Author: Solomon Jones

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Solomon Jones says there’s more to mourn than to celebrate on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.

The questionable death of Sandra Bland in a Texas jail cell – allegedly a suicide – has forced me to revisit the ugly realities I explained to my children in the aftermath of the Michael Brown case.

When we fail to prioritize learning, we fail to prioritize our children. It is children, after all, who most poignantly illustrate the passage of time. And if our children don’t matter, then all the talk of marriage in our society is empty, selfish rhetoric, designed to create hollow pleasures that don’t last.

There is a national push to reduce the number of people in our prisons, and it’s a cause that’s been championed by Republicans and Democrats alike. But as Philadelphia prepares to buy land on which to build a new prison, our city seems to be out of step with that national push. In his latest Daily News column, Solomon Jones says we can fix that if we’re committed to change.

I spoke with Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney in the days after his convincing victory over a field of five competitors. The wide ranging interview covered jobs, education, marijuana decriminalization and gentrification, but Kenney saved his most interesting comments for the prison system.

Solomon Jones’s Daily News column says the School District should get the money it’s requesting for its budget, but the district should submit to an annual audit first.

Every day on Wake Up With WURD we list the Top 5 stories of the day. Today’s stories include: More video on Freddie Gray arrest; Councilman Goode says it’s about service, not elections; Nebraska votes to abolish death penalty; L.A. raises minimum wage to $15 an hour; Philadelphia Planning Commission opposes prison land deal.

How, in a city that can’t find $85 million for education, can we find $500 million for a prison?

Every day on Wake Up With WURD we list the Top 5 stories of the day. Today’s stories include: Jim Kenney wins democratic nomination for mayor, judge awards over $300.000 to a whistle-blower, and Dougherty wins spot on November ballot for Supreme Court race.

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