National Pollinator Week 2016

“Pollinator Pathways ” 2012 Pollinator Poster bySteve Buchanan

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WHY POLLINATORS ARE IMPORTANT

Pollinators, such as most bees and some birds, bats, and other insects, play a crucial role in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables.

Examples of crops that are pollinated include apples, squash, and almonds. Without the assistance of pollinators, most plants cannot produce fruits and seeds. The fruits and seeds of flowering plants are an important food source for people and wildlife.  Some of the seeds that are not eaten will eventually produce new plants, helping to maintain the plant population.

Over 75% of all flowering plants are pollinated by animals.

In the United States pollination by honey bees directly or indirectly (e.g., pollination required to produce seeds for the crop) contributed to over $19 billion of crops in 2010. Pollination by other insect pollinators contributed to nearly $10 billion of crops in 2010.

A recent study of the status of pollinators in North America by the National Academy of Sciences found that populations of honey bees (which are not native to North America) and some wild pollinators are declining.  Declines in wild pollinators may be a result of habitat loss and degradation, while declines in managed bees is linked to disease (introduced parasites and pathogens).

Find out more about migrating pollinators:

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Bee Deaths May Have Reached A Crisis Point For Crops

May 07, 2013 6:03 PM by DAN CHARLES – NPR

Pettis says beekeepers can afford to lose only about 15 percent of their colonies each year. More than that, and the business won’t be viable for long.

According to a new survey of America’s beekeepers, almost a third of the country’s honeybee colonies did not make it through the winter.

That’s been the case, in fact, almost every year since the U.S. Department of Agriculture began this annual survey, six years ago.

Over the past six years, on average, 30 percent of all the honeybee colonies in the U.S. died off over the winter. The worst year was five years ago. Last year was the best: Just 22 percent of the colonies died.

“Last year gave us some hope,” says Jeffrey Pettis, research leader of the Agriculture Department’s Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Md.

But this year, the death rate was up again: 31 percent.

Six years ago, beekeepers were talking a lot about “colony collapse disorder” — colonies that seemed pretty healthy, but suddenly collapsed. The bees appeared to have flown away, abandoning their hives.

Beekeepers aren’t seeing that so much anymore, Pettis says. They’re mostly seeing colonies that just dwindle. As the crowd of bees gets smaller, it gets weaker.

“They can’t generate heat very well in the spring to rear brood. They can’t generate heat to fly,” he says.

For more: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/05/07/181990532/bee-deaths-may-have-reached-a-crisis-point-for-crops

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How You Can Help

Pollinators need your help! There is increasing evidence that many pollinators are in decline.  However, there are some simple things you can do at home to encourage pollinator diversity and abundance.

1) Plant a Pollinator Garden

 The most obvious need for pollinating species is a diversity of nectar and pollen sources.  Consider the following when choosing plants for your garden:

  • Choose plants that flower at different times of the year to provide nectar and pollen sources throughout the growing season
  • Plant in clumps, rather than single plants, to better attract pollinators
  • Provide a variety of flower colors and shapes to attract different pollinators.  NAPPC’s Pollinator Syndromepdf file icon table provides information on the types of flowers that different pollinator groups (bats, hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, etc.) find attractive.
  • Whenever possible, choose native plants.  Native plants will attract more native pollinators and can serve as larval host plants for some species of pollinators. Check field guides to find out which plants the larval stage of local butterflies eat. Pollinator friendly plants for your area can be found in NAPPC’s Ecoregional Planting Guides. Contact your local or state native plant society for help. Information on finding native plants and native plant societies for your area

2) Build a Bee Block

3) Avoid or Limit Pesticide Use

Pesticides can kill more than the target pest. Some pesticide residues can kill pollinators for several days after the pesticide is applied. Pesticides can also kill natural predators, which can lead to even worse pest problems. Consider the following when managing pests in your garden:

  • Try removing individual pests by hand if possible (wearing garden gloves)
  • Encourage native predators with a diverse garden habitat
  • Expect and accept a little bit of pest activity
  • If you must use a pesticide, choose one that is the least toxic to non-pest species, does not persist on vegetation, and apply it in the evening when most pollinators are not as active. Read and follow label directions carefully.

For more: http://www.fws.gov/pollinators/PollinatorPages/YourHelp.html#garden

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Native Bees

Follow these simple steps to create a pollinator-friendly landscape around your home or workplace.

  • Use a wide variety of plants that bloom from early spring into late fall.
    Help pollinators find and use them by planting in clumps, rather than single plants. Include plants native to your region. Natives are adapted to your local climate, soil and native pollinators. Do not forget that night-blooming flowers will support moths and bats.
  • Avoid modern hybrid flowers, especially those with “doubled” flowers.
    Often plant breeders have unwittingly left the pollen, nectar, and fragrance out of these blossoms while creating the “perfect” blooms for us.
  • Eliminate pesticides whenever possible.
    If you must use a pesticide, use the least-toxic material possible. Read labels carefully before purchasing, as many pesticides are especially dangerous for bees. Use the product properly. Spray at night when bees and other pollinators are not active.
  • Include larval host plants in your landscape.
    If you want colorful butterflies, grow plants for their caterpillars. They WILL eat them, so place them where unsightly leaf damage can be tolerated. Accept that some host plants are less than ornamental if not outright weeds. A butterfly guide will help you determine the plants you need to include. Plant a butterfly garden!
  • Create a damp salt lick for butterflies and bees.
    Use a dripping hose, drip irrigation line, or place your bird bath on bare soil to create a damp area. Mix a small bit of table salt (sea salt is better!) or wood ashes into the mud.
  • Spare that limb!
    By leaving dead trees, or at least an occasional dead limb, you provide essential nesting sites for native bees. Make sure these are not a safety hazard for people walking below. You can also build a bee condoby drilling holes of varying diameter about 3 to 5 inches deep in a piece of scrap lumber mounted to a post or under eaves.
  • You can add to nectar resources by providing a hummingbird feeder.
    To make artificial nectar, use four parts water to one part table sugar. Never use artificial sweeteners, honey, or fruit juices. Place something red on the feeder. Clean your feeder with hot soapy water at least twice a week to keep it free of mold.
  • Butterflies need resources other than nectar.
    They are attracted to unsavory foodstuffs, such as moist animal droppings, urine and rotting fruits. Try putting out slices of overripe bananas, oranges and other fruits, or a sponge in a dish of lightly salted water to see which butterflies come to investigate. Sea salt provides a broader range of micronutrients than regular table salt.
  • Learn more about pollinators
    Get some guidebooks and learn to recognize the pollinators in your neighborhood. Experiment with a pair of close-focusing binoculars for butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

For more: http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/gardening.shtml

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Nature’s Partners: Pollinators, Plants and You

The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign’s Pollinator Partnership™ has launched a new curriculum, Nature’s Partners: Pollinators, Plants and You, designed to help students in grades 3-6 study the interactions of plants and pollinators. The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign is coordinated by the non-profit Pollinator Partnership, formerly known as the Coevolution Institute. The Fish and Wildlife Service has partnered with the two groups to protect pollinators by working together to help conserve pollinators and raise awareness of the importance of pollinators.

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PBO Pollinator Memorandum

6/20/14 President Obama issued a memorandum directing U.S. government agencies to take additional steps to protect and restore domestic populations of pollinators, including honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies – critical contributors to our nation’s economy, food system, and environmental health.

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Pollinator Partnership:  http://www.pollinator.org

National Pollinator Week : June 20 – 26, 2016

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  1. WH

    Monday, June 20, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

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    12:30 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at the SelectUSA Investment Summit
    Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C.

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    Vice President Biden Deliver Remarks at the Center For New American Security Annual Conference
    Washington, DC

    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

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    • POTUS podium

      June 20, 2016

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

      12:30 PM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks at the SelectUSA Investment Summit
      Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C.

      1:30 PM ET
      Vice President Biden Deliver Remarks at the Center For New American Security Annual Conference
      Washington, DC

      1:30 PM ET
      White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      1:30 PM ET
      White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

      2:00 PM EDT
      State Department Spokesman John Kirby briefs reporters and responds to their questions on a variety of international topics. http://www.c-span.org/video/?411467-1/state-department-briefing

      3:00 PM EDT
      U.S. Senate Takes Up Gun Control Legislation
      In the wake of June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, the Senate takes up several gun control amendments, including proposed changes to the terrorist watchlist, universal background checks, and adding mental health considerations for gun purchases. http://www.c-span.org/video/?411372-1/us-senate-takes-gun-control-legislation

  2. National Pollinator Week

    June 20-26, 2016

    WHY POLLINATORS ARE IMPORTANT

    Pollinators, such as most bees and some birds, bats, and other insects, play a crucial role in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables.

    Examples of crops that are pollinated include apples, squash, and almonds. Without the assistance of pollinators, most plants cannot produce fruits and seeds. The fruits and seeds of flowering plants are an important food source for people and wildlife. Some of the seeds that are not eaten will eventually produce new plants, helping to maintain the plant population.

    Over 75% of all flowering plants are pollinated by animals.
    In the United States pollination by honey bees directly or indirectly (e.g., pollination required to produce seeds for the crop) contributed to over $19 billion of crops in 2010. Pollination by other insect pollinators contributed to nearly $10 billion of crops in 2010.

    A recent study of the status of pollinators in North America by the National Academy of Sciences found that populations of honey bees (which are not native to North America) and some wild pollinators are declining. Declines in wild pollinators may be a result of habitat loss and degradation, while declines in managed bees is linked to disease (introduced parasites and pathogens).

  3. I love hummingbirds! One day a few years ago I was sitting on the front porch and one came and hovered in front of me for about 5 seconds. What a delight!

  4. June 20, 2016

    Dr. Jill Biden Travels to Lima and Cusco, Peru to Highlight Girls’ Education and Women’s Empowerment

    Dr. Jill Biden has arrived in Lima, Peru as part of her four-country visit to Central and South America to engage government and civil society partners on issues related to economic empowerment and educational opportunities for women and girls.

    On Monday, Dr. Biden will visit Surquillo Market in Lima with renowned Peruvian Chef Flavio Solorzano and Peruvian Minister of Trade and Tourism Magali Silva, to see where residents and restauranteurs buy ingredients to produce Lima’s traditional cuisine. This event is for invited press.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/06/20/dr-jill-biden-travels-lima-and-cusco-peru-highlight-girls-education-and

  5. June 20, 2016

    Remarks by the President at the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit

    Washington Hilton

    Washington, D.C.

    12:30 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, let me begin by thanking Penny -– not only for her kind words and friendship, but for her outstanding leadership in promoting American business and making the case for commercial diplomacy. Congratulations not only to Penny, but also her entire time, especially my dear friend Vinai Thummalapally on yet another sold-out summit. Give Vinai a big round of applause. (Applause.)

    Those of you who do not now Vinai, he’s a former ambassador, and more importantly was one of my roommates in college. (Laughter.) So he got his job on the merits — (laughter) — but it is true that he has some compromising information — (laughter) — that if it was ever fully disclosed, I’d be in trouble. (Laughter.) But he has done an outstanding job.

    To all of you who have crossed oceans to be here, welcome. And to all of my Cabinet Secretaries and ambassadors here, thank you for the extraordinary job that you do.

    I’ve been talking with a lot of young people lately, including on college campuses around the country. And some of you who are visiting from other countries know that when I travel abroad, one of my favorite things to do is to have a town meeting with young people overseas, as well.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/06/20/remarks-president-2016-selectusa-investment-summit

    • June 20, 2016

      FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces Winner of New Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute and New Manufacturing Hub Competitions

      The Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, brings over $140 million in public-private investment from leading universities and manufacturers to develop smart sensors for use in advanced manufacturing.

      Throughout this week, the Obama Administration will be highlighting America’s capacity for creativity and invention and how our innovative progress over the last seven and a half years has helped continue to make our economy the strongest and most durable in the world. As part of this effort, today, at the third-annual SelectUSA Summit in Washington, DC, before an audience of business leaders, economic development officials, and investors from around the world, President Obama will announce that the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) will lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in partnership with the Department of Energy. The winning coalition, headquartered in Los Angeles, California brings together a consortium of nearly 200 partners from across academia, industry, and non-profits—hailing from more than thirty states—to spur advances in smart sensors and digital process controls that can radically improve the efficiency of U.S. advanced manufacturing.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/06/20/fact-sheet-president-obama-announces-winner-new-smart-manufacturing

  6. 1:30 PM ET
    Vice President Biden Deliver Remarks at the Center For New American Security Annual Conference
    Washington, DC

  7. June 20, 2016

    Statement by the President on World Refugee Day (2016)

    Today, on World Refugee Day, we recognize the challenges and hardships that refugees face, honor their courage and resilience in the face of overwhelming obstacles, and celebrate their many valuable contributions to our Nation.

    This year’s commemoration comes as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees reports that more people are displaced by rising violence, insecurity, and persecution than at any time on record. More than 65 million people around the world – more than the population of France, or California and Texas combined – have been driven from their homes. More than half are children. The scale of this human suffering is almost unimaginable; the need for the world to respond is beyond question.

    Every day, members of the international community, humanitarian organizations, civil society, and individual citizens work to assist these vulnerable populations. For our part, the United States provides more humanitarian assistance to refugees than any other nation and maintains the world’s largest refugee resettlement program. We support programs that provide food, water, shelter, and medical care to refugees, and fight for their rights to safety, dignity and long-term livelihood opportunities.

    But responding to today’s unprecedented challenge requires all of us to do more. In September, when world leaders meet for the UN General Assembly, I will convene a Leaders’ Summit on Refugees. In advance of that Summit, the United States is urging other governments to contribute more funding for humanitarian aid operations, to grant more refugees the chance to work and attend school, and to provide more resettlement opportunities for refugees who cannot safely go home or remain where they are. We are urging our non-governmental partners, including the private sector, to do more as well.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/06/20/statement-president-world-refugee-day-2016

  8. June 20, 2016

    Readout of Valerie Jarrett’s Call With “We the People” Petition Signers

    This afternoon, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, participated in a call with thousands of Americans who signed a We the People petition supporting a ban on assault weapons. Ms. Jarrett emphasized the President and Vice President’s support for reinstating the ban on assault weapons that Congress enacted in the 1990s and that sunsetted over a decade ago. She also applauded Congress for taking critical votes today, as a result of Senate Democrats’ filibuster last week, on other important, commonsense steps to reduce gun violence, specifically noting that the Administration supports Senator Feinstein’s approach to preventing suspected terrorists from being able to buy a gun, as well as Senator Murphy’s legislation to expand background checks to keep guns out of the wrong hands. She called on Congress to pass this legislation before taking yet another recess, and emphasized how important it is for Americans to make their voices heard to address the epidemic of gun violence in our country because, as the Vice President recently said, “enough has been enough for a long time.”

  9. WH

    Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    2:00 PM
    2:50 PM
    President Obama departs the White House en route Bethesda, Maryland
    South Lawn

    3:00 PM
    3:15 PM
    President Obama visits with wounded service members
    Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland

    4:00 PM
    4:45 PM
    President Obama departs Bethesda, Maryland en route the White House

    4:55 PM
    President Obama arrives at the White House
    South Lawn

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  10. HUD’s Homeownership Month: Dare to Own the Dream

    Published on Jun 21, 2016

    This event is to celebrate Homeownership Month, and share the stories of how homeownership has changed lives. This event will feature talks from community members, Secretary Castro, and Ed Golding.

