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Election Day Is Our Collective 'Opportunity For Equality,' Urban League Leader Says

Megan Harris
90.5 WESA
By 3 p.m., poll workers at the Fairview Volunteer Fire Department serving Ross Township just north of Pittsburgh reported they'd already doubled its previous record for voter turnout. Polls remain open in Pennsylvania through 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.


Ensuring Pittsburgh's African Americans enjoy economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights has been at the forefront of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh for 100 years.

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Esther Bush, president of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, rests outside the WESA studios on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

Esther Bush, its president for nearly one-fourth of the Urban League's tenure, says the landscape of black Pittsburgh has evolved since she took the reins in 1994. The organization provides educational opportunities and pushes policy that might encourage black hiring, including on the executive level -- both huge economic roadblocks, Bush says, in creating a truly liveable city for all.

"There is always room for improvement," Bush says. "So while I am not pleased at all where we are, I can see inches of progress that all of us must continue to push. Being black in Pittsburgh is still a problem, as it is nationally."  

Later in the program, Navajo speakers are working with Pittsburgh-based language-learning platform Duolingo to preserve a critical part of their culture. WESA’s Sarah Schneider explains how what's being done to save one of the oldest languages in North America.

And after months of debates, fundraising and political advertisements, it's Election Day in Pennsylvania. Hear from a panel of political reporters taking a look at some of the state and federal races:

Follow along with WESA's live blog throughout the evening or listen live at 90.5 FM.

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Kiley Koscinski covers city government, policy and how Pittsburghers engage with city services. She also works as a fill-in host for All Things Considered. Kiley has previously served as a producer on The Confluence and Morning Edition.
Megan Harris is a writer, editor, photographer and curator for Pittsburgh's NPR News station. She leads editorial coverage for The Confluence, 90.5 WESA's live, one-hour, daily morning news show.
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