Black Mayors and the Power of Local Politics

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Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks during the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee Press Conference at Media Press Conference Room, January 28, 2019. (Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters).

Since Donald Trump took office, the 24-hour news cycle has never lacked headlines concerning the price that the poor, the vulnerable, and people of color are paying during this Presidency. The continual chaos emanating from Washington, DC makes it easy to lose sight of the local political transformations taking place in communities and cities across our nation. Movements like #BlackLivesMatter, #Metoo, and #fightfor15 are empowering a new kind of politics that prioritizes the needs of marginalized citizens.

Nothing embodies the power of these movements better than the elections of Black mayors who made social justice and economic equity the pillars of their political platforms. Atlanta’s Keisha Lance Bottoms, St. Paul’s Melvin Carter III, Charlotte’s Vi Lyles, and Chicago’s…

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