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The Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) is a network of congregations and organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania committed to drawing together people of faith to act powerfully on local and regional issues of justice and fairness through the process of community-building, direct action, and negotiation with decision makers.

May 3, 2015 | PIIN annual banquet  May 3, 2015 | PIIN annual banquet

Celebrating 15 years of action for justice!

PIIN will celebrate its 2015 annual banquet with great food, live jazz, a silent auction, and more! The banquet is on Sunday, May 3 from 5pm-7pm, with a reception beginning at 4pm.

PIIN’s annual banquet is one of our biggest fundraising events. It’s a critical way for members and friends to support PIIN’s mission to “move people of faith into action.” Read more

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Join us for our Love Thy Neighbor campaign! Our initial focus is the need for Pittsburgh’s largest employer, UPMC, to pay their service workers a living wage. Thousands of UPMC service employees work full-time, without any hope of earning enough to sustain their families, let alone enough to improve their economic standing over time. Although UPMC is Pittsburgh’s largest employer, it is not a creator of prosperity for working people. In addition, UPMC’s tax breaks include not paying property taxes, a major source of school funding, which is devastating our schools. As we have learned from the story of the Good Samaritan, let us take action and be Good Samaritans within our Pittsburgh community. Read more

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Here’s the latest from our “PIIN in the News Media” (Read more)

November 16: PIIN President Rev. Richard Freeman releases Ferguson Statement

As the nation awaits word on whether a St.Louis county grand jury will indict Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, PIIN believes it is important for people of faith to have a voice, to speak out about the importance of justice for all people. PIIN President, Reverend Richard Freeman, pastor of Resurrection Baptist Church in Braddock, Pa., issued a statement.  View the press release

October 27: Heinz Endowments names PIIN one of community organizations to receive Annenberg grant for public education advocacy

Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform found that empowering parents and the community to be more active in their children’s education helps improve outcomes for students. Heinz Endowments is supporting a two-year effort to increase community engagement. PIIN is one of ten Pittsburgh organizations that will participate, each sending a small group of parents and members to trainings on how to better advocate within the school system. The hope is that this helps make Pittsburgh Public Schools stronger. Education is one of PIIN’s task forces Read the Post-Gazette coverage | Read the WESA coverage 

September 4, 2014: Coverage on Pittsburgh’s fast-food workers’ non-violent civil disobedience #StrikeFastFood  PIIN supported the recent efforts of local fast food workers at their strike and non-violent civil disobedience action. View photos from the event

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July 30, 2014: “6 cited for trespassing on UPMC property at union rally”  Protesters sat on the floor, prayed and sang to support a group of janitors who claim they were fired last month from UPMC for supporting other employees who want to unionize. Rev. Ronald Wanless, a retired Methodist pastor who led churches in McKeesport, Clairton and the North Side, works with the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network. Read the full coverage in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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