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On May 13, 2015, WURD observed the 30-year commemoration of the tragic city government-sanctioned bombing of the Osage Ave. M.O.V.E. residence in 1985. Click for a recap, plus a podcast of reflections from WURD’s Barbara Grant, M.O.V.E. member Ramona Africa, and radio veteran/activist Cody Anderson.

Mayoral candidate Doug Oliver, in his second interview with Solomon Jones, said he would keep Philadelphia’s 10-year tax abatement for new construction under certain conditions.

Freddie Gray’s death and the lack of answers surrounding it precipitated a day of violence. If we hope to avoid the next riot, we must create an atmosphere in which words are heard, action is taken, and circumstances change.

Maryland state attorney Marilyn J. Mosby has announced that prosecutors plan to file homicide, manslaughter and misconduct charges against six police officers involved in Gray’s arrest.

In the wake of the murder of Freddie Gray, the city of Baltimore has experienced shock, anger, polarized protesting and, sadly and counterintuitively, destructive violence and looting. The violence and looting have been denounced as “senseless”… but what we are seeing is NOT senseless.

Wake Up With WURD host Solomon Jones conducts a series of in-depth interviews with the mayoral candidates, addressing specific aspects of their records, and questions on pressing issues such as poverty, education, gentrification, and jobs. Former City Councilman Jim Kenney stopped by to speak with Solomon about his positions on these important issues and more.

Every day on Wake Up With WURD we list the Top 5 stories of the day. Today’s stories include Nutter names 24 to Police Community Oversight Board, Robert Bates speaking up on the Tulsa shooting, boat filled with Migrants capsizes in Mediterranean, 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, and more.

De La Soul is my favorite hiphop group of all time. And as they near their 30th anniversary in the music business, they are rethinking their relationship with the creativity they love and seeking new collaborations and forms of expression to extend their storied career. I am watching and learning.

Last week the U.S. Department of Justice released a scathing report detailing years of racist, discriminatory and financially predatory practices by the Ferguson police department and other city offices. This week, high-ranking city officials are resigning right and left.


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