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By Christopher Norris | WHYY Mark Tyler (Pastor, Mother Bethel A.M.E Church), Keir Bradford Grey (Chief Public Defender, Defenders Association of Philadelphia), Hans Menos (Executive Director, Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission), and Erika Almiron (Activist/Former Executive Director, Juntos) join Community Engagement Editor Christopher Norris to discuss defunding the police & the future of public safety. ___ [...]
Juneteenth, celebrating the end of slavery, is a City holiday for the first time today—but Black Americans’ fight for freedom is long and enduring Justice delayed is justice denied; or so they say. Juneteenth, a day that should soon be a national holiday, commemorates the unofficial but actual end of slavery in these United States. [...]
By Christopher Norris | WHYY The Memorial Day death of George Floyd at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has set off protest around the globe, with a common refrain emerging from the assembly: defund or disband the police. How do you reduce funding for police, and change their role in communities, [...]
WHYY Special Police, Reimagined: The Future of Public Safety is a four-part community conversation series that attempts the answer the question: Can you reduce funding for police, and limit their role in communities, while ensuring public safety for all communities? Airing in a 3 part series starting Wednesday, June 17th at 7:30pm EST, WHYY would [...]
Three years ago, Mayor Kenney “reestablished” the department’s civilian oversight board. So, WURD’s afternoon host wonders, what’s so different this time? Every big city mayor, hand forced in the moment, has to act big. In Philadelphia, that act is Groundhog Day. Pushed publicly to do something dramatic—in the wake of George Floyd, Philly police violence and [...]
Polling shows Joe Biden leading Trump as protests continue. By Li Zhou | Vox.com President Donald Trump is betting that his support for law enforcement is going to help him this November. “I am your president of law and order,” Trump said last week in his first formal address on the subject of protests against [...]
By Sara Lomax-Reese Photos By Langston Reese “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.” James Baldwin My son was tear gassed on Monday. On 676. In the so-called “City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.” He sent me a scrambled [...]
WURD President/CEO Sara Lomax-Reese speaks with the BBC about reactions to the protests against police violence in Philadelphia in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing. WURD Radio · WURD's Sara Lomax-Reese Speaks With BBC
Ryan Briggs | WHYY.org Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration has come under fire for failing to support more Black-led organizations in the battle against the coronavirus. One such group, the all-volunteer Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium, which garnered national attention for operating mobile testing sites in underserved communities, held a press event at Salem Baptist Church on Thursday to draw [...]

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