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Former U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his speech during the 4th Congress of Indonesian Diaspora Network in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, July 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Obama announced a global summit in Chicago for civic leaders


Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced that he will host an upcoming gathering of civic leaders from around the world.

Obama said in a video released that morning that the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit would take place Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in Chicago.

“This leadership summit will be a place to gather and learn from one another and then go back to your communities and lead others in the hard work of change,” he said.

“In the weeks and months ahead, we’ll be kicking off more initiatives and opportunities for people like you to get involved in the Obama Foundation’s mission,” Obama added.

“That mission is simple – we want to inspire and power people to change the world. And we hope you’ll be a part of it.”

Some Twitter users on Wednesday criticized Obama’s planned summit, while others praised the idea.

Obama said the two-day summit will let hundreds of people active in their communities across the globe to collaborate on solutions to common problems.

The former president added that the event will showcase art, music and technology from a wide array of international cultures.

The Obama Foundation is now accepting applications from applicants who are active in their communities, passionate about social change and can add diverse perspectives to the event.

Chicago is Obama’s hometown, and the Illinois city is also the future site of his presidential center and presidential library.

Obama, a Democrat, left the White House in January and was replaced by President Trump, a Republican.

Trump has since tried reversing some of Obama’s major policy achievements, including attempting to repeal Obamacare earlier this year.

Obama earlier in September criticized Trump’s decision to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months.

The Obama administration implemented DACA in 2012, and the program temporarily immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally as children from deportation.

DACA also lets its recipients – who are called “Dreamers” – apply for renewable work permits, and the program has benefited about 800,000 people since its creation.

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