March for Jobs & Justice 2011

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” The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr


The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial honors a man of conscience; the freedom movement of which he was a beacon; and his message of freedom, equality, justice and love. It is the first on the National Mall devoted, not to a United States President or war hero, but a citizen activist for civil rights and peace.

The dedication of  The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial will take place on the National Mall in Washington, DC on Sunday, October 16 at 11 a.m. Dedication Free and Open to Public, No Tickets Required.

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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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119 thoughts on “March for Jobs & Justice 2011

  1. WH

    Friday, October 14, 2011

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:30 AM
    The President departs the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews.
    South Lawn
    Open Press

    10:45 AM
    The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route to Detroit, Mich.
    Joint Base Andrews, Virginia Gate
    Travel Pool Coverage

    11:00 AM
    Dr Jill Biden delivers remarks at the Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention conference.

    12:00 PM

    12:05 PM
    The President arrives in Detroit, Mich.
    Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
    Open Press

    1:00 PM
    1:30 PM
    The President and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak tour General Motors Orion Assembly.
    GM Orion Assembly, Lake Orion, Michigan
    Travel Pool Coverage

    1:50 PM
    The President and South Korean President Lee deliver remarks.
    GM Orion Assembly, Lake Orion, Michigan
    Open Press

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    3:40 PM
    The President departs Detroit, Mich., en route to Joint Base Andrews.
    Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
    Open Press

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    The President arrives at Joint Base Andrews.
    Travel Pool Coverage

    5:30 PM
    The President arrives at the White House.
    South Lawn
    Open Press

    6:00 PM
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  2. October 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication Schedule

    8:00 AM EDT “Morning Joy” program speakers:

    • Emcee Roland Martin
    • Dupont Diversity Choir
    • The Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir
    • Kumar Das and Abhik Mukherjee
    • Shirley Murdock
    • Rabbi Israel Dresner
    • Dedication Choir

    9:00 AM EDT Dedication Program Participants

    • Presentation of the Colors: Joint Service Color Guard
    • National Anthem: Nova Nelson
    • Master of Ceremonies Gwen Ifill
    • Reverend Joseph Ratliff (invocation)
    • District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray
    • Julian Bond
    • Christine King Farris
    • Martin Luther King, III
    • Bernice King
    • Mary Mary
    • Dan Rather
    • Reverend Joseph Lowery
    • Congressman John Lewis
    • Nikki Giovanni
    • Marian Wright Edelman
    • Ambassador Andrew Young
    • Miri Ben-Ari and PoemCees
    • Dan Akerson
    • Tommy Hilfiger
    • Amandla Stenberg
    • Dedication Choir
    • Reverend Jesse Jackson
    • Lee A. Saunders
    • Reverend Al Sharpton
    • Sweet Honey in the Rock
    • Cicely Tyson
    • Jennifer Holliday
    • Reverend Raphael Warnock (benediction)

    11:00 AM EDT Ceremonial Dedication Participants

    • Herman “Skip” Mason
    • Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
    • Aretha Franklin
    • Harry Johnson
    • President Barack Obama

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  3. March on D.C., Sharpton says


    Al Sharpton is urging civil rights and labor groups to march on Washington next month to show their support for the president’s jobs bill and to draw attention to Americans who are struggling to make ends meet.

    “We will bring forth the masses who have not been heard in the midst of the jobs debate,” Sharpton said Wednesday as he announced the Oct. 15 event, which he anticipates will bring thousands of people to the National Mall.

    “As the president fights for a jobs act, as supercommittees meet, they need to hear marching feet,” the civil rights activist and MSNBC host said, The Washington Post reported. “This is to send a message to Congress.”

    Sharpton’s march has the backing of major unions including the National Education Association, and of civil rights organizations including the NAACP and the National Urban League. Leaders of those and other groups will speak at the march.

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      Find out from your Democratic Club where for the next one near you is!
      Obama For America
      Democrats Website

      Here are some coming up in my area:

      South Bay Pride At Work

      10/16 Sunday
      3pm to 4pm at San Jose City Hall, CA

      Queering – Occupy San Jose
      Join our brothers and sisters of the LGBT community for a rally
      sponsored by South Bay Pride At Work (408) 234-2468



    • Even outside of the USA:

      Indignant Worldwide Protests

      ‘Indignant’ protests to sweep across world

      10/13/11 By Elodie Cuzin | AFP

      “Indignant” activists, angered by a biting economic crisis they blame on politicians and bankers, vow to take to the streets worldwide on Saturday in a protest spanning 71 nations.

      It is the first global show of power by the movement, born May 15 when a rally in Madrid’s central square of Puerta del Sol sparked a protest that spread nationwide, then to other countries.

      As governments cut deep into welfare spending to try to trim huge sovereign debts, the protests have grown and this weekend’s demonstrations are being organised in Madrid, New York and around the world.

      “United in one voice, we will let politicians, and the financial elites they serve, know it is up to us, the people, to decide our future,” organisers said in a statement on

      “We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers who do not represent us.”

      The organisers, relying heavily on Facebook and Twitter, say street protests will be held October 15 in 719 cities across 71 countries in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Africa.

      The protests first took hold in Spain, with a jobless rate of 20.89 percent, rising to 46.1 percent for 16-24 year olds, where activists built ramshackle camps in city squares including Puerta del Sol.

      Then they spread to Europe, finding strong backing in crisis-hit countries like Greece, and then worldwide — last month reaching the centre of global capitalism in Wall Street.

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      • Republicans: On the side of Wall Street, not consumers

        October 06, 2011 Posted by Elizabeth Chan –

        Three years ago, Wall Street risk taking almost destroyed our economy. But last summer, Presient Obama signed a bill to prevent that from ever happening again. Now, while GOP presidential candidates are vowing to repeal Wall Street reform, Senate Republicans are trying to undermine the law.

        It’s up to us to tell Republicans to leave Wall Street reform alone and put consumers first—and that means confirming Richard Cordray to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

      • DNC chair on Eric Cantor

        October 06, 2011 Posted by Elizabeth Chan –

        This morning, DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz appeared on CBS’s “The Early Show.” Responding to Eric Cantor’s declaration that he won’t allow a vote on the President’s American Jobs Act, Rep. Wasserman Schultz said:

        “I think we need to roll up our sleeves and work together to try to pass the American Jobs Act and make sure we can put people back to work, invest in infrastructure, make sure we can keep teachers and first responders on the job, and give the average middle-class American a $1,500 payroll tax cut. It’s hard to understand: What are the Republicans opposed to of any of those things?”

  4. Archives: Plain Writing Act of 2010

    Signed into law on October 13, 2010, the Plain Writing Act of 2010 (H.R. 946; Pub. L. No. 111-274) is a United States federal law that requires that federal executive agencies:

    • Use plain writing in every covered document that the agency issues or substantially revises[3]
    • Train employees in “plain writing”
    • Establish a process for overseeing the agency’s compliance with this Act
    • Create and maintain a plain writing section on the agency’s website to inform the public of agency compliance with the requirements of this Act
    • Provide a mechanism for the agency to receive and respond to public input on agency implementation and agency reports required under this Act, and be accessible from its homepage
    • Designate one or more agency points-of-contact to receive and respond to public input on the implementation of this Act

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    • Putting it Plainly

      Posted by Cass Sunstein on April 19, 2011

      Every day, the Federal Government is engaged in communication with the American public. When Federal agencies are explaining how businesses can comply with legal requirements, or informing people about Federal services and benefits, they should write clearly and avoid jargon. But far too often, agencies use confusing, technical, and acronym-filled language. Such language can cost consumers and small business owners precious time in their efforts to play by the rules.

      The good news is that relatively small efforts to communicate more clearly can minimize that burden. Take this example: the Federal Communications Commission used to receive so many questions from the public about its requirements for ham radio operations that five full-time employees were needed to provide answers. After the requirements were written in plain language, questions dropped off so dramatically that all five of those employees could be reassigned to more pressing activity at the Commission.

      In short, writing in plain language can make a huge difference. That is why President Obama signed the Plain Writing Act of 2010 into law last October. By improving government communications, the Act will not only save money but also facilitate two-way communication between agencies and the public and make it is far easier for people to understand what they are being asked to do.

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  5. Great information here, CR, thank you.

    And thank you for all you do every day. You created a place where the truth about PBO and his Administration could be told when even OFA couldn’t be bothered with us. I will always be grateful, and I will always be here reading and learning.


  6. Obama, SKorea’s Lee to pitch trade deal in US

    10/14/11 By JIM KUHNHENN – Associated Press | AP – 3 hrs ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak want to showcase Congress’ approval of a major trade agreement between the two countries with a tour of a Michigan auto plant.

    The visit represents a rare joint appearance outside of Washington by a U.S. president and a visiting head of state.

    Obama and Lee will visit General Motors Co.’s Orion assembly plant north of Detroit Friday. In choosing an auto plant, the two leaders will highlight the trade deal’s success in lifting South Korea’s barriers to U.S.-made cars.

    For Obama, the trip is a chance to draw attention to the auto industry’s recovery after an $80 billion government bailout for GM and Chrysler in 2009. The Orion plant reopened after the bailout and now produces the subcompact Chevrolet Sonic.

  7. Hillary Clinton to lay out her “doctrine on economic statecraft” in New York speech Friday

    10/13/11 By Laura Rozen | The Envoy

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will give a major address on her vision for economic statecraft in New York Friday. In the address–which The Envoy exclusively previewed last week–Clinton will lay out what her aides say she sees as a major strategic legacy of her tenure as Secretary of State: a doctrine calling on the U.S. diplomatic corps to make advancing United States economic interests a central mission of the U.S. diplomatic agenda.

    “It’s a wide-ranging speech and covers all the ground,” one Clinton aide told The Envoy Thursday. At bottom, Clinton will lay out the case that “foreign policy and economic interests and economic policy are indivisible,” the official said. The message is especially timely, the source added, when “you’ve got economic realities driving so much of the foreign policy headlines”–from the Eurozone debt crisis, to the Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama passed by Congress Wednesday, to the Arab spring uprisings, to the Occupy Wall Street protests.

    Clinton tested out some of the key themes of the address at a small gathering of outside policy experts and economic thinkers invited to the State Department Wednesday, State Department officials told The Envoy.

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    • Is it Friday morning ALREADY? Need more sleep! But I will get up and get moving to wish a good and HOPEful Friday to CR and all friends!


  8. Retail sales rose strongly in September on autos

    10/14/11 AP – 3 mins 38 secs ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers spent more on autos, clothing and furniture in September to boost retail sales by the most in seven months. The gain offered a hopeful sign for the sluggish economy.

    The Commerce Department says retail sales increased 1.1 percent last month.

    Auto sales rose 3.6 percent to drive the overall gain. Excluding that category, sales increased a solid 0.6 percent.

  9. Now Streaming…

    9:00 AM EDT
    White House Council on Community Solutions Meeting
    The third meeting of the White House Council on Community Solutions held by the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation
    The White House

    • White House Council on Community Solutions Meeting Part I

      From: whitehouse | Oct 14, 2011

      The third meeting of the White House Council on Community Solutions held by the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. October 14, 2011.

    • White House Council on Community Solutions Meeting Part II

      From: whitehouse | Oct 14, 2011

      The third meeting of the White House Council on Community Solutions held by the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. October 14, 2011.

  10. West Wing Week: 10/14/11 or “We Go Together”

    From: whitehouse | Oct 13, 2011

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President continued to fight for the proposals in the American Jobs Act to put folks back to work and grow the economy. The President welcomed the 1985 Chicago Bears and the Tunisian Prime Minister to the White House, traveled to Pittsburgh to convene a meeting of his jobs council, attended the forum on American Latino heritage, and hosted the President of South Korea for a State Visit. That’s October 7th to the 13th or “We Go Together.”

  11. Business inventories and sales rose in August

    10/14/11 By MARTIN CRUTSINGER – AP Economics Writer | AP – 9 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added to their stockpiles for a 20th consecutive month in August while sales rose for a third straight month. The increase suggests businesses were confident enough in the economy to keep stocking their shelves.
    The Commerce Department says business inventories increased 0.5 percent in August, matching the July gain. Sales were up 0.3 percent in August following a 0.7 percent July increase.

    A separate report Friday showed consumers stepped up their spending on retail goods in September. The 1.1 percent gain was the largest in seven months, a hopeful sign for the sluggish economy.

  12. Next Up…

    11:00 AM
    Dr Jill Biden delivers remarks at the Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention conference.

    • October 14, 2011
      Remarks of Dr. Jill Biden at the OJJDP National Conference

      Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention National Conference: “Children’s Justice & Safety: Unite, Build, Lead”
      Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center
      Friday, October 14, 2011
      National Harbor, MD

      As Prepared for Delivery

      Thank you, Eric, for that kind introduction. And, thank you for inviting me to be a part of this important conference. And, thank you, General Odierno. You and Linda have been a military family for 35 years, and you have become good friends to Joe and me. Thank you both for your leadership.

      And I am especially grateful to the military families here today – you are our true heroes. Thank you for being here, and thank you for your service.

      Good morning everyone. I am thrilled to join so many individuals who are committed to improving the lives of our children and teens.

      Earlier this week, the Department of Justice announced a partnership with the Department of Defense to award a total of 20 million dollars to organizations providing mentoring services to military children. As a teacher and a military mom and grandmother, I have seen first-hand what a big difference a great mentor can make in the lives of our nation’s military children.

      These mentors and so many other individuals and groups across this country are showing all Americans that there are countless ways to help our military families – some large and many small, but all important.

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  13. G-20 finance chiefs meet on debt crisis, economy

    10/14/11 AP – 53 mins ago

    PARIS (AP) — Finance ministers and central bank governors of the world’s leading economies are gathering in Paris to discuss how to save Greece from bankruptcy, beat a path out of Europe’s wider debt crisis and restart global economic growth.

    Despite the high stakes, leaders have kept expectations low for Friday and Saturday’s Group of 20 meeting in Paris. They have promised a plan by the end of the month, and this weekend is likely to be dominated by behind-doors negotiations.

    The meeting opens Friday evening with a dinner. Among the topics expected to be addressed are the recapitalization of banks that hold risky debt, a way to lower Greece’s debt burden and measures to stimulate the world economy.

    • October 14, 2011
      Readout of the President’s Call with Chancellor Merkel

      The President and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by phone this afternoon, continuing their ongoing consultations on the evolving financial situation in the eurozone. The President and the Chancellor also discussed preparations for the upcoming G-20 Summit in Cannes and agreed to stay in close contact in the run-up to the meetings.


    Cain’s ‘9-9-9’ tax plan hits poor, helps wealthy, experts say

    10/14/11 By Michael A. Fletcher – washingtonpost

    The “9-9-9” plan that has helped propel businessman Herman Cain to the front of the GOP presidential field would stick many poor and middle-class people with a hefty tax increase while cutting taxes for those at the top, tax analysts say.

    The plan would do away with much of the current tax code and impose a 9 percent personal income tax, a 9 percent business tax and a 9 percent national sales tax, which tax experts say would mean that low- and middle-income Americans would pay more.

    “Right now, we have a strongly progressive income tax. High-income people are paying a higher share of income in taxes than lower-income people,” said Alan D. Viard, a former Federal Reserve Bank economist and a resident scholar at the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute. “That is a pattern that would be disrupted by adoption of the Cain plan.”

    The 9-9-9 plan has helped define Cain’s candidacy. Coupled with his buoyant, plain-spoken style, it has helped transform the former long shot into a front-runner. Cain has touted the proposal’s apparent simplicity and fairness, but he rarely delves into details. His campaign Web site shows that the plan is only a step toward achieving his ultimate goal: to eliminate the Internal Revenue Service after replacing all federal taxes with a national sales tax.

    Meanwhile, analysts said the 9-9-9 part of Cain’s vision would place a further burden on those hit hardest by the nation’s economic problems.

    Roberton Williams, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, is working on an analysis of Cain’s signature policy proposal. Although the plan’s details remain sketchy, Williams said that it would increase taxes for the poor and middle class, despite Cain’s statements to the contrary.

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  15. Creating Pathways to Opportunity for All Americans

    Posted by Melody Barnes and Gene Sperling on October 14, 2011

    Over the last decade, the gap between the wealthiest and those with the least has grown considerably – since 1980, real median household income has grown four times faster for the top 10 percent of households than it has for middle-income households. As the recently released Census data confirms, the effects of the recession continue to impact millions of low-income families. Prolonged levels of high unemployment and reductions in household income have caused an additional 2.6 million Americans to fall into poverty from 2009 to 2010. The poverty rate is even more severe for children, with 22 percent falling below the poverty line. These numbers are especially stark for minority communities: over 30 percent of Hispanic, African American, and Native American children today live in poverty.

    Today,the White House released Creating Pathways to Opportunity, a report that highlights steps the Administration has taken to reverse these trends and create opportunity for all Americans. The President has fought repeatedly for policies to help more Americans climb the ladder to the middle class. That work began with the Recovery Act, which helped increase employment by up to 3.5 million workers at the end of 2010 according to the Congressional Budget Office. And according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, it kept more than six million Americans above the poverty line in 2009 – from enhanced Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits that ensured more than 45 million low-income Americans had the means to put food on the table to initiatives to rehabilitate homes and stabilize housing prices in 13,000 neighborhoods nationwide suffering from concentrated foreclosures. The President continued that fight with the December 2010 tax package that continued the expansion of the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit, which will benefit nearly 16 million families with 29 million children. That same deal helped more than nine million students afford college, through extension of the partially refundable American Opportunity Tax Credit, and secured a critical one-year extension of unemployment insurance benefits.

