“The First Vote,” left, painting by Alfred Rudolph Waud. Virginia 1867. And right, Blacks registering in 1965 to vote in Alabama.— Photo by The Associated Press

If you’re Black and don’t vote, explain why to the Black man in the photo above after he tells you about his children and wife who he never saw again after they were sold on an auction block.

If you’re Black and don’t vote, explain why to the Black women in the photo above after they tell you about how they were beaten, water-hosed, tear-gassed, bitten by police dogs, arrested, and otherwise victimized for previously having tried to register to vote.

Stop being a cultural Judas who not only betrays ancestors and elders but also desecrates their memory and sacrifice.

In this week’s edition of my “Freedom’s Journal” column, I’m announcing my May 21 primary election endorsements.

Why me, you might ask? Who do I think I am, you might ask? Why should you accept my endorsements, you might ask? Here’s why: To whom much is given, much is required. I have been an adjunct college professor teaching race-based courses for over a dozen years, a radio show host for more than 15 years, a trial attorney in excess of 20 years, a cultural/political activist since my college days, and an African descendant throughout my entire lifetime. As a result of those blessings, I have been put in a position to access and uncover enlightening information that can bring about justice, equity, and eventually liberation for Blacks.

Accordingly, prior to each election, I use that information to compile my endorsement list. Why? There are two reasons. One- literally hundreds of voters always specifically ask me to do so. Two- unlike the average voter, I have the time and resources to thoroughly research the candidates. Therefore, I am able to distinguish the good candidates from the bad ones (as well as the not-so-bad candidates from the truly bad ones), particularly in regard to what they have done or not done for our community.

By the way, I neither request nor accept any financial, employment, or any other compensation from any local, state, or federal candidate or official. In other words, I am beholden to nothing- except the avenging of my ancestors.

There are many reasons, including the following three, why Blacks must vote. The first is that Black ancestors didn’t merely die in the battle for voting rights. Instead, they were murdered in that battle. Blacks must vote because tens of thousands of our ancestors and/or elders were murdered, beaten, water-hosed, tear-gassed, bitten by police dogs, jailed, fired from jobs, and evicted from homes in the voting rights battle.

The second reason is that potential jurors are called for duty in part as a result of being on registered voter lists.

The third reason is that the primary rule of warfare is to find out what your enemy doesn’t want you to do and then you do that very thing. If your enemy doesn’t want you to attack by air, then you send your Air Force. If your enemy doesn’t want you to attack by sea, then you send your Navy. If your enemy doesn’t want you to attack by land, then you send your Army. Racists in America did not and do not want Blacks to vote. That’s precisely why we must.

Although it’s important to cast your vote for all available political offices, the judicial offices are by far the most important. Why? It’s very simple. A judge has dangerous powers that a mayor, a governor, and even a president doesn’t have.

A judge can take your property via seizure/forfeiture orders, your children via custody orders, your liberty via incarceration orders, and your life via death penalty orders. That’s some serious power, actually some absolute power. And remember what Lord Acton said, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” And it gets worse when you factor in the reality of racism and classism.

Now here’s my complete list for all of the available May primary political offices.

Superior Court:

Amanda Green-Hawkins 3

Daniel McCaffery 2

Common Pleas Court:

Leon Goodman 11

Cateria McCabe 15

Henry McGregor Sias 21

James Berardinelli 25

Janine Momasso 22

Tiffany Palmer 23

Municipal Court:

Theresa Brunson 30


Anthony Hardy Williams 33

City Council/At Large- Democratic:

Isaiah Thomas 71

Derek Green 78

Sandra Dungee Glenn 77

Erika Almiron 68

Helen Gym 56

(Two other worthy candidates include Ogbonna Paul Hagins 58 and Asa Khalif 82)

City Council/At Large- Republican:

David Oh 111

City Council/Districts:

Kenyatta Johnson 85 (District 2)

Jannie L. Blackwell 84 (District 3)

Ron Adams 84 (District 4)

Maria Quinones-Sanchez 85 (District 7)

Cindy Bass 84 (District 8)

Cherelle L. Parker 84 (District 9)


Rochelle Bilal 50

City Commissioners:

Omar Sabir 35

Khalil Williams 40

Register of Wills:

Tracey Gordon 47

City Ballot Questions:

1. Gender neutral terms- Yes

2. Immigrant Affairs Office- Yes

3. $15 minimum/living wage- Yes

4. Public Safety Enforcement Officers/More “Cops”- No!

For more info and greater nuance about my endorsements, listen to my Radio Courtroom show on WURD96.1-FM/900-AM or at on Sunday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also, check me out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

And make sure you listen closely during my show when I explain why I’m endorsing Williams instead of Jim Kenney for Mayor even though I agree with much of what Kenney has done- especially regarding some of his pro-Black cultural initiatives.

And although more needs to be done to end racist- i.e., illegal- “stop and frisk,” I gotta give Kenney credit for understanding the difference between illegal “stop and frisk” and legal “stop and frisk” and for reducing (at least slightly) the illegal type as the current numbers prove. This legal as opposed to illegal “stop and frisk” concept was explained in the “Terry stop” ruling by the Supreme Court in 1968 and will be explained on my show Sunday.

Apart from that, also on Sunday, make sure you listen closely to why I cannot endorse my good friend Curtis Jones for the Fourth District Council position even though I like much of what he has done for the Black community throughout his career. But it’s not cool for any councilperson to celebrate a “bombing co-signer” with a street renaming, especially when that councilperson disses the live Black neighbors and the dead Black victims- including dead Black children- in the process.

Michael Coard, Esquire can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. His “Radio Courtroom” show can be heard on WURD96.1-FM And his “TV Courtroom” show can be seen on PhillyCam/Verizon/Comcast.

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I reject most of these voting recommendations: especially Bilal for Sheriff. No on that gender neutral flatulence and we don't need an office of immigration. We already have one: I.C.E. Helen Gym is a Red Communist agent.


I AGREE with most of your endorsements. Most of tThose I don't agree with I can go along. BUT I have to ask - Why on earth do you endorse Cindy Bass? Her ward includes a large portion of the 14th Police District - one of the highest murder and UNSOLVED murders in the city. Yet, she passed legislation to protect Clothing Donations Bins. Is this really what you want from your Councilperson?? I DON'T!!!!!!!!!!!


While it may be a pathetic example of the Philadelphia minority electorate’s susceptibility to the “manufactured consent” paradigm, the blatantly obvious engineering of the Municipal and Common-pleas Judicial Primary should not be a surprise.
The possibility of not a single Black candidate being selected as a Primary Judge winner, defies the realm of logic. In spite of the “elected misleadership’s” rational that they were ALL unqualified, this subterfuge is devoid of a rarely analyzed agenda.
If the Courts are stacked with servile corporate sycophants, the facilitation of monetizing the unemployed minority segment is greatly enhanced.
When persons of certain groups are on the streets and contributing nothing to the inordinate corporate enrichment ,the beneficiaries of a “prison-industrial complex” promote incarceration and it’s concurrent valuation of $60-$100,000 per prisoner for private vendor contracts.
The risk of enlightened minority Judges empathizing with the victims of this billion dollar enterprise, is DREADED by these corporate parasites and intentionally impeaded.

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