Daily Archives: March 10, 2010

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar Unveils New Ansel Adams Murals

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Written by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar

Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

I recently unveiled a series of magnificent murals that highlights the legacy of two of the greatest figures in U.S. Department of the Interior’s history, Secretary Harold Ickes and renowned photographer Ansel Adams. The murals represent 26 of the photos Ickes commissioned Adams to produce as part of the Department’s Mural Project of 1941.

On display in the main hallways of the first and second floors of the main Interior building, these stunning black-and-white photos convey the beauty Adams’ saw in our Department’s diverse mission, and include: a pair of Native American children; the eruption of Old Faithful; and the intricate network of power lines at Boulder Dam.

Ickes and Adams first met in 1936, while attending a conference on the future of national and state parks. Ickes was secretary of the Interior under President Franklin Roosevelt; Adams, a renowned photographer and president of the Sierra Club. The two immediately found a common bond in a deep love for the beauty of our nation’s land and a desire to see it conserve that land for future generations.

At San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico, 1942 (National Archives no. 79-AAP-04 Ansel Adams)

In fact, Adams used his photographic talent to lead a successful campaign to save the Kings River area of the Sierra Nevada and have Congress designate it as Kings Canyon National Park.

Ickes believed that the Interior building, which was completed in 1936, should be symbolic of the Department’s mission to manage and conserve our nation’s vast resources. So in 1941, he hired Adams to create a photographic mural for display in this building that reflected the Department’s mission: the beautiful land, the proper stewardship of our resources, and the people we serve.

The attack on Pearl Harbor and our nation’s entry into World War II brought the project to a halt. The more than 200 photographs that Adams took have been stored in the National Archives, but never printed or hung as murals.

Now, with our installation of the murals, we are able to share with visitors from across the nation Ickes and Adams’ timeless vision for this Department — and how we are in the business of fulfilling that vision today.

Note: Simply click on the photos to enlarge

Kearsage Pinnacles, Kings River Canyon California (National Archives no. 79-AAH-7 Ansel Adams)

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Progressive Groups Mock Glenn Beck For Mocking Progressives (VIDEO)

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HP~A trio of progressive groups is releasing an interactive video that mocks Glenn Beck for, well, mocking progressives.

MoveOn.org, in conjunction with SEIU and Brave New Films has put out a fake newscast (on the fake network CNNBC) in which the Fox News host goes through his usual moments of pique and emotional duress. Only this time, the subject of his conspiracy theories is the person signed in to watch the made-up video

An official with MoveOn says there is no fundraising pitch behind the effort. Generally, the groups are fed up with him demonizing progressives and want to start organizing a bit of pushback.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks at the National PTA Conference

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks about her Lets Move campaign during a meeting of the National PTA in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, March 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Today First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the National Legislative Conference of the Parent Teacher Association on her Let’s Move! initiative~~a movement pertinent to the National PTA’s efforts toward fighting childhood obesity and promoting healthy lifestyles.

The three-day conference is designed to motivate ‘grasstop’ leaders from across the country and provide an in-depth look at the latest PTA Public Policy Agenda through a series of workshops, skill building trainings, panel discussions, and guest speakers.

Remarks by The First Lady at the National PTA Conference

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First Lady Launches Contest for Healthy Kids Games

Apps for Healthy KidsAP~First lady Michelle Obama challenged software and video game designers Wednesday to develop games and tools that get kids, especially 9- to 12-year-olds, excited about eating better and exercising more.

The carrot? A chance to share in $40,000 in cash prizes.

The Apps for Healthy Kids contest is part of Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign to raise public awareness about the national problem of childhood obesity. One in three U.S. children is overweight or obese, putting them at higher risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure or other medical conditions.

Mrs. Obama said kids spend an average of seven and a half hours a day watching TV or playing with computers, video games or other devices.

Maybe you’ve seen those dance video games or those exercise games that families are playing together at home, or the ones that kids play using their mobile phones and home computers?” she said at the national Parent Teacher Association conference. “Those are the kinds of games that we’re talking about.”

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The Apps for Healthy Kids Challenge is a contest with the USDA to challenge professional and amateur developers to come up with games that incorporate nutritional information and promote healthy living. From dance video games to nutrition mobile applications, they’re challenging designers to come up with the next big idea to make healthy living fun. The App Challenge is just one of the innovative ways that the First Lady is working to help kids lead active, healthy lives and end childhood obesity within a generation, as part of the nationwide Let’s Move! campaign.

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Present the 2010 Women of Courage Awards

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (L) acknowledges guests as First Lady Michelle Obama (R) looks on during the fourth annual Award for International Women of Courage ceremony at the State Department March 10, 2010 in Washington, DC. The ceremony paid tribute to 10 outstanding women leaders worldwide. (Photos by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will hosted the annual International Women of Courage Awards on March 10, 2010 at the Department of State.

