TAMV started in 2014 after Autumn Perkins (We Need Justice To) put a call out regarding homicides of black people getting solved in Pittsburgh. At the time Fawn Walker-Montgomery was on McKeesport City Council and Mae Herriott Hudson just lost her son. TAMV had meetings in McKeesport and noted that people were coming from throughout the Mon Valley”. Therefore, TAMV was created with co-founders Mae Herriott Hudson and Fawn Walker-Montgomery.
THE MON VALLEY
The Mon Valley section of Western P.A is centrally located outside the City of Pittsburgh in Allegheny County. While it sits around the City of Pittsburgh the county has 130 self-governing municipalities. Therefore, the Mon Valley is often overlooked, ignored and forgotten.
WHY WE EXIST?
Even though most areas in the Mon Valley have populations of less than 21,000 they rank high in crime. In 2017, the largest area in the Mon Valley, McKeesport had 13 homicides.
According to Department of Education Civil Rights Data, public discipline data that the districts submitted to PA Dept. of Education exhibited that in 2017-18 school year :
McKeesport Expulsions: 68% Black | 26% White
Out-of-school Suspensions: 71% Black
East Allegheny Expulsions: 61.5% Black
In-school suspensions: 50% Black
Out-of-school suspensions: 57% Black
Fawn Walker Montgomery
Fawn Walker-Montgomery is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Take Action Mon Valley (TAMV). She is a former candidate for Mayor in McKeesport and a past candidate for State Representative in the 35th District . Fawn was the first black person & woman to run for a State seat in the Mon Valley. She has a B.A. in Political Science from Johnson C. Smith University (HBCU) and a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration Point Park University.
Fawn is also a past second-term Councilwoman in McKeesport. She has 18 years experience in the human services field.
Hudson, a McKeesport/Mon Valley native, used her pain to speak truth to power. In 2014 after the murder of her son Carlos Hudson and Jan Randolph, Mae sought on a mission to bring awareness to unsolved homicides in the Mon Valley. This led to the creation of Take Action Mon Valley. We honor Mae for her courage, strength and for continuing to inspire us. Mae is also a Mother, Grandmother and CNA.
Soleil Meade, Lead Organizer
Amber Webb, TAMV Organizer
Curtis Harper, TAMV Organizer
Nickole Nesby, TAMV Organizer
Fawn McDaniel, TAMV Organizer
Jonathan Reyes, TAMV Organizer