don’t be tone … deaf
don’t be tone … deaf
In the last twenty-four hours, more than 20,000 veterans, military family members, and VoteVets supporters have signed our petition calling on Congress to oppose any effort that would privatize veterans’ health care.
That includes hundreds of individuals who currently use the VA for their health care needs. But there’s one name missing from our petition. And it’s an important one. Yours.
When Congress takes up VA privatization, we want to come into the debate from a position of strength. Your signature on our petition right now ensures that we will. That’s why this is so important.
All our best,
– The team at VoteVets
1775 – The first abolitionist society in U.S. was organized in Philadelphia with Ben Franklin as president.
1793 – A royalist rebellion in Santo Domingo was crushed by French republican troops.
1828 – The first edition of Noah Webster’s dictionary was published under the name “American Dictionary of the English Language.”
1860 – The first Pony Express rider arrived in San Francisco with mail originating in St. Joseph, MO.
1865 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in Ford’s Theater by John Wilkes Booth. He actually died early the next morning.
1889 – The first international Conference of American States began in Washington, DC.
1894 – First public showing of Thomas Edison’s kinetoscope took place.
1902 – James Cash (J.C.) Penney opened his first retail store in Kemmerer, WY. It was called the Golden Rule Store.
1910 – U.S. President William Howard Taft threw out the first ball for the Washington Senators and the Philadelphia Athletics.
1912 – The Atlantic passenger liner Titanic, on its maiden voyage hit an iceberg and began to sink. 1,517 people lost their lives and more than 700 survived.
1918 – The U.S. First Aero Squadron engaged in America’s first aerial dogfight with enemy aircraft over Toul, France.
1925 – WGN became the first radio station to broadcast a regular season major league baseball game. The Cubs beat the Pirates 8-2.
1931 – King Alfonso XIII of Spain went into exile and the Spanish Republic was proclaimed.
1939 – The John Steinbeck novel “The Grapes of Wrath” was first published.
1946 – The civil war between Communists and nationalist resumed in China.
1953 – Viet Minh invaded Laos with 40,00 troops.
1956 – Ampex Corporation of Redwood City, CA, demonstrated the first commercial magnetic tape recorder for sound and picture.
1959 – The Taft Memorial Bell Tower was dedicated in Washington, DC.
1969 – For the first time, a major league baseball game was played in Montreal, Canada.
1981 – America’s first space shuttle, Columbia, returned to Earth after a three-day test flight. The shuttle orbited the Earth 36 times during the mission.
1984 – The Texas Board of Education began requiring that the state’s public school textbooks describe the evolution of human beings as “theory rather than fact”.
1985 – The Russian paper “Pravda” called U.S. President Reagan‘s planned visit to Bitburg to visit the Nazi cemetery an “act of blasphemy”.
1986 – U.S. President Reagan announced the U.S. air raid on military and terrorist related targets in Libya.
1987 – Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev proposed banning all missiles from Europe.
1988 – Representatives from the U.S.S.R., Pakistan, Afghanistan and the U.S. signed an agreement that called for the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan starting on May 15. The last Soviet troop left Afghanistan on February 15, 1989.
1988 – In New York, real estate tycoons Harry and Leona Helmsley were indicted for income tax evasion.
1990 – Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles began a streak of 95 errorless games and 431 total chances by a shortstop.
1994 – Two American F-15 warplanes inadvertently shot down two U.S. helicopters over northern Iraq. 26 people were killed including 15 Americans.
1999 – Pakistan test-fired a ballistic missile that was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and reaching its rival neighbor India.
2000 – After five years of deadlock, Russia approved the START II treaty that calls for the scrapping of U.S. and Russian nuclear warheads. The Russian government warned it would abandon all arms-control pacts if Washington continued with an anti-missile system.
2002 – U.S. President George W. Bush sent a letter of congratulations to JCPenny’s associates for being in business for 100 years. James Cash (J.C.) Penney had opened his first retail store on April 14, 1902.
2002 – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned to office two days after being arrested by his country’s military.
2008 – Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines announced they were combining.
We will not shut up anytime soon. Right now, the most dangerous thing would be our silence. Can you imagine what would have happened if last month we had stayed quiet when Trumpcare threatened to take healthcare away from 24 million Americans? If on Tuesday we didn’t call out Spicer for his historically ignorant comments? If we gave up on transparency to our President’s potential conflicts of interest and remained silent when he refused to release his tax returns?
We will not be silent, and we’re not going away.
we are taking to the streets to #resist by participating in Tax Marches all over the country, and as documentary storytellers, we’re using our expertise to document and sustain this movement. Will you resist with us?
We just released Tax Dodge, to mobilize activists and educate audiences about Trump’s failure to hold his Wall-Street friends accountable while screwing the rest of us. We reached 180,000 people in the first 24-hours, and we need your help to continue this work.
What does it mean to be an Agitator? It means you will be helping to produce compelling video campaigns that put a human face to policy, give a voice to the voiceless, and challenge silence by calling for action.
Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda. We are helping educate audiences with a step-by-step guide on how to take the most important actions and navigate the political world to make sure your voice is heard. 500,000 people have already downloaded this guide. This film was shown on CNN as part of a story on the movement.
Thank you for your support.
Jim Miller, Executive Director
International assistance makes up just about 1% of the federal budget, but it provides lifesaving aid to tens of millions of people worldwide. Stand up for families in need by telling Congress that any cuts to foreign aid are unacceptable.