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Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 07/29/2010

Protesters at Obama address to League

By Washington Post editors

Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the D.C. Convention Center Thursday with a message for President Obama: Bail out homeowners, not banks.

"We love President Obama but we are here to say that he needs to do the right thing in terms of his constituency," said Rev. Graylan Hagler, pastor of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Northeast D.C.

Hagler was among several hundred people protesting outside the venue where National Urban League was holding their annual conference. Obama was inside giving a speech to attendees. "If the President can bail out the banks, he can help people remain in their homes," Hagler said.

Some African Americans have been challenging the president to do more for blacks and Latinos who have been disproportionately affected by the poor economy and high rate of unemployment.

-- Hamil R. Harris

By Washington Post editors  | July 29, 2010; 11:06 AM ET
Categories:  DC  
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