Mississippi Freedom Summer Murders – 50th Anniversary

Freedom Summer Murders

Mississippi Civil Rights Workers’ Murders – 50th Anniversary

Three American civil rights’ workers, James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael “Mickey” Schwerner, were shot at close range on the night of June 21–22, 1964 by members of the Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the Neshoba County’s Sheriff Office and the Philadelphia Police Department located in Philadelphia, Mississippi. The three had been working on the “Freedom Summer” campaign, attempting to register African Americans to vote.

Their murders sparked national outrage and a massive federal investigation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation referred to this investigation as Mississippi Burning (MIBURN), and eventually found the bodies 44 days later in an earthen dam near the murder site. After the state government refused to prosecute, the federal government initially charged 18 individuals but was only able to secure convictions for seven of them, who received relatively minor sentences for their actions. However, outrage over their deaths assisted in the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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

June 21, 1964 Three civil rights workers, Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney, are murdered near Philadelphia, Mississippi, by local Klansmen and a deputy sheriff.

June 21, 1964
Three civil rights workers, Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney, are murdered near Philadelphia, Mississippi, by local Klansmen and a deputy sheriff.

Mississippi Burning

For years the FBI had investigated civil rights-related matters, but its role was often controversial and many cases did not result in successful conclusions. The FBI had pursued the depredations of the Ku Klux Klan for years as well. In the case of the missing civil rights workers, these concerns about civil rights and the Klan came together.

A Byte Out of History: Mississippi Burning
1908 Civil Rights Case One of FBI’s First
Civil Rights in the 60s: Justice for Medgar Evers
- FBI vs. the Klan: Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Retired Agent Revisits Cold Civil Rights Era Cases

Source: http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2014/june/50-years-since-mississippi-burning

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Among the more notorious murders by Ku Klux Klan members:

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kkk#Later_Klans.2C_1950_through_1960s

1964 KKK w/ Confederate &  Gadsden 'Don't Tread On Me' flags

1964 KKK w/ Confederate & Gadsden ‘Don’t Tread On Me‘ flags

1964 Police:Dogs Attacks Civil Rights
1964 bfd water hose attack civil rights

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Freedom50.org

In the summer of 1964, hundreds of summer volunteers from across America convened in Mississippi to put an end to the system of rigid segregation. The civil rights workers and the summer volunteers successfully challenged the denial by the state of Mississippi to keep Blacks from voting, getting a decent education, and holding elected offices.

As a result of the Freedom Summer of 1964, some of the barriers to voting have been eliminated and Mississippi has close to 1000 Black state and local elected officials. In fact, Mississippi has more Black elected officials than any other state in the union. While the Freedom Summer of ’64 made profound changes in the state of Mississippi and the country, much remains to be accomplished.

The Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference will convene in Jackson, Mississippi both to recognize the accomplishments and those who worked for changes to the politically segregated Mississippi and to discuss how to continue the struggle toward Mississippi reaching its full potential for all of its citizens.

Learn more: http://freedom50.org

Mississippi Freedom Summer – 50th Anniversary Conference

June 25 – 29, 2014
Tougaloo, MS

For more: http://freedom50.org/agenda/

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US Minorities Civil Rights Timeline 1863-1963 (ProPresObama.org Civil Rights Timelines ™)

US Minorities Civil Rights Timeline 1964-2009 (ProPresObama.org Civil Rights Timelines ™)

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54 Responses to Mississippi Freedom Summer Murders – 50th Anniversary

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:45 AM
    President Obama meets with HHS Secretary Burwell
    Oval Office

    11:00 AM
    11:30 AM
    Vice President Biden drops by a “Data Jam” as part of his continuing efforts to make the federal workforce and training system more job-driven
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building

    11:45 AM
    President Obama with Israeli President Shimon Peres, drops by a meeting with American Jewish leaders
    The Roosevelt Room

    12:00 PM
    12:20 PM
    President Obama has lunch with Israeli President Shimon Peres
    Cabinet Room

    12:45 PM
    Press Briefing by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest

    1:00 PM
    1:25 PM
    President Obama meets with Israeli President Peres
    Oval Office

    2:00 PM
    2:55 PM
    President Obama welcomes Jimmie Johnson and the Hendrick Motorsports team members to the White House to honor their 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship
    East Room

    3:00 PM
    Vice President Biden meets with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore
    The White House

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    President Obama meets with Senate Democrats
    The State Floor

    6:00 PM
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    7:10 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks to the League of Conservation Voters
    Ronald Reagan Building

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  2. CR says:

    Mississippi Freedom Summer – 50th Anniversary

    Mississippi Civil Rights Workers’ Murders – 50th Anniversary

    Three American civil rights’ workers, James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael “Mickey” Schwerner, were shot at close range on the night of June 21–22, 1964 by members of the Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the Neshoba County’s Sheriff Office and the Philadelphia Police Department located in Philadelphia, Mississippi. The three had been working on the “Freedom Summer” campaign, attempting to register African Americans to vote.

    Their murders sparked national outrage and a massive federal investigation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation referred to this investigation as Mississippi Burning (MIBURN), and eventually found the bodies 44 days later in an earthen dam near the murder site. After the state government refused to prosecute, the federal government initially charged 18 individuals but was only able to secure convictions for seven of them, who received relatively minor sentences for their actions. However, outrage over their deaths assisted in the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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

    • CR says:

      Freedom50.org

      In the summer of 1964, hundreds of summer volunteers from across America convened in Mississippi to put an end to the system of rigid segregation. The civil rights workers and the summer volunteers successfully challenged the denial by the state of Mississippi to keep Blacks from voting, getting a decent education, and holding elected offices.

