Early in 2016, The Heinz Endowments introduced the concept of a “Just Pittsburgh” to the public as a term to describe some of the major challenges and aspirations for the Pittsburgh region. An unexpectedly widespread conversation was sparked about what the concept represents and our community’s hopes and ambitions for the future.
From the Endowments’ perspective, a Just Pittsburgh would be a place that is unafraid of difference and embraces all with an open heart and mind. It would be intolerant of hiding behind one Pittsburgh that is celebrated in “best of” lists while letting a second Pittsburgh languish in poverty and discrimination.
Today, we use “Just Pittsburgh” as an aspirational vision of the region, a Pittsburgh where everyone is treated with fairness, dignity and respect, and where everyone has an equitable opportunity to reach her or his fullest potential and to thrive.
The Endowments’ equity agenda is an outgrowth the Just Pittsburgh vision. It is an intentional, focused effort to address the historical structural barriers, disparities in opportunity, bias and racism that affect far too many.
To rectify these long-standing issues, we must work differently. Every sector must be transformed to become more open, inclusive and equitable, and to create environments that are healthy and sustainable. This includes how we at the Endowments use our resources; voice; convening power; and partnerships with grantees, government and community allies.
For our foundation, this effort also means that we must listen to and engage with community residents in ways that honor their understanding about the assets and resources in their communities, and respect their views about the needs to be addressed that will strengthen families and build security.
Our equity agenda explicitly integrates the goal of advancing a Just Pittsburgh into the Endowments’ grantmaking as a guiding principle for all our work, although a core ethical commitment to equity has always been at the heart of the foundation’s mission. We are working to create a just community, and we are doing that through our focus on the critical pathways of sustainability, creativity and learning.
Even with a distinct agenda in place, we realize that a Just Pittsburgh is a long-term work in progress. As Endowments President Grant Oliphant said in a blog post, “If we are willing to dream of a Just Pittsburgh, we can create it — we simply have to want to try.”
"Unspeakable" Black Lives Matter
"Unspeakable" is a 60 second PSA that assembles diverse individuals of the Deaf community to collectively proclaim through American Sign Language that Black Lives Matter.
Watch the PSA and then answer the call to action:
- Share & Amplify Black Deaf Voices to be included in more conversations of diversity.
- Learn more about ASL/BASL to be more inclusive citizens.
- Support organizations that champion the Deaf and Disabled through volunteering, donations and training.
Learn more at: www.unspeakableBLM.org
Written + Directed by Emmai Alaquiva
Produced by Ya Momz House, Inc./OpticVoices
Virtual Book Tour
"Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities," by Andre M. Perry
Last month, author and Brookings fellow Andre M. Perry released his new book, "Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities." On June 11, Brookings, in partnership with The Heinz Endowments, brought the virtual book tour to Pittsburgh. Andre and his fellow panelists discussed the historical basis and present-day implications – particularly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic – of the devaluation of black communities. Through profiles of places like his hometown, Wilkinsburg, Pa., as well as Detroit, Birmingham, Ala., New Orleans, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C., Perry highlighted the important themes covered in his book, including the social, economic, and political assets of black-majority cities as a means of empowerment that must be understood to build black prosperity. Watch the recorded webinar.
Andre Perry, David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution and author “Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America's Black Cities”
Juan Garrett, Executive Director, Riverside Center for Innovation
Sonya Tilghman, Executive Director, Hazelwood Initiative
Brentin Mock, Staff Writer, Bloomberg CityLab
Karris Jackson, Chief Operating Officer, POISE Foundation
Grant Oliphant, President, The Heinz Endowments
Webinar Series - Disability Inclusion & Access: Moving Forward
The Heinz Endowments and the FISA Foundation convened nearly 250 nonprofit and foundation leaders on Nov. 21 to launch Disability Inclusion & Access: Moving Forward, an initiative aimed at encouraging foundations and nonprofit organizations to commit to basic accessibility improvements that would make programs and services more welcoming. The event was the first step in the foundations’ efforts, which also include a directory of online resources, upcoming webinars (see below) and plans for a small grants program in 2020.
