Where In The World Is Barack™: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The President & Secretary Of Education Arne Duncan, Welcome Teachers For Lunch.


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On Monday, the President will host a group of teachers at the White House for lunch to discuss the Administration’s efforts to ensure that every student is taught by an effective educator. The President will be joined by the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY July 7th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, JULY 7th, 2014

 

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Monday, July 7 2014 All Times ET

 

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

 

In the afternoon, the President will host a group of teachers at the White House for lunch to discuss the Administration’s efforts to ensure that every student is taught by an effective educator. The President will be joined by the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. There will be a pool spray at the top of the lunch.

 

11:00 AM: The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

11:30 AM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Brady Press Briefing Room. Watch White House Live.

 

12:10 PM: The President hosts a group of teachers for lunch; Secretary of Education Duncan also attends, South Lawn.

 

 

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The Big Picture: This Month’s Jobs Numbers

 

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Fourth of July 2014 at the White House

 

 

 

 

President Obama Welcomes 25 New American Citizens on the Fourth of July

 

President Barack Obama listens as Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Department of Homeland Security administers the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony in the East Room of the White House, July 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama listens as Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Department of Homeland Security administers the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony in the East Room of the White House, July 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

Weekly Wrap Up: Team USA, 9.7 Million Jobs, and 50 Years of the Civil Rights Act

 

Weekly Address: Celebrating Independence Day

 

West Wing Week 07/04/14 or, “Cynicism is a Choice… Hope is a Better Choice”

 

President Obama Visits 1776, “An Incubator for All Sorts of Tech Startups”

 

 

 

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White House Week Ahead Schedule For July 8th, to July 11th, 2014

 

On Tuesday, the President will welcome NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to the White House.  Ahead of the NATO summit in Wales this September, the President looks forward to discussing with the Secretary General the crisis in Ukraine and related reassurance measures for our NATO allies; improving allied defense investment; further work on bolstering NATO’s network of partners; and NATO’s post-2014 non-combat mission in in Afghanistan.  The Secretary General’s visit underscores the vital importance the United States places on NATO as the cornerstone of our alliance with Europe.  In the evening, the President will travel to Denver, CO area where he will remain overnight.

 

On Wednesday, while in Denver, the President will attend a DSCC event. The President will then travel to the Dallas, Texas area for a DCCC event. In the evening, the President will travel to the Austin, Texas area, where he will attend a DNC event and remain overnight.

 

On Thursday, while in Austin, TX, the President will attend a DNC event and deliver remarks on the economy before returning to the White House. Further details about the President’s travel to Colorado and Texas will be made available in the coming days.

 

On Friday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.

 

 

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7-6-2014 Chairman Issa on Fox News Sunday

 

 

Darrell Issa has his head so far up Barack’s ass, if Barack farts, Issa has heartburn.

 

 

Army Violently Stops African Refugees Trying to Leave Israel

 

Published on Jul 6, 2014

Sudanese and Eritrean refugees in Israel’s so-called “open prison” go on hunger strike after failed attempt to leave for Egypt

 

 

 

Proof That You’ll Lose Friends When You Fall In Love

 

Published on Jul 6, 2014

“A new study carried out by Oxford University in the UK has shown that when you find a new love, it comes at the cost of losing two close friends. As we all know, when you meet someone new, you have less time on your hands so it makes sense you will have less time for your friends. The study shows you actually lose two of these close friends. The researchers asked a number of people about their core friendship curcle and how it changed when romance was entered into the equation. The findings showed the the core which is usually five people, dropped to three people when the new lover came on the scene.”

 

 

 

WAR – WHY CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS

 

 

 

Woman fired for saying ‘have a blessed day’? bank teller fired from U.S. Bank

 

Published on Jul 6, 2014

A bank teller claims she was fired from U.S. Bank for telling a customer to “have a blessed day.”

 

 

 

Mom in hot car death case under investigation

 

Published on Jul 7, 2014

A series of search warrants have been released in the case involving the death of a toddler in a sweltering car.

