Social Justice

In June, Sara Lomax-Reese told attendees as a keynote speaker of the annual Institute for Nonprofit News conference something that many people intuitively know, but don’t often crystalize into action: “Black media—and my expertise is in Black media—is an endangered species. If there's not a wholesale investment in reviving and supporting and providing resources to Black-owned media, [...]
WHYY Contributor | WHYY.org   https://whyy-od.streamguys1.com/thewhy/20200728THEWHY.mp3   When recent Masterman High School grad Kayla Gibson first saw her white classmates posting about the death of George Floyd on Instagram, she felt supported. “But then, I kind of began to think about it and I’m realizing that all these people all of a sudden are learning [...]
This story is part of the SoJo Exchange of COVID-19 stories from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. Mikhael Simmonds & Sara Lomax-Reese | Solutions Journalism Sara Lomax-Reese, president and CEO of Philadelphia’s Black talk-radio station, on why to move forward we must first go [...]
Solomon Jones | WHYY.org So much that’s happened in the last week has been emblematic of the chaos of 2020. Iconic civil rights leaders John Lewis and C.T. Vivian died. Federal agents snatched protesters off Portland streets at the Trump administration’s behest. Then, after months of downplaying their importance, President Trump finally admitted that masks [...]
By Christopher Norris | WHYY Isaiah Thomas (Philadelphia City Councilmember), George Ciccariello-Maher (Professor, Drexel University) and Larry Krasner (District Attorney of Philadelphia) join Community Engagement Editor Christopher Norris to discuss defunding the police & the future of public safety. ___ Christopher “Flood the Drummer” Norris is an award-winning journalist, radio personality and professional drummer currently [...]

WITF’s series of virtual community conversations hosted by Charles Ellison addressing systemic racism and injustice in Central Pennsylvania and beyond continues Thursday, July 2 at 7:00pm. Join us as we examine Black Trauma & Mental Health. Repeated incidents of micro-aggression, workplace discrimination, racial profiling and police brutality have taken a toll on Black Americans. What […]

Want to get more young protesters casting a vote? WURD's midday hose urges that we start by taking them seriously In a moment like this, everyone is trying to figure out exactly “what do we do with the kids?” There’s no doubt around the fact that it is, indeed, young people who are the primary [...]
By Christopher Norris | WHYY Byran Mercer (Executive Director, Movement Alliance), Kris Henderson (Executive Director, Amistad Law Project), Michael Coard (Criminal Defense attorney/Activist), and Andrea Lawful-Sanders (Radio personality, Implicit bias trainer) join WHYY's Community Engagement Editor Christopher Norris to discuss defunding the police & the future of public safety. ___ Christopher “Flood the Drummer” Norris [...]
Both sons were 10 in 2014. Now, they share their perspective as teens. By Ashley Louszko, Meagan Redman and Allie Yang | ABC News For Solomon Jones Jr., a Black father, difficult conversations with his son aren’t optional. They’re essential. “The talk,” a discussion Black parents have had with their children for generations, is now rooted [...]

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