Information from CBS seems to infer that Rep. Steve King is going after President Obama’s Aunt .
Congressman Steve King, an Iowa Republican, today requested that President Obama’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango, testify before the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law in order to address “the public perception that favoritism played a role in the grant of asylum to Ms. Onyango.
We should all let Rep. Steve King know that Eric Holder stated that we are a nation that avoids talking about race and was in no way was Holders statement shaped or formed the way King stated in his interview
As the Labor Day holiday in the United States approaches, many of us will take time to reflect upon and celebrate the achievements of American workers. But living in a globalized economy where many of the goods we use everyday are produced elsewhere, we should also take time to consider workers worldwide and what we as consumers must do to demand fair labor conditions for all.Palm oil touches most of our lives everyday, and yet the living and working conditions of the people who harvest palm oil are foreign to most of us. Millions of people work in the global palm oil industry, and thousands toil under inhumane conditions, including child labor and conditions of modern day slavery.Companies like PepsiCo are buying palm oil without guaranteeing that the rights of workers making that palm oilare respected and upheld. Instead, PepsiCo has launched its ironic summer marketing campaign calling on consumers to just #LiveForNow and continue consuming PepsiCo products,rather than worry about the children and adults thatare forced to work under inhumane conditions to produce palm oil for PepsiCo products.This Labor Day, help us make sure that PepsiCo knows we won’t #LiveforNow by letting labor abuses and modern day slavery persist in PepsiCo’s palm oil supply chain. If you haven’t already, please join our Twitter campaign to make sure PepsiCo hears your concerns today.
1. Download your own sign, get a photo of yourself holding the sign in front of any Pepsi display, product, or logo.
2. Tweet the photo at @PepsiCo with your personalized Labor Day-inspired message, remembering to include #LiveForNow and #LaborDay.
Not sure what to write? Feel free to use the ideas below:
This #LaborDay I am asking @PepsiCo to ensure no slavery is in its #PalmOil supply chain, not just #LiveForNow
Hey @PepsiCo celebrate #LaborDay by ensuring slavery-free #palmoil in your products, don’t just #LiveForNow
.@PepsiCo #LiveForNow means protecting workers in your #palmoil supply chain #LaborDay
.@PepsiCo make #LaborDay everyday – ensure your #palmoil is slavery-free #LiveForNow
.@PepsiCo #LiveForNow shouldn’t mean [your personal message here] #LaborDay
With your help, we can stand in solidarity with global palm oil workers and send a clear message to PepsiCo that cheap gimmicks won’t fool us to only #LiveForNow. PepsiCo has already responded to our campaign by releasing a new forest policy and palm oil commitment — a step in the right direction but not enough to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil. We know we’ve got the attention of PepsiCo executives, but we need your help to keep the pressure up and push PepsiCo to go all the way to eliminate slavery and protect the rights of palm oil workers in its supply chain.
Together, we can make PepsiCo understand that #LiveForNow means ending modern slavery and labor abuses in the palm oil industry.
Rainforest Action Network
P.S. Not on Twitter yet? Don’t worry, it’s simple to get setup and tweeting in minutes.
5 Minute Guide to Twitter Activism:
Most people have heard about Twitter, but not everybody has an account. Here’s a quick and easy guide to getting setup to Tweet your outrage over Conflict Palm Oil in less than 5 minutes.
At the White House yesterday afternoon, President Obama made a statement on a number of important issues ahead of his attendance at the NATO Summit in the United Kingdom next week.
The President first talked about the American economy, noting that it’s growing “at a stronger clip” than predicted, and that we have more work to do to continue this momentum. He then discussed the current U.S. operations in Iraq, reiterating his commitment as Commander-in-Chief to “always do what is necessary to protect the American people and defend against evolving threats to our homeland.”
President Obama concluded his statement addressing the situation in Ukraine, noting that the evidence is clear: “Russia is responsible for the violence in eastern Ukraine.”
According to a new report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis yesterday, U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 4.2 percent in the second quarter of 2014. The report affirms that second-quarter economic growth was strong — consistent with the recent string of solid job growth and improvements across other economic indicators.
Though more and more women are becoming the primary breadwinners in their families, they continue to make less than their male counterparts at all income levels — a gender pay gap that only widens as people get older. In fact, women who enter the workforce after graduating college are paid less in almost every field of study.
Joni Ernst hog castrating meme is her misguided notion that PORK is still being passed around. I will be honest: Joni is too extreme to spend time doing the obvious… complain about not being treated like men … as individuals! As always, do you research and ask questions. If, you actually read what Joni posted you will find that she believes in a lot of things but doesn’t tell you what she will do to change things or how much it will all cost or who will lose out. I think Women seem to lose a whole lot and just to add my 2cents joni, nooo one is trying to take away your guns, only from those who should never handle one let alone buy one — and she calls herself a farmer, yet, she voted against the Farm Bill … Votes matter !
btw the Hyde amendment is a rider joni, which is attached to the annual appropriations bill ~~ that Women may not support but accept
Protecting Innocent Life
Joni believes life begins at conception, that all innocent life is precious, and that we must cherish and protect the unborn.
