The big news out of the Democratic primary in New Hampshire last night was Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ victory. And, focusing locally, we talked to black voters in Philly about their support for President Trump. We also have an stories about what happened when a 6-year-old student made a gun with her fingers and pointed it at her teacher, how scientists in a Philly lab are racing to make a coronavirus vaccine, and how little snow has fallen this winter.
President Donald Trump won 8% of black voters nationally in 2016. To pull in even a marginal increase in black support, his campaign has launched Black Voices for Trump. The campaign held an event at the Rev. Todd Johnson’s North Philly church last month.
“Not everybody in North Philly is a Democrat,” Johnson, a Trump-supporting Republican, said. “We have multi-interests, just like every community does.”
But increasing support among black Americans appears to be an uphill battle, according to polls, and Trump also has driven some black Republicans away from the GOP, like James Williams, a former Republican Philadelphia ward leader who changed his registration to Democratic in 2018. He says he’s one of at least four African American Republican ward leaders who have abandoned the party since 2016.
Maggie Gaines understands why her daughter’s teacher at Valley Forge Elementary went to the principal after the incident. But she doesn’t understand why she and her husband ended up on a conference call with Tredyffrin Township police the next day.
Gaines was told that her daughter, Margot, who has Down syndrome, had triggered a threat assessment, meaning that under district policy, school officials had to call the police. Advocates see this as an example of schools overreporting student behavior to the police. Students of color and those with disabilities are “disproportionately impacted” by such policies, according to an attorney with the Education Law Center in Philadelphia.
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“Aside from a shared devotion to the Philadelphia Eagles, we both believe that Congress can and must do more to combat climate change and rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. These two issues go hand in hand and have the potential to shape our communities and our country for decades.” — write Sen. Chris Coons (D., N.J.) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) about pushing for bipartisan support for combating climate change and rebuilding infrastructure.