1963 Birmingham Campaign

MLK Birmingham Jail

April 16, 1963
Martin Luther King, Jr., is arrested and jailed during anti-segregation protests in Birmingham, Ala.; he writes his seminal “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” arguing that individuals have the moral duty to disobey unjust laws.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letter_from_Birmingham_Jail

 

Birmingham Campaign (1963)

In April 1963 King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) joined with Birmingham, Alabama’s existing local movement, the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR), in a massive direct action campaign to attack the city’s segregation system by putting pressure on Birmingham’s merchants during the Easter season, the second biggest shopping season of the year. As ACMHR founder Fred Shuttlesworth stated in the group’s ‘‘Birmingham Manifesto,’’ the campaign was ‘‘a moral witness to give our community a chance to survive’’ (ACMHR, 3 April 1963).

The campaign was originally scheduled to begin in early March 1963, but was postponed until 2 April when the relatively moderate Albert Boutwell defeated Birmingham’s segregationist commissioner of public safety, Eugene ‘‘Bull’’ Connor, in a run-off mayoral election. On 3 April the desegregation campaign was launched with a series of mass meetings, direct actions, lunch counter sit-ins, marches on City Hall, and a boycott of downtown merchants. King spoke to black citizens about the philosophy of nonviolence and its methods, and extended appeals for volunteers at the end of the mass meetings. With the number of volunteers increasing daily, actions soon expanded to kneel-ins at churches, sit-ins at the library, and a march on the county building to register voters. Hundreds were arrested.

For more: http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/encyclopedia/enc_birmingham_campaign/

 

April 16, 1963 LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL

MY DEAR FELLOW CLERGYMEN:

While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statements in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms.

I think I should indicate why I am here In Birmingham, since you have been influenced by the view which argues against “outsiders coming in.” I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization operating in every southern state, with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. We have some eighty-five affiliated organizations across the South, and one of them is the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. Frequently we share staff, educational and financial resources with our affiliates. Several months ago the affiliate here in Birmingham asked us to be on call to engage in a nonviolent direct-action program if such were deemed necessary. We readily consented, and when the hour came we lived up to our promise. So I, along with several members of my staff, am here because I was invited here I am here because I have organizational ties here.

But more basically, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their “thus saith the Lord” far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco-Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid.

For more: http://abacus.bates.edu/admin/offices/dos/mlk/letter.html

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Birmingham, Alabama Civil Rights Movement

In the 1950s and 1960s Birmingham received national and international attention as a center of the civil rights struggle for African-Americans. Locally the movement’s activists were led by Fred Shuttlesworth, a fiery preacher who became legendary for his fearlessness in the face of violence, notably a string of racially motivated bombings that earned Birmingham the derisive nickname “Bombingham”.

A watershed in the civil rights movement occurred in 1963 when Shuttlesworth requested that Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), which Shuttlesworth had co-founded, come to Birmingham, where King had once been a pastor, to help end segregation. Together they launched “Project C” (for “Confrontation”), a massive assault on the Jim Crow system. During April and May daily sit-ins and mass marches organized and led by movement leader James Bevel were met with police repression, tear gas, attack dogs, fire hoses, and arrests. More than 3,000 people were arrested during these protests, almost all of them high-school age children. These protests were ultimately successful, leading not only to desegregation of public accommodations in Birmingham but also the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

While imprisoned for having taken part in a nonviolent protest, Dr. King wrote the now famous Letter from Birmingham Jail, a defining treatise in his cause against segregation. Birmingham is also known for a bombing which occurred later that year, in which four black girls were killed by a bomb planted at the 16th Street Baptist Church. The event would inspire the African-American poet Dudley Randall’s opus, “The Ballad of Birmingham“, as well as jazz musician John Coltrane‘s song “Alabama”.

In 1998 the Birmingham Pledge, written by local attorney James Rotch, was introduced at the Martin Luther King Unity Breakfast. As a grassroots community commitment to combating racism and prejudice, it has since then been used for programs in all fifty states and in more than twenty countries. In 2011, the Highland Park neighborhood of Birmingham was named as a 2011 America’s Great Place by the American Planning Association.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birmingham,_Alabama#Birmingham_civil_rights_movement

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Remembering Birmingham’s ‘Dynamite Hill’ Neighborhood

July 06, 2013 4:48 AM by DEBBIE ELLIOTT – NPR

Long before the Civil Rights marches of 1963 thrust Birmingham, Ala. into the national spotlight, black families along one residential street were steadily chipping away at Jim Crow segregation laws — and paying a price for it. As part of our series looking back at the seminal events that changed the nation 50 years ago, NPR’s Debbie Elliott paid a visit to Birmingham’s Dynamite Hill.

