Move The Confederate Rebel Flag To Museums

We The People Petition

WE THE PEOPLE Petition: Remove the Conferderate Rebel Flag from State House Grounds

Force the state of South Carolina to remove the Confederate Rebel Flag from the State House grounds.

With the recent events in Charleston, South Carolina at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church, the symbol in which this act of terrorism was committed was through the representation of the Confederate Rebel flag. We ask President Barack Obama to have the flag removed from the South Carolina State House grounds and from all governmental buildings. It epitomizes hate and destruction of a much darker time.


June 22, 2000 Ku Klux Klan member holding Confederate Rebel Flag
June 22, 2000 Ku Klux Klan members holding Confederate Rebel Flag

Obama thinks Confederate flag ‘belongs in a museum

6/19/15 By Jordan Fabian – TheHill

President Obama believes the Confederate flag “belongs in a museum,” the White House said Friday amid calls for it to be taken down, following a mass shooting in South Carolina.

“The president has said before he believes the Confederate flag belongs in a museum, and that is still his position,” spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters aboard Air Force One.

A mass shooting at a historic African-American church in Charleston, S.C., has renewed the debate over whether the Confederate battle flag should continue to fly in the state.

The suspected shooter, Dylann Storm Roof, reportedly drove a car with Confederate flag license plates.

And while the U.S. and South Carolina flags were lowered to half-staff following the shooting, the Confederate flag that flies near the state capitol flew at full height, a move that drew criticism.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s office said Thursday she could not lower the flag without approval from the state legislature. The GOP governor has dismissed calls to remove it in the past.

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), the Palmetto State’s former governor, said talking about removing the flag is like “opening Pandora’s Box.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), a 2016 presidential candidate, called the Confederate banner “part of who we are” as South Carolinians.

NAACP President Cornell Brooks said Friday the flag must come down. He criticized those who say it’s simply a symbol of the state’s history, calling it an “emblem of hate.”

“When we see that symbol lifted up as an emblem of hate, as a tool of hate, as an inspiration for hate, as an inspiration for violence, that symbol has to come down,” he said Friday in Charleston.

Obama first called for the Confederate flag to be retired to a museum in 2007 during his campaign for president, months before their South Carolina primary.

Lennos Lemon, 12, sits on the South Carolina Statehouse steps during a rally to take down the Confederate flag, Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. Rep. Doug Brannon, R-Landrum, said it's past time for the Confederate flag to be removed from South Carolina's Statehouse grounds after nine people were killed at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church shooting. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Lennos Lemon, 12, sits on the South Carolina Statehouse steps during a rally to take down the Confederate flag, Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. Rep. Doug Brannon, R-Landrum, said it’s past time for the Confederate flag to be removed from South Carolina’s Statehouse grounds after nine people were killed at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church shooting. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)


June 22, 2015 
Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) calls for the Confederate flag to be taken down from the grounds of the State Capitol
WalMart and Sears pull the confederate flag from their stock

June 23, 2015
Virginia governor orders Confederate flag removed from license plates
Amazon pulls the confederate flag from their stock
Major U.S. flag (Valley Forge Flag) maker to stop making Confederate flags
* EBay to ban Confederate flag listings
* Etsy Bans Confederate Flags

June 24, 2015
* Annin Flagmakers maker to stop making Confederate flags
* Eder Flag Manufacturing maker to stop making Confederate flags
* Dixie Flag Manufacturing Company says they will stop making Confederate flags
* Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley Orders Confederate Flags Taken Down From State Capitol
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker is calling for Mississippi to change its state flag



Juneteenth Celebration – 2015


Juneteenth Celebration

It is the name for a holiday celebrating June 19, 1865, the day when Union soldiers arrived in Texas and spread the word that President Lincoln had delivered his Emancipation Procalamation. News traveled so slowly in those days that Texas did not hear of Lincoln’s Proclamation, which he gave on January 1, 1863, until more than two years after it was issued!

The proclamation declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” Thus, the Emancipation Proclamation was limited in many ways. It applied only to states that had seceded from the Union, leaving slavery untouched in the loyal border states. It also expressly exempted parts of the Confederacy that had already come under Northern control. Most important, the freedom it promised depended upon Union military victory.

Although Juneteenth has been informally celebrated each year since 1865, it wasn’t until June 3, 1979, that Texas became the first state to proclaim Emancipation Day (Juneteenth) an official state holiday. But it is much more than a holiday. Juneteenth has become a day for African Americans to celebrate their freedom, culture, and achievements. It is a day for all Americans to celebrate African American history and rejoice in their freedom.



