League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920, the year U.S. women won the right to vote. Created to teach this new bloc of voters how to vote, the league now fosters public interest in voting
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Human Rights Depend on Courageous Individuals, Kerry Says

By Jane Morse Staff Writer “Some of the greatest accomplishments in expanding the cause of human rights have come not because of legislative decree or judicial fiat, but they came through the awesomely courageous acts of individuals,” says Secretary of State John Kerry. In comments made February 27 upon the (more...)

U.S. Teenagers Volunteer in Their Communities

Alexis de Tocqueville observed in 1831 that he had seen “Americans make a great deal of real sacrifices to the public welfare; and have noticed a hundred instances in which they hardly ever failed to lend a faithful support to one another.” That statement is as true today (more...)

Social Media Seen as Powerful Force for Foreign Policy Messages

By Sonya Weakley Staff Writer In a round-table discussion February 18, representatives from the U.S. Department of State shared their opinions on using social media to promote U.S. foreign policy objectives on a personal level. The discussion was part of a Social Media Week conference in New York City. The (more...)

Presidents Day: Honoring U.S. Presidents Washington and Lincoln

Washington’s Birthday is a U.S. federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Increasingly, the holiday has become an occasion to celebrate the birthdays of both President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. (more...)

Obama on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Each year on this day the world comes together to commemorate a barbaric crime unique in human history. We recall six million Jews and millions of other innocent victims who were murdered in Nazi death camps. We mourn lives cut short and communities torn apart. Yet even on (more...)

Peace Corps Brings Bookmobile to Isolated Georgian Communities

Peace Corps volunteer Kristen Moses of North Potomac, Maryland, recently joined U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Richard Norland and local community members to celebrate the launch of the country’s first bookmobile, a traveling bus that brings educational programming and resources to underserved communities. In collaboration with a local (more...)

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” Each year, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Americans attempt to answer that question by performing community service. Born on January 15, 1929, King became a Baptist minister and (more...)

Kerry on Death of Former Israeli Prime Minister Sharon

Ariel Sharon's journey was Israel’s journey. The dream of Israel was the cause of his life, and he risked it all to live that dream. I remember reading about Arik in the papers when I was a young lawyer in Boston and marveling at his commitment to cause and (more...)

End Boycott Of Israeli Academic Institutions!

In response to the recent decision by the American Studies Association (ASA) to endorse a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, State Rep. Brendan Boyle releases the following statement: “As a Pennsylvania state Representative and Drexel University professor I am disappointed and shocked at the tone-deaf decision by the American Studies (more...)

New Year’s Day: A Time for Renewal

New Year’s Day in the United States is a time for fresh beginnings: hope for a better future and resolutions to improve one’s behavior. Observed January 1, New Year’s celebrations actually begin the night of December 31 with parties, concerts, fireworks and special events of all kinds. The (more...)

An Overview of U.S. Holidays

The United States, like other nations, sets aside a number of days each year to commemorate events, people or public occasions. These holidays typically are marked by a general suspension of work and business activity, and by public and/or religious ceremonies. Technically, the United States does not (more...)

Snowden’s Message: “Together We Can Find a Better Balance”

Ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has given this year's Alternative Christmas Message to Britain's Channel4, an alternative to the Royal Christmas by Queen Elizabeth 11. It was his first television appearance since arriving in Russia. And it was addressed to "everyone out there listening". Mr Snowden opened his two-minute (more...)

Secretary Kerry on Release of Mikhail Khodorkovsky

We welcome the pardon and release from prison of Mikhail Khodorkovskiy. We have repeatedly expressed our concerns about due process violations and selective prosecution in Russia, including against Khodorkovskiy and his business partner Platon Lebedev, who remains in prison. The United States strongly encourages Russia to pursue (more...)

Youth Provide Opportunities for Advancing Human Rights

By Jane Morse Staff Writer The world’s youth — more than half the world’s population is under age 30 — provide huge opportunities for social change and the advancement of human rights, says Uzra Zeya, the U.S. State Department’s acting assistant secretary for democracy, human rights and labor. “Unburdened by (more...)

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