Joni opposes any taxpayer funding of abortion and has a record as a strong, proven defender of innocent life during her tenure in the state legislature.
Restoring Fiscal Responsibility
Washington has a spending addiction and Joni is committed to breaking it. It’s simple: Government must stop spending more money than it takes in. That’s why Joni supports a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution to force Washington to stop the reckless spending and live within its means.
Protecting Second Amendment Rights
Joni is a staunch defender of the Second Amendment and opposes efforts by the government to infringe upon this fundamental right. She is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, and received an “A” rating from the NRA for her efforts to protect the rights of gun owners as a member of the state senate. Joni holds a concealed carry permit, carries a Smith and Wesson 9mm, and is Army qualified on the 9mm and M16.
Protecting the Constitution
Joni believes that “we the people” must remain committed to restoring the limited government, Constitutional principles outlined by our Founding Fathers at the birth of our nation. This means respecting the important balance between government responsibility, and individual liberty, that make our democracy the greatest nation mankind has ever known.
Protecting Traditional Marriage
As a Christian, Joni strongly believes marriage is a religious institution, defined as a union between one man and one woman. She has already shown herself to be a defender of traditional marriage on the floor of the Iowa Senate.
Priority One: Creating Jobs
Joni believes the free market is the greatest job creating machine ever built, but only when the government gets out of the way. She supports rolling back burdensome regulations that are crushing small business owners. Joni supports pro-growth tax and economic policies that will unleash the full potential of America’s free market economy and create millions of new jobs.
Repeal and Replace Obamacare
Joni is staunchly opposed to the Obamacare law. Joni supports immediate action to defund Obamacare, repeal it, and replace it with free-market alternatives that put patients first, and healthcare decisions back in the hands of doctors rather than bureaucrats.
Scrap the Tax Code
The IRS is a disaster. The greatest nation on earth should not have one of the most predatory, bureaucratic, out of control tax agencies on the planet. Our system is backwards. Joni believes real, fundamental tax reform will require more than tweaks to the tax code. It’s time to scrap it and start over, to make our tax system fairer, flatter, simpler and more certain.
Keeping America Strong in the World
Joni believes in a strong national defense because she knows the world is a safer place when America is the strongest nation on the planet. She believes that military readiness cannot be allowed to fall victim to Washington politics or bureaucratic maneuvering. Joni also believes that American foreign policy must be consistent and strong – never giving our enemies hesitation as to America’s resolve to defend herself and her interests across the globe, whether by diplomatic means or use of force.
Honoring America’s Heroes: Our Veterans
As a Lt. Colonel and battalion commander in the Iowa Army National Guard, Joni knows first-hand the incredible service, and sacrifices, our men and women in uniform have given, and continue to provide, our great nation. In the senate, she will fight as hard for them, and their families, as they have fought for us. That means caring for wounded warriors, streamlining the VA benefit system, improving veteran education and job training programs, and accounting for all military personnel, from every avenue, to ensure no soldier, sailor, airmen, marine or coastguardsmen is ever left behind.
Protecting Social Security and Medicare
Joni believes strongly that Social Security and Medicare must be preserved and protected for our seniors of today and tomorrow. She opposes any efforts to change the promised benefits for today’s seniors. At the same time she supports reforms that will strengthen both Social Security and Medicare to ensure the long-term health of both programs for generations to come.
Growing Iowa’s Economy
Joni will fight to continue to help Iowa’s economy grow – meaning an influx of even more businesses to the state and a resulting increase in jobs. She believes that by ensuring markets remain open to exports for Iowa goods and promoting innovation that makes Iowa more competitive in today’s global marketplace, Iowa will continue its current upward economic and job growth trajectory.
The U.S. – Israeli Partnership
Since recognizing Israel’s official founding on May 14, 1948, the bond between the United States and the Jewish State has steadily grown stronger through many historic and turbulent moments, to include the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Six-Day War, and Gulf War to presently underway efforts to downgrade, and ultimately eliminate, the offensive capabilities of terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda and Hezbollah and to eliminate the regional threat posed by a potentially nuclear Iran. As history has proven time and time again, America has no better friend or more loyal ally than she does with Israel. …[Read More]
For far too long, the power sector, and especially coal-fired power plants, have had free reign to dump billions of tons of carbon pollution into the atmosphere — at enormous cost to our communities’ health and prosperity.
Thankfully, earlier this year the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a thoughtful, flexible, and comprehensive action called the Clean Power Plan, which proposes carbon pollution standards for states and their existing power plants.
While two-thirds of Americans support the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the EPA faces misinformation campaigns and heavy pressure from the fossil fuel industry and their special interests in Washington, DC. That’s why we need you to show your support for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, right now.
If we allow this country’s worst polluters to continue to dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into our atmosphere, we will see catastrophic repercussions — particularly among the nation’s most vulnerable communities. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan helps establish a level playing field for cleaner, affordable and more secure energy and will protect the health and safety of our communities for the next generation.