FREE How-to Webinar Series - Short (one hour) webinars, free of charge, to address common accessibility issues:
Session 1: Disability 101: Understanding the Terms of Engagement
Cultural Factors and Considerations when Engaging with People with Disabilities
Recording of Session 1
Session 2: Website Accessibility: The Ramps and Rails of the Digital World
Why Basic Website Accessibility is Important for Your Organization
Recording of Session 2
Session 3: Document Accessibility: Can You Read This?
Creating Accessible Documents, Brochures, PDFs, Flyers, Reports and more
Wednesday, February 12, 2020; 2:00-3:00PM ET
Recording of Session 3
Session 4: Social Media Accessibility: Our Network Depends on it
Accessible Social Media Posts and Campaigns
Recording of Session 4
Session 5: Disability Smart Events: Welcoming, Not Simply Accommodating
Accessible Planning for Conferences, Workshops, Galas, Staff Meetings and More
Recording of Session 5
2018 Pittsburgh Equity Indicators Report
The City of Pittsburgh’s second annual Pittsburgh Equity Indicators report revealed some improvements in equitable access to opportunities and outcomes among city residents, but the findings overall revealed ongoing disparities in Pittsburgh based on race, gender and income.
The first report, released last year, provided a baseline analysis of 80 indicators measuring gaps in outcomes experienced among Pittsburghers in 2017 for four major domains: health, food and safety; education, workforce development, and entrepreneurship; housing, transportation and infrastructure; and civic engagement and community. The Equity Indicators analysis is part of the ONEPGH Resilience Strategy, which has identified racial and economic inequity as a chronic stressor affecting Pittsburgh’s resilience.
In this year’s report, which looked at indicators for 2018, city and overall scores were about the same as they were for 2017, suggesting that Pittsburghers were still experiencing inequitable access to opportunities and outcomes. There were in improvements in some areas, such as public safety, student success and discipline, infrastructure quality and investment, and civic engagement. But these were in contrast results showing greater inequality in other areas, including health outcomes, household income and poverty.
You can find more on the Pittsburgh Equity Indicators report here.
Equity Initiatives in the Pittsburgh Region
Despite the challenges in ensuring equity for all in our society, the encouraging news is that efforts to increase equity and address unfair practices and systems are underway in the Pittsburgh region and beyond. The Heinz Endowments is providing this list of ongoing equity initiatives in our region so that readers will be aware of what is happening locally and can engage in their areas of interest.
Grantee Race Equity Communications Workshop
More than 280 people participated in The Heinz Endowments’ first equity communications training for grantee organizations over two sessions in February and April at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. The training was led by Vanice Dunn, equity director for Provoc, a leader in communications analysis, strategy development and branding. As part of the Endowments’ efforts to more authentically infuse equity into its philosophical approach and daily practice, the foundation is partnering with Provoc to bring an equity-rooted focus to the communications practices of the Endowments and its grantees.
“This is the first of a series of opportunities designed to engage our grantees in a process to create safe spaces for them to gain a deeper insight into key equity-related issues and to provide skill-building training,” said Carmen Anderson, the Endowments’ director of Equity and Social Justice. “The hope is that together we can increase our momentum and progress towards addressing some of the seemingly intractable issues that challenge our region. Our goal is a thriving region for everyone.”
Additional training sessions may be offered in-person or virtually, based on the insights and needs that surfaced during the workshops. Those findings also will guide the development of tools and resources that the Endowments will make available to grantees later this year. (Photo by Joshua Franzos)
Nonprofits and the Call to Moral Leadership: Courage to Act
Heeding the Call: What Does Courageous and Moral Leadership Look Like?
Endowments nonprofit grantees urged to stand for their values and a just society
By Carmen J. Lee
It was a story describing an all-too-familiar moment in today’s polarized America. Artist and MacArthur genius grant recipient Titus Kaphar told an audience of nearly 400 how an enjoyable day showing museum displays of his art to his younger brother turned sour when New York City police stopped and frisked them on the unfounded suspicion that they had stolen art from a gallery.
But Mr. Kaphar’s point was not just to express outrage over racial profiling. As keynote speaker on Nov. 14 for The Heinz Endowments-sponsored seminar “Nonprofits and the Call to Moral Leadership: Courage to Act,” he also was highlighting one of the many tasks before nonprofit leaders attending the event.
