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Obama to give the “speech of his life?”

Obama speeking at the UN General Assembly 2009That’s what the folks at Oxfam and many in the development field are hoping for. But what would that look like?

Many here in New York at looking to Obama to throw some fuel on the fire and lead donor nations toward accountability and responsibility in the final push to reach the MDG’s by 2015. They want him to use his oratory skills to bring a level of urgency to the MDGs, and to explain how poverty affects us all – it undermines our global security, the global economy, and the protection of the rights that we as Americans enjoy. The hope is he will send a clear message to the public, but also to his own government.

Beyond that, most are looking for specifics:

  • how will the US step up and raise the game?
  • how will his admin make deliberate decisions and choices regarding aid?
  • how will the US be accountable?
  • how will US foreign policy (esp Iraq, Afghanistan) affect aid?

Those are some big questions and bigger expectations.  We’ll see on Wednesday….

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Race and Politics- Live Blog from CAP

Due to the unprecedented nature of the 2008 election, communities of color are being actively sought after and their role and influence scrutinized by the media and political pundits. In an effort to add depth to the national conversation about the important role these communities are playing and will continue to play in ’08 and beyond, the Center for American Progress Action Fund is bringing together noted experts from the Asian American, Latino, Native American, and African American communities to discuss how these communities view this process, how they are working together to advance a common agenda, and about the role voters of color will play in November and beyond.

Click here to follow the live blog of this event.

The two things we’re never supposed to talk about…

Politics and Religion come together today in an event at the Center for American Progress. “From the Pulpit to the Polls; The Role of Religion in Politics” will be held today a 12:30 (Eastern). I’ll be live blogging from the event –

you can follow along here.

Make sure to post questions and comments! An “instant replay” will be available after the event ends (at 2:00pm).

Featured panelists include:

E. J. Dionne, Jr, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, syndicated columnist, and author of Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith & Politics After the Religious Right
Amy Sullivan, Nation editor at Time magazine and author of The Party Faithful: How and Why Democrats Are Closing the God Gap
Jim Wallis, President and Executive Director, Sojourners, and author of The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post-Religious Right America