Climate March … Join the Largest Climate March in History


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This Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people and over 1,400 organizations will come together for the largest climate rally in human history.

Please join Earth Day Network at the People’s Climate March to make your voice be heard!

We are done waiting! We’ve reached a tipping point in the struggle to fight climate change. Immediate, aggressive international action must be taken or the entire world will face grave consequences. That is why UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called together world leaders for a climate summit this September. While they are debating, we will march in historic numbers demanding that they make aggressive commitments to fight climate change now.

As a major partner of the People’s Climate March, Earth Day Network will be there en force. Join us to take a stand and change the course of history by demanding a world with an economy that works for people and planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities. Beyond the march, there are dozens of events planned for the weekend of the People’s Climate March, to plan your climate action weekend, the the schedule of events here.

The march will begin at 11:30 am in Central Park on Sunday September 21st. The route of the march and staging information can be found at the March’s website. Join the largest climate rally in history and help to ensure history moves in the right direction. Show up, bring your best sign and change the future!

If you can’t be there in person, be there in spirit and support Earth Day Network’s delegation. $100 will cover the cost of one person on our team. Donate now and help us show the world we need climate action NOW!

– The Earth Day Network Team

Stand with Jerome Thompson


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What gets you fired from Cablevision, using the N-word, or saying the word ‘slavery’? If you’re a union supporter like Jerome, apparently saying the word slavery is the real crime.

Three years ago, Jerome and his co-workers started trying to build a union at Cablevision and voted to join the CWA. Instead of good-faith bargaining, Cablevision have met them with intimidation and harassment and the illegal firing of 22 workers. Now, Cablevision has fired Jerome for saying that just like slavery is a stain on America, Cablevision’s unfair treatment of the Brooklyn workers and union-busting is a stain on their new brand.

Join Working Families, CWA and the Black Institute to pressure Cablevision to hire Jerome back and bargain fairly for a fair contract!

Sign the petition!

5 things to know about ISIL


Watch: President Obama speak at CENTCOM

President Obama spoke to service men and women at MacDill Air Force Base yesterday about the U.S. strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL — a terrorist organization that is killing innocent, unarmed civilians in both Iraq and Syria. ISIL, also known as ISIS or the Islamic State, is also responsible for the brutal murders of American journalists Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff.

Here are the key points the President made yesterday regarding ISIL and our strategy to defeat their forces:

1. ISIL is threatening America and our allies.

Our intelligence community has not yet detected specific plots from ISIL against our homeland, but they have repeatedly threatened our core interests, including our personnel, our embassies, our consulates, and our facilities in Iraq, Syria, and in the broader Middle East. “If left unchecked, they could pose a growing threat to the United States,” he said.

2. The U.S. continues to conduct targeted airstrikes against ISIL.

The U.S. Air Force has conducted more than 160 airstrikes against ISIL, successfully protecting our personnel and facilities, killing ISIL fighters, and giving space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to reclaim key territory. “They’ve helped our partners on the ground break ISIL sieges; helped rescue civilians cornered on a mountain; helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children,” the President said.

3. American forces that have been deployed to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission.

“As your Commander-in-Chief, I will not commit you, and the rest of our Armed Forces, to fighting another ground war in Iraq,” the President told servicemembers. Along with our airstrikes, U.S. forces will train, equip, advise, and assist local partners on the ground “so that they can secure their own countries’ futures.”

4. This is not and will not be America’s fight alone.

The U.S. will lead a broad coalition of countries who have a stake in this fight. France and the UK are already flying with us over Iraq, and other countries have committed to join this effort. Saudi Arabia has agreed to host American efforts to train and equip Syrian opposition forces. Australia and Canada are going to send military advisors to Iraq, while Germany is sending paratroopers to help offer training. Arab nations have agreed to strengthen their support for Iraq’s new government, a key ally in our strategy to defeat ISIL.

International partners will help us cut off ISIL funding, gather intelligence, and prevent foreign fighters from entering — or leaving — the Middle East. And nearly 30 nations have joined American humanitarian relief to help civilians, including Sunni, Shia, Christian, Yezidi, or other religious minorities, that ISIL has driven from their homes.

5. Congress should provide the authorities and resources the U.S. military needs to succeed.

The President has called on Congress to support our military with the necessary resources to train and equip Syrian opposition fighters. As he has said, America’s leadership position is strongest when the President and Congress work together and show a united front.

