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Public Safety

The Public Safety Task Force exists to develop and build relationships that promote equity and justice while providing for the safety and protection of life and property. We’re committed to developing relationships both inside and outside of our task force that encourage mutual respect for each other.

We have been working with representatives of the police to address racism, reduce violence, and increase equity in how police resources are used for the protection of our communities.

We've Won

  • Expanded police officer training
  • Revised recruitment and hiring practices in the Pittsburgh Police Department
  • Better data tracking and a body camera policy

Task Force Chair

Carol Ballance

Meetings

4th Thursday of every month, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Wesley AME Zion Church
(Check the calendar for changes)

Updates

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PIIN Releases Statement of Christchurch Shooting

Clergy, Spiritual Leaders and other leaders in PIIN, Once again, this world finds itself responding to another senseless mass shooting that took place in a house of worship. The hatred in this country and in the world has once again risen to a level that the infringement upon the sacred is not even questioned. Where [...]

Register today for the next Pittsburgh Citizen’s Police Academy

Are you looking for an opportunity to better your understanding of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police? Have you ever wondered how police officers are trained to serve our communities? If either of these questions have ever crossed your mind, participating in the Pittsburgh Citizen’s Police Academy may be the perfect opportunity for you.

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PIIN Releases Statement of Christchurch Shooting

Clergy, Spiritual Leaders and other leaders in PIIN, Once again, this world finds itself responding to another senseless mass shooting that took place in a house of worship. The hatred in this country and in the world has once again risen to a level that the infringement upon the sacred is not even questioned. Where [...]

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.

Continue McLay’s good work

When Mayor Bill Peduto hired former police Chief Cameron McLay two years ago, it had been just a couple of short months since the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York City. Across the nation, people were waking up to the reality that people of color are more than twice as likely to be shot by police than whites. Many were finally questioning how police officers operate in communities of color and the disparate treatment to which people of color are subjected.

Public Education

PIIN’s Education Task Force is actively engaged with community stakeholders, parents, and the faith community to establish community schools and guarantee the funding needed to provide a high-quality education to every child.

The spiritual leaders of PIIN believe that congregations are community institutions and that our communities are Holy Ground. As a faith-based organization, PIIN believes that the faith community is a sacred partner with the schools.

We've Won

  • A Community Schools policy for the Pittsburgh Public School District.
  • Stopped corporate education reformers from derailing the Pittsburgh Public School Board’s hiring of Dr. Anthony Hamlet.
  • A fairer funding formula for state tax dollars devoted to education.

Task Force Chair

Rev. Darlene Figgs

Meetings

2nd Tuesday of every month, 5:30pm-7:00pm, Carrone Baptist Church
(Check the calendar for changes)

Updates

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PIIN Releases Statement on recent reporting of the Pittsburgh Public School Superintendent Dr. Anthony Hamlet, the district administration, and the Board of Directors

On Tuesday, May 29, 2019 at 11:00 am, the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) and allies will held a news conference at the Pittsburgh Board of Education, 341 S. Bellefield St. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 to address concerns over the recent reporting of the Pittsburgh Public School Superintendent Dr. Anthony Hamlet, the district administration, and the [...]

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PIIN Releases Statement on recent reporting of the Pittsburgh Public School Superintendent Dr. Anthony Hamlet, the district administration, and the Board of Directors

On Tuesday, May 29, 2019 at 11:00 am, the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) and allies will held a news conference at the Pittsburgh Board of Education, 341 S. Bellefield St. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 to address concerns over the recent reporting of the Pittsburgh Public School Superintendent Dr. Anthony Hamlet, the district administration, and the [...]

Ratepayer Justice

ALCOSAN is under a federal mandate to overhaul our region’s sewer system to reduce the discharge of sewage into our rivers. PIIN has worked with the Clean Rivers Campaign to urge a green-first approach to solving this problem.

We have also taken the lead to ensure that ratepayers — especially low-income residents — aren’t stuck with water bills they can’t afford to pay. As an Our Water Campaign coalition partner, we are also on the front lines of advocating for safe, affordable, publicly controlled water in Pittsburgh.

We've Won

  • A consumer assistance program to help low-income residents with the ALCOSAN bills.
  • A commitment from City and County leaders to a green-first infrastructure plan.
  • A winter moratorium on residential water shutoffs for anyone at or below 250% of the federal poverty line.

Task Force Chair

Rev. Vincent Kolb

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Join PIIN on Sept. 26 for an Our Water Town Hall

Pittsburgh residents have long recognized the need to fix the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) to ensure that every family in our city has access to safe, affordable drinking water. We’ve already seen what happens when private corporations like Paris-based company, Veolia, come to our city and take over our public assets. Pittsburgh cannot [...]

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What Would Restructuring PWSA Look Like? Tulsa, OK and Indianapolis Have An Idea

At a public meeting Tuesday, officials from Tulsa, Okla. and Indianapolis, Ind. talked about the dramatic changes their city made to the provision of water and sewer services. They presented to a mayoral panel tasked with deciding how best to address the systemic challenges facing Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA): crumbling infrastructure and lead issues [...]

Petition started for green infrastructure sewage project in Greenfield

The residents of Four Mile Run, an isolated neighborhood on the edge of Greenfield, have wanted one thing for a very long time: a major sewage infrastructure project to alleviate its flooding problems. The neighborhood nestled in a valley south of Oakland consistently sees flooding in heavy rains, including the overflowing of Saline Street in September 2016.

‘Not Another Flint’ Town Hall Draws Standing-Room-Only Crowd

Residents asked questions about the effects of lead poisoning, the cost of lead line replacement and the responsibilities of local landlords at a panel discussion about water issues Tuesday night. The standing room-only event, dubbed “Not Another Flint,” drew more than 100 people to the Kingsley Association in Larimer. It was hosted by the Our [...]

Immigration

The Immigration Task Force strives to create safe and just communities for all immigrant, refugee, and religious groups in Pittsburgh and beyond.

Our work spans the local, state, and national levels of government as we address policing policies in Western Pennsylvania, fight anti-immigrant and anti-sanctuary bills in our state legislature, and demand the passage of a clean DREAM Act and the protection of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders. The ultimate goal of our work is to pass comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship at the federal level of our government.

Task Force Chair

Monica Ruiz

Meetings

3rd Thursday of every month, 6:00pm-7:30pm, Casa San Jose
(Check the calendar for changes)

Criminal Justice Reform

Over-incarceration — and the lingering disability frequently following it — disproportionately impacts communities of color and unjustly denies people the right to earn a decent living, secure affordable housing, and more.

The Criminal Justice Reform Task Force was formed to reduce the mass incarceration of indigent people by targeting the broken elements of the criminal justice system that perpetuate the school-to-prison pipeline and over-policing. Currently, our Task Force is working on ending the practice of out-of-school suspensions for our youngest students in Pittsburgh Public Schools as well as advocating for more counselors in the school setting.

Task Force Chair

Rod Tate

Meetings

2nd Tuesday of every month, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Bidwell Presbyterian Church
(Check the calendar for changes)