Diane von Furstenberg Receives International Rescue Committee Freedom Award

Diane von Furstenberg was recognized by the International Rescue Committee on Thursday evening with the organization’s Freedom Award at its annual gala, the Rescue Dinner. The designer visited refugees in June at the IRC’s offices in Alexandria, Greece, where she met IRC staff members and Syrian refugees, who were recovering from traumas experienced on their journeys while trying to reunite with their families in Northern Europe.
Earlier this week, von Furstenberg visited the New York Resettlement Office to participate in a refugee business development workshop, where she met with a Congolese woman who is committed to starting an ice cream business.
The IRC notes they award the Freedom Award to “individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in support of refugees, and who have championed the cause of liberty, individual freedom and dignity. Diane von Furstenberg, a legend in the fashion industry, is a dedicated philanthropist and an outspoken advocate for vulnerable people.”
It has previously been awarded to the likes of Michael Bloomberg, Sen. John McCain, George Soros, Kofi Annan, Madeleine Albright and Winston Churchill.

Diane von Furstenberg at the IRC office in Greece. 

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Kanye West To Perform At Democratic National Committee Fundraiser

Kanye West will perform at the Democratic National Committee Fundraiser scheduled for October 11 at San Francisco’s Warfield. According to NBC, tickets for the event start at $ 10,000. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Ye discussed his announcement that he’d run for president in 2020. “When I run for president, I’d prefer not to run against someone,” he began.
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Gucci Reveals Global Citizen Festival’s Host Committee

GUCCI CHIMES IN: Pope Francis will be off to Philadelphia from Manhattan on Saturday with his message of good will, but a small army of activists, world leaders and celebrities will be doing their part at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park.

Sixty thousand fans are expected at the free, but ticketed all-day concert with headliners Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé and Pearl Jam. The seven-hour extravaganza on the Great Lawn is being held to call on world leaders to establish a program that will wipe out extreme poverty by 2030. Around 8 p.m. First Lady Michelle Obama will reveal a new public engagement campaign hosted by Girl Rising, in support of the Let Girls Learn initiative, which aims to help 62 million girls around the world, half of whom are not enrolled in school.

Presenting partner Gucci and the Chime for Change campaign will make its presence known, thanks in part to the latter’s cofounder Salma Hayek Pinault. The actress will serve as a lead host with Stephen Colbert, Deborra-Lee Furness, Hugh Jackman, Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde. (Gucci’s chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri will also make an appearance on stage.) H&M Conscious Foundation Acting Global Manager Maria Bystedt will also

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– Never arrive on time, or you will be stamped a beginner.

– Don’t say anything until the meeting is half over; this stamps you as being wise.

– Be as vague as possible; this prevents irritating the others.

– When in doubt, suggest that a subcommittee be appointed.

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Committee Rules

– Never arrive on time, or you will be stamped a beginner.

– Don’t say anything until the meeting is half over; this stamps you as being wise.

– Be as vague as possible; this prevents irritating the others.

– When in doubt, suggest that a subcommittee be appointed.

– Be the first to move for adjournment; this will make you popular — it’s what everyone is waiting for.

— Harry Chapman

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House Judiciary Committee Now In The Business Of Publishing ‘Little Mermaid’ GIFs

The House Judiciary Committee posted a press release to its website in the form of a GIF-laden listicle on Wednesday.

In a departure from the traditional practice of using prose to convey official messages, the committee chaired by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) criticized President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration using quips illustrated by GIFs of celebrities gesticulating.

“Right now, one single person — the President of the United States — can turn off the enforcement of our immigration laws unilaterally,” the press release begins. “For real.”

Below that text appears a GIF of actress Anna Camp from the movie “Pitch Perfect” making an incredulous facial expression. The GIF is emblazoned with a line of dialogue from the film: “aca-scuse me?”

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The press release takes issue with Obama’s use of executive authority to allow undocumented immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents to apply for deportation relief and work authorization in the United States. The program, which was the most important element of a set of immigration changes announced by Obama in November, has been halted by an injunction while a lawsuit against it proceeds.

A House Judiciary aide told The Huffington Post in an email that the committee is always exploring new ways of communicating its message.

“GIF op-eds are being used more and more, including here in the halls of Congress,” the aide said.

Indeed, politicians from both parties have occasionally used GIFs in recent years to illustrate policy points. In 2013, the House Energy and Commerce Committee published a timeline of the Keystone XL pipeline controversy illustrated with GIFs from “New Girl,” “Napoleon Dynamite” and more. And this January, the office of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) used Taylor Swift GIFs to explain Boehner’s opposition to Obama’s plan of offering two free years of community college.

The White House, meanwhile, recapped its favorite moments of 2013 in GIF form on its official Tumblr, and used GIFs last year to urge people to get health insurance under Obamacare.

In a reflection of the racial demographics of House Republicans, all of the GIFs in Wednesday’s Judiciary Committee press release depict white people, among them Jennifer Lawrence, Britney Spears and Steve Carell. The vast majority of the 245 House Republicans are white. Seven are Hispanic, and two are black.

Unlike House Republicans, however, the people seen in the GIFs are nearly all female. Only 23 House Republicans, or a little less than 10 percent, are women.

“The Little Mermaid” tells the story of a woman who is part fish and who longs to emigrate from sea to land. In the 1989 Disney film, the mermaid stays on land.

This post has been updated to include previous instances of government communications that used GIFs.
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