“Sending our servicemembers into harm’s way is not a decision I ever take lightly,” the President said. “It is the hardest decision I make as President. Nothing else comes close.”

But this strategy will require the best military force in the world:

Frankly, there just aren’t a lot of other folks who can perform in the same ways — in fact, there are none. And there are some things only we can do. There are some capabilities only we have. That’s because of you — your dedication, your skill, your work, your families supporting you, your training, your command structure. Our Armed Forces are unparalleled and unique. And so when we’ve got a big problem somewhere around the world, it falls on our shoulders. And sometimes that’s tough. But that’s what sets us apart. That’s why we’re America. That’s what the stars and stripes are all about.

“In an uncertain world full of breathtaking change, the one constant is American leadership.”

And, because of the strength and dedication of America’s military, the President made clear that we will send an unmistakable message to ISIL:

Whether in Iraq or in Syria, these terrorists will learn the same thing that the leaders of al Qaeda already know: We mean what we say; our reach is long; if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven. We will find you eventually.

Breaking : Felon charged for online gun purchases


News broke late yesterday in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that federal agents arrested a convicted felon in Olympia for buying and selling guns online — even though he was prohibited by law from possessing guns.1

This story is as scary as it is real. It demonstrates what Everytown revealed in our investigation yesterday: Criminals are flocking to the Internet to buy guns because there’s no requirement to run criminal background checks.

We have to close this loophole and that starts by voting YES on Initiative 594 on the ballot this fall — an initiative that would require background checks for all gun sales in our state.

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Thanks for standing with us.

- Meera

1. “Charge: Washington robber turned to Facebook to deal guns,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 17, 2014.

Help Save African American Treasures


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Save our African American Treasures

 Saturday, September 6, 10:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
 

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
520 16th St. N.
Birmingham, AL 35203

This program is free and open the public, all are welcome.

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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will co-host a daylong program to help Birmingham-area residents identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance. Presented in collaboration with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the event will feature presentations, hands-

on activities and preservation tips.

Participants may bring up to three personal items for a 20-minute, one-on-one professional consultation with experts on how to care for them. The specialists will serve as reviewers, not appraisers, and will be unable to determine an item’s monetary value. Objects such as books, paper and textiles no larger than a shopping bag can be reviewed (furniture, carpets, firearms and paintings are excluded).  Home video is also encouraged in 8mm, super 8, and 16mm film. We are unable to accommodate video formats such as VHS or HI-8.

The Treasures program also includes the following activities:

11:00 AM Saving Your Family Photographs and Papers
Great Aunt Mary left you with the responsibility of preserving the family photographs and papers – now what do you do? Learn how light, heat, and humidity can affect your family collections. Discover some simple things you can do to preserve your family paper and photography collections.
Presenter: Dee Psaila, Senior Conservator, Archives of Ontario


12:00 PM Preserving Digital Memories
Digital photos and other new media are fragile and require special care to keep them useable. As new technologies appear for creating and saving our personal digital information, older ones become obsolete, making it difficult to access older content. Join us to learn some simple, practical tips for preserving your digital memories.
Presenter: Walter Forsberg, Digital Archivist, Smithsonian NMAAHC

1:00 PM Preserving Clothing and Textiles
What is a “textile” in the museum world? Rag dolls, flags/banners, hats, lace, linens, needlework, quilts/ blankets, uniforms, upholstery/curtains – think fabric. Come and learn some tips on how to better preserve your daughter’s christening gown, your grandmother’s wedding dress, or your father’s military uniform from a professional who works in the field of textile preservation.
Presenter: Renée Anderson, Head of Collections, Smithsonian NMAAHC

2:00 PM Preserving Church Records: What to do and What not to do.
Every congregation should be keeping a record of its church history to develop a more complete understanding of its past activities. Learn best practices in preserving local church history, including what historical material to acquire and how to inventory and store.
Presenter: Frazine Taylor, Independent Archivist and Genealogy Consultant

12:30 PM and 2:30 PM Textile Packing Demonstration
Learn to store your textiles like a museum professional! Get practical tips to help you preserve special quilts and clothing, such as family uniforms and wedding dresses. See demonstrations of how to pack a quilt or dress using archival materials so you can safely store your treasures for the next generation.
Presenter: Susan Neill, Independent Costume & Textiles Scholar and Museum Consultant

For more information, visit www.nmaahc.si.edu/programs/treasures, email treasures@si.edu or call (877) 733-9599.

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Save Our African America Treasures is made possible with support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.