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Advocacy + Public Policy Agenda
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PUMP has a long history of advocating and caring for our city.  In 2016, PUMP launched a community planning process to identify the core issues that young Pittsburghers believe are important to our future. Read more about the process here. The following advocacy and public policy agenda is the summation of that process and a vision for change.



Consistent with our vision and core values, the issue of equity is ever present within and across all of the concepts, ideas, and issues included in PUMP’s advocacy and public policy agenda. PUMP defines “equity” as fair access, treatment, and rights under the law and within society as a whole.  We are committed to equity for all in everything we do.


Our 16-point advocacy and public policy agenda includes 4 key themes:

PUMP supports a vibrant, diverse, and connected region through:

1. Visibility, recognition, and representation of positive diverse individuals, cultures, and values in leadership and positions of power.

2. Diverse, inclusive, affordable neighborhoods and communities.

3. World-class, multi-modal transportation infrastructure that supports and fosters community and regional connectivity.

4. Spaces and opportunities for all residents to engage in dialogue and action to address diversity, inclusion, social justice and racism.

5. Protection and support for immigrants, refugees, formerly incarcerated individuals, and other vulnerable populations.

6. Affordable accessible high-speed internet and leading-edge technology for all.

PUMP supports equitable opportunities for success through:

1. Access to affordable, high-quality education and workforce development opportunities for all children and adults.

2. Equitable access to individual, community, and financial support for education, employment, and entrepreneurship.

3. A competitive business environment that fosters job creation and innovation by employers that support equitable opportunities and good paying jobs.

PUMP supports active, engaged residents through:

1. Policies, programs, and initiatives that help voters become more engaged and knowledgeable.

2. Opportunities to engage with elected officials and influence public policy.

3. Equitable legislative districts that fairly represent all voting populations.

PUMP supports equitable access to health and wellness through:

1. Affordable, high quality, comprehensive healthcare options for all.

2. Accessible, safe recreational spaces and activities in every neighborhood.

3. Access to affordable, healthy food in every neighborhood.

4. Clean air and water for all including green infrastructure and sustainable practices.


Endorse PUMP's Advocacy + Policy Agenda!

To date, over 500 individuals have endorsed our agenda!  Join with PUMP and lend your voice to our efforts to make Pittsburgh the very best place and a home for ALL!  Thank you for supporting PUMP's advocacy and public policy program.



By adding my name and contact information below, I am endorsing the concepts outlined in PUMP's Advocacy + Public Policy Agenda.


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