something much more. Pride is when we realize the struggles and, and the long denied humanity of the LGBTQ+ community. The speaker for the June Assembly will be Jay Yoder.

Bio: “Jay Yoder is a social justice, undoing oppression, nonviolence, queer feminist community organizer/activist. Yoder is the Director of Development at Persad Center. Jay’s previous roles include Victim Services Coordinator for the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence and Field Director for the Universal Health Care Action Network in Columbus, OH. In 2008 Jay co-founded Pink Menno with brother Luke, a movement for LGBTQ+ welcome and liberation in Mennonite Church USA “. The topic of their talk will be, ‘Stigma and Pride in Queer Mental Health: Removing the Lens of Us vs. Them‘.

Please Join as at the June Assembly on June 16, 2019, at 10:00 AM at Community Forge located at 1256 Franklin Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221.

Three inclusive organizations promoting science in Pittsburgh

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We are in an era when the influence technology has on our lives is increasing exponentially. Technology effects everyone no matter their race or socioeconomic status, so it’s important everyone has a say in the development of the technologies. Those who develop the technology also stand to benefit economically, and it’s important woman and minorities don’t get left behind. Below I have given brief descriptions of inclusive organizations throughout Pittsburgh who actively promote science.

Prototype PGH

Prototype is a very unique organization that is aiming to “build gender and racial equity in tech and entrepreneurship”. Prototype provides a “feminist makerspace” for the community. The organization goes beyond the space to “prioritize the experiences of women, and cultivating a gender-inclusive professional support network”. The work of Prototype is important because to include women in the technology sector must be an active endeavor. When we just assume the right environment will develop by default, it tends to lean towards the status quo, which isn’t okay.

Website: https://prototypepgh.com

M-PowerHouse

M-PowerHouse works to address the “national shortage of African American girls and Hispanics in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics” . The organization offers multiple school programs to “expose youth and community to a variety of healthcare and S.T.E.M. related disciplines”. M-PowerHouse has programs ranging from K thru 12th grade. As a young black kid, I didn’t have much exposure to people working in S.T.E.M. fields who looked like me. As a result I never was inspired to pursue that route. It was only by change that I was exposed to right environment to spark my interest. The futures of child are too important to leave up to chance.

Website: http://www.m-power-house.org

Assemble

Assemble is a creative space that aims to foster creativity “through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) disciplines and learning opportunities to build valuable 21st century skills” . They are welcoming to all ages and backgrounds. Assembly has after school programs, day camps, and many other events for the community. This organization is unique because it promotes both art and science. The best scientist has a creative mind, and can draw inspiration thorough many disciplines.

Website: http://assemblepgh.org

Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh is a secular community that celebrates life. Visit the events page to see what’s happening in the community: Events

Sunday Assembly launches page to help community get involved

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This year, Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh will celebrate its fifth anniversary. The organization made it this far with an amazing team of people . We are looking for individuals who are passionate about improving the community to join our team and help Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh continue to thrive. There are volunteer opportunities for vast range of talents ranging from music, to social media, to making coffee.

Click the button below to find out how to get involved!

How to celebrate Fred Roger’s 1-4-3 (I-Love-You) Day today

What is 1-4-3 Day?

Today is the first annual 1-4-3 Day in Pennsylvania, falling on the 143rd day of the year. Fred Rodgers often used 1-4-3 to mean “I love you”. The numbers represent the amount of letters in each word. Mr. Rogers was considered one of Pennsylvania’s kindest people and 1-4-3 Day is meant to help his kindness live on.

How to celebrate?

You celebrate by simply being kind to your neighbors. Today is an opportunity to be mindful of how we influence the people around us. Below I listed some ideas of how you can celebrate, some taken from pa.gov/143-day:

  • Buy someone coffee
  • Donate to a charity
  • Volunteer your time at a nursing home
  • Compliment a stranger
  • Call a friend or family member you haven’t spoken to in awhile
  • Leave a big tip for a server

I hope we can spread kindness throughout our neighborhood, not just today, but throughout the year. Let’s spread love throughout the city! For more information about 1-4-3 Day, visit pa.gov/143-day

Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh is a secular community that celebrates life. Visit the events page to see what’s happening in the community: Events

Sunday Assembly sees jump in sustaining member donations

This year Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh will be celebrate its five-year anniversary. Due to an increase in expenses, we found ourselves in the red financially — the organization was spending more money than it was taking in. We chose to turn to the reason we exist, the community. On May 15, 2019 the High Five Campaign was launched.

The goal of the campaign is to at least increase the amount of monthly donations by $100. At the start of High Five, there were only 7 sustaining members who weren’t part of the board. During the first week, that number increased by four, which is a more than a 50 percent increase.

Sunday Assembly hopes the campaign will help us to continue to improve and grow the community. We are hopeful together we can thrive for the next five years and beyond.

To become participate in the High Five Campaign and become a sustaining member, please visit sapgh.org/highfive.

Sunday Assembly opens voting for June Book Club

The Book club has opened voting for their June book! The books range from A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking, to Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin. Use the button at the bottom of the page to cast your vote.

Book club will be held Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 11AM to ~12:30PM, at Panera Bread (3401 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh).

Follow the event here: Book Club

Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh is a secular community that celebrates life. Visit the events page to see what’s happening in the community: Events

Sunday Assembly announces additional Family Play Dates

Our families are a significant reason our community is vibrant. More Family Play Dates have been announced. Connecting our families leads to a stronger community. The events are listed below. Follow the events on Facebook for updates.

Family Play Date (CLICK FOR DETAILS)

When: Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM

Where: Anderson Playground: Schenley Park, Panther Hollow Road, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

Family Play Date (Click for details)

When: Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM

Where: Mellon Park
6601 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206

Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh is a secular community that celebrates life. Visit the events page to see what’s happening in the community: Events

Sunday Assembly broke multiple records in April

April 2019 Assembly

During the month of April, sapgh.org had the most page views ever. Within the month the website had 1,016 views by 489 visitors. In addition to the record month for the website, April’s Assembly had 75 people, which is a record for a regular monthly Assembly (Yule Rock had 87 people).

This year Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh will celebrate its 5-year anniversary. A goal from the beginning of the organization was to steadily grow and reach as many individuals a possibly to improve their quality of life and the community.

The interest in the website and Assemblies are good signs. We wish to continue to expand more the next five years to come, and have a positive impact on the Pittsburgh community.

Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh is a secular community that celebrates life. Visit the events page to see what’s happening in the community: Events