The Senate ~~~ CONGRESS 11/20 ~~~ The House


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The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00pm on Monday, December 1, 2014.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:30pm. At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on cloture on the Mamet and Bel nominations.

If cloture is invoked on either of the nominations, on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at 10:30am, all post cloture time will be expired, and the Senate will proceed to vote on confirmation of the nominations.

5:30pm—Up to 2 roll call votes:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #892 Noah Bryson Mamet – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Argentine Republic
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #631 Colleen Bradley Bell – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Hungary

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, November 20, 2014.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 2:00pm. At 2:00pm, the Senate will proceed to up to 5 roll call votes on confirmation of district judicial nominations and a series of voice votes.

2:00pm—Up to 5 roll call votes, 11 voice votes expected:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #928, Pamela Pepper, of Wisconsin, to be a US district judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin;
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #930, Brenda K. Sannes, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York;
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1032, Madeline Cox Arleo, of New Jersey, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey;
  4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1033, Wendy Beetlestone, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and
  5. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1034, Victor Allen Bolden, of Connecticut, to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut.
  6. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #955, James D. Pettit, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Moldova (voice vote expected);
  7. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1054, Pamela Leora Spratlen, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Uzbekistan (voice vote expected);
  8. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #639, Tamara Wenda Ashford, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years (voice vote expected);
  9. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #641, L. Paige Marvel, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years (Reappointment) (voice vote expected);
  10. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #999, Cary Douglas Pugh, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years (voice vote expected);
  11. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #998, Ramin Toloui, to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury (voice vote expected);
  12. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1028, Lisa Afua Serwah Mensah, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development (voice vote expected);
  13. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #953, George Albert Krol, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Kazakhstan (voice vote expected);
  14. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #696, Luis G. Moreno, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Jamaica (voice vote expected);
  15. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #540, Donald Lu, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Albania (voice vote expected); and
  16. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #962, Brent Robert Hartley, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Slovenia (voice vote expected).

 

Following the last vote in the 2pm vote series, the Senate will also vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #1008 Robert M. Speer – to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army.

 

2:00pm on Thursday, November 20— 5 roll call votes and 11 voice votes expected

Likely Roll Call Votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #928, Pamela Pepper, of Wisconsin, to be a US district judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin;
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #930, Brenda K. Sannes, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York;
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1032, Madeline Cox Arleo, of New Jersey, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey;
  4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1033, Wendy Beetlestone, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and
  5. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1034, Victor Allen Bolden, of Connecticut, to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut.

 

Likely Voice Votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #955 James D. Pettit – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Moldova
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1054 Pamela Leora Spratlen – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Uzbekistan
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #639 Tamara Wenda Ashford – to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years
  4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #641 L. Paige Marvel – to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years (Reappointment)
  5. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #999 Cary Douglas Pugh – to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years
  6. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #998 Ramin Toloui – to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury
  7. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1028 Lisa Afua Serwah Mensah – to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development
  8. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #953 George Albert Krol – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Kazakhstan
  9. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #696 Luis G. Moreno – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Jamaica
  10. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #540 Donald Lu – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Albania
  11. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #962 Brent Robert Hartley – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Slovenia
  12. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1008 Robert M. Speer – to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army

2:03pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #928, Pamela Pepper, of Wisconsin, to be a US district judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin;

Confirmed: 95-0

2:29pm The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on Confirmation of Executive Calendar #930, Brenda K. Sannes, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York;

Confirmed: 96-0

Executive Calendar #1032, Madeline Cox Arleo, of New Jersey, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey; Confirmed by voice vote

Executive Calendar #1033, Wendy Beetlestone, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Confirmed by voice vote

2:48pm The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #1034, Victor Allen Bolden, of Connecticut, to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut;

Confirmed: 49-46

The Following nominations were confirmed by voice votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #955 James D. Pettit – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Moldova
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1054 Pamela Leora Spratlen – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Uzbekistan
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #639 Tamara Wenda Ashford – to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years
  4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #641 L. Paige Marvel – to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years (Reappointment)
  5. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #999 Cary Douglas Pugh – to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years
  6. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #998 Ramin Toloui – to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury
  7. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1028 Lisa Afua Serwah Mensah – to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development
  8. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #953 George Albert Krol – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Kazakhstan
  9. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #696 Luis G. Moreno – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Jamaica
  10. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #540 Donald Lu – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Albania
  11. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #962 Brent Robert Hartley – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Slovenia
  12. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1008 Robert M. Speer – to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army

WRAP UP

Roll Call Votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #928, Pamela Pepper, of Wisconsin, to be a US district judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin; Confirmed: 95-0.
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #930, Brenda K. Sannes, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York; Confirmed: 96-0.
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1034, Victor Allen Bolden, of Connecticut, to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut; Confirmed: 49-46.

