Someone YOU Should Know: Meet 11-Year-Old Marquis Govan. The Voice Of Reason In Ferguson, Missouri.


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Weekend Edition feature on Marquis Govan, The “Voice” Of Reason In Ferguson

 

Published on Sep 7, 2014

This is my feature for NPR’s Weekend Edition on Marquis Govan, the 11-year-old who made a memorable speech to the St. Louis County Council.

 

 

From CBS Sunday Morning:

 

You’re about to meet an outspoken young man, in a town much in the news over this summer. Jane Pauley is our guide:

 

In Ferguson, Mo., last month, after a police officer shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old, Michael Brown, amid all the anger and shouting on the streets, a boy approached the microphone at a meeting of the St. Louis County Council:

 

“I would just like to say that the people of Ferguson, I believe, don’t need tear gas thrown at them. I believe they need jobs.”

Meet 11-year-old Marquis Govan.

 

“Where are all the African-American police officers in our community?”

In two minutes’ time Govan tackled Ferguson’s problems with unemployment, housing, and diversity:

 

“You’re paying attention to the wrong things. You’re paying attention to the looting and things like that, when the real issues aren’t being solved. There’s a reason why those people are out there.”

“I thought he was right on, he’s exactly right,” said Hazel Erby, who chairs the council (and whose district includes Ferguson). “You know, the jobs, education, all of that had everything to do with what happened in Ferguson.”

 

Pauley asked Govan, regarding the protests in Ferguson, “What I saw on television was basically your backyard. What did it feel like to watch those protests that inspired you to write that speech?”

 

“There has always been a problem, even when Ferguson never happened,” Govan said. “The minority community, we need more African-American police officers.”

 

Pauley asked if anyone in his school aspires to become a cop. Govan said no.

 

“Look, let me tell you why: From the beginning we’ve felt abused by these people. Why would you go up to serve among the abusers? It doesn’t make any sense.”

 

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Marquis Govan with correspondent Jane Pauley.
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If you think Marquis is a young man with a future — and he does — well, it didn’t always seem that way.

 

Pauley asked, “What’s your story? You started life — you didn’t have an easy life?”

 

“No, not from the beginning,” he said. “A regular child would grow up in America and have two lovely parents, and family of four. That didn’t happen.”

 

“It did to me,” said Pauley.

 

“Yeah,” he laughed, “because that’s a ‘regular’ American family. But especially in the minority community it’s totally different. As soon as I came out of my mother’s stomach I wasn’t with her anymore. I was completely in the foster care, and then completely with my great-grandmother. That’s how it happened from the beginning.”

 

His great-grandmother and guardian Jennie Bracy first brought a nine-year-old Marquis along when she went to vote. After that, she says Marquis just took over.

 

“When I go to the poll, he say, ‘Okay, we’re voting for this person, that person and that person,'” said Bracy.

 

“‘We’re voting for’?”

 

“‘We are voting’!” Bracy laughed. “And so he said, ‘Put your X there, put your check there, put your check there. Okay, want me to hit the confirm?’ Boom!”

 

“But you trust him?”

 

“Yes, I do.”

 

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There is a certain magic to knowing in sixth grade what the rest of your life is going to be about.

 

“Are you a politician?” Pauley asked.

 

“No. I wouldn’t call myself that.”

 

“So what do you call yourself if not a politician?”

 

“If I were running for office here in Missouri, I would call myself a Missourian, a true Missourian who understands the people.”

 

“You are such a politician, you got it!” Pauley laughed.

 

“Because I am a Missourian. I do believe in ideals. I have my ideals that I know Missourians support.”

 

While other kids are playing video games at home, Marquis is watching cable news non-stop. He’s reading President Obama’s book, “The Audacity of Hope.” And he hopes to be a senator, maybe even president one day.

 

Pauley asked Govan, “Well, why do so many people want to be president? It looks like such a hard job.”

 

“It is,” he replied. “But look, I’m not there for the title. I would be there to do a job.”

 

Marquis Govan will be old enough to run for president in 2040. Make a note.

 

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Thank you CBS Sunday Morning.

 

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National Voter Registration Day Is September 23rd, 2014. Are YOU Registered?


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National Voter Registration Day Is September 23rd, 2014…..Tomorrow.

 

“I vote because it is a simple and powerful act. Every individual, regardless of wealth or heritage, has the same opportunity to vote and create honest change.”

 

“I vote because I believe in the right of each individual to have his or her input into being governed. Vote on with conviction!”

 

“I vote because it allows my voice to be heard. Voting is the easiest way for me to directly influence the decisions that affect my country.”

 

“I vote because I want to have a say in government! Without a vote, how would anyone know what I want? My vote is my voice.”

 

“I vote because I believe in America. My family and I see our vote as the best way to make our voice heard in our amazing democracy.”

 

“I vote because it is a right that has been historically denied to women and communities of color. It gives us power to voice our stance on policies that impact our communities.”

 

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National Voter Registration Day

 

National Voter Registration Day is a celebration of our democracy and the largest one-day effort to register voters. It falls on every 3rd Tuesday of September.

 

Voter registration is the requirement in some democracies for citizens and residents to check in with some central registry specifically for the purpose of being allowed to vote in elections. An effort to get people to register is known as a voter registration drive.

 

In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. In 2014, we want to make sure no one is left out.

 

On September 23, 2014, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” for National Voter Registration Day. This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts will create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities–allowing us to reach tens of thousands of voters who we could not reach otherwise.

 

What It Means

  • Volunteers at transportation hubs, retail stores, sporting events, and concerts.
  • Technology to help eligible voters find registration drives nearby and register to vote online.
  • A network of grassroots, local organizations engaged in their own communities.
  • Tens of thousands of voters registering to vote online and offline in a single day.

 

What It Will Accomplish

  • Register Voters: A network of a thousand organizations operating on the ground and through social media will register tens of thousands of voters in the field and tens of thousands more online while also receiving pledges to vote from those already registered.
  • Mobilize Volunteers: By partnering with nonprofits not usually engaged in voter registration drives, and amplifying existing drives through event-based recruitment and cultural outreach, National Voter Registration Day will bring together thousands of volunteers across the nation to register voters.
  • Educate Eligible Voters: Millions of voters need to register and re-register every year. By utilizing new technology and leveraging partners, we’ll educate more Americans than ever before, bringing new voters into the fold.
  • Change the Conversation: National Voter Registration Day will be an opportunity to put our differences aside and celebrate the rights that unite us as Americans; democracy.

 

National Voter Registration Day has been made possible in part by a working group of organizations providing coordination and support. These organizations include, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance Education Fund, Bus Federation Civic Fund, Fair Elections Legal Network, League of Women Voters, Nonprofit VOTE, Rock the Vote, and Voto Latino.

 

 

Contact Us / Llamenos

Have questions about National Voter Registration Day?
  • If you’re a partner or future partner with questions, CLICK HERE
  • If you’re a member of the press with media inquiries, CLICK HERE
  • Call the Election Protection Hotline with any questions about voting in your state or to report voting problems at: 1-866-OUR-VOTE
  • Para preguntas en español sobre su voto y para reportar problemas llame a: 1-888-Ve-Y-Vota (1-888-839-8682)

 

REGISTER TO VOTE

The online voter registration form is safe, secure, and easy to use. Sensitive information is held on a secure server and then discarded.

 

Sign up now as a partner to receive free organizing materials for your event on September 23rd. Sign up at www.NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org

 

 

EVENTS

Hundreds of events are being planned across the nation for National Voter Registration Day 2014. This page features a directory of all planned events so that future voters and those interested in volunteering can find local events near them. This page is also for partners to add their events to our National Voter Registration Day directory.

 

 

PARTNER TOOLKIT

Welcome to our partner toolkit, a collection of resources at your disposal to help organize events and activities leading up to National Voter Registration Day 2014.

 

Partners that are planning an event should add it to our event directory so that others in your community can be aware. Have questions about National Voter Registration Day? Learn more here about this national holiday celebrating democracy in America!