      As a result of the Freedom Summer of 1964, some of the barriers to voting have been eliminated and Mississippi has close to 1000 Black state and local elected officials. In fact, Mississippi has more Black elected officials than any other state in the union. While the Freedom Summer of ’64 made profound changes in the state of Mississippi and the country, much remains to be accomplished.

      The Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference will convene in Jackson, Mississippi both to recognize the accomplishments and those who worked for changes to the politically segregated Mississippi and to discuss how to continue the struggle toward Mississippi reaching its full potential for all of its citizens.

      Learn more: http://freedom50.org

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      Mississippi Freedom Summer – 50th Anniversary Conference

      June 24 – 29, 2014
      Tougaloo, MS

    • CR says:

      Ending 50 Years of Silence About Mississippi’s Freedom Summer

      For decades, black and white residents struggled to discuss the murders of three young civil-rights workers on June 21, 1964.

      JUN 19 2014 ELLEN ANN FENTRESS – theAtlantic

      JACKSON, Miss. — When a boy with an overwrought dream life was brought in to see Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist noted that the boy’s father didn’t dream at all, or so he claimed. The son, Jung concluded, felt compelled to do the mental work for both himself and his stifled father, in a sort of generational psychic balancing act. A parallel act is playing out here with the 50th anniversary of the Mississippi 1964 Freedom Summer this year. I’m a member of the cohort of Southerners in our fifties and sixties from once-notorious places. A number of us are drawn to returning to our hometowns’ unsavory truths, their discussion no longer off-limits after 50 years. Yes, it has taken this long.

      However healthy the recent public ceremonies of racial apology have been—Philadelphia, Jackson, and the University of Mississippi have all had well-attended earnest ones to mark milestone anniversaries—they are a generalized, less personally searing way to confront history. The private excoriations I’m talking about don’t aim for—or produce—the outward social good of the community-scale efforts carried out by admirable groups in the state like the William Winter Institute of Racial Reconciliation, the Mississippi Center for Justice, the Neshoba Youth Coalition, and HOPE. Even so, I have to believe the one-human, one-story truth-tellings of late are necessary. Maybe the public efforts had to happen first to make broaching the personal experience of the siege atmosphere of our childhood possible. That’s how psychological growth works, after all; as a patient develops a stronger, healthier sense of self, the capacity to examine her pain and failure increases. That applies to cultures along with people. First apologize, then face the for-whats.

      For more: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/06/excavating-memories-of-the-freedom-summer-in-mississippi/373025/

    • CR says:

      Murdered Voting Advocate’s Brother Wants Protections Back

      June 25, 2014 5:04 AM ET by CARRIE JOHNSON – npr

      One year ago, the Supreme Court threw out a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The law gave the federal government a kind of veto power over voting arrangements in states with a history of discrimination. Now, without those protections, civil rights activists say many states are moving polling places and enacting laws that disproportionately hurt minorities.

      This week, they’re turning to Congress for help. Consider David Goodman, who stands on a patch of grass outside the U.S. Capitol on a steamy morning to deliver a message to lawmakers in the marble building behind him.

      “And every person has the right to vote,” Goodman says.” And any time anybody diminishes that, marginalizes it, or simply passes a law to make it inconvenient, we’re kind of back to the future. And it’s happening today.”

      Fifty years ago, the Ku Klux Klan kidnapped and murdered David’s older brother Andrew Goodman and two other men working to register black voters during Freedom Summer. The killings shocked the conscience of the nation and helped lead Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act in 1965. But last year, Goodman notes, a divided Supreme Court led by Chief Justice John Roberts threw out a key part of that law.

      “He actually cited my brother’s name as an example that back in the day Andy Goodman, James Cheney, Michael Schwerner were murdered and that doesn’t happen anymore and oh by the way we have a black president, which I always find a little offensive to lump those together as if to say there’s no more problems,” Goodman tells NPR.

      Civil rights advocates say the problems haven’t gone away. They’ve just changed.

      “Voting discrimination has changed over the years, hiding behind polling place changes, ridiculously long lines and, in some instances, redistricting,” says Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. “But it is still a pervasive national problem that requires a national solution.”

      For Henderson, the solution is for Congress to pass the Voting Rights Amendment Act. The bill would restore federal oversight of election laws in four states with a history of discrimination. The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the legislation Wednesday.

      For more: http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/06/25/325270669/murdered-voting-advocates-brother-wants-protections-back

  3. Jueseppi B. says:

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

    • CR says:

      Hey Matthew thanks for helping to spread the word and keeping this bit of history at the forefront of people’s minds.

  4. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    50 years after a very sad & unjust moment in history! What has changed? What have we learned??

    • CR says:

      HI Dr. Rex,

      I was really surprised to read the Atlantic article above to learn about how swept under the carpet everything was.

      • Dr. Rex says:

        Hi, CR … Can we say that this has changed with time? Seems to me that in spite of history, we are still spinning our wheels. :-(

        • CR says:

          Well I would say that things are getting better.

          The blatant hate crimes are now being called out into the open by the news medias, the bloggers and social media activists. Like in the case of LA Clipper’s Donald Sterling.

          We can’t and won’t let the haters win.

  5. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

    I had my daughters watch Mississippi Burning several times when they were young and impressionable.

  6. CR says:

    Orders for U.S. Capital Goods Rise as Investment Picks Up

    Jun 25, 2014 5:54 AM PT By Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    U.S. GDP Shrank in 1Q; Durable Goods Orders Rise
    Orders for U.S. business equipment climbed in May, showing corporate investment is helping revive the economy after a slump at the start of the year.

