Democratic Debate Watch Party!

14th WIDC members, friends and folks just checking out this website – you are ALL invited to watch the Democratic Debate together this Weds. June 26, 8-11pm at Goodfellas Restaurant & Tavern located at 1915 McCague St, Swissvale, Pennsylvania 15218.

The party starts at 8:00, the debate starts at 9:00. $10 at the door buys you delicious eats, plus there’s a cash bar, plus debate bingo! Goodfellas has multiple TVs, tons of parking, and it’s handicapped accessible. What’s not to love??

Grab your friends and bring ’em along. We’re going to need all hands on deck between now and 2020!

Important: Please click on this link to the Facebook event page and choose “going” if you’re planning to attend so the organizers can order the right amount of food! Thank you!

Co-hosts:
Order of the Phoenix
Swing Left
Project Battleground
Women’s March Pittsburgh
Indivisible Pittsburgh
Indivisible Forest Hills
Indivisible Grassroots Pittsburgh
FIERCE: Pittsburgh and SWPA
14th Ward Independent Democratic Club  << hey! That’s us! YAY!!
Ascend PAC
UNITE

Here are the PGH 14 WIDC Endorsements!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          

April 28, 2019

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14th WARD CLUB ENDORSES JENKINS for ALLEGHENY COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

BETHANY HALLAM ENDORSED for ALLEGHENY COUNTY COUNCIL AT-LARGE

Cherylie Fuller Endorsed for City Council District 9

Pam Harbin is the choice for School Board District 4

15 Candidates for office and 3 surrogates spoke to PGH 14 WIDC members and interested citizens.

Right in the middle of the 14th Ward, the Pittsburgh Board of Education District 4 contest has been very competitive. Both Anna Batista and Pam Harbin presented their experience to the PGH 14 WIDC endorsement forum attendees and faced many questions about charter schools and the efficient use of Board resources. Club members decided that Pam Harbin is the Club’s endorsee for School Board District 4.

The voting members of the 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club have endorsed attorney Turahn Jenkins for Allegheny County District Attorney. Recent concerns and organizing over police use of force and accountability were evidently rendered into action to advocate for change in the DA’s office.

Recent elections and the conduct of the federal government have motivated many women to run for office. SW PA has its share of new and savvy women candidates, too, with opportunity and fairness for ex-offenders, environmental quality, and the voice of under-represented people in the community in governing decisions being priority issues. Club membership was sufficiently impressed with Bethany Hallam’s enthusiasm and understanding of the issues as to vote to endorse her for Allegheny County Council Member At-Large.

The Endorsement Forum attendees heard from three candidates for the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas: George Heym, Brian Samuel Malkin, and Mary McGinley. Ms. McGinley got the endorsement.

At its 55th annual Endorsement Election Forum today, the Club also endorsed community activist, volunteer, and retired transit operator Cherylie Fuller for City Council District 9. The city council district includes Regent Square, Park Place, and North Point Breeze in the 14th Ward. Several attendees voiced concern and asked about inclusion in the new East End development, affordable housing opportunities, and developer political influence in District 9 and throughout the City of Pittsburgh.

Only one candidate for PA Superior Court received at least 40% of endorsement votes cast for that office: USW Associate Counsel Amanda Green Hawkins. She is the endorsed candidate for PA Superior Court.

PGH 14 WIDC Board members Karen Hochberg and Heidi Norman, the moderators of the forum, managed an efficient agenda to give fair time to 18 candidates for government offices. Out of concern for fairness, each candidate was allowed 5 minutes for their speeches and questions. Most candidates stayed after their turn at the forum to speak out in the hallways with those who had more to discuss than the five minutes for each candidate could allow.

The PGH 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club works to encourage progressive Democratic candidates for elected office and supports open, inclusive, and transparent government. The Club further advocates for environmental, economic, and social justice. Questions from Club members and attendees at the April 28 Endorsement Forum frequently probed into candidates’ records and stands on these issues.

