Celebrating Hispanic Culture 2015

First Lady Michelle Obama is hugged by students during a visit to the LAMB bilingual school May 4, 2009, as a lead-up to the Mexican Cinco de Mayo holiday. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

First Lady Michelle Obama is hugged by students during a visit to the LAMB bilingual school May 4, 2009, as a lead-up to the Mexican Cinco de Mayo holiday. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

Hispanic Americans and Latino Americans  are an ethnolinguistic group of Americans with genealogical origins in the countries of Latin America and Spain. More generally it includes all persons in the United States who self-identify as Hispanic or Latino whether fully or partially.Hispanics form an ethnicity sharing a language (Spanish) and cultural heritage, rather than a race. American Hispanics are predominantly of Mexican, and to a lesser extent, NeomexicanoPuerto RicanCubanSalvadoranDominicanGuatemalan, and Colombian ancestry.

Hispanic Americans are the second fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States after Asian Americans. As of 2012, Hispanics constitute 17% of the United States population, or 53 million people.

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

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Join me in thanking President Obama for doing the right thing on immigration
Petition by Helen F. Chavez, widow of Cesar Chavez

To be delivered to President Barack Obama

Please join me and thank the President for keeping his promise by letting hardworking, taxpaying undocumented immigrants temporarily stay in the country they sustain with their sweat and sacrifice.
There are currently 100,656 signatures. NEW goal – We need 125,000 signatures!

PETITION BACKGROUND My husband, Cesar Chavez, and I decided to move back to Delano to begin organizing the United Farm Workers in 1962. Thousands came to work with our movement once the Delano Grape Strike started in 1965, 50 years ago in 2015. Millions of good people in North America supported us by boycotting grapes and other products.

All these years, I chose to stay in the background. I walked picket lines, managed our credit union and cared for our eight children. Cesar respected my privacy. I never spoke in public or talked with reporters.

Unlike my husband, I never got very involved in politics until October 2012, when President Obama came to dedicate the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument at the Tehachapi Mountain town of Keene, CA. That’s where Cesar lived and worked his last quarter century, and where he is buried. As we walked away from paying respects at my husband’s gravesite, with the President holding my arm, I asked, “Mr. President, will you promise you will do something on immigration reform?”

“Yes, Mrs. Chavez, I promise I will,” he said.

Today, President Obama kept his promise to me and to the American people by using his power to help many of the immigrants who toil in our fields, make beds, clean rooms, cook meals, work in construction and manufacturing, and care for our young and elderly. They serve our country in the military. I’ve known the farm workers all my life. Like other immigrants, they take jobs most other Americans won’t take for pay most other Americans won’t accept and under conditions most other Americans won’t tolerate. Big parts of our economy can’t survive without immigrants.

For more: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/join-me-in-thanking-presiden?source=c.em&r_by=1539343

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President Obama’s Immigration Timeline:

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Pres Obama Immigration Orders Face Major Test in Federal Court

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Obama immigration orders face major test in federal court

President Obama’s executive actions on immigration will be tested on Friday when a federal appeals court considers whether to lift an order blocking the actions to allow millions of immigrants without legal status to remain in the United States.

Lawyers from the federal government and 26 states opposed to Obama’s immigration policies will make oral arguments in front of a three-judge panel from the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans, the most conservative circuit in the country.

The administration is seeking an emergency stay lifting a Texas judge’s order freezing Obama’s November executive actions, which could provide deportation relief and work permits to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants.

Supporters of Obama’s programs are hopeful the court’s recent dismissal of a separate lawsuit against the immigration programs are a sign the judges will be on their side.

The panel may take days or weeks to decide on the government’s motion.

If it lifts U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen’s preliminary injunction, the Obama administration could begin implementing its programs. If it does not, Obama’s actions will remain in limbo.

The atmosphere surrounding the hearing is expected to be charged. More than 150 people plan to demonstrate outside the courthouse, including immigrants eligible for relief under Obama’s programs, according to immigrant-rights groups.

With just 21 months in Obama’s presidency, his administration is acting aggressively to resolve the legal issues surrounding the immigration programs, a key part of his presidential legacy.

But Obama’s lawyers could face an uphill battle in court on Friday.

For more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/239130-obama-immigration-orders-face-major-test-in-federal-court

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Court sets July hearing on Obama’s immigration actions

5/28/15 12:49 PM EDT By Jordan Fabian – TheHill

A federal appeals court said Wednesday it has set a date to hear an expedited appeal of a lower court order that put President Obama’s deportation relief programs on hold.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on July 10 in New Orleans in the Obama administration’s attempt to lift a preliminary injunction from U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas, which blocked several executive actions from taking effect.

It’s not clear if the same judges who denied the administration’s stay request will hear the broader appeal.

The court’s clerk said the judges will be announced one week before the hearing.

The hearing will present a major test for the administration, which is seeking to end the legal limbo surrounding its immigration programs.

For more; http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/243324-court-sets-july-hearing-on-obamas-immigration-actions

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César E. Chávez Day 2015

Cesar_Chavez_Day_posterchavez_huelga   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 .

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

. 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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Telemundo/MSNBC “Meeting with Obama” Townhall

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On Wednesday February 25 at 8 PM ET Telemundo presents “Meeting with Obama,” a forum in which Jose Diaz-Balart asked President Obama about the recent temporary suspension of immigration relief and will include questions from our audience. Send your questions using the hashtag #ObamaResponde

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El miércoles 25 de febrero a las 8 PM ET Telemundo presenta “Encuentro con Obama”, un foro en el que José Díaz-Balart preguntará al presidente Obama sobre la reciente suspensión temporal del alivio migratorio e incluirá las preguntas de nuestra audiencia. Envía tus preguntas utilizando el hashtag #ObamaResponde 

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Obama promises to fight against attempts to slow progress on immigration

February 24, 2015 telemundo

Washington, February 24 (EFE) .- The US president, Barack Obama promised to “fight” against any attempt to dismantle the progress achieved in its mandate immigration, returning to criticize the decision of a judge to suspend measures to temporarily stabilize some five million undocumented immigrants.

In an article published today in the online newspaper The Hill, Obama expressed confidence that “all” the executive measures taken since coming to the White House to “fix” the “broken” immigration system can be implemented.

“These steps are good for our economy, for our families and for our country. They are also the type of action taken by every Republican and Democratic presidents in the last half century,” remarks Obama.

On February 16, a federal judge in Texas, Andrew Hanen ruled temporarily suspend enforcement actions announced in November for Obama to temporarily stabilize at about 5 million undocumented immigrants to the lawsuit filed by 26 states, led by Texas, against the constitutionality of these measures.

According to Obama, the “wrong” decision was in response to a “partisan demand,” since most of the states involved are held by Republicans.

“My government will fight against this judgment with all the tools at our disposal,” said the president in the article.

In fact, the Justice Department filed Monday in federal court in Brownsville (Texas) a resource that gives emergency until tomorrow Judge Hanen to temporarily lift the suspension imposed as the government continues with the appeals process, that parallel.

If the appeal is successful, the government could proceed with implementation of migration measures Obama, the first phase was to enter into force on 18 February.

In the text sent to the court of Brownsville, the government estimates that at least the judge should limit the application of its decision to Texas, which leads the 26 states demand measures against Obama.

Experts and lawyers are unlikely to Hanen lift the suspension, especially when you consider that in its judgment of 16 February referred to “irreparable harm” would suffer the 26 plaintiffs states if measures Obama while the legal battle run is underway.

If the court rejects the appeal, it is expected that the Department of Justice go to the federal Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit, located in New Orleans and considered one of the most conservative in the country.

In the article, Obama also expressed “hope” that the Congress with a Republican majority in both houses since January, try to “govern responsibly supporting common sense solutions” to improve the immigration system.

The Senate approved in June 2013 a bipartisan bill for immigration reform backed by the Obama administration, but the proposal was not even put to a vote in the House of Representatives. EFE

Source: http://www.telemundo.com/noticias/2015/02/24/obama-promete-pelear-contra-intentos-para-frenar-avances-en-inmigracion

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Februaru 25, 2015
Telemundo holds “Meeting with Obama”  Townhall

with host José Diaz-Balart
Florida International University, Miami, Florida


25 de feb. presenta “Encuentro con Obama”. Envía tus preguntas

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Pres. Obama Hosts DACA Youths at White House

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

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

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

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

11/6/14 Boehner Says Obama Immigration Action Will ‘Burn Himself’

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

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

12/4/14 House GOP approves measure blocking deportation relief

1/14/15 House votes to undo Obama immigration policies

1/23/15 Immigration Critic Jeff Sessions (R-AL) Will Chair Senate Panel On Immigration.

