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César E. Chávez

César E. Chávez (born César Estrada Chávez,  March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993) was an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist, who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers union, UFW).

A Mexican American, Chávez became the best known Latino American civil rights activist, and was strongly promoted by the American labor movement, which was eager to enroll Hispanic members. His public-relations approach to unionism and aggressive but nonviolent tactics made the farm workers’ struggle a moral cause with nationwide support. By the late 1970s, his tactics had forced growers to recognize the UFW as the bargaining agent for 50,000 field workers in California and Florida. However, by the mid-1980s membership in the UFW had dwindled to around 15,000.

After his death he became a major historical icon for the Latino community, organized labor, and liberal movement, symbolizing support for workers and for Hispanic power based on grass roots organizing and his slogan “Sí, se puede” (Spanish for “Yes, one can” or, roughly, “Yes, it can be done”). His supporters say his work led to numerous improvements for union laborers. His birthday, March 31, has become César Chávez Day, a state holiday in California, Colorado, and Texas.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceasar_Chavez

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The Story of César Chávez
THE BEGINNING

The story of César Estrada Chávez begins near Yuma, Arizona. Cesar was born on March 31, 1927. He was named after his grandfather, Cesario. Regrettably, the story of César E. Chávez also ends near Yuma, Arizona. He passed away on April 23, 1993, in San Luis, a small village near Yuma, Arizona.

He learned about justice or rather injustice early in his life. César grew up in Arizona; the small adobe home, where César was born was swindled from them by dishonest Anglos. César’s father agreed to clear eighty acres of land and in exchange he would receive the deed to forty acres of land that adjoined the home. The agreement was broken and the land sold to a man named Justus Jackson. César’s dad went to a lawyer who advised him to borrow money and buy the land. Later when César’s father could not pay the interest on the loan the lawyer bought back the land and sold it to the original owner. César learned a lesson about injustice that he would never forget. Later, he would say, The love for justice that is in us is not only the best part of our being but it is also the most true to our nature.

In 1938 he and his family moved to California. He lived in La Colonia Barrio in Oxnard for a short period, returning to Arizona several months later. They returned to California in June 1939 and this time settled in San Jose. They lived in the barrio called Sal Si Puedes -“Get Out If You Can.” César thought the only way to get out of the circle of poverty was to work his way up and send the kids to college. He and his family worked in the fields of California from Brawley to Oxnard, Atascadero, Gonzales, King City, Salinas, McFarland, Delano, Wasco, Selma, Kingsburg, and Mendota.

For more: http://www.ufw.org/_page.php?menu=research&inc=history/07.html

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César Chávez Day

César E. Chávez’s birthday, March 31, is celebrated in California, Colorado, and Texas as a state holiday, intended to promote service to the community in honor of Chávez ‘s life and work. Many, but not all, state government offices, community colleges, and libraries are closed. Many public schools in the state are also closed. Texas also recognizes the day, and it is an optional holiday in Arizona and Colorado. Although it is not a federal holiday, President Barack Obama proclaimed March 31 as “César Chávez “ in the United States, with Americans being urged to “observe this day with appropriate service, community, and educational programs to honor César Chávez’s enduring legacy”.

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  1. CR says:

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    Cesar Chavez

    Cesar Chavez (born César Estrada Chávez, locally: [ˈsesaɾ esˈtɾaða ˈtʃaβes]; March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993) was an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist, who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers union, UFW).

    A Mexican American, Chavez became the best known Latino American civil rights activist, and was strongly promoted by the American labor movement, which was eager to enroll Hispanic members. His public-relations approach to unionism and aggressive but nonviolent tactics made the farm workers’ struggle a moral cause with nationwide support. By the late 1970s, his tactics had forced growers to recognize the UFW as the bargaining agent for 50,000 field workers in California and Florida. However, by the mid-1980s membership in the UFW had dwindled to around 15,000.

    After his death he became a major historical icon for the Latino community, organized labor, and liberal movement, symbolizing support for workers and for Hispanic power based on grass roots organizing and his slogan “Sí, se puede” (Spanish for “Yes, one can” or, roughly, “Yes, it can be done”). His supporters say his work led to numerous improvements for union laborers. His birthday, March 31, has become Cesar Chavez Day, a state holiday in California, Colorado, and Texas.

