This weekend, August 3 through 5, organizations and concerned citizens will raise some very good questions about the city’s living conditions at the Pittsburgh Regional Gathering. Named “the most livable city,” who is prospering in Pittsburgh and who is being left behind?
The Gathering is a collaboration of many local organizations, with Paradise Gray of OneHOOD taking the lead. The Gathering is a nationally-held movement created in 2005 by actor-turned-activist Harry Belafonte to combat juvenile incarceration.
The event will begin Friday August 3 with a Kick-Off Concert at the Shadow Lounge from 7 pm to 12 am pm. The night will feature the socially-conscious hip-hop artist, Wise Intelligent of Poor Righteous Teachers.
On Saturday, August 4, a conference on juvenile criminalization and incarceration will be held to discuss solutions and action plans to benefit the city’s neglected youth. The conference will begin at 9 am at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Sunday, August 5, will be the call for Services in the Street. Organizers of The Gathering are asking all religious and spiritual congregations to hold their services outdoors, in their communities.