POLICY

Environment

 

  1. Strengthen the City of Pittsburgh’s resilience goals to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030.

  2. Lead an investigation into public health hazards caused by pollution, publicly record results and act on findings.

  3. Prevent future flood events and clean up the rivers and public water through prioritizing green solutions to combined sewer overflow management.

  4. Accelerate lead pollution cleanup, especially in schools and other public buildings.

  5. Expand hydroelectric power capacity on our rivers.

  6. Make polluters pay for the public health costs of their environmental damage.


 

Mobility and Access

 

  1. Support public parks and community gardens, with a focus on more equitably accessible public spaces.

  2. Ensure equitable access to fresh food, including farmers markets, grocery stores, urban farms and community gardens.

  3. Encourage food that feeds our families every day to be grown right here in District 4 through incentives for urban farming and distribution.

  4. Rapidly implement quick-build complete street designs to permit social distancing in public spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic, and safer streets once the pandemic passes.

  5. Strict adherence to the Americans with Disabilities Act in public spaces to ensure people of all abilities can get around our neighborhoods.

  6. Focus infrastructure investment away from private vehicles and toward accessibility, public transit and low-carbon modes of transportation.

  7. Work closely with PAAC to support rapid expansion of service.

 

Policing

 

  1. Decriminalize nonviolent offenses related to controlled substances and focus public health efforts on compassionate treatment for people with substance abuse disorders.

  2. Demilitarize the police, including banning the purchase of less-than-lethal weapons, as well as tactics such as kettling and tactical extraction.

  3. End the use of animals in police work, including dogs and horses.

  4. Roll back the Peduto administration’s police budget increases.  

  5. Fully fund and empower the Citizens Police Review Board to protect Pittsburghers’ rights. Change the structure of the CPRB to a democratically elected board.

 

Housing and Utilities

 

  1. Create public broadband as a public utility to power socially distant learning and business operations.

  2. Ensure the livability and affordability of District 4 and Pittsburgh through rent control and development of a public housing option.

  3. Bolster rent relief programs through the URA and create an emergency housing fund to prevent evictions in times of public crisis.

  4. Heavily invest in providing affordable public utilities including water, electricity, renewable heating, internet and transit. 

  5. Keep all utilities public and strictly defend the City of Pittsburgh against privatization.


 

Social issues

 

  1. Work with concerned community members to identify and root out systemic racism from every city department.

  2. Encourage and support workplace democracy.

  3. Develop a citywide single payer healthcare system to guarantee medical care to everyone in Pittsburgh, including full coverage of family planning, education, abortion and contraceptives, similar to New York City’s.

  4. Continue to fight to establish universal paid sick and parental leave, healthcare requirements, and other worker protections similar to Philadelphia’s “Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces,” law.

 

Jobs

 

  1. Create a Pittsburgh Green New Deal focused on jobs in developing clean energy, local food systems and sustainable transportation for the City of Pittsburgh and surrounding region.

  2. Create retraining programs and supplement severance pay for workers who lose their jobs in the transition toward renewable energy, public healthcare and sustainable transportation.


 

Education

 

  1. Expand Pittsburgh Promise to include tuition-free public college, university and technical training.

  2. Oppose privatization of schools.

  3. End the school-to-prison pipeline, and remove police and firearms from schools.

  4. Ensure students in Pittsburgh have quality access to the internet that allows them to learn and maintain social distance, as well as facilitate online learning (and play) when not in school.

 

The Democratic Process

 

  1. Support direct ballot initiatives.

  2. Ban lobbyist and special interest gifts.

  3. Ranked choice voting for local office elections.

  4. Democracy vouchers for registered voters and publicly funded elections.