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

Pittsburgh: Developments in the Rent Strike

By Peter Cherry On April 12, Serve the People-Pittsburgh, a housing struggle organization, held a demonstration at the home of slumlord Lara Washington, owner of the Allegheny Housing Rehabilitation Corporation (AHRCO). Demonstrators pressed demands for immediate rent stoppage, an end to slum conditions, and the firing of property managers. A surging number of workers who rent from AHRCO, the largest private landlord of slum units, … Continue reading Pittsburgh: Developments in the Rent Strike

Pittsburgh: Sanitation Workers Rebel against Low Wages and Unsanitary Conditions

Cover photo, sanitation workers rallying outside of the Bureau of Environmental Services By Nélida Tello Early Wednesday morning, more than 100 city sanitation workers in Pittsburgh refused to work and rallied outside of the Bureau of Environmental Services demanding hazard pay and protective gear. The demands were sparked after one employee was sent home earlier in the week and instructed to self-quarantine after his wife had been … Continue reading Pittsburgh: Sanitation Workers Rebel against Low Wages and Unsanitary Conditions