Legislative Business

Passed H.R.669: Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act, with Harkin substitute amendment

Passed H.R.4067: Rural Hospitals

Passed H.R.5441: to amend the Federal charter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States to reflect the service of women in the Armed Forces of the United States

Passed H.R.5728: STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014

Adopted S.Res.580: National Adoption Day

Adopted S.Res.583: Drive Safer Sunday

Passed H.J.Res.129: Convening Date – 114th Congress

Adopted H.Con.Res.119: Adjournment Resolution

Adopted S.Res.588: Rural Hospitals

Adopted S.Res.589: Honoring the hlife of Thomas M. Menino

Adopted S.Res.590: National Native American Heritage Month

 

Executive Business

The following nominations were confirmed by voice vote:

  1. Executive Calendar #1032, Madeline Cox Arleo, of New Jersey, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey;
  2. Executive Calendar #1033, Wendy Beetlestone, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and
  3. Executive Calendar #955 James D. Pettit – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Moldova
  4. Executive Calendar #1054 Pamela Leora Spratlen – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Uzbekistan
  5. Executive Calendar #639 Tamara Wenda Ashford – to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years
  6. Executive Calendar #641 L. Paige Marvel – to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years (Reappointment)
  7. Executive Calendar #999 Cary Douglas Pugh – to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years
  8. Executive Calendar #998 Ramin Toloui – to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury
  9. Executive Calendar #1028 Lisa Afua Serwah Mensah – to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development
  10. Executive Calendar #953 George Albert Krol – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Kazakhstan
  11. Executive Calendar #696 Luis G. Moreno – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Jamaica
  12. Executive Calendar #540 Donald Lu – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Albania
  13. Executive Calendar #962 Brent Robert Hartley – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Slovenia
  14. Executive Calendar #1008 Robert M. Speer – to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army

The following nominations were confirmed by unanimous consent:

  1. Executive Calendar #663 Brigadier General Jon K. Kelk – to be Major General
  2. Executive Calendar #671 Col. Nathaniel S. Reddicks – to be Brigadier General
  3. Executive Calendar #672 Brig. Gen. James C. Witham – to be Major General
  4. Executive Calendar #923 to be Lieutenant Commander: Angela R. Holbrook; Martha A. Rodriguez
  5. All nominations placed on the Secretary’s desk in the Foreign Service

The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00pm on Monday, December 1, 2014.

 

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Last Floor Action:
1:05:33 P.M. – The House adjourned pursuant to pursuant to the order of the House of today.

The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on November 24, 2014.

Last Floor Action:
9:15:29 A.M. -H.R. 4795
GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 4795.

