César E. Chávez

03/30/2014

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César E. Chávez

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

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

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

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

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The Story of César Chávez
THE BEGINNING

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

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

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

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

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César Chávez Day

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

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Democrats Abroad – 50th Anniversary

02/27/2014

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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 https://www.democratsabroad.org/user/register. 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.

For more: https://www.democratsabroad.org/
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Democrats Abroad 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner

With Special Guest Speakers
Saturday, March 1st, 2014
7 to 10 PM ET

Woman’s National Democratic Club
Whittemore House, Stevenson Ballroom
1526 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

For more:  https://www.democratsabroad.org/democrats-abroad-50th-anniversary-events

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The Demcoratic Party 2014

01/14/2014

The Democratic Party

WHO WE ARE - Our Party

For more than 200 years, Democrats have represented the interests of working families, fighting for equal opportunities and justice for all Americans.

Our party was founded on the conviction that wealth and privilege shouldn’t be an entitlement to rule and the belief that the values of hardworking families are the values that should guide us.

We didn’t become the most prosperous country in the world by rewarding greed and recklessness or by letting those with the most influence write their own rules. We got here by rewarding hard work and responsibility, by investing in people, and by growing our country from the bottom up.

Today Democrats are fighting to repair a decade of damage and grow an economy based on the values of Main Street, not greed and reckless speculation. Democrats are focused on rescuing our economy not just in the short run but also rebuilding our economy for the long run—an economy that lifts up not just some Americans, but all Americans.

To learn more:  http://www.democrats.org

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The Democratic Platform

We will pass new tax laws that spread the tax burden fairly across the economic spectrum, with those benefiting most from our society contributing commensurately.

We will pass law to protect the right of workers to organize and have a voice in the operation of US businesses. This will include raising the minimum wage to $20.00 per hour to ensure a reasonable standard of living for all working families and to stimulate our sluggish economy.

We will pass law to provide Medicare for All so no American is denied care or has to suffer financial hardship because of health problems, and no American businesses are saddled with health costs that keep them from competing fairly with foreign competitors. This plan will include a “safety net” to guarantee every citizen is provided the food and shelter necessary to survive difficult challenges in their lives.

We will withdraw of all US military and contracted personnel from Iraq and Afghanistan. Instead of the hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of lives being wasted on these wars, we will instead provide aid to these countries, and to other depressed areas where atrocious conditions breed terrorists.

We will order the Department of Justice to investigate those who led us into these wars to determine if war crime charges are warranted. If so, they will be prosecuted with vigor and any ill-gained profits shall be returned to the people.

We will order the Commerce Department to present a holostic plan for maintaining and advancing the infrastructure of our great country.

We will order the Secretary of Education to present new plans to guarantee all Americans have access to our public schools, from pre-kindergarten through advanced degrees.

We will order Homeland Security to present a new plan for securing our borders from those who would do us harm while allowing appropriate travel and visitation to our many friends around the world. This plan is to include a path to citizenship for those who serve in the US military, or who came here as children and are now productive members of our society.

We will order the Department of Energy to begin another “Manhattan Project” to enable us to cease our dependence on fossil fuels. At the same time, I am announcing the nationalization of all US oil and gas reserves, as well as other reserves owned by the citizens of the US that are currently being extracted from our soil for private profit without regard for our environment.

We will order the Department of Justice to begin immediately to root out crimes of corruption within our government. In concert with this, I want Congress to pass laws to ensure elected officials are serving for the benefit of the American people as a whole, not to gain wealth or power for themselves or their friends.

And finally, we are asking you, the People, to help with the most critical problem facing our Democracy today. We’re asking you, the People, to pass a Constitutional Amendment prohibiting political spending by corporations or any other entity or individual not qualifying as a person with citizenship in this great country.

These and other policies we will put in place will cause a sea-change in how our country serves the citizens – We the People – rather than a tiny handful of super-wealthy who would subvert our democracy and plunder our wealth while denying even the most basic services for our citizens. Thank you for your support and thank you for standing up for the rights of all citizens.

Democratic National Committee (DNC):  http://www.democrats.org/

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC): http://dlcc.org

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Congressional Black Congress

01/05/2014
1977, 15 of the Congressional Black Caucus members  L -R  (front row) B Jordan of TX, R Nix, Sr., of PA, R Metcalfe of IL,  C Collins of IL P Mitchell of MD, G Hawkins of CA, S Chisholm of NY; (middle row) J Conyers, Jr., of MI, C Rangel of NY, H Ford, Sr., of TN, Y Brathwaite Burke of CA, W Fauntroy of the DC; (back row) R Dellums of CA, L Stokes of OH, and C C. Diggs, Jr., of MI

1977, 15 of the Congressional Black Caucus members
L -R (front row) B Jordan of TX, R Nix, Sr., of PA, R Metcalfe of IL, C Collins of IL P Mitchell of MD, G Hawkins of CA, S Chisholm of NY; (middle row) J Conyers, Jr., of MI, C Rangel of NY, H Ford, Sr., of TN, Y Brathwaite Burke of CA, W Fauntroy of the DC; (back row) R Dellums of CA, L Stokes of OH, and C C. Diggs, Jr., of MI

.As the number of African Americans serving in Congress grew, a long-desired movement to form a more unified organization among black legislators coalesced. When Charles C. Diggs, Jr., of Michigan entered the House of Representatives in 1955, he joined black Members William Dawson of Illinois and Adam Clayton Powell—the largest delegation of African Americans on Capitol Hill since Reconstruction. “In Congress, there was little, if any communication between Dawson and Powell,” Diggs noted. “Their styles were different. In terms of exercise between them, there was not any.” Diggs keenly felt the isolation endured by black Members due to their small numbers in Congress and, in some cases, an inability to connect on a personal level. Frustrated that black Representatives lacked a forum to discuss common concerns and issues, Diggs proposed the organization of the Democratic Select Committee (DSC) at the opening of the 91st Congress (1969–1971), maintaining that the DSC would fill a significant void by fostering the exchange of information among the nine African Americans serving in Congress, as well as between black Representatives and House leadership. “The sooner we get organized for group action, the more effective we can become,” Diggs remarked.  The informal group held sporadic meetings that were mainly social gatherings and had no independent staff or budget.

Newly elected Members and beneficiaries of court-ordered redistricting, William (Bill) Clay, Sr., of Missouri, Louis Stokes of Ohio, and Shirley Chisholm embraced the concept of a group for black legislators to “seize the moment, to fight for justice, to raise issues too long ignored and too little debated”—all of which quickly translated into a more influential association for African-American Members.

For more:  http://history.house.gov/Exhibitions-and-Publications/BAIC/Historical-Essays/Permanent-Interest/Congressional-Black-Caucus/

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Congressional Black Congress

Since its establishment in 1971, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have joined together to empower America’s neglected citizens and to address their legislative concerns.For more than 40 years, the CBC has consistently been the voice for people of color and vulnerable communities in Congress and has been committed to utilizing the full Constitutional power, statutory authority, and financial resources of the Government of the United States of America to ensure that everyone in the United States has an opportunity to achieve their version of the American Dream.

The legislative agenda of universal empowerment that Members of the Congressional Black Caucus collectively pursue include but are not limited to: the creation of universal access to a world-class education from birth through post secondary level; the creation of universal access to quality, affordable health care and the elimination of racially based health disparities; the creation of universal access to modern technology, capital and full, fairly-compensated employment; the creation and or expansion of U.S. foreign policy initiatives that will contribute to the survival, health, education and general welfare of all peoples of the world in a manner consistent with universal human dignity, tolerance and respect and such other legislative action as a majority of the entire CBC Membership may support.

For more: http://cbc.fudge.house.gov

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VOTE SMART & VOTE DEMOCRAT 2013

11/02/2013

Vote Every Election

Message from President Barack Obama:

I will spend the next three and a half years doing everything I can to work with anyone — Democrat, Republican, or independent — to fight for middle class families.

But I’ll tell you what: it would be a lot easier if I had a Democratic House and a Democratic Senate to do it.

There are some Republicans in Congress willing to work with us and compromise — and I’m going to work with those people to solve the challenges we face and share the tough decisions.

But too often, Republicans seem more committed to gridlock than getting to yes. They seem more interested in stopping us at any cost than in helping the next generation.

That’s what we’re up against. It’s going to be absolutely critical that you feel the same urgency and intensity over the next year and a half leading up to the midterm elections as you did in 2008 and 2012.

If you do, then we can take back the House and we can keep the Senate in Democratic hands. That will allow me to appoint outstanding judges to the federal bench. That will allow us to ensure that we are making progress on issues like creating jobs and climate change and education that are critically important for the next generation.

It can be done — but it can only be done with your support:

https://my.democrats.org/Right-Now

Thanks,

Barack

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The World’s Conscience Weighs Syria Attacking It’s Own

09/07/2013

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“Two and a half years into the bloody conflict that has killed over 100,000 Syrians and displaced at least four million, we are well beyond the time for hand-wringing. The international community must act urgently to address the humanitarian crisis by protecting and assisting Syrian refugees, displaced people and other civilians.

The United States alone cannot dictate the outcome in Syria, but it has a crucial role to play in working with the international community to safeguard millions of Syrians, stop the flow of arms that are fueling the conflict and ensure those who violate international law face trial.”

Amnesty International

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Syria: Witnesses Describe Alleged Chemical Attacks
Government Should Give UN Investigators Immediate Access

AUGUST 21, 2013 HumanRightsWatch

(New York) – Witnesses in Eastern and Western Ghouta, outside Damascus, described symptoms and delivery methods consistent with the use of chemical nerve agents during attacks by government forces on August 21, 2013. The attacks killed several hundred people and injured hundreds more.

Seven residents and two doctors who were first responders told Human Rights Watch that hundreds of people, including many children, appeared to have been asphyxiated in the attacks that began in the early hours of August 21. The killing of civilians on a large scale in a single incident raises concerns that serious crimes were committed. The government denied on its state TV channel that it had used chemical weapons in Eastern Ghouta, an area largely controlled by the opposition.

“A huge number of people in Ghouta are dead, doctors and witnesses are describing horrific details that look like a chemical weapons attack, and the government claims it didn’t do it,” said Joe Stork, acting Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.” The only way to find out what really happened in Ghouta is to let UN inspectors in.”

For more: http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/08/21/syria-witnesses-describe-alleged-chemical-attacks

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National Council of Churches deplores Syrian chemical attack, and urges President Obama to use restraint in military response

Washington, August 30, 2013 NationalCouncilofChurches

As the United States considers a military response to the use of chemical weapons by the government of Syria, the National Council of Churches has issued the following statement:

1. In any political dispute, we deplore the use of military solutions. Since its founding in 1950 in the wake of World War II and at the beginning of the Korean War, the NCC has declared its conviction that war is always contrary to the will of God.

2. We particularly deplore the horrendous violence unleashed by both sides in the Syria civil war that has resulted in a dismaying loss of life and property, and has placed severe burdens on the entire region as thousands of refugees seek safety outside the borders of Syria.

3. In particular, we condemn the use of chemical weapons by the government of Syria that has killed and maimed thousands of innocent children, women, and men. This senseless, evil act is horrifying, even against the background of the unspeakable carnage each side has already wrought against the other. All who have been responsible for this chemical attack must search their consciences and ask God for forgiveness and for the courage to refuse to participate in future attacks.

4. We welcome the resolve of President Obama and other leaders to stop future chemical attacks against an innocent populace. However, we are deeply skeptical that U.S. military action against Syria will prevent future attacks. Indeed, we fear such action may have consequences beyond U.S. planning and control, including more death and widespread destruction.

5. We acknowledge the courage of British Prime Minister David Cameron, who has said the United Kingdom will not participate in punitive attacks on Syria because of the clearly stated opposition of the British people and the House of Commons. We call on President Obama to listen carefully to similar debates in the U.S. Congress and among the U.S. public.

