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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 was devoted to exactly that. Discussion included ending cash bail, electing anti-racist judges, police and public safety, and protecting our vote.

Members created a video high-lighting “Activities in the 14th Ward that Bend the Arc Towards Justice.”

Speakers included Marie Norman of the “Order of the Phoenix” organizing group, and David Harris and Jerry Dickinson of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law; followed by a panel presentation and discussion with Rep Summer Lee, Gwen’s Girls CEO Dr. Kathi Elliott, and Executive Director Jam Hammond of the City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations.


To vote in the 2021 Primary Endorsement Election: members make sure we have your email address. For household memberships: one email per member of the household. Send them here.


The proposed By-Laws changes adjusting timing for the Club Primary Election Endorsement vote were approved.

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

LOCATION: Eddy Theatre at Chatham University

2019 Annual Meeting

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.

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