Pres Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration Reform

11/19/2014

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Tune In: The President Addresses the Nation on Immigration Reform

Our immigration system has been broken for decades — and every minute we fail to act, millions of people who live in the shadows but want to play by the rules and pay taxes have no way to live right by the law and contribute to our country.

So tomorrow night, President Obama will address the nation to lay out the executive actions he’s taking to fix our broken immigration system. You can watch the President live tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET at WhiteHouse.gov/Live.

This is a step forward in the President’s plan to work with Congress on passing common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform. He laid out his principles for that reform two years ago in Del Sol High School in Las Vegas — and that’s where he’ll return on Friday to discuss why he is using his executive authority now, and why Republicans in Congress must act to pass a long-term solution to immigration reform.

The Senate passed a bipartisan bill more than 500 days ago, and while the country waits for House Republicans to vote, the President will act — like the Presidents before him — to fix our immigration system in the ways that he can.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/11/19/tune-president-addresses-nation-immigration-reform

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Obama to Move on Immigration Even With Warning, Aide Says

Nov 7, 2014 9:12 AM PT By Mike Dorning and Angela Greiling Keane – bloomberg

President Barack Obama won’t scale back plans for unilateral action on immigration and will press forward with his agenda even as Republican leaders warned of a poisoned relationship, a top aide said today.

“We’re going to do what we think is best for the country,” senior Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer told reporters and editors at a Bloomberg breakfast in Washington. “If they have disagreements about the things we do, they have the capacity to legislate.”

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, have said Obama should delay executive action on immigration he promised by the end of the year to avoid antagonizing members of their party.

Obama may use his authority to protect millions more undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. from deportation. He already acted in 2012 to stop deportations of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

Republicans have “a shot at” avoiding an executive action by passing immigration legislation before the end of the year in a lame-duck session, Pfeiffer said. If Congress passes a comprehensive immigration law the president is willing to sign, Obama will “tear up” his unilateral orders, he said.

The White House plans to advance its agenda on a separate track as Republicans take charge of both chambers in January, making full use of executive authority to push the president’s goals, Pfeiffer said.

The president will seek areas of agreement with congressional Republicans and use the president’s bully pulpit to prepare ground in public opinion for initiatives that a future Democratic president can enact, he said.

For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-07/obama-to-move-on-immigration-even-with-warning-aide-says.html


 

Many non-residents (illegal immigrants) DO pay U.S. Federal taxes

AnITIN, or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, is a tax processing number only available for certain nonresident and resident aliens, their spouses, and dependents who cannot get a Social Security Number (SSN). It is a 9-digit number, beginning with the number “9″, formatted like an SSN (NNN-NN-NNNN).To obtain an ITIN, you must complete IRS Form W-7, IRS Application for Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (PDF) . The Form W-7 requires documentation substantiating foreign/alien status and true identity for each individual. You may either mail the documentation, along with the Form W-7, to the address shown in the Form W-7 Instructions, present it at IRS walk-in offices, or process your application through an Acceptance Agentauthorized by the IRS. Form W-7(SP), Solicitud de Número de Identificación Personal del Contribuyente del Servicio de Impuestos Internos (PDF) is available for use by Spanish speakers.

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Presidential Memorandum — Creating Welcoming Communities and Fully Integrating Immigrants and Refugees
President Obama established a White House Task Force on New Americans, an interagency effort to identify and support State and local efforts at integration that are working and to consider how to expand and replicate successful models. The Task Force, which will engage with community, business, and faith leaders, as well as State and local elected officials, will help determine additional steps the Federal Government can take to ensure its programs and policies are serving diverse communities that include new Americans.

Presidential Memorandum — Modernizing and Streamlining the U.S. Immigrant Visa System for the 21st Century
President Obama ordered a modernization and streamling of the U.S. immigration system

 

 

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Boehner Says Obama Immigration Action Will ‘Burn Himself’

Nov 6, 2014 11:36 AM PT By Kathleen Miller – bloomberg

President Barack Obama will “poison the well” if he changes U.S. immigration policy without waiting for Congress to act, said House Speaker John Boehner.

