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9/11, America, and Dad: December 20, 2018 Dear Mr. President: I have been privileged to serve as our country's 26th Secretary of Defense which has allowed me to serve alongside our men and women of the Department in defense of our citizens and our ideals I am proud of the progress that has been made over the past two years on some of the key goals articulated in our National Defense Strategy: putting the Department on a more sound budgetary footing, improving readiness and lethality in our forces, and reforming the Department's business practices for greater performance. Our troops continue to provide the capabilities needed to prevail in conflict and sustain strong U.S. global influence One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. While the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to thos allies. Like you, I have said from the beginning that the armed forces of the United States should not be the policeman of the world. Instead, we must use all tools of American power to provide for the common defense, including providing effective leadership to our alliances NATO's 29 democracies demonstrated that strength in their commitment to fighting alongsid us following the 9-11 attack on America. The Defeat-ISIS coalition of 74 nations is further proof. Similarly, I believe we must be resolute and unambiguous in our approach to those countries whose strategic interests are increasingly in tension with ours. It is clear that China and Russia, for example, want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model gaining veto authority over other nations' economic, diplomatic, and security decisions -to promote their own interests at the expense of their neighbors, America and our allies. That is why we must use all the tools of American power to provide for the common defense My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades o immersion in these issues. We must do everything possible to advance an international order that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this effort by the solidarity of our alliances Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position. The end date for my tenure is February 28, 2019, a date that should allow sufficient time for a successor to be nominated and confirmed as well as to make sure the Department's interests are properly articulated and protected at upcoming events to include Congressional Dad’s resignation letter.
9/11, America, and Dad: December 20, 2018
 Dear Mr. President:
 I have been privileged to serve as our country's 26th Secretary of Defense which has
 allowed me to serve alongside our men and women of the Department in defense of our citizens
 and our ideals
 I am proud of the progress that has been made over the past two years on some of the
 key goals articulated in our National Defense Strategy: putting the Department on a more sound
 budgetary footing, improving readiness and lethality in our forces, and reforming the
 Department's business practices for greater performance. Our troops continue to provide the
 capabilities needed to prevail in conflict and sustain strong U.S. global influence
 One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked
 to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. While
 the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or
 serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to thos
 allies. Like you, I have said from the beginning that the armed forces of the United States
 should not be the policeman of the world. Instead, we must use all tools of American power to
 provide for the common defense, including providing effective leadership to our alliances
 NATO's 29 democracies demonstrated that strength in their commitment to fighting alongsid
 us following the 9-11 attack on America. The Defeat-ISIS coalition of 74 nations is further
 proof.
 Similarly, I believe we must be resolute and unambiguous in our approach to those
 countries whose strategic interests are increasingly in tension with ours. It is clear that China
 and Russia, for example, want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model
 gaining veto authority over other nations' economic, diplomatic, and security decisions -to
 promote their own interests at the expense of their neighbors, America and our allies. That is
 why we must use all the tools of American power to provide for the common defense
 My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign
 actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades o
 immersion in these issues. We must do everything possible to advance an international order
 that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this
 effort by the solidarity of our alliances
 Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better
 aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my
 position. The end date for my tenure is February 28, 2019, a date that should allow sufficient
 time for a successor to be nominated and confirmed as well as to make sure the Department's
 interests are properly articulated and protected at upcoming events to include Congressional
Dad’s resignation letter.

Dad’s resignation letter.

