Nancy Pelosi: 'We Must Not Rest Until We Finally Achieve…Justice for All Our Children’

By CNSNews.com Staff | January 17, 2022 | 1:20pm EST
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) put out a statement on Monday honoring the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and calling on the nation to provide justice to children.

“On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, our nation comes together to celebrate one of our greatest heroes, whose fierce spirit and powerful voice forever altered the course of history,” said Pelosi.

“As Americans around the nation honor Dr. King’s extraordinary life and legacy today, we continue to draw inspiration from his unshakable faith, unimaginable courage and unwavering vision of justice and peace,” she said.

“Nearly 60 years ago at the March on Washington, Dr. King declared: ‘Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. … Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children,’” said Pelosi.

“Let us heed those immortal words by strengthening our democracy and securing the blessings of liberty for every American,” she said. “Indeed, we must not rest until we finally achieve racial justice, social justice, economic justice and environmental justice for all of our children.”

Here is the full text of the statement that Speaker Pelosi put out to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, our nation comes together to celebrate one of our greatest heroes, whose fierce spirit and powerful voice forever altered the course of history.  As Americans around the nation honor Dr. King’s extraordinary life and legacy today, we continue to draw inspiration from his unshakable faith, unimaginable courage and unwavering vision of justice and peace.

“While our nation has forged important progress on the long road toward justice, a dangerous tide of voter restrictions targeting communities of color reminds us of the urgent work ahead needed to defend our democracy.  Last week, the House proudly passed the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act, which is essential to stopping voter suppression and election subversion, ending partisan gerrymandering, empowering the grassroots and curbing the influence of dark money.  If Senate Republicans block this legislation this week, they diminish our democracy at home and tarnish our example of freedom abroad.  But, they cannot and will not deter Democrats from the righteous fight for voting rights.

“Nearly 60 years ago at the March on Washington, Dr. King declared: ‘Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. … Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.’  Let us heed those immortal words by strengthening our democracy and securing the blessings of liberty for every American.  Indeed, we must not rest until we finally achieve racial justice, social justice, economic justice and environmental justice for all of our children.  And may we always strive to build a future worthy of Dr. King’s glorious vision.”

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