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    • October 14, 2011

      Remarks by President Obama and President Lee of the Republic of Korea at GM Plant, Lake Orion, Michigan

      Lake Orion, Michigan

      2:10 P.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, Detroit! (Applause.) Hello! Everybody, please have a seat, have a seat. It is great to be back in the Motor City. (Applause.) I notice the mood is a little brighter on this particular visit. (Laughter.) I’d like to think it’s because everybody is excited about the Korea Free Trade Agreement, but I suspect it might just have a little bit to do with your Lions beating up on my Bears. (Applause.) All right, all right, all right. (Laughter.) Don’t get carried away now. (Laughter.) Not to mention your Tigers hanging in there last night. (Applause.)

      As you can see, President Lee is a pretty good politician. (Laughter and applause.) He knows how to get on your good side. (Applause.) Today I brought a good friend and one of our closest allies, President Lee of South Korea. Some of you may know, President Lee has got a remarkable story. He grew up a little ways from Detroit, but he embodies that same spirit that Detroit is all about. Through sheer grit and determination, he worked his way from the humblest beginnings. The South Korea of his childhood was an extraordinarily poor country. But he worked his way up, worked his way up, went to school while cleaning streets, and eventually went on to run a Hyundai machinery plant — so he knows a little bit about cars — then the whole company, and ultimately was elected the President of the Republic of Korea. And this is a country that’s staged one of the world’s greatest economic comebacks that we’ve ever seen.

      So President Lee knows what it’s like to go through tough times. He knows what it’s like when folks have counted you out. And he knows what it’s like to make a big comeback.

      So with that, I want to welcome President Lee to Detroit and have him say just a few words. (Applause.)

      PRESIDENT LEE: Thank you. (As interpreted.) Folks, I’m a little bit shorter than President Obama, so I’m going to adjust the microphone. (Laughter.) I hope you’ll understand.

      Well, first of all, ladies and gentlemen, it’s a great pleasure visiting your factory here in Detroit along with one of my closest friends, President Obama.

      Well, folks, as you know, the global economy is going through some tough times, and so there’s one thing on the minds of both President Obama and I, and that is jobs. It is about creating good, decent jobs, and it is about keeping those jobs. And this is what keeps us awake. (Applause.)

      Ladies and gentlemen, before I came here to see you, I just had a brief tour given to me by the members of this factory and I heard about the history, and I also heard about the danger of how this factory was on the brink of being closed. But now, as you can see, we have so many people here, like all of you here working here and earning a good living. And I think more than anyone else here in this factory, I think it’s President Obama who’s the happiest man to see this factory being so energetic and enthusiastic. (Applause.)

      Ladies and gentlemen, it was three years ago when I first met with President Obama, and back then I still remember how we talked about a lot of things. And one of the things that was on President Obama’s mind was how to revive the U.S. automotive industry. Because we all know that the U.S. automotive industry was, and is, the leader in the world, and President Obama was concerned what he can do to revive Motor City and the United States automotive industry. And we talked a lot about that. And, folks, I know a few things about automobiles because back when I was in the private sector, I used to build cars myself. So I know a thing or two about automobiles, and I think perhaps this was the reason why President Obama raised the subject. But we talked a lot about how to revive the U.S. automobile industry.

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      • S. Korean President Lee spoke with President Obama to GM Plant, Lake Orion, Michigan today:

        Lee says the free trade deal will soon be implemented. He reassures people that they should not be worried about their jobs being taken out of the U.S. He promises that the U.S.-Korea trade deal will rather create more jobs and protect their families. The room breaks into applause, and Lee receives a standing ovasion. (2:21 p.m.)

    • October 14, 2011

      Background on the President’s Visit to Michigan Today with President Lee of South Korea

      Today, President Obama and President Lee of South Korea will travel to Orion Township, Michigan to tour the GM Assembly plant that produces the new Chevrolet Sonic subcompact. The Chevrolet Sonic is the first GM-engineered subcompact that GM has built in the United States since a vehicle launched nearly four decades ago, and the only subcompact car currently sold in the U.S. that is built in the U.S. The Sonic was originally engineered for GM Korea, but is now being assembled in Michigan. Two years ago, during GM’s bankruptcy restructuring, the plant the President will visit in Orion, Michigan was set to be closed down. The subcompact expertise and joint venture with GM Korea has saved the Orion plant and its 1,750 jobs.

      At the beginning of his administration, President Obama made the very tough and unpopular decision to restructure GM and Chrysler – a decision that saved over a million American jobs and revitalized an entire American industry. In the year before GM and Chrysler filed for bankruptcy, the auto industry shed over 400,000 jobs. Since these companies emerged from their restructurings, the American auto industry has created 128,000 jobs.

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    • UAW Applauds Passage of U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement


      DETROIT — The UAW is pleased with congressional approval of the U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA).

      The automotive provisions of the agreement were substantially renegotiated by the Obama administration to address the concerns the union had with the original FTA, negotiated in 2007 by the Bush administration.

      “The revised agreement,” said UAW President Bob King, “creates significantly greater market access for American auto exports and contains strong, auto-specific safeguards to protect our domestic markets from potentially harmful surges of Korean automotive imports.”

      Under the provisions of the renegotiated agreement, the 2.5 percent U.S. tariff on automobiles will stay in place until the fifth year after implementation of the agreement, and the 25 percent tariff on light trucks remains until the eighth year, when it starts to be phased down. Moreover, Korea will immediately reduce its electric car tariffs from 8 percent to 4 per cent, and will phase out the tariff by the fifth year of the agreement.

      The KORUS FTA also includes standards for the protection of worker rights, including obligations for South Korea to respect core International Labor Organization labor rights and to effectively enforce labor laws designed to ensure a level playing field for American workers to compete.

      “One of the reasons we felt comfortable supporting the KORUS FTA is that South Korea has a strong and vibrant trade union movement, particularly in the automotive sector,” said King.

      “We believe the revised KORUS FTA will improve our economic relationship with South Korea and provide UAW members with the opportunity to make products for export to Asia.”

  16. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Strengthening Our Economy and our Country

    Posted by Rozita Villanueva Lee on October 14, 2011

    I came to Las Vegas, Nevada 32 years ago from Hawaii, where I was born and raised. Like so many other diverse people in the state of Nevada, I have made this place my home and have been embraced by the community. I have seen my community change dramatically over the years.

    The 2010 Census indicates that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) make up over 10 percent of the population in Nevada, and that nationwide, AAPIs are the fastest growing ethnic group. I am proud to serve on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs. In my role as a commissioner, I advise the White House Initiative on AAPIs about the issues facing my community. Almost every day, I meet with stakeholders, organizations, and advocates—from youth to elders, from performing artists to business leaders in the local chambers of commerce, from labor union members to veterans groups and churches. What I hear is an overwhelming concern about the economy, and about housing stability and affordability, as illustrated by some startling statistics.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Nevada has the highest unemployment rate in the country—at 13.4 percent. Nevada also posted the nation’s highest state foreclosure rate for the 56th straight month in August 2011, with one in every 118 housing units with a foreclosure filing during the month. It breaks my heart to have seen so many friends lose their jobs and lose their homes during these difficult economic times.

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    New Hampshire debate: Mitt Romney talks against auto bailout


    In language that will probably come back to hit him in a general election if he’s the nominee in ads in Michigan, Mitt Romney offered what was supposed to be a careful criticism of the auto bailout:

    “Should they have used the funds to bail out General Motors and Chrysler? No, that was the wrong source for that funding,” he said.

    The question wasn’t actually about the auto bailout, it was about TARP, which he spoke in favor of at the time – and Romney raised the auto bailout voluntarily.

    The TARP discussion was drawn out and not Romney at his best, but none of his opponents seized the chance to call him out on it – including Rick Perry, who needs to score points off the frontrunner.

    • No, Mitt, you didn’t care at all

      Posted by Elizabeth Chan on Thursday, November 10, 2011

      In last night’s Republican debate, Romney said he cared more than anyone on the stage about Michigan and the auto industry. You wouldn’t know it given his opposition to the successful effort President Obama pursued to get the auto industry back on its feet.

      He turned his back on an industry and a city in crisis. His belief that Detroit should go bankrupt shows he didn’t care at all.

      If you’re a middle-class American worried about losing your job, your home, or your health care, don’t look to Romney for leadership—he’s fishing for right-wing votes by promising to turn his back on you.

  18. Geithner: Action against Wall St. coming

    10/14/11 Tim Mak – POLITICO

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner suggested Friday that a new round of “dramatic enforcement actions” against Wall Street wrongdoing is coming.

    “Stay tuned for that,” Geithner said.

    Asked on CNBC about the Occupy Wall Street movement’s frustrations over the lack of criminal charges related to the financial crisis, Geithner said action is on the way.

    “You’ve seen very, very dramatic enforcement actions already by the enforcement authorities across the U.S. government, and I’m sure you’re going to see more to come. You should stay tuned for that,” he said.

    Progressive groups have often pushed for Wall Street CEOs to be prosecuted for the financial crisis of 2008.

