“It’s On Us” to STOP Sexual Assault – Anniversary

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IT’S ON US is a cultural movement aimed at fundamentally shi ing the way we think about sexual assault.

IT’S ON US is a rallying cry inviting everyone to step up and realize that the solution begins with us. It’s a declaration that sexual assault is not only a crime commi ed by a perpetrator against a victim, but a societal problem in which all of us have a role to play. We are reframing sexual assault in a way that inspires everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something, big or small, to

prevent it. We are asking everyone to create an environment, be it a dorm room, a party, a club or a sports team, or the greater college campus, where sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

Raising awareness. Holding ourselves and each other accountable. Looking out for someone who cannot consent.

IT’S ON US. All of us.

Learn more: http://itsonus.org

Today, the President announced an initiative to help put an end to campus sexual assault. It’s called “It’s On Us.”

That’s not just a slogan or catchphrase. It’s the whole point. Because in a country where one in five women on college campuses has been sexually assaulted — only 12 percent of which are reported — this is a problem that should be important to every single one of us, and it’s on every single one of us to do something to end the problem.

As a husband, as a brother, and as a father of three boys and daughter who is a sophomore in college, it’s on me to help create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable, and where survivors are supported.

It’s on me to tell my kids to never blame the victim. To not be a bystander. It’s on me to make sure they know that if they see something that looks wrong, they need to get involved — to intervene any way they can, even if it means enlisting the help of a friend or resident advisor. It’s on me to teach them to be direct, and to trust their gut.

That’s why this is personal for me.

And it’s why I took a step this morning to show my commitment to doing my part.  And whether you’re a parent, a student, a survivor or a friend of one, there’s something you can do right now to do the same.

Go to It’sOnUs.org, and take the pledge — a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault. It’s a promise that you won’t be a bystander to the problem — that you’ll be a part of the solution. The President took the pledge this morning. I did, too — along with dozens of other White House staffers. Do it right now.

Sunday, February 28, 2016
Vice President Joe Biden and Lady Gaga appear together for a special presentation aimed a combating sexual violence
Academy Awards, Los Angeles, CA
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16 thoughts on ““It’s On Us” to STOP Sexual Assault – Anniversary

  1. WH

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden Participate in a Roundtable on Cancer
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    Vice President Joe Biden addresses 3,000 elected leaders, delegates and volunteers at the California Democrats 2016 State Convention
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  2. IT’S ON US

    IT’S ON US is a cultural movement aimed at fundamentally shi ing the way we think about sexual assault.

    IT’S ON US is a rallying cry inviting everyone to step up and realize that the solution begins with us. It’s a declaration that sexual assault is not only a crime commi ed by a perpetrator against a victim, but a societal problem in which all of us have a role to play. We are reframing sexual assault in a way that inspires everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something, big or small, to

    prevent it. We are asking everyone to create an environment, be it a dorm room, a party, a club or a sports team, or the greater college campus, where sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

    Raising awareness. Holding ourselves and each other accountable. Looking out for someone who cannot consent.

    IT’S ON US. All of us.

    Learn more: http://itsonus.org

    • Biden and Lady Gaga to team up at Oscars

      2/25/16 Christi Parsons – latimes

      Vice President Joe Biden will team up with Lady Gaga during Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony for a special presentation aimed a combating sexual violence, White House officials said Thursday.

      Biden, who was the main author of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act during his career in the Senate, will introduce Lady Gaga for a performance of her nominated song, “Til It Happens to You,” an administration official told The Times. The singer co-wrote the piece, which is about campus sexual assault, with songwriter Diane Warren for the documentary film “The Hunting Ground.”

      For more: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-biden-oscars-20160225-story.html?utm_content=buffer5a2d3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

    • February 28, 2016

      Remarks by the Vice President at the Academy Awards

      Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center
      Los Angeles, California

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      THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Hey, Matt, how are you? (Laughter.) (Applause.) No, no, no, no, thank you. I’m the least qualified man here tonight. Thank you. (Applause.)

      Good evening. Good evening, and thank you very much. Despite significant progress over the last few years, too many women and men — on and off college campuses — are still victims of sexual abuse. And tonight I’m asking you to join millions of Americans, including me, President Obama, the thousands of students I’ve met on college campuses, and the artists here tonight to take the pledge — a pledge that says: I will intervene in situations when consent has not or cannot be given.

      Let’s change the culture. (Applause.) We must and we can change the culture so that no abused woman or man, like the survivors you will see tonight, ever feel they have to ask themselves, what did I do? They did nothing wrong. (Applause.)

      So, folks, I really mean this. I’m sincere. Take the pledge. Go look at, visit ItsOnUs.org.

      Now, performing her Oscar-nominated song, “Til It happens to you,” written with Diane Warren, for the film “The Hunting Ground,” welcome my friend and a courageous lady herself, Lady Gaga. (Applause.)

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      8:13 P.M. PST

  3. Now Available: A Library of Opportunity

    FEBRUARY 24, 2016 AT 7:00 AM ET BY R. DAVID EDELMAN

    Open eBooks is now available to millions of students offering unprecedented access to thousands of digital books.

    What if we could ensure that every student, no matter where they live or the income of their parents, could get access to a great book? What if they had access to not just one book, but a library of thousands of titles – and could read them from anywhere?

    We’ve taken a big step toward that vision thanks to Open eBooks, a stakeholder-driven project that the President highlighted last April, and that after months of hard work by a team of libraries, publishers, and non-profits, is launching nationwide today. For millions of America’s kids, Open eBooks can be a passport to a world of learning and opportunity – delivering over $250 million of reading material to students who need it most, and introducing them to a love of reading.

    Why is this so important? Ask Colin Rogister, who helps lead the Administration’s ConnectED initiative. Colin began his career as a 2nd grade teacher at a low-income elementary school in California, where he taught Marlene, a DREAMer whose parents emigrated from Mexico to find a better life. An advanced reader, it only took Marlene a few months to finish every chapter-book in Colin’s classroom. If she had been able to access a resource like Open eBooks, she would have had thousands of popular and award-winning books at her fingertips. Stories like Marlene’s help inspire efforts like Open eBooks.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/02/23/now-available-library-opportunity

  4. Democratic Convention Prepares California for Presidential Election

    2/26/16 Leslie Brinkley KGO 810

    (KGO) – Vice President Joe Biden will address 3,000 elected leaders, delegates and volunteers at the San Jose Convention Center on Saturday.

    Delegate Amaka Donn is impressed.

    “That’s wonderful. To show support to Californians, because we’re the largest in the states.”

    California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins described what the state convention is all about for Democrats.

    “It’s inspirational, it’s preparation, it’s strategy, it’s talking about the relevant issues of the day. Certainly there was the Republican debate last night. There’s a lot of discussion about that and I think we’re proud of our presidential candidates. We think the elevation level of the discussion is so much more substantive there. Of course, you might accuse me of bias,” Atkins said.

    U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich will also speak as the Democrats mobilize support in this very critical election year.

    For more: http://www.kgoradio.com/2016/02/26/democratic-convention-prepares-california-for-presidential-election/

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      Vice President Joe Biden addresses 3,000 elected leaders, delegates and volunteers at the California Democrats 2016 State Convention
      San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA

  5. WEEKLY ADDRESS: Degrading and Destroying ISIL

    Remarks of President Barack Obama as Prepared for Delivery
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    February 27, 2016

    Hi, everybody. This week, we continued our mission to destroy ISIL. This remains a difficult fight, and the situation in Syria and Iraq is incredibly complex. ISIL is entrenched, including in urban areas. It uses innocent civilians as human shields. Despite these challenges, I can report that we’re making progress. And this week, I directed my team to continue accelerating our campaign on all fronts.

    Our 66-member coalition, including Arab partners, continues to grow stronger. More nations are making more contributions. Every day, our air campaign—more than 10,000 strikes so far—continues to destroy ISIL forces. And we continue to go after ISIL leaders and commanders—taking them out, day in, day out, one after another after another.

    In Iraq, ISIL has now lost more than 40 percent of the areas it once controlled. In Syria, a coalition of local forces is tightening the squeeze on ISIL’s stronghold of Raqqa. As we bomb its oil infrastructure, ISIL’s been forced to slash the salaries of its fighters. Thanks to the work of many nations, the flow of foreign terrorist fighters into Syria finally appears to be slowing. In short, in Syria and Iraq, ISIL’s territory is shrinking, there are fewer ISIL fighters on the battlefield, and it’s harder for them to recruit and replenish their ranks.

    Still, the only way to deal ISIL a lasting defeat is to end the civil war and chaos in Syria upon which ISIL thrives. A cessation of hostilities in the civil war is scheduled to take effect this weekend. We’re not under any illusions. There are plenty of reasons for skepticism. Even under the best of circumstances, the violence will not end right away. But everyone knows what needs to happen. All parties must end attacks, including aerial bombardment. Humanitarian aid must be allowed to reach areas under siege. Much will depend on whether the Syrian regime, Russia and their allies live up to their commitments. The coming hours and days will be critical, and the world is watching.

    That said, there will be absolutely no cease-fire in our fight against ISIL. We’ll remain relentless. Beyond Syria and Iraq, we continue to use the full range of our tools to go after ISIL wherever it tries to take root, as we showed with our recent strike on an ISIL training camp in Libya. With partners around the world, we’ll continue discrediting the ideology that ISIL uses to radicalize, recruit and inspire people to violence, especially online.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/02/27/weekly-address-degrading-and-destroying-isil

  6. West Wing Week 2/26/16 or, “Let’s Go Ahead and Get This Thing Done”

    Published on Feb 27, 2016

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, the President hosted governors from across the nation for dinner and discussion, announced plans to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, hosted the King of Jordan, paid tribute to Ray Charles, and held a panel discussion on one of the most exciting frontiers in science – precision medicine. That’s February 19th to February 25th or, “Let’s Go Ahead and Get This Thing Done.”

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    Sunday, February 28, 2016

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama delivers remarks at the Toner Prize dinner
    Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington, D.C’

    Vice President Joe Biden and Lady Gaga appear together for a special presentation aimed a combating sexual violence
    Academy Awards, Los Angeles, CA

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  8. BARACK OBAMA TO DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT TONER PRIZE CELEBRATION

    By Wendy S. Loughlin

    President Barack Obama will be the keynote speaker at the award celebration for the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting March 28 in Washington, D.C.

    The Toner Prize is part of the Toner Program in Political Reporting at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. The program honors the life and work of the late Robin Toner ’76, the first woman to be national political correspondent for The New York Times and a summa cum laude graduate of Syracuse.

    This is the sixth year the $5,000 prize has been awarded in a national competition. Past awardees include Dan Balz of The Washington Post, Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post, Molly Ball of The Atlantic, Jane Mayer of The New Yorker and Craig Harris of The Arizona Republic. This year’s winner will be announced at the March event.

    “Syracuse University is honored that President Obama will join us at the Toner Prize ceremony,” says Chancellor Kent Syverud. “This event recognizes the importance of quality, fact-based political journalism. Journalism at its best serves as a tool for advancing democracy. That is exactly what Robin Toner did. She illuminated the electoral process and engaged the public in democracy. She made the intricate details of policies understandable and enabled voters to make informed decisions. Robin embodied the ideals to which all good journalists should aspire.”

    For more: http://tonerprogram.syr.edu/barack-obama-to-deliver-keynote-address-at-toner-prize-celebration/

    • President Obama delivers remarks at the Toner Prize dinner
      Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington, D.C’

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