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File #: 2019-1670    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed Finally
File created: 5/13/2019 In control: Committee on Finance and Law
On agenda: 5/14/2019 Final action: 5/28/2019
Enactment date: 5/28/2019 Enactment #: 18
Effective date: 5/30/2019    
Title: Ordinance supplementing the Pittsburgh Code of Ordinances, Title One - Administrative, Article Three - Organizations, Chapter 111 - Departments, Generally, by adding a new subsection, ? 111.03, Equity Standards and Requirements for all Departments and Units of City Government.
Sponsors: Reverend Ricky V. Burgess, R. Daniel Lavelle, Bruce A. Kraus, Darlene M. Harris, Corey O'Connor, Anthony Coghill
Indexes: PGH. CODE ORDINANCES TITLE 01 - ADMINISTRATIVE
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Ordinance supplementing the Pittsburgh Code of Ordinances, Title One - Administrative, Article Three - Organizations, Chapter 111 - Departments, Generally, by adding a new subsection, ? 111.03, Equity Standards and Requirements for all Departments and Units of City Government.

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Whereas, the federal Civil Rights Act(s) of 1964, 1965 and 1968 banned discrimination because of a person's color, race, national origin, gender or religion across a wide spectrum of activities, both public and private; and,

Whereas, Article III, ? 26 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prohibits the Commonwealth or any of its' subdivisions from denying to any person "the enjoyment of any civil right"; and,

Whereas, ? 204(d) of the Pittsburgh Home Rule Charter requires the Mayor, "to provide Council with information concerning the administration and conditions of the City as requested by Council"; and,

Whereas, ? 204(j) of the Pittsburgh Home Rule Charter requires the Mayor, "to take such action as may be necessary to ensure that no inequities exist in any unit of City government and that each unit operates in a manner which provides every citizen full and equal access to government and a like opportunity to render goods and services to the City"; and,

Whereas, ? 211 of the Pittsburgh Home Rule Charter requires that, "All heads of units of government shall furnish the Mayor or Council such information as the Mayor or Council shall demand at any reasonable time and shall make an annual report in writing to the Mayor and Council."; and,

Whereas, here in Pittsburgh, a pervasive sense exists that there are "two Pittsburghs": one which grows more prosperous with each passing day and the other, cut off from opportunity by poverty, structural racism and discrimination; and,

Whereas, data recently released by the National Equity Atlas show that this inequality comes at a great cost to the city and the region: Pittsburgh's economic output would be nearly ...

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