Congressional Black Congress – 46th Anniversary

1977, 15 of the Congressional Black Caucus members L -R (front row) B Jordan of TX, R Nix, Sr., of PA, R Metcalfe of IL, C Collins of IL P Mitchell of MD, G Hawkins of CA, S Chisholm of NY; (middle row) J Conyers, Jr., of MI, C Rangel of NY, H Ford, Sr., of TN, Y Brathwaite Burke of CA, W Fauntroy of the DC; (back row) R Dellums of CA, L Stokes of OH, and C C. Diggs, Jr., of MI
1977, 15 of the Congressional Black Caucus members
L -R (front row) B Jordan of TX, R Nix, Sr., of PA, R Metcalfe of IL, C Collins of IL P Mitchell of MD, G Hawkins of CA, S Chisholm of NY; (middle row) J Conyers, Jr., of MI, C Rangel of NY, H Ford, Sr., of TN, Y Brathwaite Burke of CA, W Fauntroy of the DC; (back row) R Dellums of CA, L Stokes of OH, and C C. Diggs, Jr., of MI

.As the number of African Americans serving in Congress grew, a long-desired movement to form a more unified organization among black legislators coalesced. When Charles C. Diggs, Jr., of Michigan entered the House of Representatives in 1955, he joined black Members William Dawson of Illinois and Adam Clayton Powell—the largest delegation of African Americans on Capitol Hill since Reconstruction. “In Congress, there was little, if any communication between Dawson and Powell,” Diggs noted. “Their styles were different. In terms of exercise between them, there was not any.” Diggs keenly felt the isolation endured by black Members due to their small numbers in Congress and, in some cases, an inability to connect on a personal level. Frustrated that black Representatives lacked a forum to discuss common concerns and issues, Diggs proposed the organization of the Democratic Select Committee (DSC) at the opening of the 91st Congress (1969–1971), maintaining that the DSC would fill a significant void by fostering the exchange of information among the nine African Americans serving in Congress, as well as between black Representatives and House leadership. “The sooner we get organized for group action, the more effective we can become,” Diggs remarked.  The informal group held sporadic meetings that were mainly social gatherings and had no independent staff or budget.

Newly elected Members and beneficiaries of court-ordered redistricting, William (Bill) Clay, Sr., of Missouri, Louis Stokes of Ohio, and Shirley Chisholm embraced the concept of a group for black legislators to “seize the moment, to fight for justice, to raise issues too long ignored and too little debated”—all of which quickly translated into a more influential association for African-American Members.

For more:  http://history.house.gov/Exhibitions-and-Publications/BAIC/Historical-Essays/Permanent-Interest/Congressional-Black-Caucus/

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Since its establishment in 1971, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have joined together to empower America’s neglected citizens and to address their legislative concerns.For more than 40 years, the CBC has consistently been the voice for people of color and vulnerable communities in Congress and has been committed to utilizing the full Constitutional power, statutory authority, and financial resources of the Government of the United States of America to ensure that everyone in the United States has an opportunity to achieve their version of the American Dream.

The legislative agenda of universal empowerment that Members of the Congressional Black Caucus collectively pursue include but are not limited to: the creation of universal access to a world-class education from birth through post secondary level; the creation of universal access to quality, affordable health care and the elimination of racially based health disparities; the creation of universal access to modern technology, capital and full, fairly-compensated employment; the creation and or expansion of U.S. foreign policy initiatives that will contribute to the survival, health, education and general welfare of all peoples of the world in a manner consistent with universal human dignity, tolerance and respect and such other legislative action as a majority of the entire CBC Membership may support.

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  1. WH

    Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    President Obama attends a meeting of the House and Senate Democratic Caucuses to discuss fighting Republicans on Obamacare, U.S. Capitol

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    President Obama meets with Combatant Commanders and Joint Chiefs of Staff
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    12:30 PM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

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    President Obama participates in the Armed Forces Full Honor Review Farewell Ceremony; Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia

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  2. Congressional Black Congress – 46th Anniversary

    As the number of African Americans serving in Congress grew, a long-desired movement to form a more unified organization among black legislators coalesced. When Charles C. Diggs, Jr., of Michigan entered the House of Representatives in 1955, he joined black Members William Dawson of Illinois and Adam Clayton Powell—the largest delegation of African Americans on Capitol Hill since Reconstruction. “In Congress, there was little, if any communication between Dawson and Powell,” Diggs noted. “Their styles were different. In terms of exercise between them, there was not any.” Diggs keenly felt the isolation endured by black Members due to their small numbers in Congress and, in some cases, an inability to connect on a personal level. Frustrated that black Representatives lacked a forum to discuss common concerns and issues, Diggs proposed the organization of the Democratic Select Committee (DSC) at the opening of the 91st Congress (1969–1971), maintaining that the DSC would fill a significant void by fostering the exchange of information among the nine African Americans serving in Congress, as well as between black Representatives and House leadership. “The sooner we get organized for group action, the more effective we can become,” Diggs remarked. The informal group held sporadic meetings that were mainly social gatherings and had no independent staff or budget.

