Mohandas K. Gandhi once said, “I believe in the essential unity of all people and for that matter of all lives. Therefore, I believe that if one person gains spiritually, the whole world gains, and if one person falls, the whole world falls to that extent.”
During these turbulent and difficult times, I believe more strongly than ever in the concept of social justice: the promise that every member of society is deserving of equal economic, political and social rights, extending the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to every child, woman and man.
Let 2011 be a year when we ask ourselves, “Am I my brother/sister’s keeper?” Let 2011 be when we ask ourselves, regardless of our personal condition, “Are we doing our part to help eliminate poverty and inequality and assure legal, social and economic justice?”
Dr. King said, “Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice.“
About that arc towards justice, President Barack Obama said, “…it does not bend on its own. It bends because each of us in our own ways put our hand on that arc and we bend it in the direction of justice…”
Let us continue the work of bending the arc towards justice.
Regardless of the events of last year, today starts the first day of the rest of your life – good luck!
God Bless you and your family in 2011!
La Shawn K. Ford
State Representative – Eighth District