Bright Hope In The News
CNN:The Battlegrounds: African-American turnout
By John King, CNN Chief National Correspondent updated 12:29 PM EDT, Mon July 30, 2012
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- Paulette Beale shakes her head at the suggestion, then flashes a contagious smile.
"It's still history," she says, to rebut the notion there could be less intensity for President Barack Obama in the African-American community the second time around... Black clergy is always critical to voter turnout in communities like this, and Dr. Kevin R. Johnson says Obama can count on his help despite a disagreement over the president's support for same-sex marriage.
"We understand that he is not the pastor of the United States of America -- he is the president of the United States," said Johnson, the senior pastor at Philadelphia's Bright Hope Baptist Church.
After services this past Sunday, Bright Hope congregants had a chance to get materials on the new voter ID law.
Johnson says that law could be one factor in driving African-American turnout down a bit from 2008. But if there is a significant drop, his bet is that the tough economy will be the driving force.
"The president could do more in that area," Johnson said. "When you look at the unemployment rate in the African-American community, there's more that can be done."
Still, Johnson says things are a bit improved in recent months, and as he tells congregants they must vote, he also says he is banking on a little help in this tougher election climate.
"The reason I know that everything is going to be all right in November is because I trust in the Lord," Johnson said. "I love the president. But I trust in the Lord." (click here for full story and video)
Angry church meeting decries Philadelphia's school reorganization plan
April 30, 2012 | Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
About 200 people attended a quickly convened town-hall-style meeting at a church Sunday night to decry a Philadelphia School District plan that would close dozens of schools and shift thousands of students into charter schools.Under the plan, introduced last week, 40 of the district's 249 schools would close by next year, and 24 more would close by 2017. The central office would be dismantled in favor of "achievement networks" that would compete to run groups of 25 schools and would sign performance-based contracts. ... (click here to read more)
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Rev. Johnson: Was it a mob, or Cries from the Unheard?
The Philadelphia Tribune Published on Sunday, 14 August 2011
What’s really behind the “flash mobs” in Philadelphia?
Is it as our mayor, who was recently quoted in the press speaking from the pulpit of his home church, indicated, calling the youths a group of “ignorant, stupid, butthead, pants-sagging, byproducts of sperm donors and human ATMs” wreaking havoc on innocent people in Center City?
The national media seemed to enjoy the rhetoric and gleefully joined in calling them “young hoodlums.”
Do CNN, MSNBC, FOX or the larger community really distinguish between “good” Black children and “bad” Black children? Or do they paint us all with the same “Black” brush?”... (click here to read more)