Dispatches With Dr. Jill Biden: On The Road In The Democratic Republic Of Congo (DRC).


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Following Dr. Biden’s visit to Zambia, she traveled next to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), her second stop on a three-country visit to Africa.

 

Dr. Biden toured two cities in the DRC – Kinshasa, the country’s capital, and Bukavu, located in the eastern part of the Congo.

 

 

Kinshasa

In Kinshasa, Dr. Biden met with women entrepreneurs who are creating their own successful small businesses. The DRC is one of the poorest countries in the world and remains near the bottom of many important economic indicators, so entrepreneurs – especially women entrepreneurs – play a vital role in overcoming these challenges and diversifying the DRC’s economy for the benefit of its people.

 

Among the successful female entrepreneurs that Dr. Biden met, Therese Izay Kirongoz’s story represents the important role women play in advancing and strengthening the global economy.

 

Therese worked in restaurants while attending engineering school and spent three years developing traffic-directing robots. Now, in addition to running a chain of local restaurants, Therese manufactures and sells the robots and hopes to distribute her product to neighboring countries.

 

“Like Therese, the steep challenges that all of you have overcome are truly remarkable. And your success – and your leadership – is instrumental in empowering more Congolese women to be successful,” Dr. Biden told the women entrepreneurs. “But we must do more to ensure that all women have the economic security and opportunities they deserve and their families need.”

 

 

Dr. Biden then stopped by the Parliament to meet with women parliamentarians and aspiring political leaders, where they discussed efforts to politically empower women in the DRC. Following the 2011 national elections in the DRC, women occupied less than 10 percent of parliamentary seats.

 

The meeting was an opportunity to highlight the challenges and opportunities for women in political life, and women’s role in making political parties more representative and responsive to their constituencies.

 

“One purpose of our visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo is to learn about the difficulties that women face as well as to let you know that we support you,” Dr. Biden said.

 

 

Bukavu

On Saturday, Dr. Biden traveled across the DRC to visit Bukavu, a war-torn city located in the eastern part of country.

 

Bukavu is home to Panzi Hospital, which has cared for more than 19,000 victims of sexual and gender-based violence, a widespread problem in the DRC affecting millions of Congolese women and children.

 

Dr. Biden met with survivors, heard their stories, and saw firsthand the response services provided to them. She also met with U.S. government partners who are working to prevent and respond to this dire situation.

 

“Thanks to your extraordinary efforts to help prevent sexual violence from occurring, fight against impunity, and provide essential services to survivors…you’re not only improving the lives of thousands of Congolese women and families, but you’re helping to change the story of Africa,” Dr. Biden said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Biden then traveled across the city to the UNICEF Boys Reintegration Center. Over many years of conflict, a large number of children have been recruited into the armed forces and other armed groups. Dr. Biden met with some of the children who have been removed from armed groups and are now housed in this temporary residential center, where they are safe and learn vocational skills that meet the demands of local employers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Jill Biden Arrives in Sierra Leone

Dr. Jill Biden has arrived in Freetown, Sierra Leone, her final stop on a three-country visit to Africa.

 

In Sierra Leone, Dr. Biden will highlight how her trip to Africa has focused on the importance of girls’ education and women’s participation in government, the economy, and civil society in accelerating economic development, improving health and educational outcomes, strengthening democratic governance, and fostering peace and security.

 

On Sunday, Dr. Biden will attend a reception hosted by Second Lady Khadija Sam Sumana as part of Sierra Leone’s recognition of the significance of this visit.

 

On Monday, Dr. Biden will meet with President Ernest Bai Koroma at the State House to discuss women’s empowerment; Sierra Leone’s participation in the Equal Futures Partnership and its efforts to promote women’s political and economic empowerment; the country’s work to crack down on corruption; and a range of other issues facing Sierra Leone today. Upon arrival at the State House, Dr. Biden will observe a female quarter guard ceremony and then walk with President Koroma to the Cotton Tree, a historic national landmark and enduring image of Freetown.

 

Later, Dr. Biden will visit St. Joseph’s Secondary School where she will deliver remarks on the empowerment of women and girls through education and highlight important moments from her three-country tour of Africa.

 

Afterwards, Dr. Biden will travel to the U.S. Embassy to meet with staff and families. While at the Embassy, she will meet with human trafficking survivors to discuss how local organizations and government officials are working to prevent trafficking and provide assistance to survivors.