“How do we get a community to engage in democracy when they feel democracy is not working for them?” he asked the crowd at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Downtown Pittsburgh. “We have to make this work. We will not be able to convince my brother to go vote when democracy is not working for him, when no matter who gets elected he feels his community doesn’t change…when it’s injustice for one, it’s injustice for everybody.”
For the second consecutive year, the Endowments invited foundation grantees to a Call to Moral Leadership gathering at the August Wilson Center. More than a dozen speakers and panelists encouraged attendees to use their skills, expertise and platforms to defend their organizations’ values and missions while supporting the individuals they serve.
With divisions in the country growing deeper, the rhetoric more heated, and the consequences more violent, the seminar hit even closer to home than last year’s event because of local tragedies. These have included the Oct. 27 massacre of 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood and the shooting death of Antwon Rose II, an unarmed 17-year-old, by a suburban Pittsburgh police officer.
The national landscape has been no less grievous. Between the first Call to Moral Leadership gathering in October 2017 and the second this year, the country has been awash in alarming and often heart-wrenching events: other mass shootings, from a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.; the cries of immigrant children torn from their families; and attempts to restrict marginalized populations from voting or being counted in the 2020 census.
Throughout the day, seminar participants addressed the question: What can we do?
Speakers offered several recommendations that included common themes such as acknowledging and respecting the humanity of others, calling out wrongdoing regardless of the consequences, modeling the behavior desired for others, studying the past to correct current mistakes and avoid more in the future, and collaborating across differences for the common good.
Sharon Alpert, President of the New York-based Nathan Cummings Foundation, described the efforts her organization has made in these areas as “radical solidarity.”
“We join forces with those who see a better world, who have creative ways to motivate hearts and minds towards justice, and who know how to organize and mobilize so that we have the power when it comes time to push,” she said. “When we stand together, we are strong. And when we do that, when we decide we will not allow anyone to divide us with hate and fear, that is radical solidarity.”
For Dr. Rich Benjamin, anthropologist and author of “Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America,” the work of nonprofits could be energized if they viewed it as a calling. Using other religious allusions, he said moral leadership means serving others in practical ways to create “the beloved community” and employing what he termed “a ministry of presence,” which he described as “a way of being as well as a way of doing, showing up for one another.”
Challenging the group to commitment and accountability was Dr. RaShall Brackney. The Pittsburgh native became Chief of Police in Charlottesville, Va., this summer after a national search for a new top law enforcement officer in the wake of a violent white nationalist rally in the community last year.
“You hold the power, you can reshape and contour the narrative of Pittsburgh, Charlottesville and the nation through your courageous and moral leadership,” she said. “When you leave this space, are you willing to stand for something, protest for something, kneel for something, and, more importantly, believe in something even when it means sacrificing everything?”
Rev. Tim Smith, Founder, President and Executive Director of the community organization Center of Life and pastor of Keystone Church of Hazelwood, led a panel of local faith leaders who offered both religiously influenced and pragmatically motivated advice. Mr. Smith joined Rabbi Ronald B.B. Symons, Senior Director of Jewish Life at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, and Rev. Dr. John C. Welch, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s Vice President for Student Services and Community Engagement, and Dean of Students, in urging audience members to not only be involved in social justice efforts, but also to learn from different communities now about addressing trauma rather than waiting for the next tragedy.
Four Pittsburgh youth activists inspired the audience with both their appreciation for the adults and older peers who have been role models and their earnest enthusiasm for making a difference in the world.
“Youth are not just future leaders, we are leaders today,” said Peyton Klein, who led the discussion. Peyton is a junior at Pittsburgh Allderdice High School and Founder and Executive Director of the Global Minds Initiative, a student-led movement to combat cultural intolerance and discrimination in schools. “Moral leadership must be inclusive of those of all ages.”
Other seminar speakers included Jamaica Johnson, a junior at Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts 6-12 (CAPA); Marina Godley-Fisher, a Pittsburgh Allderdice student; Javin Lee-Lobel, a Pittsburgh CAPA student; Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto; Endowments Director of Equity and Social Justice Carmen Anderson; and Endowments President Grant Oliphant.
