National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights – 35th Anniversary

10/13/2014
1979 National March on Washington for Lesbian & Gay Rights

1979 National March on Washington for Lesbian & Gay Rights

The National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights was a large political rally that took place in Washington, D.C. on October 14, 1979. The first such march on Washington, it drew between 75,000 and 125,000 gay men, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people and straight allies to demand equal civil rights and urge the passage of protective civil rights legislation.

History and Planning

The first major attempt at organizing a national gay and lesbian march on Washington occurred Thanksgiving Weekend 1973 in Urbana-ChampaignIllinois. The National Gay Mobilizing Committee for a March on Washington (NGMC), organized by Jeff Graubart, attempted to coordinate a coalition of extant LGBT organizations to plan a March on Washington. Early efforts were met with resistance from local and national LGBT organizations, and plans for a march were ultimately postponed.

The next organization attempt was to occur in Minneapolis the weekend of November 17–19, 1978. A steering committee was created to prepare for the Minneapolis conference, and it identified a primary goal of the march as transforming the gay movement from local to national. However, the committee was dissolved in October 1978 due to internal dissent. Harvey Milk, who had been on the Minneapolis steering committee, took up the reins to continue march organization, and had secured support from local DC groups who had previously dissented before he was assassinated by Dan White. Milk’s assassination served as a catalyst and a touchstone for organizers, who next planned a conference in Philadelphia February 23–25, 1979. One male and one female delegate was invited from known lesbian and gay organizations, and the attendees set forth to address three primary questions. First, whether or not a march should take place. Second, what the organizational structure of the march should be. And third, the platform of the march. An initial debate between marching in 1979 and 1980 sprung up, but 1979 was settled upon as it fell on the ten-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Once these issues were settled and issues of female and minority representation were handled, the conference set forth five demands that would serve as the platform for the march. The participants chose to focus on single-issue politics so as not to dilute the message of a united lesbian and gay community. The final organizational push occurred at a conference at the University of Houston campus July 6–8, 1979.

The National Steering Committee, with mandated gender parity and 25% representation of People of Color, was selected by community meetings throughout the country. Policy/Overview and Administrative Committees were established to guide the work and decisions between Steering Committee meetings. The National Office was set up in New York City with Joyce Hunter and Steven Ault as National Coordinators.

Platform

The Five Demands, as drafted by Joe Smenyak and amended by the conference delegates were as follows:

  • Pass a comprehensive lesbian/gay rights bill in Congress
  • Issue a presidential executive order banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in the federal government, the military, and federally contracted private employment
  • Repeal all anti-lesbian/gay laws
  • End discrimination in lesbian-mother and gay-father custody cases
  • Protect lesbian and gay youth from any laws which are used to discriminate, oppress, and/or harass them in their homes, schools, jobs, and social environments

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

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Indigenous Peoples’ Day

10/12/2014

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Indigenous Peoples’ Day (also known as Native American Day) is a holiday celebrated in various localities in the United States, begun as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day. The purpose of the day is to promote Native American culture and commemorate the history of Native American peoples. The celebration began in Berkeley, California, and Denver, Colorado, as an alternative to Columbus Day, which is listed as a federal holiday in the United States but is not observed as a state holiday in every state. Indigenous Peoples’ Day is usually held on the second Monday of October, coinciding with federal observance of Columbus Day.

The idea of replacing Columbus Day with a day celebrating the indigenous people of North America first arose in 1977 from the International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas, sponsored by the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1990, at the First Continental Conference on 500 Years of Indian Resistance in Quito, Ecuador, in July 1990, representatives of Indian groups throughout the Americas agreed that they would mark 1992, the 500th anniversary of the first of the voyages of Christopher Columbus, as a day to promote “continental unity” and “liberation”.

After the conference, attendees from Northern California organized to plan protests against the “Quincentennial Jubilee” that had been organized by the United States Congress for the San Francisco Bay Area on Columbus Day, 1992 to include, among other things, sailing replicas of Columbus’ ships under the Golden Gate Bridge and reenacting their “discovery” of America. The delegates formed the Bay Area Indian Alliance, and in turn, the “Resistance 500″ task force, which advocated the notion that Columbus was responsible for genocide of Indian people.

