National Flag Day June 14

National Flag Day June 14

On June 14 we honor Old Glory on National Flag Day.  This day commemorates the adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777.

On National Flag Day, Americans show respect for the U.S. Flag and what it represents.  Representing independence and unity, the Stars and Stripes have become a powerful symbol of Americanism and is flown proudly.

While Betsy Ross has been given credit for stitching together the first American flag, there isn’t any sound evidence supporting the story.  At the same time, there is any to disprove it, either.  During Ross’s Revolutionary time, several standards were carried bearing red and white stripes and varying symbols where the blue field and stars now reside.  Since 1777, the design of the flag has been officially modified 26 times.  For 47 years, the 48-star flag was in effect.  In 1959, the 49-star version became official on July 4.  President Eisenhower ordered the 50-star flag on August 21, 1959.

Seventeen-year-old Robert G. Heft of Ohio designed the 50-star American flag.  His was one f the more than 1,500 designs that were submitted to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. 


Many people have died protecting our country.  On National Flag Day, raise the flag and fly it proudly. Use #NationalFlagDay to post on social media.


On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation deeming June 14 as Flag Day.  President Wilson stated, “It is the anniversary of the day upon which the flag of the United States was adopted by the Congress as the emblem of the Union.” He also wrote, “On that day rededicate ourselves to the nation, ‘one and inseparable’ from which every thought that is not worthy of our fathers’ first vows in independence, liberty, and right shall be excluded and in which we shall stand with united hearts.”

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Trump can block VoteVets on Twitter, but we will NOT be silenced. Stand with us today



The morning started with an official statement (tweet) from the president about his illegal Muslim ban. Below is what happened immediately after that led to him blocking VoteVets on Twitter.

Read the exchange and chip in $3 to help us continue the elevate the voices of veterans who are willing to stand up to President Trump. A presidential block won’t stop us. It only makes us stronger.

Here’s the president’s initial tweet:

Iraq War Veteran and Director of Government Relations, Will Fischer, took to Twitter on the VoteVets handle to respond with a series of tweets of our own:

And that was it… as the most powerful man in the world sat somewhere in the White House, probably with cable television on and looking at his Twitter mentions, he gave us the presidential block.

Like we said, Trump can block VoteVets on Twitter, the voice of 500,000 progressive veterans, military family members, and their civilian supporters, but we will NOT be silenced. Stand with us today:

Make a $3 donation to VoteVets today as a way of saying that you will not let President Trump silence progressive veterans and military family members who are fighting to resist his dangerous agenda.

Thank you for standing with us. Supporters like you power our work. And we are making a difference. That much has never been more clear.

All my best,

Jon Soltz
Iraq War Veteran & Chairman

on this day … 6/14 1943 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that schoolchildren could not be made to salute the U.S. flag if doing so conflicted with their religious beliefs.

1775 – The Continental Army was founded by the Second Continental Congress for purposes of common defense. This event is considered to be the birth of the United States Army. On June 15, George Washington was appointed commander-in-chief.

1777 – The Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the “Stars and Stripes” as the national flag of the United States. The Flag Resolution stated “Resolved: that the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” On May 20, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed June 14 “Flag Day” as a commemoration of the “Stars and Stripes.”

1789 – Captain William Bligh of the HMS Bounty arrived in Timor in a small boat.

1834 – Cyrus Hall McCormick received a patent for his reaping machine.

1834 – Isaac Fischer Jr. patented sandpaper.

1841 – The first Canadian parliament opened in Kingston.

1846 – A group of U.S. settlers in Sonoma proclaimed the Republic of California.

1893 – Philadelphia observed the first Flag Day.

1900 – Hawaii became a U.S. territory.

1907 – Women in Norway won the right to vote.

1917 – General John Pershing arrived in Paris during World War I.

1919 – The first non-stop trans-Atlantic flight began. Captain John Alcot and Lt. Arthur Brown flew from Newfoundland to Ireland.

1922 – Warren G. Harding became the first U.S. president to be heard on radio. The event was the dedication of the Francis Scott Key memorial at Fort McHenry.

1927 – Nicaraguan President Adolfo Diaz signed a treaty with the U.S. allowing American intervention in his country.

1940 – The Nazis opened their concentration camp at Auschwitz in German-occupied Poland.

1940 – German troops entered Paris. As Paris became occupied loud speakers announced the implementation of a curfew being imposed for 8 p.m.

1943 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that schoolchildren could not be made to salute the U.S. flag if doing so conflicted with their religious beliefs.

1944 – Sixty U.S. B-29 Superfortress’ attacked an iron and steel works factory on Honshu Island.

1945 – Burma was liberated by Britain.

1949 – The state of Vietnam was formed.

1951 – “Univac I” was unveiled. It was a computer designed for the U.S. Census Bureau and billed as the world’s first commercial computer.

1952 – The Nautilus was dedicated. It was the first nuclear powered submarine.

1954 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an order adding the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance.

1954 – Americans took part in the first nation-wide civil defense test against atomic attack.

1965 – A military triumvirate took control in Saigon, South Vietnam.

1967 – Mariner 5 was launched from Cape Kennedy, FL. The space probe’s flight took it past Venus.

