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Barack Obama’s Remarks in Selma – American History

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the First Family traveled to Selma, Alabama to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic marches from Selma to Montgomery. Those marchers in March of 1965 wanted to ensure that all African Americans could exercise their constitutional right to vote — even in the face of a segregationist system that wanted to make it impossible.

As President Obama explained in his remarks this weekend, the lesson of Selma isn’t an outlier of the American experience:

[Selma] is instead the manifestation of a creed written into our founding documents: “We the People … in order to form a more perfect union.” “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

If you missed the President’s powerful speech, watch it here — and pass it on.

Watch the President's remarks in Selma.

Selma: Behind the Lens with the Obama’s: In memory 2015event

Behind the LSee the photos from the President's visit to Selma.ens: Selma and Pete Souza

Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza accompanied the First Family to Selma, Alabama for the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday.”

“I couldn’t help but think of the photographs taken by Charles Moore and other brave photojournalists 50 years ago,” he said. “Their photographs, taken ostensibly for daily and weekly publications, have now become powerful images for history.”

This weekend, Souza captured beautiful pictures from President Obama’s speech, his interactions with some of the original “foot soldiers” from 1965, and this year’s march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge — powerful images that will undoubtedly hold their own special place in history.

Take a look at the incredible photos from this weekend, and pass them on.


The President hugs Rep. John Lewis after his introduction. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Watch: The President and the First Lady Reflect on Selma

During their visit to Selma this weekend, the President and First Lady sat down to talk about the significance of the occasion. Watch their candid reflections here.





“Washington State’s water quality standards are not protecting you”

EPA, Washington State Department of Ecology: Reject Increased Cancer Risk Level; Approve New Fish Consumption Rate

Seattle Human Rights Commission (SHRC)
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PLU adjunct faculty lose union vote, say they’ll try again

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in seattletimes.org Jan.15

Adjunct faculty members at Pacific Lutheran University, who won a precedent-setting national victory last month when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) endorsed their right to form a union, appear to have lost a vote to unionize.

The faculty group announced Wednesday that they were withdrawing a petition to form a union, but say they’ll likely attempt a new vote later this year.

The decision comes a week after the impounded ballots from the election — which was held in October 2013  — were finally counted. The vote was 54 votes against union representation and 30 votes in favor, but 38 votes were uncounted because they were challenged by either PLU or the contingent faculty.

The uncounted ballots were impounded immediately after the election when PLU appealed to the NLRB, arguing the school was exempt from national labor rules because it is a religious institution, and because full-time contingents (as adjuncts are called at PLU) were managerial employees.The NLRB, in its decision last month, rejected those arguments.

“The election was hopelessly flawed so we decided a new vote was the best course of action,” said Jane Harty, a contingent music teacher at the university, in an email. She said there were so many challenges to the ballots that it “would be very expensive and take months to contest” the challenges to the ballot.

PLU Provost Steven Starkovich said the university would try to address the contingents’ concerns through its faculty governance committee and a task force of contingents. “As we have stated before, we believe our robust, general-assembly style of faculty governance can serve as a model for other universities,” he said in a statement.

Adjunct faculty make up at least half the higher-education workforce nationwide, according to some studies. They are not eligible for tenure and teach anything from one class each quarter to a full-time slate of courses. They usually make less money than tenured professors and often have fewer benefits.


Raped and no right to choose — 24 hours to help

A 10-year-old girl in Paraguay was reportedly sexually abused by her stepfather for years. Now pregnant, the government denied her the abortion she asked for — but Congress is reconsidering the law in a special session this week, and it could turn the tide. Let’s launch a massive global outcry so this child, and thousands like her, will have a choice: