Making Pittsburgh a City for All

Friday, February 10th, 2017 @ 1:25AM

Dear Friends:

Since I was elected to City Council three years ago, I have been committed to making Pittsburgh a welcoming city for all people. During that time, the City adopted my legislation to prohibit the discrimination of pregnant women in the workplace, to protect victims of domestic violence from housing discrimination, and to ban harmful conversion therapy targeted at our LGBTQIA+ neighbors.

Despite the progress that Pittsburgh has made in our commitment to progressive values, there are still measures we can take to make our city work for all people.  I am excited to announce that City Council has passed my six-piece City for All legislative package.  These bills will do the following:

  • Affirm Pittsburgh as a welcoming city for all people, regardless of their age, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or citizenship and immigration status
  • Prohibit the city from denying services to any individual based on their citizenship or immigration status
  • Create a citywide communications and language access plan to empower English language learners and people with limited English proficiency and visual and/or hearing disabilities
  • Call on the Chief of Police to establish an Office of Multicultural Affairs which would work to build trust and relationships between immigrants, refugees, faith-based community, and ethnic groups, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
  • Prevent companies convicted of wage theft from receiving City contracts for a period of three years
  • Call on Congress preserve Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

I worked closely with faith-based, business, university, labor, community and non-profit leaders to craft this legislation, and I hope that these initiatives will help to formalize the City’s commitment to inclusivity. We must never stop working to make the City of Pittsburgh comfortable and welcoming for all people.

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