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National, State and Local Policy Makers Headed for Black Political Convention in Gary

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By Hazel Trice Edney 

Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford
Co-chair National Policy Alliance
Gary, Ind. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – As the U. S. presidential candidates prepare for national conventions and congressional campaigns remain in full throttle, the National Policy Alliance, a coalition of 16,000 Black elected and appointed officials and more than a million Black policy makers has organized a National Black Political Convention to be held June 9-12 at the Genesis Convention Center in Gary, Ind.

The event is a follow up to a historic gathering convened in 1972 by then Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher.

“The Gary Convention was perhaps the single most important political event for Black America held during the last century,” Tuskegee, Alabama Mayor Johnny Ford said in an interview this week. “With that Gary Convention came the inspiration and motivation that led to the election of more Black elected officials than any time since reconstruction.”

Although he is founding co-chair of the National Policy Alliance, Ford says there will be no top leader. Other convention convenors are former Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher, original convenor in 1972; current Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson; and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, the son of poet and activist Amiri Baraka, an original convenor in 1972.

According to NPA Executive Director Linda Haithcox, speakers will include Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan; Chicago Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.); Dr. Lezli Baskerville, president/CEO, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education; NAACP Senior Vice President Hilary Shelton; Dr. E. Faye Williams, National Chair of the National Congress of Black Women; Flint, Michigan Mayor Karen Weaver; and Spencer Overton, president/CEO of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

“We have no one leader. We don’t have a Martin Luther King. We don’t have a Malcolm. We have diversified if you will, whereby all of us have leadership roles,” Ford said.

Some national leaders, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., who had originally planned to attend, had to cancel due to Friday’s memorial services for boxing champion Muhammad Ali, organizers said.

The main purpose of the gathering will be to establish a Black agenda that will result in equality and justice, Ford said.

“The challenges facing the African-American community today are even greater than they were 44 years ago,” Ford said. “This convention is being held now because, If not now, when? If not us, who?”

Ford listed issues including “high unemployment, crime in our communities, the need for better education, quality and affordable and accessible health care, the need to develop our infrastructures in the Black community” as being key to a Black agenda.

These are issues being dealt with every day by state and local officials. “So, that’s why we who are closest to the people are providing the leadership.”

Ford acknowledged that while the issues are similar to 1972, the modes of communication are different. For example, there was no Internet back then. This gathering will take full advantage of the new media, he said.

“While this convention is not as well known or will be as big as the one that took place 44 years ago where more than 10,000 delegates came together and adopted a call for action, the African-American community in this country and even internationally will be able to be a part of this convention by [live] streaming – thanks to the Internet.”

Regardless of who shows up, Ford says the significance of going back to Gary 44 years later is powerful because of the historic impact the convention made then.

“Gary precedes glory,” he said. “Gary is a significant and historic return to a place that is sacred in the sense that it was at Gary that we shaped a national agenda. It will be at Gary that we will return to shape a 2016 national agenda.”

Ford said he does not expect everyone to agree on everything. But where there is agreement will come the Black agenda, he said. “And that will be the agenda that we will present to the national Democratic Party, the national Republican Party and the nation and the world.”

The Black agenda “will be revisited in the fall” during national, state and local elections, Haithcox says. “This agenda will be something that can be utilized in every state, county and city.”

Ald. Burke’s Ordinance to Intimidate Movement for Police Accountability

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Protesting police crime is a Hate Crime?

Alderman Edward M. Burke has introduced an ordinance to expand Chicago’s hate crime ordinance to include any offense against police officers or firefighters. “It is the goal of this ordinance to give prosecutors and judges every tool to punish those who interfere with, or threaten or physically assault, our public safety personnel,” Ald. Burke said in a news release.

Ted Pearson, Co-Chairperson of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR), blasted the proposed ordinance. “This is an attempt to intimidate the movement for community control of the police by suggesting that protests against police crimes are hate crimes.”