    Bookings for non-military capital goods excluding aircraft rose 0.7 percent after a 1.1 percent drop in April, data from the Commerce Department showed today in Washington. Demand for all durable goods — items meant to last at least three years — decreased 1 percent, reflecting declines in the volatile transportation and defense categories.

    Companies are expanding capacity as the world’s largest economy bounces back from a first-quarter contraction that was the worst since the recession five years ago. Stronger orders for cars and homes will probably help keep manufacturers busy, giving growth a boost in the second half of the year.

    “Businesses tend to invest when the outlook improves,” said Patrick Newport, an economist with IHS Global Insight in Lexington, Massachusetts, whose projection for a 1.2 percent drop in overall durable goods orders was among the closest in the Bloomberg survey. “We’re seeing slightly stronger increases in capital-goods spending. It’s the economy that’s driving it.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-25/orders-for-u-s-capital-goods-increase-as-investment-picks-up.html

  7. CR says:

    Men’s Health Month & My Brother’s Keeper Stakeholder Meeting

    Published on Jun 25, 2014

    To commemorate Men’s Health Month, the White House holds a meeting with My Brother’s Keeper stakeholders

  8. CR says:

    US services sector expands at fastest pace in 4-1/2 years

    6/25/14 Reuters

    The U.S. services sector expanded in June at the fastest pace in at least 4-1/2 years, pushed higher by increasing business activity, a survey showed on Wednesday.

    Financial data firm Markit said its “flash” services Purchasing Managers Index hit 61.2 in June, the highest reading since the survey began in October 2009, compared with May’s final reading of 58.1.

    The services sector added employees at the fastest rate on record, matching the 55.4 reading hit in September 2013. Last month it read 52.8.

    Markit’s “flash” composite PMI, a weighted average of its manufacturing and services indexes, hit 61.1 in June, also a record high, versus 58.4 in May.

    “Importantly, this is not just a rebound from the weather-related disruptions to business seen earlier in the year,” said Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit. “Companies are reporting strong demand for goods and services, linked to growing confidence among households and business customers, setting the scene for further robust economic growth as we move into the second half of the year.”

    He said growth in excess of 3.0 percent for the second quarter “would not be a surprise.”

  9. CR says:

    June 25, 2014

    Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore

    The Vice President met today with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore at the White House, their third meeting since April 2013. The Vice President and the Prime Minister affirmed the importance of the strategic and economic partnership between the United States and Singapore, and consulted on a range of bilateral, regional, and global issues. The Vice President thanked the Prime Minister for Singapore’s leadership in shaping a more peaceful and prosperous Southeast Asia. The two leaders discussed mutual concerns over a pattern of destabilizing behavior in the South China Sea and reiterated their mutual interest in international law, freedom of navigation, and the peaceful resolution of maritime and territorial disputes. The Vice President reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to the rebalance to Asia and highlighted U.S. efforts to deepen its engagement with the region on the political, security, and economic fronts. Noting the advanced state of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, the two leaders agreed on the importance of working together to finalize an ambitious, high-standard agreement as soon as possible. The Vice President underscored the importance of working to establish new rules of the road to meet the world’s economic needs in the 21st century.

    • CR says:

      June 26, 2014

      Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore

      National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice met yesterday with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore at the White House. Ambassador Rice and Prime Minister Lee discussed our excellent bilateral military, economic, and political cooperation, as well as a number of our shared regional and global priorities. In particular, they discussed concerns over a pattern of destabilizing behavior in the South China Sea, and reiterated their shared commitment to international law, freedom of navigation and the peaceful resolution of maritime and territorial disputes. President Obama joined the meeting to reaffirm our appreciation of our strong partnership with Singapore and to discuss some of our top regional priorities, specifically completing TPP and China and tensions in the South China Sea.

  10. CR says:

    June 25, 2014

    PROGRESS REPORT: President Obama’s Climate Action Plan

    Today – one year after the President laid out his comprehensive Climate Action Plan – the White House released a new report detailing progress towards cutting carbon pollution and protecting our communities and public health.

    In the year since the President’s speech at Georgetown University, the Administration has announced new efficiency standards, permitted renewable energy projects on public lands, and proposed carbon pollution standards for new and existing power plants. Alongside state, tribal, local, and private sector partners, the Administration is taking steps to make our communities more resilient to the effects of severe weather and is working with other countries to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases internationally. In fact, when fully implemented, the policies put forward just in the past year since the President’s Plan was released will:

    * Cut nearly 3 billion tons of carbon pollution between 2020 and 2025, an amount equivalent to taking more than 600 million cars off the road for a year;
    * Enable the development of 8,100 megawatts of wind, solar, and geothermal energy, enough to power nearly 2 million homes;
    * Train more than 50,000 workers to enter the solar industry;
    Save consumers more than $60 billion on their energy bills through 2030;
    * Improve the energy efficiency of more than 1 billion square feet of city buildings, schools, multifamily housing complexes, and business across the country, an area the size of 17,000 football fields; and
    * Protect the health of vulnerable Americans, including children and the elderly, by preventing 150,000 asthma attacks and up to 3,300 heart attacks.

  11. CR says:

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    U.S. courts strike down gay marriage bans in Indiana and Utah

    6/25/14 1 hour ago Daniel Wallis; Reuters

    (Reuters) – U.S. appeals courts struck down gay marriage bans in Utah and Indiana on Wednesday, saying they violated constitutional rights to equal protection in the latest in a series of court rulings across the nation to allow gay couples to wed.

    A decade ago no U.S. state let gays marry, but challenges to state bans gathered pace since last June when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, ruling that legally married same-sex couples were eligible for federal benefits.

