Proclamation on National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2020

Washington, DC - From America’s earliest days, Caribbean Americans have contributed to the success, spirit, and character of our Nation.  For generations, their skills, knowledge, innovation, and initiative have enhanced and advanced many aspects of our society.  During National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we celebrate the rich history and vibrant culture of the more than 4 million Americans with origins in the Caribbean.

Proclamation on National Ocean Month, 2020

Washington, DC - Our ocean and coastal waterways are essential to our national security, international trade, maritime commerce, global competitiveness, and transportation.  The jobs of more than 3 million Americans depend on our ocean economy, which generates more than $300 billion of economic activity annually.  During National Ocean Month, we reaffirm our commitment to responsible stewardship of our ocean resources to strengthen and expand economic opportunities, while also ensuring that the natural beauty and wonder of the oceans are preserved and maintained for future generations.

Proclamation on National Maritime Day, 2020

Washington, DC - Since the founding of our great Nation, we have relied on merchant mariners to deliver goods to market and strengthen our national security.  On National Maritime Day, we recognize the United States Merchant Marine for all it does to facilitate our commerce and protect our interests at sea.

Lily and Timmy’s Super Awesome Incredible C0VID-19 Birthday adventure via Mike Farrell & Jacob Horn

San Diego, California - Launch of COVID-19 Kids' Book Celebrates Pandemic Parents, Provides Sorely Needed Comic Relief:

FBI and CISA Warn Against Chinese Targeting of COVID-19 Research Organizations

Washington, DC - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a public service announcement Wednesday warning organizations researching COVID-19 of likely targeting and network compromise by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Health care, pharmaceutical, and research sectors working on COVID-19 response should all be aware they are the prime targets of this activity and take the necessary steps to protect their systems.

Birth of Endangered Pygmy Hippo at San Diego Zoo

San Diego, California - Last month, after days of anticipation, Mabel, a 4-year-old pygmy hippopotamus at the San Diego Zoo, gave birth to her first calf. The male pygmy hippo calf was born just before 9 a.m. on April 9, and weighed 12.4 pounds. This is the first successful pygmy hippo birth at the San Diego Zoo in more than 30 years.