It’s potentially intimidating, Pearson said, because people who protest police crimes could be charged under this law. “This is adding insult to injury to those who are outraged when the police murder an unarmed person and protest,” he added. He cited the 2012 murder by police of Jamaal Moore, 23, who was unarmed. Scores of people from the neighborhood at Garfield Blvd and Ashland Ave. angrily protested the murder, and several were arrested. “Would people in such circumstances now be charged with a hate crime against the police under this new law?”

The CAARPR has proposed legislation to the City Council creating al all-elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC), and has organized tens of thousands of supports of this proposal in communities throughout the city. The coalition supporting CPAC will demonstrate outside the City Council the morning of June 22, 2016, the day Mayor Rahm Emanuel is scheduled to introduce his “police reform” ordinance.

Frank Chapman, Field Organizer of the CAARPR, declared, “The people can see through the meaningless smoke and mirrors game being played by the Mayor. People in the communities that live under a virtual police state are demanding real community control. We are demanding passage of CPAC!”
For more information,contact:Frank Chapman, 312-513-3795
                                                       Ted Pearson, 312-927-2689

Kirk Meets with McDonald to Discuss Ways to Improve Care at VA

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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R–Ill.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, met with U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert A. McDonald to discuss his FY2017 appropriations bill, Hines VA Hospital and accountability at the VA.

Roaches and mold in facilities where we feed and care for our Nation’s heroes is unacceptable,” said Senator Kirk. “Secretary McDonald understands my priority in the bipartisan Veterans funding bill: end the culture of corruption at the VA and hold VA facilities to the same standards as private hospitals. I discussed these concerns with Secretary McDonald today and I look forward to continuing to work with him to ensure our veterans receive the care they deserve.”

Earlier, Senator Kirk visited with 80 World War II veterans from Peoria, Ill., during their Honor Flight trip to Washington. 

Honor Flight, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing veterans with honor and closure, flies veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit memorials built to honor their service to the nation.

Microsoft and HBCU Connect.com Host Successful Event in Charlotte, NC to Recruit Black Tech Talent

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HBCU Connect and Microsoft Event

Columbus, OH (BlackNews.com) — Microsoft, in partnership with popular online social network HBCU Connect, recently celebrated a successful recruiting/ networking event held on Thursday, May 19th at The OAK Room in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event brought together nearly 100 black technology professionals and over 45 staff members from Microsoft looking to recruit local talent for technology careers immediately available in Charlotte, NC, Dallas, TX, Redmond, WA, and other Microsoft locations around the country.

Angela Daugherty, who was instrumental in coordinating the event on behalf of Microsoft, kicked off the event with a welcome message and invited guests to submit their information for prizes and giveaways at the end of the night. Brothers, Will and Daniel Moss were in attendance as well representing HBCUconnect.com, shooting photography for the event and greeting attendees, all of whom were personally invited.

Microsoft once again is leading the way when it comes to investing in diversity recruitment and doing what it takes to connect with diverse talent where that talent resides. In just one evening Microsoft was able to set up over 30 interviews, and has already made hires from the investment, says Will Moss, founder and CEO of HBCUconnect.com.

In addition to a general meet and greet with recruiters and other African-American tech professionals, Microsoft had the idea to host next day interviews to immediately connect with the talent, and make offers for employment, which was a huge success in that almost 50% of attendees were able to land next day interviews and a chance to work for the tech giant.

Earlier in the year HBCU Connect partnered with Silicon Valley tech firm, Symantec to bring together African American tech talent for a similar such event which saw similar success. We are simply responding to the needs of our clients, and connecting diverse talent with these employers that are really serious about hiring as well as branding their company as an employer of choice within the African American professional community, said Daniel Moss, Chief Business Development Officer for HBCUconnect.com.