Juneteenth World Wide Celebration


US Minorities Civil Rights Timeline 1863-1963 ( Civil Rights Timelines ™)

US Minorities Civil Rights Timeline 1964-2009 ( Civil Rights Timelines ™)


Statements of World Religions on Climate Change

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2006 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST: Threat of Global Warming/Climate Change

3/10/08 Southern Baptist Declaration on the Environment and Climate Change

12/1/08 Bahai International Community: Seizing the Opportunity: Redefining the challenge of climate change

April 2009 Presbyterian Church USA – U.S. Energy Policy and Global Warming

June 2009 A Quaker response to the crisis of climate change

11/30/09 Dalai Lama Urges World to Act on Climate Change

September 2011 United Methodist Church Statement on Climate Change

2/29/12 Judaism and Climate Change: The Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media

4/19/12 Environment & Ecology in Islam

6/30/13 United Church Of Christ To Become First U.S. Denomination To Move Toward Divestment From Fossil Fuel Companies

5/30/14 Catholic – U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Statement on Climate Change



7/11/14 World Council of Churches rules out fossil fuel investments

9/18/14 First Sikh Statement on Climate Change

9/19/14 Anglican Church of Canada, The Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada: A Pastoral Message on Climate Change

9/23/14 Interfaith Climate Change Statement

3/30/15 17 Anglican Bishops from all six continents have called for urgent prayer and action on the “unprecedented climate crisis

5/14/15 A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change: The Time to Act is Now



Learn about President Obama’s Actions to combat Climate Change


Summer Food Service Program 2015

During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs.

What happens when school lets out?

Hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process. Lack of nutrition during the summer months may set up a cycle for poor performance once school begins again. Hunger also may make children more prone to illness and other health issues. The Summer Food Service Program is designed to fill that nutrition gap and make sure children can get the nutritious meals they need.

Want to help end hunger this  summer? Here are a few ways you can help:

How To Apply

Find meals for children call:

National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE

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Farm to Summer Resources

Local foods and agriculture-based activities at Summer sites can improve the quality and appeal of Summer Meals, address the summer learning and nutrition gap, bolster your Farm to School efforts with year-round programming, and support local and regional food systems all year long. USDA’s Farm to Summer team has a number of resources available for States interested in promoting the use of local foods their sponsors:


First Lady Michelle Obama Travels to the U.K. & Italy

First Lady Michelle Obama to Travel to the United Kingdom and Italy First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to London, Milan, and Vicenza from June 15-21, 2015.  Accompanying Mrs. Obama on this trip will be her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, and daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama. As part of the Let Girls Learn initiative and following her recent visits to Japan and Cambodia, the First Lady will visit London where she will meet with students and discuss how the UK and the U.S. are working together to expand access to girls education around the world – supporting adolescent girls in completing their education. As part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, the First Lady will lead a Presidential Delegation to the Milan Expo 2015 representing our steadfast commitment to a healthier nation.  The Presidential Delegation will tour the USA Pavilion, “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet,” and participate in activities to lift up efforts to support healthier families and communities. And as part of the Joining Forces initiative, Mrs. Obama will visit members of the military and their families stationed in Vicenza, Italy.  The First Lady will also visit cultural sites in Venice before returning to Washington, DC.

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, speaks as Justine Greening the Secretary of State for International Development  and Bina Contreras, look on - Mulberry School for Girls, London (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, speaks as Justine Greening the Secretary of State for International Development and Bina Contreras, look on – Mulberry School for Girls, London (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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First Lady Michelle Obama @ USAPavilion2015
First Lady Michelle Obama @ USAPavilion2015
We is not only me. A worldwide network of women to
We is not only me.
A worldwide network of women to “feed the planet
Michelle Obama 1,400-year-old Olive Tree, Salento, Italy
Michelle Obama 1,400-year-old Olive Tree, Salento, Italy

First Lady Michelle Obama’s UK & Italy Itinerary

Monday, June 15th

First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Marian Robinson, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama travel to London

Tuesday, June 16th
First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Marian Robinson, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama arrive in London
Stanstead Airport, London, England

Mrs. Marian Robinson, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama visit with students
Mulberry School for Girls, London, England

First Lady Obama delivers remarks on the ‘Let Girls Learn’ Initiative
Mulberry School for Girls, London, England

