ORGANIZATIONAL PURPOSE AND GOALS
In response to the senseless violence and murders inside Allegheny County, in 2013, Stop the Violence-Pittsburgh (STV-Pittsburgh) was established as a community network partner that supports
non-profit groups and other agencies who offer viable, reputable and well thought-of experiences and options to children, youth and young adults in their development towards adulthood.
It is the purpose and goal of Stop the Violence-Pittsburgh to eliminate high levels of violence within disadvantaged neighborhoods in Allegheny County and Pittsburgh, through educational
programs and events, help raise the consciousness of the City’s citizenry and restore cultural awareness in its African American communities.
PREVIOUS PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
In June of 2013, STV-Pittsburgh hosted its first event of the summer at Stage AE; Juneteenth/Increase the PEACE Community Awareness Day brought together over eighteen (18) grass-root
organizations to promote community peace as the only alternative against violence.
In February 2014, STV-Pittsburgh implemented a free Valentine’s Day Spa Treatment Program for Loved Ones (Mothers, Sisters and Wives) of the victims of violent crimes where ten (10) ladies
participated in this program.
In September 2014, STV-Pittsburgh hosted the Community Awareness Day “Block Festival” in Pittsburgh’s Strip District where some twenty-five (25 groups, organizations and children from various
improvised communities participated in the event.
In April 2015, STV-Pittsburgh hosted “The Gathering: Pittsburgh’s Celebration of Life”, a Black Tie Event and honored media groups and individuals who service the communities with anti-violence
programs and highlighted killing within the Black communities.
On June 13-14th, STV-Pittsburgh hosted the Martin R. Delany Juneteenth festival in Market Square where 3000 people visited and over 40 groups participated in its programs and festivities.
On Feb 1, 2016, STVP hosted it's Juneteenth Press Conference and Proclamation Ceremony at the Heinz History Center where citations were given out by Mayor Bill Peduto, Pa. State Rep Ed
Gainey and Pa. State Rep. Jake Wheatley, over 100 attendees participated in this ceremony.
On February 25th, 2016, STV-Pittsburgh hosted Pittsburgh’s Black Honors Symposium and Gala at Carnegie Music Hall and highlighted African American achievements in the City since the 1758
founding to its present in Education, Sports, Politics, Economics and Entertainment.
On June 18th-19th, STV-P hosted the Juneteenth Celebration in Market Square where some 5,000 individuals and 50 organizations and groups participated.
On November 13th, 2016, STV-P hosted Pittsburgh’s Black Economic Summit with Dr. Boyce Watkins of Your Black World and Financial Juneteenth at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater where some 400 people
learned about economic empowerment.
On March 11, 2017, STV-P hosted Pittsburgh’s Black Honors Event at CCAC where some 300 celebrated Pittsburgh Black Culture.
On June 15th, STV-P hosted the African American Heritage Day Picnic at Kennywood Amusement Park from 11am to
10pm, with live Bands, Speakers, Park activities and celebrity Guest Diggy Simmons, Denny Lanez and Hollywood Swinging Tribute band performed. Some 2,000 people enjoyed
and participated in this community event.
On June 16th, STV-P hosted the 2017 Celebration of Life Honors Dinner recognizing Pittsburgh City Trailblazers in the African American Community, Tim Stevens, Bev. Smith and Rev. Dr.
Joseph Winsett, for their individual and over 40 years of service to the community. Each honoree was honored with a Proclamation from the Mayor of Pittsburgh designating June 16th as Tim Stevens, Bev
Smith and Rev. Dr. Joseph Winsett DAY.
On June 17th, STVP hosted the re-enactment of the Jubilee of Freemen Parade, originally held in 1870 in Pittsburgh, Starting with a Ancestors Memorial Service at St. Benedict the Moor Church
with speakers from various backgrounds: Bishop David Zudick of the Roman Catholic Church, Rev. Dr. Steven A. Jackson, AME Church, retired-General Wilbur E. Wolf, Frederick Douglas
re-enactor, Samuel Black of the Heinz History Center and the PA Past Players.
The Parade Participants included: Pa. State NAACP Conference, POISE Foundation, B-PEP, Greater Pittsburgh Area MAD DADS, Pennsylvania Past Players, Pittsburgh-WV Conference of the 3rd District
of the AME Church, National Black Presbyterian Caucus, Baptist Minister's Conference of Pittsburgh and Vicinity, Allegheny Union Baptist Association, National Council of Negro Women, Henry H. Garnet
Association, The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Masonic Lodge of Pennsylvania, Greater Braddock Ministerial Alliance, Church of God In Christ and Zellous Hope Project., 28th Infantry Division, 911
Airlift Division, First Troop Philadelphia City Calvary, Retired-COL Paul G. Patton, Retired-COL Eugene F. Scott and Retired-Brigadier General Wilbur E. Wolf III.
On June 17th, 1p-10pm, STV-P hosted the Martin R. Delany Festival in Market Square where some 5,000 people participated in live bands, gospel entertainment, dance troupes, vendors, speakers,
national entertainment and a kids-fun-zone.