We've seen in the recent past the importance of the judiciary to health and the environment. We'll take a look at the judicial system in Pennsylvania, and an effort by the state House to ram through a constitutional amendment allocating appeals court judges to specific districts -- while legislative redistricting reform keeps being blocked. Doug Webster of Fair Districts PA will return to the (virtual) Salon stage to bring us up to speed on this ill-conceived amendment -- and how we can put the brakes on before a referendum materializes in May. (you didn't think our work was done, did you?)
Also returning will be attorney Lisa Middleman, now a candidate for judge on the Court of Common Pleas. Lisa has spent over thirty years fighting for equity and fairness in and out of the courtroom -- as a criminal defense attorney, public defender, informal educator, and union organizer. Most recently, she led a coalition of attorneys providing pro bono legal services to peaceful Black Lives Matter protestors who were wrongfully charged. Lisa sees the connections between environmental justice and the law, and aims to change the Court for the better.
And did I mention that our work isn't done? We're in a very different place than we were just a month or two ago (in so many ways!), but still have lots of work to do on civil rights, racial equity, criminal justice, health care, immigration, guns, and not least the environment. Debra Fyock leads Grassroots Pittsburgh, a local affiliate of the national Indivisible and Swing Left organizations. For several years, she's been connecting people with opportunities to get active (no matter how much or how little time they have to spare) with monthly meetings and a weekly newsletter.
Scales-and-gavel photo by Sora Shimazaki, via Pexels.com.
If you haven't been here before, you may enjoy checking out our roof garden and solar installation (and now apiary!) as well as the many other green and interesting things around our place. If interested folks are online and everything is working smoothly by around 3:30, perhaps I can conduct a virtual tour.
Join us virtually for the Three Rivers Urban Soils Symposium (TRUSS) held in partnership with Allegheny County Conservation District and members of the Pittsburgh Urban Soils Working Group. This year a shorter, online program will allow us to gather and virtually share knowledge around soils and their role in our community. The day will feature three expert presentations, some project highlights, and an interactive group discussion. Come to learn and discuss the ongoing relationship between soils and the urban environment.
Registration for TRUSS is free this year but you must reserve your spot to attend the symposium: trusspgh.org