    For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceasar_Chavez

    • CR says:

      The Story of Cesar Chavez
      THE BEGINNING

      The story of Cesar Estrada Chavez begins near Yuma, Arizona. Cesar was born on March 31, 1927. He was named after his grandfather, Cesario. Regrettably, the story of Cesar Estrada Chavez also ends near Yuma, Arizona. He passed away on April 23, 1993, in San Luis, a small village near Yuma, Arizona.

      He learned about justice or rather injustice early in his life. Cesar grew up in Arizona; the small adobe home, where Cesar was born was swindled from them by dishonest Anglos. Cesar’s father agreed to clear eighty acres of land and in exchange he would receive the deed to forty acres of land that adjoined the home. The agreement was broken and the land sold to a man named Justus Jackson. Cesar’s dad went to a lawyer who advised him to borrow money and buy the land. Later when Cesar’s father could not pay the interest on the loan the lawyer bought back the land and sold it to the original owner. Cesar learned a lesson about injustice that he would never forget. Later, he would say, The love for justice that is in us is not only the best part of our being but it is also the most true to our nature.

      In 1938 he and his family moved to California. He lived in La Colonia Barrio in Oxnard for a short period, returning to Arizona several months later. They returned to California in June 1939 and this time settled in San Jose. They lived in the barrio called Sal Si Puedes -“Get Out If You Can.” Cesar thought the only way to get out of the circle of poverty was to work his way up and send the kids to college. He and his family worked in the fields of California from Brawley to Oxnard, Atascadero, Gonzales, King City, Salinas, McFarland, Delano, Wasco, Selma, Kingsburg, and Mendota.

      For more: http://www.ufw.org/_page.php?menu=research&inc=history/07.html

    • CR says:

      Cesar Chavez Day

      Cesar Chavez’s birthday, March 31, is celebrated in California, Colorado, and Texas as a state holiday, intended to promote service to the community in honor of Chavez’s life and work. Many, but not all, state government offices, community colleges, and libraries are closed. Many public schools in the state are also closed. Texas also recognizes the day, and it is an optional holiday in Arizona and Colorado. Although it is not a federal holiday, President Barack Obama proclaimed March 31 as “Cesar Chavez Day” in the United States, with Americans being urged to “observe this day with appropriate service, community, and educational programs to honor César Chávez’s enduring legacy”.

      • CR says:

        March 28, 2014

        Presidential Proclamation — Cesar Chavez Day, 2014

        CESAR CHAVEZ DAY, 2014

        BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

        A PROCLAMATION

        On Cesar Chavez Day, we celebrate one of America’s greatest champions for social justice. Raised into the life of a migrant farm worker, he toiled alongside men, women, and children who performed daily, backbreaking labor for meager pay and in deplorable conditions. They were exposed to dangerous pesticides and denied the most basic protections, including minimum wages, health care, and access to drinking water. Cesar Chavez devoted his life to correcting these injustices, to reminding us that every job has dignity, every life has value, and everyone — no matter who you are, what you look like, or where you come from — should have the chance to get ahead.

        After returning from naval service during World War II, Cesar Chavez fought for freedom in American agricultural fields. Alongside Dolores Huerta, he founded the United Farm Workers, and through decades of tireless organizing, even in the face of intractable opposition, he grew a movement to advance “La Causa” across the country. In 1966, he led a march that began in Delano, California, with a handful of activists and ended in Sacramento with a crowd 10,000 strong. A grape boycott eventually drew 17 million supporters nationwide, forcing growers to accept some of the first farm worker contracts in history. A generation of organizers rose to carry that legacy forward.

        The values Cesar Chavez lived by guide us still. As we push to fix a broken immigration system, protect the right to unionize, advance social justice for young men of color, and build ladders of opportunity for every American to climb, we recall his resilience through setbacks, his refusal to scale back his dreams. When we organize against income inequality and fight to raise the minimum wage — because no one who works full time should have to live in poverty — we draw strength from his vision and example.

        Throughout his lifelong struggle, Cesar Chavez never forgot who he was fighting for. “What [the growers] don’t know,” he said, “is that it’s not bananas or grapes or lettuce. It’s people.” Today, let us honor Cesar Chavez and those who marched with him by meeting our obligations to one another. I encourage Americans to make this a national day of service and education by speaking out, organizing, and participating in service projects to improve lives in their communities. Let us remember that when we lift each other up, when we speak with one voice, we have the power to build a better world.

        NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 31, 2014, as Cesar Chavez Day. I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate service, community, and education programs to honor Cesar Chavez’s enduring legacy.

        IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

        BARACK OBAMA

    • CR says:

      October 08, 2012

      Remarks by the President at the Dedication of the Cesar Chavez National Monument, Keene, CA

      La Paz, Chavez National Monument
      Keene, California

      11:50 A.M. PDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning! Buenos dias! (Applause.) Si, se puede! (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you so much.

      AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Thank you so much. I am truly grateful to be here. It is such a great honor to be with you on this beautiful day, a day that has been a long time coming.

      To the members of the Chavez family and those who knew and loved Cesar; to the men and women who’ve worked so hard for so long to preserve this place — I want to say to all of you, thank you. Your dedication, your perseverance made this day possible.

      I want to acknowledge the members of my administration who have championed this project from the very beginning — Secretary Ken Salazar, Secretary Hilda Solis, Nancy Sutley. (Applause.) To Governor Brown, Mayor Villaraigosa — (applause) — Congressman Grijalva — they are here. We are grateful for your presence. And I also want to recognize my dear friend, somebody we’re so proud of — Arturo Rodriguez, the current president of the UFW. (Applause.)

      Most of all, I want to thank Helen Chavez. (Applause.) In the years to come, generations of Americans will stand where we stand and see a piece of history — a tribute to a great man and a great movement. But to Helen, this will always be home. It’s where she fought alongside the man that she loved; where she raised eight children and spoiled 31 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. (Applause.) This is where she continues to live out the rest of her days.

      So, Helen, today we are your guests. We appreciate your hospitality, and you should feel free to kick us out whenever you want. (Laughter.)

      Today, La Paz joins a long line of national monuments — stretching from the Statue of Liberty to the Grand Canyon — monuments that tell the story of who we are as Americans. It’s a story of natural wonders and modern marvels; of fierce battles and quiet progress. But it’s also a story of people — of determined, fearless, hopeful people who have always been willing to devote their lives to making this country a little more just and a little more free.

      One of those people lies here, beneath a rose garden at the foot of a hill he used to climb to watch the sun rise. And so today we celebrate Cesar Chavez. (Applause.)

      Cesar would be the first to say that this is not a monument to one man. The movement he helped to lead was sustained by a generation of organizers who stood up and spoke out, and urged others to do the same — including the great Dolores Huerta, who is here today. (Applause.)

      It drew strength from Americans of every race and every background who marched and boycotted together on behalf of “La Causa.” And it was always inspired by the farm workers themselves, some of whom are with us. This place belongs to you, too.

      But the truth is we would not be here if it weren’t for Cesar. Growing up as the son of migrant workers who had lost their home in the Great Depression, Cesar wasn’t easy on his parents. He described himself as “caprichoso” — (laughter) — capricious. His brother Richard had another word for him — (applause) — stubborn.

      By the time he reached 7th grade, Cesar estimated he had attended 65 elementary schools, following the crop cycles with his family, working odd jobs, sometimes living in roadside tents without electricity or plumbing. It wasn’t an easy childhood. But Caesar always was different. While other kids could identify all the hottest cars, he memorized the names of labor leaders and politicians.

      After serving in the Navy during World War II, Cesar returned to the fields. And it was a time of great change in America, but too often that change was only framed in terms of war and peace, black and white, young and old. No one seemed to care about the invisible farm workers who picked the nation’s food — bent down in the beating sun, living in poverty, cheated by growers, abandoned in old age, unable to demand even the most basic rights.

      But Cesar cared. And in his own peaceful, eloquent way, he made other people care, too. A march that started in Delano with a handful of activists — (applause) — that march ended 300 miles away in Sacramento with a crowd 10,000 strong. (Applause.) A boycott of table grapes that began in California eventually drew 17 million supporters across the country, forcing growers to agree to some of the first farm worker contracts in history. Where there had once been despair, Cesar gave workers a reason to hope. “What [the growers] don’t know,” he said, “is that it’s not bananas or grapes or lettuce. It’s people.”

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/08/remarks-president-dedication-cesar-chavez-national-monument-keene-ca

    • CR says:

      March 19, 2014

      Remarks by the President at Screening of “Cesar Chavez: An American Hero”

      South Court Auditorium

      2:38 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Welcome to the White House. We are here to celebrate the life of an American hero. Cesar Chavez was a man who devoted this brief time that we have on Earth to making sure that this country lived up to some of its lofty ideals, the words of our founding, the idea that all of us are created equal — a man who organized others to widen the circle of opportunity not just for the people he knew, but for future generations.