“He’s going to burn himself if he continues to go down this path,” Boehner told reporters at a news conference today in Washington. He spoke a day after Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican in line to be Senate majority leader, said executive action by Obama on immigration would be like “waving a red flag in front of a bull.”

Boehner’s party won at least 245 House of Representatives seats in the Nov. 4 election, giving Republicans their largest majority since World War II. The party gained at least seven Senate seats, more than enough to take control in January.

Obama yesterday repeated a promise to take action by the end of the year to halt deportations for some undocumented immigrants if Congress doesn’t move on rewriting U.S. law.

“What I’m not going to do is just wait,” the president said. He said Republicans who might be “angered or frustrated” are also “deeply opposed to immigration reform in any form.”

Boehner said that if Obama acts on his own, “he will poison the well and there will be no chance for immigration reform moving in this Congress.”

“When you play with matches, you run the risk of burning yourself,” the speaker said.

For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-06/boehner-says-obama-immigration-action-will-burn-himself-.html

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UPDATES:

5/16/14 House Republican leaders to block US immigration measure

7/31/14 House Republicans abandoned a bill to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border

8/1/14 House Republicans passed a bill to deport Dream Act students under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program

11/5/14 After President Obama repeated a promise to take action by the end of the year to halt deportations for some undocumented immigrants if Congress doesn’t move on rewriting U.S. law, House Speaker John Boehner said that President Barack Obama will “poison the well” if he changes U.S. immigration policy without waiting for Congress to act.

11/16/14 Top GOP senator won’t dismiss talk of shutdown over immigration

11/21/14 Boehner: House will act to stop Obama on immigration

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Thursday, November 20th
President Obama addresses the Nation on his Immigration Reform
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Friday, November 21st
President Obama delivers remarks and signs the Executive Orders on Immigration Reform
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ConnectED to the Future

11/18/2014

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Preparing America’s students with the skills they need to get good jobs and compete with other countries relies increasingly on interactive, personalized learning experiences driven by new technology. Yet fewer than 30% of America’s schools have the broadband they need to teach using today’s technology. Under ConnectED, however, 99% of American students will have access to next-generation broadband by 2017. That connectivity will help transform the classroom experience for all students, regardless of income.

The President also directed the federal government to make better use of existing funds to get Internet connectivity and educational technology into classrooms, and into the hands of teachers trained on its advantages. And he called on businesses, states, districts, schools, and communities to support this vision, which requires no congressional action. Following the 2014 State of the Union address, the President announced major progress on the initiative, highlighting commitments by the FCC and the private sector.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/k-12/connected

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WASHINGTON, DC—

Wednesday, November 19, President Obama will host “ConnectED to the Future,” a convening with superintendents, and other educators from across the country, who will lead their schools and districts in the transition to digital learning. The event builds on the momentum of the ConnectED Initiative, a plan the President announced in 2013, to connect 99% of students to high speed internet and empower teachers with the technology they need to transform teaching and learning. An important part of this initiative is ensuring that digital connectivity supports innovation in America’s classrooms. That is why, this fall, the Administration launched the Future Ready Pledge to help school districts develop a culture where teachers harness the power of technology to personalize learning and provide quality digital content that fosters student inquiry and creativity. Through this pledge, superintendents from across the country are committing to lead a transition in their districts to innovative teaching using technology. Signatories will also work in partnership to share best practices with other school districts.  During the event, President Obama will host a digital pledge signing ceremony with over one hundred superintendents to be joined virtually by hundreds more across the country.

Since the President’s call to action in support of the ConnectED Initiative, more than $4 billion in public and private funding has been committed toward expanding high-speed Internet connectivity for America’s schools and libraries.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/11/14/white-house-host-connected-future-event

 

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Wednesday, November 19th
President Obama hosts  “ConnectED to the Future”
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Vice Pres. Biden Travels to Morocco, Ukraine and Turkey

11/16/2014
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, center, addresses entrepreneurs from the Middle East during the opening session of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Marrakech, Morocco, Nov. 20, 2014.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, center, addresses entrepreneurs from the Middle East during the opening session of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Marrakech, Morocco, Nov. 20, 2014.

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Launched in 2009 by US President Barack Obama, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit is a government-supported forum aimed at creating bridges between entrepreneurs, banks, venture capitalists, investors and others in the United States and communities around the world.

The U.S. government runs numerous programs that promote economic and social entrepreneurship around the world. This year, that commitment to fostering entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic prosperity will be reaffirmed at the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

His Majesty King Mohammaed VI and President Barack Obama agreed during King Mohammaed VI’s Royal Visit to Washington in November 2013 to organize the 5th edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in the Kingdom of Morocco.

This fifth annual Summit will convene thousands of participants on November 19-21 in Marrakech, Morocco, and will highlight the impact of technology on modern entrepreneurship. The 2014 Summit takes place during Global Entrepreneurship Week, making it the largest of the thousands of entrepreneurship events taking place around the world that week.

The Power of Technology

The theme of the Summit, “Harnessing the Power of Technology for Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” explores the positive impact of technology on innovation and entrepreneurship. Technology presents entrepreneurs with enormous opportunity. It gives them the power to reach beyond local communities and to tap into resources and expertise in other cities, countries, and continents. From using the internet for crowdfunding, to text messaging for real-time weather information, to collaborating in online chatrooms, technology is changing how entrepreneurs do business.

Participants

  • Entrepreneurs: Showcase products, connect to global markets
  • Mentors: Find new ways to give back
  • Incubator managers: Get fresh ideas
  • Policymakers: Learn to improve entrepreneurship environments
  • Educators: Gain insights from practitioners
  • Social entrepreneurs: Build a larger network

Summit Program

The Summit will be a space for entrepreneurs to network one-on-one with each other and with established businesses, and it will provide a chance to hear from those who have traveled the path before them, such as:

  • Two days of networking with innovative individuals and organizations
  • One-on-one meetings in the “Innovation Village” space
  • Sector-specific and issues-based workshops

High-level speakers from around the world will discuss issues and insights to inspire, celebrate, and support entrepreneurs, including:

  • Financing new ventures
  • Scaling up enterprises and moving to the formal sector
  • Turning talent into entrepreneurship
  • Engaging in social entrepreneurship

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GES 2014 Website: http://gesmarrakech2014.org/en/home

GES 2014 Speakers: http://gesmarrakech2014.org/en/program/speakers

GES 2014 Program: http://gesmarrakech2014.org/en/program/program

GES 2014 App: http://ges.e-180.com

 

GES 2014 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GES2014Marrakech

GES 2014 Twitter: https://twitter.com/GESMarrakech14

GES 2014 Instagram: http://instagram.com/gesmarrakech14

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5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit
November 19 – 21, 2014
Marrakech, Morocco

GES 2014 Live Stream: http://gesmarrakech2014.org/en/home

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Vice President Biden and Dr Jill Biden’s Travel Itinerary

 

Wednesday, November 19th

Vice President Biden meets with His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco
Downtown Palace, Fes, Morocco

Thursday, November 20th

Vice President Biden delivers the keynote address at the 5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit
Marrakech, Morocco

Vice President Biden attends a roundtable discussion with youth entrepreneurs at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit Global Tent
Marrakech, Morocco

Dr Jill Biden delivers remarks at the 5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit Women’s Day
Mechouar-Kasbah, Marrakech, Morocco

