The Equitable and Just Platform for Pittsburgh (EJPP) expands on the work of the All-In Pittsburgh (AIP) equitable development initiative, with a new project coordination team.
Previously anchored by Neighborhood Allies and supported by PolicyLink, AIP was established in 2016 with the goal of ensuring everyone participates in and benefits from the region’s economic transformation—especially low-income residents, communities of color, immigrants, and others at risk of being left behind. Over the last three years, many individuals and organizations contributed their time, expertise, and experiences to AIP with a focus on access to quality affordable housing, economic opportunity through entrepreneurship & jobs, and institutionalizing equity within the government. Representatives from different sectors came together to impact important policies and practices. Please see allinpgh.org for more information.
At the beginning of 2020, UrbanKind Institute, Mongalo-Winston Consulting, and Black Women, Wise Women took over the coordination role of the initiative. As issues have evolved since AIP began in 2016, the initiative needed to responsively evolve and adapt as well—continuing to center equity but broadening the platform. To guide us, we are looking to the Equitable and Just National Climate Platform, which seeks to advance the goals of economic, racial, climate, and environmental justice to improve the public health and well-being of all communities while tackling the climate crisis. Other national platforms, including the Movement for Black Lives policy platform, the Housing Justice National Platform, the GreenLatinos policy statement, the Indigenous Principles of Just Transition, the National Economic Transition Platform, and the People’s Bailout, are also inspiring and influencing our work. Several local organizers have been involved in developing some of these other platforms!
Renamed the Equitable and Just Platform for Pittsburgh, this initiative continues All In Pittsburgh’s work on Housing and Entrepreneurship/Employment, and also expands the work to include Health, Climate/Environment, Transportation, Education, and Food. Entrepreneurship/Employment is being redefined as Livelihoods, resulting in seven (7) areas of focus to start with. More areas may be added.
In addition to promoting equity initiatives within and across the seven (7) topic areas above and within all neighborhoods in Allegheny County, we will be establishing an equity platform – values, principles, policies, and outcomes that reflect an equitable and just future for the region in the context of COVID-19, environmental threats, and climate change. This is a shared effort that we will all have to build together.