My Brother’s Keeper

02/25/2014
President Obama signs the "My Brother's Keeper" presidential memorandum 2/27/14

President Obama signs the “My Brother’s Keeper” presidential memorandum 2/27/14

My Brother’s Keeper

The “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative will bring government agencies, foundations and companies together to test a range of strategies to support young men to keep them in school and out of the criminal justice system.

My Brother’s Keeper strives to make sure that every young man of color who is willing to work hard and lift himself up has an opportunity to get ahead and reach his full potential.

Participants will include youth groups like the Chicago-based group called “Becoming a Man“, Michael Rubinger, chief executive of the Local Initiatives Support Corp.; scholars such as Robert Putnam, a Harvard University professor; business leaders such as Thomas Donohue, the chief executive of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the former basketball star and businessman; cabinet officials Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., Education Secretary Arne DuncanLabor Secretary Thomas Perez , General Colin Powell, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Adam Silver, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Congressman Ruben Hinojosa, and  many more leaders from key national and regional philanthropic foundations and major businesses, all of whom understand what is at stake with this effort.  When we let this many boys and young men fall behind – we are crippling our ability to reach our full potential as a nation.

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February 27 – President Obama launches  “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2014

01/19/2014

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr.  King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.

The national Martin Luther King Day of Service was started by former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Harris Wofford and Atlanta Congressman John Lewis, who co-authored the King Holiday and Service Act. The federal legislation challenges Americans to transform the King Holiday into a day of citizen action volunteer service in honor of Dr. King. The federal legislation was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on August 23, 1994. Since 1996, the annual Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service.  has been the largest event in the nation honoring Dr. King. In honor of MLK, volunteers across the country donate their time to make a difference on this day.

Explore the mlkday.gov site to learn more about MLK Day and how you can participate. Below area few links to get you started.



Feeding America 2013

12/19/2013

Feeding America (aka Second Harvest) is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

Each year, the Feeding America network provides food to more than 37 million low-income people facing hunger in the United States, including 14 million children and nearly 3 million seniors.

Their network of more than 200 food banks serves all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, securing and distributing more than 2.5 billion pounds of food and grocery products annually. Those member food banks support approximately 61,000 local charitable agencies and 70,000 programs, which provide food directly to individuals and families in need.

Learn more about your local Feeding America network member food bank: http://feedingamerica.org/foodbank-results.aspx

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HUNGER IN AMERICA

Impact of Hunger

Hunger Studies

GET INVOLVED

Volunteer

Advocate

Corporate Opportunities

Spread the Word

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Community Renewal: Supporting a Local Food Bank

Feeding America’s Hungry: The Facts

One hundred percent of food banks responding to a Feeding America survey reported increases in demand for emergency food assistance over the last year.  Demand for emergency food assistance increased at a rate ranging from 28.6% – 37.7% footnote 1.

Many people are turning to food banks for the first time because of the economic climate. 99.4% of food banks and distribution agencies reported seeing more first time users in the last year. 74% reported seeing more newly unemployed persons. 48% of food banks and distribution agencies reported seeing a greater number of children in their food lines.

Seventy-two percent of food banks do not feel as though they are able to adequately meet the needs of their communities without adjusting the amount of food distributed.

Across the Feeding America network of over 63,000 agencies, 66 percent of pantries, 41 percent of kitchen programs, and 11 percent of shelter programs have no paid staff, relying entirely on volunteers. footnote 2

Commit yourself and a team of your friends and neighbors to help feed America’s hungry.  This tool kit will give you the basics to volunteer at a food bank, start of food drive, recruit a team, organize your group, and make an impact.

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Some Feeding America (Second Harvest) locations also partner with an organiztion that supplies food for pets. Contact your location to inquire.
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2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom

11/18/2013

Presidential Medal of Freedom

The Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

Awarded for “a meritorious act or service which has aided the United States in the prosecution of a war against an enemy or enemies and for which an award of another United States medal or decoration is considered inappropriate”

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Executive Order signed by President John F. Kennedy establishing the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as well as the first ceremony bestowing the honor on an inaugural class of 31 recipients. Since that time, more than 500 exceptional individuals from all corners of society have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

President Obama said, “The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours. This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world. It will be my honor to present them with a token of our nation’s gratitude.”

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On November 20, 2013 the following individuals will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom:

Ernie Banks
Ben Bradlee
William Jefferson Clinton
Daniel Inouye
Daniel Kahneman
Richard Lugar
Loretta Lynn
Mario Molina
Sally Ride
Bayard Rustin
Arturo Sandoval
Dean Smith
Gloria Steinem
Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian
Patricia Wald
Oprah Winfrey

For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/08/president-obama-names-presidential-medal-freedom-recipients


Volunteer for the USO

10/24/2013

The United Service Organizations Inc. (USO Show) is a nonprofit organization that provides programs, services and live entertainment to United States troops and their families. Since 1941, it has worked in partnership with the Department of Defense (DOD), relying heavily on private contributions and on funds, goods, and services from various corporate and individual donors. Although congressionally chartered, it is not a government agency. The USO operates 160 centers worldwide.

