Pittsburgh is no Karachi. Bombings. Extortions. Killings. Acts of terror are the norm in Pakistan’s most populous city of Karachi. Yet mosques, churches and temples keep their doors open at all times for any of its 23 million residents seeking to stop by for a moment of reflection.
Imagine a world without hate, an America where people of different races and religions trust one another, respect each other and care for one another, like good neighbors and friends. That’s not the world we live in. This video is about today’s America, where fear and hate can overshadow the good.
With the advent of Donald Trump’s presidential administration, which is intent on dismantling the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on which many of them rely, Pittsburgh’s refugees have yet another hurdle with which to contend.
Under the ACA, those who come to the United States as refugees have the same rights to health care as any American citizen.
As Congress frantically moves toward repealing the Affordable Care Act [ACA], directors of area community health centers are expecting their funding to be cut and that they’ll have to turn patients away and cut health services.
“When we came to this country, we were promised that the killing was over. We were promised that this country that will accept you — no matter what religion, what race or where you are — and keep you safe.”
Sen. Bob Casey in Pittsburgh today scolded the Trump administration for not backing off from the “obsession” of campaign rhetoric and cracking down on refugees in a way he feels makes the country less safe.
Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera is not letting uncertainty at the U.S. Department of Education derail any of the plans his department has set in motion for improving education in the state.
Reuben Brigety spent three years of his life trying to help African nations develop their own governments. Now, as the retired U.S. ambassador looks at the United States, he’s concerned that the country is at risk of losing its values under President Donald Trump. “This great experiment we have is not guaranteed to stay forever,” Brigety warned a group of about 25 people during a Wednesday lecture at the University Club in Oakland. To keep the experiment in democracy and freedom alive, Brigety suggested an agenda of political activism, community engagement and faith in other Americans. Brigety, who lives in Washington, D.C., represented the United States at the African Union from 2013 to 2015, and has held other positions within the Department of State.