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Sponsored by Under Armour, Curry responds to handwritten letter asking the questions that need answers- November 30, 2018
- Power of the Pen: Meek Mill Pens Essay For New York Times
Released from jail this April, the rapper talks prisoner rights and reform in opinion piece for New York Times.- November 28, 2018
- Be The Change You Want To See: Stevante Clark To Run For Mayor of Sacramento
Brother of Stephon Clark who was killed by Sacramento police earlier this year plans to run for Mayor in 2020- November 26, 2018
Six years after Pittsburgh police mistook his identity, shot five times and paralyzed at 19 years-old; Leon Ford Jr. will now run for Pittsburgh City Council. With plans to officially launch his campaign Nov. 11, Ford seeks to fill the seat representing city District 9 currently held by Rev. Ricky Burgess. Ford released a statement expressing:
“As one of the only voices in our city bold enough to stand up for everyday people and speak truth to power, I am proud to officially share my candidacy. Our campaign will focus on restoring hope in our neighborhoods, creating new economic opportunities for our residents and healing one another to make all of our communities safe, vibrant, prosperous and livable for all.”
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Proud to announce that I will be running for city council in the same district that I was raised—and shot by a police officer. I am excited to embark on this new journey. My life has been a true testimony of tragedy to triumph. This is for all of the children struggling. GOD gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers. I remember being looked over by leadership as if I was a peasant. Their lack of support did not discourage me—It encouraged me. Now they realize that they’re in the presence of a true King! #VoteforLeonFord @voteleonford
Appearing to be the first to announce his campaign in District 9, Ford may be opposed by East Liberty’s Randall Taylor, who says he is “highly likely” to run. In a video announcement on Facebook, he said, in part: “We’re tired of politicians playing us like our voices matter when they’ve already made decisions that are impacting our lives.”
Shot and paralyzed by a Pittsburgh police officer in 2012, Ford settled his case with the city for 5.5 million dollars paid over three years. Active in his community Ford realized that he couldn’t wait for other’s to make decisions that affected their lives.
“I was one of the only voices who was going to be bold enough to stand up to the institution,” he said in the Facebook recording. “I’m asking you all to be bold, courageous and resilient with me,” said Ford.