In closing out the event, Mr. Oliphant noted a well-known admonition of the late children’s television personality Fred Rogers. In a brief video clip, the host of the iconic “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” was shown encouraging individuals and the media “to look for the helpers.”
“You are society’s first responders. You are the helpers that society is turning to in this moment,” Mr. Oliphant told participants. “It’s up to us to be the model that Fred Rogers was talking about by actually personifying the notion that we want a society that bridges these divides, that will not tolerate hate, that will stand up for those who are vulnerable among us, and that believes in the sort of community that this neighborhood is now sadly but also wonderfully famous for.”
Click here to view information from the 2017 Call to Moral Leadership Conference.
(Photo by Joshua Franzos)
Establishing diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion in the arts involves complex issues, and The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council is leading the way through conversation, commitment and action. GPAC's "Accessibility in Arts and Culture Initiative" is a national model for increasing access to the arts for patrons, volunteers, employees, and artists with disabilities, and their "Pittsburgh Coalition for Racial Equity in the Arts" provides events, trainings, resources, and community-building around equity issues.Learn more about both GPAC programs
Having informed conversations about equity and following up with meaningful action may seem daunting, but you don’t have to do it alone. There are a myriad of resources available to help guide discussion, identify areas that need attention, and formulate a plan to achieve your equity goals. Click here for more information on equity resources.
What We're Reading
The New Jim Crow - Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander - Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as "brave and bold," this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. Michelle Alexander argues that "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control—relegating millions to a permanent second-class status—even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, this book is a "call to action."Buy the book
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For most people, waking up and getting ready for work is a fairly straightforward routine. You get up, probably drink some coffee, take a shower, get dressed and head out the door. I’d guess it... READ MORE
How overwhelmingly white Pittsburgh media outlets cover black lives; day-to-day concerns of rural Americans aren’t being addressed in campaign stump speeches; the Wilkinsburg murder trial moves into deliberations; and VA Pittsburgh wants more veterans to... READ MORE
Andrea Stanford knows Amber Farr, but does she know Charles Carrier? Tracey McCants Lewis knows Jerome Jackson, but does she know Shannon Austin? What’s guaranteed to come from the second-ever cohort of The Advanced Leadership Initiative’s Executive... READ MORE
On Wednesday, Carnegie Mellon University was criticized for distributing a map of Pittsburgh that excluded many of the city’s Black neighborhoods. Yet the university isn’t alone.READ MORE
Ah, another February, another Black History Month. This is the time of year when racking up intentional slights and unintentional indignities is easier than ever. There’s something about February that draws out the stupid in... READ MORE
Carnegie Mellon University posted a map of Pittsburgh online several weeks back in which it described for prospective students and families a city of nearly 90 neighborhoods, a place where "you can always find something... READ MORE
Allegheny County Council will resume efforts to gather feedback from the public, law enforcement experts and other stakeholders — including municipal officials, police chiefs and grassroots organizations — regarding legislation to form a countywide police... READ MORE
De’netta Benjamin-Miller, executive director of Sojourner House, is passionate about empowering communities to achieve mental wellness and heal from trauma.READ MORE
They, according to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, are just four of the many examples of minorities and women who accomplished outstanding feats while employed with the county, and who have gone on to “bigger... READ MORE
Pittsburgh’s city council voted to declare racism a health crisis, following precedents set by Madison and Milwaukee. Here’s what it means—and what it doesn’t.READ MORE
When the Association of American Universities released a report last year detailing sexual misconduct on 33 university campuses, including Pitt, Yemi Olaiya said personal experiences with sexual misconduct inspired her to help survivors.READ MORE
Turtle and their little brother, Philip, play make believe, conjuring relationships and modeling adult life. Philip always plays the mom because Turtle always wants to be the dad. When their aunts or uncles send dresses... READ MORE
When you hear “refugee crisis,” you may automatically picture some foreign nation in distress, but for thousands of Pittsburgh students, the subject hits way too close to homeREAD MORE
