The National Education Association will play a key role in getting Sen. Barack Obama elected the next president of the United States.

NEA’s $50 million election campaign strategy targets “swing states” – including Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Virginia, and New Mexico. The campaign emphasizes targeting members, their spouses, and all other immediate family members of voting-age.

NEA’s campaign will feature micro-targeting members and using sophisticated electronic individualized messaging to its members.

The Association, with members in every congressional district, expects to reach 5.2 million eligible voters by focusing on members and their families. Out of those 5.2 million eligible voters, NEA leaders have set a goal to deliver 80 percent of those votes for Sen. Obama.

NEA is partnering with other nonprofit organizations to create good voter turnout — especially among minorities and unmarried women. NEA also is targeting members who are education support professionals — connecting their interests in having good jobs, good wages, and good benefits with Sen. Obama and other NEA-endorsed candidates.

2008 Democratic National Convention Delegation to be Most Diverse in Party History


ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), August 24, 2008 – With certification of all delegates for the 2008 Democratic National Convention now complete, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced today that 44.3 percent of the delegates elected to attend the Convention in Denver represent minority communities, 50.1 percent are women and 31.4 percent are either seniors or youth, making this the most diverse Convention in Party history.

“Opening the door of the political process to people who have never taken part in the past has been the bedrock of our planning for this Convention since we arrived in Denver one year ago,” said Leah D. Daughtry, CEO of the DNCC.

According to statistics compiled by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), more women, African Americans, Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, GLBT delegates and delegates with disabilities will attend the Convention than ever before.

“In just days, delegates will come together in Denver to conduct the most important business of the Convention – nominating Barack Obama as our Party’s nominee for the next President of the United States,” said Alice Germond, Secretary of the DNC. “As we gather in Denver to change the course of our nation, we will truly represent the strength and diversity of our Party and our country.”

The DNCC also announced the oldest delegate to the Convention is Sophie Masloff, 91, from Pennsylvania. Ms. Masloff is an unpledged delegate. The youngest is David Gilbert Pederson, a 17-year-old at-large delegate from Minnesota — one of two delegates under the age of 18.

Seniors, age 65 or older, make up 16.9 percent of the total delegation and delegates age 36 or younger comprise 14.5 percent.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Launches Online Foreclosure Resource Center


ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), August 24, 2008 – The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has launched an online “Foreclosure Resource Center,” providing information for homeowners, prospective homebuyers and community groups to help prevent foreclosures and lessen their negative influence on neighborhoods.

“The St. Louis Fed’s Foreclosure Resource Center provides contact information for agencies that can help those homeowners who are in financial trouble or provide counsel for people who want to buy their first home,” said Glenda Wilson, assistant vice president for community development with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. “For community leaders and those working in neighborhood groups, the center offers information on preserving and protecting the neighborhoods where foreclosures have occurred.”

In addition, the virtual center contains maps that illustrate foreclosure rates, access to Federal Reserve economic research, and notices of upcoming community development events.

The Foreclosure Resource Center is part of the Federal Reserve System’s response to the recent increase in mortgage foreclosures nationwide. Each Federal Reserve Bank will establish a similar center and tailor its resources to meet regional needs. In addition, the Federal Reserve has approved regulatory changes to protect homebuyers from unfair lending practices, including a prohibition on certain loans that do not ensure a buyer’s ability to repay.

“These new rules are necessary and will go far in protecting consumers from unfair practices, as well as restoring confidence in our mortgage system,” said Wilson. “But consumers need more than rules. They also need information and trusted sources, and that’s what the Foreclosure Resource Center can provide.”