Op-Ed By President Obama: White House Summit On Working Families. POTUSA & FLOTUSA Speak At The White House Summit On Working Families.


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Op-Ed by President Obama on the White House Summit on Working Families

In an op-ed published on the Huffington Post, President Obama writes about the importance of today’s White House Summit on Working Families and his commitment to creating a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans.

 

The following op-ed by President Obama appeared on the Huffington Post.

 

Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Are Not Frills — They’re Basic Needs

 

Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Are Not Frills — They’re Basic Needs

 

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As President, my top priority is rebuilding an economy where everybody who works hard has the chance to get ahead.

 

That’s the subject of the first White House Summit on Working Families, which is taking place today. We’re bringing together business leaders and workers to talk about the challenges that working parents face every day and how we can address them.

 

Take flexibility — the ability to take a few hours off for a school play or to work from home when your kid is sick. Most workers want it, but not enough of them have it — even though studies show that flexibility makes workers happier and helps companies lower turnover and raise productivity.

 

Take paid family leave. Many jobs don’t offer adequate leave to care for a new baby or an ailing parent, so workers can’t afford to be there when their families need them the most. And the United States is the only developed country in the world without paid maternity leave.

 

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Take childcare. Most working families I know can’t afford thousands a year for childcare, but often, that’s what it costs. I recently got a letter from a woman in Minnesota whose kids’ preschool is so expensive it costs more every month than her mortgage.

 

And take the minimum wage. Nearly 28 million Americans would benefit if we raised the minimum wage to $10.10. And we’re not just talking about young people on their first job — the average worker who would benefit from an increase is 35 years old. Many have kids. And a majority are women. Right now, many full-time minimum-wage workers aren’t even making enough to keep their kids out of poverty.

 

Family leave, childcare, flexibility and a decent wage aren’t frills. They’re basic needs. They shouldn’t be bonuses — they should be the bottom line.

 

Parents who work full-time should earn enough to pay the bills and go to work every day knowing that their kids are in good hands. Workers who give their all should know that if they need some flexibility, they can have it — because their employers understand that it’s hard to be productive when you’ve got a sick kid at home or a childcare crisis. And talented, hard-working people should be able to say yes to a great new opportunity without worrying that their families will pay the price. Nearly half of all working parents surveyed say they’ve chosen to turn down a job not because they didn’t want it, but because it would be too hard on their families. When that many members of our workforce are forced to choose between a job and their family, something’s wrong.

 

Some businesses are realizing that family-friendly policies are a good business practice, because they help build loyalty and inspire workers to go the extra mile. JetBlue offers a flexible work-from-home plan for its customer-service representatives. Google increased its paid parental leave to five months — and the rate of women leaving the company decreased by half. Cisco lets their employees telecommute as needed, which they estimate saves them over $275 million every year.

 

And there’s a bigger economic case here, too. The strength of our economy rests on whether we’re getting the most out of all of our nation’s talent — whether we’re making it possible for all our citizens to contribute to our growth and prosperity. That’s the key to staying competitive in the global economy. Right now, we’re leaving too many people on the sidelines who have the desire and the capacity to work, but are held back by one obstacle or another. It’s our job to remove those obstacles. That’s what supporting working families is all about.

 

States are getting on board, too. California, Rhode Island and New Jersey give workers paid family leave. Connecticut offers paid sick days. So does New York City. Since I asked Congress to raise the minimum wage last year, 13 states have taken steps to raise it on their own.

 

But all Americans should get to benefit from these policies. That’s why we need to see some action here in Washington.

 

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I’ll work with anyone — Democrats or Republicans — to increase opportunity for American workers. But in this year of action, whenever I can act on my own, I will.

 

Today, I’ll sign a Presidential Memorandum directing every agency in the federal government to expand access to flexible work schedules, and giving employees the right to request them.

 

I’m calling on Congress to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, because too many pregnant workers are forced to choose between their health and their job. They can get fired for taking too many bathroom breaks, or forced on unpaid leave just for being pregnant. It’s inhumane, and it needs to stop.

 

And to help parents trying to get ahead, I’m directing my Secretary of Labor to invest $25 million in helping people who want to enroll in job-training programs, but don’t currently have access to the childcare they need to do it.

 

I take this personally — as the son and grandson of some strong women who worked hard to support my sister and me; as the husband of a brilliant woman who struggled to balance work and raising our young ladies when my job often kept me away; and as the father of two beautiful girls, whom I want to be there for as much as I possibly can — and whom I hope will be able to have families and careers of their own one day.

 

We know from our history that our country does better when everybody participates; when everyone’s talents are put to use; when we all have a fair shot. That’s the America I believe in. That’s the America I’ll keep fighting for every day.

 

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Weekly Address: Congress Needs To Act On Minimum Wage


 

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Weekly Address: Congress Needs to Act on Minimum Wage

 

In this week’s address, the President highlights small business owners across the country acting to raise wages for their workers, and calls on Congress to give America a raise so more hard-working Americans have the opportunity to get ahead.

 

 

 

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Mensaje De La Casa Blanca

 

Published on Apr 26, 2014

En el mensaje de esta semana, la Directora de la Oficina de Administración de Personal Katherine Archuleta habló sobre la importancia de aumentar el salario mínimo a fin de que todos los que trabajan duro ganen el salario que se merecen.

 

 

 

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What $10.10 Would Mean For Your State. Raise The Wage.

 

In this year’s State of the Union addressPresident Obama called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.

 

That would benefit more than 28 million workers — helping families across the country make ends meet.

 

But exactly how would it help? We’ll show you.

 

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In his State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, and soon after signed an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for the individuals working on new federal service contracts.

 

Raising the minimum wage nationwide will increase earnings for millions of workers, and boost the bottom lines of businesses across the country. Learn more below, and share this page with your friends and family.

 

Raising the federal minimum wage would not only benefit more than 28 million workers across the country, but 19 million workers from all types of households would see a direct increase in their wages

 

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Today, the real value of the minimum wage has fallen by nearly one-third since its peak in 1968. And right now, a full-time minimum wage worker makes $14,500 a year, which leaves too many families struggling to make ends meet.

 

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Raising the minimum wage will help millions of Americans

 

Spread the word to friends and family

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Raise The Minimum Wage: Barack Speaks At Michigan University, Ann Arbor – Full Speech.

 

 

Obama Speaks At Michigan University, Ann Arbor– Full Speech

 

Published on Apr 2, 2014

President Obama speaks about raising the minimum wage while visiting the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

 

 

 

 

Add Your Name: America Deserves a Raise

 

Last Friday, I spoke at a rally in Cleveland about raising the minimum wage. While I was there, I had the opportunity to talk with 11-year-old Jesseca Hudson, who came out to show her support.

 

Before I’d even boarded my plane back to D.C., she had already emailed me, telling me how she wanted to help in the fight to give millions of workers the wages they deserve.

 

Jesseca doesn’t think that someone working full-time should struggle to make ends meet. But full-time workers earning the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 only earn about $14,500 a year in wages — below the poverty line for a family of two.

 

That’s unacceptable. And it’s why the President has called on Congress and state governments to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour — and on businesses to act on their own to increase the pay of their workers.

 

If you agree, then add your name, and share why you think we need to raise the wage.

 

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Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 will benefit about 28 million workers across the country. And it will help businesses, too — raising the wage will put more money in people’s pockets, which they will pump back into the economy by spending it on goods and services in their communities.

 

The bottom line: America deserves a raise.

 

And it’s not just 11-year-olds that understand why it’s a problem that the minimum wage has lost nearly a third of its value since its peak in 1968. Nearly three out of fourAmericans agree we should raise the wage.

 

If you agree it’s time that we answer the President’s call to increase the minimum wage and reward honest work, add your name and share why.

 

Thanks for your help.

 

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Three Out Of Four Americans Agree: It’s Time To Raise The Minimum Wage.

 

Raise The Minimum Wage – ’11 Must-Know Facts About The Minimum Wage’

 

 

Raising the minimum wage isn’t just pro-worker; it’s pro-economic growth. Putting money in the pockets of working families, as Henry Ford explained, means they’ll spend it on goods and services, which in turn helps businesses thrive and create more jobs.

 

 

Obama At Costco Promotes Higher Minimum Wage

 

Published on Jan 29, 2014

President Obama notes that Costco pays its workers a higher starting wage and therefor has fewer workers quit, making it a better company. He speaks from a Costco in Lanham, Maryland.

 

 

 

That’s why 75 percent of Americans − including so many business leaders I speak to − support a higher federal minimum wage. That’s why there’s a proud bipartisan history of raising the wage.

 

The typical minimum wage earner is a provider and a breadwinner – most likely a woman – responsible for paying bills, running a household and raising children. How can we expect her to get by on a wage that, in real terms, isn’t worth as much as it was in the 1950s?

 

The value of the minimum wage simply hasn’t kept up with the cost of living, including the essentials a family needs to survive: a gallon of milk, a gallon of gas, monthly rent, a pair of children’s shoes and more.

 

Wages also haven’t kept up with workers’ output. Since 1979, productivity has increased more than 90 percent, but real average hourly earnings have gone up only 3.2 percent.

 

President Obama believes that income inequality is one of the most pressing matters facing the nation. If we are going to be a country that provides ladders of opportunity and believes in a thriving middle class, then we have to raise the minimum wage.

 

But don’t take my word for it. In recent weeks, I’ve had the privilege of meeting with many low-wage workers – proud men and women who want nothing more than a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. I’ve looked into their eyes and seen their struggle and their sacrifice; their dignity and self-respect.

 

They wake up every morning and do their jobs. Now it’s time for Congress to do its job. It’s time to give minimum wage workers the raise they need, the raise they’ve earned, the raise they deserve.

 

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In the year since I asked this Congress to raise the minimum wage, five states have passed laws to raise theirs.  Many businesses have done it on their own.  Nick Chute is here tonight with his boss, John Soranno.  John’s an owner of Punch Pizza in Minneapolis, and Nick helps make the dough.  Only now he makes more of it: John just gave his employees a raise, to ten bucks an hour – a decision that eased their financial stress and boosted their morale.

 

Tonight, I ask more of America’s business leaders to follow John’s lead and do what you can to raise your employees’ wages.  To every mayor, governor, and state legislator in America, I say, you don’t have to wait for Congress to act; Americans will support you if you take this on.  And as a chief executive, I intend to lead by example. Profitable corporations like Costco see higher wages as the smart way to boost productivity and reduce turnover. We should too.  In the coming weeks, I will issue an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally-funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour – because if you cook our troops’ meals or wash their dishes, you shouldn’t have to live in poverty.

