From Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO:
“We applaud the U.S. Senate for the historic confirmation of Loretta Lynch. She will serve as a relentless defender of the rights of all Americans. She will lead in situating the U.S. Department of Justice as our country’s enforcer of our civil rights. As an attorney with extraordinary depth, breath and length of service, in both the public and private sector, Ms. Lynch has successfully managed some of the most complex, diverse, and important cases in our country earning the trust and respect of those she serves. For 15 years she served as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, the federal prosecutor’s office that covers nearly 8 million people in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Long Island, New York. Under her leadership, Ms. Lynch’s office has vigorously defended the nation against terrorism and organized crime. She successfully convicted terrorists including individuals who plotted to bomb the Federal Reserve Bank and the New York City subway system, and she has prosecuted some of New York’s most violent and notorious gang members. Her dedication to protecting civil rights and ensuring equal justice is deeply ingrained. Her commitment to public service is unwavering, as is her focus on improving the criminal justice system, recognizing that there is still much more work to be done to make it smarter and fairer. Ms. Lynch will lead the U.S. Department of Justice, and the United States, with an integrity and strength that is sorely needed at this time.”
From Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the National Board of Directors:
“The confirmation of Loretta Lynch by the U.S. Senate is a historic and much needed victory. The American people deserve a strong and fearless advocate to protect their civil rights. Ms. Lynch has a reputation for fairness and justice. After more than 165 days and thousands of calls and letters from concerned citizens, Ms. Lynch’s confirmation is a long overdue vote in the right direction. The NAACP looks forward to working with Attorney General Loretta Lynch as she begins to address the nation’s law enforcement policies that have been severely tested. As the nation’s top prosecutor, we are confident she will lead with both courage and distinction.”
NAACP made 8,846 calls that led to the Senate confirming Loretta Lynch today, our 1st African-American female U.S. Attorney General. Thank you.
The Three Biggest Threats to Public Lands and Waters in Congress this Earth Day
While the first Earth Day 45 years ago united Democrats and Republicans in Congress around common values of protecting our environment, a lot has changed since then.
Backed by more than $720 million from coal, oil, and gas companies, today’s Republican-controlled Congress is advancing an aggressive anti-environmental agenda that puts our air, land, water and wildlife at risk. In fact, in the first 100 days of 2015, this Congress voted more on fossil fuel and anti-environmental priorities than on any other legislative area, with no results to show. The U.S. Senate cast more votes to remove protections for natural resources, block action to address climate change, and sell-off public lands than to address defense, immigration, and veterans’ issues combined.
A new video from the Center for American Progress highlights the top 3 threats to America’s public lands and waters in the 114th Congress.
Even on Earth Day, Republicans in Congress continue to threaten America’s public lands and waters.
The President, on the other hand, continues to take action to address climate change and to protect America’s land, water and wildlife. At Florida’s Everglades National Park today, the President highlighted the critical role of America’s natural resources and announced new steps “to protect the people and places climate change puts at risk.” And outside of politics, there are some really meaningful things happening this Earth Day as well.
BOTTOM LINE: With more than $720 million from coal, oil and gas companies, this Congress is trying to stop the creation of new national parks, give away public lands and waters to special interests, and block action to address climate change. But with no results to show, the 114th Congress needs to shift course and pursue an agenda that echoes Earth Day’s bipartisan beginnings and the values of sustaining our environment for future generations. (CAP-4/21/15)
Before her death last spring at the age of 86, author and poet Maya Angelou was working on a new project — one that puts her words to music. An album was recently released, giving listeners a taste of an unusual collaboration that crosses generations.
In a music video called “Harlem Hopscotch,” inspired by a poem Angelou wrote in 1969, dancers on a Los Angeles rooftop move to a hip-hop beat laced with Angelou’s poetry. The song is about encouraging everyone, especially young people to persevere through life despite any obstacles! The game of hopscotch is symbolic of the difficulties of life and the obstacles that some face, whether they be wealthy or poor.
“One foot down, then hop! It’s hot.
Good things for the ones that’s got.
Another jump, now to the left.
Everybody for his-self.
In the air, now both feet down.
Since you black, don’t stick around.
Food is gone, rent is due,
Curse and cry and then jump two.
All the peoples out of work,
Hold for three, now twist and jerk.
Cross the line, they count you out.
That’s what hopping’s all about.
Both feet flat, the game is done.
They think I lost, I think I won.”
Earth Day is a time of year to promote awareness of the environmental issues that are occurring on Earth. It is also time for us to protect the natural gifts it has given us.
Earth Day started in 1970, when Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin, when he wanted a nation-wide teach-in on the environment. He brought the idea to state governors, mayors of big cities, editors of college newspapers, and to Scholastic Magazine, which is circulated in U.S. elementary and secondary schools. Eventually, the idea of Earth Day spread to many people across the country. Earth Day was a big success. Many organizations were developed to on behalf of Earth Day and to help protect where we live now.
Now, Earth Day has turned into a universal concern and many people are now aware of what is happening to our planet. More and more people are turning their attention to what it happening because of Global Warming and are taking time to help out on Earth Day.