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Why did the President go to Austin on 11 March!


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President Obama is traveling to South by Southwest today — the first sitting President to do so. In Austin, he’s going to make the case for people “from all walks of life, working inside or outside of government, to help us make this democracy even stronger.”

Coming from the tech industry, I was aware of the ways President Obama, his campaigns, and the White House have used technology to help people embrace the “imperative of citizenship.” Tech, it seemed to me, was changing how our government engages with — and provides services to — people, and that’s exciting.

Giving people a voice, enabling them to be heard, and working with them to solve big problems is the animating principle of President Obama’s campaigns and the core of his presidency. It’s why he sought office and what drives his Administration. It’s how we make change in America.

This is what he’ll be talking about today at South by Southwest — how Americans can apply our ideas and talents to help the broader public and tackle big challenges in government. You can watch his conversation in Austin at 3:40 p.m. Eastern.

Technology has the power to enhance this work. When it puts users first, it enables Americans to find their voice, for our government to deliver better services, and make our country more just.

The chance to be part of this work — to build a more user-centered government — has inspired talented people to serve our country in new ways. The work they’re doing is impactful — and it’s hard to see how they don’t become permanent features of our government. Indeed, this might be President Obama’s most important accomplishment as the First Tech President: establishing a lasting legacy of service that will carry on long after he leaves office.

Along with the technologists serving in our government, companies from across the tech landscape have embraced this call and pitched in on issues ranging from the Syrian refugee crisis to providing rides to veterans for job interviews, from signing people up for health care to connecting young people with summer jobs.

Take a look at some of the work that’s already been accomplished across the Administration, and stay tuned for more.

Thanks,

Jason

Source: Jason Goldman
Chief Digital Officer
The White House
@Goldman44

Published By IkemDanielBlog

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I want to talk to you about diapers!


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Every day, I walk into work and see the faces of teenage mothers who are trying their hardest to be good parents.

I help run a youth homeless shelter for an organization called Covenant House, and it’s my job to make life a little easier for the young mothers that we welcome. But week after week, there’s a major problem that stands in our way: diapers.

Diapers are basic necessities for these young women and their children, just like food and housing. We work to provide diapers to them as much as we can. But right now, diapers are a big expense: We pay roughly 33 cents per diaper and wait one week per shipment. When we run out, we need to make a run to the corner store, where we end up paying premium prices.

This isn’t just our problem. Studies show nearly one in three families struggle to afford diapers for their babies.

Policy experts say that low-income families spend twice as much on diapers every year compared to some wealthier families. That’s because low-income families don’t have internet access or credit cards to order diapers in bulk online, or often don’t have transportation to buy in bulk at a big box store.

When families can’t afford a healthy number of diapers for their babies, they’re faced with the choice between buying diapers and paying for food, rent, or utilities like heat. That’s a choice that no family should have to make.

Today, the White House is highlighting a new initiative by private and non-profit entities to help fix this problem and make diapers more affordable for all. Learn more about how it will help millions of families in need.

The initiative has three key parts:

First, the private sector and the non-profit community have teamed up to provide a more affordable way to manufacture and distribute diapers to non-profit organizations. This means that organizations like mine can pay less than half the cost of what we normally pay for diapers, and get them faster with free two-day shipping.

Second, any 501(c)(3) non-profit can sign up to participate in theCommunity Diaper Program and begin offering these more affordable diapers to families in their communities. The National Diaper Bank Network estimates that their 280 diaper banks will be able to order more than 14 million diapers this year thanks to this program.

Third, even more private sector organizations are helping address the problem through diaper donation campaigns to benefit families in need.

I cannot say how much seemingly small efforts like these can impact organizations like mine. When we have cheaper, more reliable access to diapers, we can invest any savings into job training programs to help these young mothers find full-time jobs to support their families.

But more important than saving money, this initiative shows these women that people care about them. They are working so hard to change their lives and provide their children with a good future, and this is the kind of support that they’ll remember for a lifetime.

Take a minute to find out what’s being done to help families get the diapers they need at wh.gov/DiaperGap.

Thanks so much for listening,

Renata

Source: Renata Alexis
Covenant House

Published By IkemDanielBlog

Man sets himself on fire after fight with partner


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In a video taken in Kentucky and uploaded to
liveleak, a man was seen in flames after he
doused himself in gasoline and set himself on
fire following a domestic dispute. Lexington Fire
fighter Major Joe Madden raced towards the
man and helped pit out the flames, sustaining
burn injuries in the process. See more photos
after the cut…
Major Madden was off duty and was driving past
the scene when he spotted the human fireball.
Lexington Police said the man, who has not
been named, had just had a major fight with his
significant other.The man was taken to hospital
with ‘life threatening injuries’. The mayor of
Lexington tweeted to congratulate Madden on
his bravery.

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Popular US rapper shot dead in a studio in Atlanta…


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Popular upcoming Atlanta rapper, Bankroll
Fresh, was shot dead on Friday night March 4th
while he was recording music inside Street
Execs Studio in northeast Atlanta. According to
reports, gunmen stormed the building with
automatic weapons and shot up the studio. The
28 year old rapper, whose given name is
Trentavious White was reportedly shot a dozen
times. He was rushed to the hospital but died
on his way. RIP!

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