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

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

Pittsbugh: Activists Reclaim Erased Romir Talley Mural

By Peter Cherry As family and community members have continued to protest last December’s police murder of Romir Talley, a mural was created in his honor on the side of an unoccupied business in Wilkinsburg. The mural stayed up until last week, only to be painted over after a new owner purchased the property. Activists reclaimed the wall in an action last Saturday, hanging banners … Continue reading Pittsbugh: Activists Reclaim Erased Romir Talley Mural

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: Mother Goes on Hunger Strike, Demands Justice for Son

By Peter Cherry On July 21, Duquesne University announced that it was going to honor the demands of Dannielle Brown, including cooperation with an independent investigation of her son’s death (and any police involvement), body camera requirements and mental status exams for the officers. Dannielle declared the beginning of her hunger strike for her son Jaylen at Freedom Corner, the historic location in the Hill … Continue reading Pittsburgh: Mother Goes on Hunger Strike, Demands Justice for Son

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

Pittsburgh: Graffiti Commemorating Day of Heroism Found on Imperialist Monument

By Peter Cherry On the morning of May 25, police found graffiti and red paint on the World War I memorial known as “The Doughboy,” in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh commemorating the Day of Heroism. The imperialist monument was painted with the phrase “June 19, 1986, Glory to the Day of Heroism” as well as multiple hammer and sickle symbols. The action corresponded with Memorial Day, an imperialist holiday commemorating its soldiers and plundering of … Continue reading Pittsburgh: Graffiti Commemorating Day of Heroism Found on Imperialist Monument

Pittsburgh: Sanitation Worker Dies from City Negligence

By Peter Cherry Weeks after sanitation workers staged a walkout not sanctioned by their union for hazard pay and greater health protections, Mayor Bill Peduto’s office announced that a sanitation worker with Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works had died from COVID-19. Sanitation workers have a life expectancy of 54 years compared to 67 for the general population. Refuse and recycling workers consistently have one of … Continue reading Pittsburgh: Sanitation Worker Dies from City Negligence