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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

National Day Of Service Call To Action

Causes and Awareness


MLK Reflection 2019

January 15, 2019 marks not only what would have been Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s 90th birthday, but it also marks the 25th day of a U.S. Government shutdown.  A shutdown now standing as the longest in U.S. History.  We are sure to feel the effects of the our leaders choices for many years to come.
Dr. King was champion of the Labor Movement.  Dr. King knew that labor rights are human rights.  Therefore, I can’t help but to think what…What would 90 year old Dr. King have to say to us today?
Clarence B. Jones, the former personal counsel, advisor, speechwriter and friend of King, previously offered his personal views about how he thought the civil rights leader would have reacted to the government being shut down.
“He would say that in the common interest of humanity and decency, that we must put aside your partisan, political differences and focus on those programs which will be of the greatest benefit to the people who need benefits,” Jones said in part during a government shutdown in 2013. Excerpt from News One

In The Words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress.”
“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
“History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them.”
“All men are interdependent. Every nation is an heir of a vast treasury of ideas and labor to which both the living and the dead of all nations have contributed. Whether we realize it or not, each of us lives eternally 'in the red.' We are everlasting debtors to known and unknown men and women.’
‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. joins a picket line in support of a strike by the International Chemical Workers Union, Local 754, against discrimination at the Scripto Pen Company, Atlanta, 1964. AFL-CIO Still Images, Photographic Prints Collection via University of Maryland

Servitude vs Service

The choices of few is leading to nightmares for many.  The unmitigated gall to expect people to work without pay with no end in sight is just ludicrous. There is a difference between service and servitude.  The President and his administration is enacting involuntary servitude on thousands of federal employees, and that is absolutely wrong. It’s a fact that none of us should be silent about. Federal workers have already suffered immeasurable losses, and will continue as the days pass. Where is the fairness and justice in that?
What concerns me most is the mindset of any person that thinks it is ok to enslave another. 
My heart breaks for the over 800,000 federal workers caught in the cross hairs of ego and selfish ambitions.
It is the true spirit of service that will allow us to recover from what may be labeled historically as our darkest hours.  We must all see ourselves as agents of change, and continue in the spirit of love and service.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service is an opportunity for each of us to reflect on the principles of equality and selflessness that Dr. King embodied. Dr. King believed in celebrating and promoting the worth of every person. He championed for diverse cultures to live and thrive together in a spirit of love, understanding and service to one another. Through his example, Dr. King challenged and empowered individuals to take action and lift up their neighbors and communities by volunteering. #LegacyofService | Mission Continues

U.S. Census 2020

Engaged Nation

The Big Data Tech Inside the 2020 Census


The Census Is Your Civic Duty


What Is The U.S. Census?

In short, U.S. Census is systematic questionnaire that is given every 10 years to collect population data. The decennial census has been taken since 1790. The 2020 census will be America’s 24th.

The census is required by law. Under Title 13 of the U.S. Code, you can be fined up to $100 for refusing to complete a census form and $500 for answering questions falsely. However, the website for the U.S. Census Bureau points out that the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 effectively increased these minimum fines to $5,000. Noncompliance used to bring the possibility of a 60-day prison sentence and a one-year prison term for false answers, but Congress struck those provisions in 1976.

The U.S. Census Bureau is the leading source of information on the nation’s people, places, and economy, providing data about our country’s population size and growth as well as detailed portraits of the changing characteristics of our communities. The Census Bureau, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, was created to address language in the Constitution on America’s need to count its population. Read More


How Are The Numbers Used?

Census information is used by a wide variety of government departments and agencies, regional and local authorities, non-Governmental organizations, academics, researchers, students, businesses and local groups for a wide variety of purposes.

Good To Know | Individual census records from 1790 to 1940 are maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration, not the U.S. Census Bureau

Current Events

January 15, 2019 via NPR

U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ordered the Trump administration to stop its plans to include the controversial citizenship question on forms for the upcoming national head count "without curing the legal defects" the judge identified in his opinion released on Tuesday.

Controversy over the census questions is not new. Check out an historical perspective “The Most Controversial Census Changes in American History” by

Tools You Can Use | To Download 2020 Census Operational Plan via U.S. Department of Commerce | The plan covers all operations required to execute the 2020 Census.

I hope this information helps you to stand up and be counted 2020.

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