 

 

 

Increased airport security: Electronic devices must be powered up for U.S.-bound flights

 

Published on Jul 7, 2014

Passengers on international flights to the U.S. will have to do more than take laptops out of their cases. They will have to prove the machines work. Don Dahler reports on the new efforts against possible onboard bombings.

 

 

 

Obama Tackles Immigration Reform, Republicans Disagree

 

Published on Jul 7, 2014

“The White House’s immigration reform cease-fire is over.

President Barack Obama came to the Rose Garden on Monday to lay out the case: He gave House Speaker John Boehner “space” to convince his members. He kept quiet about the Republicans he knew were open to an overhaul. He avoided talking about the issue much himself.

 

No more.

 

Obama was one of the few people holding on to hope that a deal could squeak through Congress by the August recess. But even that evaporated when House Republicans reacted to Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s surprise primary loss by moving firmly — and finally — away from immigration reform, and he began a crackdown on the influx of Central American children crossing the southern border, threatening to put him in opposition to immigration reform advocates.”* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break it down.

 

 

 

American teen allegedly beaten by Israeli police

 

Published on Jul 7, 2014

The 15-year-old American cousin of Mohamed Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian teen who was abducted and killed last week, says he was detained and beaten by Israeli police for days. Alex Ortiz reports from East Jerusalem.

 

 

 

See planes nearly collide during landing

 

Published on Jul 7, 2014

Two planes almost collide at an airport in Barcelona. CNN’s Kate Bolduan discusses with aviation expert Miles O’Brien.

 

 

 

Sen. John McCain on a Hillary Clinton presidency

 

Published on Jul 7, 2014

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was on “Face the Nation” when Bob Schieffer put him on the spot about Hillary Clinton.

 

 

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Congress Gets Fun New Perk: More Secret Bribery!

 

Published on Jul 7, 2014

“It’s going to be a little more difficult to ferret out which members of Congress are lavished with all-expenses-paid trips around the world after the House has quietly stripped away the requirement that such privately sponsored travel be included on lawmakers’ annual financial-disclosure forms.

 

The move, made behind closed doors and without a public announcement by the House Ethics Committee, reverses more than three decades of precedent. Gifts of free travel to lawmakers have appeared on the yearly financial form dating back its creation in the late 1970s, after the Watergate scandal. National Journal uncovered the deleted disclosure requirement when analyzing the most recent batch of yearly filings.

 

“This is such an obvious effort to avoid accountability,” said Melanie Sloan, executive director of the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “There’s no legitimate reason. There’s no good reason for it.””* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break it down.

 

 

 

"I got this guys, just chill."

“I got this guys, just chill.”

 

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From The Associated Press:

 

Michelle Obama takes on the GOP over school lunches

 

By Darlene Superville, Associated Press

 

This May 27, 2014 file photo shows first lady Michelle Obama, with Eric Goldstein, chief executive officer, Office of School Support Services, New York City Department of Education, left, and Donna Martin, School Nutrition Program, Burke County Board of Education, in Georgia, during a discussion with school leaders and experts on school nutrition in an event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

This May 27, 2014 file photo shows first lady Michelle Obama, with Eric Goldstein, chief executive officer, Office of School Support Services, New York City Department of Education, left, and Donna Martin, School Nutrition Program, Burke County Board of Education, in Georgia, during a discussion with school leaders and experts on school nutrition in an event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — First ladies typically avoid getting into public scraps, but Michelle Obama has jumped into perhaps her biggest battle yet.

 

She’s fighting a House Republican effort to soften a central part of her prized anti-childhood obesity campaign and says she’s ready “to fight until the bitter end.”

 

Mrs. Obama even mocked the GOP effort in an opinion column and argued her case on Twitter.

 

“Remember a few years ago when Congress declared that the sauce on a slice of pizza should count as a vegetable in school lunches?” she wrote in The New York Times. “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.”

