Democrats Plan to Register 50 Million New Voters

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Democrats Have a Plan to Register 50 Million New Voters
If more people vote, Trump-Pence loses.

7/15/16 By Ari Berman – TheNation

ast week Democrats agreed on the strongest platform on voting rights in the party’s history. A key plank of that platform called for “universal automatic voter registration,” a potentially transformative electoral reform that could add 50 million unregistered Americans to the voting rolls.

Now congressional Democrats are backing that up by introducing the most comprehensive federal automatic-voter-registration bills in the House and Senate. The Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2016 is sponsored by Representative Bob Brady and Senators Patrick Leahy, Dick Durbin, and Amy Klobuchar. (A similar bill was introduced in the House last year by Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline with 100 co-sponsors.) No Republicans have signed on to the House or Senate version.

Here’s how the legislation works, according to a summary from Leahy’s office:

Every time a person eligible to vote interacts with any one of numerous designated state and federal agencies, that person will be “automatically” registered to vote unless the person opts out of registration (that is, affirmatively declines).

The automatic registration system will go into effect at agencies currently required by the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) to provide voter registration services, like the DMV, social service agencies, and agencies serving people with disabilities.

This will make voter registration far easier, cheaper, and more accurate. “There is no reason why every eligible citizen cannot have the option of automatic registration when they visit the DMV, sign up for healthcare, or sign up for classes in college,” says Leahy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. “We live in a modern world, and we should strive to have a registration system that reflects that.”

For more: https://www.thenation.com/article/democrats-have-a-plan-to-register-50-million-new-voters/

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Five reasons millennials must vote this November

It’s no secret that young people tend to shy away from voting more than older people do.

And this Election Day, extraordinary though the campaign season is, likely will be no different. The Public Policy Institute of California estimates that Americans ages 18 to 34 will make up only 17 percent of the country’s likely voters in November.

Those are the same millennials who flocked to former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and his “political revolution.” Now that he has dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination, many of his more ardent supporters have vowed to skip the polls in November, even though the senator from Vermont endorsed Hillary Clinton earlier this week.

Sanders might not be in the race anymore, but there are plenty of reasons to turn out at the polls. Here are five:

STUDENT DEBT

Sanders ignited his revolution with promises to help a generation of young people and their families who are drowning in debt from skyrocketing tuition and fees. It’s a real issue, as many millennials know.

Clinton wisely released a proposal that would forgive loans for at least 25 million borrowers. She also has promised to make in-state public colleges and universities tuition free by 2021 for families making less than $125,000 a year.

That’s a reason to vote that will actually pay off.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Millennials care about the health of a world they have to live in long after most baby boomers are gone. One of the most effective means of ensuring that is to elect leaders who will implement policies to combat climate change.

Nobody can solve this problem on his or her own. But by taking the simple step of voting for candidates at all levels of government who will make the environment a priority, the country can continue down the path laid out by President Barack Obama to cut carbon emissions.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

This one might not be as obvious. For those who study abroad or enjoy traveling, the nation’s position on foreign affairs is vitally important to its relationships with other countries. That goes for countries in Europe, recently shaken by Britain’s exit from the European Union, and in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Millennials are globally engaged, understanding completely that the world is indeed flat. For this reason, it’s important to vote for leaders who represent those values.

U.S. SUPREME COURT

The next president of the United States will decide who is appointed to fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia in the U.S. Supreme Court. Critically important decisions hang in the balance.

Among them, laws that ensure the hard-fought rights of women and gays and lesbians remain intact. Campaign finance laws, another hot-button issue for Sanders and his young supporters, could to come before the court again. Vote for someone who will take you into consideration when nominating the next justice.

A VOICE IN SOCIETY

This year, more than in many years, there’s talk of how voting doesn’t make a difference. The system is “rigged,” some say. But millennials make up about 32 percent of the U.S. population, up there with baby boomers for the biggest group eligible to vote. It was the youngest of Americans, through their support for upstart Sanders, who got the Democratic Party and its presumptive nominee to consider a far more progressive agenda than planned.

For more: http://www.desertsun.com/story/opinion/editorials/2016/07/16/other-voices-sacramento-bee-millennials-must-vote/87144972/

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President Obama’s Town Hall on Race & Policing

President Obama to Participate in Town Hall on Race and Policing With David Muir

Jul 12, 2016, 6:39 PM ET By ABC NEWS

With the recent tragic events in Minneapolis, Baton Rouge and Dallas still fresh on the minds of Americans, President Obama is expected to participate in a Disney Media Networks town hall this week titled “The President and the People: A National Conversation.”

The town hall will be moderated by “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir and held in Washington D.C. It will focus on candid discussions on race relations, justice, policing and equality by the members of the community. ESPN’s Jemele Hill will join Muir.