To mark International Women’s Day, the annual International Women of Courage Award recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and advancement. This is the only Department of State award that pays tribute to emerging women leaders worldwide, and offers a unique opportunity to recognize those who work in the field of international women’s issues.



Award Winners

Shukria AsilShukria Asil
Afghanistan
Promoting government responsiveness to the needs of women.
Biography


Colonel Shafiqa QuraishiColonel Shafiqa Quraishi
Afghanistan
Integrating women into the government and police force.
Biography


Androula HenriquesAndroula Henriques
Cyprus
Fighting human trafficking.
Biography


Sonia PierreSonia Pierre
Dominican Republic
Ending discrimination based on country of origin and the human rights abuses of statelessness.
Biography


Shadi SadrShadi Sadr
Iran
Advocating for women’s legal rights and an end to execution by stoning.
Biography


Ann NjoguAnn Njogu
Kenya
Seeking social transformation and at the forefront of reforms in Kenya.
Biography


Dr. Lee Ae-ranDr. Lee Ae-ran
Republic of Korea
Promoting human rights in North Korea and aiding the refugee community in the Republic of Korea.
Biography


Jansila MajeedJansila Majeed
Sri Lanka
Strengthening rights for internally displaced persons.
Biography


Sister Marie Claude Naddaf (a.k.a. Sister Marie Claude)Sister Marie Claude Naddaf (a.k.a. Sister Marie Claude)
Syria
Working for social services for women.
Biography


Jestina MukokoJestina Mukoko
Zimbabwe
Documenting human rights abuses.
Biography

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First Lady Michelle Obama To Deliver Three Commencement Addresses

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First Lady Michelle Obama gave inspiration and encouragement in her commencement speech to the Class of 2009, the first to attend four full years at UC's newest campus in Merced.

Three colleges will host First Lady Michelle Obama as their commencement speaker. The White House announced the colleges selected on Tuesday:

On May 8th, the First Lady will address the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Established more than 130 years ago, the University began as the only state-supported institution of higher education for African Americans in Arkansas. Like many of the nation’s more than one-hundred historically black colleges and universities, the University has played a special role in enabling young people from many walks of life to further their education. While the University offers many different areas of study, it remains dedicated to the mission of providing educational opportunities to under-served communities particularly in the Arkansas Delta region. It is one of a small number of HBCUs that also are land-grant institutions and thus have a long history of preparing students for fields in agriculture, farming, and engineering. The University currently boasts an enrollment of more than 3500 students.

On May 16th, The George Washington University will host their graduation ceremonies in Washington DC. Mrs. Obama is scheduled to address this group provided the student body, faculty and staff complete the 100,000 hours of community service required during the 2009-2010 academic year. Mrs. Obama issued the challenge for these service hours in exchange for her commencement visit in September of 2009, during the first National Day of Service and Remembrance, which was the culmination of President Barack Obama’s “United We Serve” summer service initiative.

On June 11th, Mrs. Obama will address the Anacostia Senior High School Commencement, a DC public school that Mrs. Obama visited in the spring of 2009 in conjunction with her Women of Excellence event and her early mentoring activities as First Lady.

In 2009, Mrs. Obama spoke to the University of California, Merced’s first full senior class. She also addressed the Washington Math and Science Tech Public Charter High School Graduation in Washington DC.

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Would You Move 1000 Miles For Your Job?

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CNN~What would you do if your company closed its doors, but offered you the same job 1000 miles away?

In December 2008, in the depths of the recession, GM worker Steve Kerl faced that same question. Just 8 years from retirement, his GM assembly plant in Janesville, Wisconsin was shut down. 1,933 workers were out of work.

“What are we going to do?” was Kerl’s first reaction. “Are we going to have our health care? How are we going to come out? We didn’t even know if you were going to have a job.”

Most of the Janesville plant workers took buyouts. But 545 of them were fortunate enough to be offered jobs at other GM plants. The catch? The plants are hundreds of miles from Wisconsin.

What would you do?

Kerl took a job putting fenders on GM SUV’s in Arlington, Texas. It’s hard work. At the end of his 10-hour shifts he goes back to bunk with two other GM workers in a three-bedroom apartment near the plant. Home is 1000 miles away.

Kerl’s wife and two teenage kids remain behind in Janesville. The Kerls didn’t want to take the kids out of school. And they couldn’t face the prospect of selling their house anyway with real estate prices plummeting.

The Kerl family, along with many others who worked at GM in Janesville, is yet another side of the recession. Families physically separated by economic circumstances beyond their control. The sacrifice is palpable.

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