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National Museum of African American History and Culture

Help us ensure that we meet our goal and stay on schedule.

You’ll be surprised to see all that’s been done since we broke ground for the National Museum of African American History and Culture on February 22, 2012.

The concrete has been poured. We’ve begun building some of the exhibition galleries. We installed two signature objects: a Southern Railway railroad car (segregated) and a 1930s guard tower from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. And we have acquired more than 25,000 items.

But there’s much more to do. And to accomplish this work, we need your support to ensure that we open in late 2015.

To make this museum a reality, we were charged with raising $250 million from individuals and private resources. To date, we have raised approximately $160 million and need to raise an additional $90 million to meet our goal.

That’s why we urgently need your help to build this important cultural addition to the American landscape.

None of this is possible without support from friends like you. Your tax-deductible gift today will ensure that we keep our construction timetable on schedule and ensure that other elements of this grand project stay on track, too.

Together, you and I are creating a center of learning and inspiration that will attract millions of visitors from across the country and around the world. It is here they will come to understand the African American story in full — the moments of great pain and the moments of soaring triumph.

We’re moving closer to reality with each passing day!

Thank you for your support.

Lonnie G. Bunch All the best,
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Washington​: Tell the EPA to ban bee-killin​g pesticides


save-the-bees200Honeybees, native bees, and other pollinators are responsible for 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat. Many fruits and vegetables, including apples, blueberries, strawberries, carrots, and broccoli, as well as almonds and coffee, rely on bees. These beneficial insects are critical in maintaining our diverse food supply. 

U.S. beekeepers have been consistently losing 40-100% of their hives. Widespread use of a new class of toxic pesticides, neonicotinoids, is a significant contributing factor. In addition to killing bees outright, research has shown, even low levels of these dangerous pesticides impair bees’ ability to learn, to find their way back to the hive, to collect food, to produce new queens, and to mount an effective immune response.

Already, 15 countries have imposed a two-year restriction on the use of several of these chemicals. However, the EPA continues to ignore scientists—even those employed by the EPA—and has delayed action until 2018.

We request an immediate moratorium on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. Bees can’t wait five more years—they are dying now. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has the power and responsibility to protect our pollinators. Our nation’s food system depends on it.

Europe has already fought back against powerful chemical companies and took a big step to protect bees by putting into effect a ban of the top bee-killing “neonic” pesticides. Now it’s our turn!

Bees are critical in producing the majority of our food crops, and the evidence is mounting that Bayer and Syngenta’s pesticides are a key contributor to mass bee die-offs. However, the EPA continues to ignore scientists—even those employed by the EPA—and has delayed action until 2018. 

But the bees can’t wait—and neither can we!

U.S. beekeepers have been consistently losing 40-100% of their hives, and are likely facing yet another season of historic bee die-offs.

We can’t let the EPA wait another five years to address this crisis. Please take action today and tell the EPA to ban bee-killing pesticides.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thanks!

–Peter Stocker

This petition was created on MoveOn’s online petition site, where anyone can start their own online petitions. Friends of the Earth didn’t pay us to send this email—we never rent or sell the MoveOn.org list.

 

the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 5/6 ~~ the House


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The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

Following any Leader remarks, the time until 11:00am will be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.

 

At 11:00am, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2262, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act.

 

The Senate will recess subject to the call of the Chair at 12:30pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings and the official photograph of the 113th Congress.  If cloture is invoked on the motion to proceed to S.2262, the time during the recess will count post-cloture.

 

For the information of all Senators, the official photograph of the 113th Congress will be at 2:15pm.

This morning, Senator Reid filed cloture on the following nominations in the order listed:

Executive Calendar l#655, Indira Talwani, of Massachusetts, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts (up to 2 hours equally divided);

Executive Calendar #656, James Peterson, of Wisconsin, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin (up to 2 hours equally divided);

Executive Calendar #657, Nancy Rosenstengel, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois (up to 2 hours equally divided); and

Executive Calendar #690, Robin S. Rosenbaum, of Florida, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit (up to30 hours).

Unless an agreement can be reached, the cloture vote on the Talwani nomination would occur at a time to be determined on Thursday, May 8. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 2 hours for debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination. Upon disposition of the Talwani nomination, the Senate would proceed to a cloture vote on the Peterson nomination. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 2 hours for debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the Peterson nomination. Upon disposition of that nomination, there would be a cloture vote on the Rosenstengel nomination. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 2 hours for debate equally divided prior to a vote on confirmation of the Rosenstengel nomination. Then the Senate would proceed to a cloture vote on the Rosenbaum nomination. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 30 hours for debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the Rosenbaum nomination.

The previously scheduled 11:00am vote has been moved to 11:15am today. At 11:15am, there will be a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to S.2262, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 30 hours for debate prior to a vote on the motion to proceed. If all time is used, the post-cloture debate would end in the 5:30pm range Wednesday, May 7.

11:15am The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2262, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act.

Invoked: 79-20

Senator Leahy asked unanimous consent to take up and pass Calendar #162, S.933, the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program Reauthorization Act. Senator Coburn objected.

By voice vote, the Senate adopted S.Res.433, a resolution condemning the abduction of female students by armed militants from the Government Girls Secondary School in the northeastern province of Borno in the Federal Republic of Nigeria

By consent, the Senate will recess from 5:30pm until 6:30pm tonight to allow for a Members-only briefing on Ukraine. The time during the recess will count post-cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2262, Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2014

WRAP UP

Roll Call Votes

1)     Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2262, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act; Invoked: 79-20

 

Additional Legislative Items

Adopted S.Res.433, a resolution condemning the abduction of female students by armed militants from the Government Girls Secondary School in the northeastern province of Borno in the Federal Republic of Nigeria by voice vote.

Passed H.R.4192 , To amend the Act entitled “An Act to regulate the height of buildings in the District of Columbia” to clarify the rules of the District of Columbia regarding human occupancy of penthouses above the top story of the building upon which the penthouse is placed

Adopted S.Res.438, Congratulating the students, parents, teachers, and administrators of charter schools across the United States for their ongoing contributions to education, and supporting the ideals and goals of the 15th annual National Charter Schools Week, to be held May 4 through May 10, 2014.

Adopted S.Res.439, Supporting the goals and ideals of National Safe Digging Month.

 

Executive Business

 

Senator Reid filed cloture on the following nominations in the order listed:

 

Executive Calendar l#655, Indira Talwani, of Massachusetts, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts (up to 2 hours equally divided);

Executive Calendar #656, James Peterson, of Wisconsin, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin (up to 2 hours equally divided);

Executive Calendar #657, Nancy Rosenstengel, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois (up to 2 hours equally divided); and

Executive Calendar #690, Robin S. Rosenbaum, of Florida, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit (up to30 hours).

 

Unless an agreement can be reached, the cloture vote on the Talwani nomination would occur at a time to be determined on Thursday, May 8. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 2 hours for debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination. Upon disposition of the Talwani nomination, the Senate would proceed to a cloture vote on the Peterson nomination. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 2 hours for debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the Peterson nomination. Upon disposition of that nomination, there would be a cloture vote on the Rosenstengel nomination. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 2 hours for debate equally divided prior to a vote on confirmation of the Rosenstengel nomination. Then the Senate would proceed to a cloture vote on the Rosenbaum nomination. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 30 hours for debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the Rosenbaum nomination.

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Last Floor Action:
5:41:35 P.M. -H.R. 4292
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4292.

Last Floor Action:
12:12:22 P.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now recess.

The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.

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