 

Dr. Biden will then depart Sierra Leone en route Washington, DC.

 

 

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Remarks by the President before Lunch with Teachers

 

President Obama Has Lunch with Teachers

 

Published on Jul 7, 2014

President Obama, joined by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, hosts a group of teachers for lunch at the White House, July 7, 2014.

 

 

 

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The White House Week Ahead™.


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The White House Week Ahead™: Joey B. Travels to Brazil, Colombia & Dominican Republic.

 

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Schedule for the Week of June 16th,  to June 20th, 2014

 

On Monday, the President and First Lady will return to Washington, DC from Palm Springs, California.

 

On Tuesday, President Obama will travel to TechShop Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to deliver remarks on the economy.  Following this, he will travel to New York City to attend the DNC LGBT Gala and take part in another DNC Event.

 

On Wednesday, the President will host the first ever White House Maker Faire and meet with students, entrepreneurs and everyday citizens who are using new tools and techniques to launch new businesses, learn vital skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and fuel the renaissance in American manufacturing.

 

On Thursday, the President will award Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

 

On Friday, the President will meet with Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand to highlight our increasingly close relationship with New Zealand and our collaboration on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, climate change, and military-to-military cooperation.  The President looks forward to consulting with Prime Minister Key on these and other issues, including the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, regional maritime security issues, and global security issues.

 

 

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For Immediate Release

Vice President Biden to Travel to Brazil, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic

Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Brazil, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic during the week of June 16, 2014. In each country, the Vice President will meet with key leaders to discuss the full range of bilateral, regional and global issues. While in Brazil, the Vice President will attend the June 16th match in Natal between the United States and Ghana, and continue on to Brasilia to meet with President Rousseff and Vice President Michel Temer.  In Colombia, the Vice President will meet with President Santos to follow-up on the bilateral and regional prosperity and security agenda.  In the Dominican Republic, the Vice President will meet with President Danilo Medina to discuss a broad range of bilateral issues, as well as regional cooperation.

 

 

From The Pro President Obama Blog

 

US – Brazil Trade

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Vice President Biden’s Itinerary

Brazil

Vice President Biden and Brazilian President Rousseff hold a bilateral meeting
Alvorada Palace, Brasília, Brazil

Vice President Biden and Brazilian President Rousseff hold press conference
Alvorada Palace, Brasília, Brazil

Vice President Biden and Vice President Michel Temer hold a bilateral meeting
Alvorada Palace, Brasília, Brazil

Vice President Biden attends the FIFA World Cup match between the United States and Ghana
Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Vice President Biden travels to Colombia

 

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Colombia

Vice President Biden and Colombian President Santos hold a bilateral meeting
Palace of Nariño, Bogotá, Colombia

Vice President Biden and Colombian President Santos hold a press conference
Palace of Nariño, Bogotá, Colombia

Vice President Biden travels to the Dominican Republic

 

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Dominican Republic

Vice President Biden and Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina hold a bilateral meeting
The National Palace, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Vice President Biden and Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina hold a press conference
The National Palace, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

 

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry hosts FIFA World Cup Trophy at U.S. Department of State

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry hosts FIFA World Cup Trophy at U.S. Department of State

 

Vice President Biden Speaks at the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour

 

 

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Vice President Biden Travels to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup

 

WASHINGTON, DC – The Vice President will travel to the Federative Republic of Brazil in June to attend the 2014 FIFA World Cup. While in Brazil, the Vice President and Presidential Delegation will attend the June 16th match in Natal between the United States  and Ghana.

 

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The Campaign for Junk Food: First Lady Michelle Obama on Attempts to Roll Back Healthy Reforms.


 

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The First Lady Speaks at a School Nutrition Discussion

 

Published on May 27, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks before a discussion with school leaders and experts on issues about school nutrition

 

 

 

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The Campaign for Junk Food: Michelle Obama on Attempts to Roll Back Healthy Reforms.

 

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WHEN we began our Let’s Move! initiative four years ago, we set one simple but ambitious goal: to end the epidemic of childhood obesity in a generation so that kids born today will grow up healthy.

