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Marches on Washington

This weekend, a national celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington is being held in Washington, DC on Saturday August 24th. Also this weekend, there is a feeder march of activists who are organizing against racial profiling, police terror, and mass incarceration.

The feeder march in support of the national celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington is made up of many long-standing community activists recently brought together by the nationwide protests of the Zimmerman verdict and the recent findings of the Washington Lawyers Committee study on racist arrest patterns in DC. The feeder rally is being organized to draw attention to racial profiling in DC. All persons who are engaged in similar struggles against the police terror and mass incarceration are encouraged to join in the march. People are assembling at Farragut Square (17th & I St. NW — near Farragut West and Farragut North Metro stops) at 9 AM and then at 10:30 AM march down 17th St. to join the national commemoration at the Lincoln Memorial.

For the feeder march, the confirmed speakers and participating groups include: Etan Thomas (former Washington Wizard), Shujaa Graham (exonerated death row prisoner), Yusef Salaam (Central Park Five), Stuart Anderson (Friends and Families of Incarcerated People), Jonathan Stith (Malcolm X Grassroots Movement), Seema Sadanandan (DC ACLU), Jazz Hayden (Campaign to End the New Jim Crow), Jamal Muhammad, We Act Radio, Collective Power DC, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Jobs Not Jails, PG People’s Coalition, ISO, and many others. Come support the struggle for justice and human dignity.

Source(s): The Campaign to End the Death Penalty

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Tell the US House of Representatives to Extend Unemployment Benefits

As winter festivities continue across the country for many, there are others who are sitting at home right now, waiting to hear if they will have basic needs such as food and shelter next month. The National Association of Working Women remind us that, “…Nearly 8 million workers and their families have been kept afloat by the extension of the federal unemployment insurance program while they search for work in this tough economy. Unemployment is at a historic high of 9.6%, and jobless workers across the country are doing all they can to meet their families’ basic needs. Long-term unemployment is at a level not seen since the Great Depression– over 42% of all unemployed (6.1 million workers) have been without a job for over 6 months, and 30% (4.4 million workers) have been out of work for over a year.” The National Association of Working Women asks that we help give struggling families something to be grateful for by telling Congress to extend long-term unemployment benefits.

“The unemployment benefits these struggling families receive kept at least 3.3 million Americans from falling into poverty in 2009 alone, including 1.5 million children.” Until the national unemployment rate shows measurable signs of improvement and the economy begins generating meaningful numbers of jobs, the program of federal jobless benefits should be continued by Congress. With overwhelming bipartisan support, the Senate recently passed a bill which temporarily extends federal unemployment insurance programs that expire on December 31. But now, the US House Republican leaders are threatening to kill the bill, cutting off this vital support for millions of struggling families across our nation.

With that said, it is time for each of us to tell our Representative in Washington to ensure that ALL Americans can celebrate this season. To accomplish said goal, call 1-888-245-3381 NOW and ask your Representative to extend federal unemployment insurance benefits.

9 to 5 prepared this script to assist us in placing this very necessary call to our members of congress. It reads as follows: “When connected to your Representative’s office, please tell him or her: Your name, where you are from, and that you are a constituent.   Please tell _____________ that I’m counting on [him or her] to pass the Senate bill to extend federal unemployment insurance benefits. Thank you.”

The Senate bill extends unemployment insurance for two (2) months. We know in two (2) months we will still be fighting to extend unemployment benefits, but right now is the time to stop stalling this very necessary assistance to needed families and support them during the holiday season. It is now up to the US House of Representatives to pass the bill to ensure that unemployed Americans are not left in the cold this holiday season.

“What is at stake if these benefits are allowed to expire? Over two (2) million women stand to lose this critical lifeline in 2012. More than a quarter of a million of these women are single parents. For many of them, federal unemployment benefits may be the difference between staying afloat and falling into poverty.”

You can make the difference in the lives of countless families in your state by calling Washington and urging your Representative to extend unemployment benefits. Again, please call 1-888-245-3381 today and ask your Representatives in Washington and urge them to act NOW to pass the Senate bill to prevent federal unemployment insurance benefits from being cut off this holiday season.

Source: The National Association of Working Women.

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer still attacks 10,000,000 people per year worldwide. Annually, 1.3 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer and nearly 555,000 people will die in our nation this year alone. According to the CDC, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women.

In 2006 (the most recent year numbers are available)—
• 191,410 women were diagnosed with breast cancer.*†
• 40,820 women died from breast cancer.*†
If you are concerned about developing breast cancer, or if you know someone who has been diagnosed with the disease, one way to deal with your concerns is to gather as much information as is available. For more information, you can visit the websites for: American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , and the National Cancer Institute.
†Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2006 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2010. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/uscs.
*Note: Incidence counts cover about 96% of the U.S. population and death counts cover 100% of the U.S. population. Use caution in comparing incidence and death counts.Photo Credit Microsoft Clip

The State of Children & Families: Building an Effective National Voice

Date: March 27-30, 2011

Contact: state2011@clwa.org.

Information: To obtain further information on this upcoming event, the URL is as follows: http://www.cwla.org/conferences/conferences.htm

According to the CWLA website, the registration process for this event is now open for the CWLA national conference, the State of Children & Families: Building an Effective National Voice. CWLA’s 2011 conference is scheduled for March 27-30, 2011 and is being held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, which is less than 10 minutes from downtown Washington, DC. Note those spouses are now invited with a reduced fee! –CWLA Website

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Nicelle Mitchem Teaches Others How to “Recognize, Celebrate and Honor Women’s Ongoing Contributions to History.”

March is National Women’s History Month. Each year, in honor of National Women’s History Month, March is filled with workshops and conferences that highlight the accomplishments of women in various facets of life such as science, literature, government, and medicine.

The National Women’s History Project (NWHP) sets the theme and coordinates the observance activities for National Women’s History Month throughout our nation. Often, women of color are overlooked in mainstream approaches to our nation’s history. The National Women’s History Project champions their accomplishments and leads the effort to write women back into history. It has been reported that the Women’s History Month programs and events often have had wide-ranging effects not simply on individuals but also on our nation as whole.

With an emphasis on positive role models and the importance of women from all backgrounds, the NWHP has developed a nationwide constituency of individuals and organizations that understand the critical link between knowing about historical women and making a positive difference in today’s world. It is believed by many researchers and others that recognition of the accomplishments of women has a notable impact on the development of self-esteem for girls and young women.

For further information about National Women’s History Month related activities or the National Women’s History Project, please see NWHP’s web site, http://www.nwhp.org.

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American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Exposition

Venue: Washington, DC

Date: October 29- November 2, 2011

URL: http://www.apha.org/meetings/

According to the APHA website, “The APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition is the oldest and largest gathering of public health professionals in the world, attracting more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists. APHA’s meeting program addresses current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health. APHA has a world of public health in store for you.”

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Child Welfare League of America’s 2011 National Conference in Washington, DC

Date: March 27-30

Contact: state2011@clwa.org.

URL: http://www.cwla.org/conferences/conferences.htm

Registration is now open for the CWLA national conference, the State of Children & Families: Building an Effective National Voice. Our 2011 conference is March 27-30 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, less than 10 minutes from downtown Washington, DC. Note those spouses are now invited with a reduced fee! –CWLA Website

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