Join The March Online


By Jueseppi B.




The August 24th National Action To Realize The Dream March Led By Rev. Al Sharpton & Martin Luther King, III To Include Brief Remarks By Attorney General Eric Holder, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Congressman Steny Hoyer, Newark Mayor Corey Booker, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Bernice King, The Families of Emmett Till & Trayvon Martin & Many Others From Civil Rights, Labor & The Church


Main Speakers (from 11:0 AM EDT):


Nancy Pelosi


Bernice King


Steny Hoyer


Myrlie Evers-Williams (Widow of Medgar-Evers)


Attorney General Eric Holder


Martin Luther King, III


Rev. Al Sharpton


Trayvon Martin family


Emmett Till family



March down Independence Avenue, passing the King Memorial to the Washington Monument



Civil rights activists are gathering in our nation’s capital to march — just as they did 50 years ago, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. looked out from the Lincoln Memorial and called the huge crowd “the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.”


As we honor their efforts and strive to continue their work, don’t miss your chance to be a part of this historic event.


Start by tweeting your message of support for the march.


Then follow us on Instagram and Facebook to view and share real-time photos of the march.


We are celebrating 50 years of progress for our movement at a time when it could not be more critical to renew our commitment to the dreams of leaders like Dr. King, Roy Wilkins, and Rosa Parks.


And we want you to be a part of it, even if you can’t be with us in Washington. Marchers and virtual marchers alike are coming together, from all walks of life, and all corners of our country. I’m proud our numbers will include you as we take to the National Mall.


Thanks for everything you do, and please join us on TwitterFacebook, andInstagram for the march.





Benjamin Jealous
President and CEO



Martin Luther King – I Have A Dream Speech - August 28, 1963


Uploaded on Jan 20, 2011


I Have a Dream Speech
Martin Luther King’s Address at March on Washington
August 28, 1963. Washington, D.C.


When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”







Uploaded on Dec 24, 2009


1963 ARC Identifier 49737 / Local Identifier 306.3394. Scenes from Civil Rights March in Washington, D.C., August 1963. People walking up sidewalk; gathering on Mall, standing, singing. Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, crowd gathered on the Mall. People marching with signs, many men wearing UAW hats. People at speakers podium, men with guitars. Crowds outside of the White House, sign: The Catholic University of America. Band, people marching down street. Many signs, including All D.C. wants to vote! Home Rule for DC; Alpha Phi Alpha; and Woodstock Catholic Seminary for Equal Rights.


Lincoln Memorial with crowds gathered around reflecting pool. People singing and clapping at speakers platform. Signs, people clapping. Man speaking, woman playing guitar and singing at podium. More speakers and shots of the crowd. A chorus, NAACP men in crowd. Close-ups of people in crowd with bowed heads. Shots taken from above of White House. More speakers, including Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Women at podium singing We Shall Overcome. Crowd swaying, singing, holding hands. U.S. Information Agency. (1982 – 10/01/1999) Made possible by a donation from Public.Resource.Org.




The family of Trayvon Martin. The family of Emmett Till. 50 years later, they march together

The family of Trayvon Martin. The family of Emmett Till. 50 years later, they march together



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News From Barack’s Blog On MLK & Roger Ebert’s Passing


By Jueseppi B.






Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. With Our Lives


Valerie Jarrett
Valerie Jarrett

April 04, 2013


Today marks the 45th anniversary of the death of one of America’s great heroes and a giant of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Dr. King was working on the frontlines of a movement in Memphis to support the sanitation workers on strike when his life was taken. It was there that he gave his last speech, I’ve Been on a Mountaintop.


Today, we pause and reflect on Dr. King’s extraordinary life and his tireless work to bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice. We stand on the shoulders of so many of our Civil Rights heroes who we’ve lost, such as Dr. King, Dorothy Height, and Rosa Parks. Yet their legacy continues.


This August, we also mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, when thousands descended upon the capital to rally for civil and economic rights for all Americans. It was there, at the Lincoln Memorial, that Dr. King gave his most iconic speech, I Have a Dream.


Since Dr. King’s untimely and tragic death, we have strived to advance his ideals and realize his dream for all Americans to have the same economic and social opportunities.



