Thank you, Mr. President. I rise on two issues. Today at 2 o'clock in the Caucus Room, there will be a briefing with Ms. Kelly B. Hodge, the Safe Schools Advocate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Commission on Crime and Delinquency for the School District of Philadelphia. Ms. Hodge will present recently leased data concerning school incidents and school safety.
In addition, in light of recent events, she will also discuss the District's policies and protocols for student early dismissals and student visitors. So I hope all who can will be present.
The second thing I wanted to mention was an article that appeared in the paper with regard to a state representative being snubbed for violating a dress code. As you know, Mr. President, we formed the Mayor's Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs in '05, and as you know, for at least 15 to 17 years ago, we formed Echoes of Africa that we deal with, and many of us have large constituents of Africans and Caribbeans in our district, and many of us wear African garb on occasion as we so choose.
It is so offensive for -- it offends all right-thinking people everywhere to have a state representative not being allowed to speak, especially during Black History Month, because he did not have on a jacket and tie. He was not allowed to speak. How dare anyone offend people who live here, who choose to dress any way they choose?
A member of my staff this evening at our program, at our show will be wearing Indian garb because her parents were born there.
How dare somebody say that an elected official has to abide by some dress code when it comes to honest dress, when it comes to people being able to wear the clothes, the garb they continue.
Because Representative Curtis Thomas had on a kufi and because he had on a dashiki, he was not allowed to speak. It is the most offensive thing that I can think about.
So I certainly will be voicing my opinion in writing. I hope that many of you will join me. This is the most offensive thing I've heard of since I can remember. In 2013, people can't wear African garb, especially during Black History Month? How dare they do that. It's so offensive, and I have to rise and think about -- I would have had something prepared, but I missed the article yesterday, but I sure enough caught it today.
Thank you very much.