Sign a Petition to support background checks on gun sales with what matters — Your Voice
For the Brady Foundation, McCann New York introduces a new way to make your voice count — by using it to sign a petition against gun violence. Billed as the first-ever “audio petition,” the site lets you “sign” your name orally. You can view the petition and hear who has signed it, add your own voice, download an app to recruit others, and even get the site to call Congress for you. The petition hope to pressure members of the government to support legislation extending Brady background checks to gun sales. Plenty of famous people have added their voices —Tony Bennett, man of the golden vocals, was one of the first signers.
January 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty, an effort to bring together people from all walks of life and parts of the nation to reduce poverty in America. A direct descendant of this effort was the Pell grant program.
To celebrate the anniversary of this critical, landmark legislation and to highlight both the challenges and opportunities of fighting poverty in the United States, the Half in Ten campaign wants to hear from you. They are running a storytelling contest to collect stories from people who have benefited from programs— like Pell— that were products of the War on Poverty.
Storytelling puts a human face on how the War on Poverty has changed people’s lives. It also allows us to counter misninformation about the success of programs, such as the Pell grant program, in reducing poverty. And, of course, it’s a great tool to use when advocating for proactive policies that will cut poverty in half going into the next 50 years.
The winner of Half in Ten’s contest will get to travel to Washington, D.C., meet Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), and have his or her story read on the floor of the House of Representatives. There are only two weeks left to enter. So make sure to submit your story now.
- @UN leader Ban Ki-moon hailed Mandela as a “giant for justice” who had inspired freedom movements the world over http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z—ToSEaHNQ&feature=share&list=UU86dbj-lbDks_hZ5gRKL49Q&index=2 …
- President Obama speaks with South African President Zuma…
NOW: CBS News’ reports traffic clogged by crowd of mourners at #Mandela statue at South African Embassy in DC
Join us tomorrow at 1pm ET for a Google+ Hangout with Special Advisor for International Rights of Persons with Disabilities Judith Heumann and Senior Advisor and former Olympic athlete Michelle Kwan on “Going For Gold: Advancing International Disability Rights”. You can watch the Hangout live here.
The Hangout will feature several U.S. Paralympic athletes, who will speak about the opportunities offered by international training and competition for Paralympians, as well as some of the challenges they face.
During the Hangout, live-captioning will be available at: http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=StateDeptGooglePlusHangout
The next White House Social event is an in-person meeting for people who engage on social media.
On Wednesday, December 4, 2013 the White House will host a Youth Summit, offering young people from around the country an opportunity to discuss the Affordable Care Act and other issues with senior White House officials. White House Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google+ followers ages 18-35 are eligible to apply to attend this White House event on December 4.
In order to apply you must follow an official White House Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Instagram account. After you sign up, spread the word! Let your followers know that you applied to attend the #WHYouth social.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Tonight: Join our hangout with Kal Penn, Young Invincibles, and more
On Wednesday, December 4th, we’re hosting more than 150 leaders from across the country at the White House for a Youth Summit — where young people will have a chance to discuss the Affordable Care Act and other issues important to them.
Whether you can be at the Summit in person or not, we still want to hear from you.
That’s why tonight, at 8 p.m. ET, we’re hosting a Google+ Hangout with White House Senior Communications Advisor Tara McGuinness, Kal Penn, and Young Invincibles.
You can also comment or ask questions throughout the Hangout using hashtag #WHYouth on Twitter and on Google+.
Throughout President Obama’s career, he has been fighting for young people. Whether it’s increasing access to higher education or expanding health care coverage, giving young people a fair shot has been and always will be a priority.
The President also believes in reaching out to youth across the country to make sure we’re hearing what they have to say, and helping them better understand the policies and programs that impact them.
And don’t forget that on December 4th, you can watch the Summit live starting at 2:00 pm ET on Whitehouse.gov/live. Throughout the day, White House staff, HHS officials, and other special guests will be taking questions submitted on Twitter using hashtag #WHYouth.
You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two commercial dates that mark the beginning of the holiday shopping season. But the holidays have always been about more than bargain hunting.
Giving Tuesday is a day that recognizes and encourages the true spirit of the holiday season: giving back. With nearly a billion people in the developing world living on less than $1.25 each day, your support is more critical than ever. You can set in motion a cycle of development that will help people lift themselves out of poverty.
This year’s event falls on December 3, with more than 5,000 participating—including United Way Worldwide and partners such as Microsoft and AT&T, who are offering donation matches; Wells Fargo, who’s launching a year-round philanthropy effort; and others.
More than 113,000 brave men and women from 116 countries serve as United Nations peacekeepers. They risk their lives every day to make the world a safer place – and they deserve our thanks.
Sign the thank you card and add a note if you’d like – the UN will deliver it to UN peacekeepers worldwide.