    “I think there are some investigations — hopefully, they will lead to criminal charges, but what I think the average American is saying is that if a kid smokes marijuana, that kid could end up in jail. These people [on Wall Street], because of their activity, destroyed the economy. Millions of people lost their jobs, their homes, their life savings, and now they’re making more than they ever did before,” said independent Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) last month on CNN.

    Geithner Friday said the Obama administration had moved swiftly after the crisis to put into place new protections for consumers and investors.

    For the entire article:


    Rick Perry’s Jobs Plan is a Nightmare for Liberals

    10/14/11 By John Hudson -The Atlantic Wire

    Rick Perry’s jobs-creation plan is a liberal nightmare. On Friday, the Texas governor unveiled his manifesto at a steel plant in Pittsburgh, which promises to generate 1.2 million jobs by expanding oil and gas production and slashing environmental regulations. In other words: drill baby, drill. Since dropping sharply in the polls with the rise of Herman Cain, Perry sort of fell off the liberal radar screen. His “Energizing American Jobs and Security” fixed that! In today’s lefty blogosphere, he’s the talk of the town.

    Here’s how they’re picking apart his plan:

    It will kneecap green energy startups, writes Ezra Klein at The Washington Post. Perry’s plan calls for an end to green subsidies. (To be fair, he also calls for an end to gas and oil subsidies too.) But Klein says that still doesn’t create an even playing field. “Analysts have argued that fossil-fuel producers would primarily benefit from such a move, since they enjoy all sorts of legacy advantages.”

    It’s a petroleum pollution plan, fumes Daniel Weiss, senior fellow of Climate Strategy at the Center for American Progress: “The Perry plan would undo safeguards from deadly smog, acid rain, mercury, and other pollution. And it ignores a clean tech future while returning to a fossil fuel past. It is of little surprise that the Perry Petroleum Pollution Plan would continue to funnel billions of taxpayer dollars to big oil companies through subsidies, while eliminating incentives for American wind and solar companies to grow. The Perry plan should be stamped ‘Made By Big Oil.'” The actual words of the plan recommend cutting the EPA budget by “up to 60%” and returning regulatory power to the states.

    Its job-creation numbers are “unrealistic,” writes Michael Levi, senior fellow for energy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Levi says 500,000 jobs created is the absolute maximum an energy policy could create by 2030. Of those numbers, about 130,000 would be oil and gas jobs. The problem with Perry’s policy is that it assumes he will be “reversing deeply anti-industry Obama policies that don’t actually exist (which is not to say that the Obama policies have no flaws), ignore real constraints at the state level, and don’t fully account for market dynamics.”

    It endangers protected lands, writes Judd Legum at Think Progress. He cites two policies baked into the plan: “We also strongly recommend opening other federal lands with known resources for development, particularly in Alaska, the Atlantic OCS, and our western states. Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Coastal Plain (1002) alone contains as much as 12 billion barrels of oil and 10 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.” In another part of the plan, it discusses fast-tracking permits for drilling along the Gulf Coast. ““The first step towards energy security and job growth is returning immediately to 2007 levels of permitting in the Gulf of Mexico, responsibly making more of the Gulf available for energy production.”

  20. WH

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  21. Wall Street sit-in goes global Saturday

    10/14/11 By Alastair Macdonald | Reuters – 2 hrs 1 min ago

    LONDON (Reuters) – For an October revolution, dress warm. That’s the word going out – politely – on the Web to rally street protests on Saturday around the globe from New Zealand to Alaska via London, Frankfurt, Washington and, of course, New York, where the past month’s Occupy Wall Street movement has inspired a worldwide yell of anger at banks and financiers.

    How many will show up, let alone stay to camp out to disrupt city centers for days, or months, to come, is anyone’s guess. The hundreds at Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park were calling for back-up on Friday, fearing imminent eviction. Rome expects tens of thousands at a national protest of more traditional stamp.

    Related: 5 facts about the Occupy Wall Street movement

    Few other police forces expect more than a few thousand to turn out on the day for what is billed as an exercise in social media-spread, Arab Spring-inspired, grassroots democracy with an emphasis on peaceful, homespun debate, as seen among Madrid’s “indignados” in June or at the current Wall Street park sit-in.

    Blogs and Facebook pages devoted to “October 15” – #O15 on Twitter – abound with exhortations to keep the peace, bring an open mind, a sleeping bag, food and warm clothing; in Britain, “OccupyLondon Stock Exchange” is at pains to stress it does not plan to actually, well, occupy the stock exchange.

    That may turn off those with a taste for the kind of anarchic violence seen in London in August, at anti-capitalism protests of the past decade and at some rallies against spending cuts in Europe this year. But, as Karlin Younger of consultancy Control Risks said: “When there’s a protest by an organization that’s very grassroots, you can’t be sure who will show up.”

    Concrete demands are few from those who proclaim “We are the 99 percent,” other than a general sense that the other 1 percent – the “greedy and corrupt” rich, and especially banks – should pay more, and that elected governments are not listening.

    “It’s time for us to unite; it’s time for them to listen; people of the world, rise up!” proclaims the Web site United for #GlobalChange. “We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers who do not represent us … We will peacefully demonstrate, talk and organize until we make it happen.”

    By doing so peacefully, many hope for a wider political impact, by amplifying the chord their ideas strike with millions of voters in wealthy countries who feel ever more squeezed by the global financial crisis while the rich seem to get richer.

    • Wall Street protests go global; riots in Rome

      10/15/11 By Philip Pullella | Reuters – 4 mins 34 secs ago

      ROME (Reuters) – Thousands of demonstrators rallied across the globe on Saturday to denounce bankers, businessmen and politicians over the international economic crisis, with violence rocking Rome as angry protesters torched cars and smashed bank windows.

      Galvanized by the Occupy Wall Street movement, the protests began in New Zealand, touched parts of Asia, spread to Europe, and ultimately resumed at their starting point in New York with 2,000 marchers decrying corporate greed and economic inequality.

      The demonstrations by the disaffected coincided with the Group of 20 meeting in Paris, where finance ministers and central bankers from major economies were holding talks on the debt and deficit crises afflicting many Western countries.

      While most rallies were relatively small and barely held up traffic, the Rome event drew tens of thousands of people and snaked through the city center for kilometers (miles).

      Hundreds of hooded, masked demonstrators rampaged in some of the worst violence seen in the Italian capital for years, setting cars ablaze, breaking bank and shop windows and destroying traffic lights and signposts.

      Police fired volleys of tear gas and used water cannon to try to disperse militant protesters who were hurling rocks, bottles and fireworks, but clashes went on into the evening.

      Smoke bombs set off by protesters cast a pall over a sea of red flags and banners bearing slogans denouncing economic policies the protesters say are hurting the poor most.

      The violence sent many peaceful demonstrators and local residents near the Colosseum and St John’s Basilica running into hotels and churches for safety.

      In contrast, small and peaceful rallies got the ball rolling across the Asia-Pacific region on Saturday. In Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city, 3,000 people chanted and banged drums, denouncing corporate greed.

      About 200 gathered in the capital Wellington and 50 in a park in the earthquake-hit southern city of Christchurch.

      In Sydney, about 2,000 people, including representatives of Aboriginal groups, communists and trade unionists, protested outside the central Reserve Bank of Australia.

      Hundreds marched in Tokyo, including anti-nuclear protesters. In Manila a few dozen marched on the U.S. Embassy waving banners reading: “Down with U.S. imperialism” and “Philippines not for sale”.

      Over 100 people gathered at the Taipei stock exchange, chanting “we are Taiwan’s 99 percent” and saying economic growth had only benefited firms while middle-class salaries barely covered soaring housing, education and health care costs.

      In Hong Kong, home to the Asian headquarters of investment banks such as Goldman Sachs, over 100 people gathered at Exchange Square in the Central district. Students joined with retirees, holding banners that called banks a cancer.

      Portugal was the scene of the biggest reported protest action with more than 20,000 marching in Lisbon and a similar number in the country’s second city Oporto, two days after the government announced a new batch of austerity measures.

      Hundreds broke through a police cordon around the parliament in Lisbon to occupy its broad marble staircase. Riot police brought the situation under control without any more violence than some pushing and shoving.

      “This debt is not ours!” and “IMF, get out of here now!”, demonstrators chanted. Banners read: “We are not merchandise in bankers’ hands!” or “No more rescue loans for banks!”

      Around 4,000 Greeks with banners bearing slogans like “Greece is not for sale” staged an anti-austerity rally in Athens’ Syntagma Square, the scene of violent clashes between riot police and stone-throwing youths in June.

      Many were furious at how austerity imposed by the government to reduce debt incurred by profligate spending and corruption had undermined the lives of ordinary Greeks.

      “They have ruined our world, everything that people have conquered,” said Maria Kolozi, 56, a school teacher. “With the new measures they have taken they destroy ordinary wage earners. They should beat it.”

      “What is happening in Greece now is the nightmare awaiting other countries in the future. Solidarity is the people’s weapon,” the Real Democracy protest group said.

