From March 2008

‘Compassion in Action’: Money to Faith-Based Organizations

The White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI) convened Compassion in Action policy roundtable last week to highlight ways to alleviate hunger in the U.S. and abroad. Hosted by OFBCI Deputy Director Jedd Medefind and keynoted by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Ed Schafer, the event explored models for Federal collaboration with faith-based and community organizations to provide children and low-income individuals with access to food, a healthful diet and nutrition education..
Among those who spoke of public-private partnerships with hunger relief organizations were representatives from Angel Food Ministries, East Texas Food Bank and Catholic Charities USA. Leaders from International Orthodox Christian Charities, Planet Aid and World Vision focused on their actions to combat hunger overseas.
According to USDA, since 2001, funding for nutrition assistance has increased by more than 50 percent, to $59 billion.
For more information visit: www.whitehouse.gov/government/fbci

Provost Calls for “Conversations” On The Status of Women

Lorraine K. Provost, Exec. Director of the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women announced that her organization will hold a “Community Conversation” to identify the needs of girls and women.
The “Conversations”, which are co-sponsored by the Alameda County Leadership Circle, are designed to help support the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The meeting will be held during Women’s History Month in District 5, Tuesday, March 25, from 6pm to 8pm, at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley. Although signed by Pres. Carter in 1980, and signed by 189 countries, CEDAW is still awaiting full ratification in the U.S. by a two-thirds Senate majority.
Provost said local organizations, advocates, and community leaders are being invited to participate in the forum to assist in the design of an action plan to increase the status of women and girls. She says the Commission wants to establish a virtual resource center and clearinghouse through the use of the Internet and networks to link groups and individuals.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Alameda COSW Executive Director, Lorraine K. Provost at (510) 259-3871.

Oakland Afro World Dance Classes at DeFermery Park

EbunoluwaAdesokan.jpgEbunoluwa Adesokan is all about world music or Afro-pop, “since I was a small child”, she remembers. She sings Alto, and dances, has three grown sons in college and has a dance ensemble, Sankova Akili Dance Ensemble, based at DeFermery Community Center in DeFermery Park.
“We’re planning a fund raiser in May to take the children on tour. The monies will fund the travel, wardrobe, etc., which now we’re paying out of pocket,” says Adesokan. “Some of the children, ages 12-adult, have not been outside of west Oakland.” The dance ensemble welcomes aspiring dancers.

Jury Finds Police Intentionally Shot 12-Year-Old; Awards Father $28 Million

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A Uniontown, Pennsylvania jury last week found that two state troopers intentionally shot and killed a 12-year-old Black boy and awarded his father $28 million in damages. The shooting took place six years ago on Christmas Eve. In making the award, the jury rejected arguments from trooper Samuel Nassan that he shot Michael Ellebe because he heard a gunshot and thought the boy had shot at his partner
The second officer, Juan Curry, argued that his gun went off by mistake. Ellebe’s father Michael Hickenbottom said the case was not about money but justice. He said his biggest concern was to discover why his son was shot in the back.

Program to Start and Grow Businesses

Urban FIRE entrepreneurship training program, a series of free down-to-earth practical classes and workshops, will be available to help novice and new business owners to successfully launch and grow their businesses.
These orientations, called Urban SPARK, are short and simple workshops about the ingredients in starting a small business. Attendees will also receive a concise description of the Urban FIRE training program. The classes are offered through the partnership of the Oakland Adult and Career Education division and Urban VOICE. Tuition for the orientation is free while the Urban FIRE classes are only $10 for each 12-week session. Read more

The Mayor's Corner

Dellumsoutlookmug.jpgA few of Mayor Dellums’ recent activities:

• The Mayor inspired several hundred Oakland high school students at an indoor rally at Oakland Technical High School on March 10, when he told them about his own life as a West Oakland resident and Oakland Tech student.
• $24 million dollars to retrofit Oakland infrastructure was announced by Mayor Dellums and the Governor on March 7
• Mayor Dellums co-sponsored and attended a job fair with the Central Labor Council and Youth Uprising at which hundreds of East Oakland residents applied for jobs and job-training programs on March 8.
• The Mayor met with Arlene Holt Baker, AFL-CIO Executive Vice-President to talk about how labor can help Oakland with jobs and job creation. Read more

Faces Around the Bay: Ebunoluwa Adesokan

EbunoluwaAdesokan.jpgEbunoluwa Adesokan is originally from Nigeria, now residing in Castro Valley. She is a performing artist: vocalist, alto, and dancer! “I’ve been performing since I was a child,” she recalls, and now she is about teaching others.
She has a dance ensemble, Sankova Akili Dance Ensemble, which is based at Defermery Park Center in Oakland. Youth, aged 12 to adult, are included and Adesokan is busy planning a fund raiser for May to send the Ensemble on tour.
“We have been funding the classes out-of-pocket,” she reports, and now she intends to appeal for assistance from the community. The dance ensemble specializes in World-Afro Music or Afro-pop, and welcomes aspiring dancers.

Photo and text by Barbara Fluhrer.

Mayor Announces Developers for 3 HOPE SF Sites

African American Developer Nails Down One Development

By Wade Woods

Mayor Gavin Newsom’s HOPE SF Initiative moved ahead last week when the San Francisco Housing Authority Commission selected three development teams to revitalize San Francisco Public Housing Sites. These included the Sunndydale Public Housing Projects, Potrero Terrance and Annex on Potreto Hill, and the Westside Public Housing Project in the Western Addition. Some of the City’s most distressed public housing is located at these sites.

MichaelJohnsonmug.jpg The developer for the Westside Public Housing site was EM Johnson Interest owned by African American Michael Johnson who is the developer of the recently opened Fillmore Heritage Center that houses the New Yoshi’s Jazz Club and the 1300 restaurant and Lounge located on the corner of Fillmore and Eddy Streets. Joining Johnson on his development team will be TMG Partners; and McCormack Baron Ragan Property Management.

The potrero Terrance and Potrero Annex Housing units will be developed by BRIDGE Housing Corporation, BRIDGE urban Infill Land Development (BUILD), and the John Stewart Company.
Sunnydale Housing units will be developed by Mercy Housing California, The Related companies of California, and the Visitacion Valley Community Development Corporation. Related Companies recently into an agreement to rehabilitate the Marcus Garvey/Martin Luther King Co-op units in the Western Addition. Read more

Brenda Wright Reappointed to S. F. Employees’ Retirement Systems Board

By Wade Woods

Brenda Wright, Senior Vice President and Regional Director of Community Development for the San Francisco Bay Region for Wells Fargo and Company has been reappointed to the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement Board.
The Mission Statement of the Board states “ The San Francisco City and County Employees’ Retirement System is dedicated to securing, protecting and prudently investing the pension trust assets, administering mandated benefit programs, and providing promised benefits.”
WellsFargo.jpg Ms. Wright will have her job cut out for her during these troubled financial times, especially in light of the problems in the financial markets. Many pension funds are heavily invested in the financial markets, lets hope that San Francisco’s retirement funds didn’t make the jump into these funds during the time when the subprime loans seems like the way to easy money.
In her job at Wells Fargo Ms. Wright is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with key community organizations as well as initiatives supported by Wells Fargo’s commitment to economic development in the areas of housing, job creation and small business.
Wright is a 24 year veteran with Wells Fargo where she has held a variety of position including Senior Vice President/Regional Director, Division Manager and Market Area Manager. Wright is an active leader and founding member on many community-based organizations and committees throughout the Bay Area including the Museum of the African Diaspora, and she is the Immediate Past President of the Oakland/Bay Area chapter of 100 black Women. Read more

Reporters Without Borders: Boycott Olympics Ceremony

By Post Staff

Reporters Without Borders urged heads of state, heads of government and members of royal families to boycott the 8 August opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games because of the Chinese government’s mounting human rights violations and the glaring lack of freedom in China.
“China has not kept any of the promises it made in 2001 when it was chosen to host these Olympics,” the press freedom organization said. “Instead, the government is crushing the Tibetan protests and is imposing a news blackout, while Hu Jia, a tireless human rights campaigner, is facing a possible five-year prison sentence at the end of a summary and unfair trial.
“Calling for a complete boycott of the Olympic Games is not a good solution. The aim is not to deprive athletes of the world’s biggest sports event or to deprive the public of the spectacle. But it would be outrageous not to firmly demonstrate one’s disagreement with the Chinese government’s policies and not to show solidarity with the thousands of victims of this authoritarian regime. Read more

Faces Around the Bay: Louie Jackson

LouieJackson.jpgLouie Jackson, retired electrical engineer (20 years with Bechtel), lives in North East Richmond with his wife Patricia Jackson, who is a ‘problem solver’ with Clorox. They have four children.
Music has always been a part of Jackson’s life. He played trombone all through school and now is enjoying retirement singing. “I used to sing a lot with the gospel group Stigmata. Now we sing mainly in churches.”

