2016 US Presidential Election Debate @ Hofstra University

Hofstra University will host the first presidential debate on September 26, 2016, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced July 19.

“Hofstra University is honored to be called on to host the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, 2016. This is an extraordinary privilege and responsibility,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “We greatly appreciate the faith shown in us by the Commission on Presidential Debates, and we have begun preparations for a very successful debate.”

For more: http://www.hofstra.edu/debate/index.html

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September 26, 2016 @ 9:00 PM ET
US Presidential Election Debate
Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York
Moderator: Lester Holt, Anchor, NBC Nightly News

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National Museum of African American History & Culture

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts. Nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members of the museum. When the NMAAHC opens on September 24, 2016, it will be the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

There are four pillars upon which the NMAAHC stands:

  1. It provides an opportunity for those who are interested in African American culture to explore and revel in this history through interactive exhibitions;
  2. It helps all Americans see how their stories, their histories, and their cultures are shaped and informed by global influences;
  3. It explores what it means to be an American and share how American values like resiliency, optimism, and spirituality are reflected in African American history and culture; and
  4. It serves as a place of collaboration that reaches beyond Washington to engage new audiences and to collaborate with the myriad of museums and educational institutions that have explored and preserved this important history well before this museum was created.

For more: http://www.nmaahc.si.edu/

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National Museum of African American History and Culture Grand Dedication Ceremony Speakers:

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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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Wednesday, September 7, 2016
8:00 PM ET
New York City, New York
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I Have a Dream – 53rd Anniversary of the March on Washington

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I Have a Dream” is the famous name given to the ten minute public speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., in which he called for racial equality and an end to discrimination. King’s delivery of the speech on August 28, 1963, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement. Delivered to over 200,000 civil rights supporters, the speech is often considered to be one of the greatest and most notable speeches in human history and was ranked the top American speech of the 20th century by a 1999 poll of scholars of public address. According to U.S. Representative John Lewis, who also spoke that day as the President of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, “Dr. King had the power, the ability, and the capacity to transform those steps on the Lincoln Memorial into a monumental area that will forever be recognized. By speaking the way he did, he educated, he inspired, he informed not just the people there, but people throughout America and unborn generations.”

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This Wednesday will mark 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech at the base of the Lincoln Memorial; a moment which served to punctuate a movement that changed America.

To honor this occasion, President Obama will be joined Wednesday, August 28th, by President Jimmy Carter and President Bill Clinton, members of the King family and other civil rights leaders and luminaries at the Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action event at the Lincoln Memorial, to commemorate Dr. King’s soaring speech and the 1963 March on Washington.

As we mark this important anniversary, we reflect on what the Civil Rights Movement has meant for the country, and perhaps most importantly, the hard work that lies ahead as we continue to pursue the ideals laid out by Dr. King, and sought by the hundreds of thousands of Americans who marched through our nation’s capital fifty years ago.

For more information on the 50th Anniversary Let Freedom Ring Ceremony and Call to Action Event at the Lincoln Memorial please visit: http://officialmlkdream50.com/august-28/.

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Presidential Proclamation — 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

U.S. Postal Service Commemorative Forever Stamps – 50th Anniversary of The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 

*  U.S. Postal Service Commemorative Framed Art The 1963 March on Washington

* U.S. Postal Service Commemorative T-Shirt The 1963 March on Washington 

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2016 Democratic National Convention – United Together

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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 &
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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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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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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