Weekly Wrap Up: #ItsOnUs
This week, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat, met with National Spelling Bee winners, announced a major increase in our efforts to help fight Ebola in West Africa, gave a statement about the bipartisan support of our strategy to defeat ISIL, and launched a campaign to help stop sexual assault.
Check out the rest of the highlights from this week.
President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat for their heroic and brave actions in Vietnam. While you probably know that the Medal of Honor is the highest military award that a member of the U.S. Armed Forces can receive, have you ever wondered what goes into the actual ceremony at the White House?
We went behind the scenes as the President presented the Medal of Honor in June to Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter, a retired United States Marine, for his actions during combat operations in Afghanistan. Take a look here:
President Obama visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta and spoke about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. In his remarks, he announced a major increase in our efforts to help the international community fight the outbreak with four main goals:
- Controlling the outbreak
- Addressing the ripple effects of local economies and communities to prevent a truly massive humanitarian disaster
- Coordinating a broader global response
- Urgently building up a public health system in these countries for the future — not just in West Africa but also in countries that don’t have a lot of resources generally
While reiterating that the chances of an Ebola outbreak in the United States are very unlikely, the President emphasized that the outbreak is still a national security priority, and that the government has “devoted significant resources in support of our strategy.”
On Wednesday, September 17, we celebrated the document that helped establish our government. But what exactly is Constitution Day? We’ve got the facts for you.
After you’ve checked out the facts, head to the Constitution page on WhiteHouse.gov to find out more.
Speaking from the White House, the President outlined our strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL. He also thanked Congress for its bipartisan support of a Continuing Resolution that supports our military efforts to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition forces so they can help defeat the terrorist group.
“I believe that we’re strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together. And I want to thank leaders in Congress for the speed and seriousness with which they approached this urgent issue — in keeping with the bipartisanship that is the hallmark of American foreign policy at its best.”
Today, the President announced an initiative to help stop campus sexual assault. Be part of the solution and take the pledge to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault on ItsOnUs.org. Here’s what you’ll be pledging:
- To recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.
- To identify situations in which sexual assault may occur.
- To intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.
- To create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.
Take a personal commitment to be the change and help stop sexual assault now
Message to the White House Email List: “It’s On Us”
September 19, 2014
05:05 PM EDT
Earlier today, White House staffer Jordan Brooks sent this message to the White House email list. Didn’t get it? Make sure you sign up for email updates here.
I’m proud to work for our President every day. But that’s especially true today.
To the survivors who are leading the fight against sexual assault on campuses, your efforts have helped to start a movement. I know that … there are times where the fight feels lonely, and it feels as if you’re dredging up stuff that you’d rather put behind you. But we’re here to say, today, it’s not on you. This is not your fight alone. It’s on all of us — every one of us — to fight campus sexual assault. You are not alone, and we have your back.
That’s what President Obama said in the East Room this morning, when he announced the launch of “It’s On Us” — a new effort to fundamentally change the way we think about sexual assault as a country, by inspiring everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something.
When I was in college, I met so many courageous students and friends who had been victims of sexual assault. Their stories, and countless stories of people just like them, touched me deeply and personally. They made me feel angry, sad, outraged, and — often times — powerless.
I decided to do absolutely everything that I could to make a change, and keep it from happening to anyone else. So I organized with our campus gender relations center. We conducted bystander intervention trainings for students across campus, and worked to get out the word about sexual assault: how people couple help step up to stop it, and how survivors could get the resources they needed to heal.
I believe, just like so many others working to end sexual assault, that it’s on every one of us to step up, take a stand, and make a difference where we can.
Right now, I’m asking you to take a stand, too — join the President and Americans across the country by making a personal commitment to help keep men and women safe from sexual assault. Visit ItsOnUs.org, and take the pledge.
It’s On Every Single One of Us
09:00 AM EDT
Today, the President announced an initiative to help put an end to campus sexual assault. It’s called “It’s On Us.”
That’s not just a slogan or catchphrase. It’s the whole point. Because in a country where one in five women on college campuses has been sexually assaulted — only 12 percent of which are reported — this is a problem that should be important to every single one of us, and it’s on every single one of us to do something to end the problem.
As a husband, as a brother, and as a father of three boys and daughter who is a sophomore in college, it’s on me to help create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable, and where survivors are supported.