America, Anaconda, and Asian: Justino Mora @JustinoMora 1 New is 1 of 100 undocumented students in medical school in the country. He's 1 of few #DACA students at @Harvard University. New is also an activist & a plaintiff in the federal lawsuit against the Trump Administration that helped bring a portion of DACA back to life. New emigrated from Thailand to the United States’ San Francisco Bay Area when he was nine years old and is now a recent graduate from the University of California-Berkeley, with a bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. . Recently, he delivered a powerful speech at @TEDxBerkeley available for y'all to watch here: bit.ly-new-tedx-speech . Throughout college, he funded his education with part-time jobs and private scholarships while staying involved in groups such as the Thai Student Association, Resident Hall Assembly, and the AB540 Coalition on campus. . Off-campus, he served as a first co-chair of ASPIRE (Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education) at Asian Law Caucus, where he advocated and fought for the passage of the federal and the CA DREAM Act of recent years. Most importantly, he continues to speak out as an Asian undocumented youth to increase visibility of API communities in immigration reform, re-frame the public’s perception, and create a community for other API undocumented youth. . New also co-founded Pre-Health Dreamers in hopes of alleviating the barriers he has faced for future undocumented students pursuing their dreams in the health and sciences. . As an aspiring medical doctor who is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health at the School of Public Policy at Harvard University, New seeks to remedy the barriers that low-income and immigrant families of America face in accessing healthcare. His time volunteering with the homeless through the Suitcase Clinic and with Oakland’s low-income communities as a Healthy Ambassador of Mentoring in Medicine & Science exposed him to the stories of different communities, but also the struggles shared by all of them. . New aims to become a physician who practices medicine through a public health lens, using primary care, research, and policy to shape health for the individual and the community. daca cleanDreamAct HereToStay immigration undocumented dreamactnow
America, Anaconda, and Asian: Justino Mora
 @JustinoMora 1
 New is 1 of 100 undocumented
 students in medical school in the
 country. He's 1 of few #DACA students
 at @Harvard University. New is
 also an activist & a plaintiff in the
 federal lawsuit against the Trump
 Administration that helped bring a
 portion of DACA back to life.
New emigrated from Thailand to the United States’ San Francisco Bay Area when he was nine years old and is now a recent graduate from the University of California-Berkeley, with a bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. . Recently, he delivered a powerful speech at @TEDxBerkeley available for y'all to watch here: bit.ly-new-tedx-speech . Throughout college, he funded his education with part-time jobs and private scholarships while staying involved in groups such as the Thai Student Association, Resident Hall Assembly, and the AB540 Coalition on campus. . Off-campus, he served as a first co-chair of ASPIRE (Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education) at Asian Law Caucus, where he advocated and fought for the passage of the federal and the CA DREAM Act of recent years. Most importantly, he continues to speak out as an Asian undocumented youth to increase visibility of API communities in immigration reform, re-frame the public’s perception, and create a community for other API undocumented youth. . New also co-founded Pre-Health Dreamers in hopes of alleviating the barriers he has faced for future undocumented students pursuing their dreams in the health and sciences. . As an aspiring medical doctor who is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health at the School of Public Policy at Harvard University, New seeks to remedy the barriers that low-income and immigrant families of America face in accessing healthcare. His time volunteering with the homeless through the Suitcase Clinic and with Oakland’s low-income communities as a Healthy Ambassador of Mentoring in Medicine & Science exposed him to the stories of different communities, but also the struggles shared by all of them. . New aims to become a physician who practices medicine through a public health lens, using primary care, research, and policy to shape health for the individual and the community. daca cleanDreamAct HereToStay immigration undocumented dreamactnow

New emigrated from Thailand to the United States’ San Francisco Bay Area when he was nine years old and is now a recent graduate from the Un...

Energy, Memes, and Pressure: U.S. Bank Becomes First Major Bank to Stop Financing Pipeline Construction se EcoWatch.com- USBank has become the first major bank in the U.S. to formally exclude gas and oil pipelines from their project financing. This groundbreaking change to their Environmental Responsibility Policy was publicly announced at the annual shareholders meeting in Nashville in April. In addition to no longer providing "project financing for the construction of oil or natural gas pipelines," the bank has stated that relationships with their clients in the oil & gas industries will be subject to "enhanced due diligence processes." As recently as March 2017, U.S. Bank has renewed commitments with Energy Transfer Partners, the company constructing the DakotaAccessPipeline, & with Enbridge Energy, whose pipelines operate within Minnesota. However, advocates are hopeful that the bank's newly released policy will limit other kinds of financing relationships with these industries. This move comes after ongoing pressure on U.S. Bank locally from MN350 & from the Minnesotans for a Fair Economy coalition, & on banks nationally from indigenous groups including Honor the Earth, the Indigenous Environmental Network & the Dakota Access resistance movement. Beginning in 2015, a regional partnership of climate, labor & indigenousrights advocates has urged that U.S. Bank divest from fossil fuels, in particular from Enbridge Energy, & move its financing into the clean energy economy. Local actions have included letter-writing, account closures & social media campaigns. In response, in May 2016 the bank made changes to their Environmental Policy restricting lending to coal. A national & international campaign pressuring banks to divest has been highly successful, pulling nearly $4.5 billion from financiers, & a newly launched coalition effort called Mazaska Talks has expanded this effort. "Confronting the climate crisis requires boldness, urgency & innovation," said Dr. Emily Swanson, a member of MN350. "While there is more to be done, we are hopeful U.S. Bank can continue to act as an industry leader & as an ally for creating a more sustainable economy." NoDAPL ™@divestla
Energy, Memes, and Pressure: U.S. Bank Becomes First
 Major Bank to Stop Financing
 Pipeline Construction
 se
EcoWatch.com- USBank has become the first major bank in the U.S. to formally exclude gas and oil pipelines from their project financing. This groundbreaking change to their Environmental Responsibility Policy was publicly announced at the annual shareholders meeting in Nashville in April. In addition to no longer providing "project financing for the construction of oil or natural gas pipelines," the bank has stated that relationships with their clients in the oil & gas industries will be subject to "enhanced due diligence processes." As recently as March 2017, U.S. Bank has renewed commitments with Energy Transfer Partners, the company constructing the DakotaAccessPipeline, & with Enbridge Energy, whose pipelines operate within Minnesota. However, advocates are hopeful that the bank's newly released policy will limit other kinds of financing relationships with these industries. This move comes after ongoing pressure on U.S. Bank locally from MN350 & from the Minnesotans for a Fair Economy coalition, & on banks nationally from indigenous groups including Honor the Earth, the Indigenous Environmental Network & the Dakota Access resistance movement. Beginning in 2015, a regional partnership of climate, labor & indigenousrights advocates has urged that U.S. Bank divest from fossil fuels, in particular from Enbridge Energy, & move its financing into the clean energy economy. Local actions have included letter-writing, account closures & social media campaigns. In response, in May 2016 the bank made changes to their Environmental Policy restricting lending to coal. A national & international campaign pressuring banks to divest has been highly successful, pulling nearly $4.5 billion from financiers, & a newly launched coalition effort called Mazaska Talks has expanded this effort. "Confronting the climate crisis requires boldness, urgency & innovation," said Dr. Emily Swanson, a member of MN350. "While there is more to be done, we are hopeful U.S. Bank can continue to act as an industry leader & as an ally for creating a more sustainable economy." NoDAPL ™@divestla

