Video: Black History Month at the White House


Watch our Black History Month video here.

In 1926, the great historian and author Carter G. Woodson pioneered “Negro History Week” — a time set aside to honor African Americans and their contributions to our history.

“If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition,” Woodson once wrote. “It becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.”

That week would later become Black History Month — and this year, the White House hosted a number of events and activities to celebrate the contributions and the accomplishments of African Americans both past and present.

“We don’t set aside this month each year to isolate or segregate or put under a glass case black history,” the President said at last week’s Black History Month reception here at the White House. “We set it aside to illuminate those threads — those living threads that African Americans have woven into the tight tapestry of this nation — to make it stronger, and more beautiful, and more just, and more free.”

Watch our wrap-up video, and read more about how the White House — as well as other Departments and agencies — celebrated Black History Month.

Tell the Labor Department to support equal pay ~ a repost


Tell the Labor Department to support equal pay

Did you know that some employers tell their workers that they cannot talk about their wages? Or that some workers could be punished for having a conversation with a co-worker about their paychecks?

For too many, that’s the truth. More than 6 in 10 private-sector workers say their employer either bars or discourages them from sharing information about their pay.

This unfair practice allows companies to keep wage discrepancies hidden. It also contributes to discrimination in the workplace. And that’s bad news for our work on equal pay.

But there’s good news, too: The Department of Labor is working on a plan to end these salary gag rules. Here’s your chance to tell it you support these efforts.

Tell the Department of Labor you support
this equal pay rule
Send a comment to the Department of Labor telling it that workersshould not be punished for talking about their pay.Take Action

If workers could talk about their wages openly and without fear, they could find out if they’re being paid less and determine if the discrepancy is due to discrimination based on their gender, race, or ethnicity.

And of course, women are hit hardest by wage discrepancies. Overall, women make just 78 cents for every dollar a man makes. African American women face a larger gap when their wages are compared to white men, making just 64 cents on the dollar. And Latinas make only 56 cents compared to white men.

Plus, the proposed rule wouldn’t just prohibit retaliation against workers who discuss their pay. It would also require contractors to give employees clear information about how they’re protected from retaliation for discussing pay.

Help us fight for equal pay for women today. Send a comment to the Department of Labor.

Thank you for taking action.

Sincerely,
Fatima Goss Graves
Vice President for Education and Employment
National Women’s Law Center

Joe Sestak …


VoteVets.orgSix years ago, in an impossible year for progressives, retired Navy Admiral Joe Sestak lost a heartbreaking campaign for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania by two points to Tea Party favorite, Pat Toomey.

Great news though: moments ago, Joe Sestak announced that he’s seeking a rematch in 2016, and VoteVets is proud to stand with him.

If the Senate is going to change hands next November, progressives must flip Pennsylvania … and Joe Sestak is the best choice to lead the way.

It is imperative that Joe Sestak’s campaign get off to a strong start today. Help make it happen your $3 contribution to his campaign.

Pat Toomey stood with Senate extremists who held veterans’ health care hostage during a time of crisis last year, introducing legislation that would put the Department of Veterans Affairs on a path to privatization, as well. As former President of the Club for Growth, he literally led the fight to privatize Social Security and Medicare.

Retired Admiral Sestak’s vision for veterans and working families stands in stark contrast to Senator Toomey’s. You can be sure he’ll stand up for us on the campaign trail, and in office … because he’s done it his entire career.

VoteVets is proud to stand with Joe Sestak’s campaign for U.S. Senate. He’s family. Join us with your $3 contribution today:

http://action.votevets.org/joe-sestak

Joe Sestak served his country for over thirty years in the United States Navy. He’ll make a great leader in the United States Senate.

Thanks for standing with him,

Jon Soltz
Iraq War Veteran and Chairman
VoteVets.og

Rashad Robinson, ColorOfChange.org


Bill O’Reilly has built his career by attacking Black communities with misleading rhetoric and dangerous, outright lies.

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