Supporters of Obamacare will march at today in support a federal healthcare policy that allows for widespread, affordable coverage. The local event, part of the national March for Health, is being organized by Dr. Nancy McBride and the Bartlett Street Assembly. That group is also planning to form a PAC to support candidates in local and state elections next year. You can join the march, too.
Yesterday, the last tenants living at Penn Plaza moved out. Today, former tenants and supporters will gather at the site to protest in favor of affordable housing policies and call on the city to purchase the remaining building. While the city and the developer behind the site are locked in a court battle, advocates scored a victory this week when Whole Foods pulled out of the development. Now, they want to make sure the apartments that remain stay affordable. Catch up on the story here.
How do you solve a problem like PWSA? That depends on who you ask. State Sen. Wayne Fontana has introduced legislation that would allow municipalities like Pittsburgh to spend public money on private property, WESA reported, meaning PWSA would be able to replace private water and sewer lines. Mayor Bill Peduto estimated Friday that replacing all of PWSA's lead service lines would cost $411 million, the Post-Gazette reported, a tiny amount compared to the $5 billion in capital improvements needed. Peduto's administration is in the midst of hiring a "blue-ribbon" panel to recommend how PWSA should be restructured. Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner has been critical of the mayor's handling of PWSA, while Councilwoman Darlene Harris (who is running for mayor) is now calling for a federal investigation.
On the Calendar
Pitt's 37th Annual Latin American & Caribbean Festival features music, dance, food and products to showcase these cultures. Performers include the Panther Tango Club at Pitt, Mariachi International and Latina Productions.
Where: Wesley W. Posvar Hall at the University of Pittsburgh at 230 S. Bouquet St. (Oakland)
When: April 1, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free and open to the public
One day after the Transgender Day of Visibility, SisTers PGH is hosting a vigil to remember murdered trans women and cisgender women of color. Speakers include SisTers founder and LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council member Ciora Thomas, New Voices' La'Tasha D. Mayes and Shanea Leonard of the Judah Fellowship.
Where: Pittsburgh City-County Building at 414 Grant St. (Downtown)
When: April 1, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
More than 60 emerging artists will sell their work as you eat pancakes and drink booze. There will also be live body painting and music. 21+.
Where: Spirit at 242 51st St. (Lawrenceville)
When: April 1, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to April 2, 2017 at 1:00 a.m.
How much: $5 pre-sale | $10
It's night two of the Burning Bridges Festival, and comedian Aparna Nancherla is headlining a show at Club Cafe. Not interested? There are four — four! — other shows to chose from that night, including two free shows at Hambone's. Check the website for location and price details.
When: April 1, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free-$15