 

Of course, to reach millions more, Congress needs to get on board. Today, the federal minimum wage is worth about twenty percent less than it was when Ronald Reagan first stood here.  Tom Harkin and George Miller have a bill to fix that by lifting the minimum wage to $10.10.  This will help families.  It will give businesses customers with more money to spend.  It doesn’t involve any new bureaucratic program.  So join the rest of the country.  Say yes.  Give America a raise.

 

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The State of the Union Fact Sheet: Opportunity for All

 

Opportunity for All: Key Executive Actions the President Will Take in 2014

The President’s top priority remains ensuring middle class Americans feel secure in their jobs, homes and budgets.  To build real, lasting economic security the President will work with Congress and act on his own to expand opportunity for all so that every American can get ahead and have a shot at creating a better life for their kids.

 

Raising the Minimum Wage through Executive Order to $10.10 for Federal Contract Workers. The President will also continue to urge Congress to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 across the nation because no one who works full-time should have to raise their family in poverty.

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For April 2nd, 2014. Barack Hits The Road. Again.


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

 

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White House Schedule – April 2nd, 2014

 

President Barack Obama hits Chicago for a few hours on Wednesday to headline two fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee, after a stop in Ann Arbor to rally support to raise the federal minimum wage. Obama is the draw at a roundtable at the Chicago Cut Steakhouse hosted by  Mesirow Financial Chairman and CEO Richard Price where about 25  are expected; the tab is up to $32,400. Later, Obama heads to Lincoln Park for a dinner of about 55 who donated up to $10,000–at the Lincoln Park  home of Craig Freedman and Grace Tsao-Wu, who is an Obama major donor and fund-raiser.

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2nd, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
TUESDAY, April 2nd, 2014

 

In the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

Later in the morning, the President will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan. The departure from the South Lawn and arrival at Willow Run Airport are open press.

 

In Ann Arbor, the President will deliver remarks at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor on raising the national minimum wage. The President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media.

 

Following this event, the President will depart Ann Arbor, Michigan en route Chicago, Illinois. The departure from Willow Run Airport and the arrival at Chicago O’Hare International Airport are open press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will attend a DNC event. Following this, the President will deliver remarks and answer questions at a DNC dinner. The first event is closed press, and the dinner is open to the print pool for remarks only.

 

At night, the President will depart Chicago en route Washington, DC. The departure from Chicago O’Hare International Airport and arrival on the South Lawn are open press.

 

 

Wednesday, April 2 2014 All Times ET Except Chicago Event Times

 

 

10:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

 

11:15 AM: THE PRESIDENT departs the White House, South Lawn.

 

 

11:30 AM: THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews.

 

 

12:55:PM: THE PRESIDENT arrives Michigan, Willow Run Airport.

 

 

3:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

 

 3:30 PM EDTFirst Lady Michelle Obama, School Children, and Foodcorps Leaders to Plant Sixth Annual White House Kitchen Garden, The White House.

 

 

4:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs Michigan, Willow Run Airport.

 

 

4:00 PM CDST: THE PRESIDENT arrives Chicago, Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

 

 

4:45 PM CDST: THE PRESIDENT attends a DNC event, Chicago Cut Steakhouse, Chicago, Illinois.

 

 

6:55 PM CDST:  THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks and answers questions at a DNC dinner, Private Residence, Chicago, Illinois.

 

 

8:30 PM CDST: THE PRESIDENT departs Chicago, Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

 

 

11:10 PM EDST: THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews.

 

 

11:25 PM EDST: THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House, South Lawn.

 

 

Briefing Schedule

Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest will gaggle aboard Air Force One en route Ann Arbor, Michigan

 

 

 

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Schedule for the Week of April 2nd to April 4th, 2014.

 

On Wednesday, the President will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan for an event on his proposal to raise the national minimum wage.  Following this event, he will travel to Chicago, Illinois to attend DNC events.

 

On Thursday, the President and First Lady will host members of the United States teams and delegations from the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games at the White House.

 

On Friday, the President will host Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa of Tunisia at the White House.  During the meeting, the President looks forward to discussing the commitment Tunisia’s leaders have made to advancing Tunisia’s democracy and how the United States can further support Tunisia’s historic transition.  The leaders will discuss a broad range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest, including U.S. economic, political, and security assistance to support the Prime Minister’s reform agenda and Tunisia’s stability.  Prime Minister Jomaa’s visit is a demonstration of the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Tunisian people, and America’s enduring commitment to Tunisia’s democratic transition. The Vice President will also attend.

 

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President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Affordable Care Act

April 01, 2014 | 18:13 |Public Domain

 

Following the closing of the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, the President delivers remarks in the Rose Garden, announcing that 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private health coverage.

 

 

 

 

The 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox Visit the White House

April 01, 2014 | 10:53 |Public Domain

 

The President delivers remarks honoring the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox from the White House South Lawn.