Photo and text by Barbara Fluhrer.

Faces Around the Bay: Reggie Mastin

ReggieMastin.jpgReggie Mastin is a Business Development Executive with Bedrock Brand Consultants, a global brand consultancy and design firm headquartered in Oakland. The firm serves an impressive list of clients such as Chevron, AAA, Kaiser Permanente, Jiffy Lube and Wells Fargo. Reggie was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. He received a B.A. in Telecommunications, with a minor in Marketing from Alabama A&M University.
Prior to joining Bedrock, Reggie was President of Mastin Media Associates, a media and integrated marketing consulting firm. He has also held sales executive positions with several Fortune 500 companies, including Eastman Kodak, Ryder and Administaff. Read more

Mack Attack Is Back

Footballfull.jpgFrom left to right: Top – Aaron James, Ashytin Lowe, Emmanuel Johnson, Frank Otis; Middle – Damario Sims, Damon Powell, Barry Bell, Quincy Hill; Bottom – William Cherry, Christopher Jackson, Solomon Wiseman and Coach Dwight Nathaniel. Photos by Gene Hazzard and graphics by Petey Atkinson.

By Post Staff

By using an aggressive, smothering defense and an inexhaustible upbeat pace, the McClymonds High boys’ basketball won the state championship last week in Sacramento’s Arco Arena, where professional men are known to play.
On a court built for men Mack’s “boys became the men” when they did not fold under the pressure and spotlight of statewide attention.
Led by William Cherry who had 19 points, eight assists and four steals, McClymonds blew past Dominguez of Compton, 73-54, to win the boys’ Division I state championship. Read more

Obama’s On Wright's Side

By Post Staff

Barack Obama, challenged by the racial flames and fiery calls for the denunciation of his pastor for making incendiary remarks about America and the rule of whites, boldly stood up last week for his pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Like the biblical Daniel in the fiery furnace, Obama defended his pastor with a passionate explanation of his relationship with Rev. Wright.
ObamaWright.jpg In a speech considered by many pundits as one of the greatest since Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech, Obama explained “perhaps Rev. Wright, as imperfect as he may be, has been like family to me. He strengthened my faith, officiated my wedding, and baptized my children.
Obama, in a rare moment of becoming up close and personal on the issues of race during the campaign, pledged his loyalty to Wright when he said “I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother — a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.” Read more

PG&E Employees Raise $3.9 Million for Community Grants

By Post Staff

Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced its employees and retirees have pledged nearly $3.9 million – a 19 percent increase over the last year – to 3,868 schools and nonprofit organizations through the company’s 2008 Campaign for the Community.
Campaign for the Community is PG&E’s annual employee and retiree giving campaign to raise money for nonprofit organizations and schools. The nearly $3.9 million in individual contributions have been directed by employees and retirees to go to a variety of organizations and programs, including the REACH (Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help) program, Salvation Army, Red Cross, United Way, children’s charities, hospitals, hospice, schools and many other community and environmental groups.
“PG&E employees have once again demonstrated their commitment to giving back to our communities with a new record for donations to community-based organizations and schools,” said Ophelia Basgal, vice president of civic partnership and community initiatives at PG&E. “Whether it’s a financial donation or an investment of their personal time in a community project, PG&E employees and retirees stand out for their generosity and desire to make a difference.” Read more

Joyce Gordon Gallery Opening Reception, Apr. 4

JGordonfull.jpgBay area photographer Michael Johnson (inset) moves about Cuba capturing the lives of its people, the crumbling Spanish architecture and the remaining 1950s American cars. With each photograph the splendor of what is and once was comes into focus, and it becomes evident that Cuba continues to thrive within the eyes, hearts and minds of the people who live there today.