 

Mrs. Obama lobbied largely behind the scenes four years ago for the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which requires more fruit, vegetables and whole grains in school meals, along with less sodium, sugar and fat. It was a major achievement, the first update to school lunch rules in decades designed to make school meals more nutritious.

 

The School Nutrition Association, an industry-backed group that represents school cafeteria workers and originally supported the standards, has now turned against them. The association says it fully supports getting kids to eat healthier but says many districts are losing money because students aren’t buying the healthier lunches.

 

More than 1 million fewer students eat lunch at school each day since the first round of standards went into effect in 2012, following decades of steadily increasing participation, said Diane Pratt-Heavner, a spokeswoman for the association, citing federal data. A second round of rules, including standards for school breakfasts, took effect July 1.

 

“How can we call these standards a success when they are driving students away from the program?” she said.

 

Her group wants more flexibility for districts that are losing money. A House bill to fund the Agriculture Department next year would give districts a chance to apply to skip the requirements for one year.

 

Rep. Robert Aderholt of Alabama, the Republican author of that measure, said the lunch rules go too far and came too fast for school districts to handle.

 

“As well-intended as the people in Washington believe themselves to be, the reality is that from a practical standpoint these regulations are just plain not working out in some individual school districts,” he said after a House panel approved the bill. A vote by the full House is expected after its July Fourth break.

 

The first lady and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, whose department runs the school meals program, oppose changing the law.

 

Critics of the association say the about-face is motivated not only by overburdened school officials but also by the food industry. Food companies are some of the association’s highest-paying members and supply schools with most of their food. The industry largely has kept silent through the debate but will spend millions of dollars to reformulate many products to meet the new standards.

 

“The last thing that we can afford to do right now is play politics with our kids’ health, especially when we’re finally starting to see some progress on this issue,” Mrs. Obama said at the White House, where she met with a group of school nutrition experts, all of whom were friendly toward the standards.

 

The association requested a meeting with Mrs. Obama and Vilsack. Instead it was invited to sit down next week with Vilsack and Sam Kass, a White House chef who is executive director of the first lady’s anti-obesity initiative, along with representatives from a dozen other organizations that favor the standards.

 

The first lady’s publicly aggressive approach against Congress and the school nutrition association stands in stark contrast to the quiet lobbying she did early on, and to her handling of earlier controversies. Her approach has been to bite her tongue and not comment in the heat of the moment.

 

“She very, very strongly believes in the anti-obesity initiative, and I think she sees the attempt by Congress to roll back the 2010 legislation as just being anathema after trying very hard to change the culture of what we see going into these institutional lunches,” said Myra Gutin, who studies first ladies at Rider University.

 

Mrs. Obama says the requirements are based on sound science and that 90 percent of schools are meeting them. The association says districts are unprepared to meet the newest standards.

 

“I’m going to fight until the bitter end to make sure that every kid in this country continues to have the best nutrition that they can have in our schools,” the first lady said at a White House event where she showcased elementary school students preparing and then eating a salad lunch using vegetables they had planted in her garden on the South Lawn.

 

The White House has threatened to veto the House bill. The Senate version does not include the one-year waiver.

 

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Associated Press writer Mary Clare Jalonick contributed to this report.

 

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First ladies typically avoid getting into public scraps, but Michelle Obama has jumped into perhaps her biggest battle yet. She’s fighting a House Republican effort to soften a central part of her prized anti-childhood obesity campaign and says she’s ready “to fight until the bitter end.” Mrs. Obama even mocked the GOP effort in an opinion column and argued her case on Twitter.

 

“Remember a few years ago when Congress declared that the sauce on a slice of pizza should count as a vegetable in school lunches?” she wrote in The New York Times. “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.” Mrs. Obama lobbied largely behind the scenes four years ago for the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which requires more fruit, vegetables and whole grains in school meals, along with less sodium, sugar and fat.

 

President Obama Vacations In Hawaii Over Christmas

 

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TheObamaCrat Potpourri™ : A Little Bit Of This, A Lotta That.


