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Apr 13, 2023

In this week's episode, host and NewDEAL CEO Debbie Cox Bultan speaks with Pittsburgh City Councilmember Erika Strassburger, the first woman elected to represent her district on the Council. Erika shares her journey from being an environmental organizer to a policymaker, and discusses how to restore public faith in government. She also reflects on the impact of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting on her community and her leadership style and talks about how the tragedy spurred immediate action, from pushing to ban the use of assault weapons to holding gun owners accountable to prevent risks to children and increasing funding for violence-prevention initiatives. Erika shares her approach to building relationships between community members and elected officials, approaching differences with kindness, and so much more. Tune in to this amazing conversation to hear Erika's thoughts on what makes Pittsburgh special!