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March 7, 2014
“Today, we mark the 49th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday,’ when a march for equality and voting rights in Selma, Alabama, was met with violent suppression.  
February 28, 2014
“Tomorrow marks the beginning of Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the women of character, courage, and commitment who have helped build our country and ensure that it lives up to the ideals of its founding.
February 26, 2014
“Governor Brewer has an important decision to make this week on behalf of the diverse communities who call Arizona home, but it is not a difficult one.
February 25, 2014
“I am so glad to be here with you to talk about how far we have come along the journey to secure equal voting rights for all Americans – and to rededicate ourselves to the important work of carrying that journey forward.
February 24, 2014
"I am always pleased to celebrate Black History Month, because it looks back on the extraordinary contributions that have been made by African Americans through the years.
February 20, 2014
“I am deeply concerned by the outcome of the Jordan Davis case in Florida this week, and the Davis family deserves justice.
February 4, 2014
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) today announced his participation in USA Network’s “Characters Unite” public service campaign to promote tolerance and acceptance, and combat social injustice. 
January 31, 2014
“I join in celebrating Black History Month, which begins tomorrow.
January 29, 2014
“Five years after the Democratic Congress and President Obama enacted the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, we must continue to make women’s equality and access to opportunity a hallmark of the Democratic agenda – and I am proud of our work to make progress in this critical area.  
January 17, 2014
“As we mark the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth, let us recall his inspiring lessons of nonviolence and compassion.  
December 13, 2013
Tomorrow we mark the one-year anniversary of the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, which took 26 innocent lives, including the lives of 20 young children.  
November 7, 2013
“Today, the Senate took an important step forward toward protecting all Americans from workplace and employment discrimination by passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act with a strong, bipartisan vote of 64-32.
November 4, 2013
“I am encouraged that the Senate has now voted to bring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to the Floor for consideration, a bill that would provide important protections for American workers facing discrimination
October 21, 2013
“Lorraine Miller is a trailblazing leader who has served our country with distinction as the first African-American Clerk of the House of Representatives, and she will do an outstanding job leading the NAACP as its interim President and CEO. 
September 25, 2013
“Five years ago today, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 was signed into law, representing a significant victory in the ongoing effort to ensure full equality of access and opportunity for Americans with disabilities.  No American ought to be denied a job, access to a building, or the right to make his or her own medical decisions as the result of a disability. 
September 20, 2013
“Two years ago today, our nation fully opened the doors of military service to LGBT Americans wishing to serve their country openly.  The end of the discriminatory 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' policy reflected the great American tradition of breaking down barriers and expanding equal opportunity, and I was proud to have played a part in Democrats’ effort to repeal it. 
September 13, 2013
“Fifty years ago this Sunday, four young lives were tragically cut short as a bomb ripped through the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.  That heinous attack, a result of the hatred and bigotry of segregation and Jim Crow, opened the eyes of so many Americans to injustices they could no longer ignore. 
September 10, 2013
“In presenting a Congressional Gold Medal today in memory of Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley, we mark a day long awaited.  Thanks to the efforts of Congresswoman Terri Sewell, Congress is recognizing and honoring the lives of the four little girls brutally killed in the September 15, 1963, bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. 
September 9, 2013
“I join in wishing Ben Jealous well as he prepares to step down at the end of the year as President of the NAACP, our nation’s oldest and most highly respected civil rights advocacy organization
August 29, 2013
“Federal recognition for all legally married same-sex couples for the purposes of tax filing has been long overdue. 
August 28, 2013
“Fifty years ago today, hundreds of thousands of Americans from all walks of life assembled on the National Mall to call for jobs, freedom, and full equality for all the people of our land.
August 24, 2013
“Fifty years ago, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood here and put into mighty words the hopes, the dreams, the frustrations of millions of Americans, black and white, that the people of this land were not yet fully free – and that none could enjoy the promise of our democracy until all could enjoy it.
August 12, 2013
“The Attorney General’s announcement today of new guidelines for prosecutors to help reduce incarceration of non-violent, low-level drug offenders is an important step toward achieving the Administration’s goal of identifying reforms that will ensure that federal laws are enforced more fairly and efficiently.
July 26, 2013
“For twenty-three years, the Americans with Disabilities Act has been opening doors for tens of millions of Americans, and I was proud to have played a leading role in moving it through Congress in 1990.  For too long, people with disabilities had been denied the equal opportunity to participate fully in our society – both as the result of discrimination and a lack of accessibility in both public and private spaces.  Thanks to this historic legislation, barriers to access are disappearing along with misguided attitudes about people with disabilities and their potential to contribute to their communities and to our country.