    Newly elected Members and beneficiaries of court-ordered redistricting, William (Bill) Clay, Sr., of Missouri, Louis Stokes of Ohio, and Shirley Chisholm embraced the concept of a group for black legislators to “seize the moment, to fight for justice, to raise issues too long ignored and too little debated”—all of which quickly translated into a more influential association for African-American Members.

    For more: http://history.house.gov/Exhibitions-and-Publications/BAIC/Historical-Essays/Permanent-Interest/Congressional-Black-Caucus/

  3. January 04, 2017

    Remarks by the President with Combatant Commanders and Joint Chiefs of Staff

    Cabinet Room

    11:31 A.M. EST

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, Happy New Year, everybody. I want to begin by thanking Ash Carter, our Secretary of Defense; General Joe Dunford and Vice Chair Paul Selva, and all of our commanders here.

    The purpose of this meeting — something I do on a regular basis — is to allow me to hear directly from those who are charged with the most solemn responsibility of maintaining the finest fighting force that the world has ever known, and keeping the American people safe. It is in these meetings that we have been able to set broad strategy, identify areas where we have to improve, address the health of the force. And I can say to the American people that they are extraordinarily lucky and I am extraordinarily lucky to be served by such extraordinary patriots.

    This will be my last meeting with them. And so part of my goal here is just to say thank you to them and let them know how much I appreciate the counsel, the advice, the leadership that they have consistently shown throughout my time in office.

    But in addition to saying thank you, I will get their views on the fact that we still have a lot of active threats around the world and we still have men and women in harm’s way around the world who are busy protecting our homeland and our vital interests and our allies.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/04/remarks-president-combatant-commanders-and-joint-chiefs-staff

  4. 11:05 AM
    President Obama meets with Combatant Commanders and Joint Chiefs of Staff
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  5. Calif. lawmakers hire Eric Holder to fight Trump

    1/04/17 09:06 AM EST BY BROOKE SEIPEL – TheHIll

    The California Legislature hired former Attorney General Eric Holder as it prepares for expected battles with President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

    Numerous cities in the state are sanctuary cities, and Democrats have been gearing up to battle Trump’s immigration policies that would affect the state’s more than 2.6 million undocumented residents.

    “Having the former attorney general of the United States brings us a lot of firepower in order to prepare to safeguard the values of the people of California,” Kevin de León, the Democratic leader of the Senate, told The New York Times. “This means we are very, very serious.”

    De León said he expected California to challenge Washington on issues including the environment, immigration and criminal justice.
    “It was very clear that it wasn’t just campaign rhetoric,” de León said of Trump’s policy proposals on the campaign trail. “He was surrounding himself with people who are a very clear and present danger to the economic prosperity of California.”

    Former Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) was appointed to be the state attorney general, replacing incoming Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). Becerra, now one of the highest-ranking Latino officials in California, will also play a key role in battles with Trump.

    For more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/312624-california-hires-former-ag-to-fight-trump

  6. January 04, 2017

    Remarks by the President at Armed Forces Full Honor Review Farewell Ceremony

    Joint Base Myer-Henderson
    Fort Myer, Virginia

    3:21 P.M. EST

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

    Well, good afternoon. It turns out these are easier when you’re talking about somebody else. (Laughter.) At a moment like this, I think of all the times I’ve stood before our men and women in uniform. Commissioning our newest officers. Presiding over promotions. Presenting the Commander-in Chief’s Trophy to — the best football team in the military. I will let you argue over that one. (Laughter.) I have never taken sides.

    Secretary Carter, I could not be more grateful for your gracious words, but more importantly, for your outstanding leadership, across, as you noted, more than three decades and nearly all of my presidency. You have always given me, Ash, your best strategic counsel. You’ve made sure that we were investing in innovation for the long term and a strong Force of the Future. As a physicist, Ash is also one of the few people who actually understands how our defense systems work. And I know that our troops and their families are immensely grateful for the compassion that you and Stephanie have shown them over the years. So to you and your family, on behalf of all of us, thank you for your outstanding service. (Applause.)

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/04/remarks-president-armed-forces-full-honor-review-farewell-ceremony

  7. WH

    Thursday, January 5, 2017

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

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    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

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  8. First female infantry Marines joining battalion on Thursday

    January 3, 2017 By: Jeff Schogol – MarinesTimes

    First female infantry Marines joining battalion on Thursday
    By: Jeff Schogol, January 3, 2017 (Photo Credit: Lance Cpl. Nicholas Trager/Marine Corps)
    The Marine Corps will make history on Thursday when the first three female infantry Marines join their unit at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, officials said.

    The women are headed to https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/articles/women-join-infantry, where they will serve in the following infantry military occupational specialties: rifleman, machine gunner and mortar Marine, said 1st Lt. John McCombs, a spokesman for II Marine Expeditionary Force.

    The battalion has a team of women leaders consisting of a logistics officer, motor transport officer and wire chief to support the female infantry Marines, McCombs said.

    For more: https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/articles/women-join-infantry

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