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‘Feeling of hope’ on Indigenous Peoples’ Day as City prepares Columbus statue removal

Protesters gather at the Columbus statue, now covered, Monday evening.

By Ashton Crawley, Assistant News Editor

October 13, 2020

As a child, Miguel Sague III often walked by the Christopher Columbus statue near Phipps Conservatory and wondered why a man who killed his ancestors had a monument. Sague, who was born and raised in Pittsburgh, is a member of the Taíno people — the first Indigenous group that Christopher Columbus encountered on his expedition in 1492.

Peduto: Expanding, not defunding, is the future of Pittsburgh police

Peduto: Expanding, not defunding, is the future of Pittsburgh police

By Rebecca Johnson and India Krug

October 5, 2020

Mayor Bill Peduto said at a roundtable last Thursday that reforming the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police requires investing more in the police force rather than defunding it. No protest organizers were included as panelists at the event.

Editorial | Mayor Peduto must radically support Black Lives Matter

A protester holds a sign during a Civil Saturdays demonstration in response to Mayor Bill Peduto speaking with protesters outside his house.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 23, 2020

It’s time for Mayor Peduto to rise above performative activism and definitively demonstrate that he stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

Pitt students, faculty express concerns over City arrest in unmarked van

Plainclothes police in an unmarked van arrested Matthew Cartier, a protest marshal helping to clear traffic for the Black Lives Matter march through Oakland, outside of Pitt’s Barco Law Building last Saturday.

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor

August 21, 2020

For Eric Macadangdang, the arrest of a protest marshal by City police officers outside Pitt’s Barco Law Building last Saturday is a safety concern for all Pitt students.

March to Market Square: Women’s March Pittsburgh takes on fourth year

 Demonstrators at the fourth annual Pittsburgh Women’s March walk through the rain on Saturday.

By Caroline Bourque, Elise Lavallee, and Lucy Li

January 21, 2020

Hosted by Women’s March D.C. and Indivisible Pittsburgh, the fourth annual Pittsburgh Women’s March was subtitled “Hear our vote! No to war!”

Peduto signs gun control bills, lawsuit filed in county court

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto signed three gun control bills into law Tuesday afternoon.

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

April 10, 2019

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto signed three controversial gun control bills into law Tuesday afternoon, including one that prohibits the usage of certain assault weapons within the City. Several Pittsburgh residents immediately filed a lawsuit against Peduto and the City Council, arguing a state law preempts the new City law.

Pitt students gather to support Jewish community

Close to 3,000 people attended the Stronger than Hate vigil on the Cathedral of Learning Lawn Monday afternoon.

By Christian Snyder, Editor-in-Chief

November 6, 2018

In a combined effort on Monday afternoon, members of the Pitt community gathered in support of the Jewish community. The vigil featured words from Mayor Bill Peduto along with several musical performances from student a cappella groups.

Pitt protesters pressure Peduto on Shell plant

Free the Planet, an environmental organization at Pitt, organized Friday morning’s banner drop off of Smithfield Street bridge in protest of the construction of Beaver County’s ethylene cracker plant. (Photo courtesy of Mark Dixon)

By Jon Kunitsky | For the Pitt News

June 6, 2018

The seven-year-long battle over an ethane cracker plant between Shell Chemical, the petrochemicals arm of Royal Dutch Shell, and clean-climate activists took another turn Friday morning when a group of Pitt alumni and current students took to the Smithfield Street Bridge to drop a banner in protes...

Peduto, Fitzgerald face questions at town hall

Alleghany County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Mayor Bill Peduto discussed Amazon, small businesses and Beaver County’s cracker plant in a town hall attended by 80 people Monday evening. (Photo by Jonathan Kunitsky | Staff Photographer)

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

June 6, 2018

Citizens had a chance to address pressing issues like Amazon, small businesses and the ethane plant in Beaver County with some of Pittsburgh’s most important figures — Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald — Monday night at Union Project in Highland Park. Peduto, F...

Amazon HQ2 debate continues in Pittsburgh

(The Pitt News File Illustration)

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

May 30, 2018

Amazon first stirred up conversation in Oakland and in Pittsburgh when the Seattle-based electronic commerce company opened a pickup location on Oakland Avenue in October. The City was launched into one of the biggest national business stories in recent memory when Amazon announced in January that the Steel City was o...

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