Asian Americans Take A Stand: Black Lives Matter To Us, Too

Asian Americans Take A Stand: Black Lives Matter To Us, Too

7/10/16 Jeena Cho CONTRIBUTOR – washingtonpost

It’s difficult to process and make sense of the recent tragedies. The killing of black men by the police, as well as the killings of police officers. I’ve personally been struggling with a sense of hopelessness, helplessness, outrage and deep sadness. Perhaps you are as well. I find myself endlessly scrolling through my Facebook and Twitter feed, feeling ever more traumatized. Not knowing what I can do to contribute, to help.

According to the book Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Servicespeople respond to trauma in different ways. “The impact of trauma can be subtle, insidious or outright destructive. How an event affects an individual depends on many factors, including characteristics of the individual, the type and characteristics of the event(s), developmental processes, the meaning of the trauma and sociocultural factors.” Each of us must find our own way of working through trauma. What we know from the research is that taking constructive actions can help to process trauma. People are “resilient and develop appropriate coping strategies, including the use of social supports, to deal with the aftermath and effects of trauma.”

Earlier yesterday, I came across a post in my Facebook feed, titled: “Dear Mom, Dad, Uncle, Auntie: Black Lives Matter to Us, Too.” It’s a collective effort of the Asian American community to have difficult conversations about the Black Lives Matter movement, in particular with the older generation. Christina Xu, an ethnographer and writer, and other Asian-American activists wrote the letter to their families. Within a few days, hundreds of people contributed and collaborated using Google Docs to write the letter, translate it into over 20 languages, self-organized to make videos of Asian Americans reading the letter, record audio versions of the letter and created a community on Facebook as well as a Slack group.

The letter starts with:

Mom, Dad, Uncle, Auntie, Grandfather, Grandmother: We need to talk.

You may not have grown up around people who are Black, but I have. Black people are a fundamental part of my life: they are my friends, my classmates and teammates, my roommates, my family. Today, I’m scared for them.

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Memorial Service For The Fallen in Dallas

On July 7, 2016, a gunman ambushed and shot twelve police officers and two civilians in Dallas, Texas, killing five of the officers.  The shooting happened at the end of a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest against police killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, which had occurred in the preceding days.

7/8/16 President Obama delivers a statement on the Attacks in Dallas, Texas
7/8/16 Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Delivers Statement on Dallas Shooting
7/8/16 Press conference at Dallas City Hall
7/9/16 Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the Attacks in Dallas, Texas in the Weekly Address


Tuesday, July 12, 2016
President Barack H. Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Former President George W. Bush, Former First Lady Laura Bush, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden 
join others in an interfaith memorial service for the fallen Dallas police officers
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas




The 14th Amendment – 147th Anniversary

Passed by Congress June 13, 1866, and ratified July 9, 1868, the 14th amendment extended liberties and rights granted by the Bill of Rights to former slaves.

Following the Civil War, Congress submitted to the states three amendments as part of its Reconstruction program to guarantee equal civil and legal rights to black citizens. The major provision of the 14th amendment was to grant citizenship to “All persons born or naturalized in the United States,” thereby granting citizenship to former slaves. Another equally important provision was the statement that “nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” The right to due process of law and equal protection of the law now applied to both the Federal and state governments. On June 16, 1866, the House Joint Resolution proposing the 14th amendment to the Constitution was submitted to the states. On July 28, 1868, the 14th amendment was declared, in a certificate of the Secretary of State, ratified by the necessary 28 of the 37 States, and became part of the supreme law of the land.

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US Minorities Civil Rights Timeline 1964-2016 ( Civil Rights Timelines ™)


Pres Obama travels to NATO Summit Warsaw & Spain

NATO Varsovie 2016

NATO Summit Warsaw 2016

The NATO Summit of Heads of State and Government in Warsaw, Poland will be held on 08–09 July 2016. The meetings will be chaired by the NATO Secretary General.

This first media advisory is intended to provide information about accreditation, visa, accommodation arrangements for media representatives. A second media advisory released closer to the event will provide information on a broader array of media-related topics.

