2016 Democratic National Convention – United Together

2016 DNCC

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia July 25th-28th, 2016. Working in partnership with the Philadelphia Host Committee, the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, our goal is to make this the most engaging, innovative and forward looking convention in history. The 2016 Democratic National Convention will leverage technology to bring the convention experience well beyond the hall in an effort to engage more Americans than ever before in the event. With the birthplace of American Democracy as a backdrop, the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia will highlight our shared Democratic values and help put the Democratic nominee on a path to victory.

The Democratic Convention is the formal nominating event for the Democratic candidates for President and Vice President. At the Convention, the Democratic Party also adopts the official Democratic Party platform.

For more: https://demconvention.com

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Monday, July 25th “United Together”

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Caucus

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Native American Council

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Black Caucus

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Hispanic Caucus

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Ethnic Council

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Disability Council

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Small Business Owners Council

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Veterans and Military Families Council

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Labor Council

Speakers:

First Lady Michelle Obama

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Senator Bernie Sanders

DREAMer Astrid Silva

Pam Livengood

Karla & Francisca Ortiz

Anastasia Somoza

Gavel Out

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Tuesday, July 26th “A Lifetime of Fighting For Children and Families”

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Women’s Caucus

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
LGBT Caucus

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Senior Council

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Jewish Roundtable

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Rural Council

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Youth Council

Speakers:

Jelani Freeman

Gavel In

Thaddeus Desmond

Dynah Haubert

Kate Burdick

Students from Eagle Academy

Anton Moore

Dustin Parsons

Joe Sweeney

Ryan Moore

Lauren Manning

Former President Bill Clinton

“Mothers of the Movement” featuring Gwen Carr, Mother of Eric Garner; Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Trayvon Martin; Maria Hamilton, Mother of Dontré Hamilton; Lucia McBath, Mother of Jordan Davis; Lezley McSpadden, Mother of Michael Brown; Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley, Mother of Hadiya Pendleton; Geneva Reed-Veal, Mother of Sandra Bland

Gavel Out

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Wednesday, July 27th “Working Together”

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Caucus

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Native American Council

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Black Caucus

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Hispanic Caucus

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Ethnic Council

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Disability Council

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Small Business Owners Council

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Veterans and Military Families Council

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Labor Council

Speakers:

Erica Smegielski

Felicia Sanders & Polly Sheppard

Jamie Dorff

Tim Kaine

Vice President Joe Biden

President Barack Obama

Gavel Out

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Thursday, July 28th “Stronger Together”

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Women’s Caucus

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
LGBT Caucus

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Jewish Roundtable

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Rural Council

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Senior Council

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Youth Council

Gavel In

Speakers:

Henrietta Ivey

Beth Mathias

Jensen Walcott & Jake Reed

Khizr Khan

Chelsea Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Gavel Out

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July 25 – 28, 2016
3:00 PM ET
2016 Democratic National Convention
United Together
 Pennsylvania Convention Center &
Wells Fargo Center, 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Live Stream: https://demconvention.com/watch-live/

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – 5th Anniversary

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The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) is a independent bureau within the Federal Reserve System that helped empower consumers with the information they need to make financial decisions that are best for them and their families. Created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), the CFPB  works to promote fairness and transparency for mortgages, credit cards, and other consumer financial products and services.

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Consumers Count: Five years standing up for you
July 21, 2016, marks five years since we opened our doors.

By Zixta Q Martinez – JUL 14, 2016

We want you to join us as we reflect on five years working to ensure that banks, lenders, and other financial companies treat you fairly.

After the 2008 financial crisis, Congress created the CFPB as the only federal agency with the sole mission of protecting consumers in the financial marketplace.

Since we opened our doors, we’ve focused on making the financial marketplace work for consumers. We’ve listened to your complaints about problems with your financial companies, created new consumer protections for financial products and services, and held bad actors accountable for breaking the law. We’ve also created new tools and resources to help you navigate financial decisions, like choosing a mortgage or an auto loan, or deciding at what age to claim Social Security retirement benefits.

In observance of our 5th anniversary, here are five ways we’ve made consumers count:

1. Our actions have resulted in $11.7 billion in relief for more than 27 million harmed

2. We’ve handled nearly one million consumer complaints.

3. We’ve empowered millions of consumers to “Know Before You Owe.”

4. We’ve put in place new rules to make the mortgage market safer for you.

5. We’re curbing potentially harmful financial practices with new consumer protections nationwide.

For more: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/consumers-count-five-years-standing-you/

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For more: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/

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White House Summit on Global Development

 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
9:00 – 4:30 PM EDT
White House Summit on Global Development
Ronald Regan Building, Washington DC

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Live Stream: https://www.whitehouse.gov/globaldevelopment

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US Army Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Kettles – Medal of Honor Recipient

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed by the President in the name of Congress on members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.

Members of all branches of the armed forces are eligible to receive the medal, and there are three versions; one for the Army, one for the Air Force, and one for the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The Medal of Honor is bestowed upon an individual by the passing of a Joint Resolution in the Congress; and is then personally presented to the recipient or, in the case of posthumous awards, to next of kin, by the President of the United States, on behalf of the Congress, representing and recognizing the gratitude of the American people as a whole.

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On July 18, 2016, President Barack Obama will award U.S.  Army Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Charles Kettles,  the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Kettles will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions while serving as a Flight Commander assigned to 176th Aviation Company (Airmobile) (Light), 14th Combat Aviation Battalion, Americal Division. Then-Major Kettles distinguished himself in combat operations near Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam, on May 15, 1967.  He led a platoon of UH-1Ds to provide support to the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, during an ambush by a battalion-sized enemy force.  After leading several trips to the hot landing zone and evacuating the wounded, he returned, without additional aerial support, to rescue a squad-sized element of stranded soldiers pinned down by enemy fire.  He is credited with saving the lives of 40 soldiers and four of his own crew members.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/06/21/president-obama-award-medal-honor

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July 18, 2016
President Barack Obama awards U.S.  Army Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Charles Kettles
the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry
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Democrats Plan to Register 50 Million New Voters

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Democrats Have a Plan to Register 50 Million New Voters
If more people vote, Trump-Pence loses.

7/15/16 By Ari Berman – TheNation

ast week Democrats agreed on the strongest platform on voting rights in the party’s history. A key plank of that platform called for “universal automatic voter registration,” a potentially transformative electoral reform that could add 50 million unregistered Americans to the voting rolls.

Now congressional Democrats are backing that up by introducing the most comprehensive federal automatic-voter-registration bills in the House and Senate. The Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2016 is sponsored by Representative Bob Brady and Senators Patrick Leahy, Dick Durbin, and Amy Klobuchar. (A similar bill was introduced in the House last year by Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline with 100 co-sponsors.) No Republicans have signed on to the House or Senate version.

Here’s how the legislation works, according to a summary from Leahy’s office:

Every time a person eligible to vote interacts with any one of numerous designated state and federal agencies, that person will be “automatically” registered to vote unless the person opts out of registration (that is, affirmatively declines).

The automatic registration system will go into effect at agencies currently required by the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) to provide voter registration services, like the DMV, social service agencies, and agencies serving people with disabilities.

This will make voter registration far easier, cheaper, and more accurate. “There is no reason why every eligible citizen cannot have the option of automatic registration when they visit the DMV, sign up for healthcare, or sign up for classes in college,” says Leahy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. “We live in a modern world, and we should strive to have a registration system that reflects that.”

For more: https://www.thenation.com/article/democrats-have-a-plan-to-register-50-million-new-voters/

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Five reasons millennials must vote this November

It’s no secret that young people tend to shy away from voting more than older people do.

And this Election Day, extraordinary though the campaign season is, likely will be no different. The Public Policy Institute of California estimates that Americans ages 18 to 34 will make up only 17 percent of the country’s likely voters in November.

Those are the same millennials who flocked to former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and his “political revolution.” Now that he has dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination, many of his more ardent supporters have vowed to skip the polls in November, even though the senator from Vermont endorsed Hillary Clinton earlier this week.

Sanders might not be in the race anymore, but there are plenty of reasons to turn out at the polls. Here are five:

STUDENT DEBT

Sanders ignited his revolution with promises to help a generation of young people and their families who are drowning in debt from skyrocketing tuition and fees. It’s a real issue, as many millennials know.

Clinton wisely released a proposal that would forgive loans for at least 25 million borrowers. She also has promised to make in-state public colleges and universities tuition free by 2021 for families making less than $125,000 a year.

That’s a reason to vote that will actually pay off.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Millennials care about the health of a world they have to live in long after most baby boomers are gone. One of the most effective means of ensuring that is to elect leaders who will implement policies to combat climate change.

Nobody can solve this problem on his or her own. But by taking the simple step of voting for candidates at all levels of government who will make the environment a priority, the country can continue down the path laid out by President Barack Obama to cut carbon emissions.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

This one might not be as obvious. For those who study abroad or enjoy traveling, the nation’s position on foreign affairs is vitally important to its relationships with other countries. That goes for countries in Europe, recently shaken by Britain’s exit from the European Union, and in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Millennials are globally engaged, understanding completely that the world is indeed flat. For this reason, it’s important to vote for leaders who represent those values.

U.S. SUPREME COURT

The next president of the United States will decide who is appointed to fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia in the U.S. Supreme Court. Critically important decisions hang in the balance.

Among them, laws that ensure the hard-fought rights of women and gays and lesbians remain intact. Campaign finance laws, another hot-button issue for Sanders and his young supporters, could to come before the court again. Vote for someone who will take you into consideration when nominating the next justice.