On today's program: GOP leadership is changing in Harrisburg; some U.S. waterways might lose federal protection; a new report reveals companies did not report hospitalizations of those with intellectual disabilities; and Pitt’s Department of Africana... READ MORE
The Allegheny County Council is reviewing a proposal that would create a civilian police review board.READ MORE
City councilors decided on Wednesday to hold off on voting for a new bill that would add "hateful activities" to the city's code of conduct, and to see what the city's law department has to... READ MORE
As promised, Allegheny County Councilor DeWitt Walton re-introduced a measure Tuesday to create a countywide police review board. The legislation was among the first proposals council took up this year.READ MORE
Lawmakers in Harrisburg are looking at legislation they say will help dismantle what they call a school-to-prison pipeline that disproportionately impacts communities of color.READ MORE
On Monday, the nation paused to honor the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In church services and service projects, Pennsylvanians from all walks of life heeded the call to... READ MORE
Pittsburgh City Council postponed a vote Wednesday as it sought a legal opinion from the city’s solicitor on legislation proposed by Councilman Ricky Burgess that would prohibit “hateful activities” by city employees.READ MORE
Pitsburgh is a city of contradictions when it comes to race relations.READ MORE
Some of the last big changes Pennsylvania made to its juvenile justice system came almost a decade ago, after the “kids for cash” scandal in which judges in Luzerne County took bribes for keeping minors... READ MORE
A study led by University of Pittsburgh researchers found that transgendered teens are more at risk for suicide than their cis-gendered counterparts.READ MORE
If you haven’t discovered Repair the World PGH, put them on your radar. The nonprofit’s work supports racial, economic, environmental and educational justice through an intersectional lens and continues to inspire and motivate communities to... READ MORE
The title of the day’s observances, “The Struggle Continues,” gave an indication of the tone in the words, song and dance at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland on Sunday.READ MORE
A fight to block Gov. Tom Wolf from closing two state centers for the intellectually disabled produced a second large majority in Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature on Wednesday, even as Wolf vowed to continue a decades-old... READ MORE
After a hot mic incident, two heated community meetings, and months of debate, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections moved Wednesday to close State Correctional Institute Retreat, a 1,200 bed facility in Luzerne County.READ MORE
A pair of Allegheny County lawmakers joined domestic violence prevention advocates and the parents of a murdered Pitt student Tuesday in Harrisburg in a renewed push for the passage of Alina’s Law.READ MORE
The longtime head of the Delta Foundation has stepped down; New Light Congregation makes a decision about its future; a new book looks at how police-community relations have evolved a decade since the Jordan Miles... READ MORE
At Pittsburgh City Council's first full meeting Tuesday, Distict 9 City Councilor Ricky Burgess offered a bill that may either advance an anti-racist agenda for the future — or settle some old political scores.READ MORE
In a story about local population decline that officials are actually celebrating, the average daily population in the Allegheny County Jail has fallen 7 percent since late 2017, according to a report the county released this week.READ MORE
As a young girl, Evelena McFarland was well known to her Hill District neighbors. Her mom sold chicken and rib dinners, and Evelena was the runner, delivering meals up and down Centre and Wylie avenues.READ MORE
People with criminal histories can explore options for erasing their records at a clinic in Homewood Saturday.READ MORE
Allegheny County should create a department dedicated to improving early childhood education and after-school programs, according to the report of a 25-member working group created in March by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.READ MORE
Pittsburgh’s elected leaders should own up to historical barriers as well as persisting structural and institution-driven ones that contribute to the city’s drastic racial inequities and poverty-based segregation between whites and blacks, several residents told... READ MORE
Pennsylvania’s governor is telling President Donald Trump he won’t be using state authority granted last month to refuse to accept refugees.READ MORE
Community activists want an official apology and a reparations package from the city of Pittsburgh — including land and cash — to make up for lost time, wealth and opportunity stolen by past and current... READ MORE
In many ways, it’s a completely ordinary interview, with some ice-breaking talk about the Steelers’ most recent loss, his basketball playing injuries, Pittsburgh’s intimate neighborhoods and our shared love of the glory days of Big... READ MORE
Researchers, nonprofit leaders and advocates who gathered Monday continued to criticize a September report on racial and gender inequity for its predominantly white research team and the failure to engage Black leaders and community organizations... READ MORE
An internal review of Pennsylvania’s parole system spurred by five parolees getting charged in quick succession with homicide is, in theory, acknowledging a long-standing complaint of parole agents over a long-term policy shift designed to... READ MORE
Suicidal thoughts are a common occurrence among transgender teens, according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh.READ MORE
In September, hundreds of angry state workers and concerned family members packed a church auditorium in rural Venango County, less than 100 miles north of Pittsburgh.READ MORE
A coalition of activist groups and two city commissions have joined to tell the United Nations what human rights look like in Pittsburgh.READ MORE
Having just watched the country’s first openly gay presidential candidate speak at the country’s first ever nationally televised presidential event devoted to LGBTQ+ issues, it was time for Chuck Knoles to step away from the... READ MORE
A bill that aims to let more people with disabilities access a program that gives them medical services appears primed to move quickly through the state Senate.READ MORE
In a nutshell, the U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to decide a fundamental question.READ MORE
Author Sean Beauford writes about how his work with local museums has shown the lack of diversity in staff and artists amplified and creates a disconnect with the community.READ MORE
An exasperated Tiheba Bain gave her colleagues on the Council on the Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Record a stern reminder Tuesday morning: “A lot of people think they know what formerly incarcerated people need, but... READ MORE
For several months, I had the pleasure — grim as the subject matter was — of working with my colleagues Steve Mellon and Michael Santiago researching and writing an interactive series for the PG about... READ MORE
Surgery can be scary for anyone, but gender-affirming surgery for transgender people may provide better long-term mental health benefits, according to new research from the Yale School of Public Health.READ MORE
Four local teens were each jailed for up to 15 months despite alibi evidence that proved their innocence, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report Sunday. And on Monday, the independent candidate for Allegheny County District... READ MORE
Three cases headed to the Supreme Court of the United States on Tuesday will determine if LGBTQ people are protected under federal employment discrimination laws. The arguments are particularly significant in Pennsylvania, one of the... READ MORE
They all had alibis. The four teenagers charged in a 2017 Hill District shooting that wounded three children knew there was proof they didn't do it. But they were prosecuted anyway.READ MORE
Protesters filled intersections and marched down Penn Avenue through the East End Friday night as part of the Protect Black Women march.READ MORE
Pittsburgh announced Friday it will use a $250,000 state grant to help find housing for homeless people and prevent residents from becoming homeless, officials said.READ MORE
When I was 6 years old, I sat cross-legged in my grandmother’s living room. My hands framed my face as I hung onto her every word. She told a story highlighting horrific ways human beings... READ MORE
Israeli, Jewish and pro-Israel groups all applauded the publication of an ‘unprecedented’ United Nations report on anti-Semitism.READ MORE
Medical and mental health care for transgender people is improving, but still has a ways to go.READ MORE
The LGBTQ+ realm is a diverse community with endless stories to tell. But we live in a society that has a fear of deviating from telling the stories of those who have more power under... READ MORE
A year ago, a federal jury ordered PPG to pay nearly $3 million to a female scientist who sued the global coatings company for gender discrimination.READ MORE
The progress made by LGBTQ Americans throughout the last decade has been remarkable. Winning marriage equality in all 50 states was one of the most important victories to allow LGBTQ people to live fulfilling and... READ MORE
Local doctors say the rising number of maternal deaths in the state is “unacceptable” and “scary,” and they are working to create more comprehensive ways to care for pregnant and postpartum women.READ MORE
On Tuesday afternoon, a state House committee is slated to start voting on a slew of bills related to gun violence.READ MORE
While she was playing high school lacrosse, Bethany Hallam tore ligaments in both of her knees. As the Allegheny County Council member-elect has acknowledged, the Vicodin prescribed for her injuries led to her becoming addicted to... READ MORE
The Pennsylvania State Police, the third-largest statewide law enforcement agency in the country, has stopped collecting data on the race of drivers its troopers pull over, making it far more difficult to detect bias.READ MORE
