Pittsburgh: Protesters Demand Immediate Removal of Columbus Statue

By Peter Cherry On Monday, a protest was held in Schenley Park against a long-standing monument to Christopher Columbus. The Columbus statue, like many others across the United States, was the target of the people’s anger, as it is seen as a cultural symbol of this country’s racist past and present. The city, which has bureaucratically deliberated its removal, wrapped the statue in plastic to … Continue reading Pittsburgh: Protesters Demand Immediate Removal of Columbus Statue

Philadelphia: Protesters Take Streets Against Trump’s Visit

By Robin Fontaine Early Tuesday evening, ultra-reactionary US President Donald Trump visited Philadelphia to appeal to “undecided voters,” though his racist rhetoric revealed that he was mainly speaking to his largely reactionary base of support in the city. When asked about police reforms, Trump said, “We have to be about law and order otherwise you’re going to see your cities burn. And that’s the way … Continue reading Philadelphia: Protesters Take Streets Against Trump’s Visit

Pittsburgh: UNDM Rallies Valmar Gardens Tenants Demanding Answers

By Peter Cherry On August 21, a small group of tenants from Valmar Gardens in Penn Hills, a working class suburb of Pittsburgh, as well as other tenants who have been organizing under the United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM), gathered to protest attempts to evict them outside the Penn Hills Municipal Building. Valmar Gardens is a four-building apartment complex which has changed ownership several times … Continue reading Pittsburgh: UNDM Rallies Valmar Gardens Tenants Demanding Answers

Pittsburgh: UNDM Marches On Landlord’s Home, Confronts Him Over Demands

By Peter Cherry On the morning of July 29, nearly 20 protestors consisting of tenants, activists, and community members organized by United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM) marched on the home of slumlord lawyer, James M. Ferguson. Posters with demands were placed on the windshield of Ferguson’s car, stating: “End the harassing of Joshua now! Make all required and necessary repairs! Collect no back rent! Turn … Continue reading Pittsburgh: UNDM Marches On Landlord’s Home, Confronts Him Over Demands

Pittsburgh: AHRCO Tenants, Activists Speak Out against Slum Conditions, Harassment

By Blake Garrison On July 2, tenants of Allegheny Housing Rehabilitation Corporation (AHRCO) and activists with the United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM) rallied outside the corporation’s office to demand an end to slum conditions, rent collection, and eviction, as well as the firing of AHRCO slumlord Laquaya Maxwell and to publicize the case of Dominique, a wheelchair-bound AHRCO tenant with no ramp to her apartment. … Continue reading Pittsburgh: AHRCO Tenants, Activists Speak Out against Slum Conditions, Harassment

Pittsburgh: Protesters Demand Justice for Romir Talley

By Giovanni Ross On June 30, about 50 demonstrators convened in downtown Wilkinsburg to protest the city’s public safety forum and to demand justice for Romir Talley. The event was organized by Pittsburgh I Can’t Breathe, a local Black organizing collective, along with the Talley family and Serve the People. Romir Talley was shot seven times and killed by Wilkinsburg police in December 2019. Since … Continue reading Pittsburgh: Protesters Demand Justice for Romir Talley

Pittsburgh: Regent Square Tenants Fight Intimidation, Demand Better Conditions

By Peter Cherry Last Saturday, Regent Square Rentals (RSR) tenants with supporters and activists from the community led an action at the leasing office demanding manager and company heiress Kelsey Patterson be fired along with employee Bryan Wise for their harassment of tenants, and that the company meet with tenants to discuss their demands. Peter Patterson, owner of RSR through his company CP Development, acquires … Continue reading Pittsburgh: Regent Square Tenants Fight Intimidation, Demand Better Conditions