“Forty-eight years ago today, 600 courageous young men and women marched for civil rights and an end to voter suppression in Selma, Alabama. They were met with batons and hoses as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge on their way to the State Capitol in Montgomery. On that day, known as ‘Bloody Sunday,’ these determined individuals were violently forced to turn back – but the march for full rights and true democracy in America could never be halted. Because of the heroic actions of all who participated in the Civil Rights Movement, our democracy is stronger today, and every American’s rights are more secure.
“I had the great privilege of joining Rep. John Lewis – a friend and colleague who was one of the organizers of the 1965 march – on a pilgrimage to Selma last weekend to commemorate the events of that day. Having been severely beaten at the head of the 1965 march, Rep. Lewis carries the physical scars of that experience to this day, just as our nation carries with it the bitter memories of slavery and Jim Crow.
“While that shameful period of our history is behind us, we must never stop working to advance the causes of justice, equality, and tolerance in our own day. As the Supreme Court considers whether to uphold a key section of the Voting Rights Act, which passed in the aftermath of Bloody Sunday, we must continue to speak out about the importance of ensuring every American’s equal access to the ballot, which is the most fundamental instrument of our democracy and freedom.”
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 9:00pm in EDT
Join CDA’s Mid Atlantic Regional Video Chat for a conversation about how to continue the momentum following the historic progress made in 2012. This is an opportunity to collaborate on organizing techniques and share updates from your state federation or College Democrats chapter.
We will meet via Google + Hangout on Tuesday, March 12 at 9pm EST. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/152gBpo
Hoyer: House Should Not Adjourn Without Passing Sandy Aid
Governor Martin O’Malley, Chair of the Democratic Governors Association, released the following statement today on the need to extend middle class tax cuts and provide certainty to families across the country:
“President Obama has made clear the importance of extending middle class tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses – he ran on, promised, and has put forward a balanced approach that protects middle class families across the country. Now, Congress must act to prevent the typical middle class family of four from seeing its taxes rise by $2,200.
“The President has already signed $1 trillion in spending cuts, and his plan reduces the deficit in a balanced way by $4 trillion by asking the wealthy to pay their fair share and preserving the critical investments we need to continue growing our economy and fostering job growth. A number of Republicans have sent encouraging signs that they are open to a bipartisan solution to prevent these tax hikes, and leaders of both parties have pledged to work together. The President has made clear that both sides of the aisle must come together to renew middle class tax cuts so families across the country have a bit more certainty at this critical time as our economy continues to recover.”