ICYMI: Catch some of the highlights from this gathering to hear from Philadelphia-area teens about the issues that most concern them

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.

Every day on Wake Up With WURD we list the Top 5 stories of the day. Today’s stories include: More video on Freddie Gray arrest; Councilman Goode says it’s about service, not elections; Nebraska votes to abolish death penalty; L.A. raises minimum wage to $15 an hour; Philadelphia Planning Commission opposes prison land deal.

How, in a city that can’t find $85 million for education, can we find $500 million for a prison?

Every day on Wake Up With WURD we talk about the biggest stories of the day. Today’s stories include: NFL suspends Brady 4 games for deflated footballs, George Zimmerman shot at by motorist, police say, Council committee authorizes city to buy waterfront land for new prison and more.

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.

Be sure to tune in on Friday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for our EXCLUSIVE broadcast of Michelle Alexander’s April 30 keynote address at the Ending Mass Incarceration Conference, held at Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA.

As of late February, there were over 15,000 people in Philadelphia’s municipal prisons. Each of them represents lost tax revenue through wages, lost community cohesion through absence, and lost potential through what will likely happen to them upon their exit from the system.

In November 2014, WURD partnered with Eastern State Penitentiary for the second in a series of symposiums focused on crime and incarceration, and the overarching impact that both of these matters have on our society.

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