9:00:21 A.M.
The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:28 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Doug Collins to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
9:00:40 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
9:01:55 A.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
9:02:23 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Bilirakis to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:02:31 A.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.
9:15:04 A.M. H.R. 4795 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 756. H.R. 4795 — “To promote new manufacturing in the United States by providing for greater transparency and timeliness in obtaining necessary permits, and for other purposes.”
9:15:09 A.M. H.R. 4795 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1422, H.R. 4012 and H.R. 4795. The resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 1422, H.R. 4012, and H.R. 4795. General debate is limited to 1 hour for each bill. The resolution specifies certain amendments are in order for H.R. 1422, H.R. 4012, and H.R. 4795. One motion to recommit with instructions is permitted for each bill.
9:15:17 A.M. H.R. 4795 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 756 and Rule XVIII.
9:15:18 A.M. H.R. 4795 The Speaker designated the Honorable Randy Hultgren to act as Chairman of the Committee.
9:15:29 A.M. H.R. 4795 GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 4795.
:46:13 A.M. H.R. 4795 An amendment, offered by Mr. Waxman, numbered 1 printed in Part C of House Report 113-626 to state that outdated air quality standards do not apply toward a preconstruction permit if the applicable federal, state, or local permitting agency determines that applying it would likely increase air pollution, slow permitting, or increase regulatory uncertainty.
9:46:16 A.M. H.R. 4795 Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 756, the House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Waxman Part C amendment No. 1.
9:53:41 A.M. H.R. 4795 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Waxman Part C amendment No. 1, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Waxman demanded a recorded vote and the chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
9:54:12 A.M. H.R. 4795 An amendment, offered by Mr. Whitfield, numbered 2 printed in Part C of House Report 113-626 to clarify that Section 3(b) of the bill does not prohibit States from imposing new or revised federal air quality standards under state or local law.
9:54:15 A.M. H.R. 4795 Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 756, the House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Whitfield Part C amendment No. 2.
10:00:17 A.M. H.R. 4795 On agreeing to the Whitfield amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:00:30 A.M. H.R. 4795 UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of an amendment which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
10:31:38 A.M. H.R. 4795 On agreeing to the Waxman amendment; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 529).
10:31:46 A.M. H.R. 4795 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 4795.
10:32:28 A.M. H.R. 4795 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
10:32:41 A.M. H.R. 4795 The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
10:34:06 A.M. H.R. 4795 Ms. Kuster moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
10:34:50 A.M. H.R. 4795 Floor summary: DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kuster motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment to ensure that nothing in the underlying legislation would affect the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to: (1) require compliance with a new ambient air quality standard in a preconstruction permit if doing so would protect children and seniors from dangerous air pollutants, including cancer-causing pollutants, located within 5 miles of a school, day care facility, hospital or nursing home or (2) require small businesses to comply with an outdated ambient air quality standard if doing so would result in higher costs or job losses for that small business.
10:42:58 A.M. H.R. 4795 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
10:51:33 A.M. H.R. 4795 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 530).
10:59:58 A.M. H.R. 4795 On passage Passed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 531).
11:00:00 A.M. H.R. 4795 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:00:59 A.M.
MOMENT OF SILENCE – The House observed a moment of silence in memory of the tragic shooting in which four students died, and one student was wounded at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington.
11:03:33 A.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
11:18:44 A.M. H. Con. Res. 119 Considered as privileged matter. H. Con. Res. 119 — “Providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives and a conditional recess or adjournment of the Senate.”
11:21:06 A.M. H. Con. Res. 119 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
11:21:12 A.M. H. Con. Res. 119 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:21:27 A.M. Ms. Ros-Lehtinen asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Thursday, November 20, 2014, it adjourn to meet at noon on Monday, November 24, 2014, unless it sooner has received a message from the Senate transmitting its concurrence in H. Con. Res. 119, in which case the House shall stand adjourned pursuant to that concurrent resolution. Agreed to without objection.
11:22:00 A.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
1:05:14 P.M. Mr. King (IA) moved that the House do now adjourn.
1:05:31 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
1:05:33 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to pursuant to the order of the House of today. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on November 24, 2014.

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President Kikwete : Don’t kick the Maasai off their own land for Lion&Leopard kills


We are elders of the Maasai from Tanzania, one of Africa’s oldest tribes. The government has just announced that it plans to kick thousands of our families off our lands so that wealthy tourists can use them to shoot more lions and leopards. The evictions are to begin immediately.
Last year, when word first leaked about this plan, almost one million Avaaz members rallied to our aid. Your attention and the storm it created forced the government to deny the plan, and set them back months. But the President has waited for international attention to die down, and now he’s revived his plan to take our land. We need your help again urgently.
President Kikwete may not care about us, but he’s shown he’ll respond to global pressure — to all of you! If you send messages to Tanzanian embassies across the globe, Kikwete will hear a barrage of reports that his latest land grab is reverberating around the world. This is our only chance to get him to back down from destroying our way of life.
Click below to send a urgent message demanding they stop the eviction:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_maasai_sam/?biEWLbb&v=23733
Then share the email below with others so we can reach millions around the world calling on Kikwete to save our land.
With hope and determination,
The Maasai elders of Ngorongoro District


Dear friends,


Within hours, Tanzania’s President Kikwete could start evicting tens of thousands of the Maasai from our land so hunters can come and kill leopards and lions. Last time Avaaz raised the alarm, the President shelved the plan. Global pressure can stop him again. Click to help us urgently: 

