Today, January 19th, is a holiday recognizing the birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Even though he was murdered nearly half a century ago, his memory and his legacy will always live on.
If you haven't had a chance to see the movie "Selma" yet, I highly recommend you take the time today to do so. Free tickets are available for students in several cities, more details here: http://selmastudenttickets.com/ If you don't have personal memories of Martin Luther King Jr. and the difference the civil rights movement made in our country, this movie will help you experience that moment.
A point I made a few weeks ago is that we are living history: it is not written in a book and then finished. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act, but recent actions by our Supreme Court threaten those rights. They've attacked the Voting Rights Act (and Congress has failed to make repairs). They've attacked affirmative action. And it's unclear what will happen to the future of Obamacare when the Supreme Court is done with it.
Actions of the Supreme Court and Congress can bring home what we're up against. But we all have a tool we can use to fight back with. We have the right to vote, and no matter how difficult it can be to exercise that right, we must do so. It is only by voting and electing better people to power that will more fully represent us, that we will have an improved state and federal legislature -- and more thoughtful judges confirmed to their positions.
If you are not registered to vote or need to update your registration, please take the time today to honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s memory and go register to vote.
Senator Boxer has served California honorably and well, but she will be replaced in 2016. Sooner than that, local elections (City Council seats for Districts 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14, District 1, 3, 5 and 7 seats on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, and seats 1, 3, 5 and 7 on the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees) will be held March 3rd.