Pictures from the event can be viewed online at the following link:

HBCUconnect.com also works with many other organizations to further workplace diversity anchored by their online career center and social network which immediately has the feel of a LinkedIn for Black College Students and Grads.
About HBCU Connect
HBCUConnect.com was established to help students and graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities connect with each other and the many opportunities available to them. With over 1.2 million members, HBCUConnect.com is one of the largest African American professional organizations in existence. For more details and/or to join the site, visit www.HBCUconnect.com

Companies interested in executing on similar events to targeted African-American professionals should contact Will Moss at wrmoss@hbcuconnect.com.


Photo Caption: (left to right) Microsoft representatives, an interested prospect, and Will Moss, founder of HBCU Connect


First 2016 Human Case of West Nile Virus in Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD, DC – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus reported in Illinois for 2016. An adolescent in west-central Illinois became severely ill in late May.

“We typically don’t start to see human cases of West Nile virus in Illinois until the end of July or beginning of August,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “This first human case is much earlier this year, reminding us that it’s important to protect ourselves against mosquito bites now and not wait until the hotter months of summer.”

Surveillance for West Nile virus in Illinois includes laboratory tests on mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as testing sick horses and humans with West Nile virus-like symptoms. People who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay, robin or other perching bird should contact their local health department, which can determine if the bird will be picked up for testing.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a Culex pipiens mosquito, commonly called a house mosquito, which has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. Four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms. However, in rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur. People older than 50 and immunocompromised individuals are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus.

The first bird to test positive for West Nile virus this year was collected in Arcola Township in Douglas County on May 20, 2016. The first mosquito batch to test positive for West Nile virus was collected on May 23, 2016, in Glenview.

IDPH reported the first human case of West Nile virus last year on August 19, 2015. Last year, 64 counties in Illinois reported a West Nile virus positive mosquito batch, bird and/or human case. For the 2015 season, IDPH reported 77 human cases (although human cases are underreported), including nine deaths.

While Zika virus is also primarily transmitted through the bite of a mosquito, the main type of mosquito that carries Zika virus, Aedes aegypti, is different and is rarely found in Illinois. However, taking some simple precautions can help you avoid mosquito bites, regardless of the type of mosquito or the diseases they carry.

Precautions include practicing the three “R’s” – reduce, repel, and report.

  • REDUCE – make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut.
Eliminate, or refresh each week, all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires, and any other containers.
  • REPEL – when outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.
  • REPORT – report locations where you see water sitting stagnant for more than a week such as roadside ditches, flooded yards, and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes. The local health department or city government may be able to add larvicide to the water, which will kill any mosquito eggs.

Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the IDPH website.

Midland Man Sentenced to 47+ Years in Federal Prison for Attempted Murder of Border Patrol Agent

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In Del Rio, 50-year-old Carl Wayne Wiley was sentenced to 571 months in federal prison for attempted murder of a Border Patrol agent announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., Rodolfo Karisch, Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent, U.S. Border Patrol, and Christopher Combs, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge of the San Antonio Division.

In addition to the prison term, United States District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle ordered that Wiley be placed on supervised release for three years after completing his prison term.

In February 2016, a jury convicted Wiley of one count of attempting to kill one or more United States Border Patrol Agents who were engaged in the performance of their official duties; one count of assaulting, resisting, opposing, impeding, or interfering with one or more United States Border Patrol Agents using a deadly or dangerous weapon; two counts of using and discharging a .45 caliber Ruger revolver during and in relation to the commission of the aforementioned crimes of violence; and, one count of assaulting, resisting, or impeding United States Border Patrol Agents.

According to court records, in 2014, Wiley was wanted on State charges for Murder and Attempted Murder in Midland, TX, and was fleeing prosecution.  In the early morning hours of June 29, 2014, Wiley was spotted by Border Patrol agents in Sanderson, TX.  Wiley took the agents on a high speed pursuit before crashing his vehicle.  He fled on foot into the brush and avoided arrest by stealing an ATV, then a pickup truck, as well as several firearms from nearby ranches.

On June 30, 2014, an off duty Comstock Border Patrol Agent observed Wiley traveling East on Highway 90 near the Comstock Border Patrol checkpoint.  Approximately four miles north of Comstock, an agent attempted to conduct a vehicle stop.  When the agent activated the emergency equipment, Wiley crashed through a ranch fence and continued driving across the pasture further into the ranch.  The vehicle came to a stop after colliding with a tree and Wiley absconded on foot into the brush.

Wiley led responding agents on a foot pursuit and shot at one agent who was closing in on him.  As he continued to evade agents, Wiley fired his weapon again at a group of approaching agents. When the agents were eventually able to surround Wiley, he ultimately dropped his weapon and was arrested.

This case was investigated by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the United States Border Patrol, Val Verde Sheriff’s Office and the Midland Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorneys Ralph Paradiso and Katherine Griffin prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.

Source: FBI

Real Men Cook to Serve Public at Father’s Day Celebrations in Chicago, South Suburbs and in Gary

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Public invited to celebrate Real Men Cook in the city, south suburbs and in Gary


Real Men Cook’s Father’s Day Celebration 2016 expands to 27 locations, including to ten sites that are open to the public. The locales span Chicago’s vast array of neighborhoods including Lawndale, Bronzeville and South Shore. The celebrations will also extend to the South Suburbs and to Gary, Indiana. As a show of its concern for men who are homeless, The Men’s Club from The Church of the Good Shepherd will join Real Men Cook to serve a Father’s Day Feast for the men at the Door of Hope Rescue Mission, 5313 S. Indiana in Chicago. Additionally, the men of Trinity United Church of Christ and the Endeleo Foundation will cook and serve the residents of Lowden Homes. Both are examples of the generosity of men — a major message from Real Men Cook.

Nearly 5,000 people are expected to attend the events, which take place on Father’s Day, June 19, from 3PM to 6PM.

It is the first time in the event’s 27-year history that it is being hosted in multiple locations.  Rael Jackson, Real Men Cook’s president, says it is a powerful endorsement of Real Men Cook’s appeal that others stepped up to host similar celebrations in their neighborhoods.  The hosting organizations include social service agencies, churches, and theaters. All are bound by their commitment to the communities they serve and by their support of the event. While food is featured at each site, the spirit and the message that Real Men cook, love and care is the primary item on the menu.

Lead sponsors of Real Men Cook 2016 are ComEd and Next Level Health. Supporting sponsors are University of Chicago Medicine, Whole Foods, Harmony Health Plan and Great Migration Commission.

Real Men Cook co-founders, Yvette and Kofi Moyo, call the multiple-location Father’s Day initiative a way to bring together men who care about our communities. It is a loving gesture where biological fathers and father figures serve families, enjoy the activities for their children and get lots of love from the women who appreciate an event that stars and celebrates men.

The host sites where men will prepare food for the public are:

Better Boys Foundation -North Lawndale  -1512 South Pulaski Road Chicago, IL hosted by Rufus Williams-BBF Family Services

Dan Ryan Woods – Southside – Hosted by Keith Martin, Sr.  – Organization: D.A.D.D.Y (Developing ADedicated Driven Youth)

Dolton Park District’s Early Learning Center -729 Engle Street Dolton, -Hosted by Fathers and Blessings

Hales Franciscan High School- 4930 S Cottage Grove Ave – Bronzeville – Hosted by Richard Kemp

Lawndale Christian Community Church – 3827 W Ogden – North Lawndale – Hosted by Commissioner Robert Steele

Mosque Maryam -73rd and Stony Island  – Hosted by Jeffery Muhammad

The New Regal Theater -79th and Stony Island – South Shore – Hosted by Jerold Gary

Trinity United Church of Christ, 1276 W 20th Ave – Gary, IN -Hosted by Rev. John Jackson

There will also be 20 private Real Men Cook celebrations.  At all sites, men will don the Real Men Cook signature apron and chef’s hat.  Each location will also be festooned with a Real Men Cook banner.

