Public Safety

Public safety should be shared by all. We need to ensure that our communities have positive relationships with our police, that no one is subject to harassment, and that police violence doesn’t endanger our families and youth.

We’ve won:

  • Expanded police officer training
  • Revised recruitment and hiring practices in the Pittsburgh Police Department
  • Better data tracking and a body camera policy

Learn more about our Public Safety Task Force.

Public Education

We are fighting for a public education system that is fully funded and provides a high-quality education for every public school student. In Pittsburgh, we are working to create community schools where kids get a high-quality education, and also have access to social services for them and their families.

We’ve won:

  • A Community Schools policy for the Pittsburgh Public School District.
  • Stopped corporate education reformers from derailing the Pittsburgh Public School Board’s hiring of Dr. Anthony Hamlet.
  • A fairer funding formula for state tax dollars devoted to education.

Learn more about our Education Task Force.

Ratepayer Justice

ALCOSAN is under a federal mandate to overhaul our region’s sewer system to reduce the discharge of sewage into our rivers. PIIN has worked with the Clean Rivers Campaign to urge a green-first approach to solving this problem. We have also taken the lead to ensure that ratepayers—especially low-income residents—aren’t stuck with water bills they can’t afford to pay. As an Our Water Campaign coalition partner, we are also on the front lines of advocating for safe, affordable, publicly controlled water in Pittsburgh.

We’ve won:

  • A consumer assistance program to help low-income residents with the ALCOSAN bills.
  • A commitment from City and County leaders to a green-first infrastructure plan.
  • A winter moratorium on residential water shutoffs for anyone at or below 250% of the federal poverty line.

Learn more about our Ratepayer Justice taskforce.