Applaud this training in the city police force

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.

Activists call on Pittsburgh officials to release Amazon bid, include residents in economic development decisions

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.