Hearing To Be Held On Resolution That Would Recognize Racism As Public Health Crisis

City Councilman Reverend Ricky Burgess is sponsoring the resolution

Melinda Roeder
December 05, 2019 - 2:55 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pittsburgh City Council is hosting a public hearing Thursday on a resolution that would formally recognize racism as a public health crisis. 

City Councilman Reverend Ricky Burgess is sponsoring the resolution. 

 He says African Americans in Pittsburgh face a higher rate of health risks and poverty in some of the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods. 

 A problem he’s experienced firsthand.

“Every day my kids went out of the house, I had to worry that my sons may come home shot, because some of my kids didn’t come home, they were shot, these are my kids in the church,” said Burgess.

Burgess cited stats from a city report released in October.

If passed, a resolution would enable council to designate money for programs to support housing and business opportunities for minorities. 

The hearing is set for 6:30 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Wylie Avenue.

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