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The NAACP announced Wednesday President Barack Obama will address the group’s annual conference, which is being held in Philadelphia later this month.
“We are honored to welcome President Obama back to our NAACP national convention,” NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock said in a release. “Our members are looking forward to President Obama delivering a powerful message that reinforces our commitment to being champions for civil and human rights in the 21st century.”
Obama has addressed the NAACP once before, in 2009 in New York. Read more »
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There’s long been speculation that Michael Nutter would go to work for the Obama Administration after leaving office. But it looks like the mayor might have a head start.
Politico reports Nutter is helping spearhead the Obama Administration’s campaign for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free-trade pact that opponents say would give corporations unprecedented powers and rights internationally.
Nutter is one of several big-city mayors pushing the trade agreement on behalf of the Obama Administration Read more »
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President Obama will deliver Beau Biden’s eulogy at a Saturday funeral, officials have announced.
Biden, the former Delaware attorney general and son of Obama’s vice president, Joe Biden, died over the weekend after a battle with brain cancer. Read more »
Did President Obama help produce Philly’s new sick leave law?
That’s what USA Today suggests in a story that assertss the president has done an end-run around Congress to produce progress on progressive priorities. The paper notes that Mayor Nutter vetoed two versions of the bill from council — but that Philly is one of several cities to pass a paid sick leave law since the president called on municipalities to do so in his State of the Union address. Read more »
President Barack Obama is visiting Camden today, taking a close look at the policing operations of a city that appears to be becoming safer.
“The newly-established Camden County Police Department has gained national recognition for the strides its made in its use of community policing,” KYW reports. “During his visit, the president will tour the Real-Time Tactical Operational Intelligence Center at the police department’s headquarters.” Read more »
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As the investigation continues into Tuesday’s deadly derailment of Amtrak 188 in Philadelphia, both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have issued statements about the Amtrak crash. Read more »
The death of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn, who committed suicide in December after her parents forced her to attend conversion therapy, has initiated a lot of reactions, perhaps the largest of which is a whitehouse.gov petition that calls for an end to conversion therapy on gay and transgender youth. The petition has garnered more than 120,000 signatures—enough for President Obama to make a response and take action to forbid mental health practitioners from working to “repair” LGBT youth.
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I caught up with State Sen. Vincent Hughes on Sunday afternoon by phone — he had spent the weekend in Selma, Alabama, joining the 50th anniversary celebration of the “Bloody Sunday” march that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act, and was driving with former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to the airport to return home.
“Pretty powerful,” Hughes, the Philadelphia Democrat, told me. “Pretty powerful to stand on the same ground where, 50 years ago, people were beat in the head … just to secure the right thing, was just a powerful thing.”
“People took charge of their own destiny, and they changed the country in a meaningful way,” Patrick added. “That’s an important lesson about the power we have when we look up instead of looking down.” Read more »
Andrew McGill via LinkedIn
Really Smart Guy Andrew McGill is best known in Philadelphia for his website PhillyRapSheet.com, which scans court filings every 30 minutes to tell you who was arrested and for what. And now he’s come up with a device called the Barack Obama Detector, a desktop device that will tell you where our president is located. Read more »