Happy Thanksgiving From the NMAAHC


Thanksgiving is a time to reflect upon all that we have to be thankful for — our family and friends, the food on our table, the roof over our heads.

This year I have something to add to that list: my heartfelt gratitude for the visionary leaders like you who are making the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African America History and Culture a reality. Through your generosity and commitment as a supporter of the Museum, you’re part of a historic once-in-a-lifetime endeavor to bring this important cultural addition to the American landscape.

With your help, our wonderful new Museum is now rising for all to see on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and we’ve acquired more than 29,900 artifacts for the Museum’s collection. It’s such a thrill to watch the Museum building take shape — check out our online Building Construction Cam to see the Museum construction live!

And when the Museum opens its doors in 2016, you will be able to take personal pride in your role in bringing the African American experience to life — telling the rich story of African American history and culture, and celebrating the lives and achievements of the oft-forgotten heroes who have done so much to shape our nation.

Thank you again for your support of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. And on behalf of all of us here at the Museum, I wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving!

All the best,
Lonnie G. Bunch
Founding Director

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5 reasons to be thankful for Obamacare

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Chart of the Week: SHOP Marketplac​e Premiums Flat in 2015

whitehousebannerChart of the Week: SHOP Marketplace Premiums Flat in 2015

On November 15, the Health Insurance Marketplace opened for the 2015 enrollment season on HealthCare.gov. But November 15 also marked the beginning of online shopping through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP).

Historically, small businesses have paid as much as 18 percent more than their larger competitors for the same coverage. However, SHOP now tackles these problems by creating a competitive marketplace where small businesses can shop for coverage that meets their needs via a convenient online application.

Find out more about the Chart of the Week and SHOP here.

Find out more about the Chart of the Week.



Weekly Address: Immigration Accountability Executive Action

In this week’s address, the President laid out the steps he took this past week to fix our broken immigration system. Enacted within his legal authority, the President’s plan focuses on cracking down on illegal immigration at the border; deporting felons, not families; and accountability through criminal background checks and taxes. These are commonsense steps, but only Congress can finish the job.


The Faces of Health Care: Amy W.

Amy and her husband are self-employed, operating a semi-truck out of Augusta, GA. As self-employed Americans, they had to purchase health insurance on their own. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, they were able to keep a significant amount of their business profits in their pocket by purchasing an affordable, quality plan on the Health Insurance Marketplace.


What You Need To Know: The President’s Actions on Immigration

Here’s what you need to know about President Obama’s new steps to fix our broken immigration system.


Protect Voting Rights ~~ NAACP Petition ~~ History


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Tell your representatives they must act NOW to protect voting rights

The Supreme Court just made a major decision that impacts voting rights for every American. In striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act — but leaving Section 5 untouched — there is no longer a mechanism in place to prevent states with a history of voter disenfranchisement from enacting such laws.

While this is a setback, it is by no means the end of the game. The Supreme Court’s decision gives Congress complete authority to ensure no person is denied the right to vote.

Communities of color, and young, women, elderly, and disabled voters are at risk. Tell Congress to take immediate action to protect the voting rights for millions of Americans. Sign our petition today.

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Agony ! Rashad Robinson, ColorOfChange.org

 St. Louis Grand Jury refused to indict Mike Brown’s killer — Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.
Gov. Nixon, Prosecutor McCulloch, and MO law enforcement have failed. But we must still secure justice for Mike Brown.We can still secure justice for Mike BrownUrge President Obama and US Attorney General Holder to arrest and prosecute Officer Wilson, and to implement systemic reforms to end discriminatory police violence targeting Black youth and adults:Join Us