Pittsburgh: Community Holds Vigil for Peter Spencer, Black Man Murdered on Hunting Trip

By Maria Decoteau Community activists organized a vigil on Sunday in Pittsburgh’s Highland Park to mourn and honor the life of Peter Spencer, a Black man murdered under suspicious circumstances on December 12 while on a hunting trip in rural Pennsylvania. No one has been charged for the murder, and his family and activists say local law enforcement is trying to bury the case, as … Continue reading Pittsburgh: Community Holds Vigil for Peter Spencer, Black Man Murdered on Hunting Trip

Opinion: Pittsburgh Bridge Collapse Exemplifies US Imperialism’s Decay

By Jakob Stein The January 28 collapse of the Fern Hollow Creek Bridge in Pittsburgh is just another example of the decay of the US imperialist system, in this case with infrastructure literally falling to pieces as people drove across the bridge to work. Joe Biden, who was scheduled to visit Pittsburgh at the time of the collapse, used the opportunity to promote his $1.2 … Continue reading Opinion: Pittsburgh Bridge Collapse Exemplifies US Imperialism’s Decay

Pittsburgh: Activists and Family Confront Penn Hills Council Over Officer Who Murdered Romir Talley

By Maria Decoteau Romir Talley’s mother, LaTasha Talley, along with community activists confronted the Penn Hills Council on Monday and denounced that Officer Robert Gowans, who murdered 24-year-old Romir in December of 2019, is currently working for the Penn Hills Police Department. Gowans left his position as a Wilkinsburg police officer after the killing and moved to the police department in nearby municipality of Penn … Continue reading Pittsburgh: Activists and Family Confront Penn Hills Council Over Officer Who Murdered Romir Talley

Pittsburgh: Amazon Workers Hold Vigil for Six Workers Killed in Edwardsville, IL during Storms

By David Martinez In between shifts on Sunday afternoon, Amazon workers at the PIT5 facility near Pittsburgh gathered to honor six workers who were killed in Edwardsville, Illinois in the midst of devastating storms on December 10. Rather than hold the weather principally responsible, many present at the vigil understood that the workers were put into the deadly situation by Amazon, the giant monopoly that … Continue reading Pittsburgh: Amazon Workers Hold Vigil for Six Workers Killed in Edwardsville, IL during Storms

Pittsburgh: Community Fights for Jim Rogers, State Leaks Rumors of Officer Firings and Retirements

Photo: A vigil held at the First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh for Rogers on December 12 By Maria DeCoteau Roughly two months after the murder of Jim Rogers, community members and Rogers’ family continue to fight for justice as the State drags its feet in doling out disciplinary action or criminal charges for Rogers’ murder. Rogers was an unarmed, homeless Black man killed by … Continue reading Pittsburgh: Community Fights for Jim Rogers, State Leaks Rumors of Officer Firings and Retirements

Pittsburgh: Students Disrupt Anti-Abortion Event at University

By Sarah Ahmed On Monday, student activists at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) disrupted an anti-abortion event held on campus. The students, a majority of whom were women, demanded that the University of Pittsburgh stop allowing crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) and other anti-women organizations to promote themselves and hold events on campus. The anti-abortion event, called the “Stop Aborted Fetal Experiments” conference, spread lies about … Continue reading Pittsburgh: Students Disrupt Anti-Abortion Event at University

“Pittsburgh Police Murdered Jim Rogers” Painted on Mayoral Campaign Offices

By Jakob Stein On October 22, graffiti reading “Pittsburgh police murdered Jim Rogers,” was seen on the campaign offices for Pittsburgh mayoral candidates Tony Moreno and Ed Gainey. The graffiti refers to Jim Rogers, the unarmed, homeless Black man killed by officer Keith Edmonds earlier this month. One of the glass doors at Moreno’s office had also been broken. Gainey is a member of the … Continue reading “Pittsburgh Police Murdered Jim Rogers” Painted on Mayoral Campaign Offices

Pennsylvania: Landlord Murders Tenant; Family and Community Protest State’s Concealment, Collusion

Photo: Leonard Williams Jr., courtesy of Williams’ family By Jason Bartles On September 1, an unarmed Black man, Leonard Williams Jr., was shot and killed by his landlord, Quentin “Lewis” Trisler, in the town of Washington, Pennsylvania. Since then, the facts around the crime have been concealed by the State in order to justify Williams’ murder, with Washington County district attorney (DA) Justin Walsh refusing … Continue reading Pennsylvania: Landlord Murders Tenant; Family and Community Protest State’s Concealment, Collusion

Worker Correspondents: Workers Organize Slowdown in Protest at Amazon PIT5 Sortation Center

Photo credit: Maryland GovPics By Oliver Williams Last week, workers at the PIT5 Amazon distribution center in Crafton, Pennsylvania organized a slowdown to protest the facility’s unsafe working conditions. One worker explained to Tribune: “Management doesn’t do their job and then we have to fix their mistakes. I’m sick of it. I’m not working on commission here, I don’t get paid more for moving more packages. … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Workers Organize Slowdown in Protest at Amazon PIT5 Sortation Center

Worker Correspondents: Amazon Uses Turnover and Speedups to Exploit Workers

Photo credit: Maryland GovPics By Hannah Bellmer I have been working at the Amazon PIT2 fulfillment center in Imperial, Pennsylvania since the end of last year. One thing that’s stood out to me is how Amazon maintains a high turnover rate as a way of ensuring its exploitative practices go unchallenged. The number of workers cycled out has gotten even higher lately in anticipation of … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Amazon Uses Turnover and Speedups to Exploit Workers