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Some House Republicans Press For Vote On Unemployment Extension


 

By Jueseppi B.

The Democratic-led U.S. Senate agreed by a voice vote to begin debate on a bipartisan bill to renew expired jobless benefits for 2.2 million Americans.

The Democratic-led U.S. Senate agreed by a voice vote to begin debate on a bipartisan bill to renew expired jobless benefits for 2.2 million Americans.

 

The action cleared a second Republican procedural roadblock in as many weeks and moved the bill toward anticipated Senate passage later this week.

 

But the White House-backed measure is expected to die when it reaches the Republican-led House of Representatives.

 

House Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, has called the bill “unworkable,” citing concerns by state administrators.

 

BUT there my be some hope.

 

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Some House Republicans Press for Vote on Unemployment Extension

 

 

The bipartisan five-month unemployment insurance extension pending in the Senate appears to be driving a wedge between segments of the House Republican Conference.

 

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and other House leaders portrayed the extension as unworkable after a three-month break in such benefits, and they are arguing for GOP alternatives to spur growth and job creation. But Rep. Peter T. King of New York said Thursday he and Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo of New Jersey had sent a letter urging Boehner and his team to move the Senate proposal (HR 3979) or an alternative.

 

“We want it extended,” King said. “We respectfully request that the House immediately consider this bill or a similar measure to restore unemployment benefits to struggling Americans,” the letter said.

 

The Senate voted, 61-35, to invoke cloture on the measure Thursday, clearing the way for passage Monday, leaving House Republicans to decide on how to deal with it.

 

Five Republicans besides King and LoBiondo signed the letter asking Boehner to bring something to the floor: Joe Heck of Nevada; Jon Runyan and Christopher H. Smith, both of New Jersey; and Chris Gibson and Michael G. Grimm, both of New York.

 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers of Washington, head of the Republican Conference, said party leaders had not decided how to handle the measure and would discuss it next week. “There will be a conversation. We’re waiting to see what the Senate actually passes,” she said.

 

For some Republicans, the Senate measure presents an enticing vehicle for a flock of stalled proposals to cut taxes, curb regulations and undo mandates under the health care overhaul (PL 111-148, PL 111-152). If leadership decides to attach such provisions, they will have to weigh how far they believe they can go in pushing Democrats into a corner to accept the package before they invite criticism that they are obstructing the bill.

 

Rep. Steve Southerland II of Florida, a member of the leadership team, said the idea of adding GOP proposals had strong appeal. “I am always for doing things that get good policy done for us,” he said.

 

But he added that many conservatives favored allowing expiration of broader unemployment benefit that were created in 2008 in response to the financial crisis. “You have to overcome that argument. We need to do the right thing: allow the economy to create jobs,” Southerland said.

 

Democrats made clear Thursday they would press for quick House floor action on the Senate package, without changes. Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said he had no plans to open talks with House Republicans to tweak the package.

 

“I want them to pass this,” he said. “They can do whatever they want. … Find out what they do, then I’ll react to it.”

 

Some Republicans have urged leaders to use the bill for action on a House-passed proposal (HR 803) by Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., to meld job training programs. The Foxx bill faces strong opposition from Senate Democrats including Labor, Health, Education and Pensions ChairmanTom Harkin of Iowa, who has advanced a separate job training plan (S 1356).

 

Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, a leader of the centrist Tuesday Group of Republicans, said he was urging party leaders to combine the Senate measure with at least one of a trio GOP priorities. They include medical device tax repeal, approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and an increase (HR 2575) in the work-week trigger for the employer mandate to cover full-time employees under the health care overhaul. “I offered three suggestions. If I got one, I’d be happy,” Dent said.

 

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said she doubted any of them would be acceptable as add-ons to the measure.

 

Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the Democrats’ point person on jobless aid, said any negotiations likely will be handled in the House. Assistant Minority Leader James E. Clyburn of South Carolina said Democrats were not planning to open talks on any changes, for now, and instead would press House leaders to allow a floor vote on the Senate package.

 

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Next Battle: The “NO”vember 4th, 2014 Mid-Term Elections.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The 2014 United States elections will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. During this midterm election year, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested in this election along with 38 state and territorial governorships, 46 state legislatures (except LouisianaMississippiNew Jersey and Virginia), four territorial legislatures and numerous state and local races.

 

 

2014 United States elections
Midterm elections
Election day November 4
Senate elections
Seats contested 33 seats of Class II
and various mid-term vacancies

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Map of the 2014 Senate races
Light red: Retiring Republican
Dark red: Incumbent Republican
Light blue: Retiring Democrat
Dark blue: Incumbent Democrat
Gray: no election
House elections
Seats contested All 435 seats to the 114th Congress
Gubernatorial elections
Seats contested 38

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Map of the 2014 gubernatorial races
Light red: Term-limited or Retiring Republican
Dark red: Incumbent Republican
Light blue: Term-limited or Retiring Democrat
Dark blue: Incumbent Democrat
Green: Incumbent Independent
Gray: no election

 

 

Congressional elections

 

Senate elections…. All seats in Senate Class II will be up for election. Additionally, special elections will be held to fill vacancies in the other two Senate Classes.

 

Senate Class II 

Class 2 consists of:

 

States with a Class 2 senator: AlabamaAlaskaArkansasColoradoDelawareGeorgiaIdahoIllinoisIowaKansasKentuckyLouisiana,MaineMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMontanaNebraskaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNorth Carolina,OklahomaOregonRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasVirginiaWest Virginia, and Wyoming.

 

 

House of Representatives elections

 

All 435 voting seats in the United States House of Representatives will be up for election. Additionally, elections will be held to select the delegates for the District of Columbia and four of the five U.S. territories. The only seat in the House not up for election will be the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, who serves a four-year term.

 

On March 11, there was a special election for Florida’s 13th congressional district.

 

 

Gubernatorial elections

 

Elections will be held for the governorships of thirty-six of the fifty U.S. States and threeU.S. territories. Special elections may be held for vacancies in the other states and territories.

 

OBAMA CORNELL

 

The 2014 Midterms are coming. Less than 7 months away. Get registered, get your voter ID. Get educated on new voting rules in YOUR State, county, districts.

 

The Mid Term Elections Are 7 Months Away. Here Is ALL You Need To Know For Voter Registration. Get Links, Facts, Phone Numbers & Mailing Information To Get Registered AND Learn New Voter I.D. Laws In YOUR State.

Mid Term Election Day November 4th, 2014…7 Months Away. Get Prepared. Barack That Vote!

 

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Voter Registration

 

VOTER REGISTRATION

 

 

Registration Deadline: Voter registration is closed for the ten (10) days before an election

 

Party Affiliation: No party registration required for primary voting

 

VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS:

 


Age: Must be 18 years old

 

Citizenship: Must be a United States Citizen

 

Residency: Must be a resident of your state

 

Mental Competency: Have not been legally declared “mentally incompetent” by a court

 

Felony Convictions: Have not been convicted of a disqualifying felony (or have rights restored)

 

ID Requirements: Driver’s license number or Social Security number

 

OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM

 

 

Online: http://www.sos.state.  your state here /elections/GetRegForm.aspx

 

 

In person
- Local County Board of Registrars
- Driver’s licensing office
- County and select municipal public libraries
- Department of Human Resources
- WIC Program, Department of Public Health
- Medicaid Agency
- Department of Rehabilitation Services
- Public 4-year universities
- Select private 4-year universities

 

By mail/ in writing : Must write/phone your local elections office

 

 

 

VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS

 

 

Check Status of Your Voter Registration

 



The NAACP has once again teamed up with the National Urban League to sponsor the National Voter Empowerment Hotline at 1-866-MyVote1 (1-866-698-6831).

 

ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS

 

 

Who can vote absentee

 


   - Will be absent from the county on election day
- Is ill or has a physical disability that prevents a trip to the polling place
- Is a registered Alabama voter living outside the county, such as a member of the armed forces, a voter employed outside the United States, a college student, or a spouse or child of such a person
- Is an appointed election officer or poll watcher at a polling place other than his or her regular polling place
- Works a required shift, 10-hours or more, that coincides with polling hours

 

 

Other absentee voter qualifications: Business/MedicalEmergency Voting application can be made after the absentee deadline but no later than 5 PM on the day before the election, if the voter is required by an employer under unforeseen circumstances to be out of the county on election day for an emergency business trip, or has a medical emergency requiring treatment from a licensed physician.

 

 

OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

 

 

Absentee Voting Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad

 

 

Get Your Absentee Ballot Now! 

 

 

Federal Voting Assistance Program – Home – To Vote Absentee

 


In person: Visit the local absentee election manager(usually the Circuit Clerk) to request and absentee ballot.