      And some of those future generations are here today. Cesar’s son, Paul, is here. (Applause.) There he is. I was looking for him. Some of his children — some of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren are here. I did not have the honor of knowing Mr. Chavez, but I’d imagine that he’d be pretty proud to know that his granddaughter works in the White House. (Applause.) And not only does she know how to deliver an outstanding introduction — (laughter) — but she also does just an extraordinary job carrying on his work organizing people, but now all across the country, to engage on issues that are of importance to all Americans. And Julie just does an extraordinary job. We’re so proud of her. So, thank you, Julie, for the great introduction. (Applause.)

      A couple of other acknowledgements — I want to acknowledge an outstanding Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. (Applause.) The great Dolores Huerta, our dear friend who co-founded the United Farm Workers along with Cesar. (Applause.) Rosario told me she was playing Dolores, and I thought I can see that — there’s the same fire. I did have to say Rosario is a little taller. Just a little bit. (Laughter.)
      I want to thank the UFW’s current president, Arturo Rodriguez, a great friend of ours. Thank you. (Applause.) And I want to thank Diego Luna and the entire cast of “Cesar Chavez.” (Applause.) I told him I loved “Y Tu Mamá, También.” But we can’t screen that at the White House. (Laughter.) It’s a great movie, but this is a little more family-friendly here. (Laughter.)

      This movie, this film tells the story of a man guided by an enormous faith — faith in a righteous cause and a loving God, and the dignity of every human being. And it reminds us how throughout our history that faith has been tested, and that it falls to ordinary Americans, ordinary people, to fight and restore that faith.

      Cesar himself said that he spent his first 20 years working as an organizer without a single major victory. But he never gave up. He kept on going, and the world is a better place because he did. And that’s one of the great lessons of his life. You don’t give up the fight no matter how long it takes. No matter how long the odds, you keep going, fueled by a simple creed — sí, se puede.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/03/19/remarks-president-screening-cesar-chavez-american-hero

  3. CR says:

    March 28, 2014

    President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Kingdom of Spain to attend the State Funeral for former President Adolfo Suarez Gonzalez

    President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Kingdom of Spain to attend the State Funeral for former President Adolfo Suarez Gonzalez, on March 31, 2014.

    The Honorable Ray Mabus, Secretary of the United States Navy, will lead the delegation.

    Members of the Presidential Delegation:

    The Honorable James Costos, United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain and the Principality of Andorra

    The Honorable Bob Graham, former United States Senator from Florida

  4. Isaac Nuru says:

    CR, Thanks for the post in honor of a great man. It was a moving dedication by President Obama concerning Cesar Chavez National Monument… May Cesar Chavez RIP, forever more. Isaac

    • CR says:

      Hi Isaac! Yes, Cesar Chavez deserves to be honored along with all those who fought for their civil rights.

  5. CR says:

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    White House Cesar Chavez Champions of Change
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    • CR says:

      Cesar Chavez Champions of Change

      Published on Mar 31, 2014

      The White House honors community service leaders to highlight their incredible contributions to our public and community service sectors in recognition of Cesar Chavez Day.

  6. CR says:

    Richmond’s Rosie the Riveters headed to White House to meet vice president

    POSTED: 11/11/2013 03:06:12 PM PST0 COMMENTS| UPDATED: 5 MONTHS AGO
    By Chris Treadway – Contra Costa Times

    RICHMOND — Phyllis Gould, 92, is as determined today as she was 71 years ago. Her persistence during World War II earned her a job as one of the first six women to break union barriers and be hired as welders at the Kaiser shipyards in 1942.

    That same determination has landed her and four other Rosie the Riveters an invitation to be recognized for their contributions by Vice President Joe Biden in Washington, D.C.

    The invitation, which came in a personal phone call from Biden to Gould on Oct. 22, was the result of a White House letter-writing campaign by Gould that started more than 12 years ago, when Bill Clinton was in the Oval Office.

    “I’m a letter-writer,” Gould said. “I saw that they invited all these sports figures and various people all the time who showed up at the White House, and I thought, ‘Nobody’s paid attention to us.’ We’re dying off fast.”

    “She said ‘They’ve had football players and NASCAR drivers, but we’re cuter,'” recalled Elizabeth Tucker, a ranger at Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park.

    Even someone as determined as Gould has a limit.

    “I wrote a lot of ‘em and didn’t get a response to any of them,” she said. “I told (my sister) this was the last one I was going to write.”

