A Shared Commitment to Build a Thriving Pittsburgh Region Through Inclusion and Welcoming
We, the undersigned parties, representing a broad cross-section of organizations and constituents, from higher education to faith communities to elected officials, have come together to voice our concern over the current tenor around immigration and global engagement. We assert that policies that impede these areas are detrimental to the interests of the Pittsburgh area and limit our ability to grow a competitive, thriving, and resilient region at every level.

Collectively, we share an interest in furthering the Pittsburgh region and we commit to:

-- Standing for policies that promote the same openness, inclusion, and strength that gave us the opportunity to contribute to the fabric of our region. Had these doors been closed, the very institutions that once built and continue to rebuild our economy would not exist.

-- Welcoming people of all nationalities, faiths, and cultures. Because it is not only what is right and just, it is how we will advance. Our economy, our institutions, our culture, our vibrancy: these are all strengthened when we uphold the rights of all of our neighbors.

-- Amplifying a more welcoming culture across the many campuses, businesses, places of worship, and institutions we represent.

It is in our national interest to collaborate with the global community, while simultaneously creating opportunities locally where all of our residents can participate fully in public life.

We must remain true to the American values that are the engine of our society. This is what prompted many of our ancestors to set roots in Pittsburgh--across the Mon Valley, throughout Allegheny County, and along Southwestern Pennsylvania--and convinced generations to stay, making our region their home.

We call on all of you to join us.

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Rabbi Aaron Benjamin Bisno, Rodef Shalom (Pittsburgh)
Imam Abdul Hakeem Dickenson, Muslim Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh (Monroeville)
Imam Abdu’Semih Tádéşe, Islamic University Center (Pittsburgh)
Senator Bob Casey, United States Senator for Pennsylvania
Councilwoman Brittany Reno, Sharpsburg Borough Council (Sharpsburg)
Mrs. Candace Christner, St. Paul's United Church of Christ (Somerset)
Councilman Daniel Gilman, Pittsburgh City Council (Pittsburgh)
David Ackerman, Penn West Conference (Greensburg)
Bishop David A. Zubik, Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh)
Dr. David Finegold, Chatham University (Pittsburgh)
Rabbi Doris J. Dyen, Kehillat Makom HaLev (Pittsburgh)
Bishop Dorsey W. M. McConnell, Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh)
Rev. Dr. Eric L. Brown, African Methodist Episcopal Church (Allegheny/Scranton)
Rev. J. Matthew Deal, St. Paul's United Church of Christ (Somerset)
Mayor John Fetterman, Braddock Borough (Braddock)
Rev. Jonathon Jensen, Calvary Episcopal Church (Pittsburgh)
Rev. Liddy Barlow, Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania
Rev. Linda Theophilus, Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Penn Hills/ Eastmont)
Councilwoman Marita Garrett, Wilkinsburg Borough Council (Wilkinsburg)
Councilman Matthew Rudzki, Sharpsburg Borough Council (Sharpsburg)
Cantor Michal Gray-Schaffer, Congregation B'nai Abraham (Butler)
Representative Mike Doyle, U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania’s 14th Congressional District
Imam Mufti Abdul Wajid, Islamic Center of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh)
Dr. Paul Hennigan, Point Park University (Pittsburgh)
Rabbi Paul Tuchman, Temple B’nai Israel (White Oak)
Mr. Pete Maher, Awesome Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh)
Dr. Quintin B. Bullock, Community College of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh)
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, County of Allegheny (Allegheny County)
Pastor Robert Wilson, First United Methodist Church Of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh)
Rabbi Ron Symons, Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh)
Rabbi Sara Perman, Emanu-El Israel (Greensburg)
Rabbi Seth Adelson, Beth Shalom (Pittsburgh)
Dr. Suzanne Mellon, Carlow University (Pittsburgh)
Imam Syed Abdalla, Attawheed Islamic Center (Carnegie)
Mayor William Peduto, City of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh)
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