 

 

By mail: Link to address/contact info – County election offices

 

 

Military and oversees voting: http://www.sos.state. your state here us/elections/MilitaryOverseas.aspx

 

 


Emergency Voting: For medical or business emergencies; must apply no later than 5pm the night before the election

 

 

Other absentee ballot information:The absentee ballot application must be returned to the Absentee Election Manager by the voter in person (or by the voter’s designee in the case of medical emergency voting) or by U.S. Mail.  No absentee ballot application may be mailed in the same envelope as another voter’s absentee ballot application.

 

 

SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Location and time: An absentee ballot returned by mail must be postmarked no later than the day prior to the election and received by the Absentee Election Manager no later than noon on election day. If hand-delivered, the ballot must be in the office of the Absentee Election Manager by the close of business (but no later than 5 p.m.) on the day prior to the election.

 

Other absentee ballot submission information: An absentee ballot cannot be counted unless the affidavit is  notarized or has the signature of two witnesses. If the absentee ballot application is approved, the Absentee Election Manager forwards the ballot by U.S. mail or personally hands the absentee ballot to the voter (or to a designee in the case of emergency voting).

 

EARLY VOTING

 

Early Voting States

 

Absentee and Early Voting

 

Early Voting and Absentee Voting


Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org

 

Time off to vote: Employees can take time off to vote in any election for which the employee is qualified and registered to vote, unless the employee’s work hours commence at least two hours after the polls open or end at least one hour before the polls close. The employer may determine what hours are available for the employee to vote.

 

Polling Place: https://myinfo. your state here votes.gov/


ID Requirements: Photo ID or HAVA approved ID

 

How to Vote: Paper ballots + Optical scan voting equipment Link to Sample Ballots

 

Problems with voting: HAVA Voter Complaint Form

 

Verifying provisional ballot status: https://myinfo. your state here votes.gov/

 


Verifying absentee ballot status: https://myinfo. your state here .gov/

 

 

One Common Ground, Philipsburg, MT 59858 Hotline: 888-Vote-Smart (888-868-3762)

 

 

2014 U.S. Senate Midterm Election Races

 

Georgia, Iowa, New Mexico, and Virginia. We moved Iowa from “Democrat Hold” to “Tossup.”

 

We currently rate six races in the “Tossup” category (AK, CO, KY, LA, MI, IA), five Democrat seats and one GOP seat, with an additional five seats already projected as “GOP Takeaways” (AR, MT, NC, SD, WV). Republicans need a net six takeaways to regain control of the Senate. Polls and projections on the thirty-five 2014 U.S. Senate Midterm Election races. Get the latest information on the Senate contests here.

 

The Democrats have a five-seat majority (55-45) when you include the two “Independents” who caucus with them. That means Republicans will have to net gain six seats to retake control of the U.S. Senate (If it is 50-50 with the two Independents voting with the Democrats, it would remain in Democratic control because the Vice-President would cast the tie-breaking vote). There are 35 races, 21 of them seats currently held by Democrats, and 14 by Republicans.

 

The 35 races (including special elections) are listed in the table here:

Polls and Projections

 

 

2014 United States elections

 

U.S. Senate

 

U.S. House

 

Governors

 

Mayors

 

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February Is Black History Month. Why It’s Still Necessary.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Some History About Black History Month

 

 

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Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, is an annual observance in the United StatesCanada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African American diaspora. This is the month that all of the hard work of the people who put in for African Americans to be free is celebrated. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February and the United Kingdom in October.

 

 

History

Black History Month had its beginnings in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be ”Negro History Week”. This week was chosen because it marked the birthday of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Woodson created the holiday with the hope that it eventually be eliminated when black history became fundamental to American history.

 

Negro History Week was met with enthusiastic response; it prompted the creation of black history clubs, an increase in interest among teachers, and interest from progressive whites. In 1976, the federal government acknowledged the expansion of Black History Week to Black History Month by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February of 1969. The first celebration of Black History Month occurred at Kent State in February of 1970.

 

Six years later during the bicentennial, the expansion of Negro History Week to Black History Month was recognized by the U.S. government. Gerald Ford spoke in regards to this, urging Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

 

 

 

Criticism

Black History Month sparks an annual debate about the continued usefulness and fairness of a designated month dedicated to the history of one race. Many people hold concerns about black history being delegated to a single month and the “hero worship” of some of the historical figures often recognized. Morgan Freeman, a critic of Black History Month, said: “I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history.”