    “A state may not deny the issuance of a marriage license to two persons, or refuse to recognize their marriage, based solely upon the sex of the persons in the marriage union,” the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its ruling on Utah.

    Conservative and heavily Mormon, Utah became the 18th U.S. state where marriage rights were extended to same-sex couples when a federal district judge ruled in December 2013 that a state ban on gay matrimony was unconstitutional.

    That decision was put on hold by the appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, but not before more than 1,300 gay and lesbian couples had tied the knot.

    Separately, a U.S. federal judge struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional on Wednesday and ordered officials to start issuing marriage licenses.

    U.S. District Court Chief Judge Richard Young said the state’s ban violated the Constitution’s due process and equal protect clauses in the Fourteenth Amendment.

  12. CR says:

    We the Geeks: SUBMERGED

    Becky Fried, Katie Wetstone June 23, 2014 01:13 PM EDT

    What better way dive into ocean science than to hear from an expert living 63 feet below the surface? To celebrate the end of National Oceans Month and one year of progress on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the White House and the Weather Channel will host We the Geeks: SUBMERGED!” this Wednesday, June 25, at 2:00 p.m. ET.

    Pioneers of ocean exploration and experts on weather and climate science — including one who will participate from the ocean floor — will join forces on this Google+ Hangout to discuss the importance of oceans to our way of life, the potential unlocked secrets held in the depths of our oceans, and how oceans both contribute to and are impacted by climate change and weather patterns. The all-star line-up will include:

    * Sam Champion, Host, The Weather Channel
    * Fabien Cousteau, Ocean Explorer, Film Producer, and Mission 31 Leader, will join from an underwater marine habitat off the coast of the Florida Keys
    * Sylvia Earle, Marine Biologist, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence
    * Carl Parker, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel
    * 2014 National Ocean Sciences Bowl Championship Team, Boise High School
    * Beth Kerttula, Director, National Ocean Council
    * Laura Petes, Senior Policy Advisor, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
    * “Ocean Cam,” live underwater feed from Aquarius underwater habitat

    READ MORE:http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/06/23/we-geeks-submerged

  13. CR says:

    June 25, 2014

    Remarks by the President Honoring Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports Team Members for 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship

    3:03 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. Please have a seat. And welcome to the White House. Welcome to all of you and, most of all, it’s great to welcome back the six-time NASCAR Sprint Champion, Mr. Jimmie Johnson. Give him a big round of applause. (Applause.)

    We’ve got some big NASCAR fans here today, including some members of Congress. And I want to recognize Rick Hendrick, the owner of Hendrick Motorsports; crew chief, Chad Knaus, as well as Brian France and the entire NASCAR community.

    Now, everybody knows I’m a Chicago guy and usually when we do these sports events I make some crack about how the football is not as good as the ’85 Bears or the basketball team is not as good as the Bulls, but today I can’t really say anything because Jimmie Johnson is pretty much the Michael Jordan of NASCAR. (Laughter.) Like Mike, Jimmie has won six championships in eight years. He won a few titles, took a two-year break, decided, you know what, it’s not that interesting, and then got back to winning again. And now opposing drivers are saying things like, unfortunately, we’re driving during the Jimmie Johnson era. He’s the best there ever was.

    So these days, we’ve got a lot of kids all across the country who want to be like Jimmie, and why shouldn’t they? He is the only driver to make the Chase all 10 years it has been in existence. He won his Six Pack faster than anybody in NASCAR history. This season, he is chasing his seventh title, which would tie him with Dale Earnhardt and “The King,” Richard Petty, for the most ever. And as Chad once said, he can do things with a race car that most mortals cannot. And Chad should know, because he has been Jimmie’s crew chief for 13 years. And while sometimes the two might sounds like an old married couple — (laughter) — sniping at each other over the radio, Jimmie knows that without Chad and Rick and the entire team at Hendrick Motorsports, he would be just another mortal making left turns. And that’s why Jimmie brought along the over-the-wall guys from his pit crew to share in today’s celebration.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/25/remarks-president-honoring-jimmie-johnson-and-hendrick-motorsports-team-

  14. CR says:

    7:10 PM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks to the League of Conservation Voters
    Ronald Reagan Buildingon Voters

    • CR says:

      June 25, 2014

      Remarks by the President at League of Conservation Voters Capital Dinner

      7:23 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello! Well, it’s good to be back. (Applause.) First of all, I just want to thank Carol Browner, one of my favorite people. We miss her in the White House, but it looks like she has occupied herself. (Laughter.) We appreciate all the work that you do helping to protect our planet and to give our children a brighter future, so give Carol a big round of applause. (Applause.) I want to thank Gene Karpinski and everybody at LCV for having me here tonight. (Applause.)

      I was telling the story — many people know this — I know you think I’m here just because I care about the environment — (laughter) — no, it’s deeper than that. I guess Gene told this story: When I ran for the U.S. Senate, I was decidedly the underdog, really nobody knew me. And LCV, because it’s a good-government type goes through process and they had the board interview all the candidates. (Laughter.) And I went in and I did my shtick — (laughter) — and they endorsed me. And I was not at all favored to win, and it was the first and probably only prominent national organization to endorse me in the primary; everybody endorsed me in the general. (Laughter.) But for me, at least, it was a testament that this was an organization that cared about ideas, and obviously had a really good eye for talent. (Laughter.) So I am here primarily out of loyalty. There’s a little payback going on here. (Laughter and applause.) But then there is also the whole protecting the planet thing. (Laughter.)

