2016 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

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The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. This event also recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection. It was first pronounced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1994, marking the day of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, in 1982.

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples was first pronounced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1994, to be celebrated every year during the first International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People (1995 – 2004). In 2004, the Assembly proclaimed a Second International Decade, from 2005 – 2015, with the theme of “A Decade for Action and Dignity.” People from different nations are encouraged to participate in observing the day to spread the UN’s message on indigenous peoples. Activities may include educational forums and classroom activities to gain an appreciation and a better understanding of indigenous peoples.

By resolution 49/214 of 23 December 1994, the United Nations General Assembly decided that the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People shall be observed on 9 August every year during the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People. The date marks the day of the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_the_World%27s_Indigenous_Peoples

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Happy 55th Birthday President Obama

Born: Barack Hussein Obama II Date: August 4, 1961 Location: Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. Public Life: 44th President of the United States of America
Born: Barack Hussein Obama II
Date: August 4, 1961
Location: Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.
Public Life: 44th President of the United States of America

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A member of the audience holds a "Thank You" sign during President Barack Obama's speech on medicare fraud and health care insurance reform, at St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Mo., March 10, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
A member of the audience holds a “Thank You” sign during President Barack Obama’s speech on medicare fraud and health care insurance reform, at St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Mo., March 10, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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❤️ Thank You President Obama ❤️

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Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Games

 

April 27, 2016

Remarks by the First Lady at 2016 Olympics 100 Days Out Countdown

Times Square
New York, New York

12:18 P.M. EDT

MRS. OBAMA: Hi, everybody. Good morning — or afternoon — or wherever we are. (Laughter.) Hello. Thank you so much for joining us as we start the 100 Day Countdown to the thrilling moment when we let the games begin. I’m really honored to be here today.

I want to start by thanking Jordan — where did Jordan go? Hey, Jordan. What’s going on? — for that really kind introduction. We’re so proud of him. We’re excited to have him compete in this Summer Olympic Games. I also want to thank the outstanding leaders from the U.S. Olympic Committee who are joining me on this stage. You guys, thank you so much for all your great work — as well as The Band Perry, who is one of our favorites. I want to thank them for being here. Coach Auriemma, thank you all so much for everything you’re doing.

And, of course, most of all, I want to thank these incredible athletes who are here today. I have to turn around and look at them because I just got here. (Laughter.) They look so good! (Laughter.) I want to recognize them for the extraordinary work that they’ve been doing. I’m proud, I’m honored to be in the presence of these Olympians and Paralympians.

In fact, this is kind of a dream come true for me, because I’m here today not just as the First Lady, but as a real, lifelong, die-hard Olympics fan. To this day, I still remember the excitement that I felt as a little girl growing up on the South Side of Chicago when Olympic season would roll around. My family and all the kids in our neighborhood, we would gather around somebody’s TV somewhere in the neighborhood, and we would watch for hours as our Olympic favorites would compete — whether it was Mary Lou Retton, or Carl Lewis. I mean, I could go on. I mean, these times meant the world to kids in neighborhoods all over the country.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/27/remarks-first-lady-2016-olympics-100-days-out-countdown

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WH State Dinner for Sinaporian Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

December 12, 1874 King David Kalākaua of Hawai'i was the first head of state to be honored with a White House State Dinner on by President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant
December 12, 1874 King David Kalākaua of Hawai’i was the first head of state to be honored with a White House State Dinner by President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant

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From the Archives: State Dinners at the White House

King David Kalākaua of Hawai’i was the first head of state to be honored with a White House State Dinner on December 12, 1874 by President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant.  In the years that have followed, State Dinners have come to signify the utmost respect for visiting heads of state.  Each State Dinner is an historic event with the power to cement friendships with allies and foster cooperation with warming relations.

Months of meticulous planning go into a State Dinner and thorough research is conducted to celebrate the guest of honor’s country, culture, and favored preferences.  Hallmarks of American culture are also chosen, often by the First Lady.  Together, these considerations are translated into details both large and small, including invitations, menus, guest lists, and entertainment.  The results can be a form of diplomatic dialogue between the host and guest cultures.

For more: http://blogs.archives.gov/prologue/index.php?s=%27state+dinner%27

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List of White House State Dinners given by President Barack Obama:

Nov 24, 2009 Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
May 19, 2010 Mexican President Felipe Calderon
Jan 19, 2011 Chinese President Hu Jintao
Jun 7, 2011 German President Angela Merkel
Mar 14, 2012 United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron
Feb 11, 2014 French President François Hollande
Apr 28, 2015 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
Sep 25, 2015 Chinese President Xi Jinping
March 10, 2016 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
August 2, 2016 Sinapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

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June 01, 2016

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Lee of Singapore

President Obama will host Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore at the White House for an official visit and State Dinner on August 2. The two leaders will celebrate the bilateral relationship between Singapore and the United States that has served as an anchor for the U.S. rebalance to Asia. Marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations, the two leaders will highlight the enduring principles that have inspired the tremendous growth in our cooperation, which has attracted more than 3,500 U.S. companies to establish a presence in Singapore, forged strong security ties between our militaries, and led to increased exchanges of college students. As partners in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, the Counter-ISIL coalition, and the Paris Climate agreement, the two leaders will discuss how our relationship can continue to address international challenges and advance a rules-based order for the Asia-Pacific.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes Sinaporian Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong  and his wife, Mrs. Lee Hsien Loong to the White House
South Lawn

First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Lee Hsien Loong participate in a special performance by students from the Turnaround Arts Summer Program
National Gallery of the Art, Washington, D.C.

President Obama and Sinaporian Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hold a bilateral meeting
The Oval Office

President Obama and Sinaporian Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hold a joint press conference
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Vice President Biden Hosts a Luncheon in Honor of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome Sinaporian Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Mrs. Lee Hsien Loong
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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama take an official photo with Sinaporian Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Mrs. Lee Hsien Loong
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President Obama and Sinaporian Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong deliver toasts at the State Dinner
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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosts the State Dinner Reception for Sinaporian Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Mrs. Lee Hsien Loong
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016
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Help in Finding Missing Persons

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About NamUs

Although the problem of missing persons and unidentified human remains in this country has existed for a long time, significant progress has been made in recent years. In 2003, the DNA Initiative was launched. The Office of Justice Program’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) began funding major efforts to maximize the use of DNA technology in our criminal justice system. Much of NIJ’s work has focused on developing tools to investigate and solve the cases of missing persons and unidentified decedents.

The NamUs databases are just one element of a broader program to improve the Nation’s capacity to address these cases. For example, NIJ also funds free testing of unidentified human remains and provides family reference-sample kits, at no charge, to any jurisdiction in the country. Other efforts include training law enforcement officers, medical examiners, judges, and attorneys on forensic DNA evidence.

In the spring of 2005, NIJ assembled Federal, State, and local law enforcement officials, medical examiners and coroners, forensic scientists, key policymakers, and victim advocates and families from around the country for a national strategy meeting in Philadelphia. The meeting, called the “Identifying the Missing Summit,” defined major challenges in investigating and solving missing persons and unidentified decedent cases. As a result of that summit, the Deputy Attorney General created the National Missing Persons Task Force and charged the U.S. Department of Justice with identifying every available tool—and creating others—to solve these cases. The National Missing Persons Task Force identified the need to improve access to database information by people who can help solve missing persons and unidentified decedent cases. NamUs was created to meet that need.

The NamUs reporting and searching system will improve the quantity and quality of—and access to—data on missing persons and unidentified human remains. Through NamUs, a diverse community of criminal justice professionals, medical examiners and coroners, victim advocates, families of missing persons, and the general public now can contribute to solving these cases.

For more: http://www.namus.gov/about.htm

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ICMP works with governments, civil society organizations, justice institutions, international organizations and others throughout the world to address the issue of people who have gone missing as a result of armed conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime and other causes.

As the only international organization that is exclusively dedicated to this issue, ICMP is actively engaged in developing institutions and civil society capacity, promoting legislation, fostering social and political advocacy, and developing and providing technical expertise to locate and identify the missing.

ICMP works with governments to develop their institutional capacity to address the issue of missing persons efficiently and impartially.

ICMP helps governments develop legislation to safeguard the rights of families of the missing, and it works with civil society organizations to empower them to advocate for their rights.

ICMP assists the process of justice by ensuring that governments adhere to a rule of law-based approach to investigating disappearances and it provides evidence in criminal trials.

ICMP directly assists governments with fieldwork. It has been involved in the excavation of more than 3,000 mass and clandestine gravesites and has spearheaded the application of advanced forensic techniques to locate and recover missing persons.

ICMP maintains a unique, specialized online missing persons database (fDMS) that manages all data pertaining to its missing persons process.

It operates the world’s leading high-throughput DNA human identification facility. To date, more than 19,000 missing persons from around the world have been identified with ICMP’s assistance.

For more: http://www.icmp.int/about-us/

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“As Commander-in-Chief, my highest responsibility is to provide for the safety and security of American citizens at home and abroad. My message to every American being held hostage and to their families is that we will spare no effort to secure the safety of our citizens. These policy and organizational changes will ensure that we are doing everything possible to safely recover Americans taken hostage overseas, while being responsive to the needs of their families. And no matter how long it takes, we will bring to justice those responsible for abducting Americans abroad.”

