We are the 99%

June 28, 2005

FOR THE LADIES (and those who love them)

PRESS CONFERENCE RE: ICA BOARD APPOINTMENT OF 6TH WHITE MALE

Date & Time:
Thursday, June 30 at 9:30 a.m.

Location:
Front Steps, City-County Building, 414
Grant Street, Pittsburgh

Why:

  • In the spring of 2004 five people were appointed to serve on the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority board. All of these were Caucasian males. On Friday, June 24, a sixth white male was appointed to this board to replace David O' Loughlin who left the board last month.

  • While women make up 53% of Allegheny County's population and over 50% of the city's workforce, they hold only 31% of the county's non-elected positions and have 0% representation on the ICA and Act 47 boards.

  • In order to spur economic development and fiscal prudence, the core constituency of the city's workforce and consumers must be fairly represented on public boards to ensure that citizenry are engaged in the development of public policy.

  • Pennsylvanians for Fair Representation, a collaboration of over 40 local civil rights organizations and individuals, will hold a press conference to discuss the impact of the recent appointment of J. Matthew Simon to the Fiscal Oversight Board.

  • Statements will be made by: City Council member Twanda Carlisle, City Council member Bill Peduto, Recorder of Deeds Valerie McDonald Roberts, Former Allegheny County Chief Executive James C. Roddey, Executive Director of the Women and Girls Foundation Heather Arnet, and Dr. Cecilia Griffin Golden from the YWCA.
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    Personal Note: Hey, I like white males. Some of my best friends are white males. But this kind of crap has got to stop. Not even one token woman? What, people of color are incapable of discussing fiscal policy in the Burg? But what do I know -- I'm just a girl. (cue music)

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