      The work you do to protect our planet and our country, and dealing with the rapidly growing threat of climate change is even more urgent and more important than the last time I spoke to you back in 2006 when I was still a senator. Because we know two big things: We know more about the threat than we did back then, and we know through experience that we can act; that we don’t have to be passive, that we can act in ways that protect our environment and promote economic growth at the same time. We know we can do it. We’ve shown we can do it. (Applause.)

      So exactly one year ago today, I was at Georgetown University to announce my Climate Action Plan. And I remember this because it was 95 degrees. (Laughter.) The staff purposely put the speech outside and so there are a number of photographs of me wiping my brow, and I don’t sweat usually. I was hot. (Laughter.) But I started my speech the same way I start all my speeches on climate change –- with the facts. Not a lot of spin, just the facts.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/25/remarks-president-league-conservation-voters-capital-dinner

  15. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:00 AM ET
    Vice President Biden Attends the Congressional Gold Medal Award Ceremony for President Peres
    Washington, DC

    10:50 AM
    President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews
    South Lawn

    11:00 AM
    11:05 AM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews
    Joint Base Andrews

    11:30 AM
    Vice President Biden Attends the Sixth Annual Lantos Human Rights Prize Ceremony for President Peres
    Washington, DC

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:25 PM
    President Obama arrives Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    President Obama participates in a town hall
    Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    8:30 PM
    President Obama attend a DCCC event
    Private Residence, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    President Obama overnights in Minneapolis, Minnesota

  16. CR says:

    Obama to visit Minneapolis woman who wrote letter about struggles

    6/24/2014 12:01:00 AM CDT By Don Davis

    A Minneapolis woman who wrote to President Barack Obama about her financial struggles will share her thoughts with him live when he visits the Twin Cities on Thursday.

    The president’s visit originally was announced to be for a Thursday evening fundraiser, but it has expanded into a full day and also will include a public event Friday.

    “I know staying silent about what you see and what needs changing never makes any difference so I’m writing you to let you know what it’s like for us in the middle of the country and I hope you will listen,” a woman the White House identified only as “Rebekah” wrote to Obama.

    In a White House video, the president said Rebekah’s letter told about the cost of living and the cost of raising children.

    “I think it’s going to be wonderful for me to let Rebekah know not only am I listening (but) that she’s not alone out there,” Obama said.

    The White House announced Tuesday that Obama will hold a town hall meeting in Minneapolis’ Minnehaha Park on Thursday afternoon. He plans to attend a congressional fundraiser Thursday night.

    On Friday morning, Obama will speak about the economy at the Lake Harriet band shell in Minneapolis. The public may get limited tickets for the Lake Harriet event beginning at noon Wednesday at the band shell.

    Obama senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said in an email that the Minneapolis trip will feature a first.

    “When the president travels to Minnesota, he’ll launch the first in a series of day-in-the-life visits across the country this summer,” Pfeiffer wrote. “He’ll spend a day with Rebekah, and he’ll meet with her family and community members to discuss the issues that matter to them, host a town hall and talk about the steps we need to take as a country to help more Americans like Rebekah get ahead.”

    Rebekah’s letter was one of 10 a day that the presidential staff gives to Obama from thousands that arrive at the White House. He responds to each of the 10 letters he reads a day, but Rebekah will get more than the usual response.

    In his video, Obama said Rebekah’s letter “in some ways is typical of a lot of letters I get every single day.” He said Americans work hard, “but it feels like it is hard to just get ahead.”

    He said he plans to tell her: “I am not only listening, I am paying attention.”

    “There are actually policies out there that could end up making a difference in her life if we could get Washington to work on her behalf,” Obama added.

    • CR says:

      A Letter to the President: Rebekah

      Published on Jun 23, 2014

      The President reads a letter from Rebekah, a hardworking mom from Minneapolis who wrote to the President about what she sees, what she thinks needs changing, and her struggle to get ahead. The President chose to highlight Rebekah’s story because it is representative of the experiences of millions of Americans: While our economy’s made a comeback, too many Americans are still stretched too thin and the President knows there’s more work to do.

  17. CR says:

    https://propresobama.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/rainbow-flag.jpg?w=450

    6/26/13

    Supreme Court rules that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
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  18. CR says:

    U.S.-Germany Cyber Bilateral Meeting and Cyber Dialogue

    Office of the Spokesperson
    Washington, DC
    June 25, 2014

    The Governments of the United States and Germany will hold a Cyber Bilateral Meeting in Berlin, Germany on June 26, 2014.

    This second bilateral engagement follows discussions held on June 14, 2013 in Washington, D.C. that reinforced our alliance by highlighting our collaboration on key cyber issues over the course of the last decade. Prior discussions also embodied a “whole-of-government” approach, furthering U.S. and German cooperation on a wide range of cyber issues and our collaborative engagement on operational and strategic objectives.

    Officials from relevant ministries and agencies of the two governments will discuss bilateral cooperation on cyber issues, including cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection, cyber defense, combating cybercrime, Internet Freedom, and Internet governance.

    Mr. Christopher Painter, Coordinator for Cyber Issues, U.S. Department of State, will lead the U.S. Government interagency delegation, including representatives from the Department of State, including Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda, Coordinator for Communication and Information Policy and Scott Busby, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, as well as the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice, the National Security Council, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Department of Defense.

    The bilateral meeting will be followed by an open, multistakeholder Cyber Dialogue hosted by German Foreign Minister Steinmeier. Mr. John Podesta, Counselor to President Obama, will provide keynote remarks, and a high level panel of both German and U.S. experts will discuss big data, privacy, security, economic innovation, and international cyber cooperation. U.S. speakers will include Cameron Kerry of the Brookings Institution (and former Counsel, Department of Commerce); Julie Brill, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission; and James Lewis, Center for Strategic and International Studies. Participants from government, industry, civil society and academia will have the chance to discuss these issues and ideas for potential solutions further in smaller breakout sessions.

  19. CR says:

    https://propresobama.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/one-nation-one-team-e1403807242543.png?w=450

    <br />
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    President Obama is watching #USA vs. #GER on Air Force One en route Minneapolis pic.twitter.com/1UJiC0wz11 (via @dougmillsnyt)

  20. CR says:

    Jobless Claims in U.S. Decreased 2,000 Last Week to 312,000

    Jun 26, 2014 5:37 AM PT By Lorraine Woellert – bloomberg

    Fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign of steady progress in the labor market.

    Jobless claims fell by 2,000 to a one-month low of 312,000 in the week ended June 21, the Labor Department reported today in Washington. The median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for 310,000 initial claims.

    Dismissals are hovering just above their pre-recession lows and hiring has picked up as companies grow confident the economy will snap back from the worst contraction in five years. Employment that’s on pace for its best year since 1999 will need to spark faster wage growth for consumer spending to accelerate.

    “The labor market should be able to sustain a decent amount of growth,” Joshua Shapiro, chief U.S. economist at Maria Fiorina Ramirez Inc. in New York, said before the report. “The economy is alright for the balance of this year.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-26/jobless-claims-in-u-s-decreased-2-000-last-week-to-312-000.html

  21. CR says:

    10:00 AM ET
    Vice President Biden Attends the Congressional Gold Medal Award Ceremony for President Peres
    Washington, DC

  22. CR says:

    11:30 AM ET
    Vice President Biden Attends the Sixth Annual Lantos Human Rights Prize Ceremony for President Peres
    Washington, DC

  23. CR says:

    June 26, 2014

    Statement by the President on the Elections in Libya

    I congratulate the Libyan people on the conclusion of the elections for a new Council of Representatives, a milestone in their courageous efforts to transition from four decades of dictatorship toward a full democracy. While yesterday’s vote demonstrates the power of individual Libyans in determining their future, we recognize that elections are just one step in Libya’s broader democratic transition. Libya’s new government must now focus on building consensus to address the challenges of establishing security, providing effective public services, and ensuring an inclusive political process. The United States calls on all parties to renounce violence and resolve differences through political dialogue and participation in the democratic process. The United States was proud to support the Libyan people in the darkest days of their revolution and through their efforts to end the Qadhafi regime, and we remain committed to supporting the Libyan people as they work to lay the foundations of a democratic society during this challenging yet historic time.

  24. CR says:

    June 26, 2014

    Statement by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on the Killing of Salwa Bugaighis

    The United States strongly condemns yesterday’s brutal and senseless murder of human rights and civil society activist Salwa Bugaighis in Benghazi, Libya. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to meet Salwa in Libya in November 2011, soon after the ouster of Qadhafi. I was deeply impressed by her courage, leadership and dedication to building a peaceful, democratic Libya where the rights and freedoms of all Libyan women and men are respected and protected. We join the Libyan people in mourning the loss of Salwa Bugaighis and call on all Libyans to reject violent extremists seeking to silence their opponents and derail the aspirations of the Libyan people.

  25. CR says:

    1:00 PM ET
    Caribbean-American Heritage Month
    The White House

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

  26. CR says:

    3:00 PM ET
    President Obama participates in a town hall
    Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/video/?320168-1/president-obama-minneapolis

    • CR says:

      June 26, 2014

      Remarks by the President in Town Hall

      Minnehaha Park
      Minneapolis, Minnesota

      2:24 P.M. CDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Minneapolis! (Applause.) Good to see you. Good to see you. Everybody have a seat. It is good to be back in Minnesota. (Applause.) Last time I was here it was colder. (Laughter.) Here’s just a tip for folks who are not from Minnesota — if you come here and the Minnesotans are complaining about how cold it is it’s really cold. (Laughter.) Because these are some pretty tough folks. They don’t get phased with cold. But it was cold, so it’s nice to be back when it’s a little warmer.

      And I have to begin by congratulating our U.S. soccer team, Team USA — (applause) — for advancing to the next round of the World Cup. (Applause.)

      AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA!

      THE PRESIDENT: USA!

      AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA!

      THE PRESIDENT: Absolutely. We were in what’s called the “Group of Death.” (Laughter.) And even though we didn’t win today, we were in the toughest grouping and we got through. And so we’ve still got a chance to win the World Cup. (Applause.) And we could not be prouder of them. They are defying the odds and earned a lot of believers in the process. And I want everybody on the team to know that all of us back home are really proud of them.

      Let me tell you something. I’ve been really looking forward to getting out of D.C. (Laughter.) But I’ve also been looking forward to spending a couple days here in the Twin Cities. Our agenda is still a little loose. I might pop in for some ice cream, visit a small business. I don’t know. I’m just going to make it up as I go along. The Secret Service — I always tease them. I’m like a caged bear, and every once in a while I break loose. And I’m feeling super loose today. (Applause.) So you don’t know what I might do. You don’t know what I might do. Who knows? (Applause.)

      But the main reason I wanted to be here is I just wanted to have a chance to talk to folks about their lives and their hopes and their dreams and what they’re going through. I want to spend some time listening and answering your questions and just having a conversation about what’s going well in your lives and in your neighborhoods and communities right now, but also what kinds of struggles folks are going through, and what things are helping and what things aren’t.