In 1992 the group convinced the city council of Berkeley, California, to declare October 12, a “Day of Solidarity with Indigenous People”, and 1992 the “Year of Indigenous People”, and to implement related programs in schools, libraries, and museums. The city symbolically renamed Columbus Day to “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” beginning in 1992 to protest the historical conquest of North America by Europeans, and to call attention to the demise of Native American people and culture through disease, warfare, massacre, and forced assimilation. Performances were scheduled that day for Get Lost (Again) Columbus, an opera by a Native-American composer. Berkeley has celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day ever since. Beginning in 1993, Berkeley has held an annual pow wow and festival on the day.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigenous_People%27s_Day

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San Gabriel Mountains National Monument – Dedication

10/09/2014
President Obama signs the proclamation designating the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

President Obama signs the proclamation designating the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

The San Gabriel Mountains are a mountain range located in northern Los Angeles County and western San Bernardino County, California, United States. The mountain range lies between the Los Angeles Basin and the Mojave Desert, with Interstate 5 to the west and Interstate 15 to the east. This Transverse Range lies in, and is surrounded by, the Angeles National Forest, with the San Andreas Fault as the northern border of the range. The highest peak in the range is Mount San Antonio, commonly referred to as Mt. Baldy.

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

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San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Frequently Asked Questions

Potential San Gabriel Mountains National Monument:

Why do the San Gabriel Mountains need additional protection?

The San Gabriel Mountains attract over 3 million visitors a year. What many people don’t realize is just how much strain this area is under to keep up with the growing demand for outdoor space and recreation. The Los Angeles area is one of the most park poor regions of the country. As a result, the mountains are one of few places Angelenos can enjoy the outdoors, but they are under immense stress from overuse.

There is persistent trash, graffiti, safety hazards, and few visitor facilities and services in the Mountains. These conditions increase fire dangers, decrease water quality, and threaten the diverse ecology and other features that make these mountains unique in the world.

How did the idea for a national monument come about?

The need for a national monument designation is an extension of ongoing conversations over the past decade on how to protect, preserve, and enhance the San Gabriel Mountains. The many public meetings, town halls, and stakeholder roundtables over the last ten years have laid the foundation for today’s effort to achieve a national monument.

For over a decade, constituents and stakeholders in the Los Angeles area have called for increased protection of local natural resources, as well as greater community engagement with the outdoors. The National Park Service (NPS) conducted a Special Resource Study over a ten year period and recommended additional protections for the Mountains as a National Recreation Area (NRA). Rep. Chu then introduced H.R. 4858, the San Gabriel National Recreation Area Act. However, residents continue to demand tangible change. In response, Rep. Chu reached out to President Obama to help make the community’s priorities a reality at long last.

For more: http://chu.house.gov/sites/chu.house.gov/files/documents/SGNM_FAQs.pdf

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San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Will Protect Clean Water
Improve Healthy Outdoor Recreation in Nation’s Largest Urban Backyard

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A diverse partnership of cities, residents and organizations applaud the announcement that President Barack Obama will designate a San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. The San Gabriel Mountains, north of Los Angeles within the Angeles National Forest, provide one-third of the region’s clean water supply and 70 percent of the region’s open space.

“For more than a decade, community support has steadily grown for the permanent protection of the San Gabriel Mountains,” said Andre Quintero, Mayor of El Monte, located in the San Gabriel Valley. “On behalf of San Gabriel Valley residents, I want to thank Congresswoman Judy Chu and the California delegation, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and President Obama for working with our communities to make that vision a reality.”

For more: http://www.sangabrielmountains.org/home/san_gabriel_mountains_national_monument_will_protect_clean_water_and

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Friday, October 10, 2014
President Obama signs a proclamation establishing the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

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Underground Railroad

10/08/2014
Huntoon-Van Rensalier Underground Railroad Project, Paterson, New Jersey

Huntoon-Van Rensalier Underground Railroad Project, Paterson, New Jersey

The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century slaves of African descent in the United States to escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause. The term is also applied to the abolitionists, both black and white, free and enslaved, who aided the fugitives. Various other routes led to Mexico or overseas. While an “Underground Railroad” running south toward Florida, then a Spanish possession, existed from the late 17th century until shortly after the American Revolution,  the network now generally known as the Underground Railroad was formed in the early 19th century, and reached its height between 1850 and 1860. One estimate suggests that by 1850, 100,000 slaves had escaped via the “Railroad”.

British North America (present-day Canada), where slavery was prohibited, was a popular destination, as its long border gave many points of access. More than 30,000 people were said to have escaped there via the network during its 20-year peak period, although U.S. Census figures account for only 6,000.Some fugitives’ stories are documented in The Underground Railroad by William Still.

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

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Aboard the Underground Railroad A National Register Travel Itinerary – nps.gov

The Underground Railroad refers to the effort–sometimes spontaneous, sometimes highly organized–to assist persons held in bondage in North America to escape from slavery. Historic places along the Underground Railroad are testament of African American capabilities. The network provided an opportunity for sympathetic white Americans to play a role in resisting slavery, and brought together, however uneasily at times, men and women of both races to begin to set aside assumptions about the other race and to work together on issues of mutual concern. At the most dramatic level, the Underground Railroad provided stories of guided escapes from the South, rescues of arrested fugitives in the North, complex communication systems, and individual acts of bravery and suffering in the quest for freedom for all.

For more: http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/underground/ .

