National Archives presents: America’s First Ladies Forum

Throughout our history, First Ladies have the power to shape societal attitudes and have used their platform to advocate for important issues affecting the nation. This conference will focus on the First Lady as spouse of the Commander in Chief and the actions they have taken, throughout times of war and peace, to support Americans in combat, military families, and the country’s veterans.

First Ladies of the United States

First Ladies of the United States of America

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Friday, September 16, 2016
First Ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush speak at a forum on the legacy of first ladies
National Archives, Washington, DC
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Live Stream: http://american.edu/FLOTUS

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3rd Annual Our Ocean Conference

Our Ocean, One Future

Life on Earth depends on the ocean.  A healthy ocean is central to human wellbeing.  The ocean feeds billions of people, employs millions of workers, and generates trillions of dollars in the world economy.

Yet, as vast as our ocean and its resources are, they are not infinite.  And today the ocean is under tremendous pressure from human activity – including unsustainable and illegal fishing, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts.

Secretary of State John Kerry will host the 2016 Our Ocean Conference in Washington, D.C., on September 15 to 16 to catalyze actions to protect our ocean from these threats and to empower a new generation to lead the way toward a healthy and sustainable ocean.

Areas of Focus

  • Marine Protected Areas
  • Climate and Ocean
  • Sustainable Fisheries
  • Marine Pollution

For more: http://ourocean2016.org

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September 15-16, 2016 @ 9:00 AM EDT
3rd Annual Our Ocean Conference
Washington, D.C.

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Live Stream: http://www.state.gov/e/oes/ocns/opa/ourocean/index.htm

#OurOcean

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Violence Against Women Act – 22nd Anniversary

The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) is a United States federal law (Title IV, sec. 40001-40703 of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, H.R. 3355) signed as Pub.L. 103-322by President Bill Clinton (D) on September 13, 1994.

The Act provides $1.6 billion toward investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, imposes automatic and mandatory restitution on those convicted, and allows civil redress in cases prosecutors chose to leave unprosecuted. The Act also establishes the Office on Violence Against Women within the Department of Justice. Its coverage extends to male victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

VAWA was drafted by the office of Senator Joe Biden (D-DE), with support from a broad coalition of advocacy groups. The Act passed through Congress with bipartisan support in 1994, clearing the House by a vote of 235–195 and the Senate by a vote of 61–38, although the following year House Republicans attempted to cut the Act’s funding. In the 2000 Supreme Court case United States v. Morrison, a sharply divided Court struck down the VAWA provision allowing women the right to sue their attackers in federal court. By a 5–4 majority, the Court overturned the provision as an intrusion on states’ rights.

VAWA was reauthorized by Congress in 2000, and again in December 2005.The Act’s 2012 renewal was opposed by conservative Republicans, who objected to extending the Act’s protections to same-sex couples and to provisions allowing battered undocumented individuals to claim, also known as U- Visas, temporary visas. In April 2012, the Senate voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, and the House subsequently passed its own measure (omitting provisions of the Senate bill that would protect gays, Native Americans living in reservations, and undocumented individuals who are victims of domestic violence). Reconciliation of the two bills was stymied by procedural measures, leaving the reauthorization in question. The Senate’s 2012 reauthorization of VAWA was not brought up for a vote in the House.

In February 2013, the Senate passed an extension of the Violence Against Women Act by a vote of 78-22, and the House of Representatives passed it by a vote of 286-138, with unanimous Democratic support and 87 Republicans voting in the affirmative. The extension was signed by President Barack Obama.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violence_Against_Women_Act

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The History of the Violence Against Women Act Timeline

1990

  • U.S. Senator Biden introduces the first Violence Against Women Act.

1993

  • U.S. Senator Joseph Biden and the majority staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee conclude a three‐year investigation into the causes and effects of violence against women. In his introduction to Violence Against Women ‐ The Response to Rape: Detours on the Road to Equal Justice report, Senator Biden states, “Through this process, I have become convinced that violence against women reflects as much a failure of our nation’s collective moral imagination as it does the failure of our nation’s laws and regulations. We are helpless to change the course of this violence unless, and until, we achieve a national consensus that it deserves our profound public outrage.

