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50 Years Ago

by Suzanne Bonamici

Last month I was honored to join Congressman John Lewis and a delegation of colleagues in Selma, Alabama on the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

It was a moving experience to join President Obama, Congressman Lewis, and so many other civil rights leaders on a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Congressman Lewis was there fifty years ago. He reminded us of the brutality he and fellow activists experienced on that day and throughout the civil rights struggle. We owe this remarkable generation a debt of gratitude for all they have done to move America closer to our ideals of freedom, justice, and equality for all.

The Skanner recently published my reflections on Selma. Please read it here and share with your friends.

Oregon recently became the first state to adopt automatic voter registration, adding to our proud legacy of breaking down barriers to exercising the right to vote.

In Congress, I will continue to advocate for voting rights for all of our citizens, and that starts with passing legislation to fully restore the Voting Rights Act.

Our nation has made remarkable progress over the past 50 years, but our work is far from done.

Thank you for staying involved and standing up for equality.

Posted on April 14, 2015.