Startling. Horrifying. Preventable.


Demand action!Fifty-four percent of people murdered with a firearm between 2000-2010 were black, even though African-Americans make up just thirteen percent of the population in the United States.

It’s a startling statistic—a horrifying statistic—and one that is entirely preventable.

It’s time for serious action to solve the epidemic of gun violence. Lend your Twitter and Facebook feeds to help us demand immediate action from our elected officials.
Today is a somber anniversary. Two years ago, on April 11, 2012, George Zimmerman was arrested and charged with the murder of Trayvon Martin.

Trayvon’s death and the eventual, appalling acquittal of his killer reinforced the need to reform state “stand your ground laws.” But reducing gun violence will require much more.

Fifty-four percent of those murdered with a firearm in the first decade of this century were black, yet “inaction” and “disinterest” are the only words I can find to describe the response by our elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels. We must strike at the root causes of gun violence, but the people who can do this will only listen if we speak loudly with one voice.

Our communities are suffering. Our family, our loved ones, and our friends are at risk. Let us rise together today and end these tragedies once and for all:

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http://action.naacp.org/demand-action

Thank you,

Lorraine C. Miller
Interim President and CEO
NAACP

Weekly Address …


Weekly Address: Ensuring Equal Pay for Equal WorkIn this week’s address, the President underscored the importance of ensuring equal pay for equal work and highlighted the steps his Administration has taken to expand opportunity and narrow the pay gap that exists between men and women.

Click here to watch this week’s Weekly Address.

Watch: President Obama delivers the Weekly Address

Weekly Wrap Up
President Obama at Fort Hood: “Love Never Ends”On Wednesday, President Obama spoke at a memorial service for the soldiers who lost their lives during last week’s shooting at Fort Hood Military Base.

Video player: A Memorial Service at Fort Hood Military Base

In his remarks, the President explained that we must honor their lives “not in word or talk, but in deed and in truth.”

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“It’s Nice To Have a Day, But It’s Even Better To Have Equal Pay”

The President celebrated Equal Pay Day on Tuesday by doing something only he can: picking up his pen and signing two executive actions to help ensure equal pay for all.

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The executive actions President Obama signed will protect federally contracted employees from retaliation if they broach the topic of unequal compensation and will require federal contractors to submit more data on employee compensation, making sure employers take proactive efforts to ensure fair pay for all their employees. Way back in January during the State of the Union address, the President said this would be a year of action, and these executive orders on equal pay are just another reminder that he is keeping that promise.

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44 Honors 36

This year marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act. President Obama traveled to the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas to reflect on the historic piece of legislation and the legacy of the 36th president.

Video player: President Obama honors LBJ and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

“Because of the Civil Rights movement, because of the laws President Johnson signed, new doors of opportunity and education swung open for everybody — not all at once, but they swung open. Not just blacks and whites, but also women and Latinos; and Asians and Native Americans; and gay Americans and Americans with a disability,” said President Obama. “They swung open for you, and they swung open for me. And that’s why I’m standing here today — because of those efforts, because of that legacy.”

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The VP, a Navy SEAL, and Man’s Best Friend

Vice President Biden met with Trevor, a Navy SEAL, and Chopper, the military dog who saved Trevor’s life, this week. In this episode of Being Biden — the audio series where the Vice President gives you a window into his daily life and shares some of his most memorable experiences — he shares more about that meeting.

Audio player: Being Biden Vol. 14

Can’t get enough of the Vice President? Check out every episode of Being Biden.

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We’ve Got Tools For You!

There are a lot of government agencies and web sites out there; sometimes it’s hard to keep track. But scattered on those sites are some helpful resources that can make your life easier.

WhiteHouse.gov/Tools

We’ve searched through the .gov websites out there to find some of the tools that you might just find useful. Head to WhiteHouse.gov/Tools and you can find the farmers’ markets near you, determine if a hybrid car will save you money, and much more.

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As always, to see even more of this week’s events, watch this week’s episode of West Wing Week:

Video player: West Wing Week

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Sunday Stills … on Monday by National Geographic


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Rwanda: The Art of Remembering and Forgetting

RWANDA: THE ART OF REMEMBERING AND FORGETTING

Photograph by David Guttenfelder
Remembering is a tricky thing. It can release a river of volatile emotions that can drown you in sorrow or shame, and it can also unleash a torrent of vengeful anger. But forgetting is equally treacherous, lest those who were lost died in vain or the crucial lessons learned are not passed on to future generations. Rwandans of all walks of life navigate this complex riptide of emotion every day, each in his or her own way. It is far more art than science.
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Discovering the Ocean of
Childhood Dreams
DISCOVERING THE OCEAN OF CHILDHOOD DREAMS
Photograph by THOMAS PESCHAK
Photographer Thomas Peschak documented the remote atolls of Bassas da India and Europa, which are among the last vestiges of pristine seascape in the Indian Ocean. Interest in the rare ecosystem started at an early age for Peschak. “As a kid, I used to dream about the ocean. It was a wild place full of color and life. I pictured dense shivers of sharks ruling over the food chain and herds of turtles paddling through reefs and sea grass. As a marine biologist turned photographer, I have spent most of my career looking for the places I used to dream about when I was little.”
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Life on Mars