 

National Voter Registration Day On Facebook

 

 

National Voter Registration — so go register!

 

REGISTER TO VOTE

Although black voter turnout was strong in 2012–outpacing every other demographic group for the first time in history–turnout tends to be dramatically lower in non-presidential years, and could be made worse by the growing number of state restrictions at the polls. Advancement Project believes that registering voters for the 2014 elections would be necessary to “send a message that we will not move backward and be silenced.”

 

Thirty states currently have laws in place requiring voters to show identification at the polls, (11 require photo ID,) according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, and more look to be on the way.

 

Since the Supreme Court in June 2013, struck down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which required certain states to get approval from the federal government on any changes made to voting laws, strict photo ID requirements in Mississippi and Texas no longer face roadblocks, and will likely be implemented in the near future. Alabama, Arkansas, and Virginia will become photo ID states in 2014. And North Carolina’s newly-signed photo ID requirement will go into effect in 2016.

 

Ohio may be next to join that growing list of photo ID states. Last year, Republican State Rep. John Becker introduced House Bill 269, a measure requiring Ohioans to show photo ID for in-person voting.

Becker said the purpose of the bill was to “discourage fraud” and “provide the most basic, common, and reasonable security for voting.” But Democratic State Sen. Nina Turner, who is running to be Ohio secretary of state, said the measure was nothing short of an “assault on the very fabric of our democracy.”

“This is un-American, what they are trying to do,” said Turner to MSNBC Tuesday. “As far as I am concerned, it is an all-out attack on people of color, on elderly people, and people who may be economically challenged.”

Becker said his bill takes into account people who are at or below the poverty level, and will allow for “free photo IDs for people who can’t afford to purchase one.” But Turner insists the bill will unduly burden the 938,642 Ohio adults that, according to Policy Matters Ohio, lack photo ID.

“Voter fraud is almost non-existent,” said Turner. “People don’t just show up on election day, trying to impersonate other people. It is a solution in search of a problem.”

 

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Vote Riders. Votes Count. Be Counted.

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About VoteRiders

 

Mission

VoteRiders is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that all citizens are able to exercise their right to vote. Through resources and media exposure, VoteRiders supports on-the-ground organizations that assist citizens to get their voter ID and inspires local volunteers and communities to sustain such programs and galvanize others to emulate these efforts.

 

 

How We Started

Upon hearing the news of multiple states passing voter ID laws and learning that millions of potential voters may be disenfranchised come November 2012 and beyond, Kathleen Unger decided to take action.  With a wealth of professional and volunteer experience in the non-profit sector under her belt, Ms. Unger decided to start her own non-profit dedicated to ensuring all citizens would be able to exercise their fundamental right to vote.  It was important to Ms. Unger that VoteRiders not duplicate what others are doing in this regard.  Thus, VoteRiders was founded in April 2012.

 

 

Organization Status

VoteRiders was incorporated as a non-profit organization in California on April 6, 2012. Contributions to VoteRiders, a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of theInternal Revenue Code, are deductible for computing income and estate taxes.

 

 

VoteRiders Overview

 

Published on Jun 13, 2013

VoteRiders is a non-partisan, non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that all citizens are able to exercise their right to vote. Through resources and media exposure, VoteRiders supports on-the-ground organizations that assist citizens to get their voter IDs and inspires local volunteers and communities to sustain such programs and galvanize others to emulate these efforts. Find us at http://www.voteriders.com,

 

 

About the Issue

Protecting the right to vote is not a partisan issue. It’s an American issue.  No citizen should be prevented from exercising this basic right.

 

Complicated voter ID laws put state bureaucrats between eligible voters and the ballot box.

 

You must act now to protect your vote and the votes of others.

 

You can help save our American democracy.

 

 

Are you Ready to Vote?

