I support all measures which bring more people peacefully to the polls
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
Creating Bridges - Créer des Ponts Conference – Halifax Nova Scotia Oct 13-15 2010
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. email@example.com Web. http://www.mans.ns.ca
Thanks to Judge Walker
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.”
Congrats Nonviolent Peaceforce on your growing service to the world
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
Now is the time to join Golden Bears Aikido Club
http://culturesmith.com/wagn/Golden_Bears_Aikido_Club Golden Bears Aikido Club is looking for members, and now is the time to join!
Are you interested in a Japanese Martial Art, called Aikido? Golden Bears Aikido Club is looking for UC Berkeley students who want to be club members and play a part in choosing officers for the 2010 Fall Semester. Brandon WilliamsCraig 4th-dan is our Sensei and co-founder. The purpose of this club is to provide Cal Students with self-defense and conflict resolution skills through Aikido training. Because the practicing space and the time slots are limited, the membership will be limited to 40 people. Please email gbac at freeaiki dot com for more information.
Free Aiki Dojo at UC West Circle Green Mon Aug 2nd
Romain teaches 7am Fri 7/30 @ Hearst & Milvia. 1st class @ UC West Circle green w Brandon 7am Mon 8/2. Map @ http://freeaiki.com
Summer Community Building Gathering 20100723-25
Short notice, I know, but an excellent opportunity: July 23-25, 2010 @ San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville, California. Click Here to download a brochure for the Summer 2010 Event along with a Registration Form. Program Fee Only: $110. Lodging: $194-$224 for two nights, 6 meals.
NCDD survey supports Promising Practices Report on Public Engagement
Hi, Brandon! NCDD is conducting an important survey of public engagement practitioners in collaboration with Penn's Fels Institute of Government. The Fels Institute is looking for stories about successful (however YOU define it) efforts to engage people in public policy and community problem-solving – as well as lessons learned from less-than-successful efforts. They're working on a Promising Practices Report on Public Engagement, and your contributions could be featured. NCDD is looking for such stories as well, for the NCDD website and for other projects that benefit our field.
If you think your experience could contribute to these efforts, I encourage you to take a few minutes to complete this survey today (deadline next Friday). Also feel free to invite colleagues in public engagement to complete the survey. Here's a general link to the survey that anyone can use: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/promisingpractices. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey!
Director, National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD)