We might not be in the back of the bus, and we might not drink from separate water fountains, but racial discrimination is very much alive in 2014. Anyone who ever doubted that reality can look at the events of the past week.
Fifty years after the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, there are modern schemes to try and take away your vote. Well we at National Action Network will not sit by idly and watch as the fundamental rights so many fought and died for are being eliminated — and neither should you.
History teaches us that negative forces will always try to smear and distort those on the side of justice, that is nothing new. But it is up to us to keep marching forward — for victory is made up by those that remain focused and disciplined.
This week, all roads lead to National Action Network’s 16th annual convention at the Sheraton New York Times Square hotel. We have undoubtedly progressed as a society, but until social justice and fairness are achieved across the board, we cannot rest. The time for action is now, and you’re all invited.
Instead of attacking a plan that over six million people have signed up for (and counting), why don’t they offer some ideas of their own? Here’s a thought: they don’t have any.
A child’s life often hinges on the level and depth of education he/she receives. We must clear out the noise and bring advocates from both sides into the same room. We cannot continue to ignore the plight of our children, and we cannot continue to attack one another.
It’s easy to attack and demagogue those who don’t have a voice. It’s easy to blame others when you fail to provide true leadership. And it’s easy to reinforce stereotypes and misconceptions to win elections, or to win over your party’s base. That is precisely what Paul Ryan did last week.
No longer can we ignore the reality that our children are dying. No longer can we close our eyes to the immense pain and suffering of these grieving parents, siblings and loved ones. No longer can we act as if this doesn’t impact us.