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Fireworks on the National Mall from the White House

 

Published on Jul 4, 2014

The National Mall fireworks as seen from the South Lawn of the White House. July 4, 2014.

 

 

 

Tour one of the world’s only underwater labs

 

Published on Jul 5, 2014

Take a visit to one of the world’s only underwater labs, where six scientists recently spent a month off Key Largo in Florida studying the effects of climate change on coral reefs. Hari Sreenivasan spoke to the mission leader, Fabien Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau.

 

 

 

He lived 63 feet underwater for 31 days

 

Published on Jul 5, 2014

Researcher Fabien Cousteau has just returned to the surface after spending one month in an underwater research lab.

 

 

 

Congress Does Nothing, Almost Literally & It’s Not Just Republicans

 

Published on Jul 5, 2014

“The people’s representatives can’t agree on much of anything these days — even calling a recess.

 

When senators and members of the House went home for their Independence Day break, they didn’t, or couldn’t, agree on an adjournment resolution. So they did what they usually do: They went into “pro-forma session,” a status when they are technically working but don’t actually do anything. Come to think of it, that’s pretty much how it is when they’re in town, too.”* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

 

 

 

Joan Rivers storms out of CNN interview

 

Published on Jul 5, 2014

Comedienne Joan Rivers sat down with Fredricka Whitfield to discuss her new book, but stormed out before it was over.

 

 

Joan realized she was late for her daily injections of dumbass into her face from her plastic surgeon.

 

 

Fourth of July Inflatable Slide Blown Away By Wind

 

Published on Jul 5, 2014

Accident leaves 3 injured during a celebration in Nevada

 

 

Too bad the 113th CongrASS were not on this slide.

 

 

Reporting From Besieged Shuafat Refugee Camp

 

Published on Jul 5, 2014

Following kidnapping and killing of 16 year-old Mohamed Abu Khdeir from Shuafat refugee camp, vigilante and army violence against Palestinians on the rise.

 

 

 

Video: Officer Beats Woman on LA Freeway

 

Published on Jul 4, 2014

The California Highway Patrol said Friday it is investigating video of one of its officers straddling a woman and punching her in the head as she lay on the shoulder of a Los Angeles freeway. (July 4)

 

 

 

Tensions, protests escalate in Israel following teen deaths

 

Published on Jul 5, 2014

For more on the escalating tensions inflaming the Isareli-Palestinian conflict, Josef Federman of the Associated Press joins John Larson via Skype from Jerusalem.

 

 

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This planet we live on is in trouble. Racist caucasian men have decided that penile implants and erectile dysfunction drugs should be covered by everybody’s insurance, including Hobby Lobby. Women’s birth control and most reproduction issues have been decided, by those same racist caucasian males. and Hobby Lobby, AND the UnSupreme Court, to be against God’s Law…..and THEIR law abiding constitutional rights.

 

This planet needs a cleansing. For you God fearing, bible thumping, dumbass Christians, that means the second coming of Christ, where most of YOU will perish in Holy Fire….if YOU believe that bible you’re busy thumping.

 

Burn Muthafuckas.

 

Bernie Mac “The Word MuthaFucka” Kings of Comedy

 

 

 

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The White House Week Ahead™: It’s Raining Videos™ During A Twitter Storm™


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After a weekend with no scheduled events, President Barack Obama, next week the president hosts NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the White House and travels to Texas to headline fundraisers to benefit the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic House and Senate campaign committees.

 

 

Fourth of July 2014 at the White House

 

Yesterday, true to tradition, the President and First Lady celebrated the Fourth of July by hosting military heroes and their families for an Independence Day celebration with a barbeque, concert, and a view of fireworks on the South Lawn.

 

Fireworks on the National Mall from the White House

 

Published on Jul 4, 2014

The National Mall fireworks as seen from the South Lawn of the White House. July 4, 2014.

