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A Look Back on 2022
The members of VOW were incredibly busy making a difference in our communities in 2022. We canvassed and organized tenants of Jeannette Manor to speak out about their hazardous living conditions, and then went on to hold listening canvasses in public housing residences across the county to understand the issues residents face. Our People’s Equity Team then pushed the County Commissioners to use COVID ARP funds to create safe and affordable housing, a public health department, a mental health facility, and substance abuse care.
VOW also held a series of community vigils. After the tragic Uvalde shooting, we held a Rally Against Gun Violence in Greensburg with 250 attendees; we held a community vigil for Ukraine, raising money and awareness for Sane Ukraine and Lutheran World to help refugees and people in crisis; and we held a vigil in memory of loved ones who passed from COVID-19.
We also supported multiple strikes, including IUE-CWA Union brewery workers in Latrobe and SEIU Healthcare’s nursing home workers. In November, we supported the local Greensburg Hempfield Library and preserved its funding by stopping a local referendum that threatened local community investment in the library. By speaking to voters at the polls on election day, the referendum was struck down, demonstrating the power of our movement to defend public education when we come together!
Our Latest Updates and Actions
Wednesday 12/14: Thanks to the tireless efforts of our members, Westmoreland County has allocated $3 million of ARP funding to mental health care services! Our fight is not done, we will continue to ensure that our elected representatives work for us. https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-to-launch-human-service-grant-program/
Tuesday 11/8: VOW Canvassers helped to protect funding for the Norwin and Greensburg Public Libraries! Our team was out on the streets, encouraging residents to vote “no” on a referendum that would have slashed library funding and the important services it provides. Read more here
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