A VOICE IN SOCIETY

This year, more than in many years, there’s talk of how voting doesn’t make a difference. The system is “rigged,” some say. But millennials make up about 32 percent of the U.S. population, up there with baby boomers for the biggest group eligible to vote. It was the youngest of Americans, through their support for upstart Sanders, who got the Democratic Party and its presumptive nominee to consider a far more progressive agenda than planned.

For more: http://www.desertsun.com/story/opinion/editorials/2016/07/16/other-voices-sacramento-bee-millennials-must-vote/87144972/

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VP Biden travels to Australia & New Zealand

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On July 15, 2016, the Vice President Biden depart Honolulu, Hawaii en route to Melbourne, Australia to demonstrate our close strategic, economic, and cultural ties. In Melbourne, the Vice President will highlight U.S.-Australian cooperation on cancer research at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, as well as tour and deliver remarks at the Boeing factory. On July 18, 2016, the Vice President will depart Melbourne, Australia en route Sydney, Australia. In Sydney, the Vice President will meet with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other senior government officials, host a roundtable discussion with Australian and American business leaders, meet with Australian troops, and deliver a major policy speech on the future of the U.S.-Australia relationship.

On July 20, 2016, the Vice President will depart Sydney, Australia en route Auckland, New Zealand. In New Zealand the Vice President will participate in official engagements, including a meeting with Prime Minister John Key..

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Vice President Biden’s  Travel Itinerary
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Vice President Biden departs Honolulu, Hawaii en route to Melbourne, Australia

Vice President Joe Biden makes a refueling stopover in Pago Pago, American Samoa

Vice President Biden arrives Melbourne, Australia

Vice President Biden delivers remarks on U.S.-Australian cooperation on cancer research
Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia

Vice President Biden delivers remarks on US – Australian economic ties
Boeing Factory, Melbourne, Australia

Vice President Biden attends a flag presentation and meet World War II veterans
Melbourne, Australia

Vice President Biden meets with employees and family members
United States Embassy to Australia
Melbourne, Australia

Vice President Biden departs Melbourne, Australia en route for Victoria

Vice President Biden arrives Victoria

Vice President Biden attends the Carlton vs West Coast Eagles AFL game
Melbourne Cricket Ground, East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Vice President Biden attends a dinner with Australian Governor Linda Dessau of Victoria
Victoria, Australia

Vice President Biden departs Victoria, Australia en route for Sydney, Australia

Vice President Biden arrives Sydney, Australia

Vice President Biden tours the Taronga Zoo
Sydney, Australia

Vice President Biden attends an official dinner hosted by Governor General Peter Cosgrove
Governor General’s House, Sydney, Australia

Vice President Bden tours the HMAS Adelaide at Sydney Harbor
Sydney, Australia

Vice President Biden  meets with Labor Party leader Bill Shorten
Sydney, Australia

Vice President Biden meets with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other senior government officials
Commonwealth Government Building, Sydney, Australia

Vice President Biden hosts a roundtable discussion with Australian and American business leaders
Paddington Town Hall, Sydney, Australia

Vice President Biden meets with Australian troops
Pine Gap Joint Defence Space Research Facility, Alice Springs, Australia

Vice President Biden delivers a major policy speech on the future of the U.S.-Australia relationship
Pine Gap Joint Defence Space Research Facility, Alice Springs, Australia

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Vice President Biden departs Sydney, Australia en route New Zealand

Vice President Biden arrives Auckland, New Zealand

Vice President Biden meets with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
Auckland, New Zealand

Vice President Biden meets with Members of the New Zealand Labour Party
Auckland, New Zealand

Vice President Biden meets with employees and family members
Auckland, New Zealand

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President Obama’s Town Hall on Race & Policing

President Obama to Participate in Town Hall on Race and Policing With David Muir

Jul 12, 2016, 6:39 PM ET By ABC NEWS

With the recent tragic events in Minneapolis, Baton Rouge and Dallas still fresh on the minds of Americans, President Obama is expected to participate in a Disney Media Networks town hall this week titled “The President and the People: A National Conversation.”

The town hall will be moderated by “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir and held in Washington D.C. It will focus on candid discussions on race relations, justice, policing and equality by the members of the community. ESPN’s Jemele Hill will join Muir.

The one-hour event will come just days after President Obama attended a Dallas memorial for five police officers shot dead last week by a sniper. It also comes after two black men were killed by officers in Louisiana and Minnesota — controversial shootings that sparked a wave of protests.

“We turn on the TV or surf the internet, and we can watch positions harden and lines drawn and people retreat to their respective corners,” Obama said today during the memorial. “We see all this, and it’s hard not to think sometimes that the center won’t hold. And that things might get worse. I understand. I understand how Americans are feeling. … I’m here to say we must reject such despair. I’m here to insist that we are not as divided as we seem. And I know that because I know America.”

For more: http://abcn.ws/29NwdJq 

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Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 8:00 PM ET
The President and The People Town Hall
Washington, D.C.

Streaming: ABC, ESPN, Freeform, Freeform Digital,
ESPN, Yahoo and YouTube channel

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