2/3/15 Senate GOP fail on legislation overturning President Obama’s executive actions on immigration after Democrats block it

2/4/15  Senate GOP fail  AGAIN on legislation overturning President Obama’s executive actions on immigration after Democrats block it

2/5/15  Senate GOP fail for a THIRD TIME on legislation overturning President Obama’s executive actions on immigration after Democrats block it

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AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement in support of President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2014 Washington, DC — afscme.org

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement in support of President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration:

“President Obama took executive action because extremists in Congress failed to do their jobs. They have done nothing to fix our country’s broken immigration system, a system that keeps millions of women and men trapped in a shadow economy that hurts all working families. President Obama’s executive action curtails abusive employers who exploit undocumented immigrants and in doing so, drive down wages and benefits of all of our country’s workers.

“There is nothing unprecedented about what President Obama has done. Former presidents, including four Republicans (Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan, George H.W. Bush) used their executive powers to shape immigration policy.

“Extremists in Congress spent the past 18 months leading a race to the bottom with their politics of fear. Enough. It’s time for them to be honest with the American people about the economic harm that comes to all working families when undocumented immigrants are forced to live and work in the shadows. It’s time to put an end to the shameful, pointless suffering caused by their inability to devise a comprehensive, legislative solution. And it’s way past time for them to start earning their pay upholding our country’s values.”

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Join me in thanking President Obama for doing the right thing on immigration
Petition by Helen F. Chavez, widow of Cesar Chavez

To be delivered to President Barack Obama

Please join me and thank the President for keeping his promise by letting hardworking, taxpaying undocumented immigrants temporarily stay in the country they sustain with their sweat and sacrifice.
There are currently 100,656 signatures. NEW goal – We need 125,000 signatures!

PETITION BACKGROUND My husband, Cesar Chavez, and I decided to move back to Delano to begin organizing the United Farm Workers in 1962. Thousands came to work with our movement once the Delano Grape Strike started in 1965, 50 years ago in 2015. Millions of good people in North America supported us by boycotting grapes and other products.

All these years, I chose to stay in the background. I walked picket lines, managed our credit union and cared for our eight children. Cesar respected my privacy. I never spoke in public or talked with reporters.

Unlike my husband, I never got very involved in politics until October 2012, when President Obama came to dedicate the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument at the Tehachapi Mountain town of Keene, CA. That’s where Cesar lived and worked his last quarter century, and where he is buried. As we walked away from paying respects at my husband’s gravesite, with the President holding my arm, I asked, “Mr. President, will you promise you will do something on immigration reform?”

“Yes, Mrs. Chavez, I promise I will,” he said.

Today, President Obama kept his promise to me and to the American people by using his power to help many of the immigrants who toil in our fields, make beds, clean rooms, cook meals, work in construction and manufacturing, and care for our young and elderly. They serve our country in the military. I’ve known the farm workers all my life. Like other immigrants, they take jobs most other Americans won’t take for pay most other Americans won’t accept and under conditions most other Americans won’t tolerate. Big parts of our economy can’t survive without immigrants.

For more: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/join-me-in-thanking-presiden?source=c.em&r_by=1539343

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President Obama’s Immigration Timeline:

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Angel Island Immigration – 105th Anniversary

Angel Island Immigration Station, San Francisco Bay, California

Angel Island Immigration Station, San Francisco Bay, California

Immigrants arrive at Angel Island Immigration Station, San Francisco Bay, California

Immigrants arrive at Angel Island Immigration Station, San Francisco Bay, California

In 1905, construction of the Immigration Station began in the area then known as North Garrison. Surrounded by public controversy from its inception, the station was finally put into partial operation in 1910. It was designed to process Chinese immigrants whose entry was restricted by the Chinese Exclusion Law of 1882.  A rush of immigrants from Europe were expected with the opening of the Panama Canal, but international events after 1914, including the outbreak of World War I, cancelled the expected rush, but Asians continued to arrive on the West Coast and to go through immigration procedures. Though most immigrants processed through the Immigration Station on Angel Island were Chinese, over 80 countries were represented by the influx of immigrants.

The influx of Asians into the United States, dating from the California Gold Rush, created tension between many immigrant groups. During the 1870s, an economic downturn resulted in serious unemployment problems, and led to outcries against Asian immigrants who would work for low wages, this along with the resentment towards Chinese who were finding themselves successful in the laundry, hotel and fishing industries led to very restrictive immigration laws. These laws allowed entry only to those that had been born in the U.S. or had husbands or fathers who were citizens. Enforcement of those laws was assigned to the Bureau of Immigration.

