Pittsburgh is a great place to call home, and we need to keep it that way for the people who live here, especially people who have been targeted by historic injustices like redlining or predatory lending. We must work together in the best interest of our neighborhoods to enact policies that guarantee all renters and homeowners protection from predatory developers and artificial markets. Let’s ensure that all our neighbors can continue to call Pittsburgh home.
Owning a car shouldn’t be a prerequisite to live, work and play in Pittsburgh. In fact, twenty percent of city residents don’t own a personal vehicle. In order to create more resilient and equitable communities, we need to make our mobility networks as accessible as possible for our neighbors who are unable to drive or prefer other modes of getting around. To do this, we must invest in infrastructure that requires fewer car trips to save money, our environment and our health.
Environment & Public Health
We can’t stop at Pittsburgh’s air and water being better than it was 40 years ago - We need to guarantee our neighbors have safe air and water by defending against utility privatization and making sure polluters pay for their environmental damage. We shouldn’t be afraid to demand more from private companies (or neighboring municipalities) who want us to sacrifice our public health for their profit.
Budgets are a moral document and should reflect our shared values, like anti-racism and safety. Investments that make our neighborhoods stronger through social services and infrastructure should be our #1 priority when deciding how to spend our tax dollars. Recent cuts to critical departments such as Equity and Inclusion, Mobility and Infrastructure and Public Works should be reversed so our neighborhoods won’t be sacrificed to wasteful spending.
Folks who wear many hats out of necessity or who follow their passions on the side should be protected and supported in their workplace, whether that’s through guaranteed paid sick and parental leave or unionizing their workplace. Those who find themselves out of work should be given a hand through a jobs guarantee. There’s much work to be done in our city remediating green space, rehabilitating infrastructure, and feeding our communities. There’s work to be done, and we should put everyone to work who wants a job.
As a member of the Green Party, Connor values democratic principles and frequently exercises the rights given to all Americans, such as participating in protests and supporting campaigns he believes in. Representatives of the City of Pittsburgh should share this enthusiasm for the Democratic process and invite more voices into decision making processes, not try to bully them out. Everyone in District 4 deserves a councilperson who is accessible and at their service.
If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that American cities must become more independent and resilient in the absence of federal leadership. This is especially true as national politics become more and more polarized. The City of Pittsburgh must become a national leader in supporting public health, starting with supporting healthy lifestyles through food security, to tackling air pollution and its negative impacts, all the way to creating its own model of public healthcare to ensure we can take care of our own when the nation is in crisis, from public health emergencies to yet-to-be-known climate catastrophes.