Sunday, November 1, 2015

My End of Month Democratic-Party-Related Favorite Shareable and Sometimes Actionable Posts!

(I've been so wrapped up with timely stuff it's been way too long since I done this monthly post!)

Typically, this is more of an intensive working blog because I am of the mind that Democrats need to share Democratic favorite posts with Democrats because we can not depend on main stream media to move our messaging for us but today the focus is to give a glimpse of what President Obama has been up to the past month with just a peek at how the work of the leader of the National Democratic Party is tied into the National Democratic Platform, making the whole Blog a shareable, as opposed to individual posts ~ so please share!

 I am also of the mind that if we are to be an informed Democratic electorate we need to begin with becoming informed Democratic Party members, beginning with an understanding that we share a Platform and that all members are welcome to join in the process of defining said Platform.
Note: It's not too late to be a part of the creation of the 2016 Party Platform, as opposed to the whining we've been seeing by some lately, not to mention that whining after the fact is an insult to the 100's of Democrats who have done the work, a distraction from winning and an embarrassment to watch. So, sign on and do the process work or hold your peace until the next election cycle. Just sayin'. (You will find a  link below that will provide you with a connection to Democratic State Organizations if you are not connected with yours yet and you'd like to be.)

Moving on ...


The World’s Climate Targets: Major Steps Toward our Climate Goals

As President Obama noted on his recent trip to Alaska, urgent action on climate change is essential for the health, security, and well-being of Americans and people around the world. That’s why we’ve been taking unprecedented actions to reduce our own emissions at home while working with the international community to build a durable framework for reducing emissions globally.

We now have an opportunity to take a big step toward the goal of an ambitious and effective global framework for addressing climate change. In less than a month, more than 190 countries will converge in Paris to finalize a new global climate agreement. We’ve learned the lessons of previous rounds, including the importance of encouraging countries to take the lead in developing their own targets for curbing emissions and putting those plans forward early.

This strategy has been highly successful so far. The emphasis on transparency and nationally-determined ambition has pushed countries to put their best foot forward and make clear how they’re contributing to securing a sustainable world for future generations. We now have post-2020 climate action pledges on the table from more than 150 countries representing nearly 90% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

...Like other global challenges, climate change won’t be solved all at once. No single action, no single government, and no single summit will decisively address one of the greatest threats of our time. But an ambitious agreement in Paris would be a turning point. It would show countries that if they act, their partners and competitors will do so as well. And it would send a clear signal that nations are committed to tackling climate change and that there is no going back. ...
(October 30, 2015)

You can be read more about that here


Advancing Open and Citizen-Centered Government

Today, the United States released our third Open Government National Action Plan, announcing more than 40 new or expanded initiatives to advance the President’s commitment to an open and citizen-centered government.

The release is part of our membership in the Open Government Partnership — launched by President Obama and seven other heads of state — which in just 4 years has grown from 8 to now 66 countries. Member countries and their civil society partners are all working to increase public integrity, enhance public access to information, improve management of public resources, and give the public a more active voice in government processes. As a member of the Open Government Partnership, the United States issues Open Government National Action Plans outlining ambitious commitments to advance open government every 2 years.

The release of this plan coincides with the Open Government Partnership Summit taking place this week in Mexico City, where more than 2,000 open government reformers from member governments and civil society organizations are gathering. ...
(October 27, 2015)

You can be read more about that here


You can view the video here 

 Writing the Rules for a Global Economy (A weekly address...)

In this week's address, the President spoke to the merits of the high-standards trade agreement reached this past week. The Trans-Pacific Partnership helps level the playing field for American workers and businesses, so we can export more Made-in-America products all over the world, supporting higher-paying American jobs here at home.  The President acknowledged that past trade agreements have not always lived up to expectations, but emphasized that this is a good deal, with the strongest commitments on labor and environment of any trade agreement in history. It reflects America’s values and gives our workers the fair shot at success they deserve. The President encouraged everyone to read the agreement, which will be available online well before he signs it, and looked forward to working with lawmakers from both parties as they consider and approve this deal.
(October 10, 2015)

You can find the W.H. video site here


You can view the Summit video here

I'm including a snippet of the invitation to the White House Summit on Worker Voice because I think it's a great example of engagement with The People that happens all the time via this administration:

The President has been wanting to have the conversation we're hosting today for a long time. He's been mentioning it in meetings -- and in remarks -- for months.
Today, it's happening.

Right now, a group of workers, union leaders, worker advocates, and forward-thinking businesses are arriving in the East Wing of the White House. They'll have breakfast together, hear from the President and Vice President, and then hear from one another. They'll break out into groups. They'll ask each other questions and share their own personal stories. Then they'll engage in a conversation with the President. We'll be focused one singular mission:
How do we empower workers' voices in our 21st Century economy?

We're calling it the White House Summit on Worker Voice, and you can follow along and add your voice to the conversation, no matter where you are. You can participate from your desk or your kitchen counter. … 
(October 7, 2015)

You can find more information on all of it here


You can view the video here

Watch President Obama's Statement on the Shooting in Oregon

(A snippet): This is a political choice that we make to allow this to happen every few months in America.  We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction.  When Americans are killed in mine disasters, we work to make mines safer.  When Americans are killed in floods and hurricanes, we make communities safer.  When roads are unsafe, we fix them to reduce auto fatalities.  We have seatbelt laws because we know it saves lives.  So the notion that gun violence is somehow different, that our freedom and our Constitution prohibits any modest regulation of how we use a deadly weapon, when there are law-abiding gun owners all across the country who could hunt and protect their families and do everything they do under such regulations doesn’t make sense. … 
(October 1, 2015)

Moving on ...

Now, just for fun, a few snippets of the 2012 Democratic Platform just to give some insight as to how all Democrats, even the President, work under it and primarily only differ tactically:


You can find the full 2012 National Democratic Party Platform here

You can find your State Democratic Party here

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