Sojourner Ahebee

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 [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Ballot counting continues in the critical swing state of Pennsylvania and all eyes are on its biggest county, Philadelphia, where officials count the last few votes, many of them sent by mail. Some of these are ballots that were postmarked by the November 3rd deadline and must arrive by today [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Ilya Knidhnik, 38, has volunteered as a poll worker for almost two decades. “People use this expression ‘this is the most important election’ a little too much but this really is the defining election of my life,” said the West Philadelphia resident.   Knidhnik worked the polls all day Tuesday [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat   This year’s global health crisis has dramatically changed what voting will look like on Election Day. Despite the obstacles widespread social distancing measures have placed in the way, city officials are still urging voters to exercise their right to vote, in whatever form that may be. “Voting in Philadelphia [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Last week’s fatal, officer-involved shooting of Walter Wallace Jr., a  Black man from West Philadelphia’s Cobbs Creek neighborhood, has brought into focus a ballot question that would allow greater oversight of city police. The officers involved in the incident are being investigated by the Philadelphia Police Department’s investigative unit. Unlike [...]

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