Sign the petition

We are elders of the Maasai from Tanzania, one of Africa’s oldest tribes. The government has just announced that it plans to kick thousands of our families off our lands so that wealthy tourists can use them to shoot lions and leopards. The evictions are to begin immediately.
Last year, when word first leaked about this plan, almost one million Avaaz members rallied to our aid. Your attention and the storm it created forced the government to deny the plan, and set them back months. But the President has waited for international attention to die down, and now he’s revived his plan to take our land. We need your help again, urgently.
President Kikwete may not care about us, but he’s shown he’ll respond to global pressure — to all of you! We may only have hours. Please stand with us to protect our land, our people and our world’s most majestic animals, and tell everyone before it is too late. This is our last hope:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_the_maasai_loc/?cl=2678683482&v=23733
Our people have lived off the land in Tanzania and Kenya for centuries. Our communities respect our fellow animals and protect and preserve the delicate ecosystem. But the government has for years sought to profit by giving rich princes and kings from the Middle East access to our land to kill. In 2009, when they tried to clear our land to make way for these hunting sprees, we resisted, and hundreds of us were arrested and beaten. Last year, rich princes shot at birds in trees from helicopters. This killing goes against everything in our culture.
Now the government has announced it will clear a huge swath of our land to make way for what it claims will be a wildlife corridor, but many suspect it’s just a ruse to give a foreign hunting corporation and the rich tourists it caters to easier access to shoot at majestic animals.  The government claims this new arrangement is some sort of accommodation, but its effect on our people’s way of life will be disastrous. There are thousands of us who could have our lives uprooted, losing our homes, the land on which our animals graze, or both.
President Kikwete knows this deal would be controversial with Tanzania’s tourists – a critical source of national income – and does not want a big PR disaster. If we can urgently generate even more global outrage than we did before, and get the media writing about it, we know it can make him think twice. Stand with us now to call on Kikwete to stop the sell off:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_the_maasai_loc/?cl=2678683482&v=23733
This land grab could spell the end for the Maasai in this part of Tanzania, and many of our community have said they would rather die than be forced from their homes. On behalf of our people and the animals who graze in these lands, please stand with us to change the mind of our President.
With hope and determination,
The Maasai elders of Ngorongoro District
SOURCES
The Guardian: Maasai fury as plan to lure Arabian Gulf tourists threatens their ancestral land http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/30/maasai-game-hunting-tanzania
allAfrica: Land Grab Could Spell ‘The End of the Maasai’ http://allafrica.com/stories/201303290873.html
IPP Media: Maasai villagers frustrate efforts to vacate for Ortelo http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/?l=52669
The Guardian: Tanzania denies plan to evict Maasai for royal hunting ground http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/15/tanzania-evict-maasai-uae-royals
The Guardian: “Tourism is a curse to us” http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/06/masai-tribesman-tanzania-tourism
New Internationalist Magazine: “Hunted down” http://www.newint.org/columns/currents/2009/12/01/tanzania/
Society for Threatened People: Briefing on the eviction of the Loliondo Maasai http://lib.ohchr.org/HRBodies/UPR/Documents/session12/TZ/STP-SocietyThreatenedPeople-eng.pdf
FEMACT: Report by 16 human rights investigators & media on violence in Loliondo http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/58956/print

Satao’s 100lb tusks were hacked from his face with a machete !


 

African elephants could go extinct by 2030, but in days, a body in charge of protecting endangered species could slap sanctions on Thailand, the key blood ivory market. Let’s race to put key representatives on the spot to save the elephants — add your voice now:

SIGN THE PETITION

Poachers just shot one of the world’s largest elephants, Satao, then hacked his 100 pound tusks out of his face with a machete. At the current rate of killing, elephants may be extinct in 15 years, but this week if we act now we have an amazing chance to crack down on the illegal trade that fuels the slaughter.

Each day, 50 regal elephants are butchered just to make dinky ivory trinkets! The main culprit for this carnage is Thailand — the fastest growing market for unregulated ivory. And tomorrow the international body created to protect endangered species has a chance to sanction Thailand until it cracks down on the elephant killers. Experts fear Thai leaders are mounting a propaganda campaign to dodge penalties, but it just takes the US and Europe to ignore their noise and spearhead action to end the slaughter.

Let’s give the US, and key European delegates, the global call they need to tune out Thailand and bravely lead the world to save the elephants. A final decision could be made tomorrow, so we have no time to lose — sign the petition, then send a message to the US Fish and Wildlife Service:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/hours_to_save_elephants_usa/?biEWLbb&v=42046

20,000 African elephants are killed every year, and the number of ivory products on sale in Bangkok trebled in the last 18 months. Government representatives to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) have the responsibility to keep the world’s rarest plants and animals alive, and when sanctions were applied to Thailand twenty years ago, it forced the country to pass critical wildlife protection laws.

Thailand says it’s hard to distinguish legal ivory from Thai elephants from smuggled African ivory, and that it has adopted an action plan to stop the ivory trade. But 20 years of delays and a recent military coup tell a different story. If we reach out to the ministers who set the position, we can get CITES to prevent Thailand exporting items like aquarium fish and exotic flowers until it cracks down on illegal ivory.

Right now CITES representatives are considering whether to sanction Thailand for its failure to stem the ivory trade. Let’s make a call directly to key delegates and the Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service to ensure they make the right decision. Add your voice, then share widely:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/hours_to_save_elephants_usa/?biEWLbb&v=42046

Last year, the Avaaz community helped force Thailand to agree to ban the domestic ivory trade. But Thailand’s new military government has done little to show it will fulfil this promise or restrict this bloody business. Let’s show the strength of our community by issuing an enormous call to protect the lives of one of the world’s most precious species.

With hope,

Alex, Danny, Alice, Nick, Lisa, Emma and the rest of the Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION:

World famous elephant ‘Satao’ killed by poachers in Kenya (Forbes)
http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2014/06/15/world-famous-elephant-satao-killed-by-poachers-in-kenya/

The ivory highway (Men’s Journal)
http://www.mensjournal.com/magazine/print-view/the-ivory-highway-20140213

Legal reform must shut down Thailand’s ivory trade (WWF)
http://wwf.panda.org/?209665/Legal-reform-must-shut-down-Thailands-ivory-trade

Elephant population too small to supply huge local ivory market (Bangkok Post)
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/418534/thai-elephant-population-too-small-to-supply-huge-local-ivory-market

Major increase in Thai ivory market shows need for action at wildlife trade meeting (World Wildlife Fund)
http://wwf.panda.org/wwf_news/?224690/Major-increase-in-Thai-ivory-market-shows-need-for-action-at-wildlife-trade-meeting

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Ken Ellis and Strong Families via Change.org


Four years ago, Albuquerque police shot and killed my son, Ken Ellis lll. He was a 25-year-old Iraq war veteran – wounded in action and suffering from severe PTSD – and a father. Nobody has ever been held accountable for his death.

Ken’s not alone – Albuquerque officers have shot and killed at least 27 people since 2010 in a pattern of unnecessary aggression and violence. Even the Department of Justice found that most of the police shootings in Albuquerque between 2010 and 2012 were unconstitutional.

Stand with Peggy


NWLCbanner No one should ever have to choose between her job and the health of her pregnancy.Unfortunately, that’s exactly what many women find themselves facing. When employers refuse to accommodate pregnant workers with medical needs, women can end up without a paycheck at the moment they need it most.Stand with pregnant workers.When Peggy Young, a delivery driver for UPS, found out she was pregnant, her doctor recommended that she avoid lifting more than 20 pounds. But UPS refused her request for “light duty” — even though the company provided accommodations to people with disabilities or on-the-job injuries, and even though it gave breaks to delivery drivers who had lost their drivers’ licenses as a result of DUI convictions.

Peggy was pushed onto unpaid leave for the duration of her pregnancy, and lost her UPS-provided health benefits.

Stand with Peggy Young and Pregnant WorkersSend a message of support to Peggy Young — because no woman should have to choose between her job and her pregnancy.Take Action

In a few weeks the Supreme Court will hear Peggy Young’s case, Young v. UPS, to decide whether UPS violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act by refusing to offer her the same accommodations it made available to non-pregnant workers with similar limitations.

How the court rules in Young v. UPS will impact working women across the country. And because many families rely on mothers’ earnings, when pregnant women are forced off the job and lose their paychecks and health care, their families suffer as well.

Send your message of support for Peggy Young and all pregnant workers today. We’ll collect your messages and present them to Peggy Young on the day of the Supreme Court hearing, Dec. 3.

Thank you for all you do for women and their families.

Sincerely,
Emily J. Martin
Vice President and General Counsel
National Women’s Law Center