This year I went to six of Bricolage's staged readings of compelling, currently pertinent scripts, from several world premieres of new works by local playwrights, like David Turkel's "Stroke," to re-visions of little known works such as Hemingway's "Fifth Column." I was struck by the consistent energy and originality of staging, direction and performance.
And they're free! Bricolage then gives their audiences the choice of which of the plays they take to full production, sending out a survey to everybody on their mailing list for a vote. These full productions have demonstrated very high standards of eclectic, original artistry, as exemplified by last year's acclaimed "Key to the Field."
Thanks for covering this, Charlie and Ryan. Very concerning.
As a veteran of the Iraq War, I've seen how the "investment" of my tax dollars in the military industrial complex has "paid out," moving our hard-earned, crucial resources from schools, infrastructure, health care, science and technology, sustainability programs, etc., etc. etc.
If I could choose how my tax "contributions" were spent, I would not choose to feed the war machine instead of our nation's children. But, because I choose to participate in this democracy, my tax dollars are directed by the representatives I vote for.
But then I'm just a citizen, who worked to elect our Mayor Bill Peduto to hold UPMC accountable to the same laws I'm subject to. If we allow UPMC to choose where they "invest" a fraction of what they owe our community, the evidence of their past behavior suggests that they will direct their dollars as carrots and sticks to extract further massive profit from our community - and to further consolidate their very evident power over all three branches of our government.
THANK YOU for your devoted hails to our Chief and his innovative PPPs!
Ka'Sandra was as solid as they come. She was calm, honest, kind, extremely hard working and responsible. She had lived in poverty and had put herself through school - she had just graduated. She was a great mother. She laughed with her kid, played with him, was warm, affectionate, accepting, and she set the limits, made sure he did his homework, that he was safe, well-fed, well-behaved, well-sheltered.
I miss her so much.
Hey Chris Potter, I'm pretty sure you know the work of Chris Briem, data-meister of Nullspace - he actually does pursue follow ups of follow ups of follow ups. He diligently sleuths down the data to compare just such claims of tax-break benefits with the actual results in terms of payback to our region, with a special focus on employment.
I strongly encourage readers here to check him out: http://nullspace2.blogspot.com/
As always, thanks for your work, Chris. For me, and for many others, this election was indeed about building a stronger network of people willing to fight hard for democracy itself. I especially cheer the work of the ACLU, B-PEP, and so many other organizations who worked so hard at registration, Election Protection and to defeat the pernicious intent behind the Voter ID law.
Chris, you write: " But police Chief Nate Harper himself is black, and no one's suggesting he opposes diversity. So why wouldn't the roundtable arbitrarily favor black candidates?"
It seems likely that the Chief faces accusations of reverse racism all the time within his sphere of influence - surely his own vested interests lay in leaning opposite of such expectations. And I will not read motives in a man whose professional history and character I haven't studied closely, but internalized and reverse racism is a standard feature in racist systems, which often reward cooperative tokens as a form of self-defensive PR. Harper would surely not be lonely in the crowds of such tokens that have used "neutrality" as a shield to defend their shaky authority within a clearly racist system.
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