Thanks to all for your contributions on the DAY of GIVING. We received $4,320 in donations that day through your generous contributions, and received an additional 12% through the matching pool, for a total of $4,838.40. Donating on the Day of Giving adds weight to your donation.
If you missed the Day of Giving, you can still donate on the safe PIIN website:
Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network
564 Forbes Avenue, Suite 808, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
PIIN from the Jobs and the Economy Task Force:
The Jobs and the Economy Task Force is hard at work on a plan that would spend the Sewer Fix Billions on a plan with Community Benefits:
· Revitalize Neighborhoods and Business Districts
· Reduce Flooding
· Good Local Jobs
· Costs Shared Equitably
There are two opportunities to show your support and get involved:
Sunday, September 22, 12:30pm Town Hall
First Unitarian Church at Ellsworth and Morewood in Shadyside
Tuesday, September 14, 6-8pm Community Benefits Showcase
East Liberty Presbyterian Church at Penn and Highland
This Sunday a community town hall meeting will be held at First Unitarian to address serious recurrent flooding problems on EllsworthAvenue and the dangers of flooding in the larger Pittsburgh region. Community members will call on Dan Gilman (Councilman Bill Peduto’s Chief of Staff and Democratic nominee for District 8 Council) to partner in ensuring that our region’s soon-to-come multi-billion dollar sewer fix will be an investment in the future that rebuilds and beautifies neighborhoods, creates local jobs, and stops dangerous flooding events.
“The flooding on Ellsworth has been a huge problem for our church and for our neighbors over the years,” says Rev. David Herndon, Minister of First Unitarian, referring to the six feet deep or more that can accumulate, forming what local legend has dubbed “Lake Ellsworth.” “Lake Ellsworth has carried away and totaled cars and repeatedly flooded the basement level of our church, costing thousands of dollars in damages. Yet we recognize that we are intricately linked to our larger watershed and our region’s broken sewer system. Flooding represents a justice issue for all Pittsburgh communities. First Unitarian is committed to being part of the solution.”
The community meeting on Sunday will include members of Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network, administrators from Winchester-Thurston school (located across the street from First Unitarian), representation from the Shadyside Action and other community partners.
Community Benefits Showcase:
The “Beyond Tunnel Vision” Speaker Series is back…and this month, we are focusing on the Pittsburgh Region! Throughout the series, the Clean Rivers Campaign has brought experts from other regions to talk about their green infrastructure projects. Now, it is time to hear from our local communities! Come learn about the projects that are in development or have been installed in Whitehall, the City of Pittsburgh, Homestead/Munhall/W. Homestead, Millvale, and more. Join us to learn how these local investments are helping to solve our water quality challenges AND bring great benefits to our community!
Who: Municipal and Community Leaders will share information about local green projects and their benefits.
What: The Pittsburgh Region Goes Green: Community Benefits from Local Green Infrastructure Projects. Reception, Presentation and Q&A – with introduction by Councilman Bill Peduto
When: Tuesday, September 24th – Reception (with food and drinks) at 6:00 pm; Presentation at 6:30 pm
Where: East Liberty Presbyterian Church Social Hall, 116 North Highland Avenue
SAVE THE DATE!
Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN)
“moving People of Faith Into Action”
2013 Public Action Meeting
Fire of faith: Rekindling Democracy and Community
Thursday, November 7, 2013, 7:00pm- 8:30pm
Doors Open: 6:15pm | Choir: 6:45pm
To be held at:
Rodef Shalom Congregation
4905 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Join 1,200 people
As we take action on local and regional issues.
For more information, please contact office@PIIN.org or 412.621.9230
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PIIN LABOR DAY PARADE ACTION
The Transit and Education Task Forces of PIIN will hold an action before the Labor Day Parade on Sept. 2, 2013. Meet at Freedom Corner (Centre and Crawford Ave.) at 9:00am and we will work the parking lots where the marchers congregate before the parade.
We will ask them to take a very short education survey and to call Governor Corbett and House Majority Leader Mike Turzai to support transportation legislation that includes mass transit. These two activities will help build our base as well as help advance the work of the task forces and we need your help!
Transit Rally in Harrisburg Next Tuesday, June 4
On June 4th, a broad coalition will travel to Harrisburg from all across Pennsylvania for the “Rumble in the Rotunda” rally for public transit. Join us as we call for a transportation bill that includes dedicated, adequate, long-term state funding to sustain and restore fully accessible, affordable mass transit for our communities in the Pittsburgh region.
Tuesday, June 4th
Depart – 7:00am | Return – 8:00pm
Location – Freedom Corner
(Centre & Crawford above Consol Energy Center – Parking available)
Clickhere to reserve your seat.
The trip is free. Lunch is provided.
Primary election day is this coming Tuesday, May 21.
It’s important as people of faith and as eligible voters to make sure we participate in our democracy by exercising our right to vote to ensure a more prosperous future for our region.
Our elected officials throughout Allegheny County are major decision makers on the issue we are working on and care so much about: education, gun violence, transit and the Clean Rivers Campaign sewer infrastructure fix.
This is our opportunity to have a say in who we put in these position to make important decisions regarding the future of our communities.
Depending on where you live you’ll have the opportunity to elect Pittsburgh’s next mayor, school board members, members of county council, the mayor of your municipality, municipal council members, and others.
Polls are open from 7am to 8pm.
Want to make sure others in your congregation vote? Here are some things you can do!
- Put it in the bulletin
- Announce it from the pulpit
- Clergy/spiritual leaders talk about it at the service
- Handouts at services
- Table at coffee hour or pre/post service
- Post flyers up around the congregation
- Emailing within the congregation
- Put it on your congregation’s website and Facebook page
- Phone banking
Click here for a printable flyer. Copy and save the photo of the flyer below to use in the body of emails.
Can’t Stop Our Vote!
Peace & Blessings,
Comprehensive Immigration Reform is finally a real possibility nationally! PIIN is working with local partners to get support from our Congressional Leaders and to show support locally for a reform bill that creates a path to citizenship, keeps families together and protects workers.
Please join us for a Rally and March on May 1st beginning at 5:00pm at the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers building, 10 South 19th Street and ending at the IBEW Hall (5 Hot Metal Street).
We invite you to join us for a Town Hall Meeting
to Create Jobs and Rebuild Our Communities !
Thursday, February 28th from 7:00 – 8:15pm
The ALCOSAN sewer fix is the largest infrastructure project we will ever see in our lifetimes, and we as rate-payers in the ALCOSAN system will pay for it!
Will be spend billions and triple our water/sewer bills, only to bury it in subway sized tunnels under the river?
Let’s make sure that residents in every neighborhood and municipality in the Pittsburgh region benefit by investing in family-sustaining jobs, stopping dangerous flooding, putting in parks and green spaces, and revitalizing business districts!
Join PIIN and our partners in the Clean Rivers Campaign for an action with other residents, municipal leaders, city councilors, Pittsburgh mayoral candidates, and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to ensure that our sewer fix will create jobs and transform communities!
Thursday, February 28 from 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
at the United Steel Workers Building
60 Boulevard of the Allies Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Easily accessible by pubic transit – bus & T-stop!
PARKING CORRECTION: FREE STREET PARKING AFTER 6:00pm
We look forward to seeing you there!