Pittsburgh students call on lawmakers to act in climate change strike

Pittsburgh students call on lawmakers to act in climate change strike

All over the world students and advocates took to the streets to participate in the global climate change strike Friday. The city of Pittsburgh was one of 800 places in the U.S. where students and advocates gathered to demand action from lawmakers on climate change. 

Ordinarily the city-county building is barren on Friday afternoons. For the strike however, hundreds of students--some accompanied by their parents--flooded it with signs and chants, fearing for their futures in a world where climate change isn’t addressed. 
Monday, September 23, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Gender Equality Commission finds Pittsburgh’s not as livable for Black Residents

Gender Equality Commission finds Pittsburgh’s not as livable for Black Residents

For years the city of Pittsburgh has boasted being the country’s most livable city. According to a report released by the city’s Gender Equity Commission Tuesday, that’s not true for all residents.  

“Historically under-represented or marginalized groups continue to face inequities throughout our country and here in Pittsburgh,” Anupama Jain, the commission’s executive director said. “Overcoming barriers to equity requires reliable and current data that is disaggregated, in order for initiatives like the GEC to develop sustainable solutions for problems facing the city as a whole.” 
Wednesday, September 18, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Rep. Dan Frankel holds hearing on gun violence as a public health issue

Rep. Dan Frankel holds hearing on gun violence as a public health issue

In the year that has followed the Tree of Life massacre, which left 11 people dead and several others injured, Democratic lawmakers inside and outside of city limits have sought gun control with varying degrees of success. Hoping to understand the causes and the impact it has on the community, Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny), as a Pittsburgh native and the chair of the Health Committee, called a hearing to discuss gun violence and its impact on public health on Friday. 

From a mental health perspective, Dr. John Rozel, the president of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry and associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, stressed the importance of understanding that most mentally ill people aren’t violent and that the consequences of experiencing gun violence can last a lifetime.
Monday, September 16, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Labor organizers and elected officials rally for expanded OSHA protections

Labor organizers and elected officials rally for expanded OSHA protections

Union organizers all over the state rallied for support for HB 1082, legislation that would provide public sector employees with health and safety protections in the workplace. In Pittsburgh, outside of the City-County building 100 organizers with an assortment of elected officials called on lawmakers to do the same. 
Thursday, September 12, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Tags: Jay Costa
Audit of Pittsburgh Police Confiscated Narcotics Proceeds Trust Fund and Imprest Fund finds poor bookkeeping, but no major impropriety

Audit of Pittsburgh Police Confiscated Narcotics Proceeds Trust Fund and Imprest Fund finds poor bookkeeping, but no major impropriety

Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb released an audit of the Pittsburgh Police Confiscated Narcotics Proceeds Trust Fund and Imprest Fund on Thursday. The good news, according to Lamb, is that there’s no sign of missing funds. The bad news: the controller’s office found some bookkeeping issues.      

The narcotics trust fund was established by Pittsburgh City Council in 1985 with the imprest fund following in 1987. Its purpose was to provide a place for money seized in narcotics investigations.
Friday, September 6, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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