the Holy Grail, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Alice Popkorn’s photostream

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 8, 2016) Mayor William Peduto is calling this afternoon for a community-wide peace summit to be held next week to seek ways to work together to address fear and violence.

The Mayor – working with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald – intends to gather leaders from law enforcement, faith-based institutions, activist groups, foundations, labor, the corporate community and government to work constructively to address violence facing Pittsburgh and the entire nation, and find ways to promote racial healing.

“We are all affected by the violence in our communities – whether it be here in Pittsburgh, in Dallas, or so many other cities – and we all must do everything we can to stop it. Pittsburgh is a strong and resilient place, and our bonds are even stronger when all of us in the city work together,” the Mayor said.

Mayor Peduto is calling for the summit at welcoming remarks this afternoon to the national convening of Local Progress, a national network of progressive elected officials and organizations from around the country.

The date of the summit has not yet been determined.

A statement released today by Mayor Peduto and County Executive Fitzgerald on shootings nationwide is available here.