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The Black Political Empowerment Project

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

B-PEP, the Black Political Empowerment Project, was launched on May 21, 1986 as a non-partisan community collaborative.

about us

B-PEP is primarily a volunteer organization which relies upon the dedication of people who donate an incredible number of hours to an organization that they truly believe in because of its ability to “uplift” our communities by providing “hope” and a sense of purpose and empowerment.

About Us


Coalition Against Violence


Coalition Against Violence (CAV) is a broad-based, independent coalition of Community Leaders, Religious Leaders, and Police.


Voter Empowerment

B-PEP is a part of the Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network, Election Protection.


Civic Engagement

Voting Rights Are Under Attack!

“We Won’t Turn Back”


"Give us the ballot and we will no longer have to worry the federal government about our basic rights ...

"Give us the ballot and we will no longer plead to the federal government for passage of an anti-lynching law ...
"Give us the ballot and we will fill our legislative halls with men of good will ...
"Give us the ballot and we will place judges on the benches of the South who will do justly and love mercy ...
In this new era of “Making America Great Again” the Trump Administration, Federal and State legislatures seemingly want to turn back the clock to the Pre-Civil Rights era.
The Voting Rights Bill of 1965 (and subsequent re-instatements) is under serious attack as Federal and State Legislators strive to enact laws that threaten the Right to Vote for minorities and the disenfranchised in states across this nation.
In his May 17, 1957 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the “Give us the Ballot” speech at the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom non-violent demonstration in Washington, D.C. In his speech, King urged the President and members of Congress to ensure voting rights for African Americans and indicted both political parties for betraying the cause of justice. “The Democrats have betrayed it by capitulating to the prejudices and undemocratic practices of the southern Dixiecrats. The Republicans have betrayed it by capitulating to the blatant hypocrisy of right wing, reactionary northerners. These men so often have a high blood pressure of words and an anemia of deeds.”3
Sounds like 2017, doesn’t it?
Now, more than ever, it is so important that --- African Americans vote in EACH – and EVERY election!

Penn Plaza Matters

Memorial March Against Gentrification

Saturday, April 1
Corner of Penn and Center

"We have a human right to a home: We mourn the loss of homes at Penn Plaza Apartments but this is not the end: We call for action: We stand together for our lives!"

This Friday, March 31st, the last of the Penn Plaza Apartment residents will be evicted from their homes so that LG Realty can tear down affordable housing and replace it with luxury apartments and a new Whole Foods.

We must acknowledge the violence and trauma of gentrification and displacement in our communities, and to demand action to prevent future harm!

So, this Saturday April 1 at noon, we are calling for a Memorial March Against Gentrification.

We will visit various locations in East Liberty and hear from speakers who will share their experiences of this neighborhood and its complex history. We will call out all of those responsible for this injustice, ending at Penn Plaza apartments, where residents will come together to say that we are still alive and we will keep fighting.

We will gather and march to grieve for all of the losses in our community.
We will march to grieve the dozens of local businesses that have shut down.
We will march to grieve for the long-time residents who are being displaced
We will march for and with the other neighborhoods at risk

Join us if you have been affected by displacement and gentrification. If you wish, bring your photos and other mementos for the memorial march.

Join us to show your support for those who have been affected, to affirm that we value all our neighbors and refuse to accept displacement. We will continue to fight for our rights to fair housing and inclusive communities across the city.

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If you would like to come to the march and need help with transportation please send an email to

Please join us,

Homes for All and the Penn Plaza Support Team

A Fair Districts PA Event (FDPA)
Thu., April 6, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Rodef Shalom, 4905 Fifth Ave., 15213


Khalif Ali, FDPA Steering Committee
Fixing PA's Redistricting Problem
Sue Broughton, FDPA Speakers Bureau
Call-to-Action Sessions
     • Postcard Writing
       Dee Seiffer, Fair Votes 412

     • Talking to Your Legislator
       Eileen Olmsted, League of Women Voters of PA

      •Getting Resolutions of Support & Endorsements
      Antonio Lodico, Thomas Merton Center

Refreshments: by Rodef Shalom


Special thanks

to Rodef Shalom and Temple Sinai for hosting this event;
to the speaker, workshop facilitators and FDPA & FairVotes412 volunteers;
to our attending elected officials for their consideration of this important topic;
and to you for wanting to be informed and engaged in our democracy.

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