51 years ago today, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law. In the 50 years that followed, the VRA changed the shape of electoral politics in America, giving millions a voice in our society for the first time in our history. It was hailed as one of the most effective pieces of legislation Congress had ever passed, but that all came to an end in 2013 when the U.S. Supreme Court... View details ⇨
I cannot believe that the Republican Members of Congress will leave Washington, leave the nation’s capital, for seven and a half weeks without taking a single step to respond to the real suffering, the real pain, the real despair of the American people.
Nonviolence is more than a tool or a tactic, it is a way of life. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year--it is the struggle of lifetime. We must build a world at peace with itself.
We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters. If not, we will perish. I feel sometimes we're sliding backwards. The scars & stains of racism are still deeply embedded in American society. We have to deal with it. I really believe we must come to that point in our country where we respect the dignity and worth of every human being.
The HIV/AIDS epidemic is still with us. Every day too many people lose their lives to this disease. We must make a way out of no way. HIV/AIDS is not a disease that discriminates. It affects all of us--our friends, our family, our neighbors. We must fight this together. Today I took an HIV/AIDS test to show you cannot allow fear or stigma to stand in the way of knowing your status.