Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto unveils Office of Equity

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto unveils Office of Equity

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Friday signed an executive order creating the city’s first ever Office of Equity. According to Peduto the office, which will replace the Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment, will focus on addressing inequality throughout the city.

“Based upon the research from the Equity Indicators Report, OnePGH, and the concerns I hear from constituents daily, we know we have more work to do on equity but I am proud of what this administration has been able to do thus far,” Peduto said in a press conference Friday.
Saturday, May 11, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers unveil hate crimes legislation in the aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting

Lawmakers unveil hate crimes legislation in the aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting

Outside of the Tree of Life synagogue, the site of an anti-semitic massacre last year, six lawmakers, flanked by survivors of the shooting, announced a package of legislation geared towards addressing hate crimes in the commonwealth Thursday afternoon.

Within the city, from the massacre itself to reports of nooses around dolls, lawmakers such as Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) said they were increasingly concerned about the intolerant climate. Frankel told onlookers that is why it was time for a legislative action to protect vulnerable populations.
Friday, May 10, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh District 7 and 9 candidates come together for a resident driven forum

Pittsburgh District 7 and 9 candidates come together for a resident driven forum

In a month Pittsburgh City Council members up for reelection will largely have their fates decided in the primary election. The race consists of Democrats facing off with other Democrats. Short of challenges in the general election in November, who takes the primary takes the council seat. But before voters head to the ballot box, Pittsburgh United, a local advocacy group, hoped to give voters a closer look at the candidates.

On Monday night candidates in the races for District 7 and District 9 came together for an audience-driven forum at Repair the World to answer voters’ questions about what they had to offer.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Environmental advocates hold clean air rally to call for accountability

Environmental advocates hold clean air rally to call for accountability

On the tepid first day of Spring, environmental advocates took to the city-county building stairs in Pittsburgh at Penn Environment’s second annual clean air rally to remind residents and elected officials alike that air quality often makes the city less than livable.

From its smoggy past to its unhealthy, air quality advisory-filled present, the Steel City has its share of air quality issues. Although over the past year the city and Allegheny County have seen progress, Zachary Barber, an organizer for PennEnvironment, reminded the modest crowd of thirty that Pittsburgh’s air quality is still among the worst in the nation. 
Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Democratic leaders introduce protection for labor unions

Democratic leaders introduce protection for labor unions

Surrounded by labor union organizers, in Allegheny County Courthouse, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) with Senators Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) and Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) announced legislation intended to help workers unionize with greater ease on Thursday.

According to the legislation’s sponsors what’s being called the Workplace Freedom Act protects Pennsylvania workers by strengthening bargaining. 
Friday, March 15, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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