 

 

 

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Schedule for the Week of July 7th, to July 11th, 2014

 

On Monday, the President will host a group of teachers at the White House for lunch to discuss the Administration’s efforts to ensure that every student is taught by an effective educator. The President will be joined by the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

 

On Tuesday, the President will welcome NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to the White House.  Ahead of the NATO summit in Wales this September, the President looks forward to discussing with the Secretary General the crisis in Ukraine and related reassurance measures for our NATO allies; improving allied defense investment; further work on bolstering NATO’s network of partners; and NATO’s post-2014 non-combat mission in in Afghanistan.  The Secretary General’s visit underscores the vital importance the United States places on NATO as the cornerstone of our alliance with Europe.  In the evening, the President will travel to Denver, CO area where he will remain overnight.

 

On Wednesday, while in Denver, the President will attend a DSCC event. The President will then travel to the Dallas, Texas area for a DCCC event. In the evening, the President will travel to the Austin, Texas area, where he will attend a DNC event and remain overnight.

 

On Thursday, while in Austin, TX, the President will attend a DNC event and deliver remarks on the economy before returning to the White House. Further details about the President’s travel to Colorado and Texas will be made available in the coming days.

 

On Friday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.

 

 

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The President Delivers Remarks at Independence Day Celebration

 

Published on Jul 4, 2014

President Obama speaks to military families celebrating Independence Day on the South Lawn of the White House. July 4, 2014.

 

 

 

He lived 63 feet underwater for 31 days

 

Published on Jul 5, 2014

Researcher Fabien Cousteau has just returned to the surface after spending one month in an underwater research lab.

 

 

 

 

Man Declared Insane & Locked Up For Rejecting Religion

 

Published on Jul 5, 2014

“A Nigerian man has been sent to a mental institute in Kano state after he declared that he did not believe in God, according to a humanist charity.

 

Mubarak Bala was being held against his will at the hospital after his Muslim family took him there, it said.

 

The hospital said it was treating Mr Bala, 29, for a “challenging psychological condition”, and would not keep him longer than necessary.”* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

 

 

 

Four children killed in deadly Philadelphia fire

 

Published on Jul 5, 2014

Authorities say a fast-moving rowhouse fire in southwest Philadelphia early Saturday left four children dead, burning through a number of homes and displacing more than 40 people.

 

 

 

Video: Officer Beats Woman on LA Freeway

 

The California Highway Patrol said Friday it is investigating video of one of its officers straddling a woman and punching her in the head as she lay on the shoulder of a Los Angeles freeway. (July 4)

 

 

 

PBS News Hour For Friday, July 4, 2014

 

Published on Jul 4, 2014

Friday on the NewsHour, tensions escalated between Israelis and Palestinians at the funeral of a slain youth. Also: An angry dissent at the Supreme Court, the deadly ebola virus spreads in west Africa, a British journalist faces prison for his role in hacking phones, restoring Thomas Jefferson’s lost library and Ruth Marcus and Michael Gerson discuss the week’s news.

 

 

 

Immigration protestor: ‘We’re a nation with law…

 

Published on Jul 4, 2014

CNN’s Kyung Lah reports from Murrieta, California, where protests are squaring off over hosting undocumented immigrants.

 

 

I couldn’t really comment on this without using copious amounts of profanity.

 

 

The Best And Worst President Since WW2 Will & Won’t Surprise You [POLL]

 

Published on Jul 4, 2014

“A plurality of voters think Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II, a new poll says.

 

According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, 33 percent of voters think the current president is the worst since 1945.

 

Obama’s predecessor, former President George W. Bush, came in at second-worst with 28 percent, and Richard Nixon was in third place with 13 percent of the vote. After Jimmy Carter, who 8 percent of voters said was the worst president in the time period, no other president received more than 3 percent.”* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

 

 

If the UnSupreme Court needs further proof that racism is alive and well in AmeriKKKa, this poll is all they need refer to for such proof. The poll also confirms The United States Of AmeriKKKa is also much dumber than most 3rd world nations.