During the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in 2011, President Obama said:


“If he were alive today, I believe he would remind us that the unemployed worker can rightly challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonizing all who work there; that the businessman can enter tough negotiations with his company’s union without vilifying the right to collectively bargain. He would want us to know we can argue fiercely about the proper size and role of government without questioning each other’s love for this country with the knowledge that in this democracy, government is no distant object but is rather an expression of our common commitments to one another. He would call on us to assume the best in each other rather than the worst, and challenge one another in ways that ultimately heal rather than wound.”


Here at the White House, we work each and every day to ensure that that our actions express those common commitments to each other: building an economy that serves the middle class and those striving to climb the ladders of opportunity into the middle class; making common sense immigration reform; protecting our children from harm; and giving all children the education required to pursue their dreams.


As we move forward on these challenges together, may we always live up to the words spoken by Dr. King the day before he died, “Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation.”



MLK Memorial



Valerie B. Jarrett is a Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama




Statement by the President on the Passing of Roger Ebert





Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Roger Ebert.  For a generation of Americans – and especially Chicagoans – Roger was the movies.  When he didn’t like a film, he was honest; when he did, he was effusive – capturing the unique power of the movies to take us somewhere magical.  Even amidst his own battles with cancer, Roger was as productive as he was resilient – continuing to share his passion and perspective with the world.  The movies won’t be the same without Roger, and our thoughts and prayers are with Chaz and the rest of the Ebert family.










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The Week That Was; West Wing Week: 03/01/13 Or “Hope Springs Eternal”


By Jueseppi B.






West Wing Week: 03/01/13 or “Hope Springs Eternal”



Adam Garber
Adam Garber

March 01, 2013
This week, the President urged Congress to take a responsible approach to deficit reduction instead of the indiscriminate across-the-board spending cuts called the sequester. He also met with the Prime Minister of Japan, America’s Governors, and the country’s only all-black Ranger unit, and unveiled a truly moving monument to Rosa Parks.







Friday, February 22nd

  • Prime Minister Abe of Japan visited the White House for a bilateral meeting with the President, where they discussed the important relationship between the two countries.
  • The White House Office of Digital Strategy hosted programmers from across the country for an Open Data Day Hackathon where participants were given access to We the People Petitions’ API in an effort to find ways to make the online platform both more detailed and more user-friendly.



Monday, February 25th

  • The President, Vice President, First Lady, and Dr. Biden spoke at the Meeting of the National Governors Association. The President praised governors for working across party lines, and called for the same kind of cooperation in Washington.



Tuesday, February 26th

  • The President traveled to Newport News, Virginia to visit a ship building facility, and highlight the devastating impact the sequester would have on jobs and middle class families, and to urge Congress to take action to replace these arbitrary cuts with balanced deficit reduction.
  • West Wing Week caught up with the President & CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries to hear his take on what’s at stake in the sequester negotiations.



Wednesday, February 27th



Thursday, February 28th

  • The President met with both the Commander in Chief of the VFW and with the National Commander of the American Legion.

Catching Up with The Curator: Watch Meeting–Dec. 31st 1862–Waiting for the Hour


Published on Feb 27, 2013

Go inside the White House with White House Curator, Bill Allman, as he gives insight into the painting Watch Meeting–Dec. 31st 1862–Waiting for the Hour by William Carlton and learn why President Obama hand-picked this painting to hang just outside his office in the West Wing.






February 28, 2013

Statement from the President




White House Schedule – March 1, 2013


10:05 AM EST:  The President hosts the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress at the White House; the Vice President also attends in the Oval Office.


From The AP: The White House says automatic spending reductions set to kick in will be put off until as close to midnight Friday as possible.


The law, passed by Congress on Jan. 2 simply says that “on March 1, 2013, the president shall order a sequestration for fiscal year 2013.” That’s budget talk for an $85 billion reduction in defense and domestic spending between now and Oct. 1.


Obama can issue that order at any point in the day.


And White House press secretary Jay Carney says that means midnight, Friday – or as close to midnight as possible: 11:59 p.m. and 59 seconds.


Because, Carney says, Obama remains “ever hopeful.”








The Sequestration Map Provided by Addicting Info…….. click on this link, then follow these instructions when you see the map:

 “To see how badly you’ll be screwed if our GOP-led congress refuses to compromise by March 1st, roll your mouse over the abbreviation for your state. Data from the White House’s report, “What Is the Sequestration?” with details organized by state.”


Thank you Addicting Info.















My Soapbox Runneth Ovah: Rosa Parks, The Voting Rights Act, The First Lady & Let’s Move


By Jueseppi B.







Repealing The Voting Rights Act Of 1965:


Greg Sargent: Judging by all the early reporting on the first round of Supreme Court arguments about a key section of the Voting Rights Act, that provision may be in real peril. Conservative justices expressed sharp skepticism of the law, with much attention being paid to Antonin Scalia’s description of it as a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”


…. all may not be lost. That’s because proponents of the Voting Rights Act are focused mainly on holding on to Justice Anthony Kennedy.


Full post here




If The United States Supreme Court Justices intend to take sections of the U.S. Constitution and repeal them, and upgrade them and redo them…..let’s give the entire U.S. Constitution a remake. Start with the antiquated 2nd amendment of 1791, BEFORE YOU REPEAL THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965.


I mean how many have died from voting in America as opposed to the death toll figures from guns in America? Let me repeat: If the SCJOTUS wish to repeal The Voting Rights Act of 1965, these dumbass better for sure repeal the 2nd amendment written in 1791 to ensure a well regulated militia to combat slavery uprisings and save caucasian slave owning families lives.


Which Constitutional right is relevant in 2013?



Rep John Lewis: Scalia‘s ‘racial entitlement’ comment an affront to a cause ‘people died for’







The Full White House Dedication Ceremony Speech From POTUS Obama:










President Obama Dedicates a Statue Honoring Rosa Parks


Published on Feb 27, 2013

President Obama speaks at a ceremony dedicating a statue in honor of Rosa Parks at the U.S. Capitol. February 27, 2013











Statutory Hall: Rosa Parks Takes Her Place Among American History Giants











Ms. First Lady Michelle Obama visits Northside Elementary School to promote Let’s Move



Michelle Obama Visits Mississippi


Published on Feb 27, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama visits Northside Elementary School in Clinton to celebrate three years of the White House’s “Let’s Move!” campaign to fight childhood obesity and promote exercise, nutrition education and healthy eating in school cafeterias.







President Barack Obama touches the Rosa Parks statue after the unveiling during a ceremony in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Feb. 27, 2013. Helping with the unveiling, were, from left: Sheila Keys, niece of Rosa Parks; Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.; House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Assistant Democratic Leader Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C.; and Elaine Eason Keys. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)





President Barack Obama with a three-year-old relative of Rosa Parks after unveiling a statue in her honor.




Rosa Parks has a Permanent Place in the U.S. Capitol


Matt Compton
Matt Compton

February 27, 2013

National Statuary Hall inside the U.S. Capitol was once the meeting place of the House of Representatives. Now it’s home to a collection of statues and monuments — two from each state — representing some of the defining figures in our nation’s history.


Today those sculptures were joined by that of a civil rights icon. One hundred years after she was born and 58 years after she refused to give up her seat on an Alabama city bus, Rosa Parks has a permanent place in the halls of Congress.


President Obama was one of the leaders on hand for the unveiling of the statue this morning.


“Rosa Parks held no elected office,” he said. “She possessed no fortune; lived her life far from the formal seats of power. And yet today, she takes her rightful place among those who’ve shaped this nation’s course.”


The statue is close to nine feet tall and depicts Rosa Parks in bronze wearing the same clothes she wore on the day she was arrested. The monument consisting of both her statue and the granite pedestal on which it rests weighs 2,100 pounds.


“Rosa Parks’s singular act of disobedience launched a movement,” President Obama told today’s crowd. “The tired feet of those who walked the dusty roads of Montgomery helped a nation see that to which it had once been blind. It is because of these men and women that I stand here today. It is because of them that our children grow up in a land more free and more fair; a land truer to its founding creed. And that is why this statue belongs in this hall — to remind us, no matter how humble or lofty our positions, just what it is that leadership requires; just what it is that citizenship requires.”