Opening Reception – April 4, 2008; 5:30 – 8:30pm
Exhibit Dates – April 4 – May 30, 2008
Joyce Gordon Photography Gallery is located at 406 14th Street (12th Street Bart Access) in Oakland, CA 94612; (510)465-8911.
For more information visit www.joycegordonphotographygallery.com

Swanson Endorses Tony Thurmond for Assembly

By Post Staff

Assembly member Sandre Swanson, Chairman of the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee, endorsed Council member Tony Thurmond’s bid for State Assembly, saying, “I enthusiastically support Tony Thurmond’s candidacy for California’s 14th State Assembly District.”
“With our current budget crisis, it’s important to have elected officials with the background and the courage to fight for a budget that reflects the priorities and values of our community,” continued Swanson. “I am confident Council member Thurmond will join me in our fight to prioritize schools, will work to create job opportunities for California’s families, and will support initiatives that will lead to safer communities.”
Thurmond currently serves on the Richmond City Council and is the Executive Director of Beyond Emancipation, a non-profit organization that provides oversight and mentoring to help former foster youth make successful transitions into adulthood.
“I am deeply honored to have Assembly member Swanson’s endorsement,” said Thurmond. “He has been a dedicated community leader for so many years, and it will be an honor to work with him. I know that with his partnership and support, we can bring high-paying jobs and affordable health care to our constituents and all Californians.”
Thurmond agreed that he would fight with Swanson to balance the state budget while protecting education, health care and public safety from arbitrary cuts. He pledged to fight to pass universal health care and to oppose cuts to public education.
“We can?t wait for change,” said Thurmond. “I am the only candidate in this race who is already working in both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties on the key issues of ending the violence in our communities and providing jobs, health care and, most importantly, hope to our youth and their families.”
Thurmond has raised more than $1 million to support emancipated foster youth in Alameda County, and helped allocate nearly $1 million in funding to support child abuse prevention efforts in Contra Costa County.
In addition to Swanson, Assembly members Mervyn M. Dymally, Mike Davis, Alberto Torrico, Fiona Ma and former Speaker Pro Tempore John T. Knox have endorsed Thurmond’s campaign.

Faces Around the Bay: Odessa Sutton

OdessaSutton.jpgOdessa Sutton came to the Bay Area from Southern California in 1945. Her first home was in Alameda, then she moved to Cordonices Village, which was Public Housing then and later became University housing. Eventually she and her husband Paul Sutton purchased a home in North Oakland, where she resides still. He was in the Army, then worked at the Oakland Main Post Office and later at Oak Knoll Hospital as a cook.
Sutton was working for the government at Fort Mason, when she came to the Bay Area, and remembers, “The hump on the Bay Bridge was terrible; the trains, A train and C train went from the east bay to San Francisco and they were big and roomy. There was only one tube from Alameda and it was smoky – a lot of people complained of being sick. It was a blessing when they built the second tube.” She was relieved when they moved their offices to Oakland. She worked for The Army Air Force Exchange until she retired.
Odessa Sutton was a member of the South Berkeley Congregational Church, which eventually split. She and many of the members left with The Rev. Dr. Hazaiah Williams to form a new church, The Church For Today, where she is a member still. Her sister Myrtle Banks has been in a Convalescent Hospital for about a year, and Sutton visits her every day.

Photo and text by Barbara Fluhrer.

Oakland Youth Reach for the Stars

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left to right: Nancy Vuong, Dayanara Cabrera, Javier Padilla, Bola Origunwa, Carlos Cendejas, Jr., EsteFania Avila, Gerardo Acevedo, Karla Maldonado. Back row: Jorge Camarena, Ebony Jones, Michele Davenport, Perla Cantu, Kat Taylor, Kellsy Nava-Lopez, and Julie Quan. Photo by Linda Russell.