First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a roundtable discussion with representatives from the Research for Equitable Access and Learning Centre, Peace Corps, former prime minister of Australia Julia Gillard and students on expanding access to girls education around the world
Mulberry School for Girls, London, England

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha
Downing Street, London, England

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with The Prince Henry of Wales
Kensington Palace, London, England

Wednesday, June 17th

First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Marian Robinson, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama travel to Milan
First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Marian Robinson, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama arrive in Milan

First Lady Obama meets with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife
Milan, Italy

First Lady Obama and the Presidential Delegation to the Milan Expo 2015 tour the expo exhibit
Expo 2015, Milan, Italy

First Lady Obama and the Presidential Delegation to tour the expo exhibit at the USA Pavilion
Expo 2015, Milan, Italy

First Lady Obama and The Presidential Delegation participate in activities to lift up efforts to support healthier families and communities
Expo 2015, Milan, Italy

Thursday, June 18th

First Lady Obama, Mrs. Marian Robinson, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama tour Milan with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife
Milan, Italy

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Italy Itinerary

Friday, June 19th

First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Marian Robinson, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama travel to Vicenza

First Lady Michelle Obama visits the US Army North to meet American military families
Vicenza, Italy

First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Marian Robinson, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama travel to Venice

First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Marian Robinson, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama arrive in Venice

First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Marian Robinson, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama tour the canal-crossed UNESCO World Heritage site
Venice, Italy

Saturday, June 20th

First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Marian Robinson, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama depart Venice

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National Pollinator Week 2015

“Pollinator Pathways ” 2012 Pollinator Poster bySteve Buchanan



Pollinators, such as most bees and some birds, bats, and other insects, play a crucial role in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables.

Examples of crops that are pollinated include apples, squash, and almonds. Without the assistance of pollinators, most plants cannot produce fruits and seeds. The fruits and seeds of flowering plants are an important food source for people and wildlife.  Some of the seeds that are not eaten will eventually produce new plants, helping to maintain the plant population.

Over 75% of all flowering plants are pollinated by animals.

In the United States pollination by honey bees directly or indirectly (e.g., pollination required to produce seeds for the crop) contributed to over $19 billion of crops in 2010. Pollination by other insect pollinators contributed to nearly $10 billion of crops in 2010.

A recent study of the status of pollinators in North America by the National Academy of Sciences found that populations of honey bees (which are not native to North America) and some wild pollinators are declining.  Declines in wild pollinators may be a result of habitat loss and degradation, while declines in managed bees is linked to disease (introduced parasites and pathogens).

Find out more about migrating pollinators:

Mexican long-nosed bat
White-winged Doves

lesser long-nosed bat 
rufous hummingbird
Hear podcasts about pollinators
Gardening for Pollinators


Bee Deaths May Have Reached A Crisis Point For Crops

May 07, 2013 6:03 PM by DAN CHARLES – NPR

Pettis says beekeepers can afford to lose only about 15 percent of their colonies each year. More than that, and the business won’t be viable for long.

According to a new survey of America’s beekeepers, almost a third of the country’s honeybee colonies did not make it through the winter.

That’s been the case, in fact, almost every year since the U.S. Department of Agriculture began this annual survey, six years ago.

Over the past six years, on average, 30 percent of all the honeybee colonies in the U.S. died off over the winter. The worst year was five years ago. Last year was the best: Just 22 percent of the colonies died.

“Last year gave us some hope,” says Jeffrey Pettis, research leader of the Agriculture Department’s Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Md.

But this year, the death rate was up again: 31 percent.

Six years ago, beekeepers were talking a lot about “colony collapse disorder” — colonies that seemed pretty healthy, but suddenly collapsed. The bees appeared to have flown away, abandoning their hives.

Beekeepers aren’t seeing that so much anymore, Pettis says. They’re mostly seeing colonies that just dwindle. As the crowd of bees gets smaller, it gets weaker.

“They can’t generate heat very well in the spring to rear brood. They can’t generate heat to fly,” he says.

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How You Can Help

Pollinators need your help! There is increasing evidence that many pollinators are in decline.  However, there are some simple things you can do at home to encourage pollinator diversity and abundance.