6. We urge President Obama to use restraint in deciding upon military solutions, and to renew his efforts to build a political coalition within the United Nations to continue to isolate the Syrian government from the family of nations and place irresistible moral and economic pressure on Syria to refrain from the use of chemical weapons against innocent people.

7. We call on all persons of faith to pray for all leaders who are faced with the terrible decisions of war, including the President of the United States whose clear intention is to protect the innocent.

Source: http://www.nationalcouncilofchurches.us/news/syriaaugust2013.php

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Ambassador Power on Syria at the Center for American Progress
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power

U.S. Mission to the United Nations – New York, N.Y.

2013-09-06

Good afternoon. I’m very glad to be back in Washington this afternoon, and among so many friends here at the Center for American Progress. As you know, my topic today is Syria, which presents one of the most critical foreign policy challenges we face.

Syria is important because it lies at the heart of a region critical to U.S. security, a region that is home to friends and partners and one of our closest allies. It is important because the Syrian regime possesses stores of chemical weapons that they have recently used on a large scale and that we cannot allow to fall into terrorists’ hands.

It is important because the Syrian regime is collaborating with Iran, and works in lockstep with thousands of extremist fighters from Hezbollah. And Syria is important because its people – in seeking freedom and dignity — have suffered unimaginable horror these last two and a half years.

But I also recognize how ambivalent Americans are about the situation there.

On the one hand, we Americans share a desire, after two wars, which have taken 6,700 American lives and cost over $1 trillion dollars, to invest taxpayer dollars in American schools and infrastructure. Yet on the other hand, Americans have heard the President’s commitment that this will not be Iraq, this will not be Afghanistan, this will not be Libya. Any use of force will be limited and tailored narrowly to the chemical weapons threat.

For more: http://www.humanrights.gov/2013/09/06/ambassador-power-on-syria-at-the-center-for-american-progress/

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Senate Intelligence panel posts videos of sarin gas victims

9/07/13 02:10 PM ET By Jeremy Herb – TheHill

The Senate Intelligence Committee has released to the public 13 videos showing victims of last month’s alleged chemical attacks in Syria.

The videos detail what appears to be victims of the chemical attacks convulsing and foaming at the mouth. It includes graphic images of children who were apparently victims of the attack, which the U.S. says was carried out by the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and left 1,400 dead.

They also show the dead bodies of adults, children and the elderly lying side by side on the floor. The victims have no signs of blood or other wounds.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/middle-east-north-africa/320855-cnn-airs-alleged-videos-of-sarin-gas-victims-in-syria

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Responses to Syrian Government’s Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21, 2013

March 18, 2014
US orders the Syrian government to suspend all of its diplomatic operations in United States

January 22, 2014
International Peace Conference in Geneva, Switzerland

Learn more from the White House on the Assad regime’s treatment of the Syrian people

October 31, 2013
Syria Destroys Chemical Weapon-Making Equipment

October 15-16, 2013
The P5+1 , five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, namely United StatesRussiaChinaUnited Kingdom,France and Germany meet in Geneva to acheive diplomatic agreements with Iran on its nuclear program.

October 7, 2013
UN chief outlines chemical weapons plan for Syria

September 27, 2013
U.N. Security Council Approves Syria Resolution

September 24, 2013
FACT SHEET: U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syrian Crisis

September 16, 2013
UN: ‘Convincing evidence’ chemical weapons used in Syria

September 14, 2013
Statement by the President on U.S.-Russian Agreement on Framework for Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons

September 12, 2013
Secretary of State Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov spoke to reporters in Geneva

September 11, 2013
UN confirms Syria’s Assad signed chemical weapons decree

September 10, 2013
9:00 PM ET
President Obama Addresses the Nation on Syria

September 10, 2013
Statement on Additional Countries in Support of September 6 Joint Statement on Syria

September 10, 2013
President Obama agrees to U.N. talks on Russia’s Syria plan

September 10, 2013
Readout of the President’s Calls with French President Hollande and British Prime Minister Cameron

September 10, 2013
7:30 AM ET
Syria accepts Russian chemical weapons proposal – per Interfax