The meetings will take place at the Warsaw National Stadium (al. Księcia J. Poniatowskiego 1, 03-901 Warsaw – Poland). The Media Centre will be collocated with the Summit venue and will be open from Thursday 7 July until Sunday 10 July. More details regarding the opening hours will be provided at a later stage.

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NATO Summit Agenda



NATO Summit Warsaw 2016

Summit Schedule
Summit Livestream



NATO Summit 2016
8–9 July
Warsaw, Poland

Spain - Poland Map

June 06, 2016

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Poland and Spain

The President will travel to Warsaw, Poland, and Spain July 7-11. From July 7-9, the President will attend the 2016 NATO Summit, his fifth and final Summit with NATO leaders. The meeting will afford an opportunity to underscore Alliance solidarity, to advance efforts to bolster security to NATO’s east and south, and to project stability through new partnerships beyond the North Atlantic area. The President will hold a bilateral meeting with the Polish President to discuss U.S.-Polish relations, reaffirm the American commitment to Poland’s security, and exchange views on the broader security environment in Europe. While in Warsaw, the President will also meet with the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission to discuss U.S.-EU cooperation across a range of shared priorities, including countering terrorism, fostering economic growth and prosperity, and addressing the global refugee crisis. Following the visit to Poland, the President will travel to Spain from July 9-11. The visit to Spain, an important NATO Ally, will highlight robust security cooperation, a strong political and economic relationship, and longstanding people-to-people ties. The President’s agenda in Spain will include meetings with His Majesty the King of Spain and the Acting President of Spain.

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President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

Thursday, July 7

President Obama travels to Warsaw, Poland

President Obama arrives in Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw Chopin Airport, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama delivers a statement on the fatal shootings this week in Louisiana and Minnesota.
Warsaw, Poland


Friday, July 8

President Obama meets with employees and family members of the United States Embassy to Warsaw, Poland
Marriot Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama meets with Presidents of European Council and European Commission
Warsaw Marriott, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with NATO Secretary Stoltenberg
Warsaw Marriott, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda
PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama participates in the official family photo with leaders attending the NATO Summit
PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama attends a meeting on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Alliance Council
PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama participates in the official family photo with leaders attending the NATO Summit
PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama attends the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit working dinner
PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama overnights in Warsaw
Warsaw Marriot, Warsaw, Poland


Saturday, July 9

President Obama attends North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit on Afghanistan
Warsaw National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama attends a meeting on the NATO Alliance Council
Warsaw National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama attends a meeting on NATO Ukraine Commission
Warsaw National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama holds a press conference
Warsaw National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama travels to Madrid, Spain

President Obama overnights in Madrid, Spain


Sunday,  July 10

President Obama is greeted by Spanish King Felipe VI  and Queen Letizia in an official arrival ceremony
The Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Spanish King Felipe VI
The Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain

President Obama and Spanish King Felipe VI hold a joint press conference
The Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain

President Obama and meets with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
The Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain

President Obama meets with employees and family members
United States Embassy to Madrid, Spain

President Obama visits the U.S. military service-members
Naval Station Rota, Spain

President Obama departs Spain to return to the White House






Democrats Keep Up Demand for Common-Sense Gun Reform

June 12, 2016

June 15, 2016 

June 16, 2016 

June 20, 2016

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.

June 22, 2016

June 23, 2016

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

July 7, 2016

July 14, 2016

>>>WH WeThePeople Petition: Ban the AR-15 from Civilian Ownership<<<

Family of AR-15 inventor: The weapon wasn’t meant for civilians

June 16, 2016, 08:53 am By Rebecca Savransky – TheHill

The family of the man who invented the AR-15 rifle says the weapon was never meant to be used by civilians.

“Our father, Eugene Stoner, designed the AR-15 and subsequent M16 as a military weapon to give our soldiers an advantage over the AK-47,” the Stoner family told NBC News late Wednesday.

