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Common Cause of Pennsylvania is joining with Fair Districts PA, the Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP), the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, the NAACP Pittsburgh Unit, and the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh are sponsoring a very important presentation on the ever expanding movement on the quest for ‘fair districts’ and the elimination of gerrymandering in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.   Common Cause is helping to bring into Pittsburgh three state of California Commissioners, Cynthia Dai, Peter Yao and Stan Forbes to share with local Fair Districts PA enthusiasts how the state of California has begun to guarantee districts that are more free of gerrymandering than in the past, and are more fair in the lines that are drawn to create new districts going forward.

“The Redistricting Town Hall” will take place on THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018 at 6:30 pm, with doors opening at 6pm, in the John Knox Room of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary located at 616 N. Highland Avenue (15206) in East Liberty across from Obama Academy and close to Home Depot.  The focus of the conversation will be sharing the successful story of the California Redistricting Commission, and addressing the question of “How Do We Make it Happen in Pennsylvania”.   Pittsburgh Steeler Hall of Famer Franco Harris will be the special guest host for the evening. He helped host such an event back in 2016, and has maintained an interest in this important issue.

For information contact Micah Sims, the Executive Director of Common Cause of Pennsylvania at 412-520-5115/717-232-9951, Kitsy McNulty, Coordinator, Fair Districts PA- Pittsburgh at 412-370-5857, or Tim Stevens, Chairman & CEO, the Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP) at 412-758-7898.



By the special request of the Larimer Consensus Group, on Thursday, May 3, 2018 the Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP) is partnering with the Kingsley Association, Fair Districts PA and the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh to bring back a presentation on the issues surrounding the recent movement which is gaining momentum across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with regard to the goal and political and moral necessity of eliminating gerrymandering and creating truly ‘fair’ legislative districts.  Read more here. 


Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP) Chairman, Tim Stevens’s Comments on the Leon Ford Settlement

Wednesday, January 17,2018

On October 12, 2017 the Black Political Empowerment Project wrote  Mayor Peduto, Chief Shubert, and Public Safety Director Hissich urging them to amend the earlier proposed settlement to Leon Ford so as to make it more likely to resolve the Leon Ford situation, and thus provide closure. We stated that we felt it was in the interest of all parties to do so. I am elated to learn that, according to reports, ALL the parties have agreed to a settlement. Read more here.

Political Hurricanes

In this time of a ‘POLITICAL HURRICANE’ is it vitally important that we all keep our heads and remained focused on empowering our communities. Read more here.

B-PEP's Position on DACA

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Hon. Stephen A. Zappala, Jr.  - Unnecessary Deaths of both Bruce Tyrone Kelley, Jr. and Canine Officer Aren

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