What Will YOU Do to End Inequality?

28 US States with Anti-LGBT Bills in 2015
28 US States with Anti-LGBT Bills in March 2015

Anti-LGBT Bills Introduced in 28 States

The wave of anti-LGBT bills filed across the country continues to swell. As of today, lawmakers have introduced more than 85 anti-LGBT bills in 28 state legislatures.

Some state legislative sessions have already drawn to a close, but other state legislatures will be in session for several more weeks or even months.  So far this year 34 anti-LGBT bills in nine states have been defeated or failed to meet key legislative deadlines, but two have passed — one in Arkansas and one in Indiana.

Among the recently introduced anti-LGBT legislation is a pair of bills in Nevada that would allow individuals and businesses to use religion to challenge or opt out of laws, including laws that protect LGBT people from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.  Similar legislation was also recently introduced in Montana and is still pending in Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, Texas and elsewhere.

Bills that would allow adoption agencies to use religion to discriminate against eligible parents and guardians have been newly introduced in Alabama and Florida. These new bills are similar to a series of bills moving through the Michigan legislature.

Even in states with long traditions of support for equality, anti-equality lawmakers are introducing anti-LGBT bills.  Massachusetts, for example, is the latest state with a bill that would criminalize transgender people for using appropriate restrooms.  Anti-transgender “bathroom surveillance” bills have are now pending in Florida, Texas and a handful of other states.

For more: http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/anti-lgbt-bills-introduced-in-28-states

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About GLSENs Day of Silence

GLSENs Day of Silence is a national day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.

History
Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. From the first-ever Day of Silence at the University of Virginia in 1996, to the organizing efforts in over 8,000 middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities across the country in 2008, its textured history reflects its diversity in both numbers and reach.

Organizing for Day of Silence
Organizing a Day of Silence (DOS) activity or event can be a positive tool for change-both personally and community-wide. By taking a vow of silence, you’re making a powerful statement about the important issue of anti-LGBT bullying, and when you organize others to join you that message becomes stronger. Discover ways of organizing your event here.

Your Rights
While you DO have a right to participate in GLSENs Day of Silence between classes and before and after school, you may NOT have the right to stay silent during instructional time if a teacher requests for you to speak. According to Lambda Legal, “Under the Constitution, public schools must respect students’ right to free speech. The right to speak includes the right not to speak, as well as the right to wear buttons or T-shirts expressing support for a cause.” However, this right to free speech doesn’t extend to classroom time. “If a teacher tells a student to answer a question during class, the student generally doesn’t have a constitutional right to refuse to answer.” We remind participants that students who talk with their teachers ahead of time are more likely to be able to remain silent during class.  Find more Lambda Legal advice here.

For more: http://dayofsilence.org/resources/

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  1. Thursday, April 16, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:30 AM
    President Obama welcomes the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House
    South Lawn

    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    1:00 PM
    Vice President and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi chair a session of the U.S.-Iraq Higher Coordinating Committee
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building

    2:00 PM
    2:10 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at a White House ’Champions of Change’ event honoring working families
    South Court Auditorium

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    5:10 PM
    President Obama hosts a reception for Greek Independence Day
    East Room

    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    Vice President Biden Speaks at the 27th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner
    Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC

    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  2. What Will YOU Do to End Inequality?

    Anti-LGBT Bills Introduced in 28 States

    March 24, 2015 by HRC staff

    The wave of anti-LGBT bills filed across the country continues to swell. As of today, lawmakers have introduced more than 85 anti-LGBT bills in 28 state legislatures.

    Some state legislative sessions have already drawn to a close, but other state legislatures will be in session for several more weeks or even months. So far this year 34 anti-LGBT bills in nine states have been defeated or failed to meet key legislative deadlines, but two have passed — one in Arkansas and one in Indiana.

    Among the recently introduced anti-LGBT legislation is a pair of bills in Nevada that would allow individuals and businesses to use religion to challenge or opt out of laws, including laws that protect LGBT people from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. Similar legislation was also recently introduced in Montana and is still pending in Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, Texas and elsewhere.

    Bills that would allow adoption agencies to use religion to discriminate against eligible parents and guardians have been newly introduced in Alabama and Florida. These new bills are similar to a series of bills moving through the Michigan legislature.