 

 

 

 

Catching up with the Curator: Presidential Beards

 

Published on Apr 1, 2014

In the latest installment of “Catching up with the Curator”, White House curator Bill Allman discusses the history of beards at the White House. Learn more at http://WhiteHouse.gov/beards

 

 

 

National Geographic 12… The President’s Photographer

 

Published on Oct 24, 2013

Peter Souza is never far behind President Obama. In fact, sometimes he’s ahead of him. As the President’s chief White House photographer, Souza is the President’s shadow.

With unprecedented access, National Geographic follows the President’s photographer inside the Obama White House–aboard Air Force One, backstage at the State of the Union, and into the heart of the West Wing. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday grit of the American presidency and a chance to see what it’s like to cover the most powerful man in the world–for history. Narrated by Morgan Freeman.

 

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama, School Children & FoodCorps Leaders Plant 6th Annual White House Kitchen Garden.

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama, School Children, and FoodCorps Leaders to Plant Sixth Annual White House Kitchen Garden

 

Washington, DC—On Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 3:30 PM ET, First Lady Michelle Obama will join FoodCorps leaders and local students to plant the White House Kitchen Garden for the sixth year in a row.  In 2009, Mrs. Obama planted a vegetable garden on the South Lawn to initiate a national conversation around the health and wellbeing of our nation—a conversation that evolved into her Let’s Move! initiative.  Since Mrs. Obama launched Let’s Move! in 2010, parents, business leaders, educators, elected officials, military leaders, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders, and kids themselves have stepped up to improve the health of our nation’s children.  And thanks to these efforts, we are moving toward a healthier new norm all across the country.

 

This year, Mrs. Obama is inviting the founders of FoodCorps and six FoodCorps service members to join her at the garden planting.  FoodCorps is part of the AmeriCorps Service Network.  This nationwide program is dedicated to teaching children about healthy food, how it grows, and where it comes from, and ensuring they have access to these foods each and every day.  Serving under the direction of state and community partners, FoodCorps members across the country dedicate a year of public service to help children grow up in healthy school food environments.  This fall, FoodCorps plans to serve local DC schools, Cleveland Elementary School, Friendship Public Charter School, and Kimball Elementary School—students from these schools will also be attending the garden planting.  In addition, Mrs. Obama will be joined in the garden by students from Bancroft Elementary School and Harriet Tubman Elementary School, who have been active participants in the White House Kitchen Garden.

 

The following FoodCorps service members will attend the garden planting:

 

  • Eileen Garcia (Woodbridge, CT): Eileen’s service site is a non-profit community farm that is close enough to some of the schools she serves that students can walk there for their lessons.  Her schools include: Ansonia Middle School, Ansonia High School, Mead School, and Prendergast School.

 

  • Whitney Smith (Detroit, MI): Whitney is serving a second FoodCorps service term at the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, where she educates students on gardening, food justice, and nutrition and instructs youth on urban agriculture.  Her schools include: Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology, Muhammed University of Islam, and Shrine of the Black Madonna Nursery School.

 

  • Greg Beach (Boston, MA): Greg’s service site is City Sprouts, a nonprofit school garden organization that partners with urban public schools to integrate academic and environmental education in schools and neighborhoods.  His schools include: Fletcher Maynard Academy, Tobin Montessori School, King Open School, Vassal Lane Upper School, Cambridgeport School, and Cambridge Street Upper School.

 

  • Tim Williams (Wilmington, NC): At Feast Down East, Tim creates and maintains school gardens, and helps to develop a farm-to-cafeteria campaign and a Chef to School Program.  His schools include: Snipes Academy of Art and Design, Forest Hills Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Rachel Freeman School of Engineering, Supply Elementary, and Town Creek Elementary.

 

  • Sarah Ting (Oakland, CA): Sarah’s service site isOakland Unified School District where she teaches and collaborates with the Farm to School Supervisor on district level procurement for the National School Meal Program.

 

  • Alexis Sangalang (Camden, NJ): Alexis serves with the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids located in Camden, New Jersey.  Her schools include: Holy Name School, E.C.O. Charter School, Early Childhood Development Center Respond, Inc., Center for Family Services, Head Start, and D.U.E. Season Charter School.

 

 

The Past White House Kitchen Garden Projects…..

 

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Speeches and Remarks – April 01, 2014

 

Remarks by the President on the Affordable Care Act

 

Remarks by the President Honoring the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox

 

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Statements and Releases – April 01, 2014

 

Message to the Congress — Iceland and the Fisherman’s Protective Act

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Business Executives from Information Technology Companies

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the House Republican Budget

 

 

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The White House Blog

 

President Obama: “7.1 Million Americans”

 

President Obama Welcomes the Red Sox to the White House

 

7.1 Million Americans Have Enrolled in Private Health Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act

 

Announcing the President’s Council on Beards

 

In Case You Missed It: Vice President Biden Talks About the Need for Immigration Reform

 

Weekly Address: Raise The Minimum Wage – It’s The Right Thing To Do For Hardworking Americans

 

 

 

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April 1st 2014: Photos of the Day

 

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Lined up to see the Prez In Ann Arbor.

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Jay Carney @PresSec is getting ready for the @redsox visit today. Watch out

Jay Carney @PresSec is getting ready for the @redsox visit today. Watch out

President Obama greets @RedSox outfielder Jonny Gomes

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The selfie....Big Papi definitely had a better angle than me! @davidortiz @RedSox

The selfie….Big Papi definitely had a better angle than me! @davidortiz @RedSox

Thanks to a great Red Sox Fan Pete Souza who took this pic. Great to meet President Obama today. Surreal Day!