      Now, before I do I just want to mention our Governor, Mark Dayton, is here. (Applause.) And Mark gave me an update on the flooding that’s been going on all across the state and I know some folks here are probably affected by it as well. We made sure that FEMA is already on the ground here. The Army Corps of Engineers is helping to build up a levee up in Warroad. I told the Governor that we will be there as we get some clarity about the damage and what needs to be done, and you should feel confident that you’re going to have a strong partner in FEMA and the federal government in the process of cleaning up. (Applause.)

      And you can also feel confident because if we didn’t help out, then I’d have Mayor Coleman and Mayor Hodges and Congressman Keith Ellison giving me a hard time. So they’re going to hold me to it. They do a great job on behalf of their constituents every day. (Applause.)

      I also wanted to mention that up the road there’s a memorial service for a person that many of you knew and loved, and that’s Jim Oberstar, who served so long in Congress. I had a chance to know Jim; we overlapped before he came back home. He was a good man. He was a good public servant. He was somebody who never forgot the folks in the Iron Range that he was fighting for. And in a lot of ways, what he represented was a time when folks went to Washington, but they understood that they were working on behalf of hardworking middle-class families and people who were trying to get into the middle class.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/26/remarks-president-town-hall

    • CR says:

      June 26, 2014

      Statement by the Press Secretary

      Today, Massachusetts joins a growing coalition of states that have taken up the President’s call to increase wages and ensure no American working full-time has to support a family in poverty. Taking action to benefit the working men and women in the Commonwealth, Governor Patrick today signed a law raising the state’s $8 per hour minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2017. Governors, state legislatures, and private businesses are leading by taking action, and we urge Congress to join them so that all Americans have the opportunity to succeed.

  27. CR says:

    June 26, 2014

    Remarks by the President at a DCCC Event — Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Private Residence
    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    7:26 P.M. CDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you, everybody. Everybody, have a seat, have a seat. This is a rowdy crowd. (Laughter.)

    So obviously, first and foremost, I want to thank Sam and Sylvia. (Applause.) It is true that the last time I was in this house I had no gray hair. (Laughter.) I’m just saying. And many people could not pronounce my name. (Laughter.) But Sam and Sylvia, and some of you who are here tonight, took a flyer on me.

    And Minnesota actually really did have a lot to do with my deciding to run. There are a few charter members of the “Draft Obama” club, along with R.T. who started — who decided I should run for President before I had decided I should run for President. And that’s not surprising, because Minnesota has a history of putting confidence in people who represent a progressive tradition, and nobody represents that better than a man sitting right next to me, Mr. Walter Mondale. (Applause.) Thank you. We love Walter Mondale. Thank you so much.

    Couple other people who are carrying on that tradition who are here and I just want to acknowledge very quickly — your outstanding senator — you’ve got two of them, one of them is here — Amy Klobuchar is here. Yay, Amy! (Applause.) Part of the extraordinary Minnesota delegation, Congressman Keith Ellison is here. (Applause.) Congresswoman Betty McCollum is here. (Applause.) Congressman Rick Nolan is here. (Applause.) And Congressman Tim Walz is here. (Applause.) Tim is getting a little too slim. (Laughter.) He’s been working out too much, given that house gym a run for its money.

    We also have somebody who has a thankless job and does it extraordinarily well, and that is the head of the DCCC, and we’re very grateful to him, Steve Israel. (Applause.) Steve here? And finally, a person who — let me just say it, I love her. And I love her because she is tough, and she’s smart, and she’s fearless, and she’s in politics for the right reasons. And when she was Speaker of the House, she and I together got more done than any Congress since the 1960s. (Applause.) And I want her back with the gavel, and that’s why we’re here today — Nancy Pelosi. (Applause.) Nancy Pelosi.

    (A dog barks.)

    Yes! Got a few “Amens” there from the dog. (Laughter.) So I’m going to make very brief remarks at the top so I can take some questions and have some fun.

    I had lunch today with a young woman named Rebekah who had written me a letter I guess a couple of months ago. And I get 40,000 pieces of correspondence today; we have an entire office that’s assigned to process it, and they select for me 10 letters a day that I read every night. And they’re from all across the country and people of every background, and it’s on every topic. And purposely, they’re not just supposed to be just, “oh, Mr. President, you’re doing such a great job.” We get tea party letters in the packets, and “you’re the worst President ever,” and I sometimes write back to those folks and say, well, thank you so much for your letter — (laughter) — and I’m not running again, so you don’t have to worry about that.

    But Rebekah sent me this letter, and it moved me. Because her story — she’s 35 years old. She’s got a five-year-old and a three-year-old. She and her husband married about six, seven years ago; he was in — he was a carpenter, he was in contracting. He had a good job; housing market plummets, loses his job. Gets another job. Gets injured on the job, they accumulate some debt, that job is lost. There are suggestions that maybe they should file for bankruptcy; he says no, we’ve got these debts, we’re going to pay them. He gets another job with the railroads, which require him to be away basically four or five days a week while she’s taking care of two kids. She goes back to school to get an accounting degree so that she can get a better job; manages her classes as smartly as she can, but still ends up with $12,000 worth of debt. She gets a job at the accounting firm, he gets a new job, although at a significantly lower pay, back in construction and he can be with the family more.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/26/remarks-president-dccc-event-minneapolis-minnesota

  28. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    Fox News guest Keith Ablow says Obama’s using World Cup “to distract people”

    The right-wing network’s resident psychoanalyst sees through the president’s nefarious soccer scheme

    JUN 26, 2014 11:06 AM PDT ELIAS ISQUITH – salon

    Much to Ann Coulter’s chagrin, millions of Americans are tuning in this year to watch their team compete in the World Cup.