The one-hour event will come just days after President Obama attended a Dallas memorial for five police officers shot dead last week by a sniper. It also comes after two black men were killed by officers in Louisiana and Minnesota — controversial shootings that sparked a wave of protests.

“We turn on the TV or surf the internet, and we can watch positions harden and lines drawn and people retreat to their respective corners,” Obama said today during the memorial. “We see all this, and it’s hard not to think sometimes that the center won’t hold. And that things might get worse. I understand. I understand how Americans are feeling. … I’m here to say we must reject such despair. I’m here to insist that we are not as divided as we seem. And I know that because I know America.”

For more: http://abcn.ws/29NwdJq 

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Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 8:00 PM ET
The President and The People Town Hall
Washington, D.C.

Streaming: ABC, ESPN, Freeform, Freeform Digital,
ESPN, Yahoo and YouTube channel

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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.

For more: http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=43

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Independence Day – 240th Anniversary

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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.

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

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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 Whitehouse.gov/Fourth-of-July.

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.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/07/02/freedom-not-free

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

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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 – 52nd Anniversary

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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.

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

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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.”

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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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FLOTUS Travels to Liberia, Morocco & Spain

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Working together to open the doors of education for girls around the world.

To educate a girl is to build a healthier family, a stronger community, and a brighter future. Unfortunately today, more than 62 million girls around the world are not in school—half of whom are adolescents. We know that countries with more girls in secondary school tend to have lower maternal mortality rates, lower infant mortality rates, lower rates of HIV/AIDS, and better child nutrition.

But too often, a girl who could change her world for the better is locked out of that future by the circumstances of her birth or the customs of her community and country.

We know that a girl with an education can shape her own destiny, lift up her family, and transform her community. That is why President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let Girls Learn, a U.S. government initiative aimed at helping adolescent girls attain a quality education that empowers them to reach their full potential.

Learn more and how you can take action at letgirlslearn.gov.

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WHY LET GIRLS LEARN?

When girls are educated, their families are healthier and they have more opportunities to generate income in adulthood. An educated girl has a ripple effect:

On Her Family:

  • One more year of education increases a woman’s income by up to 25 percent.
  • A girl who has a basic education is three times less likely to contract HIV.
  • Children born to educated mothers are twice as likely to survive past the age of 5.

On Society:

  • If all women in sub-Saharan Africa had a secondary education, 1.8 million lives would be saved each year.
  • Simulations using data from women farmers in Kenya suggest that crop yields could increase by 25 percent if all that country’s girls attended primary school.
  • After looking at 100 countries, the World Bank found that increasing the share of women with a secondary education by 1 percent boosts annual per capita income growth by 0.3 percentage points.
  • Countries where women hold more than 30 percent of seats in political bodies are more inclusive, egalitarian and democratic.

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Learn what organizations around the world are doing
to help girls learn and how you can help .

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An educated girl has a ripple effect. Explore how giving a girl the tools to learn can
impact families, communities, and the world – for generations.

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Let Girls Learn: Fact Sheet 
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8/26/14 FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Record for Women and Girls

11/13/14 Expanding Opportunity and Addressing Unique Challenges Facing Women and Girls of Color

1/16/15 Front and Center: Bringing Marginalized Girls into Focus in STEM and CTE Education

3/3/15 FACT SHEET: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama Announce New Whole of Government Initiative, Let Girls Learn

9/24/15 Updated Guidance for First Lady Michelle Obama and the Let Girls Learn Initiative

10/13/15 FACT SHEET: First Lady Michelle Obama Announces New Commitments To The U.S. Government’s Let Girls Learn Initiative

11/2/15  First Lady Michelle Obama Op Ed: Let Girls Learn 

11/8/15 U.S. Government Announces Continued Commitment to Jordan’s Education Sector

6/28/16 FACT SHEET: First Lady Announces New Let Girls Learn Committment in Liberia

6/28/16 FACT SHEET: As part of the First Lady’s Visit to Morocco, the U.S. Government Announces New Programming to Help Address the Barriers that Prevent Adolescent Girls from Attaining an Education

7/1/16 Op-Ed by First Lady Michelle Obama For Girls, A Heartbreaking Loss — And An Opportunity

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WOMEN AND GIRLS OF COLOR: ADDRESSING CHALLENGES AND EXPANDING OPPORTUNITY

 

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June 15, 2016

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First Lady Michelle Obama to Travel to the Republic of Liberia,
the Kingdom of Morocco and the Kingdom of Spain for Let Girls Learn
As part of the Let Girls Learn initiative, the First Lady will make stops outside Monrovia and in Marrakech to highlight the US Government’s work to help adolescent girls go to school and stay in school; in Madrid, the First Lady will speak to girls and young women about the power of education and urge them to do their part to help girls worldwide fulfill their promise.