With more than 18,000 registered Democrats, the 14th Ward is the largest ward in the City of Pittsburgh and second largest in the state.  The Ward includes all or part of Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze, North Point Breeze, Park Place, Regent Square, and Swisshelm Park.

The Club, which is not affiliated with the Democratic Committee of Allegheny County, is the oldest independent Democratic club in the country and has made annual candidate endorsements for 55 years.  Its endorsements are printed in a Voters’ Guide and mailed to Democratic voters in the ward.  The endorsements are also posted at the club’s website http://www.pgh14widc.org

The Club’s open endorsement process allows members to hear candidates present their positions before casting their votes for the office seekers who best match their values and priorities, and have best responded to important issues.

Here is the club’s full slate of endorsed candidates:

Pennsylvania Superior Court: Amanda Green Hawkins
Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas: Mary McGinley
Allegheny County Council At-Large: Bethany Hallam
Allegheny County Council District 11: Paul Klein
Allegheny County Executive: Rich Fitzgerald
Allegheny County District Attorney: Turahn Jenkins
Allegheny County Controller: Chelsa Wagner
Allegheny County Treasurer: John Weinstein
City of Pittsburgh Controller: Michael Lamb
City of Pittsburgh Council District 5: Corey O’Connor
City of Pittsburgh Council District 9: Cherylie Fuller
Pittsburgh Board of Public Education District 4: Pam Harbin

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Will you be able to vote in the 14WIDC Endorsements?

Club Members: to be eligible to vote in the 14WIDC Endorsement Meeting to be held on Sunday, 29 March, you must pay your 2020 Club dues.

JOIN OR RENEW HERE

Here are the details as directed by our by-laws:

Current Members must pay dues by the March 29 Endorsement Meeting by March 29. If you paid dues in 2018 and 2019, you are considered a current member and must pay 2020 dues at or before the Endorsement Meeting to vote in the endorsement.

Lapsed members must pay dues by January 30. If you were a member, but you did not pay dues in 2018 and 2019, your membership is considered to have lapsed.  

New members must pay dues by January 30. If you were a member, but did not pay dues in 2018 and 2019, then you will be considered to be a “new” member. 

PGH 14 WIDC Annual Meeting

Please join us for the 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club’s Annual Meeting and Barbara Danko Political Forum on

Sunday, January 26, 2020

 

The Petrochemical Build-Out:

Not What It’s Cracked Up To Be

 

Co-hosted by the Chatham University College Democrats

On December 8, 2019, the Sunday edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette featured as its front-page story the article:
“Study: Shale gas job gains don’t offset the damage done: CMU Study finds build-out causes early deaths, affects environment.”

The 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club has invited the authors of the Carnegie Mellon University report to share their findings with the community.

Recent analysis has indicated that the proposed building of additional cracker plants in Western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia may have serious environmental and economic consequences. With regard to the City of Pittsburgh alone, Mayor Bill Peduto in a Public Source interview said “there was no meeting that occurred that shifted our economic future away from the growing eds and meds to cracker plants . . . but that’s what happened.”

A question and answer session will follow.
CO-HOSTED by the Chatham University Young Democrats

LOCATION:
Eddy Theatre
Chatham University
40°26’54.94″N
79°55’33.66″W
Schedule:
1:00 Doors open
1:30 Program

More details on the event here.   Event flyer here.

 

Gearing up for 2019!

The 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club is gearing up for 2019 and the elections to be held next year.

Save the date for our Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 10.

The 14WIDC will be holding elections for new Board Members. If you are interested, please contact Noel Walkington at treasurer@pgh14widc.org. You may self-nominate, or nominate someone else. To be a Board Member, you need to be a registered Democrat in the 14th Ward and an active (paid) member of the Club. You can renew your Club membership online here or pay by check at the event.

We will also have a speaker or panel on a timely topic sure to be of great interest to our members. We hope to see you all there!

Community Vigil – Sunday Oct. 28

There will be an Interfaith Community Vigil at 5:00 PM this evening (Sunday, October 28) at Soldiers and Sailors. Doors open at 3:00 PM. Parking is free at the Soldiers and Sailors lot. The event is organized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and everyone is welcome.