1) Plant a Pollinator Garden

 The most obvious need for pollinating species is a diversity of nectar and pollen sources.  Consider the following when choosing plants for your garden:

  • Choose plants that flower at different times of the year to provide nectar and pollen sources throughout the growing season
  • Plant in clumps, rather than single plants, to better attract pollinators
  • Provide a variety of flower colors and shapes to attract different pollinators.  NAPPC’s Pollinator Syndromepdf file icon table provides information on the types of flowers that different pollinator groups (bats, hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, etc.) find attractive.
  • Whenever possible, choose native plants.  Native plants will attract more native pollinators and can serve as larval host plants for some species of pollinators. Check field guides to find out which plants the larval stage of local butterflies eat. Pollinator friendly plants for your area can be found in NAPPC’s Ecoregional Planting Guides. Contact your local or state native plant society for help. Information on finding native plants and native plant societies for your area

2) Build a Bee Block

3) Avoid or Limit Pesticide Use

Pesticides can kill more than the target pest. Some pesticide residues can kill pollinators for several days after the pesticide is applied. Pesticides can also kill natural predators, which can lead to even worse pest problems. Consider the following when managing pests in your garden:

  • Try removing individual pests by hand if possible (wearing garden gloves)
  • Encourage native predators with a diverse garden habitat
  • Expect and accept a little bit of pest activity
  • If you must use a pesticide, choose one that is the least toxic to non-pest species, does not persist on vegetation, and apply it in the evening when most pollinators are not as active. Read and follow label directions carefully.

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Native Bees

Follow these simple steps to create a pollinator-friendly landscape around your home or workplace.

  • Use a wide variety of plants that bloom from early spring into late fall.
    Help pollinators find and use them by planting in clumps, rather than single plants. Include plants native to your region. Natives are adapted to your local climate, soil and native pollinators. Do not forget that night-blooming flowers will support moths and bats.
  • Avoid modern hybrid flowers, especially those with “doubled” flowers.
    Often plant breeders have unwittingly left the pollen, nectar, and fragrance out of these blossoms while creating the “perfect” blooms for us.
  • Eliminate pesticides whenever possible.
    If you must use a pesticide, use the least-toxic material possible. Read labels carefully before purchasing, as many pesticides are especially dangerous for bees. Use the product properly. Spray at night when bees and other pollinators are not active.
  • Include larval host plants in your landscape.
    If you want colorful butterflies, grow plants for their caterpillars. They WILL eat them, so place them where unsightly leaf damage can be tolerated. Accept that some host plants are less than ornamental if not outright weeds. A butterfly guide will help you determine the plants you need to include. Plant a butterfly garden!
  • Create a damp salt lick for butterflies and bees.
    Use a dripping hose, drip irrigation line, or place your bird bath on bare soil to create a damp area. Mix a small bit of table salt (sea salt is better!) or wood ashes into the mud.
  • Spare that limb!
    By leaving dead trees, or at least an occasional dead limb, you provide essential nesting sites for native bees. Make sure these are not a safety hazard for people walking below. You can also build a bee condoby drilling holes of varying diameter about 3 to 5 inches deep in a piece of scrap lumber mounted to a post or under eaves.
  • You can add to nectar resources by providing a hummingbird feeder.
    To make artificial nectar, use four parts water to one part table sugar. Never use artificial sweeteners, honey, or fruit juices. Place something red on the feeder. Clean your feeder with hot soapy water at least twice a week to keep it free of mold.
  • Butterflies need resources other than nectar.
    They are attracted to unsavory foodstuffs, such as moist animal droppings, urine and rotting fruits. Try putting out slices of overripe bananas, oranges and other fruits, or a sponge in a dish of lightly salted water to see which butterflies come to investigate. Sea salt provides a broader range of micronutrients than regular table salt.
  • Learn more about pollinators
    Get some guidebooks and learn to recognize the pollinators in your neighborhood. Experiment with a pair of close-focusing binoculars for butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

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Nature’s Partners: Pollinators, Plants and You

The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign’s Pollinator Partnership™ has launched a new curriculum, Nature’s Partners: Pollinators, Plants and You, designed to help students in grades 3-6 study the interactions of plants and pollinators. The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign is coordinated by the non-profit Pollinator Partnership, formerly known as the Coevolution Institute. The Fish and Wildlife Service has partnered with the two groups to protect pollinators by working together to help conserve pollinators and raise awareness of the importance of pollinators.

WH Pollinator Garden

June 03, 2015

Remarks by The First Lady at The White House Kitchen Garden Harvest Event

East Room

3:35 P.M. EDT

MRS. OBAMA: I’m excited that you guys could be here. I really am. Unfortunately — we usually do our garden harvest where? Outside in the White House Kitchen Garden. But the weather is bad, and we didn’t — wouldn’t want you guys to get soaked. We didn’t want to put you in inclement weather. So we had some folks go down and harvest everything — all of the vegetables you see here were harvested this morning from the garden.