      In Paris, around 1,000 protesters rallied in front of city hall, coinciding with the G20 finance chiefs’ meeting, after coming in from the working class neighborhood of Belleville where drummers, trumpeters and a tuba revved up the crowd.

      “This is potentially the start of a strong movement,” said Olivier Milleron, a doctor whose group of trumpeters played the classic American folk song “This land is your land”.

      Waitress Tiodhilde Fernagu, 26, took a day off work to attend. “For the first time in France there is a uniquely citizens’ movement” outside party politics, she said.

      The Rome protesters, who called themselves “the indignant ones”, included unemployed, students and pensioners.

      “I am here to show support for those don’t have enough money to make it to the next pay cheque while the ECB (European Central Bank) keeps feeding the banks and killing workers and families,” said Danila Cucunia, a 43-year-old teacher from northern Italy.

      “We can’t carry on any more with public debt that wasn’t created by us but by thieving governments, corrupt banks and speculators who don’t give a damn about us,” said Nicla Crippa, 49. “They caused this international crisis and are still profiting from it. They should pay for it.”

      Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi condemned the Rome violence, saying the culprits would be identified and punished.
      In imitation of the occupation of Zuccotti Park near Wall Street in Manhattan, protesters have been camped out across the street from the headquarters of the Bank of Italy for days.

      The worldwide protests were a response in part to calls by the New York demonstrators for more people to join them. Their example has prompted calls for similar occupations in dozens of cities from Saturday.

      In Madrid, around 2,000 people had gathered for a march to the central Puerta del Sol. Placards read: “Put the bankers on the bench” and “Enough painkillers — euthanasia for the banks”.

      “It’s not fair that they take your house away from you if you can’t pay your mortgage, but give billions to the banks for unclear reasons,” said 44-year-old telecoms company employee Fabia, who declined to give her surname.

      Thousands of protesters also gathered in Barcelona and local radio said, and further demonstrations were planned in more than 60 Spanish towns in the evening.

      In Germany, where sympathy for southern Europe’s debt troubles is not widespread, thousands gathered in Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig and outside the ECB in Frankfurt.

      Demonstrators gathered peacefully in Paradeplatz, the main square in the Swiss financial center of Zurich.

      In London, around 2,000 people assembled outside St Paul’s Cathedral, near the City financial district, for a rally dubbed “Occupy the London Stock Exchange”.

      Joe Dawson, 31, who lost his job as a product developer at Barclays Bank, said he had taken his two children aged 10 and 8 to the rally to show them people had a voice.

      “I’m not passive anymore and I don’t want them to be. This is their future too,” Dawson said. “I work four jobs part-time, I take whatever I can get.”

      WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told the crowd: “I hope this protest will result in a similar process to what we saw in New York, Cairo and Tunisia,” he said, referring to revolutions in the Arab world.

      Crowds numbering several hundred also staged protests in Vienna and Helsinki.

      In New York City, hundreds of protesters marched on JP Morgan Chase bank buildings in the financial district, banging drums and chanting, “We got sold out, banks got bailed out”, “All day, all week, occupy Wall Street,” and “Hey hey, ho ho, corporate greed has got to go.”

      A police spokesman said 24 people were arrested, most of them for trespassing and disorderly conduct.

      Similar protests were held in other cities and in Canada. In Washington, hundreds of protesters turned out, while a couple of thousand people gathered in Toronto’s St. James park, a few blocks from the city’s financial district.

  22. Appeals court says Alabama must stop asking K-12 students about citizenship

    10/14/11 By Liz Goodwin | The Lookout – 7 hrs ago

    The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta has overruled part of a lower judge’s decision and ordered Alabama to stop questioning grade-school students and parents about their citizenship status, the AP reports.

    But the court did let stand for now the part of the state law that requires local police officers to ask for proof of legal status during routine stops if they suspect someone might be an illegal immigrant. A similar provision, first passed by Arizona in 2010, has been temporarily blocked from going into effect by the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. If the two appeals courts ultimately disagree over the constitutionality of this part of the law, the issue will likely end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

    The 11th Circuit sided with the Obama administration’s argument that the schools provision of the law should be blocked as the courts rule on its constitutionality because ongoing enforcement could have a “chilling” effect on enrollment among immigrant families. The Alabama school system reported widespread absences among Hispanic students the week after the law passed, and local news reports suggested families were fleeing the state because they were afraid they would be deported. A final decision on Alabama’s immigration law, which is considered the toughest in the nation, won’t be made for months.

  23. Good evening CR and all friends. I am home at last after a long day and eager to catch up on the day’s news.

    Here is something of interest regarding the trade agreements’ favorable impact on my state’s economy:

    Cantwell Applauds Senate Passage of FTA

    U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) applauded the Senate passage of a comprehensive trade package that includes Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Panama and Colombia. The American Farm Bureau estimates that the increased market opportunities for Washington State under these trade agreements could increase direct exports by $52.8 million per year and add hundreds of jobs to the state economy. The three trade agreements passed today eliminate tariffs on various agricultural products important to Washington’s economy, including potatoes, wine, beef, wheat, apples, cherries, and pears. The Korea FTA would immediately eliminate a 15 percent tariff on wine. During fiscal year 2010, 24 percent of the wine exported from Washington went to South Korea. ( Also under the agreement, South Korea would eliminate a 40 percent tariff on beef over 15 years. The American Farm Bureau estimates Washington state is expected to increase beef exports by $7 million per year. Beef production is the state’s 5th largest commodity and the market for American beef in South Korea has the potential to reach $1 billion.) Washington’s ports and waterways – the closest to Asia and Alaska of all U.S. ports – also stand to significantly benefit from the U.S.-Korea FTA.

    (Washington state is the 3rd largest exporting state in the country and together, the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma comprise the second largest container load center in the country. Last year, $704 million in state revenue was generated from port activities and 8,480 companies exported their goods from operations in Washington. )
    Washington state is the nation’s second largest grower and exporter of fruit, with exports of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables valued at more than $1.8 billion in 2009.)

    The Free Trade Agreement with Colombia would immediately eliminate a 15 percent tariff on apples, which the Washington Apple Commission estimates could lead to increases in shipments of 50 to 100 percent this season. This year, Washington state’s apple crop going to Colombia was valued at $4.5 million.)

  24. Obama Sends U.S. Forces to Help in Central Africa

    Oct. 14, 2011 –By Cheryl Pellerin- American Forces Press Service

    WASHINGTON, President Barack Obama has authorized the deployment to central Africa of 100 combat-equipped U.S. forces whose mission is to help regional forces fight the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army and its leader, Joseph Kony.

    In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Daniel Inouye, president pro tempore of the Senate, Obama notified Congress of his actions, as required by the War Powers Resolution of 1973, a federal law intended to limit the president’s power to commit the United States to armed conflict without congressional consent.

    On Oct. 12, the president wrote, the initial team of U.S. combat-equipped military personnel deployed to Uganda. A total of 100 service members and civilians will deploy to the region over the next month, including a second combat-equipped team and headquarters, communications and logistics personnel.

    Obama said the forces will provide information, advice and assistance to select partner nation forces and act as advisers to partner forces that seek to remove Kony and other senior LRA leadership from the battlefield.

    U.S. forces will not engage LRA forces unless necessary for self-defense, the president said, and “all appropriate precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of U.S. military personnel during their deployment.”

    “For more than two decades,” Obama wrote, “the Lord’s Resistance Army has murdered, raped and kidnapped tens of thousands of men, women and children in central Africa.”

    For the entire article:

  25. Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    October 15, 2011

    I’m here in Detroit visiting workers at a GM plant in the heart of a resurgent American auto industry. And I brought a guest with me – President Lee of South Korea.

    We’re here because this week, Congress passed landmark trade agreements with countries like Korea, and assistance for American workers that will be a big win for our economy.

    These trade agreements will support tens of thousands of American jobs. And we’ll sell more Fords, Chevys and Chryslers abroad stamped with three proud words – “Made in America.”

    So it was good to see Congress act in a bipartisan way on something that will help create jobs at a time when millions of Americans are out of work and need them now.

    But that’s also why it was so disappointing to see Senate Republicans obstruct the American Jobs Act, even though a majority of Senators voted “yes” to advance this jobs bill.

    We can’t afford this lack of action. And there is no reason for it. Independent economists say that this jobs bill would give the economy a jumpstart and lead to nearly two million new jobs. Every idea in that jobs bill is the kind of idea both parties have supported in the past.

    The majority of the American people support the proposals in this jobs bill. And they want action from their elected leaders to create jobs and restore some security for the middle class right now. You deserve to see your hard work and responsibility rewarded – and you certainly deserve to see it reflected in the folks you send to Washington.

    But rather than listen to you and put folks back to work, Republicans in the House spent the past couple days picking partisan ideological fights. They’re seeing if they can roll back clean air and water protections. They’re stirring up fights over a woman’s right to make her own health care choices. They’re not focused on the concrete actions that will put people back to work right now.

    For the entire article:

  26. Obamas drop in on memorial

    10/14/11 By POLITICO STAFF

    The Obama family made an impromptu visit Friday evening to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial that the president will dedicate Sunday, according to pool reports.

