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Pennsylvania’s New Congressional Map is a Really (Really) Big Deal

Pennsylvania’s New Congressional Map is a Really (Really) Big Deal

by BRIAN HOWARD· 3/24/2018, 8:56 p.m.

After some high-stakes, white-knuckle legal wrangling, Pennsylvania has a brand-new Congressional map. The short version: The state’s Supreme Court ruled that the old map was an unconstitutional gerrymander and — when Harrisburg couldn’t produce a better one — went ahead and drew its own. And the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene. Twice. Now, with the May primaries fast approaching, everyone’s scrambling to make sense of a drastically new normal.

This is, to be blunt, a monumental shake-up. It has scrambled strategies locally and is guaranteed to put the state in the national spotlight as the 2018 midterms unfold.

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Philadelphia OIC gets $150K to launch a coding bootcamp for low-income youth

Philadelphia OIC gets $150K to launch a coding bootcamp for low-income youth

Fourteen thousand unfilled jobs.

That was the number Dr. Kevin Johnson found when he looked into the market for tech jobs in Philadelphia. The data comes from Burning Glass Technologies via the White House’s TechHire Initiative.

Johnson couldn’t get over that. The 41-year-old new CEO of North Philly’s Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), he knew he wanted to develop new job training programs for the 51-year-old workforce development nonprofit and when he looked at the stats, it was obvious what kind. A coding boot camp.

Backed by a $150,000 Lenfest Foundation grant and a $25,000 Comcast grant, Philadelphia OIC will launch a series of 12-week, free coding boot camps for youth and young adults called CODE OIC, starting in February at Parkway Center City High School in Callowhill. (We first told you about this last month, when Johnson spoke at Comcast’s first diversity summit.)

“I want my legacy at OIC to be that Dr. Johnson created the pathway for digital jobs for many in Philadelphia.”
KEVIN JOHNSON, OIC

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A president for everyone, except Black people

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pose with the second term cabinet. — photo submitted
President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pose with the second term cabinet. — photo submitted

As President Barack Obama begins his second term, there is something noticeably different about his new cabinet – the absence of African-American leaders and advisors.

The Congressional Black Caucus chair, Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio recently sent the president a letter stating, “You have publicly expressed your commitment to retaining diversity within your cabinet. However, the people you have chosen to appoint in this new term have hardly been reflective of this country’s diversity.”

When one compares President Obama to his predecessors, the decrease in African-American appointments is astounding.

In American presidential history, President William Jefferson Clinton has been, by far, the most transformational leader. Read More