Category: Social Justice

Mayor William Peduto Helps Kindergarteners Kickoff the First Day of School

Mayor William Peduto Helps Kindergarteners Kickoff the First Day of School

Mayor William Peduto’s Healthy Together enrollment campaign, made possible thanks to a $200,000 grant from the National League of Cities (NLC), partnered Thursday with the United Way of Allegheny County and Ready Freddy to reach families at Pittsburgh Langley K-8 on the first day of kindergarten.

The Center for Women: Helping Women in Transition

The Center for Women: Helping Women in Transition

People’s lives often don’t follow a straight trajectory. For women in particular, the death of a spouse, a divorce, a separation, or the need to leave an abusive relationship can turn a woman’s life upside-down. A woman facing such a major change may need legal and financial help. She may have to enter the job market for the very first time. She may have never handled her financial affairs. She may have lost her health insurance that was provided through her spouse’s job. She may need to find a new place to live for the first time in decades. The Center for Women helps these women in their goal to obtain financial literacy and economic independence.

Mayor & The Home Depot Foundation Announce $200,000 Grant to Help Veteran Homeowners in Pittsburgh

Mayor & The Home Depot Foundation Announce $200,000 Grant to Help Veteran Homeowners in Pittsburgh

Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh will receive funds in support of servePGH’s Sustainable Home Improvement Partnership (SHIP)

PITTSBURGH, PA (June 11, 2014) – Mayor William Peduto today announced that The Home Depot Foundation will provide $200,000 to Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, a partner with the city’s Sustainable Home Improvement Partnership (SHIP), to expand services to support 28 veterans’ home repairs in the Pittsburgh region.

Hilltop Residents: Apply Now for NeighborWorks Leadership Development Program Scholarship

Hilltop Residents: Apply Now for NeighborWorks Leadership Development Program Scholarship

Do you want to improve your community and yourself? The NeighborWorks Training Institute is nationally regarded as one of the premier professional development opportunities in the community development field. Their NeighborWorks Leadership Development Program gives you the opportunity to earn a professional certificate in either: Community Engagement, Community & Neighborhood Revitalization, or Management & Leadership.

Mayor William Peduto to Officiate Group Marriage Ceremony for LGBT Couples

Mayor William Peduto to Officiate Group Marriage Ceremony for LGBT Couples

Fairmont Pittsburgh to host reception for couples following June 15 ceremony at Triangle Park

PITTSBURGH, PA (May 27, 2014) – Mayor William Peduto announced today that he will officiate a group marriage ceremony in mid-June for LGBT couples given marriage rights by a federal court decision last week.

Celebrate Exceptional Women at YWCA’s 32nd Annual Tribute to Women Leadership Awards Luncheon

Celebrate Exceptional Women at YWCA’s 32nd Annual Tribute to Women Leadership Awards Luncheon

For 32 years, the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh has honored Pittsburgh women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership. The awards specifically recognize women who embody the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s commitment to eliminate racism and empower women. This year’s awards luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 29 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Westin Hotel.

Cities Are “Charting a New Course for American Liberalism”

Cities Are “Charting a New Course for American Liberalism”

In his “The Revolt of the Cities” piece in The American Prospect, Harold Meyerson explains how cities are “mapping the future of liberalism” by meeting the needs of their citizens that the federal government can’t. You may recall that after the last round of elections in November, President Obama invited a group of newly elected progressive mayors–including Pittsburgh’s own Bill Peduto–to the White House to discuss urban policy. Given the makeup of Congress, proposals such as universal Pre-K don’t stand much of a chance of passing on the federal level. And this is where our urban mayors have been stepping up to try to fill the gap. From education to living-wage ordinances to ensuring oversight of their police, mayors in America’s largest cities are promoting economic and social justice. The article places a heavy emphasis on the City of Pittsburgh and starts out by quoting Mayor Peduto.

Take Action Now to Rebuild Our Neighborhoods

Take Action Now to Rebuild Our Neighborhoods

Many of our communities are powerless today to slum landlords, vacant buildings and blighted properties. They invite crime and neglect into our neighborhoods, robbing them of their promise and pushing them to the brink.

There is a bill before City Council right now that would revolutionize our ability to recycle abandoned, neglected properties and put them back into productive use.

I am asking you to e-mail City Council today and tell them that we need the Land Bank Bill to pass.

Apply for a Scholarship to the 4th Annual Community Development Summit in Pittsburgh

Apply for a Scholarship to the 4th Annual Community Development Summit in Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) advocates for equitable policies and adequate resources to build vibrant and strong urban neighborhoods. As part of PCRG’s mission, they will be presenting the 4th Annual Community Development Summit in Pittsburgh on May 14th and 15th. The summit brings together community and economic development professionals, lenders, public officials, developers, planners, and others–more than 500 in all–who care about building and sustaining healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities.

Mayor William Peduto Kicks Off Pittsburgh Affordable Care Act Enrollment Push

Mayor William Peduto Kicks Off Pittsburgh Affordable Care Act Enrollment Push

Mayor William Peduto and U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle will hold a press conference on Tuesday, March 18, in Homewood to kick off the final drive for Affordable Care Act enrollment.