1994

  • The Act provided $1.6 billion toward investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, imposed automatic and mandatory restitution on those convicted, and allowed civil redress in cases prosecutors chose to leave unprosecuted. The Act also established the Office on Violence Against Women within the Department of Justice.
  • 9/13/1994  President Bill Clinton signs the Violence Against Women Act into law as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.
  •  Requires a coordinated community response to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking crimes, encouraging jurisdictions to bring together multiple players to share experience and information and to use their distinct roles to improve community‐defined responses.
  • Strengthens federal penalties for repeat sex offenders and included a federal “rape shield law,” which is intended to prevent offenders from using victims’ past sexual conduct against them during a rape trial.
  • Creates full faith and credit provisions requires states and territories to enforce protection orders issued by other states, tribes and territories.
  • Creates legal relief for battered immigrants that made it more difficult for abusers to use immigration law to prevent victims from calling the police or seeking safety.
  • Allows victims to seek civil rights remedies for gender‐related crimes.1

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Programs under VAWA 1994 include:

DOJ: The STOP (Services*Training*Officers* Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program, the Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies Program, the Rural Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Assistance Grant Program, and the STOP Violence Against Indian Women Discretionary Program (created from a statutory set‐aside of STOP funds for Indian tribal governments).

HHS: VAWA authorizes funds to establish the National Domestic Violence Hotline and to support battered women’s shelters, rape prevention education, and coordinated community responses to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

IRS: To help victims of domestic violence and others, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service offers taxpayers an “innocent spouse” relief program which stops collection of taxes in certain situations.

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House GOP blocks Violence Against Women Act

Wed Jan 2, 2013 2:13 PM EST By Steve Benen – maddowblog

Congress had a lengthy to-do list as the end of the year approached, with a series of measures that needed action before 2013 began. Some of the items passed (a fiscal agreement, a temporary farm bill), while others didn’t (relief funding for victims of Hurricane Sandy).

And then there’s the Violence Against Women Act, which was supposed to be one of the year’s easy ones. It wasn’t.

Back in April, the Senate approved VAWA reauthorization fairly easily, with a 68 to 31 vote. The bill was co-written by a liberal Democrat (Vermont’s Pat Leahy) and a conservative Republican (Idaho’s Mike Crapo), and seemed on track to be reauthorized without much of a fuss, just as it was in 2000 and 2005.

But House Republicans insisted the bill is too supportive of immigrants, the LGBT community, and Native Americans — and they’d rather let the law expire than approve a slightly expanded proposal. Vice President Biden, who helped write the original law, tried to persuade House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to keep the law alive, but the efforts didn’t go anywhere.

And so, for the first time since 1994, the Violence Against Women Act is no more. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the Democratic point person on VAWA, said in a statement:

“The House Republican leadership’s failure to take up and pass the Senate’s bipartisan and inclusive VAWA bill is inexcusable. This is a bill that passed with 68 votes in the Senate and that extends the bill’s protections to 30 million more women. But this seems to be how House Republican leadership operates. No matter how broad the bipartisan support, no matter who gets hurt in the process, the politics of the right wing of their party always comes first.”

For more: http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/02/16305284-house-gop-blocks-violence-against-women-act?lite

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9/11 Patriot Day 2016 – 15th Anniversary

In the United States, Patriot Day occurs on September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2,993 killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Most Americans refer to the day as “Nine-Eleven (9/11),” “September Eleventh,” or some variation thereof. U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved by a vote of 407-0 on October 25, 2001. It requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day.”

On this day, President Obama asks Americans to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM ET and calls upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

President Obama urges Americans to we mark each September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

United We Serve http://www.serve.gov/sept11.asp

9/11 Memorial

National September 11 Memorial and Museum

The Pentagon Memorial

Flight 93 National Memorial

Beyond the 11th

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Better Business Bureau Human Service Charities http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/human-services/

Better Business Bureau Police and Fire Fighters Charities http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/police-and-firefighter/

Presidential Proclamation — Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, 2016

PATRIOT DAY AND NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE, 2016

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Fifteen years ago, nearly 3,000 innocent lives men, women, and children who had been going about their normal routines were taken from us, depriving families and loved ones of a lifetime of precious moments. But the acts of terror of September 11, 2001, sought to do more than hurt our people and bring down buildings: They sought to break our spirit and destroy the enduring values that unite us as Americans. In the years that followed, our capacity to love and to hope has guided us forward as we worked to rebuild, more sound and resilient than ever before. With the hearts of those we lost held faithfully in our memories, we reaffirm the unwavering optimism and everlasting strength that brought us together in our darkest hour, and we resolve to give of ourselves in service to others in that same spirit.