Vice President Biden and Dr Jill Biden depart Morocco enroute to Kyiv, Ukraine

Friday, November 21st

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk
Cabinet of Ministers Club, Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden and Ukraine President Poroshenko have a working lunch
House of Chimeras, Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden and Ukraine President Poroshenko deliver a joint statement to the press
Presidential Administration Building, Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden accompanied by Myroslava Gongadze, a Voice of America correspondent, lays flowers at the memorial of her husband,  Georgiy Gongadze, a missing Ukrainian journalist
Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden lays flowers at a memorial for those who were killed during protests in Ukraine last year
Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden hosts a anti-corruption roundtable with government and civil society leaders
Mariyinsky Palace, Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden and Dr Jill Biden depart Kyiv en route to Istanbul

Vice President Biden has a working dinner with Turkey Prime Minister Davutoğlu
Istanbul, Turkey

Saturday, November 22nd

Vice President Biden addresses “The Energy and Economic Summit” hosted by the Atlantic Council
Istanbul, Turkey

Vice President Biden meets with “Checks and Balances Network” a group funded by the National Democratic Institute
Istanbul, Turkey

Vice President Biden and Turkey President Erdogan have a working lunch
Beylerbeyi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey

Sunday, November 23rd

Vice President meets with the Turkey’s Ecumenical Patriarch, His All Holiness Bartholomew
Istanbul, Turkey

Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden depart Istanbul en route Washington, DC.
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2014 G20 Leader’s Summit – Brisbane, Australia

11/13/2014

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The Group of Twenty (G20) is the premier forum for its members’ international economic cooperation and decision-making. Its membership comprises 19 countries plus the European Union. Each G20 president invites several guest countries each year.

G20 leaders meet annually. In addition, Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meet regularly during the year to discuss ways to strengthen the global economy, reform international financial institutions, improve financial regulation and implement the key economic reforms that are needed in each member economy. Underpinning these meetings is a year-long program of meetings among senior officials and of working groups coordinating policy on specific issues.

The G20 started in 1999 as a meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis. In 2008, the first G20 Leaders’ Summit was held, and the group played a key role in responding to the global financial crisis. Its decisive and coordinated actions boosted consumer and business confidence and supported the first stages of economic recovery. G20 leaders have met eight times since 2008.

The G20 is an apt model for global cooperation in today’s world. Its response to the global financial crisis is a testament to the impact G20 members can make when working together. The G20 introduced trillions of dollars in fiscal stimulus packages worldwide, which saved or created millions of jobs that would otherwise have been destroyed. It also put in place measures to limit the collapse of financial markets and helped maintain consumer and business confidence.

For more: https://www.g20.org/about_G20

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11/15/14 FACT SHEET: The G-20 Brisbane Summit

11/15/14  G20 Leaders’ Communiqué

11/15/14 Australia-Japan-United States Trilateral Leaders Meeting Joint Media Release

11/15/14 G20 Leaders’ Brisbane Statement on Ebola

11/15/14 FACT SHEET: United States Support for Global Efforts to Combat Carbon Pollution and Build Resilience

11/15/14 United States and Japan Announce $4.5 Billion in Pledges to Green Climate Fund (GCF)

11/15/14 United States and Japan Announce $4.5 Billion in Pledges to Green Climate Fund (GCF)

11/15/14 Statement on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

11/16/14 Russian ‘Aggression’ In Ukraine Takes Center Stage At G20

 

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Nov 15-16, 2014
Brisbane, Australia

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Live Stream: https://www.g20.org/news/live_streaming

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President Obama’s Australia Travel Itinerary

Saturday, November 15th

President Obama arrives Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley
Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley

President Obama attends a G20 leaders lunch
Parliament House, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama delivers remarks
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama attends a G20 Welcome Ceremony
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama participates in a G-20 Leaders plenary session
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama takes an official G20 family photo
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama attends a G20 reception
Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama participates in a G20 working dinner
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama attends a cultural performance
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama overnights in Brisbane

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Sunday, November 16th

President Obama holds a trilateral meeting with Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama participates in a G20 plenary session
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama participates in a G20 plenary session
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama participates in a G20 working lunch
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama holds a Press Conference
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama departs Brisbane en route Washington, DC.

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White House Council for Women and Girls of Color

11/12/2014

Expanding Opportunity and Addressing Unique Challenges Facing Women and Girls of Color

When President Obama founded the White House Council on Women and Girls (CWG) within the first two months of taking office, he charged us with working to address inequalities and barriers facing women and girls in our schools, workplaces, and throughout American life. And as women’s role in society and our economy continues to evolve and grow, so too has the importance of ensuring that all women and girls succeed, including women and girls of color who often face compounded disparities.

A CWG report released yesterday delves into the inequities and distinct challenges facing women of color, while examining some of the efforts underway to close unfair gaps in educational outcomes, pay, career opportunity, health disparities, and more.

Since its inception, the CWG has focused on issues which disproportionately affect women of color. As part of this ongoing effort, the CWG is convening a Working Group to bring together policy staff from the White House and across the federal agencies, with advocates and experts from around the country. Together, this group will focus on issues including education, economic security, health, criminal and juvenile justice, violence, and research and data collection. By detailing both the progress we have made and the challenges that still remain, this report should serve both as a reminder of what is possible and as a call to action to do so much more.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/11/13/expanding-opportunity-and-addressing-unique-challenges-facing-women-and-girls-color

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November 12, 2014

White House Report: Women and Girls of Color: Addressing Challenges and Expanding Opportunity

Today, the White House Council on Women and Girls released a report entitled “Women and Girls of Color: Addressing Challenges and Expanding Opportunity”. This report highlights work the Administration has done over the last six years to reduce barriers to success for everyone including women and girls of color. From continuing to fight to increase the minimum wage, encouraging women to enter STEM-related fields, providing increased access to health screenings and much more, this report re-emphasizes the Administration’s commitment to helping all women succeed in every area of their lives. Read a copy of that report here.

About the Report:

In recent years, on indicators ranging from educational attainment to economic security to health and well-being, women and girls of color have made tremendous progress. The number of businesses owned by women of color has skyrocketed, and women of color have ascended to the upper ranks of workplaces across industries. Teen pregnancy rates for girls of color have plummeted, and high school and college graduation rates have risen.

Yet, these achievements may obscure the very real challenges and disparities that persist for women and girls of color. Girls of color still lag behind in their performance on standardized tests, and they are more likely to be suspended from school. Women and girls of color still face higher rates of poverty and receive lower wages for their work than their white peers, and they are more likely to become involved in the criminal justice system. Women of color still have some of the highest rates of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other serious conditions, and they experience high rates of domestic violence. And when women are the primary or sole breadwinners for nearly half of all households of color, these disparities do not just affect them, but their families and communities as well.

Further, as President Obama recently noted, women of color “struggle every day with biases that perpetuate oppressive standards for how they’re supposed to look and how they’re supposed to act. Too often, they’re either left under the hard light of scrutiny, or cloaked in a kind of invisibility.” When addressing the challenges women and girls of color face – challenges that often lie at the intersection of race and gender – we often fail to fully acknowledge, and account for, this complexity.

President Obama created the White House Council on Women and Girls in the first months of his presidency precisely for the purpose of addressing issues like these. The Council’s mandate is to ensure that every agency, department and office in the federal government takes into account the needs and aspirations of women and girls in every aspect of their work. Since it was established, the Council has worked on a number of issues and policies that impact women and girls of color across the country. Highlights of these initiatives – as well as numerous others across the federal government – are detailed in this report.

In detailing both the progress we have made and the challenges that still remain, this Report should serve both as a reminder of what is possible and as a call to action to do so much more.

Looking Ahead:

As part of its efforts to address barriers and disparities that still exist for so many Americans and so many women and girls of color in particular, the Council is convening a Working Group on Challenges and Opportunities for Women and Girls of Color. This Working Group will bring together policy staff from the White House and across federal agencies – as well as experts, leaders and advocates from outside the government – to focus on issues including education, economic security, health, criminal and juvenile justice, violence, and research and data collection. More information on the Working Group will be released at a later date.

