By Amanda Emerson, NKU Journalist Intern, akayaphotography@gmail.com

Early retired Mason cop Derek Bauman may be known as the city’s “go-to guy” for promoting the new streetcar but now he’s making a run for Cincinnati City Council.

“I think he would be an amazing city council member,” said Chris Seelbach, a council member for Cincinnati since 2011. “I know Derek to get things done.”

Since it was founded in December 2014, Black Lives Matter Cincinnati has become the leading voice for black liberation in the city, working to mobilize people to demand an end to police brutality, institutional racism, and other injustices.

“It’s a fight for black liberation, but it’s not a black fight,” said Brian Taylor, one of the original BLMC founders and a member of its steering committee. “Just like the fight for women’s liberation is not just a women’s fight.”