September 10, 2013
10:00 AM ET
US House Armed Services Committee – Authorizing Force in Syria – State Secretary Kerry, Defense Secretary Hagel & General Dempsey testify

September 09, 2013
Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Harper of Canada

September 9, 2013
2:50 PM ET
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton backs Obama on Syria action

September 9, 2013
1:15 PM ET
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and Deputy National Security Adviser briefs the press

September 9, 2013
12:30 PM ET
National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Syria at New America Foundation

September 9, 2013
11:30 AM ET
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Press Conference

September 9, 2013
7:00 AM ET
Secretary of State Kerry on Syria

September 9, 2013
Statement on Additional Countries in Support of September 6 Joint Statement on Syria

September 7, 2013
David Petraeus calls on Congress to back White House on Syria

September 7, 2013
President Obama’s Address: Calling for Limited Military Action in Syria

September 6, 2013
The Leaders and Representatives of Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America’s Joint Statement on Syria
Group of 20 Nations Leader’s Meeting,  Saint Petersburg, Russia

September 6, 2013
US Ambassador Power on Syria at the Center for American Progress

September 6, 2013
Madeleine Albright pushes Congress in support of Syria resolution

September 5, 2013
At G20 summit, Ban, UN-Arab League Envoy push for political solution to Syria crisis

September 3, 2013
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton breaks silence to endorse Syria strikes

September 3, 2013
Secretary of Defense Hagel Statement on Syria

September 3, 2013
Secretary of State John Kerry Statement on Syria

September 3, 2013
Congressional leaders back Obama on Syria strike

September 3, 2013
President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with top members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, House Foreign Affairs Committee, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Armed Services Committee

August 31, 2013
U.S. Government Assessment of the Syrian Government’s Use of Chemical Weapons

August 31, 2013
Statement by the President on Syria

August 30, 2013
Readout of the President’s Phone Call with President Hollande of France

August 30, 2013
President Obama Discusses Report on Syria’s Chemical Weapons Use

August 30, 2013
President Obama met with his National Security Council Regarding the Reported Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

August 30, 2013
Secretary of State John Kerry Statement on Syria

August 29, 2013
Readout of Briefing for Congressional Leaders on the Assad Regime’s Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

August 29, 2013
Readout of the President’s Phone Call with Chancellor Merkel

August 28, 2013
NATO Secretary General Statement on North Atlantic Council Meeting on Syria

August 27, 2013
Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Nick Clegg

August 27, 2013
Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Harper of Canada

August 27, 2013
Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Rudd of Australia

August 26, 2013
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Remarks on Syria

August 26, 2013
Secretary of State John Kerry Statement on Syria

August 25, 2013
Readout of the President’s Phone Call with President Hollande of France

August 24, 2013
Readout of the President’s Meeting with the National Security Council Regarding the Reported Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

August 24, 2013
Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Cameron of the UK

August 24, 2013
President Obama met with his National Security Council Regarding the Reported Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

August 21, 2013
Statement by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Allegations of Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

June 30, 2012
Secretary of State Hillary R Clinton Press Availability Following the Meeting of the Action Group on Syria
Palais de Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

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Tuesday, September 10
9:00 PM ET
President Obama will address the Nation on the Situation in Syria

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Women’s Equality Day 2013 – 19th Amendment

08/15/2013

The  Nineteenth Amendment (Amendment XIX) to the United States Constitution prohibits each state and the federal government from denying any citizen the right to vote based on that citizen’s sex. It was ratified on August 18, 1920.

” The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

Presidential Proclamation — Women’s Equality Day, 2013

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New Jersey Senate Class 2 Special Primary Election

08/11/2013

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New Jersey Senate Class 2 Special Primary Election

August 13th, 2013
A special election in New Jersey Senate for a replacement for Frank R. Lautenberg

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WINNER => Democrat Candidate -  Cory Booker


Voting Rights Act of 1965 – 48th Anniversary

08/07/2013


The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C.§§19731973aa-6) is a landmark piece of national legislation in the United States that outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for the widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans in the U.S.

