Pittsburgh City Council District 1:
Longterm District 1 Pittsburgh City Councilperson Darlene Harris (D-North Side) was ousted in a surprise win earlier this year by Democratic challenger Bobby Wilson in the city's primary election this spring. Now, Wilson is joined in the race by two other contenders: Independent candidate Chris Rosselot and Malcolm Jarrett, of the Socialist Workers Party. All three face off tonight in a candidate forum co-sponsored by Pittsburgh UNITED, the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh, and the Black Political Empowerment Project.
7-8:30 p.m. Tue., Oct. 15.
Pittsburgh UNITED, 841 California Ave., Suite 3, North Side. Free.
Media Innovators Speakers Series:
Hear from award-winning journalist Quil Lawrence on his career spent covering veterans' issues across the globe, including stories of female combat veterans. Lawrence also spent 12 years covering Iraq and Afghanistan as NPR News' Bureau Chief in Baghdad and Kabul. He comes to Point Park University as part of its Media Innovators Speakers Series.
7 p.m. Thu., Oct. 17. Highmark Theatre at Pittsburgh Playhouse,
350 Forbes Ave., Downtown. $15-25.
City Rising: Housing Justice Film Screening
As cities grow, so often do concerns of gentrification, the act of redevelopment bringing in more affluent residents, typically at the cost of displacing low-income people. Pittsburgh is the eighth most gentrified city in America, according to a recent study from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. Join nonprofit community coalition Pittsburgh UNITED for a free film screening of City Rises, a documentary that looks into the economic role and social consequences of gentrification.
6-8 p.m. Thu., Oct. 17. Homestead Grays Room, Allegheny County Department of Human Services, 1 Smithfield St., Downtown. Free.
Responding to Reality:
What is white supremacy? The University of Pittsburgh Center for Urban Education invites the public to partake in the discussion as Pitt law professor Gerald Dickinson moderates a town hall on "perspectives on education nation-state, and the public good." Panelists include CP columnist Tereneh Idia and activist Jasiri X, along with T. Elon Dancy II, Ph.D., Dana Thompson Dorsey, Ph.D., Waverly Duck, Ph.D., and Lauren Bairnsfather, Ph.D.
What is White Supremacy?
6-9 p.m. Thu., Oct. 17. Kaufmann Lecture Hall, 1825 Centre Ave., Hill District.
TRUTHSayers: April Ryan
White House correspondent and political analyst April Ryan has been covering politics and urban issues in our nation's capital for decades. She brings her experience and intellect to the August Wilson African American Cultural Center for a lecture as part of the organizations' TRUTHSayers speaker series.
7 p.m. Thu., Oct. 17. August Wilson African American Cultural Center,
980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $42.50.
Walk for Freedom 2019
Advocates will walk in single-file lines in cities across the country, handing out flyers and bringing awareness to the dangers of human trafficking. "It's our way of telling the world that slavery still exists and that it will never be OK — not on our watch," event organizers say. "It's local and it's global." Supporters without Walk for Freedom shirts are encouraged to wear all black clothing. Register on site by 8 a.m.
9 a.m. Sat., Oct. 19. Station Square Parking Lot East,
160 E. Station Square Drive, South Side.
Blountly Speaking: Lifting Up Women in Prison
After serving 35 years in prison, sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, Naomi Blount became the second Pennsylvania woman in nearly three decades to receive commutation and be released. Blount speaks at BOOM Concepts, followed by a panel including Allegheny District Attorney Candidate Lisa Middleman, speaking on how people in the criminal justice system have been impacted by the DA's office.
12-3 p.m. Sat., Oct. 19. BOOM Concepts, 5139 Penn Ave., Garfield.
Free with registration.
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