A group of 75 Oakland fifth graders received a special treat on Tuesday, March 11th, when the Chabot Space & Science Center opened up its doors just for them. The Center, normally closed on Tuesdays, offered hands-on workshops in astronomy and earth science as well as a movie in the center’s planetarium. It was an uncommon opportunity for the students of Oakland’s Lafayette Elementary, Lighthouse Community Charter School, and Think College Now.
OneCalifornia Bank, through its OneCal Community Connects program and philanthropic arm OneCalifornia Foundation, collaborated with Chabot Space & Science Center to make this event possible. OneCalifornia is the brainchild of philanthropists Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor. The couple provided the capital to achieve their vision of a sustainable full-service bank to stimulate economic development first in Oakland and later throughout California. The Bank opened for business in 2007. Read more

One in Four Teens Has a Sexually Transmitted Disease

Pushing kids to be sexually active, prejudice against parents, and FDA decision that discourages medical screening add to problem

By Post Staff

According to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least one in four teens in the U.S. has a sexually transmitted disease (STD). “Current public health policies are clearly failing to reduce the spread of STDs among young women,” stated Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America. “Pushing kids to be sexually active, withholding medical screenings to deny parents information about their teens, and encouraging young women to skip screenings for STDs are irresponsible policies that have put teens’ health at risk.”
“Public health officials need to admit their failures that have led to kids paying the price,” said Wright. She said the sex education programs results in more kids being sexually active. “Experts note that a key prevention strategy is screening for STDs. Yet by making the morning-after pill available without a prescription, officials are discouraging young women from seeing a doctor when they are at risk of an STD.” Read more

The San Francisco Foundation Awards $ 745,000 to 17 Groups

The grants were awarded to the following groups:

  • The Agape Foundation, $20,000 to increase the competency of the staff of fiscally sponsored organizations in organizational development, financial literacy, fundraising, and sustainability.; Alliance for Justice received $20,000 to offer a variety of workshops, technical assistance, plain-language legal guides, and online resources. They will offer tailored bi-lingual training to immigrant-serving organizations and expand its network of local lawyers and accountants trained in laws regarding nonprofit advocacy.
  • Building Movement Project will receive $25,000 to support a collaboration between the National Community Development Institute, Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action, Movement Strategy Center, and Building Movement Project to investigate how social change organizations are addressing intergenerational leadership change. They will also identify practices that support leadership development across race, class and gender; and help integrate those practices in community-based organizations. Read more

Black Books Expo

Organizers of the African American Pavilion at BookExpo America(BEA) are finalizing plans for the event to take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA May 30 – June 1, 2008. BookExpo America, one of the largest book trade exhibits in the world, provides independent African American book publishers, self publishers, authors, Black Interest Imprints at major publishing houses, distributors, literary agents, publicists, librarians and bookstore owners exposure to more than eighty thousand book buyers and booksellers from across the globe.
“The African American Pavilion is a growing presence at BEA,” says exhibitor C. Sunny Martin , CEO and Founder, Who’s Who Publishing and the 2007 African American Pavilion at BEA “Independent African American Publisher of Note.” “There will be great opportunities to learn, share, educate, sell and network and it’s making black book history a vital, visible part of the 107-year history of BookExpo America/American Booksellers Association.” Read more

No Awards for Musicians Who Use Profane Lyrics

By Daniel Abugah

ACCRA GHANA (ANS) — The Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) says that it will no longer give music awards to musicians whose songs have profane lyrics.

DianaHopeson.jpg MUSIGA’s national president, Mrs. Diana Hopeson, said her organization wanted to bring discipline and sanctity to the industry.

Mrs. Hopeson, who was commenting on a 3-day national workshop held in Accra for MUSIGA executives, hoped the decision would go a long way to discourage the growing trend of profane music lyrics in the country by some hip life musicians, which had been a subject of worry.
Also a gospel musician, Mrs. Hopeson observed that gospel music in the country was making significant impact. She however noted that some people get into the gospel music industry either because they do not want to be tagged as ‘secular musicians’ or simply on the grounds of business and not for the purpose of ministry.
“Gospel musicians are those who are on a mission. Gospel musicians have the liberty to talk about politics and love, in God’s perspective, but we cannot also say that anyone who sings “Onyame Yeyi waye” (meaning God we praise you) is a gospel musician”, the MUSIGA president maintained. Read more

Hillary Clinton gana en Ohio y Texas y mantiene viva su candidatura

Washington – 05/03/2008.