EcoWatch.com- USBank has become the first major bank in the U.S. to formally exclude gas and oil pipelines from their project financing. Thi...

Memes, Los Angeles, and American Dream: To My DACA Students I SEE you I HEAP) you 👉🏽LATEST UPDATE: DACA continues in place for the time being. 👉🏽*[NOTE: If you decide to proceed with DACA renewal, then the risk is losing the $495 fee for the application. If you are willing to proceed regardless of this risk, then by all means proceed to renew.] Make sure to FOLLOW @UndocuMedia for the latest updates on the matter and we will do our part to keep you all informed. HERETOSTAY "We call on the nearly 800,000 young immigrants who have signed up for DACA thus far not to panic, seek veritable information and guidance from trusted sources, and actively engage in the fight for a permanent solution that protects not only young people but their families too." Recommendations to current DACA recipients and their families [via Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)]: • Refrain from applying for DACA for the first time. • Refrain from renewing your DACA permit for now. [NOTE: If you decide to proceed with DACA renewal, then the risk is losing the $495 fee for the application. If you are willing to proceed regardless of this risk, then by all means proceed.] • Do not travel outside the country effective immediately because those who do and return after an announcement is made are at greater risk to not be allowed back into the U.S. • Beware of false prophets, fraudulent offers, or incorrect information, especially in social media. • Remain vigilant and ready to defend your hard-earned opportunity to reach your American dream. • Do not expect all details on what happens next to be immediately available after an announcement. It may take days or weeks to answer all questions related to DACA applications, travel permits, and future replacement options to DACA. HERETOSTAY immigration withDACA SaveDACA DefendDACA
Memes, Los Angeles, and American Dream: To My DACA
 Students
 I SEE you
 I HEAP) you
👉🏽LATEST UPDATE: DACA continues in place for the time being. 👉🏽*[NOTE: If you decide to proceed with DACA renewal, then the risk is losing the $495 fee for the application. If you are willing to proceed regardless of this risk, then by all means proceed to renew.] Make sure to FOLLOW @UndocuMedia for the latest updates on the matter and we will do our part to keep you all informed. HERETOSTAY "We call on the nearly 800,000 young immigrants who have signed up for DACA thus far not to panic, seek veritable information and guidance from trusted sources, and actively engage in the fight for a permanent solution that protects not only young people but their families too." Recommendations to current DACA recipients and their families [via Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)]: • Refrain from applying for DACA for the first time. • Refrain from renewing your DACA permit for now. [NOTE: If you decide to proceed with DACA renewal, then the risk is losing the $495 fee for the application. If you are willing to proceed regardless of this risk, then by all means proceed.] • Do not travel outside the country effective immediately because those who do and return after an announcement is made are at greater risk to not be allowed back into the U.S. • Beware of false prophets, fraudulent offers, or incorrect information, especially in social media. • Remain vigilant and ready to defend your hard-earned opportunity to reach your American dream. • Do not expect all details on what happens next to be immediately available after an announcement. It may take days or weeks to answer all questions related to DACA applications, travel permits, and future replacement options to DACA. HERETOSTAY immigration withDACA SaveDACA DefendDACA

👉🏽LATEST UPDATE: DACA continues in place for the time being. 👉🏽*[NOTE: If you decide to proceed with DACA renewal, then the risk is losing t...