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In January, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations can spend unlimited $$ in our elections. In July, Target gave $150,000 to the anti-gay, anti-worker candidate for Gov. of MN. During the first week of August alone, a quarter million people pledged to boycott Target.
Here is a salute to aikido instructor Aviv Goldsmith for his excellent work with seniors in Virginia http://www2.staffordcountysun.com/sports/2010/aug/13/seniors-earn-aikido-black-belts-ar-425543/
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I support all measures which bring more people peacefully to the polls. Even though this is Paid for by Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee, please consider it in full.
On March 7th, 1965, 600 of us lined up to walk from Selma to Montgomery, to march for voting rights.
When we tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge over the Alabama River, we were met by state troopers. They attacked us with tear gas, bullwhips, and nightsticks.
It became known as Bloody Sunday, and the national outcry over the brutality that day led to the enactment, exactly 45 years ago today, of the Voting Rights Act.
The progress we've made since then is remarkable.
But the expansion of voting rights for millions did not happen overnight. It was the product of a continued struggle, by many people, over many years.
And just as change did not come easily then, it does not come easily now.
Discrimination still exists in America -- its effects can be as harmful as they were decades ago. And we can always become a better, more just society.
Two years ago, this movement -- led by Barack Obama -- brought millions of people into the political process for the first time.
I'm told that many of you are working hard now to get as many as possible of those folks -- and others from across the country who are with us in these fights -- to the polls this year.
It's an important effort, and the legacy of the fight for the Voting Rights Act is that it is not only our right to vote, and to help others do so -- it is our duty.
Can I count on you to help out between now and the elections in November?
When I was a child, I tasted the bitter fruits of racial discrimination -- and I did not like it.
That was what spurred me to act. In those early days, we sacrificed our very selves for our rights as Americans. But we never gave up.
And now barriers that kept an entire people from full participation in this country have been removed.
No longer are people who look like me met with violence when we register to vote.
No longer is the idea that an African American could become president just a dream.
We live in a better world, a better country.
But our work is not complete. We cannot wait for someone else to make change.
We must all do it. You must do it. I must do it.
Please sign up to help millions more vote:
Congressman John Lewis
The Multicultural Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) is pleased to invite delegates to attend its fall 2010 conference: “Creating Bridges: Multiculturalism and Diversity in the 21st Century / Créer des ponts: les cultures multiples et la diversité au 21e siècle" will be taking place at the Best Western Chocolate Lake Hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada from 13 – 15 October 2010.
Creating Bridges/Créer des ponts addresses the themes of multiculturalism and diversity within a range of communities and against the backdrop of the 21st century. How can we create the bridges that close the distance between us? What tools do we need, and how can we ensure that our journey is a safe one? Conference sessions include Multi-Faiths, Youth, Business, Health, Immigration and Community.
Events of note include a free welcome reception for delegates, and a unique event capturing multicultural seniors’ health experiences in artistic works created in real time by teams of youth and adult artists inspired by their stories (funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors).
For information and registration, log on to http://www.mans.ns.ca/conference. Deadline for registrations is 25 August 2010.
Events Officer, Multicultural Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) 1113 Marginal Road Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4P7
P. (902) 423-6534 F. (902) 422-0881 Email. firstname.lastname@example.org Web. http://www.mans.ns.ca
From Judge Walker’s clarification of the unconstitutionality of Prop 8:
“The evidence shows that the movement of marriage away from a gendered institution and toward an institution free from state-mandated gender roles reflects an evolution in the understanding of gender rather than a change in marriage. The evidence did not show any historical purpose for excluding same-sex couples from marriage, as states have never required spouses to have an ability or willingness to procreate in order to marry. FF 21. Rather, the exclusion exists as an artifact of a time when the genders were seen as having distinct roles in society and in marriage. That time has passed.”
If you haven't heard of the Nonviolent Peaceforce, you are missing out. Congratulations NP @Peaceforce! http://culturesmith.com/wagn/Celebrating_the_Nonviolent_Peaceforce_-_mid_2010 #srilanka #peace #nonviolence