    • That is such an interesting statue of Rev. King. Reminds me of the ancient Egyptian sculptures.

    • Good and HOPEful Saturday CR and all friends from the foggy, cold (37 degrees) Northwest!

      I’m going to play the President’s weekly address and at least feel warm on the inside! 🙂


  27. These Occupy Wall Street protesters have a message

    By CANDICE CHOI and EILEEN AJ CONNELLY – AP Personal Finance Writers | AP – 20 hrs ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Occupy Wall Street protests are hitting a nerve.

    A dearth of jobs, overwhelming student loans and soaring health-care costs are just three major issues protesters have targeted. And regardless of politics, economic data suggests they’re not alone in their frustrations.

    It may be why the protests have spread to other cities — including Boston, Cincinnati, Seattle and Washington, D.C. — after taking root in downtown New York nearly a month ago.
    Take for example the unemployment rate, which has been stuck near 9 percent since the recession officially ended more than two years ago. When counting those who settle for part-time work or have quit looking, that rate rises to about 16.5 percent.

    A crippled labor market also shifts bargaining power to employers, giving workers less leverage to seek raises. That could help explain why pay was nearly 2 percent less in August than it was a year earlier when adjusted for inflation.

    Student loans are another common rallying point for protesters — as expressed in one sign that read “Want demands? How about student loan bailouts?”

    The struggle to keep up with payments is clear; about 320,000 borrowers who entered repayment in 2009 defaulted on their student loans by the end of 2010, according to the Institute for College Access & Success. That’s up about 33 percent from the previous year.

    Meanwhile, the cost of annual health insurance premiums for family coverage rose 9 percent this year and surpassed $15,000 for the first time, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust. Some don’t have to worry about the uptick; an estimated 16 percent of the population does not have health insurance.

    It’s that economic backdrop that has driven a diversity of protesters to the streets

    While a few hundred have been camping out in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park, many more join in for a few hours or a day to add their voices. Here’s a look at some of the protesters who ventured by in the past week, and the financial issues they’re dealing with:

    John Smith, 31, of Brooklyn, N.Y., works part time at Trader Joe’s because he hasn’t been able to find work in his field for over a year, despite having a master’s degree. He has about $45,000 in student loan debt. His girlfriend, Meropi Peponides, 27, a graduate student at Columbia University, will have about $50,000 by the time she graduates.

    “I don’t know in the end what exactly this will achieve, if anything. But if it makes people wake up just a little bit, it’s worth it,” Peponides said. “The potential is huge. That’s why I’m here. I felt the potential somehow.”

    Smith said he has sent out about 200 resumes in his search. He’s looking mainly for work with non-profit organizations. “The jobs that I’ve been applying for are all entry level jobs in my career field. I don’t think I’m shooting for the stars trying to get those jobs.” Smith said, noting that five years ago, before grad school, he was able to get work at that level.

    He was carrying a sign that said, “I am the 99 percent,” a slogan that resonated with him. “It’s true. I am one of the many people that are having a lot of trouble finding ways to make it through things right now.”

    Tracy Blevins, 41-year-old Manhattan resident, has a doctorate in biomedical science but lost her job as an adjunct professor at Touro College this spring. She’s since been getting by on odd jobs; most recently, she acted as a cross-country driver for $2,000.

    “I’m earning money off a license I got when I was 16, and still paying off the loans I had to take out to get my degree,” she said.
    Even after nine years of paying down her loans, Blevins said she owes $10,000. She’s current on payments now, but said the loans have crippled her credit score and even prevented her from getting work in the past.

    “I have paid and paid and paid and I still owe $10,000. It’s the interest that keeps me in debt,” she said.

    Steve and Barbara Diamond traveled nearly 100 miles to take part in the protest. They were motivated mainly by what they see as a disappearance of the middle class; and a connection between the economic problems of recent years and the amount of influence money has on politics. He held a sign criticizing the 2010 Supreme Court ruling known as Citizens United, which overturned a previous ban on corporate spending in federal elections.

    “Our government is being bought by wealthy people and corporations,” said Steve Diamond, a physician. “Unless you get the money out of the elections, you’ll end up with an oligarchy in this country.”

    “My father used to say when he came to here from Europe that this was the ‘Golden Land,'” he said. But he’s not telling that to his own children: “This is what’s happened inside two generations.”

    Joe Foley, a 48-year-old freelance cinematographer living in Manhattan, finished paying off his $45,000 in student loans just five years ago. His girlfriend has $120,000 in student loans.
    Foley said work has been fairly steady in recent years, but he worries that he doesn’t have any retirement savings or health insurance. He rents an inexpensive apartment and doesn’t carry a big credit card balance, but realizes he’s one broken leg away from being in serious debt.

    “I was really hoping there was going to be a public option,” he said of the federal health care reforms. “It was pretty disappointing that it didn’t happen.”

    For now, he considers himself lucky that he’s never had any health issues. His approach has been to “drink lots of water and miso soup and do yoga.”

    Ben Bear, 56, a San Francisco resident visiting his daughter in New York, works at a food bank and feels his job is secure.
    “Unfortunately I’m doing well because I’m in a growth industry,” Bear said. “The demand for food keeps going up. Everyone’s got this image of who accesses a food bank as a homeless person. But it’s families and the working poor.”

    Susan Knauss, 55, from upstate Livingston, N.Y., worked in the telecommunications industry for the past 25 years. But she was laid off a few weeks ago from the New York State Department of Transportation. She plans to get by on unemployment checks for the time being.

    “But in two weeks, I won’t have health insurance,” she said.
    She’s also worried about her retirement savings. Even after making maximum contributions for most of her career, she worries that she hasn’t saved enough and that the volatile market could eat away at the value of her 401(k).

    “Where can you put your money where it doesn’t go away?”

    Maureen McMahon, 62, of Manhattan, a former school teacher, works part time by choice at a museum. She pointed to problems like the high number of uninsured as among the concerns that brought her out to protest; noting that the disparity in health care reflects that the economic system doesn’t treat everyone equally.
    “I’m an investor, I have stock,” she said with some irony, as she held a sign that said “Tax Wall Street.”

    “I believe that corporations can be very useful and very compassionate,” she said, adding that unfortunately, that kind of corporate responsibility seems to have diminished lately.

    Katy Ryan, 35, of Jersey City, N.J., made a good living for years as a makeup artist, but since the downturn has struggled to make ends meet. She’s getting fewer clients and having to cut her rates. These days she even has to take some work as a bartender so she and her 8-year-old daughter can get by. “I didn’t have to do that for years.”

    Her main concern is that the widening gulf between the rich and poor, and the notion that a better life is slipping out of reach for those who aren’t wealthy. She noted that her mother was a long time member of the United Auto Workers, and that she saw her benefits and wages chiseled away over the years.

  28. More Evergreen State stuff.

    From, there is a link to this NY Times article on a Washington company bringing some of its outsourced work back to the US:

    Today, Taphandles employs 33 people at its headquarters in Seattle and about 450 at the Chinese factory that produces the beer-marketing products it sells to breweries. But its owner, Paul Fichter, who founded the company in 1999 and anticipates $11 million in revenue this year, expects that ratio to change. Mr. Fichter, 40, just signed a lease on a 41,800-square-foot factory in Woodinville, Wash., and began manufacturing some of his products there last month.

    A Boston Consulting Group analysis released last week found that manufacturing outsourced to China has begun to return to the United States as the economic advantages have started to shift….

    (Click on “manufacturing in the USA” because it’s one of several links in the open thread post)

    • Hey CR, Kat and friends. This is very good news. I really enjoyed Rev. Al’s inspirational speech this morning. It was aired on MSNBC tv. The movements now totally outweigh the tea party movement, because they are fighting for justice for the 99% and not funded by the Koch brothers and Dick Army. I hope everyone is having a great Saturday. Love this thread.

      • Some excerpts from Rev Al’s speech today (sorry if it is not word for word as I am listening and typing as fast as I can to the jist of it)

        “We’ve come to take our country back to the people. Martin Luther King is not a dead monument, Martin Luther King is a live testimony. They shot down the dreamer but they didn’t shoot down the dream. Before he died he had children and his children is in Washington today. He taught us to stand up and we come to stand up in his name….

        They want to take away our vote in 34 states. Talking about photo ID. Talking about ending early registration, about ending early voting. They want to “honor” Dr. King and revolt the voting act at the same time. You can’t kill the voting rights act and honor Dr. King. You can’t unemploy people and honor Dr. King.

