Wednesday, July 24, Raise the Wage action

Photos from Wednesday’s rally.

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Lawrence “Peewee” Jones

We met, Evelyn and TJ,  the mother and brother of Lawrence Jones at the July 20th rally against racial profiling in Pittsburgh. They shared the story of how Lawrence was profiled and gunned down by off duty police in December 2011. To contact Evelyn call – 412-606-7719

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Saturday, July 20 Pittsburgh rally against racial profiling

We were in attendance at the July 20th Pittsburgh rally against racial profiling organized by the Alliance for Police Accountability (APAPGH). Many organizations and individuals were present to stand together and protest the verdict of the George Zimmerman trial and demand the end racial profiling.

The APAPGH state in their call for the rally:
“This case has reminded us of the grave injustices and the many Trayvon Martin’s that we have right here at home in Pittsburgh! Let’s make a resounding noise and presence and make it clear that WE WANT AN END TO RACIAL PROFILING AND THE PROFILING OF ANY ONE IN OUR CITY!! No one should be subjected to such prejudice whether it be for the way that they dress, their race, religion and/or sexual orientation.”

Among the organizations present, the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers released a resolution supporting the filing of civil rights violations against George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin, ending racial profiling and ending Stand Your Ground laws.

There were also some powerful performances by Jasiri X.

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Video from Wednesday, July 17

Video from our action on Wednesday. We delivered our letter of demands to Councilwoman Harris and Democratic mayoral nominee Bill Peduto, but were not able to see Mayor Ravenstahl. Instead, we delivered the letter to his home the following morning.

More videos from that day are available here.

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We delivered our Demands to the mayor’s house this morning

Press Release

Thursday July 18, 2013

Pittsburgh for Trayvon rallied together to deliver important demands for justice in the City of Pittsburgh to the mayor at 1:30 P.M. on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. City Council President Darlene Harris and the Democratic mayoral nominee Bill Peduto accepted the hand-delivered and individually addressed letters.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl made the decision to evade personally recieving the demands delivered by over 75 people who filled the fifth floor hallway of the City County Building,  singing Trayvon’s song. Instead his assistant offered conflicting messages as to his availability and presence in the building.

Pittsburgh for Trayvon decided to claim public space as a headquarters to do necessary planning, debriefing, and follow-up to the actions of last week while waiting for the absentee public servant.

Pursuant to his unavailability to personally meet with us, we will be delivering the demands to his residence in Fineview, Thursday July 18, 2013 at 6:00 a.m.

The tweets below follow the action as it happened.

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Waiting for the Mayor – Come join us!

Early this afternoon we made our way to Mayor Ravenstahl’s office to present him with a letter of our demands. At first he sent his assistant out to tell us he would pass the letter on to Ravenstahl. We said that was really nice of him but we wanted him to receive it personally so we started asking for him.

After some more persuasive asking we were told that Mayor Ravenstahl would meet with two of our representatives, but when they went past the police officers stationed at his office door, it turned out the mayor wasn’t there any more.

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Pittsburgh for Trayvon representatives going to met Mayor Ravenstahl

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Those same representatives explaining that they were told Mayor Ravenstahl was not there

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But the people are not so easily discouraged! Some will be spending the night and greet Mayor Ravenstahl bright and early when he arrives Thursday morning. If you want to support please come join us or share our demands with your network!

JOIN US AT THE MAYOR’S OFFICE TONIGHT

We are on the 5th floor of the City County Building (map).

Grant St entrance is open all night.

Check out the Facebook event page for photos and updates as well.

SHARE THE PITTSBURGH FOR TRAYVON DEMANDS

Link to our demands here. They are also reproduced below if you are not familiar with them.

Our Demands: We Stand to Address the City of Pittsburgh

  • Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
  • Democratic Nominee Bill Peduto
  • Pittsburgh City Council
  • The Urban Redevelopment Authority
  • The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
  • And all agencies, institutions, organizations, complicit with systemic injustice and white supremacy in Pittsburgh.

