Plus, an I Spy location revealed.
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🍓 It’s going to be a berry delicious summer in the ‘Burgh

Plus, an I Spy location revealed.

By Francesca Dabecco

Hey Pittsburgh — It’s Thursday.

Today, we’re talking about what’s been going on over at the DA’s office, two Pittsburgh pastors who are fighting racism within their faith, a new sustainability initiative for local creators, and places to go strawberry picking right outside of Pittsburgh.

Let's get to it.

What Pittsburgh is talking about

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4 things to know today

📃 The Black Political Empowerment Project sent a letter to the Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Board on Tuesday, pursuing sanctions against Allegheny County DA Stephan Zappala regarding a now-rescinded policy he issued last month that banned his office from offering plea deals in legal negotiations with Milton Raiford, a Black defense attorney. Raiford is refusing to participate in his client’s nonjury trial until Zappala meets with him, resigns, or recuses himself from all of Raiford’s cases. (TribLIVE / TribLIVE)

💉 The Carnegie Science Center’s Vaccine Speaker Series is hosting a webinar tonight at 7 p.m., that will focus on educating and encouraging people to get vaccinated and curb the spread of infectious diseases. The panel includes Paul Duprex, director of Pitt’s Center for Vaccine Research and Jonas Salk Endowed Chair for Vaccine Research; Pittsburgh-based infectious disease expert Dr. Amesh Adalja, and other scholars. Pre-registration is required to receive the webinar link. (TribLIVE)

Two Pittsburgh pastors are leading an anti-racist collective with an emphasis on accountability and action among white churches. Rev. Mike Holohan, 40, and Rev. Gavin Walton, 29, created this group after organizing an anti-racist vigil following George Floyd’s murder. (Public Source)

  • Quotable: “When it comes to race, white folks in the Presbyterian tradition often stop at the stage of learning about systemic racism or self-examination. We less often get to the stage of actually doing something to address the system of racism. So that's been our focus: Trying to take some concrete action within our local system.” — Rev. Mike Holohan

♻️ Calling all eco-friendly artisans: sustainablyMonmade is a new initiative that seeks to inspire regional designers, manufacturers, and makers to make a positive impact on the local economy, environment, and social well-being. (Pittsburgh Magazine)

  • Want to know how to qualify a product as sustainablyMonmade? Monmade artisans must meet at least one or more of the dimension’s defined requirements, like social equity and circular economy. (Monmade)

4 things to make you smile

🎨 Meet the local artists behind the beautiful colors adorning Downtown Pittsburgh, Janel Young and Jayla Patton. Young took bright strokes to Fort Duquesne Blvd., and Patton dreamed up watercolor paintings on display in windows of the former CVS store on Sixth Street and Liberty Avenue. (TribLIVE)

📖 White Whale Bookstore is ready for its next chapter. The 5-year-old bookstore on Liberty Ave. will expand to the storefront next door, giving the shop a total of 3,500 square feet to fill with a larger poetry section, fantasy, romance, and science fiction. (NEXTPittsburgh)

🍓 It’s going to be a berry delicious summer with this list of places to go strawberry picking in Western Pennsylvania. Strawberry season, aka the sweetest time of the year, lasts until the first week of July. (Good Food Pittsburgh)

➡️ Are you new to the ‘Burgh? Pittsburgh City Paper just came out the latest addition of its Newcomers Guide with great tips on discovering and navigating the city. Even if you’re not new, this article featuring 10 mnemonic devices to help you get around ‘tahn was really helpful. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

🔍 I Spy

How’s your yinzer knowledge?

Today our members — a.k.a. Incline Insiders — got the answer to an exclusive round of I Spy in their newsletters. That's it above, a very Pittsburgh mural painted by local artist Rachel Gielarowski back in 2016 and 2017.

Here's how it works: Yesterday we showed Insiders a closeup photo and asked them to tell us where the photo was taken. Today, we shared the answer, the winner, and some info about the spot.

Put your yinzer knowledge to the test, and join us as an Incline Insider today.


📖 Connect with other Pittsburghers through listening to their stories and experiences at City of Asylum’s The North Side Story(burgh) Connecting Communities Through Storytelling (North Side)

🏗️ Learn about the 1941 corporate-forced urban renewal diaspora of Homestead’s immigrant neighbors from social historian Tammy Hepps in the Battle of Homestead Foundation’s Destruction of the Ward - 80 Years Later (Online)

🖼️Discover Downtown Pittsburgh’s new outdoor public art while meeting the artists Thad Mosley and Jayla Patton at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s Public Art Tour (Downtown)

🎶 Enjoy the sounds of folk music at Live Lunchtime Music hosted by Calliope(Oakland)


🌱Enjoy a plant walk through the cityscape at Allegheny Commons Park West every Friday through September with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (North Side)

🌎Explore Pittsburgh’s international and immigrant communities with artisans, vendors, food purveyors, live music, dance, and entertainment through Sunday at Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s World Square in Market Square (Downtown)

🎭 Attend Tlaloc Rivas’s workshop of The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, a novel by Sonia Manzano, through New Hazlett Theater’s online presentations Friday and Saturday (Online)

🌈Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with art, food, and shopping at Persad Center’s PRIDE Weekend at Steel City Craft Emporium (Strip District)

🎭 Laugh with the Arcade Comedy Theater at the online event, Nebby Neighbors, a social media inspired comedy show (Online)


🛍️Thrift for the coolest stuff from antique and secondhand shops this Saturday and Sunday at Thriftsburgh Pop-Up Shop (Point Breeze North)

🎇Kickoff the Western PA Juneteenth celebration with live music, vendors, Kids Fun Zone, and dancing (West End)

🌈 Celebrate pride at Sanctuary Pittsburgh’s Out and Proud with LGBTQ+ artists, artisans, and vendors (Lawrenceville)

🧺Enjoy a Saturday full of music, beer, and food trucks at Millvale Music Festival Summer Picnic (Millvale)

🖍️ Visit the Children’s Museum as it reopens Saturday with new exhibits in the museum and museumlab (North Side)

👟Exercise in the city while hearing about its history on the Downtown 5k tour with Pittsburgh Running Tours (Downtown)

🍪 Decorate delicious cookies with famous Pittsburgh face, Herb Douglas, at Faces of Pittsburgh: Cookie Decorating Workshop (Hazelwood)


🛍️Shop, eat, and more with many vendors and food trucks at the Neighborhood Flea starting this Sunday (Strip District)

🌻Explore Kid’s Day at Schenley Park with free activities including a balloon artist, crafts, and rides on the PNC Carousel (Oakland)

One more thing …

Check out this stunning Incline photo from a Pittsburgh reddit user. We couldn't not share it, right?

As always, thanks for reading. Catch you back here tomorrow.

— Francesca at The Incline

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