“Pittsburgh’s leaders vowed to pass gun control legislation after the Tree of Life shooting, local debate has largely focused on friction between pro-gun groups and officials hoping to ban assault-style weapons, bump stocks and armor piercing bullets. But as the bills near a vote at Pittsburgh City Council, Rev. De Neice Welch, president of the Pennsylvania […]
Ten nonprofits are asking voters to approve a property tax hike of about $30 a year for the average homeowner to support the fund. Not everyone in the area approves of the idea.
The Public Safety Task Force of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (of which I am a member) has been working to ensure violent confrontations between the police and residents of this city are things of the past. A hopeful sign has been a move by the Pittsburgh police department to add new modules to the training and retraining of its officers. The modules are: “Procedural Justice,” “Implicit Bias” and “Racial Reconciliation.” The first two have been implemented and the third is soon to follow.
The rally, which led to a temporary closure of the Hot Metal Bridge, was organized by local immigrants’ rights advocates at Casa San Jose, the Thomas Merton Center, Pittsburgh United, and the Pittsburgh Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, as well as the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network.
Immigration rights activists protested in front of the Department of Homeland Security Field Office on the South Side on Monday afternoon. There was a sound system set up in the street and lots of chanting for change. The group sang together, “What we want is total freedom, ICE and borders, we don’t need ’em.”
More than 100 people chanted and carried signs as they shut down an intersection at the Hot Metal Bridge on Monday afternoon. Organizers said they were making a statement about the immigration policy of the Trump administration.
About 100 people protested in front of Pittsburgh’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office on Monday, rallying against President Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy. They then marched to the Hot Metal Bridge, blocking traffic for about 45 minutes.
Mr. Young, who spoke at the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network’s annual banquet Sunday night, said Rev. King had a clear vision that was reinforced by his commitment to his faith, something he believes is lacking in American life.
Gathered in front of city hall, about two dozen organizers demanded that city officials release details of the bid submitted to Amazon and urged elected officials to take a holistic approach to economic development. They asked for decision-makers to take into account how new development affects housing prices, access to public transit and the types of jobs that come to the city.
Hundreds of local union members rallied in downtown Pittsburgh on Monday, then marched through city streets to voice their concern over a case being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court that they believe is funded by big business and could threaten unions.