 

 

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Gathering In Unity: The President And First Lady Visit Those Fasting For Immigration Reform


 

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Gathering in the Spirit of Unity: The President and First Lady Visit Those Fasting for Immigration Reform

 

Cecilia Muñoz
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President Obama and the First Lady visited the brave individuals who are fasting in the shadow of the Capitol, sacrificing their health in an effort to get Congress to act swiftly on commonsense immigration reform.President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visits with a group staging a public fast for immigration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Nov. 29, 2013. “Fast for Families” is seeking to pressure Congress into passing an immigration bill. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

Today, the President and the First Lady visited the brave individuals who are fasting in the shadow of the Capitol, sacrificing their health in an effort to get Congress to act swiftly on commonsense immigration reform. The President and the First Lady gave their support for their fight for family unity this Thanksgiving weekend, as families across the country come together to spend time with loved ones.

 

Since November 12, fasters from “Fast For Families” have abstained from all food except water in an effort to bring attention to the urgent need for the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives to take a vote on comprehensive immigration reform. Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and I have also visited Fast For families in recent weeks.

 

The fasters shared their stories and described empty stomachs but full hearts as they received an outpouring of support; to date, more than 3,000 people around the country have committed to fasting in solidarity.

 

The President and the First Lady thanked Eliseo Medina, Dae Joong Yoon, and all of the fasters for their sacrifice and dedication and told them that the country is behind them on immigration reform.  He said that the only thing standing in the way is politics.  And it is the brave commitment to change from advocates like them that will pressure the House to finally act on immigration reform.

 

This Thanksgiving, as friends, family, and community gather in the spirit of unity, we lend our support to those fighting for making commonsense immigration reform a reality. We will stand with them every step of the way to make sure that we bring coherence to our immigration laws, and pass a common sense reform that is consistent with our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.

 

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Fast For Families: A Call For Immigration Reform & Citizenship.

 

Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform & Citizenship

 

On November 12, faith, immigrant rights and labor leaders announced the launch of “Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship,” taking place on theNational Mall, steps away from the Capitol. Leaders and immigrant members of the community will fast every day and night, abstaining from all food—except water—to move the hearts and compassion of members of Congress to pass immigration reform with a path to citizenship.

 

The fast in Washington, DC will be in conjunction with dozens of local and solidarity fastsevents, and actions already underway in key congressional districts across the country. Fasters will be joined nationwide by groups and activists who are prepared to make sacrifices for the passage of immigration reform with a path to citizenship.

 

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TAKE ACTION

  1. Calling your Member of Congress to support commonsense immigration reform or to support H.R. 15
  2. Getting as many people as possible to fast in solidarity with the Washington, DC fasters by fasting in large groups in public places so we can bring attention to this important issue
  3. Highlighting the moral crisis caused by the broken immigration system
  4. Raising public awareness of the suffering and sacrifice immigrants face in our country

 

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About The Fast

 

What we hope to accomplish
This year, we have come the closest ever to achieving real immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship. In June, the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive, bipartisan immigration bill (S.744). Now, the House of Representatives has chance to complete the dream for 11 million aspiring Americans by addressing the moral crisis that is our broken immigration system.

 

Unfortunately, the Republican leadership in the House continues to delay a vote on the one issue that holds strong bipartisan support and is backed by a breadth of communities and groups across the country.

 

Every day the House leadership stalls on a vote for immigration reform, families and communities suffer the impact of deportations, deaths on the border, exploitation at work and the fear of living in the shadows with no path to citizenship.

 

By fasting, we hope to follow the examples of Cesar ChavezMartin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi to touch the compassion and sensibilities of our elected leaders to address the moral crisis of an immigration system that fails to comport with our national values, our creeds and belief in justice.

 

It’s time to once and for all pass true immigration reform.

