Office of Mayor William Peduto
Launch of [ ] We Move Series to Support Engagement and Visibility of Diverse Pittsburgh Communities

Pittsburgh, PA (July 14, 2016) -- Mayor William Peduto’s Welcoming Pittsburgh Initiative announces [  ] We Move, a pilot series of 10 community-led cultural celebrations. [  ] We Move is made possible through an existing grant awarded by the National League of Cities to strengthen community outreach efforts to Pittsburgh’s immigrant, Latino, and African American residents. The 10 groups invited to participate in the series will showcase their celebrations on Friday, July 15 at The Global Switchboard (305 34th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201) from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“We Move presents an opportunity to elevate and engage with our communities of color and immigrants,” says Mayor Peduto. Adding, “The process has provided us with greater understanding of the barriers and opportunities each community faces and, for the community, the We Move series will give them a chance to connect more deeply within and across cultures.”

The 10 community groups selected for the [  ] We Move series are: Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh, BMe Pittsburgh, COESA: Brazilian Association, Japan-American Society, Latino Family Center, Romanian Community of Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, Ujamaa Collective, Union of African Communities, and Union of Somali-Bantu.

Over the next four months, each group will host their own event, celebrating their cultures and engaging their communities. The groups convened over the last five weeks and worked with The Global Switchboard and Shift Collaborative to give them the tools needed to host engaging and inclusive outreach events. The concept of [  ] We Move was sparked by janera solomon, executive director of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, as a way to lift up Pittsburgh’s diverse communities in a fun community-driven way.

For more information visit www.theglobalswitchboard.org/wemove or by calling 412-471-7852.

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