As of August 2013, some form of voter ID law is in effect in 33 states:

 

Alabama Alaska Arizona
Arkansas Colorado Connecticut
Delaware Florida Georgia
Hawaii Idaho Indiana
Kansas Kentucky Louisiana
Michigan Mississippi Missouri
Montana New Hampshire North Carolina
North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina
South Dakota Tennessee Texas
Utah Virginia Washington

What’s the Big Deal?

Some people may think it’s easy to get a photo ID.  Doesn’t everybody need one to drive a car, get on a plane, and buy cigarettes and alcohol?  Well, not everyone drives including people with disabilities, older adults – the Greatest Generation! – and low-income individuals.  Not everybody smokes or drinks alcohol.  And many citizens have their reasons why they do not travel on airplanes.

 

Ok, then … just get the ID that you need! Not so fast – obtaining a current, valid, government-issued photo ID in order to vote means at least one trip to the local DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles or wherever in each state you get a voter ID). Depending upon where you live, your local DMV can be up to 100 miles away; and the days and hours it’s open can be few.

 

The much bigger difficulty can be trying to get the documents you need to prove who you are and where you live.  To get a voter ID, a state may require a certified copy of your birth certificate with a raised seal (and, legal documentation of any change of name since then) – all of which costs money and can take a lot of time, plus a social security card plus two acceptable documents showing your name and address.

 

Who Do Voter ID Laws Affect?

report released by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School analyzed laws that had passed in 14 states by October of 2011.  The study found that these laws have the potential to disenfranchise more than five million eligible voters in 2012. Since then, 17 new states have some form of voter ID law in effect. Pennsylvania’s voter ID law, which was passed in 2012 and therefore excluded from the Brennan Center study, could ultimately affect an additional 758,939 to 1.5 million eligible Pennsylvania voters, based on reliable surveys and sources.

 

Some laws specify strict current, government-issued photo ID requirements.  Those who do not have a current, valid photo ID – primarily those without a driver’s license – are older Americans, people of color, young adults, people with disabilities and individuals with low incomes.

 

To further understand the issue, a Brennan Center survey conducted in 2006 regarding US citizens and proof of citizenship yielded the following findings:

 

  • As many as 11 percent of voting-age United States citizens – more than 21 million individuals – do not have current unexpired government-issued photo identification.
  • 18 percent of American citizens age 65 and above do not have a current government-issued photo ID.  Using 2005 census estimates, this amounts to more than six million senior citizens.
  • 25 percent of African-American voting-age citizens have no current government-issued photo ID, compared to eight percent of white voting-age citizens.  Using 2000 census figures, there are more than 5.5 million adult African-American citizens without photo identification.
  • As many as 18 percent of citizens aged 18-24 do not have photo ID with current address and name; using 2004 census tallies, almost 4.5 million young adult American citizens are in jeopardy.

 

Further, voter ID laws disproportionately impact women.  Those who have assumed a married name may still have their single-status name on their driver’s license vs. their name on the voter roll.  The above-mentioned Brennan Center survey found that only 48% of voting-age women have easy access to their U.S. birth certificates with their current legal name, “and only 66% of voting-age women with ready access to any proof of citizenship have a document with current legal name.”  The study used census data from 2000 and concluded that the only available proof-of-citizenship documents possessed by as many as 32 million voting-age women do not reflect their current name.

 

We encourage those in voter ID states to double-check and renew their IDs now, before the next Election Day.

 

What VoteRiders is Doing

VoteRiders, a non-partisan 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, assists local, statewide and national organizations that help eligible citizens to obtain their voter IDs and underlying documents (birth certificates, Social Security cards, etc.), if necessary.  Read more about what VoteRiders does here.

 

Additional Help Obtaining a Voter ID

If you need help obtaining an ID or have questions, please call the Election Protection Hotline:

 

1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) or call

 

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA  (1-888-839-8682)

 

Nationwide ID

First-time voters, including those who have not voted in a previous federal election or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, must present voter ID.

 

CLICK HERE to see what is required.