June 2015 President Barack Obama

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June 2015 Report on U.S. Hostage Policy
6/24/15 Executive Order – Hostage Recovery Activities
6/24/15 Presidential Policy Directive – Hostage Recovery Activities
6/24/15 FBI — Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell Established
6/24/16 Statement by the President On the One-Year Anniversary of the Hostage Policy Review

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August 1 – 6, 2016
National Missing Persons Week 

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Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 – 26th Anniversary

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is a wide-ranging civil rights law that is intended to protect against discrimination based on disability. Enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1990, it affords similar protections against discrimination to Americans with disabilities as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made discrimination based on racereligionsex, national origin, and other characteristics illegal. In addition, unlike the Civil Rights Act, the ADA also requires covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities, and imposes accessibility requirements on public accommodations.

In 1986, the National Council on Disability had recommended enactment of an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and drafted the first version of the bill which was introduced in the House and Senate in 1988. The final version of the bill was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H. W. Bush. It was later amended in 2008 and signed by President George W. Bush with changes effective as of January 1, 2009.

For more:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Americans_with_Disabilities_Act_of_1990

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities. The ADA also establishes requirements for telecommunications relay services.

The Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides publications and other technical assistance on the basic requirements of the ADA. It does not enforce any part of the law.

In addition to the Department of Labor, four federal agencies enforce the ADA:

For more: https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/disability/ada

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2016 Democratic National Convention – United Together

2016 DNCC

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia July 25th-28th, 2016. Working in partnership with the Philadelphia Host Committee, the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, our goal is to make this the most engaging, innovative and forward looking convention in history. The 2016 Democratic National Convention will leverage technology to bring the convention experience well beyond the hall in an effort to engage more Americans than ever before in the event. With the birthplace of American Democracy as a backdrop, the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia will highlight our shared Democratic values and help put the Democratic nominee on a path to victory.

The Democratic Convention is the formal nominating event for the Democratic candidates for President and Vice President. At the Convention, the Democratic Party also adopts the official Democratic Party platform.

For more: https://demconvention.com

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Monday, July 25th “United Together”

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Caucus

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Native American Council

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Black Caucus

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Hispanic Caucus

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Ethnic Council

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Disability Council

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Small Business Owners Council

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Veterans and Military Families Council

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Labor Council

Speakers:

Gavel In 3:00 PM EDT

Pam Livengood

Karla & Francisca Ortiz

Anastasia Somoza

DREAMer Astrid Silva

First Lady Michelle Obama

Senator Senator Bernie Sanders

Gavel Out

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Tuesday, July 26th “A Lifetime of Fighting For Children and Families”

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Women’s Caucus

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
LGBT Caucus

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Senior Council

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Jewish Roundtable

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Rural Council

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Youth Council

Speakers:

Gavel In 4:00 PM EDT

Jelani Freeman

Thaddeus Desmond

Dynah Haubert

Kate Burdick

Students from Eagle Academy

Anton Moore

Dustin Parsons

Students from Eagle Academy

Joe Sweeney

Lauren Manning

Ryan Moore

Former President Bill Clinton

“Mothers of the Movement” featuring Gwen Carr, Mother of Eric Garner; Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Trayvon Martin; Maria Hamilton, Mother of Dontré Hamilton; Lucia McBath, Mother of Jordan Davis; Lezley McSpadden, Mother of Michael Brown; Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley, Mother of Hadiya Pendleton; Geneva Reed-Veal, Mother of Sandra Bland

Gavel Out

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Wednesday, July 27th “Working Together”

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Caucus

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Native American Council

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Black Caucus

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Hispanic Caucus

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Ethnic Council

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Disability Council

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Small Business Owners Council

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Veterans and Military Families Council

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Labor Council

Speakers:

Gavel In 4:30 PM EDT

Erica Smegielski

Felicia Sanders & Polly Sheppard

Jamie Dorff

Tim Kaine

Vice President Joe Biden

President Barack Obama

Gavel Out

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Thursday, July 28th “Stronger Together”

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Women’s Caucus

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
LGBT Caucus

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Jewish Roundtable

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Rural Council

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Senior Council

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Youth Council

Speakers:

Gavel In 4:30 PM EDT

Henrietta Ivey

Beth Mathias

Jensen Walcott & Jake Reed

Khizr Khan

Chelsea Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Gavel Out

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July 25 – 28, 2016
2016 Democratic National Convention
United Together
 Pennsylvania Convention Center &
Wells Fargo Center, 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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