  11. Meeting of the U.S. Investment Advisory Council

    Published on Jun 21, 2016

    The Council advises the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating matters relating to the promotion and retention of foreign direct investment in the United States. At the meeting, members will be sworn-in and will begin a discussion of the work they will undertake during their term. They are expected to discuss issues impacting foreign direct investment into the United States.

  12. DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

    Regulations will create new opportunities for business and government to use drones

    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives.

    “We are part of a new era in aviation, and the potential for unmanned aircraft will make it safer and easier to do certain jobs, gather information, and deploy disaster relief,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We look forward to working with the aviation community to support innovation, while maintaining our standards as the safest and most complex airspace in the world.”

    According to industry estimates, the rule could generate more than $82 billion for the U.S. economy and create more than 100,000 new jobs over the next 10 years.

    The new rule, which takes effect in late August, offers safety regulations for unmanned aircraft drones weighing less than 55 pounds that are conducting non-hobbyist operations.

    The rule’s provisions are designed to minimize risks to other aircraft and people and property on the ground. The regulations require pilots to keep an unmanned aircraft within visual line of sight. Operations are allowed during daylight and during twilight if the drone has anti-collision lights. The new regulations also address height and speed restrictions and other operational limits, such as prohibiting flights over unprotected people on the ground who aren’t directly participating in the UAS operation.

    The FAA is offering a process to waive some restrictions if an operator proves the proposed flight will be conducted safely under a waiver. The FAA will make an online portal available to apply for these waivers in the months ahead.

    For more: https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot-and-faa-finalize-rules-small-unmanned-aircraft-systems

    • June 21, 2016

      FACT SHEET: Enabling a New Generation of Aviation Technology

      This week, the Obama Administration will be highlighting America’s capacity for creativity and invention and how our innovative progress over the last seven and a half years has helped continue to make our economy the strongest and most durable in the world. To further grow our economy and encourage innovation, today, the Obama Administration is announcing ground rules to govern commercial, scientific, public safety and other non-recreational uses of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) —commonly known as “drones—in the National Airspace System. These ground rules will enable the safe expansion of a new generation of aviation technologies that will create jobs, enhance public safety, and advance scientific inquiry.

      Since President Obama took office in 2009, aviation technologies have emerged that are powering a revolution in unmanned flight. The development of these technologies has made drones commercially available at scale for the first time. Commercial operators are using unmanned aircraft for a wide variety of applications, and consumers can choose from scores of vehicles of different sizes and capacities, many of which can be taken out of a box, launched directly into flight, and operated from a smart phone or a tablet.

      Today, the Department of Transportation is publishing the final “Small UAS” rule. This rule provides the first national, uniform guidelines for non-recreational operation of unmanned aircraft systems under 55 pounds. Under the new rule, drone flight will be permitted for commercial, scientific, public, and educational purposes, pursuant to a set of operational and safety requirements.

      We are in the early days of an aviation revolution that will transform how we gather information about our world, enable more accurate science, move products around the country, and protect public health and the environment. In the short term, unmanned aircraft will provide significant benefits in areas like:

      Agriculture: Unmanned aircraft can monitor crop health in real-time for farmers who are trying to manage farms that are hundreds or even thousands of acres. By reducing the need for manned aircraft in agricultural operations, drones can help reduce fatal agricultural aviation accidents and can increase crop yields by providing higher-quality data about the ground below.

      Safer infrastructure inspection: Unmanned aircraft systems can also save lives by helping workers inspect cell phone towers, bridges, pipelines, electric lines, and oil rigs. For example, all 300,000 communications towers in the United States must be routinely inspected, and workers can be injured and even killed during these inspections. Using unmanned aircraft systems, workers can inspect towers—and other kinds of infrastructure, like utility lines, bridges, or railways—more safely.

      Scientific research: Scientists and engineers can use unmanned aircraft for more effective environmental monitoring of our Nation’s natural resources, wildlands, and waterways.

  13. 3:15 PM ET
    President Obama visits with wounded service members
    Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland

  14. #BidenInIreland: Follow Along with the Vice President’s Trip to Ireland

    JUNE 21, 2016 AT 6:18 PM ET BY LINDSAY HOLST

    Summary: The Vice President is in Ireland for his first official visit. Follow along as he meets with leaders, traces his ancestry, and answers questions along the way.
    Today, the Vice President touched down in Ireland — the home of his ancestors.

