Leading on Leave, and Christening the USS Gabrielle Giffords


The President meets with advisors in the Oval Office.

President Barack Obama meets with Amy Rosenbaum, Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, National Economic Council Director Jeffrey Zients, Christina Goldfuss, Managing Director, Council on Environmental Quality, Senior Advisor Brian Deese and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough in the Oval Office, June 12, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Join a Virtual Stop on the “Lead on Leave” Tour

Today, Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, MomsRising Executive Director Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, and small business owner Molly Moon Neitzel are taking part in a Google+ Hangout on paid leave. During the conversation, they’ll share an important announcement and updates on the action across the country to help more working families succeed.


Weekly Address: Stand Up for American Workers and Pass TAA

In this week’s address, President Obama reiterated that his top priority is to grow the American economy and ensure that every hardworking American has a fair shot at success. The President also urged the House to pass Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) without delay so that more middle-class workers can earn the chance to participate and succeed in our global economy.


Dr. Jill Biden Sponsors and Christens the USS Gabrielle Giffords

On Saturday, Dr. Jill Biden took part in the christening ceremony for the USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), named after former Congresswoman and Navy spouse Gabby Giffords. The ship is expected to be delivered to the Littoral Combat fleet by 2017.


President Obama Celebrates White House Mentees & Watch the White House Clean Energy Investment Summit

The President congratulates White House mentees.

President Barack Obama congratulates each of the mentees following his remarks at the Mentorship and Leadership graduation ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House, June 15, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Yesterday, President Obama took part in a ceremony honoring the D.C.-area high school students in this year’s White House Mentorship and Leadership Program.

The President said the year was “a great, mutual learning relationship between me and these outstanding young people,” calling it “a privilege” to hear about the lives, hopes, and dreams of these young men of color.

Read more about yesterday’s graduation ceremony here.

Watch Live All Day: The White House Clean Energy Investment Summit

Today, we’re hosting a Clean Energy Investment Summit and announcing $4 billion in independent commitments by major foundations, institutional investors, and others to fund innovative solutions to help fight climate change. We’re also announcing new executive actions that will further encourage private-sector investment in clean energy innovation.


3 Years Later, Hundreds of Thousands of DREAMers Continue to Benefit from Deferred Action Policy

Three years ago, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would implement a policy to make our immigration enforcement policies smarter and more representative of our values as a nation. The policy, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or DACA), has allowed many young people who were brought to the United States as children to step out of the shadows so they can fully contribute to our economy and our society.


Expanding the Reach of National Service in Baltimore

Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, joined local leaders and national service members and volunteers for a combined service project and grant announcement in Baltimore to announce $4.4 million in new investments to expand service programs in the city.


Quote of the Day …

“They know they’re going to face some obstacles along the way, sometimes some discouragement, because all too often the world underestimates young men like these. They know that their stories and their success can also help change the narrative.”

They’re back …

The gun lobbyists are so used to getting their way, they just can’t believe that they’re losing this fight over universal background checks.

They lost badly at the ballot box, so they ran crying to a judge.  He told them to take a hike, so now they’re pleading with an appeals court to overturn the will of Washington voters.

None of the gun lobby’s apocalyptic “what if” fantasies have come true. They’re out of ammo, and desperate for the 9th Circuit to save them.

Want to put an end to this madness?  Chip in right now – whatever you can – and help us raise $5,000 for the 594 Legal Defense Fund.  Show the gun lobby we won’t back down!

Why has the gun lobby been so successful all these years at defeating common-sense gun safety proposals across the country?  Because they keep fighting, no matter what. Our movement hasn’t been able to match their tenacity – until now.

We’re finally standing up to the gun lobby and their pals in the Legislature, and we’ve got them running scared.  Make a donation right now to the 594 Legal Defense Fund.  Let’s hit our goal and keep up the fight!

Thank you,