Category: Social Justice

Bluegrass Benefit Concert for St. Joseph House of Hospitality Tonight!

Bluegrass Benefit Concert for St. Joseph House of Hospitality Tonight!

St. Joseph House of Hospitality — located in the Hill District on a bluff overlooking the city — is the only facility in the region that provides year-round single room occupancy housing to low-income men over the age of 50 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It is a program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Tonight, the 18th Annual Bluegrass Benefit Concert for St. Joseph House of Hospitality will continue its tradition of presenting the region’s top bluegrass bands in service of this 79-year old institution.

Stand Against Racism at the Carnegie Museum of Art

Stand Against Racism at the Carnegie Museum of Art

Stand Against Racism is the YWCA’s signature racial justice campaign. Each year, events take place in over 750 locations across the United States. YWCA Greater Pittsburgh annually participates as their mission is to work to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. As part of YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s 2016 Stand Against Racism, Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History are inviting all staff and visitors to participate in a group #STANDAGAINSTRACISM photograph on Friday, April 29th. Museum admission is NOT required to participate.

Apply Now to the “Summer of Learn and Earn” Program for Youth

Apply Now to the “Summer of Learn and Earn” Program for Youth

Back in 2014, more than 1,300 young people applied for only 500 available jobs through Pittsburgh’s Summer Youth Employment program. So in 2015, Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh joined with Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) to launch the “Summer of Learn and Earn” program. The new program delivered paid summer work experience to nearly 2,000 teens and young adults; providing more than $1.3 million in wages to the local economy. Participants also received soft skills and other work-readiness training during the program. Now, youths aged 14 to 21 can apply to participate in this year’s program.

“What does a Just Pittsburgh mean to you?” Twitter Chat

“What does a Just Pittsburgh mean to you?” Twitter Chat

While our city has been rightly celebrated in numerous articles and “best of” lists, Mayor Peduto — and others — have lamented that there are “two Pittsburghs.” While Pittsburgh my be “most livable” for some, there is disparity with people being left behind in this new economy. Grant Oliphant, president of the Heinz Endowments, has been blogging his ideas about what a “Just Pittsburgh” would look like…

Equal Pay Day Rally Tomorrow in Market Square

Equal Pay Day Rally Tomorrow in Market Square

The Women and Girls Foundation’s Equal Pay Rally is tomorrow, April 12 at Noon in Market Square. When the Women and Girls Foundation first began its efforts to raise awareness of the wage gap and work to remedy this issue in Southwestern PA, women were making less than 70 cents for every dollar a man was making in this region. Since then, WGF has worked with city and county leaders throughout the region to pass wage equity legislation and to support the issue of fair pay for women. Today women are making 75 cents to a man’s dollar. So, there is much more work to do!

Give Your Input on the I-579 “Cap” Urban Connector Project

Give Your Input on the I-579 “Cap” Urban Connector Project

The I-579 “Cap” is intended to be a transformative project that will reconnect the Lower Hill District and Downtown neighborhoods of the City of Pittsburgh. The I-579 Crosstown Boulevard highway created a trench that separated the Hill District from the economic and cultural life of downtown. The “Cap” would be a structure spanning over the existing highway — an approximately 230 foot wide structure between the Centre Avenue Bridge and Bigelow Boulevard Bridge. It will create a new urban public open space of approximately three acres with accessible pedestrian and bicycle pathways. Moreover, it will incorporate much needed sustainable stormwater and energy strategies.

Affordable Housing Community Forums: Tonight & Throughout March

Affordable Housing Community Forums: Tonight & Throughout March

According to the 2015 Pennsylvania profile by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, there are only 25 to 40 affordable and available rental units per 100 extremely low-income households in Allegheny County. The City’s Affordable Housing Task Force first convened last year to help address this problem. It’s comprised of 24 members, which includes city and state government officials, state and federal elected officials, and representatives of neighborhood groups, organized labor, private business and nonprofits. The task force is charged with ‘developing a “suite of affordable housing policies” to help prevent people from being priced out of Pittsburgh neighborhoods undergoing rapid development.’

Help Create a Dignity & Respect Ceramic Tile Quilt for the Center for Victims

Help Create a Dignity & Respect Ceramic Tile Quilt for the Center for Victims

Every nine seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Furthermore, one in three women and one in four men have been victims of (some form of) physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. The Dignity & Respect Council of Greater Pittsburgh is hosting an event to raise awareness of this domestic violence. On Saturday, March 5, they will host their third annual Ceramic Tile Quilt Event.

City To Open Regional Warming Centers, Residents Urged To Stay Inside If Possible

City To Open Regional Warming Centers, Residents Urged To Stay Inside If Possible

PITTSBURGH, PA (Feb. 11, 2016) – The City of Pittsburgh will open several regional warming centers this weekend to help residents through dangerously low temperatures and wind chills.

Calling All Veterans in Southwestern PA: Seeking Your Voice to Improve Services

Calling All Veterans in Southwestern PA: Seeking Your Voice to Improve Services

A needs assessment report on local veterans commissioned by the Heinz Endowments, and conducted by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), found that southwestern Pennsylvania is home to approximately 235,000 veterans. About a fifth of these veterans are from post-9/11 conflicts with more than 5,000 moving to our state each year. Gulf War-era veterans (those whose service started in 1990) are expected to become the largest segment of the veteran population in our area.