Pittsburgh City Council announces legislation to update and expand protections to LGBTQ community

Pittsburgh City Council announces legislation to update and expand protections to LGBTQ community

To mark the fifty years since the Stonewall Riots, credited with sparking the modern movement for LGBTQ rights, Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Erika Strassburger (D-District 8) announced legislation strengthening protections for the LGBTQ community within the city.

“Years after the Stonewall Riots, members of the LGBTQIA+ community still face discrimination and are the victims of violence because of who they are,” Strassburger told a crowd of community members. “I am standing in solidarity with all marginalized communities to reaffirm that the struggle for peace, equality, and justice is an intersectional fight.”
Tuesday, June 25, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council passes controversial gun legislation

Pittsburgh City Council passes controversial gun legislation

In chambers filled with hopeful supporters and angry opponents, after months of debate Pittsburgh City Council passed its controversial and possibly unconstitutional gun legislation, Tuesday, by a 6-3 vote. 

After months of tense public hearings, grieving constituents, post-agendas, and the looming threat of lawsuits against the city by gun advocates, in 60 days following Mayor Bill Peduto’s signature, the ordinances that ban assault weapons and their ammunition as well as allow courts to confiscate firearms from residents deemed an “extreme risk” will enter the books. But there’s a catch. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Erika Strassburger introduces update to municipal Pittsburgh waste and recycling code

Erika Strassburger introduces update to municipal Pittsburgh waste and recycling code

If Councilwoman Erika Strassburger (D-District 8) has her way, Pittsburgh’s municipal waste and recycling code will see an update of the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords alike within the city. 

Previously within city code there were standards for how residents should dispose of waste and recycling. The legislation Strassburger introduced Tuesday will clarify those standards and add practices to make Pittsburgh a cleaner city.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh City Council holds post-agenda on employee ownership

Pittsburgh City Council holds post-agenda on employee ownership

When employees have the option to gain stock in their companies with no upfront cost, it’s called an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. To see what such plans could mean for Pittsburgh business owners and employees, Councilwoman Erika Strassburger (D-District 8) called a post-agenda Tuesday to allow council to learn more about their costs and benefits.

In a world with an increasingly unpredictable future for social security, Kevin McPhillips, executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Employee Ownership, testified that employee ownership allows a necessary retirement plan for older employees.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Over anger of advocates, Pittsburgh city council approves UPMC hospital expansion

Over anger of advocates, Pittsburgh city council approves UPMC hospital expansion

Much to the despair of community members, advocates and several elected officials, Pittsburgh City Council Tuesday approved by a 7-2 vote the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s request for a $2 billion dollar expansion.

Council approval came after weeks of public outcry from Pittsburgh residents who had issues with the health network’s treatment of its employees as well as the absence of a community benefits agreement, or community input in general, according to them.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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