Intersectional rally in East Liberty provides alternative to Women’s March on Pittsburgh

“We don’t have time to play anymore,” Celeste Scott said.

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Sarah Anne Hughes

In the grass near what once was Penn Plaza building 5704, hundreds of people gathered Saturday to celebrate black femmes as part of the Our Feminism Must Be Intersectional March/Rally.

Celeste Scott, who organized the event as an intersectional alternative to the Women’s March in Downtown, told the crowd she wants Pittsburgh to be a city where calls for accountability are answered.

“We don’t have time to play anymore,” she said.

Scott organized the march after she and others were blocked (then unblocked) from the other event’s Facebook group.

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Many of the speakers in East Liberty focused on the setting — a complex of still-standing and demolished low-income buildings where developers want to build a Whole Foods — and the gentrification in East Liberty.

People were asked to write love notes to the neighborhood and zip tie them to the fence surrounding what once was part of Penn Plaza.

Hundreds, some chanting Black Joy Matters, marched through East Liberty to the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, the site of the 19th annual Summit Against Racism.