So we’re going to do the fun part today, and we’re going to cook — chop, cook, eat, celebrate, okay? Is that okay with you guys?


MRS. OBAMA: I’m excited about it too. But we’re also celebrating the fifth anniversary of Let’s Move! And one of the things that I issued was a challenge — I called it my Gimme Five Challenge. Have you all heard of that? I’m challenging folks across the country to do five new healthy things. And when we planted the White House garden earlier in the season, we planted five new vegetables and challenged other people to do the same. And we also got some help from our friends at the National Pollinator Garden Network.

Now, do you guys know about pollinator gardens? Tell me something about pollinator gardens. Don’t be shy. Why are they important?

CHILD: Because they pass pollen around —

MRS. OBAMA: They do. And as a result, it helps our food grow. One out of every three bits of food that we take in this country is the result of a pollinator garden somewhere. So if we don’t make sure we have enough of those gardens for pollinators like butterflies — didn’t you have a sign for butterflies? You were supposed to do something when I said “butterflies.” (Laughter.) Okay. Butterflies, bats, bees, birds — all of those, they get attracted to the gardens, and then they go and sprinkle life around so that food grows.

So we planted a pollinator garden in the White House Kitchen Garden last year, but we challenged others to do the same. So there is the Pollinator Network have issued so that we get millions of more pollinator gardens planted out there around the country so that we don’t lose these important pollinating species.

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White House pollinator garden plants:

PBO Pollinator Memorandum

6/20/14 President Obama issued a memorandum directing U.S. government agencies to take additional steps to protect and restore domestic populations of pollinators, including honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies – critical contributors to our nation’s economy, food system, and environmental health.


Pollinator Partnership:

National Pollinator Week : June 15 – 21, 2015

6/16/15 @ 1PM ET U.S. Geological Survey bee expert Sam Droege Tweets
live footage from the beehive on the White House South Lawn via Periscope



WH Week of Making

June 12 - 18, 2015 National Week of Making
June 12 – 18, 2015
National Week of Making
Presidential Proclamation — National Week of Making, 2015


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American ingenuity has always powered our Nation and fueled economic growth. Our country was built on the belief that with hard work and passion, progress is within our reach, and it is because of daring innovators and entrepreneurs who have taken risks and redefined what is possible that we have been able to realize this promise. Makers and builders and doers — of all ages and backgrounds — have pushed our country forward, developing creative solutions to important challenges and proving that ordinary Americans are capable of achieving the extraordinary when they have access to the resources they need. During National Week of Making, we celebrate the tinkerers and dreamers whose talent and drive have brought new ideas to life, and we recommit to cultivating the next generation of problem solvers.

My Administration is committed to spurring manufacturing, innovation, and entrepreneurship by expanding opportunities for more Americans to build products and bring them to market. Across the Federal Government, we are working to increase access to capital, maker spaces, and equipment to design, develop, and prototype ideas. By investing in regional manufacturing hubs, we are bringing together private industry, leading universities, and public agencies to develop cutting-edge technology and train workers in the skills they need for the next generation of innovation. To continue to build a Nation of makers, we are committed to engaging students at every level in the hands-on learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to inspire them to pursue their own passions and excel in STEM fields.

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National Week of Making Kick-off 

Join the White House on June 12 from 8:30-11:30am to celebrate and kick-off the National Week of Making, which lasts from June 12 to June 18. The White House event will include announcements and progress updates on the President’s call to action to create a “Nation of Makers.” We’ll hear from Makers from across the country, organizations helping to support them, as well as senior Obama Administration officials. The Week will coincide with the National Maker Faire here in D.C., featuring makers from across the country and will include participation by federal agencies including: the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Institute of Standards and Technology, NASA, Corporation for National and Community Service, Department of Homeland Security and the Smithsonian.

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  • Fashion Workshop The First Lady held a fashion workshop highlighting the growing role of makers and new technologies in the creative economy.
  • The Make Schools Alliance Higher education institutions respond to the President’s call to support making on college campuses.
  • Making Makers in Cleveland Case Western is providing a makerspace and innovation center to give students, staff, faculty and members of the public the tools they need to create, build and invent.
  • Making for a Stronger Africa Young African Leaders joined the US Global Development Lab and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy at Fab Lab DC to discuss the role of making in Africa’s economic and community development.

Friday, June 12, 2015 8:30 AM ET
National Week of Making Kick-off 
The White House