Consistent with President Obama’s commitment to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to succeed, in January, 2015, the Department of Education, the White House Domestic Policy Council, the White House Council on Women and Girls and Georgetown University will convene thought leaders, policy makers, practitioners, researchers, advocates, and marginalized girls and young women to focus on increasing access to STEM and CTE opportunities. We will address barriers to access, including cultural competency, race and gender stereotypes, discrimination, and lack of sufficient resources to support programs in schools and communities. This convening will produce and inform policy and programmatic proposals to help disrupt patterns of gender-based occupational segregation by increasing young women’s and girls’ participation in programs that prepare them for high-skill, high-wage jobs, including non-traditional occupations. The aim is to develop a strategy to prepare students for in-demand careers in high-growth industry sectors.

For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/11/12/white-house-report-women-and-girls-color-addressing-challenges-and-expan

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Council on Women and Girls—Women and Girls of Color: Addressing Challenges and Expanding Opportunity
The White House

Live: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

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Thank The Troops & Operation Santa

11/11/2014

Thank the Troops

Thank an American Hero

This Veterans Day, we hope you’ll take a moment to join First Lady Michelle Obama and thank an American hero. Sending that message is easy. You can send a note on JoiningForces.gov by clicking on the “Share Your Message” tab. Either way, your card will be delivered to service members and veterans throughout the holiday season. To get you started, we’ve pasted the First Lady’s card,send your own on JoiningForces.gov

 

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For a seventh year, American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes are partnering to hold the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program to ensure all Americans have an opportunity to send a touch of home this holiday season to members of our U.S. military, veterans and their families, many of whom will be far away from home this holiday season.

The process is very simple and takes no time at all – All you need is a pen and piece of paper to share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the U.S. Armed Forces make to protect our freedoms The Holiday Mail for Heroes mail box is open and ready to receive for your cards. Please send all mail to:

Card Guidelines:
Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.

Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:

* All cards being sent in for 2013 Holiday Mail For Heroes program should be postmarked no later than Friday, December 5, 2014.

* Ensure that all cards are signed.

* Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.

* Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.

* Do not include email or home addresses on the cards, as the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.

* Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos, as these items will be removed during the reviewing process.

* Participants are encouraged to mail as many cards as they are comfortable sending. If you are mailing a large quantity, please bundle the cards and place them in large mailing envelopes or use a flat rate box from the post office. Each card does not need its own envelope, as cards will be removed from all envelopes before distribution.

* Please refrain from sending holiday cards with glitter. Many of these cards will be delivered to military and veterans medical facilities and the glitter could interfere with a patient’s recovery.

* If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.

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As close as we can tell, the Postal Service began receiving letters to Santa Claus more than 100 years ago. However, it was in 1912 that Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorized local postmasters to allow postal employees and citizens to respond to the letters in the program that became known as Operation Santa.

In 1940, mail volume for Santa increased so much the Postal Service invited charitable organizations and corporations to participate to provide written responses to the letters and small gifts to the children who wrote them.

Over the past 69 years, the program has taken on a life of its own. Postal facilities in cities around the country today allow charitable organizations, major corporations, local businesses and individuals to adopt letters to Santa to make children’s holiday dreams come true from coast to coast.

Individuals and organizations interested in adopting a letter should go to a participating office and complete a participation form.

Operation Santa Claus Post Office Locations

Operation Santa Letter – Indivdual Participation Form

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Veterans Day 2014

11/10/2014

Veterans Day 2014

History of Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

For the entire article: http://www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp

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The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.

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United States Department of Veterans Affairs http://www.va.gov/

 Women Veterans Hotline1-855-VA-WOMEN (829-6636)

History of Veterans Day 

National Resource Directory  - https://www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov

National Resource Directory app - http://apps.usa.gov/national-resource-directory.shtml

Presidential Proclamation — Veterans Day, 2014


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