Black residents call for reparations at Pittsburgh City Council Public Hearings

Black residents call for reparations at Pittsburgh City Council Public Hearings

At the request of a handful of residents Pittsburgh City Council held a public hearing to discuss the case for reparations to black Pittsburgh residents Wednesday afternoon.

For the hearing’s first speaker and founder of the New African Independence Party Khalil Raheem, reparations means using a formal apology, policy changes, or even cash to address the barrier’s created by systemic racism.
Thursday, October 17, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Fitzgerald, Drozd sqaure off in debate as Allegheny County executive race heats up

Fitzgerald, Drozd sqaure off in debate as Allegheny County executive race heats up

With election day weeks away, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, a Democrat, and his challenger, Republican Matt Drozd, made a direct appeal to the voters of Allegheny County in a candidate forum on Tuesday night. 

As the night unfolded both candidates discussed their records, the environment, housing, and transit. Both Brozd and Fitzgerald have different visions but both feel they have a better plan for the county. 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald proposes 2020 budget to Allegheny County Council

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald proposes 2020 budget to Allegheny County Council

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald proposed his eighth budget and 2020 Comprehensive Plan Fiscal Plan to Allegheny County Council in their Tuesday meeting.

Fitzgerald presented a $959.8 million budget; a $27 million increase from the previous year. According to Fitzgerald the current budget is the 18th time in 19 years that the annual capital and operating budget balanced without any increase in the property tax millage rate.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Pittsburgh charts course for a more sustainable future

Pittsburgh charts course for a more sustainable future

After a week where climate change was discussed in Pittsburgh City Council chambers and by Gov. Tom Wolf, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced the Steel City would become the second city in the U.S. to adopt the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into its policymaking and planning for the future. 

This means committing to 17 goals including eliminating poverty, clean water, affordable and clean energy, and gender equality. 
Monday, October 7, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Allegheny County Council considers legislation on conversion therapy

Allegheny County Council considers legislation on conversion therapy

In 2016 Pittsburgh City Council joined the ranks of fifteen other states and the District of Columbia by banning conversion therapy on minors. Months after the initial proposal, Allegheny County Council remains divided on following suit for a ban in the county as a whole. 

During an emotionally charged meeting in March Council President John DeFazio (D-Shaler) and County Councilman Paul Klein (D-Point Breeze) introduced legislation banning conversion therapy, meaning the practice of removing homosexuality on the belief that it’s a mental illness. 
Friday, September 27, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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