    Then the phone calls came, first from a representative of Biden and the next day from the vice president himself.

    Gould said her reaction was “pretty much shock. It still seems like a bit of a fairy tale.”

    The call lasted about 15 minutes. “He’s a talker,” Gould said. “If I had something to say, I’d just butt in. I said I wanted a big Biden hug, and he said he wanted one back.”

    The invitation was extended to Fairfax resident Gould and her sister Marian Sousa, 87, of El Sobrante; along with Marian Wynn, 87, of Fairfield; Kay Morrison, 90, of Fairfield; and Priscilla Elder, 93, of Pinole.

    Sousa, Wynn, Morrison and Elder are a popular attraction each Friday at the Rosie the Riveter visitors center in Richmond. Gould is not a regular at the center but keeps busy swimming three times a week and volunteering at a Marin County food pantry.

    The five plan to make the trip in April and hope a benefactor will step forward to make the visit possible. The Rosies realize they can’t wait too long. “We’re all on borrowed time,” said Morrison, who added that “it’s been one of my life’s ambitions” to visit the nation’s capitol.

    For more: http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_24501394/richmonds-rosie-the-riveters-headed-to-white-house-to-meet-vice-president

    • CR says:

      Rosie the Riveters Take White House by Storm, Get Hugs From Joe Biden

      Mar 31, 2014 6:46pm By Alexandra Dukakis – abc

      The original six “Rosie the Riveters” who worked in a shipyard during World War II traveled to Washington today in hopes of fulfilling one of their dreams: getting a hug from Joe Biden.

      “Oh my gosh, it was wonderful. I had written a letter to the vice president and in it I said my dream would be to have my picture taken with the two of them in the Oval Office, and I got it,” gushed 91-year-old Phyllis Gould, of California, whose letter prompted the women’s meeting at the White House.

      In her letter, Gould also expressed her desire to get a hug from the vice president, another dream that came true today. “He came bursting out of a room and grabbed me and … then he hugged everyone,” Gould said.

      One Riveter said President Obama “kissed all of us” during his meeting with the women. “And Biden did too!” another chimed in.
      The Riveters worked as welders, electricians and draftsman at the Kaiser Shipyard in Richmond, Calif., during World War II.

      Gould said she wrote the letter because she felt her fellow Riveters weren’t being given their due credit. “All the military had monuments and recognition and we didn’t get any, and we’re not going to be around that much longer and in the schools they’re not even teaching about World War II, so if anybody’s going to remember us, I wanted to be a big bang here — and we’re having it,” Gould said.

      On their legacy, the women said they hope to be remembered as trailblazers for women in America. Each Riveter added their own hope for how they would be remembered: “That women can do anything they put their mind to,” said one. Then another said: “I just want us to be remembered that we did what we could to help win the war, World War II, and bring our boys home.”

      For more: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/03/rosie-the-riveters-take-white-house-by-storm-get-hugs-from-joe-biden/

  7. CR says:

    March 31, 2014

    Presidential Proclamation — National Child Abuse Prevention Month, 2014

    NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH, 2014

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    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION

    In the United States of America, every child should have every chance in life, every chance at happiness, and every chance at success. Yet tragically, hundreds of thousands of young Americans shoulder the burden of abuse or neglect. As a Nation, we must do better. During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we strengthen our resolve to give every young person the security, opportunity, and bright future they deserve.

    We all have a role to play in preventing child abuse and neglect and in helping young victims recover. From parents and guardians to educators and community leaders, each of us can help carve out safe places for young people to build their confidence and pursue their dreams. I also encourage Americans to be aware of warning signs of child abuse and neglect, including sudden changes in behavior or school performance, untreated physical or medical issues, lack of adult supervision, and constant alertness, as though preparing for something bad to happen. To learn more about how you can prevent child abuse, visit http://www.ChildWelfare.gov/Preventing.

    Raising a healthy next generation is both a moral obligation and a national imperative. That is why my Administration is building awareness, strengthening responses to child abuse, and translating science and research — what we know works for kids and families — into practice. I also signed legislation to create the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, and we are providing additional resources and training to State and local governments and supporting extensive research into the causes and long-term consequences of abuse and neglect.

