PITTSBURGH: Tenants Rally in Protest of Apartment Fire Displacement

Photo: Activists and tenants of AHRCO properties staged a rally outside the management office in response to poor living conditions and the company’s lack of action in the wake of a fire at the complex which threatens to displace 70 residents from the neighborhood By Darius Firoozi On Friday, October 4, Tenants of the Allegheny Housing Rehabilitation Corporation (AHRCO) and their supporters attended a rally … Continue reading PITTSBURGH: Tenants Rally in Protest of Apartment Fire Displacement

PITTSBURGH: New Documents Reveal Mellon Heiress’ Hand in Nativist Movement

Photo: Cordelia Scaife May, billionaire heiress of the Mellon family By Alex Meins Anti-immigrant bigotry is commonly associated with white rural communities, a stereotype that obscures the financiers behind the organizations that propagandize that brand of racism among this population. In a rare exposé on one of these capitalists, the New York Times recently published a report on Cordelia Scaife May, the Pittsburgh-based billionaire heiress … Continue reading PITTSBURGH: New Documents Reveal Mellon Heiress’ Hand in Nativist Movement

PITTSBURGH: Fire Displaces Residents in Path of Gentrification

Photo: The cause of the fire of the apartment complex in the Hill District is still unknown, but residents believe it was due to poor maintenance of the building. By Darius Firoozi The former residents of an apartment complex in the Hill District Area are struggling to find permanent housing after a large fire displaced them last month. The slumlords at Allegheny Housing Rehabilitation Company … Continue reading PITTSBURGH: Fire Displaces Residents in Path of Gentrification

PITTSBURGH: Workers’ Struggle Begins at Steel Foundry, Supervisor Targeted

Photo: Home of Pierre Heinbaugh after being vandalized by supporters of Pittsburgh steel workers. By Alex Meins (Corrections have been made to this article for better accuracy) The capitalists and management of McConway & Torley Co., the last steel foundry in Pittsburgh, have recently lengthened the workday to inhumane hours, pushing the intensity of the work to a point of barbarity and forcing one worker to … Continue reading PITTSBURGH: Workers’ Struggle Begins at Steel Foundry, Supervisor Targeted

PITTSBURGH: Protest Stops DSA Effort to Organize Tenants

Photo: Serve the People-Pittsburgh activists confront Democratic Socialists of America “tenants’ meeting” (where no tenants showed up). By Alex Meins Last Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) failed to carry out their first tenant meeting at Melon Park when several activists with Serve the People-Pittsburgh (STP) confronted them. DSA has recently been flyering in the bourgeois neighborhood of Shadyside in hopes of finding … Continue reading PITTSBURGH: Protest Stops DSA Effort to Organize Tenants

PITTSBURGH: Graffiti Commemorates Homestead Strike, Calls for Solidarity with Brazil

By Samantha Murray On Monday, posters and graffiti commemorating the 1892 Homestead Strike were found outside the McConway & Torley steel foundry, in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The graffiti appeared the day of a family tour and picnic organized by the owners to celebrate the company’s 150th anniversary. One slogan on the side of the plant reads, “Strike back!” in white paint with an accompanying hammer and … Continue reading PITTSBURGH: Graffiti Commemorates Homestead Strike, Calls for Solidarity with Brazil

PROLETARIAN HISTORY: The Homestead Strike

By Mark Delaney On June 30, 1892, steelworkers in Homestead, Pennsylvania began a massive strike that would culminate with a full-scale battle at the Homestead Steel Works, owned by the Carnegie Steel Company. The workers were organized under the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers, a national trade union, although the union’s membership was only for skilled craftsmen. Production at the mill was increasing due … Continue reading PROLETARIAN HISTORY: The Homestead Strike