ACTION for National Service (v. 3)

Currently, only one percent of the nation serves in either the armed forces or through a formal service program, like AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps. For a nation of 320 million citizens, that is not enough. A republic like ours cannot thrive if we continue
to defer to the few, that which is the responsibility of the many.

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Seeking Originals, Promoting Free Speech On College Campuses

Today, free speech is under assault on college campuses across our country. Free speech codes, free speech zones, disrupting speakers and general close-mindedness are impinging upon First Amendment rights. Institutions of higher education are supposed to
operate as marketplaces of ideas, not sites of restrictions and heavy-handedness.

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Support Protection of Wireless Microphones Used in the Performing Arts (v. 5)

As co-chairs of the Congressional Arts Caucus, we invite you to join us in sending the below letter to the FCC Chairman and Commissioners in support of protecting wireless microphones used in the performing arts.
The letter urges the Commission to preserve the quality and integrity of wireless microphones and in-ear monitors used in the performing arts. The FCC should recognize the importance of this reliable technology to performing artists and audiences across the
country.
The Commission ruled in 2014 that performing arts entities regularly using 50 or more wireless devices would be eligible to apply for a Part 74 license and would have access to a database which protects against interference from new “White Space” devices sharing
the same radio frequencies. This decision protects some large events and performances against this interference.
However, the Commission also made database registration unavailable to performing arts entities utilizing fewer than 50 devices on a regular basis. Unfortunately, this would leave major not-for-profit regional theatres, and our nation’s symphony orchestras,
opera companies, dance companies, presenting organizations and educational entities without interference protection against White Space devices.
There are more than 26,000 school theater programs in the United States which impact approximately 600,000 enrolled students. Performances by opera and dance companies, symphony orchestras and other musical ensembles of all kinds, community theaters, and regional
theaters reach a combined audience of 190 million Americans annually and collectively represent an annual $7.8 billion industry. Given the thousands of performances held by arts organizations each year, the use of wireless microphones and wireless in-ear monitors
is both essential to producing high-quality performances and also mitigates against significant public safety concerns. Professional wireless capability, with interference protection that works successfully, is essential to the performing arts.
For 35 years, wireless microphone technology has allowed users unrestricted on-stage movement and helped to create sophisticated sound. Nonprofit performing arts organizations, commercial theaters and music venues, schools, and performers have all relied on
this equipment operating within the “white space” radio frequencies between broadcast channels of the television band. Wireless systems are also integral to backstage communications used by stagehands to execute complex technical activity. Interference to
these backstage communications could very likely compromise the safety of performers, technicians, and audiences.
The American public wants and needs access to high-quality, safe performances.  We urge you to join us in communicating with the FCC. The deadline to sign onto the letter is COB, Friday, May 5.  
To sign onto the letter, please contact Jack Spasiano (jack.spasiano@mail.house.gov) with Rep. Slaughter and Bri Hearn (Bri.Hearn@mail.house.gov) with Rep. Lance.
Sincerely,
Louise M. Slaughter                                         Leonard Lance

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Support the Save for Success Act (v. 2)

  Sending Office: Honorable Ben Ray Lujan Sent By: Graham.Mason@mail.house.gov   Request for Cosponsor(s) Endorsed by the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, CFED (Corporation for Enterprise Development), 529 Dash, Center for Global Policy Solutions, Center on Assets, Education, & Inclusion, Center for Social Development, First Focus, I Have a Dream Foundation Deadline […]

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Cosponsor Holocaust Education Resolution

More than 70 years after the conclusion of the Holocaust, it’s now even more important to remember this tragic chapter of our history. Across the globe and here in the United States, there are still troubling numbers of people ignorant of the events of the
Holocaust and the genocidal pursuits of the Nazi regime – even those who deny that the Holocaust occurred. This threatens Jews and democratic societies around the world. These insensitive and deceitful beliefs are all too common, and only serve to dishonor
those who were persecuted, tortured, and killed. Sadly, with each passing year we lose some of our greatest ambassadors and storytellers as Holocaust survivors age and pass away. We cannot learn from and correct our mistakes without an honest look at our history.

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ACTION for National Service (v. 2)

Currently, only one percent of the nation serves in either the armed forces or through a formal service program, like AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps. For a nation of 320 million citizens, that is not enough.

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Briefing Invitation: Demonstration of Milo, the Humanoid Robot

Please join us for a briefing hosted by RoboKind where they will demonstrate how Milo, their humanoid robot, offers a non-threatening way for learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to learn and practice communication, social skills, and emotional intelligence.
It is designed to treat those on the spectrum with students between 5 and 17 years of age. Milo does not get tired, frustrated, or angry. Milo also offers exact, precise, and consistent lessons to the students.

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