Multiple Pittsburgh political action committees organized several demonstrations throughout the evening.
won’t resume until Friday due to a court order. Mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania have heavily skewed toward Joe Biden, and when all are counted, could likely push Biden to a Pennsylvania victory.
Yesterday’s first demonstration started at 4 p.m. and was organized by several groups like Pennsylvania United, Pittsburgh United, United Steelworkers, Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network, and Bend the Arc.
The crowd chanted “every vote counts,” as the news broke that Trump prematurely declared a win with many battleground states still counting mail-in ballots. In response to the election’s uncertain outcome for him, Trump and his administration filed lawsuits in hotly contested states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. While Pennsylvania still remains to be called, votes continue to be counted and Trump wants to block the state’s Supreme Court-approved mail-in ballot extension period.
Another demonstration continued at 5:30 p.m., hosted by the Socialist Alternative and many other leftist political organizations including the Pittsburgh Chapter of Democratic Socialists of America, the Green Party of Allegheny County, and Stop the Station. The turnout increased with hundreds of people occupying the front of the City-County Building, specifically young college students.
Julia Mente, a member of the United Library Workers Union of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Socialist Alternative, was the first speaker of the night.
After several other speakers from the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Sunrise Movement addressed climate change, imperialism, and workers’ rights, the protest started moving on Grant Street with chants of “Trump lies, Trump cheats. Build a movement in the streets.”
The growing crowd of more than 100 people walked down Sixth Avenue, followed to Wood Street, crossing through the YCMA and Point Park University’s campus, and then returning onto Boulevard of the Allies, headed back towards the City-County Building for the remaining speakers of the night.
“There’s change coming not only in Pittsburgh, but in this country. But I do have to speak to today about where we are,” Taylor said. “We also have to take a moment to pause and remember the moment we were in yesterday was one of the most consequential elections in the history of his country, and we know if Donald Trump had been re-elected we would never be the same country again.”