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Breaking The Mold – Anthony Woods For Congress

Anthony Woods is running for a seat as Congressman for the California 10th District. He is definitely raising some eyebrows with an ability to raise campaign money. He has been endorsed by VoteVets.org, the nation’s largest progressive veteran’s organization.

He has a Masters in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 2008 and a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, 2003. He was an aide to New York Gov. David Paterson. He  served two tours of duty in Iraq, and was a Recipient of Bronze Star.

In June of 2005, Woods was deployed for his second tour to Iraq with the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment. Upon his arrival, he immediately took command of a 64 soldier platoon. During this deployment Woods’ unit was involved in the Battle for Tal Afar.

Woods brought home all 81 of the soldiers who served under his command.

While at Harvard – He was a co-recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Public Service Award for his work his work mentoring low-income minorities applying to college and numerous other community leadership activities—including co-founding the first student chapter of the Fuller Center for Housing, and making three trips to New Orleans to assist families struggling to rebuild following Hurricane Katrina.

He was born on Travis Air Force Base to a single mother who worked as a housekeeper. He is 28 years old.

Anthony Woods, Democrat for California's 10th District

Anthony Woods, Democrat for California's 10th District

Young, black, gay and running for Congress

In April, Anthony Woods, a 28-year-old West Point graduate who recently earned his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, announced his candidacy for a soon-to-be vacant seat in California’s 10th Congressional District.

Woods was an Army veteran in Iraq, but subsequently discharged for being gay under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

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Posted by on August 5, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Formerly Homeless – Now Harvard Bound!

Every once in a while, some good things happen to folks who wouldn’t otherwise seem to have a chance in life. This one is a congratulations and  Good Luck to Khadijah Williams!

Khadijah Willaims at Graduation

Khadijah Willaims at Graduation

Khadijah Williams, 18, overcomes a lifetime in shelters and on skid row.
By Esmeralda Bermudez
11:03 PM PDT, June 19, 2009

Khadijah Williams stepped into chemistry class and instantly tuned out the commotion.

She walked past students laughing, gossiping, napping and combing one another’s hair. Past a cellphone blaring rap songs. And past a substitute teacher sitting in a near-daze.

Quietly, the 18-year-old settled into an empty table, flipped open her physics book and focused. Nothing mattered now except homework.

“No wonder you’re going to Harvard,” a girl teased her.

Around here, Khadijah is known as “Harvard girl,” the “smart girl” and the girl with the contagious smile who landed at Jefferson High School only 18 months ago.

What students don’t know is that she is also a homeless girl.

As long as she can remember, Khadijah has floated from shelters to motels to armories along the West Coast with her mother. She has attended 12 schools in 12 years; lived out of garbage bags among pimps, prostitutes and drug dealers. Every morning, she upheld her dignity, making sure she didn’t smell or look disheveled.

On the streets, she learned how to hunt for their next meal, plot the next bus route and help choose a secure place to sleep — survival skills she applied with passion to her education.

Only a few mentors and Harvard officials know her background. She never wanted other students to know her secret — not until her plane left for the East Coast hours after her Friday evening graduation.

“I was so proud of being smart I never wanted people to say, ‘You got the easy way out because you’re homeless,’ ” she said. “I never saw it as an excuse.”…

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2009 in News

 

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