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"About this time each year, Hollywood releases blockbuster movies featuring superheroes—typically a man in tights and maybe a cape opposing a master villain. Fiction aside, what is needed are real world heroes with what it takes to oppose a truly daunting foe. As the members of the class of 2007, I invite you to take a heroic stand for something bigger than yourselves and join the fight for social justice."
"Health coverage in America shouldn't be like the stock market that dispassionately picks winners and losers. But insufficient funding of government health insurance programs combined with barriers limiting access to coverage has created a system where some children get health care and others don't."
"Marc Bostic has the look of someone shaped on the football field and by years of practicing martial arts. He's a handsome, well-educated man who had been the senior executive manager for a construction company. On first impression, one wouldn't suspect that he was anything but the picture of health and success."
"In President George W. Bush's May 31st National Child's Day proclamation, he pledged to provide our children "with the care, protection and education they deserve." He also called upon "citizens to celebrate National Child's Day with the appropriate ceremonies and activities.""
"As a civil rights lawyer in the 1960s, I saw courageous college students organizing Freedom Schools in Mississippi to prepare desperately poor, semi-literate, and disenfranchised Black people for active citizenship and to fight for the right to vote. I didn't know at the time that we'd need Freedom Schools 40 years later."
"As Congress considers the renewal of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) over the next few weeks and months, we are pushing legislators to cover all nine million uninsured children. However, Congressional leaders are only attempting to come up with enough funds to cover some of the children who are already eligible for SCHIP but are not enrolled."
"I am not in the habit of doing movie reviews but I recommend everyone see Michael Moore's documentary "SiCKO" about our health care system which leaves 45 million Americans uninsured including 9 million children. The film shows how sick people and taxpayers are victimized by powerful corporate interests guided by profits rather than preventing and curing health problems."
"With 9 million children in America lacking health insurance and reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) pending in Congress before it expires September 30th, this is a pivotal year for our children's health and wellbeing. Despite his pledge to provide children, including Katrina's children, the care and protection they require and deserve, President Bush's budget proposals would reduce health coverage for millions of children and hamper SCHIP's capacity to reach those children who lack a health care safety net."
"The July 28th U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down voluntary school integration plans in Louisville, Kentucky, and Seattle, Washington, will erode gains in racial equality won through landmark court cases and the struggle by Americans of all races in the Civil Rights Movement."
"This June, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced a visionary initiative to expand public education to include two years of free community college for every high school graduate in the state. He calls his plan a child-centered "cradle to career" approach to public education that begins before kindergarten and continues until young people join the workforce."