President Barack Obama has invited president-elect Donald Trump to the White House on Thursday in an effort to talk about a “smooth transition of power.” He reportedly called Trump on Wednesday morning following the election results to congratulate him on his win. There were scarce details revealed about the call. President Obama also reached out to Hillary Clinton to express his admiration for her hard-fought campaign. The meeting on Thursday will mark the first time that Trump will ever step foot in the White House. It will also be his first in-person meeting with Obama. According to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, on Wednesday Obama will issue a statement addressing “what steps we can take as a country to come together after this hard-fought election season.” Read more.
Canada’s Immigration Website Crashed as Election Results Rolled In
Months ago, when it was confirmed that Donald Trump would be the GOP nominee, many people said they would pack their bags and move to Canada if he became president. Now that he has won the presidential election, some people are making the attempt to follow through on those plans. According to reports, Canada’s immigration website crashed on Tuesday as election results came in. There is no word on whether the website crash occurred coincidentally or happened from a high volume of visitors due to the election results. Canadian officials have yet to release a statement about the matter. Read more.
First Somalian-American Muslim Woman Elected as Legislator
On Tuesday night, Ilhan Omar, a former refugee, made history by becoming the first Somalian-American Muslim woman to be elected legislator. Omar, who is 34 years old, won the Minnesota House race. “I am so proud of this win because District 60B represents Minnesota at its finest,” she said. “My neighbours and everyone here in this room, represents what we as a nation want to be: United in our diversity. Longtime residents, East African immigrants and students – we came together and engaged in the political progress. We talked about the issues that concern us and we connected on the future we want to create. Tonight, we are celebrating this win, our win. But our work won’t stop.” Omar came to the U.S. when she was 12 years old after escaping the civil war in Somalia. Read more.
First Latina Woman Elected to U.S. Senate
Although Donald Trump’s victory did not sit well with many Latinos, the community had a major win at the Senate level. For the first time in U.S. history, a Latina was chosen to serve in the Senate. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) beat Rep. Joseph J. Heck (R-Nev.) in the Senate race on Tuesday. “I’m proud to be Nevada’s 1st female and our nation’s 1st Latina senator. It’s about time our government mirrors the diversity of our nation,” she tweeted after her win. Masto’s grandfather immigrated from Mexico. Her win makes her one of four Latinos that will be serving in the Senate. Read more.
Hampton University Battles to Save Historic ‘Emancipation Oak’
Virginia’s Hampton University is in the midst of a battle to save a historic tree on its campus. The tree, dubbed the “Emancipation Oak,” has historical significance, marking one of the first classrooms where newly freed Black men and women pursued their education. It’s also where President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation was read for the first time in the South. The Virginia Department of Transportation is looking to get rid of the tree to make way for a highway expansion. Hampton’s attorney, Joseph Waldo, wants to guarantee that the university’s campus won’t be affected by the expansion. “They’re willing to fight this all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary,” he said. “Not one inch of Hampton University’s property should be touch[ed].” If the VDOT moves forward with their plans, Hampton’s historic Strawberry Banks would also be affected. Read more.
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