In many ways, the story of modern Birmingham starts on Center Street, a leafy hill lined with neat brick ranch-style houses. In the 1940s, Center Street was the city’s color line. To some, the west side was the white side and the east side was in transition.

Standing at the top of the hill, Jeff Drew remembers when the first black families tried to cross that divide.

“If you wanted to get a house on the west side of Center Street chances are you were going to have some resistance from white folks,” Drew says.

But Drew’s family, along with other up-and-coming black professionals, moved to the west side of Center Street anyway in a determined effort to take on one of the most segregated cities in America. At first, Drew says, the Ku Klux Klan would burn the doors of the houses that African-Americans moved into. Sometimes members of the Klan would fire shots into the dark of night.

“Those big cathedral windows were what were being shot at all of the time,” Drew recalls.

And then there was dynamite. Drew says they knew a blast was coming when they heard decommissioned police cruisers burning rubber up Center Street.

“Flying up the hill. They’d throw that bomb, and we used to marvel at how fast those guys could drive. Cowards. Right up this hill,” Drew says.

Those trips were so frequent that Center Street became known as Dynamite Hill, which was quite a distinction in a city that had its own notorious nickname: “Bombingham.”

Birmingham historian Horace Huntley says white supremacists, with the power of the government and police behind them, were trying to intimidate civil rights pioneers.

“There were 40 plus bombings that took place in Birmingham between the late 40s and the mid 60s. Forty-some unsolved bombings,” says Huntley.

For more: http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/07/06/197342590/remembering-birminghams-dynamite-hill-neighborhood
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  1. WH

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    President Obama and Vice President Biden Speak on the Importance of Jobs-Driven Skill Training in the 21st Century Economy
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    • Birmingham Campaign (1963)

      In April 1963 King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) joined with Birmingham, Alabama’s existing local movement, the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR), in a massive direct action campaign to attack the city’s segregation system by putting pressure on Birmingham’s merchants during the Easter season, the second biggest shopping season of the year. As ACMHR founder Fred Shuttlesworth stated in the group’s ‘‘Birmingham Manifesto,’’ the campaign was ‘‘a moral witness to give our community a chance to survive’’ (ACMHR, 3 April 1963).

      The campaign was originally scheduled to begin in early March 1963, but was postponed until 2 April when the relatively moderate Albert Boutwell defeated Birmingham’s segregationist commissioner of public safety, Eugene ‘‘Bull’’ Connor, in a run-off mayoral election. On 3 April the desegregation campaign was launched with a series of mass meetings, direct actions, lunch counter sit-ins, marches on City Hall, and a boycott of downtown merchants. King spoke to black citizens about the philosophy of nonviolence and its methods, and extended appeals for volunteers at the end of the mass meetings. With the number of volunteers increasing daily, actions soon expanded to kneel-ins at churches, sit-ins at the library, and a march on the county building to register voters. Hundreds were arrested.

      For more: http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/encyclopedia/enc_birmingham_campaign/

    • April 16, 1963 LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL

      MY DEAR FELLOW CLERGYMEN:

      While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statements in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms.

      I think I should indicate why I am here In Birmingham, since you have been influenced by the view which argues against “outsiders coming in.” I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization operating in every southern state, with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. We have some eighty-five affiliated organizations across the South, and one of them is the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. Frequently we share staff, educational and financial resources with our affiliates. Several months ago the affiliate here in Birmingham asked us to be on call to engage in a nonviolent direct-action program if such were deemed necessary. We readily consented, and when the hour came we lived up to our promise. So I, along with several members of my staff, am here because I was invited here I am here because I have organizational ties here.

      But more basically, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their “thus saith the Lord” far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco-Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid.

      For more: http://abacus.bates.edu/admin/offices/dos/mlk/letter.html

  2. Obama, Biden visit on economy shifts from Leetsdale to North Fayette

    April 14, 2014 Mike Wereschagin – triblive.com/

    A community college campus in North Fayette will host President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday, the White House announced on Monday.

    The pair plan to talk about job training in the Community College of Allegheny County’s West Hills Center. Obama and Biden had planned to visit Leetsdale to talk about the economy but scrapped that plan because the 150,000-square-foot community college could more easily accommodate a presidential visit, a White House official said.

    Although the White House doesn’t discuss security, it likely helps that the West Hills Center is a short drive from Pittsburgh International Airport, where the president and vice president will land. Leetsdale would require a longer motorcade.

    Obama in January put Biden in charge of creating a $500 million competitive grant program aimed at helping community colleges to improve their job training programs. The two-year colleges are considered a key resource in educating a workforce for new jobs, such as those from the Marcellus shale industry.
    The grant program is one of a series of executive actions Obama announced during and just after his State of the Union Address on Jan. 28 — actions he said are intended to aid the economy in lieu of action by a Congress mired in partisan bickering. He visited a steel plant in West Mifflin the day after the speech to sign an executive order creating a new kind of savings account.

    For more: http://triblive.com/news/5946169-74/visit-biden-economy#axzz2yyneMlBR

  3. CR, Thanks for the post! This is part of “America’s History” that needs to be told & taught year round to ALL students….

    Again thanks, Isaac

  4. EPA scores big win to limit mercury in power plants

    4/15/14 7:33 PM EDT By ERICA MARTINSON – politico

    The Environmental Protection Agency took home a sweeping victory Tuesday when an appeals court upheld the agency’s pollution limits for mercury and air toxics from power plants.

    The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld EPA’s rule, known as MATS, denying challenges from states, utilities and industry groups that argued the rules came out of a flawed regulatory process and illegally imposed exorbitant costs on power producers that will force dozens of power plants to shut down.

    Tuesday’s decision, which also shot down arguments from environmental groups that it was too weak, was the latest chapter in a saga that began during the Clinton administration. Its strict pollution control requirements will push many of the nation’s oldest and dirtiest coal-fired power plants into retirement when it takes effect in 2015.

    The court upheld EPA’s decision to take into account environmental damage from the pollutants, rather than just health-based harms, when it decided to regulate. And the agency based its decision on the impacts of hazardous pollution broadly, rather than just emissions from power plants — a “commonsense approach,” wrote Judge Judith Rogers, to “statutory ambiguity” that was within the bounds of EPA’s discretion.

    EPA spokeswoman Liz Purchia lauded the ruling, which will keep in place a rule the agency has said will eliminate 90 percent of coal-fired power plants’ mercury pollution, 88 percent of their acid gas emissions and 41 percent of sulfur dioxide emissions.

    The standards “will save thousands of lives each year, prevent heart and asthma attacks, while slashing emissions of the neurotoxin mercury, which can impair children’s ability to learn,” Purchia said.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/epa-mercury-power-plants-earth-day-105728.html?hp=r1

  5. Industrial Production in U.S. Rises More Than Forecast

    Apr 16, 2014 6:40 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Industrial production rose more than forecast in March after a February gain that was twice as big as previously estimated, indicating U.S. factories recovered after a weather-depressed start to the year.

    Output at factories, mines and utilities climbed 0.7 percent after a revised 1.2 percent increase the prior month, figures from the Federal Reserve showed today in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a 0.5 percent rise. Manufacturing (IPMGCHNG), which makes up 75 percent of total production, grew 0.5 percent after surging 1.4 percent.

    The figures follow recent data showing stronger retail sales and increasing employment that indicate the economy was gaining momentum as temperatures warmed. A pickup in corporate investment and further improvement in overseas markets would complement demand for motor vehicles and provide an additional boost for U.S. producers.

    “There’s a lot of pent-up demand among consumers and businesses, and factories have to produce those goods,” said Joseph LaVorgna, chief U.S. economist at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. in New York, who correctly projected the gain in production. “The outlook for the manufacturing sector has brightened and will continue to do so.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-16/industrial-production-in-u-s-rose-more-than-forecast-in-march.html

  6. April 16, 2014

    Statement by the President

    One year ago, the Senate introduced comprehensive bipartisan legislation to fix our broken immigration system. Both sides worked together to pass that bill with a strong bipartisan vote. The Senate’s commonsense agreement would grow the economy by $1.4 trillion and shrink the deficit by nearly $850 billion over the next two decades, while providing a tough but fair pathway to earned citizenship to bring 11 million undocumented individuals out of the shadows, modernizing our legal immigration system, continuing to strengthen border security, and holding employers accountable. Simply put, it would boost our economy, strengthen our security, and live up to our most closely-held values as a society.

    Unfortunately, Republicans in the House of Representatives have repeatedly failed to take action, seemingly preferring the status quo of a broken immigration system over meaningful reform. Instead of advancing commonsense reform and working to fix our immigration system, House Republicans have voted in favor of extreme measures like a punitive amendment to strip protections from “Dreamers”. The majority of Americans are ahead of House Republicans on this crucial issue and there is broad support for reform, including among Democrats and Republicans, labor and business, and faith and law enforcement leaders. We have a chance to strengthen our country while upholding our traditions as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants, and I urge House Republicans to listen to the will of the American people and bring immigration reform to the House floor for a vote.

  7. Feds to provide $4B in green energy support

    April 16, 2014, 10:28 am By Laura Barron-Lopez – thehill

    The Energy Department is opening up $4 billion in federal loan guarantees to projects that reduce or capture greenhouse gas emissions.

    The department issued its draft request for applications of renewable energy and energy efficient projects on Wednesday. The agency is looking for projects that will help advance electric grid integration with renewable sources, create more compatible biofuels and turn waste into energy.

    Projects that help enhance and extend the life of existing energy efficient facilities or that focus on improving the efficiency of technologies that reduce pollution will also be considered.

    The move is part of a larger trend within the department’s Loan Program Office, and in line with President Obama’s climate agenda.

    Last year the department released its first new solicitation, or request for applications, for up to $8 billion in loan guarantees for advanced fossil-fuel projects.

    The last renewable energy loans were offered in 2011. Tuesday’s announcement opens up the 30-day public comment period and a series of public meetings at the Energy Department. The process is slated for finalization by summer of this year, an Energy Department official said.

    “Through our existing renewable energy loan guarantees, the Department’s Loan Programs Office helped launch the U.S. utility-scale solar industry and other clean energy technologies that are now contributing to our clean energy portfolio,” Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said at a policy forum hosted by Georgia Institute of Technology Wednesday.

    “We want to replicate that success by focusing on technologies that are on the edge of commercial-scale deployment today.

  8. U.S. economic activity increased in most regions -Fed

    4/16/14 1 hour ago Lucia Mutikani – Reuters

    WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) – U.S. economic activity picked up in recent weeks as a weather-related drag lifted, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday.

    In its Beige Book report of anecdotal information on business activity collected from contacts nationwide, the U.S. central bank said eight of its 12 districts characterized growth as “modest to moderate.”

    Chicago reported that growth had picked up, while New York and Philadelphia said activity had rebounded from slowdowns related to severe weather earlier in the year.

    “Reports from the 12 Federal Reserve Districts suggest economic activity increased in most regions of the country since the previous report,” the Fed said.

    The report, compiled by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond from data collected before April 7, is broadly in line with data ranging from retail sales to industrial production that have suggested growing momentum in the economy in step with warmer weather.

    The economy stumbled early in the year as snow storms and bitter cold disrupted activity.

    The Beige Book found that consumer spending had increased in recent weeks in most districts. Auto sales were up in seven districts, while manufacturing improved in most districts.

    “Several districts reported that the impact of winter weather was less severe than earlier this year,” the Fed said.

    • April 16, 2014

      Remarks by the President and the Vice President on Skills Training

      Community College of Allegheny County
      West Hills Center Campus
      Oakdale, Pennsylvania

      4:05 P.M. EDT

      THE VICE PRESIDENT: Hi, everybody. Good to be back in Pennsylvania. That other guy is coming. (Laughter.) He’s coming. He’s coming.

      Good to be with you and the President. And, you know, America — what a lot of people — you go around, you hear people talking down the economy. America is better positioned than any country in the world to lead the world in the 21st century. The rest of the country — the rest of the world doesn’t have, as they used to say up in Scranton, in my neighborhood, not a patch on our jeans, I tell you.

      And when you ask companies why they’re coming back — and remember the President and I have been saying for the last five years American companies are coming back, coming back. There’s an outfit up in Boston that surveys every year American manufacturing companies in China, and they say, what are your plans. This year 53 percent of the American companies in Japan — I mean in China said they’re either planning on coming back to the United States and set up manufacturing, or they’re thinking about it — investing, hiring here at home.

      And that’s because — it’s all because of you. America has the best-qualified workers in the world. Leo Gerard, he and I have been friends for a long time, and we got tired of hearing all this stuff about how American workers weren’t as productive. Independent studies show American workers are three times as productive as workers in China. We want China to do well. We have the best workers in the world. We have the most innovative ideas in the world.

      You’ve heard for a long time how throughout the world, and particularly in the Far East, they’ve educated X as many engineers as we have, three times, four times — but guess what. There’s no products with their names on it. And they’re coming home. I’m serious. So I’ve kind of had it up to hearing about American workers and American manufacturing. I’ve been sort of the — for the last 10 years, as Senator Casey can tell you, I’ve been talking about there’s not a reason in the world why we can’t be the manufacturing capital of the world. None. Zero. None. (Applause.)

      And look, we not only have the most creative workers, we have the best laws and protections. Your intellectual property gets protected here. You have a court system. If there’s a disagreement, it’s adjudicated — adjudicated fairly. And now there’s an energy boom. You all know about the Marcellus Shale — I think you heard of that, right? (Applause.) There’s an energy boom that’s changed the paradigm of manufacturing. It’s cheaper to manufacture in the United States than it is in Europe and/or in Asia.

      But the economy is at a crossroads. Our economy is at a crossroads. It’s not like other periods in our history. We face tremendous, tremendous opportunities. But we face challenges, as the President will speak to briefly, as a consequence of that god-awful, lingering recession that just brought us that close to a Depression. Our workers, though, are up to the task.

      But the companies, the education system, every level of government, we need to rethink how we’re helping move folks into these new opportunities. It’s a different skill set that’s going to be required, required now and over — six out of 10 jobs in the next 10 years are going to require some certificate or degree beyond high school. That’s why the President and I are here today.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/16/remarks-president-and-vice-president-skills-training

    • April 16, 2014

      FACT SHEET – American Job Training Investments: Skills and Jobs to Build a Stronger Middle Class

      American Job Training Investments:

      Skills and Jobs to Build a Stronger Middle Class

      To create new opportunities for all hard-working Americans to get ahead, the President has asked the Vice President to lead an initiative to help individuals get trained with skills businesses need now and then placed in good, middle class jobs. Training America’s workers with the skills they need for a good job can help middle class families feel more secure in their jobs and help American businesses grow our economy. But too many businesses can’t find skilled workers for jobs they want to fill, while too many people looking for a job may be ready to learn new skills but may not be certain that there’s a job waiting for them on the other end. Community colleges are one of the best ways to train workers with the skills they need for a job, and hands-on apprenticeships are one of the clearest paths to a good, secure middle class job. In fact, 87 percent of apprentices are employed after completing their programs and the average starting wage for apprenticeship graduates is over $50,000.

      Today, as part of this effort, the President and Vice President are announcing new federal investments using existing funds to support job-driven training, like apprenticeships, that will expand partnerships with industry, businesses, unions, community colleges, and training organizations to train workers in the skills they need. Employers, unions, and foundations are joining these efforts with new commitments to support job-driven training. These steps are part of President Obama’s commitment to make 2014 a year of action, acting with Congress when possible but also using his pen and his phone – calling on businesses, philanthropy, non-profits, states, and local communities to act.

      American Job Training Executive Actions

      Partnering Local Businesses with Community Colleges to Put Americans Back to Work Through a Nearly $500 Million Job Training Competition. Today, the Department of Labor is releasing the application for partnerships of community colleges, employers and industry to develop training programs that are job-driven – that is – designed to respond to the demands of employers so people get placed in jobs. As part of a nearly $500 million competition, all grantees will be required to identify sectors with open jobs to fill, partner with the public workforce system and employers in that sector to address the skills needed for these open jobs, and create pathways from entry level positions to more advanced positions to ensure room for growth for employees with even the lowest starting skills levels. This program is a part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance and Community College and Career Training (TAA-CCCT) competitive grant program that has, over the last three years, supported community colleges preparing dislocated workers and other adults for jobs available in their regional economies. For the first time, this year’s funding will prioritize three key goals by providing larger grants to applicants who propose to address them:

      * Scale In-Demand Job Training Across the Country through National Industry Partnerships
      * Advance Education & Training to Ensure a Seamless Progression from One Stepping Stone to Another
      * Improve Statewide Employment and Education Data Integration and Use

      Expanding Apprenticeships for Good Middle Class Jobs

      * Launch apprenticeship models in new, high-growth fields
      * Align apprenticeships to pathways for further learning and career advancement
      * Scale apprenticeship models that work

      Making Apprenticeships Work for More Americans

      * Streamlining GI Bill benefits for apprentices
      * Connecting apprentices with college credit.

      Business and Philanthropic Investments in Job-Driven Training

      * The President’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) is developing scalable apprenticeship models in high need advanced manufacturing
      * The United Auto Workers, in partnership with employers such as Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, John Deere and many others, plans to add nearly 2,000 apprentices
      * UPS will add 2,000 new apprentices, including drivers and apprentices in new programs like IT, operations, and automotive repair
      * The SEIU Healthcare Northwest Training Partnership (Training Partnership), in partnership with its employers ResCare, Addus, Chesterfield, the State of Washington, and others, is expanding its novel apprenticeship program for home care aides to train 3,000 apprentices a year
      * North America’s Building Trades Unions pledge to add 25,000 new apprentices over the next five years

      Philanthropic and Non-Profit Support to Generate Stronger Community College-Industry Partnerships

      * Philanthropic Support for Potential Applicants and Grantees
      * Best Practices Website for Community Colleges and Employers to Develop Job-Driven Training Partnerships

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/16/fact-sheet-american-job-training-investments-skills-and-jobs-build-stron

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