When it opened 1910, the new detention facility on Angel Island was considered ideal because of its isolation. Access to and from the Island was very important to control and enforce the relatively new immigration laws and deal with the threat of disease from the many new people arriving daily to America. There were buildings to house and care for detainees, a pier, hospital, and regular boat service to the mainland. During the next 30 years, this was the point of entry for most of the approximately 175,000 Chinese immigrants who came to the United States. Most of them were detained on Angel Island for as little as two weeks or as much as six months. A few however, were forced to remain on the island for as much as two years.

For more: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1309

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Angel Island State Park website: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=468

Donate to Angel Island Association: http://angelisland.org/donate/

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Links to Immigration Resources

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“We didn’t raise the Statue of Liberty with her back to the world, we did it with her light shining as a beacon to the world. And whether we were Irish or Italians or Germans crossing the Atlantic, or Japanese or Chinese crossing the Pacific; whether we crossed the Rio Grande or flew here from all over the world — generations of immigrants have made this country into what it is. It’s what makes us special.”

— President Obama, November 21, 2014

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President Obama 2014 Year In Review

YEAR IN REVIEW: Creating Economic Opportunity for All Americans in 2014

December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama took office in the depths of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.  Six years later, thanks to the grit and determination of the American people, and the decisive actions he took early on – to bring the economy back from the brink, to save the auto industry, and to build a new foundation for middle-class growth – we’ve made real progress.

The economy grew at a combined 4.2% pace in the second and third quarters of this year, the strongest six-month period of growth in more than a decade.  American businesses have added new jobs for 57 consecutive months, the longest streak of private-sector job creation on record, for a total of 10.9 million new jobs. The pickup in the pace of job growth this year has come in industries with higher wages.  And wages across the economy are rising – a very welcome sign for millions of American families.

The U.S. economic recovery took a major step forward in 2014, achieving a number of important milestones:

The President pledged that 2014 would be a year of action and he has spent the last 12 months working with Congress where he could and taking action on his own where needed to revitalize the economy. He also worked closely with leaders from businesses, nonprofits, education, and communities to expand opportunity for more American families. These efforts have helped contribute to economic progress in a number of ways. Some critical efforts include:

Supporting Job Creation Through Manufacturing and Exports

Manufacturing job growth doubled this year – to about 15,000 jobs per month compared to 7,000 jobs per month last year. In total, since February 2010, the United States has directly added 764,000 manufacturing jobs, with the sector expanding employment at its fastest rate in nearly two decades. And the United States’ renewed competitiveness in manufacturing is bringing production back, with 54 percent of U.S.-based manufacturers surveyed by the Boston Consulting Group actively considering bringing production back from China to the United States, up from 37 percent only 18 months prior. The Administration has helped support these efforts by taking steps including:

  • Launching New Hubs as Part of a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation
  • Supporting Efforts to Foster Manufacturing Entrepreneurship and Investment in the United States
  • Growing Our Investments in Advanced Manufacturing Research
  • Another Year of Record-Breaking Exports
    • The Made in Rural America Initiative Leads to a Boost in Small Rural Manufacturing Exports and Other Companies
    • Intensifying and Broadening Our Export Promotion
    • The Advocacy Center at the Department of Commerce Enjoyed a Record-Breaking Year in Helping U.S. Firms Win Contracts Abroad to Create Jobs at Home

Taking Action to Raise the Minimum Wage

Following President Obama’s call on Congress to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10, states, cities and counties, and business leaders have taken action on their own to increase wages across the country. And on February 12, President Obama signed Executive Order 13658, requiring that workers on new Federal contracts be paid $10.10 an hour.

  • 14 States Passed Minimum Wage Increases – and 7 Million Workers Are Set to Benefit From Increases Passed Since the President’s Initial Call in 2013
  • Cities and Counties Have Also Taken Steps to Raise Wages
  • Businesses – Both Large and Small – Are Taking Action
  • President Obama’s Action will Ensure that All Employees of Federal Contractors are Paid at Least $10.10 an HourSupporting Job Skills and Employment Opportunities

Working with Congress, businesses, states and cities and non-profits, the President has taken action to make sure our job-training system is preparing and connecting Americans to the jobs that employers are looking to fill. From an across-the-board review of our job-training system to new grants that support apprenticeships and help connect the long-term unemployed to work, the President and his Administration have used every tool available to train Americans with the skills they need, and connect them with businesses that are looking for skilled workers.

