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How the SBA Helps Veterans

Three Business Resources for Veterans

May is Military Appreciation Month. Each year, the SBA serves over 200,000 veterans, service-disabled veterans and military spouses across the United States and at military installations around the globe.

To veterans: You served our country, now let the SBA serve you. The following are three ways the SBA serves veterans:

1. Boots to Business is a two-step entrepreneurial program offered by the SBA on military installations around the world as a training track of the Department of Defense (DOD) Transition Assistance Program (TAP).

2. Boots to Business: Reboot extends the entrepreneurship training offered in TAP on military installations to veterans of all eras and their spouses.

3. Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC) provides entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and mentoring for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business.

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Nelson Mandela International Day

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From: The United Nations

We stand here today to salute the United Nations Organization and its Member States, both singly and collectively, for joining forces with the masses of our people in a common struggle that has brought about our emancipation and pushed back the frontiers of racism.

South African President Nelson Mandela
Address to UN General Assembly
3 October 1994

The United Nations:
Partner in the Struggle against Apartheid

The elimination of South Africa’s system of legalized racial discrimination known as apartheid (“apart-ness” in the Afrikaans language of the descendants of the first Dutch settlers) was on the agenda of the United Nations from its inception. On 22 June 1946 the Indian government requested that the discriminatory treatment of Indians in the Union of South Africa be included on the agenda of the very first session of the General Assembly.

In the decades that followed the world body would contribute to the global struggle against apartheid by drawing world attention to the inhumanity of the system, legitimizing popular resistance, promoting anti-apartheid actions by governmental and non-governmental organizations, instituting an arms embargo, and supporting an oil embargo and boycotts of apartheid in many fields.

Key dates in the UN campaign against apartheid:

2 December 1950 — The General Assembly declared that “a policy of ‘racial segregation’ (apartheid) is necessarily based on doctrines of racial discrimination”. (Resolution 395(V))

1 April 1960 — The Security Council, in its first action on South Africa, adopted Resolution 134 deploring the policies and actions of the South African government in the wake of the killing of 69 peaceful African protesters in Sharpeville by the police on 21 March. The Council called upon the government to abandon its policies of apartheid and racial discrimination.

2 April 1963 — First meeting of the Special Committee on the Policies of Apartheid of the Government of the Republic of South Africa, It was later renamed the “Special Committee against Apartheid”.

7 August 1963 — The Security Council adopted Resolution 181 calling upon all States to cease the sale and shipment of arms, ammunition and military vehicles to South Africa. The arms embargo was made mandatory on 4 November 1977.

13 November 1963 — The General Assembly, in Resolution 1899 (XVIII) on the question of Namibia, urged all States to refrain from supplying petroleum to South Africa. It was the first of many efforts by the UN to enact effective oil sanctions against apartheid.

23 August-4 September 1966 — International Seminar on Apartheid, Brasilia, organised by the UN Division of Human Rights, the Special Committee against Apartheid and the government of Brazil – the first of scores of conferences and seminars on apartheid organised or co-sponsored by the United Nations.

2 December 1968 — The General Assembly requested all States and organisations “to suspend cultural, educational, sporting and other exchanges with the racist regime and with organisations or institutions in South Africa which practice apartheid.

30 November 1973 — International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid approved by the General Assembly (Resolution 3068(XXVIII)). The convention came into force on 18 July 1976.

1 January 1976 — The UN Centre Against Apartheid was established.

17 August 1984 — In Resolution 554 the Security Council declared null and void the new racist constitution of South Africa.

16-20 June 1986 — World Conference on Sanctions against Racist South Africa, organised by the United Nations in cooperation with the OAU and the Movement of Non-aligned Countries

14 December 1989 — The General Assembly adopted by consensus the “Declaration on Apartheid and its Destructive Consequences in Southern Africa,” calling for negotiations to end apartheid and establish a non-racial democracy (Resolution A/RES/S-16/1).

22 June 1990 — Nelson Mandela addressed the Special Committee against Apartheid in New York — his first appearance before the Organisation.

30 July 1992 — With political violence escalating and negotiations at risk, Nelson Mandela requested the United Nations to send observers to South Africa. On the following day the Secretary-General announced that he would send a small group of UN monitors. The United Nations Observer Mission in South Africa was established by the Security Council on 17 August 1992.

8 October 1993 — The General Assembly requested States to restore economic relations with South Africa immediately, and terminate the oil embargo when the Transitional Executive Council in South Africa became operational (Resolution 48/1).

10 May 1994 — South Africa’s first democratically elected non-racial government took office following the general elections of 26-29 April.

23 June 1994 — The General Assembly approved the credentials of the South African delegation and removed the item of apartheid from its agenda. The Security Council removed the question of South Africa from its agenda on 27 June.

3 October 1994 — The first democratically elected president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, addresses the General Assembly.

With contribution from Enuga S. Reddy, Former UN Assistant Secretary-General, Principal Secretary, UN Special Committee Against Apartheid and Director, UN Centre Against Apartheid

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President Obama Honors Veterans at Arlington National Cemetery

President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden travel to Arlington National Cemetery to honor our nation’s fallen warriors, veterans and military families.

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Veterans Day events in and around Seattle

Source: Seattle Times

A list of selected parades, ceremonies, activities and discounts for veterans on Veterans Day 2012.

A partial list of Veterans Day events in the Greater Seattle area.

Veterans Day Parade

SAT Veterans Remembrance Ceremony, 9:45 a.m., Veterans Memorial Park, 411 E St. N.E., Auburn; parade with military flyover, honor guards, veterans units, 11 a.m. Saturday, west on Main Street from E Street Southeast to A Street Northwest, Auburn; Military Display and Exhibit Showcase, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, downtown Auburn (www.auburnwa.gov).

Seattle Veterans Museum

SAT-MON Displays to honor U.S. service members and veterans; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday, west side of Benaroya Hall behind the Remembrance Garden, Second Avenue between Union and University Streets, Seattle; free, donations welcome (425-949-8821 or http://www.seattleveteransmuseum.org).

Veterans Day, Museum of Flight

SUN Patriotic music, speakers, color guard, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $9-$17, free for U.S. veterans and current military personnel (206-764-5720 or http://www.museumofflight.org).

Veterans Day, University of Washington

SUN Ceremony including recognition of Herb Bridge, first recipient of new Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award, Husky Marching Band, 11 a.m., Medal of Honor Memorial, Memorial Way; reception, 11:30 a.m., Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle (myuw.washington.edu/cal). Veterans Day, Woodland Park Zoo

SUN Free admission to active, veteran and retired U.S. military personnel with ID and their spouses and $5 off regular zoo admission for up to four accompanying family members, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $8.50-$11.75 (206-548-2500 or http://www.zoo.org).

Veterans Appreciation Day, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

SUN Free admission to all veterans and active U.S. military with ID, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $6.25-$14.50 (253-591-5337 or http://www.pdza.org).

Veterans Day, Flying Heritage Collection

SUN Free admission for veterans and active duty military, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Flying Heritage Collection, 3407 109th St. S.W., Everett; $8-$12 (flyingheritage.com).

Veterans Day Car Wash

SUN Free “Bear Essential” tunnel washes for current or former members of the military, Sunday at 42 Brown Bear Car Wash regional locations (www.brownbear.com).

Future of Flight Aviation Center honors veterans

SUN-MON Free admission to all U.S. and Canadian military veterans and active duty military with ID, including free Boeing tours on space-available basis, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., last tour at 3 p.m. Sunday-Monday, Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour, 8415 Paine Field Blvd., Mukilteo; $9-$18 (425-438-8100 or http://www.futureofflight.org).

Veterans Day Memorial Celebration

MON Flag placement at each veteran marker, volunteers needed, 7 a.m.; music, 10:30 a.m., service, 11 a.m. Monday, Evergreen Washelli, 11111 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle (206-362-5200 or http://www.washelli.com).

Veterans Day, Seattle Children’s Museum

MON Learn how veterans help keep us safe, add to community art project, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center House, Seattle; $6.50-$7.50 (206-576-2322 or http://www.thechildrensmuseum.org).

Veterans Day Celebration, Shoreline

MON Program honoring veterans, 2 p.m. Monday, Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave. N., Shoreline (cityofshoreline.com).

Veterans Day Tour, Edmonds Memorial Cemetery

MON Local historians lead tour of more than 400 veterans interred dating back to the Civil War, 1 p.m. Monday, Edmonds Memorial Cemetery, 820 15th St. S.W., Edmonds; free (425-776-1543 or cemetery.edmondswa.gov).

Veterans Day, Imagine Children’s Museum

MON Activities to honor veterans, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., ROTC presentation of the colors and music, 1 p.m. Monday, 1502 Wall St., Everett; $9, free admission for veterans (425-258-1006 or http://www.imaginecm.org).

Vet Tix

ONGOING Free tickets available year around for a variety of local and national events for veterans, active military and their families, and next of kin of military members killed in action, sign up at http://www.vettix.org/signup.php.

Source: Seattle Times

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Stopping The Violence: “The Interrupters”

“The Interrupters” (download this important PDF click here)

Directed by Steve James. Produced by Alex Kotlowitz and Steve James.

Every City Needs Its Heroes.

An epic tale of courage and hope, The Interrupters is a new film from Chicago-based director/producer Steve James (Oscar-nominated for Hoop Dreams) and award-winning author-turned-producer Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here), whose original article inspired the film.

Filmed out of Chicago’s Kartemquin Films, The Interrupters follows a year in the life of the city as it grapples with the plague of urban violence. At the heart of the story are Ameena Matthews, Cobe Williams and Eddie Bocanegra, each of whom has credibility on the street because of their own personal histories.

With gumption, wisdom and wit, they work to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they themselves once employed. These “Violence Interrupters” (their job title) — work for CeaseFire, a local organization whose guiding principle is that the spread of violence mimics the spread of infectious diseases, and so respond with similar treatment: go after the most infected, and stop the infection at its source.

See it this summer and fall: http://www.theinterrupters.com
To order The Interrupters on DVD or Blu-ray go to http://kartemquin.com/store

Directed and Photographed by Steve James
Produced by Alex Kotlowitz and Steve James