Congressional Hispanic Caucus 38th Annual Awards Gala

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) was founded in December 1976 as a legislative service organization of the United States House of Representatives. Today, the CHC is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC aims to address national and international issues and the impact these policies have on the Hispanic community. The function of the Caucus is to serve as a forum for the Hispanic Members of Congress to coalesce around a collective legislative agenda. The Caucus is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

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CHCI is excited to announce that President Barack Obama will address the largest Latino gathering in the country at CHCI’s 38th Annual Awards Gala on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This will be the sixth year that President Obama has addressed the CHCI Awards Gala, going back to when he was a presidential candidate in 2008.

“CHCI is honored to welcome President Obama to address our 38th Annual Awards Gala in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month on October 8,” said Rep. Linda T. Sánchez. “His attendance reflects his ongoing commitment to the Latino community and to the future Latino and Latina leaders that CHCI works so hard to develop each year.”


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October 8, 2015
CHCI’s 38th Annual Awards Gala
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC


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White House Summit on Worker Voice

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On October 7, 2015, the White House and the Department of Labor is bringing together workers, labor leaders, advocates, forward-leaning employers, Members of Congress, state and local officials and others to highlight the relationship between worker voice and a thriving middle class.
America is at its strongest when we work together to build prosperity that all of us contribute to and share. We are our best when the working men and women who are engines of economic growth are true partners in industry and innovation, with a robust voice in their workplaces.

Our economy has come a long way from the economic crisis we faced when President Obama took office. American businesses have created 13 million jobs over the past 65 months, the longest consecutive streak of job growth on record. But we have more work to do to help middle-class wages grow and adapt to the changing nature of work in the 21st century. The Summit on Worker Voice will provide a historic opportunity to bring together a diverse group of leaders – including workers, employers, unions, organizers, and other advocates and experts – to explore ways to ensure that hardworking Americans are both driving our nation’s economic resurgence and also sharing in the benefits of the growth that they are helping to create.

The White House Summit on Worker Voice will provide a historic opportunity to bring together a diverse group of leaders – including workers, employers, unions, organizers and other advocates and experts — to explore ways to ensure that middle class Americans are sharing in the benefits of the broad-based economic growth that they are helping to create. We want both seasoned and emerging leaders from across the country, who are taking action in their communities to lift up workers’ voices — to be active participants in this conversation. The day will conclude with a town hall with the President, co-hosted by, which will include questions and stories from workers across the country. You can add your voice to that conversation here.


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October 7, 2015
White House Summit on Worker Voice
Washington DC





Democrats Abroad 2015

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Democrats Abroad was established on Mar 1, 1964.  Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States. They work to advance the principles of our Party by spreading the Democratic message to US voters in other countries and encouraging them to vote for Democratic candidates back home.

Democrats Abroad has committees throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. These Country Committees keep Americans abroad informed of their rights and help them participate in the U.S. political process. A support office is maintained in Washington, D.C.

American Democrats living outside of the United States may participate but must first join Democrats Abroad. The online membership form is located on the web site Members will receive information on how they may participate in the Democrats Abroad Global Primary.

Democrats Abroad is recognized as a “state” Party by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and is represented on the DNC by eight voting members, as well as at the quadrennial Democratic National Convention.

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Vote Every Election

“in the last election — and I want to speak particularly the young people here — in the last election, a little over one-third of eligible voters voted. One-third!

Two-thirds of the people who have the right to vote — because of the struggles of previous generations, had the right to vote — stayed home. I’m willing to bet that there are young people who have family members who are at risk of the existing immigration system who still didn’t vote.

MR. DIAZ-BALART: Mixed-status families. There are millions of them.

THE PRESIDENT: Who still did not vote. And so my question, I think, to everybody — not just to the immigrant community, but the country as a whole — why are you staying at home? (Applause.) Why are you not participating? There are war-torn countries, people full of poverty, who still voted, 60, 70 percent. If here in the United States of America, we voted at 60 percent, 70 percent, it would transform our politics. Our Congress would be completely different. We would have already passed comprehensive immigration reform. (Applause.) It would have already been done.

So I, as President, have the responsibility to set out a vision in terms of where we need to go. I have the responsibility to execute the laws faithfully, and that includes making sure that what’s within my power I am doing everything I can to make the immigration system smarter. But everybody here and everybody watching also has responsibilities. And one of those responsibilities is voting for people who advocate on behalf of the things that you care about.

And staying home is not an option. And being cynical is not an option. And just waiting for somebody else — whether it’s the President, or Congress, or somebody — José — to get it done, that’s not enough.”

Vote for Democrats in the U.S. November 2015 election.

التصويت لصالح الديمقراطيين في الولايات المتحدة انتخابات نوفمبر 2015


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להצביע עבור הדמוקרטים בארה”ב נובמבר 2015 הבחירות

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National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend 2015

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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to honor America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the non-profit Foundation has developed and expanded programs that fulfill that mandate. Our mission is to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives and work within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries.

Each October, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. Thousands attend the weekend activities held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The Weekend features special programs for survivors and coworkers along with moving public ceremonies.

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The sound of a bell holds special significance for firefighters. Historically, the toll of a bell summoned members to the station, signaled the beginning of a shift, notified departments of a call for help, and indicated a call was completed and the unit had returned to the station.

Departments sounded a series of bells when a firefighter died in the line of duty to alert all members that a comrade had made the ultimate sacrifice. This time-honored tradition continues today during the funerals or memorial services for firefighters.

For the fifth year, bells will ring from coast to coast as a grateful nation pauses on Sunday, October 4, 2015 to honor those firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2014 and previous years. Fire departments and their places of worship will join the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) for the Fourth Annual Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters, part of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is asking communties, fire service organizations, and religious organizations to help us honor our fallen firefighters by participating in Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters. A moment of remembrance can occur at any time during Memorial Weekend, October 3 & 4. Fire department representatives are encouraged to work with their clergy and community leaders to develop an appropriate tribute.

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Saturday, October 3, 2015 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. EDT
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Memorial Service Broadcast

Sunday, October 4, 2015 9:30 am – 12:00 p.m. EDT
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Umpqua Community College Shooting

On October 1, 2015, a gun man fatally shot nine people and injured nine others on the campus of Umpqua Community College, near Roseburg, Oregon


Excluding the gunman, nine people were killed in the shooting. They were identified as:

  • Lucero Alcaraz, 19
  • Treven Taylor Anspach, 20
  • Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18
  • Quinn Glen Cooper, 18
  • Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59
  • Lucas Eibel, 18
  • Jason Dale Johnson, 33
  • Lawrence Levine, 67 (professor)
  • Sarena Dawn Moore, 44


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James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

6:22 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  There’s been another mass shooting in America — this time, in a community college in Oregon.

That means there are more American families — moms, dads, children — whose lives have been changed forever.  That means there’s another community stunned with grief, and communities across the country forced to relieve their own anguish, and parents across the country who are scared because they know it might have been their families or their children.

I’ve been to Roseburg, Oregon.  There are really good people there.  I want to thank all the first responders whose bravery likely saved some lives today.  Federal law enforcement has been on the scene in a supporting role, and we’ve offered to stay and help as much as Roseburg needs, for as long as they need.

In the coming days, we’ll learn about the victims — young men and women who were studying and learning and working hard, their eyes set on the future, their dreams on what they could make of their lives.  And America will wrap everyone who’s grieving with our prayers and our love.

But as I said just a few months ago, and I said a few months before that, and I said each time we see one of these mass shootings, our thoughts and prayers are not enough.  It’s not enough.  It does not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel.  And it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America — next week, or a couple of months from now.

We don’t yet know why this individual did what he did.  And it’s fair to say that anybody who does this has a sickness in their minds, regardless of what they think their motivations may be.  But we are not the only country on Earth that has people with mental illnesses or want to do harm to other people.  We are the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months.