LIFE ON MARS

“If you want to suspend reality for a bit you can really feel like you’re on Mars. You look out onto this arid, red landscape and it really feels like you’ve traveled to a new world.” Photojournalist Jim Urquhart embedded with Crew 138 of the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station for two weeks in March. The crew’s goal is to research and understand what it would be like to live on Mars.
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THE INNOVATORS PROJECT
How to Solve the Coldest Cases

HOW TO SOLVE THE COLDEST CASES

Often the stories that physical anthropologist BrunoFrohlich uncovers during his fieldwork involve violence. In Mongolia, he’s pieced together murders that occurred as far back as the Bronze Age and as recently as the 1930s: children strangled, women with necks broken, people with their heads smashed, knife wounds, compound fractures—the details of each killing offering insights into the region’s culture then and now.Some of these investigations would qualify as the coldest of cold cases. But Frohlich’s work is not limited to the distant past. For nearly 30 years, he’s also worked with the FBI and provided specialized, archaeology-based forensic guidance and training to state police investigating homicide and missing-person cases. One such case even inspired the Oscar-winning movie Fargo.
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Capturing the Essence of
Jane Goodall

CAPTURING THE ESSENCE OF JANE GOODALL

PHOTOGRAPH BY Michael Nichols
Photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols has been photographing Jane Goodall since 1989. Nick on Jane: “[She] knew that chimps are a million times more complicated than gorillas. Chimps have been used as human surrogates in biomedical research along with their use in space programs. At the time I came along, there was a 1989 conference about chimpanzees. People were realizing that chimps were in trouble with habitat destruction, they didn’t have rights, and there were a lot of biomedical issues. Who better to be a flagship for chimp issues than Jane Goodall, with her work in Gombe? At that point she was not yet an advocate. It was her time to say: ‘I’m a serious scientist, and here’s the truth about chimps.’ She wanted to prove herself as a scientist.”
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BIG win for tigers, orangutans​, and you!


Procter & Gamble commits to a No Deforestation policy.

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It’s official. And it’s massive win for Indonesia’s rainforests and the planet.

I almost can’t believe I’m writing this, but after just two short months of campaigning Procter & Gamble (P&G) has officially committed to a ‘No Deforestation’ sourcing policy for its palm oil. This a great step to protect the Indonesian rainforest — home to animals like orangutans and the endangered Sumatran tiger — from future destruction.

Procter & Gamble’s new policy is the direct result of hundreds of thousands of people like you who took their message straight to P&G. 

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When Procter & Gamble’s new policy is fully implemented, P&G will trace where its palm oil comes from, and ensure that none of its suppliers are associated with forest destruction.

This a great win — but our work here is far from over. Greenpeace and our allies will be making sure that P&G not only follows through with its commitment, but that it does it faster than its 2020 deadline. We also need many more companies around the world to commit to change their palm oil policies to protect forests. Our goal is to realize No Deforestation worldwide by 2020 — protecting the rainforests of West Africa, South East Asia, and the Amazon.

Today, let’s celebrate the good news together! The power of people made this day possible. Please take a minute to celebrate by spreading the word.

P&G’s new policy is proof that our voices are heard in the board rooms of even the biggest corporations. Companies like Unilever, Nestle, L’Oreal — and now Procter & Gamble — have all committed to No Deforestation because of public pressure from people like you.

For a healthy planet, all of us need forests. And to save them, Greenpeace is building a movement of people across the world who are willing to fight forest destruction wherever they find it: whether it’s in their household products, or directly threatening their communities. Together, we can see more victories for forests like today.

Sincerely,

Joao Talocchi
Greenpeace Palm Oil Campaigner

P.S. YOU did it. Procter & Gamble has officially committed to a ‘No Deforestation’ sourcing policy for its palm oil. That means no more destroying Sumatran tiger habitat for Head & Shoulders shampoo! Celebrate and share the good news with your friends on Facebook.

Take the pledge. Reduce your meat consumption!


Looking for a healthy alternative to meat? For every Earth Day Sampler Pack, Paleta will donate a dollar to plant a tree through EDN’s Canopy Project.

earthdaylogoDid you know that the meat industry is responsible for about 20% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions? That’s more than the entire transportation sector! The production and distribution of meat doesn’t just consume a lot of energy and cause greenhouse gas emissions, it also requires a huge amount of water—up to 2,500 gallons to produce just one pound of beef. Take the pledge to reduce your meat consumption today! And the problem is getting worse. Over the last 10 years alone, global meat consumption has increased by 20%. So what can we do to help solve this problem? It’s simple—eat less meat! In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, eating just one less burger a week for a year is the equivalent of skipping 320 miles of driving. Join us in pledging to not eat meat one day a week. Thanks for your support. -The Earth Day Network Team