    Our Nation thrives when we recognize that we all have a stake in each other. This month and throughout the year, let us come together — as families, communities, and Americans — to ensure every child can pursue their dreams in a safe and loving home.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 2014 as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month with programs and activities that help prevent child abuse and provide for children’s physical, emotional, and developmental needs.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

    BARACK OBAMA

    • CR says:
      Reporting Child Abuse or Neglect If you know or suspect someone abused, neglected, or exploited a child, contact your local law enforcement and/or child protective services agency as soon as possible. You may also call: The toll-free child abuse hotline in your state The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at  1-800-4-A-CHILD  (1-800-422-4453)

      Reporting Child Abuse or Neglect
      If you know or suspect someone abused, neglected, or exploited a child, contact your local law enforcement and/or child protective services agency as soon as possible. You may also call:
      The toll-free child abuse hotline in your state
      The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at
      1-800-4-A-CHILD
      (1-800-422-4453)

  8. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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    Chrysler’s Ram and Jeep Lead to 48th Straight Monthly Gain

    Apr 1, 2014 5:40 AM PT By Mark Clothier – bloomberg

    Chrysler Group LLC reported March sales that topped analysts’ estimates as Ram truck, Jeep sport-utility vehicle and Fiat small-car sales surged.

    Chrysler deliveries rose 13 percent to 193,915 for a 48th straight monthly gain as Jeep brand sales increased 47 percent, the Auburn Hills, Michigan-based company said today in a statement. The third-largest U.S. automaker beat the average of eight analysts, who projected an expansion of 10 percent. Ram pickup sales rose 26 percent to 42,532, while Fiat sales gained 24 percent to 4,738.

    Better weather may help the industry bounce back after two months hampered by unusually cold temperatures. Light-vehicle sales through February have fallen 1.4 percent, according to researcher Autodata Corp.

    “We are entering the spring selling season on a high note as our Jeep and Fiat brands recorded their best sales months ever and Chrysler Group extended its streak in March to 48 consecutive months of year-over-year sales increases” Reid Bigland, the company’s U.S. sales chief, said in the statement.

    Industrywide sales may rise 2.1 percent to 1.48 million light vehicles, the average of 10 analyst projections. The annualized rate, adjusted for seasonal factors, may rise to 15.8 million, the average of 14 estimates, from 15.3 million a year earlier.

    Chrysler forecast a sales pace of 16.2 million, including medium-duty and heavy trucks, which typically account for at least 200,000 sales annually. The U.S. automaker owned by Turin, Italy-based Fiat SpA (F) finished the month with 71 days supply of inventory, down from 85 days at the end of February.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-01/chrysler-s-ram-and-jeep-sales-lead-to-48th-straight-monthly-gain.html

  10. CR says:

    Manufacturing in U.S. Expands at Faster Pace on Production Gain

    Apr 1, 2014 7:00 AM PT By Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Manufacturing in the U.S. expanded at a faster pace in March as gains in production and orders showed the industry was mending at the close of a winter-depressed first quarter.

    The Institute for Supply Management’s index increased to 53.7, less than projected, from 53.2 a month earlier, the Tempe, Arizona-based group’s report showed today. Readings above 50 indicate growth. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists was 54.

    Production picked up last month as temperatures warmed and suppliers had greater success making deliveries of parts to factories. Stronger consumer spending along with a rebound in business equipment purchases would help keep factories humming and provide a bigger source of strength for the economy.

    “The profits are piling up, orders are expanding, confidence is improving,” Carl Riccadonna, senior U.S. economist at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. in New York, said before the report. “I think we’ll suddenly show some renewed vigor as we get away from the winter freeze.”

    Estimates for the factory index from 81 economists in the Bloomberg survey ranged from 51.5 to 56. Manufacturing accounts for about 12 percent of the economy. Of the 18 industries covered, 14 reported growth in March, led by petroleum, the ISM said.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-01/u-s-ism-manufacturing-index-rose-to-53-7-in-march-from-53-2.html

  11. CR says:

    A Special Message From the President

    Kori Schulman April 01, 2013 10:00 AM EDT

    This morning, the White House released a special video message from the President. Watch it here:

  12. CR says:

    11:35 AM ET
    President Obama welcomes the Boston Red Sox to the White House to honor the team and their 2013 World Series Championship
    South Lawn

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    • CR says:

      April 01, 2014

      Remarks by the President Honoring the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox

      South Lawn

      11:35 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! Everybody, have a seat. Have a seat. I got a few things to say here.

      First of all, it’s great to see you as we kick off the 2014 baseball season. Now, I thought I invited the Red Sox here today, but there must be a mistake because I don’t recognize all these clean-shaven guys. (Laughter.) There’s one guy — a couple guys who decided they thought the beard was working for them.

