Wednesday: Join the Fight for $15 in Seattle


Host: Terrance Wise

Where: Seattle University
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

When: Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.

What: We will be standing up, speaking out, and fighting for fair pay at the MASSIVE rallies around the globe for the Fight for $15. It’s time for McDonald’s and billionaire corporations like them to pay workers enough to support their families. It’s time for $15 an hour and union rights. Will you join us?
Maria Tchijov, MoveOn.org Civic Action

Shot In The Back


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Officer Charged With Murder After Video Shows Him Shooting Victim As He Runs Away

A routine traffic stop that ended with a white officer shooting and killing an unarmed black man has become the latest incident to ignite outrage over police-community relations.

South Carolina police officer Michael Thomas Slager was charged with first-degree murder yesterday for the shooting death of Walter Scott after a cell phone video revealed that Slager, who is white, shot and killed Scott, who is black, as Scott ran away. This directly contradicted previous claims by Slager, who stated that the two struggled and it was only after the victim gained control of the officer’s Taser that Slager resorted to using deadly force.

Officer Slager initially pulled over Walter Scott because he had a broken taillight. The shooting is reminiscent of other recent police incidents in South Carolina, such as last September when a state trooper stopped an unarmed black man for a seat-belt violation at a gas station, then shot and wounded him as he reached back into his vehicle to get his ID at the officer’s request.

These tragic incidents only emphasize the mistrust and deeply rooted challenges that exist between police departments and communities of color. But they also highlight important steps that need to be taken. These include the following:

1. Increase the use of body cameras. There’s no question that Slager’s use of force was not justified against Mr. Scott; instead, the question is, what would have happened had there been no video? The shooter lied about what happened until the video proved him wrong. President Obama’s three-year, $263 million package which includes money to increase police officers’ use of body-worm cameras is an important step.

2. Increase the use of special prosecutors in police misconduct investigations. In a brief on how to improve police-community relations, CAP’s Michele Jawando and Chelsea Parsons write that the perception that “local prosecutors have far too great of an interest to protect and justify the actions of local law enforcement” has “led to the erosion of trust.” We need to look no farther than the failure of grand juries to indict the officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown or Eric Garner to know that is the case. Independent oversight would be a welcome change in these and other highly charged cases.

3. More federal oversight of police conduct. CAP’s Jawando and Parsons also write that the Department of Justice, despite granting billions of dollars each year to state and local governments for criminal justice, engages in “relatively little proactive activity to shape police practices” in those communities. They should take a more active approach. And there is no better person to lead that charge than Loretta Lynch, the highly-qualified nominee for attorney general who has been waiting for five months to be confirmed while the Senate Republican Leadership refuses to confirm her. It’s embarrassing that 50 years after Selma, Lynch, whose grandfather was a sharecropper and who would make history as the first African American woman to be attorney general, is being held up.

4. Better representation in all levels of government. Also yesterday, voters in Ferguson, Missouri went to the polls in turnout more than double last April’s election and elected two black city council members. Citizens making sure their voices are heard at all levels of government is another critical piece to the process of making sure that elected leaders, law enforcement, and other public servants are representative of the people the serve. That means making sure that the wealthiest and corporations aren’t able to buy politicians, but it also means that voters do their civic duty, too.

There are more steps we should take too. For example, implementing implicit bias training for law enforcement officers and encouraging police departments to take steps to increase diversity in their ranks are important measures to acknowledge differences and work to encourage multicultural perspectives.

BOTTOM LINE: There are proactive steps we must take toward solving the complex challenges of the criminal justice system and police-community relations. The fact that a white police officer has been charged with the murder of an unarmed black man only after a video revealed the officer’s previous lies is another reminder of what’s at stake.

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the Senate ~~~ Congress 4/13 ~~~ the House


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The Senate stands adjourned under the provisions of H.Con.Res.32 until 2:00pm on Monday, April 13, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. At 5:00pm, the Senate will enter Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #23. There will be 30 minutes of debate equally divided prior to a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination.

Monday, April 13, 2015 at 5:30pm—1 roll call vote

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #23, Alfred H. Bennett, of Texas, to be US District Judge for the Southern District of Texas

The Senate is in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

At 5:00pm, the Senate will turn to the consideration of Executive Calendar #23, Alfred H. Bennett, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas. There will be 30 minutes of debate equally divided prior to a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination.

This week the Senate may vote on motions to instruct conferees in an effort to go to conference on the Budget resolution (current thinking is for this to occur on Wednesday, but as always that is subject to change); consider H.R.2, Medicare Access (SGR) and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, under a time agreement with limited amendments; and, if an agreement can be reached, complete action on the Trafficking bill. If a deal can be reached on the Trafficking bill, Senator McConnell has said he would allow a vote on confirmation of the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General. The Senate may also consider any other items on the Legislative or Executive calendars cleared for action.

5:30pm—1 roll call vote:

  • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #23, Alfred H. Bennett, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas

5:31pm the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #23, Alfred H. Bennett, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.

Wrap UP

  1. Executive Calendar #23, Alfred H. Bennett, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas; confirmed: 95-0.
  2. Legislative Business

S.Res.131, designating April 5, 2015, as “Gold Star Wives Day”.

S.Res.133, supporting the goals and ideals of National Public Health Week.

Executive Business

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Last Floor Action:3/26
2:03:14 P.M. – The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order.

The next meeting is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on March 30, 2015 unless the House sooner receives a message from the Senate conveying its adoption of H. Con. Res. 31, in which case it shall stand adjourned pursuant to the provisions of that concurrent resolution.

