2021 ANNUAL MEETING
SUNDAY 31 JANUARY from 2-4 PM
ONLINE ONLY: Link to join TBA
This year’s Spring Primary affords us a unique opportunity: the ability to respond to the stark reality of social and racial injustice with our vote. With the candidates for Mayor, City Council, School Board, County Sheriff, Magisterial District Judge, and Common Pleas and Appellate Courts all on the ballot, it is time to view this election through the lens of Justice.
The Barbara Daly Danko Political Forum this year will be devoted to exactly that. Discussion will include ending cash bail, electing anti-racist judges, police and public safety, and protecting our vote.
Members are creating a video high-lighting “Activities in the 14th Ward that Bend the Arc Towards Justice.”
Speakers will include David Harris and Jerry Dickinson of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law; and Jam Hammond of the City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations.
Upcoming Events in 2021:
- January 31, 2021, Annual Meeting/Barbara Danko Political Forum: 2021 Theme: “Justice is on the Ballot” Details for zoom connection TBA
- March 20/21, 2021, Fundraising Event & Primary Election Endorsement Event – check back!
- June 2021, First Annual Club Picnic: Vietnam Vets Pavilion – check back!
PREVIOUS PGH 14WIDC Annual Meetings:
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 College Democrats
Campus Map – closest parking lot is off Murray Hill Avenue
1:00 Doors open
Previous Events held April 27 & 28, 2019:
2019 Annual Fundraiser & Endorsement Meeting
Previous event held on February 10, 2019
14WIDC Annual Meeting & Barbara Daly Danko Forum
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, READ ABOUT IT HERE. View the presentation here.
When: Sunday February 10, 1:00pm for Networking & 1:30pm for the Program
Where: Simmons Auditorium, New Tepper Quad, CMU at 5000 Forbes Ave 15213
Speaker: The speaker for the Barbara Daly Danko Forum was David Hickton, the former United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, nominated by former President Barack Obama, and the founding Director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security. As US Attorney Hickton created a dedicated section in the U.S. Attorney’s Office to focus on cybercrime and national security. At the Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security he established and co-chairs the Blue Ribbon Commission on Pennsylvania’s Election Security, an independent, bipartisan commission studying Pennsylvania’s election cybersecurity.
Topic: Election Security! As a battleground state, and one with outdated election infrastructure, systems, and technologies, Pennsylvania is a prime target for hackers wishing to disrupt the US electoral process. The Blue Ribbon Commission assessed the cybersecurity of Pennsylvania’s election architecture, including voting machines and election management systems, the voter registration system, and recovery and resilience in the event of a cyberattack or other technological failure. The commission recently published a report which will provide practical recommendations to state and local Pennsylvania officials to better secure the state’s elections and will serve as a model for similar efforts in other states. Copies of the report will be available to Forum attendees.
Event Co-Sponsors: This event was co-sponsored by the 14th Ward Democratic Committee and the Carnegie Mellon University Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy.
Club Elections: The 14WIDC also held elections for new Board Members. Please see this page for the newly elected Board and officers.