 

Requirements for Absentee Ballots

2014 Voter ID Laws | Long Distance Voter – The Absentee Ballot 

 

2014 Voter ID Laws

Introduction to voter ID laws

Voter ID laws have been a hot-topic the past few years. Proponents of voter ID laws argue that these laws prevent voter fraud at the polls (or by mail-in or absentee ballot).  Opponents argue that voter ID laws are a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist, and succeed primarily in prevent Americans from casting their votes on election day.  Long Distance Voter is in the latter camp: we feel that voter ID laws are an unnecessary burden on the American voter. This page is our attempt to help you learn what ID you’ll need to provide when you vote.

 

Here’s a quick summary of where we stand as of April 2014

  • Voters in 30 states will have to show an ID document when they vote in-person at the polls in 2014.
  • Voters in 9 states will have to include a photocopy of their ID when they vote by mail or by absentee ballot in 2014.
  • Voters in the remaining 19 states (and the District of Columbia) do not need to provide ID documents when voting in person or by absentee ballot.  These voters can verify their identity by signing an affidavit, providing personal identifying information, or by signing a log book or poll log (the signature is then compared to a signature on file).

 

Additional requirements for first-time voters

State voter ID laws apply equally to all voters.  First-time voters, however, may face additional voter ID requirements due to the ironically named Federal “Help America Vote Act” (HAVA) of 2002. HAVA instructs that first-time voters who register by mail must provide some form of ID before voting in a Federal election (a federal election is a presidential or congressional election).

 

HAVA in a nutshell: you should include your drivers license number on your voter registration form or you should be prepared to provide ID the first time you vote in person or by absentee ballot. You must meet this ID requirements the first time you vote in a federal election in a new state – even if you’ve voted before in another state.  Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • a non-expired photo ID (driver’s license, US passport, student ID, military ID, work ID, tribal ID, etc)
  • a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that shows your name and current address

 

Exceptions to the voter ID requirements

  • Military and overseas voters who are vote by absentee ballot under the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) are exempt from ALL voter ID requirements.
  • Elderly and disabled voters are exempt from the HAVA requirments but might not be exempt from state voter ID laws.

 

Where to go if you have questions

Voter ID is a pain in the neck and laws change frequently. We make every effort to keep this data up-to-date, but if you have any questions you should contact your Local Election Official

 

Important: Check Your State Listing Carefully — Each State Has Unique Mail Ballot Deadlines and Requirements.

 

Voting by Absentee Ballot is a particularly viable alternative for people who might have trouble getting to the polls or standing in long lines on Election Day. In some states the Voter ID requirements are less stringent for Absentee Voting than voting in person. Deadlines and requirements vary by state, so please check our Absentee Voting/Voter ID Requirements for more information.

 

CLICK HERE to view Voter ID requirements for Absentee Ballots.

 

2014 voter ID law overview

State by state details of 2014 voter ID laws

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

 

Resources and Off-site Links

Information on federal requirements for first-time voter identification comes directly from the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA).

 

The bulk of our in-person voter ID information comes from the National Conference of State Legislatures, which is a fantastic resource.

 

We contacted the Secretaries of State and/or Local Election Officials directly to gather the absentee voter ID information.

 

We make every effort to keep this information up-to-date, but voter identification laws change frequently. Please contact your Local Election Officia

 

VoteRiders Voter ID Clinics

VoteRiders is launching Voter ID Clinics in voter ID states. click here to learn more.

 

 

Help Getting Voter ID

Need to find out if your state has a voter ID law?  As of August 2013, the following 33 states have some form of voter ID law in effect. Click on your state below to find out what the requirements are and if you have the right ID:

 

Alabama Alaska Arizona
Arkansas Colorado Connecticut
Delaware Florida Georgia
Hawaii Idaho Indiana
Kentucky Kansas Louisiana
Michigan Mississippi Missouri
Montana New Hampshire North Carolina
North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina
South Dakota Tennessee Texas
Utah Virginia Washington

 

Contact VoteRiders

For all inquiries please fill in the fields provided and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible. Thank you!

