Mark your Calendars! The AGM is March 8th
We invite you to attend the next AGM on March 8th and help elect–and welcome in–a new NYLESA Steering Committee.
On March 8th, NYLESA will hold its Annual General Meeting. A new Steering Committee will be elected and we would like you to be part of it.
Date: Wednesday, March 8th, 2016
Location: Danny Kaye Visitors Center, UNICEF HOUSE
3 United Nations Plaza 44th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
A brief history of the Presidents’ Day holiday
This year, Monday, Feb 20th, is Presidents’ Day in the US, a holiday celebrated on the 3rd Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after 1971 when it was moved to the 3rd Monday in February in an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present with celebrations, reenactments and other patriotic events.
Given the heated political climate right now, this year's Presidents' Day holiday is guaranteed to be, if nothing else, "interesting". Certainly 2017 will be the first time since the demonstrations during Civil Rights and Vietnam eras that the holiday will be marked by numerous protests such as the "Not My President March" scheduled for NYC and several other cities across the country.
Who is Nikki Haley, the new US Ambassador to the UN?
Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations
Conservative politician Nikki Haley was was born Nimrata Randhawa in Bamberg, South Carolina, on January 20, 1972, to immigrant Indian-Sikh parents. On January 24, 2017, Haley succeeded Samantha Power to become Donald Trump's pick for US Ambassador to the United Nations. Prior to her appointment to the UN, Ms. Haley served from 2011–2017 as Governor of South Carolina. Haley was not only the first female Governor of South Carolina but she was only the second Indian-American, after fellow Republican Bobby Jindal, to hold the position of governor in the United States. She graduated from Clemson University with a B.Sc in accounting.
At this point very little is known of her views on international issues but she has been public on a few issues thus far: She describes herself as "pro-life" and while governor, supported legislation to restrict abortion rights in her state, she has been a vocal ally of Israel, and she recently expressed to the U.N. Security Council that sanctions against Russia regarding the Crimean conflict will not be lifted until Russia returns control over Crimea to Ukraine. Read her January 18th Statement to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee regarding her UN ambassadorship here.