Pittsburgh for Trayvon’s First Date with the URA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday August 8, 2013


Sign says: What does it mean to design a neighborhood where a black man is safe?

Contact: Pittsburgh for Trayvon: trayvonpgh@gmail.com 412.879.0344 @trayvonpgh

On Thursday August 8, 2013, Pittsburgh For Trayvon will be dressed to impress for our first date with the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) delivering a love letter and our demands at 2pm in the Wherrett Room on the 13th floor at 200 Ross Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

In the wake of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Pittsburgh For Trayvon continues to pressure city agencies to address institutional white supremacy. In addition to City Council and Bill Peduto, today we are seeking action from the URA to eliminate the economic and emotional violence experienced by Black people in Pittsburgh.

Trayvon Martin was profiled because he was seen as a threat in his own neighborhood. Jordan Miles and many others continue to be profiled because they are seen as threats in their own neighborhoods. Deep in our hearts we hold a vision of Pittsburgh that is livable for all it’s residents, where property is not valued over Black lives. The URA has a responsibility to prioritize the safety of Black residents when developing in our community. What does it mean to design a neighborhood where Black people feel safe?

Pittsburgh For Trayvon expects the URA to respond to our demands within 3 business days.


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