by Terrell Thomas

Terrell Thomas speaks at a Campaign for Smart Justice coalition meeting (photo credit: ACLU of Pennsylvania)

Last month, state Representative Ed Gainey edged out Mayor Bill Peduto in the Democratic mayoral primary. Rep. Gainey is now on track to be elected as Pittsburgh’s first Black mayor in November, an event that has taken far too long in a city with a large Black population.

It is a historic moment.

In the months leading to the primary, I helped to convene a coalition of local grassroots groups, as well as regional, statewide, and national organizations, that met regularly and tirelessly organized to make sure that our policy issues were front and center in the…

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