To achieve this goal, we have adhered to one clear standard: what works. The initiatives we undertake are evidence-based, and we rely on the most current science. Research indicated that kids needed less sugar, salt and fat in their diets, so we revamped school lunch menus accordingly. When data showed that the lack of nearby grocery stores negatively affected people’s eating habits, we worked to get more fresh-food retailers into underserved areas. Studies on habit formation in young children drove our efforts to get healthier food and more physical activity into child care centers.

Today, we are seeing glimmers of progress. Tens of millions of kids are getting better nutrition in school; families are thinking more carefully about food they eat, cook and buy; companies are rushing to create healthier products to meet the growing demand; and the obesity rate is finally beginning to fall from its peak among our youngest children.

So we know that when we rely on sound science, we can actually begin to turn the tide on childhood obesity.

But unfortunately, we’re now seeing attempts in Congress to undo so much of what we’ve accomplished on behalf of our children. Take, for example, what’s going on now with the Women, Infants and Children program, known as WIC. This is a federal program designed to provide supplemental nutrition to low-income women and their babies and toddlers. The idea is to fill in the gaps in their diets — to help them buy items like fresh produce that they can’t afford on their own — and give them the nutrition they’re missing.

Right now, the House of Representatives is considering a bill to override science by mandating that white potatoes be included on the list of foods that women can purchase using WIC dollars. Now, there is nothing wrong with potatoes. The problem is that many women and children already consume enough potatoes and not enough of the nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables they need. That’s why the Institute of Medicine — the nonpartisan, scientific body that advises on the standards for WIC — has said that potatoes should not be part of the WIC program.

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Unfortunately, this isn’t an isolated occurrence. We’re seeing the same kind of scenario unfold with our school lunch program. Back in 2010, Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which set higher nutritional standards for school lunches, also based on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine. Today, 90 percent of schools report that they are meeting these new standards. As a result, kids are now getting more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other foods they need to be healthy.

This is a big win for parents who are working hard to serve their kids balanced meals at home and don’t want their efforts undermined during the day at school. And it’s a big win for all of us since we spend more than $10 billion a year on school lunches and should not be spending those hard-earned taxpayer dollars on junk food for our children.

 

 

Yet some members of the House of Representatives are now threatening to roll back these new standards and lower the quality of food our kids get in school. They want to make it optional, not mandatory, for schools to serve fruits and vegetables to our kids. They also want to allow more sodium and fewer whole grains than recommended into school lunches. These issues will be considered when the House Appropriations Committee takes up the annual spending bill for the Agriculture Department on Thursday.

 

 

 

Remember a few years ago when Congress declared that the sauce on a slice of pizza should count as a vegetable in school lunches? You don’t have to be a nutritionist to know that this doesn’t make much sense. Yet we’re seeing the same thing happening again with these new efforts to lower nutrition standards in our schools.

Our children deserve so much better than this. Even with the progress we have made, one in three children in this country is still overweight or obese. One in three is expected to develop diabetes in his or her lifetime. And this isn’t just about our children’s health; it’s about the health of our economy as well. We already spend an estimated $190 billion a year treating obesity-related conditions. Just think about what those numbers will look like in a decade or two if we don’t start solving this problem now.

The bottom line is very simple: As parents, we always put our children’s interests first. We wake up every morning and go to bed every night worrying about their well-being and their futures. And when we make decisions about our kids’ health, we rely on doctors and experts who can give us accurate information based on sound science. Our leaders in Washington should do the same.

 

 

Michelle Obama is the first lady of the United States.

 

 

Thank you The New York Times.

 

 

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The Last 24™: Michelle Obama vs. Congress. Dr. Jill At Villanova Graduation. White House Science Fair.


 

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The First Lady Speaks at a School Nutrition Discussion

 

Published on May 27, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks before a discussion with school leaders and experts on issues about school nutrition, May 27, 2014.

 

 

 

Remarks by the First Lady Before A Discussion with School Leaders and Experts on Issues Surrounding School Nutrition

 

 

Michelle Obama vs. Congress

 

Published on May 27, 2014

John King, Margaret Talev and Jonathan Martin on the first lady’s fight with Congress over school lunches.

 

 

 

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Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, gives the commencement speech to the 2,700 Villanova University graduates and their families Friday May 16, 2014 at the Pavilion. Dr. Biden an alumni of Villanova also received an honorary Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa degree. Photo Pete Bannan

Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, gives the commencement speech to the 2,700 Villanova University graduates and their families Friday May 16, 2014 at the Pavilion. Dr. Biden an alumni of Villanova also received an honorary Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa degree. Photo Pete Bannan

 

Remarks of Dr. Jill Biden at Villanova University Commencement *As Prepared for Delivery*

 

Jill Biden to Villanova grads: “Show your heart to the world”

 

 

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By Linda Stein

 

Heavy rain Friday could not dampen the spirits of graduates and their families at the 171st Villanova University commencement.



The ceremony, held indoors, was both joyful and solemn as the university conferred bachelor’s and post-graduate degrees on 2,700 graduates. Families hugged, snapped pictures and graduates chatted with their friends until strains of “Pomp and Circumstances” filled the Pavilion.



Three honorary doctorates were also bestowed on Upper Darby Summer Stage Founder Harry Dietzler, the Rev. Robert F. Prevost, former prior general of the Augustinian Order, and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden.




Jill Biden was cheered and received a standing ovation for her keynote address to the graduates. Biden offered them down-to-earth advice for living their lives. She told them to remember that “everybody struggles, a little act of kindness can make a huge difference and have the confidence to stay true to your goals.”



To that Biden added, “Show your heart to the world.”

 

Biden told the graduates that she grew up in Willow Grove, one of five daughters, and remembered a Philadelphia childhood of rooting for the Phillies, crossing the Talcony Palmyra Bridge every weekend to visit her grandparents in New Jersey and watching the Mummers Parade. She knew she wanted a career, a marriage and maybe children. In the course of her life, President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were assassinated. She witnessed the counterculture, the Vietnam War and the start of the environmental movement, she said.



While teaching and raising three young children, Biden commuted from Delaware “before the Blue Route” to Villanova to earn a master’s degree in English in 1991, one of two that she holds, along with a doctorate in education from the University of Delaware. She continues to teach English at a community college in Virginia and is an advocate for community colleges.



“I learned that growing up sometimes takes stepping up,” she said. The graduates have also experienced major changes in their lives, they’ve heard warnings about global warming and seen revolutions for democracy around the world “spurred by social media,” she said. 

 

Read The Entire Story: Jill Biden to Villanova grads: “Show your heart to the world”

 

PHOTOS: Villanova University Graduation 2014

 

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Statement by the President on Afghanistan

 

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Published on May 27, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks from the White House Rose Garden, updating the American people on next steps in Afghanistan, May 27, 2014.

 

 

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  As you know, this weekend, I traveled to Afghanistan to thank our men and women in uniform and our deployed civilians, on behalf of a grateful nation, for the extraordinary sacrifices they make on behalf of our security.  I was also able to meet with our commanding General and Ambassador to review the progress that we’ve made.  And today, I’d like to update the American people on the way forward in Afghanistan and how, this year, we will bring America’s longest war to a responsible end.

 

 

Fact Sheet: Bringing the U.S. War in Afghanistan to a Responsible End

 

 

 

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White House Science Fair Fact Sheet & Backgrounder

 

President Obama Tours the 2014 White House Science Fair

 

Published on May 27, 2014

President Obama talks with students about their projects at the fourth White House Science Fair, May 27, 2014.

 

 

 

Live from the White House Science Fair with Kari Byron and Bill Nye

 

Published on May 27, 2014

Kari Byron and Bill Nye interview young innovators at the 2014 White House Science Fair, May 27, 2014.

 

 

 

President Obama’s Science Fair Speech

 

Published on May 27, 2014

President Barack Obama’s full speech to the participants of the 2014 White House Science Fair.

 

 

 

3rd White House Science Fair Slide Show

 

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For full coverage of today’s 3rd White House Science Fair:

What Is The White House Science Fair? Prepare To Become Enlightened.

 

 

 

Statements and Releases – May 27, 2014

 

Letter: Ending Immunities Granted to the Development Fund for Iraq and Certain Other Iraqi Property and Interests in Property Pursuant to Executive Order 13303, as Amended

 

Executive Order: Ending Immunities Granted to the Development Fund for Iraq and Certain Other Iraqi Property and Interests in Property Pursuant to Executive Order 13303, as Amended

 

Readout of the President’s Call with President-elect Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the New Indian Government

 

 

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Alongside Expanded Coverage, Underlying Slow Growth in Health Costs Is Continuing

 

 

It is no secret that the last several months have seen dramatic progress in expanding access to high-quality, affordable health insurance.  Over the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period, more than 8 million people signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces, and, through March 2014, 4.8 million people gained coverage through Medicaid or CHIP.  Meanwhile, multiple independent surveys have reported sharp drops in the share of Americans without health insurance.

