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Continuing to Share the Dream

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Published on Aug 28, 2013

Marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington at the State Capitol. http://tinyurl.com/powqjwa
"Fifty years ago today Dr. King spoke of the "fierce urgency of now," warning against the "luxury of cooling off" and the "tranquilizing drug of gradualism." His vision demanded boldness.

We continue to live in a time when racial justice is under siege. Our Supreme Court has gutted the Voting Rights Act, and states have already begun to make laws aimed at disenfranchising voters. Stand-your-ground laws continue to feed racial profiling, and bring the threat of violence into our neighborhoods. And too many young black men and women are still unable to find work.

Those who marched on Washington demanded a higher federal minimum wage, a federal law barring discrimination by employers, and a program of public works including job training. Here in Connecticut we are striving to root our racial discrimination of all kinds, and to train and grow our workforce in urban and poverty-stricken areas.

It is possible that we will one day achieve Dr. King's dream, but it will take constant vigilance and initiative. In Connecticut we have boldly tackled our problems because we know that no matter the cost, it is never the wrong time to do what is right."

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