 

Contact VoteRiders

 

VoteRiders has partnered with Video the Vote to document Citizen Stories – videos about citizen voters’ compelling experiences with getting voter ID. If you have a story to tell or know someone who does, please Contact Us and we will try to connect you with a VtV volunteer in your area.

 

Every person who shares helps us reach three more voters.

Sharing this page is the easiest thing you can do to directly increase voter turnout this year.

 

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It’s Raining Videos™ During A Twitter Storm™


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Journeys to Australia

 

A documentary about the experiences of five remarkable young people who journeyed to Australia as refugees, fleeing conflict and persecution from various corners of the globe.

 

 

 

Friends Are Waiting”

 

 

 

Black Guy Breaks Into A Car

 

Is there a difference between a white guy trying to break into a car vs a black guy? Two guys test a well-known stereotype on the streets of Los Angeles.

Don’t forget to share and like this with your friends.

 

 

 

Post Maven Mars Orbit Insertion News Conference

 

 

 

NASA’s MAVEN orbiter aproaches Mars to study its atmosphere

 

 

 

Man Seen With Uva Student Faces Driving Charge

 

Published on Sep 21, 2014

A man seen with a University of Virginia student before she disappeared was being sought Sunday on arrest warrants charging him with reckless driving, police announced at a news conference. (Sept. 21)

 

 

 

Missing U-Va. student Hannah Graham’s father John Graham pleads for help

 

Published on Sep 21, 2014

Missing U-Va. student Hannah Graham’s parents appeared at a news conference Sunday. Graham’s father, John Graham, pleaded people to share information regarding his daughter who disappeared eight days ago in Charlottesville, Va

 

 

 

Massive climate rally in New York

 

Published on Sep 21, 2014

Hundreds of thousands attend the People’s Climate March in New York City – two days before the UN Climate Summit.

 

 

 

Voices From The Historic 300,000+ Strong ‘People’s Climate March’

 

Published on Sep 21, 2014

TRNN speaks to some of the hundreds of thousands of participants who marched Sunday to ask them their demands of the climate justice movement and leaders.

 

 

 

NRA News Commentators | Ep. 86: Nikki Turpeaux “Knowledge is Power”

 

 

Just so you can see what stupid looks like, and observe whats wrong with The United States Of AmeriKKKa.

 

 

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Role Models: Athletes? Celebrities? Politicians? Religious Leaders? Not On Your Life. YOU Be A Role Model.


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Nike Air commercial Charles Barkley – I am not a role model

 

 

 

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I have read much about athletes being role models and I believe Sir Charles Barkley said it best…

 

Charles Barkley – I am not a role model.

 

Humans are always looking to others to be their role models, which is an EPIC FAILURE because why expect another to be or do something you yourself are incapable of accomplishing. As Gandhi said, be the change you seek, in other words do NOT seek out Politicians, Religious Leaders, Celebrities or especially Athletes as your role models….be the role model you seek.

 

With the influx of domestic abuse/violence cases coming out of the NFL, people are speaking up on the subject of role models. I don’t comprehend. What makes a person think a paid athlete is a role model? Cause they can run, pass, catch, hit a ball, dunk a ball or tackle, even slap a puck into a net?

 

The highest percentage of domestic abuse/violence is in the law enforcement profession…..NOW THEY SHOULD BE ROLE MODELS!!

 

That make sense?

 

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The Last 24™


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First Lady Michelle Obama visits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

 

Published on Sep 17, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama visits patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Wednesday September 17, 2014.

 

 

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President Obama’s statements on ISIS at MacDill AFB – FULL SPEECH

 

Published on Sep 17, 2014

At MacDill, President Obama reaffirms U.S. combat position.
(AP) TAMPA – Underscoring the multiple challenges facing his administration, President Barack Obama consulted with military officials Wednesday at MacDill Air Force Base about the U.S. counterterrorism campaign against Islamic State militants.

 

Obama met with top officers at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, which oversees U.S. military efforts in the Middle East. Accompanying him were his national security adviser, Susan Rice, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Obama was to address Central Command troops, providing him another opportunity to make a case for the air strike campaign he wants to carry out against Islamic State.