    Over the course of his trip, he’ll participate in bilateral meetings with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and President Michael Higgins. He’ll deliver remarks on the Irish-American experience, the shared heritage of our two nations, and our shared values of tolerance, diversity and inclusiveness. And he’ll travel to the counties from which his ancestors hail. Over the course of the trip, he’ll also be taking questions from the Ancestry.com community and Americans around the country. Tweet your questions at @VP using hashtag #BidenInIreland.

    Read a note from the Vice President ahead of his trip, and keep following along for updates.

    I’m heading out on a very special trip today.

    I’m going back to Ireland — the country from which my ancestors hailed, and a country whose independence the Easter Rising set in motion, 100 years ago this year. It is my first dedicated trip to this nation as Vice President — during which I’ll meet with the country’s leaders, discuss issues of trade, economic recovery, migration and refugee policy, and other national security challenges, and celebrate our shared heritage. Our shared values of tolerance. Diversity. Inclusiveness.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/06/21/bideninireland-follow-along-vice-presidents-trip

  15. Democrats Keep Up Demand for Common-Sense Gun Reform

    June 12, 2016

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    June 21, 2016

    • 1:50 PM EDT
      Senate Bipartisan Gun Control Proposal Maine Sen. Susan Collins says she hopes the House will give her bipartisan proposal to prevent individuals on the no fly list from buying a gun a vote. She reminded her House colleagues that a majority of Americans support such legislation. The Senator was joined by seven other Senators from both parties for this proposal unveiling. A vote on the Senate floor has yet to be determined. http://www.c-span.org/video/?411567-1/bipartisan-group-senators-unveils-gun-control-proposal

