Our country has made significant and obvious progress since 1963, but as our nation continues to grow and evolve, so does the need to provide greater opportunity for the increasingly diverse U.S. population.
Millions of people are out of work. Families are struggling to put food on their tables; and many young people cannot pay for college or find employment. But faith, hope and optimism have always defined the spirit of America.
Let us not be satisfied until the great streams of water, air, and earth of our planet themselves have justice, and along with them, for all our people. May "justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream."
Not only have Latinos suffered the drastic increase in hate crimes and racism against our community, but we also have the highest risk of death and injury at work, and the highest percentage of wage theft.
Sometimes the day-to-day back and forth of politics can cause us to forget what's really at stake and the gulf between progressive and right-wing values -- the difference between our vision of society and of the other side.