It’s on me to tell my kids to never blame the victim. To not be a bystander. It’s on me to make sure they know that if they see something that looks wrong, they need to get involved — to intervene any way they can, even if it means enlisting the help of a friend or resident advisor. It’s on me to teach them to be direct, and to trust their gut.
That’s why this is personal for me.
And it’s why I took a step this morning to show my commitment to doing my part. And whether you’re a parent, a student, a survivor or a friend of one, there’s something you can do right now to do the same.
Go to ItsOnUs.org, and take the pledge — a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault. It’s a promise that you won’t be a bystander to the problem — that you’ll be a part of the solution. The President took the pledge this morning. I did, too — along with dozens of other White House staffers. Do it right now.
President Obama Launches the “It’s On Us” Campaign to End Sexual Assault on Campus
02:40 PM EDT
Today at the White House, President Obama joined Vice President Biden and Americans across the country to launch the “It’s On Us” initiative — an awareness campaign to help put an end to sexual assault on college campuses.
It’s On Us asks everyone — men and women across America — to make a personal commitment to step off the sidelines and be part of the solution to campus sexual assault.
“An estimated one in five women has been sexually assaulted during her college years — one in five,” the President noted. “Of those assaults, only 12 percent are reported, and of those reported assaults, only a fraction of the offenders are punished.”
For anybody whose once-normal, everyday life was suddenly shattered by an act of sexual violence, the trauma, the terror can shadow you long after one horrible attack. It lingers when you don’t know where to go or who to turn to. It’s there when you’re forced to sit in the same class or stay in the same dorm with the person who raped you; when people are more suspicious of what you were wearing or what you were drinking, as if it’s your fault, not the fault of the person who assaulted you. It’s a haunting presence when the very people entrusted with your welfare fail to protect you.
To work so hard to make it through the college gates only to be assaulted is “an affront to our basic humanity,” the President said.
It insults our most basic values as individuals and families, and as a nation. We are a nation that values liberty and equality and justice. And we’re a people who believe every child deserves an education that allows them to fulfill their God-given potential, free from fear of intimidation or violence. And we owe it to our children to live up to those values.
“It is on all of us to reject the quiet tolerance of sexual assault and to refuse to accept what’s unacceptable.”
The Obama administration has taken steps to help bring an end to campus sexual assault by:
- Sending guidance to every school district, college, and university that receives federal funding on their legal obligations to prevent and respond to sexual assault
- Creating the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault to work with colleges and universities on developing best practices on how to respond and prevent sexual assault
- Reviewing existing laws to make sure they adequately protect victims of sexual assault
But “as far as we’ve come, the fact is that from sports leagues to pop culture to politics, our society still does not sufficiently value women,” he said. “We still don’t condemn sexual assault as loudly as we should. We make excuses. We look the other way. The message that sends can have a chilling effect” on young men and women.
It’s on us — all of us — to stop sexual assault. Here are a few tips on what you can do to be part of the solution:
- Talk to your friends honestly and openly about sexual assault.
- Don’t just be a bystander — if you see something, intervene in any way you can.
- Trust your gut. If something looks like it might be a bad situation, it probably is.
- Be direct. Ask someone who looks like they may need help if they’re ok.
- Get someone to help you if you see something — enlist a friend, RA, bartender, or host to help step in.
- Keep an eye on someone who has had too much to drink.
- If you see someone who is too intoxicated to consent, enlist their friends to help them leave safely.
- Recognize the potential danger of someone who talks about planning to target another person at a party.
- Be aware if someone is deliberately trying to intoxicate, isolate, or corner someone else.
- Get in the way by creating a distraction, drawing attention to the situation, or separating them.
- Understand that if someone does not or cannot consent to sex, it’s rape.
- Never blame the victim.
If you are a victim or survivor, or helping someone in that situation, go tonotalone.gov to get the resources and information you need. You can also call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE.
The NCAA, Big Ten conferences, MTV, VH1, and a few others you might recognize have already made a personal commitment to help stop sexual assault. See why — then join them in taking the pledge at ItsOnUs.org.