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    June 29, 2016

    • Democratic Law Makers ‘Day of Action to Keep Spotlight on Gun Violence’ by any means whether it be a press conference, roundtable, or telephone town hall in 30 cities across America
      • 9 a.m.  MT –  Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego holds a press call with gun violence prevention advocates.
      • 10 a.m. – Maryland Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, Chris Van Hollen, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes hold an event with gun violence survivors and local faith and community leaders in Baltimore.
      • 10 a.m. – Connecticut Reps. Elizabeth Esty and Rosa DeLauro and Governor Dannel Malloy hold a press conference with gun control advocates at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington.
      • 10:30 a.m. – Pennsylvania Reps. Brendan Boyle and Robert Brady will hold an event at city hall in Philadelphia with Mayor James Kenney and local gun violence survivors. Boyle plans to stream the event live from his Facebook page.  10:30 a.m. – New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. holds a news conference in Saddle Brook with local public safety officials and representatives from gun violence prevention groups.
      • 11 a.m. – New York Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney  hosts a sit-in at a park in the upper east side of Manhattan with gun violence survivors and prevention advocates.
      • 11 a.m. – New York Rep. Steve Israel holds a round-table discussion with local elected officials and gun violence prevention and LGBT advocates.
      • 11:30 a.m. – Georgia Rep. John Lewis holds a town hall in Atlanta.
      • 11:30 a.m. – Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson will hold a meeting at his office in Lithonia with the local chapter of Moms Demand Action. On Thursday, Johnson will meet with local mothers who lost their children to gun violence.
      • 12 p.m. – New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr will hold a symbolic sit-in with constituents in his district office in New Brunswick  to continue the conversation about what can be done to prevent mass shootings.
      • 12:15 p.m. PT – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra and fellow California Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard,  Judy Chu,  Karen Bass and  Alan Lowenthal will  host a round-table at city hall in Los Angeles with local leaders and gun violence victims to discuss ways to secure a vote in Congress to prevent gun violence, followed by a news conference at 12:45 p.m.
      • 1 p.m. PT – Pelosi and fellow California Reps. Mike Thompson, Barbara Lee, Mike Honda and Eric Swalwell, local law enforcement officials, community leaders and survivors of gun violence will hold a “family sit-in to disarm hate” at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.
      • 1 p.m. – Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle holds an event in Pittsburgh with local elected officials, community leaders and advocates.
      • 1:30 p.m. – New York Rep. Joe Crowley will hold a round-table at his office in Jackson Heights with gun violence survivors, prevention advocates and community and faith leaders.
      • 1:30 p.m. –  Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen will hold a meeting in Memphis with local groups concerned about gun violence and local government officials.
      • 2 p.m. – Michigan Reps. John Conyers, Debbie Dingell, Dan Kildee, Brenda Lawrence, and Sander Levin will hold a panel discussion with community leaders in Berkley.
      • 2 p.m. – New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman will host a round-table with community leaders in Trenton. She plans to stream a live feed of the event from her Facebook page .
      • 2 p.m. PT – California Rep. Doris Matsui hosting a virtual roundtable tomorrow with public health experts from Sacramento, CA as part of a National Day of Action to Prevent Gun Violence. The roundtable will be live streamed to the public via a Google Hangout On Air  here .
      • 2 p.m. PT – Washington Reps. Jim McDermott and Adam Smith will join members of the Washington chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and the Everytown Survivor Network for a “National Day of Action” community meeting in Seattle, calling for action to prevent gun violence.
      • 3 p.m. – Rhode Island Reps. David N. Cicilline and Jim Langevin will hold a public sit-in at the Providence Public Safety Complex.  4 p.m. – Connecticut Rep. John Larson holds a call to action with local elected officials and leaders in Hartford. The event will be live streamed via Periscope .
      • 4 p.m. – New York   Rep. Gregory W. Meeks will join Life Camp, a victim’s family, community leaders, civic organizations and members of the clergy to discuss a recent shooting and how to prevent gun violence in New York City.
      • Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) will lead a series of events in San Diego as part of the national day of action against gun violence. Democratic members of Congress are holding dozens of events across the country to continue calling for votes on bipartisan measures to curb gun violence. Congressman Peters was the first member to live-stream the House sit-in protest last week, and has long been a vocal advocate for commonsense gun safety proposals to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, domestic abusers, and suspected terrorists.
      • 4:30 PT: Rep. Scott Peters will tour the University of California San Diego Medical Center’s trauma and lead a round table with medical, domestic violence and mental health professionals. At 7:30 PT, he will deliver remarks during the annual Pride Lighting Ceremony at the UC San Diego Medical Center.
      • 5 p.m. – District of Columbia Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton and California Rep. John Garamendi will host a roundtable at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in northwest D.C. with Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier and five District of Columbia residents who have been affected by gun violence.
      • 5 p.m. CT – Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan holds a rally in Madison with local politicians and community leaders.
      • 5 p.m. – Kentucky Rep. John Yarmuth holds a press conference and rally in Louisville with local politicians and community leaders.
      • 6 p.m. PT – California Rep. Judy Chu will host an event in Pasadena  called “SPEAK OUT: Enough is Enough” in which public officials, families and victims of gun violence and faith and community leaders will share their personal stories about how they were affected by gun violence.
      • 6 p.m. PT – California Rep. Alan Lowenthal hosts community forum in Long Beach with Mayor Robert Garcia and representatives from the Brady Campaign and Moms Demand Action. 6:30 p.m. PT – California Rep. Tony Cárdenas holds a forum with community advocates in Sylmar.
      • 6:30 p.m. MT – New Mexico Rep. Lujan Grisham holds a rally in Albuquerque.
      • 7 p.m. – Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern will hold a community rally in Worcester  to discuss current efforts at the local, state, and national levels to address gun violence and how members of the community can do their part.
      • 7 p.m. – New Jersey Rep. Donald Norcross participates in the March for Love, a walk in Pennsauken  to honor the victims of the Orlando shooting and spread the message of love and equality hosted by the Camden County Board of Freeholders.
      • THURSDAY 12 p.m. – Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark, state, and local leaders and representatives gun safety organizations will hold a rally on the steps of the state house in Boston.

