OBID is listening.
The Oakland Business Improvement District (OBID) believes that it is our moral obligation and duty to acknowledge and stand against the systemic racism and inequality that is, and always has been, affecting our country. We believe that Black Lives Matter and that we are responsible for creating a space that cultivates and recognizes diversity.
We mourn the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Antwon Rose II, Tony McDade, Sean Reed, and the countless other lives that were lost before them.
As an organization, as a community, as a country, we must do better.
We must stand together with those who have been victims of marginalization and repression due to their skin color.
At OBID we will work to ensure that our actions, principles, and values stand in solidarity against racial injustice. We will work to acknowledge and counteract our own internalized racism and prejudices as human beings and an organization. It is not enough to not be racist; we must work to become actively anti-racist in our daily lives. Our Board of Directors are in the midst of a Strategic Plan process and we will continue to listen, to learn, to reflect, to plan, and to take action.
Over the past few weeks we’ve been listening and educating ourselves to the Black voices in our community and throughout America and educating ourselves in ways that we can help.
We have learned of many local organizations that help to support and to empower the Black community in Pittsburgh. We are proud to support these three local organizations; 1Hood Media, SisTers PGH, and Melanin Mommies Pgh. We encourage support of these brave advocates along with the additional organizations that we found in our search.
Together we stand in solidarity with the Black community, in Oakland, in Pittsburgh, and throughout the world.
Please see the links below for additional resources and information.
Ways You Can Help: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/?fbclid=IwAR2na0YuM8aA4ZqiRpH8sCseZNmlVBrSk5kdX52Ks78TAiDPH8CH_K6qdG4”
Pittsburgh Community Projects:
1Hood Media – https://www.1hood.org/
The mission of 1Hood Media is to build liberated communities through art, education, and social justice.
SisTers PGH – https://www.sisterspgh.org/
SisTers PGH is a transgender centered drop-in space, resource provider, and shelter transitioning program based in Pittsburgh, PA
Melanin Mommies Pgh – https://melaninmommiespgh.org/
Melanin Mommies PGH is a program that provides mentors to organizations that serve ‘At Risk’ African American mothers age 14-21. Their mission is to provide pregnant or parenting mothers the tools they need to become the best women and best mothers they can be. Their program assists them in overcoming inter-generational trauma and combating negative family cycles through mentorship.
The Pittsburgh Spot – https://pghspot.com/
The PghSpot is an online web show that aims to tell the positive stories of Pittsburgh’s Innovators, Entrepreneurs, and Philanthropists in a visual and creative manner in order to connect and energize diverse communities throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region; often dispelling negative media narratives. The show uses various interactive platforms to highlight featured guest including produced and live shows. In addition, PghSpot hosts a live Neighborhood Conversation Series that takes place on a live platform in Homewood and in the Hill District, featuring entrepreneurs, innovators and philanthropists from these neighborhoods. PghSpot also coordinates various volunteer opportunities through its Neighborhood Conversation Series, which aims to support and promote business owners in lower income neighborhoods.
POISE Foundation – https://www.poisefoundation.org/
The POISE Foundation works to assist the Pittsburgh Region’s Black community in achieving self-sustaining practices, through strategic leadership, collective giving, grantmaking and advocacy. Created in the format of a Community Foundation, POISE receives funds from a variety of donors. These funds may be unrestricted, and used to support our grantmaking strategy, or donor-directed for specific charitable purposes.
African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania – https://aaccwp.com/
The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania is a full-service organization that continuously provides access and opportunity to over 500 African American business owners and professionals. Additionally, the Chamber’s membership includes other minority groups, over 60 non-profit organizations, and over 50 majority businesses. Their boundaries extend from Cambria County, up to Erie, PA over to the Ohio border, and down to West Virginia.
Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh – http://ulpgh.org/#
The Mission of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh is to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity and power, and civil rights.
Circles Greater Pittsburgh – http://circlespgh.org/
Circles Greater Pittsburgh’s mission is to inspire and equip Pittsburgh area families and communities to resolve poverty and thrive. They believe no one should live in poverty. Families and communities can take charge of their destinies. And if given the right tools and support, economic stability can be achieved.
New Voices Pittsburgh – http://www.newvoicespittsburgh.org/sistahspeak/
New Voices is developing the next generation of Reproductive Justice leaders through the SistahSpeak! Youth Project™!
The SistahSpeak! Youth Project™ (SYP!) is a sexual & reproductive health, mentoring and community organizing program for Black girls, femmes and young Black women ages 12-24. This program year, we will focus on high school students in grades 9-12. SYP! Participants learn life skills, engage in arts and cultural activities, partner with mentors and educate young Black women about Reproductive Justice and Human Rights!
The August Wilson African American Cultural Center – https://aacc-awc.org/
The August Wilson African American Cultural Center is a U.S. nonprofit arts organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that presents performing and visual arts programs that celebrate the contributions of African Americans not only in Western Pennsylvania, but nationally and internationally.
Black Tech Nation – https://blacktechnation.com/
Black Tech Nation (BTN) is the first and only social good organization dedicated to growing a black tech ecosystem within Pittsburgh’s rapidly growing tech economy. They pride themselves on being an informative, engaging safe space for their “black unicorns” – black tech professionals, black entrepreneurs, parents of black students interest in STEM, and black tech enthusiasts – to build connections, share opportunities, and exchange resources. Through their strategy, “Gather. Connect. Affect.”, they plan to make Pittsburgh the model city for true tech inclusion.
Currently trying to raise $10,000 – https://www.newsunrising.org/project/black-tech-nation/
Black Unicorn Library and Archives Project – https://www.newsunrising.org/project/the-black-unicorn-library-archives-project/
The Black Unicorn Library & Archives Project is a library & archive meeting at the intersection of literacy, art & history, focusing on the contributions of Black women, queer & trans people of color. The project was founded by Bekezela Mguni, who holds a Masters in Library & Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh and was named an Emerging Artist & Judge’s Choice in the 2016 Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Project Silk/ Community Human Services – https://chscorp.org/service-area/program/project-silk
Project Silk is committed to member driven structures and offers unique pathways to service delivery on site at our youth drop- in center. Project Silk provides STI/HIV testing on-site to increase knowledge of undiagnosed infections; implements behavioral interventions related to positive adult identity development and sexual health education; skills-based programming for youth to actualize their goals; and linkage to medical care and ancillary services to promote overall wellness within HIV-positive as well as high-risk negative communities.
Lists of Local Black-Owned Businesses: