Friday, May 28, 2010

Conference Call June 1st

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Greetings,


Here is the link for the next Community Organizer Conference call:



http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/4Z17381GCYX53KCL



Just a reminder that the call is scheduled for Tuesday, June 1st, at 8:30 pm EST

Keith L Kinch
NYS Deputy Field Director
Organizing for America-New York
kinchk@dnc.org=

June 5th Day of Action details

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Hi Brooklyn,

Here is the link to RSVP:http://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gp848x


The details of the event are:

Join OFA staff, volunteer leaders and your neighbors to start our summer voter
registration drive across the city.


Meeting location:
(Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238)
We will be meeting outside the library in the sitting area.

Look for the "Organizing for America" sign.

You will be placed in teams and sent out to register voters in Prospect Park.

Times: Saturday, June 5, 2010 1:00 PM EDT
Host: Keith Kinch
Location:
Brooklyn NY (Brooklyn, NY)
Prospect Park
Brooklyn, NY 11238


Keith L Kinch
NYS Deputy Field Director
Organizing for America-New York
kinchk@dnc.org

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

President Obama Urges Republicans to Work with Him on Immigration Reform

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President Obama this afternoon met with the Senate Republican Conference to discuss efforts on energy legislation and comprehensive immigration reform. During the meeting, the President noted that many Republicans have previously supported fixing our broken immigration system, and urged them to get on board with today's efforts.

As President Obama made clear earlier this month, passing immigration reform to increase security and impose accountability will require support from both Republicans and Democrats:

“I don't expect to get every Republican vote, but I need some help in order to get it done.  And there have been people who have expressed an interest. But if they're willing to come forward and get a working group and get this moving, I’m actually confident that we can get it done.  And the American people are going to prefer that the federal government takes responsibility and does what it’s supposed to do.”
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Much is made of President Bush's Katrina response but remember this: Katrina was an act of God. The situation in the Gulf is an act of man. And it sho

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uld be treated as such.
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tion system. If these bright lights of failure are the best our country can produce then perhaps we need to tear down the colleges and universities (Bibl
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ical injunction: leave not one stone standing atop another) and start over. What did you think would be the result of almost 30 years of social promotion
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the mess after a catastrophic accident? And who did they think was going to cap an oil flow of such massive proportions? And who in the Congress or the W
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hite House over the past 3 decades can say they were never warned that exactly what did happen could happen?

It also casts a grim spotlight on our educa

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the mess after a catastrophic accident? And who did they think was going to cap an oil flow of such massive proportions? And who in the Congress or the W
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deal with this spill I've only got 1 question: why? Who did they think would insure the safety of the wetlands? Who did they think was going to clean up
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g the federal government only benefits the big corporate interests.

As I listen to members of Congress whine about the lack of government resources to

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it sure as hell isn't enough to blame this all on deregulation.

Fact is with deregulation comes greater responsibility. It also must be said that the

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respond effective to ANY crisis. Whether it's 911, the financial meltdown of the economy two years ago or this mess, it's clear that the cost of shrinkin
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main culprit isn't deregulation; it's the result of a government which has been seriously "downsized" over the last 30 years to the point where it can't
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it sure as hell isn't enough to blame this all on deregulation.

Fact is with deregulation comes greater responsibility. It also must be said that the

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Hate to say this, but ... Something needs to be done about the mess in the Gulf States NOW. It's not enough to blame BP or a "slow" federal response. And

Thursday, May 20, 2010

President Obama on Immigration Reform: "I don't expect to get every Republican vote, but I need some help in order to get it done"

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Ahead of last night's State Dinner, President Obama and President Calderón of Mexico spoke about some of the two countries' common interests, including fixing the broken immigration system, creating jobs, and increasing competition in the global economy.
The President made it clear that he is working to pass comprehensive immigration reform, but to do so, he’ll need support from both Republicans and Democrats in Congress:
“To fix our broken immigration system, I reaffirmed my deep commitment to working with Congress in a bipartisan way to pass comprehensive immigration reform. …We’ve been working hard to get this done.  There’s a strong proposal in the Senate, based on a bipartisan framework, and it can and should move forward.
Here’s the challenge that we have politically.  The political challenge is, is that I have confidence that I can get the majority of Democrats, both in the House and the Senate, to support a piece of legislation of the sort that I just described. But I don’t have 60 votes in the Senate.  I’ve got to have some support from Republicans.  When we made an effort of this sort a few years ago, it was under the leadership of John McCain and Ted Kennedy.  And because there was a bipartisan effort, we were actually able to generate a majority of votes in the Senate.  And we just missed being able to get it done in the House.
If we can re-create that atmosphere -- I don't expect to get every Republican vote, but I need some help in order to get it done.  And there have been people who have expressed an interest. But if they're willing to come forward and get a working group and get this moving, I’m actually confident that we can get it done."
President Obama also spoke about Arizona’s new immigration law, calling it a "misdirected expression of frustration over our broken immigration system":
“I want every American to know my administration has devoted unprecedented resources in personnel and technology to securing our border.  Illegal immigration is down, not up, and we will continue to do what’s necessary to secure our shared border.
And I want everyone, American and Mexican, to know my administration is taking a very close look at the Arizona law.  We’re examining any implications, especially for civil rights.  Because in the United States of America, no law-abiding person -- be they an American citizen, a legal immigrant, or a visitor or tourist from Mexico -- should ever be subject to suspicion simply because of what they look like.”

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Keeping America’s Teachers in the Classroom

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Across the country, state and local budget shortfalls are threatening the American public education system. Estimates put the number of teaching jobs at risk at 100,000 to 300,000 in the upcoming school year alone.
The administration has already made great strides in fighting to protect education jobs: through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, more than 400,000 of jobs that had been at risk have already been saved. But there is much work still to be done. This week, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan urged Congress to swiftly pass three bills that would each provide an additional $23 billion dollars in funding to keep American teachers in their classrooms.
In a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Secretary Duncan emphasized the administration’s support for the quick passage of these bills. 
We are gravely concerned that ongoing state and local budget challenges are threatening hundreds of thousands of teacher jobs for the upcoming school year, with estimates ranging from 100,000 to 300,000 education jobs at risk. Without swift action, millions of children will experience these budget cuts in one way or another through reductions in class time; cuts to early childhood programs, extracurricular activities, and summer school; and reduced course offerings as teachers are laid off. These budget cuts would also undermine the groundbreaking reform efforts underway in states and districts all across the country....
We applaud Chairmen Harkin, Miller and Obey for crafting legislation in direct response to these challenges. S. 3206, the Keep Our Educators Working Act, H.R. 2847, the Jobs for Main Street Act,  and H.R. 4812, the Local Jobs for America Act, each call for $23 billion in emergency support to preserve education jobs modeled after the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) established in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This funding would keep teachers in the classroom while helping to sustain meaningful and necessary reforms in public education across the country.
In a White House blog post, Director of the Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes argues that the loss of these jobs hurts American public schoolchildren and has a detrimental ripple effect across the economy:
As the President has said, we live in a global economy where the greatest job qualification isn't what you can do but what you know. Our teachers are vital to our nation’s success, and if we don’t act now and act boldly, we will not only endanger the future of tens of millions of students but also threaten to undermine the recovery of our economy.
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