    July 5, 2016
    Congressional Black Caucus members plan disruptions during ‘Day of Action on Guns

    • CBC Members will give speeches pushing for more restrictions on the possession and use of guns
    • CBC Members will attend a House Rules Committee hearing  where legislation on terrorism and gun control will be addressed and will hold up a image of a constituent killed by a firearm

    July 6, 2016
    10:00 AM EDT
    House Democrats Call for Gun Control Legislation

    July 7, 2016

    10:00 AM EDT
    U.S. House Democrats Reading Names of Gun Violence Victims

    July 14, 2016

    7:30 PM EDT
    House Democrats Hold Rally to Call for Gun Control Legislation

    • Not ‘Taking No For An Answer’: House Democrats Continue Gun Control Sit-In

      June 23, 20167:51 AM ET Camilia Domonoske – NPR

      Democrats in the House of Representatives continued their sit-in overnight and into Thursday morning, calling for votes on gun control — despite the fact that in the middle of the night, the GOP defied the protest to pass a Zika funding bill and then adjourn for the July Fourth recess.

      The sit-in began before noon on Wednesday, when House Democrats took to the floor. Chanting “No Bill, No Break” and waving posters with the names of victims of gun violence, the Democrats vowed to allow no House business to happen until there were votes on two gun control measures.

      House Speaker Paul Ryan quickly called the chamber into recess and turned off the video cameras on the House floor [C-SPAN is independent organization and accepts no government money] relies on those cameras for their live feed], saying that is standard practice during a recess. (The Associated Press notes there was a House protest in 2008, when Republican representatives occupied the floor and called for a vote to expand oil and gas drilling. During that protest, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi similarly called a recess and shut off the cameras.)

      C-SPAN is relying on live video streaming on Periscope and Facebook to cover the sit-in. Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke is among those streaming the events.

      There was a flurry of activity beginning late Wednesday and continuing into the wee hours Thursday, when Ryan brought the House back into session. GOP lawmakers defied the sit-in and shouts of “shame, shame, shame” to hold a vote on a Zika funding bill, passing it without debate. The Republican representatives, who control the House, then adjourned the body for the July Fourth holiday.

      But some Democrats remained.

      “Just because they cut and run in the dark of night, just because they have left doesn’t mean we are taking no for an answer,” said Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday morning, the AP reports.

      Yesterday, The Two-Way explained how the sit-in — which has included lawmakers literally sitting on the floor of the House — began:

      “The House is scheduled to break on Sunday, and Democrats are demanding a vote on two bills before they go: one that bars anyone on the no-fly list from buying a firearm and another that broadens background checks for firearm purchases. …

      “Rep. John Lewis, a Democrat from Georgia, announced the sit-in earlier [Wednesday] morning.

      ” ‘We have lost hundreds and thousands of innocent people to gun violence — tiny little children, babies, students and teachers, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, daughters and sons, friends and neighbors — and what has this body done?’ Lewis said, flanked by fellow Democrats. ‘Mr. Speaker, nothing. Not one thing.’ “

      Lewis is no stranger to sit-ins. He was a leader of the civil rights movement, chairing the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, working as a Freedom Rider, marching to Selma and, of course, joining sit-ins in the South in the ’60s.

      Ryan has called the Democrats’ sit-in a stunt and a gimmick.

      “It’s not a gimmick for me,” Lewis said, according to the AP.

      NPR’s Susan Davis described the scene inside the chamber:

      “Democrats sang ‘We Shall Overcome.’ … Senators from across the chamber came over. Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren brought them Dunkin’ Donuts.

      “In the galleries around the chamber, you had families of victims of gun violence, including a mother of one of the children that was killed in the Newtown shooting. Members held up posters of the names of people that had been killed in mass shootings on the floor. It was a very dramatic display.”

      Crowds cheered from outside the Capitol, too.

      For more: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/06/23/483205589/house-democrats-continue-gun-control-sit-in

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