Earlier this year, I answered a question in an interview by saying, “The United States of America is the one advanced nation on Earth in which we do not have sufficient common-sense gun-safety laws — even in the face of repeated mass killings.”  And later that day, there was a mass shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana.  That day!  Somehow this has become routine.  The reporting is routine.  My response here at this podium ends up being routine.  The conversation in the aftermath of it.  We’ve become numb to this.

We talked about this after Columbine and Blacksburg, after Tucson, after Newtown, after Aurora, after Charleston.  It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun.

And what’s become routine, of course, is the response of those who oppose any kind of common-sense gun legislation.  Right now, I can imagine the press releases being cranked out:  We need more guns, they’ll argue.  Fewer gun safety laws.

Does anybody really believe that?  There are scores of responsible gun owners in this country –they know that’s not true.  We know because of the polling that says the majority of Americans understand we should be changing these laws — including the majority of responsible, law-abiding gun owners.

There is a gun for roughly every man, woman, and child in America.  So how can you, with a straight face, make the argument that more guns will make us safer?  We know that states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths.  So the notion that gun laws don’t work, or just will make it harder for law-abiding citizens and criminals will still get their guns is not borne out by the evidence.

We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings.  Friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours.  So we know there are ways to prevent it.

And, of course, what’s also routine is that somebody, somewhere will comment and say, Obama politicized this issue.  Well, this is something we should politicize.  It is relevant to our common life together, to the body politic.  I would ask news organizations — because I won’t put these facts forward — have news organizations tally up the number of Americans who’ve been killed through terrorist attacks over the last decade and the number of Americans who’ve been killed by gun violence, and post those side-by-side on your news reports.  This won’t be information coming from me; it will be coming from you.  We spend over a trillion dollars, and pass countless laws, and devote entire agencies to preventing terrorist attacks on our soil, and rightfully so.  And yet, we have a Congress that explicitly blocks us from even collecting data on how we could potentially reduce gun deaths.  How can that be?

This is a political choice that we make to allow this to happen every few months in America.  We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction.  When Americans are killed in mine disasters, we work to make mines safer.  When Americans are killed in floods and hurricanes, we make communities safer.  When roads are unsafe, we fix them to reduce auto fatalities.  We have seatbelt laws because we know it saves lives.  So the notion that gun violence is somehow different, that our freedom and our Constitution prohibits any modest regulation of how we use a deadly weapon, when there are law-abiding gun owners all across the country who could hunt and protect their families and do everything they do under such regulations doesn’t make sense.

So, tonight, as those of us who are lucky enough to hug our kids a little closer are thinking about the families who aren’t so fortunate, I’d ask the American people to think about how they can get our government to change these laws, and to save lives, and to let young people grow up.  And that will require a change of politics on this issue.  And it will require that the American people, individually, whether you are a Democrat or a Republican or an independent, when you decide to vote for somebody, are making a determination as to whether this cause of continuing death for innocent people should be a relevant factor in your decision.  If you think this is a problem, then you should expect your elected officials to reflect your views.

And I would particularly ask America’s gun owners — who are using those guns properly, safely, to hunt, for sport, for protecting their families — to think about whether your views are properly being represented by the organization that suggests it’s speaking for you.

And each time this happens I’m going to bring this up.  Each time this happens I am going to say that we can actually do something about it, but we’re going to have to change our laws.  And this is not something I can do by myself.  I’ve got to have a Congress and I’ve got to have state legislatures and governors who are willing to work with me on this.

I hope and pray that I don’t have to come out again during my tenure as President to offer my condolences to families in these circumstances.  But based on my experience as President, I can’t guarantee that.  And that’s terrible to say.  And it can change.

May God bless the memories of those who were killed today.  May He bring comfort to their families, and courage to the injured as they fight their way back.  And may He give us the strength to come together and find the courage to change.

