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- 19 Black Women Ran For Judicial Seats In Houston, Texas; 19 Black Women Are Now Judges In Houston, Texas.
Beto O'Rourke may have lost the Senate race to Ted Cruz in Texas, but Harris County showed up and elected the #Houston19- November 8, 2018
- ‘America’s Freedom Church’ Ebenezer Baptist Church Hosts ‘Get Out The Vote Prayer Rally’
Faith Leaders From Across The Country Join Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church For a ‘Get Out the Vote Prayer Rally’- November 6, 2018
- 10 Year-Old Celai West Dominates Life’s Runway, Acting, and Using Her Platform For Positive Influence
The ten-year-old businesswoman, CEO, fashion and runway model is living her dream while staying focused on the bigger picture.- November 6, 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.