“He died long before any mass shootings occurred. But we do think he would have been horrified and sickened as anyone, if not more by these events.”

The family said Stoner would have agreed the weapon is a tool of war. Stoner was an “avid sportsman, hunter and skeet shooter” but never used the AR-15 for sport, nor did he keep it for personal defense.

“After many conversations with him, we feel his intent was that he designed it as a military rifle,” his family said.

After Stoner died, the semi-automatic version of the AR-15 began gaining popularity with civilians, NBC reported.

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No Assault Weapon





Independence Day – 240th Anniversary


July 4, 1776, the United States Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress which announced that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were now independent states. Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration is a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The birthday of the United States of America—Independence Day—is celebrated on July 4, the day the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress.

We celebrate the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of American democracy.


7/2/16 .Weekly Address: Serving our Military Families This Fourth of July.


Freedom is not Free

On Independence Day, We Remember that “Freedom is Not Free”

The President and First Lady will commemorate this Independence Day with the company of service members, veterans, and their families.

For the past seven years, President Obama and his family have celebrated the Fourth of July with members of the armed forces, veterans, and their families. This year, the United Service Organizations (USO) – a partner of the Joining Forces Initiative – is observing its 75th anniversary across 180 locations around the world, including the Middle East, Europe, Asia, the South Pacific, and of course at the White House.

The USO will host a special program on the South Lawn featuring remarks from the President, performances by Grammy-award winning musical guests, and a dazzling fireworks display. You can tune in to share the fun at

In honor of Independence Day and those who fight to keep our nation safe, let’s take a look back at a few moments this Administration has celebrated with the USO and our service members.

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6:45 PM EDT: A Fourth of July Celebration at the White House with the President and First Lady
8:00 PM EDT: USO Concert
8:30 PM EDT President Obama delivers remarks at a Fourth of July Celebration
9:00 PM EDT: National  Capitol fireworks display

Live Stream:

White House App.

Happy July 4th America


The Civil Rights Act of 1964 – 52nd Anniversary


The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88–352, 78 Stat. 241, enacted July 2, 1964) is a landmark piece of civil rights legislation in the United States that outlawed major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, and women.  It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public (known as “public accommodations”).

Powers given to enforce the act were initially weak, but were supplemented during later years. Congress asserted its authority to legislate under several different parts of the United States Constitution, principally its power to regulate interstate commerce under Article One (section 8), its duty to guarantee all citizens equal protection of the laws under the Fourteenth Amendment and its duty to protect voting rights under the Fifteenth Amendment. The Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, who would later sign the landmark Voting Rights Act into law.


6/24/14 US House and Senate leaders posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
6/24/14 US House and Senate leaders posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


Desiline Victor, 102, stood in line for three hours to cast her vote on Oct. 28, 2012. Ms. Victor was a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama to listen to President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address.
Desiline Victor, 102, stood in line for three hours to cast her vote on Oct. 28, 2012. Ms. Victor was a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama to listen to President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address.

June 25, 2013

Statement by the President on the Supreme Court Ruling on Shelby County v. Holder

“I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today. For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act – enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities in Congress – has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans. Today’s decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.

As a nation, we’ve made a great deal of progress towards guaranteeing every American the right to vote. But, as the Supreme Court recognized, voting discrimination still exists. And while today’s decision is a setback, it doesn’t represent the end of our efforts to end voting discrimination. I am calling on Congress to pass legislation to ensure every American has equal access to the polls. My Administration will continue to do everything in its power to ensure a fair and equal voting process.”


Contact your legislator

The Supreme Court just gutted the most important civil rights law in our country — the Voting Rights Act. This decision is an extremely disappointing setback for voting rights in this country. Now it’s up to Congress to enact new legislation to protect the rights of voters, and it’s up to us to make them act.

Contact your Congress person to Republicans it’s time to pass laws to RESTORE and PROTECT VOTING RIGHTS!!!

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US Minorities Civil Rights Timeline 1863-1963 ( Civil Rights Timelines ™)

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