The House did not meet on 3/30

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Last Floor Action:
9:15:11 P.M. – The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on April 14, 2015.

Last Floor Action:
4:52:17 P.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now recess.

The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. today.

2:00:00 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
2:01:39 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Luke Messer to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
2:01:53 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
2:03:43 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
2:03:45 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Takano to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:04:19 P.M. ADJUSTED WHOLE NUMBER OF THE HOUSE – Under clause 5(d) of rule 20, the Chair announced to the House that, in light of the resignation of the gentleman from Illinois, Mr. Schock, the whole number of the House is 432.
2:05:07 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 received a message from the Secretary of the Senate on March 27, 2015 at 12:02 p.m. stating that that body had passed H.R. 1092, H.R. 1527, H.J. Res. 10 and S. 535, and had agreed to H. Con. Res. 32 and H. Con. Res. 31. The message further stated appointments to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission, Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress, and the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Womens History Museum.
2:05:41 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 a message from the Secretary of the Senate on March 27, 2015 at 1:13 p.m. stating that that body had made appointments to the Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress.
2:06:51 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.
2:17:53 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 4:00 P.M. today.
4:00:55 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 13.
4:01:06 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 April 13, 2015 at 2:42 p.m.: That the Senate had agreed to S. Con. Res. 11.
4:01:22 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
4:02:05 P.M. H.R. 299 Mr. Neugebauer moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 299 — “To amend the Federal Home Loan Bank Act to authorize privately insured credit unions to become members of a Federal home loan bank, and for other purposes.”
4:02:09 P.M. H.R. 299 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:02:12 P.M. H.R. 299 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 299.
4:11:00 P.M. H.R. 299 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
4:11:03 P.M. H.R. 299 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:12:18 P.M. H.R. 601 Mr. Neugebauer moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 601 — “To amend the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to provide an exception to the annual privacy notice requirement.”
4:12:34 P.M. H.R. 601 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:12:37 P.M. H.R. 601 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 601.
4:18:38 P.M. H.R. 601 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
4:18:40 P.M. H.R. 601 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:19:02 P.M. H.R. 1259 Mr. Neugebauer moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1259 — “To provide for an application process for interested parties to apply for an area to be designated as a rural area, and for other purposes.”
4:19:11 P.M. H.R. 1259 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:19:14 P.M. H.R. 1259 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1259.
4:32:13 P.M. H.R. 1259 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
4:33:01 P.M. H.R. 1265 Mr. Neugebauer moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1265 — “To apply the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.”
4:33:06 P.M. H.R. 1265 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:33:13 P.M. H.R. 1265 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1265.
4:40:31 P.M. H.R. 1265 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
4:41:08 P.M. H.R. 1367 Mr. Neugebauer moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1367 — “To amend the Expedited Funds Availability Act to clarify the application of that Act to American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands.”
4:41:24 P.M. H.R. 1367 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:41:27 P.M. H.R. 1367 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1367.
4:44:53 P.M. H.R. 1367 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
4:44:54 P.M. H.R. 1367 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:45:15 P.M. H.R. 1480 Mr. Neugebauer moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1480 — “To ensure access to certain information for financial services industry regulators, and for other purposes.”
4:45:32 P.M. H.R. 1480 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:45:34 P.M. H.R. 1480 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1480.
4:52:05 P.M. H.R. 1480 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
4:52:17 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. today.
6:30:40 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 13.
6:31:32 P.M. Mr. Sessions filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 189.
6:32:03 P.M. UNFINSIHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of motions to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
6:33:19 P.M. H.R. 1259 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1259 — “To provide for an application process for interested parties to apply for an area to be designated as a rural area, and for other purposes.”
7:01:31 P.M. H.R. 1259 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 401 – 1 (Roll no. 145).
7:01:31 P.M. H.R. 1259 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:02:08 P.M. H.R. 1265 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1265 — “To apply the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.”
7:08:54 P.M. H.R. 1265 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 401 – 2 (Roll no. 146).
7:08:54 P.M. H.R. 1265 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:09:05 P.M. H.R. 1480 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1480 — “To ensure access to certain information for financial services industry regulators, and for other purposes.”
7:16:22 P.M. H.R. 1480 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 401 – 0 (Roll no. 147).
7:16:22 P.M. H.R. 1480 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:17:20 P.M. H. Con. Res. 9 Mr. Harper asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
7:17:26 P.M. H. Con. Res. 9 Considered by unanimous consent. H. Con. Res. 9 — “Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for a ceremony as part of the commemoration of the days of remembrance of victims of the Holocaust.”
7:17:41 P.M. H. Con. Res. 9 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
7:17:42 P.M. H. Con. Res. 9 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:18:20 P.M. H. Con. Res. 34 Mr. Harper asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
7:18:25 P.M. H. Con. Res. 34 Considered by unanimous consent. H. Con. Res. 34 — “Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for a ceremony to present the Congressional Gold Medal to the American Fighter Aces.”
7:18:33 P.M. H. Con. Res. 34 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
7:18:34 P.M. H. Con. Res. 34 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:18:34 P.M. Mr. Harper asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, it adjourn to meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Agreed to without objection.
7:18:35 P.M. Mr. Harper asked unanimous consent That it may be in order at any time on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, for the Speaker to declare a recess, subject to the call of the Chair, for the purpose of receiving in joint meeting His Excellency Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan Agreed to without objection.
7:20:55 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
7:38:10 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
9:15:09 P.M. Mr. DeSantis moved that the House do now adjourn.
9:15:10 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
9:15:11 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on April 14, 2015.

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