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Word of Mouth - November 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 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:



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

ELECTION DAY 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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