 

Read the Fasters’ Declaration

 

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Events

 

November 27, 2013Richmond, VA
Thanksgiving Action to Stop Deportations 

 

12 Noon
Thanksgiving Action to Stop Deportations
West County Detention Facility
5555 Giant Highway, Richmond
Contact: Rev. Deborah Lee @ dlee@clueca.org

 

 

November 28, 2013Los Angeles, CA – 10:00am PST
Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice/Los Angeles and Union de Guatemalteco Emigrantes

Immigrant Mothers, Children’s March and Prayer Vigil to LA Federal Downtown Building (Olympic Avenue and Broadway) | Sponsored by Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice/Los Angeles and Union de Guatemalteco Emigrantes

 

 

December 1, 2013Nationwide
PICO

Asking whole network to Fast

 


* Official ‘Fast for Families’ events

 

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Get Involved

 

Supporting Immigration Reform

 

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Cecilia Muñoz
Cecilia Muñoz 

November 21, 2013
07:00 PM EST

 

Over the many years that I have worked in the Latino community and the civil rights movement, I have seen the photo many times, perhaps more than any other photo. Often it is dog-eared from having been on a wall for many years, or pulled out of a wallet many times. It’s a photo ofCesar Chavez, weak from fasting over many weeks. Next to him is Robert Kennedy, who visited him and offered his support and solidarity during the fast. Chavez is leaning heavily on Kennedy, who has his hand on Chavez’ arm; one is smiling weakly, the other brightly.   The photo is dear to people who remember the years of Chavez organizing farmworkers, bringing his tremendous moral authority to their struggle.

 

The photo has been on my mind a great deal this week, as another fighter for justice, my friend Eliseo Medina, begins the second week of the Fast for Families, which is taking place in a tent near the U.S. Capitol. He, along with Rev. Sam Rodriguez, Dae Joong Yoon, Lisa Sharon Harper, Cristian Avila, and Marco Grimaldo are fasting to draw attention to the urgent need for immigration reform.

 

I had the honor of visiting with the fasters and hearing their stories on day 9 of their water-only fast, and I was deeply moved by their moral commitment. They described why immigration reform matters in their lives, as it does for Christian, a DREAMer who told me he is fasting for his own chance at citizenship, to honor his parents, and to call attention to the need for immigration reform to keep his family from the threat of separation. They shared with me their hopes for achieving an immigration reform that feels within reach, because the House of Representatives has the support it needs to pass legislation, and the coalition supporting it has unprecedented depth and strength. They described empty stomachs but full hearts as they receive an outpouring of support; to date, more than 3000 people around the country have committed to fasting in solidarity.

 

For my part, I was honored to share that President Obamais deeply committed to this fight; he knows that immigration reform is right for the country, for the economy, and for our communities all around the country. He will keep pushing until the job is done, and he and his team take great inspiration from the sacrifice of a handful of advocates who are following in the tradition of Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Ghandi to bring compassion and commitment to this debate.

 

Cecilia Muñoz is the Director of the Domestic Policy Council

 

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Fast For Families: A Call For Immigration Reform & Citizenship.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform & Citizenship

 

On November 12, faith, immigrant rights and labor leaders announced the launch of “Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship,” taking place on the National Mall, steps away from the Capitol. Leaders and immigrant members of the community will fast every day and night, abstaining from all food—except water—to move the hearts and compassion of members of Congress to pass immigration reform with a path to citizenship.

 

The fast in Washington, DC will be in conjunction with dozens of local and solidarity fastsevents, and actions already underway in key congressional districts across the country. Fasters will be joined nationwide by groups and activists who are prepared to make sacrifices for the passage of immigration reform with a path to citizenship.

 

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TAKE ACTION

  1. Calling your Member of Congress to support commonsense immigration reform or to support H.R. 15
  2. Getting as many people as possible to fast in solidarity with the Washington, DC fasters by fasting in large groups in public places so we can bring attention to this important issue
  3. Highlighting the moral crisis caused by the broken immigration system
  4. Raising public awareness of the suffering and sacrifice immigrants face in our country

 

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About The Fast

 

What we hope to accomplish
This year, we have come the closest ever to achieving real immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship. In June, the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive, bipartisan immigration bill (S.744). Now, the House of Representatives has chance to complete the dream for 11 million aspiring Americans by addressing the moral crisis that is our broken immigration system.

