The inaugural meeting of Fight Back Pittsburgh (FBP) brought 68 FBP members together for the first time. Packed into a conference room at the United Steelworkers (USW) building, the meeting was chaired by USW Local Union #3657 President, Patrick Young.
The meeting was run like a USW local, as outlined in the union’s by-laws. Young says, “We’re not a front group for the Steelworkers, we are the Steelworkers.” FBP is a local chapter of the USW’s Associate Member Program, also known as Fight Back America, and it’s sponsored by local#3657.
During the meeting, the membership voted to endorse two upcoming “actions” or demonstrations.
New Voices Pittsburgh and hundreds of organizations worldwide are planning One Billion Rising, a global day of action against violence against women, transwomen, gender queer and gender non-conforming people. On February 14 (Valentine’s Day), Pittsburgh activists will gather from noon until 2 p.m. in Market Square for an energetic, colorful, dancing demonstration to celebrate women’s right for peace, dignity and lives free from violence. Similar dance-oriented demonstrations are being planned around the world.
Also, on February 11, Pittsburghers for Public Transit (PPT) and other transit advocates from across the state are planning a day of action in Harrisburg to demand sustainable funding for public transit. Buses headed to the state capitol will leave at 7:30 a.m. from Freedom Corner (corner of Center and Crawford in Downtown Pittsburgh). Participants can register for the bus trip through the FBP site.
At this month’s meeting, FBP also formed five new committees to get the work of the new organization moving forward.
The Membership Committee will be reaching out to other working class people in our community to invite them to join Fight Back Pittsburgh! Those interested in getting involved should e-mail Amber Miller at email@example.com
The Bylaws Committee will be drafting bylaws for FBP to be presented to the membership for ratification. Folks interested in helping thinking about the structure and organization of Fight Back Pittsburgh should email John Lepley at firstname.lastname@example.org
An Education Committee will focus on organizing and coordinating educational events and activities for Fight Back Pittsburgh members and the Pittsburgh community. If you’re interested in getting involved in the Education Committee, email Carl Davidson email@example.com
“Fight Back in Our Community” is a committee of FBP that will organize around issues that matter to working class people in the Pittsburgh community, from transit, to development to healthcare. To get involved, email Doug Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Fight Back at Work” will likewise aim to help working class people in our community understand and enforce the rights on the job and organize to improve their workplaces. To get involved, email Jeff Cech at email@example.com.
Fight Back Pittsburgh membership meetings are the first Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Steelworkers Headquarters at 60 Blvd. of the Allies in downtown Pittsburgh. Those who are interested, but have not yet joined FBP, can do so at the meeting or online at www.fightbackpittsburgh.org