We encourage the City of Pittsburgh, all community organizations, non-profits, churches and businesses to stand with us, express solidarity and denounce the culture of institutionalized white supremacy that inflicts incomprehensible violence on Black lives and bodies.

In response to the legal violence towards and brutalization of black people:

  1. We demand an official public step forward against injustice denouncing:
  • the now state-sanctioned murder of Trayvon Martin,
  • the initial lack of response by the police,
  • the inequitably enforced laws and judicial system that allowed George Zimmerman to be found NOT GUILTY of all charges.

2.  We demand the City of Pittsburgh to denounce Pennsylvania’s version of the Stand Your Ground law

3. We demand the Pittsburgh legal system begin in-depth investigation of its own verdicts and systemic criminalization, abduction, abuse and murder of Black people, demonstrated by countless cases of injustice including Jordan Miles, Avis Lee and Terrell Johnson.

4. We demand continuous commitment to allocating the resources necessary to support the self-determination of Black communities particularly insuring the safety and freedom of movement for all residents.

In Response to the economic violence inflicted on black communities:

5.  We demand continuous commitment to allocating the resources necessary to support Black communities’ self-determination in regards to property and land use, including but not limited to vacant properties and abandoned school buildings. We demand the halt to any development in historically Black neighborhoods that does not include community consensus or benefit as determined by the Black and senior residents themselves. We demand the financial and technical support necessary for community-directed development.

6. We demand all development in Black neighborhoods directly benefit that community and be decided upon with meaningful neighborhood consent, participation and leadership.

7.   We demand the City of Pittsburgh actively support the creation of Black economic   initiatives through policy, funding and other resources.

In Response to the violence directed towards the physical wellness of black people:

8.      We demand the elimination of food deserts within the City of Pittsburgh and access to fresh and healthy food for all

9.     We demand a coalition of medical and wellness professionals, provider organizations, agencies and community activists to address the extreme disparities in the physical well-being of Black people as compared to whites in Pittsburgh which is demonstrated in part by the current Black infant mortality rate and the abysmal life expectancy of Black women.

In response to the institutional violence perpetuated against black people:

 10. We demand Pittsburgh institutions attend organizational anti-racist training, conduct an examination of white supremacist tendencies and demonstrate equitable internal and external dynamics and distribution of power.

11. We demand all employees of government and service institutions attend anti-racist training and are held accountable for demonstrations of white privilege and supremacy.

 In response to the emotional and physical violence inflicted on black communities:

12. We demand culturally-relevant emotional support for Black communities in response to trauma.

13. We demand the City of Pittsburgh create a Human Rights Bill as an active demonstration of the inalienable right for all to be, the immeasurable value of the lives, bodies and minds of all oppressed people and a commitment to true physical and emotional justice for oppressed people within the City of Pittsburgh.                                                                                                                                                                      14. Finally, we demand the City of Pittsburgh hold the tragic death of Trayvon Martin as a wake up call to the culture of white supremacy that produces, protects and inflicts emotional, institutional, legal, economic violence on Black lives and bodies.

We demand Pittsburgh renounce “America’s Most Livable City” title until these demands are met.

– We expect a response from named organizations within 3 business days.

– We expect each agency named to create a public action plan that includes accountability, to address these issues.

We stand prepared to hold these agencies accountable through mobilizing direct community action until they have begun this work.

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Press Conference and Rally photos

Photos from the Wednesday’s press conference and rally. Audio and video posts coming soon.

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Also some photos from the hours leading up to the press conference.

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More photos and video are over on the facebook event page.

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Our Demands

Our Demands: We Stand to Address the City of Pittsburgh

  • Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
  • Democratic Nominee Bill Peduto
  • Pittsburgh City Council
  • The Urban Redevelopment Authority
  • The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
  • And all agencies, institutions, organizations, complicit with systemic injustice and white supremacy in Pittsburgh.

We encourage the City of Pittsburgh, all community organizations, non-profits, churches and businesses to stand with us, express solidarity and denounce the culture of institutionalized white supremacy that inflicts incomprehensible violence on Black lives and bodies.

