The President and First Lady Extend a Holiday Greeting and Thank our Troops for their Service


Weekly Address: The President and First Lady Extend a Holiday Greeting and Thank our Troops for their Service
In this week’s address, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, and thank our brave troops and their families for their service. The President and First Lady ask the American people to visit to find ways to honor and support our veterans and military families, and say that we must all come together, as we always do, to care for each other during this holiday season.
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Weekly Wrap Up

On Sunday, President Obama traveled to Newtown, CT, and spoke at an interfaith vigil for the victims of the shooting and their families. “We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change,” he said. “We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. No single law — no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. But that can’t be an excuse for inaction.”
On Monday, we published a list of resources specifically designed for parents and guardians to provide guidance on talking to children after a traumatic event. Get more information here.
On Wednesday, the President delivered a statement from the James S. Brady Briefing Room at the White House, where he discussed his commitment to reducing the epidemic of gun violence that plagues this country every single day. “We know this is a complex issue that stirs deeply held passions and political divides,” he said. “There’s no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. We’re going to need to work on making access to mental health care at least as easy as access to a gun. We’re going to need to look more closely at a culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence. And any actions we must take must begin inside the home and inside our hearts. But the fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing.”
On Friday, President Obama recorded a message for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who called for action to deter mass shootings and reduce gun violence using We the People. “I just wanted to take a minute today to respond and let you know: we hear you,” he said. The President reiterated his support for legislation to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, as well as measure to ensure that criminals can’t take advantage of legal loopholes to get their hands on a gun. He also discussed an effort he’s asked Vice President Biden to lead — to come up with a comprehensive set of proposals to help keep our children safe.



NMAAHC - National Museum of African American History and Culture - Happy Holidays!

As we gather with family and friends to share old memories and make new ones, everyone at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture wishes you and yours the happiest of holidays.We also offer our prayers and hopes for good health and prosperity for the New Year.

Since we broke ground in February of this year, the construction at our site is proceeding full-steam ahead. In early 2013, the steel will start to rise,forever changing the landscape of the National Mall in Washington, DC. In the days ahead I promise to keep you fully informed of our progress.

Finally, let me thank you for the support and commitment you have made to the Museum. You helped make 2012 a truly exciting year. I believe 2013 will surpass it, as together we speed toward the Museum’s grand opening in 2015.

Thank you again. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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Walmart: Bah, humbug

We stand on the side of Walmart workers.Humbug

Please share this image to show your support.


Just like the workers toiling thanklessly for Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, Walmart employees are rewarded for their efforts with insults and disrespect.  Walmart’s notoriously poor wages and working conditions — designed to squeeze every last dollar of productivity out of its “associates” — mean workers struggle to survive on poverty wages while executives and the Walton family rake in record profits.1

On Black Friday, workers across the country told Walmart loud and clear: enough is enough. Historic protests held at over 1,000 Walmart stores demonstrated the powerful need for real change at the company.2

You and nearly 55,000 ColorOfChange members are helping us take the fight for good jobs to the next level, by demanding that Walmart’s Board meet with workers and take immediate steps to improve working conditions. Now, with the holiday shopping season in full swing — and Walmart scrambling to avoid any more negative publicity3 — it’s time to further expose America’s biggest Scrooge.

Please share this image with your friends and family: show Walmart that we demand respect for all workers.

The odds are stacked against low wage workers — many of whom are Black women. Service sector jobs continue to dominate the post-recession labor market, and they’re not going anywhere.4 This is why it’s essential we make companies like Walmart a better place to work and shop.

At the end of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge learns the importance of treating people well, and if Walmart ever hopes to be embraced as a good company, it needs to learn the same lesson. Walmart can start by ensuring that its employees work reasonable hours, have adequate health care and can support their families.

Please share this Humbug image to show Walmart workers that you support them and their demands for respect in the workplace. And when you do, please ask your friends and family to do the same.

Thanks and peace,

— Rashad, Matt, Arisha, Aimée, Kim, Johnny and the rest of the team     December 21st, 2012

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1. “Corporate Profits Just Hit An All-Time High, Wages Just Hit An All-Time Low,” Business Insider, 06-22-12

2. “Walmart impoverishing and endangering workers,” The Hill, 12-07-12

3. “Hold Walmart accountable to Black workers,”, 11-15-12

4. “A Fast Food Nation Fights for Living Wages — Against Long Odds,” Colorlines, 12-07-12

Campaign 2013 ::: the Arctic

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What a year!
As 2012 comes to an end, I want to take a minute to look back on an amazing first year for our global campaign to save the Arctic. A year that wouldn’t have been possible without your support.
It all started in March when Greenpeace activists (including Xena Warrior Princess star Lucy Lawless) occupied one of Shell’s drillships in New Zealand. The outpouring of support for that activity let us know that we had something big on our hands.
From there the movement only grew. Over two million people joined the likes of Paul McCartney and Jude Law by adding their names to our Arctic Scroll, we sent ships to the Alaskan and Russian Arctic, fought Shell in court, organized a global week of volunteer action, had some fun with the Yes Men that exposed millions more to our campaign and…the list goes on.
It all added up to more than we could have imagined. Shell didn’t drill this year and your support was a big reason why.
This is why I work for Greenpeace. I believe our campaign to save the Arctic will be one of the defining environmental fights of this generation. I’m so proud of everything we accomplished together this year, and expect even bigger things in 2013.
From my family to yours, thank you.
Philip Radford Greenpeace Executive Director
P.S. We have even bigger plans for our Arctic campaign in 2013 and for all our work to protect the environment, but they all depend on your support. Can you chip in today?

CONGRESS: House Republicans ::: Senate Dems


The Senate will convene at 12:00pm on Monday, December 24, 2012 for a pro forma session only with no business conducted.

The next roll call vote will be at 5:30pm on Thursday, December 27th in relation to the FISA bill or the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill.