Politics & Government

Solomon Jones | The Philadelphia Inquirer  I’ve long known that some of the Philadelphia police officers who were fired after their racist or bigoted Facebook comments were exposed by the 2019 Plainview Project were trying to get their jobs back through arbitration. That’s why reading about it in The Inquirer was no surprise. I was, [...]
The May 18 primary election in Pennsylvania features a number of city-wide and state judicial races, in addition to several ballot questions. In our special #WURDonPolitics Election coverage, the last public debate between the Democratic Party candidates running for District Attorney in the City of Philadelphia happened Wednesday, May 12, exclusively on WURD Radio. Incumbent [...]
By Avi Wolfman-Arent | WHYY.org The School District of Philadelphia is delaying its plan to return some students to classrooms due to ongoing mediation with the teachers union — postponing from Feb. 22 to March 1. The decision comes amid a dispute with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, which opposes returning members to buildings until all [...]
Solomon Jones | Inquirer.com In homes that are even the least bit conscious about America’s long history of racial bias, one of many lessons Black parents teach their children is this one: You have to be twice as good to get half as much. That key verse from what I like to call “The Big [...]
Reality Check host, Charles Ellison, will spearhead the Inauguration coverage by providing brief  updates at the top of each show starting with Wake Up With WURD and continuing throughout the day. From 10am -11:30am Charles Ellison will do a Special Inauguration Edition of Reality Check w/ some of our prominent contributors, a few inside D.C., [...]
Solomon Jones | WHYY.org The scene was unlike anything we’d ever witnessed. An angry mob descended on Capitol Hill after attending a rally where President Donald Trump erroneously claimed the election was stolen and directed his followers to confront members of Congress. “We’re going to walk down there, and I’ll be there with you,” Trump [...]
Solomon Jones | solomonjones.com What must we do to get justice? That’s what I’m asking after the Kenosha Wisconsin D.A. failed to charge a white cop for shooting a Black man in the back. The victim, Jacob Blake, had been trying to break up an argument between two women, and as he walked back to [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat More than 10,000 voters cast their ballots in Philadelphia’s 9th Ward, marking the city’s highest registered-voter turnout, at 80%, during the 2020 general election. By comparison, citywide turnout was  66% and statewide turnout a little over 70%. Karen Bojar has lived in the 9th Ward for 40 years and was [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Even as voters in Philadelphia turned out in record numbers this election, two wards with the lowest turnout in the city show why some were still left behind in this democratic exercise. One of these is the 27th Ward in west and southwest Philadelphia, which includes University City with all [...]

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