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Every Election Day Is Dream Day

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We celebrate "Dream Day" as the anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, and if we really plan on advancing the dream, we must recognize that every Election Day is Dream Day.

Every Election Day is Dream Day for hundreds of millions of Americans who connect civil rights, human rights, labor rights and economic rights in a fight for jobs and freedom.

Every Election Day is Dream Day for women who still make only 77 cents for every dollar made by men, who still confront Mad Men-era workplace obstacles to success and restrictions on their most private and intimate health decisions.

Every Election Day is Dream Day for millions of our working poor demanding moral wages needed to join the middle class -- be they minimum wage workers, fast food workers, domestic workers -- and the union rights to ensure they have a voice of the job.

Every Election Day is Dream Day for LGBT Americans, millions of whom live in the 29 states where there is no state law preventing them for being fired just for being who they are.

Every Election Day is Dream Day for the DREAMers and all 11 million American immigrants living in the shadows who yearn to be welcomed into the American family of citizenship and community.

Every Election Day is Dream Day for children who grow up in segregated housing, go to school hungry and come home to domestic violence yet strive to get the education and support they need to reach their fullest potential.

Every Election Day is Dream Day for Trayvon voters energized by the call to end stand your ground, stop and frisk, unfair drug policy, and racial profiling laws.

Every Election Day is Dream Day for those fighting the scourge of gun violence from Aurora to Fort Hood to Newtown to Tucson and all communities in between.

Every Election Day is Dream Day for servicemembers, veterans and military families whose sacrifice deserves sound foreign policy where war is a last resort and honoring their service gains civilian support.

Every Election Day is Dream Day for people with disabilities, millions of whom still face unconscionable burdens to equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation.

Every Election Day is Dream Day for our seniors, who have helped build our country and deserve their earned benefits in Social Security and Medicare to retire with dignity.

Every Election Day is Dream Day for those who fight for public health, clean air and water, safe food, and a healthy environment for ours and succeeding generations.

Every Election Day is Dream Day for all of us who dream that our children will live in an America where our children grow up in an America with liberty, justice and equality for all.

Every Election Day is Dream Day -- but it will be a nightmare for millions of Americans if we do not organize to protect our voting rights. After we commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr's speech let us agitate for the voting rights from which all other rights spring. Let freedom ring!