Jerry believes the federal government has an important role to play in ameliorating past discrimination against Black and Brown communities, the lingering effects of slavery and the legacy of Jim Crow laws. As a civil rights lawyer and law professor, Jerry serves as legal counsel to an historic Black church in Pittsburgh in requesting and negotiating reparations with public and private stakeholders to remedy past discrimination as a result of an urban renewal project. As Congressman, Jerry would support federal legislation to create a reparations commission to study the issue and would take the lead in crafting legislation to implement a nationwide reparations program.

Jerry's Priorities

  1. Climate Crisis
  2. Closing the Wage Gap
  3. Criminal Justice Reform
  4. Education
  5. Gentrification and Affordable Housing
  6. Gun Reform
  7. Health Care
  8. Jobs, Wages, and the Economy
  9. LGBTQI+ Rights
  10. Money in Politics
  11. Police Reform
  12. Voting Rights and Elections
  13. Women’s Equality
  14. Youth Engagement
  15. Reparations
  16. Immigration