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File #: 2021-1389    Version:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed Finally
File created: 4/12/2021 In control: Committee on Finance and Law
On agenda: 4/13/2021 Final action: 4/27/2021
Enactment date: 4/27/2021 Enactment #: 275
Effective date: 4/29/2021    
Title: Resolution authorizing and directing the Mayor to establish a joint Pittsburgh Recovery Task Force consisting of representatives of the Office of the Mayor, President of Council, President Pro-Tempore and Chairman, Committee on Finance and Law, City Council, to oversee make recommendations as to the distribution of funds allocated to the City of Pittsburgh pursuant to the American Recovery Plan Act of 2021, Public Law 117-2 ("ARPA").
Sponsors: Reverend Ricky V. Burgess, R. Daniel Lavelle
Attachments: 1. 2021-1389 Summary
Title
Resolution authorizing and directing the Mayor to establish a joint Pittsburgh Recovery Task Force consisting of representatives of the Office of the Mayor, President of Council, President Pro-Tempore and Chairman, Committee on Finance and Law, City Council, to oversee make recommendations as to the distribution of funds allocated to the City of Pittsburgh pursuant to the American Recovery Plan Act of 2021, Public Law 117-2 ("ARPA").

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WHEREAS, on December 23, 2019, the Honorable William M. Peduto, Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, signed into law Resolution Number 843 of 2019, declaring racism a "public health crisis" in the City of Pittsburgh, a Home Rule municipality and political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and,

WHEREAS, the City of Pittsburgh recognizes the history of racism in our country and how it has led to many current-day disparities in education, health and safety, job attainment, income and wealth, housing and healthcare, disproportionate incarceration rates for people of color and other pernicious systems of injustice. The City further recognizes the existence White privilege, meaning the systemic advantages that white people have relative to non-white people; 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, the City of Pittsburgh Gender Equity Commission's "Pittsburgh's Inequality Across Gender and Race" report concludes that Pittsburgh's Black residents could move to almost any other U.S. city of comparable size and have a better quality of life; and,

WHEREAS, one of the major the consequences of Pittsburgh's institutional racism and discriminatory practices is predominately Black, segregated communities of concentrated intergenerational poverty which shapes everything from higher crime rates to limited social mo...

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