Word of Mouth - November 2018

November 1, 2018

November 2018




Election day is November 6th. Voting is our most fundamental right as American Citizens and the single most effective tool we have to defend our democracy. Get out to the polls, and get your friends out to the polls. Global Wordsmiths will send a qualified volunteer interpreter to anyone who needs language assistance to vote in Allegheny County. Contact us at (412) 228-0240 to request a volunteer interpreter for yourself, a friend, or your polling station.  

Jefferson Community Collaborative Language Access Initiative Update - Thanks to the support of the Jefferson Regional Foundation, Global Wordsmiths has provided organizational language access plans and language accessibility training forGoodwill of SWPA, Jewish Family & Community Services, Just Harvest and Cribs for Kids, and these organizations are now eligible to receive interpretation services subsidized by this generous grant until July of 2020. One organization at a time, Southwestern PA is improving its capacity to serve English language learners. 

We are Hiring! Global Wordsmiths is looking for reliable bilingual staff in Erie, PA and here in Pittsburgh for most languages, but in particular: ASL, Arabic, Russian, Uzbek, Farsi, Urdu, Haitian Creole and Swahili. We provide comprehensive training and material support for all of our staff, so no prior interpretation experience is necessary- just language skills and a desire to help people use their voice. Contact careers@globalwordsmiths.com for details! 

Welcome, Meredith! Meredith Bapir, our talented Director of Programs and Evaluation, has joined our team full-time and will now be with us every day to scale our social impact, training and development programs, operations and evaluation processes. We are really lucky that she has chosen Global Wordsmiths as her home. 

In solidarity, 

Mary Jayne


Global Wordsmiths stands with Tree of Life.


We are shocked, devastated and angry, but we will stand tall to hold space for our Jewish brothers and sisters all over the world, for Pittsburgh, and for all those affected by this senseless act of hatred. We wish we could hold onto all of the pain, and take it far away from the victims and their loved ones. We cannot make sense of the violence, but we can come together in our grief, and we can fight harder to bring peace and light into the world every day. We can try to lighten the weight for those who carry the unimaginable burdens of Saturday’s tragedy.

We love you so much. May their memories be for a blessing. 


Languages are not identical, so rendering a text written in one language into another seems impossible to do, at least with complete accuracy. Translations of literary texts compound this basic problem, since literature takes language beyond its usual communicative or referential functions. How can we hope to translate something into a foreign language that already requires translation into its own?





Mam is now one of the top 10 languages spoken in immigration courts nationwide, according to Department of Justice statistics. 


Client Spotlight: PEAL Center


The Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership (PEAL) Center is committed to serving families and professionals across Pennsylvania. Our mission is to educate and empower families to ensure that children, youth and young adults with disabilities and special health care needs lead rich, active lives as full members of their schools and communities.

The PEAL team works with families, youth & young adults to help them:

Understand their rights and advocate for themselves
Be included and educated in their home schools, and
Access high quality, coordinated physical & behavioral health care

PEAL services are provided at no cost to families across PA with offices in Pittsburgh & Philadelphia, and PEAL’s services are provided in English, Spanish and other languages, with support from Global Wordsmiths and other organizations.

Contact: info@pealcenter.org



Latina Equal Pay Day
November 1, 12:00 - 1:00 at Schenley Plaza



Global Pittsburgh First Thursdays
November 1, 5:30 - 8:00 at Roland’s Seafood Grill



Nuruddin Farah
November 1, 7:00 - 8:30pm at Alphabet City



Día de los Muertos Meet & Greet
November 1, 5:30 - 7:30pm at La Palapa



Repair the World Solidarity Shabbat Dinner 
November 2, 7:00 - 8:30 at Repair the World: Pittsburgh



Jon McCourt, Making Peace
November 2, 2:00 - 4:00 at the Cathedral of Learning


Día de los Muertos: JOSE VIVE, La Lucha Sigue 
November 2, 7:00pm - 1:00am at 5120 Penn Avenue


Bhutanese Community Association Candlelight Vigil
November 2, 5:30 - 6:00pm at Wallace Park


Día de los Muertos
November 2, 7:00 - 11:00pm at Hotel Monaco


Ten-Year Anniversary of Salsa Fridays
November 2, 10:30pm at Greer Cabaret Theater


ESPAECE | A Piece by Aurélien Bory 
November 2 & 3, August Wilson Center


Global Health Mini Course 
November 2 - 4, 2400 Sennott Square 



3rd Annual Pierogi Fest 
November 3, 11:00am - 4:00pm at St. George Ukrainian Church



Leaves from Aleppo
November 4, 6:00 - 7:30 at Alphabet City



Isabelle de Borchgrave Tour with the French Cultural Center
November 4, 1:45 at The Frick


Please vote. 


Fiesta del Día de las Elecciones
November 6, 4:00 - 7:00pm at Casa San José


Reunión Comunitaria: Servicios de Salud para Inmigrantes
November 6, 5:30 - 7:30pm at ACDHS (1 Smithfield Street)


Sembène Film Festival: Faat Kiné
November 7, 7:00 - 9:30 at Alphabet City


A History of African American Islam
November 8, 7:00 - 8:00pm at the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh


Spanish Conversation
November 8 and 29, 12:00 - 1:00 Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Downtown


Comparative European Governance: A Symposium in Honor of Alberta Sbragia
November 9, 8:00 - 5:00 at Posvar Hall


Give it to Dem! An Afrobeats, Dancehall & Trap Party
November 10, 11:00pm at Dijlah Restaurant



Polish Festival
November 11, 12:00 - 5:00pm at the Cathedral of Learning


Círculo de Lectores - Cuando Quiero Llorar No Lloro
November 12, 12:00, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Downtown



Tayo Aluko: Call Mr. Robeson
November 12, 7:00 - 9:00 at Alphabet City



Weekend of Knowledge
November 16 - 17, Islamic Center of Pittsburgh


Hub + Spoke
November 17th, 6:00 - 9:00pm at the Energy Innovation Center



Centre Francophone de Pittsburgh Annual Wine Tasting
November 6, 6:00pm, address provided upon registration



 PYP Intercultural Thanksgiving Potluck w/ Global Pittsburgh
November 17, 5:00 - 7:00 at 520 Brookline Blvd. 



SalsaGiving at Penn Society 
November 21 - 22 at Penn Society 



Youth’s Revolt Against Non-Democratic Regimes
November 27, 3:00pm at Wesley W. Posvar Hall



Pgh Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Fiesta Navideña
November 27th at Inventionland



CLAS Cinema Series: The Candidate
November 27, 6:30 - 9:00pm at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium



ReelQ: Retablo
November 27, 7:00 - 9:00pm at City of Asylum



Cultural Awareness in Health Systems
November 28, 5:30 - 8:00 at AHN Center for Inclusion Health



Humanizing the Global; Globalizing the Human
November 29, 2018 4:30 - 6:00pm at the Cathedral of Learning


2018 PA Refugee Health Consultation
November 29, 7:30am - 5:30pm in Harrisburg




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