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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Organizing for America: "Restoration of Rights"... for Felons

    The Obama for America campaign may be changing its name to Organizing for Action, but the organization is still quite aware of the importance of "optics." Today, an upcoming training event in Palmetto, Florida was posted on the Barackobama.com website entitled "Talk and Information about Restoration of Rights."  The description of the event is somewhat vague:
Talk and Information about Restoration of Rights 
Speaker Desmond Meade of the Florida Coalition for the Restoration of rights will speak on the processes and progressive actions around this issue. Other topics discussed will be improvement of education and jobs opportunities in the Palmetto community.

Here's a screenshot of the event listing:


    The "improvement of education and jobs opportunities." Those certainly sound like noble goals. However, as it turns out, the event title and description are revisions of the original listing.  As of now (Sunday evening,) the Google cache version still contains the original version, although this will be updated at some point.  Here is the original title and description:

Restoration of Rights for Felons 
Speaker Desmond Meade of the Florida Coalition for the Restoration of rights will speak on the processes and progressive actions around this issue. We will offer solutions and gain suport for the further rights restoration for those who have completed their rehabilitation and wish to find jobs, and vote.

Here's a screenshot of the original:


    Now that clears up any confusion. Apparently someone at Team Obama thought it was a little too clear because the revision took place within hours (if not sooner) of the posting of the event. No sense in going overboard with the whole "transparency" thing.

    My favorite part is the final two words: "and vote." Because that's what it's all about, eh?

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