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Triple Evils of POVERTY, RACISM and MILITARISM

10/05/2014
Dr Martin Luther King, Jr accepts the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize

Dr Martin Luther King, Jr accepts the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize

On October 14, 1964, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr delivered his acceptance speech for the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence where he mentioned the triple evils.

TRIPLE EVILS

The Triple Evils of POVERTY, RACISM and MILITARISM are forms of violence that exist in a vicious cycle. They are interrelated, all-inclusive, and stand as barriers to our living in the Beloved Community. When we work to remedy one evil, we affect all evils. To work against the Triple Evils, you must develop a nonviolent frame of mind as described in the “Six Principles of Nonviolence” and use the Kingian model for social action outlined in the “Six Steps for Nonviolent Social Change.” Some contemporary examples of the Triple Evils are listed next to each item:

  • Poverty – unemployment, homelessness, hunger, malnutrition, illiteracy, infant mortality, slums…
  • Racism – prejudice, apartheid, ethnic conflict, anti-Semitism, sexism, colonialism, homophobia, ageism, discrimination against disabled groups, stereotypes…
  • Militarism – war, imperialism, domestic violence, rape, terrorism, human trafficking, media violence, drugs, child abuse, violent crime…

.For more: http://www.thekingcenter.org/king-philosophy<

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. US Honors Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 20, 2014 1:45 PM Meredith BuelChris Simkins – VOAnews
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The nation’s attention began to focus on the civil rights movement in the mid-1950s when a young black preacher, Martin Luther King, Jr., led the successful drive to desegregate public buses in Montgomery, Ala. King organized non-violent protests against southern segregation, the struggle for black equality and voting rights. On January 20, 2014, Americans pay tribute to King’s efforts.
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Televised footage of violence against civil rights demonstrators sparked a wave of sympathetic public opinion. “He taught us that our job was to redeem the soul of America from the triple evils of racism, war and poverty,” said Andrew Young, a civil rights activist who was a close friend of King. By August 1963 the push for equality had grown significantly and 250,000 participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
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American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial Dedication

10/04/2014

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In 1995, Lois Pope, widow of National Enquirer owner Generoso Pope Jr.,  met a disabled American veteran at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and realized there was no memorial in the city which honored disabled veterans. Although she did not know him, Pope called the office of United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jesse Brown to plead for a memorial. Pope called every day for the next six months, until finally Brown’s secretary put her call through. Brown agreed to support legislation establishing a memorial…

President Bill Clinton (D) signed it into law (Public Law 106-348) on October 24, 2000.

For the entire article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Veterans_Disabled_for_Life_Memorial

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American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

The focal point of the Memorial is a star-shaped fountain, its surface broken only by a single ceremonial flame. A grove of trees stands sentry beside the reflecting pool, signifying the persistence of hope.

Dedicated to both the living and the deceased—a setting for coming together or quiet meditation—the Memorial holds a special place in the hearts of all Americans, and serves as a never-ending reminder to all of the cost of human conflict.

The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial is pleased to announce our distinguished guests for the Dedication Ceremony on October, 5, 2014

Confirmed speakers for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial Dedication

The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States
The Honorable Robert A. McDonald, Secretary of Veterans Affairs
The Honorable Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
National Spokesperson Gary Sinise
Disabled veterans from past and current conflicts
Board Members of the Disabled Veterans’ Life Memorial Foundation, the organization that’s been instrumental to bringing AVDLM to life.

For more: http://www.avdlm.org/dedication

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Disabled American Veterans

DAV is the most long-lasting veterans advocacy and assistance group in this country. They’ve watched this country change and grow, and we’ve grown along with it. However, DAV has never wavered in its core mission to fulfill our country’s promises to the men and women who served. They invite everyone, veterans and civilian, men and women, young and old, to join them as they stand up for those veterans who risked it all when they stood up for us, our country, and our ideals.

Motto: “Fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served”

Formation: September 25, 1920

For more: http://www.dav.org

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American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial Dedication Ceremony
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Washington, D.C.

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Manufacturing Day 2014

10/02/2014

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING is a matter of fundamental importance to the economic strength and national security of the United States. Advanced manufacturing capabilities are essential for turning research discoveries, inventions, and new ideas into better or novel products—our nation’s ability to innovate. Innovation, in turn, drives U.S. economic growth and growth of U.S. productivity. There are many interrelated elements of an innovation ecosystem—entrepreneurs, workers, tax policies, to name a few—but without manufacturing, the economic power and dynamism of innovation fade.

Learn more: http://manufacturing.gov/advanced_manufacturing.html .

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MAKE IT IN AMERICA America’s manufacturing sector plays a major role in the U.S. economy. When manufacturers are developing and producing innovative products that are sold around the world, the U.S. economy grows. Increased manufacturing also encourages the growth of secure, well-paying jobs. To make a measurable impact on rebuilding U.S. manufacturing and creating jobs, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership is focused on a “Make It In America” agenda. .