A quarter century ago, downtown Hartford was 8/5 rather than 24/7. People drove in for work or UConn games and then headed back to the suburbs. It was hard to even buy a cup of coffee... READ MORE
More than 5,000 people are serving life sentences in Pennsylvania prisons, without the possibility of release. Ralph “Malakki” Bolden is one of them. He was convicted of first-degree murder after killing a man during a... READ MORE
A new report from Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission (GEC) comparing gender and racial inequality in Pittsburgh to other cities shows African Americans in Pittsburgh have less favorable outcomes than those in other cities.READ MORE
Pennsylvania has the second-highest rate of people on probation and/or parole of any state in the U.S., according to 2018 statistics from the Prison Policy Initiative. In Pennsylvania, there are 2,220 people on probation and/or... READ MORE
If you’re a white Pittsburgh resident, your health, education and employment outcomes are about average across most other cities in the United States. Move somewhere else, and you’re unlikely to have a drastically different experience... READ MORE
Black women in Pittsburgh are more likely to have a baby die during pregnancy than black women in most other cities in the country, according to a report released Tuesday. But that’s only one serious... READ MORE
For immigrant communities and their allies, the last several years have been a trying time in Pittsburgh and around the country.READ MORE
Pittsburgh City Council approved a future public hearing on possible reparations for black residents. The idea was proposed by the New Afrikan Independence Party, which delivered a petition to council on Tuesday.READ MORE
Pennsylvanians sentenced as adults to life in prison without parole can only be released if the governor commutes their sentences. For most of the past 25 years, that's happened no more than once annually.READ MORE
Our society leans toward the neurotypical. Tight spaces, loud noises, bright lights — minor and everyday annoyances for most of us — can trigger intense discomfort for those who are not typical.READ MORE
The venerable Elizabeth Pittinger doesn’t pull her punches. We’re talking about the misfire by Allegheny County Council in its effort to form a civilian police oversight board — something like the Pittsburgh board she has overseen... READ MORE
Pittsburgh is well known for its Eastern European, German and Italian communities, and the many festivals that celebrate their food and culture. But what about the other, more recent immigrants that also are a part... READ MORE
With its clusters of stately red-brick buildings and manicured lawns, set amid the farm fields and state game lands of Venango County, Polk Center almost looks like a college campus.READ MORE
How we get from one place to another can have a big impact on our lives. Conjure up the feeling of sitting in a hot car, stuck in gridlock, and compare it to taking a short bike... READ MORE
People with criminal backgrounds can get help clearing their records at an event in Wilkinsburg Tuesday evening.READ MORE
All across the country, students are returning to school, and in Pittsburgh, that includes youth housed at the Allegheny County Jail. The jail runs a full high school for juveniles charged as adults.READ MORE
PITTSBURGH (KDKA)– For three Friday nights, Market Square will be filled with food, fun, and activities of the international communities of the Greater Pittsburgh Area.READ MORE
As the body positivity movement grows in Pittsburgh, people are looking for more inclusive alternatives to the often toxic culture familiar to the fitness scene. This is one of the reasons why Marissa Vogel turned her attention... READ MORE
For many families like mine—with members who are on the spectrum or have other sensory or mental disorders—parks and playgrounds are vitally importantREAD MORE
After coming out as queer, Silas Maxwell Switzer craved a space in Pittsburgh where he could express himself creatively with other queer people. There was only one problem — as far as he could tell,... READ MORE
Earlier this summer, activists in Washington, D.C.’s Ward 8 held two vigils on the same day—one for a pedestrian killed in a hit-and-run and the other for a young man lost to gun violence. In... READ MORE
Despite high employment and wage increases for Pennsylvanians last year, black residents aren't seeing the same amount of growth.READ MORE
Allegheny County Council voted down a proposed ordinance Tuesday to create a county-wide civilian police review board. The bill, which was in the works for over a year, failed, 9-6.READ MORE
A Dauphin County grand jury has issued a slate of recommendations for the state legislature on how it handles sexual assault and harassment.READ MORE
Nan Feyler has been named executive director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project — a nonprofit law firm working to exonerate the convicted innocent and to prevent innocent people from being convicted.READ MORE
A year after it was established, the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs has helped local governments pass inclusive laws, establish policies for transgender students and worked to end discriminatory practices in the state.READ MORE