Tras una noche de cerrados escrutinios, Hillary finalmente se ha alzado con el triunfo en las primarias demócratas de Ohio, Tejas y Rhode Island frente a Barack Obama, que sólo ha ganado en Vermont. Estas victorias suponen un claro balón de oxígeno para la senadora por Nueva York, pues le permiten seguir en la carrera por la candidatura demócrata a la Casa Blanca con fuerzas renovadas y la mirada puesta en Pensilvania, donde el 22 de abril los demócratas se juegan 158 delegados.
Los resultados de esta noche no han sido exactamente los que Hillary necesitaba. Según los responsables de campaña y varios analistas, su triunfo en Tejas tenía que haber sido más arrollador aunque le permite seguir peleando. En ese Estado, hay una votación popular. Clinton se ha llevado la victoria en las primarias pero aún quedan por saber los resultados de los caucus (asambleas locales). Pese a todo, las cifras en Texas están muy igualadas y ambos aspirantes se tendrán que repartir, casi a partes iguales, los 126 delegados elegidos en la votación general. Según las leyes demócratas, esta batalla reñida también será igual para el reparto proporcional de los delegados en el resto de enclaves, donde hay en juego más de 360 delegados.
Batalla al límite
Obama y Clinton han disputado esta noche una de las batallas más importantes en su camino hacia la Casa Blanca. En la jornada de hoy, ya conocida como el segundo supermartes, la ex primera dama ha roto la racha de 11 victorias del senador por Illinois y se ha alzado con el triunfo en Rhode Island y, sobre todo, en Ohio y Tejas, los dos Estados que han centrado la atención de las votaciones de esta noche, vitales por el elevado número de delegados en juego.
Muchos analistas habían aventurado que Clinton debía ganar al menos en Ohio y Texas para mantener viva su campaña, que en las últimas semanas había sufrido el fuerte empuje de Obama. Además, la mayoría de los medios norteamericanos advertían de que el discurso de Hillary había perdido frescura y el fenómeno Obama no había hecho más que ganar adeptos de costa a costa. Después de estas primarias, ambos candidatos se quedan prácticamente igualmente que antes, las diferencias no varían mucho y Obama sigue por encima de la senadora por Nueva York con más delegados y como favorito en el bando demócrata. Tras conocer su victoria en Ohio, la senadora ha mostrado su satisfacción por los resultados conseguidos, con los que “esta nación se recupera, y la campaña también”. “Este Estado sabe cómo elegir a un presidente”, ha declarado una exultante Hillary Clinton. “Tal y como vota Ohio, vota el resto de la nación. Necesitamos un candidato que gane en Estados clave como Ohio”
La estrategia de McCain le da la victoria
El triunfo de McCain, cuya victoria aquí y en otros tres estados le hizo ganar más de los 1,191 delegados necesarios para la nominación republicana, pone así fin a una campaña que el verano pasado parecía muerta, cuando reemplazó a la mayor parte de su personal de campaña, le faltaba dinero y quedó detrás de candidatos mejor financiados, como el ex alcalde neoyorquino Rudy Giuliani y el ex gobernador de Massachusetts Mitt Romney.
El ex gobernador de Arkansas Mike Huckabee aceptó su derrota en un discurso ante simpatizantes en Irving, Texas, y dijo que hará “todo posible para unificar nuestro partido, pero más importante aún, unificar a nuestro país para que podamos seguir siendo lo mejor que podamos’’.
McCain, quien tiene programada una visita a la Casa Blanca este miércoles para almorzar y recibir el apoyo del presidente George Bush, revigorizó su campaña con el tipo de esfuerzo de base que lo convirtió en una figura nacional la primera vez que se postuló para presidente hace ocho años.
“Comprendo las responsabilidades que asumo con esta nominación’’, dijo McCain a simpatizantes en Dallas, “y les doy mi palabra: no evadiré ninguna’’.
“Nuestra campaña debe ser, y será, más que otro debate cansón de promesas falsas, frases vacías o argumentos inútiles del pasado que no encaran ninguna de las preocupaciones de los estadounidenses con la seguridad de sus familias’’.
En los últimos días, Clinton hizo campaña en un restaurante de comida rápida Bob Evans, apareció en los programas televisivos de David Letterman y de Jon Stewart y se burló de ella misma en Saturday Night Live en un intento de mostrar su lado humorístico. También celebró reuniones con vecinos en pequeñas comunidades rurales de Ohio y habló directamente con votantes sobre sus preocupaciones con relación a la salud.