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January 18, 2012

Entertainment, Government, Politics

Panetta:  Sexual Assault Has No Place in Defense Department

Source:  American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, DC – Sexual assault has no place in the Defense Department, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said, calling it “an affront to the basic American values we

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

defend, and it is a stain on the good honor of the great majority of our troops and their families.”

In brief remarks to reporters at the Pentagon, Panetta emphasized the department’s efforts to prevent sexual assault and to help its victims when instances occur.

“As leaders of this department, we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure the safety, dignity and well-being of our people,” Panetta said. “These women and these men who are willing to fight and die to protect and serve our country they deserve better protection. Their families and dependents also sacrifice and serve. And so for this reason, we must spare no effort to protect them against this heinous crime. … One sexual assault is one too many.”

Tuskegee Community Honors America’s Heroes, The Tuskegee Airmen, as Movie “Red Tails” Premieres 

Source:  Black News.Com 

Tuskegee, AL — They are America’s true heroes.  The Tuskegee Airmen, whose legacy is recognized internationally for heroism during World War II will be honored during a proclamation ceremony by Governor Robert Bentley as the premiere of the movie, “Red Tails”, a George Lucas Film debuts nationally on January 20.  Friends of Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Inc. (FTANHS) has initiated a celebration, along with the National Park Service, City of Tuskegee, County of Macon, Macon County Chamber, Tuskegee University, Macon County School System, area churches and residents to salute the Tuskegee Airmen by “going red” on January 20 with red ribbons displayed throughout the community and everyone wearing red.

“Our very proud Tuskegee community will be wearing red in a show of solidarity and support for our Tuskegee Airmen,” says FTANHS, Inc. Board Chairman and Tuskegee native COL (Retired) Palmer Sullins, Jr. “As the national movie debuts we salute our heroes for they are true American history.”  Lucas Films will debut the national movie “Red Tails”, starring Hollywood award-winning actors Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Terrence Howard. The movie showcases the heroics of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew more than 15,000 missions and 700 bomber escort missions while withstanding minimal losses to enemy fighters – a record unmatched by any other fighter group. The Tuskegee Airmen have a distinguished war record earning them over 1,000 individual awards and decorations as well as a Congressional gold medal.

The Tuskegee community plans a citywide parade that day with marching bands, floats and a commemorative balloon release as part of the movie debut.

“As a Tuskegee native, I can honestly say many of us grew up with and have known the Airmen and their families all our lives. It is a distinct pleasure to join hands as a Tuskegee family to salute the contributions the Tuskegee Airmen made to win World War II,” says Col. Sullins.  “These are true American heroes. It is important that America preserve the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen and their support personnel, as well as their flight instructor and my mentor C. Alfred ‘Chief’ Anderson. I encourage support of the legacy by becoming a member of the FTANHS, signing up to purchase a Friends of Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Inc. specialty license plate and volunteering to assist the Nation Park Service at the site,” says Sullins.

On November 6, 1998, Congress recognized the important contributions of these men and women by establishing the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site at Moton Field – the only primary flight training facility for African-American pilot candidates during World War II – as a unit of the National Park System. FTANHS, Inc., works together with the National Park Service to support the Site through mutually agreed upon projects, programs and activities including fundraising, and volunteer and community outreach activities.

2012 Democratic National Convention Announces Major Changes to Convention Format

Source:  DNCC

CHARLOTTE – The Democratic National Convention Committee announced two major changes to the convention format that will allow for the convention to be the most open and accessible in history.  Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced in a press conference in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium that the convention would be shortened by one day, from four to three days.  The Monday of convention week, Labor Day, will be designated as a day to celebrate the Carolinas, Virginia and the South at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Additionally, Wasserman Schultz announced that the final night of the convention would be held in Bank of America Stadium, to allow tens of thousands of additional Americans to attend President Obama’s acceptance speech.  “We wanted to find a way to truly make this convention different from any other in history.  We want this convention to be about more than just the pageantry and speeches you see on television.  This is about engaging Americans in a meaningful way,” said DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

“With changes in format and venue – shortening the convention to three days, moving the President’s acceptance speech to Bank of America Stadium and designating Monday as a day to celebrate the Carolinas, Virginia and the South – we are underlining the mission of this convention — to engage Americans,” said DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan.  “This convention is going to be not just a transaction, but a point of transformation. We are going to use this convention to make a lasting positive impact in this community and across the state and region,” said Host Committee Chair Mayor Anthony Foxx.

The two changes announced today are not the only way in which Democrats are changing the way conventions are held.  On February 4, just three days after selecting Charlotte to host the convention, Democrats announced that the convention would not accept funds from corporations, political action committees or lobbyists, and that it would not accept individual contributions of more than $100,000.

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