    Even in states with long traditions of support for equality, anti-equality lawmakers are introducing anti-LGBT bills. Massachusetts, for example, is the latest state with a bill that would criminalize transgender people for using appropriate restrooms. Anti-transgender “bathroom surveillance” bills have are now pending in Florida, Texas and a handful of other states.

    For more: http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/anti-lgbt-bills-introduced-in-28-states

    • Day of Silence

      The Day of Silence is the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) annual day of action to protest the bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students and their supporters. Students take a day-long vow of silence to symbolically represent the silencing of LGBT students and their supporters.

      The Day of Silence has been held each year in April since 1996. The 2014 Day of Silence was April 11, 2014; the 2013 Day of Silence was April 19; the 2012 Day was April 20; in 2011 it was on April 15. The next Day of Silence will be held on April 17, 2015.

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

  3. On Thursday, April 16th President Obama will welcome the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House in celebration of the eighth annual Soldier Ride. A cycling event to help Wounded Warriors restore their physical and emotional well-being, the Soldier Ride also raises awareness of our nation’s Wounded Warriors who battle the physical and psychological damages of war. Afterward, the President will deliver remarks at a Champions of Change event highlighting issues important to working families.

    • April 16, 2015

      Remarks by the President at the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride Event

      South Lawn

      11:24 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody! (Applause.) What a gorgeous day. I will just point out, it is always beautiful at this particular event. It is gorgeous every single day. And I want to thank Vice President Biden and VA Secretary Bob McDonald for being here.

      This is the sixth time that we’ve welcomed the Soldier Ride to the White House. It’s one of our favorite events of the year. You all know the story. Over 10 years ago, a young Long Island bartender, a civilian named Chris Carney, dreamed up the idea of biking coast-to-coast to raise money and support for our wounded warriors. And back then, he probably would not have predicted how far the Soldier Ride would go; how thousands of Americans would join the cause; how a nation would be inspired by all of you.

      We’ve got a number of folks here who are currently serving or have served in uniform. We’ve got Army. (Hooah!) We’ve got Navy. (Applause.) Air Force. (Applause.) We’ve got Marines. (Oorah!) And we’ve got some Coast Guard.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yeah! (Laughter.)

      THE PRESIDENT: That’s it, man. (Applause.)

      We’ve got some extraordinary military families who support you every single mile. (Applause.) So we are among heroes here today — all the riders, I just had a chance to say hi to them, and they look great. Don’t get too comfortable, though — you’ve got a lot of miles ahead. This is just a pit stop so we can all cheer you on.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/16/remarks-president-wounded-warrior-project-soldier-ride-event

    • 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

  4. Jobless Claims in U.S. Hold Below 300,000 for Sixth Week

    5:30 AM PDT April 16, 2015 – bloomberg

    While a Labor Department report in Washington Thursday showed jobless claims increased by 12,000 to 294,000 in the week ended April 11, readings this low are typically consistent with an improving job market. The median forecast of 50 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for 280,000. The total number of people currently receiving benefits was the lowest since 2000.

    Firings have remained low even as other labor-market data have shown the economy battled harsher weather, weaker demand from abroad and West Coast port disruptions early this year. A muted pace of dismissals, and job openings at a 14-year high, will help buoy hiring after payroll gains cooled last month.

    “All signs point toward a job market that continues to strengthen,” said Ryan Sweet, a senior economist at Moody’s Analytics Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania, whose projection for 290,000 was among the closest in the Bloomberg survey. “Businesses are looking past the weakness in the first quarter.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-16/jobless-claims-in-u-s-hold-below-300-000-for-sixth-week

  5. April 16, 2015

    Statement by the President on Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Today, with heavy hearts, we remember the six million Jews and the millions of other victims of Nazi brutality who were murdered during the Holocaust.

    Yom HaShoah is a day to reaffirm our responsibilities to ourselves and future generations. It is incumbent upon us to make real those timeless words, “Never forget. Never again.” Yet, even as we recognize that mankind is capable of unspeakable acts of evil, we also draw strength from the survivors, the liberators, and the righteous among nations who represented humanity at its best.

    With their example to guide us, together we must firmly and forcefully condemn the anti-Semitism that is still far too common today. Together we must stand against bigotry and hatred in all their forms. And together, we can leave our children a world that is more just, more free, and more secure for all humankind.

  6. White House Working Families Champions of Change

    Published on Apr 16, 2015

    This White House Champions of Change event will honor individuals that support working families and help make change in their companies or communities through advocating for family-friendly policies that encourage workplace flexibility.

  7. 1:00 PM ET
    Vice President and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi chair a session of the U.S.-Iraq Higher Coordinating Committee
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building

  8. April 16, 2015

    Remarks by the President At Working Families Champions of Change Event

    South Court Auditorium

    2:13 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Hey! (Applause.) Hello, everybody. Thank you so much. Thank you. (Applause.) Everybody, have a seat, have a seat.

    Well, welcome to the White House, everybody. Picked a nice day to visit. (Laughter.) And I want to thank Satya not only for the introduction but also for the great work Microsoft is doing on behalf of working families. It is critical that we recognize that government has a role, but community, business, faith groups, civil society — we all have a part to play in making sure that everybody has got a fair shot in this society.

    I want to thank all of our guests, including Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who is a long-time believer in these issues, from the great state of Texas.

    Every so often, we bring together a group of ordinary people from across America who are making extraordinary contributions to their communities. They’re not doing it with a lot of fanfare, but they are driven by a simple desire to make things better, one step at a time, and I suppose this is my bias, as somebody who worked in communities for quite some time, even before I went to law school — a strong belief that change happens not from the top down but from the bottom up.

    We call these folks Champions of Change. You help us raise our own ambitions by showing us what is possible. You create models and templates for success in expanding opportunity, or increasing equality, or promoting diversity and tolerance. And as a consequence, we learn from your experiences, and we draw inspiration from what you’ve achieved. And days like this give us a chance to say thank you.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/16/remarks-president-working-families-champions-change-event

  9. April 16, 2015

    Statement by the President on the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015

    I am pleased that Chairman Hatch, Senator Wyden, and Chairman Ryan have introduced bipartisan legislation to help us negotiate trade agreements that are good for our economy, our businesses, and most importantly for our workers.

    My top priority in any trade negotiation is expanding opportunity for hardworking Americans. It’s no secret that past trade deals haven’t always lived up to their promise, and that’s why I will only sign my name to an agreement that helps ordinary Americans get ahead. At the same time, at a moment when 95 percent of our potential customers live outside our borders, we must make sure that we, and not countries like China, are writing the rules for the global economy.

    The bill put forward today would help us write those rules in a way that avoids the mistakes from our past, seizes opportunities for our future, and stays true to our values. It would level the playing field, give our workers a fair shot, and for the first time, include strong fully enforceable protections for workers’ rights, the environment, and a free and open internet.

    Our exports support more than 11 million good American jobs, and we know that companies that export pay higher wages than those that don’t. Today, we have the opportunity to open even more new markets to goods and services backed by three proud words: Made in America.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/16/statement-president-bipartisan-congressional-trade-priorities-and-accoun

  10. AAFP Declares Victory for FPs as Senate Fully Repeals SGR
    Lawmakers Credit Physicians’ Tireless Advocacy

    April 14, 2015 09:30 pm aafp.org

    Family physicians triumphed Tuesday night as the Senate removed a longstanding obstacle to improved patient care by repealing the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR), the controversial formula that had threatened to cut physician payments for years.

    The Medicare Access and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) Reauthorization Act, or MACRA, is the culmination of years of sustained lobbying and outreach by the AAFP and its members. The legislation, which the House passed last month with an overwhelming vote of 392-37, repeals the SGR formula used to calculate Medicare payment rates to physicians and preserves seniors’ and children’s access to care. The bill also establishes an alternative set of annual payment updates and funds CHIP and other programs important to family medicine for two years.

    For more: http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150414sgrrepeal.html

    • April 16, 2015

      Remarks by the President Before Signing Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act

      Rose Garden

      4:44 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: I decided that on a day like today, we shouldn’t be inside. So I am very pleased to mark a significant bipartisan achievement, and I want to congratulate Speaker Boehner and Leader Nancy Pelosi for the work they did to help make this happen.

      For the last 13 years, we have been confronted with what’s called a “doc fix.” Basically, the way the law was written, to deal with Medicaid payments to doctors, there was always the danger each year that suddenly, arbitrarily, doctors’ payments would get cut off, and that was going to be a significant danger to Medicare patients. And obviously the doctors had a lot of trouble continuing to provide services.

      Not only does this legislation permanently fix payments to doctors, but it also improves it, because what it starts doing is encouraging payments based on quality and not the number of tests that are provided or the number of procedures that are applied, but whether or not people actually start feeling better. And it encourages us to continue to make the health care system smarter without denying service. As a consequence, it’s going to be good for people who use Medicare, it’s going to be good for our seniors. Ultimately, it’s going to be good for all of us because what we’ve seen is over the last three, four years, the cost of health care has slowed to the lowest levels in 50 years and part of that’s because we’re starting to do health care smarter.

      This is going to build on that progress that we’ve already made. It also expands the Children’s Health Insurance Program. It provides health insurance to young people all across the country, and when our kids are healthy, that means they’re going to be healthy adults. Ultimately, that’s going to put less strain on the system as well. So this was a bipartisan effort with Republicans and Democrats coming together to do something that’s smart and common-sense. And my hope is, is it becomes a habit.

      But I want to congratulate all of the folks involved. Because we wanted to make sure doctors’ payments didn’t cut off, I’m signing it now rather than wait for getting members of Congress down here. Hopefully sometime next week or the week after we’ll be able to have a reception where I can acknowledge the great work that they did while they’re enjoying White House hospitality.

      With that, I will start signing the bill.

      END
      4:48 P.M. EDT

      _______________________

      April 16, 2015
       
       Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 2
       
      On Thursday, April 16, 2015, the President signed into law:
      H.R. 2, the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015,” which permanently replaces Medicare’s sustainable growth rate system for physician payments and reforms Medicare physician payment policies to encourage efficient, high-quality care; extends for two years funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program; extends numerous other expiring health provisions and the Secure Rural Schools program; and removes Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and makes other Medicare improvements.

    • Highlights of bipartisan Medicare doctors’ bill in Senate

      Highlights of bipartisan Medicare doctors’ bill awaiting final congressional OK from Senate

      April 15, 2015 3:37 AM By The Associated Press
      Highlights of House-passed legislation the Senate debated Tuesday changing how Medicare reimburses doctors. The bill would spend $214 billion over 10 years:

      COSTS:

      —Medicare payments to doctors: $175 billion. Blocks 21 percent reduction that technically took effect April 1. Provides 0.5 percent annual increases through 2019, creates new payment system with incentives for doctors to bill for overall care, not per treatment.

      —Children’s Health Insurance Program: $5.6 billion so program serving low-income children can operate in 2016 and 2017.

      —Extension of expiring Medicare programs: $6 billion. Two-year renewals for extra payments for rural hospitals and ambulances, private Medicare Advantage plans for people with disabilities, exemptions to annual patient limits on physical and occupational therapy.

      —Miscellaneous health programs: $27 billion. Makes permanent programs subsidizing Medicare medical premiums for low-income people, keeping people on Medicaid as their incomes grow. Includes extra $3.6 billion annually for two years for community health centers. Extends financing for abstinence education, training low-income people for health care jobs, home-care visits for families with young children.

      HOW IT’S FINANCED

      —$141 billion added to federal deficits.

      —$35 billion from higher-income Medicare recipients. In 2018, Medicare’s medical and prescription drug monthly premiums would rise for people earning from $133,500 to $214,000, roughly 2 percent of beneficiaries, according to nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. In 2020, income thresholds that trigger higher premiums would rise less than planned, so more people would pay them. Also starting in 2020, people could not buy new Medigap policies covering Medicare’s medical deductible, currently $147 yearly.

      —$37 billion from reducing Medicare payments to hospitals, nursing homes, home health services. Treasury Department can impose levy of up to 100 percent on Medicare providers owing delinquent taxes.

      OTHER PROVISIONS

      —Helps Medicare cost plans, offered by private companies in some states, become private Medicare Advantage plans, which are generally more profitable. Dominant companies include Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Medica Health Plans, according to Kaiser, and most of the 471,000 people covered last year lived in Minnesota.

      —Hospitals won 6-month extension of ban on auditors examining whether short in-patient stays are medically necessary.

      Figures are rounded, from Congressional Budget Office and Congressional Research Service.

  11. 7:00 PM ET
    Vice President Biden Speaks at the 27th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner
    Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC

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