August … a month full of historic events


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This month we remember Katrina … remind folks what happened on the Gulf Coast as the people fled, were forced out or died in the Katrina disaster trying to get out.

August 1, 1838 – Slavery was abolished in Jamaica. It had been introduced by Spanish settlers 300 years earlier in 1509.

August 2, 1776 – In Philadelphia, most of the 55 members of the Continental Congress signed the parchment copy of the Declaration of Independence.

August 4, 1962 – Apartheid opponent Nelson Mandela was arrested by security police in South Africa. He was then tried and sentenced to five years in prison. In 1964, he was placed on trial for sabotage, high treason and conspiracy to overthrow the government and was sentenced to life in prison. A worldwide campaign to free him began in the 1980s and resulted in his release on February 11, 1990, at age 71 after 27 years in prison. In 1993, Mandela shared the Nobel Peace Prize with South Africa’s President F.W. de Klerk for their peaceful efforts to bring a nonracial democracy to South Africa. In April 1994, black South Africans voted for the first time in an election that brought Mandela the presidency of South Africa.

August 4, 1964 – Three young civil rights workers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, were found murdered and buried in an earthen dam outside Philadelphia, Mississippi. They had disappeared on June 21 after being detained by Neshoba County police on charges of speeding. They were participating in the Mississippi Summer Project organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to increase black voter registration. When their car was found burned on June 23, President Lyndon Johnson ordered the FBI to search for the men.

August 5, 1861 – President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the first Federal income tax, a 3 percent tax on incomes over $800, as an emergency wartime measure during the Civil War. However, the tax was never actually put into effect.

August 6, 1965 – The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The Act suspended literacy, knowledge and character tests designed to keep African Americans from voting in the South. It also authorized the appointment of Federal voting examiners and barred discriminatory poll taxes. The Act was renewed by Congress in 1975, 1984 and 1991.

August 6-10, 1787 – The Great Debate occurred during the Constitutional Convention. Outcomes included the establishment of a four-year term of office for the President, granting Congress the right to regulate foreign trade and interstate commerce, and the appointment of a committee to prepare a final draft of the Constitution.

August 10, 1863 – The President meets with abolitionist Frederick Douglass who pushes for full equality for Union ‘Negro troops.’

August 9, 1974 – Effective at noon, Richard M. Nixon resigned the presidency as a result of the Watergate scandal. Nixon had appeared on television the night before and announced his decision to the American people. Facing possible impeachment by Congress, he became the only U.S. President ever to resign.

August 11, 1841Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave, spoke before an audience in the North for the first time. During an anti-slavery convention on Nantucket Island, he gave a powerful, emotional account of his life as a slave. He was immediately asked to become a full-time lecturer for the Massachusetts Antislavery Society.

August 11-16, 1965 – Six days of riots began in the Watts area of Los Angeles, triggered by an incident between a white member of the California Highway Patrol and an African American motorist. Thirty-four deaths were reported and more than 3,000 people were arrested. Damage to property was listed at $40 million.

On August 14, 1862, Abraham Lincoln did something unprecedented in presidential history up to that point: he met with a small delegation of black leaders (all free: 5 black clergymen). But the meeting did not auger a decision to give African Americans a voice in government. In essence, Lincoln sought to lobby these men in essence to agree to a divorce. In other words, the President wanted to get black Americans behind his plan to colonize them abroad. -Source http://quod.lib.umich.edu/l/lincoln/lincoln5/1:812?rgn=div1;singlegenre=All;sort=occur;subview=detail;type=simple;view=fulltext;q1=August+14

 

 

August 14, 1935 – President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act establishing the system which guarantees pensions to those who retire at age 65. The Social Security system also aids states in providing financial aid to dependent children, the blind and others, as well as administering a system of unemployment insurance.

August 15, 1969 – Woodstock began in a field near Yasgur’s Farm at Bethel, New York. The three-day concert featured 24 rock bands and drew a crowd of more than 300,000 young people. The event came to symbolize the counter-culture movement of the 1960’s.

August 18, 1920 – The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote.

August 28, 1963 – The March on Washington occurred as over 250,000 persons attended a Civil Rights rally in Washington, D.C., at which Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his now-famous I Have a Dream speech.

 August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina slams into Gulf Coast

 

#ElectionsMatter for our next generation

Resource: http://www.historyplace.com

~Nativegrl77

the Senate Pro-Forma CONGRESS until September 6 the House


USflagSchedule for Pro Forma Sessions and Tuesday, September 6, 2016
The Senate stands adjourned to then convene for a pro forma session only, with no business conducted on the following dates and times:

Friday, July 15 at 11:30am

Tuesday, July 19 at 1:00pm

Friday, July 22 at 1:00pm

Tuesday, July 26 at 10:00am

Friday, July 29 at 10:00am

Tuesday, August 2 at 10:00am 

 

 Wrap UP for Jul 14, ’16 9:07 PM

Roll Call Votes Motion to invoke cloture on compound motion to go to conference on S.2943, NDA

A; invoked: 90-7. Shaheen motion to instruct the conferees (re: Afghan visas); agreed to: 84-12. Sullivan motion to instruct the conferees (re: military operations); agreed to: 85-12. Motion to invoke cloture upon reconsideration on the motion to proceed to…

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House Floor Activities
Legislative Day of July 25, 2016

12:30:03 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
12:30:15 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Mac Thornberry to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
12:30:36 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rev. Michael Tyrrell, Jesuit Conference, Washington, DC
12:31:38 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to section 8(a) of H. Res. 820, the Journal stands approved.
12:31:52 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:32:11 P.M. S. Con. Res. 50 Considered as privileged matter. S. Con. Res. 50 — “Providing for an adjournment of the House of Representatives.”
12:33:25 P.M. S. Con. Res. 50 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
12:33:30 P.M. S. Con. Res. 50 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:34:07 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had the honor to transmit a sealed envelope received from the White House on July 22, 2016, at 5:56 p.m., said to contain a veto message from the President whereby he returns without his signature H.R. 1777, the “Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of 2016.”
12:34:08 P.M. H.R. 1777 The Chair laid before the House the veto message from the President.
12:34:36 P.M. H.R. 1777 The Chair announced that the objections of the President to H.R. 1777 would be spread at large upon the Journal and the veto message would be printed as a House document (114-155).
12:34:56 P.M. Further consideration of the veto message and the bill, H.R. 1777, is postponed until the legislative day of September 23, 2016
12:37:19 P.M. Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico – Pursuant to section 409(b) of the Puerto Rico Overisght, Management, and Economic Stability Act, and the order of the House of January 6, 2015, the Speaker appointed the following members of the House to the Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico: Mr. Duffy and Mr. MacArthur.
12:37:36 P.M. Congressional Task Force on Economic Grwoth in Puerto Rico – Pursuant to section 409(d) of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, and the order of the House of January 6, 2015, the Speaker appointed Mr. Hatch of Utah, as its Chair.
12:37:55 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to S. Con. Res. 50. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on September 6, 2016.

 

House Floor Activities
Legislative Day of July 21, 2016

9:00:30 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:40 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Michael K. Simpson to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
9:01:06 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rev. Vincent De Rosa, St. Peters Catholic Church, Washington, DC
9:02:20 A.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to section 8(a) of H. Res. 820, the Journal stands approved.
9:02:45 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:03:38 A.M. ADJUSTMENT OF WHOLE HOUSE – Under clause 5(d) of rule XX, the Chair announced to the House that, in light of the passing of the gentleman from Hawaii, Mr. Takai, the whole number of the House is 433.
9:04:05 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 8(b) of H. Res. 820. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on July 25, 2016.

