These Democratic Socialist women plan to transform western Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA — When Summer Lee moved back home to North Braddock after graduating from Howard University Law School in 2015, she was suddenly thrust into the same environment she had spent years studying and learning to change. “I spent my time at law school…

Pittsburgh votes to expand hospital chain that won’t let workers unionize

Pittsburgh City Council voted Tuesday to approve a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) plan to build a vision and rehabilitation center in the city’s Uptown neighborhood, part of a $2 billion expansion the hospital giant announced last year. The vote came despite continued opposition…

Protests against Pittsburgh hospital expansion highlight city’s growing racial health disparities

More than 100 activists and employees took turns speaking at a packed Pittsburgh City Council hearing Tuesday on the proposed $2 billion expansion of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in the city’s Uptown neighborhood. They were there to demand that the health care…

Murder charge in East Pittsburgh police killing highlights a bizarre jigsaw of local cops

One-eighth of the tiny East Pittsburgh Police Department is now facing murder charges for killing an unarmed black teenager. Officer Michael Rosfeld was indicted Wednesday morning for criminal homicide in the June 19th killing of 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr., who was shot in the back three…

Fourth night of protests in Pittsburgh after black teen’s shooting by police

Protesters in Pittsburgh held a fourth straight night of demonstrations Saturday demanding justice for 17-year-old Antwon Rose, who was shot in the back last week while fleeing police after a traffic stop. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote that the protest lasted about four hours and went through…

Political Cartoonist Fired For Criticizing The Right

Rob Rogers joined The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a staff editorial cartoonist in 1993 and for years his cartoons have appeared in the newspaper roughly five days a week. But in late May, around Memorial Day, he said, they began disappearing… Read More At: Support The…

Political Cartoonist Censored By Right-Wing Editor

The work of Rob Rogers, longtime political cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, has been notably absent from his paper’s opinion page during this past week. Aside from a cartoon criticizing the trade war posted on Tuesday, June 5, the most recent of Rogers’ drawings appeared…

Hundreds of Pittsburgh-area nurses protest poor working conditions, threaten to strike

Hundreds of nurses rallied in the Pittsburgh area Tuesday, calling on their employer, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) of McKeesport, to recognize their union rights and negotiate a contract that would include more staff and better quality jobs. Nearly 170 nurses have been…

Pittsburgh police warn Mueller could be fired imminently, tell officers to bring riot gear to work

On Wednesday morning, Pittsburgh Police Commander Victor Joseph sent an email to the city’s detectives instructing them to begin preparing for a possible protest in the event the Trump Administration moves to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. In the…