Assembling at Freedom Corner, several current and former Black Democratic elected officials rallied in support of Hillary Clinton and urged African Americans not to be complacent.
“People are saying the election is over, that Donald Trump cannot win—That’s poppycock,” said former Pittsburgh Councilman Sala Udin. “If we sit home on our hands, Donald Trump can win. So we have to make sure we fight like underdogs and get every vote out of the house.”
Udin said he is supporting Clinton because she is promising the “biggest urban renewal, jobs development and infrastructure building program since World War II.”
“Employment is the first thing among many things that the African American community must have a commitment from the president of the United States, and her commitment that every year 600,000 inmates are released from incarceration An inordinate number of them are African American. They need to be reintegrated back into the community. They need to be retrained.”
United Steel Workers attorney and former Allegheny County Councilwoman Amanda Green Hawkins echoed Udin’s concerns.