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Kevin Johnson seeks to unseat congressional incumbent in 3rd District

Kevin Johnson seeks to unseat congressional incumbent in 3rd District

Rev. Kevin Johnson is aiming to go from the pulpit to Congress.

Johnson, a political newcomer, will compete in the May 15 Democratic primary for the 3rd Congressional District.

He will face off against incumbent Dwight Evans, a Democrat who has represented the 2nd District since 2016. The newly crafted congressional district put in place this year will move Evans from the 2nd to the 3rd district.

As Johnson prepares to compete for the Democratic line against Evans, he assailed the incumbent’s nearly four decades in the State House and said, “It’s time for change.”

“I am not a career politician,” Johnson said during a recent Philadelphia Tribune editorial board meeting. “I am a person who is committed to the community. … When you look at someone who has been in office for nearly 40 years, that’s not change. We have to begin to plan for the future of Philadelphia.” Read More

Candidates scramble to get edge in new congressional boundaries

Candidates scramble to get edge in new congressional boundaries

Johann Calhoun Tribune Staff Writer Feb 28, 2018

The state’s new congressional boundaries have former candidates of the now old 1st district seat scrambling to find their political footing.

Before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court approved the new congressional boundaries last week, Democratic U.S. Rep. Bob Brady’s 1st Congressional district witnessed six candidates announcing their bid to replace the long-time congressman.

Brady announced in January he would not seek another term in Congress, giving up the seat he’s held for two decades. The FBI last year filed charges against four people in an investigation into a payment his campaign made to a primary opponent in 2012. Three people have pleaded guilty, including a political consultant to Brady.

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It’s time to stop talking and act!

It’s time to stop talking and act!

And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead. — Hebrews 11:4b

The recent massacre in Las Vegas has once again forced our nation to come to grips with the need to pass responsible gun laws.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently said, “I think it’s premature to be discussing legislative solutions if there are any,” and President Donald J. Trump told reporters Wednesday, “We are not going to talk about that today.”

The question is: When are we going to talk about it? And more importantly, when are we going stop talking about it and enact responsible gun laws!
The Las Vegas massacre was the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history. Prior to Las Vegas, there had been more than 1,500 mass shootings since Sandy Hook. On average, there is more than one mass shooting for each day in America.

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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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Pastor Urges Parents to Boycott School if District Doesn’t Receive Full Funding

Officials have until Friday, superintendent says, to provide $50 million in funding or else schools may not open on-time

By David Chang and Vince Lattanzio

Don’t send your kids to school if the district doesn’t receive $180 million. That’s the message Reverend Dr. Kevin R. Johnson sent to parents Monday night during a town hall meeting on the Philadelphia School budget crisis. Read More