  • Reforming Our Job-Training System to Make It Demand Driven
  • Passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
  • Getting Long-Term Unemployed Americans Back to Work: President Obama issued a three-part call to action – to employers, to communities across the country, and to federal agencies – to help Americans who are out of work, including the long-term unemployed, find jobs or get the skills they need so they can succeed in the labor force. Since that call to action, long-term unemployment has declined by 1.1 million and progress has been made on all three fronts, including:
    • $170 million in grants awarded in October to programs in 20 states and Puerto Rico to partnerships between non-profits, local government, and employers to train and match long-term unemployed job seekers for in-demand jobs.
    • A new set of best practices for hiring and recruiting the long-term unemployed signed by over 200 businesses – including 80 of the nation’s largest companies – to ensure that these candidates receive a fair shot during the hiring process.
    • Toolkits created by Deloitte Consulting in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation and with the input of about 100 White House Best Practice signatories to help more employers implement the best practices.
    • Finally, following up on a Presidential Memorandum issued in January, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued guidance to Federal agencies to ensure that individuals who are unemployed or have faced financial difficulties because of circumstances like job loss receive fair treatment and consideration for employment by Federal agencies.
  • $450 Million in Grants to Nearly 270 Community Colleges Partnering with More than 400 Employers Nationally
  • Investing in a Competitive Workforce Through Apprenticeships

Providing High-Quality Education to America’s Students

Ensuring that all Americans are prepared for the jobs of the future and strengthening middle-class security, starts with a strong education system.  The President has taken a number of steps over the past year to expand access to high-quality early childhood education, connect every student to high-speed Internet, and make college more affordable.

  • Committing to Affordable Higher Education
    • Expanding Pay As You Earn (PAYE)
    • The President and First Lady’s Call to Action on College Opportunity
    • Protecting Students from Unaffordable Debts at Career College Programs
  • Committing to Early Education: Throughout 2013 and 2014, the President challenged states, business leaders, and Congress to help more children gain access to the early education they need to succeed in school and in life.  On December 10, 2014, the President convened philanthropists, educators, community leaders and others to announce a collective investment of over $1 billion for early childhood education.  Federal commitments of $750 million will support early learning for over 63,000 children while corporate and philanthropic leaders’ independent commitments of $330 million will expand the reach and enhance the quality for thousands more.
  • ConnectED to the Future:  In June 2013, President Obama visited Mooresville, NC to announce the ConnectED Initiative, which aims to ensure 99% of American students will have access to next-generation broadband in the classroom by 2017, and called for private sector leaders and the FCC To help connect our students. Since that time, the FCC has taken steps to modernize the E-rate program to support high-speed connectivity for America’s schools and libraries, providing a $2 billion down payment and passing a proposal that provides recourses needed to meet the President’s ConnectED goals.  Additionally, private-sector companies have committed more than $2 billion in resources to schools to supplement federal actions and help support cutting-edge technologies across a greater number of schools and homes. On November 19, 2014, The President hosted school leaders and educators to push this effort forward and make all schools “Future Ready”.  More than 1,200 superintendents joined the Administrations Future Ready District Pledge to set a vision for digital learning across America.  Combined, this pledge will already reach 10 million students across 16,000 schools.

For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/12/18/year-review-creating-economic-opportunity-all-americans-2014

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UPDATE:

12/23/14 Financial Headlines:

Dow Busts Through 18,000 on Hot GDP and a Patient Fed

FHFA House Price Index Up 0.6 Percent in October

Consumer Sentiment Ends 2014 at Seven-Year High in Michigan Poll

Economy Grows by 5% Most in a Decade on U.S. Consumer-Spending Gain

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2014 the Year of Action

In his 2014 State of the Union, the President said that 2014 would be a “year of action” to ensure opportunity for all Americans. He’s making good on that promise (despite that Congress did not help, labeling them the ‘Worst Congress ever’.

What does a “year of action” mean, exactly?
The President will continue to work with Congress wherever he can to keep our economy moving forward and creating jobs. But in the meantime, he’s also going to do everything he can on his own to fight for middle-class families every single day.

And he’s been busy. Using his pen and his phone, the President has helped create new manufacturing jobs, expand apprenticeships, and job training, make student loan payments more affordable, support equal pay and workplace flexibility, cut carbon pollution, and rally support across the country while raising the minimum wage for all workers on new federal contracts. And that’s not all.

Here’s an update on the more than 40 actions he’s taken since January to do just that.

Learn more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/year-of-action

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List of President Obama’s 2014 Executive Actions to Help Americans – ProPresObama compilation

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and on 12/17/14 President Obama Charts a New Course on US – Cuba Relations

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