Thanks to a great Red Sox Fan Pete Souza who took this pic. Great to meet President Obama today. Surreal Day!

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Florida Jury Gets The Michael Dunn, Killer Of Jordan Davis, Murder Trial. Deliberations Begin.


 

By Jueseppi B.

Day 5 in the Michael Dunn, Killer Of Jordan Davis, Murder Trial.

Jury gets the Michael Dunn, Killer Of Jordan Davis, Murder Trial.  Deliberations Begin.

 

From Reuters News Agency:

 

Florida jury starts deliberations in loud rap murder trial

 

BY SUSAN COOPER EASTMAN

 

(Reuters) – A middle-aged software engineer opened fire on a black teenager because he felt disrespected when the 17-year-old refused to turn down the rap music blaring from his car, a prosecutor told a Florida jury in closing arguments on Wednesday.

 

Defense attorneys countered, saying Michael Dunn, 47, who is white, acted in self-defense when he shot Jordan Davis and was justified in using deadly force.

 

The trial, which has drawn international attention because of racial overtones and claims of self-defense, was put in the hands of a jury on Wednesday.

 

Davis was out on the town with friends when the argument broke out. Prosecutors said Davis used foul language when confronting Dunn, but that he was unarmed and never posed a physical threat.

 

“Jordan Davis didn’t have a weapon. He had a big mouth. That man wasn’t going to stand for it, and it cost Jordan Davis his life,” Assistant State Attorney John Guy said, wrapping up the prosecution’s case at the end of a week-long trial.

 

“This case is not about self-defense. It’s about self-denial,” he added.

 

The case has drawn comparisons to the trial of George Zimmerman, the former central Florida neighborhood watchman who was acquitted last year of murder after saying he shot a 17-year-old unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, in self-defense during a struggle.

 

Dunn is charged with first-degree murder in the November 2012 shooting of Jordan Davis. Dunn also faces three charges of attempted murder for firing 10 shots at four teens in the SUV parked in a Jacksonville gas station.

 

Prosecutors said Dunn overreacted in anger when Davis hurled expletives at him and refused to lower the volume.

 

“This defendant was disrespected by a 17-year-old teenager. He was not happy with his (Davis’s) response,” said another Assistant State Attorney Erin Wolfson who delivered the closing argument.

 

She quoted a witness who overheard Dunn say: “You are not going to talk to me that way” as the altercation escalated.

 

Then Dunn “took it upon himself to silence Jordan Davis forever,” Wolfson said.

 

If found guilty, Dunn faces up to life in prison. Prosecutors say they will not seek the death penalty.

 

The verdict in the case remains in doubt, CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin, a former assistant U.S. attorney, tweeted on Tuesday night. “Especially in Florida, given the breadth of the stand your ground law and self-defense culture,” she said.

 

Deliberating the case is a jury of 8 whites, 2 blacks, one Asian and one Hispanic.

 

Dunn’s attorney, Cory Strolla, said the state had failed to prove its case, pointing to a lack of conclusive forensic evidence about where Davis was when he was shot.

 

“Michael Dunn was in a place where he had a right to be, asking for a common courtesy. He had no duty to retreat. He had a right to meet force with force, including deadly force,” said Strolla. “He’s had that gun for 20 years and he has never fired it once.”

 

Dunn took the stand in his own defense on Tuesday and told the jury he started shooting in a state of panic after the exchange of words grew more heated and he thought he saw the barrel of a gun in the back window as Davis started to get out of the car.

 

Police said they found no weapon in the teens’ SUV after the shooting.

 

“Michael Dunn doesn’t get to just assume Jordan Davis had a gun and … was going to shoot him,” said Wolfson. “Self-defense does not let you assume.”

 

The prosecution sought to expose inconsistencies in Dunn’s version of the incident.

 

The jury was reminded of dramatic testimony by Dunn’s fiancée, Rhonda Rouer, who told the court that after the shooting Dunn never mentioned seeing a gun in the teens’ car.

 

Medical evidence presented in court also showed that Davis died inside the car in a defensive posture.

 

Dunn’s description of some of the expletives used in the altercation varied in court from a previous recorded account he gave to police.

 

In his closing argument, Strolla said the teens could have disposed of a weapon after they left the gas station.

 

To illustrate his point, Strolla stood mute in front of the jury for three minutes, the time the Durango was gone before returning to the gas station to get help.

 

Strolla criticized investigators for failing to secure the entire gas station plaza as a crime scene or search for a weapon that night.

“They knew they messed up,” Strolla said.

 

(Writing by David Adams and Barbara Liston; Editing by Ken Wills, Gunna Dickson and Leslie Adler)

 

Thank you Reuters News Agency.

 

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The thing one must not forget about this trial is the young boys in the Durango at that gas station, are not on trial for murder. Michael Dunn is.

 

From  Weary Traveler Musings

 

State of Florida v. Michael Dunn — Trial Day 5 

 

Michael Dunn — Strolla called Dunn to the witness standonce court convened. Under direct, Dunn was docile, mild-mannered, and weak. Strolla asked Dunn to give biographical details about his life and asked if Dunn had recollection of the week of Jordan Davis’ homicide.

 

Dunn told the jury that he was in Jacksonville to go to Chris Dunn’s wedding. Charlie the dog was a primary focus of the early part of direct questioning. Apparently Dunn & Rouer researched pet-friendly accommodations and picked a hotel further away from the wedding venue to accommodate Charlie, a 7-month-old puppy. Rouer and Dunn have been an item for 3.5 years, moving into the same dwelling six months into the courtship. Despite ending the marriage with Chris Dunn’s mother amicable, Rouer was a bit apprehensive about going to Chris Dunn’s wedding.

 

She had not known Chris Dunn and only viewed pictures of him via Facebook. Dunn concedes that Rouer’s assessment of how many drinks he had at Chris Dunn’s wedding was accurate: 3 or 4 drinks. Rouer didn’t eat at the wedding and they didn’t serve white wine, hence the reason for going to the Gate gas station.

 

Dunn & Rouer left Chris Dunn’s wedding because of Charlie. Rouer wanted to drink white wine and chips. Upon pulling into the Gate gas station, Dunn parked next to the red Durango because he wanted to be closer to the door. The “base” of the music coming from the red Durango was “ridiculously loud” after Rouer exited the vehicle to enter the store. Dunn had asked people in the past to turn down their music and they “happily” agreed to his request.

 

What Tevin Thompson’s told the jury was quasi-accurate but Dunn was mumbling it to himself, not talking to the teens in the red Durango. The guy in the front passenger’s seat, Tevin, turned down the music after Dunn asked and Dunn thanked him. Dunn admitted to having to roll down his window to tell the guys to turn down the music.

 

Michael Dunn is not qualified to testify to what the victim, Jordan Davis, supposedly said. So I will make it abundantly clear that these are Dunn’s words being assigned to Jordan Davis. Take them with a grain of salt as Dunn has every reason to lie, omit, or embellish to escape spending his natural born life in prison.

 

Dunn claims Jordan Davis was “mean spirited” and said “fuck that.” Dunn claims to have heard Jordan Davis say inaudible “something something” at first and then “cracker.” After that, Dunn told the jury that Jordan Davis looked at him and said the following: “I should kill that motherfucker.” Tommie Strones exited the Gate and entered the vehicle in the driver’s seat.

 

Dunn had to roll down his window to ask if they were threatening his life. Dunn told the jury Jordan Davis reached down and then slammed something against the red Durango door. Strolla interrupts and switches gears, asking Dunn about his familiarity with weapons. Dunn is familiar with them because of his father taking him shooting as a youngster. Strolla continues asking about the Gate gas station parking lot. Dunn told the jury that Jordan Davis said “Yes, I’m going to fucking kill you” in Dunn’s direction.

 

Then Jordan Davis supposedly showed 4 inches of a shotgun barrel. Dunn told the jury “I was in fear of my life.” Michael Dunn weeps when talking about Rhounda Rouer and Charlie. “After the continued threat of ‘you’re dead, bitch,’ a young man gets out and says ‘this shit is going down now’.”That young man was supposedly Jordan Davis. Dunn told the jury the following: “My life was in imminent danger.” Jordan Davis supposed gets out and screams “This shit’s going down now, bitch!” It was at this point that Dunn told the jury he reached for his weapon and said: “You’re not going to kill me, you son of a bitch!” Strolla asked if Dunn has responsible habits with firearms and he affirms.

 

Dunn had to lean forward, bounce back, then grabbed his gun. He grabbed gun & holster and “aimed at my attacker.” Despite saying “You’re not going to kill me, you son of a bitch,” Dunn told the jury he had no malice intent, but his vocal inflection did change. Dunn suffered a hand injury which required him to hold the gun with two hands as he showed the jury. According to Dunn, the in-flight Durango didn’t “register” to him so he continued to fire.

 

Michael Dunn told the jury he was scared for his life and Rouer’s life being put in danger. Dunn continued to shoot because he was worried about what he called a “blind fire spot” which he told Strolla was in essence return fire. He also said he fired at the fleeing Durango as to “keep their heads down.”

 

Rouer exits the Gate and he screams at her, “Get in the car, we gotta go.” Dunn told the jury he was in a panic so he threw the holster at his feet before firing. Dunn continued to refer to Jordan Davis as “my attacker.” Dunn repeats the phrase he said the night of the homicide: “You’re not going to kill me, you son of a bitch.” Strolla asked Michael Dunn if anyone in the red Durango tried to “deescalate” and he told the jury they didn’t. Upon prodding, Dunn said “I tried to get out the fact” but he was too anxious to mention to Rouer that he was threatened with a weapon from the occupants’ in the red Durango.

 

At the hotel, Rouer ran in, Dun secured his weapon. Inside the hotel, Dunn was “stoic” for Rouer but he concedes he’s “more emotional now” on the witness stand. Dunn told Rouer they weren’t in any trouble save for the “local gangsters.” Because Rouer was emotionally spent, Dunn told her to get pizza.

 

After Strolla’s questions, Dunn’s answer imply that if he wanted to he could have. He said he has a valid passport and a valid aviation ID. Rouer was aggressive in demanding the couple return to their condo. At the condo, Strolla places emphasis on how transparent Dunn was. Detective Marc Musser called Dunn and told him he had five minutes before Brevard County’s finest was at his door.