As part of Let Girls Learn, the First Lady – joined by Malia and Sasha Obama and Mrs. Marian Robinson – will visit Margibi County, Liberia; Marrakech, Morocco; and Madrid, Spain from June 27- July 1, 2016. The First Lady and her family will return to Washington, D.C. on July 1.

For more: http://photos.state.gov/libraries/spain/164311/home/white_house_michelle_obama_trip0616.pdf

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First Lady Michelle Obama’s  Travel Itinerary 

Sunday, June 26th

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson depart White House en route to Joint Base Andrews
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First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson depart  Joint Base Andrews en route to Monrovia, Liberia

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Monday, June 27th

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson arrive Monrovia, Liberia

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson are welcomed by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Monrovia, Liberia

First Lady Obama meets with girls and young women participating in a GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) Camp at the Peace Corps Training Facility
Kakata, Liberia

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a discussion with adolescent girls who have faced serious obstacles in attaining an education moderated by actress Freida Pinto
Unification Town, Liberia

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson overnight in Monrovia, Liberia

Tuesday, June 28th

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with employees and family members of the United States Embassy to Liberia

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson tour Monrovia, Liberia

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson depart Monrovia, Liberia en route to Marrakech, Morocco

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson arrive Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech, Morocco

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson depart Monrovia are welcomed by Moroccan King Mohammed VI
Marrakech, Morocco and Her Royal Highness Lalla Salma

First Lady Michelle Obama is joined by Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto to participate in a conversation with adolescent girls moderated by CNN’s Isha Sesay
Marrakech, Morocco

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson attend an Iftar hosted by Her Royal Highness Lalla Salma
Marrakech, Morocco

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson over night in Marrakech, Morocco
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Wednesday, June 29th

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with employees and family members of the United States Embassy to Morocco

First Lady Michelle Obama,delivers a speech on Let Girls Learn
Marrakech, Morocco

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson tour Marrakech
Marrakech, Morocco

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson depart Marrakech, Morocco
en route to Madrid, Spain

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Thursday, June 30th

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson arrive Madrid, Spain

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson are welcomed by Spanish King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia
Madrid, Spain

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers a speech on Let Girls Learn
Madrid, Spain

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Her Majesty Queen Letizia following the Let Girls Learn event
Madrid, Spain

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson tour Madrid, Spain

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters

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Friday, July 1st

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with employees and family members of the United States Embassy
Madrid, Spain

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson depart Madrid, Spain en route to the White House

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson arrive the White House
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CNN Films will be filming a documentary featuring the stories of girls in Liberia and Morocco who have overcome barriers to going to and staying in school to air in the fall of 2016.

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Stonewall National Monument

Stonewall Riots

Police raids on gay bars and nightclubs were a regular event in cities across the United States. Commonly the police would record the identities of all those present, which would be subsequently published in the newspaper, then load up their police van with as many as it would hold. Kissing, holding hands, or even being in a gay bar at all was used as grounds for arrest on indecency charges at that time. The Stonewall raid on June 29, 1969 started out just like any other raid. Seven plainclothes policemen entered the bar along with one uniformed policeman, allegedly to investigate improprieties in the liquor license. They cleared the bar, whose clientele remained on the sidewalk and street outside. The situation took a dramatic turn for the worse, and the police began beating people who resisted with their nightsticks. The crowd started throwing rocks and bottles rather than coins. The police took refuge inside the Inn, which they trashed. This was the first time the homosexual community had resisted with such force. With this event, the gay rights movement was ignited.

“While we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we still have a lot of work to do. Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is about who we are as Americans. It’s about whether this nation is going to live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens with dignity and respect.”

6/1/07  Senator Barack Obama  

President Obama Designates Stonewall National Monument

JUNE 24, 2016 AT 12:00 PM ET BY SIMONE LEIRO

Summary: Today, President Obama designated Stonewall National Monument to honor the broad LGBT equality movement.

Today, President Obama designated a new national monument at the historic site of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City to honor the broad LGBT equality movement.

The new ‘Stonewall National Monument’ will protect the area where, on June 28, 1969, a community’s uprising in response to a police raid sparked the modern LGBT civil rights movement in the United States.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/06/24/president-obama-designates-stonewall-national-monument

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6/9/16 FACT SHEET: Obama Administration’s Record and the LGBT Community
6/24/16 Presidential Proclamation — Establishment of the Stonewall National Monument
6/24/16 President Designates First National Monument to Honor Story of LGBT Americans

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Monday, June 27, 2016 at 12:00 PM ET
Public Dedication Ceremony of Stonewall National Monument
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