Every site will include activities for children.  Also, each host organization will continue Real Men Cook’s tradition of incorporating healthy foods into the menu. So, in addition to the ribs, and chicken, there will be servings of grilled vegetables and fish and roasted items.  Incorporating healthy choices into the menus supports Real Men Charities, Inc.’s mission to build healthy families and communities and spread a message that food is medicine. Through year wide programs, seminars, workshops, and supported by medical research, Real Men Cook promotes a healthy lifestyle. Their classes and messages teach that diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart disease can be prevented and/or managed by adding healthy options and fitness to one’s everyday activities.

Greg Hardin of the Cook County Sheriff’s office, has cooked with Real Men Cook for over 20 years and will host Real Men Cook in the south suburbs. He believes that Real Men Cook’s message that Fathers Love and Care is a lasting one and one embraced by Fathers and Blessings.  “Working with Fathers and Blessings is exactly that for us,” says Hardin. “We have the veteran cooks of Real Men Cook with these young men and their friends from their organization. This is how we guarantee that Real Men Cook will endure for the next 27 years.  Ultimately, we are all working to change the narrative about Black men and their commitment to family and community.” For event ticket information log on to www.realmencook.com.

For the latest news, videos and other information place #realmencook in your browser.

For more information, contact: Melody McDowell – 312-371-8917  or Yvette Moyo – 773-425-4113.

Celeste Larkin at Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America, Today

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CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield and Congresswoman Barbara Lee Respond to House Republican’s So-Called Poverty Plan

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) released the following joint statement in response to the House Republican’s ‘Better Way’ policy agenda:

“The House Republican ‘Better Way’ agenda is the ‘Wrong Way’ to alleviate poverty and lift Americans into the middle class,” said CBC Chairman Butterfield.  “Repackaging the same discredited policies they have put forward in the past, House Republicans are simply offering failed solutions to address the ongoing crisis of poverty in America.  We know that proposals like work requirements and block grants will not lift the 47 million Americans living in poverty into the middle class, and we know that it is time for real solutions to an issue that has continued to plague families across the country for generations.  Members of the CBC have addressed our concerns on persistent poverty with Speaker Ryan in the past and we will continue to hold him along with our Republican colleagues accountable for policies that would make it harder for the country’s most vulnerable families to realize the American Dream.”

“Let’s be clear – we won’t solve the epidemic of poverty by preventing families from getting ahead,” said Congresswoman Lee, who serves as Chair of the Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality and Opportunity and as a co-chair of the CBC’s Poverty and the Economy Task Force.  “Quite simply, cutting food assistance, affordable housing and job training programs will create more poverty.  With more than half of Americans expected to live in poverty or near-poverty during their working years, families can’t afford Speaker Ryan’s cuts.”

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Delivers Remarks at Annual Justice Department LGBT Pride Month Observance Program

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U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch:


Thank you, John [Elias], for that kind introduction; for your hard work and dedication to the Office of the Associate Attorney General; and for your leadership of DOJ Pride.  I also want to thank Richard Toscano, his colleagues from the Equal Employment Opportunity Staff and DOJ Pride’s entire leadership team for putting together such a wonderful program.  I’d like to recognize our distinguished award recipients – Ashley Evans and Shannon Price Minter – for their hard work and extraordinary achievements.  And I’d like to thank all of you – attorneys and advocates, friends and family members – for being here today.  It is a pleasure to join so many good friends, valued colleagues and dedicated public servants this morning in this Great Hall, where we gather to commemorate the special moments of this department and celebrate the contributions of the varied and diverse voices that make us strong.

Every year during Pride Month, we take a moment to commemorate the accomplishments of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals who have spurred this country to make strides toward the stronger, more equal and more perfect Union that all Americans deserve.  We talk about the road we’ve taken, the challenges we’ve faced and the obstacles we’ve overcome.  And we look ahead to the journey that still stretches out before us.

