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Wheatley delivers keynote address to National Black Caucus of local elected officials


State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, delivered the keynote address to the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials during the National League of Cities 2016 City Summit at the Westin Convention Center.

Rep. Wheatley spoke to more than 100 black elected officials about the recent work of the Peace and Justice Coalition in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Wheatley, state Rep. Ed Gainey, City Councilmen Rev. Ricky Burgess and Daniel Lavelle, and County Councilman DeWitt Walton have hosted a series of community meetings across the city to get direct feedback from residents to draft a “Peace and Justice Policy Agenda.” The goal was developing a roadmap to improve police-community relationships, to transform neighborhoods trapped in a cycle of isolated poverty, and to ensure equality and justice for all of Pittsburgh.

At the event, Rep. Wheatley was named an honorary member of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.

He urged those in attendance to work together collectively to improve the lives of black citizens across the country.

“As black leaders we must all work together to address the long-time structural and systemic challenges facing too many of our underserved, traditional majority black communities across the country,” He said.


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