Coverage of the Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates debate organized by PIIN and Yinzercation on april 8th 2014: Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune, PennLive and WESA-FM within the first 24 hours of the debate. Our partner Yinzercation has excellent coverage and photos of the debate at http://yinzercation.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/debate-by-the-numbers/
PIIN’s clergy members who were arrested February 27th 2014 at UPMC received wide media coverage. Please check out the links below. At the bottom is a link for last week’s arrests of Rev. Lyde, Rev. Wanless and UPMC worker Christoria Hughes.
Also, here is a short youtube video of the action. It might be worth bringing up on your phones to show members during building visits.
KDKA-PIT (CBS) – Pittsburgh, PA
KDKA-TV News at Five Clip
WTAE-PIT (ABC) – Pittsburgh, PA
Channel 4 Action News @ 5 Clip
WPXI-PIT (NBC) – Pittsburgh, PA
Channel 11 News—First at Five Clip
KDKA Radio interviewed Rev. Welch and Charlie Dietch at City Paper about today’s arrests. The two were on the radio for about 10 minutes at 2:30 pm and they described the morning civil disobedience and put it in context. Rev. Welch and Charlie were clear, to the point, and accurate. Rev. Welch especially reiterated the faith community’s support for UPMC workers and the need for better wages for their families and for Pittsburgh. Charlie said there was a definite energy this morning, that he could tell it was a more serious action compared to past actions or rallies.
Here is that clip:
10 Clergy Members Arrested During UPMC Protest
PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio1020 KDKA) – Today clergy members of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network held a protest against UPMC attempting to get fair wages for employees. The protestors said they wanted to meet with the UPMC CEO Jeffrey …
Faith Leaders Arrested Again At UPMC Protest
An officer warned the Rev. Rodney Adam Lyde that he would be arrested again if he took part in the rally at the U.S. Steel Building Thursday. Lyde – who had already been arrested last week – politely thanked him for his concern, but he had every intention of …
Nine cited for trespassing during UPMC protest in Downtown Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
UPMC spokeswoman Gloria Kreps said in an email that UPMC’s starting wage for service workers is $1.52 an hour higher than the average provided to service workers at other companies in the area and that the company offers “superior health benefits.”.
Protesters’ efforts to see UPMC’s Romoff result in citations
Pittsburgh Business Times
“As people of faith, we have a moral imperative – an obligation – to act and call on UPMC, our largest employer, to do the right thing and stop paying its workers poverty wages and to serve as a leader in our region to that other corporations will follow suit,” …
9 cited for trespassing during protest outside UPMC’s Downtown headquarters
Pittsburgh police cited nine people for trespassing during a protest outside UPMC’s Downtown headquarters Thursday morning. Those cited refused to follow orders to move from the lobby to the sidewalk outside the U.S. Steel Tower, Pittsburgh public safety …
UPMC employee seeks meeting with CEO, escorted from USX …
PGH City Paper (blog)
About ten minutes after UPMC employee Christoria Hughes along with … of the building and cited for trespassing by city police, Hughes says.
Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network
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PIIN sponsors Town Hall Meeting for Shadyside Flooding
The town hall meeting at the UU Church was trying to address the flooding illustrated by this video:
Reverend Freeman’s remarks on the problems of the Rankin-Swissvale Bridge
The Post Gazette article has photos and a video of the remarks of Reverend Freeman and others. PennDOT lowered the weight limit on the bridge for most vehicles to six tons from 12 in January, forcing Port Authority to redirect four bus routes beginning in February, two of which travel the nearby East Busway.
PIIN Transit Task Force press conference April 18:
Here are links to press coverage for our Transit press conference April 18.
PG photo of the rally against gun violence: