Made In the USA 2016

Made in the USA” means that “all or virtually all” the product was, indeed, made in America according to the Federal Trade Commission. The agency enforces the standard to ensure commercial compliance and confirm consumer confidence.

For a “Made in the USA” claim to be accurate, all significant parts, processing and labor that go into the product must be of U.S. origin. Products should not contain any — or only negligible — foreign content. http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt021.shtm

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WE Americans are the only ones who can grow our economy.

Double the value of your dollar this Christmas and help grow the economy when you buy the “Made In The USA” label.

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Companies that make American products:

AllAmericanClothing.com products made in the USA *My husband LOVES their durable jeans

AllUSAClothing.com  American and Union Made Clothing.

AmericanMadeProducts.com products made, manufactured or assembled in America.

AmericansWorking.com directory of goods made in the United States.

C.L. Whiting Company unique leather goods

Filson Clothing products made in the USA

K’Nex Toys  brand name of a construction toy systems ( LEGOFischertechnik,  Meccano, Tinkertoys and Angry Bird Building Sets)

MadeinAmericaStuff.com products made in the U.S.A.

MadeInUSA.org product search engine and database for those looking for products made in the United States.

MadeInUSAForever.com products made in the United States.

MadeUSAFdn.org a not-for-profit organization that promotes products manufactured and assembled in America.

Munro American Shoes specializing in fit, offering 75 size and width combinations.

RoyalApparel.net clothing apparel Made in the USA

Shinola.com watches, bicycles, and leather goods made in Detroit, Michigan

StillMadeInUSA.com directory of American-made products.

TheMadeInAmericaMovement.com connecting American manufacturers with consumers.

ToysMadeInAmerica.com toy manufacturers in the USA.

UnionMadeGoods.com Union made products

USAonly.US lists companies that make their products here in the United States.

 

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama talked about the importance of doing more to help American workers acquire the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.

President Obama’s efforts to support businesses: http://www.whitehouse.gov/economy/business/small-business

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Native American Heritage Day 2016

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Native American Heritage Day is a civil holiday observed on the day after Thanksgiving in the United States.

The Native American Heritage Day Bill encourages Americans of all backgrounds to observe Friday, November 28, 2008, as Native American Heritage Day, through appropriate ceremonies and activities. It also encourages public elementary and secondary schools to enhance student understanding of Native Americans by providing classroom instructions focusing on their history, achievements, and contributions.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American_Heritage_Day

 

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November 25, 2016
Native American Heritage Day

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2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom

Presidential Medal of Freedom

The Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

Awarded for “a meritorious act or service which has aided the United States in the prosecution of a war against an enemy or enemies and for which an award of another United States medal or decoration is considered inappropriate”

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Executive Order signed by President John F. Kennedy establishing the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as well as the first ceremony bestowing the honor on an inaugural class of 31 recipients. Since that time, more than 500 exceptional individuals from all corners of society have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

President Obama said, “The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours. This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world. It will be my honor to present them with a token of our nation’s gratitude.”

November 16, 2016

President Obama Names Recipients of the 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama named 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The awards will be presented at the White House on November 22th.

President Obama said, “The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation’s highest civilian honor – it’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better. From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way.”

The following individuals will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Elouise Cobell (posthumous)
Ellen DeGeneres
Robert De Niro
Richard Garwin
Bill and Melinda Gates
Frank Gehry
Margaret H. Hamilton
Tom Hanks
Grace Hopper (posthumous)
Michael Jordan
Maya Lin
Lorne Michaels
Newt Minow
Eduardo Padrón
Robert Redford
Diana Ross
Vin Scully
Bruce Springsteen
Cicely Tyson

For the entire article: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/16/president-obama-names-recipients-presidential-medal-freedom

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November 22, 2016
President Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to recipients
White House

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Gettysburg Address – 153rd Anniversary

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The Gettysburg Address

The Gettysburg Address is a speech by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, one of the best-known in American history. It was delivered by Lincoln during the American Civil War, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Abraham Lincoln’s carefully crafted address, secondary to other presentations that day, came to be regarded as one of the greatest speeches in American history. In just over two minutes, Lincoln reiterated the principles of human equality espoused by the Declaration of Independence and proclaimed the Civil War as a struggle for the preservation of the Union sundered by the secession crisis, with “a new birth of freedom,” that would bring true equality to all of its citizens. Lincoln also redefined the Civil War as a struggle not just for the Union, but also for the principle of human equality.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gettysburg_address

 

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International Day of Tolerance 2016

International Day of Tolerance

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The International Day for Tolerance is an annual observance declared by UNESCO in 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance.

The United Nations is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples. This imperative lies at the core of the United Nations Charter, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is more important than ever in this era of rising and violent extremism and widening conflicts that are characterized by a fundamental disregard for human life.

In 1996, the UN General Assembly (by resolution 51/95) invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November. This action followed up on the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 at the initiative of UNESCO, as outlined in the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow-up Plan of Action for the Year.

For more:  http://www.un.org/en/events/toleranceday/

President Barack Obama participates in a literacy lesson with students while visiting a pre-kindergarten classroom at Moravia Elementary School in Baltimore, Md., May 17, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama participates in a literacy lesson with students while visiting a pre-kindergarten classroom at Moravia Elementary School in Baltimore, Md., May 17, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Primary school isn’t too soon to start breaking stereotypes. It’s the best time.

How do we break destructive stereotypes? Start early.

May 14, 2015 · 3:00 PM EDT By Marc Sollinger – pri.org

The key to challenging them may lie in early education, argues Claude Steele, the provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of California, Berkeley. He’s also the author of “Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do,” and he studies stereotypes and the psychology behind them.

Steele recalls one study that had a group of adults watch a video of two children playing. The video stopped at different points, and observers had to record what they thought was happening: Were the boys were just horsing around? Were they being aggressive? Or violent?

“In the last frame, one boy shoves another boy, and the critical question is: How do you rate that behavior? When the boy who shoves is white, raters tend to rate that action as just fooling around. When the boy is African-American, they tend to rate that behavior as violent,” Steele says.

He points out that African-American raters are almost as likely to stereotype the boys as violent.

Steele’s research also touches on the huge role of stereotypes in education. Take feedback that a teacher might give to a student.

Steele says a white professor can give critical evaluations of an African-American student in way that doesn’t make the student think the critique is based on race — but the feedback must be offered in the right way. A study by Geoffrey Cohen of Stanford shows professors shouldn’t just deliver the criticism straight, nor should they simply give a positive bromide before launching into the feedback.

What works better, Steele argues, is a professor saying ‘”I’ve looked at your work, we really have high standards here. And though you need to improve those things, I really think you can meet those standards.’ That combination of using high standards signals you’re not just seeing them stereotypically.”

Because America has an extremely diverse student body, schools are melting pots where these sorts of issues have to be dealt with. But Steele actually sees this obligation as a source of hope.

For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-05-14/primary-school-isnt-too-soon-start-breaking-stereotypes-its-best-time

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November 16, 2016
International Day of Tolerance

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Pres Obama Travels to Greece, Germany & APEC

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APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting
November 19 – 20, 2016
Lima, Peru

President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

 

Monday, November 14

President Obama departs the White House

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Tuesday, November 15

President Obama arrives in Greece
Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Athens, Greece

President Obama is greeted by Greek President Pavlopoulos in an official arrival ceremony
Presidential Mansion, Athens, Greece

President Obama meets with Greek President Pavlopoulos
Presidential Mansion, Athens, Greece

President Obama and meets with Greek Prime Minister Tsipras
Maximos Mansion, Athens, Greece

President Obama and Greek Prime Minister Tsipras hold a joint press conference
Maximos Mansion, Athens, Greece

President Obama attends a state dinner hosted by President Pavlopoulos
Presidential Mansion, Athens, Greece

President Obama overnights in Greece

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Wednesday, November 16

President Obama meets with US Embassy employees and family members
United States Embassy to Greece, Athens, Greece

President Obama tours the Acropolis
Athens, Greece

President Obama delivers remarks
Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center, Athens, Greece

President Obama departs Greece en route to Germany
Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Athens, Greece

President Obama arrives in Germany

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Thursday, November 17

President Obama is greeted by German Chancellor Merkel in an official arrival ceremony
German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Merkel
German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

President Obama and German Chancellor Merkel hold a joint press conference
German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

President Obama attends a dinner with German Chancellor Merkel
German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

President Obama overnights in Berlin

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Friday, November 18

President Obama meets with French President François Hollande,  United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi
German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

President Obama meets with US Embassy employees and family members
Berlin, Germany

President Obama the U.S. military service-members
Berlin, Germany

President Obama departs Germany en route to Lima, Peru
Tegel International Airport, Berlin, Germany

President Obama arrives Lima, Peru
Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima, Peru

President Obama overnights in Lima

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Saturday, November 19

President Obama meets with US Embassy employees and family members
JW Marriott, Lima, Peru

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

President Obama holds a meeting with leaders of participating countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Lima Convention Centre, Lima, Peru

President Obama holds a Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Town Hall
Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Lima, Peru

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping
JW Marriott, Lima, Peru

President Obama participates in APEC welcome dinner and cultural performance
Parque de la Reserva, Lima, Peru

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Sunday, November 20

President Obama attends the meeting with the leaders of APEC
Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

President Obama participates in an APEC family photo
Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

President Obama attends an APEC sessions
Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

President Obama participates in the adoption of the 24th APEC Leaders’ Declaration
Lima Convention Centre, Lima, Peru

President Obama participates in the APEC closing session
Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

President Obama participates in a meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau
Lima Convention Centre, Lima, Peru

President Obama holds a press conference
Lima Convention Centre, Lima, Peru

President Obama departs Lima to return to the White House
Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima, Peru

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Veteran’s Day 2016

History of Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

For the entire article: http://www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp

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The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.

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United States Department of Veterans Affairs http://www.va.gov/

 Women Veterans Hotline1-855-VA-WOMEN (829-6636)

History of Veterans Day 

National Resource Directory  – https://www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov

National Resource Directory app – http://apps.usa.gov/national-resource-directory.shtml

 

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November 11, 2016
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Veterans Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, VA

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