The pain inflicted on our Nation on September 11 was felt by people of every race, background, and faith. Though many young Americans have grown up without knowing firsthand the horrors of that day, their lives have been shaped by it. They hear of the many acts of service that occurred coworkers who led others to safety, passengers who stormed a cockpit, and first responders who charged directly into the fire. Many Americans did everything they could to help survivors, from volunteering their time to donating food, clothing, and blood. And many signed up to don our Nation’s uniform to prove to the world that no act of terror could eclipse the strength or character of our country.

United by a common creed, a commitment to lifting up our neighbors, and a belief that we are stronger when we stand by one another, we must find the courage to carry forward the legacy of those who stepped up in our time of need. By devoting ourselves to each other and recognizing that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves just as heroic patriots did on September 11 we are paying tribute to their sacrifices. On this National Day of Service and Remembrance, we must ensure that darkness is no match for the light we shine by engaging in acts of service and charity. I invite all Americans to observe this day with compassionate and selfless deeds that embody the values that define our people, and to visit http://www.Serve.gov to find opportunities to give back to their communities.

America endures in the tenacity of our survivors, and in the dedication of those who keep us safe. Today, we honor all who lost their lives in the heartbreaking attacks of September 11, and all who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in the years that followed. In memory of these beautiful souls, we vow to keep moving forward. Let us have confidence in the values that make us American, the liberties that make us a beacon to the world, and the unity we sustain every year on this anniversary. Above all, let us stand as strong as ever before and recognize that together, there is nothing we cannot overcome.

By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day,” and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized “National Day of Service and Remembrance.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2016, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. I call upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. I invite the Governors of the United States and its Territories and interested organizations and individuals to join in this observance. I call upon the people of the United States to participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost, to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.

BARACK OBAMA

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Sunday, September 11

 

8:46 AM ET
President Obama, First Lady Michelle and White House staff observe a moment of silence to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
White House

8:45 AM ET
9/11 Memorial Remebrance Ceremony
Memorial Plaza, New York, NY

9:30 AM ET
President Obama deliver remarks along with Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Memorial Remebrance Ceremony
Pentagon, Arlington County, Virginia

10:00 AM ET
Memorial Remebrance Ceremony for the passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93
Shanksvillle, PA

10:30 AM ET
National September 11 Memorial and Museum
New York September 11 Remembrance Ceremony

 

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US Joins Paris Climate Agreement

The Paris Agreement (FrenchL’accord de Paris) is an agreement within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020. An agreement on the language of the treaty was negotiated by representatives of 195 countries at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Paris and adopted by consensus on 12 December 2015.

For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Agreement

President Obama: The United States Formally Enters the Paris Agreement

SEPTEMBER 3, 2016 AT 10:41 AM ET BY TANYA SOMANADER

Last December, more than 190 countries adopted the Paris Agreement, the most ambitious climate change agreement in history. In order for the agreement to take effect and enter into force, at least 55 countries representing at least 55 percent of global emissions need to formally join the Agreement.

Today, the United States and China deposited with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon their respective instruments to join the Paris Agreement, marking a significant contribution towards the early entry into force of the Paris Agreement.

Today’s action by the United States and China to formally join is a significant step towards entry into force this year with countries representing around 40 percent of global emissions having now joined and more than 55 countries having already joined or publicly committed to work towards joining the agreement this year.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/09/03/president-obama-united-states-formally-enters-paris-agreement

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2016 Commander-In-Chief Forum

Commander-in-Chief Forum

For the first time in history, both major party Presidential nominees will take the stage in New York City for a forum focusing on national security, military affairs, and veterans issues. Hosted by IAVA, and broadcast in primetime by NBC and MSNBC, this forum will allow an audience of primarily servicemembers, veterans and military family members to ask questions of both candidates on the issues most important to our community. Learn more about how you can be involved!