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

USO FLOTUS & SLOTUS

During World War II, the USO became the G.I.‘s “home away from home” and began a tradition of entertaining the troops that continues today.

Throughout our country’s history, Americans have felt profound appreciation and gratitude for the dedication and sacrifice of our troops and their families. The USO provides a tangible way for all of us to say thank you, as it has for 70 years.

Thanks to your generosity, the USO fulfills its mission of lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families. Through the USO, you touch their lives through an extensive range of programs at more than 160 locations in 27 states and 14 countries, and at hundreds of entertainment events each year. Thousands of USO volunteers do everything possible to provide a home away from home for our troops and to keep them connected to the families they left behind.

The USO makes sure your help goes to those who need it the most: troops serving in combat, their families, our wounded warriors and their families, and families of the fallen.

As a nonprofit, non-political organization, the USO is now, and always will be, about our troops. Wherever and whenever they go, the USO will be there, until every one comes home.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER

There are countless ways volunteers support the USO, but they all share an abiding dedication to our troops and their families. Whether it’s helping out at a special event, cheering troops at homecoming, manning a front desk or providing a listening ear, our volunteers are the reason troops know they can count on the USO.

Interested in becoming a USO volunteer? Read over our Volunteer FAQs, to get the answers commonly-asked questions, or simply visit usovolunteer.org to submit a volunteer interest form.

For those who aren’t able to volunteer their time, remember there are many other ways to get involved and support the USO. Please click here to learn more about other options, including making a monetary contribution, sending an eGift, using our easy fundraising toolkits, joining Team USO, and more.

Learn more: http://www.uso.org/ways-to-volunteer.aspx

October 25th at 1:45 PM ET
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr Jill Biden greet the USO Volunteer of the Year, The Spirit of the USO Award honoree, and 6 USO service honorees and their families.

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Congressional Reform Act of 2013

10/18/2013

US Congress

Congressional Reform Act of 2013

1. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 01/31/2013. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

Congressmen/women made all these contracts for themselves.
Serving in Congress

8. Term limits will be set the same as president. A two term limit for all congressman/women will take effect immediately and all pensions stop for everyone past and present. They made enough money by being in office for two terms, now they can go and get a job with that nice resume they have, just like the rest of us would have to do.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their Term(s), then go home and back to work

To sign the petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/congressional-reform-152

Learn about the United States Congress

 

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Presidential Citizens Medal

02/14/2013

Presidential Citizens Medal

The Presidential Citizens Medal is an award bestowed by the President of the United States. It is the second highest civilian award in the United States, second only to the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Established on November 13, 1969, it recognizes individuals “who [have] performed exemplary deeds or services for his or her country or fellow citizens.” The award is only eligible to United States citizens, and may be awarded posthumously.

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

PBO Presidential Citizens Medal
On February 15th President Obama will award  the Presidential Citizens Medals to the following people:

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton (Boston, Massachusetts)

Adam Burke (Jacksonville, Florida)

Mary Jo Copeland (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Michael Dorman (Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina)

Maria Gomez (Washington, DC)

Pamela Green Jackson (Albany, Georgia)

Janice Jackson (Baltimore, Maryland)

Patience Lehrman (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Jeanne Manford  (Queens, NY)

Billy Mills (Fair Oaks, California)

Terry Shima (Gaithersburg, Maryland)

Harris Wofford (Washington D.C.)

Rachel Davino, Dawn Hochsprung, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, and Victoria Soto (Newtown, Connecticut) Awarded a Posthumous Presidential Citizens Medal 
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Feeding America 2012

12/18/2012

Feeding America (aka Second Harvest) is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

Each year, the Feeding America network provides food to more than 37 million low-income people facing hunger in the United States, including 14 million children and nearly 3 million seniors.

Their network of more than 200 food banks serves all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, securing and distributing more than 2.5 billion pounds of food and grocery products annually. Those member food banks support approximately 61,000 local charitable agencies and 70,000 programs, which provide food directly to individuals and families in need.

Learn more about your local Feeding America network member food bank: http://feedingamerica.org/foodbank-results.aspx

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HUNGER IN AMERICA

Impact of Hunger

Hunger Studies

GET INVOLVED

Volunteer

Advocate

Corporate Opportunities

Spread the Word

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Community Renewal: Supporting a Local Food Bank

Feeding America’s Hungry: The Facts

One hundred percent of food banks responding to a Feeding America survey reported increases in demand for emergency food assistance over the last year.  Demand for emergency food assistance increased at a rate ranging from 28.6% – 37.7% footnote 1.

Many people are turning to food banks for the first time because of the economic climate. 99.4% of food banks and distribution agencies reported seeing more first time users in the last year. 74% reported seeing more newly unemployed persons. 48% of food banks and distribution agencies reported seeing a greater number of children in their food lines.