        We will not let you make a mockery of what Dr. King stood for. Dr. King did not stand for the high and mighty. He stood for the overburdened that was casted out and casted back and we are coming up front to tell you just like Dr. King (that) we can put the sail behind the backs of the President Kennedy and President Johnson to get a civil right act and a voting rights act. We’ve come to put the wing behind the back of President Obama to get a Jobs Act for the people of this country. A reporter came to me to ask “Reverand Al is about the election?” (Rev Al replied) “No this is about our survival.” When you are talking about you’ve got to cut Medicare and cut Medicaid; when you are talking about in order to balance the budget, you created the deficit by giving tax cuts to the rich. You created the deficit by giving loop holes to the wealthy. You created the deficit by letting people out source jobs, now you want us to pay for the jobs that you sent abroad. Now you want us to pay for the loop holes. You want us to go into our parent’s social security when you mess with our social security. This is not about Obama this is about my momma.

        So we come today to begin a world of struggle. We are going to call on 25 cities to march on the same day and we going to march to the legislators in 25 cities to let them know that we will not allow to vote against these parts of the Jobs Bill or we will vote to put you out of office”….”Even these Bull Dog Democrats to understand that if you don’t stand up for the unemployed we are going to vote to make sure that you will join the unemployed.” Somebody said the “Occupy Wall Street” was a mob. They are not a mob, they are saying what we are saying that you can not act like this country is your playground while single mothers can’t take care of their families. While you sent us to schools that didn’t have enough money to give us the teachers that can teach us. Then you want to demonize teachers and act like teachers that want to help our children that have to go to school with no breakfast in their bellies….You want to cut the teachers, you want to cut the firemen, you want to cut the policemen, you want to cut the municipal workers while you take care of your tycoons. We are telling you to look at the “mob” today, we are just getting started. We are getting ready to organize. So we have got to march!


        Rev. Al and Martin III speak at “The March For Jobs and Justice”

        Uploaded by kevinfoster1957 on Oct 15, 2011

        On October 15th, 2011, Reverend Al Sharpton, Founder and CEO of the National Action Network (NAN) held a rally called the “March For Jobs And Justice”. Present Reverend Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III, Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray, Jesse Jackson, Dick Gregory, Michael Baisden, Cybil Wilkes and Jay Anthony Brown from the Tom Joyner Morning Show, and many more. After the rally we marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC.

        • Thanks CR. Donna was at the event. I am really looking forward to PBO’s speech tomorrow at the MLK memorial.

      • SEIU, JWJ, join MORE with Occupy StL

        Uploaded by jjdamien1 on Oct 15, 2011

        Jobs With Justice, SEIU and other progressive activist joined MORE in Occupy St. Louis on Friday, October 14th. Activities included marching in the streets and picketing Bank of America.

      • Hey COS, Rev. Al is so right, attention has to be placed on the issue and the President’s plan is the only one that will really put people to work.

  29. WH

    Sunday, October 16 , 2011

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:05 AM
    The President delivers remarks at the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial dedication; the First Family, the Vice President, and Dr. Biden also attend
    \National Mall

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    The President and the First Lady host a reception at the White House in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the King Family
    Blue Room

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  30. President Obama to Dedicate Martin Luther King Memorial on Sunday

    Posted by Matt Compton on October 15, 2011

    Six years ago, President Obama — then a senator from Illinois — spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

    He described a man who, though not a president, became the leader of a nation. He described a man who, though he frequently wrestled with doubt, gave voice to the voiceless and courage to the faint of heart.

    And the President described the monument as a reminder that King’s dream of “a land in which all of God’s children might come together in a spirit of brotherhood” still beckons.

    In the time since, President Obama has compared Dr. King to Moses — a visionary leader who did not live to see the Promised Land.

    In 2010, the President spoke about King at the Vermont Avenue Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., describing himself as a member of the Joshua generation, “the great inheritors of progress paid for with sweat and blood, and sometimes life itself.”

    That same year, the President discussed an idea that he had heard from the historian Taylor Branch, that Dr. King’s birthday should not just be “a time to celebrate service, to reflect and study on how we had helped to perfect our union, but that it should be a day in which each of us individually also try to stretch out of our comfort zones and try to do something for others and to reach out and learn about things that maybe we’ve shied away from.”

    On Sunday, the President will again speak at the space devoted to the civil rights pioneer. The MLK Memorial opened in August, but Hurricane Irene delayed the dedication of the site — until now. At the event, the President will be joined by civil rights and religious leaders, as well as poets and musicians.

    Tune in to watch the dedication ceremony on Sunday at, starting at 9:00 AM ET.

    • I will be watching!

      CR, thanks for all these helpful schedule and calendar updates. You do it every day, and it’s especially exciting when there’s a major event.

      • I come here every night before I go to sleep to check the schedule for the next day. It is really helpful. I hear that PBO will be starting his bus tour next week. Love those bus tours.

  31. Sunday talk show tip sheet

    10/14/11 Burgess Everett

    (Democratic excerpts only)

    CNN has Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee; Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).

    President Barack Obama’s strategist, David Axelrod, will talk about the president’s reelection campaign on ABC’s “This Week.” And House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) will also stop to address the failed terrorism plot, linked to Iran, which targeted the Saudi ambassador to the United States.

    On “Fox News Sunday,” one of the president’s most strident critics, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), will explain the Republican opposition to the president’s jobs proposal. And Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will discuss national security issues.

    On CBS, “Face the Nation” has Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the panel’s ranking Democrat.

    On Bloomberg TV, “Political Capital” also has Wasserman Schultz.

    For the entire article:

    • It’s about time. Rev. Al sure called out those blue dog Dems today. I hope Tester and Nelson were listening. 🙂 They vote with republicans and expect to get re-elected but in the end, the republicans don’t want them either. They should ask Blanche Lincoln. 🙂

      • Some excerpts from Rev Al’s speech today (sorry if it is not word for word as I am listening and typing as fast as I can to the jist of it)

        “We’ve come to take our country back to the people. Martin Luther King is not a dead monument, Martin Luther King is a live testimony. They shot down the dreamer but they didn’t shoot down the dream. Before he died he had children and his children is in Washington today. He taught us to stand up and we come to stand up in his name….

        They want to take away our vote in 34 states. Talking about photo ID. Talking about ending early registration, about ending early voting. They want to “honor” Dr. King and revolt the voting act at the same time. You can’t kill the voting rights act and honor Dr. King. You can’t unemploy people and honor Dr. King.

        We will not let you make a mockery of what Dr. King stood for. Dr. King did not stand for the high and mighty. He stood for the overburdened that was casted out and casted back and we are coming up front to tell you just like Dr. King (that) we can put the sail behind the backs of the President Kennedy and President Johnson to get a civil right act and a voting rights act. We’ve come to put the wing behind the back of President Obama to get a Jobs Act for the people of this country. A reporter came to me to ask “Reverand Al is about the election?” (Rev Al replied) “No this is about our survival.” When you are talking about you’ve got to cut Medicare and cut Medicaid; when you are talking about in order to balance the budget, you created the deficit by giving tax cuts to the rich. You created the deficit by giving loop holes to the wealthy. You created the deficit by letting people out source jobs, now you want us to pay for the jobs that you sent abroad. Now you want us to pay for the loop holes. You want us to go into our parent’s social security when you mess with our social security. This is not about Obama this is about my momma.

        So we come today to begin a world of struggle. We are going to call on 25 cities to march on the same day and we going to march to the legislators in 25 cities to let them know that we will not allow to vote against these parts of the Jobs Bill or we will vote to put you out of office”….”Even these Bull Dog Democrats to understand that if you don’t stand up for the unemployed we are going to vote to make sure that you will join the unemployed.” Somebody said the “Occupy Wall Street” was a mob. They are not a mob, they are saying what we are saying that you can not act like this country is your playground while single mothers can’t take care of their families. While you sent us to schools that didn’t have enough money to give us the teachers that can teach us. Then you want to demonize teachers and act like teachers that want to help our children that have to go to school with no breakfast in their bellies….You want to cut the teachers, you want to cut the firemen, you want to cut the policemen, you want to cut the municipal workers while you take care of your tycoons. We are telling you to look at the “mob” today, we are just getting started. We are getting ready to organize. So we have got to march!


    Long ties to Koch brothers key to Cain’s campaign

    10/16/11 By RYAN J. FOLEY – Associated Press | AP – 1 hr 27 mins ago

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain has cast himself as the outsider, the pizza magnate with real-world experience who will bring fresh ideas to the nation’s capital. But Cain’s economic ideas, support and organization have close ties to two billionaire brothers who bankroll right-leaning causes through their group Americans for Prosperity.

    Cain’s campaign manager and a number of aides have worked for Americans for Prosperity, or AFP, the advocacy group founded with support from billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, which lobbies for lower taxes and less government regulation and spending. Cain credits a businessman who served on an AFP advisory board with helping devise his “9-9-9” plan to rewrite the nation’s tax code. And his years of speaking at AFP events have given the businessman and radio host a network of loyal grassroots fans.

    The once little-known businessman’s political activities are getting fresh scrutiny these days since he soared to the top of some national polls.

    His links to the Koch brothers could undercut his outsider, non-political image among tea party fans who detest politics as usual and candidates connected with the party machine.

