Coard: My endorsements for the Nov. 7 election


In this week’s edition of my “Freedom’s Journal” column, I’m announcing my November 7, 2017 general election endorsements. ... I have been a radio show host for more than 15 years, a trial attorney for more than 20 years, a cultural/political activist since my college days, and an African descendant throughout my entire lifetime. ...

And as a meticulous researcher — and especially as “The Angriest Black Man In America” — I’ll begin my list with a resounding endorsement of D.A. candidate Larry Krasner, “The Blackest White Guy I Know.” Here are ten reasons why I’m endorsing him:

Full endorsement at phillytrib.com

Tribune endorses Krasner, Rhynhart and Woodruff


On Tuesday, Philadelphia voters will go to the polls and elect candidates for several important positions including the city’s next district attorney and controller.

For the first time in years, Philadelphia voters will have a new top prosecutor and fiscal watchdog. Voters could also elect the first African American for Pennsylvania Supreme Court in more than three decades.

One of the most watched races will be the one for district attorney.

Voters will be electing a replacement for former District Attorney Seth Williams, whose two terms as Philadelphia’s first Black D.A. ended with a corruption scandal. He was sentenced last week to five years in federal prison for accepting a bribe. ...

The Tribune endorses Larry Krasner, a prominent civil rights lawyer to become the city’s next district attorney over Republican Beth Grossman.

Krasner represents change.

He vowed to prosecute police officers for excessive use of force and advocated for significant criminal justice reforms including bail reform and prisoner re-entry programs.

Krasner strongly opposes mass incarceration and the death penalty.

Full editorial with Rhynhart, judicial endorsements at phillytrib.com

Mayor Kenney Endorses Krasner for District Attorney

Saying he will be "a reasonable, fair and thoughtful arbitrator of dispensing justice," Mayor Jim Kenney today endorsed Democrat Larry Krasner for District Attorney in the upcoming general election.  

Describing Krasner as a "determined and tenacious fighter and a long-time advocate for the homeless and those powerless to defend themselves," Kenney said Krasner "has a history of standing up for the underdog.

Krasner Endorsed by Philadelphia Building Trades

The Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council announced today that it has endorsed the Democratic nominee for Philadelphia District Attorney, Larry Krasner. The Trades Council joins a long and diverse list of groups who helped propel Krasner to victory in last May’s primary, and who make up a broad coalition that believes Krasner has the vision, character, and ability to be an outstanding chief prosecutor for our city.

“The Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council is pleased to announce our endorsement of Democrat Larry Krasner for District Attorney of Philadelphia,” said John J. Dougherty, Business Manager of the council. “He understands our issues, such as the damage done by the underground economy, misclassification of workers and protecting our first amendment rights. Larry Krasner will work to ensure a level playing field for the Building Trades in an increasingly competitive construction industry. On the pressing issue of opioid abuse, to which our members are not immune, Mr. Krasner has vowed to attack this huge public health problem from day one in office. On virtually every Building Trades issue, Larry Krasner is 100 percent with us. We look forward to delivering the labor movement’s significant votes for Mr. Krasner on Election Day.”

“We’re very grateful for the support of the hard-working members of these unions that are literally building our city every day,” Krasner said. “I look forward to working with them and with everyone to make this great city a safer and more just place for all of its residents.”

Krasner Endorsed by AFSCME DC 47

Larry Krasner and DC 47 President Fred Wright (June 22)

Larry Krasner and DC 47 President Fred Wright (June 22)

White collar city employees back Democratic nominee

PHILADELPHIA - Civil rights lawyer and candidate for District Attorney Larry Krasner has won the endorsement of AFSCME District Council 47, a proudly progressive union representing over 6,500 social workers, library staff, court staff, and various city government employees. DC 47 has many members who work in public safety, including fire, prisons, and other major city departments.   

"AFSCME District Council 47 is proud to endorse Larry Krasner for DA,” AFSCME DC 47 President Fred Wright said. “We know Larry will fight for the people and ensure that the criminal justice system works for all Philadelphians. I know Larry will be the responsible steward of the public trust that we need. The brothers and sisters of AFSCME DC 47 will be working to ensure Larry Krasner gets elected on November 7th."

Krasner said he was honored to receive DC 47’s support because its members are people who work hard to not only administer vital local government operations, but who also strive to make the city a better place to live for the public they serve. They are the social workers, librarians, and administrators who work to improve our city, and in so doing, make it a more just and equitable place.

Most Americans can't even name their district attorney, let alone explain their values


... The explicit design of this system will, by definition, consistently fail to hold bad cops and prosecutors accountable for their worst actions. That leaves us those of us determined to reduce police brutality with two primary options — and we should, in every city in America, be fighting for both of these options around the clock.

The first option is elect prosecutors who, as a matter of principle, want to root out all bad cops and rotten apples from within their system. These people are a rare breed, but they exist.

The best example I know of is Larry Krasner — who just won the Democratic primary to become the next District Attorney of Philadelphia. Larry is an amazing man who ran on a reformer's platform, stating publicly that the entire justice system is not only corrupt, but poorly designed, and must be rebuilt from the bottom up.

Black police group discusses shootings, endorses Krasner for DA


When Rochelle Bilal talks about the issue of unarmed Black men being shot by police officers, it’s clear that of the many policing issues important to the president of the Guardian Civic League, the local chapter of the National Black Police Association, few are more important to her than this one.

That was evident at a Wednesday afternoon press conference at the group’s Girard Avenue headquarters at which the organization of more than 2,000 African-American police officers threw its support behind Larry Krasner, the Democrat running for district attorney.

Krasner Endorsed by Guardian Civic League

Civil rights lawyer and candidate for District Attorney Larry Krasner has won the endorsement of the Guardian Civic League, which represents more than 2000 Philadelphia police officers. The announcement was made Tuesday at noon at the League’s headquarters on West Girard Avenue.

“We have always been on the side of the fight for our civil rights,” said Rochelle Bilal, president of the League.

Krasner Rounds Up Final Full Week of Primary Campaign with Major Endorsements

Helen Gym, Chris Rabb, Carpenters, Black Clergy, Vincent Hughes

PHILADELPHIA – Civil rights lawyer and candidate for District Attorney Larry Krasner headed to the finish of the last full week of his campaign by collecting several highly significant endorsements, including State Senator Vincent Hughes, Councilwoman Helen Gym, State Rep. Chris Rabb, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, and the Black Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity.

DC33 Endorses Krasner for District Attorney

City workers join forces with civil rights attorney

PHILADELPHIA, PA – In a ceremony at its headquarters on Walnut St, Pete Matthews, President of AFSCME District Council 33, announced the union’s endorsement of Larry Krasner for District Attorney of Philadelphia.

“Our members made it clear that they want a District Attorney who is fair, honest and able to understand the needs of our communities,” said Matthews. “We believe that Lawrence Krasner is that person.”

“I could not be more honored and humbled by this endorsement,” Krasner said. “This is not about me. This is about progress, this is about making sure that our children are treated fairly as they move forward, and that they have the opportunities that they deserve.”

The addition of some 8000 city workers gives Krasner a commanding lead in union membership support, with well over 30,000 union members represented. Krasner is already endorsed by AFSCME District 1199C, PASNAP, UNITE HERE locals 274 and 634,  AFT Locals 4531 and 2026 and the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees.