60th Anniversary of Rosa Parks ‘ Sit-Ins

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Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African-American Civil Rights activist, whom the United States Congress called “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”. Her birthday, February 4, and the day she was arrested, December 1, have both become Rosa Parks Day, commemorated in both California and Ohio.

On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake‘s order to give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled. Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation. Others had taken similar steps, including Bayard Rustin in 1942, Irene Morgan in 1946, Sarah Louise Keys in 1952, and the members of the ultimately successful Browder v. Gayle lawsuit (Claudette ColvinAurelia BrowderSusie McDonald, and Mary Louise Smith) who were arrested in Montgomery for not giving up their bus seats months before Parks. NAACP organizers believed that Parks was the best candidate for seeing through a court challenge after her arrest for civil disobedience in violating Alabama segregation laws, although eventually her case became bogged down in the state courts while the Browder v. Gayle case succeeded.

Parks’ act of defiance and the Montgomery Bus Boycott became important symbols of the modern Civil Rights Movement. She became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. She organized and collaborated with civil rights leaders, including Edgar Nixon, president of the local chapter of the NAACP; and Martin Luther King, Jr., a new minister in town who gained national prominence in the civil rights movement.

For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_Parks


Rosa Parks Congressional Gold Medal
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Intl Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women  The premise of the day is to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rapedomestic violence and other forms of violence; furthermore, one of the aims of the day is to highlight that the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden.

For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_for_the_Elimination_of_Violence_against_Women


Prevent violence against women

A staggering one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime—a pandemic of global proportions. Unlike an illness, however, perpetrators and even entire societies choose to commit violence—and can choose to stop. Violence is not inevitable – it can be prevented. But it’s not as straightforward as eradicating a virus. There is no vaccine, medication or cure. And there is no one single reason for why it happens.

As such, prevention strategies should be holistic, with multiple interventions undertaken in parallel in order to have long-lasting and permanent effects. Many sectors, actors and stakeholders need to be engaged. More evidence is emerging on what interventions work to prevent violence—from community mobilization to change social norms, to comprehensive school interventions targeting staff and pupils, to economic empowerment and income supplements coupled with gender equality training.

Prevention is the 2015 theme of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November and of the UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign’s 16 days call for action. This year, at the official commemoration at UN Headquarters in New York, the first UN Framework on Preventing Violence against Women will be launched and discussed (ECOSOC Chamber; 10 a.m.–12 noon).

– See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/end-violence-against-women#sthash.ApQIRrxc.dpuf



California FAIR Education Act

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Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful Education Act, also known as the FAIR Education Act (Senate Bill 48) and informally described by media outlets as the LGBT History Bill, is a California law which compels the inclusion of the political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people into educational textbooks and the social studies curricula in California public schools by amending the California Education Code. It also revises the previous designation of “black Americans, American Indians, Mexicans, Asians, [and] Pacific Island people” in that list into “Native AmericansAfrican AmericansMexican AmericansAsian AmericansPacific Islanders, and European Americans“. It would also amend an existing law by adding sexual orientation and religion into a list of characteristics (which already includes raceethnicitynationalitygender, and disability) that schools are prohibited from sponsoring negative activities about or teaching students about in an adverse way.

In particular, according to chief author Sen. Mark Leno, it “ensures that the historical contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are accurately and fairly portrayed in instructional materials by adding LGBT people to the existing list of under-represented cultural and ethnic groups already included in the state’s inclusionary education requirements.”

The bill was introduced into the Senate on December 13, 2010, and was finally passed 23-14 on April 14, 2011. The bill was then passed by the Assembly on July 5 by a vote of 49-25. Governor Jerry Brown (D), who has historically opposed Proposition 8 and has generally supported LGBT rights in the state, signed the bill into law on July 14. Governor Brown said however that state textbooks probably would not be updated to reflect the requirements of the law until 2015.

It is supported by the GSA Network and Equality California, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights welcomed its ratification into law. The California Teachers Association’s President Dean Vogel stated, “We believe that curricula should address the common values of the society, promote respect for diversity and cooperation, and prepare students to compete in, and cope with a complex and rapidly evolving society. SB 48 does that by helping to ensure that curricular materials include the contributions of persons with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans to the development of California and United States.”

It is opposed by the state Republican Party and socially conservative organizations. A conservative group called Stop SB 48 is collecting signatures to place a referendum on the June 2012 statewide ballot. If successful, SB 48 would be repealed. LGBT rights groups fear that it will be difficult to defend the law if it were to go to a popular vote. It is notable that the law does not include an opt-out option for parents who do not wish to have their children learn about LGBT topics in school.

In October, 2011, the group failed to collect enough signatures for the issue to be placed on a referendum in June 2012.

For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FAIR_Education_Act


LGBT law: Educators work to make history more inclusive

11/08/2015  By Jennifer Modenessi jmodenessi – bayareanewsgroup.com
ORINDA — When Miramonte High School social studies teacher Elizabeth Aracic teaches Civil War history, she makes a point of giving her students a wide-angle look at the country’s deadliest war.
Answering legislation that seeks to make history more inclusive, Aracic explains to high school juniors that it wasn’t just men on the battlefield. Women dressed in men’s clothing and fought too, with some continuing to live as men long after the fighting was over.
The lesson and others being crafted and taught across Bay Area public schools are in direct response to the FAIR Education Act, which requires California public schools to provide fair, accurate, inclusive and respectful representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in K-12 history and social studies curriculums. Studying the contributions of people with disabilities is also part of the mandate.

But progress in implementing the law has been uneven since it took effect nearly four years ago. While some districts started incorporating Senate Bill 48 shortly after Gov. Jerry Brown signed it into law, many educators are still trying to develop suitable lesson plans after the state left implementation up to local schools — with little guidance and no funding.

In the South Bay, the San Jose Unified School District added LGBT issues to world history and U.S. history courses, which students generally take in the 10th and 11th grades. A districtwide team of social studies teachers there spent several days creating topics to embed in the courses, said Assistant Superintendent Jason Willis.

Educators in the Acalanes Union High School District — which oversees some schools in central Contra Costa County — created an online resource for instructional materials, such as speeches and newspaper articles within months of the law’s passage.

While proactive teachers are moving forward with creative ways to comply with the law, others are waiting for new state educational guidelines next year before diving in.

At the Oakland Unified School District, compliance is a work in progress, said spokesman Troy Flint.

“We’re working from an older curriculum that predates the passage of the FAIR Act,” Flynt said. “We’re not where we’d like to be.”

For more: http://www.contracostatimes.com/lafayette/ci_29089131/lgbt-law-educators-work-make-history-more-inclusive?source=rss


Famous Firsts by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Americans

The first transgendered mayor, gay judge, and lesbian Olympic gold medalist

LGBT Firsts: Government

  • Local elected lesbian official: Kathy Kozachenko, 1974, Ann Arbor City Council, Mich.
  • Local elected gay official: Harvey Milk, 1977, San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
  • Lesbian state elected official: Elaine Noble, 1974, Massachusetts legislature.
  • Gay state elected official: Allan Spear, 1976, Minnesota Senate.
  • Gay mayor of state capital: David Cicilline, Providence, R.I., 2002–2010.
  • Gay mayor of large (population over 500,000) city: Sam Adams, 2008, Portland, Ore.
  • Lesbian mayor of major (population over 1 million) city: Annise Parker, 2009, Houston, Tex.
  • Transgender elected mayor: Stu Rasmussen, 2008, Silverton Ore.
  • Gay U.S. Representative: Gerry Studds became a Congressman from Massachusetts in 1973 and was reelected eleven more times. His 1984 reelection made him the first openly gay U.S. Representative elected to office.
  • Lesbian U.S. RepresentativeTammy Baldwin became both the first female member of the House and the first gay non-incumbent elected to Congress in 1998.

LGBT Firsts: Law

  • Lesbian federal judge: Deborah A. Batts, 1994.
  • Gay federal judge: J. Paul Oetken, 2011.
  • Gay state supreme court judge: Rives Kistler, 2003, Oregon Supreme Court.
  • Lesbian state supreme court judge: Virginia Linder, 2007, Oregon Supreme Court.
  • Gay judge: Stephen Lachs, 1979, Los Angeles superior court.
  • Lesbian judge: Mary Morgan, 1981, San Francisco municipal court.
  • Transgender judge: Victoria Kolakowski, 2010, Alameda County (Calif.) superior court.

LGBT Firsts: Diplomacy

  • Gay U.S. Ambassador: James C. Hormel, 1999, to Luxembourg.

LGBT Firsts: Scholarship 

  • Lesbian Rhodes Scholar: Rachel Maddow, 2001.

For the entire list: http://www.infoplease.com/gay-pride-month/famous-firsts.html


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First in the South Democratic Presidential Candidates Forum

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First in the South

MSNBC will be live from the South Carolina Democratic Party’s “First in the South Democratic Candidates Forum” at Winthrop University on Friday, Nov. 6.

Coverage will begin at 6 p.m. ET with a special edition of “Hardball” hosted by Chris Matthews with Steve Kornacki live from Winthrop University.

The “First in the South Democratic Candidates Forum” will be moderated by Rachel Maddow and will air live on MSNBC beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Maddow will speak with Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders separately on a variety of topics including the economy, policing in America, the state of the Democratic Party in the South and the 2016 campaign.

Chris Matthews will be joined by Rachel Maddow for post-forum analysis after the main event.

In addition to the forum, S.C. Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison and S.C. Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter will host events in the afternoon before the forum.

For more: http://www.winthrop.edu/forums/

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For more than 200 years, our party has led the fight for civil rights, health care, Social Security, workers’ rights, and women’s rights.

We are the party of Barack Obama, John F. Kennedy, FDR, and the countless everyday Americans who work each day to build a more perfect union.



Under the leadership of Democratic President Woodrow Wilson, the U.S. Constitution was amended to grant women the right to vote. In August of 1920, Tennessee’s became the 36th state to ratify women’s suffrage, and it became our nation’s 19th amendment.


Americans turned to Democrats and elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt to end the Great Depression. President Roosevelt offered Americans a New Deal that put people back to work, stabilized farm prices, and brought electricity to rural homes and communities. Under President Roosevelt, Social Security established a promise that lasts to this day: growing old would never again mean growing poor.

SOCIAL SECURITY ACT – One of the most enduring parts of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, the Social Security Act provides assistance to retirees, the unemployed, widows, and orphans. By signing this act, Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to advocate for federal assistance for the elderly. It was largely opposed by Republican legislators.


In 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the G.I. Bill—a historic measure that provided unprecedented benefits for soldiers returning from World War II, including low-cost mortgages, loans to start a business, and tuition and living expenses for those seeking higher education. Harry Truman helped rebuild Europe after World War II with the Marshall Plan and oversaw the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. By integrating the military, President Truman helped to bring down barriers of race and gender and pave the way the way for civil rights advancements in the years that followed.

In the 1960s, Americans again turned to Democrats and elected President John F. Kennedy to tackle the challenges of a new era. President Kennedy dared Americans to put a man on the moon, created the Peace Corps, and negotiated a treaty banning atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons.

And after President Kennedy’s assassination, Americans looked to President Lyndon Johnson, who offered a new vision of a Great Society and signed into law the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act.


 CIVIL RIGHTS ACT – This landmark piece of legislation outlawed major forms of discrimination against African Americans and women and prohibited racial segregation. Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, it ended unequal voting requirements and segregated schools, workplaces, and public facilities.

President Johnson’s enactment of Medicare was a watershed moment in America’s history that redefined our country’s commitment to our seniors—offering a new promise that all Americans have the right to a healthy retirement.


In 1976, in the wake of the Watergate scandal, Americans elected Jimmy Carter to restore dignity to the White House. He created the Departments of Education and Energy and helped to forge a lasting peace between Israel and Egypt.


In 1992, after 12 years of Republican presidents, record budget deficits, and high unemployment, Americans turned to Democrats once again and elected Bill Clinton to get America moving again. President Clinton balanced the budget, helped the economy add 23 million new jobs, and oversaw the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in history.
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In 2008, Americans turned to Democrats and elected President Obama to reverse our country’s slide into the largest economic downturn since the Great Depression and undo eight years of policies that favored the few over the many.

Under President Obama’s direction and congressional Democrats’ leadership, we’ve reformed a health care system that was broken and extended health insurance to 32 million Americans.

.PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT –  After decades of trying and despite unanimous opposition from Republicans, President Obama and Democrats passed comprehensive health reform into law in March 2010. The Affordable Care Act will hold insurance companies accountable, lower costs, expand coverage, and improve care for all Americans.

We’ve reined in a financial system that was out of control and delivered the toughest consumer protections ever enacted.

We’ve reworked our student loan system to make higher education more affordable.

We passed the Recovery Act, which created or helped to save millions of jobs and made unprecedented investments in the major pillars of our country.

From America’s beginnings to today, people have turned to Democrats to meet our country’s most pressing challenges—and pave the way for a future that lifts up all Americans.

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Vote Every Election

Vote Every Election

Let’s be very clear, while we’re tuning out and staying home on Election Day, other folks are tuning in.  Other folks are taking politics very seriously.  And they’re engaged on every level.  They’re raising money.  They’re making their voices heard –- and their issues known –- from City Hall to Washington, DC.  And I know that in the face of all of that money and influence, it can start to feel like ordinary citizens just can’t get a seat at the table.  And that can make you feel helpless and hopeless.  It can make you feel or think that you’re powerless.

But I’m here today because that’s simply not true.  We are not helpless or hopeless.  Time and again, history has shown us that there is nothing –- nothing -– more powerful than ordinary citizens coming together for a just cause.”

