Here to Help: Community Resource Guide

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The death of Antwon Rose II and the resulting trial of Michael Rosfeld have been and will continue to be triggering and traumatic events for the greater Pittsburgh area. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is a reliable source for information, resources and welcoming spaces where community members can gather and support one another. 

The following information and resources may be of help during this difficult time:

Neighborhood Libraries

CLP has resources that can be used by the community, including meeting room space, access to computers, printers, copiers, WIFI and art supplies.  

Sharing stories and having conversations about the books we read can help us understand the world around us. Librarians at every CLP location are here to help with book suggestions for all ages.  

Our regularly scheduled Teen Times and other daily programming will continue with an understanding that patrons may not be engaged or may need something else from the Library. We will listen and hold space and understand that trauma responses look different for different people and in different communities. 

Trauma Resources

Center for Victims
“When most people hear about trauma, they picture hospitals and doctors–but not all wounds are visible. Thanks to our committed allies and donors, we’ve been educating and raising awareness about psychological trauma for decades: how a single event can impact your entire life, how your body and mind respond to the ongoing stress, how your very genetics can change as a result.”

JFCS Community Counseling
JFCS is known as a leader in providing innovative and effective social service solutions to problems facing families and individuals of all ages and walks of life. Services are provided and referrals are made without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, familial status, age, handicap or disability. 

Steel Smiling
Steel Smiling bridges the gap between community members and mental health support through education, advocacy and awareness.  We share conversations with community members, servant leaders, and mental health professionals to inform human-centered and informal interventions. We visit community members, listen to their stories, and share triumphant photographic narratives to reduce stigma and raise awareness. We facilitate conversations that inform how community leaders and practitioners approach mental health .

National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ)
The National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ) employs principles of social and restorative justice seeking transformation in the ways justice questions related to injustice, incivility, conflict, crime and harm are addressed. It promotes effective forms of justice that are safe, just, equitable, sustainable, reparative and socially constructive.

RESOLVE Crisis Services  (Always available at 888-796-8226) 
Resolve is a 24-hour, 365-day crisis service. It’s free to all residents of Allegheny County, regardless of your ability to pay. Both Allegheny County and UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital sponsor our services.  

Our 150-member crisis team provides:  

  • Crisis counseling and support.  
  • Referrals.  
  • Intervention services for adults, teens, and their loved ones.  

You do not need a psychiatric diagnosis to seek help from resolve. We offer many services that do not depend on a formal diagnosis, and we help many people who have never had a psychiatric diagnosis.  

Know Your Rights 

ACLU’s Know Your Rights – Demonstrations and Protests
General guidelines provided by the American Civil Liberties Union.

B-PEP quick reference brochure “You and the Police”
This brochure has three purposes:  

  1. To outline for people their legal rights when interacting and communicating with the police. 
  2. To inform people of their responsibilities and obligations any time they (or a family member or friend) have contact or involvement with police officers. 
  3. To promote improved relations and understanding between members of the community and the police. 

Law Library of Congress: Right to Peaceful Assembly
First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the United States Congress from enacting legislation that would abridge the right of the people to assemble peaceably.  The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution makes this prohibition applicable to state governments.  

The Supreme Court of the United States has held that the First Amendment protects the right to conduct a peaceful public assembly.  The right to assemble is not, however, absolute.  Government officials cannot simply prohibit a public assembly in their own discretion, but the government can impose restrictions on the time, place, and manner of peaceful assembly, provided that constitutional safeguards are met. 

Legal Information Institute: Criminal Procedure  
Criminal procedure deals with the set of rules governing the series of proceedings through which the government enforces substantive criminal law. Municipalities, states, and the federal government each have their own criminal codes, defining types of conduct that constitute crimes. Title 18 of the U.S. Code outlines all federal crimes. Typically, federal crimes deal with activities that either extend beyond state boundaries or directly impact federal interests.  

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