By Jueseppi B.
From Talking Points Memo : President Obama will hold a signing ceremony Thursday for the Violence Against Women Act, which recently passed Congress. He and Vice President Joe Biden, the original author of VAWA in 1994, will make remarks. They’ll be joined, according to the White House, “by women’s organizations, law enforcement officials, tribal leaders, survivors, advocates and members of Congress.”
More can be read at Talking Points Memo.
DOW Hits Record: Rewriting President Obama’s Wall Street TV Critics
Published on Mar 6, 2013
The Neo-Confederate U.S. Supreme Court Gearing Up to Restore ‘White Rule’ Over America: http://www.politicalarticles.net/blog… Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal op-ed pages to warn that the Democratic president’s economic policies will lead us to misery. “Obama’s Radicalism Is Killing The Dow.”…..was how one “economic expert” put it…….EPIC FAIL.
Fooling The Teabaggers: The GOP Proposes Defunding The ‘Corpse’ of ACORN
THIS is our tax dollars being wasted by a body of government that needs to be abolished. Why You ask?
This is why:
WASHINGTON — ‘A new short-term budget bill introduced on Monday by House Republicans includes a bizarre provision banning federal funding to anti-poverty group ACORN, despite the fact that the group has already been stripped of federal funding — and has been defunct for nearly three years’.
‘The provision in the current GOP budget bill [PDF], buried on page 221 of 269, would duplicate legislation that has already passed, to target an organization that does not exist’.
Remarks by Frist Lady Michelle Obama on the 3rd Anniversary of Let’s Move
Remarks on Healthy School Programs
Published on Mar 4, 2013
First Lady Michelle Obama speaks in Clinton, MS on the Let’s Move 3rd Anniversary tour. Mississippi has seen a 13% reduction in childhood obesity, and a big part of continued success is keeping heathy foods and activity a part of our schools.
Wealth Inequality in America
Published on Nov 20, 2012
Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is.
Statements and Releases
The White House Blog:
Jake Wood & William McNulty
March 06, 2013
Post World War II, military veterans returned home to a community of veterans and a grateful nation that had shared in the sacrifice of war. These veterans used the brick and mortar posts of the American Legion and the VFW to maintain that esprit-de-corps. They mentored youth, advocated on veterans issues, shared war stories, and confided in each other over beers.
President Barack Obama greets members of the Team Rubicon disaster relief organization in the Oval Office, Feb. 8, 2013. Participants include: Danielle Harrington, volunteer; James “JC” McGreehan, Mission Leader; William McNulty, Vice President and co-founder; Daniel Nidess, Director of Personnel; Matt Pelak, Director of Strategic Partnerships; Andrew Stevens, Director of Programs; Maria Lourdes Tiglao, Regional Director of Recruitment; and Jacob Wood, President and co-founder. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
For generations, when veterans took off their uniform, their desire to serve did not end. That’s just as true today. Some very creative post 9/ll veterans’ charities have adapted to this desire and have created models for continued service and engagement. The Mission Continues provides fellowships for returning veterans to continue their service in the public sector. Ride 2 Recovery and Team RWB use the therapeutic effect of physical training to repair the physical and mental wounds of war. Our organization, Team Rubicon, uses continued service through disaster response as a means to maintain purpose, community, and a sense-of-self. Our work is inspired by our late friend Clay Hunt, who took his own life after leaving the service.
It’s a national emergency that everyday 22 military veterans commit suicide. Also concerning is the increasing magnitude and frequency of natural disasters. Over the last five years, there have been 350 federally declared disasters in the United States. A Civic Enterprises report found that 92 percent of veterans want to continue their service when they return home. The top two responses were helping their fellow veterans and disaster response. Team Rubicon provided that opportunity to over 350 veterans during our response to Hurricane Sandy.
On Friday, February 8th, we had the honor and privilege to meet President Obama and some of his advisors in the Oval Office. We discussed our response to Hurricane Sandy, our model of continued service, and how we think we can stem the tide of veteran suicide.
During the conversation, the President said he didn’t just want to just talk; he wanted to support Team Rubicon. He wanted to find ways to work together to enhance coordination following natural disasters. We thank the President for validating our approach to veteran reintegration and disaster response. We look forward to working together to improve these two critical issues.
Jake Wood & William McNulty are the Cofounders of Team Rubicon
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