Author: Charles Ellison

Charles Ellison, host of ecoWURD radio on WURD’s Reality Check, presents the ecoWURD Food Lab.  In this installment, experts discuss the widespread and very localized impacts of climate change and crisis on food insecurity.  ecoWURD Food Lab is a weekly exercise on Reality Check, in partnership with Resolve Philadelphia and Broke in Philly (a project of Resolve), to spotlight food insecurity and how […]

The shootout with city police yesterday was in a struggling stretch of North Philly that has too often seen violence. WURD’s afternoon host wonders if now the neighborhood will get some help As worried Philadelphians and the world were gripped by images of a fierce, 8-hour standoff of gun battles and crouching police, many Philadelphians […]

Climate change, the environment, pollution, air and water are all ‘hot’ topics. Environmentalists are exploring new ways to save our planet and agencies are putting a lot of time and money into discovering solutions to what could be one of the most detrimental problems of our future.    For a little over a year, ecoWURD, [...]

If there’s anything the past two years should have taught us is that the American public should be a bit more imaginative when it comes to its politics. These days, anything goes. Anything is possible in an election and in battles over Supreme Court nominees, too. We should have long ago thrown out the conventional […]

With the most crucial set of Congressional midterm, state legislative and gubernatorial elections in modern American political history happening in 49 days, it is still unclear to many observers how mobilized an equally crucial Black vote will be when November 6th arrives. The mood in what is a very noisy Black cultural moment, further lit […]

Another Democratic primary in Philadelphia, another year where voter turnout was pitifully below even the lowest standard set by the city officials who oversee our elections. Races from local to state to federal were crowded and contentious this year, especially in Pennsylvania’s post-gerrymandered era. New Congressional districts offered new plot twists. Nowhere was the political […]

THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS: On average, 10.2% of Black voters nationally approve of President Trump (a 0.9 point increase or 9.7% rise since the 1.25.18 NBVA) President Trump’s favorability rating among Black voters is, on average, 9% (a 1 point increase or 12.5% rise since the 1.25.18 NBVA) On average, 70% of Black voters would vote […]

That’s actually been a daunting question through a blend of several decades of white Irish and Italian descended Congressmen ruling the Philadelphia political machine despite the heavy residential composition of diverse, primarily Black voters. It’s been barely tolerated for as long as anyone growing up there can remember, even as its shape — through dramatic, questionable redesign — has […]

Philadelphia and the Denver suburb of Aurora, CO might be over 1,700 miles apart, but there are some distressing similarities in the way they’re both treating the ugly social trend of bullying. In Aurora, 10-year old Ashawnty Davis died from complications of an attempted suicide two-weeks earlier, the terrifying result of overwhelming stress due to constant harassment […]


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