Today is Martin Luther King Day. In order to honor the legacy of MLK, below are three events happening around the West Chester area today, January 21st.
Day of Service: On Monday Jan. 17, St. Paul’s Baptist Church will be holding its Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of service. Starting at 9 a.m. volunteers will begin collecting food from their communities and deliver it to the Charles Melton Center located at 501 E Market St. Volunteers are needed to load the truck with donated food and unload the truck once it’s delivered to the Chester County Food Bank.
History and Celebration of MLK Day: The Chadds Ford Historical Society will be hosting a celebration of MLK’s life and legacy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities will include video of King’s speeches, refreshments, and kid’s crafts. The John Chads house will also be open for tours.
West Chester University: West Chester University will honor Dr. King across two days starting Thursday and ending Friday. Events include a traditional soul food dinner, a showing of the movie “The Great Debaters” and the 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For full details visit the complete schedule here.
We know it’s not specifically West Chester news but it effects everyone across the United States, therefore I just wanted to remind everyone that the second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will be held tonight at 9 p.m.
Nearly 60 million people tuned in Oct. 3 to watch the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. In that first confrontation, viewers and pundits claimed that Romney won, and his campaign got a bump in the polls as a result. Will Obama vindicate himself this time?
Today, is the last day to register in Pennsylvania in order to vote in the Nov. 6th general election. Whether you are an Obama or Romney supporter, that doesn’t matter. What matters is a passionate and educated commitment to our nation and to your ideals and issues.
Registration here in Pennsylvania is relatively quick and easy. (If you want to register to vote in another state, follow this link.) In Pennsylvania you can do it by mail or in person. Just print out the form embedded in this link, fill it out, and make sure it is postmarked today. You can also register in person, same deadline, at any of the following locations:
- State offices that provide public assistance and services to persons with disabilities
- Armed Forces Recruitment Centers
- County Clerk of Orphans’ Court offices, including each Marriage License Bureau
- Area Agencies on Aging
- Centers for Independent Living
- County Mental Health and Mental Retardation offices
- Student disability services offices of the State System of Higher Education
- Offices of Special Education
- DA Complementary Paratransit offices
Join Chester County Historical Society members and friends for two engaging talks about intriguing aspects of the U.S. presidency. On Wednesday, September 19 at 6 p.m. Walter Eckman will entertain us with his passion about “Everything Presidential.” This casual chat will highlight the personal lives of U.S. presidents since George Washington. From modest and lofty circumstances, these men have politically shaped our nation’s history and left behind a trail of intriguing interests and new traditions. Eckman’s recently published book Meet the Presidents will be available.
Admission is free for CCHS members and volunteers, $5 for non-members. For more information or to rsvp, call 610-692-4800 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today marks the 11th year since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America. Today, is a day of remembrance and honor for those who lost their lives on 9/11, as well as for the people fighting to keep our country safe.
All around the world people have been paying tribute to this day of remembrance. President Obama spoke earlier this morning at the pentagon were families and military brass gathered, “Eleven times we have marked another September 11th come and gone. Eleven times, we have paused in remembrance, in reflection, in unity and in purpose, This is never an easy day.”
Romney shook the hands of a dozen or so firefighters one by one as they stood on the tarmac of O’Hare International Airport before boarding his plane to Reno, Nev., where he is scheduled to address the National Guard Association convention. “Those who would attack us should know that we are united,” Romney said in a statement. “Eleven years ago, evil descended upon our country, taking thousands of lives in an unspeakable attack against innocents. America will never forget those who perished. America will never stop caring for the loved ones they left behind. And America shall remain ever-vigilant against those who would do us harm.”
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President Obama will use his State of the Union address Tuesday evening to make a renewed case for an overhaul of the tax reform, one of a host of “common sense” ideas advisors say he’ll offer to shore up the American economy and tackle the growing deficit. That message comes as Obama is also beginning in earnest to ask voters to give him another four years in Washington. And as he presses for what the White House calls “tax fairness,” he was offered a new political weapon from a potential Republican rival, Mitt Romney.
The former Massachusetts governor’s campaign on Tuesday detailed his income and tax burden for 2010 and an estimate for 2011. He had an effective tax rate of $13.9% in 2010 and 15.9% in 2011 on income of more than $20 million each year. Senior White House advisor David Plouffe said in a round of interviews Tuesday morning that Romney’s tax rate illustrates the “tax reform we need.”
Obama’s speech is intended to serve as a bookend to the major speech he delivered in December in Kansas, where he said the American middle class is at a “make-or-break moment.” He invoked a Republican predecessor, Theodore Roosevelt, in railing against growing income inequality. It is indeed an election year, and Obama’s address to Congress — his sixth overall — is not expected to include the kind of laundry list of policy offerings that previous addresses did. And he’ll quickly take his message on the road with the traditional post-State of the Union barnstorming tour, which this year is a three-day itinerary of likely electoral battlegrounds in the fall.