From Amnesty International USA:



Need an AK-47? How about 6,000 for an army of child soldiers?


The International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX), which concluded last week in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, bills itself as one of the biggest arms bazaars in the world. However, among the more than 1,100 companies exhibiting at IDEX were manufacturers whose products have made it a lot easier for bad guys to wreak havoc. After all, there are currently no global checks in place to keep guns out of the wrong hands.


We’ve got less than a month to go before states convene at the United Nations in New York to finalize a historic Arms Trade Treaty. Take action now to make this Arms Trade Treaty strong so that no more weapons can fall through gaping loopholes and into dangerous hands.


Amnesty International has been able to trace the flow of weapons from manufacturers exhibiting at IDEX to the very weapons used in countries where serious human rights abuses have taken place.


There were no checks in place then to stop the free flow of weapons:

  • from Pakistan to Sri Lanka, even though the country was embroiled in a brutal civil war that lasted three decades
  • or from China to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where both armed groups and government forces alike use child soldiers
  • or from the United States to Bahrain, like the tear gas used by government forces against peaceful protesters




But we can ensure that there are checks in place now if we urge the Obama administration to support a strong Arms Trade Treaty.



All the while, NRA officials keep fueling a false#gunversation about the Arms Trade Treaty claiming that its purpose is to infringe on American gun owners rights — knowing full well that it has no impact on gun rights within U.S. borders whatsoever. In fact, the gun lobby will be in D.C. today continuing to spread their misinformation campaign during Congressional hearings about gun control.



So if NRA officials have their way and the Arms Trade Treaty is weakened, then we would see more children recruited as soldiers, more women raped in conflict zones, more families driven from their homes and more senseless deaths.



We’ve got to make sure the record is set straight before March 18, when Arms Trade Treaty negotiations begin. We must do all we can to close dangerous loopholes, like the one that makes international gun shows an open bazaar for the suppliers of warlords and human rights criminals.



The Arms Trade Treaty has the potential to protect families from gun violence on a global scale. Show President Obama that you care about protecting families worldwide against gun violence by taking action now.



Your voice makes a difference in the global gun debate.



Thank You,

Michelle Ringuette
Chief of Campaigns & Programs
Amnesty International USA















Black History Moment: The U.S. Postal Service Releases The 2013 Rosa Parks (Forever®) Stamp

By Jueseppi B.






Rosa Parks stamp unveiled


Published on Feb 4, 2013

A stamp honoring Rosa Parks has been unveiled on what would have been her 100th birthday.







Rosa Parks Stamp Issued on Her 100th Birthday





Rosa Parks (Forever)


The U.S. Postal Service 2013 Rosa Parks (Forever®) stamp honors the life of this extraordinary American activist who became an iconic figure in the civil rights movement. In 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks courageously refused to give up her seat on a municipal bus to a white man, defying the discriminatory laws of the time.


The stamp art, a gouache painting on illustration board, is a portrait of Parks emphasizing her quiet strength. A 1950s photograph served as the basis for the stamp portrait.


The response to Parks’s arrest was a boycott of the Montgomery bus system that lasted for more than a year and became an international cause célèbre. In 1956, in a related case, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that segregating Montgomery buses was unconstitutional.


Soon after the boycott ended, Parks moved to Detroit, Michigan. She joined the 1963 march on Washington and returned to Alabama in 1965 to join the march from Selma to Montgomery. The many honors Parks received in her lifetime include the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1996), the Spingarn Medal (1979), and the Congressional Gold Medal (1999). Upon her death in 2005, she became the first woman and second African American to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, DC.


Artist Thomas Blackshear II created an original painting for the stamp, which was designed by art director Derry Noyes.


The stamp honoring Rosa Parks is one of three stamps in the civil rights set celebrating freedom, courage, and equality being issued in 2013. It is being issued as a Forever® stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.


Made in the USA.

Issue Date: February 4, 2013











Rosa Parks on Bus

















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