1982 – Argentine forces surrendered to British troops on the Falkland Islands.

1987 – The Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA title by defeating the defending Boston Celtics.

1989 – Former U.S. President Reagan received an honorary knighthood from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.

1990 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld police checkpoints that are used to examine drivers for signs of intoxication.

1994 – The New York Rangers won the Stanley Cup by defeating the Vancouver Canucks. It was the first time the Rangers had won the cup in 54 years.

2002 – Actor Kirk Douglas received the UCLA Medal. The award is presented to people for cultural, political and humanitarian achievements.

Exposing Injustice at Walmart, Victory for NY Workers, & More!

A Better Balance
Headlines from the Frontlines—June 2017
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ABB Publishes Revealing Report on Walmart Practices
Last month, ABB, along with our partners, filed a national class action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of pregnant workers discriminated against by Walmart. This month, we published a new report, Pointing Out: How Walmart Unlawfully Punishes Workers for Medical Absences. The report, which has received significant media attention following an exclusive feature in The New York Times, is based on a survey of more than 1,000 current and former Walmart workers around the country. Drawing on their stories, it reveals how Walmart’s absence control system often runs afoul of federal, state, and local laws that protect workers who need time off to care for their own health needs or those of a family member. Senator Bernie Sanders and other prominent figures and organizations have shared the report, generating comments from Walmart workers across the country attesting to Walmart’s unjust, and in many cases illegal, practice of punishing workers for medical absences. We will continue to fight for change at Walmart so that no worker is forced to put their job before their health or their family.
A Fair Work Week Is Coming to New York City
In May, New York City became the third city to enact a package of Fair Work Week bills to tackle abusive scheduling practices.  New York City’s law which covers a large variety of practices that hurt workers focuses on two of the most ubiquitous and low-paying industries in the city—fast food and retail. ABB was deeply involved in drafting and steering these bills to passage. For fast food workers, these bills will require two weeks notice of schedules, allow for rest time between the last shift of the day and the first shift of the following day and guarantee first refusal to current workers when extra hours are offered by an employer. For retail workers, we are especially proud of Intro. 1387, which prohibits on-call scheduling for retail employees. This ground-breaking law will ensure that no retail workers have to hold their time open for potential shifts, lining up childcare, transportation, and other necessary arrangements to make themselves available, without any guarantee that they will get called into work or even be paid for their time. This is another sterling example of local government pushing ahead on progressive change despite a federal government in retrograde.
ABB Presents at New York State Perinatal Association Conference
Last week, ABB attended the New York State Perinatal Association’s 2017 conference in Albany, “Birth Outcomes Matter: Merging Research, Policy & Practice.” ABB Co-President Dina Bakst presented a training geared toward physicians on New York State’s Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, explaining that pregnant workers in New York have clear legal protections to help them stay healthy and on the job. The training included guidance on how to write an effective doctor’s note and other practical tips for physicians whose patients are facing challenges at work related to pregnancy. Bakst also explained how New York State’s new paid family leave program will work, once benefits begin on January 1, 2018.
Know Your Rights

ABB’s Director of the Southern Office Elizabeth Gedmark trained members of the Tennessee Breastfeeding Coalition at their quarterly meeting about federal and state breastfeeding legal protections for workers. Attendees, mostly public health professionals and healthcare providers, traveled from across the state to participate and ask ABB questions about the laws. The presentation paid particular attention to enforcement.

ABB Speaks at Research Forum
On June 7th, ABB participated in From Persistence to Power: Facts, Truth, & Equity for Women, a convening in Washington D.C. organized by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Spelman College’s Women’s Research & Resource Center, and the Wellesley Centers for Women. Jared Make, ABB’s Senior Staff Attorney, moderated a panel that examined opportunities to achieve paid sick days and paid family and medical leave through research and public policy. Jared also delivered remarks on the progress of the paid leave movement throughout the country, the importance of ensuring that cities can continue to lead on paid leave, and the need for inclusive and realistic family definitions in paid leave laws.

Victory for Workers and Local Democracy in Minnesota

Last year, ABB worked successfully with advocates in Minnesota to help research, draft, and win paid sick and safe time laws in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. In an anti-democratic attempt to undermine the will of voters and their elected officials in both cities, state lawmakers passed a bill that would have invalidated these important measures by stripping all Minnesota localities of their ability to pass workplace standards laws—like increases to the minimum wage as well as sick time—to protect workers and promote economic justice. On May 30th, in a tremendous victory for workers, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton vetoed the bill. This means that the Minneapolis and Saint Paul paid sick and safe time laws will take effect as planned. Our efforts along with other national partners to place op eds and obtain an editorial in the New York Times were important factors in the veto. But most of all, Governor Dayton’s veto is a victory for our partners and allies at TakeAction Minnesota who have worked so hard to make paid sick and safe time a reality in the Twin Cities.

Voices from the Clinic

“I was fired from my job, I was scared, I didn’t know what to do, it was unfair. ABB helped me and advised me and thanks to them I was able to get back on my feet. Thanks so much. Together we can succeed.”
— Jowell Soto, who was retaliated against by his employer for asserting his rights under New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act