On October 1st, PIIN launched Sacred Conversations on Race + Action, a series of congregation-based discussions designed to provide a safe space to discuss race and racism in our country and in our communities. During this several months-long series of discussions, we will reflect on our experiences, challenge one another to expand our own levels of personal awareness, and ultimately, take action.
Ntosake, Gamaliel’s national leadership development program for women, hosted a three-day leadership development training in Ligonier from September 15-17. PIIN sent nearly 80 participants from Western Pennsylvania to join in the training.
On August 18th, PIIN hosted A Deeper Dive into Structural Racism & Inequity. Led by Dr. Rev. John Welch, Gamaliel’s Board Chairman, we took a closer look at the discriminatory framework of racism that our Republic’s founding was built upon.
In the wake of the unspeakable violence that has shaken our nation throughout the summer months, PIIN gathered for a community hearing to begin a much needed and deeper conversation about inequity and racism in our city.
The fatal shooting of several police officers last week in Dallas has prompted Pittsburgh officials to come together to talk about building better relationships between police and the community.
This summer, PIIN linked arms with teachers, parents, students and community organizations in support of the Pittsburgh Public School Board and their decision to hire Dr. Anthony Hamlet as our next Superintendent.
Yesterday, the August Wilson Center hosted a community panel focused on finding solutions to the city’s affordable housing, civil rights, economic development, job and transportation woes. The forum revolved around findings presented in A Pittsburgh That Works for Working People, a new report by the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) examining how these issues impact Pittsburgh and its future. The panel featured economists, local community leaders and elected officials, as well as representatives from the service workers’ union 32BJ SEIU.