 

What is not widely known is that the last several months have also seen a steady stream of good news on health care costs.  This good news suggests that even as coverage expands, the underlying slow growth in health care prices, per-enrollee spending, and premiums that we have seen in recent years is continuing.  That slow cost growth, which is thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act, is helping keep families’ premiums and out-of-pocket costs down, making it easier for businesses to hire workers and pay a good wage, and improving our fiscal future.

 

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Bringing the War in Afghanistan to a Responsible End

 

President Obama Marvels at Brilliant Minds, Incredible Inventions at White House Science Fair

 

 

Meet the Exhibitors in the 2014 White House Science Fair

 

 

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The White House Photo Of The Day – May 27th, 2014

 

President Barack Obama meets with Senior Advisors in the Oval Office, May 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama meets with Senior Advisors in the Oval Office, May 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

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West Wing Week 05/23/14 or, “Straight A’s? Woah!”


 

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West Wing Week 05/23/14 or, “Straight A’s? Woah!”

 

Published on May 23, 2014

This week, the President spoke on the importance of raising the minimum wage, investing infrastructure, and bringing jobs & tourism back to America, invited the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks, and designated a new National Monument, while the First Lady honored Brown v. Board of Ed, and the Vice President and Dr. Biden traveled to Romania & Cyprus.

 

 

 

Friday, May 16

 

Monday, May 19

  • On Monday, President Obama dropped in on local little leaguers where he threw out the first pitch.

 

Tuesday, May 20

  • On Tuesday, the President met with business leaders as a part of SelectUSA, an initiative that seeks to highlight why America is right for investment.
  • Later that day, the President and First Lady participated in a photo shoot and sit-down interview with Parademagazine.
  • Meanwhile, the Vice President and Dr. Biden arrived in Bucharest where they toured Otopeni Airbase and greeted local American and Romanian troops.
  • Later, the Vice President and Dr. Biden thanked U.S. Embassy staff at a pre-Memorial Day barbeque.

 

Wednesday, May 21

 

Thursday, May 22

  • On Thursday, the President traveled to Cooperstown, New York, where he spoke about the administration’s travel and tourism agenda at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
  • Meanwhile, the White House hosted a dedication ceremony for the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp.
  • Later, the Vice President met with Cypriot leaders and Dr. Biden visited the United Nations buffer zone.

 

 

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The Harvey Milk Forever Stamp Is Dedicated

 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi talks with President of the Harvey Milk Foundation Stuart Milk, next to U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, after they unveiled the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp at its dedication ceremony at the White House

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi talks with President of the Harvey Milk Foundation Stuart Milk, next to U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, after they unveiled the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp at its dedication ceremony at the White House

 

Published on May 22, 2014

The U.S. Postal Service and the Harvey Milk Foundation host a dedication ceremony for the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp at the White House, May 22, 2014.

 

 

 

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Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman, fourth from right, and others, applaud during the unveiling ceremony of the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Joining Stroman, from left are, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Stuart Milk, Founder and President, Harvey Milk Foundation, UN Ambassador Samantha Power, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. On the day he would have turned 84 years old, Harvey Milk, the San Francisco supervisor and gay activist gunned down at City Hall in 1978, had a postal stamp in his honor unveiled at the White House

Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman, fourth from right, and others, applaud during the unveiling ceremony of the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
Joining Stroman, from left are, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Stuart Milk, Founder and President, Harvey Milk Foundation, UN Ambassador Samantha Power, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. On the day he would have turned 84 years old, Harvey Milk, the San Francisco supervisor and gay activist gunned down at City Hall in 1978, had a postal stamp in his honor unveiled at the White House

 

 

Happy Military Appreciation Month

 

Military Discounts: Saluting Those That Have Served | Chevrolet

 

Published on May 2, 2014

We’re giving back to those that have given so much. With the best Military Purchase Program during Military Appreciation Month, Chevrolet and its dealers are proud to support those that have served. Learn more:http://www.chevysalutes.com

 

 

 

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