Since then, the PA Department of Education has been hard at work developing a curriculum with help and guidance from the following five prestigious organizations:
American arm of Yad Vashem
Facing History and Ourselves
The curriculum will target students in grades 5 through 12 and is expected to be in place by the end of this month. Teacher training begins in September.
See what we did? Change is achievable if you want it, will it, and make it happen.
Now let’s see some other states follow Pennsylvania’s lead!
Educate yourself, teach others.
Photos ©Scott Weiner 2014
The patriotic idea for the “Kiss A Vet Challenge” (#kissavet) was conceived on Memorial Day, mobilized on the 71st Anniversary of D-Day, and is expected to be in full gear by July 4, 2015. Its goal is to bring awareness to the issues plaguing America’s veterans, including homelessness, unemployment, inadequate health care, and lengthy waiting periods for claims being processed by the VA.
The challenge is simple. Much like the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,” “94 Maidens” author/activist and “The Mandate Video” director/producer Rhonda Fink-Whitman and WWII hero Don Greenbaum challenge people all across America to kiss a veteran! Whether the vet had returned from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, or served their country in some other way, they deserve a kiss!
Here’s how to do it in four basic steps:
1. Videotape yourself kissing a veteran. Don’t forget to introduce your vet and tell us a little about his or her service in the United States military!
2. Post it to social media.
3. Use the hashtag #kissavet
4. Challenge others to do the same! Call people out by name on your video! Tag them!
It’s that easy! If you want to make a donation, the USO is a great place to start! The USO supports our troops. Donate to the USO here: http://www.libertyuso.org/
There are other organizations as well that aid our American heroes and their families. Please do your research before donating.
Let’s go, America! Kiss A Vet! Let’s see how many vets we can get kissed all across the USA! Do it now! You’ve been challenged!!! And a special shout out to show us what ya got, Jimmy Fallon!
God bless our troops! God bless America! #kissavet
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Kudos to Congressman Brendan Boyle for Introducing Legislation Preventing the Federal Pension System from Supporting Companies that Boycott Israel!
Washington, DC- June 4, 2015 Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-PA-13) introduced a bill that would prevent the federal pension system from investing in companies that boycott Israel.
“This is an important statement of principle and act of fiscal responsibility,” said Congressman Boyle. “It’s time we take a stand and say we will not invest taxpayer dollars, the hard-earned pension dollars of our dedicated federal workforce, in companies
that disinvest in our close ally and trusted friend, Israel. This is a simple but important, overdue step toward addressing this issue.”
Congressman Boyle’s legislation would prohibit investments by the federal retirement system in companies that boycott Israel. The language of the bill is listed below:To prevent the federal pension fund from investing in companies that boycott Israel.
Transactions prohibited by federal retirement systems; companies that boycott Israel.
(a) As used in this Section:
“Boycott Israel” means engaging in actions that are politically motivated and are intended to penalize, inflict economic harm on, or otherwise limit commercial relations with the State of Israel or companies based in the State of Israel or in territories controlled by the State of Israel”
“Company” means any sole proprietorship, organization, association, corporation, partnership, joint venture, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, limited liability company, or other entity or business association, including all wholly owned subsidiaries, majority-owned subsidiaries, parent countries or affiliates of those entities or business associations, that exist for the purpose of making profit.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! By Nancy Ron
“A MUST read! A well-written and gripping story of the Holocaust. Dropped me into the drama of life in the ’40’s in Europe. Let us NEVER forget!”
Thank you, Nancy! Your 5 star review on Amazon is most appreciated! I’m so glad 94 Maidens transported you back in time! You are right! Never forget, never again! ~ Rhonda
94 Maidens remembers and honors.
5.0 out of 5 stars for 94 Maidens By Sally
“A must read about events that many try to deny. Even here in the United States we were guilty of the sin of omission by not letting the St. Louis dock and unload. All that’s required for evil to reign supreme is that people just are indifferent.”
Thank you so much for your five star review and your very kind words on Amazon, Sally! You are so right! Being a bystander makes you complicit. Denial does not serve humanity. We must rise up against genocide. Glad to have your voice on our team! #neveragain ~ Rhonda
Author/activist Rhonda Fink-Whitman with St. Louis survivor, Ronnie Breslow at the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center’s Scholar in Residence luncheon.
70 years ago today, Ronnie and her mother boarded the ship with tickets to freedom, for which they paid dearly, only to be turned back to Nazi occupied Europe by both Cuba and the US.
Pictured below, Dr. Lisa Kirschenbaum of West Chester University speaking about the siege of Leningrad at the Philmont Country Club. Survivors and friends attended the event.
See more pics on our 94 Maidens Facebook page and please give us a “like” while you’re there! Thank you!
There are some politicians who know what is important, tell the truth, follow up, and give credit where credit is due. THANK YOU for continuing to champion our PA Holocaust ed law Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr.! You are truly a stand-up guy and we are extremely lucky to have you in Harrisburg! It’s legislators like you who renew our faith in the system. If only we could clone you in 44 more states! God bless you!
Watch Senator Rafferty’s remarks on the floor of the Pennsylvania General Assembly here