      But beards or no beards, it is an honor to welcome the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox to the White House. (Applause.) I have to say, you all have some fanatical fans. (Laughter.) And many of them occupy my administration and the White House. Look at my White House photographer — he’s been thinking about this day all week. I got my press secretary there. I am surrounded by Red Sox fans. And I know that there — all the members of Congress from the New England delegation, who are equally fanatic.

      Back in 2004, watching the Red Sox win the World Series was a novelty. But over the past 10 years, this clubhouse has the winningest championship record in baseball — (applause) — three World Series titles in a decade, under the leadership of John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino, and their partners. And since they won this one at Fenway, the die-hards can finally declare that the Curse has definitively been broken. (Applause.)

      Obviously, all the wins were sweet for Red Sox fans, but I think for the nation as a whole there was something about this particular squad that was special and will go down in history — not just not just because they went from worst to first, but because they symbolized the grit and the resilience of America’s — one of America’s iconic cities during one of its most difficult moments.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/01/remarks-president-honoring-2013-world-series-champion-boston-red-sox

  13. CR says:

    April 01, 2014

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the House Republican Budget

    To build real, lasting economic security for the middle class, the President and Democrats in Congress have a plan to grow our economy from the middle out, not the top down, and create more opportunities for every hardworking American to get ahead. Unfortunately, Republicans in Congress do not have a plan that works for the middle class and the House Republican Budget is the same old top-down approach. Because of a stubborn unwillingness to cut the deficit in a balanced way by closing tax loopholes for the wealthy and well connected, the House Republican Budget would slow the economy, stack the deck against the middle class, and threaten the guaranteed benefits seniors have paid for and earned.

    The House Republican Budget would raise taxes on middle class families with children by an average of at least $2,000 in order to cut taxes for households with incomes over $1 million. It would force deep cuts to investments in our roads and bridges, scientific research to cure diseases like Alzheimer’s and at every level of education from early childhood to community college. It would end Medicare as we know it, turning it into a voucher program and risking a death spiral in traditional Medicare. Instead of ensuring that Americans earn a fair wage for a hard day’s work and lifting millions of people out of poverty, the House Republican approach undermines Americans working hard to support their families by slashing food stamps and Medicaid. And rather than expanding health coverage for all Americans and making it more affordable, it would repeal the Affordable Care Act, raising health care costs on families and businesses and eliminating coverage for the 3 million young adults who have gained coverage by staying on their parent’s plan, the millions of people who have signed up for private insurance plans through the Marketplaces, and millions more who can continue to gain coverage through Medicaid.

    The House Republican Budget stands in stark contrast to the President’s Budget, which would accelerate economic growth and expand opportunity for all hardworking Americans, while continuing to cut the deficit in a balanced way. The President has put forward a Budget that rewards hard work with fair wages, equips all children with a high-quality education to prepare them for a good job, puts a secure retirement within reach, and ensures health care is affordable and reliable, while at the same time asking the wealthiest to pay their fair share and making tough cuts to programs we can’t afford. And by paying for new investments and tackling our true fiscal challenges, the President’s Budget builds on the progress we’ve already made to cut the deficit by more than half since 2009 and cuts the deficit as a share of the economy to 1.6 percent by 2024. It also stabilizes the debt as a share of the economy by 2015 and puts it on a declining path after that.

    Budgets are about choices and values. House Republicans have chosen to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest rather than create opportunities for middle class families to get ahead. The President believes that is the wrong approach and that we should instead be making smart investments necessary to create jobs, grow our economy, and expand opportunity, while still cutting the deficit in a balanced way and securing our nation’s future.

    • CR says:

      Republican budget proposes deep cuts in domestic programs
      Reuters By David Lawder

      4/1/14 2 hours ago By David Lawder – Reuters

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Representative Paul Ryan, the leading Republican voice on budget policy, rolled out a new fiscal blueprint on Tuesday that calls for deep cuts in domestic programs, increased defense spending and a goal of erasing annual deficits in 10 years.

      Ryan’s budget, called the “Path to Prosperity,” has almost no chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate but is expected to serve as a campaign manifesto for Republicans in November’s congressional elections.

      It proposes to kill President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare reforms and revives cuts in social programs such as the popular Medicare entitlement for the elderly that Ryan, who chairs the House Budget Committee, has proposed in other recent budgets.

      The plan calls for savings of $5.1 trillion over a decade, with the goal of reaching a balanced budget by 2024 with no new tax revenues but increased defense spending.

