Politics & Government

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By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Jenna Flanagan says she has never felt the weight of impartiality heavier than while covering the 2020 general election. Flanagan, a Black journalist at MetroFocus, is a host on a current affairs show at the multi-platform New York-based magazine. “As journalists it is our job to inform people,” she said. [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Rondell Jordan is a registered Pennsylvanian voter but he almost didn’t get to cast his ballot this year. Jordan, a 31-year-old Black man, works remotely in Washington D.C. and had planned to vote by mail in the 2020 General Election. But each time he tried to get a mail-in ballot, [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Linda Hyden cast her first ballot shortly before the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The year was 1964, and she had recently moved to Philadelphia. She was 20 at the time and remembers voting for Lyndon B. Johnson in that presidential election. “I was 16-years-old when I left [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Louise Grant takes extra steps to protect her son. She is the caretaker for the 41-year-old schizophrenic and worries that if she needs to call for assistance, the police may arrive unprepared. That’s why she wants everyone in her position to do what she did — register him within her [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Earlier this week, WURD and Votebeat spoke to a dozen Black voters across the city of Philadelphia and asked them to reflect on the 2020 Presidential Election. Now, we’ve asked these same voters to talk about the promise of the new political administration and how they believe these commitments will [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Activist and community organizer Walter Palmer remembers coming up in West Philadelphia’s Black Bottom in the 1950s and 60s during a period of pronounced political activity amongst the city’s Black residents and leaders. Palmer, 86, has spent the past 70 years teaching and training grassroot networks of Black community organizers [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Nakia Carr, 45, was poll watching at her local precinct in South Philadelphia on Election Day when chaos ensued. She remembers a rush of voters wrapped around the block during the early morning hours right when one of the voting machines suddenly stopped working. “We were having a very rough [...]
Brings the City’s direct support for small businesses to $38.7 million and for rental assistance to $39.4 million since start of the pandemic PHILADELPHIA – The Kenney Administration and Philadelphia City Council today announced a new commitment of $30 million dollars in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to aid renters and [...]
by Solomon Jones | Philadelphia Inquirer Trump’s voter fraud lawsuits are not about contradicting the will of all the people — just the Black ones As Donald Trump engages in a twisted pattern of denial after losing the presidency to Joe Biden by nearly 5 million votes, media pundits have begun to talk about how [...]

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