 

Unfortunately, the Republican leadership in the House continues to delay a vote on the one issue that holds strong bipartisan support and is backed by a breadth of communities and groups across the country.

 

Every day the House leadership stalls on a vote for immigration reform, families and communities suffer the impact of deportations, deaths on the border, exploitation at work and the fear of living in the shadows with no path to citizenship.

 

By fasting, we hope to follow the examples of Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi to touch the compassion and sensibilities of our elected leaders to address the moral crisis of an immigration system that fails to comport with our national values, our creeds and belief in justice.

 

It’s time to once and for all pass true immigration reform.

 

Read the Fasters’ Declaration

 

ImmigrationDoc_img

 

Events

 

November 27, 2013Richmond, VA
Thanksgiving Action to Stop Deportations

 

12 Noon
Thanksgiving Action to Stop Deportations
West County Detention Facility
5555 Giant Highway, Richmond
Contact: Rev. Deborah Lee @ dlee@clueca.org

 

 

November 28, 2013Los Angeles, CA – 10:00am PST
Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice/Los Angeles and Union de Guatemalteco Emigrantes

Immigrant Mothers, Children’s March and Prayer Vigil to LA Federal Downtown Building (Olympic Avenue and Broadway) | Sponsored by Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice/Los Angeles and Union de Guatemalteco Emigrantes

 

 

December 1, 2013Nationwide
PICO

Asking whole network to Fast

 


* Official ‘Fast for Families’ events

 

immigration (1)

 

 

Get Involved

 

Supporting Immigration Reform

 

ImmigrationRV US-Map-with-Faces

 

 

Cecilia Muñoz
Cecilia Muñoz 

November 21, 2013
07:00 PM EST

 

Over the many years that I have worked in the Latino community and the civil rights movement, I have seen the photo many times, perhaps more than any other photo. Often it is dog-eared from having been on a wall for many years, or pulled out of a wallet many times. It’s a photo ofCesar Chavez, weak from fasting over many weeks. Next to him is Robert Kennedy, who visited him and offered his support and solidarity during the fast. Chavez is leaning heavily on Kennedy, who has his hand on Chavez’ arm; one is smiling weakly, the other brightly.   The photo is dear to people who remember the years of Chavez organizing farmworkers, bringing his tremendous moral authority to their struggle.

 

The photo has been on my mind a great deal this week, as another fighter for justice, my friend Eliseo Medina, begins the second week of the Fast for Families, which is taking place in a tent near the U.S. Capitol. He, along with Rev. Sam Rodriguez, Dae Joong Yoon, Lisa Sharon Harper, Cristian Avila, and Marco Grimaldo are fasting to draw attention to the urgent need for immigration reform.

 

I had the honor of visiting with the fasters and hearing their stories on day 9 of their water-only fast, and I was deeply moved by their moral commitment. They described why immigration reform matters in their lives, as it does for Christian, a DREAMer who told me he is fasting for his own chance at citizenship, to honor his parents, and to call attention to the need for immigration reform to keep his family from the threat of separation. They shared with me their hopes for achieving an immigration reform that feels within reach, because the House of Representatives has the support it needs to pass legislation, and the coalition supporting it has unprecedented depth and strength. They described empty stomachs but full hearts as they receive an outpouring of support; to date, more than 3000 people around the country have committed to fasting in solidarity.

 

For my part, I was honored to share that President Obamais deeply committed to this fight; he knows that immigration reform is right for the country, for the economy, and for our communities all around the country. He will keep pushing until the job is done, and he and his team take great inspiration from the sacrifice of a handful of advocates who are following in the tradition of Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Ghandi to bring compassion and commitment to this debate.

 

Cecilia Muñoz is the Director of the Domestic Policy Council

 

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