    AFP tapped Cain as the public face of its “Prosperity Expansion Project,” and he traveled the country in 2005 and 2006 speaking to activists who were starting state-based AFP chapters fromWisconsin to Virginia. Through his AFP work he met Mark Block, a longtime Wisconsin Republican operative hired to lead that state’s AFP chapter in 2005 as he rebounded from an earlier campaign scandal that derailed his career.

    Block and Cain sometimes traveled together as they built up AFP: Cain was the charismatic speaker preaching the ills of big government; Block was the operative helping with nuts and bolts.

    When President Barack Obama’s election helped spawn the tea party, Cain was positioned to take advantage. He became a draw at growing AFP-backed rallies, impressing activists with a mix of humor and hard-hitting rhetoric against Obama’s stimulus, health care and budget policies.

    Block is now Cain’s campaign manager. Other aides who had done AFP work were also brought on board.

    Cain’s spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael, who recently left the campaign, was an AFP coordinator in Louisiana. His campaign’s outside law firm is representing AFP in a case challenging Wisconsin campaign finance regulations. At least six other current and former paid employees and consultants for Cain’s campaign have worked for AFP in various capacities.

    For the entire article:

  33. A March For Jobs In Martin Luther King’s Name

    10/16/11 by ALLISON KEYES

    Emerging from the shadow of the Washington Monument, civil rights groups marched to the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on Saturday.

    The rally, a rainbow crowd dominated by African-Americans, marched for jobs and economic justice on the eve of the new memorial’s dedication.

    Activist Rev. Al Sharpton said his National Action Network organized the march because the nation has ignored the plight of the chronically unemployed and because lawmakers haven’t passed President Obama’s jobs bill.

    “If you won’t get the jobs bill done in the suite, then we will get the jobs bill done in the streets,” Sharpton said to the crowd.

    The national unemployment rate is 9.1 percent, but the rate for Hispanics is 11 percent. For African-Americans, it’s 16 percent. The Senate voted Obama’s jobs bill down last week, but many speakers at the rally said they support both his bill and his re-election. At one point, the crowd spontaneously began chanting “pass this bill, pass this bill.”

    The agenda at the rally also included statehood for Washington, D.C., and the issues of the Occupy Wall Street movement, with supporters of both groups joining the march. Lee Saunders of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), told the crowd that the King memorial is a great tribute, but to honor the fallen leader, demonstrators must continue his legacy.

    For the entire article and audio interview:

    • October 16, 2011
      Remarks by the President at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication

      The National Mall
      Washington, D.C.

      11:51 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you. (Applause.) Please be seated.

      An earthquake and a hurricane may have delayed this day, but this is a day that would not be denied.

      For this day, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s return to the National Mall. In this place, he will stand for all time, among monuments to those who fathered this nation and those who defended it; a black preacher with no official rank or title who somehow gave voice to our deepest dreams and our most lasting ideals, a man who stirred our conscience and thereby helped make our union more perfect.

      And Dr. King would be the first to remind us that this memorial is not for him alone. The movement of which he was a part depended on an entire generation of leaders. Many are here today, and for their service and their sacrifice, we owe them our everlasting gratitude. This is a monument to your collective achievement. (Applause.)

      Some giants of the civil rights movement –- like Rosa Parks and Dorothy Height, Benjamin Hooks, Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth –- they’ve been taken from us these past few years. This monument attests to their strength and their courage, and while we miss them dearly, we know they rest in a better place.

      And finally, there are the multitudes of men and women whose names never appear in the history books –- those who marched and those who sang, those who sat in and those who stood firm, those who organized and those who mobilized –- all those men and women who through countless acts of quiet heroism helped bring about changes few thought were even possible. “By the thousands,” said Dr. King, “faceless, anonymous, relentless young people, black and white…have taken our whole nation back to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the founding fathers in the formulation of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.” To those men and women, to those foot soldiers for justice, know that this monument is yours, as well.

      Nearly half a century has passed since that historic March on Washington, a day when thousands upon thousands gathered for jobs and for freedom. That is what our schoolchildren remember best when they think of Dr. King -– his booming voice across this Mall, calling on America to make freedom a reality for all of God’s children, prophesizing of a day when the jangling discord of our nation would be transformed into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.

      It is right that we honor that march, that we lift up Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech –- for without that shining moment, without Dr. King’s glorious words, we might not have had the courage to come as far as we have. Because of that hopeful vision, because of Dr. King’s moral imagination, barricades began to fall and bigotry began to fade. New doors of opportunity swung open for an entire generation. Yes, laws changed, but hearts and minds changed, as well.

      Look at the faces here around you, and you see an America that is more fair and more free and more just than the one Dr. King addressed that day. We are right to savor that slow but certain progress -– progress that’s expressed itself in a million ways, large and small, across this nation every single day, as people of all colors and creeds live together, and work together, and fight alongside one another, and learn together, and build together, and love one another.

      For the entire article:

    • Obama: King ‘stirred our conscience’

      10/16/11 By STACY A. ANDERSON – Associated Press | AP – 18 mins ago

      WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama saluted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday as a man who “stirred our conscience” and made the Union “more perfect,” rejoicing in the dedication of a monument memorializing the slain civil rights leader’s life and work.

      “I know we will overcome,” Obama proclaimed, standing the 30-foot granite monument to King on the National Mall. “I know this,” the president said, “because of the man towering over us.”

      Obama and his wife, Michelle, and Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, joined a host of civil rights figures for the dedication on the sun-splashed Mall. Designed as what King described as a stone of hope hewn from a mountain of despair, the memorial is the first to a black man on the National Mall and its parks.

      “He had faith in us,” said Obama, who was 6 when King was assassinated in 1968. Obama told the crowd, “And that is why he belongs on this Mall: Because he saw what we might become.”

      The dedication is special meaning for the Obamas, and the first couple and daughters Malia and Sasha made a more private visit to the site on Friday night, before the crowds and the cameras arrived. Obama credits King with paving his way to the White House. Before his remarks, the president left a copy of an inaugural speech in a time capsule at the monument site.

      In his talk, he on King’s broad themes — equality, justice and peaceful resistance — as the nation confronts, 43 years later, some of the same issues of war, an economic crisis and a lingering distrust of government in some quarters.

      Referring to citizen protests against the wealthy and powerful that have spread from Wall Street and Washington, even abroad, Obama said: “Dr. King would want us to challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonizing those who work there.”

      The monument, situated between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials in what the designers call a “line of leadership,” was 15 years in the making. Many speakers noted that its designers could not have predicted then that the monument would be dedicated by the nation’s first black president. It’s a vision that King likely couldn’t have imagined, notwithstanding his larger-than-life dream.

  34. Thank you, Secretary Salazar. I liked his statement of belief that our President is the personification of Dr. King’s dream. I liked our Vice President’s enthusiastic applauding of that!

  35. The King Memorial: A Symbol of the Best in America

    Posted by Rep. John Lewis on October 16, 2011

    On August 28, 1963, the day of the March on Washington, all of the platform speakers were invited to the White House to meet with President John F. Kennedy. A few months earlier I had made my very first trip to the White House. I was only 23-years-old and also the brand-new chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. It was amazing. A week into my new job I was headed to the White House to meet President Kennedy.

    I was with five other great men, including Martin Luther King Jr., Roy Wilkins, James Farmer, and Whitney Young, known as the Big Six leaders of the movement. There were many women who were instrumental to our plans to march and many heroines of the movement, including Coretta Scott King, Fannie Lou Hamer, Dorothy Height, Ella Baker and Diane Nash. However, as was customary in those times, none of them were in the room that day. We told President Kennedy the people could not wait any longer. We were planning to call on thousands to march on Washington.

    President Kennedy was visibly concerned. He was sitting in the Oval Office in his rocking chair, and he began to rock a little more briskly. He was concerned about violence. He wanted to cool down rising tensions, but A. Philip Randolph, the founder of the Brotherhood of Pullman Car Porters, the dean of our movement, and the visionary behind the march assured him this would be a lawful, peaceful, non-violent march. I will never forget. Randolph told him, we could not wait any longer. “Mr. President, he said, “if we cool down any more we will be in a deep freeze.”

    After the largest march Washington had ever seen, the President stood in the door of his office relaxed and beaming. He shook each hand and said, “You did a good job. You did a good job.” But when he got to Martin Luther King Jr. he said, “And you had a dream.”

    King’s aspirations for this nation were “deeply rooted in the American dream.” And it is because of his unwavering commitment to the cause of justice, the principles of peace and non-violent activism, because of his insistence on the equal dignity of all humanity that he has found his place on the National Mall. Martin Luther King Jr. represents the very best in America. It was his moral voice that helped this nation turn the corner and lay down the burden of a grave injustice.

    Thus it is fitting and so appropriate that we honor Martin Luther King Jr. in what I like to call “the frontyard of America”. He must be looked upon as one of the founders of the New America. He must be looked upon as one of the founders of a nation more prepared to meet its highest destiny. And that is why the image of this humble Baptist minister from Atlanta, Georgia, a man who was never elected to any public office, can be seen today standing on the National Mall between the monuments to two great presidents—Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson.

    For the entire article:

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