In response to the legal violence towards and brutalization of black people:

  1. We demand an official public step forward against injustice denouncing:
  • the now state-sanctioned murder of Trayvon Martin,
  • the initial lack of response by the police,
  • the inequitably enforced laws and judicial system that allowed George Zimmerman to be found NOT GUILTY of all charges.

2.  We demand the City of Pittsburgh to denounce Pennsylvania’s version of the Stand Your Ground law

3. We demand the Pittsburgh legal system begin in-depth investigation of its own verdicts and systemic criminalization, abduction, abuse and murder of Black people, demonstrated by countless cases of injustice including Jordan Miles, Avis Lee and Terrell Johnson.

4. We demand continuous commitment to allocating the resources necessary to support the self-determination of Black communities particularly insuring the safety and freedom of movement for all residents.

In Response to the economic violence inflicted on black communities:

5.  We demand continuous commitment to allocating the resources necessary to support Black communities’ self-determination in regards to property and land use, including but not limited to vacant properties and abandoned school buildings. We demand the halt to any development in historically Black neighborhoods that does not include community consensus or benefit as determined by the Black and senior residents themselves. We demand the financial and technical support necessary for community-directed development.

6. We demand all development in Black neighborhoods directly benefit that community and be decided upon with meaningful neighborhood consent, participation and leadership.

7.   We demand the City of Pittsburgh actively support the creation of Black economic   initiatives through policy, funding and other resources.

In Response to the violence directed towards the physical wellness of black people:

8.      We demand the elimination of food deserts within the City of Pittsburgh and access to fresh and healthy food for all

9.     We demand a coalition of medical and wellness professionals, provider organizations, agencies and community activists to address the extreme disparities in the physical well-being of Black people as compared to whites in Pittsburgh which is demonstrated in part by the current Black infant mortality rate and the abysmal life expectancy of Black women.

In response to the institutional violence perpetuated against black people:

 10. We demand Pittsburgh institutions attend organizational anti-racist training, conduct an examination of white supremacist tendencies and demonstrate equitable internal and external dynamics and distribution of power.

11. We demand all employees of government and service institutions attend anti-racist training and are held accountable for demonstrations of white privilege and supremacy.

 In response to the emotional and physical violence inflicted on black communities:

12. We demand culturally-relevant emotional support for Black communities in response to trauma.

13. We demand the City of Pittsburgh create a Human Rights Bill as an active demonstration of the inalienable right for all to be, the immeasurable value of the lives, bodies and minds of all oppressed people and a commitment to true physical and emotional justice for oppressed people within the City of Pittsburgh.                                                                                                                                                                      14. Finally, we demand the City of Pittsburgh hold the tragic death of Trayvon Martin as a wake up call to the culture of white supremacy that produces, protects and inflicts emotional, institutional, legal, economic violence on Black lives and bodies.

We demand Pittsburgh renounce “America’s Most Livable City” title until these demands are met.

– We expect a response from named organizations within 3 business days.

– We expect each agency named to create a public action plan that includes accountability, to address these issues.

We stand prepared to hold these agencies accountable through mobilizing direct community action until they have begun this work.

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Pittsburghers call press conference condemning acquittal of George Zimmerman and Demanding Justice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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In response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the people of Pittsburgh call a press conference and rally at noon on Wednesday July 17, 2013 at the Allegheny County Courthouse, 436 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

We gather to condemn the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman and to express solidarity with every black victim of injustice.

We recognize that Trayvon Martin’s murder is not an isolated incident. Pittsburgh is home to the same systemic injustice, racism, white supremacy and brutalization of black people. In response, we are formally delivering a set of demands to the mayor and city council following the rally.

This action is a continuation of the rallies held last Sunday at Freedom Corner and Mellon Park. We will continue to stand our ground with other groups fighting for justice around Pittsburgh and the nation. We expect city officials to address our demands immediately.

How long must they kill our children / while we sit aside and look

Zimmerman was acquitted / Another precious life was took

Come and take a stand / A stand for freedom

Change is in our hands / Trraaavooonn’s song

Face Book Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/385133654920129/

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