Philadelphia, PA – (ENEWSPF)–July 26, 2016. Tonight, the Democratic National Convention Committee will release a new video called, “Eagle Academy.” In 2004, David Banks realized that young men of color in his community were too likely to find themselves in the criminal justice system, without a clear path to success. When he worked with a group of community members to find a solution, they knew they needed an advocate to fight for their ideas. They found that advocate in their U.S. Senator, Hillary Clinton. From there, The Eagle Academy was born and found its success.
“Senator Clinton got it from day one,” now Eagle Academy principal David Banks says in the video. “She recognized how important it was to try a level of innovation in the public schools, because if it were not for Senator Clinton, The Eagle Academy would never have gotten off the ground.”
Kelly Sanchez, a mother of an Eagle Academy student, says, “With her, you get results. People talk about doing stuff, and you never see the results. Especially people like us in neighborhoods that people seem to forget about.” She adds, “Hillary was one of the few that came through the neighborhood, came into our schools, and actually came through with what she promised to do.”
Tonight’s video “Eagle Academy” will offer a small window into how Hillary spent her life fighting to break down barriers and build ladders of opportunity. She has continually fought to break the school to prison pipeline, to ensure every child, no matter their zip code, can reach his or her own God-given potential. Today, there are six Eagle Academy schools across New York with more than 2,000 students enrolled with a high school graduation rate at 83 percent.
About the Democratic National Convention
The 2016 Democratic Convention will be held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia July 25-28, 2016. Working in partnership with the Philadelphia Host Committee, the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, our goal is to make this the most engaging, innovative and forward looking Convention in history. The 2016 Democratic National Convention will leverage technology to take the Convention experience well beyond the hall in an effort to engage more Americans than ever before in the event. With the birthplace of American Democracy as a backdrop, the 2016 convention in Philadelphia will highlight our shared Democratic values and help put the Democratic nominee on a path to victory.
The Democratic Convention is the formal nominating event for the Democratic candidates for President and Vice President. At the Convention, the Democratic Party also adopts the official Democratic Party platform as well as the rules and procedures governing party activities including the nomination process for presidential candidates in the next election cycle.
The CEO for the 2016 Democratic National Convention is Reverend Leah D. Daughtry. The official website of the 2016 Democratic National Convention is www.demconvention.com.
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