Saturday, November 12, 2011

White House to host African American Policy in Action Leadership Conference

White House to host African American Policy in Action Leadership Conference

White House Releases New Policy Report Outlining the Obama Administration Achievements in the African American Community

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Wednesday, November 8, the White House will host an African American Policy in Action Leadership Conference, bringing community leaders from across the country together with a broad range of White House and Cabinet officials for an in-depth series of interactive workshops and substantive conversations on the Administration’s efforts and achievements in the African American community. Participants including community leaders, professors, faith leaders, civil rights leaders, and elected officials, will have the opportunity to interact with Administration officials on pressing issues that directly impact African Americans. Discussion topics include strengthening the economy through the American Jobs Act, job training, access to capital for growing businesses, reforming our nation’s education system, protecting civil rights, community development initiatives, and strategies targeting poverty.

When President Obama took office, the economy was shedding nearly 800,000 jobs each month and millions of families were unable to make ends meet. African Americans were hit especially hard by the recession, struggling with significant economic losses, including near-record high levels of unemployment and low incomes compared to the national average. Since day one, the President has fought to restore the strength of middle class, protect the interests of the low-income families, and allow those hardest hit by the economy to have access to the American Dream.
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Without a doubt, many of President Obama's hard-core critics in the black community who claim that he has not done enough to address African American issues, will cynically view this conference as election cycle Theatre.

They will say, Obama - the politician in need of a record turnout of African American voters - is moving to sure up his base for the 2012 presidential election campaign

Some of the hard-core critics - who strangely mirror the far right-wingers by wishing Obama failure from the get go - will still have personal animus with the president because they did not receive personal invitations to the conference.

To all those folks I say, it's not about you and I am glad that roll-up-the-sleeve type leaders were invited instead of headline seekers, talk show ratings publicity hounds or folks that want to appear daily on cable news shows.

We already have enough entertainers/activists.

Furthermore, I was impressed by the agenda (including assess to senior advisors and cabinet members). In particular, the afternoon break-out was very well balanced between what government in conjunction with the business community can do to help the black community and what can the community do - in other words accountability to self:

AfternoonBreakout sessions
Track one: Education Reform and Job Training
Track two: Economic Growth, Jobs Creation, and Business Development
Track three: Anti-Poverty Strategies
Track four: Prevention and Health Disparities (Let’s Move)
Track five: Fatherhood, Prevention, and Reentry Issues
Track six: Housing and Urban Affairs

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