 

As usual Mr. Morgan Freeman does not know his asshole from a gopher hole. Black History is most definitely NOT American History. Especially when Black History is NOT taught correctly in the American educational system. That silly opinion by Mr. Freeman makes me wonder if he knows his Black History.

 

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Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926, first as “Negro History Week” and later as “Black History Month.” What you might not know is that black history had barely begun to be studied-or even documented-when the tradition originated. Although blacks have been in America at least as far back as colonial times, it was not until the 20th century that they gained a respectable presence in the history books.

 

 

Blacks Absent from History Books

We owe the celebration of Black History Month, and more importantly, the study of black history, to Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Born to parents who were former slaves, he spent his childhood working in the Kentucky coal mines and enrolled in high school at age twenty. He graduated within two years and later went on to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. The scholar was disturbed to find in his studies that history books largely ignored the black American population-and when blacks did figure into the picture, it was generally in ways that reflected the inferior social position they were assigned at the time.

 

This is why Mr. Morgan Freeman’s statement above is garbage.

 

 

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Woodson, always one to act on his ambitions, decided to take on the challenge of writing black Americans into the nation’s history. He established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now called the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History) in 1915, and a year later founded the widely respected Journal of Negro History. In 1926, he launched Negro History Week as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American history.

 

Woodson chose the second week of February for Negro History Week because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the black American population, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. However, February has much more than Douglass and Lincoln to show for its significance in black American history. For example:

 

February 23, 1868:
W. E. B. DuBois, important civil rights leader and co-founder of the NAACP, was born.

 

 

February 3, 1870:
The 15th Amendment was passed, granting blacks the right to vote.

 

 

February 25, 1870:
The first black U.S. senator, Hiram R. Revels (1822-1901), took his oath of office.

 

 

February 12, 1909:
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded by a group of concerned black and white citizens in New York City.

 

February 1, 1960:
In what would become a civil-rights movement milestone, a group of black Greensboro, N.C., college students began a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter.

 

 

February 21, 1965:
Malcolm X, the militant leader who promoted Black Nationalism, was shot to death by three Black Muslims.

 

Black History Month is observed every February in the United States. Learn about the history of Black History Month, read biographies of famous African Americans, try our quizzes and crosswords, find stats and facts about African Americans, and more.

 

History & Timelines

Learn about famous firsts by black Americans, read the history of black history, and find information about milestones in black history.

 

 

 

Contemporary Issues & Facts

Find out about recent developments in civil rights cases, milestones in affirmative action, population statistics regarding African Americans, and more.

 

 

Biographies & Special Features

Brush up on the Harlem Renaissance and Negro League Baseball, read biographies of famous African Americans, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhammad Ali, and more.

 

 

 

Holidays

Learn about the history, traditions, and significance of Kwanzaa, Juneteenth, and Martin Luther King Jr Day.

 

 

 

Education

Find information about the best colleges for African Americans, historically black colleges, milestones in education, and more.

 

 

 

Awards

Learn about awards exclusively for African Americans, including the NAACP Image Awards, the Spingarn Medal, and the Coretta Scott King Award, and see a full list of winners.

Thank you Info Please for this vitally important information.

 

 

500 Notable African American Biographies

 

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WHY Black History Month IS Necessary

 

I’ll answer that much asked question: Black History Month is only necessary because racist caucasian America, which controls the state level legislatures, has deemed it necessary to erase Black contributions from the fabric of American history.

 

Some southern states have started drives to erase all mention of slavery. Other states have decided to rewrite American history books to minimize contributions made by Black Americans. America’s classroom curriculum has been designed to maximize the factual truth about our past history and replace those facts & truths with a “white” washed misinformation campaign.

 

Lastly, we have Black Americans, such as Mr. Morgan Freeman, among others, who call for a move to abolish Black History Month based on their belief that a month of Black History is unnecessary if we teach Black History EVERY month.

 

That is the problem Morgan….racist caucasians can NOT be trusted to teach factual Black History.

 

For those who say there is no Jewish Black History Month, or no Native American History Month…..Why Not?

 

Get Busy.

 

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Celebrating Black History Month is practiced daily in Black households all across this globe, not just in America.  Until there is no racist efforts to remove contributions by Black America in our American History…..this month of 28 days where Black American efforts to move America forward are highlighted…. will be necessary.