House Floor Activities
Legislative Day of July 18, 2016


2:30:13 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
2:30:19 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Luke Messer to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
2:30:59 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff, Retired Chaplain, United States Navy, Washington, DC.
2:32:21 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to section 8(a) of H. Res. 820, the Journal was approved.
2:32:27 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:32:28 P.M. The House received a communication from Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader. Pursuant to section 409(b) of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), Ms. Pelosi notified the House that she had appointed the following Members to the Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico: Ms. Velazquez of New York, and Mr. Pierluisi of Puerto Rico.
2:33:02 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on July 15, 2016 at 9:57 a.m.: That the Senate passed H.R. 4904 and S. 1935.
2:34:12 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on July 15, 2016 at 1:07 p.m.: That the Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 50, and H. Con. Res. 142, and passed H.R. 2607, H.R. 3700, H.R. 3931, H.R. 3953, H.R. 4010, H.R. 4425, H.R. 4747, H.R. 4761, H.R. 4777, H.R. 4877, H.R. 4925, H.R. 4975, H.R. 4987, H.R. 5028, and H.R. 5722.
2:35:15 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on July 15, 2016 at 2:20 p.m.: That the Senate passed S. 3282, S. 2854, S. 2614, S. 3283, S. 3028, S. 818, S. 817, S. 1443, S. Con. Res. 41, and S. Con. Res. 46.
2:36:18 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Under Clause 2(g) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she herewith designates Mr. Robert Reeves, Deputy Clerk and Mr. Robert Borden, Legal Counsel, to sign any and all papers and do all other acts for her under the name of the Clerk of the House which they would be authorized to do by virtue of this designation, except such as are provided by statute, in case of her temporary absence or disability, which shall remain in effect for the 114th Congress or until modified by the Clerk.
2:37:26 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 8(b) of H. Res. 820. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on July 21, 2016.

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53 years ago the dream speech happened but the struggle continues


Brave New Films

Fifty-three years ago, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech to 250,000 people.

What happen to this dream, has America delivered its promise of a just society for all?

We criminalize poverty and mental health; we impose excessive barriers to reentry for the formerly incarcerated; we allow private companies to profit from bail, probation and prisons, we confiscate property with civil asset forfeiture; and we have the highest incarceration rate in the world.

Fifty-three years later this is not MLK’s dream and it is not our dream either.

In commemoration we have re-released ‘I Have a Dream’ Belongs to us, Too.’Please take a second to share this Facebook video with your friends. Remind them what happen fifty-three years ago and why this speech is still important today. Your one share helps reach millions. After you share, please consider contributing $10 to continue our justice work.

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Last week the Justice Department announced they plan to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of private prisons to house federal inmates. This is great news, our work on private prison profiteers CCA and the GEO Group has worked to shape and influence public opinion. But, there is still so much work to be done if we want to continue our dream of a just society for all.

The Justice Department has failed to include privately operated immigration detention facilities in their plans. For these facilities that hold some 34,000 immigrants detained under the custody of the federal government, it is business as usual.1

Help us continue our justice work by contributing $10 today.  Every contribution, big or small, helps fight for justice.

Thanks for your support.

Jim Miller, Executive Director
Brave New Films

Stack up ALL of the natural & man made DISASTERS … Where is the Infrastructure WORK or PLAN ?


 the BP oil disaster happened in  4/2010

 Thousands died and even more had to leave their homes have been unable to come back.

Americans must face the fact that the many natural and or man made disasters and anything in between have caused more issues than our next generation might be able to handle due to unqualified inept and do nothing republican lawmakers!

If you want your children their children and so on to live a better life … Vote for Change, Challenge your member of Congress to do the right thing …  Local State & Federal level

While the sun comes up and the light of day starts to show just how bad  oil spill disasters are, the truth is finally uncovered. Hopefully, reality will sink in on how just one error that could have been prevented by simply making Big Oil companies like BP have a plan b,c,d etc. or don’t do business, put high-tech emergency equipment in place or material on board to absorb or avert spills before they start. The negative outcome and proof that the rules, specifically the deregulation of financial and oil companies by the house of Bush … is evident. Now, we see what happens when big corporations try to save money on the cheap with just enough insurance, probably knowing that the state they are working in will ask for fema help or disaster funds. Doing a tremendous amount of damage and in this case a big impact not only to the environment but the foul, fish industry and the entire economy for decades. It is great to have a President that is willing to change direction on issues when the facts and or evidence show that delays and or cancellation of offshore drilling is clear. What happened should not be blamed on President Obama, this is clearly a human error and in this case BP; they know it and need to take responsibility for the entire clean-up.

We all have to remember that eleven people died that day

I have to say the first reports of the explosion and then word that everything was okay made me wonder …common sense tells you okay the well is underground; it could bleed out, up or both, which is what happened. The big question is why didn’t they act before the oil started to leak. This spill, is for me a warning to either change the way the clean-up process works or scrap any plans for further oil platforms unless your Big Oil corp has an emergency plan in place

… I’m no expert but equipment should have been available immediately that absorb oil… bumpers placed along the coast and shores before the leak actually spread … i saw nothing but boats watching , waiting for the leak to show … unacceptable.

We all needed a little calm back then and to be honest, i still get heated when hearing about BP, what has transpired in the gulf coast and the many oil spills since… be still and breathe in and slowly release your breath.

I believe in equality for all which includes having a President who represents ALL of the People here in the US of A. I ask you what can be wrong with caring for ALL of your fellow American, not just 2%… especially since that 2% has wheeled and dealed for breaks since the house of bush passed on its horrible bets, pain and responsibility which in turn trickled down to main street.

 

 An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 and started the worst oil spill in US history

 

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After the Flood: Mold-Specific Resources

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Floods are the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters, according to NOAA.  Whether your community is cleaning up from the current flooding in Louisiana or you want to be ready in case a flood strikes your area, take a few minutes to learn about preventing, identifying, and getting rid of mold. Learn More >>

HHS funds development of Zika diagnostic test for use in doctors’ offices

 Today, ASPR announced that it would support the development of a rapid Zika diagnostic test. If approved, the test could be given right in your healthcare provider’s office and results could be available in 30 minutes. Many people who are infected with Zika never know that they have the disease. Better diagnostics would give doctors and other healthcare providers the information they need to guide clinical management. Learn More >>

News in Pictures:  Images of the Medical Response to the Flooding in Louisiana

In the wake of the historic floods that have spread throughout Louisiana, ASPR has responded by sending medical professionals from the National Disaster Medical System to provide medical support.  The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response also traveled to Louisiana to meet with senior officials from the Louisiana Department of Health and talk to survivors in shelters. Check out their stories in pictures. View the Album >>

Investigation: Pre-October 2015 Flint Water, Sourced from Flint River, Might Have Caused Rashes, Other Irritant Conditions

People in Flint have been worried about rashes for a long time. On February 25, 2016, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services requested support from the CDC Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registries for this investigation. The investigation found that there may be several causes of the rashes, and, at one time, the water may have caused rashes, but that the water does not currently contain substances that would cause a rash.  Learn More >>

HHS awards $7 million to OraSure to speed development of Zika diagnostic test

 ASPR supports the development of a new Zika diagnostic test. If approved, the test could be performed in your doctor’s office and would provide results in 30 minutes. ASPR is supporting the development of a number of diagnostic tests to help give doctors, patients and blood banks the information they need to make more informed choices during the Zika outbreak.  Learn More >>

Katrina remembered … CNN


Hurricane KatrinaA decade after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, we caught up with several of the survivors featured in our exclusive video series, “I Was There: Hurricane Katrina,” and asked them to reflect on the changes they’ve seen in the past 10 years, and the importance of rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Katrina’s destruction.

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