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The face of hope

The face of hope

I am fired up.

Just a few minutes ago, I delivered the opening keynote address before thousands of local and national NAACP leaders who have come to our 103rd Annual Convention in Houston. I talked about the face of hope.

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Republican Chris Fields looks to unseat Congressman Ellison from the U.S. House

Republican Chris Fields looks to unseat Congressman Ellison from the U.S. House

Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District has been a Democratic stronghold for years, so it would seem its current seat holder, Rep. Keith Ellison, has an easy path to re-election this November.

His Republican challenger, Chris Fields sees things a bit differently.

“I’m no dummy,” said Fields during a recent interview at his condo in the Warehouse District. “In 2006, 60 percent of democrats didn’t vote for [Ellison] in the primary. 44 percent of voters didn’t vote for him in the general. We [Republicans] haven’t put a credible candidate up against him.”

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Rev. Jesse Jackson to host national dialogue on civil rights at Rainbow PUSH 41st annual conference July 10th -14th

Rev. Jesse Jackson to host national dialogue on civil rights at Rainbow PUSH 41st annual conference July 10th -14th

CHICAGO – Determined to build a movement to protect the gains of the Civil Rights Movement from states’ rights forces in motion throughout the country, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition is set to host its national conference in Chicago, July 11-14, at the Chicago Hilton and Towers Hotel, 720 S. Michigan Avenue.

Hosted by Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., the 41st annual conference of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund, titled ”A More Perfect Union: Closing the Gap and Expanding the Tent”, will once again bring influential thought leaders together in a an innovative exchange of ideas.

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President Obama to open National Urban League 2012 Annual Conference in New Orleans

President Obama to open National Urban League 2012 Annual Conference in New Orleans

NEW YORK -- The opening address at the National Urban League’s 2012 Conference will be delivered by President Barack Obama.

The President will address the Conference on Wednesday, July 25, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

“We’re thrilled and proud to welcome the President to our Annual Conference for the third time,” said Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. “It has become a tradition for Presidents and major-party candidates to address the conference, not only to share their agenda for the nation, but also to hear ours.”

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Gunshot kills Nizzel George, 5

Gunshot kills Nizzel George, 5

June 27, 2012, (MINNEAPOLIS) Police continue their investigation into the circumstance of the death of 5-year-old Nizzel Anthony George.

Homicide investigators, officers from the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team and Fourth Precinct officers are working to find answers and to try and identify the responsible party. George was killed Jun. 26 when a bullet struck him while he laid sleep on a living room couch. The incident occurred around 8:00 a.m. that morning on the 4500 block of Bryant Ave N. in the Camden neighborhood. 

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Obama for America: In the News

6/29/12:
DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY: 130

What You May Have Missed…

Los Angeles Times: The court saved my lifeline
“Not to be overly dramatic, but for me the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act was a matter of life and death. Because the law was largely upheld, I will be able to continue receiving treatment for breast cancer. I was one of the early beneficiaries of the law. When I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer late last year, I had no health insurance, which meant my options were extremely limited. No insurer would pick up someone in my circumstances. But luckily, the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan had already kicked in, and it made it possible for me to purchase insurance under a government program. I was uninsured not because I'm a lazy, freeloading deadbeat but because my husband and I are self-employed. We had been purchasing health insurance on the individual market along with 6% of the rest of the population. But after exhausting all of our resources trying to keep up with premiums of $1,500 a month, we had no choice but to cancel it.”

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Here's how to know if you'd qualify for refinancing

President Obama's plan to give mortgage relief to responsible homeowners boils down to one important principle. He wants to simplify the refinancing process. 
And the very first step is to let people know if they would benefit from the President's proposal -- so we've built a tool to help answer that question. 

Just enter a few basic facts about your mortgage, and this tool will help you figure out if you currently qualify for easy, low-cost refinancing -- or whether, like millions of families, you need Congress to act to help you lower your interest rate. 

Get started now

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Black preachers back postal hunger strikers

"The actions this week in the nation's capital seek to defend the U.S. Postal Service and hundreds of thousands of unionized jobs. This is of critical importance not only for labor but for every community in this country. For the African-American community it is especially critical since the USPS is one of the largest employers of Black workers in the country. The unemployment rate for Black workers is officially over 16 percent. The real number is double that or more. These are depression numbers for Black America and the loss of more than 100,000 decent-paying unionized postal jobs will be devastating. The courageous hunger strikers protesting in Washington, D.C., June 25-28 are helping shine a bright light on what is happening in the boardrooms of Wall Street and in the back rooms in the Capitol Building.

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Postal hunger strike gains support

Postal hunger strike gains support

Image: Nannette Corley, president of the Montgomery County, Maryland area local of the American Postal Workers Union, will be one of the hunger strikers June 25-28

Ten protesters are staging a hunger strike at postal headquarters and in the halls of Congress beginning June 25. The ten are denouncing massive job and service cuts threatened by the US Postal Service.

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Obama for America: In the News

6/25/12:

DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY: 134

What You May Have Missed…

Los Angeles Times: McManus: Romney's arithmetic problem
“Here's an issue that hasn't been debated much in the presidential campaign but ought to be: How much should we spend on defense? President Obama has proposed keeping the Pentagon budget essentially flat for the next 10 years. Mitt Romney, by contrast, wants to increase defense spending massively — by more than 50% over current levels, according to one estimate. That could mean almost $2 trillion in additional military spending over 10 years. Romney hasn't actually proposed a defense budget or offered any specific numbers for his military strategy. But he says he wants core defense spending to reach at least 4% of the nation's gross domestic product — a big increase over the current level of about 3.2%. And he says the country needs about 100,000 more active-duty military personnel than the current 1.4 million, even though U.S. forces have left Iraq and have begun to withdraw from Afghanistan.”

 

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Mitt Romney to Address 103rd NAACP Annual Convention in Houston this July

Mitt Romney to Address 103rd NAACP Annual Convention in Houston this July

(Washington, DC) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will address the upcoming 103rd NAACP Annual Convention in Houston, TX. The convention will run from July 7 – July 12 at the George R. Brown Convention Center under the theme “Your Power, Your Decision – VOTE”.

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