 

 

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Alison Lundergan Grimes, Candidate For U.S. Senate: Tell Congress Raise The Minimum Wage


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Tell Congress: Raise the Minimum Wage

 

For more than four years, the federal minimum wage has been frozen at $7.25 an hour. A family with two children that earns minimum wage lives below the poverty line. This is unacceptable.

 

Raising the minimum wage would lift millions of hardworking Americans out of poverty. Despite the indisputable benefits – and despite support for raising the minimum wage from 80% of Americans – congressional Republicans are blocking legislation on this common sense measure. We can’t let them get away with hurting working America‘s working families.

 

Add your voice and demand Congress raise the minimum wage and lift Americans out of poverty.

 

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp
U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen
U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard
U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney
U.S. Representative Kyrsten Sinema

 

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Americans deserve wages that are consistent with our values.

I’m beyond disappointed to see legislation to raise the minimum wage continue to stall out in Congress.

 

Nobody who works a full-time job should be faced with choices like whether to take their children to the doctor or put a warm dinner on the table at the end of the day.

 

Especially on an issue like this, real leaders don’t fear compromise and finding common ground with folks outside their party.

 

It doesn’t matter which side of the aisle someone sits on — what matters is that raising the minimum wage would help Kentucky families.

 

Join me: Tell Congress to raise the minimum wage and give all working Americans a fair shot at the American Dream. 

 

Nobody wins when people aren’t paid a decent wage for their work, especially when we’re talking about huge corporations raking in record profits.

 

Why Mitch McConnell wouldn’t stand with America’s working families and support raising the minimum wage doesn’t make any sense to me. Even worse than that, he’s up to his usual gridlock ways and trying to quietly do away with this legislation altogether.

 

Now, I’ve heard from people around the Nation and I can tell you that’s not what they want to see happen. People tell me to keep putting the pressure on because there is wide support for raising the minimum wage, so that’s what I’m going to do.

 

Show your support: Add your name in favor of raising the minimum wage for hardworking Kentuckians and millions of Americans.

 

Let’s tell Congress to get this done.

 

KentuckSecretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Candidate for U.S. Senate

 

 

The Campaign Begins

 

 

 

MEET ALISON

Kentucky born and raised

 

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Alison Lundergan Grimes has been working to improve the lives of fellow Kentuckians all her life.

 

Growing up in Central Kentucky, she learned the value of public service at an early age by volunteering with her family every year to distribute Thanksgiving dinners to the homeless. As a young adult, she continued to believe in the power to make a difference in the lives of others, working with the National Kidney Foundation. While working in the private sector, she provided free legal help to victims of domestic violence. Alison’s passion has always been increasing opportunity for every citizen of the Commonwealth.

 

As a successful business attorney in Lexington, Alison helped businesses open, expand and thrive in Kentucky, allowing them to create jobs and foster economic growth. She also worked with Kentucky institutions such as the Salvation Army, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital and God’s Pantry Food Bank, where she serves on the Board of Directors.

 

As Kentucky’s Secretary of State, Alison has helped modernize and streamline government services to make sure Kentucky’s doors truly are open for small businesses. She works with industry leaders to promote Kentucky and embraces bipartisan cooperation to help expand our economy and create jobs. Her efforts, including establishing a one-stop business portal and a uniform business identification number, are helping businesses spend less time interacting with government and more time creating jobs and giving back to their communities.

 

Alison has also ushered in new laws that protect the voting rights of victims of domestic violence and absentee voters, maintain the integrity of the democratic process and save counties money in administering elections.

 

In September 2012, Alison traveled to the Middle East to meet with deployed soldiers to learn how to improve military voting procedures. Her recommendations received overwhelming bipartisan support and were signed into law in April 2013. The new law, Kentucky Heroes Voting Initiative, the first of its kind in the state, will allow military members and their families to register to vote and update their registration online, ensure that military voters have sufficient time to vote in special elections and extend existing protections to state and local elections and National Guard members.

 

Alison is a native of Maysville, Kentucky. She received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, where she served as a trustee to the Board of Directors. Alison obtained her law degree, graduating with honors, from American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, DC.

 

Alison lives with her husband, Andrew, in Lexington.

 

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


 

By Jueseppi B.

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

 

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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
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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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