Thank you.

6:35 P.M. EDT

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Now is the time to do something about gun violence….

Congress must urgently introduce legislation to:

  • Require background checks for all gun sales
  • Require background checks for all gun sales
  • Pass a new, stronger ban on assault weapons
  • Limit ammunition magazines to 10 rounds
  • Finish the job of getting armor-piercing bullets off the streets
  • Give law enforcement additional tools to prevent and prosecute gun crime
  • End the freeze on gun violence research
  • Make our schools safer with new resource officers and counselors, better emergency response plans, and more nurturing school climates
  • Ensure quality coverage of mental health treatment, particularly for young people

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Angels in Orange

“Members of Delta Camp 8’s inmate Crew No. 2 pack up a fire truck after clearing brush and cutting down dead trees as a part of a community service fire-prevention project at Lafayette Reservoir, Lafayette, CA, on Sept. 3, 2015. The camp is jointly operated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and Cal Fire. There are 196 crews in the state and about 4,300 inmates work on the frontline or in conservation camps year-round. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Firefighting inmates in California fill a void, gain a lot

LAFAYETTE — While some may see them as felons in jumpsuits, California residents of cities affected by threatening wildfires know inmate firefighters as the “angels in orange.”

“I think the best part is when you get off a shift and you’re cruising through the town and there are little old ladies or little old men going ‘Thank you, firefighters,'” said inmate firefighter Culvin May, 39, from the Delta Conservation Camp in Suisun City.

There are 196 inmate fire crews that perform more than 3 million hours of emergency response work annually, making the program an essential tool in the state’s firefighting system, according to Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant. Inmate firefighters make up about one-third of the Cal Fire crews responding to wildfires throughout the state.

This year has been particularly taxing on firefighters with the uptick in the number of fires as a result of the drought.

“The program itself is a critical component of our firefighting system in California,” Berlant said. “It provides a huge workforce in helping us contain wildfires.”

May is among 3,800 low-level offenders, including 225 women, who volunteer and train to work on the front lines of wildfires or in conservation camps year-round, said Bill Sessa, spokesman for California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. There are 43 volunteer firefighter camps throughout the state, which saves $80 million to $100 million per year through the Conservation Camp Program, Sessa said.


To join a fire camp, inmates must apply to volunteer, endure the same four-week training as Cal Fire workers and have the right temperament, Sessa said.

“The firefighter inmates have to meet all the same mental and physical standards as civilian firefighters because when they’re on the fire line, the fire doesn’t discriminate,” he said.

On average, inmate firefighters earn $2 a day in camp, plus $1 an hour when fighting fires. They receive two days off their sentence for every day they volunteer.

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Conservation Camp Program

CAL FIRE is currently authorized to operate 39 Conservation Camps statewide that house nearly 4,300 inmates and wards. These camps are operated in conjunction with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Through these cooperative efforts CAL FIRE is authorized to operate 196 fire crews year-round. These crews are available to respond to all types of emergencies including wildfires, floods, search and rescue, and earthquakes. When not responding to emergencies, the crews are busy with conservation and community service work projects for state, federal, and local government agencies. Fire crews perform several million hours of emergency response each year, and more on work projects.

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On Saturday, October 17, 2015, hundreds will join together to memorialize the sacrifice and dedication of California’s fallen heroes at the 13th Annual California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony. The ceremony will be held at the California Firefighters Memorial located in Capitol Park, Sacramento, CA.

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United Nations General Assembly 70th Session

United States President Barack Obama chairs a United Nations Security Council meeting at U.N. Headquarters in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2009.
United States President Barack Obama chairs a United Nations Security Council meeting at U.N. Headquarters in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2009.

The General Assembly (GA) is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the UN. Decisions on important questions, such as those on peace and security, admission of new members and budgetary matters, require a two-thirds majority. Decisions on other questions are by simple majority. Each country has one vote.  Some Member States in arrear of payment may be granted the right to vote.  See the list of countries in arrears in the payment of their financial contributions. The Assembly has adopted its own rules of procedure and elects its President for each session.

Functions and powers of the General Assembly

Forum for multilateral negotiation

Established in 1945 under the Charter of the United Nations, the General Assembly occupies a central position as the chief deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. Comprising all 193 Members of the United Nations, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter.

It also plays a significant role in the process of standard-setting and the codification of international law. The Assembly meets in regular session intensively from September to December each year, and thereafter as required.

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General Assembly, Adopting Work Programme for Session, Discusses New Items, Endorses General Debate Schedule of 28 September to 3 October

Seventieth Session,

2nd Meeting (AM)

Acting on the recommendations of its General Committee, the General Assembly this morning adopted the work programme and agenda for its seventieth session, which contained 173 items, and endorsed the recommendation that its general debate would be held from 28 September to 3 October.

That information, and other organizational matters concerning the Assembly, is contained in the General Committee’s first report (document A/70/250).

Among the topics to be considered in the current Assembly session were several new ones, including follow-up to the outcome document of the high-level plenary meeting — the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples; joint ad-hoc meeting of the First (Disarmament and International Security) and Fourth Committees (Special Political and Decolonization) on possible challenges to space security and sustainability; and global awareness of the tragedies of irregular migrants in the Mediterranean Basin with specific emphasis on Syrian asylum seekers.

Agenda of the 70th regular session


Monday, 28 September 2015

All indicated times are New York time (GMT-4)

09:00 am
Press Conferences and Media Opportunities – Updated list:
General Assembly: 12th and 13th plenary meetings – General Debate (28 September – 3 October 2015).
10:00 am
High-Level Side Sessions on Achieving SDG2: National Strategies for Farmer Empowerment and Inclusive Business and Regional Food Security Strategy and Public-Private Partnerships.
01:15 pm
Innovative financing: showcasing solutions to implement the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
03:00 pm
Leaders’ Summit on Peace Operations.
Linking Landlocked Developing Countries to Global Opportunities.
04:00 pm
Oceans 14: Implementing the Samoa Pathway and Sustainable Development Goal 14 by the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) through Public-Private Partnerships.
High level event of the leading group on social and solidarity economy.
04:30 pm
Somalia High Level Event (Opening remarks only).
06:30 pm
Implementing the New Development Framework in Countries Affected by Conflict and Fragility.

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.President Obama’s New York Itinerary 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

President Obama departs White House
South Lawn

President Obama arrives New York
John F. Kennedy International Airport

President Obama delivers remarks at the Closing Session: Post-2015 Development Agenda
U.N. Headquarters, General Assembly Hall, New York, NY

President Obama participates in a USUN Mission meet and greet with employees and their families
U.S. Mission to the United Nations, U.N. Headquarters, New York, NY

President Obama delivers remarks at a DNC LGBT Gala
Gotham Hall, New York, NY

President Obama overnights in New York


Monday, September 28, 2015

President Obama speaks at the Opening Session of the 70th United Nations General Assembly
U.N. Headquarters, New York, NY

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
U.N. Headquarters, General Assembly Hall, New York, NY

President Obama meets with Sam Kutesa, President of the United Nations General Assembly
U.N. Headquarters, New York, NY

President Obama meets with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
U.N. Headquarters, New York, NY

President Obama attends a luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
U.N. Headquarters, New York, NY

President Obama chairs a United Nations Peacekeeping Summit
U.N. Headquarters, New York, NY

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin
U.N. Headquarters, New York, NY

President Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a reception for visiting Heads of State and Government
Lotte New York Palace, New York City

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

President Obama speaks at the Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism
U.N. Headquarters, New York, NY

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro
U.N. Headquarters, New York, NY

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Kazakhstian President Nursultan Nazarbayev
U.N. Headquarters, New York, NY


70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
Presiding Chair: President Obama
U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y


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