Standing United Against ISIL: “We’re Strongest as a Nation When the President and Congress Work Together”
Speeches and Remarks
Remarks by Dr. Jill Biden at the International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training
Statements and Releases
Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on the One-Year Anniversary of the Westgate Mall Attack in Nairobi, Kenya
Obama Administration Launches Second Promise Zone Competition to Create Economic Opportunity in High-Poverty Communities
On Sunday, the President will return to the White House. The arrival of Marine One at Joint Base Andrews and return to the White House will be covered by the in-town travel pool, and there are no public events scheduled.
On Monday, the President will sign America’s Promise Summit Declaration at an event at the White House.
On Tuesday, the President and the First Lady will travel to New York City for the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). In the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks at the Climate Summit 2014. Afterward, the President will deliver remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative 2014 Annual Meeting. In the evening, the President will attend a DSCC event. Afterward, the President and First Lady will attend a reception for visiting Heads of State and Government. The President and First Lady will remain overnight in New York City.
On Wednesday, the President will address the United Nations General Assembly. The First Lady will also attend. In the afternoon, the President will meet with Sam Kutesa, President of the United Nations General Assembly. Afterward, the President will attend a luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Later in the afternoon, the President will chair a United Nations Security Council summit on foreign terrorist fighters. Afterward, the President will attend a meeting of the Open Government Partnership. The President and First Lady will remain overnight in New York City.
On Thursday, the President will deliver remarks at a United Nations meeting on the Ebola epidemic. In the afternoon, the President and First Lady will return to the White House.
On Friday, the President will deliver remarks at the Global Health Security Agenda Summit at the White House.
On Saturday, the President will deliver remarks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 44th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington, DC.
Rihanna to CBS – GO FUCK YOURSELF!
Published on Sep 21, 2014
Rihanna lashed out at CBS after they pulled her open for Thursday Night Football then tried to use it the following week after the Ray Rice scandal blew over. The lesson? Don’t mess with RIRI!
Kerry Washington Public Service Announcement on Domestic Violence
Published on Sep 16, 2014
Kerry Washington joins Allstate Foundation Purple Purse to raise awareness for domestic violence and the financial abuse that occurs in 98 percent of all cases. Help ensure domestic violence survivors aren’t financially trapped in an abusive relationship at PurplePurse.com.
Sierra Leone in Lockdown to Control Ebola
Published on Sep 20, 2014
Sierra Leone residents remained in lockdown on Saturday as part of a massive effort to confine millions of people to their homes in a bid to stem the biggest Ebola outbreak in history. (Sept. 20)
Is the lynch mob targeting the NFL still angry about OJ Simpson verdict?
Published on Sep 20, 2014
If you really want to know one of the possible reasons why politicians, mass media and the masses they control are focusing so much attention on the NFL and the issue of domestic violence then look no further than one Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson.
I’ve said all along, this obsession with the outbreak of domestic violence in the NFL is race related. Why do I say that? The profession with 5 times the domestic violence/abuse cases, happens to be law enforcement. NOW, has anyone noticed an outcry for THAT profession to be investigated, Or anyone connected with law enforcement resign, as is being asked of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell? NO.
Should pro athletes be considered role models?
Published on Sep 20, 2014
By a two-to-one margin, Americans disapprove of the way the NFL has handled domestic violence incidents involving its players, according to a poll conducted by ABC News and Marist college. The NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs team asked high school students if professional athletes should be considered role models.
Nike Air commercial Charles Barkley – I am not a role model
Hey White People: A Kinda Awkward Note to America by #Ferguson Kids by FCKH8.com
Published on Sep 9, 2014
Six black kids from #Ferguson, MO teamed up with http://FCKH8.com/ to bluntly and sarcastically educate white America about the racist reality in 2014. Recruited on the very block where unarmed black teen Michael Brown was gunned down by a white police officer, these kids ranging in age from 6 to 13 years old, use sometimes uncomfortable humor to show white people the continued racism their generation faces. Armed ONLY with statistics (hands up, don’t shoot) these articulate and adorable kids are not having it while much of white America would rather pretend racism is over.
Sledge Response to Dear White People PSA
Published on Sep 18, 2014
20 lb SLEDGE responds to race baiters who thrive off racism. We’re just doing our part in demolition duty to Sledge through this nonsense!
On a side note, how is that people are so quick on the draw to pull out their phones to record anything, yet nobody has footage of the confrontation between Daren Wilson and Mike Brown? That was plenty of time for someone to start recording.
CNN: White House fence jumper arrested on air
Security incident at White House