 

The President also spoke to troops after meeting with military brass, thanking them for their service.

 

“You play a central role in our combat and counterterrorism efforts,” Obama told the MacDill troops. “Your work is as vital as ever. In an uncertain world, full of breathtaking change, the one constant is American leadership.
“It is America that has the capacity and the will to mobilize the world against terrorists, including the group in Iraq and Syria known as ISIS.”

 

The president says the fight against the Islamic State group cannot be America’s alone and will require a broad coalition.

 

He says some nations will assist the U.S. with airstrikes and others will help train forces.

 

On Tuesday, the top U.S. military officer said American ground troops may be needed to battle the militants if Obama’s current strategy fails.

 

His meeting with top U.S. commanders comes amid newly raised doubts about the ability of the United States to rely on Iraqi forces, Kurds and Syrian opposition fighters to carry out a ground fight against the Islamic State militants and whether U.S. troops might have to play a combat role.

 

It also comes as Congress prepared to vote on Obama’s request for authority to equip and train Syrian opposition fighters whom the administration deems as moderates in the Syrian civil war.

 

Lawmakers in both parties have raised worries that the U.S. might be unable to find enough Syrian rebels who could be trusted to confront the Islamic State or that their numbers would be sufficient against the extremists.

 

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, raised new doubts about Iraq’s role in the fight, telling a small group of reporters traveling with him to Paris that about half of Iraq’s army is incapable of being an effective partner with the U.S. to push the Islamic State back in western and northern Iraq. He said the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S. training and additional equipment.

 

Dempsey told senators Tuesday that if it became necessary for U.S. military advisers to accompany Iraqi troops into combat he might “go back to the president and make a recommendation that may include the use of ground forces.”

 

The White House, however, remained firm about Obama’s view. “What he’s been very specific and precise about is that he will not deploy ground troops in a combat role into Iraq or Syria,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in response to Dempsey’s comments.

 

 

 

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President Obama Talks with First-Graders at Tinker Elementary School

 

Published on Sep 17, 2014

On September 17, 2014, President Obama dropped by a first grade class at Tinker Elementary School in Tampa, Florida.

 

 

 

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Dr. Jill Biden at the International Congress on Vocational & Professional Education & Training

 

Published on Sep 16, 2014

In Winterthur, Switzerland, Dr. Jill Biden speaks on the Obama-Biden Administration’s commitment to higher education and job-training programs to ensure American workers have the skills they need to succeed in the global economy.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on Ebola

 

Published on Sep 16, 2014

Speaking at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, President Obama provides an update on the U.S. plan to help combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. September 16, 2014.

 

 

 

We the Geeks: Miss America

 

Streamed live on Sep 17, 2014

Join us Wednesday, September 17th at 3:00 p.m. ET for a special #WeTheGeeks to highlight women and girls in STEM fields with the +Miss America Organization. Hear from the Miss America STEM scholarship winners as they share their stories from crowns to classrooms, personal role models, and advice for the next generation of women in #STEM  → http://wh.gov/ilixP

Got a question? Post it right here on Google+ or tweet it with #WeTheGeeks .

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at the Congressional Picnic

 

Published on Sep 17, 2014

Preside Obama addresses Members of Congress at the Congressional Picnic at the White House on September 17, 2014.

 

 

 

Invictus Games Dinner

 

Published on Sep 12, 2014

At the Naval Observatory, Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden host a dinner for the athletes headed to the Invictus Games in London.

 

 

 

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5 Things to Know: The President Lays Out the U.S. Plan to Degrade and Destroy ISIL

 

 

 

President Obama travelled to Tampa, Florida to speak to service men and women at MacDill Air Force Base about the U.S. strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL, a terrorist organization that is killing innocent, unarmed civilians  in both Iraq and Syria. ISIL, also known as ISIS or the Islamic State, is also responsible for the brutal murders of American journalists Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff.

 

“In a world where technology provides a small group of killers with the ability to do terrible harm, it is America that has the capacity and the will to mobilize the world against terrorists,” he told servicemembers. To effectively do so, the U.S. will execute a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy that will empower the international community and local leaders to decimate these terrorists.

 


“If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”

 

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Today Is Constitution Day. Here’s What That Means:

 

On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed and adopted the Constitution at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. What exactly does that mean?

 

We’ve got the facts for you, courtesy of the Constitution page at WhiteHouse.gov.

 

What did the Constitution aim to do?

 

As drafted, the Constitution’s purpose was to create a government that had enough power to act on a national level, but without so much power that individuals’ fundamental rights would be at risk.

 

The Constitution accomplished this, in part, by separating the government’s power into three branches, and then including checks and balances on each of those separate powers to make sure no single branch would gain supremacy. Each branch’s powers are spelled out in the Constitution, and the powers not assigned to them are reserved for the states.

 

This was all no coincidence — it was based largely on the experience that the Constitutional delegates had previously had with the King of England and his powerful Parliament.

 

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Michelle Obama: Malia is driving

 

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WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama disclosed on Wednesday that daughter Malia, who turned 16 on July 4, “just started driving.”

 

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama and the first lady said Malia, their oldest daughter, would be taking driving lessons.  Mrs. Obama said Malia was actually driving during a conversation she had with young patients at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

 

“I think in many ways I’m like any working mom,” Mrs. Obama told the children.

 

“I’ve got to make sure that I do my job and that I try to do it well, but I’ve got to make sure my girls are good.  They’re going to school and I’ve got an open house to go to tomorrow night, and I’ve got to make sure that — Malia just started driving — whew!  I know, that’s scary.  I’ve got to hang out with my husband.  He needs attention, too.  So it’s all a balance, just like your parents.  It’s the same thing.  So you just learn that rhythm.  You got to do it and you’ve got to do it all well.”

 

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U.S. Companies Leading to Reduce Emissions of HFC Climate Pollutants

 

We the Geeks: Miss America

 

New Data Show Early Progress in Expanding Coverage, with More Gains to Come

 

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance in the United States in 2013

 

A Look Back at Lehman Brothers and Where We Stand Six Years After the Financial Crisis

 

Opening the People’s House

 

Our Comprehensive Response at the Border, By the Numbers

 

Welcoming the Third Class of Presidential Innovation Fellows

 

Here’s What a Medal of Honor Presentation at the White House Looks Like:

 

 

 

Growing Our Economy and Strengthening Our Financial System

 

Dr. Jill Biden Cheers on Team USA at the Invictus Games in London

 

Continuing the Conversation: VAWA at 20

 

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Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases

 

Notice to Congress — Terrorism

 

Message from the President on the Extradition Treaty between the US and Chile

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk

 

Readout of the President’s Meeting with General John Allen, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and Ambassador Brett McGurk, Deputy Special Presidential Envoy

 

Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with National Security Office Director Kim Kwan-Jin of the Republic of Korea

 

Statement by the President

 

FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Partners with Private Sector on New Commitments to Slash Emissions of Potent Greenhouse Gases

 

FACT SHEET: U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

 

Presidential Nominations and Withdrawal Sent to the Senate

 

Remarks by the President at MacDill Air Force Base

 

Remarks by the President on the Ebola Outbreak

 

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Dr. Jill Biden at the International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training

 

Remarks by the President at Presentation of the Medal of Honor to Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and Specialist Four Donald Sloat

 

Remarks by the President at a DSCC Event

 

Remarks by the President at the AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary Event

 

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Reaction To Women Abusing Men In Public

 

 

 

WWYD? – Women Being Violently Abused By Their Boyfriends In Public!

 

 

 

WWYD? – Beaten Woman Enters The Diner With Her Physically Abusive Boyfriend..Where’s The Mace??

 

 

 

WWYD? – A White Preppy & Ghetto Boyfriend Attacking/Abusing His Girlfriend In Public!!

 

 

 

Interracial Couple Arguing: Would You Intervene?

 

 

 

What would you do – Domestic violence – Boyfriend abusing his girlfriend in public

 

 

 

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