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whitehouselogoMy Visit to Alaska: Touching Down in Anchorage

President Obama offers some thoughts on his trip to Alaska on Medium. See what he has to say about Day 1 of his three-day tour.


What Dr. Holdren Saw in Alaska:

Ahead of the President’s trip, his Science Advisor Dr. Holdren traveled to Alaska to learn how climate change is already affecting local communities.


The 49th State’s Place in History

Take a look back at the history of Alaska and why it is so important to protect.


Demand Tyson Foods transform industrial meat production

Last month our Palm Oil Action Team took action at Hillshire Brands’ HQ in Chicago to call out the company’s use of Conflict Palm Oil,Last month our Palm Oil Action Team took action at Hillshire Brands’ HQ in Chicago to call out the company’s use of Conflict Palm Oil, known for its massive climate and human rights footprint. But that’s not all Hillshire is known for. As of last year, Hillshire is owned by Tyson Foods, one of the biggest and most egregious meat producers in the world.

Raise your voice! Demand change at Tyson Foods!

Tyson Foods and its global subsidiaries are one of the world’s largest producers of chicken, beef, pork as well as prepared foods containing Conflict Palm Oil. It’s leading brands include Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Sara Lee® Frozen Bakery, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells® and State Fair®.

The food giant has unprecedented control over the nation’s meat supply and is the biggest poultry producer in the world. The system of chicken production that Tyson has built keeps farmers in a state of indebted servitude, living on the edge of bankruptcy, and takes a huge toll on the climate.

Altogether, our industrial system of agriculture is driving roughly one third of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, largely from tropical deforestation/land conversion for livestock and commodity feed crops, methane emissions from the prevalent industrial/factory farming model of animal production, and food sector emissions like manufacturing processed foods.

Corporations like Tyson Foods, through its factory farm industrial model of production, are driving runaway climate change, increased levels of corporate control, high levels of food waste, forest loss and fragmentation, soil erosion, water scarcity and pollution, loss of biodiversity—both genetic diversity of crops and threatened extinction of key species, food insecurity, and racial inequity.

Please take action today to demand that the biggest and most destructive global meat producers, starting with Tyson Foods, adopt a comprehensive policy that includes strict environmental and social safeguards for palm oil and meat production that will break its link to the destruction of rainforests, peatlands and the abuse of communities, workers and animals. This policy should include data on rainforest conversion, GHG emissions, biodiversity, and water impacts for its palm oil, meat and feed businesses.

For a Responsible Food System,


Upcoming NMAAHC Film Screening! NMAAHC Public Programs

NMAAHC -- National Museum of African American History and Culture

Bert Williams: Lime Kiln Field Day
A Screening and Discussion
Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 7 – 9 PM EDT
American History Museum, Warner Bros. Theater
14th St and Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001 Please enter through Constitution Avenue NW doors Sponsored by the National Museum of African American
History and Culture
Take the Orange, Blue or Silver Line to Federal Triangle or Smithsonian Metro stations
Bert Williams Production Still

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will screen Lime Kiln Field Day, a silent film created in 1913 starring iconic entertainer Bert Williams with co-stars Odessa Warren Gray, Sam Lucas, Abbie Mitchell among others. It was the nation’s first romantic comedy to feature an all–black cast supported by an interracial production crew.

The unreleased project lay in the vaults of Biograph Film Studio, until 1938 when movie negatives and reels were donated to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). MoMA made the first print of the movie 38 years later and gave it the working title Bert Williams: Lime Kiln Field Day.

A post-screening discussion will feature Mr. Ron Magliozzi, Associate Curator of Film, MoMA and Rhea Combs, Ph.D., NMAAHC film and photography curator. On the evening of the event, Mr. Donald Sosin will play a special music score that he composed specifically for Lime Kiln.

This screening is the first in the Through the African American Lens Film Series offered in conjunction with the Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts.

Registration is suggested. As space allows, walk-ups will be welcome. To make a reservation, please follow this link.

For more information about the event, please email NMAAHCpubpggms@si.edu or call 202-633-1000.

On the evening of the event, you can view the program via webcast.

It’s On Us


Generation Progress And The White House Launch The Third It’s On Us PSA

In the U.S. today, one in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college. Most cases of sexual assault occur during students’ freshman or sophomore years and in 75-80 percent of cases, the women and men know their attackers, whether as an acquaintance, classmate, friend, or (ex)partner. Today the White House and Generation Progress, the youth engagement branch of the Center for American Progress, launched the third It’s On Us PSA to kick off the school year and raise awareness about sexual assault.

In September 2014, Generation Progress and the White House came together to launch It’s On Us, a cultural movement aimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think about sexual assault. The campaign is a rallying cry inviting everyone to step up and realize that the solution begins with us.

During its first year, the campaign released two PSA’s with the support of more than 85 national and local partner organizations. President Obama even shared the It’s On Us message during the GRAMMYs to a crowd of almost 30 million, urging them to get involved. The campaign’s main focus has always been on organizing on campuses nationwide to change the culture of sexual assault — since the launch, It’s On Us has engaged thousands of students from 370 college campuses in 48 states, all working to put an end to the epidemic of sexual assault on their campus.

As we enter the 2015 school year, it’s on all of us to recognize that sex without consent is sexual assault. With more sexual assaults occurring during the back-to-school time than any other time period, the It’s On Us campaign is especially dedicated to working with students nationwide to raise awareness of this issue.

We are asking everyone to commit to create an environment, be it a dorm, a fraternity or sorority, a club or a bar, a locker room or an entire college campus, where sexual assault is unacceptable. Alongside passionate partners and celebrities like Nina Dobrev, Josh Hutcherson, the NCAA, and more, It’s On Us will continue its collaboration with local and student organizers and engage as many students as possible in discussions about being part of the solution.

Take the pledge and join the movement at itsonus.org.

BOTTOM LINE: Sexual assault is far too prevalent on our college campuses and in our communities. Raising awareness. Holding ourselves and each other accountable. Looking out for someone who can’t consent. It’s on us. All of us.