” I’m talking about the tireless, the thankless, relentless work of making change — you know, the phone-calling, letter-writing, door-knocking, meeting-planning kind of work.  That is the real work of democracy –- what happens during those quiet moments between the marches. ”

“That is how we carry on that precious legacy we’ve inherited — by recommitting ourselves to that day-to-day, vitally important work that has always paved the way for change in this country.

What does that mean?  That means being informed.  It means following the news, and learning about who’s representing us, and how our governments work.  It means showing up to vote — and not just every four years, but every year in every election.  It means engaging with the folks we elect, following how they vote and how they spend our hard-earned tax dollars.  And if you don’t like what you see, then let them know, or better yet, run for a seat at the table yourself.  ”

June 28, 2012 First Lady Michelle Obama at the AME Church Conference


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FLOTUS Travels to Qatar & Jordan

November 1-7, 2015 First Lady Michelle Obama visits Doha, Qatar and Amman, Jordan
November 1-7, 2015 First Lady Michelle Obama visits Doha, Qatar and Amman, Jordan

First Lady Michelle Obama to Travel to the State of Qatar and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

As part of the Let Girls Learn initiative, the First Lady will make stops in Doha and Amman; the First Lady will also visit US military service members stationed at Al Udeid Air Base as part of the Joining Forces initiative

As part of Let Girls Learn, the First Lady will visit Doha, Qatar and Amman, Jordan from November 1-7, 2015.

In Doha, Mrs. Obama will deliver remarks at the 2015 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), addressing an audience of education leaders from the region and around the world about global girls’ education and the Let Girls Learn initiative.  Since 2009, WISE has brought together leaders annually to explore concrete steps to improve education worldwide.

As part of the Joining Forces initiative, Mrs. Obama will also visit service members stationed at Al Udeid Air Base.

For the entire article: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/28/first-lady-michelle-obama-travel-state-qatar-and-hashemite-kingdom



First Lady Michelle Obama Travel Itinerary

Doha, Qatar 

First Lady Michelle Obama visits service members stationed at Al Udeid Air Base
Doha, Qatar

First Lady, Michelle Obama visits HH the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani
The Diwan, Doha, Qatar

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the 2015 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)
Doha, Qatar

First Lady Michelle Obama attends the 2015 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Roundtable
Doha, Qatar

First Lady Michelle Obama visits with Embassy staff
Doha, Qatar

Amman, Jordan (First Lady Michelle Obama headed home from the Middle East two days early after being grounded by 36 hours by a brutal sandstorm)

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in official meetings
Amman, Jordan

First Lady Michelle Obama visits a school constructed with USAID funding and technical support
Amman, Jordan

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with adolescent girls attending the school
Amman, Jordan

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks and commends Jordan for its generosity and commitment to educating all children living within its ‎borders.
Amman, Jordan

First Lady Michelle Obama visits with Embassy staff
Amman, Jordan

First Lady Michelle Obama visits the historical and archaeological city of Petra that is famous for its rock-cut architecture
Ma’an Governorate, Jordan


Around the world 62 million girls are not in school. Millions more are fighting to stay there. Let Girls Learn is a new effort by the United States Government, and led by USAID, to provide the public with meaningful ways to help all girls to get a quality education. In support of the effort, USAID also announced over $230 million for new programs to support education around the world.  Then, even if they can reach a school, they may not have the trained teachers, adequate materials, or support they need to learn to read, write, and do basic math. Recent events in Nigeria focused the world’s concern on their plight. It’s time to Let Girls Learn.

Let Girls Learn is an effort by the United States Government to provide the public with meaningful ways to help all girls to get a quality education. It is led by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the lead U.S. Government Agency working to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies. In support of the effort, USAID also announced $231.6 million for new programs to support primary and secondary education and safe learning in Nigeria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Jordan, as well as support for Guatemala’s ongoing, successful efforts to improve quality of education for under-served populations.


When girls are educated, their families are healthier and they have more opportunities to generate income in adulthood. An educated girl has a ripple effect:

On Her Family:

  • One more year of education increases a woman’s income by up to 25 percent.
  • A girl who has a basic education is three times less likely to contract HIV.
  • Children born to educated mothers are twice as likely to survive past the age of 5.

On Society:

  • If all women in sub-Saharan Africa had a secondary education, 1.8 million lives would be saved each year.
  • Simulations using data from women farmers in Kenya suggest that crop yields could increase by 25 percent if all that country’s girls attended primary school.
  • After looking at 100 countries, the World Bank found that increasing the share of women with a secondary education by 1 percent boosts annual per capita income growth by 0.3 percentage points.
  • Countries where women hold more than 30 percent of seats in political bodies are more inclusive, egalitarian and democratic.


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November 1-7, 2015
First Lady Michelle Obama
Travel to the State of Qatar and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan