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Reflections On Receiving Recognition From the League of Women Voters  Posted: July 19, 2003
From child labor to civil rights, from the Equal Rights Amendment to election finance reform, the League of Women Voters has been unabashedly political and has unashamedly fought for justice in all of its forms - economic, racial, gender, and environmental.

For the 25 years that I have been engaged in legislative advocacy, the League of Women Voters has been a tried and true partner advancing and protecting public access and accountability. From my earliest days as an environmental advocate in Kentucky, the League was always there on the front lines - Susan Herrick, Joan Noel, Margaret Loeb.

You have long known what the environmental community has been slow to learn - that when elections are bought and paid for; when we aspire to mediocrity in governance, when democracy isn't working, the poor, children, the environment, the public's interest suffer.

As we go forward together, let me encourage you to never forget what the League has known for 83 years - that accommodating injustice never made the unjust more just.

Let us remember the words of Frederick Douglass in his 1857 treatise on West India Emancipation:

If there is not struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without demand. It never did and it never will.

Thank you.

Reflections On Receiving Recognition From the League of Women Voters

On April 5, 2003, the League of Women Voters of Kentucky honored KRC's Director for "contributions made to the Citizens of Kentucky and the Environment Through His Effective Work With The Kentucky Resources Council." The League presented KRC with a certificate of appreciation and a $500 contribution. KRC appreciates the League's support, and in particular the hard work of Betty Hilliard on the League's environmental advocacy efforts. In accepting the certificate and contribution, KRC's Director made these comments:

From child labor to civil rights, from the Equal Rights Amendment to election finance reform, the League of Women Voters has been unabashedly political and has unashamedly fought for justice in all of its forms: economic, racial, gender, and environmental.

For the 25 years that I have been engaged in legislative advocacy, the League of Women Voters has been a tried and true partner advancing and protecting public access and accountability. From my earliest days as an environmental advocate in Kentucky, the League was always there on the front lines: Susan Herrick, Joan Noel, Margaret Loeb.

You have long known what the environmental community has been slow to learn that when elections are bought and paid for; when we aspire to mediocrity in governance, when democracy isn't working, the poor, children, the environment, the public's interest suffer.

As we go forward together, let me encourage you to never forget what the League has known for 83 years that accommodating injustice never made the unjust more just.

Let us remember the words of Frederick Douglass in his 1857 treatise on West India Emancipation:

If there is not struggle there is no progress. Those who profess

to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops

without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and

lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many

waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical

one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle.

Power concedes nothing without demand. It never did and it never will.

Thank you.



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