The Only Constant Thing, Episode 1: A daughter of Penn Plaza

Crystal Jennings’s life was thrust into Pittsburgh’s affordable housing saga in July 2015. Her father, Jerome, was one of more than 200 Penn Plaza residents forced to move from the apartment complex. At the time, her father was in failing health. He died of liver cancer in May 2018, a little more than a year after being displaced. However, Crystal’s ties to the Penn Plaza community would only grow stronger over time. She is a core organizer for Penn Plaza Support and Action and helps take care of former residents as if they’re family.

Watch: What does it mean to be an ‘ally?’

In Pittsburgh, we hear a lot of talk about making Pittsburgh a city for all. And, residents are responding to the city’s changing identity and demographics in many ways — some with love and some with hate.

For an intimate look at how allyship is defined and perceived in our region, we spoke with four Pittsburghers who are thinking about allyship as it pertains to personal and professional relationships.

Watch: What is civil disobedience, and what role does it play in Pittsburgh?

The age-old conversation about civil disobedience was revived again in Pittsburgh this summer after the June 19 killing of Antwon Rose II at the hands of a police officers was captured and shared with the world. Activists and residents of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas banded together to call for accountability and justice. Protesters made noise and blocked roads, disrupting traffic and other daily activities.