Social Justice

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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.

On Tuesday, July 14, President Obama will address the NAACP’s 106th National Convention, taking place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia. Stay tuned to WURD for updates, and visit this post to view the speech live.

Vincent Thompson, political correspondent for 900AM-WURD and Principal of Thompson Mediaman Communications, interviews NAACP President Cornell Williams Brooks as the organization kicked off its 106th convention in Philadelphia, PA.

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.

There are many more people waking up in America today, in light of the Charleston church shooting, feeling anxious and afraid about the safety of Black folks in this country. A gunman’s bullet has reminded us that most of us really are homeless in the world.

Race Forward, publisher of Colorlines, has launched a video series called “What Is Systemic Racism?” featuring socio-political commentator and deejay Jay Smooth. This video, second in the series, focuses on the connection between racism and immigration policy.

Michael Slager, the former South Carolina policeman caught on video shooting Walter Scott in the back eight times earlier this year, has been indicted for murder by a grand jury.

Race Forward, publisher of Colorlines, has launched a video series called “What Is Systemic Racism?” featuring socio-political commentator and deejay Jay Smooth. This video, second in the series, focuses on the connection between racism and drug arrests.

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.


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