IAVA has been advocating for a Commander in Chief forum since 2015 when the field was crowded and the primaries were far from settled. Too often, veterans and members of the military serve as props in political campaigns of all stripes, while our issues get shallow, boilerplate answers and pundits and partisans drive the debate. This changes now. We are proud to lead and set a new precedent with the first Presidential candidate conversation exclusively on veteran and military issues in any recent election cycle.

“IAVA is proud to lead this historic event for our veterans community and all Americans,” said Paul Rieckhoff, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of IAVA. “On the cusp of the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, New York is a fitting stage to give voice to American veterans and service members that are all too often shut out of our political debate. IAVA members world-wide, 93% of whom say they’ll be voting in November, and many deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan right now, are ready to hear from the candidates and hold them accountable. IAVA is honored to join with NBC on this significant event that will ensure that America’s next Commander-in-Chief, at least for one night, addresses our nation’s moral obligation to support and empower its 22 million veterans, our servicemembers and our military families.”

For more: http://iava.org/cicforum/

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2016 Commander-in-Chief Forum
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
8:00 PM ET
New York City, New York
Hosted by IAVA MSNBC

Live Stream: NBC and MSNBC

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2016 ASEAN Summit & EAS Summit

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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a forum for 21 Pacific Rim member economies that seeks to promote free trade and economic cooperation throughout the Asia-Pacific region. It was established in 1989 in response to the growing interdependence of Asia-Pacific economies and the advent of regional trade blocs in other parts of the world; to fears that highly industrialized Japan (a member of G8) would come to dominate economic activity in the Asia-Pacific region; and to establish new markets for agricultural products and raw materials beyond Europe (where demand had been declining). APEC works to raise living standards and education levels through sustainable economic growth and to foster a sense of community and an appreciation of shared interests among Asia-Pacific countries. APEC includes newly industrialized economies, although the agenda of free trade was a sensitive issue for the developing NIEs at the time APEC founded, and aims to enable ASEAN economies to explore new export market opportunities for natural resources such as natural gas, as well as to seek regional economic integration (industrial integration) by means of foreign direct investment. Members account for approximately 40% of the world’s population, approximately 54% of the world’s gross domestic product and about 44% of world trade.

An annual APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting is attended by the heads of government of all APEC members except Taiwan (which is represented by a ministerial-level official under the name Chinese Taipei as economic leader). The location of the meeting rotates annually among the member economies, and a famous tradition, followed for most (but not all) summits, involves the attending leaders dressing in a national costume of the host country.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia-Pacific_Economic_Cooperation

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President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

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Tuesday, September 6th

President Obama participates in an arrival ceremony
Presidential Palace, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Laotian President Bounnhang Vorachith
Presidential Palace, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama meets with Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith
Presidential Palace, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama attends an official state luncheon
Presidential Palace, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama delivers remarks to the People of Laos
Lao National Cultural Hall , Vientiane, Laos

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Park of the Republic of Korea
Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama meets with Embassy personnel and families
Landmark Mekong Riverside, Vientiane, Laos

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Wednesday, September 7th

President Obama participates in an EAS family photo
National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama holds a press conference
Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India
Landmark Mekong Riverside, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama tours Wat Xieng Thong temple
Luang Prabang, Laos

President Obama Holds a YSEALI Town Hall
Luang Prabang, Laos

President Obama tours Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE) Visitor Centre
Vientiane, Laos

President Obama participates in an ASEAN – EAS welcome dinner and cultural performance
National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos

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Thursday, September 8th

President Obama participates in an ASEAN – EAS family photo
National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama Holds a Press Conference
National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama departs Laos en route to Japan
Wattay International Airport, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama arrives in Yokota, Japan and Air Force One refuels
Yokota Air Base, Japan

President Obama departs Japan en route to Alaska
Yokota Air Base, Japan

President Obama arrives in Achorage, Alaska and Air Force One refuels
Ted Stevens International Airport, Anchorage, Alaska

President Obama departs Achorage en route to Joint Base Andrews
Ted Stevens International Airport, Anchorage, Alaska

President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews

President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route to White House

President Obama arrives White House

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ASEAN Summit / EAS Summit
September 6-8, 2016
Vientiane, Laos

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