Seventy-two percent of food banks do not feel as though they are able to adequately meet the needs of their communities without adjusting the amount of food distributed.

Across the Feeding America network of over 63,000 agencies, 66 percent of pantries, 41 percent of kitchen programs, and 11 percent of shelter programs have no paid staff, relying entirely on volunteers. footnote 2

Commit yourself and a team of your friends and neighbors to help feed America’s hungry.  This tool kit will give you the basics to volunteer at a food bank, start of food drive, recruit a team, organize your group, and make an impact.

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Some Feeding America (Second Harvest) locations also partner with an organiztion that supplies food for pets. Contact your location to inquire.


World Humanitarian Day 2012

08/18/2012

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) speaks with Beyoncé during rehearsals in the General Assembly Hall for the recording of the song, “I Was Here.” UN Photo/Mark Garten

For World Humanitarian Day, UN flags power of individual action to spark global change

17 August 2012 –

Ahead of World Humanitarian Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has highlighted the power of individual actions to spark global changes, and praised the work of humanitarian workers who provide assistance to vulnerable people around the world.“This year’s World Humanitarian Day presents an historic opportunity to bring together one billion people from around the world to advance a powerful and proactive idea: people helping people,” Mr. Ban said in his message marking the Day, which falls on 19 August.

“From international efforts to avert a hunger crisis in West Africa to urgent assistance to civilians in Syria, to a single good deed from one neighbour to the next, the spirit of people helping people improves conditions for all,” Mr. Ban said. “That is the best way to honour the many fallen aid workers we mourn today, and to celebrate the efforts of others who carry on their noble mission by rushing assistance to those who are suffering.”

The General Assembly proclaimed 19 August as World Humanitarian Day in 2008 to commemorate the 2003 Canal Hotel bombing in Baghdad, Iraq, which claimed the lives of 22 UN staff members, including the world body’s top envoy to the Middle Eastern country, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and wounded more than 150 people.

The Day aims to honour those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and those who continue to bring assistance and relief to millions, in addition to drawing attention to humanitarian needs worldwide and the importance of international cooperation in meeting those needs.

For this year’s observance, the UN has launched a global campaign, entitled ‘I Was Here,’ to engage one billion people through social media so they can pledge a humanitarian action, however big or small, and share their individual actions with others through an interactive website, www.whd-iwashere.org.

“Individual actions may seem small, but collectively they will reverberate around the world, generating unstoppable momentum for a better future,” Mr. Ban said.

Organized by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the campaign is supported by US performing artist Beyoncé Knowles, who along with songwriter Diane Warren, donated the “I Was Here” song to the campaign, recently filming a video clip for the song at the General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York.

The video will premiere on the Day, with displays on big screens in the cities of Dubai, Geneva, Addis Ababa, as well as in New York City’s Times Square, among other locales.

“‘I Was Here’ says I want to leave my footprints in the sands of time, and that is leaving our mark on the world,” Ms. Knowles said in a special joint interview conducted at the UN Television studios with US journalist Anderson Cooper. “We all want to know that our life meant something and that we did something for someone else, and that we spread positivity no matter how big or how small.”

In the same interview, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, said that the Day would help to spread a message of hope and raise awareness of the millions of people helping others around the world.

“This is a day that is both a commemoration, because there are a lot of people who lost their lives trying to help people, but it is also a celebration of the things that people do,” she said. “There is an amazing amount that people do every single day that goes unrecognized.”

For the entire article: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=42698&Cr=humanitarian&Cr1=

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Beyoncé – World Humanitarian Day 2012 Campaign Message

Published on Aug 3, 2012 by WorldHumanitarianDay

Help the world take notice and register at http://www.whd-iwashere.org

World Humanitarian Day  - August 19, 2012

Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, First Lady Michelle Obama and others support the global campaign for World Humanitarian Day


Memorial Day & 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom

05/27/2012

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service.

COMMEMORATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIETNAM WAR

I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 28, 2012, through November 11, 2025, as the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. I call upon Federal, State, and local officials to honor our Vietnam veterans, our fallen, our wounded, those unaccounted for, our former prisoners of war, their families, and all who served with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

Throughout this Commemoration, let us strive to live up to their example by showing our Vietnam veterans, their families, and all who have served the fullest respect and support of a grateful Nation.”

President Barack Obama 5/25/12


National Memorial Day Observances
Monday, May 28th – 3:00 pm Local Time

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Presidential Medal of Freedom

The Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

Awarded for “a meritorious act or service which has aided the United States in the prosecution of a war against an enemy or enemies and for which an award of another United States medal or decoration is considered inappropriate”

On May  29, 2012 at 3:25 PM ET the following individuals will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom:

Madeleine Albright
John Doar
Bob Dylan
William Foege
John Glenn
Gordon Hirabayashi
Dolores Huerta
Jan Karski
Juliette Gordon Low
Toni Morrison
Shimon Peres
John Paul Stevens
Pat Summitt


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