 

Thank you Weary Traveler Musings.

 

Michael Dunn, Killer Of Jordan Davis, Murder Trial – Day 5.

 

 

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Michael Dunn looks at his family during his murder trial in the shooting death of unarmed teen Jordan Davis, in Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, Florida February 10, 2014.  CREDIT: REUTERS/BOB MACK/POOL

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Michael Dunn, Killer Of Jordan Davis, Murder Trial – Day 5.


 

By Jueseppi B.

Day 5 in the Michael Dunn, Killer Of Jordan Davis, Murder Trial.

Day 5 in the Michael Dunn, Killer Of Jordan Davis, Murder Trial.

 

Michael Dunn Trial. Day 5. Part 1. Hearing. Partial. Michael Dunn Will Take Stand

 

 

 

Michael Dunn Trial. Day 5. Part 2. Hearing Michael Dunn Will Take Stand

 

 

 

Michael Dunn Trial. Day 5. Part 3. Michael Dunn Takes Stand

 

 

 

Michael Dunn Trial. Day 5. Part 4. Michael Dunn Takes Stand.

 

 

 

Michael Dunn Trial. Day 5. Part 5. Defense Rests. Rebuttal. Rhonda Rouer Recalled to Stand

 

 

 

 Day 5 highlights: Dunn testifies, defense rests & gets self-defense instruction, State proffers rebuttal evidence

 

From Legal Insurrection:

 

Welcome to day five of our live coverage of the “loud music” 1st degree murder trial of Michael Dunn in real time. Here are a couple live video feeds, with the smaller, upper-most feed proving the most reliable yesterday.

 

Expectations are that this morning will see the last two defense witnesses. One of these is expected to be some kind of expert on stress reactions, but is a bit of a “surprise witness” from the perspective of the State. A hearing will be held at 8AM to discuss whether to allow this testimony, in the form of a Daubert hearing.

 

The second witness, I expect, will be the defendant, Michael Dunn himself. At present there seems insufficient–meaning no–evidence of self-defense necessary for the defense to meet its burden of production on the issue of self-defense. If they fail to meet this burden the jury will not be instructed on self-defense and a conviction is certain.

 

Thank you  Legal Insurrection.

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This is Rebecca Dunn, 21, the daughter of Michael Dunn. Wonder how he would handle HIS daughter being gunned down for listening to loud hip hop thug music/

This is Rebecca Dunn, 21, the daughter of Michael Dunn. Wonder how he would handle HIS daughter being gunned down for listening to loud hip hop “thug” music.

 

From  Of 3Chics Fame:

 

Michael Dunn, the man who pumped nine shots into a parked Dodge Durango full of teenage boys, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis after a dispute over the kids’ loud music, took the stand Tuesday in his defense, telling the jury, “I thought I was going to be killed.”

 

Dunn, 47, claimed that he saw what he believed was the barrel of a shotgun, which prompted him to start firing. Police found no weapon in the teens’ SUV.

 

Also been swirling around the case are letters believed to have been written by Dunn while in prison awaiting his trial.

 

According to several news outlets, Dunn, who is on trial for first-degree murder for the November 2012 shooting of Jordan, wrote letters to family members, friends and others claiming that he was being treated unfairly by the media and that the court system was biased toward blacks. In a letter to his daughter about “thugs,” he wrote, “This may sound a bit radical but if more people would arm themselves and kill these **** idiots when they’re threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior,” WTEV News reports.

 

Thank you  Of 3Chics Fame.

 

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From  Weary Traveler Musings

 

State of Florida v. Michael Dunn — Trial Day 5 

 

Michael Dunn — Strolla called Dunn to the witness stand once court convened. Under direct, Dunn was docile, mild-mannered, and weak. Strolla asked Dunn to give biographical details about his life and asked if Dunn had recollection of the week of Jordan Davis’ homicide.

 

Dunn told the jury that he was in Jacksonville to go to Chris Dunn’s wedding. Charlie the dog was a primary focus of the early part of direct questioning. Apparently Dunn & Rouer researched pet-friendly accommodations and picked a hotel further away from the wedding venue to accommodate Charlie, a 7-month-old puppy. Rouer and Dunn have been an item for 3.5 years, moving into the same dwelling six months into the courtship. Despite ending the marriage with Chris Dunn’s mother amicable, Rouer was a bit apprehensive about going to Chris Dunn’s wedding.

 

She had not known Chris Dunn and only viewed pictures of him via Facebook. Dunn concedes that Rouer’s assessment of how many drinks he had at Chris Dunn’s wedding was accurate: 3 or 4 drinks. Rouer didn’t eat at the wedding and they didn’t serve white wine, hence the reason for going to the Gate gas station.

 

Dunn & Rouer left Chris Dunn’s wedding because of Charlie. Rouer wanted to drink white wine and chips. Upon pulling into the Gate gas station, Dunn parked next to the red Durango because he wanted to be closer to the door. The “base” of the music coming from the red Durango was “ridiculously loud” after Rouer exited the vehicle to enter the store. Dunn had asked people in the past to turn down their music and they “happily” agreed to his request.