Echoing the language of the 15th Amendment, the Act prohibits states from imposing any “voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure … to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.”Specifically Congress intended the Act to outlaw the practice of requiring otherwise qualified voters to pass literacy tests in order to register to vote, a principal means by which Southern states had prevented African-Americans from exercising the franchise. The Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, who had earlier signed the landmark; Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.

Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voting_Rights_Act

History of Federal Voting Rights Laws

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“The 1965 Voting Rights Act, one of the most historic and groundbreaking pieces of legislation in our nation’s history. For those who marched bravely; who worked tirelessly; who shed their blood and gave their lives in the pursuit of freedom for every American, the Act served as the culmination of decades of work to fulfill America’s promise. And for the members of the Moses Generation – including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, who stood alongside President Johnson when he signed the bill into law – it was an affirmation that although the arc of the moral universe may be long, it bends toward justice.

The Voting Rights Act guaranteed African Americans the right to vote at a time when thousands were being disenfranchised across the country. It extended the protection of our Constitution to every citizen regardless of race or religion; color or creed. And in the 45 years since it was passed, the Act has been reaffirmed four times – each one a reminder that we must remain vigilant in guaranteeing access to the ballot box.

As we pause to reflect on the anniversary of that historic moment, I encourage every American to honor the legacy of the brave men and women who came before us – from the foot soldiers to the Freedom Riders – by exercising the rights they fought so hard to guarantee. And together let us recommit ourselves, in ways large and small, to continuing their journey to promote equality and perfect our union.”‘

President Barack Obama – August 06, 2010

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Where Tuesday’s Voting Rights Act ruling matters, in one map

June 25, 2013 at 11:37 By Dylan Matthews – washingtonpost

Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which outlines how the government is to determine which states, counties, towns, and other jurisdictions have to have their voting laws “precleared” by the Justice Department, is unconstitutional. But which jurisdictions currently face preclearance, and, barring Congressional action, are now freed from that requirement?

6:25:13 Supreme Court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional

For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/06/25/where-tuesdays-voting-rights-act-ruling-matters-in-one-map/

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Holder to black leaders: ‘Sacred’ right to vote under attack

5/30/12 11:28 AM EDT By JOSEPH WILLIAMS – POLITICO

Attorney General Eric Holder told a council of African American church leaders Wednesday that the “sacred” right to vote is under assault nationwide, with federal lawsuits and at least a dozen state laws that could weaken — or block — minority access to the ballot box this fall.

Forty-seven years after President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, “overt and subtle forms of discrimination still exists,” Holder said in a speech before the Council of Black Churches. The twin factors of lingering bias and systematic assaults from the right, he said, means that “for the first time in our [lifetimes], we are failing to live up to one of our most noble ideals” – the right to equal access to the vote.

The brief speech was a call to arms for the black church, which since the days of the civil rights movement has been active in fighting for equal voting right for minorities. Holder, who was warmly received by the audience, told them his office is “aggressively” taking on the task of protecting that right, including challenging several state lawsuits that would overturn key provisions of the Voting Rights Act involving redistricting in Southern states and strict new voter I’d laws that could keep minorities, the elderly and young people of all races from casting ballots in the 2012 election – which analysts expect will be decided by a narrow margin.

Ensuring that everyone who is qualified can vote “is one of our highest priorities,” Holder told the council, adding that during his watch the Justice Department has taken on more than 100 cases involving voting within the past year, “a record number.” Since President Bush re-authorized the Section 5 provision of the Voting Rights Act, which requires some Southern states to get federal approval before making broad changes to laws involving voting, “it has consistently come under attack by those who say it is no longer needed.”

Holder also rejected conservatives’ contention that making it easier to vote invites fraud, a key argument in calling for tougher voter I’d laws. Recalling that protesters and faith leaders faced violence and death to gain that right during the 1960s civil rights movement, Holder called on black churches to mobilize as an ally of the Justice Department, informing the larger community and pushing back against restrictive proposals.

“We have to honor the generations that took extraordinary risks” to guarantee equal access to the polls, Holder said. The nation has made tremendous progress, he added, but “this fight must go on.”


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