MEP supports job creation now and in the future by encouraging manufacturers to collaborate in developing products in America. Through various public-private partnerships, MEP provides a valuable infrastructure that fosters resilient processes for manufacturers to “Make it in America”. Learn more:  http://manufacturing.gov/miia.html .

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US manufacturing continues to decouple from rest of world

10/1/14 Chris Williamson | Chief Economist, Markit

An initial glance at the global manufacturing PMI suggest that business activity in the world’s factories continued to grow at a steady rate in September, albeit with the pace dipping slightly on August. However, a deeper dive into the numbers presents more worrying picture. The global upturn has become increasingly dependent on the fast-expanding US manufacturing economy, with the pace of expansion in the rest of the world slipping to near stagnation.

Manufacturing expansion driven by US

The JPMorgan Global Manufacturing PMI™, compiled by Markit, edged down from 52.5 in August to 52.2 in September, its lowest since May. The survey data are broadly consistent with global manufacturing output growing at an annual rate of 4% in recent months, broadly similar to the pace seen over the past year.

For more: http://www.markit.com/Commentary/Get/01102014-Economics-US-manufacturing-continues-to-decouple-from-rest-of-world

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Factory Job Gains Under Obama Best Since Clinton: BGOV Barometer

Sep 25, 2012 9:00 PM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

In an election focused on jobs, President Barack Obama can boast of crossing one milestone: the longest stretch of employment gains in manufacturing in almost two decades.

The BGOV Barometer shows U.S. factory positions have grown since early 2010, arresting a slide that began toward the end of the 1990s. It’s the best showing since the era of Bill Clinton, the only president in the last 30 years to leave office with more factory jobs than when he began.

“The gain in manufacturing jobs is certainly helpful, it is one way to show we’re moving forward,” said Terry Madonna, a political science professor and director of the Franklin & Marshall College poll in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “President Obama has to create a psychology all over the country that things are getting better. This is a piece explaining that idea.”

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US Manufacturing Activity Strays Strong

10/1/14  By Myles Udland – Business Insider

Markit’s September US manufacturing PMI came in at 57.5.

Expectations were for the report to come in at 57.9, unchanged from last month.

In a release, Markit said, “September data pointed to another positive month for the US manufacturing sector, with strong rates of output and new orders growth underpinning the fastest expansion of payroll numbers for two-and-a-half years. There were again signs of rising price pressures in the manufacturing sector, with input costs and factory gate changes rising at the sharpest rates since December 2013.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/markit-us-manufacturing-pmi-september-2014-10

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Corporate U.S. Healthiest in Decades Under Obama With Lower Debt

Oct 1, 2014 6:56 PM PT By Thomas Black and Matt Robinson – bloomberg

Steve Wynn, founder of the Wynn Resorts Ltd. (WYNN) casino empire, once called President Barack Obama’s administration “the greatest wet blanket to business and progress and job creation in my lifetime.” Barry Sternlicht, chief executive officer of Starwood Property Trust Inc. (STWD), said Obamacare was driving down wage growth and “affecting spending and the desire to buy houses and everything else.”

They are among a chorus of corporate executives and lobbying groups that regularly assail Obama for policies that they say are stifling investment and hurting companies.

Corporate and economic statistics almost six years into his administration paint a different picture. Companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 (SPX) Index are the healthiest in decades, with the lowest net debt to earnings ratio in at least 24 years, $3.59 trillion in cash and marketable securities, and record earnings per share. They are headed this year toward the fastest average monthly job creation since 1999, manufacturing is recovering and the U.S. has returned as an engine for global growth. The recovery, which stands in contrast to weak growth in Europe and Asia, has underpinned an almost threefold gain in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index since March 2009.

Wynn has been part of that recovery. Since Obama first took the oath on Jan. 21, 2009, the shares of his luxury hotel company have surged fivefold while the S&P 500 Index more than doubled. Starwood Property Trust, Sternlicht’s Greenwich, Connecticut-based real estate company, has risen 36 percent since its August 2009 initial public offering, while an index of real estate investment trusts declined.

Accelerating Growth

“The U.S. is leading the way — we’re the only major economy with accelerating growth,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist in West Chester, Pennsylvania, for Moody’s Analytics Inc. and a registered Democrat who has advised both the Obama administration and Senator John McCain, a Republican. “Obama deserves some credit for that, but he probably won’t get it.”

For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-02/corporate-u-s-healthiest-in-decades-under-obama-with-lower-debt.html

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What is Manufacturing Day?
Manufacturing Day addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

For more: http://www.nist.gov/mep/mfgday-infographic.cfm/

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Friday, October 3, 2014
President Obama holds a town hall meeting on American Manufacturing
Millennium Steel, Princeton, Indiana


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