    But while these patriotic soccer fans may think they’re doing little more than supporting their team and having a rare communal moment of solidarity, one recurring guest of Fox News says the truth behind the U.S.’s World Cup enthusiasm is actually rather sinister.

    After “Outnumbered” co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle admitted she, too, was wrapped up in World Cup enthusiasm, Fox News’ in-house psychoanalyst Keith Ablow cut in to argue that the Obama administration was using the World Cup in order to distract from its many failures and scandals, copying a propaganda trick with roots stretching all the way back to the Roman Empire.

    “At a time when there’s so many national issues and international issues of such prominence, I am a little suspicious of yet another bread and circus routine,” Ablow intoned.

    Imagining the secret meetings among White House string-pullers, Ablow pretended to be an administration official laying out her scheme: “Let’s roll out the marijuana, pull back the laws and get people more crazy about yet another entertainment event.”

    But Ablow isn’t so easily fooled. “This is to distract people. This is like Rome,” he said. “I can see why Obama would love the World Cup.”

    Ablow’s argument may sound, at first, more than a little paranoid and bizarre. But before you dismiss the good doctor so quickly, keep in mind that this damning photo was widely shared on Twitter during the U.S.’s game against Germany on Thursday:

    • CR says:

      GOP WRONG WAY

      Ann Coulter: “No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer”

      The fading right-wing troll blames soccer’s increasing popularity on immigrants and the liberal media

      JUN 26, 2014 08:43 AM PDT ELIAS ISQUITH – salon

      In her latest syndicated column right-wing troll and pundit Ann Coulter rails against the growing popularity of soccer in the U.S., which she blames on a pro-soccer liberal media and America’s millions of immigrants.

      “Any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation’s moral decay,” Coulter writes before listing all of the reasons why she thinks soccer sucks.

      Among these reasons are:

      * “Individual achievement is not a big factor in soccer … There are no heroes, no losers, no accountability, and no child’s fragile self-esteem is bruised.”

      * “Liberal moms like soccer because it’s a sport in which athletic talent finds so little expression that girls can play with boys.”

      * “No other ‘sport’ ends in as many scoreless ties as soccer.”

      * “The prospect of either personal humiliation or major injury is required to count as a sport” and soccer doesn’t have it.

      * “You can’t use your hands in soccer,” a fact that, Coulter believes, goes against “[w]hat sets man apart from the lesser beasts,” i.e., “we have opposable thumbs.”

      * “The same people trying to push soccer on Americans are the ones demanding that we love HBO’s ‘Girls,’ light-rail, Beyonce and Hillary Clinton.”

      * ”It’s foreign.”

      • CR says:

        Ann Coulter strikes again on soccer hate

        7/3/14 9:54 AM EDT By SARAH SMITH – POLITICO

        Even though the United States is out of the running for the World Cup, Ann Coulter’s still not done attacking the game.

        The conservative columnist published another column Wednesday about her hatred for soccer, striking back at the many critics of her first column. Her first column railed on the newfound American love for soccer, calling it a sign of the nation’s “moral decay.” Her Wednesday column didn’t mince words.

        “Soccer fans have decided to prove me wrong about soccer being a fruity sport by spending the last week throwing hissy fits,” Coulter wrote in “Soccer: Part Deux,” calling her critics “twits.”

        She reiterated the problems with the game she brought up in her first column: that soccer is really just a girls’ game, that it is painfully boring because it ends in ties and that no one gets injured badly enough to make it exciting.

        “NFL players have died of heat stroke,” she wrote. “The only risk of death in a soccer game is when some Third World peasant goes on a murderous rampage after a bad call.”

        She added new complaints after watching the World Cup games unfold, including one about the Uruguay’s Luis Suarez’s infamous bite. In Coulter’s mind, the bite was proof that soccer really is just a girls’ game.

        “Further proof that soccer is a game for girls: Since my column came out, a guy from the Paraguay team (Uruguay? Who cares?) was caught biting an opponent in a match,” she wrote. “How long can it be until we see hair-pulling in soccer?”

        Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/ann-coulter-soccer-world-cup-response-108551.html?hp=l20

    • CR says:

      Ann Coulter strikes again on soccer hate

      7/3/14 9:54 AM EDT By SARAH SMITH – POLITICO

      Even though the United States is out of the running for the World Cup, Ann Coulter’s still not done attacking the game.

      The conservative columnist published another column Wednesday about her hatred for soccer, striking back at the many critics of her first column. Her first column railed on the newfound American love for soccer, calling it a sign of the nation’s “moral decay.” Her Wednesday column didn’t mince words.

      “Soccer fans have decided to prove me wrong about soccer being a fruity sport by spending the last week throwing hissy fits,” Coulter wrote in “Soccer: Part Deux,” calling her critics “twits.”

      She reiterated the problems with the game she brought up in her first column: that soccer is really just a girls’ game, that it is painfully boring because it ends in ties and that no one gets injured badly enough to make it exciting.

      “NFL players have died of heat stroke,” she wrote. “The only risk of death in a soccer game is when some Third World peasant goes on a murderous rampage after a bad call.”

      She added new complaints after watching the World Cup games unfold, including one about the Uruguay’s Luis Suarez’s infamous bite. In Coulter’s mind, the bite was proof that soccer really is just a girls’ game.

      “Further proof that soccer is a game for girls: Since my column came out, a guy from the Paraguay team (Uruguay? Who cares?) was caught biting an opponent in a match,” she wrote. “How long can it be until we see hair-pulling in soccer?”

      Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/ann-coulter-soccer-world-cup-response-108551.html?hp=l20

  29. CR says:

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