      Nearly $2.1 trillion would be saved over a decade by the proposal to kill Obamacare, according to the plan.

      A sweeping overhaul of Medicare has been slightly revised, with phased-in changes applying to workers 55 years old and younger, compared to last year’s proposal which affected workers who were 54 and younger.

      The document aims to bolster Republicans’ credentials as the party of fiscal prudence, but could open them up to fresh attacks from Democrats, who are calling for steps to reduce the gap between the rich and poor.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/republican-budget-proposes-deep-cuts-social-programs-143537137–business.html;_ylt=AwrTWVVA.TpT_kMAeebQtDMD

  14. CR says:

    April 01, 2014

    Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Business Executives from Information Technology Companies

    As part of the Administration’s ongoing efforts to help Americans obtain the skills they need to acquire good middle class jobs, Vice President Biden dropped by a meeting today with a group of business executives from leading information technology companies. The Vice President highlighted the importance of making sure our training efforts teach skills that are in demand by employers. He also encouraged the participants to expand initiatives that have proven successful, including partnerships between companies and community colleges to teach workers new skills. The group discussed how increasing the availability of on-the-job training opportunities — like apprenticeships – can help Americans find employment and ultimately widen the aperture into the middle class.

    The Vice President is working with private companies, non-profit organizations, federal agencies, education institutions, state and local leaders, and others across the country to make the workforce and training system more job-driven, integrated, and effective.

  15. CR says:

    4:15 PM ET
    President Obama delivers a statement on the Affordable Care Act
    The Rose Garden

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    • CR says:

      April 01, 2014

      Remarks by the President on the Affordable Care Act

      REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

      ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

      Rose Garden

      4:19 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Everybody, please have a seat. Thank you so much. Welcome to the White House.

      Six months ago today, a big part of the Affordable Care Act kicked in as healthcare.gov and state insurance marketplaces went live. And millions of Americans finally had the same chance to buy quality, affordable health care — and the peace of mind that comes with it — as everybody else.

      Last night, the first open-enrollment period under this law came to an end. And despite several lost weeks out of the gate because of problems with the website, 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through these marketplaces — 7.1. (Applause.)

      The truth is, even more folks want to sign up. So anybody who was stuck in line because of the huge surge in demand over the past few days can still go back and finish your enrollment — 7.1 million, that’s on top of the more than 3 million young adults who have gained insurance under this law by staying on their family’s plan. That’s on top of the millions more who have gained access through Medicaid expansion and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Making affordable coverage available to all Americans, including those with preexisting conditions, is now an important goal of this law. (Applause.)

      And in these first six months, we’ve taken a big step forward. And just as importantly, this law is bringing greater security to Americans who already have coverage. Because of the Affordable Care Act, 100 million Americans have gained free preventive care, like mammograms and contraceptive care, under their existing plans. (Applause.) Because of this law, nearly 8 million seniors have saved almost $10 billion on their medicine because we’ve closed a gaping hole in Medicare’s prescription drug plan. We’re closing the donut hole. (Applause.) And because of this law, a whole lot of families won’t be driven into bankruptcy by a serious illness, because the Affordable Care Act prevents your insurer from placing dollar limits on the coverage they provide.

      These are all benefits that have been taking place for a whole lot of families out there, many who don’t realize that they’ve received these benefits. But the bottom line is this: Under this law, the share of Americans with insurance is up and the growth of health care costs is down, and that’s good for our middle class and that’s good for our fiscal future. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/01/remarks-president-affordable-care-act

    • CR says:

      Obamacare Sign-Ups: 7,041,000

      APRIL 1, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT DYLAN SCOTT – tpm

      How many people have signed up for private coverage under Obamacare? 7,041,000, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced Tuesday afternoon.

      That number is likely to rise: It does not include the Monday sign-ups in the 14 states operating their own marketplaces. In addition, the enrollment deadline was relaxed for people having trouble completing the process, so some people could still sign up in the next two weeks.

      The figure does not account for how many people have paid their first premium, formally initiating their coverage. Independent analysts have also estimated that about 9 million people have enrolled directly through their insurer.

  16. CR says:

    April 01, 2014

    Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 4302

    On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, the President signed into law:

    H.R. 4302, the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014,” which averts cuts to Medicare physician payments that will go into effect on April 1, 2014, under the current-law “sustainable growth rate” system, to extend other health-related provisions set to expire, and to make other changes to current-law health provisions.

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