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Keeping the Dream Alive

Core Values - Keep the Dream Alive

This week I realized how this election is about so much more than just re-electing a president we admire and support. It’s about our core values – values of civil rights, women’s rights, voting rights, and the right of all people to have the opportunity to achieve their potential.

These rights are under attack from a Republican Party that has been taken over by a hostile and extremist element. As a woman, I feel this struggle, fighting once again the same fight for women’s rights that we have fought before.

Months ago we decided that the ongoing struggle for civil rights would be the theme of our annual . This theme resonated with people, and attendance doubled from previous years.

We arranged for two powerful speakers both of whom brought the sold-out crowd to their feet. Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta, Georgia, and Nadine Smith of Equality Florida both spoke of the hard work that has already been done, of the victories, and the need to carry the fight for civil rights forward into the future. “Equal opportunity, not equal outcomes – that is a core Democratic value,” said Mayor Reed.

As I closed the program, I quoted the famous words from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: “…I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: - 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”

This election is about keeping that dream alive – the dream that all are created equal, with equal rights, civil rights, women’s rights, the right to vote, and an equal opportunity to succeed. And that is why this election is so important.

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Diane Molinari March 10, 2012 at 03:03 AM
How wonderful to read there is some sanity in Florida!!! Obama 2012~~~ !!!
Roberta Sanchez March 11, 2012 at 01:30 PM
"DEFEAT OBAMA IN 2012" stop the madness and the banrupting of our sacred country, stop the redistribution of wealth. stop the regulators, stop the attack on the Catholic church, stop the $5 a gallon gas, stop weakening of our military, find jobs for our people. stop the lying to our citizens and destroying the middle class.
drd March 11, 2012 at 03:30 PM
This is sad, Roberta. In response to a post about civil rights, and the right of each person to have the opportunity to achieve their full potential -- that your response is full of negativity, anger and hate. And it is even sadder that those feelings are aimed exactly in the wrong direction. Is there nothing positive to say?

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