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                        Make Your Vote Count  
                     Tuesday, November 4, 2014
                        U.S. Midterm Election

Elections in the United States are being held throughout 2014, 
with the general elections scheduled for Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

During this midterm election year, all 435 seats in the
United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the
United States Senate will be contested; along with 38 state and territorial
governorships, 46 state legislatures (except Louisiana, Mississippi,
New Jersey and Virginia), four territorial legislatures and numerous
state and local races.

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                                    Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign
to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of
breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the
disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have
made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and need your help!

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Statement by Secretary Johnson on Travel Restrictions
and Protective Measures to Prevent the Spread of
Ebola to the United States


How To Guard Against Ebola-Related Charity Scams


Ebola: What You Need To Know - The White House

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2015 Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship

2015 State Dept.-Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowships

Grantham University To Offer a BIG Member A Full Scholarship

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Blacks In Government® (BIG) was established in 1975 and incorporated in 1976 by a small group of African Americans at the Public Health Services which is a part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in the Parklawn building in Rockville, Maryland. The organization was viewed as essential to the Black civil service employee, based on a wide assortment of racially motivated problems faced by the HEW Black employees in Rockville. Initially, it was thought that the umbrella organization would address only the problems at the Federal level. However, it was soon determined that State, County, and Municipal Black employees were faced with the same general type of employment problems.

Nonetheless, Blacks In Government was organized in 1975 and incorporated as a non-profit organization under the District of Columbia jurisdiction in 1976. BIG has been a national response to the need for African Americans in public service to organize around issues of mutual concern and use their collective strength to confront workplace and community issues. BIG's goals are to promote EQUITY in all aspects of American life, EXCELLENCE in public service, and OPPORTUNITY for all Americans.


GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

1. To be an advocate of equal opportunity for Blacks in government.

2. To eliminate practices of racism and racial discrimination against Blacks in government.

3. To promote professionalism among Blacks in government.

4. To develop and promote programs which will enhance ethnic pride and educational opportunities for Blacks in government.

5.To establish a mechanism for gathering and disseminating information for Blacks in government.

6. To provide a nonpartisan platform on major issues of local, regional and national significance that affect Blacks in government.


                                   BIG PURPOSE 

An advocate of equal opportunity and professional development for Black government employees at the Local, State and Federal government levels and others dedicated to justice for all.

                                       BIG VISION

Member focused, world class enterprise, recognized for excellence.

                                                        BIG MISSION

Enable all present and future Black employees in Local, State, and Federal governments to have the ability to maximize their career opportunities and provide a mechanism for inclusion, growth and advocacy.

                              BIG GUIDING PRINCIPLES

1. Be Accountable

2. Commit to Excellence

3. Act with Integrity

4. Take Responsibility

5. Work As A Team

6. Remain Loyal and Dedicated