This year, we celebrate the final Pride Month of the Obama Administration.  Over the course of these last eight years, we have made once-unimaginable progress on issues that have challenged our nation for decades and that have been deeply felt for centuries by individual Americans who often suffered in silence.  In ways large and small – through the policies of this Administration, through the undertakings of this department and through the actions of all of you here in this room today and across the country – we have bent the arc of the moral universe a little further towards justice.

With the adoption of the landmark Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2009, we strengthened our ability to achieve justice on behalf of those who are victimized simply because of their race, religion, color, or national origin – and, for the first time ever, their disability status, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.  With the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2010, we made clear that an individual’s ability to fight for the country they love should never be dependent on the person they love.  With the signing of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, we established new protections to ensure that LGBT survivors of domestic violence can access the same services as other survivors of intimate partner abuse.  With historic Supreme Court decisions in United States v. Windsor and Obergefell v. Hodges, we achieved watershed victories not only for couples who sought equal marriage rights, or even for the LGBT community – but for all Americans who understand the truth of President Obama’s words: that if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.  And in just the last few weeks, we have stood side-by-side with the transgender community to demand respect, to insist on dignity and to ensure that transgender individuals are able to live the lives they were born to lead.

These are all remarkable steps forward.  And how fortunate are we to live and work at this time?  How many people actually get to see and be a part of their country moving towards a better place?  So here, in this place and at this time, let us celebrate these achievements and express our own pride.  Pride in this country for drawing closer to the promise of equality and opportunity that was made at its founding more than two centuries ago.  Pride in this Department of Justice for being a part of an extraordinary movement that has made its way from a bar in Greenwich Village to the steps of the Supreme Court to a White House draped in the rainbow flag.  but most of all let us express our pride, admiration and gratitude for all of you here today – and in the LGBT community and its millions of allies who have spent decades performing small acts of courage – who stood up, came out and carried on every day in the face of antagonism, in defiance of threats and in pursuit of the chance to live freely and without fear.  It is your courage that truly inspires our pride.

Now, there is no doubt that we have further still to go – and recent events have reminded us that progress does not come easily and that victories are rarely total or final.  The fight for equality has never been easy, no matter who has carried the banner.  It will be up to all of us, in the days ahead, to stand against all forms of bigotry, no matter how small or how large and to press forward in our mission to ensure equal rights and equal justice for every American.  Because injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

It will not be easy.  But always remember this: because of the work that you have done, this country has been transformed.  As we take these next steps, we will do so in a country that has formally recognized that love is love and that extends the right to marry to gay, lesbian and bisexual couples.  As we move forward in our march, we will do so in a nation that legally protects transgender individuals’ right to be their true selves without abuse, without discrimination and without fear.  And as we continue this journey, we will do so in a society that understands more than ever that the LGBT community’s story is one part of our larger American story – a story of struggle and hope; of reversal and redemption; of a nation that sometimes falls short of our ideals, but that is always determined to overcome.

The fact that we have arrived at this point – and that we are entering into this new era – is in large part thanks to your outstanding work.  And in the days ahead, this movement and this country will continue to rely on the engagement and the leadership of individuals like you. We will rely on brilliant attorneys and hardworking advocates as we seek to build on our momentum and expand on our success.  We will rely on courageous public servants like Ashley Evans as we work to broaden our approach and foster inclusion.  And we will rely on passionate leaders like the man I’m pleased to introduce now – a leader in the LGBT movement and a champion for the cause of civil rights.

Shannon Price Minter serves as the Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights – one of the America’s foremost advocacy organizations for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.  He has spent his professional career speaking out for all those who face discrimination because of who they are and whom they love.  He’s received numerous awards for his important and trailblazing work and last year, he was appointed to serve as a member of President Obama’s Commission on White House Fellowships. It is an honor to have him with us today.  Please join me in welcoming Shannon Price Minter.

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