 

What Tevin Thompson’s told the jury was quasi-accurate but Dunn was mumbling it to himself, not talking to the teens in the red Durango. The guy in the front passenger’s seat, Tevin, turned down the music after Dunn asked and Dunn thanked him. Dunn admitted to having to roll down his window to tell the guys to turn down the music.

 

Michael Dunn is not qualified to testify to what the victim, Jordan Davis, supposedly said. So I will make it abundantly clear that these are Dunn’s words being assigned to Jordan Davis. Take them with a grain of salt as Dunn has every reason to lie, omit, or embellish to escape spending his natural born life in prison.

 

Dunn claims Jordan Davis was “mean spirited” and said “fuck that.” Dunn claims to have heard Jordan Davis say inaudible “something something” at first and then “cracker.” After that, Dunn told the jury that Jordan Davis looked at him and said the following: “I should kill that motherfucker.” Tommie Strones exited the Gate and entered the vehicle in the driver’s seat.

 

Dunn had to roll down his window to ask if they were threatening his life. Dunn told the jury Jordan Davis reached down and then slammed something against the red Durango door. Strolla interrupts and switches gears, asking Dunn about his familiarity with weapons. Dunn is familiar with them because of his father taking him shooting as a youngster. Strolla continues asking about the Gate gas station parking lot. Dunn told the jury that Jordan Davis said “Yes, I’m going to fucking kill you” in Dunn’s direction.

 

Then Jordan Davis supposedly showed 4 inches of a shotgun barrel. Dunn told the jury “I was in fear of my life.” Michael Dunn weeps when talking about Rhounda Rouer and Charlie. “After the continued threat of ‘you’re dead, bitch,’ a young man gets out and says ‘this shit is going down now’.”That young man was supposedly Jordan Davis. Dunn told the jury the following: “My life was in imminent danger.” Jordan Davis supposed gets out and screams “This shit’s going down now, bitch!” It was at this point that Dunn told the jury he reached for his weapon and said: “You’re not going to kill me, you son of a bitch!” Strolla asked if Dunn has responsible habits with firearms and he affirms.

 

Dunn had to lean forward, bounce back, then grabbed his gun. He grabbed gun & holster and “aimed at my attacker.” Despite saying “You’re not going to kill me, you son of a bitch,” Dunn told the jury he had no malice intent, but his vocal inflection did change. Dunn suffered a hand injury which required him to hold the gun with two hands as he showed the jury. According to Dunn, the in-flight Durango didn’t “register” to him so he continued to fire.

 

Michael Dunn told the jury he was scared for his life and Rouer’s life being put in danger. Dunn continued to shoot because he was worried about what he called a “blind fire spot” which he told Strolla was in essence return fire. He also said he fired at the fleeing Durango as to “keep their heads down.”

 

Rouer exits the Gate and he screams at her, “Get in the car, we gotta go.” Dunn told the jury he was in a panic so he threw the holster at his feet before firing. Dunn continued to refer to Jordan Davis as “my attacker.” Dunn repeats the phrase he said the night of the homicide: “You’re not going to kill me, you son of a bitch.” Strolla asked Michael Dunn if anyone in the red Durango tried to “deescalate” and he told the jury they didn’t. Upon prodding, Dunn said “I tried to get out the fact” but he was too anxious to mention to Rouer that he was threatened with a weapon from the occupants’ in the red Durango.

 

At the hotel, Rouer ran in, Dun secured his weapon. Inside the hotel, Dunn was “stoic” for Rouer but he concedes he’s “more emotional now” on the witness stand. Dunn told Rouer they weren’t in any trouble save for the “local gangsters.” Because Rouer was emotionally spent, Dunn told her to get pizza.

 

After Strolla’s questions, Dunn’s answer imply that if he wanted to he could have. He said he has a valid passport and a valid aviation ID. Rouer was aggressive in demanding the couple return to their condo. At the condo, Strolla places emphasis on how transparent Dunn was. Detective Marc Musser called Dunn and told him he had five minutes before Brevard County’s finest was at his door.

 

Thank you Weary Traveler Musings.

 

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Michael Dunn Trial – Day 6, Wed, February 12, 2014

 

Closing arguments are scheduled for today, along with the reading of jury instructions.

 

Watch the trial live on LiveStream. Get daily recaps at Wild About Trial. Court starts at 9 a.m. EST.

 

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Jordan Davis Parents, Ms. Lucia McBath & Mr. Ronald Davis:

 

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State Attorney Angela Corey (right foreground) talks with Ron Davis (left) and Lucia McBath, parents of Jordan Davis, after a hearing for Michael Dunn

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Mr. Ronald Davis

Mr. Ronald Davis

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Ron Davis (center) and his wife Carolina at the Jacksonville Landing on Jordan Russell Davis Day,

Ron Davis (center) and his wife Carolina at the Jacksonville Landing on Jordan Russell Davis Day,

Ron Davis (center) kisses his wife Carolina at the Jacksonville Landing on Jordan Russell Davis Day,

Ron Davis (center) kisses his wife Carolina at the Jacksonville Landing on Jordan Russell Davis Day,

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Ms. Lucia McBath, mother Of Jordan Russell Davis

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Ronald Davis & Lucia McBath, Parents of Jordan Russell Davis

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Ms. Sybrina Fulton & Ms. Lucia McBath

 

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