Today, we honor the life, work, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and all those who have dedicated themselves to ensuring this country lives up to our highest ideal: every person is created equal and has a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
As we reflect on these legacies, we must recognize that there is still much more work to be done. Our brothers and sisters in the LGBTQ community continue to face discrimination in their communities, places of work, and government. Pay equity is still not a reality for women and people of color in this state and nation. And, as many of us go about our daily lives, federal policies are tearing apart immigrant families.
Let us honor the legacy of Dr. King by re-dedicating ourselves to standing up against racism, discrimination and all acts or words that degrade the dignity of any human being.